#ITsAtSephora and we’re so excited

IT Cosmetics at Sephora

IT Cosmetics at Sephora

IT Cosmetics has arrived at our favorite cosmetic store – Sephora. There’s been a long journey for Jamie Kern Lima, the magician behind IT Cosmetics. I remember buying my first product from them and realizing that this was a line that I could get excited about. Now, years and years later, that realization has come true and I’m a big fan of the line.                               press sample

Lisa and I were each sent a box with the products that are exclusive to Sephora. We’re excited to teach you about them and have a giveaway in Lisa’s article. I told her to pick what she wanted to write about and I’d do the rest. Well I think she gave me a hint about what she thinks of me since everything she told me to review are anti-aging products. How dare she?? I’m actually so grateful since I put 4 items to work and my initial experiences with them are worth any insult she might have made.

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Lines Serum

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Lines Serum

BYE BYE LINES SERUM  aka Advanced Anti-Aging Wrinkle-Smoothing Miracle Concentrate ($58 for 1 fl oz/30 ml) is terrific for me. I’m all about two things, serums and eye creams, so this new product from IT Cosmetics is what I’d choose in a second. This is a powerful serum though it feels gentle on my skin. It’s absolutely loaded with goodies: anti-aging peptides, hydrolyzed collagen, caviar extract, sea water, argan oil, babassu oil and vitamins A, C, B1, B2, B5, B7, B9 and CoQ10. Wow, talk about hydration and improving the skin barrier. Clinical studies are off the wall with how great testers found this serum and I’m right there with them. Use it morning, night, or both for incredible moisturization. It has the most luscious orange fragrance to top it off and anything that will help prevent and blur my fine lines is on my A-list.

IT Cosmetics Anti-Aging Armour

IT Cosmetics Anti-Aging Armour

At my age I love that I can use a product with the word armour in it. IT COSMETICS ANTI-AGING ARMOUR “Super Smart Skin-Perfecting Beauty Fluid” ($38 1 fl oz) asked for me to pick it. This beauty fluid contains SPF50+. It is a hydrating sunscreen that brightens, protects, and repairs. It has color-correcting pigments to even out the appearance of skin tones. Shake the bottle first to mix ingredients and you’ll find a light beige fluid. I’m very fair so it does do color correcting for me but if I had darker than medium skin I’d want to check it out at Sephora personally to make sure the color worked. I’ve mixed it with a foundation that is too light for me and it upped the color level. Anti-aging Armour has everything I want within: peptides, niacin, hydrolyzed collagen, hyaluronic acid, and antioxidants. What more could this “old” lady want?

Bye Bye Under Eye eye cream

Bye Bye Under Eye eye cream

Bye Bye Under Eye eye cream

Bye Bye Under Eye eye cream

And here we are – another love of mine. The fact that IT Cosmetics at last has an eye cream has convinced me that I will for sure be a customer for life. BYE BYE UNDER EYE EYE CREAM ($48 0.5 fl oz/15 ml) – this phenomenon is made to Smooth, Brighten and Depuff. It contains ingredients to help it do that: anti-aging copper, blue algae, caffeine, vitamin C, collagen, cucumber extract, and peptides. The caffeine makes an instant difference with my puffiness and dark circles. My undereye area feels very soft and hydrated. The eye cream even looks refreshing with its light blue shade. It doesn’t interfere with my concealer so it’s a go day and night.

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Skin CC+ Skin Perfecting Brush #7-2

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Skin CC+ Skin Perfecting Brush #702

IT Cosmetics has always been known for their incredible brushes. This cruelty-free company creates amazing brushes that will make you want to toss others. Along comes this HEAVENLY SKIN CC+ SKIN-PERFECTING BRUSH, No. 702 ($48) to blow me out of the water. While this looks like another fabulous brush from IT, it’s actually a groundbreaker. It has skincare infused brush hair.

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Skin CC+ Skin Perfecting Brush #702

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Skin CC+ Skin Perfecting Brush #702

The fibers on this brush are infused with anti-aging collagen, silk, peptides, niacin, and antioxidants. This is so unique. It’s a perfect brush for skincare and color products. Can’t you almost feel the softness of the brush? It’s been created to optically blur and perfect skin by erasing the appearance of lines, pores and imperfections instantly. I’m using this for my skincare but I want another for my cosmetics now.

As you can see, I’m very impressed with the new inroads that IT COSMETICS has made. I’m kidding about the anti-aging part because I really believe that the sooner you start with anti-aging products of this quality, the better off you’ll be for it in the future. All 4 of these products are exclusive to Sephora so I’m recommending that if you don’t buy now that you put these on your wishlist for the holidays or when Sephora has their yearly discount. Which one tops your list?  —  Marcia

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Thanks to Lisa for taking all these pictures for our two posts

I insist you use these 2 products from G.M. Collin and Scalisi. I’m making it easier with a giveaway

G.M. Collin Sunscreens and Scalisi Eye Cream

G.M. Collin Sunscreens and Scalisi Eye Cream

With age comes wisdom and sadly this wisdom came to me after a long life of errors. In my opinion the most important products for you to use are sunscreen and eye cream. I reiterate this over and over because I didn’t know the benefits until I was older and I want you to learn from my mistakes. Two of the products that I received for review are ones I think you should consider for your life: G.M. COLLIN sunscreen and SCALISI eye cream.

G.M. COLLIN Sunscreens

G.M. COLLIN Sunscreens

G.M. COLLIN has two new launches this summer with their SPF 50+ Dry Touch Sun Protection Cream and SPF 60 Mineral Sunscreen Sun Protection Cream. These sunscreens are different because the SPF 50+ Dry Touch contains chemical filters while SPF 60 is a Mineral Sunscreen without any chemicals. I had a very hard time deciding which to keep and which to give to one of our readers but the deciding factor for me is that the SPF 60 Mineral Sunscreen Sun Protection Cream is labeled as fragrance free. Therefore one lucky winner will be able to try out the G.M. COLLIN SPR 50+ DRY TOUCH SUN PROTECTION CREAM for themselves.

G.M. Collin Mineral Sunscreen SPF 60

G.M. Collin Mineral Sunscreen SPF 60

I’ve been using G.M. Collin Mineral Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 60  ($32) for several weeks now. I’m not the ideal candidate to test a sunscreen since I try not to be in direct sunlight often but that doesn’t mean I don’t need protection, especially for my face. This is a very lightweight sunscreen that doesn’t ball up under my foundation. It’s water resistant for up to 40 minutes before you have to reapply. This is also PABA-free, paraben-free, alcohol-free, fragrance-free and color-free formula. It contains 100% natural Titanium Dioxide (4.9%) and Zinc Oxide (4.7%) mineral sunscreens.

G.M. Collin Mineral Sunscreen SPF 60

G.M. Collin Mineral Sunscreen SPF 60

Other reasons I’m enjoying this is that it’s meant for people who are ultra sensitive to the sun. While I don’t mind my freckles, I do mind my sunspots from years of inadvertently going without protection. Having both UVA and UVB protection is great plus it’s safe for children so I keep it in my bag when I’m with the cutie pies.

G.M. Collin Dry Touch Sun Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 50+

G.M. Collin Dry Touch Sun Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 50+

Today’s giveaway is for the G.M. Collin Dry Touch Sun Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ ($34). This too has broad spectrum protection with both UVA and UVB. According to the brand it’s easy to apply, has a light and dry finish, there’s no white residue, and it’s paraben-free. G.M. Collin Dry Touch is water resistant up to $80 minutes so it’s great for more outdoorsy people than I am. The sunscreen ingredients are Avobenzone 3.0%, Homosalate 15.0%, Octisalate 5.0%, and Octocrylene 10.0% which are chemical filters.

Both of these sunscreens, along with other G.M. Collin products are available at Skin1.com and Beauty Bridge which currently have 20% off.

Scalisi Eye Cream

Scalisi Eye Cream

I’ve reviewed Scalisi before so I was more than happy to review their eye cream. As a certified eye cream fanatic I rue the years I ignored it. Now I don’t go a day without. I have no desire to let my eyes show my age and neither should you. Therefore you need a great eye cream and Scalisi Eye Cream is one you should consider.

Scalisi Eye Cream

Scalisi Eye Cream

This pump top container is long and slim. It can fit in a cosmetic bag, barely taking up any room, so that you can refresh during the day if you want. Here’s what Scalisi tells us about this:

  1. Diminishes the look of fine lines and crows feet
  2. Reduces the look of under eye puffiness
  3. Creates a brighter appearance for beautiful skin.  No Retinol – great for sensitive skin
  4. Moisturizes and Hydrates
  5. Paraben free
Scalisi Eye Cream swatch

Scalisi Eye Cream swatch

I love that this is fragrance free since not all brands are. It glides on and never irritates my sensitive skin. It’s very soft and that’s how it leaves my undereye area. My only complaint at first was that I got more out of the pump than I needed for both eyes. BUT now I know to massage this over my top lip. Scalisi Eye Cream helps with fine lines and wrinkles and I have those there too. Double score!

Key ingredients include

  • Jojoba, Macadamia, Hazelnut & Squalane: to hydrate
  • White Tea Extract for skin rejuvenation for a radiant, fresh and youthful appearance
  • Soy Proteins: rich in essential amino acids to regenerate
  • Ash Tree Bark Extract: reduces the appearance of under eye puffiness
  • Ubiquinone: antioxidant to fight environmental aggressors
  • Yeast Polysaccharides: strengthens skin’s immune system, provides natural anti-irritants
  • Peptide Pal-GHK and Peptide Pal-GQPR: combined helps to make skin appear firmer, more plump and tone.
  • Perfection Peptide P3: for a brighter, smoother, radiant skin

Scalisi Eye Cream is also available on Amazon for $53.35 and free Prime shipping.

Don’t you want all that? I sure do and Scalisi is giving me hydrated skin and saving the truth of my age coming out. — Marcia

Now for the GIVEAWAY. This is open for US and Canada through 8/22 @11:59 p.m. ET. We wish we could do more international giveaways but we pay for the postage ourselves. The winner will receive G.M. COLLIN Dry Touch SPF 50+ Sun Protection Cream. The sunscreen expires 5/19 so you’ll have plenty of time to use it. As usual you must subscribe to Beauty Info Zone’s emails and comment. After those two requirements you can continue on. We do have a problem with comments closing before  the giveaways are over but that’s easy to overcome. Just email me at beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label your message either GM Collin or Sunscreen. Give your comment in the email, click Enter, and continue on.

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Primer and sun protection with Equitance Sunscreen SPF 36

Equitance Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 36

I think I might be a little nutty regarding this multi-tasking thing, but any beauty hack that might save me time is always way up on my list of items to test. Equitance Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 36 ($30.00 (.98 fl. oz); available at equitance-us.com) does the job of two essential skin care products – broad spectrum sun protection and makeup primer – all in one super cute squeeze bottle.

Before I talk about the actual product, I definitely want to address the packaging. I love this bottle!  I don’t even really understand why I am so enamored with it.  It is adorable, so easy to use, and just so…so…cute!

Equitance Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 36

Equitance Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 36

Ok, I love the packaging but what about the performance as a sunscreen? It has a liquidy consistency so be sure to shake it well before squeezing any out. It was so thin that I was surprised…broad spectrum sunscreen tends to be thick. But this doesn’t leave white streaks. In fact, it’s very lightweight and doesn’t instantly change my complexion color three shades whiter.

What it does do is filter out the UV rays that cause hyperpigmentation and photoaging, as well as safeguard against free radicals.  Here are the ingredients:

  • Linoleic Acid is extracted from safflower seed oil and purified. We found that linoleic acid’s primary effect helps to significantly minimize the appearance of dark spots. It also promotes the exfoliation of the stored melanin that form dark spots.
  • Ascorbyl Glucoside is a vitamin C derivative with skin-brightening powers. In liquid topical skin care formulas, vitamin C derivative is more stable, maximizing its beneficial function better than vitamin C itself.
  • Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate, made from licorice, possesses soothing properties.
  • Cherry Blossom Leaf Extract is culled from the Japanese sakura tree and possesses properties that sooth and soften rough skin.
  • Shell Ginger Extract is derived from the Japanese alpinia speciosa leaf. Its intense moisturizing properties help brighten the skin.

I like that this sunscreen doesn’t smell bad. It has a very light, pleasant floral fragrance. I like that it provides broad spectrum coverage and a zinc oxide formula. As a sunscreen, I think this is a home run.

As a primer, I have mixed results. It does brighten the complexion and dries very quickly. I think this would work for most people except those with extremely absorbent skin (my issue for sure) or those with very oily skin. It doesn’t prevent the dreaded shiny nose syndrome and it’s not as tenacious as other primers in terms of giving makeup a lot more longevity. It does, however, smooth skin into a better canvas for makeup.

Equitance Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 36

Equitance Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 36

Overall, I love the packaging and the sunscreen. It doesn’t really work as a primer for me so it’s not my perfect multi-tasker, but I have such absorbent skin that I always need super strength primers.

Interested in Equitance Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 36?  Click THIS LINK for 20% off, a special link for Beauty Info Zone readers!  – Lisa

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An introduction to Aveeno Absolutely Ageless with a giveaway

It’s always fun to receive a delivery from Aveeno and their new Absolutely Ageless products are a perfect addition to their already great line.

photo credit: www.kineticsnj.com

photo credit: www.kineticsnj.com

Yes, it’s their new blackberry fragranced Absolutely Ageless™ products that are a delicious mix Aveeno concentration of ACTIVE NATURALS® Blackberry Complex infused with vitamins, antioxidants, and anti-aging ingredients. If I have to have fragrance in my products then let them be yummy.

Blackberry Jam - amazingly good from Mrs. Millers

Blackberry Jam – amazingly good from Mrs. Millers

The AVEENO® Absolutely Ageless™ Collection was created to help reduce the visible effects of elastin and collagen loss, but to also nourish skin, to keep it looking younger, longer. Who wouldn’t want that?

all 5 of the new Aveeno Absolutely Ageless™ products

all 5 of the new Aveeno Absolutely Ageless™ products

Let’s start with cleansing our skin with the Nourishing Cleanser. This is gentle enough for both morning and night. I keep it in my shower because of the plastic pump. I don’t have to worry about breakage and it’s sealed well so water doesn’t seep in. This removes dirt and makeup and totally refreshes my skin making it ready for my day. It’s hydrating without being too rich so it doesn’t clog pores at all. The MSRP is $7.99 so it’s an affordable option in your life.

AVEENO® Absolutely Ageless™ Intensive Renewal Serum is a wonderful serum as it contains everything that Aveeno is known for including this new Active Naturals Blackberry Complex. It’s a thin serum that absorbs pretty quickly without leaving any stickiness behind. The top is a pump so you aren’t compromising the inside. While the MSRP is $19.99 which is a good price for this top notch serum, Amazon has it for $12.86 making it a steal.

AVEENO® Absolutely Ageless™ Intensive Renewal Serum

AVEENO® Absolutely Ageless™ Intensive Renewal Serum

The next step for me is to apply eye cream since I want everything absorbed before it’s time to put on any cosmetics. Aveeno didn’t forget my favorite product when they came out with AVEENO® Absolutely Ageless™ Eye Cream. This 0.5 oz eye cream is the perfect size for home and travel. The slant tip makes it easy to apply without using your fingers if you want. If you want to lose your dark circles and that pesky puffiness this is a great way to go. You know I’m a nut about eye cream and it’s wonderful to find one so well priced. And I don’t notice a fragrance!!!!

Aveeno Absolutely Ageless Nourishing Cleanser, Eye cream, Intensive Renewal Serum

Aveeno Absolutely Ageless Daily Moisturizer, Eye cream, Intensive Renewal Serum

Moving on we need moisturizer and Aveeno Absolutely Ageless has both a daily moisturizer and a night cream. I’m always delighted when there’s sunscreen in my moisturizer since it saves me an extra step. AVEENO® Absolutely Ageless™ Daily Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 fits that bill. The moisturizer has the strongest fragrance of the 5 products but you won’t notice it after a while. It comes with a pump applicator. As with all of these products it’s dermatologist test and won’t clog pores. We need both moisturizer and sunscreen daily to keep our skin looking youthful. Whenever I’d take my 90 year old+ mother to the dermatologist Aveeno is what they’d recommend for her.

AVEENO® Absolutely Ageless™ Daily Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30

AVEENO® Absolutely Ageless™ Daily Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30

AVEENO® Absolutely Ageless™ Daily Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30

AVEENO® Absolutely Ageless™ Daily Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30

For night we have AVEENO® Absolutely Ageless™ Restorative Night Cream. This is the only product that’s in a jar. This night cream is thick and creamy having the most delicious fragrance of all these. This is much more intense than the Daily Moisturizer so you need to scoop it out and cover your entire face and neck area with it. Do NOT forget your neck. You are doing everything you can to keep your face hydrated and more youthful but it’s your neck that is a tell tale giveaway of age (example Meg Ryan at the Tony’s!). This is great for dry skin especially.

Now for the very good news, AVEENO® has kindly offered to send 3 Beauty Info Zone this entire skincare line. The US only winners will win all 5 of the products to see for themselves what a difference AVEENO® can make in their skin.  — Marcia

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Getting ready for summer with Hawaiian Tropic!

photo credit: ecobeautyeditor.com

photo credit: ecobeautyeditor.com

Sometimes I long for the days when we had no idea what sort of damage the sun does the skin. When I was in my teens and twenties, I spent days and weeks in the sun with no SPF at all…in fact, I would slather myself in a deeply coconut scented no-SPF tanning oil, use reflective tinfoil, and be certain I was in the sun from 11 to 1 when I could catch the best tanning rays. I never, ever thought one time about skin cancer, wrinkles, or hyperpigmentation. I was blissfully unaware…oh geez I just found a photo of myself at age 31 with my son – taken in Florida at I am sure 12:30 in the afternoon.

I can't even imagine how much skin damage happened on this day...

I can’t even imagine how much skin damage happened on this day…

However, once you know something it is impossible to ‘un’ know it, so I use SPF every day, even if I don’t think I am going outside. Lately all I want is my Hawaiian Tropic, not only because it is great at protecting skin from the sun, but because it brings me right back to those sunny, blissful days at the beach (or on a folding chair in my backyard pretending it’s the beach).                                                                                        PR sampleHawaiian Tropic

Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Lotion Sunscreen

Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Lotion Sunscreen

I make sure to apply broad spectrum SPF every day, and boy do I love the Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Lotion Sunscreen ($7.99). It is indeed weightless, a light soft lotion that sinks in immediately.

  • Feels indulgent on the skin – as if it’s barely on
  • Safe and effective broad-spectrum UVA and UVB sunscreen
  • Blended with exotic island botanicals
  • Unmistakable Hawaiian Tropic® fragrance will delight your senses
  • Premium airless pump
  • Water-resistant for up to 80 minutes

It really does smell just like it did back in the day. When I have this on I can close my eyes and imagine I am at the beach right that second. Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Lotion Sunscreen is just delightful.

Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch After Sun Moisturizer

Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch After Sun Moisturizer

So the Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch After Sun Moisturizer ($7.99) isn’t sun protection, but it is one terrific body lotion that gives skin a soft glow with a classic Hawaiian Tropic scent.

  • Formulated with shea butter complex and mango fruit extract
  • Unique skin brightening effect – special pigments that reflect light beautifully
  • 8-ounce pump bottle
  • A tropical treat for your senses

I love the beautiful radiance it gives skin…not overly sparkly, just a warm glow that makes skin look amazing. You really need to pick this up for summer!

Hawaiian Tropic products can be found in mass, grocery and drug retailers nationwide as well as online.  Pick some up and they will bring you right back to those carefree summer days!  – Lisa

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Skincare 101 – my Paula’s Choice regimen

Paula's Choice Resist line - my personal regimen

Paula’s Choice Resist line – my personal regimen

Makeup Wars is always a favorite for me. If you haven’t been hanging around Beauty Info Zone then you might not know that Makeup Wars is when a group of bloggers choose a topic and we all post about the same general idea. But the articles are so varied since we are all coming from different places in our life. Skincare 101 is a most exciting post because I know that I’m going to learn so much from the other “warriors” and what they are going to share.

I’m sharing my Paula’s Choice Resist products that I received from #PRIMP, Pretty in my Pocket, after a wonderful phone consultation. I’ve loved and used Paula’s Choice products for years. But the line has gotten so big that I was at a loss as to what I really should be using. I read the descriptions and everything sounds wonderful. The phone consult which takes between 10 and 15 minutes and is free to all, is perfect. Your representative discusses your skin type, age, skin concerns, and what you want to work on and then creates your own personal regimen. You can then pick out which items you want to start with or wait for another day. I recommend that you don’t wait though. I’ve been using my PC Resist products for 4 months now and don’t intend to stop. I’ll add in other lines that I want to review but I’ve always gone back to Paula’s Choice.

For this review you need to know that I’ve got skin that used to be combination but is now on the dry side, especially in cold weather. My concerns are keeping my face looking as youthful as possible while dealing with large pores, fine lines, and firmness.

CLEANSING:

Paula's Choice Resist Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser and Resist Advanced Replenishing Toner

Paula’s Choice Resist Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser and Resist Advanced Replenishing Toner

I use both the Resist Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser and Advanced Replenishing Toner morning and evening. There are other cleansers in the Resist line but for my needs (and advancing age) I needed one that is gentle and hydrating. This is a lotion that cleanses my skin and removes any facial makeup without stripping my skin of essential oils. While it works for all skin types it’s especially recommended for normal to dry.

The Resist Advanced Replenishing Toner is a step that I often resist. There’s so much misinformation around about using a toner and it’s often skipped but it can be an essential step in balancing your skin and keeping it well preserved (and not pickled). This toner is one for anti-aging which can be seen in the ingredients. It helps build collagen for firmer skin, it contains anti-irritants to calm redness, and it has licorice extract & acetyl glucosamine to improve skin tone. The packaging is hard plastic so you can’t really squeeze it out, you pour it onto a cotton pad and there’s never too much that comes out. It removes all vestiges of makeup. It’s great after using a cleansing cloth if you are too tired to use a soap and water cleanser since it removes all the residue from the cloth.

DAYTIME:

Paula's Choice Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment and Cellular Defense Daily Moisturizer

Paula’s Choice Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment and Cellular Defense Daily Moisturizer

After cleansing and toning I use Paula’s Choice Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment and Resist Cellular Defense Daily Moisturizer. These are daytime only for me because of the ingredients in them.

The Resist Daily Smoothing Treatment with 5% AHA contains glycolic acid which gently exfoliates and protects your skin’s barrier. This was chosen for me because it helps fade sun damage. I’m a firm believer in SPF but that’s not how I was brought up. I apply this AHA treatment as soon as I’ve finished with the two cleansing products. I like it to sink into my skin while I’m putting on my eye makeup. This is a light yellow creamy lotion that makes my skin feel very soft. I love anything that helps me correct my uneven skintone so this is a definite rebuy for me.

Resist Cellular Defense Daily Moisturizer w/Broad Spectrum SPF 25 is the only moisturizer I took on a recent trip. I was packing light and this tube was exactly what I needed. I used it both day and night but at home I just use this during the day. Cellular Defense Daily Moisturizer fits all the things I’m looking for in a daytime product: fragrance-free, broad spectrum sunscreen (mineral based), works as an anti-aging product, contains antioxidants, and my foundation never balls up when using this PC sunscreen.

NIGHTTIME:

Paula's Choice Resist Barrier Repair Moisturizer and Resist BHA 9

Paula’s Choice Resist Barrier Repair Moisturizer and Resist BHA 9

Paula’s Choice Resist Barrier Repair Moisturizer and her Resist BHA 9 are the two products I use only at night. After cleansing and toning I first apply Resist BHA 9 and let it work its magic on my skin. This thin tube is totally different than the other BHA I have from Paula’s Choice. I laughed when I got this because it’s subtitled as “for stubborn imperfections” which describes my life to a tee. This is actually a product that’s good for so many of us as it is a concentrated salicylic acid spot treatment to tackle the most stubborn imperfections for dramatic results without irritation. It’s to be used for acne breakouts, Anti-Aging, blackheads, enlarged pores, and keratosis pilaris. Being stubborn myself I use this all over my face and not as a spot treatment. My main goal with this is for my enlarged pores and anti-aging. I am seeing a difference on the pores on my cheeks, especially when I apply cream blush. During Christmas there were so many deals popping up that I bought a set containing this BHA so I wouldn’t run out. It has a slightly oily feel to it. I’ve never had any irritation with this. It’s a winner for me.

Paula's Choice Resist BHA 9

Paula’s Choice Resist BHA 9

Since the Resist Barrier Repair Moisturizer has retinol in it, it’s strictly for night use around here. This was chosen for me because I had said I’m concerned with fine lines and future wrinkles. It’s very lightweight so I thought that it wouldn’t be enough moisturizing for me this winter but I was mistaken. I’m testing other skincare right now but I make sure to use this Barrier Repair Moisturizer a few times a week. The retinol in this works to improve skintone and I’ve been very happy with that overall. The percentage of retinol isn’t mentioned anywhere but it’s a mild one. This is best for normal to dry skin and happily is fragrance free.

EYE CREAM:

Paula's Choice Resist Anti-Aging Eye Cream

Paula’s Choice Resist Anti-Aging Eye Cream

Oh what an uproar there was when Paula’s Choice announced they now had an eye cream. It was always her stand that we didn’t need a separate cream for eyes and many of her products are recommended to be used near your eyes. But women (especially me) want an eye cream and Paula listened. Paula’s Choice Resist Anti-Aging Eye Cream was brought out after much testing since she knew she’d be scrutinized by everyone for going against her grain. This is a nicely rich eye cream that hasn’t caused me to have any milia. I used it religiously for 2 months and now alternate it with any others that I’m testing. I love the packaging of it but I often get out more than I actually need. The amount on my finger is really enough for both eyes twice. I try to squeeze lightly so that not too much comes out. I rub it between my fingers to soften it and pat it on under my eyes. While it’s a very good eye cream at a good price, I’m not sure if this is a repurchase, but then again I have a drawer full of eye creams so we’ll see down the road.

There you have my Paula’s Choice regimen. When I’m ready to add new products or I have a question about one of their products I’d have no problem calling again or using their live chat online. I also have no problem telling you that this is a line to be trusted and one I believe in. If I had a daughter, I’d gladly steer her towards Paula’s Choice to find her own routine.

What Paula’s Choice products do you have or covet?  — Marcia

Click here for $10 off your first order!!


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Christie Brinkley on HSN and giveaway on Beauty Info Zone

Christie Brinkley on HSN

Christie Brinkley on HSN

Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare is a brand that I’m crazy about. I’ve got 4 of her products in my arsenal and each one is a rave. I’ve been thrilled using her skincare and this is a line that will be helping me out even more once winter and those cold harsh winds come into play.

You can read my review of both the Recapture 360 Night Treatment and Refocus Eye IR Defense Eye Treatment HERE so you’ll learn more about products you’ll want from the Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare line.

On Thursday October 29th you can learn all about the line on HSN. You can see the stunning and youthful Christie Brinkley sharing the line at 2 a.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. EST. Tune in since you will be totally impressed with her natural beauty and I know you’ll fall for her skincare line as much as I have.

Christie Brinkley Recapture Day + IR Defense

Christie Brinkley Recapture Day + IR Defense

We have been graciously offered a giveaway for one US reader of a Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare item and I chose the RECAPTURE DAY + IR DEFENSE moisturizer for this. I used this throughout the summer and it kept my skin well hydrated and radiant. This is a product I’d buy again and again and I’d love for one of you to have that same experience. My original review (HERE) gives you the information about this sunscreen moisturizer and as I reread it just now I was nodding my head in agreement with what I said 2 months ago. christie brinkley day cream jar information

The ingredients in this are excellent and leave my skin softer and ready for foundation.

• Neo-Dermyl is a cutting edge copper based ingredient that helps firm and reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles as it rejuvenates the skin.

• Sytenol A is unique and powerful retinol-like anti-oxidant that visibly evens and brightens skin tone.

• K 3 Vita C is a stable form of vitamin C that helps support natural collagen production and even skin tone.

This is really a cutting edge product that I love. The Sunscreen is SPF30 and was my main sunscreen most of the summer. Even better news is that the Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare line is certified vegan and cruelty-free with 100% vegan formulations.  — Marcia

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION:

1.  US only

2.  Ends 11:59 p.m. EST on November 3, 2015

3.  Entries will be verified

4.  If comments close towards the end of this giveaway please email me at beautyinfozone@gmail.com with the title Christie Brinkley with your comment and then continue on.

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