Rodial Dragon’s Blood Sculpting Gel has been dubbed the ‘liquid facelift’ for many reasons and I have to say after using it for the past month, I’m a big fan. Last month as I wandered around Harvey Nichols I was simply looking to up my hydration. I’d traveled from Los Angeles to London and after a week in the cold weather my lips and face were extremely dry. So, what started as an attempt for a moisture kick, ended in an expensive impulse purchase. I got fully sold into trying Rodial Dragon’s Blood Sculpting Gel. That night, with great buyers remorse after the hefty price tag, I opened the box and only hoped I’d found something amazing. Turns out it was pretty amazing! And, little did I know at that time that beauty Angelina Jolie is thought to be a fan.
I wouldn’t go so far as to compare it with an actual facelift although I haven’t had one. But, it’s certainly a worthwhile step before you get to that point in life. The sculpting gel forms a skin-like film, you can feel it but that’s a good thing in this case, which protects against environmental damage and aggressions. It also reduces redness, true, and inflammation, true.
The key active ingredient, Dragon’s Blood (and where from the product gets its edgy name) is the bright red resin or sap of the sangre de drago tree. It has been using for centuries by ancient cultures for dye, incense, and healing. The red latex of the Sangre de Grado tree, native to South America, reportedly has wound-healing and antioxidant properties. The sap promises to plump aging skin to regain fullness in the face, while also helping to define its natural contours. On top of the product feeling great and filling its promises, the scent is gorgeous. In fact, I would go so far as to say this is my favorite smelling product, with a gorgeously subtle, fruity scent.
So, before I went to bed that night in London I happily touched my face thinking that after only one use my skin already felt silky smooth, soft all over, and much less red. And now 1 month later I’m just as happy to reach for my Dragon’s Blood. If only it wasn’t such an expensive habit!
Key Ingredients & Benefits:
Dragon’s blood – contains phytotherapeutic actives that when applied creates a second skin-like film to protect against free radical damage and stimulates cell regeneration. Anti-inflammatory properties soothe and repair skin and reduce redness.
Collageneer – a patented active ingredient that effectively increases the synthesis of collagen, ensuring skin appears tighter, firmer and more wrinkle-free by promoting the production of high quality collagen.
Volufiline – increases fatty deposits within the skin to
provide a fuller and plumper more line-free appearance.
Commipheroline – renowned for its anti-inflammatory and
immune-stimulant properties, a more line-free appearance is created through a plumping action, by modulating two key mechanisms that activate lipogenesis.
1. Don’t be afraid to try something new. If you’re not one for makeup, this holiday season add a touch of gold or bronze to your bottom lash line for an easy, fun holiday look.
2. Don’t worry about that summer sweat anymore! Find a foundation that is right for you…and the season. During the winter don’t be afraid to put away the tinted moisturizer and try a more full coverage foundation for a flawless long lasting winter look.
3. Do keep a nude gloss and an Elf Eye liner pen in your purse for a quick day to night change.
4. Don’t hesitate to go for a bold lip! If you use a liner and matte lipstick combo your touch ups are going to be minimal! Gloss alone works great, but it makes touching up more frequent. (Favorite tip, after eating completely take off lipstick and reapply. It will last longer than trying to touch up what’s left!)
5. Do give your skin a gorgeous glow. Just because it’s the winter doesn’t mean you can’t look sun kissed! A touch of MAC’s Give Me Sun right below your cheekbones, as a contour gives the perfect finish.
6. It’s winter; DON’T worry about washing your hair every day. That’s why dry shampoo was invented. Suave Dry Shampoo is $3.49. Pick up a bottle and make Saturday night drinks with the girl’s hair last into Sunday’s brunch with the boyfriends parents!
7. Don’t forget to add a touch of color on your cheeks when going for a bold lip. You don’t want the lip to wash you out. Try a mauve for evening and baby pink for day time and it will really make your face pop!
8. And last, but certainly not least, don’t forget to moisturize!! From your skin to your lips, try Maybelline’s Baby Lips chapstick for the lips; and L’Occitane 25% Shea butter face cream for night and day. (If your skin is on the oilier side, try Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer.)
Elle Favorule is a Makeup Artist based in Los Angeles. Her celebrity clientele include Shannon Elizabeth, Kathy Baker, Jessica Lowndes, and Briana Evigan. Elle has traveled all over Europe doing makeup demonstrations and currently works on Film & Television.
As the winter months roll in, skin can start feeling more and more parched, especially as we starting turning up the heat, or moving from the hydration-leaching cold outdoors to the equally hydration-leeching heated indoors. In comes Immerse to save the day. This super hydrating moisture boost smells like a lemon drop, feels like decadent icing, and rescues thirsty skin!
Most serums and moisturizers feel like they either sit on top of my skin or evaporate in seconds. Not so with Immerse. This feels like it seeps into my skin for a velvety application that provides powerhouse hydration! It’s one of those rare products that I feel like my skin craves and adores. Perhaps it’s because Osmosis is a medical skincare line that penetrates past the top layer of the skin, unlike the plethora of lines that just work topically. It’s no wonder, it’s a favorite of skincare professionals and dermatologists.
Created by Dr Ben Johnson with the goal of moving skincare away from aggressive over-exfoliation, Osmosis is made with natural and organic ingredients that are compatible even with the most sensitive of skins. And the anti-inflammatory ingredients in Immerse specifically, makes this product highly effective for post-treatment wound healing.
Loaded with Essential Fatty Acid Omega 6s like Linoleic and Oleic Acid, Antioxidants like Blueberry Seed and Raspberry Seed Oil, and anti-inflammatory Calendula Oil, Osmosis Immerse is feeding your skin with hydrating and healing nutrition!
Linoleic Acid – Important component in our epidermal barrier as they are part of the glycerophospholipids that help maintain the barrier.
Oleic Acid – Important component in our epidermal barrier as they are part of the glycerolphospholipids that help maintain the barrier.
Blueberry Seed Oil- Potent oil very high in antioxidants to support the barrier and squelch free radicals.
Raspberry Seed Oil- Wonderful source of antioxidants combined with barrier supporting lipids.
Calendula Oil – More lipid support combined with the anti-inflamatory benefits of calendula.
D-alpha Tocopherol -Protective antioxidant designed to complement the variety of protectants in the rest of the formula.
Potassium Sorbate – Oil stabilizer.
Essential Oil Blend- Delicious combination of non-sensitizing oils, fragrance free of course.
Skincare has gotten so complicated if we follow all the prescribed steps. Cleanse, tone, treat, moisturize, sunblock, prime. What if there was a product that eliminated half these steps? Well, it has arrived with Heir Atelier’s Ultimate Make Up Prep Facial Serum. You can choose to skip your serum, your moisturizer and your primer with this ingenious multi-tasker. Loaded with peptides to stimulate collagen production, Vitamin C & E to protect, Licorice Root to brighten, Squalene & Jojoba Oils to nourish and hydrate. All that and it’s paraben and silicone free.
Celebrity Make Up Artist Kendra Richards created a beyond elegant serum that disappears right into the skin. Pores and fine lines seem to fade, the skin looks brighter and more radiant, and makeup looks fresh all day! I was so impressed by the dream foundation it creates for make up application. It made my make up look more natural and yet flawless. And it photographs beautifully! It’s no wonder Heir Atelier has found a home in the makeup trailers of TV shows like 666 Park Avenue and The New Normal.
And the packaging is beautifully thought-out! An airless pump dispenser that twists down to safely lock for travel. No explosion of precious product all over your favorite silk top. And there’s more! The price. $38 for an all in one, vitamin and peptide filled serum/moisturizer/primer! And if you are at all dissatisfied with the serum once you’ve tried it, Heir Atelier will accept your return and refund your money! What a risk free way to try something new. But I have a feeling you won’t be retuning it. It’s amazing!
I had the same notions a lot of us do about rubbing oil onto my skin. I assumed this was a recipe for a breakout disaster and although I know my skin could use the nourishment I wouldn’t risk it. Well, I was wrong. Using a natural, essential oil-based product, showed me I had a strong misconception about the results. We have sought out ways to eliminate oil but in turn have created methods of hyper-production. The skin needs oil and therefore when we work hard to remove it, it works harder to replace it creating oilier skin.
“Like cures like, so a little bit of a healthy, plant-based oil on the skin helps the skin stay balanced,” Dr. Hauschka Skin Care CEO Mirran Raphaely told TODAY.com. “The right amount signals to oil glands that they can stop producing. It may sound counter-intuitive, but once you try this method, you’ll never go back.”
Decleor’s Rose D’Orient Soothing SerumPrice: $68.00 This is one of my all-time favorites. It is a skin-soothing serum, helps me with redness in my skin, full of 100% all Natural essential oils for soothing and hydrating the skin. It comforts irritated skin and leaves it feeling soft nourished. This serum is particularly good for sensitive skin and I love the aromatherapy scent, it is a beautiful spa-like fragrance that also feels calming to me. Natural and Organic : 100% Natural, Paraben-free, PETA
Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil – 20ml Price: $24.00 Trilogy’s new advanced formulation Rosehip Oil Antioxidant+ has been named “best natural face oil” in the 2012 Harper’s Bazaar Beauty Hot 100, just six months after launch, in a hat trick (3 years running) for the brand!It is a unique oil containing the nutrients and essential fatty acids that are vital for perfect skin health and a glowing complexion. This super-fine oil absorbs instantly, allowing the skin to breathe while it goes to work to prevent the signs of premature ageing and assisting skin growth and repair.
The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil Price: $9.00 Referred to as a “medicine cabinet must”, this teensy bottle goes a long way in clearing blemishes. Just one drop can take on the nastiest of acne (whiteheads, the stubborn hard red ones etc…), without drying out your skin. It is full of anti-bacterial properties and has a calming minty smell, Tip – use a q-tip for application.
To read more about which natural oils are best for your skin type check out this article at Brichbox.
Tata Harper’s renowned line has become one of my favorite 100% natural product skincare lines in the market. I was introduced to the line by my sister who sells the Tata Harper line in her NYC salons, tenoverten. Having recently had her 1st baby she has become more aware of the chemicals in our daily use products and thus started carrying and using Tata Harper.
I’ve seen a lot press recently on the line and although it is 100% natural there is some dispute about the terminology ‘non-toxic’. This is because essentially all products in the market are technically safe for use. Most ingredients, including parabens and petrolatum, are not dangerous in the concentrations that they are used in skin care products. This is an ongoing debate that I myself struggle with in my personal use and review of products. The subject warrants a dedicated entry. However, for the moment regardless of the actual scientifically proven benefits, I can’t help but feel we’re doing our body good by not absorbing any additional chemicals than needed. This applies to every facet of our lives from beauty products, to food, to paint we use, household products, and many more. Do what you can and if it does the job without them I say carry on!
So, when it comes to doing the job, one of my top picks from the Tata Harper line is the Skin Rejuvenating Serum, it is a stunning product! The serum is packed with 29 natural active ingredients of which 74.82% of the Ingredients are Certified Organic, and 100% of the Ingredients are 100% All-Natural.
The serum used daily definitely improves the appearance of my skin. It gives my skin a dewy look and it feels more nourished which is always key in smoothing out fine lines and having a glow to your skin. That and of course staying hydrated from the inside out. I then use the Tata Harper rebuilding moisturizer or June Jacobs intensive age defying hydrating complex moisturizer, another one of my natural botanical skincare favorites, on top of the serum.
What ingredients do what?
Menyanthes Flower is a powerful skin tonic helping maintain healthy skin cells
Narcissus Bulb extract increases skin cell durability, stimulating the skin to defend itself against environmental damage.
Date Extract Minimize lines and wrinkles with this anti-aging extract.
Alfalfa Extract. Restore a natural glow with nutrient & vitamin rich extract.
Meadowsweet Extract Keeps skin looking dewy and youthful.
Jasmine, Chamomile, Lavender and Immortelle essential oils blend together creating a rich floral fragrance and add their unique skin hydrating, nourishing and balancing qualities to this wonder serum.
My only qualm with the product is it doesn’t have a very long shelf life. Considering the price and how many of the products you use that can be painful. It lasts 1-3 months with daily & nightly use. The short shelf life is attributed to the natural ingredients. All-natural products may contain a preponderance of plant-derived substances conducive to all kinds of unhealthy microbial growth and/or contain nontraditional preservatives or no preservatives at all. Meaning, pay attention to the shelf life and throw it out when it’s time. It’s usually not dangerous but likely the active ingredients will no longer have the same impact if any at all.
One more tip for if you’re acne prone. I would also suggest trying the resurfacing mask. It has a natural source of betahydroxy to reduce surface issues like inflamation, even out redness, and bring glow to the skin.
From the Tata Harper website:
TATA HARPER Skincare was founded by Tata Harper on the essential idea that women no longer have to sacrifice their health to look and feel beautiful. In Vermont on a 1,200 acre farm, she manufactures 100% natural and non-toxic, premium skincare products made from the World’s most sought after ingredients. Some of the ingredients are sourced from around the World, but many are grown on the farm. All research and development, formulations, packaging, marketing and distribution are done in-house, allowing Tata to control every step of the process, from formulation to shipment to a customer.
1. The Many Magical Powers of Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
It’s chemical free and has many uses other than for cooking. Here are some effective ones!
a. Warm a small bowl of the oil and soak your nails for 5-10 minutes to strengthen your nails and soften the skin.
b. Massage the skin using a mixture of the oil and fresh rosemary to soothe sore muscles.
c. For chronically dry hair only, apply a small amount of the oil to your hair for 5 minutes as a deep conditioner. Rinse thoroughly.
2. The key to a great makeup look starts with your skin underneath.
Keep your skin hydrated, clean, and moisturized. Don’t forget the skin on the neck and under the eyes, and tailor your skincare to meet your own skin needs. Also, if you use your hands to put on your makeup, please please please make sure they are very clean! Also, if you use brushes, don’t forget to wash them as well every so often.You can buy solution to keep them sanitary in most beauty supply stores or use a clarifying shampoo such as baby shampoo! Easy!
3. Big, bold false Eyelashes are in this season.
A great technique I have found, is using my finger to help pop the lashes up after gluing them with duo lash glue to get them as close to root as possible and give a great lift. Then I go through and separate the lashes and draw out the ends with an eyebrow/lash brush/comb. I love deep black lashes but you can have some fun with colors like rich browns and sables. Also try playing with colored mascara, such as bright blues or more subtle plums! We also forget about the bottom lashes sometimes, so once your top lashes are dry, you can easily swipe your wand back and forth on the bottom to draw those bottoms out as well.
Jenny Karl owns and runs Jenny Karl Hair and Makeup Agency based in Los Angeles. The agency has a highly trained team of hair and makeup artists, specializing in Airbrush Foundation, Print, Film, Television, Beauty, Fashion, Special Event, Mens and Ethnic hair and makeup.
SPF is the most important anti-aging product you can have in your arsenal! And this is hands down my favorite SPF! Not only is it a great moisturizer but it’s the perfect sunscreen! This physical blocker, which is much safer for your skin then chemical ones, melts into your skin. There is no need to spend forever rubbing it in to get that white cast to disappear nor is it greasy, unlike most physical blockers. And it’s all natural and organic with a high broad spectrum SPF of 40+.
This moisturizing sunscreen absorbs into your skin in seconds and even doubles as a great primer! That’s how well it pairs with makeup, never rubbing off or balling up. On top of all that, it’s excellent for sensitive skin, won’t make you break out, and has a light, barely discernible apricot scent. With the super anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties of Argan Oil (made up of 80% fatty acids) as one of its key ingredients, this product will do wonders to protect your skin against oxidation, the leading cause of premature aging.
As for me, I still use a moisturizer first and treat this as my sunscreen. But then again, I love extra moisture! If you need less hydration, than Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 40+ will be an all in one miracle worker for you!
From the Josie Maran’s site:
-Titanium Dioxide: 9.5%; provides full-spectrum sun protection against UVA/UVB rays.
-Zinc Oxide: 6%; provides full-spectrum sun protection against UVA/UVB rays.
-Argan Oil: Replenishes and repairs skin cells.
-Pomegranate Oil: Contains antioxidants, which improve elasticity and tone of skin.
-Jojoba Oil: Conditions the skin.
What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Synthetic Fragrances
– Synthetic Dyes
Skin Food is truly food for parched skin! Nothing cures flaky patches better. Dry elbows, knees, lips, hands, feet have met their match with this certified natural ointment. Say goodbye to chapped lips, cracked heels and callouses. Overnight, the essential fatty acids and Vitamin E in this intensive, super-moisturizing balm will heal and restore over-stressed, dry skin.
Drawbacks? The thick texture and herby scent might feel greasy and overwhelming to some, but both subside. Personally, I love to slather Skin Food on for baby-soft, resilient skin. I prefer to use this at night to really let it soak in, but it does impart a nice sheen for the daytime, if you like that look. The results? Consistently smooth, radiant and well-fed skin.
Really work/rub it with your fingers before applying it on your face or body.
Mix a bit into your foundation and then apply for a gorgeous, well-nourished, hydrated glow.
Pat some in under your eyes overnight. Any puffiness will have subsided by the time you get up.