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The Power of Catalyst AC-11

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As we age, our DNA changes and its function declines. The genes that help with cellular repair are no longer able to fully do their jobs, thus, the signs of aging we see on our faces. Catalyst AC-11 DNA Repair Serum, from Osmosis Pür Medical Skincare, features a repair mechanism called Zinc Fingers. Zinc Fingers are critical components of proteins and they provide the tools the skin needs to repair DNA and cellular damage while also stimulating collagen production. Included in this serum is AC-11, a specialized extract of Cat’s Claw that is clinically-proven to increase DNA repair. Creating even more DNA repair, AC-11 also heals and protects the skin from everyday elements, while decreasing inflammation at the same time. With Aloe, Zinc and Vitamin E, this serum creates the most change in the skin without causing any irritation.  OM012-osmosis-pur-medical-skincare-catalyst-ac-11-dna-repair-serum

With a proven, patented combination of Zinc Fingers and AC-11 that shows results in skin tags, broken capillaries, fine lines and wrinkles, scarring and pigmentation, Catalyst AC-11 rejuvenates skin cells from the inside out, permanently reversing the signs of aging for healthier, younger functioning skin.

Suggested usage: Shake lightly and apply 1-2 pumps morning and evening.

Estie find: Shower in luxury!

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nuxe shower oilLather up with this iridescent shower oil.  The product is not actually oil, but a gel that creates delicate foam lather. Don’t let the “shimmering” word scare you away. The tiny gold particles wash away and the skin is left smooth, soft, and beautifully scented. A soft feminine honeysuckle aroma lingers on the skin for hours after you step out of the shower.

This shower oil is also great for shaving, leaving no bumps or irritation, but a nice close, smooth shave. I’ve used it with a wash cloth, and a loofah, but I prefer the loofah because it created a nice foamy lather that spread evenly. I felt the product didn’t create as many suds with a wash cloth. The main reason I love this shower oil is because lotion is optional when I use it. I don’t suffer from dry skin, but some body washes and shower gels I’ve used leave my skin feeling tight and in need of moisture. Not the NUXE shower oil.  It contains sweet almond oil, which penetrates the skin deeply and provides hours of hydration. Sweet almond oil also contains vitamin E, which is an antioxidant that repairs and protects the skin from oxidative stress. The effervescent scent really helps me feel calm at the end of a long day. Give it a try and wash the stress away!

New: Topix Replenix All-Trans-Retinol Enriched Eye Repair

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Okay, it is a mouthful, but it’s amazing!! This is truly an all-in-one eye cream that does what it promises. Insert happy dance here.

As an esthetician, I am constantly reviewing new products. So it’s gets a little harder to impress me after I’ve seen hundreds of formulations and innovations. This product I am actually excited about. Topix left no stone unturned in this remarkable eye cream. It‘s so lightweight I would almost consider it a serum, but it is deeply hydrating without any heaviness. The hyaluronic acid in it binds moisture to the skin and plumps it, giving your eyes a soft, youthful appearance. The hydration lasts all day which is really good news for glasses wearers or for those who suffer with under eye dryness.

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The all-trans retinol is a special formulation of retinol that effectively penetrates to build collagen without irritation. It firms and increases elasticity in the gravity-prone eye area. Vitamins nourish, antioxidants protect from wrinkles. Embilca helps with smoothing the texture. Ceramides restore the skin’s protective barrier. Peptides repair fine lines and wrinkles. Niacinimide, Vitamin K, and arnica all brighten the area and help with dark circles. As with the entire Replenix line, the concentration of the green tea polyphenols gives the product a tan color that dissipates on application.


Wow! This is a really a powerhouse of ingredients that I’m kind of in love with. If you’re tired of wasting money on eye creams that only address one or two concerns, the answer is in this little gray pump!

Are You Looking for Ways to Plump Up Your Pout?

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LipFusion XL Micro Injected Collagen Lip Plump is the plumping lip product that everyone should have in their beauty regimen. Yes, injectable fillers can give you this look, but it is temporary and costly. By applying this lip plumper as a nighttime treatment, you will double up in size and smoothness.

LipFusion XL Micro Injected Collagen Lip Plump contains key ingredients that deliver immediate results with increased volume and visible fill. This lip plumper contains Marine Collagen and Hyaluronic Acid for maximum plumping. Hyaluronic Acid retains one hundred times its water weight, resulting in fuller lips. As we age our lips lose some of their volume and natural moisture, so we can understand why it is a goal to get those youthful pouts back.

After using LipFusion XL Micro Collagen Lip Plump as a night treatment, you will wake up to plump, hydrated, firm lips. This lip product has a great spearmint flavor and gives your lips a cool tingly feeling. This gloss is not sticky, makes your lips feel fabulous, and won’t make your boyfriend refuse to kiss you. Get ready for Valentine’s Day with this amazing lip plumper. FU013-fusion-beauty-lipfusion-xl-micro-injected-collagen-lip-plump

Wei above the rest!

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Who doesn’t love the detoxifying, refreshing results of a mud mask? While most mud masks will dry out, and become tight on your skin, this mask is created using super-soft facial mud created out of pure China Clay, which nourishes and hydrates as it is detoxifying. Wei’s Purifying Mud Mask is formulated with seven herbs led by Golden Root, which deeply penetrate into skin and help counteract cell damage. It helps to eradicate any debris from your skin including, but not limited to, environmental pollutants and excess oils. Allergy and Dermatologist-tested, this mud mask is great for any skin type. Even those with sensitive skin may use this mask, because of the hydrating and nourishing benefits.


We love this mask!  It is not only because of all of the amazing benefits, but also because it comes in small pods with a reusable application brush. This packaging provides optimum freshness for your product and the application brush allows for mess-free, even application of your mask. Another reason that we love this mask is because it is free from parabens, sulfates and phthalates, providing some of the best results for your skin without any fillers or preservatives that may irritate it.
The Wei Golden Root Purifying Mud Mask claims that it minimizes pores, diminishes breakouts, refines skin texture, and renews lifeless-looking skin. This detoxifying, gentle mud mask does all that and more! With a minimum of eight applications, this would be the perfect mud mask for any skin type to use on a weekly basis.

Estie Find Alert: Quench Your Skin with Algae!

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PT270-peter-thomas-roth-blue-marine-algae-maskI have an amazing find that I want to share with all my dehydrated ladies:

Peter Thomas Roth Blue Marine Algae Mask.

This mask is a powerhouse! We are talking about a nutrient-rich hydrating treatment that helps soothe and nourish skin with blue marine algae and other potent humectants. This gel mask helps prevent dehydration by retaining healthy water levels in skin over extended periods and through the most intense climatic conditions.

Blue Marine Algae is a nourishing seaweed that infuses skin with nutrients and humectants to help defend against dehydration and prevent future damage. Antarcticine, a unique glycoprotein sourced from Arctic glacial ice, helps skin retain water and protects against water loss in extreme climates or temperatures. Tea, sourced from the Jeju Islands of Korea, delivers deep nourishment and abundant moisture, leaving skin instantly hydrated and smooth with a healthy, dewy glow.

Over time, as the treatment balances skin’s hydration levels, fine dehydration lines are diminished.


• Suitable for all skin types.
• Hydrates and nourishes skin.
• Helps skin retain water.

Cleanse your way to Radiant Skin!

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The softest brush head (besides the LUXE Cashmere) delivers a gentle yet effective cleanse.  I switched from the Sensitive Brush Head because I felt it was too harsh for my skin.   I do suffer from hyperpigmentation. The dense plush bristles of the Sonic Radiance Brush head feels great and is gentle enough to use twice a day.

After 12 weeks of use, my skin appears clearer and my occasional breakouts are at bay.  I do feel the glow I have is attributed to switching to this brush head as I have not changed anything else in my skin care regimen.

In the AM, I apply a small amount of the First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser to the dampened brush head and cleanse on the lowest speed of my Mia 2.  At night, I remove all makeup with the Eve Lom Cleanser and muslin cloth, and then follow up with the Neova purifying cleanser. Using both a creamy and gel cleanser works well at balancing combination skin types, and the Sonic Radiance Brush head is an awesome addition to my cleansing routine.  If you’re a new Clarisonic user and suffer from loss of radiance, mild hyperpigmentation, or have skin sensitivities, I highly recommend you give this brush head a try.

Why Cleanse?

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Cleansing your skin is the starting point of any regimen and it is important to do it both morning and night. The purpose in the AM is to wash off any residue your skin has purged during its natural repair cycle, which happens while you sleep. This also gives your makeup a smooth canvas to start. If you use an exfoliating cleanser, morning is an ideal time. At night, you cleanse again to wash off any makeup, dirt, and environmental pollution that can clog pores and cause wrinkles. lady

Although they can vary in ingredients, the function of all cleansers is the same: to keep your complexion fresh and clean. You can use the same cleanser morning and night. If your budget allows, it is also very beneficial to use an exfoliating cleanser in the morning and a more moisturizing cleanser at night. Or, vice versa, depending on your skin type.

How do I know which cleanser is right for me? Well, preference of texture is a big factor. If you love a gel cleanser I probably won’t be able to convince you to use a creamy cleanser. But there are certain textures that cater to specific skin types. There are exceptions but in general the following tips apply:

If you have dry skin, you will probably prefer a creamy cleanser or a cleansing bar. Creamy cleansers can be soothing and moisturizing to a dry or irritated skin type. Most remove make up, are gentle and effective.

Normal-to-combination skin types are usually well-served by a foaming cleanser, which are available in creamy or gel formulations. They help balance the oil in the t-zone and hydrate the drier cheek areas.

The oily and acne-prone types really benefit from gel cleansers. Gels tend to be more oil absorbing. You can also find them with acne–fighting ingredients like Salicylic Acid. Typically oily skin is more tolerant than the other skin types and can handle stronger acids.

Cleansing oils are a great option for all skin types. They can be a bit harder to fully remove so a second rinse might be required. Oils are excellent for breaking up long-wear makeup. Micellar waters or “waterless” cleansers are really handy for the woman on the move. Just swipe on and no rinsing is needed. Another all-skin type option is cleansing bars. They are available for each skin type as well, so you just have to know what suits you best. Bars with good ingredients are a great option for men as well.

As always, if you need help determining your skin type or would like personalized product recommendations, please call to speak with one of our estheticians. We are happy to help!

Nurture Your Neck – Top Neck Creams

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As we age, our necks tend to show more lines and even give in to gravity a bit. Yet the skin is thin and a little more sensitive to aggressive treatments. So it’s best to take care when dealing with this delicate area. Here are our top choices:

NeoStrata Skin Active Triple Firming Neck Cream is brand new to SkinStore and is expected to fly off neostrata neckour shelves. This dermatologist-formulated brand really delivers results. What you get in this dream formulation is tightening, firming, collagen and volume-building, and a bit of exfoliation to smooth the surface of the skin. It has a light, creamy texture that feels luxurious. The brand is a proven winner and we are so excited they have launched a neck-firming product.

Alchimie Forever Firming Gel for Neck and Bust is a bestseller for the neck-firming category. With 15 reviews giving this product an average of 5 out of 5 stars, you know it has to be good! Formulated by a dermatologist in Switzerland, this gel will provide lifting, tightening and firming as well as lessen dark spots and repair damage. Now that’s what we call turning back time! It has a refreshing smell of rosemary that dissipates quickly.

Last, but not least, the Strivectin TL Neck Cream offers instant and cumulative results in this hydrating, collagen-building cream. It’s perfect to use before a night on the town. It will strengthen and dramatically help with sagging skin. This is an ultra-rich cream formulation. Perfect for dry skin, but it can be used on all skin types.
Whichever you choose, you’re bound to feel a little more confident with firmer, younger looking skin!

Be Rid of the Red!

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My fave new-to-me treatment product is the Topix Replenix Power of Three. This amazing skin saver has reduced my rosy cheeks back to a healthy glow, evened my complexion, and deeply hydrated my winterized skin. power of three

The power comes from three great ingredients. I get superior antioxidant protection with Resveratrol from red wine and Green Tea. They even take it a step further and use Caffeine USP to enhance the properties of the Green Tea! Additionally, the Hyaluronic Acid keeps the moisture bound to my skin and creates a youthful plumping effect.
This comes in two great formulations, Cream or Serum. The cream is in texture only. You would still use a moisturizer over it. I use their Topix Replenix Sheer Physical Sunscreen Cream SPF 50 during the day. I really love that as well, but will save those details for another time. The serum would be appropriate for combination-to-oily skin types and for the acne prone. Both are lightweight, fast-absorbing and ideal for those with rosacea or sensitive skin. Just a side note: the concentration of the Green Tea causes the product to appear as what they call a tan color. I think it would be comparable to a medium foundation shade.
Last but not least, I give it props on the packaging with their lid-less pump design. It’s really handy and there’s no lid to lose. I also whole-heartedly agree with the reviewers on our site that rate this product 5 stars! You deserve a 5-Star serum because after all, you are a 5-Star woman!

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