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Why You NEED A Facial Steamer

Updated: May 15, 2017
by
LAURYN

facial steamer | by the skinny confidential

I knew it was true love the second I heard about an at-home facial steamer.

We were podcasting with Jackie of The Bitch Bible & I said to her: “your face is glowing- WHAT are you doing?”

Jackie went on to tell me all about this easy, quick device you use at home. She’s not into a lot of fluff so that mixed with her dewy, perfect skin sold me.

Then I read her blog & she described the steamer: “Not to sound dramatic, I’d sell my future child for a facial steamer. It is one of the best things that has ever happened to me. My skin has never been better. The day you order this steamer is the first day of the rest of your life. Sometimes when I am feeling wild & fucking alive, I infuse my facial steamer with rose water or my toner and think that if Leo DiCaprio ever propositioned me for sex it would be solely because I’ve had a really amazing face steam…So just let that marinade.

I am in no way a product junkie. I refuse to spend excess money on products because I am both cynical AND Jewish and would rather buy clothes. Your face is your base!”

UM sign me up PLZ.

It’s just everything I love in one stop: hydration, skin priming, AND it helps with the effectiveness of beauty products.

GET THE DEETS:

What it is:

Bring the spa into your home with this professional steamer.

What it does:

Relax & indulge as luxurious micro-steam technology hydrates and purifies the skin in one simple step, revealing a dewy and soothed complexion in as quickly as nine minutes. An ideal way to begin any at-home facial, the Pro Facial Steamer enhances the benefits of any skin care regimen, priming skin for exfoliation, & product application and accelerating the absorption and effectiveness of products that follow.

How to use:

Cleanse your face thoroughly, then pat dry. Fill the water tank with distilled water ( I use bottled water admittedly ) . Turn on the device & steam for up to nine minutes. For dry, dehydrated skin, use for 8-12 minutes. For combination skin, use for 12-15 minutes. For oily skin, use for 15-20 minutes. I usually do 15 minutes because I like intense.

( NOTE: I like to add some eucalyptus or peppermint essential oils to open up the sinuses- is this weird? ).

{ via Nordstrom }

Here’s the thing, ever since I was little I was into skincare. My mom was a freak about her own skin & yelled at me about sunscreen more than doing my homework ( which makes so much sense though, right? I mean considering the career choice? ). She preached sunscreen on hands & neck everyday. ALL DAY.

I remember doing at home facials with friends & we’d heat up a bowl of water & then stick our face above it to open our pores. Now this may sound nuts but even as an adult when I’m cooking pasta, I STILL DO THIS. Like the pasta is cooking & there I am sticking my face in a boiling bowl of lentil pasta.

I don’t recommend this hack by the way- I feel like it’s very unsafe?

So now I don’t need a boiling pan of pasta guys- I just need my at-home steamer…which is traveling with me right now…& may or may not have gotten me & Michael into a fight because it’s kind of the size of teapot. He for sure thinks I’m out of my fucking mind traveling with a giant steamer BUT in my defense we are in New York & the weather here is TOUGH on the skin. Southern California’s weather is way kinder on the skin. WAY kinder. So yes I’m justifying lugging around a facial steamer in my travel backpack.

This is for sure the one I like. And while we’re at it I’ve tried this brand’s Original Alpha Beta Peels too ( they’re like these wipes you use everyday ) & I LOVE them. You can feel how anti-aging, hydrating, & tightening they are IMMEDIATELY. No waiting game. After washing my face, I use one in the morning & sometimes one at night before bed ( then I apply cold pressed, unrefined rosehip or jojoba oil– you should know the brand I like has new packaging so don’t be thrown off! ). They also have them in 30 packets if you’re not wanting to commit to the 60 packets. They look like little wipe packets so you can throw them in your purse & use them in the car or easily travel with them which is very ideal.

Oh & in regards to the steamer, I found a less expensive version too for you guys ( that’s pink!! ). But I’m pretty sold on this one.

On Friday I went to the NewBeauty Conference in NYC & learned all about new products so it was fun to learn more about something I already love. Excited to keep trying products with updates on the good, the bad, & the ugly.

BTW none of this is sponsored, it’s just to go over some skincare products I’m using right now.

Also, I’m going to give away one facial steamer today for Mother’s Day ♡.

TO WIN…SIMPLY:

♡ SHARE WHY YOU NEED A STEAMER ON MY LATEST INSTAGRAM
SUBSCRIBE TO TSC YOUTUBE CHANNEL.
♡ EXTRA CREDIT: COMMENT BELOW ON WHY YOU NEED A STEAMER

…AND YOU WILL HAVE TO WAIT until the next skincare post to find out my latest OBSESSION that’s FREE & anyone can do- I’ve been doing it for a month & it’s so anti-aging. Stay tuned.

For so many good beauty tips/tricks, join TSC SECRET FB GROUP ( girls only please! ). I’ve learned so much from you guys- my Amazon cart has some new goodies to try. Anyway, if you haven’t joined, you should. It’s a safe, cool space to discuss anything & everything with no judgment & lots of positivity. To join simply search THE SKINNY CONFIDENTIAL & press ‘group’ & click ‘join.’ Hope to see ya there.

Happy Mother’s Day!

x lauryn

+ AND of course listen to the LATEST podcast with The Bitch Bible– she’s HYSTERICAL. A real hoot.

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lymphatic drainage how to | by the skinny confidential

Lymphatic Drainage: YES PLZ.

Updated: May 8, 2017
by
LAURYN

lymphatic drainage essentials | by the skinny confidential For those of you that don’t know, I’m obsessed with the lymphatic system. It all started when my friend returned from Shanghai a few years ago. She told me people would walk around the parks massaging their lymph nodes. Not a normal sight in the US so I was intrigued. I started dry brushing & became addicted to the feeling. Then when Michael & I traveled to Asia I got a lymphatic drainage massage.  LIFE-CHANGING. After that experience I became full-blown obsessed. WHY? Because the benefits of stimulating your lymph system and the feeling after are insane. Check it out.

stimulating your lymph system:

+ reduces swelling and detoxifies the body

+ increases immunity & production of antibodies

+ promotes healing & reduces headaches

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Lymphatic drainage isn’t just for your body. It’s also AMAZING for your face. You’ve heard me talk about the jade roller before and now I’m sharing my routine to really elevate your skincare game.

FACIAL LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE

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+ Starting with a clean face apply your favorite serum & moisturizer.

Choose a serum that suits your skin concerns. I love this vitamin c serum because in addition to Vitamin C it contains Vitamin E, Hyaluronic & Ferulic Acid, Organic Rosehip & Argan Oil, Sea Buckthorn Oil, Carrot Seed Oil and Pomegranate Extract.

THE JADE ROLLER HERE }

+ Using gentle pressure, roll in upward + outward motions all over your face.

Why a jade roller? Jade rollers help improve circulation, reduce wrinkles, replenish your facial muscles & revitalize the elasticity of skin. Jade has been used for thousands of years to maintain body fluid.

THE CLARISONIC SMART PROFILE UPLIFT HERE }

+ Massage over entire face, neck, and décolleté area.

If you’re ready to really step up your skin care game grab the Clarisonic Smart Profile Uplift. It’s like a regular Clarisonic on crack. EVERYONE needs one.  It drains your eyes & is great for your neck. This tool provides an anti-aging facial massage that is proven to reduce 15 signs of aging over the course of 12 weeks. I just started using it & I’m seriously in love.

The difference in my skin after beginning this routine is insane. What are some of your anti-aging secrets? SPILL!

lauryn, x

ANTI AGING ESSENTIALS


TSC Him & Her Podcast Episode 60: Alli & Cameron Webb: DryBar | by the skinny confidential

TSC Him & Her Podcast Episode 60: Alli & Cameron Webb: Drybar

Updated: April 28, 2017
by
LAURYN

TSC Him & Her Podcast Episode 60: Alli & Cameron Webb: DryBar | by the skinny confidential

This week on THE SKINNY CONFIDENTIAL HIM & HER PODCAST...

( 0:35 ): Today we have two very exciting guests. Alli & Cameron Webb, the founders of Drybar.

( 1:30 ): LADIES – have you checked out the Secret Facebook? It’s been SO fun to bring the community together and talk about anything and everything. No Judge Judy’s allowed. Go to Facebook & search THE SKINNY CONFIDENTIAL and click GROUPS then JOIN.

( 4:45 ): HIM TIP OF THE WEEK: How to take control of your TIME.

( 7:20 ): HER TIP OF THE WEEK: Let’s talk hair & the SLEEP BUN.

DISCUSSION TOPICS WITH ALLI & CAMERON WEBB

( 12:00 ): Lauryn asks: “Tell us your story & how you guys came up with this idea?”

( 20:00 ): Lauryn asks: “How did the branding begin?”

( 23:10 ): Lauryn asks: “How did the book come about after the stores?”

( 28:00 ): Michael asks: “What were some of the struggles along the way to get it to where it is now?”

( 34:20 ): Lauryn asks: “How did you transition into product?”

( 42:20 ): Lauryn asks: “If you guys had to pick ONE product that my readers need what would it be?”

( 44:25 ): Lauryn asks: “You guys have done so much. What’s next?”

( 46:10 ): Lauryn asks: “If you could go back and give yourself some advice when starting Drybar what would it be?”

Thanks for listening & we hope you enjoyed this episode. Be sure to join TSC Him and Her Podcast Facebook group for more juicy conversation.

lauryn, x

+ Find more Drybar: The Book, InstagramThe Site

++ Sponsors: Kopari | Blue Apron 

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CURRENT NATURAL BEAUTY STAND OUTS

Updated: April 28, 2017
by
LAURYN

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Ok so I’ve written a post on all natural beauty products before BUT today I wanted to dig a little deeper & discuss 6 that are really working for me. As you know I am constantly trying new products- HUMAN GUINEA PIG OVER HERE! So when I find a few standout, I take a picture, write down some notes, take some photos…& plan a blog post.

To make it as efficient as possible for you, I’ve narrowed it down to 6. OH & of course, I’m giving the 6 standouts away to one lucky winner. Read on for details.

With that, let’s get right into my 6 latest favorites ( IF YOU KNOW OF ANY I’M LEAVING OUT, please share! ):

LATEST NATURAL BEAUTY FAVES:

HYDRATION INNER BEAUTY BOOST:

OMG, really like this. Basically it’s from the brand, THE BEAUTY CHEF & it’s an organic, bio-fermented & coconut-infused probiotic. If you don’t have a probiotic YOU LOVE, be sure to check this one out. It seriously supports the gut. Don’t forget your gut guys! You take this formula as a daily shot ( my style though? ). The shot is a medley: aloe vera, lemon myrtle, coconut water, AND filled with probiotics. YES PLZ, CHEERS !

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GLOW INNER BEAUTY POWDER:

Speaking of the brand, The Beauty Chef, you also gotta try this gem: BEAUTY POWDER !! THAT’S RIGHT: an all natural powder that’s filled with antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, & extra probiotics designed to improve gut health and enhance the skin from the inside out. It’s kind of a drinkable tonic that you can throw into a berry smoothie. Ingredients? UM INSANE: organic Maqui berry, chickpeas, lentils, mung beans, rice, linseeds, buckwheat, millet, alfalfa seeds, quinoa, chia, pepitas, sunflower seeds, green tea, ginger, turmeric, & more. Plus there are NO artificial colorings, flavourings, preservatives, lactose, dairy or sugar…::DUMPS TWO SCOOPS INTO GREEN JUICE::

ROSEHIP OIL:

WELL DUH. You know this though. Not only is it…$8 bucks but it’s helped my hyperpigmentation SO much. I put it all over my face at night, mix it with CC CREAM, & even take makeup off with it. Rosehip oil kind of does it all. Plus it’s my fine line cure. I swear by this day & night. Make sure you’re getting the organic/raw version. Some rosehip oils can be SHADY! I always go for this one.

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BODY ELIXIR:

This is basically oils & Vitamin C on crack…I was sent this to try & it’s hard NOT to fall in love with it, you know? The elixir is full of bitter orange blossom, sweet iris stem cells, &…what else? Vitamin C. If you’re looking to soothe dryness, diminish the appearance of sun exposure, inspire collagen production ( RAISE YOUR HAND EVERYONE? ), & up your skin’s antioxidants- then this baby is for you. Plus the bottle looks pretty on a vanity! HA.

TATA’S ELIXIR VITAE:

OK this one is PRICEY BUTTTTT it’s definitely one of the best natural skincare products because I feel like it’s super anti-aging. Go for this if you’re looking for an all-natural investment ( it also lasts a LONG time ). This one is pretty much a skin reset. For the girl who’s fed up & wants something that kind of does it all. It’s known as “your ultimate weapon in the war against skin aging.” The reviews are all insane too- plus it’s 100% natural & non-toxic. Many people in the skincare industry highly recommend this magical elixir. Sign me up!

COCONUT BODY FIRMING LOTION:

It’s no secret that one of my favorite brands is Eminence…so are you shocked that I live & die for their body lotion? Also if we’re getting into it here I am a huge fan of their BODY sunscreen too. Arms, neck, & hands guys! Anyway, their coconut body lotion is the perfect post-shower lotion & gives you a nice dewy glow. DID I MENTION IT’S A BODY FIRMING LOTION?! That is right: firms & tightens skin AND is anti-aging. Filled with coconut, shea butter, & grape seed oil- just how I like it. If you’re into the science-y part like me, you should know it contains: plant-based hyaluronic acid, natural retinol alternative, green apple stem cells, & Biocomplex.

So there ya have it: your fountain of youth awaits YOU!

Oh, & I can’t forget the giveaway: going to give away all six of these on TSC’s latest Instagram picture. Head over to Insta for more deets.

Happy Thursday beauties,

X lauryn

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Boob Job Realness 1 | The Skinny Confidential

Boob Job Realness | Part II

Updated: April 28, 2017
by
LAURYN

Boob Job Realness 1 | The Skinny Confidential

Boone GOT A BOOB JOB.

HA, I KID but for some reason Boone was very much about this video. I feel like he thinks he’s a real star. Pixy made a cameo but she was a bit bored of Boone’s narcissism.

Ok so ya, today we are talking about boobs.

Boob jobs, boob tube, boob doctors, boob sites, boob everything.

Even some nipple talk too.

The main reason is because I did an Instagram LIVE on boobs last week & I felt like I didn’t get to answer every question. I have a weird thing with answering questions- always want to make sure I’m thorough with you guys, you know?

Boob Job Realness 2 | The Skinny Confidential

If you want an instant boob job & don’t want to go through the surgery, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this very amazing push-up bra. It’s the one I wore pre-boob job. Really it’s an instant lift & holds the girls up.

As you remember we’ve talked about boobs before but there were some specific questions- hence the follow-up post.

Some SparkNotes from the first post before you dive into the video:

A question I get asked a lot: How do they feel? Well, they feel like a boob. I wish you guys could feel them through the computer HAHAHA. I’d let you. I mean, in all honesty if you really, really tried to feel the actual implant, you probably could. But I feel like mine feel pretty real. I guess you’ll have to ask Michael that question. He felt my boobs pre-boob job ( 8th grade #TBT ) AND post boob job so I feel like he’s sort of a connoisseur.

Oh & before anyone hops to conclusions about how I’m a hypocrite because of my healthy lifestyle & blah, blah, blah….

WAIT.

CONSIDER THIS: The reason I love wellness so much today is because my journey has paved this path to health. I am a firm believer that my past experiences have shaped my life today. Each & every experience has led me to share the importance of wellness, health, & balance. Without having ‘stuff’ or adversity or challenges, life would be a real bore.

If I were to sit here and say “I’m Miss Perfect who’s been healthy my whole life & never done anything wrong”, that would be pretty damn boring too. LIKE YAWN, YAWN, YAWN.

I’m here to say: I’ve been down & I’ve gotten up. I’ve been unhealthy & I became healthy. I’ve gotten a boob job & here’s what I learned.

This isn’t an excuse, it’s the truth.

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Also, getting boobies taught me a few lessons; this sounds weird but wanting something for so long & putting my own money together to get it ( I paid for them in full at 18 from a boutique job I had in high school ), taught me the following: 1.) how to make my own money for something I really wanted, 2.) the drive to get what I wanted when I wanted it on my own terms, & 3.) PATIENCE- because well, shit. I had to save for 4 years.

Also I feel like it taught me how to figure it out- & be resourceful!

Ok so, would I get a boob job today?

I don’t know. Probably, yes. I think I would. But I’d certainly do more research, eat healthier after surgery, & talk more to my family members/friends than when I was 18.

Oh & honestly, after I have a baby I’ll probably have to get new implants.

Everyone says you have to get new ones after ten years, but I’ve talked to a lot of plastic surgeons who say otherwise. I think everyone is different & you should do what works for you. Personally, I’m not going to get to that ten-year mark & be like “OMG IT’S BEEN 10 YEARS, I NEED NEW IMPLANTS.”

Because well, if it’s not broken don’t fix it.

Trying to be as transparent as possible here because I’ve gotten A LOT of questions & want to make sure I’m giving the full rundown.

If you want a boob job, don’t base your journey off mine. You do you. Everyone is different.

OK! More questions are answered in the video:

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OK to recap, we discussed:

Boob tube
Push-up bra I love
RealSelf
Boob job | part 1 post
Boob tube post
Dr. Harry Glassman interview

Wearing:

Top is Nightcap & sold out | similar here
Black snake skin pillows
Lip plumper
Falsie eyelashes
CC cream
Powder
Brows
White nail polish

The Skinny Confidential on boob tube.

{ BOOB TUBE }

Ok so RealSelf is like the Yelp of plastic surgery.

Basically it’s the largest/most trusted online community for people interested in plastic surgery to learn & share experiences about cosmetic procedures. There’s literally like 9 million people who go to RealSelf each month to find out which treatments and providers are legit.

Plus the experiences are UNBIASED- which I love.

You can find tons of photos with medical expert answers. It’s like an online resource for those looking for the right doctor/clinic.

The best part? It cuts the bullshit out of it because it’s reviews/BTS/support from real people. They share their treatment experiences with photos, along with doctor reviews, costs, & candid, real deal opinions on what’s worth it ( or not ).

By the way millennial women in the US show higher interest in Breast Augmentation compared to any other cosmetic treatment on the site !!

And no, not sponsored by RealSelf- just want to make sure you guys get the 411 before you commit to a cosmetic procedure!

Leave any questions below- happy to answer them all. As you can see I’m very much an open book on this subject.

AND HAVE YOU JOINED TSC SECRET FB GROUP?? THERE ARE SO MANY GOOD, JUICY TIPS. I’m kind of obsessed with it. You guys are amazing to share all your tips & tricks with every girl in the group. JOIN IF YOU WANT A NON-JUDGEMENTAL, COOL SPACE TO ASK ANYTHING.

Alright! Going to bed, I was up at 5 AM today so I am POOPED- 5 AM & I just don’t mix. Anyway, we’re interviewing a rad guest tomorrow on the podcast so be sure to follow along on Snapchat.

Chat tomorrow, x lauryn

P.S. Michael really, really likes them too. HA!

+ read part 1 of my boob job experience.

{ photos & video }

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