Keeping it clean with Paula’s Choice Resist Perfectly Balanced Cleanser and Advanced Replenishing Toner

I’m a huge, huge Paula fan from way back…in fact, it’s really thanks to her that I am a beauty blogger today. Her skin care line is one I go back to again and again, so I was more than happy to test some items the BIZ was sent. I think that this line excels in two areas: cleansing and treatment. Today I am excited to be sharing with you two of my favorite cleansing items, the RESIST PERFECTLY BALANCED CLEANSER ($18 for 6.4 oz) and the RESIST ADVANCED REPLENISHING TONER ($23 for 4 oz)

RESIST PERFECTLY BALANCED CLEANSER

RESIST PERFECTLY BALANCED CLEANSER

RESIST PERFECTLY BALANCED CLEANSER

This is a perfect workhorse cleanser. It’s amazing for anyone with oily or t-zone issues – I think she has better cleansers for those with dry skin. This one is terrific for removing excess oil as well as whatever is left from the day while at the same time treating and hydrating skin.

RESIST PERFECTLY BALANCED CLEANSER

It’s a light lotion cleanser that has a slight foam. Works great with any cleansing device because it has some slip. I do like to wipe off my eye makeup first with Paula’s Gentle Touch Makeup Remover ($15) but this cleanser does take off eye makeup without stinging my eyes. The ceramides and the hyaluronic acid are wonderfully soothing ingredients that leave skin super happy. Great stuff!
RESIST ADVANCED REPLENISHING TONER
I am a big believer in toners. Good ones remove any last vestiges of makeup while also calming skin. This one does both, plus the antioxidants fight wrinkles and free radicals. The bottle is a squeeze bottle that can be a little challenging at first – I was putting way too much toner on my cotton pads – but it can’t be in a spray bottle because the toner has a lotion quality to it that’s too thick to spray. Check out everything it does for skin:
  • Anti-Aging, Extra Sensitive Skin, Wrinkles
  • Soothes Dry/Very Dry Skin
  • Antioxidant-rich formula reduces wrinkles & repairs damaged cells
  • Licorice extract & acetyl glucosamine improve skin tone
  • Soothing formula calms skin while removing last traces of makeup
  • Unique milky texture leaves skin looking radiant & feeling unbelievably soft
  • This product is 100% fragrance- and colorant-free.

I especially appreciate this toner when I have dry spots or chapped areas from the cold Michigan weather. This is, truly, the best toner I have ever used.

I recommend the Paula’s Choice line all the time – it has fabulous basics that work and the Resist Perfectly Balanced Cleanser and Resist Advanced Replenishing Toner are fantastic staples to include in your skin care routine. If you are new to Paula’s Choice, click HERE for $10 off your first order!  – Lisa

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Resist Perfectly Balanced Cleanser Ingredients:  Water (Aqua), Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate (cleansing agents), Stearic Acid (thickener), Glycerin (skin-repairing ingredient), Glycol Distearate (opacifying agent), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil (non-fragrant antioxidant plant oil), Acrylates Copolymer, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ceramide NP, Ceramide AP, Ceramide EOP (skin-repairing ingredients), Phytosphingosine (cell-communicating ingredient), Phospholipids, Sphingolipids (skin-repairing ingredients), Lecithin (cell-communicating ingredient), Arginine (amino acid water-binding agent), Cholesterol (skin-repairing ingredient), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract (water-binding agent), Disodium EDTA (chelating agent), Sodium Chloride (stabilizer), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate (emulsifier), Xanthan Gum, Carbomer (thickeners), Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol (preservatives).

Resist Advanced Replenishing Toner Ingredients:  Water (Aqua), Cyclopentasiloxane (silicone-based skin-conditioning agent), Glycerin (skin-identical ingredient), Glycerth-26 (emollient), Polysorbate 20, Dimethiconol (silicone-based skin-conditioning agent), Linoleic Acid, Oleic Acid, Linolenic Acid (essential fatty acids/cell-communicating ingredients), Phospholipids (skin-identical ingredient), Carnosine (cell-communicating ingredient), Epigallocatechin Gallate, Genistein (antioxidants), Sodium Hyaluronate, Sphingolipids (skin-identical ingredients), Ferulic Acid (antioxidant), Laurdimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Soy Protein (skin-conditioning agent), Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract (anti-irritant), Acetyl Glucosamine (water-binding agent), Tocopherol (vitamin E/antioxidant), Ascorbyl Palmitate (stabilized vitamin C/antioxidant), Quercetin (antioxidant), Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil (non-fragrant plant oil), Beta Vulgaris (Beet) Root Extract, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Extract (antioxidants), Lecithin (cell-communicating ingredient), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (emollient), Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Palmitic Acid, Butylene Glycol (slip agent), Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer (film-forming agent), Xanthan Gum (thickener), Laureth-23 (cleansing agent), Laureth-4 (emulsifier), Aminomethyl Propanol (pH adjuster), Disodium EDTA (stabilizer), Sodium Benzoate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol(preservatives), Chlorphenesin, Benzoic Acid, Sorbic Acid.

Learn about the new derma e® Purifying Line in this review and giveaway

derma e® has created a new line of products – their Purifying Line. There are 6 products in this new cruelty-free organic line and we were sent 4 of them to experience plus there’s a giveaway for this set of 4 too. The products in the Purifying Line have these key ingredients:

  • Kimarine® is a potassium-rich, magnesium-rich seaweed clinically proven to protect skin against environmental pollutants (exhaust fumes, cigarette smoke, and heavy metals).
  • Bladderwrack is an antioxidant-rich, mineral-rich seaweed known for its water-binding properties, supporting healthy skin hydration, elasticity and nourishment.
  • Activated Charcoal is a naturally powerful, absorptive ingredient (known for absorbing 100 to 200 times its weight in impurities) that deeply detoxifies and purifies skin.
  • Green Tea is a potent antioxidant that helps fight free radicals, prevent oxidative stress and protect skin from UVA and UVB radiation damage.
  • Aloe Leaf is an herbal remedy renowned for its ability to moisturize, soften, soothe and detoxify skin.

The 6 items in the line are Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask, Purifying Daily Detox Scrub, Purifying Youth Serum, Purifying Toner Mist, Purifying Oil-Free Moisturizer, and Purifying Gel Cleanser. Read about our four and then enter our giveaway. Meant to detox and reboost your skin, these do what they say. This line is 100% vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, mineral oil-free, lanolin-free, gluten-free, GMO-free. Gotta love that.

LISA’S SIDE:

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I love the derma e® line and I’ve used their Soothing Cleanser and Hydrating Serum with Hyaluronic Acid for years. Today I am happy to you about two new products that have been added to my list of favorites from derma e® – the Purifying Daily Detox Scrub and the Purifying Oil-Free Moisturizer.

derma e Purifying Daily Detox Scrub

derma e Purifying Daily Detox Scrub

The Purifying Daily Detox Scrub ($15.50) is a facial exfoliant paste that is gentle but very effective. It has a great ingredient list, starting with the charcoal that absorbs impurities so they can be washed away. The scrubbing power comes from Apricot Seed Powder that sloughs off any dead cells, dirt, and oil. The aloe keeps skin super soft and moist.  Like all the Purifying products, it also has the Kimarine® and bladderwrack mentioned earlier.  Because the Purifying Daily Detox Scrub doesn’t have a whole slew of complicated ingredients, this gentle scrub should be safe for even very sensitive skin. I think it’s a fantastic way to keep skin glowing and ready for serum and moisturizer.

derma e Purifying Daily Detox Scrub

derma e Purifying Oil-Free Moisturizer

I was so surprised the first time I used the derma e® Purifying Oil-Free Moisturizer ($29.50) – it’s not often I find a moisturizer that is gray with silver opalescence! I’m not surprised by the performance of this moisturizer, however. It’s the workhorse I thought I would be based on the ingredient list, which includes some terrific antioxidants thanks to the Green Tea. The lightness of the lotion makes it perfect for anyone with oily skin…it might be too light for those with very dry skin. Otherwise, this is a terrific choice for a daily moisturizer that keeps skin healthy and looking fabulous.

MARCIA’S SIDE:

derma e Purifying 2-in1 Charcoal Mask and Purifying Toner Mist

derma e Purifying 2-in1 Charcoal Mask and Purifying Toner Mist

My two products are the Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask and Purifying Toner Mist which work beautifully together or alone. I have become a mask junkie so it came as no surprise to Lisa when I told her that this was my first choice to try. I’ve run out of toner so this was a given.

DERMA E® PURIFYING TONER MIST ($15.50) contains Marine Algae and Green Tea to refresh and fortify your skin against the environment. It’s PH balanced with Kimarine® Wakame, Bladderwrack, Green Tea antioxidants, and Aloe Leaf Juice. With these great ingredients you are adding antioxidants that will help support your skin hydration and nourishment.

derma e® Purifying Toner Mist

derma e® Purifying Toner Mist

I use this Toner Mist several times a week, mostly during cleansing at night. The spray itself isn’t that fine, it comes out a little heavy unfortunately. Since I like it after I use the Purifying Charcoal Mask I always apply it after I’ve washed the mask away. I also like it when I’ve chosen to use a wipe or Bioderma instead of washing my face since I know this is going to remove any vestiges of makeup. Instead of spraying it on my face though I’ll mist it onto a cotton pad and use that to do the job.

DERMA E® PURIFYING 2-IN-1 CHARCOAL MASK ($19.50) is terrific for those of you who really don’t like to take the time to mask. This takes such a short time and leaves your skin in great condition. Apply it for 5 minutes, then wet your hands and massage for a minute or so. During the 5 minutes you’ll see it go from dark charcoal to a light ashy color. It hardens but it doesn’t crack. I use a washcloth to remove it and follow with the Purifying Mist Spray.

derma e® Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask

derma e® Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask

This is a dual action mask as the name implies. It detoxifies in two ways to purge pores of deeply rooted toxins while exfoliating away micropollutants for purely glowing skin.  Since I have large pores I find this to be a terrific way to clean them. My nose and cheeks are always a source of concern for me and when I use the Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask I find that they stay clear for several days at a time. It decongests my pores as it dries because of the Kimarine® Wakame, Bladderwrack and Activated Charcoal. Then it exfoliates away dead cells with Apricot Seed Powder. This is a mask that I’m very happy to use.

derma e purifying 2-in-1 charcoal mask

derma e purifying 2-in-1 charcoal mask

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION:  You can win all 4 of the products we’ve written about. The prize will be provided by derma e® so it’s a US only giveaway. Enter and tweet through 9/13 at 11:59 p.m. If comments close please email us at beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label it DERMA E to send your comment so that you can continue. This skin care is great for sensitive skin as well as oily and blemish prone skin.
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Pixi Glow Tonic now available at Target plus there’s a giveaway on the BIZ #glowtonic

Pixi Glow Tonic in the new 3.4 fl oz size

Pixi Glow Tonic in the new 3.4 fl oz size

There’s great news for all your Pixi Beauty lovers. Target now has a 3.4 fl oz/100 mL size of the famous cult product, PIXI GLOW TONIC. Before August 31st you’ve only been able to buy this online but Pixi Beauty wanted to make it easier for you and has brought this to Target, their retail partner. Check your Target starting August 31st to find this new size Glow Tonic.

Pixi Glow Tonic

Pixi Glow Tonic

This is a travel and purse friendly size ($15) so there’s no reason not to glow wherever you are! Lisa has reviewed this before in the full size ($29) that you can purchase on the Pixi website plus they also have this great 100 mL size there.

What is Glow Tonic?? “Exfoliating facial glow tonic. It helps tone, firm and tighten the skin. It removes dead skin cells for healthier looking skin. For all skin types. Alcohol free.” 

Pixi Glow Tonic

Pixi Glow Tonic

Pixi kindly sent us this great mini and the adorable glass with a recipe for a Glow-Tini and a $2 off $10 coupon and we are sending these to one of our wonderful readers in this giveaway. This is a US only giveaway. Enter by 9/9/1015 at 11:59 p.m. If comments close email me at beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label it Pixi. Great better skin with this fun giveaway. — Marcia

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Ingredients: Deionized water, Aloe Vera, Witch Hazel, Horse Chestnut Extracts, Propylene Glycol, Glycolic Acid and Ammonium Glycolate, Hexylene Glycol, Glucose, Fructose, Sucrose, Urea Dextrin, Alanine, Glutamic Acid, Hexylnicotinate, Ginseng Extract, Potassium Alum, Diazolidinyl Urea, Biotin, pixi Natural Fragrant Oil. Active ingredients: Glycolic Acid-5%, partially neutralized by Ammonium Hydroxide.

LATHER teaches a lesson in good salesmanship and products

LATHER Skincare has done something that I wish all skincare companies would follow. Lather has full lines of skincare with wonderful products but one thing they do that makes them stand out from the rest is that they sell skincare kits. These kits are perfect for traveling and for testing out products to see what works best for you.

Lather About Face Combination Skin Kit

Lather About Face Combination Skin Kit

For $29.00 each LATHER sells 3 kits containing 5 products for different skintypes  – oily, combination and dry. I was sent ABOUT FACE COMBINATION SKIN KIT to test and it made me realize that they are on the ball. This kit contains 5 products all packed and ready for travel. Stick this whole set in a ziploc bag and you are ready to face the airport ‘police’. Products range from 0.5 fl oz to 2 fl oz which fit regulations.

Now I don’t happen to travel all that much so this is a great way for me to test out new products to see if my skin likes them.

Lather kit products

Lather kit products

ULTRA MILD FACE WASH 2 oz. is a clear gel-like cleanser with a mild fresh fragrance. It’s foaming but not overly so. My face feels properly cleansed and refreshed with this. The kit size is 2 oz. and full size is 6 oz ($19). Since I wasn’t sure if the fragrance would be overwhelming in this or other products, this is the perfect way for me to try.

ULTRA MILD FACE WASH

LATHER ULTRA MILD FACE WASH

CITRUS BALANCING TONER smells delightful. I love the smell of citrus and will always choose it when available. It’s not an overwhelming fragrance but it’s so refreshing. This toner is alcohol free and is made to keep the balance in normal to oily skin. It’s to be used after cleansing to remove any excess dirt or oils plus it helps keep the pH balance of your skin. While it’s not a step that everyone takes, the ingredients in this are ones you want to use. For example linoleic acid and lemon bioflavanoids help keep your skin clean and irritation free. It contains Vitamin E for antioxidant protection. Like all Lather products, it’s paraben free. (2 oz kit size, $16 for 6 fl oz)

LATHER CITRUS BALANCING TONER

LATHER CITRUS BALANCING TONER

ULTRA LIGHT FACE LOTION is a very lightweight moisturizer which works for me in warmer weather since that’s when my skin isn’t quite as dry. It’s a botanical lotion that contains special ingredients like borage oil and grapeseed oil which are great for damaged or problem skin. It absorbs quickly and wears well under foundation. I’ve never had balling up using this. My face feels moisturized without any oily finish. Unfortunately it doesn’t have SPF so I have to recommend using a separate sun protection. There’s a tiny bit of botanical fragrance but really nothing to speak of. (full size $21)

LATHER ULTRA LIGHT FACE LOTION

LATHER ULTRA LIGHT FACE LOTION

WHITE CLAY DEEP PORE CLEANSING MASK is a bonus to me in this kind of kit. I get to try it and have it around if I’m traveling. I’ve never owned a travel size mask other than packets that I never use up so I have to toss them. White clay is known for its purification and stimulation. It’s a great mask to exfoliate pores (of which I have many). It’s a gentle mask no matter what type of skin you have. Besides the white clay they use bentonite clay to draw out the oils and impurities even more. I love how my skin looks after using the mask since my pores aren’t as noticeable. (0.5 oz in kit, 4.0 oz full size $22)

LATHER WHITE CLAY DEEP PORE CLEANSING MASK

LATHER WHITE CLAY DEEP PORE CLEANSING MASK

BAMBOO SILK FOAMING FACE SCRUB WITH LEMONGRASS is a clear gel containing bamboo silk and small jojoba beads that are mild, natural exfoliants. I thought that the fragrance of this would bother me but it’s very mild and has an almost sweet citrus fragrance. The exfoliating powder in this makes it another good cleanser to have in your arsenal. It gently foams and washes away well if I use a wash cloth or bamboo cloth. It is both sulfate and paraben free.

LATHER BAMBOO SILK FOAMING FACE SCRUB

LATHER BAMBOO SILK FOAMING FACE SCRUB

All I need to add is SPF and an eye cream and I’m set to go. After trying these I’d be interested in trying out the About Face Dry Skin Kit next winter. My favorite product in the combination kit is the Citrus Balancing Toner but I also like the Bamboo Silk Foaming Face Scrub and White Clay Pore Cleansing Mask.

LATHER About Face Combination Skin Kit

LATHER About Face Combination Skin Kit

A great way to try an excellent cruelty-free line! Nourish, cleanse, exfoliate your way to better skin with Lather. — Marcia

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Anniversary Kleraderm giveaway #2: baskets for skin lightening and sensitive skin

Marcia and I are still having a party to celebrate our five-year anniversary, and today we have another giveaway to help cement our reputations as the Giveaway Queens!  First – did you enter our Kleraderm giveaway for a Purrisima basket (worth $140) for oily skin or an Idroderm basket (worth $175) for dry skin?  No?  Well do that right now!  Click HERE to enter because today is the last day!!

We have two more incredible Kleraderm Skin Care Baskets for today’s anniversary giveaway. Joanne Recchia, the beautiful owner of our favorite Italian skin care line, has designed several giveaway baskets that feature the basics you need for your skin care routine.  The two baskets featured today include an Omorfies basket for those with hyperpigmentation/uneven skin tone, and a Neaderma basket for those with sensitive skin.  Take a look:

Kleraderm Omorfies Giveaway Basket

Kleraderm Omorfies Giveaway Basket

Omorfies Basket (Total Value $176!)  This basket features the Omorfies line, which is a daily clarifying and smoothing treatment regimen that corrects dark spots and uneven skin pigmentation on face, neck, and décolleté.  The origin of the dark spots is a process of overproduction and irregular distribution of pigmented cells and the accumulation of these cells on surface of the skin.

The Kleraderm Omorfies line is a cosmetic solution with fruit acids, vitamins and natural extracts to slow down the production of pigmented cells.  The Omorfies cleanser, toner, and moisturizing cream promote hydration and nourishment while restoring skin’s even complexion.

Kleraderm Omorfies Cleanser

Kleraderm Omorfies Cleanser

Cleansing Milk is a light emulsion with selected cleansing agents to help cleanse and lighten skin without the disruption of skin’s own natural balance.

 

Kleraderm Omorfies Tonic

Kleraderm Omorfies Tonic

Omorfies Tonic Lotion is an alcohol-free toner rich in active properties to soothe, lighten, and refresh skin.

Kleraderm Omorfies Etenia Cream

Kleraderm Omorfies Etenia Cream

Etenia Cream is an elegant daily treatment moisturizer that progressively lightens discolored skin due to aging, acne, and sun exposure. It replenishes hydration and nourishes skin back to its natural balance.  I have terrific success when I use these products, which I turn to when I’ve been out in the sun too much.

Kleraderm Neaderma Giveaway Basket

Kleraderm Neaderma Giveaway Basket

The Neaderma Basket (Total value $ 230!!) includes a selection of products for sensitive skin that help reduce redness and inflammation.

Kleraderm’s Neaderma line is rich in soothing properties that rebuild the skin’s natural barrier and promote microcirculation, relieving skin of irritation and dryness. The water and oil in skin become balanced and broken capillaries become less noticeable. The Neaderma cleanser, toner, and moisturizer soothe, hydrate and nourish skin back to balance.

Kleraderm Neaderma Chamomile Cleansing Milk

Kleraderm Neaderma Chamomile Cleansing Milk

Chamomile Cleansing Milk delicately cleanses skin while replacing its natural balance to help lock in water. This cleanser eliminates impurities, soothes, softens and refreshes skin.  It is also excellent as makeup remover.

Kleraderm Neaderma Chamomile Toner

Kleraderm Neaderma Chamomile Tonic Lotion

 Chamomile Tonic Lotion is an alcohol-free toner rich in active properties to soothe and refresh skin.

Kleraderm Neaderma Vitalize Cream

Kleraderm Neaderma Vitalize Cream

 Vitalize Cream is a beautiful daily treatment moisturizer enriched with vitamins and reformulated Alpha Lipoid Acids to combat redness and inflammation.  Vitalize Cream reduces fine lines and wrinkles while hydrating and nourishing skin back to health. Skin becomes even in color, as well as bright and youthful in appearance.  If you have any issues with redness or sensitivity, these are the basics you need for your skin care routine!

Which basket is right for you, Omorfies for uneven skin tone or Neaderma for sensitive skin?  Both baskets are wonderful collections with the basics needed for proper skin care health.  You even get to choose which one you’d prefer winning. Use the Rafflecopter to enter. This giveaway is open to US only through April 15th at 11:59 p.m.

Towards the end of our giveaways the comments sometimes close early.  If that happens to you just email me your comment at beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label it Kleraderm Giveaway #2 comment. Then you can click “I commented” on the Rafflecopter and keep on going.  Thank you for reading Beauty Info Zone, we really appreciate you!!  – Lisa

Future Kleraderm baskets for our anniversary giveaways will focus on mature skin and advanced skin treatments – over $1500 worth of products all together, so stay tuned and enter often!!!

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Rodan + Fields Redefine Skin System and Acute Care #ExpressYourself

Rodan + Fields Redefine System

Rodan + Fields Redefine System

Welcome to the world of Rodan + Fields Redefine System and Redefine Acute Care. It’s been rocking my world lately along with a lot of bloggers. This was provided by the iFabbo shop and we are all raving about it.

Rodan + Fields Redefine Acute Care

Rodan + Fields Redefine Acute Care

My experience with Rodan + Fields goes back at least 5 years. Just before I began blogging on Beauty Info Zone I became a seller of Rodan + Fields skincare. I used it religiously for a year but decided to bow out of selling since that wasn’t part of my passion. I did have passion for the skincare and using it again reminded me why.

Rodan + Fields has several different regimens but I originally Acute Care was only available with Redefine. As much as I’m enjoying the Redefine System again, it’s the new Acute Care for Expression Lines that has won me over.

REDEFINE is the regimen for women with lines, pores and loss of firmness and comes with 4 products:

Rodan + Fields Redefine products

Rodan + Fields Redefine products

Refine Daily Cleansing Mask is your first step. This is both a cleanser and a mask. It’s truly gentle enough to use daily. Apply it to your face and let it sit for a few minutes. I like to use this just before my shower so that it’s easier to wash off. It never hardens completely so you don’t feel like your face is about to crack. It has gentle dimethicone microbeads that create the exfoliation along with kaolin clay. It gets my face sparkling clean and leaves no residue.

R + F Daily Cleansing Mask

R + F Daily Cleansing Mask

Next step is the Pore Minimizing Toner. This toner is what got me restarted using toner after skipping it for several years. I felt then and now that this helped to restore the pH balance to my face and got me ready for more skincare.

R + F Pore Minimizing Toner

R + F Pore Minimizing Toner

There are two moisturizers in the kit. Triple Defense Moisture with Broadspectrum SPF 30 is for daytime while Overnight Restorative Cream is obviously for night time use but they really are interchangeable. Both have a mild floral fragrance and are creamy to the touch. I don’t like fragranced products but Rodan + Fields has never bothered me. I also use a serum prior to applying these two products.

Redefine Triple Defense Treatment

Redefine Triple Defense Treatment

R + F Redefine moisturizer

R + F Redefine moisturizer

Now for the fun part and what sets Redefine apart from the crowd –  Acute Care for Expression Lines.

Acute Care for Expression Lines

Acute Care for Expression Lines

ACUTE CARE is a set of 10 packets with two pads in each. They are totally different than any eye mask or pad I’ve ever used. First you can use them wherever you have expression lines for example where you have crow’s feet or “smile” lines. Second, you leave them on for about 8 hours though the time is up to you. Use these 2 to 3 times per week for one month.

Acute Care for Expression Lines

Acute Care for Expression Lines

The first time I used them I made a big mistake and put them under my eyes. The skin there is far too delicate for this purpose and another type of treatment is better in that position. It was very uncomfortable under my eyes and I was questioning what I’d gotten myself into! I then began using them on my crow’s feet and oh my, what a difference they made. I chose to wear them on the days I was home all day or home for at least 8 hours and wasn’t wearing any cosmetics.

Rodan + Fields Acute Care

Rodan + Fields Acute Care

I attached these carefully at the sides of my eyes making sure that my eyelashes didn’t get in the way since I was usually working around the house. Once I had them in a comfortable place I ran my finger up and down to ‘seal’ them. As R+F tells us “REDEFINE ACUTE CARE™ smooths wrinkles with proprietary Liquid Cone Technology that melts line-defying peptides and hyaluronic acid directly into the wrinkle for a more youthful appearance.”

Wearing the Rodan + Fields Acute Care patch

Wearing the Rodan + Fields Acute Care patch

At first I could feel them on and the little cones inside felt like they were gently pricking my skin. Within a very short time though I barely noticed them on. I chose not to sleep in them because I don’t like taking a chance with my insomnia and I love my nighttime skincare and wanted to continue that.

When I removed these I noticed a little whiteness from the peptides and hyaluronic acid but washing my face with a soft cloth removed that right away. I really noticed the difference the next morning and it would last for a few days.

I happened to go to the dermatologist this week and I mentioned them to her. Even though her office does procedures like Botox and fillers she felt that these were a great product for many people, especially anyone with an eye disease like Myasthenia Gravis or someone on blood thinners. She listed a variety of people that she’d recommend Acute Care for so that really impressed me.

before (taken in January 2015)

before (taken in January 2015)

After Acute Care taken 2/22/15

After Acute Care taken 2/22/15

after Acute Care taken March 2015

after Acute Care taken 3/14/15

Both of these systems are ones I’d recommend (and no I don’t sell this anymore) but what I plan on buying are the Acute Care patches for Expression Lines. After using them for one month, it’s recommended that you wait 2-3 months and use them again if needed. They aren’t inexpensive ($220 for the box)  but this is something I’d like to continue.

Have you tried any Rodan + Fields products? Would you consider relieving yourself of expression lines?? — Marcia

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Pixi Pixi Pixi – how you complete me

Pixi Beauty products you need

Pixi Beauty products you need

Pixi Beauty continues to surprise and delight me with the products that they send. These 5 cosmetics will bring you brighter skin, gorgeous nails, and lips & eyes that shine. All of these will give you a special glow.

Pixi Glow Mist

Pixi Glow Mist

Pixi Glow is almost a cult product. It’s one of the most popular products that Pixi Beauty has created. They’ve taken it one step forward now and created Pixi by Petra Glow Mist. This mist works with Pixi Glow but it’s a totally separate product. Its goal is to give you an all-over glow for a radiant, dewy effect. It’s a spray that really works. You can use this before makeup to hydrate, protect and nourish your skin. Or use it after makeup to add a dewy finish. Plus you can use it any time you want to refresh your makeup look and add that wonderful glow. At $15 for this 2.7 oz bottle you’ve got yourself a reasonably priced winner.

Pixi Beauty Fairy Dust in Olive Gold

Pixi Beauty Fairy Dust in Olive Gold

Pixi Beauty makes a pigment product that they call Fairy Dust ($10). There are two new shades added to this collection and they are beauties. First is Olive Gold which I knew I’d love before I even opened the package. Olive Gold is described as “vintage gilded moss shimmer” and that alone made me want it on my eyes instantly. I have brown eyes and I think that the gold with an undertone of green makes for an especially pretty eye.

Pixi Olive Gold Fairy Dust

Pixi Olive Gold Fairy Dust

Another new shade is Silver Glow which is described as “Satin silver with a lavender-gold sheen”.

Pixi Fairy Dust in Silver Glow

Pixi Fairy Dust in Silver Glow

Pixi Fairy Dust in Silver Glow

Pixi Fairy Dust in Silver Glow

I bet that reading the name Silver Glow sounded a bit scary since silver isn’t the easiest shade to pull off once you are over your twenties. But silver that isn’t metallic is a beautiful shade and this has that touch of lavender and drop of gold to make it gleam.

The sponge applicator doesn’t apply on my eyes smoothly so I take their recommendation of using a fluffy brush and use this all over my eyelid as a wash. If I want to get more dramatic I’ll use a mixing medium to darken the silver or I’ll use a charcoal or black in the outer crease.

Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm in Lucent Glow

Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm in Lucent Glow

While not a new product Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm in Lucent Glow ($14) is a new shade for me. Actually it’s not really a shade, you don’t want to wear this alone, or at least I don’t. I love Pixi’s lip crayons because they hydrate, are easy to apply, and look good. Lucent Glow is a very light luminous rose gold shimmer in a translucent pink base. This goes well with the theme of GLOW for February’s products. This will look good all year round though and bring a lift to any lipsticks you happen to be wearing. 

Pixi Beauty Amethyst Amore nail polish

Pixi Beauty Amethyst Amore nail polish

For me the star of the show is Pixi’s Amethyst Amore nail polish. I can’t even begin to tell you how many people took my hand over the week I wore this to look at this fabulous deep blue-violet shade. Amethyst Amore is well named since it was instant ‘amore’ with this polish. Pixi wears beautifully on me, lasting a week with no problem.

Pixi Amethyst Amore

Pixi Amethyst Amore

I’ve raved about Pixi many times before and products like these will keep me raving and talking about their virtues. All 5 of these are being used and will continue to be used by me with amore. — Marcia

Pixi Beauty is available at their website as well as at Target stores. These products will be available March 5 at stores but to be assured of getting the products I want though I rely on Pixibeauty.com.

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