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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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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Have you tried any of these products? What are your 2014 best products?

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In this post, I’ll show you some of my new-in products and, in following posts, you can expect reviews.

 

Dahliana Naturals Overnight Fruit Lift Crème

This is one of the most interesting products of this post, so I’m looking forward to using this cream and can’t wait to see the results. It is stated that stimulates collagen production and that deeply hydrates the skin, brightens dark spots and generally makes the skin radiant. It is made of excellent ingredients where Acerola cherry juice dominates. Also, this cream contains Co-Enzyme Q10. The brand is awarded with Beauty Innovation Award (Paris, 2012).

 Dahliana Naturals Overnight Fruit Lift Crème


 

L’Occitane Aromachologie Relaxing Massage Oil & Aromachologie Relaxing Perfumed Sachets

Aromachologie body care collection combines essential oils with natural scents for moments of well-being.

This rich massage oil helps to relax the senses and ease away tensions. Made with sweet almond oil from Provence, it leaves skin supple, satiny and fragranced with a 100% natural scent.

Filled with dried lavender and beads scented with essential oils, these sachets release a relaxing fragrance. Place one on your bedside table to prepare for bedtime.

 L'Occitane Aromachologie Relaxing Massage Oil & Aromachologie Relaxing Perfumed Sachets

 

 

Balea Teint Perfection Mattifying Cream & Day Cream

The products contain Myrazame, the active ingredient that is derived from Jericho rose, which is responsible for the intense hydrating power of the entire line. Jericho rose grows in desert areas. It is known as the Resurrection flower because it has an amazing ability to adapt to the desert conditions.

Expected results: optimized skin texture and uniform complexion.

Balea Teint Perfection Mattifying Cream & Day Cream

 

 

Maybelline New York Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner 24h in Intense Black, Ultra Violet & Brown

Each eyeliner comes in a box with a brush. It is stated that the texture of these eyeliners is long-lasting and that, once applied on the eyelids, can hold up to 24 h. I have been using them these days and, after a proper testing, I will review them and show you the swatches.

 Maybelline New York Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner 24h in Intense Black, Ultra Violet & Brown

 

 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade in Blonde & Large Synthetic Duo Brush #12

I recently bought these two products, so I have not used them much, but I think I finally found the perfect products for my eyebrows. Dipbrow Pomade is creamy, water-resistant and highly pigmented, and the brush is a right tool for its application. Bought them at Net-a-Porter.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade in Blonde & Large Synthetic Duo Brush #12

 

 

Rimmel New Moisture Renew Lipstick in Nude Delight

A beautiful, moisturizing lipstick in a beautiful nude shade.

Rimmel New Moisture Renew Lipstick in Nude Delight

 

Vichy Thermal Spa Water

This is a great product for summer days, but can be very helpful thought the whole year, too. It is stated that is extremely soothing and infused with antioxidants. It is a natural solution for boosting skin quality and health. A unique combination of 15 rare minerals gives Vichy Thermal Spa Water its remarkable ability to fortify & protect the skin from environmental aggressors.

 Vichy Thermal Water

 

 

Douglas Hair Protein Repair 7 Wonder Oil Treatment, Protein Repair Silk Therapy (sample) & Avon Big&Daring Volume Mascara

7 Wonder Treatment is designed to transform brittle hair. It is stated that renews hair from further breakage and gives it shine, elasticity and hydration.

Protein Repair Silk Therapy is a treatment with silk proteins and almond oil which nourishes damaged hair and makes it soft and shiny.

Latest Avon product is Big&Daring Volume Mascara – for irresistibly thick eyelashes full of volume in a single step. I’m very curious about the results, so I’ll soon start testing it.

 Douglas Hair Protein Repair 7 Wonder Oil Treatment, Protein Repair Silk Therapy & Avon Big&Daring Volume Mascara

 

Have you tried any of these products? Which product would you like I review first?

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This cream is designed to hydrate and refresh the skin. Indeed, it provides excellent hydration. Just after applying it, you will feel a brief cooling. I like the sensation.

After application the skin is softened. The cream has pleasant and intense grapefruit scent, it has light texture and it’s quickly absorbed.
As the whole ‘Pink grapefruit’ collection, it’s enriched with MicroClear® technology. This means that it helps reduce the appearance of blemishes and other skin imperfections. The line is designed for young, oily skin to combat acne and remove blackheads, pimples and other imperfections. It provides 24-hour hydration without clogging pores.

Since I don’t have oily skin and problems caused by such skin type, then I cannot confirm does it really do what Neutrogena claims. I tried gels and scrub from the collection and was really thrilled by them, because they do excellent, deep cleaning (review). The cream provides great hydration. The scent of the cream and the cooling effect feel good on the skin. I believe that by combining this cream whit one of the facial cleansing products from the collection, you can reduce imperfections and prevent the occurrence of new problems caused by excessive secretion of oil.

Neutrogena  Visibly Clear Pink grapefruit oil-free moisturiser

Ingredients
 

Net weight: 50 ml (1.69 fl.oz.)

Price: £4.99 (approx. $7.90)
 

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Have you tried any products from the ‘Pink grapefruit’ line? Did you like it?

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May 2012 Favs

 

Iris Moreau Precious Rose Serum

I still enjoy this extremely hydrating serum. It is really great! Review is coming up in a few days. :)

 

Embryolisse®  Lait-Creme Concentre

Moisturizing  Embryolisse ® cream is a total must-have, at least in the opinion of the world most known makeup artists. I must admit that I really like it, and the great thing is its wide range of applications: makeup artists use it as a primer, moisturizer and makeup remover. It also reduces irritation after shaving. It really does everything what it promisses. More about this cream in one of the following posts.

 

Lancôme Le Crayon Khol Black Carat – 024 Black Gold

Last month I mostly used this shimmery black liner for my eyes. It is suitable for everyday wear, because the shiny particles are not too visible.

 

Lancôme Hypnose Doll Eyes mascara – 01 So Black!

Mascara with a floral scent is a really great idea, but what I like most is its durability. I tested it in several occasions, when worn 12  hours, in various weather conditions, and indeed proved to be suitable for all day wear.

 

Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge – Golden Hat Foundation #132

This lipstick is a charm! A beautiful shade of red really impressed me, and it feels very pleasant on the lips. I’m in love! :x

 

essence gel eyeliner – 03 berlin rocks (review)

I use this liner when I need indestructible, all day makeup. I have already mentioned that it fixes on the eyelids as a tattoo and this makes it perfect for all day wear.

 

What were your fav products last month?

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