January 30, 2013

Silk'n Flash n' Go - My experience so far (6 treatments in) - including progress photos!

Hello, Beautiful!

I am so excited to share with you my experience so far with the Silk'n Flash n' Go Permanent Hair Removal device! This FDA cleared at-home permanent hair removal can be used on face and body. It couldn't be easier to use; and is really quick (depending on the area you're treating). I'm using this on a couple areas of my body, but for my testing purposes I decided to focus on the arm pits - which is my #1 hated spot to have hair.

One thing I can't stand is having to shave my under arms all the time -- especially in the spring/summer when I want to wear tank tops or tops with shorter sleeves. We've all been there -- we shave, wear a tank top that day, then the next day we wear a cap-sleeve top, but by day three we're wearing a short sleeve top that covers our under arms completely or we have to re-shave. Re-shaving can lead to irritation, bumps, and razor burn - which is more typically true if you have to shave that area frequently. I don't know about you, but I would love to have hair-free under arms!

I still have a ways to go until I see complete hair loss that is permanent, so keep in mind this is only a progress post and not a final before & after. It does take time to see results, but stay patient and you'll be rewarded with great results. Everyone is different, so I may have faster or slower results than you will. I do my treatments every 2 weeks, so I've only been doing this for 3 months. I should mention you are supposed to start with doing treatments every 2 weeks, then go to 1 treatment every month after a set amount of treatments (all explained in the instructions) -- however, since I gradually increased the levels I decided to do my treatments every 2 weeks until I was at the highest level then see how my hair re-growth goes and go to 1 treatment every 4 weeks when I felt results were beginning. I have also heard of people doing this every week or even every day; trust me - you don't need to do it that often. You want to catch the hair in certain growth cycles so doing it more frequent than every 2 weeks is just wasting your flashes on the cartridge.

Check out my pics, info, review, and progress photos ... click on pics to view them larger.

Silk'n Flash & Go
Permanent Hair Removal Device

Silk'n Flash & Go
Permanent Hair Removal Device

 My progress photos below are of my actual un-shaved armpits (gross, I know! - but necessary for proper before and after pics) and there are various hair growth periods between each before photo (usually 2 to 4 day re-growth) -- although I tried to keep the hair growth periods around the same length of time for the photos, but you can obviously tell where I've let it grow a day or two longer. The only before photos I don't have are before Treatment 4, so I apologize for that. I didn't take before photos showing a shaved armpit because I don't feel that would really show any hair loss, as obviously my armpits would look smooth freshly shaved. Instead I focused on the gross, hairy armpit photos that will eventually lead to hair-free under arms!

If you really look, you can see hair loss and it seems like the area of hair I have is becoming a thinner strip of hair. Not bad for 6 treatments in! Click on the photos to view them larger!

Silk'n Flash & Go Permanent Hair Removal Device Info & Review:
Cost/Availability: $299 (device, which includes a back-up cartridge). You can buy additional cartridges for $40 each. Available on the Silk'n website (easy pay available here), at Sephora, at Nordstrom, and everywhere else Silk'n is sold.
My Rating (so far): 5 out of 5 Kisses

Let's start with a little info about the Silk'n Flash & Go:

The Silk'n Flash & Go is an innovative light-based device, using highly sophisticated Home Pulsed Light technology to safely and effectively provide long-term hair removal results. This device is FDA cleared for at-home permanent hair removal on both the face and body. Even good for sensitive areas, like bikini line, or smaller areas, like the upper lip. Both women and men can use this device, and you can share the same device with other people.

However, just like professional laser treatments, this device isn't for everyone. It won't work on darker skin tones. There is a unique skin color sensor built into the Flash & Go to measure the treated skin complexion at the beginning of each session and occasionally during the session. The skin color sensor ensures that pulses will only be emitted on suitable skintones.

This is quick and easy to use; you simply plug it in, power on and get going. Depending on area you're treating, it can be as quick as a minute or two or take up to 15 to 20 minutes. My underarms take about 1 to 2 minutes. It is super quick and I only do about 8 to 10 flashes on each side.

Compared to professional laser treatments (and even if you add up the cost of razors from shaving, or waxing), this is an affordable option to hair removal. Yes, it's an investment but a small one for the results you can achieve. The device comes with a cartridge already on it, and a back-up cartridge. Each cartridge is good for about 1,000 flashes. Between those two cartridges you can fully treat a few areas of the body, but if you run out you can rest easy knowing replacement cartridges are just $40 each - which is pretty affordable; it's not like you have to buy an entirely new device.

Does it hurt? No, it doesn't hurt but the higher levels will be more intense until you are used to it. You'll feel heat and then like a rubber band snapping on you - which may not bother you at all; it just depends on the area. I can say that I started on level 1 and went up to level 5 by the 7th treatment. I moved up very slowly, even though I know doing so may mean slower results. I wanted to make sure I was comfortable or I wouldn't be happy using it. I didn't feel much of a rubber band snap though... maybe that is the wrong definition because I've been snapped by rubber bands and they hurt much more than this device! There really isn't a "hurt", it's more of a quick discomfort - and again, it really depends on the area and your pain tolerance. The heat was greater on the higher levels, but still tolerable for sure and not at all bad. Overall, I find it painless and the discomfort is minimal. Believe it or not, I had more discomfort on my legs than my under arms.

Honestly, I was TERRIFIED to try this at first. I didn't know how bad it would hurt. It took some courage before I could test it (which I tested it on my forearm). I was shocked at how painless it was, and how quick and easy it was. So yes, initially you may freak yourself out with wondering about how it will feel, but you'll soon realize it's nothing. I will say that it is bright when it flashes. Don't stare directly at it, or wear sunglasses if you're sensitive to light. After the first treatment or two I didn't even notice the bright flash anymore; I guess I just got really used to it.

Even though you won't see hair loss right away, you will notice that it's easier to shave in between treatments.  I also found I was getting a smoother shave.

I just finished treatment #7, and you'll see my before pic for that treatment but I can say that I feel like going to level 5 was a great decision for me at this point in my treatment progress. Less and less hair is coming back, and it's getting easier and easier to shave. Sure, it's not a HUGE noticeable difference yet but I really don't expect to see a huge difference until at least 6 months into it. I'm only 3 months in. We'll see how the next 3 months go on Level 5. It would be great to be hair-free by summer!

Now let me list my notes I made for each treatment....

I started out on level 1. Quick and easy to do arm pits; about 1 to 2 minutes total start to finish. About 8 to 10 flashes per under arm. No pain, no discomfort; just heat. Very bright flashes, but I don't mind. Slight burning smell, but it goes away quickly.

I went to level 2. Still quick and easy; same amount of flashes as first time around. No pain, no discomfort; just heat. Same slight burning smell that goes away quickly.

I went to level 3. On level 3 there were a few areas that had a slight sting/rubber band snapping, but not a very intense snap. Still heat and slightly burning smell that goes away quickly.

This was the only treatment I didn't take photos before doing the treatment. Life was just too hectic and I completely forgot to take pics.
For this treatment, I stayed at level 3. Same discomfort as last treatment (slight rubber band snapping), except my right under arm was more sensitive for some reason. Still feel heat and slightly burning smell that goes away quickly.

Still on level 3, but this time no discomfort. Since there was no discomfort I'm thinking next treatment I will go to level 4.
Still fast and easy. Still feel heat. Still have slight burning smell that goes away quickly.
Still waiting to see results. Still way easier to shave and I get a smoother shave. Starting to see some hair growth slow down in some spots. I don't see hair coming back, but still not a large enough area to see a noticeable difference. Still plenty more treatments to go.

Went to level 4. No discomfort but I could feel it (slight rubber band snapping, but more heat). There was more noticeable burning skin smell after each flash, but that quickly goes away. Still just as quick and easy as ever. I'm noticing some areas that are not growing back, but still not a large enough area to see a huge difference. Now that I'm on level 4 I think I will see more results, quicker.

Went to the top level, level 5. Felt it for sure - more so on my right arm pit - but still not too bad.  Same noticeable skin burning smell after each flash, but that quickly goes away. Quick and easy to use. Now that I know there is no higher level I am 100% comfortable with the device and all its levels. No need to go down a level for the arm pit areas. I feel like now that I'm on the highest level it will really start to work. I have already noticed some hair loss and it's always easier to shave now, so I see great things in the future!

Now let me know what you think...
What do you think of this hair removal product? Have you tried this or is this on your wish list? Discuss in the comments below.

January 28, 2013

Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner in Navy Blue - pics, swatches, review

Hello, Beautiful!

Eyeko makes my favorite liquid eyeliner, their Skinny Liquid Eyeliner in Black. It's just so perfect, but I only had it in black... until now. I was able to try out the Navy Blue color and let me tell you, it's such a pretty Navy Blue. Like an ink-pen blue, but slightly darker. Same great easy-to-use formula, just a different color option.

Check out my pics, swatches, info, and review... click on pics to view them larger.

Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner
Shade: Navy Blue


Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner Info & Review:
Cost/Availability: $15.00 (0.07 fl oz full size). Available on Sephora's website, and of course on the Eyeko website.
My Rating: 5 out of 5 Kisses!

This award-winning liquid eyeliner is simply just the best. This is my first try of one of their color options, other than black (of course). They also have a purple and a green available on the Sephora website.

Preservative-free formula with a key ingredient - Sodium Hyaluronate - which ensures that color glides on and stays on for a long-lasting, glossy, smudge-proof, fade-proof finish.

Just like the perfect black shade, the Navy Blue is a great liquid liner to add a pop of color for everyday wear. You don't need to go with a crazy blue liquid liner to get a great eye-popping effect; I think this is the perfect way to play up your eyes if you're bored of black liner.

I have naturally dark brown eyes, but I wear contacts and sometimes wear gray contacts (which make my eyes look a light blue-gray), but when I wear this liquid liner I like to wear my clear contacts because it plays up my brown eyes so beautifully. Not that it doesn't look good with my color contacts, I just personally love the look with my brown eyes.

Overall, another winner from Eyeko! I'd highly recommend this liquid liner - if not in Navy Blue (in case that's not your color) in Black or one of the other color choices!

Now let me know what you think...
What do you think of this liquid eyeliner? Have you tried this or is this on your wish list? Discuss in the comments below.

January 25, 2013

My Makeup Collection & Organization: pics & video!

Hello, Beautiful!

A few days ago I uploaded a video on my "office", a.k.a. my makeup/beauty room. I said I would do a separate post on my makeup collection, nail polish collection, hair care, skin care, etc. In this post I'll cover just my makeup collection.

I've been meaning to put together a collection/organization post for a very long time, so after a recent purge of products I thought it was a great time to do this. For those that like to know, at the end of this post I've listed and linked to where you can find the storage/organization solutions I use for my makeup.

I just uploaded a video of my makeup collection, but I went through it as quick as I could so scroll below to view drawer by drawer.

DISCLAIMER: I guess a disclaimer is necessary (although I hate even having to explain myself for what I have and how I keep things). I want to start off by saying I'm not wealthy, but I'm not dirt poor either; I'm comfortable. As long as my bills are paid, and my son is taken care of, what I spend the rest of my money on is really nobody's business. I'm also lucky enough to have a room in my home to contain my beauty obsession, and I take very good care of everything. My blog is my "job", even though I don't make any money from it; but I take my blog very seriously so my makeup room is basically my office. Please keep in mind that while yes, I have a lot of stuff, it wasn't acquired all at once. But there's always someone that wants to complain about how much stuff someone has, how wasteful it is to have so much, or how much money it takes to get all that stuff. Keep in mind I use makeup every single day; if not on myself, for tutorials, swatching, or doing someone else's makeup. I'm constantly making samples for friends, doing makeovers, or letting my nieces pick some things out. I will blog sale some items, but I also donate and giveaway items too. I also take old makeup (that can't be donated or sold) and create art with it (something I will eventually show on my blog). And while yes, the majority of the items were purchased with my own money (or gifts from friends/family), there are some items that were sent to me from companies for consideration. Yes, I have a lot of makeup; I know this, and to some it is very excessive; I totally get that, but please don't spread hate on my blog, my YouTube channel, or anywhere else for that matter. Makeup (all beauty products, for that matter), is my obsession and the one thing I spend money on. I don't smoke or drink, I don't buy designer purses or shoes, I don't buy the latest electronics or iPhone/iPad, and I don't spend a lot of money on clothes. I buy makeup, nail polish, and other beauty goodies because that's what makes ME happy. This is my passion and I'm proud of it. Good or bad thoughts, this is my collection post....

This is my Makeup Collection & Organization
January 2013

I will show you drawer-by-drawer what I have and how I store it. Scroll to the end of the post for more details on where to find these storage/organization solutions. If you have any questions leave them in the comments or send me an email. Enjoy!














































I store all my makeup in clear Sterilite drawers. They were originally purchased as the 7-drawer rolling cart. I had many of them from when I had my web store (I used them to store inventory; probably had about 20 of them). I paid between $15 and $25 per 7-drawer rolling cart, depending on where I purchased them from   and any discounts I may have used. Now a-days the average price is about $25 to $30 per 7-drawer rolling cart. I purchased mine at Wal-Mart and Big Lots. Since I had so many I was about to customize them to fit my storage needs. I pulled them apart and re-configured them into perfect sized drawers. I like using them because I can add onto the carts as needed, adding more rows of carts or building them up higher with more drawers. It may not be the most pretty storage solution, but it works really well for me at this time. They also come with wheels you can put on the bottom, which I like to use so I can move them as needed (I have hardwood floors in my beauty room so it rolls really easily).

Inside the drawers I use a couple different things...

I found 3-compartment drawer organizers at Wal-Mart for I believe $2.25 a piece. There were 7 there, so I bought them all. Then I went to my local Wal-Mart to find more and they didn't have any. I went to three more Wal-Marts with no luck on finding more. I looked on their website and couldn't find them either, but they look similar to this one from the Organize-It website. Target also has the exact same 3-compartment drawer organizer that I found at Wal-Mart, but Target wants $3.69 each, so definitely check Wal-Mart first (it was in the closet organization department, near the laundry basket stuff).

I also re-use my old Birchbox and Beauty Bar boxes to keep things tidy. It's a great re-use for them!

For the lipstick/lipgloss organizers they are the 60-compartment lipstick organizer. You can find these online anywhere from around $25 and up to over $60 each, plus shipping. But you can get them for just $12.50 each if you purchase them from Azar Displays. The shipping isn't cheap, so I highly recommend you buy everything you want in one single purchase. I wasn't sure what I wanted to use so I made a first purchase to try some things. I had purchased two 60-compartment lipstick organizers which are $12.50 each, one 72-compartment organizer for $12.50 - which worked for most lip glosses, but not thicker or square glosses - and three plastic 84-hole organizers that were $1.50 each, which turned out to be really flimsy but worked for thin glosses and mini's. After testing them all out, I realized the 60-compartment lipstick organizers worked best for all my lip products. The 72-compartment organizer was sturdy, but too long to fit into the drawers so I'll probably blog sale it for someone who could use it on their counter top or on a shelf (tip: it can work as a brush holder). So once I knew what I liked best, and exactly how much I needed, I made a second order to get everything else I wanted, which included some smaller lipstick organizers that have 36 compartments - which were $6.80 each (I use them for lip balm and tinted lip balms). I also purchased my spinning brush holder, which I'll talk about next...

On my desk I have the 9-cup spinning brush holder (which is technically 10 cup, if you could the middle). I also purchased this from Azar Displays for $29.50. It was a bit pricey for what it is, but I really like it and I'm glad I made the purchase. They do have a smaller, 6-cup spinning brush holder (mind you, this isn't listed as a brush holder but that's what I used it as), for $23.50 - but I thought the extra $6 was worth it for more storage options.

Also on my desk I have another drawer organizer that I found at Wal-Mart; which I also didn't see on their website. It's too wide to fit in the drawers, but I wanted it for my desk for everyday things. It was around $7 or so. Makes it easy to get what I need everyday and I use the middle compartment to put brushes that I need to clean. Target also sells the same organizer, but charges around $9 for it.

The desk itself is something I purchased from Big Lots a long time ago. It's a computer desk and the pink top can be changed around to the other side if you wanted a blue top. I've used it as a computer desk but like it for my makeup table because it's small enough that I won't leave my makeup out all over, but big enough for me to work on. I believe it was around $40 or $50. The chair is from Ikea; I really don't remember the name or price, as I purchased it at least 4 or so years ago (I think it may have been around $20). The 3-way mirror on my desk was a random find at Big-Lots. It was in the clearance section for just $8. I don't remember what brand my other mirror is (the round, 2-sided mirror) but I know I found it at TJ Maxx for around $15. The hair appliance holder attached to the side of my desk is something I'll get into more when I do my hair care collection post, but I can tell you I found it at TJ Maxx for $12.