The Body Shop Drops of Youth Liquid Peel and Oils of Life Intensely Revitalizing Eye Cream-Gel

The Body Shop Drops of Youth Liquid Peel and Oils of Life Intensely Revitalizing Eye Cream-GelThe Body Shop is always a favorite line of mine not only because I love their products but also because I love their mission. They aren’t just here to make your skin better — they are here to make the world better too. The Body Shop was the first to engage in fair trade in beauty and they have had my heart since the 1980’s.                                                                                                           #TheBodyShopProvidedProduct

The Body Shop has two new skin care launches that are notable in their ingenuity. Of course, they are enhanced with products from The Body Shop’s Community Trade Program and the products are never tested on animals. They sent me these two new products, and for me one was a total miss and the other was a hit.The Body Shop Drops of Youth Liquid Peel

The NEW Drops of Youth™ Youth Liquid Peel ($25) is a gel exfoliator that peels off dead skin and excess oils. You smooth this on clean, dry skin, then massage it in for a few minutes. The gel lifts off all the crap that is clogging your skin, then you rinse it off for a smoother, less congested visage.  People definitely seem to like it –

Instantly feels like dead skin cells are lifted (88% agree*)
Peels off impurities and pollutants (88% agree*)
Skin feels cleansed from day’s pollution (86% agree*)
*when tested on 109 women

However, this didn’t work for me. It was fine up until the rinsing off stage. I could not get all the clumps of gel and dead skin to rinse off no matter what I did! I ended up using my Luna, rewashing my face, using makeup remover…I still have some remainders along my chin line. It’s just bizarre.  Maybe it’s my wonky skin and you will have a totally different experience, but this was a real bummer for me.

The Body Shop Oils of Life Intensely Revitalizing Eye Cream-GelI had a different experience with the Oils of Life™ NEW Intensely Revitalizing Eye Cream-Gel ($32). This is a gel eye treatment that has a light and airy texture. It’s really cool – you can see the tiny shimmers in it that also help brighten the eye area.   The Body Shop Oils of Life Intensely Revitalizing Eye Cream-GelThe Body Shop Oils of Life Intensely Revitalizing Eye Cream-Gel

Again, people seem to really like this product –

  • Eye life for your eyes
  • Eye contour looks smoother – 100%*
  • Radiance appears revived – 96% agree*
  • Dark circles appear faded – 90% agree*
  • Wrinkles appear smoother – 87% agree**
    *Results of Eye-Cream Gel self-assessments on the eye contour – 50 women
    ** Results of Eye-Cream Gel self-assessments on the eye contour – 100 women

And with this one, I agree! This eye gel/cream feels cool when applied and it calms down puffiness. It’s very hydrating so fine lines and wrinkles are plumped up and the tiny shimmers really lighten the eye area and counter any dark circles. Hooray, it’s a winner!!

You can find The Body Shop products at malls throughout the world as well as online.  – Lisa

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Mario Badescu Botanical Exfoliating Scrub

Want to freshen up your skin for spring?  Mario Badescu’s newest product, Botanical Exfoliating Scrub ($26), comes to the rescue.

Mario Badescu Botanical Exfoliating Scrub

Mario Badescu Botanical Exfoliating Scrub

I am a big believer in exfoliation and I always make sure to do a facial scrub once a week. Getting rid of that dead skin helps to prevent breakouts and also helps the effectiveness of your skin products like serums and creams. Mario Badescu, a great high-end department store line that is wonderfully affordable, sent the latest addition to their skin care line to try. I definitely like this one – it smooths, brightens, and refreshes skin with a combination of finely ground Ecuadorean Ivory Palm seeds and a blend of energizing botanicals.

Mario Badescu Exfoliating Scrub swatch

This is a clear gel with tiny scrubbies that are very gentle but also effective. Ecuadorian Ivory Palm seeds are ecologically harvested and are a sustainable product from the rainforest. The process used to grind the seeds gives them a smooth polishing. So while they are great for exfoliating they don’t tear up the skin, instead leaving it fresh and glowy. Another key ingredient is coconut extract, which is excellent for hydrating even extremely sensitive skin. Also included are ginger extract and green tea extract as antioxidants and anti-inflammatories, and gingko extract to increase collagen and elasticity.

The Botanical Exfoliating Scrub became available a few days ago on mariobadescu.com, and will be at Ulta and Nordstrom in May 2015.  – Lisa

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Waking up to Juara Invigorating Coffee Scrub

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Are you one  of those people who doesn’t quite wake up until a cup of java is under your nose?  That’s me for sure. So I absolutely love this great body exfoliator that Juara Skin Care sent us, the Invigorating Coffee Scrub ($37), because one whiff is like taking an instant trip to Starbucks.

Juara Invigorating Coffee Scrub

Juara Invigorating Coffee Scrub

Inside the jar - Juara Invigorating Coffee Scrub

Inside the jar – Juara Invigorating Coffee Scrub

It’s not surprising this scrub – made with Indonesian coffee beans – is one of Juara’s top-selling products.  It has three big pluses going for it.  One, the scent – it really does smell like a fresh hot cuppa joe, perfect for a morning shower.  Two, it cleanses and exfoliates, so there’s no need to soap up before or after using it.  And three, coffee is a great skin treatment.  The finely ground beans scrub away dry, scaly skin, and coffee arabica has been proven to stimulate collagen, improve skin elasticity, and fight free radicals as a terrific antioxidant ingredient.

Juara Invigorating Coffee Scrub is a great product.  It’s fun – Starbucks in a jar! – and it is seriously good for your skin.  If you are looking for a gift for your best friend, this is a terrific option.  Pair this with a small gift card to a coffee shop and you will never lose your BFF status.  – Lisa

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Ingredients:  Peg-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Walnut Shell (Juglans reglia) Powder, Rice (Oryza sativa) Starch, Fresh Roasted Indonesian Coffee (Coffee arabica), Rice Bran (Oryza sativa) Oil, Fragrance, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol.

The latest from Kleraderm!

Last weekend I was what we call in Michigan a ‘hunting widow’ – the hubby went to Ohio, and he even took the kids with him.  That meant I was finally home alone.  So of course I spent my weekend searching for someone to hang out with since I was so lonely…I need to be careful what I wish for!  

The best part of my weekend was taking my mom to Nordstrom for a facial from Joanne Recchia, the owner of Kleraderm.  

My mom with Joanne

My mom with Joanne

Kleraderm, the Italian skin care line, is sold at Nordstrom’s in the Somerset Mall and the Partridge Creek Mall. I have been using this line for about seven years now…it is fantastic.  My mom and I each had a $150 facial that Joanne only charges $32 for – if you live in the area, you absolutely need to make an appointment to get one.  Here is a quick breakdown of the amazing facials we each got in Kleraderm’s private spa room at Nordies:

  • First, Joanne cleansed my face with Collagen Cleansing Milk topped with a Salmon Egg Mask, which she left on for 10 minutes then wiped off with hot towel.  The Salmon Egg Mask is not offered retail, it’s something special she brought from Italy and it is only used in the spa. This mask is rich in vitamins and repairs the hydro-lipid layer, boosting skin with vital energy while busting up formations of free radicals. When used with the Collagen Cleansing Milk it boosts the cleansing process, giving deep pore cleansing with no scrub, no brush, no glycolic acid.
  • Next, she applied Collagen + Elastin (Collastin) Serum all over the face and neck, paying special attention to the eye area. Collagen + Elastin Serum is a very powerful serum that can only be applied three times a week. It is one of Kleraderm’s top shelf products and is not offered at Nordstrom, although it can be purchased directly from Joanne or at any of the private salons that carry Kleraderm.  Collastin Serum is made from Kleraderm’s own native bio-identical collagen and elastin fibers.  The fibers actually wrap around the body’s own collagen, giving strength back to the skin’s collagen fibers and adding suspension to the elastin fibers.  Skin becomes smooth and lifted, fine lines disappear and wrinkles lose depth.
  • Next, Joanne applied the Anti-Age Mask. This mask is in a delicate tissue-type form made of compressed collagen fibers and compressed cholesterol fibers (the same fibers that suspend skin), it looks like a thin fabric. She adhered the mask to my face with the Collastin Serum. Once the tissue mask was in place she activated it with small amounts of warm water, which turned the mask from tissue to transparent, then into a gel-like substance. (What was so cool is I could watch the entire facial process as Joanne gave my mom her facial – I’d never seen all this stuff in action before because I keep my eyes closed and relax during my own facial!)  Joanne massaged the collagen gel gently into my skin until it was completely absorbed.
  • Then Joanne applied yet another mask, the truly amazing Kleraderm Vitamin C Peel-Off Mask. Yet another top shelf product, this mask is only offered in spa and it is the first Vitamin C product where the C is stable. Vitamin C is fantastic for skin, but it is very unstable so products that contain it can lose efficacy quickly.  The Vitamin C is treated so that it becomes a powder, and when mixed with water Joanne has about two minutes to get it applied properly.  Then my skin got 100% Vitamin C along with many other vitamins and cell nourishment, and even better the nourishment from this mask kept working on my skin for 72 hours – that’s three days of vitamin therapy and cell nourishment.  When the mask had depleted itself of all the active ingredients right into my skin, it turned into rubber…it was beyond cool.  Joanne then pulled the mask off in one sweeping motion, just like a huge Biore strip.  The mask pulled everything that had loosened up right out of my pores, but without any harshness or irritation to my skin.
  •  After the mask, Joanne applied more Collastin Serum all over my face and neck, then put eye gel around my eye area and topped it with eye cream.  She also moistened my lips with eye cream. Next she applied Ysaline Filler Cream all over my face.  She loves to use this during all of her facials because Ysaline is loaded with OMEGA 3-6-9 fatty acids and she says all skin types do very good with OMEGA.
  • Finally, she moisturized me with Collagen Moisturizer.  My skin loved the product and I think I will do very well with it this winter.

Not only did my mom and I walk out with fantastically glowing skin, we also scooped up two Kleraderm Butter Scrubs.  I hate to tell you this, but there were a limited number of these available and I think they may be gone…but they are SO GOOD I have to share.

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Kleraderm Butter Scrubs

Kleraderm Caramel Butter Scrub

Kleraderm Caramel Butter Scrub

Inside the caramel goodness

Inside the caramel goodness

This is one of those reviews where I seriously wish we had ‘Smell-O-Vision’, because the scent of these babies is just to die for.  The Caramel Butter Scrub is indeed buttery smelling carameliciousness, and the Blackcurrent is tart smelling and makes my mouth water.  They both come in reusable glass Weck jars.

Kleraderm Blackcurrent Butter Scrub

Kleraderm Blackcurrent Butter Scrub

Inside...so good I want to eat it with a spoon

Inside…so good I want to eat it with a spoon

The Butter Scrubs are powerful exfoliators and total hydrators. The exfoliating action is blended in a body butter of cocoa butter, sweet almond oil, and grapeseed oil. This smooth butter quickly sinks deep into the skin and is activated by the body’s natural temperature. The natural exfoliant in the Caramel Butter Scrub is spun sugar, while the Blackcurrent Butter Scrub has powdered blackcurrent seed.  They ever so gently remove impurities and dead cells from the outer layer of the skin.  You immerse yourself in a hot bath after applying the Butter Scrub, and you can feel the dead skin cells coming off your body while the butter leaves you baby soft and totally hydrated. The bath water becomes a cocoon of warm butter wrapped all over your body and you never want to get out of the tub.  If I am in a hurry, I rub some all over right before my shower and then spend the rest of the day marveling at how soft my skin is.

Joanne actually GAVE THESE AWAY with a previous special…I just can’t believe it.  They are so good it’s criminal.

This upcoming weekend, Nordstrom at Partridge Creek Mall is having their annual BOL/Beauty on Location event, although this year Nordstrom changed the name to “Pretty Party”.  Kleraderm is hosting skin care classes and they have outstanding gifts with purchase.  Whatever you purchase will come in this bag:

The shopping bag - it comes with a zippered makeup bag!

The shopping bag – it comes with a zippered makeup bag!

It’s always so fun to get a free gift (or several!) with a purchase, and here’s the perfect opportunity.  See below for all the details on what you will get from Kleraderm, just email Joanne to pre-order at [email protected] !   Also check them out on Facebook or Instagram and Twitter @Kleraderm.   Happy shopping! – Lisa

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