Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Inlight Hair Elixir | Review

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You may remember that I reviewed, and absolutely fell in love with, Inlight's Supreme Eye Serum (Reviewed HERE) and Inlight's Face Oil (Reviewed HERE) last year, and I am equally thrilled by their new Hair Elixir.

Inlight is a UK-based skincare company that has a mission to create the highest quality organic skincare products, made from ethically sourced ingredients, and their socially and environmentally responsible sustainability practices helped them become the first UK skincare company to achieve Cosmos accreditation.

Their new Hair Elixir is a very high quality hair oil that can be used as a pre-shampoo conditioning treatment, or as a leave-in, and I prefer to use it as a leave-in to tame frizz, nourish and hydrate my hair and scalp, and to give hair a lustrous shine. Furthermore, it is 100% organic, cruelty-free and made from very high quality natural ingredients. It boasts serious efficacy, is a treat to use and has a pleasant earthy aroma that isn't cloying or overpowering.

I should note that the spray bottle has a fine enough mist that effectively covers the hair with minimal waste, but you can also spray it into your hands, warm it between your palms and work it though your hair.

According to Inlight,

A multi-purpose blend of restorative and nourishing oils to actively fortify and regenerate all hair types, delivering intense hydration whilst improving elasticity. With refreshing notes of lavender and lemon zest.

Strength and shine are visibly restored thanks to powerful nourishers such as Argan, Avocado, Jojoba and Rosa rubiginosa oils, and health giving botanical extracts of Rosemary, Nettle, Horsetail and Burdock. Our in-house extracts, produced through a slow method of infusion, help to keep the vitality of every ingredient intact.

About Inlight,

We believe in an inner beauty stemming from vibrant health, and our aim is to reveal and encourage the natural beauty and inner light in each and every one of us through healthy, radiant skin.

Specially selected, 100% organic Soil Association certified ingredients are used to craft each Inlight product. We know that nature is at its richest when it's allowed to grow unhindered by fertilizers, pesticides and GM contamination.

Inlight is proud to be the very first UK skincare company to gain Cosmos accreditation and we will continue to work closely with the Soil Association to maintain the best possible standards in the beauty industry.

For us, ethical beauty means acting with respect for our natural environment and its resources. We act on a daily basis to ensure we tread lightly on this earth.

All packaging at Inlight is responsibly and sustainably sourced, recycled where possible and recyclable. We are constantly looking at ways to ensure our consumption is a conscious, considered choice. Our best for the beauty-full world we share.

We are proud to display the BUAV accreditation. Inlight is only ever tested on willing humans! Our collections are suitable for vegetarians and all our oils are vegan friendly.

Years of research, scientific knowledge and love for nature 
make Inlight one of a kind, with products that work on and with your skin for visible, lasting results.
Key benefits:

  • Eliminates frizz and provides conditioning
  • Strenghtens and restores shine
  • Helps reduce premature thinning

Key features:

  • Oil-based, water-free formulas
  • High concentration of phytonutrients
  • All bio-active plant extracts produced in-house
  • 100% organic, free from synthetics and chemical fragrances
  • Certified organic by Soil Association and Cosmos
  • Cruelty Free International
  • Vegetarian and vegan friendly

Tips for Targeted Concerns:

Restorative and nourishing conditioning effect: Apply the product onto wet hair before each shampoo. Massage and comb through with a wide tooth comb distributing the oil also on the tips. Leave for 5-10 minutes. Shampoo without using conditioner. Dry hair as normal.

Intensive moisturising and re-balancing of the scalp: Apply the product onto dry hair at least two hours before washing, or in the evening before going to bed, leave overnight. Massage and comb through with a wide tooth comb distributing the oil also on the tips. Shampoo without using conditioner. Dry hair as normal.

Apply with your fingertips a small amount onto clean, dry hair and shape as you wish, paying particular attention to split ends.

Use after swimming or after exposure to the sun* and before shampooing to help remove the salt. After shampooing, a further conditioning effect can be gained by applying Inlight Hair Elixir again to wet hair with finger tips. No need to wash out. *Hair Elixir is also safe to use in between swims at the beach It can also prevent/reduce the aggression of sea salt and sun rays. Its 100% organic ingredients will not pollute marine life.

Ingredients: Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Rosa Rubiginosa (Rose) Seed Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Leaf Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Leaf Extract, Arctium Lappa (Burdock) Root Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Cananga Odorata (Ylang-Ylang) Flower Oil, Salvia Sclarea (Clary Sage) Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Salvia, Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Stellaria Media (Chickweed) Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract, Trigonella Foenum-Graecum (Fenugreek) Seed Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Rhyzome Extract, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Leaf Extract, Limonene*, Linalool*, Benzyl Benzoate*, Citral, Benzyl Salicylate*, Farnesol*, Geraniol*, Benzyl Alcohol*, Eugenol*, Isoeugenol*. *Natural constituent of essential oils. 100% organic. All bio-active plant extracts produced in-house.
Overall Assessment: This is such a wonderful hair elixir, and it is a welcome addition to my fall and winter haircare routine. It is nourishing, hydrating, and it effectively fights frizz, and it is heavenly for naturally curly hair, like mine. A+

$69.00 for 3.38 oz. from Hug Your Skin (Affiliated Links)
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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

PUR Attitude Wild Durian Fruit Peel Limited Edition for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and to show their commitment to creating carcinogen-free skincare, PUR attitude will donate 50% of the total purchase price from each Wild Durian Fruit Peel sold this month to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. (NBCF). 

According to PUR Attitude,

NBCF is an organization dedicated as much to the prevention of the disease, as it is to the cure, and holds excellent ratings with independent charity reviewers. PUR attitude chose to work with NBCF due to its alignment with PUR attitude’s own core mission to carry out responsible industry practices by providing carcinogen-free skincare.

Recognized as one of the leading breast cancer organizations in the world, National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) is Helping Women Now® by providing early detection, education and support services to those affected by breast cancer.  A recipient of Charity Navigator’s highest 4-star rating for twelve years, NBCF provides support through their National Mammography Program, Patient Navigation, Beyond The Shock®, breast health education, and research programs

All donations will be used to provide early detection, education, and support services to those affected by breast cancer. For more information, please visit
According to PUR Attitude,

Wild Durian Fruit Peel is clinically proven to visibly even out skin tones, wipe away fine lines, and restore vitality and brightness for more youthful looking skin. Due to the activation of rare wild durian fruit, known for its pungent aroma and revered for its advanced anti-aging properties, this product is able to produce these powerful results on the skin without irritation. Wild Durian Fruit Peel is enhanced with the power of natural Hyaluronix™ technology, which delivers up to one thousand times its weight in water, binding moisture deeply into the skin. These natural ingredients are combined with pure glucosamine, ceramides, as well as extracts of orange, apple, and green tea to detoxify impurities, exfoliate lifeless skin, and unclog pores.

Each product in the PUR attitude line is dermatologist tested and approved, backed by independent clinical studies, and follows the brand’s philosophy of “Safe Beauty,” avoiding harsh chemicals and known carcinogens, parabens, PEG’s, glycols, sulfates, petro-chemicals, synthetic fragrances and artificial dyes.

Directions: At night, after cleansing with Purifying Rice Face Wash, massage dime-sized amount over face & neck area. Follow with HydroDrench Moisturizing Gel-Cream, if desired. No need to rinse. For best results, use two to three times each week.
Ingredients: Sodium Hyaluronate, Durio Zibethinus (Durian) Fruit Extract, Bambusa Vulgaris Extract, Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, PyrusMalus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Extract, Glucosamine HCl, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Flour Lipids, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin (Paraben Free)
$75.00 fo 1 oz. from PUR Attitude (Unaffiliated Links).
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Monday, October 15, 2018

Space NK The Essentials Gift with Your $175.00 Purchase

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Space NK The Essentials Gift is available Online now, and in-store from Tuesday, October 16, 2018. Spend $175 and enter Code: ESSENTIALS18 on the Shopping Bag page. Excludes gift cards, sale items and shipping charges. By Terry gift is automatically applied to the Shopping Bag page. One per order, while supplies last. Terms apply.

Treat yourself to this exclusive beauty edit comprising 19 bestselling beauty favorites from much-loved brands including Eve Lom, Sunday Riley and more.
WORTH OVER $150.00. Plus, spend another $30 and receive a full-size BY TERRY LIFTESSENCE NECK CREAM.

Spend $175 and enter Code: ESSENTIALS18 on the Shopping Bag page. 
Gift Gag Contents:
  • AFRICAN BOTANICS Marula Oil (5 ml)
  • DIPTYQUE Tempo Eau De Parfum (2 ml)
  • DR DENNIS GROSS Ferulic + Retinol Wrinkle Recovery Peel (2 Treatments)
  • GOLDFADEN MD Skin Balancing Mask (7 ml)
  • KEVYN AUCOIN The Eye Pencil Basic Brown (0.024 oz)
  • OMOROVICZA Mood Mud Cream Cleanser (1 fl oz)
  • ORIBE Imperial Blowout (0.5 oz)
  • R&CO High Dive Creme (0.5 oz)
  • TATA HARPER Resurfacing Serum (0.33 oz)
  • VENEFFECT Pore Minimizing Cleanser (0.5 oz)
  • OUAI Finishing Creme (15 ml)
  • CHRISTOPHE ROBIN Cleansing Volumizing Paste (40 ml)
  • LANCER Omega Hydrating Oil (5 ml)
  • RODIAL Dragon's Blood Sculpting Gel (15 ml)
  • EVE LOM Rescue Mask (0.08 fl oz)
  • SUNDAY RILEY CEO Moisturizer (0.28 fl oz)
  • DR. BARBARA STURM Eye Cream (5 ml)
  • LIPSTICK QUEEN Natural Lip Liner (0.04 oz)
  • REN Flash Hydro Boost (10 ml)
  • SPACENK Luxe Cosmetics Bag
WORTH OVER $150.00. Plus, spend another $30 and receive a full-size BY TERRY LIFTESSENCE NECK CREAM. Visit:

Wedderspoon Raw Manuka Honey K Factor 12

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Now that cold and flu season is upon us, it is the time of the year that I like to pull out my jar of Manuka Honey to help stave off as many of the seasonal bugs as possible.

Manuka Honey, which is produced in New Zealand by bees that pollinate the indigenous Manuka Bush, is well known for its antibacterial properties, and it contains a compound known as methylglyoxal (MG) that naturally occurs in the Manuka Bush in high concentrations. 

Wedderspoon Raw Manuka Honey K Factor 12 is very thick, rich, opaque, not too sweet and utterly delectable. I love Manuka Honey and use it in my tea, on my toast, and by the spoonful when I feel a cold coming on. This is a very nice quality honey, and definitely worth trying if you are looking to replenish your supply for the fall and winter months.

According to WebMD,

The higher the concentration of MG, the stronger the antibiotic effect. But, there may also be other compounds involved in the medicinal effect of manuka honey.

Honey producers have developed a scale for rating the potency of manuka honey. The rating is called UMF, which stands for Unique Manuka Factor.

The UMF rating is thought to correspond with the concentration of MG and other compounds. Not all honey labeled as manuka honey contains significant levels of antibacterial factors. To be considered potent enough to be therapeutic, manuka honey needs a minimum rating of 10 UMF. Honey at or above that level is marketed as "UMF Manuka Honey" or "Active Manuka Honey."

According to Wedderspoon,

The original functional food. Unpasteurized, raw and delicious, this Non-GMO Project Verified superfood is sourced exclusively from New Zealand and is a multitasking superfood. Every jar is sourced, packed and sealed in New Zealand for the ultimate in quality and transparency. KFactor 12 Multifloral Manuka Honey is guaranteed to meet or exceed the Multifloral Manuka Standard from the New Zealand Government.

• Raw, unpasteurized and Non-GMO Project Verified Manuka Honey
• New Zealand superfood, great taste - smooth and creamy
 Sourced, packed and labeled in NZ for genuine, unadulterated quality
• Genuine: KFactor is a New Zealand government-approved rating system guaranteeing high Manuka pollen count
• Multiple uses in kitchen, home remedies, DIY beauty, energy for work outs or drizzled on your favorite food
Overall Assessment: I have already made a significant dent in this jar, and will definitely purchase a replacement jar once I finish this one.

$42.99 for 17.6 oz. from Wedderspoon, Amazon and (Affiliate Links)
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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Nordstrom Beauty Trend Event

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Nordstrom Beauty is bringing their sought after Beauty Trend Event to your local Nordstrom (Click HERE to see the dates at your local Nordstrom).

Every New York Fashion Week, Nordstrom goes backstage to assess the biggest beauty trends and then brings this intel direct to their customers.

Guests can learn how to achieve the freshest runway-inspired looks of the season and get free samples and exclusive gifts with your purchases (while supplies last). Receive one-on-one time with Nordstrom beauty experts, tips tricks to nail the newest trends and receive beauty buzz intel from industry insiders — and it’s free to attend!

Here are a few of the current trends:
Kissed Lips: Matte Berry hues instantly broadcast a lust for life. Start with a scrub, then play with balms, stains and velvety textures in rich, juicy reds.
80’s Haze: Tap into a decade of decadent color to electrify your look and upend your routine. Bold, 80’s-inspired color is newly wearable applied in sheer washes, while subtle shifts in placement up the artistry.
Future Beauty: Replicate that post-facial feeling with high-tech tools and supplements that address your skin concerns from the inside out. Build a routine that gets results and face the future with glowing skin.

Customers can simply RSVP online or ask for special accommodations by calling or stopping by their favorite cosmetics or skincare counter, located within Nordstrom.

To read more about the trends, click here:  and to learn more about Nordstrom Beauty Trend Events, click here: Fall Beauty Trends.
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Saturday, October 13, 2018

The Beauty Spotlight Team Week in Review | Saturday, October 13

The new Rouge Bunny Rouge Enchanting Blossoms Tinted Luxe Balm takes tinted lip balm to a new level. Find out why Christa from Realizing Beauty will be carrying at least two of these in her handbag at all times!

For the past 3 months, Never Say Die Beauty has been using a new skincare regimen that stimulates new skin cells, DefenAge Clinical Power Trio. She likes it so much, she can't give it up to test out more skincare products. You gotta check this out!

Prime Beauty is HOT for the new BECCA Volcano Goddess Collection! She thinks you'll 'lava' it as much as she does!

Are you looking for the most amazing moisturizer for this coming winter? Beauty Info Zone highly recommends Better Skin Co.'s Amaze Balm. This does it all and is totally affordable. If you order the BCA jar 100% of the proceeds go to help young women's breast research. It's a win-win situation.

Pammy Blogs Beauty checks out some new skincare from Dr. Phil's wife: Introducing Robin McGraw Revelation Skincare!

If you are looking for a nourishing and luxurious night cream that moisturizes and soothes the skin, then check out the Lola's Secret Beauty Blog review of the covet-worthy Colbert MD Soothe Night Cream. It really is amazing! #colbertmd

15 Minute Beauty loves Vitamin C as a multitasking skincare active ingredient. It encourages collagen production, fights hyperpigmentation and even inactivates free radicals as a potent antioxidant! Have you tried any of her favorite Vitamin C skincare products?

Need a refresher on how to achieve a smoother foundation application? Stacie from The Makeup Obsessed Mom has some good pointers to help you out.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Painted Earth Watermelon Wine Masque Kit & Lip Stuff | Review

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I am always so delighted to use anything from Painted Earth, and therefore I was very excited to try the Painted Earth Watermelon Wine Masque Kit. I love using masks, and this kit is a welcome addition to my collection of masks.

Painted Earth is a cruelty-free brand and is committed to ending animal testing:

We do not test our finished products on animals, nor do we allow others to test on our behalf. Additionally, we require our suppliers to certify that the raw materials used in the manufacture of our products are not tested on animals.
Painted Earth Watermelon Wine Masque Kit is a two-step mask set that clarifies, detoxifies and moisturizes the skin. You simply a teaspoon of the Mineral Rich Red Clay Powder Masque into a small bowl, add two droppers full of Watermelon Wine Beauty Elixir and then slowly add enough water to form a paste of your desired consistency. I leave it on for 10-15 minutes, or until it dries, and then thoroughly rinse. Skin and pores are left very clean, and it doesn't dry out the skin because the Elixir adds vital moisture. I have normal/combination skin, and like to use this one a week or once every two weeks.

According to Painted Earth,

A potent, first of its kind, two-step mask that delivers multiple benefits; clarifying, detoxifying and moisturizing. A clay masque that leaves your skin radiant, supple and glowing. Not only does it detoxify (like a lot of masques on the market) but it penetrates deeply to add nutrients and moisture deep into the dermis. 

An earthy melody of organic powders and oils unleash their Fountain-of-Youth properties by combating free radicals, promoting cell regeneration and packing skin with powerful minerals that turn back the hands of time so you can rule forever young

Steep your skin in a hydrating and healing masque of botanicals rich in antioxidants, natural-sourced vitamins and minerals leaving behind a vibrantly gorgeous complexion. 

Kit Includes
1(one) 2oz jar Mineral Rich Red Clay Powder Masque
1(one) 1/2oz bottle Watermelon Wine Beauty Elixir

Directions: To experience this masque: Using a glass or ceramic container and wooden spoon (do not use metal tools), mix 1 teaspoon of the 1st jar (Mineral Rich Red Clay) with one or two droppers of the 2nd vial (Watermelon Wine Elixir) and just enough warm water to make a paste. Using fingertips or brush, spread a consistent layer to fully cover the skin (avoid getting clay in mouth, eyes, ears, nose.) Relax, think some peaceful thoughts and allow it to do its magic (about 6 minutes for sensitive skin; 10 minutes for normal skin). Rinse off completely with warm water and gently pat dry to complete your royal ritual, follow with your favorite Painted Earth toner and moisturizer. Use 1-2 times a week.
The Watermelon Wine Beauty Elixir Select Ingredients and their Attributes:

• Grape Seed Oil (Wine) {rich in polyphenols, omega-6 essential fatty acids and Omega-9 fatty acids, gamma tocopherols (Vitamin E) and antioxidants}revered for its anti-inflammatory antioxidants also known to retard the aging process and prevent acne breakouts while it effectively adds moisture to your skin balancing both dry and oily patches. 

• Watermelon Seed Oil {rich in linoleic and oleic acid and numerous vitamin and trace minerals} has powerful detoxification properties, which makes it potent in fighting wrinkles and for balancing oil production. 

• Apricot Kernel Oil is highly nutritive oil, it soften, soothes and protects the skin and leaves it nourished and hydrated. It is an emollient and heals parched, dry, itchy, mature and problem skins. 

Watermelon Wine Beauty Elixir Ingredients: Carthamus Tinctorius Seed Oil (Safflower Oil), Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil (Organic Sunflower), Vitis Vinifera Seed Oil (Grapeseed), Citrullus lanatus (Watermelon) Seed Oil, Prunus Ameriaca Kernel Oil (Apricot Kernel Oil), Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil (Organic Jojoba), Rubia Tinctorium (Madder) Root.

The Mineral Rich Red Clay Select Ingredients and their Attributes

• Moroccan Red Clay (rich in magnesium, iron, calcium and potassium) reputed to clarify, exfoliate, absorb impurities, detoxify and moisturize the skin while improving texture and adding firmness. 

• Marshmallow Root (rich in mucilage polysaccarides) which possess healing, moisturizing and soothing properties. 

• Licorice Root very soothing for dry, irritated skin.

• Turmeric Powder has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial benefits to help reduce redness and blemishes and calm skin.  

Mineral Rich Red Clay Masque Ingredients: Moroccan Red Clay, Licorice Root, Beet Root, Marshmallow Root, Turmeric root, Thyme, Orange Peel, Chamomile Flower, Lavender Essential Oil.
In the Powder you will find healing clay's, roots and herbs, such as Ingredients: Moroccan Red Clay, Licorice Root, Beet Root, Marshmallow Root, Turmeric root, Thyme, Orange Peel, Chamomile Flower, Lavender Essential Oil.
Painted Earth Lip Stuff is a wonderfully nourishing lip balm that heals chapped lips and leaves them soft, smooth and very moisturized. It is very emollient and lightweight on the lips, and has a slight sweet taste that fades rather quickly. I have the Watermelon flavor, which appears to be sold out, but they also have Black Cherry, Blackberry & Pomegranate and Cucumber Melon.

Ingredients: Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Beeswax, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter),  and Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter. Preservative-free.
Overall Assessment: I am very pleased with with the Painted Earth Watermelon Wine Masque Kit & Lip Stuff, and continued to be impressed by Painted Earth products.

Kit $52.00 (Save $11.00) Watermelon Wine Beauty Elixir by itself $38.00 Mineral Rich Red Clay Masque by itself $25.00 from Painted Earth.

Lip Stuff $4.50 from Painted Earth (Unaffiliated Links).

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

New Charlotte Tilbury Superstar Lips Lipstick Launch

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Charlotte Tilbury just launched Superstar Lips, which is a new Limited Edition lipstick formula, that is available in six gorgeous glossy shades. If you love glossy lipsticks, as I do, then this looks like a great formula worth trying. I plan to order Pillow Talk, since I love my Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Lip Liner (Reviewed HERE).

According to Charlotte Tilbury,

Combining the high shine of a gloss and the staying power of a lipstick, this cushiony, innovative texture glides onto your lips with a creamy feel. With a luminous, rich glossy finish for lips that lead astray, this limited edition lipstick is a must-have this holiday season.
 Available in six shades
What Makes Superstar Lips Magic:
• Polymers create a soft, silky-feeling film to enhance wear, imparting a luscious, shiny finish.
• Emollient Oil has brilliant spreading properties with a rich feel that leaves your lips with a high-shine gloss.
• Magic Diamond Powder for sparkling photo luminescence to dazzle and delight!
• Waxes that add a soft, cushiony feel to your lips.
• Hyaluronic acid which is used to help hydrate skin due to its high water holding capacity.
• Peptides that help to maintain the youthful appearance of skin.
This product is vegan friendly. It is also free from talc, paraben, alcohol, gluten and nuts.
Ingredients: Polybutene, Diisostearyl Malate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Polyethylene, Vp/Hexadecene Copolymer, Cera Microcristallina/Microcrystalline Wax/Cire Microcristalline, Mica, Ethyl Vanillin, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Dl-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Phospholipids, Limonene, Aroma (Flavor), Hyaluronic Acid, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract, Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate, Tocopherol, Citral, Diamond Powder, Dicalcium Phosphate, Tripeptide-29, Tin Oxide, [+/- Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Red 6 (Ci 15850), Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (Ci 15985), Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090)].

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Vichy Normaderm 3-in-1 Micellar Solution and Mineral 89 for Clear, Glowing and Hydrated Skin

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I have said it too many times to recall, but I have long been obsessed with French Pharmacy skincare, and Vichy is one of my favorite brands. They have so many amazing products, and I have two current favorites that I want to share with you.
Vichy Normaderm 3-in-1 Micellar Solution is a wonderful micellar water that is specifically formulated for oily skin, and while I have normal/combination skin I have been reaching for this lately because I have been having mild breakouts on my chin. It is very gentle, it doesn't strip the skin, and yet it thoroughly cleanses. It has really helped clear my skin, and while I only use it as a spot treatment– it should prove effective on your entire face if you have oily skin.

According to Vichy,

This Micellar no rinse cleanser is both effective and gentle. It contains Zinc in order to purify oily skin and is suitable for sensitive skin.

Normaderm 3 in 1 Micellar Water Cleanser for oily skin. It is a one-step cleanser that purifies skin, removes make up and tones without dryness or irritation. Suitable for sensitive skin and eyes.

Directions: Apply micellar water with a cotton pad. Smooth the pad from the center of the face outwards to remove impurities. Pay attention to the eye area: cover eyes with a cotton pad and press lightly to soak skin and lashes. Remove make-up by pressing gently towards the front of your eyelashes. Do not rinse off.

Ingredients: Aqua / Water - Hexylene Glycol, Glycerin,Poloxamer 188, Zinc PCA, Sodium Lactate, Sodium Chloride, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Disodium EDTA, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Citric Acid, Dihydrocholeth-30 and Polyaminopropyl Biguanide.

$14.50 for 200 ml. from Vichy USA and Target.
Vichy Mineral 89 is described as a "new generation face moisturizer." It features 89% of Vichy's iconic Mineralizing Thermal Water that is further enhanced by Hyaluronic Acid to deeply boost hydration and fortify the skin. The consistency is that of a lightweight gel-like serum that sinks into the skin immediately leaving it hydrated with a luminous, ethereal glow. Dehydrated and dull skin gives way to comfortable, refreshed and moisturized skin without any greasy residue or stickiness. Furthermore, this fragrance-free moisturizer plumps fine lines, nourishes the skin and leaves skin soft, smooth and supple. It offers my normal/combination skin enough moisture and hydration during the summer that I can forgo a regular moisturizer altogether, and it pairs beautifully with my favorite serums and face oils, but during the rest of the year I layer it with richer moisturizers.

According to Vichy,

For the 1st time, a breakthrough moisturizing formula, with 89% Mineralizing Thermal Water to help strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier and make skin more resistant to visible aging caused by environmental factors combined with hyaluronic acid to hydrate and plump skin.

Minéral 89 face moisturizer fortifies and makes skin more resistant to visible aging caused by pollution, stress to skin, and fatigue. Its moisturizing formula boosts hydration to replenish the skin's moisture barrier. As a result, skin feels more hydrated, plumped, and toned. Day after day, skin radiates with a healthy glow.

  • Solution: Skin's Daily Dose of Strength
  • Hyaluronic acid for 24 hour hydration
  • Plumped, toned and healthy looking skin
  • Enhance the skin's barrier function
  • Restore pH value and reinforce immune defense
  • Stimulate antioxidant defenses
  • Fortifying skin booster
Vichy's Suggested Use: Apply morning and evening to cleansed skin by spreading a touch of booster all over the face. Spread with outward movements from the middle of the face, without applying too much pressure. All skin types benefit from Mineral 89. It can be easily included in any beauty regimen after cleansing and before your usual serum and/or moisturizer.

Ingredients: Aqua, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, PEG/PPG/Polybutylene Glycol-8/5/3 Glycerin, Methyl Gluceth-20, Citric Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Carbomer, Biosaccharide Gum-1.

Formula Properties: Pure and Clean, Oil free, Alcohol free, Fragrance free, Silicone free, Colorant free, Paraben free, 100% transparent formula, Allergy-tested, Tested on sensitive skin and tested under dermatological control for safety.

$29.50 for 1.69 oz. from Vichy USAUltaAmazonDermstoreSkin Care RXSkinStore and Walgreens.
Overall Assessment: I really love Vichy products, and love discovering more of their offerings. I am already on my second bottle of Vichy Mineral 89, and while I will go through the Vichy Normaderm 3-in-1 Micellar Solution much slower, I will definitely use it whenever I have a breakout.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Erborian Skincare Holy Grail Picks

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I am such a fan of Erborian, and the more products that I try, the more that I want to try. Their BB  and Crèmes are among my all-time favorites (Reviewed HERE and HERE), and now I can unequivocally assert that their skincare lives up to the quality of their lovely BB and CC Crèmes.

According to Katalin Berenyi, President and co-founder of Erborian,

Erborian, 'Herbs of the Orient', was born from the meeting of two women with a passion for beauty. Hojung Lee, a Korean scientist, dreams of sharing the world of Korean beauty and beauty products with women across the globe. Katalin Berenyi, a true beauty globetrotter, tirelessly travels the planet, seeking out the beauty secrets and rituals of the countries she visits. 'When I created Erborian with Hojung, it seemed the obvious thing to do. Women all over the world have one thing in common: a beauty that is unique, genuine and natural.' 
Erborian Double Mousse Gentle Cleansing Foam ($28.00 for 3 oz. from Erborian and Sephora): This daily foaming cleanser has an emollient and creamy texture that thoroughly cleanses the skin without ever stripping it. Simply apply it to dry skin and leave it alone for about 30 seconds, then add a little water and gently activate the lathering foam, and then thoroughly rinse. My skin is left very soft, smooth and hydrated. It has a very light and clean aroma, that isn't in the least bit overpowering, and therefore it shouldn't pose an issue for people who avoid heavily fragranced skincare products.

According to Erborian,

A daily foaming cleanser enriched with traditional Korean herbs for a visibly refined and luminous complexion. 

This foaming mousse cleanser is a two-in-one formula, helping to eliminate impurities and visibly refine the skin's texture for a flawlessly smooth and radiant look. Enriched with seven Korean herbs which help to soothe the skin, this rich formula is gentle enough for daily use.

Directions: Apply two pumps of the mousse to dry skin. Leave on for 30 seconds and rinse away with water. Use in the morning and in the evening every day.

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Coco-Betaine, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Sodium Citrate, Panthenol, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Polyquaternium-7, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Limonene, Linalool, Citral, Ci 19140/Yellow 5, Ci 42090/Blue 1.
Erborian Ginseng Milk Milky Face Lotion ($39.00 for 6.4 oz. from Erborian and Sephora): This milky lotion is thicker than water and toners and thinner than a lightweight lotion, but it delivers serious moisture to the skin. It has a light and milky texture and it immediately melts into the skin leaving it very soft, smooth, supple and hydrated. If you have combination or oily skin this may provide all of the moisture that you need, but for the rest of us it should be applied after cleansing and before a moisturizer. It has a light and fresh aroma, and it does linger for a while, therefore if you are very sensitive to fragrant skincare, you might want to get a sample to see how you feel about it first. I find that the scent disappears altogether after about five minutes.

According to Erborian,

A milky lotion that is enriched with the moisturizing and smoothing properties of Ginseng to improve the appearance of skin's texture. 

Featuring a unique texture that’s thicker than water yet lighter than a cream, this silky, nourishing milk helps to provide the skin with moisture. Renowned in Korea for its moisturizing properties, powerful Ginseng provides a smoothing and tightening effect, improving the appearance of skin’s texture day after day. Skin feels softer and looks smoother over time.

Directions: Apply to face by patting with fingertips every day, morning and night, after cleansing, and before moisturizing with your day or night cream.

Ingredients: Water, Propylene Glycol, Trimethylolpropane Tricaprylate/Tricaprate, Glyceryl Stearate, Cyclomethicone, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Dioscorea Villosa (Wild Yam) Root Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Kigelia Africana Fruit Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Equisetum Giganteum Extract, Peg-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Peg-100 Stearate, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Stearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Palmitic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Stearic Acid, Silica, Carbomer, Arginine, Xanthan Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum/Fragrance, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamal, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Citronellol, Geraniol, Eugenol, Limonene, Ci19140/Yellow 5.
Erborian Solid Cleansing Oil ($39.00 for 2.8 oz. from Erborian and Sephora): This is absolutely my holy grail solid cleansing balm. Erborian refers to it as a Solid Cleansing Oil, which it is, but it has the consistency of a light balm. It removes everything, and I mean everything, and it does so exceedingly gently. You simply apply a small amount to dry skin, massage it in a circular motion, and then add a little warm water and then rinse. Adding the water is where the magic really begins because it transforms into a delectable milky emulsion. Once rinsed, you will note that your skin is indescribably soft, smooth, supple and hydrated, and it neither strips the skin, nor does it leave behind a greasy residue. You can double cleanse by following up with your favorite cleanser, but I don't actually find it necessary.  It has a light clean and green aroma, but it dissipates quickly.

According to Erborian,

A balm cleanser that transforms twice during use to whisk away impurities for skin that feels perfectly cleansed and makeup-free.

This all-in-one cleanser and makeup remover is the perfect first step in either morning or night regimes to clean skin and help remove even the most stubborn traces of makeup and impurities. Formulated without the use of mineral oils, it blends coconut and sunflower seed oil to help leave skin soft, clean and comforted.

Directions: Take a small amount of product with the spatula. Apply to dry face avoiding contact with the eyes and massage with circular movements. Massage warm water on to the face and then
rinse off completely.

7 Herbs Complex with Green Tea, Wild Chamomile, Licorice, Centella Asiatica, Japanese Knotweed, Skullcap, and Rosemary: Known for its soothing properties.

Ingredients: Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Mipa-Laureth Sulfate, Laureth-3, Cera Alba/Beeswax, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Laureth-7 Citrate, Glyceryl Dibehenate, Centella Asiatica Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Ophiopogon Japonicus Root Extract, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides Citrate, Tocopherol, Tri-Behenin, Glyceryl Behenate, Tocopherol, Butylene Glycol, Aqua/Water, Parfum/Fragrance, Limonene, Linalool, Ci 42090/Blue 1, Ci 19140/Yellow5.
Erborian Pâte au Ginseng Black Concentrated Mask ($22.00 for 0.50 oz. from Erborian and QVC): This is a really refreshing mask that plumps fine lines, improves the overall texture of the skin and leaves it soft, smooth, supple and lightly hydrated. After cleansing, you simply apply a small amount and massage it into the skin, then leave it on for about 10-15 minutes, and then rinse with warm water. The longer that you leave it on, the more that it dries down, but it never becomes taut or uncomfortable. The results are immediate, and once you try it you will reach for it again and again. It has a light and clean aroma that isn't overly assertive.

According to Erborian,

Formulated with Ginseng root, used for ages in Korea to help fight visible signs of aging, PÂTE AU GINSENG helps improve the appearance of skin's firmness and elasticity through its tensor effect.

With a concentrated dose of Ginseng, and its instant tensor effect, this mask helps your skin feel firmer and smoothes out the appearance of the skin, providing immediate comfort and vitality for tired complexions. As if plumped from within, the skin looks visibly smoother, more luminous and younger.

Directions: Use twice a week. Apply a small amount to the face, massage into the skin. Leave on for 10 minutes then rinse with lukewarm water.

Ingredients: Aqua/Water - Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate - Dipropylene Glycol - Glycerin - Glycereth-26 - Butylene, Glycol - Hydroxyethylcellulose - Betaine - Panax Ginseng Root Extract - Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Extract, Ophiopogon Japonicus Root Extract - Scrophularia Nodosa Extract - Polygonatum Officinale, Rhizome/Root Extract - Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil - Pvp - Sodium Acrylate/Sodium, Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer - Isohexadecane - Sodium Polyacrylate - Panthenol - PPG-26-Buteth-26 - Glyceryl Caprylate - Dextrin - Phenoxyethanol - Xanthan Gum - Polysorbate 80 - Caprylyl Glycol - Disodium Edta - 1,2-Hexanediol - Parfum/Fragrance - Hexyl Cinnamal - Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone - Linalool - Citronellol - Geraniol - Eugenol – Limonene.
Overall Assessment: Erborian makes absolutely incredible skincare products, and this is a brand that is definitely worthy of your consideration.

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