How to Look 5 Years Younger

look 5 years younger

With all of the wonderful beauty products out there right now it is not surprising that if they are used right we can look at least 5 years younger.  However, if they are used wrong you could end up looking at least 5 years older.  Here are  my tips to look younger with links (below the product pictures) to all of my favorite products.

Tip #1 to looking 5 years younger

My 1st tip is to exfoliate your skin.  I’m talking using a microdermabrasion type exfoliator 2-3 times a week and especially before a night out.  I recommend the Dr. Dennis Gross SkinCare Alpha Beta Peel and the Kate Somerville Intensive Exfoliating Treatment.  They also have a smaller size of the Kate Somerville for $24.  I’ve been using these 2 for years and love them.  When I get lazy and don’t use them enough, I really see a difference.

alpha beta peel

Dr. Dennis Gross SkinCare Alpha Beta Peel ($88)


exfoliating treatment

Kate Somerville Intensive Exfoliating Treatment ($85)


Tip #2 to looking 5 years younger

After you finish your skincare routine (here is a link to my prior post for ideas) and let it dry, apply a primer that includes silicone.  The silicone will erase your fine lines and wrinkles.  I put it all over my face and under the lower part of my eyes.  When applying it you should really pat it into the skin so it gets into those pores and wrinkles.  I suggest Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer.  As far as foundation goes, I’m still on the hunt for a new one and will try some during the Sephora sale.  I recommend something that is medium to full coverage but is luminous.  You don’t want your foundation to look like a mask.  Also, if you apply it with a damp Beauty Blender it makes your skin look more dewy and youthful.

foundation primer

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer ($36)


beauty blender

Beauty Blender ($20)


Tip # 3 to looking 5 years younger

Take a flesh colored pencil like Anastasia Base 1 at Sephora.  Apply it right under your brow and it will open up your eye.  Also put it: on the water line of your lower lid,  down the bridge of your nose, in your cupids bow, down the middle of your chin, and on top of the cheek bones.  Soften the lines made by the pencil with your finger tips or with your beauty blender.  This process will slim and lift your face.

flesh colored pencil

Anastasia Pro Pencil – Base 1 ($18)


Tip # 4 to looking 5 years younger

To give your face a youthful illuminous look add an illuminating primer on your cheek bones and carry it up into your hairline.  Blend it in with your beauty blender.  Apply a finishing powder only to the areas that get oily.  Too much powder can accentuate wrinkles.

cover fx primer

Cover FX Primer ($38)


Tip # 5 to looking 5 years younger

When you are done with your make-up, spray your face with a setting spray like the below one from Target.  Don’t spray it too close to your face and if you get white spots on your face just take your beauty blender and tap them out.  You can re-spray your face throughout the day to refresh your face.

glow mist

Pixi Glow Mist ($15)


Final Thoughts

These steps are fast and easy but will make you look at least 5 years younger.  Sephora has a 15% off sale starting on November 10 so it’s a great time to pick up some new make-up.  The code is INSIDER15.   As I mentioned on FaceBook this week, I won’t feature any make-up in my blog that is tested on animals.

It is hard to believe but the holidays are right around the corner.   I have some great blog post ideas to help you get ready for the holidays.  First up is mix and match holiday outfit ideas to carry you through the season.  Also, I will be doing posts including: a holiday gift guide, affordable holiday decor ideas, and a Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping guide.  So be checking your e-mails or subscribe to my blog if you haven’t yet so you don’t miss anything.  XOXO Michelle


The Difference Between BB and CC Creams

If you’re confused about BB creams vs. CC creams, so was I.  I decided to do some research and see what the differences are between these products.  The differences are subtle but here is what I found out.

BB CREAMS – these provide coverage with added skin care benefits like SPF and anti-oxidants.  They’re lighter than foundations and heavier than tinted moisturizers.

CC CREAMS – these generally stand for color correcting.  The products are meant to address issues like redness or sallowness (usually with light diffusing particles).

The best BB and CC creams based on your facial concerns are:

DrynessEstee Lauder DayWear BB ($42)

Estee Lauder daywear BB cream, BB cream vs. CC cream


Blotchiness / Uneven ToneMaybelline Dream Fresh BB ($9)

Maybelline dream fresh BB

Fine LinesBobbi Brown BB Cream SPF 35 ($46)

Bobbi Brown BB cream


BreakoutsDr. Jart BB ($36)

Dr. Jart BB


Dark SpotsOlay Tone Correcting CC Cream with Sunscreen ($22)

Olay's total effects

I hope this settles the debate of BB creams vs. CC creams.  There are some great products out there in both camps.  The key is to find the one that is made for your skin type.

Also, don’t forget that the Nordstrom Anniversary sale starts this Thursday, July 13 (if you have a Nordstrom credit or debit card) or July 21 (if you don’t have a store card).  I’ll be posting my best picks from the sale early Thursday morning.  XOXO Michelle