Bionova Nose to Mouth Wrinkle Treatment review and giveaway

Bionova is a brand that isn’t as well known as most you read about online. Dermstore and Barney’s carry the line and Dermstore has this to say about Bionova:

After 25 years of extensive human physiology and biochemistry research, Dr. Michael Danielov and the team of scientists at BIONOVA created the Hyper-Natural™ treatment approach to skin care. Working in harmony with the natural balance of your skin and body, this innovative line uses only ingredients naturally found within your body. No plants, botanicals, animal extracts, mineral or oils, just the same ingredients in the same ratio that your body naturally produces.

Bionova Nose-to-Mouth Wrinkle Treatment

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Nose-to-Mouth Wrinkle Treatment with UV Chromophores is one of their newest products. Bionova also has an Upper Lip Treatment, both $66. Most of their products target specific areas and as you’ll read they do the job they are meant to work on.

Lisa’s experience with the NOSE-TO-MOUTH WRINKLE TREATMENT:

Wow. This stuff is like nothing I have ever used before. First – the scent. It is truly bizarre. I can’t even begin to explain it….the closest I can come to describing it is a little like melon, but not really.  It’s a scent unlike anything I’ve ever smelled before. The scent doesn’t linger, but while applying it I look completely confused because I keep trying to figure out what in the world it smells like!

Bionova NOSE-TO-MOUTH WRINKLE CREAM

Ok, so that’s out the way. Bionova NOSE-TO-MOUTH WRINKLE TREATMENT is a jar of wrinkle cream that addresses skin elasticity in the naso-labial fold, increasing tone and firmness, improving texture, and reducing fine lines and wrinkles. The nose to mouth area is a delicate area that really does need special attention. Our mouth is constantly contracting, one of the reasons it’s often the first place on the face to develop wrinkles. It’s also an area that gets a lot of free radical action, particularly along the upper lip area. So it deserves extra attention.

Bionova NOSE-TO-MOUTH WRINKLE CREAM

The Bionova NOSE-TO-MOUTH WRINKLE CREAM has something called Nano-Complex, which is short chain polypeptides, bioflavonoids, essential vitamins, amino acid derivatives, nucleic acids, enzymes, lipoproteins and glycoprotein. That’s a ton of amazing ingredients in a small jar! All of those powerhouse ingredients improve skin elasticity, hydrate skin, protect skin from the sun, and minimize fine lines and wrinkles.

I use a tiny amount of this wrinkle cream on my naso-labial folds and lip area after cleansing and toning every morning and night and I am very happy with my results.  I’ve been using this for four weeks and have noticed firmer skin, less wrinkles, and improved elasticity. This will be a repurchase for me – and I will continue to be perplexed every morning and night trying to figure out what the heck this cream smells like!

Marcia’s experience using BIONOVA Nose-to-Mouth Wrinkle Treatment:

Bionova Nose-to-Mouth Wrinkle Treatment

Since Lisa mentioned fragrance first so will I. Her experience with the fragrance is a lot better than mine. I can’t figure out the aroma either but I think it’s awful. It’s something I’d walk away from in a store and try to figure out why in the world they’d sell something that smelled so bad. BUT and this is a big but, it dissipates instantly. I’m amazed by that. I have to hold my nose when applying but once on I smell nothing. That’s a lot for someone like me who is such a fragrance phobic person.

Bionova Nose-to-Mouth Wrinkle Treatment

My other difference with Lisa is that I have found this to be an amazing cream for my naso-labial area. The lines from my nose to lip are basically gone or so diminished that I cheer when I’m looking in the mirror. I have 2 friends who had injections in that area this fall and they don’t have the results I’ve had. The way I use this is to spend a minute or so massaging it onto the lines from nose to almost chin and above my lip. A little goes a long way.

The marionette lines under my lips are also diminished but not gone. Don’t ask me why but I just never thought to use it on my upper lip until the last two weeks. I was so busy watching the other lines improve that I wasn’t thinking “nose to lip” included my upper lip. Duh. Since I’ve been using it there I’m noticing improvement on all those fine lines and have faith that they’ll continue to look better with longer use.
Key Ingredients:

  • Titanium Dioxide – protects skin from free-radical damage
  • Biotin – supports and strengthens the health of skin
  • Vitamin E – prevents sun damage and fades fine lines and wrinkles

And yes, in spite of the malodorous fragrance, I will continue to use this treatment. It’s easily the most effective skincare item I’ve used this year.

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: Bionova has graciously offered two Beauty Info Zone subscribers a jar of this treatment to try for themselves. This is a US only giveaway and you must subscribe by email as well as leave a comment. The Rafflecopter contains other entries that are optional but give you more chances to win and you can tweet daily. The giveaway ends on November 13, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. eastern time. We hope you see what we’ve seen when you try this for yourself.

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Botox without the needles…Kleraderm Botofit Cream and Antiage Eye Contour Gel

Kleraderm Botofit Cream and Eye Contour Gel

Kleraderm Botofit Cream and Eye Contour Gel

As I come to terms with the fact that I am not getting any younger and the skin care ‘concerns’ of my 30’s and 40’s are now skin care ‘issues’, my focus is on RESULTS.  I want skin care that doesn’t just keep the status quo…I want products that turn back time – and quickly.

A skin care line that I turn to over and over is Kleraderm.  Kleraderm’s motto is “We are into your skin, not your pocketbooks.” This Italian skin care line is sold at Nordstrom’s in the Somerset Mall and the Partridge Creek Mall, and is now also available for online purchase. I’ve been using Kleraderm products for years and I really think it’s one of the best kept secrets in skin care.

Two of my favorite products are ones that Joanne Recchia herself recommended for my current skin care needs:  Antiage Eye Contour Gel and Botofit Cream.

Kleraderm Eye Contour Gel

Kleraderm Eye Contour Gel

The Antiage Eye Contour Gel ($75) improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the eye area. It’s also terrific for eyelids to help keep them smooth and free from the crepe paper look. I couldn’t figure out why my eyelids looked so dry when they are actually oily, and Joanne helped solve that mystery when she told me my eye shadow primer was increasing my eyelid wrinkles because it dries out the lids so much.

Kleraderm Eye Contour Gel

Kleraderm Eye Contour Gel

Kleraderm Eye Contour Gel swatch

Kleraderm Eye Contour Gel swatch

The active ingredients in the Eye Contour Gel include Aloe Vera gel, Elastin, Hyaluronic acid, Carrageen algae extract, Lactic acid, and Wheat protein.  This gel calms puffiness, treats existing lines and wrinkles, and helps to prevent new ones from appearing.   I use this along with Botofit Cream to get as close as possible to botox…but without the needles!

Botofit Cream

Botofit Cream

Botofit Cream ($138) is made from pure plant and hexapeptide 3 amino acids that reproduce the botulin effect without injections or harmful side effects. This helps to regain muscle control while at the same time decreasing fine lines and wrinkles. Basically, Botofit wraps around the broken ends of collagen, building bridges that take the depth out of wrinkles.

Botofit Cream

Botofit Cream

Botofit Cream

Botofit Cream

With daily application Botofit travels down the derma not only repairing broken collagen fibers, but also jumping on to neurotransmitters, slowing down the nerve flash and keeping the muscle from constricting.

Active ingredients include Acetyl Hexapeptide-3, Carrageenan algae extract, Jojoba oil, Macadamia oil, Shea butter, Aloe extract, Olive oil, Vitamin A, and Vitamin E.

Keep in mind that the Eye Contour Gel and Botofit Cream aren’t moisturizers – they are treatments.  You will still want to use an eye cream and a moisturizer over top.  These treatments are extremely effective and truly deliver results.

Kleraderm just launched a terrific website, kleradermusa.com, where you can find detailed information on the products available for purchase.  I highly recommend the Eye Contour Gel and Botofit Cream for anyone looking for real relief from wrinkles.  – Lisa

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I’m ready for my CLOSE UP with Christie Brinkley Skincare

 

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Can you believe this woman is 60 years old? I don’t even care if she’s had work done, her skin is absolutely stunning. And I want to be just like her. I don’t plan on dying my hair but I would if it made me have this glowing complexion.

Christie Brinkley Close Up

Christie Brinkley Close Up

Instead I’ll have to settle for using some of the Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare and hope for the best. I’m starting with CLOSE UP which was sent for this article. This is a product I want to savor. It’s my “dress up” skincare product. I have used it for everyday use but now I’m using it more for out to lunch with friends, out for dinner with other friends, and party time.

Christie Brinkley skincare Close Up

Christie Brinkley skincare Close Up

CLOSE UP INSTANT WRINKLE REDUCER AND TREATMENT is the official name. The name tells you exactly what to expect from the product. It helps with all the small wrinkles and lines that we want to disappear even temporarily.

Christie Brinkley Close Up

Christie Brinkley Close Up

When I applied Close Up I rubbed it on in a circular movement and let it sit. I usually did this just prior to my eyeshadow application which is always my first step in makeup. I gave it time to dry thoroughly and I did press it in to set it. After my eyes were done I’d continue with the rest of my skincare and face makeup.

Christie Brinkley Close Up

Christie Brinkley Close Up

Christie Brinkley Close Up

Christie Brinkley Close Up

Here is what CLOSE UP tells us to expect:

  • Immediate sensation of tighter and smoother-looking skin.
  • Potent formula maximizes anti-wrinkle effects.
  • Smooth under-eye bags and puffiness.
  • Tightens skin on contact and takes years off appearance.
  • Lasts for hours and can be reapplied throughout the day.
  • Will wash off easily with water and no make-up remover required.
  • Breakthrough discovery that tightens skin on contact to take years off appearance.

Here’s my response:

I don’t think it took years off my appearance but it did tighten somewhat and give me smoother looking skin where I applied it. I concentrated the treatment on the areas I need help: my crow’s feet, under my eyes, the nasolabial lines and those pesky marionette lines. I used it in conjunction with other skincare and even with similar products.

CLOSE UP provided me with temporary tightening. Enough though to make me feel I looked my best. It dries clear so it’s easy to touch up if you think you need to during your time out.

Christie Brinkley Close Up

Christie Brinkley Close Up

Two of the ingredients stand out – Neodermyl™ and LIFTONIN®-XPRESS.
Neodermyl is an energy source that helps recharge the skin, it has copper in it which helps with collagen production.  Liftonin -XPress is the ingredient that gives the instant tightening effect. If you have deeper wrinkles this is especially good to help smooth those out especially on the eye area and forehead.

I know I’m never going to look as young as Christie but why not give it everything I can? This is a cruelty free, vegan line according to the website.

The only complaint I think you’d have with this is the price. On the CB website it’s priced at $79.95 but at Kohl’s it’s priced at $69. You can’t use Kohl’s coupons on this prestige line but you can earn and redeem Kohl’s cash so that’s a way to make this more affordable. I’ll have to pay more attention to my Kohl’s emails from now on. I want to look softer under and around my eyes especially.

Have you tried anything from Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare? Would you be willing to? I’m ready to try more, just don’t expect me to go blonde. — Marcia

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Step up your game face with Facial Smoothies

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We have a few options when it comes to the lines on our face. We can have plastic surgery (no thank you), we can have injections (ouch), we can use topical products, or we can use something like Facial Smoothies, Wrinkle Removal Strips.

Facial Smoothies was started by a young woman who watched stars use some of the old-fashioned types of facial strips and felt she could invent something better to help with the lines and wrinkles we have on our faces. She wanted a product that was non-irritating, could be used any time she wanted and was affordable to boot. Along came Facial Smoothies which is $15.95 for 10 sheets with 120 smoothies altogether.

Facial Smoothies sheet

Facial Smoothies sheet

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As you can see there are different shapes for each part of your face. These reusable transparent adhesives can be applied wherever you want to “iron” out a wrinkle. Use them for 20 minutes before an event or use them all night long. You’re the boss.

Before and after from facial smoothies website

Before and after from facial smoothies website

“Our medical adhesive is strong but also safe. It is hypo-allergenic, latex free, and made specifically for long-term use on skin. It has been extensively tested and is used in hospitals around the world.”

MARCIA’S EXPERIENCE

I consider myself very fortunate that I don’t really have wrinkles. I spend time with my high school and college friends occasionally and of course I notice (ahem, compare) the lines they have. Part of my fortune is good genes, part is that I keep away from the sun, and part is how I take care of my skin.

Using Facial Smoothies has been a fun experience and I enjoy having this as an option. My areas of concern are my nasolabial folds and marionette lines plus the crows feet that just won’t fly away. I once had Juvaderm done which helped with the marionette lines but I was severely bruised for weeks. While the after affects were great, I hated the bruising and how long it took until my skin was clear again. It was such an obvious choice too that people I encountered knew that I wasn’t going natural.

Facial Smoothies sheet

Facial Smoothies sheet

I’ve just used the smoothies that are for my areas of concern. They are transparent so I guess you could wear them out of the house but my goal wouldn’t be met that way. I use the smallest ones by my eyes after my eye cream is well absorbed. I use the large lima bean shape for my marionette lines and the large triangle shape for my nasolabial folds. I don’t do this nightly though. I use them mainly before the weekend to give my skin some lift. I love that I can get 2 – 3 uses out of each too and I’ll save the remainders for when I’m old and gray older and grayer.

You can wear these more often than I do if you want to retrain your wrinkles so that they become less lined with use. I don’t need to think about injections as long as Facial Smoothies are helping and for that I’m grateful.

LISA’S EXPERIENCE

So unlike my wrinkle-free partner, I have wrinkles. Plenty of them. While the effect of Facial Smoothies isn’t permanent, it’s still nice to be wrinkle free for any amount of time!Facial Smoothies

I like how low maintenance the Smoothies are. They don’t need to be peeled apart, moistened with water, held onto skin until they dry, etc. Just take them off the sheet and put them on – they instantly stick and stay until I take them off. The variety of shapes and sizes is also a plus. My upper lip area requires a different size than my forehead, and cutting and trimming patches is a pain.

While the Smoothies are great for a lift before an important event, I find I prefer to use them right before I go to sleep. What an easy way to get about 7 hours of treatment! If you have been thinking about trying wrinkle remover strips, Facial Smoothies are a great way to go.

You can purchase Facial Smoothies on Amazon, eBay,  or on the Facial Smoothies site, all with free shipping. It’s a small investment to look better than ever.

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Relaxing our lines Side by Side: Furlesse

A mom of three looked in the mirror and saw the lines and furrows that all those sleepless nights create…and thought of butterfly bandages.  Thanks to her creativity and ingenuity we have Furlesse, line-reducing patches that are all latex-free and hypoallergenic.

Furlesse has something for every wrinkle

Furlesse has something for every wrinkle

There are patches for every kind of wrinkle: crows feet, frown lines between the eyebrows, forehead lines, and lip lines. The BIZ was sent a few to try and here’s what the ladies have to say about these line-reducing patches.

Lisa’s Side:  

I picked the lip-sticks ($19.99) to review because I have issues with hereditary vertical lines around my lips. I am forever looking for something to lessen these wrinkles and Furlesse has certainly impressed me.

not my typical definition of lipstick...

not my typical definition of lipstick…

This little package holds 128 clear patches, enough for 32 days. After cleansing and moisturizing each night, I put the long, skinny patches just above my lips and the wider oval-shaped ones on those vertical lines on each side of my mouth. Because the patches are clear, there’s no worry about scaring whomever is sharing your bed and these things stay on until you peel them off.

patches

lip line patches

handy dandy diagrams for placement

handy dandy diagrams for placement

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128 patches in a pack

a better look

a better look

When I wake up in the morning I peel them off and am amazed at how smooth my face is! I get real results when I leave these on all night and remember to put them on every single day. If you have lip line issues like me, the lip-sticks are definitely for you.

Marcia’s side:

I’m going to share with you all about Crows, Rows, and Elevens. This is not a rock band but it would make a great name for one. Instead Crows, Rows, and Elevens are help for the eye area.

Furlesse

Furlesse

Furlesse Crows, Rows and Elevens

Furlesse Crows, Rows and Elevens

CROWS are for crow’s feet. Those lines that everyone you know complains about. Crows helps to reduce the look of those nasty lines. They won’t remove them permanently but they can soften them temporarily. We received a 3 days supply of each of these 3 wonders. Each full size package contains 60 tear shaped patches. I apply the larger end at the outer edge of my eyes before bed and wake up to a softer look. I’ve got a party next weekend so I’m saving my last one for use the afternoon before the event.

Furlesse Crows

Furlesse Crows

Furlesse Crows

Furlesse Crows

ROWS go straight across your forehead. They are 3.5 inches/8.5 cm long. You can see them in this picture on her forehead but I used mine above my eyes since my forehead isn’t really lined (yet). furlesse model

Furlesse Rows

Furlesse Rows

Furlesse Rows

Furlesse Rows

ELEVENS are for the lines between your eyes that you love to hate. They are shaped perfectly for that area since it helps relax the lines just above your eyes as well as the lines between.

Furlesse Elevens

Furlesse Elevens

Furlesse Elevens

Furlesse Elevens

For the eyes my favorite is Crows although I may need to add all of these to my life sooner rather than later Wherever you have problems with lines you’ll find a solution by that mom of 3 and Furlesse.

To learn even more about these products you can watch some of the videos on the furlesse website plus read the FAQ. The 30 day packages are $19.99 each at Furlesse.com and on Amazon.com.

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Did you miss this deal? 90% off Wrinkle Killer for BIZ readers!

We want to make sure you saw this amazing deal for BIZ readers.

Skin Chemists Wrinkle Killer

Skin Chemists Wrinkle Killer

If you didn’t see it in the Sunday Scoop, here is what you missed:

We have the best deal ever for you –E.V.E.R.! Lisa wrote a review to tell you all about Skin Chemists Wrinkle Killer. She loved this so much that it made her Best of 2012 list with ease. Skin Chemists was so happy that they created a code for BIZ readers to get 90% off one unit of Wrinkle Killer for new customers. This is not a typo – 90% off. The code lasts from 1/20 to 1/27 and is ‘WrinkleKiller’. After one week the code will revert to 50% off for new customers, which is amazing on its own. Wrinkle Killer is expensive (over $200) but at 90% off it’s an amazing deal – only about $25!!!  Pick the Wrinkle Killer of your choice on Skin Chemists.

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this will definitely kill those wrinkles – and not your pocketbook!

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ingredients

no snakes were harmed in the making of this serum!

Snake serum and killing wrinkles: my adventure with Skin Chemists Wrinkle Killer

When I told Marcia about this new product I was going to be testing, her response was, “Have fun killing your wrinkles.”

Well guess what?  It was pretty fun!  Just the thought of killing wrinkles with snake serum is like the ultimate high for a skin care junkie like me.

Before I get into the gory snake venom details, let me tell about Skin Chemists, a UK company with world-wide delivery that does NOT test on animals (not even snakes).  Richard Walker, the Managing Director of Skin Chemists, was inspired by his father who created one of the very first ‘breakthrough’ skin care creams.  His Pharmacist father helped people find both their inner and outer beauty, which has become the guiding philosophy of Skin Chemists.  Every product they create is unique, cutting-edge, and tested via extensive clinical trials.   They are focused on the ethical creation of products that truly work and give real results.  As Richard Walker says, “When we say we can help…we can!”

Skin Chemists Wrinkle Killer

I tested their Wrinkle Killer Professional Formula 4% ($207.17), which is a multi-peptide serum.  The 4% version is the salon strength version of the original Daily Use Formula.   The whole purpose of this serum is to get rid of your wrinkles – yup, to KILL them.  And the main ingredient is Syn-ake, which is a combination of oxygen and ingredients that replicates the venom from a Temple Viper snake.  This isn’t REAL snake venom – it’s a synthetic replication, no snakes were harmed in the production of this wrinkle cream!

Ok, who wouldn’t want to test a product with a name like Wrinkle Killer?  And then add in (synthetic) snake venom…woohoo!!  The main purpose of real snake venom is to immobilize the snake’s prey so it can swallow it.  So it makes sense that the purpose of Syn-ake is to immobilize your wrinkles and smooth your complexion through neuro-peptides.

This particular version has 4% of the active ingredient, Syn-ake.  An impressive 92% of Skin Chemist customers who have tried Wrinkle Killer gave it the highest rating of 5 stars.  Wrinkle Killer has been a huge success in Europe, over 40,000 units were sold in the first 6 months it was on the market.

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I absolutely love the honesty of this company – they actually say “For the best results we recommend that you use Wrinkle Killer Snake Serum for 28 days.  The effects will be temporary and continued use is required.”  That’s true of most skin care products, but it’s pretty rare that you find a company who actually tells you in print!  Because I am still testing the PaloVia Laser on the wrinkles around my eyes, I used this twice a day on my upper lip lines for over a month.

applicator

Quick packaging note – love the applicator.  It’s sanitary and it keeps the integrity of the serum by not exposing the product to air.

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The serum is thick with a silky, almost silicone-like feel to it.  It smooths on easily and doesn’t interfere with other moisturizers or makeup.

My one complaint about this serum is the fragrance.  It’s not horrible, and it doesn’t last, but it definitely smells perfumey when first applied.  I would prefer no fragrance, although the scent isn’t a deal killer for me.

After a month, I definitely did see an improvement in the fine lines around my upper lip.  And while it is expensive, you need so little of the product that one bottle will last a very long time.  After thirty days of twice daily use, my bottle still looks almost brand new.  I am betting it will last at least a year.

I love my Wrinkle Killer just for the fun factor of a fantastic name and the connection to snake serum.  I love it even more because it does work, it will kill your wrinkles although it’s not an instant death – you make them suffer slowly.  If Skin Chemists took out the fragrance, I would say that this is a pretty perfect serum.  If fragrance isn’t an issue for you, then it is a very entertaining and effective wrinkle treatment option.  – Lisa

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So what is in Syn-ake?  Here you go!