You Glow Gal http://www.youglowgal.com beauty advice from an esthetician Mon, 10 Apr 2017 14:00:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.4 105448167 Hydropeptide Power Lift http://www.youglowgal.com/hydropeptide-power-lift/ http://www.youglowgal.com/hydropeptide-power-lift/#respond Mon, 10 Apr 2017 14:00:54 +0000 http://www.youglowgal.com/?p=7334 Hydropeptide Power Lift YouGlowGal You Glow Gal Esthetician Sarah Payne Hiatus Spa Dallas Skincare Blog Beauty BloggerWe snagged a major steal on tickets to Rome last fall and today we’re jetting off! It’s kinda weird booking trips so far in advance. With so much going on, I forgot about it and didn’t start getting excited or planning anything until a few weeks ago. So, there may be a lack of blog…

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We snagged a major steal on tickets to Rome last fall and today we’re jetting off! It’s kinda weird booking trips so far in advance. With so much going on, I forgot about it and didn’t start getting excited or planning anything until a few weeks ago. So, there may be a lack of blog posts for a couple weeks… but come tag along with me on IG! And if you have any Euro beauty must haves, PLEASE share! The Italian pharmacy is taunting me.

Before heading off I want to share with you the moisturizer that got me through winter: Power Lift. One of the few Hydropeptide products I had yet to try for myself. Being a rich moisturizer my skin can only handle it during dry months, or maybe once in a while when I overuse retinol. It’s pretty fantastic for rehydrating after drying out your skin from over exfoliating. Now that we have humidity in the air again it’s too rich for my skin… honestly, knowing I can’t use it is disappointing. Sad face, womp womp, etc.

 

IT’S SO GOOD.

 

A coworker has raved about this stuff forever, and I totally get it. This magical little jar packs a punch for dry skin! It’s insanely hydrating without the greasy feel, and it manages to feel lightweight as nourishing as it is. I wish I could use it year round!

Hyaluronic acid hydrates deeper layers of the skin, pineapple ceramides replenish the barrier, shea butter nourishes, and rice bran acts as a sealant.

 

but it does more than just hydrate… loaded with antioxidants and peptides, it’s still a workhorse of a cream.

 

You have peptides to reduce lines and wrinkles by actually relaxing your facial muscles, kinda like Botox. Another acts like retinol without the side effects. And another one lifts and firms.

Oh, and did I mention it brightens? Like, this moisturizer gives you your brightest, most dewy skin. Flawless, for real.

So, it’s an anti-aging moisturizer for dry or mature skin. Worried about premature aging or seeing signs of aging? It’s worth putting in rotation.

 

love, love, love.

 

Really. LOVE.

Power Lift will run you $98 and can be found at the usual suspects: SkincareRX, Dermstore, and Skinstore.

 

*Power Lift provided by Hydropeptide

 

 

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I Tried a Bunch of Beauty Supplements and This is What Happened http://www.youglowgal.com/tried-bunch-beauty-supplements-what-happened/ http://www.youglowgal.com/tried-bunch-beauty-supplements-what-happened/#respond Mon, 03 Apr 2017 14:00:13 +0000 http://www.youglowgal.com/?p=7336 I Tried a Bunch of Beauty Supplements and This is What Happened YouGlowGal You Glow Gal Esthetician Sarah Payne Hiatus Spa Dallas Skincare Blog Beauty BloggerAt the beginning of the year, I started a bunch of new habits. One part vanity project, two parts coming back from a Southern vacation where I overindulged in gravy, biscuits, and grits. Having a healthier diet became a new goal, cutting back on alcohol, and a subsequent obsession with trendy beauty supplements. When I say beauty…

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At the beginning of the year, I started a bunch of new habits. One part vanity project, two parts coming back from a Southern vacation where I overindulged in gravy, biscuits, and grits. Having a healthier diet became a new goal, cutting back on alcohol, and a subsequent obsession with trendy beauty supplements.

When I say beauty supplements I’m talking about blends and tonics designed with skin, hair, and nails in mind. Not just taking a trace mineral or vitamin because it’s supposed to have beautification benefits. I had the best luck finding trendy brands on Urban Outfitters Beauty & Wellness shop, and of course all the health & wellness bloggers I follow. As the trend continues more and more options will become available, it seems to be a fairly small niche in the American market.

Side Note: Amazon has become so sketch lately I refuse suggest them unless I’m confident it’s from a trustworthy seller.

 

Raw Complexions No. 1 Skintox

Sitting around for a while, I didn’t consistently use Skintox until January. I added it to smoothies every morning and saw improvement, but I wasn’t 100% convinced since I had just started my new habit. Until I ran out. My jawline majorly cleared up: small bumps, blackheads, hormonal cysts were minimal. A month or so after running out breakouts have come back, although nothing like prior. I do feel like this blend improved my skin. I’ve debated on repurchasing or attempting to make it myself. But let’s be honest, I’m too lazy for that soooo…

Urban Outfitters $35

 

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Fountain Super Hyaluronic Molecule

Deciem’s Fountain line offers a range of yummy beauty supplements varying in benefits leaving you feeling and looking flawless from the inside out. And when I say yummy, I mean yummy. A few teaspoons of fruity Super Hyaluronic Molecule mixed with La Croix was on point, or mixed with my fave magnesium powder. It’s hard to say whether or not SHM made major changes in hydration. When I missed doses I noticed my eye area felt more dehydrated the next day but that could be a coincidence. I’m a fan of how customizable these are: take alone or mix with a beverage or smoothie. I wouldn’t repurchase this particular supplement but would consider other offerings to keep in rotation.

Deciem $43

 

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Moon Juice Tonics & Herbs

I went all in with Ashwagandha for anxiety, Maca for energy and balancing stress, and both Ho Shou Wu and Pearl for vanity. I had been taking Inositol Powder for anxiety with success until I started retaining water and felt bloated ALL.THE.TIME. Immediately shelved it, started on Moon Juice shortly after, and the anxiety/stress relief maintained. I’m hooked! Maca gives me insane clarity and energy, no longer do I need a second cup of coffee during the day. I’m nervous to take out Ashwagandha or Ho Shou Wu just to see what happens… I’m pretty confident they’re managing my anxiety and improving mood. Pearl I’m undecided on… I’ll take it out for a while and see if I want to keep it in rotation, I’m likely getting enough amino acids and minerals from everything else I’m doing anyway. I love the idea of taking crushed pearl, though!

Each tonic or herb is loaded with vitamins, minerals, etc. so your body is getting major nutrients. Aside from feeling good, it shows up in your hair, skin, and nails too. Physically I’ve noticed my skin is smooth and soft all over. The mild chicken bump skin I experienced on the back of my arms? Gone. Nails seem stronger, too.

Getting on this trend is pricey, particularly in the beginning BUT they do last a long time. I take 1/4-1/2 tsp daily, sometimes more, equating to a few months worth. Once I work my way through Moon Juice I’ll start testing The Maca Team and Sun Potion. All three brands are known for quality, although I’ve heard Sun Potion’s potency rivals Moon Juice at double the cost. I may end up mixing and matching from each but I’ll definitely be keeping tonics and herbs in my supplement arsenal!

Get 20% off your first Moon Juice order here.

 

I’m always looking for something new to try… if you have a secret beauty weapon, spill please! Xx

 

* Raw Complexions & Fountain supplements provided as PR samples

 

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Good Vibes Energy Works in Dallas http://www.youglowgal.com/good-vibes-energy-works-dallas/ http://www.youglowgal.com/good-vibes-energy-works-dallas/#comments Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:00:18 +0000 http://www.youglowgal.com/?p=7259 Good Vibes Energy Works in Dallas YouGlowGal You Glow Gal Esthetician Sarah Payne Hiatus Spa Dallas Skincare Blog Beauty Blogger  Have you ever felt emotionally crazy? Like you need a release but a good cry just isn’t doing it? You’re running out of options to calm your anxiety, ears to listen, the voice of reason just isn’t surfacing. A few months back I sure as hell felt that way, a constant nagging that would just…

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Have you ever felt emotionally crazy? Like you need a release but a good cry just isn’t doing it? You’re running out of options to calm your anxiety, ears to listen, the voice of reason just isn’t surfacing. A few months back I sure as hell felt that way, a constant nagging that would just not go away. 

 

thankfully I have some real cool friends doing really cool things

 

We’re going to get a little personal today. I’m debating on how deep I want to go here, while this site isn’t specifically about emotional health your overall wellbeing plays a role in your outer appearance. Your posture, how worn out you appear, how you feel physically, the effects on your skin, all of it is tied into your emotional health. I feel like I’m a personal testament. Since making shifts in my personal life I’ve been told I look younger now versus a few years ago, I seem brighter, calm, happy. I feel it in my bones. I hope that by sharing my story others will find the relief they’re looking for, too.

I don’t give all credit to my experience at Good Vibes, I’ve made quite a few life changes and new habits within the last few months. It’s all holistic and intertwined, but I truly wouldn’t have gotten here as quickly without Cristin’s magic.

 

first though, some back story

 

I went into therapy knowing I couldn’t fix anything on my own, but at the same time not thinking I had anything major to uncover. I had a good childhood in your typical middle-class military family. Turns out it wasn’t so much about what I received and more about what I didn’t get. You know I didn’t even realize I had been experiencing anxiety my whole life? Intensity increased as an adult and has thankfully almost 100% subsided now. My life long anxiety was fueling insecurity, fear, a lack of connection and self-esteem. Let me tell you, learning you’re not as confident as you think you are is a reality checking punch to the stomach. Those self-checking emotional punches happened a lot during the discovery phase.

I broke up with my old therapist and started seeing someone new 4 months ago, right when I had unearthed what my “issue” was. That’s when the psycho-emotional rollercoaster started, I felt like I had lost all control, I was confused and an internal hot freakin’ mess.

 

& when desperation kicks in, you’ll try ANYTHING

 

 

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Working in the spa industry you hear the word energy thrown around often. Sitting in a meeting being asked to envision a ball of light leaving your body… I can’t take it seriously. Ask me to meditate and I’m staring into the floor thinking about fried chicken. I never believed in any of it. I went into Good Vibes as a total skeptic, and Cristin was fully aware. Cristin’s been seeing me for years now, so it wasn’t a secret. I’ve always been respectful of her skill, would ask curious questions, but didn’t really understand it. Even when I sat down for my first session she didn’t expect to get any real work done because hi, I’m Sarah and guarded asf.

A year ago, if you told me I would be open to experiencing a chakra cleansing I would have laughed in your face without shame. To be completely honest, if Cristin and I didn’t have a history I wouldn’t have given in so easily. Having a few years together, knowing she’s not a crazy person… I allowed myself to trust her, give in, so I could get the F over the internal battle.

 

getting to it & what to expect

 

I’ve exchanged experiences with others and just know, experiences may vary. Your session begins much like having a conversation with your therapist. Cristin asks what’s going on in your life, you share details, and a decision is made on what to focus on. I know I’m crazy, but I automatically start thinking intuitive folks can read minds, and I start to become self-conscious. Like trying to change what I’m thinking about so there’s no judgment LOL.

A heated healing crystal pad is layered on the table, I mean it’s near impossible not to be lulled into relaxation. Cristin gathers a selection of healing crystals, maybe even a pre-historic sharks tooth, placing each on specific chakra’s before beginning guided meditation. The whole point is to become grounded, set the intent of being present in the moment. Focus on your color of choice and imagine it beginning from your head to your sacral, anchoring into the ground beneath you.

 

so, I’ve participated in guided meditation before & nada

 

During both sessions vivid purple, yellow, and white streams of light surrounded me, my body warmed, fingers tingled. The first time I PASSED OUT. Like the deepest, most hardcore nap I’ve ever taken. The next visit I looked forward to relaxing, curious to see if the experience differed. While I still left feeling renewed, I was frustrated because I couldn’t turn off and just chill. My mind raced and bounced around from thought to thought, what I imagine it feels like to be ADD.  Each time I started to focus and grab onto a thought my mind went onto the next, and the theme continued. Really, really annoying not being able to concentrate. The only thing I remember is puppies.

Yeah, PUPPIES. No idea what I was doing with puppies, but they were there.

Maybe I was thinking about our move to Denver next year. We’ve talked about adopting another fur child so our pup has a playmate. Otherwise… I have no idea. My mind is weird, so who knows.

 

when your chill sets in

 

After each session, I felt calm, at peace with myself, like I could move on from what I was dealing with. I remember laying in bed the first night feeling all spiritual, rambling on to the BF about how zen I felt. He thinks I’ve lost my mind, just pats my head and says something along the lines of supporting whatever helps… but the friendly jokes don’t stop.

I mean he’s walked in on me journaling with spa music, candles, and healing crystals with a “WTF did I just walk into?” and slowly back out of the room LOL. And the crystal thing? Holy has it ESCALATED QUICKLY. I have so many pet rocks, you guys. He doesn’t let me hear the end of it.

Cristin gave me rose quartz and tourmaline; friends gave me more rose quartz, dalmatian jasper, and malachite….

 

& then this happened

 

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I’ve gone from being a 100% skeptic to owning several pet rock friends. They live in my purse, around my workspace, next to the bed, etc. And I might have an app to alert me of moon cycles.

 

for real though

 

If you’re in Dallas and want to try something different, or you’re looking for someone legit go visit Cristin ASAP. She does phone consults, too if you’re not local. Just in case you need more convincing.

And if you have questions but don’t want to ask in the comments shoot me an email or chat with me on social! I know it can be daunting and scary, I don’t mind sharing more details about my journey. I’m pretty much an open book, and I’m not going to judge your story.

Until next time! Xx

 

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The Best Bath Soaks You’ll Want From Amazon http://www.youglowgal.com/best-bath-soaks-want-from-amazon/ http://www.youglowgal.com/best-bath-soaks-want-from-amazon/#comments Mon, 20 Mar 2017 14:00:37 +0000 http://www.youglowgal.com/?p=7251 The Best Bath Soaks Youll Want From Amazon YouGlowGal You Glow Gal Esthetician Sarah Payne Hiatus Spa Dallas Skincare Blog Beauty BloggerLately, I’ve really been into soaking in the tub, which is 100%  a new thing for me. Sharing a bathroom with your BF doesn’t exactly make for a tranquil setting, let alone clean. I mean he cleans his mountain bike in there! He’ll counter with my long hairs shedding like crazy but curly man hair…

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Lately, I’ve really been into soaking in the tub, which is 100%  a new thing for me. Sharing a bathroom with your BF doesn’t exactly make for a tranquil setting, let alone clean. I mean he cleans his mountain bike in there! He’ll counter with my long hairs shedding like crazy but curly man hair floating?! Ugh, freakin’ pass. I loathe having to clean the tub every time I want to light some candles and chill.

BUT.

I find they really relax me, and as bad as I am about caring for my body they’re becoming pretty vital. I spin regularly, hardly stretch, and it doesn’t take long to start taking a toll on your bod. So, here I am… cleaning the man-remnants out of the bathtub.

I’ve started incorporating deep stretch aka nap time yoga to my routine again, and a nice long soak. And that’s where I met San Francisco Salt Company. I’ve only used cheapo CVS epsom salt, until now….

You guys. WHAT A DIFFERENCE.

Light a few candles, put on How to Get Away With Murder, and melt away. I legit feel like I’ve had a full body massage after a relaxing yoga sesh combined with some epsom or dead sea salts. Sometimes I get crazy and mix them together, or add a few scoops of exfoliating lavender milk bath for silky soft skin. The milk bath is so awesome. You can’t not try it, seriously.

San Francisco Salt Company is more than your drugstore find but the difference in quality is obvious. I measure out exactly how much I use per bath, practicing conservation and not overusing. The variety, too! All sorts of aromas, you can create an epic at-home spa session with ease.

This isn’t sponsored, I’m just really head over heels for this stuff! Put it on your Amazon to-buy list, no need to thank me. 😉

 

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Everything You Need to Know About HA Intensifier http://www.youglowgal.com/everything-you-need-know-about-ha-intensifier/ http://www.youglowgal.com/everything-you-need-know-about-ha-intensifier/#respond Mon, 13 Mar 2017 14:00:40 +0000 http://www.youglowgal.com/?p=7248 Skinceuticals HA Intensifier YouGlowGal You Glow Gal Esthetician Sarah Payne Hiatus Spa Dallas Skincare Blog Beauty BloggerSkinceuticals latest purple-hued treatment HA Intensifier is getting a LOT of buzz! You guys have been asking for all the details, like whether or not to switch over from your current hyaluronic acid serum. Or if it’s worth it, how it’s different, etc. So, here’s everything you need to know in one place! Also… crappy…

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Skinceuticals latest purple-hued treatment HA Intensifier is getting a LOT of buzz! You guys have been asking for all the details, like whether or not to switch over from your current hyaluronic acid serum. Or if it’s worth it, how it’s different, etc. So, here’s everything you need to know in one place!

Also… crappy photo is a crappy photo because fresh bottle, serum pouring out, and I wasn’t about to waste precious elixir for a better shot. Not sorry. I did, however, rub my entire upper body down in what escaped. #noserumleftbehind

When I first learned about HA Intensifier my thought was “really? another hydrating serum?” But I came around, naturally.  I tested a sample while traveling last month and it kept my skin hydrated far longer than basic HA serums, plus plumping action. My skin literally felt bouncy. Similar to the effect from using this Chubby Cheeks mask. I’ve been using it for a few weeks and still loving it.

 

Cutting to the chase…how is HA Intensifier different?

 

The formula is comprised of Proxylane (supports HA levels and improves firmness), Licorice Root and Purple Rice Extract (preserves HA content), and Hyaluronic Acid (provides long lasting hydration). What you really want to pay attention to is Proxylane.

Proxylane is a sugar-protein hybrid with the ability to stimulate molecules responsible for reducing water loss in our skin. When Proxylane gets to work it starts producing and rebuilding the extracellular matrix, the place where your collagen and elastin fibers are woven together. By strengthening the matrix you’re preventing glycation, aka the breakdown of collagen, from occurring. You’re also receiving the benefits of better water absorption and creating firmer skin. You can get into the nitty gritty of the ingredient here.

Basically, if you’re of a certain age or seeing the first signs of fine lines and wrinkles, this is your hydrating serum. If you’re in your early 20’s with no signs of premature aging it won’t hurt but it’s more than you really need.

 

Skinceuticals HA Intensifier ($98) can be found at SkinceuticalsDermstore, BlueMercury, and Lovelyskin.

 

*PR Sample provided by Skinceuticals

 

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The Best Glow Begins from the Inside http://www.youglowgal.com/best-glow-begins-from-inside/ http://www.youglowgal.com/best-glow-begins-from-inside/#comments Mon, 06 Mar 2017 15:00:52 +0000 http://www.youglowgal.com/?p=7200 The Best Glow Begins from the Inside YouGlowGal You Glow Gal Esthetician Sarah Payne Hiatus Spa Dallas Skincare Blog Beauty BloggerThe concept of what you put in your body affecting how you feel and how your skin glows isn’t new. We’ve heard it before, you are what you eat. Eat crap and it shows on your skin. Blah, blah, blah. But how many of us actually practice consuming a clean, well-rounded diet? I really wasn’t,…

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The concept of what you put in your body affecting how you feel and how your skin glows isn’t new. We’ve heard it before, you are what you eat. Eat crap and it shows on your skin. Blah, blah, blah. But how many of us actually practice consuming a clean, well-rounded diet? I really wasn’t, until recently. Most days of the week I’m doing pretty well. Until the weekend…then all bets are off.

I receive questions on acne, rosacea, and how to get a healthy glow from you guys often. Instead of thinking along the lines of “what skincare product should I use?” think about what you’re putting inside your body. If you’re unhappy with your skin it’s time to evaluate your diet. Gut health, vitamin and mineral deficiency, all play a role in your skin health. If bloodwork isn’t in the cards for you, do your research.

Stress plays a major factor, too. If your body is optimally running and cared for it can manage your stress levels far better.

 

 a little about my own personal nutrition journey….

 

I’ve talked about Vitamin D in the past, it made huge impacts on my hormonal cystic acne. It’s a pre-hormone, so obviously it’s going to play a major role. I self-diagnosed being deficient and take it EVERY day. More recently a client’s skin issues disappeared within 6-8 weeks of correcting her deficiency–smaller pores, smooth skin, no more inflammatory issues, a healthy glow.  We were both blown away by her improvement.

Beginning January I purchased my beloved little Nutri-Bullet, making green smoothies every AM, and I haven’t looked back. I found it’s the best way to give my body the nutrients it needs for the day. And I load.it.up. They’re nutrient dense, low in sugar, heavy on the protein, fats, and water.

You guys.

Nearly overnight my skin became so clear, my jawline cleared up, my skin GLOWED. Like really glowed. And my acne? It’s the best it’s been in years. I felt better, too. I was deficient in something…no clue what, but it doesn’t matter. My body and skin are happy.

 

& then this is what I take most days

 

Every morning I add Hydrolyzed Collagen Peptides to my coffee. It started as a vanity project for my skin but I found it helps my stomach digest food better.  You can’t taste anything, it’s a flavorless powder and loaded with protein. Also, probiotics for digestive health. I take these but they need to stay COLD so buy them locally if you can!

When it comes to smoothies I load up on fresh greens, chia seeds, coconut oil, and a small handful of frozen berries. And water! I avoid sugar…just defeats the purpose. Then I add a scoop of Amazing Grass and all of my Moon Juice herbs–Maca, Ashwagandha, Ho Shou Wu, and Pearl. (side note: you can get 20% off your first purchase at Moon Juice here) Add a sprinkle of local Bee Pollen on top for allergy relief. With everything I’m getting loads of amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and my skin is loving it!

I’m kind of obsessed…. I have acai powder, cocoa nibs, and The Maca Team’s Premium Maca on the way.

Alright, so now we’re ready for the evening routine when I take all of my vitamins. I shop for plant-based, my stomach feels better than with other stuff. Vitamin D, a multivitamin, fish oil, and this magnesium powder is my favorite! It’s fizzy, so I mix it with La Croix and a lime.

My nightcap? Yogi Berry Detox Tea. So adulty.

 

and that’s it!

 

I say that as if I haven’t been obsessing over supplements and superfoods, haha!

It can be expensive to start but everything lasts a while! I shop for the most cost-effective option, but sometimes quality overrules quantity.

Remember–your body is unique, your needs and outcome may vary from my own. Once you’ve made adjustments to your diet and given it some time, then you can toy with your routine and add in new products to address your concerns!

 

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Coeur d’Alene Resort Spa in Coeur d’Alene http://www.youglowgal.com/coeur-dalene-resort-spa-coeur-dalene/ http://www.youglowgal.com/coeur-dalene-resort-spa-coeur-dalene/#respond Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:00:28 +0000 http://www.youglowgal.com/?p=7148 Coeur d'Alene Resort Spa YouGlowGal You Glow Gal Esthetician Sarah Payne Hiatus Spa Dallas Skincare Blog Beauty BloggerBefore a few weekends ago I may have been someone who scoffed at the idea of visiting Idaho. Because I’m inherently 12 at heart, U-daho and potatoes are the only connections I have to the state. Y’all. Idaho has this sweet spot up north called Coeur d’Alene and it is drop.dead.GORGEOUS. Lucky for us we…

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Before a few weekends ago I may have been someone who scoffed at the idea of visiting Idaho. Because I’m inherently 12 at heart, U-daho and potatoes are the only connections I have to the state.

Y’all.

Idaho has this sweet spot up north called Coeur d’Alene and it is drop.dead.GORGEOUS.

Lucky for us we have friends who call the town home! Due to my work schedule, it’s hard to get away without planning far in advance and I was long overdue. Basically, no one thinks I exist anymore, that I’m a figment of the BF’s overactive imagination. TBH I have fun perpetuating any longstanding jokes from his friends, but it was time.

We have this unintentional thing of traveling to locations during their off season, leading to awesome deals on top notch accommodations. We ended up staying at the Coeur d’Alene Resort right on the lake with a free suite upgrade with BA views. The resort looks kind of funny in a retro way. The decor is technically modern, they’re always renovating and updating but the aesthetic is 90’s or early 2000’s. I thought it was a fun throwback, although that may not be their intention.

 

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I hadn’t even been planning on visiting the spa. No, really…I was going to skip it entirely. I guess it all came down to this photo of the whirlpool tub. It gave me the impression the spa was outdated but knowing what I know now… it’s just the aesthetic, their spa is impressive once you get in there.

What actually changed my mind was popping in to grab something hydrating after flying all day. They carry Eminence, Kerstin Florian, and Sothys… the voice in my head screamed YAAAAAASSSS seeing Sothys!! I hadn’t had a facial with it in years! I picked up Kerstin Florian’s Rehydrating Neroli Spray, if you’re into neroli you will LOVE this. So so good!

I booked a massage and a facial because I honestly can’t help myself. I’m beginning to find facials far more relaxing than massage but if I can swing multiple services, it’s happening people.

Once you check in you’ll walk up the stairwell circling around a massive water feature, and it sets the tone for what you meet upstairs. Several water features are sprinkled throughout the spa and it really makes for relaxing experience. The changing areas are spacious with plenty of products to play with, showers to freshen up, and everything you need to prep before heading back out. A feature I really appreciated: a quiet room and a separate waiting area for guests who want to gab. One of my pet peeves are others who are disruptive to everyone else’s experience. It’s rude, don’t do it.

 

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The absolute best part of the spa: the quiet room. Floor to ceiling windows and skylights bringing in all the natural light with stunning views of Lake Coeur d’Alene. I mean, look at those pics?!

I went with a simple Swedish massage and customized facial with Sothys. I had used a cleansing clothes to remove eye makeup and it burned me! You can kinda see in the photo below, the skin around my eyes is far darker than normal. My skin was more reactive than usual so my esthetician kept it simple.

Both services were great and I left feeling like a wonderful pile of mush. My only complaint: my esthetician said she would be leaving the room for 10 minutes while I relaxed. Afterward, I realized this is likely spa policy so providers can run downstairs to set aside retail suggestions. I get it, it’s a large spa and requires more than your average amount of time for therapists to get down there. But that’s 10 minutes of time I paid for to be touched, not for someone to sell to me.

That aside…. I’ll return the next time we’re visiting. If you’re local they provide discounts. You can check out all Coeur d’Alene Spa has to offer here.

 

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What I Buy Over & Over & Over Again http://www.youglowgal.com/what-i-buy-over-over-over-again/ http://www.youglowgal.com/what-i-buy-over-over-over-again/#respond Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:00:27 +0000 http://www.youglowgal.com/?p=6763 What I Buy Ove &r Over & Over Again YouGlowGal You Glow Gal Esthetician Sarah Payne Hiatus Spa Dallas Skincare Blog Beauty BloggerWe all have them, favorite products we continue to purchase over and over again. Maybe we stray and try a new flavor of the week, but we return loyally. While I’ve met several products in the last year I’ll continue to repurchase these are my holy grail staples I’ve used for years, literally. Lots of…

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We all have them, favorite products we continue to purchase over and over again. Maybe we stray and try a new flavor of the week, but we return loyally. While I’ve met several products in the last year I’ll continue to repurchase these are my holy grail staples I’ve used for years, literally. Lots of hearts. You’ve heard me talk about each of these several times, minus the Bumble & Bumble spray…unless you follow me on IG.

 

Skinceuticals Phloretin CF

On year 7 and counting, I contribute much of my even complexion to Skinceuticals AOX. I have minimal sun damage on the surface, it’s been my mission to beat all of my years in the sun to the punch. Using a BA antioxidant serum is one of the best ways to do so. There’s a reason why your Dermatologist and every other skincare professional professes their love of Skinceuticals. Their products work, and sometimes efficacy comes at a price.
Snag: Dermstore $163, Bluemercury $163LovelySkin $163, Skinceuticals $163

 

Hydropeptide Eye Authority

Ever since my first introduction I’ve been cult-like loyal. I’ve tried others and I always come back… An eye cream that can do it all: dark circles, puffiness, fine lines, and wrinkles disappear while texture, brightening, and hydration improve. Eye Authority does it all, transforming your eyes in the process.
Snag: Dermstore $76, EDCSkincare $76, Lovelyskin $76

 

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Sothys Desquacrem

I met Desquacrem years ago in esthetics school and we’re only apart for a few monthsnmax. When we reunite it feels sooo good! A deep-pore cleansing cream that works magic de-gunking pores without any exfoliants, so you can pretty much use it as often as you like. Your skin is softened and extractions come out like butter.  Be wary of Amazon fakes!
Snag: Lovelyskin $37

 

Shangpree Crystal BB Cream

I’ve been hard-pressed to find an American BB Cream that wears as flawlessly as Shangpree. Just enough coverage to hide acne scars, a dewy finish, and it actually makes my skin look better when I remove it? Forever yours, Shangpree. I still have my original bottle from over a year ago, it’s lasted that long! Crystal BB Cream can be difficult to get your hands. Exclusively sold through Peach & Lily, and your safest best for receiving legit product. There are quite a few listings on eBay but shop at your own risk! Research the sellers before deciding whether or not it’s worth the risk.
SnagPeach & Lily $67, eBay

 

Bumble & Bumble Thickening Dryspun Finish

My hair stylist never steers me wrong in the hair department, every suggestion from Bumble & Bumble is epic. I have fine hair that goes limp and sad within an hour of a blowout. Big hair don’t care? Not happening over here. Dryspun makes me feel like I can fake it. The fab spray thickens, adds volume and texture to give that sexy bed head look. Worth every penny, you guys.
SnagSephora $31, Bluemercury $31, Bumble & Bumble $31, Bloomingdales $31

 

 

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Biologique Recherche Lotion P50V 1970

Once you go P50 you never go back. P50 is an acid exfoliating toner coined as being a facial in a bottle, and the hype is real. Your skin tone will brighten, scars will fade, acne reduced, and you will have the glowiest glow of all. Your retailer options are limited if you don’t have a local supplier. Just make sure you purchase cotton pads that won’t waste your product!
Snag: Rescue Spa

 

Coola Sport SPF 50 Classic Sunscreen

My fave body SPF of all time! I love that it’s a moisturizer combined with sun protection with yummy scents like mango, or  I can opt for unscented. It doesn’t feel like a sunscreen and definitely leans more towards a moisturizer without sticky residue. I mean, what else can I really say about a sunscreen? It covers all the basis like an MVP.
Snag: Ulta $32, Sephora $32, Nordstrom $32, Dermstore $32

 

What do you guys buy over and over again??

 

 

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Have You Hopped on the Oil Cleanser Trend? http://www.youglowgal.com/have-you-hopped-oil-cleanser-trend/ http://www.youglowgal.com/have-you-hopped-oil-cleanser-trend/#respond Mon, 13 Feb 2017 15:00:56 +0000 http://www.youglowgal.com/?p=6103 Have You Hopped on the Cleansing Oil Trend YouGlowGal You Glow Gal Esthetician Sarah Payne Hiatus Spa Dallas Skincare Blog Beauty BloggerOil cleansing isn’t a new phenomenon but it’s by far one of the biggest skincare trends in the United States. Commonplace in other countries, many estheticians have embraced oil cleansers in their professional treatments for years. With the rise of natural beauty oil cleansers have become plentiful Stateside, and a trend I’ve embraced wholeheartedly. When…

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Have You Hopped on the Cleansing Oil Trend YouGlowGal You Glow Gal Esthetician Sarah Payne Hiatus Spa Dallas Skincare Blog Beauty Blogger
Oil cleansing isn’t a new phenomenon but it’s by far one of the biggest skincare trends in the United States. Commonplace in other countries, many estheticians have embraced oil cleansers in their professional treatments for years. With the rise of natural beauty oil cleansers have become plentiful Stateside, and a trend I’ve embraced wholeheartedly. When shopping around for a new addition I’m particular. I prefer my selection to be loaded with yummy ingredients and vary in viscosity. I’ve always kept several cleansers in rotation and each has their own purpose in my routine. I currently have 10 in my shower. Some girls have shoes, I choose skincare!

Last year I began introducing oil cleansers into my regimen. My skin changed, it became more balanced. I went from being combo-oily with my makeup sliding off my nose midday to normal. I found that even though it was minimal, my gel cleansers were stripping too much oil from my skin. Clients who add oil cleansing into their routine have similar experiences of their skin becoming more balanced too!

While it might seem counterintuitive oil based cleansers actually remove dirt and oil while nourishing and softening skin. And they’re great for all skin types, even oily and acne prone! It’s all about using the proper formula for your skin type. What I love about oil cleansers is many provide good slip, allowing you to give your face a little self-loving facial massage while cleansing. Many brands use high-quality oils and shocker… I’ve had a difficult time finding affordable oil cleansers I adore. Because of this I typically remove my makeup with a non-oil based cleanser and follow up with a secondary oil cleanse to remove any bits of makeup left behind, allowing my skin to get the most out of the yummy ingredients. My favorite way to oil cleanse is in the morning for dewy, fresh plump skin.

 

Tata Harper Nourishing Oil Cleanser

When I think of an oil cleanser Tata is the exact formulation I think of: nearly aroma-free, nourishing, superb for makeup removal, and good slip allowing for a bit of self-facial massage. Quite versatile, I reach for Tata most often and break my rule as I almost always remove my makeup at the end of the day with it. Just as often it’s my morning cleanse. It’s an all-around classic oil cleanser. The downside? The pump is awful. The brand is working on upgrading packaging, but if you contact customer service they’ll send out a replacement quickly.
Snag: Tata Harper, $72, Sephora, $68, Nordstrom, $72, Neiman Marcus, $68

 

Jordan Samuel Plié Treatment Cleanser

Jordan Samuel’s oil cleanser applies as a gel until emulsified with water, transitioning to an oil.  The consistency is similar to a cleansing balm, making it ideal for days when I’m feeling more dry than usual or wearing heavy makeup. Prior to esthetics Jordan was in the Pacific Northwest Ballet and created Plié with performers in mind. Need a cleanser to perform heavy duty work? This guy thoroughly removes tough stage makeup without hassle. Slightly exfoliating, brightens, hydrates and nourishes. At the more affordable end of the spectrum, Jordan’s cleanser is a keeper.
Snag: Jordan Samuel Skin, $20

 

Dr. Alkaitis Organic Purifying Cleanser

Last year I fell in love with this one while visiting Holly Cline. The scent alone is just delicious and creates such a wonderful experience! The aroma is sweet, slightly fruity but warm. It makes my soul happy. Dr. Akaitis’ motto is “don’t put anything on your face you can’t eat” so naturally this cleanser is loaded with the good stuff. I refuse to use as my first cleanse, reserved for secondary cleansing after a traditional gel cleanser. Unlike Tata, Dr. Alkaitis doesn’t provide a lot of slip and isn’t ideal for giving yourself a facial massage with.
Snag: Dr. Alkaitis, $65, The Detox Market, $65, Levert Beauty, $65

 

Votary London Super Seed Cleansing Oil 

Ugh, so luxe it hurts. I struggle with even using this one, it’s lovely and I want to hoard it away forever! The aroma is earthy and natural, just like seeds and while that might seem weird I enjoy it. The blend feels a bit heavier than Tata but still lighter than Jordan Samuel, with a beautiful consistency perfect for cleansing and massaging a makeup-free face. Don’t waste this one on makeup removal… unless you’re feeling bougie. Then by all means, be lush girl!
Snag: Anthropologie, $78

 

What should I try next?! I’ll be at Indie Beauty Expo in May and need to start a shopping list, obv.

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Should You Choose CE Ferulic or Phloretin CF? http://www.youglowgal.com/choose-ce-ferulic-phloretin-cf/ http://www.youglowgal.com/choose-ce-ferulic-phloretin-cf/#respond Mon, 06 Feb 2017 15:00:48 +0000 http://www.youglowgal.com/?p=6052 Should You Choose Skinceuticals CE Ferulic or Phloretin CF YouGlowGal You Glow Gal Esthetician Sarah Payne Hiatus Spa Dallas Skincare Blog Beauty BloggerI receive questions about SkinCeuticals antioxidants often. You want to know more about CE Ferulic and Phloretin CF, if they’re worth it, and which is best for your skin type. I’ve used them for 7 years, if they fit into your budget I wholeheartedly believe in their value. As far as which one is best…

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Should You Choose Skinceuticals CE Ferulic or Phloretin CF YouGlowGal You Glow Gal Esthetician Sarah Payne Hiatus Spa Dallas Skincare Blog Beauty Blogger

I receive questions about SkinCeuticals antioxidants often. You want to know more about CE Ferulic and Phloretin CF, if they’re worth it, and which is best for your skin type. I’ve used them for 7 years, if they fit into your budget I wholeheartedly believe in their value. As far as which one is best for you, we’ll get into that today!

One school of thought is through formulation, comparing ingredients and choosing based on efficacy and studies. FutureDerm has a fantastic article from this point of view.  Her own view shares similarities with mine. Between my personal experiences and training with Skinceuticals, my method is always based on skin conditions. That’s right, skin conditions and not just type.

I was first introduced to SkinCeuticals antioxidants as an esthetics student, we retailed it at school. Their antioxidants made an appearance in my routine off and on depending on my budget ever since, and consistently for the last 5 years. CE Ferulic, Phloretin CF, AOX 10, 15, and 20–I’ve experienced them all. Call me a connoisseur of sorts. I mention their antioxidants…. a lot.

 

let’s break it down.

 

Phloretin CF is best for normal to oily skin.

Phloretin CF Gel is great for oily or sensitive types.

CE Ferulic is best for normal to dry skin.

 

BUT.

 

Let’s say you’re combo to oily in the summer until winter rolls around when your skin struggles to stay balanced with heat blasting. Instead of going for Phloretin, you could switch it up with CE Ferulic since it contains Vitamin E providing additional moisture. On the flip side, dry to combination skin may enjoy Phloretin CF during summer months. I change the antioxidant I use based on the season, climate, and what my skin needs for the duration of a bottle.

 

about those formulation differences…

 

Here’s the thing. With any product you research the hell out of comparing ingredient efficacy, studies, and formulation rules, it starts to become overkill. We drive at it and obsess over which product is best, and I’m telling you to a degree it doesn’t matter. I’m there with you, I like knowing my products inside and out. I enjoy it. But we can definitely over analyze.

When it comes to comparing Phloretin CF and CE Ferulic they’re near equals, neither is more superior than the other. I’ve used each formula with enough time to judge their efficacy, periodically sticking my face under a UV lamp to see sun damage appear and disappear under the surface. From my personal experience and seeing clients skin, they are equals. 

If you’re dying to try SkinCeuticals antioxidants and just can’t bite the bullet on Phloretin or CE Ferulic give AOX 10, 15, or 20 a try! They’re fantastic, too.

 

P.S. stick to authorized retailers to avoid buying fake /expired product, particularly when shopping online. LovelySkinAstonishingSkincare, BlueMercury, Dermstore, Skinstore, and SkincareRX are all authorized by SkinCeuticals.

 

*Samples provided by Skinceuticals PR

 

 

 

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