Friday, March 27, 2015

Fighting aging with Vitamin C!

Time has come for me to really get into anti-aging skincare... Having reached the respectable age of 35, I've noticed more fine lines and lack of firmness in the past few month. I'm trying to build an anti-aging routine that will work with my combination skin, which has been prone to more breakouts lately. 

Vitamin C is a major player in anti-aging skincare: it is known to reduce discoloration like sun spots, brighten skin, and also to stimulate collagen production, which helps maintain skin's firmness. It is also a powerful anti-oxidant, a type of substance that helps protect skin against the damage caused by free radicals. 

I was sent the Vitamin C Serum for consideration by Radha Beauty, a growing brand that has a small range of cruelty-free, made in USA natural skincare carefully formulated without harsh chemicals. 

My first thought when I received it was that the packaging looks like something I could buy at a department store. Radha Beauty may be a small brand but the bottle the Vitamin C Serum comes in is both sturdy and luxurious. It is an opaque and air-tight container with a pump, which is tremendously important with this type of product, as vitamin C is fairly unstable and quickly degraded by air or light. 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A taste of Hawaii with OPI Just Lanai-ing Around

Never having been to Hawaii is one of the major dramas of my life. Everybody and their mother seems to be going to Hawaii EXCEPT FOR ME. When I first moved to the West coast, visiting Hawaii was one of my top priorities. 3 years later, it has yet to happen, and I'm bitterly bitter about it! Of course, when OPI launched their Hawaii collection for Spring, I had to avenge my broken dreams and get some new colors. 

Just Lanai-ing Around is more of an urban shade than a paradise island color if you ask me, but it's very pretty nonetheless. OPI describes it as a dark creamy mauve. To me, it looks quite warm, kind of a berry-plum medium toned shade in a cream finish

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Spring colors for soft makeup looks

Spring is finally here! Wait, was it ever Winter? Not really in San Diego, where flowers have been blooming and veggies growing in my backyard for several months now. In the makeup world, Spring means that soft colors and pastels are coming back after a few months of deeper shades of taupes, berries and plums. Here's my little selection of colors to wear for Spring, delicate hues of pink and peach. 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

OZ Naturals Super Youth Eye Gel: a cucumber-aloe smoothie for my eyes

The eye contour area is where the skin is the thinnest, the most fragile, and where fatigue or aging tends to show first. I've never really had puffy eyes, in fact I've had hollow under eye circles since my early 20s, and there isn't much that can be done for that without surgery. I've also had very dark circles since my teenage years, and slowly but surely, I noticed the skin in the area getting more dehydrated and showing fine lines. I've been offered to test OZ Natural Super Youth Eye Gel, and of course I'm always in to try something new! 

The brand focuses on natural ingredients in their formulas, and the Super Youth Eye Gel is vegan, cruelty-free and made in the USA. It's also free of parabens, sulfates, alcohol and mineral oilsThe ingredients that the brand puts forward as the most active in this eye gel are plant stem cells, the Matrixyl 3000 and a peptide complex (anti-aging), hyaluronic acid (moisturizing) and vitamin E (antioxidant). As far as I can tell, the list of ingredients looks pretty clean and contains a lot of vegetal extracts. Here's the full list: 
Organic Aloe, Matrixyl 3000, Palmitoyl Triepeptide-3, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Plant Stem Cells, Cucumber Hydrosol, Organic Jojoba Oil, Botanical Hyaluronic Acid, MSM, Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Carrageenan Gum, Silk Amino Acid Blend (Sodium L-Pyrrolidone Carboxylate, Sodium Lactate, L’Arginine, L-Aspartic Acid, L-Pyrrolidonecarboxylic Acid, Glycine, L-Alanine, L-Serine, L-Valine, L-Proline, L-threonine, L-Isoleucine, L-Histidine, L-Phenylalanine), Wildcrafted Periwinkle, Organic Licorice, Wildcrafted Eye Bright, Wildcrafted Reishi, Organic Gotu Kola, Frankincense, Vitamin E, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin. 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Muddy and beautiful!

Women have been using mud and clay masks for centuries to beautify their skin. Mud from the Dead Sea is especially sought after for its high mineral content. I went to the Dead Sea when I visited Jordan - you can't even begin to imagine how hot it was... Visiting Jordan in July wasn't my best move, however beautiful and fascinating it was! Anyways, I had been using Dead Sea mud masks for several years and had tried a few different brands when I was offered to try the one from Pure & Essential Minerals

I was glad to notice that no chemicals are added to the formula, which only contains natural ingredientsThe product is also not tested on animals. Here's the full ingredients list: 
Dead Sea mud, organic shea butter, organic sunflower oil, organic aloe vera juice, organic vegetable glycerin, organic jojoba oil, hickory bark extract, organic calendula oil, filtered water, xanthan gum, eucalyptus oil. 

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