I am in my 30’s and was a professional model during my teens and 20’s, meaning my skin always needed to look its best. Truthfully, I have struggled with some skin issues in the past, but now that I’m a beauty, fashion and travel influencer, I want (and need) to always have photo-ready great skin!
My mom who in her 60s, loves discovering and researching new cutting edge, non-surgical beauty treatments and it shows on her face. Both my mom and I have very fair skin and our results may be different from yours.
Photo taken of my Mom and I for a magazine in December 2018 after treatments
When I arrived at Arizona Facial Plastics (sans makeup) I filled out my required paperwork and once completed, I was taken into a sleek room full of numerous high-tech cameras.
The photographer took many images of my face from different angles, with each specific camera uncovering the good, the bad and the ugly truth about my skin. The final results clearly pointed out my redness, lines, the virtual age of my skin, as well as its true texture.
While fascinating, it was a little shocking! However, this is part of Arizona Facial Plastics terrific knowledge about real skin improvement. I took a deep breath and had a truthful discussion about how to best improve my skin. We discussed my specific treatment plan and I decided to go for it. Let my great skin begin!
From June to December, as suggested by the AFP skin experts, I had a HydraFacial, Vivace and the Lutronic LaseMD completed.
Left: June 2018 | Right: January 2019 (these photos are unedited)
The HydraFacial was the first step in my treatment (completed in June). This is a multi-step treatment to cleanse, exfoliate, extract impurities and dead skin cells while at the same time quenching skin with vital nutrients like antioxidants, peptides and hyaluronic acid.
The HydraFacial is fabulous for any skin type and takes about 30 minutes. The treatment is soothing, refreshing and non-irritating. My skin felt great, super clean, looked fresh and after the treatment I had zero down time. I did not put any makeup on for 24 hours to be sure my pores remained clean (this was my preference).
A few weeks later, I had a VIVACE treatment, which is the newest generation of Microneedling and is pretty amazing! The VIVACE is FDA approved and is a nonsurgical treatment for contouring and tightening the face, neck and body, helps with the production of collagen and reduces fine lines and wrinkles. (Kind of like a one stop shopping treatment for many skin issues).
Does this treatment hurt? Well, let’s just say that AFP is fabulous providing top notch numbing which was applied about 30 minutes prior to the treatment. Because of this wonderful numbing cream, I did not feel a thing! I was very red after the treatment and remained pretty pink into the next afternoon. I could have left the house but decided to just lay low and got caught up on emails.
On the 2nd day, I was able to apply light makeup and leave the house. The 3rd day I began to peel, and makeup did not stay on my face, but I was beginning to notice some subtle improvement with my skin- it looked firmer and smoother despite the peeling. By the 4th and 5th day, the peeling stopped, and my skin looked great! Strong advice: Don’t pick your flaking or peeling skin, just let it process and heal naturally. My skin is very fair and has pink undertones, so I looked like I was pretty sunburned, but it went away within days. Downtimes are different for everyone, of course. I had one VIVACE treatment completed and highly recommend!
Once all healing from my Vivace treatment had completed (Arizona Facial Plastics is very careful not to rush their patients in their skin improvement journey) my LaseMD treatment was scheduled. This is a gentle laser that delivers specialized nanosecond laser energy, which reduces visible skin pigmentation.
LaseMD not only improves uneven skin pigment but can also reduce the appearance of textural irregularities and fine lines. This treatment is great for dermal pigmented lesions, melasma, tattoo removal, epidermal pigmented lesions, epidermal nevi, scars, acne scars, non-ablative resurfacing, pigmented and vascular lesions and facial telangiectasia. Because I wanted to get rid of some old acne scars and pigmented skin, Arizona Facial Plastics told me that it would take more than one LaseMD treatment.
I appreciated their honesty and had 3 LaseMD treatments completed. With this treatment, my down time was approximately 2-3 days when I did not leave the house (I suggest having this done on a Thursday or Friday and taking the weekend to get lots of things done around the house). I was very red and pretty swollen for the first 36 hours and was specifically instructed not to put makeup on because I had opened up the pores on my face. Although there is some downtime with this laser, I highly recommend it because the results are worth it.
Fine lines and wrinkles around my eyes have lessened
Left: June 2018 | Right: January 2019
Brown Spots have lessened
Left: June 2018 | Right: January 2019
AFP suggested that my mom have CO2 laser resurfacing done, which she thought was a great plan. Laser resurfacing with carbon dioxide (CO2) is clinically proven to improve the texture, tone, and health of skin.
The treatment works by removing the thin outer layers of skin and serves two purposes. It eliminates superficial skin blemishes and promotes the development of new, younger skin. CO2 laser resurfacing is unique from other types of skin resurfacing because the procedure removes the damaged layers of skin and softens wrinkles and fine lines. All said, it gives skin a refreshed and vibrant appearance, while achieving dramatic improvements without surgery or a great deal of downtime.
Left: Immediately after the CO2 | Right: 4 days after the CO2
My mom’s face was pretty pink and swollen the first 2 days, but she continued to improve daily. She is absolutely thrilled with her results and feels the few days of downtime were more than worth the end results. Because she wasn’t in any discomfort, she simply ordered home grocery delivery, cooked a lot and cleaned out closets!
My conclusion? I definitely see wonderful improvement with past skin discoloration, my texture and fine lines. I feel that my skin is firmer and has a healthier glow. With my results continuing, it’s really great to have all my first group of photos to look back on and get excited over my results. I highly recommend all my treatments!
My mom’s conclusion? Mom is super excited about the CO2 Laser resurfacing, especially how much smoother the skin around her eyes looks. Her skin continues to look firmer and smoother overall. She says, “Thumbs up Arizona Facial Plastics!”
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Hi Everyone and Happy New Year!
During the holidays, Neiman Marcus Scottsdale surprised me (in a big way) and sent me the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer! In case you haven’t heard about this amazing hair dryer, read on.
Honestly, I had been very curious how a hair dryer can really be all that different from other good hair dryers. However, the reviews are glowing and my interest had been growing. This hair dryer is “Supersonic”, uses intelligent heat control for shine, has a powerful, digital motor and is called a “hair dryer re-thought”. Now these are terms that I don’t usually associate with a hair dryer, do you? But wait, there’s more! The thermistor guards against extreme heat damage, which protects natural shine. It’s fast drying and engineered for balance. Since my hair is a huge part of The Bubbly BLONDE, I need to protect my fragile blonde tresses as many ways as I can.
So truthfully, I simply couldn’t wait to unpack it, wash my hair and give it a go. The hair dryer has a sleek design and mine has a fuchsia annular element construction (which I really don’t understand) but it’s pretty and it’s a cool shade of pink! 😉
As soon as I plugged it in, I was blown away (haha, get it?) by its ultra-fast drying power. It doesn’t sound at all like hair dryers I’ve used in the past. As I began to figure it out, right away, I found I really liked the different settings/speed controls (3 precise speed settings, fast drying, regular drying, and styling) that were easy to understand. It dried my hair gently (yet quickly) has a smooth, wide air flow, which made it very easy to dry and style at the same time.
When I had completed drying and styling my hair, I looked at it closely in the mirror and was stunned at how silky and SHINY my hair was. Suddenly, I completely understood why the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer was Allure and Glamour 2017 Award Winner! (So, there is a difference in Hair Dryers! : ))
It also comes with Dyson diffuser, which is engineered to disperse air evenly around each of your ringlets. It simulates natural drying to help reduce frizz and improve definition and has magnetic attachments. This hair dryer is my new best friend. Only the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer comes with magnetic attachments so you can adjust quickly, easily and it’s acoustically tuned. (Again, does this sound like your mother’s hair dryer?)
The powerful motor is tuned to produce one inaudible frequency and it’s enveloped by a vibration reduction system. It has high-velocity, focused air flow that lets you style one section at a time without worrying about disturbing the rest. Oh and did I tell you, it’s lightweight too?? Absolutely perfect for my upcoming Bubbly Blonde Travels…
In case you haven’t figured out my opinion yet, here goes: It’s a SENSATIONAL hair dryer that is VERY well worth the price ($399). I’m absolutely thrilled that Neiman Marcus Scottsdale sent me the Dyson Hairdryer (THANK YOU Neiman Marcus Scottsdale!) and I continue to be very, very pleased with my hair!
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Pantene. The opinions and text are all mine.
Hey everyone, as you may have noticed I’ve been super busy this summer traveling to some really beautiful and far away beach destinations. As much as I adore everything about traveling to the beach (salt water, tropical breezes, white sands and the natural beauty) these very things can easily wreak havoc on my locks. Unfortunately, it’s very easy to become a “Fashion Don’t” and lose confidence if your hair isn’t looking its best and let’s not even mention the take away travel photos! This is where Pantene comes to the rescue!
Being a beauty, fashion and travel blogger, I need to make sure that during (and after!) all seaside adventures, my hair looks healthy, shiny and feels great. Sometimes in the past, this has been a challenge!
I honestly believe this incredible new hair care line has saved my hair this summer! While at first glance, it might seem unusual that activated charcoal is a main ingredient, the surprise is that the charcoal is what helps creates the hair magic! This amazing product line consists of a fantastic shampoo and conditioner, which makes my hair care packing a breeze.
Side note: Pantene has always focused on healthy, beautiful hair for all and since the discovery of the benefits of pro-vitamin B5 in the 1940’s, their scientists have studied all hair types to constantly uncover the nutrients hair needs to be healthier and more beautiful, inside and out. Pantene is a proven longstanding and trusted company that really cares about everyone’s hair!
So, about Pantene’s Charcoal Collection: this shampoo and conditioner contains Pro-V nutrient blends, which improve hair’s health from the inside out. I’ve never really thought about this, but unlike skin, hair does not have a built-in purification system. If we go three or more days without washing – well, this is when scalp oils, styling products, dry shampoo and dirt build up. Sometimes this build up can result in hair gaining 4% of its own weight and this is NOT what I want for my hair!
Pantene’s latest collection addresses this hair challenge by using activated charcoal (a purifying ingredient!) that is regularly used in health and beauty products – to detox hair by actually attracting impurities like a magnet (I love this!) all while releasing antioxidants to help hair look refreshed and clean with renewed body and shine. I told you, the activated charcoal is the starring ingredient!
Here is a more in-depth description of these products.
Pantene Charcoal Collection Shampoo: A purifying, nutrient-infused shampoo with a Pro-V blend of activated charcoal, pro-vitamin B5, antioxidants and is free of silicone, parabens and dyes. The activated charcoal cleanses your hair and scalp to help remove dirt and impurities. For women with an oily scalp, this product helps to reset the balance leaving hair refreshed.
Pantene Charcoal Collection Conditioner: A renewing cream rinse that is also Pantene’s first ever silicone-free conditioner that rinses out quickly, leaving the ultimate clean-feel for renewed fullness and shine. This nutrient-rich, lightweight conditioner is also free of parabens, dyes and contains pro-vitamin B5, along with activated charcoal and antioxidants. Using this particular conditioner after shampooing is highly recommended for best hair results.
Another huge plus is that these two products smell AMAZING, very fresh and clean! Trust me, you will love them!
I believe that when your hair looks and feels great, it adds personal confidence and helps you feel unstoppable in all you do.
The new Pantene Charcoal Collection will be available for purchase at Target in mid-July. That’s coming up!
Thank you Pantene for sponsoring this post