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DHC Skincare Sets

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Give your face an extra moisturizing boost with DHC's amazing olive oil and coQ10 sets. I'm a huge fan of skincare sets since they provide me with the right set of products to achieve maximum results. These sets are no different. Plus, they're DHC which means your skin will love every product.

Anyone dealing with dry skin will likely see a major difference in their skin after using the DHC Olive Essentials Set . From cleansing to moisturizing, this set does it all. The set is their best selling for a reason, and has been an essential in my personal arsenal of skincare products for years. The Deep Cleansing Oil puts olive oil to work to get rid of any dirt and makeup on your skin. Ensure your pores are squeaky clean by washing with the Mild Soap. The Mild Lotion provides the first layer of moisturizer while the Olive Virgin Oil ensures moisture stays locked in. Not only will your skin be cleaner than ever, it'll feel smooth and supple too.

If you feel you need that extra boost of firming, and brightening, than try out the CoQ10 set! Each of the Firming CoQ10 sets feature the Deep Cleansing Oil to moisturize and cleanse at the same time. DHC recommends using any lathering cleanser after the cleansing oil to finish washing away any other impurities. Both sets also include the CoQ10 Lotion to help tone skin. You can choose between the Cream or Milk sets with each containing either CoQ10 Cream or CoQ10 Face Milk moisturizers. The high concentration of CoQ10 helps firm skin to give you a youthful appearance. You can also separately order the amazing DHC CoQ10 Neck Cream to help take care of the often neglected neckline. 

With the sets ranging from $85 - $88, these sets are far cheaper than purchasing each item separately. Think of them as a skincare makeover to fight the signs of aging and everyday dryness.

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Moroccanoil Heat Styling Protectant

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Whether you love to flat iron in some chic, blow dry in some volume, or curl in some sexy, every heat styling diva needs some protection. Well style away ladies because Moroccanoil has you covered with their new Moroccanoil Heat Styling Protection!

The 411: This lightweight (and amazing smelling) spray, prevents hair from breakage and spilt ends, shields hair from color fading, and provides an amazing healthy shine all while allowing you to turn up the heat and rock the latest and greatest in fashionable styles. I recently purchased this product from my hairdresser per her suggestion and can honestly say I am so happy that I did!

How to Use: Per the website-

Before styling: Divide dry hair into small sections, spray 1 pump on each piece 8-10 inches away from the hair prior to using any hot styling tools.

Before blow drying: Spray Heat Styling Protection on towel-dried hair for added protection and shine.

The Result: To be honest, I totally love it! Having gone through some hair nightmares in the past, I’ve spent the last couple of years terrified of heat styling. This spray provides amazing protection, smoothes my hair shaft (putting an end to frizzies), and leaves it looking shiny and full of volume. Only one word of caution; don’t over use. As the directions say, 1 pump per strand is efficient. Spray it and then brush it through to distribute evenly. Using too much of the product will leave your hair feeling a bit gummy and weighed down, but the proper amount is styling perfection. So grab your favorite hot tool and get to work ladies. You have many of great hair days in your future with this little bottle by your side! 

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Agadir Argan Oil Hair Care

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agadirarganoilOur hair is constantly abused and exposed to the elements, but rarely do we take the same care to nourish and protect it like we do our skin. The discovery of Argan Oil now gives us the chance to undo the damage and start truly caring for our hair. I've fallen for Agadir International's incredible line of Argan Oil infused hair care products and my hair has never looked better.

I'm fairly picky about hair products as many tend to either dry out my hair or make it oily. Yet, the Argan Oil leave-in conditioners did not turn my hair into a greasy mess. Perfection! What I love most about Agadir International's line is each product is carefully formulated to provide the right amount of moisture while repairing each damaged strand.

Imagine treating your hair to natural antioxidants, healing Vitamin E, essential fatty acids and carotenes that nourish, repair and protect against future damage. Sounds great right? If other products have left you less than impressed, give Agadir's daily shampoos and conditioners a try. They're great for all hair types, included color treated. If you'd rather start smaller, I recommend starting off with their hair treatments or shields just to see how badly your hair craves the special attention.

Everything you need to wash, treat, repair and even style your hair is available complete with Argan Oil. Most products start around $20, but it's far less than you'd pay for salon treatments. After you see what your hair should look and feel like, you'll realize these products are priceless.

TRY IT FOR YOURSELF!

 

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Tria Age-Defying Laser Review #2

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It has been two months since starting my skincare regimen with Tria Age-Defying Laser. I have now moved onto Level 3,and can’t wait to share with you my results and observations so far.

EXPERIENCE:
• I use the Tria Age-Defying Laser nightly after I brush my teeth and cleanse my face. This has become one of my favorite nightly rituals. I have found that I love the application process and how it helps me unwind and collect my thoughts right before I head to bed.
• The laser has a pain-free “heat” that your skin adjusts to with each level. Think of tiny little pin pricks. It is uncomfortable at first, but then you become accustomed to the sensation. By week 4, I became comfortable, and even began to enjoy the feeling of the laser. On Level 3, the hot sensation (which is reminiscent of a sunburn) usually took around 45 min to subside.
• After each treatment, my skin would be red (mind you, I have very fair/sensitive skin), but this was always gone by morning. After finishing my nightly treatment, I apply the Tria Age-Defying Finishing Serum. I absolutely love the serum, and how nourishing it feels on my post-treatment skin. Incredibly soothing. When my skin becomes too dry, I add 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. I also make sure to use a sunscreen with a minimum of 30 SPF to protect my new, beautiful skin!

IT WORKS The laser light activates your body’s own natural renewal process to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, which in turn reduces fine lines and creates smoother skin.
• No downtime for recovery after the laser. All redness and dryness fades by morning.
• I have heard that this type of laser actually increases the absorption of serums and creams.
• Cleared for use by the FDA as the only at-home laser clinically proven to treat multiple signs of aging on the entire face

PROGRESS: 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 have become “poreless,” or so it seems. 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.

I can’t wait to finish the program and share the completed look. This is truly a miraculous device that helps to subtly transform your skin.

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

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In honor of Maya Angelou

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maya-angelou-quoteYesterday silenced the writer in me.  I was heartbroken to learn of Maya Angelous passing, considering how much her life, words and wisdom influenced my life.  Her courage, grace and strength have always embodied what it means to be beautiful to me.  In her honor, today I wanted to share one of my favorite poems from her (although there are so many more that touched my soul). 

“I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.
I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.
I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life.
I've learned that making a "living" is not the same thing as making a "life."
I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.
I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.
I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.
I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one.
I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.
I've learned that I still have a lot to learn.
I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
― Maya Angelou

Born: April 4, 1928
Died: May 28, 2014

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Mirvaso Topical Gel for Rosacea

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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Galderma Laboratories L.P. through their partnership with POPSUGAR.While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about Mirvaso, all opinions are my own.

As a professional makeup artist one of the top complaints I hear from clients is the frustration of dealing with rosacea, and its effect on their confidence. From attempting to cover up their redness with heavy camouflage cream, or experimenting with a multitude of products promising to cure all, patients are left exasperated.

That is when I refer my clients to MIRVASO (brimonidine) topical gel, 0.33%*, which aids in reducing and treating chronic rosacea, and excessive redness of the skin. Instead of simply masking the effects of rosacea, MIRVASO actually takes care of the problems associated with rosacea.

As documented:

  • In clinical studies with MIRVASO, the primary endpoint† showed rosacea redness was reduced for up to 12 hours for 22% of study participants (versus 9% of people using a gel with no active ingredient [vehicle gel]).
  • The secondary endpoint† showed redness was visibly reduced in as little as 30 minutes for 28% of participants (versus 6% of people using the vehicle gel).

Although you may not be affected by rosacea, there may be someone you are close with who is suffering from excessive facial redness. This skin condition affects an estimated 16 million men and women in the United States. This amazing treatment hopes to help eliminate the problem. 

This summer MIRVASO is asking you to support their challenge for rosacea patients to “Break Up With Your Makeup”, and finally be free from heavy, masking cover cream and makeup. To help support this cause simply enter their amazing sweepstakes that gives you a chance to win a trip to the Emmy’s in the fall! The ultimate celebrity event where you can walk the red carpet with confidence and show off your gorgeous skin (rosacea free!).

IMPROTANT SAFTEY INFORMATION:

  • Indication: Mirvaso® (brimonidine) topical gel, 0.33% is an alpha adrenergic agonist indicated for the topical treatment of persistent (nontransient) facial erythema of rosacea in adults 18 years of age or older.
  • Adverse Events: In clinical trials, the most common adverse reactions (≥1%) included erythema, flushing, skin burning sensation and contact dermatitis.
  • Warnings/Precautions: Mirvaso Gel should be used with caution in patients with depression, cerebral or coronary insufficiency, Raynaud's phenomenon, orthostatic hypotension, thromboangiitis obliterans, scleroderma, or Sjögren’s syndrome. Alpha-2 adrenergic agents can lower blood pressure. Mirvaso Gel should be used with caution in patients with severe or unstable or uncontrolled cardiovascular disease. Serious adverse reactions following accidental ingestion of Mirvaso Gel by children have been reported.
  • Keep Mirvaso Gel out of reach of children. Not for oral, ophthalmic, or intravaginal use. You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Galderma Laboratories L.P. through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about Mirvaso, all opinions are my own.

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Mustela Skincare

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by Sian Bitner Kearney: 

As a mother and as a woman, great skincare is usually at the top of my list of priorities. So when I was asked to review some of Mustela, a leading skincare brand for both children and mothers, I immediately said yes. Experts in the field of skincare since 1950, Mustela offers a complete skincare line to address all of the immediate and changing needs of newborns, children, mothers and mothers-to-be.

The company sent me two products to review, their Stelatopia Moisturizing Cream for dry and eczema prone skin and their SPF 50+ Broad Spectrum Mineral Sunscreen Stick. First, let me begin by saying that these were perhaps two of the best products from their line that they could have sent for my review. My son, being a long-time sufferer of eczema and dry skin and myself having lived through a double diagnosis of skin cancer, we were certainly armed and ready to put these products to the test. Here are the results:

Stelatopia Moisturizing Cream: This cream has been an absolute miracle for my son’s skin. While the winter months usually keep his eczema at bay, by early spring he is always plagued with those dry, itchy bumps all over his skin. I have been having him apply the lotion daily to his driest areas (elbow, wrists, ankles and back) after showers or in the morning before dressing. After nearly a month of use, I am happy to report that thus far, not a single sign of his eczema has surfaced. In addition, my son says the fragrance doesn’t bother him. At first he was apprehensive to try the lotion, fearing that it would be too girly smelling and ruin his 11 year-old swag, but luckily for us both, the fragrance is nearly undetectable and fades within seconds of application. The texture is a bit thick at first, but easily melts into skin without leaving behind a sticky, greasy residue.

SPF 50+ Broad Spectrum Mineral Sunscreen Stick: Even though the description of this product says it is for the face and bodies of babies and children, I’ll admit that I called first dibs on this one. While I usually remember to spray down my son with sunscreen prior to lengthy outdoor events, like most mothers, I tend to completely forget about myself. I used to try to carry around a bottle of sunscreen in my purse, but they were bulky and took up too much space and so I usually left them sitting on a shelf at home. This little stick is total genius. Not only does it provide 50+ SPF coverage, a must for someone like me who has already had two skin cancer scares, but it’s also small enough to pop into even the tiniest of bags. With my son’s lacrosse games in full effect as well as a few family cookouts, having this stick at my disposal is a total lifesaver. Admittedly, I don’t usually apply it to my face, I have a special moisturizer I use daily for that area; however I do use it for quick applications to my arms, hands, legs, and even my chest. The formula does go on a little white looking at first, but soon blends perfectly into the skin. Much like the moisturizer, I noticed on a faint fragrance which disappeared rather quickly, and it felt more like a moisturizer to me than the typical sticky sunscreen.

Overall, I would have to say that I highly recommend these two products. While they are a bit pricier than your average drug store product, a little goes a long way so they’re sure to last you a while, and the results, at least for my son and I, are worth every extra penny

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