Sunday, July 15, 2012

Paula's Choice Review & Giveaway Alert!

Paula's Choice

Paula's Choice
Review + Giveaway

I have met my match in skincare! Most people, especially me,  who have combination skin are challenged to find a complete regimen that works to target the specific needs of this tricky skin type. I usually have to mix and match products to get the results I want.

The products I am going to share with you have allowed my skin to achieve a healthy, well-balanced, wrinkle-free complexion. 

Paula Begoun, founder of Paula's Choice, has perfected a skin care line that clears your skin and reduces the appearance of fine lines and prevents wrinkles.

After many years of struggling with skin problems herself, Paula had an epiphany when she realized many of the skin care products contained ACETONE! We all know this as FINGER NAIL POLISH REMOVER!

She set out on a mission to find products that would create products that contained proven ingredients that could truly make skin look younger, flawless, radiant, and as wrinkle- and acne-free as possible. has a great online tool that allows you to shop by concern, to help you find the perfect regimen to get the skin of your dreams!

I received Skin Balancing Oil-Reducing Cleanser, Skin Balancing Pore-Reducer Toner, Skin Balancing Mattifying Lotion, Skin Balancing Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum, Anti-Aging Clear Skin Hydrator, Weekly Resurfacing Treatment and Shine Stopper Instant Matte Finish.

Skin Balancing Oil-Reducing CleanserI started with the Skin Balancing Oil-Reducing Cleanser. I wet my face with a small amount of warm water and then worked the pearlescent cleanser in small circular motions. It's light enough you can use a vigorous, yet gentle buffing motions.

This is a very natural smelling face wash and GREAT for sensitive skin. After rinsing, you can repeat, or use a clean washcloth to help remove heavily applied makeup.

The cleanser has a soft lather and rinses clean without leaving your skin feeling dry and cracked.

Skin Balancing Pore-Reducing TonerI followed the cleanser with the Skin Balancing Pore-Reducing Toner. I applied a small bit to a cotton ball and applied in a stroking motion on my face. My skin felt purified.

Toners are fabulous for lots of reasons but this Toner minimizes pore size, prevents signs of aging and eliminates flaky, dehydrated skin. Paula recommends only using toners filled with skin-repairing ingredients. This toner offers potent antioxidants, anti-irritants and cell-communicating ingredients which help restore normal function of damaged, misbehaving cells.

The Pore-Reducing toner is unlike any toner I have ever used! The weightless formula can even be used as a moisturizer for normal to oily skin. This is amazing on my skin during these hot, humid summer months.

RESIST Anti-Aging Clear Skin HydratorAfter my skin has been cleansed and toned, I followed up with two pumps of the RESIST Anti-Aging Clear Skin Hydrator. This is an amazing skin remodeling complex that is specifically designed to address the frustrating combination of wrinkles AND breakouts! This is something I FREQUENTLY encounter.

1-2 pumps of this exclusive formula will stimulate collagen production, repair sun damage and fade redness and discoloration from past breakouts while preventing future breakouts!

Your skin is your largest organ and it absorbs whatever is put on the skin. Allow your skin to absorb wonderful key ingredients like the included antioxidants and stabilized vitamin C.

The fragrance-free, gel-lotion is gentle enough to be used around the eye area, too. My breakouts have not only surmised with this hydrator, but my skin is even more radiant!

Skin Balancing Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum w/ Retinol

Next I applied the Skin Balancing Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum. This is my favorite product from Paula's Choice Skin Balancing line. It literally feels like liquid gold as I smoothed a few drops all over my face, neck and eye area.

This powerhouse formula reduces appearance of wrinkles, enlarged pores, helps repair damage, stimulates collagen production and leaves a mattifying effect.

It contains Retinol, which fights multiple signs of aging. My skin instantly brightened and the velvety, oil-free texture left my skin feeling delicate and supple.
Skin Balancing Daily Mattifying Lotion SPF 15 & Antioxidants
This can be used alone of BEFORE using your favorite Paula's Choice moisturizer (preferably with a SPF of 15 or higher!)

Always follow your serum with the moisturizer to lock in the serum's hydrating benefits. I used the Skin Balancing Daily Mattifying Lotion.

This provides a broad spectrum sun protection with SPF 15 while yielding a superior, luxurious complexion.

 Unlike other SPF's, this sunscreen+ antioxidants doesn't leave your skin greasy while moisturizing. The matte effect it leaves is perfect for blemish-prone skin like mine.

Your skin is ready for the day or appropriately prepped for makeup!

Shine Stopper Instant Matte Finish with Microsponge® TechnologySometimes, my skin is so shiny that makeup makes it look much worse! Paula's Choice has the premier product that guarantees a shine-free complexion for 6+ hours with the Shine Stopper Instant Matte Finish with MICROSPONGE Technology.

A pea sized amount instantly trapped oil on the surface of my skin and works over time capturing oil as it reaches the top layer of skin. It had a silky, powder feel that enhanced my makeup look, prolonged stay and smoothed skin imperfections giving me an flawless, airbrushed look and kept my t-zone in check!!

RESIST Weekly Resurfacing Treatment with 10% Alpha Hydroxy AcidOnce a week, I used the Weekly Resurfacing Treatment with 10% Alpha Hydroxy Acid.

This is an advanced liquid exfoliant that leaves your skin looking younger, healthier and smoother.

I applied a dime sized amount onto my face, targeting the areas with the most damage and wrinkles. The liquid toner-like treatment can be applied effortlessly. If you have super sensitive skin, you can rinse off after 10 minutes. I left it on all night and was dazzled with the sparkling, glow my skin had the next morning.

This is a deep exfoliation, so be sure to avoid other exfoliants or scrubs, at least until morning! :) (I followed the Resurfacing Treatment with the Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum).

My skin has the best glow, looks healthy, is much firmer and completely blemish free! Paula's Choice truly corrects, balances and reinforces skin!

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**Disclaimer: Paula's Choice provided me with a free product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product. All opinions are my own honest opinions on this skin care line.**


baron said...

woww Great paula really impressed with this.

amanda h said...

i LOVE paula's choice!

Anonymous said...

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