Best makeup of 2019

15 best beauty favorites of 2019

Every year, I release my “best of” beauty favorites list, and this year I found some pretty wonderful things! I’ve been working in various facets of the makeup industry for 19 years, and I’ve tried my fair share of foundations and shampoos over the years. As formulations improve and customer demands get stronger, thanks to the force of social media, beauty product quality and diversity are at an all-time high. What a lovely time it was in 2019 to watch the industry grow.

As we near the end of the decade, I reflect upon things like the baskets of foundations I tried until I found the perfect ones that would perfect my crazy complexion issues. I think about all of the eyebrow trends and how I bought hundreds of pencils, pomades and eyebrow tints to try to perfect a flawless brow. Let’s reel it in and make this post all about 2019–because this year rocked!

Best Makeup ToolsBest Beauty Tools 2019

Real Techniques Miracle Powder Sponge $5.99 and Brush Crush Foundation Brush $8.99

Every artist needs a good set of tools–but you don’t have to spend a fortune to own a great set! I’ve been a huge fan of the brand Real Techniques (founded by Sam and Nic Chapman of YouTube beauty guru status) because of the affordability and the quality. My latest discoveries are the Miracle Powder Sponge and the Brush Crush Foundation Brush.

The powder sponge is the best sponge I’ve found to date for setting your face flawlessly, using either loose or pressed powder. The velvety material used in the design works to pick up more product than a traditional sponge, making it the best tool for setting your under-eye area with powder, and for baking your face.

The Brush Crush foundation brush really surprised me. I am used to using a sponge primarily for applying foundation, but this one stood out to me for the bold design. I bought it on a whim and was happy to see that my full coverage foundation blended seamlessly and without streaking. As always, Real Techniques brushes are synthetic and no animals were harmed!

Best Foundation and Concealer

Best Foundation and Concealer 2019

Juvia’s Place I Am Magic Foundation $20 and Huda Beauty The Overachiever High Coverage Concealer $30

My skin is oily and troublesome–I break out easily and I’m sensitive. Finding the perfect foundation formula and color match is a tough combination. Just recently, I ran across the Juvia’s Place I Am Magic Foundation at Ulta and decided to give it a whirl. There are 42 shades to choose from, starting from darkest to lightest. I definitely found my shade AND the perfect full-coverage formula! The product is thick, but all you need is a small dab to make it work. The coverage is flawless, beautiful and long-lasting!

As you can tell, I am a fan of full coverage. What’s great about full-coverage is that you can use less on a damp blending sponge to create a sheer look. The best concealer I’ve tried this year is the Huda Beauty Overachiever High Coverage Concealer. It is not too watery and not too thick. The consistency is perfect for blending under the eyes and creates a very flawless finish. I normally use a damp sponge to blend this in with a dabbing of loose powder on top to set for the day.

Best Serum and Moisturizer

Best Face Serum and Moisturizer

The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% $5.90 and Tria Super C Brightening Moisturizer $36 until 1/3 (Reg. price $60)

We all have different needs for our skin, but I think we all have a common goal: to have brighter, glowing, balanced skin. For me personally, I have dry and oily skin, which is an annoying combo! Along with that, I have to manage my large pores and any type of dead skin cells that get caught into those pores to cause nasty blackheads.

The Ordinary makes a serum that contains niacinamide (aka vitamin B), which can help fade everything from uneven skin tone blotches to help heal acne. It is labeled as being for all skin types, although I find that it does help reduce oils for the slick-skinned sisters like myself.

For those who use our SmoothBeauty Laser for the face, the Super C Brightening Moisturizer is an oil-based form of vitamin C, which has skin brightening properties. I love the way this feels after doing my laser treatments, and it helps keep the skin supple while I sleep. When you awake, your skin is glowing and ready for the day! The hyaluronic acid will help your skin retain its moisture, so you will love this formula if you experience dryness from the laser treatments.

Best Makeup Picks

Best makeup of 2019

So much makeup, so little time! I spend a lot of money on cosmetics every year to review for my blogs, and of course, a lot of those products turn out to be duds. I found a few stand out products this year in the color cosmetics realm–some are drugstore and some are luxury products–but they all performed magical things!

My first mention was a gift from a friend. The KKW (Kim Kardashian-West) Beauty Blossom Palette ($45) is a high-quality eyeshadow palette with an array of very wearable shades. The neutral choices are both matte and shimmery, and you can amp up the look using the darker plum and cranberry shades for a quick nighttime look. The cardboard palette design makes it easy for travel.

I am a huge fan of long-wear lipstick and the Rimmel Provocalips ($8.29) line is my first choice when searching for a lipstick for going out or for a long day at work. The satin gloss that is provided at the other end of the tube is a great choice for those that don’t want their lips to look overly glossy. It’s just the right amount of shine and moisture.

A good mascara is sometimes hard to find, am I right? Once in a while, I’ll find a super great mascara, and then it’s discontinued or there is something different about the formula later on. So frustrating. A little secret that I’ve learned in the business and from trial and error is that luxury mascaras, as expensive as they are, last longer than drugstore options due to better formulas. Most of my drugstore choices have dried up within a few weeks and don’t perform as well, while my department store collection still stays consistent for several months. One mascara that I fell in love with this year is the YSL The Shock mascara ($29). This is the most volumizing one of YSL’s collection and that’s no lie! The brush applies the right amount of product while it combs and coats your lashes for amazing thickness and volume.

Another luxury pick that I have been in love with is the amazing formula of the Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Blush ($40). The unique design of the product allows you to apply the outer ring color to your cheek area, and the “pop” middle color to the center of your cheek for a dimensional look. I like the formula because it’s a very finely milled powder that looks smooth on the skin. Beware of the compact’s packaging when traveling, it is very thin and delicate!

Best Shampoo and ConditionerBest Shampoo and Conditioner

Biolage Colorlast Shampoo $28 for 33.8 oz. and Olaplex No. 5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner $28 for 8.5 oz.

I often have to dye my hair–due to grays and because I prefer my hair to be a deep black shade. Finding a shampoo that won’t fade my color is pretty tough, even when the label says it’s safe for color-treated hair. I found Biolage Colorlast Shampoo to be one of the best shampoos I’ve found in decades. I don’t see a lot of color going down the drain during wash, but it also does an amazing job at cleaning my hair and scalp. No residue left behind!

As for the conditioner, I like to experiment. I have had Olaplex treatments done at my salon, but I did not know you can start purchasing their products to take home! I snatched up the Olaplex No. 5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner, which helps tame frizz and makes my hair strong and healthy. You can find this product now at Ulta and Sephora. Tip: You only need to use a tiny bit of this! If you use too much, your hair is weighed down and greasy. Try to concentrate on the dry areas.

Best Beauty Tech

Best Beauty Technology

Tria SmoothBeauty Laser for the Face with Copper-Infused Sleeping Mask $376 through 1/3 (Reg. price $442) and Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer $59.99 and BlendSmart Foundation Brush $69

I’m obviously fascinated with beauty technology, and I love seeing what the latest trends are in hair, makeup, and anti-aging tech. As always, I’ve been a huge Tria fan, with my first product being the SmoothBeauty Laser for the face. I love the way my skin looks when I wake up in the morning–fresh, plumped, and young. At 43, I am mistaken for someone in their late 20s, early 30s. I can thank genetics for playing a part, but the laser really helps tune-up my skin to look its best for my age.

I spoke about my favorite hair products earlier, and when it comes to drying my hair, I cannot use a traditional hairdryer. My hair’s texture is thick and frizzy with no shine and basically unmanageable unless I use a hot tool on it. I discovered the Revlon Volumizer through a friend and I haven’t put it down since. It gives you that salon look that your stylist gives you when they use that big round brush and hairdryer on full blast. It’s pretty easy to use and doesn’t hurt your wrist while you are styling. When I’m finished, my hair looks shiny, smooth and the frizz is totally gone.

I mentioned my favorite foundation brush at the beginning of the blog post, but I also love to use the BlendSmart Foundation Brush with foundation, but mostly for use with my contour colors. The rotating brush design quickly applies and blends with an airbrush finish, and works especially well with deep contour colors that are hard to blend with a traditional brush. Plus, it’s fun to use!

Well, there you have it! My list is complete for the year 2019! Are we ready for a new decade of beauty yet?

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Holiday Gift Guide 2019

Holiday gift guide 2019

We’ve all got that one friend or family member that seems to have the “gift” for gifting. They know what you really need before you’ve thought about it. That type of gift-giver is a rare find, and you probably feel awkward when trying to find them a gift during the holidays. Perhaps you’re even stressed about gifts this year, but you still want to find something impressive. I’ve been gathering my notes from holidays past and found some unique and trendy gifts that seemed to be a smash hit with my female friends and family members.

These awesome items include beauty gifts, fashion finds, and home decor–something for everyone! Sit back and relax, and start making your gift lists with items that will “wow” them.

Kylie Cosmetics Holiday Lip Set $36Kylie Holiday Lip Kit 2019

There’s a valid reason why Kylie Cosmetics is so successful–the lip kits are amazing. I’ve been a fan for several years, with an entire drawer dedicated to my Kylie Lip Kit collection. This kit includes the Coconut Lip Liner, Kylie Matte Liquid Lipstick and a Clear Gloss.

My favorite part of the kits is that the butterscotch-scented lipstick is like a dream to apply, especially after applying the creamy lip liner. I usually have no issues drinking coffee or eating while wearing the matte formula, and it doesn’t dry out your lips. Perfect stocking stuffer gift for your beauty-loving friends!

DYSON Supersonic Hair Dryer Gift Edition with Red Case
$399

Dyson Hair Dryer Gift Set
When my hairstylist pulled out this Dyson dryer and used it on my hair, I was extremely impressed. There was a lot of power, but my hair didn’t turn out like a frizzy mess like it does at home with my $50 dryer. The dryer was designed to dry and smooth hair without causing heat damage and add shine up to 132%!

Made for straight, wavy, curly or coily hair for all textures, this is the perfect gift for your sister or maybe your brother with the long hair! I have several family members that love this product and did notice that the dryer made it safely overseas on our vacation trip in the beautiful case that it comes with. Can someone please send this article to my husband as a hint?

VIKTOR & ROLF Flowerbomb Flowerflake Set $120VIKTOR&ROLF Flowerbomb Flowerflake Set

There is a fragrance I always gravitate towards in my perfume collection–Flowerbomb. This warm and spicy fragrance has notes of Jasmine, Orange Blossom, and Patchouli. All it takes is a tiny bit of this scent to do the trick as it is highly concentrated. This is a perfect gift for the BFF or sister-in-law as this fragrance will reflect her fun personality.

This set comes with a shower gel and body lotion to help the fragrance’s scent linger on longer!

Johnny Was Joanna Silk Scarf $68Johnny Was Joanna Silk Scarf

You can never go wrong with a beautiful silk scarf that can dress up a plain t-shirt. This gorgeous floral pattern design scarf is perfect for anyone looking to spiff up an outfit on the way out of the door. The tassels help keep the scarf in place by adding a little extra weight to the bottom.

Your creative mom or sister would love working this square-shaped scarf to create different styles and ways to wear it.

Custom Paw Print Ring $29

Custom Paw Print Ring from Etsy

Whoever said diamonds are a girl’s best friend probably didn’t own a dog (or cat). This next gift on the list is highly personalized, so it may be tricky to give it as a gift, but perhaps you can work with a roommate or spouse of the gift recipient to make things happen.

This custom paw print ring is available in rose gold, gold, and silver finishes and requires a scan or photograph of the animal’s paw print to be sent over to the Etsy store owner. This is definitely the perfect gift for any pet lover on your list!

Luxe Glass Pillar Holder $40.99

Sometimes candles are the gift you really don’t want to give, but you can’t think of anything else! Perhaps your gift recipient has a ton of candles, but nothing nice to put them in. I am a big fan of the ZGallerie store and I found this pure glass light-reflective candle holder that would look stunning at night holding a 3-inch (diameter) pillar candle. The holder measures 4.75″ in diameter x 9.5″H. The candle holder already comes with a gift box, so all you need to do is provide a card.

Tria Beauty Boosting Eye Mask Kit (Now $186 through 12/1)

Beauty Boosting Eye Mask Kit
If you hear a constant stream of comments from your friends or family members about how much they can’t stand their crow’s feet or fine lines around the eyes, the Beauty Boosting Eye Mask Kit is going to be an unforgettable gift! This palm-sized laser packs a powerful fractional laser to stimulate collagen, helping to diminish those pesky signs of aging.

The kit includes the best sleeping mask I’ve ever put on my face! The plush and luxurious mask keeps the light out while the copper-infused material helps keep the skin around your eyes looking fresh and rejuvenated.

Rifle Paper Co. for Anthropologie Garden Party Monogram Mug $14 each
Rifle Paper Co. for Anthropologie Garden Party Monogram Mug

These coffee mugs aren’t just any old mug, they’re personalized with a gorgeously gilded initial among a garden of beautifully illustrated flowers. Keep in mind that these mugs cannot be microwaved due to the metallic detail. This is perfect for your tea-obsessed friend or your boss that is always carrying a mug at the office.

Totally Bamboo Destination Cutting Board Collection $29.99 each

Totally Bamboo Destination Cutting Board CollectionI saw these cool cutting boards going around at several gift opening occasions and they were always a smash hit. These state-themed cutting boards make great gifts for just about anyone who entertains or the couples that love to cook. Also, if you need a gift for your secret Santa gift exchange, these are under $30! Oh, and they’re made of natural bamboo!

Ted Baker Crystal Bobble Matinee Purse $149Ted Baker Crystal Bobble Matinee Purse

My favorite wallet of all-time, the Ted Baker Solange wallet is definitely a gift for your fashionista friend who loves a bit of glam. The diamond bobble clasp at the top of the wallet is definitely the attention-grabbing part of the wallet that gives it charm.

Made in pure leather, this wallet includes 12 card slots with plenty of room for cash and coins. I get so many compliments on mine, and fortunately, there are several colors to choose from.

Tria Nourishing & Firming Deluxe Kit (Now $111, 40% off until 12/1)Nourishing & Firming Deluxe Kit

“What skincare products do you use?” One of the questions I am asked most. I absolutely love the Tria and Nuvesse Firming & Anti-Aging Deluxe Kit that includes 4 masks, a firming serum roller, a brightening Vitamin C Super C Moisturizer, and the amazing Priming Cleanser which works great before I use my SmoothBeauty Anti-Aging Laser.

Your skincare fanatics will love this skincare kit and may perhaps ask you to join them in having a girls’ night mask party!

JONATHAN ADLER x H&M HOME Porcelain vase $99 or Short Vase $129

JONATHAN ADLER x H&M HOME Porcelain vaseJonathan Adler, a U.S. potter, and designer collaborated with H&M to bring his modern glamorous aesthetic to the brand. These vases would make perfect gifts for your artist friends who want to bring a bit of New York City art into their homes. These unique vases will make a beautiful centerpiece for a coffee table or a modern kitchen window.

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Pumpkin Seed Oil

7 beauty products made with real pumpkin

This time of year, people everywhere go nuts for anything pumpkin spice–lattes, body lotion, candles, you name it. The problem that I have with it is, most of these products do not contain any real pumpkin. Because something is labeled “pumpkin spice” it does not mean it really contains the wonderful benefits of pumpkin. I decided to take a deep dive into the interwebs to search for beauty products with real pumpkin and pumpkin seed oil, and I’ll be honest, there wasn’t much to find, but what I did find looks very promising!

The benefits of pumpkin

If you are a skincare collector, like me, you will most likely have tried an enzyme mask that contains pumpkin. You may or may not remember a tingling or stinging sensation while using it. This is because pumpkin contains alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) that are known to increase cell turnover and works as a brightener. Similar to glycolic acid and lactic acid, pumpkin will also help slough off those dead skin cells and give you a smooth glow.

You will also be happy to know that pumpkin also contains antiaging antioxidants Vitamin A and C, which are famous for boosting collagen=plumper skin!

Pumpkin seeds are just as equally great for the skin, but play a different role. Chock full of essential fatty acids and Vitamin E, this oil has many benefits for the skin, including protecting it and regulating oils. PETER THOMAS ROTH Pumpkin Enzyme Mask Enzymatic Dermal Resurfacer

PETER THOMAS ROTH Pumpkin Enzyme Mask Enzymatic Dermal Resurfacer $60 for 5 oz.

Good for all skin types, this triple-action exfoliator uses pumpkin enzymes, aluminum oxide crystal, and AHA to reveal smooth and radiant skin. If you have enlarged pores, dull and uneven skin, this is your new best friend. Some Sephora customers say that they saw an immediate difference after using the mask. This product has almost 5 perfect stars on Sephora.com!
One Love Organics Botanical B Enzyme Cleansing Oil

This cleansing oil uses enzyme action and pumpkin seed oil to remove makeup and impurities. The oil’s cocktail contains zero parabens or synthetic fragrances, and no GMOs. If you have dry skin and seeking out anti-aging ingredients, you will love bringing this into your double-cleansing routine. You will still have to use a foaming or gel cleanser to remove any oil residue–especially if you use the SmoothBeauty Anti-Aging Laser.

Arcona Pumpkin Body Lotion 10%

If you have sun-damaged skin on your body, this lotion is for you. Infused with pumpkin extracts and glycolic acid to improve tone and elasticity of arms, legs, and anywhere you need help! Arcona uses no harmful ingredients, so you can feel confident that you aren’t using anything toxic on your body. A win-win!
Pumpkin Seed Oil

Pure pumpkin seed oil has powerful anti-inflammatory properties and is deeply hydrating. There is a long list of benefits including helping to promote hair growth by strengthening hair at the follicles and lessening stretch marks. For hair benefits, you can leave it on the scalp for 20 minutes for shine and prevent split ends. The product is currently rated 4.5 stars on Amazon!
Lush Handy Grurgu

Lush Handy Gurugu Hand Lotion $21.95 for 3.5 oz

If dry and cracked hands are your worst enemy during the colder months, you may want to check this out! This luxe hand cream contains peanut, cashew, almond and pumpkin seed butters, and soothing essential oils to moisturize dry, sore hands. A huge win for this product is that customers say it helps with their eczema. Plus, who doesn’t like going into the amazing Lush store?
Chargrin Valley Soap & Salve Company Pumpkin Spice Lip Balm
This natural lip balm is loaded with cold-pressed virgin pumpkin seed oil, an excellent emollient and moisturizer. Pumpkin seed oil is chock full of nutrients like Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, Vitamins E, A, and C, and it is rich in the mineral zinc. Pumpkin seed oil readily sinks into the skin, does not leave skin feeling oily and helps repair dry damaged skin and lips.
You can receive the benefits of this balm along with using the Nuvesse Firming & Anti-Aging Lip Serum Roller to combat wrinkles around the lip area.
Pumpkin Seed Oil Capsules
Loaded up with cardiovascular support nutrients, this pumpkin seed oil supplement contains two forms of Vitamin E, alpha-tocomonoenol, and gamma-tocomonoenol. Pumpkin seed oil is a source of zinc and phytochemicals, which helps promote urinary and prostate health in men as they age. Overall, the supplement contains a high content of healthy fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6, which provide support for cognitive function, brain development, blood-sugar metabolism, and healthy skin, joints, and connective tissue.
Doesn’t this list sound better than a pumpkin-scented candle? These healthy options are here all-year-round!

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Sheet Mask

Cold weather skincare tips for face and body

We’ve managed to creep right into fall right after summer kissed us goodbye a few weeks ago. All I can think about is how much sun damage I’ve incurred during my stay on Maui, where it seemed that my sunblock was useless! It’s time to transition into my fall skincare routine, which will focus on heavier moisturizer, fractional laser treatments at home, and a bit of body exfoliation. Oh yes, and don’t forget the sheet masks! I’ll share some of my skincare tips about transitioning your skincare treatments from summer to fall.

Let’s get right to it!

Moisturizer

Key ingredients for hydration

All of those mattifying and oil-controlling products may not need to be the center of your skin’s universe any longer. Once the cooler fall air arrives, the humidity levels drop and your skin becomes drier. Those gel and water-based moisturizers that you loved all summer are probably not going to offer enough moisture to keep your skin supple.

According to Dermstore.com, you should look for moisturizers and serums that contain hyaluronic acid, botanical oils, and ceramides that will help lock in moisture and create a protective barrier.

Your cleanser should not strip the natural oils of your skin. Your mild daily cleanser option should be good enough to remove your makeup gently and exfoliate using a natural exfoliant (no granules!) with moisturizing properties.

As for treatment masks, fall is the perfect time to stock up on those! The main ingredient in your mask should be hyaluronic acid, which works to bind more water molecules to help restore moisture to the skin.

Let’s dive deeper into some products to help you achieve your best skin during the dry seasons ahead!

Tria Priming Cleanser

Daytime Regimen

CLEANSING: If you use a foaming cleanser in the morning, you may be using something that strips the beautiful natural oils of your face. There are a few important things you need to know about cleansing in general: 10 seconds of scrubbing isn’t going to do you any good. Massage your cleanser into your face for at least 60 seconds. This gives the product a chance to work and helps soften the skin. My favorite gel cleanser for morning and night is the Tria Priming Cleanser, which is designed to retain your skin’s moisture while preparing it for laser or makeup application. It contains willow bark extract which is a gentle, natural exfoliant–and it will help combat dryness.

TONER/SERUM: Remember I mentioned ceramides? You will definitely want a piece of this action when you read more about it. Ceramides work as a natural skin barrier that protects you against environmental aggressors while helping you retain moisture. It sounds like a dream ingredient, right? The amazing serum toner DR. JART+ Ceramidin Liquid contains a 5-Cera Complex to keep your skin plump with moisture. With all the rave reviews about it on Sephora’s website, this looks like the perfect product to prepare your skin for your daytime moisturizer.

MOISTURIZER: You will need to keep up with your sun exposure protection during fall and winter, so invest in a product that is going to give you at least SPF 30 broad-spectrum protection. The Murad Perfecting Day Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30 / PA +++ is a good example of a day cream that will take care of sun exposure as well as providing anti-aging benefits with pomegranate and grape seed extracts.

If you would rather save some time applying your products in the AM, you will love a good tinted moisturizer. You’ll combat redness and discoloration while improving your skin at the same time with BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 30. During clinical studies, this cream improved hydration 215% after just one week of use!

EYE CREAM: Don’t you dare forget eye cream! The cooler weather also drains the moisture from the skin around your eyes, so be sure to apply the Tria Nourishing Eye Renewal Cream to prepare for makeup application and to hydrate the eye area. Also, it’s the BEST cream to use post-Eye Wrinkle Laser treatment–so soothing.

SmoothBeauty Lasers

Nighttime Regimen

If you read my previous blog post The Perfect Night Skincare Routine, you will know how important the nighttime regimen is.

CLEANSING: You will want to stick to your daytime cleanser and keep the suds gentle. You can use the Tria Priming Cleanser as a one-step cleanser to remove everything, including makeup. If you wear very heavy makeup, I swear by the Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm to get rid of long-wear foundations and concealers. You would use this balm first, then cleanse with your regular cleanser.

TREATMENT: If you’re over 30, it’s time to start stimulating your collagen production (it starts declining at age 25!) with the SmoothBeauty Anti-Aging Laser and the Eye Wrinkle Laser. You will need to commit to the face laser 5 nights per week, and the Eye Wrinkle Laser daily in order to see maximum results. It is like having office treatments done in your own home at just a fraction of the cost. These lasers are key to restoring a brighter complexion while reducing lines and wrinkles.

MOISTURIZER: You may notice slightly more dryness when using a laser, so you will need to amp up your moisture at night. The Super C Brightening Moisturizer is specially developed with a unique oil-based form of Vitamin C and Hexylresorcinol to brighten and absorb. It also contains hyaluronic acid, that magic ingredient that helps your skin cling to moisture! If the moisturizer isn’t enough to combat your drier skin at night, you can opt to use a toner or serum-containing ceramides (like I mentioned in the “daytime” section) prior to your moisturizer.

REN AHA Renewal Serum

Don’t Forget the Rest of Your Body!

Make sure to carry your toners, serums, and moisturizers down to the neck area and décolleté, especially after all of the summer sun exposure to your chest area. Make sure to get that SPF on the neck and chest during the day, you don’t want to cause any further sun damage! I personally carry my foundation down to the neck and chest to even the skin tone to match my face.

Your body needs exfoliation all year round, but now that we’re heading into drier months, the body needs more care than usual. There are a couple products that I love to use to buff away dead skin cells. For hardcore buffing, the Baiden Mitten has been a staple in my body care routine for years–the dead skin literally rolls off in the shower! Made from natural fibers, the mitten is a great maintenance tool that you would use 2-3 times per month to maintain your glow. For daily body care, I love the REN AHA Smart Renewal Body Serum that contains lactic acid and xylitol which draws water molecules from within the skin to the surface for extra hydration.

You should definitely take the time to pay attention to your body, although you may not be showing much of it in the cold weather!

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Tria Sleeping Mask Anti-Aging

The perfect night skincare routine for younger-looking skin

A good night’s rest is crucial for waking up to beautiful and regenerated skin. Your nighttime skincare routine is also an essential part of your skin’s well-being. Do you think that not removing your makeup and sleeping four hours is going to result in a lovely morning face in the mirror? I’ll explain why your night skincare routine is the most important part of your skin’s day, and what you can do to get started on a path to gloriously beautiful skin!

Beauty sleep is real

I can’t stress enough that your skincare routine does not end after you take your makeup off at night. Sure, it sounds convenient to rinse and roll into bed, but that is probably not going to be enough if you want to work toward glowing and youthful skin. Your skin deserves your time and effort, and the night time is the best time to relax and enjoy some TLC with your face. Lucky for us, Tria Beauty has everything you need for a complete night routine, which includes the SmoothBeauty Anti-Aging Laser for reversing signs of sun damage, fine lines, and wrinkles. 

Research shows that beauty sleep is a real thing–just think about the last time you slept less than seven hours. How did your face look when you woke up?  After a long day of working the daily grind, commuting, and helping the kids with their homework, your body (and face) needs a good rest to regenerate, and that means getting at least seven hours of sleep per night. Your cells are working overtime during these hours to renew, and you need to supply your skin with the proper nutrients as this process happens. 

Proper cleansingTria Priming Cleanser

I always start off removing my eye and brow makeup first. Getting that out of the way ensures that I won’t get any mascara or eye makeup into my eyes as I am cleansing. I prefer micellar water, like this one for all skin types from French brand Caudalie.  I saturate a cotton round with the micellar water and press it to one eye at a time to let it absorb for a moment. Then I use a gentle downward motion to remove the makeup completely. For any residue, I use a cotton swab dipped in the micellar water to remove anything stuck between my lashes. 

Next, I use the Tria Priming Cleanser to clean away my foundation, concealer, powder, and whatever else is lingering on my face at the end of the day. Since we will discuss incorporating the SmoothBeauty Age-Defying Laser in this routine, all of your makeup must be completely removed so there is nothing blocking the laser from penetrating. The Willow Bark Extract in the cleanser gently exfoliates while the moisturizing complex helps your skin retain your skin’s natural oils. 

It’s all about the laser

Tria SmoothBeauty Age-Defying Laser
Photo: @makeupby_av

This laser is going to change everything. In the beginning, you might notice a bit of dry skin or flakiness, so you want to make sure if you are using any type of prescribed Retin-A or tretinoin that you refrain from using it on the areas you are treating with the laser. Over-the-counter retinol is weaker and should be okay to use in conjunction with your laser treatments. 

The SmoothBeauty Age-Defying laser sends beams of light deep beneath the skin’s surface where collagen and elastin form, accelerating skin’s natural rejuvenation process. In a clinical study, 89% of users report that the SmoothBeauty Laser leaves their skin looking better than any other product. When the laser causes the skin’s natural healing response to spring into action, new collagen will form, and the skin will naturally exfoliate. 

In my personal experience, I saw a big difference in the texture and tone of my skin in four weeks when I used the laser five days per week. After twelve weeks, you can give the laser a break for four weeks, then return to your regular twelve-week regimen. 

Topical vitamins

Tria Super C Brightening Moisturizer
Vitamin C is your key ingredient to anti-aging at night! Tria’s Super C Brightening Moisturizer is formulated with an oil-based form of Vitamin C that is absorbed into the skin. This powerful antioxidant moisturizer works to protect skin against free radical damage without irritation. In a study, it was found that Vitamin C decreased photoaging, better known as sun damage, increased collagen, and also improved hydration. With the addition of hyaluronic acid, your skin will attract moisture, keeping your face hydrated during sleep. Just apply the moisturizer to your face, neck, and chest.

What about the eyes?

SmoothBeauty Eye Wrinkle Laser Regimen Kit

There is only so much that an eye cream can do. The customers who have tried the SmoothBeauty Eye Wrinkle Laser say that when combined with a good eye cream you will see crow’s feet and lines diminish within two to eight weeks and beyond. The laser will need to be used every single day as part of your beauty ritual. You will love the benefits!

After your eye laser treatment, you will want to cool it down and moisturize. The Tria Nourishing Eye Renewal Cream is expertly formulated with Hyaluronic Acid and Ginger Extract to soothe and hydrate laser-treated skin, and age targeting boosters to help smooth the eye area. This is a must-have eye cream if you are using the laser! The metal tip adds an extra coolness that feels very calming. 

Nite niteTria Sleep Mask

Of course, the next course of action is to hit the hay. I recommend that in order to get a good night’s sleep, to wear a sleep mask to keep the light out (or husbands that check email in the middle of the night on their bright cell phones). The copper-infused Beauty Boosting Eye Mask is going to do a couple of things for you while you sleep: keep out the light, and reduce lines with copper. Copper is an essential mineral known to enhance skin appearance for a healthy, youthful glow. The mask has a thick layer of padding and feels very luxurious! 

This nighttime routine may sound like a lot for some people who are not used to spending time in front of the mirror. If you are serious about anti-aging and keeping your skin glowing, then you need to trust the process. The total time for using the lasers is about ten minutes when used on the highest setting, so we’re really not taking more than fifteen minutes for the entire process. The more you invest in your skincare time, the better results you will see. 

If you have any questions about our products, please feel free to reach out to us at customercare@triabeauty.com or find us on Instagram: @triabeauty 

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