Waking up to Juara Invigorating Coffee Scrub

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Are you one  of those people who doesn’t quite wake up until a cup of java is under your nose?  That’s me for sure. So I absolutely love this great body exfoliator that Juara Skin Care sent us, the Invigorating Coffee Scrub ($37), because one whiff is like taking an instant trip to Starbucks.

Juara Invigorating Coffee Scrub

Juara Invigorating Coffee Scrub

Inside the jar - Juara Invigorating Coffee Scrub

Inside the jar – Juara Invigorating Coffee Scrub

It’s not surprising this scrub – made with Indonesian coffee beans – is one of Juara’s top-selling products.  It has three big pluses going for it.  One, the scent – it really does smell like a fresh hot cuppa joe, perfect for a morning shower.  Two, it cleanses and exfoliates, so there’s no need to soap up before or after using it.  And three, coffee is a great skin treatment.  The finely ground beans scrub away dry, scaly skin, and coffee arabica has been proven to stimulate collagen, improve skin elasticity, and fight free radicals as a terrific antioxidant ingredient.

Juara Invigorating Coffee Scrub is a great product.  It’s fun – Starbucks in a jar! – and it is seriously good for your skin.  If you are looking for a gift for your best friend, this is a terrific option.  Pair this with a small gift card to a coffee shop and you will never lose your BFF status.  – Lisa

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Ingredients:  Peg-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Walnut Shell (Juglans reglia) Powder, Rice (Oryza sativa) Starch, Fresh Roasted Indonesian Coffee (Coffee arabica), Rice Bran (Oryza sativa) Oil, Fragrance, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol.

Brown sugar and oatmeal: at home beauty treatments and yummy treats, too!

Today’s post comes from the amazing Ann-Catherin, author of the blog No Freshman Fifteen.  Ann-Catherin is young, gorgeous, and talented, and she specializes in turning healthy ingredients into easy to make, delicious food.  Today, she shares how to use brown sugar and oatmeal both as at-home beauty treatments and as wonderful treats to enjoy while getting beautiful.

The stunning Ann-Catherin from www.nofreshmanfifteen.org

The stunning Ann-Catherin from www.nofreshmanfifteen.org

The beginning of the new school year also marks the beginning of many commitments. Whether it be clubs, sports, or jobs, students are busy this time of year. I can speak from experience – I usually don’t get home until eight o’clock every evening. That’s when I start my homework.

Amid all that hustle and bustle, however, I think it’s important to find some family time. And for all you mothers or grandmothers with daughters or granddaughters, you need some special time bonding with your girl. It’s so easy to lose sight of things while rushing from ballet to swimming to the supermarket.

Chewy Snickerdoodles

Chewy Snickerdoodles

I’d like to propose something: an evening spent with your girl (if possible, no guys allowed) to get some much-needed “us” time. In honor of Beauty Info Zone, try a special beauty routine to pamper yourself. In honor of No Freshman Fifteen, make some treats to accompany the relaxation. Each beauty recipe/treat recipe share an easy to find ingredient.

I have two different beauty-recipe combinations, and you and your daughter or granddaughter can choose which one you like best. Try one or try both! The important thing is that you take time with each other and have a little fun.

Chewy Snickerdoodles dough

Chewy Snickerdoodles dough

Option 1: Brown Sugar Honey Scrub & Chewy Snickerdoodles

*Brown Sugar Facial Scrub

1 Tablespoon Raw Honey

1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar

  1. Place the honey and brown sugar in a bowl and mix together well.
  2. When applying, wash your face thoroughly. Then apply a small amount of scrub (roughly ½ teaspoon) to your skin and massage gently in a circular motion. Try to avoid your eyes. Rinse your face and pat dry, and enjoy your newly exfoliated, glowy skin!
Chewy Snickerdoodles

Chewy Snickerdoodles

Chewy Snickerdoodles

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup nonfat, plain greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup (about 3 ounces) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 6 Tablespoons smooth almond butter (http://nofreshmanfifteen.org/inside-scoop-peanut-butter/)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 Tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
Chewy Snickerdoodles ready to bake...

Chewy Snickerdoodles ready to bake…

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Place the 1/3 Cup brown sugar, 4 Tablespoons of honey, ¼ Cup greek yogurt, 3 ounces cream cheese, 6 Tablespoons of almond butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 2 egg yolks into a large bowl.
  4. Beat with a mixer at high speed until well-blended. Make sure that there are no brown sugar or cream cheese clumps.
  5. Slowly add in 2/3 of a Cup all-purpose flour, continuing to mix.
  6. Add 2/3 of a Cup whole-wheat flour, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, and 2 Tablespoons of cinnamon. Beat with a mixer until well-combined.
  7. Combine 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon with 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar in a small bowl.
  8. Drop the dough with a rounded tablespoon onto the parchment paper, leaving roughly an inch between cookies. Sprinkle a little of the cinnamon sugar mixture over the dough.
  9. Bake for 6 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  10. Remove the cookies from the oven and flatten them with the back of a spatula or fork. Sprinkle the remaining cinnamon sugar mixture evenly over them.
  11. Bake for an additional 8 minutes.
  12. Let cool and enjoy :) (They’re also great while still warm!)  Makes 2 dozen cookies.
Oatmeal...not just for cookies!

Oatmeal…not just for cookies

Option 2: Oatmeal Face Mask & Whole Grain (http://nofreshmanfifteen.org/buying-breads/) Quick Bread

*Oatmeal Face Mask

2 Tablespoons rolled oats

1 teaspoon baking soda

water (enough to make a paste)

  1. Grind the oats in a food processor.
  2. Add 1 teaspoon of baking soda and enough water to make a paste.
  3. Apply the mask to a clean, dry face for 10 minutes. Rinse to remove.
Whole Grain Quick Bread

Whole Grain Quick Bread

Whole Grain Quick Bread

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup steel-cut or slow-cooking rolled oats, uncooked
  • ½ Cup roasted and salted sunflower seeds (shell off)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • dash of pepper & dash of salt
  • 2 cups low-fat buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup steel-cut or slow-cooking rolled oats, uncooked
  • ¼ cup roasted and salted sunflower seeds (shell off)
Whole Grain Quick Bread

Whole Grain Quick Bread

Directions:

  1.  Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Spray a 9×5 inch bread loaf pan with olive oil.
  3. Combine the 3 cups whole-wheat flour, ½ cup oats, ½ cup sunflower seeds, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon baking powder, a dash of pepper, and a dash of salt in a large bowl.
  4. In a separate bowl, lightly beat the egg. Add the 2 cups buttermilk to the egg.
  5. Add the egg and buttermilk to the flour mixture. Stir until combined.
  6. Spoon the mixture into the prepared bread loaf pan.
  7. Sprinkle ½ cup of oats and ¼ cup sunflower seeds over the top of the dough. Push it down with a spatula so that the oats and seeds won’t fall off when the bread is finished. Bake for 60 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
  8. After making this bread, I spread some of the leftover cream cheese from the Snickerdoodles onto it. It was the best thing ever – warm bread with smooth cream cheese. Just a tip.
put on a little spread...yum!

put on a little spread…yum!

* All the recipes are from my blog No Freshman Fifteen.  The Brown Sugar Scrub is from The Kitchen McCabe and the Oatmeal Face Mask is from About Style.

GrandCentralBeauty serves up some S.M.A.R.T. skin care

Most ‘grand centrals’ around the world are examples of classic architecture and modern efficiency. The New York skin care line GrandCentralBeauty is based on those concepts. In fact, their motto is “Classic Treatment, Modern Results.” They have three products that are meant to be layered for skin perfection. GrandCentralBeauty sent us their Express Facial Kit ($32, a $40 value) which is a great way to try out the line.

This cute wristband comes with the Express Kit

This cute wristband comes with the Express Facial Kit

All of GrandCentralBeauty’s products are S.M.A.R.T.  So what does S.M.A.R.T. stand for? Smooths, Moisturizes, Anti-aging, Redness-reduction, Tones. All products are meant to compliment whatever routine you are currently using, which is definitely smart in my opinion.

The Express Facial Kit includes a deluxe S.M.A.R.T. Skin Perfecting MASK, a deluxe S.M.A.R.T. Skin Perfecting POLISHER, and a deluxe S.M.A.R.T. Skin Perfecting SERUM+PRIMER, all packaged in a cute pink travel tote.

Grand Central Beauty

GrandCentralBeauty Active Mask Powder (held together with the wrist band!)

the mask

the mask and booster

The S.M.A.R.T. SKIN PERFECTING® MASK is a powder mask that is mixed with the accompanying liquid Intensive Booster.  I love powder masks because they keep a whole lot longer than masks that are already liquid. One jar of powder makes a single very thick mask that ultimately peels off and looks like a Halloween mask.

the mask

the powder mask – mix it up right in this container

The mask does all the S.M.A.R.T. things, plus it brightens skin and reduces oiliness. It really is a whole lot of fun to use, too. The powder is pre-measured, and the mask is left on for fifteen minutes. It cleans out pores like crazy – you just might faint when you see all the gunk in the mask that used to be on and in your face.

the polisher and serum

the Perfecting Polisher and Perfecting Serum

The S.M.A.R.T. Skin Perfecting SERUM+PRIMER has a slew of cool ingredients, including squalane from brazilian sugar cane, apple, watermelon, lentil, rice and soybean protein. I think it works better as a serum than a primer – I need a little more spackle than this provides – but if you prefer a lighter primer this is a great option.

full size Skin Perfecting Polisher

full size Skin Perfecting Polisher

Skin Perfecting Polisher swatch

Skin Perfecting Polisher swatch

The S.M.A.R.T. Skin Perfecting POLISHER is a seriously cool product. It’s a 30-Second Multi-Tasking Toning Peel. Looks like a serum, doesn’t it? But it is a peel with ingredients like multi-fruit acids including apple, lemon, sugarcane and orange, botanical extracts like peony, and caviar-like beads that exfoliate and polish.

This is applied to a clean, dry face, then massaged until these little spongy beads show up (about 30 seconds or so). Those beads are actually dirt and dead skin cells…ewwww…but fascinating! Just buff them off into the sink, and no need to even rinse. Do this before the mask and follow with the serum and it’s a complete pampering facial.

Of the three products, the Skin Polisher and Perfecting Mask are the standouts. If you are interested in GrandCentralBeauty, the Express Facial is a great way to try everything and see what works best for your skin.  In fact, I would say that it is a S.M.A.R.T. buy!  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Rituals Wai Wang Organic Exfoliating Body Scrub

Sometimes a beauty product just bowls me over with amazing, gorgeous packaging. Rituals sent us their Wai Wang (Royal Glow) Organic White Lotus & Yi Yi Ren Exfoliating Body Scrub ($22) and the beauty of the packaging is exceptional.

Rituals

Rituals

On the side of the simple, chic box, there is a Chinese proverb:  If there is light in the soul, there will be beauty in the person.

so beautiful!

so beautiful!

Ok, I’m sold even before I get the box open.

The product itself doesn’t disappoint. The base is a thick, rich cream that has teeny-tiny bits of organic bamboo for exfoliation. It has a wonderful fresh, clean scent. Massaging this on knees, elbows, and feet in the shower perfectly preps them for self-tanner application. I also like to grab this during the day for a quick hand scrub – it’s the perfect antidote to hangnails and dry skin.

The box is awesome, but so is what's inside

The box is awesome, but so is what’s inside

see the tiny bamboo scrubbies?

see the tiny bamboo scrubbies?

Last May, Marcia did an awesome review of the Fortune Scrub and Touch of Happiness Body Cream, be sure to check it out HERE.

You can find this gorgeous body exfoliator and other wonderful Rituals products at their online store, as well as at Barneys and Barneys.com.  – Lisa

* sent for editorial consideration

The Skin Perfecter: three minutes, three times a week for perfect skin

Every so often, a cosmetic device comes along that really and truly changes my life. The Beauty Blender changed the way I wear my foundation.

beauty blenderThe Verge Bubble and Ribbon Wands changed the way I wear my hair.

Verge Bubble Wand

Verge Bubble Wand

And now the Skin Perfecter, sent to us to test by Le Mieux, has changed the way I cleanse my face.

Le Mieux Skin Perfecter

The Skin Perfecter ($225) is a facial wand that cleanses the face, exfoliates dead skin cells, extracts clogged pores, and infuses the skin with serums and creams. Plus, it also give a great facial massage! This little wand is a total powerhouse that delivers real results.  It is being launched on July 22nd on QVC, so take a look and decide if you want to budget for it – it really is worth the investment.

The Skin Perfecter is unlike any cleansing device I have ever used. It is described as, ““An ultrasonic, handheld device that goes beyond ordinary cleansing by deeply flushing pores of excess oil, makeup residue, and cellular impurities using high frequency vibrations. Deep exfoliation decongests pores to combat acne and blemishes and allows better absorption of products for heightened results.”

The Skin Perfecter

The Skin Perfecter

The Skin Perfecter has a thin blade called a spatula that cleanses, infuses, or massages, depending on how you use it. It is completely different from the other brush-head sonic devices that I’ve used. Three uses a week is all that is needed for major results. Here are the steps:

1.  Dampen face and neck with water.

2.  Turn the Skin Perfecter on and hit the Mode button until the word ‘HI’ is green. With the spatula angled downward, glide it out and up over the face, nose, and neck.

That’s all you need to do to cleanse, exfoliate, and extract. It feels sort of odd…the 28,000 ultrasonic vibrations per second create a definite sensation that is difficult to describe. It’s not unpleasant, and it doesn’t hurt in the least…but it feels strange. These vibrations strengthen the skin tissue, and at the same time the spatula actually helps extract dirt, dead skin cells, blackheads and whiteheads. It is really, really cool.

the blade #1

the spatula #1

the blade #2

the spatula #2

the blade #3

the spatula #3

After cleansing and extracting, just flip the spatula over and use the other side – the flat side – to apply serum or skin cream.

1.  Apply serum/cream with fingertips.

2.  Turn the Skin Perfecter on and hit the Mode button 3x until both ‘HI’ and ‘Pulse’ are green. With the spatula flat against the skin, glide the Skin Perfecter out and up over the face, nose, and neck.

This perfectly applies skin care and greatly increases the efficacy of the products. It allows skin care to work at the highest level possible. All those fantastic ingredients can really penetrate perfectly cleansed skin and the ultrasonic vibrations truly infuse skin with all the good stuff.

To relax and help strengthen the skin even more, use the same technique without serum for a facial massage.

easy to operate!

easy to operate!

There is a GREAT video that shows exactly how to use the Skin Perfecter right HERE.

The Skin Perfecter really couldn’t be easier to use. It’s the perfect size and design to fit right into your hand. It really only takes a few minutes to treat your entire face and neck. And it has a rechargeable battery plus a low battery signal.

The Skin Perfecter delivers big results. Here are some findings from a clinical study:

1.     In a clinical study 100% of participants saw an improvement in skin exfoliation in two weeks.

2.     In a clinical study 85% of participants saw an improvement in overall skin appearance in two weeks.

3.     In a clinical study 80% of participants saw immediate improvement in brightness in two weeks.

4.     In a clinical study 69% of participants saw immediate improvement in radiance & luminosity in two weeks.

5.     In a clinical study 69% of participants saw immediate radiance and healthier look to their skin due to micro massage that encourages microcirculation

6.     In a clinical study 65% of participants saw an improvement of the appearance of pores in two weeks.

7.     In a clinical study 62% of participants saw immediate improvement in the appearance of skin texture & smoothness in two weeks.

8.     In a clinical study 50% of participants saw an improvement in fine lines & wrinkles in two weeks.

9.     In a clinical study the use of the Skin Perfecter improves absorption of serum compared to using ones hands.

Those are great results…and I would say that my own personal results from two months of use have been even more impressive.

The Skin Perfecter goes on sale on QVC on July 22nd. I hope you will consider buying one of these.  I haven’t been this excited about a skin care tool in a very long time and I just can’t recommend it highly enough. Be sure to check out the video about how to use the Skin Perfecter here:

http://www.skinperfecter.com/get-started/video

You can find out even more information about the Skin Perfecter here:

http://www.skinperfecter.com/skin-perfecter

The price tag may seem steep, but it quickly pays for itself with fantastic, clear skin, as well as increasing the value of your skin care products by allowing them to work as effectively as possible. Try out the Skin Perfecter, it is worth every penny!  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration, opinions are completely my own!

skin perfecter

Giveaway alert! ProSonic GLOW Cleansing and Exfoliation System

Who doesn’t want healthy, soft, clean skin? We all do, and thanks to the great folks at ProSonic, you can win a ProSonic GLOW Cleansing and Exfoliation System ($204) to get your best possible skin.

ProSonic Cleansing and Exfoliation System

ProSonic Cleansing and Exfoliation System

With all the great buzz on the internet, we were thrilled when ProSonic sent the system to test – not to mention the giveaway for our readers!  The ProSonic Cleansing and Exfoliation System works for both face and body. The set includes  a Cleansing/Exfoliation Brush that operates at 3 Speeds, along with three different brush heads, a pumice stone, a facial cleanser, and a skin polishing cream.

The ProSonic

The ProSonic

three different speeds

three different speeds

The brush has ‘sonic and multi-directional pulsation & vibration technology’, which makes it six times more effective at cleaning the skin than regular cleansing with a wash cloth. When skin is properly cleansed, it not only looks healthier, but it also helps skin products work more effectively. Plus, regular exfoliation helps to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles by clearing away dead skin cells and allowing for healthy skin cell growth.

The brush is rechargeable and waterproof so you can use it in the shower or bath. It’s also great at reducing razor irritation and ingrown hairs.

senstive skin facial brush

senstive skin facial brush

A huge plus to the ProSonic System is that it really is meant for all skin from head to toe. There are three speeds:  low-speed for sensitive skin, high-speed for normal skin, and body mode for neck, décolleté, elbows and knees.

The face brush (pictured above) cleanses away dirt and oil, prevents breakouts, and exfoliates skin. There are two different face brush heads, one for normal skin and one for sensitive skin.

body brush

body brush

The body brush is larger than the face brushes, and it cleans and massages skin.  It is especially terrific before applying self tanner.

pumice attachment for rough areas

pumice attachment for rough areas

The pumice brush smooths out dry, rough areas like the knees, elbows, and bottoms of the feet.

Microdermabrasion Cream and Botanical Cleanser

Microdermabrasion Cream and Botanical Cleanser

The ProSonic GLOW system also includes a botanical cleanser and a microdermabrasion cream which work for all skin types and are gentle enough to use twice a day.

Today is your lucky day, because you can win a ProSonic GLOW System for yourself! Enter now, and you could find out first hand that the ProSonic does all of these things:

  • Remove dirt and makeup
  • Cleanse and exfoliate skin simultaneously, improving skin texture
  • Promote new skin cell growth, rejuvenating the skin
  • Reduce the appearance of large pores
  • Improve acne and even facial skin tone
  • Reduce fine lines and wrinkles
  • Invigorate the skin from head to toe
  • Smooth rough patches of skin on the body, such as the elbows and feet

Take a few moments to enter — your skin will thank you!  – Lisa

Giveaway open through 7/14/14 at 11:59. p.m. EDT. Winning pick will be verified. Open to US only.

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*sent for editorial consideration; giveaway prize courtesy of ProSonic

Put some space on your face with Kiehls

Check out this really cool social media contest – Kiehl’s ‘Put Some Space On Your Face’ gives you (well, actually your face!) an opportunity to travel with them to space.  The giveaway is in celebration of the new Kiehl’s Oil Eliminator line.  They sent its ‘hero’ product (24-Hour Anti-Shine Moisturizer For Men) into space. For real. The product was on a custom rig that was sent 20 miles above the surface of the earth.

Kiehls SpaceFace

You can see the video at www.kiehlsinspace.com and can also enter the giveaway there.  Just take a photo of yourself in mid-air then hashtag it #SpaceFace.  Random winners will win their face a trip to space via a 3D custom astronaut figurine with their face on it.  That figurine is attached to a shuttle and sent into the stratosphere.  After the figurines land, the winners are sent their personalized, space traveling action figures.

What is this new line that has inspired the space travel?  The OIL ELIMINATOR FOR MEN, brand new this month.  There are three products that tackle men’s oily skin, mattifying and reducing the appearance of pores.

Kiehls Oil Eliminator

So why the space travel?  It’s all in the ingredients.

Oil Eliminator uses Aerolite, an advanced material based on the science of aerogel, which has been used in space exploration (for example, as an insulating material on Mars Exploration Rover in 1997). Aerolite is the lightest solid material on Earth because it is composed of up to 99.98% air by volume, helping to provide a weightless feel on the skin. The substance is likened to a gel from which the liquid portion has been removed without causing the material to shrink in size or collapse. Due to its highly porous structure and large surface area, it is able to absorb FOUR TIMES its own weight in oil, providing efficient sebum absorption capabilities. Oil Eliminator 24-hour Anti-Shine Moisturizer, with Aerolite technology, helps reduce pore visibility and imperfections.

In general, men have different skin issues than women.  A man has more sebum-producing sebaceous glands, so they have more oil production and larger pores.  Plus they sweat more, which means every more shine and oily residue on their faces.  Kiehl’s three new products containing Aerolite address these concerns.

close up of the Deep Cleansing

close up of the Deep Cleansing Exfoliating Face Wash

The Deep Cleansing Exfoliating Face Wash ($20) is a soap-free and sulfate-free cleanser.  It has crushed Apricot Seeds to help exfoliate, which also decreases the appearance of pores.  It doesn’t dry out the skin, and it does a terrific job of smoothing skin texture and getting rid of shine.

The Refreshing Shine Control Toner ($20) is a cooling spray that tones and also decreases the appearance of sweat and oil.  The Capryloyl Glycine dries up the bad stuff, but doesn’t dry out skin.

Moisuturizer swatch

24-Hour Anti-Shine Moisuturizer swatch

The 24-Hour Anti-Shine Moisturizer for Men ($27) is a lightweight moisturizer with Aerolite to absorb oil and sweat.  The result is a shine-free appearance and soft, hydrated skin. It also has Totara Wood Extract to diminish the appearance of pores.

My 21-year-old son, who has sensitive, oily, breakout prone skin, thinks this line is the bomb.  He gets the best results using the Deep Cleansing Exfoliating Face Wash in the shower, then toning with the Refreshing Shine Control Toner, and following with the 24-Hour Anti-Shine Moisturizer for Men.

My son defying gravity!

My son defying gravity!

This is a terrific line for men so be sure to take a look.  And don’t forget to put some space on your face!  Snap that photo then hashtag it #SpaceFace on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.  - Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration