Glow baby Glow! My Miracle 10 peel & skincare-it’s not what you’d expect, it’s better!

If you’ve read my blog, read my Facebook timeline, twitter timeline, or instagram timeline-you will know I’ve been around the skincare circuit.  Especially in Toronto….

You’ve been asking, so now I’m going to tell….

I’ve also blogged and spoken about (via social media) the Miracle 10 skincare boutique in Yorkville.  I’ve been there several times for a master class, and for IPL treatments –blog post
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There are so many reasons to love Miracle10 -service and product.  My main reason for using their products almost exclusively is because they WORK with the ‘power of 10’

10 hours-noticeable results in smoothness & clarity

10 days-discoloration and dullness visibly improved

10 weeks-appearance of wrinkles and pore size diminished

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The Miracle 10 Skincare collection is rooted in the science of the skin’s own healing abilities. Our scientifically proven recovery compounds include essential active ingredients ranging from Grapeseed Oil, Vitamins C and E, to Retinol, and EMC10, our patented blend of peptides. These laboratory tested ingredients bring skin to a whole new level of beauty, clarity and radiance.

The Miracle10 Facial Peel:

The revolutionary Miracle10 Facial Peel combines a fruit enzyme scrub with a unique derma-planing treatment to slough off layers of dull, dry skin.  A mild lactic or glycolic peel is applied to the skin, followed by a soothing, anti-oxidant rich clay mask. Extractions may be conducted as necessary.  Skin will look and feel  soft and supple.

I just came from my latest Miracle10 treatment-their face peel, and it was so good I have to tell you about it.  Like I said, I’ve had peels before.  The aesthetician cleanses your face and then applies the peel for several minutes, it tingles, she removes it, applies moisturizer and away you go.

Not at Miracle10….

I arrived at the clinic and was led to a treatment room.  Nadia, the esthetican asked me a series of questions and then explained the treatment.  She cleansed my face.  Then she began to Dermaplane.  Just in case you don’t know, Dermaplaning is a simple and safe procedure for exfoliating the epidermis and ridding the skin of fine vellus hair (peach fuzz).  Using a scalpel and a delicate touch, the provider simply abrades the surface of the skin using light feathering strokes.

After the Dermaplane, she applied the peel.  There are 3 types of peels available, and the one applied on my skin was a lactic acid peel (the most gentle.  Glycolic and Salcyclic are also offered).  She left it on for several minutes (a fan was blowing on my face), then used soft cotton pads to ‘buff’ the product into my skin.  She removed the peel afterwards by using cool cotton pads.

After the cotton pads, she gave me goggles to wear and applied dry ice to my skin to ensure it was absolutely clean (this kills any remaining bacteria).  It felt cool on my skin.

A hydrating, cooling masque was applied to my face and the lights were lowered.  The masque sat on my face for approximately 15 minutes and it felt wonderful!

At the end of the treatment, sunscreen was applied and then it was over.

Thoughts:

This isn’t your average peel

I recommend it

  • There are several stand out features of this peel: dermaplane, masque
  • the skincare products complement the treatment(s) available
  • I’m sticking with Miracle10

Want to know more!  Hit up:

Miracle10 website

Miracle10 twitter

Miracle10 facebook

Miracle10 instagram

 

#BeautyUnited Spring-Let me tell you about my favorites!

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Little black boxes on my doorstep are the best kind of surprise!

I have PLENTY to say about everything in the box but how about I tell you about my favorites…..

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Wake up with hydrated skin and a bright, pearlescent, healthy glow with this Overnight Mask. Unlike a typical peel-off mask, this gel containing Vitamin B3, Mulberry extract, and humectants absorbs into the surface of the skin throughout the night. The formula works overnight at the surface cell level evening skin tone over time. 

Why I love it: The less effort the better and if I can multitask (read: sleep AND moisturize), I’m on it!

 A daily treatment designed to balance skin’s moisture, Olay Regenerist Luminous Facial Oil is infused with nine enriched, naturally derived oils that work together to create luminous skin. Perfume and dye-free, Olay Regenerist Luminous Facial Oil conditions and protects skin.

Why I love it:  As an incredibly brutal and frigid winter winds down, my skin is still recovering.  Why not nourish it and bring it back to it’s glowing glory?

 

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The Olay Fresh Effects regimen is packed with acne fighting power! Featuring {Spot Zinger!} formulated with 2% salicylic acid to reduce blackheads and blemishes over time and {Swirled Mattifier!} formulated with powder to neutralize redness and shine.

Why I love it:  Spot Zinger is for those times when I get that ONE pimple and I know you know what I’m talking about.  Just a dab on the blemish and KA-POW, see ya later.  Swirled Mattifier is heaven-sent for me….anything that reduces the shine and oil breakthrough is a product I’ll use again and again and again.

Sooooo….how about a giveaway y’all?  Want to win my favorites above?  Check out the rafflecopter below.  Giveaway closes on March 26, 2015-you’ve got to be 18 or older to win AND this one’s for Canadian residents!

 

 

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A beautiful mess-getting dirty to get clean, with Jealous body scrub!

Body scrubs have been a ‘thing’ with me for a minute now…..

But I won’t use just ANY scrub.  I’m actually not a fan of what I would call a “straight” scrub.  What I mean by ‘straight’ is a scrub that just strips and doesn’t hydrate.  Those are great at times and have their own place.  Just not in my shower.

My favorite scrubs are the ones that offer an exfoliation AND some hydration.  I haven’t found a whole lot of those types-I can count on one hand the brands I’ve come across.  Jealous body scrub is in this category and I’m sure you already know this review is positively GLOWING!

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Jealous body scrub is a COFFEE scrub-here’s the details, directly from their website:

 All Natural Coffee Scrub with Premium Robusta Coffee, Organic Cold Pressed Coconut Oil, Raw Brown Sugar, Sea Salt, Vitamin E and Minerals.
Tough enough to improve your skin’s imperfections yet leaving your skin feeling sexy & smooth after every use.

  • coffee grounds stimulate blood flow which help reduce the appearance of cellulite, eczema, stretch marks, age spots, varicose veins, psoriasis & acne
  • brown sugar & sea salt exfoliate and rejuvenate your skin
  • cold pressed organic coconut oil hydrates & moisturizes your skin
  •  vitamin E & minerals protect and repair your skin

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My thoughts:

  • A+ for packaging and marketing-the marketer in me screams for joy and does cartwheels over the eco-friendly, resealable packaging that is efficient in both design and with the amount of verbiage on it.
  • If you love coffee, you will LOVE the scent of this scrub because that’s exactly what it is!  It is actual grounds in look and fragrance and texture.
  • The scrub DOES what it says it is going to do-stimulate, rejuvenute, and hydrate.  Just keep in mind, this is going to be on you for 5-10 minutes.  My suggestion/tip/trick?  Do the jealous when you masque your hair (and if you’re not masque-ing your hair, why the hell aren’t you? DO IT!!! It’s good for your hair!).
  • The other tip/trick/suggestion I will offer up is to use the jealous when your tub/shower is in need of a thorough clean.  Because this is a coffee ground product, be prepared. It gets EVERYWHERE and I mean everywhere. However, let’s be optimistic-you will have a hydrated body AND a sparkling clean shower after you get through!
  • The social media team (or individual) at jealous also is quite clever -see some of their work here.  This motivates me to want to be healthier after seeing all these bikini-clad model types prancing around in the sun!

jealous body scrub is a winner to  me-I suggest you try it too!

 

Dessange, Dessange, Dessange…..Je t’aime (and I do not speak French)

*This post contains products sent for review.  Opinions are mine all mine-just want to tell you this was sent to  me UP FRONT*

I’m always on the lookout for a great shampoo/conditioner and on new brands.  I have to be even more careful since wearing my extensions.  I can’t use just any old something ‘off the shelf’ due to ingredients that could potentially shorten the life of my extensions.

L’Oreal Paris Canada invited me to a fabulous event to reveal their newest acquisition-Dessange.  Dessange hails from Paris and has a rich history in the hair ‘world’.  The event was nothing short of magnificent.

Let’s take a closer look at Dessange:

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There are 4 different types within the Dessange brand-photos of respective models clockwise from top left

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1. Solar Blonde-for natural blondes is a lightening haircare system that clarifies and lightens natural blonde hair while restoring lustre and volume.

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2. Oleo Miracle  offers intense nourishment and is infused with 3 natural oils: Argan ol, Camelia Oil, and Pracaxi Oil, leaving hair smooth and ultra manageable.  A high concentration of Behhenic Acid helps this collection deeply penetrate into the hair for healthier hair.

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3. California Blonde-color treated blondes is inspired by the blonde bombshell look made famous by Brigitte Bardot (and created by Jacques Dessange).  This system provides moisture to the hair while highlighting the radiance.

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4. Color Restore helps protect colour treated hair.  Formulated with AHA, Vitamin E, and UV filters, this collection restores hair fibers for a smooth, shiny look and helps protect vibrancy.

My thoughts:

I’ve been using the ‘California Blonde’ collection on my hair for just over 2 weeks now (but not the purple toning shampoo).    I like it-a lot.  It’s got a beautiful floral scent.  The conditioner is the right amount of moisture, hydration and the elixir is perfect for my ends.  I appreciate that Dessange separated his blondes…..natural blondes have different needs than ‘bottle’ blondes!  There really and truly is something for everyone in the line and when you use these products, you will have salon results.  It’s not your typical drugstore shampoo & conditioner (not that there is anything wrong with that).

This collection will be available (in Canada) exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart. All products are between $12.99-$14.99 CAD.

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Squeaky clean scalp-Liveclean apple cider vinegar shampoo

*I was sent these products for review-my thoughts are my own! Please be wary when reading blogger reviews-it is NOT a requirement to disclose whether one has received a product for review or not in Canada, but it IS good manners and ethics 🙂 *

I’ve changed my shampoo and conditioner routine considerably over the years.  One of those changes includes using a clarifying shampoo 1-2 times a week.  This has become ESPECIALLY important recently due to my hair extensions.  They way that I wash my hair has changed and cleansing my scalp is essential!  The fact that it contains natural ingredients bumps it up a notch over other clarifying shampoos!

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Because this is a Live Clean product, it’s completely vegan with no animal products used in the formulations.  Live Clean products are safe for the environment too!!!

Live Clean Apple Cider Vinegar Clarifying Shampoo

350mL, suggested retail $6.95 CAD

-Reduces dulling residue

-For all hair types

-Contains Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar

-Pure vegan

-Paraben, Phthalate and Phosphate free

-SLS/Sulfate and petroleum free

-DEA free

Available at Rexall, Shoppers Drug Mart, Target, Walmart and Uniprix

Find Live Clean :  www.live-clean.com

I recommend this product -it thoroughly cleanses and removes build-up without drying the hair. I have integrated it into my hair routine.   The price point is perfect too-and I even use it to clean my makeup brushes (thanks to a suggestion from a Make Up Artist friend of mine, Naomi).

L’Oreal Paris Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender by Infallible

I’ve gone through makeup setting sprays-enough to know that the ones other people are raving about simply don’t work for me.  I ended up giving away another high end makeup setting spray because 2 hours after applying it, my makeup practically slid off my face!

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I was hesitant to try L’Oreal Paris’ setting spray-I mean if the high end product couldn’t hold  my makeup, what could this version possibly deliver?

This product stood up to the plate and now I use it EVERY day.  It does hold my makeup for a solid 6-7 hours.  I honestly can’t expect much more than that with my oily t-zone and without blotting papers.  Very cool, and I’ll take it.

Pro-Spray & Set makeup extender plays well with many different types of foundations-liquid, powder, cream, I tried them all.  I LIKE IT.  YES. TRY IT.

Flash Giveaway….open to anyone who can get to Toronto!

Hey all, if you are subscribed to yours truly this could be a huge opportunity for you!  I’m having a giveaway….and it’s beauty/skincare oriented!  Why am I doing this? Because I can!

Stay tuned to my twitter, facebook page, and instagram account…..like anyone of my ‘This giveaway starts NOW” and follow me on one account  or all 3 for your chance to win a gift card from one of my favorite Toronto spas-The Purebeauty Salon & Spa at Trump International Hotel and Tower.

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The rules are simple:

1. This giveaway is going to run for 2 hours.  I’ll announce the winner on Saturday, February 28th and contact them.

2. Anyone over 18 can enter, but this spa is located in Toronto so if you can’t get here, I’d pass it by.

3. I’d appreciate a re-tweet or a favorite or a like if you could please.  After all, it IS a GIVEaway.

So what’s the prize then exactly?

Well, it is a gift card from aforementioned spa-and has a value of over $100 CAD!  Good times!

Here’s the spa menu in case you needed ANY more convincing:

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oh and before I end this post, check this photo out because the giveaway starts NOW! Head on over to my twitter, facebook, or instagram or ALL 3!

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Clarins Garden Escape Collection -it’s oh-so-pretty!

Sick of winter? Escape with Clarins!

It’s been a minute since I’ve reviewed any makeup from Clarins.  Let me show you these 2 little pretties:

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Let me tell you right now that the Instant Comfort lip oil has been my BFF this incredibly brutal winter season.  It’s in my purse on the way to work, it sits on my desk during the day, and is next to  my nightstand at night.  It applies like a dream and feels so great on my lips.  It provides immediate relief to chapped lips and long term moisture!  It contains:

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And check out this palette-screams spring, doesn’t it? You can count on Clarins eyeshadows to be pigmented, soft, and blend well.

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I give the Clarins Garden Escape palette and Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil 2 thumbs up.  They are well suited for eachother!  Definitely do not pass these up for spring (which WILL come eventually).

NYFW BEAUTY ALERT: REVLON FOR MARCHESA A/W’15 Runway Show

I don’t normally post this type of thing but check this look out-I love it!

 

New York: Wednesday, February 18th 2015

 

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Make Up by Revlon Global Artistic Director,
Gucci Westman
“This look was all about a cool modern take on old Hollywood glam. Taking inspiration from the New York Great Gatsby era, I wanted to create a more youthful interpretation appearing as though she had been dancing all night. Using Revlon Illuminance Cream Shadow in Not Just Nudes and Revlon ColorStay ShadowLinks, I created a copper eye that was subtle yet elegant. As the focus of the look I created a bold dark lip using Revlon Lip Liner in Raisin with Revlon Super Lustrous in Black Cherry. For the final touch I used Revlon PhotoReady SkinLights to create a flawless luminous finish on the face and body.”

Nails by Celebrity Manicurist, Jin Soon

“Echoing a modern glam vibe, and to compliment the dark cherry lip, nails were filed in a natural oval shape and painted a deep blood red with Revlon Nail Enamel in Vixen. I wanted to highlight the focus of the face with a bold yet elegant nail.”

 

REVLON PRODUCTS TO GET THE LOOK:

 Face:

  • Revlon PhotoReady Airbrush Effects Makeup, $19.99
  • Revlon PhotoReady Insta-Fix Makeup, $17.79
  • Revlon Cream Blush in Charmed, $12.59
  • Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights Face Illuminator in Bare Lights, $17.79

Lip:

  • Revlon ColorStay Lip Liner in Raisins, $10.49
  • Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Black Cherry, $9.99
  • Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Snow Pink, $9.99

Eye:

  • Revlon Illuminance Crème Shadows in Not Just Nudes, $10.49
  • Revlon ColorStay ShadowLinks in Java, Copper & Gold, $3.49
  • Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara in Blackened Brown, $10.49
  • Revlon Brow Fantasy, $10.49

Nail:

  • Revlon Nail Enamel in Vixen, $6.29
  • Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Diamond Top, $8.49

 

PRODUCT AVAILABILITY: Available at drugstores and mass retailers nationwide.  More information: Revlon.com

Hard to believe this is Revlon, but it is.  Nice, don’t you think? Would you wear this? I sure would!

Vichy LiftActiv Supreme progressive anti-wrinkle and firmness correcting care

How’s that for a long product name?  Vichy, I can always count on you for a next level name.

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I honestly thought this was a night cream….I mean look at the packaging.  Does this not remind you of a night cream?  Typically (not always), night creams are in round jars…day creams are in taller pump type dispensers.  So I just wasn’t sure what to think of this, and I’m glad I read the directions.

For normal to combination:
The 1st daylong lifting care. Continuous correction of wrinkles + firmness for a young skin now, tonight and tomorrow even more.

EFFECTIVENESS
Immediate optical smoothing effect on the look of wrinkles and surface imperfections. Until evening, complexion looks fresh and radiant, features remain rested. From 1 month, deep wrinkles appear corrected and skin feels firmer as if lifted.

TOLERANCE
Sensitive skin. Hypoallergenic. Vichy Thermal Spa Water.

PLEASURE
Velvet touch, smoothing texture. Non greasy, non sticky.

USE
Apply in the morning on clean skin on the entire face. If desired, can also be applied twice daily in the morning and evening.

So I used this cream in the a.m. for several weeks…..and I have to say I like it.  It has an instant firming effect, smells pleasant and absorbs quickly.  Does it produce long lasting, permanent effects comparable to fillers/neuromodulators? No of course not, but as the weeks progressed I have to say my skin looked brighter and felt firmer.  I’m all for that!  I’m also a fan of not breaking out when I try a new cream-yay Vichy! Give this product a whirl if you want your skin to feel firmer and look brighter.