You may think you can’t afford to pamper your skin…but you can!
Here are three sample plans – skin care maintenance for every budget.
(Plus, find details on a $750 giveaway at the bottom of this post!)
I love getting older. Life is made richer with meaningful relationships, quality experiences, and the confidence that comes with growing into who you are truly meant to be.
That said, as I edge closer to 40, I’ve noticed it’s not as easy to maintain that certain glow. My skin is not as forgiving as it used to be when it comes to overindulging, lack of sleep, not drinking enough water, sleeping with my makeup on, etc. Two years ago, I decided to buckle down and really start taking care of myself (although, I’m still horrible at taking my makeup off at night!).
I believe the best way to invest in healthy skin is eating healthy, limiting coffee and booze, drinking lots of water, getting lots of sleep, and pursuing general happiness. This is a simple, inexpensive approach. If you want to take it a step further, there are options that don’t require you to borrow from your kid’s college fund to make it happen. Keep reading!
What I’ve Had Done
I knew right away in my initial chat with Justine Martinson, owner of Lipstick Empire, that I was in good hands. She knows her stuff, and she’s really good at creating realistic, achievable, budget-aware plans for her clients. I let Justine take the lead, trusted her recommendations, and it’s working out beautifully. Here’s what I’ve had done:
- Micro-needling: three treatments over four months; planning for on-going maintenance a couple of times a year.
- Sublime: three treatments over three months; planning for on-going occasional maintenance.
- Microdermabrasion: a few times a year.
- Glo Facial: every few months.
There’s a significant difference in my skin after these treatments. The most noticeable is tone and texture. My skin feels so supple and smooth, and my complexion is much more balanced. I looked at a photo of myself from about two years ago (right before I began these treatments), and I feel like I look ten years younger now than I did then.
I often get asked what my favourite Lipstick Empire treatment is. That’s easy: Micro-needling! That’s where I’ve noticed the biggest impact. (You can read up on micro-needling here, and click halfway through my highlights to watch Justine completing a treatment on me here).
I understand not everyone can drop huge cash on skin treatments. So, Justine has kindly provided plans for three different types of budgets – modest, mid-range, and premium.
Seasonal facials: Microdermabrasion or Glo Facials every four months (approx. $150-200 each).
At-home care: Three-step process. Cleanse, tone, moisturize (approx. $100 for a four-month supply).
Total investment: $700 – $900 annually (approx. $60-80 per month).
Monthly facials: Glo Facials, Microderm, and chemical peels (approx. $125-200 each).
At-home care: Three-step process: cleanse, tone, and moisturize while incorporating serums (approx. $150-200 for a four-month supply).
Total investment: $1,950 – $3,000 annually (approx. $250 per month).
Monthly treatments: Glo Facials, Microderm, and chemical peels (approx. $125-200 each). Adding in a series of sublime, micro-needling or sublative (series packaging ranges from $750-1200 for three treatments).
At-home care: Three-step process: cleanse, tone, and moisturize while incorporating serums, masks, exfoliant, and eye cream (approx. $400 for a 4-6 month supply).
Total investment: Approx. $3,000+ per year. (Minimum $250 per month.)
Your best bet is to set up a consultation and create a plan specifically tailored to you. The team at Lipstick Empire is awesome – you’ll totally love it there!
Finally, I have a treat for you…
This giveaway starts Wednesday, December 5, 7:30 pm MST.
To enter to win one micro-needling treatment and one sublime treatment ($750 value) follow the easy instructions on my latest Instagram post. For an additional entry, leave a comment at the bottom of this blog post. Winner will be announced on Friday, December 7 at noon MST. Good luck!
Thank you to Lipstick Empire for teaming up for this product for post collaboration!
You always look so fabulous, Kari!
Melanie Laura says
I’m getting married in 7 months so this post was right up my ally with really good information! I need to get on this routine skin care train ASAP. Thanks for blogging about it!
Thanks for all the information on micro-needling Kari! I’ve been really interested in the process as I get older as well.
Kim Krock says
Great information! I’ve also begun taking better care of my skin, but am always DIY. Would love to try these treatments.
I am terrible at taking my makeup off at the end of the day as well… wanting to start taking better care of my skin ASAP!
You’re dead on about taking care of your skin. Thanks for the tips!
Chantal Nguyen says
Thank you for sharing this Kari! 😘
Ashley Dahdona says
Lovely! I’ve been wanting to check Lipstick Empire for a while. Thank you for this information.
Lindsay B. says
Thanks for the post – I have always wanted to try micro needling and really need to start taking better care of my skin!
Would love to win -nursing student budgets don’t really leave room for pampering!
thanks for sharing!!! So helpful!
Great summary and love Lipstick Empire. I would love to try microneedling. Fingers crossed!
Would love to try microneedling!… my skin needs some freshening up!
I have just been reading up on microneedling and wonder so much about it especially postpartum xox great blog
Kristina McLean says
I have heard such great things about micro-needling! Definitely on my list of things I must try! 😍🙌🏻
Great information! I love that there are different option available for any budget.
Great information! It’s nice to know you can take care of your skin while still on a budget. Also can’t wait to try micro needling!
Candas Hokanson says
Thanks for sharing skin care treatments for different budgets!! Love your page xo
I couldn’t agree more about aging with grace and taking care of our skin which also includes overall health!!
Tracey Course says
I have also noticed a big difference in my skin now I’m in my 40’s so was thrilled to read about how you are combating it!
Torrie L says
Today is my birthday. Would love to win!
I would love to try microneedling. I’ve has one facial at Lipstick Empire andbit was fantastic.
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Carrie Medwid says
I have heard so many great things about Lipstick Empire can’t wait to go see them
Would love to try these out, winter is killing my skin lol 😂
Great tips! I want to try microneedling so badly!
Thanks foe sharing!! Would love to try microneedling.
Lori Ryan says
Thanks for sharing!! Would love to try microneedling.
Luzy Gunter-Smith says
Know what i really wanna have some facial becauze the last facial i have was gonna be ovwr 10 hears, yah i agree sometimes, i have not try micro needling, oh you made me feel so girlie tonight as i got to look after myself too. I want some pamper too. Following on insta as luzyguntersmith and fb Lgsmith Luzy. Thank you for the great info.
Microneedling looks super cool!
Edging closer to 40 myself…and its time to up my game!
Your skin does look fabulous!!!! Your a beautiful lady already but I have noticed the changes and love that you share your secrets with us. Sounds like I should try some of this out. Xo
Michelle James says
Thank you for sharing. My skin has never been so dry until I moved to Alberta.
Nicola Gavins says
Love microdermabrasion, quality skincare and cream makeup formulas for a youthful radiance.
Kayla santos says
Loved this blog post! And I love lipstick empire❤️❤️
Britt Schmidt says
Thanks for this Kari!! I think I need some microneedling in my life:)
Steph Z says
Thanks for posting about this 🙂
I was just saying tonight I’m falling apart inching to 40 ! You look fabulous. Great info
Great information! Tha is for sharing!
Karly Lafrance says
Thank you for all the information and giving skincare budgets! I’ve started taking care of my skin in the last 6 months after seeing your posts about microneedling and it’s really sparked an interest in self care for me!
Makes me realize I need to get my butt in gear and start taking better care of my skin! 😆
Great article Kari! Have been talking about this lately and learning. I am definitely wanting to explore more ways to take care of my skin. 😊
Had been at Lipstick Empire once so far for my first peel. Can’t wait for my next appointment in a week! I loved it! Kari, you always look beautiful! 🌟✨😍
great info and love microneedling at lipstick empire
Maegen Orr says
Thank you for this! It’s nice to get a bit more detail about each of the treatments and how they can fit into every budget! I have a Glo Facial booked next month and would love to try micro-needling after seeing several other bloggers/instagrammers rave about this treatment in particular from Lipstick Empire!
I was first introduced to microneedling by following you and your experiences! I had my first appointment at LE about 4 weeks ago and I’m hooked too! I can’t wait to hear about your next experience there.
Your life & style is so down to earth and relatable. 😊
Kyla S says
In my early 40s and noticing my skin changing too. I’ve recently tried microdermabrasion and was happy with the results but also curious about microneedling. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!
Jamie Olinyk says
Thanks for all the information and breakdown. Really wanting to try and get on a better skincare routine
Lisa Spurrell says
This is great, so nice to know there are services for every price range! I have been to Lipstick Empire for a facial and loved it! Have always wanted to try the micro needling and sublime treatments! Thanks for the info Kari 🙂
Great information. I’m obsessed with microneedling but it is a bit pricey for me.
I’ve heard such great things about Lipstick Empire!!
Really great to learn more about the options out there! I’ve been thinking about getting some skin treatments prior to my wedding in April 2019 so this info really helps. Especially being on a tight budget. Thanks so much for sharing!
Leanne Wedewer says
I have always wanted to try microneedling and as I edge closer to 40, it’s on my wish list! I believe in great skincare and have my at home care covered but skin treatments is a great add! Things I never learnt from the SK farm! Thanks Kari!!
Karli Remeika (Anderson) says
Ugh! I’ve been dying to step up my skin care game and try this micro needling!! It sounds amazing!
Courtney Borst says
I love learning about different treatments and also yeg companies. Thanks I will definitely check them out 🙂
Thanks for the info on these services and options for different budgets! You look great!
Lauren Hammermeister says
Heading on maternity leave soon, and will be on a limited budget for TLC. Would love some pampering!
Sarah Newton says
Thanks for breaking it down into different budgets. Very helpful! 🙂
Lipstick is my favourite place in the city to get all my beautifying done! They know what they’re doing for every skin type, and always go above and beyond 🙂
Jen Kinal says
Thanks for breaking down the each price point and as to what you can do for your skin! It’s always been so important to me to take care of your skin before the wrinkles come but I feel like more than masks and skincare products might be needed now to co tongue too keep my skin young and vibrant.
Margaret Dziarmaga says
Good morning. Thanks for sharing this information. I’m going to be 50 this year and would love to freshen up my skin and
Get that glow of youth. I follow both of you on instagram and I enjoy you both. My one question for lipstick Empire would be “ why would I choose you over a dermatologist clinic?” Some treatments seem very similar.
Been itching to try microneedling, thanks for the info!
Natalie Smola says
I’ve always wanted to try Lipstick Empire. So happy to see that two local female entrepreneurs are teaming up!
You look amazing!!! I would love to visit Lipstick Empire
This is awesome!
Couldn’t agree more. I have been trying to do the same with being more intentional about my skin care routine.
Jenny Zolkewski says
Would love a chance to win this package. I’ve been checking the website for Lipstick Empire often for info and appreciate your description of the treatments. I don’t have Instagram so hopefully this comment allows me a chance to win!
you always look so put together!
Thanks for the info. Wish me luck!
Jenn P says
Love this post! I’ve been really starting to look into skin care and wondering where to start. This is PERFECT!
Treena Popowich says
Thanks for this information! I’ve been contemplating setting up an initial consult at Lipstick Empire so now I need to just do it:)
Great tips, Kari and Lipstick Impire seems like a haven for skin treatments! Thank you for the opportunity. Would love to get my skin to get a youthful look again 😉
Mackenzie McKinley says
I love lipstick empire!
Kari P says
I’ve been dying to try microneedling!
Michelle Ayres says
You always look amazing and I love your blog and following you on Instagram! I have always wanted to try microneedling
Maggie Irving says
Love seeing different budget options for skin care. Would love to try microneedling! Especially now that you’ve said you noticed the most improvement with it. 🙂