We’ve been using the NuFace Trinity for awhile now and continue to be in awe. Of anything we tried last year, NuFace is hands down the best thing we purchased.

So many products promise minor changes in weeks, months, but NuFace delivers results immediately and builds over time. I’ve read other reviews that say the results last around 12 hours, but I find that it lasts far longer. Here are some of the other things we have found:

Best thing: I DISCOVERED MY CHIN AND JAWLINE! It’s not like I had a weak chin or jawline, it just wasn’t my best feature. Even in childhood – I was a skinny little stick but my jawline was never terribly sharp. With use of the NuFace Trinity 2-3 times a week, my chin is defined and tight, and my jawline is defined and a feature I now like.

I truly never thought outside of plastic surgery that I could define my jawline, and considering it was not a matter of slack skin or fat, I don’t even know if there is a surgery that could accomplish the same results. Now, surgery is not something I ever really considered, but in every woman’s list of “things I would slightly change if was granted 15 aesthetic wishes” category, jaw and chin would fall under mine. Well, I guess the Beauty Genie and my credit card granted me one of my wishes when I ordered my NuFace. :)

I was originally going to cover everything that is wonderful about the NuFace Trinity in one post, but I think I will break it down into a few posts so I can go into more detail.

If you can’t wait to get your hands on one (and just take my word for it, you want one), pick one up at Neiman Marcus.

 

 

 

Drugstore.com has the Spa Sonic PRO skin polisher for $41.99, a $33 discount. I haven’t tried it myself, but if you are looking for a full-body cleansing device on a budget, it is worth checking out.

It contains:

  • 1 Body polishing unit
  • 1 Small facial brush
  • 1 Large body brush
  • 1 Pore Minimizer
  • 1 Facial buffer
  • 1 Pumice stone
  • 1 Battery four pack
  • 1 storage/travel tote

Sounds like a great device for a spa-like post-gym shower!

Spa Sonic Pro Skin Care System

Spa Sonic Pro Skin Care System

Luminess Air X-OutAt the end of the year I picked up a few items (well, maybe more than a few) at Luminess Air. One of them was new to me – Luminess Air X-Out, for under eyes. It’s not quite a concealer, it’s not quite an eye primer…let me explain.

X-Out is to be used with your Luminess Air airbrush around the eye. I picked the Light color, because let’s face it, I’m ridiculously pale. It is actually a peach color, which works well for the reason I’m about to mention.

Here is what I found interesting about X-Out: do you remember when YSL touché éclat made you look like you slept for 12 blissful hours, at which point you jumped out of bed full of energy (when in reality you were up until 3am for whatever reason)? Adding a drop of X-Out under Eclat gives the same super-bright eyed look. I am thrilled.

I found after a day in a very, very dry office that it got a bit dry, but nothing that a dab of moisturizer on a Beauty Blender couldn’t fix. As you see in the swatch below, it is a thin enough formulation that the moisture bleeds onto paper. Also, After about a week I went to open the bottle and the entire bottle ripped in half, which unfortunately has happened before on the large Luminess bottles I have used. I will probably pay a bit more and get the small bottles from now on to prevent it from happening again. I couldn’t retrieve much from the bottle, but I  did experiment a bit with what I could retrieve, and mixed it with Hyaluronic Acid Serum (manually applied, not airbrush applied) and it stayed dewy all day. 

Find Luminess Air X-Out at HSN.com.

 

Luminess Air X-Out on White Paper

On White Paper

 

Color Swatch (bottom) and blended (top)

Color Swatch (bottom) and blended (top)

 

 

 

 

I have been using my old bottle of Fekkai Apple Cider Shampoo as a great hair clarifier. As I came to the end of my bottle, I picked up the new formulation in hopes that it worked as well. Here’s my thoughts:

The Good:

It’s a solid shampoo that doesn’t overly strip hair. The pear scent is lovely (though I preferred the apple cider scent in the previous version.) In the rotation of shampoos I use, it is a decent shampoo that doesn’t do damage.

 

The Bad:

It no longer leaves my hair silky and frizz free. In fact, it leaves a bit of a reside that, in my mind, disqualifies it as a clarifying shampoo. Lyn mentioned to me that she had to lather twice, and even then it didn’t give the results that the old formulation did. Now, I will allow the proviso that the old formulation left hair squeaky clean, which can be bad for hair in the long term. However, whenever I needed to get rid of serious product buildup, it got the job done without leaving my hair dry. This won’t be my “get the buildup” shampoo now, unfortunately.

 

So what’s the alternative?

If you adored the old formulation, try using actual Apple Cider Vinegar when you need to clarify. Some people say to dilute it with water, some say to mix it with conditioner, I just use it straight when I wash my hair  and end up with shiny, bouncy waves after. I definitely preferred the old formulation to this, but it is a decent replacement.

Now as a word of caution: I don’t color my hair, and straight Apple Cider Vinegar will likely make your hair color fade faster if you use it on a regular basis. But Lyn uses it occasionally and it does not adversely affect color.

So all in all, the new Frederic Fekkai Apple Cider Shampoo is a good shampoo that I will likely buy again, and it is great that I can pick up a shampoo at CVS that doesn’t completely dry out my hair, but if you were devoted to the old formulation, it doesn’t match the wonderful clarifying results of the old formulation.

Find Frederic Fekkai Apple Cider Shampoo at drugstore.com.

I don’t mean to shock anyone, but I don’t mind splurging on skincare products (*cough* La Mer *cough*), but sometimes something basic does the trick. This is the case with Instanatural Hyaluronic Acid Serum.

It is probably not something I would have tried, but I saw a post on a deal site that there was a $15 coupon off of the ~$16 price. For a dollar, with free Amazon Prime shipping, I figured it was worth a shot. And I’m glad I did.

In addition to vegan Hyaluronic Acid, it contains Vitamin C, Green Tea, Jojoba Oil, and other very good ingredients, and does not contain parabans, also a good thing. One application left my skin soft, smooth, supple, firm, and glowing, and dried out a few pre-acne spots. Not bad, huh?

I spot-tested it on my hands first, and loved the way they looked. It also absorbs delightfully, so you can wear it under makeup.

I’m definitely going to pick it up again, and will likely start using it on hands on a regular basis. And even if you think your throat looks fine…it looks way better after applying this stuff!

Find Instanatural Hyaluronic Acid Serum at Amazon.com.

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