Sunday Riley’s Early Access Kit

Find Sunday Ruley products early before launch
Sunday Riley Early Access Before Launch

Sunday Riley is more than just a pretty brand, it’s a brand that has created effective and coveted products. With a range of products that are targeted at stopping and reversing everything from wrinkles to acne with its selection of moisturizers, serums, masks and oils. The brand has a following among beauty lovers and celebrities alike. Take a look at any beauty influencers skincare routine, and Sunday Riley is likely to make an appearance. Not bad for a brand that launched less than a decade ago.

Sunday Riley’s most popular item is arguably Good Genes. The all-in-one treatment has quickly become a holy grail skincare item. The lactic acid treatment that exfoliates and brightens dull skin to make you look more youthful and radiant. There is so much to love about this one step product that it is clear why it has reached cult status in the industry.

Earlier this year the company announced that Good Genes would no longer be carried in the United Kingdom due to the amount of lactic acid contained in the product and new regulations that prohibit skincare products that contain a certain level of Lactic acid. Many devotees were upset about the discontinuation of the product since there are few products that can compare.

Then in October 2018, the brand re-released the product in the U.K. after reformulating Good Genes by removing the lactic acid and implementing glycolic acid as its exfoliating ingredient.

The glycolic version of Good Genes was once only available in the U.K., much to the disappointment of glycolic loving skincare gurus in the U.S. But now the brand is releasing a kit labeled the “Early Access Kit” limited to just a thousand units. Each kit will include the glycolic based Good Genes along with two other products from the brand that won’t be released until early 2019. The Early Access Kit will retail for $185 with a retail value of $230 for three full-size products.

The other products included in the kit are the as yet unreleased A+ retinoid serum, that lives up to its name with 6.5% retinol, a form of vitamin A heralded for its anti-aging benefits such as increased cell turnover and collagen production, making it perfect for fine lines and wrinkles.

And last in the Early Access Kit is the Sunday Riley C.E.O Glow, containing vitamin C and turmeric, to help brighten and even skin tone and help skin have a supple bounce-like look and feel to it. Turmeric is even said to help decrease UV damage and help prevent breakouts with its natural antioxidants and antibacterial properties. All this in a lightweight oil that will be another great addition to the brand’s C.E.O line that is quickly gaining the same clout that Good Genes has.

The company has yet to confirm if Good Genes with glycolic acid will be making a debut on store shelves stateside outside of the Early Access Kit, but A+ and C.E.O Glow are slated to release respectively in January and March of 2019 for U.S. consumers.

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Wedding Skin Care Tips for that Luminous and Clear Look

With regards to beauty preparation and wedding skin care, there is nothing as beginning too early. Below are some tried and tested tips that will help every bride to enjoy a luminous and clear skin on her big day. Wedding Skin Care Tips for that Luminous and Clear Look

  • When it comes to the skin, one should avoid leaving it till the eleventh hour. The longer one has for correcting any skin problem, the better. It is good to use skin care products which have exfoliating acids that will help in removing the dead skin cells thereby making the complexion appear clean and clear. The removal of the dead layer will make the skin appear vibrant and fresh. Most importantly it is good to use a sunscreen lotion to prevent tanning and skin damage.
  • Avoid experimenting with any new skin care products 2-3 weeks before the wedding. It may cause a reaction and may take time to calm down, and this is something that no bride will want to face on her special day.
  • Developing the habit of drinking green tea regularly can work wonders. Along with keeping a weight on check its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties will help in reducing acne and thereby brighten the skin. To know more, contact SilkyBlossoms.
  • Apply an excellent nourishing moisturizer regularly all over the body because fluctuations in weight can result in stretch marks. Keeping the skin nourished is important, and the best way to do so will be by adding vitamin E to the diet.
  • In case one is on a diet, she needs to take multi-vitamin supplements. If the body lacks proper nutrients, it will reflect on the skin. Food containing omega oil is good for the skin.
  • If one suffers from rough skin and red spots on the thighs and upper arms then using a moisturizer that contains salicylic acid or glycolic acid regularly can help.
  • If it is a summer wedding or one is getting married abroad, she should apply SPF 50 daily beginning from 1 month before the marriage. Avoid sunbath as this can leave unsightly strap marks which can spoil the wedding photos. Hence, keep applying the sunscreen to the face, lips, ears, and back of the neck.
  • To keep away from fake tan disasters, it is good to go for a professional spray tan one day before the wedding. Going for a trial tan earlier will be a smart decision to ensure that the color suits the complexion and there is no reaction.
  • For those who are prone to cold sores, taking a mild antiviral can prevent the flare-up.
  • In case of hormonal spots or blackheads, use products containing salicylic acid as a part of the daily skin care routine. It will help in exfoliating the skin gently and also clear the pores. The salicylic acid contains anti-inflammatory properties which are excellent for blemishes which have turned inflamed.

So, all the to-be brides follow this skin care regime with utmost dedication and look flawless and radiant on your much-awaited day. All the best and get going.

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5 Best Makeup Products to Fake a Glowing Complexion

5 Best Makeup Products to Fake a Glowing ComplexionAlthough we all crave and do our best to achieve that ‘lit from within’ glowing complexion, sometimes it’s just not possible to get that JLO glow without a little help from the wonder that we know and love as makeup. Of course, we should really try to nourish our skin with the best products for our skin type, layer them in the right order – due our due diligence. However, we all know that that flawlessly radiant complexion is a difficult feat to achieve, so why not fake it ‘till you make it?

Makeup companies have done wonders in the ‘glow’ department, especially since this season is all about the glow – from highlighters, glittery and metallic eyeshadows to ultra-shiny holographic lip glosses. Let’s face it – this is the year of the glow, so let’s see which products we can snag and let it shine, let it shine.

A cult favorite

 A cult favorite

This first product is amazing on so many levels, but since it has been on the market for so long and already holds an iconic status, people rarely mention it anymore, which is a shame, because it deserves to be in the spotlight at all times. The product we’re talking about is the MAC Strobe Cream. It comes in a variety of shades – to suit different skin types and glow preferences, but this is where things get interesting.

This is one of those amazing double-duty beauty products that can be used in so many different ways. As its first and foremost, as a moisturizer it nourishes the skin and can be used alone to give you that illusion of a natural glow because it contains iridescent particles, so even when you decide to go makeup free, or foundation-free for the day, just slather this goodness, and glow, baby, glow. You can also mix it into your foundation to make it less matte and more radiant, and finally, it’s so good that you can actually apply it to the high points on top of the already finished face to add to the glow intensity, and unlike the powder highlighters, it won’t give away the fact that you’ve used something at all as it blends into the skin like a charm.

Lit from within Lit from within

No matter what foundation you’re wearing, as we all have come to know, a primer can make or break your look. Now, many people opt for the mattifying ones, but the trick to the ‘lit from within’ makeup look that won’t even require powder highlight is a radiance boosting primer. There are many amazing ones on the market, but the one that we have fallen head over heels with is the Auto Pilot Radiance-Boosting Primer by Napoleon Perdis. It promises a Cinderella-esque radiance, and boy, does it deliver.

You can play with it in multiple ways – as a primer that will ‘beam’ through your foundation. What is more, if you want that ‘visible from space’ glow, you can also gently dab it over your foundation anywhere you want – the tops of your cheekbones, the tip of the nose, under the brow-bone – just take it and see where your glow goals take you.

Don’t underestimate a good foundation Don’t underestimate a good foundation

As said, the makeup industry has done a darn good job in the radiance department, and foundations are no exception. Now, there are plenty of sheer to medium coverage radiant foundations, and we have put many to the test, but the one that won by a landslide is the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. Many foundations out there claim they’ll give you a look of ‘your skin but better’ but this one actually lives up to the promise.

It evens out your complexion flawlessly, giving you that baby-smooth radiance – especially with the right primer, and the best thing about it, you look impeccable but no one could ever tell you’re wearing foundation. If the JLO glow complexion is what you want, this is your product. It does come with quite the price tag, but a little goes a long way, so this truly is a great investment.

 More, more, more  More, more, more

If you want to glow like a goddess, but still don’t know how to make those powder highlighters work without highlighting your fine lines and end up looking cakey, stick or drop highlighters are here to your rescue. We’ve tested out numerous ones, and as we couldn’t pick just one, we’re giving you two incredible options. Number one belongs to Fenty Beauty’s Shimmer Skinsticks.

These babies are so creamy, you can apply them using a sturdy brush or just gently dab on your high points, and they melt into the skin like a charm. There are different shades – the most neutral being the Confetti. It’s an iridescent opal shade that will give you those slight ‘unicorn vibes’ and you can even apply it before your foundation and the specs will beam through. The other product is the Iconic London Illuminator – which is a liquid highlighter. This will give you a glow so intense, the world won’t be able to handle it. You can go for the more subtle usage – use your beauty blender and dab on highpoints, or add a few drops in your foundation for a glow that just doesn’t quit.

Seal the deal Seal the deal

Settings sprays are supposed to hold everything in place, and they do – some more some less successfully. However, once we heard MAC was dropping a glowy version of the FIX+ called Fix+ (Shimmer), we simply had to give it a try. Just like the original, it doesn’t disappoint in the setting department, but the pearlescent particles with which it’s infused give you that all-over glow, but not like you’re covered in body glitter, just like you’re naturally radiant. And, much like the old one, you can wear it as a setting spray, or simply put on your new favorite strobing moisturizer, spritz Fix+ generously and be the ultimate glowing girl of summer.

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How Anti-Aging Products Prove Their Efficacy Claims

There are literally thousands of products promising to turn back the hands of time. Using anti-aging products is one of the most common beauty hacks for looking younger, but it’s far from a silver bullet.

Some anti-aging products really do soften fine lines, improve skin clarity, and build up collagen. Others are nothing but a waste of money. Yet all anti-aging products claim to solve our skin woes. So how do manufacturers come up with all their claims and how do you know if they’re legitimate? How-Anti-Aging-Products-Prove-Their-Efficacy-Claims

Unfortunately, topical beauty product claims aren’t usually regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Manufacturers primarily rely on four tactics to prove the efficacy of anti-aging products.

Third-Party Testing of Beauty Products

One of the most common ways to obtain efficacy statistics for products is through third-party testing. Companies like The Benchmarking Company that specialize in beauty product testing base results in quantitative and qualitative consumer research.

Third-party testers use a variety of measures to gauge whether a product actually delivers results. Some are performed in-home, meaning that the consumer who’s acting as a tester uses the product at home as other consumers would. The product research company then tracks their independent thoughts on how the product worked throughout the testing period.

The tests produce verified consumer claims that are then used for marketing purposes. It’s not uncommon for manufacturers to discover benefits they didn’t even consider before the third party consumer testing.

Testing Beauty Products in a Laboratory Setting

Some beauty product manufacturers go the extra mile to definitively show results in terms of actual improvement to the skin, not just consumer opinion. These tests are performed in a laboratory setting under the direction of researchers.

When you see claims like “80% improvement in moisture retention” or “75% reduction in fine lines” those are typically obtained through laboratory testing. The researchers will take baseline measurements before product use and then observe the changes at intervals during the testing period.

Consumers should pay attention to who does the laboratory testing. It’s best for testing to be done at an outside facility rather than at the manufacturer’s testing facilities.

Expert Reviews on Anti-Aging Products

Today, there are a lot of influencers providing their seal of approval for beauty products, which their followers see as proof positive of efficacy. It’s not uncommon to see anti-aging products that prominently display awards received from expert reviewers like a beauty magazine or well-known skin specialist. The opinion of these high-profile reviewers is regularly used in marketing on product packaging, ads, and websites.

The Allure Best of Beauty Awards is a perfect example of how expert reviews can help substantiate efficacy claims. Their beauty editors test out dozens upon dozens of products to determine which ones live up to the hype. Only those that really wow their panel end up receiving an award.

FTC Advertising and Marketing Regulations

Since the FDA classifies most topical anti-aging products as cosmetics (unless they change the physical structure of the skin and are then considered a drug), the products need to be proven safe to use, but they don’t need FDA approval to verify they work as claimed. However, there are Federal Trade Commission (FTC) advertising and marketing regulations for cosmetics, and under FDA law marketing claims should not be misleading.

If the FDA finds that a manufacturer is making drug claims for a cosmetic they can take action. For example, if a manufacturer claims that an anti-aging cosmetic boosts collagen production that’s a drug claim because it would be altering the structure of the skin. If the product is a cosmetic that hasn’t gotten FDA approval to make a drug claim a warning letter will be issued. Dozens of companies have received warning letters in regard to topical skin care products, including heavyweights like L’Oreal and Peter Thomas Roth.

With so many options available and loose FDA regulations finding anti-agers that actual work can be a daunting process. Your best bet is to look for products that have been independently tested and use ingredients that are proven to be effective.

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