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Mario Badescu and Clarisonic -- A Match Made in Skincare Heaven

Mario Badescu is one of my favorite skincare brands. I have reviewed and recommended several products over the years.  Pair that with Clarisonic, the sonic care cleansing brush that started it all, and it's a match made in skincare heaven.  This match seems like a no brainer so my only question is why did Mario Badescu and Clarisonic take so look to hook up? (I need answers!)

Now that the Mario Badescu and Clarisonic celebrity hook up is official, let's look at what we get out of this union: (Of course it's about us. Duh.)

Clarisonic Mia 2 Sonic Skin Cleansing Brush

Clarisonic Mia 2 Sonic Skin Cleansing Brush has two speeds, and like all other Clarisonics, it gently oscillates back and forth over 300 times per second providing a clean that is clinically proven to be 6 times better than cleaning with hands alone.  When you use the Clarisonic, all your lotions and potions absorb better into the skin so you get more from your skincare products. The Mia 2 is waterproof,  so feel free to get your cleanse on in the shower. It also features a proprietary T-Timer to help you to not over cleanse -- it goes for a minute:  20 seconds on the forehead, 20 seconds on the nose/chin and 10 seconds on each cheek. I know plenty of people who think longer is better, so, a timer is a genius move.  The brush comes with the Clarisonic pLink Charger, Sensitive Brush Head and White Protective Travel Case.

Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel

Not only is this one of my favorite cleansers of all time, it just so happens to be Mario Badescu's best selling cleanser.  This non-foaming gel cleanser thoroughly removes dirt, grime and makeup without drying out the skin. It contains papaya and grapefruit extracts that provide very gently exfoliation that lead to more radiant skin.  [Kit will include a 2 ounce bottle.]

Mario Badescu Vitamin C Serum

If you use this Vitamin C serum on its own you'll more than likely notice a change in your skin in two to three weeks.  It contains 7.5% Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) to help protect the skin from pesky free radicals and it also reduces discoloration to reveal brighter skin.  The Hyaluronic Acid in the formula helps the skin to hold on to its moisture. (This is great when used before sunscreen -- especially as the weather warms up.) [Kit will include .3 ounce bottle]

Mario Badescu A.H.A. & Ceramide Moisturizer

Is described as "a gentle, AHA-based moisturizer formulated with Lemon Extract and soothing Aloe Vera Gel helps rejuvenate dull, congested and pigmented skin." (I haven't tried this yet but it sounds promising.) [Kit will include a 1 ounce bottle.]

Some celebrity hookups seem to be about hype and tend to fizzle out leaving losers on both sides. Not this one. The Mia 2 Mario Badescu Skin Favorites Set is the start of something special, I can feel it! The set has everything you need to be super hydrated and radiant this spring!  It is available at Clarisonic.com and retails for $149.

Posted on April 19, 2016 and filed under Skincare, Beauty.

Use this RoC Skincare Night Cream as an Overnight Sleep Mask

Yesterday I spent the day out and about in NYC. I started in Harlem at Vivrant Beauty (more coming later this week) and ended at Midtown Lofts to shop at Lovebrownsugar's pop-up shop. I did all this walking around town without a coat! I have been in New Jersey since 2009 and this is the first time I have beenable to walk around without a coat this late in the year. While I don't currently need my winter fashion gear, I do need to ensure my winter skincare arsenal is tops as soon as I turn on the heat in my apartment for first time. This is where RoC Skincare MULTI CORREXION 5 In 1 Restoring Night Cream comes in.

RoC Skincare MULTI CORREXION 5 In 1 Restoring Night Cream is made with Hexinol, a proprietary blend of of ingredients proven to fight the signs aging.  According to RoC:

Multi-action HEXINOL Technology was developed to target the visible signs of aging from a different path than other anti-aging ingredients. It can give visible improvement in as little as 4 weeks by restoring firmness, smoothing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, improving the look of discoloration and overall radiance of skin, and hydrating dry skin.

Here's how I use  RoC Skincare MULTI CORREXION 5 In 1 Restoring Night Cream as an overnight sleep mask:

  1. Two step cleanse starting with a cleansing oil followed by RoC Daily Resurfacing Disks 
  2. Apply Toner
  3. Apply a thin layer of RoC Skincare MULTI CORREXION 5 In 1 Restoring Night Cream while skin is still damp
  4. About 5-7 minutes after applying the first layer of the night cream, apply a second slightly heavier layer of the cream.

For me, the major benefit of using this cream as an overnight sleep mask is the level of hydration it gives my skin. Hydrated skin tends to look brighter and more glowy so I am all for doing whatever it takes with the products I have to get the results I want.  While I only have my own experience using RoC Skincare MULTI CORREXION 5 In 1 Restoring Night Cream as an overnight sleep mask, I think this usage as an overnight sleep mask with definitely boost the moisture levels of your skin.  

RoC Skincare MULTI CORREXION 5 In 1 Restoring Night Cream  retails for approximately $30 and is available at drugstores and other retailers nationwide.

Posted on December 7, 2015 and filed under Skincare.

Get the Glow with Olay Regenerist Luminous

I have always had a fondness for Olay and I have to thank my mom for that.  While I can’t speak to the overall state of the skincare market in Jamaica back in the 80s to early 90s, I know my mom always had Olay products -- which means it was readily available and accessible to the masses. It’s the same today, Olay is widely available and has a line of products to address your skincare issues no matter your age or skin care concern. Olay recently launched  Regenerist Luminous -- a line of products specifically formulated to reduce the appearance of dark spots revealing pearlescent, glowing skin.

The Olay Regenerist Luminous line consists of cleansers, moisturizers and treatments all formulated to work together to give clear and even toned complexion.  

Products include:

I have a thing for bright, even toned skin (who doesn’t) and so I dove face first into the line and have found a couple of favorites.

I love the Regenerist Luminous Brightening Cream Cleanser, especially now that it is colder and my skin tends to get drier.  It is a granular (from the micro beads), oil rich cleanser that easily breaks up dirt and makeup on the face to reveal clean skin that has not been stripped of moisture. (Target.com, $7.59)

The Regenerist Luminous Overnight Mask is perfect to use after a long day out in the elements. You hear “mask” and you might be thinking heavy, sticky, messy -- don’t.  This mask goes on smoothy, feels a bit cool and does great job of restoring moisture while you sleep -- you’ll wake up with skin that looks and feels refreshed. (Target.com, $24.99)

If you haven’t looked at Olay in a while, look again. I can all but guarantee there is a product or four that will work wonders on your skin.  If you have problems with hyperpigmentation, dull and/or uneven skin tone, be sure to check out the Olay Regenerist Luminous line.

Do you use Olay products?  If yes, what’s your favorite?


DISCLAIMER: This post is sponsored by Olay through Face Flawless Skin.  Opinions are my own and have not been edited by the sponsor.

Posted on December 2, 2015 and filed under Skincare, Beauty.

5 Products to Brighten Skin Tone and Even Texture

Lackluster skin is not attractive.   A glowing complexion is a sign of health, youth and vibrancy -- it is coveted by ladies (and gents) the world over. While lightly applying your favorite facial oil,  or strategic placement of highlighter can give you a temporary lit from within look, achieving a no filter "I woke up like this" glow takes a little time, patience and the right products. Luckily, I'm in your corner and here to share some of my favorite glow getters.

Olay Regenerist Luminous Cleanser

I all but neglected my skin while planning #FaceFlawlessSkin Clinic (of which Olay was sponsor) It's funny that at the time when I should have been taking the best care of my skin (So, I can show up  to the event -- well, flawless) is the time I neglected it because I was too busy 'adulting'. Anyway, Olay Regenerist Luminous Cleansers does a great job cleansing the skin without drying it out.  It is a creamy, granular, low foam cleanser that contains glycerin to help pull moisture to the skin, citric acid that may help brighten skin tone over time and vitamin E to nourish skin.  While the cleanser works well to remove minimal amounts of makeup, I suggest removing heavy makeup first then moving to the cleansing step. ( www.target.com, $7.59)

Juara Turmeric Mask

I love that I can put this mask on and forget I'm wearing it. "Turmeric extract works to brighten and even out skin tone while providing antioxidant protection, kaolin clay purifies skin and refines pores and a touch of candlenut oil is added to soften and nurture skin."  Of all the products on this list, this is the one I have been consistently using the longest. If you want to gently but evenly brighten your skin, this is a very safe bet.  (www.skinstore.com, $37)

RoC Skincare Daily Resurfacing Disks

I have only been using this product for two week and it's already changed the texture of my skin. Not to brag, but my skin was in pretty good condition to begin with but after hearing Danielle (The Style and Beauty Doctor) rave about this product, I had to try it for myself.  RoC Skincare Daily Resurfacing Disks are gentle enough for everyday use and have been clinically proven to reduce the appearance of fine lines after one week, reduce the signs of photoaging and after 4 weeks and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and enlarged pores after 12 weeks.   I don't have fine lines or wrinkles ( thanks, melanin) but these act as a gentle daily exfoliant to give a nice glow and even texture. [RoC Skincare was also a sponsor of Face Flawless Skin Clinic] (www.drugstore.com, $9.99)

Ambi Fade Cream

According to many leading dermatologists, including those at Skin of Color Society, hydroquinone is  the "gold standard' for the treatment of hyperpigmentation. Ambi Fade Cream uses 2% hydroquinone (the max allowed over the counter by the FDA) to fade dark marks and even skin tone. The cream also contains alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) to boost the effectiveness of the hydroquinone and Vitamin E to help nourish the skin. I used this product on stubborn dark marks and it works exceptionally well.  I haven't used Ambi Fade Cream in a while  -- I am taking better care of my skin and doing everything in my power to prevent dark marks in the first place.  If you are battling a serious case of hyperpigmentation, this is definitely worth considering. (www.walgreens.com, $6.99)

Paula's Choice 2% BHA Liquid

I'm not going to lie, this is one of my favorite products of 2015.  It is everything to me and I keep talking about it -- but that's just how it is when I find a product I love. [I feel like I should have sample sizes to hand out to people in the streets. :)]  Paula's Choice BHA Liquid “rapidly exfoliates both the skin’s surface and inside the pore, reshaping the pore lining, unclogging pores and improving skin cell turnover rate.”   In short, the Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) works below the skin's surface to unclog pores prevent breakouts.  For those pesky hormonal pimples that leave marks behind, it quickly gets rid of the newest marks while slowly working on those that have taken up more permanent residency. The BHA Lotion is very light -- it feels almost like a toner. I use once or twice daily with no irritation at all. (www.dermstore.com, $24) 

It takes a little work to get skin smooth and even toned.  One of the best ways to maintain your ideal tone and texture is to find a sunscreen product to use everyday.  While dermatologist recommend an SPF of at least 30 everyday, it is even more important to wear an SPF while using the products above. 

What are your favorite products to get clear, even toned skin? 

Posted on November 19, 2015 and filed under Skincare, Beauty.