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Friday, December 9, 2016

Laser Vs. Non Laser Skin Treatments.

Are Lasers the Best Fixes for Skin Problems?

When it comes to skin problems, we all tend to develop them with age, and none of us really want to deal with them. That's why, if you have some sort of skin issue, you might be tempted to try the first quick fix you can find. Lasers are certainly near the top of the list as far as go-to skincare procedures are concerned, but are they always the best answer? Well, that all depends on the exact question.

Are Lasers a Good Substitute for a Daily Skincare Routine?
The short answer is no. There are no good substitutes for a daily skincare routine. It might help to think of your skin as if it is a pet, and think of laser treatment as taking that pet to a vet. The less you care for it now, the more “vet” trips you will need to take later. That's why you should establish a daily routine that keeps your skin as strong and healthy as possible.

Of course, there's only so much that great daily skincare can do. Even if you moisturize, exfoliate, and always wear sunscreen, blemishes and wrinkles may eventually develop. So, there may come a time when laser aesthetic equipment could come in handy. But other skincare methods shouldn't be ignored.

Are Lasers Better Than Chemical Peels?
One such other skincare method is a chemical peel. That's a process by which chemicals are used to remove dead skin cells and other debris from the top layers of skin. But is it better or worse than a laser treatment? Well, in what way?

Laser peels are typically less uncomfortable than chemical peels. They're also less invasive. Your skin will generally recover faster from a laser peel than it would from a chemical peel. So, in that sense they are better. However, in the sense of immediate, long-lasting results they are a bit worse. You might need several laser treatments to do the job of one chemical peel, in fact.

Any sort of peel-like skincare procedure, including microdermabrasion, does come with some risks. So, there really is no good or bad answer. It all depends on how many risks and how much recovery time you want to deal with versus how fast you want to see results and how drastic you want those results to be.

Can Lasers Treat Problems Below the Surface?
Another common question people ask about laser procedures is do they all impact the surface of the skin? The answer is no. Many lasers actually treat problems below the surface that you can't see. Some of them even do so without damaging or altering the top layer of skin at all. They are called non-ablative laser treatments, and they are no less important or effective than ablative procedures. They just heal the skin in a different way. Namely, they trigger chemical responses in the body that cause it to make more collagen, which binds the skin cells together, creating a tighter, more smooth appearance.

Remember that, much like the various types of peels, there are various skincare procedures that treat skin cells you can't see too, not just lasers. Sound wave therapies are among the most popular. They are no better or worse than non-ablative laser treatments, but you might be a better candidate for one than for another. It all depends on the nature of your skin problems and what your skincare clinician recommends based on your skin type.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Glam Morena. My PR policy may be viewed here.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

My November Favorites.

I'm sharing my monthly favorites a lot earlier this time around. You can check out my past monthly favorites here. I discovered some great beauty, skin, and makeup products during November. Winter is right around the corner, so it's time for me to switch up my skin care routine and also my fragrances.

Be sure to watch the video for close ups and swatches of each product!

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream: I loved the original version of this product and was excited to see a new version available. This one is for extra-dry skin. It really keeps my skin fresh and hydrated. This is definitely a must-have product for me during the Winter season.

Pixi By Petra Rose Oil Blend: I use 1-2 drops every morning. The oil really helps to keep my skin moisturized and smooth. This oil also smells really nice!

Pixi By Petra Glow Tonic: I like to use this product at least 3 times a week. I apply this product with a cotton pad directly after cleansing my face. My face looks so much brighter and refreshed after using it. It also helps to softly exfoliate my face.

Gucci Bamboo Eau de Parfum Rollerball: Gucci Bamboo is a floral scent, but it also a slight warm note to it. This is more of an every day scent for me.

Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Eau De Parfum Wild Edition: A limited edition version of the YSL Black Opium. The fragrance bottle is gorgeous! I love how warm this scent is, but also still a great balance of sweet and floral.

ColourPop Brow Pencil - Black N' Brown: This is a great, affordable brow pencil. The shade is perfect for my brows because it's not too dark and also not too light. The only downside is that it is not retractable.

Make Up For Ever Pro Light Fusion Highlighter - 2 Golden: A gorgeous, gold highlighter ideal for medium to dark skin tones. It has a gel-powder formula, which is one of my favorite formulas for a highlighter. The highlighter gives a gorgeous glow without leaving an unnecessary amount of shimmer on your face.

Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color - Nude Nuance: The perfect pinky-brown for my skin tone. The formula is that of a true matte, but also a very creamy formula.

Lena Lashes Matte Liquid Lipstick - Jason: One of my favorite vampy berry shades that I own. The formula is super matte and lasts a while without retouching.

ColourPop Lippie Pencil - Dukes: A matte vampy shade that goes great with a lot of my berry, vampy, and red lipstick shades. It's very pigmented and you could wear this all of the lips as a lip color.

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip - Notion: Run and get this shade right away! It's such a lovely reddish purple. The Lippie Pencil in Dukes is perfect to pair with this color.

Lime Crime Velvetine - Saddle: I love a brown lipstick and this one is currently my favorite. It's a rusty brown. I love the hint of red this color has.

Lime Crime Velvetine - Bloodmoon: A vampy red is a must for me. This limited edition shade is definitely a true blood red. I suggest using this with a coordinating lip liner though.

What were some of your favorite products from November?

Disclaimer: Octoly provided the YSL fragrance for review consideration. My PR policy may be viewed here.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Popsugar November Must Have Box.

Popsugar sent me their latest Must Have Box for the month of November. You can check out some of the past boxes here. Popsugar Must Have Box is a monthly subscription that costs $39.95, but if you use code SHOP5 you can save $5 off your first box! I love this subscription box because it features full-sized home, beauty, and food products. Be sure to click here to learn more information or to sign up for a subscription.

A sneak peek at what's inside the November Must Have Box!

Pehr Chambray Runner Wine
Retail Price: $44.00

AJ Goods Nest Wire Bowl
Retail Price: $35.00

Oogie's Gourmet Toffee Butter Popcorn
Retail Price: $2.99

Kendra Scott Elaina Rose Gold Bracelet in White Pearl
Retail Price: $50.00
Meri Meri Star Party Picks
Retail Price: $8.00

Stowaway Cosmetics Dawn To Dust Palette
Retail Price: $25.00

I really enjoyed the November Must have Box. I'm happy that each item is something I would use or have a use for. The total value of this box is $164.99! That is a pretty awesome value for only paying less than $40 for a subscription box.

Don't forget to sign up for your own Must Have Box!

Disclaimer: POPSUGAR sent me this Must Have Box to try. My PR policy may be viewed here.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Tutorial: Easy Holiday Glam.

The holiday season is here and Thanksgiving is literally right around the corner! I filmed a really, easy makeup tutorial for this current holiday season. This look is perfect to wear during Thanksgiving and also during Christmas. The eye look can be worn with a variety of lip shades, but I've paired this look with a terracotta lip. Keep scrolling to see how I achieved this holiday inspired look!

Be sure to watch the makeup tutorial to see how I achieved this look!

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer
L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation - Classic Tan
Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Crème - Deep 31
Kat Von D Lock-It Setting Powder
MUFE Pro Sculpting Face Palette - 40
NYX Matte Bronzer - Deep Tan
ColourPop Blush - Bardot
Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops - Candlelight
Looxi Beauty Highlighter - La Belle

Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer
Too Faced Shadow Insurance Glitter Glue
Looxi Beauty Eyeshadow - Durty
Looxi Beauty Eyeshadow - Pharoah
Looxi Beauty Eyeshadow - Spiced
Looxi Beauty Eyeshadow - Nirvana
RCMA Translucent Powder
Revlon ColorStay Liquid Eye Pen Ball Point - Blackest Black
Duo Lash Adhesive Dark
Creme False Lashes #805
Pixi By Petra Lengthy Fiber Mascara - Black
Pixi By Petra Lower Lash Mascara - Black

Make Up For Ever Aqua Lip - 7C
Lime Crime Velvetine Matte Lipstick - Saddle

Thursday, November 17, 2016

My October Favorites.

October flew by so fast! The products featured in this post are my top favorites from the past two months. I made a lot of product discoveries last month and also during September. I'm always happy when I find products that I can see myself repurchasing in the future. Be sure to keep scrolling to see what some of my favorite products were.

Be sure to watch My October Favorites for my thoughts and swatches of the products!

Bed Head Curlipop 1" Spiral Styling Iron

Soap & Glory Smoothie Star Body Buttercream
Tree Hut Moroccan Rose Shea Sugar Scrub

L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation - Classic Tan
L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte 24HR Foundation - Creme Cafe
MUFE Ultra HD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation - 173 = Y445

ColourPop Blush - Bardot
Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops - Candlelight
Jouer Powder Highlighter - Topaz
Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit - Ultimate Glow

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eye Shadow Palette
Pixi By Petra Lengthy Fiber Mascara - Black
Pixi By Petra Lower Lash Mascara - Black
Revlon ColorStay Liquid Eye Pen Ball Point - Blackest Black

Avon True Color Perfectly Matte - Marvelous Mocha
Jouer Long-Wear Lip Creme Liquid Lipstick - Tawny Rose
Colour Pop Ultra Satin Lip - Baracuda
Colour Pop Ultra Matte Lip - Love Bug
Coloured Raine Matte Lip Paint - Red Sea
ColourPop Lippie Pencil - Poison

What was one of your favorite products from August?
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