Review: Caudalíe Vinosource S.O.S. Thirst-Quenching Serum


Now that cooler months are upon us, skin hydration suddenly becomes top of mind, especially for your face. One of the best ways to add extra hydration is to incorporate a serum into your skin routine, and Caudalíe Vinosource S.O.S. Thirst-Quenching Serum is a great product to get the job done.

Caudalíe Vinosource S.O.S is an oil-free serum that packs a hydrating punch to parched skin. I was expecting something heavy and thick, but this product is very thin; it has the viscosity of milk. The main ingredient is grape water, which is known for reactivating skin’s hydration mechanisms and replenishing water reserves in your skin. It is extremely gentle and light—you will not know it is even there!

Because of the texture, I’ll admit I was extremely skeptical. After using it a few times, I noticed my skin was feeling supple and my driest areas weren’t flaking like they normally do. I layered it under my face lotion and could not even notice it was there—no residue, no grease, no heavy feeling to my skin. [Read more…]

Win It! bliss Firm, Baby, Firm Facial Serum Giveaway (3 Winners)


Win the new bliss facial serum & become a ‘firm’ believer!

As skincare research and development evolves, cosmetic chemists are finding that plant and fruit stem cells really are the way of the future when it comes to anti-aging ingredients. They’re finding that these stem cells supercharge product efficacy—like in the new bliss Firm, Baby, Firm dual-action lifting + volumizing facial serum. I’m very fascinated by these advances in skincare, and I’m learning more about them, a little bit at a time.

I’ve been investigating Firm, Baby, Firm over the past week—and I’ve enjoyed using it so far. Okay…so maybe I can’t say I’m experiencing miracles, but here’s what I can say! I love the product texture, it’s slightly milky (but aloe-based) and quickly absorbs into my skin, making it feel immediately quenched. A lot of serums make my face feel sticky—and I won’t have any of that! It also has a soothing fragrance due to containing Bulgarian lavender oil, which has been known to reduce irritation and redness in the skin. I’ve been applying it both AM & PM on clean skin before my other products, and so far, so good!

And when it comes to all of that cutting-edge technology in Firm, Baby Firm? bliss has patented gardenia phyto stem cells that promise to boost elasticity and collagen levels in the skin, while cell-targeting peptides help plump skin from the inside out. All of this is in a soothing, water-free aloe vera base. There’s more to Firm, Baby, Firm than a few paragraphs can describe, so I urge you to do a little investigating for yourself!

I’ve partnered with bliss to bring three very lucky Beauty Junkies Unite readers the chance to win the new bliss Firm, Baby, Firm facial serum for a ‘firming’ trial of their own! Read on to enter…  [Read more…]

Bathtime is BOO-tiful With These Spooky LUSH Treats!


Look to LUSH for a spooktacular bath this Halloween…

I had two fantastic bathtime experiences this weekend with two different limited edition LUSH treats, and I’m smellin’ oh-so-pretty, too. Available now at LUSH shops and lush.com, you’ll find my two new friends, the Jacko Bath Bomb (online exclusive), and their Twilight Shower Gel. Both really wowed me, check ’em out for yourself!

Jacko Bath Bomb

The Jacko Bath Bomb is a fizzy treat that left my bathroom smelling of spicy cloves, and warm cardamom. To add a little freshness to this fizzy cauldron of bathtime fun, I can smell a little spearmint that adds some pep in my step!  [Read more…]

My L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Collection Skincare Challenge: Week 4


The final week in the challenge…

Thanks for following along with my L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Skincare challenge over the past few weeks! Just to recap, L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power is a new skincare regimen from L’Oréal Paris that promises to address aging skin on three dimensions: wrinkles, loss of facial volume, and loss of firmness. This makes it a great option for those entering their late thirties and forties.

My skin’s needs…

I’m in my mid-thirties, and I’m starting to notice the development of fine lines (between my eyebrows), marionette lines (around the mouth), and fine lines (around my eyes). At the bare minimum, I need a facial moisturizer (day and night), eye cream, and sunscreen on a daily basis. I’ve been using these products consistently, both day and night for almost four weeks, without the use of any other anti-aging products. [Read more…]

Age Gracefully With Advice From Baby Boomer Beauty Expert, Lois Joy Johnson


For the past few weeks, I’ve been participating in a skincare challenge for the new L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power collection, and it’s going well so far! Revitalift Triple Power is a three-piece skincare regimen that’s great for those in their late 30’s-40’s, due to its unique proprietary ingredient, Pro-Xylane (which has been shown to enhance collagen production).

I’d like to think I’m aging gracefully, thanks to the combination of sunscreen (every day!) and fantastic anti-aging products, like Revitalift Triple Power. But the truth is, you can age gracefully and feel fabulous at any age! Need some tips? Don’t miss L’Oréal’s Facebook chat with beauty expert, Lois Joy Johnson.

As the beauty director for AARP.com, Lois is a great resource for beauty and style advice for the baby boomer set.  She’ll be answering all of your anti-aging questions for 40+ skin, plus you’ll have the chance to win a 5-day supply or full size L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Deep-Acting Moisturizer.

The details…

  • WHAT: Facebook chat with beauty expert Lois Joy Johnson on “Aging Gracefully and Feeling Fabulous at any Age”
  • WHEN: Wednesday, October 17th from 3-4PM EST
  • WHY: Searching for baby boomer beauty advice? Wondering what the best winter skincare products picks are for 40+ skin? Beauty expert, Lois Joy Johnson will be addressing all anti-aging beauty questions live. PLUS, win a chance to get free samples of L’Oreal Paris’ most advanced anti-aging solution, ever…
  • FREE STUFF:   For all who “like” L’Oréal Paris on Facebook, get a chance to win a 5-day supply or full-size samples of the Revitalift Triple Power Deep-Acting Moisturizer.
  • HOW TO JOIN THE CHAT: It’s simple – just become a fan of L’Oreal Paris USA on Facebook by “liking” the page.
  • Link here: http://on.fb.me/QRnKRB
  • Submit questions by replying to the Facebook post about the chat (posted 1 – 2 days before the event)
  • Join in on the conversation on October 17th at 3pm.

My L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Collection Skincare Challenge: Week 3


Moving on to week 3…

Last week, I introduced you to just one of the products in the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Collection, the Revitalift Deep Acting Moisturizer. I’m back this week with the remainder of the collection and details on how the challenge has been going. Let’s take a closer look at the Revitalift Triple Power Serum, and Revitalift Triple Power Eye Treatment!

Just to recap…

Revitalift Triple Power Collection is a trio of skincare products that promise to fight the visible signs of aging on three dimensions; by repairing wrinkles, re-densifying, and re-firming the skin. L’Oréal Paris incorporated a proprietary complex in the Revitalift Triple Power collection, Pro-Xylane™. It’s a 100% naturally-derived, biodegradable molecule extracted from the beech wood plant. This molecule was designed to penetrate deep into skin’s surface, and has been shown to enhance collagen production.

My skin’s needs…

I’m in my mid-thirties, and I’m starting to notice the development of fine lines (between my eyebrows), marionette lines (around the mouth), and fine lines (around my eyes). At the bare minimum, I need a facial moisturizer (day and night), eye cream, and sunscreen on a daily basis. This post will focus specifically on my experiences so far with the serum and eye cream. I’ve been using these products consistently, both day and night for two weeks, without the use of any other anti-aging products. [Read more…]

My L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Collection Skincare Challenge: Week 2


We’re on to week 2!

You might recall that last week, I introduced you to the new Revitalift Triple Power Collection from L’Oréal Paris. It’s time to start sharing my experiences (so far) with the products, and this week, I’m starting with the Revitalift Triple Power Deep-Acting Moisturizer. It promises to…

  • Repair wrinkles — Restore essential moisture to help repair each wrinkle.
  • Re-densify — Rebuild skin’s network to help restore skin’s youthful substance. In 4 weeks, skin has a more youthful density.
  • Re-firm — In 4 weeks, facial contours are firmer and more lifted.

Let’s take a closer look!

Ingredients…

This is a facial moisturizer for both day and night, and it contains a few key ingredients. L’Oréal Paris incorporated a proprietary complex in the Revitalift Triple Power collection, Pro-Xylane™. It’s a 100% naturally-derived, biodegradable molecule extracted from the beech wood plant. This molecule was designed to penetrate deep into skin’s surface, and has been shown to enhance collagen production. In addition, the moisturizer also contains hyaluronic acid (which has been shown in certain grades to hold up to 1000 times its weight in water), to encourage moisture in the skin where it needs it most.  [Read more…]

Review: Dermalogica Solar Defense Booster SPF 50


You had me at SPF 50. If you know anything about me, I’m a sucker for sun protection.  After 2 weeks, this product has knocked my socks off.

Wear it alone, blend it with moisturizer, or try it mixed with your foundation—Dermalogica Solar Defense Booster has got you covered! I love this stuff because so many times I find a daytime lotion I love, but it lacks SPF. Dermalogica Solar Defense Booster can help fill in those gaps.

It doesn’t just protect your skin from sunburn, it contains UV Smart Booster Technology—which means it also protects your skin from free radicals. Dermalogica has encapsulated essential antioxidants vitamins C and E into a microcapsule that activates only when needed. So that means when your skin gets exposed to harmful UV rays, this stuff kicks into overtime to add extra protection.  [Read more…]

Is L’Oréal Paris Youth Code BB Cream the All-In-One Solution to Luminous, Even-Looking Skin?


Say hello to multi-tasking in a tube…

Earlier in the month, I introduced everyone to the new L’Oréal Paris Youth Code BB Cream Illuminator. This new BB cream promises to be your all-in-one skincare hero by doing several things at once; by evening out your skin tone, providing luminosity and hydration, and correcting your complexion. I gave it a test drive over the past week on top of my daytime skincare regimen, and I’m back to share my thoughts!

L’Oréal Paris Youth Code BB Cream Illuminator

To start off, this is available in two shades; light, and medium. I find both shades to look a little warm once they’ve had a chance to sit on my skin, but they’re still pretty universal shades for fair-to-medium skin tones. I have fair skin with a lot of redness, and I thought light did a nice job of color-correcting some of that. Youth Code BB Cream doesn’t give a lot of coverage, and I find it wears a little more like a tinted moisturizer. So I couldn’t look to it to actually conceal, but the slight tint and luminous finish helped to diffuse my skin imperfections, which made it an easy item to grab in the morning to just rub in and go. [Read more…]