Thursday, September 10, 2015

NuFACE Trinity Facial Toning Device | Review

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While I have been aware of, and curious about, the NuFACE Trinity Facial Toning Device for a long time, it wasn't until my spectacular Rodial Facial at Space NK, with Cari Orr, that I experienced it firsthand (featured here). I was so thoroughly impressed by the immediacy of the results, that I vowed then and there that I would own one of these wonder-devices. It lifts and tones the skin, and essentially approximates the results of a face lift without surgery. Continued use assures cumulative results, and I have noticed that my skin is more taut, my fine lines are diminished, and that my skin has a noticeably lifted effect. I only have the dual sphere attachment that comes with the Trinity, but I am very interested in getting the NuFACE Trinity Effective Lip & Eye Attachment and the NuFACE Trinity Wrinkle Reducer Attachment because I am so impressed by the results of this game-changing anti-aging device.

According to NuFACE,

Improve your facial contours, skin tone and overall youthfulness in as little as five minutes a day with the NuFACE Trinity Facial Toning Device. The FDA-cleared tool provides you with unparalleled professional results in one easy system that works through interchangeable treatment attachments to help rejuvenate and improve your appearance. It features a smart skin sensor for customized delivery; a beautifully engineered ergonomic design; as well as push buttons, an auto-shutoff and rechargeable battery for total comfort and ease.
NuFACE Trinity Facial Toning Device is a. "multi-solution, skin care device innovatively-designed with interchangeable treatment attachments, helps rejuvenate and improve your appearance."

NuFACE asserts that while exercise tones and sculpts the body, that their NuFACE microcurrent devices contour and tone the face with visible, long-lasting effects with continued use. In fact, they call NuFACE "Fitness for Your Face."

The underlying idea is that as the body ages that the" body’s natural current begins to slow down (like our metabolism) leading to sagging skin, loss of contour & wrinkles." The NuFACE Trinity seeks to redress this sagging by toning facial muscles while simultaneously improving skin tone, improving contour, and by reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

What is Microcurrent Technology?

Microcurrent is one of the hottest innovations in the anti-aging industry and is used in top spas and medical offices for facial contouring, toning and firming of aging skin. Microcurrent is a low-level current that mimics the body’s natural current and can provide both instant and cumulative results. Because microcurrent works sub-sensory, the treatment is soothing and most users feel nothing at all.

Microcurrent is capable of facial stimulation, sending soft, gentle waves through the skin, tissues and down to the facial muscles. Microcurrent has been shown to stimulate ATP production, which drives the creation of key structural proteins, such as collagen and elastin.

This increased ATP also energizes the facial muscles, similar to how exercise energizes the muscles of our bodies. Unlike anywhere else on the body, the facial muscles are directly connected to the skin, so the result of energizing the muscle is often an improved, lifted appearance.
The NuFACE Trinity® Toning Kit comes standard with the NuFACE Trinity® Facial Trainer, a microcurrent treatment attachment FDA-cleared for facial stimulation to gently stimulate the larger surface areas of the face.
Set Includes (Anti-Aging Infusion Serums and extra attachments sold separately):
• NuFACE Trinity® Device
• NuFACE Trinity® Facial Toning (microcurrent attachment)
• 2 oz. NuFACE Gel Primer
• Charging Cradle and Power Adapter
• 1 year warranty
• Smart skin sensor for customized delivery.
• Beautifully engineered ergonomic design.
• Rechargeable battery with power adapter.
• Push button controls.
• 3 level intensity control.
• 5-second treatment timer.
NuFACE Trinity General Specifications:
Device Measurements: 5" L x 3" W x 1" D
Charging Base Measurements: 4" L x 3" W x 3" D
Device Net Weight: 6.4 oz.
System Kit Gross Weight: 2.8 lbs.
Anatomy of the NuFACE Trinity:
1) Power On/Off Button
2) Intensity Control Up
3) Intensity Control Down
4) Intensity Level Indicator
5) Facial Trainer Attachment
6) Attachment Release Button
7) Soft-Touch Grip
8) Charging Cradle
9) Sphere
10) External Power Adapter (Not Shown)
11) Speaker (Not Shown)
  1. Ascending beep = Device is turning on
  2. Descending beep = Device is turning off
  3. Single beep = Move to new position on face
Directions: Charge the NuFACE Trinity for 12 hours before use.
1. Prep: Wash face with an oil-free cleanser. Cleansers that contain oil interfere with the efficacy of the microcurrent device, and should therefore be avoided. Apply NuFACE Gel Primer to the area being treated before gliding the device over that area. Do not apply the gel to your entire face all at once, but instead to each area as you treat the individual areas.

2. Lift: Turn the NuFACE Trinity on high and then glide the device over face as directed (see the 5 and 15 minute video tutorials below). If you feel the current apply more gel. If you still feel it, then lower the setting. Do not skip the application of the Gel Primer– it is an absolutely essential step for all microcurrent treatments. The NUFACE Gel Primer, "ensures maximum microcurrent conductivity and allows your device to easily glide across the skin for optimum results."

I would suggest doing one side of your face at a time, and then looking in the mirror to see the difference between the left and right sides of your face– you will be astonished by the difference.

N.B. When I had my Rodial/NuFACE facial, I asked Carrie whether or not the NuFACE Trinity could be used on the neck to tighten and lift the skin in that particularly vulnerable area, that tends to age rapidly. She said that it was inadvisable because of the proximity of the Thyroid Gland, and that it should be strictly avoided. I therefore never use the Trinity on my neck.

3. Finish: Remove NuFACE Gel Primer with a damp cloth.
Treatment Areas: 

The Facial Trainer is designed to stimulate larger surface areas of the face, such as the jawline, cheekbones and forehead.

Here is a comprehensive breakdown of the areas to treat with the double sphere attachment that comes with the NuFACE Trinity:

1) Jowl and Jaw: Place one she rep on the jawing with the other sphere slightly outside the corner of the mouth. Slowly glide to the lower ear until the beep sounds (5 seconds) Move to Position 2.

2) Lower Cheeks: Place one sphere under the corner of the mouth. Slowly glide to the hairline at the mid-ear until the beep sounds (5 seconds). Move to Position 3.

3) Upper Cheeks: Place one sphere outside the corner of the mouth with the other sphere above the first sphere (both spheres should be on the nasolabial fold). Slowly glide to the hairline at the upper ear until the beep sounds (5 seconds). DO NOT PLACE THE SPHERES IN THE EYE AREA; GLIDE ALONG THE ORBITAL BONE. Return to Position 1 and repeat.

1) Thick of Brow: Place both spheres horizontally above the thick of the eyebrow. Slowly glide upward to the airline until the heel sounds (5 seconds). Move to Position 2.

2) Arch of Brow: Place both spheres horizontally, slightly above the arch of the eyebrow. Slowly glide upward to the hairline until the beep sounds (5 seconds). Move to Position 3.

3) Thin of Brow: Place both spheres horizontally slightly above the thin of the brow. Slowly glide upward to the hairline until the beep sounds (5 seconds). Return to Position 1 and repeat.
NuFACE Serums:
NuFACE Anti-Aging Infusion Serum Trio (Sold Separately $74.00. Review forthcoming)

The Anti-Aging Infusion Serum Trio includes three sample size serums formulated to provide anti-aging benefits and be the perfect complement to your NuFACE treatments.

What's included:
  • Nourisher Infusion Serum (0.25 oz) - promotes the effectiveness of all Infusion Serums and repairs, nourishes and protects the skin using breakthrough stem cell technology.
  • Smoother Infusion Serum (0.25 oz) - smoothes fine lines and wrinkles and slows the aging process with a concentrated complex of 6 powerful anti-aging peptides.
  • Lifter Infusion Serum (0.25 oz) - helps achieve maximum lift and brightening using the antioxidant power of Vitamin C while supremely hydrating the skin with hyaluronic acid.
How to use your serum: Apply 4-5 drops to face, neck and décolleté. Use in the following order: Nourisher Serum, Smoother Serum and Lifter Serum.

Nourisher Serum Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Malus Domestica Fruit Cell Culture (Apple Stem Cell), Xanthan Gum, Lecithin, Algae Extract, Artemisia Vulgaris Extract, Vitis Vinifera Fruit Cell Extract (Grape Stem Cells), Isomalt, Sodium Benzoate, Rhododendron Ferrugineum Leaf Cell Culture Extract (Alpine Rose Stem Cells), Lactic Acid, Phenoxyethanol , Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Allantoin, Disodium EDTA, Pichia/Resveratrol Ferment Extract.

Smoother Serum Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Polyglyceryl Methacrylate, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Butylene Glycol, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4 (Matrixyl®), Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 (Argireline®), Hydrolyzed Rice Bran Protein , Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein , Oxido Reductases (Regu®-age), Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone , Steareth-20, Dipeptide-2, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 (Eyeliss™), Algae Extract, Artemisia Vulgaris Extract, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate (Syn-Ake®), Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol , Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Allantoin, Disodium EDTA, Pichia/Resveratrol Ferment Extract.

Lifter Serum Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Ascorbic Acid, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sorbitol, PEG-8/ SMDI Copolymer, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Dimethicone, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Glycolic Acid, Polysorbate 20, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Zinc Sulfate, Sodium Hydroxide, Xanthan Gum, Pyridoxine Dipalmitate, Disodium EDTA, Ergothioneine, Allantoin.

NuFACE Trinity ELE Attachment ($149.00 from Space NK):

The NuFACE Trinity ELE (effective lip & eye) Attachment is a targeted microcurrent attachment, FDA-cleared for facial stimulation to be used with the NuFACE Trinity Device.

The Trinity ELE gently stimulates hard-to-reach areas around the eyes, eyebrow furrows, crow’s feet and smile lines. The Trinity ELE is equipped with innovative treatment wands to deliver targeted facial stimulation, improving the appearance of the eye and lip areas.
NuFACE Trinity Wrinkle Reducer Attachment ($149.00 from Space NK):

The NuFACE Trinity Wrinkle Reducer Attachment is a red LED treatment attachment, FDA-cleared for the treatment of full-face wrinkles to be used with the NuFACE Trinity Device.

The Trinity Wrinkle Reducer delivers a precise combination of red, amber and infrared light that penetrates different depths of the dermis, targeting fine lines and deeper wrinkles. The Trinity Wrinkle Reducer naturally reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Ideal for – Beauty Seekers who want to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

If you are interested in purchasing the NuFACE Trinity Toning Devise, then I would suggest purchasing it during the Space NK Beauty Edit on September 12 (get the details here) since you will get the amazing gift bag for free (over $400.00 value)!
Overall Assessment: The NuFACE Trinity Facial Toning Device is an anti-aging beauty breakthrough the likes of which I have never seen before. This is a Holy Grail game-changer anti-aging device that is extremely high quality, FDA-cleared, and worth every last cent.

NuFACE Trinity $325.00 from Space NK.
NuFACE Gel Primer $29.00 for 5 oz. from Space NK.
Press Sample Courtesy of Space NK and NuFACE. All views expressed are categorically my own.
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  1. Great review!! I actually saw this device yesterday at Ulta and wondered what it was for. Now I know. I know I could benefit from this technology. Gotta start saving up for it!!

    1. Thanks, Allison! I'm so glad that you found it to be a useful review! This is definitely a really great anti-aging device, and it really delivers!

  2. I love how detailed your review is! I think my mom would love this!

    1. Thanks, Babi! You know me and my love of details! This is a really impressive device, and I suspect that your mom would really like it!

  3. Yay!! The review!!! Ok, a couple of questions: 1. NuFace: I was reading online that you can't use this and botox at the same time because it will undo all your botox (because it stimulates ATP muscle action whereas botox stops muscle action). Read this on RealSelf. Wondering if you know anything about that. I'd love to get the device, but not if it wastes my 600$ treatments.

    Also, got my SpaceNK email for the event and it says in small print that it's in store only. I know last spring I was able to do it online, but do you know if they changed it for this fall?

    Thanks again for your great reviews!!!

    1. I thought that you would be happy to see it!

      There is some contradictory information floating around the internet (big surprise there) about using microcurrents when you have Botox. I would ask your doctor/dermatologist to see. I'm not an MD and simply don't know. I'm also really cautious when it comes to things like this, and when in doubt I always get in touch with my doctor (she has come to expect that of me :).

      It is available online and in-store. The events such as makeovers, facials and meeting with their beauty experts is what is limited to the physical stores themselves, but you can shop online to receive the huge gift with purchase. So you are safe to shop from home to get your hands on their fantastic gift bag! As always, though– I would shop early online to make sure that you grab yours before they sell out, but that's also true for shopping from one of the physical stores as well. :-)

    2. Yay! Yeah, in a post below (waiting to be published), I mentioned that I was going to alternate with botox. I know you have to use this daily, as the effects are temporary, but it's going to be a trade off for me. Because while subtle botox (and I do do it subtly--I still have movement) has been a life safer for me as someone with very dry (does not produce sebum) and very thin (can see my veins) skin--I've had real, not fine line or visible only to me, but real extensive crows feet by 25--it does cause more sagging because of muscle atrophy. So it's a battle and it's why I take breaks. But botox also improves skin texture, so I'll never give it up permanently.

      I don't recall if you mentioned it (would have to read back up, as I read this last night when bleary), but after my exhaustive research on NuFace, you really do need to use a conductivity gel with it for best results. I know people have been subbing the nuface gel with aloe vera gel or even water, but you won't get the best results doing it that way. Now you don't have to buy the one from NuFace. There are others on the market that are cheaper. Just wanted to put it out there for folks who might be considering it.

      Yay! I'm going broke!!! LOL. I blame you. :) :)

    3. That definitely makes sense to me! The NuFACE will definitely stimulate the muscles, and it should do a fine job counteracting the muscle atrophy associated with Botox. Your approach definitely seems logical, but I wonder what insights tour doctor may have that might fine tune the way that you use them both.

      Yes, you definitely need to use the Gel Primer. It is a conducting agent– I think that it might be similar to the concept of using the gel during an ultrasound (not a medical opinion, but an analogy). I have read that lots of people use Aloe Vera Gel instead, but I haven't tried it myself. I definitely wouldn't use water because it evaporates so quickly. I apply a decent layer to each area as I go along, and if I feel the current, then I know that I need to apply more gel. There definitely are others on the market that are less expensive, but I would be sure to do my research since all things are not equal in quality. The NuFACE also has FDA Approval, and that cannot be said for all of them. That said, this is definitely a sizable investment, and should be thought through. I also have to say that if one is in his/her early 20s, this really isn't something that you need and while it will certainly lift your skin– you likely don't yet need to be concerned with that, but should be focussing on preventative measures– like avoiding excessive sun exposure, using sunscreens religiously etc.

      LOL! Sorry to be such an enabler! That said, I will likewise steer you away from wasting your money on things that you don't need! <3

    4. I'll definitely confer with my doc too. And I know you would steer me away from a bad purchase. :)

      I'm going to get the mini version. The reason is I've read mixed reviews about the attachments, and specifically bad reviews on the light attachment. The Tria is a laser treatment, so would work differently than micro current. It's equivalent to non-ablative laser you'd get in an in-office procedure. So painful, but real results. But I need to wait. LOL

      I have used the wipes in the past, but I have to moisturize after any kind of cleansing (super dry skin) or I'll wake up with eczema all over my face, so since the wipes don't clean off everything and don't remove sunscreen, it's gross to moisturize on top of it. Alas, the issues of the very dry skinned. I just need to work on getting my make up off before bed. I will try! :)

    5. Hi Cita,

      I'm not a doctor so what I am writing is purely based on my own experience. I have Botox at the outer corners of my eyes and between my eyebrows. I have it done every four months and have done so for the past six years. For a bit over a year, I have been using the NuFace and have not noticed any difference in the longevity of my Bitox treatment. With NuFace or without NuFace is the same--four months. I do not use the NuFace for the first week following a Botox treatment as I want to make sure the Botox has taken effect before I start manipulating my face.

      Regarding the conductivity gel, you don't need to splurge on NuFace's gel. You can purchase a huge (8.5 oz.) tube of Spectra 360 Electrode Gel on Amazon for a fraction of the price of one small tube of NuFace. It's also available in a three pack at an even better price point. I actually prefer Spectra 360 as it seems "wetter" and lasts throughout the entire treatment without needing to "reactivated" with water as is sometimes the case with the NuFace gel. Because it stays wet longer, it is also easier to remove than the NuFace gel.

    6. Eileen,

      Thank you so much for weighing in! As always, your comments are fantastic and so helpful. Thank you so much for the Spectra 360 Electrode Gel recommendation! That is brilliant!!!!! :-)

    7. Hi Cita,

      If you haven't already seen Eileen's response, take a look at the very useful information that she provides (as always) regarding the use of the NuFACE device and Botox.

      I've heard from some people that the jury is still out about the light attachment (I can't weigh in since I haven't tried it) because the effects are supposed to take time to see a difference, and it is supposed to be cumulative. The eye/lip device seems to have gotten favorable reviews. I would love to try both.

      I definitely think it's a good idea to talk to your derm because he/she could have some very valuable insights!

      Yes, the Tria is definitely using a very different technology (laser as opposed to microcurrent).

      Excellent point about the limits of the cleansing wipes with dry skin, because by the time you are done with the wipes and putting on moisturizer you might as well have gone through the trouble of doing your whole nighttime routine for better results all the way around.

    8. Eileen,

      Thank you so much for your very very helpful comments!!!! This is great to hear a first hand experience. I read on the EDS forum one person who used it on her forehead and it took away the botox, but she said she did it the day after she got the botox. So that might have something to do with it. I get it on the outer corners of the eyes, between the brows, and across the forehead. I get it lightly done so there's still movement, but that combined with exercising a lot, means botox wears off at around 2 months for me. So I don't want to threaten it even more.

      It sounds like waiting to nuface is the right approach. And it sounds like the only area that will be a mystery is the whole forehead, since you don't 'tox there, so I'll confer with my doc on that area.

      And thank you for the Spectra gel! Great to know!!! This is very helpful! Thank you!

    9. Eileen is always an amazing source of information! <3

    10. Hi Cita,
      I wrote you a response but I don't see it and so perhaps I got distracted and didn't hit "Publish". I've done that on more than one occasion. Senior moments! LOL

      As a Botox veteran ;-) you know the routine. No exercise for a day or two because the increased blood flow to the face can exacerbate bruising. More importantly, no facial massage, facials, or any other rough handling of the face for a week because that can cause the Botox to migrate away from the injection site before it has the chance to "freeze" the muscles. That is probably what happened to that person who used the NuFace the day after her treatment. Repeatedly moving the device over the areas where the Botox had been injected before it had taken hold was definitely the wrong thing to do. As any one who has had Botox before knows, it takes about a week for it to reach its full effect. Bottom line, treat your face gently until that happens and avoid any rough handling near the injection sites.

      I don't know how long you wait after a treatment before you start exercising again, but I wait about five days before I resume jogging. I also like a subtle look that allows me a bit of movement, but still manage to get a good three months before it begins diminishing in effect. Of course, everyone's physiology is different, but I think being extra gentle the first week after treatment--as is the standard protocol--makes a big difference in the success of the treatment. That person you mentioned obviously did not do that. Perhaps her doctor didn't give her post-treatment instructions. Anyway, if I were you, I'd wait a week after treatment before commencing with the NuFace and then see how it goes. The problem with alternating Botox and NuFace is that as soon as you discontinue using NuFace, your face will begin returning to its natural, untreated state and after a few weeks it will be like you never used it :-( Even NuFace stresses that it must be used consistently. When you first start using it, the directions say to treat every day. After a couple months of daily use; however, you can lesson the number of treatments for maintenance purposes. The sweet spot for me is 4-5 times a week with a week off every four months for my Botox treatment.

      NuFace really is a great device and investing 5 minutes a day for treatment is easy to do. I have the mini and adore it especially since it can easily travel with me. Sephora carries NuFace so watch for the autumn Frineds and Family event. QVC also has NuFace specials from time to time which is how I got mine.

    11. Excellent advice, Eileen! Thank you so much!

    12. Hi Eileen,

      Thank you again for this helpful info. Yeah, I tried not exercising at all this time around to see how long it would last, and I only got about a half month extension. My body seems to burn through it quickly, and I've been told that I have very strong facial muscles which makes it more resistant to botox. (I know the quality and solution is good--I have a great, well reputed doc that I trust, but I have also had the same experience across a number of providers I had seen prior to finding my doc.)

      Question, so you use your NuFace on your brow as well? I think I'll take your advice (along with consulting with my doc, of course), and give it a try a week after the treatment and see what happens. I am super excited! Oh and thanks for reminding me about the Sephora special. If it doesn't happen in Sep though, I won't be able to wait since I need to use my 50$ reward by end of this month.

      You're awesome!

    13. Yes, Cita, I use it on my brow/forehead as well. I glide from the brow up the forehead just as the diagram illustrates. Every time the device beeps (I get about three reps per beep), I move it to the next section of brow. After doing the whole cycle three times on one side, I then do the brow/forehead on the other side. It has actually given me some lift. It's subtle, but visible--enough to keep me using the device :-)

  4. Good to know about avoiding the neck! I really want to give this a try!

    1. I agree! I'm so glad to know that! It's a really amazing device!

  5. I know that my blog partner Lisa is very impressed with her mini and I bet this one is even better. It sounds like a dream machine.

    1. It definitely is a dream machine, as far as I'm concerned. I think that the primary difference between the Trinity and the Mini is that you can change attachments on the former and not on the latter.

  6. This might be one of the most comprehensive reviews I've ever seen. Amazing job!

  7. Great comprehensive review twinsy! I am intrigued to try this

    1. Thank you! I'm glad that you found it thorough and informative. It's definitely worthy of your interest! Pretty amazing FDA approved technology!

  8. Ooh! I have a hate/hate relationship with my jawline/neck already so I might just have to save up for this. Amazing review!

    1. Then this is definitely something worth considering. Plus, you can save some money if you opt to get their less expensive Mini.

  9. It looks like a frog! haha But it sounds neat!

    1. Now that's funny! I hadn't seen that until you pointed it out! It's one effective little frog!

  10. BTW, you win. I don't know why I ever even question you. So, yeah, Colbert's Stimulate serum is freaking amazing!!!!! So, I work very long hours on Thursdays, that includes a 6 hour commute. I'm up by 4 am and not home until 10:30 pm. End of the day? Face looked GREAT. And I'm mid 40s, so that's huge. Then, and I know it's bad, I sleep in my make-up on Thursday nights because it's all I can do to collapse into bed when I get home. I know. I know. And by Friday morning, I look like a dried up turd on a bad stretch of road. It's horrible. I always regret sleeping in it. But can't be helped. Today? I woke up looking fresh!!!! Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot? So I'm assuming its the serum and not the oil? (I used his oil too, but I'm well adept at oils at this point, so I know they don't typically leave me like that on a Friday morning wake up with make up. Though, your thoughts?)

    So here's my plan. I get 15% off Colbert MD for signing up with email. I buy the serum directly from him with discount which makes it less painful. For Space NK, I get the two types of discs (that I will cut in half), and the Sarah Chapman serum, and By Terry's Rose Melba Glace Blush (have you tried it? FANFRICKINTASTIC!).

    THEN! I buy the NuFace device from Sephora because I have a 50$ off coupon from missing out on the Epic Awards. So I apply it to that purchase. And wait for botox to fade away, take a botox break (which I like to do anyway), use it with facercise for a few months, back to botox, switch on and off like that.

    Then, I grieve my lack of funds and die a little inside, but look great in my death throes. :)

    (I'm also seriously eyeing the Tria eye laser, but that will have to wait until another day!)

    1. OMG, I absolutely freaking adore you!!!!!!!! Thank you for such a great laugh first thing in the day! I mean come on, Whisky, Tango, Foxtrot!!!! I told you that Colbert MD Serum is nuts! Everything that man makes is imbued with some serious magical powers. I really don't understand how it is that he was able to create such incredible effective and potent elixirs and potions, but I'm pretty sure there are some special incantations going on!

      Holy crap, your Thursdays sound so grueling, and I totally understand what it feels like being too tired from a super long day at work and then a long commute (though not 6 hours!), and I have been guilty of falling asleep (read: collapsing in front of the TV and waking up at 3AM, and dragging myself to bed)! I have found that the easiest product for me during those times are makeup wipes, that way I can just wipe the cloth across my face quickly and then just jump into bed. I highly recommend having your favorites on hand for those times when you are too tired to deal. If I sleep in my makeup, my eyes usually end up red and puffy the next day, but i do have sensitive eyes.

      I actually think that the Illumino Face Oil may also be contributing to the radiance the following day as well– the retinol does seem to make a difference, though it's not in heavy concentrations. My guess is that the combination of those two accounts for your fab skin the next day.

      Your plan of action sounds super sensible! Smart to get the Seum from him directly because of the discount involved. Your Space NK choices are brilliant, and I haven't yet tried the By Terry Melba Glace Blush, but it's GORGEOUS! I need to get myself over to a By Terry counter since I haven't in a while! I love her stuff sooooo much!

      Getting the NuFACE with the $50.00 Off coupon (from that Sephora debacle) is a great way to take the bite out of the price! This sounds like a great plan to me, and what amazing new things you will have. I would still definitely consult with your doctor to ask about the NuFACE/Botox issue to see if the former would actually mitigate the effects of the latter, or whether it would actually enhance it.

      I know what you mean, I sometimes shock myself when I think about how much money I spend on beauty products! There are certainly worse vices to have, though!

      You know that if you get the NuFACE Trinity that you can get the eye/lip attachment instead of spending the money on the Tria. Now I haven't tried either so I can't compare them, but it's worth doing a little research to decide between them. Trying both in-store would be worth exploring as well! I can't wait until you get all of your goodies! I look forward to hearing your thoughts!

    2. LOL. Truly. Like black magic. I can't even... wrap my mind around it.

      Damn it! I was worried you were going to say that about the oil. But I CAN'T. I just bought the Goldfaden MD oil. So I will wait on that. But yeah, I've never been that girl who buys all her products from a single line. I'm afraid I'm going to turn into that girl. Maybe I can work out some sort of trade with the good folks at Colbert MD. Can I get a second job there? Maybe i can design a better logo for them or something in exchange for a supply of their juju juice. Colbert is my patronus keeping the Dermamentors at bay. I'm willing to stand on street corners with a placard. :)

    3. I know, it's the craziest thing! I can't even wrap my head around it, and as you know I test TONS of luxury skincare lines. There is just a certain je ne sais quoi going on with his products.

      Yeah, it's definitely a very special oil, but you don't have to buy everything at the same time. Though you could swap out one of his pads and something else and get that from Space NK. Then again, you could just wait until you need to replenish one of your oils. Plus, since yo now have a history of shopping directly though his website you will probably get special offers. Also, don't forget that I work with his PR company and they send me press releases for specials whenever they come up, and I will always alert you. Saving hard earned money on luxury products is a nice perk, indeed!

      OMG, you are hilarious– there juju juice is amazing! I wonder if the fine doctor engages in barter. I kind of doubt :-). We can stand on a street corner together with a placard stating our willingness to trade logos and teaching college classes for juju juice! ROFLMAO!

    4. Well I do teach college classes, and work in internal medicine, so I could spread the news to the right audience!!! :) That with my previous life in advertising and graphic design, plus our willingness to have no shame, should compel our case!

      I have a sneaking suspicion though that he does quite well without our skinterventions.

    5. Wait, are you a college professor as well? Do we share that too?!!!!!! Are you an MD who teaches? The plot thickens! You are hilarious, and such a joy to know! Yeah, I think that he does fine without our skinterventions! :-)

    6. Aw, thank you. It's a pleasure to know you as well!

      I'm an anthropologist (PhD) working within the school of medicine of my university. So not an MD, but all my colleagues are MDs (with a few public health PhDs). What is your discipline?

    7. Wow, that is fantastic! I am an Art Historian (BA, MA & PhD in the same field) and I teach at a 4 year research institution. While I teach traditional Art History, I also teach Critical Theory, Visual Culture and Art and Film Theory. What you do sounds fascinating! Do you teach both undergrads and grads?

    8. That is so fascinating. Right now I mostly teach fellows and medical students, but have previously taught undergrads and grads. And very little teaching these days, mostly mentoring and working on research. Though I love teaching and would love to do more, but doing research and bringing in grants are higher priorities for the school.

      But my past life was as an artist, which quickly shifted into professional graphic design. I still do design work on the side because I realized while in grad school that my soul aches for creative outlets. I really need that. And I do some fine art for myself, on my tablet--very influenced by Chagall. He's one of my faves. You know the Met Opera house has two Chagalls? I endlessly stare at them when I go to the opera. Just inspiring. And of course, there's the ballet interpretation of his Fire Bird. So yeah, huge fan.

      But I left the field because anthropology was a calling. Working in medicine allows me to apply anthropology in the world of social justice, something that is very important to me. But even thoughI work in medicine, I am an anthro through and through. Plus, the bonus of getting to travel A LOT, off the beaten path, learn new languages, and interact with locals, just can't be beat. Love it!

      What era/style do you primarily focus on? I have an acquaintance who focuses on medieval European art history. I'm partial to the romantic and modern era, as you can probably tell (though I'm a post modernist, feminist die hard in social theory).

    9. I think what you do sounds absolutely fascinating as well! Fellows and medical students must be a joy to teach since they want to be there and want to learn (or at least they really should want to given the level of commitment that they have to have). I love working with undergrads and grads, but definitely have a soft spot for grad students. I am one of only a couple of PhDs teaching in an Art Department, so I primarily work with artists, but teach them rigorous academic classes. I do lots of studio visits and crits, and am on MFA thesis committees and mentor them.

      It's very interesting that you are also an artist! That just puts a big smile on my face! I, too, love Chagall! I didm;t know that the Met Opera House has two Chagalls!!!!! Yes, of course the ballet interpretation of his Fire Bird– which I have not seen!

      I'm a Early Modernist by training (Italian Renaissance and Baroque), but my teaching is far more diversified. I teach lots of modern and definitely spend time teaching Critical Theory (which of course includes Post Modernism, Feminist Theory etc.). There is certainly plenty of over-lapping between our fields with respect to critical theory. I spend lots of time teaching things like Semiotics, and applying such concepts to the interpretation of works of art. I always take my undergrads and teaching assistants on all-day museum field trips to demonstrate the importance of learning about art by studying the actual works of art, rather than learning exclusively via mechanical reproduction! It's pretty exciting having them understand Walter Benjamin's concepts first hand!

      Yes, being able to travel and learn new languages is a definite benefit to selecting our respective fields. When my undergrads start to whine about doing research, I remind them that they only have to research in English!

    10. Omg, Benjamin, semiotics, critical theory--I'm getting chills. LOVE IT SO MUCH! That's the only thing I don't like about working in medicine: they're not interested in theory, and I'm a huge theory person--even by antho standards. Although I am pushing researchers to understand the importance of incorporating some of Baktin's dialogism into their write up of qualitative works and pushing fellows and med students to understand Levinos/Sartre/Said when dealing with a diverse patient population and trying to be equitable. Small steps.

      Wow, I recommend to everyone i know to spend time in a gallery, picking just one work, and sitting with it for hours. To really experience it, taking time to experience it at different levels, over the course of an afternoon. It is an exercise that helps on so many levels, beyond art appreciation, but definitely an absolute must for art students. I even suggest this to people who are hitting against a wall in their research, trying to be innovative, etc. It's hard to explain the merits, but it's not to be missed for deep intellectual growth. It's so great that you do that!!!!

      Anyway, I could go on about this forever. :) Nice to meet a kindred spirit!

    11. WOW!!!!!! A kindred spirit, indeed! To say that it is a tremendous pleasure getting to know you is a profound understatement!

      Levinos/Sartes/Said?! I spend a great deal of time talking about Said, and demonstrate how Orientalism remains alive and well in film and art! How wonderful that you push fellows and med students to engage in such a rich and erudite manner! How lucky they are to have you!

      I completely agree with you that everyone should spend time in a gallery/museum and sitting with a single work for hours. Unsurprisingly, this is something that I often do, and really recommend it to my students (grad and undergrad). Experiencing art in this way is profoundly enriching on so many levels! Your assessment is spot on! I actually have suggested to one of my grads that we spend an afternoon at a museum or gallery for ideas for her thesis prep. the level of intellectual growth from doing this, as you say, is not to be missed. Ah yes Benjamin! I love to saturate them in his ideas while showing mechanically reproduced images (jpegs projected on a screen via powerpoint) and then take them to the museum to see that same (famous) work of art. I have actually had them scream with joy in the museum and run up and hug me when they really get what Benjamin was talking about (Aura of the Original, and so forth).

      I could go on forever about this as well! I am so thrilled to have made this connection! Have a lovely weekend!

    12. Have a great weekend yourself!!!

    13. You will cut the disks in half? That will be enough product for a complete use? I may have to try that Cita!

    14. Brilliant idea, isn't it?! I haven't tried it yet, but I am going to give it a try as well!

    15. Yep! They're pretty juicy and I found in that it was hard for me to use all the product in a single disc in the sample I was sent. Now, I do have a small face, so that may be a factor (and thin skin--so I don't absorb a lot). Just be sure to cut it in the direction that will provide a bit of handle-tab on each half.

      Made my SpaceNK order last night! So excited. And my stimulate serum came today (but no samples this time....cries).

    16. I definitely agree that they are quite juicy as well. I was going to make the same comment that they should be cut in a way that each side retains some of the tab for wade of use. I', definitely going to give it a try– I have a small face as well, and usually resort to using the excess on the backs of my hands.

      I'm so excited that you made your Space NK order! I can't wait to hear your thoughts! That was fast turn around on the Colbert order! I wonder why they didn't give you samples this time??

  11. Very intrigued by the device and really enjoyed your thorough review.

    1. Thanks, Norah! It's definitely a really fantastic too! The results are amazing and it is so easy to use!

  12. Great and detailed review! I have seen this product several times and have definitely wanted to check it out on more than one occasion. I think products like these can certainly add to the spa experience at home as well as skin care routine altogether.

    1. Thanks, Honey! Yes, these types of devices definitely ramp up the whole at-home spa experience! This is a great tool, and definitely one well worth checking out!


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