My Beauty Regimen…A Few of My Favorite Things

Me and Nidia Valencia at Nortstroms

Me and Nidia Valencia at Nortstroms

For Valentine’s Day, I thought I would share with you my beauty regimen and a few beauty treatments I love. I have come to terms with my dilemma of loving fashion, makeup, and all things “girly,” while still calling myself a feminist (see previous post). So, here I go…indulging in a few of my favorite things.

Favorite skin care is a mixture. I try everything. I think I could rent myself out to labs as a human test specimen to see the efficacy of products. It could read, “Not tested on animals, but tested on Holly.”

YSL's  Youth Liberator Serum

YSL’s Youth Liberator Serum

Anyway…I love ReVive products, as well I should They are ridiculously expensive. Their Intensite Volumizing Serum is amazing and is $600 for 1oz. Really. If you’re rich, go to it. If not, try going to Nordstroms or Niemans, wander around the makeup counters, and ask for samples. Be sure to dress up the day you go and do this. The makeup clerks will be more generous depending on the outfit (no, it’s not fair). I did this the other day and not only got a sample of  Yves Saint Laurent’s Forever Youth Liberator Serum, (it’s a fraction of the cost of ReVive’s serum, $155 for 1oz., and it’s really fantastic) but a sample of the YSL foundation as well. Plus, I met the most helpful and fabulous women working at the makeup counters (I want Nadia Valencia and Lucy Muradyan from Nordstroms to be my new best friends).

ReVive's Intensite Serum

ReVive’s Intensite Serum

My go to products are from Arbonne. Yes, at one time I was a consultant. No, I was never successful (I got really sick of people looking at me like I was from another planet when I began talking about Arbonne), however I truly believe the products are terrific. You can’t beat the price (20% off retail). The cleanser is fabulous. Truly the best I have tried. I love the toner as well, but my dermatologist (the fabulous Karyn Grossman) told me I don’t really need a toner.

And speaking of Karyn Grossman, she has a line of products that are terrific and I have started on some of them with a few additions here and there. Her T+Peptide cream contains white and green teas and peptides to boost collagen production and her KARYNG Retinol Smoothing Serum is a great Retinol cream.

So, here you…my AM & PM skin care regimen is as follows:

AM  1.) Cleanser/Arbonne’s RE9 Cleanser  2) KARYNG T+Peptide OR SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF (both are anti-oxidents) 3.) Elta MD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 46 (so important!!!!) This sunscreen is for individuals with sensitive skin prone to discoloration.4.) ReVive’s Moisturizing Renewal Cream (when I can afford it or have a sample), or Arbonne’s RE9 Advanced Extra Moisture Restorative Day Cream.

Arbonne's Night Cream

Arbonne’s Night Cream

PM 1.) Cleanser/ Arbonne’s RE9 Cleanser 2.) Either KARYNG Retinol Smoothing Serum or Arbonne’s Intelligence Genius Nightly Resurfacing Pads (these are $95 – before the discount – for a two month supply…and they work). 3.) Step 3 may or may not be applicable, depending on whether I have these products or not – the ridiculously expensive, and fabulous serums. So, for Step 3, I would apply either the Yves Saint Laurent Youth Liberator Serum or the ReVive Intensite Volumizing Serum. Chances are I’ll opt to liberate my youth since it’s cheaper, gives similar results, and  the samples are easier to come by. 4.) Night Cream Moisturizer. My picks are either Arbonne’s RE9 Night Cream ($85 before discount) or ReVive’s Intensite Creme Lustre (this moisturizer retails for $385, so I would consider this quite a splurge). Honestly, Arbonne’s Night Cream is really spectacular, so unless you can afford the Revive, I’d use the Arbonne.

I know this sounds like a lot of products. I just wanted to pass on some information from my years of trial and error with products. There are many lines I still think are great – Murad, Dermalogica, Peter Thomas Roth – but the ones I’m using now are the ones I’m loving. And here’s the thing – my skin looks really good. This past holiday I was out with my 28 year old niece and was asked if we were sisters. I’m 58. Okay…it was at a bar and it was dark, and it was late…but still.