Cleaning up from head to toe with Murad and Kneipp

Murad Pore Extractor Pomegranate Mask and Kneipp Sugar Body Scrub

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I’ve never been to a real spa, have you? I make my own spa days though at home with all the wonderful products that are available. As a matter of fact over the weekend I cleansed from head to toe and included Murad Pore Extractor Pomegrante Mask and Kneipp Sugar Body Scrub. I felt like a million with clean hair from Keune (review upcoming) and my soft face and body.

Murad Pore Extractor Pomegranate Mask

I love when I have extra time in the mornings so that I can apply the Murad Pore Extractor Pomegranate Mask. It takes just 10 minutes and feels so comfortable once on. Once in the shower after the 10 minutes I massage it onto my skin so that I’m exfoliating with the mask too.

Murad Pore Extractor Pomegranate Mask

I’ve always said that my pores are my nemesis. As a teen I had terrible blackheads and very oily skin. As an adult I have neither but I have remnants of those days with my enlarged pores. This Murad clay mask has really helped with making my pores appear smaller.

Murad Pore Extractor Pomegranate Mask

Murad Pore Extractor Pomegranate Mask

The mask features intensive ingredients that work together to give you visible results in just one use:

  • Volcanic Clay acts as a magnet to help extract impurities and excess oil
  • Pomegranate Extract promotes glowing skin for visibly refined pores, while strengthening and rejuvenating the top layer of skin.
  • Lactic Acid polishing beads serve as an exfoliate, lifting away dirt, debris and dead skin cells that have clogged pores throughout the day.

My skin feels smoother for a few days after using this and then it’s time for me to hop in the shower and use it again! There is the teeniest fragrance. I have to stick my nose into the jar to smell anything. Being so sensitive to fragrance I can assure you if it doesn’t bother me, your’re not going to notice it at all. This is available at both Ulta and Sephora. There’s a reason it’s subtitled Pore Rescue – you’ll love it but your pores won’t.

Kneipp Sugar Body Scrub

While the jar just says Sugar Body Scrub this Kneipp delight is in actuality Almond Milk & Almond Oil Sugar Body Scrub. And it is a delight. This is a scrub I’ve been reaching for again and again. The scent of almond is one of my favorites and this has just a whiff of it. The fragrance isn’t strong or overwhelming at all.

Kneipp Almond Milk & Almond Oil Sugar Body Scrub

Kneipp calls this “Soft Skin Indulgence” as you’ll end up with the softest skin that’s conveniently moisturized at the same time. I don’t need a body lotion after using this scrub since it leaves my skin with a hint of oil to keep it soft. This body scrub even contains true ingredients of almond blossom.

Kneipp Almond Milk & Almond Oil Sugar Body Scrub

I absolutely can’t wait until my new shower is installed so that I’ll have a bench to sit on and be able to massage this onto my entire body more easily. Kneipp’s Almond Milk & Almond Oil Sugar Scrub is a very affordable luxury that is great for all 4 seasons.

Make your own spa day with Murad and Kneipp. Any products you get from them are wonderful and of course I think these two are tops.  —  Marcia

 

Murad ingredient list: Water/Aqua/Eau, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Bentonite, Butylene Glycol, Jojoba Esters, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Polylactic Acid, Sodium Palmamphoacetate, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Kaolin, Methyl Gluceth-20, Lithium Magnesium Sodium Silicate, Polysorbate 20, Punica Granatum Extract, Schinus Molle Extract, Acacia Concinna Fruit Extract, Balanites Aegyptiaca Fruit Extract, Gypsophila Paniculata Root Extract, Urea, Yeast Amino Acids, Trehalose, Inositol, Taurine, Betaine, Xanthan Gum, Propanediol, Disodium Carboxyethyl Siliconate, Citric Acid, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum), Benzyl Salicylate, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamal, Amyl Cinnamal, Red Lake 40 (CI 16035).

Kneipp Ingredients: SUCROSE, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS HYBRID OIL, PRUNUS AMYGDALUS DULCIS (SWEET ALMOND) OIL, PRUNUS AMYGDALUS DULCIS (SWEET ALMOND) FRUIT EXTRACT, SINE ADIPE LAC, CITRUS AURANTIUM DULCIS (ORANGE) PEEL OIL, CITRUS AURANTIUM BERGAMIA (BERGAMOT) FRUIT OIL, GUAIACUM OFFICINALE WOOD OIL, LAVANDULA HYBRIDA OIL, POGOSTEMON CABLIN OIL, LIMONENE, LINALOOL, COUMARIN, PARFUM (FRAGRANCE), CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, PHENYLPROPANOL, GLYCERIN, AQUA (WATER), TOCOPHEROL. Note: this product is cruelty free but not vegan. It’s made without animal testing, parabens, silicone oils and preservatives.

3 sunscreens you don’t want to miss from Hint, Murad, and NIA24

Nia24 Sun Damage Prevention, Hint Sunscreen Sprays, Murad City Skin Age Defense

Nia24 Sun Damage Prevention, Hint Sunscreen Sprays, Murad City Skin Age Defense

It’s really truly the season that you can’t go without sun protection. We talk about it all year but many of us are bundled up with our fall and winter clothes so only our faces seem to need protection. But now that it’s summer I won’t let you get away with that. You need to protect yourself everywhere and that’s what this week’s Makeup Wars is all about. You’ll learn from me and the others what our favorites are. I’m thrilled with my trio of sunscreens and hope these become choices of yours too.  —  Marcia

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Murad City Skin Age Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50|PA++++ Mineral Sunscreen

Murad City Skin Age Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50|PA++++ Mineral Sunscreen

Starting with my face since I never go without sunscreen protection on my face! I’m currently using Murad City Skin Age Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50|PA++++ Mineral Sunscreen and truly enjoying it. I started using this Murad SPF the day I received it and haven’t stopped at all. This lightweight, fragrance free sunscreen has a pearlescent look to it that leaves my skin looking dewy.

Murad City Skin Age Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50|PA++++ Mineral Sunscreen

Murad City Skin Age Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50|PA++++ Mineral Sunscreen

I’ve used it with half a dozen foundations and it always plays nicely. No balling up which can be a problem with other sunscreens I’ve used. This has a slightly peachy tone to it that brightens skin if you don’t want to apply foundation over it.

Murad City Skin Age Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50|PA++++ Mineral Sunscreen

Murad City Skin Age Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50|PA++++ Mineral Sunscreen

Murad City Skin Age Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50|PA++++ Mineral Sunscreen

Murad City Skin Age Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50|PA++++ Mineral Sunscreen

Prior to this I was using Supergoop but I always winced a little with the texture and smell. Not happening with Murad City Skin Age Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50|PA++++ Mineral Sunscreen. It’s perfect for my skin and I’m so happy to have discovered it.

NIA24 Sun Damage Prevention Broad Spectrum SPF30 100% Mineral Sunscreen may have a very long name but that’s okay once you learn all the benefits of this one.

NIA24 Sun Damage Prevention Broad Spectrum SPF30 100% Mineral Sunscreen

NIA24 Sun Damage Prevention Broad Spectrum SPF30 100% Mineral Sunscreen

NIA24 Sun Damage Prevention Broad Spectrum SPF30 100% Mineral Sunscreen

NIA24 Sun Damage Prevention Broad Spectrum SPF30 100% Mineral Sunscreen

While I’ve used this NIA24 Sunscreen on my face I don’t use it on the days I’m applying foundation. It’s a thick white cream that I need to blend especially well so that it doesn’t appear white on my face. This one is perfect for my grandkid playdates when I’m out and about with them. Even though the SPF is 30 compared to Murad’s 50, it just feels like it’s protecting me especially well.

NIA24 Sun Damage Prevention Broad Spectrum SPF30 100% Mineral Sunscreen

NIA24 Sun Damage Prevention Broad Spectrum SPF30 100% Mineral Sunscreen

What makes the NIA24 Sun Damage Prevention Broad Spectrum SPF30 100% Mineral Sunscreen unique is the 5% Niacin it contains. Other key ingredients are 7.5% Homosalate, 5% Octisalate, 3% Avobenzone, 2.6% Octocrylene, Mango Butter, Ceramides, and Antioxidants.

NIA24 Sun Damage Prevention Broad Spectrum SPF30 100% Mineral Sunscreen active ingredients

NIA24 Sun Damage Prevention Broad Spectrum SPF30 100% Mineral Sunscreen active ingredients

I love this on my arms too since they finally have become uncovered and need extra protection. I’ve developed some sunspots and feel this is really helping protect me from gaining more.

HINT SUNSCREEN SPRAY is a new product created by the people who make Hint Water. It’s so innovative and smells so delicious!

Hint Sunscreen Spray

Hint Sunscreen Spray

Hint Sunscreen Spray comes in 3 fragrances and are a delight to use. I was sent this in Pineapple and Grapefruit and as soon as these are finished I’ll be ordering the Pear. That’s how great these are. While it can be used on your face by spraying it into your hands and applying it that way, I like it on my body. And then I like to smell my arms all day long.

Hint Sunscreen Spray Pineapple

Hint Sunscreen Spray Pineapple

With broad-spectrum SPF 30 protection and easy 360° spray-on application, our hydrating, skin-quenching sunscreen is water resistant for 80 minutes. Employing Bag-on-Valve (BOV) technology, our innovative spray uses only compressed air, eliminating propellant chemicals, providing uniform coverage, and offering extra-fast drying time. Plus, it’s oxybenzone- and paraben-free—a delicious, radiant glow, delivered with only the good stuff.

Hint Sunscreen Spray Grapefruit

Hint Sunscreen Spray Grapefruit

These are made with the essence of the fragrances. You’ll forget about that “sunscreen smell” that we often complain about. Even your kids won’t complain about the smell of Hint. The fragrance isn’t strong and it’s very true to life plus the spray isn’t sticky in the least. In my experience they haven’t attracted bugs but they do attract people.

I’m so happy to have the chance to share these with you but even more to be using them myself. All are living up to my expectations and I’m sure yours too.


Top Ten Sunscreens for 2015 – eyes, lips, body and face

Welcome to the 2015 version of favorite sunscreens. I’ve done both a Makeup Wars in 2013 on favorites and a Top Ten Tuesday in 2014. You’ll see some products that remain the same and some new ones. We can’t forget any part of our body and I didn’t want to forget children since I go through more sunscreen for them than I do for myself. — Marcia
1435625486_1115290AVEENO® Natural Protection Lotion Sunscreen with Broad Spectrum SPF 50  A lot of Aveeno products have fragrance so when I am sent one that is fragrance free I’m over the moon. I find myself using this for my body all the time. It’s $10.99 but I often find coupons or specials for it. This has become a staple for both my husband and myself.
1435625420_serum_510x600SUPERGOOP CITY SERUM is the one I want for my face. I buy this every summer. This is fragrance free and gentle on my skin. It wears really well under foundation and provides anti-aging benefits and SPF 30.
1435625218_eyecream_510x600SUPERGOOP ADVANCED AGING EYE CREAM* is another product that was on last year’s list. This SPF 37 sunscreen is a great undereye protectant. The applicator makes it easy to apply and is cooling at the same time. Supergoop is really a top notch brand.
1435625098_murad-invisiblur-300x259MURAD INVISIBLUR PERFECTING SHIELD* isn’t a sunscreen per se but with SPF 30 it’s great under foundation. It gives a totally clear sunscreen protection while also blurring imperfections. There are many days I use this and not an additional SPF protect.
1435625029_algenist-tmALGENIST REPAIRING TINT RADIANCE MOISTURIZER with SPF 30* is one of the foundations that I’ve been using a lot lately. Recently a friend blogged about it and how it totally changed her skin so out it came again. I’d forgotten just how wonderful it was. It comes in 4 shades and I wear it in Light. I love getting amazing skincare benefits along with hiding my redness and sunspots.
1435624971_6062_lg_1LATHER BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 15 LIP BALM is what I discovered after I started using the Lather Tinted Lip Balms. I like the spearmint the best but it’s great to try the 3 pack with citrus, spearmint and unscented since I need lip balm in every purse or pocket.
1435624891_balmfamily_510x6001SUPERGOOP FUSION LIP BALM SPF 30 is the one I like when I’m at the pool or splashpad with my babies. Even though I try not to be in direct sunlight, they love it. This squeeze tube comes in 2 flavors (mint and acai) with mint being my fave.
1435624812_1115092 AVEENO® Baby Natural Protection Lotion Sunscreen with Broad Spectrum SPF 50* is one of my main sunscreen for the kids. My granddaughter is 20 months old and she adores running around after her brother outside. I need sunscreen for them and this Aveeno is a pleasure to use. She doesn’t squirm when I apply it on her and it spreads easily. Bright sun or overcast days still need sunscreen and this is a great reasonably priced alternative.
1435624755_broad_spectrum_spf50_mineral_sunscreen_2015MUSTELA BROAD SPECTRUM MINERAL SPF 50 SUNSCREEN* is new to me and from the minute it arrived I knew it was perfect for my two little loves. This has both UVA and UVB protection in a mineral base and no fragrance.
1435624704_broad_spectrum_spf50_sun_stick.jpg.pagespeed.ce.dats3hfv_sMUSTELA BROAD SPECTRUM MINERAL SUNSCREEN STICK with SPF 50* is the one I let my grandson use. He loves rubbing the stick on himself and I finally have a way of applying sunscreen on him without a big struggle. Of course I sneak the Mustela lotion on the parts of his body he can’t reach. This is a win-win situation.


* denotes sent for editorial consideration, some products have been personal purchases and repurchases. I am an Aveeno ambassador.

Makeup Wars Favorite New Product – my pick Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield

Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield

Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield

Makeup Wars has decided to feature a favorite new product. I actually have three but I’m narrowing it down to just one very special one: Murad Invisblur Perfecting Shield. This primer is everything to me and I’m thrilled to use it daily and choose this as my special feature. Mine came from Beauty Brands* which is a wonderful website that I discovered when a blogger mentioned a sale they were having. I love sales and specials and I find that Beauty Brands always has something going on. They carry lines that are both established like MURAD and independent ones.

Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield

Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield

My blog partner Lisa is all about primers and I’m all about serums but I’d heard so many wonderful things about Murad Invisblur Perfecting Shield that I just couldn’t wait to use it. Once I got it I realized it’s much more than a primer. It’s a moisturizer, sunscreen, anti-aging treatment and blurring product wrapped up into one fabulous product.

Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield

Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield

The texture of Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 30/PA+++ is what makes this unique for me. It’s gel like and feels soothing on my skin. I find I need the smallest amount of it to cover my entire face. I can use this over a serum or without one, I can use this under moisturizer or use it as my moisturizing product. It’s designed to promote total skin perfection. It’s even wonderful for those days we are running around without foundation because it provides so many benefits as well as protective ingredients (see below).

Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield

Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield

One of the reasons I didn’t use primers that much previously is that I found too many of them balled up when I’d put on BB/CC Cream or foundation. There’s never a problem with that with Murad Invisiblur. Plus it makes my foundation last so much longer. Since I’ve been using this (just under 1 month) I don’t have to touch up foundation ever. I can put on my makeup in the morning and other than touching up blush, lips or eyeliner I’m done.

Invisiblur is gluten free and non-comedogenic. For me one of the main benefits is that it helps blur the large pores on my face. I work hard to keep those to a minimum and Invisiblur works hard to make them look like they aren’t there. There’s never a greasy feeling plus I don’t have to wait for it to set before applying anything else. murad invisiblur box backIf you want a touch of luxury that takes the place of at least 3 products in your morning routine, then Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 30/PA+++ is the answer to your dreams, just like it is to mine. — Marcia

Now let’s see what products rock the world for my friends

Ingredient information

Mushroom Peptides: Fight visible signs of aging to help restore youthful-looking firmness, elasticity, and skin resilience.
-Soft-focus Complex: Smooths skin and blurs imperfections for improved tone and texture to create an ideal canvas for makeup application.
-Barley, Sunflower, and Cucumber Extracts: Enhance skin’s ability to retain moisture.

Isododecane, Dimethicone/Bis-Isobutyl PPG-20 Crosspolymer, Caprylyl Methicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Phenyl Trimethicone, Homosalate, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Octocrylene, Diethylhexyl 2, 6- Naphthalate, Propylene Glycol Dicaprate, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Hydrogenated Soybean Polyglycerides, C15-23 Alkane, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Cake, Ribes Nigrum (Black Currant) Seed Extract, Octyldodecanol, Octyldodecyl Oleate, PEG -8 Dimethicone, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Alcohol, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract*, Butylene Glycol, Lentinus Edodes (Shiitake Mushroom) Extract, Mucor Miehei Extract, Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, Ascorbic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Silica, Sodium Propoxyhydroxypropyl Thiosulfate Silica, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Solidago Virgaurea (Goldenrod) Extract, Benzyl Benzoate, Citral,Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldhyde, Limonene, Linalool, Fragrance

*provided by Beauty Brands for review consideration 

Murad’s Hydrate for Hope raises funds for BCA

With October being Breast Cancer Awareness month you are going to be seeing a lot of articles on blogs about products that are helping out in this fight to help us. One company in particular, Murad, wants to not just concentrate on BCA but also the other cancers that affect us all. Because of that they are working with City of Hope, one of the country’s leading cancer and life-threatening disease research programs.

Murad has created a set called Hydrate for Hope. The Hydrate for Hope set locks in optimal moisture levels for 8 hours* and includes one 1.7 ounce jar of Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture, an all-purpose moisturizer that soothes and infuses skin with long-lasting hydration along with one 0.12 ounce jar of Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture for eyes, a specially formulated eye moisturizer that firms and awakens the eye area. The set includes a pink polka-dot makeup bag and retails for $49.50 (a $79 value).

This is the second year that Murad has teamed up with this wonderful organization to help provide funds to help bring us a step closer to cures for these diseases. If you live near a Murad Inclusive Health Spa they are donating 10% of all sales to City of Hope too. This is just one more of the many things they will be doing.

“One in three women will be diagnosed with cancer in her lifetime. City of Hope’s Women’s Cancers Program conducts innovative research to provide effective interventions for women with breast and gynecological cancers, and prevention of disease among women at risk,” said Joanne Mortimer, M.D., director of City of Hope’s Women’s Cancers Program. “We are grateful for the funding we have received through Murad’s Hydrate for Hope program. Murad’s generous support enables us to provide a continuum of care – from research to risk assessment, prevention, treatment, education and survivorship.”

A video has been created to help us understand the importance of City of Hope and we hope you’ll watch it.

The Hydrate for Hope set will be available at Sephora.com as well as other Murad outlets. Beauty Info Zone is always happy to recommend products from Murad. This is a great value for a wonderful cause that affects us all in one way or the other.

Here’s some information from Murad about the benefits of the products in this bag:

Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture:

  • Locks in optimal moisture levels for 8 hours**
  • Gentle enough for sensitive skin
  • Quenches skin to create a more youthful, hydrated complexion
  • Collagen Support Complex boosts resilience and plumps dehydrated skin
  • Avocado, Sunflower and Olive Fruit Oils enhance skin’s ability to retain maximum levels of hydration
  • Retinyl Palmitate and Shea Butter improve texture and tone while restoring natural smoothness and softness

 

Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture for eyes:

  • Osmolyte technology helps maintain critical water balance for more youthful-looking skin
  • A peptide blend, based on natural elastin, awakens eyes by improving skin firmness
  • Collagen Support Complex and Hyaluronic Acid boost skin’s resilience and smoothes the appearance of fine lines
  • Immediately hydrates to firm and awaken eye area
  • Maintains optimal moisture levels for 8 hours**

 

nothing to disclose, photos courtesy of Murad.

The deals keep coming – more offers to share

They just keep coming…. More sales and specials from our favorite brands. Check out our reviews of these items for ideas.

It Cosmetics: 35% off any purchase. Enter code FF35 at checkout. We weren’t given an expiration date but don’t wait. Beauty Info Zone adores It Cosmetics!!

Josie Maran: 25% off any purchase. Enter code GIVEBACK at checkout. Expires November 28.

June Jacobs reminder: 40% off any purchase. Enter code BIGSALE11 at checkout. Expires November 28.

Elizabeth Arden has two specials. A) With any $40 purchase receive free shipping and a free nine piece gift valued at $122. Gift includes mini sizes of Prevage Face Serum, Prevage Day SPF 30,Prevage Night Ceramide Lash Extending Treatment Mascara in Black, Pure Finish Mineral Bronzing Powder in Medium , Ceramide Ultra Lipstick in Coral (full size), All Gone Eye and Lip Makeup Remover (1.7 oz), a Kabuki Brush, and a Signature Gold cosmetic bag. Enter code BLKFRIDAY40 at checkout. Expires November 30 or while supplies last. B) With any $55 purchase receive free shipping and a free eleven piece gift. Gift includes mini sizes of Prevage Face Serum , Prevage Day SPF 30, Prevage Night , Ceramide Lash Extending Treatment Mascara in Black,  Pure Finish Mineral Bronzing Powder in Medium , Ceramide Ultra Lipstick in Coral (full size), All Gone Eye and Lip Makeup Remover (1.7 oz), a Kabuki Brush, Ceramide Gold Capsules deluxe sample, a large red tote, and a Signature Gold cosmetic bag. Enter code BLKFRIDAY55 at checkout. Expires November 27 or while supplies last.

WHISH: 30% off any purchase. Enter code holiday11 at checkout. Expires November 27

BUTTER LONDON: 30% off any purchase. Enter code CELEBRATE11 at checkout. Expires November 30.

MURAD: $25 off any $100 purchase. Enter code BLACKFRIDAY at checkout. Expires November 30.

SUPER by DR. PERRICONE.: $25 off any $100 purchase plus you get free shipping. Enter code JOYOFGIVING at checkout. Expires November 28.

THREE CUSTOM COLORS: Cyber Monday internet only. 30% off Monday only using the code CYBER11.

SENNA COSMETICS: Through Monday, November 28th Senna is 20% off. If you spend $50 you’ll also get free shipping. No code is needed.

VAPOUR ORGANIC BEAUTY: 30% off through Monday, Nov. 28th using the code blackfriday.

ANNMARIE GIANNI SKIN CARE: We’re a little late for Black Friday but there are still discounts through November 28th. You’ll get 15% off. The bonus is that you’ll also be giving a donation through AnnMarie. What I’m also going to do – all weekend long – we are donating an additional 5% of every purchase to a cause that is very close to my heart – the GMO labeling initiative (www.LabelGMOs.org). Use the coupon code BLACK5.

Mad about Murad

Murad, the skincare line founded by renowned New York dermatologist Dr. Howard Murad, has long been a favorite of mine because they offer results-based products with little or no fragrance (you may recall that overly scented products to be used on the face are a particular pet peeve of mine, because of my sensitivity and allergies). I have been using various Murad products for years and have been a very satisfied customer. Recently, I tried some items in the Murad line that I am very happy with.


Beauty Info Zone’s own marvelous Marcia gave a rave to Murad Hybrids Eye Lift Illuminator, and, since I trust her judgment, I was dying to give this new product a try. It’s a lilac tinted undereye product that I apply over eye cream and under concealer. It really makes the skin under my eyes look smoother and less crepey, and the color lightens up the blue in my dark circles.  As Marcia mentioned, it comes in a click pen that does not release too much product all at once, so you’re not wasting any. You only need a teeny tiny bit, truly. I am very happy with the improved look this product gives my aging eye area.

I am also currently using 2 serums by Murad in my skin care routine. During the day, I like Active Radiance Serum ($89). This is a repair product that makes my skin look brighter and smoother upon application.

Here’s the info from the murad.com website:

“This clinically proven, environmental aging treatment protects and repairs skin with a remarkable new Vitamin C technology that delivers 50 times the free radical neutralizing power of prior generations. This unique formula provides superior all-day protection against environmental aggressors that assault skin every day. Active Radiance Serum helps to restore tone and smooth texture and is clinically proven to improve skin firmness by up to 63% in just 15 minutes.

Additional features and ingredients:

Resilient-C Complex™ maximizes collagen production and skin brightening while providing all-day free radical protection

Ectoin jump starts the cellular defense system by helping cells resist drastic environmental stresses including UV exposure and chemical aggressors

AHAs and Myrtle Extract encourage new cell growth and help boost cell vitality”

My favorite fact about this product is that it is NOT IRRITATING.  I have tried many Vitamin C-based products in the past and found them much too harsh for my sensitive skin. Active Radiance Serum feels soothing, not stinging. I let it set for a few minutes before applying my sunscreen/moisturizer on top.

My choice at night is Murad’s Sensitive Skin Soothing Serum ($49.50). It contains Hyaluronic Acid and Glycolipids to attract moisture, Chamomile and Allantoin to soothe, and Lecithin to improve skin’s barrier function. I apply this at night after cleansing and before moisturizing.  Sometimes, after a long day of cold weather outside, and heat inside, I swear I can almost hear my face give a sigh of relief after I apply it. It’s very soothing and comforting when applied, and works well with any moisturizer on top of it. If I’m having a ‘bad rosacea’ day, the Sensitive Skin Soothing serum mellows my skin right out.


Visit murad.com for more info on these and other wonderful products they offer. You can also locate the line at Sephora, ULTA and skinstore.com.

May you and your skin have a wonderful, restful Sunday! — Guest review for Beauty Info Zone

Disclosure: Items in this review were provided to guest blogger for PR consideration.