May 042016
 

About the brand

Founded in 1994, the San Jose, CA-based Jan Marini Skin Research, Inc. (JMSR) is a recognized leader and innovator in skin care that is committed to continually expanding and improving the professional skin care market. They believe that dramatic results should not require extreme sacrifice. So, all of their products are designed to provide not only superior results, but also a user experience that is unmatched in the professional marketplace.

 

The Jan Marini Skin Care Management System

It was designed for prolonged use with little to no irritation or acclimation. Using the 5-step System is easy and intuitive. Immediately feel the difference from the first application. Skin will appear noticeably smoother and healthier.

By following the 5-step regimen daily, results will be sustained and improved.

Jan Marini Skin Care Management System

 

 

1 Cleanse

Bioglycolic Face Cleanser

Is a gentle cleanser which contains glycolic acid for all skin types. The active ingredients encourage a soft, smoother and more refined skin texture. This formula is non-irritating, soap free, and rinses completely without the need for an astringent or post cleansing toner. It also contains sorbitol, a natural humectant derived from berries, which leaves the skin soft and hydrated.

Price (237 ml): £26

 

2 Rejuvenate

C-ESTA Face Serum

The DAE Complex contained in the Jan Marini C-ESTA Face Serum creates the appropriate conditions that aid in skin rejuvenation. The texture of your skin will quickly begin to appear more supple and smoother. With continual use, the skin will become firmer, more resilient and the facial contours will appear more defined and tighter. You can achieve a more even skin pigment tone, and deeper facial lines will look less noticeable. Your skin will look remarkably younger and healthier.

Contains: ascorbyl palmitate (vitamin C), DMAE, hyaluronic acid, other vitamins (B,E).

Price (30 ml): £60

 

3 Resurface

Bioglycolic Bioclear Face Lotion

This facial lotion has remarkable skin resurfacing and anti-ageing properties. Bioclear is an exceptional solution to common skin concerns such as wrinkles, fine lines, acne and acne scarring, large follicles, texture changes and rosacea.

Contains: glycolic, salicylic, and azelaic acid. Glycolic acid resurfaces, while salicylic acid purges the skin of bacteria and clears out the pores. Azelaic acid helps clear blemishes, while reducing redness, chronic inflammation and uneven pigmentation.

Price (30 ml): £43

Jan Marini Bioglycolic Face Cleanser, C-ESTA Face Serum & Bioglycolic Bioclear Face Lotion

 

 

4 Hydrate

Transformation Face Cream

Jan Marini Skin Research presents a powerful anti-aging technology that combines two newly developed Pentapeptides with Thymosin beta-4, Transformation Growth Factor beta-1, and Vascular Growth Factor. Transformation Face Cream utilizes ingredients specifically tailored to signal certain activities, including the rebuilding and repair of damaged cells making it excellent for maintaining and augmenting the appearance of youthful, healthy skin. Transformation face cream can also be used to help improve damaged or sensitive skin.

Contains: TGF beta-1 (transforming growth factor), thymosin beta-4, pentapeptides GM and GD, vascular growth factor, hyaluronic acid, beta glucan 1, 3.

Price (28 g): £59

Jan Marini Transformation Face Cream

 

 

5 Protect

Antioxidant Daily Face Protectant SPF 30

Combines a cutting edge microscopic sponge encapsulation system, state-of-the-art sun protection, and a Phytomelanin plant extract that mimics human melanin and provides further UV and antioxidant protection. This non-greasy protectant gives facial skin a soft, silky, conditioner effect as it aids in increasing and sustaining moisture content. It is waterproof and for all skin types.

Price (57 g): £43

Jan Marini Antioxidant Daily Face Protectant SPF 30

 

 

[My observations]

I love Bioglycolic Face Cleanser. The skin becomes deeply cleansed, soft and smooth. The glycolic acid, which is the key ingredient, does a really great job, so the product provides immediate results. It has to be massaged on dry skin, in morning and evening.

C-ESTA Face Serum has a light formula, which absorbs quickly. The scent is really pleasant. After cleansing the skin with the Bioglycolic Face Cleanser, this product leaves the skin even more smoother and softer. Has to be applied morning and evening to face, neck and behind the ears.

Bioglycolic Bioclear is a strong face lotion created to diminish many skin imperfections, such as: wrinkles, acne (scars), and discolorations. Has to be applied every night for the first week, then increasing to twice daily in second week, if required.

Hydration of the skin is always important and Transformation Face Cream provides a great hydration. Also, this cream includes anti-aging agents. It has a light texture and absorbs immediately.

Step after step, layer after layer, the skin is smoother and softer. Also, it becomes radiant immediately.

When using products with ingredients such as glycolic acid, it is very important to use sun protection products. I like Antioxidant Daily Face Protectant SPF 30 a lot. It has a light texture, absorbs quickly and has a beautiful scent. Has to be applied liberally 15 minutes before sun exposure. If you use it on a beach, reapply after 80 minutes of swimming or sweating, immediately after towel drying and at least every 2 hours.

 

I really love this system, because it provides measured and fast results. Actually, after just one application, my skin looked better. Smooth, soft and radiant. After every new treatment, it looked more beautiful. After some time of using it, the appearance of skin texture was smoothed, pores looked better and fine lines were diminished. Pores were deeply cleansed, because this system provides exfoliation. All in all, it provided healthier, brighter and radiant look to my skin.

I used these products together, as a system, but I also tried them alone. It is really great that they provide good results, even if you use them alone.

 

Jan Marini products are available on DermacareDirect.co.uk.

 

Have you ever heard of Jan Marini Skin Research? Have you tried any of these products?

 

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Jun 242015
 

Visha SkinCare claims:

Advanced Correcting Serum with Illuminotex™ is an all in one anti-aging power serum designed to treat fine lines and wrinkles, fade sun spots and correct uneven skin texture that occurs from UV damage. This hydroquinone-free formula can be used to fade dark pigmentation left from skin damage, blemishes or scars. The exfoliants in the formula help decrease acne formation, and stimulate collagen production to firm the skin as well as correct hyperpigmentation; this further aids in the prevention of additional premature signs of aging. The antioxidants in the formula help protect skin cells from free radical damage. The formula is fragrance and paraben free.

Advanced Correcting Serum is everything you could want for your skin in one bottle.

 

Directions of use:

Cleanse and dry skin before use. Dispense 2-3 pumps of serum into the palm of your hand and spread evenly over the face and neck (and/or scar) two times a day. This product must be used with sunscreen of SPF 30 during the day to see maximum results in 10 weeks.

Visha SkinCare Advanced Correcting Serum

 

 

[My observations]

Advanced Correcting Serum has a very light, watery texture. After application, it is quickly absorbed into the skin. It is not enough moisturizing, so I’ve used it in combination with a moisturizer.

Its task is to remove wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and scars and to prevent acne formation.

It has served me as an anti-aging product, and it has served me well. It was effective: small imperfections have disappeared quickly and the skin has became radiant. Pores were purified, fine lines decreased, skin became brighter and radiant. It always looked fresh and rested. I like this serum, and after the summer I plan to use it again.

Be sure to use this product in combination with sunscreen of SPF 30, and I recommend even higher SPF, because it will provide you a better protection, especially when it comes to UVA rays.

Visha SkinCare Advanced Correcting Serum

 

Net weight: 1.8 fl.oz. | 51 ml
Price: $65 | approx. £41
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Jun 172015
 

About the product (what the brand claims)

Introducing The 30 Second Beauty Rescue “Intensive Flash Peel” Dahliana’s amazing natural alternative to chemical peels! This creamy product contains some organic ingredients and it is full of coconut, spirulina, peppermint and vanilla. It is intensive, anti-aging skincare treatment that takes an unique approach towards achieving extraordinary results. Dahliana Naturals “Intensive Flash Peel” is a powerful treatment that can accelerate the results of your daily skincare ritual in seconds whilst tightening pores, lightening dark spots, deeply exfoliating, deeply hydrating and boosting collagen. Dahliana’s 30 Second Beauty Rescue refines the skin texture and provides younger looking skin. The best natural anti-aging peel.

 

Directions to use

Apply a dime sized amount to clean, damp skin. Dab product onto face with fingertips and massage into skin in small circles until evenly covered. Leave on for 30 seconds up to 1 minute for non sensitive skin. Wash thoroughly with cool water. Use at night. Skin may turn pink which is part of the results due to deep exfoliation created. May be used once a week. For more sensitive skin may be used once a month.

 

[My opinion]

So, this natural peel is an alternative to chemical peels. It has great ingredients and it provides great results. It is made of natural ingredients, and some of them are organic.

It comes in an interesting packaging. The white surface should be pressed, and then the peel comes out from the center, as you can see in the picture. It has a nice light green color and a beautiful scent, like peppermint gum or candy.

Since my skin is not sensitive, I’ve used it once a week. Like it is stated, skin may turn pink. My skin did turn pink, but just once and just on forehead. After 20 minutes returned back to normal. I’ve always used it before bed time, so I can wake up with bright skin and because of possible irritations.

I love how fast and efficient this product is. After treating the skin with it, the skin becomes soft, smooth and fresh.

This is a very good product, with excellent ingredients, that provides immediate results. It’s a really great thing that, when using this product, it takes only 1 minute per week to have glowing skin. :)

Dahliana Naturals 30 Second Beauty Rescue

Dahliana Naturals 30 Second Beauty Rescue

 

Net weight: 1 oz. | 28 g
Price: $68 | approx. £44
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Feb 112015
 

Today I bring you one atypical review that includes a short story about free radicals and antioxidants plus one experiment. :)

Caudalie Polyphenol [C15]

 

Anti-Wrinkle Defense Serum

It is created to correct existing wrinkles and to prevent the formation of new ones. It is 100% antioxidant, and contains the following active ingredients: concentrated polyphenols, stabilized vitamin C and hyaluronic acid.

It comes in a glass bottle with a pipette. Its lightweight texture absorbs quickly into the skin without leaving a trace on the surface, which I really liked. It is usually recommended to use the serum alone or with a cream, but here it’s indicated that it is necessary to apply it under a cream. I agree with that, because it’s not moisturizing enough, especially for this time of the year. It is recommended to apply it in the morning and the evening to face and neck. As for the results, I noticed that my skin looks fresher and radiant.

Net weight: 30 ml | 1 fl.oz.
Price: £35.00 | $62.00
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Anti-Wrinkle Eye and Lip Cream

It has a lightweight, gel texture. It is designed for removing dark circles and wrinkles. It contains the following active ingredients: stabilized vitamin C, polyphenols and Matrixyl 3000. It is recommended to apply it every morning and evening to the area around eyes and lips. As soon as the cream is applied, the skin becomes very smooth. I’ve noticed filling effect of wrinkles, especially around the lips.

Therefore, the current results were visible in terms of smoothing the skin. When it comes to dark circles, I didn’t notice any changes.

Net weight: 15 ml | 0.5 fl.oz.
Price: £26.00 | $49.00
Ingredients

 

Both products do not contain: parabens, phenoxyethanol, phthalates, mineral oils, sodium laureth sulfate, animal ingredients…

Caudalie Polyphenol [C15] Anti-Wrinkle Defense Serum & Anti-Wrinkle Eye and Lip Cream

Caudalie Polyphenol [C15] Anti-Wrinkle Defense Serum & Anti-Wrinkle Eye and Lip Cream

 

I had been testing them for a month and I got some minor positive results. However, these products are primarily designed to reduce wrinkles, so it is really difficult to make the final conclusion on such type of products. Generally, if these kind of products are good quality products, they usually improve the overall appearance of the skin, but wrinkles are never removed, and we cannot know will the use of certain product prevent the creation of new. The real question is what happens at the micro level of the skin when we use creams and serums.

It is stated that this serum is 100% antioxidant, so I focused on testing the accuracy of this important information. You’ve probably heard that antioxidants protect the skin from free radicals that cause premature aging. Free radicals affect the formation of wrinkles and allegedly they cause 4 out of 5 wrinkles.

For a better understanding of the story, let’s return for a moment to school…

Free radicals are unstable, positively charged molecules that are searching for negatively charged particles, electrons, in order to get neutralized. The problem is that these molecules are stealing electrons from the stable molecules making them unstable, which means – making them free radicals. Then they go in search of an electron, to get stabilized, and so the series continues. It can be prevented by the intervention of antioxidants. The antioxidants are electron-donor molecules. They neutralize free radicals by giving them their electron.

Free radicals negatively affect the proteins of the skin. Also, when (by oxidation) free radicals take electrons of other molecules, the surface of a slice of an apple turns brown.

So, to neutralize them, we need antioxidants. I cannot know will this serum prevent the formation of wrinkles on my skin, but I can do a little experiment and apply it on a slice of an apple to see what will happen. I saw the photo of such experiment on Caudalie official website, so I decided to test this claim, not just to blindly believe in the photo.

I had applied the serum just on the right slice of apple, and then left both slices to settle in the air. The left side immediately started to brown, while the right side was more resistant. This picture was captured after 2 hours of exposure to the air. After more hours, both sides got brown, but right slice was always a bit fresher. Thus, the result showed the positive effect of the serum! Of course, the experiment was not made in laboratory settings and it is certain that various factors could influence the result, but the antioxidants from the serum still managed to demonstrate their effectiveness. This certainly gives confidence in the use of this serum. Now we can expect that the regular use of such product really can slow the aging process of the skin.

Caudalie Polyphenol [C15] Anti-Wrinkle Defense Serum

 

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Jan 272015
 

Dahliana Naturals Overnight Fruit Lift crème* (review)

Last year I tried several very good creams, but I will only mention the best one. Dahliana Naturals Overnight Fruit Lift is much more than a cream. It’s a moisturizer, but at the same time a peeling and a mask. Its uniqueness lies in the excellent ingredients. It is made of fine, almost entirely natural ingredients, and many of them are organic. By using this product, the skin becomes lighter, brighter and fresher in a short period time.

 

Foreo Luna*

Since cleansing devices are expensive, you should think wisely which one to choose. One of them is Foreo Luna device with which you can hardly go wrong. With the T-Sonic™ (transdermal Sonic) method, cleans the face. Also, it has an anti-aging function. This is an excellent product that reborn my skin in short period of time – the skin became very bright, fresh and smooth. In addition, once charged, the device will stay charged for months! The fact that you do not need to carry a charger, as well as that it is very lightweight, makes it ideal for travels.

 

NIVEA In-Shower*

Body conditioners are a true revolution in body care. They are time savers, because you don’t have to wait that skin absorbs them. Because of the easy application, you will no longer have an excuse to skip the final stage in body care in the morning. My fave one is Cocoa & Milk, because of the scent. This is a great product for daily use and, if you don’t have very dry skin, In-Shower will provide you adequate hydration.

The best of 2014: Dahliana Naturals Overnight Fruit Lift crème, Foreo Luna & Nivea In-Shower Cocoa & Milk

 

 

CHANEL N°5* (review)

I am very picky when it comes to fragrances. I like many, but there are only a few that I wear. This classic is one of them. Its characteristics are: purity, femininity, sexiness, sophistication.

 

GUERLAIN Terracotta Moisturising Bronzing Powder

It took me so long to try this product, but I finally bought it and was delighted with my purchase. :x It is finely milled, perfectly blends with skin… In a word, it is – perfect. It also smells wonderfully and I would love to own the bottle of that fragrance. :) I bought it here+.

 

Dior Diorskin Nude Tan Transat Edition Golden Shimmer Powder (review)

It looks fabulous and it does wonders. The look of this product is sufficient for it to be found on this list, but it also provide beautiful glow to the skin. Dior always has amazing limited collection products, and so it was last summer.

The best of 2014: Chanel N°5, Guerlain Terracotta & Dior Diorskin Nude Tan Transat Edition Golden Shimmer Powder

 

 

L’OCCITANE en Provence Iris Angelica Sublime Beauty Cream*

Blends beautifully into my skin, giving it a natural effect, but at the same time embellishing it. The skin becomes smooth and well hydrated. The shade I got is 01 Light (it should be noted that it is darker than what would be expected by its name).

 

Maybelline New York SuperStay Better Skin foundation* (review)

I was pleasantly surprised with some of Maybelline products. One of them is Superstay Better Skin foundation which is long-lasting and provides medium to strong coverage. It feels lightweight on the skin and, despite of the coverage, looks very natural.

 

Maybelline New York Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner 24h

Maybelline New York Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliners I used frequently in last months. I usually wore Brown, a beautiful brown shade that contains some bronze tones (I wore it here) and Intense Black, an intense black shade with matt finish (I wore it here). They have a good pigmentation and their soft texture glides on eyelids like melted pencils. They come with a brush that provide simple application.

Ultra Violet does not belong to this list. The shade is beautiful, but it’s not easy applicable. It takes a lot of effort for one decent line, which can be a problem, especially to beginners. Obviously there is a problem with the purple pigment, because it is not unusual that gel eyeliner in that color doesn’t work well.

I bought them here: Intense Black+, Brown+ and Ultra Violet+.

 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade Blonde & Large Synthetic Duo Brush #12

I’ve already mentioned how great both products are. Brush is really superb and with its two ends provides a great application, while Dipbrow Pomade is creamy, pigmented and long-lasting (I wore it here and here). A great combination. I bought them here+.

 

Rimmel New Moisture Renew Lipstick 700 Nude Delight

Ever since I bought it, I was very loyal to this lipstick. I wore it often. I must mention that it is not long-lasting at all. Its light texture will not last more than 2 hours, but it still amazed me. What I liked the most about it is the shade, which is one of those that suit my skin tone the best. Also, it has a wonderful, creamy texture that provides comfort and moisturizes the lips. In addition, the price is affordable, and I bought it here+.

The best of 2014: Maybelline New York SuperStay Better Skin Foundation, L'Occitane en Provence Iris Angelica Sublime Beauty Cream, Maybelline New York Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner 24h, Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade Blonde & Large Synthetic Duo Brush #12 and Rimmel New Moisture Renew Lipstick 700 Nude Delight

 

 

PUPA Milano nail polishes (review)

Last year I discovered Pupa nail polishes and it’s such a shame that I didn’t know about them before. They are amazing! Their texture, brush, pigmentation, durability – all at a high level. They come in a small bottles which is a great thing, because makes them affordable. I tried nail polishes from Lasting Color Gel and Velvet Matt collections and was delighted with both. In particular, the shades that I tried are: 026 California Soul (Gel) and 005 Nude (Velvet Matt).

The best of 2014: Pupa Milano nail polishes 026 California Soul & 005 Nude

 

 

Eylure false lashes

The best of 2014: Eylure false lashesI have been wearing Eylure lashes for years. They are amazing and I usually buy the ones that look natural on eyes. In the last two posts (here and here), you could see me wearing N°035 Lengthening, and here I wore Girls Aloud Cheryl lashes. I bought them here: N°035+ and Cheryl+.

 

 

 

 

 

MAC Cosmetics

I tried many MAC products in 2014. They were not available in Croatia, so it was really hard to buy them. The great thing is that on January 23rd, 2015 MAC opened the store in Croatia. Finally! This time I will not feature specific products, but the groups of great products:

Lipsticks
I’ve tried 4 shades (Ravishing, Yash, Ruby Woo and Red). There are minor differences in quality due to the shade, but all are very good to excellent. What connects them is the quality of texture and very good staying power and pigmentation. I wore Ruby Woo here.

Blushes
Peaches and Frankly Scarlet both have a matt finish. Besides the shade, they differ in pigmentation. I prefer lighter pigmentation of Peaches. Peach shades are my favorite, so this was a big hit for me. I bought Frankly Scarlet because of the beautiful red shade that was missing in my collection. It looks beautiful on the cheeks, but be careful with this one due to the high pigmentation. I wore them here and here.

Pro Longwear Paint Pots
Paint Pots are eye colors, but they are much more than that. They can serve as an excellent base. These creamy products have incredible texture. They completely smoothen my eyelids and their staying power is amazing! I have Soft Ochre and Bare Study shades. I wore them here and here.

The best of 2014: MAC Cosmetics

 

 

L’Oréal Paris i Douglas

The brands that pleasantly surprised me in 2014 are: L’Oréal Paris and Douglas.

L’Oréal has launched the perfect collection of lipsticks which confirmed the brands place among the best drugstore brands, but also showed that their quality is aligned with high-end products. I tried L’Extraordinaire by Color Riche lip colors* (review). They are combination of lipsticks, glosses and balms. I love them, but that is not L’Oreal’s collection of the year – the Color Riche Collection Exclusive Pure Reds* is. These lippies are long-lasting, highly pigmented, and have an amazing texture. :x

The best of 2014: Pure Reds

 

 

I usually go to the Douglas perfumeries to buy some high-end brands, so I was glad that last year I had the opportunity to try the products which they produce and the ones that they exclusively import. Many of them have high quality textures and effects, so they are worth of your attention. The products that I liked the most are: Seathalasso Deep Sea Salt Scrub*, Douglas SUN Self Tanning Milk*, Douglas Absolute Summer Affair 38 nail polish* and Baratti White musk shower gel*.

 

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