Busy, busy bees we were this past month testing the latest and greatest products! So sit back, relax and enjoy learning about some fabulous (and not so fabulous) items.

gradeC1Meaningful Beauty: New Advanced Anti Aging System
Sometimes, we just have to check in with the infomercials to see if there are any good finds we are missing out on. Certainly no loss in this case. While the marketing for Cindy Crawford's skin care line will get you, the products will not. The kit contains seven products — travel-sized items, not full size. Essentially, you are paying for samples. The Skin Softening Cleanser is similar in texture to Cetaphil. It does a nice job cleaning, I have to admit. Crème de Sérum is a serum and moisturizer in one for use at night. However, in the cooler months, it doesn't provide enough hydration and needs a moisturizer layered on top. The Wrinkle Smoothing Capsules are for targeted use — crows feet, frown lines, laugh lines, etc. I can't say whether or not I saw a difference in using this product. The Glowing Serum feels nice going on your skin in the morning, but does not give off radiance, as it claims. The Antioxidant Day Crème Broad Spectrum SPF 20 and Skin Brightening Décolleté and Neck Treatment Broad Spectrum SPF 15 do not contain physical blockers, therefore are inadequate. With all of the options on the market these days utilizing zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to truly protect your skin from the sun's harmful rays, I'm not sure why you'd use these. The star product of the whole bunch is the Lifting Eye Crème - Advanced Formula. It truly does firm the skin under eyes. However, it does not provide hydration. It's best used in the morning for puffiness. All in all, it's hard to find the value in a sample size kit where less than half of the items perform to standard.

gradeAtsmarch13Twisted Silver: Hipster necklace, Netizen bracelet
This light antique brass necklace is a classic. It can dress up any outfit or go with the most casual of ensembles. Versatility at its finest. And this style also comes in a bracelet — though, don't wear them together unless you mix the bracelet with many other Twisted bracelets. Like the Netizen bracelet, which is a mix of metal that is such a pleaser. You will love that it goes with gold, rose gold, silver or brass!

gradeAVincent Longo: Water Canvas Base/Primer*, Water Canvas Foundation*
Two incredible products that work together beautifully! The primer is a transparent gel made with 81% microwater, seaweed extracts and silica gel to impart a hydrated, brightened, more youthful appearance. It allows skin to breathe while filling in enlarged pores, fine lines and creases. The foundation contains 75% microwater, 100% natural botanical seaweed polymer and silica to maintain skin’s moisture balance and minimize fine lines and wrinkles. For a non-foundation wearer, I am hooked. The glow that you get from using these two products (they really do work in tandem) is unmatched. Truly. Vincent Longo applied this to my skin personally and I couldn't believe how gorgeous it made my skin look. It's super light — it's not what you think of when you hear the word 'foundation.' The whole line is exceptional, but these two products are a must!

gradeARodan + Fields: REDEFINE MACRO Exfoliator
Yes, I am about to tell you about a product you will want but can't immediately get your hands on. Please don't get mad, but it's temporarily sold out. And for good reason! Bookmark the page now, as you're going to want to get your hands on one. I bought the MACRO Exfoliator a couple of months ago. Let me tell you, after one use (ONE USE), I saw a difference in the texture, tone and most importantly, firmness of my skin. I couldn't stop looking at my face in the mirror for days. And I could barely stand waiting an entire week for my next treatment. It took me a few minutes to figure out that you sweep the vacuum across your face, versus a picking up/putting down motion. It also took testing out various hand placements so I didn't keep accidentally turning off the device. Once I mastered that, the results came faster. You can actually see the dead skin and debris left behind in the filter. I love that I get professional (or semi-professional, at my own hands) results at home. Fantastic tool!

gradeB1Sachajuan: Spray Wax*
I am having so much fun experimenting with this styling product. Spray Wax was designed to create texture, separation and shine. But the first thing that will win you over is the scent. It's delicious. The entire Sachajuan line is the yummiest smelling hair care I have ever laid my nose on. I like to spray the product into my hand and work it through individual pieces for a messy look. But my favorite way to use it is in place of hairspray. For instance, curling my hair then running my fingers through the curls to relax it, then spraying over it with Spray Wax. You can scrunch the wax into your curls. It's extremely soft to the touch, shiny and it holds all day long. Crazy good!

gradeAalchimiekanticcreamAlchimie Forever: Kantic+ Intensely Nourishing Cream*
How did I ever live without this moisturizer? I am not quite sure, but I know it will remain in my skin care regimen forever. It's perfect for any time of the year and any skin type. It's rich in emollients (jojoba and vitamin E) and contains natural antioxidants (blueberries, grape seeds red clover). It glides on silky smooth and penetrates the skin immediately. The hydration is most definitely intense and lasts all day and all night. Yet, it's so light, you feel like you have nothing on. Truly, an impeccable product.

The team of testers were not paid to review these products. However, most of the products listed above were supplied as samples for review purposes.

*Available at Jeffre Scott in Charlotte and Turner and Scott in Asheville

Shannon  - Food Blogger     |2013-04-17 01:17:24
I LOVE Rodan + Fields! The Macro Exfoliator will be back on April 30th...woo
Catherine     |2013-04-17 07:18:51
I agree, Shannon. R+F products are stellar!
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