Archive: Skincare

Keep your skin feeling gud this winter!

Burt’s Bees, a pioneer and leader in natural personal care for over 25 years, is inviting a new audience to discover the benefits of natural with a new brand: güd—natural beauty re-imagined for the millennial woman.

I got my hands on the gud Vanilla Flame Body Butter – and I’m SOLD!!! Holy cow this stuff is amazing. Melts like buttah! (Couldn’t help myself) I don’t know about you, but my skin feels so dry and scratchy during the winter. I feel like no matter what I put on my skin – it just drinks it right up immediately! This beautiful butter really helps combat those cold winter days. I’m in love with the stuff – and I think you will be to!

As interest in natural continues to grow*, the consumer profile is also shifting. In addition to those already committed to the natural lifestyle, there are a growing number of women who are younger, new to the category, very social and living life through their senses. The current natural landscape may not meet their needs or sensibilities—too pricey, too “crunchy,” or not sensorial enough.

On a mission to make natural personal care available to everyone, everywhere, Burt’s Bees saw an opportunity to create a new breed of natural.  One that trades the standard “earthy” aesthetic for a more contemporary, vibrant feel, without pretentions and without skimping on standards.

Enter güd—a bright, happy, expertly-fragranced natural personal care collection without parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals or sodium lauryl sulfate. With 97% natural ingredients and accessible price points, the collection offers a robust natural formula with the sensory appeal of a specialty collection.

The collection includes a total of thirty-two SKU’s spanning hair care, body care and hand care (eight product forms) in four unique fragrance variants—Orange Petalooza™, Floral Cherrynova™, Vanilla Flame™ and Pearanormal Activity™. Burt’s Bees worked with a leading fragrance developer to create four fresh, complex, and universally appealing scents that mash-up the traditional floral, citrus, fruit and gourmand categories.

Peachy but not preachy, güd challenges the conventional beauty mantra with a refreshing perspective—that being happy makes women beautiful, not the other way around. This philosophy is evidenced in the bright, joyful appearance of the collection—from the smile built into the brand name (take a second look at the umlaut) to the vibrant colors and design of the packaging and its playful tone of voice.

Best part is, it’s only $12! Check it out!

Need stocking stuffer ideas for your man?

Funny story. So Make Her Up has been around since 2007, right? Well in all these years, some of our most popular posts have been about men’s products. This post alone has been viewed almost 30,000 times! (Who know men’s toe nail polish would bring so many men out of the closet!?) Anyway, the other day I was at a birthday party – when a male friend came up to me, and said – so how come you guys never get your hands on any men’s products, eh? There’s a huge market for it, you know! If you’re ever looking to try out some men’s products, I’d be happy to help!

He’s right – men like their products, just like we ladies do! Does Make Her Up discriminate? NO! So here you go – a men’s product WORTH mentioning! This Christmas, your man might want to see some goodies in his stockings too! Why not try John Masters Organics? Do it right, ladies!!

Here’s some info on two awesome new products – just for your hunky man!

This lightweight 2-in-1 face wash and shave foam gently cleans & softens skin & whiskers with 10 organic oils and extracts. Witch hazel & willow bark help protect against shaving irritation with antiseptic & anti-inflammatory benefits. And essential amino acids, vitamins and anti-oxidants help to calm dry & sensitive skin and provide long-lasting hydration. 6 fl oz.

Made with 10 certified-organic ingredients

• eucalyptus oil – soothes and reduces bacteria; antibiotic & anti-inflammatory
• agave extract – locks in moisture; promotes collagen production
• black willowbark extract – naturally exfoliates & smooths the skin; reduces the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles
• prickly pear extract – high in essential amino acids; soothes & calms dry skin
• gotu kola – heals and firms the skin
• witch hazel – protects from irritation; anti-inflammatory; antiseptic
• white tea – anti-bacterial
• rice – softens and heals while helping to prevent wrinkles
• algae – soothes, hydrates & firms the skin

$22

This daily moisturizer and aftershave utilizes agave and oat beta glucan to soothe & smooth skin, locking in moisture & reducing the appearance of wrinkles. Lightweight but powerful, it’s rich in antioxidants & provides strong collagen turnover & free-radical fighting properties for renewed skin. 3 fl oz.

Made with 7 certified-organic ingredients

• eucalyptus oil – soothes and reduces bacteria; antibiotic & anti-inflammatory
• agave extract – locks in moisture; promotes collagen production
• sodium hyaluronate – mimics hyaluronic acid to retain skin’s elasticity; prevents dehydration & wrinkles; gives skin a firm, youthful appearance
• beta glucan – healing; stimulates collagen; protects against environmental pollutants; protects against sun damage & decreases hyper-pigmentation from sun damage
• guarana – antioxidant; anti-bacterial; astringent
• rice – softens and heals while helping to prevent wrinkles
• algae – soothes, hydrates & firms the skin
• dipalmitoyl hydroxyproline – fights wrinkles; promotes collagen production; helps renew the skin

$28

Kinerase Advanced Lotion, Cream & Eye Cream – best skincare combo on the market?

I have very temperamental skin. Over the years I have tried many, many lotions. My skin freaks out half the time, by breaking out or getting overly dry, or blotchy. Kinerase is one of the few brands that when I try it, my skin says….. “Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah you’re home.” It is quite honestly the most perfect lotion I’ve tried in a long time. I’ve had my hands on this lotion for a couple weeks now – and I held off writing this review until I tried it for a while. I can honestly say I have never felt better. My skin absolutely GLOWS. It moisturizes my skin, without leaving it feeling greasy or heavy. It has reduced the lines around my eyes – those lines so lovingly called crow’s feet! I can’t wait to see how my skin will further change – over the next month or two!

Here’s more about the lotion!

WHAT IT IS:

* New, improved lightweight lotion formula with HA3 Technology™ and clinical-strength Kinetin.
* Gentle, non-prescriptive retinoid alternative
* Formulated to provide superior moisturization for even the most sensitive skin.

WHAT IT DOES:

* Moisturizes dry, sensitive skin while supporting skin’s natural production of hyaluronic acid.
* Visibly improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by delaying the age related changes in cells.
* Helps hydrate dry, rough skin by increasing the amount of moisture retained in the skin by 25% in 24 weeks.
* Minimizes the appearance of freckles and brown spots, and lessens the look of blotchy, uneven skin tone.

KEY INGREDIENTS:

* Kinetin (.1% N6 Furfuryladenine): A nature identical plant cytokinin clinically proven to help the skin to retain moisture, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles without irritation.
* HA3 Technology™ (N-acetyl-glucosamine-6-Phosphate): Retinol alternative that helps support the skin’s natural ability to produce hyaluronic acid. Complements Kinetin to improve skin’s appearance in a gentle, effective way.

POINTS OF DIFFERENCE:

* Same benefits of our original coveted lotion, in an improved formula that helps support skin’s natural production of hyaluronic acid for longer lasting results, improving the ability to retain moisture over time.
* Improved texture formulated for oily skin, combination skin, younger skin, and use during warmer months and in warmer climates.
* Helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles by delaying the age related changes in skin cells.
* Helps to reduce brown spots because Kinetin offers antioxidant benefits that help neutralize free radicals. This benefit helps to eliminate free radical damage and waste in the skin, causing a visible reduction in the appearance of brown (age) spots
* Improves skin texture.
* Suitable to apply after chemical peels, laser resurfacing, and microdermabrasion.
* Non-irritating and gentle enough for most skin types.
* Hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic.
* Now free of parabens

APPLICATION TIPS:

* Use in the MOISTURIZE step of the regimen.
* Apply a dime size amount of KINERASE Lotion to cleansed face and neck and rub thoroughly.
* For best results apply in the morning and evening.
* Sunscreen or makeup may be applied immediately after applying KINERASE Lotion.

Here’s more on the Advanced Cream!

POINTS OF DIFFERENCE:

* Same benefits of our original coveted Cream, in an improved formula that helps support skin’s natural production of hyaluronic acid for longer lasting results, improving the ability to retain moisture over time.
* Emollient texture formulated for normal to dry skin, and use during dry months and in colder climates.
* Helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles by delaying the age related changes in skin cells.
* Helps to reduce brown spots because Kinetin offers antioxidant benefits that help neutralize free radicals. This benefit helps to eliminate free radical damage and waste in the skin, causing a visible reduction in the appearance of brown (age) spots
* Improves skin texture.
* Suitable to apply after chemical peels, laser resurfacing, and microdermabrasion.
* Non-irritating and gentle enough for most skin types.
* Hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic.
* Now free of parabens

APPLICATION TIPS:

* Use in the MOISTURIZE step of the regimen.
* Apply a dime size amount of KINERASE Cream to cleansed face and neck and rub thoroughly.
* For best results apply in the morning and evening.
* Sunscreen or makeup may be applied immediately after applying KINERASE Cream.

If you were looking for an incentive to buy Kinerase, here you go! Kinerase is donating 20% of profits from the sale of their brand new Advanced Cream and Advanced Lotion from Ulta.com to the American Breast Cancer Foundation.

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High Protein Face Care – Introducing Mama Mio’s Clean Slate!

If you want your skin to look amazing, you have got to try Mama Mio’s products. I’ve been using their face lotions a while now, and have never been disappointed with a single product I come in contact with. Clean Slate is NO different. The large 5 oz. bottle lasts for ages, certainly long enough for you to see REAL results.

Yoga for the face is on the rise! As an effective alternative to invasive fillers and Botox, exercise for the face tones and lifts facial muscles and promotes collagen production. Recently on Good Morning America, Dr. Neil Sadick says, “By stimulating any component of your face, like your muscles, you’re going to have a beneficial effect in terms of your overall facial appearance.”

To try this non-invasive, DIY anti-aging technique look to Mama Mio Skincare (www.mamamio.com). The Mama Mio High Protein Face Care collection feature various skincare products – each accompanied by targeted Face Fitness exercises for maximized results:

-        Mighty Moisture: A day and moisturizer ($48)

-        Clean Slate: An Aloe-rich cleanser ($32)

-        Nexercise: A neck and jawline concentrate ($45)

-        Eye Know: An all-in-one eye serum ($39)

-        Love Your Life Lines: A deep line reducer ($48)

Clean Slate is a product of two halves – Clean Slate cleanser PLUS 60 seconds of Mama Mio Face Fitness. You are going to lift, tone and cleanse your skin AND lift, tone and energise the muscles attached to your skin.

1. Clean Slate Aloe-rich Cleanser

Our superb deep cleansing sulphate-free formula leaves your face feeling fresh , balanced and happy – never tight! We use eco-certified cleansers set in organic Aloe leaf juice, pre+probiotics, firming proteins and moisturising omegas to gently remove makeup and impurities without over-drying, unbalancing or irritating skin. Oh, did we mention Clean Slate smells gorgeous?

2. Mama Mio Face Fitness for Clean Slate

Two fabulous stretches that help to release the tension of the day or wake your face up in the morning – The Lioness and The Scream. The Scream is your morning yoga – and on some mornings when you look in the mirror a scream might just come quite naturally! And the Lioness is such a deep and relaxing way to end the day – you may just give your grinding teeth a deep sleep at night. These are like mini yoga for the face. Sometimes you can see how people hold a lot of stress in their faces – these two stretches will really help to relax your hard working face so you look more invigorated and energised.

Check out this product and many more at Mama Mio!