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I’m curious about…….pur minerals spring 2014 cleansing line

I have my favorites from pur minerals (and my not-so-favorites) and recently received a ‘look book’ describing the products in the line. I’m fairly curious about these products and would like to share the information I’ve received.  Keep in mind I do NOT have samples at this time of these products….this is more of a “Look at this-what do you think” type of post.

Pur minerals new cleansing line

Pur minerals new cleansing line

Claims:
Pur minerals skincare is clinically proven to correct, prevent and interrupt your biggest skin concerns for radiant results you can see.

Products:

Simplicity Gentle Cleanser-Normal, sensitive, oily and dry skin

Simplicity

Sulfate-free formula gently but effectively washes away oil, impurities and makeup without irritating the skin or drying it out. Featuring honey extract, shea butter, and Sepicalm, a combination of water lily and a key amino acide, this extremely mild daily cleanser helps hydrate and calm the skin as it cleanses.
My initial impression after reading description: One cleanser for all skin types? Is this possible?

In the Clear clarifying cleanser-Oily skin

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Multi-action cleanser that gently exfoliates, clarifies and soothes irritable and problematic skin. As lactic acide melts away pore-clogging surface debris, tea tree oil reduces the appearance of excess oil for a shine-free, matte finish. Sulfate-free formula is never harsh or over-drying; this clarifying cleanser calms and cools with a refreshing mix of lavender, peppermint and aloe.
My initial impression after reading description: This is a cleanser I’d like to have in my arsenal for breakouts!

Miracle Mist hydrating makeup spray-Normal, sensitive, oily and dry skin

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Containing over 79 essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and amino acids, this moisturizing mist infuses your skin with vital moisture to help soothe and refresh your face, hair and body and even set makeup.  Anti-bacterial sulfur keeps blemishes at bay for clear skin the face and body.

My initial impression after reading description:  Is this like my Urban Decay b6 spray? Or is it more like MAC fix+? Do I need 79 essential vitamins and minerals on my face?

Melt away makeup emulsifier-Normal, sensitive and oily skin

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All natural makeup remover that’s tough on even waterproof makeup, while remaining gentle on delicate skin.  12 essential oils, including Argan oil, Avocado, Macademia, and Jasmine Oils unite, eliminate makeup, condition skin and nourish lashes.  Oil-busting formula provides a thorough pre-cleanse as oil attracts oil to cut through excess oil and stubborn cosmetics.

My initial impression after reading description:  So is this an oil?  Sounds like it.  If so, I WANT IT. I’m a huge fan of pre-cleansing with oils or balms.  My only hangup may be the smell-as I’m not sure what a combination of Argan, Avocado, Macademia AND Jasmine oil smells like.  Any clues?

Dirty Girl detoxifying mudd masque-Normal, sensitive, oil and dry skin

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Deep cleans and detoxifies your skin using a unique form of calcium bentonite clay.  This mineral mud facial mask unclogs pores and draws impurities out of your skin, leaving your complexion looking brighter, smoother and radiantly clean.

My initial impression after reading description:  A mud masque? Meh, why not….wonder if it’s like GlamGlow.  That’s one of my favorites.  How messy is it?

 

And there you have it. Anything you’re interested in?  Tell me in the comments section below!

I’m curious about……Nuxe new launches for January

I have one Nuxe product in my arsenal and it’s a serum.  I’m neither here nor there about it, however…….

I recently received a look book of Nuxe products for Spring/Summer 2014 and wanted to share some items I’m interested in with you.  *Please note, I do not have any samples of these products-these are items I saw in the look book and want to know more about.*

Anti-tightness High Nutrition Balm for Sensitive Skin

WheatenBeauty on YouTube got me interested in balms for moisture.  I’m really curious as to the texture of this product.

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This rich balm, formulated with exclusive BIO-BEAUTÉ® by NUXE Natural Cold Cream, nourishes (Organic Sweet Almond Oil), protects the skin barrier (Organic Beeswax) and soothes sensitive skin (Organic Rose Water). It is enriched with Shea Butter and delivers intense and long-lasting 24-hour effectiveness

Initial impression after reading description: I want to know about the texture!

And check this out- Nirvanesque, a line designed for women between the ages of 30 and 40.  How come I didn’t know about this? Could it have made a difference?

The Nirvanesque ‘solution’-no claims here apparently just solutions. I like the sound of that already:

-A double-floral neuro cosmetic action for a ‘Botox-like boosted effect’

-A neuro-relaxing action,promoting ‘well-being’ molecules

-Anti-depressant textures that boost pleasure of application and active ingredient penetration

-eco designed jar in response to environmental concerns of females in the 21st century

Mind blown yet?  Who needs therapy when Nirvanesque is available…..and why wasn’t I asked my opinion of the jar design? 

Okay, all kidding aside, this has at the very least got me curious.  While I AM leaving the 30-40 year old group, that doesn’t mean I can’t be curious about these products.

Nirvanesque Light-combination skin

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Nirvanesque® Light, a cream for first wrinkles with Peony and Blue Lotus designed to instantly and visibly smooth away wrinkles and fine lines by helping the skin to relax. Skin is instantly relaxed and mattified. Features are de-stressed and the complexion is radiant.

My initial impressions after reading description: anything that mattifies my face is worth a try!

Nirvanesque:

nirva-normNirvanesque®, a cream for first wrinkles with Peony and Blue Lotus which instantly and visibly smoothes away wrinkles and fine lines by helping the skin to relax. Smooth texture enriched with Musk Rose Oil that combines hydrating and anti-wrinkle properties.

My initial thoughts after reading description:  I’d probably go for the light version based on my skin’s behavior.

Nirvanesque Yeux

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This eye contour treatment with Poppy Root and Hyaluronic Acid instantly and visibly smoothes away wrinkles and fine lines by helping the skin to relax.  First eye contour wrinkles are diminished, leaving younger-looking eyes. Dark circles are erased.

My initial thoughts after reading description:  Hyaluronic acid is in dermal fillers-could this actually work?

 

And there you have it…..would you try any of these miracles above? I’m looking forward to trying at least one.  If you could try any of the products, which one would you try? Tell me in the comments below!

 

 

used to hate you, now I adore you……Soap & Glory

Sometimes, I judge products too quickly.  Such is the case for Soap & Glory.  Well, these 2 products from Soap & Glory that is…..

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Originally I was not a fan of texture/fragrance of either of these 2 products HOWEVER, these have been my ‘reach-fors’ as the weather has become increasingly more winter-esque.

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Flake Away Shea Butter, sugar and peach seed powder spa body polish is a gentle and effective exfoliator.  It leaves behind a bit of moisture and doesn’t leave me itchy or dry.  I use it 2 or 3 times a week prior to shaving.

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The Righteous Butter contains shea butter and aloe vera. It’s the proper amount of moisture post shower or even when you need a product that will instantly moisturize….I tend to use it on my hands.  I wish they made it in a smaller size though!  I prefer this product over the hand cream for my VERY dry hands!

So I’ll be taking a second look at products before turning up my nose at them from now on.  These 2 products may surprise you too!

Have you used Soap & Glory? What are your favorites from the brand?

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…….Clarins!

Not too many makeup items here-I don’t know about your area, but in Canada, when Clarins releases a new collection, if you’re not there to get it when the store doors open, you will miss out.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tried to pick up a lipstick or powder and they are completely SOLD OUT.  Frustrating, but it does speak to the brand’s popularity.  For now though, let me entertain you with my favorites:

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Clarins 3 dot liner has been on my list for awhile now.  If you know me even a LITTLE bit, you will know how much I abhor tightlining (a.k.a. lining the upper water line to give the appearance of bigger, lush, lashes and eyes).  It feels weird, and my eyeliner runs (and I’ve tried more than 1 type of waterproof eyeliner).   This product allows me to press gently in-between my upper lashes in order to achieve the same look sans weirdness!  Brilliant!

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Beauty flash Balm-which I’m currently out of.  I’ll never forget the guy who showed me this product at the Clarins Counter at Eaton Centre (I have got to go back and visit him-he was so great!).  This is the perfect little bit of highlight for people who don’t highlight.  It’s subtle, but it’s there….it looks fresh and radiant.

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Face treatment oil-I love oils for the face.  Love love love them.  This is one of my *newer* favorites-especially since as of late, my skin has taken a turn for the oily.  This product balances my skin, I use it at night only!  Since I’ve started to use the product, I don’t have to wash my face in the morning….I just splash water on it, eye cream, serum, moisturize and I’m done.

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Body treatment oil-I’ve had cellulite since I was a tween….and I was a tween before the word tween was even invented!  *GASP*

Seriously though, I have some dimples here and there (if you need to explore that, go to the posts where I talk about my many many different body sizes over the years right here).  I think everyone has some areas that they’d like to firm up and that’s just what can be accomplished with this product.  This is another product that I use at night, and it’s actually recommended that you shower after using it (leaving it on for 20 minutes or so). I often use it at night and shower it off the next morning.  I love the fragrance as well.

And there you have it, my Clarins favorites.  I’m interested in exploring more of this brand so let me know your favorites in the comments section below!

 

What a great way……to spend a Monday night! MissAvaCado at Tips Nail Bar and the benefits of avocados for beauty!

Anyone who follows me on instagram knows that my nail game is TIGHT.  When Miss Sandy Avvari & Janine Falcon asked me if I’d like to learn more about avocado and beauty treatments, I was all over it!

I’m no stranger to Tips Nail Bar-but haven’t been since their recent (fairly) renovation.  Allow me to show you around briefly.

 

Tips Nail Bar

Tips Nail Bar

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Nice, eh (look I used a Canadian word!)?  Now, onto Miss Ava Cado:

Miss Ava Cado

Miss Ava Cado

I learned a lot about the benefits of using avocados in beauty treatments-specifically in a hand treatment. Here is the recipe for the treatment I received:

1/4 fully ripened avocado

1 egg white

2 tablespoons rolled oats (highly absorbtive)

1 tablespoon lemon juice

Directions:

In shallow bowl, mash avocado until smooth. Add egg white, oats, and lemon juice.   Massage into hands, leave on for 20 minutes, rinse with warm water.

So, I must say that this not only leaves my hands super soft, but that it brightens them….must be the lemon juice!  I highly recommend it.

After the avocado hand treatment

After the avocado hand treatment

There’s also a recipe for a hair mask (which I didn’t get but I’m up for trying this weekend).  If the hair mask works even half as well as the hand treatment, I am SOLD.

1 full ripened avocado

1 egg yolk (tip: do the hand treatment and the hair mask on the same day!)

1/2 teaspoon olive oil (I’m probably going to try argan oil)

Directions:

In shallow bowl, mash avocado until smooth.  Add egg yolk and oil, stir until combined. Divide hair into sections, apply mixture to hair by massaging into each section, concentrating on ends.  Allow to penetrate 30 minutes, rinse with warm water.

And why stop there?  How about some Face masks with avocado?

Add avocado to yogurt, honey to make a moisturizing mask.  Add lemon juice and egg white to avocado for a mask to balance oily skin!

Of course, avocados are yummy to eat as well:

avacado snacks!

avacado snacks!

Although it may not be ‘new’ news, don’t overlook avocados when it comes to beauty!!

For  more information on beauty with avocado & food recipes:  www.missavacado.ca

 

Thank you to Tips Nail Bar , Janine Falcon, and Sandy Avvari for inviting me!

 

I can’t get enough of……. Olay regenerist eye cream and lash serum

Disclosure: I am a #BeautyUnited blogger. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events.

Opinions are mine, and I’m not making any $$$ from writing about this!

If you watch my YouTube channel, you  may remember a ‘teaser’ video I posted about an event I attended a while ago called Beauty United.  The event itself was incredible-I learned a lot, and of course left with some items as well.

Surprisingly enough, I actually had this product (still in its box) tucked away in one of my Alex drawers.  So when I saw it in my Beauty United gift bag, I thought “Now’s the time, the universe is telling you to use this product!”

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I’ve been using this for almost a month now.  Normally I try things for 2 weeks-I feel like that’s a decent amount of time to love, hate or feel ‘meh’ about a product.  So how do I feel about this product?

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I like it!  Here’s why:

-dual ended: 2 products, 1 device.  I love that this is your eye cream AND your lash serum.  Not 2 separate products, no fumbling.  Everything is right there.

-the eye cream can be used on your eyelid!  I don’t know of many eye creams that can go on the eyelid.  Many are quite thick and I would worry about irritation if it got into my eye.

-eye cream is the right consistency.  I always feel like I’m in the middle of the 3 bears story with my eye creams. “This one’s too thick” , or “This one’s too thin” BUT the Olay is “juuuuussssst right.”  It stays where it needs to, hydrates, but feels light-especially if you’re going to put this on your eyelid, you don’t want anything too heavy!

-lash serum WORKS!  Not that I can necessarily guarantee that it does BUT I have seen a definite difference in my lash length. My right eye lashes tend to be shorter and skimpier than my left and I’ve noticed that they are more lush. My lash cycles are shorter-I don’t spend large amounts of time feeling like I have bald spots or patches.

-this products ‘plays well with others’ which is always a MAJOR concern of mine. I don’t want to waste more time trying to find products that will live in harmony together forever and ever (hashtag #overdramatic).

This is definitely worth the price-it’s available now and you should go try it!

 

B. Kamin’s best-a kit you may want to check out!

*I received this kit for review-opinions are my own, thanks*

Raise your hand if you’ve heard of B. Kamins……if you’re like me, I didn’t know anything.  Granted, I’ve seen the brand ‘around’ but never tried it or knew much about it-VERY unlike me!

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Just to fill you in (and if you know this part, skip it, I won’t be upset, offended). This information is from B. Kamins’ website:

Our Mission:  The Fusion of Science and Spa.

To offer the most advanced technology and formulations in skincare with the latest, cutting-edge ingredients.

To provide the most indulgent, stress relieving spa experience with “can’t live without them” products and treatments.

To continue as the forerunner in introducing intelligent and effective solutions to problematic skin conditions not yet available in the marketplace.

B. Kamins ‘best’ kit helps to brighten and even skin tone while reducing fine lines and wrinkles, resulting in hydrated, supple skin.

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Let’s dive right in, shall we?

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Vegetable Cleanser:

-Fragrance free, oil free, made for all skin

A vegetable based cleanser and makeup remover that dissolves and removes impurities from the face and delicate eye area.  Clarifying, soothing, and moisturizing ingredients help improve skin smootheness, elasticity and radiance.  Oil, fragrance and color free, this gentle formula is ideal for cleansing sensitive skin types, especially post-microdermabrasion and laser-treated skin. 

Used! My thoughts: 

-This cleanser does not foam much so if you like bubbles, skip it

-I still use a makeup remover for my eye makeup

-This cleanser really does NOT have a fragrance, making it ideal for those who are sensitive!

-This cleanser is decent, and leaves your skin clean but not itchy and tight.

AHA+BHA Daily Peel Pads Step 1 & 2

AHA+BHA Daily Peel Pads Step 1 & 2

AHA+BHA Daily Peel Pads:

-With alpha and beta hydroxy acids

A sophisticated 2-step daily peel formulated with alpha and beta hydroxy acids to exfoliate skin cells and help increase cellular turnover.

Step 1:  cleanses skin and better prepares it for…

Step 2:  the peel!   This advanced formula helps to minimize the apprearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots, create a more even skin tone and increase skin brightness and clarity.  Skin feels revitalized and fresh, and stays moisturized thanks to hydrating ingredients that help prevent skin from over drying.

Brightening Mask

Brightening Mask

Brightening Mask

-With BMC Oligopeptide Anti-Aging Complex, made for all skin types, paraben-free

A unique, hydrating, brightening mask which revitalizes, nourishes and conditions skin, while helping to fight the look of wrinkles, and mottled yellowish skin.  The formula contains vitamin C and Bio-Maple which helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and improve skin tone and elasticity.  It also helps to brighten skin tone, refine its texture and promote its natural appearance, revealing a fresher complexion. 

Used! My thoughts:

-This mask has what I’d call a ‘clinical’ smell so if you are sensitive to fragrance or don’t like clinics (har har har), then I’d really think twice.

-This is one of my favorite products so far.  It truly does brighten my skin after I use it and I LOVE that.

Diatomamaus Earth Mask

Diatomamaus Earth Mask

Diatomamaus Earth Mask

-Dry to normal skin

Formulated with diatomamus earth rich in natural minerals including magnesium, iron, calcium and sodium that help retain moisture while absorbing excess sebum.  A blend of unique moisturizers, botanical extracts and vitamins enrich the skin, retain moisture while absorbing excess sebum.

Used! My thoughts:

-I used this when my skin was acting out, around “that time” of the month.  It absorbs excess oil for sure and you will see that on your skin when you apply the mask.

-I thought for sure this one was going to dry my skin or leave patches but it sure didn’t and I like that.

-If I had to pick between the 2 masks, I would still reach for the brightening more BUT this mask is good for those ‘disgruntled skin’ phases.

BB Cream

BB Cream

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-beauty balm

This 8 in 1 multi-tasking beauty balm will provide all day hydration, provide sheer, natural looking coverage, while helping to firm the look of skin and wrinkles with hyaluronic acid.  Can be used alone or as a primer before foundation. 

Used! My thoughts:

-Reminds me of Asian BB creams, thicker texture (but no grey cast)

-finish is sheer but coverage is light/medium, to be expected

-plays well with others-meaning I can use the product with a powder and blush with no reaction or irritation

Find B. Kamins:

-on the web

-on facebook

-on twitter

 

 

 

 

 

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*This post describes product samples sent for review.  Opinions are my own and I am not compensated for writing this post*

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again….I won’t lie to you and tell you my skin always behaves because it does NOT.  Especially when I choose to indulge in treats or go through the hormonal days of being a woman.  There are many many ways to treat skin that ‘acts out’ and I’ve talked about several of them.  However, what if you want to treat your skin a little bit more naturally?

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