How snails can tighten skin – AllGlamR Skin TightenR Serum

 Ready to slather some snail mucin all over your face? I wasn’t either. But, in the name of science and my never-ending quest for less wrinkles and firmer skin, I did it. I used AllGlamR Skin TightenR Serum ($76.50) every morning and every night and waited to see if indeed snails would help my skin in all the ways AllGlamR promised they would.

sampleHere is what AllGlamR Skin TightenR Serum will do for your skin:

Smooths and moisturizes skin
– Increases fibroblasts and stimulates cellular growth
– Rearranges the skin extracellular matrix resulting in a smoother appearance
– Increases skin elasticity, density and volume
– Helps reduce damage caused by free radicalsAllGlamR says, “Thanks to the marvels of nature and scientific advances, our anti-aging Skin TightenR Serum is an incredible formula that uses skin tightening properties of Acacia gum in cooperation with the reparative wonders of Snail mucin to provide an age defying, skin lifting miracle. When it comes to slowing things down, it is fitting that the common garden snail possess some of the finest anti-aging, moisturizing and reparative properties required to reverse skin damage and slow development of visible signs of aging. Combined with the instant lifting benefits of an Acacia gum biopolymer blend, the results of this serum are both immediate and long term.”  So, it’s weird that the stuff that comes out of snails can help make skin look better, but the snails aren’t harmed in the process and whatever works, right?

I found that I did see results right away. The thick serum takes a few minutes to soak in but then it does tighten skin right then, which is pretty cool. Over time, I did experience better skin elasticity, smoother skin, and a reduction in the appearance of my wrinkles.  It doesn’t smell like anything, and it definitely makes my skin look better. This is going to be a repurchase and this weekend is the perfect weekend to do it – see the sale information below! By the way, while the serum is certainly thick and the thought of snail mucin makes you think ewwww…slimy…it’s not really slimy. The texture doesn’t make you cringe or anything. I promise.

AllGlamR products are paraben free, made in the USA without harmful additives or irritants, and they never test on animals.

Here’s some really great news – Black Friday through Cyber Monday, they are having a terrific sale – 50% off ALL AllGlamR products!! Just use the code GLAM50 at checkout.  Happy shopping, and definitely pick up the Skin TightenR Serum – it’s a winner.  – Lisa

Sunday brings us summer helpers from AllGlamR, Cargo and Avon

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This week’s Side by Side review is a little different from other weeks. We have 3 brands that we are using this summer and want you to know about. AllGlamR is the one we have in common and then both of us go off on different tangents to share something we’re eager to let you know about. So off to the triple roller coaster ride of Side by Side.

AllGlamR Tinted Sunscreen

AllGlamR Tinted Sunscreen

AllGlamR was created by  skin care pro Gina Caruso who has headed aesthetics in top medical practices, created a skin care division for a hair industry icon (Maurice Tidy) and has owned her own med/day spas. Well now she’s created her own line and just in time for summer you can purchased her tinted moisturizer. We received the two shades that it’s available in – Light and Medium.

Marcia uses Light which is recommended for light to medium tones and Lisa uses Medium, recommended for medium to dark tones.

Things we really appreciate about AllGlamR:  The tinted moisturizer is Paraben-free and cruelty free. AllGlamR does not test on animals. In addition it’s a product made in the USA. It contains SPF 30 that protects against both UVA and UVB rays.

AllGlamR Tinted Sunscreen in Light

AllGlamR Tinted Sunscreen in Light

Marcia’s experience: While I appreciate all the good things about AllGlamR including the fact that this has a radiant glow that’s just right for summer, I can’t seem to get past the fragrance of it. It takes about 30 minutes for it to dissipate enough for me to go on with my day. It’s not a bad fragrance, it’s a nice floral, but I’m not a fragrance kind of person.

Light is very light, I use two layers of this to achieve any color at all. The first layer gives me coverage while the second gives me enough of a tint to camouflage some of my darker spots. If fragrance is a non-issue for you then I’d recommend AllGlamR for some great sunscreen coverage.

AllGlamR Tinted Sunscreen in Medium

AllGlamR Tinted Sunscreen in Medium

AllGlamR Tinted Sunscreen in Medium

Lisa’s experience:  Luckily, I am not as sensitive to fragrance as Marcia is, so the scent doesn’t bother my nose at all. I hardly notice even notice it. I use Medium, which evens out my skin tone and gives me a very nice radiant glow. It doesn’t quite cover dark areas, but it does blend everything together, making this a terrific option for sunscreen on days I don’t want to go with foundation. I am a big fan and find myself reaching for this quite often this summer.

Marcia is loving CARGO SWIMMABLES

Cargo Cosmetics has come out with a summer line that you’ll want to use all year long. The name Swimmables tells it all. These are long-lasting cosmetics that are water-resistant and will help beautify you throughout the hot and muggy days ahead. You know they last through September so you’ve got plenty of time to get your use out of these. Try their bronzer, blush, eyeliners, eyeshadow crayons or follow my lead and try Cargo Swimmables Longwear Matte Liquid Lipstick.

I’ve got two of the six available shades and these are stunners. Ulta only carries them online which is too bad since I’d love to be able to see all of the shades.

Cargo Swimmables Cape Town

Cape Town is my obvious favorite. It’s described as a dusty pink matte. I find that there’s a touch of lavender in it. It’s not pink pink and it’s not a nude. Instead it’s an amalgamation of my favorite shades. It’s darker than I normally wear but it’s not too dark for me to be uncomfortable. While I normally don’t wear matte lipsticks this is surprisingly comfortable. Cape Town may be in South Africa I don’t feel like my lips are in the Sahara. Exfoliate well before using. I like to wipe off excess from the tip and carefully line with the wand, then lightly fill in my lips.

Cargo Swimmables Sorrento

Cargo Swimmables swatches:  Sorrento and Cape Town

Sorrento is named for the Italian seaside city and is described as a fuchsia matte. There’s a lot of red goodness to this beauty. It’s a shade you can picture Sophia Loren wearing with pride. Well you can too if you love these darker stunners. Swimmables Longwear Matte Liquid Lipsticks have a suede finish. They last well on me as long as I don’t eat something oily but I’ve yet to have a lipstick last through that.

Definitely add Cargo Swimmables to your list to make summer and fall a happier experience.

Lisa is loving AVON SKIN SO SOFT BUG GUARD

I wrote about these products a month or so ago and they have been saving my family all summer long. It’s no wonder that with 30 SPF, plus protection from mosquitoes and ticks (we are having a crazy huge tick problem around here this summer), protection from the Zika virus and all other sorts of bugs, no one walks out the door without slathering this on.

Avon Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus SPF 30 in Gentle Breeze and Disappearing Color

Avon Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus SPF 30 in Gentle Breeze and Disappearing Color

The SKIN SO SOFT BUG GUARD PLUS IR3535® Gentle Breeze SPF 30 Lotion ($14) is the white one, and it has a light floral fragrance. The kids go bananas for the SKIN SO SOFT BUG GUARD PLUS IR3535® SPF 30 Cool ‘n Fabulous Disappearing Color Lotion ($14), which is blue – how fun is that?? – so you can see where it’s been applied. It dries clear and disappears into skin, but it’s a real kick while it’s still blue.

Our side by side rollercoaster trio of products keeps our faces protected while giving them radiance, makes our lips bright and beautiful, and keeps our bodies safe from UVA/UVB rays and all kinds of bugs.  We say thanks to AllGlamR, Cargo, and Avon every day for these terrific summer helpers!