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Age: Late 50s

Location: Mountain Lakes, NJ

Skin Type: Normal, Sensitive

Skin Concerns: Lack of firmness and radiance, fine lines, large pores, redness/rosacea

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Articles By Annette

  • February 17, 2016

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    January Labs Moisture Balancing Lotion

    When TIA asked me to test January Labs Moisture Balancing Lotion ($28), I looked at the ingredients before deciding to move forward. Changing facial moisturizer in the dry NYC-area wintertime is a brave step! Since January Labs Moisture Balancing Lotion is primarily plant-based, I was curious how well it would work.

    At 58, I’ve been battling mild rosacea for a few years, so I wondered how the January Labs product would affect it. The lotion soothed my condition. Ingredients like aloe vera leaf juice, and chamomile and green tea leaf extract, have anti-inflamma ...Read More...

  • October 14, 2015

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    iS Clinical Youth Eye Complex

    When TIA asked me to test iS Clinical Youth Eye Complex ($95), I was thrilled. I was in the market for a really good solution for my eyes. Reviewing the ingredients and iS Clinical’s claim—that it rapidly smoothes and hydrates, and reduces puffiness and dark circles—the product sounded perfect for me. At 58 years old, the delicate skin beneath my eyes can get a bit crepey. What bothers me most is that the orbital area around the inside of my eyes near the nose has been getting darker. You know, the general area where glasses pads sit. I also have a fe ...Read More...

  • April 22, 2015

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    Stemulation Hi-Impact Serum

    Patience paid off with Stemulation Hi-Impact Serum ($185 in the shop). It didn’t “Wow!” me at first, but I gave it a little time to do its magic, and now I’m completely hooked!

    Stemulation Hi-Impact Serum claims to stimulate or accelerate the skin’s natural renewal process and transform it by illuminating, smoothing, hydrating and refining the surface. Diligently using this product for six weeks, my skin changed little by little each day. After the first ...Read More...

  • December 24, 2014

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    Yarok Feed Your Curls Defining Crème

    Usually when I try anti-frizz defining products for my shoulder-length, color-processed, naturally wavy hair, they do one of a few things. Either my 50-something hair feels crunchy and looks unnatural (it’s almost damp-looking and feels weighed down) or the curls are defined and it’s soft, but it gets frizzy if there’s even a hint of humidity. I’m happy to report that Yarok Feed Your Curls Defining Crème ($36.80) works perfectly. It defines my curls, defrizzes and doesn’t make my hair feel crunchy or product-heavy. I love the way it leav ...Read More...

  • July 30, 2014

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    Innarah Treatment Solution

    My goal is to have beautiful, healthy-looking, ageless skin that doesn’t need to be covered with makeup. At age 57 with a fair complexion and normal to dry skin that suffers from a hint of rosacea, I’m focused on brightening and boosting radiance, reducing redness, improving firmness and softening wrinkles. I have a drawer full of broken promises — you know, the place where barely used skin care products that promised the moon but delivered less than stellar results eventually end up. The ...Read More...

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