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As a former beauty editor turned freelance writer (and the founder of InsiderBeautyBuzz), I’ve picked up countless skincare tips over the years. One topic I speak to dermatologists, aestheticians and skincare experts about over and over is little-known uses for common products you probably already have at home, and this little cheat sheet can help you save both time and money…

Product: Conditioner

I bet I’m not the only one who has a few extra almost-empty bottles of conditioner in the shower. Instead of tossing them, you can minimize waste by using conditioner instead of shaving cream. Your razor will glide over your skin effortlessly, and leave skin moisturized afterwards.

Product: Olive Oil

When I’m in the kitchen and too lazy to walk into my bathroom for lip balm, I use a dab of olive oil instead. Olive oil also works great as a cuticle moisturizer, and you can even add it to your bath for extra skin softening.

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With the colder months of fall just around the corner, everyone will soon be on the hunt for the ultimate lip conditioner.

I had the pleasure of testing the 3 in 1 plumping lip balm from BioExperience that hydrates, increases lip volume and reduces lip lines for naturally youthful looking lips. The forumula includes natural Beeswax, Vitamin E and Shea Butter for intense hydration and reparative benefits.

Three ways to use the BioExperience Plumping Lip Balm: Have you ever applied a rich, highly pigmented lipstick early in the day only to find that your lips look cracked and dried out by lunch time? Apply the BioExperience Plumping Lip Balm prior to applying your favorite lipstick to prevent that caked on, dry effect.

Apply over a bare lip or lip liner, if you want some definition, and wear as a lip gloss for day. The product delivers a bit of shine while also plumping your lip for a slightly enhanced, natural look.

Wear as a night treatment to deeply moisturize and repair chapped lips while you sleep. Awaken in the morning to supple lips and a slightly plumper pout. 

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Myo Essentials & Myotone Facial Toning System

They have some very nice products. I was able to try their cleanser Borage Leaf Foaming Cleanser, Ginseng Mineral Toner, and Luminous Peptide Serum, Refreshing Anti Puff Eye Gel, Restorative Marine Moisturizer, Advanced Protection SPF 30.

 

Myo Essentials Skincare Line 9.26.13 Certified Fabulous

I’ll begin with my findings on the: 

Restorative Marine Moisturizer

The scent had a wonderful delicate aroma, fresh citrus marine scent almost like an ocean breeze.

My skin is normally very dry, this cream gave me the perfect amount of hydration. It went on smoothly, I used day & night. It has a combination of red algae & soybean oil, my skin-looked great it felt softer, plumper and smoother after just a few days.

 

Advanced Protection SPF 30

 This was a wonderful lightweight sunscreen blended perfectly with the Marine Moisturizer. I would recommend this for all skin types. Full spectrum UVA UVB

 Borage Leaf Foaming Cleanser

This was a very nice foaming cleanser. It gently removed my make up and SPF without drying out my skin. This cleanser has a blend of soothing ingredients borage, aloe, willow bark all of these combined gave it a wonderful pleasant scent.

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I had the pleasure, twice now, to visit the celebrity hot spot Guerlain Spa at the famous Waldorf Astoria in NYC so I was thrilled to learn that they had their own beauty and skincare collections! My last visit to the spa I actually experienced the skincare line in my Radiance Facial and then became obsessed with maintaining my complexion from that day on. What better than to be able to do so in the comfort of my own home and for less than daily spa visits!  

guerlain Super Aqua-Eye Anti-Puffiness Soothing Eye Patch spa luxury celebrity treatment

GUERLAIN skincare uses potent luxury ingredients that are formulated to get results, and the results have shows on more than a few celebrities that hold the brand as their top must-have! GUERLAIN: Super Aqua-Eye Anti-Puffiness Smoothing Eye Patches are packets with cut-out under eye patches soaked in the perfect amount of anti-puffiness serum. An extraordinary instant eye-contour skin smoother that hydrates and strengthens! These fine and translucent eye patches adapt to the shape of the delicate eye area to smooth skin and decongest the eye by reducing puffiness and fighting dark circles. The results are immediate: the eye area looks smoothed and relaxed; the eyes are refreshed and glowing with youth. Easily fake a good night sleep with these! I LOVED the patches and it immediately cooled my hot, tired eyes and instantly calm and smooth them for eye perfection!!! The skin is tightened and brightened flawlessly and I couldn't of been more happy! These work wonders if you have one of those random crying moments too...takes care of that in 10 minutes! I like to wear these when I travel or had a late night, they are the ideal travel companion. $100 for 6 sachets, makes this a splurge you must try at some point!

guerlain abeille royal youth serum antiaging skincare

Another INCREDIBLE treatment I was able to experience, GUERLAIN: Abeille Royal Youth Serum. I was seriously impressed with how well this worked! I saw fine lines fade and smooth out instantly upon application! They promise visible results in only 7 days but I saw a difference right away and it only got better the more I used it. From the product claims: "Bee products are known to be some of the world’s most effective natural healing substances. Born from their active power, a unique serum with Pure Royal Concentrate that stimulates the key mechanisms of the healing process within the skin to help continuously repair wrinkles and promote tissue firmness". The product is slightly thicker than a serum and is almost like a very light lotion, which feels amazing going on the skin and gives immediate hydration but not overdoing it to my combination skin. I look forward every night to applying this and I even add some in the morning before my makeup...I can't get enough of this! I still have nearly a full bottle, yet I am already trying to figure out what I will sacrifice to be able to buy this again! hah. Yeah, it's around $140 a bottle...but SO worth the splurge :)

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Certified F.A.B.U.L.O.U.S. expert Sara is featured on ehow.com to share with you skin care tips! In today's video see Sugar Waxing & Skin Types.
 

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Do you like apples? Looking for a new fall skincare product? Maybe something moisturizing as we head into colder weather? Well if you are looking for just that, BioExperience Iced Apple Elixir Body Butter is the product you'll want to have around this fall! 

As a body butter, this product is ultra-moisturizing! It provides long lasting hydration with the whipped/creamy Capaucu butter. I thought it absorbed quite well for a body butter, and my skin felt thoroughly moisturized and protected. The light fragrance of apple is great for this time of year when it's all about apple picking, pumpkins, cinnamon, etc. The apple fragrance also adds a refreshing quality to the body butter. The apple cider vinegar in the body butter (in addition to having many other benefits) promotes collagen for firmer skin, always a plus in a body butter :)

Bioexperience Body Butter 9.17.13 Certified Fabulous

Now why should you choose a body butter over a body lotion? Mostly it depends on your skin type, and the conditions in which your skin go through. Harsh weather, taking hot showers, drying beauty products (such as soap), and taking too many showers, can all cause your skin to loose some of it's much needed moisture. If you have very dry skin that needs some intense moisture or healing, a body butter should do the trick. Body butters also create a protective layer to keep your skin moisturized longer. If you are not in such need of intense healing, a lotion, which is combined water and oil (body butters usually consist of butters, such as Shea butter, and oils) will absorb much quicker and tend to be less greasy. Lotions are great to maintain smooth, moisturized skin, but if your skin needs an extra boost, you'll want to keep a body butter around, especially during the cooler months!

Stay Classy,

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Natural ingredients are what a lot of people are seeking now when  it comes to skincare and I have been finding myself trying more and more pure products and actually liking it! Yes, natural and organic can make a difference just as much as any other skin care product but without damaging chemical ingredients. Not to say I don't use non-natural skincare, but it is nice to be able to find true winners in the natural arena that I can turn to when I want to change up my beautifying routine! 

AEGEIA skin care is created with 100% natural ingredients and each product contains pure essential oils to promote natural healing and wellness. It is a small brand with a big heart and AMAZING products! Developed in 2001 Rebecca Wachsler created AEGEIA when her eighteen month old daughter developed eczema. Upon much research she conducted she was shocked to discover the number of damaging, synthetic chemicals in the “higher-end” cosmetic products, at that time, to “care” for skin. That is when she decided that the only way to truly eliminate these dangers were to make the products herself.  

After reading up on the brand I was very excited to actually try it! Since I am a lover of serums I took the AEGEIA: Revelation Corrective Serum which is said to stimulate production of new cells and collagen as well as improve skin tone and texture and reduce the appearance of pore size, fine lines, uneven skin tone, irregular pigmentation and superficial acne scars. It also contains my favorite ingredient, Glycolic Acid! I'm happy :)

Aegeia Revelation Corrective Serum 9.11.13 Certified Fabulous

After I washed my face thoroughly I pumped the serum into my hand and I immediately loved how the serum had an earthy, clean smelled to it! The consistency made it easy to cover my face and neck and it absorbed quickly into my skin while also leaving a thin protective layer that I could feel, so I knew it was working actively on my face and through the night! It wasn't sticky or uncomfortable, it made me feel like the product was actually working and lingered on my skin for the purpose of protecting and correcting it. The next day when I woke up the first use brought me a glowing, radiant complexion that was a clear difference and improvement! It hydrated perfectly for a combination skin person (such as myself) and I dare to say it would maintain perfect hydration to even a dry skin type. 

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I’m a mom, and as moms all over can agree, our children sometimes incite our push to make changes we wouldn’t necessarily expend energy for otherwise. Moms are a force everywhere. This week I had the pleasure of trying an amazing Toner developed by a mom whose mission was to develop toxin-free skincare because of the skin issues her infant daughter was facing.

Aegeia Facial TonerIn 2001 Rebecca Wachsler‘s eighteen month old daughter developed eczema. After seeking help through conventional medical advice, she quickly found that the only option presented to her was to subject her young daughter to steroids and other harmful chemicals. Rebecca decided to look elsewhere, and after a lot of research and legwork on her part, AEGEIA skincare was born in her kitchen. AEGEIA Skin Care products became available to the public in 2008. They now have a state-of-the-art laboratory and production facility. 

AEGEIA uses amazing Essential Oils in all of their formulations. Essential Oils are obtained from a wide assortment of plants, which have been steam distilled or cold-pressed from flowers, fruit, bark, and roots. The technique of expressing and using essential oils has been around for thousands of years. Using pure essential oils can help ease a wide assortment of ailments. After penetrating the skin via the hair follicles and sweat glands, the oils are able to not only help kill bacteria and viruses, but also stimulate the body’s immune system, strengthening resistance against further attack. 

AEGEIA Skincare Refining Facial Toner contains Ho Wood Essential Oil. Ho Wood is also reported to have anti-depressant, anti-microbial, anti-septic, aphrodisiac, and bactericidal properties. Ho Wood Essential oil is deeply nourishing and supportive to the immune system. This amazing formula also contains Tea Tree Essential Oil for antiseptic properties that leave skin thoroughly refreshed, with a clean finish as well as Witch Hazel Hydrosol for pore-refining and true toning. AEGEIA Skin Care Refining Facial Toner is an alcohol-free toner that will not dry and irritate skin.

This product comes in a pretty brown bottle with a spray pump, which I like for a toner as I prefer to spray my face then swab off with a cotton pad. The fragrance of this product is pleasant, and smells very natural. My cotton pad was disgustingly brown after use, showing me the dirt and oil this toner effectively removes. My skin was left feeling clean and fresh. At a retail price point of $17, this product is so affordable. If you are looking for 100% natural Toner, I think you will be pleased to try AEGEIA Skincare Refining Facial Toner!

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Today I have a very handy, multi-beneficial product to talk about. The Ginger People Go Ginger Balm. This product is so useful, you will want to keep it with you at all times, tucked in your bag, for whenever you may need it!

So the first thing I usually use a balm for is to soothe and repair my lips. This balm worked great for that, but it also has so many other uses and benefits! 

The Ginger People Go Ginger Balm 9.3.13 Certified Fabulous

The Go Ginger Balm will comfort and moisturize irritated and damaged skin and also create a protective barrier. Not just on your lips, but anywhere on your body that you have damaged skin, go ahead and apply this balm to let it work it's ginger wonders! Not only will it nourish your skin, but this balm will stimulate blood flow to relieve sore muscles. The anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties also help to reduce swelling. So relieve sore muscles, reduce swelling, repair damaged skin -  all in this small little package of balm! This is a great small product to take travelling - you want to be as prepared for the unexpected as you can - and this ginger balm will help speed up the healing process. I bet you probably get a little sore after sitting in the car or plane for a few hours travelling so this balm will come in handy for that as well.

As we move into the fall, the ginger scent will fit in just right! So whether you want to use it as a lip moisturizer, or for more intensive purposes, the GO Ginger Balm is a great weapon to have up your sleeve!

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    First ever hearing about Ginger, Seems Awesome.
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    Yes, the Ginger People have a great skincare line, definitely worth checking out!
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I love Ginger. As a self-proclaimed herbalist, ginger is truly one of the best roots for health. I have never had the privilege of coming across a product that contains this super ingredient until now. The Ginger People Go Ginger Face Serum is produced by a cool story, contains an amazing active ingredient, and is an overall great product.

GO Ginger Face Serum contains many wonderful ingredients formulated to stimulate collagen production to improve skin firmness. Rich in antioxidants, this highly potent formula helps shield the skin from free radicals responsible for aging, tissue damage and destroying the skin's vigor. Organic ginger and organic pumpkin seed oil are invaluable antioxidants that boost cellular activity. Together, they bolster the skin’s production of protein collagen to promote smoother and younger looking skin.

The Ginger People Go Ginger Face Serum 9.2.13 Certified FabulousGinger is an herb. The rhizome (underground stem) is used as a spice and also as a medicine. It can be used fresh, dried and powdered, or as a juice or oil. Ginger has over 400 chemically active ingredients and is a good source of potassium, magnesium, manganese, copper and vitamin B6. It is an antioxidant, which means it inhibits harmful free radicals that cause aging skin and skin damage. Its potent anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols, promote smoothness and an evened skin tone. Externally, Ginger works magic on the skin increasing radiance and decreasing inflammation.

In addition to ginger, Go Ginger Face Serum contains other amazing organic ingredients. Organic Sea Buckthorn is used by Russian cosmonauts to protect their skin from cosmic radiation. Its restorative, anti-inflammatory and revitalizing characteristics makes it one of the greatest healers found in nature. Organic Cupuaçu seed butter helps reduce epidermal water loss, therefore restoring the skin’s natural moisture. Pea extract slows the natural aging process by stimulating new production of collagen. It not only targets signs of aging but also effectively protects them from further breakdown. Efficacy tests show skin firmness is increased by 35%.

Go Ginger Face Serum is packaged in a beautiful, recycled glass bottle with a lotion pump. I love that Go uses all recycled materials in their packaging. This serum is delightfully creamy, and applies nicely. Ginger Face Serum absorbs nicely, and can be used under a moisturizer as it is not too heavy. I love the wonderful ginger fragrance. My skin felt amazing after using this product, and I have been using it every day since my initial testing. If you like natural organic ingredients, herbs that have wonderful healing and restorative properties, and beautiful packaging made from recycled materials, you should definitely try Go Ginger Face Serum!

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Recently, I purchased The Happiness Project, a New York Times Best Seller, which stresses the importance of feeling good by doing good. Alba Botanica’s slogan is “Do Beautiful” which intrigued me and led me to do a bit of research to discover exactly what Alba Botanica is doing that is so beautiful. Here is what I found, “We make natural, 100% vegetarian personal care products that do beautiful for you and your friends: people, animals and earth. This means we do not use parabens, sulfates, or phthalates in our products.”

Additionally, the company supports The Leaping Bunny Program, which provides the best assurance that no animal testing is used in any phase of product development by the company, its laboratories, or suppliers. (Note to readers, some companies will claim to be cruelty free because they do not do any animal testing directly but they fail to mention whether their testing laboratories or suppliers do. Alba Botanic is the real deal!)

When you buy Alba Botanica products you are showing your love of animals and supporting a non-harming way of life. Doesn’t that already make you feel more beautiful?

Alba Body Builder Shampoo and Conditioner

I had the opportunity to test their Body Builder Shampoo and Conditioner and their new skincare line.

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There is nothing manlier then cars.  Therefore, it stands to reason that in order to make a truly manly line of skin care products you should model them after car care items. This revelation has given birth to the latest in skin care by FaceLube. This 3 step FaceLube Premium Kit treatment system is toted as a manly approach to anti aging skin care.

FaceLube Kit WhiteStep 1: Prepare and Clean

I like to think that cleansing the face is the most important step in caring for your skin. I enjoyed a powerful scent of cinnamon and cloves when applying the face wash. It’s bold combination of extracts had a slight tingle while I had its aromatic lather on my face. Then, after rinsing, that tingle turned into a refreshing cooling sensation. A bold clean is achieved by this product, for only the manliest of men.

Step 2: Restore and Repair

I have always been told to clean my face and to moisturize for protection, but never to repair it. Since FaceLube is making products to counter the damaging affects of aging, it only makes sense that they would put repairing into their line of treatments. This refreshing gel has little to no scent and reminded me of using aloe on my skin as a child. Slippery and cooling. I can’t say for sure if it truly heals the skin, but it was excellent for relieving razor burn on my face and neck. A welcome result that makes it worth the time to apply.

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We could all benefit from a product that promises to make our skin smoother, softer and more even toned.  I had the great fortune to test 3 products that not only delivered this, but also are amazing at helping to correct and approve the appearance of acne prone skin. I only wish I would have had these amazing products when I was 15 and had raging acne. This month I tested Proactiv + Skin Smoothing Exfoliator, Proactiv + Complexion Perfecting Hydrator and  Proactiv +  Pore Targeting Treatment.  All 3 of these products were amazing on their own, but as a trio, were so fantastic. I tentatively offered a girlfriend from the gym these 3 to use, as her forehead was a pimply mess (touchy subject I know, but what kind of friend would I be if I didn’t offer), she had amazing results as well. 

Everyone has seen the infomercials for Proactiv. We have seen the celebrity testimonies, and the before and afters.  The Proactive+ line is an advanced acne-treatment system with added medicine, built-in hydration and a new, smarter way to treat acne. The founders of the original Proactiv product line Dr. Rodan and Dr. Fields have spent the last five years creating all-new Proactiv+, completely reformulating Proactiv® from the ground up to take advantage of the latest advances in smart delivery technology and science-based skincare. They promise that with “Proactiv+, you also can enjoy the look of smoother, more even-toned skin. Nice texture. Smaller-looking pores and a complexion that glows. Visibly diminished dark marks. Reduced redness, oil and shine. Skin that's visibly softer, more supple and hydrated.” I had to see for myself, and was very satisfied with the results. 

Step One of the new, advanced Proactiv+ System is the Skin Smoothing Exfoliator. This lush, cushiony wash gently deep cleans pore-clogging impurities and sets the stage for a smoother, more healthy-looking complexion. Glycolic acid works together with tiny exfoliating beads to gently yet effectively lift away dead skin cells, makeup, oils and other pore-clogging substances for an immediately brighter, smoother look and feel. A mild concentration of prescription-quality micro-crystal benzoyl peroxide medicine begins to quickly kill acne-causing bacteria on contact. The Skin Smoothing Exfoliator delivers a hydrating moisturizing complex that makes your skin feel soft and supple unlike other cleansers that can leave skin feeling dry and tight. This naturally derived, sulfate-free cleanser was designed to gently remove impurities without stripping needed oils. I loved the way this cleanser applied, and it truly left my skin so clean, refreshed without drying.

Step Two of the Proactiv+ System is the Pore Targeting Treatment. With this product, Smart Target™ technology solves the two biggest problems of acne fighting with one elegant solution. Inside the pore, the medicine's micro-layers of encapsulation open successively -gradually releasing the benzoyl peroxide for longer-lasting effectiveness. Added glycerin helps keep skin looking soft, supple and hydrated. contains encapsulated benzoyl peroxide with exclusive, Smart Target™ technology that helps transport the acne medicine off the skin's surface -- to minimize dryness and irritation -- and delivers it with laser-like precision directly into pores, the target site for killing acne-causing bacteria. This formula is lightweight, non-greasy and absorbs quickly into skin. It doesn’t leave a film or greasy residue which is great. This product is paraben free, non-comedogenic and dermatologist tested. I love that this product can be used for all skin-types. I have somewhat dry skin, and a girlfriend of mine, going though some complexion issues, has oily skin. I gave her this product to try, and she had the same results as I did. Neither one of us experienced drying. We both however, noticed a difference in skin tone, texture and clarity.

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The best thing about Clearasil skin products is that they are really great for acne and oily skin. They are also very gentile on the skin and don't use too many chemicals. Learn everything you need to know about Clearasil skin products 

 


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    Great video! I love seeing Jessica handing out some solid advice and knowledge on product!
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    Thank you Nathan!
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Weleda Skin Food 8.1.13WELEDA - Skin Food for Dry and Rough Skin

This product is food for your skin! It will crave this cream. The past few months have caused my skin to become very needy. I really like this product and I applied it to the rough dry patches on my skin.

I must share with you how great it felt - the treated areas on my face and skin were hydrated & smoothed. I have a tendency to get rough & dry patches occasionally on my heels and this product was amazing. It is ultra rich and very hydrating. It is recommended for stubborn dryness on your elbows, hands and feet. After using this product your skin will feel moisturized and conditioned.

The unique blend of essential fatty acids, vitamin E and organic sunflower seed oil will moisturize and hydrate your skin. Organic pansy is known for its mild antiseptic properties that calm dry irritation. Soothing rosemary leaf extract’s mild antiseptic properties, the anti-inflammatory properties of Biodynamic,® and organic calendula flower extract gently nourish and care for your skin.

This is a must have product! Apply a small amount of Skin Food to dry or rough skin as needed and massage into the skin until the cream is absorbed. To deeply nourish hard-working, dry hands, liberally apply the cream on the hands, cover with cotton gloves and leave on overnight.

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Sadly, today ends the OROGOLD Cosmetics week and I had the opportunity to experience one more product from the fabulous collection! 

OROGOLD exclusive 24K Multi-Vitamin Deep Peeling was a product I picked up from the variety we were given and I was under the impression it was a serum mask that I would leave on and either peel off or wash off after so much time of having it on. I was way wrong! It actually worked like an exfoliator...but not just any harsh scrubbing kind or rough feeling type...a gommage. 

What is a gommage? The only reason I know the answer to this is because I was introduced to a gommage about a year ago at a trade show and I was amazed by how uncommon they really are! A gommage, which means "scrub" in French, is a gentler kind of exfoliator. A cream (or sometimes paste) that is applied to the face and/or body that is massaged away. The rubbing action of the massage gently helps slough off dead skin cells, and is less aggressive than most other exfoliators.

Orogold 24K Brightening PeelThe OROGOLD 24 K Muti-Vitamin Deep Peeling specifically contains added beneficial ingredients such as multi-vitamins E, A, C B and Pro-B5, as well as antioxidants. Of course, such as the name suggests, they add their pure 24K gold (flecks that you can see!), which is backed by the authentication certificate included with the products. Gold from Italy! I LOVE Italy...*day dreaming*...

I applied this to my clean, dry face and started to massage one area until it pilled up on my face. It feels like balled up skin exfoliating and you know for sure when it is working and when it is done! I then rinsed the residue off with cool water and VOILA!  "Très belle" skin!  There was no irritation or pain and my skin was smooth and soft! It was left in perfect condition to soak up my serum effectively and it looked and felt so clean and refreshed.

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    I just purchased the peel as well. I find it to be fabulous. I love the way you can see the dirt just roll away. Made my face f
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Congratulations to our winner Lena!

 

The secret behind OROGOLD Cosmetics is Pure Gold.

 

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    I got an email saying I won...did I really?
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    YES! We did email you Congrats!
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    We drew a winner! Check your email and see if it's you
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Skin Beautiful Dermaceuticals is a skincare company thats system is designed to "cultivate and awaken beauty from the inside out by incorporating daily affirmations, or Affirmacizes, into a daily beauty skincare ritual that fights the signs of aging and manifests in purely radiant skin." 

"When you begin your daily beauty ritual, we ask that you repeat the Affirmacizes over and over in your mind while you use the respective products. This process will allow your mind to become a powerful ally in helping to heal your skin alongside our potent skin care ingredients. The more Skin Beautiful Dermaceuticals™ products you use, the more Affirmacizes you will collect, creating a powerful, enlightened beauty ritual beyond any other skin care system. With Skin Beautiful Dermaceuticals™, you will truly look -- and feel -- more beautiful." (www.skin-beautiful.com)  

Affirmacizes are affirmations and visualizations combined. Thoughts and images that have been proven to reprogram our brains, which in turn can change anything we focus on.  The website is very insightful and when we received the products in the office I loved the mirror stickers that offer positive messages for you to say / think while going through your skin care routine.  

I haven't been doing the system long enough to determine major changes, but I have been feeling better about my skin and my whole attitude when saying the affirmacizes when looking in the mirror to go through the skin care routine! I think that is such an amazing idea, that I actually think does work if you allow yourself and your psyche to actually believe what you say and allow the positivity to radiate. 

 

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    I am very interested in the science behind these products! I might have to try the repair cream sometime. I wonder if they will
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Arm & Hammer Baking Soda is a very simple ingredient almost everyone has in their home... it is either in your pantry, in your fridge, under your sink, or in your bathroom, just to name a few potential places. But this "simple" ingredient has a multitude of uses.baking soda

Arm & Hammer Baking Soda is Sodium bicarbonate / sodium hydrogen carbonate.  The chemical compound with the formula NaHCO3, which is a natural  chemical compound that appears as a fine powder. It releases bubbles of carbon dioxide when it interacts with a liquid.

It's most commonly used in baking, where it acts as a leavening agent when making breads, muffins and cookies soft and fluffy for example.  So why am I writing about this amazing powder when I usually focus on beauty product and ingredients?  Well I am sure you have put it together that baking soda can be used in many different beauty products.

Here are just a few for your beauty regiment:

1. You may have seen on your toothpaste that it is made with baking soda to help whiten your teeth.

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    I love the balance of science and cosmetics in this article. I never really thought about the application of straight baking soda
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Luxury! That’s the first thing I have to say about Branché Charmeuse pillowcase. Made of 100% mulberry silk, and enriched with amino acids to nourish your hair, it’s the perfect item to pamper yourself (or a loved one) with this Valentines Day! 

I have wanted to try a silk pillowcase for a while since I’ve been hearing about the benefits it can have for your skin and your hair. My hair is always a tangled mess when I wake up in the morning, so anything that could help my hair while I slept, was much welcomed! Silk pillowcases are meant to help with hair breakage, smooth frizz, and extend the life of your hairstyle. They are also meant to prevent wrinkles, as they minimize morning facial creases.

So what did I experience? A good night’s sleep and an easier morning! I felt so spoiled sleeping on this gorgeous fabric but let me tell you, it was niiiice. The silk was much kinder to my hair and my face than my regular cotton pillowcases. I had less tangles in my hair in the morning, and it looked more tamed. For my unpredictable, wavy/sometimes curly hair, this was quite a feat. I haven’t been using the silk long enough to attest to it smoothing out frizz or helping with breakage, but I am definitely going to continue to use it and find out! I also woke up to crease free skin, meaning a less tired looking face! I’m always waking up late, so this was just one less thing to worry about while I’m rushing around in the morning. At first, I didn’t think crease-free skin would make such a difference for me, but when I used my regular cotton pillow again, I realized how nice the silk was treating my skin and that was that! 

Branché Charmeuse cases are really one of the top products for silk pillowcases in my opinion ($95), but if you want to get the feel for a silk pillowcase to see if it’s something for you, there are a variety of silk options on Amazon for around $25.

These silk pillowcases also make great gifts, whether it’s for Valentines Day, Mother’s Day, birthdays, etc. So go on, indulge in this FABULOUS fabric! 

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