Wedding Skin & Hair Prep

So if you have not so awesome skin, like myself, it can be difficult to not stress about your face, let alone when it comes to your wedding day.  So, from the Melasma and acne queen herself…I’m letting you in on some things that have changed my skin in a drastic way.  Anything I can do to remove a little stress for you fellow Brides, i’m here to help!  Who knew this whole Wedding process could put you in a self induced coma!?

About 4 weeks out, I got a Chemical Peel.  I swear by these for my Melasma and skin texture, and I think it really helps with my acne and previous scarring.  What to expect? A whole lotta burnin’ and tinglin’ for about 5-8 minutes and then viola! You’re done and ready to be on your way to shedding like a Snake.  You’ll need to book this at a Medspa and make sure to go to a reputable one.  I always get a 2nd Chemical Peel 2 weeks after my first, it gets of the leftover dry skin and any discoloration still left.  My  go to place in Dallas is Rejuve MedSpa.  If you want a more price friendly alternative, go for an at home peel like Dr. Dennis Peel

I also LOVE DermaPlane, if you have never done it…it’s amazing. They use a surgical blade on your face and it removes dead skin and the baby hairs on your face.  I love to do these 2 weeks after my 2nd Chemical Peel and your skin is just, Whoa! Not to mention, your makeup will go on like a dream.  If you find the MedSpa menu to be too pricey, try this alternative at home product from DermaFlash 

My next secret weapon before any event is SKII Sheet Masks.  I have been using these for years and they always do wonders for my skin.  I know they are pricey but-they work…and I look at my skin/body like an investment.  I use these masks at bed time a few times a week, and then use the leftover serum thats in the pouch for at least 2 days! These masks even out skin tone, hydrate and heal.  They are beyond amazing.  Before my Wedding, my skin has been insane with stress and I got sick-so, I’m a flippin’ disaster and a chromosome short of being the equivalent to a bucket of Shrimp.  So I’ve been doing one sheet mask at night, and one in the morning-then applying leftover serum from the packet throughout the day.  OVERKILL, I KNOW.  BUT, my skin is insanely loving it and it has healed so nicely.  So if you’re ever in a true crises in the 11th hour, here’s a trusty super hero to save your butt.

If you get hormonal cystic (that time of the month) acne like I do, you may want to talk to your Dermatologist about a medication called Spironolactone.  It has truly saved my skin from those painful Mt. Kilimanjaro lumps.

For a finishing touch, a spray tan can give you that perfect glow.  My favorite solution from a professional is ‘Aviva Labs’ and I do the rapid dark.  It’s pretty much a ready to wear solution and doesn’t turn you a funny color, feel sticky or smell.  If your salon doesn’t have Aviva Labs, and you can’t convince them to carry it, I go for the Norvelle Dark solution.  Its a runner up in my book.  Not into the salon? These self tanners are my favorite: Vita Liberata and then I use Tan Towels to extend the tan and keep it even.

Now onto that hair girl…

So if you’re not a perfect super human mermaid/Unicorn like Blake Lively, you’ve got some issues with that Hurr.  For me, its dermatitis on my scalp I’ve had it since I was in high school, but its gotten worse the older I get.  My scalp gets so itchy that I can literally have cuts all over my head and then my hair thins.  I finally found something that has helped other than this hardcore and harsh medicated Shampoo from my Derm called Ovace and it is NOT Color treated hair friendly.  It strips my highlights in just a few uses, so I was trying alternatives to manage it.  Thankfully JustNatural is an amazing company with so many amazing and natural products.  The Psoraisis Tonic has helped my scalp SO much its insane, and well as the Dandruff Vinegar Rinse .  I also use their Shampoos and Conditioners and it leaves your hair insanely nourished and soft.

Even with all those great products, I felt like my hair still needed some TLC.  My little sister turned me onto Viviscal and I’ll never go back.  I absolutely love it and highly recommend it!  I have definitely noticed stronger, thicker and healthier hair.

I’ve also had issues with my eyelashes and filling in a bald spot in my eyebrows, my knowledgeable and adorbs little sister turned me onto these products:  RevitaBrow and RevitaLash and they are amazing!  Let me preface, they won’t work well if you don’t use them every day.

My last secret is one of my absolute favorite things on this world…Coconut oil.  Eat it, pull it, wear it…what can’t, Coconut Oil do?!  I learned a trick from our girl Blake Lively who uses this trick in the shower…she covers her ends of her hair in Coconut Oil before she showers to prevent stripping and her ends drying out. I started doing it and i’m ADDICTED…Not to mention totally convenient because I also lather on Coconut oil all over my body and on my face before on shower, the steam from your shower helps soak it into your skin so a lot gets absorbed and you don’t have to leave the shower all greasy…Just pat dry and enjoy smelling like a tropical dream!

Hope you loved these fun tips!




Mother’s Day Gift Guide by Blaine

Not sure what to get that perfect lady in your life for Mother’s Day?  Look no further, i’m here to help!  We don’t do the typical floral arrangement around here…snag her something fun and special from my top picks, that last way longer than any flower will. Screen Shot 2016-05-05 at 9.58.28 PM.png

1. Milieu Magazine: Home & Gardens, Subscription. Martha Stewart-who? This is the new IT mag, filled with all your Pinterest desires and your Mamma is going to be beyond stoked to have a subscription.  It gets better…Snag her a 1-year Subscription for just $19.00  – yea, we said it.

2.  Rumer Amethyst Gemstone Bracelet, $38 – Blaine Bowen. Of course I had to include some faves from our website.  This Bracelet is such a stunner and will go perfect with Mom’s everyday attire and compliment her watch like a charm.

3.  Wink Sweatshirt, $58 – Blaine Bowen.  Our absolute Best-Seller, THE WINK.  Your mom will die for this.  After I designed this shirt, my mom looked at it (after stealing one from the production pile for herself) and told me it would be my best-seller.  As if we didn’t already know Moms are ALWAYS right. (Snag it in a tank top for $36 for Summer).

4.  Valerie DVouble Heart Earrings, $90 – Blaine Bowen.  These earring are some of my favorites, but trust me, your mom will L-O-V-E….LOVE.  Perfect for day to night, these simple beauties come in 14k Gold or Rose Gold Vermeil with pave CZ accents.  These beauts are also right on trend for Fall ’16 picks for ‘Shoulder Duster’ Earrings, as the new IT accessory.

5.  Corfu Spike Necklace, $80 – Blaine Bowen.  This necklace is simply perfect.  The best layering piece and can be dressed down, or worn with the most elegant of ensembles.  The fashion forward, simplistic Mamma will LOVE this gem.  14k Gold Filled, and the perfect gift for the simple but chic Mom.  Did I mention this looks LEGIT layered with my #6 pick?

6.  Ryker Necklace, $91 – Blaine Bowen.  This necklace is one of our best-selling stunners, that packs a spiritual punch.  The Rosary center is from The House of the Virgin Mary at Ephesus in Turkey; I picked up a large supply of these special centers that have been dipped in the believed ‘healing’ waters that flow at the home.  All I can tell you from my visit, there is something definitely spiritual-mystical-peaceful and unexplainable about this house…so when I saw these pieces, I knew I had to bring them back.  For the spiritual or religious Mamma…this is a meaningful peace she’ll keep close to her heart.

7.  ModernSprout Hydroponic Herb Garden, $54 – Modern Sprout.  This Garden Jar Set features three self-watering herb kits –  Basil, Parsley and Mint. Each QT mason jar is outfitted with a passive hydroponic system known as “wicking,” which brings water up to the plant’s roots. Grow indoors on a sunny windowsill, then add to your favorite sauces, soups, salads and more. Includes colored mason jars, stainless steel net pot, coco pith, recycled glass grow medium, wick, certified organic and/or non-GMO seeds, plant nutrient, and simple instructions.  This is the perfect gift for the mom who loves to cook, plant, or Mom’s who wish they had time for a green thumb.

8.  Choco Poppo Dark Chocolate, $24-$100 (depending on size) – Panache Chocolatier.  Growing up in Kansas City, Panache was THE place for decadent chocolate treats….WITH BUTTERED POPCORN.  Yep, you heard me right.  They have everything from Chocolate Caramel covered, buttered popcorn to chocolate sea-salt covered Oreos, whatever your Mamma’s chocolatey vice…they have the perfect and unique fix.  My mom always gave us Chocolate covered popcorn Tins for Christmas and it was always something I was beyond stoked to get.  So do yourself and your Mamma a flavor-I mean, Favor…Order up some Choco Poppo…You’ve never tasted anything so good.  Sidenote: My favorite is the simple salty buttered popcorn with Dark Chocolate aka Choco Poppo Dark Chocolate (real brain buster I know).

Now get to shoppin’ for your sweet Mamma!

xx Blaine