Easy Work Hair-Do: Gorgeous Waves Without Hot Tools!

Easy Work Hair-Do: Gorgeous Waves Without Hot Tools!

Spring has officially sprung, friends and that means it’s time to take a good look at my hair and make the necessary changes to express a new style and of course, to keep my color bright and lovely. BTW – did I mention I’ll be at Ulta Beauty in Brentwood, California (in Northern California) on June 29th to hang out with y’all and chat all things hair with my partner Frédéric Fekkai? My look will be on point that day, inspired by the season! :) I’ve been feeling serious un-done vibes when it comes to my hair lately, and with Earth Day just behind us and the flowers in my yard coming in to full-bloom I’m feeling very much like a woman looking to embrace natural beauty inspired by the season.

Why Colombia Is My Next Vacay Destination

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Oh how I love Colombia. The romantic, colorful streets of Cartagena, the warm Caribbean sun, the friendly vibes, and the delicious arepas and empanadas (I LOVE CARBS) simply cannot be beat. Cartagena is a hidden gem of a city, and I'm so excited to go back in 2018.

This time around I'll be heading down with Noken, the dope travel company I went to Iceland with last year. That trip to Reykjavik and beyond was one of the best vacations I've ever been on because of the neat Noken app that gets you into the stuff you really want to do and see on a trip. You essentially pick your destination with them and the rest is taken care of. Once you arrive you follow your app like you'd follow a guidebook, except for the fact that Noken is an extremely hip, in-the-know master of ceremonies. ALSO, IF YOU WANT A BANGIN' DEAL and to get $250 off your trip with my Noken peeps, they've graciously provided us all with code VIPLo that's good when you book now through April 15th.

So, back to Colombia, the colorful girlfriend of my dreams. There's so much to see and do in this beautiful country and because it hasn't been totally exposed by travelers yet, your time there will feel authentic and special. Some of my favorite MUST-SEE things you should add to your list (or Noken will do it for you):

 

ISLAND HOPPING/GETTIN' THAT CARIBBEAN SUN

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YAS, glamazons....Cartagena is a coastal city on the Caribbean Sea. Lots of people don't know that, but surprise, it's gorgeous. My favorite day on any trip is always boat day, and I loooove boat day in Cartagena. Sail through the Rosario Islands and to Baru Beach. Spend the day hopping on and off the boat into the warm, clear sea, and you can also stop at a beach club to have lunch and lay around. I'd spend multiple days on the water if I could.

 

WALK THE WALLED CITY

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If you really want to turn your Instagram game up a notch and get gorgeous photos in front of colorful homes, head inside the walled city of Cartagena. It's def busier here, but totally worth it (I like to stay inside the walled city, too...the Sofitel is top-notch). The streets are so charming with tons of shopping and restaurants here for you to browse and pop into. I like Casa Chiqui and St. Dom for shopping.

This part of the city is full of rich, Colombian history. A walking tour of this area with your Noken app will certainly be a highlight of your trip.

 

GET ON A ROOF

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Cartagena has absolutely no shortage of swanky rooftop bars and pools. When the sun is setting, head over to Townhouse or Alquimico for a delish local cocktail with your pals or lover. You'll get that gorgeous view of the seaside city you've been dying to see.

 

GET LOST

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I'm also a big proponent of spending a day getting totally lost wherever you are and discovering places on your own as you wind through new city streets. It's in these moments that you find yourself when you travel. As I mentioned in another travel post, my 2018 is all about rediscovering travel for myself, by myself (or with a couple friends). Exploring a new destination enriches your soul unlike anything else. Dive in headfirst into Cartagena like I have, and you'll certainly discover a charming city that's not over commercialized or overrun with tourists. It's a beautiful city with rich history in a warm, tropical setting. It doesn't get much better than that.


These Frédéric Fekkai Products Are The Envy Of Everyone At The Office...

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If you're like me, you'll remember that Frédéric Fekkai was the first fancy, salon line of haircare that girls our age really got our hands on. Those pretty bottles were mesmerizing, the scent above and beyond anything I had used before, and the results from actually using the products: life-changing! Fekkai products were like the gateway drug to everything luxury in the beauty world. Gives a product lover like me the warm and fuzzies inside. Nostalgia is so powerful!

So, when Frédéric Fekkai asked to partner with me (ME!!!) to help bring the story of The One, the new line of luxury, salon perfected, and science supported products to my readers you betta believe I jumped at the opportunity. It's so fun to work with a brand that holds a special place in your heart!

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So here's what's new with The One: as I mentioned, it's Frédéric Fekkai's new luxury line of salon haircare products with different collections for different haircare needs.  The full collection harnesses the transformative power of the sea with proprietary Norwegian Sea Extract to protect the hair from the inside out. I'm obsessed with The Brilliant One for color-treated hair as I'm a dedicated lover of bleach requiring the right shampoo, conditioner, and styling products to keep my blonde as bright as it can be. There are also other collections for a variety of needs: anti-frizzing potions (The Tamed One) , volumizing lotions (One and Then Some), dry shampoo miracles (One More Day Dry Shampoo), and deep conditioning masks (The Ultimate One). I'm also especially fond of The Gifted One Multitasker Creme for styling protection and glossy shine (you glow, girl). The products are exclusive to Ulta Beauty so get in your car and go there (now).

Plus, have I even mentioned how insanely beautiful the new packaging is for The One? Each bottle in the line looks like an art-deco work of art, in colors every interior designer is going ga-ga over in 2018. It's so fun to get into the shower everyday and see these beautiful babies juxtaposed to my white marble and tile shower. It makes the whole experience feel very glam. Oh, and the scents of The One products? They'll blow your mind AND make whomever has a crush on you tell you that your hair smells so, so good. 

So let's get back to The Brilliant One for a minute, my current line of choice for color-treated hair. I've always been a California blonde; there is just a je ne sais quoi about that buttery color and how effortless it comes across. With the dye-jobs though comes the immediate need to rescue my strands from the processing, and The Brilliant One does just that. Better yet, it keeps the color in my hair looking as fresh as it did on Day 1, rather than stripping it of the brightness and turning it a dull, brassy yellow. Using a product specifically made for color-treated hair truly makes a difference in how long your color lasts - it's all about the ingredients and how they interact with whatever you have going on. I really recommend The Brilliant One - smells great, beautiful packaging, brilliant blonde hair. What's not to love?

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So, chickas and dudes alike - stay posted with me for the next few months as I test out all the new products from Frédéric Fekkai's The One! My shower is looking seriously glorious right now. Also, I'd love to hear about your own Frédéric Fekkai nostalgia moment in the comments (and which product from The One is your fave).


How Traveling Translates Into Self-Care

Eat, Pray, Love was a hit not because Julia Roberts is the cutest; it was a hit because of the recognition in all of us of our basic human needs for loving affection, rest, adventure, delight, independence, and ya, delicious pasta. Deny it if you want to, call it an extravagance, but the reality is that packing your bags and hitting the road is a practice in wellness that no spin class can match. 

Think about it: when you go, what drives you? We may not spell it out often enough, but the reality is that to travel is an attempt to fill a hole, or enrich your soul, or overcome a fear.  

For me, at least, in 2018 that’s what I’m attempting to do, and often. I set the resolution in January to get out of town once a month, whether the journey takes me 2 hours away to Palm Springs or around the world to the Maldives.  

For me, I traveled often in a previous relationship and haven't done a ton of it since. Why? Fear, maybe? Not totally sure, but I know that I want to reclaim traveling for myself as something that can be fulfilling for me on a personal level and not just an indicator of #relationshipgoals. Being well in the brain is equally important as being well in your physical body.

My first trip of the year? Costa Rica! I just got back, and will be doing a full guide on where to stay, what to do, and where to eat. Stay posted!

Next month? Colombia. April? Tulum. Beyond that - I'm open to suggestions so leave your comments below, BBs!

XO

LB


Why My New House Plants Are Good For The Soul

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Ahoy from Los Angeles! Yes, I made the move west (I'll write the blog post on why at some point as I know many of you have asked me to fill ya in) and I hate to break it to my New York besties, but...it's pretty nice here. 

Alas, that's not the point of today's diary entry. Nope, today it's all about that GREEN. No, not the money, honey - I'm talking plant life, cuties. I started bringing plants galore into my homes back east just for a taste of some nature and the result was a happier home in many aspects.

Now that I'm settling in here in Los Angeles, the same mindset applies. Though I have a beautiful garden (that I'm writing this piece in now actually) it's still remarkably soothing to the eye to have greenery from Mother Nature surrounding you at all times. What hits the eye then transfers to the soul, and when you're feeling good from the inside out, you're probably looking good too. Let's not count out the actual oxygen being released from these beauties as well; your skin may actually benefit from having an abundance of plants in your home!

My strategy this time around was simple yet specific, as it's the third or fourth time I've gone down this road by now. I wanted plants that were

  • reasonably priced (no $300 trees this time around),
  • unique enough that my neighbor and best friend won't also have them,
  • easy to keep alive,
  • and looked nice with really interesting pot holders (I mostly went with affordable baskets).

With that in mind I headed over to Rolling Green in Culver City - definitely not the cheapest joint in town, but a place with truly beautiful plants, deals to be found, and a fabulous selection (they deliver too which is nice).

A quick note about fiddle-leaf figs before you meet my new plants - if you're heading out the door to make a purchase right now I'd pass on this lovely tree. Yes, they're nice to look at, if you can keep it alive. If you can't, you've dropped $250 minimum on a super trendy tree that's on it's 14th minute of fame. Pick something unique that you love, and skip this fussy green. Just my humble opinion as the previous owner of a fiddle leaf I left back in New York City.

Now, it's time for introductions...

The Clusia

 Clusia, 14 inches, $215

Clusia, 14 inches, $215

Hello, gorgeous! What a special plant this clusia is, no? The leaves feel rubbery, the color is a miraculous green, and it fills space so nicely. It's also unexpected - there were only a few and I was happy to snag one. To keep your clusia happy, it wants a lot of direct light, regular watering, and warm indoor temperatures. It may even flower!

The Ficus Benghalensis

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Ficus Benghalensis, 14 inch, $165

At $165, this beautiful, big ficus tree is my favorite for my new home. It's living in my bedroom in a sunny corner, just waiting to be loved every morning. I love how spread out this tree is; it feels sexy, like you want to gaze at it for a few minutes every once in a while. The leaves are a wonderfully elegant pale green color, and it's a fig tree that's not very well known (exactly what I wanted). It likes bright, indirect sunlight or bright shade, regular water and misting, and average to warm temperatures. If the leaves start to fall off, you're probably overwatering it!

The Festuca

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Festuca, $12.50 / Basket, $8.50

Is Festuca gorgina or WHAT!? I picked up two festuca plants, not just because of the price, but because of how fun and deliberately different they are. They run a cool bluish shade of green gray (does that even make sense?) and are essentially a grassy shrub. It's typically an outdoor plant, but I've heard this one can make the leap indoors with enough care so I've giving it a try. They want sunlight and water. If they die, I'll pick something else and keep you updated. For now, I'm obsessed with them.

Assorted Succulents

 Cactus, $14.50 / Basket $25

Cactus, $14.50 / Basket $25

I planted this little baby myself in this fun black and neutral basket with a bit of light colored reindeer moss. I think it came out rather nice, and I keep getting compliments on it from friends that come through. It needs sunlight and a bit of watering now and then. That's it!

 Succulent, $14.50 / Basket, $8.50

Succulent, $14.50 / Basket, $8.50

Last but not least, I picked up this fun succulent to sit on my kitchen counter and keep me entertained while I deep-fry doughnuts or whatever else I may be whipping up. Succulents are hard to kill, people. They mostly just need sunlight and some water every once in a while. If you travel a lot or forget to water your plants, this one is right up your alley.

Now that I've gotten most of my indoor plants taken care of, I can't wait to tackle my garden. There is already a fab tangerine tree that's fully matured and gives off the tastiest fruit (it also comes with my new pet squirrel, Pam, that hovers over it all day long) along with beautiful flowering plants and shrubs. I absolutely see a herb and veggie garden in my future out there. Getting in touch with nature is perhaps the best way to truly feel like a human, connected to the earth, disconnected from our devices. Give it a try - you'll love the way you look and feel after you spend some QT with some greenery!


Tried and True Gifts for the Beauty Lover in Your Life

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THE PERFECT PICKS

for the beauty obsessed...

I'm the ultimate product queen. I have so many potions and lotions in my bathroom I guy I once dated told me he almost broke up with me early on because of it. He thought it was SPOOKY. Well...fuck him! I'm beautiful!

With today's Gift Guide I present to you my selects for the beauty lover in your life - personally tested and loved not just by moi, but by many a beauty lover out there. The lady or guy in your life who loves a product as much as me will get down on their knees and thank you for your keen generosity. To the list!


Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial

This is my absolute favorite facial right now. It's a mini-peel and can only be left on for 15-20 minutes, but when washed off, your skin really is soft and smooth like a baby.

Byredo ROSE OF NO MAN'S LAND

Those in the know go to Byredo for their scentsational spritzes, candles, and room sprays. One of my new favorites is the sexy, subtle "Rose of No Man's Land". I imagine every bougie Burner in the world would like it too.

OUAI Smooth Spray by Jen Atkin

One of my fave PR companies sent me some OUAI goodies recently so I could finally sample all the goodness that is Jen Atkin. My thoughts on the Smooth Spray? It's a must-have, kick-ass addition to my hair routine that leaves my hair smooth and touchable after it's been blow-dryed. It's a MUST now, not just a WANT.

Urban Decay NAKED SKIN Concealer

I thought I had concealer all figured out until Urban Decay's NAKED SKIN Concealer came along. Holy fucking shit, y'all. This is the best thing I've ever put on my face to hide what ails me. Whenever I wear it everyone comments on how fab I'm looking "without make-up" and trust me, I don't correct them.

Girl Undiscovered Stumbled Across Paradise Face Mask

A nice addition to my line-up, I'm a fan of this newish brand's "Stumbled Across Paradise" Face Mask. After my family's Thanksgiving dinner I offered up a face mask party to my relatives and at least 8 of us walked around with this hydrating, skin-smoothing, yellow mask on our faces. Good times.

OUAI Memory Mist

Another newbie that I love from Jen Atkin! Her Memory Mist is sprayed onto dry hair and does magical things like give it shine, make it feel smooth in your hands, and keep your style in place. It smells great too. I always cough up for expensive hair products because really - they just work better.

SkinMedica Total Defense + Repair Sunscreen

This is the only sunscreen I use on my face. Why? Because it's one of the ONLY ones on the market that also protects from infrared rays in addition to the usual UVA/UVB protection. Get this for everyone you love.

Joanna Vargas Daily Serum

This daily serum, along with JV's Vitamin C serum, rank high on my list of skincare loves. It smells like a green grass salad, y'all. It's hydrating, brightening, and I don't leave home without putting it on in the morning.

H2O+ Beauty Lip Stain

It may look orange in the tube, but it comes out light pink and super shiny on the lips! This stuff is dope! It just kind of melts onto your mouth in the prettiest shade. Hyper-moisturizing too. Love.

Oribe Gold Lust Pre Shampoo Treatment

OHMAGODDDD do I love this product. It's essentially a mask for your hair and leaves it so smooth, soft, and shiny. You apply when your hair is dry, before you shampoo. I like to mask my hair and face simultaneously (with a different product of course) for a bit, then step into a spa-like shower for the ultimate pampering treatment. Your friend's hair will thank you.

Mason Pearson Boar Bristle Brush in White

For the guy or girl with everything, get them a Mason Pearson in white. This is one of the best hairbrushes EVER and leaves hair looking smooth and soft. 


My New York Apartment Tour

Welcome Home.

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THE WEST VILLAGE

New York City

My apartment in the Village is my sanctuary from the bustling city below. It's also the place I moved into when my last relationship ended, so making it feel warm, welcoming, and most of all - new - felt really important when decorating. I needed it to look and feel different than before, a place to make happy memories as I took a step forward with my life.

I got rid of practically everything I owned when I moved in search of that fresh start, and was lucky enough to be able to rely on my wonderful friends at AllModern to help me figure out all the new pieces I'd need (for a second time in NYC no less). If you're looking to furnish your home with stylish, well-made pieces quickly, AllModern is my absolute go-to destination. They have an endless supply of chic, affordable pieces for pulling a place together in a flash. I needed, and they really delivered.

With this apartment, I wanted the vibe to feel light and accessible - like you'd feel comfortable snuggling up on the couch rather than being nervous to walk on the carpet. I wanted understated mid-century touches, tons of plants, and for everything to feel quite uncluttered. And with that, I'll open the front door and welcome you in to my cozy, West Village apartment!


 Obsessed with this  Azemmour Woven Armchair

Obsessed with this Azemmour Woven Armchair

This corner in my living room, accessible right after you walk through the hallway near my front entrance, holds a special place in my heart. I love the combination of textures and colors between the Azemmour Woven Armchair, rattan cabinet, and glass mirror (here's a nice option that's similar to mine). The cabinet is one of the few pieces I've held on to for years - it actually came from Los Angeles with me to NYC in early 2012. I love it, even though one of the doors doesn't close all the way anymore. A New York apartment at heart, I get dressed most often in this corner of my house. Every room has many functions! :)



An enormous, cozy couch was a MUST-HAVE for my new apartment. I'm a sucker for Netflix and chilling, what can I say? The lovely rug is from ABC Home and unfortunately I can't find a link for you. Just like in my corner, I wanted to combine different textures to create warmth. The soft rug pairs really well with the almost blush-colored couch, and I love the dimension the coffee table adds.

Next to the couch on one side I added a marble side-table (another piece I've held onto for a while, also from ABC Home) and this lovely "Coast + Peak" Print for a modern look and feel. I'm also obsessed with Byredo and have their candles, perfume, and soaps sprinkled throughout my house.

Next to the couch is my dining area, a rarity in smaller New York apartments. I could have extended the sitting area of my living room to include a love seat or additional chairs, but because I love to cook and entertain at home, a dining room table was high on my list. I fell in love with the Lars Dining Table from AllModern! The white top and light, wooden base make it feel timeless and I paired it with navy chairs from West Elm to round out the area.

 My Blue Cactus :P

My Blue Cactus :P

 Let there be light!

Let there be light!

I needed a good looking TV stand because I spend a lot of time in front of mine so I went with this white number from Blu Dot (I also have a different version/different color in my bedroom). I love the legs on this piece and the little grates on the door so I can keep the stand closed and change the channel without moving. Remember the days when you had to physically turn the nob on the television to change the channel? We're REALLY LIVING in 2017 you guys.

Now, want a quick peek into my bathroom before heading into my bedroom?

 

A huge reason I got this apartment was for the bathtub. I love the color, the depth, everything! It's so relaxing in there after a long day in the city.

Let's hit the sheets now - it's bedroom time!

 

I'm a tiny person who loves a king-sized bed. I was lucky enough to find an apartment with a bedroom big enough to cater to my silly needs and so what was I to do except shove a king in here? My bed has a low-profile and fits the space really nicely. It comes out farther on all sides than the mattress does though, so watch your shins! The side tables have come along with me throughout the years and though I toyed over getting rid of them, I made the decision to let 'em stay. 

The orange paint print just visible on the floor is available here, and the photograph of the leaves above my bed is right here!

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 My bedroom  TV stand by Blu Dot  (don't mind the reflection of the AC in the TV)

My bedroom TV stand by Blu Dot (don't mind the reflection of the AC in the TV)

Another Blu Dot TV stand sits in my bedroom, this one in Walnut. This piece is quite large AND heavy so I'd highly recommend having the AllModern delivery team bring this one in and set it up. Trust me on this one.

I also get compliments on my television all the time - it's a Samsung Serif TV and it's NEATO.  Below are a few more touches from my TV stand.

On the left is the "After Sunset" print that I absolutely love, and on the right is a Vornado fan and Dyptique diffuser.


So, that's it for the peek inside my West Village apartment! I hope you guys like how I put everything together. It's really a sanctuary for me and I love being surrounded by pretty, understated items. Would love to hear what you think in the comments! 

XO

Confidence in a Bottle? My Latest Skincare Haul Tests That Theory.

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FEEL GOOD

and look good too...

The fall season has proven to be a time of great self-reflection for me so far. I've shaken off the sting of summer flings and endless wedding parties, and have time to sit and breathe again for a minute. This past summer was certainly not the season for self-care and love, at least not for me. As things have quieted down in my mind and I've returned to the city (and the spa at the Greenwich Hotel twice for some meditative massages), I'm making decompression a priority through the end of the year. My heart simply can't take any more aches and pains and my goal for what's left of 2017 is to rebuild some of the confidence I've lost during the past few years; becoming a fully-formed adult certainly isn't easy. I'm sure you can relate.

I celebrate my birthday every September 29th, a yearly milestone that helps to bring me into a place of reflection. While I exercise, and eat clean, and meditate, and talk with my therapist every week to work on getting my groove back (hey, Stella), it's also safe to say that sometimes, for a product junkie such as myself, a little retail therapy can go a long way to aid in the journey of feeling good about oneself. Call me shallow or crazy, but my most successful, enduring relationship in my life has been with lotions, potions, scents, and serums.

Clear skin and perfectly shiny hair has a genuine effect on how I feel when I look in the mirror. Inner beauty trumps outer beauty, always, but my god does it feel good when I wake up with a perfectly even skin tone.

So, because they always love me back, I look to beauty products for a quick dose of confidence my soul desperately needs at the moment. And as luck would have it, the fall season DOES require an updated skincare regime, so my power to purchase doesn't feel indulgent or needy. I NEED these products just as much as my skin does, okay?

From redness reducers to a rose-oil serum, check out the newness I'm surrounding myself with to help me get from my bed, to the fitness studio, to work, and beyond. I'm feeling looking, smelling good, and looking good - all for myself, for now.


SKINCARE HAUL PRODUCTS

Colorscience All Calm Clinical Redness Corrector: https://goo.gl/PH4d3c

**Click the link above to order Colorscience online or to search for a retail partner in your area. Use coupon code ALLCALMLB to receive a FREE Mini Brush-on Sunscreen SPF 50 with purchase of All Calm Clinical Redness Corrector!

Love Wellness Good Girl Probiotics: https://goo.gl/Gx8ypk

Grown Alchemist Deep Cleansing Facial Masque: http://bit.ly/2yaZl8b

Palermo Regenerative Serum: https://goo.gl/3C1K5N

Fig+Yarrow Cardamom and Coffee Scrub: http://bit.ly/2yaZSa3

Dr. Bronner's Rose Soap: http://bit.ly/2ybRtTD

Adventures in Botox in New York City

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So you want to shoot some Clostridium botulinum into your face? Great, me too. Join me today as I take you on an Adventure in Botox in New York City, arguably the best place in the world to have a stranger stick a thin needle in your forehead with fabulous results. Like most women and some men in this city I tend to FAN GIRL out over fancy doctors with recognizable names and their own lines of products at Sephora (shout out to Dr. Gross and your Alpha-Beta Peel). There are many that fit the bill, most with practices in glowing offices lining Park Avenue, Lex, and 5th. But any good New Yorker knows that when you really, REALLY want the best - from botox to technology far beyond - you make an appointment at the practice of one Dr. Patricia Wexler - dermatological surgeon to the stars, royalty, and the very, very wealthy.

Since it's my FACE we're talking here and because I undergo wellness treatments not just for your reading pleasure on TheLoDown, I made the decision that for a piece on botox, Wexler Dermatology was really my only option. So, I made an appointment and sat on my hands until the day finally arrived last week for my special moment in the sun with the botox needle. Having not been the first time to get injected with this miracle toxin (this round would be my second go), I had an idea of what to expect ahead of time, but my nerves were not entirely quelled by experience.

First and foremost I was running late to my appointment. The traffic on 3rd Avenue was ridiculous and my Uber driver wasn't tuned into Waze in the way I was from the back seat. I get seriously freaked out when Irving Place is totally open and instead we're in gridlock one block over. I hate being late, so my anxiety was building solely from being branded as the naughty patient whose tardiness would hold up the schedule at the practice for the rest of the day.

Next, needles. I like to pretend they don't bother me at all from my experience with Accutane and the required monthly blood draw that comes with taking the skin clearing medication. And they don't bother me THAT much, but still, I do have to look away when the sharp end plunges through my flesh to do my doctor's bidding. Add in the fact that the needle is not being directed into the arm but instead above the eyebrow and nervous energy tends to experience a minor uptick in severity.

Happily, when I arrived at the practice nobody gave me the death stare and instead I was happily guided into a room to wait for Dr. Francesca Fusco, a fabulous medical and cosmetic dermatologist who is a master in her own right with the needle. Even happier still, when she walked in she was a breath of dermatological fresh-air: warm, lovable, and quite soothing with her friendly and approachable tone. Safe to say she calmed whatever remaining pre-treatment worries I was still harboring.

curious about Botox and other things you may want to shoot into your face some day? I was lucky enough to get some "baby" Botox done (KEEP MY SECRETS, y'all) at the legendary NYC practice @wexlerdermatology and you can read all about it about my adventure on the blog today ---> link in bio! 💉💉💉

A post shared by Lo Bosworth (@lobosworth) on Jul 24, 2017 at 9:47am PDT

 

As a 30 year old, I've made the decision to include botox in my skincare routine as a way to prevent existing wrinkles from settling in deeper, and to help quiet wrinkles and signs of age that are beginning to form as we speak. I'm less interested in the pulled "look" of botox that you see with many women, though it does refresh the entire face nicely. I'm using botox in the same way I'm using sunscreen: not to fix existing issues so much as prevent new ones from occurring. And I think that most practitioners would agree with me - at my age, botox is much more preventative than anything else.

So, Dr. Fusco asks me which areas of my face are troublesome and I don't hesitate to zero in on the Glabullar Region, better known as the "elevens" in between the eyebrows. I've always had a serious case of resting bitch face and it causes me to furrow my brow at absolutely nothing more often than not. Strangers often stop me on the street to ask me what's wrong or to make the very kind recommendation that I smile more.  I suppose, despite my intention in these moments to send icicles  of death from my eyeballs to their necks, I'd like to not look quite so serious for the rest of my days so I ask her to please shoot the good stuff into this area right here. We also discuss crows feet as she makes delicate marks on my face with a white pencil, dancing around my skin with precision and dexterity.

And then finally the moment is upon me - the needles removed from their disposable, plastic cages - as Dr. Fusco hands me stress balls to squeeze in case the pain is too much to bear. Mind you, I've declined the offer of a numbing cream because I'm just so bad-ass, and thoughts of regret immediately race through my mind as she approaches my face with her steady hand, needle in tow. Despite silent pleas, PRICK goes the first injection, directly into the middle of my brow line.

The feeling of pressure! The slight pinch! The lingering of the needle in the skin! And then, the relief of the first poke being over as Dr. Fusco withdraws the thin device of pain and pleasure and carefully asks me if I'm alright. And, yes actually, I'm quite alright. It truly doesn't hurt very much at all. It's simply a nervous situation to have a stranger push a needle with muscle-freezing material into ones face. After another prick or two, I'm riding high on the experience, the stress balls an unnecessary comfort.

10 touches in total, the experience is quick and relatively painless. I can feel the botox taking effect rather quickly as it becomes more difficult to move some of my go-to R.B.F. muscles. They feel as though they're wading through thick mud in an effort to look displeased. And I'm absolutely thrilled by it. Who wouldn't be?

I leave the office 15 minutes later after Dr. Fusco artfully applies cooling gel pads to my skin instead of ice packs. By then, I've fully recovered and we've moved on to discuss epilators and the best way to remove dark spots from the skin (she recommends Lytera 2.0 from SkinMedica). I leave with some free product because she is a baller and I'm on my way to my next appointment, refreshed and looking just friendly enough to keep strangers-with-opinions at bay as I cruise towards Lex to hail a cab.

Want the goods from Wexler Dermatology? Make an appointment with one of the physicians by calling 212.684.2626. Pricing for Botox begins at $500-$1000.

 

Curious About Iceland? Here's My Guide To The Best Trip Ever!

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I've always wanted to go to Iceland - land of moonscapes, the freshest fish available, Viking culture, and insane natural wonders. Take a looksie through any photo guide of this glorious island nation and try to contain your shock and awe. Moss-covered cliffs, sparkling waterfalls pouring through to black sand beaches down below, and topography so beautiful it causes you to regain your humanness, ditching your cell phone in the car so you can experience the singular glory of being a part of this beautiful Earth - that's Iceland in a nutshell.  

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I had the pleasure of being invited by Noken Travel to operate as a beta-traveler with their guidance for my first trip to Iceland (yes, there will be more). Noken provides curated, end-to-end trips that provide the entire experience with none of the work. You book with them (Iceland is their first destination) and once you do, you download their app to receive your full itinerary, stuffed full of actually useful tips like which gas station has great snacks once you've arrived at Keflavik Airport, to exactly how much time to leave yourself when you walk from your hotel to dinner. I've done a lot of international travel, but always with myself as my guide, as I've always been fearful that touring a country or city through a travel group would yield less than desirable results. I like to get off the beaten path, eat where the locals do, and see and experience the sights that only a few visitors come to, rather than busloads of people. After plunging into the world of curated travel, I can absolutely say that Noken has the same travel spirit I do, and provides an unparalleled, full-service experience to seeing Iceland. I never felt like I was on a tour, bogged down by other sight-seekers, or was participating in a run of the mill Iceland experience.

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On the contrary, Noken hooked us up with the best flights, a Mercedes SUV to cruise around in, put us up at what's both the nicest and most convenient hotel in Reykjavik, booked us into extraordinary adventures like glacier hiking and tectonic plate scuba diving, and gave us the inside scoop on where to eat absolutely everywhere we went.  Long story short, we ate like queens, adventured like we knew what we were doing, and were able to totally bliss out over the incredible landscape, at times totally uninterrupted by other humans. I'm not one to dedicate multiple paragraphs on my blog to brands or products unless I genuinely dig them, so understand I'm doing so because I would literally give them a 5/5 star rating if I could. If you go to Iceland, have Noken help you. Seriously. And, because I love them so much I've asked if they would create a discount code to cut some cost from your trip and they happily obliged. Use VIPLo for $200 off your trip (that's a lot).

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So now that I'm an Iceland insider, here are some of the basics you should know for your own trip, along with some personal tips that made my trip one to remember.

  1. If you're heading to Europe, you can do a stop-over in Iceland for free on Iceland Air (you have to do the leg-work here for info on this tip as we only went to Iceland) but it's a great way to get there for a few days in more affordable fashion.
  2. Try to take a daytime flight that arrives late at night, so that you can wake up at your hotel refreshed and ready for a day in Reykjavik, rather than take a red-eye and suffer through Day 1.
  3. Explore Reykjavik on your first day in the country - it's a sweet and beautiful little city that's quite walkable, especially if you follow Noken's walking guide that leads you through the most charming parts. I'd definitely recommend getting off the beaten path here and venture into some neighborhoods to see where the locals live. The color houses with wooden sideboards are characteristic of this seaside city and are not to be missed.
  4. On Day 2 and beyond get out and explore the country, but rely on your rental car to get you there. Iceland is a country that is easy to navigate and drive, with the beautiful roads unclogged and seemingly  police-free. Seriously, I didn't see a law enforcement presence in Iceland at any time during my trip. No crime I guess. Don't speed though - they have radar set up along the major roads and will send you a speeding ticket in the mail if you go too fast.
  5. Climb the Solheimajokull Glacier in the Southcoast of Iceland. This is a full-on Nat Geo experience that's not to be missed. Hiking boots are a must, as well as weather proof pants and tops. They'll provide you with crampons for you shoes, an ice pick (seriously), and helmet. If you are not able-bodied, you should skip this. I fell twice during the climb and while I didn't injure myself, I really could have.
  6. See the geyser in Geysir on the Golden Circle. The Golden Circle is this cool 3ish hour drive out of Reykjavik that is actually a circle, but drops you at some of the most famous sites in Iceland. The geyser is a natural wonder of the world, and the water bubbles up into the air reliably every 8 minutes or so. Be prepared to get a little wet!
  7. If/When you go to the Blue Lagoon prepare for your hair to feel extremely dry and coarse if you submerge your head into the mineral-rich waters. There is a huge amount of silica in the water there, and once it clings on to your locks be prepared for it to feel really weird for a while. When I got back home to the US I immediately began adding baking soda to a clarifying shampoo to break down the minerals left in my locks. After about a week of doing this my hair is starting to feel normal again.
  8. Pack light. I wore what I would wear everyday in NYC in Reykjavik though you'll see many tourists in outdoor gear walking through the city. Most people thought we were locals because we chose to dress in street clothes instead. If you go on adventures, bring the appropriate gear (hiking books, waterproof layers, gloves, hats, etc).
  9. Leave the city to see the Northern Lights. We didn't see them and I wish we had as we heard they were visible on the nights we were there.
  10. Don't be afraid to get in the car and GO! We had our best days when we explored the countryside during a 5-6 hour car ride.
  11. Save yourself plenty of time when you leave Iceland as Keflavik Airport is a shit-show when you depart. There are no seating areas surrounding the gates so everyone lines up in a confused shuffle clogging hallways, making it hard to get on your flight. Checking in was pretty nasty too. Immigration however, when arriving and departing, is a breeze.
  12. If you want to drink while there, buy your booze at the duty free shop in the airport downstairs before you get in your rental car and go. Everything in Iceland is REALLY EXPENSIVE (like, $15 US for a beer) so take advantage of that duty-free liquor store.
  13. Everyone speaks English. Everyone is friendly.
  14. Iceland is one of the cleanest, most pristine places I've visited. If you visit, keep it that way. Have Fun!

How To Stop The Anxious Voices In Your Head!

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I love it when you all send me questions about how you're feeling. It makes me feel connected to you, and like I'm doing something right by creating content of this kind. It's super motivational for me - so just wanted to let ya know.

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I'm dealing with anxiety, stress, and negative voices today with a viewer, in addition to responding to a question about a woman who wants to move in with her guy, but her friends' attitudes are making it difficult. Tune in for my anxiety tips and tricks today - I'm relying on them during the craze of New York Fashion Week!!

The Only No Make-Up Make-Up Tutorial You Need

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Getting the no make-up look can be tricky, right? Your own skin type comes into play of course, not always acting agreeably with whatever product you apply to your gorgina face, turning too dry or too slick or too whatever to appear make-up free. I recently went on the hunt for some new products that REALLY help to achieve this "no make-up" look - ya know, one that's totally glowing, with even coverage, and without that caked-on appearance.

I dove into some Charlotte Tilbury based on recommendations for foundation andpowder - two new products I knew I needed to change up if I was to truly achieve the make-up free look I desire. Then I discovered Urban Decay's Naked Skin concealer(I know - Urban Decay!!). Can I just say that this is LIFE-CHANGING CONCEALER? It blends so seamlessly into skin, never turning too dry or bunching up into creases. It just melts on top of your blemishes. HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommend.

For bronzer, blush, and illuminators I'm turning to Smith + Cult, the nail polish line that has pleasantly surprised me lately with their venture into make-up. Nice colors, natural looks, and def high quality. I also have this fun Face Gloss by Make that's not an everyday product but certainly helpful when you really want that slicked skin look.

My tutorial for putting these products all together for truly PERFECT SKIN is below. Cheers to the no make-up make-up trend! Product links below the vid!

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Get This Bronzed, Liquid Make-Up Look for Labor Day

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It's the end of summer (can ya even believe it) and I like to keep it casual, so casual it is for today's make-up look. Everyone has jumped on the "no make-up" bandwagon and while I like to believe I was one of the pioneers of this trend years ago with my first YT make-up tutorials, I'll let it slide that everyone else is doing it too now. Nonetheless, I'm creating a glowing, bronzed, smudgy eye look today with only one product: a highly pigmented, liquid concealer in a shade that is far too dark for it to function as a concealer for me. In essence, I've chosen the wrong color and the resulting lewk is dark, bronzed, and a little mysterious. Very sexy when your eye looks a little imperfect (at least I think so).

I love using products in unconventional ways - I'm also doubling a powder blush as a soft lip stain here. Check it out!

The make-up tutorial is right here for your viewing pleasure and the products I've used are below!

A Personal Check-In With Me

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Welcome to another episode of #JustAskLo, y'all! As I mentioned last week I'd be directing my focus to questions you've sent in that are directed towards me, rather than advice questions. I get all kinds of things sent to my inbox but as I haven't done an #AskMeAnything in a while I figured this would be a great time to address all the things that have been on your mind! This week I'm talking about my TV friendships (and which ones still exist), my opinion on whether or not you should become a blogger yourself, why I startedLove Wellness, my natural, doctor-recommended feminine hygiene company, what I'm reading, and a bit about why my last relationship ended.

I hope you enjoy this check-in, and as always send your advice Qs to me on Instagram or submit them right here.

Matters of the Heart (Including My Own)

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Today on a new episode of #JustAskLo, I'm on my way to my best friend's wedding weekend in Ojai and also answering questions that deal with matters of the heart. See below the video for the full questions!


My first viewer sent me the following question via Instagram, and I couldn't help but want to answer it as it hit me so close to home:

 "Lo, any advice for moving on from a break-up? My boyfriend (now ex) of 4 years came home last week one day and let me know he had gotten another place to live, and left the next day. I'm 30 as well, living in NYC, and trying to put the pieces of my life together. What a devastating blow! I did not see it coming and now I find myself in a newly single status."


The second question:

"Hi Lo! Wanted to just take some time and thank you for your series on YouTube. I think us ladies can all relate to everyone's questions and you are so real and genuine. My question for you is how do you date in New York City? I'm about to turn 25 and have had such terrible luck meetings guys. You would think moving to a city with millions would make it easy but it just isn't! Would love to hear your experiences and any suggestions you may have."