CoolSculpting Experience

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to partner with Ariba Med Spa located in Fremont, CA. I am so excited to share my CoolSculpting experience with all of you!

I have heard a lot of positive feedback from people who have gotten this procedure and I’ve been really interested in trying it for myself. I did a lot of research beforehand to make sure I understood the process & any risk that may be involved. For those of you unaware of what CoolSculpting is, it is a non-invasive procedure used to eliminate unwanted fat in targeted areas like the abdomen, love handles, thighs and chin, etc.

I was both nervous and excited for the procedure because it’s a way to freeze away fat cells, ensuring they won’t return! It’s extremely targeted, so if you have ‘problem areas,’ you can address them directly. The area I decided to get done was my inner thighs. I have always been self conscious of my legs, and I’m honestly really excited to see the results. Keep in mind that CoolSculpting is not a weight loss procedure, it is to help tone the area and prevent fat cells from coming back, and you generally see the results a few weeks to months after.

When I arrived, I was instantly greeted by their friendly staff and taken to their CoolSculpting room where I showed the esthetician the problem area I wanted to work on. Lilliana, the esthetician who was doing my procedure was amazing! She answered all my questions and concerns and walked me through the entire process. It was also reassuring to hear about her own successful experiences with sculpting.

The procedure is essentially as follows: The technician works with you to understand which area you’d like to be CoolSculpted. They are precise with measurements, drawing lines to map out exactly what to work on. This consultation also determines the price & length of the procedure, as well as which cooling paddle they’ll use. After that, the technician preps the area with a sterilizing wipe, a cream, a gel, and a thin protective sheet before placing the paddle (which is a strong suction) on the area. They then turn on the freezing function, which runs for half an hour. After this, the technician inspects the area before applying another cream and massaging it, which helps breaks down the fat cells. You then stand on a machine (pictured below) that vibrates your body for about 10 minutes, which further breaks down the cells.

The whole procedure took about 2 hours. I think the measurement/mapping took the longest because we wanted to be very precise in eliminating what needs to be eliminated. Everything after went by extremely fast. The freezing portion only takes 35 minutes, and after it was removed, she massaged the area for around 30 minutes. When you first apply the paddle (at sub zero temperature), there’s a slight discomfort, but that goes away after 5 minutes. I really only felt a light stinging sensation after the paddle was removed. I heard a lot of people say the pain came from the massaging, but I felt little to no irritation.

As someone who has been considering CoolSculpting for quite some time, I can genuinely attest to the fact that it isn’t so bad! It’s a great way to freeze away fat cells, and Ariba made the experience smooth & comforting. Safe to say I’ll be back again to work on my other problem areas! Major thanks again to Ariba Med Spa for partnering with me.

Ariba’s clean and comfortable CoolSculpting room
Vibrating machine that you stand on for 10 mins

Continue Reading

Current Skincare Favorites

Hi everyone! Sorry I have not been as active on my blog as I would like to be. I recently started a full-time job and have been a little preoccupied. It’s honestly been a real struggle trying to juggle so many things, but I’ll save that topic for another post 🙂

I can’t believe it’s almost the end of February, I feel like time is flying by! I love watching monthly favorite videos, so I thought why not write a blog post about my favorite skincare products for the last couple of months!

(Products Left to Right):
The Pixi Beauty – Glow Tonic has been one of my favorite toners for the past few years. I use this right after I wash my face with a cotton pad and it helps get rid of any leftover makeup/residue, ensuring that my skin is clean before I use any other products. I use this morning and night.

Sekkisei – Herbal Gel is a newer product in my skincare routine but it is absolutely amazing. It’s super lightweight and blends really nicely into the skin. You feel instantly moisturized and the scent is very light and not overpowering. I use this mostly at night because it provides that deep hydration throughout the night. Not to mention it has a spatula included so you don’t have to worry about getting product underneath your nails!

Glossier – Priming Moisturizer is my go to and quickly became a favorite! I love this product because it doubles as a moisturizer and primer. I use this product in the morning and I can apply my makeup without having to use another primer. The cream is really lightweight, has little to no scent, and blends into the skin very easily.

Tatcha – The Essence Plumping Skin Softener is amazing! I’ve tried SK II’s essence and Tatcha’s equivalent is just as good! It’s not quite as expensive but I’d still consider it a little pricy. This product leaves your face feeling hydrated and plump. After my toner, I use my hands to pat this into my face and it absorbs very easily. I use this product AM and PM and I’ve noticed my skin has looked very supple.

Tatcha – Vitamin C Brightening Serum is another great product that I only recently discovered, but it’s a product that I feel like actually works. I’ve used some other vitamin c serums and they didn’t seem to be as effective as this one. I use it right after my essence & before my moisturizer. I absolutely adore the packaging, it’s colorful, but it still feels sleek and luxurious. Try this product out if you’ve been looking to try a vitamin c serum! Thank you Influenster for sending me both Tatcha products complimentary to test out!

Lastly, the Glossier – Invisible Shield has got to be my all time favorite SPF! It is ultra lightweight and instantly absorbs into your skin without leaving a sticky residue or white cast. It has a light citrus scent and I’m so happy I found this sunblock! It is a little pricier, but it’s honestly worth it!

These have been some of my favorite skincare products that I have been using consistently. Let me know which products you’ve been loving recently, and if there’s any must-have products I need to try! So glad to be back, and I’m going to try to make a new blog post at least twice a month if not more. Thanks for reading!

xx,
Michelle

Continue Reading

Sephora – Beauty Insider Appreciation Event Must Haves

Who else is excited for Sephora’s Beauty Insider Appreciation Event?! I know I’m a little late to the party, but I wanted to share some products I purchased!

Rouge | August 24th – 20% off use code: YESROUGE
VIB | August 30th – 15% off use code: YESVIB
Beauty Insider | August 30th – 10% off use code: YESINSIDER

The sale ends on September 3rd, so make sure you get everything before the sale ends! ALSO, just a little reminder that you can only use the online code ONCE! It is unlimited times in-store though. Some items are online only, so make sure you put everything in your cart before checking out!

 

Some top items I picked up are:

  1. The Beauty Blender – Bounce Liquid Whip Long Wear Foundation! This item is new and I have seen so many positive reviews that I wanted to try it myself! This foundation is full coverage and has a matte finish.
  2. The Nars Radiant Longwear Foundation because I have heard so many of my friends rave about this foundation. It is a full coverage foundation that gives a radiant finish. It says it is great for combination and oily skin, so this is something I’m super excited to try!
  3. The Laura Mercier – Tightline Cake Eye Liner is a powder eyeliner, but once you add some water it creates a thicker consistency. I have eyelash extensions, so this is great alternative to liquid or gel eyeliner. I had this product about two years ago and loved it! I got it in the color Black Ebony and Mahogany Brown.
  4. The Hourglass – Scattered Light Glitter Eye Shadow is so pretty! All the shades are so beautiful and they feel so buttery. I am so excited for this product because I think they’ll look great on all skin tones!
  5. I finally got the Hourglass – Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Luminous Bronze Light. Not only is the packaging stunning, but the bronzer looks very flattering on! This is definitely a splurge item, but I think it’s totally worth it!
  6. I have heard so many great things about the Briogeo – Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask that I definitely want to try this for myself. I recently cut my hair, so I want to make sure that my ends stay healthy.
  7. The beloved Naked Palette is being discontinued, so I definitely wanted to pick this up! My very first Naked palette was the Naked 2, but the original Naked Palette has been everyone’s favorite. Although this product is currently out of stock on Sephora’s website, check to see if they have them in stores! Not only is it $27, but you can also get a little extra discount on it if you purchase it during the sale.
  8. We have now jumped into skincare! I believe getting skincare sets are such a great value! It’s already slightly discounted, but you get to try more products! This Belief – Aqua Playland Set is the perfect set if you want to try Belief products. It comes with a mini Moisturizing Eye Bomb and Hungarian Water Essence. This set is $38 and it is well worth it! If you just purchase The True Cream Aqua Bomb, it is already $38, so why not get the set to try two more products!
  9. I am so excited for this Tatcha – Smooth, Poreless Skin Obento Box! It comes with a mini The Deep Cleanse and The Silk Canvas! Not only is the packaging gorgeous, but the products in this kit are some of my favorites! This kit retails for $79, and it’s a steal! If you were just going to purchase The Water Cream alone, it would be $68, so you’re paying $11 more to try out two of their bestselling products.

This is definitely a lengthy post, but these Sephora sales rarely happen! Let me know what products you plan on purchasing!

xx
Michelle

 

 

 

Continue Reading

Skincare Favorites

AM Routine:

  • Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Cream
  • Paula’s Choice 10% Nicacinamide Booster
  • Belief The True Cream Aqua Bomb
  • Cōtz Tinted Sunscreen

PM Routine:

  • Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Cream
  • Paula’s Choice 10% Nicacinamide Booster
  • Curology
  • Belief The True Cream Aqua Bomb

Belief’s The True Cream Aqua Bomb is an ultra-lightweight moisturizer that can be used day and night. This product is an oil-free gel that instantly hydrates and cools the skin. I have combination to oily skin, and I found this moisturizer is very hydrating without being oily or adding shine. The scent is very light and the gel absorbs quickly into the skin. Awesome product for the price point! Highly recommend trying if you’re looking for a new moisturizer! Sephora is also selling the Belief Aqua Playland Set and it is only $38 for a full size moisturizer, mini eye cream, and a mini water essence!

The CōTZ sunscreen is a newer product that I recently got from Generation Beauty SF. I got a small travel size in the gift bag, and I am in LOVE! The one in the picture is tinted so it has a little color, but there are different ones you can pick up from Ulta! It blends very well into the skin leaving it silky and not greasy (It almost feels like wearing the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer)! It is a mineral sunscreen so there are no harmful chemicals. This is crucial to wear sunscreen everyday! I learned that UVA rays are always around 365 days whether it be sunny or cloudy. These are the rays that causes wrinkles. UVB rays are the ones that causes sunburns! It’s relatively inexpensive and feels amazing on the skin! You can also double it up as a primer!

Paula’s Choice 10% Niacinamide Booster serum booster that helps with uneven skin tone, and refines the appearance of pore size, skin texture, and fine lines. I apply this product before my moisturizer but after my toner. It is very light and melts right into the skin. It feels a little tacky right after you apply the product on your face, but then melts right in and feels smooth. There is no scent and great for all skin types! I use this product morning and night, and have seen my complexion improve. If you do use this during the AM, make sure to use a moisturizer with SPF 30 or more!

I have heard so many positive reviews about Curology! This is a new product that is simple and actually works! No more trips to the store trying to find new products to test out! This product is custom made to your skin concerns. All you have to do is take some pictures and fill out questions, and a dermatologist creates a cream based on your skin concerns. Super easy to use and it ships right to your door! I use this product at night, and it has helped me tremendously! I was breaking out around my hair line, cheeks, in neck, and etc. and I found this product not only cleared my acne but also helped with my acne scars! I am so impressed with this product and have been using it for months now. The one thing I don’t really like about this product is the texture and scent of the cream. It initially smells a little weird and doesn’t feel like a smooth cream, but once you apply it, it blends right in and you can’t smell the scent anymore. Another concern people may have is that one of their main ingredient is Clindamycin, which is an antibiotic. I have not found any issues with this ingredient and there are only small amounts.

Lastly, the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Cream is a product that was introduced to me by Influenster. Thank you so much to Influenster for sending me this complimentary eye cream! I have never been someone who uses eye cream, but recently I have been looking for an eye cream that helps with fine lines, dark circles, and puffiness. I am hitting my mid-twenties, and I believe it is better to start preventing these concerns earlier than later. This eye cream has a very light scent and thick gel consistency. I thought it would feel too tacky, but that is not the case. A little product goes a long way and it melts right into the skin. I have been using this product morning and night for the last 3 weeks and have already seen improvements! It is a little more on the pricy side, but I think you can find cheaper alternatives that also provides the same results.

Continue Reading

Sephora Rewards Bazaar

Exciting news for Sephora Beauty Insiders! You can start earning extra points on every purchase from now until 8/19! Start racking up those points because it looks like there are some amazing rewards coming soon! Don’t forget, you can shop either online or in-store!

 

Check the Rewards Bazaar every Tuesday and Thursday because that is when Sephora adds new rewards.

 

This is a great way to try products as well as stock up on travel size favorites. I decided to to redeem some of my points and get:

I am a big fan of Anastasia Beverly Hills, so of course I decided to get two clear brow gels. Once applied to the brows, it lasts until the end of the day when you take off your makeup!

I also picked up the Tatcha, Water Cream. The packaging is so adorable and I heard many good things about this moisturizer so I thought it would be a good time to test it out without!

The last reward I got was the Sunday Riley, U.F.O (Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil) because it says it helps clear congested pores, treat and prevent acne, and smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. I have used other Sunday Riley products and I have seen amazing results! My skin has been a little crazy with break outs, so I’m hoping this product will balance it back out!

 

 

Continue Reading

Sephora Favorites – Give Me Some Nude Lip

 

Swatches (From Left to Right):
Too Faced Melted Matte – Queen B
Buxom Cosmetics – White Russian
Marc Jacobs Beauty – Slow Burn
Bite Beauty – Honeycomb
The Estée Edit – In the Buff
Urban Decay – Comfort Matte

This Sephora Favorites kit is seriously one of my favorites! You can pick this up from Sephora for only $28! It’s an amazing deal with awesome brands! It comes with a lot of different nude shades, from a brownish nude to a purpley nude. My personal favorite is the Bite Beauty in the shade Honeycomb. It’s a very nice beige nude and looks extremely flattering when applied. If anyone is looking to try out different shades of nude lip products, I definitely recommend this kit. You get six different high-end brands with a variety of different shades for an amazing deal!

Continue Reading