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Active Natural Skincare: Lavido

7 Jan

lavido

Hi beauties!

Since I’ve been hearing a lot about Lavido, a natural face and body care company, I decided to check out two of the brand’s most popular products.

Starting out as a homegrown business, Lavido creates products combining raw, plant-based ingredients and purified mineral-rich waters.

Key ingredients in Lavido products include certified organic essential oils and active natural ingredients.

Replenishing Facial Serum

The Replenishing Facial Serum has a light texture that’s formulated with organic pomegranate seed oil, lemon myrtle, and cold-pressed mandarin oil (the citrus scent 🍋 smells great!).

The serum is designed to aid moisture restoration and retention. Used regularly, it’s clinically proven to show improvement in skin hydration, firmness, and elasticity.

For a healthy glow, I apply the serum as a primer before foundation. You can also combine it with a moisturizer before applying foundation.

Usage: Apply two drops to damp, clean skin in the morning or evening.

Alert Eye Cream

Lavido’s Alert Eye Cream has received a lot of good feedback, including recognition from Elle Magazine as one of the best beauty products for 2016.

My eyes tend to be puffy in the morning, so I was interested in trying a delicate, water-based eye cream.

This vegan-friendly and gluten-free eye cream is made with plant-based hyaluronic acid, cold-pressed avocado and pomegranate seed oils, and citrus extracts that help revive and soothe tired eyes.

So far, I love the light texture and the refreshing feeling around my eyes after I apply this cream! For an extra cooling effect, I leave the cream in the fridge to help quickly deflate eye bags.

Long-term results, based on clinical studies, include an increase in skin firmness and elasticity and smoothness.

Usage: Apply to fingertips and gently pat into the skin around the eye, including the eyelid. Allow to absorb before applying makeup.

Happy New Year, everyone! 🎉🎉🎉

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Smashbox Photo Matte Eyes Travel Palette

31 Oct

Smashbox Photo Matte Eyes Travel Palette

Hi beauties!

I’m always tempted when it comes to makeup minis, so I just had to pick up this travel palette from Smashbox.

Talk about multifunctional. The Smashbox Photo Matte Eyes Travel Palette features wet/dry (no sparkle!) shades that you can use as a shadow, liner, or brow powder,

Here are the eight neutral shades in the palette (mostly cool tones):

  • Haze (light grey)
  • Rosehip (muted pink)
  • Grounded (medium cool brown)
  • Wheat (soft warm brown)
  • Vanilla (soft light beige)
  • Desert (medium/neutral brown)
  • Earthy (warm brown)
  • Canyon (dark brown) 

The shadows can be built up for drama or applied with a light touch for a “no makeup” look. The shades have good pigmentation, are creamy, and last a long time.

If you like this palette, you can also get a full-sized version of this palette. For me, this is a great idea. 💡 If I love a palette, I get hooked on it until the bottom of the pan starts to show through.

The palette also comes with a mirror and a step-by-step guide with tips on how to accentuate your brow and eye shape. Overall, this palette packs a punch, so it’s a good value.

Clarins Pore Control Serum

15 Oct

Clarins Pore Control Serum

Hi beauties!

Have you noticed that skincare brands are introducing more pore minimizing products lately? Well, blame it on selfies and social media tools like Instagram and Snapchat.

I recently received a sample of Clarins’ latest pore product, Pore Control Serum, which helps to reduce the appearance of pores, smoothe skin texture, and illuminate the face.

The product is based on research by Clarins Laboratories, which observed that skin surrounding the pores showed a lower expression of collagen and elastin, leading to loss of elasticity resulting in more visible pores.

To combat this loss, Clarins developed a green biotechnology featuring vine flower cells extract. By contributing to the synthesis of collagen and elastin in skin surrounding pores, vine flower cells extract helps to reduce the look of pores.

The formula also contains organic arbutus extract to reduce sebum production, and tamarind pulp acids to help eliminate dead skin cells to refine, smooth, and even out skin.

Using Clarins Pore Control Serum

The texture of this serum is light, so it immediately absorbs into the skin. The instant gratification is a blurring effect, while long-term results include less visible pores.

Clarins suggests applying the serum using these steps:

  1. Mix and warm serum in the hands to bring it to skin temperature and encourage absorption.
  2. Apply with smoothing motions from the middle of the face to the sides.

In the morning, I apply the serum under makeup like a primer (it’s not drying, so there’s no caking). At night, I apply it a bit more strategically making sure to cover areas where my pores need extra help.

Disclaimer: Media sample provided, all opinions are my own.