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I’m a beauty-product junkie. If it promises to tighten, smooth and fill, I’m sold. Obviously, I’m not alone, and all the beauty-care manufacturers know it. With myriad new products emerging every single month, I could spend my entire blog reviewing nothing else.


Luckily for me, I have some fun Sassy Guest Bloggers who share my passion/obsession, and are eager to relate their experiences. Because, really, who can’t use a girlfriend’s opinion before you throw down that credit card for another expensive moisturizer, right?


This week, SassyCityGirl introduces Kate Jiggins author of the blog, Lipgloss and Life. She’s an animal-lover, all-around great writer, and self-proclaimed “product princess.” Oh, and did I mention she just adopted the most adorable Goldendoodle puppy? My crystal ball sees doggie-product reviews in our future! ENJOY!


~Michele Costanza, SassyCityGirl


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Suki Moisture Rich Cleansing Lotion


by Kate Jiggins


I am not a big fan of cleansers that leave a residue-feeling on my face after washing. I wash my face because I want it to feel squeaky clean, and I moisturize it afterward to restore it. I don’t need my face wash to leave anything on my skin. I was therefore understandably a bit reluctant to try anything called “cleansing lotion,” but I’m a good sport and I love natural skincare, so I thought, one day won’t kill me.

Suki: Moisture Rich Cleansing Lotion


I first sniffed it – may seem weird, but I am super scent-oriented and anything too perfumey totally puts me off. In the bottle, it smelled like lemon meringue, which was a huge plus for me. During use, however, it has a strong, distinct herbal smell that I can’t quite put my finger on. It’s almost a medicinal smell, but (to me) that’s not a bad thing. I would much prefer a medicinal/herbal/antiseptic smell caused by some natural ingredient than a strong fake odor caused by a chemical fragrance(I’m looking at you, Lancôme).


The bad news: It definitely leaves a noticeable residue. My skin does NOT feel “squeaky clean” in the way I like and am used to. But wait, don’t stop reading yet.


The good news: My skin has never looked better. I am soft, dewy, and hydrated. My friend Somer told me today that I look like I’m glowing! All these years, estheticians have recommended cream face washes to me because I am prone to dry skin and take uber hot showers, and I have tried many different ones only to give up because I don’t like that residue feeling. But if there’s a natural cleanser that smells okay AND is going to make my skin look like a million bucks – well, I guess I better get over my residue issue.


I’ve been using this cleanser for almost a week now, and haven’t experienced any clogged pores or breakouts. And when you see the ingredient list, it’s small wonder why – this is a super natural product. The top ingredient is rose water!


I will definitely keep using Suki Moisture Rich Cleansing Lotion, and probably investigate the rest of their line as well. C’est magnifique!

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From bird-poop facials to human-placenta hair serums, the astonishing lengths people will go to thwart the aging process knows no bounds. The latest miracle ingredient being touted? Snail slime. And we’re not talking about scarfing down the occasional escargot. Slathered on in cream or gel form, mollusk mucus is said to cure a variety of ills, including acne, scars and burns, and of course, wrinkles.


In South Korea, where snail extract is flying off the shelves, gastropods subsist on red ginseng to heighten the potency of their issue. Goo-lovers have plenty of options Stateside, as well: Alfa, Andes Nature, Biocutis Elicina, Labcconte U.S.A. all have products infused with snail slime (also known as helix aspersa müller glycoconjugates) as the active ingredient.


Kept alive, the snails are subjected to “safe mechanical stress” to extract the coveted goo, according to a spokesman for Andes Nature, which hawks a popular snail gel in South America. The mucin is then filtered several times before the pure, final product is packaged for sale.
But although studies have demonstrated some of snail slime’s anecdotal claims, including collagen stimulation and increased wound repair, whether this translates into cosmetic efficacy is still up in the air.


A smoother face is certainly a draw, but the slime’s synthetic-free attributes are also a bonus. Not that everyone’s a fan. “Lots of species, including humans, secrete mucus rich in hyaluronic acids, but that doesn’t mean you’d put phlegm on your face,” dermatologist Bobby Buka tells MSNBC. “I generally don’t dissuade patients who swear by snail-derivative products, but it’s definitely not my first choice if you’ve got $20 to spend on your skin.”


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More than 700 exhibitors and  retailers will be showing the very latest trends at the Middle East’s biggest international trade fair for cosmetic products, Beautyworld Middle East,  from  May  24  to  26,  2011.  The  Gerresheimer  Group  will  be presenting  its  latest  range  of  perfume  and  cosmetic  packaging products  to  a  trade  public  at  the  Dubai  International  Convention and  Exhibition  Centre  (Stand  6D39).  Manufactured  in  Europe  and China,  Gerresheimer’s  packaging  solutions  are  distinguished  by their excellent quality and innovative design.
Gerresheimer  masters  the  art  of  combining  shape,  color  and  finishing effects  to  create  innovatively  designed  glass  products.  As  a  result  of delivering  a  continuous  stream  of  innovative  packaging  products,  the Gerresheimer Group is now one of the perfume and cosmetic industry's most important partners. It is especially gaining in significance for local pharma and cosmetics partners in the Asian market. This year, a focal customer issue in addition to beauty is sustainability.
L‘Occitane
L’Occitane  has  introduced  a  new  skin  care  product  containing  organic angelica  called  Beauté  Angelique  which  gives  the  user  a  beautifully radiant complexion. The cream is marketed in a transparent, matte, pale
green  glass  jar.  The  packaging’s  appearance  reflects  the  cream’s refreshing  and  beneficial  qualities,  light  texture  and  natural,  pure fragrance. The glass bottle containing the fluid has the same fresh look.
Victoria’s Secret
Very  Sexy  Now™  is  presented  in  a  high,  rectangular-shaped  flacon featuring  exotic  colors  and  stunning  seasonal  patterns. Gerresheimer will  also  be  showcasing  exciting  flacon  designs  that  it  created  for celebrities such as Paris Hilton, Naomi Campbell, pop singers Christina Aguilera and Shakira, plus sophisticated fragrance packagings for Mexx and S.T.Dupont, to the Beautyworld public.


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Published Saturday, Apr. 02, 2011 12:00AM EDT

Murad Launches Two New Anti-Aging Offerings That Help Reveal Younger Looking Skin Through Innovative Ingredients and Distinctive Technologies

March 10, 2011 01:00 PM Eastern Time 

EL SEGUNDO, Calif.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Murad, Inc. has announced the launch of Complete Reform with Glyco Firming Complex, the latest powerhouse anti-aging treatment product in the company’s award-winning Age Reform line.



“As the next generation of defense for the skin, these powerful ingredients scavenge for free radicals and act as a bullet-proof vest for the cells, aiding in instant skin protection and long-term resilience.”


Howard Murad, M.D.’s continued research into internal skincare led to the development of Complete Reform, which utilizes the power of Murad’s proprietary carotenoid blend. Fortified from green, leafy vegetables, and colorful fruits, Complete Reform harnesses the strength of carotenoids like Beta Carotene, a Retinol precursor to fight fine lines and wrinkles, as well as Astaxanthin, a natural free-radical scavenger. Together, these ingredients protect skin against the onslaught of environmental damage and other natural aggressors that can weaken skin and accelerate skin’s aging, causing individuals to look older than their natural age.


“Aging is a fact of life, but looking your age is not,” said Howard Murad, M.D., FAAD, Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCLA and founder of Murad, Inc. “Through years of research and promoting the necessity of internal skincare, I have found that the internal and topical benefits of carotenoids found in fruits and vegetables can greatly improve the look, texture and stability of skin.”


“Complete Reform’s unique and exclusive carotenoid blend makes the product stand alone from the competition,” said Jeff Murad, Vice President, Product Development. “As the next generation of defense for the skin, these powerful ingredients scavenge for free radicals and act as a bullet-proof vest for the cells, aiding in instant skin protection and long-term resilience.”


Providing immediate and long-term results, Complete Reform provides an arsenal of advanced and dynamic anti-aging ingredients; the proprietary Glyco Firming Complex preserves skin’s youthful resilience while Glycolic Acid aides in exfoliation for smoother and more even toned skin. After just one application, skin firmness can increase by 61%.


Sold as a stand-alone retail product, Complete Reform also rounds out Murad’s new Complete Skin Renewal Kit, featuring a 1.5 ounce Refreshing Cleanser, top-seller Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture in 0.25 ounces, the new Complete Reform in 0.33 ounces, and the Perfecting Day Cream SPF 30 in 0.7 ounces. The kit provides all the products necessary for a day and nighttime anti-aging skincare regimen, using Murad’s simple, three-step cleanse, treat, and hydrate/protect system.


Complete Reform ($67) and the Complete Skin Renewal Kit ($42.50) are currently available at www.murad.com, the Murad Inclusive Health Spa and the Murad Inclusive Health Medical Group. Beginning mid-March 2011, both items will be available for purchase at Sephora, Sephora inside JC Penny, Ulta, Dillards, Massage Envy locations and leading salons and spas across the country.


Murad, Inc. was founded in 1989 by Howard Murad. M.D., one of the world's foremost authorities on health care and a pioneer of the clinical skincare movement. Dr. Murad is a practicing physician at the Murad Inclusive Health Medical Group in El Segundo, Calif. where he pioneered the Inclusive Health approach to optimal living. All Murad products and services are based on The Science of Cellular Water, Dr. Murad's unified theory of health and aging. Sold in 46 countries, Murad is the #1 selling clinical skincare brand at many locations including Sephora and Ulta. For more information go to Murad.com, Facebook.com/murad or @DrMurad on Twitter.


For more information on Complete Reform or any Murad products, please visit www.Murad.com.