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Dermalogica Powerbright TRX

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dermalogicapowerbrightSo, you drink your 8+ glasses of water a day. You eat your veggies, your salmon, your berries, and you even get your sweat on several times a week. Yet still, despite your best efforts, your skin is lacking that amazing glow you see on the faces of so many others. What’s a girl to do? Before you throw in the skincare towel and fall victim to life of lack-luster skin, give powerbright trx a try!

Powerbright trx is a powerful range of three leave-on treatment products, that when used in combination, treats and prevents hyperpigmentation. What does this mean to you? It simply means that these products are designed to banish and prevent those bothersome brown spots from one too many sunny vacations, and leave your skin with a more even and brightened appearance.

The three products included in the system are: C-12 Pure Bright Serum (a powerful skin brightener), Pure Light SPF50 (a daytime brightening treatment and moisturizer) and Pure Night (a skin brightening evening treatment). These products can be purchased separately or in a convenient travel size kit.

If the idea of more beautiful skin isn’t enough to get you logging on and adding to your virtual cart, the reviews certainly will! Some reviewers are claiming brighter skin and fading age spots after only a few days, while others report softer, smoother skin and found the combo to be perfect for those who suffer from breakouts.

So if you’ve been struggling to find a product that will bring your beautiful skin back to life, powerbright trx may be just the answer you’ve been searching for. With their travel size kit available at the amazing price of only $38.00, it’s the perfect gift to give yourself for the holidays! Happy brightening!

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Beauty Below the Chin

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Do you baby your face but neglect the rest of your skin? Dermatologists say that below-the-chin skin needs just as much TLC to remain smooth, firm and spot-free. The outcome of inattentiveness: premature aging, or even worse, skin cancer. Manhattan dermatologist Francesca Fusco points to a World Health Organization study that shows the torso is the most common location for developing melanoma in young women. The area continues to be vulnerable well beyond these years if there has been sun exposure without protection. 

Pamper and protect all of you pronto with this neck-to-toe guide!

Neck and Chest
“The skin here is delicate, so it needs treatment like the face but with a lower concentration of active ingredients,” says Dr. Fusco. Exfoliate with gentle micro-beads once a week to help treatment ingredients penetrate. Dr. Fusco recommends strengthening the skin’s collagen and elastin with an over-the-counter retinol (vitamin A) every other day, a daily application of peptides (look for the words oligopeptides, pentapeptides or tetrapeptides on the label) or the antioxidant vitamin C in cream form. “SPF 30 is still a must,” says Dr. Fusco. If freckles are already marring your decolletage, you can still change your spots by applying a moisturizer that contains a gentle bleaching agent like kojic acid twice a day.

Hands and Arms
If you don’t treat and protect from frequent washing and constant exposure, they’ll show age early in the form of dryness, discoloration and loose skin. Beverly Hills dermatologist Ilya Reyter recommends slathering on a moisturizing ingredient like petrolatum to curb dryness. “It acts like plastic wrap, locking in the moisture that’s already in your skin and preventing water loss,” says Dr. Reyter. His nighttime tip for soft, smooth hands: Soak in water for 10 minutes, coat in petroleum jelly and slip into cotton gloves.

Back-of-the-arm bumps, a common problem called keratosis pilaris, are trickier. “These are dead skin cells that have hardened into little balls inside the pores and become inflamed,” says Dr. Fusco. “You can’t scrub them away, but a drugstore moisturizer containing 10 percent urea or ammonium lactate applied when skin is damp can be effective.”

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A creamy bodywash combined with an application of shea butter moisturizer or body oil right after a shower helps this area stay supple. If your shoulders, back and bottom tend to break out, squeeze a bodywash with 2 percent salicylic acid onto a loofah sponge and shimmy on all acne-prone parts each time you shower, advises Dr. Fusco. Tinted benzoyl peroxide can simultaneously hide and treat blemishes that have already erupted. “This kind of acne or folliculitis can sometimes be caused by staph bacteria, but you should always check with your doctor to be sure,” notes Dr. Reyter. “In that case, using an OTC chlorhexidine bodywash twice a week may work best.”

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Flu Busting Beauty Secrets

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For the past two weeks, I have resembled a red headed version of Elmer Fudd.  A summer time flu took hold, and knocked me off my keister.  DayQuill, and an overabundance of Orange Juice has left me extremely light headed and completely void of any blogging skills whatsoever! 

And, as much as I would have loved to have hidden away in my apartment watching reruns, these past two weeks have been busy ones!  

So, yet again, I look to my beauty closet to save me and help me fake a well rested (and not half dead) appearance.  Actually, I have used this formulation of skin boosting serums, soft lit makeup, and vitamin loaded juices for days when I am exhausted.....flu or not!  This simple beauty plan is great for days *or weeks* when you are exhausted, travel weary, or overworked.  It fakes a good nights sleep perfectly.  

Flu Busting Beauty!

Yves Saint Laurent foundation
The illuminating magic light of Touche Éclat is in a foundation! I couldn't ask for anything more when I am feeling pale, ghastly, and all around sickly.  If you are a fan of Touche Eclat (who isn't really?), than you will adore this foundation. Light, hydrating and luminous.  It brings back the glow!

This concentrate of essential oils and botanical packs a punch. It diminishes the tri-fecta of tired; puffiness, dark circles, and wrinkles. 

In desperation, I grabbed this during the Nordstrom Anniversary sale, and I am so very glad I did.  This little set saved me when I was too tired to think of what makeup to apply.  The colors are uber complimentary, soft, illuminating, and super flattering.  I looked polished without trying! 
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Makeup Tips for Winter’s Bold New Face

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 To look beautiful in the winter, you have to use a makeup strategy that’s different from the one you use in July. Sticking with summer’s bronzer just looks fake. Winter’s light is whiter and less yellow than summer light, so it’s apparent your color boost came from product rather than the sun. What’s more refreshing and modern is giving winter its own signature face.

This year, the frosty shades and tinsel-like shine of winters past are gone. Elegant matte texture has taken their place, and lips and cheeks are swept with bright pops of candy color. Yes, it’s a bold statement that can look Cirque du Soleil rather than chic if you get it wrong. Here’s how to get it right!

1. Add richer moisturizers to your skin care regimen. Those whipping winds outside and dry heating indoors can leave your skin parched and chapped. Matte foundation can catch on these dry patches, so you need to make sure your skin is plumped up and well-hydrated. Applying a thick moisturizer in the morning can add sheen to a matte face; instead, hydrate before bedtime with a luxurious extra-emollient night cream.

2. Go matte with minimal product. Yes, you need a new foundation for winter. Stick with the dewy base you used in summer and you’ll have to layer on lots of powder to dull the sheen. Instead, choose a matte textured foundation in your exact shade and apply sparingly. Set it with a light dusting of translucent powder applied with a large, loosely bristled powder brush.

3. Flatter your eyes with subtle makeup. Winter’s bold, bright look is focused on lips or cheeks. While you don’t want to overlook your eyes, you will want to enhance them with neutral makeup. First, give them a bit of a boost by applying a thin black line with a cream or liquid liner very close to the lash line. Define the crease of your lid with a neutral shade of brown or gray shadow. Apply with a crease brush in a half-moon shape. Curl your lashes, and then apply two coats of black mascara.

4. Choose between your cheeks or lips for the bold pop of color. If you have full lips with pout to spare, go for an assertive mouth. If your cheekbones are high, do an amazing blush flush. Pick only one area or you’ll look overdone. For your color choices, think flowers and fruit rather than jewels -- juicy red, rosy pink, ripe peach. Fair-skinned ladies look best in cooler pastel shades, while darker beauties should choose warm, blue-based shades.

5. If you’ve chosen your lips for that extra oomph, apply a matte lipstick straight from the tube. You’ll want to skip the liner so the look is soft. A nice bonus: Matte lipstick lasts longer than satin textures, so you won’t need to touch up for hours. Balance a bold mouth with a soft, natural blush along the cheekbone.

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Olay Luminous and Walgreens Giveaway!

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As most of my readers know, I am particularly obsessed with oils. Face oils, body oils, hair oil....you name, I love it.  I have noticed such a tremendous change in my skin since I started using facial oils.  But, alot of readers have often complained that they can't find a decent facial oil without breaking the bank.  Now, I can finally offer an amazing, low cost alternative.  Olay Regenerist Luminous Oil.  Not only is it light, smells divine, and makes your skin skin super soft and radiant, but it is wallet friendly.  Love this!  Luckily for me, P&G and Walgreens have generously shared with my readers a giveaway for these Luminous products, and a $75 gift card to Walgreens! Now, you can become an "oil addict" too! 

The other products in the Luminous collection have stolen my heart too. The cream is perfect for under makeup, and gives your skin a stunning glow.  I am very fair with TONS of freckles, and this cream has helped me to get a more even skin tone and brighter appearance.  I have been using the combination of the oil and the cream at night for the past few weeks, and have been very impressed by the combo.  It feels like a high end product, but I adore the low end price.  I will have no problem recommending this to my clients, since I won't have to preface it with "you will love it, but it is on the pricy side".  Now, I just say "Run out and grab some!!".

Regenerist Luminous Collection

• What It Does: Olay’s Luminous line goes beyond dark spots to address dull, uneven skin and reveal your most pearlescent skin.
• How It Works: Regenerist Luminous works to repair skin at the collagen mirror to restore your most pearlescent skin. Olay has also included a Mica complex to provide an immediate radiant glow for today, while still delivering long term benefits over time.
Did you know? Myth vs. Fact: When using the right amount – just a few drops – natural oils absorb instantly giving your skin a sheer glow rather than shine (please let me know if you would like me to send over more Myth vs. Facts).

From October 26th-November 2nd Walgreens is featuring the Olay Luminous Moisturizer and Eye Cream on sale for $23.99. Plus there is a $3 brandSAVER coupon in the October 26th paper so you can pick up these fabulous products for only $20.00 each!

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

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Jolen Creme Bleach and 50th Giveaway!

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Here is another one of my makeup artist secrets.....Jolen creme bleach. Celebrating its 50th birthday (this brand first hit shelves in 1964!) and still going strong as an at-home beauty staple for millions of women, including myself! 

I have been using Jolen both professionally and personally for the past 16 years.  I was first introduced to it by my makeup teacher, who suggested we always have it on hand when working with actresses or models.  This has become one of the best tips I have ever received.  Not only is it simple, and fast, but it won't irritate the skin, which is essential when I am on set.  Jolen saves me when I need to soften the look of a darker eyebrow, dark arm hair, or even the upper lip.  We all have something!  Personally, I have loved using Jolen to lighten those few dark stray hairs on my lady mustache that always seem to pop up!  

Jolen was originally created to be used as a facial bleach, especially for the lip and chin area, yet beauty enthusiasts have discovered that it works miracles on arms, thighs, and body hair as well! Bleaching is one of the safest ways to cope with unruly, or embarrassing dark hair.  

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THE BENEFITS OF BLEACHING

• Used as facial bleach for the lip, cheeks and chin area, Jolen is also recommended for lightening hair on arms, thighs, stomach and other body hair. (Note: not recommended for use on the pubic area).
• Jolen Creme Bleach is gentle to skin and leaves it soft and smooth.
• Easy to use at home, Jole Creme Bleach takes just 10 minutes for results that last up to four weeks.
• Jolen Creme Bleach formulas can be found in stores nationwide, including CVS, Harmon, Rite Aid, ULTA, Walgreens and Walmart, as well as online.

Some of my other makeup artist friends also love adding some soft highlights to their hair with Jolen since the formula is so gentle! 

If you would like to try out Jolen for yourself, why not enter their giveway! And tweet away your experiences with Jolen by using the hashtag #GoConfidently

Jolen™ 50th Giveaway:
LIKE Jolen’s new Facebook page at for glam, giveaways and beauty tricks from celebrity makeup artists!
• Now through November 14, 2014, enter the Jolen 50th Giveaway for a chance to win $50 gift cards to Jolen retailers, as well as Jolen Creme Bleach product. More than 50 winners! 
To enter, visit here!  

Disclaimer: This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation that contains affiliate links. I received both Jolen Creme Bleach formulas and a Conair 3X/1X Illuminated LED Mirror for my own personal use. All opinions, text and experiences are my own.

 
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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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