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Cleaning up with Olay!

*Disclosure: I am a #BeautyUnited blogger. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events. The opinions on this blog are my own.

I’ve been enjoying summer sans several hurdles (illness being a major hurdle over the past month).  One thing that I have been doing is spending weekends at the family cottage several hours north in ‘cottage country’ -a term that I learned (by living in Canada) could be anywhere there are cottages.  It’s a beautiful serene place, right on a lake.  It’s rustic. I gave up being rustic (for the most part) in 2001 after my honorable discharge from the U.S. Army.  However, I’ll compromise for the cottage….there’s a toilet, running water, and electricity.  Still haven’t ventured into the shower there yet (probably never will). For that reason, when I get back-first order of business, take a thorough shower and CLEAN MY FACE & BODY.  I’d like to walk you through some of the products I use to do this.  Let me know in the comments below if you’ve tried any of these products and if you like them or not!
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Olay Regenerist Advanced Anti-aging micro sculpting cream with sunscreen:  This anti-aging moisturizer hydrates to regnerate volume and shape across the skin’s surface.  It’s supposed to improve skin’s texture in 4 weeks and visibly reduces the appearance of wrinkles quickly with an Amino-Peptide Complex.  This product also contains Broad Spectrum SPF 30.

My thoughts:

While I can’t say I have noticed a significant decrease in wrinkles (and I’d love to think I don’t have any significant ones), I do notice an improved skin texture.  It’s also notable that I don’t see any increase in the amount of sun damage I have on my face either!

Olay Total Effects 7 in one Anti-Aging Moisturizer with sunscreen:  This is a daily moisturizer that revives skin and helps protects against harmful UVA/UVB rays. Formulated with Its VitaNiacin Complex and skin conditioners, it fights 7 signs of aging for younger, healthier-looking skin. Its vitamin-rich formula helps reduce the look of age spots, instantly minimize the appearance of pores, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

My thoughts:

I don’t use this product in combination with the sculpting cream but do alternate using the two.  I like this product more for reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and minimizing pores.  The sunscreen is an added bonus. I also like the consistency of this-it’s not runny and it’s not thick.

Olay Deeply Clean Mineral Face Cleanser: This daily facial cleanser lathers and cleanses without over-drying skin. Specially designed for oily/combination skin types, its natural kaolin clay formula controls shine and reduces the appearance of pores in just one use. Infused with a mineral complex, it draws out impurities like a magnet for a deep, down-to-the-pores clean. Dermatologically tested, oil-free, and noncomedogenic, this cleanser has the purifying power of a mask to leave skin looking healthy and brighter.

My thoughts:

I cannot get enough of this product.  I love it as it reminds me of my charcoal cleanser from the Face Shop.  I actually prefer this product as the Face Shop’s version dried my skin out! I have to agree with everything that is said-especially with the combination skin part (I don’t recommend for dry skin).  I have combination skin and this is probably the best part of my nighttime skin care routine.  This gets EVERYTHING off and leaves me nice and clean.  I can skip astringent because I use this – which is not something I can say often.  This is my ‘rockstar’ product out of these for sure.

Olay Fresh Outlast CoolingWhite Strawberry & Mint bodywash: This is designed to work with your skin’s natural pH. This lower sulfate formula has 3x more mild cleansers than before. It’s a fresh twist on cleansing. Aromas of white strawberry & mint leave you feeling refreshed and beautiful.

My thoughts:

This needs to be a cocktail….I’m thinking an on-the-rocks type of gin or vodka?  Or maybe an upscale daiquiri?  Either way, this is a great bodywash to use to feel clean and smell great!  Apparently over time, it’s supposed to provide vibrant, fresh, skin.  I’ll keep you posted.

SUMMER SIZZLE- Skin Essentials to keep your skin in check this summer!

*This is a Beauty United Post*

I’ve been serious about skincare for several years now….and as I age, it’s even more important to me.   Check out these great products from Olay, Pantene, Venus, and Secret to help keep your skin protected this summer while you have fun in the sun.  Stay tuned for my reviews on some of these products!!  Let me know if you’ve tried any of these in the comments below!

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My favorite and one not-so-favorite natural deodorants!

*All of these were purchased by me except for the Sweet Pea Soap Company product*

I can remember my mother telling me not to use anti-perspirant because of the link to Alzheimers, breast cancer and several other scary diseases/syndromes.  After ignoring her for several years, I decided to take a closer look at more natural products instead of forcing potentially toxic chemicals into my skin (our largest organ by the way).  Here are some products I have used and am using-I’d love to hear if you have tried any of these or what you think about the antiperspirant and deodorant controversy.

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Radford (really does) love skin! My Custom Facial with Wand treatment

*I paid for this treatment myself*

I knew I was overdue for my facial when I could actually feel the texture on my face changing.  I knew I needed to get my face in better shape so short of going to home depot, I turned to one of the best skincare gurus in the business, Vee Mistry. I had the pleasure of seeing her (on my own dime) at Victoria Radford, on Avenue Road.  Spoiler alert:  and one thing’s for sure…..ever since I arrived back at home, I have been contemplating changing my skin care routine, and I’m putting their number into my contacts.

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#BeautyUnited #CozyUpBU These are a few of my favorite things-GIVEAWAY!

This giveaway is for Canadian residents!

Tis the season……for a giveaway.  Win your very own holiday beauty box!

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I definitely have a few ‘favorite things’ here-the whitestrips, the facial oil, and a nice red lipstick top off my holiday look!  What about you?

I am going to make this simple-tell me what your holidays are going to be like this year and what products in this photo are your favorite….you can enter on Facebook OR Instagram OR do both.

Easy peasy right? Tis the season!  Good luck! Giveaway ends on December 20th, 2015 and is open to Canadian Residents only!

 

love this 7th Heaven Manuka Honey peel off masque!

*I received this product for review*

Have you heard of 7th Heaven? Bet you have…..they are formerly Montagne Jeunesse and are widely recognized for their masque packets that are available at mass market retailers such as Walmart, London Drugs, Pharmasave, Brunet, Jean Coutu, and Value Drug.

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You need it-Vichy Aqualia Thermal Boosting Essence Water

*I received this product for review*

To be perfectly honest, I have never known quite what to think about ‘essence’ products. Sure, I’ve seen them-in the many Asian beauty stores that I frequent….and they have always been suggested to me but I thought to myself, what does ‘ESSENCE’ do that my toner, serum, and moisturizer don’t already do?

Well. A lot.

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Boosting Essence water is neither toner nor serum…..yes, you read that right.  IT IS NOT TONER, and IT IS NOT SERUM. so what is it exactly?  Well, to quote a fellow beauty blogger Sicilianna.…it’s more of a ‘pre-serum.’  This is something that you would use post cleanse, post toner, but pre-serum.  You know, like what I just said.  In my mind, serum is a product used to better prepare the skin to absorb moisturizer.  So a PRE-serum would be used to better prepare the skin to absorb serum in order to better prepare the skin to absorb moisturizer.  Confused yet?  Me too.  But it works.  Read on.  Please.

So what does it do?  Well let’s take a peek at this informative diagram from Vichy:

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Thin but not exactly a ‘water’-definitely a liquid.   You do NOT need a lot and be CAREFUL when you dispense the product.  That’s a tip from me to you.  This product IS fragranced but not heavily.  I’d describe it as clean and fresh.

My results:

Dear readers & subscribers…I have oily skin (yes, as an ADULT).  Guess what? Oily skin still needs hydration….us oily skin types just don’t need it in the form of a heavy, thick cream.  This is a fantastic addition to my skincare routine!  I put it on post toner and BAM! Hydration.  I have found that my skin appears clearer and looks refreshed.  This product can be used with any skin-type.

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Boosting Essence Water will set you back $29.95 CAD (Suggested retail). This product isn’t listed on the Vichy website (yet) but I have seen it in several Shoppers Drug Mart locations.  I’d recommend it for anyone looking for an instant boost of hydration.

Best face forward-the aging situation. My experience & a first step with Teosyal!

 

Who googled the last word in my title?  Don’t be embarassed if you did….I didn’t know what it was either at first.

I thought by 2015, people would be ‘over’ the whole dermal filler/neuromodulator “stigma” but lo and behold, I still get raised eyebrows when I talk about it.  I have a BIG soapbox to stand up on regarding this topic and I will be doing that-just not in this post.  This is an EXPERIENCE post.  Please keep that in mind as you read!

Since you googled Teosyal, I’m sure you have an idea of what I’m going to be talking about here. I’m in my 40’s now and have been noticing that my skin is losing it’s elasticity and brightness, and starting to droop quite a bit.  I have also noticed dark undereye circles.  I have made major changes to my diet, stepped up my skincare game, and have been drinking water, and taking my vitamins.  That only gets a girl so far though….so I decided to take it to the next level.  Here we go….

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WHAT IS TEOSYAL®?

Teosyal is a full range of injectable dermal fillers made of biodegradeable hyaluronic acid

WHAT IS HYALURONIC ACID?

Hyaluronic acid is a natural skin component. It acts like a sponge and retains large quantities of water to keep the skin plumped and soft. One HA molecule can hold 1000 times it’s weight in water. In the filler syringes, HA comes in the form of a gel.

Age, stress, hormonal changes, harmful effects of UV rays, oxidants and environment all play a role in depleting our skin of collagen, elastin and especially hyaluronic acid. We lose 50% of our bodies hyaluronic acid between the ages of 40-50. The dermis breaks down, causing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, loss of volume, and sagging.

My experience:

I have raved about Dr. Cory Torgerson more than once on various social media platforms.  His office and staff alone deserve their very own blog post (and they will be getting one).  To make sure my skin was at its absolute best and brightest prior to my Teosyal appointment, I had a SilkPeel Dermalinfusion which was incredible.  I’m going to try to explain this treatment the best I can.

SilkPeel Dermalinfusion is a non-invasive skin rejuvenation procedure. It is the ONLY procedure that provides simultaneous exfoliation, evacuation, and delivery of ‘condition-specific’ topicals (for example, if your skin is oily, you will get a certain topical, if it’s dull, you get a different topical. A topical is a product applied to the skin).

The SilkPeel took approximately 30 minutes. My skin was super smooth and VERY clean.  It isn’t irritating like Microdermabrasion and I like the fact that the tool does the work and EVENLY exfoliates and treats every inch of my face.

Teosyal:

QUICK FACTS:

  • Did you know that 5 syringes of filler, equals only 1 teaspoon of product? That’s why you need more than 1 syringe to get the results you are looking for! Although each molecule holds 1000 times it’s weight in water, to get best results, most people need 2-5 syringes to get the results they are looking for!
  • Teosyal is the most natural looking and feeling product, because it integrates naturally into your tissue, allowing for dynamic and natural expression.
  • Teosyal is the purest filler on the market, resulting in less swelling!
  • Depending on the area injected, Teosyal can last anywhere from 6-18 months.

 

My turn-back-the-clock experience included  Teosyal Ultimate and Teosyal Redensity to give me some beautiful volume in my cheeks and provide me with that “I just got my beauty rest” type look  under my eyes too. 

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I’m sure I don’t need to write out which photo is before and which photo is after.  Keep reading to see how I look now!

My thoughts:

I won’t lie, this isn’t a pain-free procedure but it’s not intense or prolonged discomfort.   It feels like exactly what it is….a needle in your face.  I can compare it to having blood drawn or getting a shot.  The whole kit and kaboodle took 15 minutes and there are instant results.  If you are fair skinned, have thin skin (like me) don’t be incredibly shocked if you see a “baby bruise” or two.  This is normal and will fade in a short time.  Also, please note….Hyaluronic acid is attracted to water so you may see some slight swelling.  Again, give the product some time to ‘settle in’ -I’m a big fan of soft ice packs on the areas that were corrected.

Overall, this was a great choice for me.  I recently posted a photo of myself on Facebook and it’s a side by side.  The photo on the left was me 4 years ago (from an article on the website ChickAdvisor) and the photo on the right is me currently.

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While there was nothing ‘wrong’ with my photo from the past, I can’t help but notice the current photo is so much brighter and fresher.  It represents ME and how I feel, not my age.  I know that I can’t stop the aging process and I don’t want to …..but I do like knowing that I’m the best version of myself that I can be.  Teosyal helps me achieve that.  It’s one more ‘care item’ I’m adding to my list.   There is absolutely nothing ‘wrong’ with wanting to look the best I can be-and I do recommend Teosyal products. The best way to find out if this is right for you is to speak to a professional, in my case I always recommend Dr. Cory Torgerson..

Stay tuned for more about my anti-aging journey with #Teosyal and Clarion Medical Technologies.  I personally would like to thank Dr. Torgerson, Clarion Medical Technologies, and the staff at The Clinic at Yorkville for being kind, knowlegable, and supportive. I am so thankful to have been able to participate in this opportunity and look forward to sharing more posts, information with all of my readers!

I would love to hear your thoughts-have you had any experience with dermal fillers and/or neuromodulators?

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#Vichy works for me-ProEVEN for brighter skin!

I am constantly on the search for great skin care….and realized that although the majority of my routine contains medical/clinical grade products, that I do also know of some VERY effective drugstore products that I should discuss.  Options are everything, right?

One of my major skincare concerns is my hyperpigmentation, a result of my former dedication/obsession with tanning.  Since I’m older and wiser (the wiser is questionable), I now know that I have to protect my skin from the sun’s rays.

To address dark spots and uneven skin tone, Vichy has created the ProEVEN line.

Dark spots and uneven skin tone are very common skin concerns, affecting 74% of Canadian women.*
To address these growing concerns, Vichy created ProEVEN. Inspired by the latest dermatological advances in the treatment of hyperpigmentation, ProEVEN features active ingredients that have been rigorously tested for their strong efficacy, and optimal skin tolerance.

Here are the products I’ve been using from the ProEVEN line:

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Brightening Cleansing Foam

For all skin types, even sensitive.

A gentle yet effective triple-action foaming cleanser. It gently exfoliates, purifies and brightens the skin tone. A perfect way to start a ProEVEN routine.

My thoughts:

I absolutely LOVE this cleanser.  I need barely ANY to make this foam up and it gets EVERY trace of dirt and makeup off my face.  The texture is light and it has the Vichy ‘fragrance.’  It rinses clean and leaves my face bright.

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ProEVEN Advanced Daily Dark Spot Corrector

All skin types, even sensitive

For all women seeking to unify their skin tone, fade their stubborn spots (dark spots, brown spots, sun spots and acne scars), and reveal a flawlessly bright complexion.

My thoughts:

This is a fantastic a.m./p.m. treatment to use to brighten & lighten your sun spots.  My hyperpigmentation sits quite a bit deeper in my skin so I really have to be on the attack when treating it (to include consistent chemical peels, IPL, and microdermabrasion).  This is my extra 1-2 punch in between treatments.  It is light and slightly more liquid than a lotion with the ‘Vichy’ fragrance.

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PROEVEN NIGHT

Skin with uneven skin tone, hyperpigmentation or dark spots caused by premature aging, sun damage or acne scars. Suitable for sensitive skin.

Vichy’s 1st dark spots overnight concentrate, with skin resurfacing and brightening effect from the 1st morning, and effective reduction on the look of dark spots in 4 weeks.

My thoughts:

Products that work with little to no effort on my part will always get a thumbs up from me!  This is an extra KICK for those stubborn dark spots.  Proeven night is more gel-like in consistency.  In my case, I’ve noticed that my pigmentation is lighter around my eyes.

If you need more information, check out the “Vichy Works For Me” website for testimonials from REAL women and scientific evidence.

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