The “How To” of Dry Shampoo with Cibu

by christiem on May 23, 2017 · 0 comments

Cibu Ka Pow Dry Shampoo

It’s hot, sweaty and pretty much unbearable during the summer months here in Vegas and I certainly don’t want to wash my hair every morning, or even every other morning.

With my busy schedule plus the added Mad Max-esc unbearable heat, by Friday I’m pretty much running on 50% Dry Shampoo and 50% Coffee.

Blowing out my hair is a sweat filled process full of sectioning, blow-drying, heating and styling that I would equate to a 30 minute work-out at the gym- which is why I was obviously thrilled when I became familiar with the hair refreshing nirvana that is Dry Shampoo.

For those of you that have yet to make this life changing discovery, dry shampoo is a spray sent straight from the heavens to restore volume, texture and soak up excess oil from second, third, fourth, (cough, fifth, ahem, cough) day hair, all without water.

I use Dry Shampoo only slightly less than oxygen and my holy grail of Dry Shampoo is Cibu Ka Pow Dry Shampoo.

Cibu Ka Pow Dry Shampoo

Ka Pow is so amazing it pretty much B%^#@ slapped all the other dry shampoos out of my medicine cabinet.

This spray will extend the life of your blowout, absorbs oils and is perfect for creating that tossled beachy texture. The best thing about Ka Pow is that it works on various hair types and human hair extensions!

Last week I watched a model spray dry shampoo all over the top of her head, like hairspray.  My inner beauty blogger voice was screaming “You are using that WRONG”!  but my outer stylist voice stayed quiet.

Alot of people fall into this beauty-gone-wrong trap with products they hear a buzz about and purchase without knowing how to use them properly.

So I, being a dry shampoo aficionado am going to break it down for you.  Step by step how to get the most out of your Dry Shampoo.

Tips for Applying Dry Shampoo:

  1. Start with dry, dirty hair. NEVER use Dry Shampoo on wet hair.
  2. You want to hold the nozzle around six to eight inches away from the hair and don’t focus on one area for too long, to avoid product build-up.
  3. Separate your hair into sections and apply throughout your locks at the roots…. only the roots. Focus on the crown of your head.
  4. Once you’ve evenly sprayed the dry shampoo into the hair, massage it into your scalp like you would wet shampoo in the shower – making sure it’s all rubbed in and evenly distributed.
  5. For added volume, flip your hair upside down, then use your fingers to blend the powder, shake out your roots, and allow the dry shampoo to move towards your ends.

Follow these steps and your Dry Shampoo will give you great hair for days…and days…and days.. and then maybe one more day. LOL

Cibu Ka Pow Dry Shampoo is available at cibuforhair.com and select hair salons.

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My Kybella Experience

by christiem on May 22, 2017 · 19 comments

Kybella

I have gone back and forth on whether to do a blog post about this- I mean beauty secrets are supposed to be secret right?

But, I just had to let the cat out of the bag! I had an experience that was so incredible that I HAD to share. So here it goes… back in February I had a KYBELLA treatment..

As the years have gone by, I’ve noticed my chin begin to… well… double. Yes, I said it, those dreaded words, the double chin. And it had developed to the point that I didn’t feel that I looked like myself anymore and became very self-conscious of it. I knew there had to be some sort of a solution out there but undergoing a surgery just wasn’t for me.

As I sat in my Dermatologists office, awaiting an appointment for my annual skin cancer screening, a pamphlet on KYBELLA caught my eye. KYBELLA is the new FDA injectable that dissolves fat under the chin.  It’s the biggest thing to hit the beauty industry since Botox.

The active ingredient in KYBELLA is deoxycholic acid, which is a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat.  When injected into the fat beneath your chin, KYBELLA causes the destruction of fat cells.  Once destroyed, those cells cannot store or accumulate fat. WOO HOO!

Hardly any down time, non-surgical and the results are permanent.  Sign me up!

I want to start out by saying that everyone’s experience with injectables is different.  Your pain tolerance and how your body reacts to them will vary from person to person.  I am no medical expert, just a patient sharing my experience with KYBELLA.

Ok so here we go…..

KYBELLA IS an injectable, which means needles, and not everyone loves those little poky things going into their skin- especially me.  But when faced with either keeping my double chin or sucking it up through a few (and by a few I mean a heck of alot) injections I chose to suck it up.

Kybella Treatment

First the doctor applies a grid to the areas they will inject.  It’s kind of like those temporary tattoos you used as a kid. Each of those little dots is an injection point.

The cost of the procedure depends on the amount of viles of medicine the doctor needs to use, typically running anywhere from $400-$600 per vile.  My treatment took four.

As the doctor began the injections, I felt a burning sensation (kind of like salt in a cut) which increases as the procedure progresses. I’m not going to sugar coat it, there are needles, they are INJECTING, and yes, it hurts!

As the needles progress, the burning sensation grows, so if you do give KYBELLA a try prepare yourself for some discomfort.

It took about 15-20 minutes to finish the injections.

Almost immediately after the procedure the treated area begins to swell, my doctor explained to me that the more it swells the better, that means the medicine is doing its job. The doctor then iced the area on and off for the first hour or so.

Then for the next 24 hours after the injections, my throat felt a little sore and I was hoarse. Opening my jaw too far, like to eat a double cheeseburger, was difficult but hey- I don’t really need to be eating that anyway LOL.

Even though these photos are hard for me to share (especially the before and after) I feel you should see the differences.

As you can see above, the swelling gets pretty big, this photo is the day after the treatment and I swear I looked like Ryan Reynolds in the beginning of “Just Friends”.

It felt like there was a water balloon inside my neck when I touched it—foreign and swooshy.

I’m not going to lie, it feels really weird and you may experience some numbness and tenderness in the treated area for the first couple months — the numbness subsided within 2 two months.

Your swelling will depend on the amount of fat that was treated, it will peak at 20-28 hours after the injections and will be mostly gone within 4-5 days. After the swelling recedes, the part that people can “see” is over but the medicine will continue to break down the fat.  The shrinking and tightening process will happen gradually over the next few weeks so don’t expect your double to become a single after only a few days.

On the 3rd or 4th day after treatment, the treated area starts to “gel.” 

Next, the “gel fat” will start to harden/solidify and then break into bits, called “nodules”. You will be able to feel these when you touch your neck but no one will be able to see them (eeww right?). At this point the body’s immune system macrophages (big eaters) are in full swing, eating the dead fat in the nodules and carrying the dead fat away to be eliminated from the body… and so the nodules gradually disappear over a few months. Again, they are felt but not seen and they will go away so don’t freak out.

About a month after the procedure, I saw a definite reduction in fat and tightening of skin in the treated area and at 6 weeks it was like a whole new me.  

Some people may need to undergo a second treatment to really get things tightened up — usually at the 8 week mark — but I was happy with my results so I kept it to just one treatment.

Kybella Before and After

The “before” photo is moments before I went in for the treatment and the “After” is 8 weeks later.  HUGE difference right!

KYBELLA is one of the best decisions I have ever made.  I couldn’t be happier with the results and the most exciting part of this whole journey, is that the results are pretty much permanent, thanks to KYBELLA’s fat cell destroying super-powers those fat cells have been obliterated forever!

They’re not growing back, at least not anytime soon.  And if you want to make your double a single I would highly recommend you look into KYBELLA.

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Graduation Gifts Homesick Candles

by christiem on May 19, 2017 · 9 comments

Graduation Gifts

Graduation season is upon us, and with it comes the challenge of finding the perfect gift for the high school senior, brand-new college graduate, or freshly-certified Yoga instructor in your life.

Chances are your grad will be moving away to either further their education or begin their career in the real world. Why not send them off with a graduation gift that reminds them of home!

Homesick Candles is the genius idea of a group of friends who each moved away from the place they call home. The hand-poured, soy wax candles have distinctive fragrances from each city/state.   Los Angeles features notes of orange zest, lemon slices and hints of ocean breeze while Louisiana delivers notes of sweet potato, florals and citrus and Rhode Island brings the scents of maple, hay rides, cinnamon, cloves and moss.

Each Candle features a clean modern graphic of the state across the front that easily vibes with any type of decor and come packaged in a wonderfully in a luxe matte black box.

Homesick Candles

I of course sampled the Las Vegas candle.

Las Vegas isn’t exactly known for its great scents…aka smoky casinos and allergy ridden dust storms… but this candle brings Las Vegas to olfactory life in the best way.

“Desert sand and midnight air, herbs and spices from the finest restaurants, and hints of cold hard cash awaken big dreams in the City of Lights”.

Fresh, clean and full of possibilities.

Graduation Gifts

Give the gift of a whiff of home to your grad!  Homesick Candles offers 26 varieties of candles right now (including a Northern and Southern California- because of course they are totally different!) If you don’t see your home state yet be patient they plan to expand to include every state soon. Available at HomesickCandles.com

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Eco-friendly Sun Protective Products

Last week I did a fun segment on Las Vegas Now with my pal Lindsey Simon where I shared some of my favorite eco-friendly and sun protective products.

No trip to the beach is complete without the perfect swimsuit and a well stocked beach bag. Why not make sure that bag includes a list of products you feel good about!

I brought along two gorgeous beach babes from TNG model to kick things off.

Eco-friendly Sun Protective Products

NEXT Swimwear

Rylee is wearing a fun sporty tankini from NEXT Swimwear.  Created for an active beach lifestyle their swimwear is made to stand-up through Paddle Boarding, Pilates, Running and Yoga.  Each swimsuit is made with NextFlex fabric which contains UPF 50 sun protection built right into the fabric! Available at SwimSpot.com

VYB Swim

Angelica is rocking a gorgeous bikini from VYB Swim.  I am OBSESSED with this brand.  Their collection is completely sustainable.  All of their swimwear is created from deadstock fabric, which is excess fabric from the garment industry that was destined to end up in landfills.  They rescue it, up-cycle it and create stunning limited edition swimwear at affordable prices.  Available at VYBswim.com

Eco-friendly Sun Protective Products

Alot of people use disposable plastic bags to store their wet swimwear, why not opt for a reusable one?  The Travel Happens Wet Bag from the Container Store is great for storing damp or dripping clothing PLUS it protects your other belongings from getting wet!

Instead of a disposable cup for those beachside/poolside cocktails why not opt for a reusable one?  I LOVE this Portable Wine Glass from the Container Store.  It’s two part design stores the stem inside the bowl for easy travel and easy assembly.

Eco-friendly Sun Protective Products

One of my summer faves is this Organic Cleansing Body Spray from Purequosa.  It;s made from essential oils and colloidal silver which neutralize body odor and kill bacteria.  100% Pure they are perfect for a quick refresh at the beach, pool or after a workout!  Available at Purequosa.com

Las Vegas FINALLY has it’s first Soft Surroundings which opened its doors recently at the District complete with an AMAZING beauty counter.  I showcased a few of my top picks.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this adorable Cheeky beach tote.  It’s perfect for storing all your beach gear.

Eco-friendly Sun Protective Products

One of my summer MUST MUST MUST haves is ColorScience Sunforgettable SPF 50 Brush on Sunscreen.  It’s sunscreen without the greasy mess.  Sheer and weightless just brush it on anytime for broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection.

Also available at Soft Surroundings is my summer BFF Emma Hardie Amazing Face Protect and Prime SPF50.  It’s a dual action time saver that pairs a light diffusing primer with broad spectrum SPF protection.  Its blurs, brightens and beautifies the skin.  Think of it as an INSTAGRAM filer brought to life with sun protection.

Eco-friendly Sun Protective Products

Speaking of Sun Protection.  Many people have reaction to the chemicals in most sunscreens.  Promise Organic Coconut Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 is a non-chemical sunscreen that combines Zinc Oxide, Shea Butter, Coconut Oil and a blend of essential oils.  On top of being certified organic its also fragrance free, designed for sensitive skin and dermatologist tested!  Available at CVS Pharmacy.

Last but not least- I’ve shared this tip with you before.  It’s a closely guarded secret stylist tip to solve the problem of dripping wet swimsuits. Have you ever been to a SPA or a private beach where they had swimwear dryers in the bathrooms?  A salad spinner does EXACTLY the same thing!

Just place your sopping wet swimwear in the spinner. Give it a Spin and Voila. Just like it does with lettuce, all the excess water has been separated from the fabric. Now your swimsuit is just damp as opposed to a drippy mess and will dry out super-quick.  This works with any type of manual salad spinner.  I use a large one so that I can fit one-piece styles and mens trunks in it as well.

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Summer’s Prickly Cactus Print Trend

May 15, 2017

Every summer there is a graphic print that comes along and dominates the season, this year its the prickly but lovable cactus print. I have to admit I think the cactus print trend is positively succulent!   Conjuring up images of dreamy desert landscapes old westerns and weekend road trips, there is something so perfectly […]

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Donald J Pliner Pre-Fall Collection

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Why I Love Denim Jackets

May 10, 2017

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Hask Wild Orchid & White Truffle Hair Care

May 8, 2017

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Solve your Panty Problems with BootayBag

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Dress for Success

May 1, 2017

Last week I attended the annual Dress for Success “Road to the Sun” Luncheon at the Four Seasons Las Vegas. Dress for Success is a cause that is very close to my fashion loving heart.  I know from first hand experience that clothing can make ALL the difference in how you feel, your state of […]

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