Wednesday, December 13, 2017

My Pursuit Of Eternal Youth With Nurse Fiona Featuring: Viva by Venus Versa With PRP Facial Review!

Aging is inevitable. Aging gracefully while for a very lucky few happens naturally, for most is a choice. A choice we can make everyday when we decide to put sunblock in the morning before heading out, the choice to wash our makeup off every night, the choice to invest in good skin care products, the choice to try some of the many DIY's out there to help your skin look its best. One of the most important routines for me in my hopes of aging gracefully is having a good facial every month. If you have been following for some time then you know I love Nurse Fiona and her staff. They stay up to date with the latest and best skincare treatments and they are just the most genuine and knowledgeable people to have looking out for my skin. 

Two weeks ago I went in to try the Venus Viva with PRP facial, a non surgical skin resurfacing that corrects signs of skin damage and improves the appearance of acne scars. It improves the appearance of enlarged pores, deep wrinkles, uneven skin texture, rosacea, scars and stretch marks. Adding your PRP to the Venus Viva is optional but its so worth it. 

PRP is short for Palette Rich Plasma it is obtained by drawing the patient's blood, spinning it down in a centrifuge, drawing off the layer of Platelet Rich Plasma (rich yellow liquid). Fiona Drew two vials, one to apply with the Venus Viva and one to inject directly into my skin. The benefits of PRP are when injected into the skin it helps repair, rejuvenate and remodel damaged tissue. All this means is more collagen production in the ares injected, which helps with fine lines, wrinkles, skin texture, enlarged pores and uneven skin tones. 

Before Your Treatment: 

Avoid products like Retin-A, scrubs, sun bathing, and salicylic acid for at least one week before treatment. 

The Process: 

The Esthetician will do a skin analysis to determine what strength is best for your skin concerns and skin type. Then the Esthetician starts by numbing a small area on the back of your neck where she will test the strength to make sure you are comfortable with it and your skin has no reaction. If you are adding the PRP Fiona would have drawn your blood around this time as well. 

The Venus Viva treatment on its own lasts around 45 minutes, with PRP about about one hour and a half. The whole treatment was very comfortable for me, I would rate the "pain" level to a 1. The best way to describe the feeling is like light pins on the skin. 

The second vial of PRP was then injectected by nurse Fiona, the pain level for this part was between a 3-5. The eye area surprisingly was the least painful, around the mouth was a very pinchy and burning sensation.

The After Care:

My skin was immediately red and as the numbing cream started to wear off I can start to feel the "burning" and discomfort one feels after a sunburn. It also felt dry and hard from the dried up plasma.

As always the aftercare is all up to you, the results will be more effective if you follow the recommendations given by your esthetician and nurse. The aftercare is very simple in my opinion; No sunscreen for 24-48 hours after treatment so stay indoors! Use a mild cleanser for the first week or two after your treatment and avoid scrubs, or any harsh products. 

I was given a post care product kit to use the cleanser, I washed my face the next day so I can have the plasma doing its thing overnight. My routine convicted of only two steps; Mild face wash (Ormedic By Image) and a light moisturizer. 

Overall I'm satisfied with the results so far, I have some breakouts which is very normal after any facial treatment. The only negative I would say is my skin was not back to normal as fast as I was expecting. On day 6 I could still see the squares the laser leaves behind but nothing makeup couldn't cover. The whole process of the Viva was painless and fast, the PRP was a little more uncomfortable but very bearable. I can notice a difference under my eyes and in the brightness of my skin. 

I would definitely get the treatment done again every few months to maintain a youthful complexion! 

The treatment can be done every 4 weeks if targeting major issues, for preventative treatment it is recommended every 3-6 months. 

Where: Nurse Fiona Medical Spa HERE
Treatment: Viva by Venus Versa
Price: $500 
Add PRP for $300
Mention @steffanyschoice at checkout and receive 20% off your spa treatments. 

For more information I might not be including here or a list of contradictions go to the Venus Viva website HERE

Monday, December 4, 2017

DIY Of The Week: Grow Longer Healthier Hair Fast With This Overnight Oil Treatment!

I shared this quick and easy DIY to grow longer and healthier hair while you sleep. These are all proven ingredients to helps boost your hair growth, add shine, and maintain a healthy hydrated scalp. I recommend you do this atleast every other weeks for longer and thicker hair. 

In an empty container (preferably like this one HERE) I like to mix a one month worth of use. I also recommend using a shower terry lined cap like this one HERE. Let me know if you try this DIY!

Please Note: Due to the peppermint Oil this recipe is not recommended for use in the face, or anywhere near eyes. As always do patch tests if fear of allergies, or sensitive skin. 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

For The Smoothest Skin: fresh Brown Sugar Body Polish Review!

   Smooth skin is life and a good scrub will give you just that. A good scrub needs the best combination of exfoliation and hydration. A scrub with no hydrating ingredients can over exfoliate which irritate the skin, one with too much oils, soaps, or other add ons can be too hydrating but not aid in the skin turnover we want from a scrub. 

What I love the most about this scrub is how soft my skin feels, and not a super oily and tacky feeling that some leave behind. A baby smooth softness that very few scrubs give. The best part is that the feeling lasts for days. Moisturizing after is really not necessary at all! 

The best way to describe the scent is "Sweet citrus" with a hint of peppermint, its smooth and not overpowering. I got a good 4 uses out of the 7oz size container and like to use it once a week, as the last step in my shower. I love it and recommend it to anyone wanting smother, healthier, and more vibrant skin.  

Heres The Description On 

Brown Sugar Body Polish is the original, natural sugar exfoliant and the unrivaled treatment for supremely soft skin after just one use.

Proven to have a significant moisturizing effect for 24 hours
100% felt it left skin exfoliated, softened, supple, and healthy-looking while protecting against dryness
97% reported a hydrating, nourishing, and smoothing effect
94% said it softened skin after just one use and removed dry patches so skin is velvety and silky to the touch

Product: fresh Brown Sugar Body Polish 
Where To Buy:
Price: $39 

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Life Update: Four Girls, A Breast Lift And Lots Of Goals!

As some of you may know I have been giving this blogging thing a go for a LONG time now, way before it was even so popular. Its something that I genuinely love to do and every time I let life get in the way and stop doing it, I cant stop thinking about it. I wanted to start making these life update, this way I not only keep my self accountable for the goals I set for myself but to also keep it 100 with all of you. According to my Facebook history it was a little over six years ago that I first uploaded a video to youtube, six years is a long time. 

During those six years I stayed active for maybe half the time, I would start blogging consistently make a little progress then stop. Well my friends that is why today November 20017 I am not any where near as successful in the blogging word as my peers that started blogging around the same time  as me. There are days that this makes me feel a little frustrate with myself, but these past six years, while I have not been consistent with my blog I have been consistently growing as a wife and mom. 
I am now the mother of four beautiful girls, we moved in to a dream home last year and I am now more clear and focused on what I want to gain from "influencing". 
The one thing that people fail to realize is that blogging takes A LOT of work, I find my days struggling to make time in the day to get some post up. There is so much details that go into it now, everything is so saturated and there is where someone starting can get discouraged.

I always get asked the same questions, how do I start a blog, how can I be successful. My answer is always the same: do what I haven't done, be CONSISTENT!! I cant stress that enough, its unbelievable the amount of engagement I get when I'm consistent. The second most important, be genuine I refuse to post or share anything that I wouldn't recommend to my family or use myself. Last, make sure its something you truly love and enjoy or it will not work out. My last advise for anyone wanting to start a blog? make a schedule, plan out your week every Sunday, this is where I struggle because I have five lives that depend on me and can change the course of my day on any given moment. That being said if you have it written down on a calendar it will most likely get done. 

I will end this part of my life update with this quote that its as real as the Six and a half years that has passed since I uploaded my first video: " Don't think about what can happen in a month. Don't think about what can happen in a year. Just focus on the 24 hours in front of you and do what you can to get closer to where you want to be. 

Mama Got A Boob Job 

Breastfeeding my girls was always the plan, it was something that I can never imagine not doing. I bonded with them in a way that no one else in the world can. That beautiful experience however left your girl with her Double D boobs looking like a hot mess! I knew I needed a lift and a reduction even after Gabi (13) but there was no way I could ever live with the idea I wouldn't be able to breastfeed any of my kids so I patiently waited to be completely done having babies. 

The truth is I always felt guilty for wanting to get a breast lift, my family however were all so supportive that after Camila my angel baby, I went and did something for me. The thought of going under the knife was the most stressful thought I ever dealt with. I could not shake the possibility that I could die. I cried so much and honestly thought of not going thru with the surgery many times. 

I will not get to into the whole logistics of it but I am happy to say even after some complications I am happy I did it. I was hoping for a smaller cup but because of all the excess skin I had, the implant had to be of a larger size. Today almost 3 months post-surgery I am almost back to normal. I think when all the inflammation is gone I will be a true C cup which will be great. 

So thats my life update, I look forward to 2018 being the best year of my life! 

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

DIY Of The Week: Depuff And Brighten Your Under Eyes Instantly!

Lets face it, the holidays can be both fun and stressful at the same time. The days seem to only get shorter and your list of to do's only get longer. I show this stress in my eyes, they get so puffy and dark that it looks like someone punched me in both eyes. 

As much as I love to rely on my daily routines to treat my skin imperfections, nothing works quite as good as my DIY's. The ingredients are fresh and the results are always more noticeable. One of my favorite ingredients for skin lightning (brightening) are in this amazing mask. Use it and let me know if you love it as much as I do! 

1 Tablespoon Mashed Banana
1 Tablespoon Raw Potato (Shredded) 
Lemon Juice 

Mix together banana and potato and add just a squeeze of lemon juice. Place mixture in the fridge for 10-30 minutes before applying under the eyes. Make sure you don’t get any in your eyes when applying. Let sit for 5-10 minutes before removing gently with a wet towel. Repeat up to Three times a week if needed.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer Review!

I think we can all agree when I say that concealer is one of the most important makeup items. A great concealer is supposed to conceal, even out, and the most important not crease like crazy. I have been a fan of Nars concealers for sometime now and I just became obsessed with their most recent one.

Nars soft matte concealer is perfection, I love it so much that as of late, I exclusively use it for doing my makeup. I carry it in my makeup bag to apply it on the go with confidence. It comes in my skin color, it needs minimum setting, and does not crease on me at all.  The coverage is full and the finish is exactly a "Soft Matte" the best way to describe it. 

I have very dark and noticeable veins in the side of my eyes as well as dark circles and the concealer cancels everything out. I also use it all over my face where I need a little coverage and it gives my skin such a natural healthy look. It's the perfect tool for the "no makeup" makeup look! My daily routine consists of this concealer, mascara, blush and lips. I highly recommend it and think its one if not the best concealer I have tried.

The Description Of Product The Product On Nars Website: 

Natural look. High coverage. Soft-focus smoothing complex blurs, conceals, and smooths imperfections. Complete comfort. Completely natural-looking. Concealing hits an all-time high. Oil-free. Long-wearing. Non-drying. 16 shades for all skin tones.

INSTANT RESULTS: Soft-focus blurring with high-performance coverage. Optimal Diffusion Powder helps maximize light diffusion with spherical surface powders designed to absorb and refract light for soft-focus perfection. High coverage with weightless wear. Advanced powders with a unique structure lay flat, staying in place without settling into fine lines and pores.
 LONG-TERM BENEFITS: Softer, smoother skin. Collagen-boosting peptides and hyaluronic acid reduce the appearances of wrinkles and pores by helping plump the look of skin. Antioxidant Daily Defense delivers a protective cocktail of Vitamins A, C, and E.
Product: Nars Soft Matte Concealer 
Purchased: Barneys 
Price: $30

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Thanksgiving Giveaway!

I have been wanting to do a giveaway for you guys in a long time, because I cant think of any better way of thanking all of you for reading my blog, liking and commenting on my pictures on Instagram. 

As most of you know I love skincare, its definitely my number one love. I love it when my skin looks great and I don't need any makeup, not to mention that when my skin looks great it makes my makeup look airbrushed! So thats why I found it most appropriate to giveaway these amazing products to one of you. I took my time in selecting products I use and I can thank for my good skin days! 
  • Dermaflash: Want to know how amazing this is? Check out my review HERE
  • Dr. brandt microdermabrasion: Its one of my favorite products to prep my skin for makeup and I live using it before a mask as well. Find out more info about it HERE

  • Juice Beauty Smoothing Eye Concentrate: This eye cream works amazing at brightening my under eye circles. Find out more HERE
  • Karuna Hydrating + Face Mask : Improves hydration by 40% and promotes elasticity. To find out more about this mask click HERE

  • Cover FX Illuminating Setting Spray:This spray sets your makeup and also illuminates your face. I like using it alone when I'm not wearing any makeup for an extra glow. Find out more info HERE
  • Lancome Dual Finish Highlighter Illuminating Powder: This highlighter is absolutely stunning. I will be giving the lucky winner which ever shade you want. For more info click HERE

I appreciate you all so much, and I want to take this opportunity to promise to always stay true to myself and to you. If you are reading it in my blog then its my honest opinion, wether they are paying me or no. I can not be bought and I will not talk about it if I don't genuinely and truly love it. 

To Enter: Make sure you follow me on Instagram, Like and tag your bff on the picture with the giveaway announcement. That's it! The giveaway begins 11/14 and Ends 11/23 Winner will be announced on Black Friday 11/24.