Annmarie Probiotic Serum with Tremella: Bio Facial Elixir

Annmarie Skin Care is a great natural skin care line that we have reviewed many times and I recently received a small sample of their latest skin care product to try, the Probiotic Serum with Tremella: Bio Facial Elixir (full size 15ml $69). This is a very interesting treatment serum with excellent ingredients that you don’t see often – intriguing stuff!

Annmarie Skin Care Probiotic Serum with Tremella: Bio Facial Elixir


So here is the science info:  probiotic skin care has natural, helpful bacteria that is beneficial for skin. The Probiotic Serum with Tremella has olive leaf extract and astaxanthin as antioxidants, and tremella, which you may have never heard of. This is a Chinese mushroom which is a natural alternative to hyaluronic acid. It also gives the serum a very earthy scent that you will either love or dislike.

Annmarie Skin Care Probiotic Serum with Tremella: Bio Facial Elixir

Annmarie Skin Care Probiotic Serum with Tremella: Bio Facial Elixir

This is a very friendly serum, working for all skin types including very sensitive skin. It hydrates like you wouldn’t believe. Check out my before and after of my hand – these are immediate results. I took my swatch shot, then just blended in the serum, and look at how smooth my skin was. It’s an incredibly effective serum. Skin is plumped and happy all day long. If you love the scent, which doesn’t bother me at all by the way – it smells very natural and it fades quickly – then you will love this serum.

You can find Annmarie Skin Care online at their website,  – Lisa

Ingredients: *Aloe vera juice, probiotic ferment, *squalane, *tremella mushroom extract, plankton extract, fermented olive leaf extract, *aloe vera juice infused with herbs (*nettle leaves, *comfrey leaves, *plantago leaves, *dandelion leaves, *olive leaves), aspen bark extract, *glycerin, *tamanu oil, *avocado oil, superoxide dismutase, camellia leaf extract, essential oils of sacred frankincense and vetiver, carrageenan [chondrus crispus], astaxanthin, *rosemary extract, non-GMO xanthan gum. *Organically grown or wildcrafted

Save your skin with Phytomer Emergence Even Skin Tone Serum

Phytomer Emergence Serum

As I get older my skin complaints seem to center around the same areas:  hyperpigmentation, pore size, wrinkles, and random blemishes. The ingredients that seem to do the best job of addressing these concerns are alpha hydroxy acids and glycolic acid, so I’m always on the look out for treatments that feature these little miracle workers. Recently, Phytomer sent me their Emergence Even Skin Tone Serum ($89) to test and I was doing a happy dance when I realized it has not one of my favorite ingredients but both of them!  Woot woot!!

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Phytomer Emergence Serum

Phytomer Emergence Serum

Phytomer Emergence Even Skin Tone Serum is a light, clear treatment serum that is applied to clean, dry skin before your moisturizer every morning and evening. The efficacy of the ingredients are kept intact by the airless pump packaging, which is essential for these types of ingredients –

  • AHAs: gently exfoliates the skin for a gradual and controlled infusion without irritation
  • Lactic Acid: reduces pore size and reduces the number of blackheads
  • Glycolic Acid: refines skin texture, evens out and brightens complexion, reduces acne scars and dark spots

This is one hardworking serum. It earns it’s place on your counter! Take a look at all it does for you –

  • Boosts exfoliation in 3 days (level of exfoliation 3 times higher)
  • Refines skin texture in 2 weeks
  • Evens out and brightens skin tone in 2 weeks
  • Visibly reduces acne scars and dark spots
  • Visibly reduces pore size and blackheads

It leaves my skin incredibly soft and smooth and over several weeks I saw a huge difference in the texture and brightness! I have a few dark spots and they became noticeable lighter. I also found my pores were smaller, especially around my nose. This is an incredible product and is a repurchase for me for sure.

You can find Emergence Even Skin Tone Serum at, and if you want relief from hyperpigmentation, pore size, and random blemishes, I recommend you check this out!  – Lisa


Active: Alpha-Soft, Marine AHAs (Porphyra-Conchoclis).
Inactive: Aqua (water), Betaine, Peg-8, Dipropylene Glycol, Peg-150, Sodium Polyacrylate, Phynoxyethanol, Ppg-5-ceteth-20, Carbomer, Glycolic Acid, Sodium Magnesium Silicate, Chlorphenecin, Parfum (fragrance), Lactic Acid, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium Edta, Maris Sal (sea Salt), Lithothamnium Calcarum Powder, Xantham Gum, Porphyra Linearis Powder.

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.

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.


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:

Smoother skin 84%

Redensified skin 84%

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:

Smoothed look   92%

Visibly brightened dark circles   88%

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 to purchase Fleur’s products in the USA.  – Lisa

How snails can tighten skin – AllGlamR Skin TightenR Serum

 Ready to slather some snail mucin all over your face? I wasn’t either. But, in the name of science and my never-ending quest for less wrinkles and firmer skin, I did it. I used AllGlamR Skin TightenR Serum ($76.50) every morning and every night and waited to see if indeed snails would help my skin in all the ways AllGlamR promised they would.

sampleHere is what AllGlamR Skin TightenR Serum will do for your skin:

Smooths and moisturizes skin
– Increases fibroblasts and stimulates cellular growth
– Rearranges the skin extracellular matrix resulting in a smoother appearance
– Increases skin elasticity, density and volume
– Helps reduce damage caused by free radicalsAllGlamR says, “Thanks to the marvels of nature and scientific advances, our anti-aging Skin TightenR Serum is an incredible formula that uses skin tightening properties of Acacia gum in cooperation with the reparative wonders of Snail mucin to provide an age defying, skin lifting miracle. When it comes to slowing things down, it is fitting that the common garden snail possess some of the finest anti-aging, moisturizing and reparative properties required to reverse skin damage and slow development of visible signs of aging. Combined with the instant lifting benefits of an Acacia gum biopolymer blend, the results of this serum are both immediate and long term.”  So, it’s weird that the stuff that comes out of snails can help make skin look better, but the snails aren’t harmed in the process and whatever works, right?

I found that I did see results right away. The thick serum takes a few minutes to soak in but then it does tighten skin right then, which is pretty cool. Over time, I did experience better skin elasticity, smoother skin, and a reduction in the appearance of my wrinkles.  It doesn’t smell like anything, and it definitely makes my skin look better. This is going to be a repurchase and this weekend is the perfect weekend to do it – see the sale information below! By the way, while the serum is certainly thick and the thought of snail mucin makes you think ewwww…slimy…it’s not really slimy. The texture doesn’t make you cringe or anything. I promise.

AllGlamR products are paraben free, made in the USA without harmful additives or irritants, and they never test on animals.

Here’s some really great news – Black Friday through Cyber Monday, they are having a terrific sale – 50% off ALL AllGlamR products!! Just use the code GLAM50 at checkout.  Happy shopping, and definitely pick up the Skin TightenR Serum – it’s a winner.  – Lisa

Getting all glowy with Pixi Beauty skin care!

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People ask me all the time for an affordable and effective skin care and color cosmetics line, and I am always recommending Pixi Beauty.  If you haven’t picked some up at Target yet, you really need to do so pronto – Pixi has tons of wonderful options.  More of an online shopper?  Their website is easy to navigate and they always have great specials.  I recently tried some Pixi skin care and today I have three treats to share with you.

Pixi Beauty skin care has terrific packaging that keeps the efficacy of the ingredients intact.  I love the aesthetic, and the skin care theory is that skin should have a GLOW.  Exfoliated, hydrated, and treated skin has a natural glow that is only enhanced with great cosmetics, so Pixi Beauty skin care gives a wonderful foundation for their color cosmetics.

Pixi Glow Mud Cleanser

Pixi Glow Mud Cleanser

I read mixed reviews of the Pixi Glow Mud Cleanser ($18) from other bloggers before trying this exfoliating cleanser.  Here’s what Pixi Beauty says about it:

• A deep pore cleansing mud, enriched with 5% glycolic and soothing botanicals
• Formulated to provide effective cleansing, yet is mild enough for all skin
• Complexion is cleansed and gently exfoliated to reveal radiant and healthy skin
• Deep pore cleansing leaving skin clean and glowing
• Gently exfoliates and revitalizes
• Mud deep cleanses
• Glycolic acid enhances complexion’s glow

I am a big believer in double cleansing and always use a separate makeup remover first – I find that this helps treatment-type cleansers like this one be effective and do the job they are meant to do.  So keep in mind I first use a makeup remover, and after that I find the Glow Mud Cleanser to be very gentle exfoliator that is almost deceptive in its subtlety. I hardly notice that it is scrubbing or exfoliating my skin.  But over time it does a great job of decongesting pores, removing dead skin, and removing excessive oiliness.  I think this is a great exfoliating cleanser, especially for those with sensitive skin that is normal to oily.

Pixi Glow Tonic To-Go

Pixi Glow Tonic To-Go

If you are a fan of the Glow Tonic, then you will definitely love the Pixi Glow Tonic To-Go ($18).  This is a jar of pads that are pre-soaked in the beloved Glow Tonic, the alcohol-free 5% glycolic acid that keeps skin clear and bright.  It’s a dream come true for anyone traveling or camping.  These are so much easier to take in the car for a weekend away, or even to the gym to wipe down your face and neck after a workout.

These pre-soaked pads tone, brighten, hydrate, and gently exfoliate.
• Skin looks clearer & feels smoother.
• The ultimate travel-friendly, gentle skin renewal
• Formulated with 5% Glycolic Acid
• Suited for all skin types

No need to rinse after using a pad, just follow up with a treatment serum.  And I just happen to have a great recommendation for you from Pixi Beauty, imagine that!!

Pixi Overnight Glow Serum

Pixi Overnight Glow Serum

The Pixi Overnight Glow Serum ($24) is pretty close to perfect.  The packaging is fabulous – it keeps all the ingredients intact and ensures their integrity and efficacy.  The ingredients include 10% glycolic acid and arginine, which really will make your skin look amazing and glowy.  Your wrinkles and fine lines will start to fade and your skin tone will even out.  The exfoliation is soothed by cucumber and aloe vera, plus there lots of antioxiants like vitamins A, C, and E as well.  This is a great workhorse serum that your skin will absolutely love.

Exfoliate & soothe skin with this miracle serum that works while you sleep to reveal a brighter complexion
• Formulated with 10% glycolic acid & arginine
• Helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and fade sun spots over time
• Enriched with cucumber & aloe vera extracts to calm skin
• Vitamins A, C & E to nourish
• Suited on all skin types
• Not tested on animals
• Paraben free

The combination of these three products – first the Pixi Beauty Glow Mud Cleanser for initial cleansing and exfoliating, then the Pixi Beauty Glow Tonic To-Go Pads to sweep away any last traces of dirt, tone and smooth skin, and prepare it for treatment, and finally the fabulous Pixi Beauty Overnight Glow Serum to further exfoliate, diminish wrinkles, brighten and nourish skin – give you a dynamic trio that couldn’t result in anything but glowy, gorgeous skin.  I hope you head on over to Target soon to these skin care treats for yourself!  – Lisa

RoC those wrinkles away with Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Serum, Eye Cream, and Multi-Correxion Chest, Neck and Face Cream!

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Wouldn’t it be great if we could just steam away our wrinkles like a steamer? Just roll out of bed, grab our handy little iron, and steam those fine lines away? Maybe someday in the Jane Jetson future.In the meantime, I’m happy that I’m a RoC Ambassador because I get to sample some terrific products that help visibly reduce deep wrinkles and help with fine lines. I’ve got both so I need to reduce them and keep any new ones from forming.  

The three main areas of concern for me are my eyes, my neck, and my face – especially around my mouth area. RoC has me covered in all areas!

RoC Deep Wrinkle Serum

RoC Deep Wrinkle Serum

With RoC Retinol Correction Deep Wrinkle Serum ($23) the longer you use it, the happier you will be with the results. The silky serum feels great on immediately and plumps up skin right away and with consistent use your skin becomes extremely happy and wrinkles truly do dramatically improve. Ingredients include Roc Retinol along with magnesium, zinc and copper to bring renew skin and to help bring newer skin to the surface.

  • This anti-aging formula is clinically proven to help visibly reduce both fine lines and deep wrinkles
  • After four weeks, skin appears more radiant, fine lines are smoothed and skin firmness is improved
  • After eight weeks, crow’s feet are visibly reduced and discoloration is diminished
  • After twelve weeks, deep wrinkles are visibly reduced
  • The formula glides on easily and absorbs quickly leaving your skin feeling smooth and velvety and is ideal for use under makeup



RoC® Retinol Correxion® Eye Cream ($23) is a great eye cream that tackles puffiness and dark circles, two problems that only seem to get worse for me the older I get. Regular use of this eye cream truly reduces the look of wrinkles and crow’s-feet. Another plus – this has no fragrance.  RoC® Retinol Correxion® Eye Cream is just one of the great eye creams that RoC® produces, but it’s my favorite and the one I choose over and over.

RoC Chest, Neck & Face Cream with SPF 30

RoC Chest, Neck & Face Cream with SPF 30

I know, I know, I am always on my soap box about paying extra attention to the decolletage. But that is the FIRST place that aging skin shows up! We take great care of our faces, but often forget our necks – that means no sunscreen, no treatment serums, no collagen support. The RoC Chest, Neck & Face Cream with SPF 30 ($28) is fabulous in several ways. It really is everything you need from your chest on up to your forehead. I see immediate results in terms of dryness and skin tone and after four weeks there is a definite improvement in sagging and the appearance of wrinkles. Ingredients include the famous RoC Hexinol Technology as well as tons of vitamin E, which specifically targets the 5 signs of aging:  discoloration, sagging, dryness, dull skin tone and wrinkles. Plus, it has an SPF of 30 so it protects against the harmful rays of the sun.  The cream itself is absolutely beautiful – thick and creamy, yet it absorbs quickly and leaves skin soft and satiny. The rich cream and the elegant formula makes the Multi Correxion 5 in 1 Chest, Neck & Face Cream a huge winner.

We are still a long way off from any miracle product like a Jane Jetson mask or a steam iron that takes wrinkles immediately away, but for great skin care that takes of you today and for the long haul I love RoC Skin Care.  – Lisa