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Someone once told me “you can’t pour from an empty glass”. I have never forgot that quote and I say it daily in my head. If I am feeling guilty for being away for my children while out for my husband, gone too long at the gym or for spending too long on my night time routine I remind myself that I am fueling myself. Life is all about balance. These little things we do for ourselve are actually big things we are doing for everyone around us. Self-care should be the number one priority for everyone. If we don’t care for ourselves how are we supposed to properly care for others?
I know I often spread myself too thin but when I take care of myself I feel more empowered to take on the load of life. I am also aging, I’m no longer a spring chicken and it makes me feel good to care for my skin. My evening skin care routine starts with wiping my face down with Burt’s Bees facial towelettes even if I don’t have makeup on. These wipes have been my go-to for years. I have them in my purse, workout bag, the bathroom, I love having them scattered throughout so I can always give my face a good wipe down. I then cleanse my skin with Burt’s Bees Sensitive Facial Cleanser, made up of cotton extract and soothing aloe, this creamy facewash leaves my skin far from dry. My sweet babies rarely give me the sleep my body requires so the circles under my eyes are darker than I’d like so I don’t dare go a night without applying Burt’s Bees Sensitive Eye Cream under my eyes morning and evening. Lastly, I apply Burt’s Bees Sensitive Night Cream, a blend of rice extract, aloe and cotton extract, to my face and neck. I love the way my skin feels when I wake up in the morning.
This post is in collaboration with Burt’s Bees. As always, all opinions are my own.
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I know I am late to the game but I finally decided to get laser hair removal. I’ve always wanted to not have to shave all the time but never got around to really looking into the details of laser hair removal. My friends in college got laser hair removal with Groupons and they didn’t have the best results or stories to go with their experience. I didn’t want to have all the hair on my body but I also didn’t want to put myself through the pain. During my second pregnancy I realized I NEEDED to get laser hair removal. Shaving is the biggest inconvenience and it’s time consuming and I don’t have time to deal with all of that, espeically with two litle kids.
I just finished having my second treatment of laser hair removal at A Beautiful You Medical Spa in Memphis. The biggest question I have been getting is, “Is it worth it?”. Let me tell you how it goes. Oh, and by the way, it is worth it!
Laser hair removal is a permanent hair removal treatment that uses a laser to destroy the hair follicle so it can no longer grow. At A Beautiful You Medical Spa you receive 5 treatments plust 2 touch up treatments if necessary. The reason you need 5 treatments is because hair grows in a cycle of three stages, anagen (growth), catagen (transitional), and telogen (resting). At any given time 30% of your hair is in the growth stage which is when the hair is best targeted for laser hair removal.
I heard the pain increases as the treatments go on because the strength of the laser is increased, I also heard the pain decreases because the hair becomes finer. I’ve only had 2 sessions so I will have to wait and see. *UPDATE: The laser hurts more if you have more hair present, ie: thicker hair. Sometimes there would be a spot of hair I missed when shaving prior to LHR and that would be much hotter.* I always thought I had a relatively high pain tolerance but it seems to be my tolerance is decreasing as I get older! I have never had anything waxed before so I don’t have that to compare to. They give you ice to put on the areas to help numb it a little and that really does help a lot. After you ice there is a gel applied to the area. My armpits don’t usually bother me and the bikini area can be sensitive so make sure you let the ice sit on there really good! Around the ankels was pretty painful, they start at your knee and there was zero pain (zero icing also) and I was excited, I thought I can handle this. Then she worked her way down to my ankles and oww weeee! The good thing is it is such a short burst of pain it is over by the time you realize it hurts. There is also no down time which is great.
So far I have had a great experience. The office is warm and inviting and the staff is so kind and knowledgeable. I’ve enjoying getting to know the ladies that work at A Beautiful You and I am loving my results so far!
Two things you will want to know about A Beautiful You.
1) They have a “Beauty Promise Program” which offers a lifetime of protection for your investment giving you the best assurance for your investment.
2) They are offering buy 1 treatment and get 2 (for equal or lesser value) for free!!! Make sure to mention Living LeReve.
Comment below if you have any other laser hair removal questions and I will happily answer!
This post is in collaboration with A Beautiful You Medical Spa. As always, all opinions are my own.
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The change in weather always has me wanting to update my beauty routine. My skin seems to be struggling these days so I am needing all the help I can get. I did get a blush but otherwise I am saving my new make up buys until another month or so when my tan has sadly faded. Below you can find my recent buys.
Algenist | Liquid Collagen
Beauty Blender | Beauty Blender Pro
Belif | The True Cream – Moisturizing Bomb
Cicapair | Tiger Grass Nightly Re.Pair Mask
Dr. Jart+ | Clear Skin Lover Rubber Mask
Drunk Elephant | T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum
Drunk Elephant | The Littles
Glow Recipe | Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser
Hourglass | Ambient Lighting Blush in Luminous Flush
Milk Makeup | Highlighter Mini in Champagne Pearl
Tarte | Brazilliance Plus Self-Tanner
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