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Wednesday
Mar012017

SK-II R.N.A. Power Eye Cream

SK-II and Japanese skincare fans will covet the new R.N.A. Power Eye Cream ($135). An upgrade from the Essential Power Eye Cream, this one contains the Radical New Age complex as well as two new ingredients to resist wrinkle formation and enhance skin surface renewal: chlorella extract and palmitoyl pentapeptide-4. 

As with all SK-II products this one features their signature Pitera essence. Lupine-alfalfa extract and palmitoyl dipeptide-7 are also added to firm up eyelids, nourish the under eye area, and smooth fine lines around the corner of the eyes. After six weeks of continual use expect to see a 10% increase in skin firmness.

I love the lightweight texture which makes it easy to wear under makeup. The fragrance is very light so it's good for those sensitive to heavy scents. Overall this is a solid eye cream unless you have really dry skin. 

Available at www.sk-ii.com

For editorial consideration, review product was provided by the brand.

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Wednesday
Feb222017

Jan Marini Hyla3D

There are tons of hyaluronic acid products out there but the new Jan Marini Hyla3D HA Activating Complex ($125) is definitely results-oriented. 

Several types and molecular weights of hyaluronic acid are blended into the formula to bring maximum results. Your skin can get up to 5x longer retention (instead of only using regular HA) and 50x more water binding capacity. Peptides and antioxidants are also added to enhance collagen and elastin levels within the dermis. 

It sinks in quickly so it's easy to layer under regular skincare and makeup. You see immediate results on the superficial level as well as long-term ones. My skin looks more plump and healthy with daily use and I can't wait to see final results when I finish the bottle!

Available at www.janmarini.com

For editorial consideration, review product was provided by the brand.

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Wednesday
Feb152017

Claus Porto Soaps

When I was in Portugal I fell in love with the luxurious handmade soaps from Claus Porto, which has been around since 1887. I adore artwork from the Belle Epoque and Art Deco periods so their hand-drawn labels and in-house vintage graphic designs made me love them all the more. 
The company still makes their soap with traditional, old-world methods so the quality is quite exceptional. They last a long time and the fragrance will still be there until the very end. In other words, it's pretty hard to buy just one bar.
The revamped Musgo Real collection is designed for men but the body soap collection is very approachable with their unisex fragrances. The Orange Amber ($12/€10.00), which has notes of sweet mandarin, bergamot, and amber, is my favorite. Each one contains shea butter and walnut oil to boost moisturizing properties. 
Available at clausporto.com

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Friday
Feb102017

SK-II GenOptics Aura Essence & Spot Essence

An update to their popular serums, the new SK-II GenOptics line features the GenOptics Aura Essence and a GenOptics Spot Essence

As you might have guessed from their names, the GenOptics Aura Essence ($240, 50ml) is designed to create a healthier, glowing complexion. It contains prunus extract, inositol, Pitera, and De-melano P3C complex to fight visible and invisible age spots. My skin looked fantastic whenever I used this and I didn't have any sensitivity reaction. This product replaces the Cellumination Aura Essence. 

The GenOptics Spot Essence ($225, 50ml) replaces the Power Brightening Specialist. It mainly addresses pigmentation issues, such as dark spots. Lumina kelp extract is added to the formula so it enhances spot reduction power. 

Available at www.sk-ii.com and Sephora.

For editorial consideration, review product was provided by the brand.

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Wednesday
Feb082017

Worker B Skincare

We've had snowy weather recently so I reached out for my Worker B skincare products. Not only is the letterpress labeling gorgeous, their handcrafted products are made with only raw honey, beeswax, propolis, and organic botanical oils and extracts. They also source products from local beekeepers that are free of chemicals, pesticides and antibiotics.


I keep the All-Purpose Balm ($14) at my desk whenever I sense dry patches from using the office heater. I also use it whenever I have dry hands and cuticles. 

Made with only three ingredients, the Rescue Putty ($23) is pretty thick, so you have to work it in a bit. It's so perfect for those who like to play in the snow, wind or sun. I've been dealing with a long-term skin injury and this makes it feel so much better. You can use it for eczema, cracked skin and bug bites. Plus, the sweet and spicy notes from the beeswax makes it smell heavenly.

The rich Dusk Serum ($39) is packed with organic oils of avocado, pumpkin seed, sea buckthorn, cranberry seed, rosehip seed, and red raspberry seed to repair and regenerate damaged skin. There's a light nutty scent and its efficacy is evident after a few days. I'll be using this well beyond winter season. 

Available at www.worker-b.com

For editorial consideration, review product was provided by the brand.

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Friday
Feb032017

Clarins Tender Moments Makeup

The Clarins Tender Moments makeup collection is a limited edition offering for Valentine's Day. It includes the Skin Illusion Blush and the Daily Energizer Lovely Lip Balm

Three shades are available for the Skin Illusion Blush ($21.50): 01 Luminous Pink, 02 Luminous Coral, and 03 Golden Havana. Easily blendable and universally flattering, these blushes make a fabulous treat for your valentine. I love both Luminous Pink and Luminous Coral, but if I use Golden Havana sparingly it's not too dark for my complexion. 

The fun packaging includes a mirror on the lid and a powder puff underneath for on-the-go touch ups. Pink opal powder is added to create a luminous, light deflecting effect. 

The Daily Energizer Lovely Lip Balm ($20) reacts with the pH of your lips, creating a unique sheer pink tint. Cocoa seed butter, shea butter and red currant deliver up to 8 hours of hydration and protection. The cute paperboard tube packaging is sourced from sustainably managed forests. Also, I just love the peach scent of this lip balm!

Available at www.clarinsusa.com and all Clarins counters. 

For editorial consideration, review product was provided by the brand.

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Wednesday
Feb012017

Aftelier Amber Tapestry

Aftelier's recent unisex perfume launch, Amber Tapestry, serves as a comforting salve during these troubled times. The yellow mandarin and heliotrope perked me up immediately, bringing a little warm ray of happiness when it's cold, grey, and wet outside.


The jasmine is an elegant, feminine presence that's expertly woven around ambreine and labdanum. It evokes such a cozy feeling and has changed my perception of what an Oriental perfume should be. I'm glad that Mandy has introduced this to us!

Available for $180 (1/4 oz perfume, 1 oz EDP) at www.aftelier.com.

For editorial consideration, review product was provided by the brand.

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Tuesday
Jan312017

Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Skincare

The new Clarins Hydra-Essentiel skincare line is fantastic if you're suffering from chronic dryness. It features the organic leaf of life, a succulent plant (kalanchoe pinnata) that's harvested in Madagascar with fair trade practices. It also includes botanical extracts of organic sanicle, lampsana, furcellaria, and organic African ebony to address environmental pollution. 

There are four formulas to choose from: Silky Cream (normal-dry skin), Silky Cream SPF 15, Rich Cream (very dry skin), and Cooling Gel (normal-combination). All four creams are $48. I like using the Silky Cream SPF 15 so I don't have to worry about another layer of sunscreen. 

My favorite product is the Hydra-Essentiel Bi-Phase Serum ($59). It gives a soothing moisture barrier that keeps you from drying out. I have reactive skin and it didn't cause any irritation. Layer this on before adding the Hydra-Essentiel cream of choice and you're protected from the harsh elements. 

Available at www.clarinsusa.com and all Clarins counters. 

For editorial consideration, review product was provided by the brand.

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Friday
Jan272017

Själ Kashmir Saphir Perfecting Mask

I've heard about Själ Skincare a while ago but recently got to try one of their products. Founded by a Swedish mother/daughter duo, the luxury beauty brand focuses on minerals and gemstones to fight aging skin. They also use Eastern medicine to balance each potent formula.

Their Kashmir Saphir Perfecting Mask is so dreamy to look at—just gazing at it relaxed me a bit. The pearly aqua blue mousse doesn't have much of a scent and it only tingled a bit after application. It contains amino acids, gold, platinum, and silver to tone and firm while blue sapphire, silk proteins and biochemical tissue salts restore and even skin tone. Oxgenating herbs like ginger, tamanu, blue chamomile, royal jelly and ginseng help calm and soothe reactive skin.

My face feels so much smoother and brighter after using it...even the fine lines are plumped up. If you haven't been sleeping well or your skin looks way tired, this is one to try out!

Available for $150 (2 oz) at sjalskincare.com and Barneys New York.

 

For editorial consideration, review product was provided by the brand.

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Tuesday
Jan242017

Clarins Spring 2017 Makeup

As usual, Clarins is offering a lovely selection of makeup for spring 2017. You already saw how fun the 4-Colour All-in-One Pen is. Their lipsticks and eyeshadows are just as practical and great to use. 

The 4-Colour Eyeshadow Palette ($43) in 05 Smoky lets you effortlessly create the smoky eye. Use it wet or dry depending on the intensity you want, and the satin and matte shades can be used separately for simpler day looks. 

 

The Ombre Iridescente ($25) in 09 Silver Rose and 10 Silver Grey make such a pretty combo. The texture feels especially creamy on the lids and the buildable pigments are so opaque. You get lots of color with just a few dabs. I especially love the Silver Grey—it's so easy to apply it with your ring finger if you're low on time. 

I'm always a huge fan of their lipsticks and the new shades of Joli Rouge Brilliant ($29) are perfect for warmer months. The 31 Tender Nude is a peachy nude with the perfect shine while 32 Hot Pink makes a sassy statement. The 33 Plum is darling for those who want a bit of drama but still want to remain girly and romantic. 

Available at www.clarinsusa.com and all Clarins counters. 

For editorial consideration, review product was provided by the brand.

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