Everything You Need To Know About Laser Hair Removal

unnamed.jpgIf your like me you’ve been considering laser hair removal for years, it wasn’t until I was 30 that I finally said enough is enough I need to laser my legs. For most people the “pain” that comes with getting it done, and the price tag scares them off. But for me it has been a life changer! If you have hair that grows thick and fast, and are constantly getting razor burn or ingrown hairs, you need to try laser hair removal. I get my laser done with Juliana in Scottsdale, Arizona at Bellina Med Spa. If you are in Arizona I highly suggest the girls from Bellina Med Spa, when it comes to the world of beauty they are in the know. During my last laser treatment I had a Q&A with Juliana and ask her everything a women should know before getting her first treatment.

WHAT IS LASER HAIR REMOVAL 

Laser hair removal targets hair follicles that are about to enter the (active) phase of hair growth, with the goal of destroying the follicle itself which will end hair growth to a specific area. The goal is to hit the different growth cycles of your hair, because not every follicle goes through each cycle at the same time and speed. Which leads us into the next question…

HOW MANY SESSIONS DO I NEED

On average most people need 10-12 sessions. The length between sessions will depend on the body part your lasering. Facial hair sessions are spread to every 2-3 weeks, and then body hair like legs is every 6-8 weeks depending on how fast your hair grows.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO COMPLETE TREATMENT

Because the goal is to hit the different growth cycles of your hair. You’re looking at a few months to complete treatment. It is important to remember that with each session your hair is going to become less dense and more fine.With each session you will notice that shaving becomes much easier with less razor burn and ingrown hairs. YAY!

HOW DO I PREPARE FOR MY TREATMENTS

It is important to prepare your skin prior to each treatment. Make sure to shave prior to your treatment, and it helps not to be super tan prior to your session (so NO spray tan a few days prior).

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST

The price is going to vary based on the size of the treatment area, as well the med spa you choose to go tot (that is why I suggest Bellina Med Spa ). Most places will have a package deal of 5-6 treatments for X amount and then a smaller fee for yearly touch ups. But before you spend the money make sure that you are a good candidate for laser hair removal. If you have blond, gray or red hair ALL laser hair removal treatments WILL NOT respond the way you want because the laser targets melanin, the pigment in the hair follicle ( Just a friendly reminder! )

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Ulta’s 21 Days Of Beauty is here

Most of you know how much I love beauty products from my monthly beauty budget picks post. It doesn’t get much better than Ulta’s Beauty’s 21 Days of Beauty sale starting September 3! Guys, this is big news — a new sale every day with up to 50 percent off of must have products like Naked, Becca and Tarte. Prepare yourself cause your gonna want to buy something from each day. Check out the calendar below and don’t you worry I’ve narrowed it down to my top SEVEN must have picks. Let’s get shopping……

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SEPT 4: Buxom Plump line Lip Liner  is a must have because it is an all-in-one plumping lip liner that has a nice built-in brush to help define, contour and fill lips. UGH I am obsessed with BUXOM.. and they are marked down to $8.50

SEPT 6: TARTE The Lip Sculptor Doubled Ended Lipstick &Gloss  is only $10.00 for two in one lipstick and a gloss. For me that is a must try!!

SEPT 12: Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel $19 If you haven’t tried Peter Thomas Roth products you need to jump on the bandwagon. This cleansing gel is said to help resurface the skin and support natural cell turnover. At 30 years old this is the type of cleanser I need because it will help diminish the appearance of these fine lines and wrinkles!

SEPT 14: Lorac TANtalizer Buildable Bronzing Powder Online Only  is cut down to $16.00. I’m a sucker for a good bronzer and bronzer is build-able (YES!) highly pigmented (double YES!)…can’t wait to try this one!

SEPT 17:Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector  50% off and is only $15.00. OMG one of my favorite products of all time!  This truly has come in handy as a new mom, it really minimizes under eye darkness by brightening and evening skin tone. If you love that glowing look, make sure to snag one of these on Sept 17th!

SEPT 21: Laura Geller Balance-n-Brighten Baked Color Correcting Foundation $16.50 I have not tried this before but I am always looking to try anything color correcting. During pregnancy I was blessed to get hyperpigmentation known as melasma. So any product that helps color correct I will try!

SEPT 23 Mario Badescu Vitamin C Serum $22.50 Vitamin C is not only the great for your immune system but its wonderful for your face too. It is known to help with melasma *pregnancy mask* by a helping to brighten uneven skin tones while diminishing the look of fine lines and discoloration.

 

 

5 Best Self Tanners For A Natural Glow

IMG_3144.JPGAs an Arizona girl I am all about sunscreen or at least since being in my mid 20’s I have been all about sunscreen. The days of sitting out in the sun just to “SunTan” are over for me, who wants age spots and wrinkles for the rest of their life. NO ONE! I have been doing at-home-self tanners for years now and I think I have found a few that will get you that healthy-looking glow.

I have one tanner that is easy for travel situations, another that is pregnancy safe, two that build-able everyday lotions and lastly my ALL TIME FAVORITE tanning mousse. I have used all of these at one time and they are great in their own way!

Tan Towel: The TanTowel towelettes are infused with a clear self-tanning formula that goes on really easy with no mess (Just remember to wash you hands after applying). I throw a couple in my makeup bag while I’m traveling and reapply when I feel like that glow is disappearing.  They come in two sizes: Large for (full body) which is what I use all the time and regular size (half body) is for perfect for touching up your arms and legs. 5 full body towelettes cost $29.00, so I only buy them before we are headed on vacation (ON SALE now if you click the link )

NKD SKN Tan While I was pregnant I was very cautious (like most mamas) about what I used on my skin. But this product is 100% natural and odorless( it really is), a highly nourishing self tan mousse. It is 100% natural DHA and is free from perfumes, parabens/alcohol and it is infused with aloe vera, melon and lychee. It really is a great way to go if you want a nice tan while pregnant. The one thing I noticed about this product was the mousse didn’t apply as easy as other mousse tanners. I expected it to glide on and spread nicely but I really had to work to spread it all over. I felt like I used a lot more mousse than normal to make sure every inch of skin was covered evenly ($19.99 on Amazon…mitt not included).

Jergens Natural Glow 3 Days to Glow Moisturizer this is what I consider an affordable tan $9.99 per bottle and great if you like to build up to your preferred tan. It does take about the three days to get some nice color and it provides lots of moisture to your skin. I definitely make sure to rub this product in well because I have had a major streaking incident before.

Clarins Self Tanning Lotion has the most wonderful light scent, it is light weight and never has left my skin greasy or sticky. I never have had any streaks issues with Clarins but it does take a few days to build up that nice summer glow. I love this tanning lotion because no one would ever know that your wearing self tanner because it smells that good! It is a perfect choice for those who wish to maintain a year-round tanned appearance and smell delicious!

St. Tropez Self Tan Express Advanced Bronzing Mousse is my all time favorite tanner! The reason is I have had the most success with….no streaks…the tan stays on for about a 7-10 days…and I can control the depth of tan by how long I leave it on…1 hr = light sunkissed glow 2 hrs = medium golden tan 3 hrs = deep dark bronze. With any mousse tanner always remember to use a mitt and I like to wash my hands careful and blend in areas by my wrists, knees and elbows. The bottle is a little expensive but surprisingly will last you a long time.

FADE THOSE STRETCH MARKS for a week or so (see previous post on stretch marks). Self tanners definitely can help with hiding stretch marks. First, make sure to always exfoliate your skin before you apply any tanner, exfoliation and hydration are 2 of the 3 important tricks to hiding stretch marks. Trick #3 is to apply tanner as normal and then do some detail work by dipping a foundation/smaller brush into the self-tanning mousse painting over your stretch marks to give those white lines even more color. It takes a little more time but when done right can really help fade those stretch marks.

Let me know your favorite self tanners, I love trying outnew ones!

Happy Self Tanning!!

July Beauty Budget Picks

7CE86A02-1A56-4B14-8910-1EF5D6950E84.jpgHappy July Friends… Sorry I have been MIA! I have been traveling and working on a few new ventures. But as you all know I love my beauty budget picks  (<—-shop May/June’s Picks) and I have some great ones to share with you!

Boots No7 Stay Perfect Foundation 30ml .. is a new favorite foundation. My Target store here in So Cal actually has a rep in the store on Friday and Saturdays to color match you and answer any questions. It is a medium coverage and goes on so smooth and I love that it has SPF 15 in already in it… I am pretty fair unless I have tanner on so I use Cool Ivory.

Boots Botanics Facial Oil 0.84 Fl Oz / 25 Ml (Pack of 1)“>Botanics Nourishing facial oil 100% organic with Rosehip is one of the BEST finds ever. I have super dry skin and a lot of the times moisturizers are to heavy and clog my pores. This oil is hydrates and truly locks in moisture for hours, I use right it under my foundation and it also gives my face a smooth finish. It’s infused with Rosehip oil, which is rich in omegas and essential fatty acids, and let me tell you it smells amazing!

L’Oreal Paris Cosmetics Voluminous Primer Mascara, Primer, 0.24 Fluid Ounce“>L’Oréal Voluminous Lash Primer is my go to budget primer for my eyes. I will admit I love Christian Dior Diorshow Maximizer 3D Triple Volume Plumping Lash Primer, 0.33 Ounce“>Dior 3D Triple Volume lash primer and Mac False Lashes Maximizer – WHITE“>M·A·C False Lashes Maximizer. But for the price L’Oréal primer does the trick and it does it well!

L’Oreal Paris Cosmetics Infallible Paints Eyeliner, Black Party, 0.03 Fluid Ounce“>Infallible Paints Liquid Eyeliner goes on so smooth, smoother than any liquid eyeliner I have ever used. And it comes in multiple vibrant shades that are really fun to play with, definitely worth the $9.99.

Hope you will try some of these, let me know if you do and love them! And remember to Follow my blog with Bloglovin

4 Things To Help Avoid Stretch Marks While Pregnant

Unfortunately, there is no miracle cream that prevents stretch marks… BOO! Research is showing that genetics play a role in who gets stretch marks, also gaining lots of weight quickly or woman having twins/triples increase the chances because your belly has to stretch to accommodate those babies. When I found out I was pregnant with Blakely I knew that there was a good chance I would see some new stretch marks. I have a few stretches marks already on the sides of my thighs from having a HUGE growth spurt quickly from 7th-8th grade ( 5’6″- 5’11” over the Summer).  I immediately did some research on the best ways to prevent stretch marks while pregnant. I implemented these FOUR things into lifestyle and I am here to say I didn’t get ONE new stretch mark while pregnant.

  1. Moisturize I wouldn’t say I am the best at moisturizing daily, but staying moisturized while pregnant to helps alleviate any itchy skin (a symptom of stretch marks). I found that later in my pregnancy my skin felt tighter (obviously) and at times itchy. So I knew it was time to lather up my skin and I used a couple products depending on my nausea ( sometimes lotions made me nauseous) Bio-Oil Multiuse Skincare Oil, 4.2 fl oz + FREE Scunci Effortless Beauty Black Clips, 15 Count“>Bio Oil  is what I used most of my pregnancy, it has a mild smell and gave me lots of moisture. Another product I liked used is from Tummy Butter for Stretch Marks ~ Safe for Pregnancy – 8 oz.“>The Spoiled Mama, their Tummy Butter was my other go to product. Just really LATHER up your belly, thighs, breasts anywhere that you are gaining weight or stretching skin needs that moisture.
  2.  Eating Healthy I already have a pretty clean diet (besides the wine) but I knew going into pregnancy that I wanted to maintain that same diet and increase calories gradually as specified by my doctor (which was easy for me having Morning Sickness my whole pregnancy). As a nurse I know that amount of food a woman needs during pregnancy is dependent on a variety of things. ALOT of people find the topic of food and weight gain very touchy (myself included) but it is so important to face it head on with your doctor and come up with a plan for you. I believe because I gradually gained weight throughout my pregnancy I was able to keep those stretch marks away.
  3. HYRDATE This was the hardest one for me to stick too, especially going into my third trimester with that baby sitting on my bladder. But I did my best daily to drink 1-2 liters of water, again super hydrated skin is less likely to develop stretch marks.
  4. Workout My workout routine while pregnant also helped me to maintain that steady weight gain while pregnant. I will admit to you my doctor did have a “chat” with me to keep me in line when it came to working out. She told me that pregnancy exercise can vary from your routine before I was pregnant, while pregnant I needed to be aware of how hard I was pushing myself. She told me most exercises done prior to becoming pregnant are safe to continue during your pregnancy, but to be aware of my body (and any aches and pains) and how many calories I was burning. Overall, exercise is while pregnant is beneficial and can help with constipation, backaches as well as increase your mood and self esteem. Here is a link to some FREE online videos I used while pregnant.

I hope this information is beneficial or just a good reminder of things you can do while pregnant to better protect your beautiful skin!

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XO

June Beauty Budget Picks

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Hello June!  I am a huge fan of trying new products especially super affordable products and because of that my makeup collection continues to grow and grow. Today I want to share with you some of my June Beauty budget picks, they are some of my favorites!

  1. L’Oréal Paris Infallible  This is my go to this Summer , its like lipstick and a gloss in one. L’Oreal created 14 high-impact colors that go on so smooth and it left lips super moist, I was shocked that the color stayed on for a few hours. I received this in a Instagram giveaway I won, and I liked it so much I went out and bought a few more!
  2. e.l.f. Long-Lasting Lustrous Eyeshadow, Soiree, 0.11 Ounce“>e.l.f. Long-Lasting Lustrous Eyeshadow, Soiree What a creamy light weight eye shadow, I was so surprised how gorgeous this color was on the lid. It has great pigment and not too much shimmer, and this pretty rusty pink color goes so well with Blue eyes.
  3. No 7.Match Made Bronzer in Golden Sand I will be the first to admit I am a bronzer snob. Because I am pale AF all year long and I constantly need to add some life back into my skin. It is so important to find the right formula that looks realistic and gives me that Summer glow year round. This No 7 is a great matte bronzer that really has NO orange tone, it is buildable and blends beautifully into the skin.
  4. Maybelline New York Volum’ Express The Falsies Push Up Drama Waterproof Mascara, Very Black 0.32 oz (Pack of 2)“>Maybelline Volum’ Express the Falsies  I was quite impressed with Maybelline’s Falsies mascara, again I have been using Chantecaille Faux Cils Mascara with Dior Maximizer Lash Plumper which gives me great length and volume. BUT that combo is pricey so I decided to keep the Dior plumper and add the Maybelline falsie mascara and I was surprised with the instant volume of my lashes.

Hope you all try some of these beauty budget picks out, if you do let me know what you think! And remember to Follow my blog with Bloglovin

XOXO

Easy Overnight Beach Wave Tutorial

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Happy Tuesday! I’m finally getting around to posting this Beach Wave Tutorial. As most of you know I have KLIX extensions in my hair( SEE PREVIOUS to learn more ), so I constantly have my hair curled just to make sure that it’s blended all the time ( and I just love the look ). To be honest I am not a fan of my hair being super straight, but I HATE having to use heat on my hair everyday.  So I often do this over night Beach Wave routine because there is no heat involved and guys its soooo easy, if I can do it anyone can.

So here we go… I simply take my wet hair and brush it out and divided it into 3 portioned sections.  I make sure that I don’t have it a part down the middle, I find that slicking it all back gives me more volume the next day. Then I do a simple braid... just the standard old fashion braid but I make sure it is done super tight. I have to admit I suck at braids so I have to do it over like 5 times but eventually it is tight and looks good. Make sure that you don’t braid to the very end of your hair, for those beach waves you want to leave a 1-2 inches out at the end for that really relaxed looked. Then sleep in it over night the next day, take out the braid and make sure you toss you hair around, but DON’T brush through it use your fingers or a wide tooth comb if needed. For the final touches I use Ouai Texturizing Hair Spray to give it that great volume and beach texture. I spray it at the root and then do what the fabulous Jen Atkin calls the “Butterfly Trick”, grab most of your hair on one side and spray and fan it out shake ( see her tricks here ). I then just make sure the top section of of my hair has the same texture and curl so I often spray a little Sachajuan Ocean Mist, 5 Ounce” Sachajuan Ocean Mist which gives texture for a “beach” look and feel ! This is so easy and truly will give you such great beach waves, try it out and let me know what you think!
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