Friday, March 20, 2015

A Week of Beauty

It's Friday!! Here's a look at the week in the world of beauty. I hope you enjoy these fun finds and Earth- shattering beauty news ;)

MAC releases its Julia Petit collaboration on March 19th. Read more about this Brazilian Blogger you've probably never heard of!

MAC also to release its Mia Moretti Collection March 26th. See photos and swatches here.

Now trending: Face Yoga! Sounds crazy, but if it lifts, tones, and tightens my face I'm all in!

Photos of women around the world show beauty is in our differences.

Breaking news: Science finds a cure for gray hair.

This magical pen tells you when your face is too dry.

Is a hard-boiled egg the secret to eternal youth?

Have a fabulous weekend!! xoxo

Thursday, March 19, 2015

PMD Personal Microderm Review

I wanted to share my experience with this at home personal microdermabrasion device. I am kind of obsessed with exfoliating and getting rid of old, dead, icky skin. I have a toddler so going to a med spa or dermatologist to get treatments is basically out of the question these days. I have pretty much figured out how to do any and every treatment at home! Including microderm now! 

This is what the kit includes:

-PMD device
-Plug in cord (it does not charge the device, it must stay plugged in while using)
-4 discs for face
-3 discs for body
-2 caps (1 that fits face discs, 1 that fits body discs)
-1 cushion O-ring 
-Instruction booklet and DVD

Benefits of Microderm:
-most widely known for anti-aging benefits
-improves tone and texture
-softens fine lines and wrinkles
-helps with acne and scarring
-minimizes large pores
-helps diminish age spots, sun damage, and hyper-pigmentation

***I highly recommend watching the instructional DVD. It is short and you will know exactly what to do after you've watched it. They make it really simple! 

My thoughts: I got this device back in December and have been addicted since the first use. It is super easy to use and very gentle, yet effective. 

How the device works: It comes ready to use right out of the box pretty much! That is always a plus. Once you have watched the DVD you will feel confident and ready to start! PMD recommends using the white training disc for the first few uses. I 100% agree and think this is imperative. The first time you use the device, it takes a few strokes to get the hang of it and you don't want to damage your skin with a more powerful disc. Honestly, I like the training disc the best anyway (since it's the most gentle). Once you turn your device on, the disc made of aluminum oxide crystals spins to clear dead skin. It also vacuums suctions at the same time to suck up all that it is buffing off. It's really that simple! 

How my skin looks after: I use it before bed. I wouldn't recommend doing it during the day or before you have to go somewhere. My face is a bit red all over, however, it is super soft and glowing. I use a gentle toner and moisturizer afterwards. In the morning there are no signs of redness and I am good to go! As usual, please wear SPF during the day.

With continued use: I have noticed that almost all of the dark marks on my cheeks from past sun damage or acne are almost completely gone. I think it really helps with fine lines on my forehead and in between eyes. I just love how my skin looks overall since I've been using this (besides my traumatizing 6 months of Retin-A - but that's another post). 

#1 tip for using this: DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT linger in one spot for even a second too long. It has a pretty powerful suction, so keep your skin pulled taught and move very quickly. I learned the hard way and got a red circle shaped "burn" or "spot" the first time I used it. 

Cost: $159 for the device I have. This discs need to be replaced once they are worn and are $15 for the replacement kit. 

I got mine from Ulta and the shipping was super fast! It is only available online here. 

Thursday, March 12, 2015

My Skincare Secret...Dermaplaning

"Dermaplaning is a simple and safe procedure for exfoliating the epidermis and ridding the skin of fine vellus hair (peach fuzz). "

I don't often get compliments on my skin, but when I do it's because I have had it dermaplaned. I found out about this procedure around 8 years ago, and am so very thankful I did. My esthetician has the most beautiful, glowing, radiant skin you've ever seen. She told me her secret was dermaplaning. I got it done right there on the spot. I didn't even care what she was about to do to me! I just wanted her skin!

The procedure: She takes a surgical scalpel (don't be alarmed - there is no cutting, blood, or pain!!) and gently runs it across the entire surface of your face. She is in turn removing all of the dead skin cells and peach fuzz from your face. The more you get, the more it helps remove pigmentation and fine lines over time. It also allows all of your pricey beauty products to absorb better into your skin. You will notice a huge difference in your skin all around. 

The deal with removing peach fuzz: You may be worried that your hair will grow back thicker, longer, and darker after dermaplane. This is simply an old wives' tale. As long it is only peach fuzz (not black or dark hair), it will grow back exactly like it was before.

The result: Your skin feels like newborn baby skin. It is so soft, silky, and smooth. 

Prior to the procedure: There is no downtime with dermaplaning. I recommend a Glycolic peel directly after. Your skin is better able to absorb the product, allowing for a more effective peel. Be sure to wear sunscreen afterwards. 

The cost: My Med Spa charged $40. I have also paid $50/$60 at other places.

How often: It can be done every 2 weeks, but I prefer once a month.

There you have it! My little secret! Shhhh....we don't want everyone knowing ;)


Saturday, January 17, 2015

Frankie Rose Cosmetics

I'm so excited to share this amazing line with you guys! They are becoming super popular for their full-coverage foundation that feels like you aren't wearing anything. They also offer an entire line of perfectly pigmented cosmetics. Everything I tried was better than the next and beautifully packaged!
 The lip set I have pictured is seriously one of the most gorgeous peachy nude combos ever! 
The eyeshadow palette is so versatile and all of my favorite colors. How did they know? 3 gorgeous bronze, honey, and silver shades. 2 perfect matte shades.
This gel liner is so easy to apply and lasted the entire day. The little brush that came with it actually worked great. 

Great cosmetics brand to check out and I'm really looking forward to trying more of their products (in particular their blushes- they look fabulous)! View more products or purchase here!


Thursday, December 18, 2014

Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer

Since this is my 2nd pot of this - I thought a review was in order! 

The Shade: The first pot I had was totally the wrong color, so I never really got the full effects of just how great this product is. This time I went with the shade 'SX06'. I think this shade will cater to a lot of medium/beige tones.

The Packaging: This is a VERY small container. It is the size of most potted concealers you would find on the market. It is 0.63oz to give you a better idea.

The Product: As you may have guessed this product is extremely concentrated. A tiny tiny bit goes a very long way. This is 100% full-coverage and I personally would only use it for special occasions/going out at night/pictures, etc. Just a few tiny dots will be enough for your entire face. I used a damp Beauty Blender for a bit more natural look, and I also tried with a Sigma Foundation Brush for a full-coverage look. I did find it easier to blend with the damp Beauty Blender. Maybe the bit of water helped it spread easier. 

The Results: Your face will seriously look flawless. It will cover any and all imperfections. This is full on glam foundation!! I would highly recommend setting this with powder since it is so rich. Once set- it will last all night. I have super oily skin - it still does great - I just use extra sparingly. 

*Even though this is in a concealer looking pot, I wouldn't recommend using it as concealer. It is a bit too rich/moisturizing and will crease under the eyes. I would use something like Make Up Forever Full Coverage Concealer. It dries very quickly and is smudge proof - I think it is very compatible with this foundation.

The Price: I got mine for $48 from Nordstrom. Click here to buy!

Shade: SX06

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit + Brow Pro Palette

Merry Christmas to me!!! I'm on makeup cloud 9 with these palettes. I have heard so many great things about these magical kits by Anastasia Beverly Hills. She is really starting to create some amazing makeup products.

I love that both of these are in books, not cases. Seems easier to open and close to me if you are doing makeup on someone else, or on yourself! Here are my thoughts...

The Contour Kit is perfect for so many reasons. It comes with 6 colors (3 for contouring, 3 for highlighting). The 3 dark shades are all matte. I used the shade 'Java' for contouring/bronzing. There are 2 matte shades for highlighting and one with a hint of shimmer. I set my powder with the yellow, matte highlight color 'Banana'. It is very similar to Ben Nye Banana Powder. 

I love this for the obvious: it is convenient, it is easy to carry with you/travel, it has everything you need in one palette, and it eliminates the need for 6 different compacts (I basically said the same thing 4x- I'm excited). The shades will work for literally EVERY skin tone. You can go as light, dark, natural, or dramatic as you want. Mainly - the products themselves are high quality and easy to apply. The end results are flawless. I highly recommend this to anyone, especially makeup artists. Price: $40 (which I think is a great price for all you get)

Brow Pro Palette This kit contains 22 brow shadows and 1 wax primer. I would mainly recommend this for makeup artists. I'm not entirely sure why any one person would need 22 shades of brow powder! Maybe if you change up your hair color like every week?! Ha! Anastasia knows her brows - so this powder is top notch quality! You would have to spend a bazillion dollars to invest in 22 eyebrow shades (plus primer). For makeup artists, I honestly think this is an absolute must have. You will never get stuck in a situation where you don't have the correct shade. Ever! Price: $88 (Again, for 22 shades you can't beat it!)


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

MAC Blue Brown Pigment

Just a quick post on a pigment I'm dying over! Maybe it's old news and been around forever! Who knows! But I do know it's insanely beautiful! The combo of the blue and brown is so unique and will be completely different on every eye color. It changes colors in different lighting, so the looks you can create with this are endless.

top swatch was applied with a wet brush, bottom with a dry brush

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