Nails of the day: Essie Wicked

Hello Gorgeous!

I’m so in love with Essie’s Wicked nail polish! It’s described as a deep and dark creamy sinister red and It’s just perfect for winter. LOVE it!

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Xoxo
-Trisha

Hair Treatments for Healthy Hair

Hello Gorgeous!

A while ago, I blogged about my favorite hair care products (CLICK HERE) and while I do still love and use every product I listed, I have a few new favorite hair treatments I want to share with you.

It is very important to deep condition your hair at least once a week to keep it healthy, and one of my favorite hair masks for deep conditioning is the Monoi Repairing Hair Mask by Carol’s Daughter. I use this mask at least once a week and it works wonders on my long fine hair, keeping it shiny, soft, and healthy. It never weighs my hair down either! It is truly a great hair mask and I highly recommend it.

Monoi Repairing Hair Mask by Carol’s Daughter

Claims:

Carol’s Daughter claims this hair mask is a deeply nourishing hair treatment to undo and prevent damage by up to 96%. And that strengthening your hair is the only way to lengthen it so you can do whatever you want with it. That’s why the strand-strengthening Monoi Oil – an ancient recipe made from the rejuvenating Tahitian Tiare Gardenia Flower and Coprah Coconut Oil – is a must-have to help repair fine, delicate, or chemically-treated hair.

Their research results show:
– 96% less breakage after only 1 use
– 13 times longer hair life after only 1 use
– 85% better conditioning and detangling after only 1 use

Directions:

Massage gently into clean, wet hair, giving a little extra love to your frazzled ends. Leave the treatment mask on for 5 to 7 minutes and then rinse well. Or, for an even deeper treatment, put on a plastic cap and sit under a dryer for 10 to 15 minutes.

Price:

$32

 Where to purchase:

Sephora, Ulta, and Macy’s

After I wash my hair, I always use leave in products, usually leave in conditioners and/or argan oil. My absolute favorite leave in conditioner is Milk_Shake Conditioning Whipped Cream (a conditioning mousse). If I could only splurge on one hair product, this would be it! I always use a normal conditioner after I shampoo my hair and then just add this treatment after I towel dry my hair. I have tried so many different products and nothing else comes close to this treatment. It is a miracle in a bottle and it smells delicious! It does not weigh hair down, make it greasy or build up over time. It is simply perfect. Unfortunately, you can’t get it in the United States at Salons, but you can order it online from many online sites.

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Claims:

For hair that is soft, shiny and full of vitality, Milkshake introduce the perfect natural conditioner for all hair types with no need to rinse, for healthy and beautiful hair.

Price:

$16+

Where to purchase:

Amazon

Because I can’t pick up Milk_Shake Conditioning Whipped Cream anywhere, there is another product I like to use when I am all out. It is called Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Tri-Wheat Leave In Conditioner by Sexy Hair. This can be purchased at Ulta for $16.95 and it lasts a long time. It really conditions and detangles my hair.

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Description:

The powerful combination of Soy and Cocoa work synergistically to perfectly care for your hair! A conditioner that is both a nourishing moisturizer and mild protein reconstructor and safe to use on color-treated hair. This truly amazing conditioner reconstructs, moisturizes and combats environmental stress on all types of hair. (8.5 oz)

Soy and Tri-Wheat Proteins penetrate the hair, while moisturizers detangle for softness. Soy also cannot over proteinize the hair

Cocoa Replenishes hair’s moisture, has intensive repairing qualities, provides deep conditioning and strengthening properties and promotes soft and manageable hair

Directions:

Spray on towel dried hair and comb through for conditioning and detangling.

Have a great, deep-conditioning hair day!

XOXO

Your beauty addict,

Trisha

Beauty Pop Quiz… How Well Do You Know Beauty?

Beauty Pop Quiz

Hello Gorgeous!

Take my Beauty Pop Quiz and learn a few new beauty secrets along the way… Have fun! Xo

Question: If you’re out of shaving cream, what should you use?

Answer: Hair Conditioner

Question: What nutrient helps brighten and fade dark spots?

Answer: Vitamin C

Question: What fruit can you eat to brighten your smile?

Answer: Strawberries! Brighten your smile by eating strawberries that contain an astringent that can remove stains from teeth and vitamin C to help remove plaque.

Question: How can you banish under eye bags?

Answer: Tea Bags. Tip: Boil water and steep 2 green or black tea bags for 5 minutes. Remove and squeeze out excess moisture. Cool in the fridge. Place cooled teabags over your eyes for 10-20 minutes and watch bags disappear.

Question: What should you apply daily to prevent wrinkles and age spots?

Answer: Sunscreen every day, rain or shine

Question: What natural exfoliator helps refine and brighten the skin?

Answer: Brown Sugar

Question: What is the trick to achieving a chiseled celebrity-like face?

Answer: Contouring

Question: What shade should your concealer be?

Answer: One shade lighter than your foundation

Question: What can an old mascara wand be used for?

Answer: Clean it and use it as a brow brush

Question: What moisturizing ingredient makes lipstick creamy and hydrating?

Answer: Shea Butter

Question: What enhances a concealer’s ability to erase imperfections, brighten, and revive dehydrated skin?

Answer: Caffeine

Question: What helps boost your mood, increases your chances for happiness, and makes you look beautiful?

Answer: Smiling. There’s nothing more beautiful than a genuine smile!

Your beauty addict,

Trisha

Xo

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September Beauty Favorites!!!

Hello Gorgeous!

It has been a long time since I have found new beauty products I absolutely adore which is why I am so excited to tell you my September beauty favorites!

– The first beauty product that takes the cake over all the others is BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector SPF 25+ in Opal (golden opal pearl). You can use this product in many different ways such as a highlighter, makeup base/primer or highlighting the body. I use this for an all-over inner glow and mix a pump of Shimmering Skin Perfector with my favorite foundation and apply it to my entire face (You can also mix this into your moisturizer if you don’t wear foundation). The results are amazing! I never would have thought this product is something I would love, let alone use, but thanks to Sephora, I received a free deluxe sample to try and so can you! How? Just purchase $25 or more from Sephora.com and enter coupon code: OPAL at checkout to receive your free sample (while supplies last). After one week of using this amazing freebie, I ordered the full-size from Sephora.com for $41. A little bit goes a long way, so this will definitely last a long time. I highly recommend this product!

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Sephora Description:

What it is:
A sheer crème-liquid that perfects skin with light-reflecting pearls for a soft, natural glow.What it does:
Achieve a subtle luminosity. This formula features ultrafine light-reflecting pearls that melt into your skin for polished, natural-looking radiance. Water-light and sheer, it has a prismatic effect that allows it to adjust in any light, so your refined glow is never lost.What else you need to know:
This product has been dermatologically tested.

Suggested Usage:
-This product may be used on the face and body.
-To highlight the face, dab a small amount over foundation using your fingertips or brush to cheekbones, brow bones, temples, bridge of the nose, and cupid’s bow.
-When highlighting the body, apply to dècolletage, shoulders, and legs.
-Spotlighting: after applying makeup, dab a small amount, onto cheek and brow bones.
-For a luminescent base: before applying primer, use Shimmering Skin Perfector™ as a base over the entire face using fingertips or a brush. Follow with Radiant Skin Satin Finish Foundation and add a touch of Radiant Skin Creamy Concealer where needed.
-For an all-over inner glow: mix half a pump of Shimmering Skin Perfector with Radiant Skin Satin Finish Foundation or your favorite moisturizer and apply to the entire face.
-For a head-to-toe glow: mix two to three pumps with your favorite body moisturizer.
– The second product in my September beauty favorites is TARTE Maracuja Creaseless Concealer in Light. A few weeks ago I was given a free TARTE makeover at Ulta and the makeup artist used this concealer on me and I have been hooked ever since. It really made my eyes pop without any eyeshadow and I now use it daily. It stays in place all day and doesn’t crease of settle in fine lines. It has become my holy grail makeup product. It is $24, but a little bit goes a long way and you get .28oz in the tube which is a pretty good amount. I LOVE it!
Concealer
Sephora Description:
What it is:
A full-coverage concealer that won’t crease, flake, or leave you needing more.

What it does:
Tarte’s Maracuja Creaseless Concealer offers long-lasting, full coverage in a rich, creamy, and velvety texture with pure, skin-soothing ingredients. The high-performance natural formula is infused with Tarte’s pure maracuja oil, which helps to improve skin’s texture, tone, and moisture content while imparting a brightening, dewy, luminous finish. In addition to promoting healthy skin, this velvety concealer is also ideal for masking discoloration and imperfections such as acne, blemishes, redness, scars, hyperpigmentation, and dark circles. This nutrient-rich, blendable, liquid concealer brightens and restores skin’s natural luster, leaving you with a flawless complexion.

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

– The third product in my September beauty favorites is MAC Sheertone Blush in Gingerly. Mac describes the color as a “Capri bronze (Sheertone)” and it costs $21 for .21oz. The color is just gorgeous and it lasts all day!
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– My fourth September beauty favorite is L’Oreal Telescopic mascara in Carbon Black. If you want false looking lashes without actually wearing falsies, pick this mascara up… It is amazing! You can purchase it almost anywhere and it is a beauty steal with a price tag under $10. I usually purchase mine from Ulta.
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– My fifth September Favorite is Redken Diamond Oil Conditioner. My hair is so shiny, soft, and healthy while using this conditioner. There is no product buildup and you can get a great deal from Ulta when they run their liter sale (usually costs $34, but when on sale, it’s only $19.99). Must buy! My hair has never looked better.
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– And last but not least, my sixth September beauty favorite is BITE Beauty Lush Fruit Lip Gloss in Raisin (pale creamy pink). You can get this highly pigmented lip gloss from Sephora for $22. As a lip gloss fanatic, this is one of my new favorite glosses… Perfect in every way!
BITE Gloss
Sephora Description:
What it is:
A highly pigmented lip gloss featuring healthy fruit ingredients that are delicious enough to eat.What it does:
Like instant nutrition for lips, BITE’s Lush Fruit Lip Gloss contains the same healthy ingredients you’d find in a pure fruit smoothie: real coconut, mango, and strawberry infused with seven nourishing fruit oils. Rich, vibrant, and juicy, this modern formula is highly pigmented. What you see in the container is exactly the color you’ll see on your lips.What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Phthalates

– Your beauty addict,

Trisha
XOXO
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August 2013 Birchbox Review

Hello Gorgeous!

Today I received my August 2013 Birchbox and I love it! Take a little peek inside…

#BBFinishingSchool

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What’s inside my August 2013 Birchbox:

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5 beauty samples:

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Dr. Jart+ Premium BB Cream SPF 45+

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It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-in Product

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Jasmine Seven Fresh Feet Wipes

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ModelCo Party Proof Lipstick in Kitty

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TanTowel Classic Formula Self-Tan Towelette

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I highly recommend Birchbox! Each month their beauty samples never disappoint me and It’s a great way to try out new beauty products each month for only $10.

XO

Your beauty addict,
Trisha

Eat Your Way to Gorgeous Skin

Hello Gorgeous!

Who doesn’t want more radiant healthy-looking skin? So, feed it!

The skin is one of the most powerful indicators of health. Wrinkles, dry or oily skin, acne, and inflammation are all signs of poor internal health, often brought on by consuming unhealthful foods and avoiding skin-healthy nutrients.

You may have a daily skin care routine that consists of facial cleansers, lotions, creams and makeup that helps your skin look its best, but while you focus on what you can do for your skin on the outside, you may not realize what you can do from the inside. Proper nutrition and diet can do wonders for the appearance of your skin. You really are what you eat.

The sooner you begin a healthy diet, the sooner your skin will look radiantly younger and you will feel healthier. Everything you put in your mouth is likely to affect the quality of your skin. The amazing thing is that skin can easily be transformed by making simple changes to your daily diet. Eat the right things regularly and you can give your complexion a gorgeous glow. So read on and put these edibles on your daily menu!

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Research has shown that eating more of certain foods can help us to a beautiful complexion from the inside out, without resorting to costly skin care products.

Factors affecting your skin health can include: dehydration, poor digestion, nutrient deficiencies, low essential fats, stress, diet, skin care products, environmental toxins and impurities.

Vital nutrients for healthy skin include: vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin D, antioxidants, essential fatty acids and lots of water.

Skin loving foods to embrace:

  1. Plenty of water and herbal teas to help flush out unwanted toxins. Water is an important key to beautiful skin, since even mild dehydration can result in visible aging and dryness. Drinking alcohol, caffeine, and sodas (pop) can be dehydrating, so be sure to drink plenty of pure water for healthier skin! All teas are rich in skin-loving antioxidants, but anti-inflammatory substances found in green tea are thought to be especially beneficial. Recent studies have found that drinking green tea may be helpful for warding off skin cancer and the visible signs of aging. Drink up!
  2. Fruits of all kinds – superfoods! Apples,  apricots,  bananas,  blackberries,  blueberries,  figs,  grapefruit,  grapes,  kiwi,  lemons,  melons, pineapple and strawberries. Fruit rule: enjoy fruit in-between meals as a snack, an early morning juice and always on an empty stomach. Berries including blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, cranberries and acai berries are all delicious, and they give our complexions a healthy boost with antioxidants that protect skin cells.
  3. Vegetables of all kinds – we all know they are good for us! Artichokes, asparagus, avocado, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, celery, cucumber, spinach and tomatoes. TIP: darker green vegetables contain more vitamin C, beta-carotene, iron and calcium. Vitamin A found in dark leafy greens like spinach are great for clearing up acne and promoting skin repair. Vitamin-rich veggie alternatives include carrots and broccoli. Eat up!
  4. Fiber-rich foods such as whole grain rice, oats, bran, and nuts can bind to excess waste and prevent toxic build up in the body. Fiber is an essential nutrient required for proper digestion of foods, proper functioning of the digestive tract, and for helping you feel full. A deficiency of fiber can lead to constipation and elevated levels of cholesterol and sugar in the blood. Nuts are high in fiber and great as a snack or as an addition to salads. Almonds provide the most fiber, but the omega-3 oils and fiber found in walnuts are vitally important for flexible, plump, younger-looking skin.
  5. Essential fats in oily fish form an essential part of cell walls so a constant supply keeps skin supple and plump. Fish oils have a good ratio of essential fatty acids to keep the skin functioning efficiently. Essential fatty acids cannot be made by the body and must be obtained through diet. Symptoms that you are not getting enough fatty acids in your diet include:
    • allergies
    • depression
    • hyperactivity
    • high blood pressure

Fish that contain fatty acids include:

    • Salmon
    • Sardines
    • Mackerel
    • Herring
    • Trout
    • Tuna

These fish are all great for healthy brain function and the heart too! Olive oil also has good fatty acids, great for your health as well as for more elastic, dewy skin. So, switch to extra-virgin organic olive oil: it is rich in healthy “good” fats which strengthen our cell membranes, helping our skin to look nourished and radiant.

  1. Vitamins for hair, skin and nails – great for topping up the nutrients in your gorgeous skin diet. Vitamins can help solve skin problems in many cases. This is because skin problems are often a result of a vitamin deficiency. Vitamins nourish your body and help it function properly. Most people can get all the nutrients their skin needs from a multivitamin and a healthy diet.

As important as it is to eat a healthy diet, your skin also needs you to not smoke, get enough sleep, exercise regularly, and drink A LOT of water.

Remember to be patient. To get results, give it time. It may take three months to a year to really see an improvement in your skin so please, give it a solid chance to work and don’t give up.

XOXO

Trisha