WILDLING EMPRESS STONE

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Free Botox?  Free facelift?  Wildling’s $65 Empress Gua Sha tool is the best one-time investment you can make for plumped, lifted revitalized skin.

Not gonna lie.  Wasn’t expecting the immediate visible results.  Blows my mind how effective using this beautiful grooved tool is.  The curved side can be used around your cheekbones, jawline and throat, while the comb-like side can break up muscle tension along the sides you neck or your forehead.  This ancient detoxifying Bian stone contains over 40 healing trace elements and minerals.  Now yes, it does require a small commitment to a brief daily practice, but the results are just as fast as Botox, without the atrophying of facial muscles caused by long-term botox use. 

As you essentially foam roll, or in this case, stone roll your skin, you quickly stimulate circulation by loosening up the overstressed tight fascia (the connective mesh-like tissue right below the skin that supports and encapsulates our muscles and organs).  This process of firmly rolling the skin drains and detoxifies the lymphatic system  on a cellular level and releases muscle tension, while lengthening the fascia that are preventing optimal circulation.  This in turns softens, sculpts and rejuvenates the  skin.  Think of it as deep healing bodywork for the face.  The lymphatic drainage alone that releases those pockets of fluid retention instantly depuffs and lifts your skin, making frown lines disappear. Not exaggerating.  It even works wonders for headaches, TMJ and tight neck muscles. 

What makes me love the Wildling Empress Stone even more thoughtful is that the system is the well-rounded brainchild of an herbalist, an acupuncturist, and a holistic aesthetician.  They have created a delicious Empress Oil and Tonic that pair beautifully with Gua Sha.   And lucky for us, their site and Instagram are chock-full of great tutorials on how to use this insanely effective tool. 

Available for $65 at:

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REFLEKT 1 DAILY EXFOLIATING FACE WASH

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I never thought I could praise a face wash, but here it goes.

Reflekt 1 is a do-it-all, nontoxic cleanser super star! Not only is it clean, paraben-free, sulfate-free, and not tested on animals, but it also works! It exfoliates your skin gently but effectively. It removes makeup fully and swiftly. And it leaves your skin truly hydrated, while still feeling thoroughly cleansed, instead of stripped.

Now, I have tried many an exfoliating cleanser before.  They have either been good at cleansing but lackluster at exfoliation, or good at exfoliating, but with me needing to pull out my Bioderma to get rid of leftover makeup. Reflekt, on the other hand, is one-stop shopping. No need for a separate exfoliator or makeup remover. And you need the smallest quarter-sized dollop to get the job done.

And then there are the aesthetics. Clean design, with a twist top, instead of a messy removable cap.

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And lastly, my favorite thing of all, is the pH level. So many products do not take our skin’s optimal pH level of about 5.5 into consideration. A low pH will make your skin feel oily, while a high pH will dry it out. Reflekt protects and fortifies your skin by using the optimum pH.

Twice a day cleansing with this face wash, has left my skin brighter, softer, more refined, nourished and stronger. And bonus my pores have thankfully shrunk.

From Reflekt’s site:

A big part of Reflekt 1’s magic lies in something very tiny—our proprietary jojoba esters bead. It took scores of trials to get the formulation just right, but when we got it, we knew. How it works: When you wash your face with Reflekt 1, the beads first gently exfoliate and remove dead skin. Thanks to contact with tepid water and the warmth of your face, the beads then melt and infuse skin with a burst of hydrating jojoba esters. And unlike the buffing agents in the caustic scrubs you’ll find elsewhere, these beads are smooth and gentle, suitable for even the most delicate of skin types. Use with confidence.

Key Ingredients:

Hyaluronic Acid, Jojoba Esters, Vegetable Collagen, Vitamin B5

Full Ingredients:

Aqua (Water), Coco Glucoside, Glycerin, Jojoba Esters, Sorbitol, Hyaluronic Acid, Vegetable Collagen, Vitamin B5, Lauryl Glucoside, Hamamelis Virginiana Extract, Acrylates/c10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Disodium Edta, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Lauryl, Glucose Carboxylate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Ci 42090, Ci 19140, Parfum (Fragrance).

Available for $48.00 at:

Reflekt Skincare

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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:

L’Oreal Infallible Lip Gloss

The future in lip gloss is here with the L’Oreal Infallible collection. This long-wearing lip gloss lives up to its name. Lasting for hours while retaining the gloss in lip gloss. Most long-wearing products fail to live up to their claims or to maintain their glossiness. They end up dry, patchy, faded and gummy.

L’Oreal’s Infallible beats them to a pulp, with zero dryness, high shine, and relentless longevity! A feat in lip technology. Not only that but both the original and the plumping version have a plumping effect. And you only need one coat. Lips look defined, full, and lustrous for hours on end. It’s no wonder it was Allure’s 2012 Readers Choice Award Winner!

May favorite colors: Infallible Lip Glos in Bloom and Infallible Plumped Lip Gloss in Plumped Coral.

One con: The 8 hour claims seems like a bit of an exaggeration in my opinion. 3-5 is the wear I give. But I certainly haven’t tried anything that comes that close before.

From the site:

The proof is in the wear.

  • Available in 20 Infallible(TM) shades.
  • Formulated with a Shine-fix Complex, which combines color and shine for wear that lasts longer.

Infallible® 8HR Gloss has an improved hydrating formula that keeps lips softer, smoother, more colorful and glossier for eight shining hours. The patented Petit Couer applicator contours lips precisely, giving you a smooth, even, flawless finish every time. Available in a range of 20 sheer, luminous shades that stay true without changing, fading or dulling. Use it together with Infallible™ Never Fail Makeup for a perfectly polished, long-lasting look. No top coats. No feathering. No fading. It has to be Infallible™.

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

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