If you're never quite sure whether the ads for popular beauty products can be believed, relax. Our 4you Beauty Board is made up of veteran testers ready to try the latest when it comes to all things beauty. We'll share what worked and what bombed with the hope of making life a little easier for you.
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Lumene Vitamin C+ Pure Radiance 24-Hour Lotion with Arctic Cloudberry
"Natural radiance and detox for brighter skin. Refreshing lotion invigorates and balances the skin's functions."
Rating: B +
Cloe says: Seriously, I've tried so many face lotions over the years, I've lost count. Expensive or inexpensive, very few of them lived up to their claims. Lumene proves you don't have to pay big bucks for beauty products that perform. This lotion is non-greasy, lightweight and absorbs quickly into the skin. It gives me just the right amount of moisture without clogging my pores. And it left my oily skin with a nice matte finish that made my makeup go on smoother and last longer. After about six weeks, I noticed my face was softer and looked fresher and brighter. Along with containing Vitamin C -- which is a must-have for my skin -- this product claims to have an ingredient called Arctic cloudberry, a rare berry that grows in the Arctic. They say the wild plants are more powerful than plants cultivated or grown in other areas of the world. If this is what Artic cloudberry can do for your skin, I'm sold. I plan to give the rest of this line a try.
Cloe Cabrera, 44, covers entertainment for the Tampa Tribune, News Channel 8 and TBO.com.
Garnier Ultra-Lift Pro Deep Wrinkle Cream
Available at Walgreens, Target and other retail stores; 1.6 ounces for about $16
"A daily treatment that targets deep wrinkles and loss of firmness, for skin that is visibly lifted and smoother."
Michelle says_ I gave up on high-priced wrinkle creams from high-end department stores a few years ago when my 401K tanked. Even though youthful skin is certainly an investment in my future, I felt it was fiscally wiser to make savings, and not cosmetics, a priority. I discovered Garnier Ultra-Lift at my local drugstore for a reasonable price. After using it faithfully for six months, I can tell you: I still have those dang deep wrinkles, but the cream definitely softens and hydrates my dry skin and plumps up some of those tiny fine lines. With the SPF 20 rating, I feel very confident that my face isn't getting fried under Florida's dangerous rays. Foundation also goes on nicely over this cream, which isn't greasy or sticky. My skin is looking pretty good these days. Wish I could say the same for my 401K.
Michelle Bearden, 56, covers faith and values for The Tampa Tribune, WFLA-TV and TBO.com
Goldfaden Alpine Rose Stem Cell Cream
Available online at www.goldfaden.com; $75 for a 1-ounce jar
"Combat prolonged aging effects and protect skin from environmental aging factors and daily stesses with this super cream by Goldfaden."
Kim says: I know a product is great when I find myself sliding my pinky around the bottom of the empty jar trying to grab up the last little bit. I loved everything about this cream, from the packaging to the smell – and, of course, the way it worked. It promises a "more supple and radiant glow in no time," and I found that to be true. I also thought it extinguished some of the redness in my face. (Radiance and redness are two very different things!) My only nit is with the price. When I ran out, I turned to Neutrogena's Rapid Wrinkle Repair Moisturizer – which is less than a third of the price and available everywhere – and I'm just as happy with it.
Kim Franke-Folstad, 53, is the editor of 4you and Baylife.
Clarins Vital Light Day
Available at Macy's, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus (stores and websites) and at www.us.clarins.com; $85 for 1.7 ounces
"Revive skin luminosity and diminish visible signs of time on your skin."
Wendy says: This is good stuff. Vital Light Day is lightly scented, creamy and filled with the much-touted pioneer plants Spergularia and Waltheria, intended to make the skin more luminous and firm. My face was moisturized, smooth and bright. The cream is a little heavier than most daytime moisturizers I use, but my skin didn't break out. This one doesn't contain sunscreen, but there is a version that has SPF 15. There's also a night cream in the line. I would think the combination would be quite impressive. At $85, it's pricey, but if you're looking for a good anti-aging cream, it's worth it. And who says you can't use this one day and night?
Wendy M. Whitt, 44, is the Tribune's audience editor.