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.

 

 

xoxoxoxo

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!

xoxo

Fun Tip Friday: How to Fade Bruises

It seems as though people are always complaining about bruising easily, and no one ever likes the look of a gnarly purple and green spot glaring at them. So today I have brought you three amazing products to help your skin prevent bruises, as well as to diminish existing bruises.

1. First and foremost is my favorite holy grail product of all, Castor Oil! Not only is this
image1product amazing for getting rid of any existing bruises, but it also makes for a natural deep moisturizer and helps with any sore joints, muscles and even your digestion.  If  you have any existing bruises, just massage some Castor Oil onto the spot and within days it will had disappeared.

I also massage Castor Oil into my sore muscles and my stomach. It has great properties that absorb through your skin and help with digestion! I never skip out on my daily Castor Oil massages. 😛

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2. Another product to help prevent bruises is Riboflavin vitamins or B2, which has amazing properties for helping with development of the skin. Just pop one of these vitamins everyday and you’ll notice a decrease in the amount of bumps and bruises your body collects.

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3. Finally the last tip to prevent bruises, and probably the most strange way, is to eat the pith of an orange peel, or the white part inside the peel. The pith of an orange actually carries the most concentration of flavonoids in the fruit. It’s full of antioxidants and is one of the most nutritious parts of an orange. So next time you’re eating an orange, make sure to keep the peel and finish off the pith! Not only will it help your body to prevent bruising so easily, but the other benefits it has are amazing for your overall health!

 

xoxox

 

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

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)