Saturday, February 28, 2015

[REVIEW] Jan Marini Skincare Management System

I find myself always looking at new skincare regimens. There are brands everywhere that are always coming out with something new and exciting. It's insane how much good stuff is out there for your skin. Some may be pricey and some may not be, so do not let the prices of products steer you away.

One brand that I came across is Jan Marini Skin Research (JMSR). Jan Marini was founded in 1994 in San Jose, CA. They are recognized as the leader in innovative skincare. Jan Marini believes that skin care should not only address the current conditions of your skin. Their focus is to provide innovative technologies that deliver the best results and they are committed to satisfying their customers.

I love getting surprises in the mail, and you can bet your ass I was thrilled when I was able to get my hands on a Skincare Management System. This Management System has clinically proven technologies that can give you results within a few days. It'll improve the appearance of those pesky fine lines & wrinkles, redness, acne and acne scarring and hyper-pigmentation. Doesn't this all sound amazing? Check out the pictures below with a small review of what each item does.


So here's what you get inside the box. There are 5 steps to this system; Cleanse, Rejuvenate, Resurface, Hydrate and Protect. How easy is that? Don't worry it also comes with directions.

Step One: Cleanse

This is the Bioglycolic Cleanser with glycolic acid. It's suitable for all skin types and contains sorbital, a natural humectant derived from berries. Whats different about this cleanser is you use it on your face completely dry. It was definitely weird, but in a good way, at first. Once I blotted off the cleanser with a wet towel, my face felt refreshed and super soft. I didn't even need to use a toner after cleansing my face.


 Step Two: Rejuvinate

Ahhh The C-Esta Face Serum that dramatically rejuvenates your skin.  I can honestly tell you that this serum really does get the job done. My skin feels so much smoother, supple and tighter.


Step Three: Resurface

The Bioglycolic Bioclear Face Lotion is the resurfacing step. It makes my skin brighter and more even toned. It also helps with discoloration from being out in the sun and helps with fine lines & wrinkles too!

Step Four: Hydrate

The Transformation Face Cream helps my skin feel healthy, smooth to the touch and look more youthful. I love that you can use this on sensitive skin. You can definitely expect decrease in the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles.

Step Five: Protect

The final step to this Skincare Management System is of course the protection stage. This is the Antioxidant Daily Face Protectant SPF 33. I love that this protectant contains microscopic sponges for extra oil control. It contains benefits from phytomelanin and beta glucan 1,3, which helps prevent damaged that was caused by sun exposure. Not only does it prevent it, it helps reverse sun damage. Texture wise, it's perfect, not too runny and most certainly not too thick, and it works great before your makeup application.

Overall, I really like this system. Each single product in this kit is perfect, none of it is too runny or too thick. Did I forget to mention that everything smells heavenly? Which is great for me because I am sensitive to strong scents. You also don't need a lot of product for this system to work. I know you're all wondering if it's worth the steep price tag. With product this amazing that delivers results, it's definitely worth it! Trust me, you won't be disappointed.

Jan Marini Skincare Management System
Standard Kit: $300
Starter Kit: $190
(A-la-carte click on the individual links in product descriptions for individual pricing)

What's your skincare regimen? Do you have your favorites that you can't live without? Do tell!

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**Thanks to New Beauty I received the chance to review this amazing brand and their products. My review is based upon my own honest opinion**

Monday, February 9, 2015

Is Your Skin Tan-Ready for Summer?

Although it is February, Summer is literally right around the corner. Summer means fun in the sun, sandals, shorts, tanks and that glowing sun-kissed skin. What have you been doing all Winter to keep your skin glowing? If you haven't been keeping up with your tanning, fret not because it's not too late to start! Check out the Self-Tanning Towelettes from Comodynes.

Haven't heard of Comodynes, don't worry I have you covered. Here's the 411 on Comodynes: Comodynes is well known for the amazing self-tanning towelettes. The towelettes can provide a quick and easy naturally looking tan in about 3 hours. The towelettes itself contain 100% natural fibers, doesn't leave a staining residue and is perfect for face and body use. I haven't even told you the best part.. These towelettes are Paraben and Allergen FREE! Do I have your interest now?

Comodynes has a variety of products to help you keep your Summer sun-kissed skin through out those long cold Winters. Of course if you're in San Diego, CA, those types of Winters are non-existent for us! Still, not everyone has time to go to the tanning salon, or be outside during the day. That's where Comodynes comes in with products like the self-tanning towelettes and moisturizing lotions that help keep your tan up-to-date.

Comodynes Towelettes are available in two intensities, natural or intensive. Application is as simple has applying lotion! Just apply to clean, dry skin and voila! A tanner looking you in about 3 hours! To maintain your new tan, make sure you use a towelette about every 4 days.

If you're feeling a little dry but afraid to use a moisturizer after your towelette application, use Comodynes Hydratanning Body Moisturizing Summer Glow and Hydratanning Face Moisturizing Summer Glow. The Hydra Tanning Lotion will give you a progressive and uniform tan plus moisture for up to 24 hours! Not only does it help keep your tan flowing, it also helps defend against free radicals.

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Saturday, February 7, 2015

5 More Months of School!

So, I know that my last post was about a year ago, which is right when I started Bellus Academy. I can't believe how fast 2014 flew by, which I am grateful for. Working Full time and going to school full time is kind of exhausting. But hey, I know all this sacrificing my family and I have had to deal with will all be worth it in the end.

Recap of the past year of beauty school... The first 3 months are what they call a Discovery phase. In this phase we learn about all the State Board regulations. :: shiver:: State Board is kind of a scary and very stressful test. The next 3 months they call the Inspiration phase. In this phase is where we learned all of the technical aspects of cutting and coloring. I learned the Wella Color chart, super overwhelming at first but once you do something over and over you remember it. Cutting was also a challenge because I had to learn how to cut "palm to palm". This cutting style will help prevent carpal tunnel later on in life. I took an extra course called Be Creative. In this class I broke all of the rules that I learned in the previous 3 months. I learned how to cut the totally opposite way, played with creative color. At the end of it we had a photo shoot to end the 6 week class. Was it worth the extra money? Heck yeah it was! I loved the Be Creative class, it definitely helped me be more confident in what I was doing.

I'm currently in my 2nd to last phase of school, which is the Floor phase. This is where I am currently taking clients, cutting and coloring hair. People always ask me - What do you like doing better? Cutting or Coloring? To be honest with you I like doing both! I don't like one or the other more. The last phase of school is what's called State Board. This is where you're blocked off from working on clients to study for our State Board test. The test is about 4 1/2 hours long... Yes I said hours. It consists of practical, which is the physical aspect, and the written, self explanatory this is the written test portion.

I'm happy with school and almost being done. There are certain things that probably need to change. Of course when you go to school full of girls, there's bound to be drama. Thankfully I mind my own business and do my own thing. I have made some life long friends and am grateful to have crossed paths with these amazing people. Overall, school is great. I've learned so much about Cosmetology, things that I didn't even know pertained to becoming a Cosmetologist.  Here's a few questions you can ask yourself, because I ask myself all the time; What are you going to school for? Why?