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How to easily exfoliate dry skin: Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel

I have really dry skin.  Sometimes it flakes and if I don’t treat my skin the night before, I wake up with tightness across my cheeks.  So I am always looking for ways to hydrate, brighten and fight off dullness.  This is where acids come in. Specifically alpha hydroxy acids or AHAs. A few years ago, I tried the Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Extra Strength Daily Peel and I have not looked back.  

Human skin naturally contains different acids, including on the very top layer of the epidermis. These acids help the old, dead skin cells shed revealing newer ones.  As we age, this process of the cycling of skin cells slow down often making the skin look dull and flaky.  AHAs specifically works on the top layer of the skin, while beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) work into the pores of the skin breaking down the lipids that can lead to enlarged pores, acne, blackheads and whiteheads.  I much prefer chemical exfoliation as using physical exfoliation can leave micro tears in the skin.

Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel – Video

If you would like to see my review, check out the video. Otherwise, keep on reading!

Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel – Description

The Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel comes in two strengths, original and extra strength.  In this review, I will be talking about the extra strength but I have used the regular version for a long while and my feelings are exactly the same.  I picked up the 5 Treatment package but they are also available in 30 Treatment and 60 Treatment versions.

This is a 2-step process and is meant to be used on a daily basis.  This exfoliates and treats the skin with anti-aging ingredients.  It is also cruelty-free, vegan and free of parabens and pthtalates. Both steps are used in the same session, so you are not going to receive the full benefits if you use just one of the steps.  Step 1 which is the exfoliating/smoothing step contains a number of AHAs including Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Mandelic Acid, Malic Acid and Citric Acid and the BHA Salicylic Acid.  That’s a lot of acids but I don’t know what the overall total concentration is.  There are also extracts and other ingredients like Copper PCA that help soothe and hydrate the skin.  The second step, which neutralizes and is anti-aging, contains retinoids like retinol and retinyl palmitate – powerful anti-aging ingredients.  There is also different forms of Vitamin C and E, ubiquinone, which are anti-oxidants and help brighten the skin and more soothing agents in the form of extracts.  The combination of these acids and retinoids have the possibility of causing irritation, especially in the extra-strength concentration.  Definitely start off slowly and pace yourself – use once or twice a week and start off with the gentler version.

Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel – Packaging

Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel Packaging

Both steps are individually packaged in foil packets which contains gauze towelettes that are soaked with the product.  Each towelette is about 2 square inches.

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Quick Deciem Haul: What did I buy from The Ordinary and Hylamide?

I am always looking for new products to try, and there is a brand that I have been interested in for months. It’s the Canadian brand DECIEM. I first started hearing about DECIEM and their cult favourite line The Ordinary from British bloggers. Everyone was raving about the effectiveness of this budget-friendly brand. They have not been readily available here in the US, but that is about to change.

DECIEM is about the make their grand entrance into the US market!! I am super excited about this. The Ordinary and Hylamide products will be debuting in Sephora stores in the US and Canada on December 20 (as per Allure). Also……The first of a number of stand-alone DECIEM stores will open in NYC in December as well (as soon as I have the exact date, I will update this post). The stores will contain all the lines under the DECIEM brand, including The Ordinary Colours (their popular foundation line, darkest shades always sold out), The Chemistry Brand (hand and body care), NIOD (their high-end, new technology driven line) and Fountain (liquid vitamins). And it looks like they are also launching another line under the umbrella called, Abnomoly, which will house products that are different and don’t fit neatly into beauty categories.

Prior to this, DECIEM products could have been purchased online at their website, and selected products were available on Beautylish or Ricky’s NYC. So when it came time to replenish my skincare stash, I decided to pick up some products from Ricky’s. This is going to be the first of many purchases.

DECIEM Haul – Video


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Who is having a sale? Black Friday Cyber Monday 2017 deals

We are already at the end of November! This year has flown. I am looking forward to 2018, but before we get there, there is some shopping to do. Thanksgiving in the US and hence the start of a frantic 6 week shopping season beginning with Black Friday. There is also Small Business Saturday, focused on supporting your local small businesses. It seems as though companies are starting earlier and earlier with the sales.

Here are some beauty and haircare sales that I think are interesting. I will continue to add as I discover more deals!

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Black Friday Cyber Monday 2017 – Deals
Black Friday Cyber Monday 2017 – Makeup & Skincare

Brand: The Body Shop

  • Discount: 40% off items under $11; 3 for $33 for items over $11
  • Shipping: Free
  • Code: -None-
  • Dates: November 20 – November 29
  • Other Details: Store exclusive deals, $50 Black Friday tote

Brand: Senna Cosmetics

  • Discount: 25% off all items
  • Shipping: Free over $50
  • Code: GIVING
  • Dates: Now thru November 27th 11:59PM PT
  • Other Details:

Brand: Paula’s Choice

  • Discount: 20% off eligible items
  • Shipping: Free for US and CA
  • Code: -None-
  • Dates: Now thru November 27th 11:59PM PT
  • Other Details:

See my review on some Paula’s Choice products here.

Brand: NARS Cosmetics

  • Discount: 20% off online and boutiques
  • Shipping:
  • Code: TAKE20
  • Dates: November 23 to November 28 11:59PM ET
  • Other Details:

Brand: Cirque Colors

  • Discount: 20% off online
  • Shipping:
  • Code: CIRQUE20
  • Dates: Now thru November 27, 11:59PM ET
  • Other Details: Excludes Holiday Collection and Clearance items

Brand: Mischo Beauty

  • Discount: 50% off online
  • Shipping:
  • Dates: Black Friday only, November 24
  • Other Details:

Brand: Barielle

  • Discount: 35% off
  • Shipping: FREE
  • Dates: November 20 to November 26
  • Other Details:

Brand: Smashbox

  • Discount: 25% off orders over $50
  • Shipping: FREE
  • Code:
  • Dates: Now thru November 26
  • Other Details:

Brand: Camera Ready Cosmetics

  • Discount: 20% off sitewide
  • Shipping:
  • Code: BLKFRI20
  • Dates: Now thru November 24, 11:59PM CT
  • Other Details:

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The 4 Best Eyeliner Brushes for your Favorite Winged Eye Look

Winged liner. One of the most requested and desired makeup looks. It was one of the first things I taught myself how to do when I was really getting into makeup. There are many different ways that you can draw that perfect ‘cat-eye’ and it is the best way to completely change your look and eye shape. A good winged eye, as with any other makeup look, is much easier to achieve with great tools. That does not mean you have to buy the most expensive brushes, but find tools that you can afford and allows you to achieve the look that you are going for.

When I was learning how to draw on liner, I initially started with pencils. I quickly moved to liquid liner with a felt tip. Then I started using cake and gel liners. I love playing with the different textures and achieving different effects. This video and post are about the different types of brushes that you can use to apply gel and cake eyeliners. What I am trying to convey is that it is not necessarily important to buy a certain brand, but look at the various options you have, experiment and pick a brush that makes it easy for you to use.

Best Eyeliner Brushes – TIPS
  • Look for synthetic brushes as they work better with wetter products like gels. Natural hairs are fine but they may break while using.
  • Look for thinner brushes. This allows you to get really close to the lashline.
Best Eyeliner Brushes – VIDEO

Best Eyeliner Brushes – TYPES

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What you must buy at the Sephora VIB Sale 2017 + wishlist

It’s that time of year! It is early Christmas at Sephora. Today, 10th November is the start of the Sephora VIB Sale 2017. This is Sephora’s biggest shopping event of the year and it only happens annually. In this video, I share all of my product recommendations and items on my wishlist. This is quite a long video, but it is broken down into sections: Haircare, Fragrance, Skincare and Makeup. I will have timestamps listed below to guide you. These are the products that I have loved using, or that I have been lemming for. There are a few items that I included are products that have gotten rave reviews and are well respected and loved.

Sephora VIB Sale 2017 – Tips

A few details on the Sephora VIB Sale 2017….

  • You have to be a Beauty Insider member. Different tiers have different discounts.
  • VIB Rouge: 20% off, November 3-6 and November 10-15. Code: 20FORROUGE
  • VIB: 20% off, November 10-15. Code: 20FORVIB
  • BI: 15% off, November 10-15. Code: INSIDER15
  • I have my coupon saved to my Apple Wallet and it can be used both online and in stores multiple times.

Here are my recommendations 🙂

Let me know what you are getting!

Sephora VIB Sale 2017 Recommendations – Video

Check out my haul from the last VIB Sale! Sephora VIB Haul

Some of the items mentioned:

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