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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The Mother/Daughter Duo

As most of you know, I’ve been working with my mother, Megan Duncanson, for this last year and I could not be happier! We both started a vegan purse line, Livin’ the MAD Life, in January of 2018, and I’ve recently begun to help manage her art company MADART Studios. It has been super exciting, and a lot of new stuff going on!

I wanted to share a little video with some random work chats with myself, Aroon Duncanson and my mom, Megan Duncanson. Enjoy!

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MIA in MDD

Nothing screams Miami more than this gorgeous skirt from Lilac and Lilies Boutique from LSpace, paired with a staple black, lace up heel from Shu Shop Shoes. This look is everything I love and more!

High Waist Skirt | Lilac and Lilies

Shoes | ShuShop Shoes

Tank | Romwe

Watch | JORD 

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Miami Summer Collection

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Livin’ the MAD Life has now launched our newest collection “Miami Summer” and can I just say, I am totally in love with every piece from this collection! Especially the “Melon Jolly” Travel Bag. I can’t wait until my next trip to sport around my matching handbag, travel bag and cosmetic case. If this doesn’t say Miami, I don’t know what does!

And I’m also in love with the lemons, for a more classy look. I’ve been carrying around my “Summer Citrus” Classic Handbag for the last few weeks, and it’s the easiest bag to style and wear with any look!_Aroon0 88_Aroon0 4_Aroon0 214_Aroon0 159Photo Jun 09, 9 50 46 AM_Aroon0 185_Aroon0 58Photo Jun 09, 9 58 47 AM

 

“Miami Summer” Collection | Livin’ the MAD Life

Photographer | Zavier DeAngelo

Clothing | White Cotton Club

Models | Aroon Duncanson | Lesley Geronimo | JanCarlo Negron

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Everything You Need to Know About Microblading

I’m sure most of you have heard about micro blading by now, a technique used to make your brows look naturally fuller and shaped, without having to fill them in!

Microblading defined is “ a form of semi-permanent makeup that provides a means to partially or fully camouflage missing eyebrow hair with the appearance of simulated hair using fine deposits of cosmetic tattoo pigments.”

I’ve been hesitant to try Microblading, because I heard of stories where the eyebrows ended up looking like a mess, or was under the impression it would be painful. And boy was I wrong!

A couple of months ago I spoke with Anna, from Perfect Brows by Anna, and she walked me through the process and what to expect. I was still hesitant on the procedure and gave myself several weeks to decide wether or not I wanted to try. Never having to fill in my brows again was a dream come true! After following Anna and seeing the amazing work she did, I decided I would give it a go. And boy am I pleased with the results!

I shared my experience on my Instagram and so many of my lovely followers were impressed and amazed at the job Anna did. I had so many questions about the procedure that I wanted to make a full post talking all about Microblading.

What to expect

The procedure took about an hour and a half. Time may vary depending on how much strokes need to be put in your brow to create the proper shape. Every brow and every person is different, but the hour and a half it took me flew by. I will also be going in for my touch up, a month after the initial treatment.

The pain is very minimal. I was expecting it to feel more like when you get your brows threaded or tweezed, but it was honestly even less painful then both. Anna does not use numbing cream because it causes the skin to get soft and mushy which can lead to the technician creating too deep of strokes which may lead to scarring or other unwanted outcomes. I also did not bleed.

How it works. Anna used a very very small utensil that has 18 or 19 tiny little needles used to scratch and place pigment into the skin.

The sound. There is a Velcro like sound during the process. The sound comes from your eyebrow hair gliding between the tiny needles and also the sound of your skin being scratched.

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Final Thoughts

I am so so so pleased with the work Anna did, and I would highly recommend her to anyone looking to get their brows done. The process was much easier than I anticipated and there was hardly any pain at all. After working with Anna, I do not think there is another technician out there who I would feel comfortable with. Her work was superb and I’m so excited with my new brows! Check her out here.

Check out Anna on Instagram and her site.

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Using Laser Skin Tightening to Revitalize Your Skin | Informational

Hi guys! I wanted to share a little more informational post with you all today. Skin care and anti aging products/treatment is always something to think about, no matter your age. I’ve noticed a lot more talk about certain anti aging treatments and wanted to share a little more research for anyone asking the same questions as myself.

Your skin is your body’s largest organ. It is also the only organ which is constantly exposed to the outside elements. You might think it is those elements that causes your skin to loosen and sag as you get older, and they certainly are contributing factors. However, no matter how carefully you protect your skin you are bound to suffer from wrinkles and sages eventually. When you do, one option for revitalizing your skin is to book a laser skin tightening appointment. But before you attempt laser skin tightening there are several things you must consider.

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Why Skin Tightening with Lasers Works so Well
One thing you need to know is why laser skin tightening is so popular and tends to produce such good results. The reason the procedure works is that the laser beam is able to disrupt skin cells enough to trigger repair responses within the body. Also, the laser beam has an added ability to get existing collagen to tighten, drawing skin cells closer together. Between strengthening the existing collagen and causing more to be produced, the skin becomes tighter over time.

Of course, the effects of laser skin tightening are not always immediately obvious. When you undergo a tightening procedure with medical lasers the healing processes which are triggered can take quite a while to show their full effects. However, the gradual strengthening of your skin after treatment will help to reduce your wrinkles and skin sags.

Having a Laser Treatment Consultation with a Clinician
Prior to making an appointment to have your skin tightened with lasers you must first consult with the skincare clinician. During the consultation the entire procedure will be explained to you, and the clinician will also determine whether or not you are a good candidate for the process. Typically, in order to be a good laser skin tightening candidate you must have mild to moderate wrinkles and not suffer from severe acne or certain other skin conditions. In order to qualify as a good laser treatment candidate your skin should also not be excessively oily because those oils can burn easily when exposed to a laser beam.

Side Effects of Laser Treatments for Wrinkles
When it comes to side effects of laser treatments, the most you should have to worry about is mild swelling. Any redness or swelling should subside within a day or so after the procedure. Your skin may also be extra sensitive for a week or two after treatment, and it may require special protection from the sun. Severe side effects, such as burns, are unlikely because clinicians typically will not perform laser skin tightening on candidates who are at high risk for such side effects.

The Process of Having a Laser Treatment
When you go to your local skincare clinic for a laser treatment you will be told ahead of time how to prepare for the appointment. Typical instructions will include not wearing any perfumes or other skin products on that day. When you arrive, your clinician will use the laser device to treat the skin on the portion of your body which has been designated for treatment. The laser device will heat your skin, but the clinician will use cooling blasts of air to help keep you comfortable throughout the procedure. If you experience any severe discomfort you can tell your clinician right away and he or she will make you more comfortable.

After your initial laser skin tightening appointment you may see some improvement. However, it is unlikely that your skin will improve dramatically right away. Your clinician will tell you ahead of time approximately how many sessions may be required to improve your results to the desired level.

 

 

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