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Kiehl’s Introduces New Men’s Line + Wants to Send you Into Space

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This month, Kiehl’s Since 1851 has launched OIL ELIMINATOR FOR MEN, a new line specifically created to address the main concern of men: oily skin. The Oil Eliminator regimen consists of three products

  • Deep Cleansing Exfoliating Face Wash, $20
  • Refreshing Shine Control Toner, $20
  • 24-Hour Anti-Shine Moisturizer for Men, $27

The products in the line features Aerolite, an advanced material that has been used in space exploration and is the lightest solid material found on Earth. Aerolite has a highly porous structure and large surface area, which allows it to have high sebum absorption capabilities to help mattify skin, and minimizes the visibility of pores..

SOCIAL MEDIA CONTEST:

To celebrate the launch of the new line, Kiehl’s wants to send you into outter space….quite literally. Starting no through June 30th, visit www.kiehsinspace.com to enter the ‘Put Some Space On Your Face’ Social Media contest. All you have to do is take a picture of yourself, and hashtag it #SpaceFace. Random winners will be selected to have the opportunity to have their picture sent on a trip to space via a 3D custom astronaut figurine with their face on it.  Once the figurines all land, Kiehl’s will send them out to all the winners (in August) so they can proudly display their space-traveled action figures.

Interesting in sending your face on an intergalactic experience? Enter now.

 

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Upcoming Product Launches from Iluminage Beauty

Recently, I attended a press preview event for Iluminage Beauty, Inc, a luxury beauty company that makes high-performance, professional-grade products accessible to the public so users can enjoy professional results at-home, and at an affordable cost.

The company is best known for its Skin Rejuvenating Pillowcase With Copper Oxide ($60), which aims to fight the signs of aging while you sleep as it infuses copper ions into the skin to fight wrinkles.

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The at-home skin care solutions company also has a new skincare system, iluminage Youth Cell Skincare, which features a serum, eye cream, day cream with spf and a cleanser (prices range from $25-$95). The products contain advanced anti-aging ingredients to boost natural skin renewal and reduce the visible signs of aging.

This summer, iluminage will be launching its new Skin Smoothing Laser ($595), the first at-home laser device FDA-cleared to reduce fine line and wrinkles around the eyes and mouth. In clinical trials 95% of the users experienced significant improvement in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in 12 weeks.

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Another new product the company is launching this summer is an at-home professional hair removal tool called its iluminage TOUCH ($455), which has been clinically proven to be effective in permanent hair reduction on all skin tones.

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To learn more about iluminage click here. (more…)


Product Review: Pura Botanica Natural Soap Bar

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If you’re like me and suffer for skin irritations such as eczema, you’re always on the lookout for gentle products that won’t cause any kind of skin discomfort, especially when it comes to showering. This is why I’m excited to have discovered Pura Botania’s All Natural Cleansing Bars, which are made with organic ingredients and essential oils. The soap bars lather nicely and rinse off cleanly, leaving behind baby soft skin.
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My favorite so far is the Chai Vanilla soap bar, which uses finely ground vanilla beans to gently exfoliate the skin, while botanical ingredients nourishes and leaves behind the sweet aromas of vanilla and chai.
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What I like most about the ingredients in the bar, is that I can actually pronounce everything on the label.
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The Natural Cleansing Bars retail for $7.00 on puraproducts.com.


Giveaway: Skin Authority’s VitaD Fortified Topical Elixir & Age Defying Moisturizer SPF18

skin authorityYesterday, I told you about VitaD Fortified Topical Elixir and Age Defying Moisturizer SPF18. Click here to read my full review on the two products. Today, I’m giving readers the chance to win the amazing duo, which retails for a combined $119.

***This contest is closed. The winner will be announced shortly.***

Here are the rules to enter:

1. Leave us a comment here with your email (= 1 entry).

For 4 more additional entries to increase your chance of winning (optional):

2.  “Follow” Delialicious Picks (@delia_licious) on Instagram, then leave a comment here letting us know that you did (= 1 entry).

3.  “Like”  Skin Authority on Facebook, then leave a comment here letting us know that you did (= 1 entry).

4. “Follow” Skin Authority on Twitter, then leave a comment here letting us know that you did (= 1 entry).

5. “Follow” Skin Authority on Instagram (@skinauthority), then leave a comment here letting us know that you did (= 1 entry).

Each comment counts as an entry. The winner will be chosen using random.org. For example if the number 4 is selected and your comment is the 4th one down, you will be the winner, so multiple comments increase your

Rules: This giveaway is open to residents of the US only. You must be 18+ to enter. One winner will be chosen at random on May 16, 2014. All entries must be received by May 15th 11:59pm EST.

*Please do not post the same comment 2x. Some comments end up in the que if there are a lot of links associated with it, and I will do my best to approve them in a timely manner.


Get Gorgeous Skin this Summer with Skin Authority

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skin authorityNow that summer is approaching, it’s critical to adjust your skin care routine. Warmer and longer days mean it’s time to add products that are oil-free, nourishing and most importantly, offer protection against the sun’s harmful rays. Prestige skin care line Skin Authority has two great products that aim to reverse the damage done by the harsh winter weather, and keep your skin glowing throughout the summer months.

VitaD Fortified Topical Elixir

This topical elixir is formulated with vitamins D2, D3, A, E, and K, as well as a powerful oligopeptide, which work together to nourish, firm and brighten the skin’s appearance. The oil-free elixir also feature’s Skin Authority’s Dry Finish Technology™.

The consistency of the formula is very lightweight. It was very easy to incorporate the elixir into my morning routine since it dries very quickly, allowing me to move on to the next step of my skin care regimen, without the usual fanning of my face or waiting for it to air-dry, which I usually experience with other morning serums. It also gives my skin a very nice glow.

Age Defying Moisturizer SPF18

Following the elixir, I’ve been using Skin Authority’s Age Defying Moisturizer SPF18, which I absolutely adore. This is a multi-benefit product as it moisturizes, contains SPF, stimulates collagen production and calms skin irritation. It’s also packed with a cocktail of antioxidants, vitamins, and fatty acids which aim to slow down the signs of aging. It’s been very hard for me to find a moisturizer that contains a decent amount of spf, and doesn’t go on chalky and leave me with a ghost face. This moisturizer melts seamlessly into the skin without leaving behind any white residue.

The VitaD Fortified Topical Elixir retails for $59.00 and the Age Defying Moisturizer SPF18 is $60. Visit Skin Authority’s website to learn more about the products and check back tomorrow to learn how you can win both products right here on the blog.


Ashley Judd and Anthony Mackie Announce Kiehl’s Partnership

Photo credit: Alexandra Wyman for Invision

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Actors Ashley Judd and Anthony Mackie have teamed up with Kiehl’s Since 1851 to design a Limited Edition Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque series in honor of Earth Day. Made with fairly-traded Amazonian White Clay from the Marajo Island, the mask aims to detoxify skin and minimize the appearance of pores. The design of the packaging features Earth-inspired images, and depicts Judd’s and Mackie’s vision of social responsibility.

100% of net profits up to $50,000 from the campaign will benefit Recycle Across America™, a nonprofit that will use the funds to create 65,000 standardized recycling labels to offer to select K-12 schools in the United States.

“We started working with Recycle Across America in 2012 and have continued with them since,” said Chris Salgardo, President, Kiehl’s USA. “Their mission to introduce solutions that make recycling more simple, comprehensive and effective in the United States is perfectly aligned with our Recycle & Be Rewarded program.”

The mask retails for about $23.00 for 5.0 fl. Oz. / 45g.

 Photo credit: Alexandra Wyman for Invision


Photo credit: Alexandra Wyman for Invision

 


Dessert For Your Face: Lush’s Cupcake Fresh Face Mask

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The mask must be kept in the fridge

The mask must be kept in the fridge

During Fashion Week I attended Lulus.com Style Studio where I received a sample of a Fresh Face Mask from Lush in Cupcake, a decadent chocolate at-home facial.

What’s in it: The face mask includes coco powder to calm redness, Rhassoul mud to deeply cleanse, and balancing spearmint and sandalwood oils to soften skin.

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How it smells: It radiates a supper yummy chocolaty, minty heaven scent.

How to use: Apply a generous layer and leave on for 5-10 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.

Results: The mask must be kept refrigerated, so it felt soothing to apply the cool mask on my skin after a long, stressful day. The product was easy to apply and removed easily when it was time to take it off, without leaving behind any residue. My skin smelt soft and the sweet aroma lingered.

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Price: $6.95 for 2.1oz; in shops only


Tracy Anderson/Bioelements.com Q&A

Fitness Expert Tracy Anderson
Fitness Expert Tracy Anderson

Fitness Expert Tracy Anderson

Professional skincare line Bioelements has partnered with fitness expert Tracy Anderson to bring health and wellness from body to skin and beyond. Anderson has teamed up with Bioelemets because the company features “products that incorporate natural ingredients with the best of science and have a certain quality standard,” she stated in a recent interview. Below are some excerpts from the interview:

  1. You’ve always stressed that food plays an integral part in transforming and maintaining your body – do you think it plays a part in how your skin looks and feels as well? “Yes, absolutely! You are how you eat. You are how you move. You are how you care for yourself. What occurs on your skin is aligned with how you treat your health and what you put on your skin. The routine requires consistency and care just like anything else.”
  2. What other daily habits do you feel contribute to healthy skin? “Drinking water, not eating gluten, circulation which exercise is vital for, positive thoughts, managing stress well.”
  3. You’ve transformed bodies all over the world with your approach to fitness, but are there any tips you’ve picked up from your clients that have contributed to your wellness – skin care or otherwise? “Lean into your own beauty. Stop trying to look like other people. Lines like Bioelements are vast and researched enough so that you can have that valuable custom approach. Lean into that and give the products time to work with you. People are so willing to lose focus if they don’t change the second they put something on their body. The body doesn’t work that way and your beauty can’t shine under a constant state of self-criticism.”
  4. You’ve always stressed that food plays an integral part in transforming and maintaining your body – do you think it plays a part in how your skin looks and feels as well? “Yes, absolutely! You are how you eat. You are how you move. You are how you care for yourself. What occurs on your skin is aligned with how you treat your health and what you put on your skin. The routine requires consistency and care just like anything else.”

Let’s Eat Cake

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Sugar Scrub, $16.50

Okay, so the tittle may be a little misleading. Cake has tons of calories, so what better way to indulge our sweet tooth than with decant cake-inspired beauty products. Here are some sweet options you can’t eat, but once you inhale the scents, you may end up running to your nearest bakery.

Cupcake Couture Dreamy Pink Frosting, $14.00

Cupcake Couture Dreamy Pink Frosting, $14.00

philosophy Birthday Girl™ Set, $20.00

philosophy Birthday Girl™ Set, $20.00

Tokyo Milk Let Them Eat Cake No. 11 Parfum, $30.00

Tokyo Milk Let Them Eat Cake No. 11 Parfum, $30.00

Buttercream Cupcake Sugar Scrub, $16.50

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Sugar Scrub, $16.50

Red Velvet Cupcake Lip Balm, $3.50

Red Velvet Cupcake Lip Balm, $3.50


EVENT ALERT: SEPHORA’S ULTIMATE GUIDE TO BEAUTY OILS

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When/Where:

Friday, January 3rd to Thursday, January 31st/ALL SEPHORA STORES

Who/What:

Discover the Truth About Beauty Oils at SEPHORA

Get a one-on-one consultation with skincare experts to find the best beauty oils for your skin type. Try skincare’s latest, innovative must haves and celebrate your skin at SEPHORA throughout the month with some of the greatest skincare experts and tricks:

- Meet experts from Ole Henriksen, Josie Maran, Dr. Dennis Gross, and more.*

- Discover Skincare iQ—Sephora’s breakthrough new skincare technology that will help you find the products best suited for your skin. Let Sephora experts tap into our genius tool to access custom skincare solutions and then complete the experience with a custom BB/CC cream application.

- Once you’ve met your skincare match, take home a custom, deluxe sample with your consultation.**

*Not all brands will be at all locations on all days. Please call your local store for details.

**While supplies last.


Alicia Keys Partners With Kiehl’s To Benefit Foundation

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kiehlsGrammy Award winning artist Alicia Keys has partnered with Kiehl’s Since 1851 to raise funds for Keep A Child Alive Foundation, the organization the singer cofounded with activist Leigh Blake in 2003. At the end of December Kiehl’s began selling a special edition of their Midnight Recovery Concentrate, a potent skin elixir that aims to work throughout the night to visibility restore the appearance of skin by morning. 100% of the net profits, up to $200,000, of worldwide sales will benefit Keep a Child Alive. Buying one bottle of Midnight Recovery Concentrate helps the foundation provide one month of HIV treatment, medicines, and loving care to a child living with HIV.

Included on the bottle’s design is a call to action message from Keys to, “Join our movement,” in the fight against AIDS. A 1.0 fl. oz. bottle retails for $46.00 and is available online and in-stores now.


Launching This March: The EE Cream

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Just when you thought the beauty industry was finished creating alphabet products PreviseCare, a preventative skin care company, is launching an EE cream. What is an EE cream? Well, unlike its other double letter predecessors, it doesn’t mask flaws; instead, it’s a botanical-based mousse that is added to your regular cleanser for “Extra Exfoliating” (EE). Called EE MarineGranules, it contains oatmeal, jojoba beads, marine algae extract and bamboo stem powder, and is hoping to take the exfoliation market  by storm with $1 million projected in sales for its first year. The product will retail for $40 and will become available in March.


Thanksgiving Beauty: Pumpkin Edition

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What would Thanksgiving be without a slice of sweet pumpkin pie? A staple on the dessert table during this upcoming holiday, not everyone can indulge in this yummy treat. So, whether you’re counting calories or watching your sugar intake, here are some pumpkin-scented beauty products sure to satisfy your craving without feeling guilty.

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1. Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin Shimmer Mousse, $8.00
2. bodycology Spiced Pumpkin Nourishing Body Cream, $3.97
3. Joshua Tree Punkin Pie Organic SPF 15 Lip Balm, $4.50
4. Sexy Hair Healthy Sexy Pumpkin Puree Treatment Masque, $17.95


Kiehl’s NEW Limited Edition Scents To Combat Child Hunger

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kiehelsAs the holidays approach and we prepare to get together with our families to enjoy heaping plates on delicious food, it’s important to remember that not everyone is that fortunate. 16 million (1 out of 5) kids in America are currently living in households without consistent access to adequate food. And, many of these children rely heavily on school supplied meals for nutrition, making the holiday break a strenuous time when they will be without access to free and low-cost school meals.

In an effort to help end child hunger in America, Kiehl’s NYC is partnering with Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign, which works to ensure children in the United States have access to healthy food, every day. 100% of net profits, up to $100,000, from the sales of Kiehel’s new Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter will benefit the campaign. For the first time, the body butter will available in two limited edition scents, grapefruit and coriander.

Through the campaign, just $1 can help connect a kid to up to 10 nutritious meals. The product is available for $38.00, so just ONE purchase can connect a kid to up to 380 nutritious meals!

The label art on the bottle was specially designed by Sofie Shore, the 11 year-old daughter of Share Our Strength co-founder, Debbie Shore. Sofie has been an integral part of the organization, traveling extensively with her mother so according to Kiehl’s USA president Chris Salgardo, “it was an easy choice to ask her to design a label to further raise awareness and funds for the cause.”

Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter is available in-store and online now. See below for details.

Key Formula Benefits:
• Squalane, Beta-Carotene and Vitamin E nourish skin
• Moisturizes and soothes dry skin
• Ultra light, air-whipped texture
• Sinfully addictive fragrance

  • Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter in Grapefruit will be available exclusively at Kiehl’s retail stores and Kiehls.com.
  • Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter in Coriander will be available exclusively through Kiehl’s specialty retail partners, such as Nordstrom.

B. Kamins BB Cream Review

untitledFor the last few months I have been using B. Kamins BB Cream, an 8-in-1 cream packed with anti-oxidants, vitamins and peptides. Designed to match all skin tones, the lightly tinted beauty balm, just does that. I’ve stayed away from most bbs (and even cc) because although the idea of having a multitasking product is very appealing, it is hard to find one that matches perfectly against my olive skin tone. At first glance, the color looked too light, but the transparent colour-correcting formula blends in seamlessly, and is virtually undetectable. It offers a nice light-weight coverage that blurs imperfections and makes the pores on my face look less visible. During the summer, I’ve worn it alone with a dusting of pressed powder; but, for the days, when I’ve need a little bit more coverage, I’ve used it as a primer under my foundation.

What it is:
A lightweight, non-greasy tinted beauty balm featuring a powerful combination of ingredients to moisturize and correct skin, while firming and brightening.

What it does:
• Provides sheer, luminous coverage and revitalizes the appearance of dull skin
• Combination of hexapeptide and hyaluronic acid targets sagging and smooth wrinkles
• Antioxidants of Vitiman C and green tea extract helps fight free radicals and brighten skin
• Powerful Bio-Maple Compound acts a s a moisturizing agent and contains AHAs and anti-oxidants to hydrate and brighten the face

Cost:
$49 for a 50ml pump at bkamins.com

The color of the bb cream matches all skin tones.

The color of the bb cream matches all skin tones.


Best Six Natural Foods For Naturally Glowing Skin

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Recently the beauty industry has seen a rise in the number of non-surgical face lifts that are opted by women to minimize their skin woes, a major reason attributed to which is time constraints to carry out any form of skin care regime. But, who says it always has to be a skin care regime? Did you know your diet could influence how gorgeous you look without the slightest tinge of make-up involved in the process? Well, here we come up with a list of six natural foods for naturally glowing skin:

The Red Tomatoes
Tomatoes owing to their high content of lycopene which is a natural anti-oxidant works wonders for your skin in terms of getting rid of the stubborn acne marks as well as covering for those disastrous side-effects of sun-exposure namely tanning and skin darkening. The citrus content of the tomatoes further removes the impurities from inside of the system and brings out that healthy glow.

The Juicy Carrots
Another colored vegetable with its content of Vitamin A and Carotene namely carrot does not lag far behind when we are discussing about foods having miraculous effects on the skin. Carrot is best known for its anti-ageing properties and thereby should mandatory make it to your list of diets if non-surgical face-lifts are not your call. Easy to slice up, this vegetable can even out your skin tone at the rate of 35% and de-toxify those skin cells at noticeable rates.

The Nutty Almond
If vegetables are something that makes you sick, your next best option could be Almonds. Rich in the content of Vitamin A as well as fatty acids they act as the best of sunblocks. Not just that, almonds are known to have amazing anti-ageing properties, thanks to which they would erase your wrinkles quite visibly and help your face to build up that collagen again, thus making you look fuller and brighter.

Blooms and Berries
Berries in any forms namely cherries, blueberries or otherwise are full of natural anti-oxidants, in addition to the pigments that they carry because of their bright colours. Not only do they rise up the nutritional value of your diet, but also takes care of the ugly blemishes, thus leaving you with that first love radiance.

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Green-tea
Nature’s one of the finest creation that has been unearthed by man and now commercially marketed by every big beauty brand is none other than Green tea. The mentioned can be included in the diet as one of the soothing beverages, and thanks to its content of Vitamin K,D and C does not only help you to get that de-tangled gorgeous locks, but also ensures an acne-free skin owing to controlled secretion of DTH from the body. If that was not all, it also helps in improving your skin tone.

Wild Salmon and Fish
For the non-vegetarians out there, this is your treat. Fishes like herring, salmon and wild trout contains rich amounts of Omega 3 fatty acids which is the best to achieve that perfect health and glowing skin. The concerned fatty acids reduces the redness of the skin caused as a result of acne, skin irritations or any other allergic reactions and helps you to get that impeccable perfected look.
Including all or any of the above mentioned foods in your diet, would result into an extremely rewarding experience, since the effects are trusted, tested and preached by many. Above everything else, always keep your body hydrated and sleep well for at least 6 hours in a day to get that perfect glowing skin.

About the Author:
The above article is composed by CJ, a beautician by profession associated with mynewa.com who loves to share her beauty and health tips via her articles.


EVENT ALERT: Experience A Skincare Revolution With SEPHORA SKINCARE iQ

Experience A Skincare Revolution With SEPHORA SKINCARE iQ

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WHAT: Discover Skincare iQ—Sephora’s breakthrough new skincare technology that will help you find the products best suited for your skin. Let Sephora experts tap into our genius tool to access custom skincare solutions and then complete the experience with complimentary skincare services. Take home a deluxe sample with any skincare Express Service from face masks, peels, eye treatments, and BB or CC cream applications!*

WHERE: All Sephora locations. Visit Sephora.com to find a store near you.

WHEN:
Friday, July 12th to Sunday, July 14th    
Friday, July 26th to Sunday, July 28th
Friday, August 2nd to Sunday, August 4th

WHAT TIME: All events listed are from 12pm-6pm

*While supplies last. No purchase necessary.
Space is limited. Walk-ins welcome. Appointments preferred.
Not all brands will be at all locations on all days. Please call your local store for details.


Product Review: La Mav Organic Skin Care

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For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been testing La Mav, a luxury, certified organic and ant-aging skin care brand formulated with BIO-ACTVE ingredients that work with the skin to provide visible ant-aging results. I received an array of products and directions for a simple daily beauty routine customized to work well with skin type. All of the products smell amazing and are beautifully designed. Here are my top 3 favorites:

Pore Refining Toner

Designed to refine the appearance of pores and help maintain the natural PH balance in the skin, this toner comes in the form of an easy-to-use spray mist. It felt cool and refreshing to spritz on the toner, which is a great product to use during the hot summer months to revitalize the skin throughout the day.

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Pore Refining Toner, $29.99

Vit-C Advanced Nightly Repair Nectar

At first, it felt counterintuitive to use the repair nectar on my acne-prone skin, because the product is quite oily; however, once it absorbed into my skin, my face was glowing. The nectar is formulated with Vitamin C and Rosehip Oil to promote lighter, evenly toned skin while sleeping. I adore the design of the bottle, which comes with a dropper to measure out the right amount, so none of this precious product is overused or wasted.

Vit-C Advanced Nightly Repair Nectar

Vit-C Advanced Nightly Repair Nectar, $69.95

Daily Vitamin-C Brightening Serum

Formulated to improve skin’s clarity, even skin tone, and diminish dark spots, the brightening serum boots skin’s radiance, strengthens collagen, and reduces hyperpigmentation. My skin looked luminous after applying the product, which absorbed nicely, without leaving behind any residue.

Daily Vitamin-C Brightening Serum

Daily Vitamin-C Brightening Serum, $79.99

Learn more about La Mav, which is now available for sale on Amazon.com (U.S. only).


Bikini Soft Product Review & Giveaway!

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FTC Disclosure: This product was provided for review

It is that time of the year again when us ladies (and some gents) are getting ready to hit the beach in our ultra-sexy swimwear. But, before you strut your stuff on the beach you need to make sure all unwanted hair is under control, so on a quest for a smooth shave, we tested out Bikini Soft Smooth Shave Oil.

What is it? The product is a combination of natural oils, rich moisturizers and softeners that lubricates the skin and softens the hair shaft, enabling a close, smooth shave.

What does it do? It replaces all traditional forms of shave lubricants such as creams, soaps, gels…etc, and claims to dramatically reduce skin irritation, razor burn, nicks, cuts, scratches and ingrown hairs in sensitive areas such as bikini lines and underarms. The transparent oil allows you to see exactly what you are shaving, while also nourishing the skin.

The promise: Bikini Soft has a 30 day, 100% money back guarantee. If you’re not happy for any reason, you can return it for a full refund, no questions asked.

The result (product tested by Jolevette): “Using the recommended dose of 8-10 drops, I massaged the oil onto the area I wanted to shave, and put a little on my razor blade for a closer shave. The mix of essential oils, such as jojoba, aided in soothing the sensitive areas I shaved, and left my skin feeling silky smooth. Overall, I was very pleased with the product, and I am not shy about stepping out on the beach in my swimsuit this summer!”

*****Bikini Soft Giveaway Details****This contest is closed. Congrats to the winners, who were announced on my Twitter page!***

So you can experience the smoothest shave ever, enter below for a chance to win Bikini Soft. 6 lucky winners receive a one month supply of Bikini Soft (Both Shave Oil & Razor Saver Oil). If you don’t win the contest, don’t worry, all readers can use discount code FIFTYOFF at checkout to get 50% off Bikini Soft (offer only valid for the month of June).

Here are the rules to enter:

1. Leave us a comment here with your email (= 1 entry).

For 1 more additional entry to increase your chance of winning (optional):

2.  “Follow” Delialicious Picks on Twitter, then leave a comment here letting us know that you did (= 1 entry).

Each comment counts as an entry. The winner will be chosen using random.org. For example if the number 4 is selected and your comment is the 4th one down, you will be the winner, so multiple comments increase your chance of winning.

Rules: This giveaway is open to residents of the US only. You must be 16+ to enter. Six winners will be chosen at random on June 16th, 2013. All entries must be received by June 15th 11:59pm EST.


Fysiko Eyelash Growth Serum Review

FTC Disclosure: I received this product for review.

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For the last month, I have been testing Fysiko Eyelash Growth Serum, an all-natural product that helps to regrow lashes and eyebrows within 6-8 weeks. The serum is very similar to other products out on the market now; however, it doesn’t require a prescription and is a lot more affordable.

What I like: It comes in a small, easy-to-to use tube with a precise applicator that makes it easy to target specific areas. Just one tube, provides enough product to last 6-8 months, which makes it a great, cost-effective investment. It only took a few seconds to apply, so it wasn’t an arduous added step to my morning and evening skin care rituals. There is also no harsh scent, and it doesn’t take too long to dry. Since I suffer from eczema, I was slightly concerned how my skin would react, but I didn’t notice ay side effects while using the serum.

My results: Because my eyelashes are already dangerously long, I opted to test the product on my eyebrows, which are quite sparse. For full results, it is recommended to use the product consistently for 16 weeks. I used the product for about 6 weeks, and below are my results.

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On the left – before using Fysiko; On the right – 6 weeks after using the serum

I was skeptical about the product, and didn’t even really notice the difference myself until I saw my own before and after pictures. The hairs on my eyebrow appear darker and they were elongated, which gives the appearance of fuller brows.

Final thoughts: My eyebrows still don’t rival Brook Sheilds’, but the product does deliver, so if you would like fuller lashes or brows, it’s worth a try.

Cost: $139.00 for an 8ml tube

Where to buy: fysikolashes.com


Why is Gluten-Free Makeup for Me?

This is a guest post by Caroline Elliott, a freelance beauty writer.

Living an all-natural lifestyle requires a lot of effort, but gluten-free makeup is making life simpler.

Gluten-sensitive people say that their lips react to even the smallest amounts of gluten in their lipstick. And with this group of individuals increasing in number, this is a growing area of makeup to watch.

But what if you’re not gluten-sensitive?

If you’re interested in healthy alternatives to apply to your skin, gluten-free products might just be your beauty potions.

Facial skin is super absorbent, so you want to watch what you put over your precious pores. This is especially important if you’re someone who is concerned about what you eat because there’s a good chance that you’ll lick off some of your lipstick or breathe in some blush. And if you apply your makeup everyday, that’s a lot of gluten that you’re ingesting over time.

Red Apple Lipstick

Gluten-free makeup companies are also pushing the health boundaries for the better. Makeup companies like Red Apple Lipstick are paraben free, soy free, dairy free and allergen free; oh, and also vegan, natural and cruelty free. Talk about health conscious.

Other companies are actively participating in their communities. For example, Afterglow Cosmetics signed the The Breast Cancer Fund’s Compact for Safe Cosmetics. Another gluten-free makeup company, Mineral Fusion, has officially partnered with the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence to help women in need.

For many people, gluten-free makeup is a natural next step to complete a wholesome lifestyle. So glam up, and show off your new look.

Caroline Elliott is a freelance writer with interests ranging from fashion to travel. When she is not writing, she enjoys making ceramic teapots and spending time with her family. 

 


Dr. Denese SPF 30 Defense Day Cream Review

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As summer approaches, and we eagerly anticipate the transition from cold winds to warm sunshine, it is important to make sure we have everything we need to protect our skin from the sun’s harmful rays. Summer weather means it’s time to beef up your SPF protection and switch from heavy foundations that may streak and look oily, to more lightweight products like tinted moisturizers and BB creams. Stay protected while maintaining a fresh complexion with Dr. Denese SPF 30 Defense Day Cream, an oil-free flesh-tinted BB Cream loaded with SPF 30 UVA/UVB broad spectrum protection. It’s a 3-in-1 product that works a moisturizer, sunblock, and makeup primer, saving you time and money. You don’t have to worry about the color not matching your skin, since the moisturizer, which comes in one shade, is formulated with Dr. Denese’s Pro Melanin Technology™, and imparts an undetectable self-adjusting sheer tint for a flawless completion.

Dr. Denese SPF 30 Defense Day

FTC Disclosure: This product was provided for review

Cost:  $34.00 for 1.5 oz and $75 for 4oz

How to use: Apply a generous amount of the day cream every morning to the face and neck. The product is safe enough to use around the eyes, including the upper eyelid. Reapply every few hours if you’re spending the day outdoors.

What I like: The cream blends into the skin smoothly and leaves behind a nice, matte finish. You should wear SPF year round, so it’s a nice option as a multi-tasking primer when using foundation during the cooler months. It doesn’t have a strong odor, nor does it or leave behind white residue, characteristic of most sunscreens.

Extra Info: The product is not pigmented enough to cover flaws, but it will give you a smooth canvas. Hide your imperfections by placing concealer only in the areas you need it, after applying the cream.

Where to buy: drdenese.com


The Skin Regime: Boot Camp for Beautiful Skin Q&A with Author Dana Ramos

index~~element44If you are like me, you have spent a ton of money and time trying out every product that claims to be the latest and greatest new thing out on the market that will make you have beautiful, more youthful skin. In The Skin Regime: Boot Camp for Beautiful Skin, author Dana Ramos claims that many products on the market are not only costly, but useless. According to Dana, by following a simple “boot camp” skincare regimen consisting of several glycolic peels, you can transform your skin from dull to vibrant in as little as six weeks.

Anxious to read the secret to skin perfection I sat down with the glossy pink-and-green, army camouflage patterned book, and finished reading it in under an hour (FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for review). The book is an easy read and written in a witty-tone, with the author handing out advice to you as if you are one of her best girlfriends.

“…there are some great books written by doctors which go into all the medical terms like dermis, epidermis and subcutaneous,” reads page 21.The point of this book is to cut to the chase and give you basic cold, hard facts and info you need to get your skin looking terrific in a few weeks. This is boot camp, baby!”

In addition to providing skin regimen tips, Dana also lists makeup tips, as well how to transform your skin from head to toe. Here is a brief Q&A with Dana, where she answers some pressing questions, and provides some helpful skincare tips that can be used for the upcoming summer months and year-round.

How did you come up with the regimen?

I came up with the Regime after doing what my dermatologist, Dr. David Bank, instructed for years. In fact, he is the technical advisor of the book, and it is the TRUTH about skin care.

Are there any age groups that shouldn’t follow the regimen?

Anyone can follow it, but children should avoid it since their skin is too delicate and undeveloped. Pregnant women should also hold off on following the regimen even though there is very low risk of anything happening at all, it’s not worth taking the chance.

Since you are not a professional dermatologist, which should people trust your advice in the book?

Every single word in my book is approved by one of the most respected dermatologists in the United States:  Dr. David Bank of New York.  He was the technical advisor and wrote the forward. Furthermore, everything in the book is based on exactly what dermatologists suggest and reveal about what REALLY works in skin care, and what is just bull.

What is the most dramatic result someone has received from following the regimen?

I had bad skin and it has gotten better over the years. But one of my most notable clients is Tanning Mom; she healed her skin with The Skin Regime and you can see the results on my website.

Tanning Mom

Tanning Mom-Before & After

What did you hope to achieve in writing the book?

I am passionate about teaching people the TRUTH about beauty products and skin care products.  The beauty industry is full of fraudulent claims, and we waste billions on bogus products.  People need to know the TRUTH which is laid out in the book. In fact, the very first page of the book is a challenge to the entire beauty industry to test against what The Skin Regime preaches. It is a powerful statement, and so far, no one has taken on the challenge.

I also give at least 5 percent of proceeds to worthy non-profit organizations.  I really believe in giving back.

What are the biggest beauty product myths/scams out there on the market?

There are too many beauty myths to list in one answer, and I cover a lot of them in my book.  For instance, the claims that you can get “firming” or “lifting” results in a bottle, or that the stuff in expensive skin care lines can do the things they claim—lies, lies, lies.  They can’t.  There ARE great products out there, and I teach how to recognize the fact from the fiction, and what the REAL pros say–the dermatologists in private practice.  Again, you can read the “challenge” to the industry I give both as my first page in the book, and on my website (See Skin Myths Busted).  I am out to BUST the myths and frauds, period.

What, in your opinion, are the top tips in the book everyone should follow year round?

Top tip, best ever:  use sunscreen.  The sun is the single worst thing for your skin. Smoking is number two on the list. No doctor in the world debates this, it is a FACT.

Another great tip: you can get great results with inexpensive drugstore items like Dove soap and Lubriderm lotion.  Skip the expensive stuff.  Any dermatologist will tell you the same thing.

And finally, you can give yourself exfoliation treatments, similar to what doctors use, safely, at home, and get great skin without having to pay a lot. That is one of the most revolutionary things I teach in the book. It is time for people to know they CAN do these things themselves.

With summer approaching, do you have any advice on how to transition into a new skin routine for the humid weather? 

Use lighter moisturizers and makeup so that your skin can breathe.  Don’t forget to do proper exfoliation. I have fabulous tips on this on my website, and in the book, of course.

What has been the most rewarding part of writing this book?

Hundreds of people have written to me saying that they had given up hope on getting great skin. They couldn’t believe that they had been lied to for so long by expensive beauty products, and now “see the light.”  I love knowing I have helped those people save time and money.  And for those who have severe issues such as severe acne or eczema, I have put them on the right track to get help with some of the newer treatments out there such as the use of light and lasers.

You can read the first 30 pages of the book for free at this link»

Click here to purchase the book on Amazon for just $8!


Celebrate Earth Day with Kiehl’s Since 1851

Zachary Quinto and Alanis Morissette limited edition label

Zachary Quinto and Alanis Morissette limited edition label

Earth Day is on April 22nd, 2013, and to celebrate, Kiehl’s Since 1851 has partnered with superstars Zachary Quinto and Alanis Morissette to benefit Recycle Across America (RAA), a nonprofit dedicated to delivering society-wide solutions that eliminate public confusion, stimulate the environmental economy and expedite progress. Each celebrity designed a Limited Edition label for Kiehl’s 4.2 oz. Ultra Facial Cream, depicting their vision of social responsibility. The cream will be available in Kiehl’s stores starting April 20, just  in time for Earth Day. One hundred percent of the net proceeds of the cream will benefit RAA, which will use the funds raised to create 65,000 standardized recycling labels and then donate them to K-12 schools nationwide. Through this program, Kiehl’s will also be donating $50,000 to the organization.

Learn more about Alanis Morissette and Zachary Quinto for Earth Day by watcing the video below.

Kiehl’s also has an ongoing in-store recycling program called Recycle and Be Rewarded!.  This program is available only in Kiehl’s free-standing stores nationwide, and allows customers to return their empty Kiehl’s bottles, tubes and jars for recycling, in exchange for product.  Since 2009, Kiehl’s has recycled over 900,000 bottles! Learn more about the program here.

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