Thanks to MAC, I was able to try out three (Warm Chill, Blue Flame, and Climate Bleu) of the seven upcoming shadows and two of the four (High 90s and Swelter) (five?) upcoming slimshines from Cool Heat! Of course, you know I had to get photos and swatches as soon as I got my hands on them, right?
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Plank’s Cor Soap ($125.00) is something that sort of makes me go, “WHAT?!” because $125 for a 120-gram bar of soap? It is a facial soap, but it is designed to basically do everything in your skincare regimen: revives, plumps, tones, balances, deep cleans, and heals surface skin. To apply, massage gently into skin for one minute, and then keep the foam on for three to four minutes. According to Plank, one bar of Cor soap will last you six months, and if it truly does it all, then it’s not such a bad concept. The product contains silver, silica, collagen, chitosan, and sericin as its main ingredients, which are micronized in such a way that they are bettle able to penetrate the layers of the skin. Cor soap’s pH is supposed to be similar to the natural pH of skin, so it should be good for all skin types.
Silver helps destroy bacteria while also speeding up growth and repair of skin cells. Silica helps get everything to the dermis layer of the skin. Four types of collagen are found in Cor soap, including marine collagen, which gets into the dermis layer of the skin. Chitosan is a natural fiber that helps to even out skin tone as well as help with cell regeneration. Sericin is a soluble protein from silk that’s moisture-binding and film-forming, it helps form a protective film to lock in moisturizer and give protection against the sun.
I used Cor for two weeks, and it didn’t cause me any additional skin problems. I also found that it helped keep my skin moisturized throughout the day, and it lathered and foamed nicely in the shower. However, like soaps in general, it gives me this squeaky clean kind of feeling on the skin. I can’t really describe it, but I’m pretty sure you know what I’m talking about… skin isn’t necessarily tight so much as that if you attempt to run your hand across it, it gets stuck or jagged. Anyway, I hate that feeling, which is why I use body washes and not soaps! So for me, this is a personal preference, and I can’t see myself opting for this. I also don’t feel right just using one product–I feel like I need more, whether or not that’s really true is an entirely different story.
Here is one great thing, though. You can give Cor a chance by picking up a sample size that should last you two weeks or so, and it’s only $12! Now, at $12, it makes it worth giving it a shot to see if it can replace all of your cleansers, toners, etc. Learn more or purchase at www.plankdesigns.com.
Therapy Systems Sun Rays SPF 20 ($28.00) is a mineral blush/bronzer with mica, boron nitride, and silk. They are incredibly finely milled, and they blend into the skin effortlessly because they go on so smoothly. Sun Rays is more like a bronzer, and since it’s a powder, you can build up the intensity of the pigmentation to the level you desire. I personally found this applied best using a buffer brush or a very fluffy powder brush, as well.
Simply Flawless O2 Anti-Aging Moisturizing Creme ($39.95) is a facial cream that utilizes Simply Flawless’ patented Oxygen Complex that contains RejuvenOx (TM) PFD. Basically, it is an oxygen molecule that has been shown to be able to permeate the skin layers to the lower layers. Many skin products are topical and tend to sit on the surface of the skin, so you don’t actually get nearly as many of the nutrients and whatnot as you could be using.
It comes in a pump container, which means no light gets in it and no worries about contaminating it with your fingers. You only need one or two pumps to moisturizer the entire face, which makes the product last you a decent amount of time. Even though it looks little, the 1.7 oz you get is about on par with many other mid to high end moisturizers. It is a concentrated cream, so a little is all you need; there’s no reason to pile it on, which means it should last you awhile. It can also be used both AM and PM, making it a multi-tasking product (but make sure you have a separate sunscreen product then!).
I liked that there was no real scent to this–a lot of fragrance-free products smell clinical, but this is fairly odorless. It also absorbs pretty quickly, and this is always an important factor to me, because I hate waiting for things to dry (anything!). It felt gentle on my skin, and I liked the way my skin looked and felt two weeks later–smooth, fresh, and soft.
You can learn more at www.simplyflawlesso2.com.
Being TRUE Luminance Collection ($86.00) is an eyeshadow, eyeliner, blush, band bronzer palette. All of the colors are the same size, which makes them versatile in terms of what you can use them for–they could all easily be used as eyeshadows. It comes with Matte Peach, Soft Pink Shimmer, Rich Golden Brown, Brownze Glaze, Gilded Pink, and Sheer Gold Metallic. What’s awesome is that they include a step-by-step instruction guide with the palette to help you apply certain looks and get ideas on how to use the multi-tasking palette. The colors included in this are nearly two inches in diameter, which makes them quite large, and I imagine it’ll take someone a very long time to ever finish one. The palette also comes with a Press Definer Brush for lining your eyes.
I loved the gold in this–it’s a very bright pop of sunny yellow gold, which makes it so perfect for summer wear. There is a melony-peach color that works nicely as a wash all over the lid, as well as a blusher on warm skin tones. The light pink color would look nice as both a shadow and a blush, depending on the look you were going for. The colors were all pigmented, and I felt they went on quite smoothly. There is a good mix of mattes and shimmers, so you’re bound to find yourself with plenty of looks to try.
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Karin Herzog Vita-A-Kombi 1 ($52.00) is a product that boasts 1% of pure oxygen and Vitamin A, which is a patented combination by Dr. Herzog. This cream is meant to be used both morning and night, and it does a whole slew of things. It promotes healing, increases cell regeneration, minimizes pores, detoxifies, hydrates, diminishes lines and wrinkles, and desensitizes sensitive skin.
I was using increased amounts of acne medications, and predictably, they made my skin more sensitive. There were few creams that I could use without feeling like my face was on fire. Vita-A-Kombi 1 was one of them, and even better, it can be used both morning and night. It is a fairly thick cream, and it does take some time (5 to 10 minutes) to sink into your skin. It is best applied with a light layer all over the face, but without rubbing it too much into the skin; instead, just let it absorb naturally. My skin looked refreshed, and it felt so soft.
My only complaint was that every time I used this, my boyfriend told me I smelled like old lady. So I ended up wearing this mostly at night, rather than day, because I didn’t want people thinking I smelled like “old lady.” Otherwise, the results were right in line with what I expected, and my skin was happy to use it for a few weeks!
The Karin Herzog line was the first to stabilize and deliver pure oxygen in cream form. The brand manufacturers their products in Switzerland, doesn’t conduct animal testing, and products are hypo-allergenic. Learn more at www.karinherzogus.com.