Are Cosmetic Procedures Just For Hollywood?

Have you ever toyed with the idea of getting work done? And by work done I mean cosmetic treatments and surgeries. It’s something a lot of celebrities, Hollywood types, and people in the entertainment industry get thinking it improves the way they look. After living in NYC for a couple years, I moved to LA for three. And while living in LA for about a year, I developed an eye for recognizing when someone had work done because it was THAT common!

In my opinion, obsessing over achieving this ideal “look” leads to so many problems relating to body image and how the world sets its beauty standards. It can lead many down a very dark and long rabbit hole.

But I am a believer in balance, and if you think you need a tweak or subtle alteration, then there is nothing wrong with that. As long as you don’t stray too far and get carried away. To this day, I never had plastic surgery, but I have gotten and swear by micro-blading as well as other cosmetic treatments.

Why do we even feel the need to change the way we look? Are we shallow? Insecure? Here’s some things to think about if you are considering a treatment or procedure.

Surgical Fix or Not?

Most people who get cosmetic surgery will do so because they have issues with self-confidence. In simple terms, they don’t feel comfortable with certain aspects of their body. It makes them feel really down about how they look, affecting their mental health. In situations like this, why shouldn’t you consider a cosmetic treatment if it makes you feel better? 

I think there are two key points here: 

  • Why are you self-conscious?
  • Are there other alternatives?

If this has been an issue that’s plagued your life forever, then I don’t see why a cosmetic procedure can’t be the answer. That is unless there are alternatives that provide the same solution. Could you improve your flat booty by doing squats or going to the gym and following a proper routine? Yes, and it could stop you from getting butt implants, then maybe having butt implant removal if there are complications, and so on.

Likewise, if you have skin problems and want a facelift, could you see the same results from a few microneedling treatments instead? In many cases, you probably would!

In these scenarios, it’s best to try the alternatives, see if they improve your situation, and maybe consider cosmetic procedures if you’re still self-conscious. 

Also, if your self-confidence problems stem from looking at other people and wishing you had their body, is that a good enough reason to pay thousands for surgery? It’s a difficult argument, but perhaps it’s better to learn to love yourself and not compare yourself to others. Trust me, I know it’s not easy and this kind of self love takes a lot of work!

Physical Problems

The next point relates to physical problems that come from accidents or surgeries, etc. A good example is someone who had a breast removed due to cancer. Not a nice topic to think about, but it’s the sad reality for many women. Here, getting a breast implant can help someone feel whole again and bring a shining light after a terrible ordeal. 

There are many instances where illnesses or accidents can leave someone with physical issues that can be fixed by surgery. However, someone might worry about what people will think about them if they got surgery because it’s often viewed in a negative way. 

So what’s the verdict? Cosmetic surgery isn’t as bad as you might believe. The problem is when famous people just get surgery for the sake of it, then distort the public perception of body image. Still, there are cases where you could genuinely think about getting a cosmetic procedure, particularly if it’s the only option to solve a long-lasting self-confidence issue, or to correct a problem stemming from an illness or accident. Something to think about.

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Benefits of Kundalini Yoga During a Pandemic

Yoga & Meditation teacher Oksanna Romanov, aka Priya, talks about the benefits of Kundalini yoga during a pandemic. I’ve been practicing with her for two months now and it has been so helpful and healing during these times. Timestamps for what we talked about below… 💟

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1:58 – what is Kundalini yoga?

2:30 – meaning of Love is Love

5:23 – what does it mean to be “elevated”?

7:40– cleaning your subconscious for a clear approach and alignment

13:33 – fear vs. courage

18:04 – Coping with the pandemic and doing the self work

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My 5 Skincare Tips for The Perfect Complexion

Maintaining a healthy complexion is so crucial for the modeling industry. I’ve definitely had my battles with agency and client rejection because I had cystic/hormonal acne when I first got into the industry. For some people, perfect skin seems to come naturally (good genes) while it can take a lot of work for others. I was definitely on the other side.

Whether you want to be a model or not, skincare is essential for several reasons. And it’s not all about the way you look. Our skin plays a major role in how our bodies function day to day. After all, skin is the largest organ of the body. On a scientific level, it prevents viruses and bacteria from entering your body and protects you from harmful solar radiation. It helps regulate your body’s temperature and reacts to critical changes in your environment through pain and pressure.

So how do we get our skin to live its best life and glow up? The basics are using the right moisturizer and exfoliating products depending on your skin type. You can amp it up with certain cosmetic treatments like chemical peels and microneedling, but the most important thing is to adopt good habits. Try incorporating these five practices into your daily life, and I promise your skin will improve dramatically.

1. Drink more water

Doctors, dermatologists, estheticians, and the like are always recommending people drink more water, and it’s not for nothing. Being adequately hydrated can help almost all aspects of the body, and the skin is no exception. Drinking eight glasses a water a day will help to rid your skin of toxins and give you a radiant glow. Add a little lemon and apple cider vinegar for a deeper clean.

2. Eat the right food

You are what you eat. Your diet has a massive influence on your skin’s health, so pay attention to what you put into it. Meals full of fried foods will only make your skin greasy and lead to acne breakouts and other imperfections. I’m not saying restrict yourself from fatty foods because fat is essential for our bodies. But instead, opt for healthy fats like omega-3. When deciding on your next meal, pick ingredients high in omega-3. Clean eating means clear skin. And having a balance will keep your hormones and body in check, limiting breakouts.

3. Exercise

Being physically active slows the aging process, and it also has a positive effect on your skin’s appearance. The general recommendation is 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise each day. This could be anything from a power walk or bike ride to something more extreme, like kickboxing or reformer pilates. Just make sure to wash the sweat off your face afterward!

4. Get more sleep

We could all use more sleep in this busy world, and lack of sleep can definitely hurt your skin quality. Not getting enough rest at night can speed up the aging process and lead to wrinkles as well as worsening any existing skin problems. Be sure to get your eight hours each night. 

5. Reduce stress

Stress is one of the worst things for our body. It can worsen almost any health condition and has been linked to all kinds of skin issues, including rashes, acne, and sweating. If you are suffering from stress, take steps to relieve anxiety. There are so many ways to reduce stress including talking about your problems, meditating, or taking a break from stress-inducing technology.

I challenge you to do these 5 practices religiously for a month, take a before/after pictures, and let me know if you see a difference.

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What You Should Know About Designer Brands Before Buying Them

Let’s talk about ethics. The fashion world has been under a lot of scrutiny when it comes to ethical business practices. We may not fully understand the underlying issues that this industry has, but we can’t deny that some brands don’t really seem to care about the people they work with. IG profiles like @diet_prada will even put these brands and designers on blast, highlighting unethical practices. But there are brands who have been fighting against this in recent years, working towards producing clothing that is both affordable and ethical, while also highlighting the issues in the bigger picture. So how can we as consumers do our part to support brands that are doing the right thing?

Mission Statements & Advertising

Companies that make ethical decisions will usually try to get the word out about their choices as much as they can. This diminishes the effort in some people’s minds, but it doesn’t really matter if they make money out of being ethical; the end result is still a positive one. You can use a company’s mission statements and other advertising to get an idea of whether or not they are ethical. There are a lot of clothing brands out there that will plant trees or take part in other charitable acts whenever they sell an item, and finding them is pretty easy.

User-Generated Content

While we would all like to believe we can trust the brands we buy from, it’s not always easy to make sure that we can 100% believe what they tell us. This makes user reviews incredibly important for any online shopper. Check out this Hearts on Fire review here that shows you a breakdown of the diamond brand. The review shows that they care about their customers and truly want to give them a positive experience. This site may not go into full detail about the source of products, but it still gives you an idea of how well they treat their customers. So important for investment pieces.

The News & Media

Are you ever shocked when you find that the brands you love have been acting unfairly? What do you do when you see stories in the media about your favorite brand/fashion house making bad decisions? If you love wearing pieces from a particular brand / fashion house, you should also keep up with the news surrounding the designer brands. If you’re buying and wearing their pieces, you are standing for what they believe in. Not a lot of people realize that Hugo Boss had strong connections to Germany’s Nazi Party in World War Two, but there are countless news stories that cover this topic in depth. Just saying.

With all of this in mind, you should take time to learn about designer brands before you spend money with them. Right now our world is going through a major change. 2020 is the year to listen, realize the truth, and take action to make it better. It’s like we’re going through a deep clean and weeding out the bad at a rapid pace. Unethical companies would have been pulled out anyways, but now brands are being held accountable more than ever. So do your part.

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I Just tried the OSEA Clarifying Set for Blemish / Acne Prone Skin

I bought the OSEA Clarifying Set because I couldn’t see my facialist during the Covid-19 shelter in place. It has been a life saver for keeping my pores clear and preventing breakouts. My honest thoughts on each product and how to use them. This custom set is essential for blemish prone skin.

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