Favorite Fresh Products – And Something Special

Over the past couple of months, I’ve been exploring the world of Fresh products and I have to say – it’s done wonders for my skin. Because of this, I thought it was only natural that I share my favorite products with you.

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Over the past couple of months, I’ve been exploring the world of Fresh products and I have to say – it’s done wonders for my skin. I’ve mentioned on the blog how much my skin has changed throughout the years, but there are some things that have always been “problem areas.” Some things I’ve struggled with include texture, congestion, and acne. While I am still fairly oily, the evenness of my complexion, as well as most of my acne, has cleared up.

Because of this, I thought it was only natural that I share my favorite products with you. Be prepared because there’s quite a few.

Soy Face Cleanser

I’ve mentioned this cleanser on the blog before, so I’ll try not to drone on. A couple of weeks ago, I decided to switch cleansers and I have no regrets. If I’m honest, in the past, I was very against this face wash because I was positive that I was allergic to soy. I’m glad I decided to give it a second chance because it’s been very kind to my skin. I understand why it’s a bestseller.

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Sugar Face Exfoliator

This is a more recent discovery from my good friend, Laura. I was so surprised at how much I truly love this exfoliator. If you have dry skin, this will be your favorite exfoliator. It’s made with brown sugar, grapeseed and citrus oils that leave your skin nourished even after exfoliating, which oftentimes can dry your skin. While I have oily skin, I really enjoy this because it leaves my skin feeling very smooth and soft.

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Rose Deep Hydration Moisturizer

Oily girls unite! This is a gel cream moisturizer that soaks nicely into your skin. It contains hyaluronic acid, which is supposed to plump and hydrate your skin. Also, if you’re into anti-aging, hyaluronic acid is great for that as well. Being that it also has rosewater as an ingredient, it will help to calm down any redness and reduce inflammation with its antibacterial properties.

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Vitamin C Glow Moisturizer

I’ve included another moisturizer for my dry girls. In case you are looking for something thicker – without being heavy – this is the moisturizer is perfect to you. It contains vitamins C, E, and B5, which will give you that glow you’re looking for. I’m a big fan of this because of the fact that it’s so lightweight that you’d mistake it for a gel. After putting it on, I noticed my skin was brighter and hydrated.

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Lotus Youth Preserve Rescue Mask

If you have oily skin, you’re going to want to skip over this. For anyone that strives for radiant skin, this mask is for you. I’m so enamored with this product that I use it before any event. It has a unique blend of kombu seaweed flakes, red algae particles and lotus seeds that exfoliates and leaves your skin very smooth.

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For making it to the end, I have a giveaway for you! There was no way that I could make a list of my favorites without sharing them with you all. One lucky winner will get the Soy Face Cleanser and Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream – both full sized! All you have to do to enter is comment your favorite skincare tip down below. For a second entry, you can follow my Instagram account @Kat_Pierre and leave a comment with a rose emoji on the post with the picture below. Giveaway closes on November 30, 2018, at 12 p.m.

Please note that this is not an international giveaway.

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PERKing up at Sephora

Want softer, brighter skin? You may want to take advantage of the Sephora PERK facial.

A few months back, I decided to take advantage of the PERK Hydrating Facial at Sephora in Tyson’s Corner. Let me tell you, it was a fantastic experience, especially for it being my first facial ever.

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What it is

In case you haven’t heard about it, Sephora has recently started offering 30-minute facials in select stores. While hydrating your skin, the facial will offer exfoliation and nourishment for your skin. It’s complimentary with a $75 purchase, which makes it a great opportunity to stock up on your skincare. You’re able to go do a walk-in or sign up online, which is super-convenient for anytime your skin needs a “perk.

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My Experience

Before getting into it, a Sephora consultant will measure hydration levels with what they call a “Moisture Meter.” Though I didn’t snap a picture of my exact number, I was informed that I had dehydrated skin. So, while I was oily, my skin was needing some moisture. Good thing I was getting a hydra facial.

To begin, my favorite skincare goddess, Laura Arzate, cleansed my skin. She used the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser – great for all skin types, as it doesn’t strip the skin of moisture, but leaves your skin feeling soft. For lack of a better word, it left me feeling – fresh. I have to be honest, at first, I wasn’t sure about how I felt about it, but eventually, I fell in love with it and it’s become a household favorite. My mom started to use it and she loves it!

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Then it was time for the actual treatment. The machine uses two steps to refresh your skin. First, the Sephora consultant will go in the Nourishing Solution. While nourishing the skin, the pen-shaped tool acts like a vacuum and sucks the impurities from your skin. As scary as that may sound, it’s not painful whatsoever. In fact, there are three different intensities that you can choose from. I decided to stick with the lowest setting as it was my first facial.

Next, we went in with the “Eye Replenishing Serum.” The serum offers hydrating nutrients that not only plumps the skin but moisturizes and replenishes the skin. It runs over your entire face, including your lips, and feels quite nice.

Final Thoughts

No matter how well you take care of your skin or how many scary movies you watch, nothing will prepare you to see what impurities are removed from your skin. After you complete your facial, the consultant will allow you to take a look at your “waste” and it may be a little shocking. Being able to actually see what comes out of your skin, while being completely gross, is very satisfying.

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Overall, I noticed a visible difference in my skin after the treatment was complete. My skin felt and looked fantastic afterward. It was much brighter and smoother than what I’ve ever accomplished by myself at home.

If you need to restock, it’s definitely worth it to take advantage of the Sephora PERK Hydrating Facial. You’ll be able to leave with bright, smooth skin and a bag of your favorite goodies.

A Date with Caudalie, Tatcha and Fresh

Raise your hand if you’ve ever felt personally victimized by this absurd winter weather. *Knocks over my Fenty foundation as I raise both hands.* Yeah. Me too.

I’m not sure where you live, but I’ll give you a brief rundown on Virginia weather. Last week it was snowing one day then nearly 70 degrees the next. And no. I am not exaggerating.

So, with all of this finicky weather, my skin has been having a complete meltdown. That’s why I was so grateful to be invited by the lovely Laura to go visit the Sephora in the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City for another skincare event. This time featuring Caudalie, Fresh and Tatcha.

My first stop was with Fresh Beauty, where I got to try out two masks. The first was the Lotus Youth Preserve Rescue Mask, which I might pick up later. It contains lotus seeds, seaweed flakes and red algae. I noticed that it gave my face a beautiful radiance, without a greasy feeling. The best thing–it only takes 5 minutes to work its magic.

The second mask we used was one of my favorites–the Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask. This was another hydrating mask because my skin has been feeling pretty dry recently. The “cool” thing about this mask is the fact that it has a cooling effect to it. (I have to admit that it freaked me out the first time I used it.) I found that I noticed clearer skin after using it as well. That was the case this time around as well!

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Next, I got pampered by the wonderful Amanda Lefaive from Tatcha, who taught me all about the brand. Did you know that all the products were inspired by ancient Japanese beauty rituals of geishas? You should know that geishas take much time to maintain the quality of their skin.

They have six steps to achieving their youthful glowing skin. These include purifying, polishing, brightening, nourishing, blotting and drinking Sake. The latter of which is optional, which means, I’ll be grabbing my glass of wine.

This heavily inspired products like the Rice Enzyme Powder. It’s an innovative powder product is actually a cleanser. It’s a powder that is activated by water. When you work it into your skin, it transforms into a beautiful lather that gently exfoliates your skin. After rinsing off, I felt clean and hydrated.

For moisturizing and treatment, I got to sit with the lovely Amy Schaeffer at Caudalie. Before starting, she had me give a brief rundown on some of my skin concerns. After going on and on about how shocked I was to learn that I had combination skin with some dry patches, she was able to give me some recommendations.

We started with the Vinosource S.O.S. Thirst Quenching Serum. It was a perfect choice for my skin. While it contains hydrating ingredients like, Hyaluronic Acid and grape water, I didn’t feel like it left a greasy layer over my skin. My skin just felt plump and hydrated.

Next, we hydrated with the Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet. This is another interesting product from Caudalie. It starts off as a gel and as you work it into your skin, it melts almost into water. The Vinosource line is really amazing because it all really sinks into your skin, without leaving you feel greasy or sticky.

We wrapped everything up with the Premier Cru Eye Cream, which she described as the “crème de la crème” of eye creams. She wasn’t lying. I have dark circles under my eyes, both hereditary and from lack of sleep. When we applied the cream,  I noticed that everything looked a bit brighter. I’ve been using it ever since.

What I love so much about these events is the fact that each of the reps of each brand are so knowledgable about their products. It’s so important to make sure you understand the products and ingredients you’re putting into your skin, which is why these events are so important. I even had some good friends of mine join in on the fun and they said they felt the same.

If you want to join Laura for a Skin Soirée, a little birdie told me she’ll be in Short Pump this Saturday, January 27th.

What are your thoughts on the Skin Soirées? What about your favorite products from these brands? Let me know in the comments!

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