Dynamic Sonic Instant Eye Lift Review

botox without needlesHello lovelies! I hope this week has been treating you well and you’re enjoying the sunshine! Lately, I’ve been getting in the mood for the upcoming fall season and the inevitable holiday festivities that follow a few months later. This time of year, more than any other time, I end up seeing more people I know at parties and gatherings. It’s something that I certainly look forward to and try to look my best for! Speaking of looking your best, recently I was given a beauty product to test and review with the goal of sharing it with you guys. It’s by a company called Dynamic Innovation Labs and they’ve developed a brilliant product that smoothes wrinkles and gives a great eyelift! The product is called Instant Eye Lift and let me tell you, it works!

Here’s a before and after of me! My eyes look brighter and I look like I actually got 8 hours of sleep! Luckily, I’m still young so the skin around my eyes isn’t sagging yet. However, the key to great skin when you get older is taking care of it when you’re young. Every generation of women in my family have proven that eventually the skin around your eyes will stretch and sag. I can’t wait to get older (just kidding!) In addition to my normal skincare products, I’ve added the Instant Eye Lift to keep my skin looking pretty right now.

As for applying the product, it’s easy. You just squirt a little onto your ring finger and then dab it on wrinkles and even the puffiness under your eyes. Wait about 90 seconds to start seeing results that will last for up to 8 hours. During that time though, I felt my skin tighten and lift, which is great because I knew it was actually working!

The minds behind the Instant Eye Lift are offering you all 25% off using code D888D. Check out the serum and their website here! It definitely is a bit of an investment, but it’s the only product of its kind that I’ve tried that actually does what it’s supposed to! Next week, I’m having my mom give it a try as well (she’s tried everything under the sun except for this) and I’ll let you know how she likes it!

-Liz

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Self-Tanners for Every Price Range

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Happy Monday friends! I hope you were in a part of the country that was warm and spring-like this weekend! Kansas City was lovely and everyone was out and about enjoying the weather including me. I broke out those flip flops faster than anyone else! I avoided shorts for the simple reason that my legs are pasty white from the lack of sunshine on them the last few months. In an effort to prepare for the coming spring weather, I’m starting a self-tanner regiment early and you should too!

Am I starting before I need to? Yes, but I have my reasons! You can’t put self-tanner on freshly shaved legs. Wearing anything but pants typically requires shaved legs for women. Start putting on that tanner while you don’t have to shave your legs! No irritated skin and you’ll have that bronzed glow you want when everyone else is just starting.

Best Bronzers to Choose From

With so many options in self-tanners to choose from, you can really only narrow it down by price, which is what I’ve done for this post. My first choice is one I used last summer, Banana Boat’s Summer Color. You can find it at Wal-Mart or Target for around $5. It works well if you use it consistently and don’t skimp on the amount you put on. No streaking was visible and it looked natural!

The next pick, Fake Bake, will cost around $20 and everyone seems to love it. Being more of a mid-range product, do your research on it. Based on reviews, people get great results. I haven’t personally used it, however the ratings were what made me put it on this list.

My final pick, St. Tropez Bronzing Oil, is recommended by everyone at Sephora. It costs about $50 but apparently works like a dream! It’s more of an investment obviously, so talk to a doctor or dermatologist about it before buying; buyer’s remorse is the worst!

If you’ve tried any of these products, leave a comment!

witty n pretty

 

5 Favorite Drug Store Cosmetics

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Good morning beauty-lovers! It’s been a super chilly few days and I’ve barely gone outside thus haven’t really worn any make up here lately. My face probably thanks me for the 48 hours of breathing time it got. Everyone should have a day once a week where they just don’t wear makeup. I imagine it really helps out your pores!

Since I’m still looking for a job right now, I’ve had to cut costs on my beauty expenses and accept that I’m not too posh for drugstore cosmetics. Are they all natural and made from coconut extract? No, but I’m ok with that for now! The other day I needed new face powder and found some I really liked at Wal-Mart believe it or not. Being that we’re on the subject of drugstore cosmetics, I rounded up a few of my favorites to share with you.

  1. Milani Face Powder
  2. Clearasil Daily Clear Hydra-Blast Pads
  3. Maybelline Blushed Nudes Palette  (more about this palette here)
  4. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser
  5. Nyx Powder Blush (on sale for $2.50!)

I use each of these products on a daily basis and really like them. Probably my favorite is the Clearasil Daily Clear Pads because they’re abrasive enough to scrub out your pores but it doesn’t hurt. At the end of the day after I’ve taken all of my make up off, it’s crazy to see how much is left on my face when I’m using the pads. Actually, no, not crazy just gross! Taking care of your skin is really what ensures that your make up looks flawless.

Leave me a comment with your favorite drug store beauty products!

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How I Keep My Skin Looking Clear

You know what I hate most about the winter time? It isn’t the snow, the awkward 40 degree temperatures, or the dead tree branches outside of my window; it’s how my skin acts! We all have some sort of a skin type whether it be normal, dry, or oily. However, my skin is a whole combination of those and during the colder months, it becomes harder to deal with.

My Skin Care Routine

skin_care_routine Women have a whole skin care routine that our male counterparts don’t even know exist. And we like to keep it that way. We can’t just wash our faces, throw on some make up, and have great skin all the time. It’s just not how it works. My skin care routine isn’t that complicated compared to some ladies I know, but it’s still time consuming. My sister and I (pictured next to me), have pretty decent genetics in terms of skin, but we even have problems!

I start my day by washing the sleep off my face with cold water before towel drying it and applying Cera Ve lotion to the brim of my nose, cheeks, and forehead. Anywhere else on my face puts me at serious acne risk. I also use this in place of a regular moisturizer because it was recommended to me by a dermatologist. If I decide to wear foundation that day, I prefer to use Maybelline Matte Finish and a simple powder on top of that. It looks weightless on my skin and gives it an airbrushed look.

Throughout the day, I’m constantly dabbing at my “T-Zone” with a tissue. The area that runs above your eyebrows and down through your nose is where pimples are most likely to pop up. Pun intended. Keeping this area oil-free during the day helps keep your pores from getting clogged.

Around 7pm, I take my make up off with a Neutrogena make up removing towelette. I pay careful attention to my T-Zone again and even make sure to get the areas close to my ears and under my chin completely make up free. Pimples and blackheads enjoy making occasional appearances in those areas too!

Other skin care tips:

  • Go make up-less at least one day a week- Believe me, it helps my skin breathe!
  • Buy a blackhead extractor- Instead of using your nails and finger tips to squeeze out little blackheads that are visible, get this little tool!
  • Avoid face wash that lathers up- A beauty guru at Lush Cosmetics told me that the more a soap lathers up (gets all bubbly), the worse it is on your skin in terms of drying it out.

Skin can be so irritable and unpredictable but following a skin care routine will help you tame those pores and create a glowing complexion!

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Protecting Your Skin From the Winter Cold

A few months back, I got in touch with an amazing blogger who just so happens to be a dermatologist! Wiggin Lee of Prescription for Style, shares with us some winter weather skin care secrets!

Skin Care for the Chilly Air

The key to keeping your skin smooth and soft is to keep it moisturized. Unfortunately, this can be really difficult for anyone with naturally dry skin or any degree of eczema (atopic dermatitis). During the winter time, especially, your skin is also more prone to becoming dehydrated, itchy, scaly, and even crack. So what is the best moisturizer out there?

With so many different brands (Aveeno, Cetaphil, Aquaphor, etc) along with the many types of moisturizers (lotions, creams, ointments, etc), choosing an over-the-counter product can be extremely confusing and daunting. In this post, I will try my best to help you decide on what moisturizer to use and the best way to protect your skin from the cold winters.

Basics:

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Diagram courtesty of http://www.womens-health-advice.com

Our outer layer of our skin (the epidermis) is made up of several different layers and types of skin cells. The epidermis is responsible for retaining water, thermoregulation, and protection from trauma and infections. However, when this protective layer is under harsh conditions such the winter wind chill, frigid temperatures, blasting heaters, and dry weather, microscopic damage (tiny cracks, if you will) is made and water is loss more readily. Dry, damaged skin is then more prone to more microscopic damage and this can cause inflammation (redness) and itching. In order to keep the skin hydrated and smooth, it is important to 1) replenish the water and 2) seal the cracks and seal in the water. This is where moisturizers come into play.

Types of Moisturizers:

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The different types of moisturizers (lotions, creams, ointments) actually ARE different. They are each unique percentages of water vs. oil. Determining which type of moisturizer works best for you is more important than any specific brand you use. **Sometimes creams are advertised as lotions and ointments as creams-this does not matter too much as long as the consistency works for you**

Lotions: >50% water, <50% oil 

Lotions are thinner than creams and usually come in a pump bottle or tube. They are light in consistency and quickly absorb into the skin after applying. While they aid in rehydrating the skin, they are less effective in sealing in the moisture. Most over-the-counter (available without a prescription at drugstores) moisturizers are lotions and they are great for mild to moderate dry skin. Many also have added fragrances which make them smell great, so if you are allergic to fragrances, please avoid these as a rash may result.

Suggested lotions: Aveeno daily moisturizing lotion, Cetaphil Restoraderm skin restoring moisturizer

Creams: 50% water, 50% oil

Creams are much thicker than lotions and usually come in tubes (where you squeeze it out like toothpaste) or jars because they are too thick to pump. Creams are a great option for moderate to severe dry skin as it works to 1) rehydrate by replenishing water to the skin and 2) seal it in and prevent further moisture loss. This is probably the best type of moisturizer for protecting your skin during the winter.

Suggested creams: Aveeno skin relief moisture repair cream, Neutrogena hand cream, Philosophy-Hope In A Jar for Dry Skin

Ointments: 20% water, 80% oil

These products also come in tubes and have the consistency of Vaseline. They are the thickest type of moisturizer and can often feel greasy. Because they are only 20% water, they do not absorb well into the skin and also do not rehydrate the skin as much. Ointments are used more for the purposes of protecting the skin. It is best used to protect a wound (also decreases the formation of a scar), severely cracked skin, or chapped lips.

Suggested ointments: Aquaphor healing ointment (also great for chapped lips), plain Vaseline, Vaniply ointment

Last few tips:

1. Drink water

In addition to using products to hydrate your skin, don’t forget to hydrate your body! Drinking the recommended 8 cups of water a day (yes, that’s in 1 day!) is not only important for skin hydration, but also important for the rest of your health including your kidneys, heart, gastrointestinal system, and much more.

2. Take warm (not hot) showers

Don’t take super hot showers as they can end up damaging and drying your skin more. Warm water showers are recommended.

3. Apply your moisturizer after you shower

After you take a warm shower, pat (not scrub) dry with a towel, and apply your preferred moisturizer. This allows the water from the shower to be absorbed to its maximum capacity and seals it in. Hope this information helps keep your skin hydrated and smooth through the winter!

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please feel free to contact me through the “contact and collaborations” tab on my blog, Prescription for Style.

Thank you for reading and Happy New Year!

Wiggin Lee, MD