Hate Your Stomach? Wish You Had Bigger Boobs? You DON’T Need Plastic Surgery. Try These Beauty Products instead.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not anti-plastic surgery BUT, if there other options, why not try those first?  Believe me, if there was a cream that could’ve helped my former nose, I would’ve tried it. Ha.  I’m a fan of the above surgery alternatives…what do you guys think?

Fusion Beauty LiftFusion Eye LiftWrinkles result from facial expressions along with the loss of key skin components: collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid. And while a lot of women resort to injections, this formula delivers similar results with out the high price tag and pain.

Bliss Fat Girl SixPack: I’m not into the whole miracle fat-reducing product myth thing but when I tried this product, I was pleasantly surprised.  The targeted tummy-toning gel contains a powerful blend of six actives to assist in toning and firming: caffeine plus amino acids, creatine, oat kernel extract, latex-rich manilkara tree extract, menthol and a special botanical extract. They’re all delivered with a built-in nubbed applicator, designed to strategically massage the formula into your skin.  It can’t hurt to add it to your fitness and healthy-eating routine, right?

Rodial Skincare Boob Job: Probably the funniest of the bunch, I love this product.  Granted, I don’t need a boob job but for someone who does, this might actually help out a little.  Myrrh resin increases the number of fat cells, promoting the volume around the bust area, while wheat proteins revitalize and lift, increasing radiance and smoothing skin.  Why not?

Too Faced Lip Injection Extreme: I have mixed feelings on lip plumpers.  Some people say it stretches out your lips and will eventually cause wrinkles, but others think it’s a miracle product.  What do I say?  Do what you want!  Too Faced uses a potent quadra-delivery system that combines vitamin E, collagen-booster MaxiLip and Dehydrated Marine Sponge to stimulate blood flow, promote fullness and re-hydrate with the body’s own moisture for a long-lasting effect. Moisturizing doses of avocado and jojoba oil condition to ensure a smooth, plump pout. WINNER.

So Good It Should Be Framed: Murad Rejuvenating Lift for Neck and Décolleté

I’m always on the lookout for the next best thing when it comes to neck creams, aka anything that will prevent me from getting the dreaded turkey neck.  Basically, the Murad Rejuvenating Lift for Neck and Décolleté is all kinds of awesome.  Now, I’m always skeptical when a product claims to work “in just one use!” cause let’s be real, but after reading all of the rave reviews on Murad’s website, I was really intrigued and had to try it out, duh.  The patented formula is designed to firm, even tone and smooth skin texture by diminishing sagging skin and wrinkles associated with the effects of hormonal aging on the neck and décolleté.  Like I said, I try lots of neck creams and this one is definitely going to be put into my rotating skincare regimen for awhile…


Tuesday Web Candy

Daria NAILS. Way to go Katy Perry – SheFinds

Marchesa designs shirts for the New York Jets. My dad would be so proud – InStyle

So you’ve spotted your first gray hair…now what? – Allure

Super hero-inspired fashion picks – Style and Pepper Blog

Fun political-inspired products – TresSugar

Tips for taking better Instagram photos (also, follow me! @ItsJamieStone) – Refinery29

Another scathing story about American Apparel.  HOW is this company even still in business? – xoJane

My girl Jenn Falik breaks down her 5 rules for life on Amber’s blog – BeautyBloggingJunkie

Chinplants: my thoughts

Truth be told, my neck has always been a one of those body parts that I loathe.  I blame my Nana because really, she started this shit.  She had the “turkey neck” and so did my Aunts (my dad’s older sisters- he’s the youngest of 5) and now, my 65 year old father even has it, what I also refer to as, “the curse.”  It’s one of those weird Wasp problems, I know, (and I’m so not a Wasp) but I notice it in EVERY PHOTOGRAPH of myself.  We all have these insecurities so don’t judge, k?  I’ve basically just learned how to LOOK DOWN in photos (see photo above)…

I am 100% honest when I admit that living in Los Angeles has absolutely given me a body compex that I never had while growing up in New York…and, while it’s upsetting, it’s hard to stop.  I have a very close family member that struggles with a severe eating disorder and listening to her/trying to understand her while growing up was one of the most painful things I’ve ever had to experience.  Someone who hasn’t been close to someone with an eating disorder can’t even fathom what it’s like; as an FYI, it’s NOT about the weight…it’s about the control and, as a bonafide control freak, I can attest to the fact that letting go ain’t easy.  While I’ve never technically had an eating disorder, being “body obsessed” has taken a toll on me that I’ve been trying to deal with and thankfully, I’ve manage to remind myself on the daily that I will never look like a runway model OR a size 2 celebrity but I CAN be healthy and fit.  With that said, of course, I still have my insecurities – my stomach, my knees (weird, I know) and my chin.  After I saw this story on Allure.com, I was honestly surprised to read that there’s a 71% increase in “chinplants” since last year.  And guys, I’ve always wanted a real chin, so no judgement…I’m just surprised that the motive behind the surgery increase is the fact that “people subconsciously associate a stronger chin with more authority, self-confidence and trustworthiness,” accoring to the Allure.com story.  My take on plastic surgery is: if it will make you feel better, go for it…but it’s NOT a band-aid (I can speak from experience).

While I  admit that I will probably end up getting a nip and neck tuck (hi, I’m vain), for now, I’m just using over-the-counter preventative measures: Kate Somerville Neck Tissue Repair with K8.  I’ve been using this for awhile, which proves absolutely nothing at age 29, BUT I believe in everything that IS Kate Somerville so when I’m 55 and don’t see the signs of “the curse,” I will send Kate a very personal thank you note (before calling the chief of surgery at St. Vincent’s).

photo: me looking DOWN.