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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.

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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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“But, I don’t think I am ready for Botox!”

I hear it almost everyday…”Look at my face.  Tell me what I need.  I don’t think I am ready for Botox, yet. What have you had done? Why does your skin look so great? Oh, I bet you are like 12, you don’t even need anything yet.”

It’s a fine line between telling someone they don’t need a thing in the world done, and telling them they probably need 3 syringes of Juvederm, 35 units of Botox, and should start getting some laser work done. Dealing with women and the beauty of their face is a very delicate thing. 

I am not THAT young.  The ripe old age of 31 isn’t exactly spring chickenish…  I have done Botox, I have had some Juvederm and Laser Hair Removal is like a gift from GOD!  If you have lines in your forehead that a Mack Tuck could drive thru, I would say FOR  HEAVEN’S SAKE, do some Botox!  Lines in your lips from years of constant “duckface” for those prized self portraits in your iphone(or using a straw or smoking), get Juvederm!!    

Who cares what age you are…No one wants lines across their face, and life is a lot easier if you can’t make those nasty frowny faces.

People come here to look better, but mostly to feel better about how they look.  So….Good ahead! Do it.  We won’t tell anyone(and YES! You probably need it)

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