Neutrogena Light Therapy Mask Review

Light Therapy!
Technology once only available per treatment in the comfort of your dermatologist office. It is now becoming more popularized in the form of at home treatment systems.

This is a great thing because it has been proven to have many benefits from promoting collagen production to acne treatment.
Not only are at home treatment systems becoming more popular but with more and more companies making their own version pricing is becoming more competitive and therefore more affordable.

One of the more affordable light therapy options out there would be the Neutrogena Light Therapy mask. Retail price $40 for the mask itself and then $14-$16 for the 30 use activator.
Pretty reasonable!
But is it effective?

I just picked up one for myself and I am happy toe let you know!
YES!
I made a point to pick up this product when when skin was fully freaking out due to stress the winter months and everyones favorite hormones.
This lack of sun is not my skins favorite thing.

My cystic breakouts diminished in size after one use and then continued to disappear leaving no damage after 10 days of use.
This is amazing. As I’m sure so many of you know cystic breakouts are very deep and having them disappear quickly is only wishful thinking.
I am currently on my second round of 30 day sessions and I am only seeing more improvements. Breakouts vanish before they even appear. I believe I have found my winter skin saver.

Needless to I can’t recommend this product enough.
I may even branch out to higher end light therapy products just to do a comparison.
But in my book this product is successful and worth the investment. IMG_4036

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Have you had success with light therapy at home or at the dermatologist?
Have you tried the Neutrogena Light Therapy Mask for yourself?

Let me know in the comments!

xoxo

-Rachel

Get to Know Me!

Four Places I’ve Lived

  1. Mountain Top, PA : This is where I grew up and so began my love affair with nature in this rural area.
  2.  Rockaway Beach, NY : My home away from home when I was a model full time. I miss it so much, the hustle and bustle of the city only 2o minutes away. The beach right across the street from my apartment.
  3. State College, PA :Where I went away to school at Pennsylvania State University. It’s a very cute college town.
  4. Scranton, PA : Where I am currently living finishing up my degree in Human Development/Family Studies and Psychology.

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Four Places I Have Visited

My list is very long but these are my four favorites:

  1. The Bahamas : Probably one of the best vacations I’ve ever been on, the beaches are stunning.
  2. Orlando, Florida : Home of Disney World and now made even better because two of my best friends live there!
  3. Los Angles, California : Sunshine, need I say more?
  4. London, England : It may not be the sunniest place in the world but I’ve enjoyed every visit.

Four TV Show’s I Watch

  1. Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries : This is an Australian show that can be found on Netflix if you love the 1920’s and murder mysteries this show is for you too.
  2. The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt : I always appreciate a show that can make me cry-laugh and this show does just that.
  3. Crazy Ex Girlfriend : I’ve been a fan of Rachel Bloom for years and pretty much any time a show has musical numbers that show will be my favorite thing.
  4. Scream Queen’s : With an all star cast and dialogue that pushes the boundaries of what can be said on TV this is just a fun show with an amazing all star cast.

Four Favorite Food’s

  1. Pizza (aka rebel produce) I will have a pizza at any time! I just love it.
  2. Sushi : It is a joke amongst my Asian friends that I was born on the wrong country.
  3. Gyro’s : If you’ve never had one you need to go to your nearest Greek Diner IMMEDIATELY!
  4. Salmon : Ive had a love hate relationship with salmon. But my Uncle convinced me to try some last summer and I’ve been hooked ever since.

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Four Thing’s I Like to Drink

  1. Tea : I have a cup every morning and I feel really out of sorts when I don’t partake in my daily cuppa!
  2. Lemon Water : I find it so refreshing!
  3. Sweet Tea : The addiction is real, my Southern friends will understand.
  4. Wine : Because I am a classy lady.

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Four of My Favorite Books

  1. The Glass Magician by Charlie Homburg : The first in a three part series this story follow’s the journey of young magicians apprentice learning her assigned craft.
  2. Kitty Kitty (Sequel to Bad Kitty) by Michele Jaffe : This series is one of the most unique I’ve ever read. The cast of characters are full of personality what I will always enjoy about this book are the little breaks from the story, full of relevant conversation between the characters in side notes.
  3. Ticker by Lisa Mantchev : Set in the exciting steampunk era this book has so many twists and turns. I often find myself reaching for this book because of the lovable characters and exciting plot.
  4. Black-Eyed Susan’s by Julia Heaberlin : One of the best mystery books I’ve read this year, I would highly recommend this book. It is a little bit on the creepy side but the ending was wonderful.

Four Interesting Jobs I’ve Had

  1. Dog Walker : Best job ever because so many adorable animals.
  2. Marketing: Street Team Member at Harper Collins : A great experience and if you ever get a chance to work on or with a street team, go for it. It is truly unique experience to work with author and fans to spread the word about the series.
  3. Model : One of the longest job’s I’ve had although it’s not my full-time job anymore it allowed me wonderful opportunities, I made so many wonderful friends and let me see the world.
    (the pictures up top were from the last photo shoot I did this year for an urban photography magazine)
  4. Birthday Party Princess : Who doesn’t want to want to make a child smile and wear a sparkly dress.  I’m going to write a blog post on this later so stay tuned!

Four Favorite Hobbies

  1. Writing : One of my biggest dreams is to be a published author one day. But I also really enjoy writing, I started this blog to push myself to write more often because it truly does make me happy.
  2. Water Color Painting :  I’ve always loved how painting can free your mind. You don’t even have to think of anything specific to create something beautiful. Just put brush to paper and creating is so wonderful.
  3. Dancing : Good or bad at this activity it’s just a lot of fun. You can dance to a powerful ballad with so much emotion or just be silly.
  4. Nail Art : I love nail art because even if I don’t have the time to sit and paint everyday  I can still design something on a small scale. I really love how much joy nail art can bring to my friends as well, regular nail art parties have become an monthly  occurrence. I love sharing what I love with them and there are never a shortage of giggles, sweets and fond memories!

 

Thanks for taking the time to get to know me!
I hope you are having a wonderful week!

xoxo

Rachel

October Julep Box

It’s my favorite time again!
Time for another monthly Julep Box that makes me feel #bravepretty

The theme for this months box was Dark and Stormy Night this theme really showed in the nail polish  received this month.

The nail colors in my box this month were a lovely deep chocolate brown, the perfect shade of emerald  and a lovely sparkle polish that will look great with anything in my collection.

The deep chocolate brown nail varnish named Skylla and categorized under the style “Boho Glam”  is dark coffee color. Beautiful for fall and very unique. I have not come across a brown like this before and it is sure to be one of my new fall favorites.

The emerald nail color named Krystle falls under the category “Wonder Maven” and quite frankly I’m not surprised by the placement. It is the perfect shade of emerald (and I’ve been seraching for a good amount of time I might add)
This deep hunter/emerald green will not only be lovely for fall but also carry your manicure  into December too!

The finial nail polish shade I received this month named Desiree and is categorized under “It Girl” which is very appropriate! This shade is a clear holographic top coat that will pair perfectly with any shade in your nail polish collection. The little flecks of fine glitter will shimmer like stars on top of your chosen shade.
I also may just be me but I found this shade fit the quote for this month well.

We are all of us stars, and we deserve to twinkle
-Marilyn Monroe 

I think this shade can be a perfect reminder of just that.
Don’t forget that you twinkle and shine bright everyday!
Don’t forget that you are fabulous and fierce and that you can do anything.

The next product I received was a wonderful deep sleep mask.
You apply this mask after your nightly skin routine and leave it on overnight.
Then in the morning rinse off the mask to reveal wonderfully moisturized and glowing skin.
This is perfect for the change of season because it gives your skin the extra boost of moisture it needs.
The Night Shift mask is also very nice because it doesn’t feel sticky and also doesn’t feel as if you are stuck to your pillow. This will help overall with your skins complexion, as we all know moisturized skin is happy skin!

Real talk: The night shift mask was exactly what I needed with the change of seasons.
If your anything like me the sudden drop in temperature is making my skin very grumpy. Using this mask has improved my grumpy skin problem so I would highly recommend this product.

The Products 

Nail Varnish: Skyla: Coffee Brown Ghost Shimmer

Nail Varnish:  Krystle: Emerald/Hunter Green

Nail Varnish: Desiree: High Gloss Holographic Top Coat

Night Shift: Deep Sleep Facial Mask

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Don’t forget to be brave pretty today and to have a wonderful week no matter where you are in the world!

What products make you feel brave pretty?
Would you try any of the products in my October box for yourself?

Let me know in the comments!

xoxo

Rachel

Perfectly Posh Haul: Look Natural

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I have fallen in love with Perfectly Posh Products!

Although I have friends who have been a fan of these products for awhile my first chance to try them was in my spring Ipsy bag!
I received a travel sized container of BFF: Best Face Forever and Oh My Gosh I fell in love right then and there!

After using all of my sample size I was ready to commit to some full size products!
I was pleasantly surprised to find that they have a whole range of natural products called you guessed it!
Look Natural!

My shipment arrived yesterday and these are the goodies I’ve ordered!
I can already tell that I am going to like the Big Bath Bar, it smells wonderful even through the packaging!
I am looking forward to using all of these products and I will be sure to do a review once I’ve tried all of them to tell you what I think!

The Products

BFF: Best Face Forever    Exfoliating Face Wash
Day to Night: You Are The One   Facial Moisturizer
Shine Bright Like a Diamond: Mircoderm Scrub
Love Me Dew: Hydrating Face Oil 
Whole Lava Love: Volcanic Ash Exfoliator 
Never Grow Up: Anti-Aging Fine Line Fixer
Never Grow Up: Anti-Aging Moisturizer
Bless Your Heart: Big Bath Bar

What do you think of the Perfectly Posh products?
Any your favorites that I should try?

Let me know in the comments?

xoxo

Rachel

Summer Makeup Favorites

Summer is a very exciting time for me everything is in full bloom, bright and new and it’s the perfect time for a change of pace. Summer is the time where I start to look for new makeup to try, since if you are anything like me you tend to turn a few shades darker, thanks to the sun drenching the surroundings.
That being said my winter foundation just falls short making me seem more like a ghost.

Taking any excuse I can to go shopping I took to some of my favorite social media platforms to see what the must have ranges were for Summer 2016!

The range that caught my interest the most was the “Rainforest of the Sea” line by Tarte. I pride myself on being quite the foundation lover and have tried many different brands but I had yet to try or add a water based foundation to my collection.

Also the sound of the word “water based” made it seem like the perfect summer product because it made me instantly think of swimming and summer storms.
I went ahead a ordered the shade that I though would suit me best for the upcoming summer months along with canceler and a few of the limited edition clay pot waterproof eyeliners.

Having tested them out over the past few weeks I can say with confidence that I made the right decision. The Tarte, Rainforest by the Sea foundations are super light and build-able. It looks very natural and doesn’t even feel like you are wearing foundation, which I think is perfect for summer.

The clay pot liners also lived up to my expectations and I couldn’t be more pleased. They are truly waterproof and relatively flake free, even after a long day of wear. THE BEST NEWS OF ALL! All of these products even lasted nicely during a full day at the beach, swimming and then swimming again.

What are a few of your favorite products for summer? I would love to know

xoxo,
Rachel