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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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    May 30, 2015 at 11:48 pm

    I adore Philosophy products.

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    May 30, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    I will be 58 in September. It’s been a long time since I have put in the time to make myself feel and look better.Life just got in the way and as always, it’s the mom who suffers.To busy worrying about everything that life has to through at us.
    As a young woman who was very happy with my appearance, and did wear make up most of the time. I received compliments often on my looks. Not meaning to sound all up about myself at all.It just happens to be the truth …
    My husband has commented on the fact that he would like to see the full of life version of me again, not once but many times throughout the last decade or so.
    I would like to have the chance to spend time on myself again and see an attractive older women looking back at me in the mirror. Hopefully this will help me out with the predicament I’ve found myself in. Give me a reason to go look in the mirror and smile again at the reflection of myself.
    I’m ready to start investing in my future appearance. I’m thinking of the gorgeous grandmother who will be attending her grandchildrens weddings in the future.
    Any assistance with this would make a miracle materialize for me ….

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    darlene pinales
    May 30, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    I love these product they really do what they say!!!

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    Saleha Haroon
    May 30, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    Wow. A wonderful article. Thumbs up.

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    Michelle Ross
    May 30, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    Glad to find an easy but thorough explanation of the product line.

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    Sarah Hollifield
    May 30, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    Great info. THANKS

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    May 30, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    Great giveaway would love to win good luck everyone.

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    Nancy Reid
    May 30, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    Hope in a bottle sounds like a positive Philosophy!

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    Christine Broughton
    May 30, 2015 at 10:01 am

    Really learned a lot reading about these fine products Thanks #DaveLackie

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    Dawn Duty
    May 30, 2015 at 2:49 am

    Love these!

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    May 30, 2015 at 2:19 am

    I love the philosophy line, smells delicious!

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    Jennifer verling
    May 30, 2015 at 1:51 am

    I’ve used Hope in a Jar & I love it ! Best of luck everybody

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    Marie Riemer
    May 29, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    I know how much you love the philosophy brand Dave, I would love to win this amazing gift!

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    May 29, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    Such amazing products!!

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    Linda Cichocka
    May 29, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    Really want to try Time in a Bottle

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    May 29, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    Another spectacular giveaway!

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    Natasa Koltsida
    May 29, 2015 at 7:32 pm

    I’m not sure if i can find these products in Greece… @natasakoltsida

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    Donna Owens
    May 29, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    I’ve always wanted to try Philosophy! There are so many products out there but this has reminded me to try this line. Especially interested in #’s 2,4, and 5.

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    Muriel Michael
    May 29, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    The collection sounds fabulous.. Must have this.. If I don’t win I will buy this product to try. Twitter@thmuriel

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    Jo price
    May 29, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    Sounds an amazing collection @joanneprice6

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    May 29, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    Stellar line up!!!

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    shelley scougall
    May 29, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    Sounds devine , im so going to try these xx

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    Melissa de la Croix
    May 29, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    Hope in a jar sounds wonderful!

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    May 8, 2015 at 10:28 am

    Best of everything, I would love to win.

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    May 8, 2015 at 10:26 am

    Best products EVER, I have been trying out some of the items

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