VENeffect is anti-aging skincare at its fragrance free best

VENeffect

VENeffect

I will never understand why some cosmetic products are so highly fragranced. I do know that there’s a wide audience for lines like the French ones that have fragrance added but I don’t really get the draw. So many people (like MOI) have negative reactions to the added fragrance. Many can be a skin irritant if you have sensitive skin or rosacea.

When VENeffect offered their skincare line I was thrilled to say yes. I’ve tried several products from them and not only loved them but love the fact that I didn’t have to worry about fragrance. I’m so happy to welcome these back into my life again.veneffectThings to know about VENeffect:

  • The line was created by sisters (Dr. Rebecca Booth and Cecil Booth) who are both in the wellness business.
  • They discovered that women are affected by hormonal aging yet there was little in the way of solutions for it.
  • The Booth sisters created VENeffect as their breakthough anti-aging solution to reverse the signs of hormonal aging. Their goal – to restore skin to peak hormonal vitality.
  • VENeffect is the “only anti-aging skin care line formulated with a unique and powerful blend of 100% natural phytoestrogens to enhance collagen and improve elasticity in skin.”
  • VENeffect is hypoallergenic, synthetic fragrance free, gluten free, and paraben free. Made in the USA.

I’ve been using 3 VENeffect products while my blog partner Lisa has been using several others. Between the two of us you’ll be learning a lot about why we’re so impressed with these skincare wonders. Today you get me, Marcia.

VENeffect Pore Minimizing Cleanser

VENeffect Pore Minimizing Cleanser (veneffect.com)

VENeffect Pore Minimizing Cleanser (veneffect.com)

First they got me with the name since anything that will minimize my pores is wanted in my life. I used to have extremely oily skin. As I’ve aged my skin has become normal to dry but my pores still plague me.

VENeffect Pore Minimizing Cleanser

VENeffect Pore Minimizing Cleanser

The ingredients in this gel cleanser are what makes it a hit for me.

  • Willow bark helps minimize the appearance of pores, removes excess sebum, and fights shine
  • Phytoestrogens, including soy and pomegranate, enhance luminosity
  • Pomegranate enzymes remove dead skin cells, revealing healthy skin
  • Cucumber and grapefruit extracts refresh and renew
VENeffect Pore Minimizing Cleanser

VENeffect Pore Minimizing Cleanser

The cleanser lathers nicely yet never makes my skin feel taut. Sadly I have to use a razor on my upper lip to remove the hair that should be on my eyebrows. I find this to be a perfect shave cream for my face since there’s no irritation and the razor just glides along. It’s too expensive to use anywhere else but it’s my face that I’m most concerned about.

VENeffect Anti-Aging Intensive Moisturizer is a luxury I am absolutely savoring.

VENeffect Anti-Aging Intensive Moisturizer

VENeffect Anti-Aging Intensive Moisturizer

This anti-aging moisturizer is a fragrance free delight to use. It’s as light as whipped cream and just as rich. It feels so marvelous on my skin. In the morning I use a serum first, then apply VENeffect Anti-Aging Intensive Moisturizer, and then a sunscreen. In the evening I use 1 or 2 serums and then this moisturizer. My face looks luminous and feels soft and hydrated. I can’t begin to tell you how much this has done for my skin.

VENeffect Anti-Aging Intensive Moisturizer

VENeffect Anti-Aging Intensive Moisturizer

VENeffect Anti-Aging Intensive Moisturizer

VENeffect Anti-Aging Intensive Moisturizer

It’s loaded with peptides, protein, and nourishing ingredients. With weather getting warmer it’s the perfect texture.

  • Enhances skin’s elasticity
  • Phytoestrogens are known to boost collagen production
  • Promotes hyaluronic acid production, the building block of dewy young skin
  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Brightens and evens out skin tone
  • Restores skin to the healthy glow of peak vitality
    VENeffect Anti-Aging Intensive Moisturizer

    VENeffect Anti-Aging Intensive Moisturizer

    VENeffect Anti-Aging Eye Treatment is the perfect finish to my trio. I am an adamant eye cream user and am willing to spend whatever it takes to have ones I love.

    VENeffect Anti-Aging Eye Treatment

    VENeffect Anti-Aging Eye Treatment

    When you find out that this eye treatment works to target fine lines, crow feet, and wrinkles you’ll see you need to try this for yourself.

    VENeffect Anti-Aging Eye Treatment

    VENeffect Anti-Aging Eye Treatment

     

    Ingredients include Resveratrol, Antioxidants, Dimethicone, Biotin, Peptides, Vitamin E, Aloe Vera. This helps firm your undereye area and replenish the moisture around your eyes. Since your undereyes have the thinnest skin on your face you want to treat them with loving care.

    VENeffect Anti-Aging Eye Treatment

    VENeffect Anti-Aging Eye Treatment

    This doesn’t interfere with my makeup at all. I let it sit for a few minutes as I’m doing my eyes and then I’m ready to go with soft smoother and brighter skin under my eyes. At night I’m using a caffeine serum from The Ordinary first and then VENeffect Anti-Aging Eye Treatment and they work beautifully together.

VENeffect Pore Minimizing Cleanser, Anti-Aging Intensive Moisturizer, Eye Treatment

VENeffect Pore Minimizing Cleanser, Anti-Aging Intensive Moisturizer, Eye Treatment

I am happy to recommend this luxury line. The products help me hide my age from the masses and feel good about how my skin looks and feels. Fragrance be gone, long live VENeffect.  —  Marcia

*sent for consideration

 

 

 

 

 

What to buy to get a Trend Week Selfie GWP from Kleraderm? Ysaline Antiwrinkle Cream!

Kleraderm

It’s still Trend Week at Nordstrom in Michigan and Kleraderm has those amazing Selfie Kits as gifts with purchase – so what to purchase? I can tell you what I bought – yet another jar of Ysaline Antiwrinkle Cream ($175). I started using this fabulous moisturizer about 8 years ago and I have been buying it over and over ever since.

Ysaline Antiwrinkle Cream is loaded with omega 3-6-9 fatty acids that rush back to skin’s surface and sort of iron the skin from the inside out. Ysaline Antiwrinkle Cream is like a mystery to me and I make Joanne Recchia, the owner, explain it to me every time I get a facial from her. It has 27 active enzymes, and while it has those Omega 3-6-9 fatty acids to help fill fine lines and wrinkles, Ysaline Cream has no moisturizing properties! Instead it is an intense treatment of Omegas and hyaluronic acids that travel down to the second and third layers of the derma, releasing omega and filling fine lines and wrinkles. Ultimately, that means that the results are immediate and very impressive.

Kleraderm Ysaline CreamKleraderm Ysaline Cream

Now is the time to try out Ysaline Antiwrinkle Cream because the Nordstrom in the Detroit area has their Trend Show with specials from so many beauty lines!  You don’t need to be there get the goods, either. Kleraderm is offering the adorably clever Selfie Kits as gifts with purchase. There are two different ones from which to choose:

Kleraderm SelfieAmber + Argon Kit includes:

Amber + Argon 10ml Serum

Amber + Argon Face Cream 30ml

Nourishing Make Up Remover Gel full size

or

Kleraderm SelfieHydrating Kit includes: 

Collagen + Elastin Serum 10ml

Collasin Cream 30ml

Nourishing Make Up Remover Gel full size

The Trend Event is happening now through May 21. Customers can call either Nordstrom Michigan stores at Somerset or Partridge Creek to place orders. Sales staff will be happy to answer your questions about products or your skin!  – Lisa
Somerset (248) 816-5100 ext 1422 ask for Adam or Lina.
Partridge (586) 203-4300 ext 1050 ask for Denise.

*item reviewed purchased and repurchased many times by me.

Hanging with Joanne from Kleraderm after a fabulous Kleraderm facial

Hanging with Joanne from Kleraderm after a fabulous Kleraderm facial

Drugstore find alert: Aquation Gentle Moisturizing Cleanser and Gentle Moisturizing Cream

Aquation Gentle Moisturizing Cleanser and Gentle Moisturizing Cream

I used to be such a skin care snob. I would never, ever use any drugstore skin care. Blogging has cured me of my narrow-minded ways…well, blogging and excellent drug store lines like Aquation.  Aquation has fantastic products at even better prices. You can find this line at Amazon, Meijer, and Walmart, and it’s one you want to be on the lookout for because you just can’t beat the value and the quality.

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Aquation Gentle Moisturizing CleanserThe Aquation Moisturizing Cleanser (16 0z. $8) is a super gentle, excellent fragrance-free cleanser for very sensitive and very dry skin. I have confused skin – sometimes it’s pretty dry, other times it’s as oily as a teenager, but whatever the mood it seems to love this cleanser. It leaves skin cleansed and hydrated. It removes makeup easily, even eye makeup without stinging eyes.

Aquation Gentle Moisturizing Cream

Aquation Gentle Moisturizing Cream

Aquation Gentle Moisturizing Cream

The Aquation Gentle Moisturizing Cream (16 0z. for $22) is a terrific, super rich moisturizer that works wonders on very dry skin. If you have cracked skin or suffer from eczema, I would recommend checking out this fragrance-free jar of loveliness. It’s great on rashes and itchy skin. Slather some on and it works for a good 24 hours, with ingredients including ceramides, hyaluronic acid, and marine algae. While it’s very rich, it isn’t greasy. This big tub is a big home run!

Don’t be a skincare snob – be a skincare smarty pants and get yourself these excellent products from Aquation. You are going to love them and your skin is is going to love them even more.  – Lisa

*samples, affiliate links

Gentle Moisturizing Cleanser Ingredients:  Water, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Sorbitol, Lecithin, Xanthan Gum, Iron Oxides, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Ceramide NP, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Oleic Acid, Ceramide AP, Phytosphingosine, Cholesterol, Carbomer, Ceramide EOP, Caprylyl Glycol, Glyceryl Caprylate, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Polysorbate 20, Polyglyceryl-3 Laurate, Potassium Phosphate, Dipotassium Phosphate, Phenylpropanol, Potassium Sorbate, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin

Gentle Moisturizing Cream Ingredients:  Water, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetyl Alcohol, Sorbitol, Lecithin, Xanthan Gum, Iron Oxides, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Ceramide NP, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Oleic Acid, Ceramide AP, Phytosphingosine, Cholesterol, Carbomer, Ceramide EOP, Caprylyl Glycol, Glyceryl Caprylate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Dimethicone, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Polyglyceryl-3 Laurate, Potassium Phosphate, Dipotassium Phosphate, Phenylpropanol, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin

Sweet dreams with a trio of Sleep Masks

sleep masks

Nighty night, sleep tight, don’t let the bedbugs bite.bug2 carcabin.comThis week Makeup Wars has decided to share our favorites when it comes to sleeping. I’ve received three products that fit this category although I’ve actually had more over the last year. Aveeno Positively Radiant Overnight Hydrating Facial Moisturizer, Miss Spa Overnight Gel Masque Moisturizing, and Woda Celebrity 24Karat Gold Mask are coming your way to help you beautify while getting a good night’s sleep.

Aveeno Positively Radiant Overnight Hydrating Facial Moisturizer

Aveeno Positively Radiant Overnight Hydrating Facial Moisturizer

Aveeno Positively Radiant Overnight Hydrating Facial Moisturizer
($14.99) is my bargain pick. This 1.7 oz jar will last you for months if used 2-3 times per week as recommended. This is used in place of your moisturizer/night cream.

Aveeno Positively Radiant Overnight Hydrating Facial Moisturizer

Aveeno Positively Radiant Overnight Hydrating Facial Moisturizer

As with all Aveeno Positively Radiant skincare products this uses Active Naturals Total Soy Complex which works to deeply hydrate and nourish skin.

Aveeno Positively Radiant Overnight Hydrating Facial Moisturizer

Aveeno Positively Radiant Overnight Hydrating Facial Moisturizer

This overnight facial is oil free and non-greasy. You don’t need to rinse it off until morning. It’s also hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic. Aveeno’s Positively Radiant line works to target 5 factors of radiance – tone, texture, dullness, blotchiness, and brown spots. I find this to be deeply hydrating for my skin.

Miss Spa Overnight Gel Masque

Miss Spa Overnight Gel Masque

Miss Spa Overnight Gel Masque ($8.00) is another bargain buy at about $2.60 per use. I really love using this and highly recommend this. It’s a fragrance free gel that is infused with Adenosine and Papaya. If you have very dry skin then you need this. It’s very watery so at first you’d think that it’s not moisturizing but I wake up with completely refreshed skin and notice a difference in the hydration on my face.

Miss Spa Overnight Gel Masque

Miss Spa Overnight Gel Masque

There’s no doubt why the biggest word on the package is Moisturizing! You apply the mask to your face and neck and massage it gently onto your skin. You want it as absorbed as possible. Done! That’s all it takes. Leave it on the entire night and you’ll wake up revitalized. Both Target and Ulta carry Miss Spa masks though at the moment I don’t see this online though they could be in stores. Miss Spa has it on their website and that makes it worthwhile to shop there.

WODA Celebrity 24 Karat Gold Mask

WODA Celebrity 24 Karat Gold Mask

WODA CELEBRITY 24 KARAT GOLD MASK is my luxury buy. I just reviewed this in full so here’s a smidgen of that. I really enjoy using this mask and seeing the results on my skin. I’m just using it one night a week though it’s so gentle that I could easily use it more often. I’m just trying to savor it.

WODA Celebrity 24 Karat Gold Mask

WODA Celebrity 24 Karat Gold Mask

The 24 Karat Gold Mask’s name comes from the fact that it’s infused with 24 karat gold. The gold works as a powerful antioxidant to fight signs of aging. I’m part of that battle as are many of you. It contains a potent dose of Vitamin C to help lighten hyperpigmentation.

WODA Celebrity 24 Karat Gold Mask

WODA Celebrity 24 Karat Gold Mask

WODA Celebrity 24 Karat Gold Mask is part mask and part moisturizer. Directions tell you to apply a rich layer on your face, neck, and decollate. Let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes. It dries down but not all the way. It remains moist on your skin but not quite as moist as when you applied it. Do not wash it off though. Instead gently remove any excess with a dry cloth (I use a muslin cloth) and pat the remainder onto your skin.

me™ GLOW beauty boosting eye mask

me™ GLOW beauty boosting eye mask

Let me put in a plug for Me Glow Beauty Boosting Eye Mask which is totally unlike these other masks since it’s an actual mask. You wear it all night (or as long as you can) to help soften the lines around your eyes. When I was using this more regularly I found it helped me with the darkness under my eyes.

Now that you see what’s in bed with me (beside my hubby and dog and the bed bugs) what do you use? I’m eager to see what my fellow Makeup Wars bloggers have in their arsenal.  —  Marcia

*sent for consideration


Kypris Pot of Shade- skincare plus protection

Krypis Pot of Shade

Krypis Pot of Shade

I’d like to introduce my good friend Phyllis who has volunteered to write some reviews for Beauty Info Zone. Phyllis is one friend who really understands my obsessions. She’s changing all her skincare to natural and organic products and has a new philosophy about what she’s willing to use on her face. Her philosophy of buying lipsticks galore hasn’t changed though and hopefully I can get her to share some of her favorites with us. Today Phyllis is sharing her love of Krypis Pot of Shade so be prepared to fall in love yourself.  –  Marcia

Krypis Pot of Shade

Krypis Pot of Shade

As you can see, my pot of Krypis Pot of Shade is very well loved. I’ve been using it non-stop for over a month. I know it’s expensive at $68 but this Krypis cream is a 3-in-1 product. It’s a moisturizer, sunscreen (full spectrum SPF30) and a makeup primer.  Although it’s $68 US, I look at it this way- I’m really spending $23 for each benefit and saving room on my shelf.  Instead of three products, I only need one.

The Detox Market says: KYPRIS Beauty is a luxurious line of holistic, high-performance skincare boasting organic, wildcrafted and sustainably grown ingredients for gorgeous results and a beauty-full experience. All formulations are 100% natural and nature-derived, scented and preserved with essential oils and plant extracts, packaged in glass and never tested on animals. KYPRIS delivers a plethora of nourishing phytonutrients and the best of green science for luminous, petal-soft skin to enhance the luscious experience of being you.

Krypis Pot of Shade

Krypis Pot of Shade

According to the Kypris website:  Pot of Shade Heliotropic “A multifunctional, translucent veil of non-nano, broad spectrum SPF 30 and moisturizing botanicals to prime skin for daily radiance.

Here are the benefits of Pot of Shade Heliotropic: Offers gentle, yet effective protection from UVA and UVB * Enhances skin to appear more plump, smooth, and luminous * Non whitening * Plays well with other KYPRIS skin care and makeup * Free from essential oils to accommodate reactive, sensitive skin,  Calming, soothing, non-irritating”

There are many natural ingredients that are combined to make this cream stand out.

ZINC Non nano, non-irritating, sustainably sourced zinc for broad spectrum SPF 30 protection against sun damage.

SWEET IRIS STEM CELLS Enhance the skin to appear more plump, smooth, and luminous.

TAMANU An organic, co-op grown seed oil imparts a beautiful glow.

CHAPARRAL One of Earth’s oldest living plants yields a wildcrafted extract rich in botanical wisdom and lignans that impart an antioxidant-like effect.

SUNFLOWER These local, organic heliotropes deliver a wealth of fatty acids and beta carotene.

PROBIOTICS for deliciously hydrated skin.

SEA ALGAEA burst of soothing hydration for soft, supple skin as you bask in the Beauty of your days…potofshadeKrypis Pot of Shade cream has a gel-like texture that melts smoothly into my skin. I never look greasy or oily after application. It layers beautifully both over serums and under makeup. Its pale blue tint gives me a wonderful luminous and brightening effect and its light scent dissipates after a few seconds. Let’s not forget the importance of a good full spectrum spf30 which is all the protection I really need. I think (and you know we skincare enthusiasts are a fickle bunch) this could be Holy Grail status.

Kudos to Kypris for a Kick-ass Kream.

Krypis is available on their website and at The Detox Market.

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IT Cosmetics makes me happy AND confident. Confidence in a Cream, Confidence in a Compact, and Skin Soothing Complexion Brush

It CosmeticsLately I have been using a great combination of products that have made my skin super happy…which then helps my confidence in general.  My trio includes IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream, Confidence in a Compact, and the Skin Smoothing Complexion Brush.

IT Cosmetics 2IT Cosmetics sent me a whole slew of shades of the Confidence in a Compact, as well as the cream and brush, which is what got me onto my quest for confidence.  Here’s some general info and what I find works so well for me.

IT Cosmetics Confidence in a CreamIT Cosmetics Confidence in a CreamConfidence in a Cream™ is a day and night moisturizer that seems to do everything. It moisturizes thirsty skin, giving it a nice glow; it tackles skin texture and leaves it feeling smooth; it evens out skin tone; it reduces the look of pores.

What’s inside to help create all of these skin miracles is a little something IT Cosmetics calls their Anti-Aging Armour Regenerative Concentrate.Anti-Aging Armour Regenerative Concentrate, which includes collagen, hyaluronic acid, peptides, ceramides, antioxidants and colloidal oatmeal. I love the texture of this incredible mix of ingredients. It’s thick and fluffy and it feels decadent when applied. It does have a scent that I can’t quite put my finger on…I don’t particularly like it, but it’s light and it dissipates quickly.

I find that when I use this in the morning (and I never forget to also apply this liberally to my décolleté) I don’t need a primer, especially when I use the Confidence in a Compact as my foundation.

Confidence in a Compact™ with SPF 50+

Confidence in a Compact™ with SPF 50+ in Fair

Confidence in a Compact™ with SPF 50+ in Fair

Confidence in a Compact™ with SPF 50+ in Medium

Confidence in a Compact™ with SPF 50+ in Medium

Confidence in a Compact™ with SPF 50+ in Medium

Confidence in a Compact™ with SPF 50+ in Medium

Confidence in a Compact™ with SPF 50+ is a solid serum foundation that provides all the benefits of the Confidence in a Cream Moisturizer with a full coverage foundation. Plus, it has full sun protections with SPF 50+ UVA/UVB physical sunscreen.

This serum/foundation comes in seven different shades:
  • Fair: porcelain skin; fairest of the fair
  • Light: if you have a bit more warmth to your skin
  • Medium: light to medium skintones
  • Medium Tan: if you have a warm or golden-medium skintone
  • Tan: tan skintones
  • Rich: tan to rich skin with golden tones
  • Deep: rich to deep skin with a warmer tones

There is a learning curve with this foundation.  At first I was using way too much, and it settled into my fine lines and wrinkles.  This is such a rich foundation that you only need a small amount.  Start with a tiny bit and then build from there.  The right amount buffed in properly gives me incredibly glowy skin with an even skin tone.  To buff it in, I use my third find from IT Cosmetics – the Skin-Smoothing Complexion Brush.

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Skin Skin-Smoothing Complexion Brush

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Skin Skin-Smoothing Complexion Brush

IT Cosmetics Skin Smoothing Complexion Brush

This brush is wonderfully soft, but it has enough density to keep it firm.  The cut is excellent – it buffs the foundation into every nook and cranny, hugging the contours of your face so the end result is darn close to an airbrushed look.  The foundation compact comes with a sponge, but I recommend using the Skin-Smoothing Complexion Brush for the absolute best results.

I am loving these three complexion confidence boosters from IT Cosmetics — what are some of your favorites?  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Beating the winter dry skin blues with Korres Greek Yoghurt Sleeping Facial

Korres Greek Yoghurt Sleeping FacialI can’t tell you how much dry skin drives me CRAZY. The older I get, the worse it gets…the dry patches, the itchiness, and then to make matters worse – the occasional break out. Ugh. I want plump, hydrated skin that isn’t flaky and doesn’t emphasize wrinkles and fine lines. Korres sent me a beautiful ‘sleeping’ facial mask that has all the hydration my poor stressed out skin needs – the Greek Yoghurt Advanced Nourishing Sleeping Facial ($45).

Korres Greek Yoghurt MaskA sleeping facial is a hydrating mask that you apply after cleansing and treatments at night. It’s like a very serious moisturizer that sinks in all night long, providing a huge dose of vitamins and hydration to dry, thirsty skin. The Greek Yoghurt Advanced Nourishing Sleeping Facial is a thick, fluffy moisturizer that has a yoghurt base, which is incredibly soothing to skin. It also has tons of vitamins C and E, great antioxidants that work wonders overnight. Added moisturizers include jojoba oil, aloe, beeswax, and hyaluronic acid. I slather this on at night and it doesn’t look like a mask – it soaks right in – but it continues to work as I sleep, and I see a big difference the mornings after I use this.

This has a light fragrance that might bother some, but I find that is dissipates quickly. I totally love what it does for my skin, and in addition to my face and neck I have been putting it on my hands. I can’t tell you how amazing it is to wake up to soft, hydrated, younger looking skin — who doesn’t want that??

I highly recommend the Korres Greek Yoghurt Advanced Nourishing Sleeping Facial for beating the winter skin blues. You can find it at high end department stores and online at Sephora.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial considerationKorres Greek Yoghurt Mask Ingredients