Holiday Wishlist Part 2

I told you there would be a part 2! I had a hard time coming up with things I wanted but now, I keep seeing more things I like. Here are some more things on my wish list:

Banana Republic Shoes
Arielle Kiltie Oxford from Banana Republic

How cute are these red shoes! I love them. I am a little obsessed with Banana Republic lately.

Italian Cashmere-Blend Birdseye Stripe Sweater Pullover
Italian Cashmere-Blend Birdseye Stripe Sweater Pullover

Like I said Banana Republic is my jam right now. I am loving this sweater, it could be dressed up or worn as shown with jeans.

Formula X Bottle Service Set
Formula X Bottle Service Set

This is a must have on my list. If no one buys it for me, I am getting it for myself. Hands down best nail polish (IMO) I love my Formula X!!

Will there be a part 3?? You never know hahahaha

 

 

 

Beauty Gift Idea: Derm Exclusive

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Are you looking for a gift idea for the skin care lover in your life?

With Derm Exclusive,you can see instant results—with Fill & Freeze® Wrinkle Treatment, the fine lines and wrinkles disappear before your eyes. Reverse the visible signs of aging with no harmful ingredients such as parabens, sulfates, or comedogenic ingredients.

Derm Exclusive is clinically proven to deliver professional-grade results like you’d get from a single cosmetic procedure such as microdermabrasion, injections and fillers, chemical peels, and laser treatments— without ever leaving your home. It’s an advanced anti-aging system using ingredients often recommended by dermatologists to prevent and treat visible signs of aging.  You can turn back the clock with no needles, no lasers, no peels, and no pain.

Why does Derm Exclusive work?

Derm Exclusive uses professional-grade ingredients work together to prevent and treat all 4 signs of aging: fine lines and wrinkles, age spots, dull skin and sagging with loss of elasticity. The system contains only the highest-quality, most powerful ingredients that are proven to work and prescribed by dermatologists, such as: Micro Peel Resurfacing Pads: Glycolic, salicyclic, and malic acids gently exfoliate without irritation.  Intensive Repair Serum: Antioxidant vitamin C helps fade dark spots and can help prevent future sun damage. Collagen Lift Moisturizer: Encapsulated retinol boosts collagen production and helps to prevent sagging, while also reducing the appearance of wrinkles. Fill & Freeze Wrinkle Treatment: Micro-Smoothing Peptides relax “crease memory” to smooth out lines and wrinkles.

Dr. Andrew Ordon is a top Beverly Hills plastic surgeon and host on TV’s The Doctors. He has 30+ years experience, certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the American Board of Otolaryngology, the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, and the National Board of Medical Examiners. I love him on The Doctors!

Check out this video for further info on the products:

If you are looking for a gift or you need help with skin care for yourself check out Derm Exclusive. You will be so glad that you did! You can find it by clicking the image below or go to my Shop Page and have a peek around.

Disclosure: This post does include affiliate links as I am a Beachbody coach that works with and uses Derm Exclusive.

Volume and Value: The No Fear Mini-Guide to Hair Extensions

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Many women would love to try hair extensions, but they don’t understand them. That’s truly unfortunate. Here’s how to turn that around and get to know them better for your next hair salon visit.

What Are They?

Hair extensions are basically sections of hair that you add to your own natural hair to extend the length of it. Some women use them to add length when they don’t have enough hair or they’ve had a bad haircut and can’t wait for it to grow in.

They are usually attached by a professional, and may be made of either real human hair or synthetic fibers. Companies, like http://bellartesalon.com will weave the extensions into your hair in the most natural way possible, or you can try weaving it yourself (though this can be difficult).

How Much Do You Need?

This all depends on the length and fullness of your natural hair as well as the look you want to achieve with the extensions. As a general rule, if you want to add fullness, and your own hair is similar in length to the extensions, you should use about 2 to 4 ounces of hair.

This will give you lots of volume. If your hair is a lot shorter than the extensions, then you’ll use more. The longer the length you want, the more hair you will need for the extension.

Remy Hair?

Remy hair refers to hair that’s cut from one donor. It’s usually the healthiest hair because it’s hand- picked strand by strand to make sure that all of the cuticles are intact and properly aligned. If you take care of it, remy hair will stay soft and look great for a long time.

What About Shedding?

All extensions shed to some degree, but some do more than others. However, the higher the quality you buy, the less you should worry about extension shedding. In that sense, you get what you pay for – which shouldn’t be all that surprising.

How To Wash Extensions

Washing and conditioning is done very carefully. Basically, you wash the hair in one direction from top to bottom. Put the shampoo and conditioner in your hands and work it into your hair. Don’t wash the hair upside down or in the sink, because this causes scrunching on top of your head.

You should focus on using shampoos and conditioners that hydrate and add moisture. If you do use moose and gel or hairspray, it should be products that are alcohol free because alcohol is a drying agent and very bad for hair extensions, which get no moisture in the usual ways.

Never use bleach or attempt to lighten the extensions. It’s not going to look good.

How Long Will They Last?

This depends on how well you take care of them. In general, they should last you for 6 months, but well-maintained ones can last up to a year before they need to be replaced.

Odessa A. Doe is a hair stylist. She enjoys writing about hair care. Her posts can be found mostly on beauty and style blog sites.

Weekly Instagram Wrap Up

Hey guys! I hope you are having a great week and keeping warm. We were prepared for a big storm but got a lot less than we anticipated here in NYC. At least Jon had the day off and we got to spend the day together yesterday. I have to admit, I am IG obsessed and love snapping pictures of pretty much everything (especially my food). Here is a look at some of the pictures that I posted last week on my NYC Fit Food Fashion Instagram:

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If you have Instagram and want to follow NYC Fit Food Fashion, check us out here!

 

 

Skinny Jean Dreams: How to Finance Your Mommy Makeover- Guest Post

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The term “mommy makeover” isn’t a medical one — it’s a phrase used in popular language to describe a new trend in cosmetic surgery — mothers choosing surgery to get back the bodies that they used to have before they became pregnant. While there have been no studies by the cosmetic surgery industry on the number of mommy makeover projects that patients embark on, the American Society of Plastic Surgery notes that one in three women who approach cosmetic surgeons for makeovers are between the ages of 29 and 39, the age when women tend to have finally had the children that they plan to have.

Over the past five years, the number of mommy makeover procedures done on young mothers has increased at an unbelievable rate. Requests for breast lifts have gone up nearly 100%, and the tummy tuck, the most popular procedure of all in the under-39 age group, has been requested most of all — numbers have gone up more than 4,000%. Even labia plasty is more popular than ever. It goes without saying, then, that mommy makeover procedures are effective and well accepted. If you’re interested in them, then, you shouldn’t have doubts over how advisable they are. You only need to think about the cost angle.

Insurance used to pay for mommy makeovers

When breast augmentation first became popular in the 70s, health insurance companies paid for the procedure for every mother who chose to have it — they called it “restoration after postpartum changes.” Today, though, insurance companies tend to not pay for mommy makeover procedures. It is up to you to find ways to finance whatever you choose.

However, if you pick procedures that are medically necessary, you can certainly expect the insurance company to cover them. An umbilical hernia, a prolapse and other medical procedures, if they are a part of your mommy makeover procedure, will qualify. Anything that is purely cosmetic, though, won’t.

Where do you find the money?

The cost of the average procedure for breast augmentation in Sacramento and other major cities tends to run to $5,000. The cost of liposuction can go to $3,000, and tummy tucks cost $5,000. These are pricey procedures. While some women use their credit cards, others receive them as gifts from their family.

More often than not, the money for mommy makeover procedures comes from loans financed by third party lenders. Most reputed cosmetic surgery clinics put patients in touch with these lenders, and arrange for a lending package. You simply need to pay the money financed through monthly payments the way you would pay back a car loan. You’ll need to shop around, though, asking different clinics or lenders for their lending rates.

You have the option of approaching a teaching hospital

Medical procedures are cheaper when done by doctors in training at a teaching hospital. Since these procedures are overseen by experienced doctors, there is no particular risk involved. You’d get the treatment you wanted, and you’d still not pay much.

Shelly Ward, now retired, is an avid writer and researcher. When she finds something helpful or intriguing, she likes to share it with others by posting it online. Her informative articles appear mainly on Health, Fitness and Lifestyle websites and blogs.

#TulaForLife 30 Days to Balanced Skin Challenge

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I was given the opportunity to try a new skin care product line. Tula is created with Tula Probiotic Technology. This line features rice proteins, vitamins A, C and E, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and fruit extracts. The technology also contains a complex that includes yogurt, green tea and blueberry extracts. In addition,each product helps deliver antioxidants to fight free radical attack, while helping promote a youthful appearance.

The kit that I had the pleasure of trying for the last 30 days included:

  • Purifying Face Cleanser
  • Illuminating Face Serum
  • Revitalizing Eye Cream
  • Hydrating Day and Night Cream

I started out with the Purifying Face Cleanser. I fell in love with this product right away. I am always looking for a good cleanser. It was amazing how little of the product that I needed to use to get the job done. It left my skin feeling silky smooth and super clean.

The Illuminating Face Serum was easily absorbed and did not leave my face feeling greasy like a lot of other products I have used in the past.I found that during the first week the serum made my skin dry and it was peeling off. After the second week the peeling had stopped and my skin was left softer than I have ever experienced. It really seemed to tone up the skin too.

I did not see that much difference with the Revitalizing Eye Cream, I imagine this is because I do not suffer from under eye puffiness or dark circles. Once again it did leave my skin feeling fantastic anyways.

With the Hydrating Day and Night Cream, I used this in the morning and night and loved it. I have normal skin so it is not too dry. I used this sparingly in the morning and at night, I loved the way it made my skin feel. Almost as good as my 7 month old daughters skin.

Here is a little more info on Tula:

Tula is the Sanskrit word for balance. The concept of the line is that we need to take care of our insides to look good on the outside; and that feeling beautiful on the outside can improve how we feel on the inside. The line specifically incorporates a patented Probiotic Technology, which is quite unusual in skin care products. Recent studies have shown that the topical use of probiotics stimulates skin’s protective mechanism, improves moisture and the balance of the “good” bacteria on the skin’s surface, guards against acne and UV-induced damage and boosts skin’s elasticity and collagen production.
Products are sold exclusively on QVC. Feel free to check out the products on their website . Also take a look at Tula’s social networks:
Disclaimer: This post is part of a sponsored campaign with Tula. I also received a sample of the Tula products to participate in the Tula 30 Days to Balanced Skin Challenge. All opinions are my own.

#TULAForLife 30 day challenge Giveaway

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Hey guys! I have been using Tula skincare and I am excited to be able to offer this giveaway! One lucky reader will receive:

  •      Purifying Face Cleanser
  •      Illuminating Face Serum
  •      Revitalizing Eye Cream
  •      Hydrating Day/Night Cream

TULA is offering a giveaway to NYC Fit Food Fashion readers! The winner will receive the same full suite of TULA’s probiotic skincare products that I received for review. TULA stipulates that the winner must reside in the U.S. for shipping purposes.

I have been working on the review and it will be up shortly!

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Cosmetic Surgery Abroad: Is It Worth the Risk to Be Scarred for Life?- Guest Post

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What’s the price of seeking medical procedures at a lower cost? That’s what many men and women are considering after hearing horror stories related to travelling overseas for a number of offered cosmetic surgeries.

You may notice a number of customer service reps with foreign accents. In many industries, it’s cheaper to outsource work to other countries in exchange for lower rates of pay. In order to streamline and ‘scale’ production, enterprises find cheaper ways to provide more, though the efficiency of output is less. Unfortunately (and scarily), the field of medicine is sometimes no different.

Facial Frown

One woman who lived in the UK decided to opt for a cheaper facial surgery performed in Poland for much less. After saving money and selling a gold bracelet to help cover the travelling costs, she had the cosmetic procedure performed. Though the surgeon’s website looked great and credible, the woman was a bit hesitant of the fact that no one at the office spoke her language though a translator was present.

The woman reported things going well while away, staying for ten days and checking in with the doctor, getting stitches removed on the final day. Upon her return to the UK, she noticed a number of stitches had ‘been missed,’ by the doctor. After removed by her dentist, her jowls and neck swelled for the next six weeks.

While proper face­lift procedures call for lifting the skin and underlying muscle tissue, she found that the doctor had only succeeded in lifting the skin. Unfortunately, the woman regretted the entire experience, noting that the hospital offered to ‘fix’ (if she paid to go back on her own) what she now deemed as an ‘outdated’ procedure.

Tummy Ache

Another woman who wanted a tummy tuck and breast augmentation performed, decided on a remote location, Turkey. While her focus was getting her stomach addressed, an incredible ‘package’ deal was offered by the remote service. Harrowingly, after the operation and the presence of ‘black skin’ forming on the stomach, the doctors told her it was bruising and it would soon go away.

Upon her return home the UK, her husband identified the black skin as ‘dead skin,’ quickly referring her to a local plastic surgeon. The surgeon observed necrosis, and told her that she would need to go to the hospital or possibly die! To make matters worse, a professional eye told her that her breasts were not lifted but merely addressed with fake implants. When she attempted to contact the doctor and foreign hospital for reparations, she found no one would return her calls. Travelling to foreign countries for cosmetic surgery has proven to be extremely risky. Don’t cut corners when it comes to your health.

Priceless Health

It’s understood that as we age, we discover saggy skin and breasts, and arms that don’t exude the youthful glow and tone of younger years. However, no price is equal to your health and subsequent happiness. Unfortunately, a number of women and men learn through botched surgeries that ‘you get what you pay for,’ regardless of degrees held by doctors or online legacies of ‘cheap’ alternatives.

Dr Robert Goldman is a Cosmetic Surgeon with a practice in Perth Western Australia and Cairns Queensland. Follow Dr Goldman on Google+.

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Contouring Make Up: The Beauty Trend of the Moment

I was watching GMA this morning and they were discussing the biggest trend in make up right now: contour make up. They did a tutorial and it got me thinking is this something that would look good out on the streets or is it really only something that Kim Kardashian can pull off?

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I will admit I have always lusted over Kim Kardashian’s amazing make up looks but I also am not sure it would look good on me. Kim had loaded this picture on to Instagram back in March, showing what she looks like while getting her make up done. Contouring is Kim’s secret to her amazing cheek bones. As you can see her eyes, eyebrows and lips are done first. The contouring of her cheeks is saved for last.

To get this done Kim sucks in her cheeks making a fish face. This is how you find the natural hollow of your cheeks. Then they take a dark bronzer and contour her cheek bones. The most important step is the highlighting. They then highlight around the contoured area, hitting the upper cheek, under eye and bottom of her jaw bone. To do this you must use a matte while high lighter that is 2-3 shades lighter than your skin color. Highlighting around that area gives your cheekbones way more definition.  This make up trick is so hot right now, there are plenty of kits that you can buy out there that include the bronzers and highlighters together. Check out this CARGO Contour Palette. I just may give this a try myself! Have any of you tried out this make up trend?

 

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