Glow Medical Spa

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With traveling so much and constantly in the sun in between shoots, it’s extremely important that I take extra care of my skin, especially with warmer temps.

I was recently invited for a complimentary facial treatment at the Glow Medical Spa, and for obvious reasons, I immediately accepted. Upon my arrival, I was greeted by the friendliest people ever. I mean, if there were any awards given for great customer service, Glow Med Spa would have my vote!

 

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Before selecting the best treatment for my skin, I sat down with Mastaneh, one of the physicians, and discussed my concerns. Immediately after going over everything, I felt so comfortable with her, and knew I was in good hands. She suggested the Laser Facial treatment for my skin, which targets and treats, scars, blemishes, acne scars, age spots, wrinkles, amongst other blemishes. The Laser Facial is a non-invasive treatment that uses a high-tech process to augment your skin’s production of collagen. The benefits of this treatment are that it helps stop fine lines from forming. It helps produce collagen, giving you a glowy, younger, healthier skin.

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Although this was my first visit, I felt very comfortable with the staff. It’s true, it is very difficult to find a good spa facility that you can find trust in, but because Glow Med Spa had amazing testimonials and reviews, I knew I had nothing to worry about. They ensured me that I was in good hands, and I was. Mastaneh was amazing! Mastaneh educated me a little more about my skin – from what to use to what to avoid, and ingredients that are really good for your skin, which I’m all about. You can never be over educated with skincare, and I’m always open to learning new tricks and tips.

I had an amazing experience, and I would definitely go again.

If you are ever in the area or in need of a treatment, Glow Med Spa is the place to go. I highly recommend it.

 

http://glowmedspaencino.com

17200 Ventura Blvd #302 Encino, CA 91316

(818) 905-8815

Nature Queen

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It’s true, good hair days make me feel like I can rule the world, which is why I am a firm believer of making sure my hair is kept up and well maintained by using product that will keep my locks looking healthy. While I stick to a very basic hair routine, I do make sure to use the right shampoo and conditioner because happy hair, happy life, am I right?!

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Good hair doesn’t come easy. It takes time, effort and knowledge to be honest, which brings me to Nature Queen. After being educated a little more about their hair products and the ingredients that are in each product, I started questioning myself, “what have I been using this whole time?” With only using Nature Queen for a few days, I’ve definitely noticed a difference on not only the way my hair looks, but feels.

Their formula is made with a concentrated extract blend of 9 types of healing herbs that have been traditionally used by Asian women for hundreds of years, which I find so fascinating and interesting. Nature Queen helps with hair growth and scalp without any harmful ingredients, plus has a natural scent, which is simply the smell of the herb extracts and essential oils. I mean, can it get any better?! Their products are free of parabens, GMOs, sodium lauryl sulfate, artificial coloring and fragrance so I knew right away their products were for me.  And since there are no harsh chemicals, their shampoo and conditioner are also good for dyed hair, any infections, dandruff, oily or dry scalp, hair loss and hair thinning – even new moms who are going through postpartum hair loss. Major win win if you ask me!

I can’t remember the last time my hair felt this good. I don’t think I can ever go back to my original shampoo and conditioner. Bad hair days?! Ain’t nobody got time for that!

If your hair needs a little pick-me-up or just need a new hair regimen, I would definitely recommend to incorporate Nature Queen in your hair routine. For more, please visit them: https://naturequeenbeauty.com

xo

My Top Picks from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

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By now, the malls are probably the craziest and most hectic, especially because of the most anticipated sale of the year – the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. The only time I wish I had a sugar daddy (no offense Horhey). It’s the most dangerous sale, but most exciting because a lot of the brands that are normally super expensive get dropped to a more reasonable price that cannot be passed up, I meannnn. Lucky for us there’s online shipping so we don’t have to wait in ridiculous lines. We can simply shop form the comfort of our home.

 

So without further ado, here are my top picks from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale that are currently sitting in my shopping cart, because it is frowned upon to be in a store with no bra, sweatpants and a glass a wine.

 

WOMEN’S APPAREL

 

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BEAUTY

 

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SHOES

 

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ACCESSORIES

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xo

Acne Laser Treatments with AE Skin

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A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned in this post that I was going to begin acne laser treatments that consisted of 6 sessions. The time has come, and I’m so happy to share the end results with you.

As you can tell from the first two photos shown above (not edited), I had acne and blemishes along my jawline. I was very self conscious about it. I tried endless skincare products, even changed my skincare regimen a few times, but nothing seemed to work. Instead, it left me feeling very frustrated and helpless. I never suffered from acne growing up, so I was so confused. Then I realized it was “adult acne” (insert eye-rolling emoji here).

As a blogger, I’m always on camera and meeting new people at events, so suffering from adult acne made me feel very insecure. There were times when I would even try to hide my face. I’d skip out on attending events just because I didn’t want anyone to see my skin.

I decided to contact Dr. Alex at AE Skin, and discuss my concerns and see what he could recommend. That’s when he suggested I’d try acne laser, which was a 3-step process: a blue light, red light and infrared light, that consisted of 6 sessions.

I was a bit nervous at first because I wasn’t sure what to expect. Was it going to be painful? Would I really see results? What if it didn’t help improve my skin? I had so many questions. Luckily, Dr. Alex and his amazing staff answered all of my questions, and addressed my concerns.

It was not painful. They actually numb your face so you don’t feel a thing.

 

 

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As you can see in the last two photos above (not edited), there is a huge difference from the photos taken before my treatments. My skin feels smoother, brighter, healthier, most importantly my skin has cleared up significantly.

I feel more confident than ever. Even feel more comfortable wearing less makeup – and being on social media without makeup at all, which is the best feeling in the world. George has even noticed a difference, and has mentioned that my skin is glowing (insert blushing emoji here).

I would highly recommend scheduling a consultation with Dr. Alex if you have any concerns with acne. I am beyond happy with my results. My only regret is that I didn’t begin these treatments sooner.

Thank you to Dr. Alex and his incredible staff who made this experience so amazing and made me feel comfortable during every session. My skin feels and looks better than ever!

For more information, visit www.aeskin.com.

Also, click here to watch my testimonial video.

A E Skin
Alex Eshaghian, MD, PhD
15840 Ventura Bl. # 106
Encino, CA 91436
(818) 835 – 1833

http://www.aeskin.com

AE Skin

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photos: Stefanie M Mariee

For those of you who follow me on Instagram, you know that I have been receiving acne laser treatments from AE Skin. I’ve never had issues with acne before until recently. I noticed my skin was changing and I was getting ‘adult acne’. Dr Alex, suggested the acne facial treatment, which is suppose to help prevent my skin from breaking out, and improve the smoothness and texture of my skin.

I will keep you all updated, and share my experience after my last treatment. If you have any questions, please feel free to comment below or direct message me on Instagram. I’d love to answer any questions you may have.

For more information, please visit www.AE Skin.com.

TGIF!!!

xo

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Cardigan c/o Amadi | Top | Jeans | Boots | Sunglasses

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My Everyday Makeup Routine

 

I decided to share a few products that I use on a regular basis.

Hope you like this video.

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xo

OPI Fiji Collection

Alright boos, today I’m tackling one of the most asked questions on Instagram “What color are you wearing on your nails?” I’ve partnered with OPI to share their new and oh-so amazing Fiji collection that I cannot wait to try every single color. We’re saying good-bye to all the darker hues and welcoming the punchy brights and sweet pastels instead. From brights, pastels and bold hues, Fiji’s new polishes are giving me Spring fever. The new collection is so beautiful, and in this post, I’ll be sharing three different looks that I styled with three different spring Lacquers.

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New season new hues. A shift in season doesn’t necessary change much about what we wear. Sure, we shed a few layers after Winter, but from time to time, we still reach for the most trust-worthy color: black. Not today though. We’re steering away from the dark, moody colors and adding a punch of color with ‘Living on the Bula-vard!’ Infinite Shine 2 lacquer. I love wearing subtle colors and incorporating a pop of color to make a statement. It’s one of the easiest ways to make a quick statement, especially when you’re always on-the-go. This gorgeous color is also a very universally flattering shade that looks amazing on every skin-tone.

Look #1: Blouse | Jeans | Heels | Clutch (similar)

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My go-to wardrobe hues usually involve a lot of neutrals, so it’s no surprise why I chose this pastel beauty ‘I Can Never Hut Up’ Infinite Shine 2 lacquer for my next look. This color reminds me of a paint job on a classic car. It’s so vintage looking, yet great for an everyday look. Not only is it the perfect neutral color that can be styled with almost everything, but it’s also a fresh take on typical spring neutrals.

Look #2: Blazer | Romper  (similar) | Heels  (similar) | Sunglasses

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Neutral colors have always been my go-to because I like the versatility of it, but every now and then I like to mix it up with a bold color. I decided to style a monochromatic look with this denim on denim outfit and be daring with this bright ‘Do You Sea What I Sea?’ Infinite Shine 2 lacquer, which by the way I’ve received numerous of compliments, surprisingly. I suppose I should be more daring with my selections of nail lacquers. With the color-blocking trend seen all over the runway, this color combined with ‘Two-timing the Zones’ Infinite Shine 2 lacquer would be perfect for date night or even Valentine’s day.

Look #3: Shirt | Jeans | Heels | Sunglasses

Which look is your favorite?

xo

Vital Proteins Giveaway

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If you follow me on Instagram, snapchat or view my insta stories, you know that I always add Vital Proteins to my drinks (hot or cold). In case you are not familiar with their product, here are the Collagen Peptides benefits:

  • Promotes youthful skin, healthier hair, and stronger nails
  • Contributes to deeper sleep
  • Increases athletic performance and helps achieve a lean body
  • Helps keep bones healthy and strong
  • Supports joint health
  • Promotes healthy immune, digestive, and central nervous systems

Vital Proteins believe that whole-food-based nutrition containing collagen is essential for one’s overall health, fitness, and wellbeing. However, our bodies require an abundant amount of collagen and modern food processing has removed this natural, healthy nutrient. Supplementing our diet to ensure that our bodies are enriched with collagen is an important key to good health and a full life.

With that said, I have partnered with Vital Proteins to give one of you lucky boos one of their newest product – Vanilla Collagen Peptides. Yay!

Here’s how to enter:

  1. Follow @VitalProteins on Instagram HERE
  2. Follow me (@melrodstyle) on Instagram HERE
  3. Find the photo above on my Instagram & leave a comment telling us why you would like to try Vital Proteins.
  4. Tag a friend or two.

*** Please note: this giveaway is open to US residents only.

Winner will be announced on Friday February 3, 2017 via Instagram, so be sure to keep an eye out.

How I Edit My Instagram Photos

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“How do you edit your Instagram photos?” “Love your photos?” “What filters do you use?” The most popular questions I’ve gotten. Well, you asked, I answered.

If you scroll a few months down my feed, you’ll notice that my photos use to be very blown out, I would whiten every single background, even moody (love a good moody shot). I used to be very particular with my feed and how every single photo looked. I was OCD with the editing and filter usage. I kept my filters to a minimum (two I think), and it HAD to look perfect. “Now wait a minute… but my life isn’t perfect so why am I trying so hard?!”  Yeah, I know. Pretty silly right?… LAUGHING OUT LOUD.

My feed has changed since. Now, I just look at what looks best, which has lead me to use multiple filters. I love more natural backgrounds, still with moody/contrast tones as before. I just love that feel, ya know? I just post whatever looks and feels right to my liking… does that make sense? It’s not that I don’t care about what my feed looks like anymore, it’s more about liking how each individual photo looks rather than stressing if my feed looks consistent or if this photo looks ok next to the previous edited photo. I still think that my feed is cohesive and still remains somewhat of a consistency, however; in a more “go-with-the-flow” kind of way. I guess you can say that. I don’t know, it’s really difficult to explain it but you get the gist of it, right?!..

Anyways, moving on. I listed the apps and a quick rundown of the filters I use.

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Want to know my secret? Ok, are you ready? I use EVERYTHING! Lol, just kidding – but I kinda do.

A6: Aaahhh good ol’ A6 – probably the most famous & most used filter bloggers have used or still do. I’ve notice I use this every once in awhile. Not as often as I use to but still great, especially for photos you absolutely think are trash. This filter has saved a lot of my photos that almost never made it to the gram.

C1-C3 & E1-E4: I always play around with these to get the right tones. I can’t really narrow it down because while one will work for one photo, it may not necessarily work for another… Does that make sense?! I hope so… moving on.

J1, J2, J5 & J6: These have been some of my favorites for sure. If you’re like me, and like moody, these are great.

SNAPSEED:

I use this app to control the brightness and exposure of my photos. You can also tap a specific area of the photo to change the tone, which is ah-mazing!

FACETUNE:

This is what I use to use to whiten out the backgrounds of my photos. I still use it from time to time when necessary. It’s great to smooth out any blemishes. I also use it to remove certain things, people, stains, etc. that are photo bombing my photo… yeah, this app can do that.

LIGHTROOM:

I just recently started using this app even though I’ve (for some odd reason) have had this app on my phone for years. It’s great for selfies. 😉

So there you have it ladies & gents. I hope this helped you out, and as always if you have any questions, just leave me a comment below or feel free to email or DM me on Instagram. 🙂

xo

Car Essentials

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Today’s post is a little different but thought it was very important to share. As a blogger I’m always on-the-go, from one photoshoot to another, in between meetings and outfit changes in the car…. yup. Been there done that. Still do that. I realized how important it was to have certain items in my car while working. I decided to compile a list of items I feel are essential to have in my car, and also feel every blogger should as well.

  1. ‘Absolute’ Camisole: A simple camisole is so helpful when you’re constantly changing from one outfit to another, especially in the car.
  2. Cosmetic Makeup Bag Toiletry Travel KitTouching up in between photoshoots and/or meetings are a must. After all, you gotta look your best at all times. 😉
  3. Hair Ties Ponytail HoldersHelps keep your hair out of your face when you’re changing, plus these do not leave any creases in your hair.
  4. Trident Sugar Free GumNo brainer.
  5. ‘In the Wild’ ThrowAgain, very helpful when changing in the car.
  6. Titan Mall Plastic T-shirt BagsGotta keep the car clean.
  7. Band-Aid Brand Comfort-FlexAdhesive BandagesLadies and gents, we all have those shoes that are killer (literally), so having these around are major.
  8. Lil’ Lemon Drop Daily Detangler to Go BrushI cannot tell you how many times I’ve found myself regretting not having a hair brush in handy. There has been countless times when I see photos of myself where I can see all those loose hairs that make my eye twitch (insert eye-rolling emoji here), especially when I’m attending events. Not cute.
  9. ‘Detox’ Dry ShampooLIFE. CHANGING. Because no one likes oily/greasy hair. One of my favorite dry shampoos of all time. May I also recommend Batiste dry shampoo. That one is also my fave.
  10. Deodorant: When you look and smell good, you feel good. And that’s important… plus no one wants to be around someone who smells like onions. Barf!
  11. Mobile Power Charger from Pac2Go Portable ChargerAaaah… probably one of the most important things to carry in your car or purse, honestly.
  12. Travel Size Aloe Vera Spray for Face, Skin & HairYou gotta feel fresh, too.
  13. Aveeno Daily Moisturizing LotionBecause ashy elbows and knees are not cute.
  14. Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Lip BalmSo important to have, especially when changing lip colors for different outfit looks.
  15. Healthy SnacksWe all get super busy and forget to eat, which is so bad. I am guilty of this. We need to stay energize and take a moment to eat something or else we will crash, and feel very yucky.
  16. Dasani Purified WaterThis ties back to #15. Stay hydrated.
  17. Wet Ones Sensitive Skin Hand and Face WipesI have found myself wishing I had these or hand sanitizer.
  18. Makeup Remove Cloths: This ties back to #17.
  19. WizGear Universal Air Vent Magnetic Car Mount HolderHands-free is the way to be.

 

I hope you find this post very helpful. Feel free to share some of the items you carry around in your car.

xo

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