2.17.2016

Mario Badescu Salon Review


A few weeks ago I booked an appointment at the Mario Badescu Salon after my friend raved about the treatments there.I didn't realized that they offer one of the best facials in New York City. Unlike, Bliss Spa, the Mario Badescu Salon isn't as 'posh' but the facials are outstanding. Don't expect quiet quarters, champagne, and zen music but do expect to walk away with your skin on point.



I booked an early appointment - 9AM! I was stunned at how many people were already there so early and 60 minutes later when I walked out, the place was PACKED with women and men, old and young, ready to get their skin care on! This must be the best kept secret ever. While you're paying $100-plus for a facial somewhere else, you can get a facial here for only $65. Of course, the additions are extra but the basic facial is a wonderful affordable price. The best thing about starting with the basic facial is that you're able to get a clear idea on what treatments you should book in the future.

The skin specialists that work there wear white coats similar to doctors and really know what they're talking about. They can also recommend what best for your skin based on your skin and won't try to up sell you just to get a dollar. After your appointment, you're whisked off (this is optional) to a room filled with products. Another skin specialist will suggest a variety of products that you should try based on your skin examination. She filled up a bag (FILLED IT UP) with all of the products in a sample size that she recommended for me. I had at least a months worth of samples and I couldn't wait to test them out. A few weeks after my appointment, I got a letter in the mail from the spa thanking me for my service and they even included a discount for my next visit.

After careful consideration, I have decided to purchase The Glycolic Acid Treatment. This treatment is an all-natural, rapid exfoliating treatment that stimulates cellular turnover to help you regain a healthy, smooth, and even complexion. Glycolic Acid is an Alpha Hydroxy Acid derived from sugar cane that works to loosen the bond that holds dead skin cells together, allowing them to slough away revealing fresh, new skin underneath. The spa offer 6 treatments for $250.

Regular glycolic treatments will result in:


  • Minimizing pore congestion and blackheads
  • Minimizing discoloration from old acne and sun exposure as well as softening the look of fine lines and dull skin.
Now, that my breakouts have ceased thanks to the Murad Pure Skin Supplements (read my review here), I look forward to removing minimal discoloration and any dullness on my skin. Do you have a favorite Mario Badescu product? Comment below! I'd love to hear about it. 




2.15.2016

Murad Pure Skin Clarifying Dietary Supplement Review


I'm back and I discovered the best dietary supplement for radiant clear skin! I was on Snapchat one day (follow me at: luvjonesy) and I was watching one of my favorite YouTuber's talk about her skin. Lately, her skin has been looking amazing! I wondered what her secret was and she revealed it one day - Murad Pure Skin Clarifying Dietary Supplement. I've tried every lotion and potion but never could really get my skin to completely calm down at certain times. I have really good months and then some bad. This summer, my skin was amazing! I hardly wore makeup but then after I started a new job my skin started to change. I was getting more breakouts than normal and I wasn't quite sure why or what to do. I consulted a new Dermatologist and even tried some new products. It seemed to help a little but during that time of the month (when you are more hormonal) I'd still get breakouts. That's when I discovered Murad and decided to try them out. I went to Sephora and was told they were SOLD OUT! Wow, these must be good. I remember walking, determined to get to another location 10 blocks away to pick up a bottle. 



I started by taking two pills in the morning and then two at night. I did this for a month and I noticed amazing results right away. No more breakouts, my skin looked radiant and I was well on my way to recovery. I purchased my bottle at Sephora for $43 but you can also purchase the pills on the Murad website which offers an auto-delivery option (save 20% off) and guarantees you'll never fall behind. To save money, I decided to reduce my intake from four pills a day to only two. Since I didn't suffer from bad acne, I decided that four wasn't all that necessary to get the results I wanted. I suggest starting your first month with four but eventually testing it out to see if you can reduce it down to two. 

Side effects? I didn't really experience any except that your urine will turn a bright yellow color. This caught me off guard but it's definitely not the end of the world. 

Murad Pure Skin Clarifying Dietary Supplement is suggested for people looking to:
• Have clearer, healthier-looking skin
• Help prevent clogged pores
• Enhance internal defense against acne

Well all know that clogged pores is a cause of acne and if you've suffered from cystic acne (which is the worst if you ask me) it can be quite difficult to find a facial wash or topical treatment that will rid of it. That's why skin supplements are such a great option. If you suffer from cystic acne I definitely recommend this product. It's been about 3 months and I can't remember the last time I had one pimple. Amazing right? To make my skin even more fantastic I've been getting facials at the Mario Badescu Skin Center in New York City. 

Have you tried these pills and did you like them? Comment below. Stay tuned, I will be doing another full review of this product as well as other products I love for the skin on my YouTube Channel (subscribe here)


7.31.2015

COVERGIRL SUPER SIZER AND INTENSIFY ME EYELINER REVIEW

A month ago I received the new CoverGirl Super Sizer by LashBlast Mascara. The mascara is supposed to give your lashes more volume for full, fanned out lashes. I also received the Intensify Me! Liquid Liner.  It's supposed to give you the same control of a pencil with the intensity of a liquid eyeliner for beautifully defined eyes every time. One of these products I LOVED and the other I did not. Can you guess which one?

 

I absolutely love this mascara. It gives my lashes a lot of length and great color! It also prevents my lashes from looking "clunky," that is major! Check out this blurb from Allure.com:

"First, there's the wand: Sandwiched in between the longer bristles are rows of the tiniest little baby bristles you've ever seen. And these tiny bristles get loaded up with tons of mascara—so much so that 'mascara hits your lashes before the bristles do,' Vickery explained. 'That initial drenching of the lashes is unusual, and what it does is deposit a ton of mascara right at the lash line, giving you that intensity that makes your lashes look thicker.' The longer bristles comb the pigment evenly through to the tips, especially if you roll the wand toward you (this is key). The other interesting thing about the Super Sizer wand is that the longer bristles are spaced far apart—26 percent farther apart than on most mascara wands, to be exact—so that lashes are coated with mascara in groups. 'By coating the lashes in uniform groups, you end up with more of a dramatic look,' says Vickery. I can attest. My lashes nearly touched my brow bone. And finally, the formula: "It's a dual-polymer system balanced with the perfect mix of clays and waxes," says Vickery. That basically means the formula is both flexible (so you have some play time when applying it) and long-lasting (so you won't get to work looking like you never went home the night before). You really have to try this stuff."

I did not love the liner. The brush itself felt uncomfortable on my skin, it didn't feel gentle at all. It felt somewhat tough and hard. Unfortunately, I couldn't perfect my wing with the tip. My first impression was that it was difficult to achieve an angled wing with this brush. For $1.99 my NYC Liquid Eyeliner does a much better job and lasts throughout the day.

Run and get the mascara but ditch the liner!