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Review: HOME DNA Skincare Report

Jessica Wagner

Beauty + Science = Skincare Made Easy

When Home DNA Skincare Analysis + Report reached out to me, promising to make skincare easy, they immediately had my attention. 

Long have I battled monthly breakouts and an overwhelmed feeling at trying new skincare products. Most of the time, I’m down to try to whatever a magazine, blogger, or beauty store sales clerk, would recommend - only to be let down. I know I am prone to oily/combination skin and I wear my sunscreen like a saint, but that’s about as far as my personal skincare knowledge goes! 


My Current Skincare Routine

As for a daily routine? I use a simple cleanser, toner and moisturizer. I aim to wash my face twice a day (which doesn’t always happen.) Lately, I have been using a more expensive nighttime retinol oil which I love. I tend to switch up products when one runs one. (Ok, all the time, for the good or bad of it! I'll call it like it is: I am a skincare/beauty junkie.)

Which really tells me I am not confident in my current skincare choices. I would love to regularly see a dermatologist, but it’s just not in the budget. Home DNA Skincare is another option to better skin health, through scientific results.

Beauty starts with healthy skin

I’ve been searching for that golden combo. (You too?!) While I love trying new beauty items, tools, or even procedures, (Birch Box is one monthly beauty subscription I use to try new products!) I really don’t give too much thought to my skincare, except lately, realizing as I am getting older, my skin just may require a little more TLC.

There are so many skincare options out there, but as I am looking at skincare differently now, being in my early 30s I can no long can rely on the fountain of youthful skin.


The secret to great skin?

It’s in your own DNA!

My at-home skincare DNA kit results are in, and I am so happy I now understand more about what my skin is trying to tell me. This is such a sweet marriage of beauty and science!

Some of you might remember a few weeks ago when I talked about receiving a DNA test kit, and how easy it was to use.

Today I am going to be sharing my personal skin analysis report with you, and exploring how anyone can use skin DNA results to get the most out of their skincare.


Where can you purchase a HOME DNA kit?

The HOME DNA kit for skin care testing is sold at CVS, as well as HomeDNA.com. The kit only requires a few swabs on the inside of your cheek to unlock the key to your own results and youthful, beautiful, healthy skin!


How does the Skin Care Analysis + Report work?

I must admit, I was a little skeptical at first. How will DNA testing help me with my skin? I was worried it was some sort of trick to get me to buy a specific skincare line. NO! In fact, all you need to do is purchase a kit, swab your cheek, and mail in your sample envelop to the lab for testing. In 2-3 weeks you will have a full skin analysis report online and at your fingertips! I was totally blown away with what my unique genetic make-up was able to reveal. It’s really a personalized guide based my DNA for building a complete customized skincare regimen.


Will a DNA Skincare Analysis + Report help achieve healthier skin?

The report has given me insight to so many factors that contribute to overall skin health as well as predicting how my skin will age. An individual report will make recommendations on how to combat specific skin issues. (I’m already counting up the money I will save by not buying products that I no longer need!) Every analysis includes a summary of the best topical ingredients, supplements and professional treatments that can help achieve younger-looking, skin.


7 Skincare Categories

Results are in-depth and easy to read (mine shared at the link below!) and cover the following areas of concern:

  1. Fine Lines, Wrinkles
  2. Collagen Quality
  3. Skin Sensitivity
  4. Pigmentation
  5. Sun protection
  6. Skin elasticity
  7. Skin antioxidants

***All results are kept protected and confidential, and your final test results are posted to your secure online account. The genetic profiling is done by a team of scientific experts and PHDs at DNA Diagnostics Center (DCC) one the worlds largest and most respected DNA testing laboratories.


My Results

My full DNA skincare report is linked here!!

It's so cool to see some of the higher risk-areas I should be aware of. I also feel like I need to write mom and dad a thank you note for handing down what seems to be a pretty decent genetic skincare "score."

It's 11 pages long, but full of good information! I won't get into the nitty gritty of how I plan to implement my results, being they are specific to me, but I will be looking into ways to use vitamin C and E, and I am totally going to be working upping my skin's antioxidants (to give a one sentence condensed version of what I found the most helpful!) 

When it comes to the areas of most concern, I still need to take my results and do my own research as to what products contains the topical ingredients or supplements recommended. 


Final Thoughts

The insight from my results has allowed me to take better care of my skin day to day. It has also helped me to make better decisions on what skincare products I should (and should not) purchase.

The only hiccup I encountered was the results say they take two weeks and mine took a little longer, which wasn't a big deal on my end.  

I would recommend this tool to anyone looking to take skincare into their own hands! At Home DNA skincare + Analysis Report eliminates the guesswork

It's really amazing to see which areas of skincare you are most at risk, and in turn take that knowledge and treat your skin yourself! And here I thought a glass of red wine a night was all it took!   


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What are you biggest concerns when it comes to skincare? Do you have any secrets when it comes to finding the right products? I would love to hear in the commets below!

Lash Boost

Jessica Wagner

How To: Longer, Natural-Looking Eyelashes

Minimalism has taken the fashion world by storm, and that fresh, modern, simplistic style has carried over into the world of beauty.

I’m personally mission to perfect the “no-makeup - makeup look.”  What I’ve discovered is it’s way more high-maintenance than it seems! I love the idea though. (Especially on these hot, humid days when you layer on foundation and mascara end up slowing sliding down your face!)  

So, where does one start? For me, its all about lips and eyes.

Minimal lips can be pulled off with a little exfoliating and a swipe of shine. (I’ve been using this all summer and I am obsessed! It’s super moisturizing and offers protection from the sun.)

So what about naturally, bigger, brighter looking eyes?

If eyes are the windows to the soul, then eyelashes are the curtains, and I want my soul-shades supple and lush!

Let’s talk options: falsies, extensions and boosting serums.


Falsies:

Pros: Inexpensive, Immediate effect

Cons: Not as natural looking, Requires time/precise application

I am notoriously terrible at applying fake eyelashes. You can always see the clumpy glue, they end up un-even when I try to trim them down, and they usually irritate my sensitive eyes. I am a contact lens wearer and have allergies year round like it’s my job. The last thing I need is another element making such a sensitive area red, puffy, angry, or irritated looking. Maybe with more practice, but in the end I just don’t think I have the time or patience to perfect this technique.


Lash Extensions:

Pros: Natural-looking, Immediate effect (No mascara needed!)

Cons: Expensive, Last 3-4 weeks, High-Maintenance

While I am totally open to trying these out, from what I have researched/ heard from friends, is they are expensive and super high-maintenance. These are totally appealing in that fact that there is an immediate result upon application, longer, thicker lashes. I also have heard application can take up to 3 hours!!! (Who has that kind of time?!) Maybe the process is improving, but after that… I am sort of freaked out by them. I heard you can’t rub your eyes and must sleep on your back! Also how long will they really last... I can’t imagine spending all that time (and money $$$) only to have them last a couple weeks before needing maintained/replaced.


Serums:

Pros: Easy to apply, low-maintenance

Cons: Only lasts while using the serum, takes 6-8 weeks to see results

I’ve been an eyelash-batter since can remember. Not in the flirty come-hither kind of way – in the my-contacts-are-dry and I need to blink every couple seconds kind of way.

That being said, I’ve been hesitant to use the above eyelash options in fear of them having a negative effect on my already sensitive eyes. Since I already have dark lashes, I am after achieving volume and length.

So what’s a lash-batting girl to do? To me, this is the best option and here’s how I deiced to give a serum a try.

I was with my friend Hannah (amazing gal who also runs Top Knot Boutique – check out this post here) and I could not stop staring at her gorgeous lashes! So I had to ask – real or fake babe?? When Hannah told me real - my mouth literally dropped. Hannah said she has been using Rodan + Fields Lash Boost for the last 10 weeks. No doubt, I immediately called up my R+F consultant Jill to order some for myself. That’s how amazing Hannah’s eyelashes looked! Jill filled me in on the serum and I want to share what I’ve learned so far with you.

R + F Lash Boost is an eyelash conditioning serum clinically shown to visibly enhance eyelash volume and length in just 4 weeks, (I can attest to that already, as you will see below!) with best results at around 8 weeks. It’s silly-easy to use and requires little maintenance except you HAVE to apply it EVEY night! No skipping! (It’s actually also made me better about my nightly skin care routine! Bonus!!.)

Here’s the run down:

-Before bed wash your face like normal. You want your lashes clean and dry.

-Take the serum, (which comes in a mascara-like tube) and yield the wand/application brush so you can glide it along the upper lash line of both eyes (like you would with eyeliner but only on the lash-line where they meet the lid, but avoiding the actual lid.) Dip the brush once per eye and wipe off any excess! Go to sleep! That’s basically it!!!

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So how does it work?

Enhancements Lash Boost serum moisturizes, nourishes and protects lashes, which promotes flexibility and resilience. ***Avoid getting the serum in your actual eye though! And do not share this product with other people --germs guys. Plus you can also use this stuff on you r eyebrows! So Cool.

A consistent routine is the key to fast results; so don’t do what I did! Which is start the treatment, and forget to bring it with you on vacation. I started usuing the serum at the end of June for a couple weeks and was religious… until I wasn’t. I left it at home while we were away over the 4th of July! (SOB!)

RODAN + FIELDS : ENHANCEMENTS LASH BOOST

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Before:

 4 Weeks, (No mascara)

 

I took the photo above showing use of a combined (but not consistent) 4 weeks. (So much for keeping things scientific, ay.) Anyways, my goal is to use Lash Boost for the next 4 weeks and share with you the end results!

The only thing to remember, like other eye-enhancement options, is this is not a permanent effect. Once you achieve your desired length/appearance, you need to continue with Lash Boost to maintain your lush, longer-looking lashes! 

I can honesty say after using Lash Boost for the past few weeks, my lashes have never felt healthier. The best way I can describe it, is they feel strong. (Which something, since having kids they have felt rather brittle.) Rob actually thought I had mascara on for this photo, when in fact I am au natural! When I do apply a coat, they look rather doll-like, which I has been my goal. 

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Now, for the best part!!!!

My R + F Consultant Jill is offering a 20% off discount to anyone who wants to try Lash Boost along with me! All you have to say is you read about R+F Lash Boost on my blog and give her a follow on instagram @jillcalo!

If you have any questions, I’m happy to share more on my journey and Jill is an incredible R + F expert. I can't wait to share my final results in a few more weeks, so stay tuned for a Lash Boost update! (Plus a run-down of my favorite mascaras!)

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Are any of you thinking of getting lash extensions? Or have you already been there, done that? Would you try a serum? Any tips on applying falsies?! Details, please!

Somewhere Over the Rainbow {Hair}

Jessica Wagner

How To Get Unicorn Inspired Hair

L'Oréal Paris Colorista Semi Permanent Hair Color: Beauty - DIY


Dreamy, magical hair is taking over my life (and my Pinterest page.) Rainbow highlights are easier to achieve now than ever. Totally smitten with fantasy-pink I decided to give lollypop hair a try a couple weeks ago (some of you may have noticed, if you are following along on social media.)

I’ve been on the fence about coloring my hair a mesmerizing blush rosé for the last year or so. I actually talked to my hair colorist about it at my last appointment. I just wanted a change (and did not want to impulsively chop!) She warned me that for what you spend, cotton-candy hair washes out rather quickly, and can sometimes strip your highlights, leaving you with brassy/highlighter hair. (Yikes.) She also agreed I could totally rock some pink with my olive skin tone. (Yay!) So, when I saw a fellow blogger use L'Oréal Paris Colorista Semi Permanent Hair Color in pink #200, and that it washed out after a few shampoos safely, I decided to give it a try.

L'Oréal Colorista comes in a bunch of vibrant shades for blondes and brunettes, that will wash out after 4-8 shampoos. It totally switches up the whole hair coloring game. Depending on how highlighted your hair, it can be light and subtle but at the same time, colorful enough to really make an impact. It allows you to play with hair color without the commitment (perfect for someone like me who can’t make up her mind!) It’s created with pure direct dyes, and contains a conditioning hair-mask, which leaves your hair feeling silky smooth. If you need it washed out sooner, they also sell a Colorista Haircolor Remover kit, that will take it out. (I have not tried it yet.)

I’ve had major success with the pink for light/bleach blondes (as seen: pink #200)

***BEWARE!***
UPDATE: 6-27-17 It has been a little over a month since I used the  purple #400 and aqua #700 the blue shades have been very tricky to get to remove. I kept coving over it with pink for a few weeks, which was resulting in an all-over light shade of purple/pink, but since trying the L'Oreal shampoo fader, and seeing my colorist in the salon and trying to remove it with a mask, I am left with a brassy mint green hue to my blonde. I have a few things I plan to try to get back to my original color, and will post an update. Right now I plan on letting the sun hopefully work its magic, b y just giving it some time. I might try baking soda or dawn dish soap.... and I was also told baby oil or coconut oil. We will see if anything works. I will be back to share my progress!

We tried the burgundy #20 shade for dark brown hair on my sister who has very dark hair, and no previous coloring, and it didn’t hold. (Her hair is not porous like mine lol.) We also tried it on the kids and it was very very very subtle... not good. They were almost in tears. (I'm a bad mom - the box says not intended for children and I ignored that fact, so lol on me.) The kids were both so sad that the color didn’t work – so I ordered some hair chalk from Amazon to try this weekend! I will let you guys know how it goes. (Hair chalk was a success btw. Perfect for a day of fun and wasted out in the shower easily!)

2017 has been the year of the funk at the Wagner compound! Haha – at least according to Rob and I. Both of us have adventurous spirits – when it comes to food and wine, couch selection, and hair color at least! (I know that list is longer!) We usually find ourselves playing it safe. I feel like there is this pressure to be “grown up” ever since we had kids. (What’s up with that!) Meaning we have to be normal - and news flash- we are not normal. We are some of the weirdest people I know. So, we have deicide to let our freak flags fly high!. We also agree there is no reason to be impulsive or take unnecessary risks, so paying around with hair color actually still feels pretty safe. :) 

Back to rainbow hair

I found the directions really easy to follow (use on fresh shampooed hair) and the application took no time at all. They provide a brush, which I didn’t use, and multiple pairs of gloves. Apply, let it set for a half hour, rinse with water, and viola! You are now a member of the unicorn // mermaid rainbow hair tribe. You can play around with all the gorgeous shades of the spectrum without a permanent effect. (Unless you use the blue as I now know!) The best part? The unique combinations are endless! 

***If you decide to give it a try, please read the directions, and reviews! I found them helpful, and not everyone has had a positive experience.

I’ve gone from ombre dark pink, to allover rose gold, to a multi-dimensional opalescent pearl all with the help of Colorista. Pastel blue might be next! You can become whatever whimsical fairytale pixie you desire. I will probably stick with shades of pink, but I can’t help but wonder what every shade of the rainbow would look like?!

Outfit Details:
Top: Ragazza Boutique (a favorite local shopping spot) Jeans: Old (similar here, last seen here) Shoes:  Forever 21 Faux Fur Slides Lips: NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream Istanbul

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