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Oh My Gosh! Do You Have Chickenpox??

Yes, that has been asked of me before… because of the many breakouts and the horrid acne I had on my back and shoulders.  Not cute.  At all.  Most women have struggles with hormonal acne at least once in their life and it always is at the very worst time.  Mine decided to come after baby #3, the handsome Baby Jeff.  Pregnancy and hormones hated me. 

Dr. Leventhal lived next door to me at the time and was just starting East Memphis Aesthetics.  I deemed myself her personal guinea pig for almost everything.  Juverderm in my lips, Botox around my eyes, Seraphim Skincare, Image products, Cranberry peels, waxing….pretty much everything.  The acne products were the worst struggle.  Nothing really worked.  Everything burned. I even had a chemical burn on the left side of my face from using an Image mask for too long!!!  UGLY!!!

When we first carried OBAGI we only had the core pieces of the Nu-Derm System and several other lines that included vitamin c and acne medication.  One day our sweet OBAGI rep(Jennifer)looked at my skin and said…”please try this Pore Therapy, and if you do, you will never use anything else!’ 

I feel like there should be some angels singing when you see this bottle for the first time…..

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From that moment on…. OBAGI Pore Therapy, has been my very best friend and go to product even when I am almost too lazy to wash my face(or I have had an extra glass off wine)

  1. It contains salicylic acid
  2. It is a liquid.
  3. It makes my skin feel cold when I put it on
  4. It smells really great.
  5. It is the ONLY product I have ever used that helps with blackheads and congestion on my face and shoulders. Prevents and corrects acne.
  6. Everyone that buys it and adds it into their normal Obagi routine(in place of Toner #2) LOVES it and is addicted.
  7. We sell out of it…a lot, becasue that many people love it.  

My supa’ handsome boyfriend tries to steal it out of my medicine cabinet.  He loves it.  People compliment his skin when he uses it..(he will probably kill me when he finds out that I outed him on-line…he wears camo out in public, like to Alchemy for date night…so he still has his man card!)

Teenage girl and boy clients of ours have seen GIANT progress in their skin from the OBAGI Clenziderm products.  The system is only 3 steps.  Wash, tone, spot treat.  ….and sunscreen of course. Image

Being in the 7th grade is hard, being in the 7th grade with acne and zits, is EMBARRASSING! 

Being 31 is hard, being 31 with acne and a zit, is HORRIBLE!

Being 45 is hard(I don’t know this first hand, but I sure hear it a lot)…Being 45 with a zit is TRAGIC!

Never fear….we will help you keep it all under control!

erica


Hey! Let’s Peel My Face Off

So, I see people walking out of our office everyday after having procedures done……and  I have a bunch of big events coming up, so I asked Mollie if she would fix me up!  I will be the first to admit that I haven’t been the best about using my Obagi lately at night and I really wanted a boost to get me going in the right direction.  When I told Mollie my list of concerns, 1) I only had the weekend for downtime, 2)I was going to be outside all weekend at soccer and football games, 3) I am a bit of a baby and I didn’t want it to hurt or burn, 4) I wanted to have a GIANT change in my skin and come out looking like Britney Spears.    She informed me that all the peels in the world were never going to make me look like Britney(Mollie can be very mean)   She suggested the Obagi Blue Peel RADIANCE.  It is made to be gentle on the skin, you will just experience mild peeling and redness and will reveal fresh, glowing skin!  Okay, I want fresh glowing skin, I am in!

I was nervous.  No idea why.

She started off cleansing my face with her “magic’ Mollie hands…

I think Mollie’s work is the very best.  She calmed me down immediately.

After cleaning she started going over what exactly was going to happen…..

All cleansed and ready to go!!

First she starts with the first layer of the peel…it was tingly and burned a tiny bit, not a lot but just a little…..

So I used the fan to “cool” me off

I could feel the solution getting tighter on my face and Mollie informed me that this was the process called “frosting”

It’s when the peel is doing it’s very best work!!  I was pretty excited at this point!

This stayed on my face for about 5 minutes before Mollie added the 2nd layer and then I had another “frosting”

I was just hanging out thinking about how awesome my skin was going to look this weekend!!!

You actually leave the office with the peel solution on your face…..I had no idea of this! And the longer you leave it on without washing off is best.

So she just loaded me down with the Obagi Sunshield SPF 50 and sent me on my way!

I was ready to go and very excited to see my results!

Home to grab a hat and off to football I went!  Some of the white was left on my face but it really wasn’t noticeable at all.

I washed my face that night with Obagi Gentle Cleanser and went to bed.

During this process…Treat the skin gently.  DO NOT EXFOLIATE! about to two days after the peel you will notice mildly dry, red, or flaking skin.  DO NOT PICK! That crusty crusty crust will fall off on it’s own.

The next morning I was pretty red and felt really dry.  So I chose to not wear any makeup….I have the option of this because so many people knew I had the peel and knew why I was so red.    I was totally the mom taking pictures of herself while waiting in the St. Mary’s carpool though( I didn’t have a choice, people)

The dry feeling of my skin was made better by the Obagi Sunshield SPF 50…and I was very grateful for it.  I felt very tight before the peeling started.

Saturday morning my friend Allison insisted I go to Pure Barre, even with a peeling face.  I put a little Jane Iredale Tinted Moisturizer on and hit the road.

I threw on a hat afterwards and back to football.  Several people at the game asked about my peeling face, but I pretty sure only because of my post on our Facebook. They could already tell a difference in my skin!!  Whoop Whoop!

Sunday was the worst red peeling day….So I was sore from Pure Barre and my face was red and kinda nasty.  I cheated….I used my Clarasonic Brush that morning with some Obagi Foaming Gel…don;t tell Mollie.  I definitely got most of the peeling off my lower face but I could tell that my skin looked fantastic underneath.

(audrey didn’t care that I looked a hot mess a little bit)

Monday I went back to my same Obagi RX System routine and I have to say I am VERY pleased with the results!

I am the most excited that my skin look so much better without having to have a weeks downtime and I could go on with my normal activities!

After…..

It feels like I have an entire new fresh face…. So I am ready to roll for my BFF’s Bachelorette party this weekend in Nashville!!!!

This was EXACTLY what I needed for a little “get me all ready for fall and get this nasty summer skin off my face” pick me up!

After all of this…I, Erica Farmer, vow to use my Obagi every morning and every night..including the RETIN-A and not fall into the trap of skin laziness again!


Shhhhhh….

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Last week in my favorite(it shall remain nameless because I don’t want it to get too crowded) nail salon, I was enjoying a glass of wine and picking out my favorite polish, when Dr. Kris decided to join me! YAY!!!  Dr. Kris then requested a new file and pumice for her feet and things went downhill….We tried to explain to the sweet little woman, that nail fungus is spread thru pumice, files and soaking bowls that haven’t been cleaned properly.  She would just not have any of it…and told us in her best broken “American” that her clients didn’t have nail fungus.  They never saw it in their salon!  Unheard of!……Oh really, excuse me lady, but that foot of mine you are holding in your hand right now, has a nail fungus.  Pretty hard for me to not laugh in her face and go into a rant about it, instead I turned up that massage chair and drank every last drop of my wine:)

When we first starting treating, it I didn’t say a word….then Mollie and I were here in the office one day alone and I confessed.  I have it…nail fungus. GROSS.  GROSS.  GROSS.  I mean, really…I get a pedicure once a week because my feet are a rough from running.  How could I get this nasty funk?? Even the name of it, Onychomycosis, sounds disgusting.  So one slow afternoon at the office Mollie cured me of a lifetime of toe embarrassment with our laser:)

Hello, nasty nail salon!  We have all been there done that… walked into a place that wasn’t ever so clean, and thought, it will be fine, or I am in a hurry, I will just come here one time and I will go somewhere better next time. However, even the smallest cut in your cuticle or nail bed opens you up to the possibility of infection.  Then you go home later that afternoon or next day and go for a run…and then leave your tennis shoes on for a little too long.  The infection that crept into that tiny little cut by your toe,  has now started to grow a fungus…

Men get it too, and there is nothing worse than seeing a good-looking man then getting a glimpse of his funky toe in his flip-flops.  Gag me!!!

Covering mine with nail polish had been working with like a charm, so I was really skeptical about being treated because I didn’t want to walk around town with my funky toe staring everyone in the face at Kroger!  But come to find out, you can be treated and go straight home and re-polish!  Hallelujah!!!  No one will ever know!(except now I told y’all…don’t judge me, It is gone!)

Painless.  All you feel is a little heat.  Very easy.  Very confidential.

And the next time you go get a pedi, take your own pumice stone and file!  You can buy the same ones they use at Sally’s for dirt cheap!

http://www.emabeauty.com/laser-treatments/nail-fungus-treatment.html

Ex-Toenail Fungus Haver,

E


Everything I Need to Know…. I Learned From Steel Magnolias

Every small town has a beauty salon that is similar to Truvy’s(where gossip is queen and there is a ‘frig stocked full of Diet Coke)  I can still remember the first perm I had at Mrs. Barb Broadway’s.  I DID NOT want to go under the dryer, only for the fear of missing some gossip that was sure to come out of mother’s mouth(if you see her in town do not tell her I said that she USED to gossip)…….but there was always something good going on over at the salon, as well.  If ever anyone was in need you can be sure that the little Smithville Baptist and Methodist church ladies( “Oh, honey, God don’t care which church you go, long as you show up-Truvy”) would be pulling together to cook a meal, do a drive for winter coats, give donations so kids could go to church camp, driving widows to the doctor, and just generally taking care of the people in the community.  So I guess without the “beauty shop gossip” no one would have ever known exactly how to help, where to give money, time and food.  Some good things do come out of gossip and I guess it is up to you, what you do with the information. 🙂
Weddings in a small town are a BIG GIANT deal.  From the showers, to the colors, to the grooms cake(bleeding armadillo, HA!!) to the decorating of the “get away car” for the Bride and Groom….The whole town is involved AND invited!  It is a reason to party and the good Lord knows a Southerner loves a party.  Every wedding will result in the question…..I wonder how long it will be until the Bride and Groom have children of their own??

The friends that you tell you when you look like crap and need to “get your roots done” are the very best.  They are the ones who will come sit with you in the hospital when your child is sick.  They are the ones who will “love you more than their luggage.”

No matter how sick I get, It is never a good idea to cut my hair really short(bad idea, Shelby)

Laughter thru tears…It REALLY is my favorite emotion, and no one cries alone in my presence.

“An ounce of pretension is worth a pound of manure.”- Perhaps a quarter ounce of pretension would be acceptable.. Maybe, if kept to one’s self. It’s good to view yourself as important but when rubbing it in the face of others and treating them as inferior is the outcome, it is worth less than the fly that lands atop the manure or the dirt that lay under it.

“Honey, time marches on and eventually you realize it is marchin’ across your face.” – I don’t even know where to start with this one!!   It happens in the blink of an eye.  Let’s all take a few minutes and thank God for Botox, Juvederm, and Obagi.  I LOVE all three of them….Whew!

“I’d rather have 30 minutes of wonderful, than a lifetime of nothing special.”  30 Minutes is not very long…but a wonderful 30 minutes can make a day, a week, a month even.  In 30 minutes I can make cupcakes with my girls, Baby Jeff can rap Ice Ice Baby, I can talk to my Granny Katherine……I guess this really all depends on what you scale as “wonderful”

All gay men are NOT named Mark, Rick or Steve, however….most of them do have track lightin’.

Adella has yet to give me a kidney, but she has for sure always been the strong southern mother that Sally Field played in the movie.  And I am very sure that my friend group could rival the cast in the way that we all speak to one another and the fun that we all have together.

As a matter of fact, maybe I can get Chris Pugh to dress up like the Easter Bunny next year for our egg hunt!! And if anyone is feeling down in the dumps, feel free to “take a whack” at Aly or Emily today to make yourself feel better.

 

I think I will watch it ONE more time this weekend.

E

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


My protest against Nike shorts

As I look through our family photos and pictures of the kids from this summer, I can’t help but smile..and almost get tears in my eyes.  They have grown so much in just a matter of months and everyone is changing daily.  After I clear the single tear from my cheek, I see the photos a little more clearly and notice one thing, well…two things.  Tie Dyed shirts and Nike shorts.  EXCUSE ME!!!!  Did I not just spend the last two weeks of my life organizing everyone’s clothes?  HELLO(I said that in my best Linda White voice) children! I know what you own, JCrew, Gap, dresses and rompers from Sachi, Vineyard Vines!!   Why do you want to dress like little tiny Jerry Garcia’s about to hoop it up?  Don’t get me wrong, I wear them as well, sans the tie dye, and I guess that I am the one who purchased these items of clothing to begin with…but they do see me get dressed like a proper lady(I say that loosely)everyday for work and for date night. 

 This is not just at my house, I feel like Memphis and Northeastern Arkansas are in a Nike short epidemic.  They are everywhere!  Along with unkept messy ponytails and Chaco sandals. I want my daughters to know that it is fun to be a girl.  It’s fun to paint your nails different colors everyday.  It’s fun to try on 15 different outfits with your best friend.  It’s fun to buy shoes that are so uncomfortable you can’t walk 15 steps in them(I like to call those “sit and sip” shoes)  It’s fun to shop with your momma and your best friend and dress up to go to lunch.  Most who know me, know that I am not a girly girl…..I love to hunt and would rather fish than do anything else.  If I am not outside at least two or three days a week doing something at the river or the lake I am miserable.  But being a good mix and being well-rounded never hurt anyone!  You can wear camo and Columbia fishing shirts( I even saw a cute blue monogrammed one on Pinterest)at the farm and still dress like a lady in public.

(we really can look presentable, I swear)

When I get home today……I am hiding every pair in my house.  From now on when you see the Farmer Clan, we will be back to dresses and cute outfits!(at least until we all go running or on a family walk…or deer and turkey season roll around)

Join me in the fight against the daily wearing of Nike Shorts

Erica


You Are The Best Thing……You’re The Best Thing Baby!!!

So…..maybe not, You Are The Best Thing(although I LOVE Ray LaMontagne) But WHAT are your best things? What makes you happy?  What has made your summer better? 

Just a little list of my own, no big deal

1. Baby Lips, by Maybelline.  I am a lip gloss addict and this stuff is over the top.  SPF 20-Everyone that tries it, LOVES it.  Smells great, feels great, and it’s way way cheap.  WALGREENS!!  I think I have funded the company jet since the launch of this stuff.  Fantastico!

2. La Croix– Flavored water does not sound that exciting, but I guess it doesn’t take that much to blow my dress up lately.  They sell this stuff everywhere in Memphis, and I am sure glad.  The grapefruit is my personal favorite and my kids even like the LIME!!!  Kind of a healthy sub for Sprite:) Calorie, sweetener, and sodium free.  ZERO calories. Drink like 12 a day….It doesn’t matter!  It’s water!!

3. Instagram If you know me, then you know I adore everything vintage and I take pictures of everything.  Even though it is a social networking site, you can download the app and set your account to private… just so you can edit your pictures on your phone.  I have even printed a few pics I have edited with the app, and they have turned out really great..plus they look like they were taken in 1973, and I like that:)

4. Monogrammed Jewelry–  I was so excited that my best friend was about to get engaged I ordered her one of these a month in advance.  I want one in every color but the this is my favorite.  These are such special gifts…and we live in the south, people, we monogram everything!!

5.  Gibson Donuts

Since our office is closed on Monday’s, we get to do one of our very favorite things…get donuts in our pjs!!!  It is by far the hands down, best place in Memphis to get the best service.  We have been going there since the kids were babies and Mr. Don always remembers us.  LOVE to support a local business and I swear those donut holes have a drug in them.  They literally melt in your mouth. Go “like” their Facebook page…http://www.facebook.com/gibsonsdonuts

6.  Chevron-  Pillows, sheets, chairs, dresses, purses, tote bags, stationary.  I can not get enough.  Etsy has a ton of chevron products.  Good luck once you get on the site…I can spend hours looking at all of the wonderful handmade and vintage items. www.etsy.com

7.  Latisse–  My best friend is getting married(did I mention that)and I want my lashes to be super long in all of those wedding photos.   This stuff works!  To be honest, I have never really cared about lashes before.  Nothing a little Dior Show can’t fix, right??  WRONG.  If you use it everyday for 6 weeks you will see a giant difference and you will be just as surprised as I was, to see what a difference those batty lashes make. 

8.  Buying Fresh Cut Flowers- Flowers are one of those things that are totally unnecessary but so lovely to enjoy. They just make me happy. Whenever possible, I love to buy freshly cut peonies ( my absolute fav) or roses and keep them at  my desk and in my kitchen.

9.  Glass Water Bottles–  My little girl has made me more environmentally conscious than ever before…but I despise drinking water out of plastic bottles.  It just doesn’t  taste the same as drinking out of glass!   So while walking through Whole Foods one day I saw…A GLASS WATER BOTTLE!!!  Covered in silicone in case you drop it, and in really great colors.  I have used it every single day since I bought it and we will be selling them at EMA next week!  WOOHOOO!!!  I can’t wait!!! 

10.  Thank You Notes- I love to get mail!  If I see my name and address handwritten on the outside of an envelope, I get a little excited.  No one does that anymore….In my opinion if you receive a gift, you write a note expressing your gratitude.  I have a slight addiction to stationary…I can’t even pass up the dollar aisle in Target or Michael’s without looking for cutesy kids paper and cards.  There are fantastic places in town to buy fancy stationary, and one of my favorite places is Menage.  The ladies there are so sweet and helpful and they carry the very best stuff around…wrapping paper, satin ribbon, great gifts, and the Christmas stuff(can’t even talk about it)  LOVELY!    Let’s all do the world a favor and be a little more thankful this summer:)  AMEN.

So what has been your favorite thing this summer?  Any great new things that the ladies of EMA are missing out on?  Comment on our blog for a chance to win OBAGI SUNSHIELD SPF 50….(without it I would have 1,000 freckles on my face) 

XOXO,

Erica


Pale living….

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I LOVE THE SUN!

there, I said it.  I love to lay on the boat with a drink in my hand and the radio up loud.  I have done it my entire life(sans the drink when younger, obviously) But, we have basically just lived at the lake every summer for as long as I can remember.  It’s the good life.  I hope and pray to live there someday.

And now I beg the question…..Pale or Tan?  I don’t want to be pale, but I don’t want skin cancer or wrinkles(although BOTOX is AMAZING)

Two options …Sunless tan or Wrinkles

Everyone has had a bad sunless tanning experience, but we like to think we are learning as we go and getting better everyday.  I have decided it is much better to deal with a sunless tanning disaster for 3 or 4 days than a giant scar on my leg, arm, stomach, or FACE from having a scary mole removed.

~SCRUB~ I can not say it enough.  Exfoliate big time.  Favorite scrub of all time is Jo Malone.. smells fantastic, leaves you crazy moisturized… but $85 later I am not sure it is that much better. However, guilty pleasure #127, Bath & Body Works(man, I hate that store) has a really great sugar scrub that I have used for years. It makes your skin glow and it comes in a couple of different scents.  (Energy, Sleep, Stress Relief)  They always have some crazy BOGO sale or sale of  lifetime going on at B&B , so you are sure to get a great deal.

~Moisturize~ I really think it is best to do this hours before just to make sure that everything “soaks” in and you can re-touch any really dry places(ole crusty elbows, gnarly feet, ashy knees)  Any lotion will do, but to treat yourself…..Bliss Body Butter is ‘da bomb. Whew! I love this stuff.  And I swear the lemon smell of the lotion combats the smell of the sunless tan.

~Where to Tan~ There is a sign for sunless tanning on every corner. Tan n Go, Palm Beach Tans, Sunless Mobile Tanning, Elite Tanning…the list goes on.  I, personally am not a giant fan of standing in front of a 20 year old with my undergarments off trying to get a fake tan(more power to you if you are) So….. to the Tan n Go I will GO!  Erica LOVES a good Mystic tan!  The booth talks to you…tells you where to stand and exactly what to do.

~Let Me Boss You Around~ Go to tan in your nastiest gym or yoga clothes, something that you do not mind getting messed up.  It may take you a couple of times to figure out how to hold your hands and arms,(and when and if you want it to spray your face) but all in all it is pretty easy.  I am super duper pale, so I always go with the Light #2, Mollie has a darker skin tone and gets Medium.  If you have an event, I would suggest going the day before, just in case there are any mistakes and you need some time to correct them.  Feet and hands are the absolute hardest!   Just exfloliate and mosturize(can’t say it enough) and be sure and wipe the bottoms of your feet when you get out of the booth with a baby wipe(SCRUB)  The “blocker” that they have in the tanning room needs to go in any little tiny crevice you are worried might get orangey.  Elbows, knees, hands, belly button and(under the boobies, shhhh, can’t say that on here)  I always stand around outside of the booth and take my own precious time  air drying.  It’s the secret to not getting streaks and marks in weird places.  If you mess up, use a cotton ball with some nail polish remover to even out the a spots and a pumice or foot file to those feet.

~Maintain~  The more you exfloliate the more the tan comes off……so in the shower for the next few days I choose to use a very light body wash and then moisturize with a coco butter that I get at Whole Foods(Lord help me, I can not stay out of that place)   4 to 5 days is about the limit on how good your new tan will last, so on the 4th day….it’s back to square one and the exfoliation begins again!  WHOOOHOOO SCRUB!

I can’t deny, I have had my fair share of sunless mistakes and… Dr. Kris has been mistaken for Donatella Versace by her youngest child on one occasion. But as time goes by we learn new tricks and look tan and better all the time, with no wrinkles and no cancer(so that’s a good thing!)

You may not like it.  It may not be for you.  But as for me and the ladies at EMA…we will use the sunless!!

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