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Botox & Filler 101

While cosmetic enhancements aren’t for everyone, I personally ascribe to the school of thought that if something makes you feel better about yourself, you should go ahead and do it (within reason). I wanted to share my experience with injectables + share some tips.


I’ve been using Botox since I was 22. I’ve always had one eyebrow that was way stronger than the other, meaning that the muscle was so tight & overactivated that when I smiled one of my eyebrows lifted WAY up above the other one. So it looked like I was always giving a raised eyebrow when I smiled or focused on something. I didn’t like how it looked in pictures, so I went to a dermatologist, where they agreed that botox would help weaken that muscle, and they injected it just over one eyebrow. In the past few years, I’ve started to use it all over my forehead since the journey to 30 has definitely revealed a few lines. Overall, it’s a preventative, if I can’t frown, I can’t get frown lines! A lot of dermatologists say that Botox is a great treatment when you’re younger and just starting to see fine lines in your face and that using it early prevents deeper lines from forming.

Now, let me just say, lines and aging are all normal and I wish that I was able to accept the changes that come with age a bit more gracefully. But this is such an easy fix, I’d rather test my self-acceptance practice on the bigger aging signs that will undoubtedly happen throughout my life.

My Routine

I get botox almost every 4 months, sometimes stretching it to 5 or 6. Different people metabolize botox more quickly than others, mine is somewhat quick and I start to see the effects wear off around 3-ish months.

The injection itself really doesn’t hurt, almost any shot I’ve ever had in my life has caused me more pain. I go to Skin by Lovely in Santa Monica (specifically Brittany, she’s AMAZING). I’ve also gone to Anusha at Skin Specifics, and she’s also wonderful.

The whole process takes about 15 minutes, and afterward, you can’t lie down for three hours, and shouldn’t put on makeup for at least another six (although I have, it’s not that big of a deal). You may have tiny dots on your face for the rest of the day, but on me they fade pretty quickly. I also find I sometimes get headaches over the next 3 days or so as my muscles start to become immobile, but they’re pretty minor and nothing an Advil can’t fix.

As far as price goes, it’s anywhere between $10-15 per unit and the number of units you need varies from person to person. When I first started using botox I needed like 3 units… now its closer to 25/30 since I’m doing my whole forehead.


Everyone in LA has fillers. Everyone on Instagram has fillers. EVERYONE HAS FILLERS.

Kidding, not everyone, but it’s way more common than you would expect, especially lip fillers. I say this because I think it’s crappy for women to compare themselves to influencers or celebrities or anyone they find attractive, and be under the false pretense that everyone popped out of the womb with super high cheekbones & pillowy lips. Remember Bella Hadid’s epic glow-up? I’m no expert, but she’s definitely had some fillers. No judgment obviously, she looks great. But not everyone is walking around with super defined features becuase they were born that way.

I never disliked my lips and considered them one of my better features, but at some point started feeling like they could use a little enhancing. I also have a strongish nose, and I felt that overall having my lips a little plumper would just make my face look more balanced as a whole.

My Routine

I’ve been filling my lips for almost three years. I started out with Juvederm, and loved it. My first session, I think we used 3/4 a syringe (even a full syringe is not a lot) and I was really happy with the result. I started out going every six months. The good thing about fillers is that they stimulate collagen production wherever they’re injected, so over time your lips will start to add some volume naturally. The effect of fillers is definitely cumulative, you’ll probably need less and less over time to get the same result.

Since my first injection, I’ve switched to different types of fillers (there are tons). Since I’ve been doing this for a while I don’t necessarily need a to ton more volume each time, just a bit more definition, so Brittany at Skin By Lovely has been really great with recommending other types of fillers (my most recent was called Define). I noticed the first few times I got filler put in, my body metabolized it pretty quickly, over time I’ve found it has started to last longer and longer. The last time I had my lips done was almost a year ago, which is great because it’s not cheap (be prepared to spend anywhere from $400 to $1k per syringe depending on the type of filler).

I’ve also had a little filler put in my cheekbones. Normally I do this after I’ve had my lips done and there’s a little bit left in the syringe (I mean I paid for it, I don’t want to waste it). I don’t keep up with this regularly but find I really like the tiny extra bit of definition I get when I do it.

You’ll have swelling, bruising and possibly some lumpiness especially if it’s your first time. You should be ok after 3 days or so, but if you’re worried about people seeing you in that state, definitely plan to do it before the weekend.

In short

I don’t think getting fillers or botox is something to be ashamed of but do your homework to go to a skilled injector who values a natural look. Yelp & RealSelf are great resources! It’s also easy to overdo it, so make sure you choose an injector who can push back on you if you get a little overzealous.

At the end of the day, cosmetic enhancements should do just that, enhance the way you look, not change your face entirely.

Hope you all found this helpful!


Festive Holiday Makeup

Now that December is here its time to BATHE in glitter and everything holiday chic. One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is experimenting with festive makeup looks for holiday parties or even weekend drinks.


During the holidays I love a classic deep lip, some shimmer or sparkle on the eyes & fresh skin.

I rounded up some of the most glittery, glitzy, shimmery makeup items I could find. Any of these will be sure to add some holiday spirit to your look



Black Friday Sale
Beauty, Fashion

Early Black Friday Sales: 2018

You didn’t think Black Friday & Cyber Monday were the only days to score deals… right?

Check out some of these early-bird deals…. keep checking back as I’ll post more as more of my favorites update their sales over the week!



Stuart Weitzman

 30% off select styles including classic “Nudist”



30% off everything


40% off everything


25-75% off nonsale & sale items

15% off $200 or more/ 20% $500 or more/ 25% off $800 or more



25% off everything

All Saints

30% off everything



Up to 60% off


Violet Grey 

$15 off $100 or more $50 off $250 $100 off $400



25% off select items



Up to 50% off


T3 Micro Hair Tools

25% off site wide



My Life Changing Skincare Tool

Hey guys! I’m back from a brief hiatius & promise to have more regular content coming your way.

During the past month, I’ve added one new item to my skincare routine & I have never had better skin in my entire life. If you’ve read other posts or follow me on social media, you’ll know that I struggle with hormonal, cystic breakouts, those super deep blemishes that come & go and are impossible to treat topically.

It seems to have gotten worse as I’ve gotten older, and I have this theory that my body is giving me a big fuck you when every month it realizes I’m not bearing a child (thanks, hormones).  Before I changed my routine I was averaging 2-3 cortisone injections (yes you can get HUGE blemishes injected to help them shrink & prevent scarring) a MONTH. That’s like $150 worth of treatments for something isn’t preventative!

This led me to explore LED light therapy. If you’re not familiar, LED is a non-invasive painless light treatment that uses both red (for wrinkles) and blue (for acne) light to improve skin. Red LED light stimulates collagen which adds plumpness to skin, improves texture and reduces wrinkles. Blue light kills bacteria that causes acne and also decreases oil production & shrinks pores.

You can get LED therapy during facials, but it’s very expensive (like $200 a treatment), and the most effective way to get the benefits is through everyday use.

So… when Dermstore was having a sale I bought the Dr. Dennis Gross Spectralite Faceware Pro and let me tell you, it’s the best purchase I’ve ever made. At just under $450 it’s a huge investment, and I definitely got a little bit nauseous after I pressed “buy”, but it has paid for itself and then some in the time I’ve used it.


Image result for dr. dennis gross LED mask

The Process:

The mask is freaky, you look like a transformer when you put it on. I’ve been using once, sometimes twice a day, after cleansing and before I apply any skincare products. Note: definitely don’t put sunscreen on before you use, it blocks some of the light, but don’t worry, LED is not the same as UV and there is no damage done to your skin. There’s a red, blue or purple (red+ blue) setting to combat wrinkles, acne, or both. I’ve been using the purple setting because I’ve definitely noticed fine lines so want to just get everything taken care of everything in one fell swoop. The mask has a set timer for 3 minutes so I just sit & relax while the LED does its work on my face and then wait for the light to shut off. It’s that easy.


The Results:

Within a week I noticed redness was reduced & my skin seemed smoother and more even. My boyfriend noticed right away,  which means it must have been pretty obvious because… men. By week 2 & 3 I was not breaking out at all, I got one tiny bump around that time of the month but it was so minor I didn’t care. Marks from old blemished have been reduced and I just look better all around. I’ve started wearing less makeup, venturing out of the house & even to work with just sunscreen, moisturizer & some brow gel, which I would rarely do before. I wanted to see how the mask worked on it own so I stopped all of my other anti-acne treatments & have just been washing my face, toning & using moisturizer and the results are phenomenal.


This isn’t a paid endorsement (I wish I got this for free)  but I really can’t speak highly enough of this mask. It’s seriously lifechanging and I feel like I’m saving so much money becuase I just don’t have to worry about treating huge cystic blemishes. buying new products etc. It’s expensive, but when I added up all the other products/services I was using to just keep my skin feeling normal I realized I’ve saved a lot of money.


In short, if you struggle with cystic acne and or fine lines & can fit this into your budget, definitely get your hands on this baby. Totally SimpyB approved.




Tropical Beauty
Beauty, Travel

Beauty & Hair Essentials for a Beach Vacation

Hi everyone! Apologies for the lack of blog posts, but I just got back from a fantastic trip to Cabo & definitely took a bit of time to unwind. While I was there I tried to keep my beauty & hair routine as minimal as possible, so thought I would share what I packed with you guys!

With 90+ degree temps & humidity, plus frequent pools dips, no one wants to be dealing with a ton of makeup & high maintenance hair. I even told my boyfriend that I was committing to not wearing makeup the whole trip… but didn’t end up sticking to that haha. At the very least, I kept things low key. If you’ve read my Summer Heat Proof Makeup blog post, then you’re probably familiar with some of my favorite warm-weather products. For this trip, I brought the following:

Drunk Elephant Anti Pollution Serum

NYX Strobing Cream (dupe for MAC version)

Revlon Photo Ready BB Cream

KKW Beauty Concealer

Chanel Soleil De Tan

Marc Jacobs Bronzer

Kosas Color & Light Cream

Glossier Boy Brow

Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes

Moroccan Magic Rose Lip Balm

As far as hair, I didn’t bring a curler, blowdryer etc, just a few hair ties bobby pins and the following:

Virtue Labs Finale Shaping Spray

Virtue Labs Moisture Defining Whip

Virtue Labs 6 in 1 Styler

Virtue Labs Polish UnFrizz Cream

Ouai Hair Oil

Pretty minimal if I do say so myself! My go-to cosmetics case this hanging Tartan & Twine one, so I  can hang it up out of the way. Hope this was helpful, are any of you going on any beach/warm weather vacations soon? Let me know in the comments!

Silk Slip Dress
Beauty, Fashion, Travel

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! Here are the things that kept me going through the week…


L'Academie The Long Sleeve Bodysuit in Bright Navy

Dying for this silky blue bodysuit, perfect jewel-toned piece to add to your wardrobe for fall!

I love home pieces that are fairly neutral but have interesting textures & patterns, this Urban Outfitters rug fits the bill, I’m thinking of getting it for my room. AND it’s on sale!

Baked Chicken Milanese is made with breaded chicken cutlets, baked in the oven topped with arugula, tomatoes and balsamic. This is my favorite restaurant dish, made healthier!

I’m probably the farthest thing away from a domestic goddess, and when I cook for myself I always make sure I follow a healthy recipe. I made this Baked Chicken Milanese from my favorite healthy food blog, SkinnyTaste and it was SO GOOD!

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare SpectraLite FaceWare Pro Image 1

Ok, this is a little bit crazy but I bought this. Dermstore had a 20% sale on all devices this week so I couldn’t resist almost $100 off this LED lightmask. The reviews are good, and I’ve been hearing so much lately about all of the amazing skin benefits of both blue (for acne & acne scars) and red (for wrinkles & pore refining) LED lights. My skin has been a nightmare lately so I’m really excited to try this out, and feel like I got a 2 for 1 with the anti-aging & acne benefits! I’ll keep you guy posted on results.

Image result for cabo azul

Probably the ultimate Friday fave….I’m leaving for Cabo next Wednesday for a short getaway with my boyfriend & I can’t be more excited!


Thanks for stopping by 🙂

Beauty, Fashion, Health & Fitness

Friday Favorites

This week was short & long at the same time, but as always, I’m excited for a little weekend R&R. Here are a few of my favorite things this week


Love these wine colored tassel earrings, perfect fall party accessory

Earrings - Burgundy/gold-colored - Ladies | H&M US 1

I’m obsessed with leopard print right, along with the rest of the world, and these pumps really hit the spot (and they’re under $150!)

Sam Edelman Hazel Haircalf Pumps

 I’m late to the Summer Fridays party but I’ve arrived and I’m SO here for it. I know they launched a new product recently that I have yet to try, but I just used their OG JetLag mask when my skin was freaking out (breaking out but also dry… my boyfriend said I looked like a recovering Zombie, thanks babe!) and I woke up with smooth hydrated skin that glowed.

Jet Lag Mask


I’m shook. Honestly, I can’t wear  these a ton because they’re a major  statement piece… but the heart wants what it wants.

MAJORELLE Christopher Pant in Terracotta Brown


I somehow stumbled upon Lucy Wood’s channel on Youtube & am dying over her “Average Girls Tries Pretty Little Thing Model Outfits” video. Someone needs to show women that we can’t all pull off these ridiculous trendy looks made for models .. and that’s OK! She’s body positive, beautiful, hilarious & a great fashion & beauty resource.

Image result for lucy wood youtube


I started reading Silence of the Girls this week and am almost done, I’m obsessed. It’s the classic Illiad told from a women’s point of view. If you love the classics but want something with a modern twist, you’ll love this.

The Silence of the Girls: A Novel by [Barker, Pat]

Reformation Yellow Dress
Activism, Beauty, Fashion

Friday Favorites

Handmaid’s Tale Protest

Hand Maids Tale, June

Slow clap




Everlane Stretch Denim Launch 

New Everlane Stretch Denim

I’m obsessed with Everlane & I can’t wait to try their new high waisted stretch denim




Voodoo Jewelry RingVoodoo JewelryLove this pre-stacked, boho glam ring



L’academie Banae Blouse

L'Academie The Benae Blouse in Yellow Not Dot

Drapey, yellow & polka dotted (cue heart eyes)



Studded Bucket Bag

Bianca Studded Faux Leather Bucket Bag, Main, color, Black Multi

Under $60 bucks!



Jameela Jamil

Jameela Jamil

Girl, thank you. Go check out her IG & recent interview


Hope everyone has a relaxing  first of many fall weekends!


Highlighter Glow

Highlighter 101

`I rarely leave the house without a little glow. Whether it’s a little shimmer moisturizer mixed in with my sunscreen before a run, a swipe of highlighter when I’m doing a  barely there look or a super-glam, blinding highlight, I don’t feel complete without a little glow. Here are some of my highlighting tips


Highlighter Glow

I like to add a little shimmer during every step of my makeup process. I start by adding something like Mac Strobe Cream to my foundation, or in case of a “no-makeup” day, I mix it in with my sunscreen if I’m going outside.Once I have my foundation/bronzer/concealer done, I like to highlight all the high points of my face, down the bridge of my nose, my cupid’s bow, cheekbones, brow bones, the temple as well as the inner corner of my eye.

One of my best highlighter tips is to layer when applying to the major areas of your face. Always move from wet to dry. Using a damp sponge apply a  liquid highlighter like CoverFX Liquid Enhancer Drops or Marc Jacobs Coconut Gel Highlighter everywhere you want some shimmer.Next layer a cream like Nars the Multiple in Copacabana or Glossier’s Haloscope over the same area. Make sure you blend so there’s no streakiness or caking.Last, use a pointed highlighter brush to blend a powder highlighter over everything you’ve applied. Some of my favorites are Becca, Anastasia, or Fenty Beauty.

A note on color & tone– I always prefer a warm highlight over a cool one. Obviously, the exact shade depends on how deep your skin tone is, but very few people can pull off an icy, blue toned highlight. The whole goal of highlighter is to give you a healthy, glowy, lit-from-within look, and I find that happens best with peach, rose gold, bronze, or warm gold, highlights. I also shy away from anything to yellow gold as I think it looks a bit harsh.

Shop my key products below & get your glow on!




Fall Beauty Wish list

Fall Beauty WishList

Were officially in September! When fall comes around I like to freshen up my beauty routine, focusing on moisturizing masks, fall-inspired colors & maybe a foundation switch up.

I’m probably the last person to try this Summer Fridays mask, but I just grabbed one because I think it’s going to be helpful during this transitional time, my skins tends to freak out with temperature changes.

I’m a huge fan of setting sprays that don’t dry you out; this one looks nourishing

I can’t wait to get my hands on this new foundation from legendary makeup artist Gucci Westman, reviews say that its light  and natural looking & super easy to apply

I have one color of this liquid lipstick and I’m a big fan, not too drying & lasts for a long time. I’m looking to grab some deeper colors to wear this season

This cranberry Tom Ford eye quad screams fall, and I love wearing warm colors on my eyes. It’s expensive but really luxurious looking

Barbara Strum products are the newest stars in skincare, these nutrition supplements meant to aid in keeping skin glowing & youthful.. definitely something I need

Who else likes to buy new products when the seasons change? Let me know if you end up picking up any of these!