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

*received for editorial consideration

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

press sample

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.

*sent for consideration

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

___ in a pack

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.

*sent for review consideration

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.

applicator

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

swatch

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.

directions

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.

swatch

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

*pr sample

So what is in Syn-ake?  Here you go!

 

Algenist Targeted Deep Wrinkle Minimizer is more than you think it is

Algenist Targeted Deep Wrinkle Minimizer from algenist.com

Before you stop reading because you think you don’t have deep wrinkles, take a minute to see what reasons you might have for being interested in Algenist Targeted Deep Wrinkle Minimizer ($45, 0.5 oz.). This product is not only for people with wrinkles, I’m using it several times a week and I don’t have wrinkles. (I really don’t.) I do have fine lines though and I do have some grooves that are a little deeper than they used to be. The main reason I like Algenist Targeted Deep Wrinkle Minimizer is because of the way my skin looks when I use it. It’s actually a primer but one that you use more sparingly than a typical one that you’d use all over your face.

The name pretty much tells it all: Targeted Deep Wrinkle Minimizer. Target where you want to minimize lines. For me it’s right by the sides of my nose, by the sides of my mouth and at the sides of my eyes where those pesky crowfeet like to show up. Sure you can use it all over and you’d love it but it’s not inexpensive so why not just spotlight where you really need it? This gel primer fills in the areas that have those lines.

Algenist Targeted Deep Wrinkle Minimizer tube

I use this after my morning skincare routine – wash, tone, a little eye cream (a rave for Algenist’s Complete Renewal Eye Balm which will be reviewed soon), moisturizer, spf. I make sure it’s all absorbed and ready for makeup. The first makeup step is to add in just tiny amounts of the Algenist Targeted Deep Wrinkle Minimizer exactly where needed. I then do my eye makeup so I can let this set.

What I need to be careful about is that I don’t rub this away when I put on foundation. I love to use it on the days I’m using a foundation that I buff in with my Tarte Buffy Bamboo Face Powder Brush. That brush allows me to smooth out my foundation or BB cream without using any pressure that might move the Algenist Minimizer. I don’t like this under cream to powder foundations though since those are thicker and I seem to remove the Algenist when I’m applying that type of product. But any of my liquid foundations or my BB creams work just great with the Algenist Targeted Deep Wrinkle Minimizer.

ingredient list

The ingredients that Algenist uses are different than most other brands. They are known for Alguronic Acid. They also use soy protein and echinacea, as well as an active peptide complex. This does have silicone in it so if you are one of those ladies that avoid any products with silicone you’ll sadly have to miss out on this.

Here’s a little more about the ingredients in this from their website:

  1. Alguronic Acid Filling Spheres: Increase cell regeneration and elastin synthesis
  2. Double Peptide complex: Smoothes wrinkles and firms the skin
  3. Soy protein: Increases skin density and reduces wrinkles
  4. Echinacea: Smoothes skin texture and decreases wrinkles
  5. Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide), Vitamin C and E: Decrease fine lines and wrinkles, stimulate collagen production and provide antioxidant protection

I love the packaging of this and the SPF (previously reviewed) since it keeps the products stable and uncontaminated. It also dispenses just a small drop of the primer at a time so there’s no waste. I don’t find that I use a lot so I’m relieved I’m not washing it away. Algenist tells us that after 10 days of consistent use that you’ll see diminished lines and wrinkles. I can’t say if that’s true or not because of my skin but my fellow blogger, Polarbelle, did say it delivered on its promises. I just know that I loved the look I got with softened lines on my face each time I used it. Have you tried products from Algenist before? I’m interested in discovering more from them so share if you have. — Marcia

PaloVia Skin Renewing Laser: Week One Report

I just finished the first week of my 4 week trial of the PaloVia Skin Renewing Laser.  Here are my thoughts so far:

1.  I started off at the lowest setting and used that for the first four days.  Then I went up to the middle level, and I hope to get to the highest level in a few more days.  The higher the level, the better your results.  It’s not painful, I think that getting my eyebrows threaded actually hurts worse than this.  For me it’s more of a fear thing – psychologically it’s just difficult for me to do a treatment that close to my eyes.  But as I get used to it, I get more brave and the treatment gets easier and easier.

working my way up to HIGH

2.  I am shocked by how quick the treatment is each night.  It only takes about four minutes from start to end, it’s much less time and effort intensive than I expected.

3.  I always do my treatment session at night because it does leave my eye area slightly red and swollen.  By morning the swelling is completely gone.

4.  I am experiencing a lot of dryness around my eyes.  Apparently, that is a side effect for about 22% of people who use the laser.  It’s not a bad thing, it’s a sign that the natural healing process is working.  I have been using a lot of eye cream and moisturizing masks to keep my under eye area comfortable and hydrated.

I do think it’s working, and I am really excited about the possibility of some fabulous end results.  I will check back in a week with my thoughts about week two.  – Lisa