Hey dolls and gents!

I’m back today with a beauty bubble! In August I attended the BlogHer 12 conference and I was able to meet quite a few brands. One brand that I met and am excited to work with is Tria Beauty. Tria beauty is a company that focuses on skincare with revolutionary light-based skincare products. They bring professional technology from the dermatologist’s office to your home.

I have the opportunity to participate in the Tria Beauty Blogger Program using the Tria Skin Perfecting Blue Light.

About the Skin Perfecting Blue Light

“Tria Skin Perfecting Blue Light brings you the same blue light technology used in dermatologist offices.  Dermatologists have been using blue light in their offices since 2002 as the most effective method for eliminating acne-causing bacteria.   The Tria Skin Perfecting Blue Light is an excellent alternative to over-the-counter or prescription acne treatments that dry out or irritate the skin.  With a treatment time of only five minutes per day, the device is easy to use and easy to incorporate into your existing skin care routine.


The Tria Blue Light delivers the same high-energy blue light as devices used by dermatologists in-office. It eliminates bacteria deep in your skin to clear breakouts and blemishes and improve skin tone and texture. With daily use, you can break the cycle of breakouts and maintain a clear, radiant complexion. Finally, you can feel confident
in your skin.

Use the most advanced blue light technology available to clear breakouts
quickly and effectively

In multiple clinical studies using the Tria Blue Light:

  • 70% of affected areas cleared in just 2 weeks
  • 94% of participants noted fewer breakouts after 2 weeks
  • 93% of participants noticed a smoother complexion in 4 weeks
Blue light works differently and is superior to most acne treatments
Rather than sitting on top of the skin, blue light gently penetrates the skin to eliminate bacteria that cause breakouts and dulls complexion. When you eliminate bacteria, you eliminate breakouts and improve the skin’s tone and texture, leading to a superior overall complexion. The Tria Blue Light is as effective as professional and prescription treatments yet gentle enough to use daily without irritation, dryness or redness often caused by other acne treatments.”
So this is me fresh faced. I tried not to smile lol. I have a few blemishes and suffer from small breakouts around my cheeks, nose,  and forehead. I also have slight discoloration and would like a more even skin tone and healthier looking skin.
I will do a few updates during the two month trial and share my thoughts so stay tuned!

By the end of this week it will be scorching hot which means summer will officially be here. We should be taking the appropriate meausres to protect our skin all year round, but during the summer time we must really be safe. With the steady depletion of the ozone layer the sun rays are becoming more and more dangerous. Many people of color still believe they do not need sunblock because of the complexion of their skin. Let me tell you, that is the BIGGEST MYTH. It doesn’t matter how much melanin you have in your skin, you still need to protect yourself from the harmful sun rays. Here are some tips and products for the ultimate skincare protection

1. Sunblock for your face and body– Ladies I know you want the J. Lo and Beyonce bronzed glow for the summer but leave the baby oil at home. You should apply at least SPF 30 sunblock to all areas of your body exposed to the sun at least 30 minutes before exposure. This means your face and neck as well. Look for a moisturizer with SPF 30 or if you love your current moisturizer that’s great but buy sunblock specificially for your face. I am currently using Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Sunscreen SPF 50 which protects you from UVA/UVB Sun Rays. I love this sunscreen because of the moisturizing elements and the amazing smell. It doesn’t seem like you are putting on sunblock which is a plus. It is light weight which is also perfect for the summer. Carry a small bottle of sunblock in your bag as well to reapply when needed.

2. Lip Gloss with SPF–  we all want glossy and luscious lips, but M.A.C., Nars, and even CoverGirl lack SPF in their lip products. So before you apply your favorite lipstick apply some lip balm with at least SPF 15. If you still want more protection, after you apply your lip color you can appy Hawaiian Tropic Aloha Kiss lip gloss in Island Berry which has SPF 20. The smell of the gloss is amazing. I have been wearing it alone because it has the perfect amount of gloss and it is not sticky like other products. The one thing that sold me on this product was the word moisturizing. The lip gloss is enriched with Vitamins A,C &E, as well as cocoa butter and aloe vera. So your lips will be protected from the sun, but also getting the necessary moisture to keep them soft.

3. Sunglasses- Your eyes need to be protected as well. Because we like to look fashionable but don’t want to splurge on trends we often neglect to see if the sunglasses protect our eyes from UVA and UVB rays. Well make sure your eyes will be protected from both before you buy your next pair of sunglasses.

4. Hats– Whether it is a floppy hat, fedora, or regular cap, hats help protect our face by providing some shade and also our hair. The sun rays are so strong they can cause damage to your hair which is why a lot of hair companies are developing products which will protect our hair from drying out and losing moisture. Make sure you wear a hat

5. Water– You want to make sure you stay hydrated. If you are hydrated your skin will retain more moisture and will not dry out as easily. Staying hydrated will also keep you looking refreshed.

These are my tips. What do you do to protect yoursefl from the sun during the summer months?

Last night, I had the opportunity to visit  Phyto Universe in celebration of Bastille Day, which is a national french holiday that commemorates the storming of Bastille on July 14, 1789 and marked the beginning of the French Revolution (little history lesson.)

Phyto Universe (source) is the latest invention from Mr. Patrick Ales, the creator or renowned botanical hair care products, Phyto and PhytoSpecific. His life long mission is to treat the hair and scalp with the utmost care and respect and create a destination where consumers and stylists alike can immerse themselves in the “universe” that is PHYTO: plants. Nature reigns at Phyto Universe. Shrouded in an oasis of live botanicals, Phyto Universe invites you into a serene, tranquil environment.

When I arrived with my friend Kim, we were greeted by Jenna, then had a glass of wine and hors d’oeuvres and looked around the studio at the various products. We were then escorted to the back for our french, skin care, and hair care lessons.

Our first lesson was conducted by Alliance Francaise and we learned many terms dealing with hair, skin, and perfume. I took French for four years (5th-8th grade) and I had no idea what the instructor was saying!  We learned words like mask(un masque), hydration (l’hydratation), shine(de brillance) and a host of others.

We then had a lesson on skin care given by Catherine Raubiet, the Lierac National Training director. She gave us excellent tips and statistics. Here is a recap of what I learned:

  • European women, specifically French women, start getting facials around the age of 14.
  • In France, facials are not luxury, they are necessities.
  • European women are not as busy as American women, so they spend more time taking care of themselves (not talking about makeup, but skin and body care)
  • French women do not partake in abrasive procedures that can potentially damage the skin.

She also gave us a few skin care tips:

  1. Prevention is the key. We must start taking care of our skin early. We should not wait until we are in our 20s to use  moisturizer, we must start as teenagers. (It is never too late to start)
  2. Use light makeup to enhance beauty, not hide it. The United States, sells way too many makeup products to cover up problems with the skin instead of treating it.
  3. Keep it gentle. Minimize lasers and chemical peels. With early prevention, these methods are not needed.
  4. Develop and stick with a skin care routine. First, remove the makeup, then cleanse, tone, use a serum, moisturize and then apply sun screen.
  5. Exfoliate. Depending on your skin type, you should exfoliate once or twice per week.
  6. Take care of your body. Cellulite products are the most popular products being sold in the United States.  98% of women world wide have cellulite and 2% men. 30% of what happens to our body (how fast we age, cellulite etc.) is based on genetics, 70% is up to us, so take care of yourself.

We also received a lesson in hair care by celebrity stylist and salon owner Julien Farel (who said I had great hair 🙂 ) Here is what I learned from him:

  1. Your hair changes and so the products you use must change also. You should not use the same products for a long period of time because they won’t have the same effect on your hair after a while.
  2. *Important for summer hair care*Before getting in the pool, or going to the beach, wet your hair and add some type of leave in conditioner or pre-shampooing treatment. The conditioner or pre-treatment will prevent damage from chlorine and also salt water.
  3. Use various products to target various problems with your hair. You should use products that focus on preventing frizziness, that promote shiny hair, adds volume, etc. What ever your target area is for your hair, use a specific product for that area.

The night ended the small conversations with other bloggers and of course a gift bag.

The bag consisted of

  • Phytojoba Intense Hydrating Mask for suppleness and shine. It regenerates your hair and your hair regains softness and elasticity.
  • Lierac Paris Diopti Demaq– Gentle Eye Makeup Remover. It is a crystal-gel that removes makeup from eyelids and lases with leaving an oily film. Vitamin B5 and keratin derivatives help prevent the loss of lashes and restore their strength, suppleness and thickness.
  • Caron  Paris Fleur de Rocaille  eau de toilette natural spray.

It was a great event, very informative and a great place to network. Other bloggers and media professionals that were there, Kim from Makeup By Kim Porter, Misha from The Fab Chick, Shaunequa from Temple of Glam, Wanda from The Black Dress Traveler, Felicia from This That Beauty, and Tracey Ferguson and Judene Walden of JONES Magazine.

Tracy Wilson Mourning, the wife of retired NBA player Alonzo Mourning, recently launched a skin care line called “Goddess, Mother, Soul Mate, Friend.” It features perfumed oils, lotions, creams, cleansers and scrubs, each of with four distinct blends with the aforementioned names.

Via HoneyMag.com

“The GODDESS blend intermingles an abundance of Gardenia, Jasmine, and Orange Blossoms, with supporting notes of Clove Bud, Pimento Berry, Musk, Patchouli, Sandalwood and Haitian Vetiver.

Complex like our closest companion, the SOULMATE blend boasts a seductive floral union of sweet Imperial Violet, Lilac and Wild Rose, including middle notes of Lavender, Heather, Angelica, and Sweet Fennel.

The MOTHER blend incites a strong and nurturing character found distinctly in Dune Rose, Amber and Musk ingredients to provide a sense of a clean, woodsy earth but with a feminine touch.

Easily becoming your skins best friend, the FRIEND blend boasts a combo mix of Creamy Coconut, Bourbon, and Aragon Oil, to name a few.

To view and purchase the products click here