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Fastest way to look 10 years younger (or even just 5) - Get that celebrity glow

Take 10 Years Off: The Best Exfoliation Method
You know how all celebs seem to glow?

What they do to get it: EXFOLIATE!

I've tried them all: microdermabrasion (at home, salon and physician office types), scrubs, peel, gommage, fruit acids, milk acids, etc., etc. The best I've found so far has to be the chemical (glycolic) peel. There are other types of chemical peel (AHA, Jessner, TCA, etc.), but for me it's glycolic all the way. Why?

It's cheap, it's easy, result appear immediately and are cumulative, little irritation and/or peeling occurs (when done correctly), and it's readily available. I buy mine online and work with either a mixable formula where I can dilute or strengthen the formula based of the activator used or a straight 40% or 50% glycolic. Don't use anything stronger on your facial skin. You just don't need it and it can cause burns and scarring. The ebay glycolics of 70% or more are for your body skin (heels and other tough skin areas) and …

Over 40 Eyes - Quick Tip: Make Eyes Appear Uplifted in 30 seconds (Makeup Artist Tip + Cheap Product that Works Great)

Quick Tip: Make Eyes Appear Uplifted in 30 seconds
Need a quick tip to make your eyes appear uplifted?

Use a concealer at the outer corner of your eyes. We know we need it in the inside corners to cover that dark, hollow look we all get. However, using the concealer just under your outer lower lashes and extended upward and out slightly beyond your eye line. Be sure to blend well. Use a lighter color than you use on the rest of your face (gives a nice bright glow). Note about this: Do not use white or a color drastically lighter, just a shade lighter.

This tip works best if you use a makeup brush. Draw a line of concealer under your outer (only) lower lashes and out beyond your eye line. Use a sponge to blend. Dab a little light powder on it for staying power (Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder works well).

And, as always, curl your lashes before applying mascara. This really does help make your eyes appear wide open. I use a drugstore-brand curler (Revlon) and warm it a bit with …

HONEST UNPAID Beauty Review: Dr. Graf Skin Deep & Dr. Brandt Lasertight

HONEST UNPAID Beauty Review: Dr. Graf Skin Deep & Dr. Brandt Lasertight



Here are a couple review of products used by the over 40 set and what I think of them (for what it’ worth). I’ve used them each several times, followed directions and carefully noted results.

Dr. Brandt Laser in a Bottle–Lasertight
OK, first of all, yikes! The pricetag for this stuff at most retail outlets will be over $100.00. You can find it cheaper on the web, but it’s still a lot of money for the quantity. That said, I have used a few pricey products over the years that are worth the money (or close to it, anyway). I’m not a bargain-hunter per se, but I do know that a lot of ingredients in these pricey products are the same stuff in the drugstore brands. However, they do also usually contain higher priced ingredients. The real “ingredient” you’re paying for is the packaging, marketing, etc.

Dr. Brandt Lasertight is a delicate pink liquid dispensed from a…

Beauty Product - Honest Review: NIA24 Mineral Sunscreen

Beauty Review: NIA24 Mineral Sunscreen NIA24, Niacin powered skin therapy. 100% Mineral Sunscreen. UVA/UVB/SPF 30

DESCRIPTION: Physician recommended duo-action sun damage prevention and 100% mineral sunscreen in a weightless, oil-free lotion that absorbs instantly for complete protection. Suitable for sensitive skin.
Review: This product was a sample included in my Test Tube from New Beauty (great magazine and website). I likely would have never tried it due to the fact I’d never heard of it and the product packaging is a little dull. (I like a pretty package, I guess.)

I received this with its companion product, NIA Strenthening Complex Repair Cream. I took them on a trip up to Scottsdale (major sunshine and dryness) since they were trial-sized and easy to pack. After a late night of the Phoenix Art Walk, dining and cocktails, I used the Repair Cream before bed. The next morning, I showered and used the sunscreen then makeup. Wow! My tired skin looked great. This stuff made my skin l…

How to DIY Lower Face Jowl "Lift" At Home - Where to start: Learn about Fascia

Fascia and your face and body

I promise I will give you tips to help you serious effect a more toned jaw line at home (yes, you can), but first let's talk about what it is that you need to understand before we begin.
Our undеrѕtаnding оf fаѕсiа in mоdеrn science will rеvоlutiоnizе how wе еxеrсiѕе, how surgeons ореrаtе, how аthlеtеѕ train аnd hоw wе address раin mаnаgеmеnt. Fаѕсiа is thе frоntiеr of bоdу knоwlеdgе, and thе better уоu undеrѕtаnd whаt it iѕ and hоw it wоrkѕ, thе mоrе in tunе with уоur bоdу you'll bе. Hеrе'ѕ what уоu ѕhоuld know аbоut fаѕсiа.
Sо, what is fаѕсiа?
Fаѕсiа iѕ thе ѕуѕtеm оf connective tissue fibers thаt lау juѕt under the ѕurfасе оf оur ѕkin. Under a miсrоѕсоре, fаѕсiа iѕ highlу organized in a mеѕh formulation оf tubulеѕ fillеd with wаtеr, аnd itѕ job iѕ tо аttасh, ѕtаbilizе, еnсlоѕе аnd ѕераrаtе muѕсlеѕ and internal оrgаnѕ.
Think of fascia as thе mоѕt ѕеnѕitivе, highlу intеrсоnnесtеd ѕуѕtеm in thе еntirе bоdу, it'ѕ thе lifе force next tо bl…

Esthetician How To Tip: Using a Dermaroller - Microneedling - Which one to choose? What does it do? How does it work?

Home HOW TO for skincare enthusiasts:

Using a Dermaroller or Microneedling Device

At first glance these things can be scary. They are little wheels of lots and lots of little needles. You roll them across your skin creating many, many tiny, little "puncture" wounds that are touted to open up your skin and therefore increase the absorption of products, as well as build collagen, repair scars, plump the skin, etc.

But do they work?

I have to say I've been using a dermaroller for about four years now. I have to admit I was rather turned off by the idea when I first heard of it. However, after more research I thought I'd try it.

The first roller I bought, on ebay, was OK. I have since learned the various types and what they do. The first one I bought was less than $20 and after several years of use, washing, air drying, etc., it got creakey and the needles a bit less sharp. I noticed they were starting to drag a bit and even left a couple of scratches on my arms.

Arms? I thoug…