I have been wanting to try Alastin products for a long time after seeing it at the dermatologist’s office. I started using the Alastin Regenerating Skin Nectar earlier this year and have seen amazing results! It is probably my favorite product of the entire year. The TriHex peptide technology stimulates the skin to form collagen and elastin to tighten the skin.  The texture of my skin is much softer and smoother. It is recommended to use before and after cosmetic procedures like laser treatments or microneedling to help with healing and enhance results, but it can also be used on its own. I love the silky feel when applied. After four weeks, I can say the results are fantastic! If you’re thinking about getting a procedure like a chemical peel, this will definitely get your skin in its best shape beforehand. I would not say it is a serum because the consistency is much like a silicone based primer. The ingredients, of course, are very different. The fact that it is able to stimulate elastin production, makes this product very rare (not many products claim this) and may warrant the expensive price tag. I don’t do any cosmetic procedures but I do use Retin-A which constantly means my skin needs to heal itself. I will definitely be investing in this product in the future.
What the website says:
”This proprietary formulation is designed to support the skin, before, during and after cosmetic procedures. This product works with the skin’s natural regeneration process and assists in improving the skin’s appearance. It can be applied immediately post-procedure for faster recovery and healthier looking skin.
Enhances healthy skin by helping to clear damage and debris in the extracellular matrix
Helps support the skin’s natural ability to produce new, healthy elastin and collagen
High antioxidant activity is designed to calm the skin and reduce the appearance of redness.”

$195 Alastin Regenerating Skin Nectar

A++ Kristin Houdlett

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NaturaBrasil is a Brazilian Skincare company with amazing ingredients coming from the Amazon and formulated without: parabens, sulfates, phthalates, mineral oil, PABA, petroleum, triclosan, DEA and animal ingredients. They have sustainable packaging which you can buy refills for too! Their new Chronos line targets specific age groups and their concerns.

The CHRONOS Energizing Face Cream for 30+ skin is so hydrating and not greasy at all. It’s light and leaves your skin very plump. I have been mixing a few drops of the CHRONOS daily revitalizing oil and the CHRONOS Energizing face cream every day this week and my skin is glowing! This mixture works well with make up and keeps your skin hydrated underneath. The CHRONOS daily revitalizing oil is great for using with a face roller. I love the smell of this face oil which contains lavender oil. The Energizing face cream is for skin in your 30s, but they do have face creams targeted for your 20s and older. This one is perfect for me and my combination skin though. It is light weight but still feels like it’s hydrating my skin throughout the day. From the website: “contains Brazilian Jambu Extract combined with plant-derived polyphenols to relax skin micro-tensions, protect against free radicals, and minimize fine lines and wrinkles. Enriched with nourishing Cupuaçu Butter, for immediate and long-term hydration.

– Minimizes fine lines and wrinkles

– Relaxes skin micro-tensions

– Protects against free radicals to prevent early signs of aging.

– Softens signs of fatigue

– Renews skin energy

-Leaves skin youthfully soft and radiant.”

The gentle cleansing mousse has a really lovely scent. I like to use it in the morning, and the creamy foaming cleanser at night. The creamy foaming cleanser contains Cupuaçu Butter, from a fruit native to the Amazon forest, is a nourishing emollient that protects and moisturizes skin. Glucoactives help hold water in the skin, allowing it to stay hydrated. Both cleansers are very gentle and do not dry out your face. From the website: For all skin types.- Cleans gently but thoroughly
– Purifies and softens skin for a radiant complexion
– Lightweight non-stripping formula maintains skin’s natural balance

The bi-phase Makeup Remover is the best makeup remover ever! It is so gentle and removes makeup thoroughly. It just melts it off without really having to rub too much. No irritation after! From the website: “Details
For all skin types.
– Removes makeup thoroughly, including waterproof formulas
– Gentle on skin
– Enriched with natural humectants”

The Skin Brightening Exfoliator- L💗VE! It leaves the skin baby soft and removes all dead skin cells and debris. It contains glycolic acid which is a great exfoliator. It feels like an at-home microdermabrasion treatment. I will definitely be buying refills of the Energizing Face Cream and keep NaturaBrasil as part of my daily routine.

A few pics of their beautiful store in NYC….

A++ Kristin Houdlett

You can shop NaturaBrasil on their website.

Anyone’s skin can benefit from taking off a layer of dead skin cells. When you use the Dermaflash 2.0, it’s important to pull your skin tight and keep the device at a 45 degree angle. It doesn’t hurt whatsoever, and you will see the little peach fuzz just fall off. My skin was silky smooth after I used the Dermaflash 2.0, and it created the perfect canvas to apply skincare or makeup!

It’s super easy to use. The 3 easy steps are:

1. Cleanse with Preflash cleanser, rinse, pat dry.

2. Pull skin tight and gently glide @dermaflash over your skin at a 45 degree angle.

3. Hydrate with Postflash moisturizer.

It comes with a directions booklet, but you can always consult the Dermaflash website-  Dermaflash.com if you have any questions.

I love the Pre-flash cleanser. It makes your skin so squeaky clean! The Postflash moisturizer is very soothing and contains Yucca Glauca Root, ceramides, caffeine, and resveratrol. The blades are called an “Edge” are supposed to be discarded after one use. I recommend “flashing” only once a week so the 4 blades it comes with will last four weeks. You can buy a replacement set of the Edge blades, Preflash and Postflash for $28. Hopefully, after using this for a month my summer hyperpigmentation will decrease.

A++ Kristin Houdlett

You can purchase the Dermaflash 2.0 at Dermaflash.com for $189.

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Finding the right foundation that solves all your skincare problems and provides the perfect coverage for your skin tone and type can be quite the challenge. However, it might just be possible with Sunday Riley’s brand new The Influencer Foundation. They have 20 different shades so you can be sure you’ll find your skin tone match. My shade is #150. It has more of a matte finish than dewy which ends up looking quite natural and works on my combination skin. It didn’t dry me out, but it also didn’t look like I slathered baby oil all over my face.

The Influencer Foundation touts anti-inflammatory ingredients such as Canadian willowherb, oat, chamomile, ginkgo biloba, green tea, and northern truffle extracts, which I love. It is very gentle on the skin and buildable depending how much coverage you want. It will always feel weightless. For those of you with sensitive skin, it is fragrance and paraben free.

The brand recommended using Sunday Riley Good Genes as a primer underneath, which was a great idea! Your makeup and skincare routines should really go hand in hand! I found it easy to blend with just my fingers and went over it under my eyes with a beauty blender for a satin natural look. The Influencer Foundation has such an extensive shade selection, you will surely find the right shade for your skin tone.

When I received this at the product launch of Sunday Riley’s ‘The Influencer Foundation’, I felt like a kid in a candy store. There were actually vending machines distributing tubes of foundation and candy jars full of deluxe size samples of the entire Sunday Riley skin care line. Amazing!

The Influencer Foundation will definitely make everyone feel like an “Influencer”! 
You can shop Sunday Riley The Influencer Foundation at Sephora for $42.

A+++ Kristin Houdlett

NaturaBrasil’s new fragrance collection comes out on June 20th, and I can’t wait to pick up all of their scents! I was invited to try their line at the flagship Nolita boutique and loved every one of them! Trying on each fragrance was like traveling through all of the different landscapes of Brazil. I was reminded of my travels to the beautiful beaches and nightlife of Florianopolis, the Amazonian rainforest’s lush flora, and the unique cityscapes of Saõ Paulo and Río. NaturaBrasil were nice enough to give me the Angelica scent to take home and feel like a beautiful Brasileira! Angelica: “The sultry air is tinged with a hint of sweetness; a drum beat thumps like a pulse somewhere in the background. The purple night sky brings temptation, mystique, and promise. Angelica is the Brazilian name for tuberose, a flower known for its mysterious qualities. Combined with zesty mandarin and aquatic flowers, this alluring fragrance is dark and seductive.” It’s a sweet, dark and sexy scent! I have been wearing it and getting compliments all week. It is the perfect sensual flowery fragrance for a summer evening out in Ipanema or New York City.

Check out their beautiful store… $95.00 per bottle- You can shop the new fragrance collection at naturabrasil.com

A++ Kristin Houdlett