Tried and True Gifts for the Beauty Lover in Your Life

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. 


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

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

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! 💉💉💉

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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.

 

#JustAskLo: I Dumped My Boyfriend But I Want Him Back – Help!

Look what you made me do, look what you made me do.

FUCK, T. SWIFT – you made me make a video about wanting your ex back.

In today’s brand new Labor Day Weekend episode of #JustAskLo we’re dealing with a few different issues: First, a gal that was going through the shit, dumped her ex, and now wants him back and needs our help to do so. Second, an ingenue needs to know how to find authenticity in her digital world of 2017, and finally, a stay at home mom is having a tricky time juggling her work/home life and wants to talk SCHEDULING.

If you know someone that may like this video, share it with them! Want to throw me a bone and subscribe to my YT channel? Have a Q yourself? Slide into my DMs on Instagramright here.

I’m Finished With Soul-Sucking Content

Hey there, pal. Hope you’re well rested, sippin’ on something herbal and maybe even getting a little sunshine in your life. Truth be told, every time I sit down to write I have you, my reader, on my mind. I’ve been sharing my personal journey, pains, tremendous moments of happiness, and some general mediocrity with you a lot but lately it leads me to wonder what’s going on with you in your life. What is it that you want from me (besides this article of word vomit)?
The type of content I’ve been creating lately, content that’s authentic and meaningful (at least for me), seems to be causing a positive stir within my audience and even close friends. The outreach across my email, YT channel, and Instagram DMs has been truly inspiring and healing for me. Your response makes me know in my heart that I’m doing the right thing by moving towards real life shit like How to Heal a Broken Heart rather than a Style Guide with Sunglasses for Summer. Like, read Refinery29 if you need that info (not a knock on R29 – I love them – I just don’t want to be the one to write it). I’m simply done creating content that sucks my soul. Just done. Good-bye.

Don’t worry mutual lovers of lifestyle and beauty…I’m still going to speak extensively on my love for beauty products and make-up because I have this deep, churning passion for things of this nature but why not spice this stuff up so that it’s way more raspberry swirl than plain old vanilla?  The black goo at the end of a mascara wand truly touches me inside in a curiously meaningful way so why not share what it’s like to feel confidence from a special product as I flaunt my lashes on a first date?

Yes, I’m still going to cook my heart out on Instagram Stories and when I feel like it share those recipes on TheLoDown. I LOVE TO COOK. It gives me LIFE, literally and figuratively. Nothing more authentic than sharing one of my deepest passions with you. And YES, I’m going to continue creating meaningful wellness content that shares what I’m trying out in real life, love it or hate it, then passing the good word on to you.

These days, I’m fixated on REAL LIFE content instead of the #SocialMediaLife and even though it can feel a bit scary to expose myself in a more personal way, I also find that for the first time in a long time, I feel good about myself and what I’m doing. I love my new #MindMatters series on YouTube in which I speak candidly about anxiety, stress, depression, and mental illness. It’s so FREEING to be able to get this stuff out of my brain and into the world. If you’ve seen some of those videos, THANK YOU for watching and thank you for the words of encouragement. I’m not hiding anymore. I’m over it. I don’t care what people think. YOUR support keeps me motivated to keep #MindMatters going!

And tomorrow, I’m dropping my first #JustAskLo video in a new advice series that will air every Friday on my channel. I’m taking your questions now and forever, so send them here, leave a comment on the video below, or slide into my DMs. I can’t wait to bring this new series to life with your help. I hope it’s as meaningful to you as it is for me.

The Best Natural Beauty Products You Need Right Now

I’ve made a strong effort to move towards natural and all-natural beauty and wellness products in my home – just in the same way as I’ve moved towards sourcing food for myself that is local, organic, and as whole as possible. It makes a lot of sense that we want the things we put ON our bodies to be as close to pure as the good foods that we’re eating in 2017, so whenever someone tells me about some new miracle product I always want to know if it’s natural.
In terms of marketing hype, there are differences between “natural” and “all-natural” or “100%” natural products. Just to be clear, natural products still have some chemical or synthesized ingredients, but that doesn’t mean they’re necessarily bad. You just need to read the labels and do a bit of research if a term like Dibutyl phthalate pops up (FYI – it’s on the DIRTY DOZEN Beauty List of chemicals to avoid).

On the other hand, if a product is marketed as all-natural or 100% natural, by law it should be. There are still some companies that fly under the regulatory radar and promote their items as such when they are not, so again, read the label. A lot of natural ingredients do have weird-ass names so just do your research.

Now – lets dive into my current list of the natural and all-natural products you need RIGHT NOW PEOPLE. The 100% natural products are in BOLD. Watch my video below to discover their amazing uses and gentle formulas!

  1. Noble Formula 2% Zinc Argan Oil Bar Soap
  2. Love Wellness pH Balancing Cleanser (a gentle external cleanser for your vag)
  3. LilyAna Natural Retinol Cream
  4. BioSchwartz Organic Coconut Oil Supplements
  5. Captain Blankenship Mermaid Hair Oil

Tools You Can Use To Overcome Anxiety Right Now

UPDATED April 13, 2017: new video at the bottom of the post! I’m an anxious person by nature. I recently suffered from a period of depression and anxiety that stemmed from serious vitamin deficiencies (you can read that article here), but anxiety is part of the framework of who I am. I’ve always worried about something bad happening to my loved ones when they leave the house, I can send obsessive text messages to make sure someone is okay, and facing my own day is a challenge in and of itself. I sometimes think of anxiety as different kinds of monsters that follow me around the house and down the street.

Being paralyzed by fear, or the unknown, or a physical discomfort is so debilitating – it makes normal things, like taking a walk, or grabbing dinner with friends difficult at times. Not every day is bad, that’s for certain, but go through a period of stress, and the inflamed mind can take its own vacation into a land of discomfort, a place it knows very well.

I’ve been learning and practicing different tools to help me overcome my moments of anxiety for a while now. The following list is certainly not extensive or complete, but simply my go-to toolbox when my mind starts to race and I’m feeling like I could use support beyond just a tight squeeze from my Mom. Some of these things are quite obvious, and some I’ve picked up in therapy.

Stop “What IF-ing”

My fabulous therapist told me a long time ago that I do a lot of “what if-ing”. Thinking about anything that is not the here and now is essentially that. Say the words “what if” out loud followed by some thoughts and you’re doing it. In essence, this is anxious worrying about things that have not materialized and are simply conceptual. It can apply to literally anything: finances, sleep, picking your kids up from school, relationship woes, etc. Instead of “what if-ing” all you have to do is replace the “if” with “is”. Say the words “what is” out loud now and follow them up with exactly the position you’re in. What is real, what is now, what is around you. For example, if I can’t sleep and my mind begins to wander into what my schedule looks like the next day, essentially turning on my brain power and putting sleepiness to the side, I try to get into the headspace of “what is” instead of “what if”. What is really happening right now is simple: I’m just laying in bed. The moment is now. Being present, and not worrying about the future or fantasies does something to stem the anxious thoughts that flood through a stressed-out mind.

Create a Scheduling Pattern That Works For You

Whether it’s by journaling, using a to-do list app like Evernote, or leaving a Post-It next to your bed, create a small to-do list for the next day. As someone who works from home and has a fairly open schedule, just tackling the day is one of the hardest things for me to do. It sounds really simple – just go be a human, but for someone with anxiety and free-time on their hands, it’s a problem. I’ve found that creating just a small list of things I’d like to accomplish the next day can be incredibly powerful in releasing your mind from thoughts about what’s to come (essentially “what if-ing”), allowing you instead to ease into a nice book, TV show, or the attention of your partner. 

This list does not have to be stuck to. The exercise of getting your thoughts out, and providing yourself with some structure to follow, is what’s really helpful here. I’ve woken up plenty of mornings without a clear feeling on what to do with myself. It can be pretty painful to be honest. It should be easy to get up and get moving, but it isn’t for everyone.

For me, taking my dog to the dog park for a morning romp, followed by exercise and a steam bath are how I like to start my days. Creating behavioral patterns helps me to get up and go like most people do. Knowing I have a responsibility to my pet to get out the door and face the day is a great way to avoid morning thoughts of discomfort.

Do One Thing Every Day You Don’t Want To Do

This exercise is new to me, but lets face it, there are of course things in our daily routines we don’t want to do. Recently the lightbulb went off in my mind, allowing me to see that the things that I don’t want to do are generally tied into some sort of social anxiety. I don’t love the idea of going to the gym, because being around a bunch of strangers I’m not brave enough to speak to can feel daunting. However, I recognize now that when I get that feeling of “no” I must, at least once a day, turn it into a feeling of “yes”. I don’t want to go out to the dinner with friends that’s been on the books for weeks? It would be easier to sit at home alone? Bingo, but I MUST do it. Getting into the habit of driving yourself through your discomfort to your destination, at least once a day, can provide relief on the other end. Being able to recognize that feeling of “no” as anxiety, instead of just sitting in it, can help lead you to make positive changes for positive change.

Meditate

Feeling anxious? Not feeling anxious? Cool, either way. Have you started meditating yet? I learned the practice of transcendental meditation 3 years ago, and though I don’t do it everyday, I certainly rely on it when times are tough. There are a few apps I like for guided meditation – my favorite being Headspace – that take the hard part out of focusing inward and releasing your body of stress. That’s what meditation does – the stress literally seeps out of your brain and your body, leaving you feeling much more aware, in control of your emotions, and in control of your thoughts. Meditation requires you to train your thoughts to a certain degree, so you can connect the dots with how it helps with anxiety as well.

This is just a short list of things that help me. Do you have anxiety? What helps you when you’re feeling stressed out? Leaving your thoughts in the comments!

xx

L

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How To Stop The Anxious Voices In Your Head!

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!!

Puppies: The Fix For Your Anxiety

Yes, this post features a lot of puppy GIFS. But I bet that even a quick scroll through will have you chuckling, your cynical heart warming just a little, and a feeling of general contentment flowing through your blood stream. Want to know why? Dogs help relieve anxiety and stress. Don’t trust me, trust the way you feel after cuddling with a pet that loves you unconditionally.

If you’ve always wanted a dog but aren’t sure where to start, considering adoption – it’s a win/win situation for both you and your forever friend. I’ve been a Host Committee Member of the ASPCA for years now, helping to throw our charitable events annually and I can say without question that bringing home a pet in need can be a great way to do good while feeling good as well.

If you’re bringing a puppy home for the first time, I love the concept of throwing a Puppy Shower to help collect the items you need to make your home puppy ready! I went to a Puppy Shower yesterday here in NYC with I and love and you (one of my absolute favorite dog food companies) and chewy to check out their Puppy Starter Food Kits for new pet parents and loved all the items they’ve curated together. They gave me a discount code (thelodown15) to share with y’all for 15% off any purchase of treats or the Puppy Food Starter Kits! The kits cost only $19.99 but have a value of $100 of tasty treats and essentials: $25 worth of I and love and you food products, a puppy handbook, a cute collar, 2 months of DogTV, and huge discounts on an Outward Hound Slo-Feed bowl, AND a Molly Mutt duvet bed. The I and love and you brand makes sure real meat is in all their products, and everything is free of fillers, grains, corn, soy, by-product meals, and anything artificial.

Now let’s get to the GIF cuties I’ve curated for your viewing pleasure. Prepare for your blood pressure to drop!

Puppies are a great distraction for a busy mind, and also provide the LOLs. If you schedule regular training into your day you always have a moment of fun to rely on with your furry pup!

Adopt a dog and never wonder if you’re loved or not. Watch how they follow you around the house. It’s unconditional!

Snuggle buddies 24/7. One of my favorite ways to feel better.

Taking care of others is a great way to take your mind off yourself.

Taking your dog out on the town – great way to meet new people, especially hot dudes.

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

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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