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Holiday Gift Guide // For the Beauty Techie

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I enjoy getting ready. Doing my hair, doing my makeup, choosing my clothes. But drying my hair has always been my most dreaded beauty task. With the amount of hair I have, and it being so long, it usually takes me up to 30-40 minutes to get it completely dry.

I’ve had a couple of great hair dryers throughout the years, but my latest one was at the end of it’s run after a short couple of years. So I probed my hairstylist for her favorite hair dryers. She suggested BaByliss. I started researching and found nothing but amazing reviews for this Italian made beauty tool, created with a real v12 Ferrari engine, and nano-titanium technology.

The verdict? 6 minutes. 6 minutes is all it took for a completely dry, shiny blowout. Sold.

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The amount of times that I didn’t have time to finish drying my hair and had to let it air dry to look like a mess. I wish I would’ve discovered this piece of beauty magic much sooner.

If you’re in search of the perfect gift for the beauty techie in your life, I’ve rounded up an array of amazing products that amp up anyone’s beauty routine.

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BaByliss Pro Volare V1 Dryer This hairdryer is magical. It’s no doubt worth the price to cut down significantly on your beauty routine time & comes with a 4 year warranty at Ulta.

Beachwaver S1 Lust Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show beach waves? This is the exact product top stylists used to create the effortless sultry look.

Clarisonic Mia 2 Skin Care Cleansing System This is a life changer. Using this facial brush everyday, makes my skin so soft, eliminates dryness, and helps fade any previous breakouts.

Clarisonic Acne Cleansing Brush Head With my hormones all over the place, being pregnant, I use this brush head to control breakouts. It’s safe for sensitive and acne prone skin.

Clarisonic Deep Pore Cleansing Brush Head Designed with a unique gradation of bristle firmness and dual-action movement, making it optimal for cleansing oily skin, skin with large pores or those looking to target hard to reach and uneven areas of the face, like the crevasses around the nose. This brush head is safe and gentle for use every day.

Clarisonic Sensitive Brush Head If you have a sensitive to normal skin type, this brush is great.

Clarisonic Sonic Radiance Brush Head This is the next brush head I plan on trying out. The luxurious brush head with plush new filaments that remove sebum and surface-level pigmentation to diminish the appearance of hyperpigmentation and dullness.

Clarisonic Smart Profile Skin Cleansing System If you’re obsessed with the results of the facial brush as I am, you can take it to the next level with this full body set, that includes a facial brush, body brush, and pedi smoothing disc.

Color Me Automatic Universal Starter Kit I’m dying try this foundation applicator that creates a professional airbrushed look. You can use it with any kind of foundation from liquid, loose, pressed, to BB creams.

Brought to you by People Style Watch and Ulta.

My Skincare Routine

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When choosing my skincare, I’m always extremely careful. Given the wrong product and my skin goes haywire. I have combination skin, and have tried pretty much every brand high and low to figure out what suits it best. Acne products are something I’ve always steered clear of because of over-drying my skin in the past. When ready for a change, after getting in a skin rut, I decided to try Boscia’s Clear Complexion line. It’s made for all skin types, including sensitive, and created to neutralize blemish-causing bacteria. It’s free of parabens, sulfates, synthetic dyes and fragrances.

After starting the simple skin regimen 8 months ago, I haven’t seen a single blemish! My combination skin isn’t dry or oily, it feels “normal” for once being completely blemish-free.

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The soft gel cleanser goes on smooth and eliminates every stitch of makeup. It unclogs and purifies pores, by gently exfoliating and helps diminish dark spots from previous breakouts.

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The tonic spray is alcohol-free and has a fresh botanical smell. It relieves dryness and leaves skin soft and supple.

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The moisturizer is extremely light-weight, yet improves skin elasticity and hydration, making it perfect for year-round use.Boscia | TheSubtleStatement.com

The clear complexion treatment only takes one pump and absorbs into skin quickly. The willowherb helps alleviate skin inflammation and diminish visible redness.

It feels great to have finally have found a skincare line that works best for my skin. Not only are the full sized products great, airplane-friendly versions in the travel kit has made traveling much easier! Sign up using your email on Boscia.com to receive 10% off of your order!

**Product courtesy of Boscia. Opinions and content are all my own.

Retinol Review

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I recently swapped my night time moisturizer for an age-fighting retinol. The benefits of retinol creams are endless, including acne fighting properties, and skin plumping actions. I began using Vichy LiftActiv Retinol HA Night, and I couldn’t be happier with the results. I use it in combination with my favorite Giorgio Armani ‘Luminessence’ Bright Regenerator Concentrate. I haven’t experienced fine lines yet, but I began using a retinol for it’s many other benefits, and I couldn’t be happier with the glowing properties it’s given my skin. My skin is clearer, softer and my pores appear smaller. While some retinol creams may be harsh, this one leaves my sensitive skin irritation-free.

The Mask Appeal

When it comes to facial masks, these three are life changers. Being the beauty junkie that I am, I always research reviews to find which have worked best and a good fit for my skin type. The Oxygen Peel is by far the most effective product I’ve tried (after just one use!). After a rare breakout, this product cleared my skin up in three days. Absolutely amazing for scarring and dark spots, also. The Super Collagen Mask is a product I can’t live without. I use it twice a week, and always see improvements as a result. I’ve recommended each to friends and family. The Cucumber Tonic Mask is great for balancing combination skin, and preventing blackheads. I love the soft, healthy glow it gives my skin.

  • Philosophy The Oxygen Peel – Clarity for breakouts, pore tightening, brightening for scarring or dark spots
  • Super Collagen Mask  – Anti-aging, improves fine lines, improves skin’s appearance, texture, and smoothness
  • Cucumber Tonic Mask – Great for combination skin, helps with breakouts and blackheads, softens skin