Clean Shaven with Gillette Fusion Proglide

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Gilette Fusion Proglide

Today I am going to switch gears for a minute to talk about men’s skincare.  There is something about a freshly clean shaven man.  I love the scent of the shaving gel and aftershave, the baby soft skin left behind, everything!  My husband, Mike, is actually in the military and being clean shaven is a way of life for him.  He has used several different razors from all sorts of brands in his 15 years in the Navy and has always gravitated towards the Gillette brand.  I recently picked up the Gillette Fusion Proglide razor and 12 Refill Cartridges for him and he actually said that it felt smooth on his skin.  I will get into more on that in a bit, I want to tell you why a clean shave is important to him!… 

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LUSH Ocean Salt

LUSH Ocean Salt

One of the first products I ever tried from LUSH is the Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub.  They describe it as “a vodka infused cocktail for bright and fresh skin”.  To me it feels and smells like a margarita for the skin.  It smells SOOOO GOOD!  Anyway, I recently repurchased it whilst getting ready for a new summer skincare routine.  Time to get rid of the tired, old skin and uncover the beautiful, fresh skin underneath!


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Glam Glow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment

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The GlamGlow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment is a 10 minute professional-quality mud mask for men and women alike.  I got this small tube as a $100 point perk at Sephora recently and I am liking it.  The full size retails for $69.  Is it worth the price?

“This mud mask leaves skin noticeably radiant and glowing. It works with the body’s natural moisturizing collagen to provide gentle resurfacing exfoliation and helps to leave skin smoother, brighter, and softer. While providing tighter skin texture and tighter pores, it provides a more youthful appearance and absorbs impurities without removing natural oils.” – Glam Glow

This mask is made without parabens, sulfates or phthalates.  But it is made with fresh sea clay, volcanic pumice rock, and lots of chunks green tea leafs.  I can’t say I am a huge fan of the leafs on my face and I don’t honestly see the point because all they did was fall out when I was trying to go about my business.  I understand that the goodness from the leave is soaking into the liquid part of the mask but why don’t they just blend that part up or something?  Not impressed.

As far as the tingle goes, I felt it.  I applied a thin layer like the mask instructs, and it started drying up pretty quickly.  It did pull out extra oily-grossness.  My skin did look prettier and better after I removed it.

Do I think that the Glam Glow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment  is worth the price tag?  Maybe, maybe not.  I think that while it is a nice mask I don’t think I would ever pay full price for it.  I was happy to have a sample tube of it but it didn’t blow me away.  I get similar results from masks like Queen Helene Mint Julep Mask and others which are FAR less expensive.

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BIOBLISS Micro-Current Anti-Wrinkle Patch for the Forehead and Eyes

My fine lines have been freaking me out lately.  I have always had some but I am noticing more and more as time goes on.  I am 31 and I know that it is normal to show signs of aging but I have a commitment to myself to combat these signs early on and try to look as young as possible for as long as possible.  I haven’t yet turned to any surgery or botox or anything.  Quite honestly, as every-day as those procedures are now I just don’t want to.  It scares me a little.

In my efforts to seek out the best alternatives to invasive treatment of wrinkles I was excited that I was contacted by the people behind BIOBLISS Micro-Current Anti-Wrinkle Patches.  I was able to try the Eye Treatments and the Forehead Treatments.  They use a gentle, sensation-free micro-current technology to deeply infuse the skin with powerful wrinkle-fighting ingredients, much like a nicotine or estrogen patch does.  This method delivers significantly more anti-aging ingredients deeming into the skin than topical creams and serums.

The ingredients and benefits:

Hyaluronic acid: For optimal skin moisture retention.

Okra Plant Extract: Tonix-free muscle relaxer for facial line reduction.

Argireline (Acetyl Hexapeptide-3): Gently releaxes wrinkles and fine lines.

Madagascan Herbal Extract: Gently relaxes wrinkles, expression and fine lines.

Vitamin B3: Maintains moisture balance and brightens skin.

Vitamin C: Powerful anti-oxidant and collagen builder improves skin elasticity.

The packaging says to use this for at least 30 minutes and UP TO 12 hours.  I first applied these patches (both sets) with the intention of wearing them for an hour or so but quickly became intrigued with idea of wearing them overnight.  After I put them on I noticed that they clung to my skin very well and were super comfortable, I doubted how comfortable they would be at first which is why I initially didn’t expect to wear them long.

I saw a great deal of immediate benefits.  I say that the tiny fine lines I have been dreading had diminished and that my skin looked shiny and smooth.  These results were true for days.  After about 5-6 days I started feeling like yucky ole me again.  The instructions on the pack says that this treatment can be done once a week, and that makes sense.  A week is about how long the results will last.

I recommend trying these patches at least once.  The Eye Treatments and the Forhead Treatment are two separate things, one package contains one treatment either the Eye or Forehead.  There are different pricing/availability for them.  You can buy a single treatment for $16 at  4 weeks worth of patches for $80 at Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Skinstore,,, Pielboutique, and  8 weeks worth of patches for $128 at Bergdorf Goodman, and

Do I recommend these?  Yes.  I did get results.  It is sort of pricy for the results to only last a week so if you are about to at tend a function or party or have a special occasion coming up, DEFINITELY slap these babies on and see your transformation!

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LUSH The Sacred Truth Fresh Face Mask

Face Masks are a weekend ritual around my house… Okay, so they sneak into my week day night routines a lot too.  I love doing all sorts of different ones and seeing what they do to my skin.  Lately I have been suffering from deflated, tired looking skin and I have noticed more and more fine lines.  I wanted something that will hydrate and refresh so I went into the local LUSH near me and asked the sales associate what she thought I needed and she told me The Sacred Truth would do me right.

The Sacred Truth contains a powerful combination of rich, softening ingredients like linseed, eggs and shea butter to deeply moisturize and nutritious wheat grass, papaya, green tea and ginseng root to restore essential vitamins and brighten skin.  So exactly what I need, right?

I can’t pinpoint when my skin started looking bad but it seems overnight.  I was okay and then the next day my face just looked blech…  I have been using this every few days for the last week or two and I love it.  I have seen my skin go back to being plump and full of life.  Since using this I have a sheen and fullness to my skin that hasn’t been around for a while.  I am so thankful to the LUSH sales associate because I would have normally gone for one that was targeting acne-prone skin.

All Fresh Face Masks are only able to be purchased at the store, not online.  It is because of the fresh ingredients in the actual mask.  These have to be stored in the refrigerator to keep the ingredients fresh.  If you are looking for an all-around good-for-you mask, The Sacred Truth is it!

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Skincare Sunday with Radical Skincare Age-Defying Exfoliating Pads

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I am a skincare lover.  I believe that if you don’t treat your skin well then no amount of makeup will give you the results you want!  Exfoliation is so important in caring for your skin.  The Radical Skincare Age-Defying Exfoliating Pads are one of my newest favorites.  It is a gentle daily exfoliating pad that will help you look younger and improve clarity!

“These AHA and BHA acid pads exfoliate, support natural cell turnover, and accelerate the performance of Radical Skincare products. Its antiaging ingredients are proven to tighten and firm skin, reduce the appearance of pore size and lines, and preserve skin’s hydration and nourishment. Excess sebum is removed while leaving the good oils to nourish and hydrate the skin. Enriched with chamomile for soothing and calming, it is perfect for sensitive skin.” – Radical Skincare

I have been using these pads for a couple weeks now and I have really fallen for them.  I mentioned that I am an advocate for taking care of your skin but I am also lazy.  I want something that is simple, easy, and effective.  These pads are all of that and more.  What is more easy than taking a presoaked pad and swiping it over your skin?

These pads are textured which also aids in exfoliation.  They aren’t textured to the point they would be irritating, but they definitely get the job done.

The ingredients in these pads that I love the most are Witch Hazel, which acts as an astringent without drying out the skin, and Alpha Hydroxy Acid, which helps in cell turnover and aids in the absorption and efficacy of other products.  It also contains Aloe Leaf Juice, Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Citrus Peel Oil, Grape Seed Extract, Coffee Seed Extract, and a plethora of other amazing ingredients.  You can take a look at the ingredients on the picture below, they give the long name and the simple name for most ingredients.  I love that I actually know what the majority of these ingredients are.  We have come to be used to not being able to reading the chemical ingredients in skincare so it is refreshing to see and recognize the ingredients in Radical Skincare products.  Also, no parabens!  YES!

After using these for a couple weeks I noticed that my skin felt more firm, plump, healthy, and overall younger.  My dinner-plate-sized pores were definitely smaller, and I had a glow about me that I haven’t had since pregnancy.  I definitely have visible lines now that I am a little older  and I have noticed the smaller ones seemingly disappear.  I will sing the praises of the Radical Skincare Age-Defying Exfoliating Pads ($75) so that the world can hear it.

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Amarte Daily Wonder Cleansing Foam

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I am loving the Amarte Daily Wonder Cleansing Foam from Amarte Skincare.  It has been a staple in my shower for around a month.  It has a nice creamy, lotion-gel hybrid type texture and smells like cucumbers.  It is also a sulfate-free formula with active ingredients, which is hard to find when you are battling against acne-prone skin.  Typically you have to compromise something for the ingredients that clear acne but with this cleanser you rid yourself of all the dirt and grime while also leaving the skin soft and supple.

Amarte describes this cleanser as “whipped-to-perfection” and I would certainly agree.  It claims to be good for oily-to-normal skin although I would say that it is good for all skin types, but certainly best for the acne-prone.  It claims to brighten your skin and give a glow.  Again, I would agree.  After cleansing my face with this my face feels comfortable, smooth, fresh, and definitely glowing.

For those of you that are interested in the ingredients list:
Water, Polysorbate 20, Allantoin, Potassium Hydroxide, Stearic Acid, Beeswax, Tocopheryl Acetate, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Chamomile) Extract, Elemental Sulfur, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Juice, Sodium Hyaluronate, Natural Betaine, Iris Florentina Root Extract, Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Seed Extract, Luffa Cylindrica Extract, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Myristic Acid, Glycerin Lauric Acid, Glyceryl Stearate/PEG-100 Stearate, PEG-75, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol.

My typical nighttime routine has me cleaning my face with wipe and then following up with a cleanser or toner. I feel like the removal of makeup takes a few steps.  I love using this cleanser in it’s place because it removes all of the grime from the day and leaves my face feeling breathable like a toner would.

VERDICT:  I am in love with the Amarte Daily Wonder Cleansing Foam ($40) and I want to tell it to the world.  It contains 5.1 fl oz worth of concentrated-creamy-facial-foam goodness.  It smells clean and fresh, exactly like cucumbers.  It does what it says it will do.  I would recommend this for anyone looking for a completely clean, glowing complexion.  A bit pricey, but it is great!

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Colleen Rothschild The Discovery Collection

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Colleen Rothschild Beauty is a new brand on the scene, though Colleen herself has been in the industry for years.  With her brand she wanted to answer two basic questions: (1) “How do I get the best results with the least amount of time and effort?”  (2) “Who do I trust to tell me what I need and what I don’t?”  What she has done is combined time-proven ingredients with edgy formulations in an effort to give you everything you need and nothing you don’t.

I actually really love the whole aesthetic of the brand!  The color scheme all the way down to how the clean lines speak to brand’s wholesomeness; effective and no fluff.  Simple and good, just like the products.

The Discovery Collection is a 7 piece kit that is a perfect introduction to the brand.  The products included are the must-haves from the brand and they are all nestled into a nice, travel-ready bag.

Those must-haves are the Radiant Cleansing Balm (1 fl oz), 1 Muslim Cleansing Cloth, Dual Enzyme Polish (0.5 fl oz), Clarifying Detox Mask (0.5 fl oz), Sheer Renewal Cream (1 fl oz), Extreme Recovery Cream (1 fl oz), and Face Oil No9 (0.14 fl oz).

The luxurious Face Oil No 9 combines nine different oils that provide a boost of moisture, nourish, and leaves skin beautiful and radiant.  I use oils to moisturize my face but sparingly.  A little dab will do ya!  The glow this gives is so natural and it leaves the skin feeling glorious.
The Sheer Renewal Cream is an oil-free moisturizer that promotes cell-turnover that helps minimize lines and wrinkles.  The thing that I find most interesting about this moisturizer is that it leaves a powder finish!  Very different and quite pleasant! 
If your skin is really dehydrated than the Extreme Recovery Cream is the one for you.  It provides maximum moisture and strengthens the hydro-lipid barrier.  It also fights signs of lines and wrinkles and evens out your skin tone and texture.

The Clarifying Detox Mask is one of the best things in the entire collection for me.  I love masks an this one is amazing.  It uses charcoal to draw the impurities like dirt and and other debris to leave your complexion balanced.

Another favorite product of mine is the Radiant Cleansing Balm.  It dissolves eye and face makeup much like a cleansing oil except it has the moisturizing property that only a balm would.  It clears pores and removes impurities.  Each balm is sold with a Muslin Cloth which helps gently exfoliate away the dullness and uncover your skin’s brilliance!

The final product in the kit is the Dual Enzyme Polish.  This exfoliator uses microspheres to slough away older skin from the surface and fruit enzymes and an AHA cocktail to give a deeper exfoliation.  So chemical and physical exfoliation will leave you with a well polished face!

These products are only tipping the iceberg with the brand.  I was browsing through other products on the website and saw many more things I would absolutely love to try!  Colleen Rothschild Beauty is making waves in the skincare industry and I am thrilled.  The Discovery Collection ($95) is amazing and I recommend it for all skin types!  Again, the simplicity of the brand is what makes it so perfect.  
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Ageless Derma Stem Cell and Peptide Anti-Wrinkle Cream

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial. 

Recently I was given the opportunity to review the Ageless Derma Stem Cell and Peptide Anti-Wrinkle Cream.  Now that I am in my 30s I can actually see more fine lines and wrinkles as opposed to being in my late twenties and just THINKING I see them.  I have been actively looking for products to help me combat time and renew my aging skin.  The more wrinkle protection I can get, the better!

“Ageless Derma Stem Cell and Peptide Anti-Wrinkle Cream is a revolutionary new product to protect and revitalize your skin from the signs of aging. Combining seven scientifically proven anti-aging ingredients into one product, Ageless Derma Stem Cell and Peptide Anti-Wrinkle Cream eliminates the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, improves the firmness and elasticity of skin, removes crow’s feet and re-energizes skin for a smoother, firmer and younger look.” – Ageless Derma

First of all, I find the container very interesting.  I have used several push-down pumps but this is entirely different.  It doesn’t have a side-hanging nozzle that most containers have, the product comes up through the center.  I find that the look of the bottle is very elegant and chic.  And HELLO!  Thank you for not being in a pot that I have to stick my fingers into over and over again!  Finally there is an air-tight cream in a cool jar and THAT I can definitely get behind!

I have been using this as my evening moisturizer for the past couple weeks.  After cleansing and toning I use one pump of this cream.  It claims to eliminate fine lines and wrinkles, balance uneven hues, improve elasticity and rehydrate dry areas.  Lately I have been suffering from weird dry spots around the outer edges of my face.  This cream has really helped with getting my skin back to normal.  I have also noticed an overall improvement of the texture of my skin.

My final opinion of the Ageless Derma Stem Cell and Peptide Anti-Wrinkle Cream is a positive one. It has a lightweight formula, a pleasant fragrance–not strong, not greasy, and sinks into the skin fairly fast.  
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Innarah Skincare: First Impressions

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If you have read my blog for even 5 minutes you know that I am a skincare junkie.  I switch out my products fairly often, not because I don’t love them, but because I am obsessed with finding newer and better things.  Recently I have had the opportunity to try out a few products from Innarah Skincare and I wanted to share my opinions with you!  

“INNARAH™ is the first ever skin care formulation to work in cooperation with your skin’s biology. Created with a unique Fermentation Process that blends together rare botanical and mineral ingredients. INNARAH™ repairs and rejuvinates skin from the inside out. Here is just one of the ingredients…Argarwood oil. It comes from trees that grow in the forests of Asia. It provides ultra hydration. ” – Innarah

The 4 products I have to show you here are the Line Smoothing Serum, Eye Treatment Creme, JO2 Compound, and Treatment Masque.  
The Line Smoothing Serum claims to repair and protect skin from environmental challenges, combat chronological aging, dramatically firm and tone skin, and smooth the appearance of lines and wrinkles.  
Because it takes a lot of time to see all of those to see most of those results I can’t confirm or deny the claims, but I can say that it feels great on the skin.  My face feels comfortable and hydrated after the serum is applied.  
The Eye Treatment Cream claims to be ultra hydrating while it also helps to smooth the appearance of fine line and wrinkles, helps to strengthen the connective tissue around the delicate orbital area, helps reduce the appearance of under eye circles and puffiness.  It also claims to provide an instant brightening effect and protect the skin against chronic inflammation.  
I actually really like this eye cream.  I have actually noticed it helps reduce puffiness under my eyes, which I suffer from greatly.  
The JO2 Compound Hyper-Oxygenated Cream claims to bring essential oxygen to oxygen depleted skin, de-congest skin after daily sunscreen use, brighten and even skin tone, and reduce the appearance of dark spots due to sun exposure, acne scars, and hyper pigmentation.
Overall this is probably my unlikely favorite from the 4 products I tried.  Everything this product claims to fix I actually need help with.  It has a combination of anti-microbial, oxygenated ingredients and patented unbuffered glycolic acid.  It does a good job at detoxifying the skin and helping my pores to appear less visible!
The Treatment Masque is supposed to hydrate the skin while also detoxifying, providing a deep clean, and oxygenating.  
I am a masque fan.  I love masques because they are basically concentrated skincare.  I always feel a difference when I use one.  This one leaves my skin feeling hydrated and supple.

Innarah Skincare has some great starter packages to try out their products before committing to the full sizes.  The 4 products I have don’t appear to come together in one specific kit but you can see which packages they do have here on their website!

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