Glycolic acid is one of the Alpha Hydroxy Acids. It’s a naturally occurring substance, and it starts out as a powder made from colorless, odorless crystals. Glycolic acid delivers lots of benefits for skin from moisturizing to rejuvenating skin by helping to fade fine lines and wrinkles. It’s a fantastic exfoliator, and it’s known for removing dead skin cells to reveal bright, clear skin. It’s also a humectant, transferring water molecules from the air to the skin (I have to remember this next time in the desert!). Glycolic acid boosts collagen production to plump skin, making it an ideal anti-aging ingredient.
A potent complex of botanicals protects your new, freshly-bared skin from damaging free radicals and environmental stress.”
PRAI Glycolic Serum can be used both morning and night, though if you use it during the daytime you need to wear sunscreen. So I use it at night.
PRAI Glycolic Serum comes in a glass bottle with a glass dropper. The serum is clear, very pale yellow.
It has the very slightest floral scent that I could only smell by sticking my nose into the serum in the palm of my hand. When I apply it to my cleansed, toned skin, I don’t smell any fragrance.
The serum is watery and easy to press into my skin. It dries quickly, and I don’t feel it at all. It’s gentle and lightweight.
The bottle of PRAI Glycolic Serum Fast Renewal contains 1.7 fl. oz./50 ml and is priced at $50. It’s sold on the PRAI website.and HSN. I’ve been using my bottle once a day for about two months, and I think I’ve used only about a quarter of the bottle.
Paired with PRAI Glycolic Serum, the Glycolic Creme creates a duo that restores radiance and rejuvenates dull skin by making it look healthier and younger. The Creme contains some of the same ingredients as the Serum:
“ACB Fruit Mix, a complex of 5 natural fruit extract AHAs, helps bring smoother, brighter skin to the surface and diminish the appearance of wrinkles.
Additional natural AHAs Glycolic Acid and Citric Acid help reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, sunspots, irregular pigmentation and enlarged pores.
PerfectionPeptide P3 helps the skin’s surface shed properly and speeds up surface renewal for a fresher, appearance.
Shea Butter and Glycerin boost the skin’s moisture level, help preserve its elasticity, and impart a softer feel and a more youthful appearance.
I use PRAI Glycolic Creme along with the Serum at night. The white cream has a light floral scent that I don’t really smell when I apply it over the serum to my face. The cream is lightweight, requires only a small amount, and it dries matte.
PRAI Glycolic Creme Fast Renewal came in a plastic jar, and it contains 1.7 oz./50 ml, and it is priced at $50. Like the Serum, it’s sold on the PRAI website and HSN. I’ve been using it for about 2 months, and have used about 1/3 of an inch from the top. There’s still a lot left.
I am always drawn to cute little things. And I’m even happier if the cute little thing is of high quality. Such is the case with Kaja Beauty Bento Eyeshadow Trio.
Several weeks ago, I saw this bite-size stacked shadow trio on another blog, and I had been lusting after it ever since. I finally caved and picked it up at Sephora in Boston last Thursday. Kaja is an innovative Korean brand that makes super cute makeup products.
Each little pan in the trio is about the size of a quarter. The easy to use and easy to travel with stack is about the size of a half dollar (do they still make half dollars?) an inch and a half wide, and an inch high. It has a mirror in the top.
Honestly, I am having a hard time describing the shade family, but Kaja calls them “mauvey pink tones”. To me, it seems to have both peach and cherry combined – great shades for this redhead. Here are the shade names:
The shadows are creamy, highly pigmented pressed powders. They are soooooo smoooooooth. There is no powder dust up at all. They are so easy to apply, I sometimes just use my fingers (though it’s nice to have a brush to blend the edges). In fact, Kaja recommends applying with fingers.
I almost always apply eyeshadow over eye primer, but with Kaja Beauty Bento Trio, if I forget to apply primer, no real harm done. The two matte shadows stick like glue on my dry lids, though the glittery bits in the shimmer shadow do benefit from primer or glitter glue to prevent wandering. But I don’t care if a few of the sparkles move about on my lid.
In addition to the 4 matte/shimmer trios, there are 4 stacks of all shimmer shades for those who love to sparkle. From what I’ve read, if you are going for the shimmer stacks, eye primer is a must to keep the shimmery bits in place.
Each Kaja Beauty Bento shadow trio is priced at $21 for 3 pans of almost 1 g each. Though this is a tad pricey, I love mine. Check them all out at Sephora.
Yesterday was the longest day of the year. It’s all downhill from here, lol. Actually, because our spring was so rainy and cold, I feel like we missed out on the spring nights as the days got longer. Oh well, no sense complaining about it too much. I hope the rain will become less frequent so we can get out and enjoy the summer days and evenings to come.
After a rainy Thursday and Friday, we’re supposed to have a nice weekend. My little rustic beach club had its season kickoff cocktail party last night. Though it was too rainy and chilly to be outside, it was great to see our summer friends again. Hoping to get back to the beach either this afternoon or certainly on Sunday.
And now for the Summer Solstice Edition of the Beauty Spotlight Team weekly roundup!
Give your dry skin the gift of Manuka Honey with the Airelle Hydrating Manuka Mask!Prime Beauty recommends it for over 40 women and she slips a spoonful in her morning tea too!
Little excites Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog more than exquisite ultra-luxe skincare products, and for that very reason Graydon Fullmoon Serum is currently being featured as one of our greatest recent discoveries. This anti-aging serum, which is cruelty-free and vegan, leaves skin soft, smooth, supple and hydrated. It also gently exfoliates dead skin cells while plumping fine lines. It is a holy grail discovery that you really must try for yourself, and once you do you will be hooked!
Not only can you help improve your skin but you can also donate to City of Hope at the same time with MURAD’s Hydration skincare. Beauty Info Zone shares some of the products that will help you and cancer patients.
There are so many anti-aging skincare myths that we’ve all been told. You can read about 5 of them that we should stop believing over on The Makeup Obsessed Mom.
The days are heating up quickly, and with so many exciting adventures ahead, everyone needs a quick 5 minute makeup routine to get put together and out the door fast. Jen from Laugh, Love, Contour shared her quick look for the summer this week including a tip you’ll want to use year round. Be sure to check it out!
Could your makeup bag use a little refresher for Summer? I Know all the Words explores some great options from Almay sure to see you through the season.
In April, Paula’s Choice generously sent me a bottle of their iconic exfoliator 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant along with a couple of other fabulous skincare products. Because 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant would suit other skin types more than mine (dry, mature skin), I held a giveaway on the blog, and there were lots of entries! Diana D. was the winner.
Last week, I received another box from Paula’s Choice. In addition to two of PC’s fabulous boosters – C15 Super Booster and 10% Niacinamide (one of my favorites, reviewed here) – there was another bottle of 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant. I am eager to dig into the two boosters, but I still think that there are other people out there who would enjoy the exfoliator, so I’m doing another giveaway!
Check out the details of 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant on my previous post here. But here’s a quick reprise of the key aspects of the product.
Our #1 product worldwide + cult favorite, this gentle leave-on exfoliant quickly unclogs pores, smooths wrinkles, and brightens and evens out skin tone.
Clears & minimizes enlarged pores
BHA (Beta hydroxy acid) sheds built-up layers of skin
Fluid, lightweight texture absorbs quickly
Use twice daily after cleansing & toning
The product gets a 4.5 star rating on the Paula’s Choice website, and it had almost 2500 reviews. Wow. Since I haven’t tried it myself, here are what others say about it:
Mostly, the reviews focus on the fact that it works on Enlarged Pores, Uneven Skin Tone, Fine Lines/Wrinkles, Redness/Blotchiness, and Blemishes/Acne. It’s applied on a cotton pad after cleansing and toning.
The giveaway will have one winner who will be chosen by Rafflecopter. The giveaway is limited to U.S. residents, age 18+, where permitted by law. The giveaway will run from today Friday, June 21 through Wednesday, July 3, 2019 ending at midnight, Tuesday, July 2.
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When I moved into my brand newly built house 18 years ago, the home inspector, who was supposed to be a very thorough one, came up with a fairly comprehensive punch list. But sadly, one thing he missed was the bathtub in the master bath. I found out the hard way about a year later that the drain wasn’t connected to the overflow pipe. I found out after I noticed water stains on my living room ceiling. Boo hoo. To fix it, my plumber would have to rip out a wall. A bathroom reno is expensive, so I haven’t done it. As a result, I don’t take baths as often as I’d like to.
So to make my infrequent baths without a full tub of water really special, I have become a bath bomb fanatic. And two new bomb brands have come my way.
Fun and Imaginative HALLU Bath Bombs
HALLU (pronounced Halloo), according to the HALLU website, is “a warm, welcoming word that evokes escape; derived from the vibe of myth and fantasy”. And it’s a scent-driven place of magic and fantasy that can transform your bath or shower.
There are 4 different mythical collections:
I received some of the bath bombs from the mermaid and fairy collections:
Mermaid Tiki Torch Bath Bomb
Mermaid Splash Bath Bomb
Fairy Wish Upon A Star Bath Bomb
Fairy Dance Party Bath Bomb with Vitamin E
HALLU bath bombs are witty and unique. Three of the bath bombs – Mermaid Tiki Torch, Fair Dance Party Bath Bomb and Fairy Wish Upon A Star – were especially different: they lit up.
I lit the built-in wicks for Mermaid Tiki Torch and Fairy Star, and I had floating candle bath bombs. So I could shut off the lights and bathe by candlelight!
Fairy Light it Up Bath Bomb - YouTube
Fairy Dance Party Bath Bomb has a crazy disco light inside it that you can get to after the bomb is finished. And you can toss the disco light into the tub!!! Check out this video to see what I mean!
They smelled divine, released pretty colors into the bath water, and were long lasting. I got more than one bath from them all!
Importantly, they left my skin feeling ultra soft and smooth. But even more importantly, they didn’t leave any grease in the bath tub like other bath bomb brands I’ve used in the past. In other words, no clean up!
I’m a huge fan of these fun and moisturizing, no clean up bath bombs from HALLU. I think they’d make terrific gifts with a couple of them in a gift bag or gift basket with other bath and shower goodies – HALLU also makes bath and shower products. On the HALLU website, you can put in your zip code to find out where they’re sold near you. When I tried it, I saw that they’re sold at Walmart. Great, they’re easy to replace! When I looked online at Walmart, the single round bath bombs are $2.97 each or $8.91 for a 3 pack. Definitely affordable!
Warfighter Hemp Bath Bombs
While HALLU bath bombs were fun, fragrant and whimsical, Warfighter Hemp Bath Bombs are more serious. In fact, they’re therapeutic. Warfighter Hemp is a brand developed by veterans, initially for veterans. Fifty percent of the profits go to support veterans causes, and veterans get a discount on purchases.
Warfighters Hemp makes a variety of products with CBD oil: tinctures, patches, capsules, plus bath bombs, lotion, and even honey – all with CBD oil. I have only tried the bath bombs.
Warfighter Hemp says, “Our bath bombs are created to not only relax the body, but to help stabilize the mood through the CBD receptors within your skin.” I can attest to that. I used one of the bath bombs after a stressful time, and I felt so much better after my bath.
One bath bomb contains 35mg of active Cannabidiol. Cannabidiol does not make you high like THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, does. Instead, Cannabidiol acts to relax, soothe and calm. It is formulated to address chronic pain, localized pain, muscle recovery, and Psoriasis. I used Warfighter Hemp Bath Bombs while I was suffering from a diverticulitis flare up. While the CBD bath bomb didn’t get rid of my diverticulitis, it made the pain on my left side feel less intense.
The Cannabidiol in Warfighter Hemp Bath Bombs is grown organically in Colorado. The bath bombs are made from plant-based ingredients.
In addition to helping me relax and taking my diverticulitis pain down a notch or two, it made my skin feel very smooth and soft. But there was no greasy film left behind in the bath tub.
I am not sure what the fragrances were in the two bath bombs that I received. They did not have strong scents. There are 4 scent varieties, however, that include: Lemongrass Kiwi, Citrus, Eucalyptus & Peppermint, and Fresh Bamboo.
While other bath bombs turn the water pretty shades like pink, turquoise or purple, the green/purple Warfighter Hemp Bath Bombs turned the bathwater a purplish-brown shade. To be honest, it wasn’t as pretty as the fun pastels, but the Warfighter Hemp Bath Bomb did the trick. The entire bath bomb disintegrated in one use, and with a dosed amount of CBD in the bath bomb, it’s meant to be used all at once. This is what it looked like:
Last week in one of the Facebook makeup groups I joined, everyone was buzzing about the new Derma E Essentials Tinted Moisturizing BB Cream SPF 30. I might have missed the beginning of the thread because what everyone was discussing was the shades and who they would suit. Since I had the complete set of 5 shades, I decided to hurry my review and swatches.
When I first opened the package, my eye landed on the “Tinted Moisturizing” part of the product name, so in my haste, I read it as “tinted moisturizer”. Sometimes tinted moisturizers don’t provide quite enough coverage for me, so I was approaching the new products with a bit of skepticism. But when I applied it – even for the first time, I noticed that this product is something different!
I finally noticed that this is a BB cream, not tinted moisturizer. I haven’t used a BB in a while. But this one seems incredibly different. I might even go so far as to say that this is the best one I’ve ever tried. I absolutely adore the consistency of this BB cream. So many that I have tried over the years are heavy. This one is as light as air on my skin, and it makes my skin feel velvety though it dries matte in an instant. I love that! Frankly, wearing Derma E Tinted Moisturizing BB Cream SPF 30 feels like I’m wearing nothing. I forget I have it on.
So I wear Derma E Tinted Moisturizing BB Cream SPF 30 in different ways. If I’m at home or just running errands, I wear it alone as intended. If my very dry mature skin is feeling extra dry or if I’m going to an appointment or meeting, I sometimes apply Derma E Tinted Moisturizing BB over moisturizer or a hydrating serum for extra hydration and more plumping. But I am sure if you have younger or less dry skin, you would be happy wearing it on its own as intended.
Since it’s a BB cream, it primes, moisturizes and provides some color with light to medium coverage. It’s somewhat buildable, but I dab some concealer on my two most noticeable dark spots as I do with most foundations including full coverage foundations.
Derma E Tinted Moisturizing BB Cream contains Bilberry extract as well as Vitamins C and E so it helps brighten and illuminate. I was unfamiliar with Bilbery so I looked it up: “anthocyanosides, plant pigments with excellent antioxidant properties that help to prevent or reverse damage to cells caused by free radicals. … Bilberry also contains vitamin C, which is another antioxidant.” Ah, so it’s an antioxidant and source of vitamin C!
The SPF 30 is derived from mineral non-nano zinc oxide 20%, and there is no white cast. It is “reef safe”. Check out the rest of the ingredients at the end of the post. Derma E is a brand that uses a lot of naturally-derived ingredients.
Now for the shades. The five shades are:
My skin tone is between Fair and Light, with Fair being the closer shade. Here’s a blob of Fair and how it looks blended.
Sometimes I blend some Light into the Fair to deepen it a bit (this is the blend below)
but Fair doesn’t look overly light on my skin. So that said, if you are a pale person, it’s possible that Fair will not be light enough for your skin tone. Derma E could stand to add one even fairer shade to the lineup.
Take a look at the swatches. Here they are, first in natural daylight and second, in direct sunlight.
And thank you also to Derma E for sending along a very useful purple blending sponge that helps make application a breeze. I’ll use the handy cotton pouch for bringing the BB cream with SPF with me to the beach.
I am a big fan of Derma E Tinted Moisturizing BB Cream SPF 30 as you probably can tell! But my one nitpick is that I wish the hole in the plastic tube were smaller. I have to remember to hold the tube upright when I squeeze some out; otherwise, way too much comes out of the tube. With this BB cream, a little goes a long way!
Derma E Tinted Moisturizing BB Cream SPF 30 is priced at $19.95 for 1.5 fl. oz./44 ml and is sold on the Derma E website, and the two most popular shades, Light and Tan, are sold at Lovelyskin.com. Although Derma E is sold at Ulta, I don’t see this particular product at Ulta.com yet. Keep your eyes peeled! It’s cruelty-free, gluten-free, vegan, GMO-free, soy free, and the packaging is recyclable.
Recently, I was introduced to Hanhoo Argan Oil Makeup Removing Wipes with Vitamin C. I had never heard of the Korean brand, Hanhoo. Their mission is to help inspire confidence through skincare products made with safe ingredients that help achieve clear, healthy, glowing skin.
Hanhoo Argan Oil Makeup Removing Wipes with Vitamin C seem different to me. The wipes themselves are made from a soft fabric-like material, so they are extremely gentle to use on my eyes and face. Argan oil is a natural moisturizer that’s rich in antioxidants, Vitamins A and E, that help stimulate cell production. It also is great at removing makeup and cleaning pores while it’s at it. What I love about these wipes is that I don’t have to tug at my eyes and lashes to remove my eye makeup and mascara. I usually remove my makeup and then go back with the clean part of the wipe and do a second cleanse. My skin also feels soft and never dry afterwards.
The Vitamin C in the formula helps brighten and stimulate collagen production that those of us on the other side of 40 can certainly use.
The bright yellow resealable package contains 15 good sized wipes. The wipes are free of mineral oil, paragons, sulfate, and fragrance. Recommended for all skin types. They are sold at Walmart for $2.50. They are also sold on Hanhoousa.com.
Next time you’re picking up makeup removing wipes, definitely consider giving Hanhoo Argan Oil Makeup Removing Wipes with Vitamin C a try!
Wow, how did it get to be mid-June already? My beach club is opening for the season today, and hopefully the temperature will be approaching 80 for the first time this season. Then, several days in a row with more rain. Oh well, there’s a good exhibit at the Peabody Essex Museum if it’s not outdoor weather.
What are you up to this weekend? Any Father’s Day plans? Hope it’s fun whatever you do.
If you have a chance, check out this week’s posts from the Beauty Spotlight Team!
Lanolips 101 Ointment Multi-Balm Coconutter is the most incredible healing balm that leaves skin remarkably soft, smooth and deeply hydrated. Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog is absolutely obsessed with Lanolips, and highly recommends this magical healing balm! #lanolips
In the summer, antioxidant-rich berries are everywhere! Never Say Die Beauty is harnessing the power of berries for brighter, smoother skin with new Paula’s Choice Power Berry Serum, a delightful natural pink lightweight serum!
The rising temperatures can only mean one thing- neon nails! KBShimmer has launched their new Seas The Day Collection this week. Jen from Laugh, Love, Contour has created a few nail art looks using the collection and has them up on her blog. Check it out to see how you can have your nails match the heat this summer!
The heat is on and what could be more refreshing, this time of year than nice, chilly skin care? Erika at Notes from My Dressing Table thinks that a skin care fridge is just what everyone needs for their summer beauty routine.
Time for another Ipsy Plus subscription box. This month, the theme is Block Party.
I thought Ipsy Plus had dispensed with themes since they are seemingly unnecessary. But Block Party goes well with summer, and what’s in this month’s Block Party box does fit the theme. So let’s see what I got!
The first item that jumped out at me when I opened the familiar hot pink shipping box was the raspberry pink tube from PUR. I thought it was a pink lipgloss, and I was so excited. Turns out, it’s not lipgloss at all: it’s mascara. That’s why it has Big Look on the tube, though in my mind, I thought that could also fit with lipgloss Especially since it doesn’t say mascara anywhere on the tube. But it’s mascara, and though I would have preferred an opaque bright pink lipgloss, I’m always happy to try a new mascara.
PUR tends to have big wands, and this one is no exception. The long, rather fat wand with plastic teeth is a little too big for my liking, but I got the hang of it. While I thought it required repeated strokes over my lashes, it did make my lashes look quite striking, I think. While I don’t like it as much as my favorite mascaras, I am very impressed with the final look. I will definitely continue to use it.
When I first saw “matte color”, I thought I might have to give away this pretty lip crayon. But then I discovered the cleverly hidden lip balm in the base of the stick, and I was in business!
I love the deep red shade of the lipstick that they call “Belize Bordeaux”, and the “Grenache Balm” is more or less a sheer slightly pink shade that is very hydrating.
I love the clever way this lip duo is put together, including the magnetic case that goes over the lip crayon with a secure snap. I’m a fan of tresTIQUE anyway, but this is the first full size product from the brand that I have tried. So happy I didn’t give this one away!
BTW, here I am wearing the PUR Big Look Mascara and the trestique Lip Crayon and Balm. Kind of a goofy photo of me on a day when I am not feeling well, but I want you to see what they look like on.
Because it’s pricey, the only Sunday Riley skincare I’ve used have been samples and travel size products I received in Sephora Play bags when I used to subscribe. So I was excited to receive a full size jar of Sunday Riley CEO Vitamin C Rich Hydration Cream. Not surprisingly, I opened it right away.
Inside is a rich pale yellow cream with a citrusy scent. I actually love citrus scents so I really love this. The scent goes away on contact with my skin.
The cream is quite thick so I think I may save it for autumn and cold weather, and continue using the PRAI Vitamin C Cream that I also have that is more of a summer weight. Nevertheless, I am glad to have both of these vitamin C gems.
Though I often avoid clay for my dry skin, I’ve found that it makes sense for me to read the ingredients before giving clay masks away. It definitely appears that hydrating, collagen stimulating and soothing ingredients like desert lime and aloe vera in this pretty purple mask mitigate the effects of the deep cleaning kaolin and bentonite clays. In addition, the mask contains AHAs from the super fruit Davidson plum to brighten and rejuvenate skin. I’m in. I will give this mask from Australian brand, Generation Clay, a try.
TETRIS X Ipsy Block Party Eyeshadow Palette $24
Every month, Ipsy includes a palette in the Ipsy Plus box. This month, Ipsy teamed up with the iconic video game that I have never heard of, TETRIS, to create a shadow palette to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the game.
As you will see, the palette is a mix of neutrals and brights, mattes and shimmers. I have my eye on the champagne shade, t-spin. They recommend trying some of the shades as liners, and that’s how I intend to use the deep ocean blue shade, top out, though I think it will also be a good shade for the V. The neutrals always come in handy. I’ll do some experimenting with the raspberry shades.
I’m very happy with at least 3 of the items, and I will definitely try the Generation Clay Mask and the TETRIS X Ipsy palette that are somewhat out of my wheelhouse. The value of the 5 full size items is $174. I paid $25. I still really love this subscription. Originally, I thought I wouldn’t want full size products, but boy, was I wrong! I have discovered so many great products with this subscription. And if I weren’t blogging, I probably would never buy any cosmetics again because I could just use what I get in my Ipsy Plus box.