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30 Days to Ageless Skin Challenge

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I was asked to  join the PCA SKIN 30 Days to Ageless Skin Beauty Challenge. I was supplied products specific to my skin concerns and asked to chronicle 30 days of use. I started my process two weeks ago, here is how my skin was looking prior to the challenge (yikes).

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Well as you can see my skin was looking dull, I have a few blemishes and could use a little TLC. PCA Skin hooked me up with a rescue kit for my skin and here is what I have been using the last two weeks.

PCA Skin facial wash

A great face wash, I love gel formulas. This facial wash lathered well and left my skin feeling really clean without drying it out. I look forward to washing my face post-workout and how refreshed it feels after using the PCA facial wash.

Facial Wash
This gentle lactic acid formulation includes a novel cleansing blend that effectively removes environmental impurities and makeup while leaving the skin hydrated, soothed and pH balanced. Recommended for normal skin on the face and body.

PCA skin broad spectrum

With fair skin, I am always looking for a good SPF product. I love how light this PCA Skin Active Broad Spectrum SPF 45 is. The formula absorbs right away and doesn’t leave and sticky or greasy feeling on my skin.

Active Broad Spectrum SPF 45
This revolutionary formulation provides water-resistant broad spectrum protection with a light finish. The blend of UVA/UVB protecting sunscreen agents, including ultra-sheer zinc oxide, provides sun-shielding benefits. Tested to protect for 80 minutes in water, it is the perfect choice for an outdoor lifestyle. It also contains the important antioxidants silybin, also known as milk thistle, and caffeine.

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This is one of my favorite products. Within the first week I could see a different in the tone of my skin, little blemishes and marks were fading. And my skin just had a healthier more vibrant glow.

Total Strength Serum
Total Strength Serum specifically addresses aging concerns by using the newest generation blend of peptides and amino acids that helps increase the production of collagen I, III and IV. Users will see a noticeable reduction in wrinkle volume while helping to regain elasticity, minimize pores and improve overall skin texture. The result is an overall lifting, smoothing effect.

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Every morning and evening I apply just a pea sized amount. The skin along my jaw and neck are looking much firmer in just tow weeks. And if you nursed your kids you know the havoc that can create for your breasts. This cream will help firm the delicate tissue and leave your girls looking perkier and smoother. Score!

Perfecting Neck & Décolleté
The neck and décolleté are the most ignored areas of skin, yet they are two of the first to show signs of aging. Perfecting Neck & Décolleté is designed to specifically address the delicate tissue of this skin, offering unmatched rapid results in wrinkle repair, texture and UV-induced hyperpigmentation. Clinical results showed a demonstrable difference in skin complexion, laxity, texture and wrinkles within just five weeks.

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When you are serious about changing your skin you bring out the big guns! The Intensive Age Refining Treatment is pretty strong stuff. I started with just two nights the first two weeks, next week I will try three nights. Just a pea sized drop of this serum will help hydrate and soothe your skin, while it goes to work to minimize fine lines. I can definitely see an improvement in the lines around my eyes. I can’t wait to see how it has helped at the end of the challenge.

Intensive Age Refining Treatment®: 0.5% pure retinol night
This nighttime treatment formulation combines 0.5% pure retinol paired with antioxidants and a host of beneficial ingredients to hydrate and soothe, while minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. In the evening, apply a pea-sized amount after cleansing and toning. Begin by limiting use to twice a week, gradually increasing application frequency to every other night, and then advancing to each evening or as tolerated. Follow with the appropriate PCA SKIN moisturizer. Mild irritation may initially be experienced and is not a sign of a negative complication. This product is indicated for use in the evening only.

You can learn more about the PCA Skin line and purchase at www.pcaskin.com.

 

Disclosure: I was sent complimentary samples for review. I was not paid to write this post and all opinions are my own.

New! Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush

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I am obsessed with Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder and use it every day. I can’t wait to try the new Ambient Lighting Blush.

HOURGLASS Ambient Lighting Blush $35

What it is:
A groundbreaking hybrid that combines the customized lighting effects of Ambient Lighting Powder with a spectrum of breathtakingly modern hues for seamless, soft-focus, and multidimensional color.

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What it does:
Discover a new way to blush. Hourglass has fused Ambient Lighting Powder, the cutting-edge collection of finishing powders, with an array of vivid cheek colors, creating a hybrid product that is unique, contemporary, and revolutionary. Unlike traditional blush, which tends to be flat, Ambient Lighting Blush uses Photoluminescent Technology to exhibit depth and dimension. The airy, lightweight powders contain optically transparent particles that amplify the colors to a multidimensional level—effectively reinventing the way you view blush.

Each hand-made blush is formulated using an advanced miscelare technique—which means “to mix” in Italian—creating the perfect balance of pigment and powder, and no two look alike. The six shades ranging from soft coral to cool pink are a wardrobe of captivating accent lights for cheeks. They deliver a radiant, natural finish and offer buildable color to imbue the entire complexion with an otherworldly glow.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens

What else you need to know:
Designed to be paired with Ambient Lighting Powder, the twin formulas share the same technology that enhances the appearance of the skin. Using them together creates a multidimensional luminescence that is not achieved by using a different product. This product is free of fragrance, nano-particle, talc, and gluten. It was not tested on animals.

 

Get The Look: Kaley Cuoco Kids Choice Awards Makeup

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mark Celebrity Makeup Artist Jamie Greenberg paired a pink glossy lip with an edgy eye for Kaley Cuoco at the 2014 Kids Choice Awards today.

“The inspiration was girly punk,” Greenberg said. “We smoked out the eye and gave it some black liner for the edge and kept the lip girly with a gloss.”

While getting ready for the show, Kaley shared this Instagram of her and Jamie getting ready:

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Here’s how to get the look from Jamie Greenberg:

Eyes: Start with mark Please Hold Eye Primer as a base, layer on i-mark eye shadow in Chenille on the inside of the lid and i-mark eye shadow in Pewter on the outside of the lid. Line the top and bottom lash line with mark’s No Place to Run Eye Liner in Jet Set. Finish with 2 coats of Chanel Le Volume Mascara.

Face: Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, blended mark Blooming Pretty and Chic Frills palettes on the cheeks and Cle de Peau Concealer

Lips: mark Juice Gems in Cherry Bomb

All mark products available at meetmark.com


New! Algenist Algae Brightening Mask

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I was in need of a new face mask so I was really excited to try the new Algenist Brightening Mask. The mask is really thick and  felt great on my skin.  I had some fun chasing my kids with a green face reciting Wicked Witch of the West lines from Wizard of Oz. But even better than messing with my kids, this mask did wonders on my skin.

This mask is jam packed with goodies for your skin.  After just the first use my skin felt so soft and smooth. I have now used it several times and along with reducing the size of my pores my skin does have a much healthier glow. Perfect for the transition to Spring this mask can help exfoliate all the dull, dry winter skin and have you looking great for Spring.

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Brighten your complexion just in time for spring with the NEW Algenist Algae Brightening Mask.

Launching this month, the Algae Brightening Mask is a skincare powerhouse that harnesses the power of Algae to instantly smooth and brighten skin. This luxurious mask combines six different sources of algae with Alguronic Acid, Algenist’s patented ingredient which helps rejuvenate the skin for a more youthful appearance. After use, skin feels clean and detoxified with a boosted radiance, tone and texture. Within just 10 days of use those pesky pores are refined and fine lines appear softened.

Visible Results:

· Smoothes and perfects complexion in 100%* of subjects

· Brightens the skin in 98%* of subjects

· Visibly improves uneven skin texture in 98%* of subjects

*Results obtained from self-assessment of 60 women over 10 days (3 applications)

PRICE: $59

WHERE TO BUY: Algenist.com, QVC, Sephora and Sephora.com

Disclosure: A complimentary sample was sent to me for review. I was not paid to write this post and all opinions are my own.