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Age: Mid-40s

Location: Seattle

Skin Type: Combination

Skin Concerns: hyperpigmentation, eye crinkles

I have had a love affair with drugstores and the endless supply of new beauty products contained within since I was a pre-teen. I’ll never forget my mother’s dismayed look at the bill after most visits – she won’t either! At least it kept me out of her makeup supplies.

Since then, my interest in the textures, the experiences and now the results of skin care products has only increased. An experience with acne in my late teens and again in my late 20s introduced me to facials and peels. A hippie Vermont upbringing added a dose of curiosity about natural ingredients. Aging (and a lack of knowledge about reapplying sunscreen when I was lifeguarding) did the rest! Now, I am 45 and devoted to TIA. I am not sure how I initially discovered it, but I now completely rely on Marta and her merry band of contributors to keep me in the know – and getting carded! I appreciate having a trusted source of information about products that truly work and being able to ignore the hype of the rest. I love trying new things as a reviewer and delving into what others say – Marta has been very gracious about responding to my requests to learn more! My drugstore trips are much shorter now.

Articles By Becky

  • September 2, 2016

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    ASDM Beverly Hills Maximum Hydration Cream

    Just like Joseph Schooling's surprise upset of the 100 meter butterfly over Michael Phelps, my test of the ASDM Beverly Hills Maximum Hydration Cream ($29) came from the middle of the pack to become a winner! I started the testing period feeling a bit skeptical about this product. While a bit shallow perhaps, the plain packaging and prominence of the phrase "Beverly Hills" in the name made me doubt it would be a quality product. I was happily proven wrong. By the end of the testing period I was looking forward to using this cream each night and had no problem putting aside my u ...Read More...

  • November 20, 2015

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    Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Fortifying Neck Emulsion

     I don't usually notice my neck. I spent a lot of time on my face though: washing, exfoliating, moisturizing, treating, making up and scrutinizing for changes. Once provided the opportunity review the Dr. Gross Ferulic Acid & Retinol Fortifying Neck Emulsion ($75 in the shop), a product specifically formulated for the neck area, I was intrigued. I'm now looking to see what is going on there in the space holding up my head!

    The experience of using the neck emu ...

  • September 25, 2015

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    Jenetiqa Lift Maestro Botanical Enzymatic Peel

    From the first whiff of the incredible floral-citrus smell of the Jenetiqa Lift Maestro Botanical Enzymatic Peel ($32), I was hooked. And the performance of this easy-to-use mask only deepened the love. 

    I received my sample of the Jenetiqa Peel just in time to tackle the worst set of chin and cheek breakouts I'd had in years! Plus, I'd been picking at it — which of course does nothing to help and in fact makes matters worse.

    I applied the white lotion every other d ...

  • March 20, 2015

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    E'shee Clinical Esthetic Silky Rose Essence Serum

    When offered the option to review this product or another, I was drawn to the E'shee Clinical Esthetic Silky Rose Essence Serum ($119) because of its claims to improve skin tone, elasticity, hydration — and most intriguing to me, help even skin tone. At 47, I am seeing more and more evidence of my lifeguard years on my face. I was also interested in trying an E'shee product since I'd heard such great things about them on the TIA site.

    I was already a big fan of facial treatment oils; at 47 with the annoyance of wrinkles AND remaining hormonal ac ...Read More...

  • January 28, 2015

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    Sciote Antioxidant Scrub & Masque

    Winter is a good time to revitalize your skin. It's likely dry, maybe a bit listless from all the holiday celebrations and New Year's late nights. Masks, though, can be a tricky solution. With typically strong ingredients, it can be a questionable proposition to try one out and risk making your skin worse.

    I am happy to report that was not the outcome when I tried the Sciote Antioxidant Scrub & Masque ($65 in the shop)!

    Instead, using it on a regular basis woke my ...Read More...

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