Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum

A great face serum that is truly active and fortifying is the key to great skin. Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum is one of the rare standout ones. With it’s dry oil texture that feels both nutritious and luxe, it delivers instant gratification to your skin and your senses!

There is a very good reason why for years, this has been a truly, madly, deeply beloved cult favorite. First off, it was a trailblazer in clean, non-toxic beauty with 22 highly active, meticulously extracted, organic, wild-crafted, or sustainably harvested ingredients. Their cold-pressed whole plant formula infuses grape seed oil with the purest most natural form of the flower, herb, etc. over the course of an eight week extraction process. Second, this nutrient dense serum-oil hybrid works on all skin types and penetrates the dermis so deeply and effectively with it’s smaller molecules, that it can truly be your one and only product. Granted, I still can’t manage to bench my vitamin C and peptides. I love playing mixologist and switching it up to keep my skin on its toes. But this Active Botanical Serum does cover all the key bases. It is highly anti-inflammatory, nourishing and regenerating. Chock full of ceramides, phytonutrients, fatty acids, antioxidants and minerals, it tackles skin aging, while hormonally balancing the skin.

I love using Vintner’s recommended push and press method. I warm up 5 drops by rubbing my palms together, sneak in some inhales and then push and press the golden hued oil into my skin. In fact, I push and press everything I put on my skin now. Heating up the product and working it in stimulates blood flow, while increasing penetration. And bonus, the intoxicating aromatherapy benefits alone feel like a rejuvenating spa getaway.

In terms of glow and vibrancy, this treatment is like skin resuscitation! Your skin will be smoother, brighter, stronger, decongested and completely balanced.

Ingredients:

Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil*, Corylus Avellana (Hazelnut) Oil*, Citrus Aurantium var Bergamia(Bergamot) Peel Oil***, Persea Americana (Avocado) Oil**, Calendula officinalis (Marigold) Extract*, Rose Damascena (Rose) Absolute*, Daucus Carota (Carrot) Seed Oil**, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil*, Rosa Rubignosa (Rosehip) Seed Oil*, Citrus x Limon (Lemon) Peel*, Lavandula x Intermedia (Lavender) Flower,* Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Leaf*, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Leaf*, Taraxacum Officinale (Dandelion) Leaf*, Boswellia Carteri (Frankincense) Oil***, Citrus Aurantium var Amara (Neroil) Flower Oil*, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract*, Sea Buckthorn CO2*; Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Extract*, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Oil*, Cupressus Sempervirens (Cypress) Leaf Oil***, Jasmine CO2*, Calophyllum Tacamahaca (Tamanu) Oil*.

All ingredients are organic, wild-crafted, or sustainably harvested from the highest quality growers.

*Indicates Certified Organic.

**Indicates organic but non-certified (from family farms that have been producing the oils for generations).

***Indicates wildcrafted from hand-selected partners in Greece, Spain, and Italy.

From Vintner’s Daughter site:

22 Active Ingredients:

Active Botanical Serum includes 22 of the world’s most nutrient-dense, whole botanicals sourced from conscious growers around the globe. It is not enough to assemble the finest ingredients, you must also honor them throughout your process. To ensure that their full spectrum of nutrition is captured in our formula, we spend three weeks meticulously infusing these incredible plants into our already-powerful foundation oils. As a result of this commitment to the very finest quality sourcing and time-honored formulation methods, our potent formula contains 60+ skin-beautifying vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, antioxidants, phytoceramides, aminos, and omega fatty acids for full-spectrum, skin-beautifying nutrition.

• Alfalfa – MEDICAGO SATIVA LEAF
A potent detoxifier with dense phytonutrient content, alfalfa is critical to those seeking profound cellular regeneration.

• Avocado – PERSEA GRATISSIMA OIL
A nutrient-rich oil that profoundly nourishes and moisturizes skin, avocado also contains skin-firming ceramides and free radical-fighting antioxidants.

• Bergamot – CITRUS AURANTIUM BERGAMIA PEEL OIL
Prized since ancient times for its antioxidant properties, this oil helps to brighten, calm, and balance sensitive and irritated skin.

• Calendula – CALENDULA OFFICINALIS FLOWER
Coveted for centuries for its potent healing and regenerating powers, the deeply hued marigold flower provides incredible antioxidant protection.

• Carrot Seed – DAUCUS CAROTA SATIVA SEED OIL
This supercharged oil is rich in antioxidant vitamin A (as beta-carotene) and is an exceptional at cell regeneration.

• Cypress – CUPRESSUS SEMPERVIRENS LEAF OIL
Cypress has been used since ancient times to reduce redness, calm irritation, and clarify compromised skin.

• Dandelion- TARAXACUM OFFICINALE LEAF
Nutrient-dense dandelion provides potent cellular detoxification and regeneration, critical to a tighter, brighter, more clear complexion.

• Evening Primrose – OENOTHERA BIENNISSEED OIL
A powerful healer and anti-inflammatory, this oil also acts as a serious skin balancer, and is especially beneficial for hormonal skin.

• Frankincense – BOSWELLIA CARTERII OIL
Highly sought-after due to its rare and costly-to-produce status, frankincense increases circulation and is a savior for stressed and troubled skin

• Grape Seed – VITIS VINIFERA SEED OIL
A powerful foundation oil cherished for its multi-correctional activity, our organic grape seed is rich in phytoceramides, vitamins, and antioxidants, which help strengthen and protect skin against free-radical damage.

• Hazelnut – CORYLUS AVELLANA OIL
Another potent foundation oil, hazelnut is rich in linoleic acids which visibly clean and shrink pores. Its small particle size allows our serum to penetrate easily and deliver nutrition deep into dermal layers.

• Jasmine – JASMINUM GRANDIFLORUM FLOWER
As a rare and highly sought-after medicinal oil, jasmine uniquely restores the look of compromised and damaged skin while also strengthening the skin’s protective moisture barrier.

• Lavender – LAVANDULA INTERMEDIA FLOWER
This deeply healing and highly anti-inflammatory flower is particularly helpful for acne-prone skin, thanks to its antibacterial and antiseptic properties.

• Lemon – CITRUS LIMON PEEL
This botanical has been used for ages to diminish discoloration for visibly brighter and more even, clear-looking skin.

• Neroli – CITRUS AURANTIUM AMARA FLOWER OIL
A cherished aromatic oil, neroli has been prescribed since ancient times for skin as well as spiritual health.

• Nettle – URTICA DIOICA LEAF
This botanical is packed with essential phytonutrients to combat oxidative and environmental stress. It also has more of the elasticity-promoting mineral silica than any other plant—meaning bold strides towards firmer, more resilient skin.

• Rose – ROSA DAMASCENA FLOWER OIL
This powerful skin healer and balancer dates back to ancient times – even Cleopatra used it on her skin.

• Rosehip – ROSA CANINASEED OIL
High in antioxidants, linolenic acid, and vitamin A (as beta-carotene), rosehip oil uniquely targets oxidative damage, powerfully repairing, restoring, and brightening skin.

• Rosemary – ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS LEAF
An antimicrobial botanical, rosemary offers powerful assistance in reducing acne, redness, and inflammation.

• Sea Buckthorn – HIPPOPHAE RHAMNOIDES OIL
A deeply nourishing and skin-renewing oil that contains the entire family of omegas: 3, 6, 9, and the rare omega 7.

• Tamanu Tamanu – CALOPHYLLUM TACAMAHACA OIL
Also known as the 30-cure oil, multi-correctional tamanu is prized for its rich fatty acid content, which absorbs easily into the skin and delivers dramatic healing.

• Turmeric – CURCUMA LONGA ROOT OIL
A turbocharged anti-inflammatory, brightener and free radical scavenger, turmeric is a serious skin hero.

Available for $65/ 5ml or $185/ 30ml at:

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Vive Sana Super Crema SPF 20

Where has Vive Sana Serum Crema been all my life? It’s the first 100% natural, 70%+ organic mineral sunscreen I’ve used that truly is one stop shopping. It is an effective serum, moisturizer and physical UVA and UVB blocker. And it’s thankfully one of the rare, extremely well formulated sunblocks that does not use nano zinc, which is destroying our oceans and marine life.

This ceramide-rich, filler-free sunscreen is as clean and natural as it gets. Usually physical sunscreens require a lot of elbow grease to work into the skin and leave a ghostly cast. Not only does the sunscreen not make your skin white or gray, it blends in quickly and adds deep hydration. And because you can work it in so easily, you’re that much more likely to reapply. I’ve never used a sunscreen that makes my skin actually look better as if I had used a blurring primer. A perfect brightening canvas for make up. The other bonus, no pilling whatsoever. It seems to work seemlesy with all of my other skincare and make up products.

Filled with antioxidants and phytonutrients, including my favorite, collagen-boosting and anti-inflammatory Astaxanthin. Considered to be thousands of times stronger than Vitamin C and E, it improves fine lines and wrinkles, prevents sun-damage, promotes skin-elasticity and cellular repair for glowing resilient skin.

Once again, the only drawback is the very high $75 price point. But the good news is you need very little product and one product adds up to 4: your serum, moisturizer, primer and sunscreen with top notch, non-comedogenic, skin healthy ingredients!

With an SPF of 20, Serum Crema has a glowy finish. If you prefer a matte look, Vive Sana also has the Daily Protezione, another beautiful formulation at $55 with an SPF 30.

Ingredients:

Organic Argan Kernel Oil, Green Tea Seed Oil, Organic Safflower Seed Oil, Organic Beeswax, Organic Glycerin, Licorice Root Extract, Astaxanthin Extract, Organic Sunflower Seed Oil, Iron Oxides , Jojoba Esters, Organic Avocado Oil, Organic Apricot Kernel Oil, Rosemary Leaf Extract, Raspberry Seed Oil, Organic Jojoba Seed Oil*, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Zinc Oxide

From Vive Sana’s site:

Feel & Finish

Serum Crema mimics skin structure to absorb on contact, sit comfortably on skin, and to assist the natural barrier. Its natural & organic ingredients provide luxuriously sheer, lightly tinted, brightening coverage, upon which you can apply other products.

When To Use It

Serum Crema designed for everyday use, especially at times when you need a lighter feel, moderate moisturization & sun/pollution protection, a potent antioxidant blend & a glowing finish. 

Qualities

Broad Spectrum SPF 20 ~ 100% Natural ~ 70%+ Certified Organic ~ Pollution-Protective ~ Fragrance-Free ~ Coral Reef-Safe ~ Water & Filler-Free ~ Cruelty Free

Available for $75/ 2oz at:

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BIBA Los Angeles Onerta Plant Stem Cell Peptide Serum

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I can’t talk about the Onerta Plant Stem Cell Peptide Serum without talking about the creator first.  Biba is hands down the best esthetician I’ve had!  I have followed her from location to location for years and years, until she created her permanent home at BIBA Los Angeles.  Her profound love for her craft and deep understanding of skincare has made her a one-of-a-kind. There is no one-size-fits-all approach here.  Everything is customized for your skin and what it needs. And with celebrity clients like Emily Blunt, Miley Cyrus, Emma Roberts and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, the secret is out!

Biba’s passion and knowledge are also embedded in her product line!  My favorite is the firming and nourishing Onerta Plant Stem Cell Peptide Serum.  This sophisticated cocktail is rich with cell-communicating Palmitoyl Tripeptides-5, 38 and cell-protecting Echinacea Plant Stem Cells that help stimulate collagen. And when you add hydration-boosting Hyaluronic Acid, Panthenol and skin rejuvenating CoQ10 to the mix, you have perfect skin nutrition.  Such a highly effective, multi-tasking warrior product!  Skin feels and looks smoother, strengthened and revitalized.

Most Stem Cell and Peptide loaded products tend to be very expensive. Comparatively, Biba’s Serum is reasonable at $80. And like all her products,  it’s organic, vegan, cruelty free, non comedogenic, phthalates and sulfate free. This is a winner for all skin types.

Available for $80/ 1oz at:

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BY TERRY Baume de Rose

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Who wants to spend $60 on a lip balm? Certainly, not I. So how did it happen? Well, it all began when I was leaving my beloved Barneys Love Yourself Beauty Event and I passed the By Terry counter. I was almost out the door when I thought to myself, I keep reading and hearing endlessly about this balm, let me just try a swipe so I can stop wondering. And that was the beginning of the end.

The BY TERRY Baume De Rose is much to my dismay, GLORIOUS!  One application lasts for hours on end, eliminating the need to reapply endlessly. Lips are truly hydrated, not just coated. And the SPF 15 filled pale pink sheen pluses your natural lip color. It’s plumping, creating the illusion of fuller lips, and it makes a great base for keeping lipstick in place. Suprisingly, it also doubles as a cuticle cream. But let’s face it! There’s no way I’m going to waste it on my hands unless I scooped too much on my lips.

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The only thing I’m not a fan of is dipping my finger in to apply it. There is a lip gloss version of it but it does contain less product.  Beside, I wouldn’t want to give up pulling out this gorgeous jar  to apply it. The whole experience of using this somehow feels sensorially fulfilling. The heaviness of the jar, the heavenly rose scent, the substantial consistency, and the resulting baby soft lips. Now if your not a fan of roses, you might be a little less impressed but otherwise, this lip balm is sadly a delightfully luxurious experience. No wonder, it’s a cult classic!

From the By Terry site:

– A lipo-regenerating complex made up of Rose Flower Essential Wax with softening and astringent properties, Pastel Oil to boost cell renewal, and Shea Butter with healing and soothing benefits, supplies strength, nutrition and comfort.- The Hydroskin complex, a combination of filling spheres and active ingredients of lipid origin, provides optimal hydration.- Biotechnological ceramides deliver youthfulness and density thanks to their restructuring and firming action and their smoothing effect.

– Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant, and Sun Protection Factor 15 protect the lips against the harmful effects of light and help to fight against aging.

Available for $60 at:

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T. LeClerc – Loose Powder in Orchidee

T. LeClerc Loose Powder Orchidee

Winter sallowness got you down? Does your skin need a pick me up in general? This excessively finely milled loose powder, brightens the skin beautifully, while seemingly erasing flaws. The pale pink shade might look scary in the tin, but it’s a super power at neutralizing yellows and wiping out exhaustion. Say good-bye to pores and hello to well-rested glowing skin!

The French makeup line, T. LeClerc was born in 1881 and in this competitive modern day market, it continues to thrive thanks to its superior products. Orchidee is one my most beloved. First, I  sweep this very lightly over my face with a fan brush. Then I apply an extra layer over my cheeks for the most natural flush. It makes a gorgeous blush. Then I love to add some around the outer edges of my face for glow and definition. Finally, I gently buff it for a second with my beauty blender sponge (but any sponge will do). Another great multi-tasker, Orchidee also works as an subtle eye brightener, counteracting those dark circles.

T. LeClerc Orchidee

Besides being in love with the quality, texture and tone of this powder, I’m obsessed with the packaging. The gorgeous classic tin is oh-so-deliciously French and the fine net lets you get just the right amount of powder on your brush. And the best part, the rice powder base makes this a friend to the most sensitive of skins.

Available fro $40 at:

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Alcone Non-Latex Make-Up Sponges

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Does latex irritate your skin? Would you rather not chance it? Alcone Non-Latex Make-Up Sponges are the perfect solution.

This is a discovery that I have to credit my sister-in-law with. These velvety staples are water-based, making blending out shadows or applying foundation a joy. You’ll end up using less product since they won’t soak all the water out of your makeup.  And they’re washable and biodegradable, with zero yellowing and no crumbling. These wedges are anything but flimsy. It’s no wonder they are an In Style magazine and industry favorite.

Available for $2.50 for 8 sponges:

http://www.alconeco.com/Products/Tools/Puffs-Sponges/Alcone-s-Non-Latex-Sponges

Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss in Radiant

Smashbox Gloss in RadiantAlert!! Delicious lip gloss color that is sure to be a winner with most skin tones!

I’m hooked on this super-radiant color which is aptly named Radiant. It lights up the face in a natural yet better than natural way.

Sheer and  hyper-moisturizing, this lustrous gloss is slightly plummy/rosy in color, adding just the right amount of kick to this nude!

Wear it alone or on top of any lipstick. Lips look fuller. Face looks brighter and more luminous. A staple for every pout!

Oh, and p.s.: It pairs beautifully with smoky eyes!

Available for S18 at:

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NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base

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The eyelid primer of eyelid primers. Nothing beats out NARS! The tiniest dab on each eyelid and even right underneath your lower lashes (if you are applying liner or eyeshadow there), will keep your makeup in perfect form for hours on end. This is a true workhorse.

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How so little primer can set your eyeshadow in place, along with capturing it’s true intensity, never ceases to amaze me.  No melting makeup, no creasing, no smudging. Eyeshadow looks smooth, vibrant and freshly applied, without your eyelids looking dry and heavy.

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No primer I’ve come across even comes close to this one and I’ve tried all the big guns. The creamy velvety texture of this base melts right into your skin without any tackiness. And although it applies white, it quickly disappears.

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The one drawback? This stuff is so good, it’s hard to wipe away makeup application booboos.  But I’ll take that over eye shadow that’s sitting on my cheeks after a few hours. Oh, and did I mention no creasing? I repeat. No creasing. No fading. NARS  Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base is worth every penny.

Available for $26 at:

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L’Oreal Paris Infallible Le Gloss in Red Fatale

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I know I’ve already reviewed L’Oreal’s Infallible Le Gloss, but this stuff is so good that I had to snatch up more colors. Which lead me to discovering my new favorite long wearing red lip color. Just in time for the Holidays.

Red Fatale is a true red, neutral and opaque, that works with every skintone. In fact, it’s a Gwen Stefani red and she knows her reds. Now, I must confess. I tend to get lazy about wearing bright colors because I hate having to touch them up all day. But this gloss is not only super long-wearing, resisting fading and feathering, it’s also hydrating. But my favorite quality is that L’Oreal has nailed the perfect tone, the perfect hue. It actually makes your skin look brighter, more rested, more radiant. This gloss is truly glow worthy.

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But don’t despair if this red seems overwhelming. Try Cherry Flash (340) for a softer less opaque shade of red. I just couldn’t resist. I had to have both!

Tip: Line your pucker first to get a more defined shape. And don’t rub your lips together when applying. It’ll prevent pushing the color to the edges. Just coat the lips with a layer or two and that’s it. You are good to go for hours!

Available for  $8.49, buy 1, get 1 50% off at:

100% Pure Organic Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream

100 Pure Coffee Bean Eye Cream

Puffy eyes adding some serious baggage to your face? Can’t manage to shrink them down so you can see your pupils? 100% Pure Coffee Bean Eye Cream will be the cure you are looking for.

Through the years, I’ve tried many expensive yet disappointing treatments, but this $19 eye cream is a steal for how effective it is. Loaded with caffeine, antioxidants and vitamins, swelling is reduced while circulation is increased.  And it’s 100% natural, 100% vegan! No parabens. No artificial fragrances. No petrochemicals. No toxins.

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Apply it at night, and wake up in the morning with smooth, hydrated, rested skin. Bags lifted. Eyes hydrated and millia free. Just half pump is perfect for both under-eyes and lids, making it even more cost effective. And it pairs beautifully with concealer for daytime wear. As for dark circles, the results are less dramatic but still impressive. So what more could you want? Fine lines softened? Well it does that too!

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Tip:

Keep it in the fridge for added de-puffing benefits!

Results of an Independent, Clinical Four Week Study

– 97% saw reduction of puffiness
– 87% saw reduction of dark circles
– 93% say it reduced the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles
– 100% say it improved skin hydration & moisturization
– 93% say it improved skin firmness/elasticity

Ingredients: Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice1, Organic Rosa Centifolia Flower Water (Rose Hydrosol)2, Organic Rosa Canina (Rosehip Oil) Seed Extract3, Organic Coffea Arabica (Green Coffee) Seed Extract4, Vitamin E (Tocopherol), Vitamin C (Sodium Ascorbate), Extracts of: Coffea Arabica (Coffee Cherry) Seed, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf, Origanum Vulgare (Oregano) Leaf, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Flower/Leaf, Hydrastis Canadensis (Goldenseal), Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla Absolute) Fruit, Euphorbia Cerifera Cera (Candelilla Wax)

1 Certified Organic by QAI
2 Certified Organic by OTCO
3 Certified Organic by USDA
4 Certified Organic by Hawaii Organic Farmers Association

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