December 2010 - Posts
No matter what regimen we recommend here at Beauty Research, the results are always better when starting with a truly clean slate. I always recommend the Clarisonic for use with a top quality skin care line in order to get the most benefits out of each product. A thorough cleansing and exfoliation helps products absorb and work better.
Most people think of the original Clarisonic Skin Care System when they hear the brand name but now Clarisonic has come out with other models including the Clarisonic PLUS Skin Care System with Spot Treatment which has an additional mode for difficult areas of the body that need extra attention.
Any top quality line of products can be paired with the Clarisonic and will perform better. Phytomer makes a great basic cleanser, Phytomer Perfect Visage Gentle Cleansing Milk that is very effective at removing impurities without leaving the skin dry and tight. It works even better with the Clarisonic. Once the skin is clean and exfoliated, Phytomer Hydracontinue – Instant Moisture Cream can better absorb to thoroughly hydrate the skin.
So many of our readers report that they have dull skin that has lost its luster. I frequently recommend Ole Henriksen products for skin that’s in need of a pick-me-up. Ole Henriksen Three Little Wonders Box Set contains three of the most popular products from Ole that work together to brighten the skin, exfoliate dull layers and increase firmness. Everything of course will work better with the help of the Clarisonic. Since we never want to neglect the eyes, make sure you check out Ole Henriksen Ultimate Lift Eye Gel.
I have heard some people say that they cannot use a Clarisonic because of sensitivity issues. The truth is, even sensitive types can use the device. Just stick to the delicate or sensitive brush heads. Pair the Clarisonic with a brand geared towards sensitive skin like Pevonia Botanica. The Pevonia Botanica RS2 Rosacea line is very effective at controlling redness and rosacea-related flare-ups. After cleansing, apply the Pevonia RS2 Care Cream to calm redness and broken capillaries. If your skin is sensitive and dry, check out the Pevonia Botanica Dry Skin line. Pevonia Power Repair Marine Collagen Cream delivers marine collagens and essential moisture to plump and soften fine lines and wrinkles.
There are many therapeutic benefits of using the ingredient Geranium in skin care including its astringent and antiseptic nature; but one of the best things about the oil is its ability to balance the skin. This balancing act provides a unique ability to level out sebum production, making the ingredient an excellent infusion into skin care products for both oily and dry types of skin. A balanced sebum level not only keeps oily skin dryer, it conversely keeps dry skin more moist.
Sundari and Decleor brands offer perfect examples of this “balancing act” with a few amazing products within their lines.
For those of you with oily skin, Decleor Aromessence Ylang Ylang Purifying Serum provides an easy solution to purifying and balancing sebum while eliminating impurities. And for those of us with dry skin, Sundari Essential Oil For Dry Skin is the geranium ticket to softer, more supple skin!
If you’re like most people, you don’t like to have to think too much about sun protection. It’s one of those daily necessities that is anything but fun. It may be very tempting to just skip the sun protection or apply once and not go through the trouble of reapplying as necessary but it’s you who will suffer in the end with skin damage.
To make daily sun protection more doable, choose products that make the process simple. Since most of us use makeup and more of us are using primers, doesn’t it make sense to use a primer that contains sunscreen? One of my favorite lines of SPF Cosmetics is Colorescience. The brand makes a whole array of fabulous makeup items that contain natural physical sunscreens from minerals. One of my all time favorite items is Colorescience Line Tamer SunReliable Primer SPF 20. It is an amazing primer that smoothes out imperfections, calms redness and creates a fabulous base for mineral foundation. It is absolutely safe for sensitive skin and even has a cooling effect which is hugely beneficial for reactive types. You won’t even use it for the sunscreen. It will just be the icing on the cake.
I find that even if I can convince people to apply sunscreen first thing in the morning, I just can’t seem to motivate those same people to reapply throughout the day, especially on the face. It’s normal that women don’t want to mess up their makeup by reapplying. That’s what I love about the Colorescience Sunforgettable SPF 30 Brush Perfectly Clear. You can take it with you since it’s small and packs easily in a handbag. With just a few quick strokes of a brush, you have a fresh layer of sun protection. It doesn’t interfere with your makeup. There are two other shades to suit skin tones that are darker or more on the fair side.
Mint has long been used in the beauty industry for its antiseptic, antipruitic and anti-inflammatory properties. We often think of mint for freshening our breath, for relieving aches and pains and even as a clarifying treatment for our scalps. However, mint not only works wonders for those traditional purposes but it’s also great for softening, soothing, refreshing, revitalizing, and calming our skin.
Today I wanted to share with you a few of my favorite skin care products that utilize the amazing properties of mint.
has given us the ability to have a beautiful spa experience from our own home with Ole Henriksen Skin Inhalation Therapy
. It’s a purifying and revitalizing elixir that eliminates and prevents breakouts while calming and soothing sensitive skin. It invigorates our skin as well as our mood.
Another elixir well worth its weight in gold is from Caudalie Paris
. Aptly named “Beauty Elixir,” Caudalie Beauty Elixir
promotes and provides an immediate luminosity and radiance to the skin.
Look like a photo-finished piece of art with Kevin Aucoin The Liquid Airbrush Foundation. The soy infused makeup provides medium coverage, covers imperfections and evens out skin tones flawlessly and imparts a satiny, natural appearance.
It’s ideal for combination skin and comes in a range of shades to match your skin beautifully. Kevin Aucoin cosmetics and beauty products can be found at www.beauty.com.
Top makeup artist Kevin Aucoin knows all the tricks of the trade and has now made it possible for us to look like a professional make up artist applied our makeup every time we walk out of the house…And the easy to apply, Kevin Aucoin The Liquid Airbrush line is just another great example of this!
Long known for its powerful anti-inflammatory benefits, Turmeric has many uses in terms of health and well being…including benefits for the skin.
Juara brand knows that as well and has brilliantly incorporated the ingredient into their Juara Turmeric Antioxidant Facial Mask. This mask will brighten and strengthen your skin in just one treatment. Juara Turmeric Anti-Oxidant Facial Mask is one of the best detoxifying masks I’ve ever used. It neutralizes harmful toxins, while allowing infusion of other great ingredients such as Vitamin E and Squalane. This repairing and revitalizing mask is suitable for all types of skin
StriVectin brand has made it easy for you to see if their world famous anti-aging products will work for you. With StriVectin’s Limited Edition Gift of Proof Set you get to virtually do your own skin care study and be the proverbial guinea pig for your own clinical trial. It’s a great way to see if StriVectinSD Anti-Aging products will give you the results that so many men and women have raved about for years.
StriVectin Gift of Proof Set is only $99 and is available now at SkinStore.com while supplies last. It comes with two ounces of the newer "concentrate" version (4 times the peptide plumping power) of the original StriVectinSD cream, a half ounce of their amazing, clinically proven StriVectin Eye Concentrate and 0.6ozs of their brilliant brightening Resurfacing Serum.
These three products when used in combination will turn dull, aging skin into younger looking, revitalized, and luminous skin in only a few weeks. In fact, one of my favorite things about StriVectinSD is how I’ve always noticed the effects immediately.
This is a great time to see if the famous StriVectin products will deliver for you too!
I think it’s fair to say that one of the reasons this blog exists is because none of us has perfect skin and we are all looking to improve and enhance what we have. Even though we may pride ourselves on recommending products that deliver results, our skin will remain imperfect as long as we remain human.
Some people have particularly difficult facial flaws like acne, vitiligo, redness and discoloration including birth marks, which are particularly difficult to conceal. If you have found that the foundations you have tried in the past have not performed to your expectations, take a look at Dermablend Cosmetics.
Dermablend Cosmetics Cover Creme is a highly pigmented foundation that is exceptionally effective at covering the most challenging of facial imperfections without leaving a heavy mask. The consistency is thick but it warms to the skin and blends nicely to a lightweight finish. It even helps to hydrate the skin throughout the day. Dermablend Cover Creme True Beige is one of the most popular shades but the foundation comes in a wide range of other options to accommodate all skin tones. I would definitely recommend finishing with the Dermablend Loose Setting Powder – Original to set the foundation, making it water resistant and smudge-proof.
Dermablend Cosmetics specializes in high performance foundation and is well respected in the cosmetics industry. One you try it, you’ll experience what it’s like to have flawless skin!
We have talked about many natural ingredients that are beneficial to the skin but recently, I discovered the power of the orchid. Orchids have been cherished for centuries for their beauty. There are even people who are obsessed with the flowers and have risked their safety in the forests of South America in order to discover new varieties.
Orchids are natural antioxidants that protect skin cells against damage and also help to repair compromised skin. The plant also contains natural hydrators that can help prevent moisture loss. Some varieties even contain beneficial minerals. I had no idea that this gorgeous plant did so many wonderful things for the skin!
Astara Activated Antioxidant Infusion is a beautiful gentle product that boosts the health of the skin and prevents aging natural with the help of orchid extracts. Astara has had amazing success using natural ingredients for exceptional results.
Freeze 24 / 7 Anti-Wrinkle Cream is a great choice for those looking to fight their aging aggressively. Freeze 24 / 7 combines nature and science to deliver a most effective anti-aging blend.
Z. Bigatti is another brand that combines natural and scientifically-derived ingredients in order to fight aging. Z. Bigatti Illuminate Exfoliating And Firming Facial Crème tackles multiple signs of aging like dullness and sagging skin to bring about a more youthful appearance.
This is an amazing year for shopping deals. I have never seen such incredible discounts from retailers. Every time I turn around, I have a new email about a great sale that often includes free shipping. If you’re still looking for gifts, you need to check out these deals. Even if you’re done with all of your holiday shopping, consider getting something nice for yourself. At these prices, it’s crazy not to go shopping.
Ann Taylor Loft is one of my favorite places to shop and this year has truly been a treat. Currently, the clothing and apparel retailer is offering 40% off your entire purchase plus free shipping if you spend over $125. Check out the gorgeous sweaters! I have already bought three and a nice top to boot. If you’re ordering for someone else, you still have two days left to receive your package by Christmas.
Eddie Bauer is a great place to shop for the casual, out-doorsy type. Some items are up to 50% off and there’s free shipping for purchases over $100. I bought my husband two really nice sweaters because the prices were so good.
The Gap and Banana Republic are also slashing prices and offering free shipping deals. If I didn’t already have a great holiday dress, I would be very tempted to buy the one that’s featured on Banana Republic’s web site.
Of course it would be silly of me not to mention the great deals going on at our favorite beauty retailers. SkinStore.com is currently running a 20% off promotion with free shipping on orders of over $49. Drugstore.com is offering up to 50% off select gifts plus free shipping on orders of more than $25. If you shop at Spalook.com, you can get up to $50 off your order. There’s a discount for smaller orders as well. There’s also free shipping with a purchase of $50 or more. Plus, they have their four hour mid-day spa break going on today where you can save up to 60% off certain items.
This may be a tough economy where we feel we have less to spend but it’s a unique time to snap up deals we may not see again for years. Take full advantage of the current discounts out there and go shopping!
Are you looking for the perfect gift for a really special woman in your life? Elizabeth Arden will deliver a message of love and care like nothing else. One of my all time favorite fragrances is Elizabeth Arden Pretty. It’s a very inviting feminine scent that incorporates both fruity and floral aromas. You just can’t go wrong when giving the gift of Elizabeth Arden.
Elizabeth Arden Pretty Eau de Parfum Spray is a classic spray fragrance containing the signature scent in a gorgeous, girly bottle that looks fabulous on a counter top or dresser. The eau de parfum actually comes in two different sizes, a 1.7 ounce size and a 3.3 ounce size.
If you really want to spoil her, check out the Elizabeth Arden Pretty As A Picture Fragrance Set. It contains the large eau de parfum spray, the body lotion which contains the same scent so as not to compete and a charm bracelet. Everything is packaged in a beautiful pink box that she’ll keep for years. It is absolutely exquisite!
Philosophy Hope for the Holidays Set is a terrific kit at a terrific value. It’s a great way to check out the beautiful benefits from Philosophy brand skin care. It comes with Hope in a jar original formula moisturizer for all skin types which is a great lightweight daily moisturizer that not only hydrates but improves texture and tone, contains protective antioxidants and leaves your skin gloriously smooth. You also are blessed with their amazing eye hope advanced anti-aging eye cream and lastly gifted with hope springs eternal deep sea ultra-fine hydrating mist which is the perfect travel size to carry in your purse and hydrate and refresh your skin anytime which not only gives you an instant look of restoration but also a fabulous sense of well being.
Check out Philosophy Hope for the Holidays Set ASAP and grab one while supplies last and all for the sweet bargain price of only 40 dollars!
We realize that some of our readers are men so we try to acknowledge that fact regularly by offering up some great product suggestions just for our male audience. Everyone should know by now that skin care isn’t just for women. However, men’s skin is different and that of course means that men have different needs and concerns. The beauty industry has responded with vast offerings of top quality products developed just for the guys.
I think I have written before about my recent discovery of Aramis Classic. The brand has a signature fragrance that’s warm and earthy. The scent is incorporated into all of its products. One unique product is the Aramis Classic 24 Hour Antiperspirant Spray which actually responds to body heat, releasing fragrance and controlling wetness. It’s quite remarkable. Since many of you men haven’t yet bought into the idea of using a moisturizer, consider using a hydrating after shave. Aramis Classic Advanced Moisture After Shave is a dual purpose product that protects freshly shaved skin from irritation while also providing essential moisture all day long. You’ll get great skin and fragrance in one easy step.
If you’re the metro type that truly understands the need for good skin care, you will love Menscience Androceuticals made specifically for men’s skin. You’re no doubt well aware of the importance of both hydration and exfoliation? How does a product that takes care of both necessities sound? Menscience Advanced Face Lotion accomplishes this without leaving a heavy feel. In fact, it dries to nice matte finish and helps to control shine throughout the day. While there are men who prefer not to fight the aging process, others want to arm themselves with the best technology out there. Menscience Anti-Aging Formula contains a peptide cocktail which restores firmness and elasticity, smoothing lines and wrinkles. It’s a lightweight formula so you won’t even know it’s there!
Men don’t typically buy fragrance for themselves so drop a little hint in your significant other’s ear about these two fabulous giftable items from Kenneth Cole Black and Calvin Klein; the Calvin Klein Eternity for Men Holiday Gift Set features the signature fragrance along with an after shave and body wash. Kenneth Cole Black is a classic fragrance that’s appropriate for all occasions. Men and women alike appreciate the masculine, exotic scent.
Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Gold Capsules Value Set is available right now (while supplies last) at SkinStore.com. This is a beauty/value must-have! It’s only 68 dollars and you get 60 capsules of the treasured Ceramide Gold Ultra Restorative Capsules, a quarter ounce of Ceramide Plump Perfect Ultra Night Repair and Moisture Cream, a quarter ounce of Ceramide Plump Perfect Ultra Lift and Firm Eye Cream SPF15, and a quarter ounce of Ceramide Plump Perfect Ultra Lift and Firm Moisture Cream SPF30. This deal is not only valuable in terms of price…its value in the repair of your skin is priceless!
Elizabeth Arden's Ceramide Gold Capsules Value Set is my pick for the best skin care gift under seventy-five bucks that I’ve come across so far this Holiday Season. If you have a woman in your life who you know adores beauty and is always seeking skin care products that will deliver more youthful, radiant and brilliant appearing skin…this is a gift she will love.
I ordered two! One for my best friend Deb and one for me!!
This morning I was out of body lotion and the only thing I had available was my favorite foot cream. I decided to use it on my body because it has always done miracles for my dry cracked feet.
Miracle Foot Repair Cream is an 8oz tube of moisture for dry cracked feet which never fails to heal dryness, cracks, itching and odor. When used regularly or even once in a while, your feet will be sandal ready and feel amazing immediately.
What I didn’t know was that it can make your body feel unbelievably soft and hydrated as well. With Southern California Santa Ana winds my skin feels unbearably dry. After applying this today after my shower…the skin on my body feels incredibly soft, supple, comfortable and totally hydrated.
It contains a whopping 60% pure Aloe Vera which has been known for centuries for its phenomenal healing properties. The special moisturizers in the cream penetrate the layers of the skin for amazing hydration, repair and revitalization.
Whether you want it for your feet or your whole body you will certainly see why the word “Miracle” is in the title!
You can find it at Drugstore.com and now is the time to order because they are offering a savings for the purchase of two. Click on the link below to view the offer:
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