Trilane Retinol+Vitamin C Moisturizer — Review + Coupon!

Trilane Retinol + Vitamin C Moisturizer

What is it?

The power of retinol without the harshness—Visibly reduce the signs of aging for more luminous, brighter skin

Trilane® Retinol + Vitamin C moisturizer gives you everything original Trilane® Anti-Aging Moisturizer with Squalane offers, plus age-fighting and skin-renewing antioxidants to leave your skin smoother, more even, for a more radiant, youthful glow.

– Smoothes and evens out skin texture
– Speeds turnover of skin cells
– Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
– Protects your skin from environmental damage
– Diminishes brown spots
– Minimizes and unclogs pores
– Gentle enough for everyday use

How does it work?

From Healthy Directions:

Science and Quality

Retinoil-5™

Retinoil-5 contains a unique combination of 5 ingredients that give you the wrinkle-fighting power of retinol without any redness, irritation, or flaking.

  1. RETINOL erases wrinkles and smoothes skin. The superstar of skin renewal, retinol works on a molecular level to speed up cell turnover, revealing fresh, new skin cells and glowing skin beneath. Clinical studies1 show retinol works to:
  • Reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Fade away brown spots
  • Boost skin-plumping collagen
  • Smooth the skin texture
  • Shrink unsightly large pores

Retinoil-5 provides retinyl palmitate, a precursor to retinol that’s blended together with retinol to give you all the benefits without the harshness of pure retinol!

  1. VITAMIN C helps retinol work better! This powerhouse antioxidant helps protect against the aging effects of the sun and free-radical damage. And it helps clarify and brighten skin for a more even skin tone. Plus, research shows that vitamin C helps retinol work better!So you get even more age-fighting power, but still none of the irritation or redness.
  2. POMEGRANATE hydrates and calms your skin. This superfood is packed with micronutrients, antioxidants, and phytosterols that not only work on the inside of your body—but work like magic when applied to parched or aging skin. Its sterols increase skin hydration and its fatty acids calm and soothe skin.
  3. LICORICE brightens and evens out skin tone. The root of licorice (which contains glycyrrhetinic acid) when applied topically helps soothe irritated, inflamed skin and acts a skin brightener to help even out skin tone. It’s also known for its ability to help fade dark spots.
  4. CUCUMBER rejuvenates and “cools” skin. This favorite summer vegetable has been used for hundreds of years as a facial treatment and remedy for skin irritation thanks to its cooling effect. Its high alkaline level also helps improve your skin’s pH and neutralize acidity.

Aloe vera

A 2-week randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical study suggests that freeze-dried Aloe vera extract improves skin hydration.2

Squalane

Squalane is naturally found in your sebum, a critical substance in the skin’s outer layer that keeps your skin moist, soft, and free from wrinkles. The trouble is squalane levels peak in your 20s, then start to decline.  It’s one of the reasons we lose that dewy, luminous look, especially after age 40 when squalane levels really start to run dry.

When you lose squalane, your skin loses elasticity, gets drier, and becomes more prone to wrinkles. But when you replenish your skin with squalane, it’s like feeding your skin its own natural moisturizer.  Squalane has been used as an ingredient in topical creams and cosmetics for several decades.3

Jojoba Esters

In a double-blind, placebo-controlled human clinical study, researchers evaluated the skin application of jojoba esters. The results showed a decrease in dryness, roughness, and flakiness in just 30 minutes; reduced fine lines in one hour; and visibly improved skin firmness in 5 hours.4


1Randhawa M, et al. J Drugs Dermatol. 2015 Mar;14(3):271–80.
2Dal’Belo SE, et al. Skin Res Technol. 2006 Nov;12(4):241–6.
3Final Report on the Safety Assessment of Squalane and Squalene. pg 41.
4Schwartz S, et al. International Research Services, Inc. Final Report. May 8, 1995.

What’s in it?

Uses: Trilane® Retinol + Vitamin C contains a proprietary blend of gentle, yet effective, 100% natural anti-aging ingredients to speed cell turnover and leave your skin radiant

Directions: This product is an all-natural formula and some slight settling of ingredients may occur. If this happens, shake gently to combine before applying.

How is it used?

For best results: After cleansing, apply generously to face and neck in the morning and evening.

Who is Healthy Directions?

Our business originated in the newsletter division of Phillips Publishing International (PPI) more than two decades ago.

In 1985, PPI began expanding its newsletter offerings to include natural health–related titles that featured advice from alternative medicine doctors. These included the 1991 launch of our flagship letter, Dr. Julian Whitaker’s Health & Healing, and the acquisition of Mountain Home Publishing and the newsletter Alternatives, both owned by Dr. David Williams.

The health advice was well-received, and readers began calling to find out where they could buy the nutritional products recommended by our physician editors. We helped point them to safe, appropriate sources, and then began working with the doctors to formulate their own supplements.

The rest, as they say, is history.

In 2004, the business was sold and officially rebranded as Healthy Directions. Today we are proud to be a leading health publisher and direct-to-consumer retailer of doctor-formulated nutritional supplements and skincare products, dedicated to helping people lead healthier, happier lives. Healthy Directions provides expert guidance and advanced nutritional supplements from America’s most knowledgeable and highly respected integrative and alternative health doctors including Julian Whitaker, MD, Dr. David Williams, Stephen Sinatra, MD, Susan Lark, MD, Aaron Tabor, MD, Richard Wurtman, MD, and Joseph Pergolizzi, Jr., MD.

Does it work?

I was actually already a fan of Healthy Directions before trying this product, and I didn’t realize their connection to this moisturizer until I sat down to write the review! If anything, Trilane Retinol+Vitamin C Moisturizer made me love Healthy Directions even more. I expected a serum, but this product is kind of a serum-moisturizer hybrid. It’s less cloudy and oily than most serums, but it’s not as thick and creamy as a typical moisturizer. The product is actually fairly runny and looks almost like perfume in the bottle. The packaging feels nice and expensive, which is always a plus for me. I love a glass bottle! Luxurious packaging makes using beauty products feel more like pampering. The pump is very functional–it’s sanitary (keeps bacteria out) and helps control how much product is dispensed. However, it seems to shoot out of the pump sometimes, which can be an issue. This moisturizer feels amazing going on the skin, and it takes a few minutes to sink in. If you’re going to follow it with a cream, make sure to give this product time to sink in completely. It leaves my skin looking fresh, dewy, and clean. I can’t speak for how well it works on wrinkles, but my mom has tried it a few times and is impressed with the results. Her face looks a little firmer, and she loves how the product feels going on! It does seem to be helping my dryness, and I’m not having flaky skin near as often. I’ve very sensitive to scents in beauty products, and there is little (if any) scent to this one. I notice a faint minty smell when applying, almost like vapor rub, but it’s not too strong and quickly disappears. Trilane Retinol+Vitamin C Moisturizer is a little pricey, but one bottle will last you for awhile. And it could potentially replace several products in your beauty arsenal. If you’re interested, check out the coupon code below!

Where do I get it?

Trilane Retinol+Vitamin C Moisturizer is available on Amazon. Save 20% off your first purchase of Trilane Retinol + Vitamin C sold by Healthy Directions on Amazon.com. Use code SAVERETC Promotion code expires 12/31/15. Make sure you choose the one sold by Healthy Directions!!  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00K3FY3GE

*I received this product in exchange for my honest review.

Subscription Box Deals & Coupon Codes!

There are a few really great deals on subscription boxes right now!

PopSugar Must Have (a personal favorite!) has released this code for $15 off a box: XL25K3Z. If you only want one box, be sure to check the box that says ‘this is a gift’ and your subscription won’t renew. The discount makes this box $25!! If you want a shot at getting the May box, check the box that says send me an earlier box if available. If you want the June Must Have box, make sure the check box is empty. Sign up for PopSugar Must Have here.

This Month's Box

Birchbox currently has a code to get your first box for only $5! That’s 50% off!! I never see coupons for Birchbox subscriptions, so I don’t know if this one will be back again. Birchbox makes a GREAT gift. The code is SUMMERSUB. Sign up for Birchbox here.

Plus Box Subscription from Conscious Box

Conscious Box is currently available on RueLaLa. A 3-month subscription is $35 and a 6-month subscription is $65. According to RueLaLa, a 3-month sub is usually $56.85 and a 6-month is $107.70. I got really frustrated with Conscious Box last year because the boxes weren’t great, but my mom’s been getting pretty good boxes lately. It might be worth giving Conscious Box another shot! Sign up for RueLaLa here.

Will you be taking advantage of any of these deals? If so, which ones? Let me know in the comments!

*This post contains referral links.

B A Star Holiday Red Lip Pencil + Code

B A Star is a performance makeup brand. They create products for performers. “Sing, Dance, Strut, Perform–Shine Like a Star!”

The Holiday Red Lip Pencil applies all over lips for the perfect runway red, stays on all day, and you can add glitter or gloss for extra shine!

This product is pretty bright. It can also be used for everyday wear if you love a bold lip! I had no problems with the lip pencil feathering or settling into fine lines. (I had a lovely model for these pictures!)

B A Star

B A Star

The pencil is $8.75, but the price drops to $5 if you buy 6 or more. You can also use this code: BBLIPS to receive 50% off!! Buy the lip pencil here.

*Disclaimer: I received this product free through BrandBacker in exchange for an honest review.

Studio Gear Cosmetics Holiday Smokey Eye Palette + Code

Studio Gear Cosmetics has a holiday palette this year! Take a look!

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In the first picture, the palette is on the left and the sleeve is on the right.

The second picture shows the palette laying open.

The third is a close up of the four shadows and blush. The top left shadow makes a great highlight color. All four shadows are light on application at first, but they’re very buildable. All had good staying power without primer. It’s easy to create light or darker looks with this palette. The blush is a great winter pink!

The fourth picture is a closeup of the top half of the palette, which has step-by-step directions for the look shown on the palette.

Here’s a soft winter look I did using the palette.

Soft Winter Look Using Studio Gear Holiday Palette

I like this palette. My only complaint is the shadows aren’t labelled on the palette itself. The instructions refer to the shadows by name, but it’s difficult to figure out which is which. This palette is currently priced at $40 on StudioGearCosmetics.com. You can save 10% off your entire order by using this code: SGHOLIDAY

Disclosure: I received this product free through BrandBacker in exchange for an honest review.

Giveaway and Code: Darby Smart January To DIY For

THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED. CONGRATS TO BETH FOR WINNING THE JANUARY TO DIY FOR BOX! Thanks to everyone who entered!!

Darby Smart’s January To DIY For Box will contain a Sprinkles cupcake mix and other baking goodies! I have a code that will get you $10 off through Friday, which is the last day to buy this kit. The code is: DARBYJAN10

I’m also hosting a giveaway of the January kit! To enter, leave a comment telling me your favorite Darby Smart kit (check them out on their website!).

For an extra entry, tweet about this giveaway and include @choosetolive #DarbySmart. Post the URL to your tweet in the comments section below. This giveaway ends Friday!

Great Glossybox Deal on Living Social Today!!

There’s a great deal going on over at Living Social today! Glossybox subscriptions are available in 1, 3, 6, and 12-month increments at a discount!

Gift

Details:

• $16 ($21 value) for a one-month subscription + included shipping
• $45 ($60 value) for a three-month subscription + included shipping
• $90 ($115 value) for a six-month subscription + included shipping
• $165 ($220 value) for a 12-month subscription + included shipping

You can also use coupon code WARMUP to get an additional 20% off. I’ve subscribed to Glossybox off and on over the last two years, and I recommend taking advantage of this deal! I’m never disappointed by the value of the products inside Glossybox. This would make a perfect gift for any beauty product lovers in your life! Here’s the link.

There are two other Living Social deals going on right now that I’d also recommend!

Gift Box

I’m not purchasing either of them right now, but I ordered the Spicely Organic Spice Gift Box last year and it’s great! The price is $21, and I’m guessing there’s shipping on top of that. There are several different box options to choose from. Good gift for anyone who likes to cook or bake!

Knu™ ANTI AGING SERUM

Michael Todd True Organics Knu Anti-aging Face Lift Serum is also available on Living Social! This is a super pricey ($150) serum, but it’s only $28 on the Living Social site. I’ve been using this serum for awhile and am loving it! I have super dry skin, so I cleanse, moisturize, then warm up the serum between my hands and apply it all over my face. It’s worked really well in keeping my face smooth and hydrated! This serum has several celebrity fans, but I’m always wondering who is really a fan of something and who is just getting paid. I don’t know how well the anti-aging claims fare, but this product HAS improved my skin.

Anyone else picking up deals on Living Social or anywhere else? Let me know!

Box of Happies Code & Giveaway!!

Box of Happies is a new subscription box service. I haven’t tried it out yet, but I’m hoping to in the near future. For now, they’ve given me a coupon code to share with you. Enter 5PERCENT to save 5% off your entire Box of Happies purchase!

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Box of Happies has also provided me with a pair of earrings to give away! These earrings are handmade originals for Box of Happies. They are valued at $8.00. The giveaway goes through November 30, 2013. Click the entry form link below to see the giveaway widget!

Has anyone tried Box of Happies yet? What are your thoughts?