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.

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b. static free

It’s cold and dry outside and I’ve got a horrible case of static cling — IN MAH HAIR! Yesterday, my hair was so dry and staticky that I could hardly style it, and unfortunately I was out of town on a work … Continue reading

b. braided – a popsugar tutorial on 3 hot braids

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Popsugar has an amazing video tutorial that covers three HOT braids:

1.  the Fishtail

2.  the Dutch

3.  the 4 strand

The key to using these in 2014 is to think bohemian.  You want a loose, messy braid to pull off that bohemian look.  You can use Bumble & bumble texture to help keep your braid looking cohesive but messy at the same time.

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