Prescriptives Instant Gratification Skin Renewal Peel ($45.00)
Get instant gratification for tired, lackluster skin with this all-in-one dermabrasion-peel treatment that improves clarity, renews tone and immediately uncovers a smoother, more radiant complexion. Oil-free. Non-acnegenic. Ophthalmologist and dermatologist-tested. No fragrance.
GET THIS PRODUCT. I am rarely impressed so much by a product that I am compelled to write the review immediately after using it. Seriously, as soon as this product was rinsed off my face with lukewarm water, I was like, “OH MY GOD!!” I ran to my boyfriend and made him feel how utterly soft and smooth my face was (of course, I made him wash his hands before he did this!). I couldn’t stop feeling my own face, because I just could not get over how amazing my skin looked and felt right after using it. I really appreciate a product that is honest about what it can do, and I was skeptical of this living up to its name of “Instant Gratification,” but I am quite happily proven wrong. I did wait 48 hours before writing up the review, just in case there were any side-effects–there were none. Just smooth skin! I can handle that!
Instantly your skin will soften, feel smoother, and even look a bit brighter, healthier. You would think with such amazing results that there would be a complicated application process, but you would be completely off the mark! Put a little product on your finger tips (a dab will do you) and massage onto damp skin in circular motions for about thirty seconds. Leave the mask on for five minutes. Wet fingertips with lukewarm water and massage in circulation motions for an additional thirty seconds. Rinse off using lukewarm water and pat face dry with a clean towel. That’s it! Now you have ultra silky soft skin that will be the envy of every person around you. You only need to use this product once a week, so please don’t let the price tag put you off. I think I will get at least 3 months worth of applications out of the tube (if not more), because you only need three pea-sizes worth (left cheek, right cheek, then forehead/nose/chin) or less.
Definitely check this product out if you have the chance; it is something I wholly recommend–so much so that it is now a staple in my beauty regimen.
For Spring 2008, Zoya has two different collections, each with six shades, Blissful and Purity. Blissful is a beautiful collection of creamy pastels, while Purity is composed of sheerer pastels ideal for manicures (and I don’t know if it’s just me, but I have visions of bridal nails with these colors, too). Today I’d like to show you swatches from Blissful.
It was actually really hard to pick a favorite shade out of the six, because I loved them all! Let me say that one really versatile color is Penelope, which is a darker pink-peach color that’s incredibly creamy and goes on smooth. It isn’t too warm, so I think even cooler-toned hands can pull this one off with no issues. I think anyone entranced by pastels will find Laurie a very lovely shade of pale, milky pink. It is also a cream finish leaving fingers looking incredibly soft and feminine. Miley is much like Laurie, only it is a milky pastel lavender. Lulu is a warm shade of peach that’s soft and subtle, and I see this as a great shade for spring, but also a nice way to transition into summer. Zanna is a mauvey-purple with pink in it, and it also has a creamy finish. I found this applied so easily and well, with no streaking or worries about distribution. Felicity rosey color with golden shimmer, which makes it completely unlike the other five in the Blissful family. It’s a fun color, and I like that it is the odd-one-out with its shimmery composition. Overall, I liked the buildability and opacity of these pastel colors; they give me a way to get less in-your-face nails while still getting a good bit of color when I don’t want to opt for straight out sheers.
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Spring 2008 nail trends are obviously going sheer rather than bright pops of color (though not all brands are following this trend–China Glaze is most definitely not!). Essie gives nail polish fans six lovely sheers to choose from as spring arrives in beautiful hues of soft pastels. These polishes apply easily, smoothly, and just to show what kind of color you can build, each color was applied with three coats (keep in mind that these were done strictly as swatches, so the aren’t perfectly polished!).
Pictured above, Hi Maintenance, was my favorite of the six, because it was such a flattering pink. It wasn’t so cool that it looked awkward on my warmer skin, but it also wasn’t a warm pink that looked a bit too peppy for my tastes. Hard To Getis a brighter pink that’s fairly opaque–it kind of reminds me of Don’t Be Shy blush from MAC’s Barbie launch–it was really close to being my perfect pink, but it was just a few shades too bright to be that absolute perfect pink. Secret Affairis a fun, shimmery pinky-white shade that looked surprisingly nice with my skin; I thought something with that much white in it could never look right all over nails. Looking For Loveis a lovely lavender color that was just gorgeous, but I found that it did apply a bit streaky in terms of depositing the color – I think you may have to be a bit more meticulous when applying this particular shade, but it’s too beautiful to dismiss. Body Language was a flatter white with gray-purple undertones; kind of an odd color for my nails personally, but I see it working better on lighter skinned hands. Great Expectations has a silvery-purple cast to it, and like Looking For Love, it didn’t apply as evenly as the others did. I found this shade to be too cool for my taste, making it my least favorite. Overall, I liked that I could build up these sheers with three coats to get decent color, since I don’t usually wear sheers. On the same note, for more professional or subdued affairs, sheers are fabulous choices, and this gives you a polish that can multitask! Also, sheers are amazing on top of a more opaque polish to give it a different sheen or color.
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OVERALL, N Colour impressed me more than N Face, but it is not a collection that anyone should avoid because they dislike neutrals/nudes. I feel that it does offer a little something to everyone; you have two new mineralize skinfinishes, with one that is suitable to nearly everyone, while the eyeshadows are gorgeous with lovely color pay off and finishes. The nail lacquers were a little disappointing, but I kind of had a feeling I would be passing on them in the end (me wear brown polish? so doubtful!). I know paint pots have a huge following since their introduction, and I don’t think that either Quite Natural or Soft Ochre will disappoint. The stand outs in my opinion were 3N lipstick, 4N lipglass, Modest Tone eyeshadow, Nanogold eyeshadow, Neutral Pink eyeshadow, and Soft Ochre paint pot.
What did you get/will you get? Favorites? Feel free to share your swatches in the comments or e-mailing me your photos (and I’ll post them).
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If you remember anything about my skincare routine, I hope you remembered how much I absolutely adored Renee Rouleau’s AHA/BHA Cleansing Gel, which I don’t leave home without–it is just THAT fantastic! Obviously, Renee Rouleau’s doing something right, so I thought I’d try a few more products! (And now, since I was impressed by these, I am eager to try more!)
CALMING CHAMOMILE CLEANSER ($30.50)
I know many of my readers have sensitive skin, and this particular cleanser is meant to work with it in a gentle manner while doing its job flawlessly. It is a creamy, water-soluble cleansing lotion with chamomile, aloe vera, and vitamins A and E. It helps to remove dirt, oil, and makeup and let pores breathe. It’s so easy to use, all you do is apply a dab to your skin and rub in circular motions into the skin for thirty seconds, wet your fingers, rub for another thirty seconds, then rinse with warm water (not hot). I recommend this for those who have
SKIN DRINK ($33.50)
Skin Drink is a serum that’s purpose is to intensively hydrate the skin instantaneously. It is actually quite refreshing, no doubt because one of the key ingredients is aloe vera, and cool to the touch. You really only need about two drops of this stuff to fully cover the skin, and I find that through regular, near-daily use, a bottle will last me two months or more. It is a great way refresh and pump skin full of moisture before applying moisturizer or after using a facial mask. It is an oil-free serum, so those of you who worry about leaving a greasy film behind, worry not. This serum sinks into skin and leaves no evidence behind.
Clinic’estetica™, a state of the art aesthetic medical clinic that meets the needs of individuals seeking non-surgical permanent and semi-permanent solutions for cosmetic and reconstructive procedures, is proud to introduce ClearPluss™ Acne Clearing Treatment — an original and uniquely designed at-home acne clearing product line for face and body (chest and back). ClearPluss™ is based on the theory and testing that has shown that acne has a trigger; when that trigger is disengaged acne outbreaks will be curtailed and possibly stopped. Each product in the line is a step-by-step acne clearing treatment. ClearPluss™ creates an accumulative positive result for controlling all types of acne while working to keep skin healthy and unmarred. Breakouts, swelling, and scarring become a distant memory.
I spent just about three weeks testing out Clinic’estetica’s ClearPluss™ Acne Clearing Treatment. As someone who has always had a touch of acne (thankfully nothing so bad as frightful as of yet), I was curious to see how this system would work for me. It consists of a four-stem system; you begin with the Acne Clearing Cleanser, which aggressively prepares the skin to absorb the elements of ClearPluss while removing dead skin cells and dirt. I personally enjoyed this cleanser, which is definitely an exfoliating cleanser. I would say that those with more sensitive skin may not like how abrasive the particles in the cleanser are. It took me a few cleansings to get used to it and like the feel of it really working.
The second step is the Acne Clearing Treatment, which is a serum used daily to reduce or eliminate acne, blackheads, and overly oily skin. It has a pleasing smell of peppermint and a little goes a long way. Since this is the product that really is the cornerstone of the system to keep acne at bay, I blame the patches of dryness that occurred after two weeks on this one – for those with drier and/or sensitive skin, I’d opt to use this serum only once a day or every other day. Especially since I am not plagued by severe acne, I think it would have been just as effective.
The third step is the Acne Clearing Tonic, which is to help skin control excessive sebum production. It is meant to be used in-between to reduce acne persistance during the regimen. I only used this a few times, because my skin does not really require a toner.
The last step is the Acne Clearing Moisture, which provides additional moisturization to dry, sensitive skin. It helps reduce the inflammation resulting from acne, rosacea, etc. It does not have any oil or fragrance, which is always a great thing in a facial moisturizer.
Results? Yes, I saw results. My skin looked and felt healthier, cleaner. It is a meticulous routine, though, so if you are forgetful or often skip steps in your skincare regimen, this is probably not for you. However, on the same note, all these products work together to achieve maximum results, so you do not have to worry about finding the right mix of non-matching products. Most of my acne was reduced to just one or two small, manageable pimples along the chin area or forehead — noticeably less, and any small bouts that appeared were hardly visible (did not get any enormous, traffic-stopping zits!).
ClearPluss™ Acne Clearing Treatment can be purchased at http://www.simplysvelte.com/.