How to Use a Facial Dermaroller

This .25 mm dermaroller for the face is sponsored by Linduray Skincare! This tool is SO affordable, less than $30 because Linduray is having a SALE right now! Click the above link to check it out. Many brands sell dermarollers, not just this website!

Before you ask, NO it is not painful because the needles are only .25 mm long! It feels more like a massage, if you are gentle and use the tool correctly. Obviously, don’t jam the needles into your skin or use it near your eyes…hoping that is self-explanatory!

Why should you dermaroll?! To…

  • Decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Exfoliate and rejuvenate your skin
  • Drastically improve your skin texture and complexion
  • Open pores and promote cell regeneration

It’s like microneedling in a way, but not nearly as expensive, you can do it at home, and it is less painful. However, you need to continually use the dermaroller to see results. I recommend a few times per week. Warning: it leaves your skin red for a few minutes!

As a reminder, always sanitize and disinfect your dermaroller with isopropyl alcohol before and after every use. Roll it on your clean face 4-8 times in horizontal, vertical, and diagonal directions. Wait 2 days before your next treatment to let your skin heal! Watch how to use in the video below. Ask me any questions in the comments 🙂

Body Positive Accounts to Follow, Find your Body Role Model

Can you proudly scream to the world, “I LOVE MY BODY!!”? Not exactly? That’s okay, it’s a process of learning to accept our bodies no matter how they fluctuate and look. I hate to say it, but if the only accounts you follow are “fitspiration” and perfect proportioned women, you are doing yourself a disservice.

The best way to get a boost on our self confidence and do a reality check is by surrounding ourselves with people with diverse body shapes and sizes that are similar to the ones we currently possess. This helps to create a positive body image for ourselves. Whenever I read a caption from one of these accounts, I reevaluate how I see my body and it really helps me put my health and fitness goals into perspective. Find a body role model who embraces her body and looks similar to you! Here are some of my favorite and most encouraging people on Instagram that you should check out. Try to follow a woman with a similar lifestyle or look as you: 


@bonjourclem 

@colors_of_autumn94  

@glitterandlazers

@theashleygraham All for my sassy, plus sized girls


@arnayr / @missuniverseiceland For my pageant girls


@thesabinakarlsson For my freckly with unique features girls


@any_body.co For ALL my girls


@mswheelchairusa For my girls with disabilities 


@butchwaxvintage For my girls with short hair, no hair, or who love vintage and unique clothes


This is super important for our mental health. I am a teaching assistant for a professor with 2 phD’s covering social psychology and fashion, so I’ve done LOTS of research on body image and how it is affected by the media.

Ipsy: Makeup and Beauty Subscription Box

I think subscription services are AMAZING. Forget the stress of shopping for new makeup, clothes, healthy food, etc. Get them delivered right to your door for a great deal, much lower than the products’ retail prices! I’ll tell you about one of my favorite subscription makeup bags that I’ve been getting for almost a whole year now, Ipsy!

Ipsy is only $10 a month, (even cheaper when you buy a whole year!) and you get 5 beauty products a month, which are either full size or deluxe size. On top of that super steal, just by rating your products each month, you gets points which you can redeem for full size products! I just redeemed 500 points that I’ve been racking up, so in my next bag, I get a set of designer lashes! GLAM LASHES ARE MY FAV, and we all know how expensive they can be (literally I’ve paid $20 for a good set). Finally, they offer different discounts every month for subscribers to high end makeup websites.

Take a look inside my October glam bag. I LOVED every single product and gave them all 5 stars. However, your bag might look completely different than mine each month because on the Ipsy app, you can customize your settings to make sure you receive items that you WANT and will USE. You all know that I love my press-on nails, so I requested never to receive nail polishes, rather mascaras and liquid lipsticks instead. Ipsy will listen to your preferences. You can also add your skin and hair tone and type as well as eye color, so your products matches your needs.

Overall, Ipsy offers amazing services and products for such a low cost and they are very responsive to your wants for your monthly glam bag. Having this subscription bag also really helps me resist splurging on makeup, because I get surprised with so many new items every few weeks and don’t feel the need to anymore. Click here to TRY IT OUT, even if its just for a month! Comment or send me a message if you want my sign up code, which will give us both a boost on our points!

Review on My Lash Lift and Tint

A lash lift is a great, cheaper alternative to eyelash extensions. These are perfect for those who have straight or downward facing natural lashes. It gives your eyes an instant lift! You will look more awake and youthful. I went to Waxxpot to try out this popular beauty service! Here is what to expect.
There are 4 steps in a lash lift and tint. First, your lashes are glued to a gel pad. Your eyes are closed for the entirety of the process, which takes about an hour. You can keep your contacts in, and the process will not irritate your eyes. There are different colored formulas for each step-the glue, the lift, the tint (choose between brown or black), and the final cleanup tint.

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During the process

My eyelashes were originally almost clear (especially at the tips) and stuck straight out. The black tint makes it look as if I am already wearing mascara and will last about two weeks. The lift makes it look like I have longer lashes that I curled and will last about 4 weeks. BUT, if you want a more dramatic, false lash look, eyelash extensions might be a better option for you. That is definitely what I want to try next!

The original price of a lash lift and tint at Waxxpot is $70. Go to Waxxpot in Columbus/Grandview and ask for Yanni! She’s so personable and makes you feel super comfortable at your first time appointment.

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After

Daily Dose of First Aid: Fuller, Plumper Lips and My Lip Routine

I love the look of gorgeous, big lips. Without the Botox and needles, of course, because I have the WORST fear of needles. Good news, you don’t need Botox, though, to get plump looking lips!

You need 3 main products to start: lip liner a shade or two darker than your nude/pink matte liquid lipstick, and clear lip gloss (It can have a plumping ingredient in it, but it’s up to you!)

  1. Overline your lips. Don’t go crazy and look like a clown, just lightly draw the liner over the outside lines of your lips.
  2. Fill in your lips with a nude/pink matte liquid lipstick. You can put it on top of the liner, too.
  3. After the matte lipstick dries, apply a clear gloss. Your lips should already look plumper, but using a plumping ingredient will make them extra plump. (Yes, it will tingle for a few minutes-that means it’s working!)
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    Step 1: Line lips.
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    Step 2: Fill in with matte lippie.

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    Step 3: Add plumping gloss or clear lipgloss.

Find my favorites at Sephora! Huda Beauty makes an amazing lip contour set that comes with a liner and two matte liquid lippies for only $25! I love shades “Nudes: trendsetter and bombshell” and “Pinks: trophy wife and muse”. Nudes and light pinks are the best shades for naturally plump looking lips. Too Faced makes a lipgloss in multiple shades and sizes called “lip injection”; I use the clear gloss!

Daily Dose of First Aid: Bake Your Face!

(Not baking as is baking a cake or lemon squares.) You’ve probably heard of the term “baking” when it comes to having a flawless face. We call it baking because the powder sets onto your skin and blends in nicely, like ingredients in a cake batter (I guess). I’ll tell you how to do it, what to use, and what it should look like.

Only 3 materials needed=loose translucent powder (any brand works fine), beauty blender/sponge, big fluffy face brush

  1. Make sure your foundation and concealer is well blended and just how you want it. Bake your face before you apply any other makeup. 
  2. Dump a good sized pile of powder into the lid of the container. Take your beauty blender and dip it lightly onto the top of the pile. 
  3. Dab the powder lightly onto your skin. Do NOT rub it in. It should be sitting loosely on your skin and makes you look kind of white. You should only bake right under your eyes, your nose, forehead in between your brows, and your jaw line. That’s it. Don’t cover your entire face or you’ll look like a snowman. 
  4. Do your eyeshadow or brow or lipstick so your face has time to bake! Multitasking 😉 Generally, after 3-4 minutes, the rest of the loose powder that didn’t bake into your skin is ready to be brushed off. Take a big fluffy brush and gently whisk away the rest of the powder. You will notice that your skin looks porcelain flawless and well blended. THIS is the trick that makeup artists use to make their clients look like a celebrity. Now you can too! Super simple and can become part of your everyday makeup routine. 

Must Have on the Go: Panty Fresh

Introducing the newest and most convenient way to guarantee freshness during long days or period weeks…PANTY FRESH! I was so happy to receive these little packets from Panty Fresh’s founder and creator in the mail. I love that women are creating unique ways to find more comfort during their period cycles. They’re hard enough to deal with, but this little box will make life easier! Finally, a discreet way to freshen up down there all in one packet that you can store in a desk, pocket, or purse. Great for the workplace, travel, school, etc! I really wish I had this compact kit on my 18 hour plane ride to Morocco. These are perfect to take into the airplane restroom with you for a quick change or to freshen up! Working women who travel and have long plane rides, THIS IS FOR YOU!

But you know what else I love about this company?! For every post with the hashtag #givebackwithpantyfresh, $1 will be donated to autism research and awareness! Autism awareness has been my personal pageant platform for years now, so this means the world to me, my family, and the autism community. I just love all of these philanthropic organizations that sponsor me!

Follow @PantyFresh on Instagram to receive 10% off your order. Visit their website HERE! 

Panty Replacement + Liner + Wipe + Wash Me Bag = FRESH!

Arbonne Foundation and Primer=MUST BUY!

My friend from modeling school, Caitlyn Wagler, is a distributor for Arbonne makeup products! She sent me some samples of primer, skin care, and foundation and asked if I would honestly review them. I had my doubts because I rarely use products that aren’t sold in stores, but I have nothing but positive things to say about Arbonne!!!

First of all, everything from Arbonne is vegan certified/cruelty free and formulated to the European Standard, which does not allow harmful chemicals in the products. Also, there is a great variety of cool, neutral, and warm tones.

I used the moisturizing lotion which made my skin feel hydrated and fresh before I put on the makeup. I didn’t even need any face oil or priming spray; the lotion was enough. Then, I put on the primer, and a little bit goes a long way! You won’t have to stock up on a primer for a longgg time with the Arbonne brand! I’m done living off of Sephora primer face samples because I finally found a favorite! Finally, the foundation felt light and airy and didn’t clog or cake up my pores, yet had a completely flawless finish with the best coverage I’ve seen in a while. (And I’ve gone through many products looking for full coverage!)

Check out Arbonne’s face products HERE through Caitlyn’s page, they don’t disappoint! Contact me or connect with Caitlyn on Facebook to buy your next fav face products! Get the primer or foundation at the preferred client price, just $35 each! Get a totally natural formulated product cheaper than the popular foundation choices at Sephora.

Daily Dose of First Aid: Chia Seed Green Tea Moisturizing Face Mask

I’ve been looking for a QUICK, EASY, NON-OILY/RESIDUE face mask that I can make at home and I found the perfect one. All you need are a two ingredients: chia seeds and green tea! It is organic, natural, and vegan. Here is the recipe.

  1. Measure 1 cup of brewed green tea in a large cup or bowl, and pour 1 tablespoon of chia seeds into it.
  2. Mix and let sit for about 10 minutes for the consistency to thicken.
  3. Use a foundation brush or your fingers to apply the chia seeds to your face and leave for 10 minutes.
  4. Your skin will thank you for the quick hydration surge! You can even drink the rest of the solution if you’d like!

WARNING: Apply the mask over a sink or outside. I got chia seeds all over the sink so be careful when doing this!

*Chia seeds are a good source of calcium, help control appetite, and have omega-3 fatty acids (heart healthy!) that hydrate skin and reduce wrinkles and inflammation. Put some into your next smoothie mix for a metabolism boost!

 

 

BootayBag Sponsor

I was super excited when BootayBag agreed to sponsor me for my upcoming pageant, USA NATIONAL MISS! Currently, this is the #1 pageant system for girls 4-24 to be competing in America right now because of it’s strong values, connection with the fashion and modeling industry, and national prize package, including over $30,000 in prizes total. I’m so excited to be participating in this organization. The Ohio state pageant starts September 1st, and I’ll be posting a countdown here on the blog!

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The photogenic BootayBag sitting pretty on it’s unicorn pillow throne.

Pageant competitors typically get sponsors to help pay for their pageant expenses. They may include friends, family, local businesses, and other corporations. BootayBag agreed to sponsor me and support my journey to the state pageant. Here are some reasons why I LOVE this company!

  1. It’s $12 a month for two personalized (size and style) pairs of underwear, delivered right to your door. You can’t even get panties that cute and cheap at Victoria’s Secret. (even though I do love VS, too!)
  2. BootayBag is philanthropic. For every time someone uses #UnderMatters on Instagram, the company donates $1 to the Melanoma Foundation because everyone has their own battles, but that doesn’t mean they have to be fought alone. This was the founder’s idea, Elly, because her father suffered from Metastatic Melanoma.
  3. The company is breaking barriers by making women FEEL more comfortable about treating yourself when it comes to undergarments because sometimes underwear shopping isn’t at the top of our to-do lists and we end up stuck with our old ripped lace panties for another year.
  4. The underwear I received fit very well and true to size, was comfortable and had breathable spandex-like fabric, and had pretty styles with embellishments.
  5. The little bag your underwear comes in is just so photogenic and iconic.
  6. Their customer service is quick, easy, and friendly, and their social media representation is strong and well-focused.

Contact me for more information or visit https://bootaybag.com/