Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Brazillian Laser Hair Removal, 3rd & 4th Treatments

Sorry the 3rd treatment update is so late. I wanted to see what my results were after 4 weeks because some hair was growing back after the 2nd treatment, and then I just decided to wait until the 4th treatment.

So after my 3rd treatment I had both good and bad results. Firstly I used the numbing cream but I could tell she raised the intensity level cause there was a tiny sting in some places during the treatment and I was a little red after (but not sore). The good part is that initially 90% of the hair fell out of some places (the top triangle area), but only about 50% below that (harder to see that area so I'm not too sure). The bad part is that after the initial hair fall out a bunch grew back. It's much thinner and softer than before, but still disappointing.

I just had my 4th treatment today. I told the lady hair was growing back and she was really surprised and disappointed as well. I have light skin and dark hair so she said it should be working better. I think she turned the intensity up even more because it hurt a little more than last time (but still not too bad), and afterwards certain areas were stinging for about 15 minutes.

I will update in about a month. Hopefully this time nothing grows back besides a few stubborn hairs.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Vegan Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Today I'm bringing you a delicious (and semi healthy!) chocolate chip muffin recipe that is vegan and can be made gluten free. If you need a chocolate fix this recipe will hit the spot. They aren't as good as the chocolate Costo muffins, but they are pretty dang good! You can also leave out the chocolate and add any fruit or nuts.

This recipes makes about 12 cupcake sized muffins filled to the top, each coming in at around 150 calories. You can easily spread it out to 16 muffins though.

  • 3 very ripe bananas (med/large)
  • 2 & 1/4 cup oats (or 2 cups oat flour)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup or honey
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3-4 tbsp cocoa powder (to taste)
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips (vegan or regular)
If you have a good blender you can put everything but the chocolate chips in and blend away. It should be about the consistency of cake or brownie batter but if there are some unblended oats that's fine! If your blender sucks blend the oats alone until they are ground up fairly well (doesn't have to be perfect), then put the oat flour in a separate bowl and blend the bananas, maple syrup, and apple sauce. Then mix it with the dry ingredients. Stir in the chocolate chips (or fruit/nuts) after everything else is blended. If you don't want the chocolate to be too rich (or you're using dark cocoa powder) only add 3 tbsp of cocoa powder.

If you want to add more protein you can substitute some of the oat flour for protein and/or almond flour. TAKE NOTE: Protein powder doesn't always cook well, it can get dry and rubbery if you use too much (and tastes awful). I would add no more than 1/4 cup protein. Today I added 1 serving of vegan chocolate protein and 1/3 cup almond flour (so I just used 1 & 2/3 cups oats).

Heat the oven to 350 degrees F and cook for about 25 minutes (depends on your oven). Mine were a little firm on the outside but moist on the inside and fairly dense. I've tried some other similar recipes that don't hold a candle to this one. If I NEED chocolate those brownie mug cake recipes all over the place do not do the job! This recipe is honestly very good and satisfying. I hope if you try it out you like it too!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Brazillian Laser Hair Removal, 2nd Treatment


Today I had my second treatment. I put on the numbing gel an hour before my appointment as directed and it worked great! Last time I didn't get enough on the top area and it hurt almost as bad as waxing, like a really strong deep stinging pain but without the feeling of hair/skin getting yanked off. This time there was only very very minor "pain" in a few spots the same area, like a 0.5 out of 10. It was barely noticeable. It was over in less than 5 minutes and I could tell she was more thorough this time since I wasn't in pain. I can't wait to see greater results this time!


I think all the hair that's going to fall out from my second treatment is out. I don't seem to have lost quite as much as after my first treatment, maybe because there was already hair missing to begin with? Anyways in the top triangle area (tmi?) like 50-60% is gone in patches but below that it's maybe 20%. There definitely wasn't much fall out in that area this time.

I know they time it to catch all the different growth cycles but I hate waiting 6 weeks between treatments! I want to be done nooow! My next treatment isn't until June. It'll be worth the wait though! I'll update again in about 6 weeks.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Get The Look: Tone It Up Style

If you know anything about the Tone It Up girls Katrina and Karena you know they have amazing style. Today I'm going to feature some of my favorite looks from Katrina and where to get similar products.

First up are these super cute coral workout crops from the new Beach Babe 3 DVD and their Total Body Mermaid workout video.

The crops she's wearing are from Rogiani and run around $90+ (and they're sold out in the coral). A more affordable, and equally cute, option are these Airabella Active crops that are $35! Both the bikini tops are from Maaji and should be on the Tone It Up store soon!

Next is this swim cover up dress that she wore in the Caribbean.

This is from Hot Miami Styles for $55. A similar cover up from Forever 21 is $38.

I don't think I've seen anyone else rock a crop top and long skirt at well as Katrina! I love her dreamy bohemian beach babe looks!

Free People, $48 (Karena wore the mint one), Forever 21, $30

I love all of her crochet bikinis. It seems like she never goes on a trip without one. Crochet bikini's are great if you don't like wild prints but want something a little more fancy than a plain solid color. This one is from an Australian brand, She Made Me and costs $85 for just the top.

These are some more affordable options. Ivory Crochet Bralette, $19.99 & $22.99. VS Midi Bandeau, $24.50 & $38.50

That's it for now! I hope you liked this post, let me know if you want to see more like it!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

My first time with Brazilian Laser Hair Removal.

I had my first Brazilian LHR session about 3 weeks ago. I got an amazing deal on groupon, 6 sessions for around $260! I also used Ebates for 6% cash back! So I got about $16 back.

I did have underarm LHR once before at another place as a free gift with another procedure. They used a different laser (I think it was called Gentle Lase) that didn’t hurt at all but the laser at this new place had a different one that does hurt a bit.

At first I wasn’t going to use the numbing gel they sell for Brazilian treatments, but the lady said she wouldn’t do it without and I ended up getting the gel for free this first time. I had to wait for at least 30 minutes for it to take effect but I was pretty glad she made me use it.

The first part she lasered was at the top where I didn’t use as much gel. She iced it and that helped but yeah it still hurt quite a lot. It was a hot stinging sensation, like quickly pulling hot duck tape off your skin. It only lasts for a few seconds though. As she moved towards the back where I used most of the gel I felt almost nothing, basically some heat but no pain. So that part was awesome! Needless to say I bought some gel for my next sessions.

I also got another free underarm treatment, yay! That area didn’t get any gel but most of the hair there has already been lasered, less hair means less pain. I didn’t really feel anything. Now there is just a few hairs growing and I barely notice them. I barely shave there anymore.

I do feel like she missed some spots just because I could see red areas and normal areas, plus I think it was over a bit too fast. I think she was going easy on me! I'd say about 15% of the hair is gone. There are some bare patches and parts where the growth is thinner. I can't wait to see what the results will be after my next session!

I was pretty nervous about some stranger seeing my lady parts (also the lady was drop dead gorgeous, like Corporate Princess Jasmine gorgeous) but it was fine, I’m sure she has seen many a vulva. I also started my period the day before so that made me even more nervous but I just made sure I was very uh, fresh and clean, before hand lol.

My 2nd treatment is in a little over 2 weeks, so I'll update in a month to talk about the results I see from that session!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Review: Noxzema Bikini Plus Shave and Trim Disposable Shavers

Today I want to share one of my necessities for summer. A few months ago I bought these Noxzema shave and trim razors for the bikini area. My bikini area is really sensitive, so using a regular razor leaves me with bumps and irritation. Honestly it's probably just as bad to see the bumps and redness around the bikini area as it is to see hair. I wanted to try these to see if they might help and I have to say I love these little guys!

These guys get close enough to cut most of the hair so when I finish off with a regular razor I don't have to go over my skin so many times. Or if I'm not concerned with being super smooth I'll just use the Noxzema razor and call it a day. I get way less irritation and I don't dread bikini season so much.

I will be getting Brazilian laser hair removal in a few weeks, so these are helpful because before each treatment you have to shave everything. Since these are about half the width of a regular razor it's easier to get certain places around your lady bits without skinning yourself. Yay!

I've only found these here on Amazon so far. A pack of 3 is around $3.00. So far I've only used 1 and have gotten at least half a dozen uses with more to come, so I think they'll last for a while.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Intermittent Fasting Journal #1

This is pretty off topic for a beauty blog, but I want to turn this into more of a lifestyle blog. I'm very interested in health and nutrition so I'm going to talk about this today.

I started Intermittent Fasting last week after starting a nutrition class at college. My teacher has a completely unexpected approach to nutrition and eating that has taught me some new things. I’ve done a little research and I have a lot more to do but I wanted to share some things I’ve learned.

The first class he said it’s healthier to eat all of your daily calories in just 1 or 2 meals (spaced 10-12 hours apart) a day because it takes about 10 hours for the glucose (carbohydrate/sugar) in your liver and muscles to be used up and for your body to tap into the glucose in your fat cells. Giving your body a chance to use that glucose is suppose to mimic the results of calorie restriction, without the calorie restriction.

In addition to aiding fat loss, low glucose levels triggers apoptosis (programed cell death) in old and defective (cancer) cells. Diseased cells apparently require 9x more glucose than healthy cells, so when your glucose levels drop they are the first to go. Recent research is showing that dropping glucose levels may be as effective as chemotherapy! Crazy, huh?

I’ve been trying this out the past 10 days, eating a big (for me) breakfast at 8 and a big dinner at 5-5:30 (I can’t last 10 hours quite yet). I do get fairly hungry around 2, I usually feel a little tired too. I’m hoping my body will get use to this soon. I’ve been drinking tea or crystal light (not the best, I know) in the afternoon to help with the hunger. One big upside though is that I feel like I can enjoy food again. In the last months I’ve been working so hard at finding meals that are low calorie but also filling. It’s such a relief to not have to worry about calories and to be able to eat what I want without guilt. I can slather my burrito bowls with tons of homemade guacamole, or occasionally have some freaking pasta!

At first feeling completely full and satisfied made me feel so guilty, which is totally messed up! Food shouldn’t be the center of your world but it should be enjoyed. Even though I’m currently missing lunch I love having a big dinner and not going to bed hungry. I also enjoy not stressing at family parties where we have pizza or lasagna for dinner. I am still eating very healthy food 95% of the time but I’m going to have some treats without guilt more often.

Since starting IF 10 days ago I've lost 2.5 lbs, breaking through my plateau (without working out). I usually take my measurements too but I'm going to wait until March 1st and post an update then.