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Ageless Derma Natural Camoufleur {Review}

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When I first saw this product, I was interested in reviewing it mostly because I wanted to find out why and how this product could be sold for $25 for being so small and looking just like powder foundation, but categorized as a concealer.  I’ve reviewed Ageless Derma products in the past, and have been quite impressed, so I had even more reason to be excited about this “natural camoufleur” product.
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Ageless Derma carries skin care products, mineral makeup, and spa services.  Within the mineral makeup line is this Camoufleur Concealer, created to cover up imperfections of the skin.  We’ve all got them–scars, brown spots, or port wine stains.  I have quite a bit of spots left from my acne-ridden teenage years that I routinely try to conceal.

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This versatile mineral make up concealer comes in five different shades, and I chose to review the “wheat” color.  It is very creamy and light–a good mix between powder and liquid.  Ageless Derma claims that this concealer is actually healthy for your skin since it is 100% mineral while being free of parabens.  Ingredients include apple extract, mineral oil, colloidal oatmeal, beeswax, and horseradish.

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When I’ve applied this concealer, I’ve rarely needed more than what is on my finger above.  The substance is somehow thick enough to get excellent coverage with one layer, while being light enough that you don’t even feel it there.

What I didn’t even think about initially is how this can be used to hide signs of anti-aging.  You can use it under eyes to hide dark circles and to fill in wrinkles.  Ok, so notice the small scars along my jawline and the imperfections all along my cheeks.  I used about a fingertip’s worth of this concealer on the trouble spots, followed by light foundation, and I was so pleased with the improvement.

bef-aftI think it looks very natural, and with a thicker application, I think you could get near flawless.  Whenever I apply this, it lasts throughout the day without drying out my skin or becoming noticeable under mineral foundation powder.  Think of this as a concealer as well as anti-aging makeup, and you’re getting a two for one deal out of this product.

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Bioque {Giveaway}–CLOSED

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So along with running my first half-marathon this weekend, I’ve also got another milestone Saturday night: my 10-year high school reunion! Between running 13.1 miles in the morning and dancing the night away that evening, I’m pretty sure I’m going to need a walker to help me hobble into church the next day! I have been practically praying for clear, beautiful skin for the past few weeks because I really didn’t want to go to my 10-year reunion with skin looking the same as it did when I was in high school (i.e. acne-ridden). Gratefully, a miracle came in the mail about a week ago that has helped my skin look better than it did 10 years ago!

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Bioque is a skincare company that is dedicated to improving the appearance of your skin. Their slogan is “Scientific Skincare that Works!” and their claim is backed by Nobel-prize winning technology! Sounds impressive, right? Read this about how Bioque was founded:

“As a world-renowned micro-biologist, [Dr. Martin Rodbell] discovered how cells send messages to one another and won the Nobel Prize…Rodbell’s discoveries relied on a unique knowledge of cellular processes which led to Bioque’s development of simple, naturally-based compounds that dramatically improved the appearance of aged skin. These additional discoveries then progressed to become signal technology—the language by which biochemical messages effectively pass through cellular walls—to deliver these compounds into skin cells with maximum effectiveness and efficiency.”

So Bioque promises to deliver faster and better short- and long-term results because of their scientifically-based theory for reducing fine lines and wrinkles. And their products don’t just eliminate the appearance of fine lines, they actually improve the skin around the wrinkles so they can’t come back at all! Take a look at some of their world-famous products, and see a complete list here.

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I was sent a bottle of Serum Rejeuvenaté to review. The serum is beautifully bottled, but gratefully it’s in a plastic bottle so I don’t have to worry about my 2-year old climbing up on the counter, throwing the bottle on the floor and the serum spilling all over the floor (not that something like that would ever happen…). The consistency of the serum is perfect; not thin and watery but not so thick that it won’t come out of the pump top. The serum feels cool when I apply it to my face and neck and leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth.

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Serum Rejeuvenaté is an “active metabolizing skin rejuvenator”  that is meant to help maintain plump, thick, younger-looking skin. Active botanicals in the serum also help to reduce age spots and redness. I haven’t had the serum long enough to really be able to tell if its claims are true, but I’m excited to find out. I will say that the last week or so my skin has been really smooth and clear (which doesn’t happen very often), so it must be doing something good!

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Serum Rejeuvenaté can be purchased online at Bioque.com. All of Bioque’s products come with a 60-day, 100% money-back guarantee. And for every product you purchase, they will give you some extra samples of their other products to try. A 2 oz. bottle of Serum Rejeuvenaté costs $75, which is a bit pricey for me, but lucky for you, Bioque is offering one lucky winner a 2 oz. bottle for FREE!

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Enter to Win a bottle of Serum Rejuvenaté (a $75 value!)

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Ageless Derma Stem Cell & Peptide Anti-Wrinkle Cream {Review}

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My mom was telling me about a class she went to recently on healthy living.  She explained a chart that keeps coming to mind.  Imagine our life as a line on a grid that starts at the top when we are born in all our youthful glory, and ends on the other side at the bottom when we die.  Basically you can spend your life not exercising, eating junk, and never taking care of you body and your line would look something like this red line.  A life that is mostly pretty miserable and only getting closer and closer to the end.
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Or you can really take care of yourself, eat right and exercise, and your graph could look like the blue line!  A life lived at practically peak performance, excellent health, and a short decline at the end.
No one is exempt from the effects of aging.  No matter who you are, you’re going to die someday, but there are SO many things you can do to minimize these effects and look and feel fabulous on the journey.  I think anti-wrinkle products are one of those things that keep us feeling like we’re at the top of our graph!
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Ageless Derma is a doctor formulated skin care company founded by Dr. Mostamand that specializes in anti-aging skin care products.  Their products’ effectiveness is the result of scientifically developed formulations of bio-peptides, stem cells, antioxidants and vitamins in high concentrations.  I was lucky to get to try their Ageless Derma Stem Cell and Peptide Anti-Wrinkle Cream.
09587759b706eedfef94b1ba4214b931775b1cf1First off, don’t let the words “stem cell” freak you out.  This product contains apple stem cell extract called PhytoCellTec.  This extract has demonstrated 100% effectiveness in reducing facial wrinkles and is used by numerous celebrities like Julianne Moore, Gwyneth Paltrow and Helen Mirren.
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The most fantastic thing about this product is the genius container!  You simply press down on the white circle and the cream is dispensed from the middle in small amounts.  There are no lids to screw back on and you’re not fighting with the tube to get the goodness out.  You can’t accidentally squirt out a week’s worth of miracle cream because only a small, controlled amount comes out with a single press.  I’ve never seen a beauty product container like this!  Genius.
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I’ve been using this product morning and night for several weeks now, and while I can’t say that I see night and day difference (because it really hasn’t been very long), I can tell you how soothing this feels on a freshly washed face, and how I think I can tell the subtle differences of wrinkles becoming less pronounced.  I really believe that it is working and I’m hooked on it.  I’m certainly motivated to keep up this daily routine and I’m sure the results in several years will be quite noticeable.  It FEELS effective and I trust in its ability to really make a difference down the road.

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Perfective Ceuticals Anti-Imperfection Eye Therapy {Review}

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“Little Brother” has this habit of getting up at 5am, consistently every morning for weeks on end now.  The rest of the house sleeps in while I’m up with this fireball at dawn, and it is killing me softly!  I am so tired lately, and I’m sure I’m starting to look it!  Puffy, tired eyes is the new look I’m showcasing, and I’m hoping this is just a phase, but a chance to review Perfective Ceuticals’ Anti-Imperfection Eye Therapy could not have come at a better time.

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Perfective Ceuticals carries clinically proven skin care and specializes in anti-aging, brightening, and moisturizing products.  Renowned biochemists, medical specialists and doctors have collaborated to bring you specially designed formulas.  I was sent the Anti-Imperfection Eye Therapy with growth factor, and I’ve been nothing but impressed, especially first by the slick and shiny packaging.  A lot of ingredients are unknown to me, but I was intrigued with the sound of this Matrixyl (Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4), which helps reduce eye puffiness by strengthening the elasticity of the eye skin area.

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I may still be considered a ‘youngen’ at 26, but regardless of whether a product is considered ‘anti-aging’ or not, I am all over a product that fights the four signs of aging eyes: fine lines, wrinkles, dark circles and puffiness.  Sounds like the defining features of a mom with young kids to me!

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My opinion: I really like this product.  I first used it on a morning where I was awake very early (thank you, baby), and I was particularly congested with a head cold and an awful runny nose.  I really looked and felt like a mess, but this creamy mixture helped sooth my puffiness almost immediately.  It goes on silky smooth, and melts into my skin quickly and without leaving my hands or face looking greasy.  It comes out an opaque white, as seen below, and it is definitely gentle enough to use around the entire eye, especially with it being fragrance free.  One squirt was plenty, which makes me think that this bottle is going to last forever.  The bottle is only 15 ml, but it looks a lot bigger and heavier in person.

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I am very pleased with this product, and I’m glad to have it in my bathroom cupboard.  Here’s to a little more youth around here!

Buy it: $68 at www.perfectiveceuticals.com

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Mía Mariú Anti-Aging Pack {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Yes, I am fully aware that skin cancer is in the cards for me.  I was way too addicted to the tanning beds in high school when I needed to look Puerto Rican for a part in our school musical (see below).

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A little scary how dark I got, right?  I’m quite confident that my radical ways are going to come back and haunt me.  If not skin cancer, than I’m sure my skin will start aging away at an earlier age than I would wish, and I don’t at all find my late 20s too early to start taking care of it.  With the affects of aging skin on my mind, I jumped at the chance to review Mía Mariú‘s Rejuvenate Your Skin Anti-Aging Pack, especially because I have already had the opportunity to review Mía Mariú’s make-up.  The foundation, shadow, and liner that I got to review a few months ago are terrific, and I’ve been using them constantly since I got them.  Honest, I use the shadow exclusively.

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These anti-aging products are fabulous!  Included in the pack is a refreshing Foaming Gel Cleanser, an Anti-Aging Brightening Serum, and an Anti-Aging Eye Treatment. IMG_3661

This anti-aging pack left an amazing first impression when I first tried out the foaming cleanser.  I’ve never experienced a cleanser quite like it, and I LOVE what it does!  It pours out a little thicker than water, but still clear and very thin, but a nickel-size amount rubbed in circular motions creates the most incredible lather.  It practically looked like shaving cream in a matter of seconds!  So thick, so soothing, and the smell is the best of the three products.  Mmm I love the super lather!  It is made with sea kelp and aloe, and great for all skin types.  Its really quite an experience to wash your face with this cleanser!

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The anti-aging brightening serum boosts clarity, and I also found it to be a great moisturizer.  You apply it to your face and neck morning and night.  It comes out white, moderately thin, and absorbs quickly.  The smell is fresh and clean, and it really boosts the way my face feels in the morning, even when I don’t want to cleanse beforehand.  It tightens, freshens, and targets sunspots and pigmentation.  I hope it lasts a long time because I could get used to the fresh and bright feeling it gives my face.  Among some other fancy ingredients, the aloe and Vitamin B Complex are what I’m loving most.

And lastly, the eye cream can be applied morning and night around the eye area.  It comes out a little thicker (less watery) than the brightening serum and smells a little stronger.  It still feels mild and safe enough to be applied so close to the eye, and the smell and texture doesn’t irritate my eyes at all.  The antioxidant ingredients are meant to reduce puffiness and the appearance of dark circles.  Man oh man, am I the perfect applicant or what!?  I DO think I look more awake and less zombie after applying.

packBased on my positive review of these anti-aging products, I would love to try out the rest of the line, specifically the hydrating moisturizer and the microdermabrasion set.

One lucky winner is going to receive the 3-item Mía Mariú Anti-Aging Pack!  The retail value of this pack is $87!


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VENeffect Anti-Aging Skin Care {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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“Charlie” often looks at my veiny hands and says, “You’re going to have cute old lady hands”, and I wonder if that means my hands already look old and bony and veiny, so its easy to imagine what they’ll look like in another 50 years.  Yikes, I worry about old age wrinkles all the time!  I’m so afraid of growing old and losing my energy, metabolism, healthy skin, etc.  I feel like its time to get serious about investing in my skin, preparing for a future of a lot of wear and tear, sun damage, and age.

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Have you ever thought about anti-aging products for your LIPS?  You’ve probably seen a pair of old, withered lips on a dear elderly lady, and wished you could spread some vasoline love?  Lips can get just as battered with old age, and VENeffect carries an exclusive line of anti-aging skin care that includes some top-of-the-line moisturizers, and specifically an anti-aging lip treatment!

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The bottle is the similar shape but a little larger than a Carmex jar.  That may seem small, but using it every day for a couple weeks has convinced me that this baby could last forever, since its looks just as full as the day I got it.  A tiny dab on your finger is enough to thoroughly spread around both your lips.
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I actually really like that it doesn’t smell fruity or like chapstick.  It smells effective and expensive.  Kind of earthy.  That’s probably because all of the VENeffect products are made from a highly effective complex of 100% natural plant-based phytoestrogens.
There is not really a flavor to it, so if you accidentally get some in your mouth, or if it is transferred while eating, you’re not shocked with a harsh flavor; it is just a little sweet.
product1_20120126153331After adhering, it gives your lips a subtle tingle, which is noticeable for a few minutes.  I goes on white, then dissolves clear onto your lips.  I haven’t noticed significant change in the appearance of my lips since using this treatment, but it has only been a couple weeks, and I’m sure I’ll notice big improvement, or atleast youthful preservation, over the course of its use.  I have noticed how my lips are smoother and need less lip protection in the harsh winter weather lately.
Do check out the other VENeffect products I would also love to try:
Anti-Aging Intensive Moisturizer
Anti-Aging Moisturizer SPF 15
Anti-Aging Eye Treatment
Firming Neck & Decollete Creme
Firming Phyto-Lift Serum

Buy it: $85 at www.veneffect.com

VENeffect products are sold exclusively at Neiman Marcus.

One lucky winner will receive a VENeffect Anti-Aging Lip Treatment!  (Sold for $85!)

Because I was sent the winner’s lip treatment along with my own, the winner will be responsible for paying shipping from me to you.  This also means that this giveaway is open to WORLDWIDE entries!

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*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of March 29th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
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