The end of the summer is almost here and these products will make the most of it:
- Australian Gold Instant Bronze Self Tanning Lotion
- Australian Gold Instant Bronzer SPF Continuous Spray with Fine Finish Technology
- Dermablend Professional Leg & Body SPF 15
- Dermablend Professional Setting Powder
- Vichy Laboratories Capital Soleil SPF 30 Luxurious Protective Oil
- Vichy Laboratories Destock Stomach
- Vichy CelluDestock
The Australian Gold Instant Bronze Self Tanning Lotion 4.5 FL. OZ/$8.99 is for the color you crave and the protection you need. Australian Gold Self-Tanning Lotion creates an instant golden glow while rich bronzers develop a radiant, natural-looking shade of bronzed perfection within 2-4 hours. Use 2-3 times a week depending upon the level of darkness desired.
Instant Bronzer SPF Continuous Spray with Fine Finish Technology 6 FL. OZ/$9.49 is for the color you crave and the protection you need. It provides a quick and easy application while ensuring even coverage. Apply evenly and liberally to all exposed areas 20 minutes before sun exposure. Reapply as needed or after towel drying, swimming, perspiring or vigorous activity. Use in well-ventilated areas. Do not spray directly on the face. Spray into hands and rub on the face.
Dermablend Professional Leg & Body Cover SPF 15 $27 is a full coverage body foundation for moderate to major body skin flaws. A lightweight formula, Leg & Body Cover SPF 15 offers natural skin tone shades and texture to deliver a flawless look and 16 hours of consistent color wear. The result is a flawless coverage leaving skin soft, smooth and comfortable all day long. You can use it on tatoos, stretch marks, varicose veins, spider veins, bruises and scars and burns. Dermablend Leg & Body Cover is available in 14 shades to complement a full spectrum of skin tones. Leg & Body shades can be combined to create even more skin tones.
Dermablend Professional Setting Powder $22 helps improve the lives of those experiencing minor to major skin flaws. Dermablend has been recognized as a expert in coverage cosmetics in the US for over 25 years. The exceptional performance of Dermablend products in terms of coverage and wearability lies at the very heart of its expertise. High performance coverage and wear has ensured its well-known and renowned recognition by the medical community and professional makeup artists.
Vichy Laboratories Destock Stomach $36.50 firming and refining abdominal care boost the results of exercise for up to 70 percent firmer-looking skin in 28 days. Although exercise and diet are clinically proven to maintain a trim figure, hormonal and genetic predispostions make firming and refining the skin around the abdominal area difficult. After consulting, leading sports doctors and nutritionists, Vichy Laboratories provides a solution with the launch of Destock Stomach, a revolutionary treatment created for active women to target the stubborn abdominal area and waistline for improved quality, firmness and tone.
Vichy CelluDestock $30 is a topical cream formulated to accelerate cellulite reduction for a visible loss of up to one cellulite grade in 4 weeks. Lipostuction and dieting cannot completely remove cellulite. The product benefits are smoother skin on stomach, thighs and buttocks in 7 days as well as firmer and more elastic skin in 2 weeks. Skin on thighs and buttocks appear more defined and there is a reduction of cellulite on pinching and loss in hip, thigh and buttock volume.
Earth Month was last month but that doesn’t mean we should stop using sustainable and organic products. We should be environmentally responsible and green all year long and use eco-friendly products. After last month, I became more environmentally conscious and thought I should share green/organic product ideas with my readers. Avalon Organics has a wide selection of organic products.
Avalon Organics is now compliant with the NSF/ANSI 305: Made with Organic Personal Care Products Standard for personal care products “made with organic” ingredients. Under this standard, all personal care products with “contains organic ingredients” claims (other than ingredient lists) must contain a minimum organic content of 70 percent. Additionally, formulas must contain only ingredients that have gone through rigorous evaluation by a scientific panel and are certified to the NSF/ANSI 305 standard indicating they contain no known carcinogens or synthetic ingredients derived from petro-chemicals.
The Avalon Organics is made with 100% vegetarian ingredients and does not conduct animal testing. The formulas are free of parabens, harsh preservatives, synthetic colors or fragrances, phthalates and sodium lauryl or laureth sulfate.
Avalon Organics Hand & Body Lotion collection hydrates skin with luxurious, certified organic plant lipids and provides long-lasting moisture. Dry and thirsty skin will be nourished, smooth and radiant. Each product contains Beta-Glucan, an active ingredient found in oats, which is known to promote healing, while stimulating collagen production and protectng the skin from environmental damage.
My personal favorite from the Avalon Organics Hand & Body collection is the Rosemary Hand & Body Lotion (12 fl oz., SRP: $12). Organic Rosemary Essential Oil, Vitamin E, Organic Aloe and the rich oat nutrition of Beta-Glucan deliver advanced relief, rejuventating extra dry, tired skin. Plant lipids, from a triple dose of certfied Organic Sunflower, Flaxseed and Coconut Oils, nautrally rebalance skin, restoring the natural lipid balance. Organic Rosemary Essential Oil and Beta-Glucan rejuvenate and energize at the cellular level for instantly softer, more refreshed skin. I also love the scent.
Avalon Organics Bath & Shower Gels are a gentle way to cleanse the skin and awaken the senses. Lather your body with a nourishing blend of organic botatnical extracts, fragrant essential oils and moisturizing ingredients including Vitamin E, Arginine and Aloe. My personal favorite of the collection is the Grapefruit & Geranium Bath & Shower Gel (12 fl oz., SRP: $11). This all natural blend of Organic Grapefruit and Geranium Essential Oils, Arginine, Organic Aloe and gentle bontanical cleansers purifies and rejuvenates extra dry skin. The refreshing aromas of organically grown Grapefruit and Geranium uplift the mind and body, while nourishing botanical energize and refresh the skin. I also love the fresh aromatic scent!
Even minimal exposure to UV light can cause free radical damage. This kind of oxidative stress, known as photo-aging, causes the deterioration of collagen and elastin, which in turn leads to wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, freckles and sunspots. To fight photo-aging and help repair damaged skin, the Avalon Organics Vitamin C Renewal skincare collection uses a powerful form of antioxidant Vitamin C shown to help neutralize free radicals while naturally stimulating cellular renewal to help support collagen and elastin production.
The Revitalizing Eye Cream (1 oz., SRP: $25.49) is my personal favorite of the Vitamin C Renewal skincare collection. The delicate eye area tends to be the first to show the signs of aging. To help protect the skin around the eye area from deep wrinkles and dark circles, the eye area must be treated daily with a moisturizing and rejuvenating solution. Antioxidant Vitamin C, lemon bioflavonoids and white tea help reduce oxidative stress and help fight the visible signs of photo-aging. The eye area appears refreshed and defined.
Restore skin’s youthful glow with the Avalon Organics Lavender Luminosity collection. These hypo-allergenic fomulations support skin renewal and vitality for a bright, radiant complexion, even among those with sensitive skin. Lavender, licorice root, white tea and other non-irritating ingredients provide nourishment and balance to take skin from dull and reactive to looking bright and luminous. New and improved formulas contain skin brightening kombucha to support skin renewal and a radiant appearance.
My personal favorite of the Avalon Organics Lavendar Luminosity collection is the Moisture Plus with SPF 15 (7 oz., SRP: $18.49). In addition to providing daily moisture, this lightweight lotion with broad spectrum mineral suncreens protects the skin from UV exposure to help minimize dulling discoloration, brown spots and wrinkles.
As one ages, the skin’s cellular metabolism slows, which results in visible signs of aging such as fine lines, wrinkles and loss of firmness and elasticity. This slowed cellular metabolism is due in part to diminished levels of CoQ10 and other energy sources that fuel cellular renewal. The new and improved Avalon Organics CoQ10 collection supplements the skin with CoQ10, powerful antioxidants, plant extracts, essential oils and natural sugar, all of which are know to re-energize skin cells to help support skin elasticity and firmness and diminish the apperance of wrinkles. Through cellular renewal, the visual signs of aging are reduced and skin appears youthful and healthy.
The Wrinkle Defense Serum (0.55 oz., SRP: $26.99) is my personal favorite product of the Avalon Organics CoQ10 collection. The highly concentrated anti-aging treatment serum helps smooth away deep lines by helping to increase cellular metabolism. As the production of elastin and collagen is increased, tired cells are re-energized. Powerful antioxidants known to ease oxidative stress help diminish other signs of aging such as uneven and ashy skin tone. Sagging skin appears fresh, firm and resilient with diminished lines and wrinkles.
Support aging skin from the inside out with the Avalon Organics Essential Lift skincare collection. This revolutionary collection taps the power of micro-milled ocean minerals for a firmed, liftted, and youthful appearance. Each of the six new and improved products in the Essential Lift collection contains over 70 oceanic minerals, which draw out moisture from deep within the skin to help hydrate and nourish, resulting in healthy-looking skin that appears young and feels firm.
My personal favorite of the Avalon Organics Essential Lift skincare collection is the Restructuring Night Creme (2 oz., SRP: $25.95). With continued use, this product works overnight to naturally restructure and firm skin. Over 70 micro-milled minerals attract moisture from deep within the skin’s own natural reserves to restructure and redensify skin firmness. Intensive antioxidants are also added to help free radicals known to cause visible signs of aging.
In November 2011, Avalon Organics was named a “Champion” by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a coalition of more than 150 nonprofit organizations working to help protect consumers and workers by eliminating potentially harmful chemicals from cosmetics, a voluntary pledge to avoid chemicals prohibited for use in many countries and to disclose ingredients used in their products. Avalon Organics accepts this honor with pride as an example of its commitment to Consciousness in Cosmetics, the Avalon Organics pledge to create and manufacture safe, healthy and effective personal care products. For more information, please visit: www.safecosmetics.org/marketshift
Avalon Organics is available nationwide at Whole Foods Market, Target, Walmart, drug stores, grocery stores and natural food stores as well as at www.avalonorganics.com.
M. Steves is a new concept in skincare harnessing the power of global ingredients to deliver multi-benefit, multi-use skincare for the modern woman. Today the modern woman moves fast, does more and demands more in every aspect of her life, including her beauty products, and M. STEVES was created to provide the high quality, effective formulas in exquisite packaging with straightforward language to meet these expectations and fit seamlessly into her busy lifestyle.
M. Steves launches its first line based on the well-documented and extraordinary results of Rose Hip Seed Oil (RHSO), a natural, power-packed oil rich in natural linolenic, linoleic and oleic acids (Omegas 3, 6 and 9), Vitamins E, and potent antioxidants and anti-inflammatories. Derived from the seeds of rose bushes native to the Andes mountains of South America, Rose Hip Seed Oil is often referred to as “youth in a bottle” for its ability to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, scars, sun damage and skin tone, while deeply nourishing the skin.
M. Steves Founder, Mally Steves Chakola, became convinced of RHSO’s incredible results when she accidently purchased it instead of rose oil and began mixing it with the various creams she already had in development. She immediately noticed its velvety finish on her skin, but it was the unconscious habit of rubbing excess moisturizer on a prominent keloid scar on her left leg, the vestiges of a near-fatal car accident, which provoked an amazing discovery – after just two weeks, the 18 year old scar’s discoloration looked dramatically reduced and the raised surface appeared smaller.
Inspired by these dramatic effects on her own skin, Mally researched RHSO’s incredible anti-aging and rejuvenating qualities and its inherent mix of unsaturated essential fatty acids, potent antioxidants and anti-inflammatories. She knew its power could be enhanced even further if it was combined with other global ingredients to create a potent line of skincare. She found out women wanted products that did it all!
With a few formulas in hand, Mally shared samples with friends and family and encouraged them to talk about their results.They remarked that their skin felt softer, smoother and more refined than it ever had before, but Mally noticed something more. There was an excitement and subtle boost in confidence that came with having more beautiful skin, and that realization, that there was a deeper truth in the value of beauty, was exactly what she needed to share the brand with the world.
The result is a line of five multi-use, multi-benefit products. The first product, the RHSO Power-Packed Ultra-Nourishing Boost, can be used on its own or mixed into the other four formulas to maximize their effectiveness and address environmental or age-based skincare concerns. This real time customization, combined with the multiple benefits of each product, make five stand-alone solutions that are excellent individually, or even more powerful when combined to address unique skin care needs.
M. Steves skincare includes the following products:
RHSO Power-Packed Ultra-Nourishing Boost ($48) – Pure, cold-pressed RHSO and a concentrated, naturally-derived extract called GATULINE IN-TENSE, proven to make skin look of firmer and reduce the appearance of wrinkles, with powerful antioxidants, as well as linolenic, linoleic and oleic acids (Omega 3, 6 and 9). With continued use, fine lines and wrinkles appear less noticeable, skin feels deeply nourished and looks smoother and brighter. Use Power-Packed Ultra-Nourishing Boost on the face, neck and décolleté or add it to other M. STEVES products for extra benefits.
RHSO Power-Packed Purifying Cleanser ($28) – Low foaming and packed with RHSO, soothing botanicals, anti-oxidants and a mild, natural astringent, consider this your complete cleanser. Smooth over damp skin to deeply clean dirt, oil and make-up for fresh, more balanced skin without feeling taught or uncomfortable. Use on the face, neck and décolleté day and night for an invigorating, but balanced, clean feeling.
RHSO Power-Packed Multi-Benefit Moisturizer ($38) – Ideal for day and night use, this non-residue cream replenishes skin, leaving it silky smooth and supple. Actifirm TS increases the feeling of skin firmness and improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Naturals soothe and protect the skin while hyaluronic acid improves moisture retention and creates a dewy look. RHSO provides increased skin refining benefits with a velvety finish, not a greasy or heavy feel. Use on the face, neck and décolleté, and even on skin around the eye area. I have noticed the appearance of my fine lines and wrinkles have diminished after using the moisturizer regularly.
RHSO Power-Packed Anti-Aging Serum ($46) – Ideal for all skin types, Power-Packed Anti-Aging Serum contains Argireline, proven to inhibit muscle contractions to lessen the appearance of lines and wrinkles, Actifirm Complex, shown to increase the feeling of skin firmness and to improve the appearance of wrinkles, and Evermat, proven to reduce visibility of pores and encourage reduction in excess sebum with continued use. One dose quickly starts to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and deliver an elixir of copper tripeptides, hyaluronic acid and RHSO. Apply twice daily alone or before Moisturizer to eye areas or other problem areas for firmer looking, more vibrant and radiant skin. I find the fine lines and wrinkles around my eyes are less noticeable ever since I have been using the serum. I clearly see the difference it makes.
RHSO Power-Packed Reviving Exfoliator ($36) – Intensely refine the appearance of skin’s texture and tone with this all-in-one exfoliation that offers the benefits of a microdermabrasion treatment, a fruit enzyme and alpha hydroxy acid peel, and a deep-cleaning mask. Finely ground corundum crystals and walnut shell powder, fruit enzymes and glycolic acid immediately lift and dissolve dry, dead skin, while nourishing RHSO and mineral-rich Dead Sea mud remove unwanted impurities without stripping the skin’s natural moisture. Use weekly at night for smoother, more radiant looking skin.
Even better yet, M. Steves has no parabens, no synthetic fragrances, no synthetic dyes, no sulfates, no petrochemicals and does not do animal testing. Discover M. Steves at www.msteves.com. I recommend M. Steves as it is one of my favorite skincare lines. It’s the most modern skincare in the market I know that does it all!
Check out this video regarding my previous post on The Body Shop’s Nutriganics Drops of Youth.
Science, nature and technology join forces in the latest skincare offering from The Body Shop, with the launch of Nutriganics Drops of Youth. Utilizing the very latest in plant stem cell technology to help combat the first signs of aging, Nutriganics Drops of Youth is their certified organic alternative to the anti-aging potions.
With just one drop, Nutriganics Drops of Youth enhances surface skin renewal, the skin’s natural process of replacing the uppermost dead cells with the new ones beneath. Day by day, Nutriganics Drops of Youth reveals smoother, fresher and healthier looking skin. Shed your old skin and step into a new, revitalized you.
Nutriganics Drops of Youth harnesses the power of plant stem cells harvested from criste-marine (Crithmum maritimum), which grows on the rocky Britanny coastline. Able to survive in the most demanding conditions, crise-marine thrives in dry and inhospitable environments, sustaining itself by absorbing nutrients form the very air around it.
Fortifying Nutriganics Drops of Youth is extract of beech bud, with its rich concentration of minerals, trace elements, enzymes and vitamins. Nourishing , enriching and stimulating, Nutriganics Drops of Youth is a botanical powerhouse. As part of the Nutriganics range, a minimum of 98% of Nutriganics Drops of Youth ingredients are derived from natural origins. Silicone and paraben free, Nutriganics contains 20% organic ingredients to deliver natural beauty, naturally. According to an independent study conducted on 43 women over four weeks, 97% of users said their skin felt softer after using Nutriganics Drops of Youth. That’s 8 out of 10 users! I tried it and have noticed my skin looks and feels younger. My skin was dry from the cold weather and now it’s so unbelievably soft and healthy. Even my fine lines are smoother. The product is fab and I truly recommend it. It was created for the first signs of aging and fine lines appear smoother in just four weeks.
Did you know that Nutriganics Drops of Youth contains Community Fair Trade organic babassu oil form the COPPALJ co-operative in Maranhão, Brazil? The trade has helped to empower the women of this collective by turning the traditionally female occupation of shelling and pressing babassu nuts into a key source of income. Its 150 members now have a greater say, and new standing and respect in their communities.
Nutriganics Drops of Youth can be used in conjuction with serum, or added to a moisturizer day or night to give a surge of hydration and kick start the cell repair process. Simply massage one drop into skin and allow the concentrate to sink in for a few seconds before applying your usual moisturizer or serum. Use it when you need extra hydration, especially now in the winter. Your skin will look great when spring is here. Nutriganics Drops of Youth (30 ML - $36) will be available in-store beginning March 2012 and is already available online. Nutriganics Drops of Youth will feature a special introductory price of $30 for the first six months so take advantage and try it for yourself.
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Happy Valentine’s Day!
I visited the Votre Vu VuBAR during summer and the VuBAR featured Votre Vu’s newest product, Bèbè Duette Luxe Lips, Luxe Lips Framboise and Hand Cremè which retails for $39.50. The two-pack is a petite version of the original Duette Luxe Lip Balm and Hand Cremè. One version comes with clear lip balm and the other has raspberry lip balm located in the cap with a mirror.
The clear lip balm is made from coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax, leaving lips soft, supple and shiny, with a deliciously light and natural coconut flavor. I love the new raspberry lip balm, which has a citrusy, natural passion fruit flavor and adds a light touch of color to the lips. The Luxe Lips Framboise (raspberry) also has a vitamin E infused anti-aging formula, and both lip balms have UV filters to add extra protection to your lips. The Tarte D’Amande hand crème has a decadent almond and coconut fragrance and leaves your hands feeling super soft and luxurious. This hand crème also has sun filters for UVA/UVB protection to maintain skin tone. The Bèbè Duette is great to throw in your purse or gym bag and makes the perfect travel gift since it’s TSA approved.
Like other women I’m sadly starting to age and I need to prevent it. I have sun spots/damage and redness around my face and fine lines around my puffy eyes. Immunocologie VenoMAX Fights “Inflamm’aging” with an Exclusive VenoMAX Complex that Mimics Viper Venom. It has brightened my skin and even my skin tone. It has even reduced the fine lines and puffiness around my eyes!
It’s love at first bite with Immunocologie Treatment Crème VenoMAX and Treatment Crème VenoMAX Light, two cutting-edge formulations that immediately relax wrinkles with a natural, plant-based peptide that mimics viper venom while fighting chronic inflammation, a leading factor in aging. This “inflamm-aging”—caused by the decrease in immune response and increase in inflammatory activity that occur over time—leads to the slow, but continuous production of free radicals that promotes wrinkles and sagging skin.
Immunocologie VenoMAX products:
• Instantly smooth fine lines and wrinkles
• Fight inflammation
• Promote natural hydration
• Reduce the appearance of skin redness
• Help erase past sun damage
• Promote even skin tone
• Brighten the skin
to give skin the “Immunocologie glow” that characterizes a healthy complexion.
The VenoMAX Complex:
This exclusive Immunocologie complex contains anti-aging ingredients that work together synergistically for immediate and long-term results:
• A natural, plant-based peptide that is bio-mimetic to the prey-paralyzing protein found in Temple Viper venom instantly smoothes wrinkles
• Inflammation-fighting Snow Algae from Japan, regenerative Alpine Rose, and Magnolia Tree Bark, an anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant, combine to inhibit the activation of NF-kB, a protein complex key to the processes of inflammation and aging
Bioferrin - New to the market:
Bioferrin is a natural, biologically active protein isolated from fresh sweet whey that promotes hydration by elevating natural hyaluronic acid levels in the skin while preventing oxidation by purging the skin of the excess iron that accumulates with age.
Other Key Ingredients:
- Elk Antler Velvet
Powerful cell growth factor and anti-inflammatory
- Marine Phytoplankton
Increases collagen production and tightens the skin
- Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Essential fatty acids that improve the skin’s lipid barrier to improve texture and tone
- Mulberry Extract
- Muru Muru Butter
- Mango Butter
Bioferm, Immunocologie’s proprietary bio-fermentation process, enhances the anti-aging effects of Treatment Crème VenoMAX and Treatment Crème VenoMAX Light. By pre-digesting the active ingredients to a form recognizable to the skin’s immune system, the Bioferm process enhances the Immunocologie products’ efficacy and allows them to assimilate more easily and work on a cellular level.
Treatment Crème VenoMAX ($275) and Treatment Crème VenoMAX Light ($195) are available at Clyde’s on Madison, White’s Pharmacy and Immunocologie.com as well as at other fine retailers.
Jurlique just launched their new Purely Brightening Collection and Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer recently. The new Purely Brightening Collection has VitaBrightKX and evens skin tone in 30 days. 75% of clinical participants observed a reduction in dark spots and 80% of users observed smoother younger looking skin. The collection consists of the Cleanser, Essence, Day Cream, Night Treatment and the Mist. I noticed the dark spot on my face from sun damage has reduced dramatically. The Purely Brightening Cleanser ($23) is a gentle face wash with VitaBrightKx designed to leave skin brighter and with a more even complexion. The Purely Brightening Essence ($58) is powerful concentrate with VitaBrightKx designed to naturally help even skin tone for healthy-looking radiance. The Purely Brightening Day Cream ($45) is a lightweight moisturizer with VitaBrightKx designed to help improve skin radiance. The Purely Brightening Night Treatment ($48) is an overnight cream with VitaBrightKx and other essential moisturizing ingredients designed to help skin appear smoother and to revive a dry, dull-looking complexion and the Purely Brightening Mist ($34) is a lightweight facial mist with VitaBrightKx to help soften skin and restore a youthful glow.
The new Jurlique Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer ($6.50) is a must have to keep hands germ free and hydrated. My hands get rough and dry easily during this weather and using sanitizer prevents you from getting sick too. The Jurlique Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer eliminates 99.9% of germs in as little as 30 seconds after application while it moisturizes hands. Australian Bush Mint, a known natural antibacterial and antimicrobial ingredient, plus Safflower Oleosomes enhance skin’s protective barrier, leaving hands moisturized and silky smooth.
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