Current Skincare Favorites

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Hey girlfriends, today I’m giving you the lowdown on my favorite skincare products.  In the video below I show you how I use each product, but here you’ll find the details on why I’m crushing on them.  In general, I’d say that my skin type is normal to dry and that I have an even complexion.  I’ve been noticing that my skin hasn’t been as radiant, (more like dull), my fine lines are more evident to me than before and that I’ve been needing to use more makeup in order to compensate for the lack of ‘glow’.  Also, now that I’ve entered the 30’s (OH MY GAWD) I want to take better care of my skin.  I’ve been more conscious of ingredients and (potentially) harmful chemicals that are used in the makeup and in the skincare industry that I found it really difficult to commit to making an ‘investment’ (cause the good stuff ain’t cheap).  With so many options like natural, chemical or even cosmetic non-surgical procedures, while outweighing varying price points and insanely attractive marketing campaigns, I really found it challenging and overwhelming to decide which brand to go with.  Did I mention Europe (fine, Italy) has the worst company policies e-v-e-r.
 Bought a face cream for 50 euro in Rome and not getting the results you imagined? You’re toast.  Maaaybe, you could snake charm your way into exchanging an unopened product, but if you used that sucker, it’s game over.  Seriously, how many analogies did I just use?

So, as luck would have you, I met Chloe. She’s so inspiring, from her work ethic to how down to earth she is and how and sheds light where she goes, that plus she always has samples!! All jokes aside, just to give you a little sprinkle of background on Chloe, she’s from Australia (love her accent), has a Bachelor in Wine Business and still continues to pursue her dreams in this area (stay tuned), while also being an independent consultant at Arbonne. She’s lived in a tiny part of Ontari0, then Rome and now calls the northern part of Italy (Turin) home.

Arbonne RE9 Advanced Anti-Aging

She started me out with an easy to follow 5 step sample pack from the RE9 Advanced Anti-Aging set, to be used twice daily (day and night).  I was really impressed with the results, so I bought some of my favorite full-size creams from the line.  I’ve been using select products from the Arbonne RE 9 line for the past few months.  Within 24hrs I immediately noticed that my skin was more hydrated and over time that my fine lines seemed to be less noticeable.  My main target areas were in between my eyebrows and the right inner corner of my right eye.  I know for most people, they wouldn’t notice these things by looking at me, but it’s been something that’s been bothering me for a while.  Also, living in Rome it’s almost unheard of to try products then return them if you’re not satisfied, so it was a huge perk that with Arbonne you have a 45 day period to try the products or get your money back. I also really liked and was surprised that they used pure botanical ingredients.  I’ve strayed from these types of products in the past because I thought that they were expensive, that they would only smell nice and not be effective, but it’s actually the contrary.  It is an investment, but you really need to invest in your skin, it’s with you for life!
The products that are mentioned really work for me and my skin type. My routine may not necessarily work for you or work towards your skin goals, therefore I suggest you speak with an Esthetician, Dermatologist or Chloe on ways to achieve your best skin.  I was guided by Chloe on what best products to use in order to achieve the results I was looking for, it wasn’t drastic but more of a ‘refresher’ on regaining that sweet youthful glow.
Here are the steps to my skincare routine with Arbonne after cleansing:

RE9 Advanced Regenerating Toner

RE9 Advanced Regenerating Toner

Step 1 Toner

Why I love this stuff:

  • Non-drying, alcohol-free, refreshes skin
  • Supports skin tone by minimizing the appearance of pore size and refining texture through cleansing
  • Supports cleansing by removing excess oils and dead skin cells
  • Vegan, formulated without gluten

Some of the ingredients & benefits include

  • Vitamin C: boots and maintains moisture and brightens skin
  • Witch hazel moisturizes to soothe, tone, refresh, revitalize and renew the appearance of the skin
  • Peptides enhance the appearance of skin smoothness, diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as improve the appearance of skin tone, firmness, and suppleness by adding moisture

RE9 Advanced Intensive Renewal Serum

Step 2 Serum (cream base)

Why I love this stuff

RE9 Advanced Regenerating Toner

  • This super concentrated formula helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, balanced with a light, silky texture.
  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while giving skin a more lifted, firm appearance         
  • Suitable for all skin types
  • Allergy- and dermatologist-tested
  • Vegan, formulated without gluten                                                                                                                                                      

Some of the ingredients & benefits include

  • Sea buckthorn ceramide, our proprietary moisture barrier protecting complex with sea buckthorn oil, essential fatty acids and olive fruit oil, replenishes the skin’s moisture
  • Niacinamide, a form of vitamin B3, helps to support the skin’s moisture barrier with hydration to enhance the appearance of brightness and even tone
  • Marine lavender extract moisturizes to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles

RE9 Advanced Corrective Eye Cream

Step 3 Eye Cream

Why I love this stuff

RE9 Advanced Regenerating Eye Cream

  • Reduces the appearance of key signs of aging seen on the fragile skin around the eye, including puffiness, fine lines, deep wrinkles and dark circles
  • Moisturizes the sensitive skin around the eyes
  • Results appear quickly and continue to improve with consistent, twice-daily use
  • Suitable for all skin types and for contact lens wearers
  • Allergy-, dermatologist- and ophthalmologist-tested
  • Vegan, formulated without gluten

Some of the ingredients & benefits include

  • Caffeine reduces the appearance of puffiness and dark circles
  • Sustainable orange stem cells help to improve the appearance of skin radiance, elasticity, firmness, and texture while minimising the appearance of wrinkles by conditioning the skin
  • Olive Squalane, containing omega-3 and 6 fatty acids, replenishes the skin’s natural lipid barrier with moisturization to protect and nourish the skin for a soft, smooth, healthy-looking glow

 

Arbonne RE9 Advanced Anti-Aging

Arbonne RE9 Advanced Anti-Aging

Arbonne RE9 Advanced Anti-Aging

 

An Arbonne user herself, I thought it would be nice to interview Chloe to find out which particular products are her favorite, why and how they’ve improved her skin situation.

Arbonne RE9 Advanced

 

Hey Chloe,

thanks a lot for taking the time to answer some of my questions as I’m sure my readers would like to know what you do in order to keep your skin looking fly.  So let’s get started!

What skincare line of Arbonne are you currently using?

Chloe: I am currently using the RE9 Advanced Anti-aging line, however, I do like to mix it up a bit depending on what my skin is needing or changes in the weather. The RE9 is the core skincare line with Arbonne and the sustainable orange stem cells, stabilized vitamin C, brown algae extract, sea buckthorn ceramide, peptides, and other active botanical ingredients will give you those results. Not only does it assist in age prevention (for those aged 25+) but it will detox the skin from pollutants and repair & protect the skin from any sun damage, harsh chemicals or daily stress. I sometimes mix and match this line with a less active range such as the Calm Range (after beach days) or the Clear Future products when my hormones are going crazy, but the RE9 will be my bestie for life!

What’s your favorite product of Arbonne, if you could only pick one?

Chloe: TOUGH QUESTION!…I think it would have to be the RE9 cellular renewal masque. I have never experienced a mask that gives you the immediate results like it does! The pineapple and papaya enzymes eat away at your dead skin cells, leaving you with an even skin tone and minimises the appearance of pore size – you wake up feeling photoshopped. I feel I am giving my skin a real nourishing treat and use it once a week.

How has your skin changed since?

Chloe: My skin has been dry but oily since I can remember – I thought it was my genetics and found a way to manage it but it never solved the problem completely. I didn’t like to invest much into skin care before Arbonne, being a believer that skin is nourished from the inside through diet. I even started making my own creams before I found Arbonne to dodge the harsh chemicals and animal by-products that get stuffed into personal care – that we really don’t need to be spending our money on, or letting our body absorb for that matter. Since using only Arbonne my skin has completely transformed. It is so much brighter with a healthy glow, hydrated and never oily. The products have been treating the acid mantle layer on my skin and by repairing this, it functions how it is supposed to – without all the problems I had before! Safe to say I am an Arbonne lifer!

From Arbonne, what’s one of your key skincare must-haves we should be using regardless of the season?

Chloe: The sunscreen! it smells divine and it is a mineral sunscreen – the formulas have non-nano zinc oxide for UVA/UVB broad-spectrum protection, they are lightweight, non-greasy and moisturize too. Particularly divine is the face sunscreen if you are prone to acne or sebum buildup.

Do you have a daily beauty routine? What is it? How often do you do it?

Chloe: Sure do! my RE9. I use this 5 step system morning and night. The cleanser, toner, serum, eye cream, day cream or night cream. The cleanser also works to take off my makeup when I use it with a washcloth. I enhance all my product results with the Genius Ultra Device, new ultrasound technology that is super safe and irons out fine lines! I use it under my eyes and on my lips to plump them up. Once a week I add in the sea source mud mask and once a week my RE9 cellular renewal masque. I don’t use anything other than Arbonne! I am an addict! plus it only makes sense purchasing from my own online store. 😊

What’s your approach to beauty?

Chloe: Do it because it makes you feel good, not to cover up your “flaws”. I definitely believe beauty starts from within, if you are not happy, nothing is going to help you radiate. Look after your soul and mind first, everything else is just extras. And – don’t waste your money on things that don’t work! You may as well save for the good stuff. Take care of your skin now and your future self will thank you.

And lastly, do you have a beauty or health mantra?

Chloe: Invest in yourself! Without your health, you won’t have much to give back to others and the ones you love.

Thanks a lot Chloe!

For more information on the Advanced RE9 skincare line and other products by Arbonne click on this link Chloe Thomas Arbonne Consultant.  If you’d like to follow Chloe on her Italian adventures & wine, you can find her on Instagram.

The other products I used in the video above are linked below, happy shopping!

Sephora Collection Super Regenerating Oil Serum

The Body Shop Nutriganics Smoothing Day Cream

Avene Eau Thermal Spray

 

 

4 Responses
  • Rajan
    October 3, 2017

    Hi, Clarice

    Thanks for posting this. You truly have amazing skin.
    Will try to find the brand you use here in Canada.

    Warm hugs,
    Rajan

  • Meg
    October 3, 2017

    Great post! So helpful. We could all use a little skincare boost

  • Paige Gabri
    October 31, 2017

    I was very pleased to find this web-site.I wanted to thanks for your time for this wonderful read!! I definitely enjoying every little bit of it and I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you blog post.

    • Clarice
      October 31, 2017

      Hi Paige,

      I’m glad you enjoyed my post! What are your current skincare favs at the moment? xo, Clarice

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