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Pevonia Lumafirm Lift & Glow Eye Contour Cream Review
Complexion, Reviews, Skin Care, Splurge Worthy - Comments Off - October 7th, 2012

I love eye creams, always have. I’m always game to review a new one, so I was excited to try out Pevonia’s new Lumafirm Lift & Glow Eye Contour cream. The Lumafirm line is an anti-aging line with an emphasis on brightening and firming the skin. Who doesn’t want some brigtening and firming?

The product comes in a pump bottle, which I really like. I prefer pumps because they’re more hygienic and they also protect the product from oxidation. The active ingredients include watermelon fruit, diacetyl boldine, vitamin e, and kombucha. It’s supposed to visibly smooth lines and wrinkles, quickly diminish dark circles and ease puffiness around your eyes.

The scoop? I like it a lot. The skin around my eyes looks better than ever, and while nothing totally beats back dark circles, this eye cream does seem to brighten things up more than others I’ve tried.

It’s pricey, at $70 for 0.5 oz., but if you’re looking to splurge on something, it’s worth checking out!

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Sunscreen: Eyes, Lips, Hands
Body Care, Skin Care, Splurge Worthy, Sun Care - Comments Off - June 23rd, 2012

Most of us are pretty good at using some kind of sunscreen on our faces on a daily basis. After all, using sunscreen daily is probably the easiest and most effective way to slow down the signs of aging. Remembering to put sunscreen on the delicate eye area, on your lips, and on your hands is another matter entirely. Today I wanted to mention some sunscreens specifically for those areas that I’ve tried (and some that look good, although I haven’t tried them yet).

L’Occitane’s Immortelle Brightening Hand Care SPF 15 is a really nice daily hand care product that is basically anti-aging for the hands. With regular use, your hands will look smoother and if you already have age spots, they’ll diminish. I really like the texture of this hand cream. It’s a bit splurge-y, but otherwise it’s great.

I haven’t tried this one yet, but for a more budget friendly option, Boots’ No 7 Protect and Perfect Hand Cream SPF 15 looks interesting.

I’ve revised my opinion of Lavanila’s The Healthy Lip Screen SPF 30. It’s luxe, but I really like it. It’s the texture – I like it better than other mineral-based sunscreens I’ve used. It has a much more weightless feel on the lips than other products I’ve tried.

I haven’t tried this yet, but a very budget-friendly option to check out is Nivea’s A Kiss Of Protection, SPF 30. It’s really inexpensive, and combines chemical and mineral sun protection. It’s also readily available in drugstores.

I liked this L’Oreal Revitalift Deep-Set Wrinkle Repair Eye Cream quite a bit. It’s a two-fer – it has an SPF 15 day cream and a non-SPF night cream. Considering it’s two products in one, the price is pretty reasonable. I liked that the SPF 15 cream didn’t sting or irritate my eyes. I don’t have much in the way of deep wrinkles, so I can’t comment on that, but overall I was pleased with the product.

This Clarins Sun Wrinkle Control Eye Contour Care SPF 30 is more splurge-y, but their products are always so nice. I haven’t tried it, but if I was going to a sunny place for vacation or spent all day in the sun regularly, I totally would.

What are your favorite eye, lip, or hand sunscreens?

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Avon Anew Reversalist Skin Renewing System
Skin Care, Sun Care - Comments Off - July 9th, 2010

Avon continues to impress me with their anti-aging skincare. I gave the Anew Reversalist Day Renewal Cream SPF 25, Night Renewal Cream, and Illuminating Eye System a test drive and I’m pleased to report that I think they’re great!

TheĀ  Anew Reversalist Day Renewal Cream SPF 25 contains ingredients to lighten discolorations, firm the skin, and make it look smoother. It also has SPF 25 to protect your skin from further sun damage. The texture is light and not heavy or greasy at all, and works nicely under makeup. After several weeks of use, my skin definitely feels smoother!

The Night Renewal Cream is probably my favorite of the three. It contains ingredient that work with your skin’s natural repair processes to minimize fine lines and wrinkles. It also has glycolic acid in it, which exfoliates surface cells for smoother, softer skin. I love this stuff! With regular use I’ve noticed a reduction in blackheads and whiteheads (a near constant problem for me) and the wrinkle between my eyes is noticeably diminished.

The Illuminating Eye System consists of an eye cream and an sheer veil. The eye cream contains ingredients to reduce wrinkles and dark circles, and the sheer veil contains light-reflecting pigments that instantly brighten the eye area. I’m not sure my dark circles changed (nothing has worked, so far, they are genetic), but in general my eyes look younger and brighter when I use this. I love the sheer veil, it makes my concealer go on smoother.

Overall, I can confidently recommend Anew Reversalist products. I think with regular use (you have to be dedicated or you probably won’t see results, as with any skincare system) anyone will notice an improvement in their skin with these products. Good Job, Avon!

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Neroli Rose Skincare
Earth Friendly, Skin Care - Comments Off - August 4th, 2009

cb-neroliladiesI’ve long been a fan of products containing shea butter, since it’s a great skincare ingredient. Rich in vitamins and antioxidants, shea butter is good for nourishing your skin. Today I’m pleased to introduce Neroli Rose, a company specializing in Fair Trade shea skincare.

Neroli Rose is a woman-owned business. The goals of the company are to provide customers with the healthiest, highest quality and most reasonably priced skin care products, as well as to empower women through fair trade. They work with the Lulu Life Cooperative, a Sudanese cooperative that provides these women with a trade, access to large markets abroad and fair wages. As many as 800 women and their families depend on sales of Lulu Life shea butter as their sole means of financial support.

All Neroli Rose products are made with pure shea butter and essential oils, without water or alcohol. This means they are very rich, and a little will go a long way. Strictly oil-based products do have a different texture from water-based creams, so they can take some getting used to.

cb-nerolieyeI personally tried the Eye Cream, which is really yummy, and the Royal Wrinkle Treatment, which is essentially a serum for your skin. They both have wonderful aromas from the essential oils they contain, and I promise they aren’t greasy at all. My skin just slurped both products up with no greasy residue at all. I am really, really in love with the rose, jasmine, and neroli aroma of the Royal Wrinkle Treatment, which is so soothing right before bed.

If you are looking for a pure and natural alternative for your skin, take a look at Neroli Rose. The products are lovely and they’re doing good things for the world.

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Olay Pro-X Skincare
Reviews, Skin Care - Comments Off - April 2nd, 2009

Olay Anti-AgingI had the opportunity recently to try the new Olay Pro-X line of skincare. Olay, that drugstore staple since forever (well 1949, anyway) has introduced this new line of professionally designed products that are supposed to deliver clinically proven results in 28 days. On their website, Olay has a summary of the science behind the Pro-X line – check it out here.

The most economical way to try out the products is to get the Anti-Aging Starter Protocol, which contains three products at a savings over buying them invidually. Additionally, there is a Mail-in Rebate offer available too.

In the set, I’ve tried the day cream called Age Repair Lotion with SPF 30, and the eye cream called Eye Restoration Complex. I haven’t tried the night cream (Wrinkle Smoothing Cream) just because I don’t like to change a lot of things at once in my skincare because anti-aging products do tend to cause acne breakouts for me.

So far, I really like the Age Repair Lotion because it’s one of the nicest feeling SPF 30 products I’ve used. It doesn’t have much of an objectionable smell and it does make a very smooth base for makeup. I haven’t experienced any pimples in the 10 days I’ve been using it, so that’s pretty good – they usually crop up within five days if they’re going to. The eye cream hasn’t really knocked my socks off any more or less than others I’ve tried. It doesn’t irritate my eyes, and no milia have cropped up.

The only thing that kind of gives me pause about this line is the price. Women who are willing to pay these prices (avg. of $42-50 a product) are probably going to give Olay the cold shoulder, and I’m guessing the average drugstore shopper will be shocked at the prices. I suppose the best target audience is women who would like to use clinical skincare but don’t have places locally to shop for it – this line is available at mass retailers, accessible just about everywhere.

I’ll be interested to see how successful Olay’s experiment with mass-market clinical skincare turns out to be.

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Auriderm Illume Eye Cream
Skin Care - Comments Off - March 6th, 2009

auridermI’ve been test-driving Auriderm Illume Eye Cream for a few weeks now, and so far it’s been pretty great! It’s an eye cream made to reduce the appearance of dark circles, as well as address puffiness.

Auriderm Illume Eye Cream contains Vitamin K Oxide, converted from Vitamin K. Vitamin K is well-known for it’s healing and anti-bruising properties. It reduces and works to eliminate discoloration by strengthening the capillaries under the eyes, and to revitalize and freshen the eye area. It also contains light-reflecting particles to brighten under the eyes.

Does it work? I think it does. I have hereditary dark circles that pretty much never go away, and they do seem reduced. The cream doesn’t irritate my eyes nor has it caused any milia to pop up. Win!

It’s not cheap, but it seems to be a good product in my opinion. Check out Biopelle’s website for more info. Auriderm Illume Eye Cream can also be purchased at

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40 Carrot Gold Skincare
Cheap Thrills, Skin Care - Comments (18) - January 29th, 2009

40 CarrotsWhen it comes time to look at places to trim the budget, the cosmetics budget is an obvious contender. But if you are like me, you still care about your skin and don’t want to use just any old inexpensive product – you still want quality. Affordable quality: can it be had? I’m pleased to say yes!

40 Carrots is a brand built around offering quality skincare for an affordable price. The products include the anti-aging ingredient vitamin A, as well as the anti-oxidant beta-carotene. The products aren’t tested on animals, and are paraben-free. It’s a simple line – there is a cleanser, a serum, a moisturizer, and an eye gel. I’ve been using it for a week, and I’m really liking the results.

Quick review about me again: I’m turning 30 in a month, so anti-aging is becoming a concern. I have combination skin and occasional breakouts, but my skin is basically healthy.

The Carrot + Creme Cleanser is creamy, with a light lotiony texture and a scent like orange creamsicle. It does its job well – my skin is clean, soft, and makeup-free after use. It is not drying at all. Personally, I like a little foam in my cleanser, but that’s just me. This is a great creamy (but not greasy!) cleanser.

The Carrot + C Vitamin Serum is a new favorite product. It’s a light gel formula with beta-carotene, vitamin a, and vitamin c, and my skin seems to love it. Since I’ve been using it (only a week!) my face seems brighter and the few red marks from old acne blemishes are fading. LOVE IT! At $15.99 it’s a steal compared to department store brands.

The eye gel in the line is called Carrot + Cucumber Eye Gel and contains, you guessed it, carrots and cucumbers. It has a light texture that sinks in immediately, but doesn’t leave a sticky film like some gels do. It is hydrating and soothing, takes down morning puffiness like a champ, and generally just feels good. Two thumbs up.

Carrot + Mango Moisture Splurge is the daily moisturizer in the line. It’s a lotion formula with safflower oil, mango butter, and apricot oil. It is not greasy or heavy at all, but sinks in and doesn’t leave my skin feeling greasy. I use a pea sized amount, and massage it in. I experimented with using different amounts and while you can’t really use too much, this seems to be the right amount. It doesn’t have oil control (it’s more suited for normal to dry skin) but it also doesn’t clog pores or cause breakouts. It’s a really nice moisturizer for the price, and I’d recommend it if you’re looking to trim the budget without sacrificing quality.

I’d add something to exfoliate, but otherwise you could stick to the products in this line and be very happy with how your skin looks and feels. iconiconiconicon

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Review: Sothys Skincare
Reviews, Skin Care - Comments (1) - September 5th, 2008

BottleThanks to a super-nice PR person, I’ve been trying four Sothys skincare products for the last month. Prior to trying out these products, I hadn’t really been aware of Sothys (pronounced so-tees). It’s a French brand, started in 1946, and the products are made in France. I get a fair amount of offers to try various skincare products, but I usually only accept the ones with products that I could actually afford to purchase again. Sothys is a line that’s affordable, so I decided to give it a go.

The products I’ve been using are the Oxyliance Fluid, the Active-Contour Age Defying Cream, the Active-Contour Tensor Gel, and the Active-Contour Destressing Mask.

Oxyliance Fluid is a moisturizer for combination/oily skins that is supposed to help boost cellular activity and leave skin radiant and luminous. It’s also supposed to help mattify and absorb oil. I can’t speak to the cellular activity (what does that mean, anyway?) but I can definitely say my skin looks great. Am I radiant and luminous? Yes! In fact, in the last month my skin has looked fantastic, and while I hesitate to say it’s never looked better (don’t we always think that after trying something new?), I am definitely a HUGE fan of this face cream. I like the scent, I like the texture, I like how my skin feels. It’s light, not greasy, sinks in quickly, and helps control shine. It’s not the most mattifying thing I’ve ever tried, but it’s definitely helpful in that regard. Love it!

The other three products are eye products. First, the Tensor Gel. This is a formula not unlike the Clarins Eye Contour Gel I was using. It is supposed to be help with firmness around the eye area for instant radiance. The good: love the pump bottle, love how light it is (I apparently have a thing for gels), like how my skin feels after. The bad: it’s very liquid, so it can shoot out of the pump and squirt all over. Pumping very gently solves this problem. The verdict: about the same as the Clarins product, but less expensive. I look more awake in the morning, and my eye area is smooth. I probably wouldn’t buy this again, simply because I’m smitten with the next product.

The Active-Contour Destressing Mask rocks. It’s a gel (not liquidy this time, a true gel) that you can apply morning or night (or whenever you need to look fresh and awake). How much do I love this in the morning? If you wake up with any puffiness at all, this takes it right down. It has ivy extract in it, which should help with dark circles. I’ll put it on right after I get out of the shower in the morning, so it’s pretty much soaked in by the time I get around to putting on my skincare products. I look awake, totally puff-free, and even the hereditary dark circles look less prominent. Pat on a little of some moisturizing eye cream and you’re set.

The Age Defying Cream is the cream counterpart to the gel, but it does more. It’s supposed to help with fine lines, dark circles, puffiness, and wrinkles. It’s a cream, but in a pump bottle, and it’s not too heavy or thick. It soaks right in. I’ve been using it at night (and the Tensor Gel in the morning), and I’m quite happy with it. The main thing with eye creams is that they shouldn’t give me milia, as many do. This one passes that test. It’s not unlike the Clarins Eye Contour Balm, and is a similar price. I think the ideal eye routine for me would be to use this morning and night, with the Destressing Mask in the morning as needed.

Overall I’ve been very pleased with the Sothys products I’ve been using. I only wish it were easier to find them locally – it seems that ordering online is going to be my best bet.

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