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The Only Subscription Box I would Ever Consider And It Has Been A Game Changer…..

By now you must know I am a total beauty junky. I am obsessed with learning about new products and procedures. A really wonderful dermatologist told me one day that once you go so far with aging and neglecting your skin that there is only so much you can do to reverse it. Ever since then I have been trying to find the best products and procedures for my skin to help slow down the inevitable.

I recently started following the Beverly Hills dermatologist, Dr. Ava Shamban. Dr. Ava is a celebrity dermatologist, reality TV veteran, author, avid contributor, and now, the mind behind the first-ever dermatologist-curated skincare subscription box.

I have tried subscription boxes before but this one is a game-changer.

The Box By Dr. Ava introduces consumers to top-of-the-line dermatologist-selected skincare and wellness products. The Box emphasizes quality over quantity while prioritizing results – including only full-size products, hand-picked by Dr. Ava for efficacy and delivered quarterly by season. 

But one of the most amazing features of the “Beautify Box” is that subscribers gain access to experts through real-time Tele-Aesthetic consultations with Dr. Ava’s Aestheticians, live Q&As, and Dr. Ava’s private Facebook group for easy access to professional skincare and advice.

Membership options make The Box b Dr. Ava perfect for everyone who wants (or is obsessed with having beautiful skin.

Dr. Ava was able to reach so many more clients virtually during the pandemic that she gained the perspective that through her subscription box, she could reach and help more patients beyond her geographic area.

The awesome box I received this month, which is personally curated by Dr. Ava includes the following amazing products:

  • MYSKINBUDDY™ – The revolutionary facial device that utilizes four proven technologies to help achieve a clearer complexion, a brighter and even skin tone, and a more youthful appearance. 
  • Aforé CBD Effusive – A first-of-its-kind antioxidant facial mist that uses water-soluble CBD synergistically with plant extracts and antioxidants to calm and cool the skin, reduce puffiness, erase redness, and make skin glow.
  • Restorsea Repairing Neck and Décolletage Treatment– Designed to infuse the enzyme into this area and – if used every day, twice a day for 12 weeks – will result in firmer, more evenly toned skin. For all skin types. Contains NO: parabens, phthalates, silicones, sulfates, PEGs and mineral oil. Dermatologist tested Hypoallergenic. Will not clog pores.
  • Theraderm NuPeel Natural Enzyme Peel – Papaya enzymes and botanical extracts gently remove dead skin cells and reveal glowing, radiant skin in just two minutes. It’s the equivalent of an at-home, natural facial peel in a bottle! 
  • Tiege Hanley– This uncomplicated skincare line is designed for busy modern humans. It includes easy-to-use products with step-by-step instructions for EYES, LIP, SCRUB plus the line’s core 4 products via a Level 1 subscription card. 

The Spring Box is valued at over $600, making it an exceptional value. The Bo by Dr. Ava offers two membership options:

  • Skin Enthusiast – Quarterly subscription $250 (month to month…cancel at any time)
  • Skin Obsessed – Annual Subscription $850 (Save $150)

The Box by Dr. Ava is proud to include only products that are cruelty-free.

This how easy it is to choose the correct subscription for you:

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For the quarterly box for $250, all of the products are FULL-SIZED products, and see the retail prices below for just some of the items, if you were to order them directly off the site without the subscription…

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Here are the entire contents of the Spring Box:

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Learn more about Dr. Ava by following her INSTAGRAM or visiting her WEBSITE.

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Are you ready for less lines and radient skin?…you MUST try the Secret PRO!

I am always so intrigued with new treatments/procedures on the market. I recently read about the Cutera Secret PRO microneedling treatment. It is supposed to be an amazing, highly customizable skin revitalization and resurfacing treatment.

I decided to go ahead and book an appointment at Gotham Plastic Surgery in NYC. What really got me in the door was that, unlike most lasers, Secret PRO RF microneedling can be used on all skin tones, in any season. Usually, I schedule any intense facial treatment in January, when I know I will have some time off from the sun. So I really liked the fact that I could start right away at the beginning of the summer!

The Secret PRO treats a wide range of skin conditions, including fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, burn scars and stretch marks I was really interested in the claim that this treatment would revitalize my skin and would address superficial aging while also stimulating collagen for a smoother more radiant healthier-looking skin.

Secret PRO Benefits:

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The Gotham Plastic Surgery office was fabulous. They explained the treatment to me and I met my Medical Aesthetician, Jill. She was really lovely and talked me through the entire process. She applied topical numbing cream and after about 45 minutes, we moved to the treatment room and she showed me the Secret PRO machine and answered the questions that I had. She then also gave me a stress ball to hold because I was a little nervous.

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Secret Pro Laser Machine in the Gotham Plastic Surgery Offices

The microneedling treatment was a bit uncomfortable at first but honestly, Jill just told me what area she was doing, how much more we needed to do in each section and it was really very calming to know step by step what was happening. I have been for many many laser treatments in the past few years and each time, its just so unnerving having that laser come at you without connecting to the person treating you. I felt so comfortable with Jill. Once the Secret PRO was finished I really did not feel any pain. I was given an ice pack but I did not need it so much. My face was only a little bit red and Jill put sunscreen on me and within 20 minutes, my skin was much less red and really glowing.

This photo was taken mid treatment. The entire process took about 45 minutes.

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It is recommended that you do 1-4 treatments, depending on your own personal goals. So far it has been about a week for me and I am so happy with my results. My skin is much smoother. The fine lines under my eyes are less pronounced and I do see where I had some sun damage on my forehead looking much lighter. I am going to see how my skin looks in the next couple of weeks and I might try one more treatment in a month from now. I was that impressed.

I decided to show you this before and after since so many people wrote in asking for ways to get rid of the lines around and above their mouth. Look at this amazing transformation after just 1 Secret Pro treatment.

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And as for my after image..this was taken on Father’s Day, just 3 days after the can really see the glow from the laser here..

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For local readers, if you are interested in learning more about this Secret PRO treatment, I would contact Jill at Gotham Plastic Surgery  (646) 791-3066. If you are outside the NY Metro area, you can easily find a provider at

How Do You Pick the Right Hair Salon for You?

If you want to find a way to express your own personal style, then you might be thinking about doing your hair. At the same time, your hair is important to you. Therefore, you have to find the right person to help you do your hair. If you are looking for a Hair Salon Denver, you need to think about a few factors ahead of time. That way, you can find the best hair salon to meet your needs. What do you need to think about if you are looking for someone who can help you do your hair?

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What Do Other People Have To Say?

The first thing you need to think about is what other people have to say about the specific hair salon. You might want to talk to your family members and friends to see what they have to say. Do they have any recommendations for you? 

You also need to take a look at a few online reviews. Just as you read reviews before you buy something online, you need to read a few reviews of a few options in your area. If other people have had a good experience, you will probably have one as well. Read some reviews to help you find your way.

What Do You Want to do with Your Hair?

Of course, you also need to think about what you want to do with your hair. Some people specialize in certain types of hair tasks and jobs. For example, if you are just looking for a haircut, you probably won’t have a hard time finding someone to take care of that for you. On the other hand, if you are looking for someone who can help you dye or style your hair, this might be a bit harder.

If you have a specific hairstyle in mind then you need to speak to the stylist ahead of time because you need to ask if that is something they can actually do for you. You also need to make sure they have the right equipment, including hair dye, to take care of your needs. Then, you also need to make sure that they have the time to help you handle your hairstyle goals. Most stylists are going to be willing to meet with you ahead of time to make sure they can handle your request. Just ask before you make an appointment with the stylist.

Locate the Top Hair Stylist To Help You

In the end, these are just a few of the many factors you have to think about if you are trying to find someone who can help you with your hair. Because your hair is so important to you, you must take the time ahead of time to think about who you want to do your hair. If you think about these factors now, you can place yourself in the best position possible to find the right person to help you with your hair.


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I am so happy to introduce you to my newest blog sponsor, the aroma design studio, ScentFluence. ScentFluence has a library of delicious custom-designed scents for your home or business or any other space that you choose. They have cool air diffusers, room sprays, and candles that will spark your senses. There are two ways to shop with Scent Fluence. You can visit their flagship studio at 22 Harwood Court in Scarsdale or on their new website

Here is their beautiful shop in Scarsdale. They have the entire scent library in-store and are happy to provide samples of any fragrance to match your own space.

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Here is only one part of the scent library!!

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Lavender Sage is one of the most popular scents and one that I am planning on using for my own bedroom, it is supposed to help you sleep!!!!

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Here is one of the adorable plug in diffusers with the mint focus oil

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ScentFluence can wrap their products for any gifting occasion…

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Here are the plug in diffusers. I want one for every room.

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The Sea Salt Sage fragrance has become so popular.

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Here is another diffuser with some of the best-selling oils, Amber Woods, By The Fire, Moroccan Mint Tea, and Deep Blue.

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There is a guide to help you choose which scent to try:

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ScentFluence provides signature scents for many fabulous destinations including the Auberge Resorts, Baccarat Hotels, and the 1 Hotels:

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How to Make A Detox Bath Salts with Essential Oils

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A friend gave me these Detox Bath Salts and I was amazed at how nice and relaxing they were. I was so surprised by how easy they are to make. My girls and I have been making them for a while now. I have tried a few different scents and I think I like Lavender the best but there are so many essential oil scents to choose from.

  • ½ cup Epsom salts
  • ½ cup sea salt
  • ½ cup baking soda
  • 10-15 drops of essential oils scent of your choice. I really like this SET.

Mix the Epsom salts, sea salt, and baking soda together in a bowl. Add your essential oils. I add about 15 drops of essential oil to this recipe (per 1/2 cup of salt).

Scoop it into pretty jars. I purchased THESE. I really like that they come with scoops.

And now it’s time to take a nice long bath. Enjoy!

Detox Face Mask For the New Year

Everyone around me is talking Detox. Detoxing from Sugar, Baked Goods, Alcohol, and really Big Meals. And, I could not agree more. It’s time to get back on track. All of the Holiday fun is GONE!!!! January is also the time I do a detox for my skin. There are some really simple items that you can use right in your kitchen to help smooth, relieve dryness from and lightly exfoliate your skin. I really love this Oatmeal, Cinnamon and Honey mask. After just the first use, you will see a reduction in your fine lines and wrinkles and a plumper look for your skin overall!!! The best part is you can probably go and make it right now and start seeing the results!!!


– 1/2 cup oats
– Half cup warm milk or water
– 1 Tsp honey
– 1/2 Tsp cinnamon
– Half  Tsp lemon juice

Mix all the ingredients together to form a paste. Add milk or water to adjust the texture. Apply to clean skin with your hands or an old paintbrush or foundation brush. Leave on for 20 minutes and rinse off with warm water. Enjoy your supple and soft skin!

Note: Cinnamon can cause a slight tingly/burning sensation, so it’s useful to do a patch test before applying.