Venus Laser Treatment with Utah Facial Plastics

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably have seen me post about Utah Facial Plastics over the last few months. I wanted to share what I had done with the Venus laser treatment (read more about it here). This is a series of three treatments spread 4 weeks apart that are supposed to minimize pores, scarring, lighten freckles and sunspots, tighten your overall skin to reduce signs of aging and give you a glow. (Basically everything…)

I’ll just tell you upfront that overall, after my skin healed, I felt like it really did make a huge difference. I wish I had a good before pic in the same lighting! My skin is much more smooth and even. Because I am really dry, I had some extreme dryness issues while my skin was still trying to heal, but I think it all just depends on how fast each individual heals and varies from person to person!

 

Treatment 1

Before I went in, I had to apply numbing cream to my face (1 hr prior). I was a little nervous, because I didn’t know how it would affect my skin, how much down time I would need and if I could go in public. But I was really surprised that it healed quickly and I was able to cover it up really easily 24 hrs later. And the numbing cream, worked great! I didn’t feel a thing.

 

 

 

By the end of three weeks I could actually see a big difference in my skin! I was really excited for that week, and then it was time for another treatment.

 

Treatment 2

As you can see in the videos at the end of this post, this treatment takes less down time than a CO2 treatment, but you do have to go in for more treatments. I liked it this way because I was able to see how my skin healed over time. With the second treatment, they knew better how my skin reacted, and so they increased the laser amount and put it closer together so I didn’t have the brick pattern. And weirdly I felt like my skin healed quicker the second time!

Also this “pinpoint bleeding” is totally normal!

smiling during treatment because, well…. lidocaine is awesome and works fab to numb me up right:)

24 hrs later sans makeup (above) and then after I applied makeup (below) so it is definitely something you can go out and about with… unlike the Co2 Laser resurfacing (see video with RN Alfie Symes explaining the difference)

This is totally makeup free 2 weeks post treatment! I haven’t been able to go without foundation since my early 20’s! and I still have one treatment left! I will try and update once I have the 3rd treatment, but honestly 2 treatments made a HUGE difference! Friends and neighbors keep asking what I am using on my skin bc it is so smooth.

This picture is completely healed and with light foundation, overall my skin feels more even toned, tight and supple. I LOVED this treatment and can’t wait to get the third one! LOVE  Utah Facial Plastics! If you’re in Utah I HIGHLY recommend heading over to see them! Mention my name for special pricing*

 

Below: Venus Viva treatment videos from my instagram stories.

 

 

*Pricing varies, and subject to change. Please contact Utah Facial Plastics for details.

Inside My Make-Up Bag

I get asked about what makeup products I use, so I thought I’d share!

 

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Why I love it:
1 Lancome’s Teint Idole: This foundation is full coverage with a matte finish, so it looks good in photos and real life. And it lasts all day.
2 Tarte The buffer Airbrush: This brush makes your foundation look like it was applied by an airbrush machine. Trust me on this because I have an airbrush machine and I almost prefer this brush to the machine.
3 Too Face Milk Chocolate Soleil: A good bronzer for light to medium skin tones. Plus it smells delicious. Just like chocolate.
4 Tarte Shape Tape: This is a full coverage concealer. It is creamy, a tiny amount goes a long way, and it blends well. One other thing I love about it is that you can use it for highlighting and contouring if you want. And it’s an award winning product. When I picked it up at Ulta, the employees there said it was one of their top two sellers.
5 It Cosmetics Heavenly Lux Brush: If you’re looking for a concealer brush, this is the one I’d recommend. I only use it for concealer because I love my buffer brush.
6 Watts Up: This is a good highlighter if you are dry or prefer cream. It is a good fit for fair skin.
7 Becca Opal Glow:  This powder is beautiful and really does give a glow.
8 Coralista Blush: A really great natural-looking blush. It gives you a highlight as well if you don’t have time to highlight and contour.
9 Setting Spray: I’d recommend this for humid climates or if you are oily. Your makeup will last way longer. I prefer a spray to a powder setting because powder looks cake-y and gets in fine lines and wrinkles. I especially don’t like powder because my foundation is matte.
10 Anastasia Brow Definer Pencil: I love this because it has an angled tip. Genius! It goes on smooth and stays put, giving you full coverage for your brows. I use light brown because I like having warmth to cover up my gray tattoos. If I didn’t have tattoos I would use a more ashy color, like taupe.
11 Anastasia Brow Gel: My brow hair is long and so this keeps it in place. I’d also recommend this if you have unruly brows.
12 Too Faced Sweet Peach: This smells like peaches and has really smooth colors. This is latest and greatest palette from Too Faced and has great colors for spring. I also like the milk chocolate bar palette.
13 Covergirl Mascara: I’ve tried just about every expensive mascara there is, and I always come back to this one. Obviously everyone has different types of lashes, but I definitely would recommend trying this one out if you haven’t.
14 Covergirl Perfect Blend Eyeliner: I have used this eyeliner for years. I use black brown for everyday use because if I use black for everyday looks, it closes my eyes, so this is black brown is a great alternative. And I love that this product does exactly what it says.
15 Stila Liner: I use this if I want more dramatic cat-eye. It’s fabulous because it stays. Perfect for an evening, or dark bold look. I don’t use it for everyday looks.
16 Train Case in “Queen of the Nile” print: This is one of my favorite JuJuBe bags and it is perfect for holding my makeup.  It is machine washable. It fits everything you could ever want. Flexible, so easy to pack. Favorite pattern, so many other good patterns too.  Plus, it is antimicrobial which is nice to not have to worry about germs with my makeup I put on my face every day.
Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

Halloween

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How creepy are these two?!  Happy Halloween from these two vampires!  We had so much fun with the airbrush machine from Belletto Studio and Numestyle. The glittery eye shadow drips are actually stickers!  A big thanks to Zurchers Party Store for our costumes and accessories and Taylor Maid for the pro makeup and contacts!