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  • Tanda Light Therapy System – You Can Have Your Cake and Eat it too!

    You’ve no doubt heard all of the buzz about light therapy devices. They have hit the market with a huge success. It’s really no wonder everyone is eager to get their hands on one since until recently the technology was only available through spas and dermatologists’ offices. Anything that you can do at home for a fraction of the cost is going to be a hit. How could it not be?

    If you haven’t heard about light therapy devices here’s the lowdown: red light therapy helps rejuvenate aging skin by stimulating collagen production. This improves the skin’s tone, texture and color. The blue light therapy kills acne-causing bacteria to clear up and prevent pimples.

    For some people it’s very easy to choose between a blue and a red light therapy device. For those like me, it’s not so easy. While I am seeing some signs of aging, I’m still breaking out at times. I, like many others out there, need both anti-aging and anti-acne. While these devices are a bargain compared to professional sessions, it’s a bit of an investment and it’s hard for some to swallow the price tag of even one let alone two separate light therapy devices.

    It turns out that a company called Tanda makes a device with two separate treatment heads, a red and a blue. The heads can be swapped out depending on which treatment type you desire. It’s perfect for those who want the benefits of both types of light therapy and who don’t want to have to choose between clear skin and younger looking skin. The Tanda Professional Skincare System also offers a large treatment surface and long lasting heads. This translates into less treatment time and fewer head replacements.

    Have any of you tried an at-home light therapy device? We are always eager to hear about the experiences of our readers.

  • Z. Bigatti Restoration Cream is Amazing! Part two...The Reviews!

    Yesterday I wrote about Z.Bigatti Re-Storation Skin Treatment which was one of the first "all-in-one" facial cream's. This incredible brand has taken the guesswork and time out of a premium skin care regimen making it a must have for those of us who want results oriented, condition targeted skincare without the many steps of layering on serums and other treatments prior to moisturizing. This rich moisturizing cream does it all! A great option for men who are even more finicky about keeping it simple.

    Here's a bullet list of expectations I can virtually guarantee you'll see if you use Z. Bigatti Skin Restoration Cream and or any of the Re-storation Collection. The Z. Bigatti Re-Storation Cream also comes in a large 8oz size which though expensive is still an incredible value considering the huge amount of product, how far it goes and how incredibly well it works.

    Z. Bigatti Restoration Cream’s incredible list of ingredients accomplishes an array of skincare needs. With daily use both morning and evening this is what you can expect:

    • Reduction of fine lines and wrinkles
    • A firmer and smoother skin
    • A refined clarity and tone
    • A reduction in pore size
    • An increase in skin elasticity
    • An exfoliation of dead skin cells
    • Stimulation of cell turnover
    • A brilliant balance of moisture
    • Rejuvenation of stressed skin
    • A dewy luminescent glow

    So in one easy step and only one product Z. Bigatti Restoration Cream repairs, nourishes and protects the skin. Now that’s what I call cost-effective!!!

     And if you would like to hear the opinion of's just a few! There are dozens and dozens of them just like these below:

    Jane W.

    5 5 Overall Rating 5 5
    Worth the price -July 29, 2008
    My skin has never looked this good. I am so happy with this wonderful little jar.


    5 5 Overall Rating 5 5
    Get What You Pay For -July 22, 2008
    I always say, you get what you pay for. With this treatment you may pay a bit more but you get both a day and night cream with amazing ingredients that not only nourishes my skin but also provides a amazing glow. I can tell the difference when I use this product.


    5 5 Overall Rating 5 5
    Truly Remarkable - It Works! -May 22, 2008
    I started using the cream a few years ago and was extremely pleased - costly but very effective - but in my quest for perfection have left it in the dust and after trying many other expensive creams have now given my final devotion and forever loyalty back to the one and only Z. Bigatti - have aslo used other products in the line and was always extremely pleased.

    Shelly J

    5 5 Overall Rating 5 5
    LOVE THIS -April 23, 2008
    I really like this product and use it at as night cream. When I wake up my skin looks GREAT. IT is gentle enough to use after retonol treatments and still helps with my acne.


    5 5 Overall Rating 5 5
    one of the best -February 8, 2006
    I have tried a lot of things including La Mer, Strivectin, Kinerase, SK-II, Remede, TNS Recovery Complex and True Idebenone. Z Bigatti is still one of the best moisturizers I have ever used and its the one I keep coming back to. Will I continue to try new products? Of course! But I will always have a permanent stock of this.


    5 5 Overall Rating 5 5
    amazing -October 16, 2008
    I have been a consumer of Skin Store for years,I rely on reviews.I bought this treatment based on reviews and after years of being at the top of a lot of beauty editors "must have" lists I gave it a try.Read the reviews.This is an amazing line and treatment,A MUST HAVE!!

  • Z Bigatti is Incredible! Part One!

    I realized today I haven’t written about Z.Bigatti in a very long time…in fact, I may have never. I always forget about how great Z. Bigatti Restoration Cream is because it’s on the pricey side so I haven’t used it in a very long time.

    However, I noticed it was on sale today at and it reminded me of how much I used to love it and decided to order it again.

    On the one hand it is a little pricey, but on the other it’s well worth it. Additionally it’s a great multi-tasker and lasts a very long time which makes it a much better value than the sting of the price when first purchased.

    Its one of the most results oriented products on the market and has been for a very long time. However, when you see 500 bucks for an 8oz jar it kind of freaks a normal person out. But 8ozs is actually a very large jar. Most anti-aging multi-tasking moisturizers are usually a one oz size and are often a hundred bucks.

    The good news is Z. Bigatti Restoration Cream also comes in a two ounce jar and is normally $155 but is now on sale at for $125.67. Now remember that’s a 2oz jar which would make it only about 63 dollars an ounce. That’s a great deal and a much better value than what one would consider a less expensive product. Not to mention you only use a pea size amount and it should last about 10 weeks.

    Z. Bigatti Restoration Cream’s incredible list of ingredients accomplishes an array of skincare needs. With daily use both morning and evening this is what you can expect:

    • Reduction of fine lines and wrinkles
    • A firmer and smoother skin
    • A refined clarity and tone
    • A reduction in pore size
    • An increase in skin elasticity
    • An exfoliation of dead skin cells
    • Stimulation of cell turnover
    • A brilliant balance of moisture
    • Rejuvenation of stressed skin
    • A dewy luminescent glow

    So in one easy step and only one product Z. Bigatti Restoration Cream repairs, nourishes and protects the skin. Now that’s what I call cost-effective!!!

  • skyn ICELAND for Stressed out and Weathered Skin!

    My sister and her best friend live up at Lake Tahoe. It’s gorgeous up there obviously and a great place to live…however, it seems to wreak havoc on your skin. It’s cold, dry, and very high in elevation which stresses the skin in a number of ways. Two that I recognized right off the bat when assessing their skin was oxygen deprivation and extensive damage from the sun’s rays. I noticed it early on when we were all in our thirties and I would think to myself…wow…those of us who live in Southern California (where it’s all about fun in the sun!) looked much less weathered and aged than my friends and family who lived in a colder, higher, dryer climate. And beyond my sister’s physical location of being bombarded with free radical damage or external stressors to the skin; they also have both suffered major stress internally. One of them suffered a major financial blow due to the unfortunate timing of purchasing a beautiful Lake Tahoe home. The other under the extreme stress resulting from a recent divorce. Both leading to too much physiological (or internal) stressors to the skin.

    I myself always hated how my skin felt when I’d go up there to visit. And obviously it doesn’t have to be there…it can be any cold dry climate to make our skin feel like it’s gonna crack!

    So today I thought I’d share with you the skincare recommendation that I gave Linda and Nicole. Their birthdays are just two days apart so I got them each a Skyn Iceland regimen and just waited patiently for their phone calls to hear how they liked it. I told them that it was indeed a birthday present…but the condition (which normally I’m aware birthday presents should be was to call me within a month to let me know their results and their thoughts on the brand and individual products.
    They kept their end of the deal and called me right at about 4 weeks in. Not only did they call me they Skype’d me and I got to see them on my computer and I was so thrilled with their results…Needless to say they were too!

    Here are some links to the products I bought them and the brand itself.

    skyn ICELAND brand

    skyn ICELAND Glacial Facial Wash

    skyn ICELAND Arctic Brightening Serum

    skyn ICELAND The Antidote spf18 Mineral Sunscreen

    skyn ICELAND Oxygen Infusion Night Cream

    and they had to buy the eye product below on their own (and they were happy to)!
    Skyn ICELAND The Eye Clinic

  • Keratosis Pilaris? Glytone has the solution!

    A few months ago I wrote an article about Keratosis Pilaris since one of my friends was asking about it. Since then, I have heard quite a few people inquiring about what seems to be an increasingly common condition. I’m amazed at the number of people who have Keratosis Pilaris and didn’t realize it for years. I’m wondering if the condition isn’t really becoming more common but rather people are talking about it more and realizing that’s what they have.

    To recap, Keratosis Pilaris is a condition that causes rough, hard bumps to form on the skin. The bumps can usually be found on the back of the arms and legs but can also appear on other areas of the body and even the face. Some people call Keratosis Pilaris “chicken skin”. The condition stems from a build up of keratin (protein) in the skin. The hair follicles become clogged and the bumps emerge.

    The best way to control the problem is to continually eliminate dead skin cells with a chemical exfoliant so that the keratin can’t build up and trigger those bumps. This is by no means a cure but it can help to manage Keratosis Pilaris. Although there are many chemical exfoliants on the market, I’ve noticed that there are not many companies that want to tell customers that their products are suitable for Keratosis Pilaris. Until recently, I’ve never even see an over the counter product indicated just for this condition.

    That’s why I was so intrigued when I heard about Glytone’s KP Kit. It’s a two-step system specifically formulated for the management of Keratosis Pilaris. I was lucky enough to get my hands on the kit and give it a try. I don’t exactly have Keratosis Pilaris but I do get rough, slightly bumpy skin on the backs of my arms. Once again, the guinea pig went to work!

    The first part of the system is the Exfoliating Body Wash which contains glycolic acid. There’s a pouf included so you just squeeze out a quarter sized amount onto the pouf and lather up. The body wash smells really refreshing and the lather is abundant. I actually use it all over for a general exfoliating effect. The second part of the system is the Body Lotion which also contains glycolic acid. It’s a very strong product so be careful if you’re sensitive and prepare for a temporary tingle even if you’re not. Make sure you don’t use this lotion on your face since the acid content is just too high. The lotion is very rich and thick so use it when your skin is still damp from the shower and rub it in really well.

    I give the Keratosis Pilaris kit two thumbs up. It really helps to smooth out rough, bumpy skin and even out skin texture. Even if you don’t have Keratosis Pilaris, the system is great for an overall exfoliating and smoothing effect. I’ll definitely keep using it!

  • CelluliteRx is my firming prescription!

    You know how when you’re watching a talk show and they have a medical expert on and they touch on facts and myths in beauty and skincare?

    Well I’ve always noticed they tend to say that cellulite and firming treatments don’t work. It’s almost as if they feel they need to say that instead of asking the women who’ve actually tried them how they feel about them.

    Now obviously it’s best to firm up by diet and exercise but why not try a product that other women are raving about? Why do those same medical practitioners boast about their facial firming products? Most agree there are indeed facial serums and products that firm the skin and lift away years from the face; but somehow become leery of body firming.

    I realize there is a difference between cellulite and sagging skin but I know for me and many others there are products out there that absolutely firm up the thigh and make dimpled skin much firmer and smoother.

    I used to feel most had to be a temporary fix as I’m sure some are…however, when you see how fast the brand I use works you will see why it’s become more than just a temporary fix for me. I am so compliant with it that I use it daily and each day I see firmer results and less cellulite. In addition, it motivates the heck out of me to stay on track with diet.

    So you’re probably wondering how it works…right? Well I feel for starters, just the fact that I’m massaging it in increases circulation in and of itself. Also there are properties within it that increase circulation and cellular metabolism, while eliminating inflammation and toxic cellular waste. And it works!!

    The brand is CelluliteRX by Institut DerMed and I use the CelluliteRx Lipo Kit. Here’s some of the content and product description I found on
    Institut DERMed Body offers CelluliteRx, an advanced 3-step professional cellulite treatment that can now be done at home using the same concentrations of active ingredients available only in spas. The patented delivery system, QuSomes™, improves penetration of fat burning, phyto-hormone, anti-inflammatories and antioxidants to treat cellulite at a cellular level and slim in 4 weeks.

  • B. Kamins! (Part two)

    So yesterday I told you guys I’d tell you what I had read about B. Kamins after I had already finished yesterday’s blog entry.

    Well within the article I mentioned that I felt my eyebrow hair loss was from hormonal issues. In a word, peri-menopause! However, I also wrote about how well B. Kamins treated that hormonal hair loss. In other words, I just assumed the product (B.Kamins Eyelash Fortifier) worked really well and even went to to rate it but I was neglect in reading about the particulars of the brand itself.

    It seems that I was right on point when I felt my sparse eyebrows were due to hormonal hair loss. But that was just my gut feeling. However, it turns out the founder Chemist B.Kamins specifically formulated skincare products to treat peri-menopausal and menopausal skin. He developed it for his wife who was going through the symptoms of hormone deprived skin and when he noticed how well it worked he introduced it to the public in 1998.

    In addition, B. Kamins has a wide range of product lines such as treatment and repair of anti-aging, rosacea, men’s skincare, body care, acne, suncare and a whole lot more.

    For me though…I’m all about the specialty products for hormonal deprived skin because I’ve seen proof and I’m impressed. Here are my B. Kamin picks!

    B. Kamins Nutrient Replacement Cream

    B. Kamins Bio Maple Treatment Night Cream

  • B. Kamins...You're a lifesaver!

    I’m so excited about a product, that I actually went to the website to rate it! It’s called B. Kamins Eyelash Fortifier; however, I use it for my eyebrows. I mean I should be using it for my eyelashes as well…but at least I have/had eyelashes!

    My eyebrows, however; not so much! In fact, I was having dinner with my neighbors when all of a sudden the wife of the couple said, “Karen, don’t you have any eyebrows?” And I said, “Well yes, but they’re blonde.” Then she proceeded to say, “Well mine are blonde too but you can see them! You ought to at least draw them on.”
    So I’m thinking to myself…”When pigs fly!” I mean of course I’ll enhance them with some color and brow spray…but the day I artificially paint them on is the day I officially give up on beauty!

    Don’t get me wrong…I love my neighbor to death…and I know she was only trying to help, but I have my certain beauty boundaries…if you will.

    However, I have to say…help…she did! Because I went home that night, washed my face and started applying my B. Kamins Eyelash Fortifier faithfully! Within days (not weeks as the product indicates for me anyway), I had started to see results. They were still blonde but they were plentiful and lush! I no longer look like a space alien with no eyebrows nor do I look like an older woman with hormonal hair loss!

    Next I’m headin’ for Billion Dollar Brows!

    All I have to say is Thank you Chemist B. Kamins!!!

    Oh my gosh…tomorrow I have got to tell you guys about what I just read about B. Kamins!

  • Fall Skin Care

    It just occurred to me that fall is right around the corner although you’d never guess it with the heat in my neck of the woods. Every year as I opt for the sweater instead of the blouse, I notice that my skin requires a slight change in my beauty care regimen to account for the changes in the weather.

    I just happened to be perusing some skin care sites online and noticed a great article on You can check out the full article here:

    Many women see changes in their skin as we head into fall and winter and this article offers great advice on making some changes and performing some post-summer damage control.

    If you have any extra tips on how to handle the transition into fall, let us know. I’m always pleased at the great ideas that come from our readers.

  • Everyone wants a little extra beauty time in the morning...right?

    I realized after I posted yesterday's article that I may have forgotten one really great reason for dry shampoo! I talked about Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo being so terrific for your hair...meaning good for the health of your hair as opposed to washing the heck out of it daily and that's no doubt an absolute. But what I forgot to mention or take a closer look at was the convenience and speed of using it!

    We all need something to speed our morning's up from time to time and so I searched around the web to find articles that addressed just that very issue. Check out this article that was posted on on September 9, 2009. Great writers, blogs and skincare magazines think alike! LOL

    I love the title..written by SkinCare-News writing staff....Running Late? Top 9 Tips for Speedy Skincare. You get great tips and great product suggestions....even Oscar Blandi!

  • One Oscar Blandi Set for the money; two for the show; three to get ready and go go go!

    The coolest hair cleansing and conditioning set I've ever heard of! Oscar Blandi Every Other Day Set is the ticket! So check it out! Are you like many of us who feel their hair looks best on day two post washing? Many of my very good friends have sworn up and down not to ever re-wash on day two in order to keep their hair healthier and many love the way it looks as aforementioned.

    But I've found that though I do agree that it's much better for your hair and I do find it more manageable; I've also found it to be a tad dirty/oily. Not much but it's just enough to bug me. That is why I'm so thrilled to have found this Every Other Day Set. Not only are the Pronto shampoo and Pronto conditioner incredible products; but the set also includes Pronto Dry Shampoo. This product is so perfect for that off day non-washing. Your hair feels cleaner, smells great, looks better and you feel better...or at least I do. Additionally you'll increase volume and break away the prior day's product build-up and residue.

    Check this out!

    Oscar Blandi Every Other Day Set

    Oscar Blandi Pronto Wet Instant Volumizing Shampoo

    Oscar Blandi Pronto Wet Instant Volumizing Conditioner

    Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo

  • Colonic Anyone?

    So last week I was having my hair done when my stylist started talking about how she was thinking of going through an internal cleansing process. Her chosen method involves drinking a mixture of honey, milk and cayenne pepper several times a day for five days with absolutely no food. Mmmmmmmm, doesn’t that sound delicious?!

    I was curious about this since I’ve heard about various ways of cleansing the body of toxins in hopes of improving health. Well, the conversation didn’t end here. Next thing you know, my stylist was telling me about a procedure called a colonic irrigation which involves shooting liquid into the colon (you guessed it, up the backside) to expel the contents. In some cases an expert examines the contents in order to advise of any necessary dietary changes. Is this a joke? Apparently it’s not. If ever you feel bad about your job, keep the colon content examiner in mind and yours won’t seem so bad after all. I have to say I was more than a little grossed out by the idea. But to my surprise, others in the salon started chiming in, saying that they had also heard of the procedure and were in fact thinking of having it done. As horrific as the whole thing seems to me, there appears to be a big demand for experiencing the “total cleanse”.

    There are all kinds of products on the market to cleanse and detoxify the system. Some involve taking pills or mixtures along with a special diet or no food at all. Some are more like a power enema. Many people swear by the whole process as it supposedly has the ability to improve skin quality and digestive health. Others consider it needless on the grounds that the body is very efficient at excreting toxins. I do wonder if one can get overzealous and cause more harm than good.

    Has anyone had this procedure done? I’d love to hear about good and bad experiences.

  • Olive you!

    Yes...I do love you. You well rounded olive. Not only for a martini or a salad but for my skin and hair!

    Check out these five star rated olive products. Y(a'll love) them too. Drinks

    Korres Olive and Rye Night Cream

    L'Occitane Olive Silky Body Lotion

    Menscience Advanced Lip Protection

    Janson Beckett Alphaderma CE and Dermaple EP

    Frederick Fekkai Au Naturel Weightless Condtioner

  • An amazing kit I would have customized had Philosophy not beat me to it!

    Nothing shouts "a great pick me up" quite like a superb all inclusive skincare kit. If I could create one myself it would have an excellent cleanser, a firming and lifting serum, a jar of moisturizer, a top notch eye and lip firming product and a chemical peel to kick all of it in gear.

    Believe it or not Philosophy has a kit just like this! And Philosophy is a great brand so not only is it what I would customize in terms of choosing individual products it's also well known, highly respected in this biz, and an incredibly effective skin care line.

    Philosophy Makeup Optional Skincare Kit for Radiant Skin is my dream come true custom made kit. It comes with an 8oz bottle of Purity Made Simple Facial Cleanser, a one oz bottle of When Hope is not Enough Firming and Lifting Serum, two ounces of Hope in a Jar Moisturizer; a 0.5oz Hope in a Tube High Density Firming Eye and Lip Firming Cream, and three single use Microdelivery Peels.

    The cost of this dream come true kit for radiant gorgeous skin is only 78 bucks yet is a 129 dollar value. I'd call it priceless...cause that's how great your skin will look. Many users of this kit say their skin is so much more radiant, clear and gorgeous that after a few weeks use they now wear little or no makeup! I concur. It feels so great to go somewhere with just a clear clean youthful and bright skin and nothing else. Well in my case I hit my lashes with a little mascara and my lips with a light pink stain and I'm ready to go! I'm so in love with this kit.

    I think I'm gonna customize a few kits for all of us. I'll choose the best regimen for a number of concerns. However, you'll just need to remember that they won't be in one kit and will be designed with more than one line but I will have known each of the products very well and know what they would work well together. This is going to be fun. I'm going to put together very common ones such as skin types and issues; but I'd also like to customize some for you as well fo whatever your individual regimen issues


  • Rene Furterer For Gorgeous Silky Shiny Hair!

    Have any of you heard of Rene Furterer? It's an exceptional line of products for hair and scalp. I am so impressed with not only the quality and innovative ingredients such as rare botanicals; but also with the products they have developed and offer.

    Some examples being Repairing After Sun Mask. I don't know about you but my hair is just thrashed after a day at the beach. This conditioning treatment makes my tangled dried out hair soft, supple, manageable and brilliantly detangled!

    For oily hair they offer Curbicia Purifying Clay Mask Shampoo! Sebum production is regulated both with the mask as a scalp treatment while simultaneously purifing, clarifying, balancing and soaking up excess oil.

    Karite Intense Nutrition Oil is a pre-shampoo deep conditioning treatment. I don't know about you, but to the best of my knowledge any line I've ever used (and I've used incredible hair products!) before I found Rene Furterer, never offered any pre-shampoo conditioning treatments (how often do you use a pre-shampoo?) This is probably my favorite product in the line. My hair looks better than ever when I use this pre-shampoo oil and it only takes 5 minutes!

    These are only a few of the incredible products offered in the Rene Furterer line. Everything from shampoos and conditioners to specialty styling products are offered within this line and everyone of them are top notched, nicely fragrant and offer superb nutrition to the hair and scalp.

    "Rene Furterer is an expert hair care brand with products made of essential oils and plant extracts, designed to reveal and enhance beautiful hair.The essential oils are mainly used for their deep-cleansing, stimulating or soothing action. Their high power of penetration in the scalp optimizes the effectiveness of Rene Furterer's hair care, boosting micro-circulation and consequently improving scalp nutrition. Their aromatic properties endow Rene Furterer's products with extremely pleasant fragrances and add to the products' multi-sensory benefits." 


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