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The latest trend in skincare, the essence

Hate serums? You’ll love essence.

Essence. It sounds like an 80s drugstore perfume, but it is actually a K-beauty face treatment gracing the shelves of beauty retailers. Essences are liquid treatments that fit in between a toner and a serum in your skin care regimen. Essence is designed to replenish the oils striped from the skin by cleansing, toning and beefing up your skin’s delicate moisture barrier.  This particular product contains 80% fermented yeast concentrate and is designed to hydrate skin, reduce fine lines and improve skin tone. Is also seemed to help clear my acne – maybe it’s the strengthening of the skin barrier feature?

Missha Time Revolution The First Treatment Essence, $49. (I may get a commission if you purchase through this link.)

Missha Time Revolution has been compared to the super chic (and pricey) SK-II Facial Treatment that starts at $99. If you hate the texture of serums or break out from them like I do, you’ll love an essence. Simply apply it with a cotton pad or your fingers and follow it up with your day or night time moisturizer. It sinks in super fast and 

Missha and SK-II aren’t the only brands in the game. Quite a few essence treatments can be found by brands like Clinique, The Body Shop, Origins and a couple of lesser known brands at ULTA. Missha also sells an essence mask for $7 at Target and you can get a 3.2 ounce bottle of Missha Time Revolution for $20 at Amazon (affiliate link included). 

Yes To Coconut Ultra Hydrating Melting Cleanser- a review

Yes To Coconuts Hydrating Melting Cleanser

 

I  love oil cleansers. They are the easiest way to remove makeup without causing stress on the skin. Plus, they leave residual moisture, unlike most soap based cleansers. My favorite cleanser of all time by The Body Shop (Moisture White) was discontinued and so I have been on the lookout for an new oil cleanser made without mineral oil. 

I found this creamy coconut oil based cleanser at Target and gave it a try. Made with rice bran oil, coconut oil, sunflower seed oil and olive oil, Yes To Coconuts Ultra Hydrating Melting Cleanser (I may get a commission off this link!) is actually a thick gel. You can apply it as is, or mix it with water. Mixing it with water makes for an easier application but it hard to get the right cleanser/water mixture that takes off your makeup in one try. It also seems to leave a residue behind. 

Bottom line, I use it once in a while but it doesn’t work as good as a traditional oil cleanser. I just started using  Simple’s Hydrating Cleansing Oil (I may get a commission off this link) instead. It is made with a majority grapeseed oil and pulls most of the makeup off in one swoop. The Yes To Coconuts cleanser does work well to clean makeup brushes and sponges!

Cool stuff to get for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to buy things like candy, flowers and cards. But it is also a good time to treat yourself to pink themed beauty or drop hints for non-perishable gift ideas to your sweetheart!  Here are eight products on the top of my list.

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iluminage Me Glow Beauty Boosting Eye Mask

Sleep soundly while your skin gets repairs via this eye mask made with copper threading. Copper promotes skin renewal, reducing the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Lasts 100 washes, $25 at nordstrom.com.

Kevyn Aucoin The Neo Limelight

This new highlighter from Kevyn Aucoin is almost too pretty to use…almost. The ombre highlighter is highly pigmented, gives skin a strobed glow and lasts all day, $58.

Oasis lip Gel in Blush Crush

This cool lip product from H20 Plus is part lipstick, part lip gel and its transparent. It applies like a dream and has a nice minty flavor. It comes in six different shades (including a completely clear version) and costs just $12. Get it online at ULTA and H20Plus.com but hurry – it sells out frequently.

Hard Candy Blooming Lip Oil

Lip oils are great for keeping lips moist in the dry winter air, but they can be a little pricey. Hard Candy Cosmetics has a new lip oil made with ten essential oils and a ph adjusting  formula that creates a shade unique to your lips. It lasts for 8 hours and will only set you back $6, get it at Walmart.

Valentine Shampoo Bar Giftset

If you’ve never used a shampoo bar, now is the time!  Bath and body purveyor Basin White is offering a choice of your favorite shampoo and conditioner bar in a cute heart tin for just $17.99. Each bar lasts about 50-75 washes and they are great for travel.

Philosophy Amazing Grace Dry Shampoo

Two of my favorite things are dry shampoo and Philosophy’s Amazing Grace. This limited edition dry shampoo cleanses and texturizes with the lovely scent of Amazing Grace, $24 at Nordstrom.com. Also available in Pure Grace. 

Lash Couture Mink Lashes by KISS

These super thick lashes by KISS have the look of mink but are 100 percent cruelty free. Easy to apply and reusable, you can skip the serums and extensions for lashes that are more than “battable”. Get them at Rite Aid, Walgreens and Walmart stores, $5.99 per pair and $5.99 for adhesive.

Voluspa Vermeil  Prosecco Rose Candle

Technically candles aren’t beauty but they sell them in the beauty section so I’m going with it. It’s pretty, pink and smells of Rosé, cassis and white rose petals. Made with coconut wax, essential oils and cotton wick, $18 to $30.

 

 

 

 

The best deals on HGH enhancers for the new year

You’re throwing back some of the last morsels from New Year’s Eve, the diet and gym commercials are in full swing and you’re already mentally cataloging your diet for the next month. One of the best ways to help your body off the rails is by taking a supplement. My favorite of all time is SeroVital, a combination of amino acids that helps you shed fat, increase muscle and reduce wrinkles (Yay!). It doesn’t have Hgh in it, but the amino acid blend helps boost your own natural hgh levels. The only negative is the price – $99 for a 30 day supply. Costco members can get a 40 day supply for $99 and you occasionally catch it on sale at ULTA. Kohl’s also carries it- coupons don’t work but you can earn Kohl’s cash.

But I have a workaround – a similar product called Ageless Foundation UltraMax Gold Powder (I may get a commission from this link). You dissolve it in a glass of water and take it before bed, five days on, two days off. It costs a lot less than SeroVital, around $50 a month. My review is right here. Right now the best price on a 30 day supply of Ageless Foundation Powder is at AllStarHealth.com (affiliate link), $35.99 plus $5.95 for shipping. Go for the basic shipping – I usually get in within a couple days whether I’m in Las Vegas or Maryland.

A last minute gift for creating the perfect selfie

Ring Light for selfies $15

If you still need a last minute gift, this  Ring Light for selfies (I may get a commission off this link) is perfect for almost anyone on your list. I bought one a few months ago and love it! It has four light levels, a USB charging cord and clips onto practically any smartphone, tablet or laptop. It’s great for teens, students and adults of all ages.

The secret to taking pictures is light, light, and more light. Outside, you usually have enough but indoor lighting  can be tricky. This little light will make your face look brighter, sharper and highlight those pearly whites! It also keeps you from looking like an ogre during Skype and Facetime calls. With many companies switching their phone systems out for video conferencing systems, selfie lights will become the must have office accessory. Fits in your handbag and can be used as a flashlight in pinch. Best of all, it will only set you back $15 and ships in two days with Prime.