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Tria Age Defying Laser Review and Results

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I am always on the hunt for a product or treatment that will help me retain a youthful glow, and keep my skin in check. At the age of 36 my skin has a mind of its own and never seems to be happy with anything. I have battled with adult acne, uneven skin tone, and pores that seem to resemble a crater. Some days it looks great, and other days…not so much.

So, three months ago, when I was asked to try out a new Tria Age-Defying Laser, I jumped at the chance. Since I have never been able to try the laser treatments at the dermatologists office due to cost, I was thrilled that there was an at home version to work with. My fellow beauty lovers, I am pleased to say I was not disappointed! The 12 week program worked, and I have loved the results.

In the video above, you will see how the program works, and get a look at the products for yourself. The benefits range from helping to erase fine lines, skin discoloration, and uneven skin texture, all while imparting a gorgeous luminosity to the skin.

For $495 you are able to receive the same benefits as the professional dermatologist treatments. This FDA-cleared approved Age -Defying Laser should be used 5 days a week during your nightly routine over the course of 12 weeks to achieve the optimal results. At first I thought that that sticking to a nightly schedule would be difficult, as most nights I can barely have the energy to wash off my makeup. But, after the first week, I found myself looking forward to the routine, and relishing the time to unwind and pamper myself.

For 12 weeks I followed a nightly routine that consisted of their Priming Cleanser, and amazing Finishing Serum. I loved how gentle it feels. Every night I completed my treatment by placing the tip of the laser flat against your my skin, and moving it in horizontal motions. The program sections the face into 4 “zones,”, and beeps when it is time to move onto the next zone. It is extremely easy! I loved completing every treatment with the Tria Finishing Serum which helped to hydrate and nourish my skin. I enjoyed being able to actually feel the laser working! The laser has a pain-free “heat” that your skin adjusts to with each level. It felt to me like tiny little pin pricks. When my skin became too dry, I added some jojoba oil to the serum to give it an added hydration boost. I also make sure to exfoliate in the morning, which has helped to alleviate any extra dryness. One of the most important things was to make sure to use a sunscreen with a minimum of 30 SPF to protect my new, beautiful skin! After the first few weeks, I noticed that my skin was smoother, and my pores seemed more refined. I still can’t get over how touchable my skin is. Think baby soft!
The most noticeable difference for me has been with the texture of my skin. I feel like I have become “poreless.,” My face needs less foundation than usual, and has a stunning glow. It looks healthy, and dare I say….radiant? Another bonus, the deep forehead crease is almost gone! I even see that my freckles have softened. I am hooked.

The Tria Age-Defying Laser treats multiple signs of aging on the entire face, all within 10 min a night over the course of 12 weeks. These treatments have been clinically proven to smooth fine lines and wrinkles, improve overall appearance and deliver a more youthful and radiant complexion. And the best part? You’ll notice improvement in your skin’s appearance within 2 weeks!
Truly, this treatment has made a wonderful difference in my skin, and I am confident that it could do the same for you!

DISCLOSURE: This post is sponsored by Tria Beauty and Style Coalition. All opinions are my own.

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Crest Sensi Stop Strip Giveaway!

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How many times have you gone to enjoy that ice cream cone, only to be shocked by a tooth pain.  It happens way too often!  I always thought it was just a normal side effect, but now realise that I am one of the many people who suffer from sensitive teeth!  Luckily for me, P&G sent me some products that help out my sensitive teeth (here comes the ice cream!!) and generously shared with my readers a giveaway for all the Crest Sensi products, and a $75 gift card to Walgreens! 

Now, I have to admit that I am a sucker for a good toothbrush and toothpaste....I honestly have a little weird obsession. The Sensi-Soft Toothbrush does not irratate my gums, and yet still leaves me feeling clean.  Love that! The Sensi-Repair & Prevent Toothpaste helps to immediately help with sensitivity, all while working to fight off gingivitis.  

The Crest Sensi-Care AntiCavity Fluoride Rinse has a very mild, which is another bonus since I can't stand that burning mouthwash feeling.  This is one of my favorite products in the bunch. I know I am not the only one who will love a fresh mouth without the nasty alcohol sensation! 

Here is the breakdown!

· What it is: Crest® Sensi-Stop™ Strips are thin, flexible strips that contain an active ingredient used by dental professionals.
· How it Works: Unlike toothpaste, Crest® Sensi-Stop™ Strips are applied directly to sensitive areas, providing targeted delivery of the key ingredient that allows for longer contact time on the surface of the tooth. Within minutes, strips build a lasting barrier that helps stop sensitivity pain by blocking tubules, relieving symptoms of dental sensitivity for up to 30 days (*With the use of similar oxalate products, some patients reported sensitivity relief for periods of up to one month, while others reported relief for shorter periods).

The main man behind the new line, Paul Sagel, Procter & Gamble Research Fellow and Inventor Crest Sensi-Stop Strips said: 
“It took an entire team of dedicated R&D professionals to create Crest Sensi-Stop Strips. Beginning with innovative technology found in Crest 3D White Whitestrips, we then fine-tuned the product architecture featuring the same ingredient as some professional tooth sensitivity treatments until it met our rigorous efficacy, safety and quality demands.”

Now, you can try these amazing products as well! On Saturday, September 27th, stop by your local Walgreens Saturdate event and pick up a box of Crest Sensi-Stop Strips™ for $17.99! There will be additional coupons and deals throughout the event and even samples of Crest Sesni toothpaste.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by P&G, but all opinions are my own

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Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate

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I have to admit that I am a sucker for a good skincare product. I adore the way a hydrating treatment can make my skin feel soft and refreshed. This light concentrate can take your skin from drab to fantastic in no time flat.

One of my newest loves is Shiseido’s Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate, which aims to help enhance the skin’s natural power of regeneration. Think of it as your skin’s beauty awakening! This incredible concentrate encourages your skin’s natural defenses by boosting its immunity. Protecting and boosting your skin’s health is the main (and best) benefit of this powerful little product. This is a first-of-its kind product, and it incorporates 20 years of research in its creation and development.

When you think of the term immunity you usually think of your body, but you must not forget your skin! By strengthening your skin’s immunity, you are protecting it against future damage from the outside environment. When your skin is protected you will start to experience smoother, more supple, youthful, and radiant skin. And honestly, who doesn’t want that.

I have been using this concentrate every morning and night, and have seen a brightness in my skin that surprises me and creates that “I got 8 hours of sleep” complexion. That alone gets my attention.

The Multi-Defensive Power in Ultimune gives skin the power to Resist, Protect, Restore and Strengthen. Check out Shiseido's Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate HERE and make sure to use the #beautyinyou to find out more!

Benefits:
• Skin texture: Smoother, more supple, dewy, and moisturized.
• Skin tone: More radiant with greater clarity and even tone.
• Skin contour: Fewer fine lines and wrinkles with greater firmness and resilience.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Shiseido through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Shiseido, all opinions are my own.
 

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5 Hair Care Mistakes You’re Making

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5 Hair Care Mistakes You’re Making

Think your daily hair care routine is full of healthy hair choices? You may be surprised to discover that you’re unwittingly wreaking havoc on your tresses. Eliminate these five common mistakes and give your hair the TLC it deserves.

1. Rushing from dryer to flat iron. Following a hasty blow dry with a flat or curling iron to perfect a style is likely to sizzle your strands. “Women often use hot tools on their hair when it still has some moisture remaining,” says Jenny Strebe, hair stylist and blogger at Confessions of a Hairstylist. Ironing wet hair increases the risk of breakage. Wait a few minutes after your blow dry to make sure hair is 100 percent dry.

2. Drying when sopping wet. Putting a blow dryer to dripping wet hair is a very bad idea. Want to know what’s even worse? Using a round brush on hair that’s sopping wet, says Strebe. That friction frays the cuticle, leading to hair that’s damaged and flat. To keep hair healthy, blot it with a towel, then allow it to air dry until it’s about 80 percent dry. Now you can pick up that round brush and use your favorite styling technique to get super volume and shine.

3. Doing the wet pony. When we’re busy, it’s easy to throw freshly shampooed hair up into a high bun or pony. The lack of heat and brushing may be a plus, but wet ponytails and buns have a steep downside of their own. Tugging and pulling fragile wet hair, then whipping it with an elastic, is a fast track to split ends. Instead, try a loose braid or a rough finger blow dry.

4. Rough handling knotty tresses. Tangled hair should be brushed out, right? Not so fast. Brushing through knots can cause pieces -- or even the entire knot -- to break. Start at the tips -- never the roots -- using a wide-toothed comb and gently work through those knots. For hair that’s prone to snagging and snarling, apply a leave-in spray detangler after your shampoo.

5. Washing your color away. A whopping 75 percent of women color their hair in some form. To keep locks at their healthiest and color at its prettiest, always use a shampoo and conditioner specially formulated for color-treated hair. And wait 24 to 48 hours after you color your hair before you shampoo or else that gorgeous fresh hue will be swirling right down the shower drain.

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Eu2Be Skincare

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Wouldn't it be great to have soft, moisturized skin without using a product full of parabens and GMOs? I feel the same way. That's why I was intrigued by Edu2Be's lotions and body wash. Their products are designed specifically to make you feel more beautiful through nourishing skin care without containing a ton of ingredients that do nothing for your skin.

Their powerhouse ingredient is Brazilian oils. These oils are already well known for helping lock moisture in. Odds are, you've probably seen quite a few products with a least a small percentage of Brazilian oils in them. Edu2Be's products are different. They don't contain any parabens, gluten, GMOs or petroleum.

Their body wash contains oils from the buriti and babassu palms, along with other natural moisturizing ingredients. The shower + soak is designed for luxurious baths or showers. When you follow up with nuture + nourish lotion, you really see how truly incredible these two simple products are at moisturizing your skin. The lotion contains 13 different moisturizing oils and just a hint of fragrance.

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Judith August The Everything Pencil

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When it comes to finding the right concealer, it sometimes feels like a guessing game. Which shade should you choose? Which brand covers best? I've discovered two concealers from Judith August that not only cover well, but they're incredibly easy to use. The Everything Pencil and Orange Masking Creme will make you rethink concealers.

First off is my absolute favorite – Judith August's The Everything Pencil. What makes it so special? It's actually an pencil, which makes applying it just where you need it easier than ever. Forget about having a different concealer for every type of blemish. This one really does cover it all for both face and body. It contains both aloe vera and Vitamin E and glides on with ease. From age spots to spider veins, it's the true everything concealer. With six shades to choose from, it's easy to cover every flaw quickly and easily.

Next up is the Orange Masking Creme. No, it's not a brilliant orange crème. Instead, it's a three part orange based concealer with pink, yellow and peach undertones. The moisturizing formula is designed to make dark circles disappear. Plus, you can mix and match the three part concealer for match most any skin tone and even use it as a foundation.

If you're ready to cover up, these professional concealers should be your first stop. Not only do they cover, but they help moisturize and heal too. What more could you ask for?

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Give Your Scalp the Royal Treatment

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Protect your scalp!

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If you want to show off your crowning glory this summer, you’d better be good to what lies beneath.

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