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Beautyfix 17 – Not Your Average Product Saviors

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

By Jenna

Just in time for the Holidays the newest season of Beautyfix has arrived! While you’re toiling away shopping to spoil others, you get to open up the best box of all, and it’s all for you.  So take a deep breath and a break from this seasonal madness and enjoy 14 new products to choose from. Let’s start with my favorites first – because I know you’re all dying to know.

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I LOVE that it is boot season and a lot of us take this time to neglect our feet instead of keeping up with our bi-weekly pedi’s. To help keep my feet from crusting I’ve enlisted the help from another Beautyfix superstar. That’s why I’m so obsessed with the Spongelle Pedi-Buffer in my kit. It cleanses, detoxifies, buffs and softens skin so you can sleep well at night knowing that your crackled feet won’t be ripping your new stockings. The convenient little buffer features a soft side for cleansing and a rough side for exfoliating. The black-mandarin bamboo scent is refreshing instead of potent –  you don’t want to smell up that elevator! I’ve been using it on my feet every morning in the shower and it’s kept them in tip-top shape.

Moving to the top of my head, I’ve also fallen in love with the Intelligent Beauty Labs Rescue Rapid Repair Hair Mask. It has literally salvaged my hair’s health since going back to being a blonde. I’ve been using this once a week and leave it on my hair for about 3-5 minutes. For a product that only takes a fraction of the time to set in, I can tell the difference right after using it. It helps protect my hair from all of the heat styling while keeping it soft and silky. After using this hair mask, I’ve switched product lines entirely to the Rescue line. Washing my hair was a burden but the smell of this line is unbelievable and it makes the tiresome process much more enjoyable.

These products I’ve mentioned are just 2 out of the 14 new products available as your selections for this season. I hope you’re enjoying this season as much as I am, it’s really made a difference during the stressful holidays.

What did you pick in your new Beautyfix?

Easy On the Eyes

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

I’m so excited to continue using this product! I just started a few days ago and I can honestly say this NeoStrata Skin Active Intensive Eye Therapy is just what ‘eyes’ needed.  The texture is so light and easily absorbed with a slight refreshing  tingle upon application. It’s almost like I can feel it working.

There is no avoiding it, Crow’s Feet and other signs of aging eyes are inevitable. You can try the expressionless approach and avoid smiling, laughing, frowning and squinting, but since that is not very practical (or fun) there is another option.  Find the right product  that can help fend off these fine lines and quite obvious wrinkles.

NeoStrata Skin Active Intensive Eye Therapy  is formulated with a combination of Apple Stem Cell Extract, Peptides, Vitamin E, NeoGlucosamine and Caffeine that works to correct all visible signs of aging for a lifted, firmer, younger appearance. It smooth’s Crow’s feet lines from the inside out.

The apple stem cell extract actually delays aging in skin stem cells. NeoGlucosamine, patented by NeoStrata,  gently exfoliates and supports the skin’s natural renewal process to smooth and plump the skin for a more lifted appearance. It also prevents a key enzyme in melanin formation reducing the appearance of uneven pigmentation.  Peptides stimulate the collagen production while Caffeine and Vitamin E provide antioxidant benefits and deflate puffiness.

I have confidence that over time this product will get the job done of eliminating wrinkles and puffiness resulting in noticeably younger looking eyes. This is by far one of my favorite eye treatments that I have come across. Did you get this in your Beautyfix kit?

Prevent Wrinkles in Your 20s with Murad

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

At this time and age, everyone is petrified of the “W” word: Wrinkles. Yes, even twenty-something, non-smoking, sunblock-obsessed gals like me. You can blame the massive anti-aging crusades that permeate every advertisement on TV, radio, magazine and the Internet. Or, you can simply accept the fact that the world we live in today is just more polluted, more crowded and more demanding than it was 50 years ago—and is therefore making a bigger contribution to what we call as extrinsic aging, or aging caused by external, totally avoidable factors.

Extrinsic aging chooses no one. It doesn’t matter if you just celebrated your 29th birthday a few days ago (ahem!). Everyone who’s exposed to today’s fast-paced, sleep-deprived, fast food-oriented lifestyle is at risk. In fact, as early as now, I’m already seeing my first few lines under my eyes. I don’t know about you, but I’m not going to sit here and waste any more time slacking off on my anti-aging routine. I won’t wait until my skin’s collagen and elastin production has dramatically dropped before I take any preventive measures.

While we can’t stop birthdays from adding years to our age, nor can we do anything about intrinsic aging (the inherent degenerative process we’re all bound to go through), there are a lot of steps that can be taken to thwart the effects of extrinsic aging and prevent wrinkles in your 20s—some of which are surprisingly doable with little effort. For starters, we can keep applying sunblock every 2 hours and avoid staying out in the sun too long. We can start reaching for vitamin-enriched fruits and vegetables instead of that microwaveable junk we eat for lunch. And we can definitely start using skin care products that contain potent anti-aging ingredients like retinol.

Retinol is one of the few ingredients out there that is clinically proven time and time again to really treat visible signs of aging like fine lines and deep wrinkles. As a vitamin A derivative, it combats the breakdown and weakening of skin-firming collagen that happens due to extrinsic and intrinsic aging. For the fine lines under my eye, I’m now trying the Murad Time Release Retinol Concentrate for Deep Wrinkles.  While it’s especially formulated to fight deep wrinkles, I chose this because it’s a targeted anti-wrinkle solution to problem areas. This is perfect if you’re not ready to go full-scale on retinol just yet.

This formula prides itself on two things. First, its formula is a rich concentration of powerful ingredients such as retinol, Matrixyl Synthe’6, hyaluronic acid and Ceramide-3. Second, to make sure these ingredients penetrate deep into the problem area, this product features a sustained release technology and a precision control applicator to micro-target deep creases and crow’s feet.  In case you’re wondering what the other ingredients mean, Matrixyl Synthe’6 is a youth-building peptide, which helps rebuild damaged collagen, while hyaluronic acid and Ceramide-3 attract and maintain essential moisture, restoring firmness and fullness and minimizing the appearance and formation of fine lines and wrinkles.

I’ve only used this a few times, apparently not long enough to see actual results yet. But with a formula as potent as this one, and with Dr. Murad at the helm, I’m confident it will nourish my dehydrated, fine line-infested under-eye area back to health in no time.

An All-In-One Solution: VMV Hypoallergenics Illuminants Plus Face-Hand-Body Lotion

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Finding a Product that works and makes traveling and packing more convenient is sometimes hard to find. Luckily, this season’s Beautyfix helped me to discover VMV Hypoallergenics Illuminants Plus Face-Hand-Body Lotion.

This lightweight, all-purpose lotion is all you need to get velvety smooth skin. While I prefer not to use it on my face every day, it’s nice to know that I only need to pack this one item that will serve the purpose of 3 different products. Just grab a bottle of this and you are good.

This lotion has an awesome texture that is non-greasy and fragrance-free. It works as a gentle hydrating and brightening solution to visibly improve the tone of skin. It contains Vitamin C and green tea for antioxidant protection and many who have used it claim to have seen dramatic improvements in the fading of dark spots and discoloration. I have not used this product long enough to see if these claims are true, but I like it enough that I will continue using it and will hopefully find this out.

It’s also a great recommendation for those with eczema and psoriasis per celebrity esthetician, Charmaine Tulloch. Take note, it contains alpha hydroxyl acid (AHA) that may increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun and particularly the possibility of sunburn so you should be sure to limit sun exposure while using this product and for a week after.

Another plus, they consciously use eco-friendly supplies and cut waste by eliminating boxes whenever possible. What more could you ask for in a body care product?

Foot Petals Tip Toes- Real Relief!

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

No matter how hot my outfit I have no shame, I will wear my cute flats over a hot pair of pumps any day. It is so hard for me to stand up for long periods of time in high heels. No matter how cute or expensive my shoes are. My feet hurt! I’ve tried a lot of different shoe gels and pads but after a couple of hours, my feet still bother me. That’s when I found out about Foot Petals Tip Toes!

These pads immediately changed the position of my foot, helping to prevent my foot from sliding forward. They are very comfortable and easy to position, totally cushioned the ball of my foot. Even with open toe shoes, no overhanging toes! This flower-shaped life saver allows your feet to last all day. Living in LA I wear sandals a lot. And I haven’t had to replace the tip toes yet. I like that they also come in several colors. If you are feeling sassy they even have an awesome animal print.

This shoe pad keeps your foot stable even in high heels. It protects bone and tissue while cushioning the ball of your foot. It also helps prevent calluses and blisters from forming. Don’t be fooled by the thinness of the foam! The little adhesive strip is strong! No matter how hot it is and no matter how much walking you do.  I recommend these foam pads to anyone who struggles in heels like I do, or even if you’re looking for some extra foot comfort.

Cattiva Divino Lash Mascara

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Mascara is serious business.  There are days when I don’t feel like putting on a full face of makeup, but I can’t leave the house without a little bit of bronzer and A LOT of Mascara. Because I take mascara so seriously, I’ve tried a lot of different brands. And I have to admit, I’ve become quite picky.

 

I want mascara that separates my lashes but doesn’t clump. You always want your lashes to look luscious and full. And you need the right mascara to do it. That’s when I found Cattiva Divino Lash Mascara.

 

Divino Lash Mascara has plenty of pigment! Even with two coats I get so much volume. It lasts all day and it doesn’t clump. Divino Lash is paraben-free and smudge proof. It separates your lashes making them appear longer. Formulated with cutting edge technology Divino Lash Mascara uses its formula to wrap, thicken and condition your lashes all day, giving them a fuller effect.

 

I also love pretty glittery things. Have you seen the crystal-studded cap?! It is gorgeous! I really don’t feel this picture does this sparkling container any justice. But trust me, it its super cute and you can take it with you on the run. This rich black formula is easy to remove with eye makeup remover, also a huge plus. The best way to apply it is to wipe off any access product on the sides of the mascara wand before you apply. Start at the base of the lashes and wiggle mascara up and out. For added fullness apply a second coat.

Nurse Your Nails Back to Health with Nailtiques

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Nails can make or break a look. A set of freshly painted nails can easily top off a perfect fashion ensemble—just as a set of chipped, brittle and discolored ones can easily ruin it. But more than just a fashion accessory, did you know that your nails also reflect the general state of your health? This is why it is absolutely necessary to take your nail health seriously.

If you’re like me, you’ve probably tried just about every nail art design this summer. And just like my nails, yours are probably just as in dire need of nourishment. Remember, just like our skin, our nails also dry out, peel, break or become infected—especially when they are frequently exposed to harsh chemicals. If you find yourself in this situation, you may want to try Nailtiques Nail Moisturizer and Formula Kit to save yourself an expensive trip to your nail salon.

Nailtiques offers a therapeutic line of conditioning protein-based nail enhancers that are formulated to keep nails strong and healthy. The good thing about this kit is that it includes four of Nailtiques most popular products: the Nail Moisturizer, Cuticle and Skin Gel, Nail Protein Formula 2 and Oil Therapy.

Nail Moisturizer – Formulated with jojoba, aloe and soluble collagen, this non-greasy nail cream nourishes, conditions and moisturizes the nails. It also promotes nail flexibility. Use this if your nails break or split easily.

Cuticle and Skin Gel – This is a glycerin and aloe-based cream that’s designed to soften and smooth dry and cracked skin around the nails. To get the most out of this gel, apply this at bedtime, and put on a pair of cotton gloves. As a bonus, you can also use this on your elbows and knees!

Nail Protein Formula 2 – This protein-based healing formula is designed to treat nails that are soft, tender, peeling, or growth-resistant. If you want your nails to grow faster, this baby is a must!

Oil Therapy – This formula features a blend of natural, vitamin-rich oils that restores and seals in moisture to extremely dry and brittle nails, cuticles and skin. This can also serve as a drying agent to help set nail polish.

Beautyfix 16 Sneak Peek: My Favorite Pick

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Get excited, everyone: in September a new season of Beautyfix will be upon us! As a panelist, I’m lucky enough to get my hands on the entire season’s worth of selections in advance. And I know I say this every season, but WHOA! There are so many amazing skin care products this time around I’m barely going to contain my excitement.

I don’t want to ruin all the surprises, but will give you a sneak peek into the season by spilling the details on my personal favorite so far: Vichy Aqualia Thermal.

If you frequent the Beautyfix blog, then you know I have dry skin and love a good facial moisturizer. And this time of year, with all the heat and humidity, it’s kind of difficult to find something that completely agrees with my skin. I need intense moisture, but I don’t want anything too heavy or greasy. For its amazing ability to make my skin feel soft, hydrated and nourished without a trace of greasiness, this product fits the bill.

More great news: if you fall in love with Vichy Aqualia Thermal like I did and you decide you want to purchase the full-size version … it comes very reasonably priced. I’ve tried a lot of facial creams, lotions, serums and potions and honestly, this value is tough to beat.

Even MORE great news: in a matter of weeks, you’ll have ALL the new Beautyfix selections right at your fingertips to create your own custom kit.

Ever used Vichy Aqualia Thermal? I’d love to hear what you think about it!

Vichy Purete Thermale 3-in-1 One Step Cleanser

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

I’m usually quite honest with myself and I accept the fact that I am lazy. I am VERY lazy! If there is a product out there that will make my skin care regimen go by quicker, I’m all for it. I wanted a simple and easy way to clean my face. That’s when I found Vichy Purete Thermale 3 N 1.

This cleanser is awesome! It gets my skin clean and doesn’t dry it out. It also smells wonderful. The milky consistency scrubs off all dirt, oil and make-up without over drying. I have normal to sensitive skin and I can wash my face in the shower, get ready for work and still not feel the need to rush and find moisturizer before my skin dries out!

When I travel I don’t have to pack all my face care products that I would normally have in a bag. That’s the amazing thing about this 3 N 1! It does it all. It acts as cleansing milk, toning lotion and makeup remover. This cleanser is formulated with the innovative ingredient Captelae; a shea plant extracts works like a micro-magnet that removes impurities from the skin. I apply it to my face and eye area with my fingertips and lightly wipe away with a cotton pad.  It gets rid of all my makeup even stubborn mascara and eyeliner.  You can use this product any time of year but I especially like it for summer weather because it’s a non greasy formula.  Many products on the marketing make my skin dry and dull. But with this 3 N 1 I see my skin is improving I feel and see it softening and refining.  I highly recommend this product!

Pump Up The Volume

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Limp, lifeless, dull hair is no fun for anyone. Changes in weather, styling products, beauty routines, etc. can really make a difference with the way our hair reacts. When your hair is in need of a little extra life, there are several ways to add volume to your hair, but it all starts with what you use to prep your hair that will make all the difference when the end results are revealed.

Leave it to self-made entrepreneur Nick Chavez, of the Nick Chavez Salon in Beverly Hills to create the perfect product to help pump up the volume in limp, lifeless hair. Nick Chavez Horsetail Root Lifting Spray adds volume, lift and shine for healthy looking locks.

Horsetail extract promotes circulation and assists in nourishing and strengthening hair follicles, giving it vitality and shine with regular use. This product makes adding volume a breeze. Simply spray it at the root for heavy hair that needs an extra lift and blow dry. It can also be used as an all-over volumizer and is humidity resistant and excellent for all climates.

While it says it is good for all hair types, those with extra dry hair should take note that excessive use of products containing horsetail could further dry it out.  There is a light texture to it, but nothing that leaves the hair to sticky or unmanageable. I have very thick hair and this item did wonders on giving my hair a lift. My hair felt soft, healthy and full of volume. Another added bonus: It helps to eliminate frizz and is perfect for curls and waves.

Was this in your beautyfix kit? Tell us what you thought