As a blogger, I take a LOT of pictures of my face. It’s almost sickening to be honest, and it’s really the weirdest thing ever to have to keep looking at your face on your computer all the time. And it’s even weirder I tell ya’, because sometimes I take a pic and think-THAT does not look like me at all… WTF. Like this one:

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I don’t know, but that pic doesn’t look or feel like me at all. I look snotty, aloof. And if you’ve ever met me? You know I’m neither of those things.

BTW, I’m wearing Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Backtalk in that snotty pic. It’s the perfect pinky mauve lipstick. I bought three of the Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks in California, and wow I love them all. Get one of the Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks in the Comfort Matte formula you guys-so comfy, and not drying at all! And lasts forever and a day on your lips too with a nice fade.

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Urban Decay Vice Lipsticsk: Weirdo(cream, Criminal(comfort matte) and Backtalk(comfort matte)

But the pics I take of my face as a warm up? Yeah, see that’s something us bloggers-or at least some of us-or maybe just weirdo me do! I take “warm up pics” to get into the whole “MOOD” of taking face pics. Smizing takes some practice!

This is usually what my warm up face pics look like:

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YUP. DAT is ME. The REAL Tracy.

What’s the point of all this? I think I’m trying to show you that what you see on blogs, instagram, twitter-ain’t always real. A lot of pics are doctored to heck. I personally, don’t doctor or fix my pics to look perfect -I don’t care enough to do that HAHA. Seriously, that’s really the main reason. And the other reason is- that I’m just too LAZY. Editing pictures is one of the most time consuming parts of blogging that I detest. DE-TEST. I hate it. LOTS. Can you tell? 😛 So, I try not to do it so much. I try not to do much of anything that’s not all that fun. Someone once told me that once something you love doing isn’t fun anymore then it’s time to stop doing it and try something else. I kind of agree. Life is too short to keep doing things that aren’t fun, right?

But every so often, I somehow take a picture that looks like ME-like REALLY ME.

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Chubby cheeks, wrinkles around the eyes and upper cheeks, smiley bright eyes-this is ME. This is what I look like in real life. At least I think so? And it’s a more realistic picture of me. But a lot of the time, this true version of me doesn’t come across in pictures for some reason.

Why? Well, I think a lot of it has to so with the amount of makeup I’m wearing. Compared to that first photo(and honestly it’s not a huge difference, but just enough) I’m wearing minimal makeup. Like very little. I’m wearing Sappho Organics Foundation, which is amazing and probably the most skin-like foundation I’ve ever tried. If ya’d like a more in-depth review, let me know and I will oblige. The brighter lip shade makes a HUGE diff too, don’t ya’ think? As I get older, I notice a brighter lipstick makes a HUGE difference on me. Less bronzer too. Less of EVERYTHING looks better I think. And warmer shades of makeup- everything on my face is just warmer toned in general in that pic.Even the lighting is warmer. Cooler tones and shades seem to age me these days.

And the other thing that makes a difference too? Is how much sleep and exercise I get. I need lots of sleep to be able to function-more than the average person I’ve come to realize. It’s probably because of my MS that I require more rest, but I need at LEAST 8 hours-more like 9 or 10 hours to feel and look my best. And, the more rest I get, the younger I look in pictures, which I assume translates into real life as well.

Less makeup, a pop of bright lipstick, exercise, and sleep! These are the things that make a difference in how I look and feel. And those are the things I’m going to make sure I keep on doing from now on.

What are the things that make YOU look and feel your best? And have you tried the Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks yet? I want about 5 more GEEZ.

Have you heard of Mesotherapy Facial Rejuvenating Treatments? Your skin gets cleansed, peeled, then a series of micro-injections filled with vitamins, peptides, minerals and amino acids to the dermal layer are given. The treatment usually ends with a soothing kind of mask and a glycolic serum. The result? Skin that seriously GLOWS, is smoothed, and all signs of fatigue are erased. Sounds good, yeah? I’d love to get this done, but the minimum $200 price tag is…well, yeah…not something I can afford at the moment!

But I’ve found a pretty good alternative thanks to my fellow skincare-loving blogger Phil@Mirror Reality: Filorga Meso-Mask Smoothing Radiance Mask($70).

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Filorga Meso-Mask Smoothing Radiance Mask

Filorga Meso-Mask Smoothing Radiance Mask is inspired by Mesotherapy Facial Rejuvenating Treatments. If you want radiant, smooth, YOUNGER looking skin, then you need this mask! It’s probably my favourite one at the moment, because every time I use it, I see visible results and my skin keeps looking better and better. There’s not a lot of skincare that gives you visible results after one use, but this stuff really does it!

Filorga Meso-Mask Smoothing Radiance Mask contains rhamnose polysaccharide to help even the skin and gives the complexion an instant boost of radiance. Rhamnose sugars function as cell-communicating ingredients, and they like talking to fibroblasts specifically. Remember those fibroblasts I told you about? Fibroblasts are cells that create collagen, so rhamnose can talk to fibroblast cells. They tell those fibroblasts to begin producing normal, healthier cells, so more collagen gets made! Which means less wrinkles, skin irritations get soothed, and the complexion becomes more even, brighter, and plumper. NICE.

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Filorga Meso-Mask Smoothing Radiance Mask

Filorga Meso-Mask Smoothing Radiance Mask also contains 12 vitamins to stimulate the vital functions of cells, 23 amino acids to stimulate the construction of elastin and collagen, loads of minerals and antioxidants-heck Filorga Meso-Mask Smoothing Radiance Mask contains 94 ingredients, 69% of them being active ingredients. Now you understand why I can see visible results!

It’s a lightweight cream texture, yet buttery feeling. I love the light, floral fragrance which is nice and gentle and not obnoxious at all. I use my Filorga Meso-Mask Smoothing Radiance Mask after every shower, which I know…is a lot, but dudes I’m so addicted to how good my skin looks when I use it that I just can’t help myself! There’s some serious mask jealousy happening in my bathroom. I’ve had to separate some of the more indignant ones like my Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask, which I thought was pretty awesome, until I met Filorga Meso-Mask Smoothing Radiance Mask. 😛 And it’s just going to get worse since I just ordered another jar, so best to put a stop to anymore mask mutiny.  😛

The instructions say to put a thickish layer(I actually find it doesn’t take much at all to get good results) over your whole face, eye contour and neckline, and to let it sit for 15-30 minutes. I let it sit for a good hour, because that’s what Phil told me to do, and he’s always right when it comes to skincare. Seriously-go read his blog and LEARN. Then, I remove whatever is left with a wet cotton pad and Bazinga! Smooth, even-toned, redness GONE, pores closed, soft, and glowing, radiant skin is MINE ALL MINE! And it can be yours too if you try this stuff. And you just GOTTA. Yup!

You can order Filorga from The Shopping Channel and also from Murale here in Canada.  In the USA check out Amazon and FeelUnique.com.

THANK YOU PHIL. YOU ROCK.  😀

Instant results you guys! Any skincare products/masks that give you instant visible results? Let me know! 

You know, there’s nothing like getting a good sleep. A GOOD DEEP SLEEP. It’s so rejuvenating, right? For your mind, your body, your soul….and your FACE. Hey, that’s when all your skin repairing happens! So if you don’t get enough sleep…it’ll start to show up on your face.

Why? Well, your skin is unable to set in motion its renewal and repair process if you don’t get enough sleep. There’s a one hour period between midnight and 1 am during which the skin’s renewal cycles say HEYYYY let’s get funky! Flaking, cell differentiation, restoration of the skin’s barrier function, boosting microcirculation and cellular reorganization–those funky five actions reach their peak during the night. And that’s called  the “skin’s deep sleep” and it’s so important to its health.

Well, Vichy has come out with probably the best sleep mask I’ve ever tried. Until now, my favourite has been the Filorga Sleep Recover Anti Fatigue Night Balm, which Phil @ Mirror Reality told me about. And you should visit his blog if you are a skin care junkie…the man KNOWS skincare and he teaches me so much. The Filorga was the first night cream that I could actually tell worked some kind of SOMETHING on my skin the next morning(I should blog about it I guess then, hey? 😛 ) When I use it, I wake up and look like I had the BEST sleep ever. I love it so much, I even bought a back-up within days of using it, and I love it still, I do.

Vichy Idealia Skin Sleep

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Vichy Idealia Skin Sleep

But Vichy Idealia Skin Sleep? Works just as well, if not just that bit BETTER. Well, it’s a mask after all, so it should work better! And it’s CHEAPER than the Filorga, so win!

Vichy Idealia Skin Sleep($52) has ingredients that are capable of stimulating the skin’s deep sleep mechanisms to recreate and optimize their repairing effects.

  • Glycyrrizic Acid which comes from Licorice root and reduces skin irritation and ensures hydrated and supple skin.
  • Hyaluronic Acid for hydrated, bouncy skin.
  • Caffeine to reduce fatigue and promote rested skin
  • Vitamin B3 for an even and healthy skin tone
  • repairing Oils(rich in omegas) provides supple and resistant skin

Oh, and of course there’s soothing Vichy Thermal Spa Water in Vichy Idealia Skin Sleep too. It’s Paraben-free and hypoallergenic and suitable for ALL skin types.

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Vichy Idealia Skin Sleep

The texture is sublime! It’s a gel, yet feels very thick and balmy. And it’s PINK. I love pink skincare for some reason…makes me smile when I open the jar, ok? 😛  There is a gentle fragrance of jasmine and green tea, but nothing overly cloying and I find it dissipates quickly anyways. I apply a thick layer and wait about 20 minutes before hitting the sheets, just so that most of that goodness gets into my skin and not my pillowcase. I don’t NEED my pillowcase to look good in the morning haha!

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Oh hey Mr. Rabbit thanks for visiting my little photo shoot…you like the looks of this Vichy Idealia Skin Sleep too, hey? i bet you could use a good night’s sleep too hahaha.

The next morning after using Vichy Idealia Skin Sleep, you won’t believe your eyes I swear. You face will look different. Younger! Rested! Smoother! And feel so hydrated! It’s seriously beauty sleep in a jar.

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Vichy Idealia Skin Sleep

I have a lot of sleep masks….a lot. And I should do a smack down of all of them some day. And maybe I will. But honestly, I kind of feel no need to at the moment, because Vichy Idealia Skin Sleep would be the hands down winner for me anyways. I don’t even look at the others in my skincare drawer right now…

Find it where Vichy is sold like Shopper’s Drug Mart and Rexall Drugs! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED by moi!

Happy Friday everyone! Do you use sleep masks? What’s your favourite?