Illumask vs. LightStim for Wrinkles

One of latest technologies in wrinkle reducing is LED and infrared light. Red light reduces inflammation and promotes circulation, amber light builds collagen and elastin and blue light destroys acne bacteria. Infrared light (we are unable to see it with the naked eye) promotes circulation and encourages product absorption. For years you have been able to visit doctors offices for LED treatments but demand has pushed new devices to the home market. I tested out two products, the illuMask Anti-Aging mask and the LightStim for Wrinkles handheld device. I got the illuMask at ULTA and with a 20 percent off coupon I paid about $24. I got the LightStim for Wrinkles gratis at the Cosmoprof convention in Las Vegas. It costs around $249 dollars and is available at and (they also have a cheaper mini version). The main reason I wanted to try LED therapy was to improve my wrinkles. I also wanted to see if it had any impact on my Rosacea. I have read that red light therapy is an option, but currently there are no FDA recommendations for that use.


What I like about the illuMask: I like that all you have to do is put the mask on and press a button and in 15 minutes you’re done. I noticed enough of a difference to want to use it again. What I don’t like: It doesn’t get that hot. The LightStim gets really warm and it is pressed directly to your face. The other negative is price. Each mask only lasts 30 uses. It takes about 8 weeks to see major results and the recommendation for LED therapy is to continue using it for even more results. If you wanted to use it a for year, you would end up spending $360.

LightStim for Wrinkles

LightStim for Wrinkles

What I liked about LightStim: I saw big results immediately. My pores shrunk and my skin looked tighter. My fine lines have lessened and it seems to be making an impact on my bigger lines too. Not sure if it helped my Rosacea, but it has lightened skin discolorations. You use it for three minutes at a time, on each area. They have a cool app that has a revolving timer which makes it easy to do while laying in bed or watching TV. The cost is reasonable for what you get. The LightStim plugs into the wall (no batteries), you don’t have to replace the light cartridge and it has a five year warranty. What I didn’t like: A mask version would be nice. To sum it up, the LightStim is much more powerful and a much better deal for long term treatment. The illuMask is good if you just want to experiment with LED treatment for aging or acne. I plan on using my LightStim everyday until it stops working. I may even try the LightStim for Acne mini when it comes out. LightStim also has a LED device for pain. You can find them all at or check out QVC where you can get one easy pay.

Back to school beauty picks for 2014

School starts in a few weeks. Time to shop for notebooks, backpacks and clothes…all the essentials. What about beauty essentials? Here is a list of beauty products to help you put your best face, hands and hair forward.

Feel The Moment Anti-Aging Primer by IT Cosmetics

Feel The Moment Anti-Aging Primer by IT Cosmetics

Oil on your face? Just the thought might make you cringe, especially if you have oily skin.  But facial oils (as long as they don’t contain mineral oil) are great for use as a daily moisturizer, primer or nighttime moisturizer. Feel The Moment Anti-Aging Primer is made from a combo of Hydrolyzed Collagen, Hyaluronic Acid, Peptides and Silk and Vitamins A, C & E. It smells great and gives you the feeling that you just came from the spa. It absorbs into skin and won’t clog pores, $38 at ULTA stores.


Don’t have perfect hair? Buy some! Hair extensions have never been easier or more affordable. Irresistible Me is an online hair company where you can buy a variety of clip-in extensions from ponytails to individual pieces. Extensions start at $69, depending on length and thickness. The hair pictured above is the Silky Touch hair in Silky Golden Blonde and costs about $130. You can wash, style and even color it. Use it everyday or just for special occasions. Clip-ins are a much cheaper option than permanent hair extensions and if you get sick of them, take them out or buy something different. The Irresistible Me hair extensions come with a little “try me” extension so you can exchange it of the color isn’t right (includes free shipping).


L’Oréal Professionnel Perfect Texture Texturizing Spray

If you want to get more of out your own hair, give L’Oréal Professionnel Perfect Texture Texturizing Spray a try. To use, spray it on towel dried hair then blow dry. It adds texture, makes curls last longer and tames frizzies. I also use it instead of dry shampoo and texturizing powder to add body to straight hair for that just from the beach look, $22.50 at





Take your manicures to a new level with 3D charms. The imPRESS Press On Manicure collection has six cute press-on nail designs, complete with matching 3D charms. The kit comes with six adhesive stickers for the charms that you could also use on your regular nails, $7.99 at Walgreens. See the whole collection here

imPRESS Press On Manicure w/3D charms

You don’t have to spend a lot on eyeshadow to get fantastic looking eyes. The L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Dual Effects Eye Shadow Quad is everything you need in one. The compact has four high quality shadows and a foam applicator that can used to contour. The shadow is highly pigmented and went on great with just the sponge applicator and no primer – so you will probably get even better performance with brushes. It even has an instructional diagram on the back. Comes in eight color schemes, only $9.99 at drugstores.


Cleaning up eyeshadow remnants and mascara mishaps can ruin your makeup. Almay’s Soothing & De-Puffing Gentle Eye Makeup Remover Pads are perfect for removing the eyeshadow that falls under eyes during application. The pads are oil free and are made with cucumber and green tea extract to reduce puffiness, perfect if you wake up with puffy eyes, $5.99.



L’Oréal Paris products perfect for a flawless complexion

From aging to skin problems, we all end up needing a little help. L’Oréal Paris has some new products designed to help make your skin look more polished. I gave the Magic Skin Beautifier Anti-Redness BB Cream, Visible Lift Blur Concealer and the Visible Lift Blush a try and here is my review. DSCN3543 I have rosacea, so the Magic Skin Beautifier is a good product for me. It actually dispenses green (to knock out the red) and then adjusts to a skin color . It gave my skin an all over bronzy glow (my skin is normally pretty pale anyway). It is great to put on if you just want to run out without putting on foundation. You could also wear it under a powder foundation. Magic Skin Beautifier Anti-Redness BB Cream, $10.99.

Next is the Visible Lift Blur Blush in Soft Peach (501). This liquid blush has L’Oréal’s Opti-Blur Technology in it and gives your skin that blush glow you see on all of the celebrities. It is light and buildable, perfect for using with liquid foundations. You can even take it with you and add more during the day. Available in three colors.

Lastly we have the Visible Lift Blur Concealer in Medium (303). This concealer also has the Opti-Blur Technology and does a good job of blurring lines under the eyes. It comes in three colors; fair, light and medium. I could probably use any of the colors (I used medium) depending on if I wanted to use it as a highlighter too. I would put this concealer up against my favorite premium brand, IT Cosmetics. The only thing different is that this one is not waterproof. A great value at $10.99. DSCN3551 L’Oréal Paris is one of my favorite go-to brands. I think it is the highest quality product you can find in the drug/grocery store. Speaking of grocery stores, you can find the best prices on L’Oréal Paris at a Smith’s or Kroger stores. The list price is lower and they always have $2 or $3 coupons available through the store card. I usually buy my Infallible single shadows for less than $3. *Press Samples provided.