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It’s Beginning to Look Like the Holidays

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go…and indeed it is!

So, last Sunday I attended the Nordstrom Holiday party by invitation only and what an event it was.  My plus one was my sweet hubby who really enjoyed all the food (and there was plenty of it) along with all  the festivities.  I, on the other hand, filled my shopping bag several times over with gifts for my girls and I must admit a few bags with several of my favorites.

You know how I love the ‘glow’ – year round, but especially during the holidays, right? Well, there is something for every ‘glow girl’ this year!

Charlotte Tilbury has the amazing Wonder Glow cream which she calls ‘instant soft-focus beauty flash’.  This is a primer girlfriends, but it adds a subtle glow to your foundation and has a beautiful finish.

Anastasia Beverly Hills has a Glow Kit as well.  This glow kit comes with four beautiful metallic powder highlighters for intense luminosity. These powders are so much fun to work with. Just layer the highly blendable shades together or wear them separately on the eyes and body for a total radiant look.

My favorite eye shadow kit this year is by Urban Decay – Naked Pallet for smoky eyes.  I love the colors and these too are so blendable for either day or night.  By the way I use youtube instruction videos to create different looks with this pallet and to help me not look ‘over’ done for work.  Love. It!

And, or course my ‘go to’ … Dr. Dennis Gross Glow Pads.  I have used these pads for over five years and they are always a staple on my shelf.  Yes, I picked up more at the holiday party, because they are the best ‘pick me up’ when it comes to needing a new glow.

Whatever ways you decide celebrate the holidays with a glow whether it is from the outside or from the inside remember to always finish it with a smile!

Hey There Bright Eyes!

Watching the news for 30 minutes is tough these days.  Not only is the news sad and discouraging, so are the all ads!  The evening news is the worst as we hear everything that could or will go wrong with our bodies as we age.  Depressing!

But there is a BRIGHT spot.  When it comes to skincare we are winners!

As we all know developing eyelid wrinkles is common as we age.  And!  As in anything else we do genetics can also play a role in developing our wrinkles especially on our face and around our eyes. Ugh!

I am so thankful we have such wonderful skincare available to us to help lessen the effects of what I call ‘creases’ in our skin.  I never liked the word wrinkles.  When I was a teenager I had to do a lot of ironing for my mom and I always envisioned I was removing wrinkles in the pillow cases! Creases were on our face!  Oh those were the days!

Modifying lifestyle factors, such as exposure to cigarette smoke and harmful sun rays, reduce our risk for developing these creases. Of course, the decreased production of natural oil in our skin as we age makes the eyelid skin appear more wrinkled. Repeating facial expressions around the eyes also leaves fine lines and wrinkles. As a result, skin loses flexibility and has a difficult time returning to its place.

It’s time to rethink certain habits, such as always drinking with a straw (wrinkles around the mouth) or squinting because you forgot your sunglasses (crow’s feet). The skin around your eyes is thin and delicate, making it more prone to those awful creases!  Try to avoid pulling, tugging or stretching that skin each night and choose makeup products that go on and come off easily. As a contact lens wearer I have learned to be cautious not to tug too hard on my eyelid skin when putting in my lenses as well.

“When your eyes look younger, your entire face appears more youthful”. That is the tag line Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare has attached to their new eye cream and serum and honestly I have to agree totally.  C+Collagen Brighten + Firm Eye Cream and Serum.  The super hero eye duo!

I picked up these jewels at the Trend Show last month with Karen and I must say this energizing eye cream which is infused with vitamin C complex dramatically improves the look of tired, aging eyes. It instantly works on fine lines and eye creases and brightens dark circles. I use it after my Alpha Beta Peel Pads and Glow Pads when my skin is clean and ready for treatments.

I apply it in the morning and at night. This super duo can be used around the eye in the orbital area too.  I would suggest however doing the whole eye at night and then under eye only in the morning. When I applied the cream over the whole eye in the morning it did affect my eye makeup.  So just a word of caution if you wear eye makeup like me, use this at night only! Then you can wake up and be amazed at the transformation in your… uh creases – or lack of!

As a side note – Jimmy recently told me about a really cool Beauty App from Sephora.  You can do virtual makeovers and when you find one you like, click on the products and put them in your cart!  I went to Sephora and had the Beauty Stylist apply the products on me and wow! I love this cool way to shop! Great idea Sephora! ** (Then quickly grab your phone and take a selfie while you look fabulous!)

Smile.  Your eyes sparkle when you do. – Pintrest

Trend Show With Karen

Half the fun of attending Nordstrom’s Trend Show each year is having my shopping diva and good friend, Karen with me!  We have been friends for over 30 years and have shared some memory making times together.  Some of those memories include trend shows, makeup, shopping and lunch.  Others… well you know what they say… “what happens with us – stays with us” and I will leave it at that.  Big smile.

Over the last few week’s I have begun to tell you about several of my favorite new products here at Wrinkle Me Not and I asked Karen to do the same.  So yesterday she surprised me with two reviews of her favorites – so I want to share them with you!

Hi, I am Karen. I would like to tell you about Dr. Dennis Gross Instant Radiance Sun Defense Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40 with Sheer Color Correction Technology.  The DDG skin specialist told me I should not leave the show without trying it!  She applied the medium tint and I immediately loved the moisturizing glow with a hint of shimmer on my skin!  I have been wearing this daily for almost a month and have recently applied it before heading to the pool.  With an SPF of 40, it kept me from sunburn while adding the shimmering Glo to my face, neck, and décolleté.  I rarely go outside without makeup (even just to get the mail), and in the past, I have always worn a sunscreen plus a foundation and blush to the pool, which left me feeling a little silly with all of that makeup.  Not anymore!  The Dr. DG Instant Radiance Sun Defense allows me to be SPF protected AND it covers imperfections and blends uneven skin tone.  I am confident wearing only the Dr. DDG Instant Radiance Sun Defense anywhere I go!  You need to try it, Judy.  Be sure and get the right shade for your skin coloring because you want to look a wee bit darker than you are.  I have a feeling I will be using this year around because it blocks those UVs and gives my skin a healthy looking Glo!

Another product I found in my goodie bag from Nordstrom Trend Show is Lancome La Base Pro Pour Eraser.  I have enjoyed many Lancome products for years so when I found two generous samples, I was delighted!  I immediately noticed the soft texture and it feels like silk on my skin!  It actually does minimize and erase pores but also I noticed a huge improvement in my oily T-zone.  Normally I powder my nose several times a day but with the Lancome La Base Pro Pour Eraser, I was surprised to find it covered and kept my skin looking and feeling fresh throughout the day and evening!  I actually like it better than Dior’s Dream Skin!

So there you go!  My two favorite finds from Trend Show but I have so many samples yet to try, I’m sure I will find more treasures and keepers!

Friends Make The World Beautiful. – QuoteDiary.Me

 

 

Oil For My Face?

Where do I begin?

So many products were unveiled at Trend Show ’17 and of course several were from one of my favorites – Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare.  That brand is never one to disappoint.  Karen and I were comparing notes this week and we both agreed on one favorite – Dr. Dennis Gross Triple C Peptide Firming Oil.

Now you may be like me.  When you hear the word ‘oil’ and think of putting it all over your face and neck – you quiver. But!  I’ve been using this product faithfully for 2 weeks and I can already see a difference in my skin.  If you like a smooth neck – and who doesn’t?  This is definitely a ‘must’ to try.

Triple C Peptide Firming Oil helps to lift and firm your skin while providing it with the nutrition it needs to feel comfortable, nourished and revived.  It’s ideal for anyone experiencing loss of elasticity due to age, stress or environmental factors.  And!  This oil replenishes your skin to make it look and feel younger and plumper.

Now here’s little trick I was shown during the product demonstration.  After applying the firming oil and seeing the amazing difference in your skin, follow it with one of the DDG glow pads.  These two products work beautifully together and make you glow from your décolleté to your forehead.

I apply it in the morning and at night. Shake it well and apply 2-3 drops (or more if needed).  I start at my décolleté and smooth it upward and gently massage it into my skin. (Note: always begin at the décolleté to your forehead… pull that skin UP every chance you get!)

And!  For those of you that shy away from those Alpha Beta Glow Pads that I love, love, love.  Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare has introduced an alternative for those of you that don’t want to look like you have spent a day at the beach or had a picnic in the warm Texas sun.  Alpha Beta Gradual Glow Pad Self-Tanner for Face is now available.  Gradual glow is the key here.  As always you apply the towelette to your face, neck, and décolleté in circular motions, blending evenly.  But! YOU build the glow factor you want by applying it it each day to achieve your desired color.  Then space applications to maintain your ideal glow.

Okay… there’s favorite new products number one… and there’s more to come.

Put on your smiles first… then your lipstick. – Pintrest

Springtime Glow Alert

Hey! Do you watch Good Morning America on Thursdays for the Deals?  I must admit – I do.  Actually it’s my favorite segment on that show these days.  I have found such great items and some surprises, too.

So on a recent show when I heard about a tanning spray that lasts 2-3 weeks my ears perked up. As you know, I love the ‘glow’ year round so I had to try it.

The Vita Liberata PHenomenal Hydrating Tanning Lotion with pHenO2 Technology says it provides a long-lasting, natural-looking tan result for your face and body. And!  The tan develops over four to eight hours and lasts up to two to three weeks.  Yep!

My friend, Ana, also made the leap to try this product and she told me today she not only loves the smell (or non smell) of this product but also the ease of application.  It does not streak as so many tanning lotions do and is packed with botanicals such as aloe vera, shea butter, and more.  So it’s no surprise that this  tanning  cream helps to condition, smooth, and moisturize your skin so it feels soft and supple–perfect for people with dry or mature skin.

How to use:  Exfoliate, but do not moisturize prior to tanning. Use a tanning mitt and apply to skin in elongated circular movements. Allow at least six to eight hours before showering off with water. Replicate this process two more times for the longest lasting tan result. Gently wipe elbows, knuckles, knees, and ankles with a damp cloth following application, and only apply a minimal amount of product to the backs of the hands and tops of the feet.

This tanning lotion is available in Fair, Medium and Dark.  I purchased the medium and am happy with the ‘look’ of the product.  But again, for the longest lasting tan, it is suggested that you apply it three times over 12 to 24 hours, showering with water only before each application.  You must be sure your skin is clean and exfoliated.  Ana purchased the product at Sephora and a Tan Mitt was included which makes application very easy.  As with any tanning product you should use it sparingly on hands, feet, knees, and elbows.

So this product is perfect to get that springtime ‘glow’ and start looking toward summer.  I’m ready! Are you?

Use your smile to change this world, but don’t let this world change your smile. – Pintrest