Ever on the lookout for exemplary luxury face oils, Helen from Lola's Secret Beauty Blog is utterly transfixed by May Lindstrom's The Youth Dew Hydrating Serum. This aromatic gem of a golden elixir is an ultra-luxe, lightweight and fast absorbing oil that delights the senses and deeply nourishes the skin. If you love luminous, hydrated skin that is soft and supple– then you need to try this masterpiece.
Please send your love and healing energy to Milo. The day before yesterday he displayed a radical shift in behavior. He simultaneously began hiding, and stopped eating. We immediately took him to the vet for diagnostic tests, and they loaded him up with fluids. His lighter eating habits, after his IBD diagnosis, has placed him in the beginning stages of Fatty Liver Disease. If he does not eat is prognosis is very, very grim. Our trusted vet, of many years, suggested that our only move right now is a temporary feeding tube to reverse this condition. My poor baby, who is a very sensitive Siamese, spent the night at the vet's last night to be pumped full of fluids and food, and today is his surgery. He needs your love, and to be in your thoughts. Not only would it be a devastating blow if we lost our little prince, but I do not know what Lola (shown below with her brother) would do without her him since they have been intensely bonded since the womb. I am picking him up at some time today, and will keep you posted. xoxo, Helen
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Sheet masks have gained considerable traction in the beauty world in the last few years, and I am among the many to sing their praises. I love their ease of use, their novelty, and their efficacy. While I have tried a great many at wildly varying price points, I definitely love finding affordable variants that deliver real results. The latest sheet masks to gain my approval are WHEN Travelmate and Glamour Base.
WHEN uses the best-proven, all-natural bio-cellulose sheet material and high quality serum formulated with gentle and effective ingredients, and we have chosen you to try our premium masks on.
WHEN Makes 5 different sheet masks:
Travelmate: Great for globe-trotting girls to refresh skin with chamomile flower water
10:00 PM: Helps in restoring tired, worn out skin using watermelon extract
Snow Magic: Brightens skin when it's lacking glow using aloe vera
Glamour Base: Preps skin perfectly for makeup and any night out
The Last Choice: The ultimate moisturizer for thirsty skin, and perfect for spring transition
Contain NO parabens, NO sulfates, NO triclosan.
Total phenoxyethanol content: less than 0.05%
Compliant with Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council
How to use WHEN Sheet Masks:
WHEN Travelmate is a mask that was conceived to refresh your skin while traveling. It refreshes and deeply hydrates skin in order to protect it against hours of exposure to the elements. It is not a sunscreen, and should not be used instead of a sunscreen, but it does give the skin a tremendous dose of hydration that plumps and nourishes. I was not traveling when I tested this mask, but I noticed the toy skin was ultra-hydrated, luminous and dewy all day long.
This mask is described as a "soft, jelly-like" sheet mask that is generously filled with serum, however there is a lot of serum that falls to the bottom of the pouch that should be used on the neck, décolleté and hands for maximum effect.
According to WHEN,
When you are on the road, take along When Travelmate to help refresh your skin from hours in the sun, wind and dry air. When Travelmate will go the distance with you. Don’t leave home without it!
The soft, jelly like mask sheet is made from coconut juice and is infused with light, conforting serum. When Travelmate contains chamomile and Swiss Alpine herb extracts to gently hydrate and soothe skin. All When masks contain hyaluronic acid and ginseng extracts to help keep skin healthy.
Recommended usage: 2-3 times a week but can be used as often as desired as a regular part of your skin care regime.
Tips from WHEN:
BE CLEAN. Apply the mask using CLEAN hands on CLEAN face.
BE GENEROUS. The pool of serum left in the pouch should be used to give your neck, hands, arms, legs, feet and what-not a taste of love as well.
ENHANCE. Applying a drop or two of your favorite face oil after using When masks will enhance the effect of the treatment.
KEEP THE TIME. Leaving on the mask for longer than the recommended time may increase the temperature of the skin and can lead to rise in
bacteria count on the skin, causing acne and other malicious problems. And please DON’T FALL ASLEEP wearing When masks.
AS OFTEN AS YOU PLEASE. We recommend using When masks a couple of times a week, but would not stop you from using them everyday.
BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR. When mask is love for your skin - not a Halloween prop to frighten your friends and neighbors.
SHARE. You are welcome to share your tips and how-to’s on our social network!
When Glamour Base is a really wonderful mask that was created in order to essentially function like a mega face primer and mask in one. It plumps and smooths skin to perfection– creating the perfect base for makeup. Skin is left soft, supple, hydrated and luminous– not to mention that your makeup stays put all day and looks sensational.
According to WHEN,
Is the big day coming up? Achieve flawless looking skin with When Glamour Base!
The soft, jelly like mask sheet is made from coconut juice and is infused with light, comforting serum. When Glamour Base contains adenosine, collagen and peptides to help improve skin elasticity. All When masks contain hyaluronic acid and ginseng extracts to help keep skin healthy.
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If you love a good clay mask, as do I, then I have a really fantastic, and affordable, one to share with you. Unlike many clay masks that can have a tendency to be drying, Valentia Skin Detoxifying Clay Mask is not. In fact, this mask, with its very lightweight texture, leaves skin hydrated rather than dry, but it is still ultra-efficient in its ability to draw out dirt, oil and impurities.
Simply apply a generous amount to freshly cleansed skin, avoiding the eye area altogether, and let it dry for approximately 20 minutes. As it is drying down it does not pull or irritate the skin, and doesn't cause sensitive skin to itch. I prefer to rinse it off in the shower, as I do with most masks, and my preferred method of removal is to dampen my skin and massage my skin in a circular motion to exfoliate the dead skin cells. Once I rinse my skin I immediately notice that impurities have been drawn out, and dead skin cells have been whisked away. My skin is left clear, radiant, smooth, soft and lightly hydrated. When compared to most clay masks that I have tried over the years, I would definitely say that this is one of the most gentle without sacrificing efficacy.
I suspect that most skin types would benefit from this clay mask, however, if you have extremely dry skin and do not have a tendency to experience skin congestion, then you might prefer a moisture mask instead of one intended to detoxify skin and cleanse congested pores. For my normal to combination skin, that can be sensitive at times, this is the perfect type of clay mask to get the job done without irritating my skin. It also works exceedingly well as a spot treatment in problem areas, or when breakouts occur.
According to Valentia,
Not your ordinary mask, this clay mask removes excess dirt and oil from the skin caused by makeup, environmental toxins, and everyday contaminants. Kaolin Clay helps pull dirt and oil to the surface, offering a deep cleanse that leaves skin clean and clear. Added Hibiscus and Cranberry Fibers make this mask unique, providing an extra layer of skin exfoliation, leaving skin feeling and looking smoother, and softer. This Detoxifying Clay Mask reverses and clears away skin damage, giving you stronger, firmer and healthier skin.
Directions: "Generously apply on face carefully avoiding the eye area. Leave on your skin for 15-20 minutes or until mask dries. Wipe it off with a damp cloth soaked in warm water. As the mask has natural fibers use circular motions to remove the mask helping to slough off dead skin and exfoliate."
Selected Ingredients and their Attributes: Kaolin Clay: Clay minerals draw impurities, improve skin tone, and tighten pores for smoother firmer skin.
Plant Stem Cells:Naturally decreases the level of pro-aging toxins and works to soother the skin, reduce redness, and improve evenness.
Spirulina: A botanical stimulant full of vitamins that hydrates the skins surface and contributes to tissue regeneration of the skin.
CoQ10: Lessens the appearance of wrinkles by reducing free radical damage and stimulating health collagen production.
I routinely receive lots of requests to review healthy skincare products sans all of the multisyllabic chemical compounds, and recently one of the most requested lines has, without question, been May Lindstrom. I must confess, it was the line at the top of my list to try since its launch, and I will say that I have become thoroughly obsessed with the entire collection.
May Lindstrom, the eponymously named line of its creator, is a healthy skincare collection that uses sustainably sourced certified organic, wild harvested, biodynamic and vegan ingredients of the highest quality. May, a former model known as the "skin chef," lovingly makes each batch by hand, and is among the short list visionaries to create ultra luxurious natural skincare products. More of a magician, or alchemist, May has an innate understanding of the raw materials and is able to commingle disparate elements to create harmonious blends that ignite the senses and nourish the skin.
May Lindstrom is a line that inspires a profound engagement with the ritual associated with the finest quality skincare products that boast otherworldly textures, heavenly aromas, and astonishing results. Stress melts away as one yields oneself to the undeniable experiential aspect of this magical line, and one cannot help but savor every moment of this glorious process.
May Lindstrom The Youth Dew Hydrating Serum is more of a magical golden elixir than a mere beauty oil. This gem of an ultra-luxe face oil is lightweight, fast absorbing and has a delectable aroma that is punctuated by the Rosa Damascena (Bulgarian Rose) Essential Oil. This antioxidant-rich potion provides the skin with immediate hydration, nourishment and a pronounced luminosity. After a few days of use, I noted that my face, neck and décolleté were unusually soft, supple, hydrated and luminous. This oil is so nourishing and hydrating that I am actually able to forgo an added moisturizer altogether. May Lindstrom suggests that The Youth Dew is very well suited for dry skin, but it is not too rich for normal/combination skin like mine. I simply warm a couple of drops between my hands and massage it into my warm, damp skin. The results are unmistakable and undeniable.
According to May Lindstrom,
This joyously over-the-top hydrating potion transforms skin with a power-packed bouquet of 20 ambitiously regenerating and indulgent plant and botanical oils infused with time-stopping CoEnzyme Q10. The Result: A Petal Soft Complexion that Glows with Ageless Grace.
Directions: Apply a few potent drops to moist skin morning and night for the only hydration your skin requires.
Paraben, Phthalate, Silicone and Cruelty Free. Handmade in the USA.
Overall Assessment: T R U L Y A M A Z I N G! This carefully edited luxury wellness skincare line is absolutely obsession-worthy, and her other products are equally impressive. I can't wait to share the rest of her line with you. May Lindstrom The Youth Dew Hydrating Serum earns an unmitigated A+!