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9 Skincare Trends That Will Change Your 2021 Routine.

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2021 SKINCARE AND BEAUTY TRENDS

With a new year comes new skincare and beauty trends! Since many of us have been staying in and soaking up our home sweet homes, it only makes sense that we’ll be seeing lots of simple and clean beauty trends for 2021. Skincare can be a bit tricky nowadays thanks to the masks we’ve been wearing, so it’s more important than ever to take care of what’s underneath! Keep scrolling for 9 of my favorite 2021 skincare and beauty trends.

2021 Skincare Trends

1. Clean and Transparent Beauty

Using clean and transparent beauty products means it’s safer and non-toxic, making them the perfect option for any woman. Sustainable formulas allow skin textures to be truly visible. This more natural look is a big beauty trend for 2021!

I had the please of meeting Indie Lee before COVID hit. She developed her clean skincare line after developing a brain tumor. I highly recommend everything in the line! The body salt scrub is a must-have (it doesn’t make the shower floor greasy), and stem cell serum is one of my favorites!

Elemis Skincare is my latest discovery. I’ve been using the Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm and loving the results. Removes all traces of make-up while leaving your skin soft and plump. You can also use it as a mask! I put it on before I take a bath. For my daily moisturizer, I’ve been using this 3 in one anti-wrinkle marine cream. I love that it has SPF 30 and smells so fresh and clean! Other Elemis products I’ve been using regularly are Dynamic Resurfacing Facial Pads and Superfood face oil. Use Code TC20 for 20% off your cart until 2/28

Other clean skincare lines I love:  Necessaire, and Tula (use code FASHIONEDLIFE 15% off cart)


2. Stay At Home Light Coverage

It’s another year of the natural skin that glows. There’s really no need for heavy coverage, even if you do venture out. I love products like Charlotte Tilbury Healthy Glow that will nourish your skin while giving you long-lasting light coverage. Other Favorites are this Laura Mercier tinted foundation with SPF and NARS.


3. Maskne

I’m sure we’ve probably all experienced it by now – the acne that comes along with wearing a mask for long periods of time. The pores on your face are completely trapped when wearing a face covering, so oils, grease, and makeup are more likely to build up. Even when you breathe or talk, your mask tends to trap lots of hot air. There are, fortunately, several effective products that target maskne. I’ve been using Pause Detox Serum and love it! PCA Skin Acne gel and First Aid beauty clay pads are also excellent choices.


4. Eye Makeup

Since the eyes are pretty much the only exposed part of your face when you go out nowadays, women are focusing more on their eye makeup. Eye trends are coming on strong with colorful cat eyes, groomed brows, and fun eyeliners!


5. Plant-Based Skincare

More than clean beauty, plant-based skincare gives you powerful ingredients like bakuchiol, a natural Retinal. Similar to the clean and transparent beauty product trend, the plant-based skincare fad is being studied more and more in hopes of a healthier skincare and beauty routine. Erno Laszlo’s cream is light, absorbs quickly, and smells fab. Sisley Paris is a splurge but worth it, and Ursa Major had very effective products!


6. Smart Beauty/Health devices

When stuck at home… at-home devices bring the spa to you, including at-home dermabrasion, steamers, and teeth whiting, to name a few.

Red Light therapy will turn back the clock. Effectively diminishing fine lines and plumping your skin. If I get in front of my red light device 3-4 x’s a week, my lips naturally plump, and fine lines like crows feet are diminished!

My Vejo blender helps you stay healthy from the inside out. From collagen blends to immunity support, they have a targeted blend for you. Use this link here and CODE HFL8Pack for a free 8 pack when you check out.


7. Blue Light Protection

Did you know that excessive screen time will age you? Thankfully, brands are starting to create products with blue light protection actually built-in. You will find more and more lotions and serums that have this feature. Some of my favorites are Avene, EltaMD, and SkinCeuticals.


8. Probiotic Skincare

I’ve used these probiotic cleansing pads for years. My skin feels like I just had an in-person facial after application! I highly recommend using skincare with built-in probiotics guaranteed to promote more youthful and rejuvenated skin.


9. Lip Balm

You might as well condition your lips under that mask! Moisturizing lip balm is more important now than ever, thanks to the beautiful masks we’ve been sporting this past year. My lips feel so good and soft after using Dr. Barbara Strum’s lip balm.


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My Secrets To Thicker, Healthy Hair After 50

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From Thin To Thick

What do you do to get your hair so long and thick? This is one of my most asked questions. Before I implemented the steps I’m sharing with you today, my hair was thinning and would not grow! It was defeating and frustrating. I’m so excited to tell you about my hair transformation and growth secrets to thick and healthy hair after 50.

Targeted Supplements

I’m a huge fan of supplements. I have taken a handful of various specialized vitamins for years now. If I go a couple of days without taking them, I notice a difference in energy, hair loss, nail strength, and at my age, hot flashes! Below are the products that have made the cut over the years of trial and error.

Nutafol

I started taking Nutafol about five months ago. I’m so glad I did because, at the time, I was shedding hair like crazy because of hormonal imbalance. I give this product more credit than any other for my hair growing so long lately. My hair has never been as long and thick as it is now.

There is science behind this brand that makes it so effective. You have the choice of going onto their site and taking a simple quiz to get the recommended supplement, or you can just order it here. The product I use is Nutafol Woman’s Balance. This formula gets to the root of my problem by adding in needed supplements for my peri-menopausal symptoms.

There is also a Men’s formula.

Get $30 off your first month by using the link here! 

Vital Proteins

I was late to the game taking collagen powder. I honestly wasn’t sure it would work.  However, I finally gave in to the hype, and I’m so happy I did! Since I’ve started adding a scoop of this powder to my morning protein shakes over two years ago, I’ve noticed the following results.

  1. Joints/knees do not ache or give my problems as they did before.
  2. My nails are stronger.
  3. Hair is thicker and longer.

Biotin

I’ve taken a 10,000 mcg biotin supplement for multiple years. Taking this seems to help my nails more than my hair. At least that’s what I notice breaks more when I run out and stop taking it.

Protein Shake

Hair is made out of a protein called keratin. This protein provides structure to your hair, giving it its shape and strength. When we do not get enough protein in our diet, our hair health can’t help but suffer. Making sure your getting enough protein in your diet as you age is so important. My morning vegan protein shake has been a staple breakfast for me since I gave up gluten and eggs 12 years ago.  I also mix this powder into my shake to add my daily greens.

 

Hair Products

I can’t stress enough how important it is to be using quality hair products to obtain thick and healthy hair.

Olaplex 3, 4 & 5

If you haven’t heard of the brand, Olaplex by now, I’m about to change your hair game! Olaplex #3 is a cream the rebuilds your hair from the inside, repairing the damage done from salon processing. I sleep in #3 about once a month. I also apply this lotion to my dry hair. Especially when I know, I’m going to be washing it soon. I’ll slather it on my ends and put it up in a bun. Leaving it in all day until I wash it.

#4 and #5 are the shampoo and conditioner. I love these products, and they make a massive difference in softness and my healthy hair. If you want to try out this brand, here is a travel kit with small sizes for $25.00.

Sisley

If you follow my blog, you know I’m all about Sisley products. This brand had been practicing clean herbal beauty for over 100 years. It’s a family-owned company that had some of the most expensive and most effective products on the market.

You can read my full review of Sisley hair products here. The two products that make the most significant difference in my hair are the shampoo and hair oil. Both are pricey, but the shampoo is very concentrated, so a little goes a long way, and the oil has such a large amount in the bottle that it will last for years. I’ve never used anything like this shampoo. My hair literally felt light as air but with a bouncy volume that started at the roots. My hair color is also less brassy when I use this. The hair oil has so many fabulous oils to nourish your hair! I apply two pumps to wet hair, starting at the roots, and when I finish styling it, I use two pumps again. I, however, have incredibly thick hair. Start with one drop and see how that works first.

If this price point is more that you want to spend on haircare, I highly recommend the Prose system. You will again take a quiz online and receive a customized hair care system. They take into account, age, environment, hair-loss, it’s a very detailed questionnaire to get you the best herbal based hair system.

DryBar

I’ve used DryBar products for years, and I love getting blowouts at the salons! Some of my favorite products are The Chaser, for adding shine and separation after I style my hair and  Sparkling Soda. This curling rod is the only hot tool I use.

I recently started using the Blonde Ale line and love what it does for my bleached ends. Especially now, with hair appointments being so far between. This purple shampoo and conditioner are must-haves if you have blonde hair. The mask and powder have even more of an impact on brightening up blonde hair and getting rid of brassiness.

I alternated between these quality products depending on what my hair needs at the time.


What are your go-to hair products do you love for thick and healthy hair? I’d love to hear in the comments!


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5 Easy Ways To Get Your Skin Glowing

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Tips for glowing skin

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Let’s “face” it. We’ve all grown a little weary of being in quarantine for the last few months. Our beauty routines have taken a hit, to say the least! We’ve become lax with our skincare regimens without help from our derms and salons to keep us looking good. With so much time indoors and little face to face interaction, we haven’t thought that much about it. Spending weeks inside can make the skin look dull, feel dry, and more acne-prone. Keep scrolling to see five tips for glowing skin! Headed into the summer months, it’s time to up your skincare game and get that glow back!


Drink more water.

I’m usually much better about this when life has me running around outside the home. However, now that I’m at home, I forget to drink the water I need to keep my skin hydrated! Water is so essential for your health! From your joints to your digestion. Hydration shouldn’t be ignored. I recently added this water bottle to my daily routine. I love having a goal of how much to during, and it comes with a straw! Pick your favorite color with lots to choose from.


Exfoliate

If you’re not using Exfoliating pads, now is an excellent time to start. When you exfoliate the outer layer of your skin, it makes a huge difference for a smoother and brighter complexion.  For the face, I love the Tula Exfoliate Pads! I’ve used them for years and get the most compliments on my skin after I use them. I can’t recommend them enough!

For your body, I hands down love Indi Lee coconut citrus body scrub. This scrub is the original clean beauty product Indie started her line with, making it in her kitchen. It’s not like any other body scrub out there. There is not an oily base, so it’s shower friendly. It always leaves my skin super smooth and hydrated! I also linked one for the guys, not leaving them out!


Overnight Masks

A sleeping mask can give you ultra-moisturized skin! Waking up with plump, youthful skin is the perfect way to start any day! An overnight mask will provide you with long-lasting moisture and rejuvenate your skin to a more natural glow you’re bound to love.

My go-to for a nighttime mask is the Sisley Rose Mask. I wake up with plump, moisturized skin that is glowing! It a luxe cream that is worth it!

 

Whenever I fly, I put a small amount into a travel container to apply in the air. I land with my skin looking better than when I left! I’ve also used the FRESH mask that is at a lower price point.


Oils and Serums

When you use oils or serums on your exfoliated, hydrated skin, you can’t help but glow! They are basically liquid therapy full of antioxidants and vitamins for your skin.  I tend to stick with high-quality oils for the best results. They come at a higher price point, but they also last about a year for me.

Oils and serums are my favorite skincare products. If I could only have one skincare item, it would be a powerful serum! My favorites are linked below. Erno Lazlo Timeless serum will glide on your skin for serious skin-smoothing results.  Indie Lee had amazing serums and oils I love!


Face Mists

After following these tips for glowing skin, you’re going to want to show it off and not cover it with makeup. I’m a huge face mist fan! I have several and always have one with me. Hydrating mists are lifesavers on hot summer days! Appling them as the last step to your routine will seal in the moisture.  If you do apply makeup, a quick mist is a perfect way to finish off.

It’s got to smell fabulous and be a bit of aromatherapy for me to love it. Favorites are below!


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Aloe Based Skincare With Lexli

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Keeping up with skincare trends can be hard to do! It seems like there is a new product line coming out every day. I tend to stick with the tried and true brands that I know work for my skin. Being a blogger, I get offered alot of beauty products to try, most of which I say no to. I do not have sensitive skin, but continually changing skin products tends to make me breakout.

However, when Lexli Advance Aloe Skincare approached me, I was intrigued. Lexli skincare has aloe-based products instead of water-based. Being that I grew up on the west coast, I’m very familiar with the healing properties of aloe for minor cuts and burns. Growing up, I would go outside and cut a small piece off of an aloe plant in the yard and squeeze the clear serum inside the plant and apply it to my wound.

Below are some are the healing properties of aloe.

  • Antioxidant and antibacterial properties
  • Accelerates the healing of burns
  • Reduces dental plaque.
  • Helps treat canker sores.
  • Reduces constipation.
  • May improve skin and prevent wrinkles.
  • Lowers blood sugar levels

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Revital-Eyes eye cream

There are two standout products I’ve tried from this line. The first is Lexli Revital-Eyes Rejuvenating & Firming Eye Cream. I’ve been using this hydrating eye-cream daily for the past 30 days. The thin skin around my eye is more hydrated and plumped.  This aloe vera eye-cream is silky smooth and absorbs instantly, encouraging skin’s natural collagen production. I love how it also smooths wrinkles. I apply this cream under and over make-up. It’s wonderful to use to the eye throughout the day.


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AloeGlyC

The second product I was really impressed with is the AloeGlyC. This is a cream glycolic acid exfoliator, unlike any other.  It has a base of organic, pharmaceutical-grade aloe vera, and glycolic acid. After I used this product once my skin was glowing and the texture was smoother! With results like unclogging and shrinking pores, I’m hooked!

AloeGlyC is packed with antioxidants, including Vitamin C beads, as well as Vitamins A, D, E, and Green Tea, that work to neutralize free radical damage, contributing to healthier- and younger-looking skin.

To apply AloeGlyC, place a nickel-size amount of product in the palm of your hand. Use gentle upward and outward strokes, smooth exfoliator onto face and neck. Staying away from the eyes. DO NOT WASH OFF. Allow AloeGlyC to sit on the skin for 10 to 15 minutes before applying the moisturizer of your choice.

AloeGlyC is included in the 2-week sample kit. The perfect way to see if this aloe skincare is for you!

Let me know your thoughts if you try it!


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Sisley Paris Haircare Review

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Hair Ritual by Sisley-Paris

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Haircare products are something I don’t mess around with, I have my favorites and stick with them. I only want to use products that are going to make my hair have a good day. I want my hair to be smooth without being weighed down, have a bouncy silky texture and shine.

However, when the iconic french brand Sisley-Paris sent me some of their luxurious Hair Rituel products, I was very excited! I’m already a huge fan of their plant-based skin-care line! Sidenote: This neck cream is a gamechanger!

Luxurious Hair Care

Precious Haircare Oil

The first product I used was the antioxidant-rich Precious Haircare Oil. This product is a standout for me, and I will have it in my haircare routine forever! The oil can be patted on dry or damp hair. I put one-two drops on my damp hair and scalp, style it then as a final step, work 1-2 drops into my dry hair. It leaves my hair with serious shine, nutrition, and never weighs is down. It helps give me a piecey, lived-in look I love! My hairdresser even asked me what I changed because my hair was looking so healthy!

I can’t say enough about this product. This lightweight oil delivers significant results with hydration, shine, and nutrition for the hair and scalp! It absorbs instantly, and it is suitable for every hair type. The oil is packaged in a 3.3 oz bottle, which is a significant amount! When you consider this size and how long it will last, it is less per ounce than the brand I was previously using.

Volumizing Spray

I tried this product next. The volumizing spray works well for giving me volume with texture. I spray it on my roots when my hair is damp then brush it through before I blow dry. It definitely did its job, but I wasn’t blown away by anything in particular.

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Color Perfecting Shampoo

I was super impressed with this shampoo! I fell in love with how it left my hair feeling and looking. The first time I used it, I washed my hair and scalp three times, now two is sufficient. Keep in mind I only wash my hair every 5-6 days, so its plenty dirty and full of products.  After using it one time, my hair had never felt so bouncy and light! It feels somehow different at the root, and it seems to give it needed lift. This product brightens my highlights and smoothes my hair without making it feel heavy, leaving it incredibly soft. I think it is 100% worth the high price tag and will repurchase this shampoo when I run out.

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Although this high-performance haircare line has a healthy price tag, it has been a gamechanger for my hair! If you’re looking for top-of-the-line ingredients, zero artificial scents, essential-oil laden, and sulfate-free products for your hair, I highly suggest trying this line. If your new to the line, start with the discovery set. You won’t be disappointed.

There are other products in this luxe haircare system that, if I try, I will keep you updated!


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Dermal Fillers 101- What you need to know

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Fillers

I started this blog because I love to share what works for me as a 50-year young woman:) I want to preface this post by saying a couple of things. First, using fillers or botox is a woman’s individual journey. As I talked about in my post How and When To Get Botox. For myself, I didn’t turn to fillers to help keep up my appearance until I was in my mid 40’s. I believe that doing IPL’s and superficial laser treatments helped keep the collagen in my face around longer than if I hadn’t done those type of treatments.  That is what you’re doing when you start to use derma fillers, basically replacing the fullness in your face that you lose as you age.

Where To Start

By far choosing the right doctor is where you need to start. Ask your friends, read online reviews, and go through their social media. The doctor’s office Instagram will give you a good sense of what their work looks like from the before and after pictures. Finally, schedule a consult to see if they are a good fit for you.

What To Fill

You will want to consult with your doctor about what needs attention. Lips are always a popular choice to start. Less is always more here. I go for a subtle enhanced look, plumping out the lines that were not there in my 20’s! You can add more product when you go to your 2-week after procedure appointment if you want more. Dissolving product is also an option at your check-up appointment if you’re not happy with the result. Dissolving product stings and bit and you’ve already paid for what you’re now removing, so that’s why it so important to choose the right doctor to get it right the first time.

I love to fill the bottom third of my face, my chin area. I feel like it smooths out my skin. Also, it magically makes my lips look fuller, and I always love the results! Under the eye filler also makes a dramatic difference! Filler along the cheekbone lifts your face a bit where your smile lines are and defines your cheeks. Filler can even be used to give you a straighter nose! I’ve seen amazing before and after’s on the nose area!

What Type Of Filler

There are so many types of fillers with new products coming out regularly. The molecules in fillers have been specially formulated for different areas of the face. Some are very thin for the under-eye area and some thicker for a more significant enhancement. Most types of fillers can be dissolved after they have been injected if you do not like the results. Some you cannot though so discuss that when you choose your type of filler.

Saving Face

I have been seeing Brooke at Saving Face for many years. I highly recommend her and her staff, Victoria and Lisa, if you are in Austin. Brooke was voted a top 100 injector in the nation! Injectiontables are their specialty and that is what they expertly do all day long.

I’m so excited to tell you about a special discount with Saving Face!!! Use the code HER FASHIONED LIFE to receive 10% off your injectable procedure of choice through September!!!

This discount can add up to a big chunk of cash so don’t wait if you want to book with Saving Face. Call them at 512-572-1280 to schedule your appt.

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Full Body IPL Treatment

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Getting a full body IPL spot treatment (scroll down for before/after pictures) is one of my favorite anti-aging procedures. I received my first treatment in my mid 30’s and was immediately addicted to how clear my skin was afterward!

I have had four more since then, over 15 years. Always during the winter months so that my skin that has been treated will be entirely covered while it heals. It’s also essential not have any sun exposure during the healing time. If you do, then using a sunscreen with a physical block (Zinc Oxide) is highly recommended.

What’s The Treatment Like

Unlike an IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) treatment on the face, there usually is not numbing cream applied before a body treatment. You shouldn’t need it. The sensation you feel will be like a rubber band flicking you. It’s very manageable. Trust me, I’m a big baby when it comes to pain, and I’ve never needed numbing cream. For me, alot of this treatment is focused on my arms. They are usually wholly treated. The rest of my body, belly, legs, and back are only treated where there are dark sunspots.

The spot treatment moves very fast and doesn’t usually take more than 20 minutes in total.

Aftercare

The only real aftercare you will need is to keep the treated areas out of the sun. However, I do highly suggest having this cream on hand to apply after an IPL procedure.  It’s a french emulsion that addresses burns.  I use it after any laser treatment I get. This cream soothes and speeds the healing process. Spread it on very thick, and your skin will absorb it quickly. You can put as many layers on as you need.

If you do have sun exposure, a physical sunscreen such as this one is ideal.

What you will see on your treated areas are the dark spots getting darker and eventually flaking off. Sometimes it can take three weeks for them to entirely on your body. Your face happens much quicker.

Choosing Your Doctor

Choosing your doctor is the most critical part of getting an IPL done. I have been severely burnt before. Not fun you don’t want to go there. If that does happen though just know that your skin eventually will even out, and the result from the burn, which is striping, will fade.

Luckily, laser technology evolves very quickly, and the new machines out there can prevent this from happening. What device your doctor will be using is import to know.

If your in or around Austin, I highly recommend Dr. Saxon. She is a top-rated expert in her field. Dr. Saxon also has the newest, best machine out there that I have seen. It’s called an ICON IPL machine and has a handheld device that will measure the melanin in your skin. It then sets the exact setting for your skin type. This way there is not any guessing or burning. You can safely achieve clear skin without the chance of burning!

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Having had melanoma skin cancer in my past, I do suggest you see your dermatologist to get cleared before having this treatment. Hopefully, you are going for yearly skin checks already.


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Everything You Need To Know About Microneedling

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Micro-Needling

Micro-needling is one of my favorite anti-aging procedures. I’ve had five treatments in the past year, and the multiple benefits that I have seen in my skin have been incredible. This procedure has reduced my fine lines around my mouth and eyes, helped the crepey skin on the neck and built collagen in my chest area. Pores are also reduced giving a smooth finish to my skin.

Needless to say, I’m a huge fan and somewhat addicted to this procedure. Unlike laser treatments, that you need to be out of the sun for, this can be done year around. It will not affect any fillers you have in your face either because there is no heat.

If you follow my anti-aging instastories on Instagram, you’ve seen me walk you through the whole treatment from start to finish. I also go through my after procedure care so you will get the most from your treatment.

Know Before You Go:

Choose Your Doctor Wisely –

Even though this procedure is widely done at med spa’s around the country and even sold to do it yourself at home (more about that below) do your research and find a qualified professional to do this treatment. Never take any skin treatment lightly. You want to put your self in capable, experienced hands when it comes to your face. Do not just look to price when you’re making your decision. Research online reviews, ask friends or your dermatologist. You might end up paying a little more, but your results and experience will most likely be better.

What To Wear – 

Usually, you take your shirt off and put on a robe once you get there. Your face, neck, and chest, if you decide to do all three, will have topical numbing cream applied before the treatment. I suggest wearing a cotton button up that is washable, so you do not have to slide a top over your face after the procedure. Cotton just feels better than a sweater over irritated skin.

Some places provide disposable headbands for your hair; some do not. I suggest just bringing your own to keep your hair out of the numbing cream.

I usually take my shoes off when having this treatment, so socks are cozy too.

Aftercare – 

The procedure usually takes 15 min to numb and 15-30 min to complete. There might be a small amount of mini dark (blood) spots on your face, this is normal. Bruising could also happen around the eyes. No make-up is to be applied for 24 hours. What you do want to apply for bonus skin-care points is a retinol product. Know that this will probably make you peel whereas the micro-needling does not make you peel.

The microscopic holes in your skin will take any product you use down deeper than usual. Look to Hyaluronic Acid and serums to keep reapplying during this time. If you have a red light skin therapy device, I highly suggest using that as well!

I usually try to make it a down day at home when I have this done, but I can totally do small errands.


Saxon MD

I couldn’t be happier to put my face in the hands of Dr. Saxon. She is a top rated, board-certified plastic surgeon that has relocated to Austin Tx about a year ago. When you meet Dr. Saxon and her wonderful team they make you feel completely at ease and will be there to help you through any procedure you have with her! Bonus: She is doing all of the procedures herself at this time, so you know you are in very capable hands!

You can read about her extensive training here. 

Dr. Saxon has graciously answered some Question below about micro-needling. Please feel free to put any other questions in the comments below!


What is micro-needling?

Micro-needling is a handheld device that uses rapid-fire tiny needles to create a series of many tiny punctures in the top layer of skin. This controlled injury inspires the skin’s natural healing process to respond, which leads to
collagen production and cell turnover.

What will micro-needling treat?

Microneedling treats fine lines, uneven texture and tone of the skin, and can improve the appearance of acne and other types of scars.

Will it hurt?

A topical numbing cream is applied all over the face before treatment, so pain should be minimal. Most people say the vibration of the hand-held device actually tickles a little.

How much downtime can a person expect?

This procedure has little to no downtime. You can expect the treated areas to be fairly red the first 24 hours afterward, but then you should be left with just mildly pink skin if anything. It is advised to avoid wearing makeup or applying any skin products for the first 24 hours after the procedure, after which sunscreen should be worn every day.

How many treatments do you suggest?

A series of three treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart is. Great starting point. Some people may need more treatments depending on the severity of skin imperfections.

What does it cost?

A package of 3 is $800, a package of 5 sessions is $1200

Can this procedure be done effectively and safely at home?

At-home micro-needling treatments usually involve using a dermaroller and offer only modest results. I don’t particularly like these since the needles don’t pierce the skin perpendicularly and can damage the skin. It is also more difficult to clean, and the needles tend to get dull with repeated use making it easier to cause scars. The spread of bacteria can at the least cause acne, but at worse can cause an infection in the skin, such as a Staph infection. Also, if treatments are not done by an experienced practitioner it is easy to be too aggressive or not aggressive enough leaving you with a bad result.


When you call Dr. Saxon for an appointment, tell them Tammy from Her Fashioned Life sent you and you will get a free consultation (value $100.00)

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Why You Need Beauty Cocktails In Your Routine

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Beauty Cocktails 101

Beauty cocktails are basically combining several products together and applying as one. This not only saves time but you can also control how much product is in the mixture. I usually have the main product be the bulk of the cocktail then another product at half as much and a third product at a quarter. Mixing the products in your hand before you apply to your skin or hair will give you an even application. There is such a noticeable difference when applied this way, especially to your face!

Why You Need Beauty Cocktails In Your Routine

Why You Need Beauty Cocktails In Your Routine

Beauty Cocktails

Cocktail – Night Anti-Aging Treatment

I started using Tazarotene, a strong prescription Retinol cream and found I was missing using my usual oils and moisturizer at night. I decided to start mixing the products together, then applying as one blended product and woke up to my skin literally glowing!

*All of the details of what you need to know about Retinol are found here 

I love the effective results, Retinol gives! It is an anti-aging prescription cream that minimizes wrinkles, builds collagen and lightens dark spots. It is the one cream that you need in your skin-routine over 35.

The Naturopathica Carrot Seed Oil smells so good!  The three key organic oils in it are carrot, evening primrose seed, and lavender.  Maybe it’s the lavender oil in it, but I can’t wait to put it on! It hydrates and protects the skin. You can also mix this in with your facial cleanser!

The CosMedix pure C  in a powdered form keeps the strength high. It can sometimes degrade in liquid form. This product is an absolute favorite of mine!  It tingles a little when you put it on. That just helps me know it is active and working. This anti-aging product brightens my skin and helps protect it from free radicals. I never want to be without this!

1 part – Tazarotene (Retinol A by Prescription) Alternate over the counter – SkinCeuticals

1/2 –  Naturopathica Carrot Seed Oil

1/4 – CosMedix Pure C 


Beauty cocktails

Cocktail – Foundation For Natural Glowy Skin

I actually just started doing this and I’m obsessed! La Mer soft fluid foundation is my personal favorite. I’m on my second bottle of it. I feel like the patented miracle broth ingredient, sunscreen, smell and texture are worth the high price. It is, however, is a bit matte for my tastes.

I used to layer Charlotte Tilbury Healthy Glow over my foundation.  If you haven’t tried CT Healthy Glow do yourself a favor and order a tube today! This magical product evens out your skin tone and truly gives you a summertime healthy glow! I then found another CT product, Brightening Youth Glow, which is also so amazing! The results when I blend them together before I apply are gorgeous!

If you need more moisture in your skin during cold months or just have a drying foundation, add a bit of skin oil to the cocktail.

1 part – La Mer soft fluid foundation 

1/2 – Charlotte Tilbury Healthy Glow

1/3 – Charlotte Tilbury Youth Glow


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Cocktail – Makeup

Using makeup pallets is an easy way to blend together colors to achieve your desired effect.  Whether you’re blending a bronzer, eyeshadow or blush, you can create your perfect custom color! Also, lipsticks are almost always better mixed with other colors. Most in-home professional makeup artists bring a pallet of cream lipsticks and create and blend a custom shade for you.

I’ve used the La Bella Donna products pictured above for years! They blend beautifully and have all day staying power that I love! The luminous glow you get with these powders is just gorgeous!  All ingredients are pure, clean and never tested on animals.

Bronzer Pallet La Bella Donna Sunset

Blush Pallet La Bella Donna

Eye Shadow Pallet La Bella Donna


Beaty Cocktail

Cocktail – Hair Smoothing

Not sure why I didn’t start doing this sooner but better late than never I guess! I have thick coarse hair and achieving the smooth finish my hairstylist is able to achieve is a challenge for sure! If you have hair like mine, I highly suggest this cocktail!

I started using Monat hair products and have truly seen a difference in my texture. #notsponcered  It also helps with hair loss and tames that brassy look between hair appointment I used to get! The Blo Out cream is made for ALL HAIR types. It is a game changer!

The Phyto Secret de Nuit Intense Hydration cream is actually an overnight repair product. It is going to restore softness and shine to your hair. This whole product line is top of the tier for anti-aging hair products.

Lastly, I’ve been a Kevin Murphy fan for years. This smoothing product does just that, it smooths the hair follicle to give you a silky feel!

 

1 – part Monat Blo Out Cream Jonie Canfield with the link in her bio for more information.

1/2 – Phyto Secret de Nuit Intense Hydration

1/4 – Kevin Murphy Smooth Again


Do you use beauty cocktail now? Are you ready to try one?

Thank you so much for reading!

xx Tammy

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How and When To Start Getting Botox

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How and when to get Botox

When you read a blog post on Her Fashioned Life, I want you to feel comfortable that I’m being transparent and honest with you in all things. That said, let me start by saying, I am not in any way an expert or doctor and all information and opinions below are from my past experiences. I’m also very excited to have the owner of Saving Face, Brooke Nichol RN, agree to answer a couple of questions at the end of this post and get her expert opinions.

I started my journey with Botox at age 35. The middle of the brows, the 11’s, as they are called, were my first target. At this time, I only needed to go every 6 months or so to keep the wrinkles at bay. As I aged more I added my forehead and then finally around the eyes, (crows feet) a touch. Now in my late 40’s, I have a regularly scheduled appointment,  just like I do with my hair or nails,  every 3-4 months. At each appointment, my chosen expert, Brooke from Saving Face, skillfully assess my face with her trained eye and treats me accordingly to what I would benefit from.


When Should You Start Injections

“Aging is out of your control how you handle it though is in your hands. “-Diane Von Furstenberg

I’m happy to say injectables are becoming more acceptable in our society! Woman have access to cutting-edge products and techniques that are helping them age gracefully. When and if you decide to take advantage of Botox is ultimately up to you, and your comfort level of what you think of your reflection in the mirror. One thing to remember about Botox is that it’s not permanent. Usually 4-5 months and then it’s gone. So it’s not a major commitment.

It’s a bit of a trend now for 20 somethings to start injections before they see the wrinkles. I do not have experience with this so I cannot attest to being an early bird. I waited until I had the wrinkles and knew I would feel better about my appearance without them.


What You Need To Know and Do Before You Go

Research

Word of mouth is one of the best ways to find a qualified and good doctor, however, unless you know the women very well, you’re not going to want to ask people where they are getting their botox. The next best way to find a reputable doctor is to start with an internet search of “Best Botox Doctors in Austin” – or your city. Make a list of 10 or so, Google each doctor to look for red flags in reviews. When you have your list down to 3 or 4, call the offices and ask about the training and experience of the doctor administering the botulinum toxin injections.

Also, ask about pricing per unit in your phone call. Most reputable doctors will run around the same, but they can give you a rough estimate of how much the treatment will be for each area.

Please stay away from all pop-up shops, botox parties and Groupon discounts, these can lead to very bad experiences you do not want to have.

Once you feel confident in your choice, you can either schedule a consult to get to know the doctor better, answer any questions and get a firmer cost for the procedure or go ahead and schedule to receive treatment.

The treatment is very quick, 15 to 30 min.  A numbing cream will not be used. Saving Face gives you an ice pack right before they inject which is very appreciated!

Pre Injections

  • Skip the fish oil, vitamin E, aspirin or anything that thins your blood for 2-3 days prior. This will lessen any bruising.
  • Take arnica or bromelain (pineapple) supplements the day of.
  • Plan the timing of your appt. There is a chance of bruising, usually, you can cover with makeup, but if you have an event planned just know that it is possible.

Post Appointment

  • I love to rub in arnica oil at the injection spots for 24 hours or so, it helps with swelling and bruising. You can also continue the bromelain supplements after until your bruise, if any, goes away.
  • Stay upright for 3-4 hours.

Side Effects

  • You may have bumps at the injection sites for up to 15 min or so. Most likely, they will be gone by the time you get to your car.
  • Slight Bruising

It will take 3-5 days to see the full results. When it takes effect your skin should be visibly smooth. Not artificial looking, just youthful. Most doctors want to see you two weeks after to see if any touch up is needed.

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Saving Face Q & A

Saving Face is a boutique injectable lounge, in Austin, Texas. They specialize in anti-aging injectables, including dermal fillers, neuromuscular modulators, and skin care. The owner, Brooke Nichol and her nurse practitioner, Victoria Hunter pride themselves in knowing the latest techniques and procedures with the safest, FDA regulated products. They only do injections all day long and are experts in their field. Brooke and Victoria are dedicated to excellent services and client relationships. First, they will assist you in a custom treatment plan to collaborate on what the next few steps may be in your process. After clearing an aesthetic assessment, you will be on your way to feeling great with a rejuvenated, fresh face.

I have been going to Saving Face now for a year, and couldn’t be happier! Their knowledge of the facial muscles and how to give, in Brooke’s words,  “a new natural appearance” is truly like no other I’ve experienced through the years! I’m so happy I have found this little gem in Austin and couldn’t recommend them more if you live in Austin TX!

Brooke has kindly agreed to answer some questions I had for her below!

I would love to hear your thoughts on what botox can add to the modern woman’s life.

Thank you so much for including me in this blog and for entrusting me with your beautiful face. At Saving Face, our motto is, Look Good, to feel Good, to Do Good and for today’s modern woman, Botox is one of the most efficient ways to do just that. It is a quick and painless approach to anti-aging where results can take you further than lotions and potions.

There is alot of confusion between the products, Botox and Dysport. Can you tell us the difference?

There are three FDA approved Neuro-modulators in the US currently. We often time misuse the brand Botox for the treatment similar to the Kleenex brand for tissue. Without getting too detailed, Botox takes a little longer to take effect (5-7 days) where Dysport can take effect immediately (1-3 days). Xeomin is the other brand on the market where in some cases can be the saving grace when Botox or Dysport doesn’t work and it is what I use when I travel because it doesn’t need to be refrigerated. The results are completely personalized to each individual. I would suggest trying them all and seeing which one works best for you.

Besides the facial muscles, what other areas of the body can benefit from using Botox?

Botox is used for many medical issues but the most common that we see, hyperhidrosis (excess sweating either in underarms, palms, or feet), migraines, and TMJ.

How common and what is the dreaded droopy eye?

There is a common misinterpretation of “droopy eye” versus “droopy brow”. A true lid ptosis (“lazy eye”) is not common at all and in the recent Botox study for treating the forehead lines was less than 1%. A more common side effect is a heavy brow or asymmetry in the brows. This can usually be corrected easily and should be addressed in the follow-up appointment. If you hold your brows up subconsciously you are likely not a candidate to treat the forehead lines because we would all rather see than have a smooth forehead.

How long does this procedure usually last in a patient?

This procedure takes 15 minutes to perform with individualized results lasting between 3 and 4 months. We tend to treat very conservatively and therefore we see our patient back closer to every 3 months. It gives a more natural result and clients seem to not mind one extra treatment a year versus looking a bit odd or “frozen”.

Thank you for reading! I hope this answers your questions and if not please feel free to leave a comment below or email me at Tammy@HerFashionedLife.com.

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