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Attention SLC: Splendor Beauty Emporium Grand Opening

In SLC the Splendor Beauty Emporium has just opened their NEW Foothill Village Location (across the parking lot from The Sports Den).




Friday, October 17th & Saturday, October 18th* (I will be sure to be at this one!)
Grand Opening Event co-hosted by Paula Dorf Cosmetics
Complimentary Make-overs
(To schedule an appointment for these events you need to call 801-583-1555.)
Beverages, Food, Free Product with Every Purchase
Gift Basket Drawing Every Hour
Special Promotion:  Free Kinerase Cleanser or Antioxidant Mist with the purchase of $100 in Kinerase products…While supplies last.  During the month of October you can enter to win an OJON ‘Try Me’ Kit every time you spend $50.

And be sure to mention that Jen from Mythbuster Beauty sent you!

October 15, 2008 at 3:35 am 2 comments

Mythbuster Beauty Review: Baby Quasar and Baby Blue

Warning! The photo rejuvenation devices I am about to review are expensive! You may be better off being blissfully unaware of these rather awesome devices. I give you this warning because once you read about what the Baby Quasar and Baby Blue Photo Light Devices can and do for your skin; you will covet them until you finally own them!

What are the devices: Photo Rejuvenation and Acne Clearing Devices

How they work: The Baby Quasar (or BabyQ, as it’s affectionately called) is designed to deliver four light wavelengths (that is amber, red and infrared). The Baby Blue delivers only blue light. This is a picture of the Baby Quasar. The Baby Blue looks exactly the same, but emits a blue light.

What the devices do:   By following a series of photo rejuvenation sessions for six weeks, the Baby Quasar can enhance the skin cells’ circulation, stimulating collagen production and healing. The Baby Blue emits a blue light that kills the p. acne bacteria. Used together, they can reduce the inflammation and redness associated with acne or sensitive skin. The red light causes the release of nitric oxide, which is essential for healing. These devices are meant to enhance and improve the effectiveness of your skincare serums and treatments. Light Therapy is best for individuals with sun damage, redness, broken blood vessels and brown discoloration, including freckles.

My experience:

I was told to start by using the Baby Blue device first followed by a Baby Quasar session for six weeks to achieve the maximum benefits. I used both devices every other day for six weeks and each session lasted for about 35 minutes.

Both devices were easy to use. The warmth from the light felt good against my skin and there was no pain involved. I found the light therapy sessions very soothing, especially after using the Baby Quasar. I noticed that my blemishes seemed to heal more quickly and the number of my breakouts diminished while using both devices. I generally used the Blue Light as a spot treatment on areas where I tend to break out (nose, cheeks and chin), and the red Baby Quasar over the entire face.

I noticed that the Baby Quasar significantly helped diminish my skin’s redness. It was very soothing to my skin. Over the six weeks, I noticed more firmness and softened lines around my eyes, mouth and forehead. My pigmentation issues have improved and are less noticeable on my cheeks and chin. On my cheeks, I noticed some very dramatic improvements including some pigmentation spots fading and completely vanishing.  I have been trying to clear up some very deep small whiteheads on the apples of my cheeks for years, and while using the BabyQ and Baby Blue, these small whiteheads have slowly been surfacing and disappearing!   I have also noticed diminished pore size around my cheeks, chin and nose.

In short, I loved the Baby Quasar. You are going to love what these devices can do for your skin!

You will need to avoid shining the light directly into your eyes or around mucous membranes. I did get a few strange sores after exposing my nostrils to the light. Other than that, I noticed no other side effects or adverse issues while using the Baby Quasar and the Baby Blue devices.

Where do you purchase, and how much:

The price of these devices is very high. The Baby Quasar costs $449 plus $20 s&h at the Baby Quasar site. However, if you look at the cost of going to an esthetician or clinic for Photo Rejuvenation Therapy or Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) a series of five treatments can cost between $1,000 – $2,000. To have a device that can be used at your convenience and indefinitely, you can see how these devices can be a deal. The Baby Quasar devices have a one year warranty from the manufacturer, and the company provides excellent customer support. You can also share the devices with other family and friends.

Special Discount Code: Baby Quasar is offering a promotional code, ‘mythbeauty’ that will give you an additional 10% discount off any Baby Quasar device.

Conclusion: The improvements are subtle and take time, but I have noticed some real benefits while using the Baby Blue and Baby Quasar. I highly recommend using the Baby Quasar.

[Here is picture I took today with a bit of makeup, (but really not that much), and no touch-ups! My skin isn’t perfect, but not bad for a 39 year old mother of five.]

If you are serious about getting the most out of your skincare, purchasing the Baby Quasar would be definitely a step in the right direction. BabyQ really rocks!

July 10, 2008 at 4:00 am 17 comments

Welcome to the Dark Side: Enlarged Pores


Here is a wonderful skincare question from my blogging friend Tracy or “Dandelion Mama.”  She is experiencing some fun changes that many of us encounter after the magical age of 35, aka “the dark side of 30.”  I have some suggestions, but would appreciate any other advice from the Council of Jedi-Master skincare experts out there.

“Ok, I have a question. I’m heading towards the dark side of my thirties, and I’m noticing my pores on my cheeks and nose much more than I used to… help. Is the sugar rub above a good solution? Is there anything I can do about it getting worse?”

First and foremost, I am right there with you.  Those 30’s ticked by WAY too quickly.  From what I have read, there is no known way to shrink your pore size.  In writing this, I am reminded of  the wish cast by the good Fairy Merryweather from Sleeping Beauty, “I cannot take back that wicked spell, but perhaps I can soften it.”

By keeping your pores clean, by either a scrub, exfoliation, or a deep professional cleaning, you can make your pores appear smaller.   Once a week try a homemade facial using yogurt, ground almonds or flaxseed, or using the fruit enzymes found in papaya, lemons, or pineapple.  Not only are these products organic and affordable, I think we just created a recipe for a wonderful fruit salad!

I recently tried Renee Rouleau’s MINT BUFFING BEADS.  I absolutely love this mildly-tingly, exfoliating facial scrub.  The tiny “micro-beadlets” remove dead skin gently.  After using this, my skin felt soft, polished, and deep down clean.  hot-pink-heart.jpg

I have been testing another very nice product from Renee Rouleau called, Matte Moisturehot-pink-heart.jpg which is good for the appearance of pores and provides an oil-free moisture that combats shine.  This product uses Sodium Hyaluronate which is known for its ability to retain moisture.  This lotion is very soothing and contains cucumber and mallow extract.  They add dimethicone to smooth the skin’s appearance and make your skin feel soooo lovely.  It retails for $33.50 for 2 ounces.  

The treatment product that I swear by is Perricone’s Ceramic Skin Smoother.  After using this, I noticed that the large pores on my nose appeared significantly smaller.   I am searching for its equivalent because this product costs a small fortune ($75).  Mo’s review of Dr. Brandt’s “Pores No More”  ($45) was good for her pores and made her skin feel like velvet, but she had some reservations on its color.   Two Drug Store brands I would recommend are Olay’s Regenerist Daily Regenerating Serum ($20 for 1.7 ounce), and Boots No7 Restore & Renew Beauty Serum (1 ounce for $21.99 at Target).

Tomorrow, I will revisit the Dark Side and discuss another of  Tracy’s skincare dilemnas, the cursed beauty mark! 

BTW:  Check out Dandelion Mama’s brilliant, original artwork at her ETSY boutique shop!   Tracy, you rock!

March 2, 2008 at 7:44 pm 7 comments

Kate Somerville’s At Home Facial Demonstration

I have only heard positive reviews about Kate Somerville’s skincare line.  In this video, Kate is demonstrating her own homemade facial recipies and techniques.   I love how easy and simple this facial is!

All of the ingredients for this facial can be found at your local grocery store: 

  • plain yogurt (lactic acid for chemcial exfoliation) 
  • ground flax seed meal (for physical exfoliation)
  • Brewer’s yeast – eliminates oils, stimulates skin cell, and kills bacteria
  • avocado – provides natural oils, moisturizer

Kate describes that we have different “Eco Systems” of the Skin. 

  • Only use the Brewer’s yeast mask where you have acne and are oily.  
  • Kate does not recommend using avocado directly onto acne-prone skin; only use on areas of your face where you are dry and needing moisture.

Caution:  Natural products can sometimes cause skin allergies, always do a patch test, and do not try new products like these shortly before a big outing or event (like your wedding, a big date, or the Oscars)!

Have fun with this homemade facial and let me know how things go!

February 19, 2008 at 8:48 am 4 comments

Saturday Facial with Dr. Perricone

This past Saturday, I reserved a spot at my local Nordstrom for a complimentary facial. An enthusiastic Counter Manager for the NV Perricone MD Line and Master Aesthetician named ReAnna met me for my appointment. She first asked if I would like to try a supercharged drink made from their Super Berry Powder with Acai. It was just a small cup, and reminiscent of raspberry Kool-aid, but promises to deliver a healthy boost of antioxidants, amino acids, and essential fatty acids. All of which are supposedly very beneficial to the skin.

ReAnna has worked for the NV Perricone MD line for the past two years. She used a number of Perricone products during the facial. After cleansing, she applied the Perricone Hydrating Mask, infused with Olive Oil Polyphenols. I am sure ReAnna explained more about the product, but it felt so wonderful that I don’t remember what she said. I later read that Olive Oil Polyphenols are beneficial to our bodies in many ways, and those include protection and replenishment of our skin.

My favorite product during the facial was the “Hand and Body Lipid Replenishment Crème with Phosphatidyl-E,” which ReAnna massaged into my bare arms and hands. Afterwards my arms and hands felt soft and supple, not greasy. It is a luxurious product, but the $85.00 price tag is a bit steep for a measly 3 oz. tube! Price is definitely a concern with the NV Perricone MD line.

The NV Perricone MD products are high in quality. They have some very effective skincare treatments and formulas. Dr. Perricone discusses in his books the benefits of using DMAE, Alpha-Lipoic Acid, Neuropeptides, Antioxidants, Vitamin C Ester, Olive Oil Polyphenols, etc.

I am overjoyed that I decided to splurge for one of their newest products, NV Perricone MD’s Ceramic Skin Smoother. ReAnna politely corrected me when I referred to it as simply a “primer.” It is applied onto the skin like a primer, but is considered a “finishing serum treatment.”

Out of several skin primers out there, Ceramic Skin Smoother really offers something unique. Not only does it prime the skin by smoothing and filling in the fine lines, it shrinks your pores. There are a few pores on my nose that have been large and bothersome for many years. They disappear when I use Ceramic Skin! And, the more you use it, the better your results are. Its performance went way beyond my expectations. I would love to swim in it!

Here’s the ingredient list from Perricone’s site on what makes Ceramic Skin Smoother so effective:

  • Microspheres– The finest grade micro-ceramic beads that act like a filler to correct the appearance of fine lines and enlarged pores and create a smooth surface
  • Fullerenes – Nanotechnology vitamin B60 – A potent antioxidant that helps to reduce the appearance of skin discolorations, redness and surface stress
  • Xylotol– acts as a humidifier to draw moisture from the air
  • Beta Glucans – Binds this moisture to the skin to sustain a firm, hydrated appearance throughout the day
  • DMAE – Helps the skin look and feel more firm
  • WATER-SOLUBLE VITAMIN E – TPGS: Smoothes and nourishes the surface of the skin

If you want to try the Ceramic Skin Smoother, visit your local Nordstrom, Sephora, or other high-end department stores and BEG the consultants at the Perricone counter like I did.

ReAnna generously gave me an additional free 7-day sample of the Ceramic Skin Smoother and the Face Firming Activator, which I am giving to my Mother-in-Law. She is a natural beauty and I can’t wait to hear what she has to say about these!

You really will want to sample Ceramic Skin Smoother before you buy it to see how it works on your skin and to decide if the product is worth the $75.00 price tag. Ouch! A little bit goes a long way, so you should be able to get about 3 months of good use out of it (and scrape every last bit out with a Q-tip).

September 25, 2007 at 1:34 pm 1 comment

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