Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Doctor Brands: Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare: ALPHA BETA PEEL PADS

This is going to be one hell of a love fest for a post.  Just throwing that out there.

This is the hero product for me that started a long love with this brand.  I keep trying new things, and I'm never disappointed!  That's saying a lot considering when it comes to my skin, I'm suuuuuuper picky.

The Alpha-Beta Peel comes in two varieties.  The Original and the Extra Strength (Extra Strength is shown above and is a bit stronger so it's more recommended for normal/resilient skin.  It also contains willow bark extract and mandelic acid).  You can see the brand comparison here [LINK]..  I'm going to be talking about the original strength in my post...but I have used both (and I've also had the professional treatment that you only can get in the dermatology office) and I am in loooooooooove.

So I admit it -- I'm a peel junkie.  I've got dry, flaky skin and I have to peel my face at least once a week to keep the flakies at bay.  That's why these are such a skin saver for me -- you can use them daily or you can spread them out!

It is a 2-step treatment and they come packaged either in separate jars or in the packettes --

Step 1 is your refining step. It contains:
  • Glycolic Acid (anti-aging)
  • Lactic Acid (promotes cell renewal - exfoliating/moisturizing)
  • Malic Acid (promotes cell renewal - exfoliating/moisturizing)
  • Citric Acid (helps speed cell turnover/renewal)
  • Salicylic Acid (helps to keep pores clean)
  • Genistein (stimulates collagen production)
  • Chamomilla Recutita (soothes/calms irritation)
  • Green Tea Extract (natural antioxidant)
Step 2 is a neutralizer for Step 1.  It contains:
  • Retinol (anti-aging)
  • Green Tea Extract (natural antioxidant)
  • Phospholipids (humectant - draws moisture from the air and seals to skin)
  • Sodium Bicarbonate (neutralized acids in step 1)
  • Vitamins A, C, E (antioxidants, prevents collagen breakdown)
  • Genistein (stimulates collagen production)
  • Yarrow Extract (natural toner/anti inflammatory)
  • Ubiquinone (antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals)
  • Resveratrol (grape-seed polyphenol that protects skin from premature ageing)
The best part is that it takes about 4 minutes to do the peel!  The pads are pre-soaked and pre-labeled.  Take step 1 and use small circular motions all over your face, neck and decollete until the pad has lost it's moisture.  Wait 2 minutes (I take this opportunity to brush my teeth!). Then take step 2 and do the exact same motions.  That's it!

After using these my face always feels extremely clean and smooth and I feel like my skincare is better absorbed into my skin because I've cleaned off all of the dead cells.

This is my MUST HAVE skincare product -- have you tried it?  What do you think?

Friday, October 4, 2013

Long Time, No Blog?

Well HELLO!  How are you?  What?  Where have I been?

Oh that.

Yeah....about that.

Sooo, I haven't blogged (or vlogged for that matter) since I told you all I worked for Sephora back in July.  That gives kind of a negative feeling doesn't it?  Well, let's just dispel most of that right now!

Simply put, I haven't blogged because I've been right out straight!   I auditioned for (and got into) a local production of Jesus Christ Superstar as the featured Maid by the Fire...and that, on top of work is insane.  Just to give you a little insight -- I live an hour away from my store...so I leave at 7:30 in the morning, work 8:30-5:30, have rehearsal (or call for the show) from 6-whenever I get out (rehearsal: 9:30, performances: 10ish) and then depending on if the cast is going to do something, I won't get home until midnight.  That leaves just about enough time to sleep to do it all over again!

oh hey, I'm that blind leper on the left in the hat and orange shawl!

Maid by the Fire turned Reporter (for our production) during Peter's Denial

Photo Credit:  Audra Hatch Photography

The cool thing is, I have my work/life balance that I love -- I can do makeup AND theater!  The bad thing is, I don't have enough time to do much of anything else.  Which means my contribution to all my different forms of social media suffers.  Sorry.

But what is cool is that I've been doing a lot of fun things in the meantime!  Last night I just got home from a work trip to San Francisco (during my birthday no less!) and I'm jumping right back into another show -- I will be Sister Berthe in The Sound of Music in November!  (among other things - I'm slowly getting more involved with that theater company and I'm very exited to be doing so!)

Oh San Francisco.  I can't wait to someday be there!! Every time I go (and this was my 3rd time) I fall in love a little more.

we got to make our own fragrances!

i spent an entire evening in Haight-Ashbury -- my inner hippie was ecstatic!

I met Lev Glazman (the founder of the brand FRESH)

 My friend Heather took me to Little Italy for my 29th birthday

where all the magic happens ;)

So I'm going to attempt to finish up some post-trip planning/work and if I have time I want to curate a few posts, because this is something I enjoy immensely and I hate that I leave it behind when I get busy!