Cannabis For Your Face?!

Nowadays everything seems to be CBD! And would have ever guessed cannabis would have such amazing health benefits for your skin also! I first heard about a cannabis facial from the lovely ladies at Clean Start in Miami where I came across Lex, the esthetician, who had been showing her amazing before and after photos from the CBD facial. My skin is mostly hormonal, meaning every few weeks I’ll tend to get a bit of a breakout, which will then go away once my hormones are back to normal. It just so happened I was going through this phase when I went in to see Lex, who gave me this CBD facial and let’s just say, I was glowing!

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The whole experience was luxurious, relaxing and I felt like my skin was getting so many amazing benefits from the different treatments Lex did. Lex used a fresh batch of natural, vegan and organic products during my facial which had a combined 2,000mg of CBD. CBD is used in skincare to help rebalance your skin and has been known to help those with rosacea, eczema and hormonal acne. During my facial, I had everything from extractions, exfoliating mask, moisturizing mask, light therapy, and a facial massage. And once the facial was over I felt in such a state of relaxation and I could tell my skin was glowing from the inside out.

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moisturizing rose face mask
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Red, blue and yellow light therapy

 

E4BA5D87-F5F5-4D8F-9D63-83FB6B98652BOverall I would say my experience from when I first walked in, to the moment I left was perfect. I felt like I was getting every possible benefit from my facial and not to mention my skin looks and feels better than ever!

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Check out Lex here!

Sidenote: the CBD does not affect your physical or mental state in any way whatsoever.

 

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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3 Homemade Face Masks | Video

If you know me, you know I’m always out to find a good, all natural beauty product. And what better way to know exactly what goes into your beauty products and face masks, than to make it yourself?

Today’s blog post is a little bit different because it is a YouTube video! My friend Vania Portilla has a YouTube channel where she posts all about fashion and beauty. Check out her channel here.

For this video we decided to create three, all natural, homemade face masks. Each targeting a specific problem. I wanted to go ahead a list out the exact ingredients and benefits for anyone who wanted to try out the masks.

To get our full reviews on the products watch our video.

Face Mask Ingredients & Benefits
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Grapefruit Detox Mask | Acne Prone Skin

Benefits | Rich in antioxidants, calm and soothe skin, exfoliator, anti-aging, astringent for acne.

  • Grapefruit
  • 1 cup of cooked and cooled Oatmeal
  • Coconut Milk

Flaxseed Mask | Healing Mask

Benefits | Omega 3 fatty acids to heal scars, regulate overproduction of oil for acne prone, great scrub

    • Grounded Flax Seeds
    • Water

Banana Face Mask | Nourishing Mask

Benefits | Moisturizing, Vitamins E & C for clear skin, fades dark spots, anti-aging, anti-inflammatory

  • Banana (ripe)
  • Turmeric
  • Dash of pepper
  • Bicarbonate Soda

Hope you guys enjoyed this different kind of blog post, I definitely loved filming with Vania, so there might be another video to look forward to in the future.

Vania’s Links | YouTube | Instagram | Twitter

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Frank Body Review

A couple months ago I was pleasantly surprised to find a beautifully packaged pink and white box outside of my door. And inside the box was even more cute packaged goodies! Frank had paid me a visit and I was not mad about it. 🙂IMG_0122

I was sent the Frank Body original Coffee Body Scrub and Body Balm. First off let me just say I am a huge fan of these products because of their all natural and vegan ingredients.

Their body scrub is made with Coffee Beans, Almond Oil, Vitamin E oils and Sea Salt. And their body balm is a mixture of Coconut Oil, Grape Seed Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Coffee Arabica Seed Oil and Beeswax. All stuff that we can actually understand and I’m all about those natural ingredients!

So besides the cute packaging and amazing ingredients, the products themselves have worked wonders for my skin.

The Scrub
I have relatively normal skin with a few breakouts here and there and a little bit of hyperpigmentation. I would use the coffee scrub about 2x a week as a deep exfoliator. I can instantly notice the texture of my skin smoothens, my skin appears brighter and my face is baby soft. My random breakouts have gone down and my skin feels overall more healthy, and not to forget the smell is incredible!

I have recently started using the body scrub for a few stretch marks that I have developed, so I will definitely keep you posted with any results I see!

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The Balm
The body balm is also a great product and very moisturizing. Though I would recommend only using it at night, as it does not soak into the skin very quickly. Since it has so many natural oils, it takes quite longer than a regular lotion to set. That being said, apply this stuff all over before bed and you will definitely have baby soft skin by the morning.

I am so in love with both of these products that I am itching to try some of their new stuff. Especially their peppermint body scrub, yum!!

Check out the rest of their stuff at Frank Body!

xoxox

Top 5 Skin Care Superfoods

7543200_origSuffering from dry, cracked or acne prone skin? Or do you want to combat the signs of aging with natural skincare remedies? Then you’ve come to the right place! Here are five of the top recommendations for the best skincare superfoods. Consume these super-foods on a regular basis or use them topically within moisturisers, cleansers or face masks to benefit from softer, smoother, and eminently younger looking skin.

1 | Pineapple

If you suffer from a skin condition such as acne, eczema or inflammation then eating pineapple on a weekly basis could completely revitalise your complexion because the active ingredient within pineapple is bromelain; a natural proteolytic enzyme. This particular enzyme is extremely effective at removing dead surface skin cells, reducing swelling and combating inflammation. Eating pineapple as part of a balanced diet, or by using skincare products which contain pure pineapple extract, you can benefit from these exfoliating properties of bromelain and achieve softer, more hydrated skin.

2 | Tomatoes

If you love sunbathing but wish to prevent your skin from premature aging and UV damage then it is strongly recommended that you increase you tomato intake. After all, as skincare experts TCClinic highlight, the beauty boosting ingredient in tomatoes is lycopene, a type of carotenoid which provides your skin cells with comprehensive protection against UV rays. What’s more, if you cook tomatoes before eating them then your body will be four times to absorb the lycopene within them compared to eating raw tomatoes!

3 | Chia seeds

Nuts and seeds are a great source of healthy fats, fibre and protein. However, when asked to pick one of these super-foods above all others we have to highlight the benefits of chia seeds. Despite their small stature, these seeds are bursting with omega 3 fatty acids, manganese, zinc, calcium, magnesium and antioxidants amongst other essential nutrients. As a result, by consuming chia seeds on a regular basis you can hydrate your skin with essential healthy fats. What’s more, if you apply chia seeds topically you can combat fine line formation and benefit from their efficient anti-inflammatory properties.

4 | Pomegranate

If you are looking for a super-food which will combat the effects of prolonged sun exposure then pomegranate could offer the ideal solution for you! This is due to the fact that the seeds extracted from this unique fruit are an exceptional source of ellagic acid; a polyphenol compound which efficiently prevents the breakdown of collagen within skin cells as well as inhibiting the inflammation caused by UVB rays. In fact, numerous studies have shown that incorporating pomegranate seeds within your diet can protect your skin from premature aging and safeguard against the long term damage caused by prolonged sun exposure.

5 | Kale

No skincare superfoods list would be complete without praising the benefits of kale! This particular wild cabbage plant boasts a wealth of health benefits for your entire body. As skincare specialist Dr Pauline Hili explains, kale is a super-food which contains high levels of vitamins A, C, E and K. Dr Hili also advocates how the topical addition of these vitamins in the form of kale based skincare products can be up to 100 times more effective for re-invigorating the skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles, promoting healing and reducing puffiness than other skin care methods. In this manner, eating kale on a daily basis and using skin care products infused with kale extract can significantly improve the condition of your skin as well as your overall health.

xoxoxo

 

 

Hot Lemon Water// Does It Actually Work?

Hot Lemon Water// Does It Actually Work?

I am sure most of you have heard of the amazing benefits hot lemon water, first thing in the morning, is supposed to have. After hearing so many people talk about how amazing this simple drink is, I decided to give it a go.


For the past month I have been drinking hot Lemon Detox Tea (click here to purchase) with half a fresh squeezed lemon. I drink this before I eat or drink anything else. And I can definitely tell a difference. Some of the immediate and visible changes I saw were:

  • Clearer skin, after only a few days of drinking this there was a noticeable difference in the complexion of my skin.
  • Eating less. I felt much more full and did not tend to be as hungry throughout the day.
  • Digestive health

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These are only what I can visibly see changing within the past month. But this morning drink is supposed to have many internal benefits for your everyday health. Such as:

  • Source of Vitamin C, to help build immune system and prevent sickness such as the common cold
  • Balances pH levels
  • Lemon contains pectin fiber which is great for your colon
  • Helps prevent growth of certain bacterias
  • Provides energy to liver enzymes which in turn helps keep a healthy liver
  • Helps with wrinkles (Luckily I do not have wrinkles yet, so I can not tell if this has personally helped)
  • Helps replenish salt levels
  • Can help with dental problem (freshens breath, relieve toothache and gingivitis)

As you can see this stuff is basically magic! Yet it is so simple and such an easy thing to add into your morning routine. Instead of drinking your regular tea or coffee in the morning, try this lemon detox and I am sure you will reap the benefits like I have.

xoxoxo

Vasseur Skincare

Vasseur Skincare

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After trying countless skincare lines from brands such as Murad, Proactive, Clinique, Neutrogena and more, I have never came across a skincare line as good as Vasseur. I felt it would be selfish of me not to share this amazing brand with you all. Only after one day I noticed a major difference in the way my skin felt. I have normal to oily skin, and living in Florida the oily skin can get a bit crazy sometimes, but after using these products I noticed a dramatic difference in the amount of oily my skin produced, and my face was also incredibly soft.

I have been using these products for almost 2 months now, my skin has cleared up almost all the way. And my hyperpigmentation and red spots have also disappeared. I do not think I will ever use another skincare line again! Their products are on the more expensive side, for the amount of product you receive. But if you want clear skin, than it is worth the investment. (Shop here)

A little bit about their products:

  • They are made by hand and are never put in storage, so when you receive your products they will be as fresh as possible.
  • They are professional strength and highly concentrated. Their cosmetic chemist has over 30 years of skincare industry experience.
  • Their products are 100% toxin, paraben and chemical preservative free.
  • They are a creulty free company

 

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This oil cleanser is not something I would usually like because it does not sud up when rubbed in your skin, but it is amazing! This products is high in antioxidants, including vitamin E. And the olive oil helps protects the skin against aging as well as keeping your skin glowing. (Shop here)

 

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I always have to have a toner in  my skincare regimen, and this one seems to work great, and it also has a yummy fruity scent! The papaya enzyme helps to remove dead skin cells and deep clean skin. (Shop here)

 

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This little guy here is incredible! The benzoclear 5 is a less potent version of the benzoclear 10 they also have, but it is used for any breakouts you may have. I believe this product is why my breakouts have gone away! (Read and shop here)

 

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This would have to be the only product that I was not completely satisfied with. As I mentioned earlier I have oily skin, and this product did not seem to help with the oil at all. If you have dry skin this might be worth a try. (Shop here)
 
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Lastly the holy grail skincare product! This guy does everything, it brightens, smooths pores, anti-aging, filled with antioxidents, the list goes on. But this guy will never leave my side again. If you try anything from Vasseur this would be the thing to try. (Shop and read more here)

 

If you do decide to try out some of this amazing skincare let me know! You will not regret it. I have some more new products from them in the mail now and can not wait to try them out.

Happy New Year

xoxo

 

(I have no connection with Vasseur at all, I just happened upon the company and fell head over heels for their products)