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Tria Age Defying Laser

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Have you ever wondered why celebrities have that youthful glow, and what their secret is? As a beauty insider, I am here to tell you that the fountain of youth is lasers. They are all the rage. They can help you achieve radiant results, and relieve skin issues that you have long battled with. The benefits range from helping to erase fine lines, skin discoloration, and uneven skin texture, all while imparting a gorgeous luminosity to the skin. It is no wonder that lasers have become the skincare secret that your favorite stars rely on.

The one downside? The cost. Professional treatments can break the bank for most of us, with most treatments costing in the thousands. For a 5 session treatment, the average cost is $1000 per session. Although the results are fantastic, the price tag can be impossible for most.

That is why I was thrilled to be introduced to the new at-home Tria Age-Defying laser treatment. For $495 you are able to receive the same benefits as the professional dermatologist treatments. This FDA cleared 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.

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I started my treatment three weeks ago, beginning with Training Level 1. Every night, I get ready to start my treatment by following these steps:

1) You must always cleanse the skin before starting your treatment. I have been using the cleanser included in the kit, and have loved how gentle it feels. If you feel you need an extra step (to get off that nasty waterproof or long-wearing makeup) than I suggest using a makeup remover wipe prior to the cleanser. Make sure your face is dry before you move to the next step.
2) Every night I start treatments on Training Level One. This allows the skin to become accustomed to the laser. You can move up to Level 2 and 3, as it is up to you to select the level suited for you based on how your skin’s responding.

triafacezones3) Start your treatment by placing the tip of the laser flat against your skin, and moving it in horizontal motions. The program sections your face into 4 “zones,”, and beeps when it is time to move onto the next zone. Easy peasy!
4) For the first week, your treatment time will be a total of 1 min. If you increase your treatment level to Level 2, you will up your treatment time to 4 min.
5) Finish with the Tria Finishing Serum to hydrate and nourish your skin. For those of you with extra dry skin, you may add your favorite nighttime moisturizer .

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At first I thought that sticking to a nightly schedule would be difficult, as most nights I 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. During week 1 I noticed a slight redness to my skin for a few moments after the treatment was finished. This was gone by morning, and I must say I noticed an immediate firmness to my skin. As an instant gratification junkie, I loved this.
During the last two weeks, the treatment time and level have increased, and so have the results. The current results are subtle, but I can see a change in my skin texture and tone. I feel that my tired and raggedy skin looks fresher, and more awake. An added bonus is that my normal monthly acne breakout session was nonexistent this month. That fact won me over right there.

Now, I must admit that there was some redness and a bit of an ouch factor that came with the enhanced Level Two and treatment time. My fair skin looked like I had spent a day in the sun, and sometimes felt like it to. Itchiness, and dryness are to be expected… and it happened to me. The good news is that by morning, all of this was gone. And, I found that adding my normal facial oil on top of the Finishing Serum helped alleviate any extra dryness. I also discovered that using a generous application of the Finishing Serum was extremely soothing to any irritation.

During the day, I must advise to be diligent with your sunscreen! The one day I forgot to apply made my skin feel overly dry, and sensitive. I never missed my sunscreen after, and all has been well.

Truly, this has been such a fascinating experience to watch my skin transform. The effects are subtle for now, but I can’t wait to see the progress as I move up to Level Three and a treatment time of 10 min! That celebrity glow will be mine for sure!

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

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Get The Look: Jessica Pare of Mad Men

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If you are as obsessed with Mad Med as I am, then you will love this next look! Celebrity makeup artist Mai Quynh created the look for Jessica Paré using tarte products for the Mad Men Season 7 premiere last night. 

Get the Look: Jessica Paré
event: The Mad Men Season 7 premiere
makeup artist: makeup artist Mai Quynh for tarte

inspiration:
“I was inspired by the cut of the dress. It was very structured, so I wanted to do something fun and modern with her makeup. I wanted to do a slight graphic line, while leaving the rest of her makeup soft and fresh.” –makeup artist Mai Quynh

FACE:
• To prep Jessica’s face, Mai applied clean slate flawless 12-hr brightening primer.
• Next, she applied Amazonian clay 12-hr full coverage foundation in fair beige with a foundation brush.
• To create a flawless complexion, she dotted maracuja creaseless concealer in fair around her eyes and on any blemishes.
• For a punchy, natural-looking flush, she applied thecheek stain in tipsy over the apples of her cheeks, then followed with Amazonian clay 12-hour blush in glisten for extra color.
•She set her complexion with smooth operator™ Amazonian clay pressed finishing powder.

EYES:
• To create a dramatic eye, Mai applied a thick line along her upper lash line using lights, camera, lashes™ precision longwear liquid liner in black. Next, she lined the lower inner rim of her eyes with skinny smolderEYES™ Amazonian clay waterproof liner in onyx and smudged the two liners together.
• She finished the eyes by applying two coats of gifted™ Amazonian clay smart mascara in black to her upper lashes.

LIPS:
•For a punchy coral, Mai mixed LipSurgence™ power pigment in tipsy with LipSurgence™ lipgloss in blissful for a gorgeous pop-art hue.

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Jergens BB Body Cream

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 I have a love/hate relationship with body creams. I adore the hydration, but most of the time can't stand the sticky after feeling I am left with.  I need a product that seeps into my skin instantly, gives me a subtle glow, and doesn't overwhelm with my a heavy fragrance.  Well, I was more than pleased to find out that the new Jergens BB Body Cream, does just that....and more.  What? Yes, it has 5 very amazing ways it helps to improve your skin, and it has the added bonus of making your skin look airbrushed.  Now that Summer is only a few months away, I most definitely want to make sure my lily white skin looks as lovely as possible. 

You must have heard by now that BB Creams are all the rage in makeup and skincare. They combine the benefits of your favorite anti-aging skincare with light coverage, and a gorgeous finish.  This BB Cream for the body is no different. Think of it as your favorite BBCream in a very large, good for your body bottle. The main thing I noticed was that I loved the way the product felt on my skin. It was an instant softness, and I actually liked the light, fruity scent.  Another bonus was the sheen it imparted onto my skin. It was a red carpet sexiness that even Mike noticed (and if your man notices that your skin looks great, than you KNOW you have a great product on your hands).  

The five benefits that the BB Cream for the body imparts are: 

  • Hydrates and smooths
  • Brightens and Illuminates
  • Evens skin tone
  • Visibly firms the skin
  • Minimizes the appearance of imperfections. 

Tips: I have been using this cream for over two weeks now, and have been loving the results.  It also has found a place in my professional makeup mag for sets, where I can make sure the actresses are glammed up and ready to go.  If I want more warmth, or sheen, I simply add my favorite loose bronzer to the cream and blend.  

Disclosure: This post and video were sponsored by Jergens BB Body Cream through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post and create a video about Jergens BB Body Cream, all opinions are my own.

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Style ideas for blonde hair & green eyes

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Today's question is "how to style blonde hair and green eyes".

As you can see our lovely model in the video above has has blonde hair and beautiful green eyes and we've kept her makeup focused on those eyes to really make them pop. We've used a deep purple eyeshadow with bronze accents and a little bit of defining black liner right near the lash line.

The hair is pulled back to lift up the face and create height and sensuality.

You can also add a little bit more of that purple, don't be afraid of that bright color, and bring it right under the eye. This is another great way to pop that eye color. As you can see, that really put the focus on the green eyes making them beautiful and sparkling. 

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JuveRest Sleep Wrinkle Pillow

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JuveRest Sleep Wrinkle Pillow

by Sian Bitner Kearney:

We’ve all heard the term, “get your beauty sleep”, but did you know that certain sleeping positions can actually cause wrinkles. If you’re strictly a back sleeper, you’re probably safe. However, for the side sleepers (GUILTY!) and stomach sleepers out there, these positions can cause deep wrinkles to form on the side of your face and forehead. Luckily, there is a way around this beauty blunder. It’s called the JuveRest Sleep Wrinkle Pillow, and it’s specially designed to minimize facial contact with the pillow, inhibiting sleep wrinkle formation as you sleep.

Here are the benefits:

1. Helps prevent and reduce sleep wrinkles

2. Encourages sleep positions that reduce damage to facial skin

3. Soft and comfortable

4. Promotes correct neck and back anatomical alignment

5. Multi-patented design for women and men of any age

6. Helps maintain a youthful appearance

7. Easy solution—all you have to do is sleep!

8. Special high quality, soft, open-cell, resilient foam for comfortable support

9. Open structure allows efficient air circulation, keeping you cooler at night

So if you’ve been suffering from sleep wrinkles and are about one night’s sleep shy of a Botox appointment, why not give JuveRest a try? The only thing you have to lose is an aging face.

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Most Popular Makeup Colors for Spring

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by Sian Bitner Kearney:

Ladies, it is finally time to put those dreary shades of winter away and embrace the warmth of spring. This season’s shades are electric; popping with hints of orange, blue, purple and more. So say bye-bye to those neutrals and prepare to have some serious fun with color as we introduce the season’s hottest beauty trends!

Lips:
Lips are absolutely bursting with color this season in neon shades of orange, fuchsia, and hot pink. The colors work great as the focal point of your look or as a compliment to a smokey eye at night.
Eyes:
Cobalt blue is the “it” color for eyes this season and there are so many ways to rock it! For an intense look, use a cobalt eyeshadow solo or layer it over a black shadow. If you’re living life on the subtle side, top off a neutral eye with cobalt blue eyeliner to add some edge to the every day.
Cheeks:
The cheek color of the season is berry. If you’re fair skinned, select a lighter, subtler shade. For medium to dark complexions, you will want to stick with a deep berry shade. Steer clear of sparkles though; this color is wild enough to stand on its own without the added drama.
Nails:
Yellow is the fun color for spring and the variations of the shade that you choose to wear are completely up to you. For day or for the office, shoot for a pale yellow. For a night on the town, pump up the brightness with a canary or neon shade of yellow.
Remember, these looks are both bold and beautiful but shouldn’t necessarily be worn together. Pick one or two areas to brighten up, and stay neutral everywhere else. Now go grab your favorite spring dress and leave winter in your rear view!

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Bronde Ombre’ Perfection!

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by Sian Bitner Kearney

Okay I’ll admit it, when it comes to the Kardashians, I’m not the best at keeping up. However, when I recently stumbled upon a photo of the three sisters, I found myself in total awe of Khloe’s latest look. While she’s been rockin’ the ombre’ hair for a while now, this bronde perfection is quite possibly the most gorgeous look I’ve ever seen on her. To get your own bronde goddess ombre’, you’ll need to do the following:

See your stylist BEFORE you plan to color: We all know that feeling of exhilaration that hits you the moment you’ve decided on your perfect color for the season. You want to run to your stylist ASAP to make your transformation, but slow your roll just for a moment. Any ombre’ look is one to step into lightly. Schedule a consultation with your stylist beforehand, even if he/she has been doing your hair for decades. If you don’t confirm ahead of time that he/she is well versed on the ombre’ process, you may find yourself walking out of the salon looking as if you’ve been too poor to do your roots for six months.

Make it a Gradual Effect: This ombre’ is much subtler than the ombre’s of summer’s past. There are no harsh transitions from brunette to blonde, it actually looks like the sun has just kissed her hair. It’s also important that your stylist understand it is a BRONDE shade you’re seeking. This means a good combination of color somewhere between a dark golden blonde and a light warm brown. To avoid a difference in opinion, always bring a photo to the salon and even ask to see the color swatches before the process begins.

Be Prepared to Style Your Hair: While this look is by far my absolute favorite for the season, it does come with some styling maintenance; meaning, if you’re more of a wash & go kinda gal, this look may not be for you. To truly showcase an ombre’ color, loose waves are always best, so be prepared to become best friends with your curling iron. Have Fun with it: Perhaps the best thing about this beautiful, bronde ombre’ is that it’s meant to be as fun and fearless as summer itself. The look offers a carefree type of edge, much more rock n roll than your old school foil highlights, and let’s be honest; it’s just flat out sexy! Pair it with a good spray tan, and you’ll be ready to let your inner Goddess run wild!

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