Review: Studio Gear Prime Objective Perfecting Face Primer

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Makeup has been a passion of mine since I was 15.  I would experiment when mom wasn’t home.  Over the years, most of what I’ve learned is self-taught but I rely on a lot of YouTube gurus.  They first introduced me to using primer.  In my early 20s I wasn’t much of a foundation wearer, but in the 30s I feel it’s a must. It evens out my skin tone and gives me a flawless canvas to work with. I don’t always use primer as a base but these days with blog shoots and events, with the hot lights and varying outdoor weather, it’s an essential. Today I’ll be reviewing a primer I’ve started using by Studio Gear.

A little about the product

PRIME OBJECTIVE is a silicone based face primer that acts to “re-touch”, or visually diminish, imperfections in the surface texture of the skin. PRIME OBJECTIVE contains a sustained release liposome system with retinol that can help support cell turnover and reduce the appearance if fine lines and wrinkles, as well as a milk protein complex that can help to balance and protect the skin against environmental stresses. The “skin perfecting” effect of this state-of-the-art formula is further enhanced with optical diffusers.

What does Stylista Fitness Think?

I had high hopes for this product and it certainly met my expectations.  It stood the test of time from am application to pm.  My makeup did not budge and the oily glow I get by the end of the day was non-existent.  My foundation stayed matte for 14 hours!  The product has the same silicon-like consistency that most primers have.  It sinks into your fine lines like magic.  It gives my face a perfect canvas for foundation.  It’s also fragrance free, which is what I prefer for most of my makeup products.  Overall, I give this primer a 9 out of 10.  You can buy this product at their website and receive 10% off using the code BB.

Do you use primer? If so, what kind do you use?

**Thank you to Brandbacker for sending these products! These products were provided to Stylista Fitness free of charge by the manufacturer/PR for review purposes only.  Regardless of how the product was obtained, my priority is to you, my readers, and I will always give you my honest opinion.



Spa810 Experience

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Self-care is high on my list these days and when I was invited to experience a few treatments at Spa810 I was more than elated to accept. Spa810 has a few locations in the Phoenix area and the newest location opened in North Scottsdale (Shea & Scottsdale).  The location is quite easy to find and parking is ample.  I was invited to try a few services so I will talk about them individually.

Massage

Brandon was my masseuse. He pleasantly greeted me and escorted me to the room. The room was dimly lit and smelled like essential oils. I immediately felt relaxed and calm. Brandon let me choose an essential oil and then he tucked it under my pillow. He explained that I will receive a sugar scrub with the massage as well (score!).  Another plus of the room is the massage table. The table had a warmer and it was nice since it’s been chilly in Phoenix lately. The massage was heavenly and the pressure was perfect. After a long week of work, this is exactly what I needed.

HydraFacial Treatment

After the massage, I was asked to put on a robe and slippers. The robe was the softest I’ve ever felt. It was amazing! I was greeted by aesthetician, Jayme, who escorted me to another room. I wasn’t quite sure what I was walking into since I saw a machine next to the table. Jayme explained what type of treatment the hydrafacial was (more info on their website).  She explained the treatment thoroughly and answered any questions I had. It was definitely not your typical facial and more like a treatment. See the excerpt below for the description of a hydra facial. If I were to describe the sensation, it felt like a piece of plastic was scraping my face with water squirting out of it. Jayme would “PASS” through my face with the device in small sections. In no sense did it hurt, but more like a weird feeling on my face. Jayme was great at explaining each step and what all of the components of the treatment do. She also asked frequently if I was doing alright since this was all new to me. Overall it was an interesting experience and I’m reaping the benefits. My skin has felt super hydrated and feels soft and healthy.  I’ve even had a few compliments about how great my skin looks.

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Laser Hair treatment

I’m not going to lie. I was scared about this one. I’ve never tried waxing and have only shaved so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Jayme was my specialist for this as well. She explained how the machine works and what it would feel like. She said that it would only last 45 seconds per armpit. She also described the aftercare and how often I would have to come for the treatment (every six weeks).  She then started the treatment. In a few words, the treatment felt cold, then hot and then like little needles on my skin. In one word, UNCOMFORTABLE. It was not painful and quite quick. I hope the next time around I’m not as squirmy, lol!!

Overall, my experience at Spa810 was amazing! The staff was pleasant, informative and professional.  The massage was definitely the highlight of my visit.  I would definitely visit again.



Skincare Tips for the Gym

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During the week, I pretty much live at the gym. I show up at 6 am, workout until 7 am, shower and get dressed by 7:30 and then I’m off to work by 8 am. For this reason, I need to pack a gym bag full of the essentials including skin care. Currently, my skin care products at the gym is comprised of random products that are full sized and take up half my gym bag. It’s seriously messy and takes too much space. The On the Glow travel set by Hydropeptide is perfect for this. Before I took this set with me to the gym, I had to make sure they were up to my skin care standards. I’m always looking for anti-aging type of skin care and the Hydropeptide products are known for this type of skin care. The set contains 5 travel sized products, Exfoliating Cleanser, Pre-Treatment Toner, Face Lift Moisturizer, Eye Authority and Purifying Mask. I used the products for a couple of weeks before I took the set to the gym. I use a little bit of the exfoliating cleanser in the shower to wash the face of sweat and debris. The next product I use is the Pre-Treatment Toner. The toner is refreshing and not drying. After the toner, I use the Face Lift Moisturizer and pat it over my face and neck. I finish the regimen with the Eye Authority and you only need a 1/2 pea size amount. The travel set has a Purifying Mask which takes about 7-10 minutes to set. So I leave that at home and use it at night. Overall, this set is perfect for my gym bag and for traveling. My skin feels fabulous and it’s conveniently sized for travel.  Want to try the set? Use code BBACK20A to receive 20% off.

What type of skin products do you pack for the gym?
**Thank you to Brandbacker for sending these products! These products were provided to Stylista Fitness free of charge by the manufacturer/PR for review purposes only.  Regardless of how the product was obtained, my priority is to you, my readers, and I will always give you my honest opinion.