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Friday, July 25, 2014

L’Occitane Presents Frisson de Verveine (Verbena): A Crisp, Vibrant Summer Fragrance #L’Occitane

(photos courtesy of www.loccitane.com)

l'occitane verbena

This lemony fresh herb that grows in Provence, France is called Verveine (Verbena). It is the perfect complement for summer because it is light, crisp and airy. The L’Occitane Frisson de Verveine Collection will leave you feeling perfectly happy with the Eau de Toilette, Gel for Legs and Feet, Hand Gel Cream, Shower Gel, Body Gel and Refreshing Mist.

Frisson Verbena Eau de Toilette 3.4 oz. $55.00

l'occitane frisson verbena eau de toilette

A very light citrus fragrance that will leave you feeling like you just stepped into a garden in the south of France. The summer means the beginning of the verbena harvest. As they make their way to the distillery, the leaves travel alongside rivers and streams, where their invigorating scent blends with the freshness of running water. L’Occitane has captured this journey in a fragrance. This sparkling, aqueous summer fragrance blends top notes of lemon and bergamot with a heart note of verbena and cucumber to come up with your perfect summer fragrance. A revitalizing scent, it also contains organic verbena from Provence and a natural spring water extract. 

 

 

 

Frisson Verbena Gel for Legs and Feet 2.5 fl. oz. $22.00

l'occitane gel for legs and feet

If your legs get tired and worn out, then this gel is the perfect solution for you. The ultra-light gel helps to relieve legs and feet after a hot summer day. Formulated with a combination of cypress essential oil and althea officinalis, it helps to refresh skin and tired legs by soothing them. As part of the Frisson de Verveine collection, the Ice Gel contains organic verbena from Provence and a natural spring water extract.

The gel is extremely soothing for tired legs and feet. I found that it also works even better when left in the refrigerator for a little while before applied to the legs and feet. Try that and you will love the effect!

 

Frisson Verbena Hand Cream Gel 1 oz. $12.00

l'occitane verbena hand cream gel

This special hand cream gel is enriched with mint essential oil, which is known for its refreshing properties. It moisturizes and refreshes hands, leaving them delicately perfumed with the sparkling scent of Frisson de Verveine. As with all the products in this range, the hand cream gel contains organic verbena from Provence and a natural spring water extract.

If you are in need of a hand cream, then I suggest this one. Not only is it a great hand cream, but it is also a gel formula and it comes in a small size that is perfect for travel too. It leaves skin feeling particularly soft and smelling divine.

 

 

The Frisson de Verveine collection is available in L’Occitane boutiques now and online at www.loccitane.com. Like L’Occitane on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/loccitane.usa; Follow L’Occitane on Twitter: @LOCCITANE; Follow L’Occitane on Google+: https://plus.google.com/+loccitaneusa/posts; Follow L’Occitane on Instagram: http://instagram.com/loccitane#; Subscribe to L’Occitane on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/loccitaneenprovence/featured and Follow L’Occitane on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/loccitane/.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

I Am THE Makeup Junkie

(These items were sent for consideration)

 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Review: AcnEase Herbal Acne Treatment #AcnEase #acne #acnetreatment

(photo courtesy of www.acnease.com)
AcnEaseI am a 43 years old and I am suffering from cursed acne lesions. I actually never had acne as a teenager but developed mild acne because I have an IUD. It is unfortunate that the very mild hormones in the IUD can cause acne lesions but they do. It is one of the main side effects of the device. I have tried several things to help heal and prevent these lesions but to no avail. Until I decided to try out AcnEase. This is an herbal supplement that you take several times per day and it actually can get rid of acne lesions completely! How amazing is that? I am so ecstatic and over-the-moon happy about this.

The condition of my skin plays a very important role in my life, since I am an esthetician and a beauty blogger. People do not want to take skincare advice from someone with bad skin! However, it is a fact of life that acne cannot be helped. It is often a hormonal issue that can stay with someone until she/he is in their 40’s. Treating acne lesions has been a bit of a hit and miss at times for most people. I was extremely skeptical about AcnEase. I had, until this time, been treating my acne with chemical peels (alpha hydroxy acids and beta hydroxy acids) which were doing an okay job but were not perfect. My acne was mainly seasonal and hormonal in nature. I needed something more to kick its butt. I even had minor cysts.

How does AcnEase work? What is it made from? What is the treatment protocol? AcnEase prevents the formation of new pimples, whiteheads, blackheads and cysts. It significantly improves the symptoms associated with adult acne, hormonal acne, cystic acne, teen acne and body acne. Rosacea symptoms are also improved.  

AcnEase works by restoring the natural balance that endocrine changes, stress and diet can all disrupt on the body, thus causing acne. It is a natural herbal remedy that does not treat the external symptoms, such as blemishes but instead treats the underlying causes by moderating hormonal symptoms and other factors such as the secretion of sebum by the sebaceous glands. When sebum is mixed with dirt, sweat, dead skin cells and bacteria that leads to clogged pores and inflammation which is the cause of blemishes (pimples and cysts). AcnEase can produce results in as little as 1-2 weeks. Improvement is seen in cysts, whiteheads, blackheads, pimples, or rashes. A minimum of 1 month treatment must be completed to see results. For those with chronic or hard to treat acne, an increased dose and an extended length of time will be needed to see better results. 

AcnEase achieves great results without the long-term use of antibiotics or the irritation/drying of benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. It has been shown that benzoyl peroxide can increase skin aging, slow healing of the skin and in associated with an increase in skin cancer risks. Salicylic acid dries out the skin in higher doses, causes irritation and redness. It also gives only short term acne relief. Most important of all, AcnEase does not have any side effects and does not have any special sun restrictions like other OTC acne medications and is therefore considered safe for both short and long term use in both adolescents and adults. 
Even though I have very mild acne, I was advised to use the moderate regimen because I had a cyst once. For this regimen, I took 12 tablets per day divided into 4 tablets 3x per day for two months. Then after two months I went down to 2 tablets 2x day for a few weeks. If I started to experience any problems then I could go back up to the levels where I had no breakouts for a couple of weeks and then go back down again. The treatments are personalized to what the person is experiencing. It all depends on what type of acne the person is experiencing. My acne went away completely I am happy to report. I feel good about the results of this trial and I would recommend AcnEase to anyone, teenager, adult, male or female. It took a few weeks to see the maximum results but I did see them and I still do not have any blemishes 3 months out. I am on my maintenance treatment and still have not had any blemishes at all.

AcnEase was developed by Dr. Agnes P. Olszewski, who has spent her career working with botanical medicines. The product is a proprietary blend of herbs such as gardenia fruit, dandelion, balsam pear and leaf mustard. It is safe for anyone and is good for teens, adults (men and women). The mild treatment is $79.00 for a month’s supply; the moderate treatment is $129.00; the severe treatment is $175, body acne is $195; rosacea is $129 a month and the maintenance is $35 per month. 

Purchase AcnEase at www.acnease.com . Like AcnEase on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/acnease; Follow AcnEase on Twitter: @acnease; Follow AcnEase on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/acnease/; Follow AcnEase on Google+: https://plus.google.com/107814632636497059617/posts and Subscribe to AcnEase on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/AcnEase.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

I Am THE Makeup Junkie

(This item was provided for consideration)



Review: Lovely Lashes Eyecurler

lovely lashes eyecurler

This is a basic eyelash curler that does a good job of curling eyelashes. I would recommend it because it does a good job all around. It curls short lashes, long lashes and medium lashes. It does not tug or pinch your eyelid. The pads are very soft and will last a long time,

The curler is available on www.amazon for $12.75: http://amzn.to/1rOD97X

 

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Save Skin & Your Wallet

black friday in julySave Skin & Your Wallet

Holiday Savings on Spa Sonic Available in the Midst of Summer

Black Friday may be a few months away, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start scoping out those holiday deals and begin saving today.

Head on over to Target.com on July 25th and 26th for their Black Friday in July sale, which ensures shoppers save both money and face with Spa Sonic’s Skin Care System and DermaLight deals.

Designed for individuals who want a full spa experience at home or while traveling, Spa Sonic offers beauty devices that outperform competitors without the hefty price tag.

 

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Spa Sonic Skin Care System

Regular Price: $64.99

Black Friday in July Price: $37.99

Specially designed by dermatologists utilizing gentle, rotating bristles to offer a deeper clean without irritation, the Spa Sonic Skin Care System removes impurities, exfoliates, tightens and minimizes pores. This waterproof device operates with four attachments: a small brush for the face, a large brush for the body, a pumice pad for rough areas, and a facial sponge for microdermabrasion and reduction of fine lines; all of which are included.

Available in white, lavender, pink, orchid, optic yellow and tangerine.

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DermaLight

Regular Price: $169.00

Black Friday in July Price: $139.99

Offering visible results in just a few weeks, DermaLight by Spa Sonic is an LED device that employs low-level light therapy technology to tighten skin, minimize pores and improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Non-invasive and non-thermal light energy permeates the skin’s dermal layers to promote cell growth and rapid absorption of skin care products. Compact and user-friendly, DermaLight allows consumers to manage their own treatments and touch ups at home or while traveling.

 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Sinful Colors Full Throttle Collection #SinfulColors

This summer Sinful Colors has some great new collections for you to check out! This next collection I am going to discuss is the Full Throttle Collection, a pedal to the medal collection that has some really racy shades. These shades are rubberized textures! The starting lineup features five smoking hot hues that will put your nails into overdrive. The ramped-up texturized shades range from radiant red to a powerful punch of purple to fiery orange. The polishes retail for $1.99 and are available from Rite-Aid in July 2014 and  Walgreens in August 2014.

The colors in the Full Throttle Collection are:

Rain Rubber: A brilliant burnout blue

Burn Rubber: A fiery-fueled orange

Race Rubber: A powerful punch of purple

Rubber Ball: A passionate pit stop pink

Red Tired: A racy, radiant red

The rubberized finish is a bit different. What I like most about it is that it helps the polish to dry quicker and it wears a long time too. The colors are great for summer since they are more sultry than most of the usual colors put out. The colors I tried, Burn Rubber and Race Rubber, are two shades that are definitely summer shades. These shades are perfect for matching up with a self-tanner. The nail polish with a rubberized texture is a new, fun texture. Texturized polishes are all the rage right now and if I were you I would ride the wave as long as possible!

 

Sinful Colors Full Throttle

(Above: Sinful Colors Full Throttle shades in Burn Rubber and Race Rubber)

swatches of Sinful Colors in Silk   Satin and Full Throttle

(Above: swatches of Sinful Colors Full Throttle shades in Burn Rubber and Race Rubber)

Sinful Colors Full Throttle in Race Rubber and Burn Rubber

(Above: Sinful Colors Burn Rubber and Race Rubber on toes)

 

Keep an eye out for these at Rite-Aid and Walgreens now. They are $1.99. Go to www.sinfulcolors.com for more information. Like Sinful Colors on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sinfulcolors; Follow Sinful Colors on Twitter: @SinfulColors_NP and Follow Sinful Colors on Instagram: http://instagram.com/sinfulcolors.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

I Am THE Makeup Junkie

(These items were sent for consideration)

 

Review: NEW! Sinful Colors Silk + Satin Collection #SinfulColors

This summer Sinful Colors has some great new collections for you to check out! The first collection I am going to discuss is Silk + Satin, a luxurious demi-matte silk texture in summer brights that is a must have fashion accessory. These luscious colors and great new texture are guaranteed to add a little sunshine to your summer style! The collection features colors such as sultry blues, pale banana yellow, fruity coral, soft silver and even a beautiful bright teal. They are available from Walgreens and other retailers for $1.99.

The colors in the Silk + Satin collection are:

Matte About Blue: A matte-nifiecent cornflower blue

Pipaya: A soft flash of coral

Prime Purple: A delicate dose of lilac

Real Teal: A quiet mermaid green

Silver Solution: A gentle, shimmering silver\

Solar Flux: A subtle touch of yellow

 

I was lucky enough to get to try out three of the colors in the collection. I tried out Solar Flux, Silver Solution and Real Teal. What I like about Sinful Colors polishes is that they stay on for a very long time. Considering the price, that is a great value! Sinful Colors is a great brand to try out and they are always coming out with new shades to try. I love the variety of colors and they are always fashion forward shades that are on trend. The shades I tried were very pretty. My favorite is Real Teal, which is a beautiful blue-green that really does remind me of a mermaid. Silver Solution is a gorgeous light shimmering silver that looks beautiful on. You do need at least two coats of it though to get the full effect of the polish. Solar Flux is a great shade that reminds me of a banana and is a beautiful summer shade that would look great with self-tanner. The new texture, a demi-matte, a nice change of pace from the usual and is a good way to transition into fall.

 

Sinful Colors Silk   Satin

(Above: nail colors in Solar Flux, Silver Solution and Real Teal)

swatches of Sinful Colors in Silk   Satin and Full Throttle

(Above: swatches of Sinful Colors nail colors in Solar Flux, Silver Solution and Real Teal) 

Sinful Colors Silk   Satin in Real Teal and Silver SolutionSinful Colors Full Silk   Satin in Solor Flux

(Above left: Silver Solution and Real Teal on hand Above Right: Solar Flux on hand)

Keep an eye out for these at Walgreens now. They are $1.99. Go to www.sinfulcolors.com for more information. Like Sinful Colors on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sinfulcolors; Follow Sinful Colors on Twitter: @SinfulColors_NP and Follow Sinful Colors on Instagram: http://instagram.com/sinfulcolors.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

I Am THE Makeup Junkie

(These items were sent for consideration)

 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Review: The Skin Regime Book and Peel

The Skin Regime

The Skin Regime is a book written by a patient of a dermatologist who was not happy with the way the skincare market was “destroying” people’s skin with harsh peels that were available over the counter to those who do not know how to use them properly. Personally, as an esthetician, I agree that there are many products on the market that are not for use by those who have no business putting it on their skin causing burns, major discolorations, etc. This book is to teach those how to have a proper regimen on their skin.

I don’t necessarily agree with everything written in the book though. I am someone with over 20 years experience in the industry and I am a consummate professional who does know a thing or two about skincare and makeup. I do think that the beauty industry does try and trick individuals into buying the latest and greatest products, disregarding what is best. However, I do also believe that some expensive products work very well too.

The peel that comes with the book is okay, for a beginner it is perfect. For someone like me, who can use a Jessner’s solution without any issues, it is not strong enough. If you think that you can use drugstore products continuously and forget about spending a little bit more money, then stick with this book.

www.theskinregime.com

 

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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