03/05/2016

Skincare Experience: Galactolift Skin Treatment Lotion

Why do celebrities always get to walk around with that glowy, dewy skin?

Do you ever look at pictures of celebrities – actresses, models, pop stars – and wonder about something? I know I do. I wonder how on earth they always manage to have skin that just radiates with health and glows with beauty? It’s like they have an extra little light function inside their skin that makes them look so very lovely. I mean, think of the Jennifers (Lawrence and Lopez), or Miranda Kerr, or Katy Perry, or Beyonce. I’ve always wanted me some of that!

Daily facials with diamond dust?

And I have often thought that maybe it is because they can afford daily facials with real diamond dust in them, or the fact that they have personal trainers and chefs that keep them so healthy they never have anything to eat beside a kale smoothie.

There is another way, the Galactolift way

But, there is another way that I have found, yes, gather around! I have been using Galactolift Skin Treatment Lotion, a Japanese product that is made from 97% Galactomyces, which is a yeast extract. 


This comfortable miracle lotion/toner penetrates deeply into your skin, and combats all those signs of aging that I don’t want to even talk about – like wrinkles, dryness and sagginess.

I smell skin success

Now, yeast extract, I see your cute little nose wrinkling up! Doesn’t that smell awful? Yes, I am afraid it does. Which is why I am so excited about this product! Galactolift manages to contain all the goodness of the yeast extract, in high concentration, but has absolutely NO ODOR! Marvelous. No one wants a face that smells like an uncooked loaf of bread, do they?

But I don’t have a bucket load of spare cash lying around!

My other great bugbear is this. Do I need to sell my car or mortgage my home in order to get some of this miracle in a bottle for myself? With many other face treatments over the years, the answer would be yes, you do. However, there is a new kid in town that is totally affordable! Galactolift is for everyday beauties, who would love to have a superb product that shows real results, at a real price!

Save on packaging!

The Galactolift packaging is simple and functional. Which is part of the reason that the price is more affordable compared to other miracle lotions/toners! Hurrah to that, I say!

The science bit
It also contains some super awesome ingredients that produce amazing results – like that red carpet, cinema screen glow! So, here’s the science bit!

Galactolift also contains:

Matrixyl 3000: an anti-aging peptide with micro particles that penetrate easily into the skin, promoting metabolism, reducing wrinkles and firming saggy skin

Argireline: also known as Botox cream, it inhibits the secretion of substances which form expression lines

Hyaluronic acid: provides abundant moisture not only for the surface of skin, but also the stratum corneum to create suppleness from within

Allantoin: extracted from snail slime, this anti-inflammatory ingredient helps improve skin texture, calms rashes and acne, promotes skin regeneration and prevents pigmentation



29/04/2016

Shout Out to All The Amazing Mothers Around The World!

Let’s take a minute to think about the strongest human bond there is – that between a mother and her child. It is the bond that will see a small woman lifting a car, or running faster than Usain Bolt, if she fears her child is in danger. It is the selfless, special caring and loving that only your Mother will have for you. When all else and everyone else fails, who will still be there for you, encouraging you, helping you, kicking your ass if that is what you need? Yup, it’s Mom!

Honouring your mother on Mother’s Day

So, this Mother’s Day, take some time to show her how much she means to you, to honour her and really make sure she understands just how much you appreciate everything she does for you. You can do this in many ways, by writing her a beautiful letter or card that expresses how you feel, and pampering her. There are many ways to show your Mom how much she means to you, and I have a few ideas too!

A little luxury

I know my Mom loves luxury, and beautiful skin and makeup products, but rarely buys them for herself. So, I use Mother’s Day as my chance to get her a little of the luxury she loves, and would not ordinarily buy for herself. I know she appreciates it, and I love a chance to make sure she is the one who is pampered and spoiled for a change!

I usually start out with some perfume. I love the way my Mom smells, and she is a big fan of trying different perfumes. She’s quite the risk-taker, and doesn’t stick to one perfume, so I would love to get her a sophisticated collection of Marc Jacobs miniatures. The Marc Jacbos Fragrance set  includes Daisy, Dot, Honey, and Daisy Eau So Fresh. Not only is the collection really beautifully packaged, but it gives Mom a range to experiment with, and maybe choose her favourite in time for a full-sized version for Christmas! My favourite of these is Dot, with the interesting and unusual combination of red berry top notes, mid notes of jasmine and base notes of driftwood, divine!
Get personal

If you want to really make your Mother feel super special, then take time to do something really personal for her. Maybe get your hands on some old photographs and some new ones and put time, energy and effort into making a scrapbook for her, with your photos, quotes, and mementos. Another present that will pull on your Mom’s heartstrings and mean a lot to her would be to make a video, with some still photos, a soundtrack she loves in the background and a recorded message from you. The more personal a gift is, the better, and if your Mom can see that you put time, energy and thought into a gift, she will feel loved and cherished, and that is the whole idea!


Go back in time


I am going to be the first to admit it, I have definitely given my Mother some wrinkles and grey hairs over the years, so she won’t mind at all if I get her Clarins Ultimate Anti-Aging Collection. It includes Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate, Extra-Firming Eye Lift Perfecting Serum, Extra-Firming Day Wrinkle Lifting Cream (All Skin Types), Extra-Firming Night Rejuvenating Cream (All Skin Types) and a pretty white cosmetic bag. Now you can’t say that doesn’t pack an anti-aging punch that will keep Mom looking as young as the day she had you! 

Keep it natural

My Mom loves to keep her skin soft and fragrant, and is a big fan of organic ingredients in anything. She says that our bodies are not meant to have artificial ingredients applied, and she is a wise one! So, I think I will pop some Weleda Wild Rose Body Oil into my bag of Mother’s Day tricks. It can be used as a moisturiser or a massage oil to revitalise the skin, and the senses. 




Step into her shoes

Helping your mother out is another way to show your appreciation, perhaps my doing all the chores that she usually does, or cooking and serving her a beautiful meal (and cleaning up afterward!) The key is to think about your Mom, what she loves, and what would give her the ultimate warm and fuzzy feeling on Mother’s Day. If you step into your Mom’s shoes in your imagination and go through what her day is like, you will get inspiration as to what will be the ultimate mind-blowing Mother’s Day for her. And then you can justify to your brothers and / or sisters as to why YOU are her favourite child!

So, to all the Moms out there, we salute, love you and appreciate you, on Mother’s Day and every day!



26/04/2016

How To Treat Your Eyes Video with Katie King

Watch the lovely Katie King as she gives us feedback and advice on two fabulous Clarins’ eye products, Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch and Eye Revive Beauty Flash. Learn about how these products can brighten and tighten so the skin around your eyes looks fresh and smooth, all the time! Make sure the windows to your soul always look their best!




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22/04/2016

Eye Skincare Products to Reduce Dark Circles

While the gothic look appeals to many of us at one or another time of our lives, dark circles under the eyes is not a good thing. Whether it is because you have burned the midnight oil in the club, you are just spending too much time in front of the computer working or studying, or another reason, if you have dark circles it can make you look tired and down. And that puts a little damper on your natural beauty!

Luckily, you can keep those pesky dark goggles at bay in quite a few different ways, and help is at hand! There are some excellent natural ways, which involve spending quite a bit of time in the kitchen, some surgical methods, both invasive and non-invasive, and some excellent beauty products that can all swoop to your rescue and get that delicate skin under the eyes just right. I am going to go through the natural methods and a few of the creams here.

Get thee to the kitchen girl!

It’s not often that you find quite so many remedies for a problem in your standard kitchen items, but this is one of those times you can! You can mix a teaspoon of tomato juice and a teaspoon of lemon juice, apply around the eyes, leave for 10 minutes and wash off. This is best done twice a day for 2/3 weeks. You can apply a little sweet almond oil every night, and wash off in the morning. The classic cold cucumber on the eyes twice a day for 2 weeks can work, as can 2 green teabags dipped in water, placed in the fridge and then over eyes for 15 minutes. Soak a cotton ball in cold milk and hey presto – you have yourself a beauty treatment! The ever-useful rose water can also provide relief (again, soak cotton balls into the rose water.) All these solutions should be done once or twice a day for around 3 weeks to see results.

The reasons that these ingredients all work in because of various properties in each of them – lycopene in tomatoes, lactic acid in milk, vitamin C, antioxidants and astringents all assist in reducing the dreaded dark circle.

If your answer to the kitchen story is PLEASE NO, then this is for you!

But! If you are not a fan of the kitchen, and you prefer your tea in a cup and your cucumber in your salad, there are some really fabulous products on the market that combine the benefits of all these ingredients in a convenient cream or soothing gel.

A favourite of mine is Dr BSC 2X VC Eye Whitening CreamMade in France, it is actually a medical cream that treats the skin and leaves it looking very fair. You use a tiny bit in the morning and evening, instant result! (By now I guess you have realised shortcuts and multi-tasking are my thing!)
My other go-to eye product is Clinique All About Eyes Rich. A very clever little formula that diminishes the dark circles, puffiness and fine lines immediately, and over time. It helps boost natural collagen production, even strengthening the skin's moisture barrier against common irritants. 

No problems, only solutions!

So, whether you are a ‘go natural’ DIY girl or a beauty product believer, there is a solution here for you!


19/04/2016

COSME-DE.COM 8th Anniversary Celebration!



Bundles of joy with free gifts at COSME-DE.COM!

They say it is better to give than to receive. ‘They’ could be right, but on the other hand, receiving gifts doesn’t sound so bad to me! COSME-DE.COM is celebrating 8 years of bringing the widest range of cosmetics, skincare and fragrance products to people all over the world at the best prices. As a gesture of gratitude, COSME-DE.COM is providing surprise offers, gifts and incredible brand discounts to its valuable customers.

So sit down, grab a cup of tea and see what is in store for you. All these promotions take place between April 19th – May 18th 2016, so get onto it!

Beat the budget

Let’s start with any purchase of an Afriel & Lofiel Product Set. Afriel & Lofiel is the magical cream brand that is taking the beauty world by storm. It is an all-round age delaying cream inspired by the magical angels of youth and beauty! To find out more information about the product, you can check out our previous review about the Afriel & Lofiel Perfect Cream: http://cosme-de.blogspot.hk/2016/03/who-are-afriel-lofiel.html. 

Each week during the period April 19th – May 18th 2016, 4 different Afriel & Lofiel Product Sets will be released. The sets include a Simple Starter Set, an Essential Routine Set, an Intensive Care Set and a Deluxe Care Set. All the value sets will include an Afriel & Lofiel cream and 3 other top-grade skincare / makeup items such as SK-II, Christian Dior, Clarins, LANCĂ”ME, etc. Once you have received and tried out your set, all you will need to do is make a comment under the Afriel & Lofiel page, and a 20% off unique promotion code will be assigned to you for the next time you make any purchases over USD 138 or AUD 138.

Something for our newest friends


If you have not registered or used the COSME-DE.COM website before, what are you waiting for? If you register between April 19th – May 18th 2016, or you have registered on or after 1 May 2013 and have not made any purchases before, you will receive an automatic discount of USD $8 / AU$ 8 on your first order! (This offer is not applicable for clearance, promotion, bundle item(s), and weekly deals items; the code is valid for 30 days after issue and can only be used once.)



But, that’s not all my fellow beauties!

Make any purchases of your choice to the value of USD 138 or AUD 138 and you will automatically receive an 8th Anniversary Limited Perfume and Beauty Gift set. Yes, absolutely free! So what is in this exciting free gift set? It will include samplers of Afriel & Lofiel Perfect Cream, SK-II Cleansing Cream and Hermes Jour d’Hermes Absolu Eau de Parfum. 

Let the celebration begin!


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