Lighten up and brighten up! The popularity of brighteners isn’t big news anymore, but being the huge fan that I am, I’m always seeking the newest generation of high performers. Clarins new Bright Plus HP Intensive Brightening Serum and SPF 20 Day Lotion have now become part of my daily routine. I’ve never had a tan – never wanted one – I prefer to play up the porcelain. Clarins’ love of botanicals has led them to plants such as sea lily, which inhibits the transfer of melanin to the skin, thereby keeping spots away and maintaining an even skin tone. The rest of the gorgeous skin recipe includes parsley and raspberry which help drain excess fluids from the skin, along with oat sugars, white tea and others which keep out harmful UVA/UVB rays and smooth the skin. Keeps skin deliciously young looking!

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I love big results from tiny little vials. Artistry Time Defiance Intensive Repair Serum has been clinically proven to improve skin’s clarity and smoothness, and reduce the appearance of fine lines. This set of 14 vials is a two week nighttime treatment your skin will appreciate as we suddenly transition from winter to spring skin routines. It contains restorative enzymes, vitamin C, licorice root extract, marine algae as well as other nourishing ingredients. Artistry, an official sponsor of the Miss America Pageant, promises to keep us all looking like a winner whether we’re wearing a crown or not!


As you reach into your freezer for the Ben & Jerry’s, scoop up the bottle of serum sorbet along with it. From Votre Vu, the company with the funny Frenglish name, comes a new way to cool down while applying skin care: Les Sorbet frozen skin serum! Apply all over the face, neck and décolletage for a refreshing  dose of collagen, marine extracts, and other nutrients – which help protect skin from moisture loss, improve tissue elasticity, and assist in the fight against fine lines. The cold serum on your warm skin gives facial muscles a little jolt and provides a mini-workout so they contract and rev up circulation.


Caffeine not only wakes us up when enjoyed in our favorite beverage, it’s also a popular ingredient in many skin care products. The new Collezione D’Oro Occhi Eye Treatment from Borghese contains caffeine to reduce puffiness, and helps brighten the eye area – along with peptides to help stimulate collagen and improve elasticity. A dash of pure gold in this serum gel formula gives the eye area a nice radiance. Goes on smoothly too, and works well under foundation.

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