Luscious Lashes

Hello Gorgeous!

Make your eyes stand out with long, luscious lashes. The thicker, the heavier, the blacker, the longer, the better! And mascara is the secret.

The best budget mascara is Maybelline Great Lash Washable Mascara. You can buy this mascara almost anywhere for around $5.

This classic mascara continues to impress with its buildable, natural formula and it will never give you tarantula eyes. With its mini wand, it gives clump-free separation, volume, and length on every lash swept.

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What It Is:

A lengthening and thickening mascara for $5 (can you believe it?!)

How It Looks and Feels:

It has a mini-size wand; the tube has a wiper to keep the formula from getting clumpy on the brush; it’s ophthalmologist-tested and safe for sensitive eyes and contact-lens wearers.

Why I Like It:

It’s no surprise that this classic mascara has won Allure’s Readers’ Choice and Best of Beauty awards multiple times: In just one swipe, the wand easily reaches all lashes – even in the corners – for a multiplied lash look without any clumps so you will get lots of impact without a lot of work.

For Best Results:

  • Sweep wand from root to tip of lashes. Continue building volume until the desired lash look is achieved by reapplying coats, but do not let them dry between coats
  • Do not pump the wand in and out – this only dries out the formula
  • When applying on your bottom lashes, use the tip of the mascara wand
  • Using a lash comb is a great way to unclump and separate your lashes (if this happens to your lashes)
  • Regardless of how much you’ve used your mascara, toss your mascara out after three months of opening it because bacteria can grow in it (gross!)
  • Buy an eyelash curler! Curling lashes opens up your eyes and really makes a huge difference
  • Remove your mascara nightly for healthy and longer lashes. Use a makeup remover that has oil in it so you can gently remove mascara without causing lashes to break or fall out. The oil will also lightly coat your lashes to help protect them while you get your beauty sleep.

Creating luscious lashes doesn’t have to be rocket science. Now that you have these helpful mascara tips, long, luscious lashes await you!

XOXO

Trisha

The Best Hair Care Products For Gorgeous Hair

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I have tried almost every hair care product out there, from super expensive to really cheap. Having long dark hair myself, I always want to keep my locks shiny and healthy. I don’t have damaged hair, but I do have really dry and somewhat fine hair and sometimes finding the right products can be difficult. There are excellent inexpensive hair products out there, so don’t think you must buy salon brands to keep your hair looking and feeling amazing. And once you find a product that works wonders on your hair, you should keep using it, but there is nothing wrong experimenting to find something even better! And remember, keeping hair healthy starts from the inside out so sometimes it’s not a product that you need, but vitamins, nutrients, and lots of water.

My absolute favorite hair care line that I recommend to everyone is Milk_Shake hair products. I got introduced to this amazing product by my gorgeous mother-in-law two years ago and have been hooked ever since. Their products aren’t cheap, but this is by far the best line of products I have ever tried. I use their hair products everyday and they never build up in my hair over time and it doesn’t weigh hair down at all. Their products are suitable for color treated hair, damaged hair, healthy hair, fine hair, thick hair and even curly hair (all hair types). I cannot say enough great things about Milk_Shake hair products and my hair has never been healthier.

Milk_Shake is a range of professional salon hair care products, inspired by nature. The milk_shake philosophy is simple: Use the power and beauty of nature to achieve gorgeous hair for all occasions! This complete hair care range is formulated with a combination of professional ingredients which are kind to your hair and skin, while giving amazing results.

The Milk_Shake products I use daily and cannot live without are: Milk_Shake Color Maintainer Shampoo, Milk_Shake Color Maintainer Conditioner, Milk_Shake Conditioning Whipped Cream and Milk_Shake Glistening Argan Oil (this is my Holy Grail hair product; I can’t live without it).

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I also use a hair mask twice a week which is the Milk_Shake Active Milk Mask.

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One product that I want to try and was told is absolutely amazing is the Milk_Shake Repairing Hair Treatment. It is an intensive repair treatment for chemically treated, dry, and damaged hair. Enriched with Milk Proteins and Fruit Extracts, Repairing Hair Treatment nourishes chemically treated hair which is showing signs of damage and environmental stress. Milk_Shake’s Integrity 41 Complex helps to seal in color and increase shine and softness from the first application.

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If you want to try a great line of professional hair care products, I highly recommend trying Milk_Shake. Their products are not really that expensive and they do work wonders on your hair. Plus, all their products smell amazing…bonus!

If you live in the United States, you can only order Milk_Shake products online. I order mine from Amazon.com and BeautyBay.com and you can too. If you live in Europe, Milk_Shake is sold only in the finest salons or you can also order their products online.

So go on and treat yourself to the perfect Milk_Shake treatment for your hair, working from the inside outwards creating thicker, stronger, healthier and shinier hair… Enjoy!

XOXO

Trisha

Mini Miracles: Travel-Size Beauty Products

Hello Gorgeous!

Looking for a budget-friendly way to try new beauty products? Buy beauty products in travel-size and feel good about the money you spent and saved.

I LOVE travel-size beauty products! When you want to try a new product, but you don’t want to spend a small fortune on trying something new, always find out if you can buy it in travel-size. Usually luxury beauty products in travel size only cost $10-$20 and you definitely get enough of the product to try it out.

Two of my favorite skin care travel size beauty products are from StriVectin.

The first treatment is called StriVectin-SD which is an intensive concentrate for wrinkles. It stimulates collagen and repairs the skin barrier to create flawless skin. It’s a super-charged way to aggressively fight deep wrinkles, enhance firmness, protect skin quality, improve visible discolorations and it hydrates the skin. I am personally impressed with this mini miracle treatment. My skin texture has improved and I stay wrinkle free.

You can buy this from the StriVectin website in travel size (0.5 oz) for only $15!

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My second favorite   travel-sized product is for your eyes and it’s called StriVectin-SD Eye Concentrate for Wrinkles. This mini miracle was the ‘2012 Allure Best of Beauty Award Winner’ for ‘Best Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream’. This product truly helps improve and prevent the appearance of fine lines and crow’s feet around the eye area. It is non-greasy and really helps moisturize skin around the eyes (which is always important). A little bit goes a long way so you can get great use out of a small tube.

You can also buy this from the StriVectin website in travel size (0.25) for only $15.

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Never underestimate the mini miracles found in travel-size beauty products… You don’t have to spend a small fortune to look fabulous!

XOXO

Trisha

The Best Smoochable Lip Balm

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You know when chapstick just isn’t enough and you want something that will get your lips soft and smooth instantly? It is time for a fabulous lip balm with the perfect hint of color!

My absolute favorite Smoochable lip balm for all seasons is Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Lip Balm SPF 15!

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Beyond its light pink shimmery tint (perfect color for any skin-tone), Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Lip Balm SPF 15 offers maximum protection and it’s packed full of powerful peptides that reduce wrinkles and increase collagen. It is the ultimate lip balm! Every time I run out of this perfect balm, I always order a new one. And it’s only $15 (a beauty steal: beauty item under $20). This powerful little tube will last you a long time.

What it is:
A sheer, tinted lip balm with anti-aging benefits.

What it’s used for:
Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Lip Balm SPF 15 is a super lightweight balm that delivers a combination of neuropeptides and peptides to smooth and fight wrinkles. Vitamins and moisturizing agents keep your lips supple and soft while sunscreens protect from oncoming UV rays. A touch of shimmer imparts a subtle shine.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Sulfates
– Triclosan

What else you need to know:
Formulated with a powerful, active, wrinkle-fighting blend of peptides and neuropeptides — alongside vitamins, moisturizers, and sunscreens — this multitasking lip saver conditions, protects, and perfects your pout.

So go on and get your lip balm on… Your lips will love you! 😉

XOXO

Trisha

Baby it’s Cold Outside… Feeling the Winter Blues?

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Winter seems endless! Are you feeling the winter blues? Now is the perfect time to try a new beauty product.

One of my favorite multitasking products to use in the winter is Josie Maran Argan Oil. You can use this amazing product to treat your skin, hair and nails. I love using it before bed on my face and I add it to the ends of my hair and rub the access oil into my hands and nails. A little bit goes a long way! This is definitely a must have beauty product in the winter. And you can buy the travel size bottle (which lasts a long time) for only $14 (this is a beauty steal: beauty item under $20). Winter skin is definitely not in, so treat your skin and keep a youthful, dewy glow all year with this amazing oil. This is definitely one of my favorite beauty products and secrets…until now!

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What it is:
A lightweight oil that can be used as a daily moisturizer or treatment for skin, hair, and nails.

What it does:
This 100% Pure Argan Oil is a legendary oil that’s rich in vitamin E and essential fatty acids, and grown organically in Morocco. With its multitasking benefits, Argan Oil can be used for many areas including hydrating and nourishing skin, as a daily moisturizer, skin treatment, treating spilt ends, and softening cuticles. It’s gentle enough to use on all skin types and is believed to help with skin conditions including acne. Argan Oil easily absorbs into skin to give you a youthful, dewy glow, and has astonishing healing, conditioning, and antiaging properties to keep your skin and hair nourished and revitalized and to keep you looking beautiful from head to toe.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Synthetic Fragrances
– Synthetic Dyes
– Petrochemicals
– Phthalates
– GMOs
– Triclosan

What else you need to know:
100% Pure Argan Oil is first cold pressed to ensure the best quality, highest-grade oil. It is housed in a recyclable glass bottle and purchased from women’s cooperatives in Morocco to support their social and economic welfare. These cooperatives work within a UNESCO biosphere reserve that ensures the protection and reforestation of Argan trees.

Research results:
This product is clinically proven to improve skin hydration and skin elasticity after only four weeks. In just four weeks: Participants saw a visible reduction in coarse wrinkles and fine lines in the eye area, and more than 83% of women showed significantly improved skin hydration.

Where you can buy it: Sephora or Sephora.com (0.5 oz bottle is only $14)

Enjoy your new dewy glow!

XOXO

Trisha

How To Get SUPER WHITE Teeth for Cheap

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Did you ever wonder if there was an easy solution to get super white teeth at home for cheap? Stop your wondering now because I am going to tell you how. The tooth whitening fairy is about to make a visit and you’re going to be so happy she did. Get ready to be the proud new owner of pearly white teeth and a beautiful smile… After all, if you’re not whitening, you’re yellowing (I’m sure you’ve heard that a million other times, lol). This amazing product is also a beauty steal (beauty item under $20).

What you need and how to use:

  • Two clear mouth guards. You’ll need one for your top teeth and one for your bottom teeth. I am talking about the type of mouth guard you would wear to protect your teeth while playing sports. These can be bought almost anywhere for about $1 and are usually found down the sports section of a store (any brand is fine). I have seen them at Wal-Mart, Meijer, and Target just to name a few places. And now you’re ready to make your very own custom teeth trays without going to the dentist (these can also be used as a mouth guard while you sleep). This is super easy and only takes a few seconds (usually directions are listed on the back of the mouth guard packaging). Step 1: Bring a small pot of water to a full boil on your stove. Next to the boiling water, place a container of ice-cold water, deep enough to dip the mouth guard into. Step 2: Drop the mouth guard into the boiling water for 30 seconds. Remove with tongs and dip the mouth guard into ice-cold water for 1 second. Step 3: Immediately after, place the mouth guard around your upper teeth. The mouth guard will be warm but will not burn you if done properly. Instantly secure your mouth guard by pressing your tongue against the back of your upper teeth. Leave the mouth guard in your mouth for 30 seconds to set. Bite gently and suck all air and water out until a tight fit forms around your upper teeth. Step 4: Remove mouth guard and place in cold water for a few seconds to set your custom teeth shape. For smaller mouths, the guard can be shortened by cutting along the edges with scissors for a custom fit (I had to do this as I have a small mouth). Repeat this process for your bottom teeth.

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And now you’re ready to start whitening your beautiful smile!

  • Plus White 5 Minute Bleach Whitening Gel. This product can be bought almost anywhere too, but to name a few places: Wal-Mart, Meijer, Target and CVS. It’s usually around $5 to $7 to buy. Just add the whitening gel to your mouth guards and place them in your mouth. You have to leave them in your mouth for at least 5 minutes for the gel to start working, but I leave mine in for close to one hour. If you have really sensitive teeth and gums, I would leave them in for about a half hour, but this is completely up to you. I will say that the gel does not taste good at all, but the results are worth it. I usually whiten my teeth while in the shower so I can spit out the extra foam (gross right) and I leave them in while I am getting ready or I will whiten before bed while watching TV. I do not recommend sleeping with the gel in your mouth because this will cause major sensitivity to your teeth and gums for a few days (ouch!). And you can whiten as often as you like. I usually only whiten every few weeks. I noticed instant results of whiter teeth my first time using this whitener (I am still amazed at the results every time I use this product), but it may take a few times of whitening to see a difference.

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Well there you have it… Get SUPER WHITE teeth for cheap (under $10) in only a few minutes in the comfort of your own home. I have been using this whitening gel for over 5 years and have never had any tooth sensitivity that wasn’t normal. I also asked my dentist if it was OK for me to use this product and was told it is safe. My dentist is also amazed at how beautifully white my teeth are every time I come in for my 6 month check up.

Pros: It works. It is cheap. It is safe. It is easy to use. It makes your teeth SUPER WHITE.

Cons: It doesn’t taste that good.

I hope this product gives you amazing results like it gives me! Now go on and get your bleach on and enjoy your best smile yet!

Xoxo

Trisha

My Beauty Favorites

Hello Gorgeous!

For my first ever beauty blog entry on Just Ask Trisha, I thought it would be great to post my favorite beauty products just for you! I love so many different beauty products and love trying them just because there are so many great products out there! So why not indulge and treat yourself? You’re worth it! Now is the perfect time to pamper yourself and try new things so you don’t let winter put a freeze on your beauty routine!

Some of my beauty products I’ve been using for years and others are new favorites. My list is in random order. I plan on doing a separate review on each product (and many more), listing the pros and cons and details for each, also including which items are beauty steals (items under $20). I will also include pictures and swatches for every beauty product and let you know where you can buy them. But first I wanted to give you a little preview of what’s to come on my blog by simply listing my beauty favorites.

I hope you enjoy taking a sneak peek into my beauty closet.

My Favorite Beauty Products List:
  • Face lotion: Nia24 Skin Strengthening Complex
  • Face Treatment: Prescription Retin-A
  • Face Oil: Josie Maran Argan Oil
  • Face Serum: Soap & Glory Make Yourself Youthful Rejuvenating Face Serum
  • Face Mask: Boots Botanics Conditioning Clay Mask
  • Face Peel: Philosophy The Microdelivery Peel
  • Mini Facial Peel: Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Peel Pads
  • Daily Facial Peel: Exuviance Daily Antioxidant Peel CA10
  • Eye Cream: ***Still haven’t found my favorite, but will review a bunch soon for you!
  • Shampoo: Milk_Shake Color Maintainer Shampoo
  • Conditioner: Milk_Shake Color Maintainer Conditioner
  • Hair Mask: Milk_Shake Active Milk Mask
  • Leave In Conditioner: Milk_Shake Whipped Cream
  • Hair Oil: Milk_Shake Glistening Argan Oil (this is my holy grail hair product, I can’t live without it)
  • Hair Glossing Cream for Flyaway hair: Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Cream
  • Self Tanning Mousse: St Moriz Instant Self Tanning Mousse
  • Self Tanning Lotion: Garnier Summer Body Moisturizing Lotion Sun Kissed Look
  • Face Self Tanner: Clarins Intense Bronze Self Tanning Tint for Face and Decollete
  • Teeth Whitener: Plus White 5 minute Bleach Whitening Gel
  • Body Smoother: Soap & Glory The Breakfast Scrub
  • Body Scrub: Soap & Glory Sugar Crush
  • Body Wash: Soap & Glory Whipped Cream Shower Butter and Soap & Glory Clean on me
  • Body Butter: Soap & Glory Butter Yourself Body Cream and Soap & Glory The Righteous Butter
  • Body Lotion in the Summer: Lubriderm Daily Moisture Lotion SPF 15
  • Body Lotion: Soap & Glory Smoothie Star Body Lotion
  • Shimmer Lotion: Soap & Glory Glow Lotion
  • Body Shimmer Oil: The Body Shop Honey Bronze Shimmering Dry Oil
  • Face Wash: Soap & Glory Face Soap and Clarity
  • Face Scrub: Biore Pore Unclogging Scrub and Boots No 7 Beautiful Skin Purifying Exfoliator
  • Face Toner: ***Still haven’t found my favorite, but will review a bunch soon for you!
  • Face Balm: Boots No 7 Beautiful Skin Dry Skin Rescue
  • Lip Balm: Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Lip Balm SPF 15
  • Makeup Primer: Smashbox Photo Finish Luminizing Foundation Primer
  • Liquid Foundation: Revlon ColorStay Makeup For Combo/Oily Skin
  • Under Eye and Face Concealer: AmazingCosmetics’ AmazingConcealer
  • Face Setting Powder: L’Oreal Naturally Luminous Powder
  • Matte Face Bronzer: Tarte Smooth Operator in Bronze
  • Satin Face Bronzer: Lorac Tantalizer Baked Bronzer
  • Face Highlighter: ***Still haven’t found my favorite, but will review a bunch soon for you!
  • Blush: Lorac Baked Matte Satin Blush and Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush
  • Lip Pencil: Mac Lip Pencil
  • Liquid Brow Pencil: Nyx Cosmetics Eyebrow Marker
  • Brow Pencil: Almay Brow Defining Pencil
  • Mascara: Maybelline Great Lash Washable Mascara
  • Lip Gloss: Too Faced Glamour Gloss in Barely Legal
  • Brow Highlighter: Benefit Cosmetics High Brow Defining Pencil
  • Eyeliner: Bourjois Effet Smoky Pencil
  • Makeup Setting Spray: Urban Decay De-Slick Oil-Control Makeup Setting Spray
  • Face Wipes: Johnson’s Daily Essentials Facial Cleansing Wipes
  • Perfume (My Signature Scent): Coach Poppy
  • Nail Polish: OPI Polish
  • Hair Color/Dye: Redken Shades Eq and Wella Color Charm Demi
  • Foot Cream: Earth Therapeutics Tea Tree Oil Foot Repair Balm
  • Hand Cream: The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector and Soap & Glory Hand Food

Do you use any of these fabulous products?

I am sure I am missing a few products, but this about sums up my favorites right now. If you have any questions before I start writing my review for each product, please ask and I will answer. If you want me to write about a specific product, please let me know.

Xoxo

Trisha