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

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).

Nexxus

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

Review: Lancome CILS BOOSTER XL Super-Enhancing Mascara Base

Hello Gorgeous!

I was recently introduced to a beauty product I never thought I would buy let alone use and now I don’t want to live without it! It is a lash primer. Specifically, it is Lancôme CILS BOOSTER XL Super-Enhancing Mascara Base that I received as a free gift from Sephora as my Beauty Insider free deluxe sample. This little tube is AMAZING! The main reason why I never considered a mascara base or primer before is because my lashes are pretty healthy and very long on their own, but this product made a HUGE difference. First, it gently separates each lash, coating them with a thin layer of primer, prepping each lash for mascara. Once I applied my mascara, I instantly noticed it was easier to apply as it just glided on without clumping. The final result: my lashes were longer, fuller, and less clumped together. I also noticed it was much easier to curl my lashes and the curl lasted much longer. Throughout the day, my mascara and lashes stayed in place and looked flawless (they didn’t flake at all). And lastly, the primer seemed to protect and condition my lashes as they seem healthier than ever before when removing and reapplying my mascara. Lancôme states in their description that “This innovative mascara base maximizes the result of any Lancôme mascara”. And while this is true, it also maximizes the result of any mascara. I used my favorite inexpensive mascara and achieved perfect results (CLICK HERE to read my review on my favorite inexpensive mascara). I cannot express how much I adore this product. Just like a face primer, this mascara primer provides a perfect application and the results are flawless. This product is definitely worth the extra step in your beauty routine.

Quick Tip: I found that applying the primer and following it immediately with my mascara works best.

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DESCRIPTION:

Give your lashes an XL boost. This innovative mascara base maximizes the result of any Lancôme mascara. Features microfibers for enhanced effect; triangular brush helps separate lashes.

Super-Enhancing Mascara Base.

WHERE TO BUY:

Sephora

PRICE: $24

FINAL RESULT:

Lancôme CILS BOOSTER XL Super-Enhancing Mascara Base really enhances lashes. If you already have dry, broken, thin or unhealthy lashes, you should definitely give this mascara base a try as the results are just amazing. It does exactly what the description says and successfully separates the lashes and adds tremendous volume. If you want beautiful lashes, this is definitely the product to use! I highly recommend it. Think of it as anti-aging for your lashes!

XO

Your beauty addict,

Trisha

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

PETER-THOMAS-ROTH Glycolic Acid 10% Moisturizer Review

Hello Gorgeous!

Spring is just around the corner and fresh, youthful looking skin is a must. I found the perfect beauty product that will leave your skin glowing just in time for spring!

PETER-THOMAS-ROTH Glycolic Acid 10% Moisturizer is amazing! This product is new to me and I absolutely adore it in so many ways. This little miracle does exactly what it claims and leaves my face baby smooth and glowing. This moisturizer is perfect not only for concerns with fine lines and age spots, but great for oily skin as well. I noticed a difference in my skins texture after only 2 uses. This is definitely not for sensitive skin and it tingles when first applied, but nothing intolerable. My skin is used to glycolic acid from facials which work wonders on my skin, so this product doesn’t irritate my face and is my new favorite everyday treatment. I just love it!
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Who would love it:
– People with normal to oily skin
– People who like glycolic acid treatments
– People looking to refresh their complexion
– People who want to prevent future skin damage and aging
– People who want smoother, brighter skin
– People who want to diminish the appearance of fine lines

Who might dislike it:
– People with dry skin
– People with sensitive skin

What it is: A luxurious facial cream that uses a gentle, patented time-release form of glycolic acid to help produce a beautiful, fresh, youthful-looking complexion.

What it is formulated to do: This advanced deep skin renewing action supports cell turnover to help diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging. It helps clarify the skin and smooth away a rough texture, leaving it looking refined and revitalized.

What it is formulated WITHOUT: – Sulfates – Phthalates

Research results: In a 4-week consumer efficacy study on 25 women, ages 35 to 65: – 96% agreed they saw a reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles – 92% agreed they saw a reduction in the appearance of signs of aging – 88% agreed their skin felt more youthful-looking

Ingredients: -10% Glycolic Acid (AHA): Helps exfoliate dead surface skin cells and stimulate cellular turnover. -Vitamins A and E: Help fight free radical attack.

Price: $45 (for 2.2 oz tube – which lasts along time)

Where to buy: Sephora, Ulta, Beauty Counters, Online Beauty Stores

This powerful little tube is definitely amazing me as I am seeing great results. My skin is ready for spring, looking more youthful, dewy, and smooth! This beauty product is a new daily must-have for me!

XO

Trisha