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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Sweating? Odor? MiraDry to the Rescue!

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If you follow me on Instagram then you know I just had a second treatment of miraDry at the Marina Plastic Surgery offices. If you have excess sweat or odor that gets in the way of everyday life, you may want to consider this permanent solution. Read my original post here from when I had the first treatment last year.

While the first treatment seemed to have reduced the sweat and odor about 75%, yeah, in the past few months, I’ve felt that the odor and wetness could be lessened even more, especially since I’ve been boxing 3x’s a week now. Come to find out, a lot of people need a second treatment and hardly any need a third.

And since I knew what to expect this time around, it didn’t seem as uncomfortable as the first time around. I mean, I’m still bruised and numb in areas under my arms but the recovery seems to be quicker than before. The pic below is 6-days post (sorry for the photo but to take it at that angle was hard!).

MiraDry-after-6-days

And look who is their hunky spokesperson is now! Meow.

Visit their website @ miradry.com for more info and of course to find a physician in your area that performs the service.

Disclosure: service was performed gratis for this review.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Getting a FotoFacial with Blue Medi Spa

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Have you given your face a close once-over lately? See any sun spots, rosacea, moderate acne scars, brown spots or broken capillaries? Unfortunately we all seem to have one or some of these on our face and they only multiply as we age, unless you have been diligent about sunscreen since day one. 

So how can one get rid of them? There are a ton of products that claim to lessen the appearance and it seems like those with hydroquinone are the most popular. But this is a controversial ingredient and can take months of applying it to skin to see any difference. Even then, most seem like a long shot.

If you really want to have sun spots, scars etc removed from your skin, there is an option at a medi spa called a FotoFacial (or some places call it a Photofacial). It uses Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), Infrared (IR), Laser and/or Radiofrequency (RF) energy to deeply penetrate the skin to constrict blood vessels to remove damage while stimulating collagen growth.

A good candidate for the IPL FotoFacial that I received is white untanned skin that still has some elasticity to it. This procedure also improves the skin’s overall texture like reducing pore size, minimizing wrinkles and fine lines. Unfortunately it won’t do a lot for someone with deep acne scars or deep wrinkles. 

I was recently invited to the Blue Medi Spa in Sherman Oaks, CA to try one out and what a cool looking place! Everything is blue and white and it feels so modern and they offer a huge menu of treatments like injectables like Botox and fillers, skin tightening, Ultherapy, facials, body contouring and much more. The place had a very pampering vibe to it, not like most medi spas I’ve been to.

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Wednesday, July 06, 2016

The State of the Union - Liquid Lipsticks

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I think I’ve been around the liquid lipstick block a few times now and with the latest ones I’ve tried being on the indie side, I have some more observations. It seems that just about every brand is coming out with their own version these days, which is great, but not so great when you kinda know what formula works for you, and you don’t get it when you open the tube. If you’re on the liquid lipstick (will abbreviate to LL) bandwagon, do you know which form you like best? I think I do, now that I’ve tried quite a few different brands:

Chanel, Wet N Wild, Tarte, Buxom (part of BareMinerals), ColourPop, Motives, Cailyn Cosmetics, L’Oreal, Make Up For Ever, Stila, Laura Mercier, Merle Norman, NARS, Lime Crime, Ofra Cosmetics, Fyinnae, Maybelline, Ciate London, L'Oreal, Napoleon Perdis, Houglass Cosmetics, CoverGirl, LipSense by SeneGence, Giorgio Armani, Sephora, Kat Von D, MAC, Makeup Monster, LA Splash Cosmetics, Caked, Beauty Bakerie.

Brands on my list to try: The new ones from Smashbox, Anastasia Beverly Hills (I know, I know, I'm like the only one on the planet but I've read mixed reviews), Jeffree Star, Milani (drugstores are always out of the Amore Mattes!), Lonely Planet.

State-of-the-Union-Liquid-Lipsticks

 

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Monday, May 30, 2016

Cybelesays Special Report - Lace Your Face

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I recently had the chance to experience a facial and brow sculpting by Kanvas Beauté Owner, Anita Sun. Conveniently located a hop, skip and a jump from where I live in Los Angeles, she offers an array of facial treatments, which you can see here.  

Probably her most popular one and the one she is most known for is The Rejuvenating Collagen Lace Your Face Signature Facial with Red Light Collagen Synthesis Stimulation and Anti-Aging Fruit Acid Booster. Say that five times fast!

After applying a papaya enzyme exfoliation and manual extractions, the collagen, apple stem cell and peptides serum infused in the lace facial mask is put on. Now this mask doesn’t just lay on the face, it’s actually hooked onto the ears with a lower chin strap piece to lift and firm the jaw line. This forms the compression that enables the serum and other ingredients to penetrate deeper into the skin. Don’t Iook cute??

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

5 Unconventional Beauty Products

What triggered this post’s topic was seeing this YouTube video by NikkieTutorials and her declaration that Nivea Men Sensitive Shave Balm worked as a great makeup primer! It got me thinking of other items that have been used in ways other than intended.

5 Unconventional Beauty Products

So these are a few that I could think of off the top of my head. Do you have any to add? Let me know in the comments!

5 Unconventional Beauty Products that you can use in your routine.

1. Preparation H – I think this trend came from the drag world of using it for under eye bags, and well, to deflate them.

2. Credit Card – In addition to Scotch tape, I’ve seen a few videos of using a card to get the perfect winged eyeliner. Just place it at an angle at the outer corner of the eye as a guide when applying the liner pencil or liquid.

3. Spoon – I’ve seen this used like the above not only as a guide to get a good winged liner but also as a guide to getting a clearly defined line of color along the bottom of each brow.

4. Milk of Magnesia – Again I think this trend came from the world of drag and has been around for a long time. Some swear by this one as a face primer for keeping makeup on long and strong.

5. Nivea Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm – And as I mentioned, this one started the thought behind this post. And of course I will be trying it out!

Monday, March 14, 2016

Cybelesays Special Report: Is miraDry Your Answer to Perspiration?

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Imagine having to never buy or apply deodorant again? Yup, just like the picture says! Well I may have found something that can give you that freedom. It’s called miraDry and was created for those with Hyperhidrosis aka excessive sweating. Now I don’t have excessive sweat but I do have a, ahem, funk problem. Like I will wear a top for a few hours and I already know the armpits smell; cotton, poly, I’ve tried them all and they all have the same outcome, funky armpits.

Now I don’t mind my body odor smell and I’ve never noticed anyone move away from me because of it but I sometimes wonder. And then there’s shopping! I tend to shy away from most items that have to be dry cleaned, especially if they lie snug under the arms.

And I’ve tried every deodorant out there, the time-release ones, the clinical strength ones etc. The only one that seems to have been helping a little lately in the keeping-me-dry category was Fresh Sugar Deodorant Antiperspirant. 

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Friday, March 04, 2016

Cybelesays Special Report – Taking Some of the Mystery Out of Injectables

Face it, getting any kind of Botox or fillers requires someone who knows what they’re doing. I mean, do Botox parties still exist? I wouldn’t be caught at one of those getting a treatment; too fly-by-night. So for me, it’s all about referral like a dermatologist or eyebrow waxer. Every person has their own style and you just want to make sure you get one that knows what they’re doing. But if you don’t know who or what to ask, how can you find a good one for you? This is why I wanted to write this piece; to take away some of the mystery.

I recently had to opportunity to experience Cosmetique Aesthetics in Culver City, CA. And it came around at the best time as I had been asking around to friends to see who they have been using. I have had some Botox and fillers in the past but not on a consistent basis and the one woman I had gone to like once a year for the past 3 years left where she was, so back to square one.

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Wednesday, August 05, 2015

My Name is Cybele and I Support Sweatshops

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It seems really strange to admit the above because the word sweatshop is such a dirty word. And it’s spawned what has become something called fast fashion Fast fashion = inexpensive, low quality clothing and accessories. Places where one would find fast fashion would be H&M, Forever 21, Old Navy, Victoria’s Secret, Zara, Gap, Walmart and the like. New stock comes in daily so the consumer always has something new to look at and buy, which is what I and I’m sure people now come to expect.

I’ve gotten very caught up in some of the above stores over the years. I mean, why pay $25 for a bib necklace on discount shopping sites like Rue La La and Ideeli when I can get it at Forever 21 for about $5.80? It got to the point where I was visiting a Forever 21 every week for a few months just because I didn’t want to miss out on anything they put on the floor. The latest was great and all but just wait until next week where I might find something even better! My thinking was why not? My purse strings could handle it. I mean I wasn’t usually spending more than $50 in a whack, and that’s how I justified it. But sadly, it adds up. Not only the bills but also the useless clothing and accessories I had acquired, most of which I didn’t even want or wear. It was the thrill of the hunt that had me hooked.

The above was a cycle for me and also an addiction and right now I seem to be in the ‘off’ mode where I’m really scrutinizing purchases with, “will I really wear/use that?” and “do I need it?” 90% of the time the answer is no, so for now, I’ve been able to control it. But when will the urge strike again? Do I need help like Shopper’s Anonymous? While I’ve wondered both, I can see exploring it to find out what’s behind it and I also have the feeling I’m not alone.

It seems odd to me to talk about this topic on a site about beauty products and what’s coming out, but it’s just really struck me lately how huge fast fashion in this country. We want things now and at a really low price. So this got me thinking, where does it end? I mean, I can’t be 100% guilty of this without something there to feed my addiction.

Thankfully documentaries and things I have read online have helped me realize that I’m not the only one feeding the beast and companies in this category are making huge amounts of money but at whose expense? It seems all of ours but mostly foreign workers and the earth.

We’ve all heard about brands moving their manufacturing out of the country due to cost and I remember hearing about the horrible conditions in NYC sweatshops but those pretty much don’t exist anymore. By having items made abroad, the bottom lines are even broader and these big corporations have gotten used to having their garments made for pennies on the dollar, which is why they are able to sell it to us consumers for a super low price all the while still making a nice profit on each piece. It’s a vicious circle with no winners besides those at the top. 

Two of my favorite brands, Stop Staring! and Pinup Girl Clothing, make their items in the US and the prices reflect that. Many times I’ve found myself wishing their items were less expensive but one has to pay for labor that is being paid at a fair living wage.

And the term ‘Made in America’ is a tricky one. Made can mean just assembled here but the “pieces,” so to speak, are created abroad, so until we are able to educate ourselves, I guess we are going to have to be in the grey zone with this.

So where do sweatshops exist? Any place where there is a vulnerable population, which is usually in third world countries like Bangladesh, China (still), Indonesia, India and I’m sure places I’m not even aware of because it’s very hush-hush for these manufacturers. Remember the Kathie Lee Gifford scandal in the mid-90’s about her clothing line? PR disaster.

And unfortunately manufacturing companies in these cities compete with others to offer the lowest price to make the garments to these gigantic corporations so if they don’t offer a good price, they don’t get the account. And sometimes the jobs are outsourced even further so that the big corporations can distance themselves from a scandal should it arise, and it has.

Thankfully there are people that are exploring the issue and putting it on blast. Films like “Behind the Swoosh,” a documentary about Nike’s practices, “This World: Clothes to Die For,” a doc by the BBC about the Rana Plaza building collapse in Dhaka, India in 2013, which killed more than 1,100 workers, to the latest one, “The True Cost,” are thankfully exploring the subjects but is anyone really listening? I mean where does it end? Yes, we want to pay the lowest we can for an item and corporations are giving us that but there is a cost to it. Not only the exploitation of people but also the killing of the earth. Faster and quicker comes at a price for all of us so how can we keep up the pace? I don’t think we can and at least I’m not feeding into the cycle … this week. 

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Here are a few links you may want to check out regarding this issue:

Something that got me off my butt to finish this story was this report about it on thezoereport.com just the other day

I came across this while researching this story - Made In LA

A Ted Talks about Chinese garment workers. 

And from Huffington Post, 16 fashion brands that are “Made” in America

Films about sweatshops - must-see-movies.net.

15 Most Notorious Sweatshops of All Time.

Sweatshopwatch.org

Corpwatch.org

Sunday, April 26, 2015

5 Ways to Avoid Becoming a Craft Hoarder

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You know the type – can’t pass a yard sale in the car. Has to stop, “just to see if there’s anything good.”

  • Has a screenshot of coupons in her phone to Michael’s and Joann’s just in case she needs to stop for something.
  • Buys that “thing” just because she knows she can do something with it.
  • Owns a personal key to the Lowe’s Spray Paint cabinet.

Ok I’m kidding about that last one but the others are totally true and, well, describe me! And I see that I'm not alone! I too can be a craft hoarder but I’ve learned ways to curb it.

  1. If I’m doing something with paper I make myself looks through all my paper supplies, not only to reorganize, but to see what I can live without.
  2. Keep the items that fall under the category of, “I know I can do something with this at some point,” in a box and put a piece of masking tape on each item with the date. That way you have one year to do something with it. If I don’t, it’s gone.
  3. Get a friend’s advice! If you know a fellow crafter, have her come look at your stash and vice versa. Maybe do some trading! I’ve done that twice now and had it really pay off. I got rid of a few things and scored a few items at the same time. Think of it like a clothes swap party.
  4. I know more than a few times I’ve picked something up in my arsenal and wondered why I even had it in the first place.
  5. Get a friend’s advice. If you’re not sure you will even use something, ask for some ideas on how they see using it!

How do you keep yourself from hoarding craft items? Do share in the comments!

Saturday, April 04, 2015

DIY Corner: An Inexpensive Way to Update Kitchen Tile

I just came up with an easy kitchen idea. See I’ve lived in this apartment for the past 15 years and since it was built in the 1920’s there’s not much in the way of closet space or kitchen counters. The later I don’t quite get but anyway, when I had my bookshelf put up, I asked the handyman I hired if he had any experience with tile resurfacing kits as I was considering doing it to my kitchen counter. 

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Yes, so much goes with pistachio-colored tile, right? And the burgundy trim is just ... priceless!

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