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.

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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

Giveaway alert! Lanikai Bath and Body Tropical Body Mist, plus an Island Tropical Spa Set

If you missed our previous popular Lanikai Bath and Body giveaway, here’s your chance to win again!
a gift for you from Lanikai

a gift for you from Lanikai

Lanikai is sponsoring a holiday giveaway for Beauty Info Zone readers which includes their new Tropical Body Mist plus an Island Tropical Spa Set. All together this fantastic giveaway is a $103 value!

tons of great gift ideas

tons of great gift ideas

free giftwrap

free gift wrapping!

Lanikai Bath and Body is truly an excellent option for buying gifts for the holidays. It’s easy breezy to shop online for Christmas gifts and there are lots of gift sets available. The Lanikai store is in Hawaii but they not only ship worldwide (at flat rate prices when available)- they also gift wrap… for free!

Lanikai

Lanikai Tropical Body Mist in Beach

Lanikai

getting my Hawaii on

Lanikai sent their new Tropical Body Mist ($10.50) to try and what a treat it is. The Beach scent smells like the ocean and the body mist is so refreshing. It’s a great way to wear a subtle scent for the day and it’s wonderfully hydrating with purified water, aloe vera, witch hazel, black willowbark, and white tea. I spray this on and am immediately transported to the tropics! It comes in four other scents, including Pikake, Tahitian Gardenia, Plumeria, and Orchid Vanilla.

Lucky for us, the wonderful folks at Lanikai are sponsoring a fantastic giveaway. The winner will receive a refreshing Tropical Body Mist, as well as an Island Tropical Spa Set ($92.50), which has everything you need for a perfect spa day.
You want to win this!

You want to win this!

This beautiful gift set includes six full size products including Body Wash, Hand and Body Lotion, Body Butter, Hawaiian Mineral Soaking Salt, Exfoliating Scrub, and a Handmade Soap Bar.  What a wonderful way to put some Hawaii into your holiday!  - Lisa
*product reviewed and giveaway prize courtesy of Lanikai
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Some RoC skin care to help celebrate National Healthy Skin Month

November is the month to give thanks for many things, including healthy skin. This national focus on healthy skin should remind you to make an appointment with your dermatologist for a checkup. We talk about sunscreen and skin cancer so often during the summer but this is a concern for us all year.

Surprisingly only 26% of women in America have had their skin checked by a dermatologist. Early detection is the key to healthy skin. There is a new technology that dermatologists have called MelaFind that makes it even easier to have a skin check.

roc melafind

MelaFind by MELA Sciences, Inc.

MelaFind is a one-of-a-kind, breakthrough device that helps dermatologists detect melanoma when it is still curable. FDA-approved, MelaFind uses light from visible to near-infrared wavelengths to evaluate skin lesions up to 2.5 mm under the surface of the skin. It’s non-invasive, painless and provides dermatologists with data in less than a minute. This device is currently available in over 100 doctors’ offices and clinics in 29 states.

It’s also a great month to investigate some excellent and affordable skin care like these products from RoC Skin Care. As RoC ambassadors we’ve received these products and information to share with you.

RoC Deep Wrinkle Day

RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Daily Moisturizer

RoC® RETINOL CORREXION®Deep Wrinkle Daily Moisturizer with Sunscreen BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 30 ($22.99) is a great option for halting premature aging. The SPF protects your skin from the sun and the retinol helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This elegant lotion has a terrific texture that rivals day moisturizers that are ten times the cost.

RoC Deep Wrinkle Night

RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night

RoC® RETINOL CORREXION® Deep Wrinkle Night Cream ($22.99) promises to significantly diminish even deep wrinkles within 12 weeks. This night moisturizer has retinol to fight those wrinkles and is best for normal to dry skin. It has a beautiful, lightweight texture that isn’t greasy and won’t clog pores. Put this on before bed and you will wake up to younger looking skin.

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RoC Daily Resurfacing Disks

RoC

a RoC exfoliating disk

RoC® Daily Resurfacing Disks ($9.99): These were featured in Top Ten Tuesday Winter Weather Skincare since they are a less expensive alternative to similar discs from Trish McEvoy and Somme Institute. These are self-foaming, dual textured disks that are infused with skin conditioners. Your skin will start to see a difference in as little as one week.  They are great to use after cleansing and before using other skincare.

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RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Serum

RoC® RETINOL CORREXION®Deep Wrinkle Serum ($22.99):  This Deep Wrinkle Serum is a very lightweight product that contains the RoC®RETINOL formula. This fights fine lines and deep wrinkles. Studies show that after four weeks, skin appears more radiant, fine lines are smoothed and skin firmness is improved. After eight weeks, crow’s feet are visibly reduced and discoloration is diminished. After 12 weeks, deep wrinkles are visibly reduce. Since this absorbs so quickly you can use this under makeup without a problem.

Taking care of your skin means taking care of your whole body. While RoC products are primarily for the face, you need protection all over. Aveeno has many skincare items for your body that work well in conjunction with RoC products too. Take the time to make an appointment with a dermatologist. Here’s a site that will help you locate an office that has MelaFind.  — Lisa and Marcia

*Beauty Info Zone is a brand ambassador for RoC and occasionally receives products, this does not change our opinions of them.