Jan Marini’s C-ESTA Serum

Jan Marini C Esta Serum review by iliketotalkblogThere is no doubt that I’m seriously invested in finding the best skincare products for my skin. I frequently read other people’s reviews and try and test out several different things to find the perfect combo that suits my needs. What I find I need is frequent exfoliation, cleansers I can use 2-3 times a day, a hydrating serum, a reparative serum, and a good moisturizer.  I’ve already had the pleasure of trying out Jan Marini’s Hyla 3D Serum which gives my skin the boost of moisture it needs, but I was on the hunt for something the was reparative and could strengthen my skin from the inside out. Luckily, Jan Marini’s C-ESTA Serum was made available to me and I’ve been loving every drop of it.

Jan Marini C Esta Serum review by iliketotalkblog

I’ve always known and been a fan of topical vitamin C. Vitamin C works as a antioxidant to fight free radical damage, improve collagen synthesis, and can have a brightening effect on the skin. It’s a all-in-one wonder cocktail that truly fights all signs of aging in one. What makes C-ESTA Serum different though is the addition of DMAE, Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamins B5 and E.  DMAE is a skin-firming agent that has anti-inflammatory properties to it. It fends off wrinkles, improves elasticity and generally sounds like the sister to Vitamin C in my book.  I found out that our brain actually MAKES some of this stuff in small quantities. How cool is that?

Hyaluronic Acid is my jam. It’s the first thing I always want to put on my skin so it’s nice this serum already has it in there. Vitamin B5 is also known as pantothenic acid helps keep that much needed moisture in the skin where it belongs, and helps with the skin healing process. Vitamin E is a well known antioxidant that blocks free radical damage and improves moisture levels of the skin.

Jan Marini C Esta Serum review by iliketotalkblog

Because this is a luxury skincare product for me, I appreciate that a single pump works for the entire face. I give the bottle a good shake (as directed) and apply after washing my face. I do feel that there is some sort of granular feel to it at first, but it disappears as I massage it into my skin. I have a few acne marks that dry over and often scar immediately after, but I think they are healing faster and leaving less of a mark behind since using this serum. Since it’s only been a few weeks I can only imagine what a significant amount of time with this product can achieve.

I really should remember to use this all over my neck as well, but I generally reach just beyond the jaw line and stop. This stuff is so good I need to make it last! At the same time — I don’t want my neck and chest to look older than my face. Dilemmas, dilemmas.

You can purchase Jan Marini products through their website and through select skincare professionals. To find out more about this cruelty free brand, you can follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

Powered by BrandBacker

K Beauty From Caprice Clinical

Caprice Clinical Thelavicos review by iliketotalkblogBeing that I get introduced to so many different beauty products out there, it’s surprising I haven’t tried much from the K Beauty (Korean Beauty) market. I remember when BB Creams started to gain momentum here in the U.S, and trying a few brands I heard about, but I never ventured past that single product into the world of their innovative skincare. K Beauty is known to have some of the most advanced formulas in the world, creating products that are effective and appeal to the senses. Seeing that there wasn’t enough effective options out there, Caprice Clinical brought the best in K Beauty to offer by bringing Thelavicos to the states.

Available exclusively online and through professional skincare therapy providers, Thelavicos offers the very best in clinical skincare with a very luxurious feel. If you’ve ever been to a derm or med spa, you know they can be super picky about what they promote — so having Thelavicos chosen as something an office will carry gives it some extra weight in my book.

I was lucky enough to get my hands on two of their products to see what makes them different from the rest. The Thelavicos Nutrition HydroGel Mask and the BioRepair Wrinkle Eye Cream ended up on my doorstep a couple weeks ago and I’ve tried them both out and wanted to share my thoughts with you guys.

Caprice Clinical Thelavicos review by iliketotalkblog

First up was the Nutrition HydroGel Mask. To be honest, I’m usually a bigger fan for masks you apply with brush or your fingers. Sheet masks don’t always fit well and you have to worry if it’ll stay on for the recommended time for it to do it’s work. I will say that this mask fit WAY better than most because it comes in two pieces, and it’s made of a pliable hydrogel material instead of flimsy paper. Because of the durability of the mask, the packaging suggests you can use it up to two times, by carefully placing it back in the pouch and then sealing in a large ziplock to avoid it drying out. This mask is extra juicy! Not only is the gel soaked with “the good stuff”, there is ample amount left in the pouch to give you that second mask time and then some. I was able to squeeze out the remnants and use on extra parts (neck, hands) a couple of times. The mask promises to give you that refreshed, hydrated and plumped look we all live for — and I can say that it 100% left my skin looking and feeling better after using it. After taking off the mask I could immediately notice that those fine lines on under my eyes and on the high points of my cheekbones were flattened out and hydrated. I have deep lines on my forehead and while it didn’t make those disappear, my skin looked incredibly healthy. I’m not familiar with the key ingredients in this mask, but they definitely do something for my skin. Soybean Ferment Extract, Niacinamide, Palmotoyl Tripeptide and Red Ginseng are just a few of the powerhouse ingredients in this mask. Final verdict. This is MUST TRY. You definitely notice a difference when you take of the mask and you will want to use every drop of that liquid gold on your skin because it works!

Caprice Clinical Thelavicos review by iliketotalkblogNext up was the BioRepair Wrinkle Eye Cream. I will confess that I usually forget eye cream. I put on so many other serums and things that eye cream usually falls to the wayside. But being that the mask worked so well for me I was a little more than intrigued to try out the eye cream. This cream promises to fight wrinkles, offer a brightening effect and firm up the delicate skin around the eye area. The ingredient deck lists some things that I was curious to look up, so I thought I would share with you guys what I found out.  Edelweiss flower — known as one of the best natural anti-aging ingredients out there and works as an antioxidant, skin plumper and moisturizer.  Snow Lotus extract works as an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant that nourishes tired skin (hello, new mom under-eye-bags!!), and Soybean Ferment Extract which is nutrient dense component that soothes and replenishes the skin.

Caprice Clinical Thelavicos review by iliketotalkblogI used this cream morning and night — not even using a full pump – more like half a pump for both eyes and found that it absorbed rather quickly and did not interfere with foundation or concealer. Sometimes creams will break down you makeup and you’ll have those creases of excess makeup under your eyes –well, not with this cream. Verdict: definitely a useful product if you remember to actually use eye cream. I hope I will remember now!

Caprice Clinical Thelavicos review by iliketotalkblogCaprice Clinical offers a few other products from Thelavicos, such as their Enzyme Washing Powder, Nutrition Cream, Whitening Vitamin C Serum, and their Most Active Skincare Set.  To find out more about Thelavicos, you can visit the website for more information. You can also follow them on Instagram or Facebook for updates.

Shaving Made Simple With Busy Beauty

busy beauty showerless shave gel review by iliketotalkblogCruelty Free, Vegan Shave Gel

In all the blogging that I do, I love when I come across something that is really innovative in the beauty field. Something that makes life easier, and makes me say, WHY didn’t somebody think of this before!? Today is one of those days, guys. I was introduced to something super nifty and I get to share it with all of you! In the next five minutes you’re going to learn all about why you need Busy Beauty Showerless Shave Gel in your life.

How many of us live super busy lives– so busy in fact, that you may forget to shave a leg (or two) before stepping out of the shower? How many of us might have noticed that we missed a patch after you’ve already dried off, put your pjs on and are laying on the couch? Or worse, at the beach and you noticed a spot you forgot! <> And lastly, how many of us have done weekend overnighters or other sleep over trips and you’re not about to lug around those big, huge metal cans in your travel bag because 1) HUGE and 2) the fear of a pressurized metal can exploding over your toiletry bag is something that haunts you to this day.

If ANY of those situations made you whisper to yourself “me” while raising your hand while reading this on your phone then you need Busy Beauty Showerless Shave Gel.

busy beauty showerless shave gel review by iliketotalkblog

I’m a super busy mom with a toddler that keeps me on my toes at all times. I also work from home. Figuring out that balance is like learning how to juggle with Faberge eggs. I do everything I can to stay organized and on top of things but I’ll be damned, there are things that will just be forgotten, like shaving my legs which happened just two days ago. Since I’m home alone with my little tornado all day we take our baths together. It’s easier, it saves time and I don’t have to worry that the house will be burned down. But there are times that by the time I’m done with her, and we’ve both gotten out of the bath and dried off that I realize I’ve forgotten to take care of one of two major things that make me feel like a new woman after a shower. First being, freshly washed hair and second, having smooth, shaved legs.

busy beauty showerless shave gel review by iliketotalkblog

Lucky for me, I had Busy Beauty Showerless Shave Gel handy so I could do a quick shave on dry skin (dont freak out, I’ll explain) and go on about my night. This unique shave gel doesn’t need any water to activate it, it’s a clear gel that moisturizes, lubricates and prevents irritation from occurring. It has a unique blend of natural oils like Eucalyptus, Ginger, Tea Tree and Oat extracts,  that fight nicks, cuts and ingrown hairs. I just get a few pumps of the clear gel, rub it all over my legs to make a thin film, grab my razor and do what I need to do!

busy beauty showerless shave gel review by iliketotalkblog

I still wipe the blade clean and rinse under water between every couple of swipes so I can get a good, close shave. And any remaining gel left on my legs I rub into my skin to act as a post-shave lotion that moisturizes and hydrates.

Guess what, guys? No redness, and no razor bumps. My skin felt pretty nice the next morning actually! Why did I not having this during my dating days?! I needed this!

Some other juicy details about Busy Beauty Showerless Shave Gel:

  • Vegan and Cruelty Free
  • Alcohol and Paraben Free
  • TSA-approved size for easy travel

For around $10, you can grab yourself a can of this all in one shave gel by visiting their site at www.busy-beauty.com. While you’re at it, give them a follow on their Facebook or Instagram too!