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I’ve been testing the NuFace Trinity ELE + Wrinkle Reducer Attachments for 6 weeks to see how effective they are at reducing wrinkles and lifting the eyelids! 

I’ve been using the original NuFace Trinity (review) for almost a year and I LOVE it so I’m hoping for even more improvement with the attachments. The video includes demos of the attachments with Before & After pictures so you can see if they work!

NuFace Trinity ELE + Wrinkle Reducer Review ~ Eyelid Lift + Neck Wrinkles! - YouTube

I was pretty impressed with the results using the ELE on my eyelids — it definitely takes the “eyelid lift” effect to another level! And I’m happy with the improvement on my neck wrinkles since I can’t use Retin-A there. 

The results are temporary so they can only be maintained with continued use of the device and using all 3 attachments can be time-consuming so I don’t recommend it for people who won’t stick with it.

Hope you found the review and B/A pics helpful & informative! xo ~Angie

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I’ve gotten a ton of requests lately to try Magnetic False Eyelashes.

I shopped around and found that you can spend anywhere from $10 to $70 for magnetic lashes, but since I’m not really a false lash wearer, I decided to start out with some less expensive options…

Here’s how it went:

Try It Tuesday ~ Magnetic Eyelashes! - YouTube

Well, it wasn’t a total failure, but it sure was frustrating and time consuming to get them on. I definitely prefer the look of the Vill lashes (the ones with 2 magnets). I’m not sure I’ll be wearing these again, but if you love false lashes and don’t like the glue, they could work for you! xo ~Angie

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Vill Beauty Magnetic Eyelashes (rectangle package w/2 magnets)

Magnetic Lashes (round package, one magnet):

RevitaLash (my lash & brow growth serum): Amazon, Nordstrom

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I’ve switched up most of my Hair Care Routine in the last year and I couldn’t be happier with how my hair looks & feels now!

Here are all the deets on what I’m using from shampoo to color to styling tools + a beachy wave demo!

My Current Hair Care Routine ~ Color, Styling, Demo! - YouTube

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I saw this 3-Second Brow Eyebrow Stamp Kit at Target and decided to give it a try!

Try It Tuesday ~ 3 Second Brow Eyebrow Stamp Kit! 1 - YouTube

I was surprised at how well this worked! And added bonus, the daughters thought it looked good and they even used it themselves!!

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It’s the time of year when all the cosmetics companies are launching New Makeup so I tried lots of new products in January (and December)! These are my Faves & Fails from the bunch…

FAVES + Fails ~ LOTS of New Makeup! January 2018 - YouTube

I don’t know about you, but I get so excited about new makeup and I’m always so disappointed when they don’t work out. I wish every new launch was a FAVE, but I suppose we’d all go broke if everything was fabulous!! xo ~Angie

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I’m really into anti-aging skincare and I love my skincare routine! But, I use 11 products a day to keep my skin looking it’s best and that’s a lot to take on a trip! In today’s post I’ll show you how I pack my skincare when I check my bag and when I carry-on.

I have to admit that I don’t carry-on much because my sunscreen takes up it’s own quart bag, but in a pinch I can squeeze what I need into the quart size bag!!

Travel Skincare Routine ~ What to Pack! - YouTube

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In today’s Foundation Friday for Over 50s I’m putting Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation to the test to see how it performs on mature skin! 

This foundation claims to be a 16-Hour Wear, Full Coverage, Matte Finish makeup that’s comfortable and weightless and best for normal to oily skin.

Foundation Friday Over 50 ~ NEW Bobbi Brown Long Wear Foundation - YouTube

After 3 days of testing, this foundation is a mixed bag that fulfills some of it’s promises, but fails on others. The best thing about it is the pretty demi-matte finish that looks skin-like and photographs well. It’s short-comings are that it doesn’t dry back and doesn’t wear for 16 hours.

Click here to see my list of all the foundations I’ve reviewed ranked in order from best to worst!

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In today’s post, I’m doing a 5-Year Retin-A Update showing results on wrinkles in Before & After photos.

I started using prescription Retin-A 5 years ago when I turned 50. I did updates at 9 months, 2 years, and 3 years, but after the 3-year update I got a Fraxel Dual Laser treatment done so I wasn’t going to do any more Retin-A updates. In my mind doing a procedure like Fraxel would “blur the lines” between what Retin-A was responsible for and what the laser was responsible for. But, I had so many requests to do a 4-year and more recently a 5-year update that I decided to do it. . .

So, just to be clear, this update is for those who want to see my Before & After pictures even though I’ve had the laser treatment (and sometimes use Botox and/or fillers), it’s for those who understand that I’m a real person and I use other skincare and procedures. This is an at-home experiment, not a double-blind, placebo controlled clinical trial. I use my YouTube filming equipment to take the pictures and I try to use the same lighting when possible but I can’t match everything exactly.

Retin-A is a brand name of tretinoin (like Q-Tips is for cotton swabs).
I refer to it as Retin-A even though I use the generic tretinoin product.

Retin-A is considered the gold standard of anti-aging topical treatments. It’s been studied for 30 years and has been proven effective on reversing the signs of photo-aging like wrinkles, age spots, sagging, and dullness by increasing collagen production deep within the skin. It thickens the deeper layers of the skin and also thins the outer protective layer (the stratum corneum). Because of this, Retin-A should be used along with sunscreen daily.

Retin-A is a strong drug that’s regulated by the FDA and approved for use as an acne medication and for sun-damage. It should be used sparingly and with caution since there are side effects like peeling, redness, dryness and irritation. Those who are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant should not use Retin-A.

I was able to acclimate my skin to using 0.05% Tretinoin cream by starting out slowly and taking over a year to work up to using it every night. I didn’t apply it around my eyes, by my nostrils, or around my mouth to start. I did follow it up with a serum and moisturizer and by rubbing those products onto my under-eyes and eyelids most likely transferred a small amount of tretinoin to those areas. In my 3rd year of use I increased to the 0.1% strength and have been using that every night since. Now that my skin is fully acclimated to it, I don’t have any peeling and I apply it directly to my under-eye area but I still don’t apply it onto my eyelids or below the brow bone.

I’m 55 now and I think that using Retin-A has dramatically improved my skin.

Any botox and/or filler I’ve had in the past is worn off so my face is injectable-free in the after pictures. If I had known I’d still be using the original “Before” pictures 5 years later I would have taken better pictures but these are what I have to work with. I’ve tried to match the lighting and facial expressions in the “After” pictures to the “Before” pictures.

The following pictures have not been retouched. The first group shows my “Before” pictures on the left side which were taken in January of 2013, the “After” picture on the right side was taken in January of 2018. 

At first glance I thought my wrinkles looked the same in these two, but I noticed my smile is bigger & upturned in the After picture while the Before is a downturned smaller smile… with a bigger smile usually comes bigger wrinkles, but the crow’s feet are actually less deep and shorter
and the skin of the eye lid looks firmer.

Close-Up of eye shows firmer looking skin, wrinkles smaller (when I’ve aged 5 years)
and pores look reduced as well.

Retin-A doesn’t keep you from smiling or making facial expressions that wrinkle the skin
but it does help the skin to release the wrinkle when the face is relaxed.

The photo above shows the difference between the “etched in” wrinkles of the “Before” picture and the smooth more youthful looking skin in the “After” picture.

I got a pretty good match of facial expression in this picture and it shows
an overall improvement in wrinkles, skin tone, and firmness.

The close-up shows the difference in the crow’s feet when smiling the same amount.

In the next group of pictures the photos on the left is from October 2013, 9 months after I started using Retin-A and the photos on the right are from January 2018 (4 years, 3 months apart). I took better pictures with more consistent lighting and better facial expressions.

The first thing I notice in this picture is how much more lifted my eyelids are,
plus the general “healthy glow” to my skin overall.

The close-up shows the difference in the wrinkling below the eye and in the crow’s feet.

In the next group of pictures the photos on the left side are from January 2016 (after 3 Years of Retin-A use), and the photos on the right side are from January 2018 (2 years later). This group is to show whether there was significant improvement due to increasing strength from 0.05% to 0.1%. In these photos the lighting is exactly the same.

I had the Fraxel Dual laser treatment done shortly after taking the 3-year pictures.

In the “3 Year” picture, I still have some cheek filler left.
In the “5 Year” picture the cheek filler is worn off completely.

I also started using NuFace in 2017 and I think it helps improve my eyelids as well, but I can’t say for sure how much is Retin-A and how much is NuFace (review).

After using Retin-A for 3 years and not seeing much improvement in age spots (left side pic),
I had the Fraxel laser treatment.   

This age spot is darkening while using Retin-A, but there is more improvement in the crow’s feet between the 3rd and 5th year of use.

Overall I’m happy with my results and I will continue to use Retin-A (hopefully forever)!

I think it’s best on reducing deep expression lines like the crow’s feet and forehead wrinkles, and helping skin to regain firmness. I feel like it’s just ok on my pores and texture… I see a bit of improvement in the “After” pictures but my skin texture and enlarged pores still bother me. I don’t find it effective on fading discolorations and I still get breakouts while on it.

I hope you found the post helpful and informative!

Here are links to related posts I’ve done on my use of Retin-A:

How To Use Retin-A Without Irritation (This will answer questions on how to get started, which strength to choose, and tips to avoid irritation)

My Fraxel Dual Laser Treatment

My Evening Anti-Aging Skincare Routine (To see how I apply Retin-A now + my entire evening routine)

My Morning Anti-Aging Skincare Routine

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I was curious about buying clothes from Amazon so I decided to do an Amazon Clothing Try-On Haul instead of a winter lookbook this year! I’m always looking for more affordable clothing options but wasn’t sure how the quality would be on inexpensive clothing from Amazon. I got mainly tops and sweaters at low price points but also some shoes/boots from name brands with higher prices.

Amazon Clothing Try-On Haul! - YouTube

Shopping on Amazon is definitely an adventure and the clothes were a mixed bag. It was fairly time consuming to sift through all the clothes and decide what to purchase but I think I ended up with a few keepers.

I added all the pieces to my Amazon Shopping Page so if you wanted to get anything shopping will be quick and easy, just click this link!

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In today’s Foundation Friday for Over 50s I’m putting L’Oreal True Match Super Blendable Makeup to the test to see how it performs on mature skin! 

I used this foundation on the drugstore side in a High-End Vs. Drugstore Makeup Tutorial and it held it’s own against one of my favorite foundations, YSL All Hours. Since then I’ve worn it on multiple days trying it with different primers, application methods and looking at it up close and in different light.

Foundation Friday Over 50 ~ L'Oreal True Match Super Blendable Makeup - YouTube

Where has this foundation been hiding? It’s so pretty and natural looking on the skin, the color selection is awesome, and it doesn’t settle into wrinkles or pores!! This is the best foundation I’ve tried from the drugstore!

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xo ~Angie!

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