Category Archives: Skincare

Kiehl's to Launch Rosa Arctica Lightweigh​t and Rosa Arctica Eye

Kiehl’s released some very thrilling news: the Rosa Arctica line will welcome two new members this September, Rosa Arctica Lightweight Cream and Rosa Arctica Eye. These two products were inspired by the incredible demand for the original Rosa Arctica Youth Regenerating Cream introduced in 2011. We couldn’t be more excited — this is our FAVORITE Kiehl’s moisturizer, it even snagged a prime spot in our Top 11 of 2011, and Kiehl’s President Chris Salgardo revealed to us last year that he is partial to it as well!

Like the classic formula, these new Rosa Arctica varieties harness the power of a rare “Resurrection Flower” to “wake up” skin cells to trigger the physiological reactions resulting in healthier, regenerated and more youthful skin. This miracle flower (official name: Haberlea Rhodopensis) is some biological wonder that can dry out completely and survive periods of dryness for up to 31 months and eventually resume normal growth within hours with only a few drops of moisture.

We love the thick creamy tub of Rosa Arctica, but totally appreciate the need for a lighter version. Here’s the scoop:

  • Rosa Arctica Lightweight, $60, features the same benefits of Rosa Arctica Youth Regenerating Cream, in a lighter texture for those with normal to oily skin, or those who simply prefer a lighter texture.
  • Rosa Arctica Eye, $44, is a unique balm formulation that helps provide instant visible results—thanks to mineral brighteners—instant hydration, and revitalizes the appearance of skin in the eye area over time, smoothing crow’s feet and lifting the eye contour area.

What do you think of these? We’ll let you know our thoughts once we try!

Basking in the ARCONA Glow

The benefits of getting an Arcona facial are plentiful. During the blissful 60 minutes and even in the days following. Those days can best be described as basking in the Arcona glow. With each day post-facial, skin gets brighter and more radiant. I took some vacation days last week (for “birthday week”) and booked an Arcona Facial at the Ruby Room in Chicago. Having had a phenom Acure Facial earlier this year, I was so excited to try their signature Arcona treatment. The Arcona facials differ from the traditional European style facial and instead shed that dead skin with natural fruit enzymes. While the enzymes and steam get to work, you’re treated to a neck and shoulder massage that is heavenly. Paul was my esthetician and he just WORKED my muscles. Dare I say a highlight of birthday week? He also complimented my skin, noting that my collagen levels and elasticity were “excellent.” Sure knows how to make a girl who just entered her 30s feel fab!

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Try Lancome's Super Serum Duo Génifique & Visionnaire

Lancome Super Serums Genifique and Visionnaire

What’s better than one amazing super-charged serum for your skin? Two amazing super-charged serums!

Lancome wants you to try their most powerful anti-aging duo for a more perfected skin. Lancome is one of the brands I trust my skin with and now they want to be your perfect partner for younger-looking skin. You already know (and hopefully love) about Génifique but have you tried pairing it with the newer Visionaire? Rumor is one out of two women tempted by a cosmetic procedure decided to postpone it after giving this new serum a whirl for four weeks.

In case you didn’t know about Génifique, it is Lancome’s award winning serum that gives you visibility younger skin in just 7 days. It targets radiance, vibrancy and softness and is nothing short of amazing. Want to target the appearance of wrinkles, pores and uneven texture? I don’t know a single woman that doesn’t. 😉 You’ll want to get your hands on Visionnaire then. Try using them together, apply one to three drops of Génifique to cleansed skin. Follow with two pumps of Visionnaire when layering, prior to applying your Lancôme moisturizer. For best results, use Génifique and Visionnaire together in both the morning and evening.

Ready to try Lancome’s super serums for yourself? Get a coupon to try this duo for yourself here.

NOTE: This is a sponsored post brought to you by Lancome and Style Coalition.

Skincare to Prevent Your Face From Melting During a Heat Wave

I’m certain the only way to not melt your face off with these 100+ temps that seem to rise with every day this week is to actually just stay inside the comforts of an air conditioned home. If only jobs and lives didn’t get in the way of our cooling plans. The next best thing is to deploy a face-melting offense/defense strategy that will keep you looking cool and refreshed (despite feeling otherwise). The following is heat wave-tested, Product Girl-approved.
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Tay Skincare on Major Sale + Intro to Gloss48

There’s another flash sale site to add to your radar, and this one is JUST for beauty junkies! This new destination is gloss48 and beginning Wednesday, June 27, at 11am ET/8am PT they will be featuring a sweet sale on one of our favorite eco-fab brands: Tay Skincare.

I have special feelings towards Tay! I’ve never come across more unique packaging (etched bamboo) and the Cucumber Day Moisturizer is divine. For 48 hours, you can snag the Cucumber moisturizer and some of Tay’s best-selling products for 30% off. And, as an added bonus, gloss48 is offering Product Girl readers an additional $10 off of Tay products. To take advantage of this, visit gloss48 and enter promo code PGTAY10 at checkout.

You MUST let us know if you take advantage of this.

And, make a note in your calendar for next week. There will be a huge Dr. Hauschka sale — up to 50% off!

Get SPFing with Kiehl's Activated Sun Protector Sunscreen

Applying sunscreen on my face and my body are two very different rituals. I religiously wear SPF on my face and neck every day — even remembering to apply on those bare-faced mornings before I take my dog on a walk. It’s embedded into my routine, therefore, I do it.  I’m willing to bet that I’m not the only one who doesn’t have this same routine for body SPF when not at the beach or poolside? I’m changing my ways on this one, and I have Kiehl’s Activated Sun Protector Sunscreen to thank.

It’s a powerful protectant but the formula is like lotion and nearly odorless. Two very important qualities if I’m slathering on sunscreen on say a Wednesday a.m. before heading into work. There’s more than sun protection happening here (though it is badass with UVA/B SPF 50), which is why it is proving to be easy to fit into my routine.  

Kiehl’s boosted the formula with three antioxidants to help fight free radicals: Goji Berry, Vitamin E and Einkorn Wheat. Wondering what Einkorn Wheat is? I was too….apparently it is one of the earliest cultivated forms of wheat (talking 7500 BC times). Together, these join Kiehl’s patented photostable technology to produce an incredibly lightweight formula. It spreads so well, doesn’t leave a white cast and the broad spectrum will protect you in water for up to 80 minutes (though we recommend erring on the side of caution there and reapplying regularly, especially if you are of the perspiring type like we!)

With the heat wave we’ve been having this week in the Midwest, I am so thankful that I discovered this product. Just walking to work I feel the sun trying to age me.

Available now at Kiehl’s for $23.

On Stark Skincare Cypress Purity + Defense Oil, the Bachelorette and MAN

Okkkaayyy….who is watching the Bachelorette? I’m not ashamed to admit that I have watched every single season of this franchise. We’re talking a decade of rose ceremonies, here. Wild, right? I am totally into Emily’s season. The change of scenery in Charlotte is nice and her “real” dates (i.e. carry my groceries in the house) are totally my speed. That’s so my married life (minus the kid, but add a dog).

I am also enjoying the downfall of Ryan (really, you’re pitching your own Bachelor season in your interviews on week 4?!) and the drama between him and Chris (from Chicago). You’ll recall Chris, who on his one-on-one date proclaimed to a concerned Emily about his age (a young’n at 25), “I’m a Man.” I totally believed it, and felt the manliness in those three words come through my television. I also noticed he has nice skin. And in that moment, I thought of my most manly yet feminine beauty product that all women should use and share with their MAN who will totally want to use it because he is a MAN.   

The MANly oil I speak of? Stark Skincare Cypress Purity + Defense Oil. Honestly, it’s the sexiest facial oil I’ve ever used. It reminds me of a hot dude. It’s akin to wearing your guy’s Old Spice deodorant, but the benefits to your skin are at a much higher level.

Ingredients: Rice Bran Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Camellia Seed Oil, Argan Nut Oil, Vitamin E, Cypress Oil, Bergamot Oil, and pure essential oils.

It’s really simple – five powerful, antioxidant-rich plant oils blended with pure essential oils to decongest skin and regulate oil production. The plant resins give it that sexy deep woodsy scent. It doesn’t get more MAN than that, right? I like the scent because it feels comforting and clean. My man likes it because it doesn’t smell girly and can be used for a comforting post-shave boost of moisture. It absorbs into the skin quickly and I swear it makes breakouts happen less (this is confirmed by Stark Founder Jessica Lafleur — the cypress oil purifies pores and regulate facial oil production!)

We don’t plan to dish out Father’s Day recommendations, but we endorse Stark’s Cypress Purity + Defense Oil as THE gift to give to your father/husband/doggy-papa/boyfriend, etc. this year. And, bonus, it’s kind of a gift for you, too!  

Available at Stark Skincare for $45.

Now….back to the Bachelorette. Let’s chat in the comments. To quote one of my favorite lines this season from a man who is not at all like the Stark Cypress Oil  MAN I envision (Kalon), “I love it when you talk, but I really wish you’d let me finish.” And you?

Sircuit Fixzit, the Smartest Zit Zapper Yet?

I shudder to think of the skincare sins I committed as a teenager. Practically exfoliating my face raw with St. Ive’s Apricot Scrub and dousing it in benzoyl peroxide to ward off blemishes. With that regime, it shouldn’t be a surprise that my skin was irritated and angry. I’ve learned a lot since and I like to think that zit zappers are also just much better now. While I’d love to be completely done with breaking out, that’s not my reality. And in some sick way, I look forward to demolishing blemishes with the wonder serum that is Sircuit Fixzit™.

Do you know Sircuit Cosmeceuticals? They’ve been around for 10 years, creating effective skin care without artificial fillers and all those ingredients that made my skin so angry years ago. The products also happen to have the coolest names ever. Case in point: Fixzit. Practically a verb in my household now.

Sircuit uses an encapsulated form of Vitamin A (retinol) that is potent yet gentle to help fight infection and encourage cell turnover. A ton of other unexpected ingredients come into play here – like Banana Extract, Lactic Acid, Wine Extract and the only chirally correct (means the molecules function as they should and don’t leave anything harmful behind) form of Biotin which contributes to healing.

Yes, Fixzit is so much more than a zit zapper. It’s this amazing little treatment serum that exfoliates skin and decongests pores. It stops blemishes overnight and also helps to brighten skin and prevents the discoloration that inevitably occurs.

Fixzit-ing my skin probs are a little more exciting with this.  $30 at Sircuit.

Beauty VIP of the Week: Eve Lom Cleanser

I have been obsessed with Eve Lom’s Cleanser for a few years now. It all started when I first set foot inside of Space NK for the first time. After reading so many rave reviews about this cleanser, I knew I couldn’t leave the store without picking it up. There was a small issue though, I suffered from a little bit of sticker shock when I saw the price for the smallest container. My way around that was to try the travel set that Space NK offered at the time. This way I got to try a little bit of everything. That night I went back to my hotel room and washed away the day. I couldn’t believe how good my skin felt, it was so smooth, clean and soft. I still hesitated  on picking up a full sized jar of it. It wasn’t until a trip back to New York City at the end of January that I finally made the leap.

This cleanser is amazing, it breaks down makeup beautifully and pampers your skin and senses with a blend of essentials oils. When you you take the muslin cloth included with this cleanser, get it nice and warm and let it sit on your skin for a bit, it’s heaven. The heat softens the skin and allows the cleanser to really penetrate and deep clean, then when you wipe if off with the cloth, your skin is left smoother and more radiant. It is really easy to get addicted to this kind of clean. I don’t use this every day but when I’m wearing a little more makeup then usual, this is what I reach for. Now that I’m working from home and wearing off shades of foundation and testing new things more often, it is getting a little more use. 🙂

Have you tried Eve Lom’s Cleanser? Do you love it like I do? Let us know in the comments.

Prime with Plant Oils: Hourglass No. 28 Primer Serum

Makeup needs to work for you. Plain and simple. With the spike in BB creams and foundations that do more than just cover and actually treat skin, it seems appropriate that primers would steer this way as well. Hourglass No. 28 Primer Serum represents the next-gen base for makeup. Its primary value prop is skincare with a powerhouse of plant extracts, vitamins and essential oils to perfect your complexion.

Why No. 28? 14 essential oils + 10 lipid-rich oils + 4 vitamins = 28

It’s skin-softening, hydrating and nutrient-rich formula is an ideal base for makeup. Hourglass added some silicone, which gives it a nice slip, and helps makeup go on smoother. While silicones aren’t my favorite, I ain’t mad at ‘em here. The 28 other ingredients make up for it and I’ll admit, I like the silky texture.

The essential oils all help to soothe the skin in some way. Lavender is a known healer. Orange peel has natural toning properties. Vanilla is relaxing. Geranium is balancing. Rosemary is decongesting. And, the 10 plant oils bring the moisture. Cherry Pit is conditioning to the skin. Green tea brings the antioxidant power. Evening Primrose is neutralizing. Rose Hip Seed is regenerative. Vitamins A, B5, C and E join the party, too, and make those plant oils work a little harder.

So how to wear No. 28? Under makeup but over moisturizer? First thing after you wash your face? What about SPF? According to Hourglass, you make the rules. I prefer it over moisturizer , directly underneath my makeup. But, you can ever wear this at night with no makeup at all. Hourglass even says you put it in your hair – though we haven’t tested it that way yet.

The benefits of priming with plant oils will be seen over time. This is an innovation we totally dig.

Available at Sephora.