Posted on August 5, 2012

Dr. Dennis Gross Skin Peel & Stila “in the know”

Bloom Ambassador/ Makeup/ Product Reviews/ Reviews/ Skin Care/ Stila
Happy Sunday everyone, today I am bringing you a two part review that is picture heavy so bare with me. First up is the Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Extra Strength Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel.  I am on a quest to get my skin back in order. It’s kind of weird for me, as a teen I never had issues with acne or any real skin issues but as I have gotten older I now occasionally battle breakouts. I am also starting to notice a few fine lines creeping up, mostly under my eyes and around my mouth, they are not bad at all and I am probably the only one who notices them.  As you know I am a Beauty Ambassador with and this month one of the items in my box was this peel.  I was actually really excited to try it because like I said I am on a quest to get my skin as nice as I can and visits to a dermatologist can be pricey.
The application of this peel was very simple. I tested a five day supply.
Wipe the step 1 pad across your face, neck and décolletage in a circular motion until the pad dries;
Wait 2 minutes; 
Wipe the step 2 pad in the same manner as step 1
Do not rinse after either step and do not use products with alcohol. 

I was surprised how dirty the clothes were after wiping my face since I had just washed it. The cloths were soft and did not have a strong smell. 
Even though I was excited about this peel I was a bit nervous wondering if it would burn. I did not feel any burning or tingling sensations at all, I am not sure if this was a good or bad thing. Of course to show you I had to take some pics with no makeup…ahhhhh go easy on me. 
According to the product description this peel is best for stubborn skin conditions and smooths the appearance of fine lines, instantly firms skin, treats large pores, calms redness and controls excess oil.  Unfortunately I did not see a huge difference in the overall appearance of my skin after the five day trial. I did notice my pores appeared a bit larger but were less clogged. My skin is however noticeably softer. My overall opinion of this peel is neutral at this time, I would be interested to see results I would have after long term use.  This peel retails for $85.00 for 30 applications a little on the pricey side but mush less than what you would spend on a peel at a spa or a dermatologist office so I think it could be worth the investment.
The next product I want to talk about is the Stila “in the know” eyeshadow palette.
stila in the know eyeshadow palette
This is a wonderful neutral palette that contains 10 eyeshadow shades in Air, Wind, Dessert, Clay, Earth, Driftwood, Fire, Rain, Smoke & Ebony. There is also a waterproof smudge stick eyeliner in Halfmoon which is described as a matte charcoal grey, but to me it was more of mix of a dark brown with a charcoal grey. This are all matte colors that can be used wet or dry. This is a very versatile palette that would work well on a variety of skin tones.  I have actually used this almost every day since I received it. The colors are well pigmented, apply and blend well. 
I played around with the colors in the palette and these are some of the looks I did with it. Stila palettes come with a look book so if you are new to makeup and not sure how to go about applying which colors were you can always start with the looks in the book. 
For the look above I used desert, smoke and ebony with the smudge stick in halfmoon.
For this look I used air, fire and earth with golden penny eyeliner by Mally beauty.
The Stila in the know palette retails for $39.00 and is available on .
*The Dr. Dennis Gross peel and the Stila in the know palette were provided to me as part of the Bloom ambassador program for an honest review, all opinions are my own*

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