The first signs of aging varies for every woman, however, typically the 30’s are the starting point.  Small lines start to show around the mouth and eyes and the skin starts to lose its perfect fullness and rosy color.

It is both obvious and refreshing when a face cream works wonders and brings that youthfulness back to a thirty year old face. Below are some of the best face creams for those who are beginning to show the first signs of aging.

Clarins Multi-Active Day Cream1. Clarins Multi-Active Jour (Multi-Active Day Cream):

This cream is a perfect balance of moisture replenishing without being greasy.

Clarins Multi-Active day cream is made with light reflecting pigments to give a rosy glow to the skin and antioxidants including an ingredient made from oranges to fight off signs of aging .

Shiseido Bio-Performance Cream2. Shiseido Bio-Performance Advanced Super Revitalizer Cream:

A great skin cream that manages to give you super hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid without feeling heavy and greasy.

The best part about this cream is that is great for night and day. It is balanced to give you a deep penetrating moisture for the night, but  lightweight enough to wear under makeup.

La Roche-Posay Redermic Cream3. La Roche-Posay Redermic Anti-Wrinkle Firming Care (For Normal to Combo Skin or Dry Skin):

La Roche-Posay skin care is well respected by both Dermatologists and beauty critics in general.

Their Redermic line is perfect for 30-somethings with early signs of aging who  are looking for a skin care that fits their needs.

La Roche-Posay’s Anti-Wrinkle cream is packed with great ingredients like Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid and is made for different skin types like dry or normal and combination skin.

Sephora's Best Shower Gel: Grace by Philosophy1. Sephora Favorites and Best of Sephora: If you do a search for Best of Sephora on Sephora’s website you can find Sephora’s Favorites which also includes beauty products that have won their Best of Sephora seal.  Throughout the years I have used Sephora Favorites to find great, quality beauty products that have actually become some of my favorites.  In their Complexion catergory under Foundation, BareMinerals SPF 15, a Best of Sephora winner, is my favorite summer time foundation. Another product I love in this catergory under Tinted Moisturizer is Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer which also happened to win Best of Sephora. Lastly, another favorite I share with Sephora is Nars Blush in Orgasm which won also won Best of Sephora and happens to be Sephora’s Favorite Blush.

Cargo Plantlove Baked Illuminator2. Top Ten Lists: Recently I stumbled upon their Top Ten Lists which really excited me.  Sephora’s Top Ten Lists include the following categories: Suncreens, Most Searched For Products, Bronzers, Value Sets, Moisturizers, Basics, Tools, and Natural & Organic.  Sephora’s Top 10 Most Searched For Products is a great way to find products that others are seaking out and totally gives me beauty inspiration. Sephora’s Top 10 Value Sets are a great way to find great deals on products you already love. Sephora’s Top 10 Bronzers introduce me to bronzers and bronzer shades I had never even heard of before! And of course, I love, love, love their Top 10 Natural & Organic List which includes some of my favorites like Ojon Restorative Hair Treatment and Plantlove Bake Illuminator

Editor's Pick LaVanila Deoderant in Lavender3. Sephora Picks: Basically a random list of around 40 products that Sephora lists as their picks. I love finding fun little things to try like LAVANILA deodorant in Lavender, Coconut, Vanilla etc.

4. Best Sellers: A list of Sephora’s best selling products by category. This list is buyer driven so you can definetly find what products millions love and continue to use. A few examples: Dior DiorShow Mascara, Nars Blush, Clarins Self Tanning Instant Gel, Fresh Brown Sugar Body Polish, Go Smile and much much more. AND..there is an awesome “Men” Category of Best Sellers which has totally great products!

Sephora by OPI in Ocean Love Potion5. Ratings & Reviews: The awesome thing about Sephora is customers can review the products they buy. Sephora currently has over 300,000 reviews. You can find reviews on any product, by categories, or by Sephora’s list of either Most Popular Products or by Top Rated Products. Most Popular Products are beauty products that have recieved a significant amount of popular votes such as Sephora by OPI Nail Color. Top Rated Products have a few votes but all the votes are the highest rated. I would definetly spend time exploring their Most Popular Products list where thousands of customers have reviewed and rated these products. 

CK One Summer Fragrance6. What’s Hot Now: Sephora’s What’s Hot Now section is a great seasonal way to stay current with the trends. It features great categories like Summer Fragrances, Get Your Bronze On and Summer Hair Savers. 

So now go explore Sephora! And let me know if you find your favorite new product!

3 Best Skin Toners

April 17th, 2009

Murad Hydrating TonerBest Facial Toner for Dry Skin: Murad Hydrating Toner

Murad’s Hydrating Toner helps to combat hormonal aging and keeps the skin balanced and supple. Ingredients include chamomile and cucumber which help to keep skin feeling both soothed and rejuvenated.

Dermalogica Multi-Active TonerBest Facial Toner for Normal Skin or All Skin Types: Dermalogica Multi-Active Toner

Dermalogica’s Multi-Active Toner has won rave reviews from beauty critics and gained popularity with magazines like Elle and Instyle Magazine. This toner is great for all skin types and includes great toning ingredients like aloe vera, lavender, cucumber, and arnica.

Read more about why Bravadora loves Dermalogica here! Or read Bravadora’s review on Dermalogica’s Daily Microfoliant here!

Proactiv Revitalizing TonerBest Facial Toner for Oily or Acne-prone Skin: Proactiv Revitalizing Toner

Proactiv Solutions 3 Step Program for acne treatment includes the very popular Proactiv Revitalizing Toner which was Instyle Magazine 2009 Best Beauty Buy for Oily Skin. This toner works to eliminate acne by preventing dead skin from your pores. Ingredients include witch hazel, which combats oiliness and aloe vera which soothes the skin and removes bacteria causing dirt.

Read more about Rosewater toners here!


Guerlain Terracotta Moisturizing Bronzing Powder1.  Best Overall Bronzer:  Guerlian Terracotta

Winning awards from Allure Magazine, Instyle Magazine and Sephora in the best bronzer category, Guerlian Terracotta has gained a massive following.

“Every 30 seconds all over the world a Terracotta is sold!”  (Guerlian)

This moisturizing bronzer is long lasting, comes in 6 different shades and gives you a year round tan.

Click here to read more about Guerlian Terracotta on Bravadora!

Bobby Brown Bronze Shimmer Brick2.  Best Shimmer Bronzer: Bobbi Brown Bronze Shimmer Brick

The original shimmer brick that started off all the buzz, Bobbi Brown Bronze Shimmer Brick creates a deep shimmery bronze glow. This shimmer brick  set off a makeup trend that captured beauty editors attention.  Due to the popularity of the original shimmer brick, Bobbi Brown created 6 other shimmer bricks in addition to the Bronze Shimmer Brick.

Read more about why Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick is one of Bravadora’s Eight Most Demanded Beauty Products here!

Mac Bronzing Powder3. Best Matte Bronzer: Mac Bronzing Powder in Matte Bronze

This lightly frosted bronzing powder is ideal for enhancing a tan.  Mac Bronzing Powder in Matte Bronze is described by Mac as “bare shouldered bronze” and is a long time favorite of Mac customers. This bronzing powder gives the skin a smooth even tone while conditioning skin.

Cargo Bronzer4. Best Anti-Aging Bronzer: Cargo Bronzer

Cargo Bronzer is made with a touch of iridescent shimmer which gives skin a youthful glow and is made with Vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps to keep the skin conditioned and fight against the damages of free radicals. Cargo’s Bronzer has won awards such as Glam.com Editors Pick and Best of Sephora 2008.  Cargo’s best selling product comes four skin illuminating shades.

Read more about the benefits of Vitamin E on Bravadora here!

Hoola by Benefit Bronzing Powder5. Best Natural Looking Bronzer: Hoola by Benefit

Benefit’s ever popular Boxed Powder Collection features great hits including Hoola, a natural looking bronzing powder.  Hoola by Benefit is a best of Sephora winner and reviews rave about its natural, seamless blending quality.

Which one is your favorite? Take the Bravadora Best Bronzer Poll and find out which one is in the lead!

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Kiehl's Creme de Corps Soy Milk and Honey Body PolishKiehl’s Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Body Polish has been a favorite product among many beauty experts.

Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Body Polish is made with awesome ingredients like Luffa fruit, which exfoliates the skin; Shea butter, Jojoba butter, and Sweet Almond Oil which moisturize the skin; and Pure Honey and Soy Milk Protein which leaves the skin looking smooth and polished.

Keihl’s Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Body Polish won best body scrub for Instyle Magazine Best Beauty Buys 2008 and Allure Magazine Best of Beauty 2008.

You can get a 6.8 oz tube online at kiehls.com for $27.50 or you might be able to find it at your local target store.

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