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REVIEW: Rodial Skin Bleach Cleanser

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Kristin reviews a gentle and refreshing brightening glycolic cleanser for uneven skin tone by Rodial.

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION:

Three steps to lighter and brighter skin. Rodial Skin Bleach Cleanser is an innovative exfoliating glycolic wash that reduces the appearance of age spots, skin blotches and uneven skin tone. A complex combination of fruit acids smoothes and retextures skin for a brighter and younger-looking complexion. This illuminating formula leaves skin bright and refreshed. Quickly eliminates strongly pigmented cells and refines pore size. Encourages cell renewal. Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Rodial Skin Bleach Cleanser is so refreshing on winter skin. I think it’s best to apply this cleanser with something like a sponge or clarasonic to really penetrate the pores and receive all its benefits. It gives just the right amount of exfoliation without drying, and lathers up perfectly with a konjac sponge.

Skin Bleach Cleanser produces a ‘slight foam’ without using a sponge or clarisonic brush

I love the pump it comes in too! It has a wide opening and pumps out just the right amount of cleanser without waisting any product.

Wide dispenser ‘pump’

I use two pumps on the sponge morning and night, and I’ve noticed my complexion is becoming noticeably brighter at the one month mark.  It smells lovely and contains a combination of glycolic acid along with the fruic acids that is not too strong to strip the skin of its natural moisture.  Rodial offers a three-piece Skin Bleach Set, which is on our Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide HERE.  I have not tried the serum or mask in this skin bleaching system so that shows you just how effective this cleanser is!  Additionally, when used as a part of the Skin Bleach Kit, Rodial’s test trials reveal “25.89% brightening and evening-out skin tone results in only nine days.”  That’s amazing!

Rodial Skin Bleach Cleanser is available at nordstroms.com $48.00

BEAUTY BFF REVIEW: Acure Argan Oil & Line Eraser

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Carly reviews two more fabulous products from Acure Organics – An argan oil better known as “Liquid Gold,” and an all-in-one skin/scar therapy plus line eraser.



ACURE ORGANICS ARGAN OIL
A true skin SUPER FOOD! Incredibly rich in Vitamin E, Essential Fatty Acids, and Proteins, Argan Oil help fight lines, repair imperfections, minimize scars + stretch marks, restore texture, elasticity and tone, and reduce inflammation. Lightweight and easily absorbed! Often referred to as “liquid gold” so get yourself some BEAUTY BLING!

Ingredients:
100% Organic Argania spinosa (argan) oil

Directions:
Use Superfruit + Chlorella Facial Cleansing Gel and follow with Rose + Red Tea Toner.
Use Radical Resurfacing Cream in the AM and Pomegranate + CGF Night Cream in the PM

CARLY SAYS:
You may remember BFF Beauty Blog Founder, Kristin’s review on Josie Maran Argan Oil? (review HERE)  I certainly did.  Ever since, I have been intrigued by Argan Oil, which up until Kristin’s review, I had never heard of before!
I had been meaning to purchase the Josie Maran Argan Oil, but around that time I was attracted to the Acure Organics skin care line. As I was purchasing Acure Night Cream, I also stumbled upon Acure Organics’ Argan Oil, and their Argan Oil + Starflower Line Eraser product on their Web site. So I thought since Kristin’s review of Josie Maran’s Argan Oil was so wonderful, I would try Acure’s Argan Oil products.


Acure Argan 100% Organic Oil is advertised on the Acure Organics Web site as “liquid gold,” and “beauty bling.” How can you pass that up? It’s full of Vitamin E, Essential Fatty Acids and proteins and has made an undeniable difference in my skin. I use it every night over the Acure Night Cream (after I let it absorb for a few minutes), and then every morning I use it in place of a moisturizer. It doesn’t take long to absorb into the skin, and I often feel that I could get away with just wearing the oil on my skin all day, in place of foundation or powder, because it makes it look so clear, dewy and soft. I have been using it for close to a month now and can honestly say that I see the results that were guaranteed on the bottle’s fine print; “ helps fight lines, repair imperfections, restores texture, elasticity and tone.” And, like Acure Night Cream…it is very affordable.


Now that I have discovered this amazing oil and actually put it to the test, I can truly vouch for the amazing results Argan oil delivers–whether it is Josie Maran’s or Acure Organics’ I don’t think you can go wrong!

ACURE ORGANICS LINE ERASER
This USDA certified organic balm works wonders on deep wrinkles (like around the mouth!), and helps fade scars with the well-studied activities of borage and argan oils. Also eases the occasional irritation of skin problems like psoriasis and excema. True all-in-one therapy!


Description:
For deep lines and serious wrinkles our heavy duty line eraser steps up to the challenge.

100% Organic ingredients:
Organic Safflower Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Beeswax, Organic Argan Oil, Fair Trade Certified Organic Olive Oil, Organic Canauba, Organic Starflower (Borage) Oil, Organic Essential Oils of Bulgarian Lavender and Rose

Directions:
Dab a small amount around the eye area.

CARLY SAYS:
I have been following Jenni and Kristin’s BFF Beauty Blog now since April, and besides completely and dramatically changing my approach to make-up, skin care, and all things of beautifying nature (thanks to them!)—it has also opened my eyes to the fact that a little skin TLC with the right products can go a long way when it comes to aging skin. Since becoming a mom a little over a year ago, I started to notice the lines around my eyes, and mouth and the heavy creases forming in my forehead and in between my brows. Maybe it was from the lack of sleep, etc. that all new parents go through, but I think it was also the realization that I am aging for Heaven’s sake! Becoming a mom made me feel like a true “grown-up” and with that I also realized that I am “30 something” and need to start paying closer attention to my skin care routine.


Cue Acure Organics “Line Eraser!” This product is also made of Argan oil plus Starflower—the other key ingredient. It is advertised to “work wonders on deep wrinkles (like around the mouth!), and helps fade scars with the well-studied activities of borage and argan oils.”


Before purchasing the “Line Eraser,” my big beauty secret (passed down through three generations; great-grandmother, grandmother, my mother, to me) was to smear Vaseline under my eyes every night and around my mouth. I diligently used Vaseline in this fashion, every night since I was a teenager…and I can’t say I’m not a believer. I really do think it does help keep wrinkles at bay while you sleep in funky positions on your face at night, but in more recent years the petroleum in Vaseline has really bothered me—knowing it wasn’t good for me.

I have used Acure Line Eraser in place of Vaseline—smearing it around my eyes and around my lips for over a month now. I have to admit that it was hard to give up Vaseline, as it had almost become a superstitious part of my routine, and to trust another product to work the same magic that Vaseline seemed to work for the three generations ahead of me…but I am genuinely impressed and pleased with the results I have been getting with the Acure Line Eraser. The lines around my eyes and mouth, and in between my brows, really do seem to be diminishing in depth! I finally feel good about giving up Vaseline and putting my trust into another product! Change IS good!!

I am more than thrilled with the results I have been rewarded from using the three Acure Organics Products I have tried so far. I love that I can feel good about what I am putting on my skin, it’s affordable, and all purchases go toward a good cause!! I look forward to trying more Acure Organics products soon!

Acure Organics Argan Oil ($14.99) and Line Eraser ($19.99) Available at:

drugstore.com – Plus FREE Acure gift with purchase OR Spend $40 on Acure Organics items and get an Argan Oil FREE ($14.99 value).


REVIEW: Shiseido White Lucent Spot Corrector Expert 10 Days To Brighter Skin Kit

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Kristin Reviews Shiseido’s White Lucent Spot Corrector Expert 10 Days To Brighter Skin Kit

White Lucent Spot Corrector Expert 10 Days To Brighter Skin Kit

What it is:

A collection of products to achieve luminous, healthy, even-toned skin.

What it is formulated to do:

This White Lucent skincare line was created with the latest advancements in Shiseido skincare technologies to deliver intensive brightening benefits. White Lucent promotes the overall condition of the skin with improved hydration, texture, and increased microcirculation, enhancing the skin’s natural radiance and targeting dark spots.

This set contains:

    • 0.5 oz White Lucent Intensive Spot Targeting Serum
    • 1.1 oz White Lucent Brightening Cleansing Foam
    • 0.84 oz White Lucent Brightening Balancing Softener Enriched
    • 0.5 oz White Lucent Brightening Moisturizing Emulsion

This line of Shiseido products is for brightening and softening the skin, and it works!  My favorites of the kit include the Brightening and Balancing Softener and the Intensive Spot Targeting Serum.

First, use the Brightening Cleanser which is very, very foamy.  A little goes a long way, and your skin feels squeaky clean after.

Follow with the softener.  The softener works best if you use the Shiseido Facial Cotton Squares you can buy at Sephora ($9.50).  They are so soft and non-abrasive to the skin.  It’s important to press the softner into your skin AS YOU wipe and  then wait till it dries before putting on the Intensive Sport Targeting Serum (the lady at the Shiseido counter stressed this to me with an almost crazy look in her eye!).  There is also a cheaper alternative to Shiseido’s facial cotton squares available at my local Japanese market called Sunrise Mart for $2.49 for a box of 90 puffs!  They’re a japanese brand called Selena Puffs 2 way. They are the same sized square and just as soft and absorbant as the Shiseido Facial Cotton. So you can decide which you would rather buy if you have japanese market near you! They are a little bit more on amazon($2.95+shipping).

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Next is the Intensive Spot Targeting Serum, which definitely lightened up the unevenness my skin suffered after the summer! As I’ve said before, cleansing with the Clarisonic first really helps with getting the most out of your products, but this serum is seriously potent.  It is also soothing and does not irritate the skin or make it red at all.  All of these products are suitable for sensitive skin types in my opinion.

Lastly, apply the Brightening Moisturising Emulsion after the serum dries.  This is my least favorite product in the collection mainly because I feel there are a lot of other brightening moisturizers out there that do a better job of making your skin feel moist and nourished while brightening.  Sometimes, brightening products tend to make your skin feel tight and dry at night.  I feel most night creams should really nourish and make your skin feel supple, not tight.  I wanted to use this system all together until it was finished, but towards the end, I started to apply a richer night cream OVER the Brightening Moisturising Emulsion if my skin was feeling too dry.  Otherwise, the whole collection does produce results and I would say it is worth trying it out!

 

REVIEW: AMOREPACIFIC Moisture Bound Refreshing Hydra-Gel & Time Response Skin Renewal Gel Creme

Kristin reviews AMOREPACIFIC’s MOISTURE BOUND Refreshing Hydra-Gel and TIME RESPONSE Skin Renewal Gel Creme

I have been using AMOREPACIFIC’s MOISTURE BOUND Refreshing Hydra-Gel and TIME RESPONSE Skin Renewal Gel Creme for a little over a week now.  I had a couple of blemishes that I wanted to get rid of fast without over-drying my skin so I alternated using these two products while applying Eve Lom’s Dynaspot (Jenni’s review HERE) directly to my blemishes each night.  My skin is totally clear now…in just 8 days!

AMOREPACIFIC  is wonderful Korean skincare company founded by  Sung-Whan Suh. For over half a century, AMOREPACIFIC has pioneered technological developments to meet the highest standards of health and beauty, as demonstrated by the company’s establishment of it’s own research laboratory in 1954 – the first in the Korean cosmetics industry.  Holding over 140 global patents in green tea and skin related technology they fuse cutting edge formulations with age old tradition of Asian botanicals to bring customers their supreme benefits.

AMOREPACIFIC’s MOISTURE BOUND Refreshing Hydra-Gel is a very light and yet super hydrating gel creme.  It dissolves right away into the skin and leaves no greasy residue.  It’s oil-free which is important for someone with oily or broken out skin.  You just feel cool, moist and never tight.  During the day, this gel provides great antioxidant protection.  At night, you really feel the nutrients seeping into your pores replenishing all the lost vitamins from exposure to free radicals throughout the day!  My skin definitely looked more vibrant when I woke each morning.  This was probably due ginger extract which stimulates microcirculation in the skin.  I love ginger!  I also love that it stimulates Hyaluronic acid production improving skin’s ability to hold water, preventing dehydration.  Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!  I used this every other day alternating with TIME RESPONSE Skin Renewal Gel Creme.

 

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AMOREPACIFIC’s TIME RESPONSE Skin Renewal Gel Creme is supposed to minimize excess sebum production, which everyone with oily skin needs I think!  This combo worked perfectly and really evened out my skin and left it feeling velvety smooth!  I even noticed my pores shrunk in such a short amount of time!  The website says this is “the ultimate skin transforming creme that corrects ALL signs of aging. Works on a genetic level to minimize wrinkles and sagging, restore skin’s radiance, repair the protective barrier and deeply hydrate.”  I would have to agree with these statements!  This cream is very unique and I’ve never seen my skin transform so fast! AMOREPACIFIC products are definitely worth the money in my opinion.

 

FYI- Both products are pretty heavy on fragrance though for those with sensitive noses.  I personally like when I use products, and their smells remind me of distinct periods in my life.  That may be getting a little too sentimental with my skincare though! Enough about me and more about these amazing products…

MOISTURE BOUND Refreshing Hydra-Gel Oil FreeThis refreshing, oil-free, hydrating gel provides deep hydration and antioxidant protection for a clearer, more radiant and smooth complexion.

Ingredients and Technology : Exclusive 5-Hydra Complex

  • Bamboo Sap – increases cellular turnover and regeneration, improving skin thickness and radiance
  • Aqua Sponge Complex™ – Stimulates Hyaluronic acid production improving skin’s ability to hold water, preventing dehydration
  • Ginger Root Extract – Stimulates microcirculation in the skin,  resulting in a more radiant complexion
  • 9 Essential Amino Acids – Revitalizes and hydrates the skin, increasing radiance and vitality

50 ml / 1.7 FL.OZ | Day/Night | Normal to Oily Skin,Oily Skin $100.00

Available at Barneys, Sephora, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom.

Kristin Says “Perfect amount of hydration. A+”

 

TIME RESPONSE Skin Renewal Gel CremeThis refreshing, skin transforming gel creme restores skin to a state of optimal smoothness, radiance, tone and clarity, while minimizing excess sebum production.

Ingredients & Technology :

  • Advanced TIME RESPONSE Complex™  – The complex consists of a powerful, patented compound of green tea stem cells, green tea EGCG and green tea saponin. The compound stimulates collagen production, rebalances melanin regulation and revives the skin’s hydration process to reduce lines and wrinkles, improve skin clarity and increase skin radiance and firmness.
  • Centella Asiatica – Increases cellular regeneration and turnover to improve skin texture and radiance
  • Magnolia –  Suppresses the production of melanin to help lighten surface discoloration for a clear, more even complexion.

50 ml / 1.7 FL.OZ.|In Stock|Day/Night|Normal to Oily Skin,Oily Skin $450

Available at Barneys, Sephora, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom.
Kristin Says “Well worth it! A++”

Review: Gentle and Exfoliating Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask

Kristin Reviews the Gentle and Exfoliating Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask

Trying get all the dead winter skin cells off my face while not to drying out my skin is proving to be a bit of a challenge. This time of year, my skin starts to feel tight and dry when I wake up each morning in my overheated apartment. I have no say in the temperature of my thermostat as my building controls the heat. All I can do to combat the the lack of moisture in my skin is 1) use a humidifier 2) stay moisturized and 3) EXFOLIATE…but not too much!  Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask is gentle enough to do just that! It is made with organic pumpkin, rich in beta carotene, blended with Manuka honey and citrus glycolic AHA. This mask dissolves and lifts away dull surface cells in just ten minutes! Its gentle organic ingredients smell great and it even looks like pumpkin pie filling(see below)! I use this mask three times a week, and it never strips my skin around my nose or mouth area like most other glycolic products do. This is a good mask for those with sensitive skin because it really does not burn in any way but exfoliates the skin effectively. It’s not one of those organic products that has all natural ingredients that don’t really do anything(like in that funny song on a recent episode of ‘Portlandia’!)

Andalou Naturals’ name and the philosophy behind their products is inspirational and really shows how much they care about humankind and making the world a better place. All their products are made with a minimum 70% certified organic. Their website says:

“The meaning of Andalou is ‘Path of Light’, and we believe it best reflects our intention to foster good things in the world and enrich the lives we touch, one responsible product at a time.”

“Just as Andalusia is a geographic and cultural gateway between Europe and Africa, bridged between the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea, Andalou Naturals is a gateway between the best of nature and knowledge and a bridge from farm to bottle and botany to beauty.”

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Kristin Says: This mask is a wonderful winter skin remedy! Just put this mask on after you wake up and watch all your dry winterskin melt away!

Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask $14.95

*PR Sample*

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