JOIN ME: Tons Of Fun On May 2nd

Hey Sistas!

This spring is off with a bang and can I just tell you, DFW has the most spectacular events. People here know how to throw parties and charity events. I’ve had more fun in one year than I had all 16 years in LA. Yes, seriously! 

I want to extend a personal invitation to two amazing events on May 2nd:

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The Blogger2Boss Conference May 1-2. If you are interested in taking your blog to the next level, you do not want to miss this conference! I will be speaking at a session on Sat, May 2nd and sharing my tips & experience on how to incorporate a V-log or YouTube channel into your blog and brand.

Blogger 2 Boss is DFW’s premier conference created for aspiring and emerging bloggers who desire to take their blogs to the next level. Hosted by the team at DFW Style Daily, this 2-day inaugural conference will take over the industrial-chic location of NYLO Las Colinas from May 1 -2, 2015.

Featuring top-tiered blogger and influencer panels, interactive presentations, product demos, unbeatable vendor shopping, networking opportunities, and educational breakout sessions – Blogger 2 Boss and its panel of experts will provide all of the need-to-know tips on how to advance your blog and get more noticed in 2015!

Check out the amazing lineup of speakers and the weekend agenda!

GET YOUR TICKETS HERE

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Now, once you leave the Blogger2Boss conference head over to Park Place for Accessible Luxury : Benefiting Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. 

Within a unique caring environment, patients at TSRHC benefit from a world-renowned medical staff and the promise of a brighter future, through the research and innovation driven by the hospitals five centers of excellence. TSRHC is consistently recognized as one of the premiere pediatric orthopaedic hospitals in the world.

What’s more fun and glamorous than combining fashion, cars, cuisine and jewelry for a wonderful cause!?! Check out the videos on the making of this spectacular event.

GET YOUR TICKETS HERE

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I love you Dallas. This city is filled with some of the most generous, fashionable and creative people.

Hope to see you at these events!

Love, Tiff

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OH TO BE OR NOT TO BE HYPER? By My Sis- Aesthetician & Wellness Warrior Natalie Bolton

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Oh the perks of youth…remember the hours and hours of hyper play in the summer sun? Oh, those were the days. Then something happens when we get older. We not only reminisce of those long summer days where perfect moments seemed to drag out like glorious dreamy memories; we also long for that energy we once had. That hyper excitement that would ignite with the simplest adventure was always available in full supply. Be it a new bike trail with your best friend Shelly or walking down by the murky river with your other best friend Becky; the average Tuesday afternoon would never disappoint. What else never disappointed?

That energy.

That enthusiasm.

That hyper, ready and willing anticipation for all things play.

Notice how I keep repeating the word Hyper. Not only do we miss the energy of our childhoods, but also somehow that gift of boundless hyper energy got traded in for hyper-pigmentation.

And here begins our post:

What is hyper pigmentation you might ask? This is Wikipedia’s definition:

“In dermatology, hyper pigmentation is the darkening of an area of skin or nails caused by increased melanin.

Hyper pigmentation may be caused by sun damage, inflammation, or other skin injuries, including those related to acne vulgaris.[1] People with darker Asian, Mediterranean, or African skin tones are also more prone to hyper pigmentation, especially if they have excess sun exposure.”

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Ok, in layman’s terms hyper pigmentation is more popularly called melasma (pregnancy mask), or liver/age/sun spots, and even “discoloration” from acne scars can contribute. These examples are only a few names for discoloration yet the list goes on and on. And to us…it is simply the highly annoying, splotchy, uncoverable, every-time-we-look-in-the-mirror-this-is-all-we-see BS that has us feeling less than amazing. This is hyper pigmentation.

So, it seems to be one of the many cruel jokes Mother Nature plays on us as we go from the spry vigor of youth to the seemingly forever-fracturing de-perfectioning process of aging.

But not all hope is lost. There are options, ladies. There are options.

And lucky for you, you are reading this post NOW. For this is the season of the peel.

PEELS are nature’s little way of offering us a little help where needed. A few benefits of having a peel can be brightening, improving skin texture, wrinkle reduction, and many other juicy nuggets of wonderment.

Enter option 1. THE ACID PEEL. (Aka my trusty “3 mask-eteers” I like to call them)- The Alpha Hydroxy Acids or AHA’s for short.

These are my most commonly used agents that I enlist in my protocol.

1-Glycolic acid-derived from sugarcane

2-Lactic acid-derived from milk (watch out if you are lactose intolerant)

3-Kojic acid-derived from mushrooms

Being Native American, Asian, and Eastern European I have a mixture of skin tones that benefit GREATLY from glycolic peels. Being olive or darker than average in color it lands me at a IV rating on the Fitzpatrick scale*. This means that I do tend to easily be a victim of hyper pigmentation. Cuts tend to want to scar more easily, and I could be more prone to acne scarring as well. So, glycolic on me is MAGIC! The molecule in glycolic is the smallest out of this acid family so it penetrates the deepest. Word UP! It’s awesome and I love it on my skin. Glycolic works on fairer tones as well. Most of my clients that are in the business of wanting a peel also dig the time-tested glycolic.

Lactic acid has the same benefits that glycolic has and is also less irritating and more hydrating. But if you are allergic to milk STEER CLEAR of this treatment and opt for another AHA option. So if you feel your skin is more sensitive (and you’re ok with milk products) talk to your esthetician about Lactic acid being your option.

Then there’s Kojic acid.

Kojic is a stellar skin lightening agent. Kojic acid literally stops melanin production therefore slowing and stopping the darkening of your skin. If you’re on hydroquinone, drop that crap like a bad knock-off Prada bag and talk to your esthetician about investing in Kojic acid treatments instead. Kojic is great for people with sensitive skin and the benefits over using hydroquinone are too much to list here.

It is always great to start a series of peels in the winter months, as we tend to be out in the sun less therefore reducing the risk of excessive sun-exposure. You never want to commit to peels in the summer as you are going to the beach, going on vacation, or still mastering (after all these years) the art of laying out on your roof. SUN SUN SUN…the enemy to peels. So, ALWAYS opt for winter sessions… AND ALWAYS ALWAYS WEAR SUN PROTECTION as your skin will be more sensitive to the sun and you could potentially make worse the very issue you are trying to correct.

 Talk to your professional about your allergies, risks, and the basic pros and cons of starting these treatments. And research for yourself which options would be best for you.

As for before, when I was hating on Mother Nature…I do it in pure fun. My true belief system is that we are constantly in a miraculous state of rejuvenation and repair. Our bodies, organs, and systems are so mind-bendingly intelligent that that self-correcting intelligence is within every function of our trillions and trillions of cells. So, I encourage you to err on the side of gratitude and acknowledgment for your beautiful skin, your intelligent internal system function, and your own ability to self heal. Our cells are always begging to thrive, not the other way around. If you find yourself a little unhappy with a condition you may be facing when looking in the mirror perhaps with loving thoughts and a little direction your cells will realign and recalibrate for the most optimal reflection possible. Your cells are programmed by the very thoughts you feed them. Feed them healthy thoughts. There is enough junk food in the world.

And if you are still a little gun-shy in the peel department, stay tuned for option 2 and 3 in the very near future.

You shine brighter than you think you do. Thank you for the light you share in this world.

 *Google Fitzpatrick scale to determine your own rating.

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photo-4-1From CBS’s SURVIVOR to skincare, Natalie Bolton has landed at Tamara Dahill Salon in Los Angeles. Having the opportunity to fulfill her desire to bring beauty, healing and a sense of well being to men and women alike, Natalie has found her calling. As a state-board licensed aesthetician and certified Epicuren specialist, Natalie enhances the appearance and condition of her clients’ skin and their sense of self. Her specialties include rejuvenation and anti-aging. Natalie is also an expert in the areas of acne and problematic skin.

In Natalie’s own words she shares her personal philosophy, “The mandate for my life is not only bringing beauty to people by external means with new technologies, and cutting-edge technique, my goal is to also refresh the spirit. I pray every morning to bring beauty to the spirit of everyone I touch-so they leave feeling more beautiful and at peace after they leave me. I want to live my life like that as well. I want to leave the world more beautiful than when I found it.”

http://nataliebolton.com

For questions or inquiries: Tamara Dahill Salon (818) 752-6567 http://tdsalon.com or natalieboltonskinscience@gmail.com 

If you want the latest beauty and health tips you can follow Natalie on Facebook and Twitter at: /msnataliebolton

Instagram: shetalkstoangelsrunswithwolves

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BE IRRESISTABLE by Plus-Size Style Expert Marcy Guevara

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Yves Saint Laurent once said,  “I have always believed that fashion was not only to make women more beautiful, but also to reassure them, give them confidence.”

What is confidence?  Can it be bought?  Can it be taught?

As a plus-size style expert, women of all sizes ask me, more than anything, WHERE I FIND MY CONFIDENCE.  I believe that SELF-ESTEEM and CONFIDENCE is something you have 100% control and power over in your life.

Here are three quick tips for starting to cultivate confidence:

First, it is important to acknowledge a few things you love about yourself.  You have to love the skin you’re in, because if you don’t no one will.  We all have problem areas, start to focus on your “positive areas”.  The more you complain about your thighs won’t make them thinner, so take a walk instead.  Your thighs may never get smaller, but the feelings of accomplishment, the fresh air and the energy you’ll feel after the walk are priceless!

Second, train yourself to be confident.  Everyday so many thoughts run through our minds that are negative, self-hating, self-shaming and cause us to break down.  You must begin to take these thoughts captive and replace them with loving and positive thoughts.

Third, affirm yourself.  Stop waiting for the recognition of others and affirm yourself. I love using affirmations to start my day. Write a few on a mirror or on a card you place on your desk or car and use them to build yourself up.  They can be as simple as “I love me” or as intricate as “I am an interesting, beautiful and unique person with lots to offer the world”. Get creative!

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How we portray ourselves to others attracts business, love, prosperity… draw people in with your confidence.  BE IRRESISTABLE. You have control over this. I hope you will take these thoughts and give yourself the grace to be a work in progress.  Take this challenge one day at a time so eventually you become the BEST you.

Marcy Guevara is a stylist, host and motivational speaker.  Connect with her at www.themarcyminute.com

 

DON’T BE SCARED! 5 Tips To Get Bikini-Ready by Guest Beauty Blogger Asia DeMarcos

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Hi Superhero’s in disguise!

Summer is here and you want to get yourself bikini-ready for festivities. Here are my top 5 tips to keep things looking smooth and pretty. Don’t be scared. Whether you wax or shave, getting things in “order” will keep you feeling smooth and silky for the pool.

1) The retro look may be in, but to keep you from yelling “Ohhh, Kelly Clarkson”, you’ll need to trim the hedges before your waxer does the down and dirty. Your husband may not have seen it in a year, but when your esthetician see’s it, she will be more grateful to have it less wrangley. Our hairline can grow in multiple directions, and it’s hard to see in the deep jungle ladies. So, to keep things less than painful- trim it up!

{Beautasia tip} To trim hair, grab it from the root and twist, cut with safety scissors, then throw it in the toilet. (buh bye, less mess)

 

{Beautasia bonus tip}To help from pain, Take 2 Ibuprofen 30 minutes before or for super chickens, check out  Relax and Wax- No Scream Cream – a topical analgesic you apply 30-45 minutes before your appointment.

 

2) Don’t shave in between waxing! The hair follicles grow at different rates. To keep things on a more even playing field, stick to your waxing schedule every 4-6 weeks.

3) DO NOT SHOWER OR STEAM before you wax! The skin will be softer and be more likely to tear or rip. YIKES. I’ve seen it happen.

{Beautasia tip} For you smell-a-phobes, use an unscented baby wipe before your appointment.

 

4) To help you from getting those nasty, ingrown hairs in between visits, EXFOLIATE! The hair follicle becomes weaker and can’t break through the skin. That will lead to irritation. Body scrub or exfoliating gloves are best once a week.

5) Shaving? In this case…It’s best to do after a warm bath or shower. The hair follicles will loosen up allowing you to get a closer shave. Be sure to use a cold blade, rinsing the blade with cool water to lessen the chances of razor burn. 

Hope this helps. I would love to hear if you have any great tips or products you would like to share in the comment section below. For something new everyday LIKE me. For quick tips and questions. Follow me of for skincare tips and funny videos, SUBSCRIBE! I love Pinning too! 

AsiaAsia DeMarcos is a Los Angeles-based, medically-trained Aesthetician, Makeup Artist and Beauty Blogger. She is the brains behind the “Hollywood Beautiful” concept, lifestyle, amusement and brand. Disguised as her online alter ego, “Beautasia” (Superhero by day, SuperMOM by night)  was created by the distress calls of men, women and teens faced with the challenges of juggling a career, education, and family, all while neglecting a healthy lifestyle.

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WHAT MESSAGE ARE YOU TELLING THE WORLD?

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Hello Summer Baby!

As I’ve shared before, I have gone through several periods in my life where I battled low self-esteem, poor body image and overall crappy confidence.  I know how it feels to look in the mirror and not like that reflection staring back at you. It effects every aspect of your life.  The message I was telling the world was that I was an unhappy girl and didn’t think I was worth it. Our image, body language and the look in our eye speaks volumes to the world before we ever open our mouth. The first recollection was at about 12 or 13 and people would say, “Oh you’re so pretty you should smile more”.   Hmmm- okay, but I had the ugliest crooked teeth and ended up wearing braces for 4 long years!  I also had skinny knock-kneed legs and to top it off I had a permed mullet in junior high.  *LAUGH OUT LOUD EVERYBODY*  The journey to loving myself and being confident in the fact that I am a child of God has been a long one and I believe my new message to the world speaks of grace, joy, self-worth, self-love and overall confidence. At least that’s what I intend to project even when I’m having “one of those days”. Thank you for joining me on the journey here through SOS.

 

MY QUESTION FOR YOU TODAY IS…..

WHAT MESSAGE ARE YOU TELLING THE WORLD?

 

A few days ago, a production company asked me to put myself on tape telling why I started blogging and doing videos.  I never really considered myself a blogger until the term “vlogger” was coined.  A vlogger is a video blogger, in case you weren’t sure.  Just like a blogger shares their experiences, knowledge, life lessons and tips, a vlogger does the same, but just speaks it on video or webcam.  Since my background is in television and working as an on-camera personality– this was a no brainer for me when I realized my true passion was to help women.  Check it out….

 

Can’t decide what nail color to wear?  ROCK TWO!   Allure has a great how-to-video achieving fabulous OMBRE nails. 

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Comment, Share, Tweet, Like or Pin this post if it inspired you. 

Have a wonderful weekend and take some “ME” time!

Ba-Bye May. Hello June! I sure hope your month was amazing. 

Love You Sista,

Tiff

 

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