Monday, October 14, 2019

The Vitabrid C¹² Dual Drop Serum | A Glowing Review

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The Vitabrid C¹² Dual Drop Serum is a daily serum that is formulated to deliver the anti-aging benefits of Vitabrid CG, which is a proprietary form of active and stabilized Vitamin C, combined with peptides (Peptibrid®)– known for its potent antioxidants and skin brightening abilities.

This is the next generation of Vitabrid's Dual Serum formulation, but now this permutation boasts greatly improved stability and efficacy. This powerhouse of a serum has been conceived to help reduce the signs of aging by increasing collagen production, brightening the skin, refining the appearance of fine lines and providing profound hydration. Not only will it hydrate winter skin, but it leaves the complexion glowing and even in tone. Furthermore, this wondrous serum is lightweight, ultra fast absorbing and it leaves behind no greasy or sticky residue. I would not characterize this serum as fragrant, but there is the slightest clean aroma that vanishes once it sinks in– which is immediate.
According to Vitabrid,

Vitabrid C¹² Dual Drop Serum delivers a powerful proprietary blend of Vitabrid CG (stabilized vitamin C) and peptides to help reduce signs of aging, brighten the skin, and provide deep hydration to improve dryness and overall skin complexion.

The serum features a patented DPES (Drug Permeation Enhancement System) technology. This improves the stability of peptides, maximizing permeation efficiency and maintaining long-lasting effects. This deep permeation of the active ingredients—Vitamin C and peptides—stimulate cells to boost collagen synthesis deep from within. The result? A smoothing effect on fine lines and wrinkles that starts from the inside, out.

- Skin brightening: Vitamin C, a powerful brightening ingredient with antioxidant benefits, inhibits melanin production for a perfectly bright and even complexion.
- Skin rejuvenation and anti-aging: Vitamin C and Peptide Complex promotes collagen production in the skin, helping maintain vibrant and firm skin texture.
- Strong anti-oxidation benefit: Vitamin C makes skin healthy and radiant by scavenging the damaging effects of free radicals due to UV exposure, stress and pollution, helping prevent and repair visible signs of aging.

Directions: Apply an appropriate amount to the face and neck. Gently tap into the skin until it is well absorbed. Tip: Gently apply an appropriate amount from the inside to the outside of the face. Use twice a day after applying a toner.
Ingredients & Their Attributes:

Vitabrid CG ® (Active & stablized vitamin C) - ascorbic acid, zinc oxide, glyceryl monostearate. Provides a stabilized and highly effective form of powerful Vitamin C that is continuously released into the deepest layers of the skin for over 12 hours. This proprietary form of Vitamin C is delivered in between layers of zinc oxide, a skin-friendly mineral, resulting in Vitabrid CG.

Peptibrid ® - Provides skin regeneration and antioxidant effect, heals damaged skin.

Peptide Complex* - Promotes proliferation of fibroblasts to relieve wrinkles.

Plant Stem Cell Complex* - Helps increase skin regeneration and antioxidant effect, maintains elasticity and firmness, holds moisture.

Glutathione, Resveratrol - Suppresses skin aging caused by active oxygen, promotes skin activation, and gives excellent help to skin’s antioxidant effect.

Hyaluronic Acid Triple Complex* - Delivers a high moisture content that fills dry skin from the inside out to keep it moisturized.

*Peptide Complex: Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5.

* Plant Stem Cell Complex: Leontopodium Alpinum Callus Culture Extract, Adenium Obesum Leaf Cell Extract.

* Hyaluronic Acid Triple Complex: Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Hyaluronic Acid, Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate.
Overall Assessment: I have been obsessed with Vitabrid C¹² products since I first began using them, and this serum is my latest obsession with their thoughtful, high quality creations. A+

$65.00 for 1.02 oz. from Vitabrid and Barneys New York (Affiliated Links).
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Sunday, October 13, 2019


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Saturday, October 12, 2019

The Beauty Spotlight Team Week in Review

Stacie from The Makeup Obsessed Mom had the opportunity to ask a board-certified plastic surgeon and anti-aging skincare expert which at-home devices show proven results for a more youthful appearance. Read what he said over on her blog.

Lola's Secret Beauty Blog just reviewed the glorious Chantecaille Eau de Rose de Mai Pure Rosewater, and it is so exceptional that you will want to tell Santa that you haven't been naughty and that you really need it!

Erika at Notes from my Dressing Table shares why she likes Luxie Beauty makeup brushes so much. These high quality cruelty free, vegan, synthetic brushes are affordable, beautifully made and with their pink handles and rose gold ferrules, so pretty to look at, as well. Don't forget to enter the giveaway to win a four piece Luxie brush set of your very own, while you're there!

Never Say Die Beauty shares her favorite skincare products for Fall.

Just when you think you've tried everything in the cosmetic world along comes Alleven Body Concealer. To learn all about it and see if it will help you be sure to read about it at Beauty Info Zone.

Prime Beauty gets her skin in shape with the help of pumpkins! Skin Actives has two must-have products with pumpkin enzymes for glowing skin!

Pammy Blogs Beauty knows that you are not going to want to miss out on this gorgeous pink heart-shaped limited edition brush from IT Cosmetics!

Friday, October 11, 2019

The Rahua Customizable Daily Hair Care Kit for the Holidays

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As you know, Rahua is one of my all-time favorite haircare brands, and I am excited to tell you that they are offering a customizable Holiday Gift Set this season!

According to Rahua,

Knowing that each and every person has specific needs and hair goals, Rahua has created the perfect Holiday hair care gift. Comprised of 8 beautiful 22ML OZ -bottles of Rahua daily hair care, Classic, Color Full, Voluminous and Hydration shampoo and conditioner sets, users can now fully customize their haircare.

Amazon Beauty® Inc. is pleased to announce the launch of its first Rahua Customizable Daily Hair Care Kit, a distinctively unique sampler box complete with eight deluxe sized Rahua daily care shampoos and conditioners. Housed in an attractive boxset designed with an Amazonian-inspired illustration, the Rahua Customizable Daily Hair Care Kit allows you to find the perfect combination of shampoo and conditioner to help nourish, strengthen, hydrate, protect and maintain the health of your hair and scalp

The Rahua Customizable Daily Hair Care Kit includes our four potent, plant-powered daily care families (Classic, Color Full™, Voluminous and Hydration) powered by plants and potent Rainforest grown oils such as Rahua and Palo Santo. Did you know it’s not necessary to  match your shampoo & conditioner? This convenient kit allows you to easily mix and match our organic, award-winning shampoos and conditioners to suit your specific hair care needs. 

Not only is it perfect to keep on hand for your own customized beauty needs, this holiday season let Rahua® simplify your gift-giving! The Rahua Customizable Daily Hair Care Kit makes the perfect holiday, or any occasion,  gift for friends and family alike!  Try customizing your daily care for the desired outcome.

Select from the following:
• Looking for color protection as well as moisture?  Mix and match Color Full™ Shampoo with Hydration Conditioner.  
• Is your hair “normal”, yet could use a lift?  Combining Rahua Classic Shampoo with Voluminous Conditioner will provide the boost your looking for.
• Got curls that seek moisture but not the weight?  Rahua Hydration Shampoo combined with Classic Conditioner is the right duo for you. 
• Is your color treated hair flat and lifeless? Rahua Voluminous Shampoo & Color Full™ Conditioner is the perfect combo for your needs. 

The Rahua Customizable Daily Hair Care Kit launches October 20, 2019. Deluxe Sizes: 22ml SRP: $40.00. Available at

Thursday, October 10, 2019

FRÉ Glow Body Nourishing Dry Oil

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FRÉ Glow Body Nourishing Dry Oil is a wonderfully hydrating dry body oil that is packed with antioxidants and nourishing ingredients. It melts into the skin quickly and offers serious moisture immediately. It gives skin a wonderful dewy glow, and it has a very light and pleasant aroma that dissipates quickly. As someone fanatical about high quality body oils, I can tell you that I am thrilled by the high quality of this one, and really look forward to using it each day. I love to spray it right onto my slightly damp skin right out of the shower, and the many benefits last all day.

According to FRÉ,

Quick absorbing radiance, with pure botanical oils. Give your skin an extra nourishing boost post-shower, with GLOW BODY. It is infused with antioxidants, which help to improve your skin's elasticity and suppleness. It deeply hydrates your skin, replenishing any moisture that is lost during workouts. GLOW BODY reduces wrinkles, giving your skin the smooth, soft feel it deserves. Finally, it is formulated to add luster to your skin, giving you a more youthful appearance and a healthy and natural glow.

Use after your workout and daily on non-workout days.

Directions: After showering, spritz generously over the body, hands, and feet. Massage well into skin using circular motions.

Benefits: Fast and deep absorption. Free from: Parabens, SLS, Mineral Oil, DEA, Petrolatum, PEG, Propylene Glycol. Not tested on animals.

Ingredients: Hydrogenated Ethylhexyl Olivate, Hydrogenated Olive Oil Unsaponifiables, Isohexadecane, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil, Fragrance, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Stem Extract, Caprylic/ Capric Triglyceride.
Overall Assessment: If you love dry oils, this one is definitely worth trying.

Press Sample. All views expressed are categorically my own.
$45.00 for 4.05 oz. from FRÉ (Unaffiliated Links).
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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Arbonne Bio-Hydra Eye Gel

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Arbonne has so many hidden jewels in their vast lineup of skincare products and collections, and their Bio-Hydra Eye Gel is certainly among them. If you love a super hydrating eye gel that also happens to brighten dark circles, then you ought to know about this wonderful treatment.
Arbonne Bio-Hydra Eye Gel is a very lightweight and fast absorbing gel that melts into the skin without any sort of residue left behind. It contains optical diffusing pearlescent pigments that brighten the appearance of dark circles, but they also serve to lightly brighten the skin even when dark circles aren't present. One of its great strengths is its immediate ability to hydrate dehydrated skin. Therefore, it is a great choice for all skin types during the cold and hot months of the year! If your skin is particularly dry, then you might want to layer it under your eye cream. I most often just use it by itself. It contains no artificial fragrance, and indeed has no detectable scent, whatsoever. Furthermore, Arbonne is a cruelty-free brand that you can gel good about using.

According to Arbonne,

A true luminary for tired under-eyes. Pat this magical-looking gel around your eyes and watch the pearlescent pigments help visibly brighten the appearance of dark circles.

Dehydration can happen to anyone, but the delicate skin around the eyes is especially susceptible. This soothing gel helps nourish with refreshing hydration. Pearlescent pigments instantly brighten dark circles.

Directions: Apply by patting gently to the upper brow, continuing around the undereye area. Use morning and night.
Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Methylpropanediol, Centaurea Cyanus Flower Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Betaine, Carpobrotus Edulis Extract, Chenopodium Quinoa Seed Extract , Hydroxyacetophenone, Escin, Propanediol, Carbomer, Cellulose Gum, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Mica, Silica.
Overall Assessment: I really like this eye gel a lot, and will definitely use the whole tube up.

$42.00 for 0.5 oz. from Arbonne (Unaffiliated Links).
Press Sample. All views expressed are categorically my own.
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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Chantecaille Eau de Rose de Mai Pure Rosewater

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Chantecaille Eau de Rose de Mai Pure Rosewater is such a luxurious face spray, the likes of which one could easily wax poetic about its many virtues. First it has a hypnotic light rosewater aroma, but it isn't in the least bit overpowering and should not pose a problem for anyone with a sensitivity to scented skincare products. It feels amazingly refreshing, and its antioxidant-rich formula helps perk up and hydrate the skin. I have found that it works well to set my foundation and that when refrigerated it really gives my skin an exhilarating wakeup. I love to use it right after applying my face oils because it helps them absorb into the skin with great efficacy. Obviously this is a luxury brand, but it is definitely worth letting Santa know that you have your sights set on this gem of a skincare product.

According to Chantecaille,

A refreshing and uplifting essence formulated with the rare extract of the Rose de Mai. It's rich with antioxidants, helping tired skin gain a more youthful appearance. Pure Rosewater contains 100% of the Rose de Mai, including the total extract of the petals and all its essential oils. Rosewater is the basis of all Chantecaille skin care products.

Directions: Mist across your face from left to right then back again in a continuous sweeping motion. Repeat throughout the day as needed. Keep away from heat and sunlight.

Ingredients: Rosa Centifolia Flower Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Chlorphenesin, Methylparaben, Citronellol.

Paraben-free; phthalate-free; sulphate detergent-free; mineral oil-free; petrolatum-free; palm oil-free; synthetic color-free; synthetic fragrance-free; GMO-free; animal component-free. Cruelty-free. Vegan
Overall Assessment: LOVE LOVE LOVE!

$32.00-$74.00 for 1.01oz- 3.4 oz from Nordstrom (Affiliate Links)
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Monday, October 7, 2019

Boiron Arnicare Gel: A Medicine Cabinet Staple

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If you are seeking a homeopathic pain relieving remedy, that is good for treating sore muscles, and that effectively eliminates bruises, then you are likely more than aware of Arnica and its amazing efficacy to help heal. I have used Arnica since I was quite young because my mom has always had it on hand, and as a result I always have it as well. After we cleared our yard this summer I had many bumps, bruises and muscle aches, and I finished up my half empty tube of Boiron Arnicare Gel. After I squeezed the last bit from the tube, I promptly bought another. I have used lots of different brands over the years, but I like the gel consistency of this one. It melts right into the skin, leaves behind no greasy residue and it has no fragrance. 

It offers effective pain relief when I have over-worked my muscles, and it shortens the duration of bruises, or stops them from forming altogether. Furthermore, it is affordable and easy to find online and in stores. I have included links of online retailers, but you can find it in many grocery and drug stores– which is where I usually find mine.

According to Boiron

Boiron Arnicare Gel relieves muscle pain, stiffness, swelling from injuries, and bruises.* This homeopathic medicine is made from a mountain daisy. Odorless and non-greasy, the gel is cooling and quickly absorbed into the skin.

Made with fresh mountain daisies (Arnica Montana) from the French Alps, Boiron Arnicare Gel relieves everyday muscle aches and pains without a traditional strong medicine smell. Use it at the first sign of back, neck, knee, shoulder, and leg pain; swelling from injuries; bruises; or after a surgery.* The gel cools and refreshes upon contact. Its non-greasy, water-based formula is absorbed quickly by the skin, leaving no residue.

A homeopathic medicine, Arnicare Gel does not contain menthol, camphor, methyl salicylate, capsaicin, fragrances, dyes, or parabens. It does not mask symptoms that may indicate a more serious condition. Boiron’s pain relief line includes a cream, ointment, tablet, and arthritis pain formula.

- Temporarily relieves muscle pain and stiffness.*
- Reduces pain, swelling and discoloration from bruises*
- The single active ingredient is Arnica Montana, a mountain daisy.
- No traditional strong medicine smell; free of fragrances, dyes, and parabens.
- Cools and refreshes upon contact.
- Residue-free: non-sticky, non-greasy, and water-based.
- Absorbed quickly by the skin — ideal for first aid treatment for athletes.

Directions: Apply a thin layer of Arnicare Gel to affected area and massage gently as soon as possible after minor injury. Repeat 3 times a day or as needed.

Active Ingredient: Arnica Montana 1X HPUS 7% – Trauma, muscle pain, and stiffness, swelling from injuries, discoloration from bruising The letters HPUS indicate that this ingredient is officially included in the Homeopathic Pharmacopœia of the United States. Inactive Ingredients: Alcohol, Carbomer, Purified water and Sodium hydroxide.

- For external use only. Avoid contact with eyes, mucous membranes, damaged skin, or wounds.
- Do not use if you are allergic to Arnica Montana or to any of this product’s inactive ingredients.
- When using this product, use only as directed; do not bandage tightly or use a heating pad.
- Stop use and ask a doctor if condition persists for more than 3 days or worsens.
- Keep out of reach of children.
- If swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away.
- Do not use if glued carton end flaps are open or if the tube seal is broken.
- Store at 68-77°F (20-25°C).
Overall Assessment: This is definitely a multiple repeat purchase for me.

$8.69 – $17.99 for 1.5-4.1 oz. from BoironUSA, Walgreens, Amazon, Walmart, Target, CVS and iHerb (Affiliate Links).

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Sunday, October 6, 2019


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TATCHA is having a two-day Holiday Preview of their exclusive. limited-edition gift sets that TATCHA enthusiasts will definitely want to see. The preview ends Monday, October 7 at 11:59PM PT.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

The Beauty Spotlight Team Autumn Week in Review

Pammy Blogs Beauty shares her favorites from the amazing Neutrogena Hydro Boost collection.

Lola's Secret Beauty Blog just posted a September Empties post. See which skincare products are deemed worthy of repurchasing.

The Natasha Denona Coral Eyeshadow Palette was a lovely surprise for Prime Beauty. It has good performance, unique shades and provides lots of polished looks!

Got acne or frequent breakouts? Enter Never Say Die Beauty's new giveaway to win a trio of anti-acne skincare products from natural, cruelty-free Derma E Skincare!

Beauty Info Zone is also holding a giveaway. Move from Never Say Die Beauty's facial products down to Beauty Info Zone's athlete's foot giveaway and you'll be totally covered head to toe. Arm & Hammer Athlete's Foot Spray will be won by two US readers.
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