Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Home and Fashion Color Trends for 2021, The Pantone Color of the Year

I always look forward to seeing what the folks at Pantone choose as the color or colors of the year. It is always interesting to see how fashion, nail color, makeup and home decor follow the Pantone color trend.

pantone colors of the year 2021

There are 2 Pantone colors for 2021, Ultimate Gray and Illuminating. I just love the combination of yellow and gray!

Ultimate Gray is a warm, rock solid gray representing strength.

Illuminating is sunny yellow representing positivity. 

Thank you Pantone. We certainly need lots of strength and positivity for 2121!!! 

See the Pantone Color of the Year 2020

Let's get into the colors and how to use them in your home and on your person. I have included Amazon Affiliate Shopping links in this post to help you find the perfect items to add strength and positivity your life!

The Gray Color Trend for 2021

Gray has been a huge home decorating color for years now and it shows no signs of stopping especially with the farmhouse decorating style remaining so popular. 

gray furniture

Gray is always right on point for clothing and nail color, too. Who doesn't love a cozy gray oversized sweater?

oversized gray sweater

My clients have been loving their gray nail polish for years. They will be happy to know gray is trending for 2021.

Zoya Dove, Zoya Bee, Zoya Tao
Here are Zoya Dove, Zoya Bee, and Zoya Tao. 
These favorite nail polish colors are right on trend.

The Yellow Color Trend for 2021

As for yellow, it is the best accent color in home decorating to instantly create a happy vibe. Color psychology shows us that colors can cause certain emotions. The properties of yellow include warmth, 0ptimism, brightness, energy, and attention. 

Yellow stimulates the left side of the brain bringing clarity to decision making. Add it to your home decorating to help create a happy environment for your family.

I saw this happy garden stool at Homegoods. It's so bright and cheery!

yellow garden stool

In fashion, you can never go wrong with a bright, sunny yellow T shirt or a pop of yellow jewelry for an instant pick me up. 

great yellow t shirt

I have to admit, I also love some yellow polished toes in the summertime!

zoya bee on toes

Lots of lovely colors, such as blue, green and coral, pair beautifully with both yellow and gray so you don't need redo everything in your house to get with the trend, unless you want to!

If you want to change everything and get a fresh start, I recommend using a professional interior designer to help you create your dream home using just the right colors.

Andrea Krill Interiors LLC

Easy Yellow and Gray Home Decorating Ideas on a Budget

It's easy to do a quick trendy color update in your home. A visit to your local Homegoods or Amazon will provide you with tons of inexpensive home accessory options to instantly change the look of your home. 

Here are my favorite home decorating ideas on a budget.


Pillows are my very favorite way to update the look of my living room. We love pillows at our house! These pillows from Amazon are absolutely perfect!!! $18.99

yellow and gray pillows

Fake Flowers

Fake Flowers are the ultimate home accessory to add an easy pop of color. These beauties are $16.99.

fake yellow tulips in vase

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Add a soft furry throw to your sofa, chair or bed to add some quick trendy color. 

furry yellow and gray throws

Area Rugs
Area rugs are another great way to incorporate color into your home. I love this Moroccan Trellis Area Rug in yellow, white and gray! $99.54

Change out the art on your walls to get with the color trend inexpensively. 

yellow and gray art

yellow and gray art

Or Add a these cool rattan balls to a vase for $8.99,

 Or add a unique yellow vase. $15.99
yellow heart vase

I love these silicon flower trivets! Remember Spirogragh? That's what these remind me of. So fun! I might just hang them on a wall! $11.99
yellow silicone trivets
There you have it. Some fun trendy items for you and your home.

I hope this year's Pantone Colors of the Year inspire you to decorate and brighten your home and freshen up your fashion looks with these inspiring colors for an optimistic 2021. 

        Here's to Fresh Starts and Optimism! 
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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Do eye creams work?

The hands of time keep ticking away as we desperately search for that magical cream to make us look young again. Is there such a cream? 
best eye cream
We are bombarded with ads on TV, magazines and social media that claim their product will perform that magic. 

I have seen videos on facebook for one cream that is applied to the eyes and within minutes bags, puffiness and wrinkles are gone. Amazing! It tempts me to order it but logic (and reviews that say it doesn't work!!!!) take over and I resist the urge to click that order button.

Can an eye cream really make us look younger?

Do we need a special cream for the eye area? 

Many dermatologists will tell you that any moisturizer will work around the eyes, even Vaseline. But, who wants that thick gloppy stuff around their eyes or anywhere else on their face for that matter? 

As an esthetician, I find using a heavy cream or oil on the delicate skin around the eyes can cause puffiness and white bumpy clogged pores under the eyes. 

For example, I like to remove stubborn mascara with olive oil. It works great, but my eyes will be puffy in the morning if I don't cleanse it off well enough.

Read about milia & clogging under eye area

Eye creams are formulated for use around the eyes. They may contain oils but they are light weight oils and are unlikely to cause puffiness. 

Eye creams are moisturizing and they can contain anti aging ingredients such as retinol, hyaluronic acid, peptides, and antioxidants to treat lines and wrinkles. 

Eye creams can also contain ingredients that stimulate drainage of fluids, such as rosemary, caffeine, or cucumber extract, to reduce the puffiness of bags under the eyes. 

An eye cream may not do major miracles, but it will hydrate, make lines and wrinkles less noticeable and be gentle on the delicate eye area. Apply eye cream to the upper and lower eye lids. They also work great around the mouth to reduce lines and wrinkles.

Most eye creams claim they will reduce the look of dark circles. I have never had a cream reduce my dark circles unfortunately. That's a topic for another day.

Makeup Tip: 
Always allow your eye serum and eye cream to absorb into the skin before applying foundation and concealer. Makeup will slide around or clump on serum or cream that hasn't absorbed.

Let's go over eye cream packaging, some effective ingredients for making the eye area look younger and some highly rated, cruelty free, paraben free eye creams and eye serums that will help improve the look of your under eye area. I have included my Amazon Affiliate Links in this post to help you to find the perfect product for you.

There are so many brands of eye cream and they tend to be expensive. The good thing is, you only use a tiny bit for each application so one tube of it lasts a long time.

The Best Cruelty Free Eye Creams that Work

Not only do you need an eye treatment product with effective ingredients, you need an eye cream with the best packaging to keep the ingredients fresh and effective.

The Best Eye Cream Packaging

It is better to find a cream in a tube or a pump bottle rather than a jar. The tube or pump bottle reduces product exposure to the air keeping the ingredients fresh and potent. 

The challenge is to find a good eye cream that works for you. I hate to buy an expensive product that I'm not sure I'll like. I have tried many eye creams and will, no doubt, continue to try more! There are some ingredients that do more than others to improve the look of the eye area.

Eye Cream Ingredients

There are some specific anti aging cosmetic ingredients that are especially effective for improving the skin around the eyes.
Retinol, Bakuchiol, Hyaluronic Acid, Alpha Hydroxy Acids, and Peptides are the big time ingredients. 

There are also many amazing antioxidant botanical extracts used in eye treatment products that condition, hydrate and fight off free radicals making skin look younger and smoother.

One eye treatment product may use more than one of these anti aging ingredients to address the various issues the skin around the eyes may have such as puffiness, lines, wrinkles, lack of firmness, dark circles and sensitivity.  

Retinol is a great ingredient for reducing wrinkles. It can't get rid of them, but it can lessen them. Retinol is a vitamin A derivative. It's is found in prescription skin care creams such as Retin A and Renova. It is also found in non prescription skin care creams in a lower concentration.

Retinol increases cell turnover and stimulates the production of collagen and elastin in the skin making the skin younger and firmer looking. Retinyl acetate, retinyl palmitate, retinaldehyde, retinyl aldehyde, and retinal are some of the forms of retinol used in anti aging creams.

Retinol loses its strength when exposed to air. The best packaging for a retinol product is a tube or airless pump. A jar is the least desirable packaging for retinol because a jar allows too much contact with air. 

Be sure to use a sunscreen when using a retinol product. Retinol can make the skin more sensitive to UV Radiation causing it to burn easier.

Retinol can be irritating to the skin causing dryness and a burning sensation. Look for retinol palmitate and retinol linoleate on the ingredient list if your skin is sensitive.

Use your retinol eye cream everyday unless you are sensitive to it. If you are sensitive and get irritated, try using it every 2-3 days. It is a good idea to use a soothing nourishing eye cream on the days when you are not using the retinol cream to keep the eye area hydrated.

Dermalogica Age Reversal Eye Complex
Dermalogica Age Reversal Eye Complex
This eye cream uses microencapsulated retinol to smooth and firm the eye area. Microencapsulating the retinol optimizes the potency of the retinol. Microencapsulated niacinamide, ash tree bark extract, vitamin C, peptides and botanical extracts condition the skin and reduce the appearance of dark circles. Use morning and evening. $80.00

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Methylheptyl Isostearate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetyl Alcohol, Diglycerin, Dimethicone, Pentylene Glycol, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Glyceryl Stearate PEG-100 Stearate, Isohexadecane, Propanediol, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Algae Extract, Retinol, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Dunaliella Salina Extract Panthenol, Hydrolyzed Lupine Protein, Dipeptide-2, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Seed Extract, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Bisabolol, Caffeine, Glucosamine HCL, Aleurites Moluccana Seed Oil, Fraxinus Excelsior Bark Extract, Tocopherol, Silanetriol, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Ceramide 3, Lecithin, Arginine/Lysine Polypeptide, Tremella Fuciformis Polysaccharide, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Dimethiconol, Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone, Pantolactone, Ceramide NP, Sodium Lactate, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Laureth-23, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Urea, Polyglycerin-3, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Cetyl Palmitate, Trideceth-6 Phosphate, Butylene Glycol, Carbomer, Potassium Sorbate, Oleth-20, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, Isostearic Acid, Steareth-20, Polysorbate 20, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Benzoate, BHA, Potassium Citrate, Citric Acid, BHT, Sodium Hydroxide, Aminomethyl Propanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol.

Dermalogica is dedicated to maintaining the accuracy of the ingredient lists on this website. However, because ingredients are subject to change, we cannot guarantee that these lists are complete, up-to-date and/or error-free. For an accurate listing of ingredients in each product, please refer to your product packaging.

Or, you can try an eye treatment product that contains Bakuchiol.

Bakuchiol is an alternative plant extract to retinol. This vegan Ayurvedic ingredient is derived from the leaves and seeds of the psoralea corylifolia plant aka the bakuchi plant. This ingredient is used by many clean beauty brands. Bakuchiol is perfect for people who are sensitive to retinol but want to enjoy the anti aging properties of retinol.

Bakuchiol has many amazing properties. It is an antioxidant. It anti inflammatory and antibacterial. It increases skin cell turnover which stimulates collagen production just as retinol does without causing sensitivity to the sun.
Burt's Bees Renewal Firming Eye Cream
Burt's Bees Renewal Firming Eye Cream
The lightly scented Burt's Bees eye cream uses the retinol alternative bakuchiol to firm the eye area. It also contains fruit extracts, botanical extracts to gently smooth and hydrate. I find it to be light and moisturizing at a bargain price. Use morning and evening. This product is contains ingredients that are of 99% natural origin. $19.99

Ingredients: water, caprylic/capric triglyceride, glycerin, stearyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol, glyceryl stearate, beeswax, bakuchiol, tocopherol, beta vulgaris (beet) root extract, citrullus lanatus (watermelon) fruit extract, lens esculenta (lentil) fruit extract, pyrus malus (apple) fruit extract, glycine soja (soybean) oil, scutellaria alpina ower/leaf/stem extract, trifolium pratense (clover) leaf extract, adansonia digitata fruit extract, hibiscus sabdariffa ower extract, chlorella vulgaris extract, plankton extract, phragmites communis extract, poria cocos extract, stearic acid, ribose, xanthan gum, lecithin, hydrolyzed corn starch, citric acid, dipotassium glycyrrhizate, p-anisic acid, potassium stearate, linoleic acid, linolenic acid, lactic acid, magnesium aluminum silicate, sodium lactate, sodium PCA, sodium citrate, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, phenoxyethanol

Hyaluronic Acid
Don't let the word acid scare you! Hyaluronic acid is an anti aging superstar ingredient. Hyaluronic acid is an ingredient which holds moisture and plumps up the skin making lines less noticeable. You will see it listed as Sodium Hyaluronate on the product label ingredient list.

It is a glycosaminoglycan, which is a type of molecule composed partly of sugars and it is a natural part of the connective tissue in our bodies. It helps hydrate the skin, make it more flexible and to strengthen the skin's natural protective barrier. It is a non irritating ingredient good for all skin types.

yonka excellence code contours
Excellence Code Contours Creme
Excellence Code Contours Creme is designed to gently treat the delicate eye and lip areas. It smooths lines around the mouth and eyes plus reduces puffiness and dark circles under the eyes with hyaluronic acid and Persian Silk Tree extract. It contains 95% natural ingredients and contains light reflecting particles to brighten the under eye area.

This is one of the best luxurious eye creams I've tried! I did find it for less on Amazon. It's packaged in a tube with an extreme precision applicator that has a cooling effect to help reduce puffiness. 

Apply it twice a day, morning and bedtime, to the upper and lower eyelids and around the mouth using light gentle circular motions. $90.00

Key ingredients: 
Hyaluronic acid with high and low molecular weight, konjac : wrinkle filler- smoothing - hydrating

Complex of white lupin and alfalfa; Persian silk tree and St Paul's-wort : anti-puffiness - anti-dark circles - upper eyelid-lifting effect

Natural light-reflecting pink pigments, organic "soft focus" powder : illuminating - instant soft focus effect

Red algae, garden nasturtium : clear and even complexion

Organic thistle, vitamin A, avocado and grape seed oils, mango butter, bisabolol : repairing - soothing

Co-enzyme Q10, vitamin E : anti-free radicals

Essential oils of bergamot, lemon, mandarin, rose, tonka bean and guaiac wood : refreshing and calming

Other ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycerin, Silica, Cetearyl Alcohol, Hydrogenated Olive Oil Myristyl Esters, Hydrogenated Coconut Oil, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Isodecyl Neopentanoate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Squalane, Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Albizia Julibrissin Bark Extract, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymer, Glyceryl Stearate, Peg-100 Stearate, Mica, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydrolyzed Lupine Protein, Palmaria Palmata Extract, Bisabolol, Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Seed Extract, Tropaeolum Majus Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Onopordum Acanthium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Peel Oil, Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Lecithin, Guaiacum Officinale Wood Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Citrus Limon Peel Oil/Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Darutoside, Dipteryx Odorata Bean Extract, Ubiquinone, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Oil, Glucomannan, Parfum/Fragrance, Dimethicone, Citric Acid, Trihydroxystearin, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Benzoate, Ci 77891/Titanium Dioxide, Ci 77491/Iron Oxide, Limonene, Citronellol, Linalool, Alpha-Isomethylionone, Eugenol, Geraniol Tocopheryl acetate 0.21%

*Ingredients may be subject to change. The most accurate and up to date product ingredient list can also found on the product packaging.

Eye treatment products containing peptides, particularly copper peptides, can stimulate collagen production and make the skin look younger. Polypeptides are small chain amino acids that are used to build proteins, like collagen, in our bodies. A peptide applied to the skin tells the cells to make collagen. 

Since peptides are pieces of a complete protein, they can penetrate through the skin. Palmitoyl pentapeptide, aka Matrixyl, is a commonly used peptide in many skin care products.

Murad Resurgence Renewing Eye Cream
Murad Resurgence Renewing Eye Cream
This powerhouse eye cream from Murad contains a variety of effective anti aging ingredients. Peptides- palmitoyl oligopeptide, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7, retinol, hyaluronic acid, amino acids, mango butter, and botanical extracts all work together to reduce puffiness, minimize lines and wrinkles, minimize dark circles and firm the under eye area. This product continues to receive high ratings year after year. Use morning and evening. $82.00

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Butylene Glycol, Tricaprylyl Citrate, Pentylene Glycol, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Jojoba Esters, Glycerin, Boron Nitride, Caprylic/Capric/Myristic/Stearic Triglyceride, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Dimethicone, Cetyl Phosphate, Urea, Yeast Amino Acids, Trehalose, Inositol, Taurine, Betaine, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Iris Florentina Root Extract, Dioscorea Villosa (Wild Yam) Root Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Trifolium Pratense (Clover) Flower Extract, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Retinol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Serenoa Serrulata Fruit Extract, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Dipeptide-2, Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sodium PCA, Panthenol, Oleyl Alcohol, Steareth-20, Lecithin, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Potassium Aluminum Silicate, Aminomethyl Propanol, Disodium EDTA, Silica, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891) 

Alpha Hydroxy Acids
Alpha Hydroxy Acids or AHAs are naturally derived acids that occur in foods such as apples, grapes, citrus fruit and milk. They are sometimes called fruit acids. Glycolic acid is a widely used AHA. It is derived from sugar cane.

These acids are used in skin care products to remove dead cells, improve the appearance of the skin and encourage firming of the skin by thickening the deep layers of the skin making them perfect for improving the look of the eye area.

AHAs are used to treat wrinkles, acne and acne scarring. AHAs cause a mild irritation and exfoliate the skin. They also cause sensitivity to the sun. Always use a daily sunscreen to protect the skin from UV radiation.
Juicy Beauty Green Apple Brightening Eye Cream
This eye cream is designed to brighten the under eye area and reduces dark circles with AHAs, emollients and antioxidants. It contains apple extract, aloe, peptides, CoQ10, green tea, vitamins and botanical extracts. This cream should not be used on sensitive skin and those with rosacea due to the AHA content. Use morning and evening. $42.00

Ingredients: Pyrus malus (organic apple juice/jus de pomme bio) *, aloe barbadensis (organic aloe juice/jus d’aloès bio)*, cetearyl alcohol†, glycerin†, helianthus annuus (organic sunflower seed oil/huile de graines de tournesol bio)*, simmondsia chinensis (organic jojoba seed oil/huile de graines de jojoba bio)*, limnanthes alba (meadowfoam seed oil/huile de graines de limnanthe), sorbitan stearate, coconut alkanes, coco-caprylate/caprate†, borago officinalis (organic borage seed oil/huile de graines de bourrache bio)*, oenothera biennis (organic evening primrose oil/huile d’onagre bio)*, linum usitatissimum (organic linseed seed oil/huile de lin bio)*, persea gratissima (organic avocado oil/huile d’avocat bio)*, daucus carota sativa (carrot seed oil/huile de graines de carotte), ubiquinone(CoQ10), thioctic acid (alpha lipoic acid/acide alpha-lipoïque), dimethylaminoethanol tartrate (DMAE bitartrate), dipeptide-2, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7, gluconolactone†, sodium benzoate, calcium gluconate, potassium sorbate, potassium hydroxide, sodium citrate, citric acid, cucumis sativa (cucumber extract/extrait de concombre), camellia sinensis (green tea leaf extract/extrait de feuilles de thé vert), magnesium ascorbyl phosphate (Vitamin C/ vitamine C), tocopherol (Vitamin E), hesperidin methyl chalcone (Vitamin P), squalane†, cetearyl glucoside†, xanthan gum. *certified organic ingredient / ingrediént certifié bio † plant derived / origine végétale

About Eye Serums
Eye serums are light weight and more fluid than eye creams. They are applied to clean fresh skin to allow the product to penetrate into the skin then, an eye cream is applied on top of the serum to hydrate the eye area. 

A serum can be used alone but may not give you enough lasting hydration. Using a serum along with an eye cream gives you a double anti aging treatment.

I will show you three best selling serums from three high quality skin care brands. Two contain retinol. One does not.

 Best Cruelty Free Eye Serums That

Dr Dennis Gross ferulic and retinol triple correction eye serum
Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Triple Correction Eye Serum
This serum is a like a cream but it is a thinner lighter fluid that can be applied before an eye cream. Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Eye Cream contains retinol to firm and reduce wrinkles, the anti oxidant ferulic acid to fight aging free radicals, licorice root to reduce puffiness and caffeine for draining. Use morning and evening. $68.99

Ingredients: Water, Ethoxydiglycol, Propylene Glycol, Centella Asiatica Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Ferulic Acid, Retinol, Potassium Azeloyl Diglycinate, Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi Leaf Extract, Arbutin, Morus Alba Leaf Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Quercetin, Caffeine, Ubiquinone, Sodium Hyaluronate, Salicylic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Mandelic Acid, Panthenol, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Disodium Lauriminodipropionate Tocopheryl Phosphates, Phospholipids, Tetrapeptide-21, Acrylates/Carbamate Copolymer, Disodium EDTA, PVM/MA Decadiene Crosspolymer, Urea, Polysorbate 20, Potassium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).

Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Eye Serum
Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Eye Serum
Murad's Eye Serum contains Retinol Tri-Active Technology meaning it contains a fast acting retinoid, a time released retinol and a retinol booster. It also contains marine kelp complex for a lifting effect. This serum minimizes lines and wrinkles, hydrates, firms and evens skin tone. Use morning and evening. $85.00
Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Meadowfoam Delta-Lactone, Retinyl Propionate, Retinol, Swertia Chirata Leaf Extract, Urea, Yeast Amino Acids, Trehalose, Inositol, Taurine, Betaine, Fucus Vesiculosus Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Extract, Macrocystis Pyrifera (Kelp) Extract, Isopropyl Palmitate, Lecithin, PVP, Hexylene Glycol, Capryl Glycol, Punica Granatum Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, PVM/MA Decadiene Crosspolymer, PEG-8, Carbomer, Sodium Bisulfite, Silica, Sodium Hydroxide, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum), Titanium Dioxide (CI 7 7891), Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Red 4 (CI 14700), Yellow 5 (CI 19140)

Dermalogica BioLumin-C Eye Serum
Dermalogica BioLumin-C Eye Serum
This serum gets it's anti aging power from Vitamin C, Arjun Tree Extract, Chia Seed Oil, Tremella Mushroom, Poria Mushroom and Micro-Algae. These ingredients brighten, firm, hydrate, increase collagen production and boost the skin's natural luminosity. It also contains Papain to gently exfoliate and peptides to increase collagen production. Use morning and evening. This product contains no retinol for those who have a sensitivity. $70.00

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Butylene Glycol, Propanediol, Glycerin, C15-19 Alkane, Salvia Hispanica Seed Oil, Sodium PCA, Trehalose, Poria Cocos Polysaccharide, Papain, Dunaliella Salina Extract, Aminopropyl Ascorbyl Phosphate, Terminalia Arjuna Extract, Tremella Fuciformis Sporocarp Extract, Ascorbyl Methylsilanol Pectinate, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Sodium Hyaluronate, Phytosterols, Algin, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Phytosteryl Oleate, Tocopherol, Serine, Oleic Acid, Inositol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Betaine, Carrageenan, Panthenol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Methylpropanediol, Proline, Xylitol, Calcium Gluconate, Pantolactone, Lecithin, Xanthan Gum, Pentylene Glycol, Aminomethyl Propanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Polyacrylate-13, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Polyisobutene, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Gluconolactone, Polysorbate 20, Potassium Sorbate, Carbomer, 1,2-Hexanediol, Sodium Hydroxide, Limonene, Phenoxyethanol.

So do eye creams work? 

I say yes! Eye creams are formulated for us
to use on the delicate eye area to improve the look of the skin around the eyes without causing puffiness, clogged pores or irritation.

You will certainly see improvement in the hydration of the skin around the eyes and wrinkles will be softened especially when using an eye cream that contains anti aging ingredients.

If you expect wrinkles and dark circles to go away when you use an eye cream, you will be disappointed. Eye creams improve the eye area but they do not perform miracles no matter what the eye treatment product ads tells you.

        Have a Beautiful Younger Looking Day! 
Licensed Cosmetologist, Esthetician, Makeup Artist

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Tuesday, December 29, 2020

How to get Glowing Skin....or make it look like it's glowing!

Let's face it, 2020 has been horrendous. 

It has created an if we are just at home, who cares attitude. Many of us have slacked off on beauty regimens particularly, our skin care routines. I know there are lots of hairy legs, callused feet, and dull, dry faces out there! We have to get back to looking and feeling our best and New Year's is the perfect time to do it.

Let's say goodbye and good riddance to 2020 and welcome the new year with positive energy for a healthy, happy year.

I for one, want to get my skin back to glowing skin. 

get glowing skin

It's takes healthy living and TLC to get that elusive JLo glowing skin that I'm so envious of! Skin care products must be used consistently to achieve glowing skin.

The key to getting that glow is to remove dead skin cells and hydrate the skin. Hydrated skin is healthy skin. Many people apply oil to their skin to get a glow. Adding oil is not for me. I  have enough oil already, thank you. I want hydrated, plumped up, beautiful, younger looking skin.

I have been using some of my old favorite cruelty free skin care products plus some new for me products to make my old skin look more glowing, hydrated and healthy without turning it into an oil slick.

I also have my tried and true makeup products that I use to add glow if my skin is not looking it's glowy best. 

There are also some healthy living habits we can do to promote better, healthier glowing skin.

Healthy Habits for Glowing Skin

Eat your Fruits and Veggies

A diet full of fruits and veggies provides your body with age fighting, healing, skin glow producing vitamins and antioxidants for the best looking skin! Orange veggies, with their high beta carotene content, can actually add warm color to the skin when eaten in abundance.


Water is of utmost importance for hydrated, glowing skin in more ways than one.

Avoid hot water and prolonged contact with water 

A nice long hot shower or soak in the tub may feel amazing but both will dehydrate the skin. Opt for a short warm bath or shower to prevent dehydration.

Drink lots of it!

Dehydrated skin is dull, dry and crinkly. Drink lots of water to hydrate the body which, in turn, hydrates the skin. They say drink eight 8 ounces glasses of water each day.

Speaking of drinking...avoid overdoing it in the alcoholic beverage department. Sorry to put a damper on things but alcohol is notorious for dehydrating the skin.

Read Skin and the Effects of Alcohol


The main purpose of a moisturizer is to seal in the water you already have in your skin. It creates a barrier to prevent the water in your skin from evaporating into the air. A moisturizer can also contain ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid, butters and oils, to plump up and condition the skin as well.

Sun Screen

You must protect the skin from the UV rays of the sun if you want moist, hydrated glowing skin. Apply a sunscreen with a 30 SPF or higher to your skin daily to prevent dehydrating damage from sun exposure.

Those vital skin care basics (eating healthy, drinking water, using moisturizer and using sunscreen) being said, let's get to my favorite products for glowing skin!

I have included my Amazon affiliate links in this post to help you shop for my favorite cruelty free skin care and makeup products.

How to Get Glowing Skin with Skin Care

It's all about the right ingredients in your products. You want to look for ingredients that promote radiance such as, hyaluronic acid, alpha hydroxy acid, beta hydroxy acid, retinol, bakuchiol, and citrus extracts. 


Start the glowing process by exfoliating the skin. Not too much. Over exfoliating will dehydrate the skin leaving it crinkly and flaky.

Read Over Exfoliated  Dehydrated Skin

Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel
Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel
I love this gentle easy to use peel! It's formulated for normal and combination skin. Those of you with dry skin will be fine using too as long as you don't have excessively dry skin.

 This best selling 2 step peel product removes dead cell build up with alpha hydrox acids and beta hydroxy acid. It also contains anti aging retinol and the antioxidant powerhouse green tea.

Start by cleansing your skin and patting it dry. Then, massage the step one packet onto your skin until it is dry. Wait 2 minutes. Massage the step two packet onto your skin and allow it to dry. Do not rinse either step. Apply your usually serum followed by moisturizer. This product will get you glowing in a hurry! $88.00 for a 30 pack

Step 1 Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Alcohol Denat. (SD Alcohol 40-B), Glycolic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Salicylic Acid, Polysorbate 20, Citric Acid, Lactic Acid, Malic Acid, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Soy Isoflavones, Copper PCA, Zinc PCA, Lecithin, Disodium EDTA, Alcohol, Polysorbate 80, Fragrance (Parfum), Linalool, Benzyl Salicylate, Benzoic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate

Step 2 Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Sodium Bicarbonate, Ascorbic Acid, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Retinyl Palmitate, Retinol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Resveratrol, Ubiquinone, Achillea Millefolium Extract , Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Soy Isoflavones, Phospholipids, Copper PCA, Sodium PCA, Zinc PCA, Dimethicone, Lecithin, Polysorbate 20, Polysorbate 80, PEG-30 Stearate, Octoxynol-9, Alcohol, BHT, Tetrasodium EDTA, Sorbic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol

Treat with Serum
There are tons of serums out there! A serum is a treatment product. Generally, they have healing, hydrating, anti aging properties. They are have a thin watery or gel like consistency. You apply them after cleanser and toner. Your moisturizer goes on top. The price range is staggering broad depending on what brand you choose.

I have recently explored products from The Ordinary. They look very scientific and clinical. Don't be intimidated by them. This brand provides you with superior ingredients at low prices! 
The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 
Give your skin what it needs to glow... moisture! Hyaluronic acid is the magic cosmetic ingredient to hydrate and plump up the skin. I love this product. It is lightweight, non greasy and has given my skin a more glowy appearance. Use it on any skin type.

This serum is a clear, gel like serum with no fragrance containing vegan hyaluronic acid which holds up to 1000 times its weight in water. The B5 it contains also enhances hydration. It is packaged in glass with glass dropper. Perfect!

Apply a few drops morning and evening to freshly cleansed skin. Apply your moisturizer on top.  $13.00 on Amazon. 

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Sodium Hyaluronate, Pentylene Glycol, Propanediol, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Panthenol, Ahnfeltia Concinna Extract, Glycerin, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Citric Acid, Isoceteth-20, Ethoxydiglycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol.

Every skin types needs a moisturizer to help it retain water. I will give you two of my favorites, one for oily, combination skin and one for dry skin.
ole henriksen counter balance oil control hydrator
Ole Henriksen Counter Balance Oil Control Hydrator
This award winning, best selling moisturizer contains rose hip oil to help reduce oil production and alpha hydroxy acids (glycolic acid and lactic acid) and beta hydroxy acid (salicylic acid) to remove dead skin cells.  Plus, it contains hyaluronic acid, oat kernel flour, peppermint oil and more hydrating, balancing ingredients. Perfect for oily skin, combination skin or breakout areas on dry skin. I love this product!!! $37.99 on Amazon

Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone, Acrylates/C10-30 Alykyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Sodium Hydroxide, Polysorbate 20, Linoleic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Melia Azadirachta Seed Oil, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour, Methyl Gluceth-20, Caprylyl Glycol, Linolenic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Enantia Chlorantha Bark Extract, Macrocystis Pyrifera (Kelp) Extract, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Extract, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan) Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hexylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Bisabolol, Allantoin, Phytic Acid, Fragrance, Saccarhide Isomerate, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Tocopherol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Oleanolic Acid, Limonene.

Yonka Pamplemousse Creme  Dry Skin
Yonka Pamplemousse Creme Dry Skin
This fabulous moisturizer for normal to dry skin feels luxurious on the skin and has a light fresh scent. It's essential oils, fruit oils and vitamin C leave the skin looking hydrated and more radiant. This is a best selling product at the salon. There is a Pamplemousse formula for oily skin as well.  $60.00

Ingredients: Essential oils of grapefruit, lime, sweet orange, lemon, Quintessence Yon-Ka (essential oils of lavender, geranium, rosemary, cypress and thyme)- vitlaizing
Grapefruit extract, vitamin C: radiance booster - anti-oxidant
Olive oil, pumpkin seed oil: nourishing - protecting
Other ingredients: Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Oil, Propylene Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Decyl Oleate, Hydrogenated Coconut Oil, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Glyceryl Stearate, Peg-100 Stearate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Cera Alba/Beeswax/Cire D'abeille, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon Peel Oil/Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Leaf Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Cupressus Sempervirens (Cypress) Oil, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Flower/Leaf Oil, Peg-35 Castor Oil, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate (Vit. C), Isohexadecane, Glycerin, Polysorbate 80, Citric Acid, Limonene *, Linalool *, Citral *, Citronellol *, Geraniol *
*Natural Components of Essential Oils

How to Get Glowing Skin with Makeup

You can always go to the magic of makeup to get the look of glowing skin. There are a variety of products you can use to create a little glow. Products that are light reflecting blur imperfection and add brightness to the skin.

I feel you should steer away from overly sparkly products applied all over the face. They can be artificial looking and who wants a shimmering face in the sunlight!

CC Cream
A CC cream is the perfect product to add glow without too much sparkle. A CC cream is a tinted primer cream designed to correct uneven skin tones, moisturize, and add a healthy glow.

Youngblood CC Perfecting Primer

Youngblood CC Perfecting Primer
This primer instantly creates a more even, smoother, radiant appearance to the skin. It blurs out fine lines and large pores plus adds a subtle sheen with mica. It has a matte finish so you don't have to worry about looking too shiny.  

The CC Perfecting Primer also helps build younger looking skin with it's collagen stimulating peptide ingredients. You can use it alone or as a makeup primer. 

There are two colors, Bare (the light color) and Tan. Each color blends surprisingly well with many skin tones. Use on any type. $36.00

Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Cyclohexasiloxane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Stearic Acid, Alumina, Water/Aqua, Glycerin, Mica, Methicone, Polysorbate 20, Butylene Glycol, Carbomer, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Sodium Lactate, Phenoxyethanol. MAY CONTAIN (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 77499).

Smith & Cult Cancelled Light Diffusing V-Concealer
Smith & Cult Cancelled Light Diffusing V-Concealer
Help to hide your under eye imperfections and add a little glow with this light diffusing concealer design especially to brighten the v shaped under eye area. 

I find that this concealer doesn't not provide enough coverage to hide my dark circles however, I like to use it over a full coverage concealer to add brightness to my under eye area. I also apply it on my nose and chin areas instead of foundation to lightly conceal and add a bit of radiance. This radiant concealer comes in 20 colors. $28.00

Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Dipropylheptyl Carbonate, Hydrogenated Didecene, Phenyl Trimethicone, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, PVP, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Silica, Sodium Chloride, Boron Nitride, Hydroxyacetophenone, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Glyceryl Tribehenate/Isostearate/Eicosandioate, Methicone, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Dimethicone/ Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Mica, Tocopherol, Lauroyl Lysine, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Tin Oxide, Talc, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Extract, Vitex Agnus Castus Extract. May Contain/Peut Contenir (±): CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (Iron Oxides)

Add some highlighter to create more glow over your CC Cream. Highlight specific areas on your face only. Apply highlighter to your cheekbones, your brow bones just under your eyebrows, at the inner corners of your eyes and on the cupids bow. You can also use it on your eyelids as a brightening eye shadow.
Anastasia Glow Kit
Anastasia Glow Kit
This Anastasia highlighting kit in Sun Dipped has four irresistible warm metallic colors you can highlight with. I love it!!! The powder colors are easy to apply with a brush and can be built up for more color. It can be used on the eyes, face and body. $40.00. 




Shine Your Lips
Glossy metallic lips will brighten up your whole face!
Laura Geller Color Luster Lip Gloss in Gilded Honey
Laura Geller Color Luster Lip Gloss in Gilded Honey
This is my favorite go to lip gloss when I want to sparkle and shine. I love it's peachy gold fine metallic glitter and high shine. Use it alone or on top of your favorite lipstick. $19.00


Let's recap the ways to get glowing skin.

Healthy living habits for glowing skin:
Eat lots of fruits and veggies
Drink lots of water
Avoid hot water & prolonged exposure to water
Keep alcoholic beverages to a minimum
Use moisturizer
Wear sunscreen

Use skin care with ingredients that promote glowing skin
Use a hydrating serum
Use moisturizer for your skin type to add radiance

Use makeup products that are light reflecting
Use a CC Cream
Wear a light diffusing concealer
Apply highlighter specific areas
Add shimmer and shine to your lips

Using some or all of these products will add up to a glowing skin new year! I wish you all good health, prosperity and happiness in the new year. God Bless!

       Here's Glowy Skin for the New Year🥂
Licensed Cosmetologist, Esthetician, Makeup Artist
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