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BOTOX UPDATE..AND WHY I WON'T STOP GETTING IT


Thank you to Allergan and Dr. Lily Talakoub at McLean Dermatology for partnering on this post!

First things first, hi!  I know I've probably lost a lot of you all in my recent hiatus, but any post featuring Botox usually gets a lot of action, so here we go :)

I recently had the opportunity to attend a breakfast with Allergan and Dr. Lily to discuss the Allergan brand and what products they own.  Their most popular:  Botox.  

I've been a huge fan of the product for the past year and have always loved the results, so when Allergan reached out to see if I would be up to partnering with one of their favorite doctors, Dr. Lily, I was super excited!  McLean Dermatology is located in..you guessed it..McLean.  When you arrive, the lobby is fresh, chic, and smells so good (I know, weird).  Someone kept commenting on it and the girls at the front desk said that the practice just released a candle..and I was super tempted to buy..but that's not why I was there. Just wait until you see the pics of their product walls.  The pictures don't do it justice, but let's just say I stayed a little longer than I planned going through all they sold..



After a short wait, I was greeted by a medical assistant and was taken back into one of the service rooms.  Very typical of most medical offices, but these rooms were sterile..in a good way.  Everything was super clean and tidy.


After going though the basics (why I was there, allergies, etc..), Dr. Lily came in to perform the injections.  I guess the medical assistant had told her my past history with Botox, so she just got down to business.  Total, it took about 45 seconds (check out my Instagram stories) and I was done.  I received 20 units and let me tell you..no pain.  It's weird..like I was thinking "is she actually doing anything??".  Well, yes..the results show up in about two weeks and I was told to come back in for a check-up at that point.  Honestly, if I like the results, it's no biggie not to go back, but any patient is welcome to.


To be honest, I don't think I really needed to start getting Botox, but now that I've started, I'm not going back.  I feel as if it makes me look more awake, alert and fresh.  It's also like a semi-permanent makeup primer.  And it doesn't hurt at all!  I highly recommend getting Botox if you've been thinking about it.  Start small, see a reputable doctor, ask questions..and you're good!  But be careful, you won't be able to go back ;)

Also, if you're a nerd like me and want to learn more about Allergan, their products and the industry as a whole, check out this interesting report their team worked on!


Thank you again to Allergan and Dr. Lily Talakoub!

SHOPBOP SALE || GET READY FOR SUMMER W/ 25% OFF!

A blog post..eek!

It's here again..the Shopbop sale!  20% your purchase of less than $500 and 25% off your purchase of $500 or more..and fortunately / unfortunately, it's super easy to spend over $500.

Here are my favorites (click on anything to buy):


SPRING VACATIONS || PACKING LIST

Hi!  Long time..

Well, there's a snow storm today in DC and everyone I know has a snow day, but my boss made me come into work..sooo..new post!

As you can imagine, I'm dreaming of a sunny, warm vacation.  Luckily, I'm going to Bermuda in a few weeks and then down to Seaside (FL, not NJ) at the end of April! There are a few must-haves that I've been eyeing - this dress, this top and these shoes - but I wanted to put together a full packing list for those of you who are also going on some beach trips this spring.  These items will easily last you for a long weekend..

Just click on any of the items you see below and it will take you straight to the website to purchase :)


BOTOX WITH WEST END PLASTIC SURGERY || TAKE 2

So, really it's technically take three, but only my second post..

I had my third Botox appointment with West End Plastic Surgery about 2-3 weeks ago and this time saw Norah Gourlay, N.P. This was my third round and guys..I'm not going back.  And by "not going back", I mean I'm not going back to my old non-Botox self.





Botox in itself has been such a small, but hugely noticeable change for me and I'm obsessed.  Having it done at WEPS is a completely different thing altogether.  As I noted in this post, the staff is incredibly professional and friendly and no one there is trying to push you into anything you don't want to do.  Because it's an actual doctor's office, I feel totally comfortable because they're experts.  There is actual science behind the placement of Botox and how it will affect the muscles and if you're not getting it injected by doctors..well, you know what I'm getting at.

Norah was incredibly knowledgeable and made the slightest tweak to what I had done previously and I am in love with the results.  

Also, there is practically no down time.  I went in on my lunch break and was back to the office within an hour.  The redness you see in the third picture had already subsided by then.

I can't imagine going anywhere else..

Thanks again for having me, WEPS..see you in a few months!

THE MAGIC CREAM


Hi!  I haven't done a beauty post in a minute, so here we go.  Charlotte Tilbury recently sent over a box of products and I was elated.  I've tried numerous samples of their skincare/makeup, but have never actually splurged and made a purchase.  When the box included their famous Magic Cream, I may have done a little jump..was a bit excited ;)

I've been using the cream regularly now for ~3 weeks and can say I'm in love..it's going to be an issue when I run out (groceries for the week or Magic Cream..).

The texture of the cream feels luxurious (if that isn't weird to say about a face cream).  It's extremely hydrating, but my skin stays well balanced after using (..no oil..).  I typically use it as a night cream, but I know it also can act wonderfully (combined with spf) as a day cream and can tell it work wonders as a primer.

I highly recommend trying it..maybe start like the samples like I did, then get hooked, then make the actual purchase.

A few of the other products they sent are below (tbh - I haven't tried out everything yet, but I've loved everything I have tried..):



Thank you Charlotte Tilbury for sending over the goodies; I am in love!
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