Thursday, October 30, 2014

Painted Earth Has Got Just What You Need for Moisturized Lipstick-Ready Lips

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In the spirit of the season many of us are wearing richly pigmented lipsticks, and continued wear can certainly wreak havoc on the lips, particularly so when coupled with the colder weather. This combination requires paying special attention to the lips in order to keep them hydrated and protected against the weather and tenacious lipsticks.

That I am a lip balm fanatic is a known fact, and as the weather cools down my reliance on quality lip balms reaches a fever pitch. Furthermore, I have been wearing lipsticks a great deal lately, and high quality lip balms are my go-to lip-bases to keep my lips protected and prepped.

Lately I have found myself reaching for 3 Painted Earth products repeatedly to keep my lips in tip-tip shape: New Phase Anti-Aging Natural Lip Balm, Lip Stuff Blackberry & Pomegranate and SuperWear Waterproof Gel Lip Liner Invisible.
New Phase Anti-Aging Natural Lip Balm ($16.50. Reviewed here): New Phase is a protective and proactive product that promotes collagen production, cellular repair, hydration, DNA integrity and replication, and increased circulation for deeper pink full lip tissue. The formula for this product reaches saturation point, relying on the most medically advanced and clinically proven ingredients on the market today.

This is NOT your smoke screen lip plumper where results are negligible at best. The results of this top shelf formula are deeply gratifying. You will feel relieved, exuberant and renewed. Give your number one beauty accessory a massive upgrade.

Painted Earth's New Phase Anti-Aging Lip Balm is a seriously divine anti-aging balm that is less of a traditional lip balm and more of an anti-aging lip treatment.  As I noted in my initial review, "while it shares hydration in common with lip balms, it also promotes collagen production, cellular repair, and tingle and sting-free lip plumping." The texture is light and silky smooth, and it soaks into the lips rapidly, and it leaves just enough product on the lips to keep them moistened and protected.

The flavor is a scrumptious light vanilla and pleasant fruity floral, but it fades soon upon application. This is a wonderful anti-aging lip treatment that can be worn during the day or night, and alone or as a lipstick base. When I apply it before going to bed I really notice how soft, supple and plumped my lips are when I wake up. New Phase Anti-Aging Lip Balm contains Matrixyl 3000, a potent anti-aging ingredient that is used in many skincare products, to help stave off the ravages of time.

Ingredients: Organic Ricinus Communis (Castor Seed Oil), Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut Oil), Organic Beeswax, Vanilla Flavoring, Matrixyl 3000, Palmitoyl Triepeptide-3, Globularia Cordifolia Callus Culture Extract (plant stem cells), d-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Silk Protein Amino Acid Blend (Sodium L-Pyrrolidone Carboxylate, Sodium Lactate, L’Arginine, L-Aspartic Acid, L-Pyrrolidonecarboxylic Acid, Glycine, L-Alanine, L-Serine, L-Valine, L-Proline, L-threonine, L-Isoleucine, L-Histidine, L-Phenylalanine).

Lip Stuff Blackberry & Pomegranate ($3.00): Lips feel as pampered and luxurious as they look. Preservative-free.

This delicious lip balm as taken up residence in my purse because it is so wonderfully moisturizing, and  fuss free. It leaves my lips deeply hydrated, soft, supple, and lipstick ready. It is wonderful worn alone, or as a lipstick base.

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), Flavor.

Vegan Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Kernel Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil (and) Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax.

SuperWear Waterproof Gel Lip Liner Invisible ($19.50): Define and Line for the Perfect Pout. Prolong wear and emphasize the look of any lipstick with our waterproof gel lip liner, super soft, glides on smoothly, blends easily before setting to a budge-proof finish. Our super creamy, pigmented gel lip liner pencil is the ultimate smooth, smudge-proof easy to apply lip liner formula. 

Extremely long wearing, waterproof formula glides onto lips for transfer-proof, non-feathering wear for up to 7 hours. Super soft formula never feels dry or cakey, provides a precision line and dries down to impart a professional look to the lips.

SuperWear Waterproof Gel Lip Liner Invisible is the perfect solution for keeping super pigmented lipsticks from migrating or feathering, and it increases wear-time. As Painted Earth suggests, it glides on smoothly and effortlessly before it sets, but once it does it really is budge-proof. This is a must-have if you love bold lipsticks and want to keep them from bleeding, feathering, and to increase the wear-time.

Ingredients: Isododecane, Wax, Hydrogenated Polydicyclopentadiene, Nylon-12, Perfluorononyl Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-4, Disostearate/Polyhydroxystearate/Sebacate, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) - (C0-ernicia Cerfera Cera), Pentaeythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl, Hydroxyhydrocinnamate.

Overall Assessment: I have yet to be disappointed by Painted Earth products. In fact, the longer I use their products the more that I love this wonderful line. These three products get so much use that I predict that I will have to replace all of them in a few months.

Have you tried Painted Earth products? What are your favorites?

All available from Painted Earth (Unaffiliated Links).
Press Sample. All views expressed are categorically my own.
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A Fitting Tribute to Oscar de la Renta from Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills

Diane Von Furstenberg stated that her good friend, Oscar de la Renta, "made women feel like flowers."  This lovely quote has been in my mind since his passing, and I found it apropos that Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills adorned their main Wilshire Boulevard window with his iconic signature and an elegant bouquet.
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Tom Ford Beauty Lip Color Matte Swatches and Dupes!

Gift Courtesy of Tom Ford Beauty (Affiliate Links)

Yesterday I spend some time playing at the Tom Ford counter at Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills with my friend, and counter manager, Michelle Weinstein. As we were discussing all of the beautiful new Lip Color Mattes we started to ponder the similarities between some of the shades from the new matte line with the core Lip Color line, and as it turns out four out of the eight new matte shades have close counterparts in the core line. The closeness in hue, however, is where the similarities end since the mattes have a decidedly more velvet matte finish.
If you have an aversion to matte lipsticks there is an alternative for you, but let it be said, and this point cannot be sufficiently underscored, that Tom Ford Lip Color Matte lipsticks are an altogether new species of matte lipsticks. These are not the moisture depleting mattes of yesterday that will leave your lips war-torn. You will still want to prep your lips, and if your lips are naturally prone to being dry-- then you will likely want a nice moisturizing base.
You will note from these swatches that Tom Ford's permutation of a matte lipstick definitely has some sheen, but make no mistake about it these refined sparkling gems are very long-wearing and richly pigmented. An in-depth review of my collection of mattes is forthcoming.
It was such a stunningly beautiful day in Beverly Hills, and the light was so perfect, that I took lots of pictures in an effort to give you a very realistic view of both the colors and finishes of these shockingly gorgeous lipsticks.
The richness of these colors translates to serious opacity in a single swipe.
First Time (Limited Edition) is close in hue to Blush Nude or perhaps closer yet if Blush Nude and Spanish Pink had a baby. Of the four shades First Time differs the most from the suggested dupes from the core Lip Color Line.

Pussycat has a touch more purple than Casablanca, but they are quite comparable in hue.

Flame is a touch more orange than Wild Ginger, but they are very closely related shades.

Plum Lush is a touch less purple than Violet Fatale, but they are closely enough related that your selection should be based less upon hue, and more upon the desired finish.

Black Dahlia (Limited Edition) and Bruised Plum are very close, but there is a certain intensity in the blackened base that one finds in Black Dahlia that does not exist in Bruised Plum.

For vampy lip enthusiasts who have a nearly irrational penchant for Tom Ford lipsticks, then you will appreciate seeing Tom Ford Black Orchid (a mythical beauty) juxtaposed to Black Dahlia and Bruised Plum. These are three of the most sublime vampy shades ever created.
As you can see Black Dahlia is essentially a more matte version of Black Orchid, and Bruised Plum is a slightly less intense version of both. If you continue to mourn having missed out on Black Orchid, then I think that you will likely be more satisfied with Black Dahlia than with Bruised Plum. Additionally, if vampy is where your lipstick passions reside, then get Black Dahlia before it is gone since it is one of the two Limited Edition Lip Color Mattes (First Time is the other).
You will note that the mattes do possess a lovely sheen, though decidedly less shimmering than the Lip Color formula.
Modulating the exposure to the sum reveals the base colors more readily, as can be seen in the swatches below.
You really can't go wrong with either formula, and it will likely come down to a preference in the finish. That said, if chronically dry lips plague you, you will likely find solace in the core Lip Color line.
UPDATE: wefadetogray wanted to know if Ruby Rush is a blue-based red, and it is. but it is visually modified when swatched next to Flame (a decidedly bright orange). Ruby Rush is a cool red with pink undertones as you can see from the swatch below.
J asked which shades I have from the Lip Color Matte collection- so here is a sneak-peek!
Left to Right: Ruby Rush, Velvet Cherry, Black Dahlia and First Time (Gift Courtesy of Tom Ford Beauty).

I hope that this makes your choices easier! Are you tempted by any of the shades? Do you have a preference in finish? Have you purchased any of these beauties yet? Which ones are calling your name?

$50.00 for Tom Ford Beauty Lip Color Matte from Neiman Marcus
$50.00 for Tom Ford Lip Color from Neiman Marcus (Affiliate Links).
Gift Courtesy of Tom Ford Beauty. All views expressed are categorically my own.

Feel free to call Michelle Weinstein at Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills and she can ship them to you 
(310) 550-5900 x2517. If you prefer to shop online click here.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette Swatches!

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If you are a huge fan of Hourglass then you will lose your composure when you see and feel their new Limited Edition Ambient Lighting Blush Palette. The ultra finely milled powder glides across the skin effortlessly, and it is neither chalky in texture, nor does it settle into pores or fine lines. Each shade offers "seamless, soft-focus, and multidimensional color."

According to Hourglass,

Evoke a luminous glow with this soft-focus cheek palette. Hourglass has fused Ambient Lighting Powder, its cutting-edge collection of finishing powders, with an array of vivid cheek colors, creating a hybrid product that is unique, contemporary, and revolutionary. Infused with Photoluminescent Technology to create depth and dimension, this blush does not fall flat and is lightweight, amplifying the colors to a multidimensional level, and leaving the entire complexion with an otherworldly glow. Featuring Incandescent Electra, an exclusive, limited-edition shade in a cool peach, this palette also includes Luminous Flush, a champagne rose and Mood Exposure, a soft plum color. The handmade powders are formulated using an advanced miscelare technique, which means “to mix” in Italian. This process achieves the perfect balance of pigment and powder. No two look alike, but all deliver a natural radiant finish that offers buildable color.
Luminous Flush is a champagne rose
Incandescent Electra is a cool peach
 Mood Exposure is a soft plum

Each shade is ultra pigmented and can easily be built up for maximum opacity, but can also be sheered out for a luminous ethereal glow.  Customize your blush shade by mixing them!
HOURGLASS INNOVATION: Photoluminescent Technology:

The micron-size, color-correcting particles alter the appearance of the skin by manipulating and refracting favorable light. The soft-focus technology filters out harsh light to help minimize the look of wrinkles, imperfections, and neutralizes discoloration. The result is skin that looks smooth, even, and enhanced—not masked.

“Traditional blush can read as flat, and so I was inspired to create something that was far more seamless. Ambient Lighting Blush fuses two advanced formulas to create something entirely new. It’s unlike any other product on the market.”—Carisa Janes, Hourglass founder

Luminous Finish Ingredients: Mica, Synthetic Flurophlogopite, Boron Nitride, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Octyldodecanol, Benzoic Acid, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Dehydroacetic Acid, Diamond Powder, Dimethicone, Ethylhexylglycerin, Laureth-7, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Phenoxyethanol, Polyacrylamide, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Potassium Sorbate, Silica, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sorbic Acid, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Tin Oxide, Trimethylsiloxysilicate. May Contain (+/-): Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 40 Lake (CI 16035), Carmine (CI 75470), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Busmuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

Incandescent Electra/Mood Exposure Ingredients: Mica, Synthetic Flurophlogopite, Boron Nitride, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Octyldodecanol, Benzoic Acid, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Dehydroacetic Acid, Diamond Powder, Dimethicone, Ethylhexylglycerin, Laureth-7, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Phenoxyethanol, Polyacrylamide, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Potassium Sorbate, Silica, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sorbic Acid, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Trimethylsiloxysilicate. May contain (+/-): Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Carmine (CI 75470), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

Made without Parabens. Cruelty-Free.
Overall Assessment: Get yours before they are gone!
$58.00 (3 x 0.11 oz.) Available from Sephora and Net-A-Porter (Affiliate Links).
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Monday, October 27, 2014

Gerard Cosmetics Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss Review

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Gerard Cosmetics Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Glosses are highly pigmented lip glosses that, "provide rich color that won’t fade, feather or bleed. This moisturizing lip gloss contains collagen peptides to rapidly speed up cell renewal, increasing lip size safely and painlessly." The opaque shades look and wear like liquid lipsticks, and offer full coverage in a single pass!

The resilient formula clings to the lips and is extremely long-wearing for a gloss. While most long-wearing glosses are sticky long-hair magnets, this formula is remarkably comfortable on the lips. They have the perfect amount of cushion and they do not settle into lip lines. Furthermore, they are non-drying, and leave my lips hydrated and slightly plumped.
Each tube features a convenient mirror and a light that automatically turns on when you unscrew the cap.
Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss Butter Creme is a,

Decadent and drop dead gorgeous, meet the perfect, creamy pink nude: Butter Cream. A new creation from Beauty expert, Jaclyn Hill. This feminine and flirty lip gloss is a sweet way to glam up your look. Smooth like butter and ridiculously pigmented, Butter Cream will delight any makeup lover.Decadent and drop dead gorgeous, meet the perfect, creamy pink nude: Butter Cream.

Butter Cream is utter creamy pink nude perfection. It is a stunning neutral nude that can be worn casually with minimal makeup, or worn with a sizzling dramatic smoky eye. If you love pink nudes, then this is one worth considering!

$24.00 from Gerard Cosmetics and Whitening Lightning.
Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss Shimmer Of Hope is a deliciously beautiful light warm nude.

According to Gerard Cosmetics,

You asked for a lighter nude hue, so here it is! Meet Shimmer of Hope, a feminine and fresh hue that is striking on its own or mixed with any other lip color. Dress it down, or go for drama with a sultry smoky eye. As long as you keep the hope alive, anything is possible.

Not only is Shimmer of Hope stunning on its own, but mixing it with Butter Cream creates a stunning custom nude hue.

$24.00 from Gerard Cosmetics and Whitening Lightning.
Vilu is sheer purple plum with shimmer, but on the lips it is a more sheer shimmering shade. It does not have the same properties of a liquid lipstick, unlike Shimmer of Hope and Butter Cream, but it possesses the same longevity. Vilu currently appears to be sold out at Gerard Cosmetics and Whitening Lighting.

Gerard Cosmetics Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Glosses are available in 24 shades.

About Gerard Cosmetics,

Gerard Cosmetics is a line created for women by women who empower each other and strive to offer products that are luxurious, accessible and endlessly chic. After the success of Whitening Lightning Jen began to offer her signature lighted lip glosses and Brow Bar to Go that have generated endless buzz on social media and beyond. However after a conversation with some of her closest friends and colleagues she realized the next move was a line completely devoted to creating cosmetics that make life easier and more beautiful. Jennifer Gerard listened to the feedback on twitter, talked to fans at charity events and conventions and more than anything you are our inspiration, our muse and why we care so deeply about creating products that speak to your needs and help you to be the best possible version of yourself. We are so excited for this new chapter and want to hear from you every step of the way, thank you for inspiring us and opening our hearts and minds to every possibility.

Overall Assessment: Gerard Cosmetics Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Glosses are wonderful long-wearing lip glosses, and the opaque shades feel and wear like liquid lipsticks. They really know how to make amazing full coverage opaque nudes that will delight even the most jaded nude lip aficionado!

Press Sample. All views expressed are categorically my own (Unaffiliated Links).
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Hourglass Three-Day Makeup Event at Barneys New York in Beverly Hills November 6-8 | Meet Founder Carisa Janes

Press Release

Hourglass invites you to an exclusive three-day makeup event, featuring founder Carisa Janes. Be among the first to preview Hourglass' avant-garde take on eye makeup available only at Barneys. Space is limited so schedule your personal consultation today.
November 6-8
Founder Carisa Janes appears November 7 from 5PM-7PM

(310) 276-4400

Carisa Janes is the Founder and CEO of Hourglass, which she launched in 2004 as a next generation luxury beauty brand. Throughout her career Ms. Janes has displayed an unwavering commitment to developing groundbreaking cosmetic products. Her efforts to create cutting-edge formulations and packaging have positioned Hourglass as an innovator in the prestige beauty category.

Ms. Janes entered the beauty industry almost two decades ago after attending Parsons School of Design in New York. As an original member of Urban Decay’s creative team in 1996, she helped cultivate the now iconic brand. In 1997 Ms. Janes created Body & Soul, a prestige color cosmetics line for the retailer of the same name, which was also available at Barneys New York, Nordstrom and Sephora. She next established ISA Design, a beauty consulting firm serving a range of clients including several well-known global beauty brands.  In 1999 Glamour magazine saluted Ms. Janes as “the world’s youngest beauty-biz veteran.”
 Carisa Janes

In 2000, Ms. Janes noticed a void in the marketplace for a new kind of luxury beauty brand—one with a focus on advanced ingredients, modern design and exceptional functionality. Four years in the making, Ms. Janes launched Hourglass as an entire color collection, including Veil Fluid Makeup, a revolutionary foundation that merged skincare and cosmetics by integrating clinical levels of anti-aging ingredients.

Hourglass, a privately-held company, originally launched at Barneys New York and is also available in Bergdorf Goodman, Sephora and Space NK in the US. In the last few years, Ms. Janes has expanded the company’s international presence and distribution channels. The brand is now available worldwide in over 400 stores. This year, to celebrate its 10-year anniversary, Hourglass opened the brand’s first-ever freestanding store in Venice, CA.

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  • Sunday, October 26, 2014

    Clarins Exclusive Gifts With Purchase and Custom Facial for Lola's Secret Beauty Blog Readers & Facial Event | Nordstrom Westside Pavilion

    Exclusive Gift with Purchase for Lola's Secret Beauty Blog Readers (Affiliate Links)

    Clarins at Nordstrom at the Westside Pavilion in Los Angeles is graciously offering Lola's Secret Beauty Blog readers two exclusive Gift with Purchases. This wonderful offer is not available online, but Nordstrom will happily ship it to you!
    If you live in the Los Angeles area you are invited to receive a custom in-store facial and a corresponding custom Gift with Purchase featuring some of the products used during your facial. Receive the Custom Facial and Gift with any Clarins purchase of $85.00.

    Facial Event Dates: Thursday, October 30th- Saturday, November 1st.
    Where: Nordstrom | Westside Pavilion 10830 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90064-2106
    RSVP: Monica Campos, the Clarins Counter Manager, at (T) (310) 254-1055 (Direct line)

    The second Gift With Purchase for Lola's Secret Beauty Blog Readers is a cosmetics bag filled with deluxe samples, and is yours with any $125.00 Clarins purchase. These beauties are in limited supply, and Monica will pre-sell them for you now!  Free shipping in the US.

    The gift includes: Beauty Flash Balm (0.5 oz.), Gentle Foaming Cleanser with Cottonseed (0.8 oz.), Super Restorative Day Cream (0.1 oz), Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in Rose Shimmer 01 (0.15 oz), and a gorgeous red vinyl cosmetic bag.
    Here are a few of my top picks:
    Clarins 'Gloss & Perfect' Instant Light Lip Perfector Trio (Limited Edition) ($69 Value for $43.00). Gloss and Perfect with three gorgeous shades of Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector that bring you color plus 3D shine for the look of luscious, just-kissed lips. I reviewed Petal Shimmer 04 here, and  remain madly in love with it! I want every shade! Shades include: Rose Shimmer 01, Petal Shimmer 04 and Rosewood Shimmer 06. Three full size glosses for the price of two is an extraordinary value.
    Petal Shimmer is a gorgeous shimmering baby pink, and Rose Shimmer is a stunning rosy pink. Neither settle in lip lines, nor do they accentuate any dry patches. It's a really lovely formula.
    Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors are among my very favorite lip glosses. They are nourishing, hydrating and extremely comfortable to wear. 
    Clarins 'UV Plus HP' Multi-Protection Day Screen SPF 40 ($25.00 for 1 oz. and $41.00 for 1.7 oz.): This remains one of my all time favorite Holy Grail sunscreens, and I reviewed it here.

    Protect against sun, pollution and daily stresses, so you can face the day without a care. Compatible with all skin care products, UV Plus HP is applied after day care and before make-up.
    • Triple protection against UVA/UVB rays, pollution and free radicals.
    • SPF 40, non-chemical, 100% mineral filters day screen.
    • Ultra lightweight formula that easily blends into the skin.
    • Oil-free.
    Key ingredients: Cantaloupe melon extract contains an exceptional concentration of super oxide dismutase, an antioxidative enzyme that neutralizes the harmful effects of free radicals on skin. 100% mineral UVA/UVB filters guarantee high protection while respecting the skin. Plant polymers create an invisible veil on the skin, letting it breathe without leaving white traces.
    Clarins 'Tonic' Body Treatment Oil ($57.00 for 3.5 oz. of magic): Clarins Tonic Body Treatment Oil is the brand’s best-selling body oil. It contains 100% pure plant extracts of rosemary, geranium and mint, which work together to help firm, tone and improve elasticity while smoothing the appearance of stretch marks and hazelnut oil, which softens, soothes and locks in moisture. The aromatic natural botanicals elevate the sense of a total feeling of well-being.

    What can I say, this oil smells delectable, feels amazing on the skin, and it leaves skin scrumptiously soft, supple and moisturized. I am in love with this golden elixir!
    Clarins Instant Eye Make-Up Remover ($28.00 for 4.2 oz.): An extremely gentle eye-makeup remover is specially formulated to quickly and easily remove heavy makeup and waterproof mascara. Suitable for even the most sensitive eyes and/or contact lens wearers. This is one of the few eye makeup removers that is gentle enough not to bother my sensitive eyes, but mighty enough to get every bit of even the most tenacious waterproof formulas!
    Other Super Hot Sellers:
    Clarins Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate ($85.00 1 oz. and $115.00 1.6 oz.): Powered by 20 pure plant extracts and potent, high-tech molecules, Double Serum®'s innovative, dual-chamber system combines two age-defying formulas into one groundbreaking serum that reactivates skin's vital functions. The results are firmer skin, reduced wrinkles, more even skin tone and less visible pores in just four weeks.
    Clarins Total Eye Concentrate ($83.00): Take years off your eyes with this innovative new eye care treatment that targets the entire eye zone, 'temple to temple', for mature women concerned with slackening skin, under-eye puffiness, fine lines and wrinkles due to hormonal changes linked to the aging process. A powerful triple action lifts, de-puffs and replenishes.
    Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil ($52.00): Anti-aging care for dehydrated skin. 100% pure plant extracts. This best-selling oil contains extracts of rosewood, patchouli and blue orchid to tone, revitalize and restore radiance to moisture-depleted skin. Hazelnut oil helps prevent moisture loss and the formation of fine lines.
    Clarins Lotus Face Treatment Oil ($52.00 for 1 oz.): Natural astringent, 100% pure plant extracts; Clarins' exclusive blend of rosewood, geranium and lotus extracts purifies, tightens pores and refines the skin texture. Hazelnut oil softens, soothes and seals in moisture to prevent fine lines. For oily and combination skin.
    Clarins Ladylike Autumn Makeup Collection (A few products mentioned below)

    Ombre Matte Eyeshadow Cream to Powder Smoothing & Long-Lasting ($24.00): Clarins brings matte elegance to your fingertips with a gorgeous cream-to-powder eyeshadow that gives you the soothing comfort of a cream with the fresh matte finish of a powder. Mattifying bamboo powder and soft focus pigments ensure luminous, stay-true color that lasts for hours.

    Instant Light Eye Perfecting Base ($25.00): The perfect base to even, smooth and protect the eyelid. Helps eye shadow smooth-on effortlessly and promises lasting wear. Use alone for an instant radiance-boosting effect or under eye shadow to help 'set' make-up.

    Clarins 'Pro Palette' Eyebrow Kit ($38.00): The ultimate eyebrow kit: six essential grooming tools presented in a trendy, super-slim silver metallic compact with a built-in oversized mirror to take with you everywhere for flawless, beautiful brows. Three different powders to mix and match to shape and even out eyebrows. A holding wax to affix brows in place. A luminous beige eyeshadow to enhance the eyes and emphasize the shape of the brows. A double applicator for powder and wax application. An eyebrow brush to tidy brows and makeup. Mini tweezers to keep eyebrow line clean and flawless. Great for beginners or pros.

    Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette (The Nudes) ($42.00): A wet and dry mineral formula that provides softness upon application. Long-lasting hold. Includes an inner layout to guide application.

    Clarins Blush Prodige Illuminating Cheek Color (Tawny Pink) ($31.00): Soft mineral blush powder glides perfectly over skin and blends naturally and evenly. Each luminous shade is accompanied by a complementary trio to highlight cheekbones with an immediate and natural-looking glow.

    Rouge Éclat Lipstick ($27.00): An age-defying lipstick with a satin finish.

    Features and benefits:
    • Perfect alliance between skincare and makeup.
    • Nutri-Youth Complex promotes nourishment, protection, reparation and regeneration.
    • Fine, lightweight veil smoothes with luminous, vibrant color for fuller, younger-looking lips.
    Clarins 3-Dot Liner Eyeliner ($26.00): Clarins' revolutionary three-prong tip eyeliner pen gives you precision control for a flawless effect. The applicator fills in the spaces between each lash, dot-by-dot, to accentuate and add volume to lashes. Clarins' new Be Long Lash Complex lengthens and strengthens lashes and boosts lash growth.
    Contact Monica Campos
    Main Line: (310) 470.6155 & Clarins Direct Line: (310) 254-1055

    A very special thank you to Monica, Monique, Clarins and Nordstrom Westside Pavilion. I am very appreciative that you have provided my readers with such amazing gifts!

    Clarins Gift provided courtesy of Clarins and Nordstrom (Affiliate Links).
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    Saturday, October 25, 2014

    Just Natural Anti-Aging Nutritive Serum | Review

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    My love of luxury beauty oils continues to be unquenchable, and I continuously seem to find what I consider luxurious golden elixirs at all price points. Therefore, I am always thrilled when I am able to introduce you to affordable oils that don't sacrifice lovely textures, scents and efficacy.

    Just Natural Anti-Aging Nutritive Serum is a lightweight and fast absorbing beauty oil that effortlessly nourishes, hydrates and moisturizes the skin. It is filled with beautiful organic oils, of extraordinary quality, that leave skin velvety soft, supple and luminous. Furthermore, it is affordable, has a lovely texture and the bottle is long-lasting.
    According to Just Natural,

    Many serums on the market are made mostly of water (90% +-) with a very tiny amount of active ingredients. This serum has no water, silicone, alcohol or any other filler.

    Every drop of this serum has powerful vital natural nutrients to help lift and firm your skin from the inside, correcting wrinkles and increasing firmness as this weightless serum is instantly absorbed.
    Claimed Benefits:       
    • Anti-wrinkle ingredients made by nature.
    • Serum can be used alone or under make-up.
    • Firms and moisturizes for softer, smoother velvety skin.
    • For a more radiant, healthy glow with enhanced skin tone.      
    • Gentle, non-irritating formula reduces wrinkles and other signs of aging.
    • Reduce wrinkles and fine lines for a more youthful and healthier appearance.
    • No Mineral Oil, No Petrolatum, No Silicone, No Water, No Alcohol, No Fillers.
    • Erase away the appearance of fine lines, blotches, and discolorations naturally.
    I warm a couple of drops in my hands and massage it into warm and damp freshly washed skin, and it sinks in immediately. My skin is immediately softened, hydrated and luminous, but with sustained use lines are softened and skin appears more eve in tone. 

    The scent is an intoxicatingly hypnotic warm fruity floral kissed by Frankincense, and it is so pleasant and calming that it does wonders facilitating a good night's sleep.

    Just Natural Anti-Aging Nutritive Serum is: Alcohol Free, Chemical Free, Cruelty Free, Gluten Free, Handmade Fresh. Made in the USA. Natural & Organic. GMO Free, Paraben Free, Sulfate Free & Vegan.
    Attributes of Key Ingredients:

    Avocado Oil: "contains essential nutrients like proteins, vitamins A, D, E and B6, magnesium, copper, iron, amino acids, folic acid, as well as potassium known as the youth mineral which nourish your skin. Avocado oil has high levels of plant sterolins are well known for rejuvenating skin and reducing signs of aging."

    Apricot Kernel Oil (Prunus armeniaca): "is cold-pressed from the seeds of the fruit. It is easily absorbed without being greasy. Apricot kernel oil contains essential fatty acids, linoleic acid, and oleic acid and also vitamins A, C and E. This oil is also rich in gamma linoleic acid, or GLA, which comes from essential fatty acid omega 6. The GLA helps in firming and toning your skin. It enhances skin
    elasticity and works well in anti-wrinkle skin care."

    Pomegranate Seed Oil (Punica granatum): "is cold pressed from the seeds of pomegranate fruit. This oil is known for its moisturizing, nourishing, and protective qualities. This oil can also help retain and improve skin elasticity. It is rich in punicic acid, an Omega-5 fatty acid, to fight free radicals that age your skin. High in levels of Vitamin C, Pomegranate Seed oil may help promote regeneration of
    the skin."
    Overall Assessment: A lovely, nourishing, hydrating and affordable face oil. It simultaneously delights the skin and the senses,and gives the skin a lovely ethereal glow.

    $37.99 from Just Natural Skincare (Unaffiliated Links).
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