tria Eye Wrinkle Correcting Laser Review, Before & After Photos + COUPON CODE

*This is a sponsored post with Pretty in My Pocket & tria. All opinions & experiences are my own.

If you follow me on ANY form of social media then you know that for the past two months I’ve been trying out the tria Eye Wrinkle Correcting Laser($267.00 // tria). Maybe you’re asking why… because obviously I look SO YOUNG 😉 When I was approached with the opportunity I had recently turned 35 and I’m not even kidding you, the day of my birthday I noticed more eye wrinkles. Happy freaking birthday.

This post is going to be a collection of everything I’ve been posting on social media as well as my final thoughts on the device and if I think it was worth it. In addition to that there’s a coupon code you can use to save money on the device as well as tips to combat undereye dryness and irritation.

How do I use this thing?!

Using the tria Eye Wrinkle Correcting Laser easiest part of starting the treatment. You press the little button at the top and touch it lightly to your undereye area. To maneuver you simply work the laser in small, light circular motions (still keeping it lightly pressed to your skin) all around the targeted area. Once your minute is up the device will “notify” you with a series of short vibrations.

Weeks 1 & 2:

This is the hard part. Starting. Day one my pain level (on a scale of 1-10) was at a 7. I was actually sweating and didn’t make it through the entire treatment. I was Snapchatting pictures of myself with breastfeeding ice packs on my eyes (don’t judge me, they help a lot!). Each night it does get easier and by the start of week 2 I was able to go the full minute on each eye. After treatment the undereye area is sensitive and red (similar to a sunburn) so it’s best to do this at night so that when you wake up in the morning the redness is gone. Towards the end of week 2 the dryness under my eyes was other level and I decided to amp up my skincare routine (see “Steps to combat undereye dryness” below).

Weeks 3 & 4:

The pain level was down to about a 3 or 4 but the undereye dryness was all consuming. My extra skincare steps were definitely helping and at this point my skin was shedding a bit. It was at this time that I began to feel like my eyes were looking even more wrinkly, which was not giving me motivation to continue.

Weeks 5 & 6:

Now the pain level is at a 2 or 3. I took a one night break in this time frame and I will say that the day you go back to it the pain level jumps back up a bit but does go back down the next night. I took my first before and after during week 5 and could see a significant difference (even though someone said I wasn’t smiling as much) which brought my motivation to continue back up.

Weeks 7 & 8:

At this point there isn’t much that is new to report. I’m a little sensitive so I’m still seeing redness though it’s almost completely faded even before I hit the sack and it’s no where near as painful. Basically it feels like it’s been a part of my skincare routine my entire life.

Steps to combat undereye dryness:

To combat the heavy dryness the laser will cause under your eye area you’re going to need more than just the Nourishing Eye Renewal Cream. I wish I would have started this regime straight away, but then that’s why I review things so that you don’t make the same mistakes. After using the laser I squeezed some of the Nourishing Eye Renewal Cream onto my finger and patted lightly around my eye where I’d done the treatment. Once it was spread around I used the metal end on the cream applicator to spread it more evenly and TBH the end felt super cooling and just necessary. You’ll need as much of that feeling as possible, especially that first week. I do this on one eye, right after using the laser.

When the Nourishing Eye Renewal Cream has been absorbed (or at least mostly) take a secondary eye cream and pat it lightly, but generously, all over the treated area. My personal favorites are the First Aid Beauty Triple Remedy Overnight Balm or the L’Oreal Age Perfect Hydra-Nutrition Eye Balm. Of those two the First Aid Beauty is my top choice because it absorbs quickly and feels more soothing but if you want to save a lot of money opt for the L’Oreal – it’ll moisturize just the same.

For daytime I like something a little lighter, but you’ll find that a daytime eye cream is just as necessary or your makeup will look cruddy. As my first step in makeup application I’ve been using the First Aid Beauty 5-in-1 Eye Cream, patting it in gently all around and waiting for it to absorb. I wanted to combat undereye darkness as well as stay hydrated so I also use the First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy: Brighten, Depuff and Smooth in Fair/Medium as a second step.

I didn’t start doing the extra undereye moisture steps right away but believe me, it’s necessary to start immediately – the same day you begin using the tria Eye Wrinkle Correcting Laser.

Is it worth it:

Absolutely. The results aren’t just noticeable, they’re drastic – and that’s impressive (see my final before & after below and I’m smiling extra hard for the reader in my insta-comments 😉 ). Yes, it was obviously painful (for me, anyway) but that did ebb away and after the first week it was tolerable. From what I understand in speaking with a few people that have used this device and also gone into a spa to have treatment this device hurts way less.

Save money:

Now you’re interested and want to try it but it’s expensive. Here’s how you justify it. Besides being able to do this at home it’s technically going to save you money. When you shop this link you’ll get the tria Eye Winkle Correcting Laser + the tria Nourishing Eye Renewal Cream for a discounted price of $267 (regular price is $314) PLUS use code BLUSHINGNOIR and save another 15%. That means when you shop here you’ll get the device and eye cream for only $227. You also get a 90-day money back guarantee. You for real have absolutely nothing to lose in trying it.

To sum it up:

YES it works. Click here to shop & use code BLUSHINGNOIR to save 15% on your purchase! 90-day money back guarantee!

Are you trying it out? If you have any questions for me please leave them in the comments below. If I don’t know the answer I’ll get it for you!

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*This is a sponsored post with Pretty in My Pocket & tria. All opinions & experiences are my own. This post also contains some affiliate links.

4 Beauty Tools I Can’t Live Without

Press Sample/Affiliate Links

Beauty tools are all around us (thankfully) and they’re in place to make our lives easier. What would we have done without of off these wonderful gadgets that curl our hair, apply our makeup flawlessly, help us self-clean… I know you don’t have all day, so I’ll just assume you know what I’m babbling on about.

Here are a few of my favorite beauty tools and gadgets that I tried out in 2015!

Morphe Brushes. Morphe is such a new love of mine. I saw a video from Jaclyn Hill about her fave Morphe brushes and immediately sent my mom my Christmas wish list (What? You don’t?). She got me a few brushes, the 35T shadow palette and Jeffree Star Redrum Velour Liquid Lipstick. A fan girl is born.

Since then I’ve been watching all of the YouTube videos I can and making more must have lists. I even joined the LiveGlam Monthly Brush Club (called #MorpheMe) where for $19.99 a month you get at least $30 worth of Morphe brushes. Much better than beauty samples, right?! They ship really fast and you get access to special discounts on the Morphe website. In my first shipment I got the M208, M173, M209, M167, M200, M176, M217 and M215. Right now it’s sold out but be sure to join the waiting list!!

Jewelry cleaner. A lot of places don’t charge to clean your jewelry but some do, particularly if you didn’t buy your jewelry there. I went to Tiffany once a few years ago to get one of their necklaces cleaned and it was $15!???????? I have too many pieces of jewelry for that mess so I clean my stuff at home.

Lately I’ve been using products from Connoisseurs. The Sonic Dazzle Stick($34.99 // Target)* is a hand-held tool that cleans your jewelry like a pro would. Two non-toxic gels are included – one for gold, diamonds and fashion jewelry and one for silver. The Dazzle Drops Advanced Jewelry Cleaner($8.99 // Target)* is fresh every time and includes enough product for 80 cleanings. There is also a Dazzle Drops Silver Jewelry Cleaner($8.99 // Target)* that will remove dirt and any tarnishing from silver jewelry – it’s even safe to use with silver jewelry that holds gemstones! Money saved on cleaning jewelry means more makeup and handbags can be bought 😉

Kiss Instawave Automatic Curler($49.99 // ULTA Beauty)*. Sometimes you just want pretty waves without the hassle of an actual curling iron. This is particularly true when I’m doing my daughters hair. The Kiss Instawave Automatic Curler was a savior for me over the holiday season. My daughter always wants her hair curled for special occasions like her momma and this made it that much quicker to get both of our hair styled. My daughters hair probably holds curl worse than mine does and when I use the Instawave on her we get a good couple of hours out of the style rather than 15 minutes.

At Home Laser Treatments. This day-and-age there are so many gadgets for us to de-hair ourselves with! In 2015 I did a four post series review of the tria Hair Removal Laser 4x($449.00 // Sephora)* and it’s been an essential part of keeping unwanted hairs out of my life. Initially it’s quite the investment, but if you get it during a 20% off sale or during some sort of beauty insider or VIB perk it’ll cut the cost and be so worth it! (note: my series with tria was sponsored, but this inclusion was not – I put it in here because it really is one of my favorite beauty gadgets!).

My next beauty tool purchase is going to be a simplehuman Sensor Makeup Mirror($200.00 // Neiman Marcus). Again, another investment that I’m going to want to get on discount BUT I’ve been looking to upgrade for awhile now and I think it’ll streamline my small vanity space. Also I need a new vanity, but that’s an entirely different post.

What is your favorite beauty tool? Check out what the other Makeup Wars bloggers are loving by clicking the icons below!

*Items marked with a * were received as a Press Sample. The other items were purchased by me. This post also contains Affiliate Links.

Tria Hair Removal Laser 4x Review // Final Thoughts & Coupon Code

I’ve been using the Tria Hair Removal Laser 4x($449.00 // Tria Beauty) for months now, and I’m sure you’re curious to how it worked out for me long-term. In this post I’m going to share my final thoughts on this product with you, if you should be buying it and also sharing an awesome coupon code if you’re looking to invest!

First off, my final thoughts. In a nut shell – I’m a major fan. I’ve had the opportunity to try other at home laser hair removal devices before and while they were nice I liked this one better. Why? The major reason is because of how fast and easy it is to use. It’s not awkward or overly heavy and it’s also zap-and-go. On other devices it was necessary to hold the laser in place and there was a huge flash, making it so I needed to look away and had to make sure my kids weren’t in the room when I used it. The Tria emits no flash overkill and I can do both arms in 15 minutes vs an hour with the other device.

Secondly, it’s effective. I haven’t had the opportunity to try any kind of professional service, and at this point I don’t feel like it’s even necessary. The Tria has slowed and thinned my hair growth on my arms so efficiently that I’ll always use it when needed on any other parts of my body.

Third, there’s no replacement cartridges needed. Over time this saves so.much.money. While the Tria is an investment at first in the long run it makes the most sense if you’re frugal. Which brings me to the coupon code…..

CLICK HERE & use code VIPBLOGGER to get 10% off purchase of the Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X + complimentary beach bag + complimentary Tria sunscreen + $25 Tria Gift Card for your next purchase. An added value of $160! This offer expires on September 22, 2015, valid on the Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X only.

The Tria Hair Removal Laser 4x retails for $449.00 and is available at triabeauty.com.

*This post is sponsored by Tria however all opinions are my my own. This post also contains a press sample.

Tria Hair Removal Laser 4x Review // Upping the Ante

July marks my third month using the Tria Hair Removal Laser 4x. My first post marked the beginning of the journey at hand, which was removing the hair on my arms because it’s always made me extremely self-conscious, as well as my first treatment. My second post offered insight on how the device was to use, how it felt and my results after my second treatment. In this post I want to talk about how my third treatment went as well as answer some questions that were asked by readers on the second post.

On this third treatment I upped the Tria from Level 2 to Level 3. I kept it on that level for the entire treatment and the zaps were a bit more noticeable, but not painful at all. In some places more than others (I imagine where my skin is thinner) the device felt a bit snappier and warmer than it did on Level 2. Like I said, it wasn’t uncomfortable or painful, but for my next treatment I’ll be keeping it at Level 3 rather than upping it to 4.

Hair growth after this treatment was much slower than after the first two treatments. It was days before anything even remotely started to grow back and I’ve noticed the hair is lighter, much slower to grow and doesn’t feel stubbly as it resurfaces (dare I say it’s soft?!).

Your Questions Answered:

Q: “How long are you supposed to use this overall?”
A: Tria recommends using the device every 2 weeks for best results. For permanent results treat the area every 2 weeks for at least 3 months until your desired result is reached.

Q: “What if it hurts too much, even on the lowest level?”
A: Tria makes a product called the SmoothStart Calming Gel. If you apply this before your treatments it will diminish the sensation and help your skin feel cool and comfortable. I basically have a very low tolerance for pain and I haven’t needed the Gel, BUT it’s there if you do! Who knows, if I ever suck it up and go to Levels 4 & 5 I just may need it!

I am incredibly impressed with the results I’ve had with the Tria Hair Removal Laser 4x so far and look forward to sharing with you my final thoughts in post 4 next month! Now is also the perfect time to buy the Tria Hair Removal Laser 4x! Why? Because there’s a 90 day money-back guarantee AND I have a promo code for you 😉

CLICK HERE & use code VIPBLOGGER to get 10% off purchase of the Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X + complimentary beach bag + complimentary Tria sunscreen + $25 Tria Gift Card for your next purchase. An added value of $160! This offer expires on July 14, 2015, valid on the Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X only.

Like in the last post, please let me know you have any questions I haven’t answered yet and I’ll do my best to answer them myself or get the answer for you. Post in the comments below and I’ll cover it in my next update!

The Tria Hair Removal Laser 4x retails for $449.00 and is available at Sephora, Sephora.com, triabeauty.com, Bloomingdale’s, Barney’s, ULTA & QVC.

*This post is sponsored by Tria however all opinions are my my own. This post also contains a press sample.

Tria Hair Removal Laser 4x Review // The Treatment

About a month ago I announced that I’d be embarking on a hair removal journey with the Tria Hair Removal Laser 4x (read about it here). Because my arm hair has always made me a bit self-conscious I decided this would be the perfect opportunity to get that under control.

First off, I was incredibly surprised at how simple and easy the Tria Hair Removal Laser 4x was to use. It’s cordless and powered by a rechargeable battery so you can do it anywhere (I’ve walked around my house with it checking on kids and supervising play time) at any time. You place the tip of the device on your skin and you’ll hear a beep. Move the device a bit, repeat. It only took me 15 minutes to do my entire arm.

Second, it’s not the lightest thing you’ll ever hold, but it’s not heavy either. The way the handle is curved like an hourglass makes it comfortable to grip and move around the areas you need to. I was able to work the Tria over both arms without feeling any cramps or aches.

For my first treatment I did a few spots with the Tria at a level 1. I didn’t feel anything from that, so I went ahead and upped it to level 2. I felt a bit of a heat sensation in a few areas, but nothing major. I actually considered upping it again but felt that it was better to wait. After awhile the hair started to re-grow and I didn’t find it to be any slower or anything less… but… it did appear that the hairs looked more fine. Tria mentions that you’re likely not to see a difference after your first treatment, so the fact that I didn’t notice much did not surprise me.

For my second treatment, which I just did today, I brought the device up to a level 3. Everything went just as quickly as before but on this level I did notice more heat and I could feel the zaps a bit. It wasn’t anything I couldn’t handle and it didn’t make me wince, flinch or want to level back down. Maybe I’m that girl that likes to feel things working, but it wasn’t uncomfortable at all. That being said, for treatment 3 I’ll likely leave it on level 3 unless I feel absolutely nothing when I start it off.

I’m so excited to see the results after this treatment. I do expect to see some results as it’s been stated that “clinical studies demonstrate a 70% reduction in hair re-growth after 2 treatments, per a study done by Ronald Wheeland, M.D., at the University of Arizona Health Sciences, Tucson, AZ (2007)”.

Where would you use the Tria Hair Removal Laser 4x? Do you have any questions I haven’t answered yet? Let me know in the comments below and I’ll be sure to cover it in my next update!

The Tria Hair Removal Laser 4x retails for $449.00 and is available at Sephora, Sephora.com, TriaBeauty.com, Bloomingdale’s, Barney’s, ULTA & QVC.

*This post is sponsored by Tria however all opinions are my my own. This post also contains a press sample.

Tria Hair Removal Laser 4x Review // The Beginning

It’s a major goal of mine to be completely void of hair (sans my head and brows). Going to have this done professionally costs the big bucks, particularly for me… I have that coarse Italian hair that will probably need about a zillion visits and treatments before it even begins to retreat. At home treatment is where it’s at for me so I’ve teamed up with Tria to review the Tria Hair Removal Laser 4x.

This device is the first and only FDA-cleared laser available for home use. It’s said that when used once every other week for up to 3 months, you can achieve permanent results. I likes those claims, you guys.

I’ve done laser treatments on my legs before with a different device and while they definitely are ready for a maintenance zap I wanted to try a new area with the Tria to really give it a test run. My arm hair isn’t awful but it’s definitely more than any girl wants and shaving sucks. Now is the time to de-hair the arms! My next post will document how it’s all going (likes, dislikes, how-to) as well as show some before and after photos.

My end game? To not be so self-conscious of the hair on my arms. To not have to shave it so often and feel that much more carefree during t-shirt and tank top season. I’m so excited to get to the next post to show you all how it’s going. Make sure you keep checking back to see the before and after pics!!!

The Tria Hair Removal Laser 4x retails for $449.00 and is available at Sephora, Sephora.com, TriaBeauty.com, Bloomingdale’s, Barney’s, ULTA & QVC.

*This post is sponsored by Tria however all opinions are my my own. This post also contains a press sample.