What do you change for winter? Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare review

It’s Makeup Wars Monday and our topic this week is changing from Fall to Winter. I know I could include clothes, shoes/boots, handbags but this is MAKEUP WARS after all so I’m going to tell you about the skincare I’ve got in my arsenal for winter.

Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare

Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare

Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare has my vote for a great winter brand. I’ve previously shared with you my feelings about Close Up Instant Wrinkle Reducer & Treatment, Complete Clarity Daily Facial Exfoliating Polish, and Recapture Day + IR Defense Anti-Aging Day Treatment. The love for this line keeps on growing. After I’d been using the Day Cream I was sent Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Recapture 360 Night Anti-Aging Night Treatment and later Refocus Eye + IR Defense Serum Infusion Eye Treatment which just intensify my feelings for the Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare products.

I used Recapture 360 Night Anti-Aging Night Treatment often during the late summer and early fall and each time I used it I knew that this was going to be perfect for winter.

Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Recapture Day w/SPF 30 and Recapture 360 Night Anti-aging Treatment

Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Recapture Day w/SPF 30 and Recapture 360 Night Anti-aging Treatment

Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Recapture Day w/SPF 30 and Recapture 360 Night Anti-aging Treatment

Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Recapture Day w/SPF 30 and Recapture 360 Night Anti-aging Treatment

Both the Recapture Day + IR Defense Cream and Recapture 360 Night Treatment have a richness to them that is undeniable. Especially at night when I’m usually less rushed and can devote more time to my skincare routine I notice how wonderful Recapture 360 Night Anti-Aging Night Treatment feels. I love massaging it into my skin. I’ve put it aside though after using it for a month because I know how badly my skin will crave these products once it’s truly winter in Michigan. But every once in a while I sneak it out to get rid of the dry spots that will reappear on my skin.

Christie Brinkley Recapture 360 Night

Christie Brinkley Recapture 360 Night

Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Recapture 360 Night Anti-Aging Night Treatment is 360 degrees different from Recapture Day Cream. This night treatment works with your skin’s circadian cycle. When you are resting it works to repair the effects of aging as well as repairs sun damage. It is a fierce fighter against wrinkles so that your skin can appear more firm, smooth and elastic. It contains a bio-copper complex that works to increase your cell’s energy so that you can look like Christie Brinkley – or at least her skin. While you are sleeping the bio-copper complex is working to support the renewal of your skin.

Top: Christie Brinkley Recapture Day + IR Defense.  Bottom: Recapture 360 Night.

Top: Christie Brinkley Recapture Day + IR Defense. Bottom: Recapture 360 Night.

The longer you use these treatments, the more your skin will respond. I think these two can easily be used all year round but with winter approaching, I want to switch back to these luxurious creams.

In addition to the two daily treatments I’ve used Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Refocus Eye + IR Defense Serum Infusion Eye Treatment. I am a junkie when it comes to eye creams and serums and can’t get enough of them and I feel honored to have this to use.

Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Refocus Eye + IR Defense Serum Infusion Eye Treatment

Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Refocus Eye + IR Defense Serum Infusion Eye Treatment

Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Refocus Eye + IR Defense Serum Infusion Eye Treatment

Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Refocus Eye + IR Defense Serum Infusion Eye Treatment

Refocus Eye + IR Defense Serum Infusion Eye Treatment also uses the Bio-Copper Complex that’s vital in the Night Treatment. Since this is a serum it’s not as rich feeling as a cream would be but that doesn’t mean it’s not as effective. I’ve realized in the last few months that a serum is wonderful for the fragile skin that surrounds your eyes. As you age you need more help rejuvenating the appearance of your skin. People notice your eye area right away and if that looks revitalized with fewer lines and a brighter appearance then you in turn look younger. I could go on and on about the ingredients that are used to create this award winning line but my experience is why you read these reviews and I’m telling you that I notice all the things I mentioned.

All three products are available at HSN.com, Kohls, and beauty.com. On October 29th Christie Brinkley will be on HSN live to discuss her line. In conjunction with that we’ll have a giveaway for one of these three products but you’ll have to read about it on Tuesday October 27th. I know you’ll want to enter. Who wouldn’t want the chance to find ideal winter skincare? — Marcia

Join the other Makeup Wars bloggers to see how they change for winter. I hope for their sake they don’t have the harshness that we have in the Midwest.


*sent for editorial consideration
“Bio Copper Complex is a proprietary blend of advanced plant extracts, amino acids and copper. The Bio-Copper Complex is designed to feed the skin a powerful cocktail of ingredients needed to naturally build collagen and elastin peptides, helping to firm, smooth, increase elasticity and reduce wrinkles.”

Total luxury and results with ERA Ageless eye cream and serum (and a fab giveaway)

era ageless logo

ERA AGELESS has the tag line “Defy Aging, Naturally” which sums up their philosophy in 3 small yet accurate words. There are more than 3 words though that describe this line.

ORGANIC is the first one that comes to mind. ERA Ageless wants to help us reverse signs of aging without chemicals and preservatives. This is a cruelty-free line that uses responsibly wildcrafted herbs and is holistically balanced.

LUXURY is the second word to describe the line. This is an expensive line, there’s no getting around that, but once you start using it it’s easy to see why. It’s not often that we splurge on ourselves the way we deserve but to the two of us at Beauty Info Zone the place to splurge is on our skincare. We’ve each got one face and we want it to last youthfully for our entire life.

HEALING also describes ERA Ageless since it aids in the skin’s natural healing process by supplementing the production of collagen, elastin and essential oils that start fading away with age. Ingredients like Jojoba Seel Oil and Rose Hips promote regeneration of healthy skin cells. This is combined with a Liposome complex that restores the skins natural protective layer, promoting the production of collagen.

PREVENTATIVE is the key word since that’s why we use luxury products like the many that ERA Ageless produce. We want to slow down the process of aging and the best way to do that is without harsh chemicals.

ERA Ageless Firm & Lift Eye Cream and Firm & Lift Eye Serum

ERA Ageless Firm & Lift Eye Cream and Firm & Lift Eye Serum

We were sent several products to test out and happily one of our readers will be able to test out many of these amazing products too.

MARCIA’S EYES:

ERA AGELESS FIRM & LIFT EYE SERUM ($399.99) is the first line of defense for your eyes. ERA tests products for years before bringing them to their salon and the public. This Eye Serum is like wrapping your eyes in silk. It’s amazing to apply. It softens my undereye area and makes my skin incredibly soft. I find this to be wonderfully hydrating.

ERA Ageless Firm & Lift Eye Serum

ERA Ageless Firm & Lift Eye Serum

On ERA’s website it mostly talks about dark circles using this Eye Serum but it also helps to combat the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and puffiness along with dark circles. ERA Ageless Eye Serum helps boost cell renewal as well as helps to firm the sensitive eye area. This is a product I always hope to have in my arsenal. There are times that ERA has specials called Product of the Month and as soon as I find this as a product of the month, I’ll replenish.

ERA Ageless Firm & Lift Eye Serum ingredients

ERA Ageless Firm & Lift Eye Serum ingredients

LISA’S EYES:

ERA AGELESS FIRM AND LIFT EYE CREAM ($399.99) This is a really, really beautiful eye cream. It comes in a large container for an eye product – 1.02 ounces. As with any jar, always be sure to use the little plastic scooper instead of your fingers to take out the eye cream. Scoop out a tiny, tiny bit…I can’t believe how little is needed for the under eye area. I always have a little left over for any other wrinkle prone area on my face, plus this eye cream is designed to be used on the eyelid and under the brow bone. It sounds strange, but if you have oily eyelids and use eyeshadow primer this eye cream will save you! Over time, eyeshadow primer will make eyelids become sort of scaly and dry-looking. ERA Ageless Firm and Lift Eye Cream keeps lids looking gorgeous and helps application and wear of eyeshadow.

ERA Ageless Eye Cream

ERA Ageless Firm and Lift Eye Cream

Inside ERA Ageless Eye Cream

Inside ERA Ageless Firm and Lift  Eye Cream

This beautiful eye cream won the Best in Beauty 2015 Award, which doesn’t surprise me at all. ERA Ageless Firm and Lift Eye Cream is excellent for combating under eye darkness, and it also tackles fine lines and puffiness. Ingredients include thermo-mineral water, restorative natural flora, and organic oat extract. All of this combined makes for a delightfully light but powerful eye cream that I seriously wish I could just take a bath in…if you can afford such luxury, I say go for it.

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: TWO US subscribers will win the  ERA AGELESS STARTER KIT  ($149.99) which is the perfect way to learn about the ERA Ageless Line. Inside you’ll find Firm & Lift Eye Serum, Firm & Lift Eye Cream, Concentrated Age Defence Facial Serum, Intensive Age Defying Moisture Cream, Complete Renew & Recharge Elastin & Beta Carotene Mask, and the Repair & Restore Facial Peeling Gel. (Lisa will be reviewing the Repair & Restore Facial Peeling Gel in a future article).

ERA Ageless Starter Kit

ERA Ageless Starter Kit

ERA Ageless Starter Kit

ERA Ageless Starter Kit

This kit is going to be a wonderful introduction to ERA Ageless. Right now on their website with any $250 purchase this will be sent to you too. The giveaway is open to US only and will end on 10/12/15 at 11:59 pm EST. If comments close you can email us at beautyinfozone@gmail.com with your comment (label it ERA) and continue on. This hasn’t happened in a long time but better safe than sorry.
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*sent for consideration, Starter Kit will be sent by ERA Ageless

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

*received for editorial consideration

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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

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