Dermaplaning and Glycolic Acid Peel to Reveal Younger Looking Skin

Hello Gorgeous!

Recently I pampered myself and went to my favorite medical spa to get a Glycolic Acid Peel (my favorite medical facial). During my consultation with one of the spa’s licensed aesthetician’s, I was introduced to something I had never heard about before called Dermaplaning. I immediately thought this had to do with Microdermabrasion, but it is a completely different treatment so I was instantly intrigued to learn more.

What I learned: Dermaplaning is a non-traumatic method of skin rejuvenation, a “manual exfoliation” performed using a scalpel (yes, a real surgical blade is used) on the skin and is sometimes referred to as skin blading because you’re essentially blading the skin’s top layers, fine facial hair (peach fuzz), and skin imperfections. This treatment also stimulates new skin development. Dermaplaning removes the out-most layers of dead skin cells leaving the skin immediately smooth, supple, and vibrant. Dermaplaning (or skin blading) is generally most effective right before a facial because it helps to enhance the absorption of chemical peels and treatments. Sounds a little scary, doesn’t it?! This process is painless and very safe. There is no down time associated with this treatment. Dermaplaning can be done as often as every two weeks, although it is usually done when fine facial hair starts to grow back, which is generally in one month’s time. And NO, despite popular belief, the hair does NOT grow back thicker! Usually, you can see a difference in the skin after the first treatment (I did) and all skin types can benefit from Dermaplaning.

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My treatment experience at the medical spa (what to expect): After the licensed aesthetician finished Dermaplaning my face (which only took about 10-15 minutes and my face felt amazing afterwards), she prepped my face for a facial. She used 30% medical grade glycolic acid and left the peel on for 2 minutes (if I wouldn’t have done the Dermaplaning, the peel would be left on for 3 minutes). This facial peel is not painful, but you will experience a mild degree of tingling or a slightly itchy sensation. Usually the aesthetician will fan your face to help with the sensation you may experience, but upon neutralizing the peel, the skin feels fresh and smooth without discomfort. After my facial she used my favorite face lotion Nia24 to complete my treatment (to learn more about Nia24 CLICK HERE and read my full review). My face felt and looked flawless after Dermaplaning and the Glycolic peel (better than it did when just getting a Glycolic peel done on its own).

Benefits of a medical facial peel: Now you may be wondering what the benefits are from a Glycolic peel. Medical spa facials are used to improve a wide variety of skin conditions that include fine lines and wrinkles, uneven pigmentation, sun-damaged skin, freckling, age spots, scaring, and help eliminate blackheads. Treatments stimulate production of collagen and improve the elasticity of skin resulting in smooth, supple and vibrant skin for a youthful and radiant glow. Medical peels also improve the tone, texture, smoothness and appearance of skin. This medical peel on a periodic basis helps to maintain skin health and appearance.

What to expect AFTER a chemical peel: It is important to remember that everyone’s skin is different and will react differently to chemical peels. After a chemical peel, the skin will look a little sunburned. Depending on the strength of the peel and skin sensitivity, redness may fade within hours or last up to a week. Skin may lightly peel (microscopic peeling) over the next 1 to 14 days and new skin will appear. Your skin may feel dry and flake a bit. There isn’t any downtime needed with glycolic acid peels, so you can still go to work or out to a social event shortly after the peel. The small amount of side effects of the peel can usually be covered up with makeup. After a glycolic acid peel, you might not see the expected results immediately. This doesn’t mean the peel didn’t work! It simply takes time for your skin to recover and heal from the peel, so it will take time for your skin to show any improvements. Your skin will usually look better a week after you get the peel. If, however, your skin still doesn’t look any better after a few weeks, you might have to get a stronger peel the next time. It is also very important to keep in mind that sun exposure after a chemical peel can cause unwanted side effects, including hyperpigmentation, so you should stay out of the sun for a least a few days and be sure to use good SPF.

Dermaplaning and a Glycolic medical peel is truly my new favorite combination of treatments. The exfoliation process is fool-proof and overall, I think Dermaplaning the skin is a great way to treat your face before a facial as it really enhances the absorption of peels since it removes the dead skin cells and stimulates the surface of the skin, skin formulations are absorbed more efficiently and results are remarkably improved with this added benefit. And don’t be afraid that the hair will grow in thicker. It won’t. Only flawless skin will be revealed!

Remember that these types of treatments should be done by professionals only. A consultation is essential. Your dermatologist/aesthetician will take in account and discuss complete medical history with you to determine what treatments will be most beneficial. Your medical history can have a tremendous effect on what you see after a chemical peel. After a consultation and a physical exam that includes a close look at your skin, your dermatologist/aesthetician will tell you if a chemical peel will help diminish the signs of aging that concern you and if a chemical peel is right for you.

Your Beauty Addict,

Trisha

Xo

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BIRCHBOX Review: Tiny Tweaks, BIG Results

Hello Gorgeous!

Recently I signed up for a few different monthly beauty sampling programs and today I received my first BIRCHBOX from their April 2013 Tiny Tweaks, BIG Results box full of amazing beauty samples. I am definitely impressed and will be keeping my subscription next month for sure.
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What’s Inside:
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Caudalie Devine Oil
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Nexxus Youth Renewal Rejuvenating Elixir
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StriVectin-SD Eye Concentrate for Wrinkles
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Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics Anti-Shine Mattifier
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Weleda Body Lotion
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One-Year Subscription to Women’s Health Magazine FREE (this is a special bonus just for BIRCHBOX members)
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I was really excited to see my favorite eye cream from StriVectin inside April’s BIRCHBOX. All the other beauty samples included in this box I have not tried yet and I am super excited about all of them. I will also be signing up for my FREE one-year subscription to Women’s Health Magazine.

Overall, I am really happy with my 1st BIRCHBOX and I definitely recommend this monthly beauty sampling program to anyone who loves trying new beauty products. When I first signed up for BIRCHBOX, I was placed on a waiting list, but soon after, I received an invitation to join and a few weeks later, I received my first beauty box. They even send tracking information when your beauty box ships. I still haven’t received my first Glossybox and I signed up for that beauty sampling program a month before BIRCHBOX!

Price: $10 a month (cancel anytime) and free shipping

Where to subscribe: Click Here

I just love getting a surprise box full of beauty samples each month… It is so much fun! And BIRCHBOX is a great program that is priced to fit any budget.
XO

Your Beauty Addict,

Trisha

Agadir Argan Oil Spray Treatment Review

Hi Gorgeous!

Last weekend I went to the salon and discovered two new hair products that I just love! First, I had my hair colored with Redken Shades EQ Color Cream for the first time (I loved the original Redken Shades EQ liquid, but the cream is much better and I am never going back to the liquid). Redken Shades EQ Cream is a gentle no-lift, no-ammonia hair color cream which provides rich, radiant color and stunning shine and it’s enriched with pomegranate oil and rice protein which makes it extremely conditioning for your hair. I am going to do a full review and ‘How To’ on my beauty blog about this product soon, but today I want to tell you about the second product I found amazing!

After getting my hair colored and deep conditioned at the salon, I was introduced to a new Argan Oil spray for hair. It is called Agadir Argan Oil Spray Treatment. At first, I didn’t think anything of this product as I have tried so many different Argan Oil hair products and I already have Argan Oil that I adore and use daily on my hair (Milk_Shake Glistening Argan Oil) so I left the salon without purchasing this product. Later that day, I couldn’t help but keep touching my hair as it felt so soft and I kept looking in the mirror as my hair never looked healthier. I also received many compliments on how shiny and healthy my hair looked from strangers throughout the day. So, I decided to find this product online and try it out on my own and it is amazing! I accomplished the same look I got from the salon at home by myself! My hair looks and feels soft, shiny, and healthy without being weighed down by oil. It smells good too. And by purchasing the product online and not in the salon, I saved a lot of money. In salons this product runs about $30-$45, but I found it on Amazon for $15 and this included shipping, plus it came with two free samples to try from Agadir. I really like that this Argan Oil is a spray because the formula is much lighter than any other Argan Oil I have tried in the past. With that being said, it doesn’t weigh my hair down at all or make it look greasy. It is perfect for my long, fine hair and I highly recommend it.

Agadir Argan Oil Spray Treatment

Description: Agadir Argan Oil Spray Treatment instantly repairs and adds elasticity to dry, damaged, frizzy hair. This leave-in Agadir Spray Treatment is ideal for applying to longer hair lengths for ease in coverage, enabling protection from heat appliances and a smoother, comb through. Alcohol free shine spray that provides humidity resistance, protective sunscreen, and is enriched with anti-oxidants, Vitamin E, and Omega-9. Lightweight formula provides 24 hour lasting shine. Formulated with 100% pure certified Argan Oil.

  • Nourishing and shine enhancing
  • Protects from heat styling and UV damage
  • Repairs, smoothes and strengthens
  • Spray version for easier coverage on longer hair
  • Does not build up on the hair
  • Hair Type: All Hair Types
  • Used For: Strengthening, Protection
  • Product Form: Spray
  • Capacity (volume): 5.1 Oz.

Suggested Usage: Spray evenly on damp hair. Massage into damp hair. Style. Spray lightly on dry hair for a silky, shiny finish.

Active Ingredients: Cyclotetrasiloxane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Cyclohexasiloxane, Phenyl Trimethicone, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil (Argan), Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Fragrance (Parfum)

Not tested on animals.

Made in the USA

This is an excellent product for all hair types and I highly recommend it. If you haven’t tried Agadir Argan Oil Spray Treatment, give it a try! You will not be disappointed.

What is your favorite Argan Oil for hair?

XO

Trisha

Peek Inside My Makeup Bag

Hello Gorgeous!

Take a peek inside my makeup bag and look at all the beauty products I’m using everyday right now.
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Inside my makeup bag:
– Revlon ColorStay liquid foundation for combination/oily skin in color 200 nude
– Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Acid 10% Moisturizer
– StriVectin-SD Eye Concentrate for Wrinkles
– Nia24 Skin Strengthening Complex
– Josie Maran Argan Infinity Cream
– Glow by Dr. Brandt
– Maybelline Baby Lips in Yummy Plummy
– MAC Satin Lipstick in Myth (my 1st ever lipstick; I’m a lip gloss girl)
– Laura Mercier Lip Glace in Bare Pink
– Great Lash Mascara by Maybelline in Very Black
– Scandaleyes Show Off Mascara by Rimmel London in Extreme Black
– They’re Real! mascara by Benefit in Black
– Revlon ColorStay Liquid Liner in Blackest Black
– MAC Eye Brow Pencil in Spiked
– Sephora Waterproof Brow Pencil in Midnight Brown
– AmazingCosmetics AmazingConcealer in Medium Beige
– AmazingCosmetics AmazingConcealer in Fair
– Smashbox Photo Finish Luminizing Foundation Primer
– Lorac TANtalizer Baked Bronzer
– Clinique Sunkissed Bronzer
– Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder in Bronze
– Becca Mineral Blush in Sweetpea
– Laura Geller Blush -N- Brighten in Pink Grapefruit
– Anastasia Brow
– Anastasia Pencil Sharpener
– Soap & Glory Make Yourself Youthful Super Serum
– Waitrose Baby Bottom Butter (used on my face at night)
– The Body Shop Body Butter in Strawberry
– Bamboo Eco Tools Makeup Brush
– Too Faced Makeup Brush
– The Body Shop Blush Brush
– Too Faced Royal Oil
– Coach Poppy Perfume
– Urban Decay DeSlick
– The Body Shop Brow Scissors
– Finishing Touch Brow/Hair Electronic Shaver
– 17 Lash Curler
– Bourjois Effet Smoky Pencil in Black

These are all the beauty products I am loving right now and use daily!

XO

Trisha

Silky Smooth Legs

Hello Gorgeous!

I don’t know about you, but I’ve heard so many different tips when it comes to perfecting the perfect shave. Well, it all comes down to the perfect razor…it’s just that simple. I’ve tried them all and the verdict is out. To get silky smooth legs and the closest shave possible, the best razor is Bic Silky Touch shavers. I always get the closest shave with these razors. Even razors with 3, 4 or even 5 blades do not give me a closer shave, nothing else compares to Bic Silky Touch shavers with only two blades! And the best part is they are so inexpensive. A pack of 10 razors only cost $3 to $4 depending on where you buy them. You can get them almost anywhere; Target, Meijer, Wal-Mart, CVS, Walgreens, etc. Plus the razors come in cute pastel girly colors which is awesome.

Remember to always shave with a light hand, never pushing hard on your skin. When you use a heavy hand, it will cause razor burn and small nicks and cuts which are never good. This tip is so simple, yet so effective. It is the best tip I have ever received when it comes to shaving. Also, always shave when your legs are wet and use shaving cream (any kind will do). ALWAYS moisturize after shaving! It’s always best to apply moisturizer when your legs/body are still wet as it helps lock in moisture. Let your lotion sink into your skin, don’t worry about rubbing it in, just let it all absorb on its own for a few moments.
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Details: Designed for a woman’s shaving needs with top quality stainless steel twin blades for a close and comfortable shave. Perfect shaving angle Ribbed handle for greater control and maneuverability Narrow head to reach sensitive areas. Made in Greece.

Get smooth silky legs today and stop paying a small fortune for shavers!

XO

Trisha

Fake Bake Flawless Self-Tanning Liquid Review

Hello Gorgeous!

As you probably know by now, I love self-tanning products. Usually I prefer a mousse tanner, but I recently discovered Fake Bake Flawless Self-Tan Liquid and I am hooked! You may think liquid tanner sounds greasy, but I assure you, it is not! It glides effortlessly on to the skin and absorbs quickly into the skin, leaving a gorgeous sun-kissed glow. The color does not look fake or orange when applied properly and one application lasts a week. The best part… this tanner comes with a free mitt for application (always use a tanning mitt, never bare hands)!   I apply the tanner before bed (leaving it on overnight) and by the morning, I’m left with a bronzed-brown tan that doesn’t look like it came from a bottle! Even though Fake Bake claims this product is transfer resistant, it still transfers a little, so I would not recommend leaving it on throughout the day.  Remember to moisturize everyday to make your tan last with even color.

Fake Bake Flawless Self-Tan Liquid combines ease of application with intense professional color development.

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Details: Flawless is applied with a professional mitt (INCLUDED) in effortless gliding strokes for a perfectly even tan. The dual function cosmetic bronzer assists in making the application even easier (shows-where-it-goes) providing an instant golden tan. The fast drying, fast absorbing formula is transfer resistant, so can be worn throughout the day. Formulated with Fake Bake’s exclusive triple tan formula (DHA boosted by DMI & Erythulose) for an intense tan that lasts longer. Suitable for all skin tones and skin types. Pleasantly fragranced with a tropical scent. No artificial preservatives or parabens.

Flawless Self-Tanning Liquid size: 6oz

Directions: Spritz Flawless onto the velvet side of the mitt and apply to clean skin (don’t apply direct to skin). Apply in long gliding movements, covering all your body and face. Leave on over night and wash off in the morning to reveal a golden tan.

Price: $25, Ulta

Pros:

– Dries quickly

– Easy to apply

– Creates even tan

– Non greasy (even though it’s an oil)

– Natural looking tan

– Doesn’t smell bad

– Long lasting

– Fades evenly

– Good value

Cons:

– Messy (liquid drips on bottle)

Would I recommend this product? Yes!

I definitely recommend Fake Bake Flawless Self-Tanning Liquid to anyone who wants to achieve a beautiful bronze tan.

XO

Trisha

Sample Size Me: Beauty Sampling Programs

There is just something about a surprise that’s so intriguing. The thrill of getting something unexpected is one of life’s little pleasures. And that’s exactly why I was excited to learn about beauty sampling programs.

What is a beauty sampling program? It’s a beauty program that delivers 5-6 deluxe sized samples (sometimes even full-size products) of high-end beauty brands in different varieties of makeup, hair care, skin care, fragrance and nail products right to your door each month. Beauty sampling companies work with leading beauty brands to provide a monthly box of deluxe samples to those who become members, all for a fraction of what it would cost to buy in a beauty store such as Sephora or Ulta. There is an online profile to complete which helps to best match products to your personal beauty requirements.

Sounds amazing, right? Well, there is a catch…there is a small fee to start sampling. Generally this fee ranges from $10-$21 a month, but the samples you receive are usually worth much, much more.

A few popular beauty sampling programs I researched online:
Birchbox
Glossybox
Beauty Army
Total Beauty Collection
Sample Society With Allure
IPSY
Beauty Box 5

You’re probably wondering which beauty sampling company I decided to try. Well, I signed myself up for a three-month beauty trial to the program I liked the most which is Glossybox. Glossybox was the most expensive program I researched ($21 per month), but personally I found their high-end beauty brands the best and I couldn’t resist the cute pink and black box the products will arrive in along with a special card. Unfortunately my beauty box will not arrive until the end of April (about 3-weeks). But I am sure this surprise will be worth my wait!
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I also plan on signing up for Birchbox after my three-month trial with Glossybox. Birchbox actually has a waiting period to try their beauty sample boxes and I am currently on a waiting list.

As soon as I receive my beauty box, I will write a full review on my beauty blog. I am one excited girl…can’t wait for my surprise beauty box to arrive!

Have you tried a beauty sampling program?

XO

Trisha