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HD Beauty: Age Reverse System Review

IMG_8345Two weeks ago I had the pleasure of having the most amazing facial at HD Beauty, The Skincare Boutique with the owner and Master Esthetician Melanie.  If you didn’t read about it, check it out.  After my facial she sent me home with an amazing gift bag of goodies including the HD Beauty: Age Reverse System a regimen that helps diminish the signs of aging and increase luminosity.  Which my skin could absolutely use and I decided I would try it out at home and see if my skin would continue to look amazing even after my facial.

I did take a pre-facial, no makeup picture before going in to the skincare boutique, so that I would be able to compare pre-treatment and post-treatment and for all of you to decide if my skin looked better.

The HD Beauty Age Reverse System has been developed by Melanie and are part of her own skincare line, that is a cosmeceutical skincare line.  She has several skin care systems and collections in addition to individual products that will help many different type of skin care concerns.

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(Photo Courtesy of HD Beauty, The Skincare Boutique)

The Age Reverse System is 3 Easy Steps.  Step 1: is HD Pure, a gentle cleanser.  Step 2: HD Revitalize C-Serum 7 in 1 Rejuvinator, an anti-aging serum which improves brightness, texture and pores.  Step 3: HD Perform Multi-Complex Creme, an antioxidant moisturizer to reverse and prevent visible aging changes.

I have been using the system both in the morning and evening.  I love how the cleanser really cleans my face but it is a light cleanser so it doesn’t feel heavy afterwards.  The Serum 7 has a satin feel so I do have to say it is my favorite part.  In the morning I also add the HD Sunscreen on top of the moisturizer which Melanie was so kind to give me a sample of that.

After a week and a half of using the products, I immediately have noticed that my face is much more hydrated and the spots on my face where my skin was so dry it was flaking, and yes before I went to HD Beauty, The Skincare Boutique, I was using a moisturizer daily and it was not helping.  My foundation is going on so much cleaner and smoother, which proves the point good skin makes makeup application much easier.  Another skin problem that I have is mild acne, a few key places that they pop up and that has diminished, and I could not be happier.  Also my line in between my brows, which drives me crazy looks better!  And I did not have botox, yet!

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(Photo Courtesy of HD Beauty, The Skincare Boutique)

Curious about your skin type?  What could help your skin?  You can take the Skin Care Quiz and learn more or Melanie does offer Virtual Consultations and you can chat one on one and ask her questions, which is perfect if you are busy during the holiday season but need a professionals help.

An Oasis in San Diego: HD Beauty, The Skincare Boutique

I had the pleasure of finding an oasis in the midst of San Diego County, a relaxing getaway that will make you feel beautiful inside and out.  Where is this oasis, you might wonder, right off of Rancho Bernardo at HD Beauty, The Skincare Boutique.

The spa is peaceful and quiet from the moment you walk in and the owner Melanie White is not only warm and inviting but a Master Esthetician.  However, let’s start at the beginning, before you go to the spa, she offers a Skincare Quiz that is only a few minutes long and asks questions so she knows a little about your needs and concerns prior to your facial and it also gives you a diagnosis about the type of skin you have.

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(Photo Courtesy of HD Beauty, The Skincare Boutique)

I answered the skin care quiz about my skin issues however, I went in to see Melanie with no makeup on, which never happens, and knowing that as much as I love makeup and good skin is the best key to makeup application, I am not the best about caring for my own skin.  When it comes to my clients I will help and give tons of tricks and referrals but my own is not as cared for.  So, I was worried that I may be a little more work and trouble for her.

IMG_8333 (1)When I walked in the spa I loved how fresh and serene the atmosphere was.  A sitting area and product displays for you to look at.  I immediately was open about not having a facial in a while and that I was going to need all the help she could give me, and she smiled and told my not to worry that she could help my skin and I would immediately see results after leaving my face in her skillful hands.

She told me to go in the treatment room and put on the half robe and get comfy in the bed and all would be IMG_8336taken care of while I relaxed and enjoyed some me time.  The treatment room is a mix of light pink and white, tremendously clean and inviting.

Melanie and I chatted like girlfriends, but I was curious about her background and immediately could hear her passion when we were talking about the HD Beauty, The Skincare Boutique.  We instantly bonded over makeup artistry as she began in makeup and worked for several major brands for many years.  She told me that as much as she loves makeup that helping people with their complexions and correcting their skin was her calling.  She has state of the art equipment for her clients and gives her clients customized facials that are never the same for them or for others.  Melanie also worked with doctors for years and has developed her own skincare line HD Beauty, that is a cosmeceutical skincare line.  Her really focuses on the needs of her clients and corrrecting issues they may have.

My Custom Facial:

  • Cleanse – Melanie cleansed my skin to prep it and to examine what her professional eyes saw that I would need and asses what my skin was in need of.
  • The next step was a Mandelic Peel. Which is a type of alpha hydroxy (AHA) peel, it was to help with my pH Balance and because it is a gentle peel it is  perfect for people with acne-prone skin and rosacea.  My skin tingled in a good way for a few minutes during this part of the treatment.
  • Melanie could not have known but I love pumpkin scents and the next step was a Pumpkin Peel Masque to help refresh my skin.  Pumpkins contain a naturally occurring fruit enzyme with high levels of proteases, which exfoliate dead skin and clean pores of debris.  Perfect for my very dry skin.
  •  Steam was next on the menu and I relaxed
  • Melanie decided that the Apple Stem Cell Scrub was next in the facial cocktail she was creating for me. By stimulating aging skin stem cells, this apple plant extract has been shown to lessen the appearance of unsightly wrinkles and a tremendous ability to rejuvenate aging skin.
  • After the scrub it was more steaming and extractions for my face.
  • HD Beauty Toner was then applied.
  • A Phytosome Mask Treatment was then applied and while that was on it was 15 minutes of the LED PhotoFacial .  I was so curious about this part of the treatment.  LED is a gentle light therapy treatment that helps increase collagen, treat acne, even out the complexion and diminish fine lines and wrinkles.  It can be used in place of an IPL treatment and far more cost friendly and gentler.  For me it was like laying out on a tropical beach and repairing my skin at the same time.  Melanie also told me that she uses this LED light treatment regularly and that 10-15 minutes can make all the difference for skin.
  • With a custom oil Melanie created she gave me a Lymphatic Massage.  The Lymphatic System is part of your immune system and carries a fluid which is essential om fighting sickness in your body.  Besides what one may think of soreness, swollen glands it can effect your skin in the way of being itchy or dry.  I had no idea but thank goodness Melanie did.
  • Sadly to say the last piece of the custom facial was the Blueberry Recovery Mask, it was to hydrate, condition and soothe my skin.  The final step in helping my skin get to a radiant glow.

IMG_8345Melanie sent me home with an amazing gift bag of the HD Beauty: Age Reverse System a regimen that helps diminish the signs of aging and increase luminosity.  Step 1: is HD Pure, a gentle cleanser.  Step 2: HD Revitalize C-Serum 7 in 1 Rejuvinator, an anti-aging serum which improves brightness, texture and pores.  Step 3: HD Perform Multi-Complex Creme, an antioxidant moisturizer to reverse and prevent visible aging changes.  She also added a sample of HD Defend SPF 15, an HD Beauty chapstick and the “True Beauty comes from within” baseball cap which I already have worn out and love.

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(Photo Courtesy of HD Beauty, The Skincare Boutique)

HD Beauty, The Skincare Boutique is more than just a spa that you get a facial at, it is an experience from start to finish with a Celebrity Esthetician who is passionate about her clients skin and making it look amazing on the way out and helping you keep it gorgeous long after.  I am so excited to go back and see Melanie for another custom facial and my skin is a million times better.  From the girl that has mild roscea, flaking skin in some areas, lines and a few wrinkles and a little acne.  Like I said I needed an expert to help me, I have been other places and never seen results like this that last more than a day.  Book a session at HD Beauty, The Skincare Boutique and check out her amazing skincare line as well.

HD Beauty, The Skincare Boutique

16486 Bernardo Center Dr, Ste 120
San Diego, California 92128

(619) 838-5353

Stay tuned for a Follow up post about the products and how my skin is doing after a week of using the HD Beauty: Age Reverse System.

 

 

 

 

4 Beauty Must-Try Products Discovered At The Makeup Show Orlando

The Makeup Show Orlando brought together 50 plus beauty companies and 30 keynote orlando Logo line insidespeakers comprised of celebrity and theater makeup artists in a pro makeup artist event. There were brands that are household names and new makeup companies hitting the scene. It was an overwhelming and amazing trade show that I had the pleasure of being at. That said, I tested and tried out many new products and some favorites in new colors. These are the five must-have products that I saw at the show that you need to know about.

 

The Multiple by NARS  

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(Photo Credit: NARS Cosmetics)

I am a fan of NARS cosmetics, however I had never seen the Multiple.  This multiple purpose stick is perfect for use on cheeks, eyes, lips and body and has a creamy texture so it is easy to apply, blend and comes in multiple shades so its uses are endless.  It is the perfect travel companion as it is compact and cuts down on products in your travel bag.  The three colors that I fell in love with are South Beach (Light Shimmering Apricot), Copacabana (Pink Pearl Highlight) and Portifino (Shimmering Coral).

 

Eve Pearl Flawless Face Palette 

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(Photo Credit: Eve Pearl Cosmetics)

I was so lucky to once again have the pleasure of learning tricks from the Emmy Award Winning Eve Pearl of Eve  Peal Cosmetics.  A few years back I fell in love with her salmon concealer and still find it to be amazing for my clients and myself.  This year I was introduced to her Flawless Face Palette.  The Palette contains 2 HD Foundation Shades, 2 Salmon Concealer Shade, 1 HD Cream Blush, 1 Mattifier/Eye Primer and 1 Illuminator.  The palette gives you great coverage, perfect for any skin type and gives a matte finish.  This palette makes it so easy to have everything you need all at your fingertips for a fresh face.

Bdellium Tools: Studio 729 Duet Fiber Bent Mascara Fan 

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(Photo Credit: Bdellium Tools)

Finding great mascara and getting the perfect lashes is always a mission of mine.  Part of achieving that perfect look comes with the told that you use.  I came across a fantastic way not only to apply mascara but the tool that will make it so easy and not only for the top lashes but the lower lashes as well.  The mini mascara fan with a bent angle by Bdellium Tools.  The bent angle will give you a clean application and easy to maneuver all the way to the lash line and root.  The thin fan helps keep the mascara from clumping.  Try it and you will find better than a mascara wand.

Moyou London Nail Art 

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(Photo Credit: Tracie Rosales)

Ever want to do nail designs but you find that you can not do anything complicated and it ends up looking more like a pinterest fail?  I know that feeling, so I was super excited when I came by and saw this Moyou London and the stamping nail art.  It is a process that uses engraved steel image plates and a silicone stamp to transfer the designs to your nails in only a couple of minutes.  They have hundreds of plates and  thousands of images  to choose from.

Make Your Own Soothing Makeup Remover

olive oil and coconutLooking to try a natural makeup remover with only 2 ingredients?  Here is a recipe that is so easy!  What makes this mixtrue work is the oils dissolve makeup and grime.

Makeup Remover

  • 2 Tbsp Olive oil
  • 1/2 Tbsp Coconut oil

Mix ingredients in a bowl.  Swipe over face with a cotton pad and rinse off with warm water.

Make Your Own Sugar and Honey Body Polish

honeyHave a girls night in!!  Here is a great all natural recipe to make your own body polish.  This one is great as the Greek yogurt and brown sugar contain alpha hydroxy acids, which dissolve dead skin.  The sugar granules give extra smoothing, like a scrub.  Olive oil and honey lock in moisture.

Sugar & Honey Body Polish

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp Honey

Mix ingredients together in a bowl and rub the paste on clean, damp skin for a minute and rinse.

SinfulColors Summer 2015 Collection: ‘Street Fusion’ Review

This summer, SinfulColors transports you across the globe with an on-trend collection of 29 hues that reflect the brant and eclectic chaos from around the world.  The fusion of saturated cream shades and dazzling neon appliques channel the pulsating energy of a summer evening.  The offbeat blend of spicy reds, oranges and cooling blues are perfectly paired with henna appliques and foil tips.  Juicy purples and pinks complement new matte glitter toppers that add a fashion-forward flair while graffiti-inspired splatter glitter topcoats capture the diverse and rebellious vibe of street art.

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24/7: Our hottest pink                                   

Black On Black: Dark-as-night black

Boom Boom: A pop of hot pink                   

Cherry Blossom: Metallic petal pink

Cinderella: An illuminating pastel blue           

Copper Pot: Glistening gold                         

Courtney Orange: Opalescent tangerine       

Curry Up: Iridescent lime                    

Daredevil: A pop of neon pink                         

Dream On: A brilliantly induced boysenberry     

Endless Blue: A deep wave of cobalt             

Fuji Fiji: Holographic silver glitter

GoGo Girl: Sleek & sexy candy-apple red         

Hazard: The creamiest of corals               

Hottie: Clear azure blue twinkling with silver      

Island Coral: A tropical burst of clementine

Keira Blu: Dazzling indigo                                  

Lavender: The perfect purple-y gray

Let’s Meet: Luxe lemon yellow                           

Love Nails: A gleaming turquoise            

Maroon Fine: High-shine metallic copper         

Mint Apple: A creamy teal with a touch of shimmer

Otaku Anime: Bright yellow with extra sheen     

Pink Ansen: Jagged glitter in punchy pink

Skylark: Opaque peach

Sky Tree: Sparkling teal                        

Snow Me White: Bright white

Sugar Sugar: Red-hot red

Why Not: A clear sky blue

PINATA BLAST GLITTERS

Baila Baila: Clear based peach & royal blue confetti flecks

Fierce Fiesta: Multi-hued red, pink & yellow confetti

Mamasita: Indigo splashed with ruby & white glitter

(Photo Credit: SinfulColors)
(Photo Credit: SinfulColors)
HENNA APPLIQUES
Foiled Again: Lustrous rose gold appliques

Henna I Do: Tribal-inspired delicate appliques

(Photo Credit: SinfulColors)
(Photo Credit: SinfulColors)

NEON APPLIQUES

Hot Tips: Pop-art pink and vibrant purple appliques

Neon Splat: A graffiti-style blend of electric neon appliques

Swirl: Color-blocked bright yellow, pink & violet appliques

I was fortunate enough to be sent five nail polishes from the collection; Let’s Meet, Endless Blue, Island Coral, Sugar Sugar and Neon Splat applique.  The colors are vibrant and stunning in person as they are in the photos.  The polishes go on smooth and to get the most vibrant color, I would recommend two coats of the non-glitter formulas.  The specialty glitters are perfect on top of a color or wear alone.  A great buy!

The SinfulColors Street Fusion is available for $1.99 each at Walgreens, Rite Aid and other mass retailers!  Want to be in the know follow SinfulColors on Facebook or Twitter.

SinfulColors Spring 2015 Collection: ‘Catch Spring Fever’ Review

Say Hello to SinfulColors Spring 2015 Collection!  Bid farewell to the winter blues!  It’s time for rebirth, rejuvenation and freshness this spring.  Catch a little spring fever for Spring 2015 with SinfulColors.  Burst out of your winter nail rut with a comprehensive collection of 24 bold, vibrant and unexpected shots of color that capture three major nail trends of the season.  Traditional, soft pastels get an invigorating update with creamy shimmer and glitter.  Mood boosting zesty oranges, bright yellows and greens invole an energizing palette of citrus-inspired colors guaranteed to invingorate your nail awakening.  And calm blues, purples and teals are enhanced with iridescent toppers that make for a decorative and decadent take on classic shades.

(Photo Credit: SinfulColors)
(Photo Credit: SinfulColors)

Spring 2015 Collection:

  • Cloud 9: Perfect Orange
  • Cream Pink: Bubble gum pink
  • Energetic Red: A classic fire engine red
  • Feel The Vibe: A bright splash of juicy orange
  • Gold Medal: The perfect metallic gold
  • Innocent: Green apple
  • Let’s Meet: Luxe lemon yellow
  • Let’s Talk: Royal purple
  • Nail Junkie: Sparkle-infused aqua
  • Navy I Do: True navy blue
  • Sail La Vie: Cerulean sea blue
  • Savage: A matte turquoise that pops
  • Tempest: A subtly seductive purple
  • Thimbleberry: A crushing shade of coral
  • Why Not: A clear sky blue

Opalescent Trend Toppers:

  • Flight To See: Prismatic plum
  • Prized Plume: Iridescent peacock-feather blue
  • Sheer Flight: Bejeweled emerald

Bright Jelly Toppers:

  • Horizon Shine: High-shine crimson red
  • Ring The Belini: Metallic tangerine
  • Zest Of Times: Lustrous magenta

Specialty Glitters:

  • Flower Power: Baby pink speckled with white & fuchsia
  • Petal Be The Day: Royal blue and purple confetti
  • Standing Bloom Only: A creamy mango with magenta flecks

I was fortunate enough to be sent five nail polishes from the collection; Feel The Vibe, Gold Medal, Navy I Do, Thimbleberry,  and Flower Power.  The colors are vibrant and stunning in person as they are in the photos.  The polishes go on smooth and to get the most vibrant color, I would recommend two coats of the non-glitter formulas.  The specialty glitters are perfect on top of a color or wear alone.  A great buy!

The SinfulColors Catch Spring Fever is available for $1.99 each at Walgreens, Rite Aid and other mass retailers!  Want to be in the know follow SinfulColors on Facebook or Twitter.