Unboxing: PMD Personal Microderm Pro

Unboxing: PMD Personal Microderm Pro

Hi All!

Today I wanted to share with you the second skincare device that I received last month, but I want to do it as more of an unboxing via pictures!  I’m going to start by sharing a little bit about my skin history.  I began to have acne problems at a fairly young age; I remember that in 5th grade I had to see a dermatologist as acne was pretty heavily appearing across my forehead, on my cheeks, and chin.  I still am acne prone today but it has gotten better as I’ve aged.  I do have combination-oily skin and I also have larger pores especially on my cheeks.  I have some scarring around my face as a result of the acne that I had in my younger years that I’ve always wanted to at least try to lighten (to completely get rid of would be perfection), but I am not in a position to see an in-office specialist on a regular basis.  I had heard about this device last year and was lucky enough to receive it last month as a gift!

PMD Personal Microderm Pro

When you first open the box, you see a leaflet explaining step-by-step how to use the device from start to finish.  It also provides a link to an online training video!

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Below the leaflet is the device itself along with additional parts for both face and body use.

PMD Personal Microderm Pro

The main thing that drew me in to the device was that it claims to offer the same results as in-office microdermabrasion treatments, but in the convenience of your own home!  According to Nordstrom’s website (where the device was purchased) “It reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, blemishes and enlarged pores, allowing makeup to go on smoother and skin care products to penetrate significantly deeper.”  I also have a dark spot on my face that I have to heavily conceal that I’m also hoping that the device can possibly lighten as well.

PMD Personal Microderm Pro

PMD Personal Microderm Pro
Base of device where you plug the charging cord in.

This is the power cord that comes with the device.  You don’t charge it as it’s not battery operated, but you simply plug it in with each use.

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White training disc for the face.

The device came with extra discs, for both face and body, made of aluminum oxide crystals (this is what removes the top layer of skin).  You start with the white training disc as that is the most gentle disc, and then if you choose to, you can make your way through more intense discs in the grey, blue, green, and lastly the red.  The discs are anti-bacterial and hypoallergenic.  You are also able to get up to 4 uses out of each disc (which is a month’s worth) as the most frequent that it’s recommended that you use the device is once every seven days.

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The disc sits slightly below the device’s cap and vacuum suction brings your skin up to the disc to work its magic.

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The Pro version has 2 speed settings to allow for a low intensity or higher intensity, depending on your preference.

Overall, I’m really excited to get started with this.  With the YouTube videos that I’ve watched so far, users have found results within 60 – 90 days so it is definitely a process and something that I’d imagine will require upkeep as well.  I will do my best to document my progress so that I can do a full review possibly in 3 months or so showing my results!

Have you ever tried the PMD before?  If so, what was your experience with it?

xo,

Lauren

 

 

First Impressions: FOREO Luna Mini 2

First Impressions: FOREO Luna Mini 2

Hi All!

Last month I received a couple of new skincare tools as birthday gifts from my Mama Bear and today I’m sharing the first of the two items!  I had never heard of this device until I opened up the present, so it is completely new to me and I don’t know much about it at this point (other than what I’ve learned in my quick research), but I received the FOREO Luna Mini 2 in the color Fuchsia!

FOREO Luna Mini 2

FOREO Luna Mini 2

In a nutshell, this is a silicone facial cleansing brush that uses T-Sonic pulsation technology to cleanse the skin.

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The biggest feature that got me excited about this product is that the device is made out of non-porous material therefore it is bacteria resistant!  I’ve been using a Clarisonic (a holy grail skincare item of mine) for the past 5 years and I love it, but I dislike that you have to switch out the brush heads because they are quite pricey.

FOREO Luna Mini 2

The packaging was minimalistic, and the main components were the device itself plus the charging cable (which you can connect to any USB brick).  I saw somewhere (I can’t remember exactly where) that one 1-hour charge is supposed to last up to 5 months.  If that’s the case I will be pleasantly surprised!  Here are some close up images of the silicone bristles.

FOREO Luna Mini 2
Front.

The front of the brush is called the “general-cleansing zone” and the bristles are the smallest here.  At the very top of the front there is a smaller section of bristles to be used for precision cleansing.

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Back – waterproof charging port.

The back of the device has larger bristles and is called the “deep-cleansing zone”.

FEATURES:

  • Available in 6 different color options.
  • 1 power button; (- / +) buttons allow for 8 different intensity settings.
  • Recommended for all skin types.

CLAIMS ON FOREO’S WEBSITE:

  • T-Sonic pulsations can remove up to 99.5% of dirt and oil.
  • Will exfoliate without irritating the skin.
  • Overall you can experience a deeper cleanse while still being gentle, to reveal healthier looking skin.

I’ve only used the device a handful of times at this point and my thoughts on it so far are that first off, it is much less intense of a cleanse than when I compare it to my Clarisonic, so right off the bat I knew that I would not be using it at night if I had worn any makeup during the day.  HOWEVER, my Clarisonic is too intense for twice-a-day use, so I am finding that the FOREO is perfect for my morning skincare routine!  It is very comfortable in the hand, and to be quite honest it feels like a gentle massage on the skin!  It also doesn’t create suds the way that my Clarisonic does, so if you like to see soapiness as you wash your face, I would not recommend this to you.  If you have sensitive skin, I definitely would recommend you giving this a try because it is very gentle on the skin and again, it feels somewhat like a mini massage!  I have fairly sensitive skin and I haven’t turned pinky-red after any uses so far which I love!  As with any first impressions, I’d like to try this out a bit more before I do a full in-depth review, so I’ll be back with that at a later point.

Have you tried any FOREO skincare devices?!

xo,

Lauren

Ulta Surprise Gift?!

Ulta Surprise Gift?!

Hi All!

So I went to check the mail when I had returned from vacation last week, and there was a small box waiting for me.  I was caught off guard because I wasn’t expecting anything, and upon closer inspection I realized it was from Ulta.  On the box it showed Ulta’s address, my address, and the word “Surprise”.  I thought this was very odd, but I obviously was excited.  I opened the box up and inside was a fun little makeup bag containing 3 Estée Lauder products (2 sample sized skincare, 1 makeup)!

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(The cute little makeup bag.)

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I had to look up what 2 of the 3 times were as I haven’t tried them before.  Here are close-ups and more details of the products from left to right.

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Estée Lauder Revitalizing Supreme+ Global Anti-Aging Cell Power Creme.  On Ulta’s website, this product is marketed as the way to achieve younger looking skin!  I perused the details section and it claims to be for all skin types, but especially for those users who are looking for help with reversing multiple signs of aging such as wrinkles, dullness, and loss of firmness.

 

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Estée Lauder Pure Color Love in Radical Chic.  I was the most excited at this FULL TUBE of lipstick.  Radical Chic is a warm toned pinky-red…it’s really pretty.  The reason I was most excited for this product is because this is a color that I would never purchase.  I am extremely boring when it comes to lip products as I tend to stick with nudes, so the only way I’d ever have a color like this in my collection is by receiving it as a gift or sample!  I tried it out just once so far, and what I can tell you is that firstly, IT SMELLS LIKE COTTON CANDY 🎉!  It was pretty opaque yet still moisturizing and not drying at all.  I only wore it for about an hour before I wiped it off to eat, and it slightly stained my lips to a pinkier shade of my own lips.  Again, I would not repurchase this exact color, but I now am interested in looking closer into the nude shades that the line has to offer!

 

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Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II.  This is the only product that I’m familiar with from this surprise gift set, so I linked the first impressions post that I did on it last month 👉 (First Impressions: Estée Lauder Skincare).

I did some investigating because I was so perplexed by this surprise box, and it appears that if you are a Platinum member with Ulta, they will randomly send you sample products…for no reason at all.  What a great perk in addition to all of their other great perks!  I started my makeup journey with Sephora being my go-to spot, but slowly yet surely, Ulta has taken over due to their better rewards system and perks such as this!

If you’re an Ulta Platinum Member, have you received a surprise box?!

xo,

Lauren

 

Product Comparison: Deep Cleansing Pore Strips

Product Comparison: Deep Cleansing Pore Strips

Hi All!

When it comes to shopping, like most people, I like to find a great product for the best deal possible.  One of the types of blog posts that I’d like to do more of is a product comparison where I test out a brandname product and compare it with its dupe to see how the dupe matches up.  Today I’ll be comparing deep cleansing nose pore strips by Bioré and seeing how the up&up dupe from Target compares!

Bioré Ultra Deep Cleansing Pore Strips

Let’s start with the brandname strips from Bioré.  At Target, I picked up the Bioré Ultra Deep Cleansing Pore Nose Strips 6 Count and this retails for $5.99 USD.  (Please note that the only difference from this “ultra strip” product is that it is a bit longer than the non-ultra version.)

Bioré Ultra Deep Cleansing Pore Strips

The process is pretty straight forward – remove strip from packaging, wet nose, apply strip for 10-15 minutes, peel strip off nose.  The effectiveness of the Bioré brand is unreal.  I’m not going to do a before-and-after because my “after” strip will scare you – yikes!  You just have to trust me when I say that this stuff really works on clogged pores!  My skin type is combo-oily and I am acne prone, and every time that I use this product the strip removes dirt and oil from my pores.  If you have very sensitive skin, I’d like to warn you that this strip slightly hurts to remove.  You have to peel it off very slowly (my eyes tear up every time) or else you may tear off some skin with the strip.

 

up&up Deep Cleaning Pore Strips

For the up&up brand, it’s called Deep Cleaning Pore Strips and you get 14 strips for $5.89 USD.  (Again, please note that the only difference is that the Bioré strips above are slightly longer and that is the only difference between the ‘ultra’ and non-ultra.)  I tried to love this dupe, I really did, but it is terribly ineffective.

up&up Deep Cleaning Pore Strips

As I mentioned above, with the Bioré strips dirt and oil are removed with every use, but when I use the up&up brand, nothing is removed.  I didn’t just give this one or two tries, I used 6 strips over a period of time and came up with the same results (or lack there of) with each use.  What made me finally give up on the up&up brand was the time where I used a strip and nothing came out, then I followed up with a Bioré strip about an hour after my skin had calmed down, and A LOT of dirt and oil came out, per usual.  You still have to be careful when removing the up&up strips, but it’s nowhere near as intense as the Bioré brand.

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(The strips themselves look very similar.  Left: Bioré ; Right: up&up)

It’s pretty obvious by now what my final verdict is – for pore cleansing strips, I will absolutely pay more money for the the brandname Bioré strips and know that I will get great results when I use this product.

Have any of you tried either of these products?  What were your thoughts?

xo,

Lauren

 

REVIEW: Glamglow Face Masks

REVIEW: Glamglow Face Masks

Hi All!

Today I wanted to share with you a couple of face masks that I’ve found success with so far this year.  These aren’t new to the market products, but I didn’t start using them until recently so they are fairly new to me.  I received samples of both of these masks in December of last year, and I had seen Glamglow all over social media for a while, so I decided to give it a try.   I mean, no sleep would be lost over trying out a couple of freebie products, right?  Both samples lasted me about 3-4 applications, and that’s all that it took for me to fall in love with Glamglow’s SUPERMUD & THIRSTYMUD!

On nights that I decide to pamper myself, or when I feel my skin really needs the extra TLC, I’ll use these 2 products and know that my skin will look and feel better by the next morning.  For my face mask routine, I start with the SUPERMUD mask (here).  This is great for de-clogging the skin and minimizing pores – two things that I definitely need the help with, and I’m happy to say this mask does the trick!  It claims to also help with pigmentation and scarring, but I have not had any luck in those departments with this mask.

 

I like to apply the mask with a flat foundation brush to try to get as even of an application as possible.  When you first apply it to the skin, the mask stays dark, like the way it looks in the container.

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As the mask starts to dry and tighten on your skin, it also begins to lighten in color.

 

At this stage of the mask, you begin to see tiny dots where the mask is starting to suck the dirt out of your pores.  I typically leave the mask on for about 20 minutes before rinsing it off, and this is what it looks like around that time mark.

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Here is a close up of the tiny dots / my pores at the end of the 20 minutes – sorry for the scary close up!  I believe that the more dots that appear on your face, the more your skin needed to be unclogged, which I clearly (⬅️ see what I did there) needed!  I have combination-oily skin and am acne prone, so I love that this helps to get rid of the built up dirt and oil.

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It is recommended that you use SUPERMUD 1-3 times per week.  I’ll usually do it just once (because it is pretty pricey), but if my skin is feeling really clogged I’ll use it more frequently.  There is a slight scent to it, I’d describe it as a minty-tea like scent, but nothing that is overwhelming.  Also, there are tiny, leafy ‘flakes’ in the mask as well (they’re supposed to be there), which is what you see in the smaller darker spots on the dried mask.

After the SUPERMUD mask, I like to hydrate my skin and put moisture back into it, so I’ll follow up with the THIRSTYMUD mask (here).  I mentioned this mask in my ‘What’s In My Bag: Carry On Edition’ (click the link if you haven’t seen it!) as it is so nice to apply at the beginning of a flight to avoid dryness.

 

In its container it has a mustard-y color, but when applied to the skin, it goes on colorless.  I like to apply this mask with a flat foundation brush as well.  I haven’t done pictures of the THIRSTYMUD mask since you know what putting on any old moisturizer looks like!  With this mask, it’s recommended use is 2-3 times per week.  You can either use it as a day application by leaving it on for 10-20 minutes and then rinsing it off, OR as a night mask and leave it on overnight.  I use this in combination with any of my other skincare products too, not just on nights when I use SUPERMUD, and it works just as great.  You can use it on other areas of your body that may need the extra moisture as well, such as your elbows or hands.  The scent to this one is unique, I don’t know how to describe it, but it’s even more subtle than the SUPERMUD so I don’t really notice it.  I use this mask at least twice a week, because one – it feels AMAZING!  Secondly, my skin looks more plump and youthful after each use – double win.

Unfortunately, these are pricey, but the way my skin looks and feels after I use these products make the splurge worth it in my book!  I definitely notice a difference in the ease of applying my foundation, and the way that the foundation looks, after I use this combo.  With the success that I’ve had with these masks, there is a 3rd Glamglow mask that I have my eye on, it’s the FLASHMUD in the orange container (here).  This one claims to make your skin brighter and more luminous!  If you’ve used this one, what are your thoughts on it?  If I ever purchase it, I’ll be sure to keep you updated!

What are your go-to face masks that you stand by?

xo,

Lauren

First Impressions: Estée Lauder Skincare

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I recently decided to branch out and try some skincare products from Estée Lauder, a brand that I had never tried before.  I used to associate Estée Lauder as a beauty line strictly for older women, however, I’ve been more inclined to give it a try since beautiful celebrities such as Eva Mendes, Kendall Jenner, and Victoria Beckham have all endorsed it!

I went to Nordstrom to speak to a beauty advisor to get some recommendations.  I explained my skin type (combination-oily and acne prone), some of my concerns (I needed something that would provide moisture, but not add a greasy feeling to my skin), and lastly what I was hoping to get out of a skincare line (mainly anti-aging, pore reducing, and moisturizing).  Here is what I purchased!

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye – 0.5 oz (click here) $60.00

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If I were to recommend just one item from this post, this would be it!  I’ve used my fair share of eye creams, and this one has quickly become a top favorite.  Within the short time that I’ve used this product, I feel like I have noticed less puffiness and dark circles in my under eye area, which I’m very happy with.  The product also comes with a small applicator which allows for a light-handed application on your under eye area as opposed to just using your fingers – go easy on that delicate skin!

Estée Lauder DayWear Matte – 1.7 oz (click here) $54.00

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This item is actually my least favorite from this purchase.  I was recommended the Matte option due to my oily skin concerns, however I think that this moisturizer would be best suited for users with oily skin only, and not combo-oily skin.  I feel moisturized for a couple of hours after I apply it, but after that my skin does get a tad “thirsty”.  Another downside to this product is that it does not provide any SPF coverage.  On a positive note, it does have a cooling gel-like consistency along with a light cucumber scent to it which is pleasant.

Estée Lauder NightWear Plus – 1.7 oz (click here) $56.00

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I am having more luck with this nighttime moisturizer in comparison to its daytime counterpart!  It is creamier in consistency, as opposed to the gel-like texture in the DayWear Matte, and because of that I find it to be way more moisturizing.  This also has a light cucumber scent to it which again, I do like, and it does typically fade within a minute or so after applying.

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair – 1 oz (click here) $65.00

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All I know is that this product makes my skin feel so good as soon as I apply it!  It has a typical serum-like consistency and takes just a few minutes to absorb into my skin. It does not have a smell to it that I’ve noticed so far, which I actually prefer in a serum as I find that most moisturizers that are applied right after the serum are more likely to have the scent-factor.

Overall, I’m glad I branched out and gave Estée Lauder a try!  I will definitely repurchase the Advanced Night Repair, for both face and eye, but I will try to find a different day and night moisturizer when I run out of these to see what else the brand has to offer.  If you have tried any other moisturizers from this brand and had a positive experience, or any other skincare products that you absolutely loved, please let me know!  I’ll be back in a couple of months after testing these products out with an in-depth review.

xo,

Lauren