#YouTubers and skin

I turned on #YouTube today, I haven’t in months, and watched the first @glamlifeguru video that was on my list. I’m sad to say I’m incredibly disappointed. Within a minute of starting the YouTuber was trashing palettes left and right and this @beccacosmetics was the first on the list. As Tati sat trashing beautiful palettes I couldn’t help but feel sad. Sad for all the young girls I see these days thinking they need to wear a #kimkardashianwest cake face of makeup on a daily basis.

Instead of teaching about skin health, skincare, and how to enhance natural beauty with makeup, Youtubers sit slamming makeup because it isn’t bold or bright enough for their everyday drag style cakeface makeup. Not that I don’t like drag makeup, I actually feel that it’s an art form in itself. I also feel it necessary to say I love watching all these Youtubers. I feel like they do a lot of great things and do have a lot of knowledge. There is just a whole lot they are still not saying!

It’s time to empower these young girls to love who they are and how to enhance their natural beauty. It’s also important to teach the importance of skincare and knowing what you are putting on your face and body. I was completely appalled when I saw that my daughters 13 year old cousin knew how to perfectly apply a full cake face down to lashes, contouring, and baking. What 13 year old should be baking their face?!?!?! The answer is none. What 13year old should know the importance of taking care of their skin? All of them!

Lashes, contouring, and baking. That 13 year old girl is asking for wrinkles, patchy skin, and the need for Botox in her 20’s and so will every other young girl out there that follows these youtubers and thinks what they teach is life. Let’s teach these girls responsible makeup use and knowledge of good and bad ingredients and how they react to different skin concerns and types.

Responsible skincare and responsible makeup is just as important as responsible nutrition and exercise. No makeup won’t cause obesity but at the same time some of the ingredients in some of the cosmetic products can cause cancer and get in your bloodstream and over time can make you sick. Your skin is the largest organ of your body, it acts as a filter and a canvas. You only get one skin and it’s time to nourish and love the skin you are in!

Juvly Esthetics

My experience’s at Juvly, as a model, as a client, and getting lip filler for the first time.

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* Photo from Juvly’s Facebook page linked below.

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I first heard about Juvly right before they opened their first Columbus Ohio location. My best friend was so excited to tell me about the medi-spa. When she lived in New York City she had gone to the Manhattan office for different procedures and she absolutely loved it. She could not stop raving about it. So she called to the Columbus location and asked tons of questions  my best friend found that the go to person her was Liz  Liz is the Master Provider and is known for her “Lips by Liz”.

The second she could make an appointment she did. The first thing she had done when they opened were her lips. She had then done for her birthday, tha was her present herself. It is something I can remember her talking about for as long as I’ve known her.

She sent me pictures immediately after she had them done. Even right after she had her lips done, even though they were swollen, they looked perfect. So of course I wanted mine done but I had just had my last child and I was nursing. When you are pregnant or breastfeeding you can’t have any injectables done, so that meant I had to wait.

In the meantime I decided I would go have a consultation. Just to see what they thought I might possibly need done or how many vials of what I would need etc. So by this point I had heard about “Lips by Liz”. 1.  I follow them on Instagram and 2. my best friend has “Lips by Liz”.

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* Taken from the Juvly Facebook linked below.

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So I knew Liz was the way to go. During my consultation with her, Liz could not have been more sweet and more knowledgeable. She was so patient with me which I truly appreciated. Being an aesthetician and a make up artist, and just generally obsessed with skin and beauty, I can ask questions and talk all day. So the fact that she took her time and was so patient and kind with me knowing that I was getting no service that day truly went very far with me.

Finally when I was able to have services done I lucked out completely. Juvly was having a model call. I immediately emailed them to submit a photo. It was November it was close to my birthday I had just stopped nursing my last child and I wanted my lips done. Now not everybody is going to feel comfortable being a model when you’re having something injected into your face. For myself being a licensed aesthetician I was completely comfortable with it. I have been in these scenarios before in my own career. Learning things like chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and derma-planing. I have modeled and I have also had to have models to learn things like this. Granted the things that I’ve learned in the past have not been anywhere near as invasive as a lip filler but these are nurses and doctors training. Plus after seeing person after person that Liz had worked on I felt more than comfortable with her aesthetic eye training someone. I mean she’s not going to let me walk out of there all jacked up.

Well I got lucky, I got one of those coveted modeling appointments. When I went to Juvly for my appointment the parking was incredibly easy. It could be a little sticky seeing that it is the downtown office but there’s a parking garage directly across the street and they have meters out front. So I felt safe putting my car in the parking garage. I went in and did  all my necessary paperwork. They showed me back to my room and next had Liz come in and talk to me.

Liz came in with the person she was training. They came in to do the beginning consultation, talk about any allergies, and all the necessary stuff and then went into what am I looking for. I wanted my lips to be bigger. I wanted a noticeable difference but I like the shape of my lips. I don’t want my lips to look completely different, I didn’t want them to look puffy and over done. Bulging like you see some people’s lips that look like two stuffed sausages, you know what I’m talking about. Obviously that showed I was nervous. Liz assured me that they never put more than 1 syringe in anyone’s lips that’s never had lip injections before. So that made me feel more comfortable and I knew I wasn’t gonna have completely over done lips.

I felt pretty safe so we decided on the Juvéderm Ultra Plus, (I will add a description from their website on the bottom of the specific filler). So the first thing they did next was to put on a numbing gel on my lips for about 20 minutes. So make sure you have your phone or your iPad or whatever you want to bring for entertainment purposes. When I say it’s a numbing it’s numbing. I legit couldn’t feel my lips or my tongue, I may have gotten some in my mouth. Totally my fault. So after about 20 minutes that’s when I came back in and they started. Here is where I really love the modeling appointments. I get to sit and listen to them discuss and educate the whole time. Listen to the game planning. These are things I don’t know that I would get to hear otherwise. This is where the nerd in me gets overly excited. It’s like a hardcore Game of Thrones lover at Comicon.

I could sit there all day and listen but once they got to that bottom lip that’s where it kind of starts hurting a little bit. I shouldn’t say hurt more like pinch because that’s really the only spot that you feel it. The cream or gel that they put on first really does a great job at numbing. Overall the entire injection time I think about 30 minutes and that’s in a training appointment. I would think in a regular appointment the total injection time would have to be 10 minutes tops unless you have a difficult situation.

OK I’ll admit when I looked in the mirror I was a little nervous. I was swollen and I had bled a little but the shape looked great. For after care I was instructed to only use a gentle lotion on my lips no fragrance, nothing irritating. Give it two days and then start massaging my lips because the filler they use is going to be pliable. I was sore! I was sore for like two days. I really wasn’t prepared for that especially because it didn’t really hurt when they were injecting me. The soreness was from the swelling. I didn’t realize how small my lips were originally. When the swelling down went down I was almost kind of sad it went down. I was left with the most beautiful lips though. I could not have been more happy. So that’s when I decided everything that I was going have done In the future would have to be at Juvly.

Another four months went by and I was starting to get the itch again. It was about time for another round of my Botox. Botox is something that you have to continually do. It suggested that you do it every 3 to 4 months. The more you do it the longer lasting results you’ll have. This time I went to the Polaris location and saw Danielle. I enjoyed my experience there as well. The office was in a private building with a private parking lot. The office was so large it may have taken up an entire floor in the building. I was warmly greeted and upon arrival I let them know I was on a serious time crunch. I had to drive 20 mins home and pick up my daughter from school and I needed to be out of the office in 25 mins. Now normally I would not have scheduled in a time crunch and then expected the world, but it was an impulse appointment. I was getting ready to take a trip with no kids, to Aruba, with my husband, after being pregnant for about 3 years straight.

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* Photo from the Juvly Facebook page linked below.

Juvly Columbus Polaris Facebook

The point is, they completely accommodated me. Danielle completely understood. She made me feel relaxed, she was able to look at notes Liz had written in the system from my consultation, and agreed on the amount needed. Danielle also agreed less is more.

I got in and out, then back to where I needed to be with no one missing me. Seriously, that is what I’m talking about. I can’t tell you how rare that is for appointments to run ON TIME anymore! Anywhere I go I swear I’m sitting around waiting well past my appointment time for late appointments. Which for me having to work around my husbands work schedule, my kids schedules, or babysitters isn’t super appealing or convenient no matter how good someone is. You’ll see below some before and after photos of Botox and a Juvederm update.

* You can see here that before Botox, I get creasing in my forehead and it gives me a hooding in my eyelids.

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* Juvederm Ultra Plus 3 months out.

For myself since it’s been a few years since I have regularly gotten Botox I can tell every 3 to 4 month like clockwork it is time. So the second I started noticing that creasing in my forehead and the hooding in my eyelids, it was my best friends birthday again! What does she do for her birthday? She gets herself a birthday present. Her gift to herself now is her lips, and of course monkey see monkey do. Well lucky for me Juvly is in for an expansion again. It was no more than four days after my friend got her lips done that I was at her house, having lunch, and talking about wanting my lips done. That I got the email that they needed models. The needed quite a few models for different things including Botox. They only needed one lip model though and it was for that coming Saturday so I jumped on my chance and I sent my photo in and I waited for my reply.

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* You can see in this photo my top lip has depleted and needs a bit re-shaping.

I was the lucky one that took the lip filler spot! So I decided to wait on my Botox and go straight in for the kill again! I was ready to go bigger I noticed over the last couple months that my top lip had depleted   just a little bit which can happen naturally. So I went in that Saturday expecting for the same thing to happen. I expected to go in, to be taken back to the room, and to have Liz come in and train a single person.

This time I was taken back to a different hallway and I went up an elevator. I didn’t know this hallway existed and I didn’t even know they had an elevator. When I got up about four floors the door opened to a large room and I realized there was a whole class going on. Little did I realize this is not a one person training.  I was going to be the center of a group of people. This is when I got a little nervous. I don’t usually like to be in front of a group of people. One or two is fine, but there were maybe six people as far as I could see.

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I was seated on a couch offered, water and told that Liz and Stacy would be over to see me soon and go over a few things with me. When Stacy came over and sat down she was just like Liz. Very sweet, so patient, and so knowledgeable. Stacy was actually the person that was going to be training for Juvly that day. They also had a class going on that Stacy was attending. The class seemed to consist of nurses from outside of Juvly from all over doing continuing education. One nurse even told me, “You simply cannot get training like you can from Juvly anywhere else. I drove three hours just to come here and take this class.” That impressed me. The fact that other nurses would come there from other offices, from other plastic surgeons, to learn more. To learn how to preform aesthetically better looking services and give a nicer lip. I seriously felt like I had just found gold.

Now all the same steps applied here from beginning to end. From getting all general information such as allergies, to the before photos, to the consultation, the numbing gel, etc. The only difference was it was in front of like six or seven people. Liz went way more in depth with Information this time and my “inner kid in a candy store” fully came out this time. I loved absolutely every single second of it!

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This time we decided on the Juvederm Vollure, I will have info at the bottom, based on the fact that I generally wanted bigger lips. I wanted fuller lips. I wanted noticeably bigger, fuller lips! I could not believe my results immediately after. There was no swelling and zero discomfort. I was just left with these out of this world gorgeous lips!

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Died, I died right there. I drove home and I waited for the rest of the day for the soreness to come but it didn’t come like last time. I waited for the swelling to come. It never came. I could not be happier with my results. They’re perfect I know now why people want “Lips by Liz”. If you want pure lip perfection you are going to go to Juvly hands-down.

Now over the course of the different appointments I have had I can say that each time, whether it was a regular appointment or modeling appointment, they have all gone the same way. I have been treated the same way each and every single time by every single person in the building. I am always warmly greeted and treated with the upmost respect. Everyone is incredibly knowledgeable, friendly, and patient. I will absolutely be back again. Personally I would like to continue to take advantage of the modeling program, because it allows my inner Aesthetics geek to come out and play for a day. Whether modeling appointment or coming in as a regular client I will continue to go back that is definite. Next on my list, Microneedling!

Be sure to check back over the rest of the year to see updates on what is new that I am having done at Juvly Aesthetics’s!

* All of these photos where taken within a few weeks after my last lip treatment. It’s a good thing I love taking photos and snapchats!

Check out one of Juvly’s four locations and keep an eye out for the fifth coming soon to Fort Lauderdale!

For more information on Juvly click the link below.

Juvly Aesthetics’s

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*WHAT IS JUVEDERM ULTRA PLUS?

Juvederm Ultra Plus ® is a part of Juvederm’s modified Hyaluronic Acid Dermal Fillers product suite. Hyaluronic Acid or HA is a naturally occurring acid in the human body. HA is touted for its ability to lubricate joints and retain skin’s moisture. It is also known for aiding the body in delivering nutrients.
Specifically designed to correct age related facial volume-loss, smooth perioral lines and create fuller more youthful lips Juvederm Ultra Plus ® has a slightly thicker consistency than Juvederm Ultra. This thicker formula is often recommended for lips and for deeper lines, folds and wrinkles.

*WHAT IS JUVEDERM VOLLURE?

Juvéderm Vollure XC ® could be a game-changer in the dermal-filler market, and it has only been available in the US since early 2017. It has been a beloved product overseas since its 2013 approval in Europe under the brand name Juvéderm Volift. Juvéderm Vollure XC ® is currently the first and only Hyaluronic Acid Derma Filler FDA approved for the correction of moderate to severe wrinkles and folds that can last up to 18 Months!
Juvéderm Vollure XC ® is unique in its formula, with a specific molecular structure designed to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles as it balances the “sunken appearance” we often notice with age. What really has the rejuvenation industry talking, however, is the unparalleled flexibility of Juvéderm Vollure XC ®. The cutting-edge formula gives effective lifting and firming that is proven to move more naturally with a client’s facial expressions than its competitors.

Real Her ~ Shadow Palette II : Do Your Squats

This was an eyeshadow palette I received in my June #Boxycharm box. It is such a great palette to receive in a subscription box just judging from package quality right away.

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Swatching the shadows with my finger was actually pretty disappointing. They were super powdery and had no pigment coming up. I know not everything swatches well with you finger though so I didn’t let that discourage me immediately.

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Once I started swatching the shadows with a brush everything came put really soft, creamy, and pigmented. There is a good assortment of shimmer and matte colors. This palette I found to be a great everyday palette of neutrals without being boring! There are dark enough shadows in here that you can pump a neutral look up to go out.
The packaging is solid and quality and features a decent size mirror. It’s not too big so it’s perfect for travel, but you still get 9 different shadow colors to work with.

Overall I found this palette to be a quality, versatile palette that is compact enough for on the go. Real Her advertises that 20% of all profits go to charity that empowers women. With the price of $28 for 9 shadows, nice solid packaging with a mirror, and all the “feel goods” from giving back you really can’t go wrong.

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Artist Couture ~ Diamond Glow Powder “Illuminati”

I received the Artist Couture Diamond Glow Powder in Illuminati in my #Boxycharm box this June. I was extremely excited about this one. You see this one all over Instagram all the time. It gives the best glow, but is it really that great?

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Duh! Yes, of course it is! Although I did not particularly like the brush that came in the box that I think they were trying to spin to be used with the loose highlighter. Since it is a loose highlighter I would prefer a brush that is going to give me a little more control over the powder.

Now as for the Diamond Glow Powder that was fantastic. I was a little nervous initially since it is a loose powder and it is super shimmery.  I thought it was just going to be a mess of glitter all over the place. Now with the brush that came in the box with it that was the case. If you use a smaller highlighting brush, with a little bit of control, that is not the case and it’s a beautiful product.

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Illuminati has a nice white gold sheen with its infamous blinding glow. It really did live up to what you see in makeup videos. I would like to try the other colors to make a better opinion across the board though.

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Moda Prismatic Face Perfecting Kit 4pc. 

I took me a while to hunt these babies down. I went to a couple different Wal-Mart’s around town based on what the inventory said was in stock for each store online. Each time I went to a different store same story yesterday. Said they did have them in stock but they were more than likely stolen. it was a common theme at each store because these brushes are so popular. I finally broke down and just decided to order them online. It only took two days to arrive so I should’ve done this in the first place. So my suggestion would be to just order them online don’t bother running around town trying to pick them up in person just order them.

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These are the first set of oval make up brushes that I have used so far. I actually found that I really like them. For this set of course I like the cute handles. They come with their purple and blue metallic color and they’ve got cute indentations on them. The hairs on the brushes are actually really soft and there seems to be quite a few of them so they’re really nice and compact. You get quite a few uses out of them they don’t soak up too much product right away.

This is where I think the cheap brushes are set apart from the more expensive oval brushes. I recently received a Crown Brushes oval brush in my #Boxycharm box this month and I could immediately tell the difference between the two brushes. I think it’s because of the difference in the number of hairs honestly with the more expensive brushes here going to get more hair so the brush is going to be more dense and it’s going soak up less product overtime. I found with the Moda brush it only took a few applications to need a good cleaning and really start soaking up make up. They do perform awesome. They blend beautifully just like you see in all the videos on YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook and anywhere else you’re watching. You just can’t expect as much with a set of $15 make up brushes.

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The handles are a little flimsier, but again with that $15 price tag you can afford a couple back up sets until you decide you want to invest in that pricier set of oval make up brushes. These have quickly become some of my go to brushes on a daily basis. They’re so quick and easy I can’t help you pick them up. I will definitely be ordering a couple back up sets.

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iSOCiETYCOSMETiCS

A product review.

iSOCiTYCOSMETiCS– Use code rbclook for 15% off.

I received my first order of iSociety Cosmetics last week. I was pretty excited. The order shipped on a Tuesday and was delivered on that Thursday. It came super fast! So right off I was excited! I consider that instant gratification when you are ordering makeup online.

Since this was my first order I only ordered a few items. I had not heard of the company before a few months ago and I didn’t know much about them other than they have been featured in Cosmopolitan magazine. After looking through the website for about a week a decided I needed to hurry up because a lot of the items I was interested in were starting to sell out. That got my hopes up. So I based my choices off of that.

Eye Shimmer Cream -Dusk


The website states:

Smoke grey shimmering cream eyeshadow.

Highly pigmented shimmering cream eyeshadow, that glides on for a smooth finish. May be used independently, or to create a long wear effect when applied before coordinating eyeshadow.

*Tip – Put in corner of eye for pop of shimmer. Can be worn on top of lipstick for shimmer effect. 

I did find the above to be true. Although for myself I am finding with age my eyelid area is starting to get a little creasy. The shadow to me came out more of an Eye Gloss on its own. So I simply used a primer than I applied a neutral vanilla toned shadow down on my eyelid first to give the cream shadow something to catch and hold on to. I still found that I had the lovely Gloss effect and was able to blend the cream shadow with the other shadows I used in my crease. There were a handful of other colors I was interested in but of course they sold out!

Lipstick- Greige


The website states:

Mildly edgy mauve based neutral, matte finish

Packed with vitamin E and complimented with natural vanillin extract. 

The Lipstick came beautifully packaged. The color reminded me of the color of the Tarte @grav3yardgirl tarteist lip paint in Texas Toast. That kind of mauve/nude borderline smidge brown undertone kind of color. The formula is definitely matte but this particular color doesn’t have the feel of a dry matte lipstick. The vitamin E would be the big booster there. It went on smoothly and I enjoyed the vanillin scent/flavor. The color has been one that I have been reaching for almost daily since I’ve tried it.

*One tip with matte lip products I like to do, start with a lip balm. That helps from giving you a dry cracked feeling a lot of the time, not always, and I still get the long wear time. 

Vinyl Lips-Lollipop 


The website states:

Soft cotton candy pink

Cream (High impact pigments) finish

More coverage and shine than lipgloss. Our long wear lip-hybrid formula is similar to liquid lipstick, with insane high watt shine. Enjoy a fade proof formula infused with maximum staining pigments, and a non-drying stay put finish.

*Tip – Use with lip liner to prevent feathering

This item immediately became my favorite. I will be after all the Vinyl Lip shades for sure. I love anything glossy for my lip especially when it’s pink. This gives you the best between a liquid lipstick and a lipgloss. There is no sticky feeling but it’s give you a high shine just like Vinyl! It slightly reminded me of the Nyx Cosmetics Lip Cremes but this lip gloss didn’t have the grittyness I find that the Nyx lip creme does.

The company advertises that their products are:

• Paraben Free

• Made in Canada

• Hypo-Allergenic

• Allergy Tested

• Non-Comedogenic

• Fragrance Free

• Not Tested on Animals

So you can be sure that you are purchasing a product made from quality ingredients.