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MORE JAW DRAMA…LIKE IT’S ALWAYS SOMETHING

by
LAURYN

MICHAEL SAID IF HE HEARS THE WORD JAW ONE MORE TIME WE MAY DIVORCE.

Lol.

But seriously, I am sick of it too. Such a drag.

So basically as you guys know, I had double jaw surgery about 4-ish years ago. Well, recently I realized that my lymphatic system in my face wasn’t draining properly- this was causing me to swell up like a balloon any time I stepped on a plane, traveled to higher altitude, &/or drank too much alcohol. Even salt! Like forget it- one too many grams of salt & I was immediately Fat Bastard.

I was over it. Personally, I became convinced that the reason I was swelling so much was because of the screws & plates in my face. I mean it can’t be GOOD for you to have metal in your face blocking your flow. My acupuncturist told me this too- he said the screws/plates from double jaw surgery were JUST BAD. Especially because it goes against everything Chinese medicine says.

So I said to myself “fuck it- I want this shit out!”

{ MY JAW SITUATION }

If you can’t tell, when I get my head stuck on something, I get my head stuck on something. I couldn’t let it go.

So I found a jaw surgeon in LA ( as you know we recently moved from San Diego to Los Angeles ) & immediately booked an appointment. It all went well. We didn’t remove every single screw but the majority of them. Immediately after surgery I SWELLED RIGHT THE FUCK UP. Which is to be expected- it happens after an invasive surgery. But now, 3 weeks later, I am feeling better…& I should add: more contoured & less swollen than before the surgery. WHICH WE LOVE.

You could definitely say it was a success…& I am convinced my theory was right.

Anyway, so that’s my jaw drama. & while we are at it- let’s talk tips to fight inflammation because boy I am the fucking queen of that. AHEM:

♡ Watermelon juice!!!

Watermelon juice was my main request because it’s non-acidic. I like to add a TON of lime too. Lime is acidic but turns alkaline in the body. So watermelon x lime is just fucking gold. I’ve been downing it like a sorority sister downs Jungle Juice at a frat mixer. Watermelon juice is just perfect in every way. Go for the juicy red flesh at the center of a watermelon because it’s the only nutrient-rich area, forget the white part. The white part sucks, kinda. Some other benefits: watermelon is great for blood flow, it’s anti-inflammatory ( perfect for surgery ), & has TONS of vitamins and minerals. ALSO IT’S A DIURETIC. Cleans you out. Bottoms up!

♡ Next up, Mr. raw coconut juice.

I like this baby for its electrolytes. Raw coconut water is filled with electrolytes which REALLY boosts hydration. Hydration is key in sickness recovery. I always search for the pink coconut waters because supposedly they contain more antioxidants. This one is my favorite brand by far! Love it when it’s a baby pink mixture ( this happens only sometimes depending on the coconuts they get ).

♡ Heyyyy Kefir!

Since I had to take some more antibiotics for this surgery, I needed something with probiotics to coat my stomach. This kefir smoothie makes all the difference. Kefir is a whole different blog post but basically it’s “a sour-tasting drink made from cow’s milk fermented with certain bacteria. Also, a great source of probiotic bacteria and yeast, and requires daily maintenance, if using milk kefir grains. It is generally more sour in flavor and of a pourable consistency. Milk kefir may also be used in many, many recipes.” When I take antibiotics I ALWAYS balance it out with a probiotic. This is why kefir is amaze; it balances the antibiotic out by promoting good bacteria. This smoothie is simple. Nothing crazy because I definitely don’t want to shock my system.

♡♡♡ TSC Kefir Probiotic Smoothie

1 banana
1 cup kefir
Handful of kale
1 splash almond milk
Handful of ice
Top with cinnamon ( << an anti-inflammatory )

Directions: blend. Garnish with cinnamon & cheers!

♡ Now let’s talk about liquid gold!

A full blown Vitamin C juice!! My favorite…orange/carrot/ginger/turmeric. SO healing for the system when you’re in recovery ( or on any day ). The orange relieves constipation, is full of potassium, & again, turns alkaline in the system ( so it’s essentially NON acidic ). The crunchy powerfood carrot does wonders: they’re full of fiber & literally flush nasty-ass toxins from the body. SO cleansing. Ginger, one of my favorites, is a real life saver because it takes away nausea. And typically surgery brings on nausea, yuck. Ginger also reduces gas, has a warming effect, & stimulates circulation. Lastly turmeric root!!! My home girl. Turmeric ( like real turmeric. Ever seen it at the grocery store? It looks like a sick bug. You can actually buy it online too ) is the shit in juices. Turmeric root is INSANE for inflammation. I’ve been shooting it in shot glasses #rebel.

♡ ICE ROLL THE FUCK OUTTA YOUR FACE.

Here’s the deal. I’ve been doing ice facials since Sonja Morgan from RHONY recommended them after a brutal hangover circa 2014-ish when noble Countess Luann was yelling at Heather Yummie Tummie about being ‘uncool.’ It really wasn’t until my brutal jaw surgery that I discovered the IT beauty tip of 2016 ( AKA MY LIFE LINE ). IT FIGHTS INFLAMMATION- I DO IT EVERY MORNING. TRUST ME.

Let me set the scene, years ago: I was actively perusing Amazon ( SHOCKING, this is something I do on the regular ) & was searching ‘jaw surgery book.’ Weirdly, an ice roller popped up.

So I was like, “umm, yes. This will make life easier PLUS give me a little lymphatic drainage while I’m rolling downward on my swollen jaw.”

Added to cart……..& then shit, the rest is history.

Not only did I fall absolutely HEAD OVER HEELS in love with my ice roller ( I use the white roller with a blue handle ), I also entered into a committed relationship with my ice roller. Like I said: I use it every ( EVERY ) day, once sometimes twice a day for as long as it’s cold ( usually 2 to 3 minutes per time ). In fact, I’m grumpy if I don’t get to use it first thing in the AM! Bye swelling.

♡ Lastly: TEA.

This one isn’t really too healthy but it’s keeping me refreshed. I get a large Starbucks iced green tea with two splashes of passion fruit & no sweetener. Obviously this isn’t like organic, homegrown, gold star tea BUT it’s cold on my throat & feels good, plus it forces me to drink more water. And well, I just like it. Also, I’ve definitely been sneaking some mint chocolate chip ice cream because ‘help me, I’m sick.’ If you’re so healthy, lucky you, drink organic Numi green tea & skip the iced Starbucks.

♡ Oh, & another one not pictured:

I HAVE BEEN GULPING OWL VENICE BONE BROTH IN DISGUSTING AMOUNTS. I’ve been told it’s the best thing you can put in your system BEFORE & AFTER surgery. I add lemon & seriously GULP, GULP, GULP. A post on the broth can be found here.

ALSO: using Valor oil, taking massive amounts of arnica & turmeric ( I AM OBSESSED WITH TRUVANI’S TURMERIC TABLETS because they’re real deal turmeric with black pepper- I take them all the time ), using TONS OF ICE for ice facials ( which has helped me the most, especially this specific ice roller ), dry brushingdetoxingjuicing, applying real aloe vera/raw coconut oil, & also I’m really trying to avoid salt. ANY OTHER TIPS? Please share.

Before we go I also want to discuss pros of having double jaw surgery in the first place because it seems like it’s been an on-going thing. Also this is important because I receive a lot of DM’s on questions about the initial surgery:

SO, PROS OF MY JAW SURGERY:

+ I feel balanced now. I felt out of whack/alignment for my whole life. Towards the end I started to get used to being uncomfortable. Now I feel at peace. This is me now ( still have a long way to go, but this is without photo editing & no makeup- you can’t edit on Snapchat ). Swollen still, but coming down.

+ I haven’t been grinding my teeth AT ALL. This is huge for me because I’ve been grinding my teeth every night of my life to the point where Michael couldn’t sleep.

+ I haven’t snored once. This is another big one because I sounded like a freaking wildebeest when I was sleeping. Now I sleep like a baby without waking up in the middle of night…& Michael can sleep peacefully. This is AMAZING.

+ My bite fits together. Before I could only chew on one side of my mouth & my bite never fit together. Now my teeth fit together like a perfect puzzle piece & my mid-line is on point.

+ No more headaches, cracking my neck, or anxiety around my neck. I would also try to fix my bite myself by holding my jaw in the proper place. Because the issue was skeletal, it put major anxiety in my shoulders & neck. This feeling is gone, gone, gone.

+ Michael has literally seen me at my lowest point looks-wise, so I’m thinking he’s a keeper….LOL.

+ Lastly, my cheekbones look a little higher. A vain plus, but hey it’s a plus.

So that’s that. Thought I would share the process with you guys because you know I like to get specific.

I am off to eat a sourdough peanut butter & jelly sandwich because I got food poisoning last night. The culprit was either bad shrimp or bad cauliflower rice- you decide. If anyone has any food poisoning tips, I am all ears because man, do I feel queasy. Like I said- it’s always something! LOL.

HOPE YOU’RE ALL HAVING A PRODUCTIVE WEEK. See you tomorrow, lauryn x

+ to read more about my jaw surgery experience check out my other jaw surgery posts: still swollen | jaw surgery | finding energy after surgery

++ for more posts on how to recover from jaw surgery: facial massage | Gua Sha | cryotherapyhow to lymphatic drainage

TRAVEL PACKING TIPS

by
LAURYN


Hello, hello! This week The Skinny Confidential YouTube is back with a sort of travel vlog-ish / how to video. In this video I am sharing what I pack for a week in N.Y.C. we’ve been over what to wear in N.Y.C. what to do in N.Y.C. & the Victoria’s Secret 2018 Vlog.

But in this video, things are getting specific. We’re talking about the little things I can’t go a week without, the things I leave at home, and the little goodies I buy while traveling.

DETAILS:

♡ ARDELL 113
♡ EYE MASK
♡ FACIAL MASSAGER
♡ WISPS
♡ GG CRACKERS
♡ PEEL PADS
♡ CBD
♡ AIRPODS
♡ GOMACRO
♡ SOCKS

♡ ELECTROLYTES
♡ EYE MASKS
♡ CROCODILE CLIPS
♡ LIP CONDITIONER
♡ PINK CLUTCH
♡ DRENCHED BODY BUTTER
♡ CLEANSING MILK
♡ TAN TOWEL
♡ BLING WIPES
♡ INULIN
♡ VITAMIN CASE
♡ NARS LIP GLOSS

NO MAKEUP, MAKEUP LOOK

by
LAURYN

This week on The Skinny Confidential YouTube, I am sharing my no makeup, makeup look. This routine literally could be done anywhere when in a rus-, think planes, trains, and automobiles. In this video I share my step by step, under 10 minute, everyday makeup routine, covering the 5 W’s: who, what, where, why, when of each product used.

Also if you want to see a night time makeup routine using a Beauty Blender, you can see my full makeup routine here, and my Instagram Live makeup breakdown here.

DETAILS:

PINK HEADBAND

HAIR BAND

BEAUTY BLENDER

PRIMER

BEAUTY BLENDER HOLDER

BEAUTY BLENDER FOUNDATION

LAWLESS POWDER

WANDER BEAUTY HIGHLIGHTER

BROW PENCIL

LIP LINER

IMAGE LIP GLOSS

Thank you for watching. If you liked this video please comment what you would like to see next on The Skinny Confidential YouTube channel.

to find more posts on makeup: Beauty Blender | Glowy, Dewy Skin | Makeup Hacks | Makeup Breakdown | The Uber of Beauty

The Beauty Treatment You Never Knew You Needed: Why Every Beauty Expert Recommends a Silk Pillowcase

by
LAURYN

silk pillowcase gentle friction beauty sleep | by the skinny confidentialRecently we moved to LA & somehow in the move, I lost my silk pillowcase. And BOY OH BOY did I see a difference.

You guys, it was like night & day- I could not believe my skin, & my hair was more dry ( like waaaaaaay drier ), & I wasn’t sleeping well anymore. My hairstylist, Katie, even mentioned that she noticed I wasn’t sleeping on a silk pillowcase.

If you’re unfamiliar with a silk pillowcase the benefits include:

♡ hypoallergenic, naturally- resistant to the accumulation of mould, dirt, & other allergens that could be playing a role in any skin problems.

♡ smooths the face- you’ll wake up looking fresh instead of having pillowcase marks imprinted on your face.

♡ doesn’t absorb moisture- this prevents bacteria & odor on your pillowcase & also keeps hydration in your skin.

♡ good for your hair- see ya rat’s nest & split ends.

♡ great for any climate- Aspen or Palm Springs, you’ll be good.

♡ silk is natural; it’s spun by silk worms- the fabric contains 18 amnio acids ( << which are amaze for your skin ).

♡ looks & feels super elegant & luxurious.

According to this article by Taylor Time, “while you sleep at night, your skin is getting nourished by this beautiful silk. First the feeling of sleeping on silk is so luxurious and elegant but it’s also good for you. Most plastic surgeons and dermatologists can tell you when you go and visit them, they can see which side of your face you sleep on by the sleep lines on your face. Those sleep lines turn into permanent wrinkles. Because silky fabric is so soft and silky, your face glides. It’s not causing friction and causing sleep lines. Silk’s naturally hypoallergenic, because of the tight weave between the silk fibers, it doesn’t allow dust mites and other nasty things to get in there. It’s actually been tested and proven that silk is naturally hypoallergenic. And when it comes to cotton, it creates friction, which is why when you sleep on cotton you can wake up with sleep lines. If you’re putting those really expensive skin care products on your skin at night, where do you think that product is going? That product is actually getting absorbed into your cotton pillowcase.”

Um…are you sold yet?

Because of the drastic difference, I really felt like I needed to post on this again. Because if you’re not sleeping on a silk pillowcase your hair & skin is not what it could be.silk pillowcase gentle friction beauty sleep | by the skinny confidentialNow I’m back to my trusty silk pillowcase & my hair & skin feel way better. I’d even go as far to say that if you’re going to use an eye mask, you should use a silk one.

This travel set is a great value because it comes with a pillowcase & an eye mask. This brand also invented a gentle silk wash for their products, because we need to be careful with our precious silks.

Discover Night pillowcases is another brand I really like- Michael is a huge fan too. I’m basically obsessed because it’s anti-aging, anti-sleep crease, anti-bedhead, & it’s sort of like getting a beauty treatment while you sleep.

Silk pillowcases are recommended by plastic surgeons, hair dressers, dermatologists, all beauty experts, & I’m here to tell you…IT’S NO JOKE!

The silky, delicious, buttery fabric is something everyone needs in their bed. It makes sleeping so much better- along with my white noise machine, noise-cancelling headphones, salt rock lamp & silk eye mask. I’m basically Holly Golightly.

I’m off to get some shut eye & work on my skin & hair as I sleep. you know I love to multitask.

x, lauryn

+ Stalk my PM skin routine.

++ If you like this post, you’ll be obsessed with the one about my salt rock night light.

Get Some Beauty Sleep

SKIN CARE ROUTINE: GET READY MORNING ROUTINE WITH DR. MONA VAND

by
LAURYN

HELLO!! SKIN SKIN SKIN.

I LOVE IT- you know if you’re following along on IG STORIES.

I’ve been obsessed with skin since I can remember. Really though, I remember being like 19 under an umbrella with SPF & a huge hat on while all my friends were baking. To me healthy, glowy skin represents YOUTH! So screw spending a bunch of money on makeup, I would rather save it for skin.

You know a lot of people would call me PSYCHO. I like facials a few times a month- before you think this is excessive, WAIT! Number 1.) I get one hour of uninterrupted work done. Seriously- it’s heaven. Mo, who does my facial massage ( shout out to ShopGood ), creates this peaceful environment where I can get my self-care done ( check! ), enjoy aromatherapy ( check! ), AND return my e-mails/reply to DM’s/Slack with my team/add to social media. 2.) I LOVE A MULTI-TASKING MOMENT. This hour is efficient because I get to do a few things at once. Oh & 3.) the energy is ROCKING where I go. It’s quiet ( easy to work ), vibey ( calming ), & drowns the noise out ( so I can focus ).

ANYWAY- that’s another post. TODAY I am showing you my head to toe, current DAYTIME skincare routine with Dr. Mona Vand. We get into every detail of our am skincare routine- if you like this video you will also like listening to Mona on the podcast. ALSO- see our night time routine on Mona’s channel, hereWith that:

LAURYN’S ROUTINE:

+ PUMA JACKET
+ SPRAY TAN TIPS
+ COLLOSOL CLEANSING MILK
+ ELEMIS CLEANSING BALM
+ TATA HARPER MIST
+ GOLD NECKLACE
DR. DENNIS GROSS C
+ FACE MASSAGER
+ DR. DENNIS GROSS MOISTURIZER CREAM
+ GLOSKIN SUNSCREEN
+ CAFFEINE SUNSCREEN
+ LANEIGE LIP MASK
+ H FOR LOVE LIP MASK

MONA’S ROUTINE:

+ BEAUTY BY DESIGN 147
+ KATE SOMERVILLE DERMALQUENCH LIQUID
+ FRESH BLACK TEA TONER
+ JUICE BEAUTY FIRMING SERUM
+ JUICE BEAUTY PREBIOTIC
+ BAREMINERALS SUNSCREEN
+ JADE ROLLER

Fun! Did you guys like that? I sure hope so because I had to tape my phone to the window to film it ( it was a real dilemma- I couldn’t find my sticky phone case ). ANYWAY, I am always trying new products but these are ones I’ve been using & loving for the last couple months.

Would love to know your daytime routine. You know how people like to look at other people’s refrigerators? Well- I like to look at skincare routines. I’m a voyeur like that.

Hope you’re all having a productive, dewy week. Keep it real,

x, lauryn

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