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Beauty Favorites

Lately there have been several new beauty products I have tried out and a few that I had given up and returned to. First off, I have been hitting up the gym on a more regular basis. Because chemical and paints can only do so much, nothing is free and I have to work on things myself. So far for 2011 I am down 4 lbs. I really wish it was more and have been a little discouraged at the slow pace of weight loss but I am optimistic that little by little the weight will come off. As I previously blogged about, the sit at your desk for 8 hours (or more) a day job caused me a little weight gain. At the gym I have discovered this nifty machine that is a cross between an elliptical and a stair climber. As I have the philosophy of getting in and getting out at quickly as possible when it comes to the gym I am a big fan of this machine. However, weight loss takes time so I’ve also been working on some immediate results items. My friend BCS has turned me onto the facial peel. I got my first one at her house a few weeks before Christmas during a botox and facials party. I am not yet ready for botox and it still frightens me a bit. However, having my top layer of skin chemical burned off is quite alright with me. I am hoping over the course of 2011 to significantly reduce the appearance of acne scars from my younger days. I have since performed a at home peel on myself using a 25% TCA peel from skin obsession. The first layers were fine but the 3rd hurt to the point of a few tears rolling down my cheeks. Day 1 my skin was tight, slightly red and very shiny, Day2 I had moderate peeling Days 3, 4 and 5 had really gross peeling. And I had to go to work. No one said anything but I felt self conscious. However, my skin returned to normal by Day 7 and I have had fewer breakouts and reduced appearance of some old scars. No pain no gain on this one and I will be doing this treatment on a regular basis from now on. My next favorite beauty habit is teeth whitening. In addition to being rather good looking, I like my dentist because he provides whitening trays and 2 syringes with each visit. Granted, the trays are not as good as the ones you get when you pay for the $300 treatment but they are close enough by being able to be melted and molded to my teeth. Dr Botts provides the 22% solution which is pretty good but sometimes I supplement by buying the 38% stuff, which gets the job done a lot faster. Word to the wise though on the 38% stuff: only do it every other day and DO NOT sleep with it in. Seriously, your teeth will hurt for three days. Also be prepared for a lot of drooling. If you do want to sleep with the trays then stick to the 22%. Teeth will be bright and white after a week and its very minimal on the sensitivity and drooling. You can buy four syringes for $40. The downtown dentist sells them as do others around town. Moving down the body, I am also a fan of Shellac nail polish. It is basically a hybrid of gel nails and nail polish. The Shellac is incredibly thin and looks just like regular nail polish. I very rarely get manicure because my nails always chip within a few days, Shellac however will stay put until it is soaked off. The cost of a shellac manicure is twice the cost of a regular manicure, which depending upon the salon can be between $25 and $45. I don’t really see it as a money saving procedure as after 10 days the new growth will show enough to either have the nails redone or soaked off. The removal is also a pain, the salons charge an extra $10 to subsequent application to include the previous shellac removal . . .or you can be cheap like me and soak your nails at home. This takes a while and you have to help it out by using tools to push the stuff off once it gets really soft. It also makes your fingers really dry. However, I think Shellac-ing is great when you are getting your nails done for a big event and want to ensure they are chip free. In the past the only way I could do this was to get a manicure right before the event so now its nice to go in whenever I have time a few days prior to the event. For a full body difference and peace of mind relaxation I love this place in Bartlett I used to go to: Rejuvenate Sun Spa. I really need to renew my membership. For $79 a month I can receive unlimited tanning and 4 mystic tans. Additionally, the spa has an aqua massage machine, a steam capsule, massaging chair, and lumiere facial machine . . .all with unlimited use. I used to go twice a week and I really miss it. When I had bronchitis the steam capsule was really good at helping to clear up the congestion. I also felt way less stressed when I had my bi weekly get away and am signing up again soon. For additional charges they have teeth whitening, traditional massages, and facials. It’s an awesome place and Tammy the manager is super sweet. I can’t believe I haven’t been for 6 months! So, those are a few of my beauty favorites, what are yours?

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