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Product Review :: Amala Beauty Rejuvenate

Product Review :: Amala Beauty Rejuvenate

You know how sometimes you find a product that totally lives up to its claims? Such is not often the case when it comes to anti-aging products. Maybe my goals for serums and creams are too lofty. Still, it’s disheartening to get your hopes up and cash in on little results.

Which is why I was so pleasantly surprised by Amala Beauty Rejuvenate products. Wait … that doesn’t even cover what I was. Astounded and pretty dang happy is more like it.

I’m a big fan of facial oils. They soften, smooth, plump, and hydrate skin. And my skin can use all the plumping and hydrating it can get. But, while I sample many different products on a regular basis, my daily skincare routine has remained the same for a long time now. And oils are a big part of it.

The truth is, I’d been feeling the need for some bigger gun products. Yes, I was still getting the smoothness and glow from my favorite oils. But loss of firmness and vitality was an issue I felt needed dealing with.

I received two products from Amala Beauty to test out. They are both from the Brightening line. Something I felt would be a great fit for summertime stories if I liked the products. And I do. More on that soon.

Along with them came a couple of sample-sized testers from the Rejuvenate line. Due to personal experience and a dermatologist recently telling me to keep expectations low where anti-aging skincare is concerned, my hopes for amazing results were in check.

Well, let me just say that these two products chuck those reality checks right out the window. Now that I know skincare can offer real results where wrinkles and loss of firmness are concerned, I won’t be able to help but measure other products to them.

What is this amazing duo? Advanced Firming Concentrate and Targeted Wrinkle Treatment.

So, here’s how I use these two rock stars. In the morning, I pat the concentrate onto clean skin and allow it to soak in for a second or two. They’ve done clinical tests on this stuff that show bigtime results in 1 to 4 weeks, but my skin looked better instantly. Good to know the effects may build over time, though.

Then I go over my trouble spots with the wrinkle treatment (forehead wrinkles, lines around mouth, jawline, and under chin. This roller ball tube feels so good on skin and is fun to use. I let this soak in a bit too before patting on my daily moisturizer.

I swear, my skin hasn’t looked as good in years. I love, love these two products. My complexion looks firm, smooth, and glowing.

Alas, youthful radiance comes with a price. You’ll be handing over around 400 clams for both products. Ouch, I know. But if you think about going in for laser or other invasive treatments this seems like a steal. That’s how I’m choosing to look at it anyway.

I always suggest trying to get ahold of samples before purchasing expensive skincare, or at least checking a brand’s return policy. Amala accepts returns of opened products within 30 days as long as you have the original packaging and less than 30% of the product has been used.

If you buy one or both of these products, would you please let me know your experience? I’d love to see how they work for you!

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some writing to do. Have to make some bank to keep up my new skincare habit.

Your Foundation Match Made Easy

Your Foundation Match Made Easy

Maybe the most difficult makeup feat to pull off is finding your perfect foundation match. Not only are all skin tones slightly different, but (unless you live where the climate stays the same year-round) the color of your complexion changes with the seasons.

If you search tips on choosing foundation, you’ll find plenty of recommendations to get a professional color match. But how many times have you walked out of a department store and hated the color of the foundation you just bought once you get a good, long look in the lighted car mirror?

Department store lighting is not set up to color match (whoever invents indoor lighting that looks like outdoor lighting for department stores will be a gajillionaire!) and only you know what your skin likes. I’m sure some people have found their absolute favorite foundation with the help of a makeup salesperson, but most of the time this is not going to make you happy.

There are several factors that come into play here other than color. Do you want a hydrating foundation or a lighter consistency? Do you want a matte or radiant finish? Are you looking for medium or light coverage? These are all important things to note before embarking on your foundation match journey.

Much time and many dollars later, let’s see how you can DIY the heck out of this whole foundation match business.

6 Steps to Choosing Your Perfect Foundation Match

Step #1 :: Know your skin tone. The foundation you loved last summer, or even at the beginning of winter, may be all wrong right now. Take a long look in a well lit mirror and determine where your skin is at right now, today. Most of us fall in the fair, medium, or dark zone.

Step #2 :: Now, to get your ideal match, you must determine your undertone. This stays the same through changes of season, for the most part, though fair skinned gals may appear more pinkish as winter wears on. There are three undertones … pink, yellow, and neutral. Pink is cool, yellow is warm, and neutral is somewhere in between. A cool foundation on yellow toned skin will look grey. A warm foundation on pink toned skin will look yellow. This step is not difficult, but is super important.

Step# 3 :: What type of coverage are you looking for? A lightweight foundation evens out skin tone and conceals minor discoloration. Medium to full coverage helps with deeper discoloration and in covering acne spots.

Step #4 :: Take your skin type into account. Oily skin types will want to steer clear of overly creamy or hydrating foundations as they may cause skin to breakout or become too shiny. Hydrating foundations make dry skin type more comfortable and prevent the cakey look. Some people prefer a matte finish, while others love a bit of radiance that comes with a slightly luminizing foundation.

Step# 5 :: If you are shopping in store, apply a touch of foundation to an area of your face that a) you always wear makeup on, and b) you can see well. Since you are likely never putting makeup on the back of your hand, this is not suitable for color matching. If you only wear foundation on your T-zone, don’t color match to your cheeks. And it is often advised to swipe a bit of sample product on your jawline. But, unless your eyes are set up differently than mine, it can be dang hard to get a good look at your own jawline. It may not be your dream come true to go shopping with a bare face, so leave an area of your face clean and makeup free for testing shades. This is when bangs come in handy.

Step #6 :: If you are shopping online, track down those juicy product recommendations. These are chock full of great information that a product description often doesn’t deliver. People who’ve used the product can tell if the shade is true to color, if it left their skin greasy or caused zits, if it looks natural or better suited to covering sleeve tats. You get the picture. And order samples wherever possible.

That six-stepper ought to get you on your way. In the meantime, peruse this handy pic of high quality foundations with a little something for everyone.

Clockwise from top left :: Vapour Organic Beauty Atmosphere Luminous FoundationVapour Atmosphere Soft Focus FoundationAlima Pure Liquid Silk FoundationSappho Essential FoundationW3LL People Narcissist Stick FoundationILIA Vivid Foundation Tularosa.

Clean Beauty Picks You’ll Love for January (and beyond)

Clean Beauty Picks You'll Love for January (and beyond)

It’s January! Doesn’t a new year always feel so good? Lots of goals set and good work to do.

I thought we’d kick off 2017 with a round up of good clean beauty items you absolutely have to have. We are stuck in the depths of winter, so of course skin hydration is key. A good glow-inducing skin smoother is also important right about now. Plus something to keep your system in check. Let’s take a peek.

Products You’ll Love for January (and beyond)

Goop Clean Beauty :: As you’ll be able to tell, I’ve been clocking plenty of minutes on goop.com. I bought the new book over the holidays, Goop Clean Beauty, written by the editors at Goop (that Amazon app makes it just too dang easy, I must say). It’s a green-beauty-meets-detox-tips-meets-healthy-recipes-meets-do-this-whole-clean-living-thing-your-way sorta read. Right up my alley. Get your hands on a copy asap.

Vintner's Daughter Active Botanical Serum

Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum :: Oh my goodness, I’ve wanted to try this serum forever. It gets tons of praise in the beauty world, not least importantly by my fave beauty editor of all time, Jean Godfrey-June. So, had to have. And it is just as good as everyone says. This serum contains some of my absolute favorite oils. Avocado oil has such a luxe texture and makes skin feel almost spongey it is so good at plumping. Nothing beats rosehip oil for anti-aging benefits, like brightening the skin, lightening dark spots, and softening lines and wrinkles. Sea buckthorn and turmeric are superstars at giving skin a lit-from-within glow. VD suggests a particular pat and press type method for applying the serum and now I do that with all of my facial oils. Love.

Goop Exfoliating Instant Facial

Goop Exfoliating Instant Facial :: Skin tends to get more sand papery in dry months. It seems like I need to exfoliate every few days right now. As always, don’t overdo the sloughing or you’ll end up with red, irritated skin. This is especially important when winter is already causing skin to become more fragile. I love this treatment because, while it does contain super fine granules, it is not a scrub. This baby uses fruit extracts to loosen and remove dry, dead skin cells. It’s seriously an instant facial. When I need smoothness and glow, I apply a nice layer, wait a minute or two, and rinse. That simple and no scrubbing necessary.

Ashwaganda

Ashwaganda :: I love Dr. Sara Gottfried. She’s a medical doctor who strongly believes in holistic medicine. Her book helped me get my hormones on track and I read pretty much anything she puts out. So, when I came across this article recently I had to check into some of this adaptogen. I wrote more on adaptogens here, and have always meant to get some ashwaganda in my life because Ayurveda loves this guy. It is said to help with both emotional and physical stress (sign me up), boost the immune system (a must for cold and flu season), and help to balance hormones (for sure, yes!).