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What is Clarins Beauty Flash Balm?

September 24th, 2013

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Madeira must know…What is Clarins Beauty Flash Balm? Is it a primer? A moisturizer? What does it do? (If anything).

The Beauty Brains respond:

According to Clarins this product “instantly moisturizes, brightens, and tightens facial contours so skin looks rested and relaxed.”   It also “prepares skin for perfect makeup application.” We suppose you could call this a “moisturizing primer.”

Flash in the pan

A quick look at the ingredients (see below) reveals that the product is water-based and contains the following key ingredients:

  • Hygroscopic agents (propylene glycol and glycerin) which will help bind moisture to skin. However if the climate is very dry these kinds of ingredients can actually pull water out of the skin.
  • Octyldodecanol – a hydrocarbon-based emollients that will help make skin feels smoother.
  • Starch which is a film former. That means as it dries on your skin it will make it feel tighter. This can have a temporary effect on reducing fine lines and wrinkles.

It’s also important to note what this product does NOT contain. There are no highly occlusive moisturizing agents to seal moisture in the skin, such as petrolatum or dimethicone. There are no skin resurfacing agents that would truly make this product “brightening” such as a retinoid or an alpha hydroxy acid.

The Beauty Brains bottom-line

This product should do pretty much what it claims as long as you don’t get your hopes too high. It will certainly provide some degree of moisturization (although there are much better moisturizers on the market); it will also smooth skin and help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The starchy film combined with the octyldodecanol should provide a good base for make up. Just remember that it won’t provide any sustained benefits to your skin – once you wash it off the benefits will disappear.

Beauty Flash Balm Ingredients

Aqua/Water/Eau, Propylene Glycol, Octyldodecanol, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, Glycerin, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Stearate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol, Bisabolol, Sodium Hydroxide, Parfum/Fragrance, Butylene Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Citrate, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Algae Extract, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Coumarin, Benzyl Salicylate, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Hydroxycitronellal, Citronellol, Geraniol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Eugenol, Limonene, Isoeugenol, Ci 15985/Yellow 6E.

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Look At The Label: Clinique Lid Smoothie

December 21st, 2011

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Palacinka Beauty is a little freaked out by cooling makeup but is starting to warm up to the idea of Clinique Lid Smoothies. What makes this eye make up feel so cool? Let’s look at the label to find out.

Ingredients

Water
Solvent.

Dimethicone
Silicone to give lids a smooth feel.

Isododecane
A volatile hydrocarbon, that means it will  evaporate and make your eyelids feel cooler. (I had expected to see some kind of menthol derivative to give a cooling effect but that’s not a good idea to use around the eyes – this is a much better solution.)

Methyl Trimethicone
Silicone based emulsifier.

Trimethylsiloxyslicate, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer
Spreading agents.

Polysilicone-11
Slip and smooth agent.

Glycerin
Another humectant.

Magneseum Myristate
Emulsifier.

Copernicia Cerifera

Wax, Silica,Microcrystalline wax
Gives the product body and controls spreadability. 

Butylene Glycol
Humectant.

PEG-10 Dimethicone
Emulsifier/silicone for slip and smooth feel. 

Cucumber fruit extract
Hey, you put cucumber slices on your eyes to reduce puffiness so this extract must help keep your lids smooth, right? Wrong! 

Carrot Root Extract, Spinach leaf extract, Broccoli Extract, Blueberry Fruit Extract
Other useless extracts that look good on the label.

Caffeine
Keeps your eyelids stimulated so you don’t fall asleep. Just kidding, this extract really does nothing. 

Aloe Barbadenisis Leaf Water
Looks good on the label.

Acetyl Hexapeptide-8
Supposedly relaxes muscle contractions to help prevent wrinkle formation.

Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer
Gives the product body and feel. 

Ozokerite
Wax thickener.

Ethylhexylglycerin, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Hexyl Laurate
Emulsifiers.

Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone
Emulsifier/silicone for slip and smooth feel. 

Tocopheryl Acetate
Antioxidant, may help protect the product but won’t do much for your skin.

Dipropylene Glycol
Humectant, keeps the product from drying out.

Sodium Chloride
Thickener.

Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol
Preservatives.

Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Bismuth Oxychloride
Opacifier to help the cover skin better and sparkly bits to make it shimmer.

Iron Oxides
Colorant (Iron Oxides are one of the few colorants approved for use around the eye.)

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Tom Ford Beauty Launches Skincare

October 17th, 2011

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Tom Ford Beauty Launches Skincare

For a limited time, Neiman Marcus will be the exclusive online retailer for Tom Ford’s skincare line and is currently available for pre-sale on NeimanMarcus.com and BergdorfGoodman.com until November 1st. Starting in November, product will be sold in select Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman stores.

Makeup Remover ($45.00)

This gentle, two-phase, lightweight formula works quickly and gently to remove makeup from the eye, lip and face area. It effectively lifts all traces of makeup without tugging or leaving any oily residue. Shake well, apply a small amount to cotton pad, and swipe over skin. Dermatologist tested.

Purifying Gelee Cleanser ($60.00)

Tom Ford believes a truly beautiful face begins with energized, radiant skin. This water-activated foaming gel cleanser uses the exclusive Tom Ford Purifying Complex to naturally clean and detoxify skin of makeup and dulling and damaging impurities, including environmental toxins. The result is a luminous face that is noticeably soft and energized. Massage gently over damp skin and rinse thoroughly. Dermatologist tested.

The Tom Ford Purifying Complex frees skin of toxins by combining a European plant extract with Chinese herbs to promote purification and reduce irritating environmental pollutants. It breaks down the impurities that rob skin of vitality and saturates skin cells with plant extracts, leaving skin looking fresh and vibrant, as if lit from within.

Purifying Creme Cleanser ($60.00)

Tom Ford believes a truly beautiful face begins with energized, radiant skin. This super-rich, hydrating cream cleanser uses the exclusive Tom Ford Purifying Complex to leave skin clean, vibrant and free of dulling and damaging impurities, including makeup and environmental toxins. Massage gently over damp or dry skin, then rinse or tissue off. Dermatologist tested.

The Tom Ford Purifying Complex frees skin of toxins by combining a European plant extract with Chinese herbs to promote purification and reduce irritating environmental pollutants. It breaks down the impurities that rob skin of vitality and saturates skin cells with plant extracts, leaving skin looking fresh and vibrant, as if lit from within.

Intensive Infusion Concentrate Extreme ($250.00)

Born from Tom Ford’s personal passion for high-performance skin treatments, this luxurious and deeply penetrating oil-based serum contains the most concentrated form of the Tom Ford Infusing Complex. It is skin treatment at its most precious. The Concentrate Extreme nourishes skin at the deepest level and effectively revives skin’s healthy look, tone and radiance, making it the integral component to creating flawless skin. Smooth a small amount over face and neck, morning and evening, after cleansing. Dermatologist tested.

The Tom Ford Infusing Complex infuses skin with a potent combination of specially selected nutrients that help skin stimulate its natural repair mechanisms. By helping skin cells replenish their natural energy, it fundamentally rejuvenates the complexion, so it looks and feels brighter, fresher and less tired. High-performing antioxidants help protect the skin, creating a vital-looking face. The skin is left looking renewed, resilient and smoother.

Intensive Infusion Daily Moisturizer ($190.00)

Tom Ford Skin moisturizers bring a deeply luxurious, sensory experience to high-performance, active formulas that nourish the complexion, helping restore the luminosity and vitality that create sexy looking skin. This lightweight, exquisitely textured lotion actively infuses cells with the Tom Ford Infusing Complex to rejuvenate skin’s energy, vitality and resilience. Luxurious hydrating agents and potent nutrients drench the skin with moisture and help achieve a younger, brighter appearance. Apply a small amount to face, morning and evening, after cleanser and concentrate. Dermatologist tested.

The Tom Ford Infusing Complex infuses skin with a potent combination of specially selected nutrients that help skin stimulate its natural repair mechanisms. By helping skin cells replenish their natural energy, it fundamentally rejuvenates the complexion so it looks and feels brighter, fresher, and less tired. High performing antioxidants help protect the skin, creating a vital looking face. The skin is left looking renewed, resilient, and smoother.

Intensive Infusion Ultra Rich Moisturizer

Tom Ford skin moisturizers bring a deeply luxurious, sensory experience to high-performance, active formulas that nourish the complexion, helping restore the luminosity and vitality that create sexy looking skin. This ultra-rich cream features the Tom Ford Infusing Complex to help skin stimulate its natural repair mechanisms by prompting cells to replenish their natural energy. Luxurious hydrating agents and potent nutrients drench the skin with moisture and help achieve a smooth and vibrant appearance. Apply a small amount to face, morning and evening, after cleanser and concentrate. Dermatologist tested.

The Tom Ford Infusing Complex infuses skin with a potent combination of specially selected nutrients that help skin stimulate its natural repair mechanisms. By helping skin cells replenish their natural energy, it fundamentally rejuvenates the complexion, so it looks and feels brighter, fresher and less tired. High-performing antioxidants help protect the skin, creating a vital-looking face. The skin is left looking renewed, resilient and smoother.

Intensive Infusion Eye Treatment ($135.00)

Tom Ford’s secret to youthful and mesmerizing eyes: a revitalizing, balmy cream infused with the Tom Ford Infusing Complex. It increases cellular energy and helps maintain the delicate skin around the eyes while nourishing, hydrating and firming the look of the skin and softening fine lines. Eyes instantly brighten; puffiness and dark circles appear diminished. Massage a small amount around eye contour, morning and evening, after cleansing. Dermatologist tested.

The Tom Ford Infusing Complex infuses skin with a potent combination of specially selected nutrients that help skin stimulate its natural repair mechanisms. By helping skin cells replenish their natural energy, it fundamentally rejuvenates the complexion, so it looks and feels brighter, fresher and less tired. High-performing antioxidants help protect the skin, creating a vital-looking face. The skin is left looking renewed, resilient and smoother. ”

Illuminating Protective Primer SPF 12 ($70.00)

The first step to flawless makeup application. This revolutionary hybrid product seamlessly blends the worlds of skincare and makeup by combining the Tom Ford Infusing Complex with new skin retexturing ingredients. It increases cellular vitality, helps protect the skin against free radicals and contours the features while enhancing texture, toning and visibly brightening the skin. A luminous and flawless canvas is created for comfortable and long-lasting Color. Apply a small amount to face after concentrate and moisturizer and before foundation. Dermatologist tested.

The Tom Ford Infusing Complex infuses skin with a potent combination of specially selected nutrients that help skin stimulate its natural repair mechanisms. By helping skin cells replenish their natural energy, it fundamentally rejuvenates the complexion, so it looks and feels brighter, fresher and less tired. High-performing antioxidants help protect the skin, creating a vital-looking face. The skin is left looking renewed, resilient, and smoother.

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Mask That Oily Skin

April 19th, 2011

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From what I’ve been reading in the comments for The Makeup Wakeup book giveaway, several of you have the issue of oily or acne prone skin. We had hoped in our adult years this would not be an issue, but frustratingly for many it is.

I personally have an oily T zone and it’s worse in the summer. I don’t have many breakouts, but occasional ones. Erno Laszlo may have a way to help these issues with their new Beta Mask. It’s a detoxifying mask created for blemish prone skin, but not harsh like so many products for acne can be. There is 1% salicylic acid which is great for exfoliating, but you’ll definitely smell the eucalyptus when using this. Strong enough to open the air passages when taking a deep breath when wearing this, but not so intense that it would be irritating. Eucalyptus and peppermint are in it for antibacterial purposes, needed to kill off the bacteria in acne prone skin. Beta Mask is not real drying either – another issue than can occur with so many other oil-control products. 

For me, during the summer when I am definitely more oily this will be very handy to help control the oil. 

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Do you wear makeup to help with your confidence?

April 1st, 2011

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Do you wear makeup to help with your confidence? Share!

Sometimes! If I’m having an ugly day, sometimes makeup will help me feel better about myself, but the important piece of is that you work on feeling confident everyday, all the time, just because you’re you. We look for flattering hair cuts and slimming jeans, so why not concealer that hides our tiredness or blush that adds a glow?

Thanks to Jessie for today’s question!

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