2.27.2014

{ giveaway } IPL facial at NIMA


 this summer, i popped into NIMA institute for an awesome mani/pedi, skin consultation, and vitamin C chemical peel. i was so impressed. while all the services are performed by students, they are observed by master aestheticians. it was a gorgeous space and felt like a total spa escape. also, they took pics of me as if i was an actual celebrity / fashion blogger.. which was hilarious and really fun at the same time. i'm the biggest spaz.

two days ago, i returned for an IPL photo facial.
now, darlings, this is the grandaddy of facials for me. my mom turned me onto it... this is a woman who hasn't had anything "done" (no fillers, no tighteners, no nothing) except the IPL facial and her skin is FLAWLESS.

i've had to go on birth control over the last few years to correct a hormone imbalance... sadly, i'm not experiencing any of the BENEFITS of birth control (noooo sex in this city).... only weight gain, cramps, occasional acne (i know... annoying to admit i never had to deal with that before) and (woof) melasma -also known as the pregnancy mask....

the IPL facial is fantastic for tightening pores, boosting collagen, erasing spider veins and brown spots. while it hasn't completely gotten rid of the melasma (they gals at NIMA gave me a great pigment corrector and i'll let you know how that goes), it certainly helps and gets rid of all the damage i did this summer.

the facial really doesn't hurt much. the laser just zaps all over the skin (this laser hurt MUUUCH less than at previous location) and feels less painful than a rubber band snap. then a few days later, all the impurities come to the surface of your skin- it looks like lots of freckles or little coffee grounds. as the skin heals, the impurities just slough off. no big deal. no redness. no pain. no flaking skin. you can throw on makeup and go right out after the treatment. it's a breeze.

i have done IPL twice at other fab SLC medical spas and had GREAT results, but this girl is on a budget! who can afford it?!
NIMA to the rescue!
you can get a FULL day of treatments for less than ONE treatment at a non-teaching spa.
this would be so great for bachelorette nights or just a GNO.


 here i am facing the truth.


just getting a pedicure, the usual....


you guys, i'm such a chic fashion blogger in my target shoes. 


our incredible friends at NIMA are offering my FAVORITE treatment, the IPL photo facial to one lucky MiM reader! yeow! 

let's all make our skin gorgeous before we ruin it again in the summer! 

so ... go ahead and enter with this fancy giveaway thingy.... that way you know i'm not just gifting this to my dear friends....

i don't quite understand it, but it'll pick a winner for me and there are a bunch of different ways to enter and opportunities to enter more than once...
you guys, cut me some slack. i feel like a new blogger again!
i JUST learned what BLOGLOVIN is... don't worry, i'm claiming my blog today. yikes. i'm a nightmare. 


67 comments:

Joni said...

This overworked teacher would love her some pampering. Pick me!

Emily Foley said...

Oh man, I'm only 33 (almost 34, ouch) and I feel like my skin is RUINED. I've been sunburned about 100 times too many. I am sooo sick of the adult acne that's been coming my way since I hit 30 too...

Anne Elliot said...

I would love a good facial - I am jealous of anyone who has never had to deal with acne!

Andrea said...

The whole bringing imperfections to the surface is the selling point for me!!

Lex said...

awesome giveaway! :)

um, my skin is awful right now and this would be amazing!

Dara McFarlane said...

Woo! Love the idea of it! Can't wait to try it. :)

Jill said...

This would be a wonderful change for my skin!

Curt, Lace and Harper said...

Would love to refresh my look!

Rachel said...

I'm so glad you're blogging more! I've been reading for years. :)
We just moved back west from Atlanta and my skin is dying in the dry air. It's awful. Plus I've never had a facial before!

Erica Ellen said...

As a lover of the sun, no matter how much SPF I slather on my face, it is still going to sustain some damage… and I work with oilfield chemicals all day at my job, so really, the skin on my face gets no rest.

LaurenHoya said...

I just moved to Utah and this dry winter air is killing my skin! I have no idea every morning what to do about it. I need help!

Jordan said...

I would love to visit the institute!

Jodi said...

My winter face could definitely use some help!

Amander N said...

I have the pregnancy mask now, too. I would love this!

Suzanne said...

I would seriously love this!

Jess said...

I have tried everything to avoid/get rid of the melanoma! Full time Ped RN/Full Time Grad School Student needs a little pampering!

badonkatonks said...

Love NIMA!

Kendra said...

I grew up "tanning" on the neighbors tin roof with baby oil . I neeeeeed this!

Lindsey Jaye Parry said...

I need to win something fun. Funds are low and so is morale.

Liv said...

I have been dealing with disgusting pregnancy face and would love to help it out with a facial!

Allison said...

I would love to have your kind of skin! I would love to win this facial!

Julie McHood said...

I NEED a good facial....I could stand to look as great as you do!!

The Popcorn Bowl said...

Girl, I love your blog but what all are you carrying in your purse?

Kimber said...

Never had a facial embarrassingly enough! i would love to try it!

Shawnee said...

I love to enter drawings, but I swear this one is just calling my name! I've suffered from acne since I was 11, and I am finally under control, but I would love to feel like I have beautiful skin. Thank you for the opportunity!

heidi and tom said...

I NEED this. Never had a facial, and let's face it, who doesn't want to look like cousin Kath!!

Emily said...

Sounds like just the ticket. Thanks for sharing!

JulieB said...

Would love this!

Jo said...

I would love to win this facial as I'm 38, single and lately had a freakish breakout of cysts that make me now look I'm a 15 year old Annie! :)

Lynnette said...

Ooh, love me some target shoes! I'd love to give this a try. Thanks for the chance!

brynn said...

this sounds amazing! this poor college student would love some pampering! xoxo

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Lauryn Koski said...

My skin is a mess right now. This giveaway would be wonderful!

Ellie said...

My t-zone is a mess right now! I could totally use this!

Charlotte said...

I could definitely use this. Can't wait to try it!

Elizabeth R said...

Wow, sounds totally awesome. I've never had a facial. Maybe it's time this 34-year-old got things together!

aubry. said...

my mom taught me to take care of my skin - to apply my "creams" every night - and i'm an obedient little girl to my mom's word. but i've danced in the facial/spa arena.... i feeeeeel like this is the next step.

Corina said...

I would love to win!

Tripple A said...

It's time. I NEED this. :)

Pink Coffee Photo said...

Okay-that last comment was me... under my husband's google account. AWKWARD!

Alexis said...

I should win this facial because I've neglected myself while trying to get into Dental Hygiene school... and I just got accepted into my program!

The Suzzzz said...

Sign me up, it's been far too long since I've had a facial or any kind of decent spa experience.

Jenn said...

I would love some help with my melasma!

McRae and Trav said...

This seems amazing! From the pictures you've posted your mom has beautiful skin! Would love to have mine look like that too!

Erin Day said...

Yes please!

Kels said...

I would love to have my skin feel rejuvenated and healthy!!

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Amberlee said...

I wish i could say that my face is too flawless to need a facial. That is far from the truth! Apparently acne doesnt go away with age.

Ceci and Steven said...

I've never had real
Pampering like this and it's all I want! I would love this!!

Stephanie Negrete said...

I would love to win this facial!! I have never had one and always wanted to get one.

Ashley said...

Thanks Natalie for sharing your experience. My skin is needing some TLC so I will absolutely be looking into this.

Monica said...
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Monica said...

I have never had a facial before, nor have I been to a spa or had a manicure or pedicure. I have 5 kids, and would love any excuse to get away and be pampered!

jennie said...

This sounds like the perfect habit I'd love to start;)

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Arika A. said...

Who wouldn't love a little pamper session? What a great giveaway.

MerylAnne Dexter said...

Facial Giveaway? Sign me up!

Lynette said...

My skin is rough this Winter! I could use a facial!

Kika VilaNova said...

I really NEED this treatment, as I am approaching the big 4-0 and do NOT want to look my age. Ever! :)

Julie said...

Ive never done anything like this and would love to give it a try!

Jayna said...

I would love to try this and definitely need it!

Studio 1263 said...

My skin needs some serious love after living in Hawaii and then having a baby

Emily said...

I'd love to thrown my name in too. Thanks for the awesome giveaweay!

Whatever Dee-Dee wants said...

I have been curious about NIMA. I need to check them out.

Shannon said...

Oh man I could sure use this. Being the bread winner in the home and having a job full of stress you can definitely see it on my face. I would love to win this!

Amy Jane said...

I've never had a real professional facial, that would be amazing!!

thehaucks said...

I have heard of these facials and DREAMED of having one!!! I know all too well about living on a budget. This would be heaven.
Thanks for the chance!

kbenshoff said...

I did my fair share of "burning" with baby oil as a teen. Your mom looks fabulous so I'm in!!

mindyalyse said...

Do you have a similar hidden gem for ladies on a budget in NYC?