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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

Customized Skincare With Sonya Dakar

sonya-dakar-skincare facial review by iliketotalkblogThis week I was invited to the Sonya Dakar Skin Clinic located in Beverly Hills. It’s very recognizable building from when I used to live in the LA area and visit my (then boyfriend, now husband) who lived in Westwood. What I didn’t know about it was that there is a fabulous rooftop fit for a pampering facial and taking in all the sights that Beverly Hills has to offer. There was no way I could to pass up this opportunity to get a signature facial treatment and a customized skincare routine made just for me.

I arrived with my fellow blogger, Jen from My Beauty Bunny and was greeted first by the skincare guru herself, Sonya and later by her daughter, Mimi who is the director for the clinic. They had a bit of hazy day weather which actually worked out perfectly for the treatments that followed.

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You guys, if you’ve never had a rooftop facial. Do yourself a favor and book one for yourself and call it your Mother’s Day and Christmas present treat to yourself!! You gotta do it! Our Estheticians had us lay down and wrapped us up in cozy blankets as we shut our eyes and they went to work. A quick analysis of my skin showed it was combination with some current breakouts. Somehow she was able to tell I was a coffee drinker, how much water I had recently and if I had any chocolate (confession: I had a pint of Halo Top Chocolate Ice cream the night before). How did she know that stuff? I was impressed. She asked about my breakouts which led to me talking about being a new mom and to my pleasant surprise she took my treatment up a notch by letting me know this was my time to relax–she wasn’t going to say a word, just sleep, because as a new mom you never get to. Heaven to my ears! I literally DOZED off near the end of my facial. It was fabulous. Clean skin, a nice arm massage, a quick cat nap, and kid-free time. What else could I ask for?

sonya-dakar-skincare facial review by iliketotalkblogAfter our facials were followed by a quick recap of the products used and recommended by our skin specialists. Mimi took the time to explain each product specifically chosen for each of us. She also explained how Sonya was one of the first to use probiotics and botanically based ingredients in her coveted skincare line. I felt like I was being let in on a skincare secret only the celebs find out about! But don’t worry, I’m going to share with you guys! I was sent home with:

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Silver Clarifying Wash: This clear liquid gel uses probiotics and silver ions to fight acne causing bacteria and unclog pores. I had a pretty big monster on my forehead so it was perfect timing I got this. It has no fragrance and is 99% natural. It’s also paraben free and uses rosemary oil to prevent spoilage.

sonya-dakar-skincare facial review by iliketotalkblogVolcano Mask: A non-drying mask that purges the skin of acne spots while helping minimize pores. HELLO. Already my favorite product if it helps pore size. This is great for those oily areas of the skin to help control excess oil and draw out impurities in the skin. I don’t like masks that dry like a hard clay so using a comfortable one that will fight pimples is a winner for me.

sonya-dakar-skincare facial review by iliketotalkblogNano Hydrator: Because I’ve started to wear makeup more often again it’s important that I use a very lightweight moisturizer so I don’t feel that I have layers caked on. The Nano Hydrator is perfect in that is absorbs quickly and works as an anti-aging treatment with it’s nano stem cell complex. It’s rich in antioxidants to fight free radicals and feels comfortable on the skin.

sonya-dakar-skincare facial review by iliketotalkblogOrganic Omega Booster: We found out that Sonya LOVES using oils so it’s no wonder that her most popular product is the Organic Omega Booster which is rich in Omegas 3, 6 and 9. This product is available in two versions (depending on your skin type) and works great as a PM treatment for me. My skin feels like silk with just a few drops added on top of the Nano Hydrator. Not only does it nourish and hydrate my skin, it helps balance oil production in those areas that like to work overtime.

sonya-dakar-skincare facial review by iliketotalkblogDaily Shield SPF 30: If there is one feeling I loathe on my skin is a heavy sunscreen and Sonya Dakar’s Daily Shield feels nothing like the typical sunscreen we are all used to. Very lightweight, and provides full UVA/UVB protection for maximum anti-aging benefits. I’ve spent too much time in the sun in my past and it is more critical than ever to wear sunscreen daily to protect it as much as I can. I live at the beach and spend time outside daily so I’m much better at remembering to do it now. This is one of the best feeling sunscreens I’ve used to date!

You can get any of these products online or at the skin clinic if they sound like a fit for you. I am actually super interested in her Nutrasphere Nano Mask and the Flash Facial. Those sound like must try’s!

Which product sounds the best to you? Let me know in the comments below!

To find out more about Sonya Dakar products and services you can visit their website and follow them on Instagram.