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#spoiled @neology (investing in the future)

Hello my gorgeous friend, it’s been way too long.

I’ve been studying hard and almost done with my MBA program at Depaul University in Chicago. Needless to say, I’ve been tied up with case studies, homework-laden weekends and exams… but I’m graduating soon and will walk in the ceremony in June. Whew!

As difficult as it’s been, staying focused on the future by investing in education has always served me. Whether it’s professional development, science and technology, or business school, I’ve always been a big believer that to be the best we can be, we *always* need to keep learning!

To jump back in and reconnect with my blog, I thought I would share a few photos from and advanced training with Neocutis Skincare in Chicago this week:

Thank you @neocutis_chicago @jillwolf2000 for hosting the most glamorous education event ever! I’m a few days late posting, but still reveling in the glow of the next-level training, the new friends I made, and the #neocutis skincare swag 💁‍♀️💁‍♀️💁‍♀️Connect with Jill for the best of the best in support and skincare technology for your patients (and self!) 🥂💁‍♀️💖 #neology #neocutisskincare #skincare #skincareroutine #nextlevel #growthfactors

Check out Neocutis here.

Our top-sellers are the MPC MICROFIRM neck and décolleté, BioCream, the Award-winning Lumiere Eye Cream, and MPC MicroEyes Riche.

And until next time, stat fabulous my friends!

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Save the Date to Get Gorgeous (and Get Gifting)

You’re Invited to Erickson Cosmetic Dermatology’s Gifted and Gorgeous Party!

Join us at Erickson Dermatology (yes, this is the practice I work for!), 737 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL on December 11th from 4:30-7:30
We’ll have tons of super fun specials on treatments and products, trunk shows from Jo Malone London and Alexis Bittar, express hydrafacials, Jo Malone Hand and Arm massage, champagne, hors d’oeuvres and much more.

Get Gorgeous and Get Gifting: the Ultimate one stop shop!

Get Gorgeous and Get Gifting: the Ultimate one stop shop!

Rsvp by calling us: 312-300-6858 or email us at info@ericksonderm.com

See you there!

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Fun Find: Every Drop Beauty Spatula

Have you ever resented the fact that you can’t reach the bottom of the bottle to get the last drop of really-great-and/or-expensive-fill-in-the-blank product to get the last bit? I have heard anecdotes over the years of women prying open a container of TNS Recovery Complex (and many others) with a pair of pliers. This is probably hazardous… (at the very least you at risk breaking a nail) and is likely not the experience you desire when using a fabulous, cosmetically elegant, and likely expensive-as-heck product.

Don’t be angry at the bottle. It IS just a bottle, after all.  Just get this “Every Drop” Beauty Spatula!

 Don't get angry, get Spatula!

Don’t get angry, get Spatula!

I came across this miniature silicone spatula with when I opened my new ‘the Container Store’ Stocking-Stuffer catalog that came in the mail today. Genius!

The unique shape is designed to reach under the lip of a jar to get every last drop.  It’s washable (reusable) and has a long handle to reach into really skinny/tall bottles or jars. The cherry on top: It’s only $4.99, and is made in the USA. And really, what else do you possibly want from a spatula?!

Happy Shopping! Stay Fabulous, My Friends!

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Drug-Store Shout Out: e.l.f Studio Mineral Infused Face Primer

A decent makeup primer can be YOURS for the low, low price of $6!!!

A decent makeup primer can be YOURS for the low, low price of $6!!!

I was intrigued by e.l.f. when some makeup artist acquaintances rolled down a list of their secret e.l.f. favorites, so I thought I’d start exploring by demo’ing some basics. I chose this $6 Primer in Clear to start, which was 30% off when I ordered it- wow. I must say: I was pleasantly surprised by this particular elf item.

It has a very similar silky/satin-like consistency as some of my favorite primers, including GloMinerals Face Primer ($26) and Smashbox Photo-Finish ($36). This product also has a similar ingredient deck, though there are a couple of silica ingredients that some of the others lack. Interestingly, this product is gluten-free, while my favorites are not. It doesn’t stay perfect for quite as long as some others, and lacks some of the anti-oxidants (like Vitamin E) that others have, but for $6- I didn’t feel disappointed, necessarily.

So, if you’re in the mood for a good gamble with not much at risk (besides maybe hour 12 of foundation perfection!) it might be a good one the next time you find yourself in need of primer.

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Product Review: Obagi Medical’s Hydrate Facial Moisturizer

1.7 Ounces of Glorious Hydration: Obagis HYDRATE

1.7 Ounces of Glorious Hydration

Word on the Street/Company Claims:

“Hydromanil technology” delivers moisture in a 2 Part Action.

Part 1: There are Hydromanil matrix molecules that stay on the surface of the skin to reduce LOSS of moisture.

Part 2: A water-bearing 3D matrix captures and hold on to water within the skin, continuously releasing moisturizing compounds, increasing moisture for at least 8 hours after you put it on.

Appropriate for who?:

It’s designed for every skin type, and I would agree with that after using it.

It’s got a medium consistency that would please a dryer skin-type, but it dries mostly matte and does not feel heavy or look greasy, which oilier types would love. It is mild enough that I would recommend it to people who are post- chemical peel or using retinoids (or other treatment products) that could compromise the skin too!

Here's what it looks like right out of the bottle. Pretty, no?

Here’s what it looks like right out of the bottle. Pretty, no?

Totally Fabuliz: (Favorite part): It didn’t make me break out (Just look at me wrong and I’ll break out!) but I really feel that it improved my dry skin.  I’m also not seeing an increase in pore congestion or any indicators of build-up. There is no scent, so I didn’t have to decide if I liked the smell or not. (no fragrance also usually means non-sensitizing and non-irritating, which is a score!)

Just OK: I suppose the packaging could be splashier? That’s getting picky though.

Needs work: Nothing!

Star Rating: 4 STARS!! ★★★★

★1 Star: Might pass this one up

★★2 Stars: Okay for the money

★★★3 Stars: Really nice product, I’d buy it

★★★★4 Stars: Pretty much deserves a Nobel Peace Prize, want it/need it/ have to have it!

Misc Notes/Other Need-to-Know’s:

It’s Non-comedogenic and allergy-tested. Obagi says that there is a 51% improvement in transepidermal water loss (TEWL) after 8 hours, and a 92% improvement in moisture content of the skin within 2 hours.

I would definitely buy that, since their clinical studies were performed using a Tewameter ® (funny name!) and a Corneometer… this wasn’t an interview of 3 of your best friends who thought they liked it (‘3 out of 4 women agree’)!

They used a Tewameter... yup, it's a real thing. :)

They used a Tewameter… yup, it’s a real thing. :)


The consistency is medium... not too heavy, not too light. The Goldilocks of Moisturizer??

The consistency is medium… not too heavy, not too light. The Goldilocks of Moisturizer??

Good work Obagi… I will be recommending this one for sure. 

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