Your Most Radiant You! Five-Piece Collection – a review

Your Most Radiant You! Five-Piece Collection
Your Most Radiant You! Five-Piece Collection, $54.96

The Your Most Radiant You! Five-Piece Collection will be on QVC for one day only beginning on Oct. 14 and midnight ET. IT Cosmetics sent me the collection ahead of time to try out. The collection includes the Celebration Foundation Illumination Full Coverage Anti-Aging Foundation, CC+ Radiance Ombré Blush (New), Hello Lashes® Extensions 24HR Mascara (New), No-Tug® Waterproof Gel Eyeliner and a Heavenly Luxe® Double Airbrush Foundation Brush. It also comes with an information book and samples of the No. 50 Serum Collagen Veil Anti-Aging Primer and the Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream.

CC+ Radiance Ombré Blush
CC+ Radiance Ombré Blush

I’ll start with my favorite product, the CC+ Radiance Ombré Blush. This blush is both a blush and a highlighter giving your cheeks a nice flush combined with little highlighting particles. You only need a tiny amount and it lasts all day. If you are one of those people whose face “eats blush,” you’ll love it!

I have to preface this review by saying I love liquid eyeliners. The  No-Tug® Waterproof Gel Eyeliner worked pretty good for me, but I still prefer a liquid liner of IT’s Tightliner. The color, black brown was more subdued than black and blended better. It was also easy to remove and didn’t bother my eyes.

Next we have the Celebration Foundation Illumination Full Coverage Anti-Aging Foundation is great for the person who hates foundation (me).  All you have to do is moisturize, conceal and then apply this powder with the enclosed brush or the Heavenly Luxe® Double Airbrush Foundation Brush. This powder is different from the original Celebration Foundation in that it has illuminating particles to give your face an all-over glow. You can choose your regular color or go a little darker to get that just-back-from-a-vacation-in-the-sun-look! I also really love the Heavenly Luxe brush. It has tons of tiny fibers that deposit the color on for an airbrushed look.

The Hello Lashes® Extensions 24HR Mascara has two different applicators in one wand. The wide brush deposits the mascara on your lashes and the little ball at the end is used to push lashes up.  It dried fast, stayed on, didn’t irritate my eyes and was easy to remove. I’m not a big fan of mascara in general, but I would wear this one when I have to wear mascara.

Here is the final result. I also used the IT Cosmetics Waterproof Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer and the YBBB™ Your Brows But Better™ Brow Power Skinny Pencil.

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Verdict: This is a great set and worth it for the blush alone. It would also make a great gift for the holidays. The price of the set will not be released until it’s debut at midnight on Oct. 14. You should be able to get it right here for $54.96. Available in five shades.

Lightstim vs. illuMask

One of latest technologies in wrinkle reducing is LED and infrared light. Red light reduces inflammation and promotes circulation, amber light builds collagen and elastin and blue light destroys acne bacteria. Infrared light (we are unable to see it with the naked eye) promotes circulation and encourages product absorption. For years you have been able to visit doctors offices for LED treatments but demand has pushed new devices to the home market.

I tested out two products, the illuMask Anti-Aging mask and the LightStim for Wrinkles handheld device. I got the illuMask at ULTA and with a 20 percent off coupon I paid about $24. I got the LightStim for Wrinkles gratis at the Cosmoprof convention in Las Vegas. It costs around $249 dollars and is available at lightstim.com and QVC.com (they also have a cheaper mini version). The main reason I wanted to try LED therapy was to improve my wrinkles. I also wanted to see if it had any impact on my Rosacea. I have read that red light therapy is an option, but currently there are no FDA recommendations for that use.

What I like about the illuMask: I like that all you have to do is put the mask on and press a button and in 15 minutes you’re done. I noticed enough of a difference to want to use it again. UPDATE: illuMask was bought by Neutrogena and is now the (affiliate link)  Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask. It costs around $35 and you get the mask and 30 sessions. When your 30 sessions are up, you can buy the remote for $14.99 that adds another 30 sessions. There has been some talk that at some point you also need to replace the mask because the LED lights lose their effectiveness, but I’m not sure. If you buy it at neutrogena.com, you can get 15 percent off your first purchase.

What I don’t like: It doesn’t get that hot. The (affiliate link) LightStim gets really warm and it is pressed directly to your face. The other negative is price. Each mask only lasts 30 uses. It takes about 8 weeks to see major results and the recommendation for LED therapy is to continue using it for even more results. If you wanted to use it a for year, you would end up spending $360.

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What I liked about LightStim: I saw big results immediately. My pores shrunk and my skin looked tighter. My fine lines have lessened and it seems to be making an impact on my bigger lines too. Not sure if it helped my Rosacea, but it has lightened skin discolorations. You use it for three minutes at a time, on each area. They have a cool app that has a revolving timer which makes it easy to do while laying in bed or watching TV. The cost is reasonable for what you get. The LightStim plugs into the wall (no batteries), you don’t have to replace the light cartridge and it has a five year warranty.

What I didn’t like: A mask version would be nice.
To sum it up, the LightStim is much more powerful and a much better deal for long term treatment. The illuMask is good if you just want to experiment with LED treatment for aging or acne. I plan on using my LightStim everyday until it stops working. I may even try the LightStim for Acne mini when it comes out. LightStim also has a LED device for pain. You can find them all at LightStim.com or check out QVC where you can get one easy pay.

 

SeroVital hGH – a review by a beauty guru

I recently got the chance to test a new supplement called SeroVital hGH. Made popular from a mention on the Dr. Oz show, the supplement is now available for sale at beauty purveyor ULTA.

SeroVital hgh
SeroVital hgh

What is SeroVital hGH?

First of all it is NOT Human Growth Hormone. Human Growth Hormone is only available through a prescription from a medical doctor. SeroVital hGH is a natural supplement that claims to give you radiant skin and hair, improved mood and energy, higher sex drive and stronger bones and muscles. It is comprised of complex amino acids that help increase your body’s own production of growth hormones.

What do I think of it?

At first it took a little getting used to. The big thing with SeroVital hGH is that you have to take it on an empty stomach with a two-hour window. That means if you take it in the morning, you have to wait two hours before you can eat. I went the nighttime route and took it two hours after eating, before bed.

The first thing I noticed was that it helped alleviate water weight, which is great for anyone on a modern diet. I also felt like I had more energy, but I did not feel shaky like when I take caffeine or herb based energy supplements. I also feel like it evened out my mood and hormones. I am in my 30’s, the age when your hormones start fluctuating and making you miserable and this definitely helped even me out. I did notice that I could lose weight a little easier and I saw quicker results from workouts. As for alleviating the wrinkles, my skin seemed tighter and firmer, but that could be a result of the detoxification.

The Cons

The two-hour window was kind of a pain. If I had a late activity or something that prevented me from eating earlier, I almost had to skip a day because you have to wait 24 hours between doses. On the other hand – keeping yourself from eating two hours before bed is probably a good idea.

I did notice some achy joints. I don’t know if it was coincidence or something I just never noticed before, but it was an occasional noticeable burning pain. A doctor might have an idea of what it could be.

The Price. A 30-day supply is $100. It is available on their website on auto ship for $80 after your initial purchase. It is also available at ULTA Beauty, but I doubt the ULTA coupons will count. I am hoping that as with anything else, as it gains popularity and distribution the price will go down.

The Verdict

I would probably use it again. It probably has more effects that kick in with long-term use and I really noticed a difference in the 30 days I was using it. The only issue is the cost. Unfortunately I made the mistake of showing it to my husband and telling him the cost. If only the beauty stores had an alias on the credit card listing like the Las Vegas Strip Clubs used to. So instead of ULTA or Sephora it would say “Frank’s Auto Repair” or “Green Groceries”!

For more technical information and clinical study information visit www.serovital.com.

For those interested, here is the ingredient info:

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Update: I found a similar supplement that is much cheaper by Ageless Foundation Laboratories called Ageless Foundation UltraMAX Gold Pack. *This post contains affiliate links that provide compensation when readers click on the links. **SeroVital-HGH provided me with a press sample, Ageless Foundation did not.