Archives for July 2016

07/15/16

Summer Styles that Flatter Your Body Type

As humans, we’re naturally attracted to symmetry. So finding what fits best is as much about body proportion as it is body shape. If one proportion of a body is bigger, smaller, longer, or shorter than another, the key is to visually even things out, adjust the proportion to create that beautiful balance. Before you make that purchase, make sure that you aren’t buying just anything. Make sure that you buy pieces for your body type, so that you can flaunt your best features and tone down the problem areas that you may think that you’re having.

 

Shopping Tips for all body types:

Petite:

There are so many outfits that petite women can wear to focus on exactly what they want to change or improve. Summer is all about bright colors and short shorts. But if you’re like me and don’t want to wear a shorts all season, then kick it up with a dress or a romper.

Hourglass:

If you’re the person who has an hourglass shape, you want to accentuate your waist and slightly lengthen your legs. So what you want to stay away from are dresses and tops that are shaped in a straight line. Don’t be afraid of your curves and try to hide them, I guarantee you that everyone is envious of them anyway.

Curvy:

Not all curvy girls are the same. Maybe you’re a triangle or an hourglass, a diamond or an oval, a figure eight or inverted triangle. Size ain’t nothin’ but a number, and sizes often aren’t consistent among brands. We all know that a 14 isn’t a 14 everywhere. If you’re like me, your size range probably encompasses the single digits to the double ones, depending on the brand. I definitely encourage everyone to experiment with sizes!

Whatever your shape, this handy guide can help you find styles that flatter.

 

Tops

Petite:

If you’re kind of a gym rat, or if your body is just naturally athletic-looking (lucky), then you can’t really go wrong in the crop top category. But for maximum chicness, you’ll look best in a crop that’s more of a midi-length than a true, right-under-the-bra cut.

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Cropped blouses are also flattering for the petite frame. Paired with the right bottoms, the flowy and loose fitting details show off your figure.

Simple and subtle vertical lines on details are enough to give you that elongating effect that every petite body type needs every once in a while.

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Hourglass:

Although it can hide your feminine figure, hourglass styling tips show that pleated blouses work for cute ladies as well. Just make sure to pick a style with a banded collar as it can help elongate your torso.

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A striped peplum top is fun for summer, an easy statement piece that you can pair with basics from black pants to distressed jeans.

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I love high, yet interesting necklines. They are sexy in their own way. They look beautiful, sophisticated and very trendy. Women should buy more of these tops because they will be staples in your “going out wardrobe”. Perfect for a date to a nice restaurant or going to a bar with friends….

Curvy:

If you are apple-shaped or tend to carry weight at your waistline, opt for the ubiquitous off-the-shoulder top. Its roomy silhouette skims the tummy and focuses the attention on your upper body.

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Rock that crop top and show off what you are working with. Crop tops can be for any size and shape it depends on how you coordinate pieces.

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The circular cut-outs at the shoulder give you a restricted flash of skin which has a slimming effect by showing you a sexy little window of skin while keeping the bulk of your arm covered up. The looser styles can also help to disguise the overall shape of your arm but still keeps your look fresh and flirty.

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Shorts

Petite:

If you’re broader on top and blessed with slender legs, try wide-waistband shorts with a tucked-in blousy top to define your waist. And go girl—you have the legs, so show them off!

For Slim Legs

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If you’re more slim-hipped, create curves and a defined waistline with shape-making pleated shorts. The paper-bag-waist cinch is especially on-trend (and slimming)

For Super-Slim Girls

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Add inches to your frame with a high-waisted silhouette and super-sleek vertical stripes

For the True Petites in the House

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Hourglass:

Lucky you! Play up your coveted features with a contour waistline and slightly flared shape. Don’t be afraid of a flirty, summery print either!

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High-waist jean shorts are a big fashion story this summer and look great on your body shape. This style highlights your tiny waistline and is great for showing off a flat tummy if you’ve got one.

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Wear shorts with pocket details or pleating. Otherwise, steer clear of volume adding details in the hip area as it will make you look bigger.

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Curvy:

Instead of itty-bitty cutoffs, try longer boyfriend shorts in a relaxed but streamlined fit. A structured, tucked-in top is great for adding a little definition to your body elsewhere.

For Girls With Curves (Casual)

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Try boyfriend shorts to keep your booty covered without hiding your curves. Short shorts can be a little uncomfortable if you have a curvy booty — they ride up and basically become underwear. Cuffed boyfriend shorts that hit at your mid-thigh are totally on-trend and still show off your gorge curves.

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Whatever shorts length you choose, you’ll look best in solid, dark washes of denim that help to minimize your lower half, especially when worn with a lighter-colored top. Avoid faded denim washes or busy prints that can visually add extra pounds to your figure. You should also skip shorts with side pockets, which add bulk to your hips.

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Dresses

Petite:

The waist and hip shape should hit you at the right spot on your shorter silhouette. This helps give create that hourglass shape and show off your figure.

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Try to avoid bulky dresses. That kind of shape doesn’t usually work for petite figures because they make you look broader instead of making you look taller.

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A fitted jumpsuit is a trendy alternative to any dress. This garmet shows off your cute shape and can help elongate your figure.

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Hourglass:

Hourglass and pear shapes do well with wrap dresses as they cinch the waist and form an A-line around the hips. Opt for a breezy version perfect for weekend jaunts and brunch dates.

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Wear A-line dresses that show off your hourglass figure. These should be in your wardrobe. They’re perfect for adding just the right touch of playful, flirty girliness to your look as well.

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This waist detail creates an invisible belt and ideal waist line. The loose material gently skims over the hips and lets the dress fall just above the knees, showing off the legs.

Curvy:

If you want to be modest about the curves, a flowy maxi dress rendered in a vacation-ready print is a fabulous option that won’t cling to your backside. 

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Show off those curves and waistline with a belt and flared skirt-dress. This will help form an hourglass shape and bare those legs.

Top 10 Cute Fashion Dresses For Plus Size

Patterns can be tricky when it comes to certain areas but diagonal lines are always safe. They help accentuate curves and make curves look flattering.

Swimsuits

Petite:

Sometimes a petite figure makes finding the right suit a challenge. The bottoms are usually too big or the bust can sort of not fit right. This is why a string bikini usually works best to cinch the side ties for a snug fit.

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Hourglass:

With that fabulous hourglass shape, you can wear a bikini in a bold print that plays up sleek curves without overpowering your frame.

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A flattering two-piece can make any figure look flawless. This feminine suit creates an hourglass silouette with a tummy-control bottom and horizontal patterned top.

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Are there any tips or tricks you have found shopping for your body type?

Brittany 🙂

Brittany
07/13/16

Summer Pink Maxi Dress

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Nothing makes summer more perfect than COLOR! I just cant get enough of it. I recently went to TJ Maxx and was headed to the dressing room when the lady at the counter said “Wow, that’s a colorful collection you have!” I was like.. Duh! 🙂 I only walked away with 3 of the 15 pieces but thats what dressing rooms are for right?!?

I snagged this bright pink maxi dress for under $20. It is sold out on their website but if you hop over to your nearest TJ Maxx, you might find one waiting for you 🙂 I also found this similar one and this one that I think are perfect! I wore this to a July 4th party and got several compliments.. (dont worry I was still festive for other parties). It is super comfy and fits in all the right places.

I also purchased this colorful aztec tote made by RAJ for under $20. It is perfect for the pool or the beach. My sunnies are from CoconutLane and necklace is from Sam Moon.

What are some things you are loving for summer?

Brittany 🙂

Brittany
07/11/16

June Favorites

Happy MONDAY!!!!!

So! I don’t have a ton of favorites from June since it’s sweltering and I’m trying not to sweat off makeup everyday of my life. Living in sunscreen, maybe some concealer, always some mascara, and if I go anywhere, tons of bronzer and highlight. My faves. I am still loving my Makeup Forever HD concealers, especially after another busy (party) weekend. Oops.

Here are few of my favorites from June….

L’OREAL BOOST IT HIGH LIFT CREATION SPRAY

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 I forgot where I first saw this being used but they described it as “a lift like teasing but without the brush” and that’s the best and most accurate description I’ve heard. It sprays out like a light mist but packs a huge punch, leaving my hair volumized without being hard.

Acai Refresher

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Made with Starbucks’ Strawberry Acai Refresher with just a bit of caffeine taken from Green Coffee Extract, the Pink Drink is mixed with coconut milk (instead of water) to get a creamy beverage boasting a light shade of pink and chunks of strawberry. While some say it tastes like a lighter version of strawberry milk, I think it is more like a strawberry milkshake without all the calories! 🙂

Revlon Holographic Nail Polish

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I purchased this back in May so technically I am late on this one but I am still obsessed with it. I found it at Walgreens while I was waiting for a prescription. It looks amazing with any base color and the sparkle makes me go crazy! LOVE IT!

Pineapple Top 

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I have worn this top like 4 times already and have gotten so many compliments. It is super comfy and is the perfect length for shorts & pants. It will continue to be on repeat since its 500 degrees in Texas 🙂

Redken Pillow Proof Primer

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Whenever I discovered this at the salon, it was a game changer for me. It literally cuts down the blow drying process in half. All you have to do is spray it onto towel dried hair as a base, and then you blow dry. Although, make sure to shake the bottle before each use!!! These days, my hair is SO tangly – it’s really long again, plus with it constantly being up on top of my head it’s like knot-city. When I get out of the shower, this is the best thing ever for my hair. No tangles anywhere!

Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer

I put my Nars Creamy Concealer to the side this month and have been addicted to using this stuff again. It’s just more lightweight and easy for the summer months when you don’t want to layer so much on your face. I’m really happy I pulled his out again because I’ve forgotten how good it is! I’ve been using the light shade for a little bit of a brightening effect.

Anastasia Liquid Lipsticks – Nudes

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Yes I have stepped away from the purple lips for summer time… 🙂 I have really been loving nudes and bright pinks. Even though some of these shades look really light, they even work with my skin tone and the warmer undertones in these shades make it so wearable. Chocolate shades are also becoming pretty trendy, so I really enjoyed trying Ashton and although it looks really 90s, I’ve grown to like the color when paired with the right makeup.

What are some of your beauty favs?

Brittany 🙂

Brittany
07/08/16

The SoulCycle Experience

HAPPY FRIDAY!!!!!

Love me some Ramona and her love for wine!!! I will be joining her tonight and toasting to the weekend….

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I recently attended a Soul Cycle class and survived! I had heard of these popping up everywhere and they just recently opened one down the street from my office. One of my blogging friends Chelsea from TheDancingRunner, who is a beast runner and also teaches spin classes, reached out to me about going to a class together. Of course I was all about it… then she said “how about a 5:30am class?” My first reaction was “Ok, I get up to run at 5:30 so I got this..” then I remembered we just moved to BFE sooooooooo that means 4am for me!!! But No Pain No Gain right?!?! Why not try my first class with a friend AND even better a professional spinner 🙂

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A little history about SoulCycle…

The SoulCycle story

SoulCycle started in New York City about 10 years ago with a goal to make fitness classes not feel like work, and today there are 25 locations nationwide. SoulCycle has a clean and cool brand, friendly employees and an awesome spot in center of Preston Hollow, a popular shopping center close to my office. I have co-workers who are obsessed and some friends who go regularly.

The SoulCycle experience

Once class begins, the dark studio is lit only by candlelight, unless the teacher flashes the lights on and off during transitions. There are tons of bikes, and they are just inches from each other on both sides. The butt of the person in front of you is truly about six inches from your face at most and because of the close quarters, rules are posted about personal hygiene and side conversations. If you are claustrophobic, you may have issues with this type of set-up. This was the loudest studio I’ve ever experienced which made the experience much more exciting!

We sat in the front row on the right side, with a clear view of the instructor. The instructor that morning was Cat, a beast on the bike. While searching their website, I discovered they give a personal background for each instructor, which I thought was just another cool feature of the brand. The class began right on time, and we spent all 45 minutes on our custom-designed SoulCycle bikes.

 

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The SoulCycle difference

It was about 10 minutes into class that SoulCycle showed me how it was different from any other cycling program I’ve ever taken. We started “dancing on the bike” if you will, while peddling, we put our hands on the middle handlebars and did some push presses toward the handlebars with our upper body as we rode to the beat. Cat threw her head and ponytail into it and made it feel very dancy. She called this “elbows back” and said this part was supposed to work the abs, which I think it did, but mostly it was just a good opportunity to bob up and down with a fast beat, all the while riding in hovered position just above the saddle.

From there, we did a couple seated sprints, with our hands narrow on the handlebars. Then there was a song during which we jumped up off the bike seat, and then sat down again for quick seated and standing intervals. That was my favorite portion of the class by far, because it reminded me of a traditional cycling class.

I will say that in this particular class, we spent much of the time with our butts hovering over the saddle, which really works the hamstrings and backside. However, if not coached properly, someone could definitely cheat on this portion and not really feel the work in the back of the legs if they lean forward onto their quads. Cat gave us cues to brace the abs, keep the arms light and hips back to ensure we were in position, and she even hopped off her bike to keep everyone motivated.

And then we used weights on the bike

About 30 minutes into the class, we slowed our legs down, added some resistance on the wheels and picked up our small hand-weights, which were on a little rack behind each bike easily accessible from the seated position. This began the five-minute upper-body weighted portion of class. With the little weights, we did small tiny pulsing isometric holds, combined with larger rows, bicep curls and tricep extensions. Similar to a barre class, the use of very light weights and taking the arms to fatigue was challenging. We didn’t put our arms down the entire song, and my shoulders were absolutely burning by the end. It’s hard to imagine that tiny weights can cause that kind of burn, but they sure can.

Once we had our weights back in the rack, we did another climb and ride out of the saddle, a few sprints and then it was over and time for the three-minute stretch on the bike. I was amazed at how easily she pulled her cycle shoes out of the pedals, because I was not so efficient when dismounting.

Normally the cool-downs and stretches of a class are totally throw away. But I loved the stretch in SoulCycle, because Cat had us stretch our hips and rears by standing up, leaning forward and putting one leg on the handlebars in a pigeon position. I could feel the stretch in my hamstrings so I knew I got a good workout. My legs were also shaking so I must of done something right 🙂

Overall thoughts on SoulCycle

SoulCycle is short and sweet with a lot of SOUL! Most of the classes I attend and are closer to 55 minutes or an hour. I am usually done by 45 minutes and just want to get off the bike. SoulCycle’s 45 minutes seemed very quick but efficient. I like how a 45-minute workout can fit into a busy day. There is not a clock in the room and I didn’t have a watch on to check time. They also do not allow phones in the rooms but I think this is brilliant! You are in your own world for 45 minutes and its just you and the bike.

A major high point of the entire experience was the staff at SoulCycle. From the front desk people to the instructor. I had heard that SoulCycle prides itself on choosing great instructors, and Cat was super energetic. She looked, acted and lived the brand through and through. She was clear, coached the class, motivating and even shared words of advice throughout each climb. I like the fact that cycle shoes were required, because it helped me feel locked in to the pedals and not all cycle classes require them. You really miss out if you don’t wear the right shoes, and I’ve actually heard it helps you burn more calories by staying tight to the pedals and maximizing muscle recruitment.

Pros:

– If the amount I was sweating is any indication, this is a seriously effective workout. You won’t be wasting 45 minutes of your life if you decide to incorporate a SoulCycle class

– The class went by pretty quickly. I was definitely ready for it to be over before it was, but it wasn’t a session of pure slow-moving torture like I feared it might be

-The music was AMAZING!!!!

-My instructor was helpful, friendly, encouraging and so energetic

-There’s an emphasis on staying positive and making friends with your neighbor, which makes the whole experience motivating but not in an ultra competitive way

-The intro class is a great way to ease new riders into the Soul Cycle way. There’s a 101 class as well as levels 102 and 103, which focus on getting participants used to following choreography while riding

-The bathroom/showers are amazing. They offer any and everything you could possibly need (shampoo/deodorant,towels,blow dryers, hair ties etc) and it wasn’t crowded. They play calming music for post class to chill before a busy day.

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Cons:

-The first session is $20 to try it out, after that every session is $30. If you go often this can become expensive but I plan to go once a month. They offer packages also.

-There is only one class going on at a time. Could be difficult to get into a class but they are going on all day

-The downside to waiting for your class is the limited space. One class comes out, another comes in and its kind of hectic

Packages & Pricing:

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SoulCycle Class Overview:

Length: 45 minutes

Format: entire class spent on the bike, including a warm-up ride, jumping out of the seat on the bike, push-ups and upper-body movement while riding, climbing out of the saddle, five-minutes of arm weight training on the bike, more riding out of the saddle and three minutes of stretching on the bike

Equipment: Shoe rental available for $3, bike, weights and towels provided

Suggested outfit: Tight capris, tank top and hair pulled back off of the face, cycle shoes required

Difficulty: On a 1 to 10 scale, probably a 7

Pros: Clubby atmosphere, great instructor, trendy setting and good music

TIPS:

-You can register for a specific bike in advance online so you get the best seat for your workout

-I would recommend registering early and arriving early for class

-Bring water & make sure you eat something. You will burn the calories plus more!

Have you tried SoulCycle? What are your favorite boutique workouts?

Brittany 🙂

Brittany
07/06/16

Ole Henrickson Skincare Review

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Happy Wednesday!!!!! Back from a long, fun-filled weekend and I am trying to get back into the swing of routine.

I recently received the Ole Henricksen VoxBox and had no idea what I was about to open…

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I did not look at the products when I received the email because I love surprise mail!!!!

My Influenster Ole Henriksen VoxboxOle Henriksen Products:

1. POWER Bright™

2. Truth Serum

3. Sheer Transformation

4. Complexion Sponge

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Love this message from Ole Henricksen himself 🙂

If you are not familiar with Influester; you can sign up to receive products (several categories) in exchange for a review or to rate the products on a 1-5 star basis. If you are interested in signing up, click this link. Also, check this link out for steps you should follow once you sign up. These will help keep you up to date on how everything works.

Below are the products and descriptions for what I received.

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Truth Serum: A high potency serum that’s formulated with a proprietary five-source vitamin C complex to help brighten, boost collagen, and minimize fine lines and wrinkles. I have only been using this for about 3 days but I can see a difference already!

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PowerBrights 3-step treatment review: A professional-strength three-step brightening system with an unprecedented 25 percent vitamin C concentrate to deliver maximum radiance in as little as one use. Full review below.

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Sponges for cleansing the face.

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Perfecting Creme: So sheer in texture, this luxurious oil-free cream feels light and silky as it penetrates the skin and helps fade discolorations such as freckles, age spots and sun damage without the use of chemicals. Instantly nourishes and re-texturizes the skin, smooths facial lines and provides intense free radical protection to prevent further damage. This product is amazing! I want to purchase the full bottle after this one 🙂

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I was excited to try the Power Brights treatment!

Brand Explanation: Experience the ultimate Ole Glow instantly with this professional-strength, three-step system featuring an unprecedented 25 percent vitamin C concentrate. In as little as one use, skin looks brighter and more radiant, and fine lines and wrinkles appear diminished. Ole Henriksen was one of the very first skincare brands to champion vitamin C, the gold standard for fighting signs of aging. It helps brighten and even the complexion and promotes firmer, more youthful-looking skin. This formulation features a 25 percent concentration of stable ascorbic acid, the pure form of vitamin C to provide immediate brightness.

This three-step system takes inspiration from Ole Henriksen’s POWER Peel, the most-requested treatment at his spa. Each box contains six treatment sleeves with three numbered pods. The pods help protect the benefits of the formulas. Begin with Truth Sugar Glow Polishing Mask enriched with sugar, honey, and pomegranate seed powder to help polish away dull skin, for a smooth, radiant complexion. Next, apply Truth 25 percent vitamin C concentrate, and let it sit on the skin. Finally, Pure Truth Melting Cleanser layers on top of the concentrate to help activate it: the warming sensation signals that it’s working. This luxurious, three-in-one cleansing formula nourishes skin with vitamin C, cherry seed, and rose hip seed oils. Rinse it off, removing with the Power Bright complexion sponges provided, and skin is soft and supple with the ultimate Ole Glow.

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Steps 1-3 pods. (excuse the ugly nails)

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Step one: Polish
Truth Sugar Glow Polishing Mask:
-Apply to clean, damp skin and leave on for five to 10 minutes.
-Apply warm water and gently massage in a circular motion for 30 seconds, then rinse clean.
-Pat dry.

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Step two: Brighten
Truth 25% Vitamin C Concentrate:
-Apply to dry skin.
-Leave on for two to three minutes.
-Treatment will begin to dry down slightly.
-Do not rinse off.

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Step three: Glow
Pure Truth Melting Cleanser:
-Apply directly on top of the 25% Vitamin C Concentrate and blend evenly over face.
-Do not add water.
-Expect a light tingling and warming sensation as the treatment is activated.
-Leave on for 10 to 15 minutes.

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-To remove, dampen complexion sponges (included), or a washcloth, with lukewarm water and swipe gently to remove all product.
-Follow with Sheer Transformation at night. In the morning, apply Truth Serum Collagen Booster.
-Temporary flushing is normal.

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Final step: Complete the process with the perfecting creme. The texture of this stuff is so silky smooth. It feels great on the skin.

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My skin appeared much brighter than when I started and the fine lines on my forehead appeared smoother. Usually, you aren’t able to see a huge difference until you use the product as suggested for at least 6-8 weeks but I definitely noticed a difference in my skin. I’m excited to try it again and see what kind of long-lasting results I can get from it!

Have you tried Ole Henricksen products? 

Brittany 🙂

Disclaimer: I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Brittany