May 132011
 

As we are already part-way through May, here are this month’s Five Things I’m Loving Right Now….

1. Dior Rosy Tan Eyeshadow Palette (reviewed here).  I love the range of shades–the deep brown isn’t too deep for a pale skin-toned person like me.  It makes a great day-time dimensional eye.  As the weather heats up, I know that I’ll love Rosy Tan’s twin (Rosy Nude) just as much.  For now, Rosy Tan is fool-proof.

 

2.Dior Aurora Bronzer (reviewed here and here).  So easy, so natural.  So this season.

3. Elta MD Clear Sunscreen SPF 46 (see here)  Awesome sunblock.  All the right things–it blocks nearly all color, doesn’t break me out, leaves no white cast.  Looks good under makeup.

4.  Chanel Lift Lumiere foundation I have no idea why I fell back in love with this foundation, but it works so well this time of year.  Although I should be loving the newer Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua (and I do!), there’s something about the lightness and texture of Lift Lumiere that seems right.  As you know, Liz wears this constantly;  maybe we’re just in sync with it.

 

5. Louis Vuitton Hortensia Sunglasses New for Spring/Summer 2011.  I picked up these bad boys in Paris, and although I realize they aren’t makeup, I do wear them on my face. They look sort of outdated and heavy in this picture, but worn they are a fabulous. Pair them with a glossy bold summer lip and it’s party time.  Really, check them out.  You won’t be sorry.

 

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May 112011
 

Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base ($24) was released over the past year, and I viewed it as a high-end alternative to Urban Decay Primer Potion, my then-current favorite primer.  I know that Urban Decay’s gets plenty of criticism, but it’s easy, cheap and lasts forever (especially if you literally cut open the old tube design to get the residual primer left inside).

Nars practical packaging and overall quality made this an interesting alternative.  My thoughts:

  • Easy application with the doe-foot applicator
  • Dries clear
  • Doesn’t change the color of my eyeshadow
  • Makes all powder eyeshadows last all day, hours longer than they would without any primer

As with any primer, less is more.  You can bet your last blush that you’ll run into trouble if you put on too much primer.  A whisper is appropriate, a layer is too heavy.

The downside with Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, based on my own opinion and experience, is that it grips the powder very quickly and makes the shadow very difficult to blend.  There’s a ‘fly paper’ aspect to it–the eyeshadow powder sticks to it.  And sticks.  It doesn’t seem to move well once placed on the lid.

Therefore, although I appreciate the long wear-time and elegant quality and packaging, the primer works best on looks that don’t require softening or blending between shades.  I’m happy if you find that this is your holy grail must-have,  all that I can give is based on my own experience and opinion.  For that reason, I find that Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base is a little too smudge-proof for me–because I frequently knock down and blend my shadows, it’s not something that I anticipate re-buying once it’s gone.  Proceed with caution.

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May 082011
 

Like many women, my hair and skin has tended to be oily for nearly all of life.  I remember the horror of my reaction when I went to the Shu Uemura boutique in San Francisco and was given a sample of their gorgeous cleansing oil.  Why would anyone with oily skin put more oil–on their face?   Yet the boutique’s associate had glowing, absolutely clear skin and he swore that his was oily too.  I began using Shu Uemura’s oil religiously.  I learned that Shu Uemura had personally developed it as an effective way to break down the chemicals in heavy theater makeup and sunscreen gently, without clogging pores.  Followed by a toner, it works beautifully.

I was also caught up in the Moroccan Oil craze.  My one (and only) bottle, now half-full (half-empty?) is in the photograph above. I bought it without reading the ingredient list (what an idiot).  As Beauty and the Brains points out here, the product ingredient list includes more than oil and some silicons.  In fact, I thought it would be interesting to compare the ingredient list with Leonor Greyl’s hair oil:

  • Moroccan Oil:  Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Cyclomethicone, Butylphenyl, MethylPropional, Argania Spinoza Kernal Oil (Aragan Oil), Linseed (Linum Usitatissimum) Extract, Fragrance Supplement, D&C Yellow-11, D&C Red-17, Coumarin, Benzyl Benzoate, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone
  • Leonor Greyl Huile de Palme:  Natural Oils (97%) – Fragrance

Some difference, huh?  I find Leonor Greyl’s works well as a deep conditioner, or for use as a tiny whisper to tame frizz and condition my ends.  Although the $48 is expensive, the bottle is quite large, there are virtually no fillers.  So a little goes a very long way.  I’m secretly hoping Liz steals my Moroccan Oil so I don’t have to deal with the heartbreak of throwing it away.

I’m working my way through Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse (sold for around $30 on Beauty.com) as well, although it looks brand new.  It absorbs almost immediately, without leaving any little stains on my keyboard or clothing.  On legs and arms, it adds a touch of condition and sheen.  After using this for several weeks, creams feel too heavy and take too long to absorb.  L’Occitane used to sell as a comparable product, the Buriti oil, but it seems to have disappeared from their website.  As you can see, I haven’t used much of mine because I got it late last summer and neglected it since falling in love with Nuxe’s.

There are several gorgeously scented summer oils that add sheen and condition the body, together with deeply heady fragrances. I remember ordering these two–Tom Ford Black Orchid and Estee Lauder Azuree–after reading about them on Blogdorf Goodman.  Although I don’t use them frequently, they are a gorgeous addition to a summer conditioning routine.

I’m gradually learning more about oil-based skin care products (you may have seen my Rodin Olio Lusso review here).  Although I had long avoided these as an option, I’m finding that I love their benefits.  I have not experienced a single break-out from any of them.  If anything, they allow my skin to cleanse and moisturize well without chemicals.  They are lightweight, effective and pleasant (and sometimes downright gorgeous).  Although I’m not likely to re-buy Moroccan Oil, I’ve enjoyed the others tremendously.

 

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May 052011
 

 

During my last visit to Paris, I became fascinated with using natural oils as beauty products.  The French pharmacies seemed filled with beautiful bottles, and I had received emails from readers recommending products that happened to be oils.  I tried a few– Leonore Greyl Palm Oil for hair (reviewed here), Nuxe Paris Huile Prodigieuse Multi Usage Dry Oil (reviewed here) and Uka Nail Oil (reviewed here), I experienced conditioning and healing for hair and skin.  I loved them all, and I wanted to know more.

I asked Rodin for a few tiny samples of their renowned Olio Lusso Face Oil, which I’ve been reading about forever on Into the Gloss.  Essentially, this is a mix of several different luxury natural oils that have a moisturizing and beneficial effect.  Linda Rodin does not promise miracles–she is neither a chemist nor a scientist.  She is interested in simple, natural products that work.  In her own words, the product makes skin look more alive  — it balance and heals my oily/combination skin.  Red scars seem faded, acne goes away, and the skin is left with a soft, moisturized natural glow.  Really, it’s very noticeable.  There is no creamy or chemical ingredient that leaves any clogs.  My pores are clean, clear and small.  There is a dramatic and immediate effect on my neck–it instantly looks better.

"I don’t want to know what everyone thinks; I want to know what like-minded people who I trust think" ~ Linda Rodin

If your skin is oily, you may have an (understandable) fear of adding more.  I got over this years ago–most oils sink in easily and don’t clog at all–all of the products that cause me problems are creams, liquid foundations or powders–never oils.  I don’t know why 2-3 drops of this works so well even for the oily areas of my skin, but it does.  I apply it after a shower, and it sinks in beautifully leaving a slight glow behind.

Rodin Olio Lusso is $140 for 1 fluid ounce, and can be purchased online at the Olio Lusso online store.  I’ve only used the tiniest amount–I’m only near the end of one of the three tiny bottles that I was given, so I have no doubt that it lasts a long time.  I’ll be purchasing this when these run out–I really like the effect.

I should note that Rodin’s Olio Lusso Face Oil has a strong, earthy scent immediately on application.  It seems to fade after about 30 minutes, but the initial scent is very strong.

Ingredients:

  • Jasmine Oil
  • Sweet Almond Oil
  • Apricot Kernel Oil
  • Jojoba Seed Oil
  • Evening Primrose Oil
  • Rose Canina Fruit Oil
  • Arnica Montana Flower Extract
  • Calendula Officinalis Flower Oil
  • Orange Flower Oil
  • Sunflower Seed Oil
  • Argania Spinosa Kernal Oil
  • Benzyl benzoate, Linaool

Sample sized products were provided to Cafe Makeup were provided without charge for review and considerations.

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Apr 092011
 

In the world of niche beauty items, Uka Nail Oil in 18:30 (25.50 euros) is probably one of the least-publicized that I’ve ever tried.  I saw it sitting on the shelf in the Beauty Bar at Colette, and because my nails were in such rough shape from traveling I dabbed a bit on from the tester.  I bought it after I saw the skin around my cuticles soften and improve, pretty much right on the spot.

Uka Nail Oil is made by Japanese nail artist Kiho Watanabe, and is intended to  moisturize nails and fingers while leaving an aromatherapy-like scent.  It’s intended for “the busy women, taking care of nails everyday is not easy. For such women’s daily life the new way of nail care was born. It can be used easily and daily.”  The line comes in several scents, each named after a time in a woman’s busy work day.

Colette sells these as singles, not in a set

The one I chose is 18:30, which according to Uka is when a woman transitions from her workday back home:

 

 

The scent is not as intense or complex as a perfume, but it is quite pleasant.  The orange scent predominates, but this is a softened, interpreted orange–there is almost a woodiness underneath which may be coming from the other oils in the product.  It is nothing like that screaming, cloying “orange oil” whatever;  rather, 18:30 is sophisticated and subtle.

Note that the oil formulas are different for each, except for the basic (which has no scent) and the 24:45, both of which are the richest and most moisturizing.  You can learn more here on Uka’s website, which has a button for English language readers.

The ingredient list includes a heavy dose of sweet almond oil, argan kernal oil, flower oil and jojoba oil.  Given this ingredient list, the tube is labeled with an expiration date. There does not appear to be any filler ingredients (like water or some such); the bottle is small but intense.  Absorption is very quick (Uka’s website promises that you will not spoil your documents at work).  The applicator is a rollerball, which is spill proof.

What really impressed me is how quickly and well the product works.  In a few hours, my nails and cuticles look and feel so much better.  If you don’t mind a little scent, the product can be used on other areas as well, such as the lips, or simply to wear for the scent itself.  I bought Uka 18:30 on a whim, but I’m using it every day and really loving the results.  As niche products go, I really love this one.  Is this a “must have”?  Well, I think we both know that it’s a luxury product.   Marc Jacobs said, “I don’t know why I love what I love, but I love…that I don’t know why.”  This is one of those products, in my opinion.  I can’t logically justify why I love it, but I do.  And to some point, isn’t that why we love products like these?

It did make me more curious about beauty oils.  I feel like I’m missing out on something very fundamental when I see how effective simple products can be. I want to learn more.

 

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Apr 082011
 

 

A month ago, I offered this look inside my suitcase to show you what I brought to Paris.  Now that I’m returning, I wanted to do a quick sketch of what worked, what didn’t and what I missed most from my permanent stash.

First:  What worked? As some of you probably guessed, I brought way too much.  Like Rachel Zoe packing shoes for Fashion Week, I could have easily left one-third of these items at home.  On the road, I almost never had time to play with new looks.  Also, the culture of makeup in Paris emphasizes great skin and minimal eye color.  When I saw so many women like myself wearing understated color (except for lips, of course!), I didn’t think about deeply pigmented teal shadow.  If you’ve read Café Makeup, you already know my aesthetic.  Multiply that times 1,000, omit bronzer in favor of a nude blush and you’ll get my perfect Parisian face.

My standard everyday face included:

  • Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua in B10 Great coverage, no breakouts.  By the way, if you haven’t seen this video by Lisa Eldridge on Chanel Confidential about the use of Vitalumiere Aqua, you should. I highly recommend watching this, even if you already own and love the product.

  • Nars Maui multiple. This added just the right touch of nude glow, contour and highlight.  Liz picked it up for me before I left, and I’m glad that she did. I loved it, wore it nearly every day.
  • By Terry Eye Primer. Adds a touch of moisture.  I followed up by adding a touch of concealer on top (usually the Cle de Peau).

  • Sublime de Chanel Mascara. Reviewed here. I’ve falled in love.  According to Chanel, it’s coming to the U.S. in August.
  • Edward Bess Soft Smoke Eyeshadow trio. Hello, I’m in Paris–a nice neutral deep eye is perfect here.  Edward Bess’ Soft Smoke has a subtle highlight, the perfect mid-tone grey and a nice black liner color (reviewed here). I wore this almost every single day.  These colors look simple, but really they look extremely good when applied on the eye.  I’ll never take that for granted–it’s much harder to find an excellent near-matte neutral that makes you look luminous and alive than you would ever think.  It’s an investment palette–but well worth it in the long run.

  • Le Metier de Beaute Precision Eyeliner.  No extra brush required.  It can go subtle or heavy, depending on the application.  I used this almost every day.  Plus, it’s tiny and so easy to pack.

  • Lip Product de Jour. I liked the options that I brought, plus I added some Chanel Rouge Coco Shine on arrival.  Overall, I had a nice variety to add color to an otherwise neutral face.

Second:  Let’s talk skincare!

  • Suncare:  Even in the cloudy, grey days of March, I didn’t go anywhere without sun protection.  When I travel, I’m outside for hours at a time, and sometimes all day.   Sometimes the weather was gloriously sunny, but even cloudy days let some UV light do their damage.  Every day, I applied EltaMD UV Clear SPF 46, which is absolutely awesome for my acne prone skin.  It includes physical sun protection and seems to disappear into my skin without leaving a tint or white cast.  Because I wasn’t bothered by the paparazzi (note to self: work on that!) I can’t comment on how this looks in flash photographs.  In daylight, the texture was very workable.  Most importantly, it didn’t break me out.  I bought mine at my dermatologist’s office, but it’s also available online from the Dermstore and elsewhere.  Worth every penny.

  • Cleansers/toners: Good skin must be cleansed.  This time around, I threw in a travel-sized Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Aging Buffing Beads from this Sephora Fabulous Four set, a decant of my Shu Uemura Cleansing oil, and a decant of my DDF 10% Glycolic toner.  Perfect combination.  It’s really important to bring an oil cleanser to get any sunscreen off.

Third:  What could I have left behind? My biggest packing error was too many duplicate products.  Here’s what I would have pared down:

  • Too many eyeliners.  I had three–Bobbi Brown’s Chocolate Shimmer and Black Ink, plus Le Metier de Beaute’s liquid eyeliner pen.  I should have picked one black liner.
  • Too many concealers. I have three in the picture above, then I added another in my carry-on bag.  Really, one is enough.
  • Duplicate bronzers.  NARS Maui multiple and Chanel’s powder bronzer was one too many.
  • Sephora straightener for Europe.  A few years ago, a blogger recommended buying a European-specific hair straightener because her U.S. version had blown up even when using a converter.  So I got a Sephora straightener (which is made by Corioliss) made for 220 volt systems.  This year, it stopped working the first week–what a waste of suitcase space and money.  Next time, I’ll look at a battery-powered option.


Fourth:  What did I miss?

  • Brow pencil. I had nothing for brows–no pencil, and no good powder substitute.  I bought Chanel’s new Crayon Sourcils Sculptant almost immediately when I arrived and used it every day.  I like that it includes an eyebrow brush on one end, because I hadn’t packed one of those either.  I loved the texture.  I bought it in the lightest shade, Blond Clair 10, which is a touch too yellow for me.  I’ll be excited to see the other shades when they arrive in the U.S. in August.

  • Clarisonic Skin Cleanser. I made the right call to leave this at home.  It’s really bulky (although the new, smaller Mia might be better).  Unlike my computer and camera equipment, it’s not compatible with Europe’s 220 electric system.  There is no comparable product sold in Europe.  So, even though I was correct to leave this out of my already-overflowing suitcase, I really missed it.

  • I missed my nail polish range. Again, I made the right call not bringing more than two bottles–a clear Sally Hansen and Chanel Strong. My nails get completely trashed when traveling, there’s no avoiding it.  Still, I missed not having any nude or taupe options, or a nice clear red.  I don’t think there’s a good answer for this.  You just have to give up some things when you’re on the road.


Well, my dearest readers, how did I do?  Do you have any travel tips you’d like to share?

 

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Apr 042011
 

Nuxe is very popular line sold in France, it is available at nearly all pharmacies and beauty stores.  As a bit of background, selling a product in a pharmacy does not necessarily classify a product as a “drugstore” line the way that we categorize products in the U.S.  Some French pharmacy products can reach up (or perhaps even over) the 100 euro price mark.  Fortunately, Nuxe is not one of the more expensive drugstore lines.

I’m a firm believer in the thought that if I wanted to know the skincare secrets of the French, I have to know a little bit more about the skincare that they actually use.  Nuxe is well known as an affordable, effective skincare line.  Perhaps one of the most popular Nuxe product is the Huile Prodigieuse, which is sold in both the clear version that you see pictured, and a shimmery version that can be used to add gold shine bits over a summer tan.  This sells for around 20 euros for a large 1.6 ounce bottle, and is available for shipment to the U.S. here on Le Guide Sante.

As a dry oil, Huile Prodigieuse is intended to be used on the face, hands, body and hair to add moisture.  There is a very light, pleasant scent that seems to fade after an hour or so.  The product is made in France, and the label reads that it is 98% of natural origin.  I’ve used the clear version for the last several days, and find that application after a shower or bath helps me feel very pampered and with very soft skin.  Although this is not the shimmery version, Nuxe’s Huile leaves the skin with a slight, moisturized sheen.   It absorbs in about five minutes, and leaves no color on the skin.  I was not surprised to see men buying Nuxe products in the stores, including some items from their summer bronzer line.

When I first arrived in France, I bought an inexpensive hand moisturizing cream from Sephora, called Sephora Nourishing Hand Cream in Hard Candy (around 7 euros).  I strongly prefer the Nuxe Huile Prodigiuse, as there is no “creamy residue” feeling afterwards.  Nuxe’s oil dries down so that the skin on my hands feels like….actual skin.  Not cream-coated skin.

Nuxe’s Huile Prodigieuse is a good, everyday and very well-priced moisturizing product.  I like that it’s no-fuss, works everywhere and does not break out my skin.  It provides a nice, light, moisturizing feel on the skin.  Highly recommended.

 

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Apr 012011
 

Via Planete Beaute, Chanel Creative Director of Beauty and Genius Peter Philips was recently interviewed in French Vogue about his go-to products for revitalizing skin.

Although Philips has access to Chanel’s magical and extensive skincare line, his choice was a rather interesting one–Coup D’Eclat Lifting Ampoules–which are products sold in health and beauty stores throughout France.  A translation of the article says (provided by Cafe Makeup reader Marie):

It’s a must-have to smooth skin in an instant: in ten minutes flat, lines are re-tightened and wrinkles are smoothed, like after a real facelift.  However, it is better to use this “Cinderella effect” for special occasions: such a radical retightening of the skin can be a little uncomfortable.

I was very impressed that Peter Philips chose this little drugstore-type products to use on the gorgeous young Chanel models, but I suppose everyone’s skin can use help when stress levels are running high.

Coincidentally, I had noticed a box of these at a local store the other day.  Of course, with the force of Peter Philips’ recommendation, I went to try them.  These are individual skincare pods, similar to the idea of the Guerlain Midnight Star Collect’Or, although the Coup D’Eclat are not as expensive.  Coup D’Eclat run roughly 2 euros per application, depending on the size of the box that you buy.

Each of the ampoules are a single-application pod. The serum is sold in a 1 oz. bottle as well, for about 18 euros.

Essentially, the serum tightens pores, primes and revitalize the skin.  It’s very lightweight.  After a very slight sting, the liquid sinks into the skin so that you cannot feel it is there.  There is a slight tightening effect as well and a significant softening and smoothing effect.  Yes, it does make your skin look better and is a great primer.

The ingredient list on my little trial box refers only to “plant extracts.” By the way, I noticed that Coup D’Eclat ampoules are for sale on Le Guide Sante.

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Mar 152011
 

Since I began using Le Metier de Beaute’s Peau Vierge foundation last fall (reviewed here), I became interested in the other Peau Vierge series of products, including the Peau Vierge Correcteur Concealer ($95).  Here’s the pitch, according to Le Metier de Beaute (from Neiman Marcus’ website):

–Retinol is delivered through a patented and proprietary delivery technology called Syntoc Actif which encapsulates the Retinol and allows it to safely and effectively penetrate the skin.

—Traditional over-the-counter products have very poor penetration—less than 2% of active ingredients are actually absorbed. In comparison, with Syntoc Actif, 20 times more Retinoic Acid is absorbed into the deeper skin layers, making it the most effective cosmetic Retinoid treatment on the market.

— Paraben, Talc, Fragrance, and Dye-Free.

First up, let me get a few of my thoughts out there:

  • At $95, this is one of the most expensive concealers on the market.  Yes, I know, it’s because it is infused with active skin care ingredients and the performance is superior.  Still, get it during a Bergdorf or Neiman beauty card event if you can, it can knock almost $25 off the original price.
  • This can be used to cover either the under-eye area or spots.  After all, both benefit from Retinol so it makes perfect sense.
  • The tube is small — I believe that there is roughly half the amount of product as the Cle de Peau concealer (which sells for $70 but does not promise skin care improvement).
  • Le Metier de Beaute’s Correcteur Concealer has superior pigmentation to any concealer that I have ever tried.  You do not need much.  A very thin layer does the work.
  • I apply this on my finger first to warm the product, then apply onto the eye.  This seems to spread the product to look quite natural.
  • The cream is very finely milled–it looks like skin, not like concealer.
  • Color choices are limited to two, I use Fraise.
  • There is a slight moisturizing property to it that keeps it from creasing easily.  It includes skin care ingredients that promises to improve your undereye texture in five days.  In my experience, it works.  My undereye area does look better in five days–fine lines are softer, the area seems more moisturized.  You get what you pay for.
  • This raises the question–should you still use your traditional under eye moisturizer?  My quick answer is yes, if you need more moisture then use it under Le Metier’s concealer.   I’ve confirmed with Dustin Lujan/ Le Metier genius, that this is appropriate.

Overall, I’ll re-buy Le Metier’s Peau Vierge Correcteur Concealer when it runs out (during a gift card event if at all possible).  If you’ve been following this blog, you know that I’ll spare no expense to get high quality products that deliver.  Looks, it’s my eyes. There are few areas of your body that are more examined, assessed and (hopefully) admired.  I’ll put down serious coin to preserve them as long as possible.

Speaking of concealers with benefits, I picked up a few samples of a new concealer/corrector from Lancome at a local Paris counter recently.  Unlike Le Metier’s Le Peau Vierge which uses a single tube for delivery of both concealer and skin care ingredients, Lancome’s Regengie Yeux (Mulitple Lift) is a two-part product.  One is the eye cream that is applied first.  The other is a very creamy, concentrated concealer for the undereye area.  Unlike Le Metier, I suspect based on the name and packaging that Lancome’s will not work well on spots–the use is really intended for under-eye only.

Peeled back, you can see the skin care moisturizer (bottom) and concealer (top) combination:

The back of the sample card:

I used Lancome’s for three days and enjoyed it.  In passing, I wondered whether there was a significant difference between buying two products–concealer and eye cream–rather than this two-part product.  Still, I found the combination looked very natural on my skin and had good coverage.  Between Le Metier Peau Vierge Correcteur Concealer and Lancome’s Renergie Yeux, well of course I prefered Le Metier’s (except for the price, as I suspect Lancome’s will be lower).  I found the coverage of Let Metier’s superior, and I’ll take a product with retinol over one without any day of the week.

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Mar 032011
 

Ah, our skin care sins.  You’ve done it, I’ve done it.  Everyone’s abused their skin at some point.  Guess what, I didn’t have grilled salmon on a bed of watercress for dinner. Some days, my priorities involve career, family, fun, friends and more fun.  Life happens. Tomorrow, I’ll wake up and try to do better. In the meantime, Sin-Care is there to help me fix the sins of my past.

Sin-Care (website is here, and worth looking at) is an up-and-coming skincare line that contacted me to try out their skin care range.  I found their approach refreshing. I love the whole forgiveness theme.  Although I routinely turn down offers to review skin care products, I happily agreed to this one.  The good news is that Sin-Care sells from its website internationally.  They are also working toward finding distributors in various countries worldwide.

Sin-Care’s range is divided into different needs, depending on your particular indulgence.  Their philosophy recognizes that the years that you’ve lived is only one factor that dictates your skin’s age.  The other enormous factor is lifestyle. We cannot actually get younger, but we can control and correct for our environmental and lifestyle factors, such as those that are the result of stress, sugar, sun damage, smoking, pollution and so on. It’s focused entirely on lifestyle aging and the environmental factors which cause us to age, targeting the cause as well as the symptom.  After pouring five year’s research into the products, here are the results:

 

  • Sin #1:  Smoker’s Secret— If you are exposed to a smoky environment, for detoxifying and fighting wrinkles
  • Sin #2: Sun Goddess— For those exposed to incidental sun damage, to help stimulate collagen production
  • Sin #3:  Sugar Hit— For sugar addicts, choco-holics and cocktail lovers.  This is a mix of anti-oxidants, vitamins and anti-stress ingredients
  • Sin #4:  Relaxation Sensation— For those going through stress (work, family or moves, which can wreak havoc on skin)
  • Sin #5:  Sleep Doctor— For insomniacs, students, new mothers and club-goers.  Enhances radiance, fights lines and moisturizes
  • Sin #6:  Skin Coach— For athletes and exercise addicts
  • Sin #7: Line Rewind— Targets fine lines and wrinkles, promotes radiance
  • Sin #8:  Urban Renewal– Protects the skin in city environments, stimulating oxygen production

Here’s another secret–you can layer the products if you have more than one skin sin.  So, you don’t have to choose one over another.  You can combine to make a custom blend designed for your lifestyle aging factors. I love this! Who doesn’t love that?

I chose Sin #4: Relaxation Sensation, based on some stress happening in my non-blogging life these days.  The product is packaged in a pump format, which works well to keep the product sanitary.  I understand that the product is being re-labelled, so the bottle is likely to have a different look soon.  One of the more impressive aspects is the high volume of product you get– 1.7 ounces, which is large for a skin care product.  Most of the high end skin care that I buy is 1 ounce or fewer.  These sell for roughly $70 in U.S. dollars, which is nowhere the breathtaking levels I’ve seen from some of the high end lines (yes, I’m one of those people that shell out for Chanel Sublimage).

The texture of Relaxation Sensation is cosmetically elegant, it’s not quite as thin as a clear liquid serum, but not as heavy as a lightweight moisturizer.  If you’re familiar with the Chanel Ultra Correction serum, the consistency is similar.  It has a light, slightly perfumed and pleasant fragrance.  It’s not strong, and I didn’t notice it after about 10 minutes.

The product absorbs within about one minute after application, and becomes an invisible part of your skin.  No really, I swear to you.  Really. I live in fear of skin care products that leave a greasy or masky feel.  Sin Care’s became part of my skin and I completely forgot that I had it on.  After application, I added my standard sunscreen and foundation.

So, bottom line–did it work? YES! After using the product for about two weeks, I noticed that my skin looked much better.  It looked younger, felt softer, and had a healthier glow. Although my stress level remains high, my skin looks like it does during my more relaxed phases. I’m giving Sin-Care my sincere recommendation–if you have a particular skin care need, you owe it to yourself to give this line a very, very close look.

Ingredient list for Relaxation Sensation:  Purified water, cyclomethicone & dimethicone crosspolymer, butylene glycol (and) litchi chinesis pericarp extract, aqua, ananas sativus juice, rosmarinus officinalis extract, chlorella vulgaris/ lupinus albus protein ferment polycrylamide & C-13-14 isoparaffin & Laureth 7, water (and) glycerin (and) glycogen, octyl stearate, sodium hyaluranate, titanium dioxide, tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E), PEG (Almond) triglycerirides, phenoxyethanol, chamomile extract, horsetail extract, green tea, ginseng extract, ginko biloba extract, olive leaf extract, liquorice extract, fragrance, diazolindinyl urea (and) iodopropynyl butylcarbamate, citric acid, retinyl palmitate, FD & C red #4.

This product was provided by Sin Care to Cafe Makeup to review.  But, really, I did love it.  Also, they sent me Sun Goddess which I’ll review next.  There’s also a mini-Relaxation Sensation that came in the box, and you can bet that’s going on my next flight with me.

 

 

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