Atal Skin Solutions had me at “Hello”

ATAL Age Defying Serum and Velvet Eye Serum

ATAL Age Defying Serum and Velvet Eye Serum

Sometimes you start to use a skincare line and it takes a while to decide how you feel about it. But with some lines you know the first day you start it and your feelings only improve with time. ATAL Skin Solutions Advantage is one of those brands that I knew the first day I was going to like and almost 3 months later I’m still using it and totally loving it. ATAL Skin Solutions only has 3 products so all their research and science is behind what they consider to be the best in the business and I’m agreeing with them.

I have been testing ATAL ADVANTAGE AGE DEFYING SERUM and VELVET EYE SERUM and I want don’t want to ever stop using them. I’m so glad that when this line was offered for consideration I agreed. I get a ton of skincare emails and there’s just not time to review them all but sometimes a winner comes along – ATAL fits that description perfectly.

ATAL products are a blend of “science and nature”. They bring together scientific research and naturally derived ingredients to make sure they are creating the best products possible.

ATAL Age Defying Serum

ATAL Age Defying Serum

The very first product ATAL developed is ADVANTAGE AGE DEFYING SERUM. When I first received this the price was $79.95 which I felt was on par with other brands of this quality but right now it’s on sale for $29.95 which is a steal in my book.ATAL serum infoI’m at the age that I want all the help I can get with the visible signs of aging so I feel like ATAL is talking to me when they explain their products. This Age Defying Serum fights aging by using ingredients like Peptide Matrixyl 3000 to return elasticity and firmness to skin and Argireline which is described as an alternative to facial injections. It also contains my beloved hyaluronic acid for hydration and Vitamins A, B3, C & E and other antioxidants to increase your skin’s immune properties, improve skin texture and appearance.

ATAL Age Defying Serum Ingredients

ATAL Age Defying Serum Ingredients

Age Defying Serum is a thin smooth cream that absorbs very quickly. I’m using it every morning and I think it’s perfect in this warm (and sometimes excruciatingly hot) weather. It’s light enough for summer and I’m sure it will be just as great in cooler months. This fragrance free and paraben free serum is everything I want and more. I highly recommend it.

ATAL Velvet Eye Serum

ATAL Velvet Eye Serum

When I think of an eye serum I usually think of a very thin, not necessarily creamy product but ATAL Advantage Velvet Eye Serum is actually a combination of what we typically think of as an eye cream and a serum. It’s lightweight yet does the job of a heavier duty product. This too is on sale so I think you need to grab it before the current $19.95 price reverts to its original $69.95 price.

ATAL Velvet Eye Serum

ATAL Velvet Eye Serum

There are three fabulous ingredients in the Velvet Eye Serum: “Haloxyl® which lessens under eye dark circles by reinforcing skin firmness and tone.  Eyeliss® which helps prevent puffiness and reduce bags under the eyes. Matrixyl®3000 stimulates production of collagen, returning elasticity and firmness to your skin.”

ATAL Velvet Eye Serum

ATAL Velvet Eye Serum

My eyes are loving this serum. It’s unscented which is very important to me, it contains more special ingredients like “Swiss apple stem cells to decrease wrinkles and prevent premature aging. Licorice root extract to brighten skin and assist in the prevention of inflammation. Hyaluronic acid to draw moisture to the skin’s surface and plump up the eye area”. I feel like my undereye area is smoother and less lined than before.

ATAL Velvet Eye Serum ingredients

ATAL Velvet Eye Serum ingredients

If I haven’t convinced you that you need this in your life then let me add one more thing. These are sold through Amazon and ATAL tells us that they are so confident of the high quality of their products that they offer a risk free 60 day MONEY BACK GUARANTEE if you are not completely satisfied. Now you can’t find that everywhere.

ATAL had me at HELLO and I’ll be returning to say hi again. — Marcia

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Makeup Wars – making up your undereyes

Makeup Wars - under eye products of the month

Makeup Wars – under eye products of the month

What products do you have use that are strictly for under your eyes? What products do you have that will multi-task so that you can use them under your eyes and elsewhere on your face? That’s what this week’s Makeup Wars is taking on. I went through my drawer that I keep most of my concealers in and pulled out what you see in the above picture. These are the items that are in current use but oh baby, there are more. Let’s take a look though to see what Marcia’s eyes are sporting these days.

ATAL Advantage Velvet Eye Serum and Sustainable Youth Anytime Lift Eye Treatment with alasta

ATAL Advantage Velvet Eye Serum and Sustainable Youth Anytime Lift Eye Treatment with alasta

I had to start with the eye serums that I’m using lately. I didn’t really realize until I took my pictures that I was using an eye serum day and night.In the morning I’m using SUSTAINABLE YOUTH ANYTIME LIFT EYE TREATMENT with ALASTA*. I’ve chosen that for mornings because it doesn’t interfere with makeup and it helps with puffiness and dark circles. At night I’m loving ATAL ADVANTAGE VELVET EYE SERUM* which will get a complete review soon.

ATAL Advantage Velvet Eye Serum and Sustainable Youth Anytime Lift Eye Treatment with alasta

ATAL Advantage Velvet Eye Serum and Sustainable Youth Anytime Lift Eye Treatment with alasta

ATAL Advantage Velvet Eye Serum is a cross between a serum and an eye cream. I took to this like a duck takes to water. I’m loving how the ingredients are helping to moisturize my undereye area and fighting my fine lines.

Next are my correctors. At the moment I’m going between two different ones. PIXI CORRECTION CONCENTRATE in BRIGHTENING PEACH* and BECCA UNDER EYE BRIGHTENING CORRECTOR.

Pixi Correction Concentrate and Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector

Pixi Correction Concentrate and Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector

PIXI Correction Concentrate in Brightening Peach is a thicker product and needs an eye cream under it to make it go on smoothly. This really does a great job of cancelling out dark circles. I always use a foundation with this since it can look a little too peach otherwise on my fair complexion.

Pixi Correction Concentrate and Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector

Pixi Correction Concentrate and Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector

BECCA Under Eye Brightening Corrector is a softer product. The texture is creamier so it glides on easily and the color is more brightening. The price difference is substantial ($12 and $29) so if you are on a budget go with Pixi.

I can’t seem to get enough concealers, it’s one of my weaknesses. While I chose 6 here there are more that I use and love. I use all of these concealers under my eyes and some I’ll use elsewhere on my face too. When we leave the house at night the first thing I do is grab a concealer and fix my face.

Concealers from IT Cosmetics, Nars, Dior, tarte, CoverFX

Concealers from IT Cosmetics, Nars, Dior, tarte, CoverFX

1.  IT COSMETICS CC+ EYE* … Originally this was only available in a TSV but IT got smart and it’s now available separately. I have 3 different IT Cosmetics undereye concealers but chose to show this one because it has SPF50+ and it’s got amazing coverage. This is the concealer that has a slanted metallic applicator though I seem to get too much out if I apply it with the applicator. This is a full coverage concealer which may be too heavy for some people in summer but I use a very small amount and blend well.

2.  COVER FX CAMOUFLAGE CONCEALER aka Conceal FX is one I use anywhere and everywhere. This is a terrific general concealer so you really can buy this and be done. When I saw that they manufactured this in X-Light I was instantly sold.

3.  TARTE SMOOTH OPERATOR AMAZON CLAY CONCEALER is one of two tarte concealers I love, the other being Maracuja Concealer in the tube. This is the only stick concealer that I use even though I have much more expensive ones. I love the portability, the ease of application and that it comes light enough for me in Fair.makeup wars undereyes concealers all4.  NARS RADIANT CREAMY CONCEALER in Light is one I didn’t take to right away. I bought it because of the raves but it took me a while to like it. It will never be my favorite but it’s the wand concealer I find myself using the most these days. It’s very creamy and long lasting.

5.  DIORSKIN NUDE CONCEALER has gone through a few changes. I bought this originally and within weeks they came out with a new improved version so I exchanged it. It’s a great undereye concealer and one I like to use a lot to touch up with at night.

6.  DIORSKIN STAR CONCEALER is an even newer version of concealer for Dior. I use this interchangeably with Dior’s Nude Concealer and don’t see much difference between the two.

Charlotte Tilbury The Retoucher, Dior Skinflash, YSL Touche Eclat

Charlotte Tilbury The Retoucher, Dior Skinflash, YSL Touche Eclat

Last are my highlighting concealers from Charlotte Tilbury, Dior and YSL. YVES ST LAURENT TOUCH ECLAT has been a favorite for years and years. I’ve gone through half a dozen of them. I like the original formula, Radiant Touch, because it brightens my undereyes and gives them a lift. I wear this any time I want to look and feel my best. CHARLOTTE TILBURY THE RETOUCHER is my newest one and I think I bought it because of the brand. I have it in #1 Fair and it’s a got good concealing properties along with a touch of brightening. DIOR SKINFLASH RADIANCE BOOSTER PEN is Dior’s answer to YSL. I bought this in #2 which has just a small touch of peach to it.

It takes a lot to be presentable these days!!  Which of these have your tried? Which of these do you want to try? Check out what the other Makeup Wars bloggers use so you can find a favorite. — Marcia


*starred items were sent for consideration, rest are personal purchases

 

Sustainable Youth brings science and comfort to your skin

Sustainable Youth

Sustainable Youth

If you were offered products from Sustainable Youth®, wouldn’t you be curious about them? I certainly was since at my age I’d like to sustain whatever youthfulness I still have. What I received is SUSTAINABLE YOUTH ULTRA CREAMY CLEANSING LOTION and SUSTAINABLE YOUTH ANYTIME LIFT EYE TREATMENT.

When you open those white boxes you’ll see this, which gives you a clue as to their philosophy and ingredients:

Sustainable Youth Anytime Life Eye and Creamy Cleaning Lotion

Sustainable Youth Anytime Life Eye and Creamy Cleaning Lotion

SUSTAINABLE YOUTH® uses an ingredient called ALASTA® in all of their products. Alasta® is a patented scientific discovery of the most potent immunostimulatory and concentrated ingredient derived from the rind of the Aloe Vera leaf. Alastra’s job is to improve skin elasticity and firmness through its ability to boost the body’s overall immune system performance. Sounds to me like they are calling my name!!

alastra®

alasta®

Sustainable Youth Ultra Creamy Cleansing Lotion with alastra

Sustainable Youth Ultra Creamy Cleansing Lotion with alasta

Sustainable Youth Ultra Creamy Cleansing Lotion with alasta® is just a terrific cleanser. I’m loving this gentle cleanser that rehydrates my skin. It is incredibly creamy and my face just sighs when I apply it. It’s a pH balanced cleanser that doesn’t strip skin of moisture. My skin feels soft and hydrated after using it.

Ultra Creamy Cleansing Lotion with alastra

Ultra Creamy Cleansing Lotion with alasta

There’s no foaming at all with this cleanser, it’s like cleansing with the finest moisture product. But it gets my skin very clean. I often use it with my new Michael Todd Soniclear or if I’m rushing I’ll just wash and wipe off with a soft cloth (I like the one from The Body Shop). Either way my face is ready for the next step without ever feeling tight.

Sustainable YouthUltra Creamy Cleansing Lotion with alastra

Sustainable YouthUltra Creamy Cleansing Lotion with alasta

This also contains Cocoa Seed Butter which is rich in vitamins and antioxidants. Pro-vitamin B-5, otherwise known as panthenol, penetrates into the skin’s lower layers, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Also a proprietary blend of organically grown natural extracts including extracts of cucumber, white mulberry, green tea, licorice root and fig. Even with this wonderful cocktail of ingredients, there’s no fragrance to it.

Sustainable Youth Anytime Eye Treatment with alasta

Sustainable Youth Anytime Eye Treatment with alasta

SUSTAINABLE YOUTH® LIFT EYE TREATMENT with alasta® is a treatment serum that was created to help lessen the appearance of crow’s feet, fine lines and wrinkles. I’m unfortunately stuck with all three of those but mostly crow’s feet and fine lines. Since this helps to minimize dark circles and under eye puffiness I am only using it during the day. As soon as my face is cleansed, I’ll apply this gently under my eyes and smooth it until it’s absorbed. I found it did more for me during the day than at night. You can also take this with you to reapply during the day.

Sustainable Youth Anytime Eye Treatment with alasta

Sustainable Youth Anytime Eye Treatment with alasta

Anytime Lift Eye Treatment uses ingredients that work synergistically with alasta®. It contains a potent blend of natural gums and polymers to mechanically smooth your skin. It also contains vegetable proteins to repair tissue damage and promote regeneration. In addition it uses potent natural plant herb blends to neutralize free radicals and prevent further damage.

As we age the skin around our eyes becomes less plump making our eye area look more sunken and looser. What I like about this is that it can be used over makeup. What I don’t like so much is the $60 cost. While all the products in the lineup for Sustainable Youth® are costly, this one seems a little out of line at least for me. I highly recommend the Ultra Creamy Cleansing Lotion though for a luxury feel to your face and a wonderful way to start your skincare regimen. — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration

 Ingredients for Ultra Creamy Cleansing Lotion

Purified Water (Aqua), Caprylic/CapricTriglyceride, Cetyl Esters, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Propanediol (Corn), SD Alcohol 38-B*, Stearic Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract*, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (Chamomile)*, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract*, Morus Alba Fruit Extract*, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract*, Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit Extract*, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B-5), Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil (Ylang Ylang)*, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil*, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil*, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Flower Oil*, Foeniculum Vulgare (Bitter Fennel) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Bulgarian Lavender) Oil*, Mentha Piperita (Indian Peppermint) Oil*, Ocimum Basilicum (Egyptian Basil) Oil*, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil*,Peucedanum Graveolens (Dill Leaf) Oil, Picea Mariana (Black Spruce) Leaf Oil, Piper Nigrum (Pepper) Fruit Oil*, Pogostemon Cablin Oil (Patchouli)*, Vetiveria Zizanoides Root Oil (Vetivert)*, Canola (Unsaponifiables) Oil *, Sodium Levulinate, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Anisate, Citric Acid, Sodium Phytate.

*Certified Organic

Ingredients for Anytime Lift Treatment

Purified Water (Aqua), Glycerin, SD Alcohol 38-B*, Acacia Senegal Gum, Hydrolyzed Corn Protein, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract*, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Oat Protein, Albizia Julibrissin Bark Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract*, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract*, Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit Extract*, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract*, Morus Alba Fruit Extract*, Hydrolyzed Rhizobian Gum, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil , Cananga Odorata Flower Oil (Ylang Ylang)*, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil*, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil*, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Flower Oil*, Foeniculum Vulgare (Bitter Fennel) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Bulgarian Lavender) Oil*, Mentha Piperita (Indian Peppermint) Oil*, Ocimum Basilicum (Egyptian Basil) Oil*, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil*,Peucedanum Graveolens (Dill Leaf) Oil, Picea Mariana (Black Spruce) Leaf Oil, Piper Nigrum (Pepper) Fruit Oil*, Pogostemon Cablin Oil (Patchouli)*, Vetiveria Zizanoides Root Oil (Vetivert)*, Canola (Unsaponifiables) Oil*, Darutoside, Sodium Hydroxide, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Linalool*, Citric Acid, Xanthan Gum, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Sodium Phytate.

*Certified Organic

Simyskin: Phase II and Phase III Eye Serums review

Simyskin

SimySkin™ is a US cosmetics and beauty care company that was new to the BIZ, which makes sense since it’s just over a year old, having launched in February of 2014. Their mission is to offer anti-aging skin care products that are high quality, effective, and low cost. SimySkin takes skin care very seriously and in fact has an oncologist on the team as skin cancer has become a major issue in the past 30 years.

They sent the BIZ two different eye serums to test: Phase II, which is meant for those aged 25 to 45, and Phase III, for those aged 45+. Phase I is for those aged 18 to 25…we wish!! What kind of results did we have after a few months of testing?  Read on to find out!

LISA’S SIDE: PHASE II EYE SERUM ($55)

Simyskin Phase II Eye Serum

Simyskin Phase II Eye Serum

Ok, I will be honest…I am actually a smidge older than the end of the Phase II age spectrum. I only surpass it by a few years, though, so for comparison purposes we thought it would be just fine. I like the fact that the ingredients in the eye serums change based on age as our skin care needs change as we get older. The Phase II Eye Serum is formulated to address dark circles and puffiness, along with providing protection, skin cell regeneration, and enhanced skin elasticity.

Simyskin Phase II Eye Serum

Simyskin Phase II Eye Serum

The eye serum is lightweight and comes in very interesting packaging. The top of the bottle has a dispenser, along with a cooling metal ball that spreads the serum while calming and depuffing the undereye area. Phase II gives immediate gratification, instantly soothing and smoothing skin – it truly is a noticeable difference. The main ingredients include Dipetide-2 for conditioning skin and improving circulation, along with hyaluronic acid for hydration and elasticity.

SimySkin™ reports some impressive results:

-    Anti-inflammatory reduction of 33%

** Clinical Participants 70% experienced skin improvement after 56 days

I most definitely saw an improvement and I really like this serum. Considering my age, I could probably use Phase III now, but I do think that Phase II is a terrific option for those in the 25 to 45 age range.

Active Ingredients

Dipeptide-2; Hesperidin methyl chalcone; Lipopeptide pal-GQPR ; Vitamin B12 and Folic Acid; Hyaluronic Acid; Palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7; Ubiquinone; Sorghum bicolor stalk juice

MARCIA’S SIDE: PHASE III EYE SERUM ($65)

Simyskin Phase III Eye Serum

SimySkin Phase III Eye Serum

I can look at it one of two ways – I’m worth more ($65 instead of $55) or I’m older (over 45). I think I’ll just take both. I can’t deny that I’m over 45 and I know darn well I’m worth more! If you’ve followed Beauty Info Zone you might know that I am crazy about eye creams of all sorts. It’s the one product I crave and truthfully I own a lot. SimySkin™ Anti-Aging Eye Serum Phase III is a nice addition to my collection but it’s not going to stop me from continuing my search.

This is a very gentle and lightweight serum that helps in a myriad of ways. The goal is to correct, repair, protect and reverse visible signs of aging. SimySkin™ uses 6 active ingredients in this eye serum that work on decreased appearance of puffiness, darkcircles and fine lines. That’s what I desperately need.

Two of the most important ingredients are Hersperidin Methylchalcone which helps reduce dark circles and discoloration, and Acetyl Dipeptide  to reduce the appearance of lines and calm the skin.

The unique ball massager on the applicator tip is a nice touch but I found I had to use so much more of the eye serum than I felt necessary or it would stick on my skin and not move. I didn’t use it most of the time but I did love it in the morning under my eyes when I looked particularly puffy.

Unfortunately this has a fragrance which is why I said it won’t stop me from my search. I can tolerate the fragrance in the morning but I can’t tolerate it at night. As someone who struggles with insomnia I am very picky about what I smell like in bed since anything can keep me from falling asleep. The fragrance of SimySkin Anti-aging Eye Serum kept me awake. I didn’t feel like it dissipated quickly enough. I know that this wouldn’t stop most people, it’s just my opinion. If you aren’t sensitive to fragrance and want an eye serum that helps with all the over 45 signs of aging, then consider this one since it does work well.

Active Ingredients

Acetyl dipeptide 1 cetyl ester; Hesperidin methyl chalcone; Sorbitan laurate; Vitamin B12 and Folic Acid; Hyaluronic Acid; Palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7; Ubiquinone; Sorghum bicolor stalk juice

SimySkin is a new upcoming brand that you’ll start learning more about now that been discovered by The View, Beauty Box 5, New Beauty magazine and many news outlets. Be among the first to try them out. Their site has free shipping to the US, Canada and Europe which is quite unusual. The code for that is SimySkinShipping.

*products sent for editorial consideration

Five fantastic Mother’s Day gift ideas!

Five Mothers Day Gift Ideas
Mother’s Day is only eight days away…are you going to go traditional with some flowers or venture out of the box with something that really makes her happy? Here are five great products sent to us recently that your mom will love.

Onsen Smoothing Eye Serum

1.  Onsen Smoothing Eye Serum ($170)

What mom wouldn’t love an eye serum?? This is a spendy one, but it is pretty darn fabulous. If price is no object, this retinol-based serum is perfect. It gives major hydration while lifting and firming the under eye area. You don’t need much, so this bottle lasts a very long time.

Nailtini Frappe Nail Polish

2.  nailtini nail polish in Frappe ($13)

Simply the perfect neutral nail polish. Every mom needs great looking nails and this sheer, glossy polish will work for almost everyone. Frappe is a creamy nude with just a hint of shell pink. It’s understated and classy. Love it.

Clean Home Fragrance in Fresh Laundry

3.  Clean Home Fragrance in Fresh Laundry ($34)

Nothing makes me think of my mom more than the smell of Fresh Laundry…I’ll never forget my husband telling her that when she stays with us, he ends up wearing the same clothes every day because his laundry is always done so promptly. Needless to say he has the opposite problem when I am in charge. I love this delightful room spray and I’ll bet your mom will too.

RoC Multi Correxion 5 in 1 Restoring Night Cream

4.  RoC Multi Correxion 5 in 1 Restoring Night Cream ($28.99)

Marcia originally reviewed this almost two years ago (check out her review HERE) and it has been a favorite of mine ever since. This awesome night moisturizer is the result of 7 years of research and it is a dream date for dry skin. Not only does it moisturize, it also firms skin and evens out skin tone. It is a wonderful treatment for mature skin.

Cool It Caddy collage

5.  Cool-It Caddy ($24.95)

This really is the coolest gift you can get your mom. Every beauty nut brings a few cosmetics to the beach or on a picnic, and finding a favorite lipstick all melted is just the worst. The Cool-It Caddy is a cosmetics bag that keeps your makeup (and snacks!) cool and fresh. Keep it in the freezer and it’s always ready to travel to the golf course, the pool, or the tennis court. Cool-It Caddy is a perfect size bag for your lipstick, sunscreen, medicine, and a nutrition bar or two. The outside of the bag is sleek and easy to clean, and the coolant stays cool for up to 8 hours. It is great to carry by itself or slip into a purse or backpack. There are different sizes and styles available – pictured above is the ‘Bella’ in pink.

Show your mom how much you love her this Mother’s Day with something as unique and special as she is.  Moms really are the best kind of superhero!  – Lisa

*items reviewed sent for editorial consideration

moms

MDSUN Super Hydration B Serum and Intensive Eye Gel

MDSUN Skincare, the cosmeceutical line created by Dr. George Sun, is an intriguing line that features some of the most effective skin care ingredients available.  They recently sent us their Super Hydration B Serum ($85) and Intensive Eye Gel ($105) to test, which proved to be an impressive introduction to this line.

MDSUN Super Hydration B Serum and Intensive Eye Serum

The Super Hydration B Serum is a skin treatment that is housed in one of the most beautiful bottles I have ever seen for a serum.  Usually serums have rather boring packaging, but the silver and blue glass bottle is a stunner!  Of course, looks aren’t everything and it’s what is inside that counts.  This serum has great ingredients that hydrate and smooth skin.  Here are the benefits listed on the web page:

MDSUN Super Hydration B Serum

  • Spreads easily and fast absorbing, non-greasy finish
  • Nourishes and hydrates the skin for a glowing complexion
  • Leaves your skin feeling exceptionally smooth
  • Protects against moisture loss and oxidative damage

The major ingredients include sodium hyaluronate, which is the salt form of skin plumping hyaluronic acid; panthenol, which is another name for vitamin B5, which keeps skin healthy and blemish-free; plus gluconolactone and lactobionic acid, which are similar to AHAs but less likely to irritate skin.  These ingredients reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

I use this serum morning and night after cleansing and before moisturizing, and it leaves my skin looking and feeling great.  Because it helps skin retain moisture, it plumps up fine lines and wrinkles and definitely improves their appearance.  I know I will use every last drop of this serum and it is on my repurchase list.

MDSUN Intensive Eye Serum

MDSUN Intensive Eye Gel also has very attractive packaging.  The bottle is a cheery, sunny yellow – and so is the eye gel!  It definitely took me aback the first time I tried it.  This eye gel has lots of powerful antioxidants and vitamins to reduce dark circles, puffiness, and wrinkles.  The benefits include:

  • Dark Eye Circles – high concentrations of Vitamin K work decrease the venous condition that causes dark eye circles
  • Pigmentation – ascorbic acid works to reduce melanin pigmentation
  • Static Wrinkles/Movement Wrinkles – oat extracts for hydration and arginine for improving wrinkles
  • Puffiness – anti-inflammatory ingredients reduce swelling and soothe skin
  • Lightweight, fast absorbing texture is perfect for oily/combination skin
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Fragrance free
  • Paraben free

The major ingredients include Vitamin K1, an anti-inflammatory that helps reduce dark circles; acetyl hexapeptide-8, which is a cell-communicating peptide; ubiquinone CoQ10, which stimulates collagen production and heals UV damage; and ascorbic acid, a type of vitamin C that works as an antioxidant.

I use this eye gel morning and night and am very pleased with the results.  I prefer an eye cream over an eye gel, but the gel is certainly calming to the eye area and it minimizes puffy morning eyes.  I will keep using this in the a.m. and will probably switch to an eye cream for night.

MDSUN Intensive Eye Serum and Super Hydration B Serum

Overall, I am quite impressed with these two products.  The packaging is stellar and the product formulas are elegant with extremely effective ingredients.   I think this is a line to get excited about, and I can’t wait to try more of MDSUN Skincare.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Red wine and chocolate…and DermaQuest Stem Cell 3D Eye Lift

Recently I read an article featuring 20 different people who lived to be over 100 years old.  Each one was asked the secret to their longevity.  While one randy old guy said ‘lots of whiskey and wild women’, what really struck me was how many people said red wine and chocolate were staples in their diets.  I immediately thought of the eye cream I have been testing, sent to us by DermaquestStem Cell 3D Eye Lift ($78).

Dermaquest Eye Lift Stem Cell 3D

DermaQuest Stem Cell 3D Eye Lift

I love this!

I love this!

Right inside the box is the message, “Red wine, chocolate and this serum are all full of antioxidants.  Lucky you.”  Red wine and chocolate are most certainly enjoyable means of getting those antioxidants – might as well have enjoyable skin care, too!

DermaQuest is a spa skin care line that has been around since 1999.  They make professional and physician-only products, and are known for products featuring the latest in skin care technology.  They have a slew of products that feature botanical stem cell technology, including a facial cleanser, serum, tinted moisturizer, and body creme.

Dermaquest Stem Cell 3D Eye Lift

DermaQuest Stem Cell 3D Eye Lift

Dermaquest Stem Cell 3D Eye Lift

DermaQuest Stem Cell 3D Eye Lift

What I really like about this eye cream is it gives an instant lift, and who doesn’t like immediate gratification?  Even better, it keeps on working to ultimately give great results over time.  Eye Lift is a cross between a cream and a serum.  It’s a great morning eye cream because while it hydrates, it’s not heavy and doesn’t interfere with concealer or foundation application.

There are so many interesting ingredients in this elegant eye cream – just take a look at that list!! Botanical stem cells are some of the newer kids on the skin care block, and research suggests they are highly effective at reducing wrinkles and protecting skin from environmental damage. Another one of the main ingredients is capryllic/capric triglyceride, which is derived from coconut and is fantastic for repairing skin tissue.  Red algae is another antioxidant that also works as an emollient, making this eye cream nicely hydrating for the undereye area.

In the quest to be healthy and look younger, it seems that it pays to drink a little red wine and have a little chocolate every day.  It also pays to use a little eye cream – and DermaQuest Stem Cell 3D Eye Lift is a great option full of cutting-edge skin care ingredients.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

 Ingredients:  Water (Aqua), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Aleurites Moluccana Seed Oil, PPG-12/SMDI Copolymer, Algae Extract, Artemisia Vulgaris Extract, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Butylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Adenosine Triphosphate, Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Tremella Fuciformis Sporocarp Extract, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Sodium Hyaluronate, Carrageenan, Citric Acid, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Ergothioneine, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Methylglucoside Phosphate, Copper Lysinate/Prolinate, Porphyridium Polysaccharide , Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Tocopheryl Acetate, Pichia/Resveratrol Ferment Extract, Gardenia Jasminoides Meristem Cell Culture, Allantoin, Xanthan Gum, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Crithmum Maritimum Callus Culture Filtrate, Eryngium Maritimum Callus Culture Filtrate, Sodium Carboxymethyl Beta-Glucan, Disodium EDTA