As you know from last week’s post, my beauty binge at Veer & Wander, a salon / apothecary in San Francisco, was so ugly I had to break up my beauty spoils into two separate posts. This week has given me more time to continue testing the products, but my opinions actually didn’t waiver from where I was at least week. (It’s called shopper’s instinct)
So I’m not playing mind tricks on you when I begin my product counting at 4 this week. Do the math. I went through 1-3 last week!
4. RMS BEAUTY – Living Luminizer($38): This luminizer / highlighter is a total game changer. I banished all my other highlighters to the beauty graveyard when I saw how this ultra-sheer highlighter literally made me look like I had just gotten an oxygen facial. There is no glitter or shimmering bullshit to make you look like you’re hitting the clubs; it just gives you a touch of light-reflecting glow. This stuff is so natural-looking I wear it during the day without any other makeup. I can’t help myself! I apply it to the tops of my cheekbones and pull it up to my temples, my brow bones, at my cupid’s bow and a small dab at the center eyelid above the lash to give my eyes a little sparkle. Oh, and did I mention it’s organic??
*Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, *Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, *Cera Alba (Beeswax), *Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, and may contain [+/- Titanium Dioxide CI77891, Mica CI 77019] * Signifies* CERTIFIED ORGANIC
Results: Um, did you read the first paragraph? The results are I’ve had people compliment my skin wherever I go, and keep in mind I wasn’t wearing any other makeup. Total game changer.
Verdict: WILL BUY FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE!janna Tags Curly Hair, Dry Shampoo, Mousse, Organic Makeup, Oribe, RMS Beauty, Serum
I couldn’t resist quoting Bill Withers in my headline because this serum is honestly as close as you’re going to get to sunshine in a bottle (hence there being no sunshine when it’s gone). Did you know that more than a billion people worldwide are Vitamin D deficient and that number grows in the winter? Obviously this staggering number caught my attention when Skin Authority sent me a bottle of their Vita D Fortified Elixir ($59). I personally don’t think I’m Vitamin D deficient since I live in sunny California, but the promised brightening effects is what got to me incorporate this serum into my daily regimen.janna Tags Anti-aging, Anti-Redness, Serum, Skin Authority
As a former beauty publicist (okay it was almost fifteen ago, but it still counts) I’m usually pretty cynical when it comes to “miracle” products. Every new skincare product seems to have a “revolutionary” ingredient and/or formula that will “change the face of anti-aging forever.” I usually chock this up to good PR writing, and then try the product hoping for some results but not expecting miracles. I took this jaded attitude when I read about Institut Esthederm’s E.V.E. “Essential Vital Elements” Serum Source ($129):
Rather than creating a serum full of ingredients already know to be anti-aging Institut Esthederm has focused on adding substances found in the skin tissue itself. This allows the skin to naturally regenerate itself with these essential, vital elements (E.V.E) - including 21 amino acids, 6 minerals salts, 6 trace elements, 9 vitamins, 3 carbohydrates, 5 nucleopeptides and 1 peptide.
Do I believe me skin was actually regenerated? Well… that may be a little too True Blood for me to digest, but I can say after the first application of the serum my skin’s texture was visibly more refined (as if I had just exfoliated), less redness, and physically felt tighter. Even though I’m in love with the instant results, the E.V.E. serum is meant to be used only as a “21 day cure” for almost every skin ailment from post-acne scars to angry sensitive skin prone to redness (my affliction).
You pat the serum on to cleansed, toned skin and allow it dry (a couple minutes). Then, apply moisturizer and SPF as usual. Even under all my various serums and creams that followed the EVE Serum Source, my skin was noticeably brighter and smoother. In fact, I didn’t have to apply highlighter above my cheekbones since the serum gave me a highlighted glow!
I’m anxious to see what my skin looks like on day 21 (I’m only on day 3), and I’m not going to lie to you, the little Sookie in me is hoping for some real regeneration action. ;-)
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Okay, I know preventative serums aren’t the sexiest of Sunday Splurges, but even I need to be practical sometimes and the Skinceuticals Phloretin CF Gel ($152) is a staple in my morning skin routine. I found out about Skinceuticals in my early 20s when I was a PR peon at a boutique firm who represented the brand. Through my work I was able to learn a lot about the science behind the products and its founding scientist Dr. Sheldon Pinnell. At the time, Skinceuticals was just starting out and they only had 3 or 4 products in the line, but it didn’t matter. All anyone wanted to talk about was their topical vitamin C serum. We didn’t have to pitch the beauty editors to try the serum, their assistants were calling us for refills. Several studies showed that topical vitamin C can prevent photo-aging and help correct inflamed skin, and guess what, Dr. Pinnell is the guy who discovered it.
In the years since the golden days of my early twenties, Dr. Pinnell and team discovered a way to combine vitamin C with ferulic acid and phloretin to create a powerhouse of protectors warding off the vicious agers of mass destruction. Full disclosure, my skin never got along with Skinceuticals serums until they came out with the Phloretin CF Gel . Back in my peon days of organizing the beauty closet I tried Skinceuticals Serum 15, which at the time was 15% L-ascorbic acid serum and a little too much firepower for my wussy ass sensitive skin. Then a few years ago I tried C E Ferulic, thinking that since they added vitamin E it would obviously work on my skin now (E is supposed to be healing, right?). Big mistake. The E makes the C super-potent. My skin didn’t speak to me for weeks.janna Tags Anti-Ager, Anti-aging, Anti-Redness, Sensitive Skin, Serum, SkinCeuticals, Sunday Splurge
Today’s Sunday Splurge, Kate Somerville ‘DermalQuench Liquid Lift’, retails for $95. I know $95 is pretty on par with quality serums, but I decided to make the DermaQuench Liquid Lift a Sunday Splurge because I went through the bottle so quickly! At this rate I will have to get a new bottle once every 1-2 months, though it’s a small price to pay for the results.
For those of you unfamiliar with Kate Somerville, she’s esthetician to the stars (the likes of Jessica Alba and Demi Moore) and has a gorgeous, multilevel spa in LA. Her spa is famous for their Dermal Quench Oxygen Treatment, an intense hydrating facial using pressurized oxygen to deliver the potent ingredients. Somerville found a way to convert her famous facial into an at-home treatment with the DermaQuench Liquid Lift.
I am in love with the consistency and delivery. It starts off with blast of foamy white liquid. It reminds me of hair mousse when I would forget to shake the bottle. The difference is this foamy white liquid transforms before your eyes – it starts to bubble like a carbonated beverage with the bubbles getting bigger and bigger. Once the bubbles stop growing, I massage the serum into my skin. It smells faintly of freshly cut lavender and spreads like a light non-sticky serum. I usually don’t have a reaction to it, though if my skin is extra angry in general, then I’ll feel a tingle for a few minutes. That’s it. Read the rest of this entry »Posted by janna Tags Anti-Ager, Anti-Redness, Kate Somerville, Sensitive Skin, Serum