Saturday, July 7, 2012

How to Cleanse with Jane Iredale Magic Mitt!

Magic Mitt™

PRODUCT: Jane Iredale Magic Mitt, JaneIredale.com
PRICE: $15.00 Full Size

BEAUTY BOX: Beautyfix Spring 2012
CATEGORY: Specialty Skin Care Products
TYPE: Cleanser

FOR THE NEXT GENERATION MAKEUP REMOVER
“This quickly and completely removes all makeup using warm water only. -No soap, No chemicals, No cleanser needed!”


The Claim:
The Magic Mitt features specially knitted micro-fibers that are many times thinner than a human hair. The combination of warm water and micro-fibers breaks down the surface tension of the oils that bond makeup to skin, helping dissolve oils in your makeup by turning the makeup into an emulsion that is easily swept away by the mitt.

Benefits:
A non-drying cleansing alternative that is quick, easy to use, and travels well.

QUICK TAKE
Key Feature(s): Special micro-fibers
Texture: Super-soft
Complexion: Healthy
Results: Squeaky clean skin
Wear: Lasts forever
Best Usage: Daily, AM & PM
Packaging: Cleansing Glove
Best For: Normal to dry skin
Verdict: Yes, I recommend it!


DOWN & DIRTY DETAILS
Complexion:  Healthy - dull lifeless skin transforms into a complexion that looks healthier.
Results: Squeaky clean skin  - Your skin is gently exfoliated, successfully removing all my makeup leaving it squeaky clean, as well as looking and feeling much healthier. My skin felt clean, without it feeling tight and dry. From the first time I used this, there was a noticeable difference in my skin’s hydration level. After a week of gentle exfoliating my skin’s texture is much smoother.
Wear: Lasts forever - Supposedly it lasts as long as a wash cloth. My glove is still in excellent condition after using nearly a year.
Best Usage: Daily, AM & PM - Use twice daily to cleanse and gently exfoliate skin. If you're looking for a more thorough clean then use cleanser at night, and use this amazing little mitt in the AM.
Best For: Normal to dry skin - This product is better suited for someone who has normal to dry skin type, since most cleansers contain stripping ingredients that can leave skin feeling tight and dry.  
Application: Saturate Magic Mitt with warm water, place the mitt on your hand, and massage over your face in circular motions. When one side is heavy with makeup, turn mitt to use the other side and finish wiping away residue. Afterward, use a little hand-soap to wash mitt, once dry, it is sterile and ready for next use.

FEEDBACK
PInkyPrIss Reviews:
I had been dying to try this product ever since it was featured in New Beauty Magazine Fall 2010 Issue. I love that it is washable and reusable, making it great to travel with and it is environmentally friendly. There is no need to purchase cleansing products, so economically I am coming out ahead. It quickly dissolves makeup and is incredibly effective at removing eye all eye makeup without leaving any residue on the skin. The act of massaging skin helps to stimulate collagen. Stimulated collagen works to improve skin’s texture and tone. The cure for dull skin is gentle exfoliation, which you are doing during each use. I highly recommend this innovative product; it makes for a great gift for a friend.



Thursday, July 5, 2012

Star Ingredients in Kinerase Photofacials Night Moisturizer!

Kinerase
Photofacials Night Moisturizer

Product Description

Photofacials Night Moisturizer is Step 2 in a revolutionary 3-step topical skincare system that replicates the benefits of an in-office dermatologist photofacial procedure at home. What's a photofacial? It's a popular dermatologist procedure that targets hyperpigmentation, spots, fine lines, wrinkles, and skin texture. . 

Reverse the signs of sun damage with this cream to restore the skin's lipid barrier and increase natural cell renewal while you sleep. This power-packed formula contains potent antioxidants and a patent-pending ingredient to conquer skin discoloration, rejuvenate and help restructure the look of skin so you can wake up with luminous, even-toned skin.

PinkyPriss Review

I received this product in my Beautyfix beauty box. This is my first time using the Kinerase line; I have found this moisturizer to be a wonderful and fast acting night cream. It is creamy in texture, absorbs quickly, gentle enough to use on sensitive skin, and it is not heavy or greasy; it just soaks right in. Even better news, Photofacials lasts a long time since you only need to apply a dime size amount each evening. But, remember that it is best to use all your skin care products within a year from purchase, because the ingredients will begin to degrade once it is opened causing it be less effective. 

Photofacials is chock full of great ingredients. I am always looking for products that contain Kinetin and Matrixyl 3000. Kinetin works to reduce signs of aging by helping your skin cells repair themselves. Matrixyl is the key ingredient which stimulates collagen production up by 200 percent. 


I really like applying this cream just before I use my Baby Quasar (red light therapy device); especially, since both the red light and Matrixyl 3000, which stimulates collagen. Together, they have seriously changed the texture of my skin, leaving it super elastic and much more even toned. Even, when I get facials at the spa, they cannot believe how elastic my skin is. With continued use, my skin will remain firm. If my skin tone continues to improve I just might be able to stop wearing foundation all together. -A little mineral foundation seems to be going much further these days! 

Application

Apply a dime sized amount every evening after cleansing and using serum.

Cost

I received 1 oz. bottle in the Beautyfix beauty box, valued at $41.06, 1 oz.  Photofacials Night Moisturizer lands at #3 for Top 8 Most Expensive Beautyfix Samples. -Which is also a reason I made sure I tried this product using a beauty box (saving  $$$).

This product is usually sold in a 1.7 oz. bottle, which I found as low as $68.00 (usually $88.00), 1.7 oz. on Skinmedix website. They also sell a Travel Size for $28.00, 1 oz / 28 g. 

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What's you favorite 
night-time moisturizer? 

Have you ever used skin care 
products that contain the 
ingredients Matrixyl 3000 or Kinetin? 

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

What's in BeautyFix's Beauty Box, Spring 2012?

I have received my first ever Beautyfix beauty box. What is Beautyfix? Beautyfix is a seasonal beauty subscription program. For $49.99 per quarter, you can text and sample very high-end beauty products. Read more about Beautyfix and find a promotional code on the MakeupTalk Blog.

I spent $20, usually $50 without a promotional code, to receive this seasonal beauty box from Beautyfix. My shipment contained five full-sized products and three deluxe size samples of beauty items that I picked out and wanted to try.


For of $20 dollars I received eight new products valued at $298.11!  Follow link here, to figure out the value of your Beautyfix Box. Smart shoppers could get over three hundred dollars worth of beauty products for just, $19.99. Those who don't do their research could end up spending $50 on $25 worth of products. -Don't be one of them!


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DermaQuest - Skin Vitalight ($63.00)
- #1 in Top 8, Most Expensive Beautyfix Samples. Obviously, if this is the most valuable sample available to receive in my Beautyfix box, then I am most definitely going to try it. -Tough decisions. LOL






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3LAB - M Creme ($47.05)
- #2 in Top 8,  Most Expensive Beautyfix Samples. If, this cream is so unique that it contains stem cells from a Swiss apple tree that's going extinct, with only three trees left in existence, then I am sure as heck going to try it out!




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Kinerase - Photofacials Night Moisturizer ($41.06)
- #3 in Top 8, Most Expensive Beautyfix Samples. I've been looking into purchasing a potent night cream and now I don't have to look any further! I see this moisturizer contains two of my favorite skin care ingredients: Kinetin and Matryxl. Find out why I love those two ingredients when I post my review.





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Lisa Hoffman Beauty - Night and Day 2 Vitamin A and C Serum ($39.00)

- #2 in Top 8, Most Expensive Beautyfix Samples. Serums, in general, are a favorite of mine to sample. They are all so different. For example, they can feel gel-like in texture, while others are more liquid in consistency; Serums containing Vitamin C leave your skin glowing; Some, effectively moisturize your skin so you can do without a facial cream (still always wear SPF); and those chock-full of potent antioxidants help by increasing effectiveness of your daily sunscreen protection. ~Review coming soon...
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Chella - Enzyme Exfoliating Crema Mask ($30.00)
#7 in Top 8, Most Expensive Beautyfix Samples. Choosing this item to sample was an easy decision considering it's high in both value and size quantity. Of course, there is also the fact that I regularly treat my skin to facial masks at least fifteen days out of each month. ~This will come in handy





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Dermacyte - Oxygen Concentrate - Travel Size ($28.00) 
Did not make Top 8, but would have made Top 9. If, oxygen facial treatments at a spa are considered great for the skin, then an oxygen concentrate must be as well. -What do you think?
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Kronos - Krystal High Gloss Shine Spray ($35.00) 
Did not make Top 8 Most Expensive Beautyfix Samples. However, I was in desperate need a new shine spray, so I opted to sample this full size product.






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Jane Iredale - Magic Mitt ($15.00) 
Did not make Top 8 Most Expensive Beautyfix Samples. I was super stoked to see this product was up for grabs! I was actually just about to purchase it online the same week I saw it on the Beautyfix site. I had my eye on trying this item out since I first read about it back in 2010, in the New Beauty Magazine Fall 2010 Issue. ~Stand by for product review...



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Sunday, July 1, 2012

Top 10 Home Beauty Devices for 2011

Below, is a variation or the original article, view it here, where they compared these home devices to professional cosmetic treatments. Selfishly, I used their article to create a reference list for myself, including a brief description with current prices. I have ordered a new at home laser hair removal system I will review and include in an updated version of this post later this year.


Lancome Ocillation Power Foundation
Product offers a mess-free mineral foundation that is applied using a vibrating sponge applicator. Your skin receives just the right amount of coverage, without the mess.
List Price: $48 -seen on amazon for $25

Clarisonic Opal Sonic Infusion System

Offers a unique anti-aging solution that focuses less on the topical product as on the way it is applied to the skin. This device uses gentle sonic action to massage the anti-aging sea serum into the outer layers of the epidermis. With the help of this device, the serum is more readily penetrated.
List Price: $185 -no deals found; it was even sold out on bloom.com.

Nutra Luxe LIPO Reduction Anti-Cellulite Body Shaping Massager

Massager claims to diminish cellulite in just four to six weeks. The device uses deep tissue infrared massage technology to burn fat and improve body contouring. -Found an in-depth article here.
List Price: $150 -get 10% off on Nutra Luxe website, lowering price down to $135.

Tanda Clear Acne Light Therapy Treatment

This device uses powerful light-emitting diodes to deliver clinical doses of light to acne prone skin. The device has been approved by the FDA and claims to kill acne bacteria. 
List Price: $195

Baby Quasar

Quasar light therapy can be used as an anti-aging by stimulating collagen production and promoting elasticity in the skin. As an acne treatment, quasar light therapy is effective in killing acne bacteria.
List Price: $399, to buy Baby Quasar Red -I personally own this one.

Perricone MD Light Renewal 
Similar to the Baby Quasar in terms of results. The difference is in the name –and the price.
List Price: $268 -product doesn't seem to be available for purchase anymore.

Vector Personal Electrolysis Hair Removal System

Home electrolysis devices offer the ability to remove unwanted body hair from the comfort and privacy of home.
List Price: $200

Mini Photorejuvenation and Ion Therapy Device

Light therapy has become a popular method for skin rejuvenation today, offering sufficient results with non-invasive treatments and no downtime afterward. 
List Price: $175, now $125 

Clarisonic Skin Care Brush Kit

Exfoliation treatment designed to remove dead, dry skin cells, leaving softer, smoother skin underneath. 
List Price: $195

Nuface Device
Device claims to rehabilitate and firm facial muscles through micro currents that gently massage the surface of the skin. Benefits include improved circulation, increased cell turnover, and a younger complexion. 
List Price: $249