Rodan + Fields Redefine Skin System and Acute Care #ExpressYourself

Rodan + Fields Redefine System

Rodan + Fields Redefine System

Welcome to the world of Rodan + Fields Redefine System and Redefine Acute Care. It’s been rocking my world lately along with a lot of bloggers. This was provided by the iFabbo shop and we are all raving about it.

Rodan + Fields Redefine Acute Care

Rodan + Fields Redefine Acute Care

My experience with Rodan + Fields goes back at least 5 years. Just before I began blogging on Beauty Info Zone I became a seller of Rodan + Fields skincare. I used it religiously for a year but decided to bow out of selling since that wasn’t part of my passion. I did have passion for the skincare and using it again reminded me why.

Rodan + Fields has several different regimens but I originally Acute Care was only available with Redefine. As much as I’m enjoying the Redefine System again, it’s the new Acute Care for Expression Lines that has won me over.

REDEFINE is the regimen for women with lines, pores and loss of firmness and comes with 4 products:

Rodan + Fields Redefine products

Rodan + Fields Redefine products

Refine Daily Cleansing Mask is your first step. This is both a cleanser and a mask. It’s truly gentle enough to use daily. Apply it to your face and let it sit for a few minutes. I like to use this just before my shower so that it’s easier to wash off. It never hardens completely so you don’t feel like your face is about to crack. It has gentle dimethicone microbeads that create the exfoliation along with kaolin clay. It gets my face sparkling clean and leaves no residue.

R + F Daily Cleansing Mask

R + F Daily Cleansing Mask

Next step is the Pore Minimizing Toner. This toner is what got me restarted using toner after skipping it for several years. I felt then and now that this helped to restore the pH balance to my face and got me ready for more skincare.

R + F Pore Minimizing Toner

R + F Pore Minimizing Toner

There are two moisturizers in the kit. Triple Defense Moisture with Broadspectrum SPF 30 is for daytime while Overnight Restorative Cream is obviously for night time use but they really are interchangeable. Both have a mild floral fragrance and are creamy to the touch. I don’t like fragranced products but Rodan + Fields has never bothered me. I also use a serum prior to applying these two products.

Redefine Triple Defense Treatment

Redefine Triple Defense Treatment

R + F Redefine moisturizer

R + F Redefine moisturizer

Now for the fun part and what sets Redefine apart from the crowd –  Acute Care for Expression Lines.

Acute Care for Expression Lines

Acute Care for Expression Lines

ACUTE CARE is a set of 10 packets with two pads in each. They are totally different than any eye mask or pad I’ve ever used. First you can use them wherever you have expression lines for example where you have crow’s feet or “smile” lines. Second, you leave them on for about 8 hours though the time is up to you. Use these 2 to 3 times per week for one month.

Acute Care for Expression Lines

Acute Care for Expression Lines

The first time I used them I made a big mistake and put them under my eyes. The skin there is far too delicate for this purpose and another type of treatment is better in that position. It was very uncomfortable under my eyes and I was questioning what I’d gotten myself into! I then began using them on my crow’s feet and oh my, what a difference they made. I chose to wear them on the days I was home all day or home for at least 8 hours and wasn’t wearing any cosmetics.

Rodan + Fields Acute Care

Rodan + Fields Acute Care

I attached these carefully at the sides of my eyes making sure that my eyelashes didn’t get in the way since I was usually working around the house. Once I had them in a comfortable place I ran my finger up and down to ‘seal’ them. As R+F tells us “REDEFINE ACUTE CARE™ smooths wrinkles with proprietary Liquid Cone Technology that melts line-defying peptides and hyaluronic acid directly into the wrinkle for a more youthful appearance.”

Wearing the Rodan + Fields Acute Care patch

Wearing the Rodan + Fields Acute Care patch

At first I could feel them on and the little cones inside felt like they were gently pricking my skin. Within a very short time though I barely noticed them on. I chose not to sleep in them because I don’t like taking a chance with my insomnia and I love my nighttime skincare and wanted to continue that.

When I removed these I noticed a little whiteness from the peptides and hyaluronic acid but washing my face with a soft cloth removed that right away. I really noticed the difference the next morning and it would last for a few days.

I happened to go to the dermatologist this week and I mentioned them to her. Even though her office does procedures like Botox and fillers she felt that these were a great product for many people, especially anyone with an eye disease like Myasthenia Gravis or someone on blood thinners. She listed a variety of people that she’d recommend Acute Care for so that really impressed me.

before (taken in January 2015)

before (taken in January 2015)

After Acute Care taken 2/22/15

After Acute Care taken 2/22/15

after Acute Care taken March 2015

after Acute Care taken 3/14/15

Both of these systems are ones I’d recommend (and no I don’t sell this anymore) but what I plan on buying are the Acute Care patches for Expression Lines. After using them for one month, it’s recommended that you wait 2-3 months and use them again if needed. They aren’t inexpensive ($220 for the box)  but this is something I’d like to continue.

Have you tried any Rodan + Fields products? Would you consider relieving yourself of expression lines?? — Marcia

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The fountain of youth? Nutriganics Drops of Youth Serum and Eye Concentrate from The Body Shop

Do you remember when you actually wanted to be older? When I was in my teens, there was no bigger compliment than someone thinking I was even one year older than my actual age. And if someone assumed I was in my twenties…now that was the ultimate! It’s certainly a different story now. I cringe at the thought of someone ‘guessing’ my age. Well, I suppose someone guessing my weight would be worse…but the age thing is definitely a bummer too.

It actually does exist!!

It actually does exist!!

The Body Shop has come a long way from its initial incarnation as a specialty body product store. Now it has a cadre of skin care items that promise a more youthful appearance. They recently sent two products from the Nutriganics line with names that would be right at home in Ponce de Leon’s shopping cart:  Drops of Youth Serum ($36) and Drops of Youth Eye Concentrate ($30).

The Body Shop Drops of Youth Serum

Drops of Youth is a serum housed in a glass jar with dropper applicator. It smooths the surface of skin, making fine lines look less noticeable.  In addition, the serum:

  • Helps enhance surface skin condition
  • Smooths skin
  • Instantly moisturizing
  • 99% of ingredients are of natural origin

There are some great ingredients that skin just loves, like aloe leaf juice plus lots of emollients and skin conditioning ingredients. However, it does contain alcohol as the second ingredient, which can be irritating to the skin, as well as fragrance. If you have sensitive skin, this may not be the fountain of youth for you.

The Body Shop Drops of Youth Eye Concentrate

The Body Shop’s answer to those pesky eye wrinkles is their Drops of Youth™ Eye Concentrate ($30), a eye serum with Edelweiss plant stem cells that smooths out wrinkles and reduces puffiness. I love the applicator, a ‘cooling’ roller ball pump that is easy to use and so soothing. This is a great eye serum that does three main things:

  • Smooths the appearance of lines around the eyes*
  • Appearance of eye bags seems reduced*
  • Eyes appear less tired*

It may not make wrinkles disappear, but it certainly feels great and makes me look younger. At my age, taking even one year off my appearance is a bonus!

You can find The Body Shop at most malls as well as online at http://www.thebodyshop-usa.com/ or http://www.thebodyshop.co.uk/.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Sublime Beauty Advanced Eye Gel, the Aging Younger one

Sublime Beauty®

AGE YOUNGER!

I love this tagline for Sublime Beauty. Yes I’d love to age younger and I’m sure that most of you above a certain number (ahem 40, 45, 50??) must be loving on that tagline too.

Sublime Beauty Advanced Eye Gel (site)

Sublime Beauty Advanced Eye Gel (site)

I also love the name of the Sublime Beauty eye gel that was sent for review: Face Whisperer® Advanced Eye Gel. This is just one product in their Face Whisperer line and is their newest product. The others are a Day Cream, Night Cream and Neck & Decollete Cream. All products that are Face Whisperer are meant to

1) Reduce Wrinkles
2) Boost Collagen
3) Moisturize & Hydrate
4) Soothe & Heal (including dark circles & bags under eyes)

Face Whisperer® Advanced Eye Gel

Face Whisperer® Advanced Eye Gel

The Face Whisperer® Advanced Eye Gel contains select ingredients like Matrixyl®, Eyeliss® and Haloxyl®. According to Sublime Beauty these wonder ingredients were created in France and are clinically tested.

The eye gel is recommended to be used twice a day to help with dark circles, bags and wrinkles. Here’s one of their before and after pictures:

from http://sublime-beauty.net/

from http://sublime-beauty.net/

What I like best about Sublime Beauty’s Advanced Eye Gel is the soothing coolness I get from this gel. When you first pump it out it looks watery. Don’t be fooled by that, it’s just that it’s lightweight. It uses these high powered ingredients to take away the negative and emphasize the positive. We all want younger looking eyes, we all want any discoloration under our eyes GONE, and we all want to reduce bags and wrinkles. Since Sublime Beauty’s Face Whisperer Advanced Eye Gel does all that then we all want this eye gel. Read more about it on Sublime Beauty’s website, then go to Amazon where they sell this for $42.99.

You too can Age Younger – I sure want that and this eye gel helps! — Marcia

*sent for review consideration

Ingredients:

Matrixyl® and Matrixyl 3000®, peptides that boost collagen production Haloyxl® developed in France to reduce dark circles and inflammation under eyes. Eyeliss® also developed in France, has four ingredients to reduce bags and puffiness under eyes.

Key ingredients: Matrixyl, Haloxyl and Eyeliss. Aqua, dimethicone, palmitoyl pentapetide-4 (Matrixyl), palmitoyl oligopeptide and palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7 (Haloxyl), hesperidin methyl chalcone and dipeptide-2 and palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7 (Eyeliss), acrylates copolymer, iodoproprynl butylcarbmate, phenoxy-ethanol, caprylyl glycol.

Catch EYES the Under Eye Treat and try to win

I’ve previously reviewed a product called Eyedews and it’s remained in my life for those days that I need help. Eyedews has now changed their name to EYES by ToGoSpa and come out with new products. The BIZ is going to be reviewing these this weekend but when this came across our desks and we found out that our readers would have another opportunity to win, well here we are with the news. Friday night there’s a special Twitter party and you can use the hashtag to be a winner. Put this on your calendar now!!

Tweet! Tweet! Beauty Treat!

The Under Eye Treat
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  As seen on the Today Show
  Tweet!  Tweet!  Hashtag #jensomnia!

Dear Beauty Insomniac,

Are you staying up late, getting no rest, sleep walking over the latest beauty and lifestyle trends and a fan of social media?  Join us for Jenny McCarthy’s #jensomnia, a sleepless social media Twitter party where Jenny stays up late night and gets social with her favorite peeps via Twitter!

It’s outrageous!  Jenny asks her Twitter followers to do some pretty ridiculous stuff and gives out great prizes, including the brand new celebrity-favorite @eyedews – a great new collagen-infused beauty treatment to ward off those tired puffy eyes and dark circles and keep you WIDE-EYED!

“I’m addicted to EYES by ToGoSpa. I’m not being paid to say it. They rock for under-eye bags and wrinkles,” Jenny McCarthy tweeted. 

The next #Jensomnia takes place on Friday, December 6th, 2013 at 11pmEST/8pmPST.  Winners will receive two sets of ToGoSpa’s EYES (that’s six treatments)!

So, get your beauty sleep now and be sure to stay up late to join us at the next  #Jensomnia party!  And please follow EYES by ToGoSpa at

Biobliss Anti-Wrinkle Patch for Eyes – a vacation in a package

You’ve read about Biobliss on Beauty Info Zone before but not much about the Biobliss Under Eye Patch, officially called BIOBLISS Anti-Wrinkle Patch for Eyes. The original Biobliss was a patch for your forehead that was compared to acting like topical botox. They’ve since added more products like this Under Eye Patch. I received a sample package of this for review and gave you a hint in my last Makeup Wars (Spa) article.

Biobliss Anti-Wrinkle Patch for Eyes

Biobliss Anti-Wrinkle Patch for Eyes

Biobliss Anti-Wrinkle Patch for Eyes

Biobliss Anti-Wrinkle Patch for Eyes

What’s so interesting to me about this Biobliss Anti-Wrinkle Patch is that it is a transdermal system that works in a similar way to a nicotine or estrogen patch. You activate the system by pressing on the circular button within the patch and it safely releases a micro-current with anti-aging ingredients deeper into the skin.

Biobliss Under Eye Patch

Biobliss Under Eye Patch

Biobliss Anti-Wrinkle Under Eye patch

Biobliss Anti-Wrinkle Under Eye patch

 

the back of the patches

the back of the patches

It’s not a wet system like many I’ve tried and it doesn’t dry down at all. The patch itself is sort of thick and at first I was sure it would be uncomfortable but I was quickly proven wrong. You place it under your eyes and press hard to seal the edges. I don’t know if I was supposed to press the circular button first but I didn’t. Once it was comfortable on my eyes I just pressed on the circle and went off to do my thing. I could comfortably wear my glasses and do just about anything I wanted around my house. You know they are on, they aren’t invisible and you can feel them. But they aren’t uncomfortable.

biobliss ingredients

Biobliss patches contain proven ingredients that are safe and effective. Without boring you here’s a little about each of these:

-Hyaluronan promotes collagen and enhances tissue repair. We naturally produce less of this as we age and our skin isn’t able to hold the same moisture. Being rich in hyaluronan the patch gently infuses it to enhance hydration.

-Peptides stimulate the layers in our skin to increase collagen synthesis. It helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

-Moroccan Argan fruit extract is the oil from the kernel of the Argan fruit tree. This too has wrinkle reducing effects and has demonstrated its skin tightening results.

-Vitamin B5 is a valuable antioxidant for your body. It’s naturally contained in many food items like eggs, nuts, whole grains, legumes and fish. But it can also be applied topically for absorption by the skin to promote moisture uptake and hydration.

biobliss on bothNow for my results!! If you read my Makeup Wars Spa Day review then you know this was part of my relaxing and wonderful day. The directions say that you can leave the Biobliss Anti-Wrinkle Patch on for 30 minutes but I was so relaxed that I left it on for almost an hour. Since they are one time use only I wanted to get the most out of this as possible. Plus my eyes had been puffy and I was eager to see how they’d help with that problem.

Here’s the before:

Before

Before

Here’s the after:

Right eye after

After

I noticed a big difference when looking in the mirror that entire day and the results lasted me for 3 days. Biobliss recommends using their serum after but I just put on my Fiafini eye cream and it felt wonderful. A set of 4 sells for $72 on the Biobliss website and ships for free. I did see a single sold for $22 on amazon.com if you wanted to try it out. The minute I start fretting about forehead wrinkles I’m going to get the Anti-Wrinkle Patch for Forehead. Have your own spa day and remember to use an eye mask like this Biobliss one. You’ll love how you look and feel! — Marcia

*pr sample sent for review consideration

 

Le Metier’s new Ultra Hydration Eye Mask Duo had us at first blink

le metier eye maskBeauty Info Zone is no stranger to Le Metier de Beaute. We’ve been in love with the brand since our first shopping foray at Neiman Marcus in Troy, Michigan. We were at the counter that day for absolutely hours and then we came back the following week to get our makeup done. When we learned about their newest product, ULTRA HYDRATION EYE MASK DUO, our hearts were racing. Happily, just before Beauty Week at Neiman, we were each sent a mask to try out.

These masks can be used just about anywhere. They stay in place so that you can go about your daily business. You can even exercise in them as you’ll soon see. You can wear them with or without makeup. They don’t disturb your makeup but boy do they make your eyes look fabulous after use. The sad news is that these are a one time use product, the happy news is that they really work.

Le Metier

Le Metier Ultra Hydration Eye Mask Duo

First, here’s what Neiman Marcus and Le Metier de Beaute have to tell us about these masks. Then Marcia and Lisa will tell you about their experiences.

Perfectly shaped translucent treatment patches help restore the delicate under eye area with an infusion of moisturizing actives. Featuring patented technology, the seaweed-based mask immediately cools, delivering tuned hydration to deeply quench and refresh tired skin. The perfect amount of moisture packed into one package, ideal for keeping under eyes refreshed and revived at home or on-the-go.

  • Translucent masks seal in one-way hydration to energize and brighten eyes.
  • Seaweed-base immediately delivers a cool, calming sensation with actives to soothe the delicate under eye area.
  • Individual sachets ideal for extended air travel, hotel stays, or boosting moisture after exercise.
  • Translucent patches deliver moisture discretely and effectively.

Marcia’s side:

I used my eye mask after a particularly sleepless night, one of tossing and turning. If the Le Metier de Beaute eye mask could work on refreshing me after a night like that I’d know they were a winner.  I was given some advice by a friend that works for Le Metier so even though it wasn’t in the directions she told me to put them in the refrigerator before using. From reading other people’s experiences with this mask duo I know it’s not necessary to do this but boy was it amazingly revitalizing.

inside

inside

These are so easy to apply, unlike many masks where I’ve had to fight to get them on properly. They felt cool (obviously) and surprisingly lightweight. You can go about your business without even realizing they are on. They are designed to be worn absolutely anywhere, I can picture using them on an airplane before landing so that you would look refreshed.

le metier eye mask ingredients

After my 15 minutes were up I removed the patches and patted the product that was left into my skin (also on the advice of the LMdB employee). My eyes looked refreshed and no one other than my husband (who I woke up half a dozen times during the night) had a clue that I had had a sleepless night.  — Marcia

Before

Before

After

After

 Lisa’s side:

I love eye masks because I very often wake up with puffy eyes. I don’t know if it’s because of the way I sleep, or maybe I don’t drink enough water, but it’s definitely more of a problem as I get older.

before

before with my very puffy eyes

I found these little eye masks to be pretty awesome. I didn’t put them in the refrigerator like Marcia did (Marcia, why didn’t you share that fabulous tip with me???) but they still felt extremely cool to the skin. They stick on very nicely.

whilst wearing!

whilst wearing!

I actually put these on, cleaned out my car, then then did some rebounding. A rebounder is a little trampoline that I have in my house – if I watch TV, I make myself jump on the rebounder during the commercials. This way I feel extremely virtuous as I watch RuPaul’s Drag Race or The Soup.

doing my eye mask didn't keep me from rebounding

doing my eye mask didn’t keep me from rebounding

I figured the eye masks would migrate down during my mini- exercise sessions, but they didn’t.  I had a small issue with some hairs sort of sticking, but I just put my hair up in a clip and that problem was solved.

after

after, much less puffy!

I wore my eye masks for about a half hour because I forgot they were on! Afterward, there was a truly noticeable difference. These eye masks work. – Lisa

Ultra Hydration Eye Masks are $150 for a box of 8 sets and would be the perfect item to buy during the upcoming Neiman Marcus Beauty week. Le Metier is doing a competition between bloggers and we’d really appreciate it if you’d tell the Neiman Marcus counter that Marcia or Lisa or Beauty Info Zone sent you. We hope to be able to do a giveaway too for our readers with Le Metier products. Please call or visit the Troy, MI store (248-643-3300 X2104 or X2106) and tell Venus we sent you. No matter where you look into these masks you’ll be doing yourself a favor by doing so, they are wonderful.

 

Algenist Eye Renewal Balm – desert island worthy

Algenist Eye Renewal Balm

Slowly but surely Algenist is creeping into my heart and pushing other skincare loves aside. This brand has become a favorite with its patented ingredient Alguronic Acid  ” Alguronic Acid®is the tradename for a never-before-seen biotechnology discovery from a team of scientists in San Francisco. Alguronic Acid is a powerful regenerative compound produced by a specific and unique strain of microalgae that functions to protect and regenerate the single-celled organism in the harshest environments and conditions on the planet.”

Algenist Eye Renewal Balm

I’m currently using the Algenist Eye Renewal Balm and finding it meets all my eye care needs. This fragrance-free balm is moisturizing yet never greasy. It sinks into my skin pretty quickly allowing me to apply concealer over it without a problem. I prefer to use this at night to give it time to work its magic. It makes my undereye area feel soft and I notice the lessening of fine lines and crow’s feet. I use it in the morning on the days that I really haven’t gotten much sleep since I need the extra benefit then of getting rid of the puffiness and dark circles that I wake up to.

Algenist Eye Renewal Balm jar

open

The Algenist Eye Renewal Balm has all sorts of wonderful goodies in it like advanced skin bioactives that include caffeine, vitamin C, cucumber extract as well as alguronic acid.

ingredients

It comes in a .5 oz jar for $65 and it’s worth every penny. Even using this for 2 months I’ve barely made a dent in it. I expect the jar to last me 6-8 months of nightly use.  I’ve purchased much more expensive eye creams/balms from LaMer, Chanel and Estee Lauder and they haven’t come close to the results I see using this Algenist Eye Renewal. I know that there is a lot of controversy about using products in jars but I don’t see how this could be packaged any other way. The balm is so thick and rich that you’d lose half of it squeezing it out of a tube. I either use a small plastic spatula or break off the fuzzy part of a q-tip to get the product out. I can clean the spatula off or just toss the q-tip when done so it isn’t contaminating the product.

Do yourself a favor and start to experience Algenist’s skincare line. I’m obviously not the only person to love this line. This year, Algenist was chosen as the recipient of the Rising Star Award during the QVC Customer Choice Beauty Awards. The Rising Star award honors a new vendor that has launched on QVC and had quickly gathered customer loyalty and support. I’ve got 4 products that I’m using all the time (Targeted Deep Wrinkle Minimizer, Ultra Lightweight UV Defense Fluid SPF 50, Overnight Restorative Cream and Eye Renewal Balm). Plus I even took this Eye Balm as one of my desert island products, it can get more HG than that!

I’d love to hear about other Algenist products you think I should try. I know there’s more room in my heart for them. — Marcia

 

Ingredients: Water/Eau (Aqua), Stearic Acid, Isopropyl Isostearate, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Pentylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cetearyl Alcohol, Undaria Pinnatifida Extract, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Algae Exopolysacharides, Alaria Esculenta Extract, Bambusa Vulgaris (Bamboo) Leaf/Stem Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caffeine, Tetrapeptide-21, Dipeptide-2, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Malus Domestica Fruit (Apple) Cell Culture Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Leaf Extract, Glucosamine HCL, Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract, Inula Crithmoide Extract, Phospholipids, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Chrysin, Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone, Lecithin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Steareth-20, Ceteareth-20, Butylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Aminomethyl Propanol, Potassium Sorbate, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol.

*pr sample