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Two LUSH Fresh Face Cleansers You Need in Your Skincare Arsenal Right Now!

LUSH Fresh Face Cleansers

 

I feel like I’m constantly speaking about how the rigid New York City winter weather has wreaked havoc on my skin.  Something can work for a month or two, and as soon as there is a fluctuation in temperature, my skin becomes temperamental. It’s frustrating.  Lately, I’ve been using two LUSH Fresh Face Cleansers, and my skin is asking me why I didn’t start to use either of the two LUSH Fresh Face Cleansers sooner.  The two LUSH Fresh Face Cleansers I’ve been using are ‘Dark Angels’ and ‘Angels on Bare Skin’.

Since I know my skin loves charcoal products, I began to first use the  Dark Angels  LUSH Fresh Face Cleanser.  Dark Angels is a charcoal and black sugar cleanser that gently exfoliates, absorbs excess oil, and leaves the skin looking brighter and feeling smoother.

 

LUSH Fresh Face Cleanser Dark Angels

Dark Angels LUSH Fresh Face Cleanser

Ingredients: Rhassoul Mud , Cold Pressed Avocado Oil (Persea gratissima) , Glycerine , Powdered Charcoal , Black Sugar (sucrose) , Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate , Perfume , Linalool , Sandalwood Oil (Santalum album), Rosewood oil (Aniba rosaeodora)

Cost: $12.95/ 3.5 oz – $31.95/8.4oz

The Dark Angels LUSH Fresh Face Cleanser was gentle enough for me to use both night and day, but, if you do experience dryness from overuse/over exfoliation, then cut back to once per day.  After my first use, my skin no longer looked dull.  Areas where I had some dry skin that my other cleanser and facial sponge failed to remove, the Dark Angels LUSH Fresh Face Cleanser got rid of.  I was amazed at how smooth, soft and supple my skin was after rinsing, too!  There were times when I used it before going to bed that I didn’t even have to use a moisturizer – I’d  just use my Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster and go right to sleep, and wake up with great skin!

The Dark Angels LUSH Fresh Face Cleanser can get a bit messy if you aren’t careful. Just make sure you add the proper amount of water to it, creating a paste, and then apply it to your face.  I usually rinse it off while I’m showering, and it hasn’t stained my face or my tub.

Angels on Bare Skin Fresh Face Cleanser

Angels on Bare Skin LUSH Fresh Face Cleanser

Ingredients: Ground Almonds (Prunus dulcis) , Glycerine , Kaolin ,Water (Aqua) , Lavender Oil (Lavandula hybrida) , Rose Absolute (Rosa centifolia) , Chamomile Blue Oil (Matricaria Chamomilla) , Tagetes Oil (Tagetes minuta), Benzoin Resinoid (Styrax tonkinensis pierre) , Lavender Flowers (Lavendula hybrida) , Limonene , Linalool.

Cost: $13.95/ 3.5 oz – $33.95/8.4 oz

Angels on Bare Skin LUSH Fresh Face Cleanser is another reason my skin is thanking me.  The ground almonds and lavender flowers make it a great gentle exfoliator for daily use even twice a day.  When using it, it doesn’t feel like it’s doing much, but after you rinse it off, your skin is like ‘WOW!’ Super soft, moisturized, radiant and clean.

Angels on Bare Skin, like Dark Angels can get a bit messy, so I use it in the shower, too.  I first apply it over the sink, and let it sit on my face sort of like a mask while I’m washing everything else in the shower, and rinse my face last. This also allows the Kaolin clay to better do its job.

I’m going to admit that I [accidentally] tasted Angels on Bare Skin. While massaging it into my face, some dripped down onto the crease of my lips, and I got a hint of sweetness.  Thank God all of the ingredients are natural. It was only a little bit, so I’m certain I wouldn’t have died.

Overall, I’m happy with both LUSH Fresh Face Cleansers.  Both cleansers leave my skin feeling clean without feeling stripped and dry.  Since using both LUSH Fresh Face Cleansers, my skin has looked so much better.  I can now go out without makeup (no concealer, no foundation), and still have a fresh faced look.

Although a little bit expensive, you can get a lot of use from a 3.5 oz jar since you’re not using that much; you only need a pea sized amount for your entire face; however, if you use it for your face and your body, you will definitely run through it a lot quicker.  The LUSH Fresh Face Cleansers are also available in a large size to accommodate those individuals who prefer to use them on their face and body.  The LUSH Fresh Face Cleansers are the perfect option for whipping your skin into shape for the summer.  Just think of it as spring cleaning for your skin.

LUSH Fresh Face Cleanser Options:

  • Aqua Marina: Those who have a tendency to react to citrus or strong herbal oils will find salvation in Aqua Marina’s gentle aloe vera and moisturizing nori seaweed. Especially cooling on wind-chapped faces, Aqua Marina is perfect for normal to dry skin types.
  • Herbalism: Best suited for those who have tried everything to clear up their oily and blemish prone skin with an antibacterial blend of rosemary, nettle and chamomile.  Ground rice bran acts as an effective exfoliant, while kaolin clay deep-cleanses pores.
  • Let The Good Times Roll: A luxuriously soft and sweetly-scented cleanser, Let The Good Times Roll is made with maize flour and corn meal to gently exfoliate, and a dash of cinnamon powder to cleanse and warm cold winter skin. It’s perfect for normal or dry skin types looking for a light exfoliation.

Have you tried any of the LUSH Fresh Face Cleansers?

Disclosure:  Product was provided for review consideration. All opinions are my own and are honest.


Fragrance Friday: David Yurman Essence Collection features Perfect Spring Scents

David Yurman Essence Collection

On my daughter’s birthday, my husband also presented me with a few gifts; he’s sweet and thoughtful like that.  Two of the gifts he purchased were fragrances – Flora by Gucci and the David Yurman Essence Collection.

David Yurman Essence Collection

The David Yurman Essence Collection is a trio of fragrances that are perfect for spring: Exotic Essence, Delicate Essence and Fresh Essence.  The David Yurman Essence Collection is a wonderful addition to my fragrance collection due to its versatility; you can choose to wear one fragrance or mix and match, and layer fragrances to create your signature scent for day or evening.  Although I love all three scents in this collection, two of them are my favorite – Exotic and Fresh Essence both exhibit qualities I love in my fragrances.  Both of them have a hint of masculinity, and do well in portraying a strong, sensual, sophisticated woman.

 

David Yurman Essence Collection

Exotic Essence (Citrine)

This slightly masculine scent is one of my favorites from the David Yurman Essence Collection.  This is a great scent for the evening due to notes of sparkling mandarin, casablanca lily, rose petals and exotic woods.  The woodsy notes combines with the lily and rose petals make it, in my opinion, the most sensual fragrance in the collection, thus making it the perfect scent for a date night, but that doesn’t mean I don’t wear it during the day because I definitely do.

Delicate Essence (Pink Tourmaline)

This fragrance has notes of pink pepper, lotus blossom and sparkling orange.  The pink pepper doesn’t dominate in this fragrance; however, I get more of the lotus blossom and sparkling orange.  To me, Delicate Essence is a light and flirty making it the perfect scent for a day at the office.

Fresh Essence (Vivid Peridot)

I get the most wear out of Fresh Essence.  Not only is the color of this fragrance Peridot, which is my birthstone, as well as one of David Yurman’s favorite gemstones.  This is a very clean and fresh scent.  It’s light and slighlty floral.   It features notes of sparkling apple, cassis, juicy red fruits and fresh greens.  I like it combined with Exotic Essence.

More reasons to love the David Yurman Essence Collection

What I love about each of the fragrances featured in this collection is the staying power of each of them; they last a long time!  From  the time I spray it on in the morning until I reach home or even after, the scent is still there.  Due to the longevity of the fragrances, all three bottles, depending on the ones you use the most should last you for some time.

The simplicity of the bottles, the jewel tones of each of the fragrances in this set, along with the scents have made the David Yurman Essence Collection a staple in my spring fragrance arsenal.  Unfortunately, the collection was released in 2011, so it may prove to be hard to find. And since I received it as a gift, I am not sure of the price.

What’s your current spring fragrance?

 


Review: You Need the Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster #dermalogicahydrates

  dermalogica skin hydrating booster swatch

Winter can be harsh on your skin, causing it to dry out.  Using moisturizing and hydrating products like an hyaluronic acid serum is the best way to combat dryness.  I’ve been using a hyaluronic acid serum all winter (read about it here), and loved the results.  When iFabbo provided the opportunity for me to review the Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster, I took it.  My skin is currently thanking me for agreeing to test out the Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster.  Keep reading to find out why.

What is the Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster?

The Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster is a lightweight, fast-absorbing fluid that hydrates and moisturizes the skin, as well as aims to minimize fine lines.  Ingredients like hyaluronic acid, Panthenol, Glycolipids and Algae Extract help restore moisture balance.  Help lift moisture levels by mixing into your prescribed Dermalogica Moisturizer or applying directly to parched skin.  It is formulated without artificial fragrances and colors.

Ingredients

Water/aqua/eau, Glycerin, Panthenol, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Glycolipids, Hydrolyzed Algin, Chlorella Vulgaris Extract, Sea Water, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, PPG-5-Ceteth-20, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Linalool, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil.

 

dermalogica skin hydrating booster

My Thoughts:

Dermalogica is one of my favorite skincare brands, especially when I’m in the position to splurge.  Their products are amazing and yield great results.  The Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster did not disappoint. I started using it first as a spot treatment for one of the dryer areas on my skin (my right cheek), and then eventually graduated to using it all over, and my skin is happy.

As mentioned previously, I’ve used an hyaluronic acid serum that I loved, and the Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster was, in my opinion, better.  Unlike the previous hyaluronic acid serum that I was using, the Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster was extremely light weight, and instead of being like a gel, it was more fluid-like.  It wasn’t quite watery, but it wasn’t thick either – if that makes sense.  I liked that the Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster absorbed easily and did not pill, unlike the other serum I used. Because of that  I was able to apply it under my moisturizer and makeup.

I have this trouble spot on the right side of my face that tends to dry out or break out from time-to-time.  There are times when after I apply my makeup that the dryness in this area would seem to exaggerate, that is, even after I apply my makeup.  After even one week of using the Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster, my skin in that area looked remarkably better and hydrated.

The Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster worked well with my combination skin, and did not cause any breakouts.

If you are in the market for a light weight, hydrating serum that isn’t oily or greasy, then the Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster is for you.  Although on the expensive side, 1 oz for $56, I believe it is worth the splurge.  This is a product I would re-purchase.

If you’re interested in purchasing the Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster, from now until May 31, 2014 Makeup by Kim Porter readers can receive 15% off using the Code: BOOST on Dermalogica.com.

 What do you use to ensure your skin stays hydrated?

Disclosure: Press Sample. All opinions are my own and are honest. Affiliate links. 


Sponsored: BB Goes Body with the Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Jergens BB Body Cream through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Jergens BB Body Cream, all opinions are my own.

 

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Over the last week or so I’ve incorporated the Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream in the Medium to Deep Skin tone formula into my daily skincare for body routine.  Yes, you’ve read correctly, it’s a BB Cream specifically for use on your body!   Since using a moisturizer is an important part of my daily routine, using the Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream seemed like the perfect product for me to try.   It’s important for my moisturizers to not only make my skin feel better, but to make it look better, too, which is exactly what the Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream does.

What is the Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream?

Your BB goes body with the Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream.  Just think of your favorite BB Cream, an all-in-one skincare moisturizer except this one is for the body.  The Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream differs from facial BB Creams in that it delivers benefits both immediately and over time.  The Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream promises to immediately hydrate and illuminate, and after 5 days of use it evens, firms and minimizes the appearance of imperfections.

 


My thoughts

I love the soft, fruity floral scent of the Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream.  The scent isn’t overpowering and would not compete with whatever fragrance you choose to wear for the day, and it’s also great to use right before bed since the scent is so light.  My husband actually loves the smell of it, too.

The Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream is rich and creamy, but doesn’t feel heavy on the skin. Thanks to the silicone, and the moisturizing effects of Shea butter and glycerin, my skin, especially on my thighs and buttocks have never looked or felt smoother and better.   

Please don’t let the description “illuminating” scare you away because there’s no glittery or shimmery effects; you’ll just experience healthier looking skin.  Within the week that I’ve used it, I noticed my skin has recovered from being dry due to it being exposed to the cold we’ve been experiencing in New York City these last few months.

The Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream quickly absorbs and dries fast so you do not have to worry about the product transferring onto your clothes; however, just to be safe apply the Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream and let it set for about 2 minutes before putting on any light clothing.

Even though the Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream is tinted, the coverage is sheer.  As you can see from the demo in my video, you can’t see anything after rubbing it in – no streaks, nothing, which is great.

Would I recommend?

The Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream is a product I would re-purchase, especially to keep my skin in top shape for the summer.  Can we say “Short, shorts and miniskirts?” If you enjoy having healthier looking, supple and smooth skin, then the Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream is right for you. The Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream comes in two formulas: Light (peachy beige) and Medium to Deep (rosy caramel), so you’re sure to find the shade that works best for you. Trust me, “Your body will never BB the same!”

 

Source: Jergens.com

Source: Jergens.com

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What do you think of the Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream?

Will you try it?

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Jergens BB Body Cream through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Jergens BB Body Cream, all opinions are my own.