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If there was one overriding theme to the Fall/Winter runway shows in Paris, Milan, London and New York, it was glowing, healthy skin. Francois Nars took the theme to the extreme for Marc Jacobs’ spring show in New York by sending models down the catwalk with only a little moisturizer – no makeup whatsoever. Few women will follow his lead, but the nude makeup trend does begin with great skin.

These models at the Frame Denim presentation illustrate this look. Clean, moisturized and radiant complexions work well with the simple cotton and denim outfits. Melissa Gibson, a MAC Pro Artist, sums it up best when she says every great makeup look begins with good skincare.

I’ve been a big fan of philosophy skincare for years. I’ve featured it many times on Cityline and promote it whenever I can. I do think the formulas are very good and well-priced. But I understand that navigating through philosophy’s extensive skincare line can be a little intimidating considering that most of the products look the same: black print on white jars. But don’t let that dissuade you! This New York-based skin care brand offers some of the best formulas on the market today. Not only are most very gentle on skin, the majority offer multiple benefits. Company founder Cristina Carlino sums it up best when she says, “We only develop what we believe will be useful to the end consumer. In the end, excellence matters more.” And by foregoing multi-million dollar ad campaigns and celebrity models, the brand can invest those savings into the science and quality of ingredients.


Here is the best way to discover the philosophy brand.


Screen Shot 2014-11-30 at 10.34.53 AM1.     purity cleanser

It’s no coincidence that Allure magazine crowned this creamy cleanser with its 2014 Readers’ Choice Award. In fact, purity has won dozens of awards around the world for its exceptional quality. This fresh, lemon-scented formula gently cleanses, tones and melts away all face and eye makeup in one step. Better yet, it gently hydrates making it the ideal cleanser for cold, dry winters. I use it daily! You just gently massage a quarter-size amount onto a damp face and massage for 30 seconds. Rinse and pat dry. You can even use it on hair to remove any conditioner or product build-up. A truly great product.


Screen Shot 2014-11-30 at 10.35.11 AM2.     hope in a jar moisturizer

In 1996, Oprah declared hope in a jar one of her “favourite things” on national television. The product sold out in minutes when she stated that she uses it daily. The brand itself debuted at barney’s new york quickly becoming one of the retailer’s most popular brands. What’s great about this lightweight daily moisturizer is that is hydrates and works to improve skin texture and tone. It even packs protection against anti-oxidants. The original formula was created for doctor’s offices. Works for all skin types.


Screen Shot 2014-11-30 at 10.42.07 AM3.     time in a bottle daily age-defying serum

This anti-aging serum targets all major signs of skin-aging with a unique dna renewal complex and high-potency vitamin activator. It works to promote the skin’s own renewal and protection processes. Skin looks more radiant, wrinkle-free, smooth and firm after eight weeks.


Screen Shot 2014-11-30 at 10.38.03 AM4.     when hope is not enough omega 3 6 9 replenishing oil

This replenishing oil is a secret weapon in the fight against very dry skin. Simply massage a drop into skin after cleansing and top with a moisturizer for very dry skin. It soothes and helps bring skin back into its proper moisture balance. Essential fatty acids omega 3 and 6 and unsaturated omega 9 help to protect against environmental attack. It also helps sooth irritated skin.


Screen Shot 2014-11-30 at 10.39.13 AM5.     miracle worker anti-aging retinoid eye repair

Clinical studies prove that the most powerful anti-aging ingredients remain retinoids. But they can be irritating unless handled carefully. This formula offers all the benefits of Vitamin A but with less potential for irritation. It works to dramatically improve the look of wrinles and discoloration. Targeted peptides reduce under-eye bags and dark circles. The key with using eye creams is consistency and time. You have to use them daily and give them a full eight weeks to see best results. Most people give up too early before the products have had a chance to really work. This is a good eye cream!


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    Betty B
    May 8, 2015 at 6:19 am

    It’s the best!!!

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    May 7, 2015 at 11:59 pm

    I’m new to Philosophy and love their product line.

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    Brenda Higgins
    May 7, 2015 at 11:02 pm

    Love Philosophy.

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    Melissa Macintosh
    May 7, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    melissamcntsh56 the giveaway is so spectatular

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    Kathleen Corado
    May 7, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    Great products!!

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    May 7, 2015 at 8:21 am

    Love Philosophy!

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    angela bauer
    May 7, 2015 at 12:18 am

    Hope is not enough , time in a bottle, where can i buy these products? @angie00718

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      Brandi Fretti
      May 7, 2015 at 8:16 am

      I buy all my Philosophy at QVC. that way you have 30 days to love it or return it.

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    Melissa Macintosh
    May 6, 2015 at 8:58 pm

    Dave melissamcntsh56 loves to enter your contest thanks

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    May 6, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    I shop at my local Ulta Beauty store for Philosophy products , love it love it !

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    May 6, 2015 at 11:52 am

    Philosophy is the best

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    Pamela Gard
    May 6, 2015 at 11:09 am

    Philosophy products are miracles. They send a wave of coolness, softness, and comfort in knowing you look the greatest

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    Carol L
    May 6, 2015 at 8:30 am

    I love the above products. After reading the summary on each I find I’ve really been missing out on products that appear to be made for me. So glad I saw this. Thanks.
    Carol L

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    Theresa Zacharias
    May 6, 2015 at 5:56 am

    Would love the chance to try new products!! 🙂 @bomberfaithful1

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    Alayne Langford
    May 5, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    My daughter (of course) introduced me to Philosophy “amazing grace” and the scent is like fresh linen, just beautiful. I still use it, so fresh and clean! Thanks for the post Dave 🙂

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    Melissa Macintosh
    May 5, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    Melissa Macintosh melissamcntsh56 likes Philosophy that is why I shop at Ulta, Sephora

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    coy mills
    May 5, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    I’ve never tried these, but hear they are wonderful products

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    Jasmine C
    May 5, 2015 at 4:27 am

    These are lovely! Love the simplicity of the packaging too, makes it look more reliable and luxurious I think! Would love to try Hope In A Jar and Miracle Worker sounds amazing!

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    angela bauer
    May 5, 2015 at 12:21 am

    I like the hope Bottle ♡ @angie00718

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    Pat Drouillard
    May 5, 2015 at 12:13 am

    love the philosophy brand

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    Ava Mac
    May 4, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    Another fantastic collection. Thanks Dave Lackie!

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    Melissa Macintosh
    May 4, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    Dave once again you have outdid yourself

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    Dee Thompson
    May 4, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    Love your products! That is all!

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    Kylie Lanthorn
    May 4, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    Love the philosophy brand!!

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    May 4, 2015 at 11:45 am

    Wonderful products for every woman 🙂

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    Molly Joiner
    May 4, 2015 at 10:30 am

    I love all these products!

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      May 7, 2015 at 5:36 am

      There all great products

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