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…]

My L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Collection Skincare Challenge: Week 1


Okay, so my skin isn’t so youthful anymore…

It was about two months ago, that I looked at myself in one of my mirrored closet doors as I glanced across the room. And it was at that very moment, I realized, my skin isn’t looking as young or resilient as it once did. Sure, I’ve known my skin is aging for quite some time now—I’m 36—but I had that cringe of horror that maybe I should start to embrace or look into getting fillers at the dermatologist’s office. It was quite a humbling moment in my beauty career.

The main things I’m noticing (and driving me crazy)…

  • loss of youthful eye contour
  • loss of overall firmness of my skin
  • the start of marionette lines
  • slight creases between my eyebrows
  • some small wrinkles here and there

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Review: Dermalogica AGESmart SkinPerfect Primer SPF 30


Editor’s note: Dilara, my favorite pal and mid-western chick checks in with how some of my fave beauty products perform in her part of the country. I hope you like her findings as much a I do!  Because Dilara RULES.–Amber

Dermalogica AGESmart SkinPerfect Primer SPF 30

A primer is like underwear for your skin. If it is the right kind, you look your best. Dermalogica created AGE Smart SkinPerfect Primer SPF 30 to ensure your skin will always look its best.

I loved the way this product smoothed and conditioned my skin almost immediately after applying it. Since it’s tinted, I decided to skip my moisturizer every time I used it and didn’t feel like I missed a beat. Add SPF 30 into the mix and I was thinking this could pretty much do it all.

AGE Smart SkinPerfect Primer contains a potent mix of white tea, peptides and Sodium Hyaluronate to protect skin from further damage while helping replenish skin’s collagen levels and help hydrate skin. Silica, Pearl Powder and Soy Protein work together to smooth and even skin tone.  Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide create the one-two punch to protect skin from harmful UV exposure.  If you’re thinking your skin could use some underwear, I highly suggest Dermalogica AGE Smart SkinPerfect Primer SPF 30.

Bottom Line…

Smoothes skin, evens tone, protects from the sun—this product does it all.

Price & Availability…

$48. buy.dermalogica.com

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

What’s New: Kiehl’s Rosa Arctica Eye Youth Regenerating Eye Balm


If you’ve ever felt like there’s not an eye cream in the world that can handle the fragile, dry skin under your eyes—you’re in luck. (Because you know you’ve tried them all.) Kiehl’s just released the follow up product to their very popular Rosa Arctica Lightweight Cream anti-aging moisturizer, and it’s a force to be reckoned with for aging, dehydrated skin. Rosa Arctica Eye is their answer to a “youth regenerating eye balm”, featuring “Resurrection Flower”. This rare flower, Haberlea Rhodopensis, survives in nature for over two years without water, and completely comes back to life within hours of receiving proper hydration. WOW.

From Kiehls…

The Resurrection Plant:
Some plants are capable of growing in drastic, harsh conditions. Among these is the category of plants known as “resurrection” plants, species that have developed the physiological and structural strategies to minimize water loss, dry out completely and survive periods of dryness for months. A resurrection plant is characterized by an ingenious protection system that makes it possible for the plant to survive the dry-out cycle by maintaining its cell structure, allowing it to emerge unharmed during the re-moisturization period. Specifically, Haberlea Rhodopensis, used in Kiehl’s formulas, is a unique plant estimated to be over 10,000 years old and believed to have survived the Ice Age. Found in the Rhodopes Mountains in Bulgaria, it is a member of the violet family and known by the locals as Silivryak or Orpheus flower.

Kiehl’s Rosa Arctica Eye Balm has a rich, dense texture

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Review: Freya Scandinavian Skin Science Skin Care Collection


I am a sucker for packaging and when I saw these ice-blue rough glass baubles staring back at me, I had to do my best not to judge a book by its cover. After two weeks of using Freya Scandinavian Skin Science, I’ve decided that like any good book, there are ups and downs. Freya is an arctic marine-based skin care system that pays homage to traditional Scandinavian skin care, while infusing some modern science into the fold. Let’s take a closer look!

Arctic Cleansing Water: An amazing light cleanser that makes skin feel refreshed and clean. It’s kind of like soapy water with a tiny hint of fragrance. Directions suggest applying it to a cotton ball and massaging it on your face and neck; no rinsing necessary. However, after a few uses, I felt it was necessary to do a rinse with cool water and continued that practice. Otherwise, my face had residue on it that drove me crazy. [Read more…]

Review: Dr. Jart Water Fuse Water-Full Hydrogel Mask


Remember in 5th grade when you’d go to a sleepover and put that green stuff on your face? Maybe you’ve moved on from that beauty regime and if you haven’t, now you will. Dr. Jart Water Fuse Water-Full Hydrogel Mask is the best reason to hide the tube of green goo and try something new.

This gel mask boasts that it will restore hydration to tired, dry skin. After a long day outside in the sun, I felt like my mug was perfectly parched to give it a try.

Start with clean, dry skin, peel off the backing and apply the mask to your face. It is extremely easy to apply—the mask comes in two pieces to ensure you get proper placement on your face. It was cool and refreshing. Although I did look like Jason from “Friday the 13th” I could have stayed in this mask all day. It felt so good. The mask recommends for best results to store it in the refrigerator before using, but I was too impatient to do that. However, next time I will definitely give it a shot because there will definitely be a next time! [Read more…]

Your Future Called, and it Wants You to Take a SkinShift DNA Test, STAT


What if I told you, there was a crystal ball that you could peer into, and see the future of your skin? This crystal ball would help you give your skin exactly what it needs to look and feel its best at the present, and for decades into the future. Wouldn’t that be amazing?

Guess what? It exists.

Texas-based physician, Dr. Ruthie Harper, developed SkinShiftan unprecedented program to get your skin fit for life—based solely on your actual genetic predispositions. That’s right! I actually had a DNA test for my skin, and let’s just say—I’ll be making a few changes in my skincare regimen.

This straight-forward, genetically-based approach to skincare is the way of the future, and Dr. Harper is leading the revolution. It is the first ever true DNA-based skincare system on the consumer market, and it’s absolutely AMAZING. Through a series of questions about your ancestry and skin history, a DNA collector, and a mailbox—she’ll be able to analyze your 16 unique chromosomal variations to pin-point five key areas of concern; collagen formation, sun protection, antioxidant protection, glycation protection, and inflammation control. It’s pretty comprehensive!

The test is completely non-surgical, and done in your own home. You’ll receive your SkinShift Genetic Test Kit, and it contains what’s called a buccal collector. You basically swab the inside of your cheek with it, send it off, and in a few weeks—Dr. Harper will give you a very detailed report regarding what your genes are saying about your skin. She’ll calculate a score in those five key areas of skin health, and put the future of your skin in your hands.  [Read more…]