SKINCARE

Vegan Collagen from Algenist

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Algenist is one of those brands I have so much love for. Throughout my blogging career they've been so supportive of me and they are a company I feel 110% endorsing and supporting. They are innovative, consumer conscious, cruelty free and safe for everyone to use. Their products are formulated without harsh chemicals, animal byproducts or synthetic ingredients. They are changing the skincare game with their patented ingredients and micro algae technology. You can read about their amazing history here.

In fact, they are so innovative that Algenist has created THE FIRST VEGAN COLLAGEN PRODUCT. A lot of collagen based products contain bovine based collagen... aka cow collagen. So when you are lathering that collagen cream on your face you lathering cow collagen on it. I don't know about you but I am not okay with putting cows collagen on my face. Nope, no thank you. 

I have been using the GENIUS Liquid Collagen for about a month now and I don't know what I will do when I run out. It is the first collagen product on the market that was created wth a plant based collagen formulation. It contains thousands of Algenist's micro algae ingredients. This product restores your skins bounce and elasticity in just 10 short days. Also, side note it smells soooooooo good. I'm so obsessed with the yummy scent. The product is so fresh, light weight and you definitely notice the instant smoothness of you skin immediately after applying it. It's perfect for all skin types and because it is formulated with plant based ingredient and zero chemicals and animal products it is safe and suitable for all to use. 

Also pictured are a couple products from the same GENIUS line as the collagen; the Anti-Aging Melting Cleanser which is by far one of the best cleansers I used. The best way for me to describe this is a soap cleaner mixed with an oil cleanser. It's incredibly effective in removing ALL your makeup and leaves your skin hydrated and feeling silky smooth. The Anti-Aging Cream is my current go to night time cream. It packs in the moisture while keeping your skin nourished and radiant. The Eye Renewal Balm, I mean I've been saying for years that this is the best under eye cream out there. I cannot express that enough. It's AHHHHHH-MAZING. The Concentrated Reconstructing Serum helps minimize wrinkles, boost skin elasticity and radiance and is incredibly anti-aging. 

WHERE TO PURCHASE:

Algenist.com

GENIUS Liquid Collagen - $115 USD
GENIUS Ultimate Anti-Aging Melting Cleanser - $38 USD
GENIUS Ultimate Anti-Aging Cream - $112 USD
Complete Eye Renewal Balm - $68 US
Concentrated Reconstructing Serum - $98 USD

Hangover Skincare

We've all been there... unbearable hangover, tired eyes and dried out skin. After a long night of dancing, drinking and sinning, not only does your poor head pay the price with a massive hangover but your skin is massively dehydrated and probably looks like sh*t. I have five go-to items to help bring my skin back to life when I'm on my hangover death bed. 

image source: Ulta.com

image source: Ulta.com

First up, charcoal sheet mask. My go-to charcoal sheet mask lately has been the "Detox and Chill" Charcoal Purifying Mask by Leaders Cosmetics. Charcoal is great for pulling out all the bad toxins and impurities that its the perfect sheet mask to help restore your skin from whatever shenanigans you got into the night before.

image source: Memebox.com

image source: Memebox.com

Second, under eye gels. My all time favorite under eye gels are the Tony Moly Gold Snail Eye Mask. These under eye gels provide moisture, increases elasticity and soothes stressed skin. They really help brighten up your under eyes so you do not look like the walking dead.

image source: PeachandLily.com

image source: PeachandLily.com

The third product I'm sharing is Mizon's Hyaluronic Acid 100 Ampoule. Hyaluronic acid helps nourish and hydrate your skin. After a night of all out partying, your skin needs a tall drink of water and serums or ampoules with hyaluronic acid are just that. This product is highly enriched with hyaluronic acid extract and supplies moisture immediately to make your skin glossy without stickiness.

image source: Skinstore.com

image source: Skinstore.com

Fourth up is Sunday Riley's Good Genes. I've done a dedicated blog post on this product which can be found here. But in short this product provides immediate radiance. After being out all night surrounded with harsh environmental factors your skin is usually dull and lackluster. The Good Genes product fixes that and provides you with radiance and dewy skin.

image source: Ulta.com

image source: Ulta.com

Lastly, I use the Mario Badescu Facial Spray to keep my skin hydrated throughout the day. This facial spray is made from aloe, herb and rose water. It is simply formulated with fragrant herbal extracts and rosewater for a pleasant, pick me up for dehydrated, tight and uncomfortable skin. 

These five products are tried and true for helping my skin get its life back after a crazy night out. The key is to find products that clean away the impurities, hydrate and moisturize your skin.

#StandFirm

I could not be more humbled or grateful that Algenist asked that I be one of the influencers to take part in their #StandFirm campaign. Algenist's #StandFirm campaign is "We believe in unwavering principles. Only you dictate what you believe in- own it. Stay strong in your values, #StandFirm for your beliefs." This campaign is who I am at my core. Someone who stands firm on what they believe in and doesn’t accept anything less, someone with unwavering values, someone who challenges themselves, someone who is ambitious and is constantly on the hunt for knowledge. 

This campaign also launches their new ELEVATE Advanced Lift Contouring Cream. This cream helps firm, tone and reinforce your skins structure. It immediately improves the appearance of your skin elasticity and smoothes and plumps skin for a more contoured appearance. I'm a huge Algenist fan, I've been using their products for almost a year now and couldn't be happier with the results. This is a company using biology, science and the sea to provide its consumers with the best of the best in skincare.

I love that a beauty/skincare brand is going beyond the surface and using a product launch to spread and share such a powerful message. Watch the video below to see my stance and take on the #StandFirm movement.

iS Clinical Serums

March was madness. My personal life was hanging on my a thread and my skin was an absolute nightmare. The Caudalie Vine[Activ] range helped my skin gets its radiance and glow back but I owe an arm and a leg to the iS Clinical Pro-Heal Serum and iS Clinical Active Serum. I'm eternally grateful to the SkinStore.com for sending me these serums. These two serums help keep the break outs at bay. iS Clinical is an innovative skincare line backed by science. I've been really into the "science and bio-tech" skincare lines lately. iS Clinical has been featured in Harper's Bazaar, Elle and Allure magazine (and more) and is a skincare line that is loved by celebrities such as Dianna Agron and Rosie Huntington-Whitley.

image via SkinStore.com

image via SkinStore.com

The iS Clinical Pro-Heal Serum is one of those miracle products that works after a couple uses. This miracle serum is loaded with Vitamins C, E and A and contains Olive Leaf extracts; all of which are powerful antioxidants and contain healing properties. I initially was using this product in almost a wasteful manner. I was applying it all over my face. But after reading reviews online I found that I could use it in a more sparingly fashion and just apply a small drop on my trouble spots. It worked all the same. No use wasting a good product on the majority of my skin when I could just use it on my blemishes and acne. In addition to treating acne the iS Clinical Pro-Heal Serum is awesome for treating rosacea, some forms of dermatitis and even insect bites! That's what I love about this brand not only, is it skincare, but it's clinical skincare backed by science to help treat skin issues beyond the fine lines and wrinkles.

image via SkinStore.com

image via SkinStore.com

Wowzaaaa. That's the first word that comes to mind when I think about the first time I used the iS Clinical Active Serum. This little bottle packs a huge punch! One of the active ingredients in this serum is menthol, so you feel a cool, tingly sensation immediately after use. I make sure and squeeze 4-5 drops into my palms and rub into my face. I made the mistake once of applying the droplets directly onto my face (I hate wasting product, so I try and apply whatever I can directly onto my face) and it was a bit too intense for me. Also, I wouldn't suggest applying too close to your eyes. I've never used a product before that had a noticeable minty, tingly sensation and weirdly enough... I love it! I feel like it contributes to that clean and fresh feeling. However, the menthol may not be for everyone. I was surprised that even with my sensitive skin, I didn't have any adverse reactions. This is one product I would definitely recommend spot testing before use. 

What attracted me to the iS Clinical Active Serum was the fact that it is amazing for acne and blemish prone skin and a lot of online reviews I've read said they say results within a couple days. I'm not one of those "I need instant results" with my skincare type of person. I know that skincare is a long and regimented process and that your skin will gradually improve over time, if you give it the attention and care it deserves. But coming out of a breakup where my skin was less than its normal state, I was reaching for anything and everything that would improve it. The iS Clinical Active Serum helped keep the blemishes and acne at bay. No wonder its backed by gorgeous supermodel Rosie Huntington-Whitley. 

These two serums are now products I cannot imagine not having in my skincare arsenal. Yes, they are a bit pricey but they're totally worth it. I use the iS Clinical Active Serum everyday and have been since I got it back in March and I still have about half the bottle left. The iS Clinical Pro-Heal Serum I use as needed on trouble spots and I'm maybe 3/4 of the way through the bottle. So these products do last a good amount of time. I would definitely recommend for those prone to breakouts and blemishes. Make sure you read the instructions and spot test before using all over because everyones skin is different and reacts differently.

iS Clinical Active Serum - 30ml - $130
iS Clinical Pro-Heal Serum - 30ml - $142

Full list of iS Clinical skincare on SkinStore.com

**Disclaimer: Products featured were provided as PR samples through SkinStore.com, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.
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