What are Miracle Water and Secret Sauce? They’re IT Cosmetics newest recipe for wonderful skin

IT Cosmetics has had a stellar 2017 and we’re so excited to be a part of it. This is a brand that is universally loved by customers and you can count me as one of their biggest fans. I’m thrilled to introduce you to their two newest skincare products but more thrilled that I have incorporated them into my daily routine.

Their recipe for success includes the new Miracle Water and Secret Sauce. So let’s learn about them and why I’m thrilled.

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IT Cosmetics Miracle Water

MIRACLE WATER is a 3-in-1 Glow Tonic that you are going to want AND need.

  • Skin brightening Radiance Booster
  • Skin softening Micellar Cleanser
  • Anti-aging Treatment Essence

IT Cosmetics Miracle Water

I’m a huge fan of Micellar Water and having this improved version is amazing. It’s like having 3 products yet I’m only using one. Miracle Water is used in the typical way by applying it to a cotton pad and then swiping it on your face to remove cosmetics, skincare, and the day’s pollution.

But it’s not just for cleansing since it also brightens and hydrates your skin. It contains Drops of Light Technology Concentrate used in other IT Cosmetics products, as well as diamond powder, vitamin C and licorice root for youthful-looking lit from within skin.

It Cosmetics Miracle Water

It’s aptly named since this does seem to be magical. The Secret Sauce Fermented Complex deeply absorbs so that you’ll start seeing anti-aging results with this. To top it off, it’s unscented so I love it even more. The bottle is a hard plastic that looks beautiful on my vanity. It’s not squeezable so I’m not wasting product by squeezing out too much. I’m using it 1 to 2 times a day and seeing more hydration and clearer brighter skin.

IT Cosmetics Secret Sauce

The next step in the recipe is IT Cosmetics Secret Sauce, a moisturizer that is fabulous for dry skin. It’s rich and feels heavenly on skin. But it’s not so rich that it clogs pore. It absorbs beautifully.

IT Cosmetics Secret Sauce

Here’s what IT Cosmetics wants us to know:

  • Secret Sauce is a luxurious, clinically advanced moisturizer that instantly hydrates to transform your skin.
  • It contains Secret Sauce Fermented Complex which deeply absorbs.
  • There’s also Drops of Light Technology Concentrate, vitamin C and licorice root to deliver that youthful glow.
  • Secret Sauce contains collagen, peptides and hyaluronic acid.

Are you at all surprised that I love this fragrance free moisturizer??

IT Cosmetics Secret Sauce

I know it’s easy to dismiss products that bloggers receive to review but this isn’t a product that gets the hype because of that. These products get hyped because they are THAT good! The combination of Miracle Water and Secret Sauce makes them even better. It’s not necessary to use them both but it sure makes the recipe rich and delicious.  —  Marcia

Available at Sephora and Sephora.com. These are the perfect way to use your 15-20% off coupons!

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Kerstin Florian – Scentsational skin care

Kerstin Florian

I love trying new skin care so I jumped at the chance to try Kerstin Florian for Beauty Info Zone. I was sent the Rehydrating Neroli Cleansing Milk, Rehydrating Neroli Water, the Rejuvenating Moisture Balm, and the Correcting Rescue Creme in full sizes which was very generous.  (guest post)

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Kerstin Florian Rehydrating Neroli Cleansing Milk

Kerstin Florian Rehydrating Neroli Milk is rich in phytonutrients and botanicals and is very delicately scented. It is so thick and creamy that after a few pumps I couldn’t get it out of the bottle. In fact, I had to have my husband open the bottle and get as much of the product out as he could and put it into a tupperware container. I continued to use the product this way which was not ideal as I had to scoop it out with my fingers.

Kerstin Florian Rehydrating Neroli Cleansing Milk

However, I loved the way it cleansed my skin and left it feeling soft and moisturized. Its ingredient highlights are:

• Neroli Oil – extracted from the bitter orange blossom, hydrates, soothes and oxygenates skin
• Apricot Kernel Oil – moisturizes, softens and protects skin
• Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice – hydrates and soothes as it promotes healing and cell renewal

Kerstin Florian Rehydrating Neroli Water

The Rehydrating Neroli Water is my favorite of these products. The sprayer is top-notch and you can spray your whole face and neck evenly.

Kerstin Florian Rehydrating Neroli Water

The bitter orange blossom scent is not long lasting but it is delightful. I love the way it makes my skin feel very refreshed. Its ingredient highlights is Bitter Orange Flower Water – “this aromatic essence eases stress response, calms the mind and uplifts the spirit.”

Kerstin Florian Rejuvenating Moisture Balm

The Rejuvenating Moisture Balm can be used as a once or twice weekly mask or as an overnight treatment. It, too, smells delicious. I use it as an overnight treatment and wake up with deeply hydrated skin.

Kerstin Florian Rejuvenating Moisture Balm

Its ingredient highlights are:

  • Horse Chestnut – softens and calms skin as it helps strengthen fragile capillary walls
  • Arnica Montana – floral extract reduces inflammation and promotes healing
  • St. John’s Wort – soothes irritation as it promotes clarity and even tone

Kerstin Florian Rescue Creme

Their Correcting Rescue Creme I used as a night cream. It corrects redness and promotes healing as well as moisturizing your skin. I don’t have redness nor am I in need of healing my skin but I can attest to its moisturizing properties and calming scent.

Kerstin Florian Rescue Creme

Its ingredient highlights are :

• Linolenic/Oleic Polyglycerides – complex of glycoproteins promotes tissue regeneration, faster healing, and production of collagen and elastin as it visibly reduces wrinkle depth
• Butyrospermum Parkii – rich in fatty acids, Shea Butter provides instant lasting moisture and suppleness
• Haberlea Rhodopensis Leaf, Boerhavia Diffusa Root & Beta Vulgaris Root Extracts – natural botanicals protect, revitalize, regulate sensitivity and protect against oxidative stress
• Tocopherol Acetate – one of the most powerful and protective antioxidants, Vitamin E also improves elasticity and smoothness”

From what I can tell, most of the line is either made in France or Switzerland and if you love exotic skincare with deliciously fragrant scents, you will love this line.  –  Guest post from Phyllis

A wonderful way to boost your skin is with PCA Skin Serum

PCA Skin Hyaluronic Acid Boosting Serum

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I always tell you that hyaluronic acid are magic words. These are words I look for when choosing what to use for my skincare so imagine my delight when PCA Skin sent their Hyaluronic Acid Boosting Serum. That’s like bottling up the magic and delivering it directly to your skin.

Skincare products I’m currently using including PCA Skin Hyaluronic Acid Boosting Serum

What makes this magic? Hyaluronic acid and sodium hyaluronate attract and hold 1,000 times their weight in water on the surface of the skin for instant smoothing and hydration. Hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid penetrates deeper into the skin, attracting and holding moisture that’s already in the skin, and plumps fine lines from below the skin surface. Now tell me this isn’t magic. Especially as your skin ages and you start losing that bloom of youth.

PCA Hyaluronic Acid Boosting Serum gives my skin that extra plumpness underneath it all. I don’t need extra plump on my body but I want my face looking full and more youthful. The blend of ingredients in this serum increases your own body’s hyaluronic acid production.

PCA Skin Hyaluronic Acid Boosting Serum

What you’ll see when using this is a smoothing effect on your face. Before I apply any foundation is when I really notice it and it amazes me at times. This is a thicker serum than most I use so I mainly use it at night even though it’s meant for both day and night use. I prefer it at night so that it has time to work and settle in. My face is smoother in the morning and I swear I see less fine lines.

PCA Skin Hyaluronic Acid Boosting Serum swatch

There are so many fine ingredients in this that make this a wonder for your skin.

Ceramides repair damage to your skin to support hydration retention.

 HA-Pro Complex is a propriety blend that stimulates the production of the skin’s own hyaluronic acid and delivers 24-hour hydration. Even though Allure magazine has banned the words “anti-aging” our skin doesn’t know that and our skin wants these anti-aging ingredients.

Niacinamide strengthens your skin’s natural barrier to help prevent future damage.

And of course Hydrolized Hyaluronic Acid plumps fine lines from below the skin’s surface.

PCA Skin Hyaluronic Acid Boosting Serum

PCA Hyaluronic Acid Boosting Serum is recommended for all skin types even oily and acne prone. There’s a fragrance that I notice when I first apply it but it dissipates instantly, it reminds me a bit of an autumn night with a bonfire burning in the distance. But that’s just an initial fragrance that is gone before you know it. There’s no denying that this is a splurge when it comes to skincare but it’s your skin and taking care of it now means you can avoid more expensive treatments later.  —  Marcia

 

PCA Skin tells us All of our products are free of potential irritants like synthetic dyes and fragrances. PCA SKIN® does not perform or condone animal testing.

Ingredients:

Water/Aqua/Eau, Propanediol, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Dimethicone, Hydrolyzed Yeast Extract, Polyglyceryl-3 Beeswax, Coconut Alkanes, Phenoxyethanol, Isododecane, Jojoba Esters, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Polysilicone-11, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Benzoate, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Polyglyceryl-6 Distearate, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Disodium Acetyl Glucosamine Phosphate, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hydroxide, Hexylene Glycol, Polygonum Bistorta Root Extract, Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Aroma, Polyglucuronic Acid, Ceramide NP, Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Carrageenan, Ceramide AP, Phytosphingosine, Caprylyl Glycol, Cholesterol, Lecithin, Maris Sal, Ceramide EOP.

Peel & Polish with Pixi and this skintreat giveaway

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Peel & Polish from Pixi Skintreats

As much as I love everything Pixi there are items I can’t use because the fragrance doesn’t agree with me. I read rave after rave about Pixi Skintreats and can appreciate their effectiveness but they don’t last long in my routine. But (and it’s a big but) today I can tell you that I’m in love with a Pixi Skintreat item. Of course it has no fragrance which is a big part of it but the bigger part is how wonderful my skin looks and feels after I use it.

It’s no surprise that I’m talking about Pixi Skintreats Peel & Polish but it will come as a surprise that I’m willing to give any up for a giveaway. This enzyme concentrate has blown me away.

Peel & Polish from Pixi Skintreats

Peel & Polish doesn’t take much time – maybe 3 minutes at most – but it looks like you spent ages on perfecting your skin. I find it to be a mild skin peel that doesn’t make my skin look rough or red after. I can use this in the morning and not worry about applying makeup after. I can use this at night and not worry about it reacting with my other skincare items.

Peel & Polish

It applies as a light yellow cream with small exfoliators in it. It starts to dry pretty quickly but not in an uncomfortable way. It just feels drier. Leave it on for 2 minutes for the peel to start working. It’s up to you whether you massage it onto your skin for 30 seconds after but I always do that so I can get the most out of the treatment.

Pixi Skintreats Peel & Polish

What are the ingredients that make this so wonderful?

Peel & Polish from Pixi Skintreats

The natural enzymes help loosen dead cells, the sugar cane extract polishes your skin, and lactic acid exfoliates. This is seriously good stuff. It contains 6% Lactic Acid and Papaya. You can use this 2 to 3 times a week if you want. I’ve been using it twice a week since I use so many masks but otherwise I’d use it three times.

No fragrance, 3 minutes, affordable, soft and exfoliated skin that feels great for days. What more could I want?  —  Marcia

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: Pixi was kind enough to send two extra Peel & Polish Resurfacing Concentrates for us to use in a giveaway. In order to win you need to be an email subscriber and comment. That’s it. But the more entries you do, especially tweeting daily, the more chances you have to be a winner. Open to US and Canadian subscribers through 8/18/17 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. This is one giveaway that you’ll want to win!

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A luxury skincare giveaway from Hermetise

You know we can’t resist it when we are offered a giveaway for our readers and this new one from Hermetise sounds pretty fabulous. This is the PRESS RELEASE about the products that one US subscriber will win.

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Step one: Kopi luwak anti-pollution oxygen brightening treatment

A unique, Kopi Luwak and gold infused, transforming age defying solution, which is an extravagant experience, to be savored daily. An ultimate all in one age defying, lifting and firming cream which changes from gel to cream during application allowing for maximum penetration, forming a targeted skin-relaxing complex for an intense anti-wrinkle effect.

Kopi luwak anti-pollution oxygen brightening treatment

Kopi luwak anti-pollution oxygen brightening treatment

This Kopi luwak anti-pollution oxygen brightening treatment from Hermetise is part 2 of the treatment from Hermetise.

It’s a protecting serum that incorporates a unique caffeine infusion obtained from Kopi Luwak beans. Kopi Luwak is the most exotic coffee in the world and is known to have excellent skin benefits, such as giving naturally firm skin and reducing inflammation and redness. It is also a potent antioxidant. This advanced treatment clears and protects skin from environmental pollutants and treats skin with advanced oxygen and select age defying ingredients, which are fortified with 24k gold and  Kopi Luwak infusion to form an intense age treatment. This soft, ever lasting step is designed to decrease the signs of aging; its unique texture enables it to absorb into the skin delivering beneficial ingredients, it provides the skin protection from the environment.

Kopi luwak anti-pollution oxygen brightening treatment

Kopi luwak anti-pollution oxygen brightening treatment

 

What it is

The Kopi Luwak anti-pollution oxygen treatment is designed to clear and protect skin from environmental pollutants by delivering potent film-forming, water-holding and soothing effects.

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Step 3 - Kopi luwak anti-pollution oxygen brightening treatment

Step 3 – Kopi luwak anti-pollution oxygen brightening treatment

An ultimate all in one exfoliating, moisture, firming age defying anti-pollution oxygen treatment that is also a transformative night treatment. The natural exfoliation technology de-pollutes, clarifies, softens and improves the skins penetration in as little as one application.

The exceptionally textured formula glides on and simply melts into skin where it works its magic overnight Kopi Luwak is the most expensive coffee in the world and is known to have excellent skin benefits, such as giving naturally firm skin and reducing inflammation and redness. It is also a potent antioxidant.

How does it work?

3 super products to de-pollute, revive and renew your skin with Kopi Luwak infusion, oxygen and 24K gold.

What it does

Kopi Luwak anti-pollution oxygen skin care treatment assists in retaining the skins trans-epidermal water loss, helps to enhance the skins oxygen delivery to help revive dull skin, for a smoother, more lifted appearance.

The Kopi Luwak anti-pollution oxygen range main Benefits:

  • Global anti-aging, face-lift alternative
  • A 3 step complete all in one “super treatment”
  • Protects from the environment (anti-pollution)
  • Cleansing and the removal of dead skin cells
  • Helps restore a firmer appearance

What else you need to know

In the ultimate connection of nature and hi-tech beauty, often one thing means the other, as is the case with the Kopi Luwak anti-pollution oxygen 3-step treatment. Along with its striking appearance, this amazing treatment has astounding multiple effects on the skin. This skin treatment is designed so that each product actually preforms and gives the benefits of two products, thus cutting down on the hassle and saving application time while maximizing the final effect on the skin.

 

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION:  This giveaway is shared from the brand’s PR company. The winner will receive the Kopi Luwak Anti-Pollution Brightening Oxygen 3 Step Treatment from Hermetise. a 4,994.97 value. Remember that you must be a Beauty Info Zone email subscriber AND comment to be eligible. This is open to US subscribers until 6/13/17 @11:59 p.m.EDT.

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Mask of the month: Better Skin Lava Magik

lava magik

When you think of lava what’s in your mind? Black or ash colored gritty yet moist ooze came to my mind when Better Skin offered Lava Magik for me to use and review. At first I wasn’t so sure but then I remembered that one of my very favorite moisturizers ever is Better Skin Mirakle Cream so I gladly agreed.

Remember my fear about the color? Gone the instant I opened the jar of Lava Magik. No black, no ash, no grit, no slime. Just a beautiful orange colored and fragranced exfoliating mask for me to enjoy.

Better Skin Lava Magik

Better Skin Lava Magik

Lava Magik is a triple duty product that I’m enjoying incorporating into my skincare routine. Not only is it a mask but it’s also a cleanser and a scrub. Three for the price of one. Also one jar taking up residence on my vanity instead of three products so it’s space saving too.

Better Skin Lava Magik

Better Skin Lava Magik

But the beauty of Lava Magik is how it performs. Cleansing and exfoliating are two of the benefits of this jar. I either do a quick cleanse with it to refresh my skin at the end of the day by adding water in the palm of my hand, washing, and then removal with a wash cloth. For exfoliation use this one or two times a week on damp skin. Massage it in with circular motions and after about 60 seconds you are done. Since there is some scrubiness to Lava Magik I recommend a wash cloth to remove it fully.

Better Skin Lava Magik

Better Skin Lava Magik

But it’s the mask that intrigues me and makes me want to use this. First it has an extremely pleasant orange fragrance that is sweet and true. It’s not artificial, it smells like the real thing.

Dampen your skin and apply this, letting it sit for 5 to 10 minutes. It slightly hardens but it doesn’t prevent you from doing anything else. You can go on the computer or read since it doesn’t slide off. You can even talk. And it doesn’t scare anyone that walks in on you.

After 10 minutes I wet my fingers and massage it in so I’m getting the exfoliation part. Then I remove with lots of warm water and a washcloth.

Better Skin Lava Magik

Better Skin Lava Magik

But you know all that from other exfoliators and masks. What you don’t know is that Better Skin created this with skin cleansing volcanic lava from France enriched with nourishing calendula, sweet orange and grapeseed oils, cucumber, parsley, and chamomile for healthy radiant, more youthful looking skin.

Now for the many benefits (from betterskin.com):

  • A cleanser, scrub & mask
  • Excellent antibacterial, anti-viral, anti-yeast fighting skin cleanser
  • Buffs away dull surface cells creating a youthful glow
  • Retexturizes skin, leaving it soft, smooth and younger-looking
  • Helps diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and acne scars
  • Absorb excess skin oils
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Helps prevent acne outbreaks
  • Stimulates collagen production
  • Helps calm rosacea, psoriasis and eczema
  • Rich in minerals
  • Minimizes pores
  • Minimizes blemishes

Better Skin Lava Magik leaves my skin so soft and prepped for makeup. I can use this mask morning or evening and since it’s so fast and not messy it doesn’t interfere with my routines. Using Better Skin Mirakle Cream is a delightful way to complete this treat but it works well with any moisturizer I’ve used it with.

Better Skin Mirakle Cream and Lava Magik

Better Skin Mirakle Cream and Lava Magik

Lava Magik is happily my mask of the month and will continue to be used for many months since it’s got a lot of magik/magic to it.  —  Marcia

 

Paraben-free, Surfactant-free, Gluten-free and Vegan

INGREDIENTS:
Water/Aqua/Eau, Pumice, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Stearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Carum Petroselinum (Parsley) Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract

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DERMAdoctor’s new Kakadu C line is a skincare lover’s delight (giveaway time)

DERMAdoctor Kakadu-C shelf at Ulta

DERMAdoctor Kakadu-C shelf at Ulta

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I was recently alerted to a new line from DERMAdoctor so I took myself to Ulta to check it out. The more I saw, the more I learned, the more I wanted! As an admitted skincare lover these DERMAdoctor Kakadu-C products look amazing. I know they smell amazing too – well actually they are fragrance free which makes them smell amazing to me!KakaduC_1

Kakadu is a tree that is native to Australia which grows the Kakadu Plum, a unique Vitamin C source. It contains about 55 times the amount of vitamin C as a Florida orange does. According to an article I read on StyleCraze the uses for this natural product has over 10 benefits to us. Being so rich in Vitamin C makes it an ideal anti-oxidant in skincare as it helps slow down the aging process.

In my research I came across an article on Health With Food that talks about Vitamin C and Kakadu Plum: “But why are vitamin C rich foods, such as Kakadu plums, so good for you? For one thing, vitamin C plays a crucial role in keeping your immune system, bones, teeth, and gums strong and healthy. It can also help keep your skin supple due to its ability to stimulate collagen production, and it may help prevent iron deficiency by improving the body’s capability to absorb iron from foods. Vitamin C may also have allergy-fighting properties due to its ability to prevent histamine release and to stimulate detoxification of existing histamine in the body.

DERMAdoctor harnessed the use of this amazing Vitamin C source from the Kakadu tree to bring their line of Kakadu-C products to market.

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Among the products in this great line are a few I found noteworthy. The Kakaju C 20% Vitamin C Serum seems outstanding. This daily rejuvenating essential assists in brightening and evening skin tone while leaving skin feeling firmer, smoother, tighter and complexion looking more radiant. A portion of the proceeds of the sale of each serum will be donated to the Kimberley Training Institute of Western Australia to help build Aboriginal community enterprises based on the Kakadu Plum. As someone who loves a great serum this one has caught my eye.

DERMAdoctor Kakadu C Eye Souffle

DERMAdoctor Kakadu C Eye Souffle

The first product I opened at Ulta was the Kakadu C Eye Souffle. This was as light as air yet felt so decadently rich.

DERMAdoctor Kakadu C Eye Souffle

DERMAdoctor Kakadu C Eye Souffle

Judging by the amount of people that sampled this at the store it’s obviously quite popular too. This brightening eye cream hydrates, smoothes and firms delicate skin for a more ageless appearance.

DERMAdoctor Kakadu C Face Creme

DERMAdoctor Kakadu C Face Creme

This DERMAdoctor Kakadu C Face Creme has my nose’s approval. This has a rich and hydrating feel to it. It’s meant for dehydrated, sensitive and mature skin so I know this would be great for me. Additional ingredients are Kakadu plum, Desert Lime and Quandong Peach extracts and enhanced with tripeptide technology.kakadu-vertical-product-banner

Since we can’t take a trip to Australia to find this ingredient we can get it with DERMAdoctor’s Kakadu-C line. There are several kits too to try out the products so you can see what it will do for your skin. Happily we were offered a giveaway for one of our Beauty Info Zone US subscribers to win the DERMAdoctor Kakadu-C Eye Souffle. Allure magazine considers Kakadu Plum to be one of the newest must-have ingredients and you could be in on that.

To enter follow the directions on the Rafflecopter. This giveaway will end on June 2, 2017 at 11:59 and the prize will be sent by Nakturnal the sponsor of the giveaway. Good luck!  —  Marcia

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