Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Review: PCA Skin Perfecting Protection SPF 30

 I always tell my clients the importance of wearing  SPF 30 everyday.  Protect your skin from sun damage, collagen & elastin deterioration (prevent wrinkles), free radical damage, environmental pollution, and most importantly, skin cancer.   I came across a light spf that promised to aid in treating hyperpigmentation (darkening of skin caused by increased melanin from sun damage or acne) and not cause breakouts.  I was very excited to try a SPF with Bearberry, Licorice Root Extract, Kojic Acid, Mulberry Root Extract, and Lactic Acid.  

"This revolutionary broad-spectrum UVA/UVB product combines the superior protective benefits of Z-Cote and other potent sunscreen agents with five melanogenesis inhibitors. This unique blend of ingredients works to reduce existing skin discoloration while preventing future hyperpigmentation. In addition, potent antioxidants caffeine and silybum marianum extract, commonly referred to as milk thistle, work to fight damaging environmental free radicals, inflammation and the formation of sunburn cells. perfecting protection spf 30 is suitable for all skin types and is also recommended following peels, lasers, other in-office procedures for its skin-soothing properties and inhibition of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. "-PCA Skin

I thought I could really knock out my hyperpigmentation faster (plus a lightening gel) with these lightening/brightening ingredients.  I found that the 9.8 % Zinc Oxide never fully absorbed into my skin, creating a white cast and bringing out my acne scars even more.  The lightening ingredients had no affect on my skin.  I avoid the sun, wear hats and sunglasses to prevent further darkening of my uneven skin tone, but no success with this SPF.  My uneven skin tone became darker, not lighter.

After trying many sunscreens with Zinc Oxide, I believe it is a culprit of my clogged pores.  I discontinued Zinc Oxide for a week and my congested skin dissipated.  I had high hopes for this product, but it did not work for me.

Ingredients: Zinc Oxide (9.8%), Octinoxate (7.5%). Water, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Isononyl Isononanoate, Cetearyl Alcohol, SD Alcohol 40-B, Polyacrylate-13, Dimethicone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Lactic Acid, Kojic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Morus Alba Root Extract, Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Caffeine, Silybum Marianum Extract, Arginine, Microcrystalline Cellulose, C20-22 Alkyl Phosphate, C20-22 Alcohols, Polyisobutene, Cetearyl Glucoside, Caprylyl Glycol, Cellulose Gum, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sodium PCA, Sodium Hyaluronate, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol.

1.7 oz.
Available at Dermstore.com

Review: Control Corrective Salicylic Wash The Answer for Acne

I have been using this cleanser for only 3 days and the texture of my skin is already smoother, softer, and my blemishes are shrinking.  I have not had any new blemishes!  These are great results for my skin.  I am ecstatic with these results!  

"Sweep away dead skin cell build-up so blackheads and whiteheads don't stand a chance. By dissolving sticky pore-clogging oils and cellular debris, exfoliating Salicylic Wash creamy gel helps reduce congestion and improve skin texture on the face, back, shoulders and arms."-Control Corrective

The cleanser is a gentle soft pearl solution, is not overstimulating, does not smell like harsh chemicals, does not irritate my skin and a little product goes a long way.  2% Salicylic Acid dissolves dead skin cells and pore clogging oils, preventing clogged pores.  Aloe Vera Juice and Chamomile calm irritated skin.  The cleanser feels silky on my skin,  leaves my skin feeling extremely clean, without stripping my skin of moisture.  After cleansing my skin feels great, not tight, but comfortable.  This cleanser delivers on all its claims, I am sold.  I Love it!  Recommended for normal, combination, oily and acne-prone skin types.

6.7 oz.
5/5 Available at Meridian Day Spa (310) 601-7633

Review: Feed Your Skin with Dr. Alkaitis Holistic Organic Skin Food

I was drawn to this line, because I have seen it in numerous magazines and its “plant derived products”. I agree with there motto, “A Healthy skin is beautiful skin”. My skin is very sensitive, so I have been looking for a line that does not have irritating chemicals, dyes, GMO's (genetically modified organisms), and synthetics. Dr. Alkaitis says, “If you can't eat it, don't put it on your skin.” I did not eat the products, but I found this statement pursuasive.

Facts about Dr. Alkaitis Products

-Includes my listed requirements in a skincare line above, including no transfats.
-All products are raw health food for the skin.
-All products are edible & easily absorbed into the skin.
-Natural & made fresh (never older then 2 weeks prior to shipping).
-Not tested on animals.
-100% Certified Organic Aloe Vera Gel is the base of all products (instead of water).
-All products are formulated and manufactured by Dr. Alkaitis.
-All products are biologically active.
-Certified Organic Alcohol (the drinkable kind).
-All products adapt to your skin's needs.
-All products are gender neutral.

This line has made my skin look and feel “normal”, instead of oily. My skin is smoother and softer. I like this result, because other products tend me dry out my oily skin making it uncomfortable and counteract by producing more oil. The products smell like light essential oils, including sandalwood and rosemary to name a few. I did however, experience a some redness from the essential oils, alcohol and seaweed ingredients.

Organic Purifying Toner

Acts as an astringent, a toner, a skin balancer; an anti-inflammatory, and heals burns; excellent for after-sun treatment.”-Dr.Alkaitis
One of my favorite from the line! It left my skin soft and moisturized. I use the product from the palm of my hand, dab onto fingertips and press into skin. My skin was a tiny bit pink, but it subsides after about 10 minutes. This product made my oily skin feel like a normal skin type, leaving my skin shine free.
I would recommend this toner for all skin types, especially oily skin types.

Ingredients: Into a base of organic Aloe Vera gel*, Witch Hazel and organic grain alcohol* (from the fermentation of organically grown grains), the following organic and wild-crafted herbs are blended: Greater Nettle*, Wild Chamomile flowersº, Myrrhº, European Elder blossoms*, Marsh Mallow*, French Lavender flowers*, Curacao Orange*, Benzoinº, Rosemary*, Wild Fennelº and Balm Mint*. Grapefruit* and Lemon* extracts. Sea Oakº, Atlantic Kelpº and Pearl Mossº. Also added are natural vitamin B and vitamin C complexes and 100% pure Essential Oils. * - Signifies certified organically grown. º - Signifies ethically wild-crafted.

4 oz.

Organic Soothing Gel

A moisturizing gel, that leaves your skin soft and refreshed; an anti-bacterial tonic, perfect for sensitive just shaved-face, excellent after waxing, electrolysis or other hair removal procedure, great for inflammatory conditions such as acne and eczema.”- Dr. Alkaitis

I used this product immediately following the toner. I would not use it following hair removal, it would burn. My skin was a little flushed after using this product, which dissapeared after about 10 minutes. I believe the organic grain alcohol, atlantic kelp and red seaweed are the cause of redness. I would not use on imflamed acne nor eczema (I suffer from both) it will burn. Recommended for normal skin.

Ingredients: Into our base of Organic Aloe Vera Gel* and Witch Hazelº the following organic and wild-crafted herbals are blended: organically grown grape alcohol* (from the fermentation of organically grown grains). Greater Nettle*, Wild Chamomileº, Myrrhº, European Elder*, Sweet Weed*, and French Lavender*. Curacao Orange*, Benzoinº, Rosemary*, Olibanumº, Wild Fennelº, Balm Mint*, Sea Oakº, Atlantic Kelpº and Red Seaweedº. Also added are natural vitamin B and vitamin C complexes and 100% pure essential oils. * - Signifies certified organically grown. º - Signifies ethically wild-crafted.

4 oz

Organic Nourishing Treatment Oil

This nourishing treatment oil is truly amazing! It seals moisture and absorbs quickly into the skin and has a heavenly smell. A must for after-bath, shower and sauna and makes a excellent massage oil and skin tonic. Great for your face. Excellent as a scalp and hair tonic.”-Dr. Alkaitis

I applied this product to my face and scalp. It smells nice (sandalwood), is not heavy and doesn't leave skin shiny or oily. I absolutely love it on my scalp and hair to keep it moisturized. My skin seemed to like it, but I broke out. Not necessarily meant for acne-prone skin. Too pricey for me. I recommend for all skin types, except oily and acne-prone. Makes a great scalp treatment.

Ingredients: Into a base of virgin cold pressed organic oils (organic Jojoba*, St. John's Wort* and Andean Mountain Rose Hip seed* oils), the following organic and wild-crafted herbals are blended: Indian Madderº, Country Sarsaparillaº, Amazon root* and Liquorice*. Country Mallowº, Turmeric*, China rootº, Costusº, and White Sandalwoodº. Cuscus Grassº, Olive*, Eagle Woodº, Nut Grassº, Bermuda Grassº and Ashwagandhaº. Also added are natural vitamin E complex (D- alpha, beta, gamma and delta tocopherols) and 100% pure Essential Oils. * - Signifies certified organically grown. º - Signifies ethically wild-crafted.

4 oz.

Organic Enzyme Exfoliating Mask

Employs a broad range of enzymes and is a active and effective anti-aging mask; rejevenates the complexion by gently yet thoroughly removing all accumulated cellular and microbial debris from the skin.” Dr. Alkaitis

I really like this mask, it delivers on all its claims! My skin looked fantastic after removing this mask, refreshed, glowing, and smooth. The mask supplies skin with essential phytonutrients, antioxidants, minerals and immune support. Bromelain and papain (just to name a few) work together to exfoliate, while bilberry, strawberry, raspberry, turmeric exfoliate and brighten skin tone. I mixed each powder mask into a paste with a TINY amount of water. Too much water and it will be too runny to apply. It is suggested to use twice a month, but for oily and acne prone skin, I would recommend once a week. I recommend all skin types try this mask!

Ingredients: Organic Oat Buds*, Blueberry*, Bilberry*, Strawberry*, Raspberry*, Grapes* and Blackberry*; Extracts of Barley Grass*, Turmeric* and Cat's Claw; Enzyme Exfoliating Complex consisting of Cellulase, Lipase, Lactase, Protease Complex, Xylinase, Amylase, Bromelain, Papain, Maltase, Beta-Glucanase, Invertase, Pectinase, Mannanase, Phytase, Alpha-Galactosidase, Arabinosidase and Glucoamylase. * - Signifies certified organically grown.
4 oz

Organic Cellular Repair Mask

This is a excellent mask for environmentally damaged and aging skin. One of its ingredients is strawberries. If you are allergic to strawberries, do not use this mask.”-Dr. Alkaitis

I agree that is a great mask for aging and damaged skin. The mask provides the skin with active antioxidants, essential for the regeneration and repair of damaged and traumatized skin. All Dr. Alkaitis mask's can be mixed with plain yogurt for soft and smooth skin. My skin looked refreshed after using this mask.

Ingredients: Raspberry*, Blueberry*, Blackberry*, Oat Buds*, Grapes*, Strawberry*, Bilberry*.
4 oz.

Organic Universal Mask

Is the ultimate therapeutic health food for the skin; excellent for use after peels, microdermabrasion, ect. It is the only mask that contains an animal product ; Certified Organic Goat's Milk Protein.”-Dr. Alkaitis

Dr. Alkaitis mask's are by far my favorite products from the skincare line. I like to call this mask, “Skin Food”. I has a variety of vegetables: broccolli, carrots, sweet potatoe, cauliflower, cucumber, beets, tomatoe and brussels sprouts. The mask is full of vitamins A, B, C, F, K, live enzymes, proteins, anti-oxidants, and mineral complexes. I mix with yogurt or organiz honey for a smooth, nourished, revitalized result. Recommended for sensitive, inflamed, damaged or troubled skin.

Ingredients: Organic Grass Juice Complex (Kamut Grass*. Alfalfa*, Oat Grass* and Wheat Grass*), Oat Buds*, Sea Vegetable Complex (Chlorellaº, Dulseº, Spirulinaº, Sea Palmº and Sea Willowº), Goat's Milk Protein*. Vegetable Complex (Carrots*, Cabbage, Sweet Potato*, Kale*, Broccoli*, Asparagus, Brussels Sprouts, Cucumber, Ginger*, Onions, Cauliflower, Beets*, Tomatoes* and Parsley*). Organic Seed Complex (Pumpkin*, Sesame*, Amaranth*, Flax*, Soy*, Oats*, Rye*, Buckwheat*, Millet*, Barley*, Brown Rice*, and Sunflower*). *- Signifies certified organically grown º- Signifies ethically wild-crafted

4 oz.

Organic Purifying Cleanser

It cleans the skin gently, deeply and thoroughly; removes old skin cells and leaves the skin moist, soft and refreshed. It also makes a terrific shaving gel; should not be used as an eye make-up and/or mascara remover.”-Dr. Alkaitis

I liked the smell of the cleanser, but my sensitive skin turned a little pink. The cleanser is a amber color paste (same color as the toner, soothing gel, and treatment oil.) The lather is very minimal and leaves a squeaky clean feeling. This after cleansing feeling made my skin feel sticky and unclean. I would prefer a product that does not leave a residue. I chose to cleanse with another product to remove the film. It removes mineral makeup, but not heavy foundation/concealer. I did not feel it exfoliated nor left my skin refreshed. My oily skin felt tight and heavy from the filmy residue.  I love the line, but this product was not for me.

Ingredients: Added into Dr. Alkaitis' Organic Castile Cleansing Base (compounded from virgin, cold pressed organic Olive*, organic Shea*, Organic Jojoba*, organic Coconut*, organic Sesame*, organic Castor* and organic Borage* oils), the following ingredients are added: Organic Aloe Vera Gel *, Organic Herbal Skin Repair Complex (made up of Chamomile*, Plantain*, Black Elder*, Greater Nettle*, Myrrhº, Bitter Orange*, Rosemary*, Marsh Mallow*, Benzoinº, Marigold*, True Lavender*, Sea Wrackº and Atlantic Seaweedº), Vegetable Glycerin, Citrus seed extract, Natural vitamin A complex, Natural vitamin C complex, Natural vitamin E complex (D-alpha, beta, gamma, delta tocopherols), 100% pure Essential Oils. * - Signifies certified organically grown. º - Signifies ethically wild-crafted.

4 oz

All products available at alkaitis.com

All product provided by Dr. Alkaitis. This review is my honest opinion.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Review: Neostrata Saves Acne Prone & Oily Skin!

 Oily Skin Solution: 

 Neostrata is a dermatology developed skincare line recommended and highly regarded by skin care experts around the world. The Oily Skin Solution is a liquid solution, with 8% glycolic acid that treats oily and acne prone skin. This is a miracle product. My stubborn micro-comedones on my forehead have disappeared, my oily skin is under control, looks more healthy and exfoliated, and is much more smoother! I did not experience any irritation, tingling or burning with this product! I cleanse, rinse, apply with my fingers to my chest, neck, face and follow with Dermalogica Active Moist+ Solar Defense Booster SPF 30. 
Clear clogged pores and remove excess oil from oily, acne-prone complexions with a skin toner solution formulated with Glycolic Acid for non-sensitive skin.”-Neostrata
The Dermatologist developed solution removes excess sebum from oily and acne-prone skin, contains 8% Glycolic Acid, plumps, hydrates, smoothes fine lines, wrinkles, helps clear pores, fragrance–free and ideally for non-sensitive skin. After using this solution, I have a very smooth canvas to work with prior to applying foundation. My skin does not feel tight, but light and hydrated (not heavy or oily). A absolute must for oily skin types. I suggest anyone with oily skin or acne try this product. Your skin will feel clean for once and not dirty by noon. Also perfect for those living in humid climates. 
Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Alcohol denat., Glycolic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Ammonium Hydroxide, Polyquaternium-10, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, Polysorbate 20, Tetrasodium EDTA. 
3.4 fl oz.
Available at Ulta & Neostrata.com
Antibacterial Facial CleanserA Lady J Favorite!

A light foaming cleanser that, “Reduces potentially problematic bacteria on the skin.”-Neostrata
The cleanser contains 0.3% Triclosan (anti-bacterial), Gluconolactone (a PHA offers anti-aging benefits), soothing chamomile, Pro-vitamin B5 (panthenol), fragrance-free, soap free and Dermatologist-Tested. It is suitable for all skin types including acne, rosacea and rinses off easily. It left my skin feeling very clean, comfortable (not tight), soft, and smooth (without a film). I experienced no irritation with this product.  Perfect for removing makeup. 
Great for skin sensitive to other acne fighting ingredients, salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, tea tree oil, and sulfur.  This cleanser is suitable for those using prescription retinoids for acne.  Gluconolactone (a active ingredient in the cleanser ) also provides light exfoliation, hydration, is a anti-oxidant and provides a smoother texture for those using glycolic acid products.  This boosts the results of other products combined with gluconolactone.  I also experienced a brightened complexion.
I would recommend this product for all skin types, especially those struggling with acne or oily skin.
Skin Update October 30,2011:  After continuous use of this cleanser, my skin has been extremely clear!  I can count on one hand the number of tiny pimples I have gotten since using this cleanser.  This is amazing results for my extremely oily skin.  My pores LIKE to clog up.  I had stubborn forehead breakouts that cleared and remained clear.  My cheeks, chin and jaw are clear and smooth!  This is hands down, my favorite acne cleanser.  This cleanser dissolves oil, does not strip skin making it feel tight and uncomfortable.  My skin is noticeably less oily during the day!  No more greasy skin two hours after washing my face.  My skin feels more balanced and clean, even while living in Los Angeles. 
Ingredients: Triclosan 0.3%. Inactive: Ammonium Chloride, Ammonium Laureth Sulfate, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Aqua (Water), Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Gluconolactone, Glycine, Lauryl Alcohol, Methylparaben, Panthenol, PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate, Phenoxyethanol, Polyquaternium-10, Propylene Glycol, Propylparaben, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Triethanolamine.
6 fl oz.
Available at Ulta & Neostrata.com
Products provided by Neostrata.  This review is my honest opinion.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Beauty Obsession of the Day: Freckles!

I have always been a fan of freckles.  They should not be covered or concealed, wear your freckles proud =)

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

5 Skin Friendly Blushes

As a person that has struggled with acne for over 10 years, I have learned my skin is picky, when it comes to cosmetics. My skin is acne prone, oily, sensitive, reactive and flushes easily. Most people tend to breakout in the cheek area from blush. Learning ingredients has helped me and I have put together a list of blushes that have beneficial ingredients for your skin. Yes, makeup should look good, but these products are made without harsh chemicals and dyes that would potentially cause skin irritations and breakouts. Blush naturally!

1) Bloom Powder Blush 0.11 lbs/ 0.2 oz. $28 bloomcosmetics.com
Bloom is natural & certified organic, contains no synthetic chemicals, reducing exposure to chemicals and toxins. This blush gives cheeks a lovely luminous glow, never oily. No irritants here.

2) 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Blush 9g/ .32oz $25 100percentpure.com
Blush with fruit pigments full of vitamins and antioxidants minus synthetic dyes & minerals. 100% natural and vegan. Gluten free. Truly blushing naturally.
3) Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush 0.2 oz $25 tartecosmetics.com
A skin nourishing blush, contains Vitamin A & C, Amazonian Clay, and beeswax instead of synthetic wax. Amazonian Clay minimizes oily skin, hydrates dry skin, improves clarity of dull skin, and balances combination skin. This vibrant blush is formulated without parabens, synthetic fragrance, mineral oil, phthalates and sodium lauryl sulfate. A great choice for humid weather!

4) Physician Formula Organic Wear 100% Origin Blush .19 oz/ 5.5g $11.95
Italian powder gives a natural blush color, contains jojoba seed oil and cornstarch. 100% free of synthetic fragrances, harsh chemicals, synthetic preservatives, parabens, synthetic colors, cruelty free, and GMO's.  Available at CVS, Target, Walmart, and Walgreens.

5) Korres Zea Mays Blush 0.21 oz $24 korresusa.com
Made with jojoba seed oil, this blush gives skin a luminous finish. Korres uses safe and gentle ingredients for the skin, without synthetic ingredients: propylene glycol & ethanolamines, mineral oil, petrochemicals, and paraffin.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Review: 100% Pure Purity Facial Cleanser+Mask & Cabernet Grape Nourishing Body Cream

 100 % Pure Purity Facial Cleanser + Mask

I recently hopped on the natural bandwagon and love it. Why do I love natural products? My skin is hypersensitive, which makes chemicals, synthetic ingredients and dyes my enemy. They are highly irritating to my skin. My skin is also very oily and acne prone. Although natural products can be highly irritating, this product does not irritate my sensitive skin. 100% Pure products are 100% natural, vegan, cruelty free. The packaging is BPA and Phthalate free.

The Purity Collection is formulated specifically to give you a clear complexion and to protect against future breakouts. Detoxifying essential oils kill the acne causing bacteria while nourishing seaweeds and purifying herbs protect against future breakouts. Acnegenic skin is raw and sensitive and needs skincare that is non pore clogging , gentle and effective.” -100% Pure

The cleanser+mask comes in a tube, the cleanser is a dark moss green shade, the consistency is not too thick, nor thin. It smells like Extra peppermint gum, which makes me hungry lol. Immediately upon application of the cleanser, I feel tingling from the peppermint and tea tree. After massaging in the cleanser and thoroughly rinsing my face, I realized my skin has never felt this clean before. EVER. I become excited every time I cleanse with this product.

The mask is equally great. It detoxifies skin. Your skin will feel and look amazing after using this for a week, I promise. My skin has immensely improved since using this cleanser+mask. I wish I tried this product sooner, it is my new favorite cleanser!

Acne fighting ingredients in the cleanser+mask include, Lavender, Burdock Root, Tea Tree, Spirulina, Sea Buckthorn, and Goldenseal. Calming and anti-inflammatory ingredients (fantastic for irritated skin): Aloe Vera, Green Tea, Echinacea, and Calendula. I recommend this cleanser for everyone, from clear skin to cystic acne. Your skin will thank you for it.

Ingredients: Organic Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender Hydrosol) Aqua1, Organic Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Juice) Leaf2, Cocos Nucifera (Saponified Coconut) Oil, Asparagopsis Armata (Red Algae) Extract, Fucus Vesiculosis (Kelp Powder), Fucus Vesiculosis (Spirulina Powder), Camellia Sinensis Leaf (Green Tea Powder) Extract, Cannabis Sativa Seed Extract (Hemp Seed Powder), Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Oil, Extracts of Calendula Officinalis Flower (Calendula), Thymus Vulgaris Flower/Leaf (Thyme), Salvia Officinalis Leaf (Sage), Origanum Vulgare Leaf (Oregano), Hydrastis Canadensis (Goldenseal), Echinacea Purpurea (Echinacea), Carum Petroselinum (Parsley) and Arctium Lappa (Burdock) Root, Essential Oils of Melaleuc Alternifolia (Tea Tree), Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) and Mentha Piperita (Peppermint), Lonicera Caprifolium (Japanese Honeysuckle) Extract.

5 oz.
Available at 100percentpure.com

Cabernet Grape Nourishing Body Cream

My first thought was, “Can I eat this??” It smells that good. I normally cannot use scented products but this body cream is all natural, no synthetic fragrances YAY!

The body cream is a pale yellow shade and has a somewhat thick consistency. No greasy mess, just well hydrated skin. “Highly nourishing, luxurious cream concentrated with potent anti-aging antioxidants, vitamins, skin softening fruit oils and moisturizing cocoa and avocado butter.”- 100% Pure

Contains no artificial fragrances, synthetic chemicals, toxic preservatives, or any other unsafe ingredients. 100% high quality organic ingredients.

Ingredients: Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract (Aloe Juice)1, Organic ROsa Centifolia Flower Water (Rose Hydrosol)2, Theobroma Cacao Seed (Cocoa) Butter, Persea Gratissima Oil (Avocado Butter), Vitis Vinifera (Grapeseed) Seed Oil, Organic Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Seed Oil3, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Ribes Nigrum (Blackcurrant) Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Extracts of Vitis Vinifera Fruit (Cabernet Grape), Organic Coffea Lona (Green Coffee)4, Organic Prunus Serotina (Wild Cherry) Fruit5, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate), Organic Rubus Idaeus Fruit (Raspberry)5, Rubus Fruticosus Fruit (Blackberry) and Organic Camelia Sinensis Leaf (White Tea)3, Citric Acid, Hamamelis Virginiana Water (Witch Hazel), Extracts of Lonicera Caprifolium (Japanese Honeysuckle), Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf (Rosemary), Origanum Vulgare Leaf (Oregano), Thymus Vulgaris Flower/Leaf (Thyme) and Hydrastis Vanadensis (Goldenseal), Ethyl Alcohol (Grain Alcohol), Extracts of Euterpe Oleracca Fruit (Acai Berry), Resveratrol, Organic Camellia Sinensis Leaf (Green Tea)3, Garcinia Mangosteen Peel (Mangosteen), Lycium Barbarum Fruit (Goji Berry), Aristotelia Chilensis (Maqui Berry), Sambucus Canadensis (Elderberry) and Vitis Vinifera Skin (Muscadine Grape)

8 oz.
Available at 100percentpure.com
A Lady J Favorite

Products provided by 100% Pure. This review is my honest opinion.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Beauty Obsession of the Day: Tracee Ellis Ross

 Joan! Oh, I miss Girlfriends! Tracee is as talented as she is beautiful.  She is sassy, hilarious and elegant.  I look forward to her new tv show, "Reed Between The Lines" on BET.  She makes me miss my hair =(  She has always been my hair idol..growing out my hair now!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Review: Ole Henriksen Blemish Attack Mask

I was extremely excited to try Ole Henriksen products, because every time I see a photo of the man, his complexion is beaming! His skincare products have a great reputation.

The product I tried is the Blemish Attack Mask. The product claims, "A purifying and anti-inflammatory mask that minimizes breakouts and absorbs excess oil." This mask is great for oily skin and acne conditions. My skin falls under both categories and has had amazing results from this product. The mask smells like kaolin clay and essential oils.  I applied the mask generously and left it on for 30 minutes. Upon application, my skin felt a slight tingle.  After rinsing the mask, my skin did not feel tight, but comfortable. My skin was calm and any irritation I previously had was gone. I also slept with this mask on, waking up to hydrated, calm, repaired, and clean skin!

My skin looks revitalized, my clogged pores shrunk over night and were easier to extract. The mask contains kaolin, bentonite clay, .5% salicylic acid, zinc, copper (calms redness, supports collagen production), rosemary, juniper, and eucalyptus essential oils ( 3 great astringents.) These ingredients are fantastic for inflamed acne. Use during a facial or twice a week. Red skin or swelling will calm down with this mask. I look forward to trying more Ole Henriksen products!

Ingredients: Salicylic Acid 0.50% Water, Kaolin, Glycerin, Montmorillonite, Stearic Acid, Aspalathus Linearis (Red Tea) Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Juniperus Communis Fruit Oil, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Flower Oil, Rosemary Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Copper Gluconate, Zinc Gluconate, Manganese Gluconate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Allantoin, Lactic Acid, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Melia Azadirachta Seed Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Laurate, Potassium Hydroxide, Gluconolactone, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Limonene.

Available at Sephora.com

Product provided by Ole Henriksen.  All reviews are my honest opinion. 

Review: PCA Skin Smoothing Toner

This is a strong toner! A toner should remove cleanser residue and return skin back to its pH level. I love PCS Skin products but this product is just not for me. PCA claims, "A high-concentration AHA solution formulated to refine pores and remove superficial dead skin cells, leaving the skin smooth and clear. Appropriate for normal to oily skin ". My skin became irritated and blotchy upon applying this toner. It did not help with my congested skin, but it did remove excess makeup and cleanser residue. My skin felt tight, not exactly back to its pH level. The combination of lactic acid and citric acid is too harsh on my skin.  This toner strips the skin and I would not recommend it.

Ingredients: Lactic Acid, Citric Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice.

7 oz.
Available at lovelyskin.com

Review: L'oreal Paris Studio Secrets Professional Magic Perfecting Base

Primer is a necessity for my oily skin. I have to be very careful with primers, because most break me out. Dimethicone is a key ingredient in primers to fill in pores and create a smooth and even canvas for foundation. This ingredient is also known to clog pores because it is a sillicone and its texture is thick. This combination can be bad for oily skin.

I experienced some clogged pores after using this primer. It comes in a small jar, I suggest not sticking fingers in it to prevent contamination. Use a small popsicle stick to remove product from jar and use the back of your hand as a pallete. L'oreal claims, "Get the perfect skin texture, instantly and all day. Smoothes lines Hides pores Banishes imperfections The silky, lightweight formula glides onto skin, leaving it velvety-smooth to the touch. The result-a unified matte finish that's flawless".

When applied, my skin tone looked even, matte, more flawless. A decent oil control product and a little goes a long way. It's a good buy and I would recommend for normal skin. Tip: Make sure you thoroughly cleanse skin before bed to prevent clogged pores and remove impurities.  I would not repurchase, because I broke out.

Ingredients: Cyclohexasiloxane, Dimethicone, Dimethicone Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Silica, Acrylates Crosspolymer, Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Aluminum Hydroxide.

0.5 oz.
Available at Walmart, Target, CVS

Review: PCA Skin Pigment Gel

I ordered a massive quantity of PCA Skincare about 4 months ago and it has dramatically improved my acne and hyperpigmentation. The PCA Skin Pigment Gel is effective but can be irritating as your skin adjusts. This is a aggressive treatment. I suggest starting use 1x a day and maybe every other day. Increase use as your skin adjusts and do not use other strong exoliating products & treatments. 

The gel comes in a glass jar with a pump. Sometimes the pump can become jammed, I would just unscrew the pump and put a few drops on my fingertips. PCA Skin claims, "The penetrating 'triple-action' of hydroquinone, kojic acid and azelaic acid, plus lactic and citric acid helps to exfoliate, lighten and inhibit hyperpigmentation (skin discoloration) and age spots." Hydroquinone, Kojic and Azelaic acid are lighteners. Citric acid and Lactic (also lightens) exfoliates dead skin cells. 

My skin was a bit sensitive to this product as it adjusted but very effective. My skin tone was noticeably more even, but the results did not last. I wore spf 30 everyday and avoided sun exposure, so this was disappointing. Remember that products with hydroquinone should not be used over 3 months, or skin will begin to darken. It is not known why hydroquionone takes this affect. After 3 months, try a lightener or brightener with kojic, arbutin, mulberry, lactic acid, azelaic acid, to maintain results. Wear SPF 30+ everyday (try SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50), it is a must to prevent re-darkening of the treated skin.

I feel like this gel did more for my acne, then my hyperpigmentation.  Great for light uneven skintone or sun damage, but not very heavy hyperpigmentation.  This gel smoothed the texture of my skin and offers great exfoliation. Excellent for stubborn forehead comedones. 

Ingredients: Witch Hazel, Castor Oil Methyl Glycol, Kojic Acid, Hydroquinone, Lactic Acid and Citric Acids (pH adjusters), Cellulose.

Available at skinstore.com

Review: Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant

I am obsessed with exfoliating! A scrub does not have to be gritty or harsh to exfoliate. It can actually create micro-tears in your skin, leading to irritation and possibly scarring. I discovered Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant about 4 years ago through a sample giveaway. It has been a staple in my skincare regime ever since!

Dermalogica claims, " A unique Rice-based enzyme powder that microfoliates dulling debris and helps stimulate cell renewal to reveal brighter, smoother skin." It is a extremely gentle powder exfoliant and can be used on a daily basis. Add a little bit of water to create a paste and massage into skin, even better if you have Clarisonic Mia. My skin has never been irritated from using this, even when my acne was inflamed. I continue to use it, as my acne is under control.

Exfoliating also increases effectiveness and penetration of other products like eye cream, serum, moisturizer and treatments. I use this exfoliant 3x/week and sometimes more (it can be used daily!) I love to use before a mask to allow ingredients to penetrate better. This product can be used for all skin conditions.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Microcrystalline Cellulose, Talc, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate, Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate, Colloidal Oatmeal, Oryza Sativa Bran (Rice), Oryza Sativa Starch (Rice), PCA, Allyl Methacrylates Crosspolymer, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Limonene, Methylparaben, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Allantoin (Comfrey Root), Salicylic Acid, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil (Grapefruit), Papain, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra Root Extract (Licorice), Cyclodextrin, Melaleuca Altemifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil (Tea Tree)

2.6 oz.
Available at Drugstore.com

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Review: Osea Undaria Algae Oil & White Algae Mask

I was excited to try Osea Undaria Algae Oil, because it is the lines staple product. I have never been a fan of body oils until I tried this oil. My facial skin is already oily, I normally try to avoid oil overload. I love this oil for my entire body, especially my elbows, feet and stretch marks.

A little goes a long way with this product. My skin loves this lightweight oil, it holds in moisture well, softens and smooths my skin. The oil comes in a glass jar with a pump. Osea claims, " Nourish your skin daily with this lightweight marine-based oil and it will glow. For all skin types." The natural scent is enchanting and does not irritate my sensitive skin. This oil is contains omega fatty acids, vitamins A, B, C, E, seed oils- sesame, acai, passion fruit and babbaso. 

Undaria Algae Oil is a vegan product, biodegradable, not tested on animals. I would recommend this to everyone to try, especially for those that have psioasis. A friend of mine has psoriasis on her scalp and this oil worked wonders for her. Her psoriasis cleared up nicely and continues to maintain healthy skin.

100% naturally derived ingredients: Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Oi*, Undaria Pinnatifida Extract*, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil*, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Peel Oil*, Cupressus Sempervirens (Cypress) Oil*, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Pulp Oil*, Linum Usitatissimum (Flax) Seed Oil*, Orbignea Oleifera (Babassu) Seed Oil*, Oriza Sativa (Rice Bran) Oil*, Passiflora Edulis (Passion Fruit) Seed Oil*, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil*, Tocopherol (Vitamin E) *Certified Organic Ingredient

6 oz.
Available at oseamalibu.com (888 )FOR-OSEA

Review: Osea White Algae Mask

Think of a mask that does not leave your skin feeling tight, but calm & hydrated. Osea White Algae Mask is that mask. Osea claims, "Developed for dry or sensitive skin including rosacea. This high tech all natural treatment mask delivers multiple benefits: deep hydration while visibly tightening and lifting, calms and soothes irritated skin, and evens out skin tones."  This algae based mask that can be used on all skin types. It is not a nice smelling mask, but it delivers soothing qualities to your skin. It did not however, even my skin tone.  Keep in mind, my skin tone is quite damaged.  My skin felt comfortable, hydrated and calm after removing the mask. Also a great overnight mask or spot treatment. Your skin will love it!

100% naturally derived ingredients: Aqua, *Algae Extract (White Lichen Powder), Saccharmoyces/Copper Ferment, Saccharomyces/Manganese Ferment, Saccharomyes/Zinc Ferment, Glycerin, White Wine Extract, Titanium Dioxide, Hyaluronic Acid, *Macrocystis Pyrifera Kelp, Hydrolyze Wheat Protein, *Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, *Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, *Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, *Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Hespiridin Methyl Chalcone & Dipeptide-2 & Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3 (Amino Acids), Plant Extract Complex of Glycerrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Rubus Coreanus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Lycium Chinensis Fruit Extract, Prunus Mume Fruit Extract, UUron-Cha Ekisu (Oolong Tea) Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Pyrus Commuis (Pear) Fruit Extract, White Tea Extract, *Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Calendula Extract, Chamomile Extract, Undecylenoyl Glycine, Glycine, Citric Acid, Sorbic Acid, Benzoic Acid *CERTIFIED ORGANIC INGREDIENT

Available at Oseamalibu.com

Products provided by Osea.  All reviews are my honest opinion.