Smooth…

So I am wondering… do you ever look into the mirror some mornings and just think ‘if I could smooth this spot out and make my pores look tiny again?’

I’ve got one spot on my cheek that make me occasionally wish I could just have my own personal microderm fairy available for days like this?

Well, I have found something that’s close… and ‘she’ won’t require her own bedroom or eat your all your favorite food… it’s Dr. Brandt’s Pore Dermabrasion Pore Perfecting Exfoliator, aka. ‘the large pore eliminator.’ With a blend of professional-grade physical and chemical exfoliators, this creamy wash deep cleans pores to slough away the excess oil and impurities that enlarge them. Salicylic acid breaks up oil and debris and encourages the shedding of dead skin cells to boost clarity while hyaluronic acid maintains moisture levels to keep your skin from drying out and flaky patches from forming.

How to use… First of all, I dampen my skin with water. Slowly and gently I massage for 1 minute avoiding the eye area this allows 1-2 minutes to activate and deep clean pores. Then, be sure and rinse well and pat dry. Use 1-2 times per week, allowing 3 days between applications otherwise I think you would find this very drying to your skin.

Check out other reviews on Dr. Brandt’s site and you, too, will be amazed.  Yes, there are price points on there, but you only need to use a little!

Be smoother… and smile!

Happiness looks gorgeous on you” – Pintrest

IPL Hands

Look!  I did it!  Yes, I did.

What am I talking about? Well, my good friend, Ana, had the age spots removed on her hands a few months ago by her doctor and the look of her youthful hands made me want to try IPL Hands which is offered at my dermatologist as well.

What is IPL you ask?

Intense Pulsed Light is a technology where light is converted into heat energy.
Treatments are like a very powerful camera flash lamp being held against your skin, and a little more I would say.

The process is quite simple.  Your practitioner will cleanse the skin on the top of your hands, then give you safety goggles to wear.  The handpiece is then moved across the hands ensuring all areas are covered, and the treatment takes around 20-30 minutes to complete. Once this is finished cool packs are applied to the skin followed by aloe vera gel and sun protection.

After your treatment, you can expect to see some redness, darkening of brown spots, and light swelling. These symptoms will resolve in several hours to one week. Painful? Yes, for about an hour after the treatment, but then things calm down and I used a small ice pack for a few hours.

I will say this process was interesting to watch as you see the improvement each week.  I was told that the hands only require one treatment and after that to be mindful to use sunscreen on my hands every day after that and especially at my nail salon before I use the light to dry my gel nails.

I would recommend this treatment to anyone who has age spots and wants their hands to look youngish again.  You do have some pain and downtime, but it’s quick and shortlived…. Now… If I could just get up from the table without my knees popping! Oh well…..

 

Highlight Your Glow

If you have been reading Wrinkle Me Not for a year or more you KNOW how I love the ‘glow’ year round, but especially once the season changes from winter to spring.  If you are in the northeast reading this blog you probably think I am crazy.  I truly apologize.  I know the weather over the last month or two has been cold, snowy and just plain dreadful.  But, here in Texas today, we are going to top 88 degrees.  You see, we don’t go from winter to spring here – we jump right into summer!  Last weekend we still had the heater on at night, but today its a/c and plenty of it.  The golf courses are busy and so are the plant centers.  I have worked all morning on planting flowers and cleaning up the beds.  But I regress…

Yes, I love the glow!  I was at Nordstrom yesterday during Triple Poin weekend picking up my Glow pads from DDG Skincare, but also got some beautiful highlighters  – one in a compact by Anastasia and one by Hourglass, which is a cream.

Vanish Flash by Hourglass is a highlight stick.  It goes on creamy so you can spread it on your cheeks, forehead and nose.  It comes in 5 shades – Champagne, Pink, Gold, Rose Gold and Bronze.  I picked up Champagne and Pink!

And! I also got the Amrezy Highlighter from Anastasia which I must sayI love, my friends. The limited edition highlighter is an illuminating powder that achieves the perfect glow. With the feel of second-skin, this ultra-smooth formula delivers a radiant finish and reflects a light, brilliant gold.

But let me say this.  If you have dry skin the cream is great and its staying powder is the best.  I think once summer gets here (and that may be tomorrow here) and it’s in the 90’s to 100, I will probably skip the cream highlighter and go with the staying power of the powder.  Though I must say I love the versatility of both products.

Of course, you still need to add the glow factor! Always Girls!

If you see someone without a smile today, let them borrow yours! – Pintrest

Let’s Twirl!

If you see me twirling… it’s for one of two reasons.  My Dallas Cowboys have won their football game or I have just found my next favorite beauty product.  Oh how I wish it was my Cowboys, but alas, it is spring and we are months away from a football game.

So!  Here’s my news and I must, MUST share it with you.

As many of you know I am a huge fan of the Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel Pads.  I have used them for over 5 years and never miss a day without my ‘peel’ so you can imagine my delight with the introduction of DDG Skincare’s Alpha Beta® Exfoliating Moisturizer!

When skin is renewed through exfoliation and then replenished with intense hydration, the effect is synergistic.  I can actually SEE and FEEL my hydrated skin, refined texture, and improved appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The patented blend of Alpha Beta acids in this pore-refining formula accelerates cell turnover and lifts away surface dullness. This exfoliating action allows moisturizing ingredients to strengthen the moisture barrier and deliver hydration where skin needs it most, for up to 72 hours.

This moisturizer can be used in the morning and evening. I massage a small amount into my clean, dry face, neck and décolleté. For optimal results I use it right after the Alpha Beta Peel Pads which can be in the morning or evening depending on how fast I ‘rise and shine’ each day.

Packaging states to give this new product about 4 weeks to see results, but I promise you WILL see them. Then, you can twirl with me!

A Smile… is the best makeup any girl can ever wear. – Pintrest

I Feel Pretty!

The following is a Guest Post by my dear friend, Linda Thurman.  Thank you Linda for joining our circle!

Years ago I had the privilege or working with Lancome’s leading make-up artist & creative director, Ross Burton.

One season he did a red line which included red blush in both powder & cream formulas.  By this time I’d worked in the industry long enough to know that while the colors were startling, they would probably look great on the face.
It wasn’t long before the cream formula became my personal favorite because it lasts and it doesn’t have the drying appearance of powders.  The red looked great on most complexions, giving them the subtle rosy glow that children have & we long for.
A bit over a year ago I ran out of my stockpile and vainly tried to find a cream blush in that shade.  Finally I resorted to using a lipstick.

Fast forward to an article about Gabriela Hernandez in the London Daily Mail.  (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5372637/Besame-Cosmetics-creates-historically-inspired-make-up.html)
Ms. Hernandez has developed this elegant line of colors based upon the timeless colors of the 20th century from the 1910 – the early 1960s and combined with the technology of today.

Who doesn’t remember the simple elegance and beauty of our stars like Claudette Colbert, Lucille Ball, Kathryn Hepburn, Dorothy Lamour, Rita Hayworth, and Loretta Young to name a few?  While beautiful, these women were no fragile, fainting flowers.

After reading the article, I had to look up Besame, which means “kiss me” in Spanish.  I’d say “big mistake”, but I loved what I saw.  And, glory be, Besame offers a red cream blush, or as our mothers & grandmothers would have said, rouge.
I was also intrigued by the scents she offers, each based on the popularity of the scents of a particular decade.
In short, I ordered the blush, Vanilla (translucent) Brightening Powder (which doesn’t doesn’t look cake-y on the skin), and a sample of the scents.

I couldn’t be more pleased with the products and will be ordering more.  The price point is great, they have great pigment, wonderful quality, and if they are scented, the scent is natural, not chemical, and so light that I don’t notice it (a must for me).
All of the products are designed & made in the US.

To read about Besame and see their line, here is the link:  https://besamecosmetics.com/

“I feel pretty, oh so pretty…”

Be My Glowing Galentine

So my sweet Galentine, do you have your Valentine ‘glow’ yet?  We know it is not coming from the sun these days, so it’s time to grab the perfect skincare duo to help us out a little. Gotta glow on Valentines’ Day, right?

With the day for love just days away, this is the perfect time to pick up some Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pads.  I love the look it gives under my foundation!

Plus! My new love is Alpha Beta Glotion for Body which means you can actually ‘glow’ from head today right in the middle of winter! Love it!

Alpha Beta Glotion is a self-tanning body moisturizer that gives your skin subtle, streak-free radiance and a firm, youthful appearance. Its formula gives you glowing results in as little as 1-3 hours. Note the ‘streak free’ description because it will do just that.  No streaks!

After you apply your ‘glow’ pad, wash you hands thoroughly and then smooth this lotion evenly over clean, dry skin morning or night daily or as needed.  Again, wash hands after application. It will make your hands orange, but not your face!

Happy Valentine’s Day to you!

Smile. Spread the love wherever you go! – Pintrest

 

Thanks Pux

Well, as most of you know Punxsutawney Phil the most famous animal in the US on February 2 saw his shadow today! Since he saw it, he regards it as an omen of six more weeks of bad weather and returns to his hole. I sure wish it had been cloudy.  I don’t know about you, but I am sooo ready for spring.

While we continue to wait for spring, I wanted to share another favorite product of mine.  PerriconeMD Cold Plasma – face.  I’ve used Cold Plasma for awhile now and Perricone refers to it as one of their cult favorites.  It had a very unpleasant smell but did work well.   So I got a sample marked ‘new’ before Christmas and the smell is much much better and as always goes on my skin so well. This is an advanced serum concentrate that targets your skin’s individual needs to deliver visible and personalized results, both now and over time.  This serum in not in a bottle, but a jar so you must apply carefully.  It is filled with powerhouse ingredients, including Copper Tripeptides to improve the appearance of firmness and elasticity, Vitamin C Ester to reduce the look of dark spots and restore radiance, while Omegas 3, 6 and 9 promote smoother, more supple-looking skin.

What is does is smooth the appearance of lines, wrinkles and uneven texture, visibly corrects discoloration, redness and uneven skin tone and lifts and firms skin’s appearance. Many of us will see that it transforms dullness into beautiful, youthful radiance which is something we all want to achieve… especially in the winter months.

So, now I’m wondering if Pux makes predictions for the Super Bowl this year… After all, he lives in a hole in Pennsylvania so I am betting he’s an Eagles Fan!   Only thing I can say to that is – go Cowboys!!

Just have fun.  Smile.  And keep putting on lipstick! – Pintrest