Tuesday, July 31, 2012

New From Algenist: Targeted Deep Wrinkle Minimizer With Alguronic Acid. You Need This!

If I told you there was a product that worked as a primer while also immediately decreasing the look of your fine lines and wrinkles while it worked over time to decrease the deep wrinkles, would you believe me? It's ok, I wouldn't believe me either but I've tried a product that makes these claims and delivers.   Algenist Targeted Deep Wrinkle Minimizer is a lightweight gel that utilizes a breakthrough ingredient called Alguronic Acid.  I would encourage you to view their website to get all the technical information but I'll tell you in the best way I can.

Algenist Targeted Deep Wrinkle Minimizer

The Deep Wrinkle Minimizer is in a tube with a push pump. It delivers a small amount of the gel and you can pump out as many beads of gel as you need. This is a very efficient system of skincare delivery. It also protects the product from UV rays and air that attack jars of skincare when you open them. That bugs me when I feel like expensive delicate products break down when exposing the whole open jar to light and who-knows-what that's in the air. This tube is a clean and safe way to supply skin care. Love it!!

Algenist Targeted Deep Wrinkle Minimizer

It contains 15 ml of product and is about the size of a large marker. You can see it's about the length of my hand. Apply your other skincare and afterward, use a little of this to smooth in those targeted areas that you need help; forehead, eyes, around the mouth in the direction of the wrinkle. Let it dry 90 seconds and apply makeup as usual. I've been using it about a month and I've seen positive results. I can't say what percentage of decrease of wrinkles I see because I'm not a scientist, but I can tell you that this product has delivered on it's promises.

Algenist Targeted Wrinkle Minimizer

Algenist Targeted Deep Wrinkle Minimizer

I want to show you the ingredients from the website itself:

1. Alguronic Acid Filling Spheres: Increase cell regeneration and elastin synthesis
2. Double Peptide complex: Smoothes wrinkles and firms the skin
3. Soy protein: Increases skin density and reduces wrinkles
4. Echinacea: Smoothes skin texture and decreases wrinkles
5. Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide), Vitamin C and E: Decrease fine lines and wrinkles, stimulate collagen production and provide antioxidant protection

This product is not tested on animals, it's safe for all skin types, hypoallergenic and has been tested by dermatologists. There's a lot of research that has gone into this product.

Algenist Targeted Deep Wrinkle Minimizer

Alguronic Acid has been shown to provide significant protection from UV cell damage and DNA damage. It was found in a specific strain of microalgae and Alguronic Acid is a trademarked name for this specific compound. It promotes skin regeneration which helps repair those deep wrinkles. I would urge you to check the links to the website that give you more information.

The bottom line is that this is working for me. I've seen a decrease in the lines and wrinkles that I hate the most and it feels nice putting it on my skin. I look forward to it. You can use it twice a day which I would encourage you to do. The 15 ml size of this item can be purchased on the Algenist website or at QVC or Sephora for $45.  

I really feel that anything which helps turn back the damage my skin has encountered during life is a true bargain.   There's just so much information in the development of this product that you really should read up on it.  Please visit the Algenist website for more information.

(Links are provided for your ease and are not affiliate links.  Product was provided by the company for testing.)

Monday, July 30, 2012

A Cosmoprof Sneak Peek At New China Glaze Nail Polish Collections for 2012-2013

The anticipation of seeing the upcoming China Glaze Nail Polish Collections at Cosmoprof was high, very high. The booth was so busy that it was hard to get in, hard to see the products, and hard to hear the rep speaking. But it was worth it!!! Sooooo worth it!! China Glaze never fails with the beauty of their releases, so no one was disappointed. And some of the polish names are totally hilarious, which I enjoyed. But onto pictures!!

China Glaze Bohemian Nail Polish

China Glaze Bohemian Lustre Chrome nail polish collection should be hitting stores NOW! I'm went to my Sally's this afternoon to check my local store...nada, booo, but I'll patiently wait. Here's some swatches. You'll see there is a dupe of Chanel Peridot among the collection.

China Glaze Bohemian Swatches

Also due now at Sally's are the new China Glaze Nail Appliques, made with real nail polish. So many designs to choose from!

China Glaze Nail Polish Strips

China Glaze nail applique

China Glaze Nail Appliques

China Glaze Nail Applique

There is a new magnetic polish collection coming out the 2nd of September, 2012. It's called Magnetix II and the magnets are new and supposed to be stronger. Yay! That makes magnetics more fun to play with. The swatches of the colors are so pretty!!

China Glaze Magnetix 2

China Glaze Magnetix 2 Swatches

Two exciting collections are coming for special events in October. First we have the United In Purpose Collection, which is for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. There are so many beautiful tones of pink in this. I wish I'd gotten a close up of the swatch wheel. I blew up the picture a little so that you can see it better, but of course, that makes it a little fuzzy.

China Glaze United In Purpose

China Glaze United In Purpose Swatches

What else happens in October? Oh, that's right...Halloween!! This year's spooky collection is called Wicked and it has some truly gorgeous colors. You can buy them individually or purchase the special four pack which is the only way this year to secure Goulish Glow, always an October favorite.

China Glaze Wicked Nail Collection

China Glaze Wicked Nail Polish Swatches

China Glaze 4 piece Wicked Collection

I'm going to skip ahead to spring because *whispers* there are lovely things coming that I just can't tell you about yet. Sworn to secrecy!! But when I can, you'll be the first to know!!

Coming in Spring 2013 is Avant Garden. Such beautiful creamy colors that span the rainbow!! These polishes will definitely perk up and add color to your springtime manicures.

China Glaze Avant Garden

China Glaze Avant Garden

China Glaze Avant Garden

China Glaze Avant Garden

China Glaze Avant Garden Swatches


The final collection I'm going to show you today is one nearly every nail fanatic will go nuts for. It's a holographic nail polish collection called Hologlam!! It's due in March 2013. This will truly be the first time I've looked forward to March...in like a lion, rocking like a Hologlam!!

China Glaze HoloGlam Collection

China Glaze HoloGlam

China Glaze Holo Glam Swatches

China Glaze Holo Glam Swatches

China Glaze HoloGlam Swatches

China Glaze HoloGlam Swatches

China Glaze HoloGlam Swatches

China Glaze HoloGlam Swatches

China Glaze HoloGlam Swatches

China Glaze Hologlam Swatches

I know that was a lot of pictures, but ooooooh the holo!!! This year, China Glaze has a truly awesome holographic pigment that's used in this collection. I heard it's expensive so these polishes might be slightly pricier than what we're used to but it's going to be worth it.

The booth was amazing! I wish you could all have been there. My thanks to Tori of DNA who personally held a few of the displays so that I could get better pictures with my camera. The first day in the booth was difficult, having forgotten my camera in the room plus leaning over and around bloggers who were all as excited as I was.  And it was great fun!!!

Any potential favorites that you see in these China Glaze Collections?

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Did I See Makeup At Cosmoprof North America? You Bet I Did!!!

Lest you should think that Cosmoprof North America was all about nails, I must show you some other items that I've seen. This is another overview post before I begin a loooooong series of brand dedicated posts. I want to show you some of the variety of what I've seen while in Las Vegas as a show attendee.   So much to see and do; let's view the tip of the cosmetic iceberg.

Shany Cosmetics had a booth full of makeup, nail polish and brushes. Brushes!!! I couldn't get over the brushes. The fan brush in the picture below was about the size of my palm. It's obviously for bodies and it was absolutely fabulous!

Shany Brushes

They had all different kinds of makeup kits. Eyeshadows only, blushes only, and full makeup sets. This one was an attractive rainbow of shades that really appealed to me.

Shany Eye Shadow Palette

They even had nail polishes that matched their nail art stripers.


Something that I am always captivated by is eye color enhancing items. When I heard that Andrea Lashes had an eye color enhancing kit, I oooed and ahhhhed and snapped a quick picture. I think this is such a great idea!! Sorry for the blurriness. I was leaning over and around bodies in the area to get the picture. Oh you guys...live bodies, you big sillies!!

Andrea Lashes

And speaking of lashes, the group that reps Andrea and Ardell had provided people to apply lashes for us, if we wanted. Check out these ones that Ria from Ria Loves Pawlish picked out!!  Awesome feathers!!

Ria's Lashes

Stopping by Cherimoya, I found the 2012 Crackle line that I reviewed previously.  But they had so much, much more.  There were glitter polishes and all kinds of makeup.  Beautiful facial products as well as these lip stick and gloss collections.

Cherimoya Lipstick

Cherimoya Lip Gloss

I have quite a few LA Girl nail polishes. I can purchase them locally at Dollar Zone or Fred Meyer. They both have great selections. What I hadn't seen before was the makeup that LA Girl has. Look at these cute eye palettes!!

LA Girl Color Eyeshadow

LA Colors  was conveniently across the aisle from LA Girl.  It's like I was on I-5 or something!  I also am able to purchase their nail polish locally, but haven't had the chance to view their cosmetics in person.  Oh, they have so many cute things to choose from!! I really liked these eye color booklets.

LA Colors Eyeshadow Palettes

I had a fabulous meeting at NYX Cosmetics that I'll be telling you about in depth soon. NYX isn't currently available to me locally, but there is good news, Alaskan peeps!! Fred Meyer is considering bringing the brand to us. Let's work together to see that it happens. This is what a full store display looks like. I'll be bringing you more soon from NYX.

NYX Store Display

There's nothing like looking at makeup that inspires you to...get a makeover!!! At Jesse's Girl Cosmetics, Rebecca, was doing makeovers. Lindsey from Neverland Nail Blog got her makeup applied and I've never been more jealous in my life.  Rebecca is a wonderful artist!!  I was just wearing too darned much makeup to start with to jump in the chair.

Rebecca and Lindsey

Can you see what's on Rebecca's arm? It's her genius creation, the brush sleeve. Fits all sized arms as it has some elastic that will stretch as needed. But, seriously, this is every makeup artist's dream!!!! And I WILL own one!!! I WILL!! I've mentioned here so many times that I'm a brush fiend and the number one rule is always take care of your brushes. This is a great way to do so while working.  It keeps your brushes safe, neatly organized and very handy.

Brush sleeve

Rebecca Rachael has an amazing resume'!!  You should check it out.  It's really impressive.  Look at how happy Lindsey is with her look which took her right from the show to our dinner meeting.


I know this has been a long post, and it's about makeup, but I'm going to leave you with a teaser.....China Glaze. I'll be doing a full rundown on China Glaze soon. There is some confusion on what the bloggers are allowed to tell you right away and what we need to wait on, so as soon as I have clearance, I'll bring you more China Glaze. Here is one collection I know it ok to post now; Avant Garden. Oh the polish names in this collection are so cute!!!

China Glaze Avant Garden

And I leave you with a look at some of the swatches from this collection. Do you see the one called Keep Calm, Paint On? That has been my mantra for 20 years. Whether I was painting a canvas, an item, a face or nails, I've always found the use of a brush to be soothing and therapeutic. I've always said that I could solve the world's problems while painting. Brush strokes just sooth the savage beast and make all problems disappear. Painting, whether thru art, makeup or nail polish, is the world's greatest mental health healer, bar none.

China Glaze Avant Garden

There you go, loyal readers, Keep Calm and Paint On!!!

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