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The Total Truth About Coolsculpting

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Hey lovelies!

I hope you guys are enjoying your first tastes of sun, surf, and sand as school gets out for the summer! Because we’re now officially in bathing suit season, I felt like it was a great time to dish about one of my favorite summer-prep procedures… Coolsculpting!

Okay, so Coolsculpting can have kind of a contentious reputation. A lot of people have heard that this procedure is really painful and you come out with huge bruises.

If you’ve heard this rumor, and it’s stopped you from looking further into Coolsculpting, this blog post is for you! I’m going to dish on my experience with Coolsculpting just recently at AYA Spa in Georgia.

Let’s back up first, just in case some of you have never heard of Coolsculpting before.

What is Coolsculpting?

Coolsculpting is a fat-freezing treatment designed to help with those stubborn folds of fat that just don’t seem to go away whatever you do. It’s not for weight loss, but helps drastically reduce the appearance of fat pockets under the chin, around the bra straps, thighs, tummy and wherever those stubborn pockets of body fat sit.

I chose to have my lower stomach and inner thighs treated, and I’m going to tell you all about it!

The Coolsculpt Process

Okay, so you can’t just walk in and have a Coolsculpt procedure right off the street. First you need to have a consultation where you define your goals with the aesthetician. Coolscupt doesn’t happen overnight. Final results are seen in three months, with improvements visible as early as 3-4 weeks.

So here’s what happened with my treatment:

I went in and my aesthetician hooked up the machine and the attachment for the procedure. For the first five minutes you feel really cold in the area, tehen after that you don’t really feel anything until the session is over.

The uncomfortable part comes at the end, when the taesthetician takes the attachment off and massages the area for 2 minutes. This brings the circulation back to the area which can be really uncomfortable for a few minutes. However, it goes away!

Afterwards the area can feel numb for up to four weeks, but it’s not painful. The first three days might carry a little discomfort, but mine was not bad at all. In fact, I went to yoga right after my treatment.

I saw results at three weeks, and was amazed. Keep in mind if you diet and exercise, you will see the most drastic results. It’s incredible!

So in short? Coolsculpt did not leave me covered in bruises, it wasn’t only mildly uncomfortable for two minutes in the whole application, and I saw noticeable results in the mirror in just three weeks.

My verdict? It’s SO worth it.

If you want to try Coolsculpt for yourself and live in the Atlanta area, you can use my promo code for 20% off your first treatment. Just use OLYASHA20 at AYA Skincare!

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2019

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Hey lovelies,

May is just around the corner and you know what that means – Mother’s Day! With that in mind, it’s time for my annual Mother’s Day Gift Guide to help you select the perfect gift for the most important woman in your life.

There’s something for every mom on this list, from makeup, beauty products, practical tools, accessories and the yummiest candles ever! You can find the link to each product below next to the corresponding number.

Happy shopping!

  1. Lancome Absolute Discovery Set 2. T3 Whirl Trio Interchangeable Styling Wand Set 3. Yves Saint Laurent Mini Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick Set 4. Laura Mercier ‘Ambre Vanille’ Souffle Body Creme 5. Christian Louboutin Women’s Parfums Collection 6. Estee Lauder Perfectionist Wrinkle Lifting/ Firming Serum Duo 7. Kendra Scott Elaina Birthstone Bracelet 8. Nordstrom Cashmere & Silk Wrap 9. diptyque Baies/ Berries Scented Candle 10. Pure Silk Sleep Mask 11. CHANEL COCO MADEMOISELLE Eau de Parfum Spray 12. kate spade new york crystal hinge bangle 13. Tory Burch McGraw Leather Laptop Tote 14. Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer 15. kate spade new york one in a million initial pendant necklace

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Let’s Talk About Botox

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Hey, lovelies!

I have a policy about being completely honest about products I use, including beauty, skincare, makeup, hair, and BOTOX. Yes, that’s right, BOTOX!

I’m a huge advocate for women (and men) feeling confident and comfortable in their own skin. I don’t believe anyone should be shamed for undergoing procedures that make them feel 10x better when they’re out in the world and looking in the mirror – after all, it’s a form of self-expression!

I’ve been getting BOTOX regularly since I was 26. I usually receive about 40 units each time, targeting my forehead, my eyebrows, the corners of my eyes and the top of my lip. I used to be very self-conscious about how deep-set my eyes were, and felt my features were a bit of out-of-balance.

The targeted BOTOX helps give my eyes a wide-open, lifted appearance that I love. It also combats wrinkles and smile lines – oftentimes women in their late 20’s will begin preventative BOTOX in these areas – that is, filling those wrinkles before they can widen and deepen with age! BOTOX in targeted areas can also relieve migraines and depression, which is wild to me!

I was referred to AYA Medical Spa in Phipps Plaza (Atlanta) by a friend, and I’ve been going there ever since! Lauren handles my injections, and I won’t trust anyone else!

The most common question that comes up in conversation is if it hurts. BOTOX doesn’t hurt. It stings a tiny bit when you receive the injection, but if your aesthetician is skilled (as Lauren is) you may not even feel it! I don’t suffer any side effects personally. Usually, I’ll begin seeing results within 3-4 days, with the full results apparent by two weeks. It lasts about 3 to 4 months before it wears off.

Have any more questions about BOTOX for me? Drop them in the comments below, and I’ll do my best to answer them!

XOXO,

Olyasha

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My Travel Beauty Essentials With DELSEY Paris Luggage

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Hey there, lovelies!

Summer is almost here, and my mind is on travel. I can’t wait to relax on a tropical beach and cross off some of the places on my bucket list. I figured since I’m in the jet-setting mood, I’d share some of my beauty essentials when packing for a trip.

Bringing beauty products on a flight can be tricky – full size products will often be discarded by TSA for being over the ounce limit. That’s why hunting down minis is so important. Thankfully, Sephora stocks a lot of my go-to beauty products in convenient travel sizes so I never have to look a mess on a trip! Here’s a cheat sheet of what I use to keep my hair and skin on point when I’m abroad!

Pack it All Organizer beautyblender Blender Defender Eye Sleeping Mask IGK Mistress Hair Balm MOROCCANOIL Luminous Hairspray IGK Mixed Feelings Blonde Drops Kissable Body Shimmer COOLA Suncare Travel Set drybar Detangler Spray drybar
Detox Dry Shampoo Urban Decay Setting Spray and Eyeshadow Primer Cleansing and Exfoliating Wipes Lip Sleeping Mask Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask

As for what I’m packing my go-tos in, I highly recommend DELSEY Paris Luggage. I have collected several sets of DELSEY luggage over the past year for use on various trips, and I can’t rave enough about them. These suitcases are lightweight, easy to maneuver, secure AND they’re hard-top, which protects my beauty products, shoes, and outfits from damage. Plus, they’re really easy to pack and organize!

Check out DELSEY Paris Luggage, and use my code notbasicblonde25 to snag 25% off your purchase! Happy traveling,

XOXO

Olyasha

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My Peach Lip Must-Haves

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Hi lovelies!

One of my favorite style staples is a peach, pink or nude lip. I usually stay away from harsh reds or playful colors in favor of a flattering peach or nude.

I’ve opened up my makeup bag to show you my staples for my signature lip looks. I’m a huge fiend for Dior- I think their lip products are better than any other kind I’ve tried and I rarely go a day without putting a little of their plumping gloss to emphasize my pucker!

I start with this tasty peach lip scrub to smooth my lips and dab on a little of the lip mask before I go to bed. This keeps my lips plump, moisturized and wrinkle-free!

Links are numbered under the picture if you can’t live without one of my must-haves. Happy shopping, XOXO!

  1. Too Faced Peach Lip Scrub 2. LANEIGE Sleeping Lip Mask 3. TOM FORD Lipstick 4. Dior Addict Lacquer Plump 5. Dior Lip Glow 6. Dior Addict Lip Maximizer Plumping Gloss 7. Rouge Dior Lipstick

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FabFitFun Box: Winter 2018

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Hey lovelies,

 

I hope this post finds you in the holiday spirit, snuggling on your couch, nice and warm by a toasty fire! I’m certainly in the holiday spirits and feel like I just received the most awesome present possible because…

 

My Winter fabfitfun box came!

For those of you who aren’t familiar with fabfitfun, it’s a quarterly subscription box that contains over $200 worth of makeup, beauty, fitness and lifestyle items. The cost is just $49.99 per box, which when you think about it, is a total steal.

Plus, you can use my code SANTABABY when subscribing here, and you’ll get $10 off your first box. Can you say, yes, please?

The box ships in the US and Canada so far. Hopefully, they add more locations because this box is definitely worth it!

 

Okay, without further ado… I bet you’re curious to see what I got- and I’m dying to tell you! Here’s everything that came in my fabfitfun box!

1. Mark & Graham Colorblock Throw Blanket ( $49 value)

I am absolutely in love with this luscious blanket. If you’re not familiar with Mark & Graham, this is a brand that is often featured at Williams Sonoma. This blanket is 50″ by 60″, or just about 4.5 by 5 ft long. Annual subscribers can choose between the soft grey pictured above, or a beige color. It is finished in fringe and is UNBELIEVABLY soft.

2. Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick ($26 value)

I was so excited to see this lipstick included in my box this season! Bite Beauty crafts one of the best lipstick formulas you can get. Don’t believe me? Read the reviews for yourself! Each color is natural-looking, well-pigmented and ultra creamy. This means your lips won’t look flaky and dehydrated after just thirty minutes of wear! This shade is MERINGUE, which is a peachy nude perfect for everyday wear.

3.  Moroccan Gold Series Treatment Mask ($49 value)

This hardworking hair treatment mask is a total steal for those of you who style your hair with heat products often. The argan oil helps to seal split ends and keep the hair shaft strong. Keratin keeps your hair frizz-free and manageable, too!

4. Thrive Highlighting Stick ($24 value)

This brand is vegan and cruelty-free, on top of being free of harmful preservatives and ingredients. It has a light champagne shimmer to it that doubles as a highlighting stick and undereye illuminator. However, using on the eyelid as an eyeshadow, or swiping in the corners of the eyes can make your eyes appear larger. Handy tip: the bottom of the pencil has a built-in sharpener!

5. Sherrie Matthews Acupuncture Jade Roller ($45 value)

A newer trend hitting the Western beauty world is jade rollers on the face- however, this beauty treatment has been in use in the Far East for centuries! Empresses used to use jade stones and rollers to massage their face in even strokes, which stimulates energy and promotes facial relaxation. Once you try it, you’ll never want to take this step out of your beauty routine!

6. Blaq Eye Mask ($29 value)

These gel eye masks are perfect for undereye puffiness. The activated charcoal in them removes puffiness and stay in place for the full 15-minute application. When you remove them, puffiness is gone! I sometimes have puffy under eyes after a late night out, so these are a perfect quick fix. 5 sets come in the box!

7. Ahava Hydration Cream Mask ($33 value)

This mask can either be used as a quick burst of hydration (apply and take off after 3 minutes) or as an overnight mask. It’s lightly scented and intensely hydrating without a slick greasy finish. I have already slept in this overnight once, and my skin was so soft and glowy afterward I couldn’t believe it!

8. Elevate Essential Oils in Eucalyptus and Sweet Orange ($31 value)

These two essential oils are 100% natural and are pure grade. They include jojoba and coconut oil so the scents aren’t harsh on the skin. Eucalyptus is great for after workouts and can be applied to sore muscles. It also works great to combat cold and flu symptoms. Sweet orange is often placed on the temples in case of a headache, and on the stomach for cramp symptoms!

9. Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo ($44 value)

Gold Lust dry shampoo is one of my absolute favorite products. Its pleasant fragrance lasts all day, soothes the scalp and dries up oil to preserve style in between washes. What’s really nice is it doesn’t leave that pesky white residue that dry shampoo is known for!

 

 

 

I couldn’t be more thrilled with the contents of my Winter Box 2018! If you’re interested in a subscription yourself, remember to use my code SANTABABY here to get $10 off your first box!

 

If you snag a winter box, make sure to tag @fabfitfun on social and use the hashtag #fabfitfun so I can see what you all think of your winter haul!

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