Beauty Beat: Fresh Lip Treatment Perfecting Wand Review

Hello friend! A few weeks back I had attended a Fresh skin care demo at a friend’s house. While I had used some products from Fresh, I hadn’t seen the entire line. I tried multiple masks and serums and purchased a few. However, my favorite item was the Fresh lip treatment perfecting wand. It is honestly a dream come true for me!

Fresh lip treatment perfecting wand demo and review

What is the Fresh Lip Treatment Perfecting Wand?

The Fresh lip treatment perfecting wand is a lip conditioner and exfoliator in one! It is quite simply a genius product! Because the tip of the wand has a textured silicone surface, it gently exfoliates as you apply the product. The core of the wand contains the lip treatment which is the consistency of jelly. To get the product out, you simply click the bottom of the wand, like some concealer products. Then the lip treatment comes out on the tip.

Fresh lip treatment perfecting wand demo and review Fresh lip treatment perfecting wand demo and review

How to Use the Fresh Lip Treatment Perfecting Wand

I find the best way to apply the Fresh lip treatment perfecting wand is to first dot it across my lips. Then I start moving the wand back and forth (or in little circles) to start the exfoliation. Otherwise, the product doesn’t get on my entire lip surface and it results in tugging.

My Favorite Ways to Use the Fresh Lip Treatment Perfecting Wand

  1. Exfoliate and moisturize. This is essentially the purpose of this product. You can choose to wear the treatment alone all day, which will be perfect for a five minute face. Or you can go over it with a lipstick. I find that most lipsticks glide over the product very smoothly. However, if you like a very matte finish, you may want to blot after using the Fresh lip treatment perfecting wand and then apply the lipstick.Fresh lip treatment perfecting wand demo and review
  2. Freshen up old lipstick. If after a few hours your lipstick has worn off and is patchy, allow the Fresh lip treatment perfecting wand to come to the rescue. Using it as instructed above will redistribute the lip color as well as add some shine. I often do this at the end of my work day to revive my lip color and therefore freshen my appearance. Fresh lip treatment perfecting wand demo and review
  3. Transition between two lipsticks. If you are wearing a long wearing lipstick and want to switch to another shade, this can be tricky! But never fear, the Fresh lip treatment perfecting wand can help! First, simply blot your lips to remove as much of the lipstick as you can. Then, massage the product on your lips as directed above. Then blot a few times more. This should remove the first lipstick and thus allow you to wear the next one without altering the color!

Would you Like to Try the Fresh Lip Treatment Perfecting Wand?

If you are interested in trying the Fresh lip treatment perfecting wand, you are in luck! Because I think everyone should try this product, I purchased an extra one for a giveaway. Simply leave a comment below and tell me your favorite summer lip color or product! Good luck!!!

Come With Me: The Body Shop Opening

Hello friend! Recently I was invited to attend the grand opening of the Santa Monica location of The Body Shop. Because the event fortuitously fell on a morning that I had off, I happily accepted. I enjoy beauty products and fun events, so the two combined sounded like a great idea. I attended the event and learned a lot about their products. Therefore I wanted to share it with you here.

The grand opening of The Body Shop in Santa Monica
The grand opening of the Santa Monica store

The Location

The new location of the store is right on the 3rd Street Promenade, a large stretch of beautiful stores and eateries in Santa Monica, CA. Because it is closed to cars, the promenade is a perfect place to shop and hang out. It is a very popular and fun part of Santa Monica and The Body Shop has a prime spot right on 3rd Street.

The Store

With its large windows, the store is bright and welcoming. Also, the layout is very organized and easy to maneuver. I got a tour of the entire store as well as a crash course in all of their products.

The grand opening of The Body Shop Santa Monica on 3rd Street promenade

One characteristic that is unique to the Santa Monica store is the mural created on the back wall. Painted right over the brick, it is a fun and beautiful piece of art that works with the store aesthetic.

The Body Shop in Santa Monica

The Products

Because this was my first visit to The Body Shop in a few years, I was excited to learn all about their new products. I will share with you my favorite ones here. If you’d like, I can do a full review once I have been using them long term. Let me know in the comments if that is something you’d like to see!

The Body Butters

The Body Shop is well known for their decadent body butters. They come in a variety of scents, from nutty and warm to fruity and floral. My personal favorites are the Coconut, the British Rose and the Fuji Green Tea.

The body butters from The Body Shop
Body butters in a variety of scents

Drops of Youth

Among the many ranges of products, I was most interested in the Drops of Youth line. These products have 3 types of plant stem cells to bring out fresh and youthful skin. I am currently obsessing over the concentrated drops, the sleeping mask and of course the famous youth liquid peel. You can see the dead skin on my hand the peel sloughed off below, all without any stinging or burning!

Dead skin exfoliated by The Body Shop's Youth Liquid Peel
Dead skin exfoliated by The Body Shop’s Youth Liquid Peel

Facial Masks

Another range I was interested in were the facial masks. If you have seen my skin care routine, you know that I am good with daily cleaning and preventative care. However, I am lacking in skin treatments. Therefore I have been meaning to get into facial masks. Luckily, I found quite a few masks at The Body Shop.

The facial masks of The Body Shop
Facial masks

They each have different skin care benefits, with specific active ingredients and textures. I have ordered the Chinese ginseng and the Ethiopian honey masks. However I am also fascinated with the Amazonian acai energizing radiance mask (pictured below). The texture is so interesting that I think I will have to try that one next!

The Amazonian Acai Energizing Radiance Mask from The Body Shop
The Amazonian Acai Energizing Radiance Mask

Makeup Removers

Just as important as fun makeup is proper makeup remover. Luckily The Body Shop has me covered there as well. I tried out the Chamomile Cleansing Butter and am in love. While I have seen this type of product before, it has always been with a hefty price tag. But The Body Shop has it for a fraction of the cost!

Another one of the items I hope to purchase soon is the Chamomile Gentle Eye Makeup Remover (it was sold out that day, but the tester felt lovely)! This item, along with a few other items that are intriguing me are linked below:

I learned so much from my visit at The Body Shop in Santa Monica. Moreover, I am truly impressed with the sophisticated products offered. I intend to enjoy my products for a long time to come. If you haven’t visited The Body Shop recently, I highly recommend to pop on in to a store or to visit the website. I am sure you will also be impressed.

My Skin Care Routine

Hello friend! Today I thought I’d share my skin care routine with you. It’s an important part of our beauty routine that is often overlooked. I confess, I’m not one to get excited over skin care. To me, it’s more of a necessity than a pampering. However, knowing how important it is, I do make a point of providing my skin with proper care. In this post, I will share what I have learned throughout the years in the hopes that it will help you!

Good skin care is not cheap. Because of the cost and the sheer number of products available, I recommend consulting with a dermatologist to make sure you pick the right products for your skin type. Therefore, you won’t waste money trying products blindly. Furthermore, you don’t have to go high end with every product. I’ll tell you where to save your money.

Save on face wash. I learned that in pharmacy school years ago. It makes complete sense, you are washing it OFF! No need to go high end there. I am appalled that there are cleansers selling for triple digits. I say, choose one that is mild and appropriate for your skin. There are many options at all price points.

Morning Skin Care Routine

My morning routine can be split up into four main steps.

Step One: CLEANSE

I like to wash with a gentle non abrasive wash in the morning. Since I have (or should have!) washed off my makeup the night before, my skin should be relatively clean. This cleansing step is simply to get rid of any dead skin and oil produced overnight. I like to use a non-tripping (i.e. non-foaming) cream cleanser. My favorite one right now is Normacleanse by ZO Medical.

Now this product is billed as a cleanser for normal to dry skin. However, it is light and mild and I would argue that it works for all skin tones. For example, I have oily to combination skin and this works wonderfully for me. Also, this product is very concentrated so it lasts me for a very long time. I usually use about two pea size dallops to wash my entire face.

Step Two: CORRECT

This step is different for each person as well as in different times of your life or season of the year. For my skin, I use two serums. One is a vitamin C serum that fights off free radicals. The second is a redness reducing serum.

Polished whimsys skin care routine

Step Three: MOISTURIZE

At this point I use a moisturizer for my face and eye area. For most of the year, I only use my face lotion. However, during the coldest and driest parts of the winter, I also like to mix in some extra moisture with a hyaluronic acid concentrate. For the eye area, I choose a fast absorbing but moisturizing eye cream so that it won’t impede my makeup application.

Polished whimsys skin care routine

Step Four: PROTECT

Finally I apply a layer of sunscreen to protect my face from the damaging rays of the sun. Currently I am using this product, but I’m not completely loving it. So if you have any recommendations, let me know in the comment section!

Evening Skin Care Routine

My evening skin care centers around thoroughly cleansing my skin of the makeup and grime from the day. Following that, I work in some age reversal products and end with a good moisturizing.

Step One: CLEANSE

At nights, I perform a double cleanse to ensure that all my makeup is removed. First I use an oil cleanser. I massage it well into my skin (including my eye area). Then I add a bit of water to emulsify it. I follow that with a good rinsing. Then, I use my cream cleanser, usually in conjunction with my Clarisonic skin cleansing brush. After this, my skin is super clean but not dry or tight.

Polished Whimsy's skin care routine

Step Two: CORRECT

For my evening time treatments, I use a retinol type product to speed up skin cell turnover. As a result, skin is softer and less textured. I switch between this retexturing serum and retinol cream. While both work well, I find that the serum is a bit gentler. Therefore, I turn to that one in the drier months. I follow that with a glycolic acid treatment, which acts as a chemical exfoliant, clearing off the dead skin.

Step Three: MOISTURIZE

The last part of my night routine is to follow up everything with a nice moisturizer. This product is another one that I vary. At the moment, I am using my hyaluronic acid treatment which is doing the job quite well.

Polished Whimsys skin care routine

*APPLICATION TIP*

I will leave you with one of my most important tips. When applying different products, to ensure best penetration of each item, apply in order of lightest to heaviest. For example: liquids first, followed by any gels, next any lotion products, then creams, last will be oils.

If you’d like to try some of these products, I have linked them here: