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Introducing LaRoche-Posay’s Anthelios AOX Daily Antioxidant Serum with Sunscreen (SPF 50)

I started using LaRoche-Posay sunscreens after buying into the hype in magazines (no doubt to keep their advertiser L’Oréal , which owns LaRoche-Posay, happy) about the introduction of Mexoryl SX to the U.S. While Mexoryl SX is more stable than avobenzone, another chemical sunscreen, it protects only from UVA rays, not UVB rays. Visit Paula Begoun’s web site for more information about Mexoryl SX.

I use LaRoche-Posay sunscreens only on my face, because they are pricey.  Curiously, none of the LaRoche-Posay sunscreens that I’ve tried have Mexoryl SX as an ingredient. So much for hype.   I used Anthelios 50 Daily Anti-Aging Primer with sunscreen, and thank goodness that it didn’t have the petroleum odor that Smashbox’s primer with sunscreen had.

After I finished the tube of Anthelios 50 Daily Anti-Aging Primer with sunscreen, I switched to Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid.  While I’m still using Anthelios 60 and liking it, I’ve loving LaRoche-Posay’s new Anthelios AOX Daily Antioxidant Serum with Sunscreen (SPF 50).  It’s lightweight, and I honestly believe that it’s improving my skin.  For those who seek a matte finish, I suggest that they put something like Mally Beauty’s Face Defender over the serum.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios AOX Daily Antioxidant Serum with Sunscreen SPF 50

La Roche-Posay Anthelios AOX Daily Antioxidant Serum with Sunscreen SPF 50

La Roche-Posay Anthelios AOX Daily Antioxidant Serum with Sunscreen SPF 50 cost $42.50 US for 1 fl.oz., so keep on the lookout for discounts.

Active ingredients: Avobenzone 2.68%(sunscreen) Homosalate 9.60% (sunscreen) Octisalate 2.88%(sunscreen) Octocrylene 5.38% (sunscreen) Oxybenzone 3.46% (sunscreen)

Inactive ingredients: Water, dimethicone, cyclopentasiloxane, tocopherol, acrylates/dimethicone copolymer, phenoxyethanol, propylene glycol, caprylyl glycol, silica, sodium polyacrylate, ascorbyl glucoside, scutellaria baicalensis root extract, acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, disodium EDTA, diethylhexyl syringylidenemalonate, polyacrylamide, C13-14 isoparaffin, laureth-7, cassia alata leaf extract, maltodextrin, triethanolamine

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Bad Beauty Habits to Ditch When You Travel

Select the link below for an article on positive habits for airline travel.  I also suggest wearing compression stockings to prevent swelling and using saline nasal spray to keep your nostrils moist on long-haul flights.

Bad Beauty Habits To Ditch When You Travel - Beauty Tips

Bad Beauty Habits To Ditch When You Travel – Beauty Tips


“Bad Beauty Habits to Ditch When You Travel” on Health Perch

IT Cosmetics YSBB™ Your Skin But Better™ CC Cream with SPF 50+ delivers – and how!

While I was disappointed with IT Cosmetics Hello Lashes mascara, I was delighted with IT Cosmetics YSBB™ Your Skin But Better™ CC Cream with SPF 50+.  I received a sample of the CC Cream in the package containing Hello Lashes and the reversible lip liner and liked it so much that I took advantage of the recent F&F event to buy the full size.

It Cosmetics YSBB™ Your Skin But Better™ CC Cream with SPF 50+

It Cosmetics YSBB™ Your Skin But Better™ CC Cream with SPF 50+

When I first applied IT Cosmetics IT Cosmetics YSBB™ Your Skin But Better™ CC Cream with SPF 50+, it felt very soothing. Redness is my main skin complaint, and IT Cosmetics CC Cream covers the redness beautifully. It makes skin look radiant, but not shimmery, as many luminizing foundations do.  The CC Cream also blends seamlessly with my skin: too often, when I use liquid foundation, I get edges that don’t blend, no matter how much I tap-tap-tap with a dampened Beautyblender.

In addition, IT Cosmetics YSBB™ Your Skin But Better™ CC Cream with SPF 50+ s a UVA/UVB broad spectrum physical barrier sunscreen, with titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, but it doesn’t have a whitish cast. While it’s rated SPF 50+ , you probably won’t apply enough to get those benefits. I recommend wearing a colorless sunscreen under the CC Cream: I use LaRoche-Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid, which is a chemical sunscreen.

In short, IT Cosmetics YSBB™ Your Skin But Better™ CC Cream with SPF 50+ delivers on what a BB/CC/DD cream (these sound like cup sizes! 🙂 should be: sunscreen, makeup, and skin care in one multitasking product.

While I’m often typed as “light,” I actually went against the received wisdom and chose Medium. MUA Robert Jones actually recommends slightly deeper makeup for older (cough, cough) women.

IT Cosmetics YSBB™ Your Skin But Better™ CC Cream with SPF 50+ comes in 5 shades (Fair, Light, Medium, Tan and Rich) and costs US $38.00 for 1.08 fl.oz. It is available online from itcosmetics.com, qvc.com, beauty.com, and ulta.com. IT Cosmetics has recently announced that it is now in all Ulta stores.

Have you tried IT Cosmetics YSBB™ Your Skin But Better™ CC Cream with SPF 50+?   How did you like it? Do you have a favorite BB/CC/DD cream?

The Style Page on @thebeautybrains podcast

Hello all,

I was delighted to record a segment for The Beauty Brains podcast: listen to me discuss “pore-minimizing” products about 36:19 into the podcast.

Of course, you’ll want to listen to the entire podcast, in which The Beauty Brains discuss the efficacy of  anti-aging ingredients:  Which anti-aging ingredients REALLY work? The Beauty Brains Show episode 21.

Pixi Glow Tonic restores your skin’s glow

Pixi Glow Tonic is a bestseller in the UK and now has been brought stateside.

Pixi Glow Tonic

Pixi Glow Tonic

What is Pixi Glow Tonic? It’s a toner that contains a low concentration (5%) glycolic acid solution to exfoliate the skin and give it glow. I swear by alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) like glycolic acid to keep my complexion looking smooth. Also, AHAs improve the application of moisturizers, serums, and makeup.

Ingredients: Deionized water, Aloe Vera, Witch Hazel, Horse Chestnut Extracts, Propylene Glycol, Glycolic Acid and Ammonium Glycolate, Hexylene Glycol, Glucose, Fructose, Sucrose, Urea Dextrin, Alanine, Glutamic Acid, Hexylnicotinate, Ginseng Extract, Potassium Alum, Diazolidinyl Urea, Biotin, pixi Natural Fragrant Oil.

Active ingredients: Glycolic Acid-5%, partially neutralized by Ammonium Hydroxide.

Pixi ascribes these benefits to other ingredients:

  • Aloe Vera soothes and hydrates
  • Witch Hazel refines and tightens
  • Glucose and fructose brighten: I knew that there was a positive use for fructose 🙂
  • Ginseng extract is an antioxidant and improves circulation and energizes

There is fragrance in Pixi Glow Tonic, but it’s at the bottom of the ingredient list. It reminds me of fresh-cut meadow flowers.

I’ve incorporated Pixi Glow Tonic in my skin care regimen. I use it twice a week.

To use: follow up your cleansing regimen with Pixi Glow Tonic. First pat skin dry, then apply Pixi Glow Tonic on dry skin with a cotton pad. I use DHC Silky Cotton, which are silk-wrapped cotton pads – also a favorite of the beautyinfozone.com blog (see 6 #beauty sites to follow).

I rate Pixi Glow Tonic 4 (very good) out of 5 points.

Pixi Glow Tonic cost $29.00 for 250 ml/8.5 fl. oz. You may buy Pixi Glow Tonic at pixibeauty.com. It is not available from target.com.

Disclosure: Pixi Glow Tonic was provided to me as a PR sample.

Target’s Beauty Department to Go Upscale: Will It Catch On With Shoppers? | Fashionista

Fashionista.com has a feature about Target’s introducing higher end skin care at its stores: Target’s Beauty Department to Go Upscale: Will It Catch On With Shoppers? | Fashionista.

Target introduces high end skin care

Target introduces high end skin care

Call me skeptical, but several years ago, Target introduced skin and body care brands from all around the world.  After a lot of fanfare, shelf space for these products gradually diminished and ultimately, Target discontinued the brands.

As for me, I hope that the new concept will succeed.  One of the brands to be introduced is 29 by Lydia Mondavi.  I felt honored when Lydia Mondavi called me from the floor the day her 29 Cosmetics line was launched at Neiman Marcus in San Francisco.  Congratulations, Lydia, on the expansion of your brand.

Asian beauty stores in the DC Metro Area

The DC Metro Area hosts a large Asian community, and there are many stores that cater to this market.  Today I’ll introduce you to some Asian beauty stores in the DC Metro Area.

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More Shiseido in Fairfax Circle carries Shiseido, Clé de Peau Beauté, Enprani skin care and makeup, skin care sets, face mask sheets, Darkness beauty implements from Korea, and some unexpected items (underwear!).

Lotte Plaza in Chantilly features a comprehensive selection of international foods.  Grocery shopping in its produce section is a contact sport.  There are so many shoppers there that you can’t maneuver.   Bunny LaRue wrote:

Lotte Plaza is great. I have seen no less than two fist fights there. When they first opened I made the mistake of trying to get some shrimp, I nearly lost my arm. The lady that runs Cinderella is really nice.

Which brings us to the next shop off the beaten beauty path: Cinderella, which is located in the courtyard of Lotte Plaza.  Cinderella carries a wide variety of face mask sheets (which I predict will be the next big thing to come out of Asia after BB cream), Korean skin care, Darkness beauty implements, and cheap costume jewelry.  Don’t let the crowds and craziness dissuade you from going!

While I love shopping at Lotte Plaza for the all the fun things that I can find, Super H Mart in Fairfax is brighter, lighter, and, dare I say, cleaner than Lotte Plaza.  Never mind that when I entered the store, Gangnam Style was blasting through the speakers!

Within Super H Mart is the Amore store, which carries high-end cosmetics and skin care brands from Korea’s Amorepacific Corporation.  The displays are as elegant as anything you’d might find in an upscale department store: skin care sets from Sulwhasoo, Laneige, and IOPE are presented on back-lit display shelves.  I was surprised to find the Sulwhasoo face powder compacts that I wrote about at the Amore Store.  IOPE color cosmetics are also found there.  As can be expected from a Korean beauty emporium, Amore carries Darkness beauty implements and face mask sheets.

Sulwhasoo LE powder compacts

Those Sulwhasoo LE powder compacts!

Across from Amore is the Shiseido store, which carries Shiseido and Clé de Peau Beauté color cosmetics and skin care from Shiseido, Benefique, Qiora, and SK-II.

BTW SK-II is actually a P&G brand, which is why Allure mentions SK-II’s pricey face mask sheets with MUA Pat McGrath, who’s P&G’s global creative director for its beauty brands (Cover Girl, Max Factor, Dolce & Gabbana, and SK-II).

Make Up Plus within Lotte Plaza in Silver Spring carries  Clio makeup from Korea and, of course, skin care, face mask sheets, and Darkness beauty implements.

eCosway is a shoppers’ club in which you pay a $20 VIP membership to get discounts.  For $60, members can recruit other members, who can recruit other members … in other words, a MTM or MLM scheme.  Cosmetics and skin product lines include Beauty Code, Bioglo, L’élan Vital, and Colour Sense.  I suspect that these are all eCosway brands. eCosway also sells cleaning supplies, nutritional supplements, and more.  Does it sound like Amway, but with a brick-and-mortar store?