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KSS Professional: The new, modern mineral makeup March 26, 2011

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KSS Professional Mineral Makeup

If you think all mineral makeup is the same, think again. I recently came across a line of products whose founder has lovingly crafted a line of mineral makeup to avoid unhealthy, harmful and irritating ingredients after extensive research into raw minerals.

I’m talking about KSS Professional Mineral Makeup, first used in practice on private esthetic clients for two years at Kenlee’s Skin Shop near Kansas City, Kansas, before launching in August of 2010. Here’s what master esthetician and owner, Kenlee Livingston, would like you to know about the products she has created: “KSS products will never contain talc, bismuth oxychloride, carmines, dyes, parabens, sulfates, propylene glycol, or nanoparticles. The ingredients we use are of the highest grade and primarily consist of titanium, iron and zinc oxides. The sun protection value is very high due to the level of titanium dioxide and ranges from SPF 30-50, depending on the shade. We also support eco-friendly vendors and do not use raw materials that are not animal friendly or cruelty-free.”

This modern mineral makeup is handcrafted in small batches to be long-wearing and densely pigmented.  The product line consists of:

  • Nine shades of premium mineral foundation powder (shades can also be customized)
  • Three shades of sheer loose mineral powder
  • Premium mineral blush in Shine
  • Two formulations of professional toners
  • Two custom vegan brushes formulated specifically for use with KSS products

I tested the loose mineral foundation, available in nine shades, in Sabrina, a near-perfect light to medium neutral shade.  It was just the slightest bit “yellow” for my skin tone (the medium-neutral shade Oleha would probably have been 100% perfect), but I loved the look and feel of the silky powder so much that I used it every day for weeks! To warm up my skin a bit, I used the premium mineral blush, Shine, to add luminescent tones of gold to my skin, making it the perfect blush or bronzer.

What I also loved about the KSS Professional line is the custom foundation brush with its dense but soft bristles.  This tool allows you to apply the foundation and blusher/bronzer perfectly to the skin.

Under development and launching soon are more products to enhance the line: pure vitamin C crystals and two formulations of face washes.

To purchase products, go to Kenlee’s Skin Shop Webstore at http://shop.kenleeskinshop.com/main.sc.

To learn more about KSS Professionals, visit http://www.kssprofessional.com/.


Product Review: San Francisco’s SenSpa launches SenZen products October 20, 2010

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SenZen products from SenSpa

It’s always fun when a little box of products arrives in my mailbox. It’s especially fun when the products are from SenSpa, my favorite spa I’ve never been to. Let me explain.  Click here to read the rest of the article on my National Spa Examiner page on Examiner.com.


Review of 3 Pevonia Botanica Products June 15, 2009

I couldn’t wait to try my Pevonia Botanica sample products that arrived in the mail.  The box contained a white fabric pouch that looked like the material a spa robe would be made out of – a bit like a quilted waffle weave.  Very clever.  Inside the pouch, 3 trial size samples of Pevonia Botanica products.  Good size samples, in the 1 to 1.7 ounce range.  Perfect for air travel.

Pevonia Botanica Anti-Stress Bath & Shower Gel

I call this product a “spa in a bottle” because it transports me back to being at the spa.   Contains lavender, hazelnut oil and chamomile – but it’s the lavender that really packs an aromatherapy punch in this product. You can use the gel under running water in the bath or with a washcloth or loofah in the shower.

  • Love the strong lavender scent
  • Lightly foaming
  • Clean rinsing

Pevonia Botanica Silky Skin Body Scrub

Rosemary and sage are the aromatherapy stars in this scrub.  Use it in the shower, after cleansing, with wet hands or a body brush.  The product claims to eliminate rough areas.  Since it’s summertime, I don’t have a lot of rough areas – but it feels great!

  • Milky and creamy 
  • Gentle yet effective grains in the scrub
  • Light, clean scent

Pevonia Botanica Tropicale Papaya-Pineapple De-Aging Body Balm

Since I tend to dislike skincare products that smell like fruit, I wasn’t sure I would like this product.  But the tropical scent of papaya-pineapple is not overwhelming at all.  Once you smooth it onto your skin, it smells even less fruity – a good thing in my book!

  • Non-greasy
  • Absorbs easily
  • Texture is a cross between a gel and a lotion
  • Light, tropical fruit scent
  • Skin still feels moisturized at the end of the day

I can’t say I noticed any “de-aging” qualities in the product, but I’ve only been using it for a few days.  The Tropicale De-Aging line also comes in mango-passionfruit.