Mask of the Month: Osmosis Gel Mask

Osmosis Hydralift Firming Gel Mask

Osmosis Hydralift Firming Gel Mask is one of the most refreshing products I’ve tried in a long time. It was what I turned to often during the stress of moving which made me love it even more than I already did. If you have dehydrated skin even in the heat this is a mask you need in your life.

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You can tell a lot about it just from the name

  1. hydralift  –  it gives your skin and mood a lift!
  2. firming  – the mask not only tightens and firms but it adds hydration
  3. gel mask  – the gel consistency is soothing and calming

Osmosis Hydralift Firming Gel Mask

This Osmosis mask is the easiest product to use. You apply it for 5 to 15 minutes on a clean face and wash it off. That’s it. It can be done morning or night. Any time you want an extra dose of cooling or moisturizing this is perfectamundo. (from Urban Dictionary: 2)psuedo-street slang signifying that something is exceptional or that it is perfect. Popularised by the t.v. character Arthur Fonzirelli.)

Osmosis Hydralift Firming Gel Mask

Just look at that gel! It’s so inviting. Just a thin layer is all it takes. You can use this daily if you want or treat yourself once or twice a week. It feels deliciously cooling once on. It contains Cucumber Extract which provides a cooling and healing effect if your skin is irritated. Then Aloe Vera helps speed up cell renewal and quickly penetrates for immediate hydration. With Hyaluronic Acid as an ingredient I knew that this was a mask that would fit into my life well. Don’t tell me you can resist that?

Osmosis Hydralift Firming Gel Mask

I like using this before bed so that I wake up with softer skin. My friend Cindy from Prime Beauty told me she used this after a peel at a medispa and that it helped vanish the flakies after just one use.

While this is expensive at $52 it lasts for a long time since you need so little of it. A biggie for me is that this isn’t messy and I can spend that 15 minutes doing whatever I want since it’s not dripping down my face.

Osmosis Hydralift Firming Gel Mask was a no brainer for me for a mask of the month! Make it a mask of your month too.  —  Marcia

 

Aqua, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera Gel), Sodium Hyaluronate, Oleth-10, Glycerin, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Potassium Hydrolyzed Polygamma-Glutamate, Cucumis Sativa (Cucumber) Extract, Chamomile Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract , Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Saccharide Isomerate, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Panthenol (Vitamin B-5), Allantoin, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Rosaceae (Rose Absolute Moroccan) Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Carbomer, Potassium Sorbate, Tromethamine

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Mornings with Osmosis Refresh Eye Serum and Ecco Bella Natural Eyeshadow

Osmosis Refresh Eye Serum, Ecco Bella natural eyeshadow

Osmosis Refresh Eye Serum, Ecco Bella natural eyeshadow

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We all have morning beauty routines and mine always includes using an eye cream or serum. I’ve preached to you so often about eye creams and that’s because I regret not starting them earlier in my life. Now though I am diligent about my eyes since I know how much they show age.

Osmosis has two eye products: Osmosis Refresh and Osmosis Refresh PM. I was sent Osmosis Refresh ($60) for morning use since I wasn’t using a specific eye product for day.

Osmosis Refresh eye serum

Osmosis Refresh eye serum

This lovely eye serum targets dark circles, puffiness, and fine lines. Happily it has no fragrance. When first pumped out it looks like a lightweight eye cream but when applied it becomes more like a looser serum. Refresh doesn’t take long before it’s absorbed making it ideal for a pre-makeup treatment.

Osmosis Refresh eye serum

Osmosis Refresh eye serum

The packaging is ideal as it is in a pump that products the ingredients from exposure. It works all day when absorbed to stimulate collagen and elastin production.

Osmosis Refresh eye serum

Osmosis Refresh eye serum

Right now at Dermstore Osmosis has a gwp of “Osmosis Pur Medical Skincare Relieve Travel Tube ($24 Value) with any $50 Osmosis Skincare purchase.”

Ingredients Aqua (Harmonized Water), Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Glycosaminoglycans, Niacinamide, Epilobium Angustifolium (Canadian Willowherb) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Glycerin, Dextran, Caprooyl-Tetrapeptide-3, Prunus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Phosphatidylcholine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Carboxymethyl BetaGlucan, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Squalane, Butylene Glycol, Chrysanthellum Indicum Extract, Angelica Sinensis (Dong Quai) Root, Pelargonium Graveolens (Chinese Geranium) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Oil, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Oil, Commiphora Myrrha (Myrrh) Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Xanthan Gum, Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose, Potassium Sorbate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol.

Ecco Bella eyeshadows

Ecco Bella eyeshadows

Now that my undereye area is looking more vibrant and smooth I can move onto my favorite part of makeup – eyeshadow. ECCO BELLA Flowercolor eyeshadows are sold as refills so you can mix or match. There are 12 shades available ($14.95) and I was sent two to represent the line. I was anxious to try Smokey Mauve but was on the fence about Clay. Well it turns out that I have worn Clay over and over, more so than the pretty Smokey Mauve.

Osmosis Refresh Eye Serum, Ecco Bella Flowercolor eyeshadows in Smokey Mauve and Clay

Osmosis Refresh Eye Serum, Ecco Bella Flowercolor eyeshadows in Smokey Mauve and Clay

Both of these eyeshadows have an amazingly smooth finish that to me belies the fact that they are matte shadows. I don’t normally gravitate towards matte but these are the best I’ve tried. They not only apply easily and smoothly but they are never patchy. With an eyeshadow primer they last the entire day without fading. I love to wear Camel on the entire lid with a medium brown eyeshadow like their Earth shade in the crease. Sadly my computer crashed and I lost all of my pictures so I can’t show you how pretty these swatch. As you can see from the above photos they also sell a refillable eyeshadow palette ($9.95) that fit two of their shadows. They also come with a small metallic square though so you can keep them in a separate palette.

One of the reasons I was happy about trying out Ecco Bella is their philosophy. The line is cruelty free and doesn’t contain toxins or chemicals to dry and irritate skin, only a pure mineral enriched formula along with the best natural ingredients. The eyeshadows are formulated with Flower Wax which is what naturally protects the leaves of flowers from the elements.

Founded by social entrepreneur Sally Malanga, Ecco Bella has been a pioneer in natural and organic beauty products for over 23 years. Malanga began Ecco Bella, a name that means “Behold Beautiful!” to celebrate the beauty of her customers, because of her disgust with the use of animals for product testing, and with respect for the wonder of nature. To that end, Malanga realized there was a world of plant-based ingredients including powerful nutraceuticals from ethical suppliers that could transform the world’s approach to beauty.

Ingredients: Mica, kaolin, cornstarch/zea mays*, zinc oxide, sweet almond oil/prunis dulcis*, green tea extract/camellia sinensis*, aloe barbadensis extract*, flower wax, iron oxides, sodium levulinate/anisate. May contain: Zinc stearate, *Certified organic/certifié biologique.

My mornings are enhanced with these two products and I’m thrilled to have them in my life.  —  Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration

Correct and Rescue your skin with Osmosis Skin Care

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Kate Upton - image from usmagazine.com

Kate Upton – image from usmagazine.com

Last July I read a skin care testimonial from the gorgeous model Kate Upton. She was raving about her facialist, Anna Antal, who uses Osmosis Pur Medical Skincare products. Flying off to New York for a facial isn’t exactly easy for me to do, but luckily I am able to test a few Osmosis products that the company sent for review. Kate calls the line ‘amazing’ and her skin is amazing, so I was excited to try some products that have interesting ingredients.
Osmosis Skincare
Osmosis Pur Medical Skincare is a new skin care line for me. Marcia previously reviewed their CC Cream, which she really liked – you can read her review HERE. Besides color products, Osmosis has a wide array of skin care products that address pretty much every skin issue there is. It was originally developed by Dr. Ben Johnson, who was interested in helping people with skin inflammation. I definitely have inflammation issues, along with an oily t-zone, hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, and elasticity issues. To address these concerns, I was sent Correct Level 3 Vitamin A Serum and Rescue Epidermal Repair Serum to test.
Osmosis Correct Vitamin A Serum

Osmosis Correct Vitamin A Serum

The Osmosis Correct Vitamin A Serum ($65) is a retinol product. My skin loves, loves, loves retinol. Retinol is a very powerful antioxidant and a skin-communicating ingredient, which means it tells older skin cells to function like normal skin cells. The packaging is extremely important, because exposure to air and light makes any powerful retinol ingredients ineffective. The Osmosis packaging is perfect – air-free pumps and opaque bottles. This serum is exactly what skin needs for rejuvenation – increased skin structure, elasticity and collagen production, and decreased wrinkles. The one note I have is the scent. It smells very strongly of ozone and the scent doesn’t fade quickly. Most of the time it doesn’t bother me, but I have learned not to use it if I am leaning towards or have a headache.
Osmosis Rescue Serum

Osmosis Rescue Serum

I use the Correct Serum along with the Rescue Epidermal Repair Serum ($110). Every review I’ve read for this serum is a total rave so I was willing to try it – even though I am not familiar with the star ingredients. The main ingredient is called Trioxolane, which is a mixture of new technology and sweet wormwood, an ancient Oriental medicinal herb. Just take a look at all it promises to do: neutralize toxins, calm inflammation, activate epidermal wound repair, minimize the appearance of pores and age spots (an effect that lasts even after use is discontinued), and dramatically improve skin texture. Just like the Correct Serum, this has a very distinct ozone scent. If the scent doesn’t bother you – or the price which is pretty spendy – this is an extremely impressive serum. I find it soothes any inflammation including blemishes. Sometimes I will put it on by itself at night as a mask if I want really fabulous, glowy skin the next day.

Osmosis Pur Medical Skincare is sold in spas which you can find via the store finder on their website, osmosisskincare.com. It’s also available online through stores like dermstore.com. I am very excited about these serums and I think this is a line worth investigation. If you are looking to correct and repair your skin, these two products just might be your answer. – Lisa

*received for editorial consideration

Osmosis Correct Vitamin A Serum ingredients:  Aqua (Harmonized Water), Pentylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Phosphatidylcholine, Glycerin, Caprooyl Tetrapeptide-3, Chlorella Vulgaris Extract, Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Asiaticoside, Cyclodextrin, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Lactic Acid (L), Dimethyl Sulfone, Sodium Hyaluronate (L), Retinal (.05% Retinaldehyde), Beta-Glucan (D), Thioctic (R-lipoic) Acid, Fulvic Acid, Hydroxyproline (L), Citrus Grandis (White Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Santalum Austrocaledonicum (Sandalwood) Wood Oil, Rubus Chamaemorus (Cloud Berry) Seed Oil, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Dextran, Alcohol Denat., Xanthan Gum, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Sodium Hydroxide, Potassium Sorbate, Benzyl Alcohol.

Repair Serum ingredients:  Water (Aqua), Trioxolane, Cyclodextrin, Carbomer, Glycerin, Sodium Hydroxide.