StriVectin Repair and Protect Moisturizer with Broad Spectrum SPF 30

StriVectin Repair and Protect Moisturizer is my new favorite way to combat lines and wrinkles, protect my skin from the sun and drench my face with healthy antioxidants.

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 The formula has a whipped consistency so a little dab goes a long way. Lightly scented, this cream melts into the skin quickly and evenly.

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Since it contains SPF 30 I use this moisturizer primarily in the morning to give my skin all-day protection from the sun. Once I awake and do a little meditation, I apply my eye cream and StriVectin moisturizer. Next, I grab my morning coffee, and write my to-do list for the day and fifteen minutes later I easily apply my foundation.  What’s so great is in this short amount of time my skin is perfectly ready for my makeup as it gets hydrated quickly, looks dewy but never greasy.

On weekends when I am not headed to work, I love the fact I can put on my moisturizer, before walking my dog Becky or running errands, and I already have my SPF 30 broad spectrum protection on my face. As an added bonus to my delicate skin, which is prone to break-out easily, I haven’t experienced additional breakouts.

All in all this product is a nice find that will be a mainstay in my beauty chest.

Top Five City Pharma Must-Have Beauty Picks

City Phama is a beauty lovers dream.  Yes, I can call it a store, a pharmacy, but oh it is so much more.  I am currently going through a beauty withdraw since many of the items I purchased last summer from City Pharm in Paris are now practically empty.  So it is my emptying makeup bag that caused me to look at my summer photos from Paris and it is with much joy that I a recall my visit.

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Located in Saint Germain, City Pharma is where fashion and beauty insiders from all over the world gather to purchase their must-have beauty items. There is always a flurry of people at the corner of the store and if you happen to visit I highly recommend taking the beautiful walk down Rue Bonaparte (Bonaparte Street) for your visit.

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Walking through the doors immediately introduces you to the charged atmosphere inside.  Here women carrying baskets filled to the brim of lotions, boxes of skincare products, vitamins and brushes are quickly hurrying about while checking off lists on paper, iPads and mobile phones to ensure they pick up of every essential beauty item. Really, the mood is frantic with many people rushing around as if the store is about to close in a few moments or if they will miss a connecting flight.

This excitement comes from the great selection and the affordable affordable prices not seen at other French pharmacies.  The store also carries many two for one deals so when come to shop you can always be greeted by a nice surprise.

The service is also impeccable.  Staff are dressed in pristine White lab coats and are knowledgeable and patient.  During one visit I actually had a face cream in my basket that I wanted to try and upon asking a staff member if I should buy it she firmly responded with a firm “no” saying that I shouldn’t purchase a product that isn’t made for my skin just because I read about it in a magazine.  While she was abrupt I appreciated the honesty and the experienced reinforced my love for this special place.

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More importantly I found some wonderful buys and here are my top five beauty picks from City Phama.

1. Bioderma Sensibio Micellar Water

When I visited my Dermatologist in Paris she recommended Micellar Water to clean my face and to remove makeup.  Micellar Water may be a new product in the United States but French women learn to use this product as very young children.  I  have sensitive skin that gets red very easily; and when I use it gently removes my makeup.  It also never leaves my face tight or dry.  I am so addicted I carry a little sample size around with me in case I ever need a touch up.

2. Eau Thermale Avene Cleanance Masque

I heard so much about this product it was on the top of my beauty list. This mask cleans clogged pores and is good for oily skin.  I use it once a week all over my face for about 10 minutes to refresh and recharge my skin.  It is especially good to remove blackheads from the noise and chin.

3. Uriage Roseliane Anti-Redness Cream

This cream is a perfect way to avoid red and irritated skin. Just a little dab every evening, is calming and soothing on my face. It is also non-greasy and hydrating which is good to use when the weather in changing and skin is readjusting to the weather.

4. Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre

A beauty model secret that has been famous since 1950, this unscented cream is a favorite of Karlie Kloss at New York Fashion Week and was rumored to be Jane Birkin’s cream of choice. The formula is simple, Paraben-free, and has a very subtle scent.  Light to the touch, this creme retains water in the skin and makes you feel that you are not wearing anything at all. I especially like it because I can put it on in the morning and my skin drinks it in quickly leaving a perfect finish for my makeup.

5. Bioderma Atoderm Stick

Since I am a Bioderma fan I had to try to Atoderm Stick especially with the buy 2 get one free package. The Shea Butter formula really makes my chapped lips feel comforted and is great for touch-ups at work.

City Pharma has many other wonderful products and like the Eiffel Tower or the Mona Lisa really is a must-stop on your next trip to Paris.

My new beauty routine with Clarins

I have a new beauty routine with Clarins and I couldn’t be happier with the positive results to my skin.

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Right now my skin is in that in-between stage; I need to protect it from the harsh winter weather but don’t want to over moisturize and cause breakouts.

So when I was invited a few weeks back to a Clarins event at Bloomingdale’s I was eager to find out about the latest product innovations from one of my favorite French beauty lines.

Here I was introduced to a new Clarins beauty regime which uses Double Serum, followed by Multi-Active Day Cream, then finishing with Super Restorative Total Eye Concentrate.

The Double Serum is a fueled with 20 pure plant extracts.  Just a small pump covers the entire face and I learned the Serum is key to helping other beauty products like face and eye cream work more effectively. The Serum contains healthy ingredients like Musk Rose Oil, Organic Green Banana, Kiwi and Lemon Thyme and sinks quickly into pores.

Because I am always in such a rush in the morning, in the time it takes me to take a few sips of my coffee, I can apply the Multi-Active Day Cream soon after the Serum and follow with the Super Restorative New Total Eye Concentrate. In fact the Eye Concentrate really requires just a pea-size squeeze to adequately cover both eyes which I learned after squeezing a large pump of product in the beginning.

I also learned a very important step before applying any of these beauty cream and that is to ‘heat’ up the product with your fingers before applying as this makes the product more effective on your skin. After a few weeks of using this new routine, I have to say my skin looks noticeable better so much so my Fiancé noticed and asked what I was doing different with my skin. Better yet my skin looks better at work and I work long days so even around the end of the day my skin looks fresh and hydrated.

So I have to give an enthusiastic numbs up to my new Clarins beauty routine which is taking me “beautifully’ from winter to spring.