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In My Opinion..... March Edition

*No husbands were harmed in the making of this blog.

Exactly two weeks ago I was sitting in my kitchen before bed (probably playing on my phone or adding up my macros for the day) when Jason walks by me to head to the living room when he suddenly stops and tells me to look at him. I turn my heads toward him when he comes towards me with this alarmed look on his face and asks "What happened to your eye? Why is it swollen?"


Now.... what I heard was, "OH MY GOD! You look old and puffy with large dark bags under your eyes. How do you live each day looking like that? Go find a mask to wear!"


Obviously my sweet and wonderful husband did NOT say that. But if that's what I heard, that's all that matters, right? He was concerned that I was coming down with something or maybe had a the start of a sinus infection. So I went and looked in the mirror to inspect what was going on and below my eye it was swollen and puffy. I grabbed an ice pack and went to bed. (Feeling like utter crap though!)


In the morning my eye was still puffy. Not sure what was going on. I didn't go into work because of it - thought maybe I had an allergic reaction to something. But from the moment I woke up - I was determined to have a terrible day because I'm old. Makes total sense, right?


I spent most of my day researching facials and different anti-aging skincare/facial regimens for someone like me - old with puffy eyes and dark bags. After convincing myself I didn't need to spend money on a complete facial reconstruction procedure I settled on something called Goop with Gwyneth Paltrow - Facebook and Instagram ads are the best. I must have read everything about it, compared it to other products, and read hundreds of reviews. I looked up where I could buy it and it said Sephora was the only place I could get it. So that evening after I thought my group fitness class I drove my puffy eyed self to the mall to buy everything I needed from Goop. I was ready!


You can imagine my surprise when I walk in 15 minutes after 7pm with the mall closing in 45 minutes that Goop is only sold on Sephora online. I wanted it now! I talked to the ladies working there nd asked what would be similar and they pointed to Dr. Dennis Gross products. I had never heard of this before and was skeptical (but I had never heard of Goop before and I convinced myself that that was going to be the perfect product) so I sat on the ground in front of the display and grabbed my phone to research this product line. Let's just say after about 30 minutes I had a basket full of products. And ungodly amount of money spent later.... I took my Sephora bag home, reread the boxes one again and started my new skincare regimen. (Pictures above of day one).


I have used these products faithfully for two weeks. I have both a morning and night routine that differs slightly.



I can confidently say - this stuff is great! While I can't see a huge visual difference I can see that my pores are smaller, skin tone is more even, skin is softer, and my makeup goes on smoother, lasts longer and looks more natural. And oh by the way, my eyes haven't been puffy since I started using it (which the cause was likely due to being a little under the weather but that makes more sense than being overly dramatic.... boring!)


So here I am - with a new favorite product that I will continue using. Yes, it was initially expensive but the maintenance/up keep shouldn't be bad as I wont need to replace everything at one time. And it is so true when it comes to this product that, "a little bit goes a long way!" So if you are in the market for a new nightly or daily skincare regimen, you won't regret trying these products out.





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