Josie Maran Argan Matchmaker Serum Foundation & Argan Illuminizer

Josie Maran has quickly become known for her stellar Argan Oil which is starring in several new offerings like the beautifully simple Argan Matchmaker Serum Foundation, an elegantly textured ‘smart’ foundation that manages to morph into your skin’s shade. For those who often feel overwhelmed choosing the right color of foundation, you’ll love your 2 choices; Light/Medium or Medium/Dark. It doesn’t seem like it would work out, but when a friend and I with drastically different skin tones both tried it, we looked as if we were wearing custom chosen shades. It’s a light serum that has medium coverage and a pretty, glowy finish. Great for sallow skin that might need a youthful boost.

Although I didn’t get any shots of the foundation on, I did get a few IPhone candids of her new Argan Illuminizer which I loved. The only reason I didn’t buy it is because I already own/use so many illuminators that you can probably see my face via Google Earth.  Ah, it’s a good one though.

It’s sheer, with a hint of bronze and packed with Argan Oil goodness. That’s her FYI on the right.
A look at a generous application so you can see the finish. Beautiful on cheek bones or mixed in with your foundation.

There are a few more things from the line I’m dying to try Argan Self Tanner anyone?), look for more Josie to come.

Best Moisturizers for Dry Skin

Is Vaseline is truly great skin moisturizer? It is according to Dr. Robert Tornambe. He says it maintains the skin’s moisture barrier by locking in water content so it can’t escape thus erasing fine lines caused from dehydration. He also touts Dimethacone and Glycerin as great all-purpose hydrating ingredients found in moisturizers of all price ranges.

Check out the rest of his top performing skin moisturizers HERE

Dry Skin Rever-Upper; Kosmea Hydrating Rosewater Mist

Dry, tight skin is so annoying. Sometimes throughout the day, dry skin can start to feel even dryer as your moisturizer fades away and the day sets in. Keeping a little Hydrating Rosewater Mist in your bag is a good idea and it would probably get a lot more use than you’d think. You can spray a little of the rosewater on your face throughout the day to freshen makeup and add some instant, anti-oxidant filled moisture to your skin.

Check out Kosmea’s version – it’s ultra-pure, sinks in right away, and smells like heaven.

Kosmea Hydrating Rosewater Mist

Estée Lauder Hydrationist Creme

When your skin is dry and tight, it’s uncomfortable and drives you crazy. Your makeup sits on top of the dull, dry, flaky skin and never has a luminous glow about it. I remember a story a woman told me years ago about her Crisco home facials where she’d layer the shortening an inch thick on her face just to relieve the tightness. It’s a pretty extreme example, but women who have dry skin usually reach for the heaviest creme they can find to get some relief.

Estée Lauder’s new Hydrationist line of cremes and lotions is made for ultra dry skin using their exclusive Bio-Mimetic Water which is engineered to be better absorbed into the skin so you can feel its hydrating effects immediately. Hydrationist is a rich, whipped cream that encourages your skin’s moisture barrier to hold hydration better over time which lessens your skin’s dryness. Since its texture isn’t over-the-top heavy, it sits well under makeup and gives the skin an instant glow.

Hydrated skin is youthful skin, so before you try to disguise dehydration, reverse it instead with a creme that solves the problem.

Also available in an SPF 15, Lotion, and Eye Creme

 Estée Lauder Hydrationist Creme

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Erno Laszlo Active pHelityl Oil

Every Beauty Editor’s favorite things list contains a cleansing oil nowadays. I’d call it the hot new trend in skin if it wasn’t something that has been used worldwide many years. Erno Laszlo’s Active pHelityl Oil pre-cleanses while calming inflammation which in turn allows your skin care to absorb more deeply giving a bigger result.

It’s so simple it won’t feel like an added step, just rub a dime sized amount into the skin and continue on with your chosen cleanser. Foundation and long-wearing mascara melt right off without excessive rubbing. Your skin will feel so soft and you’ll love the warm, sexy scent.

Erno Laszlo Active pHelityl Oil

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Weleda Almond Facial Oil

Weleda has managed to turn the most potent ingredients cultivated by nature into a best-selling hit for natural grocers like Whole Foods. By now I already know that anything I try from Weleda I’ll really like, which is made easier by their often single-digit ingredient lineup. You know exactly what you’re getting right off the bat.

Almond Face Oil has exactly 3 ingredients; Sweet Almond Oil, Plum Seed Oil, and Blackthorn Flower Extract that make an oil that’s lighter than most and absorbs lightning fast. I understand that when they named it a ‘Facial Oil’ they were just trying to convey that it’s multi-purpose, but in doing so I think its actual value might be minimized.

Although I mostly use it for an eye makeup remover, or as an all-over facial pre-cleanse to break down makeup, it’s also a dry skin savior this time of year. Just a few drops under your moisturizer day and/or night will give your moisture barrier a boost to get rid of that annoying tight feeling our faces dread in the winter.

For sensitive skin, it’s incredibly soothing when your face becomes red and irritated from the cold. You’ll see an immediate calming of the redness with zero irritation since it’s fragrance free and high in natural antioxidants.

Or, skip your face altogether and add a shot of it to your lotion to really tame dry hands and cuticles- I can use it while I’m typing without making a greasy mess out of my keyboard.

Weleda Almond Facial Oil

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