How Victoria’s Secret Models Get Glowing Skin

How Victoria’s Secret Models Get Glowing Skin




Would you go months without working out and expect to be in your best shape? Would you gorge on junk food and expect to feel good and healthy? This is also true for achieving beautiful skin. If you don’t maintain it with diligent care, it’s not going to look it’s best. Facials are one of the best ways to achieve a flawless, glowing complexion. Don’t believe me? Well, just ask a Victoria’s Secret Model:

Facials were a big topic of conversation backstage at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. Like big, big. All the Angels are huge on facials. I heard a bunch of the models discussing how important their monthly facials are. And for the record, their skin is perfectly dewy without being oily.” -Blogger Lauryn from ‘The Skinny Confidential’ covering the 2015 Victoria’s Secret fashion show

Here’s exactly how a professional facial benefits your skin:

  • Expertise:  Through exfoliation, deep-cleansing of the pores, stimulating improved circulation, and use of professional-strength products and equipment, your esthetician can make a lot of progress towards improving your skin in a single session. Much like a personal trainer, she has experience, techniques, products and equipment that cannot be replicated at home.
  • Deep and Thorough Cleaning: There are over 20,000 pores on your face alone- these pores are being bombarded with dirt and grime from not one, but two directions. Since your skin is an eliminating organ, toxins from sweat purge from the skin and linger there and external debris (dirt, pollution, bacteria from your hands) also get trapped and lodged into your pores. Not only does this contribute to dull looking, sallow complexion, for those who are acne prone, this bacteria lingering in your skin is the feeding ground for pimples. This is where a facial comes in. Your esthetician will perform extractions to remove the lodged in dirt and grime from your skin. During a facial, the skin is prepped and softened using concentrated steam from distilled water. This breaks up the dirt making it easier to purge. At this point, it needs a little push in order to come out. If it is not pushed out, then some will slough off naturally, but the deepest, most lodged in dirt will remain- this is why extractions are necessary to truly clean the skin. Be careful – if extractions are not performed by a professional they can damage your skin and make the problem worse. Learn more about the benefits of extractions here: Extractions 101.
  • Guidance: Finding the right skin care products can be both confusing and expensive.  Getting a professional facial cuts down on that mystery and provides you with invaluable guidance. Your esthetician will analyze your skin and then customize the products they use during the facial according to your particular skin type and concerns. Without the training and knowledge of a licensed esthetician, it can be extremely difficult to find the right products for your skin.  Your esthetician will be able to recommend the right products for your skin type and in many cases will be able to provide you with samples to test first to ensure your skin agrees with them.
  • Stress Relief: The stress of our hectic daily lives shows up in our skin so taking an hour to relax and be pampered will help you out both physically and emotionally.  Massage is a big part of a professional facial.  It helps you to relax and reduces the stress hormone cortisol. If cortisol is left to run amuck in the body it will only hurt you over time, and additionally massage releases oxytocin, which is one of the body’s main “feel good” hormones.

Facials are often neglected or thought of as an indulgence- something for only a birthday or special occasion. One of the main reasons for this is because of the cost. But ask yourself this – what DO you spend money on? Is it better to have cute shoes that you wear once in a blue moon or beautiful, flawless skin – that you get to wear every single day?! 

Nothing about you is more visible than your face- and every single person you come in contact with looks at your skin. You can try to cover it up – but even with foundation you can still see the texture and imperfections hiding underneath. Nothing feels better than the confidence of having clear skin. And you can finally stop your hunt for the perfect foundation – because the best foundation in the world is naturally beautiful skin!

Due to cost and convenience reasons I started doing most of my beauty rituals at home – I do my own hair color + cut, nails and even eyelash extensions – but the one thing I will never, ever give up is my facials.


How Alpha Hydroxy Acids Can Transform Your Skin

How Alpha Hydroxy Acids Can Transform Your Skin


Today I wanted to spotlight alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and their incredible power to transform the skin. I personally started using an AHA product for the first time about 2 months ago, Reveal 10, and my skin has never looked better in my entire life. My face is so incredibly soft and smooth and the tiny lines that were forming around my eyes have plumped up dramatically. No product I’ve ever put on my face has made such a visible difference in my skin. Seriously.

So here’s everything you need to know about AHAs and how they work:

The most common alpha hydroxyl acids are lactic acid and glycolic acid. These two acids in particular penetrate the skin very well and are often used in skin care products. In addiction, there is a good deal of scientific data on the effectiveness of both acids.

The main benefit of an alpha hydroxy acid is its ability to exfoliate the skin. They essentially remove the “glue” from the upper layer of skin that holds onto the old, dead skin cells. By effectively removing that top layer of skin, the alpha hydroxy acids serve to help new skin grow. Lactic acid primarily exfoliates the top, dead layer of skin while glycolic acid (a smaller molecule) goes deeper into the skin.

Alpha hydroxy acids reduce the look of wrinkles, help to reduce the likelihood that winkles will develop, make skin smoother and (with months of daily use) can help skin that’s uneven and hyper pigmented become smoother and more even.

It’s also believed that in addition to helping new (younger looking and fresh) skin to grow, alpha hydroxy acids also stimulate the growth of elastin and collagen, both of which become depleted with age. (source: Paula’s Choice Skin Ingredient Glossary)

AHAs and Sensitive Skin

The reason I had never tried AHAs until recently is because I have sensitive skin and was afraid it would be too strong or cause a reaction. So I started cautiously with a patch test on the side of my face for a few nights and since I had no averse reaction I began using it on my entire face. It tingled for about 30-60 seconds after applying, which alarmed me at first. I called my mom (a cosmetic chemist) she said any good AHA product should tingle. The ideal pH for an AHA product is between 3 and 4, you will know this is the case if your skin tingles after you apply the product.

Also, to note for those with sensitive skin. Acids don’t work like retinoids, which repair skin by kick-starting inflammation. They dissolve the upper layers of cells to trigger repair. Plus, unlike with scrubs, the skin is not damaged by abrasives. So if you’re sensitive, acids are actually a wise choice. Just be sure to patch test first!

Possible side effects/ Important things to note

AHA products can increase your sensitivity to the sun by as much as 50%, so it’s essential that a good sunscreen is used.

Irritation is another possible side effect of Alpha Hydroxy Acid use. Some of these symptoms might include redness, burning and itching. If the symptoms continue after you have used the product for some time and your skin has had a chance to adapt, try using a product that contains less of the AHA concentration.

AHA Product Recommendation – Reveal 10 

Vasseur Skincare’s Reveal 10 is a potent combination of glycolic and lactic acid. It has been one of our top best selling products for several years and has a cult following amongst Vasseur Skincare customers.

Vasseur’s formulation is in an organic base without any synthetics, chemical preservatives or fillers and we use the best quality acids available (unneutralized acids with highest bioavailability). In addition, Reveal 10 is in an airless container which keeps the ingredients active and protects them from contamination and free radical formation.

If you would like to try Reveal 10 you can use coupon code REVEAL through November 15, 2015 for 15% off. There is a no questions asked money back guarantee on any and all products.

coupon code REVEAL for 15% off through November 15th, 2015

Thanks for reading, stay tuned for more skin care ingredient spotlights!

5 Quick Tips for Healthy, Hydrated Skin

5 Quick Tips for Healthy, Hydrated Skin

Dry skin is especially common in the fall and winter months, when the humidity level outside drops. Here are 5 quick tips to keep your skin healthy and hydrated!

Watch the video above for my tips – details and links below. Enter your email in the top right of this page to be notified of new skin care videos and blog posts!

1 – The #1 ingredient to avoid in your skin care, body care and hair care, especially during dry months is: sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate. Check your labels!

2 – Sleep with a humidifier.
Essential Oil Diffuser (which also works as a humidifier)
Essential Oil I use at night – Lavender:

3 – Take an omega-3 supplement daily – this will help your skin cells stay hydrated from within. Omega-3 fatty acids strengthen your skin’s lipid barrier, which acts like a seal that keeps moisture in. (Consult with your doctor before taking any supplements, especially if pregnant or nursing)
Omega 3 supplement I take:

4 – One of the best hydrating ingredients to look for in a moisturizer is Hyaluronic acid – it holds up to 1,000 times its weight in water & is extremely effective.
Hyaluronic Acid Serum
*Use code SKINTIPS for $15 off

5 – Apply moisturizer to damp skin, this will boost + lock in the moisture
Alcohol free toner

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DIY Custom Planner!

DIY Custom Planner!

Hi all,

In this week’s video I show you how you can make your own custom planner including: two cover options, personalized inserts, stickers, folders, a dashboard and more! Here is the link to the video in case you missed it:

Below is the custom planner I created – feel free to download these files as images and print them to use for yourself. All you need to do is right click, save image to your computer and print on either sticker paper (for the cover + stickers) or paper of your choice (for the inserts). If you do use any of these all I ask is that you please share the link to my video on your social media – facebook, twitter, etc. Here is the link to share:

DIY Planner Cover – Tumblr Inspired

Cover DIY Planner Tumblr

DIY Planner Insert

DIY Planner Insert VasseurBeauty

DIY Stickers

DIY Custom Stickers VasseurBeauty

More detail on how I made everything, links to the paper I used and sizes can be found in the description box of the video :) If you have any additional questions, please leave them in the comments of the video  CLICK HERE TO WATCH

Thank You for 100k! My Youtube Journey

Thank You for 100k! My Youtube Journey

Reflections on 100,000 subscribers and my journey getting here

Why I Started a Youtube Channel

So this is going to sound absolutely ridiculous, but I started a channel because my mom nagged me to do it. She always thought I had interesting information to share and was good on camera so she thought I should make videos on youtube. At this time I didn’t even watch youtube beyond the occasional viral video; I had no idea what a “beauty guru” was, or that videos were made beyond funny cats and Charlie biting his little brother’s finger. So she sent me links to some of her favorite youtubers and I started watching – Carli Bybel, Nicole Gurriero were the first two I ever watched. But they are makeup focused and that’s not really my passion so I still had little interest. Then she showed me a Bethanny Mota video and I got a little spark of inspiration from that. I liked how her videos were fun, creative and about a variety of lifestyle topics. So finally I decided to try it.

The first youtube video I made was almost 2 years ago on a point and shoot camera; it was the first video I had made since I was about 10 years old when I used to film myself doing “magic tricks” – which consisted of me making objects disappear by stopping the camera, throwing the object out of the frame, and turning it back on. ABRA CADABRA! (I think I was ahead of my time, haha.)

So at this moment 15 years later had absolutely no clue what I was doing, to the point that I thought I had to do the whole video in one take. So every time I messed up – approximately every 15 seconds – I would start from the very beginning and start over again. So a 10 minute video took me an entire day to film. This is not fun at all, I thought, this is terrible! After making this video I actually remember google searching: “do you have to film an entire video in one take?” #cringe

So I posted that video, and I waited: “THIS IS IT!! This is my big moment! This video is definitely going to go viral. I’ll probably make it on the local news”

And then… so much nothing. After a few weeks it had maybe 5 views. And I’m pretty sure 4 of those were my mom. Who am I kidding, all 5 were my mom. So needless to say I was a little discouraged and humbled and didn’t have much of a desire to do another video. Read more

How To Give Yourself a Spa Quality Facial at Home

How To Give Yourself a Spa Quality Facial at Home

Hi All,

This week’s video is a detailed overview of how to give yourself a spa-quality facial at home. My family owns a well-known day spa in San Diego, CA, The Vasseur Skin Clinic & Spa (we have a 5-star rating on Yelp and have won “best facial in San Diego” twice) and I went in this week to interview the staff to get their best tips and tricks. Here is the video:

Since there are quite a few steps to getting a real spa-like facial experience at home, I also wanted to write them down for you so that you can easily refer to it. And since Valentine’s Day is coming up soon, I think this would be a great way to pamper yourself or an idea for a fun girls night in with friends ♡♡♡

Also — please come follow me on social media if you haven’t already!! I love making friends and chatting with you guys! I’m @vasseurbeauty on twitter and instagram, so it’s easy to remember. I tweet fun daily musings and video sneak peaks and I use instagram pretty often as well- the direct links are on the top right side of this page :)


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Healthy Breakfast Ideas + My Healthy Eating Tips & Tricks!

Healthy Breakfast Ideas + My Healthy Eating Tips & Tricks!

Before we get started into my healthy eating story and tips, here is my video that just went up on my favorite healthy breakfast ideas, the full recipes are also below

Also, here is my playlist of all of my recipe videos, I’ve done breakfast, lunch and dinner videos and my fitness routine:


Breakfast Omelet Quiche

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How to Make a Vision Board for the New Year!

How to Make a Vision Board for the New Year!

Hi guys, welcome back to my blog! Now, I’m aware that it may seem cliché to think about goals in the New Year, but some cliché’s are good! I personally believe that deciding what it is you want out of life is sometimes the hardest step, and I’ve found a staggering number of people go though life with no real goals or direction. So, I say, embrace the cliché! Think about your goals. Decide what you want out of life. Make a vision board this year.

I started making vision boards about 4 years ago after watching the movie “The Secret” (which is streaming on Netflix if you haven’t seen it). I am an optimist by nature, so I thought, “why not try it?”


Here is my video on my process for making my annual vision board, which also includes a DIY for how to make a pretty fabric cork board

One thing I didn’t mention in this video is that you can have a vision boarding party. First off, this will make you more likely to actually do one and second, it’s surprisingly fun! In the past I’ve had vision boarding parties with friends over tea and snacks on a Sunday and one year I had one over wine and desserts on a Friday night.

Here are a few photos of vision boards that I found online that I like for even more ideas: Read more

Tips for Reducing Stress & My De-Stress Routine

Tips for Reducing Stress & My De-Stress Routine

Hi – welcome to my blog if you’re new! On this blog I plan on posting my monthly favorites, in-depth skin care topics (plus whatever else you guys request!), in addition to supplemental information to go along with my videos. Videos take me an embarrassingly long time to make, and since I don’t do youtube full time, I’m limited to only one video a week. With this blog I can be in touch more often and talk about more of the topics that you’re interested in! Please sign up on the top right of the page to get emails when a new post goes up.

Today’s post is supplemental information that goes along with my de-stress routine. If you haven’t seen my de-stress routine video yet then here it is:


Exercise always makes me feel better. When I’m feeling down or stressed I really don’t want to exercise but I know I ALWAYS feel better when I do, so I make myself go. I have been obsessed with Pilates lately and go to a studio called Club Pilates – they have them all over the US and I highly recommend them

Also, I did my full fitness routine in a recent video that goes into more detail here: the only change since I made that video is that I now go to Pilates class three days a week and do my at home routine 1 or 2 days a week.


If you’ve seen a lot of my videos you will know I’ve mentioned these supplements at least three times now. That’s only because they help me tremendously and not many people know about them! And every single person I’ve introduced them to has thanked me profusely. Yes ….they are that amazing!!

~ GABA supplement – this helps your body naturally cope with stress and anxiety. I take 500 mg daily (on an empty stomach! This is key) at around 5pm – I will take 2 on days that I’m under a lot of stress. Read more

Creative Gift Ideas for HIM! Dads, Boyfriends, Brothers, Male Friends etc.

Creative Gift Ideas for HIM! Dads, Boyfriends, Brothers, Male Friends etc.


Hi all,

A lot of you have been asking that I do a gift guide for men, because, let’s be honest, men can be quite challenging to shop for. It’s easy to get inside a women’s head to think about what she might want… but for men, it’s a different story.  I was going to make a video on this but since it’s getting dangerously close to Christmas I wanted to get this up ASAP and videos take me several days to film + edit. I also didn’t have any of these products to physically show you so I didn’t think it would make a great video. And if you’re new to my blog (WELCOME!!) – please subscribe by entering your email address on the top right of the page to get an email update when I post!

I grouped these gift ideas into categories based around things that men commonly enjoy. And as an added bonus, most of these can be purchased on Amazon with two day shipping so you can get them quickly — i.e. last minute gift ideas!!… So here we go:


All of the men in my life have one thing in common; they love coffee. Actually, pretty much everyone in my life (except me) loves coffee. If you can elevate your loved one’s daily coffee experience then that’s a great gift idea in my book!

Coffee Joulies ~ $59

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These cool little guys are coffee-bean shaped metal stones you put in your coffee that serve two purposes 1) brings your coffee down to the ideal drinkable temperature quickly 2) keeps it at that temperature 5x longer. “Put them in your coffee and they absorb heat when it is too hot, storing that energy inside. When your coffee reaches the perfect temperature this stored heat is released to keep it there longer.” So no more scalding hot coffee or too cold coffee! It’s a fun little gadget that your coffee enthusiast will love.


Bulletproof Coffee Set ~ $64.95

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In case you haven’t heard of bulletproof coffee, it’s coffee taken to the next level. It’s the “lowest toxin, highest performance coffee” and has a cult following amongst coffee enthusiasts. Rather than try to explain it, it’s easier to watch this quick video:

Their coffee is pricey, but like I said above, it’s a whole different level of coffee and I think the man in your life would love it. I got this for Ryan last year and he became HOOKED. They  have a lot of different kits at different price points depending on how much you want to spend.



Ryan just bought a new car – his baby, Julio – and I know that he will absolutely love anything I get for him (“him” being Julio). If your man also has an inappropriate level of love for his car, then this is an easy gift idea.

Drop Stop – $20

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This “why-didn’t-I-think-of-that” gadget solves one of car driver’s biggest problems — the “I dropped something into the inpenetrable space between my car seat and cannot get it out.” A few months ago Ryan thought he lost his wallet and had everything replaced – credit cards, debit card, driver’s license ….only to later discover it had fallen into the abyss (i.e. in his car seat gap)!!! At that moment I knew he needed this. Simple, but oh so clever and something anyone who drives could use.



Kool Tool Belt ~ $22-$30


I think the name speaks for itself – this is a Kool Tool. This is basically an inspector gadget belt that has 10 hidden tools in a very minimalistic, sleek design. So clever, right?! I am getting this for my step dad who loves tools & clever gadgets. Let’s just say this is a man who keeps a measuring tape on him at all times, “just in case.” He will be over-the-freaking-moon for this.



Bose in-ear headphones ~$99.95

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I will admit that over the years i’ve purchased this gift for my brother, my dad, my step dad, my boyfriend and myself (for good measure). And every person I’ve gifted these to has absolutely LOVED them. These are probably the best in ear headphones on the market (seriously…. look at the reviews) and are great for your man who loves to listen to music while working out. They also last a really long time and the sound quality is IN- freaking- CREDIBLE.



DIY Wall Art Collage ~$30+

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I showed how to make this cool wall art collage in my DIY gift idea video (WATCH HERE) and I think it makes a really great, heartfelt gift. It’s an elegant collage that is actually a piece of artwork that your loved one can hang up and feel very loved. I made this one for Ryan and choose to include photos of us, his friends and also some of his favorite things (the Ravens, weight lifting and peanut butter … i.e. his three true loves)

‘Love Note’ Tear Away Daily Calendar ~$10+

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The concept here is to get your loved one a tear away daily calendar (yes, they still make these. You can pick one out based around what your guy likes). Then you personalize this by writing them notes on random – or all – days for the upcoming year. You can tell them “you look handsome today!” or “5 days until your birthday!” — or whatever nice/cute notes you want to leave. I think we all know that if there is anything a man loves, it’s flattery.  This is a small, simple gift that will keep him smiling for an entire year!!! Let’s just say i’ve done this for someone in the past and they told me it was one of the best gifts they’ve ever received. You’re welcome :)



This next category is something I like to call “experience gifts” — these are gifts where you purchase tickets or admission to an event or class that you can experience together. I personally prefer these types of gifts because, for me, experiences & memories always trump possessions. BUT the problem with experience gifts is that your loved one doesn’t get anything fun to open on Christmas! My solution to this is to accompany your ‘experience gift’ with a complementary physical item so they get both the pleasure of opening a physical gift and the excitement of an event to look forward to. These types of gifts are also easy to put together last minute because you can purchase the tickets online and print them out instantly. Let’s be honest, this is the real reason why I tend to mostly give these types of gifts (sad, but true)!


This is actually what I am getting for Ryan this year. We both enjoy wine and have done a wine tour together before and had SO MUCH FUN. I would suggest using Yelp to find a highly rated wine tour in your area. In our case, Temecula wine country is about 1.5 hours away and has a great tour company called the Grapeline that gives all day wine tours with a catered lunch for around $100 per person. I am also going to get us a hotel so we can make a weekend of it and really enjoy ourselves. Along with this I bought him this cool electric wine opener (that also kinda looks like a spaceship) so he can have something to open on Christmas day.

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Electric wine opener $20:


Another fun thing to do is purchase a cooking class, either just for them or for the both of you to do together. My brother loves to cook so this is what I am going to get for us to do together. Again, I just used Yelp to find a highly rated local cooking class (we are doing a vegan class since he’s vegan). For his “something to open” component I am getting him this gourmet spice kit – you could also get nice cookware, a grilling tools kit, cookbook etc to go along with this.

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Gourmet spice set $20:

Funny/Fun (but also useful) Gifts

Decision paperweight ~ $15

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For the man in your life who can be painfully indecisive you can get him this “decision paperweight.”  For less than the price of a movie ticket (seriously, can we talk about movie ticket prices these days?!) you can basically help your man solve his life problems for all eternity (nbd). This basically the sexy adult version of a magic 8 ball. Not sure what to do? Press a button and your paperweight will tell you! Gag gift, but let’s be honest most men could use this…..(and the reviews on this are awesome/ hilarious so I had to include it)


Squatty Potty ~$25

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I saw this on Shark Tank and thought — “this would make SUCH a crappy gift!” This is basically a toilet accessory that helps you “go better” (fun fact, we’re all pooping wrong). I’m not going to go into detail here but you can click on their website and read into it.  Look, everybody poops, right? This gift is guaranteed to get some good laughs and probably be the star of your family christmas opening party. Kinda gross? Sure. But in the end they will thank you for it :)


Okay, that’s it for now – I hope you enjoyed these unusual/ creative gift ideas for men! Let me know in the comments if you have other ideas. And please subscribe to my blog for more posts like this!

xx Brittany