Silk’n Flash&Go Express Hair Removal Device Review

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When you have thick, middle eastern dark hair, the shaving struggles are real! As it is I only wash my hair about 2 times a week, which means I need to shave every time I’m in the shower. And I always miss something — usually it’s around my ankles I notice long hairs when I’m putting on my socks. Personally, there’s nothing about shaving that excites me, minus the instant effect of having my hair gone, but if I never had to shave again, it would be a blessing and MAJOR time saver.

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Over the years I’ve dabbled in at home laser removal devices but nothing ever worked for me. Either the effects took too long to notice or the experience was annoying so I never stuck to it and always went back to shaving. I occasionally wax as well but I’m so frequently traveling and on the go, I always default to shaving since something at home I can do myself is always the most convenient. That said, my dark hair makes me an excellent candidate for laser treatments and I’ve been seeing the Silk’n Flash&Go Express device all over my Instagram feed!

What Silk’n Flash&Go Express is, is an innovative light-based device for hair removal with potential for permanent results. It can be used on the entire body including the face (as well as legs, pits, bikini…), anywhere from the cheekbones down (don’t use it near your eyes).

While all I’ve read are glowing reviews, I was still skeptical. I partnered with Silk’n to try it out for myself. So far I’ve only done 4 treatments and already am noticing a difference. I’ll report back after 6 months for a full update but as of now I’ve been religiously using it under my armpit every 2 weeks and here’s what I noticed. Treatment 1, nothing (which is to be expected). Treatment 2, not really sure I’m noticing any difference. Treatment 3, my hair seems to be growing slower. Treatment 3, it’s definitely growing back slower and seems thinner. At a professional in-office laser hair removal play it takes at least 6+ treatments so at this stage I’m not expecting miracles but so optimistic for the future. I’ve also used it on my face, which I admit I have very fine, next to nothing in the hair department — the hair grows so slowly, but I’m all about knocking it out for good.

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I love how compact it is (it fits in the palm of your hand) and how fast and easy it is to use. You can do your whole body in 20minutes. And my armpits just take about 2-4 minutes each. You can also use it on your face, which is amazing since most devices are just for your body! Plus it plugs into the wall so you never have to deal with batteries or maintaining it.  It’s also very affordable at $299 — that seems like a small price to pay to never have to shave again. Silk’n also makes a compact version for $199, but I’m all about quicker results so I went straight for the Express.

Since I have dark hair and a great candidate for the product (lighter hair and red heads generally have a harder time getting results from laser devices), so I started at a higher setting, originally on 4 and working my way to 5 (which is the highest). I tried 5 on the second trial and found I was a little sensitive a few days later and dropped back down to 4.  Similar to what you would experience in office with a laser, you make contact with your skin, hit the button and it flashes and makes a noise. There is a light burning sensation from when it emits a pulse of energy (HPL), which is absorbed by the pigment in the hair shaft. It’s nothing painful or too unpleasant, and then once the pulse is dispersed you move the device down to attack the next patch of skin where hair grows. At all times you should have freshly shaved before using the device so the Flash&Go Express goes directly to the root of the problem.

The best part of using the device is the noticeable progress with every treatment and it doesn’t come with ingrown hairs or razor burn. After a series of treatment, users report less hair growth in the treatment area, and eventually the hair will cease to grow.  I can’t wait to fully join the #NoShaveWave and eliminate razors for good!

Join the to#NoShaveWave and share your shaving stories or thoughts on the product using the campaign’s hashtag.

Learn more about Silk’n at silkn.com/about and Flash&Go at silkn.com/flash-and-go

Thank you to Silk’n for partnering with me on this post!

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The Best Beauty Gifts of the Season

Whether you’re buying for your fellow beauty junkies or doing a little selfish shopping, there are some spectacular beauty gift sets out this season. Colorful, indulgent and in fabulous packaging, these gifts have it all! Here are 15 of the Best Beauty Gifts I have come across – trust me,

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My Five Favourite Products Of The Year


Narrowing down my favourite beauty finds from what – lets be honest, is a hoarders paradise of different products may seem like daunting task, but it actually became incredibly simple when I started to think about the products I couldn’t go a day without. Cult beauty, a site which I find myself browsing more frequently than ASOS these days (and that’s saying something), invited me to share five of my favourite cult products to find my ultimate must have of the year, and I’ve got the cream of the beauty crop here for you today!

– This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Cult Beauty –

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Renaissance Cleaning Gel

First impressions of the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel always seem to be somewhere along the lines of ‘what’s so special about it?’ and while I could probably give you a list about as long as my arm detailing why its just that good, the reason I know it’s is always going to be the cleanser for me is that I never fail to come back to it. No matter how many different skincare products I try there isn’t one that I’ve repurchased as many times as this despite how long it actually takes me to use up a bottle, even with daily use. One pump per cleanse is seriously enough!

Whenever my skin isn’t looking it’s best, if I feel like things are getting a little dull, or I just need a quick boost of moisture I reach for this rose scented cleanser. It’s so light and gentle but really goes a long way towards brightening up and refreshing the surface of your skin. The gel is hydrating but not thick, although it’s rich enough to massage in like there’s no tomorrow when you’re cleansing and it’s make up removing abilities are unparalleled and takes off mascara like no other.

Natural skin care lovers will be please to know this is an all natural product that uses pumpkin enzymes and Vitamin A to resurface dead cells from the skins surface in a thorough but gentle way making it perfect for sensitive skin too, leaving all skin types soft, hydrating and ready for the next step of your routine.

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Luna Sleeping Night Oil

Another skincare hero that has been a staple in my routine is the Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil. Sunday Riley never fail to impress me with their products – I love absolutely everything they put their name to. This bright blue, retinol based oil may just be the best of the bunch though and one of those rare skincare finds that I get almost instant results with after just one night’s use.

Dehydration, dullness, breakouts and redness are just a handful of the problems Luna seems to fix for me, making it the ultimate pick me up. With consistent use too I’ve noticed just how much clearer, brighter and plumped my skin has become over time just by adding a few drops into my evening routine.

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Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop
I don’t often fall in love with Limited Edition launches for fear of never being able to get my hands on them again, but when Becca teamed up with Jaclyn Hill to create the Pressed Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop I knew it was going to be good. So good in fact, that it’s now part of the permanent collection – everyone breathe a sigh of relief!

Everything I loved about the super smooth, highly pigmented formula of the Shimmering Skin Perfector range, combined with the richest shade of warm, champagne peach made for an instant favourite in the highlighting department with all other contenders forgotten for good.


Huda Beauty
Liquid Matte
I think it’s safe to say 2016 has well and truly been the year of liquid lipsticks and there’s no doubt that I am firmly on that bandwagon. Long lasting, matte colour that’s easy to apply and never smudges – a.k.a a bold lip lovers idea of heaven, my liquid lip collection nearly outweighs my now ‘old fashioned’ stash OG lipsticks.

The Huda Beauty Matte Lips in Bombshell is my favourite for an everyday neutral. Who’d have thought I’d be here professing my love for a nude lip over a red one – but it’s happening. I’m officially a convert and I think this shade has had something to do with it. It’s one of those highly coveted ‘your lips but better’ colours with just the right hint of pink to be incredibly flattering to fairer skin tones and now remains a constant in the bottom of my handbag thanks to its awesome staying powder.

Ouai
Hair Oil
One of the most exciting beauty moments this year for me came in the form of Ouai hair care. From the sleek minimal packaging to the simple range of products I was all over this launch when it hit the site. Everything I’ve tried just works so well but my favourite discovery to date has been the Hair Oil.

My hair hasn’t been in the best shape recently. The blonder I’ve gotten the more moisture it’s been craving and an oil has been an absolute must when it comes to styling. Most days I just run a pump of this through the ends and go. It smells dreamy, is light enough not to weigh down fine hair texture and keeps any brittle ends super soft and manageable.

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Five amazing products that I couldn’t be without. I really do reach for these every single day and choosing just one for my Cult Product of the Year seems like an impossible task, but when it comes down to it, the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel has to be one of the greatest and most loved beauty products ever. We all know I love a good bit of skincare!


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Art Basel Miami Diaries

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Every year I look forward to going to Miami for Art Basel. It’s been nice in NYC as of late but usually by this time it’s freezing and I’m itching for the beach and some warm weather. And Art Basel is the most fun time to visit Miami! There are art shows happening non-stop (not just Art Basel, but Scope, NADA, Pulse and many others), plus so many brands are out throwing parties. And it’s a great meeting point for bloggers across the country, I love seeing everyone in Miami!

I traveled with Kristi from Currently Crushing, Joel from What Do Men Wear and my bad a$$ makeup artist bestie, Jenny Smith. We stayed at the cutest boutique hotel, The Beacon on 7th and Collins, which is a very central part of South Beach.

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We covered a lot of ground in our 5 day trip with so many exciting parties and events. We met so many amazing people and saw incredible art throughout the week. One of my favorite events included a piece of art, I got to take home… my eye! LensCrafters hosted an amazing private brunch at the The Delano hotel to celebrate art and their CLAIFYE Digital Technology — basically it’s an eye exam where they scan your eyes to detect your prescription. No more crazy drops and blurred vision, it’s a total game changer — I did a few months ago (check out my experience HERE). If you’re overdue for an eye exam, definitely read that article before making an appointment. The event also featured artist Jose Vergara, who specializes in drawing eyes, how amazing is the one he did of mine!?!?!

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Style Icon and my dear friend, Patricia Field was out in Miami doing a series of events and fashion shows to promote her ArtFashion initiative. Featuring one of a kind pieces hand painted by some of her top artists on display at the White Dot Gallery, you can view the current collection on her site: patriciafield.com

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Wilmer Valderrama or as I like to call him Fez from That 70s Show! (I also loved him in From Prada to Nada), hosted Men’s Night Out for Macy’s private label, INC at The Oasis at The Raleigh Hotel. Lets just say there were a lot of good looking guys, a trampeline and open bar, which is pretty much the perfect recipe for fun.
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Easily one of the craziest parties was the 50 Parties Ryan McGinness Book Launch. Hosted in the garden at the Standard Hotel, the event served to recreate some of the memorable parties Ryan McGinness hosted, including a tattoo parlor — yes, live tattoos happened! And that wasn’t even the craziest part… I won’t elaborate further, you can click the site for that, but it was wild!

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Vanity Projects hosted the CND Art Basel Design Lab where they flew in top nail artists from around the country including my girl, @MissPopNails who gave Kristi and I the most bad a$$ manicures.

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 Jean-Claude Biver, President of the LVMH Watch Division and CEO of TAG HEUER announced their partnership with street art star, Alec Monopoly! Hosted at the Mondrian South Beach, his work was on display and I fan girled out for a minute when I got to meet him.

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It wouldn’t be a trip to Miami without a Kyboe! party. Marc Bell the founder hosted a super fun pool party at SLS which also served up a pop-up shop for the watch brand. They were featured in Oprah’s Favorite Things and I’m wearing THIS MODEL in the photo above.

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Philippe Hoerle-Guggenheim hosted a special celebration featuring the work of  Laura Kimpton at the Skydeck Miami. I hadn’t been to that location but it was a fabulous roopf top space overlooking all the shops on one of the main drags in South Beach.

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I take no convincing to go to a champagne party, and PERRIER-JOUËT hosted back to back events at CASA FUENA. Featuring creative, acrobatic performances and bubbly flowing on every floor, it was a sexy scene and a complete blast!

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LuluLemon hosted LuluLemon [om]eBASEL, which was the cutest space ever! Hosted at a private residence that is dream home status, it opens to a private deck and water where guests had the opportunity to do everything from meditate, yoga classes to paddle board. And the interior featured good for you snacks and beverages to recharge and an art room, which I pretended was my makeup studio in the shot above. It was the calm in the storm that was my Art Basel experience.

And because no trip to Miami would be complete without a beauty interview I chatted all things fillers with the specialists at Botox LABB. They specialize in Botox and are strictly a Botox and filler bar (no plastic surgery), so we chatted about the latest ‘it’ treatment, Kybella! It’s the only FDA injectable treatment that destroys fat cells under the chin and basically takes all the fat away. It’s only done once and lasts forever! I fortunately don’t have neck fat yet, but they suggested that the earlier it’s done, the better since taking up a few centimeters is easier then an inch or so. Also be ready for 2 weeks of intense swelling, like hide your neck in a scarf or don’t leave the house. You can learn more about it at Kybella.com and if you do it, I expect an email telling me everything!

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My lipstick pick as seen in Well + Good!

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Can we talk about how excited I am to be featured in Well+Good!? I’ve been reading their site probably since they first launched and they are such an authority in all things wellness and health and such a resource for navigating the non-toxic, naturals beauty world. Between them and Credo (which is like the Sephora of non-toxic, more natural beauty brands), I’ve become so much more inspired and educated on clean beauty.
In the post they feature 5 bloggers and we each pick our favorite lipstick shade that will look good on most anyone, (you can read the full post HERE). I had such a blast testing out so many shades, I wanted to share some other top picks from my favorite non-toxic beauty brands:
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1. Nu Evolution Lip Stick in Allure (as seen in Well+Good) – Simply put, it’s the perfect nude! And one of the first that doesn’t make me look like a corpse.
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2. Kosas in shade Thrillest – Reds can be intimidating but this orange-red is vibrant without being in your face and makes a statement without being overpowering. It’s very wearable and perfect for the holiday season!”
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3. Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Satin Lip Cream in shade #18 Sonoma – A soft pink that feel amazing on! It’s like putting on a lip oil, you just want to rub your lips together and bask in all the good-for-your-lips ingredients in the formula.
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4. Burt’s Bees Lipstick in shade #513 Doused Rose – I’m a big fan of the Burt’s Bees lipsticks. All offer the intensity of the shades seen in the packaging and are so moisturizing. Plus they help soften and condition lips for up to 8 hours. Doused Rose is the perfect everyday pink that flatters most skin tones.
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5. 100% Pure Cocoa Butter Semi-Matte Lipstick in shade Marrakesh – A nice bright, fuchsia lipstick pops on so many skin tones. This one is stunning, and the fact that it’s matte and moisturizing at the same time and packs this much pigment makes it one for the books. And by books I mean your makeup case.

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Holiday Hair That Goes Oww!

If ever there was a time to show up and show out, it’s now. Holiday Hair season is upon us and a girl needs to nail it for every soiree, cocktail party and festive occasion jammed into her busy schedule. And while you’ve probably got your “go-to” holiday style down pat, it’s

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Desk-to-Drinks: 6 Beauty Products To Keep At Your Desk

It’s the most wonderful time of the year — Desk-to-Drinks Season! Yessss! So, from holiday parties to cocktails with friends and every thing in between, a girl is going to need to gather herself and get glam in like five minutes flat. Think you need an a huge arsenal makeup to

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