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SAY BUH-BYE TO TECH NECK

Updated: March 18, 2017
by
LAURYN

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Oh me, oh my. If you’re like me you have a little something called TECH NECK.

Never heard of it? Well, it’s real. And the struggle is REAL, real.

So many women forget that the first place we age is the neck. And guess what? The cell phone sitch is REALLY not helping. I mean it’s making it so much worse than it has to be, you know? Now instead of being hunched over the computer like The Hunchback of Notre Dame, we’re crouched over our cell phones. All of us.

Like SELF Magazine says, “carpal tunnel is SO five years ago.”

So ya, now TECH NECK is everywhere.

What exactly is it?

According to Florida chiropractor Dean L. Fishman, D.C.: “it’s an overuse syndrome or a repetitive stress injury, where you have your head hung forward and down looking at your mobile device for extended periods of time,” he explains. “Don’t get me wrong: I love technology, but this is a global epidemic not just from texting, but from using all sorts of wireless media.”

Well, UGH. Another day, another discovery.

Sometimes TECH NECK will give headaches, shoulder/neck pain, & increased curvature in the spine.

But good news: I feel like I’m ahead of the curve here. Only because I am CONSTANTLY on my phone for work though. I noticed little lines on my neck a while ago & recognized the importance of fixing this QUICKLY.

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Here are 3 easy tips anyone & everyone can do. Ready? K:

1.) Exercises. That’s right. I’ve actually been talking about neck exercises since 2012…remember this post on “how to get rid of your turkey hanger?” We talked about how important it is to stretch your neck.

The best one in my opinion is BABY COBRA. Try it now, you can do it anywhere:

1. Begin by lying face down on the floor with your legs extended behind you. Keep your legs down and position your hands directly under your shoulders.

2. Keep your chin tucked, looking down on the floor, then slowly take your hands off the ground and squeeze your shoulder blades together.

3. Lower your upper body while staying in that position, then raise up and contract your glutes. Do this motion 10 times.

I’ve been so into yoga lately & I feel like it’s REALLY helping with my tech neck. Yoga has opened me up ( literally & figuratively ). Seriously I cannot say enough good things about the practice. I like non-heated yoga because I find a heated room VERY distracting. Yoga flow is more my style. Recently I’ve noticed my posture improving from taking my bi-weekly yoga class.

If you can, I love a good chiropractor too. He’s constantly stretching my back & it relieves a lot of neck pain. My chiropractor loves giving me at-home exercises to open up and prevent that hunched over look.

2.) Tip two is one I discovered recently. As you guys know I try a lot, a lot of products. Constantly the human guinea pig because I’m on the hunt to discover the best of best. This new skincare brand, NIA, sent me some of their products to try. First off, I immediately liked their branding…why? Well NIA stands for NOT INTO AGING. Yes plz.

Secondly the product is created for millennials, by millennials for millennial skin. ANOTHER YES PLZ.

The goal of the brand is focus on situational issues…AKA tech neck.

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They get it. Our lifestyle involves the phone. So instead of telling us to get off the phone, they have a little solution: TECH NECK LINE SMOOTHER.

This is a perfect serum ( I love a serum ) packaged in an on-the-go massage roller ( I also love a roller ). Basically you just roll it on your neck to firm & smooth the skin. It helps get rid of those pesky tech neck lines we’re all trying to avoid.

For the record I also tried their serum for the face & really liked it too. It was great for hydration & to smooth lines. Another fave ( if you’re on the market for a new mask ) was their whipped clay peel-off mask. Very into it because it’s a FOAM mask. It comes out of the bottle as this mousse ( like hair mousse consistency ) & you rub it on your face to draw dirt out of the skin. Here’s what I did the other day: I put the mask all over my face AND NECK & then after I washed it off, I used the tech neck serum. Using a mask on your neck is normal right? If not, I’m on a mission to make it cool.

Don’t forget about your neck!

You can find all these products at Ulta Beauty…be careful though there are SO many good finds at Ulta you may…hate me?

3.) Lastly, you know what I’m going to say here: sunscreen & a hat! Here’s the thing: prevention is KEY. If you have the option to keep your neck out of the sun- DO IT. I feel like the sun only makes my tech neck horizontal lines worse so I make it my MISSION daily to avoid the sun by using caffeinated sunscreen & rocking a hat…every single day. Kind of absurd, but so important.
Doing this makes all the difference & it’s so anti-aging in general.

Is anyone else with me here?

♡ | ♡ | ♡ | ♡

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PROTECT THE SKIN!

With that, I’m off to rub some neck serum on my neck & chest and watch the latest episode of Real Housewives Beverly Hills ( living for Dorit’s outfits this season ).

Are you guys into taking care of your neck? The sooner, the BETTER. You know how I love prevention…; )

Happy Tuesday!

X lauryn

+ DEFINITELY listen to the latest episode of TSC Podcast. LadyGang is on…we talk laser, vaginas, spray tans, fake hair, skincare, etc. 

++ palm print PJ’s ( << similar ).

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Getting Rid Of That Mustache AKA Brown Spots

Updated: November 17, 2016
by
LAURYN

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Hi, hi, hi!

Ahhh, fresh off the plane from our wedding & before I dive right into all the DETAILS ( I can assure you there are 6 to 7 million ), I wanted to share some randomness with you.

Ok so as we know I’ve struggled ( STRUGGLED ) with ‘Mustache Syndrome.’

What’s ‘Mustache Syndrome’ you ask?

Well it’s when you have a mustache. But there’s no hair.

Yes that’s right there’s just like a brown shadow.

No girl wants a brown shadow haunting their upper lip everyday.

I mean, hands anyone?

::: CRICKETS :::

Before I got married, I got fucking serious on my mustache.

I was just over it. LIKE go away.

There’s a couple different techniques I tried but what’s crazy is the one that worked WAS THE MOST SIMPLE OF THEM ALL. Allow me to introduce you to my favorite skin brightener on the planet: Eminence Organics Bright Skin Licorice Root Booster-Serum.

Here’s the thing: my skincare regimen is so simple, it’s almost painful how simple it is.

It involves a lot of rose hip or avocado oil ( I switch it up ), & this serum. If I have a zit, that’s a different story. But to be real I don’t get a lot of zits because I don’t overdo it on the product.

I’m a BIG, BIG BELIEVER that LESS IS MORE when it comes to our skin.

Oils have changed my life.

They fight fine lines, wrinkles, remove my makeup ( I HATE MAKEUP REMOVER LATELY ), & keep my skin moist ( for lack of a better word ?? ).

They’re game-changing.

This is the rose hip oil I like & this is the avocado oil I like. Both are pure, unrefined, & organic. I just use it in the morning before applying makeup and at night to remove makeup & then after the makeup is removed.

BUT there’s been another secret weapon.

First off, all of you should know that this is not sponsored.

I just really, REALLY love this product.

So much so that I’ve been dying to recommend it to you because it works better than anything.

I use this like 6 times a week in place of oil. Switch it up.

If you’ve read TSC Book you know I wash my skin with a bar of all-natural soap. Easy, painless, quick.

Then I apply either oil or this skin brighter.

A while ago I read the book The French Beauty Solution and they SWORE every girl in the world should have a god serum.

Serums are so underrated ( just like my poor oils ). A serum & oil are my recommendations 100% if you’re looking for clean, one-toned, glowy, dewy skin.

I’m getting off track but seriously SERUMS. This brightener is a serum. And the best I’ve tried. Plus it’s organic. The line, Eminence is my favorite too. Such great products.

So 6 months before the wedding I started using this serum about 6 times a week AND WHEN MY WEDDING CAME AROUND THE MOUSTACHE WAS GONE.

GONE GONE GONE.

I really didn’t want to do a brown moment while walking down the aisle, so this was incredibly ideal.

If you’re struggling with a brown mustache…or perhaps you have a brown spotted forehead ( I’ve been there too ), try this. PLEASE.

You will not be sorry.

I’ve actually been so excited to come back & do this post because if there’s one thing about The Skinny Confidential it’s that I want to provide value. Things that work. Things that aren’t 23948723987429 dollars. Things that anyone can use with insane results.

And well, this product is SO, SO TSC.

Every girl should own it. It’s $44 dollars, works, & makes the skin feel amazing.

I highly recommend getting a raw, cold-pressed oil & trying these two together with an all-natural bar of soap. Right now I’m obsessed with this goats milk & honey soap. Really, it smells like graham crackers…WHAT IS BETTER?

Of course, I also love my AM collagen eye pads.

Other than that I feel like my routine is very low maintenance. It’s not hard. It takes about 30 seconds in the AM, 30 seconds in the PM.

& for any lucky bitches that don’t have mustaches, you’ll still want this serum because it brightens.

By the way: I’ve found to avoid coconut oil on the face. My girlfriend, Erica, told me that it clogs the pores because of its thick consistency. So stick with avo or rose hip & you’re golden.

LASTLY: I will be Snapchatting my 30-second nightly skincare routine this week so make sure you’re following along! I want to make sure I’m showing you guys the exact breakdown. Username is @laurynevarts.

Ok SO in the upcoming weeks you can expect A LOT OF BRIDAL, WEDDING, CABO posts. BUT no fear, this isn’t turning into a full-on wedding blog. Like I don’t want to make you projectile vomit. Don’t want to overdo it on the couples thing. Just want to showcase the details in a pretty, valuable way!

I’ll sprinkle in other tips, tricks, recipes, & randomness & come mid December things will go back to normal. Good?

Ok, I’m off to enjoy a bun-less burger, extra avocado, with lettuce/tomato/sliced jalapeño AND some fries sans mustache.

Michael & I are overwhelmed with all your incredible wedding messages— honestly the wedding week wouldn’t have been the same without having you guys along for the ride. Fucking best readers EVER.

WE LOVE YOU, lauryn x

+ be sure to listen to the latest podcast. My best friend, Steve, is on & a lot of you guys have asked about his calendar advice ( remember this post? ). He’s sharing all his tips & tricks that have saved my life. We’re also kind of talking wedding!! Happy listening.

++ two new posts are live on TSC App too: tips for fighting a hangover AND how to fight anxiety. ENJOY!

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Getting Ready ♥

Updated: March 22, 2017
by
LAURYN

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When I’m not completely crazed & have some time to actually put some effort into getting ready, I like to make it an experience.

Like a pretty, girly, glamorous experience.

This incredibly girly experience involves: French jazz, candles, CHAMPAGNE & ROSE GUMMY BEARS (I swear they’re in every room in my house), lots of makeup, Pixy, the right skin products, & pink champagne.

Seriously though, getting ready for a night out is so much more relaxing & fun this way.

Instead of feeling rushed out the door ( ahem, Michael— you guys know from Snapchat that he LOVES to rush me out the door ), I get to really enjoy the process of prepping for a night out.

I will start a lavender bubble bath & turn on some relaxing music. GIRL TIME. If I’m feeling crazy, I will even wash my hair ( this is so rare though, it’s kind of pathetic ). Post shower, I dim the lights & start my pampered experience.

Oh, & by the way, if you’re drinking champagne while prepping you NEED ( like need, need ) to have a bowl of champagne/rose gummy bears close by. They go together like peanut butter & jelly. Trust me on this one.

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Which brings me to my next step: skin care. You guys already know about my skincare ( I blogged about it here  & here ). As you know, I use Elizabeth Arden’s SUPERSTART Skin Renewal Booster & PREVAGE® Anti-Aging Daily Serum ( these go together like champagne & gummy bears too— they’re just the ideal pair ). SUPERSTART holistically restores the healthy appearance of skin’s surface layer and boosts the effectiveness of your skincare products while giving it a plump, dewey look & makes my skin feel radiant.

I first apply SUPERSTART to my skin and then I layer on my PREVAGE® serum before putting makeup on & I ALWAYS make sure to put it on my neck. Can I just say that I’m SUCH a neck freak. Protecting the integrity of my neck & hands is JUST as important to me as protecting my face.

SUPERSTART has a probiotic complex in it ( you guys know how I feel about probiotics ) so it’s very fitting for me. PREVAGE® Anti-Aging Daily Serum reduces the look of wrinkles, sun damage, & uneven skin texture ( goodbye mustache! ).

When it comes to applying makeup, I prefer to take my time.

This definitely involves blending, contouring, fake eyelashes, & maybe a little lip brushing. If I’m going out, I really step it up a notch on the whole makeup look because typically during the day I just wear sunscreen, tinted moisturizer, & some brow powder.

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Also, when I have an extra 1/2 hour to get ready, I’ll straighten my hair, put frozen cucumbers over my eyes pre-makeup, add a top coat of clear nail polish to my nails, slather my body in coconut oil, & hell, maybe even get CRAZY & shave my legs ( shaving is the most annoying thing ever ).

And obviously this whole process is much more fun with a little bubbly & champagne gummy bears.

Is anyone else with me on this: having actual time to get ready is kind of, sort of fun?

…Even though, for me, it happens rarely because of Michael’s ‘let’s go, we got to go, we’re running late’ Panicky Susan personality.

x lauryn

+ red dress avail here.

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The Skinny Confidential Talks Anti Aging

Anti-Aging Tips Because Everyone Loves Prevention

Updated: September 19, 2015
by
LAURYN

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I am all about prevention.

Sometimes I feel like our generation is all about the NOW. No one thinks 5 years in advance. They’re just thinking about today, you know.

Not shockingly, I really try to AVOID this way of thinking when it comes to my skin.

To give a backstory on how I feel about skin: I don’t think about today. I don’t care about a zit. In fact, I’m not thinking about NOW with my skin. I care about the future. How my skin will look in 5, 10, 20 years. This is why I avoid the sun at all costs. People would say I’m crazy with how I avoid the sun…but you guys already know how I feel about that.

Anyway, these are some anti-aging tips that I practice on a day to day basis:

First & foremost, I avoid cigarettes. This is obvious. But I actually avoid people smoking them. I will walk away. I will even cover my mouth & nose. I will go as far to pretend I’m allergic. Cigarettes are SO aging. I’m not judging you if you smoke cigarettes, it’s your life BUT if you’re not going to think about your health & lung cancer, think about your skin too. It’s poison to skin— wrinkles, pigment, tired lines, the works.

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This obviously leads us to the next anti-aging tip: a quality serum. Again, obvious. But I’m a HUGE fan of not only applying serum to my face, but also my neck. You guys know I’ve been using Elizabeth Arden PREVAGE® Anti-Aging Daily Serum for the last year because it targets lines, wrinkles, discolorations, age spots, & sun damaged skin ( my hyper pigmentation struggle is so real ). The PREVAGE® product line focuses on protecting the skin against environmental factors, like the sun and pollution, using a powerful antioxidant called Idebenone. It is clinically proven to reduce the appearance of lines, wrinkles, sun damage and uneven skin texture. And I use it on my neck A LOT because the neck is where you see a lot of age. Sometimes I even use it on my hands. I feel like you can have perfect skin on your face, but if the neck & hands aren’t on fleek ( haha, first time I’ve used this word & definitely the last ) then forget it.

Like I mentioned after my morning skin hydration ritual, I stay OUT OF THE SUN & wear a hat too to further protect my skin. This means I even run errands in a hat. AND NO SUN ROOF or convertible for me, thanks.

Water & sleep are other obvious tips, BUT do you actually drink water & get enough sleep? Think about it. I realized I wasn’t drinking enough water last month & swiftly changed that by making it a rule that I consume THREE 1 liter SmartWaters a day. Now it’s a thing I do daily without much thought.

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Now sleep…the other night I slept 6 hours. The next day I WAS A WRECK. I am not someone who can live off 6 hours of sleep & frankly, I’m not ashamed to admit it. Americans especially sometimes brag about how ‘they only slept for 5 hours.’

I LOOK WAY BETTER, FEEL BETTER, & FUNCTION BETTER on at least 8 hours. At least. Again, not going to feel bad about it. I’m listening to my body. Ultimately, I believe water & sleep are SO anti-aging.

Another anti-aging tip is AVOIDING STRESS. Stress is a silent killer. This is the hardest anti-aging tip for me. I stress way too much. The other day someone said to me: “Worrying is like a rocking chair, it gets you nowhere.” Sooo true, ugh.

But I can’t help it.

I stress about Pixy’s upcoming vet appointment. I stress about family. I stress about getting all the laundry done. I stress about work. I stress about LuAnn on Real Housewives ( I kid, but her having that weird guy in her room on vacation did give me anxiety for Heather ). Anyway…stress raises cortisol levels which are so aging. This is one we’ll call a work in progress for me, k?

Lastly, one of my biggest tips: um DUH, I heal my body from the inside out. What I put inside, comes out on the outside. If I eat bad, I feel bad. I don’t eat meat unless it’s grass fed, I don’t eat salmon unless it’s wild, I don’t drink unfiltered water, I don’t overload on sugar, and I don’t overdo it with processed foods. I fuel my body the best I can.

I whole heartedly believe that these practices ( which aren’t huge sacrifices ) will make me look & feel younger.

It’s really surprisingly simple if you think about it: no smoking, a quality anti-aging serum, water, sleep, stress less, & eat clean.

Also, burning essential oils, mediating ( TRYING! ), listening to jazz, reading a good book, & a lavender bubble bath really make me feel like I’m making a difference? Maybe it’s not? But you get it.

Ok so, I’d love to know: what are your anti-aging tips? ALL RECOMMENDATIONS ARE VERY MUCH WELCOME! Let me know in the comments section below.

With love from under an umbrella, YAY, lauryn xx

+ favorite striped dress

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The Skinny Confidential talks organic tanning tips and tricks.

Look All Bronzed & Stuff For Summer 2015: Organic, Vegan Sunless Tanning Tips

Updated: April 18, 2017
by
LAURYN

The Skinny Confidential talks organic tanning tips and tricks.

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Ya, ya, ya we all know I avoid the sun like a sick plague.

But I like a little summer glow, you know?

That’s where my spray tan comes in.

I’ve been spray tanning since 1999. Literally though, lol.

Lately I’ve been traveling & working non-stop so I don’t always have time to do the whole spray tan ordeal.

When Loving Tan reached out to let me know about their DIY at home line and told me it was VEGAN (!!!). I jumped at the chance to try it out.

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And wait for it…the tanning formula is also: 100% natural, not tested on animals, contains no parabens, and is ORGANIC!! I mean if this isn’t up my alley, I don’t know what is.

I never put things on my blog that I haven’t tried, used, & LOVED. I don’t want anything ‘MEH’ on TSC. And lemme tell ya, I LOVEDDDD this product. I may even switch over to the non spray tan side & switch completely to this product. I feel like spray tans have a million chemicals spraying on to your body in a small area.

A lotion allows the skin to breath and it’s natural sooooooo…I’m very much about it!!

Also, let’s talk about red.

You know the color.

Having any trace of red in my spray/lotion tan just doesn’t work.

I HATEEEE RED TRACES. It makes the tan look fake, forced, & Snookie-ish.

Loving Tan is a natural olive color because it has active ingredients and contains DHA & an ingredient Erythurlose to eliminate orange tones. See what I mean?

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Casper before, casual Baywatch bronzed after.

Ok so, I’m very specific with my pre/during/post-tan tips. Like, very, very specific.

Here’s a couple I live & die by:

1.) Dry brush before you tan.

Dry brushing is the best exfoliation on the planet. I swear though, not only does it stimulate the lymph system, it also is an amazing pre-tan prep.

2.) Shave the stubble.

Obviously you don’t want to tan with leg hair. I’m always a prickly pear ( let’s be honest, shaving is such an annoyance…it’s also boring ). So I always have to remember to be shaved & ready for my tan. Also, I sweat using my guide before I shower & shave so that’s out of the way.

3.) Use a mitt.

I like this one by Loving Tan called Tan Removing & Skin Polishing Glove. Basically it removes all nasty-ass dead skin cells & old built up tan so your glow will last longer & fade evenly.

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4.) I know this sounds weird but I have to say it…

I don’t put any tanning stuff on my upper lip. I literally have a mustache from hyper pigmentation ( so chic! ) so an added layer of tan is unnecessary & makes me look like Captain Hook. LOL.

5.) Use an applicator.

This Easy To Reach Back Applicator helps you get to those annoying bits on your back. Make sure it’s slightly dampened first.

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6.) Apply the tan.

I like the medium shade ( it dries quick). And always use this Deluxe Applicator Mitt. No one wants product kind of just sitting on the skin. I like to make sure the product is really attached & blended. This little mitt is perfect for securing the tan to provide that sun kissed, sex kitten glow.

7.) Mani/Pedi afterwards.

I wait until after the tan for a mani/pedi and I usually only get a polish change because I don’t want to let my feet or nails sit in water ( it would create a line ). Polish changes are GAME changers post-tan. Besides no one likes overly tanned cuticles.

8.) MOISTURIZER, DUH.

Crusty tans are not so cute. To keep your tan look sexy, moisturize with raw coconut oil. It’s my favorite post-tan tip. Wait until the day after the tan is applied though.

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9.) Don’t lay in white sheets if you’re spray tanning!!

Literally know this from experience. Michael woke up next to me & there was bronzed snow angels all over the bed. I like to apply my tan in the AM and then shower before bed. After tons of trial & error this has worked best. With the new at home product I’ve been using, you can get in bed 2 hours after ( which is FAB ). You don’t have to worry about tanned snow angels with Loving Tan.

10.) Always wash you hands after application.

I feel like this is obvious? But it’s one tip I sometimes forget. I also use a baby wipe to clean the bottoms of my feet, nails, & toenails.

Ta-da.

Anyone else have any tanning tips? Spill.

x, lauryn

ps. use code ‘theskinnyconfidential’ at checkout to receive a free gift with purchase. x

The Skinny Confidential talks organic tanning tips and tricks.