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I took Coty Airspun Powder for granted (and regret it)-it’s still fantastic!

*No one sent this to me or gave me any money to write about it. Just thought you should know.*

 

One of my neighbors (neighbours if you’re Canadian) throws 2 parties a year. A summer BBQ and a Christmas party. Since it’s not Christmas yet (although most retail stores have their displays set up already), I’m going to mention the summer BBQ. Surprisingly or not if you know me, this is not going to be about the food, but about the attendees, which are mostly other neighbors. I’ve seen this one woman at both parties before but never had too much time to talk to her. This time, she sat next to me and we had some wonderful conversation. I couldn’t help but notice that she was wearing one of those ‘blurring’ powders –and I noticed it because it had a lot of different ‘reflective’ type particles on it. Having been in the beauty world for so many years, I noticed right away. I was tempted to ask her what powder it was, but didn’t have the opportunity because there were too many people around. Honestly, it was the perfect powder to be photographed in. Yes, I’ll definitely be asking her at the Christmas party.

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Alba Botanica-for when summer finally decides to arrive in Ontario!

I received these products for review.

I feel like I’m going through some type of cruel Mother Nature deja vu.  Last year around this time, my parents were preparing to visit me for the very first time since I moved here and I was looking forward to some fairly decent (and sunny) weather.  What ended up happening was cold, rainy days and even a brief period of snow.  Fast forward to today-here I sit, looking out the window with my winter boots still sitting by the door.  My gosh-it’s MAY-the greenery that confidently pushed out of the ground is now shivering and trying to withstand the wind.

Nevertheless, warmer days are to come-so why not be prepared?  Fair skinned or not, the sun’s rays are NO JOKE.  Alba Botanica has got your largest organ (your skin) covered with two new (and one not-so-new) sun care products.

alba BOTANICA SPORT Continuous Spray Sunscreen SPF 50+

This new sunscreen gives maximum broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection at SPF 50+.  It’s emollient and moisturizing, eco-friendly and air-powered with no chemical propellants .  This 100% vegetarian formula is water-resistant, perfect for exercise and sports.  MSRP  $16.99 CAD

 

alba BOTANICA KIDS Continuous Spray Sunscreen SPF 50+ 

This sunscreen absorbs quickly and is gentle on kids’ skin.  As with the SPORT spray, this broad spectrum UVA and UVB sunscreen is eco-friendly, air-powered and free of chemical propellants.  and water resistant.  MSRP $16.99 CAD

 

The alba BOTANICA Facial Sunscreen Lotion SPF 40 isn’t new-but my #protip is DO NOT FORGET YOUR FACE THIS SUMMER.

This gentle & effective broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection is fast absorbing and won’t clog pores. Botanicals, like Aloe Vera, Ginseng, Lavender, and Calendula, hydrate and nourish delicate facial skin. MSRP $9.99 CAD

So let’s all put our most positive thoughts together and collectively bring on the warm & sunny days! Don’t forget your SPF!

 

*alba BOTANICA does not use animal products or by-products of animal killing and does not test on animals.  Products are formulated without: parabens, phthalates, artificial colors, propylene glycol, aluminum, mineral oil, petrolatum, oxybenzone, PABA, nano-particles, DEA, MEA, TEA, PEGs, PEG derivatives, ethoxylated ingredients, GMO’s 

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Addicted to all things pretty-The Luxe Oil that you need to know about!

I like oils for face and body. It’s that simple.

I chat with a lot of people on twitter. one of the lovelies I chat with (I discovered) has a line of oils for face, body, hair-I suppose they could be called “multi-purpose.”  I had to get my hands on some of this.

All of the products interested me but I restrained myself and purchased the LUXE oil (and yes, I asked for recommendations of what to buy before purchasing).

Luxe oil *photo used with permission

Luxe oil *photo used with permission

Here’s what the website says:

Not only only does LUXE OIL moisturize and nourish the skin but it also has healing properties and helps clear blemishes as well as scarring from small wounds, cuts, and burns and eczema. Some have reported a reduction of fine lines and wrinkles… just another benefit of LUXE OIL. With continued use you’ll see improvements in your skin.

*photo used with permission*

*photo used with permission*

How to use:
LUXE OIL is a very versatile oil that can be used many ways. One primary use is as an in-shower moisturizer with 1-3 pumps into a well lathered towel or body sponge. The amount needed varies since some use body soaps that are harsher than others, and some of us use soaps that are free of sulfates and detergents.  You can also use it on damp skin fresh out the shower as you would a regular body oil. Other great uses include; hair oil to seal moisture, cuticle oil, and face moisturizer.

Instructions:

– In-Shower Moisturizer
Add 1-3 pumps (more if you’re using the treatment pump that dispenses less product) into a well-lathered towel or body sponge
Wash as usual
Rinse
Pat dry with dry towel or prance around… allow the oils to absorb

– Body Moisturizer
Apply all over
Prance around… allow the oils to absorb

Ingredients:
Coconut Oil
Safflower Oil
Sea-buckthorn Oil
Avocado Oil
Olive Oil
(optional) Fragrance

There are many choices of fragrance for the oil as well as having the choice to skip fragrance!  Please see the website for a description of fragrances (there are SO many).  I chose ‘Scorned Nymph’ which includes notes of juicy plum and frankincense.  I describe it as a fruity scent with a warm, spicy, exotic finish…it kind of creeps up on you.

How do I use it LUXE oil?

I listed the ways to use the product above but my FAVORITE way to use it is fresh out of the shower-I pat myself with a towel so my skin is so damp, and apply luxe oil to trap moisture in my skin.  I know the instructions say to prance around.  Maybe I do and maybe I don’t. I’ll leave that to your imagination.  If you know me at all, you know I probably prance. It absorbs fairly quickly but I would give it a solid 2-3 minutes before putting clothes on.

I ALSO use it on my scalp the night before I wash my hair.  I know that there is some minor controversy regarding oiling the scalp but I find it incredibly beneficial-after all, that is the root of your hair, why not nourish it?

Overall thoughts

I know there are a lot of oils on the market. I’ve tried a lot of the oils on the market. Why do I like this one so much? It’s made with ingredients I can pronounce-there are many ways to use it, the scent is intoxicating, and someone I know makes this product.  All great reasons.  LUXE oil is definitely worth checking out-and it’s offered in several different sizes so it will fit into your budget.  Also please note, there are face oils, bath salts, scalp oils,and shea butter too!

photo used with permission

photo used with permission

photo used with permission

photo used with permission

photo used with permission

photo used with permission

 

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Where have you been all my life Vichy Idealia Serum?

*This review contains a product sent for review*

What does ‘Behavioral Aging’ mean to you?  It didn’t mean much to me until I saw Vichy’s newest serum, the Idealia Life Serum.  If you need a more formal definition:

‘Behavioral aging is the visible result of everything our skin is subjected to, whether through our lifestyle, behaviors, or the environments in which we live.”

Hey guess what? Your daily activities……they show up. ON YOUR  SKIN….and they show up differently on everyone.  These ‘enemies’  that accelerate aging can include:

-lack of sleep

-pollution

-stress

-unbalanced diet

-lack of exercise

-hormonal imbalances

-UV rays

-dry weather

Vichy Idealia life serum (LR2412+LHA) claims to give an even and illuminated complexion, refined looking pores, and rested facial features.  This serum promotes “good skin behavior.”  After applying, skin should look radiant and fresh, better in 8 days, and even better in 4 weeks.

This particular ingredient LR2414 is derived from jasmonic acid (yes, jasmine) and is inspired by the repair process of jasmne in its natural state, which responds to aggressions by secreting a repairing acid.   It accelerates epidermal repair and improves the skin’s ability to protect itself.  Let’s get it on my face already!

LR2414 + LHA:  this is a first time coupling-LHA is a derivate of salicylic acid that stimulates cellular renewal in tired skin.  It improves the quality of skin by increasing the reflection of light on the surface of the skin.

So, these 2 active ingredients improve the skin texture by acting on the skin surface!

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So of course, I had to get my hands on this…..I haven’t had a full nights sleep in about 5 years!  I wish I was kidding.  Before I get to my thoughts about the product, a bit more about the product itself:

1.  has a light, non-greasy texture that also acts as a barrier to protect the skin from the evils it may come into contact with throughout the day.

2.  light, delicate floral hypoallergenic scent-it is  light but *please* note-fragrance sensitive people, there IS a fragrance.

3. formula is ideal for sensitive skin

4. 30ml is $59.00 CAD

Thoughts-after using for 2 weeks:

1. Scent is quite pleasant….I actually want to put this on my face partially because of the scent.

2.  packaging is pretty, but it’s glass so be careful! Love the pump dispenser…..for serum, that’s ESSENTIAL

I have seen a difference in my skin’s texture after using it for 2 weeks. Immediately after I apply the serum, my skin feels firmer, and it appears brighter.  I have noticed that it allows my moisturizer to apply SO much better and penetrate deeper.  My skin feels fresh after using.  Overall, I am happy with this product.  I do realize some may be a bit intimidated by the price….but to be honest, this serum functions like many of it’s higher end competitors for a much lower price point, making it entirely worth it.

If you’re still skeptical, many drugstores have testers….try it out on your hand and walk around for a minute or two.  It’s a great product, and one I’ll use until it runs out.  I’m anxious to see what my results will be after 8 weeks!

Have you tried Vichy Idealia?  What are your thoughts on your own skin behavior?  Tell me about it in the comments below…..

My favorites from…….IT Cosmetics

Just in case you’re not familiar with IT cosmetics-and some people aren’t….here’s a snippet or two from their website:

IT Cosmetics® works with leading plastic surgeons to infuse cutting edge anti-aging technology into truly innovative, high performance color cosmetics. A favorite line of both celebrities and beauty editors, IT Cosmetics has several award-winning products and has been featured in hundreds of leading magazines and television shows.

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Fountain of youth? Pretty darn close-Review of Oxygen Pur Skin Serum!

*I was provided a sample of this product for review.  Please scroll down to the bottom of this post and note that I have gone ahead and ordered an additional serum at my cost.*

I pride myself on a thorough and complete skincare routine.  I’m not ‘afraid’ of aging but I’ll always try to slow the process AND give my skin the best treatment I can as I grow older.

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Jetting off to Saint-Tropez? Care for your skin too-Dermalogica style!

Oh wouldn’t we all just love to take a respite to a warm place right now? Even though we can’t all click our heels 3 times and magically be transported to a land of palm trees and sunshine, if you ARE planning a vacation, you CAN avoid making some of these common skin care mistakes (courtesy of the lovely Charmaine Cooper of Dermalogica).

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1.Rushing out too quickly for “Fun in the Sun”

-Right after a flight, skin is more dehydrated…making it more vulnerable.

-Immediate sun exposure for unprotected skin is the WORST kind of start to any vacation.

Solution:  Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water! Always wear your sun protection!

2.Too much Sun exposure!

Prolonged exposure to the sun causes water to evaporate from the skins surface, which is why sunburned skin requires more moisture than unexposed areas.

Solution:  Where possible, limit the time spent in direct sun exposure.  Be sun smart! Don’t be a vampire but protect yourself from UV rays by seeking shade, wearing UV protective clothing.

3.Sun damage – not a light thing!

Skin damage should be treated seriously.  Did you know that with immediate attention, the skin health can be recovered and renewed?

Solution: Using a powerful serum like AGEsmart Multivitamin Power Serum, to reverse Cellular damage is a phenomenal way to keep the skin looking and feeling its best. Use a small amount nightly, underneath your moisturizer.

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4. So, you got sun kissed! Kiss your skin with hydration!

Vacationers covet the “sun kissed” look but usually end up with a “skin dehydrated” look!  No matter what your age, the Sun is the number one way to dehydrate the skin.

Solution: Dermalogica AGEsmart Antioxidant Hydramist is a favourite way to restore the lost moisture, essential to your skin.  Mist the skin anytime of the day and night with cooling hydration, and a shield of antioxidants.

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5. Play hard but play fair!  Be good to your skin.

Start and finish your vacation right!

Solution: Wear SPF at all times –  SPF 20, SPF 25, SPF 30, or even SPF 50! We recommend, re-applying, often. We recommend, re-applying, often. Try Dermalogica’s Solar Defense Booster SPF 50. It can be applied on its own or mixed into your favorite moisturizer.

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6. Look great but also be great in your shades!

Sun glasses are always a cool accessory for your vacation. Glasses sometimes are not enough to protect those peepers.

Solution: Don’t forget to care for your eyes with an appropriate eye moisturizer that contains SPF.  UV rays can be attracted to the skin around the eyes, especially with dark glass frames. Be wise and good to the eyes! Dermalogica Total Eye Care SPF 15 is a great option.totaleyecare

 

So there you have it folks!  Return from your time away looking refreshed both inside AND out!

Enjoy your vacation!