2020 Women’s Beauty Skin Care Must-Haves: Spa Sciences Mio Microdermabrasion and Pore Extraction Skin Resurfacing System

Today I’m writing about women’s beauty tools: and top on my list of must-haves is the Spa Sciences Mio Microdermabrasion and Pore Extraction Skin Resurfacing System. Before I start, I want to say that this is my HONEST review. I was not paid by Spa Sciences or given this product free to test. I purchased it with my own money because I have been DESPERATE for a skin care system/pore vacuum tool that actually worked.

Let’s start with a little background info… I work in the healthcare field. I am an ophthalmic technician/assistant and during this whole COVID-19 pandemic, my company has remained open. If you’re in the healthcare field, you understand when I say that in my entire 27 years of life- my skin has NEVER looked or felt worse. While I’m grateful that my PPE has been protecting my body- my skin where my mask sits for 8 hours a day took a HARD, HARD hit. It was HORRIBLE! You could get lost in my pores. It. Was. So. Gross!!

After my last pore vacuum failed me, I was looking for an inexpensive system to make these pores all over my face at least get somewhat smaller… I have a pretty good skin care routine. I mainly use Peter Thomas Roth, GlamGlow mud masks, Lancôme, and Youth to the People (still all my top skincare brands) mixed with pore strips- but I found that I was just using more and more of my products (which cost a pretty penny) and lately… They just weren’t cutting it alone.

After doing ample amounts of research on pore extractors/microdermabrasion- I stumbled upon the Spa Sciences Meo. I couldn’t believe that there were so many positive reviews on this system- no matter what website I found it on. So I dove into the reviews. I was sure they had to be all fake paid reviews- but to my pleasant surprise- nope! Real reviews. I figured, “Well, even if they are fake reviews- it’s inexpensive and I’ve spent $30 on a lot of crap that didn’t work in the past with less than adequate reviews. If it’s a waste, I’ll send it back!” And y’all- I’m so damn glad that I bought it.

**PSA** What I’m about to to show you is genuinely embarrassing to put out on the Internet for the world to see- but these are my real results and I KNOW I’m not the only one that has tried EVERYTHING to get gunk out of my skin. However, my results may be gross to some, so if you have a weak stomach just scroll fast, haha.

Friendly reminder: 🗣 Don’t judge my nails- it’s been a long, long time since I’ve gotten them done. Even if nail salons stayed open- my hands see so much alcohol, cavicide, chemicals and SOAP daily keeping our office and my work up room cleaned in between my patients.. So it’s pointless to spend money on a manicure.

Gross- but oddly satisfying. Especially when you see the crap that comes out of your pores!!!

You can purchase the Mio by clicking HERE, and BONUS- it’s even on sale right now!

Here are the details:

MIO is a rechargeable diamond microdermabrasion & pore extraction device with 5 customizable speeds that harnesses the skin-rejuvenation properties of diamond bits and vacuum suction to resurface the skin.

MIO’s Diamond Rejuvenation Tip exfoliates and polishes the complexion to smooth rough, dry areas, as well as age/sun spots and uneven skin tone while improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles to increase skin’s radiance.

MIO’s vacuum Suction Extraction Tips helps to target congested areas to purify pores and diminish the look of pore size.

The MIO includes a rechargeable microdermabrasion tool, 1 rejuvenating diamond tip, 3 different size pore extraction tips, 20 single-use foam filters, USB charging cord, and an operating manual. I will say (and so will reviews from other purchasers) that they need better directions for replacing the foam filters- but I’m so satisfied with this product that if it’s a little confusing on how to change the foam filters, I’m a 100% satisfied customer!

A couple more tips:

#1. Be sure to read the product manual/how to use thoroughly! I got carried away when I first used it and got a little bruise from staying on one little pesky pore for too long.

#2. All of this crap that you see in these pics was from ONE SESSION after my long shower this morning. Any type of pore extraction works best after you’ve been in a steamy bath/shower because your pores are nice and open- ready and waiting to be extracted!

HAPPY SUNDAY, friends! Everyone stay healthy, happy, and please be courteous to others by covering up your face if you have to go out and about!

xx, Torey Mongelli | Bright Peonies Blog

Accessory of the Day: Dew Drop Statement Earrings

SHOP | Dew Drop Statement Earrings

Saturday Statements with pops of color to match all the good feels today 🌞 I’m so stinkin’ happy that it’s the weekend y’all 😍

These versatile chandeliers not only add a gorgeous pop of color to any outfit- they double as a chic stud! Just detach the watercolor teardrop chandeliers for the stud. Two earrings for one price- aka, more bang for your buck! Snatch a pair up before they’re gone & thank me later! 😘

Product Details:

  • Versatile: chandeliers to studs
  • Soft watercolor teardrops with pastel sparkle
  • Gold plated with a vintage finish
  • 2 ½”, Statement Weight
  • Titanium Posts

Happy Saturday, friends! 🥰

xx, Torey Mongelli | Bright Peonies

The Cutest Black Quilted Backpack & Why I’m Obsessed with the Trend

SHOP | Black Quilted Crush it Backpack

The cutest little black quilted backpack has stolen my heart, and it’ll steal yours too! The quilted trend is nothing new (ahem, puffer jackets) and it’s not going anywhere any time soon!

This adorable Crush-It Backpack from Stella & Dot is everything you need- and for a good reason! It has room for all workout essentials- (you can even unzip the bottom for wet clothes or shoe storage) and it’s lining is wipeable for all of you germaphobes out there like me!

There’s an interior zipper pocket, bottom shoe/storage compartment, cell phone zip pocket on the back side exterior and elastic webbing with a yoga holder on the bottom of the bag, too!

Product details:

  • Dimensions: 13.25″ L x 7.5″ W x 15.75″ H
  • Material:
    • Body: Black Quilting
    • Lining: Crush it lining Colorway Charcoal black
    • Inside bottom shoe compartment: Wipeable lining
  • Handle Length & Material: 3 ½” Drop with Nylon webbing
  • Adjustable Strap Length & Material: 31” with Padded Nylon Webbing
  • Hardware: Rose Gold Zipper

Sunday Stacks: Arm Parties to Copy Now. Accessorize for the upcoming Fall Season and Treat yo’ Self!

SHOP | Yves Wrap Bracelet (also available in BLUSH) | Pair it with a Signature Engravable Bangle

Happy Sunday, Fashionistas! 🥰 Who else is prepping for a long work week?! 😟 I love my career- but I’m already ready for the freakin’ weekend! 🙆🏻‍♀️ Somehow 48 hours isn’t enough time for me to reset- go figure 🤗

Anywho- today I’m sharing some Sunday Stacks worth copying- like right now. They’ll take you through all of the seasons, especially the most anticipated season for me thus far.. Fall-la-la-la-laaaaa (la-la-la-laaaaa) It’s been so hot here in Texas… I’m not even kidding y’all, this is what I imagine hell feels like. 😩

Shop the stacks HERE or tap any direct link below the photos for the pieces you’re eyeing! 👀

SHOP | Yves Wrap Bracelet (yes, again- because it’s that good) | Brix Stretch Bracelet in BLUSH, GREY, or MINT 😏

May the coffee be strong and your work week be short, friends!

xx, Torey Mongelli | Bright Peonies Blog

The date challenge that you need to try with your spouse right now. It’s so fun!

Last night Jeff & I took to the kitchen to have a fun little date! 🙆🏻‍♀️ Don’t let the picture stray you away- it was seriously so much fun! We made a blueberry pie from scratch (with a delicious crumble for the top) which is difficult enough as it is for me because pie crust is only a whopping four ingredients but if you don’t do it justttttt right, you can completely mess it up.. And lets be honest- I’ve made a few crusts in my time and maybe a handful have actually been done right.. lol! 🤣 If blueberry pies aren’t your thing, you can make whatever pie you and your spouse love! We just recently got a blueberry pie candle and I always have it burning- the only downside is it’s such a tease because you’re always hungry smelling it. So needless to say, we just had to have a blueberry pie.

With this super fun couples challenge, one person has to be blindfolded while physically making the pie- the other person has to instruct what to do by holding the blindfolded persons hands and doing everything to make the pie through them! (Total disclaimer- flour ended up everywhere! But it’s so fun, and the clean up process was actually super fun, too)

Now back to the date challenge: Rules: The person with the least cooking experience has to be the one blindfolded, so, naturally Jeff took that spot (this time) and to top off the fun- you only get three actual verbal instructions for the time you’re making the entire pie- which was harder than it sounds. Believe me haha.

It was definitely an interesting Saturday date night in the Mongelli household- but oh so much fun! 🥰 And the end result was extremely delicious, y’all. We added vanilla icecream and cheers-d our spoons with our first bites loaded on to celebrate the hard work before we dug in.

Here is the yummy blueberry pie recipe we used:

For the Crust:

1/2 cup unsalted butter — diced and chilled

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

2-4 tablespoons ice water

  1. Add flour, butter, and salt to a large bowl. Cut your butter in using a pastry cutter. Work in one tablespoon of water at a time.

  2. Flour your surface. Press the dough ball into a disk and roll to about 1/4″ thickness. If it sticks to the rolling pin, place a sheet of wax paper on top of the dough so you don’t have to add more flour. Be sure to flip and rotate your dough as you go so it does not stick to your surface. Roll out the dough to a few inches larger than your pie plate.

  3. Place in pie plate and press to fit. Tuck under any overhang and crimp or use the tines of a fork to decorate the edges. Chill until ready to fill.

  4. This pie crust is great for filling and the recipe makes 1 crust that fits comfortably in a 9″ pie plate. For a bigger pie plate or for a double crust, double the recipe.

For the Pie Filling:

5 cups fresh or thawed frozen blueberries

2/3 cup granulated sugar

1 tablespoon lemon juice

4 tablespoons cornstarch

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Place one pie crust in the bottom of a 9-inch pie plate and crimp as desired.
  3. Carefully stir together blueberries, sugar, lemon juice, and cornstarch. Pour into prepared pie plate.
  4. Top with topping of your choice, we used a crumble.
  1. Place a pie shield around the edge of the pie and place the pie on a cookie sheet.
  2. Bake for 10 minutes at 425° then lower the temperature to 350° and bake for about 30-40 minutes, or until crust is baked through and golden.

For the Crumble Topping:

12 tablespoons unsalted butter

2/3 cup sugar — (brown or white or a combination)

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  1. Grate cold butter into a large bowl.

  2. Add sugar: use all brown or all white or a combination to make 2/3 cup.

  3. Add flour and then, using a pastry cutter, work the butter into the flour and sugar until the mixture forms coarse crumbs.

Tips for the Crust:

  • Make sure your butter is COLD and your water is ICE WATER. Cold ingredients yield a better crust.
  • Make sure you chill the crust before you fill and/or bake it. Cold crust bakes better than any other kind, especially since this is an all butter pie crust.

I’d love to know if you try this date night in the comments below! Happy dating, y’all! 🥰

xx, Torey Mongelli | Bright Peonies Blog