Review: Davi ‘Le Grand Cru’ Face Cream


Wouldn’t it be nice if like fine wine, our skin got better with age? When Carlo Cesare Mondavi founded his beauty line, Davi, that very well may be what he had in mind. Carlo Mondavi comes from a strong legacy of winemakers—his grandfather is Robert Mondavi. Imagine a luxurious skin care product that captures the beauty of wine, steeped deep with family history—and you’ve got Davi.

Luxurious is an understatement when it comes to describing Davi’s Le Grand Cru skin cream. They consider it the centerpiece of their line and it is easy to see why. Formulated with shea butter, rosemary, green tea, grape extracts and vitamin E, along with their exclusive Meritage anti-aging complex, they’ve found the perfect balance of moisture and protection for your skin.  [Read more...]

Currently Loving: Beauty Foods Nightly Beauty Drink


Great skincare is more than just slathering the latest miracle cream on your skin, because that’s just one part of the equation. Just like the importance of wearing sunscreen and drinking plenty of water, giving the skin nutrients internally is essential to optimal skin health. Beauty Foods is a brand out to make that variable easier for us, with their line of Nightly Beauty beverages. For about the cost of a daily latte habit, you can try this innovative product.

Nightly Beauty is a super-charged hot beauty drink meant to encourage balanced sleep and skincare benefits, and is available in three flavors. I tested all three, but I have to say my favorite was the Chocolate Chai Renewal flavor. It was absolutely delicious! Another favorite of mine was Chocolate Bliss, which is like drinking a rich hot chocolate. You’ll find a cocktail of vitamins and minerals for overall wellness inside Nightly Beauty.

The lure of this product for me actually came with the relaxation and healthy sleep claims—because you know how I struggle with insomnia on a regular basis, and I’m pretty high strung. I can use some relaxation! (Who couldn’t?) Nightly Beauty also contains highly bio-available forms of two natural sleep enhancing extracts, AlphaWave L-Theanine and AlphaWave Calming Blend; both of which promise to set the mood for relaxation. [Read more...]

Review: Indie Lee Squalane Facial Oil & The Cleanser


Amber asked me to check out Indie Lee’s The Cleanser and Squalane Facial Oil because she knows that:

1.) I am a total natural products kind of girl, and;

2.) I LOVE SQUALANE OIL!

Needless to say, these products did not disappoint.

First, a little background on Indie Lee herself—she suffered from a near-fatal brain tumor. She wondered if some of the ingredients in her beauty products could have contributed to her health scare, so when she awoke from surgery in 2009, she decided to start producing a line of beauty products that don’t contain harmful additives or chemicals. In the last few years, I’ve been paying more and more attention to ingredients in my beauty products as well—you can never be too sure. So I appreciate her approach on beauty.

I opened The Cleanser, and it immediately took me back to the third grade to my Barbie Spa Bath. It was this bathtub for Barbie that came with a little button you pumped to create suds in her bathtub. It even came with a big bottle of Barbie bubble bath to put in it. I thought this was kind of weird, but the familiar fragrance made me eager to try it. [Read more...]

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.