Ever wish you could get Botox, without the cost and the needles? Same girl.😂Once I hit 30 I started paying more attention to my skin and noticing more wrinkles…and Botox or something similar has crossed my mind more than a time or two but I was scared to try it and worried about what may happen if I started then chose to stop.
About a year and a half ago I decided to try a serum and moisturizer duo that promised to deliver similar results and I was hesitant, I figured it wouldn’t do much and was desperate but figured I’d give it a shot. And boy was I surprised!
I am the biggest skeptic about this kind of stuff but I was completely blown away; especially when comparing photos!
The serum is packed with collagen and other skin renewing properties; I use in the AM and PM after washing and cleansing my face and neck. I then follow with the moisturizer. I am SO picky about my moisturizers. I’ve tried countless brands and only have a few I like but this is the only one I’ve found that delivers results at this level. The moisturizer is my last step to my AM and PM skincare routine. It is important to gently massage it into your skin and neck until fully absorbed.
Around my eyes is the area that I’ve noticed the most dramatic difference. My eyelids, under eye and outer corners of my eyes look so much better. I continue to use this twice daily a year and a half later and don’t intend to stop. The cost is far less than a cosmetic procedure such as Botox and for now I’m more comfortable with this method. The serum comes in a nice dropper and the moisturizer is a pump, both ensuring that you’re not putting bacteria into the bottle or container when using it.
Overall, my skin has become much softer and more youthful looking with continued use. I enjoy the way the products feel and smell; the consistency and ingredients have clearly been perfected. I give it a 10/10! More details saved to my Instagram highlights “Bye Wrinkles”.
Okay you guys. I have long, super thick hair! It’s a blessing and I love it but let’s be real: it can be a huge pain to deal with sometimes!! Anyone feel me on this?! WELL I HAVE A LIFE HACK FOR Y’ALL THAT BLEW MY MIND.
It takes forever for my hair to dry, forever to flat iron, etc and as a busy work from home mama, ain’t nobody got time for that! I had basically given up on blow drying my hair and resorted to just washing it at night and letting it air dry as I slept then hopefully by the time I made the kids breakfast in the morning and had a moment to start getting ready it MIGHT be dry. MAYBE. Kind of.😂😂I think you get the picture, it’s really thick!
I came across this hair dryer brush and after much research and comparing it to other products (some even TEN TIMES the price) I decided to purchase this one.
Results: I’m BLOWN AWAY. And that’s not just a funny pun because it blow dries.😂
I uploaded a video to my IGTV @haleyparkerstyle showing you how well it works; my hair goes from just out of the shower wet to dry and styled in UNDER 9 MINUTES.🤯I’m so impressed. The hair dryer brush has a cold setting as well as both a low and high warm setting (I usually use the high warm setting). I brush through each spot quickly a few times and then very slowly go through each section to fully dry it and style as desired. I curl the ends under a bit by twisting the brush under a bit (shown in video).
I also give credit to my favorite shampoo and conditioner set, purple shampoo (perfect to add into the routine if you have blonde hair) and Pebble Beach Texture Spray for volume and body!
I’m sharing all of these products that have been a game changer for me below!⬇️⬇️⬇️
Let me know if you have any questions! I’m happy to help!
Happy Monday! Anyone else have no idea that it was Monday when they woke up?!😳🤣Crazy times right now but my family is trying our best to enjoy this time together, not stress or worry too much, and just have fun (while staying safe and following our given recommendations of course)!
Okay though..I can’t be the only one whose nails were looking baddddddd, anyone else?!😆My dip nail grow out was so embarrassing and I was even missing a couple of nails!🙈
I have been wanting and meaning to try my own dip nails at home for a while now because I’ve heard so much about it but never fully committed to ordering a kit and learning how to do it. Until NOW. There’s seriously never been a better time to learn a new skill than now in our current quarantine situation, so I gave it a go and am SO glad I did! It’s easy, affordable, my nails look great, and I’m having so much fun with it! And for the cost of 1-2 salon dip nail experiences I’m able to do it myself over and over and over again!
Thank you to Rossi Nails for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own.
The cost compared to salon costs are way less per manicure and actual cost breakdown will depend on what set you get but this is the exact one I have! It comes with the three essential application steps (base coat, activator and top coat) as well as four dip powder colors. Right now Rossi is giving my community 20% off (applied automatically through the links I’ve given in this blog post or use code HALEYPARKER if for some reason it doesn’t, but it should be automatic).
The kit provides you with step by step application instructions. I found the steps easy to follow and quickly got the hang of it. The best tip I can give you is to NOT be shy when filing and buffing after the first activator coat (the kit I have does not come with filing or buffing tools so be sure to order some if you don’t already have any on hand). The more smooth and even your nails are prior to the final activator coat and top coat the better. I love the pretty shine the top coat gives your nails; always so fun to see the finished product!
Rossi also sells kabuki brushes for brushing off excess powder during application as well as filing tools.
I’m eager to test out more colors now; it’s addicting!😆I really love the colors in these sets.⬇️What color(s) do you normally paint your nails?!
The colors in this kit above even change color based on the temperature which I thought would be so fun; let me know if you try it!
Let me know if you have any questions and be sure to tag me in your Instagram stories when you give it a try! I’d love to see your gorgeous dip nails and what color(s) you snag!
Talk soon & stay safe friends!
We all love Amazon (am I right?!🤩🤩) and the convenience it brings to our lives. Need a quick birthday present? Amazon Prime it. Need new lightbulbs? Amazon Prime. Going swimming this weekend and need a new suit? Amazon Prime. I could go on and on.😂But do you use it for beauty products? I’ve tried a lot and some were busts but these are the products that made it to my Top 5 Favorite Beauty Products on Amazon!
•My Favorite Teeth Whitening Pen! Easy to use and great for those that are sensitive to whitening products. My teeth and very sensitive and haven’t had any sensitivity issues with this brush on whitener and it works faster and better than any other that I’ve tried (and I’ve tried a lot)!
•The Schick Hydro Silk 5 women’s razor. I like the handle, it shaves really close for a smooth, soft finish and I love the Hydra-Boost!
•Tinkle razors that I have been using for years! Removes the top layer of flaky skin and hair leaving your face soft. It also helps makeup and skincare products glide on smooth and absorb into your skin nicely.
•This Cosmetic Travel Bag is AMAZING! Great for storing makeup, skincare products, razors, toothbrushes and toothpaste, jewelry, perfume, etc when traveling! It has a handle as well as a long strap. The compartments are adjustable so you can build it to suit your needs perfectly based on the sizes of your products.
•My Favorite Glue On Fake Nails! So easy to apply and they stay on so well. I have tried other brands too but have had the best luck with these by far! I get complimented on them all the time and they are an fast, easy, inexpensive way to have cute nails!
I hope you have enjoyed this roundup of my Top 5 Amazon Beauty Products! You can view all of my favorites and recommendations at My Amazon Storefront linked here. I share swimwear and coverups, home products, fave kids toys and more over there so be sure to check it out!
Bathroom photos taken at this gorgeous Airbnb!
A few months ago I scheduled my first leg wax, ever! I had wanted to get my legs waxed for years and years but never took the plunge. At 30 years old, I figured most of my friends and community had experienced a leg wax and I was way behind the times but after sharing about it in my stories, I realized so many of you had not and you had so many questions surrounding the experience.
Prior to experiencing it myself, I had so many questions and curiosities about it that I never reached out to ask anyone about so I asked Kortany, my waxer, if she could provide my community with some more information on it. She’s answering your most saught after questions here.
Kortany can be found on Instagram at @kortany_michelle_esthetics where you can find a full list of her services (full body waxing, facials, brow henna, lash lift, makeup), days/times she works, and even book an appointment online via the link in her bio. She provides these services at Symmetrie Studios located at 412 Front Street, Lynden, Washington.
Kortany is answering everything you’ve wanted to know about waxing, here!
First of all, Kortany, what made you want to be a waxer?
Honestly I don’t know how to answer that question because I don’t know if I really wanted to wax when I first started out. There are so many different services an Esthetician can offer like waxing, facials, lash extensions, lash lifts/ tints, makeup, etc... but waxing was just something that came very natural to me, which made me quickly fall in love with waxing and the results I was getting from it!
I tell my husband almost way too often that “I love my job!”, his response is usually something like “I can’t believe you wax lady parts, how awkward...” but it’s truly not like that at all. This is what I do everyday and I am a professional at work, so it quickly stoped being weird for me.
What I love most about being in esthetics is being able to help and inspire so many people. Whether it's helping boost someone's confidence or helping them reach their goals, being in this industry is so rewarding!
10 Most Frequently Asked Questions!
1. Is my hair way too long?
Sorry to break it to you but most likely it’s not long enough... Let it grow out! If you have been shaving, allow a minimum of 2-3 weeks or 1/4 of an inch growth (the length of a grain of rice) in order to achieve the best waxing results possible.
2. Should I put lotion on before my wax?
Yes, Make sure your skin is properly hydrated in the week leading up to your wax appointment. Moist, plump skin will release the hair follicle easier, making for a more enjoyable waxing experience!
3. Should I shower before my wax appointment?
It’s ideal to shower at least the morning before your wax appointment as clean skin allows for a better waxing experience.
BONUS- most waxing professionals (like myself) provide cleansing cloths for you to use before your service to make you feel fresh and clean, so there is no reason to worry even if you don't get a shower in before your appointment!
4. Can I get waxed on my period?
YES, absolutly. But for your estheticians sake PLEASE wear a tampon. However you might be a little more sensitive during your menstrual cycle, so keep that in mind before booking!
5. Can I drink before to make it less painful?
It might actually hurt more. Alcohol tightens pores and makes waxing more difficult. Opened pores allows for a more enjoyable waxing experience as the hair follicle is easily removed from the pore, a tight pore will either be painful to remove or the hair will break at the skin level and your waxing experience will not be as effective.
6. When should I wax?
Face: every TWO-FOUR weeks
Underarms: every TWO weeks
Bikini Area: every FOUR-SIX weeks
Additional Body Services: every FOUR-SIX weeks
7. Popping pills before wax?
Yes, take some pain meds about 30 minutes before your wax appointment to help minimize the pain.
8. Best at home after care?
9. Waxing VS. Shaving?
Waxing provides smoother and longer lasting results by removing the hair from the root, whereas shaving cuts the hair right below the skin's surface, causing a prickly feel days after shaving. Waxing is also healthier because it provides a physical exfoliation, removing lifeless surface cells.
10. Is it going to hurt?
Yes! Any type of waxing will hurt because your hair will get pulled out by its roots, but it won't be so bad that tears will stream down your face. You'll definitely be able to walk afterwards.
Yes, there are some waxing horror stories, but those are exceptions, not the norm!
Thank you, Kortany, for sharing all of that wonderful information! It is so helpful to know these details before booking or showing up to a waxing appointment. I can’t wait to see you soon for my leg wax before vacation! I’m excited that I won’t have to waste any vacation time shaving!😉🤗
If you have any further questions, feel free to reach out to Kortany or myself directly!
Hey ladies! I’ve been getting asked about my nighttime skincare and overall beauty routine and though I’ve shared bits and pieces about my favorite products I realized I haven’t laid it all out for you!
First of all, thank you so much for being here! I love connecting with you and if you have any nighttime skincare favorites that you love, please leave a comment on this post or message me to share it! I love beauty products and especially LOVE sharing when something has made a substantial difference in my skin or any aspect of life!
My first step to my nighttime routine is washing off my makeup with my Makeup Eraser. This little cloth has been a GAME CHANGER for me. Simply add warm water and this cloth will remove all of your makeup easily! Do you wear waterproof makeup? No problem, it removes it! My mascara and eyeliner come off easily. I have been so impressed with it and love that I can use separate sections of it a few different nights then toss it in the washing machine! I own two of them so that I always have one clean, ready and available. I love that it is chemical free and eliminates disposable makeup wipes from going in landfills. Disposable makeup wipes are the third leading cause of waste in our landfills and this is the perfect cloth to change that! It is an ultra soft woven polyester blend that leaves your face feeling fresh and clean.
After washing off my makeup, I use the products in this Anti-Aging Discovery Kit. The products are also sold individually, but I love the value provided in these kits that allows you to try so many products at around $50 (use my code to save $)!! I start with the Cleanser (also a makeup remover but additionally deeply cleans your pores without drying out your skin). Next I apply a thin layer of the Deep Wrinkle Serum which protects against environmental toxins and instantly hydrates and “restores skins youthful bounce”.🤩👌🏻I follow that with the Hydrating Day and Night Cream, and then gently pat the Eye Renewal Serum around my eyes (helps with the appearance of dark circles and puffiness and reduces the appearance of fine lines over time). Once a week or so I use the treatment pads included in this kit for exfoliation.
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