Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Extra Strength Alpha Beta Face Peel

Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peels

Ok, so it’s been a little too long since I’ve taken the time to do some beauty product reviews.  (I’m not really sure why it’s taken me so long either because I certainly haven’t stopped using beauty products….at all!)  Regardless, here comes one and hopefully more to follow in the near future.

I have always wanted to have a chemical peel done but can never actually bring myself to have one done because I don’t want to deal with the downtime of having a red, flaky, peeling face for a couple of days afterwards and the thought of them kind of freaks me out…just a little.  My skin can be very temperamental…I have periods where it’s great and periods where it’s anything but great.  I also tend to have acne spots that last long after the pimple is gone (I guess it’s an annoying and pesky way of reminding me of what used to be there.)  So, when I stumbled upon these little facial wipes I was definitely tempted to try them being that they aren’t as invasive as an actual chemical peel and have no downtime.

These wipes are available in two different strengths, regular and extra strength.  I dove right into the extra strength wipes and didn’t even try the regular strength ones because I was dead-set on getting results and thought that the extra strength ones stood a better chance at giving me my desired results.  If you have sensitive skin, I would highly suggest starting out with the regular strength wipes first.

Another great thing about these wipes is that they are available in different quantities which is great for someone who is just looking to try them out.  These treatment wipes are available in the following quantities: 5, 30 or 60.  Packs of 5 retail for $15.00, packs of 30 retail for $82.00 and packs of 60 retail for $145.00.  (For my first time using them, I obviously went for the 5 pack.) They also have them available in a package deal called the “14 Day Challenge with Ferulic Acid + Retinol Brightening Solution” which retails for $45.00. (This is also a great deal, which I’ve also purchased….more than once.)

We’ll start with the 5 pack, which is what I tried first.  Each treatment consists of two conjoined pouches which each contain a wipe (so two wipes per treatment).  Wipe 1 is to be used first (but I’m sure that is obvious to everyone) on a clean face.  You simply rub your skin in circular motions until the wipe is no longer moist.  Then you wait two minutes before using wipe 2.  After the two minutes are up, use wipe 2 the same way that you used wipe 1.   That’s it.  It’s quick and easy but I will say that I did (and still do) notice a burning sensation when using wipe 1 so be aware of that and don’t be surprised if you notice it too.

I noticed a subtle glow to my skin immediately after using these but really noticed it after using them for a couple of days consecutively.  I noticed an even better glow after trying the 14 day challenge treatment with the brightening solution.  The 14 day challenge works the exact same way as the 5 pack of pads does except there are enough treatment packs for 14 days and there is the brightening serum.  The brightening serum is applied after you use both wipes and I think that this serum is really beneficial and just gives your skin that much more of a healthy glow.

I will say though that I would not do this treatment after doing a face mask of any kind prior (speaking from experience.)  It could have been something in the face mask I did prior to using this treatment or my face could have just been feeling sensitive but it was not a pleasant experience!  The burning sensation was a lot worse than ever before and my face was left looking patchy and red….so don’t follow in my footsteps there!

Overall, I like this product and like the results.  My skin always looks like it has a nice natural glow after doing these treatments and it also helps reduce my acne spots in a significant way.  (I notice the most dramatic results and lighter/faded acne spots after using these for multiple consecutive days.)

What I like:

  • Gives skin a natural glow
  • Reduces and fades acne spots
  • Evens out skin tone
  • Noticeable results….quickly

What I don’t like:

  • Burning sensation
  • Results seem to fade if this isn’t used on a regular basis
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Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Fast Dry Nail Color

Sonic Bloom

 

I purchased this polish randomly one day because I liked the color and was looking for something for this season.  I was also drawn in by the fact that this polish promised to dry in 60 seconds.

Well aside from the color (Sonic Bloom)…..I hate it.  It’s horrible.

I’ve seen some people say in reviews that they really like it, so i’m wondering if I got some defective bottle or something because I can’t imagine that anyone would like it if they dealt with the bottle of polish that I dealt with.

First off, when I took the lid off I noticed that the brush was different from a normal nail polish brush (at least different from any that I have ever used before.)  It’s a more flat and square shaped brush and Sally Hansen refers to this as a “perfectionist brush” that is supposed to coat your nail with one coat of polish in on sweep.  This isn’t the case.  This brush definitely does cover more area on your nail than the average brush but it by no means coats my whole nail in one sweep.

Aside from the brush not coating my nail with one sweep I found it a little bit messy and had a harder time with it than when I use a standard nail polish brush.  (Now i’ll give the polish some points there in the fact that some of the issues could have been an operator error with using the new brush).

My next issue was the consistency of the polish.  It was thick…..too thick for my liking.  I didn’t leave the cap off or expose it to any harsh high/low temperatures either that would have caused this.  I found that the thickness of the polish made it harder for me to paint it on without it getting clumpy.

I will say though that the polish does dry quickly, which is nice but other than that and the fact that I liked the color, I would never buy this again.

 

Pros:

  • Dries quick
  • Pretty/fun color

Cons:

  • New brush style doesn’t cover nail in one sweep
  • Thick consistency makes a messy polish application

Delicious Apple Pie Body Polish

 Apple Pie Body Polish

Polish skin with this body polishing scrub that will remind you of homemade apple pie!

 

Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp. sugar
  • 2 tbsp. apple puree (or sauce)
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon

 

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients; mix well
  • Apply mixture and gently massage into skin for a few moments
  • Rinse with water

 

Exfoliating Lime Salt Body Scrub

Lime Salt Body Scrub

Polish skin with this lime body scrub!

 

Ingredients:

  • Juice from 1 lime
  • 1 cup Epsom salt
  • 1/2 cup jojoba oil
  • 4 drops tea tree essential oil

 

Directions:

  • Crush salt; combine all ingredients to crushed salt and mix well
  • Apply and gently massage into skin for a few moments
  • Rinse with water

Sugar and Honey Pecan Body Scrub

Honey Pecan Body Scrub

Treat your skin to this deliciously sweet body scrub!

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. crushed pecans
  • 2 oz. brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. almond oil
  • 1 tsp. honey

 

Directions:

  • If pecans are not already crushed go ahead and crush them
  • Combine the crushed pecans with the remaining ingredients; mix well
  • Apply mixture and gently massage into skin for a few moments
  • Rinse with water

Sandy Foot Polishing Scrub

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Give your feet a beauty treatment….while relaxing on the beach!

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp. suntan oil
  • 2 tbsp. dry sand

Directions:

  • Combine ingredients; mix well
  • Massage the mixture onto feet for a few minutes
  • Let sit for 10 minutes
  • Rinse with water

Honey and Avocado Nail Scrub

Nail Scrub

Nourish and cleanse nails with this easy to make nail scrub!

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 1 tbsp. avocado oil
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3 drops apple cider vinegar
  • Pinch of salt

 

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients; mix well
  • Massage into nails and cuticles
  • Let sit for 10-15 minutes
  • Rinse with warm water