Algenist Friends and Family Sale!

Algenist is a perennial favorite here at the BIZ – I just reviewed their Pore Corrector Anti-Aging Primer in my updated Top Ten Primers post.  If you want to try this primer, or the best-selling GENIUS Ultimate Anti-Aging Cream, a luxurious cream that visibly strengthens fragile skin texture and softens facial contours while decreasing the appearance of fine lines and deep wrinkles, now is the time!

Algenist

Algenist’s Friends & Family Sale is live now and lasts until Monday, October 20th at midnight! All products on Algenist.com are 30% off until Monday, October 20 at 11:59PM PT.  – Lisa

Lisa’s new and improved top ten primers list

I wrote my original ‘Top ten primers‘ post back in 2010, a few years after my primer obsession began. Finding an excellent primer was life-altering for me because for the very first time my makeup actually lasted all day.  I’ve always had strange skin, products don’t last long on me at all – I put blush on and an hour later, it’s completely gone.  For a long time I thought there was nothing I could do about it – until I found a primer that actually made my makeup (and most happily my blush) last a whole day.  I think I bought every primer on the market for the next few years after that. I have owned and used so many different primers I am ashamed to put a number on it. 

Lisas top ten primersThis list is a long overdue update of my personal choices for the top ten primers – each one is unique, they all have their advantages, and they are all excellent.  Which primer I choose is determined by the condition of my skin that day, my skin tone, and the foundation I am going to use. (A side note – I was astounded by the price increases when I updated them!)

My top ten list is not in any particular order – these are my top favorites, but they are all equal in terms of play time they get.

Kevyn Aucoin The Primed Skin Developer

Kevyn Aucoin The Primed Skin Developer

1.  Kevyn Aucoin The Primed Skin Developer ($68)

The earlier version, called The Sensual Skin Primer, was actually the primer that began my obsession.  I used it one day and could not believe how vibrant and fresh my makeup was 10 hours later. The new version is even better – I use the Normal to Oily one.  The texture has slip but it doesn’t feel extremely silicone heavy.  It dries quickly to a satin finish.  It keeps makeup on like no other.  There are some drawbacks, though – it is an expensive item, so expensive that it hurts to buy it.  I tend to use this on special occasions only to try to make it last as long as possible.  And while I love the hygienic pump bottle, it drives me crazy that I never know how much I have left.  Regardless, I will never be without a bottle – and a back up.

Grand Central Beauty Skin Perfecting Primer

2.  Grand Central Beauty S.M.A.R.T. Skin Perfecting SERUM+PRIMER ($68)

I like to say that the only time I have ever been wrong was that one time I thought I made a mistake.  Unfortunately, in reality I have been wrong on a few more occasions than that…and I was completely wrong about the S.M.A.R.T. Skin Perfecting SERUM+PRIMER.  While it has a slew of cool ingredients, including squalane from brazilian sugar cane, apple, watermelon, lentil, rice and soybean protein, I initially thought it worked better as a serum than a primer…totally incorrect.  This is a kick ass primer.  It keeps makeup looking totally perfect for 12 hours.  Every time I use it I think, “How could I have been so wrong??”

Reviva Labs Makeup Primer

Reviva Labs Makeup Primer

3.  Reviva Labs Makeup Primer ($19.50) This is absolutely one of my favorite primers of all time.  It has silicone, but it isn’t super thick.  I find that it works best if I apply the primer and then let it sit for about three minutes.  It has a slightly wet texture at first that will collide with your concealer and foundation application. If you wait a few minutes it dries down to a beautiful finish that helps concealer and foundation apply and wear perfectly.  It does everything a primer should do:  makes skin super smooth, allows even application of concealer and foundation, and increases longevity.  

Pur Minerals green_primer

4.  Pur Minerals Colour Correcting Foundation Primer in Green ($31):

This is the primer I reach for when I’m broken out.  The green color balances out redness from acne, broken capillaries, and rosacea.  It doesn’t make me look like an alien – the green transforms into a beautiful, even skin tone color.  Less is more with this primer. You don’t need much to neutralize redness and create a perfect canvas for foundation.

OCC Skin Primer

5.  OCC Skin Primer ($27.50):This is a really cool primer.  Not only is it great for the face, but you can also use it as a lid primer for mineral eyeshadows.  It’s unlike most primers.  You HAVE to shake the bottle before squeezing some out – and then be careful when you do, because it has a thin, liquid consistency.  Once applied, wait until it dries because it applies quite wet, but does dry down to a super smooth, satiny finish.  And boy does makeup stick to this stuff!

Paul and Joe Protecting Foundation Primer

6.  Paul and Joe Protective Foundation Primer ($32)

This is, by far, the strangest primer I have ever used.  And I love it.  It has an SPF of 30.  It’s also super watery – it must be properly shaken before squeezing the product out.   It has a very thin consistency that dries down to a satiny finish.  It also has super fine, really tiny microshimmers in it, which gives skin the best natural looking glow.  The primer looks really yellow, but it goes on colorless – aside from the glow.  Makeup lasts and lasts with this primer.  I find that I reach for it when I am using very matte, oil-inhibiting foundations like Clarins Truly Matte Foundation because the microshimmers counteract the flatness.

Cle de Peau Correcting Cream Veil

7.  Cle de Peau Correcting Cream Veil ($76)

I have a love-hate relationship with Cle de Peau.  Some products I adore and will buy despite the exorbitant price tag.  Other products I can’t stand, and I get offended at the price of items that do absolutely nothing for you.  This primer, however, is well worth the price.  At the same time, I get the sample sizes at the counter when I can…they are great for travel and give several weeks of use. This primer is a thick, creamy lotion.  You don’t need a lot of it – a little goes a very long way.  In fact, if you use too much you will get a distinctly white cast to your skin.  Use the right amount and it sinks into your skin nicely, leaving no white or greyish cast.  Skin is super smooth, lines are filled in, and makeup goes on beautifully and lasts all day.  Pores look smaller and it lessens oil production throughout the day.  Get a sample at the counter before investing, but I’ll bet once you try it, you’ll want the full size version.  I love this under cream foundation.

IT Cosmetics Feel the Moment Primer

8.  IT Cosmetics Feel the Moment Anti-Aging Primer Serum ($38)

The Feel the Moment Anti-Aging Primer Serum is a thick, super hydrating primer that makes skin baby smooth.  Ingredients include caviar extract, hydrolyzed collagen, peptides, hyaluronic acid, vitamins A, E, and C, argan and jojoba oils, and avocado.  The serum is in glass jar with a dropper,  and two drops is more than enough to prime and hydrate.  It goes on slightly tacky then dries down to create a perfect canvas for makeup. This is just what I need for perfect makeup when I have dry skin.  I have gone through two bottles of this and am halfway through my third!

Algenist Pore Corrector Anti Aging Primer

9.  Algenist Pore Corrector Anti-Aging Primer ($42)

This primer comes in an opaque airless pump which keeps the product integrity and effectiveness safe and sound.  It does everything a great primer should do – it reduces the look of pores, creates a satin finish for easy makeup application, and it keeps that makeup in place and reduces fading throughout the day.

Ingredients include Alguronic Acid, which ramps up the anti-aging quotient. I am thrilled that over time it actually improves my skin – but I am even more thrilled with the immediate results of perfectly primed skin. And, of course, not looking like a sad clown with melted makeup at the end of the day is a huge plus!! The Pore Corrector Anti-Aging Primer has a beautifully lightweight texture that doesn’t feel heavy on the skin. While liquidy, it dries quickly and truly makes that beautiful canvas you need to happily play with all the rest of your cosmetics art supplies.

Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy

10.  Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy ($7)  So this is a bit of a cheat…it’s not a face primer, but it is such a fantastic eye primer I had to put it on the list.  If you like pigment eyeshadows, you need this.  If you have oily lids, you need this.  Heck, it’s only seven bucks…try it out!  A tiny dab makes eyeshadow not only cling to your lids for dear life, it also brings out a vibrancy you never knew the eyeshadow had in the first place.  I think of my Pixie Epoxy as liquid gold.

The biggest difference I notice between my original list from five years ago and the one I have now (beside the price increases!) is the addition of primer/serums.  Primers don’t just prime anymore, they also treat the skin.  Most people probably only need or want one, maybe two different primers.  I happen to be just a *little* obsessive about makeup, so my collection is extreme – but if you are looking for a primer, I am sure you can find something perfect for your needs on this list.

Ok ladies, what is your favorite primer?  Is there another amazing primer out there that I just have to try??  There’s always room for one more!  – Lisa

Top 10 Tuesday Sun Protection Favorites

TOP TEN TUESDAY picked an important topic this week – sunscreen. I can’t believe the number of years I didn’t use sunscreen or used it sporadically. I’m paying the consequences now with too many sunspots. As an oldie, but goodie, sunscreen wasn’t in our family vocabulary. Coppertone was put on us to protect us from the sun but it really just made me burn. Now I know better and I’m an avid fan of SPF products. Here are some of my favorites in no particular order.
1. SUPERGOOP CITY SUNSCREEN SERUM* – Unfortunately I’m out of this but I want to repurchase it. The serum is SPF 30+, has no fragrance and is very lightweight. I used this as my SPF and moisturizer and primer – a triple threat!

2. SUPERGOOP DAILY CORRECT CC CREAM* – This is what I’m using now from Supergoop. It’s actually a lightly tinted SPF cream that provides SPF 35 coverage. It comes in three shades; I have Light to Medium which is a little dark for me (see swatch below). This can also be used as a primer and sunscreen that helps even out skintone. If the color is right for you then it will give you the corrective cream coverage that is so popular with CC Creams.

Supergoop CC Cream SPF 35

Supergoop CC Cream SPF 35

Supergoop CC Cream SPF 35

Supergoop CC Cream SPF 35

Supergoop CC Cream light to medium

Supergoop CC Cream light to medium

3. SUPERGOOP ADVANCED AGING EYE CREAM* – How many of you forget about your eye area when thinking about sunscreen? I just assumed my regular sunscreen would be enough but it’s absolutely not. I don’t get that close to my eyes with sunscreen plus that area is so tender and prone to showing aging. This SPF 37 eye cream is a big favorite of mine and not just because it has the best applicator in town.

Supergoop Anti-Aging eyecream with SPF37

Supergoop Anti-Aging eyecream with SPF37

4. MELANSOL 100% NATURAL SUNSCREEN SPF 30 *- This particular SPF 30 sunscreen is not for everyone but it’s perfect for those of us with very fair skin that never tans and always burns. MelanSol makes a variety of sunscreens for those of you who have a different risk level from the sun. This SPF 30 version is great for midday application when the sun is at its peak or for high activity levels when you’ll be out in the sun for longer periods. It contains active ingredients of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide in its natural, cruelty free, vegan formula. I’ve found it to be hydrating and non-greasy. I love having a product that I know will have extra protection when I’m out on the water or in my yard with the little ones.

MelanSol Sunscreen spf 30

MelanSol Sunscreen spf 30

5. NEOVA DNA DAMAGE CONTROL *- A broad spectrum SPF 40 makes this a great choice if you want to be without foundation yet have some coverage when outside. They could call this a CC Cream since it’s described as a Color Correction cream that illuminates and brightens with a tinted, pearl finish. It comes in just one shade though with a very light tint. My skin isn’t good enough to go out in public with just this but I’ll wear it for days I’m at home alone or with a light foundation over it if I do go out. I’ve been very impressed with the Neova line and this is no exception.

Neova DNA Damage Control SPF 40

Neova DNA Damage Control SPF 40

swatches of Neova DNA spf and Supergoop CC Cream

swatches of Neova DNA SPF and Supergoop CC Cream (light to medium)

6. ALGENIST ULTRA LIGHTWEIGHT UV DEFENSE FLUID SPF 50* – This is another of my old favorite sunscreens which I’ve used up. I’ve talked about it several times in posts. It contains Titanium Dioxide (2%), Zinc Oxide (17.1%) and Octinoxate (7.5%) along with the other fabulous Algenist ingredients that make this brand unique. I won’t go on about it since you can read my previous linked review other than to say, it’s great!

7. and 8. AVEENO PROTECT + HYDRATE LOTION SUNSCREEN* – Aveeno makes two different Protect+Hydrate Lotion Sunscreens. For your face you’ll want Broad Spectrum SPF 50 which is oil free and non-comedogenic. For your body (and face) you want Broad Spectrum SPF 30 which is very hydrating while being protective. These are both new products for 2014 along with an SPF 70 formula. Aveeno is priced right at $9.95 for a 3 oz tube and it delivers sunscreen in an advanced formula that uses their patented Colloidal Oatmeal.

Aveeno Protect+Hydrate sunscreens

Aveeno Protect+Hydrate sunscreens

9. and 10. B. KAMINS LIP BALM SPF 20 and VAULT RETRACTABLE LIP BALMS SPF 30 – We absolutely can’t forget our lips and here are two brands that I love using. Lisa reviewed the B Kamins so I picked it up at a local boutique, it’s actually more of a lip protectant than what we think of with a lip balm. It comes in a tube and squeezes out in an emollient balm. Vault Retractable Lip Balms are a twist on the typical balm because it was originally created for use during sports as well as other times. It takes three easy steps: PUSH the plunger (the bottom half) until the tip locks in place; TWIST the plunger to deliver the lip balm; CLICK the trigger to release the tip which closes it back up. Stick it in your pocket and it’s done. Nothing to fall off or lose. While they have a clear lip balm, it’s the tinted ones that are my favorites. There are 8 lightly tinted balms and they’ve lowered the price to $6.99 (from $9) and have free shipping.

Vault Retractable Lip Balm in Bikini

Vault Retractable Lip Balm in Bikini

Now that you’ve seen my long list of 2014 favorites tell me what your favorite is. Then go visit the other lovely sunscreen buffs in the Top 10 Tuesday group. — Marcia


*products received for consideration

Top 10 Tuesday picks favorite eye creams

Give me eye cream now! Give me eye balm immediately! Give me eye serums ASAP. If it’s for the delicate eye area I want it. I’ve reviewed a lot of eye creams so picking just 10 (or 9 as you’ll see) was extremely difficult. Some came to mind instantly because I’m either using them or I’ve bought them again. Others are ones I really enjoyed but picking between them was a difficult choice. My Top Ten are ones I would recommend without a doubt so let’s see what they are:

1. ALGENIST EYE RENEWAL BALM –  I’m on my second jar of the Algenist plus I’ve used up some sample sizes. This is the first eye cream I thought of when we picked this topic. I chose this for my desert island Beauty Spotlight Team and I’d chose it again.

Algenist Eye Renewal Balm

Algenist Eye Renewal Balm

2. KATE SOMERVILLE KateCeuticals MULTI-ACTIVE EYE CREAM - Kate Somerville makes more than one eye cream. I’m sure they are all wonderful but this one is the most wonderful. My eyes drank this up and begged for more. If you are looking for true anti-aging properties, splurge on this.

Kate Somerville Multi-Active Repair Eye Cream

Kate Somerville Multi-Active Repair Eye Cream

3. SOMME INSTITUTE EYE – I’ve repurchased every product from Somme Institute. At first I didn’t repurchase EYE but as soon as I was done with it, I missed it. Even though it doesn’t contain SPF it’s one of my favorite daytime eye creams. It’s lightweight and concealer doesn’t crease when I mix it with Somme Eye. Watch for this on Hautelook.

Somme Institute Eye

Somme Institute Eye

4. SENNA LIFT AND LIGHTEN EYE CREAM – It’s been four years since I reviewed this Senna Eye Cream but I haven’t forgotten it. I bought a second jar at IMATS because I love how it lightens my dark circles and hydrates under my eyes. Plus it’s still only $28 even after all this time.

Senna Lift & Lighten Eye Cream

Senna Lift & Lighten Eye Cream

5. YBF CORRECT – Simple name, not so simple protect. Your Best Face (YBF) tells you succinctly what their products will do and then they prove it by doing research and using the best ingredients to make sure their products work. Correct works!

YBF Correct

YBF Correct

6. YES TO BLUEBERRIES EYE FIRMING TREATMENT – This is my latest eye cream. I’ve been using it daily for about 6 weeks and I can’t bring myself to move on. It totally surprised me since I’m not a mass market skincare person in general but this has kept my eyes looking less lined, my dark circles at bay and has rid me of morning puffiness. For $15-20 (depending on where you buy it) this is a must to try.

Yes to Blueberries Eye Firming Treatment

Yes to Blueberries Eye Firming Treatment

7. LIFT LAB LIFT & FIRM EYE CREAM – The gel like texture of Lift Lab’s Eye Cream is very soothing. It’s lightweight and you don’t even realize you have it on during the daytime. What you will realize is how soft the skin around your eyes feels and how your puffiness isn’t really noticeable.

Lift Lab Lift & Firm Eye Cream

Lift Lab Lift & Firm Eye Cream

8. EXUVIANCE AGE REVERSE EYE CONTOUR – The name tells you one of the reasons I like this. I won this in a giveaway almost 4 years ago and wish I had it again. My memory is short when it comes to “why did I come into this room” but not on eye creams. It helps firm the collagen around eyes. I need this again.

Exuviance Age Reverse Eye Contour

Exuviance Age Reverse Eye Contour

9. DERMAdoctor WRINKLE REVENGE RESCUE & PROTECT EYE BALM – This does it all. It moisturizes, firms, reduces puffiness, helps eliminate dark circles, helps with fine lines and bakes cookies. Ok, I’m kidding about the cookies but it would if it could. It’s thicker than most of the others I’ve mentioned but sometimes you need that.

DERMAdoctor rescue & protect eye balm

DERMAdoctor rescue & protect eye balm

10. EYES by TO GO SPA EYE MASKS – I’m cheating. I can’t help it. When you need a way to make your eyes look less lined and more relaxed you want something like an eye mask. I’ve tried and loved quite a few but I always go back to EYES by ToGoSpa. They now have 3 varieties and it’s hard to pick which you want but you won’t go wrong with any of them. These are collagen eye masks that you want any time you want to look your best.

EYES by ToGoSpa in Green Tea and Pomegranate

EYES by ToGoSpa in Green Tea and Pomegranate

Now it’s your turn. What are your favorite eye creams (balms, serums, masks, etc.)? I’m sure you have some to recommend and I know my fellow Top 10 bloggers will tempt us with more. — Marcia


*some products were sent for editorial consideration, disclosures in original review, many of these were purchased.

 

 

Algenist Advanced Anti-Aging Repairing Oil

Algenist, one of our favorite skin care lines, launched a great product last fall that combines the performance of a serum with the experience of a facial oil. The name of this cool new product is Advanced Anti-Aging Repairing Oil ($79, Algenist.com, Sephora.com).

Algenist Advanced Anti-Aging Repairing Oil

Algenist Advanced Anti-Aging Repairing Oil

Algenist Advanced Anti-Aging Repairing Oil

Algenist Advanced Anti-Aging Repairing Oil

I am a huge fan of facial serums in general and I also love facial oils so I couldn’t wait to try this when Algenist sent it to the BIZ. One of the key ingredients is Microalgae Oil, which had great results in clinical trials with a 42% increase in cell repair and regeneration and a 31% decrease in DNA damage.

The ingredients also include some terrific antioxidants as well as effective emollients that make skin smooth and hydrated. It improves skin texture, reduces the look of fine lines and wrinkles, and brightens the complexion.

Great way to see how much product is left

Great way to see how much product is left

Algenist Advanced Anti-Aging Repairing Oil

Algenist Advanced Anti-Aging Repairing Oil

I absolutely love the packaging.  The see through strip on the side shows how much product is left, and the dropper makes it easy to get just the right amount of product every time. I think that is definitely important particularly with more expensive skin care.

I used this for three months morning and night. I mixed two drops with my serum and applied after cleansing and before moisturizing. It absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave skin feeling oily or greasy. I loved the results and was sad when I finished the bottle – it’s really nice stuff.

If you are looking for a treatment product that gets results like a serum but has a light, non-greasy feel, this is one to consider.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Ingredients:  Chlorella Protothecoides Oil, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Isopropyl Isostearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ceramide 3, Alaria Esculenta Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Cymbopogon Martini Oil, Geraniol

Moving on up with Algenist Retinol Firming & Lifting Serum

Algenist Retinold Firming & Lifting Serum

Algenist Retinold Firming & Lifting Serum

Recently I was applying Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation and I realized that my skin is looking better than ever. When I was younger I would wear a foundation with heavy coverage or at least medium coverage. This UD foundation though is a very light liquid that doesn’t provide a lot of concealing yet my skin looked great. Ta da! It’s the skincare I’m using that’s made such a big difference. I swear that this is a revelation to me.

Algenist Retinold Firming & Lifting Serum

Algenist Retinold Firming & Lifting Serum

I use a lot of skincare brands but the one brand that’s always getting use is Algenist. It’s the brand I can always count on. The product I’ve been using regularly from them, the one that I think has made this latest transformation is Algenist Retinol Firming & Lifting Serum. It’s been a staple for me for about 4 months now (sent for review).

Algenist Retinold Firming & Lifting Serum

Algenist Retinold Firming & Lifting Serum

My skin is very sensitive to Retinol but the way that Algenist uses their patented Alguronic Acid combined with the Retinol doesn’t bother me at all. My skin drinks it up. I’ve got a small arsenal of Algenist products that I rely on. This is considered a dual action serum since the Alguronic Acid boosts the Retinol to work more efficiently. With other retinol products there was no way I could use them daily but the Algenist line is gentle enough for me twice a day if I want.

Algenist Retinold Firming & Lifting Serum

Algenist Retinold Firming & Lifting Serum

Algenist Retinold Firming & Lifting Serum pump

Algenist Retinold Firming & Lifting Serum pump

The goal of the product is to tighten skin, firm and tone skin, boost skin’s radiance, and minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. And has it done that for me? Absolutely.  I’m thrilled when I look in the mirror these days since the only fine lines I see are near my eyes and this isn’t recommended for eye use. According to Algenist this serum works to boost collagen to plump up those lines. I’ll take it!

Even though this is $98 for a 1 oz pump I need so little that I’m sure it will last me for most of the year. Paying that amount to have skin I’m proud of is worth that extra bit of money.Sign up for notices from their website to learn about special deals.  Just as I was typing this I placed an order for two products because they had a 30% off with free shipping code.  Algenist seems to take care of all my skincare needs with Algenist Retinol Firming & Lifting Serum moving to the top of the list. What have you tried from Algenist? If nothing, what are you waiting for? — Marcia

*sent for review consideration

INGREDIENTS: Water (Aqua), Dimethicone, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Pentylene Glycol, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Algae Exopolysaccharides, Retinol, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Ceramide 3, Acetyl Dipeptide-1 Cetyl Ester, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Squalane, Sodium PCA, Caprylyl Glycol, Polysorbate 60, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polysorbate 20, Dimethicone PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Sorbitan Laurate, Cetyl Palmitate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Whey Protein, Carbomer, Lactic Acid, Sorbitan Isostearate, Lactose, Disodium EDTA, Trideceth-6 Phosphate, Sodium Hydroxide, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum), Mica, CI77891.

Makeup Wars has favorite oils on our minds

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Algenist Advanced Anti-Aging Repairing Oil and Redken Diamond Oil Shatterproof Shine

Algenist Advanced Anti-Aging Repairing Oil and Redken Diamond Oil Shatterproof Shine

Something interesting happened after the Makeup Wars team chose favorite oils as our latest topic – I started paying attention to them. This is a relatively new category in my life but now that I’ve started I’m wondering if I can stop. I have two products to share with you today and they’ve made a big difference in my life in the last month or two that I’ve been using them. One is for my hair and it’s Redken Diamon Oil Shatterproof Shine and the other is for my face and it’s Algenist Advanced Anti-Aging Repairing Oil. I’m going to let you know right off the bat that I’m impressed, very impressed.

Redken Diamond Oil Shatterproof Shine

Redken Diamond Oil Shatterproof Shine

Let me start with my hair. When I first received Redken’s Diamond Oil Shatterproof Shine to review I was at the end of a keratin treatment. I had about 3 weeks to go before I had another appointment and my hair was not very cooperative. It was wavy, frizzy and just generally ugly. During that 3 week period I started using Shatterproof Shine and knew right away that I had a product that was going to save my hair for the next three weeks. This is a leave in product that not only brings shine and healthier looking hair but its job is to strengthen hair.

Redken Diamond Oil Shatterproof Shine

Redken Diamond Oil Shatterproof Shine

The dropper allows you to get out a precise amount of oil so that you don’t waste this amber goodness. For my shoulder length hair I need 3 drops. I rub my hands together and rake my hands through my hair to evenly distribute it. Directions remind you to keep away from your roots.

Redken Diamond Oil Shatterproof Shine dropper

Redken Diamond Oil Shatterproof Shine dropper

This is a silicone free oil that is dry to the touch. It amazes me that an oil is dry but Redken Diamond Oil is dry. It contains Coriander Oil, Sunflower Oil and Apricot Oils along with Coconut and Olive Oil. On second day hair I just use two drops to tame the bottom if I want to flat iron. It protects my hair from the intense heat of my straightening tools. After I had another keratin treatment I still found that Diamond Oil Shatterproof Shine gave me the look I wanted but with even more intense shine than before. I now use just two drops after I’m done styling – it finishes my hair off with softness. I rarely use hairspray on my hair, I like the soft, swingy look that Diamond Oil provides.

Algenist Anti-Aging Repairing Oil

Algenist Anti-Aging Repairing Oil

Once I fell in love with the Redken I was on the lookout for other products that I could possibly use for Makeup Wars. Just about then Algenist, which is already my favorite skincare line, told me about the Advanced Anti-Aging Repair Oil and sent that for review. Little happy dance here!

Algenist Anti-Aging Repairing Oil

Algenist Anti-Aging Repairing Oil

Now this is truly a first for me. I’ve used cleansing oils but an oil as a moisturizer is totally new to me and I’m loving it. I took it very slowly when I first used the Algenist Anti-Aging Repairing Oil. I cut back everything including my other Algenist skincare products and just used the oil for 5 days to see if my skin was going to rebel. Once I saw my skin reacted well to it I started applying it over the Algenist Retinol Firming & Lifting Serum. This combination is a glowing comfortable one for my daytime care. My skin feels softer than ever and even more rejuvenated. There’s a radiance that I’m seeing and my foundation isn’t rebelling by balling up.

Algenist Anti-Aging Repairing Oil

Algenist Anti-Aging Repairing Oil

I’m on a roll with these two oils and loving the rejuvenation I’m seeing. I’m going to thank the Makeup Wars team for showing me the light; specifically two light wonderful oils.  Join me in seeing what treasured oils the other bloggers have found. You too might find a winner or ten!– Marcia

*pr samples