BIBA Los Angeles Onerta Plant Stem Cell Peptide Serum

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I can’t talk about the Onerta Plant Stem Cell Peptide Serum without talking about the creator first.  Biba is hands down the best esthetician I’ve had!  I have followed her from location to location for years and years, until she created her permanent home at BIBA Los Angeles.  Her profound love for her craft and deep understanding of skincare has made her a one-of-a-kind. There is no one-size-fits-all approach here.  Everything is customized for your skin and what it needs. And with celebrity clients like Emily Blunt, Miley Cyrus, Emma Roberts and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, the secret is out!

Biba’s passion and knowledge are also embedded in her product line!  My favorite is the firming and nourishing Onerta Plant Stem Cell Peptide Serum.  This sophisticated cocktail is rich with cell-communicating Palmitoyl Tripeptides-5, 38 and cell-protecting Echinacea Plant Stem Cells that help stimulate collagen. And when you add hydration-boosting Hyaluronic Acid, Panthenol and skin rejuvenating CoQ10 to the mix, you have perfect skin nutrition.  Such a highly effective, multi-tasking warrior product!  Skin feels and looks smoother, strengthened and revitalized.

Most Stem Cell and Peptide loaded products tend to be very expensive. Comparatively, Biba’s Serum is reasonable at $80. And like all her products,  it’s organic, vegan, cruelty free, non comedogenic, phthalates and sulfate free. This is a winner for all skin types.

Available for $80/ 1 oz at:

BIBA Los Angeles

Juna Drops: Nude

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Convert!   I had the nastiest headache, teetering on an epic migraine, and a friend suggested I try Juna Drops: Nude.  I sublingually took a half dropper and 10 minutes later, bye bye headache. To say I was shocked and epically relieved would be an understatement. 

The truth is Advil, Motrin, Tylenol and the like are not the best for our bodies.  As in, detrimental side effects. Tylenol/ Acetaminophen, can cause fatal liver damage.  Advil and Aleve/ Ibuprofen, can increase the risk for heart attack or stroke, while attacking stomach lining in the process. 

CBD oil, minus THC on the other hand, can have many healing benefits, with almost no side-effects. CBD oil is pain-relieving, neuro-protective and anti-inflammatory.   It can reduce high blood pressure, lower blood sugar, reduce anxiety, and offer serious pain relief.

To make things easier, these drops are such a cinch to use.  Half a dropper or a full dropper, underneath the tongue or in your favorite drink, will do the trick!  Jewel Zimmer, acclaimed pastry chef and chocolatier has combined her fine-dining expertise with phyto-cannabinoid research to create these excessively well-crafted and tasty Juna Drops: Nude.

The subtle but yet highly effective results are nothing short of miraculous!

From the site:

Juna Drops: Nude: Hemp Phyto-cannabinoid Rich

Description: Clear, connected, balanced HEMP drops, non-psychoactive

Experience: Our antioxidant and phytocannabinoid rich hemp oil awakens pleasure physically, spiritually, and emotionally. Known for its potent anti-inflammatory benefits, CBD activates internal receptors to release the body’s stressors, engage the mind, lift the spirit, and promote overall well-being. Will not cause inebriation or inhibit functioning, so you can feel confident in going about your routine.

This product is lab tested and verified.

How to use: Drop under the tongue for faster onset, or add to the beverage or food of your choice. Please allow approximately 60 minutes for full effect.

Flower Origin: Kentucky

Ingredients: Certified organic MCT coconut oil, full spectrum HEMP oil + naturally occurring accessory cannabinoids such as CBDa, CBG, CBC, CBDv and a wide range of terpenes. No chemicals | no herbicides | no gluten | no sugar | non-GMO

Available for $75.00 1oz / 30ml bottle at:

Juna: Nude

Tom Ford Eye Defining Liquid Liner Pen

 

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Tom Ford, please don’t ever discontinue this liquid liner.  Nothing compares to it. Nothing!  Although the price is very steep, this liner makes up for it.  The long beautiful tube may be double the price of most liquid liners but it is also double the product.  The quality is incomparable, and the dual-ended brush design gives you massive control. One side has an ultra fine calligraphy tip and the other a long brush.  And the black is super black with the loveliest sheen to bring extra glow to your eyes! 

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Looking for a super skinny line, Cleopatra thick line, cat eye line, little corner flick, gradual slope?  There’s nothing this luxe liner can’t do without sharp precision and ease.   And while the longer pen size might seem like it would make it harder to control, it’s completely the opposite.  The weight and length give great balance to make drawing smooth fluid lines effortless.  No snags, no uneven color and dries fast.  To make things even more appealing, it stays put all day.  It doesn’t fade, flake off, or transfer to your lids.  But it’s also not a nightmare to remove like some other won’t-budge liners.  Bottom line, Tom Ford’s Defining Pen Ticks off everything I could want for my liquid liner.  An absolute winner! 

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Available for $58.00 at:

Nordstrom

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Reflekt 1 Daily Exfoliating Face Wash

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I never thought I could praise a face wash, but here it goes.

Reflekt 1 is a do-it-all, nontoxic cleanser super star! Not only is it clean, paraben-free, sulfate-free, and not tested on animals, but it also works! It exfoliates your skin gently but effectively. It removes makeup fully and swiftly. And it leaves your skin truly hydrated, while still feeling thoroughly cleansed, instead of stripped.

Now, I have tried many an exfoliating cleanser before.  They have either been good at cleansing but lackluster at exfoliation, or good at exfoliating, but with me needing to pull out my Bioderma to get rid of leftover makeup. Reflekt, on the other hand, is one-stop shopping. No need for a separate exfoliator or makeup remover. And you need the smallest quarter-sized dollop to get the job done.

And then there are the aesthetics. Clean design, with a twist top, instead of a messy removable cap.

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And lastly, my favorite thing of all, is the pH level. So many products do not take our skin’s optimal pH level of about 5.5 into consideration. A low pH will make your skin feel oily, while a high pH will dry it out. Reflekt protects and fortifies your skin by using the optimum pH.

Twice a day cleansing with this face wash, has left my skin brighter, softer, more refined, nourished and stronger. And bonus my pores have thankfully shrunk.

From Reflekt’s site:

A big part of Reflekt 1’s magic lies in something very tiny—our proprietary jojoba esters bead. It took scores of trials to get the formulation just right, but when we got it, we knew. How it works: When you wash your face with Reflekt 1, the beads first gently exfoliate and remove dead skin. Thanks to contact with tepid water and the warmth of your face, the beads then melt and infuse skin with a burst of hydrating jojoba esters. And unlike the buffing agents in the caustic scrubs you’ll find elsewhere, these beads are smooth and gentle, suitable for even the most delicate of skin types. Use with confidence.

Key Ingredients:

Hyaluronic Acid, Jojoba Esters, Vegetable Collagen, Vitamin B5

Full Ingredient List:

Aqua (Water), Coco Glucoside, Glycerin, Jojoba Esters, Sorbitol, Hyaluronic Acid, Vegetable Collagen, Vitamin B5, Lauryl Glucoside, Hamamelis Virginiana Extract, Acrylates/c10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Disodium Edta, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Lauryl, Glucose Carboxylate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Ci 42090, Ci 19140, Parfum (Fragrance).

Available for $48.00 at:

Reflekt Skincare

 

 

Dior Diorshow Iconic Overcurl

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Dior has done it again! The Diorshow Iconic Overcurl is a stunner. Smudge-proof, endless curl that holds all day. Full thick voluminous lashes. Superior length without any spideriness. And all in one stroke.

This brand’s genius mascara actually strengthens your lashes to prevent breakage, while promoting lash growth. Any negatives? I only found one. Unlike my first love, the original  Diorshow Iconic, you can’t keep building up the coats. The 1st coat of Overcurl is a dream, the 2nd coat is deliciously extreme, but past that,  additional coats begin to get clumpy. Luckily, I can’t imagine why you’d ever need more than two coats with this superpower!

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From the site:

Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara embodies a host of key technologies. Its K-Polymer Formula combines lifting, coating, and fixing polymers for instantly dramatic curves and long-lasting wear. Its waxes and oils offer a volumizing complex that boosts adherence, coverage, and smoothing for a dramatic lift. A lipid complex of abyssinv oil and pseudo-ceramid strengthens lashes to prevent breakage, while plant nectar boosts the development of keratin, reinforcing lashes. Skinsoy supports natural cellular regeneration for maximum lash growth and vitality.

Research results:

An instrumental study that used before-and-after photos to measure lashes upon makeup application found the following increases:
– +53% in volume
– +111% in curl

In clinical studies on 31 subjects observing naked lashes after four weeks of daily application found the following increases:
– +31% in volume
– +33% in curl

Available for $29.50 at:

Sephora

BY TERRY Baume de Rose

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Who wants to spend $60 on a lip balm? Certainly, not I. So how did it happen? Well, it all began when I was leaving my beloved Barneys Love Yourself Beauty Event and I passed the By Terry counter. I was almost out the door when I thought to myself, I keep reading and hearing endlessly about this balm, let me just try a swipe so I can stop wondering. And that was the beginning of the end.

The BY TERRY Baume De Rose is much to my dismay, GLORIOUS!  One application lasts for hours on end, eliminating the need to reapply endlessly. Lips are truly hydrated, not just coated. And the SPF 15 filled pale pink sheen pluses your natural lip color. It’s plumping, creating the illusion of fuller lips, and it makes a great base for keeping lipstick in place. Suprisingly, it also doubles as a cuticle cream. But let’s face it! There’s no way I’m going to waste it on my hands unless I scooped too much on my lips.

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The only thing I’m not a fan of is dipping my finger in to apply it. There is a lip gloss version of it but it does contain less product.  Beside, I wouldn’t want to give up pulling out this gorgeous jar  to apply it. The whole experience of using this somehow feels sensorially fulfilling. The heaviness of the jar, the heavenly rose scent, the substantial consistency, and the resulting baby soft lips. Now if your not a fan of roses, you might be a little less impressed but otherwise, this lip balm is sadly a delightfully luxurious experience. No wonder, it’s a cult classic!

From the By Terry site:

– A lipo-regenerating complex made up of Rose Flower Essential Wax with softening and astringent properties, Pastel Oil to boost cell renewal, and Shea Butter with healing and soothing benefits, supplies strength, nutrition and comfort.- The Hydroskin complex, a combination of filling spheres and active ingredients of lipid origin, provides optimal hydration.- Biotechnological ceramides deliver youthfulness and density thanks to their restructuring and firming action and their smoothing effect.

– Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant, and Sun Protection Factor 15 protect the lips against the harmful effects of light and help to fight against aging.

Available for $60 at:

Barneys NY

T. LeClerc – Loose Powder in Orchidee

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Winter sallowness got you down? Does your skin need a pick me up in general? This excessively finely milled loose powder, brightens the skin beautifully, while seemingly erasing flaws. The pale pink shade might look scary in the tin, but it’s a super power at neutralizing yellows and wiping out exhaustion. Say good-bye to pores and hello to well-rested glowing skin!

The French makeup line, T. LeClerc was born in 1881 and in this competitive modern day market, it continues to thrive thanks to its superior products. Orchidee is one my most beloved. First, I  sweep this very lightly over my face with a fan brush. Then I apply an extra layer over my cheeks for the most natural flush. It makes a gorgeous blush. Then I love to add some around the outer edges of my face for glow and definition. Finally, I gently buff it for a second with my beauty blender sponge (but any sponge will do). Another great multi-tasker, Orchidee also works as an subtle eye brightener, counteracting those dark circles.

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Besides being in love with the quality, texture and tone of this powder, I’m obsessed with the packaging. The gorgeous classic tin is oh-so-deliciously French and the fine net lets you get just the right amount of powder on your brush. And the best part, the rice powder base makes this a friend to the most sensitive of skins.

Available fro $40 at:

eskinstore