Masks of the month – Hada Labo Tokyo and ToGo Spa

I am a masker that’s all there is to it. Somewhere along the line I became enamored with masks of all kinds. Give me a sheet mask and I’m happy. Give me a mask in a tube or jar and I’m going to have a ball. I love what they do to my face and my spirits. They are a quick way for a pick-me-up and they have wonderful benefits. This month I’m featuring two mask companies that sent me masks that you need.

Eyes by ToGoSpa and Lips by ToGoSpa

Eyes by ToGoSpa and Lips by ToGoSpa

ToGoSpa masks aka Treatments have been favorites of mine for years. I have a collection of the Under Eye Treatments to use whenever I need some plumping and help with fine lines. There are now 4 versions of Eyes ToGoSpa but this was my first experience with the coconut ones.

Eyes by ToGoSpa

Eyes by ToGoSpa

These masks have so many benefits:

  • Improves circulation and stimulates production of new, youthful skin cells.
  • Relaxes, calms, and pumps up moisture-retention levels to new heights.
  • De-puffs and reduces dark circles with skin-brightening ingredients.
  • Relieves irritation and redness calming compounds.
  • Minimizes pores with clarifying, cleansing oils.
  • Hydrates crepe-like skin and resurfaces fine lines.
Coconut EYES

Coconut EYES

Eyes by ToGoSpa in Coconut Eyes are probably the most hydrating of their eye collection. There are 3 masks in a package ($12.50 but $10 on Amazon) and are worth every cent. Using a pair before a night out is a delight. My wedding anniversary is coming up and I’ve saved one set to use that day to make my husband appreciate his “bride”. They call these their staycation masks since they’ve added Coconut Extract which gives this a tropical gentle aroma. Adding Allantoin helps with the moisturizing. I love how my under eye lines are softened and look rejuvenated for at least two days.

 

Eyes by ToGoSpa

Eyes by ToGoSpa

Not only did I save one of the eye treatments but I’ve also saved one  Lips by ToGoSpa to help make my lips look more kissable. So far ToGoSpa just has these in Coconut but I’m sure they’ll expand the line once everyone finds out how wonderful these are and the benefits of them.

Lips by ToGoSpa

Lips by ToGoSpa

Lips by ToGoSpa are perfect for date night or everyday use. They help with dry lips or chapped lips as well as making your lips look fuller and more moisturized. I’ve used them prior to wearing a matte lipstick and noticed a nice difference since my liplines weren’t as prominent and my lips looked plumper. Give yourself 20 minutes and you’ll appreciate the combination of natural high-density marine collagen, enzymes, amino acids, natural marine minerals, trace elements, proteins and vitamins.

COCONUT LIPS – Purified Water, Chitosan, Sea Algae Extract, Collagen, Coconut Extract, Cellulose, Hyaluronic Acid, Magnesium Phosphate (Vitamin C), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Vegetable Glycerin, Allantoin, Lavender Oil

These are activated by your body temperature and shortly after application you’ll feel them getting softer and more pliable. The nutrients are stored in the lip mask and release as you are lying comfortably savoring your spa experience.

Lips by ToGoSpa

Lips by ToGoSpa

Lips by ToGoSpa contain hyaluronic acid, vitamins C & E, are cruelty free, and contain no dyes or parabens. You really will love what these can do for your lips. In the warmer weather I’m going to put them in the refrigerator before using.

I can’t forget about a sheet mask and like to do one on a weekend morning. Hada Labo Tokyo Ultimate Anti-Aging Facial Mask is making my special time a great ME time. I have long used several products from Hada Labo Tokyo and think it’s a great line. I often recommend their hydrators and moisturizer. Well now I can recommend their Ultimate Anti-Aging Facial Mask too.

Hada Labo Tokyo Ultimate Anti-Aging Facial Mask

Hada Labo Tokyo Ultimate Anti-Aging Facial Mask

There are 4 masks in the box so you’ve got weeks of pleasure using them. When I’m looking at anti-aging products I’m always thrilled to see Hyaluronic Acid as a main ingredient. These have “super” hyaluronic acid so I’m especially thrilled about that. “Proprietary combination of 3 types of Hyaluronic Acid.  Powerful hydrator and skin plumper that provides multi-layer, long-lasting moisture to restore and strengthen skin’s natural hydrating levels.”

Hada Labo Tokyo Ultimate Anti-Aging Facial Mask

Hada Labo Tokyo Ultimate Anti-Aging Facial Mask

This is a cotton fiber mask that is absolutely loaded with serum. They say they use a full bottle (0.7 oz) to help with hydration and firmness. Each mask is very wet so I wear a nightgown or old tee shirt when I’m going to use one. They don’t drip down my face but I like to lie down to keep all that goodness on my face. Keep it on for 10 – 15 minutes and don’t rinse after. You may want moisturizer and sunscreen but you’ve got your dose of serum to spread around your face already.

Hada Labo Tokyo Ultimate Anti-Aging Facial Mask

Hada Labo Tokyo Ultimate Anti-Aging Facial Mask

I think this set of 4 masks is very reasonably priced at $14.99 but even better is that Target and Amazon have them for $7.39 which is the best price ever. Recommended use is 1 to 3 times per week, my use has been once a week. I’m very happy that these are fragrance free.

As a mask aficionado I’ve just shared with you 3 of my favorites. If you haven’t used these yet, I’m not sure what you are waiting for!!  —  Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration which my face is thankful for

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New life for aging lips and eyes with Kleraderm Infinite Beauty

Kleraderm Caviar

The best part of my blogging career? Testing products that make such a difference I am beyond excited to tell you about them. Today is one of those extremely rewarding days because the Kleraderm Infinite Beauty line is truly something to shout about! I’ve raved about Kleraderm for a long time, but I think these products are the greatest ones Kleraderm has ever launched. This line is the result of nine years of intense research and development and the doctors at Kleraderm feel they have definitely unlocked the secrets to true anti-age.

PR samples

Kleraderm Infinite Beauty

Kleraderm Infinite Beauty

One of my favorite lines from Kleraderm was the NEOGENESIS (Neo=NEW and Genesis=Life) line, which was created with stem cells from vegetable plants. This is rather complicated but stick with me: Kleraderm found that stem cells from vegetable plants are the only ones that actually work when are using stem cell therapy in skin care. All stem cells are created with coded DNA, which tells the stem cell what it will be when it grows up, such as skin, organs, hair, etc.

When created, vegetable stem cells have DNA, but for a very short while that DNA is not coded. That is when Kleraderm harvests the stem cells, and through cellular rhythm it actually codes the DNA to be nothing but skin cells. Definitely AMAZING!!

Kleraderm felt that the next step was to figure out how to get the stem cells deep enough through the skin without using injections. Their doctors found that hyaluronic acid has low molecular weight and is not only what our bodies produce, but also an excellent vehicle to drive stem cells deep down through the skin which allows the vegetable stem cells to interact with our own body’s stem cells. Vegetable stem cells (VSC) are survivors that teach our stem cells where to feed and guide them to the top layer of skin, where all stem cells arrive healthy, nourished and full of life. Subsequently, skin becomes radiant and begins to glow as a  youthful appearance starts to take over skin.

The Neogenesis line was a result of all of this scientific research.  The research continued and after Neogenesis was created the Kleraderm doctors found that when caviar was added to Neogenesis the combination was truly outstanding. Basically, Neogenesis gives our skin cells life and the caviar replenishes lost nourishment to skin. These are the issues that cause premature aging, slower production of cell life and cells arriving to top layer of skin in terrible condition along with discoloration.

With depleted nourishment, our stem cells only know to stop at the basal layer to feed on their way up to top layer; the basal layer becomes older and cannot offer the good wholesome nourishment as it once did when we were younger. VSC leads our stem cells to other areas to feed on their way up, and VSC can awaken semi-dead stem cells on the top layer of skin.

Ultimately, it as if we can grow a new top layer of skin!

Kleraderm combined the two most powerful weapons against premature aging and created “Infinite Beauty” which includes four items to transform skin into a youthful paradise. I was lucky enough to test two of the products:  the Caviar Eye-Lip Cream ($115) and the Caviar Beauty Eye Serum ($125).

Kleraderm Caviar Antiaging Cream

Kleraderm Neogenesis Eye and Lip Cream

Kleraderm Caviar Eye and Lip Cream

The Infinite Beauty Eye + Lip cream is a creamy moisturizer that minimizes fine lines and wrinkles around both the eye and lip area. It doesn’t taste like anything so it’s great for lips and boy does it make a difference in those awful vertical lines!! It also lightens and smooths out skin discoloration. I use this every morning and every night on my lips and also use it on my eyes – eyelids and under eye – over the Infinite Beauty Caviar Eye Serum.

Kleraderm Caviar Eye Serum

Kleraderm Infinite Beauty Caviar Eye Serum

Kleraderm Infinite Beauty Caviar Eye Serum

Kleraderm Infinite Beauty Caviar Eye Serum

The Infinite Beauty Eye Serum is a really terrific eye treatment that reduces puffiness and darkness around eye area – I had excellent, noticeable results in just a few days. This serum replenishes lost collagen, making the under eye area firmer and smoother looking. I’ve tested tons and tons of eye products and this is one of the most impressive I have ever come across.

Do yourself (and your lips and eyes!) a huge favor and check out the Infinite Beauty line at Kleraderm. I can’t wait to try out the other two products from this line – Caviar Anti-Aging Serum and Caviar Anti-Aging Cream.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration.  These products are available only on kleradermusa.com

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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*received for review consideration from iFabbo and Rodan+Fields for an unbiased article

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My experiences with RapidLash

I have a story to share about my eyelashes. I was always envious of people with full lashes. I always have had these short little stubs that never enhanced my eyes. Since I’m all about eye makeup this was a shortcoming, in more way than one. Along came some of the lash growth serums and after much consideration I decided to buy one. It was Nordstrom’s Anniversary sale and they carried Beauty Society’s Enormous Lash with a special of buy one, get one. Since my sister was interested in this we bought it and excitedly started using it. We both had the same reaction – stinging, burning and nothing happened. I gave it 4 weeks in spite of the reaction but I just couldn’t take the stinging any longer with nothing to show for it. Research led me to RapidLash which was half the price and got oodles of raves on message boards. I purchased it and to my delight there was absolutely no stinging and no burning. I used it religiously for 6 weeks every single night and noticed a considerable difference. I finally had eyelashes. I finally could curl my lashes and they’d stay curled. Happiness ensued.

RapidLash

RapidLash information on the back of the box

RapidLash ingredients, click to enlarge

I’ve since experimented with other brands and have been able to maintain what started although this past summer they didn’t seem quite as lush. When RapidLash offered to send me one to test I was thrilled to be going back to this old favorite. This is actually my third tube of RapidLash since I’d bought two prior to this. I love what it does to my lashes.When I got this again I used it nightly for a month; I’m now using it 3 times a week. The only bad thing in my opinion about lash growth products is that if you want to keep your lashes looking lush you do need to maintain it. Even though RapidLash says the tube is enough for 2 months my second tube of RapidLash lasted over 6 months and was still going strong.  Iended up  tossing it for sanitary reasons even though I had no problems with it in any way.

The wand tip is wonderful. It’s thin enough to keep the formula on your lashline and nowhere else and it’s strong enough to do the job swiftly. I wish I could find an eyeliner brush this size and sturdiness.

RapidLash wand

Here’s the facts from Rapidlash.com:

Clinically proven, Fuller-Looking natural lashes
Clinically proven, Darker-Looking natural lashes
Clinically proven, More Curl to natural lashes

Infused with a blend of paraben and fragrance-free potent polypeptides, vitamins, minerals, and botanicals that nourish your lashes and brows.

Guaranteed results.

Their Frequently Asked Questions page gives you all the information you might be asking yourself including what their ingredients are and what they do for you.

RapidLash is sold at beauty.com, skinstore.com, dermstore.com, CVS.com and on their own website. It retails for $49.95 but I paid 20% less both times I purchased it.

My lashes are full now, there’s volume where there was none before. They are longer though not super long. My sister’s lashes on the other hand are super long but she’s younger than I am so maybe her “youth” helps. The major difference though is that I had almost no eyelashes on my bottom lashline. Now I actually have eyelashes. They aren’t long, they aren’t lush, but they are there. Thank you to RapidLash for the reminder that I loved you two years ago and I love you still. — Marcia

Before picture taken in 2009

After picture, taken October 2011

After picture using RapidLash, October 2011


Send your bags packing with Chella’s Anti-Fatigue Eye Mask Kit

Chella Anti-Fatigue Eye Mask Kit

It’s the weirdest thing – sometimes when I get up in the morning, my eyes are clear, my under eye area isn’t too dark, and I have no bags under my eyes.  Other mornings I get up and my eyes have bags so big, if I were flying somewhere an airline would charge me for them.  What’s a girl to do?  One awesome solution is Chella’s Anti-Fatigue Eye Mask Kit ($45).  Fifteen minutes in the morning and your eyes look brighter, plus your bags are sent packing.

Love the description!

I find this to be a very effective eye mask for brightening and de-puffing the under eye area.  It saturates your under eye area with collagen and amino acids, cooling and shrinking under eye bags.  It also lightens dark areas and softens fine lines.  Plus it’s just fun to use.

Matrix Masks in packaging

Inside the kit are products for  four treatments.  There are four Anti-Fatigue Masks, which are the fabric patches that are soaked in treatment fluid and then placed under the eyes.

Activator tubes

There are four Anti-Fatigue Eye Mask Activator tubes, this is the fluid in which the masks are soaked before applying.

Eye Cream sample

Also included is a packet of the eye cream, which you put on after the mask is removed.

Matrix Masks and Mask Activator

Here are the masks and activator before beginning the treatment.  The plastic tray actually holds the masks one on top of another, and the indentation allows for the liquid to soak in without spilling all over.

Matrix masks being activated

Here are the masks after putting the activator on top.  It only takes a few minutes for the activator to completely soak in.  I like to do this eye mask when I wake up with extremely puffy eyes, and Chella recommends using it once a week for four weeks for the best results.  I put the activator on the masks, then apply the masks underneath my eyes.

Looks odd but the results are worth it!!

They stay on with no extra help, the activator makes them very adhesive.  I go about my morning routine, leaving the masks on for 15 minutes.  After that, the masks remove easily, and I gently massage in the serum left on the skin.  That’s followed by the eye cream, and voilà!  Bright, soft, and de-puffed eyes.

I love this eye mask, I think it’s a fun treat for your eyes that has noticeable results.  If you are checking out Chella, this is one item that should end up in your shopping cart!  – Lisa

Ingredients:

eye zone matrix anti-fatigue mask
collagen, hydrogenated polyisobutene, ppg-15 stearyl ether, peg-40 sorbitan peroleate.

anti-fatigue eye mask activator 
water (aqua), pthychopetalum olacoides extract, panax ginseng (pfaffia paniculata) root extract, lilium candidum flower extract, glycosaminoglycans, ergothioneine, tremella fuciformis polysaccharide, (bioskinup contour 3r) glycerin, caprylyl/capryl glucoside), xanthan gum, phenoxyethanol, methylisothiazolinone.

Frownies Eye Gels

Say hello to the Queen of Insomnia. (Hi Marcia!!) Now this is not a crown that I’ve willingly accepted, it’s been forced on me and I don’t like it. This isn’t a new problem though rather it’s one I’ve struggled with for as long as I can remember. Some nights are worse than others and the next morning is when I really notice that. A helpful solution to the “morning after” has been Frownies Eye Gels, Under Eye and Eyelid Treatment.


This is a 30 minute treatment that’s gentle and relaxing. You put it on, you lay around for 30 minutes, you take it off and then reap the benefits for the rest of the day or evening. It doesn’t have to be done first thing in the morning, most of us don’t have that time. It can be used any time you want. I think it’s great for those special evenings when you are pulling out all the stops for a night out – whether it’s a special event like a wedding or an evening out with the person of your dreams (no nightmare people allowed!).

Here’s how they work: On a clean face apply a serum like Frownies’ Immune Shield under your eyes and to your eye lids to add the moisturization you need to make these work best. These are in a foil packet so you open the packet and apply one at a time. You want it to cover underneath your eye as well as the outer corner (as you can see in their picture). Smooth it out gently with a finger to make sure it fits snugly and you are getting all the benefits of the hydration. You can walk around and do things with it on or just give yourself a little ME time and relax. Personally I go on the computer when they’re on.


Directions say to use these for 3 nights in a row and then use them once a week. I didn’t do that but I did use them 3 times in one week. You can store these to get more use out of them. They recommend spraying them with their Rose Water Toner Hydrator and then putting them in a plastic bag and keep them in the refrigerator. I’ve got those little snack pack Ziploc bags and that’s how I stored mine. Putting these on when they are cool is very refreshing. Eventually this will dry out because the collagen is being absorbed as you use them.

The retail price of these is $30 for a box of 3 sets of patches. I’ve found them on drugstore.com for $27 and I think if I searched more I’d find them for even less. Frownies also sells a great set called Beautiful Eye Set for $89.97 that contains everything you need: 3 sets of eye gel patches, Rose Water Hydrator, Immune Shield, and the original Frownies for Forehead and Between Eyes.

Insomnia or dark circles or fine lines, whatever your undereye problem is, try out Eye Gels to give you that refreshed look you are seeking. — Marcia

Eye Patch Collagen Building Ingredients:

Key collagen building natural ingredients in Frownies’ Under Eye Treatment Patches are Cactus collagen, bear berry extract(Arbutin), vitamin C, E and hyaluronic acid. Frownies’ quality natural ingredients help enhance the appearance of the under eye area of the face. Cactus collagen, Arbutin(bear berry extract), Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid, Natural Moisturizing glycerin, aloe vera, vitamin B3, Lubrajel Oill, L-Lactic Acid, L-Sodium Lactate3 Ammino Phosphate Derivative, Disodium, EDTA, Dimethicone, Xanthan Gum

Travel kit luxury from Pharmagel

Marcia and I are always on the lookout for new, interesting brands  – we love to bring you info about the latest and greatest that you haven’t read about a million times.  One such brand is Pharmagel, the skin care division of the company that also makes Lumeness Hair Care products (Marcia reviewed some here).  Pharmagel specializes in anti-aging skin care, and I have to say that after a month of daily use, I am really liking this line.

I tried the Pharmagel Travel Spa Bag, which has a retail value of $185 but sells for $119.  Here is the official picture:

The fabulous travel case is pictured twice  – once hanging in the background, the other time rolled up behind the products.  It’s the coolest travel bag – while the products are full size and so not airline friendly, it’s  easy to make small containers of each, and then use the extra space for your other beauty products.  In terms of daily use, it’s a great way to store your skin care products without crowding up your shelves…and in my case, crowded shelves is always an issue!!

Here’s my bag with the products inside, bag closed:

And here is the bag open:

It’s extremely convenient and very cute.  Plus, the products are terrific.  Here’s what is in this set:

First, an 8 0z. size Hydra Cleanse Water Rinseable Facial Cleanser for All Skin Types.  This is a creamy gel cleanser that foams up slightly when you mix it with water.  I really like this cleanser – it cleans deeply without stripping my skin, in fact it’s quite moisturizing.  I was surprised because usually the more moisturizing cleansers don’t clean as well as this one does.  In terms of the ingredients, the website says it has the following:

“Aloe Vera-Used primarily for it’s healing & soothing properties in addition to excellent moisturizing properties. Seaweed Extracts- Provides exceptional moisturizing and conditioning properties. Algae- Moisture to the skin. Spirulina- Extract utilized to provide even more additional moisturizing. Oat Extract- Deep penetrating moisture retention and healing. Panthenol- Antioxidant providing moisture and reparative benefits.”

There is a light floral fragrance, nothing obnoxious or lingering.  I think this is a wonderful cleanser.

Next, it includes an 8 oz. size Botanical Tonique Alcohol Free Facial Toner.  I love the spray bottle, it’s very hygienic.  This is fragrance free and alcohol free.  You can either just spritz your face with this, or else put it on a cotton pad, which is what I do.  It contains:  “Passion Flower Extract-Used for firming and toning. Arnica Extract -Used in balancing the pH of the skin and promoting new tissue growth. Chamomile Extract -Soothing and healing properties. Bergamont Extract -Nourishing benefits. Panthenol (Vitamin B) -Energizing to the epidermal layers of the skin. Witch Hazel – Acts as a primary antiseptic. Rosemary Extract -Stimulates circulation.”

It’s a very nice toner that doesn’t strip your skin, and has no fragrance – not easy to find in a toner.

Then, there is a 1 oz. size Pharma C Serum Intensive Vitamin C Facial Treatment.  This is a Vitamin C treatment that also contain Hyaluronic Acid, so it’s an anti-oxident that also promotes the production of collagen, thereby reducing wrinkles and increasing firmness.  You only use this once a day, so I put it on at night, and used my Lisa Hoffman Vitamin C Serum in the mornings.  It has a lovely, elegant formula, and it sinks in  quickly.  My skin stayed bright, acne-free, and super smooth all month.  I can’t say for sure how much it effected my wrinkles, but I did love how my skin felt and looked.

Next is the 2 oz size Glyco-8 8% Alpha Hydroxy Acid Facial Firming Complex.  This is a great moisturizer that has Alpha Hydroxy Acid and an SPF of 8.  This moisturizer doesn’t just make your skin super soft, it also increases the rate of cell turnover, which keeps your skin looking luminous and acne-free.


In terms of active ingredients, Pharmagel says: Glycolic Acid (AHA) -Used for premium exfoliation benefits, this ingredient penetrates through the epidermis to remove superficial free radicals and toxins, as well as dead skin cells. Mixed Fruit Acids (AHA) -Fruit acids derived for their potent effect on the skin for additional exfoliation benefits. Vitamin C -Used as anti-oxidants to aid in firming and toning and to promote collagen production. Vitamin E -Used as a primary anti-oxidant to aid in firming and toning. Vitamin A -This ingredient is used as an additional primary antioxidant, offering a complete blend of vitamin anti-oxidants rendering this formula limitless, and empowered for performance.”

I really like this moisturizer.  I would be happier if it wasn’t in an open jar, but I settle with using a mini spatula to scoop out the product.

And finally, the .5 oz Eye Proté Eye Crème Elixir.

Somehow my computer ate my picture, so here is one from the website!  This is a nice, light eye cream that did not give me milia.  This eye cream softens fine lines, increases oxygen, and is filled with antioxidents. This is one big tube of eye cream – you never find eye creams this size.  It’s in a tube, again pleasing the germaphobe in me, and the product comes out super easy.

I honestly loved every product in this kit, there wasn’t a bad one in the bunch, and the products are in extremely generous sizes.  I think that $119 for the travel bag, plus a full size cleanser, toner, serum, moisturizer, and eye cream is a steal.  You can check Pharmagel out online, or find it in local salons and spas – just check the website for locations.  I was amazed at the high-end spas that carried it near me, as well as some JC Penney locations.  Check it out, it’s worth a look!  – Lisa

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