Thursday, July 31, 2014

Visible Youth Revitalizing Skin Formula Review

Visible Youth Revitalizing Skin FormulaWe received a bottle of Visible Youth Revitalizing Skin Formula from the company and put it to the test.

The vacuum pump bottle is lovely. A vacuum pump bottle is also the best way to preserve ingredients and prevent contamination. The serum is silky and very hydrating. A little goes a long way. All you need is a few drops.

GlycoBioSciences says,"A few drops of VISIBLE YOUTH Revitalizing Skin Formula used daily, will improve your skin, giving it a healthier glow, firmer appearance and more youthful look."

Visible Youth has one of the shortest ingredient lists around. The formula heavily relies on Hyaluronic Acid (HA). Visible Youth Revitalizing Skin Formula is suitable for all skin types and is a real find for women with sensitive skin. There is nothing in this formula to irritate.

The layer of your skin, which creates volume and allows for a smooth surface with no wrinkles or sagging, is the Extracellular Matrix (ECM). The ECM is made primarily of HA, Collagen and Elastin. Of course, you can't just smear HA on your face and replace what has been lost over time, but it's the most powerful moisturizer known and hydration alone supports and soothes the skin.

While HA molecules are normally too large to penetrate the skin, biotechnologists have developed ways to make HA derivatives with molecular size, which are small enough to penetrate the skin's barrier and reach the ECM.

Further, the company explains, "When Elastin is not bathed in water it becomes dry and brittle and the result is wrinkled skin."

The other ingredients in Visible Youth are:
  • PEG-8 - a binding agent (to keep ingredients blended), as well as a good emollient to soften and soothe;
  • Pantothenic acid - a.k.a. Vitamin B5 is effective for hydration and wound healing;
  • Hydroxyethylcellulose - thickening agent typically used as a binding agent or emulsifier;
  • Methylparaben - preservative. You hear urban myths about the dangers of parabens; but, in my opinion, that's just what they are - myths. Read what I wrote about Parabens.

Ingredients: Water/Eau, PEG-8, Hyaluronic Acid, Pantothenic Acid, Hydroxyehthylcellulase, Methylparaben

To see photos of the stunning skin science success of the company's latest product (to be released in September, 2014), IPM Wound Gel, go to GlycoBioSciences.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Tuesday Tidbits: Do Pilates Pretzel Properly to Define Your Derriere in Record Time

Shapely DerriereI loved the Pilates pretzel move since I first introduced it to you in Fighting the Effects of Gravity at 50+.

It really works! I never had a booty before. One of my nieces even nicknamed me Aunt Skinny Butt years ago.

This move is so easy that almost any Ageless Beauty can do it. I do the pretzel routine three or four times a week. It is very quick and efficient. In just five minutes, you know you have worked your glute, outer thigh and waist muscles.

If you're ready to progress, watch the Pilates Pretzel Routine video again and again.

Once you have the basic move in your mind and body, you can focus on the fine points explained by instructor Elise Joan in the context of a complete routine. Don't neglect the compensating stretches to release the worked muscles after working each side.

New Beauty says, "Getting a lifted and toned backside doesn't have to be complicated. You can actually get results with just one Pilates move. It's called the pretzel and we got Exhale Spa Core Fusion and Yoga instructor Elise Joan to show us how to do it. Follow along and tell us what you think!"

Enjoy.

Monday, July 28, 2014

L'Oreal Quickstick Face and Body Blush Stick Review

L'Oreal Quickstick Face and Body Blush StickIn my review of Multiple by NARS, I pointed out that the makeup stylist in the video I shared, "used multiple Multiples for different purposes. To me, that negates the benefit of a multitasker. Also, while all the colors are gorgeous, many are too light for Ageless Beauties, who usually need a bit more color pop in order to use such a product as a multitasker."

After I wrote my review, pointing out the pros and cons of MARS Multiples, I read an online user review, which claimed, "L'Oreal's Quickstick Face and Body Blush Stick is a knockoff of NARS Multiples.

I beg to differ. Actually, if one copied the other, it would be the other way around. I've used L'Oreal Quickstick Blush in Copper Gleam for at least 20 years - off and on. Sadly, it has been discontinued but is still available at Amazon and a few other sites. NARS Multiples were introduced about 10 years ago.

Since I still have L'Oreal Quickstick in my makeup bag, I did a side-by-side comparison of NARS Multiple vs. L'Oreal Quickstick. Newer is not always better.

Here are the differences:

  • L'Oreal has more color intensity and therefore is a true multitasker;
  • L'Oreal applies more easily - one swipe is all you need;
  • L'Oreal Quickstick comes in a higher quality metal tube which clicks firmly shut;
  • L'Oreal Quickstick blush twists up in the direction you expect while NARS tried to be too clever with a new trickier presentation;
  • The L'Oreal blush stick is 1/4 the price of NARS'; and
  • I like the L'Oreal color names better. The NARS color I bought is "orgasm". Would you be embarrassed to ask for that color; or is my age showing?

I can use L'Oreal Copper Gleam Quiskstick for cheeks, eyelids and lips. One swipe is all each area needs; little blending required. I get a smooth even finish with a bit a gleam, which helps brighten older or dull skin.

L'Oreal, please bring back your Quickstick blush. From my own experience, as well as from searching the internet, I believe there is still strong demand for this superior makeup product. Readers?

Friday, July 25, 2014

Fashion Friday: Ex-Beauty Editor Cat Marnell Tells All to Lemon Drop

Fashion MagazinesIn August 2010, ex-beauty editor Cat Marnell told all at the Huffington Post's edgy "sweet, tasty, tart" Lemon Drop fashion site. Read this and you'll have some clues about whom to trust for beauty recommendations.

"Sometimes the drugstore makeup that you read fantastic reviews of in fashion magazines actually sucks and the writer raving about it didn't love it at all -- or even try it!

It's on that magazine page because it's a new launch from the company who 'bought' the back cover, being endorsed by the actress with the symmetrical face and the squeaky-clean reputation."

How does Cat know this? In a recent past life, she was one of those magazine editors.

She adds, "Sometimes I lied. That cheap, crappy, pressed powder wasn't 'instantly transformative' or 'an absolute makeup-bag essential' like I claimed; in truth, it smelled like crayons. I am seriously, seriously sorry. And this is why you need to take your beauty tips not from the glossies, but from us truth-telling bloggers."

I think Cat overstates the situation a bit. Beauty magazines generally tell you what's new and hot. They introduce you to the latest products. In most cases, Cat is correct that the writer never even tried the product. She's just working from marketing releases.

Exceptions are articles where a writer does a lengthy write-up including interviews with experts or when the magazine conducts its own tests of products as the Good Housekeeping Institute does.

I also trust many of the annual beauty award selections. In most cases, the publication clearly discloses how the products were selected.

Apparently, Cat likes to tell all. She received a $500,000 advance from Simon & Schuster for her autobiography titled, "How to Murder Your Life". The book should be out soon if Cat doesn't kill herself first. In 2013, she reportedly told friends she nearly overdosed on heroin. Their description reminded me of the scene from "Pulp Fiction" where Mia, played by Uma Thurman, snorts heroin and nearly dies.

Sadly Cat has gone from poor little rich girl to talented writer to drugged-out cynic. That doesn't change the truth of what she wrote about beauty bloggers in 2010.

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