Laser Hair Removal for underarm hair

Where laser hair removal works best

Wondering if you can use laser hair removal all over your body? While from a technical vantage point you certainly can, there are some areas where hair removal lasers work best.

Laser hair removal is a safe and effective way to permanently get rid of hair from the bikini area, underarms, legs, arms, and even from the face. And as luck would have it, these are the same areas that most people address when they turn to laser hair removal. Read More

Best of Beauty 2021

Our editor’s best beauty picks for 2021

By Tria Beauty Editor Krista Robyn and Beauty Influencer Courtnei Lee

If you keep up with beauty trends and launches, it felt a bit relaxed in 2021 when it came to new beauty on the shelves. This might have been due to factory shutdowns and slower production due to COVID-19. This year, I decided to focus on my skincare routine, wear less makeup, and appreciate my natural beauty (most of the time!). I focused my shopping on staple products rather than wasting money on trendy palettes and sets that pile up and create more bathroom clutter. I also looked for brands that were eco-friendly and helped create less waste for the planet.

For this best beauty list, I collaborated with fellow beauty enthusiast, Courtnei Lee, who loves a good beauty find just as much as I do! We’ve rounded up our top beauty products of the year that we just couldn’t live without!

Krista’s Top Beauty Picks

Tom Ford Neroli Portofino Eau de Parfum – Travel Size Atomizer $65

Tom Ford Neroli PerfumeOn a trip to Bloomingdale’s, I stopped at the Tom Ford counter to take in all of the beautiful scents the brand has to offer. They are all unique, ranging from ultra feminine to some serious deep woods and tobacco masculinity. I found the perfect one for me – Neroli Portofino, which is a gorgeous blend of Italian citrus, florals and amber. The price point threw me off as the full size 3.4 oz bottle is $360 before tax. I nearly walked away pouting, but the sales associate introduced me to the travel size atomizers that were $65, and I was definitely onboard with that price. Now, if you do the math, you save money per ounce on the bigger bottles, which is the case with most perfumes. I did not want to commit to the larger bottle since I hardly have an occasion to wear fragrances with COVID still looming.

Another awesome thing about this scent is that I can wear it all year without it being seasonal. This bottle is the perfect size and price for someone dreaming of luxury fragrances without shelling out a fortune. Another tip is to take advantage of Bloomingdale’s Klarna payments offering, where you can make small payments each week until the item is paid off. I was lucky enough to have my atomizer engraved at the place of purchase with my name so that it is personalized just for me!

Natasha Denona Macro Tech Eyeliner Crayon $24

Natasha Denona Eyeliner PencilFinding a good black eyeliner is like finding a needle in a huge cosmetic haystack. What I look for in a quality pencil liner is longevity and something easy to apply. A staple product in my smokey eye look is a good black pencil liner that I can blend or wear in my waterline without it running down my eyes.

After many years of searching and trying liners, I discovered the Natasha Denona eyeliner pencil in Black. It’s creamy and highly pigmented, and draws out like a dream. If you’re looking for alternatives to black, they have a really beautiful burgundy shade that is trendy this year, and a nice warm brown.

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Diamonds Lipstick $34

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Diamonds LipstickI own a lot of lipstick and glosses, but I assure you that it is nothing like this next product. I was looking for something super glam to rev up my current lipstick shades, but I did not want a sticky gloss to wear under my COVID mask. The texture of the Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Diamonds Lipstick is soft, yet does not leave a texture behind that would transfer into my mask.

This gorgeous shimmering golden lip color can turn any lipstick shade that you have into a glimmering glam look as it has many micro sparkle pigments to transform your looks. I tried this lipstick over a dark burgundy and I could not stop looking in the mirror!

 

Drybar Double-Shot Blow-Dryer Brush $150

Drybar Double Shot Dryer BrushWith hair that won’t stop frizzing no matter what the humidity levels are, I was forever needing to heat style my hair with a curling iron after drying my hair. As you can imagine, it was very time consuming to blow dry my hair and then heat style it. I’ve owned a few blow dryer brushes before, but the one from Drybar is the best I’ve tried hands down!

This oval-shaped blow drying brush dries and styles my hair at the same time while taming any frizz, leaving my hair looking like a fresh blow out every time. I could not be happier with my hair! My tip to you is to invest in a really good heat protector spray, because the brush gets very hot.

Makeup Eraser Puff 5-Piece Exfoliator Set $15

MakeUp Eraser PuffsThis next item may seem very simple, but these MakeUp Eraser Puffs are little life savers and are my green pick of the list! I use these puffs to remove my makeup (works with or without soap), exfoliate and you can also apply toner with these! These puffs do so many things, there is no need to buy cotton balls or makeup rounds ever again. Each puff has lasted me a few months with proper care, and my trash can is no longer piling up with cotton waste.

The set of 5 comes with a laundry bag so you can toss your puffs into your wash with ease. These should be part of any makeup lover’s skincare kit!

Ok, Courtnei, it’s your turn! I’ll turn it over to her to share her ‘can’t live without’ products for the year!

Courtnei Lee’s Top Beauty Picks

It was a year of chaos for all of us, and it was definitely a challenge to stay on top of beauty, especially working from home! These are my top 4 beauty products that saved me in 2021!

Jubel Naturals Daily Dew Oil

Jubel Naturals Daily Dew Moisturizing Oil $34

I actually found out about the Jubel Naturals brand through a collaboration, and I’m so glad I did! This all natural, vegan, cruelty-free skincare is incredible! I have dry/combo skin and this beauty oil brings back moisture in such a gentle soothing way. It leaves my skin feeling hydrated, repaired, and ready for the day!

Tria Beauty 4X Hair Removal Laser with Courtnei LeeTria 4x Hair Removal Laser $459

I honestly can’t say enough about this powerhouse device. As a trans woman, lockdown was extra scary as my laser appointments were shut down as well. Thank God for Tria and this amazing device coming to my rescue! It’s so simple, so convenient, and the only form of basically painless hair removal I have found.

 

 

 

 

CL Essentials Cover Your Sins FoundationCL Essentials Cover Your Sins Foundation – C$39.99 – in Canada

This foundation formula is one of my greatest possessions. Whether you’re having an unexpected Zoom call, or need to run out to get groceries after a day of drinking, this foundation has you covered. It’s moisturizing, full coverage, is smooth as silk, and never leaves you feeling caked. Best of all, I offer worldwide shipping on my website!

 

Olaplex No. 0 Intensive Bond Building Hair Treatment $28

Olaplex No. 0 TreatmentWe all had our quarantine hair moments whether it was a touch up dye job, full bleach out, or a regrettable bang experience. We all tried to be our own stylist and our hair is feeling it! I was dyeing my own hair constantly, and this product was my life saver. I’m pretty confident I would be rocking Charlie Brown bald right now if it weren’t for the bond building treatment. This product is easily applied via spray bottle, and completely saved my hair structure. 10/10 would recommend.

 

Well, that about wraps up all of our best of beauty products for 2021! We hope you have an amazing New Year and stay safe!

4X Hair Removal Laser Holiday Kit

Holiday gift ideas from Tria Beauty

Tis the season to be merry, jolly, and don’t forget the holiday gift shopping! I know it can be stressful to shop these days, especially with stores closing or retailers only allowing a certain amount of customers inside. Thankfully, Tria has great gift ideas for your gal pals, sisters, moms, and yes, even the men in your life! I’ve curated a nice list for holiday shoppers who prefer the ease of shopping online for beauty and self-care–no gas or standing in line required!

(Pricing may vary due to holiday promotions)

Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X Holiday Kit – Best value!

Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X Holiday Kit A lot of ladies and gents have been eyeing the 4X Hair Removal Laser all year long, and now’s the time to get the best deal on it when bundled with the Soothing Gel and copper-infused sleeping mask. This kit includes the InStyle award-winning 4X Hair Removal Laser, which is perfect for anyone wanting to permanently remove hair from their legs, underarms, and for men, it even works on chest and back hair (with a lovely assistant to help with placement!).

The kit also includes our own Soothing Gel pre-treatment product that feels cool to the touch and helps minimize the sensation of the laser zaps. I also love it as a post-shaving treatment since it cools down the irritation that my skin sometimes gets. The copper-infused eye mask is my lifesaver when it comes to getting proper beauty sleep. I wear this plush mask every night to block out the light, and it also serves as an anti-aging mask to help reduce lines. It’s easy to wash! Just toss in the machine and it is as good as new.

What I love about this kit is not only the savings, but you are getting a total bonus gift when you order. You will receive three full-sized skincare gifts valued up to $230! Now those would make great stocking stuffers, or you can stuff those in your skincare drawer for yourself!

Tria SmoothBeauty Holiday KitTria SmoothBeauty Holiday Kit

If you’ve had experience in a clinical setting having fractional laser treatments done on your face, you will probably know that it is costly, time-consuming, and during quarantine, sometimes impossible to have done! Luckily, Tria’s SmoothBeauty Laser uses the same fractional laser technology that the clinics use, and at a fraction of the cost. Doing your own laser treatments at home is convenient and hassle-free. If you are in the market for anti-aging products and you want something to boost your routine, this is your product!

In our SmoothBeauty Holiday Kit, you will also receive the copper-infused sleeping mask, which is amazing for blocking out the light as well as treating fine lines around the eyes. As a bonus, you will also receive three mystery skincare gifts–full size! Perfect for stocking stuffers or trying them out for yourself!

Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X Deluxe Kit

Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X Deluxe KitIf you are just interested in the hair removal laser itself, I highly recommend purchasing this device along with the Soothing Gel in the Hair Removal Laser 4X Deluxe Kit. The Soothing Gel is the perfect companion to the laser, as it pre-treats the skin before the laser session and helps keep the skin calm and cool during the treatment. I have done laser sessions without using the gel and I noticed a big difference in how the laser felt on my skin. I also use the gel after the treatment to give myself one final soothing touch. Since the gel is not available as a standalone product, your chance to buy it is only within the Deluxe Kit.

Tria just launched the Luxe Grey color of the laser, which makes the perfect gift for the men in your life! Keep in mind that the laser is approved safe for men to use from the neck down.

Deep Hydrating & Brightening Regimen Mask KitNuvesse Deep Hydrating Masks

If you are a fan of sheet masks, you will really love these! The Nuvesse Deep Hydrating & Brightening Mask Kit includes a full month’s worth of masks and a rollerball serum to touch up between your treatments. These luxurious masks are packed with nourishing hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and aloe vera. The serum infused within each mask instantly plumps your skin visibly improving tone and texture. I just love the serum rollerball for daily use before my moisturizer to give my skin an extra pump of a moisture boost. This kit makes a great gift for anyone who is a skincare fan, and they will definitely be hooked on these masks!

SmoothBeauty Eye Care KitSmoothBeauty Eye Care Laser Kit

This small but mighty laser uses the same technology as Tria’s SmoothBeauty Laser for the face, but this device is specially designed to use under the eyes. The SmoothBeauty Eye Care Kit is your complete kit for at-home treatment for crow’s feet, fine lines, and wrinkles. When used daily as part of your skincare routine, the laser boosts the collagen under your eyes to help plump up those fine lines that we see as the first sign of aging. Since moisturizing is important while using fractional lasers, this kit comes complete with the Tria Nourishing Eye Renewal Cream, which helps to soothe the treated area and calm the skin’s redness that it may experience after lasering.

This makes a perfect gift for tired moms, business professionals that work late, and anyone that wants younger-looking eyes!

Happy Holidays and happy shopping! Stay safe and healthy.

To find out more about Tria and its products, please visit the website or take a look at reviews on our YouTube Channel!

Tria SmoothBeauty Laser

Anti-aging skincare routine for crow’s feet, eye wrinkles

We all age differently–some of us see the first signs of aging around our mouth or eyes, and some of us seem to wake up suddenly with a face full of lines. I definitely started seeing my first signs of aging under my eyes when I turned 40, and I knew that the eye wrinkles cream I had been using for over 10 years wasn’t going to perform a miracle. I needed something more! When I discovered the SmoothBeauty Laser combined with good skincare products, I noticed those pesky lines that bothered me are now a thing of the past!

Let’s dive into this effective skincare routine that is customized just for those crow’s feet and the area under the eyes.

How does non-ablative laser work under the eyes and on crow’s feet?

Tria’s SmoothBeauty Laser uses non-ablative laser technology to help promote collagen production, which aids in smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles (yes, crow’s feet!) under the eyes. This laser device works by delivering a beam of light that promotes cellular renewal. The laser sensation does feel like a bit of heat, but it is not uncomfortable if you work your way up from level 1 to 3. I prefer to use my laser at night due to the redness that may occur after the treatment. I do treatments for 8 weeks (at least 5 days per week) and then take a 4-week break and do another 8 weeks (then repeat the process).

Within a 2-week period, I noticed the fine lines on the outside of my eye area were basically gone! The smoother area under my eye creates the perfect canvas for applying my concealer and powder, without creasing up or settling in the lines. With the help of the laser, the collagen production that results will fill in the lines and smooth out the area without the use of fillers or Botox, and without making appointments at a clinic.

 

Skincare routine

To calm redness and to relieve any dryness that may occur after laser treatments under the eyes and on the face, Tria has specially formulated skincare products to not only calm and soothe the skin, but to help you maintain your daily anti-aging routine.

Immediately following your nightly laser treatment, use a hyaluronic eye cream that will soothe redness and cool down the area before you sleep.

To really rake in the benefits of your laser, the use of our Nuvesse Tired Eyes, Puffiness and Dark Circles Regimen Kit will give your eyes an extra boost of anti-aging power if used once per week. This eye mask kit also contains a serum roller that you may use daily under your eye cream treatment. The eye masks contain vitamin C, hyaluronic acid and camellia seed oil significantly increase hydration brightening the look of dark circles and diminishing the look of fine lines and puffy eyes. These work great right before a special event and help concealer look smoother.

 

 

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?