Check It Out: Real Simple March 2010 Issue

Hey Girlies, I’ve missed you the last few days, I’ve been MIA!  I was hunkered down enjoying a long “happy birthday to me weekend” with some really good reads (and my new iPod Touch).  I’m reading the new Kelly Cutrone book, and I devoured the March issue of Real Simple!  You might want to pick this one up, it’s loaded with easy and affordable real-world beauty recommendations.

With articles like “Beauty Break-throughs” and “Road Test Mascara”, I was having a hard time putting it down!  I’m definitely going to try a few of the products featured–like Le Métier de Beauté’s Magic Lusture Cream, and Macadamia Hair’s Macadamia Natural Oil Infused Comb.  You’ll likely discover a few products you haven’t yet heard of yourself, I’m always open to being enlightened about anything that revolves around products…like the rest of us product junkies!  We want it all!  Well, some of “us” aren’t as extreme!  But  both sides of the fence know their roles, and they do it very well!  Then, we meet in the middle and share our joys all the same, learning a thing or two from eachother along the way!

So if you’re lacking the inspiration to find a new hair look, wonder why the masses find a specific mascara so worthy, or just want some simple and easy tips to make your beauty routine easier–the March issue of Real Simple is worthy of checking out!

Fab Find: Patricia Wexler M.D. MMPi Skin Regenerating Serum

MMPi Skin Regenerating SerumIf you take a second to lightly press on your cheek, you’ll notice a cushion that results in a little bit of a bounce when you take your fingers off of it.  You can partially thank your skin’s collagen for that suppleness, it provides the youthful fullness in our skin that we are fighting to protect every day to prevent the dreaded “sag”.  As we age, our skin loses it’s ability to produce collagen.  Major drag, huh?

While I don’t ever think any single skincare product is the cure to turn back the hands of time, I have found several that I think have helped me in my own personal battle of the sag!  I agree with Dr. Patricia Wexler– Every skin is aging skin.” And then there’s the tried and true, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”  Yep!  With those facts in mind, I tried out Patricia Wexler M.D. Dermatology’s MMPi Skin Regenerating Serum and I think it’s Fab Find worthy!

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New Fragrance Releases On The Way From Bath & Body Works

It’s new release update time from Bath & Body Works, so does that mean good stuff for us?  Hmm…

P.S. I Love You Spring Fling

First up–the February 1st release of P.S. I Love You Spring Fling, a fresh and playful take on the original P.S. I Love You fragrance that was released last year.  With the original being predominantly rose-based, Spring Fling sounds crisp and clean with key notes of wild honeysuckle, sparkling water, and fresh air.  This is up on their website now with a Buy 2 Get 1 deal, anyone tried it yet?

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Review: Bare Escentuals RareMinerals Active Triple Treatment Eye Cream

RareMinerals Active Triple Treatment Eye CreamInspired by all of the bareMinerals goodness on QVC this weekend with Leslie’s on-air visit, I think it’s time to tell you about the new RareMinerals Active Triple Treatment Eye Cream I’ve been testing for just over 4 weeks now.  Just in case you’re not familiar with the other products in the RareMinerals skincare line, it’s an assortment of products that contain a unique and proprietary ActiveSoil™ Complex which in part, functions as mineral electrolytes to the skin.

Long story as short as possible–I think of this like giving Pedialyte to someone who is extremely dehydrated to replenish their body (which then reminds me of that time I had mono the entire summer before I started high school and drank TONS of the stuff while being ordered to bed rest, UGH).  So when your skin is dehydrated, it’s much like your body and doesn’t function as efficiently as it should because the skin is it’s own organ.  And ta-dah!  The aging process is sped up and often exaggerated as a result.  No thanks, think I’ll pass and slather myself in every product I can!

According to Bare Escentuals, based on a 6-week independent clinical study, this RareMinerals eye cream performed as follows:

• 100% noticed their skin was softer and smoother
• 97% noticed it provided just the right amount of moisture to the eye area
• 94% noticed the area around the eyes looked brighter and more awake
• 91% noticed their skin was firmer and more youthful
• 86% noticed a reduction in puffiness around the eye area

And I say…

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Review: Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy

Mederma Stretch Marks TherapySeveral years ago, a few female co-workers and I were having a conversation about stretch marks, and I’m more than sure we were supposed to be doing something else at the time.  We were griping about where we had them, what we’ve tried to get rid of them, and taking turns comparing ours to objects–I’d like to think of mine as “road maps to nowhere”.  One brave soul had the nerve to say, “I’ve never had any stretch marks in my life!

And the world stopped.  You could have heard a pin drop, and she was cut in to shreds by the daggers coming out of our eyes.  I thought, “Well aren’t you just special?”  With that came an eye roll so long that they could have gotten stuck in the back of my head.  I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt, it’s possible, but highly unlikely.  She had recently given birth, and she was also one of those people who always has to “one up” whatever you say in a conversation.  Yeah, one of those people.  I’m getting ready to make my point, but I just couldn’t pass getting that in there for Little Miss Last Word McGraw!

Why do we feel the need to hide them or lie about having them?  They’re a fact of life, nothing to be ashamed of.   Although, you won’t see me working at any bikini car washes on Ventura Boulevard soon ever!  Get irritated with them?  Definitely.  And that’s okay and understandable.  I don’t obsess over my road maps, I know they’re there, my husband knows they’re there, but the person I truly feel bad for is the gal who airbrush tans me while I’m wearing nothing but a thong.  Thankfully, she’s quick!  In the past, I’ve tried a lot of things to minimize their appearance–stimulation, exfoliation, intensive moisture creams, and I gave up.  This is me, and it is what it is.  Until a new product came along, that is–Mederma Stretch Marks Therapy.  I figured I didn’t have anything to lose.  I would either see a minimal improvement, or nothing at all and revert back to my “it is what it is” mentality!

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Currently Loving: Patricia Wexler M.D. Anti-Aging Sensitive Skin Collection

If you’ve got sensitive skin, you may agree with what I’m about to say: most skincare products for sensitive skin are limiting and boring.  Don’t get me wrong, I think there are some fabulous sensitive skincare products out there–but if they were all I could ever use, I’d be bored to tears!  So it was really refreshing to try out the Patricia Wexler M.D. Dermatology Anti-Aging Sensitive Skin Collection, a clinical results-based anti-aging line for sensitive skin that delivers professional strength results.  I’d like to think that my skin is pretty tough, it tolerates acids and peels very well but gets really red after cleansing–doesn’t that seem like it should be the reverse?  My skin also doesn’t really love certain formulations of Vitamin C, so I have to look for potent anti-aging solutions elsewhere in that department.

This regimen of four skincare products is designed specifically to deliver powerful anti-aging benefits without all of the irritation, offering all the comfort of a sensitive skin line.  Using powerful anti-aging peptides, soothing anti-irritants and botanicals, and Dr. Wexler’s own MMPi-20 technology, this system helps to meet the needs of both sensitive and aging skin!

Gentle Exfoliating PeelGentle, cumulative use lactic acid peel used nightly after cleansing
MMPi-20 Comforting & Renewing Serum
Excellent for both AM & PM use to soothe redness while providing anti-aging benefits
Calming Anti-Aging Moisturizer SPF 30A lightweight moisturizer with an SPF 30 with skin calming ingredients
Soothing & Renewing Night Cream – Nourishing night cream that reduces inflammation on contact, restores the delicate moisture balance, and also works great on the neck area

An editorial sample was provided by the company and evaluated to determine my opinion of the product in this post.  Please see the Disclosures page for further information regarding my policies for using editorial samples.

BeautyFix 4 has arrived!

I’m so excited that BeautyFix 4 is here!  Each kit keeps getting better and better, and I can’t wait to try out these new products that were included in this installment:

Frais Hand Sanitizer (purse size)
Jonathan Product Finish Shine Polishing Gloss
Chella Enzyme Exfoliating Crema Mask
Canyon Ranch Protect UVA/UVB SPF 30 Facial Moisturizer
Coola Total Body SPF 30
3LAB Perfect Cleansing Foam
Raw Minerals Mineral Eyeshadow Trio “Sahara” — contains Spice, Sand, and Camel

The BeautyFix quarterly subscription service brings a great collection of mostly full-size products to your door for $49.95, and shipping is free!  Each season, you’ll receive at least 8 products to try out and obtain access to beauty advice and tutorials from the BeautyFix panel of experts on their website.  I’ll be reviewing some of these products soon, so keep an eye out!

Pretty Gifty: The Body Shop LOVE ETC…

Love ETC...The first thing that makes The Body Shop’s newest fragrance, LOVE ETC… pretty gifty is their amazing commitment to community trade.  This is the world’s first fragrance to feature a fair-trade naturally-sourced organic sugar alcohol from farmers in Ecuador.  Pretty cool, huh?

I love how truly unique the blend of notes in LOVE ETC… are as well–you’ll find a pear, neroli, and bergamot top with jasmine and lily of the valley in the middle.  To finish it off, bottom notes of a nice warm vanilla make it a perfect and cuddly feel-good perfume for this chilly time of the year!

LOVE ETC… is considered a floral oriental, but to be honest I find it just plain delicious!  I would be super stoked to receive the body wash, body lotion, and fragrance this holiday season.

I’m awarding The Body Shop LOVE ETC… Pretty Gifty Worthy!

Pretty Gifty Worthy

An editorial sample was provided by the company and evaluated to determine my opinion of the product in this post.  Please see the Disclosures page for further information regarding my policies for using editorial samples.

Currently Loving: CosMedix Define Vitamin A Resurfacing Treatment

CosMedix DefineWith the official start of winter just around the corner, your skin can look a little blah with all of the weather changes.  Here in Southern California it’s been fluctuating several times a week!  We have these chilly days with the winds kicking up all kinds of crud in the air, and then two days later it can return to a sunny 80°, all of which is perfect for making my face look kinda “eh”.  The color looks a little dull, I seem to accumulate more blackhead congestion in my t-zone area than usual, and my skin feels a little rough to the touch.  I think we can all do without that!  I’ve been using CosMedix Define for several weeks now and have to say I’m quite impressed!

One of the skincare world’s secret weapons is a little ol’ thing called retinol–a kinder, gentler form of Vitamin A found in over-the-counter products that helps fight fine lines and wrinkles as it has the power to stimulate collagen formation in the skin and fight off some of the enzymes that break down all of the good stuff we’ve got going for us!  With the proprietary blend of gentle acids and 2% AGP Complex in CosMedix Define, I’ve experienced some smoothing and resurfacing benefits with cumulative use on a nightly basis.  The lightweight moisturizer goes a long way–just a little dab spreads easily on my freshly cleansed skin before bedtime, and then it starts a little remodeling job!  The first few times I applied it, I felt just a little tingling sensation but nothing intolerable or anything that caused me alarm, it did dissipate with continued use.  I highly recommend the use of a sunscreen whenever you’re using any product like this as it can cause increased sun sensitivity with daytime sun exposure.  Define has a fresh citrus scent and also provides mild hydration benefits–my skin really loved that I used it.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), L-lactic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerin, Albumen, AGP Complex, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, L-malic Acid, L-tartaric Acid, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, D-alpha-tocopherol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Allantoin, Lecithin, L-alpha-bisabolol, Benzyl Alcohol, Fullersomes, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Prunus Persica (Peach) Kernel Oil

An editorial sample was provided by the company and evaluated to determine my opinion of the product in this post.  Please see the Disclosures page for further information regarding my policies for using editorial samples.