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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Lash Primer

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

75 Beauty Tips Every Girl Should Know

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How beautiful you look and feel will affect your self-confidence, social interactions, work performance and overall health. While true beauty comes from within, below are 75 important tips you can add into your daily beauty routine to keep yourself healthy–on the inside and the outside.

Beauty Tips

  1. Smile often. A woman is most beautiful when she smiles.
  2. Vitamin C has long been known to prevent aging. Pack your fruit basket with lemons and oranges to look youthful.
  3. Eating guava, carrot, apple and cucumber regularly can prevent yellowing of teeth.
  4. Massage sesame oil on your heels overnight if you have cracked heels.
  5. Strengthen your hair and nails with daily supplementation with vitamin biotin.
  6. Retinoid skin creams used regularly in consultation with skin expert help reduce wrinkles as well as stretch marks.
  7. Exfoliating your facial skin daily with a dry brush can help improve circulation, reduce puffiness and eliminate dead skin.
  8. Cracked heels are mainly because of poor foot hygiene and wearing tight foot wear.
  9. Keep your feet soft and get rid of the cracks by simply wearing cotton socks at night.
  10. Make sure you remove your mascara before going to bed. Allowing it to stay on your lashes can cause them to break.
  11. For lustrous hair, regularly massage your scalp with oil and load up on vegetables and fruits
  12. A healthy diet, exercise and staying hydrated are best for fighting cellulite
  13. Massage some almond oil into your eyelashes each night to help them grow thicker and longer.
  14. Use a wide toothed comb to evenly spread the conditioner through your hair.
  15. To look slimmer in pictures, don’t face the camera head on. Look at it at a three-quarter angle with 1 shoulder facing forward
  16. A brighter blush shade can help you look younger in contrast to a dull shade which can make your face look muddy.
  17. Use a colorless lip balm before putting on lipstick or gloss. It helps provide an even and crack free surface for smoother application.
  18. Fruits and vegetables, soy, cocoa and fish can help you look younger and stay fit as well.
  19. Nail biting can be due to stress and boredom. Get over it with yoga, meditation, deep breathing, or squeezing a stress ball.
  20. Always wash your face after a workout. Sweat can clog pores and worsen acne.
  21. Use lukewarm water while washing your hair. This allows the scalp to retain moisture and prevents hair from looking lifeless.
  22. Apart from being great for your heart, green tea with all its anti-oxidants is superb for your skin
  23. Avocados reduce the damage caused by UV rays and can be used in face masks as well
  24. A ripe papaya left on the skin for 30 minutes help tone up the skin considerably and reduces the appearance of wrinkles.
  25. Overzealous scrubbing of face can make you look older. Make sure you’re gentle.
  26. Having your coffee later in the afternoon rather than first thing in the morning can help you feel fresher through the day.
  27. De-stress daily. It can be the key to a healthier body, skin and hair.
  28. Expressing gratitude for every small thing you have can be a great way to feel good.
  29. Your outlook on life and what you choose to do with it account for 40% of your happiness; this includes friendships and work.
  30. Live with love! 20 minutes of talking and being with your partner daily makes you healthier and happier.
  31. Brush hair from roots to ends nightly. This distributes natural oils throughout the hair shaft and gives hair a healthy sheen.
  32. Treat your eye area gently. This is the most delicate part of your face. Cleanse with care; blot, never rub.
  33. Always use your ring finger to apply moisturizer or concealer to the eye area. It puts the least amount of pressure on the skin.
  34. Don’t touch your face unnecessarily. Breakouts can be caused by your own fingers.
  35. To stop makeup from fading during the day, apply a primer before your foundation.
  36. Get lips soft and smooth by using a damp, warm washcloth at night to rub off the flaky dry bits; follow with a coat of lip balm.
  37. The best time to apply lotion is right after a shower or bath, when skin is still damp.
  38. Beautiful skin starts from within. Include lots of vegetables, fruit and water in your daily diet.
  39. Exfoliate with a body scrub once a week to slough off dead skin cells that make skin look dull. When skin is freshly exfoliated, lotion and oil are better absorbed.
  40. Improve circulation in your legs and lower the risk of unsightly veins by elevating your feet when resting.
  41. Apply polish starting at the pinky, working toward the thumb to avoid dragging your hand across wet nails.
  42. To prevent hair color from fading, use a deep conditioning treatment weekly or bi-monthly.
  43. Make sure you hydrate your skin and put on a face primer
  44. The #1 reason for flaky mascara is that the formula is too dry or old. Make sure to close mascara after use to help keep its moisture.
  45. For clear skin, look for a cleanser with salicylic acid.
  46. Sunscreens that claim to provide “all-day protection” and “water resistance” are not reliable; don’t be fooled by these claims and reapply all sunscreens at least every two to three hours.
  47. When self-tanning, use a tanner with color. It will give you instant color before the effect and it will show you exactly where you put the color and where you may have missed.
  48. For the summer months, you don’t want to be caked down in foundation so try a tinted moisturizer instead.
  49. To make curls last, make sure hair is completely dry before you begin with the curling iron.
  50. Always wash your makeup off before bed. That morning-after look has never been a good one, for anyone.
  51. Always use a moisturizer with SPF in the morning. Even in the winter!
  52. Clean out your makeup bag at least once a year to get rid of old products that may be expired or you no longer use.
  53. Remember, always use clean makeup brushes to fight against potential bacteria and breakouts!
  54. During the summer, wear chapstick or lip gloss with SPF.
  55. Use your concealer as a base on your eyelids.
  56. Exfoliate before applying self tanner to get rid of dead skin. Tanning products tend to cling to drier areas.
  57. To minimize pores, use a pore-minimizing facial wash followed by a toner. Make sure the toner is alcohol-free so it won’t dry out your skin.
  58. The healthier you are, the healthier your hair! Take a daily multivitamin with Biotin to help hair grow.
  59. Get a “dewy glow” using a highlighter or illuminator above your cheekbones and on the brow bone.
  60. To contour cheeks, use a matte powder (a few shades darker than your skin tone) with an angled brush. Blend on temples and under cheekbones.
  61. When using a cream product, lock it in by using a translucent powder over it.
  62. For makeup that lasts all day and night, use a makeup-sealing product/setting spray.
  63. To help you find the right shade of foundation, choose the product you think is closest to your color and try it on your jaw line in natural light. You will be able to easily compare it to your neck’s color to see if you need to go for a different undertone, lighter or darker.
  64. Splurge on items that are important to you. If lip gloss is really your thing and you fall in love with a gloss that‘s $40, buy the lip gloss and treat yourself.
  65. To reduce unwanted shine, use a moisturizer that mattifies your face, that way you get the moisture your skin needs without looking greasy.
  66. Use a clarifying shampoo once a week to get rid of any product build-up that may have occurred during the week.
  67. Use a pumice stone on your feet after you shower to keep your feet baby smooth.
  68. Hydrate your under-eye area with an eye cream to prevent puffiness and bags.
  69. If you often find yourself being too tired to wash your face at night, keep makeup removing wipes in your night stand to prevent a runny mess or morning break out.
  70. The best way to get rid of ingrown hairs is to exfoliate, which rids the skin of dead cells and allows the hair to break through the surface.
  71. To keep hair color vibrant longer, use shampoos and conditioners formulated for colored hair.
  72. Drink plenty of water daily.
  73. Bronze all over for a natural glow.
  74. Protect your skin from the sun everyday.
  75. Be yourself and enjoy your life!

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XOXO

Trisha

An Eyebrow Pencil Is Necessary

Hello Gorgeous!

In case you didn’t know, eyebrows are the hottest new feature to focus on. And for good reason… Eyebrows are one of the most important features on our face. Properly shaped brows can give the illusion of a facelift because the correct brow shape can really lift the eye and slim the face. And well-groomed brows make you look polished and bring focus to your eyes, while badly groomed brows can make your overall look messy. And there is nothing pretty about barely there, thin, and overly-tweezed brows.

So what’s a girl to do? It’s simple, use an eyebrow pencil and turn your sparse, skimpy brows into perfectly natural, polished beauties!

An eyebrow pencil is absolutely necessary to pull off beautiful, perfectly-defined eyebrows. Once the brows are properly shaped, using a pencil to fill them in is the key to gorgeous, natural looking brows (if you don’t have it, fake it!).

One of my favorite affordable eyebrow pencils is Sephora’s Retractable Brow Pencil – Waterproof (I use the color Midnight Brown which matches my brows perfectly). This brow pencil is the absolute answer for less-than-wonderful natural brows. It stays put all day and it looks very natural.

Brow pencil

What it is:
A collection of a long-wear brow pencils with a wingtip comb.

What it does:
These retractable pencils create fuller looking, perfectly-defined eyebrows. To dispense color, twist the pencil and the always-sharp tip comes up. Easy-to-hold, it gives you perfect control to create precise hair-like strokes. Use the comb tip to brush brows and blend. Available in four natural-looking colors, each long-wearing formula stays put without smudging.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens

What else you need to know:
This product is made without mineral oil, preservatives, or animal-derived ingredients.

Suggested Usage:
-Give eyebrows shape with the bristle brush.
-Apply the brow pencil.
-For fine eyebrows: trace a dotted line inside the brow and then brush for even results.
-For natural eyebrows: dot small oblique lines where eyebrow is missing and then brush.
-With excessively short eyebrows, lengthen the brow lines making sure to keep them symmetrical.

Price: $12 (a total beauty steal)

Pros:

– Self-sharpening

– Long lasting

– Affordable

– Natural-looking

– Creates perfectly-defined eyebrows

– Easy to use

Cons:

– The wingtip comb (it doesn’t really do anything and I prefer a spoolie brow brush)

I love this brow pencil because it goes on super smoothly, it’s self-sharpening, very affordable, and super long-lasting! The pencil always gives a very thin, natural-looking line with no drawn-on looking brows and it is so easy to use.

An eyebrow pencil is a must have beauty product for all women and should be added to your daily makeup routine. You will be amazed at the gorgeous results a brow pencil will give.

XOXO

Trisha