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Tuesday
Oct012013

Seasonal Skincare: 6 Products to Use Now.

Now that it is officially fall, the cooler temperatures are here to stay. For me, that means my skin will be getting drier and drier. It is important to take notice of your skin changes, especially now as the seasons are  changing. Right now I am all about products to get my skin winter and cold weather ready, while erasing some of the damage from the summer. These are the products I am using to do just that.

Seasonal Skincare: 6 Products to Use Now

First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Polish
This polish is bringing my skin back to life. It has been dry and dull from spending so much time outside over the summer. The  gentle formula uses natural exfoliants that help to slough away dead, dry skin as it resurfaces the complexion to reveal brighter, more smooth skin. I use this every day in the shower on my face and neck.

Murad Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum
No matter how much sunscreen I use, my dark spots are becoming more apparent. This serum uses 2% Hydroquinone that is proven to fade existing dark spots, age spots and freckles. It is actually the strongest formula you can get without a prescription and it works fast. It also contains an advanced skin lightening peptide and glycolic acid, that when used together, work faster and better. I used to just spot treat, but I've been using this every night all over my face and neck and my skin is looking so much more even -- and I've only been using it for two weeks.

Vichy LiftActiv Serum 10 Eyes & Lashes
This eye serum, which is to be used in addition to an eye cream, lifts and illuminates the eye area in just a few minutes. It is formulated with Hyaluronic Acid and ceramides to plump the skin and smooth out lines, while brighteners actually illuminate the skin for a more refreshed appearance. The serum also makes for an incredible lash conditioner, so brittle lashes are left softer and fortified over time.

Kate Somerville Dilo Oil Restorative Treatment
Skin oils are all the rage, but I am picky. I want an oil that is really going to do something different to my skin, more than just hydrate. This hydrates skin plus so much more. This oil that is derived from the precious Dilo Nut from Fiji is rich in natural essential lipids that work with the skin's own lipid layer to make it stronger. The fast-absorbing oil also firms skin, evens skin tone and reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

Perricone MD Blue Plasma Orbital
Dr. Perricone uses the power of Blue Plasma technology to introduce a safe and effective way to exfoliate the eye area in this gentle, daily peel. This cooling gel smoothes and de-puffs the delicate eye area while also delivery hydrating, anti-aging and brightening benefits. It uses ingredients that "peel" away dead skin cells as it rebalances hydration. As soon as I apply the gel, my eye area is tightened, toned and totally smooth.

ChapStick Hydration Lock
The famous lip balm just got better with this new advanced formula. It contains antioxidant CoQ10 and hyaluronic filling spheres so lips are plumped and smoothed within seconds of applying. Hydration is locked in for 8 hours. I use this every night before bed and my lips simply look and feel better. The yummy vanilla creme is a plus.

Monday
Sep302013

Mascara Monday: Too Faced Better Than False Lashes.

I was very intrigued by this new lash system from Too Faced called Better Than False Lashes. Of course, it promises big bold lashes, but in a different way as it uses actual lashes fibers in a multi-step system. I know there are a few fiber lash systems out there, and having never tried any makes this process new to me.

You get two tubes, which make up the 3 steps. One tube is the first step, called the Activating Base and Top Coat. The next tube is the Nylon Lash Fibers. You simply apply the base coat to the lashes, followed by the nylon fiber step, and then finish with another coat of the first product, which is now used as a top coat.

Basically, the first step is a mascara. Used alone, it gives nice length, separation and volume to the lashes. The next step, which I was nervous about because I wear contact lenses, is the fiber application. I was worried that I would get all these little fibers flying into my eyes, but I did not. The nylon fibers clung to the base coat and didn't budge. Phew!  I immediately noticed that I had a lot more lash to build upon, which was apparent when I applied the first product again, now the top coat. My lashes tripled in volume and even more length was added. I was so impressed!

For everyday, depending on the mascara, I use one to two coats. For an all out smokey eye look or night-time eye, I almost always use three coats of mascara and this system takes no more time than that. The difference is the end result when using Too Faced Better Than False Lashes because my lashes are the biggest and boldest that they have ever been without wearing actual falsies.

Too Faced Better Than False Lashes sells for $35.00 and is available right now at Sephora.

Friday
Sep272013

Clinique Superprimer Face Primers.

Hopefully by now you know that you need a makeup primer. Every day. A makeup primer helps to perfect your skin for your foundation - or makeup. It does so much more than just "prime" and smooth skin. A makeup primer fills in pores and lines; it creates a barrier to seal in hydration; it helps to keep makeup in place all day. Makeup primers just keep getting better and better. A great example of this are the new Superprimer Face Primers from Clinique. These new primers take makeup priming a step further, as the Superprimers color correct skin too.

Clinique Superprimer Face Primers

Clinique Superprimers come in one formula, as in the formula that smoothes and primes skin is the same, but in five tinted formulas. Each tinted formula is specifically designed for ones' specific skin care needs. Do you have redness, dullness, sallowness or other skin care discolorations? There is a specific primer here for you.

Clinique Superprimer Face Primers : Which primer is right for you?

The five colour correcting, skin perfecting shade variation address specific complexion concerns. Each one uses the theory of colour science to color correct or neutralize the contrasting concerns to even out skin and helps makeup look more even.

Colour Corrects Redness - This yellow tinted primer colour corrects skin redness for a neutral, even base.

Colour Corrects Dullness - Pink tinted primer colour corrects dull, lackluster skin for a vibrant, radiant base.

Colour Corrects Dullness for Deeper Skins - Soft, pearlized bronze tinted primer colour corrects ashiness and dullness on deeper complexions for a radiant, healthy looking base.

Colour Corrects Discolorations - Peach tinted primer helps colour correct dark spots, acne scars and areas of hyperpigmentation for a brighter, even-toned base.

Universal Face Primer - This one is a simple makeup primer, with no colour correcting properties. If you have an even complexion, this one is for you.

Colour Corrects Sallowness - Lavender tinted primer colour corrects sallow skin for a healthy base.

I have some redness in my face, but I am more concerned with discoloration and overall unevenness, so I have been using the peach tinted primer. The peach tint works really well to make my skin look more even, and overall more natural and better looking. My makeup goes on more smoothly when using and lasts all day long too.

Clinique Superprimer Face Primers are available now at all Clinique locations for $27.00 each.