IT has you covered with a CC cream

Click top title to open the item  and scroll to itemCccream.jpg If you have been looking for an alternative to foundation but find that BB creams are too drying or just not right for you, then maybe you should try a CC or Correct and Cover cream. I recently tried a sample of the new IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ and it felt terrific. I did smooth it out with a sponge to keep it thin and even but I love the SPF 50 protection. I am a fiend on sun protection to prevent dark spots and the aging effects of the sun. Did you know that the sun can degrade your collagen and make your face sag?

IT Cosmetics worked with plastics surgeon to create IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50+. What makes it different is that IT Cosmetics combines the coverage of a foundation with anti-aging ingredients and a non-chemical UVA/UVB SPF 50 sunscreen. The anti-aging hydrating formula contains peptides, niacin, algae, Vitamins A, C, B, E, hyaluronic acid, and hydrolyzed collagen along with anti-oxidants and exotic natural botanicals for long-term brightening and color-correcting benefits.
The highly-pigmented cream comes in five shades and covers without creasing. This is a great option for women looking for natural-looking coverage and a non-irritating formula.

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Keep dry winter skin looking and feeling moist

The Resurgance line from Murad Skincare is designed to combat aging as it helps to restore moisture and firmness. It is also fabulous for keeping skin moist and fresh looking in dry winter weather.
I am not normally a fan of toners, but the Hydrating Toner, from Murad is great for rehydrating skin all day long. I like to keep an extra bottle on my desk to spritz my face and ward off caky makeup and flaky skin. The lecithin it contains helps to lock in moisture, and the fine mist does not disturb my makeup.
Also from the Resurgance line, Murad Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture cream pampers parched skin with beneficial anti-aging ingredients. It locks in moisture for up to eight hours with a rich formula that contains avocado, sunflower and olive fruit oils.  It helps to restore the skin’s moisture and firmness with Retinyl Palimate, Shea butter and a special collagen booster.
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Beauty bargain

Holiday spending can leave you feeling pinched. If you are tempted to cut back on beauty indulgences, why not try switching to DolceDolce’s beauty bargains instead. These value-for-money products leave us feeling pampered but also virtuous because of their tiny price tags.
Organix pomegranate green tea line of hair products is full of antioxidants from pomegranate and green tea extracts to help revive dry and brittle hair and restore tired follicles. They leave hair shiny and bouncy. The shampoo and conditioner are sulfate-free and smell lovely.
Organix pomegranate green tea line includes shampoo, conditioner, styling mousse,
Styling Whip, and Anti-Frizz Serum.
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Easy seasonal pomegranate and walnut salad

Easy , colourful and healthfulPomegranates and walnuts both are at freshest in the fall as well as being healthful. Pomegranates are delicious and full of anti-aging anti-oxidants. Walnuts are an excellent source of Omega 3 oil which experts prefer you eat in their natural form instead of supplements. Both make this salad delicious and unusual.
This recipe for a tangy, healthful salad is a snap to make – and almost too pretty to eat. I think it is the perfect start to a romantic dinner for two. It uses my favourite apple cider vinegar and walnuts. Walnuts have a great punch of Omega 3 nutrition. They are also fabulous for your skin and hair – especially after the dry winter months. Think of this as the most elegant health food you can serve at a chic party or for dinner tonight.
For two large portions or four appetizer-sized portions:
Wash and dry a crisp head of lettuce such as romaine, cut or torn into bite-sized pieces. Wash and dry a half cup of radicchio, also cut into bite-sized pieces. Toss with vinaigrette. Add the seeds from 1 fresh pomegranate and 1 tsp. kosher salt, and toss well.
To remove the seeds, cut the pomegranate in quarters, twist, and pull out the membrane. Most seeds will fall away. You may need to pick out some of the tough membrane. It very bitter, so be careful to remove it. Twist the pom sections over a bowl of the lettuce, so the sweet juice falls into it. Or just open a fresh bag or tub of seeds and sprinkle them!
Toss everything together and arrange it on plates. Garnish with ¼ to 1/8 cup of walnuts per person.
Vinaigrette. Mix well:
1 small clove of crushed garlic
¼ cup of organic apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp. wild clover honey or any type of honey you like. If the honey is hard to dissolve, heat it briefly in the microwave, or run a little hot water over the container.
1 tsp. salt
¼ tsp. cayenne
Add and shake or mix well:
½ cup of good olive oil
Remove the garlic before serving or leave it out if it worries you on a night of romance.

Wake up your face

Vitaphenol Daily Fortified Moisturizer wakes up your face with caffeine, which helps to rev-up your circulation so it reduces puffiness and inflammation. This light hydrating moisturizer also contains a potent blend of powerful antioxidants that include Mangosteen, pomegranate, and green and white tea. And it has Hyaluronic acid, which binds water to the skin and instantly plumps up skin cells to visibly reduce the appearance of wrinkles caused by dehydration and aging.
Vitaphenol makes an entire anti-aging line that focuses on using powerful antioxidants to reverse skin damage and combat environmental damage.

Banish breakouts with The Bachelorette’s regime

The Bachelorette’s Emily Maynard's keeps serious breakouts at bay with a strict beauty regime that includes Obagi skin care.  Emily says, “Every morning I wash with OMP Nu-Derm Gentle Cleanser.”  To avoid breakouts and prevent aging free-radical damage she then applies OMP CRx C-Exfoliating Day Lotion.  It gives her a glow and helps to keep her skin clear with prescription-strength hydroquinone and Vitamin C to stimulate collagen and reduce discoloration.
This daily skincare combo from our favourite skin care lines is a great way to fight breakouts and slow premature aging.

Choose the right sunscreen to slow aging!

Sun screen the ultimate anti-aging product!Darlings, we have lotions and potions and lasers to help us look younger and more vibrant. They are fabulous! And don’t let anyone tell you today’s beauty products and treatments don’t work, because many of them do. But any expert will tell you the best weapon we have against premature aging is good sun protection!
For sunscreen to work you have to apply it daily and often. Finding the right sunscreen can be tricky! Some are too sticky or feel greasy. If you have sensitive skin or are acne-prone, you may break out from the wrong sunscreen. Don’t despair, and whatever you do, don’t go bare and age your face!
We have reviewed samples of some of the newest and best sunscreens available. There is something for everyone!
Sensitive Skin
Vichy Capital Soleil SPF 60 Soft Sheer Sunscreen Lotion is an effective broad-spectrum UVA /UVB sunscreen that will not irritate sensitive skin. The formula includes potent antioxidants to fight damaging free radicals. A combination of effective sunscreen ingredients with Vitamin E and white grape polyphenols are a winning anti-aging formula.
This lightweight, non-greasy sunscreen is gentle and non-irritating. It is even safe for children and reported to be water-resistant for 80 minutes.
It is also available in SPF 30 and SPF 45. $30.50
Tropical-scented botanical rich spray
The light banana and coconut scent of Australian Gold Sheer Coverage Continuous Spray is delicious. The first spritz will make you feel like a sexy beach babe. The light spray dries quickly and makes touchups a breeze. Water babies will be glad to know that the company has determined it is water resistant for up 80 minutes. $10.49
Two dematologist favourites for anti-aging sun protection
Anthelios 60 Ultra-Light Sunscreen Lotion Spray with Cell-Ox Shield is a sheer spray that contains a combination of sunscreen ingredients for UVA/UVB effective sun protection. The ultra-light spray also includes powerful anti-oxidants including “Senna Alta,” also known as “Candle Bush,” a tropical plant with medical and anti-aging properties.
Also available in SPF 30. $30.50
OBAGI Nu-Derm Sun Shield SPF 50 contains 10.5 percent zinc oxide and 7.5 percent octinoxate, making it one of our favourite go-to sunscreen for serous anti-aging sun protection. It is part of the respected Obagi skin care line, recommended by many dermatologists. The micro-fine zinc oxide is ultra-sheer and non-greasy. This is perfect for under makeup, or very hot days.  $46
Water babies
If you hate the greasy feeling of sun protection, try a dry-touch spray. Aveeno Hydrosport Sunscreen Spray with SPF 50 is one of our favourites. It is full of antioxidants from skin-pampering botanicals. It feels light and dry going on. Aveeno Hydrosport will even adhere towet skin, so it is great at the beach or at the pool. Aveeno says it is water resistant for up to 80 minutes. It is also available in SPF 30.
$8.99. Available at drugstores and online.
The natural alternatives
Yes to Carrots Hydrating Body Lotion with SPF 30 sun protection contains Dead Sea minerals, vitamin A, and antioxidants. According to the company it is 97.4 percent all natural. It is also contains no petroleum products, SLS, and parabens. This rich, thick body cream is a way to protect and moisturize your skin in one easy step. $15 (only available in the U.S.)s
Jill Stacks’ Gold-N-SPF is an alternative for anyone with sensitive skin who wants a natural sunscreen and doesn’t require a high SPF. It is an herbal vegan sunscreen infused with gold water, lavender essential oil, and other botanicals.  It has an SPF of 15 and smells fabulous.
According to the company, Gold has rejuvenating and healing properties. This lavender-scented lotion feels fabulous, and it can be used as an all natural insect repellant, too!

Arugula, watermelon, and mint salad

Fresh salad of peppery greens with a hit of fresh mint!This light bright salad is one of my summer favourites. It is low in calories due to the oil dressing, and it is delicious. Add a ¼ cup of feta cheese or a tablespoon or two of hemp seeds to the salad to make it a light and healthful lunch. Watermelon and tomatoes are full of lycopene, which is full of anti-aging benefits. It’s also very good for your skin.
Wash and dry 2 cups of baby arugula
Wash a half cup of grape or cherries tomatoes
Slice ½ medium sweet onion
Cube 1½ cups of watermelon
1 tbsp. well rinsed fresh mint, chopped
Lime vinaigrette
Juice 2 limes
Crust 1 clove of garlic
½ tsp. mustard
½ tsp. salt
½ cup wine vinegar
2 tbsp. good quality extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp. stevia in the raw
Shake together
Hemp seeds/feta cheese to top salad