Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster Review

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Knowing me, you probably have already figured out that I can’t live without serums and different types of skin boosters. Anything that helps me improve my skin, is a must-have, must-try or at least a must-see. So when I received Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster from iFabbo, I was more than excited to try it out. Plus I was running out of the serum I’ve been using, and this one became a perfect substitute.

So what is Dermalogica skin hydrating booster? It’s a super hydrating fluid that intensely moisturizes thirsty skin as it smoothes and minimizes fine lines and wrinkles. It’s water-based and non-greasy, plus contains Hyaluronic Acid, which holds 1000 times its weight in water for powerful hydration.

Other key ingredients include Panthenol, Glycolipids, and Algae Extract to help skin repair and restore moisture balance. There are no artificial colors and fragrances in Dermalogica products.

To use, I simply squeeze a little bit of product on my hand, and work into my skin. I only use it at night, before bed, and put my favorite night time moisturizer on top. You can mix this Skin Hydrating Booster with your favorite moisturizer to use during the day. But I always feel like my skin rests and restores at night. If I notice it becoming dry throughout the day, I will definitely start using this product in the AM as well.

The product is expensive, $56 for 1 oz. Though almost all high end serums with Hyaluronic Acid are in that price range, and that’s not surprising, because the product really works. After only a couple of times using it, I noticed my skin feeling softer, glowing, and firm. I am in absolute awe with this serum and what Dermalogica did once again – created another wonderful product to help us fight aging.

Pros:

– Perfect for my T-zoned skin and, from the other reviews I read, oily skin.

– Absorbs quickly.

– Hydrates and moisturizes.

– Doesn’t cause breakouts on my type of skin.

– Perfect addition to my night time beauty routine.

– Amazing ingredients.

Cons:

– Expensive! Ouch!

– Value/Money ratio seems too low. I have a feeling I am going to go through this 1 oz container of product in less than a month.

In the end of the day I love this stuff and the wonderful things it does for my skin. Have you tried the Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster? What did you think? What serums (if any) do you use?

Happy Tuesday! I am off to another photo shoot today! Can’t wait to share an exciting new project and a local fashion artist with you soon!

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Follow #DermalogicaHydrates on social media for more info about this product. And get 15 % off any Booster purchase with the code BOOST until May 31!

 

Is Becca Really The One?

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Today I am going to tell you a story of a $50 makeup brush ($49 + tax to be exact) that is going to change your life, and the way you apply makeup everyday. Becca brush is The One Perfecting Brush.

From start to finish, primer to powder, The One Perfecting Brush can be used with liquids, creams, powders and anything in between. Non-porous, high-quality goat hair allows product to sit on top of bristles rather than absorbing, ensuring a seamless application with no wasted product. It can be used effectively as a foundation brush, powder brush, contour brush, bronzer brush, stipple brush, blush brush, fan brush, concealer brush, kabuki, or sponge.

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Size matters: Have you seen this thing? It’s huge! And makes the application of my favorite Cover Girl loose powder so much faster! I save about a minute every morning!

Know your how: Using this brush is no piece of cake, make sure to read the instructions and use each side as directed. This is the most important concept of this brush. It’s versatility allows you to narrow your brush collection to minimum, but you need to learn to use it! And use it correctly.

With foundation:
-Using the broad side of the brush, sweep foundation horizontally across forehead and then move to cheeks and chin.
-Finish by sweeping vertically down the nose using the narrow surface of the brush.

With highlighter: 
-Using the narrow surface of the brush, sweep illuminator down the tops of cheekbones and down the bridge of nose.

With mineral bronzing powder or contour enhancer: 
-Using the narrow surface of the brush, sweep brush under cheekbones, down sides of nose, and around temples.

With blush or beach tint: 
-Using the corner of the brush, buff into apples of cheeks using a circular motion and blend out.

The brush is great, beauty bloggers are swooning all over it on Twitter and Instagram. I got it through my iFabbo membership (READ: free), and was definitely impressed. The brush doesn’t shed, the bristles are natural, soft to the touch and pleasant against the skin. This product has definitely been though through and marketed the right way.

But I am going to be honest with you, has this brush substituted all my other brushes? No! I can’t use a brush to apply powder that I have just dipped into my foundation. Even if it’s all the way across on the other end of it. I have been using it to apply powder and create finishing touches. I will keep using Becca brush, and love it, and play with it. And I am ever so grateful I was able to try it out for free.

Happy Wednesday!

Zhenya

For more information and to contact the brand, use these handles/hashtags – @BECCA_COSMETICS #BeccaTheOne

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Perlier Imperial Honey Body Butter Review

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  • Formulated with the honey of black bees and royal jelly
  • Nourishes skin with moisture
  • Leaves skin pleasantly scented with the sensual notes of honey and oriental woods
  • Perfect for year-round use

6.7 oz of goodness.

6.7 oz of inedible goodness.

That’s the Perlier Imperial Body Butter for you!

But it smells just like the Greek Honey Yogurt from Kowalski’s!

I still can’t get over it, the smell!

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The product is beautifully and wonderfully done, the gold packaging speaks to my heart. The creamy thick texture speaks to my skin, going through a rough time (quiet literally). The moisturizing effect is amazing.

But the smell, I just want to get my spoon out and eat it! I really do!

You know I never rush to review a product, even if it was received for free, or in this case through iFabbo (who you should totally check out if you are a fashion/beauty blogger!) I want to make sure I try it out first, and not just once. I will admit that by the end of week 1 of using this I want to eat it less. But the urge is especially strong right when I open the jar.

I love the moisturizing effects, especially on my hands and feet and will definitely use this product. But it is not something that I would buy at a store. First of all the price is a little much for me $40 for the 6.7 oz, second the smell! It stops me! It really does and maybe by the time I reach the bottom of the jar I’ll be okay with it, this will always be the body butter that smelled like Greek Yogurt (which of course I now have a craving for)

So I am going grocery shopping at 10.30 pm, but I would love to hear your opinions, comments, etc.

Are you a member of any networks that send out free products? What do you think of the product I described above? And what body lotion would you recommend for the winter months?

Find Perlier on social media using these tags: @PerlierUSA #PerlierOnHSN

And as a courtesy to my readers iFabbo and Perlier offer a special discount on the HSN purchases, just enter iFabbo5 at the checkout to get $5 off.

Happy Hump Day! See you again tomorrow for Thrift Style Thursday!

Xx,

Z

Disclosure: Even though this is a PR post, the opinions and ramblings are 100% unique and my own. 

Perlier Volcanic Thermo Scrub Review

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How do you write a product review on a product that you liked so much that you used it up in less than 4 weeks? Is that how long the Perlier Scrub was supposed to last me? I wish one jar would last for months! But my love for exfoliation knows no boundaries…

So what is the scrub all about? And why do I prefer it to the homemade ones, the recipes for which are flooding beauty blogs?

  • Complex of key ingredients contains water from the hot spring concession located in the municipality of Abana Terme (Padua)
  • Helps optimize skin’s elasticity for a more youthful appearance
  • Helps combat visible signs of aging such as the appearance of dull-looking skin
  • Formulated with key ingredients that are rich in mineral salts
  • Contains minerals of different particle size for dual rejuvenating and smoothing beauty action
  • Finer powders smooth skin and rough areas

Made in Italy ( <——– That’s what lured me in!)

The consistency of the product is just right, it’s not too thin and not too thick. Though I think that due to the consistency you end up using more product than you really should. And that’s why I ran out of the scrub in less than a month.

Next the price – it’s $25 per jar. So if we quickly do the math here, it would cost me $300 a year. And that is not the amount I am willing to spend.

The scent is another criteria I want to mention. I personally don’t have any issues with scents, but read other reviews where bloggers say it’s too strong. So beware! I personally think it’s a unisex scent!

It works great on your skin though, leaving it smooth and exfoliated. I have used it all over my body, and my elbows and heels are definitely the areas that needed exfoliation the most, and the scrub worked great! I am more than happy with the result.

Overall it is a good product, that is overpriced so if you have the money to spend – I’ll say go for it. But there are cheaper versions out there. You can find out more about the scrub and other Perlier products on Twitter @perlierUSA #PerlierOnHSN

Happy Monday,

Z

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1.5 oz of Hydroxatone Anti-Aging BB Cream

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Hello and welcome to the Beauty Week on Being Zhenya! Today I am going review a BB cream by Hydroxatone (#BetterBB), which arrived in my mail box a couple of weeks ago! See, I’ve recently joined iFabbo and this was one of the first products I “bought”!

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I don’t think you know, but I’m the biggest BB Cream fanatic out there! I don’t use foundations anymore. There is no point, especially during the summer when it’s so hot and I’m outside a lot whether for work, gardening or sailing!

So let’s talk this BB!

The manufacturer claims that it:

– Shields the skin with powerful broad spectrum SPF 40,

– Protects from the elements and oxidative stress with potent antioxidants,

– Soothes and nourishes with natural anti-irritants and vitamins,

– Evens out skin tone and brightens dullness and discoloration with active Vitamin C and advanced encapsulated peptide,

– Reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and overall skin aging, as it firms and lifts, making skin instantly look flawless and more youthful!

And here is what I have to say: 

First of all it came in a bigger size than what the website said! More product for me said I and put it right on my dresser!
Second, the SPF factor in this BB is 40! How awesome is that? We need all the sun protection we can get these days, especially me, since I am in my late 20’s.
Third, the tone matched my skin perfectly (I got Medium shade), but it did go on quiet thick and the color was lighter than after I blended it in!

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Fourth, the retail value of this was almost $50, and I got it free, nothing beats that, does it?
Fifth, it is lightly scented, and I know to some of you that may be a downside, but I actually like it!
Now let’s talk application:
In spite of the fact that it’s a cream, I always wear a moisturizer underneath. I spread my BB with fingertips and use a powder finish on top. Plus add blush. I haven’t been using bronzer as much this summer, because I’ve been getting so tan.

Stay tuned for my Go-to Summer (hot weather) Make-up Tutorial later this week!

Have a great Sunday!

Xx,

Z