October 2009 - Posts
For Anti-Aging the super serum would have to be REVALESKIN Intense Recovery Treatment. Pricey but well worth it. You’re going to get your money’s worth and you’ll likely feel it’s the best purchase you’ve ever made when it comes to beauty!
It’s 5 star rated and contains the most potent concentration of ingredients for treating anti-aging issues. Revale'Skin, known for its high percentage of the super-antioxidant CoffeeBerry and other natural antioxidants which enhance skin restoration and protect against future attacks from free-radicals.
Benefits along with minimizing lines and wrinkles include reducing redness; stimulate collagen production and health, and evens out skin tone.
Vitamin C has always been a favorite serum of choice and for the ultimate in vitamin C topical therapy you’ve got to check out Obagi Professional C Serum 20% Strength!
Obagi Professional C Serum 20% Strength is another 5 star rated product with amazing benefits due to its superior delivery system resulting in greater penetration to all layers of the skin with a low side effect potential.
• Boosts and maintains normal cellular turnover
• Builds collagen
• Lightens and brightens the skin
• Reduces inflammation
• Decreases trans-epidermal water loss
If I were to only be allowed to use or choose one serum (ever) I would choose this one. Hand’s down! To me, vitamin C topical skin therapy is the ultimate multitasker with proven results when the brand uses the optimal delivery system and a strong potency. This one does indeed! In fact, all Obagi products are superior when it comes to delivery and potency.
Next week we’ll take a look at targeted treatments and serums for oily and congested skin, hyper-pigmented skin, rosacea and redness, and dehydrated skin.
For the best value when it comes to cleansers for all skin types (including sensitive) check out GlyDerm Gentle Cleanser2%. It effectively cleanses the skin and leaves it soft and smooth. It beautifully improves the texture and tone of your skin and deep cleans your pores without stripping away the mantle.
For an overall top of the line cleanser that does it all check out Tracie Martyn Amla Purifying Cleanser. It’s natural, clarifying and brightening, not over-drying and helps to correct uneven complexion. It even treats and prevents blemishes. It’s a little on the pricey side but well worth it! Actually beyond worth it!!
For the clearest complexion imaginable try Cor Silver Soap. The active ingredients in this incredible cleanser actually contain silver, sericin, collagen and chitosan which reach deep below the surface killing bacteria, minimize wrinkles, fades sun spots and even has UV protection! Its little slogan is Foam, Rinse, and Glow! And rightly so!
We don’t touch upon the feet all that often here on Beauty Research but I thought I’d talk about a little foot problem that I have: dry rough skin and horrible calluses caused by years of running, martial arts and step aerobics. Sometimes my calluses are so bad that they are painful in my shoes.
Recently I started using Glytone Ultra Heel and Elbow Cream. You may remember my glowing review on the KP Kit. I figured since I have had so much success with the kit, I would try the heel and elbow cream.
What a difference it has made! I take a bath at night and after my bath, I slather the cream onto my dry, roughened areas. Now while I certainly can’t say my feet are pristine, I have seen a real reduction in the roughened, callused areas. My shoes feel like they fit better and my workouts are no longer painful on the feet.
What’s the secret? That would be a high concentration of glycolic acid, so high that it’s almost at the strength of a professional chemical peel. That said, don’t even think about applying it to your face and be very cautious in the beginning if your skin is sensitive.
Has anyone else tried this miracle cream? It’s also intended for the elbows although I haven’t tried it there yet.
This week you’re in for a special treat. I’m going to share with you the best cleansers, serums, specific targeted treatments and moisturizers that I’ve either used, researched, or have had advanced training in. Each category will include products for oily, combination, sensitive, normal and dry skin types.
I’m also planning on doing some entries on the incredible brand Dermalogica. Stay tuned. You’re gonna love this info!!! Oh might have to throw in some new info on Elizabeth Arden because I just can’t get enough of her good stuff!!!
For as long as I can remember one of the best skincare brands on the market has always been MD Forte.
I had forgotten all about this great line until this morning when I was picking up a prescription at my pharmacy and noticed they had a little locked acrylic cabinet with MD Forte displayed. It reminded me of not only how love that brand but also reminded me of how professional it really is. This pharmacy was not a big retail pharmacy but a pharmacy specifically within a medical building. Line of thought being a doctor still typically recommends it because of its strength and for proper usage. I’ve never seen MD Forte sold in the regular skin care dept of a pharmacy or any dept store. And this little visual just reminded me of that and it also reminded me of how effective the brand really is.
There are many products within the line that I could write about individually but I love their core systems the best. Why? Because of the simplicity of the regimented systems and how comprehensive the regimens are.
Whether you’re a man, woman or teenager one of the easiest most effective all inclusive regimens that I can think of has got to be MD Forte Core Systems. The reason being…you simply choose the core system correct for you. Now having said that you must keep in mind that this brand is stronger than many especially when it comes to glycolic acid percentage. However, MD Forte has also made that fairly easy to use because the strengths are simply identified as I, II or III. With level III being the strongest.
The core systems start you out with levels I and II and rightly so. I would even consider purchasing separately the level I of the products that are leveled this way as you will see when you look at that links I will provide. Perhaps use the level one’s first and then after that product is all gone go ahead and open the level II products that were included in the kit.
Here are the systems available:
MD Forte Core System for Oily Skin
Glycare Cleansing Gel
Advanced Hydrating Complex Cream
Aftercare Environmental Protection Cream SPF30
Skin Rejuvenation Eye Cream
MD Forte Core System for Dry Skin
Replenish Hydrating Cleanser
Facial Cream II
Replenish Hydrating Cream
Aftercare Environmental Protection Cream SPF30
Skin Rejuvenation Eye Cream
MD Forte Core System for Combination Skin
Facial Cleanser II
Skin Rejuvenation Lotion II
Replenish Hydrating Cream
Aftercare Environmental Protection Cream SPF30
Skin Rejuvenation Eye Cream
Keep in mind that these products may be purchased separately but these systems will give you a great basic guideline to follow for your individual indications.
M.D. Forte offers physician-strength glycolic skin care products with 2 to 3 times higher levels of glycolic compound than similar products. M.D. Forte products gently exfoliate the outer layers of dry, sun-damaged skin, resulting in total skin rejuvenation.
I think I can speak for most women when I say for the most part we like sex to last longer than three minutes; however, when it comes to beauty treatments three minutes is a dream come true! There aren’t many you can apply and remove in three minutes. Most treatments such as masks and peels take around 15 minutes before you can remove them.
Readers I give you the ultimate in three minute rejuvenation! I got the scoop at a Z. Bigatti training for professionals that I recently had the pleasure of attending.
Before this training I had already loved a few Z Bigatti products that I had tried in the past some of which I still wouldn’t be without. Namely, Z Bigatti Re-Storation Treatment! However, it’s a tad pricey so I tend to be very frugal with my supply. Even my best of friends are unaware of my stash! That’s my “for very special events only” cream! Hands off!
Well, it turns out this amazing upscale line has a few other little sleepers that I was completely unaware of. You must try two Z. Bigatti treatments that will give you an incredible, radiant glow in 180 seconds!
Z. Bigatti Re-Storation Dew-Hydrating Facial Mask is a five star rated three to five minute mask that is packed with mega hydration along with antioxidants and other nourishing anti-aging ingredients that will leave your stressed out skin youthful, revitalized, firm and dewy soft!
Z. Bigatti Re-Storation Impact Fruit Enzyme Facial Mask is an incredible three minute peel type mask that exfoliates, clarifies, minimizes pore size and improves your skin’s texture. Those little enzymes pack quite a punch leaving your face radiant, silky, smooth and repaired for the clearest complexion that I know of with a home treatment.
Keep in mind that Z. Bigatti is not a cheap brand and you’re gonna have to dig a little deeper when you become an uber Z. Bigatti fan like me. But…you’ll definitely get what you paid for and save that little precious commodity that we refer to as precious time.
Normally I just love to sit at my computer and review the latest product I can get my hands on, but today I realized I was running low on one of my favorites. So of course I shopped around and found the deal of the year on my Kinerase Cream! If you are a Kinerase lover you gotta stock up. I was on SkinStore.com (one of my favs to shop) and low and behold just when I needed it... a 30% off Kinerase sale! So what happened...well before I could count to ten I had my Kinerase Cream in my basket and a couple of the Pro Therapy products I've been dying to try. If you are not a Kinerase lover don't worry...they have 20% off on everything else! I picked up a few other items...enough for me to check the date to see when payday is coming and checked out before I changed my mind. I will do a full review I promise on the Pro Therapy line as soon as I get my shipment. Until then my advice is to take advantage of the deals! If you are new to Kinerase, try their Kinerase Cream it is one of the best moisturizers on the planet. Read the reviews...everyone love's it! Hurry though if you are going to catch the sale...there were a couple of my favs already out of stock. Just go to www.skinstore.com and you will see the sale on the site.
I rarely buy products because of their names or packaging. Well maybe I’m a slight sucker for packaging! LOL Especially if it’s perfume but that makes sense to me. After all perfume is often placed on dressers or bathroom counters for display and easy access.
But a couple of weeks ago I have to say I gravitated towards a skincare brand just because I liked the name. I just felt like the name spoke volumes.
H2O Plus brand reeled me in just like a sport fisherman with a marlin on his hook! But seriously, how could a person with dry skin go wrong with a product that screams hydration? So needless to say I ordered and I ordered big. Never tried a sample, never had a conversation about it with any other professional and quite frankly I didn’t even research the ingredients which is something I always do.
Well call it my gut instinct or their mission to hydrate us but whatever the reason I succumbed. And boy am I ever glad I did!
H2O claims to work because it’s a brand from the sea and the unique thing about the sea is that it claims the same composition as our body. Thereby working the chemistry we share with the big blue to optimize the health and vitality of our skin.
I have got to tell you….there is definitely something to this. My skin is gorgeously vitalized. It’s just down right radiant. I am so pleased with my H2O Plus products. You’ve got to check it out! Here’s what I’ve tried so far:
H2o Plus Eye Oasis Moisture Replenishment Treatment
H2o Plus Natural Spring Moisture Boosting Body Balm
H2o Plus Sea Mineral Mud Mask
Oh and by the way…the bottles are so cute and pleasing to the eye that they too share counter space with my pretty perfume bottles!
I'm head over hills in love with a Door!! Yes, Red Door by Elizabeth Arden. There is a fabulous Red Door Gift Set available on SkinStore.com that contains a toilette spray, a parfum spray, a body cream and a shower gel for $49.50. And by the way the value of it is 177 bucks!
I love to use the cream only for a day at work (the fragrance is beautiful, yet not overwhelming); the toilette spray for weekend day use; and the parfum for a sexy night time date! And the shower gel is pure luxury that smells great and softens the body.
Elizabeth Arden describes Red Door as sensual and sophisticated and I've got to say that description is spot on! This will give you an idea:
Top Note: Ylang-Ylang and Vibrant Red Roses
Middle Note: Oriental Orchid, Jasmine, Lily of the Valley, Moroccan Orange Flowers, Forest Lilies, Rich Freesia, Carnation and Wild Violets
Base Note: Oakmoss, Sandalwood, Spicy Vetiver and Honey
Just reading the notes makes me want to go soak in the tub and indulge myself in those incredible scents.
If you're looking for your new signature fragrance you have got to give this set a try. As I said...I'm in love!!
Oh my gosh! I’ve got to tell you guys about two new incredible products I recently purchased. Well actually one was a gift. And truth be told…I pondered re-gifting one or the other just because the packaging for both was so gift like and upscale. However, I couldn’t take not trying both of them so my re-gifting idea flourished as fast I had thought of it.
I suppose besides the fact that re-gifting is just wrong, I also couldn’t do it cause they both are for firming and anti-aging rejuvenation. I’m just too plain weak to give anything away that’s even remotely anti-aging! My girlfriend has been raving about Yonka products for years and I knew they were awesome...I just didn't expect...quite this awesome!
So I broke into both! One was Dr. Babor Derma Cellular Ultimate Wrinkle Control Fluid and the other is Yonka Advanced Optimizer Duo. All I can say is…Wow! Now this is what I’m talkin’ bout when I’m talkin’ Anti-Aging!
I use them alternatively each day so I can’t really say which one is better than the other…all I know is that they work! If any of you buy one or the other, can you please, please write me and let me know your thoughts??? I’d love that cause then perhaps I won’t be so hooked on both!
Sea minerals have become widely used in the skin care industry and can be found in a variety of products and in some cases entire skin care lines. What is it about sea mineral products that has made them so popular? What are some great products to try that deliver results?
Sea minerals are believed to draw impurities out of the skin, refining and decongesting. The natural occurring minerals are also said to be excellent exfoliants, aiding in removing layers of dull, dead skin cells and revealing fresh, healthy skin. Many believe that ingredients from the sea actually nourish and heal aging and injured skin.
I have no way of knowing if any of this is true or not but I can recommend some great pampering products containing sea minerals. I must say that these items are very luxurious and perfect for treating yourself to a spa experience without leaving your home or spending a fortune.
My favorite sea mineral body treatment is SAMPAR Lap of Luxury Sea Scrub. I think the name says it all. I feel like an absolute queen using this scrub. Yes, it really is that luxurious. I usually shave my legs first and then with my skin slightly damp, I apply the product and gently (I did say gently) massage over my whole body. The scrub contains essential oils that hydrate and lightly perfume the skin. The product rinses off pretty easily in the shower but it does coat the skin in a soft layer of fragrant moisture. Once you’re out of the shower, apply a non-scented moisturizer. You won’t want to miss out on the delectable aroma of SAMPAR so don’t cover it up with a perfumed lotion.
Do you love weekly deep-cleansing masks as much as I do? I look forward to my mask days since this special treat always makes me feel very pampered and soothed. One of my favorites is H2O Plus Sea Mineral Mud Mask. H2O Plus has a whole line of products with ingredients from the sea. This mask makes my skin feel quite amazing. It cleanses deeply and purifies without making my skin feel tight and irritated like so many other mud masks I’ve tried. I actually feel a cooling sensation after I rinse the product off. The mask is a bright purple-blue out of the tube and dries to a very bold blue. You may get giggles from family members but it rinses off clean and no trace of the blue will be left on your skin.
In addition to all of the wonderful gifts we receive from the big blue sea, we can now add beauty and skin care to the never-ending list. Luxurious sea mineral products are a real delight for anyone looking to be pampered.
Oh my gosh...I just noticed SkinStore.com is having their Top 50 products under 50 dollars promotion! I love that! Here are some under 50 bucks must haves!
Must have Multi-Use serum. This product has more uses than any product on the market. To name a few...acne, discoloration, pore minimizer, wrinkle reducer, horrible heels, stretch marks....M2 Skin Technologies HP Skin Refinish20%. $44.50
Must have Moisture Mask. Highly rated and highly effective Avene Soothing Moisture Mask can be yours for only 22 bucks!
Must have product for Men! Guys you know you want to have gorgeous bright eyes just like we do so check out Menscience Eye Rescue Formula for a mere $37.
Must have moisturizer for dry winter months. AtoPalmMLE Cream. Only 36 dollars for about 2&1/4 oz jar!
Must have hair removal appliance. Only 40 bucks...great for travel and probably one of the best gifts you can give for under fifty bucks has to be Emjoi Gently Classic. See ya later unwanted hair!
I’ve written recently on how much I hate thin eyebrows and how the only thing I’ve been able to attribute it to is hormonal hair loss. I was so thankful for B.Kamins Eyelash Fortifier for bringing my eyebrows back to at least making me look like I’m not an alien.
But I’ve noticed recently a bunch of correspondence lately from readers who swear by Billion Dollar Brows Brow Boost. I’ve used other Billion Dollar Brow products but never this one. Have any of you tried it?
I want to buy it and see if it can add even more depth to my thinning eyebrows. I’ve loved their tweezers forever but haven’t yet tried this little gem of a product.
Here are some great articles I found on SkinCare-News.com that mention Billion Dollar Brow products.
I love Breast Cancer Awareness month not only for the obvious reasons of fundraising, support, awareness, information, memorials and tributes, tools and resources to become pro active in your own health (such as early detection), and all the other really good reasons it was founded.
But in addition to that I also love all the items that many companies have painted or packaged in pink and for their taking part and giving back. The products are not only serving an enormous purpose…they’re also just plain cute!
My favorite is the pink Campbell’s Tomato Soup cans (although I haven’t seen them yet so far this year). I almost wish I didn’t love tomato soup so much so that I could actually keep a can without opening it and just let it sit there on my kitchen counter. My whole kitchen is pink (in tribute to my daughter who loved pink so much!) so the can would look perfectly normal outside the pantry! I still want that darn KitchenAid Mixer in pink!!!
But of course pink for me is best when it comes to beauty products. And many beauty brands have joined the cause. Here are just a few of my favorites…and I’m not just talkin’ about the pink packaging!!
Sport dream lashes with Revitalash Deluxe Set!
For the cleanest, smoothest, silkiest skin check out Clarisonic Skin Care System Pink!
Look young and firm with Elemis Essential Beauty Secrets!
Well I thought I'd wind my little hair products series down with the tools my daughter Ashley uses to style her hair. These tools taught me to reach deeper in my pocket if I want to get out the door with gorgeous shiny hair in a more timely manner.
Her blow dryer is Allure Magazine's Best of Beauty Best of Tools award winner T3 Bespoke Featherweight. It is so lightweight and easy to use you actually look forward to styling your hair. She uses a boar bristle round brush and ends up with incredible sleeky, shiny locks. Not an easy feat considering she has naturally curly (tight, frizzy curls)hair. Her flat iron is from Metropolis Technology and is the best straightening iron I've ever used in my life! I will never go back to cheap when it comes to styling tools and appliances. Hair turns out gorgeous and in about half the time! In addition, the technology in ion and tourmaline products makes for less damage, faster drying time and less frizz.
These tools have become my absolute beauty must-haves!
T3 Bespoke Featherweight
Rene Furterer Medium Round Brush
Metropolis Technology S-Nano Wet Dry Flat Iron 1"
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