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The undulating seaside treasures of France, whose shores are packed with seaweed, bamboo forests of Australia, and the African Savanna all feature prominently in Origins’ latest wunderkind, Plantscription Anti-aging Power Serum ($55).
Origins sent out Candace Kumai and Kim Mance on a scientific/social experiment, where they traveled all over the world to smell, touch, and experience these ingredients before they decided which ones would end up in its latest skin therapy. The rare Anogeissus tree (from Ghana), whose bark Origins analyzed for five years, showed that it truly does provide anti-aging benefits.
In two weeks, studies showed what we’ve come to expect in an anti-aging product: reduction of fine lines and wrinkles (51% reduction in wrinkles), plumping of skin, and lifting and firming. Other natural ingredients include the delicate lace-like Crithmum from France, also known as the “retinol of the sea,” and bamboo and pea extract from Australia, both excellent sources of hyaluronic acid and amino acids.
After 8 weeks, the results are subtle but the layers of the upper skin are boosted and there is a less wrinkled surface. Plantscription — the serum — isn’t the only actor in the play: there are other products that have been around for years, including the anti-aging cleanser, lotion, youth-renewing face oil, night cream, and eye cream.
While the serum looks and feels more substantial and veers towards lotion territory, it is interesting that Origins chose to marry social media and science in this way.
Time will tell if this serum delivers on its promises, but for now, it’s a list of beautiful worldly ingredients backed by scientific ingredients — all of which makes the $55 price tag worth it.
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It is a beauty secret that dates back to the Golden Age of Hollywood — the humble eyebrow. The late Lauren Bacall was a woman with attitude and great eyebrows, while Audrey Hepburn’s thick, luscious pair emphasized her cheekbones. A slight tweak to the arch of your brow can lift years off your face for less time, pain, and money than an appointment for injectables. Whether you want to give a rounded face more definition, or to soften a sharply angled facial structure, beautiful brows brighten your eyes, leave you looking slimmer and more refreshed.
For an instant result and painless facelift, reach for one of these 6 great brow shapers.
Tom Ford Beauty Brow Sculptor ($44) -- Create brows with impact thanks to Tom Ford Beauty's Brow Sculptor. Its unique calligraphy tip puts you in control of the shape. Offered in 4 sculpting shades.
Clinique Instant Lift For Brows ($16.50) -- The easiest way to create beautiful brows on the go: fill in and shape brows with this two-in-one applicator. Then run the universal highlighter under the brows for maximum wow factor.
Benefit Cosmetics Brow Zings ($32) -- This bestseller includes tiny brushes and tweezers for any brow emergency. Apply brow wax to lock down unruly hairs and add shine. Then brush on brow powder to deal with sparse or undefined areas.
Lancome Eyebrow Crayon ($26) -- This pencil glides on easily and gives a natural finish. The trick to making penciled brows complement, not spoil your make-up look, is to blend and position them with the brush on the end.
Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Brow Lift Duo ($26) -- This micro-slim pencil is two times smaller than traditional pencils. Achieve precise and defined brows that stay put from sun up to sundown. Dermatologist- and ophthalmologist-tested.
MAC 'Veluxe' Brow Liner ($20) -- The secret to this liner is rich powdery formulation that offers a matte and velvety smooth finish. Finish off with Pro Longwear Waterproof Brow Set for all-day power brows.
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With the weather officially transitioning into the cooler Autumn temps, dry skin could be more problematic. These 5 new foundations have formulas that help smooth flaws, plump skin, and fight discoloration while leaving a luminous finish.
Diorskin Star Fluid Foundation ($50) – This new brightening foundation treats mature skin with potent actives such as immortelle extract to smooth imperfections, paquerette extract to minimize pigmentation, and licorice extract to reduce redness, while hollow silica beads diffuse light for a more photo-ready complexion.
Dolce & Gabbana Perfect Reveal Lift Foundation ($72) – You can expect full coverage and a powerful anti-aging cocktail in this new liquid foundation. It contains gold flavo-silk tricomplex, containing gold silk sericin, Italian olive oil, and vitamin B3 to help restore moisture, plump skin, and smooth fine lines and wrinkles in as little as four weeks.
Paul & Joe Moisturizing Fluid Foundation ($48) – Serum-like formulas are a good choice for dry, aging skin. This one leaves a soft powder finish and is super-hydrating with rosa canina fruit extract, orange flower extract, and camellia and orange oils.
L’Oreal Visible Lift Blur Lift Foundation ($14.99) – This light formula is a mix of a blur cream and foundation that works to smooth over wrinkles, cover brown spots, and give skin a more uniform look.
NARS All Day Luminous Powder Foundation ($48) – Powder formulas tend to be too matte for dry skin, but this new lightweight powder foundation can be applied wet or dry and offers buildable coverage for where you need it most. A light reflecting complex adds luminosity and a blend of 17 amino acids, antioxidants and marine fennel to help fight wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and boost cell renewal.