Archive: Skincare

My Review: Murad’s Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Gel

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I’m 32 years old now, and I am definitely seeing the toll years of sun has taken on my skin. I have sun spots – and age spots on my cheeks, and they drive me NUTS. I looked online for an over-the counter product that I could use, without the need of a prescription.

I came across this product, and my interest was immediately piqued, because I LOVE Murad. I’ve come to really enjoy their products. They actually work! Go here to read our other reviews on Murad products!

This product is amazing. I put it on my face after cleansing at night before bed. (I pair it with Bliss’s Spiff Upper Lip) After a couple weeks, I have really noticed a difference in the tone of my skin.  My sun/age spots are much lighter – and I am confident that if I keep this up – these spots will disappear altogether.

Age Spot & Pigment Lightening Gel
Quickly diminish freckles, age spots and other unwanted pigmentation with Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Gel’s dual action formula. Hydroquinone, the strongest skin lightening agent available without a prescription, fades discoloration. AHAs exfoliate to improve the penetration of Hydroquinone and encourage cell turnover to accelerate the migration of dark spots to the skin’s surface where they can be lifted away.

Additional features and ingredients:

  • Improves skin clarity and tone
  • Anti-inflammatories Licorice and Allantoin ease irritation

How to Use:

Every day after cleansing and toning, massage a thin layer over face, neck, chest and hands. For optimal results, follow with recommended Murad moisturizer and sunblock during the day.

Won’t take my word for it? Check out the press this product has received!

Smoother! Fresher! Brighter!
“Recover your healthy glow with Murad Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Gel. Diminish freckels, age spots and toher unwanted pigmentation with this dual-action formula.”
O Magazine

Best Beauty Buys
“For spot treatment, Murad’s Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Gel is suggested as an anti-aging product. The gel fades sun spots and age spots and improves clarity by lifting away dark, damaged cells.”
InStyle

Fade Brown Spots at Home
“A product with 2 percent hydroquinone applied all over the face can fade brown spots caused by sun or by hormones. Try Murad Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Gel.”
Redbook

Instead of a laser treatment, try hydroquinone
“Murad Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Gel is effective in reducing brown spots, so no M.D. visit needed.”
Self

$60.00 – BUY IT HERE!

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Planet Beauty is a retail chain of beauty boutiques throughout California providing a unique selection of skincare and hair care products as well as salon services to meet every beauty need, while ensuring excellent customer service through product knowledge and hands on training for all its dedicated employees. Since the first store opened in 1992, Planet Beauty boutiques have drawn a cult following of gorgeously groomed shoppers as well as numerous celebrities including Hilary Duff, Megan Fox, Mena Suvari, Miley Cyrus, Steve Carell and more.” Make Her Up LOVES Planet Beauty, and loves shopping on their website. If you haven’t checked them out yet, now’s the time!

Worth every penny, the AMAZING Wonderbar!

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When I first heard about the Wonderbar I was intrigued, a bar of soap that starts at $40 sure it probably cleans your skin but is it worth $40? With all the great cleansers out there I wondered if it was worth the splurge, well ladies and gentleman I have been to skincare promised land and I can tell you Wonderbar is worth every penny.

I was sent a little trial bar to sample the Wonderbar, just a little slip of soap about the size of a sitck of gum folded over. My first thought about this little brown piece of soap is I am going to blow through this is 2 days. Well amazingly this stuff just goes on and on one little bar lasted over two weeks washing my face twice a day. So I can only imagine how long the big bars would last if you average out the pricer per use it’s probaly on par with most facial cleansers.

Ok so how does it work? A little brown bar of soap which is made from mud and algae derivatives, Wonderbar packs a mighty punch.  You lather and apply to your face and let it sit about 3-5 minutes it feels a little tingly as it dries and you can feel it working. After just rinse and you are just days away from starting to see the magic. First thing I noticed was my skin cleared up. Over the first  3 weeks of use my skin has gotten so clear I am truly in awe. I don’ get a ton of blemishes but I am prone to little breakouts and bumps along my hairline. Since I have been using the Wonderbar my skin has cleared up completely even the little bumps are all gone.  I have also seen a huge reduction in my pore size, I have found a bunch of products that help while you are wearing them but Wonderbar has changed my skin so much it looks good even without foundation or minimizing products. 

My oily skin is now under control Wonderbar got the perfect balance of clearing up the excessive oil without leaving my skin dry. I really wish I would have taken a before and after picture the results are dramatic especially for only 3 weeks. This is a bit of a splurge and with a self employed hubby I am personally feeling the crunch of the economy and beauty splurges are much further in between. I can tell you though this is worth the price, I now love my skin and don’t feel the need to hide it. Definitely worth the price with Wonderbar you can truly change your skin rather than covering it up with makeup.

Wonderbar

The 25gm Wonderbar from Wonderbar USA, 6-8 weeks supply, is a facial bar which is enhanced by the unique combination of Chlorey’nahre and Heilmoor clay of Austria.

$40-140 (25-80gm) 

Check out other testimonials here, the Wonderbar has some serious fans!

NEW from Bliss! Spiff Upper Lip!

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Let’s face it – we’re all aging.  The eyes and the mouth are a dead giveaway for aging, and Bliss has come out with a wonderful product to counteract all those aging problems around your mouth!  I love this product, because I do have a few of these issues mentioned below (not gonna mention which ones) and it’s nice to have a product that helps combat these problems!

Introducing Spiff Upper Lip™, the only product engineered to address all of the physical factors that exemplify upper lip aging: vertical lip lines, man-worthy moustache hair, that sinister shadowy below-the-nose pigmentation and the slow, subtle, awful loss of collagen that leaves your previously pouty lips limping along. Formulated with a powerful retinol ‘patch’, GABA, and the most advanced pigment brightening complex we’ve ever come across.

$48.00 - BUY IT HERE!

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Planet Beauty is a retail chain of beauty boutiques throughout California providing a unique selection of skincare and hair care products as well as salon services to meet every beauty need, while ensuring excellent customer service through product knowledge and hands on training for all its dedicated employees. Since the first store opened in 1992, Planet Beauty boutiques have drawn a cult following of gorgeously groomed shoppers as well as numerous celebrities including Hilary Duff, Megan Fox, Mena Suvari, Miley Cyrus, Steve Carell and more.” Make Her Up LOVES Planet Beauty, and loves shopping on their website. If you haven’t checked them out yet, now’s the time!


Rainforest Unearths Natural Anti-Aging Ingredients

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Rainforest Unearths Natural Anti-Aging Ingredients

The NEW Alba Botanica Rainforest collection is formulated with nutrient-dense Rainforest botanicals that have been chosen for their unique anti-aging properties. The collection of skin, hair and body products are enriched with Rainforest botanicals offer users a natural anti-aging experience.

Utilizing potent, nutrient-rich, sustainable sourced botanicals found in the tropical rainforest, Alba Botanica Rainforest Body Care collection rejuvenates skin, leaving it healthy and radiant. Acai, Andiroba and Cupuaçu neutralize free radicals, soothe, heal and hydrate skin from head to toe.

Alba Botanica’s new Rainforest Hair Care utilizes nutrient-rich botanicals such as Açai, Cupuaçu and Copaiba to provide antioxidant protection, restore hair’s softness and elasticity and soothe and protect the and tackle every hair care need whether it’s turning straw-like strands into silk or soothing and protecting the scalp.

Alba Botanica Rainforest Skin Care collection effectively hydrates, reduces fine lines and wrinkles and rejuvenates skin, leaving it healthy and radiant. At the heart of the collection is Tiger Nut Extract, which reinforces the “shock absorbing” layer of the skin. Rich in oligosaccharides, Tiger Nut increases skin resilience and promotes collagen production (based on clinical test results). Additional ingredients including Açai, Andiroba, Buriti and Cupuaçu combine to neutralize free radicals, soothe, heal and hydrate skin.


I have always loved Alba products and the new Rainforest Skin Care collection is no exception here are a few of my favorite products from the line.

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The perfect toner for the warm summer months, I love how clean and refreshed my skin feels after using Alba Refreshing Mist Toner.  It leaves me skin hydrated and cooled without any tightness, it also works great to cool down and freshen up on long days.

REFRESHING Mist Toner

Hydrates and restores skin’s natural balance

Signature ingredient: Tiger Nut is rich in oligosaccharides which create enhanced resilience through reinforcing the mesh network layer of the skin and through increasing collagen production.

Product description: This refreshing facial toner is infused with extract of Tiger Nut to boost elasticity, Andiroba Oil to renew and antioxidant-rich Açaí Oil to neutralize free radicals.

Features and benefits: Hydrates and restores skin’s natural balance.

Who should use this product? Perfect for all skin types.

Directions for use: After cleansing, lightly mist face and neck with toner. Follow with moisturizer while skin is still damp. For a refreshing pick me up, mist face anytime of the day.

$14.95

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A light and moisturizing lotion, it absorbs super quickly  leaving my skin soft and supple.

AÇAÍ Antioxidant Body Lotion

Nourishes, protects and neutralizes free radicals

Signature ingredient: Açaí has highly concentrated and a diverse range of antioxidants and is proving to be an excellent source of essential fatty acids.

Product description: This antioxidant-rich body lotion contains protective Açaí to help neutralize free radicals and reduce the signs of aging. Rich, nourishing Cocoa Butter and Brazil Nut Oil moisturize and hydrate for healthy skin.

Features and benefits: Nourishes, protects and neutralizes free radicals.

Who should use this product? Perfect for all skin types.

Directions for use: Apply lotion daily over entire body. For best results, moisturize after bathing.

$10.95

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A delicious smelling shampoo leaves my hair clean and silky smooth, I can see a definite improvement in the shine of my hair!

AÇAÍ Antioxidant Shampoo

Helps protect hair from damage

Signature ingredient: Açaí has highly concentrated and a diverse range of antioxidants and is proving to be an excellent source of essential fatty acids.

Product description: This nutrient-dense shampoo with antioxidant-rich Açaí helps protect against the damaging effects of free radicals. Nourishing Passion Fruit Oil and Jojoba Oil soften and add shine for silky, manageable hair.

Features and benefits: Cleanses and helps protect hair from damage.

Who should use this product? Perfect for all hair types.

Directions for use: Apply shampoo to wet hair and work into a rich lather. Rinse clean. For best results, follow with Açaí Antioxidant Conditioner.

$9.95