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).

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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

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

Josie Maran Argan Infinity Intensive Creamy Oil Review

Hello Gorgeous!

I love argan oil, especially from Josie Maran, because it is such a multitasking beauty product. Josie Maran recently came out with a cream version of her beloved argan oil (well ‘creamy oil’) which gives you more control over application than an oil provides. I tried this creamy oil after I gave myself a facial and it made my face softer, smoother, healthy looking and it quickly absorbed into my skin. I just love how hydrating this is without being oil. It is perfect to use on your entire body – you can apply this cream oil to the ends of your hair, lips, dry spots, face, hands, feet, cuticles and even under your eyes. Even though it is creamy oil, I still think it is too greasy to use before applying makeup. If you want to put it on your face, I suggest using it at night as a treatment (unless you have extremely dry, flaky skin) and you will wake up glowing. This has a soft tangerine scent that’s very light and it doesn’t seem to irritate my skin at all or clog my pores.

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***The best part… You can get a FREE deluxe mini of Josie Maran Argan Infinity Intensive Creamy Oil online from Sephora (while supplies last) with any  $25 or more purchase (just add online code INFINITY)! It comes in a cute pink box and it’s .5fl. oz. which is a great size to test out the product. Sephora is the best!

Josie Mini

What it is:
An innovative 99%-natural creamy oil with an infinite number of uses such as hydrating skin, conditioning lips, and illuminating complexion.

What it does:
One creamy oil, infinite possibilities. This makeup-artist must-have delivers all the moisturizing benefits of argan oil in a portable, non-greasy, creamy oil form. The innovative formula starts as a cream and melts into an oil, making your complexion more luminous while tightening facial contours and preventing inflammation. Use it to hydrate and gently soothe under eyes, smooth flyaways, keep eyebrows in place, and condition lips. Mix it with powder blush or eye shadow to instantly transform it into a cream.

Suggested Usage:
Use Argan Infinity Cream to:
-Deeply moisturize dry areas of the face.
-Soothe irritated skin caused by rosacea, wind, or sunburn.
-Soften elbows, heels, and other rough patches.
-Keep stray eyebrows in place.
-Smooth flyaways.
-Moisturize at night.
-Prevent razor burn and irritation.
-Prevent skin dehydration during airline travel.
-Apply as a lip conditioner before lipstick.
-Apply over lip stain for a silky finish.
-Lightly dab on eyelids before applying eye shadow.
-Apply before or after using cheek stain to improve blendability.
-Transform powder eye shadow or pigment into a cream by mixing with Infinity Cream.
-Mix with a powder luminizer to create a light, shimmery lip balm.
-Use as a subtle face highlighter to illuminate cheekbones, lips, and brow bones.
-Mix with a powder blush to create a silky cream blush or colored lip balm.
-Hydrate and plump dry, swollen under eyes.
-Apply to fingertips and toes to hydrate and soften cuticles.
-Quench skin post-sunburn.

Where to buy: Sephora, QVC, and online from Josie Maran

Price: $28 (for a 2.2 oz)

I really like the way my skin feels when using this product and I think everyone can find a use for this extremely multitasking tube of creamy oil and as Josie Maran put it “One creamy oil, infinite possibilities”.

How will you use it?

XOXO

Trisha

Soap & Glory Make Yourself Youthful Super Serum Review

Hello Gorgeous!

When you think of face serum, do you think it’s only applied before bed as a night treatment due to greasy or sticky consistency? Well, I used to think just that until I was introduced to Soap & Glory Make Yourself Youthful Super Serum. This serum is everything and more that I want in a face serum. Once applied, it sinks into the skin, leaving behind no stickiness, greasiness or shine, but provides perfectly moisturized, dewy skin. This makes this serum perfect for daytime use, before applying your makeup. My face has such a youthful glow when I use this product, plus it smells amazing and feels so luxurious. I just adore everything this super serum provides. This is definitely a must-have beauty product in my everyday makeup bag.
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What Soap & Glory says about this product:
Trigger DNA repair- Hyper-boost collagen and cell respiration- Smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Suitable for all skin types – and ideal for drier skins with more pronounced lines, this super serum also contains super moisturisers with hyaluronic acid, plus organic coconut oil for suppleness & elasticity, and Maracuja Oil for a hit of brightening vitamin C. Boosted with oxygenating Actigen, the already powerful ingredients are made even more effective for visible results in 30 days.

Where to buy:
Sephora

How to use:
Smooth 2-3 pumps onto cleansed skin every morning and/or night, avoiding the eye area.

If you want to treat and hydrate dry skin and wrinkles, this super serum provides the perfect formula to achieve just that and more… It’s perfect!

XO

Trisha

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

The Silk Pillowcase: A Simple Way to Better Skin and Hair

Hello Gorgeous!

Let’s talk about beauty sleep. We all know how important sleep is, especially with our busy lives we lead. But, I’m not talking about plain old sleep… I’m talking about beauty sleep!

Silk pillowcases give a different meaning to getting your beauty sleep. Not only are they soft and comfortable, silk pillowcases will have you looking better overnight, literally! Because silk pillowcases help to keep skin and hair hydrated while you sleep, this is very important.

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Silk provides natural softness, beautiful luster and benefits to health. As a natural material our bodies respond well to silk which has the amazing ability to help our skin reabsorb moisture through the naturally occurring amino acids, helping to keep hair shiny and create a smoother, and more younger looking complexion.

Would you switch to a special (silk) pillowcase if you thought it would make your hair and skin look better? I sure did and I swear by its benefits!

Most people sleep on a cotton pillowcase, but cotton absorbs moisture which causes dry hair. A silk pillowcase will keep moisture locked into your scalp and will have your hair looking shiny and healthy, overnight. Tossing and turning while you sleep tangles your hair and damages it, but silk pillowcases are a lot more gentle and easy on your hair. Most hair stylists even recommend sleeping on a silk pillowcase to help keep your hair from getting matted, tangled, and frizzy since cotton pillowcases tend to have a coarser texture, which can damage your hair.

Silk contains proteins which a healthy hair follicle needs meaning that while you sleep your hair is being nourished. Another benefit of the smooth silk surface means next to no tug and pull resulting in less hair breakage.

Sleeping on a cotton pillowcase also causes dry skin and creates compression wrinkles, which mean fine lines when there is added pressure against your face. A silk pillowcase prevents these fines lines and keeps your skin hydrated because it doesn’t soak up all of your natural oils while you sleep.

I know it sounds too good to be true, but it actually does what it claims to, I promise.

Silk contains essential amino acids found in today’s moisturizers. Silk is hypoallergenic and won’t draw moisture from the skin. Silk pillowcases are very smooth which results in less crease marks compared to traditional pillowcases which are prone to gathering of material. This lack of creased skin is more a temporary benefit; the retention of moisture from silk pillowcases is an important factor in slowing skin aging.

Bottom line: Silk pillowcases are the most luxurious pillowcase available. Dermatologists recommend silk pillowcases for the prevention of wrinkles, dry skin, and dry hair. They are the most effective natural rejuvenation treatment for facial skin and hair. Silk pillowcases offer the best sleep experience due to its properties that help regulate temperature and they’re hypoallergenic.

If you don’t use a silk pillowcase already, I highly recommend investing in one. They aren’t expensive and you can find them almost anywhere bedding is sold. You can also buy one from Amazon which offers a big selection of silk pillowcases starting at just $19.99.

XOXO

Trisha