Review, Ingredients, Swatches: La Prairie Anti-Aging Eye And Lip Perfection A Porter: Best 2-In-1 Eye Cream, Lip Treatment 2014

La Prairie is kind of like the Hermès of the cosmetics world — a super high-end brand with gorgeous packaging and prices in the stratosphere. The latest Anti-Aging Eye And Lip Perfection A Porter ($150.00) is a two-in-one product that combines an “illuminating, lifting eye cream-gel with a luxurious and protective lip balm in a single […]

Review, Swatches: Lancôme Absolue L’Extrait Ultimate Eye Contour Collection – Balm-Elixir, Massaging Applicator, Mask

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The visibly transforming eye balm-elixir and the massaging applicator are paired with an innovative eye mask. Specially designed and created by Lancôme’s laboratories, this exceptional eye collection combines our most precious and powerful ingredients, with a custom-made application tool for a unique sensorial experience.

The balm-to-elixir texture fuses with the skin, leaving it feeling nurtured, deeply hydrated and more comfortable. The innovative eye mask, made from an exclusive bio-cellulose, leaves the skin feeling divinely fresh. Used together, the eye balm-elixir and cooling eye mask provide visible results.*

*Based on self-assessment of women in a 6-week study applying the eye balm twice a day and the eye mask once a week.

Elixir Ingredients: AQUA / WATER / EAU,GLYCERIN, CYCLOHEXASILOXANE, HYDROGENATED POLYISOBUTENE, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII BUTTER / SHEA BUTTER, ALCOHOL DENAT., PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRAETHYLHEXANOATE, DEXTRIN PALMITATE, PTFE, POLYMETHYLSILSESQUIOXANE, SUCROSE STEARATE, CERA ALBA / BEESWAX / CIRE DABEILLE, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, OCTYLDODECANOL, CI 77891 / TITANIUM DIOXIDE, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 / IRON OXIDES, MICA, SODIUM POLYACRYLATE, HYDROXYPROPYL TETRAHYDROPYRANTRIOL, HYDROLYZED LINSEED EXTRACT, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, STEARIC ACID, PHENOXYETHANOL, ADENOSINE, PALMITIC ACID, POLYSILICONE-11, CHLORPHENESIN, SILICA, PALMITOYL TETRAPEPTIDE-7, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-T-BUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, PROPANEDIOL, CAPRYLOYL SALICYLIC ACID, DIPEPTIDE-2, ACRYLATES/C10-30 ALKYL ACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER
ROSE EXTRACT, DISODIUM EDTA, HESPERIDIN METHYL CHALCONE, SODIUM BENZOATE

Mask Ingredients: AQUA / WATER / EAU, CELLULOSE

Visible Results*

• See a smoother look to the skin around your eye contour – the texture is visibly improved and the skin tone looks more even.
• Feel firmer, more elastic skin around your eye contour – nurtured, deeply hydrated and more comfortable.
• See a fresher, more beautiful eye contour – dark circles seem softened, eye bags appear minimized, signs of fatigue seem visibly reduced.

*Based on self-assessment of women in a 6-week study applying the eye balm twice a day and the eye mask once a week

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Skincare Review, Photos: Olay Fresh Effects Bead Me Up! Exfoliating Cleanser

Skincare Review, Photos: Olay Fresh Effects Bead Me Up! Exfoliating Cleanser

Olay promises that when you use their New Fresh Effects Bead Me Up! Exfoliating Cleanser ($6.99) product you will get, “the freshest wash you’ve ever had with foaming bubbles and exfoliating microbeads.” I used it a few times and liked the gentle, foaming action very much.

My skin felt squeaky-clean as a result, and even a tad tingly (and tight on one occasion). This may be because I was using it in the winter, but the issue was easily remedied by applying moisturizer (which I do in any case post-face wash).

Love the price, too! I would recommend using this only a couple of times a week though — seems too strong for daily use. Also, I am looking forward to breaking it out again come summer.

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Gluten-Free Products

Last week, I started hearing a lot of buzz about gluten-free this and gluten-free that.  So I just wanted to write a post about what is “gluten-free”.  From a marketing standpoint, gluten-free is used to target a specific segment (those with celiac disease).  Without going into a lot of details, celiac disease is a condition that damages the lining of the small intestine and prevents it from absorbing parts of food. The damage is due to a reaction to eating gluten, a protein that is found in wheat, barley, rye, and maybe oats, etc.  There are a lot of substitutes and gluten-free grains out there (see here for a list).

That being said, were you also under the assumption that gluten-free products only make sense if these products are INGESTED?  As in:  they have to be consumed through your digestive tract in order for it to be an issue!  Why, then, do I see so many cosmetics and personal care products being branded as “gluten-free”?  Does that really matter?  Unless I’m eating my makeup and lotions (okay, so maybe some lipsticks/lipbalms make their way to your stomach…the amount should be insignificant anyway), how is normal absorption through the skin suppose to give you celiac disease symptoms?  Are people just too cautious?  Maybe I’m just not getting it because I’m not a sufferer.  But I’m here to help, so here are three skin products that are gluten-free:

  1. AminoGenesis Simply One 10 in 1 Skin Perfecting Treatment (although I’m not sure if their Vitamin E and Glucosamine come from plants/algae source, at least they’re GF!)
  2. KaplanMD Clinical Skin Therapy
  3. Pangea Organics Egyptian Calendula & Blood Orange Facial CleanserImage

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