Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Review: Zim's Crack Creme Creamy Daytime Formula & Zim's Crack Creme Original Liquid Formula #ZimsCrackCreme

(product photo courtesy of www.zimsusa.com)

2.7 oz./76.8g $6.99
Zim's Crack Creme Creamy Daytime Formula, is an herbal formula that softens and moisturizes dry, cracked skin. Originally developed by a pharmacist, this formula is recommended for daytime use, which compliments the nighttime use of the Original Liquid Formula. It is for use on hands, feet, elbows, cuticles and much more. This (and the original liquid formula) is also useful for the dry split fingers often associated with the dry atmosphere weather in wintertime or southwestern climates. The daytime formula has the same ingredients as the original liquid formula, just in different amounts.

I liked it very much, it absorbs nicely into the skin, which means it absorbs quickly and doesn't leave a huge residue all over your skin. In fact, it absorbs completely into the skin, leaving hands so soft that you'd think you just had a paraffin dip. So you don't go around with greasy hands all day. I used it on my right foot, which had some rough skin and a large crack on the ball of the foot right below my big toe. After a couple of weeks of use, voila the crack had healed some (not completely but I did not expect it to after only 2 weeks, it was a very large crack), and my rough skin was gone. I did use it in conjunction with the original liquid formula, which I used at nighttime. 

2 fl.oz./60mL $6.99
Zim's Crack Creme Original Liquid Formula is an all-natural multi-use liquid herbal formula that softens and moisturizes dry, cracked skin. It is recommended for nighttime use but can be used throughout the day also. This liquid can be used on hands, feet, elbows, cuticles and more. Originally it was developed by a pharmacist over 60 years ago when cement workers came to him complaining of dry, cracked skin on their hands and feet. This oil formula features Arnica Flower Extract and Myrcia Oil. Their original liquid formula and creamy daytime formula products are ideal for the dry split fingers often associated with dry atmosphere weather in wintertime or southwestern climates.

I find the Original Liquid Formula a little bit harder to use, as it is a thin liquid. If the liquid was a little bit thicker then I think it would be easier to use. That said, it is an extraordinary product and does help with the dry, cracked skin on the feet, elbows and hands. I love how well this and the other Creamy Daytime Formula product perform. What I love about the Original Liquid Formula is that it is stronger and therefore works better overnight to help with the problems we have. I used it in conjunction with the Creamy Daytime Formula on my right foot and it really helped to get rid of the crack that had developed. 

Here is a photo of my right foot with the ball of the foot under my big toe. The crack has completely disappeared. There is still some callus left on the area but that needs to be taken care of with a pumice stone. At least the crack is gone. That only took 2 weeks, using Zim's Original Liquid Formula at night and the Creamy Daytime Formula during the day.  

above: right foot after using Zim's

Zim's Crack Creme can be purchased at Rite-Aid, Walgreens and Wal-Mart in the United States. There is a whole list of retailers where you can find it in the US, too long to list here, but I will put the link: www.zimsusa.com/find/. Like Zim's on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/zimsusa; Follow Zim's on Twitter:@zimsusa; Follow Zim's on Pinterest:https://www.pinterest.com/zimsusa/ and Subscribe to Zim's on YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/user/ZimsUsa.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

(These were sent for consideration) 

Review: Callex Ointment for Beautifully Soft Feet #CallexOintment

(product photo courtesy of www.callexointment.com)

1.75oz./50g $14.99
Callex Ointment is an emollient ointment for dry feet (heels and anywhere else you may need it). It exfoliates, moisturizes and softens all in one. This ointment is free of harsh acids, it has natural exfoliating enzymes that make filing your feet a thing of the past. With daily use, complete exfoliation and/or softening takes between 2 and 4 weeks, depending on the amount of dry or thickened skin on your foot. It is paraben-free, preservative-free, gluten-free and vegan. The ointment is fragranced with natural peppermint oil. One jar is a 1-2 month supply if used daily. This product comes with a money back guarantee: if you are not satisfied, the company will refund your money.

Directions For Use: (Thickened or Dry, Cracked Feet)
  1. Apply directly to rough, dry or hardened areas of the foot twice daily
  2. Rub area with warm, wet washcloth between applications
  3. Expect results in 3 to 12 days – complete exfoliation in 15 to 30 days.
  • For external use only
  • Keep out of reach of children
  • Do not use on irritated, infected or open skin.
  • Keep away from eye areas and avoid eye contact. If eye contact occurs, flush with cool water immediately.
  • Wash hands after use.
Callex Ointment works faster if used after bathing/showering, when skin is at its softest. Make sure to rub the areas with a warm, wet washcloth to dislodge any extraneous dry skin before applying the ointment. It also works better if you apply socks on your feet after applying the ointment. Make sure to wash your hands after each use so that you will not get any ointment in the eye area. 
Below is a photo of my foot after using the Callex Ointment. I don't have a before photo but you can see where the crack had been formed. It was pretty deep. Callex helped to get rid of the dead, nasty skin and left just the new skin in its place. Now the crack is healing and is becoming much smaller. 

above: results on left foot
I think that the product did a very good job of removing the dead, extraneous skin on my feet that led to the cracked skin. It also removed skin that was causing rough texture on my heels. From the photo you can see that all of that has disappeared. It took about 2-3 weeks for this to come about. It was not instantaneous. I had to apply the Callex Ointment to my feet 2x a day for 2-3 weeks to get these results. But I am very happy with the results. Because I was testing another cream, I only used it only my left foot.

Callex Ointment can be purchased a number of places online: www.xenna.com, www.walgreens.com, www.riteaid.com, www.amazon.com, www.drugstore.com and can be purchased at these stores: Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Rite-Aid, ShopRite, Amerisource Bergen, Cardianl Health, McKesson, Toes to Soles, Access Pharma, Card Health Cares, VitaCost and C & S Wholesale Grocers. Like Callex on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CallexOintment.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

(This was sent for consideration)


Monday, February 27, 2017

Clarisonic Smart Profile Uplift #Clarisonic #SmartProfileUplift

Clarisonic Smart Profile Uplift
Introducing Clarisonic’s Most Advanced Device
Smart Profile UpliftTM with New Firming Action
A New Anti-Aging Breakthrough in Skincare

Day after day, see instant results and long-lasting cumulative benefits with continued use of Smart Profile Uplift (cleansing & firming).
AFTER 1 USE: Facial fine lines are visibly reduced and moisturizer feels like it absorbs better.
1 WEEK: Skin is more radiant.
2 WEEKS: Skin looks healthier and is younger.
4 WEEKS: Pores appear smaller and skin feels smooth.
8 WEEKS: Face and neck appear lifted, toned and tightened.
12 WEEKS: Visibly improves multiple signs of aging on face, neck & décolleté.

1. Firmness
2. Sagging
3. Lifted cheek appearance
4. Facial wrinkles
5. Cheek wrinkles
6. Facial fine lines
7. Forehead fine lines
8. Cheek fine lines
9. Lip area fine lines
10. Smoothness
11. Radiance

12. Sagging
13. Neck folds
14. Smoothness

15. Radiance
Optimize Your Daily Skincare
Use the Firming Massage Head, with your favorite anti-aging creams, emolliating serums, oils and even hydrating masks, to help boost the absorption of your daily skincare.
It provides 2-in-1 Cleansing + Firming Massage
Smart Profile Uplift’s 2-in-1 revitalizing sonic cleansing and firming massage visibly improves multiple signs of aging (wrinkles, firmness and radiance) for a youthful-looking face, neck and décolleté.
The device utilizes Clarisonic’s smart microchip technology embedded directly in the smart brush heads, which enables the device to automatically operate at the optimal cleansing or firming frequencies.

Revitalizing cleansing reduces the appearance of fine dry lines and minimizes the look of pores (after 1 week) for a younger looking face, neck and décolleté.
Gently cleanses makeup and sunscreen 6X better than hands alone. Clarisonic cleansing removes makeup, sunscreen and pore clogging debris that hand cleansing leaves behind to help drive better
absorption of anti-aging skincare products.
The Revitalizing Cleanse Brush Head is made from ultra-soft tapered filaments and is – like every Clarisonic brush head - gentle enough to use twice daily even on sensitive skin, The pre-programmed smart protocol also includes an extra 20 seconds for cleansing the neck, an area frequently forgotten in the daily skincare regimen.

Attach the Revitalizing Cleanse Brush Head. Wet face and brush head thoroughly with water, then apply cleanser of your choice to the brush head or your skin.
Cleanse as directed:
— Stage 1- Deep Cleansing: 20 seconds on forehead
— Stage 2 - Deep Cleansing: 20 seconds on nose and chin
— Stage 3 - Gentle Cleansing: 10 seconds on one cheek
— Stage 4 - Gentle Cleansing: 10 seconds on the other cheek
— Stage 5 - Gentle Cleansing: 20 seconds on neck
Manual mode is set for 60 seconds of cleansing at the intensity of your choice. Follow the same stage cleansing as described above.
Use with your favorite anti-aging creams, emolliating serums and oils. 27,000 micro-firming massages over 3 minutes smooth fine lines and wrinkles and boost the absorption of your daily skin care. Skin feels firmer, skin’s elasticity is improved, face and neck appear lifted and contours look more defined (based on 12 weeks use). 92% of women thought their skin felt more moisturized.
Our new smart Firming Massage Head is shaped to glide effortless over contours for a pleasurable ‘spa like’ experience. Its patented design works with Clarisonic’s unique firming frequency to provide optimal results.
Existing Smart Profile owners can uplift their current device too. The New Firming Massage head, which can be purchased separately, operates on all existing Smart Profile handles.
Attach the Firming Massage Head. Apply your skincare onto the face, neck and décolleté. Gently glide the firming massage head over skin in upward and outward motions, starting at the décolleté and ended on the forehead.
— Zone 1 – décolleté: 30 seconds
— Zone 2 – neck, chin, and jawline: 30 seconds each side
— Zone 3 – cheeks: 30 seconds each
— Zone 4 – forehead: 30 seconds

Quick 30 second routines. Adjust protocol to target the area of most of concern for you. Achieve results in just 30 secs, twice daily on a targeted zone.
PLEASE NOTE: Avoid using any quick absorbing or mattifying products to ensure the massage head can comfortably glide over the skin without pulling or tugging.
The Firming Massage Head only operates with Clarisonic’s Smart Profile Devices and cannot be used with our standard cleansing devices.
Designed to cleanse, massage and exfoliate the body to reveal softer, smother skin. Perfect for smoothing extra dry, dull skin on elbows and knees, prepping skin for a closer shave on legs, and before applying self-tanner.
Set Includes: Clarisonic Smart Profile Device, Firming Massage Head, Revitalizing Cleanse Brush Head, Turbo Massage Body Brush Head, 1 oz. Refreshing Gel Facial Cleanser, USB Charger and Wall Plug.
Clarisonic Smart Profile Uplift is available for $349 at Clarisonic.com and skincare professionals.
Individual Firming Massage Head SRP $54

Only Clarisonic Offers the Best Cleansing
With over 45 US PATENTS in design and innovation Clarisonic technology is still the #1 most recommended skin cleansing device by US dermatologists.
Clarisonic invented sonic skin cleansing in 2004 and today has sold over 15 million of its patented —and much loved—devices that help to reveal healthy, younger-looking skin. Available in over 50 countries around the world, Clarisonic delivers infinitely better skin, cleansing skin 6x better than hands alone. Gentle enough for twice-a-day use, Clarisonic devices are the #1 most recommended skin cleansing devices by US dermatologists. Clarisonic’s award-winning products are distributed through dermatologists, cosmetic surgeons, spas, prestige retailers and online at Clarisonic.com. Clarisonic is headquartered in Redmond, Washington, USA and is part of the L’Oreal Group.

Review: Bain de Terre Keratin Phyto Protein 5-in-1 Cleansing Conditioner #BaindeTerre

(product photo courtesy of www.baindeterre.com)

13.5 fl.oz./400mL $16.00
Sometimes you just want to get in the shower and wash your hair and leave it at that. But wait! You need to condition it too. What to do? Leave it to Bain de Terre's Keratin Phyto Protein 5-in-1 Cleansing Conditioner to do the job. This product is the only 5-in-1 cleansing conditioner fortified with Keratin Phyto-Protein. It is one no suds product that shampoos, conditions, deep conditions, enhances luster, & detangles. All in one. Boom. How about that? This product is a fragrant elixir infused with a plant derived keratin protein blend, a natural component of hair's structure. It contains beautifying oils of Argan and Monoi plus botanicals to treat the hair and indulge the senses. It defends against future damage for all hair types. 

To use: Massage vigorously into scalp and work into ends. Add a splash of water to help distribute. This product does not lather, but instead is rich and creamy. Leave in for 3-5 minutes. Rinse thoroughly. This product is paraben-free and sulfate-free. It is also safe for color treated hair. 

Personally, I found this product to be just as described. It is a cleansing conditioner. It is like a shampoo but with a conditioner, deep conditioner and a detangler all in one. Hair comes out looking beautiful. It looks luscious, shiny and like it has been worked through a process at a salon. I would definitely keep using this product. And you really don't need to go through a ton of it either. The bottle is fairly large. 

This product is available to purchase at www.loxabeauty.com or anywhere Bain de Terre products are sold. Like Bain de Terre on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/baindeterrepro/; Follow Bain de Terre on Twitter:@baindeterre and Follow Bain de Terre on Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/baindeterrepro/.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis

(This was sent for consideration)

Thandie Newton - Oscars Beauty Breakdown - Charlotte Tilbury #GettingReadyWithCT

Below, Jo shares the key steps she took to create Thandie’s look: 

1.     Jo used the new Instant Magic Facial Dry Sheet Mask to give the skin instant glow. Magic Cream was then smoothed on to plump out the skin, followed by Wonderglow primer and Magic Foundation for a flawless, poreless complexion in seconds. 

2.     Cheekbones were sculpted in with Charlotte’s Filmstar Bronze and Glow. A warm glow was conjured with a swish and pop of Cheek to Chic in The Climax

3.     Brows were lifted with Brow LiftEyes to Mesmerise in Cleopatra was washed all over the eyelid, and then taken under the eye along the lash line for a hypnotizing, gilded, majestic gaze. 
4.     Full Fat Lashes mascara was applied for a full Hollywood Flutter! 

5.     Jo sculpted Thandie’s limbs with Supermodel Body that catches the light beautifully. 

6.     Thandie’s gorgeous lips were lined with Charlotte Tilbury Iconic Nude Lip Cheat Pencil. Charlotte’s signature Matte Revolution lipstick in Very Victoria was then applied for a fuller wider, gorgeous nude lip!

Review: Kleenex Exfoliating Cushions #Kleenex #ExfoliatingCushions

(product photo courtesy of www.kleenex.com)

12 per pack/$9.99 Refill packs $4.99
Previously I reviewed the other products in the Kleenex Skincare line. Today I am going to review the Kleenex Exfoliating Cushions, which have been voted Product of the Year, by the Consumer Product Survey of Innovation in 2017.  Currently Kleenex is running a promotion where if you purchase one product you get the other for 50% off. That is a great deal and I would try to take advantage of that offer. 
With the Kleenex Exfoliating Cushions say goodby to the one-scrub-fits-all approach to exfoliating and say hello to a new way to exfoliate. These cushions are an exclusive combination of dual-sided, multi-layered fabrics paired with a gentled cleanser that come in a refillable dispenser. The cushion exfoliates and polishes the skin, revealing a healthy, more radiant glow with just one use and allowing for customized levels of exfoliation. The cushions are for all skin types. They are hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested. 
The Kleenex Exfoliating Cushions have been infused with a provitamin complex to gently cleanse, smooth and brighten skin. The cleanser is water activated and the cushions are dual sided to smooth, polish and exfoliate. The dual texture and applied pad allows control over the desired amount of exfoliation. To use, simply wet the cushion to activate the cleanser, apply to skin with preferred pressure level and cleanse/exfoliate skin, then toss! When the pack is empty, slide a refill pack into your existing dispenser then peel, insert and repeat. 
I love how well these cushions exfoliate. The cleanser in them is not too drying for the skin, the cushions exfoliate nicely, just the right amount and my skin ended up looking great. I was very happy with this product. I would definitely recommend this for just about anyone. I think these would be great for those with dry skin, mature skin, normal skin, combination skin, oily skin and even acneic skin. They are gentle and would help any skin type. I like the fact that you can tailor the exfoliation to your own needs. It never gets too rough, it is just about perfect. 
Kleenex Facial Cleansing Products are available at www.kleenex.com, www.amazon.com, Target, CVS and Walmart. Refill packs are $4.99.
Until Next Time~
Marie Papachatzis
(These were sent for consideration)

Get the Look: Kirsten Dunst in Chantecaille at the 2017 Academy Awards


At the 2017 Academy Awards,
celebrity makeup artist Jillian Dempsey gave Kirsten Dunst a striking bold look using
Chantecaille makeup.
INSPIRATION: Jillian was inspired by Elizabeth Taylor and 1960s French couture. She
wanted Kirsten to have a warm complexion with a statement lip and smoky eyes.
THE LOOK: Smoky eyes, glowing skin, and bold classic red lips.
Below are Jillian’s tips to achieve Kirsten’s Academy Awards look:
1. To depuff and instantly brighten Kirsten’s undereyes, Jillian used Chantecaille Gold
Energizing Eye Masks ($195).
2. To create a dewy flawless base, Future Skin Foundation in Alabaster ($76) was applied
sparingly alternating between a brush and a BeautyBlender ($20) for varying amounts of
coverage where needed.
3. Le Camoflauge Stylo Concealer ($52) was applied to areas of Kirsten’s face that needed
extra coverage or brightening.
4. Compact Makeup in Peach ($70) was applied to Kirsten’s skin in a circular motion using
Chantecaille’s Kabuki Brush ($70) to control shine and set her foundation.
5. Compact Soleil in St. Barth’s ($46) was added to the high points of Kirsten’s cheekbones
as well as her forehead for added dimension and a warm glow.
6. Jillian used her fingers to blend in Cheek Crème in Coy, a soft apricot, ($26) to the apples
of Kirsten’s cheeks for a healthy pop of color.
TIP FROM JILLIAN: “One of the things I spend the most time perfecting is complexion. I
obsess over blending the products so they achieve a balance between concealing and
becoming one with the skin. A trick for achieving more consistent coverage and to deliver
warmth is to dust a super light bronzer around the hairline and all over the face.”
1. Jillian applied Luster Glide Eyeliner in Black Forrest ($30) to Kirsten’s upper and bottom
lash lines for a dramatic effect.
2. Jillian generously applied Chantecaille Eye Shade in Titanium ($26) to give the eyes a
sultry smoky look. She then added Jillian Dempsey Lid Tint in Smoke ($28) with a nylon
brush on top of the shadow to catch the light of the red carpet and add sheen to Kirsten’s
3. Faux Cils Longest Lash Mascara ($72) was applied in a vertical motion to lift the
eyelashes and make the eyes pop.
1. Jillian applied an opaque layer of Chantecaille Lipstick in Cerise ($38) for Kirsten’s
flattering bright bold red lip.
All Chantecaille products are available at www.chantecaille.com
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