Alllll About Lymphatic Drainage Massage

The Skinny Confidential talks Asia.

Oh em gee, where do I evennnn start?!

You guys know I’ve been captivated ( SLASH OBSESSED ) with the way the lymph system works. & on top of that, dry brushing has become an everyday routine for me. The process is so stimulating & is super invigorating ( especially in the AM ).

Anyway, in the past year & a half I’ve been reading up on lymphatic drainage massage. Here’s my weird thing though: the thought of someone touching my lymph nodes really grosses me out.

I don’t know why.

( You know how you have strange, bizarre shit that you don’t like? For instance I HATE ( HATE HATE HATE HATE ) getting out of the shower if there’s stray hairs on the floor/mat. GOOSEBUMPS. Stepping on random hair(s) is the equivalent to walking across a moat with 23420 alligators and a million sharks with my eyes closed. It just gives me the hibbie jibbies ).

If you’re weirded out at my strangeness, don’t worry- I weird myself out on a regular basis.

So. Lymph nodes. To me, they’re sort of an unknown & super tender, so the thought of a stranger touching them…FREAKS ME THE F OUT.

But I’ve heard so many unbelievable reviews about lymph drainage massage, that I figured Asia was the perfect place to try it ( apparently they’re known for this specific massage ). When we arrived to Hong Kong I wasn’t feeling so hot. I’d been working non-stop around the clock, not sleeping well, & definitely had a sniffle or ten.

So I booked a lymphatic drainage massage.

AND HOLY MASSAGE.

Ok, I’ve had A LOT of massage because of constant neck pain. When I was nineteen I was involved in a horrible, horrible car accident where the other driver T-boned us HARD. I’ve been stuck with lateral whip lash ever since. Medical massage has been my best friend.

This massage though?

This massage was different.

This massage was weird.

This massage was amazing.

So here’s how the process works: you lay down, face down…per usual & the masseuse gently massages your lymph nodes. It’s not a deep tissue massage like I normally prefer but the after effects were so insane that it was worth every second.

Picture this: it was a couple’s massage. Michael’s next to me getting a head massage ( get that mind out of the gutter, he was getting his scalp massaged by a burly man ). After massaging my lymphs in my legs & arms, the masseuse flips me over & starts on my under eyes. At this point I’m so relaxed I fall asleep, fully snoring. With four people in the room. Michael tells me afterwards he couldn’t relax & it sounded like a wildebeest was next to him.

MMMmm, SEXY.

Back to the massage details: she massages under my eyes gently, by my eye sockets, & the sides of my eyes. I am dead asleep. ALL OF A SUDDEN I AM WOKEN UP by a flush. There’s a drainage detox throughout my body ( it was an orgasmic-like flush— kind of like endorphins running through the body ). My sinuses immediately drained. It also felt like fluid drained ( by the way guys, we’re going for authentic in this post, not hot & sexy ) from my eyes down in to my body. I COULD NOT BELIEVE IT.

Afterwards I had a full-on cough attack on the massage table ( P.S. Michael is still in the room trying to have a relaxing head rub while I’m snoring, snorting, & coughing…#relatable ). The masseuse almost knew this would happen because she had a water bottle on hand. I drank the whole thing & then had to get up IMMEDIATELY to pee.

Like immediately, immediately.

When the lymph massage was done I asked her a billion questions:

Why did I cough?

Why did I have to pee?

What was draining? 

What are the effects?

How long does this last? 

AND OMG THAT WAS AMAZING!!! 

Basically she said the cough was a natural reaction after the lymph system drains. It’s totally normal & it’s the body releasing toxins. The immediate need to pee? Even more normal. When you get a lymph drainage massage it cleans the toxins out & they release through the kidneys. The draining was built up fluid. And the effects are clearing toxins out of the system while INSTANTLY de-puffing the under eyes. Instantly though, it’s crazy. The effects last for about a month. And how often can you get it done? She said once a month would be fine. The massage is known to relieve any pain levels.

Get this: afterwards I did not have ANY puffiness under my eyes. You know how in the morning your eyes are puffy? NONE, ZIP, ZERO. Plus I was SO relaxed in an energetic way ( if that makes sense ) & I felt detoxed.

So naturally the whole eye thing was mesmorizing because it was like a little balloon had been popped under my eyes. I went online & saw an article about Kate Middleton’s dark circles stating that lymph drainage would really help her under eyes. Weird right? If the princess needs lymph drainage massage, then I need freaking lymph drainage massage WAY more. LOL.

It also flushes toxins from the under arms, legs, pelvic area, & neck. AHHH, I LOVE DETOXING.

By the way, I’ve heard this massage is ideal for people who just got surgrey. You can read more here.

If you don’t have access to lymphatic drainage massage, follow this YouTube tutorial on how to do it at home & DRY BRUSH ( if you get one thing out of The Skinny Confidential, dry brush! ).

Did I mention I love Asia? It’s such a special place.

Sending love from Phuket! xx

FYI: if you guys know anything about lymph drainage massage, PLEASE give me more info. Obviously I am not super experienced with this kind of massage & I’m REAL interested in learning more. x

HELP ME. I’M AN OVER-PACKER.

The Skinny Confidential talks excess.
( Quick note before we begin: I’m not one of those bloggers that’s overly organized & plans 20 blog posts before I travel ( jealous of them, but so not me. LOL ). I’m a spur-of-the-moment kind of blogger. I like to blog as I go. One day is different than the next. So, on that note this post was not pre-planned. This is me blogging here & now…showcasing exactly how I’m feeling today. Not two weeks ago!! Just wanted you guys to know!! x ).

OK.

I, Lauryn Evarts, am a dreadful over-packer.

If there was a disease for over-packing, hi! Hello! It’s spread throughout my whole body!!

Is it absolutely necessary that when traveling I bring two iPhone chargers plus two Mophies? Three face scrubs? Ten pairs of socks? Four hats? Eer, 6 red lipsticks?

Thought process goes a little something like this: ohhhh, I have to bring my toner! And my moisturizer. What about the one with SPF? OMG, I need my rose face spray too! Eye cream is a must when traveling! Who WOULDN’T bring their pink Clarisonic? Ooooh I’ve always loved this lip exfoliant. AND YES, THIS WRINKLE SERUM, it’s life. I need a good serum while I’m traveling. Should I buy more raw coconut oil?

At this point, I’ve fully found a whole separate suitcase for face product.

Here’s the thing though guys: I only use like a tenth of it. I mean, tell me who really uses wrinkle serum on vacation? I try to be good but let’s face it: I’m chilling with a little coconut oil, some aloe rose face spray, & maybe a dab of lavender eye cream ( if I’m lucky ).

When we traveled to Phuket the airport security guard took coconut oil out of my carry-on ( I forgot to stow it in my check-in ) & looked at me like I was a million head monster with long claws.

First off, I was sad I didn’t catch the moment on Snapchat & secondly, I was a bit embarrassed because of the excess of products I packed.

WHAT IS WRONG ME?

Why can’t I go on vacation & pack light?? There’s something liberating about NOT bringing your whole, entire F-ing house with you while traveling. Why can’t I be like an effortless jet-setter?

SO. I’ve been thinking about this: & I’m breaking the cycle. I’m going to pack less. Live with less. And buy less in general.

If you’ve traveled to Asia ( & tell me if I’m wrong ): it seems that everyone doesn’t engage in excess. Everything, including food portions, coffee mugs, even champagne glasses, etc. is so much smaller. It almost seems like people savor more & really appreciate the little things. In America, it feels you always have have to have the latest & greatest gadget. Or the skin exfoliant. Or the latest black top ( even if you own 2343240 other black tops ).

It’s honestly exhausting to keep up!

Michael & I have decided we’re going to go through our closets, empty them out, & purge!! We will be donating half to charity & sending the rest to Tradesy, but all in all we are ready to LIVE LIGHTER.

( Should we also talk about the parka I packed just in case of a storm? Currently it’s a cool 90 degrees. SO FITTING. ).

The other day we looked at each other with our HUGE ( AND I MEAN HUGE ) suitcases & laughed. It’s fucking ridiculous.

I mean, I’ve worn the same damn palm print kimono for three days straight. We’re not even wearing a tenth of what we packed. SUCH A JOKE.

So call me Larry Lightweight because I’m done over-packing.

Thoughts on packing? Anyone have packing tips? Any serial travelers? Spill.

HELP ME.

- Lauryn

P.S. I CANNOT WAIT TO BLOG ABOUT THAILAND. It’s spectacular here! For more vacay pictures, follow TSC on Instagram. x

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Mini DeLites: Hong Kong Is On Point

The Skinny Confidential goes to Hong Kong.

The Skinny Confidential goes to Hong Kong.

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Hi from Phuket!

Like I said, Asia is amazing so I hope this post will express our lovely experience.

So. Hong Kong.

Hong Kong is like New York on steroids but at the same time it’s nothing like New York.

It’s a big city with a lot of hustle & bustle AND LOTS, AND I MEAN LOTS OF SHOPPING. Honestly guys, if I lived there I’d go broke. I’ve never seen so much shopping. Seriously everywhere we turned there was a huge-ass designer store or a cute boutique filled with pretty trinkets…almost to the point of too much shopping ( shit, I never thought I’d say those words…HA!! ). I bought this tiny Chinese coin holder ( which I’ll keep my herbs in, LOL ), some slip-on white shoes ( weird, I know, me? White shoes? ), and a little, black cross body bag ( it’s like a tiny, nano sized bag that crosses across the bod— perfect for holding a passport ).

Basically I wanted to buy all of Hong Kong because they have all the newest trends & their shopping is just on point in every aspect.

BUT there is SO much more to the city than just the shopping.

The Skinny Confidential goes to Hong Kong.

Tea time was HUGE for me in Hong Kong. We discussed this yesterday so I’ll let ya check out that post if you’re interested. I seriously turned into a cup of mint tea, I loved it that much.

Another really fun adventure was hiking The Peak. The Peak is this BEAUTIFUL, lush, green-y spot that overlooks the city. You can see the whole spectacular city if you hike to a certain spot. The Peak is magical in every way. Michael and I kind of, sort of hiked farther than we were supposed to…whoops. After The Peak we went to this super tourist-y restaurant called, wait for it, The Peak Lookout! Again, the restaurant was a view of the entire city. Gorge. After our healthy hike we enjoyed spicy pasta & chilled rosé aka summer water.

A real gem of a restaurant in Hong Kong was recommended to me by my friend, Annie. She’s been to Asia & RAVED about a specific restaurant- she told us we “HAD TO GO TO SEVVA.” Sevva is pretty much like heaven. Here’s how Sevva went down: we walk in & music is immediately on point ( first thing I look ( or listen ) for in a restaurant— if the music is off, the energy is off ). After we got seated under flowers that were hanging from the ceiling ( literally fresh flower covering the ceiling ), I ordered CHICKEN BONE BROTH WITH WHISKEY.

First of all, CHICKEN BONE BROTH rocks my life & with whiskey in it? Medicinal benefits x 3237925!! Shortly after we were served fresh cucumber cocktails, avocado/lemongrass ( lemongrass is everything this trip ) salads, & amazing cuts of grilled fish with truffle. And for the record, the atmosphere at Sevva was cool. Not like hipster, too cool for school, but just COOL. After dinner, the outside of the building lit up while a rad band played. Fun times. ( The chicken bone broth with whiskey though? That was the coolest. ).

The Skinny Confidential goes to Hong Kong.

The Skinny Confidential goes to Hong Kong.

Another different restaurant was Sushi Shikone. These master sushi chefs whip up the most raw, delectable fresh sushi while you watch inches away. The wasabi is the freshest I’ve had & their raw tuna was better than sex.

Here’s the thing though: it’s like seventeen courses. I cannot eat if I’m full. I just can’t. The feeling of an over stuffed stomach makes me cringe. I don’t like it. I eat until I’m 90% full & then I stop.

But Sushi Shikone? The food keeps coming & coming…& coming.

Quick story: Michael is very polite. He will sit there & smile & stuff his face even if he’s full. He’s also very disciplined. Me? Not so much, when I’m full, I’m full. So there we were on our 6th ( or was it 8th? ) course and I said to him “babe I’m full, I can’t eat anymore.”

Guys, you would have thought I told him our relationship was over. He was seriously embarrassed. So instead of letting me just tell the chef I was full, HE ATE MY PORTION TOO. I was dying. Basically he was stuffing his face full of urchin ( which definitely isn’t his favorite ). He looked like he was going to explode while I sipped my green tea. Sorry babe!

The Skinny Confidential goes to Hong Kong.

Another insane experience in Hong Kong: we had lymphatic drainage massages. THISSSSSSS…is a whole, big-ass post. I promise I’ll share details this week.

Ok, so the service in Hong Kong in general, is incredible. I’ve never seen anything like it in my life. Every detail is well prepared, thought out, & special. The people are all so accommodating.

Other highlights: our cab driver fell asleep while taking us to The Peak ( I woke him up by fake coughing ), we found an amazing craft cocktail bar in Soho called Quinary ( a must try! ), dim sum is everything ( YUM ), daily fresh watermelon juice, skin care ( I found this serum which I’ll talk more about that is like vitamins for the skin!! ), Ralph Lauren’s underground coffee shop ( see Michael pic ), & the people ( …the people are just really, really great— we even made a few friends : ) ).

I’ve been snip snapping away on Snapchat so find snippets of my travels under the username: laurynevarts.

Ok, phewwwww, long post. Sending you guys good vibes from Phuket!

Lauryn, xxo

The Skinny Confidential goes to Hong Kong.

The Skinny Confidential goes to Hong Kong.


Asian Tea Time: OBSESSED

The Skinny Confidential talks tea time.

Can we talk about tea time in Asia?

I don’t even know where to start. There’s so much to talk about tea-wise, YOU HAVE NO IDEA.

Firstly, I’ve become obsessed with some new practices over here & tea time is definitely first on my list to share with you guys.

SO: tea-time.

( I’m like barely scratching the surface in terms of really, truly being a tea-time connoisseur but here’s my experience in the last week ).

RULE #1: pick a specific time everyday. RULE #2: pick your poison ( AKA your favorite tea; I’ve become a die hard ginger tea lover bitch in Asia ). RULE #3: have a tiny sweet ( like a mini cookie, a little finger sandwich, or some berries ). RULE #4: there are really no rules at all but I thought the above three would be helpful.

Basically when I’m having my Asian tea time I REALLY commit to it.

Like I try to put my cell phone away ( hard ), clear my mind, & get in tea mode.

That’s how into tea time I am, guys.

Here’s the thing: we’ve been eatinnnngg. Like really eating. I mean the works, desserts, finger sandwiches, soups, big salads, filets, cookies, you name it. I guess let’s call it indulging? Don’t judge.

( Side: basically when I get back to California it’s time to strap on some ankle weights & not take them off for a few weeks. I’ll also be avoiding champagne & going heavy on the fruit/veg/fish/eggs. But let’s not talk about that boring shit because I’m still here…eating. And eating and eating ).

Anyway, I SWEAR TO GOD THAT TEA IS HELPING ME STAY SLIM HERE. If it weren’t for tea I would have easily already gained a cute seven pounds of sticky rice real fast.

I started thinking: why am I not gaining weight? I mean we’re walking & kayaking & moving but I should be packing on a few LB’s, you know?

And then I started examining my new tea ritual: I wake up every morning & drink real ginger tea with lemon. Then around lunch I have peppermint tea ( PEPPERMINT IS AN APPETITE SUPPRESSENT; some Asians are known to smell peppermint aromatherapy before they eat a meal! ). And then with dinner I will drink green tea with my dinner & end with more ginger tea. So ya, basically it’s tea lyfe over here. Tea for breakfast, lunch, AND dinner.

You still with me?

So I looked in to this whole tea theory & here’s what I found about my ginger tea obsession & weight loss ( info via ):

Stimulates Appetite – If you have a sluggish digestive system and find that you need to get your digestive fires going before a meal, ginger can help. It may be the case that you don’t produce enough stomach acid, and ginger can act as an appetite stimulant, getting your digestive juices revved up so that you are able to digest your meal better. Improper digestion of foods leaves them fermenting in your digestive tract, and can contribute to weight gain.

Helps with Weight Loss – Losing weight is one of the most significantly positive things you can do for your overall health, and ginger can play an integral role in the process. The reason is because it acts as a fat burner, specifically helping to make sure that the weight you’re losing is from fat, and not just general weight or water loss. Another factor that helps shed the pounds is that ginger helps you feel full, so you’ll eat less and feel fuller longer, reducing your overall caloric intake.

Relieves Tired Muscles – The sort of muscle tiredness you get after strength training is the type that ginger works best on. This means that your muscles will recover better and allow you to take part in cardio workouts on your off days. It means you’ll be more likely to be more active instead of being out of commission on the days following your weight lifting workouts. Increased lean muscle mass generally equates to natural weight loss as you burn calories around the clock.

Helps Manage Glucose Levels – Research out of Australia suggests that ginger can help keep blood glucose levels in check. This is important because these levels have a direct impact on weight loss and weight gain, as well as how energetic or lethargic you feel throughout the day. If you’ve noticed that you get a midday crash it’s likely due to your blood sugar levels, and adding ginger to your lunch might help you stay focused and on task. An all-natural alternative to products like 5 Hour “Energy”.

Helps the Body Absorb Nutrients – When you’re trying to lose weight getting the right nutrients is essential. But if your body is overweight and not used to getting the nutrients it needs, it may have become used to not getting the required vitamins and now it doesn’t properly absorb them. More ginger means that you’ll be better absorbing the sort of nutrients that will help you in your pursuit and get you better results more quickly with the same amount of effort.

( more ginger benefits here | more general tea benefits here )

Benefits of tea in general? This source states that:

Tea contains antioxidants
Tea has less caffeine than coffee
Tea may reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke
Tea protects your bones
Tea bolsters your immune defenses
Tea protects against cancer
Tea helps keep you hydrated

Nonetheless, I obviously didn’t know I was going to have such a strong love affair with tea while in Asia. I can’t believe the instant connection. It’s really quite the love story.

The Skinny Confidential talks tea time.

Let’s also touch on this: I’ve been really in to fully adding herbs to my tea.

Sound weird/sketchy?

It’s not.

And filling tea with herbs is just really damn good & filled with benefits.

I’m a lemongrass or mint girl myself. You?

Basically I’d move to Hong Kong for their tea time…Perhaps it’s time for me find another hobby while we’re here?

And just remember: IF YOU HAVE NOT HAD FRESH GINGER TEA YOU HAVEN’T LIVED.

Ok, fun chat- dinner time. x, Lauryn

* my favorite brand of tea in California is by Nume ( not sponsored, I just like it because it’s organic/non-GMO ).

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Lip Contouring: How To Get A Full Pout (WITHOUT LIP FILLER OR SURGERY!!)

 


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First things first, I live & die by this nude lip liner. If you invest in one thing out of this tutorial, this should be it ( << not sponsored, just realness ).

I have one I use for my eyes ( when the rims of my eyes are red, I use nude liner to take the redness away. A lot of people use white, but I find nude liner looks more natural & less 7th grade-ish. ).

And then I have a separate lip liner ( in the same color ) that I use to contour ( you read that right ) my lips.

Contouring your lips can be GNARLY.

BUT.

It can also be easy.

It’s kind of like saying you can go to the nail salon & get gels or you can just get a quick polish change ( AKA me. Every week. Polish change on repeat ).

Basically I’m not doing my lip contouring like nail gels. I don’t want to sit there for 429347528 hours. I want a quick little polish change.

But not a polish change, a lip contour.

Is my analogy making sense or did I just confuse the hell out of you?

The Skinny Confidential talks how to make your lips fuller.

The Skinny Confidential talks how to make your lips fuller.

Ok to make it easier, I filmed a tutorial. Literally Kermit the Frog on crack cocaine could do this. It’s not rocket science & takes a hot minute. Also, it’s WORTH IT.

TRUST ME. IT WILL MAKE YOUR LIPS LOOK 10 TIMES BIGGER, KYLIE JENNER STYLE WITHOUT SURGERY.

Maybe not Lisa Rinna-bigger, but close.

Ok, watch the video & let me know if you have questions ( I’ll make sure to answer them all ):

Everyone & their mom is adding filler to their lips lately. I haven’t tried it but if you have, PLLLLLLEASSSE tell me your opinion? First: did it hurt? Was it worth it?

No offense, but it seems like adding a little lip contour is wayyyyy easier than getting needles stuck in my lips ( which b t dubs, is like one of the most sensitive parts of the body ). OUCHHH.

What’s your take?

The Skinny Confidential talks how to make your lips fuller.

The Skinny Confidential talks how to make your lips fuller.

By the way, if you’re into the glossy finish & not the matte look, use Lip Venom. It’s one of my favorites if I’m having a glossier moment. Basically it stings the F out of your lips in the best way possible.

Ok, I’m off to contour my lips ( & my face ) for a night out in Hong Kong!!

- Lauryn, xx

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The Skinny Confidential talks how to make your lips fuller.

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