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

Radical Skincare Age Defying Exfoliating Pads

Radical Age Defying Exfoliating Pads

OK! If ya do the math, these come out to $1.25 an exfoliating pad. A lot, I know! But isn’t $1.25 well-spent, better than the endless ineffectual products we clutter our medicine cabinets with?

I received these Age Defying Exfoliating Pads in my SpaceNK gift bag over a year ago, and the addiction continues. This product is a super power. 86% Active Ingredients? How refreshing! Glycolic Acid,  and Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids exfoliate skin for a smooth flawless finish. Cellular turnover? Check! Shrinking pores? Check! And Oat Kernel and Chamomile calm it all for a gorgeous glow with zero dehydration. Skin is buffed, brightened, strengthened, and de-creased. All in one step, thanks to these cotton discs.

Perfect for the lazy and perfect for the meticulous! Thanks SpaceNK for adding one more pricey yet must-have to my list.

From the site:

Reduce coarse crow’s feet by 50% in 2 weeks

For best results: Apply at night, one pre-moistened, single- use pad over face, neck and décolleté after cleansing with Hydrating Cleanser.

Ingredients:

Water (Aqua), Glycolic Acid, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Butylene Glycol, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Leaf Extract , Sugar Cane Extract, Sugar Maple Extract, Sodium PCA, Orange Extract, Lemon Extract, Centella Asiatica (Hydrocotyl) Extract, Echinacea Purpurea (Coneflower) Extract, Malakite, Malus Domestica Fruit Cell Culture, SD Alcohol, Witch Hazel Extract, Aloe Vera Gel, Chamomile Extract, Willowbark Extract, Allantoin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Salicylic Acid, Menthyl Lactate,

Available for $75 for 60 exfoliating pads at:

Dermstore

Radical Skincare

 

Winter White Blues by Celebrity Stylist and Writer, Michelle Brookhurst

I am descended from a long line of blue eyed, fair skinned europeans. Some of us have black hair, some of us blond, I myself am a dusky auburn, but one thing none of us have, is the ability to get a tan. I spent my youth baking in the sun, coconut scented oil on my body, and hair drenched with Sun-In. All I got for my hours laying prone on a towel, were more freckles, and orange bangs. Since my first trip to the dermatologist for a nerve-wracking freckle check, I wish I could say I never tanned again; with skin cancer in my family I knew the risks I took every time I exposed myself to the sun. Still I used tanning beds every now and then, before a vacation, or a special event. All that got me was a sunburn, increased fine lines and wrinkles, and an unpleasant smell that lingered on my skin for a good 48 hours. It didn’t matter what method I chose, I could only ‘pinken’, never ‘golden’.

You might think the obvious solution was a self tanner lotion, but I have extremely sensitive skin, and every tanner I tried gave me hives, a rash, or horrendous streaks due to a mid-application burning itch that sent me running for the shower. It didn’t seem fair that every summer I would be the last one to give up my jeans; I thought maxi dresses were the antidote, until my boyfriend let me know that he needed a break from my “muumuus”. As I got older, my skin liked the sun less and less. I spent weekends in Palm Springs with heat rash, and sun poisoning if I even attempted to lay out. I could get a little color on my arms from just walking around outside, and I could use a bronzing powder (Josie Maran makes my current sensitive skin-safe favorite) for my face, but I never had tan legs. At every summer wedding, graduation party, and 4th of July BBQ, I looked longingly at the bronzed limbs of the other guests, wishing I had a solution that would give a little coverup to my burgeoning varicose veins, the red spider veins sneaking their way around my thighs, and that lovely layer of cookie guilt that lumped around under my butt. And then I found it. The solution to my tan-envy, without a rash or an itch to be found. No stink, no streak, nothing but golden bronze perfection, all brought to me by the goddess of Tan LA, a blond perky genius named Shannon.

Spray tans were nothing I wanted to fool with, summers of Sun-In had let me know that tangerine wasn’t my color, I had no idea of the pure excellence of the custom airbrush tan, but the tan is only as good as the airbrusher. At Tan LA in Thousand Oaks, there is a magical being named Shannon, who has a fantastic smile and kind heart, and she took pity on my sad tale of skin allergies and summer desperation, and so we embarked on a path to bronze beauty. The first visit, Shannon mixed her magic concoction, leaving out the bronzer that irritated my skin, and only airbrushed my legs. It took about 6 hours for the color to appear, but once it did, I immediately bought 6 new pairs of summer shorts. Suddenly my legs looked longer, thinner, and smoother, thanks to Shannon’s application- she uses the airbrush machine in such a way that carves out your inner thighs, lengthens your calves, and she makes sure your heels and hands get babywiped so you have no tell-tale signs of the secret source of your sun-kissed glow.

Our next phase was legs, arms, and face. I wore boy short underwear and a spaghetti string tank top, and again, Shannon custom blended a very light natural color with no bronzer, and just for a second let the solution mist on my face and décolletage, the usual allergy target zone. That afternoon I closely watched for a rash to appear, and all I got for my keen observation skills was the joy of watching myself transform into someone who could wear a summer dress and sandals, and for once, would not look like an arctic monkey. I understand for some, pale is chic, and I completely understand all the fears of sun damage and skin cancer. I do not leave the house without spf 30 on my face, and I no longer lay in the sun in the hopes of that back-from-the-beach bronze. But as my mother always said, tan fat looks better than pale fat, and having that smooth coat of bronze certainly does seem to give a little shelter to the effects Father Time has had on my body.

Shannon and I completed our final stage of “Operation: Airbrush Tan” last summer, and I wore my bikini with pride. No hives, no streaks, no stinky residue, I looked as relaxed as I felt; I did not look like I had spent 15 minutes in a small room getting squirted with Jersey Shore orange paint, I looked like the tawny-limbed goddesses I had seen cavorting on the beaches of Brazil, when I had spent that vacation covered in sarongs. While an airbush tan is not as cheap as a tanning bed, or a machine activated spray tan, for me, I needed the assurance of a custom blend of colors, and a personal process. Shannon at Tan LA Thousand Oaks has changed my life, I can wear cocktail dresses in the winter, I can wear shorts in the summer, I can enjoy my vacations doing other things besides baking on a beach, though I do enjoy a good book under the umbrella. Most important, I feel comfortable and confident in whatever I wear and whatever I do, and to me, that’s worth more that any magic in a bottle, though I have to say, those bottles of Shannon’s might contain some magic for you too.

For the L.A. Folk:

Tan LA has 3 locations, Shannon is at the Thousand Oaks location. Ladies, it’s worth the drive. http://tanla.la/ Thousand Oaks location: 805 373 5335

Michelle Brookhurst is a former teen actress (Can’t Hardly Wait, Charmed, Foxfire), turned celebrity stylist (clients include George Lopez and Baron Davis) turned writer. She has written a television series based on her life called “Certain Something”, and is currently based in Los Angeles.

Osmosis Skin Care Immerse Intense Moisture Boost

As the winter months roll in, skin can start feeling more and more parched, especially as we starting turning up the heat, or moving from the hydration-leaching cold outdoors to the equally hydration-leeching heated indoors. In comes Immerse to save the day. This super hydrating moisture boost smells like a lemon drop, feels like decadent icing, and rescues thirsty skin!

Most serums and moisturizers feel like they either sit on top of my skin or evaporate in seconds. Not so with Immerse.  This feels like it seeps into my skin for a velvety application that provides powerhouse hydration! It’s one of those rare products that I feel like my skin craves and adores. Perhaps it’s because Osmosis is a medical skincare line that penetrates past the top layer of the skin, unlike the plethora of lines that just work topically. It’s no wonder, it’s a favorite of skincare professionals and dermatologists.

Created by Dr Ben Johnson with the goal of moving skincare away from aggressive over-exfoliation, Osmosis is made with natural and organic ingredients that are compatible even with the most sensitive of skins. And the anti-inflammatory ingredients in Immerse specifically, makes this product highly effective for post-treatment wound healing.

Loaded with Essential Fatty Acid Omega 6s like Linoleic and Oleic Acid, Antioxidants like Blueberry Seed and Raspberry Seed Oil, and anti-inflammatory Calendula Oil, Osmosis Immerse is feeding your skin with hydrating and  healing nutrition!

Ingredients:
Linoleic Acid – Important component in our epidermal barrier as they are part of the glycerophospholipids that help maintain the barrier.
Oleic Acid – Important component in our epidermal barrier as they are part of the glycerolphospholipids that help maintain the barrier.
Blueberry Seed Oil- Potent oil very high in antioxidants to support the barrier and squelch free radicals.
Raspberry Seed Oil- Wonderful source of antioxidants combined with barrier supporting lipids.
Calendula Oil – More lipid support combined with the anti-inflamatory benefits of calendula.
D-alpha Tocopherol -Protective antioxidant designed to complement the variety of protectants in the rest of the formula.
Potassium Sorbate – Oil stabilizer.
Essential Oil Blend- Delicious combination of non-sensitizing oils, fragrance free of course.

Available for $32.40 at:

Amazon

Available for $44 at:

Beauty Store Depot

15% off code available

Nars Blush in Orgasm

Nars Blush in Orgasm is legendary for a reason! Year after year, it has been an Allure Best of Beauty Winner, InStyle’s Best Beauty Buys, and a Beauty Editor favorite. It’s no surprise that you’ll rarely come across a makeup artist’s kit that doesn’t include this! Why? This universally flattering peachy pink shade, with its subtle golden sheen, brightens the face instantly. Your left with a healthy flush that look freshly sunkissed, thanks to this sheer yet buildable powder blush. And the color is built like the Energizer Bunny. It just goes and goes and goes, resisting fading for hours on end.

To use, lightly run a fan brush or skunk brush over the blush, since Nars blushes are so highly pigmented. Then sweep it over the center of the cheekbones  and softly blend it out. You can also dust some into the eyelid crease, temples, hairline, jawline, and bridge of the nose. One swipe yields a soft wash of color. Two or more swipes builds the intensity. SInce there is a good dose of shimmer here, for daytime you may want to buff it out with a sponge to take it down a few notches.

This iconic Nars blush can add elegant dimension, definition, and the warmest glow to your skin! And because you need so little, thanks to the intense pigmentation, one of blush will last you years. If you don’t already own this, try it for the perfect glow!

P.S.  Not to be confused with Nars Super Orgasm Blush. Way too glittery in my opinion.

Available for $28 at:

Sephora

La Mer The Radiant Concealer – Broad Spectrum SPF 25

The Creme De La Mer line is famous for its insanely expensive skincare, with the La Mer Moisturizing Cream reaching cult status. Yet its makeup line goes mostly unnoticed. In fact, I would vote this La Mer gem as the most under-appreciated concealer I’ve come across.

The price is steep at $70! Absurd in fact. But I have owned my Radiant Concealer for ages, use it daily, and it looks practically new. You need only the tiniest amount to have full coverage. Those dark circles will be instantly airbrushed away with just the thinnest layer of this product. No cakey pebbliness no dryness, no creasing. And it boasts a Broad Spectrum SPF of 25. Most eye creams and concealers have zero SPF, which is astounding since the skin around the eyes is the most delicate, but lucky La Mer takes care of that!

Now the closest thing to this concealer is the lauded Cle De Peau Concealer, but La Mer blows it out of the water!  The unique texture is in truth a cream but feels like the finest powder to the touch. And when it’s applied, it looks and feels like second skin. The tiniest swipe covers both eyes, erasing all signs of fatigue and discoloration. All that’s left  is well-rested, bright, flawless skin.

But there is one major drawback. Their limited color selection! With only 3 colors, it’s a crying shame that this product won’t work for everyone!

Tips:
1) As with all concealers, always start with well-hydrated moisturized skin.
2) Always set your concealer with the lightest setting powder or spray. It helps keep the creases away and prevent fading during the day!
3) The little brush the Radiant Concealer comes with is amazing! It makes it a cinch to apply.
4) The coverage is buildable. So apply as much as you need. But always work it in thin layers.
5) For extra dark circles, use a neutralizer first. Maybelline’s Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Neutralizer or Giorgio Armani’s Maestro Eraser are super effective.

Available for $70 at:

Nordstrom

La Mer

Chi Shine Infusion

I can’t tell you how many bottles of this product I have bought. Why? Because it’s an all-in-one powerhouse! Unbelievable weightless shine being the #1 reason! True thermal protection from irons and blow dryers is #2. And smooth frizz control being #3. This is truly a one-stop-shopping product!

Best way to use it is a quick light spray. No need to overdo as this is a powerful stuff. And remember, this is a shine spray not a nail down fly-aways tool. Since it won’t weigh you hair down, that means fly-aways will still need your traditional hair spray or pomade for that.

Let me re-emphasize the unstoppable shine. Endless shine. Diamond shine! Most shine sprays fade after a few hours or weigh hair down but not this Chi spray. I have tried countless products and to date, this is THE ticket for a polished mirror shine that is light as air!

From the Chi site:

Description

  • Ionic and cationic hydration interlink technology
  • CHI 44 Ceramic thermal styling helps strengthen and protect the hair from daily use of thermal tools
  • CHI Thermal styling allows you to create multiple textures with outstanding style memory that can be regenerated
  • Positively charged silk molecules interlock into hair’s natural structure to build strength and resilience and to improve moisture and shine
  • Weightless thermal active shine spray
  • Instant polished shine without any added weight or oils
  • Helps to repair split ends and eliminate frizz
  • Suitable for all hair types
  • 5.3 oz

Available for $14.50 at:

Ulta

(by 2 get 1 free)