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Botox vs. Dysport

Last year when I went home for the holidays I had so many friends and family members say “Wow you look GREAT!” Want to know my secret? I got Botox a week before going home for Christmas so it was in full effect! My forehead looked smooth, I looked more relaxed  and youthful, and it looked really natural and not frozen. I also had less issues with my makeup getting caked in my wrinkles (the worst). I loved the effects SO much, but then it lasted about 2 months for me and it by 3 months it was completely gone! I was so sad because that stuff is expensive. Recently I’ve been hearing more about Dysport and some people have been saying it lasts longer than Botox. I was curious if that was true and John Stuart was nice enough to write up a guest post all about Botox vs. Dysport.

💉BOTOX TALK!💉 ▶️🎥 to see it in action! A week before Christmas got Botox for the first time in my forehead, between my brows and a little near the outer corners of my eyes (30 units total) at @alchemy43 and OMG I loved it so much! I got it a week before Christmas and when I was in Florida for the holidays people kept saying how good I looked and I swear Botox is why because I just looked so much more fresh! 🤕Does it hurt? No it’s the tiniest little prick and it was all over in maybe 3 minutes? I did have a headache afterwards last time, but I was also dehydrated, starving and got stuck in traffic and I will definitely avoid all of that next time. Like I say in the video if you’ve ever had a facial with extractions (which I had 3 days post and is why my face is a little blotchy) they are like 100x more painful than the needle. 💸How much does it cost? I paid $9/unit for mine so it was $270 total. They asked me if I wanted my forehead to have movement still or be totally frozen and I said idk? But if you asked me today I’d say I’d be happy if my forehead never ever moved again. ⏳How long does it last? It’s different for everyone it depends on how your body absorbs it. For me my forehead was almost back to normal movement in 2 months and totally 100% back by 3. I was like 😭😭😭 because I loved it so much! It kind of made sense though because I’m never super sensitive to medications like some people are. It can last 6 months or more on other people so you never know! 👱‍♀️👩👵When should you get it done? I got it for the first time when I was 30, but definitely could have gotten it sooner. I have so much sun damage from tanning that really messed me up which is why I have such deep lines on my forehead. There is not lotion, potion, or cream that can make deep wrinkles go away (I asked my dermatologist) so if you are wrinkly like myself this is your most effective treatment by far. 🎊🎉Big event coming up and thinking about Botox? Like I say in my video you will see optimal results in 3-7 days (mine were seen at 7 days for sure) so get it at least a week before the event, but I’d probably do 2 weeks before just in case any adjustments need to be made.

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Most of us are familiar with Botox, the quick injection that irons out fine lines, crows feet and frown lines. It has been on the market for more than two decades and its reputation precedes it. It’s safe, fast, and efficient, a favorite among celebrities and non-celebrities alike.

However, few of us know anything about its rival, Dysport, that has been around for almost 9 years, predominantly on the European market. Dysport, also formerly known as Reloxin, is also an injectable solution that smooths out wrinkles through a process similar to Botox shots. The Botox vs Dysport battle will go over the similarities and dissimilarities of the two, highlighting the advantages of choosing one over the other.

Similarities of Botox and Dysport

  • Relax muscle tissue;
  • Both are Botulinum Toxin A;
  • Prevent muscles from contracting;
  • Temporary results;
  • Results last between 3-6 months.

Differences between Botox and Dysport

  • Dysport is cheaper than Botox;
  • Dysport is more diluted (but not less efficient) than Botox;
  • Dysport comprises smaller molecules than Botox;
  • Dysport kicks in faster (2-5 days) than Botox (4-7 days);
  • Botox is more precise than Dysport.

Dysport and Botox are very similar. Both comprise Botulinum type A which relaxes the muscles responsible for crows feet, frown lines and other types of wrinkles. There are more than 3 million Botox procedure being performed yearly in the US. The FDA-approved neurotoxins found both in Dysport and Botox offer temporary results.

Why Do We Get Wrinkles?

Because of repetitive muscle contractions caused by everyday expressions and normal facial gestures, wrinkles and fine lines generally start developing after the age of 30, when the production of collagen in the body decreases significantly.  

Certain facial expressions or habits will create certain types of lines on the face. For instance, the wrinkles around the eyes are called “crows feet” and are created by smiling and squinting. Frowning creates a line between the eyebrows, while smoking or frequently drinking through a straw results in fine lines around the corners of the mouth. In the same vein, raising the eyebrows causes forehead lines.

How Do Botox and Dysport Work?

Botox and Dysport do not permanently “erase” or “cure” wrinkles and fine lines. They offer temporary solutions by preventing the muscles from contracting and helping the tissue relax. A Botox or Dysport injection will target a specific muscle area and block the nerve impulse which controls the muscles’ contractions for a limited time. As a result, the relaxed muscles produce less movement. This, in its turn, decreases the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

How Long Do Botox and Dysport Results Last?

Botox and Dysport offer results that last for a limited time. As nerve impulses start reaching the muscle area once again, the muscle starts contracting again, which results in the reappearance of lines. A skilled injector should be able to keep the wrinkle-free appearance with the help of periodic Botox or Dysport injection sessions roughly 3-6 months apart.

Botox and Dysport Side Effects

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Small Business Saturday 2017

Good morning everyone! Just in case anyone has money left over after Black Friday, I wanted to give a shout out to some of my favorite small businesses for Small Business Saturday! Most of these are run by ladies who are also my friends! I see how hard they work and I am just so proud of them, so I have to support them however I can!


Loving my #crystal kit from @annabelledesisto @adderall_and_compliments! The pink 💖 shaped one is #RoseQuartz and this is from the website 💖Rose Quartz-It is known as the ‘love stone’ as the message it emits is the strong vibration of unconditional love, joy, warmth and healing. It has a powerful effect to aid your emotional healing & helps heal relationship problems.Rose Quartz is also a stone whose powerful love will resonate to the whole body and heal all chakras. Rose Quartz comforts and heals any wounds the heart has suffered, penetrating the inner chambers of the Heart Chakra where emotional experiences are recorded and stored. It dissolves the sorrows, worries, fears and resentments suppressing the heart’s ability to give and receive love, and replaces it with healing, comfort and inner nourishment.

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One of my best friends Annabelle (she was actually the one that got me to move to LA!) has a podcast and online store called Adderall and Compliments. At the shop Annabelle sells crystal kits for people new to crystals, healing kits, and manifestation kits, as well as crystal towers, kick ass kitten keychains, and kitten necklaces (her listeners are called kittens!) She runs this entire business out of her apartment from the ordering and inventory to the packaging and shipping and she has worked her butt off this year! Be sure to check her out especially since her whole site is on sale until Monday! Here’s a picture of me wearing one of the crystal dagger necklaces: Continue reading Small Business Saturday 2017

Nordstrom Black Friday Sale

It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with Nordstrom. In fact, I’ve already made a Black Friday purchase from there and it’s only Thursday… Be sure to check out my Black Friday 2017 post to see ALL the deals for ALL stores!!

Beauty Deals at Nordstrom Black Friday Sale

Nordstrom has the Anastasia Beverly Hills Aurora Glow Kit for 40% off! Now $24 (originally $40).

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Moonchild Glow Kit is also only $24! These colorful highlighter kits would be an amazing gift if you have a super glam girl in your life who gets adventurous with makeup. Continue reading Nordstrom Black Friday Sale

Sephora Fall 2017 VIB Sale – Shopping Tips + 7 Must Try Products

Sephora’s biggest sale of the year is almost here! Sephora’s annual VIB (Very Important Beauty Insider) Fall sale has began 11/3/17 for VIB Rouge Members ($1000 spent per calendar year) using the code 20FORROUGE for 20% off your purchase.

For VIB members ($350 spent per calendar year) beginning on 11/10/17-11/15/17 you can use the code 20FORVIB for 20% off your entire order as well.

The sale is open for Beauty Insiders (no minimum, free to sign up) and will be 15% off between 11/10/17-11/15/17 using the code INSIDER15. There’s no minimum purchase and all brands are included which is why this sale is such a big deal!! This sale is also available on the same dates in store as well.

PS Don’t forget to use Ebates to save another 2.5% off!

Sephora VIB Sale Shopping Tips

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Unique LA

Back in May I won tickets to a really amazing event called Unique LA and had the best time ever! I highly HIGHLY recommend checking this out and definitely bring your wallet because you are going to want to buy ALL THE THINGS! Like I was shook at how much amazing local stuff there was. I also went by myself and stayed all day and had an absolute blast!

“Your dollars make a direct impact in your neighborhood! The entrepreneurs you shop from at Unique LA are registered business owners in their cities, and therefore local taxpayers, so buying from them directly helps your neighborhood public schools, libraries, fire departments, parks, and more. How great is that?!”

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Tinsley Mortimer Beauty Secrets

Tinsley Mortimer is the newest blonde on the Real Housewives of New York City. The socialite and NYC staple must have some kind of Benjamin Button disease because despite being born 8/11/75 (she’s about to be 42!) she somehow still looks like she’s in her 20s. Tinsley has a classic, clean, chic, preppy style and is definitely not into change. One reason the Tinsley Mortimer always looks on point- she used to be a beauty editor at Vogue (source)!

“My Southern mother taught me to never be ashamed to wear a full face of makeup at all times. She started putting lip gloss on me in fourth grade. So it’s just sort of built in.” (source)

Tinsley Mortimer Makeup

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My Eyelash Extensions FAQs Tips and Tricks

My friend Jessica Jay (@msjessicajay on Instagram) has been doing my eyelash extensions for a few months and I love them so much! Here’s some

Eyelash Extension Basics

❣️Your typical basic “Falsies”/Fake Lashes/Fake Eyelashes come in either a strip, individual, or in clusters and are glued along the lash line to make eyelashes appear more thicker, fuller, and/or longer. They only last 1 day and must be removed before bedtime. You can sometimes re-use them up to 30 times. Check out my post False Lashes for Beginners for more info.

❣️Eyelash extensions on the other hand involve gluing special false individual eyelashes to the natural lashes. A strong adhesive is used to make the lashes last 2-4 weeks.

❣️I was initially afraid they’d look strange since I have blonde eyelashes, but the extensions completely cover my natural lash so this is not an issue.
❣️They did not make all of my eyelashes fall out, that being said @msjessicajay trained me well and I try to be VERY careful about them (see below). It’s also important to go to someone who is very good at what they do and who doesn’t use too heavy of a lash.

❣️Some people do DIY eyelash extensions at home, but you have to have a steady hand, lots of time, and tons of patience. Check out my post on DIY Lash Extensions.

❣️They are perfect for a bride/wedding and I made my sister (@hannahcburn) get hers done before her big day. I think they look better and more natural in pics than strip lashes. Don’t they look fabulous? Continue reading My Eyelash Extensions FAQs Tips and Tricks

Cameran Eubanks from Southern Charm’s Beauty Secrets

I’ve been a huge fan of Southern Charm since the very first season and Cameran consistently has absolutely amazing hair and makeup that are natural and effortless, yet incredible all at the same time. Since a lot of people have questions about her age- Cameran Eubanks aka Cameran Wimberly’s birthday is 11/21/83 making her currently 33 years old. One of Cameran’s biggest beauty secrets and the reason why she always looks so flawless- she used to be a makeup artist! (Source)

Cameran Eubanks Makeup

Cameran’s most recent beauty-related post on Instagram showed she’s loving It Cosmetics CC (color correcting) Cream which is a tinted moisturizer that she says makes it feel like you have nothing on your face. This CC Cream has amazing coverage, feels lightweight, covers up dark sports, and has SPF 50! I love it!! It’s my go to for day and night! Continue reading Cameran Eubanks from Southern Charm’s Beauty Secrets

Best Concealer to Cover Undereye Circles

If you have dark circles and discoloration around your eyes, you’re going to want to read this.  Here’s my secret to using concealer to cover up dark under eyes:

  1. Depuff: I used my Tarte Pack Your Bags 911 Undereye Rescue Patches ($22 for 4 pairs) that had been in the refrigerator to help reduce any puffiness. You can also go old school and use cold spoons! One of my new faves Mallory Ervin recommended these Tarte patches. You may also remember that Lady Sonja Morgan from Real Housewives of New York dips her whole face in an ice bath to help with puffiness!

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Sonja Morgan’s Makeup Secrets

Sonja Morgan of Real Housewives of New York City has really nailed the “I’m not wearing that much makeup yet I look incredibly polished and chic at the same time” look. She never looks cakey or overdone, yet always looks flawless! If you saw my Sonja Morgan’s Beauty Secrets – Skincare, Botox, Facials, and More post you know that Sonja takes amazing care of her skin and eats very healthy, but what is she putting on her face and body that is making her look so flawless? I still can’t believe Queen Sonja Morgan herself reposted my last blog on her Facebook, I mean is this real life!?!?


Sonja Morgan’s Makeup

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