My Transformation

Transformations physically, mentally and most importantly… for this blog.

 

It’s been quite a hot minute since I’ve dabbled in the blogging world, but I am making a conscious effort to start it back up, and this time with a lot more thought and meaning behind each post. Bye to the days of meaningless outfit posts and hello to what really goes on in this interesting world I live in. Of course, I may throw in a few outfits that I can’t help but share. But I’ve always had a passion for writing and I love being able to put some more personality into my blogging.

Which leads me into my first post, and one that I never imagined I would be making. As you may know, I’ve lived in Miami for about 3 years now and I would not want to live anywhere else. But of course, living in Miami, it’s easy to get drawn into the unrealistic beauty standards. I’ve never had any major insecurities about my looks or even had a thought cross my mind about plastic surgery or physical alterations of any sort. Perhaps a little tattoo or piercing, but I was even skeptical of those. Until… I ended up working for an extremely talented plastic surgeon here in Miami, Dr. Rian Maercks. How I ended up there is an interesting story in itself, but today I just want to share my transformation, because I think it’s pretty darn amazing.

Whenever we typically think of filler, we think of big duck lips and giant, overfilled chipmunk cheeks, which I personally do not find attractive. Quickly after spending a few weeks at this new job of mine, it was clear that what Dr. Rian A. Maercks was doing, with filler, was a completely different story. We would have gorgeous supermodels walk through our doors, looking perfect, and end up leaving even more perfect. He likes to use the phrase “unlocking your inner beauty” which is the perfect way to describe it.

(Sidenote: I feel compelled to say that I did not have any push or outside reasons for sharing this story, besides the fact that I think I look dope AF and find this sort of stuff interesting. k thanks.)

So let’s just go ahead and fast forward some months later, after 21 syringes/CC’s/ml’s of hyaluronic acid filler, in my face, later. Woahhhh 21! Yeah, it’s a lot of filler compared to pretty much everyone else in the world, but the magician, aka Dr. Maercks, has the most crazy, artistic and amazing technique, that requires a buttload more volume, to give you a very natural result. Okay, you can read about it here, because I just want to get to the fun part already, the before and afters!

All of these photos are completely unfiltered/unaltered in any way. In both before and after I am wearing no makeup, I am in the same room and taken with the same camera. And you’ll for sure notice my hormonal acne was cured, also thanks to Dr. Maercks and his acne protocol

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So let’s do a kind of breakdown of sorts, although these numbers are estimates.

My eyes, nose, lips, and chin all have filler.

My eyes and temples have about 10CC’s of filler in total (5CCs each side) this removed my undereye bags, filled in the hollow of my temples, lifted my brows, lifted my cheeks, thinned the appearance of my face and took away from the heaviness of my cheeks.

 

My nose has around 5CCs of filler in total. He made my nose longer, to fit my face better, made it more straight, boosted out the base to give me more tip projection, and hide my nasal labial folds a little more. And he gave me a more pointed, lifted and overall cutest nose ever. (I’m totally obsessed with his liquid rhinoplasty’s, and am dying for more!)

 

My lips have about 4CCs in total. 2CCs were injected into the pink of my lips (per my request) for bigger, juicier lips and the other 2CCS were placed around the border of my lips and my cupids bow to blend it with the rest of my face.

 

My chin has about 2CCs of filler to boost out my chin and blend it with my lips and nose. This also disguised my little turkey gobbler a little more. (Also another thing I’m obsessed with.)

One common question is regarding pain and whether it hurts. First off, yes, there are needles being stuck into your face. But it’s honestly so painless, the only part that is a little more tender is the tip of the nose. Aside from that, your face actually gets super numb, it’s more of a weird feeling than pain. And recovery for me is very minimal, I do not swell that much and I hardly bruise, but others can have different experiences than mine of course. 

Now after seeing all of the volume that was put in my face, one would think it would be obvious. But some of my friends and family still say they can’t really notice a difference. And my dad was never able to tell, until this blog post of course.

So this concludes my first blog post of 2019, a little late, but I’ll do my best to share more.

More about Dr. Rian Maercks filler procedure here.

 

 

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Current To Die For | Beauty Products

Happy holidays! I hope everyone, who celebrates, had an amazing Thanksgiving spent with those dearest to you.

One thing, and one of the only things, I dislike about this time of year is the proximity between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Does anyone else wish we had a little bit more time between each holiday?!

That aside, I figured it was about time to share with you all my to die for products. And may I just say, these last few months I have stumbled across some pretty amazing beauty products, that will for sure be in my routine for quite a while.

First and foremost, I just HAVE to talk about Sunday Riley. For the past year or so, I’ve seen and heard of the brand Sunday Riley from so many beauty gurus across the internet, but never actually went out to try the product. And I finally caved and purchased the Sulfur Mask and Good Genes Lactic Acid Treatment. And let me just say, after a few days my skin had transformed. Sunday Riley is a bit pricey, but the Good Genes is well worth it, and I’m dying to try more products from their range!

Another one of my amazing new finds is Tan-Luxe products! For times when I don’t get a chance to enjoy the amazing Miami sun, (which is quite a lot of the time) it’s nice to have something that still allows me to keep that glow. Tan-Luxe has to be my all time favorite self tan company. None of their products stain, I get that amazing, to die for, glow, and they offer sooooo many different products! My absolute favorites from them is their “The Gloss,” which I’ve added into my makeup routine as a glowy bronzer, and it’s stunning! And one of their self tan lotions, “The Butter.” The Butter is one of the most beautiful lotions everrrr, it gives your skin that amazing shimmer, like you jumped right out of an Edward Cullen vampire film (but with a much nicer tan.) I’ll definitely be keeping these two products in my beauty cabinet all winter!

And lastly I’ve been loving my new foundation stick by Vapour. (I am shade 135 medium tan) I am usually one to stick to matte finish foundation, but this foundation stick has completely changed my mind. I’m absolutely obsessed with the glowy and healthy look it gives my skin. Pair this foundation with the Tan-Luxe “The Glow” and your skin will look like a goddess.

Mentioned Products//

Sunday Riley | Sulfur Mask & Good Genes Lactic Acid Treatment

Tan-Luxe | The Gloss & The Butter

Vapour | Atmosphere Luminous Foundation Stick

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Biggest Beauty Secret

I am sure you have all heard of this amazing secret, that even the top of the top models swear by. It’s good for your skin, fitness and overall health. And it is one of the most important necessities for life. Have you figured it out yet?

It is water!

Yes water, we all need it, but most people don’t make it a habit to drink enough. I myself set a personal goal to finish, at minimum, one full gallon jug of water. I usually tend to go a little over a gallon. But boy when I don’t drink my gallon, if I’m super busy that day or travelling, I notice a huge difference in the way I feel, perform and look.

So if there was one thing I would recommend everyone to do, it would be to challenge yourself to drink a gallon of water a day, and you’ll see a huge difference within a week!

That being said, fall is upon us, and it is never to early to start working towards that summer bod. Rather than waiting till spring and feeling the need to workout excessively and track your foods.

With that in mind, I’ve found an amazing new water that is perfect for those days when you need an extra boost of energy, and a good way to fill that gallon up. It’s called 3 Water! I use it before my workout because there is some caffeine, which gives me a little pick me up. It’s Ph balanced, which is always my preferred choice of water, and of course it has tons of electrolytes! So why not switch things up a bit and try water that is ever better than regular water!

Perfect for pre workout, or a day by the pool! You can honestly never have enough water!

Fun tip: I use 3 water and mix it with my preworkout before, for an extra boost of energy!

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Budder Me Up

I know we have all heard of the amazing benefits that coconut oil can have on your health, wether for your hair, skin, nails, teeth, seems like there’s a millions uses for coconut oil. And I’ll be the first to admit, I’m addicted. And when I found out about Oil Me North’s amazing coconut oil, hemp oil, essential oil, concoctions, I was all over it. Our skin is the largest organs on our body, so I thinks it’s important to take care of it! Especially if you’re in the sun all the time like myself.

One of my favorite things to use is essential oils, and to mix my two favorite oils into one, is a dream.

Oil Me North has several different concoctions targeted towards different things. Such as their Sun Budder, which enhances your tan and their Original Super Budder which is great for every use!

My absolute favorite Budders are the Original and the Muscle and Joint Budders.

Original Super Budder

This is one of my favorite Budders because it is great for so many uses. You can use it for problematic skin, or to nourish your body. And not to forget, the lavender and rose essential oils give it a fresh and relaxing scent. I love to have products that can be used for multiple functions, saves money and saves space! These Budders are also great to use as a natural and gentle makeup remover!

Muscle and Joint Budder

This is one of my other favorites because the oils, such as peppermint and eucalyptus have a cool and refreshing feel on the skin. The benefits of this budder are some of my favorite because it’s great for reducing inflammation, hence why it’s great to use after a workout if your muscle are sore and tired.

Photographer// Jennifer Tee

Check out the rest of their amazing products here!

What’s you’re favorite use for coconut oil?

Xoxoxo