b. plumped but don’t quack

Dermal filler is an amazing tool when used appropriately.  It can take years off of an aged face and give a sense of refreshment & relaxation to the patient.  Unfortunately, dermal filler is often over utilized;  excessive volumes & improper placement lead to “duck lips,”  “monkey face,” eye injuries, and some scary looking characters.

If you are interested in dermal filler, like Juvederm, it is important that you think about the following:

1. what am I trying to achieve?

2.  what bothers me the most?  [taking things one step at a time is a good idea.  You may not be happy if you drastically change your appearance]

3.  am I willing to take good care of my skin?  [healthy skin is a critical component of “youthfulness.”  If you want plump lips but you aren’t interested in wearing sunscreen, you may be throwing money down the drain.]

There is a lot I could say, but I want to focus on critical things to be aware of:

1.  Tear trough injections – you can end up with complications affecting your eyes.  Forget looking good, don’t you want to be able to SEE???  There have been many reported cases of complications related to dermal filler injections in the tear trough area.  If you are considering this site I would highly recommend seeing an oculoplastics specialist.

2.  Less is more – who wants to look like a duck?  “Not I” said the fly…”not me” said the flea.  Bottom line:  it is unnatural & unattractive to have duck lips.  Take it slow.  You can always add more!  You don’t need the whole syringe injected into your lips…just trust me on this one.

3.  Monkey Face – this is the term I use to describe women who have had too much dermal filler injected into their nasolabial folds.  You know who they are.  That lady you saw at Publix.  She looked sort of good, but then there was something weird about her.  Her face looked sort of full.  Did she have gum in her mouth?  NASOLABIAL FOLDS ARE SUPPOSED TO EXIST.  Dermal filler should be used to soften them, not eradicate them completely.  When you overfill these folds it really is quite odd-looking.

13928_young-chimpanzee-peeks-through-the-leaves_mawkrnnofdejaaqpr4bxrhk5ihncurxrbvj6lwuht2ya6mzmafma_950x712  image from National Geographic

b. radiant Makeup tips

1) Exfoliate your lips on a regular basis. For this you can always use a toothbrush; get that dead skin off.  This will give all of  your lip colors a perfect surface.
2) Lip moisture is a must, especially in the changing weather. Sugar makes a great Lip Treatment and Exfoliator.
3) Use lip liner!
It’s worth the time and money. Liner holds your lipstick or gloss in place longer and also allows you to change-up colors for more variation. Make sure to blend that lip liner before you apply lipstick or gloss. Use your finger to blend.
4) Apply your lipstick. This season is all about Matte. So have fun with it, choose a bright color and wear light eyes to spice things up.
Some of my Favorites:
MAC Ruby Woo ( gorgeous red )
Flat Out Fabulous ( fab pink )
Fixed on Drama ( retro burgundy )
Images courtesy of makeupalley.com & temptalia.com

b. radiant – makeup tips from beauty bloggers

1.  How to Fix Your Broken Powders

“Has your favorite powder eyeshadow or blush dropped to the floor and broken to bits? Don’t toss your product just yet! You can fix a broken powder shadow or blush. All you need is some rubbing alcohol and a little time to rescue and harden your shattered powder products. Simply wet the powder with the rubbing alcohol and tap it back into place. Once the alcohol dries your powder will be back to new!”
– Christina, The Makeup Blogger, Image courtesy of http://tinamariemodesigns.blogspot.com/2013/04/makeup-makeover-how-to-organize-and-fix.html

2.  Creaseproof Your Concealer

“If your concealer tends to settle in your lines or creases as the day goes on, try this. Mix one part concealer with one part eye cream and blend together. Apply with a concealer brush for perfect coverage. Not only will the eye cream add some treatment to your makeup routine, it keeps the area extra hydrated so creasing is a thing of the past.” – Teri, Beautiful Makeup Search

3. A $3 brush that changes EVERYTHING

“It’s the e.l.f. Small Smudge Brush. And at only $3 a pop, I buy these by the dozen! Color code the handles with a stripe of nail polish and have one devoted to each liner/shadow shade (brown, black, green, etc.) The small dense bristles are also good for concealer and lip liner too.” – Stef,we heart this

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