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10 Skin Care Ingredients to Keep You Looking Young

By Renee Rouleau, Skincare Expert and Esthetician

Renée Rouleau has been helping men, women and teens attain healthy, glowing, beautiful skin for more than twenty years.

Her philosophy is simple: With the proper tools, effective products and a disciplined approach, anyone can have great skin.

She provides regular skincare advice and tips on her blog, too!

10 Skin Care Ingredients to Keep You Looking Young

Esthetician Renée Rouleau shares her list of favorite anti-aging ingredients that both she and researchers find are the most efficacious to keep your skin more youthful-looking.

Yeast Extracts

We have special skin repair cells just below the skin’s surface called Langerhans cells. They are our first line of immune defense in the body. These cells are very active when we are young to protect us from environmental skin damage and reactions. As we age, these cells become less active and the signs of aging begin to show. Yeast extracts are like nothing else on the market in stimulating these sluggish skin repair cells. They work well for both tired and sensitive skins alike.  Beta-glucan yeast extracts  have been shown to make skin less sensitive over time, as well as provide excellent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.

Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs)

AHAs (including glycolic, lactic, and fruit acids) are helpful in reducing wrinkles, fine lines, irregular pigmentation, age spots, and decreasing the size of enlarged pores by exfoliating away dead surface cells that age the skin. Exfoliation triggers repair, producing newer, fresher, younger-looking skin. The favored AHA is Glycolic Acid because it has the smallest molecular structure, and can penetrate deeper. Lactic cannot penetrate as deeply, but is gentler and more hydrating. AHAs are more effective in higher concentrations, such as those found in serums, which also retain the desired pH levels. It is important to note using acid products too often can lead to irritation, which then triggers an aging and inflammation response.

Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate

This is the most stable form of Vitamin C, and converts to Ascorbyl Acid once inside the skin and is time-released so it works for up to eight hours giving you potent anti-aging protection. In addition, it stays fresher and more active longer and it isn’t as acidic, so it doesn’t cause stinging, redness or irritation.  I feel it’s one of the very best topical age preventers, because Vitamin C has been the most extensively researched antioxidant in skincare. It’s found to be extremely effective in interfering with many aging free radicals found in the environment (such as sunlight, stress and pollutants). It is recommended to be worn daily under a moisturizer containing sunscreen. This antioxidant not only gives your skin its daily dose of anti-aging, it is also helpful with reducing discoloration and brown spots.

Hyaluronic Acid

Water is essential for feeding the cells of our skin and keeping them looking plump, radiant and youthful. Found naturally in your skin’s dermis, Hyaluronic Acid holds onto water and provides tone and contour to the skin. When used in skin care products, it helps retain the skin’s natural moisture balance. Amazingly it can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water, resulting in enhanced elasticity, lubrication, plumpness and moisture in the skin. (Renée Rouleau Skin Drink uses a highly concentrated Hyaluronic Acid based, hydrating formula.) Layer it under your moisturizer or masque, or mix it with another serum to load up on this super humectant.

Peptides

Peptides are used for anti-aging to smooth wrinkles and reduce the visual effects of aging. Peptides are a portion of larger protein molecules used in the body to communicate with and direct skin cells to behave in certain beneficial ways, such as producing more collagen or thickening the support structure of the skin. Peptides are able to enter the cells of the skin and remain intact. Different types of peptides influence different types of cells. Common peptides used in skin care products are Acetyl Hexapeptide, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Dipeptide-2 and Caprooyl Tetrapeptide.

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Zoya Color Box Gift Sets


Zoya Color Box Gift Sets

Zoya Color Box Gift Sets

The NEW Zoya Color Box Gift Sets arrive in a crushed velvet collectors box with three pre-selected Top Selling Zoya Nail Polish* Shades (0.5 oz – full size bottles). Each box comes individually packaged in a black glossy gift box which is then individually wrapped in custom “Zoya” tissue paper. The Color Box Gift Sets make the perfect gift for friends, family, co-workers, teachers or just as a personal treat. Our Color Expert has personally selected twelve Zoya Color Box gift trios for you to choose from. Each trio features three proven, best-selling shades from classic reds to beautiful beiges to soft grays to spectacular sparkles – they are all there – beautifully packaged and ready to celebrate the season! Every Zoya Color Box Gift Set qualifies for free expedited shipping to make sure your gift arrives in time for the holidays. Each box retails for $24.00.

Gift Sets ($24.00)

  • Classic Contrast Raven, Trixie, Luna
  • Classic Reds America, Sooki, Carmen
  • Bold Greige Caitlin, Kelly, Freja
  • Soft Greys Dove, Harley, Marley
  • Spectacular Sparkle Alegra, Charla, Ivanka
  • Rich Reds Isla, Sasha, Sarah
  • Perfect Greens Yara, Edyta, Envy
  • Beautiful Beiges Avril, Mia, Addison
  • Bold Pinks Layla, Gilda, Lola
  • Classic Purples Brie, Anaka, Moxie
  • Deep Purples Jem, Roxy, Casey
  • Delicate Pinks Laurie, Erika, Madison

availability: November 22 @ zoya.com

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MAC for Daphne Guinness Collection for Winter 2011


MAC for Daphne Guinness Collection for Winter 2011

availability: December 26th, 2011 (North America), January 2012 for International

This is the first glimpse into the palette and colours imagined and created by Daphne Guinness. Daphne is her art. This is part of her discovery and evolution. “This collection is a window into my imagination.” — Daphne Guinness

Pro Longwear Lipcreme ($17.00 U.S. / $20.00 CDN)

  • Approaching Storm Deep rose (Limited Edition)
  • Seasoned Plum Mid-tone lavender (Limited Edition)
  • Red Dwarf Blue pink (Limited Edition)
  • Warp Speed Light silver (Limited Edition)

Cremesheen Glass ($18.50 U.S. / 22.00 CDN)

  • Japanese Spring Pale dirty pink (Limited Edition)
  • Narcissus Dirty eggplant (Limited Edition)
  • Borealis Pale gray pink with iridescent pearl (Limited Edition)
  • Richly Revered Deep brown plum (Limited Edition) (Repromote)

Interior Life Eyeshadow Quad ($38.00 U.S. / $45.00 CDN)

  • Stratus Light pink (Matte) (Limited Edition)
  • Interior Life Mid-tone gray blue (Veluxe) (Limited Edition)
  • Bruised Sky Dark lavender gray (Satin) (Limited Edition)
  • Heather Belles Dark charcoal/carbon (Satin) (Limited Edition)

Pigment ($20.00 U.S. / $24.00 CDN)

  • Aurora Pinked taupe (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Nebula Dark grayed brown with pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Circa Plum Frosty dirty mid-tone lavender (Frost) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)

Powerpoint Pencil ($15.00 U.S. / $18.00 CDN)

  • Engraved Etched-on forever black (Permanent)
  • Grey Utility Uniform grey (Permanent)

Brow Pencil ($15.00 U.S. / $18.00 CDN)

  • Fling Light taupe/ash blonde (Permanent)
  • Stud Deep rich blackened brown (Permanent)

Blush Ombre ($26.00 U.S. / $31.00 CDN)

  • Azalea Blossom Light cool pink (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • Vintage Grape Mid-tone violet pink (Limited Edition) (Repromote)

Nail Lacquer ($15.00 U.S. / $18.00 CDN)

  • Endless Night Pale gray pink with iridescent pearl (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Hyperion Light gray blue-green (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Blueblood Deep eggplant (Creme) (Limited Edition)

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Holiday Gift Guide: Must-Have Beauty Products for Eyes


Holiday Gift Guide: Must-Have Beauty Products for Eyes

I’m going to do my best to crank out the last few gift guides in the next day, because I know a lot of sales are coming up for Black Friday/Cyber Monday, and I don’t want you to miss out! These are all products I personally recommend that are part of the permanent range. Products are listed in order of ascending price!

Eyeliners

  • Milani Liquif’Eye Eyeliners ($5.49) is a standout formula with a wallet-friendly price tag–if they had a bigger range, they’d be even better. I love their Black and Aqua shades.
  • MAC Fluidlines ($15) is a long-time favorite, because it’s creamy enough for smooth, crisp application but sets and wears well. My favorite is Blacktrack.
  • Tarina Tarantino Dream Hyperliners ($15) are a newly-discovered favorite with a fantastic color range, rich color, and long-wear. My favorite shades have been Sparkling Ammunition and Puppeteer.
  • Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Liners ($18) also has an amazing range of shades as well as finishes, and this is an eyeliner that stays on well throughout the day. I regularly reach for shades like #4L, 5L, 12L, and 20L.
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Pencils ($18) are a total go-to for me! They have a full color range available, and they’re soft and glide on easily. Some of my favorites are Bourbon Covet, Graffiti, Mildew, Rockstar, Stash, and Underground.
  • Stila Smudgestick Waterproof Eyeliners ($20) are super soft and pigmented, but they do run out of quick–but their color range is so rich, it’s hard to say no. I love Moray, Peacock, and Stingray.
  • Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliners ($21) is a rich, long-wearing gel eyeliner that’s smooth and creamy but still wears all day. Check out shades like Black Mauve Shimmer Ink and Cobalt Ink!
  • Make Up For Ever Aqua Liners ($23) is my absolute favorite for liquid liner, because the color range is wide and the formula itself stays on all day. I recommend shades like #3, 4, 9, 10, and 14. If you like lots and lots of sparkle, consider Stila Sparkle Liquid Eyeliners ($22) which have a very similar formula but their shades have more shimmer.

Eyeshadows

  • Wet ‘n’ Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow ($1.99 to $4.99) are a real steal with a lot of variations and options available, and a lot of the shades are of excellent quality.
  • Inglot Eyeshadows ($5) won’t break the bank but will deliver intense color payoff–they’re most well-known for their mattes and Double Sparkles.
  • Sugarpill Chromalusts ($12) are finely milled with lots of dimension. My favorites are Stella, Absinthe, and Goldilux! I’d also recommend checking out their eyeshadows if you’re shopping for someone who loves bright colors (they’re also $12 and top notch).
  • theBalm Eyeshadows ($16) are richly pigmented, silky smooth, and wear really well. Their individual singles are great, but they also have several palettes that work well, too. My favorite singles are All About Alex, Jealous Jordana, and Risque Renee.
  • Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow/Liner ($19) are some of my favorite cream eyeshadows for quick all-over washes or as an eyeshadow base; the range is generally more neutral/subdued so it would be great for busy folks who don’t have a lot of time to spend on their makeup every morning. I love shades like Birthday Suit and Skinny Jeans.
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Shadow Pencils ($20) is a chubby pencil that can be used as an eyeliner or more like a cream eyeshadow (or even an eyeshadow base). They wear really well and deliver pretty good color. I like shades Clinic, Lit, and Midnight Cowboy.
  • Bare Escentuals Ready Eyeshadows ($20 for duo, $30 for quad) caught me off guard, because I really didn’t think they’d be out of this world, but they’re really, really good. Some of my favorite duos are The Scenic Route and The Escape, and some of my favorite quads are The Elements and The Truth.
  • MAC Pigments ($20) are still one of my favorite products for really revving up a look. Some of the permanent shades I love are Pink Opal, Melon, and Teal.
  • Make Up For Ever Aqua Creams ($22) come in neutrals as well as bright pops of color, and they’re a cream product that really locks down once it sets. I love the Aqua Creams best for eyes. I totally dig shades like #2, #5, #13, #15.
  • Illamasqua Pure Pigment ($24) may be pricey and they don’t come with a whole lot of product, for most consumers, it’ll take years to get through. The reason I like these is I feel like the range has a lot of complex, unique shades.
  • Le Metier de Beaute True Color Eyeshadow ($30) is a pricey but absolutely luxurious eyeshadow formula that’s built for layering. I love shades like Chameleon and Jade.
  • Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense ($32) are so intense and have this interesting formula that wears well all day long and comes in some fun shades. I love #1, 2, 3, and 6 a lot!
  • Tarina Tarantino Jewel Eyeshadow Palettes ($32) are good bang for your buck with top notch quality–love Dreamy the most.
  • Hourglass Visionaire Eyeshadow ($38) is my favorite eyeshadow formula, and I really wish they’d come out with more shades, but my favorites are Gypsy, Prism, and Lagoon.
  • Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palette ($48) is still one of my favorite palettes that Urban Decay has launched, and it is something I reach for when I travel.

Mascaras

  • Maybelline Full ‘n Soft Mascara ($6.59) is my go-to for soft, natural-looking lashes with lots of volume.
  • MAC Plushlash Mascara ($15) is a great all-over mascara; it thickens, lengthens, and volumizes.
  • Bare Escentuals Buxom Lash Mascara ($19) is fantastic for lengthening.
  • Hourglass Film Noir Mascara ($28) is inky black while lengthening and thickening well.

What are your must-have eye products that are permanent?

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