MICRODERMABRASION 101

A great first question — What is it? It’s like this giant word that I hear around the office on the regular so I decided to investigate. My skin is generally more on the oily side, and I have lots of inflammation and random breakouts. Our estheticians suggested that I have microdermabrasion done on my face to exfoliate and rejuvenate my skin.

Microderms are safe for people of all skin types. What’s really amazing is that it’s non-invasive and a quicker treatment compared to other options. Like I mentioned earlier, my skin has random breakouts and lots of whiteheads. Most of them were gone after one treatment!

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Benefits to a microdermabrasion:

-Softens wrinkles. And fine lines. Whoah.

-Evens out skin tone. If you’re looking for a daily option for this, I recommend adding a toner to your regimen.

-Tightens pores. I benefitted from this a lot since my pores are so big.

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-Minimal recovery time. You’re pretty much set within a few hours of your session.

-Great for busy ladies. Schedule your appointment during lunch or a work break and come back to whatever you were doing as if nothing happened.

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Be sure to add moisturizer after your appointment! Some people worry about having a slightly pink shade to their skin, but no worries, that goes away.

My skin felt so much softer & smoother. Plus, a few noticeable acne spots went away. It’s recommended to book multiple appointments & repeat the process.

Have you ever had a microderm? What did you think?

-Anna

WHY I DON’T USE A FACE SCRUB

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Face scrubs can be great for exfoliating the skin, removing the dead skin cells and refreshing the face. However, much like clothes (should be), face scrubs are not one size fits all.

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I have extremely sensitive, naturally oily skin. Unfortunately, that means if I use a face scrub, it aggravates my skin and actually produces more oil.  Instead, I use a chemical exfoliant in order to deep clean my pores. Products such as the Enza Essentials Glycolic Serum are perfect for clearing away dirt and bacteria, without the harsh irritation of a scrub.

 

xx Alison

PORE EXTRACTION MASQUE GIVEAWAY

You guys all know how much we love the Pore Extraction Masque – it’s one of our favorites!

So we are super excited to partner with a few fabulous bloggers for an Instagram giveaway! Look for these bloggers instagrams for the details! You have a chance to win for each blogger! AND we have a few more coming :) Good luck!

Sincerely, Truly Scrumptious @alyssamayedwards 

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The Amanda Kathryn @amandiemassie 

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Heart of a Blonde @mollyrasmussen

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BRUNCH OUTFIT INSPIRATION

Easter is coming up oh-so-soon, and that means your brunch outfit is as important as ever. All three of the Enza beauty bloggers came together (that’s right- meet our newest blogger, Kayla!) to give you three options for your brunching. IMG_4122

Rule #1 of brunching: Don’t wear jeans! Ali adds style by wearing floral-detailed pants (florals are SO in this spring) and jewelry that plays up her denim shirt. It’s all about the details in this outfit.

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Anna’s family is heading to an adorable Easter brunch at a table-side window overlooking the Mississippi River, so planning this outfit was a must. She kept it simple but added spring-like touches to her ensemble, like using Jane Iredale’s lipstick in Sabrina. Anna credits her brunch-ready skin to her fave Pore Extraction Masque.

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Say hello to our chic, new beauty blogger, Kayla! The color of your brunch outfit is the key to looking fab. Kayla nailed it with this dress. Since Easter will most likely be colder here in the Midwest, she added some tights to play it up a bit.

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What are you wearing for your next brunch? xx

-Anna, Ali and Kayla

MEET KAYLA!

Kayla Enza Essentials Beauty Blogger

Hello Everyone! My name is Kayla and I am going to be Enza Essential’s newest Beauty Blogger!  I am currently a senior at University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and will be graduating this December with a degree in Mass Communications – Advertising. I am originally from Menomonie, Wisconsin, so I get to see my family quite frequently and always have somewhere to take my laundry and enjoy a home cooked meal.  I love being outside, baking, spending time with my friends and family, attending music festivals, and (of course) shopping.

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When I started high school, I started to develop blemishes on my face, which then turned into fairly severe acne.  I have always taken good care of my face, washing it every morning and night, but the acne never seemed to go away.  I would then use lots of heavy concealer and foundation to try and hide my problem, but that seemed to make it worse.  I tried several creams and medications to help clear my skin that would occasionally provide some relief, but the zits would always come back, making me feel very self-conscious.

One of the reasons I am most excited to be working at Enza Essentials is the fact that I know how frustrating it is to not have clear skin, and I am incredibly excited to share with you my skincare journey for the clear, glowing skin that I’ve always wanted! Stay tuned for an exciting summer with me!

- Kayla

BEST IN BEAUTY – COACHELLA

Coachella is notorious for showcasing unique, out-of-the-box styles that still manage to incorporate major trends for the season. Here are my top five Coachella looks to copy this spring:

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1. BRAIDS AND FLORALS
Braids are huge this spring and when they are paired with a bold floral print, you can’t go wrong. I saw hundreds of different braids throughout the two-day festival and my favorite are the crown braids ,but since those are hard to do on your own, I thought the simple braid pulled into a chic, low bun would be a great statement to try this spring.

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2. FLOWER CROWNS AND CROP TOPS
If there is any one look that Coachella is famous for, it’s the flower crown. This spring, crop tops are back in and they seemed to be a huge hit at the festival this year. I love how she made her look more ethereal by keeping her hair and make-up very natural. This would be an easy look to get right. Plus, I love the pale skin – hope everyone at Coachella remembered their SPF.

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3. BERRY LIPS AND LAYERED NECKLACES
Everyone seems to be catching onto the bold lip this spring. I love the fun, bright berry lips that draw just enough attention without going overboard. Spring is all about looking fresh and a berry lip does the trick. As for the jewelry, if you’re going to keep your make up simple, you might as well spice up the accessories. I love the idea of layering necklaces over a bare chest.

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4. STRAIGHT HAIR AND TWO PIECES
Bold patterns look best paired with… themselves! I am digging the two piece outfits this spring has brought out. Wearing a statement outfit means toning down the rest of your look – sleek, straight hair with a middle part is super chic and easy to accomplish.

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5. RED LIPS AND DESTROYED TEES
Red lips have been a huge trend this last year and even though spring is upon us, the bold red lip is not going any where. Plus, with a red lip, you really don’t need that much makeup letting you showcase your skin. Pair red lips with a destroyed concert or graphic T and you have the perfect pretty-meets-rock look for a night out. I especially enjoy a t-shirt and flirty skirt combo to keep the opposites attract trend strong.

xx Alison

BEST IN BEAUTY – MTV MOVIE AWARDS

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I love the fashion at the MTV Movie Awards every year. All the stars seem to let loose and go out of their usual glamorous outfits into more chic and edgy attire and more daring beauty looks. So, of course, I’ve compiled my top 5 beauties of this award show, enjoy!

1. Zendaya

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This 17-year-old Disney star stepped it up last night for the red carpet. She wore a fun, bold print dress that still managed to look sophisticated. Her loose curls gave her a naturally luxurious look that paired well with her subtle makeup. Also, if you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’ll know I’m obsessed with brow shape and Zendaya has the best brows in Hollywood right now.

2. Jessica Alba

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As usual, Jessica Alba just shows up and makes everyone else look bad. I LOVE her adorable crop top and high-waisted midi skirt combo, very fresh and structure – a perfect pair for that cutesy meets edgy look.

3. Rita Ora

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I’ve talked about how fabulous Rita Ora is time and time again and I’m happy to say that she keeps proving me right. Rita went all-out old Hollywood glam for the event and looked stunning. Once again, her skin looks creamy and beautiful, I love how her light hair matches her skin tone. The matte red lip contrasted beautifully.

4. Lupita Nyong’o

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Another one of my go-to stars for all things beauty, Lupita Nyong’o revved up the volume on her ‘do and gave her usually subtle makeup a splash of edge and sparkle. I loved her statement look for the event.

5. Rocsi Diaz

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I’m not usually talking about show hosts on my red carpet beauty posts but I think Rocsi deserved a mention in the top 5 today. Her bold, spring-inspired purple lips and adorable two-piece dress stole the show from some the stars.

The theme of the MTV Movie Awards seemed to be a matte finish, whether on the lips or face – no one needed any extra shine. If you want to accomplish a matte finish and stay away from any oily glisten, try the Enza Essentials Shine Control Serum. All you have to do is apply a small amount evenly on your skin pre-makeup for a shine free look to last through whatever event you attend.

xx Alison

SPRING ESSENTIALS

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Now that the weather is FINALLY warming up, it’s time to share my list of necessary beauty items for spring:

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1. Essie pastels: “Turquoise & Caicos,” “Lilacism,” and “Sand Tropez.”
These colors are perfect for spring. I love them because I’m very much a neutral gal when it comes to nails so I use the pastels for my accent nail and “Sand Tropez” as my main color. Soo cute.

2. Enza Essentials Pore Extraction Masque
This time of year we are all about spring cleaning… getting rid of the clutter and mess in our lives for a fresh start. Well, that is what the Pore Extraction Masque does for your face! It clears out your pores and visibly tightens your face with camphor and sulfur. I LOVE the feeling of my skin after using this masque.

3. Aveda medium hold, non-aerosol hair spray
It’s a big trend to go green right now and if you’re trying to jump on the bandwagon and save mother earth this spring you definitely need to throw out your aerosol sprays and replace them with earth-friendly products. Aveda is a brand that has been green since its creation, all products are environmentally friendly. Not to mention, they smell amazing.

4. Enza Essentials Advanced Protection SPF 30
Finally! The sun is out again! This means it’s back to being serious about applying SPF to protect your skin from wrinkles, sagging and harmful damage such as sun spots or cancerous moles. The Enza Essentials Advanced Protection SPF is fantastic because of the zinc oxide SPF 30 formula which contains octyl methoxycinnamate, an organic sunblock that naturally protects your skin. Meanwhile, vitamins A, C and E nourish and moisturize your dry skin without leaving behind an oily, acne-causing build up.

5. Jane Iredale Blush Quad  in Rose Dawn
Although I used it as a blush, you can brush this pallet onto your cheeks, eyes and lips, or use as an all-over shimmer. I love this pallet because it ranges from a subtle pink to a mauve bronze tone to make my skin glow.

 

xx Alison

TEA PARTY: BENEFITS OF DRINKING GREEN TEA

It seems like everyone is much more interested in what they’re putting in their bodies these days. Fitness and health are taking priority lately, and the Enza team couldn’t be more excited about that. We’re all about it.

Of course one of our favorite spring drinks is green tea (second to lemon & cucumber water, my personal fave). You can drink it any time of the day, plus it has caffeine so I’m trying (I repeat, trying) to replace coffee with tea in the mornings. Plus, a cup of green tea can count towards your daily eight glasses of water.

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Let’s be real, the main reason I love green tea is because of the benefits it gives my skin! It fights inflammation with its antioxidants and it’s loaded with poly-phenols. It is even said to help diminish signs of rosacea. The RosaCalm Serum and drinking green tea would totally help rosacea.

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Green tea also:

  • Helps to prevent wrinkles.
  • Tones skin.
  • Prevents sun damage.

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It looks like I’ll be heading to the store to pick up some more green tea. Who else has started drinking green tea? Have you already started noticing the benefits?

- Anna

WHY EVERYONE NEEDS TO WEAR MOISTURIZER NOW

Yesterday I was doing face masks with my roommates {fave= Pore Extraction Masque}, and after we were done I told them to put on moisturizer. They both looked at me like I was nuts. It ended up that NEITHER of them even OWNED moisturizer. One of my roomies has really dry skin while the other has oily skin. I quickly explained that they 1) needed to use moisturizer ASAP and 2) it’s important to understand when/why to use it.

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So first of all, regardless of your skin type, you should be applying moisturizer in the morning and at night. Even the oiliest of skins needs moisturizer. You’re probably thinking, my skin is oily enough, why would I add moisturizer to my face? It sounds weird, but deep down your pores require the moisture to keep your skin healthy. Sometimes your skin will overcompensate for it’s condition. So even though I’m oily, by not adding the moisture my skin still needs – my body is signaled to create MORE oil of its own. Using moisturizer balances things out.

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When you apply moisturizer, make sure to apply it to not only your face, but also your neck. Remember, your neck shows aging too! Unless you want to be super wrinkly when you’re older, you’ll want to start using moisturizer now.

I personally love Enza’s moisturizers. They’re light and don’t have too much of a scent to them. There are moisturizers for all skin types: oily, dry and normal/combination. Check them out!

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-Anna