Thursday, December 17, 2009

Princess By Day: Borghese Body and Skincare (review and SAMPLE SALE)

Does anyone remember that Borghese used to be Princess Marcella Borghese? Does anyone know why I felt the need to point that out? Neither do I.

Okay, then.

For some reason I'm all kinds of perky today. After the back pain and head clunking that began my week; I suddenly feel all healed, rested up and ready to play. It could be the good night's sleep I had. Or that I have a fun dinner tonight. Whatever it is, I'm glad the "pep" is back. And I'm also glad I get to review the rest of the fab products from my Serenity Now Gift Set. If you didn't read my earlier review (really, you didn't?); I've been checking out this set, and thoroughly loving every single thing in it. This morning I gave myself the full-on princess treatment with…

Fango Active Mud for Face and Body

Blurb: Our exclusive mineral-enriched mud mask is sourced from Tuscany's volcanic hills. It energizes and nourishes skin cells on the face and body. Special absorbing action unclogs pores, eliminates dead skin cells and detoxifies impurities. Skin feels comfortably hydrated, firmer and invigorated. Italian Mud provides mineral nourishment and special absorbing action which rids skin of impurities. Acqua di Vita® Complex revitalizes skin, reducing the signs of aging. Geranium, Lavender and Peppermint Oils are natural botanicals that stimulate and improve skin tone. Avocado and Sweet Almond Oils moisturize and soften skin.

This is an amazing deep-cleansing mask, and it's great for oily/combination complexions! It draws out the impurities, and leaves you with clean, fresh glowing skin. Used as a body mask, it can be a little wet and messy; but you'll be amazed how invigorated and restored you feel afterwards.

CuraForte Moisture Intensifier

Blurb: A lightweight formula that intensifies and maximizes the skin's capacity to hold moisture by 200%. It softens and lifts dull surface cells allowing the benefits of moisturizers to penetrate easily and perform at their optimum. Surface fine lines and wrinkles decrease up to 70% within 11 days. Liquid Crystal Molecules combined with Acqua di Vita® Complex - Flood the skin with moisture, minimizing fine lines. Lavender and Geranium Oils - Stimulate, soothe and improve skin tone and clarity.

A fabulous, fabulous serum! It absorbs immediately (even has a nice fragrance). It's non-irritating, fresh feeling and very hydrating. I haven't been using it long enough to gauge the results over time; but it immediately smoothes, and softens the appearance of any lines. And there's a noticeable boost in moisture without any extra oiliness.

Cura Di Vita Protettivo Protective Moisturizer (SPF 15)

Blurb: A lightweight, protective hydrating lotion that provides UVA/UVB protection and insures skin's youthful suppleness. Our exclusive Filtrex sunscreen system offers optimum daily protection from UV light and environmental exposure. Vitamins C and E protect against free radical damage. Carob, Black Currant, Geranium, Rosewood, Cypress and Chamomile Oils are natural essential oils that combine to soothe, soften and protect skin. Acqua di Vita® Complex combines with humectants providing smoothing comfort for skin.

This is a wonderful moisturizer that works very well with the serum. It has SPF (yay), and a lovely, luxurious feel. Today the weather is very dry, and this moisturizer is hydrating very well without feeling heavy or greasy.

Splendide Mani Smoothing Hand Creme (SPF 8)

Blurb: Our smoothing hand-creme is a star performer that has attracted loyalty from both men and women for its enriching and moisturizing properties. Specifically formulated to alleviate chapping and dryness caused by sun exposure, windburn and other environmental aggressors, delivering the intensive hydration that dry hands need. Liquid Crystal Molecules are moisture attracting molecules that form a water-resistant shield to guard against moisture loss. Geranium, Rosewood, Cypress, Basil and Chamomile Oils soothe skin and leave it nourished. Acqua di Vita® Complex adds optimum hydration and helps protect hands from daily abuse as it restores depleted moisture.

Oh, just go out and get this! Your hands will be happy. You will be happy. If the weather in your area is at all dry, this is excellent, luxurious, soothing protection. It's rich, velvety soft and lasts (it even lasted through a hand washing). It has a nice fragrance as well as a bit of SPF. What's not to love?

I mentioned that this is from the Serenity Now Gift Set. Borghese kits are excellent values, and nice ways to treat yourself to a great selection of products. I've been eyeing the Rescue and Retreat and Simply Beautiful sets on the website. You can also check out Borghese at bloomingdales.

And now…

For you New Yorkers, there's an awesome SAMPLE SALE going on even as I type! Take a look at the announcement:

Back By Popular Demand! Cosmetics, Skincare & Gift Sets
High-end Cosmetics & Skincare at ridiculously low prices
Cash Only – Bring Your Own Bag
10am – 3pm: Wed, December 16th & Thurs, December 17th
10 East 34th Street, 3rd fl / New York, NY 10016

Wishing you all an equally perky Thursday.


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