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October 29, 2011 by  
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Trinity of Youth Introduces Lactic Acid-Based BrilliantFx Body Serum to Combat Dry, Cracked Skin
www.trinityofyouth.com – Retail price $39.99

BrilliantFx contains a high percentage of lactic acid at an effective pH and incorporates this key ingredient in a formula that is unlike any anti-aging body product on the market today.  “After noticing a void in the market for an effective anti-aging body treatment and potent moisturizer for dry, cracked or aging skin, we embarked on our mission to create this revolutionary body serum,” explains Diane Zokle, co-founder of Trinity of Youth. “By using naturally occurring medicinal agents that have been used for thousands of years, we can now offer our unique mixture that both alleviates dry, cracked skin and improves the appearance of aging skin on the body.”

In addition to lactic acid, BrilliantFx Body Serum is specially formulated with the powerful herbal ingredient arnica montana commonly known as wolf’s bane or leopard’s bane, a European flowering plant containing an active secondary plant metabolite sesquiterpene lactones, which acts as an anti-inflammatory agent. Flavanoids and essential oils theoretically act with the sesquiterpene lactones in Arnica montana to induce its therapeutic effects.

The third distinctive key ingredient in the BrilliantFx Body Serum is vitamin E.  In terms of skin health and skin care, vitamin E benefits are numerous.   In fact, skin care products that contain vitamin e have become an essential part of healthy skin care.   Because of its antioxidant activity, vitamin e is vital in protecting skin cells from ultra violet light, pollution, drugs, and other elements that produce cell damaging free radicals.  The vitamin e benefits for healthy skin care also include its ability to regulate vitamin a in the body, which itself is important for healthy skin.   It helps skin look younger by reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Also, free radicals are believed to play an important role in skin aging and therefore the antioxidant activity is quite valuable for this skin problem.

BrilliantFx Body Serum is the first exfoliating and moisturizing body serum to introduce a skin-healing mixture of ingredients all in one bottle—lactic acid, Arnica montana, and vitamin E.

Anti Aging Kit by Minus417
www.minus417.com Retail Cost: $228.97

TIME CONTROL RECOVERY A CREAM

  • A special intensive treatment cream fights wrinkles and signs of aging.
  • High concentration of retinol (vitamin A) that plays essential roles in appearance of skin, growth, development, and maintenance of healthy skin.
  • Collagen and essential oils with the Vitamin Mineral Complex that prevents moisture loss.
  • Improves firmness and elasticity of the skin and prevent signs of aging.
  • Effective for all skin types.

TIME CONTROL FACIAL ACTIVE SERUM

  • Highly concentrated serum for firming and smoothing skin.
  • Because the serum is solely water-based, a higher concentration of active ingredients can be combined with it than other creams.
  •  Energizing vitamins that aid in cell rejuvenation and minerals improving the balance of moisture in the skin.
  • Effective for all skin types.

Saluta I Tuoi Bellissimi Capelli
For Those Without Italian 101: Say Hello To Beautiful Hair
www.PirriHairGroup.com -Retail Cost: $68.00

The Experts: Piero and Luigi Pirri

With over twenty years of experience, the Italian born Pirri brothers have mastered their craft in cuts, color and texture for women and men.  Piero and Luigi combine their expertise in international hair care and styles with contemporary finesse. Infusing European flair and talent, Piero and Luigi offer their unique hair styling philosophy and natural hair care products at their salons in Greenwich, Connecticut and New York.

The Products: Pirri Elements & Elemental Tools: 

The Pirri Elements line was inspired by the beauty of the Mediterranean “crystal blue” Sea, pure air, rich soil and fiery volcanoes.  Each product consists of Bergamot, an essential oil that comes from a fruit native Calabria, Italy, the hometown of the Pirri brothers.  The oil along with other essential and natural ingredients is used to nourish the hair and lock in moisture.

  • Daily Shampoo: Mediterraneo – Contains essential ingredients to cleanse the hair while maintaining balance and moisture in all hair types.  The product normalizes the hair, scalp and PH balance while keeping the hair looking healthy and shiny.  Cost: $20/12oz.
  • Daily Conditioner: Earth’s Balance – Restores moisture and smoothes the shaft of the hair while helping to combat humidity and static electricity.  The product works to coat the hair and protect it from the damaging effect of heat styling.  Cost: $22/12oz
  • Smooth & Relaxing Serum: Lava Glaze – Relaxes the hair for a straight style or reduces frizz for a great natural air-dried look.  The combination of Aloe Vera along with other essential products, work to eliminate dead ends and protects hair from the damaging effect of blow drying and UV rays.  Cost: $24/8oz
  • Detangler & Leave-In Conditioner: Nature’s Breeze – Smoothes tangles and mends dry ends while protecting the hair and reducing fly-aways.  The product is a must-have before heat styling. Cost: $22/8oz

GENTLEMEN START YOUR ENGINES: FACELUBE PRODUCTS WILL HAVE YOUR SKIN ON THE FAST TRACK
Test Drive The New High Performance Men’s Skin Care Line
WWW.FACELUBE.COM –Retail Cost $245.00

Even though much ado has been made about “metrosexuals” and the rise of male plastic surgery, when it comes to an everyday skin care regimen, for the most part, “men are from Mars and women are from Venus.” The average man does not want or need a pile of products to reap the benefits of a properly maintained masculine face. FaceLube’s high performance 3 step system includes a Cleaner, Treatment and Protectant. It’s simple and precise – bing, bam, boom, am/pm and you’re done! Because men and women age differently, men have different needs and preferences than women. FaceLube® gets the critical fact that for men, proper face care is not just about looking young – it’s about looking good and staying on the fast track.

STEP 1 ANTI-AGING CLEANER (3.4 OZ) MADE IN GERMANY. MSRP $25.00

Think about the finish on your car. If you keep it free of old build-up it will look good year after year. And when you pick the right cleaner, you won’t strip it so much that you damage the clear coat finish. You wouldn’t use a tire cleaner on your fine leather seats, think twice before using soap or all-purpose body wash all over the most delicate part of a man’s face.

This anti-aging cleaner is a powerhouse of concentrated natural organic plant derived complex and high tech manufacturing protocols. It offers deep, effective and gentle cleaning of surface oils, impurities and dirt and helps to restore perfect moisture, balance and tone and is an integral part of proper men’s grooming regimen. Free from controversial chemicals like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

WHY IT WORKS:

A man’s face builds up dirt, grime and dead cells. The Cleaner breaks up embedded dirt, grime and thick skin debris. It soothes, nourishes, tightens and conditions. Masculine facial skin has very different needs and texture than his hair and the rest of his body parts. Common soaps strip his face of natural moisture, leaving it dry and prone to wrinkles.

HOW TO USE: 3.4 oz / 100 ml. Concentrated.

About dime size per use, twice daily am/pm. For all skin types.

STEP 2 TREATMENT (1.5 OZ): MSRP $105.00

Treatment is like a high-end synthetic fluid for your car. Think about a car just after an automatic transmission fluid exchange. The cleaner helped to loosen the dirt and grime that built-up in the torque converter, and flushed them out along with all that oxidized used fluid. Now that the transmission is clean, you’d want to top it off with fresh new fluid – the basic nutrient that keeps your transmission shifting in high gear.

The FaceLube® Treatment is a Hi-Potency Concentrated Ultra Super Luxe Caviar Complex and Natural Bio-Peptides that work to activate cell metabolism, begin repairs on past damage from environmental assaults and stress to help revitalize and firm tired skin and defend against further damage.

WHY IT WORKS: Once a man has gotten rid of the “gunk” on his face through cleansing, the face needs nutrition. The Treatment minimizes fine lines and wrinkles by helping to restore the skin’s natural balance, rebuild collagen and elasticity, repair past damage and strengthen it against further environmental and free radical assaults.

WHAT’S IN IT & WHY: DNA-Marine/Caviar Extract – Anti-aging, anti-wrinkle, revitalizing, firming and regenerating, renews skin elasticity. It’s the ultimate deep penetrating nutrient for younger looking skin.

HOW TO USE: 1.5 fl. oz / 45 ml. Highly Concentrated. About pea size per use, twice daily AM/PM. For all skin types.

STEP 3 PROTECTANT (1.5 OZ): MSRP $115.00

Think of Protectant like a high-performance additive package, or booster for your car’s engine that works in conjunction with the fresh new motor oil that went into your car after an engine flush. The FaceLube® Protectant is cutting edge anti-aging technology that minimizes wrinkles, firms, strengthens skin structure, protects collagen and elastin fibers. Moisture enriched, ultra smooth, non-oily, protects against premature aging. Healing, soothing, and nourishing.

WHY IT WORKS: The Protectant works in conjunction with Treatment. The active ingredients in the Protectant are complementary to the Treatment. The Protectant helps further strengthen the skin’s inner structure and seals in moisture.

WHAT’S IN IT & WHY: Matrixyl 3000® – Collagen production, anti-wrinkle, firms and lifts skin. Venuceane® – Deep sea extract, anti-aging, anti-oxidant, hydrating, prevents signs of photo-aging. Ocean Gold® – Natural mineral nutrient, protects collagen, firms, strengthens, anti-oxidant. Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract – Natural moisturizer promotes healing, highly hydrating, high in potassium, optimizes and reinforces collagen synthesis and moisture absorption. Caffeine – firming, detoxifying. Allantoin – Heals, protects, softens, conditions.

HOW TO USE: 1.5 fl. oz / 45 ml. Highly Concentrated. About pea size per use, twice daily AM/PM. For all skin types

Introducing EnvyDerm
Effective Eyelash Growth & Conditioning Serum for Fuller, Longer and Stronger Lashes
www.envyderm.com – Retail Cost: $99.95

Step aside, full lips and tan skin. These days, it’s all about drama in the eyes.  A few years ago, we might have wanted plump, bee-stung lips like Angelina Jolie, suffering through stinging lip glosses and collagen injections for it.   But these days the focus has shifted to another “It” facial feature – eyelashes.   Stars like Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez and Penelope Cruz are batting their way down the red carpet with these feathery eye fringes.

The trend of cosmetic products with long-term benefits has grown over the years, as consumers continue to seek products that work together to enhance their appearance long after being applied. From acne fighting makeup to moisturizing lipsticks, consumers want continuous benefits that have quick results and longevity.  We all know the wonders of mascara well; in fact, most of us feel naked without it. But breakage, thinning and damaging of the lashes are mascara’s little known drawbacks.  Fortunately, EnvyDerm, a groundbreaking new nonprescription formula eyelash growth serum is here for our eyebatting rescue.

“Through meticulous research and development, scientific advances, professional expertise and the understanding of a customer’s well-being, EnvyDerm is changing the world of beauty,” says Nadia Smith, President and Founder of EnvyDerm.  “At EnvyDerm, we provide consumers with the best eyelash care products to enhance their natural beauty.”

How to Use EnvyDerm?

The EnvyDerm applicator is very similar to a liquid eyeliner applicator. One should apply the stimulating serum once a day before bedtime along the upper and lower lash lines.  EnvyDerm does not disrupt the daily application of make-up or other skincare routines. Can be used on brows as well.

What is in EnvyDerm?

EnvyDerm is formulated with active natural ingredients such as bioavailable lipo-oligopeptides that stimulate keratin genes.  Powerful SymPeptide technology lengthens and strengthens natural lashes. EnvyDerm uses vitamins, minerals and amino acids to moisturize and nourish lashes and brows.

When Can I Expect to See Results?

One should begin to see the lash line becoming thicker, fuller and healthier looking in as little as 2 weeks!  In a clinical study, users saw a 25 percent increase in eyelash length during this period.  EnvyDerm will continue to prove results over time if used on a consistent basis.

“Beautiful Skin Revealed: The Ultimate Guide to Better Skin”
An Insider’s Guide to Healthy Skin
www.dermlasersurgery.com – Retail Cost $59.95

The marketing and sale of cleansers, moisturizers, cosmeceuticals, and cosmetics is a multibillion-dollar industry.  How do you navigate through the maze of products and promises?  Which combination of treatment options, potions and lotions is the real deal?

In an effort to separate fact from fiction, Board-Certified Dermatologist Dr. Paul Friedman, has co-authored the book   “Beautiful Skin Revealed: The Ultimate Guide to Better Skin.” This comprehensive book offers an expert’s insider view on common skin conditions and treatments that really work, in addition to offering tips on how to maximize the time with your dermatologist. According to Dr. Friedman, “The book is grounded in science and explains why conditions occur.  Using before and after photos and real patient testimonials, “Beautiful Skin Revealed” shows readers the incredible results made possible through the latest treatment options.” Below, Dr. Friedman offers a sneak-peek from his book, available for purchase at www.amazon.com and www.barnesandnoble.com

The book contains 12 chapters including sections on: Complexion, Acne, Wrinkles, Flusing, Birthmarks, Eyes, Leg Veins, Skin Cancer, Scars and Stretch Marks, General Dermatology, Products, and finally Choosing a doctor.

Acne – Not Just an Issue for Teens

Blame it on stress, the environment, or hormones – the truth is that acne is not limited to teenagers. “It may surprise you to learn that one in five adults between the ages of 25 and 44 experiences acne. In fact, some find their acne is worse in adulthood than it was during puberty,” says Dr. Friedman.  In his book, Dr. Friedman offers solutions for current acne breakouts as well as for scars caused by past acne blemishes.

  • Lasers. “In the past five years lasers have been found in multiple studies to reduce not only acne lesions but also improve acne scars.” When considering laser treatment, Dr. Friedman suggests reviewing all of the options available to become an informed participant in the initial consultation with your dermatologist. “A great option for patients experiencing both acne lesions and acne scarring is the 1450-nm diode laser by Candela®.”

Rosacea: Red All Over

“Notable flushing, diffuse redness, and visible facial blood vessels may point to one of the most under diagnosed, yet prevalent and frustrating skin conditions affecting adults. It is called rosacea,” Dr. Friedman explains. He notes that although the exact cause of rosacea is unknown, there are several treatment options available.

  • “Pulsed-Dye Laser Treatments target broken blood vessels and background redness. Redness caused by rosacea responds very well to a series of laser treatments.  Since rosacea is a chronic condition, periodic maintenance treatments are required after the initial series.”

Leg Veins: Reveal Simply Beautiful Legs

Summertime clothing can draw attention to the legs. Visible veins on the legs are a common concern affecting 80% of women in the United States. Spider veins can become more prominent as we age and with jobs requiring prolonged standing.

  • “Sclerotherapy, which is best for the treatment of spider veins and reticular veins, can be combined with the long-pulsed 1064-nm Nd:YAG laser. Patients who want to improve the appearance of their legs need to have the treatment about three to six months ahead of shorts and swimsuit season,” according to Dr. Friedman.

Injections for Wrinkles without the Pain

“Today’s experienced physicians can help patients achieve varying degrees of improvement,” Dr. Friedman notes. “The best doctors will insist on creating a natural look.”

  • Hyaluronic acid fillers mixed w/lidocaine are one of the most exciting new developments Dr. Friedman offers his patients.  “Now, injections for fine lines and deeper wrinkles are given in combination with lidocaine, a numbing agent typically used at the dentist’s office. The result is less discomfort from the injection process.”

Notable Breakthroughs: Fraxel re:store DUAL Laser for Actinic Keratosis

Actinic Keratosis, or AKs, are common precancerous lesions caused by sun exposure, affecting between 11% and 26% of people in the U.S. over the age of 40. According to Dr. Friedman, “The Fraxel re:store DUAL Laser is a potential option to replace traditional treatments for AKs such as freezing through liquid nitrogen. This high tech laser allows for a larger area of the skin to be treated at each visit. Patients have also been pleased with the added benefits they notice, such as improvement of their skin texture and pigmentation.”

Dr. Friedman notes, “Good skin requires maintenance. With the help of a daily sunblock, a good moisturizer, and a topical retinoid, healthy skin has an even surface that glows.  Cosmeceuticals and cosmetics can enhance the foundation achieved with a solid skincare regimen and dermatologic procedures.”

About Paul M. Friedman, M.D.

Paul M. Friedman, M.D. is board-certified by the American Board of Dermatology, specializing in dermatologic laser surgery and Mohs micrographic surgery. He completed his residency in dermatology at the New York School of Medicine, one of the nation’s top dermatology residency programs.

Dr. Friedman is the director of the DermSurgery Laser Center in Houston, Texas and also practices at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York in Manhattan.  He is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Texas Medical School, Department of Dermatology, and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Friedman is on staff at Texas Children’s Hospital and Memorial-Hermann Hospital in Houston.

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Pumpkin Carving Night

October 29, 2011 by  
Filed under daily life, my family

Thank you to Pumpkin Masters for the wonderful pumpkin carving kit. It made us look like we actually had some creative talent!

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Simply Good Diaper Bag

October 29, 2011 by  
Filed under babies, product reviews

Since I pretty much always have my diaper bag with me, I need something that is not only functional but also looks good. However, believe me . . . that’s easier said than done. I’ve been through more than my share of diaper bags over the years and it was so hard to find one that meets my needs . . . until now. Introducing the Simply Good Square Diaper Bag.

Fashionable and convenient for both mom and dad, while safe and comfortable for your little one, Simply Good™ products were develop and design with parents needs and demands in mind, to help today’s busy parents simplify their lifestyles through our innovative, practical and stylish products making their life just more convenient and children happier, providing them with attractive, clever and practical solutions.

When I took a look at our Simply Good Square Diaper Bag the first thing I noticed was the carrying handles. There are three ways I could carry it . . . as a backpack, on my shoulder, or clipped to my stroller. I like that it’s so convertible because I usually carry my diaper bag on my shoulder but there are times when I need it to be more secured – like on my back. Of course, when I’m using my stroller I like to use stroller clips to keep the bag within easy reach. I also like that the shoulder strap can be completely removed rather than having to stuff it into the bag to hide it.

The next thing I looked at were the pockets. I like lots of pockets and compartments to keep everything organized and in it’s place. If there’s one thing I can’t stand is trying to find something buried on the bottom of my diaper bag. The Simply Good diaper bag has 3 main compartments each with smaller compartments and pockets – some meshed, some with velcro closures, some with zippered tops.

There are also elastic straps to help keep some of your larger items in place.

And if that’s not enough, there’s even an insulated outer pocket to keep a bottle nice and chilled.

However, one of my favorite feature is the removable changing pad. You can store it separately in the large back pocket for when you want to use it on a changing table . . .

Or you can use the velcro to attach it to the inside of the front pocket so you can use your diaper bag when a changing table is not available.

Changing Pad attached

Folded in half and tucked into the pocket

Zippered up and ready to go!

We found this to be very convenient when we needed to change Kaila on her seat while on the plane and when we were out on a picnic.

Some of the other nice touches are an ID holder, a removable coin purse, an interior velcro strap that currently holds a medium-sized zippered pouch which can contain a wipes case and some diapers, and a plastic D-ring to hold your child’s favorite small toy.

All this is made from a 100% waterproof heavy-duty synthetic material with no PVC. Just by handling the bag I can tell that it’s sturdy, well-made, and will last for a very long time. I also like that the surfaces are easy to clean since I can’t stand a dirty diaper bag.

The Simply Good Diaper Bag has everything I could ever want . . . and more (however, I wouldn’t mind having one in pink). It’s a great way to keep my things in place and easy to find. Because when you’re out with 3 young kids, being organized is a definite must!

This post was written for Simply Good who provided the complimentary item in exchange for my honest review.

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Essentials Feet TreatMint Foot Lotion

October 28, 2011 by  
Filed under beauty, product reviews

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I have dry and sensitive skin and so my extremeties usually get the brunt of this condition during the winter.  I am always on the lookout for new foot treatments.  Stanley Home Products sent me a bottle of their Essentials Feet TreatMint Foot Lotion for review.

ABOUT 

Stanley Home Products sells a large variety of products for cleaning inside & outside your home as well as personal care products for you and your family.  They are a Direct Sales Company so if you are looking to make some extra income working (earn 35% on every item you sell) from home…check out their home business opportunity information on their website.


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MY REVIEW 

The Essentials Feet TreatMint Foot Lotion comes in a nice sized 8 fl. oz. flip-top bottle which is easy to use and easy to tote around.   I’m used to thicker lotions for foot treatments but this actually allows for greater absorption and the peppermint, camphor & menthol oils is a great combination for total foot relaxation and skin so soft.  Actually, this was relaxing for the senses too and allowed for a calm restful sleep – what an added bonus.

BUY IT

Purchase your Essentials Feet TreatMint Foot Lotion online here for $7.49 + shipping & handling.  This makes for a great stocking stuffer or maybe a hostess gift for the holidays.

“This post was written for Stanley Home Products who provided the complimentary item for review.

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