Here Comes The Sun

I love the sun and I love to tan. My ancestry is Greek, from the coast of the Mediterranean, so I tan extremely easily thanks to my olive skin. My happy place is in the sun by the beach, a pool or in my little backyard.

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Then why write about SeneGence’s Self-Tanning Bronzing Coconut Milk? Though I’ve never used it myself, never say never. My legs are always much lighter than my arms and face so they would benefit from it if I don’t want my legs to blind people when I wear shorts or a skirt!

What I’ll be covering here is what you’ll need to achieve the best self-tan possible, the steps to do it in, and why.

It all begins with smooth, hydrated skin. You need to prepare your skin before that self-tanner comes anywhere near you, just like preparing your face for foundation.

Advanced Hydration Body Lotion

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From the Beauty Book: “Pamper your skin all over with rich, luxurious moisture and anti-aging protection. This rich cream intensely quenches skin and increases its ability to retain water, helping to correct and prevent signs of aging.”
While I haven’t personally tried this yet, I’ve read a lot about it from my fellow SeneSisters who have had phenomenal results using this on dry skin, even eczema, and psoriasis.
Best applied after showering for maximum absorption.
Includes Sodium Hyaluronate that protects against moisture loss and French Plum Oil, a natural, non-greasy hydrating oil featuring a light, luxurious scent.

Shea Butter Body Cream

Shea Butter Body Cream
“Experience immediate dry skin relief and diminish visible signs of aging. Great for use on cracked heels, elbows, and other excessively dry areas.”

I’ve written about this amazing product before here and I love it. I love its versatility as a makeup remover and a hair treatment, and it’s power to work immediately. As with the body lotion, apply after showering to lock in moisture.
Includes Shea Butter that softens and protects skin and Sodium Hyaluronate that protects against moisture loss.

A quick note on Sodium Hyaluronate, it is a humectant (a substance that retains moisture) about 100 times more effective as a humectant than Glycerin which is in the majority of moisturizers on the market. It blows my mind how effective Sodium Hyaluronate is and we have many products that include it, like our 3 in 1 Cleansers, Climate Control, our DayTime and Evening moisturizers, the Brightening Multi-Vitamin Treatment and more. #beautynerd

Smoothing Body Scrub
This stuff is divine. It’s a smooth scrub, so it’s not gritty and feels gentle on the skin as you massage it into your body, hands, and feet. The volcanic ash will buff your body’s skin to a smooth, healthy glow and allow for better moisture absorption.
Includes Vanuatu Volcanic Ash that exfoliates dead skin and Aloe Leaf Juice to soothe skin.
Use on cleansed, damp skin. Squeeze a small amount into the palm of your hand and gently rub onto your body. Pay extra attention to rough patches on heels, elbows, and knees. Can be used 2 to 3 times a week.

Self-Tanning Bronzing Coconut Milk

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“Get a gorgeous, natural-looking golden glow without compromising the health of your skin with this unique self-tanner that is long-lasting, water-resistant, and provides an even, streak-free application. It is blended with advanced moisturizers and SenePlex+ Complex for anti-aging protection.”

From what I have researched, this is the real deal. No Oompa Loompas here!

It will give you a glorious golden glow that is buildable depending on how many times you apply it. Once applied, the colour change is visible within a few hours and lasts over 3 to 7 days. Repeat the application every 2 to 3 days to maintain the intensity of the tan.

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Knowing what I know now about the Self-Tanning Bronzing Coconut Milk, I would absolutely give it a go, not just on my pasty legs but all over including my face.   

Includes: DHA (Dihydroxyacetone): Derived from environmentally-friendly plant sources, provides a water-resistant, long-lasting tan.”
Coconut Milk Blend: With coconut water and olive seed oil for non- sticky hydration.
Erythrulose: Provides a natural-looking sunless tan.

To use: First, exfoliate with SeneDerm Body Scrub. Then apply Self-Tanning Bronzing Coconut Milk to clean, dry skin. Hold bottle six inches away from skin and spritz over area desired to darken. Immediately spread evenly into skin. Repeat in all areas you wish to have a darker glow. Take care to protect hairline, heels, elbows, knees and light eyebrows with moisturizer (face or body) to avoid uneven colour. Let skin dry completely before dressing. Wash hands immediately after application.

To recap: Moisturize regularly, exfoliate regularly, apply your Self-Tanning Bronzing Coconut Milk and look and feel fabulous!
And of course, all of the products I’ve mentioned contain the awesomeness that is SenePlex Complex.

Important note: Skin protection is a must. A tan does not offer protection from the sun. You will still need to wear sunscreen when you are out in the sun.

“This ain’t your momma’s shampoo”

Greetings! Apologies for the time between posts. I’ve been flat out trying new products, knitting like a fiend, and of course, #mumlife.

In two weeks, I’ve knit up 3 cardigans and now working on a pair of socks. It’s a sickness. Beats doing drugs though!

But I digress.

There have been 4 new product releases in the past few weeks as well as a fresh, new Beauty Book.

One of the biggest releases has to be the technological breakthrough that is the HairCovery hair care system.

You’ve been looking after your skin, now it’s time to look after your hair.

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The  HairCovery trio is:

  • Thickening and Volumizing Shampoo
  • Moisturizing and Shine Enhancing Conditioner
  • Strengthening and Thickening Hair Serum.

My hair, though short, is my crowning glory. I have obsessed over my hair for as long as I can remember.

I was lucky enough to score a sample of the products and tried it myself. Even though I have ridiculously thick and frizzy hair, I found it didn’t overload my hair at all.

Each product is lightweight and you only have to use a small amount of each, depending on your hair length. I used a 10 cent piece sized amount (or a dime for any Americans reading this) and found this was plenty for my short hair.

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The scent of each product is divine, not overwhelming at all. It’s pleasant and fresh and even men will find this appealing.

As I mentioned, all three products are light and will not weigh your hair down. Even the conditioner.

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I found that my hair dried smoother and faster than it ever has in the past. For me, this is massive. I was able to cut down on blow-drying and heat exposure to my hair. I even didn’t have to use my straightening iron as much as I usually do to smooth down my hair!

I cannot wait to use these products on both my daughter’s hair. They have unruly hair but different types of hair. My husband has “volunteered” to use HairCovery to improve the health of his scalp and hair.

Yes, HairCovery is safe to use on hair of all ages. And is safe to use on pre-treated hair, eg, chemically straightened hair.

So, why is it a breakthrough?

Your hair health starts at the root, so scalp health is vital. All products include SenePlex+ and SenePeptide to encourage a healthy scalp and voluminous, strong locks of hair. Additional volumizing ingredients and moisturizing botanicals boost shine, manageability, and thickness.

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SCIENCE!

Let’s talk about:

Capixyl. It’s one of the key volumizing ingredients in each of the products and it’s comprised of a combination of ingredients which includes Red Clover extract. Capixyl improves the growth cycle of your hair by stimulating the hair follicle regeneration process to activate hair growth, as well as limiting hair loss at the follicle. It also works on enhancing your hair’s density for thicker, healthier hair. In a clinical study of Capixyl, participants experienced over 79% boost in the number of hair per square centimeters, after 4 months.

SenePlex Complex+ is the kinetic enzyme we all know and love that helps increase cellular renewal. In hair care, this helps to increase follicular activity.
SenePeptides help stimulate hair growth.

We’ve also developed and patented an ingredient to help control the sebum produced on the scalp. Defenscalp. A win for oily, dry, and flaky scalps everywhere!

The shampoo and conditioner provide proven UV colour protection for dyed hair, with Chromaveil, which for me is a huge bonus, as now I’m more inclined to dye my hair a bolder colour than dark brown.

HairCovery is:

  • Gluten-free
  • Animal by-product-free
  • Paraben-free
  • Phthalate-free
  • Sulfate-free

To use the shampoo, ensure your hair is saturated from root to tip with water and then apply the shampoo, massaging from root to ends. Rinsing thoroughly. Repeat only if necessary.
Tip: If you have a build up of products and silicones from previous hair products, a second shampoo will be necessary.

To use the conditioner, massage into wet hair from root to ends, leaving in for 3 minutes. Rinse thoroughly.

To use the serum, apply a small amount directly to scalp on either wet or dry hair every 2-3 days. Do not rinse.

You can find the full list of ingredients and order here!

I can’t wait for y’all to use it, and of course, you have to take before and after pics and share them with me!

 

Moisture On High

You know that feeling when you drive half an hour to a retailer, only to find out that the sale item you wanted was sold just minutes before you got there? Yeah, that. For a makeup brush cleanser I really wanted because of the sale #firstworldmakeupproblems Oh, well. I placed an order online for it and still get the discount, so all is not lost. Now, I just have to wait for it.

But I digress.

Continuing skincare appreciation month, I want to share with you all the ultimate in hydration; Climate Control. There’s a lot of science at work here and for good reason too. Suited to all skin types, especially very dry and sensitive skin, it will take you to new heights of moisture. Is that even a thing? Well, it is now!

 

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This anti-ageing moisturizer, not only contains the amazing SenePlex Complex, but also SelPlex. It contains the very best of ingredients to make your skin moister (what a word, moister), with a blend of herbal oils and vitamins to soothe the skin and also increase moisture. It also contains Sodium Hyaluronate to protect against moisture loss.

This makes it the perfect treatment for people experiencing a heating sensation in their skin from dryness or sensitivities such as rosacea, eczema, or dermatitis, it even alleviates sunburn symptoms.

Apply it anywhere on your face and body that needs an extra boost of moisture. As moisture spreads, so too, does the SenePlex Complex. The herbal oil extracts soothe irritations of the skin as the moisturizer relieves the dryness.

Use twice daily, followed by your DayTime moisturizer in the morning and Evening moisturizer at night in order to seal in the hydrating goodness. Simply shake vigorously to activate the ingredients (you only need to do this once), and spray into your hand a few times, then massage all over your face, eyes, and throat.

Beautiful skin is a reality, and I cannot recommend Climate Control enough to people! Add it to you daily SeneGence regimen and invest in your skin.

I don’t like to name favourites, but…

It’s been a busy weekend so far, as I attended a SeneBlends training session and did a makeover for a fellow SeneSister and she was very happy with the result! So was I! I colour matched her foundation to the right shade.

I’ve got another makeover/pamper session lined up this week for a momma who needs a break. I love can I can offer these to my friends and their friends and family and so on. It’s such great practice for me.

I’m feeling inspired to share with you one of my favourite skin care products, just don’t tell the other products; they get jealous easily.

I have talked about it before but I love love love the Facial Resurfacer.

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It gives me the feeling of new skin every time I use it, as it sloughs away the dead skin sitting on my skin.

The SenePlex Complex in this product helps bring new plump skin cells to the surface 23% faster than going it alone. As you layer the SenePlex Complex, the better your skin will become; more plump, smoother and more luminous.

I use the resurfacer twice a week and no more than that as you don’t want to damage or thin out your skin.

The benefits of removing the dead skin cells, allows treatments and moisturizers penetrate your skin a lot faster and deeper, and get to work faster without all that crustiness in the way.

I highly recommend this for oily or acne prone skin (like mine), but all skin types can use this.

On a damp clean face, apply a pinky nail sized amount (smaller than a pea) to your face and in gentle, small, circular motions massage around your face, neck, and décolletage. I do this for about a minute or 2, then rinse off. Follow with your treatments and moisturizer.

This is going to give you a smooth base for your Colour Correcting Tinted Moisturizer and for your Foundation.

So go forth and get exfoliating! I’m going to clean the oven now. Oh! What a glamorous life I lead!

 

Gimme Some Skin

Hello, lovelies! I’ve been busy bee filming and editing videos on makeup looks, like a No Makeup Makeup look, which ties in nicely with the theme for the month.

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August is skincare appreciation month here at Lip Mania with Christina.

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I’ve touched on a few products before like the Evening Moisturizer, Brightening Multi-Vitamin Treatment and more.

Why the focus? Because we only have one skin and we need to look after it. Be it our face or our body, we need to love on it daily. And it’s the foundation for a flawless base for your makeup.

For me, personally, my skin has been transformed since using SeneGence.

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You can see such a difference in the texture, tone, and luminosity.

It’s boosted my confidence, putting my best face forward. And I owe it all to the skincare and SenePlex Complex.

Yes, I still get the occasional breakout but it heals so much faster and without scarring.

I will come to you throughout the month highlighting my favourite products, my routine, testimonials and maybe even some videos.

I love the skin I’m in and I hope that you love yours too.