PMD: Personal Microderm System

Keeping your skin healthy all year-round is key to having a great complexion. However, if you are putting on moisturizers, serums and balms on top of layers of dead skin, you are wasting your money and your time!

Exfoliating is super important. By removing that dead layer of skin at the surface, your skincare products will penetrate into fresh skin layers and really do their job. My favorite way of exfoliating, and I mean, truly removing the flaky skin at the surface, is with my Personal Microderm or, PMD, an at-home microdermabrasion system…

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I love the convenience of using my PMD in my own home. I don’t have the hassle of making any appointments or deal with the expense of a spa. I use my PMD once a week. However, it only takes one treatment to notice a HUGE difference! You know that term ‘soft as a baby’s behind’? That’s how your skin will feel after using the PMD, EVERY TIME! So, instead of just softening the dead, flaky skin, you are revealing the new skin underneath that is primed to drink in your favorite moisturizer and reveal smooth and soft skin while buffing away fine lines and cleaning out pores.

With the PMD set, you get 7 planers. These are the sanding pads that gently remove the dead, dull skin. I start off using the practice disc as it is the most gentle and it does everything I need it to do. There are larger discs for larger areas such as your heels and elbows and, discs with heavier grit.

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While you stroke the PMD across your dry skin, the head is actually vacuuming up the flaky skin. I like this for two reasons: One is that there is no dust flying around while I am using it and two, this vacuuming action also stimulates the skin which promotes more blood flow and creates healthier skin.

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Using a microdermabrasion system can be very intimidating at first. I am glad that the company thought to include a DVD in the system to take you step-by-step through the process. After one use, you’ll see how easy it is and look forward to creating your own results right in your own home. Besides having immediate results, I like getting the full effort of my skincare products.

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This isn’t something you can breeze through without looking in the mirror, I should mention. This is a serious treatment and you want to create the best outcome so, don’t get in a hurry. Enjoy the process as it is quite soothing. The PMD has a loud hum to it and it changes when you have created a successful vacuum as you plane across your skin. Start off with clean, dry skin and being planing on the smoother, flatter surfaces of your face, like right under the puffy part of your cheeks. Once you get accustomed to the upward motions, you can start working around your nose and by the chin area. I can get very flaky in the inner crease of my nose area and it’s very gratifying to microderm this area and see those flakes disappear.

The PMD plugs into an outlet, with a rather long cord and, maintenance of the unit itself is very simple. For the cost of just one spa microdermabrasion treatment, you can own the PMD for life. Right now, they have a 10% discount, store-wide, at their site. I totally recommend you get one and start your New Year with New Skin!

 

This product was sent to me for review. These are my own, honest opinions and results.#pmd #personalmicroderm  @pmdpersonalmicroderm

Lumene: Dry Skin Comfort Radiance Cocktail

Lumene is a skincare brand that I don’t read much about. However, there needs to be more talk about this awesome company, in my opinion! I have used a couple of their products and have loved them. Today’s post is on their Vitamin C+ Dry Skin Comfort Radiance Cocktail…

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First, I want to say that you can find Lumene at Walgreens and, that’s where I make my purchases. I paid about $15 for this product. You can also find it online and CVS.

I was drawn to this serum because I am working hard on keeping my skin moist. Once Fall became cold, the skin directly under my eyes and the tops of my cheeks become so dry that the skin feels very taunt. After reading the package, I thought I’d give it a go and see how it works for me.

I’m happy to say that Dry Skin Comfort Radiance Cocktail is a godsend for my dry skin. After washing my face at night, I used this serum next. While, my skin didn’t totally drink it in immediately, it kept my skin soft and I didn’t feel any uncomfortable, tight skin afterwards. I actually liked that the Cocktail was slow to absorb yet, it didn’t leave my skin feeling slick or greasy. Just refreshingly soft.

Lumene uses plants that grow in the arctic region due to their hardiness. This Radiance Cocktail has cranberry and cloudberry seed oil in it that is known for soothing extremely dry skin. The added Vitamin C+ helps turn over the skin cell replication to keep your complexion bright. You can use this on your driest spots but for me, I used it all over my face and neck.

There is only a slight fragrance to this serum that seems crisp like a citrus note. But, it doesn’t linger for but a couple of seconds once you have it on your skin. This is a thick serum that you do need to shake up in the bottle to mix before you dispense. And, it only took about three drops for me to cover my face and neck.

So, do I like Lumene’s Vitamin C+ Dry Skin Comfort Radiance Cocktail?…

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Here’s my latest bottle and it’s all gone. I recommend this product to those that have normal to dry skin and those that know that their face can tolerate Vitamin C serums.

Have you tried any Lumene products?

Toss or Trash: November 2014 Part II

I’m clearing out and making room and, I love it! I’m finishing up lots and lots of products. These nail polish remover pads from L.A. Colors were awesome!…

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Even though it states that they are strawberry scented, these still smell like nail polish remover. But, if they are not the hardest working polish remover pads, I don’t know what is! I actually had to use about two to three per removal only because they are rather small but, this formula didn’t dry my cuticles out one bit. I’ll pick up more when I can find them.

With no doubt, my hair has gone through a huge change since leaving Florida and moving to Colorado. I’ve been trying lots of different moisturizing products in my quest for soft tresses….

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I was lured into thinking Tresemme’s Liquid Gold Shine Therapy would make my hair shimmery-golden. Not really. And, it didn’t give me any moisture either. The only thing it did do was keep my hair from becoming overly frizzy. However, Bath and Body Works White Citrus Shower Gel is still one of my favorite BBW fragrance. And, their washes never dry out my skin. That one I’ll replace.

I was giving this Avon lipstick sample with my last order of Moisture Effect Eye Makeup Remover (one of my very favorite eye makeup removers and I highly recommend). Take a look at what the sample looks like after just ONE try…

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The product is so soft that it just mushed up! Trust me, I’m not a Messy Marvin with my makeup but this was ridiculous.  I think the name is ‘Pink Flush’ but I don’t know which line it is from. As much as I love the color, this lippie not only had a problem staying in the tube, it roamed around my lips as well! Too messy so, I threw it away.

Earlier this summer, I got this free sample of Urban Decay’s Vitamin Infusion Complexion Prep Spray. Sadly, I just didn’t find that this spray added anything to my skin. My pores didn’t seem to be minimized nor did my makeup become less shiny throughout the day…

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My makeup didn’t seem to, noticeably, last longer, either. If you have used this, I’d love to know what your experience has been.

I’m really on a roll using up products. I’m looking for bottles and tubes that are almost used up and grabbing them to finish eyeing a spot for them in the Toss or Trash feature. In my quest to find such items, I discovered a bottle of Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength LIne-Reducing Concentrate I had. I have just finished up my last bottle and knew I trip to Kiehl’s was in order. However, finding this backup bottle saved me almost $60 that I didn’t need to spend! Plus, I found a couple of bottle of Suave body lotion that I caught on sale earlier this year so I didn’t need to replace any of those.

What was the last beauty product you used up?

My Winter Pajama Flannels Inspired My Manicure!

I know I can’t be the only one this has happened to. I picked a polish color, along with a glitter top coat and, it matched my jammies!!! Please tell me this has happened to you…

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This is what I came up with using Cult Nails’ ‘Kiss My Rose Bud’ with Pure Ice’s ‘Santa Merry Me’.

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‘Santa Merry Me’ is one of Pure Ice’s newest Winter glitters and it’s pretty! ‘Kiss My Rose Bud’ is a matte pink that set the perfect background for this pairing…

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So, when I cozied up in my flannel jammie pants (and, a fuzzy top, of course) and did my nails…

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I guess I was subliminally inspired to create this pink Wintertime manicure…

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I have done a manicure, more than once, only to discover that it matches something I’m already wearing and I wasn’t even trying to do a match. Please tell me that you’ve done this too so I don’t feel totally weirded out!

Toss or Trash: November 2014

I have been on a ‘use whatcha got’ kick rather than a ‘buy everything’ mode. Admittedly, there is a lot of satisfaction in this!

Some of my motivation has been finding a shampoo (and conditioner) that will give my hair moisture for at least two days. And, since my hair has been dry, it has also been breaking. So, between using ultra-moisturizing conditioners, I have been using Suave’s Natural Infusion Anti-Breakage Shampoo…

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I bought the accompanying conditioner of this, as well, however, I use up conditioners much faster. While I didn’t get the max of 95% less breakage, I did see a reduction. And, while this shampoo does work, it didn’t seem to do much in the way of adding moisture to my locks. Once I get a better handle on my hair retaining moisture longer, I believe the breakage will cease.

Along with finding a shampoo and conditioner combo that moisturize, I have been refraining from using hair spray or, at least a spray that doesn’t dry my hair out. Since I am self-employed and work alone, sometimes I can go all day without even needed to wear makeup or go beyond a ponytail for a hairstyle. But, since I have been growing out my bangs, I have needed a touch of hairspray to keep my hair out of my eyes. I have been using Dove’s Style & Care Strength & Shine Extra Hold Hairspray…

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Even though this is the ‘extra strong’ strength, I didn’t find it to be so strong that it made my hair stiff or crunchy. There’s virtually no fragrance to this so for those that may be sensitive to fragrances, you might consider trying this one. I don’t know that I saw my hair having enhanced luminosity but, it didn’t dull my hair either. And, I didn’t find Style & Care to be overly-drying to my hair. On the other hand, I don’t think it added moisture either. I would repurchase this hair spray just because it didn’t out and out make my hair feel dried out.

One type of beauty product I don’t have lots of is mascara. Probably because I can be really fickle with all other types of beauty products but I stay close to a select three different mascaras. I was trying out Covergirl Lash Blast Luxe after reading positive reviews on it…

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While I did find the brush to work very well, the product itself, dried up quicker than my other mascaras. If you look closely, you can see that some of the spikes on the wand are not even coated with the product. I don’t feel that this tube lasted as long as most. However, there isn’t an easy way to find out if I even bought an old tube. It could have been on the shelf for a long time before I purchased it.

As I stated, I don’t switch mascara brands very often. However, if presented with the opportunity to try Lash Blast Luxe again, I would just because I did like how the wand performed.

Earlier this year, I was working as a merchandiser for Unilever and I received Degree Clinical Protection antiperspirant/deodorant at a regional meeting…

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The ‘Stress Control’ fragrance was one of the newer fragrances at the end of last year. I was excited to try this one. Even though the ‘clinical’ type of deodorants are more expensive and, there is less product in these compared to the regular stick deodorants, I found that the clinical protection truly does work better. They have twice the amount of active ingredient.

The last photo of the deodorant shows not only how the product is delivered but also, this is all used up. There isn’t any more product to dispense. Of course, I rotate about three deodorants at a time so, I didn’t get caught without any. However, do keep in mind that you can’t quite tell when this product is about to run out. I have replaced it because this is my current favorite deodorant.

How have you been doing with using up beauty products rather than making new purcases? What’s your favorite deodorant?

Facial Wipe Wednesday: Aveeno Ultra-Calming Makeup Removing Wipes

For this installment of Facial Wipe Wednesday, I went looking for something that was known to be soothing and gentle to skin. In the last installment of Facial Wipe Wednesday, I reviewed Target’s Up and Up facial wipes and I didn’t have a good experience at all. Up and Up made my face sting and it hurt! So, I looked for a brand that would be kind to my skin. I found it with Aveeno…

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I was instantly drawn to the words ‘calming’ and ‘gently soothes’. That was exactly what I wanted. I’m happy to report that Aveeno’s Ultra-Calming makeup removing wipes did exactly that.

Do you remember when you used to buy products that you’d use on a daily basis and they would have a 30 counts? Well, I think companies are being not-too-sneaky and lowing the counts on items so as to not raise the prices…

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Nevertheless, I did find Ultra-Calming wipes to be totally efficient at removing my makeup. As I have stated in other posts, I don’t have sensitive skin but I wanted to find something that gave my face a nice ‘ahhhh’ after wiping off my makeup. These Aveeno wipes are ones that I would recommend to my sensitive-skin friends because it was that gentle…

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After using a wipe, I found that following up with a toner wasn’t necessary, although it is something I do to test how well the wipes hold the grime. These Ultra-Calming wipes held onto the makeup it was removing and didn’t smear it around my face. Now I’m even gleeful!

These wipes were standard size and had a gentle texture to them…

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A list of the ingredients didn’t yield anything that made me concerned. I know that aloe, feverfew and cucumber are soothing to the skin…

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The opening was a plastic rim and that usually is good enough and, my preferred type of opening for wipes. Aveeno did have a peel top inside the rim, however, I left it in place just for the extra sealing…

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Here’s what I do know: Aveeno Ultra-Calming facial wipes ARE calming. They do the job and they do it very well. I didn’t feel that my skin was totally stripped of all its moisture but I didn’t feel any type of residue left behind. They are just a tiny bit more expensive than some other wipes but, at $5.99, I feel they are fairly priced. I did pick mine up at Target when they were on sale for $5.49.

Again, Aveeno is a brand known for being gentle to skin. Their Ultra-Cleaning makeup removing wipes hold true to that proclamation.

Have you tried Aveeno wipes before? What other Aveeno products do you recommend?

Eclos: Moisture Therapy Regenerative Cream

One of my favorite skincare brands is one that doesn’t get a lot of promotion. I have only seen a small ad of Eclos by Freeman Beauty only once. I’m very happy that I stumbled across it. I bought a sample pack of Eclos almost 2 years ago and have been in love with it since. Here is Moisture Therapy Regenerative Cream, full-size, that I just finished up…

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Eclos proclaims a lot of healthy skin benefits. What I know for sure is that my skin loves this stuff. A medium-weight moisturizer with only a slight herbal smell, I use Regenerative Cream as a morning moisturizer. Without tightening my skin, I can feel this cream soaking into my skin and softening my fine lines.

I’m very impressed with the list of ingredients in this moisturizer as most of them are from plants I know…

DSCF0006Combined in a high-potency product, the focus of Regenerative Cream is to not only slow down the aging but also keep skin from sagging, brighten it and hydrating it as well. I can recommend this moisturizer to my sensitive skin friends because, just as important as what is in it, is what it doesn’t have. Check out the list below…

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I purchase my Eclos products at Walgreens however, you can purchase them online and at Ulta.

I’m sorry I didn’t get a photo of the actual cream itself. Have you tried any Eclos products?

 

News From The Vanity

Hi! No reviews today. However, I do want to share some interesting, cute and worrisome things that have happened around the Pink Vanity this week.

Let’s get the worrisome right out of the way. I reviewed the Holiday 2014 Wet N Wild Fergie Beauty University Palette here. You can read my review but, in a nutshell…I didn’t like it at all. So, I did something that I have rarely done; I took it back to Walgreens to get my money back. I knew I wouldn’t use it. That was about a week ago. I was in Walgreens a couple of days ago and, I saw that on the display I got the palette from, there were two palettes. Each display comes with only two palettes to begin with. I had a feeling…

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I checked both boxes and this one, above, had the seal on the box broken. I didn’t take it any further than that. I’m just thinking that the palette I returned got put back on the display! I saw some of the same factory assembly scuff marks on the box like the one I had purchased.

I live in Denver and we have been breaking 100-year-old cold temperature records. Luckily, the weekend before, I got out all of my winter clothes. I found a scarf that had this tag on it…

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Since the scarf was made in China, I get it. However, it seems odd that a scarf would have LEAD in it to begin with!!!

It has been about 16 months that I have been in my condo and am now just getting motivated to put my prints and paintings on the wall. This print is from a fairy calendar I had years ago. I liked it so much that I got it framed. If I remember correctly, it’s called ‘The Fairy Wedding’…

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As I mentioned before, it’s really cold here. Look at these two cats on my couch…

 

snug as a bug catsThat’s Libby (yes, this is HER blog!) and her real brother, Sebastian. They do not like this cold weather whatsoever! As a side note, the quilt to the left is a handmade one from my dear Aunt LaVer. She gave that to me as a Christmas gift in 1979!! That quilt is still used today, as you see, and has held up like IRON…or should I say polyester!!! I love it!!!

Tell me, how your week has been going?

 

Revlon’s PhotoReady Eye Art: Topaz Twinkle

How have Revlon PhotoReady Eye Art shadows come in under the radar? I went to Rite Aid to pick up the Snowman polishes (only to find out that they are the same colors they had last year!) and found a display with these new products…

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I don’t know how I missed reading anywhere about the PhotoReady Eye Art shadows because I would have been on a hunt PRONTO for them! I exercised EXTREME restraint and only purchased one. This is Topaz Twinkle …

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And since there were approximately 10 different colors, I picked Topaz Twinkle because there was only one left of that shade. Now, you might, rightfully, ask yourself, if this one is THAT pretty, I wonder if other colors like blue, green, black, and others are as pretty…

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I will save you the wondering. They are. I’m waiting for a sale! This was almost $10 at Rite Aid and, I see them for $8.98 at Walgreens.

One end, has the metallic-like shadow and the wand applicator is bendy, and you know, I liked how easy and gentle that made the application. The other end that has the glitter, it’s a pointed brush that allows for plenty of product pick-up…

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In the meantime, here are swatches of Topaz Twinkle to lust over…

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I wore my PhotoReady Eye Art shadow with and without eye primer. It was actually good both ways. I got a little bit more mileage with a primer so, that’s how I’m going to continue to roll with this product. I also used the glitter part as an eyeliner, over a couple of Urban Decay pencil eyeliners, over Beauty From The Earth mineral shadows applied foiled as eyeliners and, I used it all over the Topaz cream shadow. I loved it all! An interesting side note: when I apply the glitter, it has a very cooling sensation. I am thinking it may have some sort of alcohol component that allows for it to dry quickly and add to cohesion that creates that cool temperature feeling.

Photos fail, extremely, to show the metallic look of the cream shadow and, the very sparkly goodness of the glitter. This is one product I can’t wait for Santa to arrive to put it in my stocking. I’m going in for early self-gifting!

Have you spied Revlon’s PhotoReady Eye Art shadows? Which one(s) did you get?

Amazing Grunge: Sally Girl Polish Pairs Up With Cult Nails

OK, I’ll admit this is more of a Halloween look than a Thanksgiving look. However, my goal was a Fall look. And, I’m quite OK with the turnout of this manicure. It was fun to pair up these two…

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Cult Nails polishes are my ‘go to’ polishes to find a base color for glitters. I know Cult Nails polishes are practically hassle-free for me. Like purchasing Profusion and L.A. Colors palettes, Sally Girl polishes are a low-investment to try something new…

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The mixture of lime, black and blue bar glitter intrigued me. I am in the ‘love bar glitter’ camp. There are many polish lovers that don’t care for it at all. As for me, I think I like ALL polish glitter!!!

Cult Nails’ Grunge is anything but grungy, in my opinion…

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Both, Cult Nails and Sally Girl performed awesomely…

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It almost reminds me of a tweed-like pattern. What can I say…I’m a sweater girl!

I know you love Cult Nails! Do you like the affordability and fun-factor of Sally Girl polishes? I catch Cult Nails sales when they are on pre-order so, I get them for around $8-9 a bottle. I have a Sally’s card and, I got Amazing for about 88 cents.