Good things come in jars with RoC Retinol Correxion Max Daily Hydration Creme

Good things come in jars with RoC Retinol Correxion Max Daily Hydration Creme and Jars by Dani

There isn’t much that is as fun as having your cake and eating it too.  Recently RoC Skin Care sent me the best package with two different jars of goodness – the new RoC Retinol Correxion Max Daily Hydration Creme, which combines their powerful retinol formula with 24 hour hydration, plus another amazing jar of goodness…JARS by Dani cake jars full of layers of whipped cream, custard, vanilla chips, and lemon bar cookie. Treats for my skin and for my tummy!

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Jars by Dani

Good things come in jars with RoC Retinol Correxion Max Daily Hydration Creme and Jars by Dani

First let me tell you about dessert, because I firmly believe in digging into the sweet stuff right away.  These jars of fabulousness were a huge hit at my house.  The top was covered with a sweet treat with the RoC logo airbrushed on, and under that was layers and layers of goodness.

Jars by Dani

Jars by Dani

Mousse, cookie crumbs, white chocolate chips…every single bite was a new discovery of yummy goodness!!  You can find Jars by Dani online and they deliver nationally.  I shared my two jars with my family but I assure you it was only under duress…you may just want to keep your order top-secret.

RoC Retinol Correxion Max Daily Hydration Creme

You may also want to keep your jar of RoC Retinol Correxion Max Daily Hydration Creme a secret too, as I have a problem with my mom trying to steal mine all the time.  This daytime moisturizer is especially good for normal to dry skin, and it leaves skin super soft and hydrated.  The key ingredients include retinol and vitamin C, which address fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots.  The formula also provides protection from moisture loss, so it works for a full 24 hours.

RoC Retinol Correxion Max Daily Hydration Creme

The RoC Retinol Correxion Max Daily Hydration Creme comes in a jar, and typically I don’t recommend retinol products in that type of packaging.  However, RoC®uses a proprietary technology to ensure that the hydrating retinol formula doesn’t lose its effectiveness in the jar. Just don’t go sticking your fingers into the moisturizer – be sure to use a spatula to scoop out your product, ok?  Remember, when you use any retinol products you need to also wear sunscreen since the retinol will make your skin more sensitive to UVA/UVB rays.  RoC Retinol Correxion Max Daily Hydration Creme does have a fragrance so keep that in mind as well.

My skin loves retinol products and it seems to tolerate the RoC retinol products better than most, but definitely only use this every other when you first start just in case.  I think you will be happy with your results, and as always don’t forget your neck and decolletage!

Great things come in jars, both for your face and for your tummy.  For sure check out Jars by Dani for some incredible sweet treats.  You can find RoC Skin Care at drug stores like CVS and Walgreens nationally, and you can find RoC Retinol Correxion Max Daily Hydration Creme at Walmart and Amazon for $24.99. – Lisa

Skincare based on your genetics: LifeDNA

One of the best gifts I got this past year was a gift to 23andMe, the DNA testing service. I was so surprised by my results – some things jived with the family history, other things did not! My whole family ended up joining in on the fun, and we really had a blast. It was great to see that everyone’s results were consistent, so I am definitely a believer in the service. I think that’s why I was so fascinated by the concept put forth by LifeDNA, a skin care company that designs personalized skin care around your DNA.

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LifeDNA doesn’t collect a saliva sample and analyze it like 23andMe does – you actually need to have this information from 23andMe or Ancestry.com already. Then you can download it to LifeDNA and they will take the results and analyze them to come up with the skin care products that work best for you. While companies like 23andMe focus on your roots, LifeDNA focuses on your skin needs – are you prone to sun spots? Wrinkles? Do you have a vitamin C deficiency? Are you prone to blemishes? How does your skin react to environmental stress?  Once the analysis is done, the company chooses the skin care products that best suits your particular needs and sends those products to you.

LifeDNA Power Pack – this came in my Essential Beauty Box!!

When you order, you first go through a questionnaire that asks about your height, weight, skin issues, and it lets you input your results from 23andMe or Ancestry.com if you have them.

LifeDNA Essential Beauty Box

I got the Essential Beauty Box, which has a cleanser, toner, and moisturizer. A 3 month supply is $199. It averages out to $22.11 per product per month, which is an excellent value. You could also get just the moisturizer, a 3 month supply for $99 (a little over $33 a month) or go big time with the Deluxe Beauty Box and get a cleanser, toner, moisturizer AND a DNA personalized serum and mask for $289 (averages to $19.27 per product per month). All of the products are natural and organic.

LifeDNA Toner

I have been testing these products for a month and I like them very much. My skin is very happy. The toner is in a spray bottle which is a bonus. It’s very refreshing and does a great job of prepping my skin for the rest of my products without being too drying.

LIfeDNA Cleanser

LIfeDNA Cleanser

The cleanser is a foam cleanser, which isn’t my favorite type because I like to use my Luna and a foam cleanser doesn’t work as well with that type of machine. However this is a really good cleanser. It dissolves every bit of dirt and makeup and it leaves my skin feeling soft and moist.

LifeDNA Rejuvenating Vitamin C Moisturizer

LifeDNA Rejuvenating Vitamin C Moisturizer

The Vitamin C Moisturizer is my favorite of the three products. This is truly heavenly – pillowy soft, sinks it quickly, leaves skin feeling absolutely fabulous!! All three products are great, but the moisturizer is by far the superstar.  Fantastic.

Overall, I think that the concept is really cool. If you have your DNA results from 23andMe or Ancestry.com it’s fun to give it a whirl. I liked the toner and cleanser, but honestly I would only repurchase the moisturizer. LifeDNA is a young company and I believe they are working toward doing their own genetic testing – once they are able to do that, I think their company is going to go big.

You can check them out online at lifedna.com.  – Lisa

LifeDNA Toner Ingredients

LifeDNA Cleanser Ingredients

LifeDNA Rejuvenating Vitamin C Moisturizer Ingredients

Going back to my youth with Farmhouse Fresh Moon Dip and Three Milk Ageless Night Cream

Farmhouse Fresh Moon Dip and Three Milk Ageless Night Cream

Ah youth. Isn’t it in the movie It’s a Wonderful Life that the grumpy old man says it’s wasted on young people??  I sure didn’t appreciate it enough when I was young! Now all I try to do it get it back. Farmhouse Fresh has some really lovely products that do everything possible to capture some of that magic.

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Farmhouse Fresh Moon Dip

Farmhouse Fresh Moon Dip

For your body, the Moon Dip Back to Youth Ageless Body Mousse ($32) is truly incredible. I mean seriously…if I could eat this with a spoon I would. And the accompanying silver applicator is almost a spoon, so no wonder I keep having this thought! This body mousse has the most amazingly light, fluffy texture…it’s like soft, fluffy, pillowy goodness.

Farmhouse Fresh Moon Dip

Farmhouse Fresh Moon Dip

The scent is incredibly delicious, a sweet mixture of milk and oats and honey. The ingredients are exactly what skin loves – emollient oils that deeply hydrate thirsty skin and peptides that fight crepey, wrinkly skin. It’s a thrill to smooth this all over from neck to ankles. Moon Dip Back to Youth Ageless Body Mousse is a major home run.

Farmhouse Fresh Three Milk Ageless Night Cream

Farmhouse Fresh Three Milk Ageless Night Cream

For your face, Farmhouse Fresh has Three Milk Ageless Night Cream ($45) to get back that youthful glow. This is actually Farmhouse Fresh’s top-selling face cream in a night-time version. The Three Milk Ageless Night Cream has a time release retinol that is very gentle so it doesn’t irritate skin. The cream is very thick and ric, so if you have dry skin this is a great night cream for you.

Farmhouse Fresh Three Milk Ageless Night Cream

Farmhouse Fresh Three Milk Ageless Night Cream

The cream doesn’t sink all the way in when you apply it. It’s not supposed to…it leaves a barrier so you can sleep knowing that it’s protecting the peptides and the retinol, allowing them to work under the surface. Even if you are a restless sleeper who tosses and turns, you aren’t going to leave this night cream all over your pillow. When I use this, my skin definitely feels super soft and looks very glowy in the morning. I use this under my eyes with no problem and it works especially well as a neck cream. Farmhouse Fresh’s own tests showed a 45% reduction in the appearance of deep wrinkles within weeks. That is definitely going back to your youth!

You can find the super dreamy Moon Dip Back to Youth Ageless Body Mousse and the skin nourishing Three Milk Ageless Night Cream in top destination spas, resorts, and retailers across the US, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and the Middle East, as well as online at farmhousefreshgoods.com.  – Lisa

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.

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ser·en·dip·i·ty
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noun
  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

 

Super Size your First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream on QVC!

Finally, it’s February! I love this month. This is my birthday month, which is always fun. It’s the month of love, Valentine’s Day, which gives me great excuse to go off my diet and eat copious amounts of chocolate – at least for one day. We get to find out how many more weeks of winter thanks to Punxsutawney Phil and my family always watches Groundhog Day in celebration. And now there’s another reason to be happy it’s February – First Aid Beauty is having a massive sale on QVC this month, offering a super size deal on a Super Size Set of 2 Ultra Repair Creams for just $43.86.

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First Aid Beauty Super Size Set Ultra Repair Creams

This deal is exclusive to QVC and it runs only for the month of February. Every set has a large 14 ounce tub of the Original, and then a second 14 ounce tub of your choice of a second tub – it could be another Original, or Mango, Cucumber Melon, Grapefruit, Coconut Lime, Honeysuckle, Rosemary Mint, or my personal favorite, Vanilla.

First Aid Beauty Super Size Set Ultra Repair Cream in Vanilla

This lovely shea-based cream features soothing colloidal oatmeal, a wonderful skin soother. Here are the key ingredients:

  • Colloidal Oatmeal to relieve and protect skin (only FDA-approved OTC ingredient to relieve symptoms of eczema)
  • Allantoin and Eucalyptus Oil to heal/soothe skin
  • FAB Antioxidant Booster to combat free radicals
  • Ceramides and Shea Butter to moisturize and protect the skin’s barrier

It smooths on so easily and absorbs into skin in no time. It softens dry skin quickly and is great for winter dryness and chapped skin, as well as those with eczema or sensitive skin.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream in the jar

Ultra Repair Cream Benefits:

  • Provides immediate relief and visible improvement to distressed skin
  • Deeply hydrates, calms, protects and restores the skin
  • Helps relieve minor skin irritation and itching due to eczema and other skin conditions
  • Can be applied ANYWHERE on the body – elbows, feet, hands and even the face
  • Beautiful whipped formula absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave skin greasy
  • Allergy-tested; No harsh chemicals or artificial fragrances (scents derived from steamed, distilled essential oils)
  • For all skin types, even sensitive skin and skin with eczema

    First Aid Beauty Super Size Set Ultra Repair Cream in Coconut & Lime

This awesome deal is only offered through the month of February. If you bought two 14 ounce tubs of the Ultra Repair Cream separately, it would cost $116, so the $43.86 is one terrific deal! Celebrate this awesome month by heading over to QVC to get yourself some fabulous skin at a great price.  – Lisa

Got wrinkles? Get Vie Time Control Deep Wrinkle Cream

 

I’m not sure why it has taken me so long to write about this gem of a face cream. As of this morning I have used every single iota of the fluffy white fabulousness and I am currently staring at the empty jar in dismay. I’ve got nothing but raves for my Vie Collection TIME CONTROL Deep Wrinkles – Firming EGF Cream ($189.50).

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The inspiration behind Vie Collection TIME CONTROL Deep Wrinkles – Firming EGF Cream was Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF) injections, so the mission of this wrinkle cream is to eradicate really deep wrinkles, as well as lost elasticity, volume, and sagging facial contours. The formula is truly elegant, with EGF-like peptide, pro-collagen peptides and trace elements and minerals. So, what the heck are EGF’s, you ask? Good question. They are proteins that we naturally have in our skin – they help keep skin looking great by boosting cell growth through bringing together collagen, hyaluronic acid, and elastin. However, as we get older, our supply of EGF decreases, which is why we develop wrinkles and saggy skin.

Vie Time Control Deep Wrinkle Cream

Vie Time Control Deep Wrinkle Cream

This is really some space age stuff – here’s more explanation of the ingredients:

EGF-Like Peptide

Has the same molecular structure as the EGF
Cell recovery is faster and more efficient
Result: wrinkles are filled, the skin is smoother

Pro-Collagen peptide

Mimics the action of peptides after that are naturally present in the skin
Attaches themselves to the cells
Stimulates collagen production
Result: the skin is re-elastic and firm

Trace elements and minerals

Stimulates intracellular ATP synthesis
Stimulates cell growth
Stimulates cell metabolism
Result: the skin is revitalized, strengthened and returned full of energy

Vie Time Control Deep Wrinkle Cream

 

It does have a light floral/musky scent that quickly dissipates. I found that it made my skin feel amazing – tighter, firmer,  and most definitely less noticeable wrinkles. That is becoming increasingly more important the older I get!! Now, I know the price is spendy but this is a very large jar of product, and when you compare it to other big name skin care lines the price point is actually right in line with them, particularly when you consider the ingredients. Just resist the urge to dig your fingers into the snowy white cream – use a scoop so you don’t accidentally get any unwanted bacteria in your moisturizer.

Right now, if you purchase Vie Time Control at LeSpaUSA you also get a free purse mirror! Sounds like fun to me! You can purchase the Vie Collection at spas as well as online at www.lespausa.com.  – Lisa

Gorgeous skin the French way with Fleur’s

Fleurs Night Smoothing Cream, Pearlescent Eye Care, and Blossom Renewing Serum

One of the more beautiful skin care lines that I love testing is Fleur’s. It has a lovely French flair thanks to the creator, Brigitte Gédouin, who is also extremely passionate about painting and flowers. The entire line has that hip, artsy vibe and the products are excellent – effective, based on strong science, with fantastic ingredients and elegant formulas. This is a line to explore.

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Fleurs Night Smoothing Cream

Fleurs Night Smoothing Cream

I adore the Night Smoothing Cream ($96.50). It has hyaluronic acid, which always gives great results for my skin. Their results are pretty impressive:

SMOOTHED WRINKLES
Smoother skin 84%

PLUMPED SKIN
Redensified skin 84%

FRESH COMPLEXION
Fresher skin 96%

The floral ingredients include Silene which is an antioxidant; Cristus which helps to renew skin cells; and Water Clover which is a powerful antioxidant. The night cream has a truly lovely texture that is soft and feathery, not wet at all. It does have a fragrance – floral of course, rather powdery with notes of rose and orange flower.

Fleurs Floraskin Serum

Fleurs Floraskin Serum swatch

Before your night cream and in the mornings, you will want to treat your skin with this lovely Floraskin Serum ($87.50). I used this serum for almost two months and loved it – it does an amazing job of smoothing the texture of skin and making it look fresh and glowy. Here are the official stats:

Smoother skin +44 %*

Springier skin +49 %*

Fresher complexion +69 %*

The floral ingredients include Hibiscus which has a smoothing effect and is an antioxidant; Baobab flower which is an anti-ager. The serum is thin, but once applied it feels very silky on the skin. This also has a fragrance and smells of hibiscus.

Fleurs Pearlescent Eye Care

Fleurs Pearlescent Eye Care

Fleurs Pearlescent Eye Care

The Pearlescent Eye Care ($58) is another must-have from the Fleur’s line. This is a beautiful eye cream that instantly brightens the eye area while also eliminating fine lines and wrinkles. Here are the stats:

ANTI-WRINKLE EFFECT
Smoothed look   92%

ANTI-DARK CIRCLES EFFECT
Visibly brightened dark circles   88%

ANTI-PUFFINESS EFFECT*
Decongested under-eye puffiness   88%

The texture is lovely, soft and fine and it soaks in quickly. This is fragrance free so even the most sensitive will find it amenable. The floral ingredients include: Fleur de Criste to renew skin cells; Cornflower to activate microcirculation; and Buckwheat flower to eliminate fat storage and accelerate elimination. If you are an eye cream junkie, this is most definitely your fix!

I highly recommend trying the French method for skin care – it’s really wonderful. Check out lespausa.com to purchase Fleur’s products in the USA.  – Lisa