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.

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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

 

Algenist Pore Corrector Anti-Aging Primer

Algenist

Algenist Pore Corrector Anti-Aging Primer

Marcia still teases me about the time I wrote a post regarding my ‘Top Ten Primers‘. Who in the world would have so many primers she could pick a top ten??? Just me, I guess. Finding my first excellent primer was life-altering for me because for the very first time  my makeup actually lasted all day.

My skin demands primer and I am constantly on a search for one that meets all my needs. Algenist sent the BIZ their Pore Corrector Anti-Aging Primer ($42) and I have permanently placed this on my list of top primers.

Algenist

love the airless pump

This primer comes in an opaque airless pump which keeps the product integrity and effectiveness safe and sound.  This 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. Algenist did a consumer use study with 100 women who used this primer just one time daily, before applying makeup. Here are the results…pretty impressive.

Pore Corrector Anti-Aging Primer_5

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!!

Algenist

a perfect pearl of primer

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.

I have revised my list of Top Ten Primers, on which Algenist Pore Corrector Anti-Aging Primer now has a permanent place. This is definitely a primer worth checking out.  - Lisa

*press sample

Ingredients:  Water (Aqua), Dimethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Vinyl Dimethicone / Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Butylene Glycol, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Algae Exopolysaccharides, Lens Esculenta (Lentil) Fruit Extract, Rosa Multiflora Fruit Extract, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Salicylic Acid, Squalane, Glycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Dimethicone / PEG-10 / 15 Crosspolymer, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate / Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Sorbitan Isostearate, Polysorbate 60, Potassium Sorbate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum).

Mornings + Algenist Multi-Perfecting Pore Correctors = great looking skin

Welcome to my morning. I very very slowly get out of bed after giving myself “just 10 minutes” about three times. Then I drag myself into the shower since that’s the only thing that will wake me up. I wash my hair about every other day and then sit down to start with my face. My morning skincare routine is almost all Algenist. Since I discovered this brand it’s become my favorite. I’ve used several of their regimens in the past and am now using their Pore Minimizing products. The three products I use each morning that are in this review are: Multi-Perfecting Detoxifying Exfoliator, Multi-Perfecting Pore Corrector Concentrate, and Multi-Perfecting Pore Corrector Gel Moisturizer.

Algenist Multi-Perfecting Detoxifying Exfoliator

Algenist Multi-Perfecting Detoxifying Exfoliator

Algenist Multi-Perfecting Detoxifying Exfoliator

Algenist Multi-Perfecting Detoxifying Exfoliator

While I’m still in the shower though I start with Algenist Multi-Perfecting Detoxifying Exfoliator which will be called Exfoliator from this point on! Originally I used this at night since that’s when I usually do my exfoliation but I changed for two reasons. #1 is that it washes off better in the shower and #2 is that it helps clear my pores and is more effective for my routine in the a.m. The purpose of the Exfoliator is to reduce pore size, renew skin for a more even skin tone and to brighten dull skin. Well that’s what I want prior to putting on foundation. This is a very creamy exfoliating product that is clay based and oil free. The exfoliators in it are made from granular minerals from algae. Plus it contains salicylic acid and oligosaccharides to renew the skin’s surface. I love the clean feeling this gives me and I feel my skin is better prepared for what comes next! It’s gentle enough that I can use my SpaSonic with it and not tear my skin. I use this exfoliator every 2nd or 3rd day.

 

Algenist Multi-Perfecting Pore Corrector Concentrate

Algenist Multi-Perfecting Pore Corrector Concentrate

Algenist Multi-Perfecting Pore Corrector Concentrate

Algenist Multi-Perfecting Pore Corrector Concentrate

Algenist Multi-Perfecting Pore Corrector Concentrate is what I use after my LMdB Dark Spot Corrector. I use this absolutely every day no matter what else I’m using. This is a silky smooth serum that is oil-free. It is lightweight and makes my skin feel soft. When I’m wearing a BB or CC Cream I don’t always feel the need to use a moisturizer but this Concentrate gives me extra moisturizing while feeling light on my skin. This uses similar ingredients to the Exfoliator so they work together well. In addition it has Algenist’s Alguronic Acid that makes their products so unique. Enlarged pores and discoloration are helped by this Pore Corrector Concentrate.

 

Algenist Multi-Perfecting Pore Corrector Gel Moisturizer

Algenist Multi-Perfecting Pore Corrector Gel Moisturizer

Algenist Multi-Perfecting Pore Corrector Gel Moisturizer

Algenist Multi-Perfecting Pore Corrector Gel Moisturizer

I’ve been using Algenist Multi-Perfecting Pore Corrector Gel Moisturizer for months. This is the perfect summer moisturizer but I also used it in the winter. It feels amazing on my skin. I once referred to it as “loose” since that’s how it feels when I’m first applying it. It’s a lightweight gel that goes on slightly wet and very cool. Now that it’s summer I don’t use this daily but that’s only because I wear mostly BB or CC  Creams instead of foundation and most have enough moisturizing qualities for me.

Since all three of these products have been assigned the job of “pore reducing” then that’s the bottom line you need to know about. I have craters, not pores. I had extremely oily skin as a teen and tons of blackheads. I honestly didn’t take good care of my skin. My mother didn’t know anything about skincare and back in the dark ages when I was a teen there just wasn’t the information available. My pores will never truly be gone but they can look better and that’s why Algenist’s Multi-Perfecting Pore products work for me. On a daily basis I’m seeing smaller pores that look cleaner.

Algenist Multi-Perfecting Pore Reduction products

Algenist Multi-Perfecting Pore Reduction products

I can’t help but rave about Algenist skincare. I’ve yet to find a product that I didn’t love and these three only make the love stronger. I’m adding in a new product from Algenist to my routine too so the love will continue. Mornings are Algenist for me. — Marcia

*pr samples

Just in time for summer, Makeup Wars chooses favorite sunscreens


Welcome to Makeup Wars. This is the week that we are drumming it into your heads that you need to use sunscreen. Not really but we hope that by sharing our favorite sunscreens with you we can remind you of the importance of using sunscreen and using it properly. I’m not a person who ordinarily goes out in the sun. My idea of getting my Vitamin D is by walking to and from my car or sitting in the shade when I’m outdoors. But no matter how I’m getting sun, I’ve learned that wearing sunscreen and using the right amount is paramount to keeping my skin looking more youthful. Yes I envy the friends I have who look fabulous and thinner with a tan, but I don’t envy their wrinkles and I don’t take chances.

Favorite favorite sunscreens: Algenist, Supergoop, B.Kamins Sun Defense

Favorite favorite sunscreens: Algenist, Supergoop, B.Kamins Sun Defense

I divided up my sunscreen loves into two categories: face and body. I prefer to use SPF that’s formulated specifically for the face and has a moisturizing effect at the same time. My three favorites are: Supergoop City Sunscreen Serum with SPF 30

Supergoop City Sunscreen Serum

Supergoop City Sunscreen Serum

Algenist Ultra Lightweight UV Defense Fluid SPF 50

Algenist Ultra Lightweight UV Defense Fluid SPF 50

Algenist Ultra Lightweight UV Defense Fluid SPF 50

And my newest: B.Kamins Sun Defense SPF 30 Lotion. Since I’ve previously reviewed and loved the first two for their lightweight coverage I’ll tell you more about the B.Kamins and why I like it so much. (This was sent for review.)

B.Kamins Sun Defense SPF30

B.Kamins Sun Defense SPF30

B.Kamins Sun Defense is both fragrance free and oil free which is what I look for in a facial formula. Of course it can be used anywhere on your body too but I save the precious stuff for my face. This provides both UVA and UVB protection and is especially good for sensitive skin. It has both physical and light absorbing sunblocks. Did you know that if you take certain medications that it makes your skin more photosensitive? That’s a big reason to use this sunscreen. I’ve always burned very easily and never before realized that medications could have had a part in this.

B. Kamins Sun Defense SPF30 swatch

B. Kamins Sun Defense SPF30 swatch

This has a very creamy formula and comes out as a peachy pink color. I like that I can see if I missed any spots. It takes about 2 – 3 minutes to absorb but from that point on I can put on any type of foundation over it. I find I don’t need any kind of serum since this does everything in one – it primes, it moisturizes and it protects. I love that there’s never a scent even if I get overheated later in the day. I haven’t had any reactions to Sun Defense. It’s a great formula that I’m happy to recommend.

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunscreens

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunscreens

For my body I’ve started using the Neutrogena line. I was sent 2 Neutrogena sunscreens to test and now I find I have to share them with my husband. Darn it. My husband has had several basal cell carcinomas removed and his dermatologist insisted that he not only wear a hat but that he use sunscreen. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch was on the list he received from the derm of products to use. We both use this since I slather my neck and arms with it when I’m getting dressed in the morning and he uses it for his face, arm and chest area. What’s great about Dry Touch is that it’s Broad Spectrum with SPF45. Plus Neutrogena uses Helioplex Technology that makes its sunscreens photostable. Neutrogena makes the Ultra Sheer Dry Touch in different SPF strengths including SPF 45, 55, 75, 85 and 100. I recently saw a package of this at Costco with 2 regular size and 2 purse size which I’ll soon be buying.

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen

The other Neutrogena sunscreen that I’m using is the Ultra Sheer Body Mist. This is also a Broad Spectrum sunscreen. I have the SPF 100 and it also comes in SPF 30, 45 and 70. What I love about the Body Mist is how easy it is to use. I’m at the mercy of a two year old who believes he should be outside all the time. I keep my Ultra Sheer Body Mist by the door along with a Twistband for my hair. I can spray it on the back of my neck quickly this way so I can play outside with him. It’s got a light fresh mist that doesn’t stain my clothes or get my hair wet. I can also give him a quick spray without him objecting although I’m going to pick up Neutrogena Wet Skin Kids since the small pool is about to come out.

So there you have my review and long winded explanation of my favorite sunscreens. I can’t wait to read what the other Makeup Wars bloggers have to share. I’ll be outside more this summer than any other so this is vital information for me. Please click on the logos to read more. Do you have a favorite? I’d love to know. — Marcia

My favorite sunscreens 2013

My favorite sunscreens 2013

No more winter dry skin thanks to Algenist and Regenerative Anti-Aging Ultra Rich Cream

This is the very first winter that I have absolutely zero dry patches on my skin, the first winter that a makeup artist hasn’t accosted me to tell me that my skin needs major hydration. I attribute the change to my love affair with Algenist skincare. At the time of writing this review I’m using Algenist moisturizers for both my daytime moisturizer and my nighttime one.

Each day my skin is lapping up Algenist’s Regenerative Anti-Aging Ultra Rich Cream. After I used it for a few weeks I was thrilled when Sephora had a bonus of the Overnight Restorative Cream. I have no clue what I ordered to get this (probably eyeshadow knowing me) but I was very excited that this was a coded special so I had to get it!

Algenist Regenerative Anti-Aging Rich Cream

Algenist Regenerative Anti-Aging Rich Cream

Regenerative Anti-Aging Ultra Rich Cream (aka Ultra Rich Cream) is formulated for very dry skin. I don’t consider my skin to be damaged but I also never realized just how dry my winter skin was before. As with all of Algenist’s products the Ultra Rich Cream contains Alguronic Acid which “helps skin optimize its cell regeneration processes and increase elastin synthesis”. It’s their patented secret ingredient!! It also contains 2 times the normal amount of Shea Butter of other Algenist moisturizers as well as Vitamin C and H to “help build collagen, deliver nutrients to the skin, and boost radiance”.

Algenist Regenerative Anti-Aging Rich Cream

Algenist Regenerative Anti-Aging Rich Cream

Algenist Regenerative Anti-Aging Rich Cream

Algenist Regenerative Anti-Aging Rich Cream

The Ultra Rich Cream lives up to its name. It’s very rich and very thick. In spite of the thickness though it melts into my skin and I don’t really need a lot of it. If you stuck a heavy knife into the jar it would stand straight up – it’s that thick. Of course I don’t want knives in my bathroom but it’s a quick analogy. When I first open the jar I notice a sort of fresh soapy smell but by the time it’s gracing my face I notice no fragrance at all. What I do notice is that my skin is very deeply moisturized and even in my 10X mirror I never see the dry spots that I’ve been plagued with. In addition to this Algenist moisturizer I’ve been taking Imedeen Time Perfection supplements and the two are a match made in heaven according to my skin.

As I said, after the beginning success with Regenerative Anti-Aging Ultra Rich Cream I was excited to receive the Overnight Restorative Cream deluxe size sample from Sephora. Even though the Ultra Rich Cream is recommended for day and night, I still moved on to this new product since it’s specifically for overnight. This has a nice thick texture though not ultra thick. There’s no fragrance to it which is perfect for this insomniac.

The reason I’m excited about using this at night is that it helps renew skin cells to repair them overnight. I have to agree with Algenist’s statement: “The regenerative power of Alguronic Acid promotes cell renewal to improve skin structure while peptides nourish the skin and reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Firmness and elasticity are restored and skin is smoother and more radiant in the morning.” I really do feel that my skin has less wrinkles and is smoother in the morning. I’m not waking up dreading what I see in the mirror.

I’ve been using these creams since November and December, because of the richness of these two products I’ve barely made a dent in them. The full size of Ultra Rich Cream ($90 for 2 oz) will easily last 8 months while the deluxe sample (which you can buy on Algenist.com for $22) will last me at least 2.5 – 3 months.  I’ve praised Algenist in my previous reviews and these two products have only made me feel stronger about the line. If you haven’t given Algenist products a try, this is the time. — Marcia

*Regenerist Ultra Rich was a PR sample, Overnight Restorative Cream was a gwp