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Monthly Archives : May 2015

Do Away With Your Double Chin

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According to a 2014 survey conducted by The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, 68% of those interviewed were bothered by “submental fullness”, a fancy term for a double chin. If you’d count yourself among that 68%, chin up!  The FDA has just approved a brand new non-surgical double chin destroying treatment called Kybella (aka ATX-101). Kybella is a patented synthetic form of deoxycholic acid that promises to melt your chin cares away. The drug is a man-made version of a naturally-occurring substance in the body, deoxycholic acid, that normally aids in the breakdown of dietary fat.

What You Need to Know

The treatment is performed in the office, by a plastic surgeon or dermatologist. It takes about 20-30 minutes and does not require anesthesia. The drug is injected in the area of unwanted fat (10-20 separate needle sticks). When Kybella comes in contact with fat cells, it disrupts the cell’s membrane and causes the cell to “lyse”, or burst.  The fat cells release their fatty contents into the surrounding area, and all that unwanted junk is cleaned up and carried away by your body through its normal process for such things. As for recovery, you should expect some swelling and tenderness at the site of the injections for the first 2-3 days after treatment, and some people may have some temporary numbness in the area. Multiple treatments will likely be required for optimal results. During clinical trials, participants received injections once per month for up to six months.

Say Goodbye to Your Double Chin

The reality is, although a small amount of submental fat is – literally – a small thing, it can make you look older and heavier than you are. Though excess fat under the chin can be associated with weight gain, genetics also play a huge role, and for some people, though they may be at a healthy weight, they still have that extra padding under the chin. Before Kybella, the only options for reduction of submental fat were surgicam, liposuction, or surgical neck lift. Kybella is exciting because it represents the first effective treatment for the double chin without the anesthesia and downtime required for conventional surgery.

Is Kybella for You?

Not everyone is a candidate for Kybella. For example, Kybella melts fat, but does nothing to tighten redundant skin under the chin, and it is not approved for patients under the age of 18 (duh!), so an in-person consultation is a must before scheduling the treatment. Nonetheless, welcome, Kybella! Our newest tool in the non-surgical arsenal in the battle against submental bulge!

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Pre-event Personal Beauty Prep

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Once we booked the location for my daughter’s communion party, I immediately started making mental and physical to-do lists: menu, dessert table, flowers, balloons, entertainment, favors, etc. Also, as a woman who doesn’t mind getting dolled up every now and then (and whose opportunities to do so are virtually non-existent), I also started making a personal to-do list. As a working mom, I spend very little time on my personal upkeep, so when I have an event that I’d like to look good for, I am forced to confront all of the beauty appointments I’ve put off. As I feared, my pre-event beauty to-do list was soon longer than my waaaay overgrown bangs. To bring some levity to the situation, I decided to document all the beauty appointments I made to ensure I’d look “presentable” on the big day (and when I say “presentable”, I mean as Vogue cover-ready as I possibly can look).

Two Weeks Out

  • Highlights & Bang Trim: In theory I could have done this a week before the event, but then I would have had to go about my life until then with my hair “as is”, and it was in such a state that waiting until then was not an option. Besides, my bangs always look their best when they’ve had time to settle a bit post-trim.
  • Research Manicure Designs: I had this idea to do a “negative space” french manicure, so I took some screenshots of cool ideas. Thanks, Instagram, for the endless inspo!

One Week Out

  • Body Scrub: Though I am always well-exfoliated, I take special care before an event. I did the first scrub one week out, then another a day before my spray tan (see below). This scrubbing includes using my Diamancel Foot File on heels almost every day.
  • Face Scrub: Dr. Dennis Gross Peel Pads every day on face for the week leading up to the event. They are the best when you can’t get a pro peel!

Four Days Out

  • Waxing: I wasn’t planning on wearing a bikini on the big day; this was really in preparation for my spray tan later in the week…going in naked is your best bet. If you think tan lines are bad, spray tan lines from the disposable panties they will give you to wear are just pitiful!
  • Purchase Ensemble: I know, I know…this is down to the wire. I don’t usually procrastinate, though. As much as I love having new clothes, I HATE shopping. I try to buy as much of my wardrobe as possible on line. However, a party dress/outfit was something I needed to try – and get feedback – on. Luckily, my bestie John owns International Playground and played stylist for me. We’ve done this many times before for other events and it’s always been a success. I highly recommend IP for your special event shopping.

Three Days Out

  • Hair Mask: Doing at least one at-home Philip Kingsley Elasticizer hair treatment is a must, especially if the weather forecast is FRIZZ.
  • Microcurrent Facial at SB Skin: Perfect for dewy, firm, smooth skin. Accentuates my bone structure in a way no blush, bronzer or contouring ever could.

Two Days Out

  • Colonic: Nothing makes my skin glow like colonics and kickboxing. Also, I planned on eating a LOT of delicious red meat at the party, so a pre-party detox was a good idea.

Day Before

  • Another at-home body scrub, in preparation for…
  • Spray Tan: Perhaps this is not a pre-event necessity for everyone. My legs are so pale, however, that people would have called Ghost Hunters on me without it. It is also the healthiest and easiest way to “lose” five pounds in 15 minutes.
  • Nails: A pre-event given, right? What gal doesn’t get a mani/pedi before a party? My daughter and I went together, the night before, for a little girl time.
  • Blowout: Since my whirlwind day started EARLY in the morning, I had to do my and my daughter’s blowouts the night before. Though I kept it simple and straight, I wanted that extra polish that comes from a professional blow dry/flat iron. And as I’ve said before, I don’t even own a hair dryer!
  • Mini Touchup Facial with SB Skin: The results when you do cluster two treatments close together are remarkable! The second facial was half the time – just going over my facial contours.

And…that’s it!

What do you think? Too much? Too little? What is your prep routine for a hosting a major party or event?

P.S. Alyssa thinks I’m nuts.

By: Claire McCormack, Twitter & Instagram: @clairemcmack

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Emma Hardie Skincare & Beauty

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It must be something in the water. First, we brought you British beauty brand Heaven Skincare by Deborah Mitchell…and it immediately became our best selling brand. Now we are bringing you yet another female-founded, luxury UK skin care brand, already a cult classic across the pond. Allow us to introduce you to Emma Hardie Skincare.

About Emma Hardie

Emma Hardie’s passion and commitment to advancing new approaches in the field of alternative health developed from her own experiences during a long and debilitating period of illness which left her with a serious loss of muscle tone. Choosing to forge her own naturally-minded path back to health, Emma healed and rejuvenated not just her body, but also her face, using nothing more than her body’s own self-healing process. Inspired by her restored health and renewed, lifted and reshaped facial contours, Emma became an aesthetician specializing in aromatherapy and restorative health and beauty. She then went on to research the science behind cell healing.

It All Started With a Facial

In 1996, Emma introduced her highly acclaimed, non-invasive Natural Lift and Sculpting Facial, which delivers firmer, plumper skin without harsh ingredients or invasive techniques. Emma’s goal was (and is) to end the search for a “miracle in a bottle” product, and to instead focus on natural alternatives that make the skin more resilient during the aging process.

Amazing Face Skincare System

In 2009, Emma introduced her award-winning Amazing Face skincare system – a complete natural facial rejuvenation collection. Designed to help instantly smooth and lift tired, stressed skin, Amazing Face is Emma’s capsule skincare system of multi-tasking, essential daily products. These products combine Emma’s passion for skin care with the benefits of using natural botanicals. Emma’s in-depth knowledge of the skin’s anatomy has made her one of the UK’s pioneering facial specialists.

Travel Beauty Favorites

Here are just a few of Emma Hardie’s standout products now available at Travel Beauty.

Moringa Cleansing Balm – Just as Heaven Skincare has its superstar Bee Venom Mask, so too does Emma Hardie have a standout, must-have product. The multiple award-winning Moringa Cleansing Balm was a cult classic and celebrity favorite almost instantly. One use and you’ll see why…I’ve been raving about this cleanser for months! You can use it as a cleanser, face mask, hair mask/serum and even to soothe sunburnt skin. Every Balm comes with a washable, dual-textured cleansing cloth for deep cleaning and exfoliation. Its impressive list of active botanical ingredients (from Sweet Almond Oil to Wild Sea Fennel Extract), makes it the most pampering and nourishing facial cleanser you will ever use. If you have a skin care addict in your life, it makes a wonderful gift.

Midas Touch Face Serum – This super-serum is the latest addition to the Emma Hardie Amazing Face collection. It contains a potent blend of firming, toning and radiance boosting botanicals. It can be used on the entire eye area – including the eyelid – to firm, tone and brighten the delicate skin there.

Luxury Superskin Face & Body Hamper – This set covers every beauty base, from face to feet, with eight products in all: Moringa Cleansing Balm, an eye cream, night cream, hand and nail cream, body wash, body lotion, body oil and an exfoliating body towel. Emma’s body care products are every bit as luxurious as her face products and all have her signature jasmine-infused scent. You – or anyone you gift this to – is in for a treat.

By: Claire McCormack, Twitter & Instagram: @clairemcmack

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