Christie Brinkley Complete Clarity for refreshed skin

In my new quest to look like Christie Brinkley I think it’s best that I use her skincare products. I’m not ever going to be tall. I’m not ever going to make a 6 – 7 figure income. But I do have skin and I want my skin to look its best. I’ve used Christie Brinkley Close Up Instant Wrinkle Reducer and Treatment and like how that works on my fine lines so when I was offered another product from the line I was happy to continue on the quest.

Christie Brinkley Complete Clarity

Christie Brinkley Complete Clarity

COMPLETE CLARITY is a daily facial exfoliating polish. It’s double duty since it cleanses and exfoliates with one product. You can precleanse if you are wearing heavy makeup but in general I’ve used it when I’ve got on either light facial makeup or a bare face.

Christie Brinkley Complete Clarity

Christie Brinkley Complete Clarity

It’s easy to use since you apply a small amount to your damp face and massage in a circular motion. I always have a washcloth to remove this from my face when I’m done. This contains Lactic Acid Beads for the polishing; these won’t ruin our waterways since they dissolve. It also contains Aloe Powder to soothe your skin, Glycerin to moisturize and Salicylic Acid to help as an anti-inflammatory.

Christie Brinkley Complete Clarity

Christie Brinkley Complete Clarity

Christie Brinkley Complete Clarity

Christie Brinkley Complete Clarity

There’s basically no fragrance in this which makes me very happy. Complete Clarity is creamy and has a very fine scrubby texture to it. I make sure my face is quite damp when I start and add more water to keep it gentle. Complete Clarity is really helping the area around my nose from getting clogged with product. I have to admit that sometimes I don’t get it all off with my washcloth and have to use a toner or Bioderma Micellar Water to remove anything that’s sticking around. But when I’m done my face is thoroughly cleansed and ready for skincare.

Christie Brinkley Complete Clarity

Christie Brinkley Complete Clarity

Now that I’m getting closer to my Christie Brinkley perfection, what color blonde do you think would work best on me? — Marciachristie brinkley from hola dot com

*sent for consideration to further my quest


Water/ Aqua/ Eau, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polylactic Acid, Stearic Acid, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Polysorbate 60, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Salicylic Acid, Rose Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Fruit Extract, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower/Leaf Extract, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Leaf/Seed Extract, Cinnamomum Cassia Bark Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Flower Extract, Cucumis Melo Cantalupensis Fruit Extract, Orchis Mascula Flower Extract, Cananga Odorata Flower Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Carbomer, Aminomethyl Propanol, Sodium Polyacrylate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Trideceth-6, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)

The latest from Kleraderm!

Last weekend I was what we call in Michigan a ‘hunting widow’ – the hubby went to Ohio, and he even took the kids with him.  That meant I was finally home alone.  So of course I spent my weekend searching for someone to hang out with since I was so lonely…I need to be careful what I wish for!  

The best part of my weekend was taking my mom to Nordstrom for a facial from Joanne Recchia, the owner of Kleraderm.  

My mom with Joanne

My mom with Joanne

Kleraderm, the Italian skin care line, is sold at Nordstrom’s in the Somerset Mall and the Partridge Creek Mall. I have been using this line for about seven years now…it is fantastic.  My mom and I each had a $150 facial that Joanne only charges $32 for – if you live in the area, you absolutely need to make an appointment to get one.  Here is a quick breakdown of the amazing facials we each got in Kleraderm’s private spa room at Nordies:

  • First, Joanne cleansed my face with Collagen Cleansing Milk topped with a Salmon Egg Mask, which she left on for 10 minutes then wiped off with hot towel.  The Salmon Egg Mask is not offered retail, it’s something special she brought from Italy and it is only used in the spa. This mask is rich in vitamins and repairs the hydro-lipid layer, boosting skin with vital energy while busting up formations of free radicals. When used with the Collagen Cleansing Milk it boosts the cleansing process, giving deep pore cleansing with no scrub, no brush, no glycolic acid.
  • Next, she applied Collagen + Elastin (Collastin) Serum all over the face and neck, paying special attention to the eye area. Collagen + Elastin Serum is a very powerful serum that can only be applied three times a week. It is one of Kleraderm’s top shelf products and is not offered at Nordstrom, although it can be purchased directly from Joanne or at any of the private salons that carry Kleraderm.  Collastin Serum is made from Kleraderm’s own native bio-identical collagen and elastin fibers.  The fibers actually wrap around the body’s own collagen, giving strength back to the skin’s collagen fibers and adding suspension to the elastin fibers.  Skin becomes smooth and lifted, fine lines disappear and wrinkles lose depth.
  • Next, Joanne applied the Anti-Age Mask. This mask is in a delicate tissue-type form made of compressed collagen fibers and compressed cholesterol fibers (the same fibers that suspend skin), it looks like a thin fabric. She adhered the mask to my face with the Collastin Serum. Once the tissue mask was in place she activated it with small amounts of warm water, which turned the mask from tissue to transparent, then into a gel-like substance. (What was so cool is I could watch the entire facial process as Joanne gave my mom her facial – I’d never seen all this stuff in action before because I keep my eyes closed and relax during my own facial!)  Joanne massaged the collagen gel gently into my skin until it was completely absorbed.
  • Then Joanne applied yet another mask, the truly amazing Kleraderm Vitamin C Peel-Off Mask. Yet another top shelf product, this mask is only offered in spa and it is the first Vitamin C product where the C is stable. Vitamin C is fantastic for skin, but it is very unstable so products that contain it can lose efficacy quickly.  The Vitamin C is treated so that it becomes a powder, and when mixed with water Joanne has about two minutes to get it applied properly.  Then my skin got 100% Vitamin C along with many other vitamins and cell nourishment, and even better the nourishment from this mask kept working on my skin for 72 hours – that’s three days of vitamin therapy and cell nourishment.  When the mask had depleted itself of all the active ingredients right into my skin, it turned into rubber…it was beyond cool.  Joanne then pulled the mask off in one sweeping motion, just like a huge Biore strip.  The mask pulled everything that had loosened up right out of my pores, but without any harshness or irritation to my skin.
  •  After the mask, Joanne applied more Collastin Serum all over my face and neck, then put eye gel around my eye area and topped it with eye cream.  She also moistened my lips with eye cream. Next she applied Ysaline Filler Cream all over my face.  She loves to use this during all of her facials because Ysaline is loaded with OMEGA 3-6-9 fatty acids and she says all skin types do very good with OMEGA.
  • Finally, she moisturized me with Collagen Moisturizer.  My skin loved the product and I think I will do very well with it this winter.

Not only did my mom and I walk out with fantastically glowing skin, we also scooped up two Kleraderm Butter Scrubs.  I hate to tell you this, but there were a limited number of these available and I think they may be gone…but they are SO GOOD I have to share.


Kleraderm Butter Scrubs

Kleraderm Caramel Butter Scrub

Kleraderm Caramel Butter Scrub

Inside the caramel goodness

Inside the caramel goodness

This is one of those reviews where I seriously wish we had ‘Smell-O-Vision’, because the scent of these babies is just to die for.  The Caramel Butter Scrub is indeed buttery smelling carameliciousness, and the Blackcurrent is tart smelling and makes my mouth water.  They both come in reusable glass Weck jars.

Kleraderm Blackcurrent Butter Scrub

Kleraderm Blackcurrent Butter Scrub good I want to eat it with a spoon

Inside…so good I want to eat it with a spoon

The Butter Scrubs are powerful exfoliators and total hydrators. The exfoliating action is blended in a body butter of cocoa butter, sweet almond oil, and grapeseed oil. This smooth butter quickly sinks deep into the skin and is activated by the body’s natural temperature. The natural exfoliant in the Caramel Butter Scrub is spun sugar, while the Blackcurrent Butter Scrub has powdered blackcurrent seed.  They ever so gently remove impurities and dead cells from the outer layer of the skin.  You immerse yourself in a hot bath after applying the Butter Scrub, and you can feel the dead skin cells coming off your body while the butter leaves you baby soft and totally hydrated. The bath water becomes a cocoon of warm butter wrapped all over your body and you never want to get out of the tub.  If I am in a hurry, I rub some all over right before my shower and then spend the rest of the day marveling at how soft my skin is.

Joanne actually GAVE THESE AWAY with a previous special…I just can’t believe it.  They are so good it’s criminal.

This upcoming weekend, Nordstrom at Partridge Creek Mall is having their annual BOL/Beauty on Location event, although this year Nordstrom changed the name to “Pretty Party”.  Kleraderm is hosting skin care classes and they have outstanding gifts with purchase.  Whatever you purchase will come in this bag:

The shopping bag - it comes with a zippered makeup bag!

The shopping bag – it comes with a zippered makeup bag!

It’s always so fun to get a free gift (or several!) with a purchase, and here’s the perfect opportunity.  See below for all the details on what you will get from Kleraderm, just email Joanne to pre-order at [email protected] !   Also check them out on Facebook or Instagram and Twitter @Kleraderm.   Happy shopping! – Lisa


Algenist Triple-Action Micropolish and Peel

I know when Marcia raves about a skin care line, it’s going to be good.  Every time we get together she raves and raves about Algenist, so I had high expectations for the Triple-Action Micropolish and Peel ($75).  It lived up to my expectations, and then some!

Triple-Action Micropolish and Peel is an at-h0me peel that exfoliates the skin using a 10% acid duo (patent-pending Alguronic Acid + Glycolic Acid) plus a 10% fruit enzyme complex and mini-polishing crystals.  It’s a gentle but potent combination that does a fabulous job of improving texture, brightening, and smoothing the skin.
love the packaging

love the packaging

The mini-crystals slough off dead skin, allowing the acids and fruit enzymes to penetrate and regenerate the skin.
easy to control the amount of product that comes out

easy to control the amount of product that comes out

I love the packaging, it’s just perfect.  The tube protects the active ingredients from sunlight and oxygen, and it’s extremely hygienic.
feels like a slightly grainy serum

feels like a slightly grainy serum

It’s super easy to use.  After cleansing, while your skin is still damp, you apply a small amount with your fingertips using small circular motions.  This activates the mini-crystals and starts the exfoliation process.  It feels like teeny-tiny grains of sand in a silky smooth serum.  Leave the polish on for about five minutes, then rinse off with warm water or wipe off with a damp washcloth.  And that’s it!  I find twice a week is perfect for keeping my skin clear and smooth.

Algenist has many excellent products, and the new Triple-Action Micropolish & Peel should be at the top of your ‘gotta try’ list.  I am truly impressed.  – Lisa

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The Triple-Action Micropolish & Peel is:

  • Suitable for all skin types
  • Dermatologist tested
  • Non-comedogenic
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Not tested on animals

All Algenist products are formulated without:

  • Parabens
  • Sulfates
  • Synthetic dyes
  • Phthalates
  • GMOs
  • Triclosan

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Glycolic Acid, Lactobacillus/Pumpkin Ferment Extract, Lactobacillus/Punica Granatum Fruit Ferment Extract, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Algae Exopolysaccharides, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Algae Extract, Glucosamine HCL, Galactoarabinan, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Leuconostoc/ Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Urea, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Isostearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Magnesium Oxide, Fragrance (Parfum), Limonene, Phenoxyethanol.

Side by Side with Peter Thomas Roth

Beauty Info Zone would like you to meet Peter Thomas Roth, the man behind the brand.

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Peter Thomas Roth is the hands-on creator of his self named line. Quality skincare is in his heritage. His family owned two spas in his native Hungary where he learned about the soothing and healing muds and minerals found in the thermal springs near his family’s spas. He started his company with these ingredients and has expanded since 1993 to become a skincare line that covers addresses all of our skincare needs no matter what types of concerns we have. There are over 100 products in his line, all thoroughly researched and tested. What Beauty Info Zone most loves about his line is that he targets concerns from acne to sun care protection to anti-aging. Today you’ll learn about two of his latest and greatest on Side by Side.

Marcia’s Side:

There are a lot of serums and a lot of reasons to use a serum. My experience with Peter Thomas Roth’s De-Spot™ Skin Brightening Corrector has made me a believer in finding a product that actually helps to lighten and brighten the freckles aka age spots on my face. I was raised in the “olden” days aka before SPF was invented. My mom’s idea of sun protection was slathering us with Coppertone which actually was created to help you tan. I didn’t tan, I always burned. Now, eons later, I have the skin damage to show that. Even though I keep out of the sun and have for decades, I have some darkening on my face that is incredibly stubborn.

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I’ve been using De-Spot™ Skin Brightening Corrector now for over 2 months. I use it on my cheeks and apply whatever is left on my fingers over my nose and chin so that none is wasted. It takes one pump to do the job. This serum feels wonderful on my skin and smells great at the same time. Not only is it helping me with signs of aging but it’s also made a big difference in lightening the spots on my face. I have one area in particular on the right side of my face that’s always shown through foundation. But now that I’m using De-Spot™ Skin Brightening Corrector it’s considerably lightened – easily by 60%. I don’t know if it will ever totally disappear but I do know that with continued use of this Peter Thomas Roth product I expect it to stay lightened and hopefully continue getting lighter and lighter.

Peter Thomas Roth De-Spot

It not only is for oldies (but goodies) like me but De-Spot™ Skin Brightening Corrector also works well on post acne discoloration and pregnancy mask. The serum is hydroquinone-free. While I’ll never really know if my skin is affected by freckles or aging, I can’t change those facts. What I can do is change the products that I use to make my skin look its best and De-Spot™ Skin Brightening Corrector helps make that change— Marcia

Lisa’s Side:

I tend to go for anything that promises to ‘resurface’ my skin.  If it’s got some sort of skin dissolving acid in it, I’m in!  So the Clinical Peel & Reveal Dermal Resurfacer ($58) sounded fascinating to me – it’s a peel (alpha hydroxy acid), exfoliant (pumpkin enzyme), and a polish (aluminum oxide) all in one.  If that’s not going to do some resurfacing, I don’t know what is.

Those three major ingredients promise to do three things:  improve skin texture, improve the appearance of skin by making it look glowy and by smoothing fine lines and wrinkles, and slough off dead skin cells.

PTR Peel & Reveal swatch

Here’s what it the mask looks like.  It smells like pumpkin.  It’s not a synthetic, icky sweet smell, it’s a true pumpkin scent that had me wanting to eat the mask instead of putting it on my skin.  To use it, you start with clean, dry skin, and apply a thin layer all over.  Then, wet your fingertips, and massage the mask in using small circular motions.  The aluminum oxide does the polishing, and the super fine particles aren’t painful or anything.

After you do the scrubbing, you leave the mask on for as long as you can stand it, which for me is about 7 minutes.  It does heat up and give a little burn.  I can’t use this after using my Clarisonic, but of course you skin is probably different from mine.  If I use the Clarisonic, I can only keep the mask on for about 3 minutes before I’m crying like I’m peeling onions.  The AHAs and enzymes are busy eating away at your congested skin, leaving a smoother, brighter skin when it’s rinsed off.

I get the best results when I use this twice a week.  I find it really does great things for my skin, and if you are prone to blackheads you will totally love this.  Peter Thomas Roth definitely knows his stuff, and the Clinical Peel & Reveal Dermal Resurfacer is a wonderful three in one skin care product.  – Lisa

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