my skin journey: fractional laser treatments

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oh that elusive perfect complexion. we spend hundreds each year in search of that airbrushed perfection we see in print. i have been no different, and because of this blog and my position as a beauty editor at glitter guide, i try out more products than most, with no goal other than ensuring it’s good enough to recommend.

i’ve struggled with spots and acne scarring for 15 years, and after a very severe bout of acne in my early 20′s, i was left with some pretty visible scarring. it’s ALWAYS bugged me, and i’ve tried to get it sorted so many times before. shorter term fixes to boost collagen like laser genesis is less invasive (i.e. doesn’t go as deep) and works well if you have some texture concerns that don’t include the deeper variety. read about my experience, here.

bring in the big guns. fractional laser. this laser goes deeper to affect the inner layers of the skin, puncturing tiny, microscopic holes so that the injured skin will heal itself with a boost of collegen. it stimulates the collagen to repair the tissue. sounds scary? yes, but it’s not to be feared. i just had my first treatment at pure light laser, and after a few days of redness, i noticed a difference. i will have 3 – 4 more treatments, and then will be sharing the no holds barred before and after shots!

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in the meantime, my current evening skincare routine has changed from my usual tinkering and playing with beauty edits (my co-worker is now in charge of this and reports back with her findings!), to this targeted regime:

cleanser: zo skin care oilacleanse cleanser (the 2% salicylic acid clarifies the pores during treatment and is super concentrated – i mean very, so you only need the tiniest bit to get your face perfectly clean. this is the best cleanser i have ever used. leaves not a trace of makeup, but doesn’t strip it, either. this product can only be sold by licensed professionals so tracking it down may be a challenge, but worth the effort. mine is from pure light laser in vancouver)

toner: glossier soothing face mist (post cleansing, i love the way this smells and it’s a pleasure to use. the rose scent signals relaxation, and the ingredients of any good toner will balance out the pH levels of the skin)

night lotion: proderm aha bha 5-2 (another dose of clarifying ingredients, aha-bha exfoliates with 5% glycolic acid and 2% salicylic acid overnight to make the most of my fractional laser treatments, and also moisturizes with some essential oils. slight peeling is normal, but will regulate. it also comes in a stronger 8% glycolic acid formula for more challenging conditions)

glam toothbrush: nano-b silver coated toothbrush (the latest technology in toothbrushes! silver coated bristles are antibacterial, killing more germs in your mouth. plus, it’s gorgeous, isn’t it?! testing this out and will report back)

body moisturizer: one love organics vitamin c body oil (i use this on my chest – yes, breasts – and backs of my hands before bed to keep things in check)

lips: aerin rose lip balm (yummy rose scented moisture for my lips that feels oh so luxurious and romantic)

next, i’ll be sharing some images of my skin pre and post fractional laser treatments – stay tuned! xx

the benefits of lemon water

lemon water detox

oh, the power of something so simple. the benefits of lemon water are vast. upon waking, i love to get my body revved up and start the elimination process by sipping on warm lemon water as i get ready, and before i caffeinate. warm lemon water alkalizes the body, helps to flush the system of toxins, helping all functions of the body. the skin will glow, you’ll feel less bloated, and have a little boost of energy.

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set your kettle to simmer filtered water so it doesn’t get too hot as it heats, and then squeeze half a lemon into the glass. can you use bottled lemon juice? yes, and i do sometimes – it’s much more affordable than buying a lemon for two glasses of water. if you can, go for the organic lemons/lemon juice to keep things as clean as possible. if you’re on the go, use a mason jar to sip while you commute.

try this out for 2 weeks, and see what happens – would love to hear your success stories!

spring makeup favourites

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spring? but it’s january! true, but my job is to think ahead and get our makeup bags prepped! a new do it all eyeshadow palette, concealer, lip balm and lipsticks, these are my current favourites.

first up, let’s talk about this most amazing shadow palette. i wrote about too faced chocolate bar shadows on glitter guide recently, and am loving them. the palettes are full of warm, cool, neutrals, shimmers and mattes, all of which are heavily pigmented and velvety. there are two versions, the original, and the semi-sweet, and it’s tough to choose which one i love more! (the chocolate aroma thanks to an infusion of cocoa is actually really yummy – thought it was a weird gimmick at first, but i kinda love it).

mac’s sweet and sour lipstick is a creamy peach that i wear almost daily. it’s neutral enough to work with most skin tones. i’ll often get asked how to choose the perfect lip colour, and the only way is to take some time, go in and try on one after another to find the shades that make your face come to life. a red i’m loving right now, is from the new nars audacious lipstick line. the formula is soft, creamy and deeply pigmented.

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nars has been one of my fave make up lines for years – their formulations are always superior. i hadn’t ever tried their concealer, and wow, was i missing out. everything about this product is perfection – the doe foot wand gets just the right amount of product out and on to your skin and the formula while creamy, doesn’t clump or crease and gives the most perfect seamless coverage under the eyes, or on a spot. for those of you with yellow undertones, nars always has a wide range of yellow/golden toned skin products, just a little tip.

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glossier is a new fave. the line only ships to the us for now (sorry!), but if you can get your hands on ‘em, you’ll be glad you did. i reach for the balm dot com multiple times a day to use as a lip balm. it’s basic, free from any scent and is the perfect seal to keep my lips supple.

the perfect bold lip colour

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i’ve always been a fan of a bright lip every now and then – bright fuchsia, red, and even hot coral are in my rotation. in one of my recent browsing sessions at mac (where i often spend too much money), i came across this perfectly bright, yet muted, shade that i swear, looks great on everyone. mac’s fashion revival is a purple based berry shade that brightens up my complexion so nicely. it’s very similar to the cult fave ‘rebel’. one coat gives a softer, brighter tone, and doubling up the pigment with a second coat intensifies the depth to almost another colour completely. i like to think of it as a two in one.

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paired with a defined eye and bold brows, it’s my new fave.