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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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  • Reply
    mirela antoniadou
    June 3, 2015 at 9:35 am

    wonderfull presents!!thank youuu!

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    Michelle Travers
    June 3, 2015 at 6:11 am

    Nice article! Great giveaway!! @Altodiva1

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    June 3, 2015 at 3:38 am

    Quite a collection! Thanks for the chance to win it!

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    Melissa Macintosh
    June 2, 2015 at 10:04 pm

    Dave I enjoy this page thanks for all the recommendations on this page melissamcntsh56

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    Melanie Zöller
    June 2, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    Was für ein tolles Produkt. Ich würde es gerne ausprobieren. Danke für die Chance an diesem Gewinnspiel

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    M'lissa Duncan
    June 2, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    I absolutely love philosophy! I would love to try the skincare side.

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    Sandy Anderson
    June 2, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    I’m old…. I REALLY need these!! @sandyza

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    June 2, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    Ugh these are to die for!

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    heather de bruin
    June 2, 2015 at 2:03 am

    Thanks to your lovely post I want all 5 …*sobs* (I so miss Philosophy) what I would do for these and the new fragrance ‘Fresh Cream’
    x Heath

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    June 1, 2015 at 10:41 pm

    Thanks for identifying the secret behind the brand — saving and investing dollars that could have been spent on multi-million dollar ad campaigns and putting it back into the quality and research of the ingredients used resulting in the real reason for repurchasing and spreading advice by word-of-mouth. Would relish using these products!

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    June 1, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    Such a great giveaway!

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    Nicole Bertram
    June 1, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    A wonderful system to caress your skin. I’m sure my teint will love this kick of freshness!
    Greetings, yours Nicole. ♥

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      June 1, 2015 at 7:51 pm

      Luv this brand

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    Patricia Morfee
    June 1, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    Would love to try these products. I recently had a bad reaction to a cleanser and realize I need something gentler. @hubpos

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    Gezele MacMillan
    June 1, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    Would love to try these products!!

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    Catherine M
    June 1, 2015 at 4:43 am

    Huge Philosophy fan and Amazing Grace is my signature fragrance and my husband’s favorite on me! Thanks for offering the giveaway bag!

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    gayle bellemare
    May 31, 2015 at 10:33 pm

    I did use both Purity and Hope in a Jar with great results several years ago but had trouble locating when time to purchase again. Now several of my friends use these products and they are widely available. I would really love to win this. Thanks Dave!

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    Lisa Reader
    May 31, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    Can’t wait to try these.

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    Magda Andrikopoulou
    May 31, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    Spoil one of us haha xoxo

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    May 31, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    I adore Philosophy fragrances, so wouls love to try the skin care too, hope in a jar its what i need!

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    Susan B
    May 31, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    Great giveaway! I adore the names of these products but, somehow, I’ve never got round to trying them.

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    Lori nelson
    May 31, 2015 at 11:24 am

    I use all of these products! The best products I’ve ever used. You know that ugly wrinkle between ours eyes from squinting? Mine is almost gone!!

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    May 31, 2015 at 10:29 am

    philosophy i want to try this products .

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    Tana Rowcliff
    May 31, 2015 at 9:47 am

    Philosophy Products are some of THE BEST products that I have ever used

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    May 31, 2015 at 9:08 am

    I just love philosophy! <3

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    Melissa Macintosh
    May 31, 2015 at 12:31 am

    Dave I hope you are doing good. Nice giveaway melissamcntsh56

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      Alicia Gaye Melton
      May 31, 2015 at 2:30 am

      Im very interested in trying your products! Would be awesome if I won the giveaway.Thanks for the opportunity to enter, Alicia Gaye Melton

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