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:
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).
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.
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
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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
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.
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).
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.
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
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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).
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.
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 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.
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.
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