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Monday, August 3, 2015

IT Cosmetics® Announces Winners of 2015 IT Girl® Contest

The winners of the first annual IT Girl® Contest have been announced! With more than 3,000 people signed up for the initial round of the contest, it was difficult to narrow down the entrants for the Top 20 and then, ultimately, to the final three IT Girls. IT Cosmetics® is proud to name Millie TruongNabela Noor and Loey Lane as 2015's IT Girl! "These three women truly inspire the IT Cosmetics team," said IT CEO and Co-Founder Jamie Kern Lima. "They are brave and real and share the IT mission to make every woman look and feel her most beautiful." The winners will each receive $5,000 and be invited to New York to collaborate on a new product innovation with Lima and the IT team. 

The contest, conceptualized and sponsored by IT Cosmetics® and powered by Grapevine, officially kicked off in May 2015. More than 3,000 people signed up to learn more about the contest and approximately 650 videos were submitted for Round 1, which had a theme of "Your Most Beautiful You." IT Cosmetics® works with plastic surgeons, to create innovative, game changing products that when in the hands of real women everywhere become life changing products. Women shared powerful messages about self-esteem, inner beauty and the way makeup can give you more confidence in their videos, truly embodying the ideals of IT Cosmetics®. Twenty finalists were selected to move on to Round 2 and create a video that showcased—and solved—common beauty problems. Those finalists were then narrowed down to the three winners based on overall message and educational value. Collectively, the IT Girl® Contest videos received hundreds of thousands of views, generated more than 35 million social media impressions and inspired countless women and men to embrace their real beauty.  

"It was a thrill to see our products be given such life by these talented beauty content creators," said Lima. "We're honored to see so many new IT girls get involved.  We attribute our growth to all of our IT girls getting life changing results and then spreading the word!"

To learn more about the IT Girl® Contest, please visit http://www.itcosmetics.com/itgirlcontest

About IT Cosmetics®:  Developed with leading plastic surgeons, IT Cosmetics® (www.itcosmetics.com)  creates clinically-proven, innovative problem-solving makeup and skin care products that harness cutting edge, anti-aging technologies and high performance skin-loving ingredients to provide you with serious beauty solutions that help you look and feel your most beautiful! Co-Founder Jamie Kern Lima, who suffers from rosacea, sparse brows, hyperpigmentation and problematic skin, works hand-in-hand with plastic surgeons to create innovative, high performance products, laser-focused on solving women's beauty problems. IT Cosmetics® is a top prestige color cosmetics brand sold in ULTA Beauty, QVC, Sephora Australia and The Shopping Channel Canada. It's your beauty.™ Discover it. Love it. Believe it.™

About Grapevine: Grapevine (www.grapevinelogic.com) is a platform connecting brands with popular YouTube creators to drive sales, signups, and buzz. Today's top YouTube creators use Grapevine to find relevant products to introduce to their audience in exchange for a fee. Grapevine makes it easy for creators to track performance, increase their reach, and gain direct access to leading brands. 

Source: IT Cosmetics


Saturday, August 1, 2015

Altchek MD Eye Repair Cream #AltchekMD #EyeRepairCream #eyecream

(product photo courtesy of www.altchekmd.com)
Altchek MD Eye Repair Cream
A good eye cream is essential to any skincare regimen. You need to take care of the skin around the eyes as you would the regular skin on your face. The skin around the eyes is more delicate, is in need of different care. It often gets puffy, has dark circles, gets teary, has fine lines that turn into wrinkles, etc. Altchek MD Eye Repair Cream helps to take care of puffiness, dark circles, fine lines and wrinkles.

It has superb hydration, skin strengthening ceramides and anti-oxidant protection. Combat puffiness and dark under eye circles with this formula. Also, it helps with intense hydration that provides lasting moisturization. It smoothes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It hydrates the delicate eye area for improves firmness. The anti-oxidant Ferulic Acid protects against environmental stressors. It has Vitamin C, shea butter, a ceramide complex, coffee seed extract, Resveratrol and as mentioned above, Ferulic Acid. It does not contain any parabens or Fragrance.

This is one of my favorite eye creams that I have ever had the pleasure of using. It definitely helps with puffiness around the eye area and dark circles do fade away. I have not had any problems with either since I started using it. I don’t have any lines or wrinkles to discuss but I do like what I have been using it for. I would assume that it does work well for fine lines and wrinkles too.

Altchek MD Eye Repair Cream comes in a 0.5 fl.oz./15 mL container and retails for $25.00. See my reviews on other Altchek MD products here: Daily Moisturizer (http://bit.ly/1OV1HHh), Eye Gel Pads (http://bit.ly/1HJ8SzF), Glycolic Renewal Pads (http://bit.ly/1u5YtUi), Brightening Serum (http://bit.ly/1DYMVsH) and Doctor’s Skin Remedy (http://bit.ly/1Ifkjx0). Like Altchek MD on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AltchekMD. Follow Altchek MD on Twitter: @AltcheckMD and Subscribe to Altchek MD on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOvLNjKloAJDMAZ9yLvNQOw.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

I Am THE Makeup Junkie

(This item was sent for consideration)

Review: Altchek MD Brightening Serum #AltchekMD #brighteningserum

(product photo courtesy of www.altchekmd.com)
altchekmd brightening serum
A good brightening serum is an essential part of the anti-aging regimen. Why? Because as we age sun damage starts to appear on our skin. It starts to appear in the late 30’s, early 40’s depending on how much sun damage one has. Sun damage appears as dark spots on the skin, freckling, age spots, photo damage, etc. And it is hard to hide with foundation. You need a very strong coverage foundation to hide all of this, which means wearing heavy makeup. Instead it is a better idea to actually fight off the aging with a brightening serum, so that you can instead wear a light foundation and look great with skin that is in great shape.

Altchek MD Brightening Serum is an excellent product to help with this fight. It is a preventive and corrective product. This means that not only does it actually help to prevent sun damage from appearing on the skin it corrects sun damage too. It helps uneven skin tone, uneven skin texture, loss of radiance and smoothness. It is a key product in your skincare regimen. It helps to increase radiance while improving uneven skin tone. Brighteners enhance skin renewal for increased radiance. Fruit acids gently exfoliate for a refined clarity and a smooth texture and tone in the skin. Stabilized Vitamin C boosts skin radiance and resilience. Botanical extracts soothe and calm irritated skin. Anti-oxidants help skin resist environmental damage. This serum contains alpha hydroxy acids, Vitamin C, Resveratrol, Mulberry Root Extract and other botanical extracts that work to obtain these results. This serum does not contain any parabens or fragrance. Because it does contain AHA’s, it will increase sensitivity to the sun.

I have been using this serum for a few weeks now and notice that it does indeed help with skin tone. My skin tone is more even, freckling is decreased, skin looks brighter and more radiant. Below I am wearing a very sheer foundation and you can see that the tone of my skin is lighter and has less freckling, sun damage has been repaired. I still have some sun damage left that I would like to get rid of and I am hoping this serum will help that with continued use. I also have another word: sunscreen. Use of this serum and sunscreen will be the best steps to help stave off uneven skin tone and a lack of radiance in the skin.


(my face with a very light foundation on to show an even skin tone after using the Brightening Serum)

Altchek MD Brightening Serum retails for $30.00 for a 1 fl.oz./30 mL bottle. See my reviews on other Altchek MD products here: Daily Moisturizer (http://bit.ly/1OV1HHh), Eye Gel Pads (http://bit.ly/1HJ8SzF), Glycolic Renewal Pads (http://bit.ly/1u5YtUi) and Doctor’s Skin Remedy (http://bit.ly/1Ifkjx0). Like Altchek MD on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AltchekMD. Follow Altchek MD on Twitter: @AltcheckMD and Subscribe to Altchek MD on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOvLNjKloAJDMAZ9yLvNQOw.

Until Next Time~
Marie Papachatzis
I Am THE Makeup Junkie
(This item was sent for consideration)

NEW! Sally Hansen MIRACLE GEL™ TOP COAT! 2X Volume and Shine #SallyHansen #MiracleGel #nailenamel #nailpolish


SPRING 2014, 1553

2 stunning new collections also join the Miracle Gel lineup

These days, bigger is better when it comes to beauty. Following the major success of the first Miracle Gel launch, Sally Hansen has done it again, developing  the new & improved volumizing Miracle Gel Top Coat - adding to the award-winning Sally Hansen Miracle Gel collection: the most buzzed about at-home nail system and the closest thing to a salon gel manicure at home.

When partnered with the Miracle Gel shades, Miracle Gel Top Coat volumizes as it protects. The Top Coat formula delivers 2x the volume to your manicure - creating dramatically fuller-looking nails with a high-gloss, mirror shine finish.

The result: the look of a gel manicure at home, without the trip to a salon! Miracle Gel's simple application takes just two steps. First, apply two thin coats of Miracle Gel color to clean, bare nails. Then, apply one coat of the new Miracle Gel Top Coat. Natural light does the rest, creating a manicure that resembles a UV / LED cured gel polish and up to 14 days of color and shine. The next best thing to a salon gel manicure, without using an UV / LED light AND removes easily with regular nail polish remover.

To coincide with the release of the new top coat, Sally Hansen announces a total of 20 new vibrant colors of Miracle Gel.

The Tribal Vibe collection adds seven new sun-baked shades to the permanent line up: Cream of the Crop (ivory with a hint of warmth), Tribal Sun (fiery coral like the setting sun), Rhythm & Blue (mirrors the hue of a bright blue sky), Totem-ly Yours (an appealing dusty rose),  Per-Suede ( the color of rich reddish leather), Terra-Coppa (melds the gleam of copper with the earthy appeal of pottery) and Buffalo Nickel (a cool, classic silver white). 


Another new collection, Boho Chic, brings together seven festival-ready saturated shades for free spirits everywhere: Rhapsody Red (updates classic cardinal red with a blue undertone), Tipsy Gypsy (a bubbly, bright pink), Boho a-Go-Go ( a deep, creamy eggplant), Beatnik ( a statement-making cobalt), Mintage (a medium-toned mint), Fish-teal Braid (an aquatic turquoise), Miss Wanderlust (packs colorful glitter into a soft stunning coral.




Friday, July 31, 2015

Review: LANCER Skincare #lancer #lancerskincare #skincare #themethod

(product photos courtesy of www.lancerskincare.com)
Dr. Harold Lancer, a Beverly Hills based dermatologist, has developed a less is more approach with his 3-step method of skincare. This method is simple: exfoliate, cleanse and nourish the skin. THE METHOD delivers visible and dramatic improvements in skin tone, texture and appearance, often within a few days.
Lancer The METHOD Polish Sensitive Skin
In the LANCER method of skin cleansing, the first step is to polish the skin. So, using this gentle but effective THE METHOD POLISH SENSITIVE SKIN, it takes skin resurfacing to a new level. It is a gentle but extremely effective product. This contains pure minerals and it warms up to remove dull, dead surface skin cells to increase oxygen levels throughout the skin to prepare it for the treatments to come. Natural cell turnover is increased and the underlying skin cells are signaled to help produce fresher, younger-looking skin.
At first I was pretty reticent to try out exfoliation prior to cleansing. I thought that seemed to be the complete opposite of what you need to do during the cleansing process. But, it works just fine. Even when you have makeup on. You can take off makeup with the regular cleanser, come back and do this step and then cleanse or you can do this step with makeup on. Either way, skin cells are turned over and skin ends up coming about looking and feeling fresh, soft and pretty pink because of the increase in oxygen with the new blood flow to the skin.
Lancer THE METHOD Cleanse
The next step in the cleansing process is the cleanser. THE METHOD CLEANSE SENSITIVE SKIN cleanser is a great cleanser. It is a lightly foaming cleanser that is gentle, fragrance-free and is enriched with oat and licorice phytocompounds to help fight off redness and soothe irritation. This cleanser removes daily impurities and prepares skin to receive further treatments, such as serums, creams, etc.
I did not think that this would end up becoming one of my favorite cleansers of all time. I love that it is a lightly foaming cleanser that removes all makeup, dirt, debris and impurities. It makes skin feel so good after cleansing, not dry and irritated. Skin is cradled in softness and it is the perfect complement to THE METHOD POLISH. After using both of these products, your skin is ready to take on anything!
LANCER SHEER FLUID SUN SHIELD SPF 30 2 fl.oz./60 ml $52.00
Lancer Sheer Fluid Sun Sheild SPF 30
During the daytime it is imperative that you wear at least an SPF of 30 or more for sun protection. SHEER FLUID SUN SHELD SPF 30 is a great product to handle this. The weightless fluid sunscreen protects from UV light while delivering complex anti-aging ingredients that help skin cells and enhance cellular function. This product is ideal as an makeup primer. It leaves a smooth, even finish without any greasy or heavy after feel. The sunscreens in this product is Octinoxate 7.5% and Zinc Oxide 17.1%. That is a mix of chemical and mineral sunscreens. It is good to have the zinc oxide as that helps to keep the UVA/UVB rays at bay. If you have an allergy to chemical sunscreens then you will not be able to use this product. Which is too bad as it is a killer product!
I really like this product underneath my makeup as a makeup primer. It does work well. It works great as a sunscreen too. This is a good all around sunscreen to have for wear any day and every day. It is important to wear sunscreen to keep wrinkles and skin cancer from closing in. At least a SPF of 30 daily will help keep skin looking younger.
Lancer The Method Nourish Sensitive Skin
At night skin needs a nurturing, nourishing treatment that will help to calm skin and deliver potent anti-aging solutions. THE METHOD: NOURISH SENSITIVE SKIN is that product. It has powerful calming agents and soothing emollients to help calm sensitive skin, improve hydration and protect against environmental aggressors. Skin is nourished and hydrated for a visibly renewed, youthful glow.
 This cream is light and sinks right into skin, not leaving any greasy feeling. I love how well it moisturizes the skin and how it leaves it feeling nourished. It has many botanical extracts that calm skin, many oils to help hydrate the skin. Skin glows and feels great.
So, what can I say about THE METHOD? I like it. I definitely feel that there are some products that I still need, such as my retinol serum, but otherwise this is a nice method of skincare. It took me a little while to get used to the idea of exfoliating first, but it works out quite well. The exfoliation and cleansing portion does indeed produce results. Dr. Lancer does have some serums that are added into the mix prior to the NOURISH portion. Serums are a very important part of skincare in my book. I feel that they are one of the most important parts of the skincare process. I do like the moisturizer that I tried and the sunscreen was phenomenal. I love the cleanser too, it is one of my favorite products now (as is the Polish). The whole Sensitive line I tried was pretty amazing. I would recommend these products to anyone. And again, I tried out the sensitive products. They have products for oily skin, dry skin, etc. This line is one of the best I have ever tried.
LANCER THE METHOD products are available at www.lancerskincare.com or in his office in Beverly Hills. Like LANCER Skincare on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lancerskincare; Follow LANCER Skincare on Twitter: @DrLancerRx;; Subscribe to LANCER Skincare on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/LancerXDermatology?feature=watch and Follow LANCER Skincare on Instagram: https://instagram.com/drlancerrx/.
Until Next Time~
Marie Papachatzis
I Am THE Makeup Junkie
(These products were sent for consideration)

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Acne's Damage More Than Skin Deep, Yet Most Treatments Merely 'Scratch' the Surface

Fear of Bullying and Isolation Looms for Many Adolescents as School Resumes


(This is why I like to treat acne. It is definitely a self esteem issue. Nobody should have to feel bad about their skin. Beauty comes from the inside out but starts with how you feel about yourself. Acne can linger into adulthood and cam cause severe bouts of depression because of the toll it takes on the skin. Acne leaves redness and scarring that is hard to get rid of and self esteem tends to plummet in boys, girls, men and women. Many women over 40 still struggle with acne. I do at times.)

Acne effects upwards of 85% of adolescents and teenagers; related treatments generate US sales of $3 billion annually, presumably enough to offer consumers an array of comprehensive treatments. However, this spending is nearly all aimed at minimizing cosmetic symptoms, leaving untreated much of the mental suffering linked to the skin condition. This oversight has huge consequences for many of the 50 million US acne sufferers, especially teens as they prepare to return to school and face the social stigma and diminished status associated with acne.

Dermatologists and general practitioners often cite recurring challenges to self-image linked to teenage acne:

  • Acne, especially when it affects the face, provokes cruel taunts from other teenagers.
  • At a time when teenagers are learning to form relationships, especially those of the opposite sex, those with acne may lack the self confidence to go out and make these bonds. They become shy and even reclusive.
  • Some children with acne refuse to go to school, leading to poor academic performance.

Even mild cases of acne can present mental health issues, since reactions are heightened at that age. Renowned educator and psychotherapist, Dr. Gilda Carle, runs educational programs in Teen Esteem, Empowerment, and Anti-Bullying. She warns, "Acne strikes teens at a time when self-consciousness is at its peak. Kids compare themselves to celebs their age with airbrushed perfect skin. The 'body dysmorphic disorder,' or imagined ugliness they suffer can lead to destructive social and scholastic behavior. Moreover, teens who feel socially inept are more likely to be vulnerable to bullying, which makes them feel even worse."

Even where existing treatments are available, they are often ineffective or harmful. Whether over-the-counter or prescription, many acne medications have mild to severe side effects, and often cause skin irritation, which restarts the cycle of acne and carries its own set of appearance issues. According to Dermatologist Dr. Gregory Robertson, "The range of treatment types for acne is limited, and most have active ingredients so harsh that the side effects can seem as bad or worse than the acne they are meant to treat." Robertson advises his acne patients to use an all-natural treatment called Zapne, which he asserts works consistently with nearly no side effects.

Dr. Gilda Carle advises, "Parents of kids with acne need to realize that to a vulnerable teen, a blemished face signifies a blemished life. Instead of trying to talk your teen out of feeling bad, take action immediately to find a safe and effective treatment."




Tuesday, July 28, 2015

ZO Skin Health Review: Offects Hydrating Cleanser #ZOSkinHealth #Obagi #OffectsHydratingCleanser

(product photo courtesy of www.shop.zoskinhealth.com)
Offects Hydrating Cleanser
When I received Offects Hydrating Cleanser to try out I did not know it was going to become my favorite cleanser. It looked like a very innocent product. Little did I know that this cleanser was going to become my favorite cleanser of all time. Seriously. It is that good. It hydrates and rejuvenates without disrupting the moisture barrier of the skin. It goes on smoothly, with a little bit of lather, just enough to take off makeup and cleanse the skin of dirt, debris and anything that needs to go. Using panthenol and allantoin, this cleanser soothes the skin, repairs it and restores skin to make it feel soft and whole again. It cleans away dead skin cells and allows support for cellular renewal. It also helps to stimulate collagen production in the skin. This cleanser has calming properties too. It will remove dirt, oil and makeup without leaving any residue on the skin. Use for normal to dry skins. It definitely works best for those skin types.

Key ingredients in this cleanser are sodium hyaluronate, panthenol, glycerin, sodium PCA and urea. These all hydrate and replenish moisture. The urea also acts to get rid of the dead skin cells. Allantoin soothes and calms the skin. Lipopeptide-myristoyl pentapeptide-8 is a peptide that stimulates collagen production in the skin. It has a pH of 6.5, which is in the neutral range.
It goes on creamy and when you add water it lathers up and feels luxurious. I love how my skin feels after using this product. It feels like heaven. And you only need a small amount, which makes this product even better. It is just wonderful. It is recommended that while using this cleanser to rub for at least one minute to allow for better penetration of the active ingredients. I would say this is a good idea, especially in the morning. At that time there is no makeup to be cleansing off. This product lends itself to a mild massage too.

Offects Hydrating Cleanser comes in a 5 fl.oz./150 mL tube and retails for $39.00. It can be purchased online at www.shop.zoskinhealth.com or in physicians offices that carry the line. See my review on the ZO Skin Health Oclipse Smart Tone SPF 50 (http://bit.ly/1fDMmP5). Like ZO Skin Health on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ZOSkinHealth; Follow ZO Skin Health on Twitter: @ZOSkinHealth; Follow ZO Skin Health on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/zoskinhealthinc/ and Subscribe to ZO Skin Health on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCstTf4_

Until Next Time

Marie Papachatzis

I Am THE Makeup Junkie

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