IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Breakout Full-Coverage Treatment Concealer and Bye Bye Breakout Powder

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Breakcout Full Coverage Concealer and Powder

It doesn’t seem to matter how old I get. Wrinkles? Check. Oily skin? Check. Blemishes? Check. Yes, someone up there has one heck of a sense of humor. I thought by this age I would at least be done with the zits. But nooooo. My blogging partner Marcia was blessed with much nicer skin than I have, so she happily gave me the Bye Bye Breakout products to test – the Bye Bye Breakout Full-Coverage Treatment Concealer and the Bye Bye Breakout Powder.

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IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Breakcout Full Coverage Concealer

The Bye Bye Breakout Full-Coverage Treatment Concealer ($28) is a creamy concealer in a jar with a doe foot applicator. This isn’t a concealer for dark undereye circles, although I will make a major confession – I am forever running late so I have been known to use this to conceal whatever needs covering up at the moment. It certainly does conceal, but it’s more of a medium concealer, not full coverage.

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Breakout Full Coverage Concealer in Fair

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Breakout Full Coverage Concealer in Fair

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Breakout Full Coverage Concealer swatches, left to right:  Fair, Light, Medium, Medium Tan, Tan, Rich, Deep

It also doesn’t make those blemishes super dry and cracked, which is what I was a little afraid of – ever try drying lotion? I was wary, thinking it might be similar and I thought how in the world could I go through the day with something like that on my skin for everyone to see?? But it’s nothing like that. Ingredients include anti-aging peptides and hydrolyzed collagen, plus oil-absorbing zinc oxide, kaolin clay, witch hazel, tea tree, sulfur and a gentle AHA/BHA complex.

There are seven different shades from which to choose. I like Bye Bye Breakout Full-Coverage Concealer for my localized breakouts, and I think it works even better in tandem with Bye Bye Breakout Powder.

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Breakout Powder

The sister product to the Bye Bye Breakout Full-Coverage Treatment Concealer is the It Cosmetics Bye Bye Breakout Powder ($28), a loose powder that absorbs oil and keeps you shine-free while also preventing new breakouts. There are lots of great ingredients for doing so, including zinc oxide, kaolin clay, witch hazel, colloidal oatmeal, tea tree, sulfur as well as an AHA/BHA complex.

My breakouts are typically localized – I will get one or two on my chin or by my nose. The loose powder is meant to go over the concealer to really finish it and give an airbrushed look, as well as provide more treatment for the inflamed area. Hence, the price – $28 is rather expensive for a loose powder, especially for one that is relatively small when you compare it to the jars offered by other lines, which are about twice the size. But the ones from other lines are basically cornstarch and filler, not treatment, which is why they are cheaper and you get lots more. Now, if you are very blemish prone you can certainly use this as a full face finishing powder and it will do a beautiful job. Just know that since it’s also a treatment product, it’s going to be a bit more expensive for you.

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Breakout Powder swatches, left to right:  Translucent, Light/Medium, Tan/Rich

The shades available are Translucent, Light/Medium, and Tan/Rich. I had to swatch them quite heavily because the shades are actually quite forgiving. Basically, Translucent will work for anyone up to slightly darker than medium skin. If you have medium skin you will probably want the medium shade, and anyone darker than medium should go with the Tan/Rich shade.

I am a huge believer in multi-tasking. If I am going to have products on my face while they are covering up blemishes why not also be treating them and preventing new ones from popping up? That sort of logic definitely speaks to me! You can find Bye Bye Breakout Full-Coverage Treatment Concealer , Bye Bye Breakout Powder, and other IT Cosmetics products online and at Ulta stores.  – Lisa

Lisa’s Top Five Favorites from Paula’s Choice Cosmetics

Top Five Paula's Choice Cosmetics Favorites

There are many, many reasons why I am such a huge fan of the Paula’s Choice line, but really what it comes down to is this:  Paula’s Choice is full of no BS, workhorse products that are the foundation of an excellent skin care and color cosmetics arsenal. Is every single product my favorite? No, there are some products (hello foundations and concealer!) that have never worked for me. Is this a perfect line? No, there are too many skin care products with similar functions and the names are way too complicated and confusing. That said, this is the line I recommend for anyone new to beauty products, for anyone looking for effective yet gentle skin care, and especially for any teenagers who want the perfect products to treat their crazy skin care needs.


Love her or hate her, Paula Begoun has had a huge impact on the cosmetics industry. Me? I love her.  Way back in the day I bought her books, read them over and over, underlined, highlighted, tabbed…I subscribed to her newsletter and saved every single one, pouring over them and making my wish lists of the best things to purchase. When she started her own cosmetics and skin care line I wondered if she could keep her objectivity. Much to my delight, I think Paula is still the same sort of prickly but totally no-nonsense expert that I can always count on for fantastic advice.

I have way more than five favorites from Paula’s Choice, but here are my top five products that I purchase over and over (and always have several backups waiting the wings just in case!). I have chosen only skin care items so I didn’t even have to wrestle with my favorite color items.

  1. Gentle Makeup Remover ($16)
  2. Professional Blemish Extracting Tool ($14)
  3. Clear Extra Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment with 5% Benzoyl Peroxide ($19)
  4. Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment ($56)
  5. 10% Niacinamide Booster($42)
Paula's Choice Gentle Makeup Remover

Paula’s Choice Gentle Makeup Remover

My first favorite is the Gentle Touch Makeup Remover. This is the very best makeup remover I have ever tried and I buy this four bottles at a time whenever there is a sale. I usually wear full coverage foundation and my skin tends to break out especially in my t-zone. So I take cleansing very seriously, and the first step is always makeup remover. This dual-phase liquid makeup remover needs to be shaken first and after squirting some onto a cleansing pad you wipe off makeup prior to cleansing. It removes everything, even waterproof mascara and the most tenacious lipstick. It’s completely safe to use on eyes, and it leaves skin feeling moist and hydrated but not oily or greasy.

One end of the Professional Blemish Extracting Tool

One end of the Professional Blemish Extracting Tool

The other end of the Professional Blemish Extracting Tool

The other end of the Professional Blemish Extracting Tool

My second favorite is the dual-ended Professional Blemish Extracting Tool. Extraction is necessary and correct extraction is essential!! PC has this fantastic stainless steel extractor that safely removes blackheads and whiteheads without tearing the skin and making a bad situation even worse.  You’ve got to get those blackheads out – if you don’t, you risk enlarged pores and serious infection.  Plus, congestion of the pores is painful to have and painful for other people to look at. This baby puts pressure around the congested pore without digging in like your fingernails do, providing even pressure that gently pushes the blackhead or whitehead out of the pore. It is the BOMB.

Clear Extra Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment with 5% Benzoyl PeroxideMy third favorite is the Clear Extra Strength Daily Skin Clearing Treatment with 5% Benzoyl Peroxide. This is a fantastic spot treatment that works quickly without stressing already stressed skin. It’s not just triage – it also prevents future breakouts and controls very oily areas. I use it around my nose and on my chin every morning and night, and sometimes I use it as an all-over mask in the evening. This 5% benzoyl peroxide acne treatment is fantastic for teens and it works on every skin type. I find that most benzoyl peroxide treatments have other ingredients that irritate and dry out skin, but this light lotion is super gentle and has nothing irritating in it at all.

Paulas Choice Retinol Treatment 2

My fourth favorite is the Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment. This is an exfoliating skin treatment that is applied after cleansing.  Here are all the skin ailments it treats:

  • Acne Breakouts, Anti-Aging, Brown Spots, Wrinkles
  • Firms skin, smoothing deep wrinkles and fine lines
  • Reduces dark spots and uneven skin tone, refines pore size

This is a retinol product and I know that some people have problems tolerating retinol. However, even if you have a history of difficulty with retinols, I urge you to give this a try. It has licorice, oat extract and other anti-irritants that make it great for sensitive skin. My skin has always reacted well to retinols, and this product in particular gives me beautiful and immediate results. My skin is much smoother, pores smaller, fine lines less noticeable. Retinol actually stimulates collagen production, so the results over time are fantastic.

Paula's Choice 10% Niacinamide BoosterPaula's Choice 10% Niacinamide Booster

My fifth favorite is the 10% Niacinamide Booster, one of Paula’s newest products for reducing pore size. My first bottle was sent as a press sample, but I used that all up and have already bought another. This is great stuff that makes the rest of my skin care even better. Here’s why your pores get larger as you age: skin naturally sheds built up oil and dirt. When we are young, this process happens pretty quickly, so our skin looks almost as if it doesn’t even have pores. As we get older, especially after age 30, this process slows down so dirt and oil stays inside our pores longer. The increased collection of dirt and oil causes pores to stretch out and become enlarged. Exfoliating on a regular basis helps your skin’s shedding process, but even with the most diligent skin care maintenance pores become enlarged.  The 10% Naicinamide Booster does four main things: improves uneven skin tone, reduces the appearance of pore size, improves skin texture, and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Niacinamide is a form of Vitamin B3. It’s a very exciting ingredient that has been scientifically proven to seriously shrink enlarged pores as well as wrinkles. What is really cool about this product is that it’s a super lightweight serum that can be used alone or added to another serum or moisturizer. I put a few drops in my treatment serum every morning and every night and I am truly impressed with my results!

If you are a long time Paula’s Choice fan, I hope that my picks give you incentive to try them. If you haven’t tried this line out, I can’t recommend it highly enough.  I know that you will quickly find your five favorites that will become staples of your skin care regimen.

Click on this link for $10 off your first order if you are new to Paula’s Choice  This is part of the Refer-a-Friend program and will give me credit towards a future Paula’s Choice order. Paula always has specials going – right now the special is free shipping and a free full size Clinical Body Butter for all orders over $50.  – Lisa

Blemish-free summer skin with Lush

I adore summer.  I look forward to gardening, riding my bike, and taking long hikes – but I don’t look forward to the skin issues that come with summer perspiration.  Lush has several products that help me keep my skin blemish-free even in the hottest weather.

Lush Herbalism

Lush Herbalism ($11.50 for 3.5 oz) is an exfoliant that ‘decongests’ pores.  If you have very oily, blemish-prone skin it’s like a miracle.  I absolutely love this for my back, which reacts horribly to any sort of sweating that I can’t shower off immediately.

Just look at that gorgeousness!!

You take a small bit of this and dampen it, kind of working it into a paste.  Then you apply it to your skin in circular motions, and then rinse.  I have this in my shower because it’s kind of messy, which works perfectly.  A jar is good for up to 3 months.

The ingredients that attack those blemishes include rosemary, nettle, and chamomile.  The exfoliating ingredients are ground rice bran and ground almonds, plus there’s kaolin (China clay) to clean the pores.  It has a very odd scent.  It smells like…vinegar, I guess.  If you don’t mind smelling like a salad for a few minutes, you will be just fine because the scent doesn’t linger.  I really like this, it’s a wonderful exfoliant especially if you want to get rid of the dreaded ‘bacne’.

Lush Fresh Farmacy

And for those days when I don’t want so much exfoliation, there’s Fresh Farmacy ($9.75).  This beautiful bar is especially terrific for those with more sensitive skin.

Looks good enough to eat!

This is such a gorgeous bar I had to take several pictures.  The bar has calamine in it, the same stuff that you use to soothe your skin from bug bites or irritations.  It also has chamomile, rose, lavender, and tea tree oil.  It gives a wonderful lather and it’s very gentle.

Isn’t it beautiful??  It’s so nice for combination skin that isn’t overly oily.  It also seems to brighten the skin and eliminate redness.  It smells slightly of peppermint, nothing very strong or overpowering.  I keep this in my shower too, although on a dish that’s away from the water so it doesn’t melt.  I use it every morning when I shower and it does a great job of cleaning my face and keeping the blemishes away.

Lush Grease Lightning

My final summer skin savior is Grease Lightning ($12.95).  Sometimes, despite all my efforts a blemish will appear.  I break out the Grease Lightning, which is a tea tree oil blemish treatment.  It’s actually a combination of thyme, tea tree oil, and rosemary, and it does a great job of zapping zits.  I also use this as a mattify my t-zone when it’s super hot out.  It smells slightly medicinal, like most tea tree oil products do, but it does dissipate quickly.

These three products are my ‘holy trinity’ for summer blemishes.  Try them out to banish your blemishes and have great summer skin!  – Lisa

Evanhealy for sensitive, problem skin

Every new decade in life brings different skin issues.  In my teens I battled blemishes and super oily skin.  My twenties brought less frequent acne, but the monthly breakouts were terrible.  My thirties brought fine lines, dry areas, and hyperpigmentation. And my forties?  They have brought me puffy eyes, wrinkles, uneven skin tone, sensitive skin…and blemishes yet again!  It’s not easy to find a skin care line that can successfully address all of those woes, but evanhealy makes the grade.

I learned about this line when Marcia first reviewed the Rose Face Care Kit here.  The creator of the line is Evan Healy, an aesthetician, who is extremely passionate about taking a holistic approach to skin care.  All of her products are organic and Vegan, and are based upon traditional plant lore, aromatherapy, homeopathy, and Ayurveda.  The motto of her line is “the skin breathes”.  Every single product is handmade in the U.S. in micro batches.  It’s just a beautiful line inside and out, and I find that many of her products are perfect for me depending on what my crazy mid-forties skin is doing at the moment.

I tried two of her Face Care Kits, which give you smaller sizes of products that last for up to two weeks of use.  It’s a great way to try an assortment of products for a small initial investment.  These kits are also absolutely perfect for travel. 

The first kit I tried was the Blue Face Care Kit ($29.95).    This kit has five products that work for sensitive skin, with enough for at least 14 days of treatment.  (Mine actually lasted longer than that – I got at least 20 days out of my kit.)

The products in this kit are:

Blue Lavender Cleansing Milk (30 ml, 1 fl.oz)

This is a very gentle, creamy cleanser that doesn’t foam up.  It has white kaolin clay in it, which gets rid of dry skin cells, leaving your skin clear.  The rosehip seed oil helps to moisturize the skin, and it leaves your skin nice and soft.  It has a definite lavender scent, which may be a problem for those with fragrance issues.  It never irritated my skin, not even when my skin was being extremely difficult.

Lavender Facial Tonic Hydrosol (30 ml, 1 fl.oz)

This is a great, gentle toner that calms, soothes, and hydrates the skin.  It also smells of lavender but it’s softer than the cleanser, and the scent dissipates quickly.

Rosehip Treatment Facial Serum – Blue (4 ml, 0.13 fl.oz)

This serum has a light herbal scent that takes a while to dissipate.  The serum feels very silky, not oily at all, and it’s full of omega-3 and -6 essential fatty acids, as well as Vitamins A and C.  It smooths fine lines and wrinkles, and it helps to fade hyperpigmentation as well as scars.  I find it to be incredibly healing, particularly on fading blemishes.

Blue Chamomile Day Moisturizer (5 ml, 0.17 fl.oz)

This has a very light, barely noticeable herbal scent.  It’s a great moisturizer for blemished areas because it gives the hydration the skin needs without clogging the pores.  It really does calm red, irritated skin and leaves it feeling super soft.

Green Tea Clay (3 gm, 0.1 oz)

This little jar is full of dry Green Tea Clay that you mix with water to form a paste.  I love that it’s the dry ingredients, so there’s no worry that the mask will dry out in the jar before you can use it all.  This mask absorbs excess oil, draws blemishes and blackheads to the surface and gets rid of the bacteria causing the breakouts.  It also exfoliates the skin and calms red, irritated areas.  It’s a terrific mask that is particularly effective when you use it right after a facial steam bath.

The second kit I tried was the Blemish Face Care Kit ($33.95).  Even though this is billed for teens, I need it as my skin breaks out at least once a month, sometimes more often.  The five products in this box are supposed to last for seven to ten days of treatment, but like the Blue Kit, I got many more than ten days out of it.

The products in this kit are:

Tea Tree Gel Cleanser (30 ml, 1 fl.oz)

This is a pH balanced non-soap cleanser.  You only need a tiny bit, it makes a light foam that really deep cleans and helps disinfect the skin.  It has a very slight herbal scent that dissipates immediately.  When my skin is breaking out, I mix a little of this with the Green Tea Clay mask and some water for a terrific cleansing exfoliation.

Orange Blossom Facial Tonic Hydrosol OR Lavender Facial Tonic Hydrosol (30 ml, 1 fl.oz)

Due to limited season availability of the Orange Blossom Tonic, the Lavender Tonic may be substituted.  In my Face Kit, I got the Lavender Tonic, which is reviewed above.

Pomegranate Repair Serum (4 ml, 0.13 fl.oz)

This serum has a little heavier feel to it than the Rosehip Treatment Facial Serum reviewed above.  It’s pretty amazing stuff – somehow it manages to moisturize dry areas, yet also treat blemishes so they heal up quickly.  It leaves your skin silky smooth.  It’s full of anti-oxidents and is great for calming down inflamed, irritated skin.

Green Tea Clay (3 gm, 0.1 oz)  This is the same mask as the one in the Blue Face Care Kit, and is reviewed above.

Blemish Treatment Roll-On (5 ml, 0.17 fl.oz)

This is a great blemish treatment that is free of drying alcohol.  It disinfects blemishes without irritating and aggravating the skin.  It’s very gentle yet effective.

If you are looking for a skincare line, look into evanhealy. The fact that they have these try me kits makes it perfect to know what works for you without shelling out a lot of money. Both if these kits worked for me and the Rose Face Care Kit worked for Marcia so it’s thumbs up from the BIZ.– Lisa

Minimalistic skincare with Dr. Gram

My family and friends make fun of me about my beauty product obsession.  They think it’s hilarious, how much stuff I have, and how much time I spend doing all the things we beauty-philes do — complicated skin care routines,  regular exfoliation and masks,  body products in every scent,  hours spent self tanning, not to mention the weird machines we use and the sometimes painful treatments we get.  And that doesn’t even address the hours and hours we spend reading about beauty products, writing about them, shopping for them.  I like to devote a good hour every morning to ‘getting ready’ – which means I have to get up at 5 a.m. to be to work on time.  I am soo not a morning person, but I truly enjoy taking a certain amount of time to enjoy the rituals and the peace I get using my products and applying my makeup.

Sometimes, though, I get tired of complicated routines, too many steps, too many products, and I just want the least amount possible.  During those times I purge my closets, clean out drawers, donate items, and pare down my routine to the bare minimum.  I found that Dr. Gram has a really terrific line called Skin 1, and it has a routine that satisfies the minimalist in me that surfaces several times a year.

Dr. Gram is a compound pharmacist who designed his line after helping to design several other extremely successful prescription skin care lines.  Everything in this line is cruelty free,organic, and has green eco-friendly packaging.  The beauty lies in the simplicity of the line – you don’t need tons of products, just a few to take care of all your needs.

My skin is combination – I have an oily t-zone, and dry cheeks.  I tend to break out on my chin and around my nose.  For me, the products I chose for a ‘minimal routine’ are mostly from the Daily Regimen line and include the cleanser, moisturizer, and eye cream, plus a mask from the Clarifying Regimen for my occasional breakouts.

The Daily Cleanser ($32) is a gel-type cleanser that doesn’t foam up  (no sulfates in this baby).  It has a slight medicinal scent, reminds me of the Vicks my mom used to put on me when I was little and had a cold.  You just need a dime-sized amount, and it cleanses the skin without stripping.  It has lots of antioxidants in it to not only cleanse but also calm the skin.  I find it removes all my makeup and leaves my skin feeling moist, not tight.  I use this first, every morning and night.

If I have a blemish, I put some of the Clarifying Mask ($42) from the Acne Regimen on as a spot treatment.  Otherwise, I use this mask once or twice a week to prevent breakouts.  This is a very powerful mask that truly exfoliates and purges the impurities from the skin.  It does have a medicinal scent to it, as it contains both sulfur and camphor, but it’s not too strong as long as you are careful not to put it too close to your eyes.   You put a thin layer on your cleansed face and let it dry for about twenty minutes.  Then, wipe it off with a warm, wet washcloth.  This step is so important – this is not a mask you want to get in your eyes, so don’t rinse it off, wipe it off.

Next I use the Eye Rescue ($90). I absolutely adore the packaging – it’s an air free pump bottle, be careful to pump a small amount.  If you do the full pump you have way too much product.  I pump a tiny amount onto the back of my hand, then apply to my under eye and eyelid.  It’s very moisturizing, and doesn’t give me milia like many eye creams do.  I use this day and night.  It has Vitamin K in it, which is supposed to help combat those darn under eye circles.

And the final step is the Daily Moisturizer ($45). This is a great, lightweight moisturizer in an air-free pump bottle, very sanitary.  It not only moisturizes, it also speeds up cell turnover so over time your skin tone becomes more even.  One pump covers my face, neck, and decolletage.

In a nutshell, my minimal routine is this:  in the morning I cleanse, then apply the eye cream and the moisturizer.  (I use my Paul and Joe makeup primer with sunscreen so I don’t have to apply yet another lotion.)  In the evenings, I cleanse, spot treat or mask, and then apply the eye cream.

Total cost for the entire regimen at $104.50, because right now all Dr. Gram products are half off.  What a deal, because these products will last you at least three months.  And is also currently offering free shipping.  So if you are in need of a great, simple but effective routine – check this line out.  – Lisa

Skin 1 Daily Cleanser Ingredients: Water(Aqua) + Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate + Glycerin + Decyl Glucoside + Acrylates/Steareth-20 Methacrylate Copolymer + PEG-200 Hydrogenated Glyceryl Palmate + PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate + Niacinamide + Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract + Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice + Glucosamine Sulfate + Ubiquinone (CoQ10) + Panthenol + Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil + Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil + Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil + Cedrus Atlantica (Cedarwood) Bark Oil + Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Flower Oil + Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Oil + Amyris Balsamifera (Amyris) Bark Oil + Geranium Maculatum Oil + Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil + Copaifera Officinalis (Balsam Copaiba) Resin + Pogostemon Cablin (Patcholi) Oil + Polysorbate 20 + Triethanolamine + Disodium EDTA + Chlorphenesin

Skin 1 Eye Rescue Ingredients: Water(Aqua) + Ethylhexyl Palmitate + Sorbitol + Cetearyl Alcohol + Glycerine + Phenyl Trimethicone + Cyclomethicone + Polysorbate 60 +Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract + Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract (ORGANIC) + Glucosamine Sulfate + Niacinamide + Glucosyl Rutin + Sodium Hyaluronate + Bioflavonoids + Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C) + Tocopherol (Vitamin E) + Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E) + Phytonadione (Vitamin K) + Allantoin + Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copoly

Skin 1 Daily Moisturizer Ingredients: Water(Aqua) + C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate + Stearyl Heptanoate + Glyceryl Stearate + Niacinamide + Glycerin + PEG-100 Stearate + Cetearyl Alcohol + Cetyl Esters + Glucosamine Sulfate + Punica Granatum Extract (Pomegranate) + Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract + Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract (ORGANIC) + Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Root Extract + Glycosaminoglycans + Saccharomyces Ferment Lysate Filtrate + Beta-Glucan + Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (ORGANIC) + Algae Extract + Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C) + Tocopherol (Vitamin E) + Panthenol + Dimethicone + Xanthan Gum + Carbomer + Triethanolamine + Disodium EDTA + Dehydroacetic Acid + Benzyl Alcohol

Skin 1 Clarifying Mask Ingredients: Water (Aqua) + SD Alcohol 39-C + Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour + Decyl Glucoside + Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891) + Colloidal Sulfur + Glycerin + Methylcellulose + Camphor + Niacinamide + Salicylic Acid + Glucosamine HCL + Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil + Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil + Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil + Cedrus Atlantica (Cedarwood) Bark Oil + Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Flower Oil + Chlorphenesin

Disclosure:  Items reviewed were PR samples

First Aid Beauty

Don’t you just love the name of this line?  Who hasn’t felt like they needed some first aid skin care?  I was totally geeked when products from this line arrived.  And I have to say, I wasn’t disappointed.

My favorite product is the Face Cleanser ($18.00 for a 5 oz. tube). This is a huge tube, and you need just a bit to cleanse your whole face.  I love how it removes every speck of makeup, but doesn’t leave your face dry and tight.  It’s one of the best cleansers I have ever used.  It heals, soothes, provides protection from free radicals, as well as a barrier to harsh conditions.  It’s a great price for so much cleanser, and it really does work.  This is my top pick from the line.

My next favorite product is the 5-in-1 Face Cream SPF 30 ($38.00 for a 1.7 fl. oz. jar).  It’s a bit more spendy than any other item in the line, but it does do quite a bit – five things, in fact!  First, it helps prevent wrinkles and it also plumps up the ones you already have.  Second, it helps to correct uneven skin tone.  Third, it provides an SPF of 3o.  Fourth, it moisturizes your skin.  And finally, it protects against free radicals.  That’s a lot for a daily moisturizer to do!  I love the sanitary pump, and the moisturizer is an elegant, soothing, light lotion that is easy to spread and sinks in right away.  This works terrific with my combination skin.

Another interesting product is the Detox Eye Roller ($24.00 for a 0.34 fl. oz. jar).  This is like nothing I have ever tried.  The liquid is in a glass tube, and there is a metal roller ball at the top.  The metal ball is always cool, which helps to reduce any puffiness you may have.  It has caffeine to help reduce puffiness and also dark circles.  Plus, it contains ingredients to reduce those fine lines and combat free radicals.  I find that I still like an eye cream over this formula, but I love the roller ball and the cooling effect that it gives.

Another great product is the Blemish Eraser ($16.00 for  a 0.5 oz. tube).  Now, some spot treatments just don’t work for me at all, like Clinique’s Acne Solutions Spot Healing Gel.  Check out my full review here.  However, I found that the First Aid Beauty blemish treatment works great for me.  I guess that Benzoyl Peroxide is a better acne fighter for my skin.  I like to put this on blemishes first and then let it dry.  Once it dries it has a matte finish to it.  If you try to use your other skin products before this one is dry, it feels kind of grainy.  It doesn’t seem to affect the performance, but it’s a texture issue for me.  Regardless, it is an excellent spot treatment and I reach for it quite often.

First Aid Beauty is a really terrific, affordable line.  I am not listing ingredients in the interest of space, but First Aid Beauty has a terrific, easy to navigate website and the ingredient lists are super easy to find.  This brand is available at Sephora and also online here.  Take a look – it’s first aid for your face!!  – Lisa

Disclosure – Items in this post were sent for review purposes. Please see our disclosure for more information.

Goodbye Breakouts, Hello Kleraderm

Zits.  It really isn’t fair.  Here I am, in my forties, and I am dealing with wrinkles AND acne????  What a cruel joke.

About once a month I have to deal with both issues.  I find that using Kleraderm Glycolic Face Wash (the 5% is $68, they also have a 25% which is $125) as a five-minute mask does the trick.  I put it on at night, layer it on pretty thick and leave it for five minutes.  Then I wash it off and do my usual night skin care routine.  In the morning, my skin is totally clear – no more breakouts.  (People with very oily skin prone to breakouts can use this daily as a regular cleanser.)

Kleraderm is a fabulous Italian skin care line that is carried at my local Nordstrom.  Check out my overall review of the line that I did for Emakemeup here.  Joanne Recchia is the owner, and she is simply amazing.  What I really love about this line is that they believe in samples, samples, samples.  They won’t LET you buy until you try products to make sure you are getting what is right for your skin.  As Joanne says, they are into your skin, not your pocketbooks.  Seriously, if you want to try this line call Joanne at 586.337.7100 or email her at [email protected] to be sent some samples.

Ok, back to the Glycolic Face Wash.  Joanne says that there really is nothing more botanical than glycolic acid.  It’s derived from pure sugar cane, and it’s very healing if it’s used correctly.  I find the results to be pretty amazing.  My son is 16 years old, and he gets some pretty nasty breakouts, so I thought I would show you how awesome this product is on him.  He was in a school play, and like a guy he neglected to thoroughly wash his face that night, resulting in this angry breakout:

So I did a five-minute mask on him, and here he is the next morning:

I think it’s a pretty remarkable difference.  His skin was completely clear two days later, we did the mask each night.  Now when he breaks out, he makes me put the five-minute mask on him.

Of course, if you have constant difficulty with acne you can use this as a cleanser every day.  For me, it’s a great go-to mask for those occasional breakouts.  This is also a great product for your teenager, mine has his own bottle and wouldn’t be without it now.   Kleraderm is a truly unique, results oriented line that I cannot recommend highly enough.  Call or email Joanne to give some samples a try, you won’t be sorry.  -Lisa

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Glycolic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Althea Officinalis Extract, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract, Agropyron Repens (Couch Grass) Extract, Ammonia, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Disodium Edta, Methylisothiazolinone, Methylchloroisothiazolinone.