June 23, 2016

StriVectin Friends & Family Sale and Top Picks

I have been wanting to chit chat about my love of StriVectin for quite some time now. If you read my blog regularly, I'm sure you've noticed I've included a few of these bad boys in various posts. Well guess what my little lambs?! It's Friends & Family over at StriVectin which means 20% off all skin care with code FFJUNE at checkout! EEEK! Seriously such a great time to pick up a new product or two (or hell...maybe even revamp your whole regimin! Treat yo'self!) You also get free shipping (yay!) Sale ends on June 28, 2016.

The products pictured above are from my collection (please ignore the dirty grout on my bathroom counter) and products I use in my regular routine. The only one not included in the F&F sale is the densifying foam up there with the purplish cap, since it is a hair product, but I wanted to include it anyway because I LURVE it.

Without further ado...here is what I use and how often I use it!

1 | Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner  I use this guy as my very last step in my routine. Seems kind of weird to apply this over a moisturizer, but that's precisely what you're supposed to do. I immediately notice my T-zone isn't greasy and my skin is somehow pulled taut but not tight. It mattifies and instantly makes pores less visible. This product isn't for everyone though as it has retinol in it. If you have sensitive skin, rosacea, burn easily, etc. this may be a bit intense for you. If I know I'm going to be out in the sun for the day, I skip this step and just use at night instead.
2| Overnight Resurfacing Concentrate  Oh how I love this new concentrate. I use it at night only (every night), right after I cleanse and tone, but before my moisturizer. It is super gentle but crazy effective. My skin looks so much brighter and more plump since I started using this. I also apply to my neck (even though it doesn't say to) because ain't no one got time for scaly jowls! This would absolutely be a great place to start if you have been wanting to incorporate a serum into your routine but feel overwhelmed on which one to try. It's kind of like the popular girl in school who gets along with everyone!
3| Intensive Eye Concentrate for Wrinkles  I've been using this eye serum (nightly) for a few months now and I really do like it. It's very different from what I'm used to which is more of an emollient-style cream. This is definitely for those who have crow's feet, deep set wrinkles, puffy undereyes, and dark circles. I admittedly don't have many wrinkles or puffiness (yet) but I am no stranger to dark circles and I am a chronic "squinter". This tube lasts FOREVER. I'm not kidding, guys. Like I said, I've been using it for months and I still don't feel like I've made a dent in it. A tiny amount really goes a long way. If you typically like thick, creamy eye creams, this one may not blow your skirt up. Pop into Sephora or Ulta and feel it first if it makes you nervous.
4 | Instant Revitalizing Mask and 5 | Oxygen Infusing Smoothing Mask  I basically bounce back and forth (once a week) between these two masks. If I had to choose one over the other, I would totally choose the Instant Revitalizing Mask (the one with the blue stripe down the side) but I still really enjoy the Oxygen Infusing Mask for other reasons. When I use the Instant Revitalizing Mask, it's like I can instantly tell how much better my skin looks. It's brighter, glowier (that's totally a word, Dictionary!!), and just...I don't know....younger looking! The Oxygen Infusing Smoothing Mask is the one I reach for when I feel like I have some damage control to do (i.e. a little too much wine the night before, dull flaky skin that I haven't exfoliated in a while, etc.) it goes on like a cream, and then while it "works" it turns into a foam on your face. It's crazy and kind of tickles! I always feel like Robin Williams in Mrs. Doubtfire from that scene where he dips his face in that cake and has frosting dripping down his chin! Trust me, look in the mirror when you have this on if you need a chuckle ;)

I feel like it deserves a mention firstly because hair products are new to StriVectin and I was really impressed, and secondly, because this treatment foam has made a huge difference in my hair game! If you weren't aware that StriVectin made hair products, they have 3 "systems" depending on your hair type: Ultimate Restore to nourish and thicken (this is the system I have and use), Max Volume to strengthen and plump hair strands, and Color Care which is self-explanatory. I was impressed with the entire Ultimate Restore system, but the two standouts were the densifying foam and the Deep Repair Mask. When I use the foam on my damp hair before I blow dry, it NO JOKE feels like my hair has doubled in thickness. It's insane! I will caution you against using too much around the hairline and part though.....I did this the first time thinking it would plump up my roots, and it just made them greasy. Use sparingly along the hairline. I usually pump 4 pumps into my palm and distribute evenly through hair before drying and it's the perfect amount/distribution.

Make sure you use code FFJUNE at checkout to get your 20% discount and don't forget to also add code BESTDUO to receive two travel size samples ($30 value) if your order reaches $75. Happy shopping and even happier skin to you, loves!

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