If Oprah says she loves it you know you will too. Talbots + Oprah team up again for Dress for Success, a must-have collection that helps other women at the same time. #multitask
Thanks to Talbots for partnering with mamachallenge to share this amazing effort.
We all have seen the Oprah effect. She loves it, we love it.
But when Oprah loves it so much she champions a cause, get ready for something AMAZING.
So when Talbots asks me to be a part of the Dress for Success launch for 2017, I *died.* (Channeling my best Rachel Zoe.)
First, because it’s Oprah.
Second because it’s Talbots.
Third because it’s an effort that last year helped to raising more than $1 million for Dress for Success to help more than 20,000 women in need to feel and look their best under less than best circumstances!
However, it was the fourth that actually almost had me in a hole…and in the ground.
Why? I mean I’m joining the ranks of other women like Sara Haines (Journalist & Co-host of The View), Jill Martin (Today Contributor), Denée Benton (Broadway Actor), and Sas Goldberg (Writer, Producer, Actor) sharing our favorites from the collection (you can see theirs in the March issue of O, The Oprah Magazine.)
But it’s because I was going to have to model one of my favorite parts of the collection.
If you haven’t noticed, I don’t normally do fashion blogging. I sincerely love clothes and fortunately, I have many fashion blogger friends in Big D that do it so well. So I enjoy their blogs, shop their looks and they leave the #mamachallenge stuff to me. (You know, dirty diapers, dishes, and macaroni & cheese.)
They put on a dress/shirt/handback/heels/whatever, gaze into the wild blue yonder with flowers in hand and someone takes a photo that makes you want to run rabid to click it, share it with your BFF, and buy it before you can say “Gail!”
But for me, not so much. I look into anything and it just looks like a hot mess (see I’m even laughing at me taking this photo.) But for a cause this wonderful and puts me one step closer to the seventy-degrees-of-Oprah, I’ll do it.
So here it went.
“Just remember, it’s all about the good you’re doing and how good you’re gonna look in it, right?
With colors like black (my favorite) and pink and staples like the cardigan set I’m sporting or any of the other pieces, you’re going to love it. And thinking what you’re doing for Dress for Success, the non-profit international organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life, you’re gonna love it that much more.
In addition to shopping the collection, you can also give back in two other ways – by donating gently worn work attire from March 2 – March 5 at your local Talbots or by making a monetary donation in store or online at www.talbots.com/dressforsuccess.
Make 2017 the year you get up, go, and get it done with no excuses. Be prepared for anything with help from Sephora Inside JCPenney.
Thanks to Sephora Inside JCPenney for this collaboration because you’re #SoWorthIt! #SephorainJCP
Have you ever said, I want to go work out, but I don’t want to look like a hot mess when I’m done?
Have you ever thought, after work I’d like to go meet a friend, but I wish I could shower?
Have you ever had to rush to a meeting, your kids’ school, the grocery store, and thought, I wish I didn’t look like I just rolled out of bed?
Don’t worry, we all have.
It’s the excuses we all make. It’s one of the many reasons we don’t end up crossing off things off those resolutions.
However, Sephora Inside JCPenney makes it easier to get what you need under one roof with one-stop- shopping for everything you need. And to start the new year, Sephora has put together an exclusive Sephora Favorites Refresh, Set, Glow Kit!
Made for the work hard, play hard gal on the go, it’s full of just what you need to feel good and look good whenever you need it.
Not to mention your hair and skin will thank you for a little extra love when you need it most.
Here’s what you get in your Refresh, Set, Glow Kit:
In a rush? Use…
Ole // Truth Wipes
Need to clean off that sweaty face in a flash? Pull out one of these wipes to brighten and cleanse your skin in no time flat! I just keep these in my gym bag and feel fresh even if you don’t have time to hit the shower!
CLEAN // Rain Skin Rollerball
Says it all, right? Need a scent that doesn’t smell like you’re trying too hard, but gives the idea you did have that extra 10 minutes to get in the shower? This little guy is it. It’s like new car smell for your skin that smells what exactly CLEAN should smell like.
Forreo // Mini Forreo – Play
Allows you to not just clean your face, but give it the perfect scrub it needs (ideal in the winter time when your skin is getting its own work out. I can’t believe how tiny it is either, so you can bring it anywhere (let’s go on a trip!)
Seeking the Perfect Selfie? Try…
Clinique // Hydra Blur
Called blur for a reason, this creme give your skin that perfect smooth, finishing look – perfect for selfies (don’t pretend you don’t take ’em) or when you’re going to get up close and personal!
Too Faced // Better than Sex Mascara
One of my favorites, now in the ideal size! Now for the name, I’m not sure if it’s better, but I can say, it does make you feel pretty hot (which may increase your chances!)
Need a Moisture Overhaul? Apply…
Origins // GinZing Moisturizer
Hey, you sometimes need a little more than just a sip of water, right? This little bottle delivers the moisture it needs in a big way, but also the energy boost to get your skin motivated (even when you aren’t.)
Bumble & Bumble // Repair Blow Dry
Looking at your split ends thinking you need to call your hairstylist? No fear, Bumble & Bumble is here. The Repair Blow Dry serum-in-cream elixir is what you need to seal those ends and give your hair what it needs for bouncy, healthy tresses.
Farmacy // Coconut Sheet Mask
Got a little more time? After skiing for a few days or basking in the sun during vacation can have anyone’s skin screaming for hydration. Give her a drink with this moisturizing mask made to make your skin soft, radiant and bright!
Sephora Collection // Hair Ties
A girl can never have too many hair ties, especially those that don’t pull or get caught in your hair! Keep these handy and you’ll never be caught saying “does anyone have a rubber band?”
Because You’ll Always Need Em, Here’s…
Fresh // Sugar Lip Treatment – Rose
I’m a committed fan to all the Fresh lip treatments. However, the Rose one is just the right pink tint to highlight your lips without being too much – all while hydrating your lips and giving them some much needed SPF.
Supergoop // Defense Refresh Mist
It’s called Supergoop for a reason! I’ve been a long-time user of the brand’s sunscreen and more serum, so I wasn’t surprised this mist made my now must-have list, too. Use it to apply sunscreen after makeup without smudging your face, plus its super scent gives you just that little bit you need to feel fresh and revive your skin even in the middle of the day.
So now what’s your excuse?
Get up and go get your Sephora Favorites Refresh, Set, Glow Kit at Sephora Inside JCPenney for a limited time!
We’re going down on the farm with with Joanna Gaines’ new farmhouse fashion collection from Matilda Jane Clothing.
Thanks to Matilda Jane for sharing the new Joanna Collection with us for this farmhouse fun day.
No one owns the look on comfortable, colorful, farmhouse style than the queen of shiplap, Joanna Gaines. Her look of comfortable simple sophistication has one her and Chip millions of fans around the world for their beautiful home remodels on HGTVs Fixer Upper. Now her style comes to your closet with a new collaboration with home-based clothier Matilda Jane.
Of course, I was so excited to see what our keen eye for style would look like for my daughter. I already love what Joanna wears for herself on the show as well as her own girls, Emmie, 6, and Ella, 9. So together the Gaines gals have put together a beautiful line inspired by the same space that gives life to her remodeling world, the farm.
Playful for everyday and polished enough for a special day, my sweetheart loved all her pieces! However, like most gals, there was something about the ruffles on the Farmland Frolic dress that allowed her to dance and twirl that she adored the most. She actually mixed and matched her Haystack pants with her Pecan Pie top and the dress to keep her legs warm on a chilly day. And because of the unique combination of black and white stripes, bright florals, and special details, the looks worked so cute! (This is just one of the great features in this collection – versatility.)
And to be expected, Joanna didn’t ignore dressing your home a little with this line. You can find a tea party set, play teepee, bedding, and my favorite, matching aprons for mommy and me!
Want to get your hands on something for your baby, tod, tween or even a little for you? Then get need to get to picking soon – this collection is available only until March 2017.
Get your farmhouse style with Joanna Gaines with Matilda Jane Clothing collection now.
Sure it feels good when someone treats you like a queen, but do facials actually benefit you? Here are 5 Real Benefits of Facials that are more than just fun.
Thanks to Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa at Lincoln Square in Arlington, Texas for sharing this great pore-opening sponsored experience!
Spa days for most of us are just one of the many dreams that the Real Housewives. Most the time the only “steaming” I had was when I dumped the spaghetti out of the pot and the steam hit my face.
(I’m always multitasking.)
However, with age, like everything in my parenthood, I’ve learned hanging with my “squad” for hours is not really possible to get on the calendar, but a routine, one-hour appointment to get a facial had real merit. And while I’m pretty good about washing my face, there’s so much more than getting it cleaned. And if I counted all the bottles of stuff I have to put on my face, I could easily have a new Louis V (no kidding.) BUT it doesn’t mean I’m doing it right or as good as they do when they perform facials professionally.
I was surprised that turning off my phone was so hard to do – even if for an hour to an hour and half, but after a glass of coconut water (they make the drops in-house), I was able to take a deep breath and let go. While that alone time is worth it, there are several other benefits for a frequent facial.
5 Real Benefits of Facials
1. Facials Get Your Face REALLY Clean
Washing your face daily has many benefits, but getting it cleaned through a facial is a whole other ballgame. Actually think of it more like a car wash. You’ve probably cleaned your car at home with the waterhose and a bucket. It was clean but it wasn’t near as clean as when you took it to the carwash and let them wash it, right? Normally the first step of a facial, the pores need to be cleaned out, preventing the increased size of pores and acne. Steaming, also part of the facial process, helps open things up, making it much easier for your skin to accept all those serums and creams you put on your face. It’s kinda useless basically to buy all those treatment if your skin doesn’t ever absorb them for them to work.
2. Then there’s all the Scrubbing
Exfoliation, or careful scrubbing, exfoliants to stimulate cell renewal, remove dry skin, break down stubborn discoloration (brown spots) and fade post-breakout red/dark marks. The scrubbing helps to get all the old crap out of the way so you can get the right crap on it. While at Hand & Body, my facialist asked all kinds of the questions to help find out all the things I did (and didn’t do right) to my skin so she can recommend the right masks, products, etc.
Actually, there isn’t just one exfoliation for everyone, either. With the help of your Hand & Body esthetician, you can experience several of their facial peels and exfoliation services depending on your needs including:
- glycolic peel
- salicylic peel
- lactic acid peel
3. Massaging Does More Than Make Your Feel Good
And what about all that rubbing and massaging? It can aid in the detoxification process.
Facials drain all the crap under the skin that cause puffiness, ruddiness, and crap in the lymphatic system by actually pushing it out manually to drain. This way the crap detoxifies your skin both inside and out. Also, facials help your circulation to get the skin cells renewing and that color all pretty and pink.
…But yes that massaging on your face, neck, and shoulders does feel amazing. And nothin’ wrong about that.
4. Professional Consultation
All the Pinterest, Facebooking and reading you can do does not a dermatologist make you. While not every facialist is a derm either, they are educated about the skin, how best to treat it and prevent additional issues. These products can be applied during the facial (and this could be during repeated treatments) and also other products you can be using at home on a daily basis. This way you don’t just keep buying stuff at the drug store that doesn’t work and isn’t right for your skin.
5. Facials are Anti-Aging
When you’re 20 you aren’t thinking about anti-aging. But when you’re 30, those words get real. Facials help slow the aging process making your skin healthier by getting rid of all the old, dead skin cells, then increasing the rate of collagen production to make your skin healthier and more radiant. And all those products reduce the fine lines, lighten those age spots and give your skin that heavy drink of water (hydration) it needs.
Bottom line? Facials are good for you and do more than just make you feel good. Find somewhere you are comfortable with and keep facials in your routine; not just once in a while will create the best benefit for you. Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa make it easy for you at a price that is also affordable, too. And your first service is always at a special introductory rate to try it out! You can’t beat that!
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“Let’s go skiing!” my husband suggested for a Christmas vacation.
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While the idea was a good one, I admit I immediately went into a tizzy thinking about all the stuff we would need to buy.
The last skiing trip the hubs and I had been on was pre-kids and it would be the kids’ first, so everything from tobagans to shoes would have to be purchased.
All while taking care of Christmas’ other purchases.
Let’s be honest, half the fun of ski trip is dressing up like a ski bunny. And in Texas when it’s rarely cold enough to wear more than a jacket, you have to take the opportunity when you get it. Of course, I wasn’t about to not dress up little lady either especially with her sparkle boots! (Yes, I wanted a pair of those, too.)
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Looking for the fountain of youth? It’s easier than you think with these 4 keys to aging well that you overlook every day that will take years off your mind and body.
Thank you Douglas Laboratories for this post. I was selected for this opportunity by Douglas Laboratories and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
Water. Sleep. Sex.
Three things adults often say they don’t get enough of…but wish they did.
Ironically all three help to keep our mind, body and spirit, in healthy check, but for many of us, don’t make the cut.
So we continue to feel exhausted, age quicker, and look like it, too.
And even though they are all free, we continue to research and investigate the newest (and often much more expensive) technologies to just make us look like we’ve been sleeping, drinking our recommended ounces of water, and had time for a roll in the hay.
I just celebrated my 36 birthday…
It’s taken a few weeks to admit it’s 36 even though I feel like I look 46, but my soul says 26 (and some days, 16.)
But in that moment of realization, I decided to feel proud of 36. I don’t have to settle with “this is what I’ve to do” but “this is what I get to do – so make it worth it – every freaking day.”
It’s not an easy progression to change your mindset, but I did figure out that it’s not that hard to make some BIG differences in life to make you look, feel, and be better – even if you’re 36, 46, 56 and all those treasured landmark dates I can only hope to celebrate in my future birthdays.
So what’s the fountain of youth that makes it all better?
There isn’t one that we’ve found, but we did find five things that can make a really big impact and don’t involve surgery, trips to foreign lands, or much out of your pocket book.
I’ve said it so many times and yet, it somehow has taken decades to understand it’s really THAT important. However, when I was able to learn a few weeks ago that sleep (or lack of it) was one of the biggest reasons I couldn’t lose weight, my desire to hit the pillow became much stronger. And my idea that sleeping less than everyone else was some kind of medal for “I’m doing more than you and can handle” was a load of crap. Sleep, feel good about, and believe me, your body will bless you with positive benefits because you allowed it to do what it’s supposed to do.
We all know this…drink water to be healthy.
Your body needs water to work. Your skin looks better when you’re hydrated. Your system works more efficient when you drink water.
There are all kinds of reasons you should drink water. The question really is how much.
For years it was you need 8 glasses of 8 ounces of water a day. Then there was to drink as many ounces as you weighed…believe me I tried that one and felt like I was running a river through my body. Most recently experts say you should multiply your weight by 2/3 (67%) for the total amount of ounces of water you should drink. And then for 30 minutes of exercise, add 12 ounces.
While the equations are important, ultimately, the most important thing is to drink the stuff – and a lot of it. It makes you look good, feel good, and it’s free.
While I plan not to share too much here, sex is good for your health. Between the endorphins (the feel good, natural mood enhancers) that it produces and the connection it strengthens between you and your mate, sex is good for you to have.
Wonder when you can fit THAT in between the kids, work, and all the other crap when you’re gotta get done? …Well it doesn’t take a long time to produce a positive and lasting benefit (read through the lines here, folks.)
Remember when you were 26 (or maybe younger) and that healthy glow you had? You can still have that – just go spend some alone time with your partner. Plan it if you have to, but the benefits to both of you will happen if you just give as much time as you care to stand in line waiting for your caramel macchiato – and this is much cheaper than your $5 Venti.
You know I’m right there.
Remember when your mama said “take your vitamins”? Remember when this morning you told your kids, “take your vitamins”? Practice what you preach and take it from Mary Poppins – and make that medicine go down.
Confused about all the vitamins, supplements, and other concoctions you should be consuming to make you look like a Disney princess? Then start with the basics.
This is going to give you what you need with the minimum daily allowance of the 10 essential nutrients needed for optimal health.Ultra Preventive ® 2 Daily includes important vitamins and minerals plus powerful antioxidant support derived from natural foods like spinach, blueberries, and strawberries.
Thought this was something just for babies and grandmas? Nope, a probiotic really has less to do with age and more to do with keeping your gut healthy.
Studies have shown the importance of “gut health” and it’s just as important as a healthy brain. Probiotics, like the ones that are found in Multi-Probiotic 15 Billion help to support digestive issues, mental health illness, and neurological disorders with over 15 billion beneficial organisms you need for a stronger immune system and gastrointestinal support.
Most women that have had children have heard about the benefits of fish oil in regards to the development of a child. However, on a very basic level, fish oil supports healthy cholesterol levels, boosts your mood and helps to maintain strong bones, which we all need.
But not all Fish Oil is made the same.
It all can get quite complicated in regards to DNA and science, but with Quell Fish Oil ® with EPA and DHA, studies show it may help to slow the progression of age-related memory loss, may support memory and learning ability including focus and attention, and may support healthy brain function and promote a positive mood and well-being.
So that basically means this fish oil stuff, along with just two other nutritional supplements, and three things you already can get for free, keeps it all in check so you can remember who you are, how old you are, and make sure that your next birthday is even better than your last.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Don’t miss this #mamachallenge moment:
Feel guilty even saying the words? You shouldn’t. Taking time for you isn’t actually about just you, though. Even a moment away can actually make you better for them.
Thanks to Miniluxe for making me remember that taking#minimoment for a little pampering can make all the difference.
Being ON all the time is one of the hardest parts of being a mom.
And I mean that in more ways than one, although I technically have slept 8 hours…in three days. #sendmorecoffee
We’re the backbone of keeping the family moving, morning, noon and night. And then throw in a job (which we all know isn’t a 40 hour gig anymore, but another baby to take care of) and the other stuff like organizations, extracurricular activities, family obligations and more, there’s always something you’re supposed to be doing.
We’re a slave to the calendar and the clock.
Every day is like a marathon race all the time and there’s no breaks for water, snacks, a porta-potty stop, or a finish line.
Well even the best athletes have to stop sometime.
And experience proves that any break in the day, without an appointment time, will indelibly be filled by something else – something that someone else needs you to do for them.
So just like their practices, their tests, their work events, you should be filling that calendar for something for you.
Whatever it is…however long you have – five minutes or five hours…there should be an opportunity for taking time for you.
There I said it.
For me “my time” is getting my nails done.
I used to feel so extravagant about it, but having nice nails and toes is important to me and makes me feel good about me. And of course, it feels really damn good, too.
Once I actually went to get my nails done when I was pregnant and I tipped the lady another $25 just to rub my feet a little bit longer…then I woke up snoring in the chair. #truestory
But it only proves that it was just good for me to be off the grid, with no obligations, no responsibilities and no “mama!” moments.
Going to “get my nails done” whether its’ my hands or my toes, is a ritual experience. I love the process of walking into Miniluxe, having someone greet me with a smile and say, “What can I do for YOU?”
That alone is heaven.
I’m able to enjoy the comfort of my own little space with clean facilities free of toxins with team members that are skilled and friendly; ensure for one hour, I’m happy as I can be.
Of course, the glass of bubbles doesn’t hurt, either.
Then while I just sit there either catching up on my D Mag, chatting with a neighbor, or just closing my eyes, I’m allowed to not do anything.
It’s that moment, when you stop running, take a deep breath, and just be, that you mentally reset. Just like your iPhone when it just won’t work, screen gets stuck and you want to throw it across the room, sometimes all you need to do is hit the reset button and it’s back to normal.
Or at least you were able to take the breather, get back to your best, and get back to the race.
MiniLuxe is one of my favorite spots to take my time-out moment. With beautiful design, amazing customer service, and several options for my natural nail and waxing needs, they are THE example of clean methodologies and clean business. With all the colors you could imagine available and even three gel options and even vegan nail polish, you can feel good not just spending your #minimoments there, but what they are doing for your body too.
There are three MiniLuxe locations in DFW: Uptown Plaza, West Village and the Shops at Legacy – with more coming soon! visit miniluxe.com for more information.
Don’t miss this #mamachallenge moment:
Some days suck. So be armed and ready with this Better Day Kit to cope until #BetterThings.
Some days suck.
Like put-a-Dyson-to-shame suck.
They suck so hard and even when you continue to put on the smiling face, attempt to think of a better day in your life, and try to handle the situation like an adult (whatever that’s supposed mean), there are some days you just lose your s@#!.
For those days, you need to be armed and ready to cope, so you can deal with the s@#!storm you’ve been presented and get on to another day that has got to be better than than the one that you’ve presently gotten yourself stuck in.
I mean I love my kids. I love my husband. I love my family. I love my job, but dang, there are days that push me to the edge.
(It has to get better, right?)
That’s what she said.
Meet Sam Fox. She’s a mom, dad, referee, cop, and a woman. “She’s just trying to earn a living, navigate her daughters’ lives, have fun with a friend or two and also — just maybe — squeeze in some private time once in a while.” She’s looking for a better day, too.
Better Things is a new comedy series on FX co-created by Pamela Adlon and Louis C.K., starring Adlon as “Sam Fox,” a single, working actor with no filter trying to raise her three daughters – “Max” (Mikey Madison), “Frankie” (Hannah Alligood) and “Duke” (Olivia Edward) and her mom– in Los Angeles.
Feel like this show could take out Sam Fox and insert you in it? Yep, me, too.
So instead of losing it, take a few tips inspired by Better Things to keep yourself prepared to take on the day with the Better Day Kit.
Here’s what you need for your Better Day Kit:
Duh? Dark circles? Red eyes? Just don’t want to actually catch anyone’s eye so you don’t have to engage in a conversation? Sunglasses are your friend. And if you wear classy ones like Ray Bans, you at least look like you’re sophisticated, even when you’re a hot, hot, hot mess.
Chipolo Bluetooth Finder
Have you been late to work or late to drop off your kids because you were looking for yours keys? How many times have you walked all over your house retracing your steps and found your phone in your back pocket. Why are we spending so much time finding crap when all you have to do is tag it with your Chipolo and you’ll always be able to find it. And why stop at your keys and your phone…the whole family should tag their crap so you don’t have to spend time looking for it either.
If you’ve busted a seam or a button in the middle of your shirt, gotten a blister, or lost an earring back, you know the value of a safety pin, bandage and an eraser. Except this time you don’t have to go hunting and hoping for a little saving grace. This little emergency bag of goodies with bobby pins, safety pins, blister pad, earring backs, etc. will keep you in business when things happen. This way at least you don’t end up flashing the boss or start limping down the hall because of those new shoes you haven’t ever broken in.
Tranquility Essential Oil
Tranquility is like a made up word isn’t it? No one who has ever had a kiddo, they know that tranquility is like the unicorn that we never catch up with. However, when it’s necessary to take a time out and stop to breathe, snap off the top, and inhale. Just a little sniff of this and you’ll be riding the train to tranquility.
When you look like you fell off the ugly tree and hit every branch, somehow when you put on lip balm, you upgrade yourself times 10. Not really, but it makes you feel better. And there’s nothing worst than crusty lips. Lip balm for the win.
Did you forget to brush your teeth after gulping down your coffee heading out the door for carpool main? Cute guy at work? Need to impress a client? Have to see that mom that makes you feel like a cockroach? Put in a mint – and let them have it. You’re armed with the power of fresh breath (especially if you’re actually covering up the cocktail you drank at lunch before going back to work.)
Baggu Leather Clutch
A girl has to have a bag to put all her tools in – and this one is all-purpose. And when you go a little classy, then it automatically detracts from the rest of your look that you have taste despite today’s attempt. I call that a win. And this bag can go from day to night to business to personal in no time flat. I’m excited when I change from yoga pants to slacks, so this one gives you the flexibility to be cool when you really aren’t.
A pillow. I wish I could say you need this to sleep, but it’s really for you to scream in. Whether you leave it in your desk, your car, your bedroom or even carry it in your purse so it’s with you where ever you go, you need this handy right-sized pillow. And if you can squeeze in a few minutes of shuteye, then count yourself lucky that you have a pillow to make use of. (And this way you don’t slobber on anyone either.)
Everyone needs this kit to help them keep it together. And we’re helping one lucky woman win one by commenting on this question:
What’s your most memorable “there’s got to be Better Things” moment?”
A winner will be chosen October 15, 2016 and contacted by email so make sure to follow mamachallenge on Facebook when we announce our winner!
And make sure to watch Better Things Thursdays on FX! This way you know there’s someone just like trying to find those #BetterThings in life.
Have a special event coming up or feel like time is racing all over your face? Then do something now to make your face more fabulous in a flash. Get glam with these secrets to make you look gorgeous RIGHT. NOW.
Thank you to the amazing Dermatologist Dr. Houshmand for providing services for purposes of this post. This post is sponsored by Restylane®. However, the thoughts and opinions are my own. Affiliate links may be included.
Getting older is for the birds…the old birds, right? And I’m not a bird…
Ok it has some good parts, but they say one of the hardest parts is the race against time that is running all over your face.
I’m not talking about turning into an old maid overnight; I’m just suggesting that sometimes things on your body start to fall closer to the ground than we want…(still talking about our face here…)
I’ve shared that I felt 2016 was a transformational year for me. There was no reason to deal with all the things that bugged me about me when there are ways to change them. Having LASIK was one of the first steps in my journey and it really changed everything – including my mindset. Life is too short and believe me, this body ain’t gonna fix itself. So finally I bit the bullet. A few tweaks here and there to help me be my best me. And tide me over until I do a full mommy makeover (well, I’m still wishing on that one.)
Ready to dive in? Before you do anything crazy, make sure you’re not under the influence, feeling really depressed, or just bored. And to get at least 8 hours of sleep and consume at least 8 glasses of 8 ounces of water (actually doctors say 1 ounce for every pound is the right amount for your daily intake.)Those two things can create beautiful results within themselves! That, with one of these tips, and you’ll be your best you in no time!
1. Get Bronzed, Baby with Bronzer // $5-$35 / Takes less than 5 minutes – 1 day
Whether you opt for a fake bake with a spray tan, lather it on, or a brush it all-over with a shimmer or shine, brown fat is better than white fat and that includes your face. There’s nothing like a little bronze to minimize the dark spots, even your complexion and make your face light up like a woman who just got her first Louis Vuitton.
- To get your spray tan, make sure your skin is exfoliated, but you don’t have any lotion for the most even look. After 15 minutes of spray, go to bed and you’ll be ready for the red carpet.
- Opt for the lotion, foam or spray self- tanner, than read the instructions and make sure not to sleep on white sheets. Wake up the next morning for the golden touch.
- Going with bronzer, then consider this one from Laura Mercier that’s an easy way for an immediate glow.
2. Clean up Your Pearly Whites with Professional Teeth Whitening // 15 minutes – 30 minutes / $125 session
The prettiest thing you can wear is a smile, but not one that shows the gallons of coffee and bottles of wines you needed to get through 2015. So make those pearly whites sparkle with teeth whitening. There are tons of products you can use (and hours you can spend) doing it yourself, but for an instantly beautiful smile, leave it to the professionals! For me that is DFW Smile Labs. In just around 1/2 an hour, my teeth look like they belong in a toothpaste commercial. Immediately, I walked out feeling like I gained five years to my life and the rest of my face just perked up too. No crazy hours of bleaching trays, sensitive teeth and planning for just the right night to do it yourself, you can be ready for the camera in no time at all!
3. Eye Those Eyebrows with Great Eyebrows // 5 minutes – 20 minutes / $ 5-35
I remember in third grade, I brought up my school pictures and realized I could’ve been Frida Kahlo’s descendant, so that marked my first tweeze job. Now I get those babies waxed almost as much as I run through the Starbucks’ line. There’s just something about clean, trimmed and perfect eyebrows to make your whole face brighten up and just look like “she’s got it together.”
However, channeling my Grandma (and my inner Kardashian), whipping out that eyebrow pencil to color in the brows are exactly what you need to finish the look. Not sure what to do? Hit up the Sephora for a free 15-minute makeover to show you want to do.
4. Create Contour with Fillers // 30 minutes / The cost is determined by healthcare professionals and will vary based on the amount of product used and the frequency of injections.
Ok, some celebrity gals have the whole fish-face-for-real look down pat. I love the look (and the rise in contour sticks show the rest of us do too), but doing it yourself is a little overwhelming without feeling like your face is a Paint-by-Numbers Kit. Try to figure it out on your own and you may look more like you’re getting ready for combat than out for a date. However, there are easier ways to create those perfect cheekbones and reduce the age around your mouth.
Restylane® Lyft is an injectable hyaluronic acid gel used to correct volume loss in the cheeks and midface and treat wrinkles in the face for a natural-looking, more youthful appearance. After attending an event with Dr. Houshmand, an internationally recognized Double Board Certified Dermatologist, to learn more about Restylane®, I discovered all the different things that can be done to look just like you with that extra lift you need in just the right place (for me that was my cheeks!). And most of all, it didn’t hurt much at all. Common side effects include bruising, redness, swelling, pain, headache, tenderness, and itching. While you do need 24 hours to a few days for the filler to settle in, you can walk out of the office ready to go. (Be nice about these pictures, they are completely makeup free!)
5. Say Goodbye to those Wrinkle Lines // 30 minutes / The cost is determined by healthcare professionals and will vary based on the amount of product used and the frequency of injections.
Wrinkles. Wrinkles. Wrinkles.
There are tons of creams you can put on your face to attempt to diminish, dissolve or fade wrinkles away, but it takes time to see the effect and the money it can cost to keep them at bay. But with a little help from Restylane® Silk, the effect can be immediate and last for up to several months. The first FDA approved product exclusively designed for subtle lip enhancement and the treatment of lines and wrinkles (also known as “barcode” or “smoker” lines) around the mouth, Restylane® Silk is a smooth, transparent hyaluronic acid (HA) gel that can be injected into the lips or the area around the mouth to restore natural, more youthful definition, symmetry and help smooth wrinkles.
While the lip lines have not gotten to me yet, thankfully I know there’s a great way to keep more youthful-looking lips.
I would highly recommend Dr. Elizabeth B. Houshmand and her skill and artistry to achieve a natural look with Restylane® Lyft and Restylane® Silk.
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Important Safety Information
Indications: The Restylane family of products includes Restylane®, Restylane-L®, Restylane® Lyft with Lidocaine and Restylane® Silk. Restylane, Restylane-L, and Restylane Lyft with Lidocaine are indicated for the correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds.
Restylane and Restylane–L are indicated for mid-to-deep dermal implantation. Restylane and Restylane-L are also indicated for submucosal implantation for lip augmentation in patients over the age of 21.
Restylane Lyft with Lidocaine is indicated for implantation into the deep dermis to superficial subcutis. Restylane Lyft with Lidocaine is also indicated for cheek augmentation and for the correction of age-related midface contour deficiencies in patients over the age of 21.
Restylane Silk is indicated for submucosal implantation for lip augmentation and dermal implantation for correction of perioral rhytids in patients over the age of 21.
Products in the Restylane family contain traces of gram-positive bacterial protein and are contraindicated for patients with allergies to such material or in patients with severe allergies that have required in-hospital treatment. These products should not be used by patients with bleeding disorders or by pregnant or breastfeeding women. Restylane-L, Restylane Silk and Restylane Lyft with Lidocaine should not be used by anyone with a known allergy to lidocaine. Products should not be injected anywhere except areas indicated in their Instructions for Use.
Use of products in the Restylane family at the site of skin sores, pimples, rashes, hives, cysts, or infection should be postponed until healing is complete. The most commonly observed side effects are swelling, redness, pain, bruising, headache, tenderness, and itching at the injection site. These are typically mild in severity and typically resolve in less than 7 days in nasolabial folds and less than 14 days in lips. Serious but rare side effects include delayed onset infections, recurrence of herpetic eruptions, and superficial necrosis at the injection site. Do not implant into blood vessels. Use with caution in patients recently treated with anticoagulant or platelet inhibitors to avoid bleeding and bruising.
The Restylane family of products is available only through a licensed practitioner. Complete Instructions for Use are available at www.RestylaneUSA.com.