Give your skin a daily dose with Painted Earth Vitamin C Serum

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Have you hopped onto the Vitamin C skin care train yet?  There are so many reasons why a good Vitamin C product should be part of your routine.  When packaged properly, topically applied Vitamin C increases collagen production, reduces skin discolorations, strengthens and repairs skin, reduces inflammation, and protects the skin from sun exposure.   I love what Vitamin C does for my skin so I was happy to test the Vitamin C Serum ($95) from Painted Earth.  I was even more intrigued when I saw the Vitamin C in this serum is in a concentrated base of pure vegan hyaluronic acid.

Painted Earth Vitamin C Serum

Painted Earth Vitamin C Serum

Actually, the entire ingredient list is quite impressive.  The vegan hyaluronic acid boosts skins moisture content and reduces inflammation.  Ferulic Acid is a potent antioxidant that also protects the skin from sun damage, and Vitamin E is an excellent antioxidant.  The combination of Vitamin C, Ferulic Acid, and Vitamin E is pretty amazing.  According to Painted Earth, the Vitamin C Serum provides “50 times the free radical neutralizing power of prior generations and up to eight- fold antioxidant protection, ninety-six percent reduction of sunburn cells, and prevention of the formation of free radicals in sun exposed skin.”  This is a very elegant formula that definitely produces results.

Painted Earth Vitamin C Serum

Painted Earth Vitamin C Serum

Just take a look at all the things this serum can do for you:

*Improves skin radiance and clarity.
*Stimulates collagen production.
*Jump starts cellular defenses.
*Helps extend cellular vitality.
*Promotes new cell growth.
*For Photo-aged or Photo-damaged skin.
*Repairs Hyper-pigmentation.
*Reduces fine lines and wrinkles.
*Protects against UV-induced erythema, free radical formation, and cellular damage.
***With 11% Hyaluronic Acid

I can’t come up with a single skin care woe the Vitamin C Serum doesn’t address!

Painted Earth Vitamin C Serum

Painted Earth Vitamin C Serum

The Vitamin C Serum is quite thin for a serum – it comes out in drops that are very liquid, and three or four drops cover the face, neck, and chest.  The serum is in an amber glass jar that protects it from excess light with a dropper applicator. The packaging is good…it would be excellent if it were an airless pump to also protect the active ingredients from exposure to air, which can reduce the effectiveness of the ingredients.

Other than a slight improvement in packaging, I have nothing but raves for Painted Earth Vitamin C Serum.  If you are looking to add some Vitamin C to your skin care routine, this is a great option.  The triple threat of Vitamin C, Ferulic Acid, and Vitamin E in a hyaluronic acid base is about as advanced as skin care gets.  Go ahead, visit the Painted Earth website and hop on the Vitamin C train.  - Lisa

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Ingredients: Organic Herbal Infusion, Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf (Aloe), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide (botanical hyaluronic acid), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel), d-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), (2s)-2-Amino-5-guanidinopentanoic Acid, Ferulic Acid, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Oil), Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin.
**20% Vitamin C
**11% Hyaluronic Acid content

Be good to your skin with Eco Beauty Be Good Skin Care

I’ve adored the La Fresh line (they feature different types of portable beauty wipes for travel) for years.  The Sunscreen Wipes, Makeup Remover Wipes, and Lens & Screen Cleaning Wipes have saved me more times that I can begin to count.  So when La Fresh contacted the BIZ offering samples of their new anti-aging skin care line called Eco Beauty Be Good, I was very interested.  The concept behind this skin care line is “to make chic, effective products that are good for your skin while being conscientious about the environment.”

Eco Beauty good day. day moisturizer and good night. night cream

Eco Beauty good day. day moisturizer and good night. night cream

Hello Lip Treat

Hello Lip Treat

The Eco-Beauty Be Good packaging definitely had me at ‘Hello’.  Inside each box is an inspirational saying:

Eco Beauty:  The best is yet to come.

Eco Beauty: The best is yet to come.

Eco Beauty:  Good things are going to happen.

Eco Beauty: Good things are going to happen.

I just love this!  And since I tested a daytime moisturizer and a night moisturizer, it was a wonderfully positive way to begin and end every day.

love the messaging on the boxes and jars!

love the messaging on the boxes and jars!

Good Day. Day Moisturizer ($40) has a whole slew of ingredients that moisturize and repair skin, including peptides, hyaluronic acid, natural cucumber, aloe, antioxidant panthenol (vitamin B), and vitamins C and E.

Eco Beauty good day Day Moisturizer

Eco Beauty good day Day Moisturizer

This is what a good day looks like

This is what a good day looks like

This creamy moisturizer comes in a jar, so resist sticking fingers in to get product.  Even hands you think are squeaky clean can have lingering bacteria, and that last thing you want is to contaminate your moisturizer.  Use a little spatula of some sort to scoop out what you need.  I have been known to break the nails off a nail wheel to use as a makeshift spatula.  Good Day, Day Cream is a thick, fragrance-free moisturizer that hydrates and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  It does not have sunscreen, so you’ll want a separate product for that.  This moisturizer improves collagen production, so skin looks fresh and younger.

Good Night. Night Cream ($40) is an evening moisturizer that has great anti-aging ingredients like peptides and hyaluronic acid, along with the mega-hydration of natural shea butter and skin healing aloe.

Eco Beauty good night. Night Cream

Eco Beauty good night. Night Cream

this is what a good night looks like

this is what a good night looks like

Again, this is a jar, so don’t give into temptation and keep those fingers outta there!  Good Night, Night Cream is thicker than Good Day, Day Moisturizer.  It has no discernible fragrance.  While it has some similar ingredients as the day cream for fighting wrinkles, this provides powerful hydration that is best for combination or dry skin.  I have combination skin, so I pat this on my dry areas (cheeks and forehead) at night for powerful plumping action.

Hello. Lips Treat ($10) is a lip balm that moisturizes and plumps lips with oligopeptides, shea butter, and cocoa butter.  It also has an oil blend of sweet almond, jojoba, peppermint and cinnamon oils.  Most lips will love this, but the peppermint and cinnamon can be a skin irritant for some.

hello soft, smooth lips!

hello soft, smooth lips!

The ogliopeptides are awesome for supporting collagen production, so regular use of this lip balm can make lips more full and lush.

I love the message from La Fresh – besides using Eco-Beauty products, they recommend that you ‘exercise modestly, drink plenty of water, eat healthy meals, sleep enough hours, hug often & smile more.’  It just doesn’t get any better than that.

Other products available in the Eco-Beauty Be Good line include Good Start. Face Serum, Good Bye. Face Cleansing Wipes, and Good Times. Facial Treatment Cloth Masks. All Eco-Beauty Be Good products are free of parabens, sulfates, triclosan, dyes, PEGs, artificial fragrances and animal byproducts. Be good to your skin and the environment and take a look at Eco-Beauty Be Good!  - Lisa

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Getting intense with Kate Somerville Quench Hydrating Face Serum

You know how the motto for real estate is ‘location, location, location’?  I think the motto for awesome skin is ‘hydration, hydration, hydration’!  The fabulous Kate Somerville sent us her best-selling Quench Hydrating Face Serum (1 fl.oz $75), and intense hydration quickly ensued.

Kate Somerville Quench Hydrating Serum

Kate Somerville Quench Hydrating Serum

Every time I use this serum (which is twice a day, morning and night) I sing that Cher song in my head…If I could turn back time...  I really do feel like I am turning back the clock and finding younger looking skin.  Quench Hydrating Serum is retinol based, and it does amazing things:

  • HSC Complex is designed to deliver intense hydration, while counteracting environmental stressors.
  • An intense form of Vitamin A helps to promote healthier-looking skin and return skin to its youthful appearance by boosting the skin renewal process.
  • Lipids—the key to younger-looking skin—are included to help improve elasticity and firmness.
Quench Hydrating Face Serum

Quench Hydrating Face Serum

The silicone-based serum sinks in quickly and leaves my skin so soft and moisturized, it’s positively luxurious.  It is fantastic on the neck and decolletage for a silky, satiny appearance that looks terrific.  The packaging couldn’t be better.  An airless pump keeps all those antioxidants and cell-communicating ingredients stable and effective, plus it has a see-through strip on the side so you can see how much product is left.  To top off the awesomeness, the serum is fragrance-free.

great packagin includes a way to see how much product is left

great packaging includes a way to see how much product is left

Quench Hydrating Serum swatch

Quench Hydrating Serum swatch

Kate Somerville Quench Hydrating Serum is one of the best serums I have ever tested.  This is intense stuff that really works.  Add this to your skin care routine and start living large with hydration, hydration, hydration!  - Lisa

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Ingredients:  Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Dimethiconol, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Cyclomethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Ethylhexyl Cocoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Water/Aqua/Eau, Retinol, Sodium Ascorbate, Tocopherol, Lecithin, Glycolipids, Sodium Hyaluronate, Caprylyl Glycol

Just breathe! Karin Herzog Oxygen Sun

Summer isn’t over yet and despite all my best efforts I just can’t keep completely out of the sun. Even though I use  sunscreen, I still am exposed to the sun – and that is where Karin Herzog comes in. We were sent Karin Herzog Oxygen Sun ($55) for review consideration and I almost didn’t even try it because it is labeled as a ‘tan accelerator’. But once I read more about it, I was intrigued and decided to give it a chance.

Karin Herzog Oxygen Sun

Karin Herzog Oxygen Sun

The Karin Herzog skin care line is known for oxygen-based skin care. The products have stabilized active oxygen, which is very efficient at carrying nutrients to collagen producing cells. Oxygen Sun is a body moisturizer with the active oxygen formula. This means the moisturizer works as a ‘double agent’ – it helps with tanning while also making your SPF more effective at protecting skin from UVA/UVB rays.

It took me a while to wrap my head around this – after all, tanning is NOT good for the skin. However, if you are going to be in the sun, your skin is going to produce melanin. What Oxygen Sun does is make the melanin production as healthy as possible, without burns, blisters, or peeling. This is because oxygen helps skin tissue regenerate and repair wounds. The thick, creamy moisturizer has vitamin E and keeps skin hydrated before, during, and after sun exposure.

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just look at how thick and creamy this lotion is...

just look at how thick and creamy this lotion is…

Ok, so let me be really clear about this: this is NOT meant to be used on its own because it is not a sunscreen. Also, the best way to apply Oxygen Sun is with a brush or something along the lines of a self tanning mitt, which makes sure the active ingredients aren’t wasted on your palms.

I found that it does help my SPF work better and longer, and the color I do develop is even and not all freckly and splotchy. Oxygen Sun is certainly an extra step to take, but if you are out in the sun a lot, it is a unique product that may interest you.

You can find Karin Herzog products online at www.karinherzog.com and at online retailers like Dermstore.com.  - Lisa

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Ingredients:  Aqua, Petrolatum, Glyceryl stearate, Paraffinum liquidum, Stearyl alcohol, Cetyl alcohol, Polysorbate 80, 1% Hydrogen peroxide, Octyl methoxycinnamate, Tocopheryl acetate, Parfum, Salicylic acid.

The magic of peptides: Apothederm Hydrating Eye Cream

The magic word in skin care these days is ‘peptides’. Peptides are cell-communicating ingredients that act as a messenger to the different cells, providing information for healing wounds, irritation, and inflammation. If peptides have the right base formula and are in the right packaging – meaning an airless pump – they are an extremely effective ingredient. Apothederm sent the BIZ their Hydrating Eye Cream ($40) to test and with something called SmartPeptide® technology inside I was definitely intrigued. Who couldn’t use a little magic around the eye area?

Apothederm Eye Cream

Apothederm Hydrating Eye Cream

Apothederm Hydrating Eye Cream

Apothederm Hydrating Eye Cream

There is a lot of science that goes into a great eye cream. The SmartPeptide® technology is a combination of peptides (Hexapeptide-21) that help to repair skin with a perfect base formula (shea butter) that has moisturizing ingredients that help the peptides penetrate and absorb properly into the skin (glycerin and squalane oil). Here are specifics about the ingredients:

Hexapeptide-21
SmartPeptide helps to control visible photoaging while calming and soothing the delicate eye area. It works to stimulate the skin’s own natural repair and regeneration system. Tests have shown that this peptide controls visible signs of photoaging while calming and soothing the skin.

Shea Butter
Helps corrects dry, dehydrated skin, leaving it feeling soft and smooth.

Glycerin
A powerful humectant that relieves dehydration by drawing essential moisture into the skin.

Squalane
An emollient oil replenishes and protects the natural moisture balance of the skin.

skin care science!

skin care science!

Apothederm Hydrating Eye Cream

Apothederm Hydrating Eye Cream

The formula for this eye cream is quite elegant and the packaging is perfect – hello, airless pump! With the peptides in the right base, and packaging that keeps them stable, this is one heck of an effective eye cream  Apothederm reports that an independent clinical study showed 93% of participants said skin was smoother in 14 days, and 83% reported a decrease in fine lines and wrinkles after 14 days.

This eye cream is quite rich, a little goes a long way. The bottle lasts a long time and I am loving the results. It leaves my under eye area plump, hydrated, and younger looking. I can certainly say it has lessened the look of my fine lines, and it does a great job of reducing puffiness and inflammation. I think Apothederm’s Hydrating Eye Cream is definitely a winner.

You can find this eye cream and other great Apothederm products (Marcia loves their Nourishing Serum) online at www.apothederm.com. Take a look…I am definitely impressed.  - Lisa

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Ingredients: Water, Butyrospermum parkii (Shea Butter), Cetyl Octanoate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetyl Esters, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Dimethicone, Phytosteryl Isostearate, Hexapeptide-21, Squalane, Tocopherol, Ceteareth-20, Cetearyl Glucoside, Polysorbate 80, Behenyl Alcohol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Laureth-4, Polysorbate 60, Potassium Sorbate, Methylisothiazolinone, Disodium EDTA.

Natura Bisse Diamond Ice-Lift Face Mask – you are worth it!

I believe that if skin care works, it’s worth it – and Natura Bisse Diamond Ice-Lift Face Mask ($155) is definitely worth the hefty price tag. Natura Bisse sent us this gel mask to try and I am absolutely in love with it. Many skin products take time to show results, but this mask gives me the immediate gratification that I crave.

Natura Bisse

Natura Bisse Diamond Ice-Lift Facial Mask and Diamond Cream

Ingredients include Marine DNA Concentrate to hydrate and firm skin. It also has something called Neuro-aromatherapy, which is a combination of lavender oil and sensorphine. This duo helps you relax and feel happy…which always sounds good to me!

Natura Bisse

the Ice-Lift mask has a cooling, icy feel on the skin

Natura Bisse

it’s a gel mask

The Diamond Ice-Lift Mask plumps and smooths, plus it seems to make pores disappear. This is a gel mask that is applied to face and neck and after 20 minutes it hardens and is peeled off. The gel is initially very sticky, so be sure to put your hair up out of your face before using it. It has a cooling sensation when applied that is very pleasant. Once it dries it does sort of look like ‘ice’ on your face. When the mask is peeled off, skin is moist, dewy, and fabulous. A quick tip – make the outer edges thicker, which gives you something to grip when peeling so the mask comes off in bigger chunks. I also sometimes use this just around my eye area for a quick ‘lift’ and the difference it makes is astounding. It instantly transforms dull looking skin into glowy, vibrant, youthful looking skin.

keep calm you are worth it

Yes, the effect is temporary…but I use this prior to every big event, which for me is about as exciting as going out to dinner at the local Thai restaurant. Hey, I want to look good wherever I go!

If it’s in your budget, the Natura Bisse Diamond Ice-Lift Mask is a fantastic facial mask that gives immediate gratification. And I say go ahead, you are worth it!  - Lisa

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Ingredients:  Water (Aqua), Polyvinyl Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sodium DNA, Acetyl Dipeptide-1 Cetyl Ester, Caprylyl Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Menthyl Lactate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth-7, Laureth-3, Polyacrylamide, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Fragrance (Parfum), Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Linalool, Coumarin, Amyl Cinnamal, Red 4 (CI 14700), Blue 1 (CI 42090).

The Skin Perfecter: three minutes, three times a week for perfect skin

Every so often, a cosmetic device comes along that really and truly changes my life. The Beauty Blender changed the way I wear my foundation.

beauty blenderThe Verge Bubble and Ribbon Wands changed the way I wear my hair.

Verge Bubble Wand

Verge Bubble Wand

And now the Skin Perfecter, sent to us to test by Le Mieux, has changed the way I cleanse my face.

Le Mieux Skin Perfecter

The Skin Perfecter ($225) is a facial wand that cleanses the face, exfoliates dead skin cells, extracts clogged pores, and infuses the skin with serums and creams. Plus, it also give a great facial massage! This little wand is a total powerhouse that delivers real results.  It is being launched on July 22nd on QVC, so take a look and decide if you want to budget for it – it really is worth the investment.

The Skin Perfecter is unlike any cleansing device I have ever used. It is described as, ““An ultrasonic, handheld device that goes beyond ordinary cleansing by deeply flushing pores of excess oil, makeup residue, and cellular impurities using high frequency vibrations. Deep exfoliation decongests pores to combat acne and blemishes and allows better absorption of products for heightened results.”

The Skin Perfecter

The Skin Perfecter

The Skin Perfecter has a thin blade called a spatula that cleanses, infuses, or massages, depending on how you use it. It is completely different from the other brush-head sonic devices that I’ve used. Three uses a week is all that is needed for major results. Here are the steps:

1.  Dampen face and neck with water.

2.  Turn the Skin Perfecter on and hit the Mode button until the word ‘HI’ is green. With the spatula angled downward, glide it out and up over the face, nose, and neck.

That’s all you need to do to cleanse, exfoliate, and extract. It feels sort of odd…the 28,000 ultrasonic vibrations per second create a definite sensation that is difficult to describe. It’s not unpleasant, and it doesn’t hurt in the least…but it feels strange. These vibrations strengthen the skin tissue, and at the same time the spatula actually helps extract dirt, dead skin cells, blackheads and whiteheads. It is really, really cool.

the blade #1

the spatula #1

the blade #2

the spatula #2

the blade #3

the spatula #3

After cleansing and extracting, just flip the spatula over and use the other side – the flat side – to apply serum or skin cream.

1.  Apply serum/cream with fingertips.

2.  Turn the Skin Perfecter on and hit the Mode button 3x until both ‘HI’ and ‘Pulse’ are green. With the spatula flat against the skin, glide the Skin Perfecter out and up over the face, nose, and neck.

This perfectly applies skin care and greatly increases the efficacy of the products. It allows skin care to work at the highest level possible. All those fantastic ingredients can really penetrate perfectly cleansed skin and the ultrasonic vibrations truly infuse skin with all the good stuff.

To relax and help strengthen the skin even more, use the same technique without serum for a facial massage.

easy to operate!

easy to operate!

There is a GREAT video that shows exactly how to use the Skin Perfecter right HERE.

The Skin Perfecter really couldn’t be easier to use. It’s the perfect size and design to fit right into your hand. It really only takes a few minutes to treat your entire face and neck. And it has a rechargeable battery plus a low battery signal.

The Skin Perfecter delivers big results. Here are some findings from a clinical study:

1.     In a clinical study 100% of participants saw an improvement in skin exfoliation in two weeks.

2.     In a clinical study 85% of participants saw an improvement in overall skin appearance in two weeks.

3.     In a clinical study 80% of participants saw immediate improvement in brightness in two weeks.

4.     In a clinical study 69% of participants saw immediate improvement in radiance & luminosity in two weeks.

5.     In a clinical study 69% of participants saw immediate radiance and healthier look to their skin due to micro massage that encourages microcirculation

6.     In a clinical study 65% of participants saw an improvement of the appearance of pores in two weeks.

7.     In a clinical study 62% of participants saw immediate improvement in the appearance of skin texture & smoothness in two weeks.

8.     In a clinical study 50% of participants saw an improvement in fine lines & wrinkles in two weeks.

9.     In a clinical study the use of the Skin Perfecter improves absorption of serum compared to using ones hands.

Those are great results…and I would say that my own personal results from two months of use have been even more impressive.

The Skin Perfecter goes on sale on QVC on July 22nd. I hope you will consider buying one of these.  I haven’t been this excited about a skin care tool in a very long time and I just can’t recommend it highly enough. Be sure to check out the video about how to use the Skin Perfecter here:

http://www.skinperfecter.com/get-started/video

You can find out even more information about the Skin Perfecter here:

http://www.skinperfecter.com/skin-perfecter

The price tag may seem steep, but it quickly pays for itself with fantastic, clear skin, as well as increasing the value of your skin care products by allowing them to work as effectively as possible. Try out the Skin Perfecter, it is worth every penny!  - Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration, opinions are completely my own!

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