Get Pedi Ready for Spring

Hi Loves,

Spring is just around the corner, which means it’s time to say goodbye boots and hello sandals! But before you show off your toes, you probably need to get them ready for their debut. We all know the cost of professional pedicures can add up quickly which is why I am going to give you a few essential pedicure tips so you can give yourself a salon-perfect pedi at home.

Here is my 1 through 9 step-by-step guide that will get your feet ready for all the open-toe shoes spring and summer has to offer:

Step 1: Soak

Fill your bathtub with warm water and add a bath salt that will help you relax while you soak your feet for 10 to 15 minutes or until your feet have softened for easy removal of dry skin. I recommend Heel to Toe Peppermint Pedicure Salt which can be purchased at Sally Beauty for $3.99 which helps to soothe and relax tired feet and it’s infused with peppermint for aromatherapy which will help you relax.

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Step 2: Clip

After soaking your feet, you can start clipping your toenails. When clipping your toenails make sure you cut them evenly and equally, angling your clippers in the same direction. For clipping your toenails, I recommend Heel to Toe Sure Grip Toenail Clipper which can be purchased from Sally Beauty as well for $3.29.

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Step 3: File and Buff

Before you start to file, dry off your toenails. Position the file under your nail and file gently with even strokes, never going back and worth as this can damage your nails. I recommend Les Mirages Antibacterial Nail File which helps provide protection against germs.

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Don’t forget to buff! Lightly buff nails in a back and forth motion with a finishing block. This will help prep your nails for nail polish. I recommend the All Season Fine Grit Finishing Block because it has a light abrasive for natural nails.

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Step 4: Exfoliate

Wear exfoliating gloves and apply a polishing foot scrub to your feet and massage in a circular motion to get rid of any flaky or dry skin. Any exfoliating gloves and polishing scrub will work just fine. I recommend Bath Secrets Exfoliating Gloves and Heel to Toe Exfoliating Polishing Foot Scrub.

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Step 5: Apply Callus Remover

Even if you don’t have callused feet, you want to apply a callus remover to the areas of your feet that are still a little rough before using a pumice tool. I like to apply the remover just before I start nipping my cuticles so the remover stays on my feet a minute. I highly recommend Be Natural Callus Eliminator by American International. This product is amazing and will make your feet baby smooth with little work involved. The directions say to leave it on for 3-5 minutes, but I leave it on for no more than one minute because my feet are not callused, just a little dry in some areas. If you have callused feet, then I would follow the 3-5 minute rule on the directions depending on the severity of your callus.

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Step 6: Cuticles

Massage cuticle remover into your nail beds to loosen your cuticles. I recommend Be Natural Cuticle Eliminator.

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After letting the cuticle remover sit for a few seconds, it is now time to push them back before nipping. I recommend the Cricket Cuticle Pusher. Make sure to hold the pusher at a slight angle and gently push toward the nail base.

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Now it is time to start nipping away! I recommend All Season Cuticle Nipper to safely trim away your cuticles.

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Lastly with your cuticles, apply cuticle oil. I recommend Orly Argan Oil Cuticle Drops which helps nourish and hydrate cuticles and nails.

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Step 7: Pumice Away

Wipe off the callus remover and start massaging your feet with a pumice stone to make them silky-smooth. I highly recommend the Tweezerman Pedro Callus Stone or the Mr. Pumice Extra-Coarse Purple Pumi Bar. Both products are amazing and give you the outcome of a professional pedicure. LOVE them!

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Step 8: Moisturize

Apply a generous amount of moisturizer in a circular motion. I recommend Queen Helene Cocoa Butter Creme.

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Step 9: Color

Before you add color to your freshly pedicured toenails, be sure to remove the oil and moisturizer on your nails really well with nail polish remover.

Position a toe separator on each foot to make it easier to paint your toenails.

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Now you’re ready to apply your favorite nail polish. Apply a clear base coat, two even coats of colored polish (make sure the first is completely dry before applying the second coat), and lastly apply a quick dry top coat. For a clear base coat I recommend Orly Bonder and for a quick dry top coat I highly recommend Orly Sec ‘N Dry.

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And that is how you give yourself a salon-perfect pedicure at home.

All the products mentioned in the blog post can be purchased at Sally Beauty and will last you at least a year, if not longer.

Your beauty addict,

Trisha

XO

Boscia Tsubaki Deep Hydration Sleeping Mask Review

Hello Gorgeous!

The new beauty product that is the latest ‘must have’ to hit the beauty market is sleeping facial masks. I love face masks so of course I had to try a sleeping mask and I chose Boscia’s Tsubaki Deep Hydration Sleeping Mask to try out first. Tsubaki is from Boscia’s new line and it currently has three products which include the Tsubaki Beauty Oil, Tsubaki Deep Hydration Sleeping Mask, and Tsubaki Cleansing Oil-Gel. I have not tried the Tsubaki Cleansing Oil-Gel, but I have tried the Tsubaki Beauty Oil which I really like.

 Now, if you don’t live in Asia, you’re probably thinking, “what is Tsubaki oil?” Tsubaki oil is the oil from the camellia flower called Tsubaki in Japanese. Traditionally, tsubaki oil has been used in Asia (particularly in Japan) for hair care. It contains several very good emollients and antioxidant-rich non-fragrant plant oils, an excellent source of fatty and omega 3 acids for your skin, which help dry skin look and feel softer and smoother and it provides serious protection against free radical damage, thus preventing premature signs of aging.

Okay, now that the mini history lesson is over, back to my review on the Tsubaki Deep Hydration Sleeping Mask from Boscia. 🙂

Even though Boscia claims this has no artificial fragrance added, it still has quite a strong smell of lavender (after all, it does contain camellia oil). The scent does mostly fade away after time and it didn’t irritate my skin/face at all (keep in mind I do not have sensitive skin and my skin is normal to oily). I don’t like or dislike the scent of lavender in this mask, but if you’re really sensitive to smells, you may not like this product. The texture of this mask is almost like a thick, but runny cream (if that makes any sense) and it soaks right into my skin. Once applied, it has a little bit of a sticky feeling, but it is not bad at all (just make sure you do not apply too much product so that it will all soak into your skin and extra product isn’t sitting on top of the skin, wasting away, and feeling sticky). And that is it; you just go to bed and let the magic happen while you’re sleeping!

In the morning, I was really surprised by this product. My face felt really clean and moisturized. Usually I sleep with beauty oil on my skin and when I wake up, my face is still a bit greasy and I can’t wait to wash it, but this sleeping mask had the opposite effect. My face felt so smooth and hydrated without feeling greasy or tight (some facial masks make your face feel really tight). My complexion was clear and glowing; I couldn’t stop looking at it in the mirror… AMAZING! This mask delivers such an intense amount of hydration, and the effects are immediate and rescued my dull winter skin. Overall, I am extremely happy with this sleeping mask and I highly recommend it. Love it!

Boscia’s Tsubaki Deep Hydration Sleeping Mask comes in a 2.8 oz tube:

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This is how the product looks directly out of the tube, lightly blended, and then fully blended/absorbed into the skin:

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Where to Buy: Sephora

Price: $34

What it is: A deeply-hydrating overnight sleeping mask that intensely moisturizes and protects to deliver long-term anti-aging benefits and smoother, baby-soft skin.

What it is formulated to do:
This signature, lightweight botanical blend of tsubaki oil (camellia oil), wakame (Japanese sea kelp), and rice bran oil hydrates, smooths, and protects for the appearance of firm, youthful skin. Serine, an amino acid, locks in moisture, ensuring maximum hydration as you sleep. It acts as an anti-aging moisturizer and preps skin for better absorption of products.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:

– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Phthalates

Suggested Usage:
– Massage onto cleansed, dry face and throat with gentle circular motions.
– Leave on overnight and rinse with water in the morning.
– For best results, cleanse with Tsubaki Cleansing Oil-Gel and follow with Tsubaki Beauty Oil.

Happy Friday my loves. Have a lovely weekend!

Your beauty addict,

Trisha

XO

Nails of the Day: Essie Need a Vacation

Hello Gorgeous!

This weekend while my husband and I were out shopping, we stopped into my local Ulta so I could pick up a few things. I asked my hubs to pick out a nail polish color he liked for my nails and he picked out the color Need a Vacation by Essie. Normally I wouldn’t wear this color as I usually go for really pale pinks, but after painting my nails, the color grew on me and I really like it. Essie describes the color as a bubble gum pink. And I love the Essie description: “ticket. passport. polish. pack up this bubble gum pink nail color and make a dash for the airport – this gorgeous lacquer is all the wardrobe you need”. All you need is two thick coats and the color is flawless.

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With this polish, I picked up a new nail product that I am super excited to tell you about and that is Orly Bonder which is a rubberized basecoat. This basecoat prevents nail polish from rubbing off and chipping. Orly claims it will prevent chipping for up to two weeks. I am not sure about that claim, but I am on day 4 of my manicure and my nails are still in perfect condition (usually I have small chips by day 2 of my manicure). This basecoat seemed to give my nails the same effect as a gel manicure and I highly recommend picking up this product and using it each time you paint your nails to prolong your manicures and pedicures. You can purchase Orly Bonder at Sally Beauty or Ulta (I noticed this was much cheaper at Sally Beauty).

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On top of my nails, I used my favorite top coat which is Orly Sec ‘N Dry which dries all layers of polish quickly. This is by far my favorite top coat and I will not paint my nails without it. Usually I find top coats to be thick and sticky, but this one goes on like silk and dries my nails within minutes! It is simply the best top coat and I highly recommend it.

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Happy Monday my Loves… Have a great week!

Your beauty addict,

Trisha

XO

Flawless Skincare Routine – Simple Steps to a Flawless Face

Hello Gorgeous!

Great skin is smooth, even toned, and dewy. To get those results, you need an effective daily skincare routine in place.

My journey to flawless skin is an evolving process. People ask me often what products I use so I thought I would share my current routine and products with you.

Everyone’s skin type and concerns are different and I know that I probably put a lot of products on my skin (I am a total product junkie), but I am really loving my current results from my nightly routine and I hope you will too.

Nightly Skincare Routine – Simple Steps to a Flawless Face:

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  • To deep clean and improve skin texture and prepare for product absorption, I use Ulta’s Dual Action Cleansing System (I bought this instead of the Clarisonic cleansing system to save some money and I LOVE it–highly recommend it). This little gadget really minimizes pores and helps to improve so many other skin concerns.

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  • You want to use a gentle face wash/cleanser with the cleansing system. You can use any product you like as long as it is gentle (you do not want to use an exfoliating face product with the cleansing system because it will be too harsh when paired together). I am currently using Soap & Glory’s Peaches and Clean 4-in-1 wash off deep cleansing milk.

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  • I wash off the extra product from my face by using an extra gentle cleansing sponge (the cleansing system tends to get messy and the face sponge really comes in handy).

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Now it’s time for the fun stuff… Skincare products! My new favorite line for face care is Kiehl’s!

  • Once my face is squeaky clean, I apply two products together.

First I add Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate to my face

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Second, directly after I apply the above concentrate, I apply Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate

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When I pair these two products together, I achieve amazing results! It feels great on my skin and the next morning my face always looks flawless!

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And there you have it, my flawless skincare routine. Just stick with it and the results will be well worth the extra five minutes each day.

XOXO

Your beauty addict,

Trisha

Five New Makeup Products I Cannot Live Without

Hello Gorgeous!

Recently I have watched A LOT of YouTube videos with a couple of my favorite Beauty Bloggers and decided to buy and try new makeup (well, new to me) that they highly recommended. As luck would have it, I adore everything I purchased. Now that I am hooked after just one week, I can’t imagine not wearing them every day! How did I ever survive before? Ha ha. FOTD (face of the day) pictures coming soon with each product used below!

  • Estee Lauder ‘Double Wear’ Stay-in-Place Liquid Makeup in 2C3 Fresco

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  • Ben Nye Bella Luxury Powder in Banana

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  • Cinema Secrets Ultimate Foundation in 302A (65A) (helps prevent bad flash photography – apply lightly over normal foundation with a Beauty Blender)

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  • CoverGirl Cheekers in True Plum

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  • bareMinerals All-Over Face Color in Warmth

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XO

Your beauty addict,

Trisha

Spornette Italian Collection Boar Rounder Brush 855 Review

Hello Gorgeous!

The Spornette Italian Boar Rounder brush 855 (3″ diameter) is my new holy grail for round brushes… It is the best brush I have ever used! It’s THE round brush for creating salon quality blowouts at home. It gives me smooth, shiny hair with lots of volume and absolutely no static. My hair just looks amazing after using this brush. In the past, I used ceramic, ionic hairbrushes which claimed to produce shiny hair, but hands down and no contest about it, the Spornette Italian Boar hairbrush is infinitely better than any other round brush I have ever tried. I just adore it and the results it gives me each time I use it. I tossed my metal barrel brush in the trash immediately after using this brush.  The 3-inch diameter barrel is great for long hair (there are two other smaller sizes as well). In addition, boar bristles distribute natural oils through the hair; strip the hair of dead hair strands; and create a shiny, healthy look by closing the hair strand cuticles so light is reflected. This brush really grabs hair (unlike other boar brushes I’ve tried that wouldn’t grab my hair at all). I am completely IN LOVE with this Spornette hairbrush! I can truly say this brush is wonderful, and a MUST try!Brush Italian-Basic-3

Description:

When you are looking for superior quality from superior materials, look no further than the Spornette Italian Basic Boar Bristles Wood Handle Rounder Hair Brush. Spornette Italian Rounder hair brushes feature the finest wood and boar bristle—hand selected and graded—for the best quality and workmanship you can buy.

The Spornette Italian #855 – Basic is a 3″ diameter round hair brush reinforced with boar bristle set into a superbly finished wood handle. Italian crafted brushes for those looking for THE BEST quality and workmanship one can buy.

  • Italian rounders feature the finest wood and boar bristle, hand selected and graded
  • 3″ diameter
  • Perfect for a variety of hair styling needs
  • Salon Quality

For those looking for the absolute best quality and workmanship one can buy; try a brush from the Spornette Italian Collection of Boar Rounders.

Price: $18.99

Where to buy: Folica 

If you want a round brush for creating salon quality blowouts at home, this brush is for you!

XO

Your beauty addict,

Trisha

Nexxus Youth Renewal Conditioner Review

Hello Gorgeous!

I recently started using a new conditioner and I can’t believe how much I love it! I adore it so much; I had to share it with everyone. I am on my second bottle now and I use it every day so I can honestly say it is an amazing product. It is called Youth Renewal Conditioner and it’s by Nexxus who claim that Youth Renewal™ Rejuvenating Conditioner provides lightweight nourishment to help preserve volume, vibrancy and vitality”. This is Nexxus’ first product line to combat 8 visible signs of aging hair: volume loss, breakage, less shine, roughness, dryness, brittleness, unruliness and loss of color vibrancy.

I have fine, long, dry hair that needs deep conditioning every day, but it is difficult trying to find a conditioner that will not weigh my hair down after time and that actually works, leaving my hair shiny, full of volume, and strength. Nexxus Youth Renewal Conditioner does everything I have ever wanted a conditioner to do and I recommend it highly to everyone (all hair types). Since using this conditioner, my hair has less breakage, dryness and brittleness, and is much more shiny and bouncy with no frizz at all. It also detangles and leaves my hair feeling silky soft without weighing it down. Another amazing benefit I noticed after using this conditioner is that my hair grows like crazy! My hair grew at least two inches in 6 weeks. I had to ask for additional length taken off my hair (instead of my normal trim) during my last salon visit (even though my hair didn’t need it). This conditioner also smells good, I would say it smells something like marshmallows, but it is really light and fresh smelling (not overpowering at all).

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Description:

Unique Vita-8 Complex contains premium ingredients: Omega 3, keratin, essence of pearl, argan oil, CoQ 10, wheat protein, vitamin E, and benzephenone-4. Nexxus’ expert formulations work in harmony to improve color radiance, shine, strength, volume and reduce frizz.

Directions:

Apply to damp hair and comb through with a wide tooth comb. Leave in for 3 minutes then rinse with lukewarm water.

Price:

$19.99

Where to buy:

Ulta

This is a wonderful conditioner, great for everyday use. My hair is definitely healthier thanks to this amazing product. I highly recommend this conditioner to anyone who heat styles or blow-dry’s their hair often as it will keep hair healthy and help repair it. Overall, this is an amazing product and I cannot come up with one single con (except for maybe the price, but it is worth it).   

XO

Your beauty addict,

Trisha