My Favorite Skincare Product and Giveaway!

GOOP Exfoliating Instant Facial

Last month I shared my nighttime skin routine, an extensive, but effective system I use to keep my skin clear and healthy. I use a mix of luxury and drugstore products, and for whatever reason, this specific combination has provided me with impressive results.

The point of the post was to share what I learned about how to properly layer skincare to get the best outcome, regardless of the products you’re using. 

Of all the products I use, there are two I won’t live without:  Vintner’s Daughter Serum, and Goop’s Instant Exfoliating Facial.  Today, we’re talking about Goop’s Facial, and because I love it so much, I’m giving one away

Instant Facial, $125 

I ordered a jar of Instant Facial when it was first released after reading some positive initial reviews. I was in the midst of cleaning up my skincare, trying to focus on more organic, good for you ingredients. For the price and the buzz I had high expectations, and because my skin is extremely sensitive, I was prepared for this to be a total bust. 

It didn’t disappoint. After just a few uses my skin was noticeably softer and brighter, after a month it was the clearest it has ever been. This is how the goop website describes it: 

The Exfoliating Instant Facial instantly brightens and softens skin to reveal a glowing, smoother-looking complexion. Natural alpha and beta hydroxy acids sweep away dead skin cells; plant-based cellulose beads exfoliate further, while releasing soothing vitamin B5, leaving skin supple, soft, and utterly revitalized. The Exfoliating Instant Facial is formulated with USDA-certified organic ingredients and contains approximately 86 percent total organic content.

There are so many products at all price points that make incredible claims. This is one of the few that has actually delivered for me. I use it 3 -4 times a week as part of my regular maintenance. I also travel with it because nothing feels better after a long flight than washing the airplane off your face. 

There’s no denying it’s a splurge, but much like building a wardrobe, I’d rather use a few highly effective products than fill my medicine cabinet with a lot of junk. I’m 39 years old, I work hard and at the phase in life, I’m cool spending on keeping my skin looking it’s best for as long as possible.  

Each jar lasts me about three months so for $40 I’m month I get a lot of value. 

Since it’s spring, and our site has been growing like crazy, I thought it would be fun to host a giveaway.  One lucky reader will win a full size jar of Goop’s Exfoliating Instant Facial. This is not at all sponsored by Goop, I’m buying the product myself and having it shipped directly to the winner. 

To enter:

  • Head over to our Facebook Page 
  • Find this post pinned to the top of the page
  • In the comments ON FACEBOOK tell us the one beauty product you can’t live without.

That’s it! You can like our page to get updates and share the post with friends so they can enter too. 

A winner will be randomly drawn and announced on Thursday, April 4th. 

Here’s the deal ladies, building our Facebook following will help us grow and expand our community, and this seems like a fun way to do it. But Facebook has a funky algorithm, so just because you “like” our page, doesn’t mean you see what we post. Growing a following on FB the right way is excruciatingly slow. 

It’s super frustrating. The good news is the more engagement we have on the page, the more we’ll be able to use the platform to communicate directly with readers. I don’t love that social media has to be such a big part of our marketing plan, but it’s the world I’m operating in. 

If you don’t have Facebook, don’t worry, we have other giveaways planned for the rest of the year that won’t require it. Facebook is, however, a great platform for us to use that allows more interaction than I’m able to do on the blog, especially in our private group. 

Things you should know: 

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by or associated with Facebook.

The Well Dressed Life and Megan Kristel LLC, is paying for the prize.

This is not a sponsored post. 

US Residents Only must be 18 years old to enter. The prize is nontransferable, void where prohibited. 

Contest ends Thursday, April 4th at 9 am EST. One winner will be selected at random and announced on Facebook.

Giveaway: Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum

Vinter's Daughter Botanical Serum Giveaway from The Well Dressed Life
Vinter's Daughter Botanical Serum Giveaway from The Well Dressed Life

It’s Giveaway Time!

Once a month, for all of 2018, we are giving away one of my favorite products. It could be a bag, a book, a beauty product, an accessory – pretty much anything I use and love. We kicked off last month with the Lo & Sons OG bag. As long-time readers know, I have been a fan of these durable travel bags for years. Today, we are giving away Vintner’s Daughter Botanical Face Serum; my stranded-on-a-desert-island must have face oil that transformed my skin. With a cult-like following and crazy price tag, it’s a pretty fantastic prize.

Vinter's Daughter Botanical Serum Giveaway from The Well Dressed Life

Serum

The Serum

I discovered Vintner’s Daughter about a year and a half ago. Knowing it was time to upgrade my skincare routine I went off to look for a serum that would help revitalize my aging skin that is prone to breakouts and redness. Over the years I’ve been incorporating more natural beauty products into my skin care regiment. Knowing how much better I feel with a clean and organic diet, I figured mimicking that in my beauty products couldn’t hurt. Some products fell flat, showed little to no results and were not worth the price tag.

Vintner’s Daughter boasts a magical combination of botanicals and essential oils. In the spirit of “research,” after reading dozens of too-good-to-be-true reviews online, I skeptically ordered one 30ml bottle for $185.

Pause for reaction.

Admittedly, I spend an obscene amount of money on skincare. I justify the price by thinking that I’ll age gracefully and my older self will be grateful for the healthy, well cared for skin. I hope. We’ll see.

But $185 for a bottle of serum seemed crazy even for me. I was Christmas morning excited when it arrived in the mail and placed it in my medicine cabinet like it was the Grail in Indian Jones and the Last Crusade. Don’t drop it, don’t spill it, don’t let anyone touch it.

How to Apply 

It’s important to follow the application process. I started using it at night after I wash my face with either Eve Lom (if I’m wearing make up) or Tata Harper (for little to no make up), and use a gentle toner. Then, you take six drops of the oil and rub it between your hands. Gently place both hands on your face a push and press the oil into your skin. You don’t want to douse your skin with oil; a little goes a long way. Continue to push and press the oil all over your face, neck and decollete. Let it sit for about 30 seconds.

Then I follow up with eye cream, neck cream and night cream. It’s not as involved as it sounds. My night time routine takes less than 5 minutes.

The Results

I was floored with how much better my skin looked when I woke up the next morning. It had a noticeable glow, and the redness that lives on my checks was gone entirely. Over the next few weeks, my skin was transformed.

The hormonal acne on my cheeks – gone.
The acne scarring on my cheeks – gone.
The redness on my t-zone – gone.
The general dullness that comes with over 35-year-old skin – gone.

Is it expensive? Yes.
Worth it? Also yes.

My skin has a youthful glow that looks rested (haha!) and healthy.
I was sold, and have been using the serum religiously ever since. Now I get panicky when the bottle gets low.

How to Win

  1. Go to Our Facebook page.
  2. Like the page.
  3. Find this post pinned at the top of the page.
  4. Like this post on Facebook.
  5. In the comments of this post, on Facebook, tag two of your friends you think would enjoy our blog.

Remember – ALL OF THIS HAPPENS ON FACEBOOK.

If you already like us on Facebook, you can still enter by liking the post and tagging two friends.

A winner will be announce on Friday, March 2nd.

This is not a sponsored post.  You prize is paid for by The Well Dressed Life. 

Only 1 winner will be announced.  Prize is non transferable and will be mailed directly to the winner.  US Residence only.  Must be 18 years old to enter.