I think my skin’s dislike of glycolic acid is well documented on ze blog here. It’s just an ingredient that doesn’t work for me. Mind you though, it did at some point? When I was in my 30s it did work well for me. But now as I age? No way can do thank you very muchly. It just irritates my skin and breaks me out like crazy. But, I WANT to be able to use something to exfoliate my skin chemically because dude-it’s just the easiest way. Not that I’ll give up my manual exfoliator though-but I find I kind of need both to keep my skin clean and clear.

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Lactic Acid Party!

 

So, I started looking into products with Lactic Acid. Lactic Acid is of course derived from milk, and our bodies make it as well. That means there’s less chance being allergic to it, and therefore it’s a good option for people like me with sensitive skin. And it’s especially good for those of us with..ahem..mature skin. Lactic Acid will exfoliate, deep clean them pores, improve hyperpigemntation and even out skin tone, take care of any fine lines, and even stimulate natural collagen production. Sign me up!

Philosophy Miracle Worker Miraculous Anti-Aging Lactic Acid Cleanser And Mask($45)

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Philosophy Miracle Worker Miraculous Anti-Aging Lactic Acid Cleanser And Mask($45)

I first heard about the Philosophy Miracle Worker Miraculous Anti-Aging Lactic Acid Cleanser And Mask from Liz@Reductionista awhile ago, and filed it in the skincare section of my beauty mind palace 😛 I remember being intrigued but of course, it’s a cleanser and I was am up to my knees in cleansers. But when I started looking for products with lactic acid, this one kept coming up in my searches, and after asking Liz if she still liked it, I picked one up at The Bay.

I like it too! It’s a nice creamy cleanser that’s got the added benefit of being able to be used as a mask! And that’s how I mainly use it. After my workouts, I apply about 2-3 pumps all over my face and let it sit for about 3-5 minutes. Well, until I feel a tingle. That’s when I know the magic is happening. Then I hop into the shower and rinse it all off. I think it’s a great, first-step into lactic acid exfoliation, especially for us older chicks. It doeesn’t dry out skin, and even brightens it up a bit. Right now, I use it about 3 times a week, but you can use it every day if you like. It’s not a cleanser to remove makeup though. This is a great second cleanser to have, or to use AFTER you’ve removed your makeup with a cleansing oil or a wipe.

Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant($52)

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Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant($52)

Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant is the next step up in using lactic acid to exfoliate. I use this one once a week to really deep clean and exfoliate my skin. I leave it on for about 10 minutes and Bazinga! Smooth, brighter, more even skin is mine! This is probably the most gentle exfoliating mask I’ve tried, so it’s perfect for sensitive skins like mine. It does a great job at keeping any dry, flaky skin at bay as well, which is what I’m pretty sure clogs up my pores causing breakouts. It doesn’t make my skin drier either, so YAY for that.

Kate Somerville RetAsphere Micro Peel ($108)

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Kate Somerville RetAsphere Micro Peel ($108)

When I had that god-awful breakout in California last week, I of course walked into Sephora at Downtown Disneyland to get SOMETHING to help me. I already mentioned the Murad products that helped, but I also got a sample of the Kate Somerville RetAsphere Micro Peel after talking with a nice SA about mature skin and breakouts. She said this was amazing for older chicks with skin that still think it’s 20 and breaks out when environment or life changes(hello menopause) happens. After trying the sample, I decided to use my #EpicRewardsFail $50 coupon to get a full-size, because after one use I fell in love.

Kate Somerville RetAsphere Micro Peel is a leave on at night baby peel that combines retinol, glycolic and lactic acid to resurface skin. And even though glycolic acid is an ingredient, my skin seems to tolerate it in this combo for some strange reason. You can use it every other night, but the SA told me to just keep it to once a week, and I agree. For me, once a week is enough, but if you have more resilient skin than me(WHO DOESN’T) then go to town and use it as recommended. Over night my skin looked smoother and it helped my breakouts look SO much better as well. And since I’ve been home and the breakout is gone, it’s taken care of any scars toot sweet. NICE. The only thing I dislike about it is the SMELL. It smells like a wet washcloth on my face. It sort of goes away and you get used to it? But yeah, it’s not a nice smell at all so try a sample first and see if you can stomach the scent. The results are worth the stench I swear!

Happy Friday All! I hope your week was good! Mine was ok! Trying to get back in the swing of things here, but it’s been hard. My MS legs are having a hard time getting better and rested up, so I haven’t really done much this week to be honest. I hope I’m better this weekend…I want to start purging STUFF and doing something productive around here. Wish me luck!

What’s an ingredient that’s made a difference in your skin lately? 

 

“A highly active concentrate of advanced hyaluronic complexes, next-generation peptides and biotechnological technologies to target rehydration on and below skin surface, while visibly improving lines, wrinkles, sagging skin and textural damage.”

 
When I received Deciem Hylamide SubQ Anti-Age to test out, to be honest I kind of got all CHEST PUFFED OUT AND DEFENSIVE, as if I was a member of SAMCRO(been watching SOA and WOW, LOVE). Because when a product claims to show VISIBLE RESULTS IN 10 DAYS… I get all roll-up-my-sleeves-show-me-what-you-got and commit completely to that so called magic product, to see what it’s REALLY got to prove…if anything!

BRING. IT. ON….Boooooooyahahahahahaha

And I’m serious! When I test out skincare, I really DO test it out. I give up all faves and HGs, to see if these new products really DO work. I figure if it doesn’t do something for my 48 year old skin, then forget it working for young 20-something skin. Ahh, those days… when I could use pretty much nothing on my skin and it was SO lovely and good… sometimes I wonder if screwing around with skincare makes your skin go NO. LEAVE. ME. BE. Curious thought, no?

Anyways… So Ok, Long story short…I started using Deciem Hylamide SubQ Anti-Age Advanced Serum every day and night and only Hylamide SubQ Anti-Age Advanced Serum since it arrived at my doorstep and you know what?

WORKS. REALLY WELL. 

Deciem Hylamide SubQ Anti-Age and Hylamide SubQ Eyes

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Deciem Hylamide SubQ Anti-Age and Hylamide SubQ Eyes

 

Deciem Hylamide SubQ Anti-Age Advanced Serum($38) contains ve forms of hyaluronic compounds to target multiple depths of your skin(which EHHHH, again I find hard to believe…honestly you need a friggin NEEDLE to start getting skincare to touch some of those deeper skin levels) 😉 But, it does contain non-animal-origin Hyaluronic Acid that targets surface hydration and elasticity. It also has two forms of very-low-molecular Hyaluronic Complex that absorbs quickly to target below the surface rehydration, and a Hyaluronic Acid pre-cursor that helps to visibly plump skin up. There’s a tamarind-derived plant hyaluronic that gives immediate and long-term rehydration too and I can attest to THAT claim for sure…to be honest I haven’t really used a moisturizing cream since starting to use this serum….I don’t seem to need anything else! My skin feels so GOOD. Moisturized and lovely! Hylamide SubQ Anti-Age Advanced Serum also contains an Antarctic and Hawaiian Algae Complex to promote renewal and help prevent moisture loss, so I guess that’s why I’m experiencing perfectly hydrated skin! And living here in dry Alberta? That’s something! My skin always feels so dry here. Parched. I really notice it when I’m in California visiting Marky. There’s so much more humidity in the air over there, and wow…my skin LIKES it there. It behaves so differently when I’m California Dreamin’, not even kidding. I have a separate skin care routine for California and trust me, it’s so much more simple than my Alberta routine. I don’t need to hydrate as much when I’m down there! Guess it’s another sign I belong down there, hey? 😉

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Deciem Hylamide SubQ Anti-Age Advanced Serum

 

Hylamide SubQ Anti-Age Advanced Serum contains Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38+  which is an advanced form of Matrixyl (TM of Sederma)  that helps to reduce the look of lines, wrinkles and surface irregularities. Nonapeptide-3 Retino-Complex+ is a novel technology that promotes better visible anti-aging results than Retinol without irritation. And as someone who suffers from using any kind of Retinol product, I can honestly say this stuff does NOT irritate, OR break me out. Every other friggin’ retinol product does that to me…no matter HOW gentle it claims to be. I break out. End of story. But this? NOPE. It’s like a miracle for me.

Heres’ what I can tell you…and I cross my heart and stick a needle in my eye if I lie: The pores around and on my nose have been getting worse and worse as I age. Nothing was getting those suckers to look better. But Hylamide SubQ Anti-Age Advanced Serum? Worked like a CHARM. Now, I’m not an idiot…nothing can really make pores smaller. But this stuff? Has kind of made them look less visible…better…makeup goes on so much better and doesn’t settle in them ugly pores so bad now. My skin looks SMOOTHER. Brighter! So much so that I don’t feel the need to cover it up with makeup and foundation! I honestly haven’t had such great results from a skincare product in YEARS, it’s that amazing to me. My skin looks really GOOD lately, and that’s an amazing thing to say when you are 48 years old. Just try to make me stop using Hylamide SubQ Anti-Age Advanced Serum…you’ll find yourself booted onto Kepler 452b TOOT SWEET… 🙂

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Deciem Hylamide SubQ Eyes

 

Deciem Hylamide SubQ Eyes($35) is just as good too! It contains a Flavanoid Glucoside Bio-active to help encourage circulation and reduce visible darkness under the eyes. It also contains a Darutoside complex for a lifted upper lid appearance and reduced visible sagginess, which I say works. One of my eyes is more hooded than the other, so I really notice a difference when I don’t use Hylamide SubQ Eyes. My eyes really look more open and lifted when I use this! It also has stuff to reduce the look of lines around the eyes, and YUP. It did that for me too. I mean, they’re still there? I’m 48 so HELLO…lines around the eyes are mandatory at this point. But Hylamide SubQ Eyes has made them less visible…not so deep. It WORKS. The only crit I have has to do with the packaging with this product. The dropper isn’t quite long enough to get all the serum out. I had to use a Q-tip to get all the god stuff out, but that’s the case with most products packaged like this.

Deciem Hylamide SubQ Eyes and Deciem Hylamide SubQ Anti-Age have worked SO WELL for me, that I’ve already purchased replacements, and have started using them now. These two products are AMAZING, and it’s not often that I actually purchase skincare sent to me for free. But these? WORK. And you can’t stop me from using them. EVER. Order these products, and cripes…everything Deciem sells HERE. STUFF WORKS.

Both of these Deciem Hylamide products have changed my skin so much that I really do urge you to give them a try! They are affordable. And work! REALLY WELL. And that? Is something these days in the makeup/skincare world! Have you tried a skincare product recently that just WOWED you? It’s pretty rare!

Have you heard of Mesotherapy Facial Rejuvenating Treatments? Your skin gets cleansed, peeled, then a series of micro-injections filled with vitamins, peptides, minerals and amino acids to the dermal layer are given. The treatment usually ends with a soothing kind of mask and a glycolic serum. The result? Skin that seriously GLOWS, is smoothed, and all signs of fatigue are erased. Sounds good, yeah? I’d love to get this done, but the minimum $200 price tag is…well, yeah…not something I can afford at the moment!

But I’ve found a pretty good alternative thanks to my fellow skincare-loving blogger Phil@Mirror Reality: Filorga Meso-Mask Smoothing Radiance Mask($70).

Filorga Meso-Mask Smoothing Radiance Mask

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Filorga Meso-Mask Smoothing Radiance Mask

Filorga Meso-Mask Smoothing Radiance Mask is inspired by Mesotherapy Facial Rejuvenating Treatments. If you want radiant, smooth, YOUNGER looking skin, then you need this mask! It’s probably my favourite one at the moment, because every time I use it, I see visible results and my skin keeps looking better and better. There’s not a lot of skincare that gives you visible results after one use, but this stuff really does it!

Filorga Meso-Mask Smoothing Radiance Mask contains rhamnose polysaccharide to help even the skin and gives the complexion an instant boost of radiance. Rhamnose sugars function as cell-communicating ingredients, and they like talking to fibroblasts specifically. Remember those fibroblasts I told you about? Fibroblasts are cells that create collagen, so rhamnose can talk to fibroblast cells. They tell those fibroblasts to begin producing normal, healthier cells, so more collagen gets made! Which means less wrinkles, skin irritations get soothed, and the complexion becomes more even, brighter, and plumper. NICE.

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Filorga Meso-Mask Smoothing Radiance Mask

Filorga Meso-Mask Smoothing Radiance Mask also contains 12 vitamins to stimulate the vital functions of cells, 23 amino acids to stimulate the construction of elastin and collagen, loads of minerals and antioxidants-heck Filorga Meso-Mask Smoothing Radiance Mask contains 94 ingredients, 69% of them being active ingredients. Now you understand why I can see visible results!

It’s a lightweight cream texture, yet buttery feeling. I love the light, floral fragrance which is nice and gentle and not obnoxious at all. I use my Filorga Meso-Mask Smoothing Radiance Mask after every shower, which I know…is a lot, but dudes I’m so addicted to how good my skin looks when I use it that I just can’t help myself! There’s some serious mask jealousy happening in my bathroom. I’ve had to separate some of the more indignant ones like my Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask, which I thought was pretty awesome, until I met Filorga Meso-Mask Smoothing Radiance Mask. 😛 And it’s just going to get worse since I just ordered another jar, so best to put a stop to anymore mask mutiny.  😛

The instructions say to put a thickish layer(I actually find it doesn’t take much at all to get good results) over your whole face, eye contour and neckline, and to let it sit for 15-30 minutes. I let it sit for a good hour, because that’s what Phil told me to do, and he’s always right when it comes to skincare. Seriously-go read his blog and LEARN. Then, I remove whatever is left with a wet cotton pad and Bazinga! Smooth, even-toned, redness GONE, pores closed, soft, and glowing, radiant skin is MINE ALL MINE! And it can be yours too if you try this stuff. And you just GOTTA. Yup!

You can order Filorga from The Shopping Channel and also from Murale here in Canada.  In the USA check out Amazon and FeelUnique.com.

THANK YOU PHIL. YOU ROCK.  😀

Instant results you guys! Any skincare products/masks that give you instant visible results? Let me know! 

You all know and have heard of Paula’s Choice Skincare by now. Started by Paula Begoun, Paula’s Choice Skincare is skincare that keeps its promises. All products have no added fragrance, dyes or ingredients that can harm the health and function of your skin. And they are part of the Leaping Bunny Program, which means no animal testing at all.

I’ve tried a few of Paula’s Choice products here and there, and did quite like them. But I’ve never tried a complete line that was dedicated to my specific skin type. What can I say-I’m a flighty skincare addict-I LIKE TO TRY EVERYTHING hahahaha. But with Paula’s choice I got to talk to a skincare consultant who asked specific questions about my skin and what issues I have, which is mainly dry, flaky sensitive skin with occasional acne and some big pores around my nose. It was pretty cool to have some one listen and talk to you about what you should be incorporating in your skincare. And based on what she heard, she suggested the Paula’s Choice Moisture Boost Advanced Kit(on sale for $96.05)

Paula’s Choice Moisture Boost Advanced Kit

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Paula’s Choice Moisture Boost Advanced Kit

 

This routine replenishes dry skin and prevents signs of aging. It leaves skin looking and feeling moisturized, smooth and radiant. Exactly what Tracy needs!

The Moisture Boost Cleanser($21.25 on sale)is a creamy cleanser that is really great! With ingredients that calm and soothe skin like Chamomile Extract and Aloe Vera, it leaves my skin feeling clean and soft. I really like this cleanser! And you don’t need a lot of it either when using it. Some creamy cleansers you need a lot of product, but this one slightly lathers, so it spreads easier.

The Moisture Boost Toner($17 on sale) has converted me to be a toner user. I never used them before, as I didn’t see the point of them. But this one makes my skin soft! And it doesn’t irritate like most other toners do. I can feel it working and prepping my skin for the rest of the skincare. LOVE it.

The 1% Beta Hydroxy Acid Lotion($20.40 on sale) is the next step. It exfoliates, reduces breakouts, and lightly hydrates leaving a matte finish. I’ve been noticing that I get way less breakouts since using it and my pores are starting to look cleaner and tighter too. The skincare consultant told me to not use it every day, as my skin is so very sensitive. I use it every other day and it’s been great! But if your skin is normal, go ahead and use it ever day. I can detect a bit of an aspirin smell when I apply it, but it eventually goes away.

The Moisture Boost Cream($22.10 on sale) is outstanding. It’s thick, yet light and silky smooth in texture. It feels like I’ve just given my face a drink of water after I’ve applied it. My skin feels so smooth and perfectly moisturized.

The Moisture Boost Moisturizer SPF 30($22 on sale) is the last step. If you’re using any kind of chemical exfoliation, it’s important to use SPF to protect your skin and to also prevent any sun damage. It’s not greasy at all, absorbs instantly and doesn’t break me out!

The Paula’s Choice Skincare Extras

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Resist BHA 9 Acne Spot Treatment, and Resist Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum

 

The Resist BHA 9 Acne Spot Treatment($34 on sale) is a  concentrated, leave-on acne spot treatment clears up stubborn blemishes and unclogs and shrinks pores as well. Somehow it is very powerful and gets rid of any spots, yet it super gentle on the skin too! I’ve been using it on the pores on my nose to keep them clean and clear as the skincare consultant suggested, and it works great for that!

The Resist Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum($28.90 on sale)  is a silky feeling, super antioxidant serum that contains a blend of amazing anti-aging ingredients that have been researched and proven to provide benefits. It contains stabilized Vitamin C plus potent antioxidants and Peptides to repair damaged cells and rebuild the skin’s protective barrier. I use it at night time, and layer the Moisture Boost Cream on top.

It’s a bit early to see any major changes from my Paula’s Choice Skincare Regimen, but I do notice a more even and brighter skin tone every day, with less redness on my cheeks. The less redness part is great! Oh, and of course no dry flakes either! So I’d say it’s working quite well for me!

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I also got to try out some of Paula’s Choice Makeup! The Paula’s Choice Nude Mattes Eyeshadow Palette was designed in collaboration with YouTube makeup artist Wayne Goss. I was kind of wondering how come Wayne hadn’t created any makeup yet since his brushes are so popular hahaha-I guess he did!

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Paula’s Choice Nude Mattes Eyeshadow Palette

 

The Paula’s Choice Nude Mattes Eyeshadow Palette($34) contains 12 neutral eyeshadow shades. All are matte except there’s one soft shimmer shade that you can add on top of any shade to add some shine if you want.

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They are pretty nice matte eyeshadows I have to say! They are soft and smooth and build up in colour quite easily and blend beautifully. Like most mattes, there’s a bit of product kick-up when you dip your brush into them, so be careful.

Here’s a nice, simple day look and a smoky night time look I created with the palette.

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Paula’s Choice Nude Mattes Eyeshadow Palette

It’s a great palette for sure and really affordable too!

I’ve tried a lot of skincare. A LOT. And I truly think that Paula’s Choice is a luxury skincare system on a budget. With amazing, quality ingredients, most of her products are under $50. Other companies might have some of the same ingredients, but at less effective concentrations and charge well over $100. I challenge you to take the Paula’s Choice challenge and see how her products can change your skin for the better. I have an exclusive promo code for you to get 20% off any one item and free shipping, using code PRIMP20. Also be sure to download the Pretty In My Pocket (PRIMP) app, which I am a proud new member of! PRIMP-Seal-2015

The app is free and really cool! You’ll see product reviews and makeup looks from both expert beauty bloggers (like moi) and every day women. You can also scan products in store when you’re shopping to see any reviews before you buy something! How many times have you needed something like that, hey? PRIMP has finally come to rescue you from buying a horrible product! Gotta love that!

Have you tried anything from Paula’s Choice Skincare before? What have you liked? If you haven’t, now’s the time! There’s a sale on, plus you can use my discount code too! It’s the perfect time to try!

So, I’m thinking most of the Holiday Makeup Palettes are kind of a pass this year from what I’ve been seeing. I mean there’s a few that look good, but I think my money will be going towards more skin care this year. And a lipstick or too! 😉

I do think Sephora has some pretty awesome skincare sets that are worth looking into. Most of the major skincare players have something in a value set this year, and one brand that I really think is awesome is Algenist. The story of how Algenist came to be is pretty neat actually. Biotech scientists from San Francisco were trying to develop a renewable energy solution using micro algae. But they discovered that a compound surrounding the micro algae had the ability to regenerate and protect living cells. They tested it and tested it, calling it Alguronic Acid. And then created a line of antiaging products that contain this powerful ingredient.

Before my skin went nuts, I was using the Algenist Genius Cream and LOVING it. I had samples that lasted me pretty much the whole California Road trip, and I bought a full size of it as soon as I got back home. I plan to go back to using it as I was seeing some great results with it, even though I was only using it once a day. I’ve never actually seen seen such a difference in my skin’s firmness before I started using that cream. And it didn’t irritate my skin or break me out. I really do think that if you’re pretty serious about anti-aging skincare, these two sets from Algenist should be on your Sephora VIB Sale Shopping List.

Algenist The Anti Wrinkle Collection ($52)

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Algenist The Anti-Wrinkle Collection

Algenist The Anti Wrinkle Collection is a great little starter set to see what the line is really all about. You get a full size of the Gentle Rejuvenating Cleanser, a one ounce size of the Regenerative Anti-Aging Moisturizer, and a nice deluxe mini of the  Complete Eye Renewal Balm.

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Algenist The Anti-Wrinkle Collection

The cleanser is really gentle and doesn’t strip your skin at all. I promise you’ll see results from the Regenerative Anti-Aging Moisturizer and the eye cream too!

Algenist The Firming Collection ($98)

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Alienist The Firming Collection

Algenist The Firming Collection is a bit more money, but SO worth it. You get a deluxe mini of the Gentle Rejuvenating Cleanser, a full size of the Retinol Firming & Lifting Serum, and a deluxe mini of the Firming & Lifting Cream.

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Algenist The Firming Collection

This set will really reduce lines and wrinkles and lift and tone the skin since it contains a retinol product. It’s a really great value too, and I’ve heard amazing things about that retinol serum and can hardly wait to be able to start to use it.

I haven’t been able to test these products yet, but I do plan on using them soon! But I really wanted to tell you about them as I think they’re amazing value. If you’re looking for some new skincare, these sets at Sephora would be perfect!

Are you planning on getting some new skincare at the Sephora VIB Sale? Have you tried anything from Algenist? It’s a brand that I can say I’ve actually seen visible results from and is worth the money. 

*products sent by PR for review, thoughts are mine as always! And CRIPES writing this post was ridiculous. My MAC kept autocorrecting ALGENIST to ALIENIST. I swear autocorrect was created by Satan himself…. 😛