Nyakio is telling me the answers to all these global beauty secrets…

Nyakio is telling me the answers to all these global beauty secrets… And they are juicy!!  Wow, nyakio™ is a beautiful skin care line. You can find it at Ulta so be sure to check it out – it has everything you need to restore tired, stressed out skin, cleanse and exfoliate congested skin, and treat and moisturize for beautiful, soft, glowing skin.

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nyakio™ was founded by the gorgeous Nyakio Kamoche Grieco, a first-generation American of Kenyan descent, who has based her line on her family recipes and beauty recipes from 13 different countries from around the world. Everything is ethically and sustainable sourced with indigenous ingredients and is formulated without Sulfates, Phthalates, Parabens, Mineral Oil, Petrolatum, Formaldehyde and Butylene Glycol.

Companies that make it their mission to not only help make our skin look amazing but also help empower women are always a favorite at the BIZ. nyakio™ partners with Girls Inc., which helps girls through mentorships, internships, and events that give them amazing learning experiences, as well as providing monetary support. It’s all good stuff!

I tested four products, one that restores, one that moisturizes, and two that treat.

nyakio™ Marula & Neroli Brightening Oil

  • Marula & Neroli Brightening Oil ($42) (South Africa for Marula Oil and Morocco for Neroli Oil) is a light skin brightening oil that evens out skin tone that luminizes the complexion. Ingredients include marula and neroli oils, which have vitamin C, an excellent antioxidant that is great for evening out skin tone and brightening dull complexions. I am really enjoying this oil and it’s definitely helping my hyperpigmentation areas. It has a light, yummy scent and it isn’t heavy or greasy.  I have combination skin and it just loves this – the oil soaks right in and actually seems to leave my skin more balanced.

    nyakio™ Baobab Youth-Infused Daily Defense Creme

    nyakio™ Baobab Youth-Infused Daily Defense Creme

     

  • Baobab Youth Infused Daily Defense Crème (Mali) ($35) Oh my, this is a fabulous moisturizer! Super rich and just lovely. It doesn’t take much to make skin buttery soft and supple. No greasy kids stuff here – just satiny smooth and amazing! Ingredients include baobab oil which is chock full of antioxidants.

    nyakio™ African Black Soap

    nyakio™ African Black Soap

     

  • African Black Soap  ($35) Purifying Mud Mask (Ghana)  It only takes about ten minutes for this mud mask to draw out all the dirt and nastiness hiding in your pores, leaving incredibly soft, clean, completely detoxed skin. African black soap has vitamins A and E and is actually quite gentle while still being kick-ass effective. This is fabulous for very oily skin as well as sensitive skin.

    nyakio™ Chamomile Soothing Sleeping Mask

     

  • Chamomile Soothing Sleep Mask (Egypt) ($35) This is an overnight treatment cream that works wonderfully for very dry skin. It’s not sticky or thick, it sinks in and is easy to sleep in without getting all over your sheets or pillowcase. I put this on my dry areas, like my forehead and my cheeks, while avoiding my oily areas. It really works wonders on dry, scaly skin! It leaves skin soft, supple, calmed and happy. Ingredients include chamomile, calendula and aloe vera.

Overall, nyakio™ is truly lovely line of interesting products that represent beauty rituals from all over the world.  Be sure to take a look the next time you are at Ulta – you won’t be disappointed!  – Lisa

Dehydrated or stressed skin? Then Lace Your Face with this mask by Dermovia

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When you love using a face mask then you want to try out a variety of types. Why not try one that is not only effective but pretty at the same time? Dermovia makes LACE YOUR FACE MASKS that do that for you. You just don’t look as scary wearing this full face mask. But what’s important is that this really works. Dermovia has 3 current “flavors” of Lace Your Face masks with more coming soon so it will be hard to choose which one you want to use. I was sent the Calming Chamomile to try and let me tell you it’s a winner.

Lace Your Face mask in Calming Chamomile

Lace Your Face mask in Calming Chamomile

What’s unique about this mask is that it fits your face like a glove. You can just lay it on if you want and go relax for 15 minutes or you can apply it properly like the photo shows. There are holes for ears and there is a bottom flap that you can fold up into the ear folds so that you can walk around and do what you need to without taking extra time from your day.

Dermovia Lace Your Face

Dermovia Lace Your Face

This is before I got my ears in the proper slots but you can see how nice looking this mask is.

Lace Your Face

Lace Your Face

Lace Your Face

Lace Your Face

I’ve used the same mask twice. First time I wrapped it around my ears as directed and was able to compute. Second time I wanted my neck to get some of this juicy goodness so I laid down and left the flap on my neck and not just on my chin. Both times I felt refreshed, hydrated and glowing. The ingredients are excellent and I found there wasn’t a fragrance with this.

From Dermovia about Calming Chamomile: “This highly enriched formulation contains an effective yet gentle complex of minerals sourced from deep within the seawaters of Tahiti. These natural ingredients instantly provide soothing and calming nourishment by combining botanically derived Squalene, Apple Stem Cell, and Dew Grass Extract. This luxurious skin normalizing treatment provides essential nutrients that are necessary to restore pH balance and maintain healthy skin. In addition, Chamomile provides superior strengthening and reparative properties that visibly soften and protect the skin from future imbalances.”

first steps

first steps

final steps

final steps

The mask was loaded with the serum that makes it so potent yet so very gentle.

Dermovia Lace Your Face Calming Chamomile ingredients

Dermovia Lace Your Face Calming Chamomile ingredients

Benefits

Benefits

Now tell me you don’t want to be soothed, balanced, repaired, non-irritated and without stress on your face. I’m sure you can’t. Be sure you save the outer wrapper since this can be used one more time. I put it back in the package, sealed it tightly and was able to use it again. I also didn’t need to follow with a serum after using this since the ingredients are a serum that includes hyaluronic acid.

There’s more…. you can use this one of three ways! Straight out of the package, keep it in the fridge for a wonderful cooling sensation and to help close pores or heat up the closed package in a bowl of hot water for a true spa facial feeling.

If this doesn’t sound like it’s up your alley how about trying one of the two others?

Brightening Bearberry is loaded with antioxidants and is a lightening mask that helps diminish dark spots and sun damage.

Hydrating Rose Water is for those of you who want to moisturize and fight signs of aging.

Coming soon will be Smoothing Peptides, Rejuvenating Collagen, Exfoliating Papaya, Clarifying Mulberry Leaf and Healing Yogurt and Milk. I’m looking forward to the Rejuvenating Collagen personally.

A set of 4 masks (that is 8 uses) is $55 but you can purchase one for $15 to test it out. I wish they’d sell a combination pack but maybe that too will be coming up soon.

If you’d love to visit an esthetician but don’t have time or money for it, then a Dermovia Lace Your Face mask like this will help in all the right ways. — Marciadermovia lace mask opened

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Calming Chamomile is also available at Skincare by Alana

Two ways to get super hydrated skin: Le Mieux Moisture Infusion Mask and 24 Hour Age Defying Cream

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If your skin is in need of hydration, I have two products that are perfect for you:  Le Mieux Moisture Infusion Mask (4 masks for $25) and 24 Hour Age Defying Cream ($65).  Both give skin amazing moisture and together they nourish and plump like nothing else.

Le Mieux Moisture Infusion Mask

Le Mieux Moisture Infusion Mask

one of the Moisture Infusion Masks

one of the Moisture Infusion Masks

The Moisture Infusing Mask is a wonderful pampering treatment mask that isn’t super spendy. This is a gauze-like fabric mask that is soaked in a treatment solution. Just position on your face and leave on for about 20 minutes…it stays in place so you can go about your business whilst taking care of your skin. Afterwards, remove the mask and let the remaining solution soak into your skin.

the gauzy-fabric mask

the gauzy-fabric mask

A veritable ‘Hall of Fame’ list of ingredients include stable vitamin C for brightening, hyaluronic acid for plumping skin, ceramide III for moisture, vitamin B-5 for tissue repair, algae extracts for collagen production, green and white tea extracts to repair UV ray damage, caviar extract for cell regeneration, along with several other ingredients to minimize fine lines and improve elasticity. I use this mask every two weeks and have amazing results. I have serious love for these, even if they make me look REALLY scary while wearing them (we are talking Friday the 13th scary…I will spare you the pic).

To satisfy my need for immediate gratification, I use the 24 Hour Age Defying Cream. This can be used day or night, but when I slather this on before bedtime I always wake up with baby soft, vibrant skin. No wonder Kate Hudson and Lauren Graham are huge fans!

Le Mieux 24 Hour Age Defying Cream

Le Mieux 24 Hour Age Defying Cream

There are so many fabulous ingredients it makes the skin care nerd in me dizzy. Highlights include peptides for smoothing, repairing, and brightening, mulberry extract to brighten skin pigment, ceramides for major hydration, and emollients and moisturizers including cupuacu butter, jojoba oil, and African shea butter. This is a luxurious and effective moisturizer that does wonders for the face, neck, and décolletage.

inside the jar

inside the jar

swatch of the 24 Hour Age Defying Cream

swatch of the 24 Hour Age Defying Cream

If you are in need of some serious hydration, then turn to Le Mieux.  This premium skincare line has exactly what your skin is asking for.  – Lisa

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