We wrote about Clinique’s CC Cream SPF 30 ($35.00), which launched a few months ago, but in case you didn’t get yours yet, you’ll want to grab this lovely, lightweight CC cream now! It helps to immediately create natural, glowing skin. Besides being an instant complexion perfector, it hydrates and protects, all day. The coverage is not quite sheer, and not heavy, but it will blur imperfections. The hydration comes from some of the ingredients found in Clinique’s signature Moisture Surge; Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water and Hyaluronic Acid provide a refreshing burst of hydration while water-binding agents such as Trehalose and Sorbitol protect skin against changing humidity conditions. There is also a blend of sunscreens for UVA/UVB protection, and antioxidants such as Vitamin E to protect against environmental saboteurs. There are nine shades that will flatter a wide range of skin tones. Clinique CC Cream is appropriate for all skin types and is oil-free, non-acnegenic, Dermatologist tested and Ophthalmologist tested. Utilizes light to achieve radiant, glowing and healthy-looking skin. Dual-layered color correcting optics scatter light multi-dimension-ally to neutralize skin’s complexion for an instant brighter, natural glow. This CC cream packs a wallop by itself, but it can also be used over your favorite Clinique moisturizer (a great option for drier skins). For gentle, efficient removal, use any Clinique makeup remover. Get yours at your favorite Clinique makeup counter or at http://www.clinique.com
There are so many types of mascara on the market, it’s almost dizzying. Some lengthen. Some volumize. Some are treatments. Some simply add some color. But there’s one new and novel mascara that is like nothing we’ve seen before. Avon Mega Effects Mascara ($10.00). It’s not your same old wanded brush mascara. This one is more like a paintbrush for your lashes, with a handle that bends to work with the contour of your hand and eye, perfectly.
The red and black tube is wide and flat, not round. You pull out the brush, and literally “paint” the mascara on your lashes. Although this may seem a bit strange at first the unique brush bends to just about any angle (or not at all, I just painted on the mascara with the flat brush). But that brush fits the natural shape of your lashes, so you can really coat them from lash to tip and not miss any. For example, I have always had a tough time getting the lashes in the corner of my left eye. I guess my right hand just gets in the way, but with this new brush, I can angle the handle so I can finally get those naggy little hairs. And the mascara is dark, intense and dramatic. I didn’t see a huge amount of volumizing, but my lashes were coated dramatically and incredibly, insanely lengthened. The “wonderbrush” is really a miracle that delivers what Avon claims is 40% more mascara to the lash. I believe! I can’t imaging why someone hasn’t thought of it before. But it’s revolutionary. As to the mascara, it’s available in brown/black and black. And it is clump-proof, sweat-proof, non-flaking and non-smudging experience and oh yes, also Ophthalmologist-tested! Avon Mega Effects Mascara is available through Avon representatives and avon.com.
One of the things I love about forest, is ferns.These leafy green plants grow wild and are extremely hard to transplant. In the Fall, the leaves shrivel up and turn to dust. But come spring, tiny little curled heads begin to appeal near the forest floor. These little, gracefully curved heads on stems are called “fiddleheads” because that is what they look like. Not long after they gracefully appear, they unfurl into lush green fern leaves, turning the forest floor a lush green again. In that spirit, Thymes has created a Fiddle Fern & Crabapple scent that makes the perfect weekend hostess gift in candle form ($12.50/2 oz. or $32.00/9.5 oz.). A soft, goldenrod-tinted outer carton embellished with copper metallic graphics, holds a substantial, forest green glass votive, wrapped with a deep plum tinted suede cord with a little white ceramic gold disk on it (to wear on your wrist or neck if you wish). The notes are beautiful: Crabapple blossom, buttercup, lily of the valley, and fiddlehead fern. When mixed artfully together, this 4-season scent at first seems fruity, almost reminiscent of pineapple. But then the fresh and floral notes shine through as the candle releases the scent. This unisex fragrance is infused into food-grade paraffin wax that burns slowly enough (without smoking or sputtering), to give you many hours of pleasure. The collection also includes potpourri,a reed diffuser, replacement oil, room spray, and a candle in a tin. Prices range from $12.50 to $60.00. Visit: http://www.thymes.com/
Morgannas Alchemy calls their product line: “Phyto-dermo cosmetceuticals” using “green chemistry.” The creator is Maya Hyppolite, a Master in Cosmetic Science, with 20 years of experience. The Advice Sisters received a lot of information with the products, many of which were skincare products that looked impressive, although we didn’t have the time or ability to test them for long enough to see significant results. But no matter. The products are good, and very good for what Morgannas Alchemy calls “Multi-Ethnic skin.” The green comes in to play with eco-certified plant and fruit extracts and powerful formulations that optimize the action of a high concentration of active ingredients. The products are also hypoallergenic without parabens. On a purely aesthetic note, the packaging is simple but pretty with labels that are a glossy, rich ruby with elegant lettering in white . And the boxes are also “green” because they are made from 100% recycled cartons, and they’re not shrink wrapped, thereby reducing the amount of plastic used. Morgannas Alchemy products use Eco-certified plant extracts, meaning that all waste is recycled and used as compost. Some of the richer creams are in screw top jars which invite contamination, but the Eye de-puffer (Mesmer-Eyes) in an air-free pump, malfunctioned before I could even try it. Sometimes, this happens, but it was disappointing for a reviewer.
Here’s what I tried from this unique line:
Who wouldn’t want an instant lift? A popular product in the line is the Morganna’s Alchemy Instant Lift ($29.99 .15 ml). It is a fast absorbing serum with a light fruity scent that tingles refreshingly while going to work to smooth wrinkles, and stimualte collagen. Some serums feel oily or sticky, but this one is clear, has eco-certified extracts, and disappears quickly into your skin so you can put on your makeup and sun blcok and go about your day. Key ingredients include a combination of Sorghum, Tara, and Chicory root extracts, that forms an invisible film on the skin. FYI: Sorghum is a cereal-like plant that comes from Africa. When the extract is obtained it actually has the consistency of melted sugar. This is what gives it the ability to form the invisible film on skin. Tara and Chicory root also have the same properties, but also add moisture to skin. Don’t expect a dramatic, tight skin lift from this, but you’ll get some results, and the before and after photos of other people on the Morganna’s Alchemy website are impressive. I also tried Morgannas Alchemy Morganna’s Elixir ($59.99) that smoothed those annoying crows feet . I grinned with delight, and didn’t mind crinkling my skin to do it!
Morganna’s Alchemy also has products for the body: Morganna’s Mango Madness ($49.99 8 fl. oz). seemed a bit pricey for what it is, but I liked the blend of antioxidants and vitamins including mango butter, and mango cells that offer body firming benefits and help even out skin tone. This is a good products to use on stretch marks and during pregnancy. But for the rest of us, simply apply it morning and evening, concentrating on those areas that need most moisture, like hands and feet. Mango Butter has been traditionally used in the rain forests and tropics for its skin softening, soothing, moisturizing and protective properties and to restore flexibility and reduce degeneration of skin cells. If your skin is dry and peeling, Mango Madness will help deal with that too. This is a luxurious, effective, pleasant to use body lotion for all seasons, and just about any reason!