Fuzzy, Wuzzy Was A…

Fuzzy was a….me. I am Fuzzy Wuzzy. Does anyone else remember that childhood poem? It was my absolute favorite! So,  you’re probably wondering why I am referring myself to a hairless mama bear? Well, for one, I am squishy-ish like a bear and secondly, I also just had my second round of laser hair removal on my face. I am noticing as the time goes on just how non-fuzzy my face is for once in my life!

Let’s rewind a bit shall we? When I was like 13 years old, I begged my mom to let me shave my face. Of course her answer was always no until she finally decided to give in. She let me use one of those face/nose trimmers to edge off all the dark peach fuzz off of my face. You see, with my genetics, I have always had incredibly dark hairs. It was never a thing where I shaved and it grew back in dark, which is a total myth by the way but we will save that lecture for another time. My entire family has dark hair. It only makes sense that I would follow suite and fit in with the rest of them. Even before I hit puberty, I had dark little fuzzes all over my face. As I got older, I  disliked my teenage beard less and less…it got really hard to not just shave it off without my mothers permission. But alas, I was a good girl and waited for her blessing and thank God she finally gave it. I have been shaving my face ever since.

It’s been almost twenty years and I still shave. No, I don’t have a man beard. No, It doesn’t grow in thicker. No, it doesn’t grow in darker. No, it’s not wiry pubes all over my face…however, if you do have a few “granny hairs” as I like to call them, this treatment is for you sister! I have a few myself that have sprouted the older I get and the rest is just dark colored peach fuzz like it always has been. As I have gotten older, I have discovered new ways of hair removal, one being dermaplaning and the other being laser hair removal. Since laser hair removal is more permanent, I figured, why not! So I have tried it and after my second treatment, I am so flipping impressed, it’s unreal!

To prepare for this treatment, I could not:

-Wax or tweeze for at least six weeks prior.

-No Retin-A, antibiotics, tanning/tanning products or skin bleaching.

The reason you cannot wax or tweeze is because the actual hair bulb beneath the skin has to be present for this procedure to be effective. When you wax or tweeze, that little bulb is removed, thus making the laser treatment ineffective. Skin bleaching is a big no, no because the laser used in this treatment is drawn to anything dark so if you bleach, it will be very hard for the laser to target those hairs.  Retin-A, antibiotics or tanning products simply because the skin can react in different ways in general, however, using these products can actually be dangerous to the skin. The kind of dangerous that if you have done any of these things, your procedure will have to be rescheduled and totally for your benefit. Rules are meant to be followed, not broken in this case!

Getting down to the nitty gritty, let’s talk about the actual procedure. Let’s not forget that I had this done on my face so the actual steps I list here could be different when this treatment is done somewhere else on the body..but back to the good stuff. When you get started, your skin will be cleansed to ensure that there are no traces of anything left behind that could alter the lasers ability to do it’s job. Next, you will have goggles placed over your eyes so that the brightness of the laser doesn’t affect your eyes. Then the real fun begins! Your skin care provider will begin working the laser in a complete pattern around the areas of concern..for me, this is the entire “beard” zone. The sides of my face, under my chin, under and above my lips. Voila! It’s a pretty quick job too, I can get the entire treatment done from start to finish in about ten minutes. I’ll add another fun tidbit while I’m at it. Ever smelled burnt hair? You’ll get a slight little whiff of that too, so be prepared!

For the most part, there isn’t any pain either. I’ve done the bikini area before and that was rather painful, however, it is a much more sensitive area. The face on the other hand is actually not all that painful. The upper lip though…I don’t know if you have ever seen a cat hanging upside down on a ceiling but that’s basically what I pictured myself doing the first time I had my upper lip done. It’s very instantaneous though. There’s pain and then it just mellows out immediately after. There’s actually a really interesting feature on the laser that instantly cools the skin when the laser goes off so it helps to soothe the skin. It kind of feels like a little surge of ice. Another factor to consider is that if you are a woman and you are around or on your cycle, the sensitivity in your skin is much greater than normal. And that happened to be the case the first time I had this done. The second time I had it done, it wasn’t shark week, praise Jesus.

Afterwards, you can expect your skin to be slightly inflamed and red for a little while but it does go down. You can go back to normal activities right after with no down time except for some mild redness in the skin. I went to Target right after, I didn’t care. Stare away folks..stare away..admire my iced peppermint mocha too while you’re at it.

The methods prior to the treatment are pretty much all the same for any part of the body but where you have it done on your body can differ in the after care. You can have this treatment done roughly every 4-8 weeks until your desired results are achieved! You can easily learn all about Laser Hair Removal by contacting Laser Skincare Of Louisiana at (337) 237-1116 to schedule your consult or dive straight into an appointment..go ahead, you little daredevil you!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by the office of Dr. Kevin J. Duplechain.

 

Smart Ways to Shop this Christmas

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I know it, you know it, we all know it!

With that said, we all know it means family, friends, The Griswold’s and Kevin McCallister, gathering, laughter, joy, the birth of our Lord and Savior, Santa and his reindeer, the sneaky little elf cramming cookies in the DVD player, the tree and the food that brings everyone together..and of course..shopping! Shopping, shopping, shopping! Did you know that roughly 165.8 million people shopped between Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday just last year? Holiday sales also surpassed the $1 trillion mark for the first time in 2018! All due to physical and virtual shopping! That’s a lot of money, y’all!

Clearly, we are a world who loves the spirit of giving when it comes to Christmas. I wanted to go over a few smart ways to shop this year. There are obviously a ton of ways to make your Christmas shopping successful and I will undoubtedly miss a few popular methods but I wanted to showcase some of my personal favorites as well as my close family and friends way of doing things.

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#1. Amazon

Here comes Amazon, here comes Amazon, right down my driveway!                                       FedEx and the UPS man sortin’ and shippin’                                                                                     Delivering all over the place!                                                                                                              Horns are honkin’, Mom’s are stalkin’                                                                                                Grabbin’ gifts, put’em out of sight                                                                                               Hang your stockings and say your prayers                                                                                      ‘Cause Amazon’s comin’ tonight!

Who sang this with me? It’s basically my fight song for Christmas because I am the queen of online shopping. There is nothing I love more than sitting at home in the comfort of my pj’s and shopping online. In fact, for years now, friends and I have all gotten together on Cyber Monday and let our children play while we all shop from our laptops. It is so much fun!

The first smart way to shop is definitely Amazon.  I’ve compiled what I think are the most time effective and realistic ways you can shop and save.

– Smile Amazon feature:

This feature is operated by Amazon. It has the exact same products, prices and shopping features as regular Amazon. However, the difference is that when you shop on www.smile.amazon.com, the AmazonSmile Foundation donates 0.5% of the eligible items you purchased to a charitable organization of your choice. For me personally, my nephew Kaden has Congenital Muscular Dystrophy and this happens to be one of the many organizations available for donation. I shop this feature year round because I love the aspect of giving in such a loving and effortless way. There are so many charities to choose from. This is not a way to save money but you aren’t exactly spending any extra money either as the donation is taken out of the purchase price from your order. If you aren’t already using this feature, I highly encourage you to start shopping smarter and making donations to causes that mean the most to you this holiday season and throughout the year!

-Amazon Prime:

Amazon offers a yearly subscription service that includes free shipping at a quick delivery turn around, prime member deals, streaming on music and videos and so much more. I have been a Prime member for quite a few years now and it’s convenience makes it all completely worth the yearly cost. Who doesn’t love free shipping? Technically you’ve obviously paid for it with the membership but I order so much and keep a lot of my household items on subscription so, it totally makes sense to have it. Sometimes I shop online and places want to charge an arm and a leg just to get it to my house so I will literally close out of it and never order it. Amazon Prime takes the stress out of all of your orders costing so much to be delivered to your doorstep. With all of this said, I realize that not everyone is just chomping at the bit to pay the yearly membership fee which is $119 or $12.99 a month. You can actually sign up for a 30 day free trial and just cancel before your first payment would be due. Hello! Perfect time to jump on that train, am I right? Not to mention, you can actually cancel anytime. Better yet, if you are a student, you can register for an Amazon Student account and get many of the same benefits as the Prime members do and get it free for the first six months. Verified EBT and Medicaid cardholders can get Prime benefits for a discounted price of $5.99 per month for four years max. See? Everybody wins!

-Amazon Wish List:

This is actually a super cool feature within itself. You can create different lists that are public or private and add to them anytime you want to. What’s also really cool is the items you add, Amazon actually watches them for you in the even there is a price change. You’ll receive an email about the price change and if it’s a better price than before, great! You can jump on your purchase for a better price! You also run the risk of that item running out of stock. This feature has it’s perks but if it’s something you just have to have and you know it’s a popular item, saving it on your wish list might not be the best choice.

-Deal of the Day/Lightning Deals:

Every single day Amazon offers deals. Each deal gives the time limit left for each item and the Lightning deals go way faster than regular deals. There’s a limited amount available so not only do they go quickly but they go faster due to the time given for the sale. You can also monitor upcoming deals and have Amazon remind you about the items you have interest in.

#2. Paribus

This is actually pretty new to me. As in, I just learned about it as I was searching out smarter ways to shop this year and write this up for you guys!

So this is actually an app you can download to your phone. You create an account and the rest is basically taken care of by the app from what I understand. You shop online like you normally would and Paribus monitors your confirmation emails and watches for price changes so you essentially, don’t have to! If a price drop is detected, Paribus lets you know and they help you get refunded for the price changed amount. So for example, if you purchase a $90 sweater and the price drops down to $75 dollars, Paribus lets you know about it and you will be refunded the $15. How cool right? I have already downloaded the app and I am basically just waiting for magic to happen at this point! Paribus tracks purchases from over 25 major retailers including Amazon, Target, Nordstrom, Walmart, Gap, Macy’s and more. As if this doesn’t sound exciting enough, they also monitor the return window for your items as well.

#3. Honey

This is actually what sparked the idea for creating this write up.  I was listening to the Rise Podcast this morning by Rachel Hollis. She is so good. Her words just bring peace and excitement to my soul in so many ways. In her episode this morning with Tim McGraw, they had a break and she started talking about this website called Honey. Honey is 100% free and you can look into it at www.joinhoney.com. It’s literally like three whole clicks and you’re done. It adds a web browser extension and you can go shopping anywhere. Literally, they serve over 37,000 stores. So you can shop away on whatever website whether it’s Target, Sephora, Nike or wherever and it automatically scrolls the web and finds discounts and applies it for you! I mean, who wouldn’t want to be a couponer right? Except now, you don’t even need scissors or a game plan, you just download this to your browser and continue living your life and get discounts. Sign me up!

#4. Black Friday:

So, I actually went black Friday shopping when I was like 14 or 15 with my Mom and sister-in-law. We got up at like 1 in the morning, drove to the nearest city which was about an hour away. We got in line which was already eons deep. We waited hours in the cold before the doors to Sears opened and we ran. Everyone ran. There was so much running. We get inside, we grab a buggy, everyone is still running. And then it happens..a little old lady on a mission ran over my achilles tendon and ruined every ounce of me that wanted to enjoy Black Friday Shopping. Sixteen years later, I have yet to endeavor on a Black Friday journey ever again. And I lived happily ever after.

On the flip side, I hear that the thrill of all the running and chasing after your most wanted items at discounted prices are exactly what people enjoy the most! I actually reached out to my network to see what the hype was all about and everyone basically said it’s all about tradition and making memories. For some, it’s a way for stay at home moms to actually get out of the house and do something exciting for once, which I think is insanely special! I think I can definitely relate to that, since I have started my Rae Dunn obsession, I have found myself running in stores, drifting buggies and grabbing all the things. Some love being in the crowds and all of the excitement associated with the Holidays. I get it. If you know what you’re running after, I say go for it. Make those memories girl!

#5. Shop Small:

When you shop small or locally, it keeps the tax dollars in your community and encourages others to start businesses and aim for growth. You will also undoubtedly get way better customer service. Those with small businesses care about every single detail from the items they market, to the way they’re created and the way they are delivered. You can also connect with the people in your community and learn more about the things and opportunities going on around you. Not to mention, when you buy from a small business, an actual person does a little happy dance. It helps puts food on tables, it helps pay for a child’s dancing class and ultimately, it helps to support someones dream.

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