How I'm Fighting Gravity & Firming My Skin FT. Silk'n Titan

One day it just happened, I woke up, looked in the mirror - as per the usual beauty routine - then pulled, poked and squished my face checking out gravity’s work that looked like it appeared over night. I’m sure I’m not the only one wanting to fight the effects of gravity. Perhaps it’s time for more oomph in the skincare routine? 

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As a both a beauty industry pro and a consumer, I wanted to know, is there anything out there that can do a bit more than my lotions and potions? Can it be convenient, easy to use and complimentary to one’s existing anti-aging routine? Something I would be willing to share with others that had the same concerns? Not too big of a wish list is it? I'm thrilled to share with you my partnership with Silk'n Titan, the chic and sleek at home beauty device that was provided for me to work with during my treatment journey. I was to use it twice per week over a 10-week period. It's my #TitanTime. Perfect for those areas I was having extra ‘gravitational’ concerns over. 

I found the Titan to be super convenient and require no downtime, in fact, I’ve used it before an event because I needed to fit in the treatment that week and really liked the extra healthy glow it gives afterwards. During treatment time, the Titan gets warm and is working to stimulate cell renewal in a painless way. It helps to rejuvenate and repair collagen and elastin fibers (think of those fibers like tiny springs that push and hold up the surface) to tighten, firm and lift the skin from within, which leads to reduced lines and wrinkles. Just as each of us has different skin types, ages and stages of ageing, results can vary person to person.

The first thing I noticed after the first use was that healthy glow I mentioned. Then after a few uses, I could feel like my skin seemed to be juicier or plumper is the better word, firmer than before. The texture also felt nice, and I noticed makeup was wearing well (a bonus). I still used my regular skin care, nothing else was changed. With time and more treatments with the Silk’n Titan, I felt effects were lasting longer between treatments like my skin was being worked into better condition overall.

BEAUTY TIPS: Here are extra ones I learned along the way and were shared with me for even better results:

1)      I have drier skin, so I found my skin really absorbed the water-based, hyaluronic slider gel when used alone on clean skin, making for a few interruptions to reapply during treatment. I prepped my skin, as usual, using my nightly moisturizer before a treatment and noticed my skin didn’t drink up the gel as quickly, making for fewer interruptions during my #TitanTime. The use of the slider is also bonus hydration for me.

2)      Don’t be shy about applying the gel, the Titan needs to glide easily. Add some to the device head itself. I suggest ordering an extra tube of slider gel.

3)      When the Titan doesn’t glide smoothly, and you are still in your 15 minutes, time to add more slider gel to skin.

4)      Each area you want to work on is a 15 minute treatment. Work in small areas to get the most out of the treatment. i.e. work on half of the forehead at a time.

5)      While there are multiple intensities, the best results achieved are using levels 4 & 5 regularly. Start with the first 2 minutes on levels 1-3, like a warm up session.

6)      Yes, it’s warm. Do not hold your Titan in one place, keep it gliding over the skin. Try to work in upwards motion when possible

7)      I found evenings were the best time for me, as I could plug in the Titan, sit with a book or TV show and relax for some quiet Melody time.

If you are looking for something to add to your anti-aging skincare routine, but hesitant on heading into the pricier alternatives of in-office procedures, the Silk’n Titan is something I highly recommend you reach for. Just remember, you need to be consistent with treatments if you want to see changes in your skin, beyond your favourite creams. You can see my introduction and TV Beauty Segment ft. the Silk'n Titan to see why I trust and will continue to include it in my skincare routine. 

Feel free to ask any questions in the comments below.

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Magic Metals - Mini Eye Palettes By Huda Beauty

Huda Beauty Palette from www.shophudabeauty.com

Huda Beauty Palette from www.shophudabeauty.com

I’ve always loved the shine of metal since I was a child, something so luxurious with it. It goes back to a ring I found in the neighbourhood, dug it out of the dirt when I was about 6 yrs old. I ran home with it and showed my mom that "I found a real ring" (yep even then I knew the good stuff) Now as a Makeup Artist, I adore shine and shimmer and love mixing metallics. #MelodysMixology

Honestly, I'm a little bored with a new launch every 5 minutes. I'm not hypnotized by the media hype, many of them are just meh anyways. However, should a palette  A) have great shades B) have quality pigments C) have textures that are blend-able D) more timeless shades, perhaps I'll take a closer look. The Huda Beauty "Smokey" Obsessions caught my eye while I waited in line at Sephora. (not on Huda brand-wagon either, read exceptions A-D above) It has a beautiful colour payoff, super velvety to the touch and a friendlier price than most. At only $35 it was an easy purchase for experimentation In the Beauty Lab. 

My fave makeup/fashion motto: “It’s never too early in the day for sequins and smokey eyes” Please don’t be afraid of these shades, they can be worked softly and I share a few beauty tips below. These are neutrals, they'll go with any outfit you wear. The choice is yours of how soft or intense you want to pull them off. Absolutely ANYONE (any age and skin tone) can wear it!


BEAUTY TIPS:

  • Tap a shiny or shimmery shade on to the centre of the eyelid after your done with the eye look for an instant pop of light. 
                                 
  • Metal shades hey can be worn over the eyelid fully as their own colour. Sweep a little across the lid for a sheer version OR pat it on to build up the boldness of it. 
     
  • Apply matte shadows first, then blend a metallic over top to alter it. Example black matte eyeshadows first, then topped with gold or silver will make the metallic deeper.
     
  • Apply metal shade first (see step #2 above) Then, in the outer corner add a touch of one of the deeper matte shades. Blend softly into lid but not too far across. You just want to keep it in the outer corner and soft looking.
     
  • Bonus, if you want to add a bit of shine but not gooey gloss to your lip colour, pat a touch of one of the metallics to slightly alter the lip look.                                                                             
    This palette has great pigment, so you only need a little to start off with.  Sephora  (I purchased mine)

PS Remember that ring I found? It was a vintage white and yellow gold diamond ring. (love for mixed metals) My mother posted the lost ring and asked around the neighbourhood many times but no one ever claimed it. She saved it for me and I still have it.

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Simple Everyday: 4 Makeup Must-Haves

 

We are often bombarded with trends and getting the latest and greatest for our closet or makeup bag. It’s both exhausting trying to keep up and costly. However, the good news is we probably already have some really great items we've  forgotten about, hidden treasures. Soooo, I've got a beauty challenge for you and it won't cost thing! The inspiration came from my friend Alyssa who recorded me in her bathroom and opened up her makeup drawer.  

A Fashion Stylist and my beautiful friend, Alyssa is a minimalist and owns less both in her beauty drawer and wardrobe. She is very mindful of what she purchases and sticks to more classic and timeless ideas. So we thought we'd do a fun challenge: To use what she had and create a classic look that fit her personal style and go day to night if needed.

So here is your challenge:
1) Watch my video for suggestions and tips.
2) Look through your drawers and makeup bags to work with what you already own (unless it's expired or very old, that’s the only reason for something new and it should be a classic piece, not the latest unicorn shade ; ) 
3) I'm not even going to show any new beauty items to tempt you with either.
4) Share what hidden treasures you found to create your minimalist makeup look in the comments below.        

If you’d love the same type of help and inspiration for your closet, please visit Alyssa at Ms. Beltempo for great wardrobe and style tips. She is all about working with what you own, wearing it several ways, vintage and thrift shopping plus much more.

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Winter Warm Up: The Ancient Geisha Way

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I'm not a fan of the cold weather at all, from November to April my feet are always cold and I prefer to be wrapped up and indoors.  Many people find that a hot bath can be a wonderful way to warm up and a great time out.  It warms the body, relaxes the muscles and slows the mind and can prepare you for a good night sleep, something we could all have a little more of I’m sure. Soaking in plain water is boring so make it special, add Fresh Rice Sake Bath soak.

Inspired by Japanese Geisha bathing rituals of using peaches to fragrant their baths and sake to smooth the skin. It’s a complete bath experience with many skin and body benefits. A therapeutic soak with real sake which actually contains enzymes that will smooth and help hydrate skin. The ginger is sure to warm you up and undo tight muscles while pine extract helps to ease breathing, especially great if you are congested by a cold. Fill the tub, add soft music and maybe a candle or two and immerse yourself...here’s to turning your bath into an ancient Geisha inspired ritual that takes care of our modern ailments. 400ml $108

 

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Glow All Year - 3 Ways to Bronze it Up

When you long for the long warm days filled with sunshine and the glowing complexion that the sun provides, bronzers and self-tanners are the way to go. Here are three ways for you to hold on to Summer any time of the year.  The secret is to go easy with what you choose so it compliments skin and looks chic my friends. Not overdone roasted chicken and cheap like the comedic character Magda from Something About  Mary movie LOL. 

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