Algenist Firming and Lifting Cream

September 8, 2012

Earlier this week I mentioned that I received my New Beauty Test Tube from QVC for this quarter. BigSis has been receiving these fun quarterly products from QVC for a while now and she was sweet enough to sign me up to receive one each quarter!

We both received ours around the same time, which has probably been a little over a month now and I started using a couple of products as soon as I could get this cute little pink cylinder unpacked! :-)

I love the the Laura Geller waterproof primer and the Jose Maran Argan Oil, but my favorite product out of this quarter’s goodie box of surprises is, without a doubt, the Algenist Firming and Lifting Cream.

Here’s how Algenist describes this product:

This ultra-firming and restructuring cream tightens and lifts while reinforcing the skin structure. The unique combination of Alguronic Acid + ProPeptideboosts production of skin’s key structural proteins: elastin, collagen, and proteoglycans to rebuild firmness and tone the skin. Facial contours are redefined to create a more toned and sculpted appearance.

After we had both been using this product for a couple of weeks, we chatted on the phone about it. I thought it was my imagination that I noticed results within just a couple of weeks while I was just using it once a day. When BigSis told me that she was using it twice a day and she definitely noticed a tightening in her skin, I immediately started using mine twice a day.

My skin is definitely tighter, yet softer, and I think, maybe, just “maybe”, some of the wrinkles are a little less noticeable!

Here are Algenist’s 3rd party Clinical and Consumer Testing Results.

A third-party clinical study of 20 women, aged 45 to 60 years, examined the ability of the Firming & Lifting Cream to firm the skin and increase elasticity over 10 and 28 day periods. Through scientific measurement, the Firming & Lifting Cream is clinically proven to increase skin firmness and elasticity by 15% in 10 days.

We’ve both tried a lot of skin care products and different creams that claim to work miracles; some working better than others, but this one definitely gets 5 stars from me.

The 1/2 oz. sample size will probably last another week or so, so I would say I might get six weeks out of it. The only drawback I see right now is that the 2 oz. size of the Algenist Firming and Lifting Cream is $94.00.

When I get my beauty product budget back up to par, I do think that it would be worth it because the 2 oz. will probably last almost six months.

Note from BigSis: I agree, LilSis! I do think this product tightens my skin. Now, I’m not saying it looks like I’ve had a facelift or anything that dramatic, but I did notice that my jowls weren’t quite as droopy after I used this cream for just a few days. I had the opportunity to test another Algenist product in a previous Test Tube. I got a nice size jar of their Anti-Aging Moisturizer, and I liked it just as well as the Firming and Lifting Cream. A 2 oz. jar of it sells on QVC for $90, which is a bit pricey so I haven’t bought it. I think the alguronic acid must be effective for our kind of skin, since both of these products contain it.

One good thing about QVC is that they put together “try me” kits where you get several products to test, rather than having to buy full-size items before you know if they work for you. I wish they had a kit with both of these products in it, but all I see now is a firming kit and an anti-aging kit.  One last note: Algenist’s web site says that they do no animal testing, which makes us happy!

~LilSis

My Top 3 Essential Beauty Products

October 8, 2009

I had to respond to your post yesterday, LilSis.  Being 3.4 years older more mature than you, my essential list needs to be 30 instead of 3, but I’ll try to limit it.  :-D

Loreal Voluminous MascaraFirst off, mascara has to be one of the 3, since my face feels bare and featureless without it.  I’ve tried the cult-favorite Maybelline Great Lash, and I just don’t like it.  I need more oomph than that.  My favorite is Loreal’s Voluminous.  It gives me volume and thickness, and doesn’t flake, smudge or smear.

My number 2 pick would have to be a good lip balm.  AquaphorI can’t STAND dry lips, in fact I’m a little obsessive about it!  My current inexpensive go-to is Aquaphor in a tube.  I apply it in the morning and at night after brushing my teeth.  It does a good job of keeping my lips chap-free and prepped for lipstick or lip gloss.

Last but most importantly, I have to have an excellent facial cleanser.  The key to keeping my skin out of the weeds (ie: broken out) is to cleanse deeply and faithfully.  I can’t get by with those little wipes you use, LilSis.  I need something serious to keep my skin clean and my pores clear.  Serious Glycolic CleanserMy current favorite is Serious Skin Care’s Glycolic Cleanser.  It’s serious, for sure!

That’s my top 3 list.  If I could add a few more, I’d include Relastin Eye Silk, Tazorac Retin-A,and Urban Decay 24-7 Eyeliner in Underground and 1999.  And MAC eye shadow, powder and blush.  And Prescriptives foundation.  And Borba Shimmer Contour Cream.  And L’Occitane Almond Supple Skin Oil.  And Essie Nail Polish for pedis.  But I’m really not high maintenance.  Really!  You don’t think that’s a lot, do you??

~BigSis

Three Beauty Products that I can’t live without.

October 7, 2009

I was originally going to call this post “The one beauty product that I can’t live without”, but as it turns out, I actually have three. To qualify as a product that I absolutely cannot live without, it has to be one that I NEVER EVER go without using, not even for just one day. Here are my three.

Mabelline Great Lash Mascara

Mabelline Great Lash Mascara

In number one position is my Mabelline Great Lash Mascara.  If I had to narrow it down to just one product, this would be it. I don’t care if I don’t have on another stitch of makeup, but I CANNOT leave my house without my mascara.

MAC Select Sheer/Loose Powder

MAC Select Sheer/Loose Powder

And in second place is my MAC Select Sheer/Loose Powder. I should have gone to Macys days ago when I noticed that my powder was running low but I thought I could stretch it a few more days until I could make it over to the mall.  When I took the lid off of the container to try to get the last few flecks of powder from the bottom, it was already gone! I did have a little meltdown but I managed to survive until I could get to Macys later that day.

Donna Karan Cashmere Mist Deodorant

Donna Karan Cashmere Mist Deodorant

And the third product that I can’t go without for even one day is Donna Karan Cashmere Mist Deodorant.  I recently talked about how much I LOVE this deodorant.  I ran out a few weeks ago and had to use something else that morning before my walk and it was such a noticeable difference. I can’t live without this deodorant!

By narrowing this list down to three, I had to be very choosy. If I wanted to make this a list of five, I would add Relastin Eye Silk and Borba Firming Diamond Shimmer Contour Creme to the list. Oh, and I really couldn’t live without my Origins No Puffery. I probably should have made this a Top Ten list!

Are there one or two or ten products that you can’t live without? I’d love to hear about yours!

~LilSis

Beauty Counter Anxiety and Insecurity

January 17, 2009

We’ve been talking about beauty and skin care products a lot recently, so I have to ask a question that’s been on my mind. I want to be transparent, so I’m not going to hide this vulnerability.  Tell me I’m not the only one who suffers from this anxiety and insecurity.  Please tell me.  Here’s how it goes.  I have to go into a department store to pick up one of my can’t-live-without-products, like the foundation I finally found that covers just the right amount AND doesn’t cause any breakouts AND matches my skintone AND isn’t too dewy or too matte.

Prescriptives Flawless

Prescriptives Flawless

This should be a quick little errand, right?  Bing bang boom.  Wrong.

For me it causes dread, and seriously … anxiety.  Because I know that when I – a normal,  confident, professional woman -  march up to the counter with my request, I’m going to feel like the Hunchback of Notre Dame with a bad case of leprosy within minutes.  I can’t just pay for my purchase and leave.  No, no, no, that would be too easy.  The salesperson has to try to up-sell me or cross-sell me, or whatever the heck they call it.  I’m bombarded by:

“Have you tried our new eye cream?  It really works on those wrinkles and puffiness and crow’s feet”.

“Would you like to make an appointment for me to give you a makeover, dear?”

“Do you use our new wrinkle-erasing-lifting-super-duper-youth-restoring-magical-miracle-night-cream?  I think it would really help you.  Let me give you a sample!”

“Would you like for me to recommend a product to help with that redness/those wrinkles/that dryness/your oiliness?”

By the time I slink away to my car, I feel like the most flawed woman ever to approach the counter.  Now, in my mind, I’m droopy, dehydrated, shiny, dry, red, pale, wrinkly, baggy, saggy, and puffy.  All at once!  In reality, I do have my own little challenges like every woman does, but usually I’m content with what I have to work with.  Not overjoyed, (I AM forty-something, for cryin’ out loud) but content.

So I’m wondering.  Is it just me who feels like a frappin’ troll after they’ve just handed over their hard-earned money for a product?  Should we pay for someone to insult us?  Maybe it’s worse for me since I had skin problems as a teenager, and so I’m over-sensitive to salespersons’ “suggestions”?  Maybe the dermatological afflictions scarred my self-esteem more than my skin, and I’m still reeling from it years (and years) later, even though I spent a bajillion dollars last year for six Fraxel laser treatments, and my skin is in better shape than it has been since I was 12 years old?  I have the feeling that my anxiety, insecurity and paranoia in this area are more common than I know.  Does anyone share this with me, or do I need some psychotherapy?  Give me some support, sisters, before I bow to the pressure to make all my purchases online!

~BigSis