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The Style 2020 Event!

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Next month I will be attending the Style 2020 event in Newport Beach, CA and I would love to see all of my beauty mavens! Style 2020 is hosting a private style and beauty red carpet event on May 2nd at the Fashion Island Hotel in Newport Beach, CA. Featuring guest speakers include Kathryn Moore, Cindy Carrandi from Sephora, and Nicole Simpson from L'Oreal. Lunch and a Champagne open bar will be available to attendees as well! 

The topic of discussion is "How do define style?" and I can't wait to hear everyone's personal take on the subject.

To find out more about this very cool event, make sure to follow #style2020 hashtag and the style 2020 twitter handle @style_2020

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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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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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Top Three Beauty Balms for Your Buck

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by Sian Bitner Kearney:

 Unless you’ve been living under a rock lately, you’ve probably heard of and even tried a BB (beauty balm) cream. They promise better, brighter, and more even tones skin, and are supposed to offer great coverage without the traditional heavy feel of a foundation. However, with so many on the market today, how’s a girl to choose? No worries! We have our top three picks for the best beauty balms for your money.
Estee Lauder Day Wear Beauty Benefit Crème
The issue many people have with beauty balms is shine. If you have oily skin and use a typical balm, you may not only feel like you have an oil slick on your t-zone by lunch, you could also suffer a break out. Thank goodness for this balm! It contains light moisturizers to help skin glow and hyaluronic acid to heal and prevent acne and keep shine at bay.
Dr. Brandt Signature Flexitone BB Cream
This balm is perfect for those who feel their skin is suffering from a serious case of the winter blues. The coverage is not super thick, but it does provide a very luminous glow making your skin look healthier and instantly gorgeous!
Stila Stay All Day 10 in 1 Beauty Balm
If you’re looking for a little more coverage as well as an anti-aging balm, this is your go-to balm! Not only does this one stay in place all day without shine, it also contains microspheres that help to blur imperfections and smooth fine lines.
So whatever your poison, at least give the new BB creams a try. With wintery days still among us, every girl’s skin could use a little extra TLC and a tiny boost of beautiful!

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Halloween Vampire Makeup

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For any last minute Halloween ideas, here are some sexy looks from Make Up For Ever! 

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SKIN

  • Create lighted luminous skin by mixing your HD Foundation shade with white Flash Color. Apply with a brush and buff with the HD Sponge for a transparent effect.
  • Smooth and finish with a small amount of HD Micofinishing Powder.
  • Highlight the high points of the cheekbones, bridge of nose, and forehead with #967 Star Powder.
  • Sculpt the contours of cheeks, temples, and jaw with#165 Eye Shadow.

EYES

  • Apply #16 Aqua Shadow from lash line to crease, then, layer #61Eye Shadow onto the lid and through the crease to intensify color.
  • Apply #8C Aqua Lip to the top and bottom waterline. Line the upper lash line with Aqua Black creating a winged effect at the outer corner of your eye. Apply 25L Aqua Eyes to the bottom lash line then smudge.
  • Now, add depth in the crease by applying #163 Eye Shadow through the
    crease and re-intensify with Aqua Black.
  • Finish lashes with Smoky Extravagant#112 Faux Lash.

LIPS

  • Define lips with #12C Aqua lip. Fill the lips in with #12 Aqua Rouge. Add dripping blood for a freshly feed effect.

BITES
Start by laying down a thin amount of spirit gum. Roll two small pieces of plasto wax
into balls. Press flat and lay down over sprit gum, use your fingers to blend edges
into your skin. Then puncture the Plasto Wax with a spatula. To enhance the torn
flesh effect use Flash Color in black to darken punctured area and red around the
outside of the wound for irritation. Finish the effect with Thick Blood.

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NARS Radiant Cream Compact

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Foundation For Your Purse

I've used some compact foundations before, but for the most part, I wasn't a big fan. I always felt I wasn't getting as much coverage or as many benefits. It usually felt heavy on my skin as well. NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation is lightweight without sacrificing coverage. As the name implies, it's a cream based foundation that fits easily in a compact for carrying in your purse or for travel. My opinion on compact foundation has officially changed.

NARS gives you more than just coverage, it also boosts moisture levels. Within 12 hours, you can expect a boost of up to 80%. With more moisture, you'll see fewer fine lines and wrinkles. If you struggle with dry skin at all, you will want to give this foundation a try.

I love that you can apply the foundation either wet or dry. The creamy texture has a slightly damp feel, but with a wet brush you can better control coverage for trouble areas. Another thing I really like is the compact itself. You buy the compact and then choose any NARS Radiant Cream Compact Foundation you want. An easy to use sponge is included, but you can use your favorite foundation brush instead. With 16 shades at only $38, you're sure to find the right shade at a good price.

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Top 5 Tips to Follow for Major Hair Growth

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Whether you’re growing out a bad cut or just desperate for a long, sexy mane that could rival any Victoria Secret Model, growing your hair out isn’t quite as difficult as you may think. Sure it takes patience and a little finesse, but if you follow these five simple rules you’ll be long and lovely in no time!

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