May 2009 - Posts
So today we explore the best of self tanning products. Self tanners are of the utmost importance when it comes to a product being top-notch. There is nothing worse than a bad self tan. Not even a “bad hair day” compares to the embarrassment of a “bad tan day.”
It is so nice to be a golden bronze color but is horrifying to be a copper orange hue. I can’t imagine a better example of the importance of customer ratings and reviews than that of self tanning products. So are you ready for a 5 Star tan? This is how you do it!
Best for fair skin:
Pevonia Self Tanning Emulsion
Best for tanning and firming skin:
Fake Bake Sunless and Skinny
Easiest sunless tan:
TanTowel Plus Half Body Self Tanning Towelettes
Best sunless tan with added benefits:
Dr. Michelle Copeland Sunless Tanning Bronzer
Best self tanning kit:
Fake Bake Self Tanning Lotion Tri-Pak
Best pre-tan exfoliator:
Fake Bake Body Polish
I thought I was done with my 5 star series but I keep finding myself wanting to find out more and more about top notch product types. For instance, I’ve pondered which eye creams and serums are 5 star and which self tanning products are best. I know what I consider the crème de la creme but its extra comforting to suggest products that others have rated and reviewed highly as well.
So I’m going to do just that. Today’s entry is the best in eye creams and serums. As an added bonus I’ve also included some of the customer reviews (titles from actual reviews) from SkinStore.com.
Best All Around Eye Treatment:
Purlisse Pur Eye Adore Quadra Benefit Eye Serum
Best Firming Eye Treatment:
Obagi Elastiderm Eye Treatment Cream
Best For Firming Eyelids Immediately:
Caudalie Anti-Aging Serum Eyes and Lips
Best Eye Brightener:
Nia24 Eye Repair Complex
“greatest product I’ve ever used for my eyes!!!!”
Best for Eye Puffiness:
Murad Moisture Silk Eye Gel
Best for Dark Circles:
Osmotics Eye Surgery Under Eye Rejuvenator
“NO MORE RACOON EYES”
Best Eye Product for Men:
Korres Chestnut and Rucus Eye Cream
Most Hydrating Eye Cream:
Amino Genesis Counter Clockwise UnderEye Rejuvenator
Last Friday night I was excited to be invited to an exclusive party with a great guy. I had the perfect dress and shoes but I felt my face looked tired. Any Botox or injectable fillers I had gotten a year and a half go were completely gone. I deliberately didn’t go back for more for three reasons. One) they are expensive, two) they can have side effects and three) I know skin care products these days work really well for anti-aging. The only good thing about injectable fillers is the fact that you leave with wrinkles greatly reduced about a half hour after you get there. It’s instant gratification. However, I usually also had to leave with some bruising which some people are more apt to get than others. Anyway, instead of heading to the medi-spa for injections I started trying and using tightening serums, wrinkle fillers and line erasers for that instant lift. I knew I already had a few favorites but I had to go through my drawers and boxes (from my recent move) to find any firming products I had forgotten about or samples that I had never used. I wanted something that not only works cumulatively but more importantly (for this particular event) I wanted it to work immediately!
Hallejullah! I hit the jack pot! Some were products I already loved and had full sizes of but some were samples I had never tried before. I haven’t been that excited since I found the Barbie with the three wigs when I was 9 at the swap meet!
My skin looked so radiant and firm that night and my date complimented me on my skin about a dozen times. He kept asking if I really just turned 50, and said he just couldn’t believe it. The great part is I knew he was telling the truth. And it was all thanks to the treatments I did in preparation for this big night. I felt so good and had so much fun that I wanted to share with you what I did to achieve my radiant skin for an even more brilliant night!
After cleansing I did these three things:
• For smoothing texture and brightening and firming my skin I used Jan Marini C-ESTA Mask
• For additional tightening around my eyes I used Purlisse Pur Eye Adore Quadra Benefit Serum
• For my neck and décolleté I used Dermelect Self Esteem Neck Firming Lift
• For defining and accentuating my facial structure (such as cheek bones) and add contour of my face by the ultimate in firming I used Strivectin Instant Facial Sculpting Cream
• For gorgeous lips instantly I used Amatokin Lip
This sounds like a lot of steps but it really didn’t take long at all. And believe me; it was worth the wait even had it taken a whole day!
I promised I would end my series on the best 5 Star customer rated products with the best regimens customers have reviewed and rated on SkinStore.com. They are all rated as the best regimens (with the maximum of 5 stars) and most I have tried as well or have used on others in the professional setting. I’ve tried to make the list cover most indications and skin conditions so that you can find the regimen most well suited for you individually.
Best regimen for redness: MD Formulations Anti-Redness Solution Kit
Best regimen for normal to combination skin: Jan Marini Normal to Combination Regimen
Best natural regimen: Astara Introductory Kit
Best Acne regimen: Peter Thomas Roth Acne Kit
Best summer regimen: Dr. Michelle Copeland Summer Essentials Kit
Best all around regimen: Philosophy MakeUp Optional Skincare Kit for Radiant Skin
Best regimen for dry skin: Sundari Supple Squeeze with Omega 3 Travel Kit
Best regimen for sensitive skin: B. Kamins Starter Kit Sensitive Skin
Best targeted regimen for dry skin with acne: SkinStore Mild Acne SkinCare Regimen for Dry Skin
Best natural all around anti-aging regimen: Pevonia Luxurious Gift Box
Best evening regimen: Murad Resurgence Evening Renewal Regimen
Best defense regimen: SkinCeuticals System II Defend
Don’t hate me just because my hair is beautiful! I’m just messin’ with ya! But truly my hair used to be so sun bleached that it was a dry frizzy mess. Now it’s silky, shiny and incredibly manageable. The difference between then and now is I used to buy cheap shampoos and conditioners at the market. Now I buy the best of the best! Remember the rule of thumb…go quality when it comes to your skin and hair. To feel good; you need to look good.
This is why I decided to do my my favorite 5 star entry on hair care. Check out the products and try a few of them. If you were like me and use cheap products on your hair these products will change your life!
Best Dry Shampoo (no water needed)
Ojon Rub Out Dry Cleanser
Best Moisturizing Shampoo
Philip B White Truffle Ultra Rich Moisturizing Shampoo
Best Shampoo for Oily Hair
Korres Sage and Nettle Shampoo for Oily Hair
Best Shampoo for Shiny Locks
H2O Plus Milk Shampoo
Best Hair Clarifying Shampoo
Oscar Blandi Shampoo D’Alternanza Gentle Exfoliating Shampoo
Best Dandruff Shampoo
Philip B Anti-Flake Relief Shampoo
Best Shampoo for Hair Loss
DS Laboratories Revita Hair Growth Stimulating Shampoo
Best Shampoo and Conditioner Duo
Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner Duo
Best Conditioner for Dry Frizzy Hair
Korres Acacia Milk Conditioner
Best Conditioner for Curls
Frederic Fekkai Luscious Curls Conditioner
Best Leave In Conditioner
Alterna Hemp with Organics Leave In Conditioner
Best Reparative Conditioner
L’Occitane Aromacologie Repairing Conditioner
Best Repair Mask/Treatment
Alterna Ten Hair Masque
Best System for Thinning Hair
Elon Thinning Hair Care System with Matrix5000
Oscar Blandi Lacca Hairspray for Volume and Hold
Best Smoothing Gloss
Molton Brown Smoothing Lila Leaf Hair Gloss
Best Styling Gel
Alterna Hemp Styling and Nutritive Crème Gel
Best Styling Product for Men
Jack Black High Definition Hair Pomade
Strongest Hold Styling Product
Alterna Hemp with Organics Hair Concrete
Top Notch Cosmetics with 5 Star Ratings!
Well since this is the fifth article in this series on my list of my favorite picks of 5 Star rated beauty products, I’ll assume you already know what’s going on here without writing more text and sounding redundant and end up boring the heck out of you (LOL). If you haven’t read the previous 4 blog entries you ought to. It’s great information and will help this list make sense! So let’s get started with what we all really want…Great beauty products that work incredibly well!
Best: Eyelash Conditioner Treatment:
Rapid Lash Eye Renewal Serum
Dermablend Smooth Indulgence Serum Sand Beige
Elizabeth Arden Cream Lip Protectant Stick Sheer Tint SPF15 Honey
Amazing Cosmetics Concealor
Best Eye Make-up Remover:
La Roche Posay Toleriane Eye Makeup Remover
Stila Smudge Pot Bronze
Best Brow Kit:
Colorescience Get Framed Brow Kit
Best Corrector Pen:
Colorescience Optical Illusions Corrector Pen Remedy That (Red)
Best Lip Plumper:
Janson Beckett Beautifull Lips Lip Plumper
Best Nail Polish:
Spa Ritual Nail Lacquer Too Hot to Handle
Best Blush/Cheek Color:
Illuminaire Ultimate All Day Blush
Best Finishing Powder:
Coverblend Anti-Aging Finishing Powder Beige
Best Correcting/Perfecting Kit:
Colorescience Skin Perfecting Kit
Best Loose Minerals Foundation
Bare Minerals SPF15 Foundation Med. Beige
Best Lip Gloss:
Stila Lip Glaze The Sweet Six
Body Products with 5 Star Ratings!
Here’s my list of the best of the best in body products! As you’ve read in my last couple of entries all this week I will be featuring my favorite top rated products from SkinStore.com. They are not only my faves but SkinStore’s customers as well. They are some of the highest ratings on the website. Each one below had the maximum rating of 5 Stars. Also when you visit the site to read more about the product(s) you’re interested in be sure you read the customer reviews. You’ll see why this is the best way to shop for all your beauty and skin care needs!
Best Shower Gel and Body Lotion Combo:
Juara Tiare Jasmine Tea Bath and Body Ritual
Best Body Specialty Treatment:
MD Skincare Detox Duo
Best Self Tanning System:
Fake Bake Self Tanning Lotion Tri Pak
Best Cellulite Treatment:
Institut Dermed Body CelluliteRx Lipokit
Best Body Oil:
L’Occitane Almond Supple Skin Oil
Best Body Cream for Severely Dry Skin:
Cutemol Emollient Cream from Summers
Best Ingrown Hair and Bumps Treatment:
Whish Flawless Bump Fighter
Best Body Peel:
MD Skincare Alpha Beta Daily Body Peel 2Step
Best Body Scrub:
H2O Plus Sea Salt Skin Smoother
Best Breast Toning and Firming Product:
Decleor Perfect Sculpt Bust Beautifying Toning Gel
Best Stretch Mark Treatment:
Mustela Stretch Marks Intensive Action
Side note to Mustela products: This brand (developed for baby, mommy and mommy-to-be), has more 5 Star ratings for their products than any other I have ever seen!
Best Body Hydrator with Sunscreen:
PCA Skin pHaze30 Perfecting Body Hydrator SPF30
I promised you my coveted list (aka Karen’s Picks) of the best reviewed (5 star ratings from SkinStore.com customers) products for anti-aging, wrinkle repair treatment and prevention and I’m not going to let you down. So here they are!
Best Wrinkle Treatment:
Lancaster 365 Cellular Elixir
Best Anti-Aging Peel:
Hydropeptide C P4 Intensive Delivery Anti-Aging Peel System
Best Anti-Aging Mask:
Jan Marini Cesta Facial Mask
Best Anti-Aging Regimen:
Murad Resurgence Evening Renewal Regimen
Best Anti-Aging Multi-Tasking Moisturizer:
Sothys Secrets de Sothys Crème
Best Wrinkle Filler:
Rodial SPF18 Glamotox
Yesterday I wrote about searching for beauty and skincare products by way of customer ratings as opposed to by brand, price, or any other normal search mode. It’s my favorite way to find the best of the best when I’m internet shopping so if you’re interested check out yesterday’s blog entry titled “Want effective beauty products? Check out what others are saying!”
I told you that I would share with all of you my favorite 5 Star finds. Each one in “Karen’s 5 Star Picks” are top rated reviews by customers on SkinStore.com’s “customer ratings” web pages. In addition, I bought and used each one of them so you can be sure they are top notch. Ladies and Gents I give you my prestigious list of specialty skin care products … :)
Glisodin Skin Nutrients Advanced Detoxification
An amazing internal detoxification product.
Osmotics Eye Surgery Under Eye Rejuvenator
Best eye product ever! Bye bye puffiness, dark circles, crepiness and fine lines!
Snog Balm Virgin Cherry
Smooth lips at a steal of a price!
Emjoi Emagine Epilator
Best graduating gift you could get a girl this year!
Dermelect Self Esteem Neck Firming Lift
Name speaks for itself!
All next week I will concentrate on top rated products for Wrinkle Reduction and Prevention, Body Products, Regimens, Cosmetics, and Hair Care.
One of my favorite ways to find great new products (whether they’re new on the market or just new to me) is by reading other customers ratings and reviews. The best site that I’ve found for doing a splendid job of posting customer ratings truthfully, expeditiously, creatively and most importantly methodically is SkinStore.com.
For each type of product whether it be hair, skin, cosmetic or what’s new and hot, SkinStore has given you a number of ways to review what other customers have said. When you go to one of their brand pages or even a broader page such as all hair products you can literally search a number of ways by using a simple drop down box. The choices being such things as price, new, special and customer ratings. And I almost always choose the latter!
I used to be leery of customer reviews because I figured people may only be motivated to post one if they are upset with a product, and I’m sure that does happen from time to time (and that too is good info). However, many are positive and in addition they sometimes share tips and usage for the products that are informative. There are times where I’ve learned as much if not more from the user’s ratings and reviews than I have from the content descriptions of the products from the brands themselves.
I’m going to provide you with an example of how to search for customer ratings on SkinStore.com. I’m going to describe for you how I do it; however, you may find an easier way to navigate them. But this is fairly easy in and of itself.
My example will be “Natural” products. If I want to only use natural skincare and cosmetics I can simply check down the list on the left hand side of the website and click on the word “natural.” Then when I get to the natural page I click on the drop down box that I mentioned above and click on “customer ratings.” Once it navigates that page(s) all of the natural type products (whether it be hair, skin, makeup, etc) will appear. The first natural products you will see will be all products that have 5 stars, with 4 stars following, then 3, then 2, then 1 and then products that have not yet been reviewed by anyone. Then if you want to narrow your search after you’ve arrived at all natural products in order by ratings you can then go to the left hand column and choose the product type you’re specifically looking for. So if perhaps you want a natural skincare product you can click on “skincare,” again on “face” narrowing it down even further and then to “eye products.” Thus narrowing your search to all natural skincare eye products with the very best customer ratings showing up first in the line of order.
Is technology great, or is technology great?!? I can’t wait till my next entry where I share with you my top picks for a 5 star ratings regimen.
If you could have only one hair product other than shampoo and conditioner, what would it be?
Mine hands down would have to be straightening serum. It’s great for helping hot hair tools work more efficiently such as curling irons as well as flat irons. It also manages frizz and gives you beautiful shiny locks. It protects the cuticle from the harsh heat of styling tools and the sheen it infuses makes highlights and hair color contrasts look stunning.
In addition, to glossy serum having the above mentioned attributes it's also great for applying to towel dried hair and letting your hair dry naturally. When I want to stick with my naturally curly hair instead of straightening and I use the serum, I end up with the most primo curls and waves. They are shiny and defined with no frizz. When I use mousse or curling products I end up with too much volume and no where near the shine. I found this out purely by accident one day when I had already applied the serum but realized I was running late for an appointment therefore had to skip the flat iron. Everywhere I went I got compliments on my curls. This was by far the best discovery by mistake I had ever stumbled across. Now I know that I can have pretty shiny hair without doing a thing except for applying straightening serum to my combed out and towel dried hair and man is my life easier. Not to mention the damaged I’ve prevented by not using all the heating appliances.
I have a couple of favorite hair serums that I’ll share with you. You’ve just got to try this easy hair-do if you have curly or wavy hair. Obviously, if you love to straighten your hair you’ll love them just as much!
Molton Brown Smoothing Lila Leaf Hair Gloss
Oscar Blandi Olio Di Jasmine Hair Serum
Alterna Hemp Shine and Texturizing Catalyst
Well Dr.Brandt has done it again! Have any of you tried Dr. Brandt Lineless Lines No More? It’s one of the newest line plumpers I’m aware of on the market. I love it because it fills in my deep naso-labial folds and that speaks volumes because injectible fillers used to be my only option. And I just can’t afford injectibles anymore so I’m always excited to find something to use instead. But a substitution for an injectible filler is only a substitution if it actually works. And Dr. Brandt’s Lineless Lines No More does!
This product works both immediately and cumulatively. It uses hyaluronic acid, phospholipids and palmitoyl tripeptide to fill and plump lines and folds from the inside out, visibly decreasing the depth of wrinkles. Dr. Brandt Lineless Lines No More smooths out the skin’s texture and the hyaluronic acid is actually delivered to the cell via delivery by the phospholipids.
Join me in saying goodbye to injectible fillers and hello to Dr. Brandt Lineless Lines No More!
The only thing I can think of that could be any better than L’Occitane’s line of shea butter body creams is L’Occitane’s body creams formulated with gorgeous fragrance.
Imagine the smooth velvety cream infused with delectable scents such as Vanilla, Rosebud and Frangipani just to name a few.
You all know how crazy I am about the hydrating properties of shea butter and L’Occitane is one of my favorites because shea butter (aka Butyrospermum Parkii) is first on the ingredients list (right after water). And as you probably know ingredients are listed in products by order of how they are weighted in the product. In other words, if it’s first on the list, there’s more of that ingredient than the rest, and the next more than what follows, etc.
In addition to L’Occitane being loaded with shea butter it has many other incredible moisturizing and nourishing ingredients of the utmost quality. I always say quality is so important if you want skincare lotions, creams, serums and treatments to truly work. Many cheap lotions only make you feel better (soothing dry skin for instance) but really aren’t working the way quality lotions do (not only temporary soothe but actually heal, restore and protect the hydrolipic film).
So for those of us who love an effective cream that also infuses a beautiful scent to your skin you have got to check out L’Occitane Ultra Rich Body Cream. My favorite is L’Occitane Ultra Rich Body Cream Vanilla, but you can also choose from Acacia, Frangipani (plumeria), Rosebud and Ylang Ylang.
I told you today’s article would be a follow up on the last entry about Ojon Brand, focusing on their hair products. So even though I’m dying to tell you guys about all the good scoop I’ve dug up on facial treatment masques, I’m going to do what I said and head straight to masks next time. And being that the products I’m going to feature are fabulous on both subjects, it’s a win-win for ya!
As I said in the last entry Ojon is a brand of hair and skin care products that use a special precious oil that has been used by an Indian tribe in Central America for over 500 years. The unique part is this tribe is known as Tawira which when translated means, “The people of beautiful hair.” And boy is that ever an understatement! The antioxidant power in some of their products is equal to over 200lbs of blueberries just to give you an idea of the quality in this line.
I’m going to share with you the two hair products from Ojon that I myself have tried and loved.
1) Goodbye to all my assorted glossing and shine serums cause there’s a new sheriff in town (well the bathroom vanity drawer anyway)! His name is Ojon Daily Intensive Shine Treatment. It’s a rich serum that instantly adds incredible shine and manageability with frizzy, dry hair. My hair feels likes it’s in the best condition immediately after I apply it. And the conditioning agents help me comb right through it and my hair looks fabulous throughout the day. No longer do I have what all my girls refer to as “Karen Fuzz.” No more frizzies!
2) Another favorite of mine is Ojon Detox Recovery Cleanser. For those of you who read my blog routinely you know how much I’m into detoxifying my skin, body and as evidenced here, my hair. I hate product build up and love a good clarifier. When I deep cleanse my hair and remove impurities it looks as though I have highlighted my blond hair. It goes from mousy looking blonde to vibrant, light blond with even lighter highlights shimmering throughout. This occasional use shampoo purifies naturally and I’ll list some of its ingredients that effectively lead to healthy hair and scalp: Argan oil, Shale oil, Balsam Copaiba resin, Rosemary, Jojoba, Chamomile and Lemon to help restore shine.
Have you heard of the brand Ojon? It is seriously one of the best brands I’ve ever stumbled upon. The products of this line are formulated with precious ojon oil. It is the same oil that has been used for over 500 years by Miskito Indians and is found in the rainforest in Central America. This tribe is referred to as the Tawira which when translated means “The people of beautiful hair.”
Ojon has an array of products that will transform your hair and body into the most beautiful, healthy and luminous condition that you could ever imagine having.
The one thing I will spend a few bucks on is my hair and my dry skin. I figure I don’t get acrylic nails, I cut my own hair and I rarely go out to eat. So for me, I spend the extra dough on my hair and skin. Anytime, I skimp and buy grocery store hair products or body lotions I am never satisfied. When I pony up the dough and buy quality products my hair is bouncy, shiny and so healthy.
My favorite Ojon product of all is the Tawaka Tribal Rejuvenating Cream. This product will cost you more than you’re probably interested in paying, but believe me if you do it you will be so incredibly happy you did. It’s velvety smooth and quickly absorbs into the skin without feeling oily. It contains a cacoa oil that reportedly has the same antioxidant amount as 204lbs of blueberries. I also love this body cream because it may be used on the face as well as the rest of the body. Whether I apply it to the delicate skin on my face or the rough dry areas such as my hands and feet it always works and feels incredible. This product will definitely be on my 2009 Must-Have’s List!
My next article will focus on and feature some of my very favorite Ojon hair products. Now that I’ve discovered Ojon I can’t imagine using any other hair product.
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