Beauty with a purpose from Serendipity

Serendipity skincare

Do you ever wonder why or how a company got its name? I am testing a line named Serendipity and while I think the name is fabulous I was interested in knowing how it got that moniker. Turns out that the owner was serendipitously walking her dog Boo when she came across an abandoned dog tied to a tree without food or water. She rescued the dog (Bella) and thought about how much life happens by chance. She decided to leave her job in developing skincare products for other lines and create her own. Now she has Serendipity, a line that she takes great pride in while making ethical choices to benefit us all. As a dog lover I loved her story and wanted to know more about the brand.

  1. the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way.
    “a fortunate stroke of serendipity”
    synonyms: (happy) chance, (happy) accident, fluke;

This is a five product line. Their purpose is to use simple but powerful ingredients like hyaluronic acid and rare botanical stem cells to help turn back the sands of time. Their products are made to repair skin damage and help to prevent problems before they start. Using natural ingredients is the core of Serendipity’s line.

Architect Redefining Face Serum – Containing stems cells from the rare Swiss Apple plant this targeted product reduces wrinkles and fine lines and leaves your skin looking and feeling younger.

Perfection Hyaluronic Face Cream – Restores crucial moisture and encourages growth of new collagen fibers, leaving your skin vibrant and giving you that youthful glow.

Serenade Repairing Night Cream – Fight back against aging with this refreshing, restorative cream containing extract from the Cotton Thistle Plant and oil from the fruit of the Palm Tree.

Gaze Eye Cream – Fights dark circles and puffiness giving your peepers a youthful, rested appearance.

?Sparkle Eye Serum – Specially created for the delicate skin around your eyes. Sparkle Eye Serum boosts collagen production, increases elasticity, firms skin and fights wrinkles.

Beside having some gorgeous packaging, both outer and inner, I was attracted to Perfection Hyaluronic Face Cream instantly. After all it has the word Hyaluronic in the name. This is a morning moisturizer but I’ve used it at night mostly. Now what’s going to surprise readers most is that this is a fragranced skincare line and I always talk about not wanting fragrance. I almost backed away from Serendipity when I used it the first time since there is a floral fragrance but it’s a fresh, not cloying one. I notice it for the first 30 minutes after I apply the moisturizer but then it’s gone. 30 minutes is longer than I’d choose but it’s a non-issue for me in the long run.

Serendipity Perfection Hyaluronic Face Cream

The moisturizer itself is very soft to the touch. It feels good on my face and absorbs quickly without being sticky at all. It plays well under makeup which is vital.

Serendipity Perfection Hyaluronic Face Cream

The website gives 4 reasons to love the line:
  • Improves skins moisture retention abilities
  • Stimulates the production of new collagen
  • Conditions and smooths skin
  • Softens and invigorates skin

Ingredients: Purified Water (Aqua), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Squalane, Hyaluronic Acid, Laureth-7, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Polyacrylamide, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin.

Serendipity Architect Rejuvenating Face Serum



Architect Rejuvenating Face Serum

There are a few reasons I like this face serum. I think the ingredients in it are top notch. It features stem cells cultivated from a rare Swiss apple, (Uttwiler Spatlauber) clinically proven to show extreme preservation qualities. It also uses seaweed extract to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. The serum is said to help collagen proliferation and skin rejuvenation.

Serendipity Architect Rejuvenating Face Serum

Every brand needs to have a pippete like Serendipity uses in their serum. When I push down the end I almost hear a click. It dispenses the perfect amount of serum each and every time. You can see that in my photo. That’s how much is released each time. It’s more than enough to use all over your face and neck.

Serendipity Architect Rejuvenating Face Serum

Serendipity Architect Rejuvenating Face Serum has a stronger fragrance than the moisturizer but seems to be lessened upon application of the Perfection Face Cream. It’s a little sticky but that too is lessened by the moisturizer. There’s a lot of science behind Architect which taught me that this serum helps collagen proliferation and overall rejuvenation.

From the website, 4 reasons to love this serum:

  • Helps reduce wrinkles and fine lines
  • Preserves longevity of skin stem cells
  • Delays senesance of essential cells
  • Preserves the vitality and youthful
    appearance of skin

Ingredients: Chondrus Crispus (Seaweed) Extract, Purified Water (Aqua), Hyaluronic Acid, Malus Domestica Fruit Cell Culture, Xanthan Gum, Glycerin, Lecithin, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin.

Now that you’ve learned about 2 of the 5 Serendipity stars you should investigate yourself to see how great this can be for your skin too.  —  Marcia


Baré it all and protect your skin with Baré Alchemy Serum

There’s something about Australia and the skincare created there that always is so interesting. I think it’s the pureness of a land with less pollution and more history in the creation of their skincare products. Baré Alchemy is a company that goes to different countries to find the best ingredients in the botanical world. While founded in Australia it goes beyond to bring the best secrets to their line.

Baré Protect Serum

Baré Alchemy has created 3 serums that contain the ingredient Kakadu Plum. I’ve seen this in other products but I can’t say that I’ve tried any with this fruit that can only be found in northern Australia. The serums are designated by skintype: Soothe Serum for dry skin, Protect Serum for normal skin, and Cleanse Serum for oily skin. I have PROTECT SERUM to explain and will give you a little more information on the other two since Baré wants you to find the best type for your own skin.

Baré Alchemy Protect Serum


Baré Protect Serum has two ingredients in it that make this a unique product. The first is Kakadu Plum.

Kakadu Plum

Kakadu plum is a natural superfruit wonder! This fruit contains the world’s highest concentration source of Vitamin C – up to 100 x more than oranges. This alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) fights oxidative stress to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. This extract is also shown to improve radiance and skin luminosity.The natural antioxidants in Kakadu plum extract, Vitamin C and polyphenols, reinforcing cell antioxidant defences, protecting your skin from attack by free radicals.

This incredible extract also stimulates the synthesis of pro-collagen and hyaluronic acid to actually reduce the evidence of aging.In controlled tests, 100% of participants showed improved skin luminosity with the use of Kakadu plum extract.

Found in Northern Australia, Kakadu plum is an ancestral food for the Aborigine people, providing vitamins during long treks or hunting trips, and was also used as an antiseptic and as a soothing balm for aching muscles.

Kakadu Plum is the hero ingredient in Protect Serum since it is packed with Vitamin C to firm, help fade dark spots and protect skin. It is loaded with antioxidants and will help regulate moisture and deliver nourishment to your skin. It’s an ingredient that is sustainably harvested too.

In addition to this safe and mild ingredient they use Caviar Lime Pearl.

Lime Pearl (Caviar Lime)

The precious Australian caviar lime fruit is naturally rich in AHAs, and gives us the amazing Lime PearlTM exfoliating agent. With fast clinical results, Lime PearlTM provides gentle skin exfoliation for a smoother, brighter and even skin complexion. Australian caviar lime contains various fruit acids such as citric acid. It also contains vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants which contribute to the health of your skin. By stimulating TRPV3 channels, Lime PearlTM offers a new mechanism to gently promote skin 30 minutes.

These are not ingredients I’ve noticed before in skincare. But Baré Alchemy finds what’s best for skin with these types of botanicals.

Baré Protect Serum

Now let’s talk about the serum itself. I have to tell you that the packaging is fabulous. It looks ethereal on my vanity. My mouth dropped open when I opened this beautiful bottle. But as beautiful as it is we need to know if it’s worth the luxury price.

Baré Protect Serum

Baré Protect Serum has been welcomed by my skin as it has helped brighten it during these dour winter days. It works on a cellular level so it’s particularly good for aging skin. I went through a few weeks in January that were difficult health wise but I kept up with my skincare since I didn’t want my skin to suffer. I feel that my skin remained luminous and it didn’t feel dry.

One of the most interesting things about this bottle is the applicator. You can see that “stick” standing up from the neck of the bottle. Well that’s the applicator. It has a rubbery cork like seal to preserve the product.

Baré Protect Serum applicator

As you pull it out you’ll find the scooped out stick to hold the serum so you can transfer it to your palms for application. There’s no spilling and you don’t get out more product than you need (or at least I don’t). It also keeps the serum from getting contaminated since you pour it directly into your palms. This can be used alone but I use it as my first step in my night routine. It dries quickly and I often use another serum over it and always end with my moisturizer/night cream.

There is a slight fragrance to this (I always mention fragrance!!) but one that isn’t noticeable after a few minutes so it doesn’t disrupt my sleep. I get nervous with botanical scents so I’m happy that this dissipates so quickly, I’m sure others wouldn’t even notice it.

This beautiful serum is $90 but you’ll end up using a small amount so it will last for quite a while. As a company that is cruelty-free and vegan know that it’s a brand that’s safe for your skin. Let this lovely serum or one of its sisters pamper you.  —  Marcia


available on the Bare Alchemy website as well as on Amazon.

(free from palm oil, synthetic fragrances, SLS, talc, silicon, phthalates, siloxanes, triclosans, phenoxyethanol)

 Ingredients for  Baré Protect Serum: Purified Water, Glycerin, Chondrus Crispus (Irish Moss) Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Alcohol Denat, Terminalia Ferdinandiana (Kakadu Plum) Fruit Extract, Microcitrus Australasica (Lime Pearl) Fruit Extract, Pentylene Glycol, Fructose, Urea, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Maltose, Sodium PCA, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Lactate, Trehalose, Allantoin, Glucose, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Fruit Extract, Combretum Farinosum Flower Nectar, Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Fragrance, Carbomer, Triethanolamine , DisodiumEDTA.

No matter your skin type, there’s a Bare Alchemy serum for you…

  • Soothe Serum: (Dry Skin) This thirst quenching serum restores moisture to the skin’s layers, prevents drying and increases the skin’s capacity to retain moisture; providing elasticity and suppleness to the skin – also contains Oat Bran Kernel and Tasman Pepper Fruit Extract.
  • Protect Serum: (Normal Skin) – Rich in powerful natural AHAs to fight free radical damage and oxidative stress, this unique face serum provides gentle skin exfoliation and stimulates the skin at a cellular level to actually reduce the evidence of aging and improve skin luminosity.
  • Cleanse Serum: (Oily Skin) – Also contains hyaluronic acid to boost cell structure and health for full, younger looking skin, while a powerful clinically proven bouquet of anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory extracts work to minimize acne, blackheads, whiteheads and dilated pores for smoother, more radiant skin.

Makeup Wars Must Have Winter product – Pur Attitude Fusion C

When Makeup Wars chose Must Have Winter Product as the topic of the week I was absolutely sure that I’d choose something cosmetic. I bought so many eyeshadow palettes and lip products in December that I had plenty to pick from. But I’ve found that it’s skincare that I’m concentrating on lately so my typical post isn’t my typical post. I can always talk about my oodles of eyeshadows but I am really loving Pur Attitude Fusion-C lately and seeing what it is doing for my 2018 skin is where I’m at.

Pur Attitude Fusion-C


I started out my recent skincare journey with Vitabrid C¹² FACE Brightening Powder which I attribute for my age spots starting to fade. I’m continuing it with Pur Attitude Fusion-C Vitamin C Serum to not only keep those spots at bay but to brighten my face with its 4 forms of Vitamin C.

Pur Attitude Fusion-C Vitamin C Serum

I was sick the first week of the new year and totally let my skin go. I didn’t use anything at all and felt dull as dishwater. When I snapped out of my funk the first product I reached for was this brightening serum. It contains some great ingredients: Ascorbic Acid, 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, and Sodium Ascorbate. Fusion-C Brightening Serum also contains BV-OSC Ester, which is an active form of Vitamin C that improves collagen synthesis. The serum’s benefits include improving the look of fine lines and wrinkles, lightening age spots, and discoloration with the use of Licorice Extract, Vitamin E, and Hydrolized Collagen.

Pur Attitude Fusion-C ingredient list

PUR attitude Fusion-C Brightening Serum quickly perked my skin back up and I’m grateful for that. This is a serum that I’m just using at night. It’s very thin and feels watery yet it absorbs quickly. You know I love Hyaluronic Acid in my skincare and Pur Attitude must know it too.

Fusion-C Brightening Serum is enhanced with the power of natural Hyaluronix™ technology, which delivers up to one thousand times its weight in water, binding moisture deeply into the skin. Hyaluronix™ uses a complex of three different molecular weights of Hyaluronic Acid to create a delivery system that encapsulates and time-releases key ingredients deep within the lower layers of the skin.

Pur Attitude Fusion-C Vitamin C Serum

Pur Attitude Fusion-C Vitamin C Serum

Part of my skincare journey is to brighten my skin so that the hyperpigmentation is lightened and evened out. I’m thrilled with how the serum has added to the journey. My skin looks less spotty and I see some increased elasticity in it now that this is part of my routine.

Since I need such a small amount of Fusion-C I feel this serum will last me a good amount of time. Pur Attitude follows a “Safe Beauty” standard and uses no harsh chemicals, parabens, PEG’s, glycols, sulfates, petro-chemicals, synthetic fragrances and artificial dyes. It’s fragrance free (yes!!!!) so it’s not offensive to anyone’s sense of smell.

If you join their reward program you’ll get $10 off your first purchase. Since this serum is reasonably priced at $39 joining makes it an even better deal. I’m interested in trying their Best Sellers Trial Size Kit ($19.99) to try their 5 top products. These seem to be the perfect size for travel.

As a Must Have for me I am obviously recommending it. Get your skincare journey going with this effective serum.  —  Marcia

Now let’s see what other Must Haves are loved by the Makeup War bloggers.

A wonderful way to boost your skin is with PCA Skin Serum

PCA Skin Hyaluronic Acid Boosting Serum

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I always tell you that hyaluronic acid are magic words. These are words I look for when choosing what to use for my skincare so imagine my delight when PCA Skin sent their Hyaluronic Acid Boosting Serum. That’s like bottling up the magic and delivering it directly to your skin.

Skincare products I’m currently using including PCA Skin Hyaluronic Acid Boosting Serum

What makes this magic? Hyaluronic acid and sodium hyaluronate attract and hold 1,000 times their weight in water on the surface of the skin for instant smoothing and hydration. Hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid penetrates deeper into the skin, attracting and holding moisture that’s already in the skin, and plumps fine lines from below the skin surface. Now tell me this isn’t magic. Especially as your skin ages and you start losing that bloom of youth.

PCA Hyaluronic Acid Boosting Serum gives my skin that extra plumpness underneath it all. I don’t need extra plump on my body but I want my face looking full and more youthful. The blend of ingredients in this serum increases your own body’s hyaluronic acid production.

PCA Skin Hyaluronic Acid Boosting Serum

What you’ll see when using this is a smoothing effect on your face. Before I apply any foundation is when I really notice it and it amazes me at times. This is a thicker serum than most I use so I mainly use it at night even though it’s meant for both day and night use. I prefer it at night so that it has time to work and settle in. My face is smoother in the morning and I swear I see less fine lines.

PCA Skin Hyaluronic Acid Boosting Serum swatch

There are so many fine ingredients in this that make this a wonder for your skin.

Ceramides repair damage to your skin to support hydration retention.

 HA-Pro Complex is a propriety blend that stimulates the production of the skin’s own hyaluronic acid and delivers 24-hour hydration. Even though Allure magazine has banned the words “anti-aging” our skin doesn’t know that and our skin wants these anti-aging ingredients.

Niacinamide strengthens your skin’s natural barrier to help prevent future damage.

And of course Hydrolized Hyaluronic Acid plumps fine lines from below the skin’s surface.

PCA Skin Hyaluronic Acid Boosting Serum

PCA Hyaluronic Acid Boosting Serum is recommended for all skin types even oily and acne prone. There’s a fragrance that I notice when I first apply it but it dissipates instantly, it reminds me a bit of an autumn night with a bonfire burning in the distance. But that’s just an initial fragrance that is gone before you know it. There’s no denying that this is a splurge when it comes to skincare but it’s your skin and taking care of it now means you can avoid more expensive treatments later.  —  Marcia


PCA Skin tells us All of our products are free of potential irritants like synthetic dyes and fragrances. PCA SKIN® does not perform or condone animal testing.


Water/Aqua/Eau, Propanediol, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Dimethicone, Hydrolyzed Yeast Extract, Polyglyceryl-3 Beeswax, Coconut Alkanes, Phenoxyethanol, Isododecane, Jojoba Esters, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Polysilicone-11, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Benzoate, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Polyglyceryl-6 Distearate, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Disodium Acetyl Glucosamine Phosphate, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hydroxide, Hexylene Glycol, Polygonum Bistorta Root Extract, Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Aroma, Polyglucuronic Acid, Ceramide NP, Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Carrageenan, Ceramide AP, Phytosphingosine, Caprylyl Glycol, Cholesterol, Lecithin, Maris Sal, Ceramide EOP.

Are you looking for the absolute best serum? Try The Jojoba Company Absolute Serum then

The Jojoba Company 100% Natural Absolute Serum

The Jojoba Company 100% Natural Absolute Serum

The Jojoba Company Absolute Serum is a big departure from my typical skincare recommendations. When I first put this on my face I was totally taken aback by the fragrance of it. The fragrance needs to be addressed first for me since I normally avoid scents other than citrus on my face so this is really an anomaly for me. What I notice is a more masculine scent, it’s more herbal and outdoorsy than I use. BUT, and this is important to note, it dissipates in a minute or two and then I notice nothing. (press sample)

Jojoba Company Natural Pigmentation Oil, 100% Jojoba, Absolute Serum

Jojoba Company Natural Pigmentation Oil, 100% Jojoba, Absolute Serum

I’ve reviewed other Jojoba Company products because I believe in the company. It’s cruelty free and uses nothing artificial in their ingredients. Actually the name of this is 100% Natural Absolute Serum.

Here’s what they have to share about the benefits of Absolute Serum:

Benefits: Absolute Serum helps reduce the visible signs of lines and wrinkles and firm up the appearance of slackened skin naturally. The di-peptide carnosine in conjunction with hyaluronic acid and silymarin, a potent antioxidant from milk thistle, work together to aid collagen production and refine skin smoothness and expression lines. Skin is relaxed, less lined, intensely re-plumped and visibly smoothed. It combines Australian Kakadu plum and lillypilly, high in vitamin C and deeply nourishing.

The Jojoba Company 100% Natural Absolute Serum

The Jojoba Company 100% Natural Absolute Serum

Now what do I notice? First I use serums daily and often layer them. I think serums have contributed greatly to the elasticity and condition of my skin. As one of the older bloggers around I don’t want my attitude nor my face to give that away. Jojoba Company products have helped keep at least my face looking younger than my birth certificate shows.

The Jojoba Company 100% Natural Absolute Serum

The Jojoba Company 100% Natural Absolute Serum

Absolute Serum isn’t sticky on my skin. Since it’s such a powerful anti-oxidant serum you don’t need a lot so the bottle will last for you. I apply this at night prior to moisturizer. During the day I’ll use it first and then apply a Vitamin C serum over it, let those dry and continue with sunscreen and moisturizer. It doesn’t interfere with makeup. If a product balls up under foundation that means it’s not good for my daytime routine. I can use Absolute Serum day or night. I’m not sure if my skin is less lined  but it definitely feels smooth. Most importantly, I believe that this pure product is doing something wonderful for my skin. And seeing is believing.  —  Marcia


Ingredients List:

Aqua (Water), Glycerin**, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Terminalia Ferdinandiana (Kakadu Plum) Fruit Extract, Eleutherococcus Senticosus (Ginseng Siberian) Root Extract, Syzygium Leuhmanii (Lilly Pilly) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lecithin, Carnosine, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Silybum Marianum Fruit Extract, Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol**, Salicylic Acid**, Sorbic Acid**, Chondrus Crispus, (Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Citral^, Geraniol^, Limonene^, Linalool^.
^ From natural essential oils.
* 100% Natural Australian Jojoba.
** Preservatives (nature identical/ natural).

*sent for consideration




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How does your city stack up in wrinkles? Count on RoC® to help improve your chances.


This year RoC® conducted their 3rd annual Wrinkle Rating. It’s so interesting to find out where your area stands. In the top 10 is a city (#9) not too far from me that made it. While I’m not moving, I am counting on RoC® to keep my skin as wrinkle free as possible.

The top ten cities/metro areas include:


1. Philadelphia, PA 6. Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ
2. Denver-Aurora, CO 7. Washington, DC-Arlington-Alexandria, VA
3. Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA 8. New York, NY
4. Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL 9. Warren, MI
5. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 10. Edison, NJ


  • Big City Blues: Large metropolitan areas such as Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and New York City will continue to round out the top 10 most wrinkle-prone metro areas due to their extreme urban environments, including more congested commuting and lower air quality.
  • Thank You for Not Smoking: Smoking rates are predicted to approach zero in 35 of the 50 cities ranked, which will decrease overall rates of premature fine lines and wrinkles. However, Nashville, St. Louis and Kansas City are expected to retain smoking rates significantly higher than the rest of the country – leaving residents of these cities more at risk.
  • Heat Makes Waves: Higher temperatures along with less precipitation will increase the risk of wrinkles in certain areas such as the Great Lakes and the Northeast. Meanwhile, Texan residents, beware of drier skin as cities such as Dallas, Houston and San Antonio will see the greatest decrease in average annual precipitation.

Two RoC® products in particular are ones we all should use: Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Serum and Retinol Correxion Eye Cream. I’m sure I’ve told you (over and over) that serums and eye creams are my favorite skincare products so it’s no surprise that I would recommend these RoC® essentials. #gotitfree

RoC® Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Serum and Eye Cream

RoC® Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Serum and Eye Cream

These two are staples in my life and as a RoC® ambassador I’m lucky enough to receive enough to keep me stocked. RoC® Deep Wrinkle Serum is a complement to your skin’s renewal process and is clinically proven to visibly reduce fine lines and deep wrinkles.

RoC® Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Serum

RoC® Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Serum

While I’m not wrinkly yet I do have fine lines that I need to keep under control. This serum is very light and silky; it contains magnesium, zinc and copper along with RoC’s retinol.

RoC® Retinol Correxion Eye Cream

RoC® Retinol Correxion Eye Cream

RoC® Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Serum is a product I fall back on whenever I feel my under eye area needs help. It works on puffiness which is one of my biggest problems. In addition as you continue to use this you’ll notice a change in your crow’s feet, dark circles, and fine lines. People notice your eyes before anything else so this is an important method of keeping your eyes looking their best.

 RoC® Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Serum with Coordinates bracelet

RoC® Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Serum with Coordinates bracelet

Now let me tell you about this amazing bracelet that RoC® sent along from Coordinates. Each bracelet is custom made with the coordinates of where you live. I forgot to take a picture of the inside but my city is engraved in it as well as the the global numbers of my exact area.

Coordinates Sky Bracelet

Coordinates Sky Bracelet

Coordinates Sky Bracelet (Lisa's)

Coordinates Sky Bracelet (Lisa’s)

Coordinates Sky Bracelet (Lisa's)

Coordinates Sky Bracelet (Lisa’s)

Any of the bracelets from Coordinates would be an amazing holiday or birthday gift since it’s so personal to the person you are giving it too. I’m totally in love with this bracelet. —  Marcia

Now for a surprise giveaway if you made it this far! We are giving away both the RoC® Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Serum and Eye Cream to one US subscriber. This is open through 10/14/16. You must be an email subscriber and you must comment. Without those 2 requirements you can’t go forward. Since entries are checked be sure to do what you say you’ve done. When comments get cranky and close then email us at [email protected] and label it RoC to leave your comment. Good luck and better skin!

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*products sent by RoC® as part of their Ambassador Program  #RoCskincare

#ITsAtSephora and we’re so excited

IT Cosmetics at Sephora

IT Cosmetics at Sephora

IT Cosmetics has arrived at our favorite cosmetic store – Sephora. There’s been a long journey for Jamie Kern Lima, the magician behind IT Cosmetics. I remember buying my first product from them and realizing that this was a line that I could get excited about. Now, years and years later, that realization has come true and I’m a big fan of the line.                               press sample

Lisa and I were each sent a box with the products that are exclusive to Sephora. We’re excited to teach you about them and have a giveaway in Lisa’s article. I told her to pick what she wanted to write about and I’d do the rest. Well I think she gave me a hint about what she thinks of me since everything she told me to review are anti-aging products. How dare she?? I’m actually so grateful since I put 4 items to work and my initial experiences with them are worth any insult she might have made.

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Lines Serum

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Lines Serum

BYE BYE LINES SERUM  aka Advanced Anti-Aging Wrinkle-Smoothing Miracle Concentrate ($58 for 1 fl oz/30 ml) is terrific for me. I’m all about two things, serums and eye creams, so this new product from IT Cosmetics is what I’d choose in a second. This is a powerful serum though it feels gentle on my skin. It’s absolutely loaded with goodies: anti-aging peptides, hydrolyzed collagen, caviar extract, sea water, argan oil, babassu oil and vitamins A, C, B1, B2, B5, B7, B9 and CoQ10. Wow, talk about hydration and improving the skin barrier. Clinical studies are off the wall with how great testers found this serum and I’m right there with them. Use it morning, night, or both for incredible moisturization. It has the most luscious orange fragrance to top it off and anything that will help prevent and blur my fine lines is on my A-list.

IT Cosmetics Anti-Aging Armour

IT Cosmetics Anti-Aging Armour

At my age I love that I can use a product with the word armour in it. IT COSMETICS ANTI-AGING ARMOUR “Super Smart Skin-Perfecting Beauty Fluid” ($38 1 fl oz) asked for me to pick it. This beauty fluid contains SPF50+. It is a hydrating sunscreen that brightens, protects, and repairs. It has color-correcting pigments to even out the appearance of skin tones. Shake the bottle first to mix ingredients and you’ll find a light beige fluid. I’m very fair so it does do color correcting for me but if I had darker than medium skin I’d want to check it out at Sephora personally to make sure the color worked. I’ve mixed it with a foundation that is too light for me and it upped the color level. Anti-aging Armour has everything I want within: peptides, niacin, hydrolyzed collagen, hyaluronic acid, and antioxidants. What more could this “old” lady want?

Bye Bye Under Eye eye cream

Bye Bye Under Eye eye cream

Bye Bye Under Eye eye cream

Bye Bye Under Eye eye cream

And here we are – another love of mine. The fact that IT Cosmetics at last has an eye cream has convinced me that I will for sure be a customer for life. BYE BYE UNDER EYE EYE CREAM ($48 0.5 fl oz/15 ml) – this phenomenon is made to Smooth, Brighten and Depuff. It contains ingredients to help it do that: anti-aging copper, blue algae, caffeine, vitamin C, collagen, cucumber extract, and peptides. The caffeine makes an instant difference with my puffiness and dark circles. My undereye area feels very soft and hydrated. The eye cream even looks refreshing with its light blue shade. It doesn’t interfere with my concealer so it’s a go day and night.

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Skin CC+ Skin Perfecting Brush #7-2

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Skin CC+ Skin Perfecting Brush #702

IT Cosmetics has always been known for their incredible brushes. This cruelty-free company creates amazing brushes that will make you want to toss others. Along comes this HEAVENLY SKIN CC+ SKIN-PERFECTING BRUSH, No. 702 ($48) to blow me out of the water. While this looks like another fabulous brush from IT, it’s actually a groundbreaker. It has skincare infused brush hair.

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Skin CC+ Skin Perfecting Brush #702

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Skin CC+ Skin Perfecting Brush #702

The fibers on this brush are infused with anti-aging collagen, silk, peptides, niacin, and antioxidants. This is so unique. It’s a perfect brush for skincare and color products. Can’t you almost feel the softness of the brush? It’s been created to optically blur and perfect skin by erasing the appearance of lines, pores and imperfections instantly. I’m using this for my skincare but I want another for my cosmetics now.

As you can see, I’m very impressed with the new inroads that IT COSMETICS has made. I’m kidding about the anti-aging part because I really believe that the sooner you start with anti-aging products of this quality, the better off you’ll be for it in the future. All 4 of these products are exclusive to Sephora so I’m recommending that if you don’t buy now that you put these on your wishlist for the holidays or when Sephora has their yearly discount. Which one tops your list?  —  Marcia

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Thanks to Lisa for taking all these pictures for our two posts