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.

What is a HydraFacial and Why You Need It

What is a HydraFacial and Why You Need It
What is a HydraFacial and Why You Need It

For over a year I have been getting a monthly HydraFacial, and it’s the best investment I’ve ever made in my skin.  It’s better than any treatment, product or drawer full of gizmos –  and I love my gizmos. It’s a none invasive treatment proven to help improve:

Fine Lines and Wrinkles
Dark Spots
Clogged and Enlarged Pores
Evens Skin Tone and Reduces Redness
Reduce Acne

Have any of that?

I deal with all of it. Especially issues with my pores and breakouts.

But over the last year, I’ve seen a difference across the board, most notably, my pores are practically invisible, and my acne is significantly reduced. So much so that I can go weeks without any breakout.  Don’t let the term “facial” fool you. Unlike most facials that feel gimmicky (I’m looking at you chocolate facial – why waste your money?), this is a medical spa treatment, that is quick and has zero downtime.

What is a HydraFacial?

To get a true HydraFacial, you need to go to a salon that has their patented proprietary machine which works with a wand that helps cleanse, extract and then plump your skin full of goodness.

The secret is the magic “wand” attached to the machine that helps first to cleans and exfoliate your skin.  Next, the technician will turn on the suction mode and pulls all the “guck” out of your pores – seriously; you’ll see all the stuff come out. It’s like when you swiffer your floors and can’t believe what’s been sitting on them. It’s incredible. Finally, the same wand plumps your skin up with antioxidant-rich serums.  Somehow, the machine uses water to keep your skin hydrated, hence “HydraFacial” so even super sensitive skin like mine is barely red when I leave and back to normal in 20 minutes. This quick video gives a good overview of what it’s like.

Amazing Results

You’ll see a noticeable difference immediately. Your pores will appear, smaller and your skin will be brighter. Over time, you’ll notice less and less acne, reduced inflammation, smoother skin, especially on your forehead and around your eyes, and lighter dark spots.

I go every four weeks religiously. Each session takes about 30 – 45 minutes.  Prices will vary depending on your salon and if you choose to add additional serums (I don’t). I pay about $180 per session before tip. Because I’m 38, I’m focusing a lot more my skin rather than makeup, and so far it’s paying off.  I don’t wear much if any makeup on most days, and when I do, I can play up how healthy my skin is rather than covering up with a lot of product.

To learn more about the HydraFacial and find an approved spa close to you, follow this link. And to see some of my favorite effective products and gizmos check out our Beauty Closet.

This is not a sponsored post.