VII Code Eye Mask

As a busy mom of two, I like many other moms tend to put my needs and self-care on the back burner. Not at all complaining and I wouldn’t change it for the world, yet mama sometimes needs to pamper herself. Anyone else feel this way? 30 minutes of alone time, yes?

I was recently gifted a product that I’ve found to be very effective for under eye circles, is safe for expecting moms, and is so easy and convenient to use. The VII Code oxygen mask is SO good y’all! It feels amazing and has become a staple in my weekly routine.

This mask helps reduce the appearance fine lines and wrinkles (can I get an amen?) and how I like to apply mine is at night before bed. I can sleep in it for up to 8 hours and wake up looking less like a tired mom and more like an energized 20 something. Okay, maybe that’s going a little far, but it’s definitely made such an impact in my routine and I think is something that could benefit other women wanting to take a little time for themselves, even if it’s while you sleep. I have tried many eyes masks in the past. Prior to pregnancy I was using an eye mask that included retinol as an ingredient, not safe for pregnant or nursing so quickly had to come up with a safe alternative that would do the job and that would make me feel like I was making improvements to my skin in the meantime.

The VII Code mask has been wonderful and I’m so glad to have been given the opportunity to use it. If you’re also interested, you can check out the oxygen eye mask, here. Let me know your thoughts and what your results are looking like and remember to always take time for yourself! Doing so will make you a better you to care for those around you!

Happy weekend, friends!

XO- CHELSI

Thank you to Stills and Ink Photography

Vi Peel & Sunspot Treatment

Hi friends and welcome to Wednesday! I hope you’re all having a wonderful week so far.

Today’s post is about to get super real, and by real, no makeup, my skin will be shown peeling like a snake and I’ll be sharing my expectations, experience, and results of the Vi Peel with you all today. Note: If you get grossed out easily, you may want to scroll past a couple of the photos shown.

If you know me personally or have been following along for a while, you know I HATE my sunspots. I was diagnosed with Melasma recently and had been treating them using a laser, which I found out is actually a treatment that can darken them and make them appear much faster after being treated. Oh goodie!! They are not harmful, but are a complete nuisance. Regardless, I have never liked them, feel self conscious without makeup and have been beyond ready to treat them in a different and more effective way for a couple of years now. Also, if you aren’t familiar, Melasma is also known as the Mask of Pregnancy, but is particularly common in women who are taking contraceptives, who are pregnant or who have spent a lot of time in the sun. I am the girl in that category who spent WAY too much time in the sun without a care in the world, or sunscreen on my face. So now, I have a significantly large sunspot on my cheek, that has darkened and when I became pregnant with Corbin became much more noticeable and never went away postpartum.

Therefore, I thought this would be the prefect opportunity to get my skin to where I want it to be and to get that healthy glow I’ve always wanted. The watch, we’ll get pregnant with baby #2 and I’ll have to start ALL over! Ha! Until then, fingers crossed, I’ll have smoother skin with less darkening!

Also, let me say since I used to bask in the sun with little to no sunscreen in my early twenties and just recently started using a moisturizer and sunscreen within the past couple of years, one piece of wisdom and advice I can give you is to take care of your skin NOW!!! As early as possible, y’all! I honestly wish I had been better younger. Sunscreen is a life saver! End rant! Seriously though, take it seriously at a younger age so you won’t have to do as much later! ūüėČ

Lastly, before we get into the peel, lets talk facials. Get them. As often as possible. If I’m being honest, I used to think they broke my skin out and I didn’t want to have zits all over my face but in our dry climate, they are a must! They are great for exfoliating, help to lock in moisture and keep your skin healthy and leave a fresh, dewy finish. I am starting to go regularly and am beginning to notice a difference in my skin and its texture simply from my monthly facials alone. I highly recommend doing this for your skin as frequently as you can. They are so worth it!

Finally, the reason for writing this post! I had discussed the Vi Peel with my esthetician, Alyson while getting a facial and she recommended this chemical peel for a variety of reasons. To even my skin tone, help with hyper-pigmentation, wrinkles and fine lines, but to also soften the texture of my skin and help to lighten my Melasma. We finished up my facial and booked my peel for the following week.

Honestly though after leaving and I had time to process what I had just signed up for, the idea of a “chemical” peel sounded a little terrifying in my opinion. I know SO many people get them and go regularly (yearly) but I was nervous going in that it would burn and that I would be totally miserable. When I arrived that following week, Alyson assured me it wasn’t nearly as bad as it sounds and that the end result would be worth it. She began by cleansing my skin and after put an alcohol based liquid on top to ensure I had nothing left on my skin before beginning the peel. So, it didn’t burn at all and I actually think I had worked it up much more than I needed to. She applied the peel and I was literally out of the office in 30 minutes max. She sent a kit home with me that contained products I would need for my home care over the next couple if days. The peel made my skin look orange leaving the day spa and got to be darker as the day went on. Below are three photos right after the peel was applied. FYI, I know my eyelashes are falling out! LOL! Also, none of these photos are touched at all.

There were towelettes, a facial cleanser, anti-itch cream and sunscreen. I was to wait 4 to 6 hours before using the towelette to scrub my face and then wash my face that evening with the cleanser before heading to bed. I made it the entire 6 hours with no problem. I was pretty impressed, considering the baby I am when it comes to discomfort. I wasn’t uncomfortable at all. I may have spoke a little too soon because about 30 minutes to an hour after washing my face, I was itching like CRAZY!!! Mind you, you aren’t supposed to scratch your face or peel anything so I was miserable to say the least. I took a couple Advil and finally fell asleep. It was honestly the worst part about this entire process. Or a close second to my skin falling off. Haha!!

The second day was nothing. I woke up, used the second towelette in my pack and washed my face then applied the anti-itch cream and sunscreen. I looked normal again and the itching was much more under control than the night before.

Day 3. Here is where it gets interesting. I woke up, used my final towelette, washed my face only to realize my skin was starting to peel and applied my anti-itch and sunscreen. By noon, I looked like Mrs. Doubtfire when she smashes her face into the whipped pie, only mine was skin, not cool whip. I literally wasn’t going ANYWHERE on day 3. Alyson warned me that the third and fourth days were the worst, and boy she wasn’t kidding! It was literally comical and so hard NOT to peel off. If you like to pick at your face, this may not be for you! My husband might have been terrified of me on day 3, just sayin. This is also where you may want to scroll haha! It’s pretty gross!!

Day 4. I would like to say it gets better, but I would be lying. I’m still losing my skin like a snake, but feel no itching or discomfort. By the end of the day, most of the skin has peeled off and I’m starting to look like a normal human again. PTL!! I used the cleanser, and anti-itch that evening before getting into bed.

Day 5. I went first thing to see Alyson for my post peel facial. It felt SO freakin good to get the left over skin removed and have my skin exfoliated. I left her office feeling like a brand new woman. I was also able to start using foaming cleanser as well and get back into a normal routine. I started using¬†Cera Ve¬†during this transition back to normalcy and liked how gentle it was on my skin. Alyson also recommended Organic Aloe Vera so I was also applying this at night and it helped with itching and to keep my skin moisturized. The Aloe can be found at any organic market. Sprouts is where I got mine. Here¬†is my moisturizer. It’s pricey but SO good. Alyson¬†also recommended to stay out of the sun, obviously during the peel, but also until my skin had healed enough, so around a week or so after the peel. Use sunscreen for that time frame and there after but crucially right after being treated. Also, take note: No waxing for two weeks after your peel.

After a couple of weeks, I noticed my sunspots were lightening, my skin felt so incredibly smooth and my make up was going on so well. My skin was balancing out and looking better every day. I experienced some acne as some things were coming to the surface, but the fine lines that I was starting to notice were no longer as visible. I did still have hyper-pigmentation but it was overall much better than before the peel. I would say thats a pretty big win after only a couple of weeks.

Now, having been a month, I can honestly say, I am happy with my results. I feel like my skin is much smoother, the texture is so much better, my sunspots have lightened, although, not completely gone, they have faded tremendously. We are currently talking and are going to do further treatments soon to help eliminate them even more, but for now, I feel really good in my skin and am so thankful to have found Alyson. She is so knowledgable, and I trust she would be the perfect person to contact regarding all your facial needs. Plus, she has beautiful skin and knows the importance of which products work best for which skin types. I am excited to continue this journey to healthy skin and I know Alyson will help me achieve my goals.

If you would like more information on the Vi Peel or any services pertaining to skincare, coolsculpting, botox or just need a good facial, contact Renew You Day Spa at 806-712-7368 and ask for Alyson Hamilton. She is amazing and so sweet, you will love her!!

Thank you so much for reading! I hope this is helpful and answers most questions you may have!!

Have a great week!!

CHELSI

Eyelash Extensions

Happy Thursday, everyone! So thankful that the weekend is near. We’re going to be spending it in New Mexico with family and it’s honestly much needed. It’s always good to go “home” for the holidays, even if it’s just for the weekend.

One of the most frequently asked questions I get on my IG feed as well as in real life, is if I have extremely long eyelashes or if they are indeed, lash extensions. I wish mine were naturally as thick and full! Don’t get me wrong, I’ve heard of wonderful products that so many of my fellow bloggers and even dearest friends have used and swear by and it’s so great to find something you love and stick to it. BUT, I’m just doing what works for me, and that is my lash extensions.

(Image above is before my fill)

So, I’m getting ready to age myself but I’ve been getting lash extensions done since right before my 21st birthday. My best friend had them done, and it was before they were a cool thing to do so I was curious and figured, I’d give them a try. Needless to say, it was love at first sight, literally. ADDICTED is really the right term! I have been going ever since and will only allow the best in town, my friend, Toni Alvarez to do them. With twenty years of experience in permanent make up, she knows her stuff. She has also become such a precious friend and has been a part of every big event in our lives since twenty-one. From attending our wedding, to watching my belly grow during pregnancy, as she saw me every three weeks; she is like family and in my opinion the most gifted and skilled at what she does.

With that, there are many pro’s to getting lash extensions. One of them for me being the ease of getting ready in the morning. I am someone who rolls out of bed, throws on my lulus and is out the door. Therefore, on most days I tend to wear minimal make up, except for hiding the sunspot I have on my cheek (sometimes) and my lashes make me feel like I’ve made a small effort, even on the busiest of days. It’s amazing how much more put together I feel when I have them versus when I don’t. I think they are perfect for brides, new moms, and honestly every day life. They just make a statement and ex out the hassle of trying. Haha! Does that even make sense? We’ve all been at a point in our lives where even putting mascara on can be challenging. Am I right?!

(Redness goes away after an hour or so)

Another question I get asked is “do your natural eyelashes fall out”? They do in fact, fall out, regardless of having extensions or not. This is because your natural lashes replenish every couple of weeks so you may notice even without having lash extensions some of your own lashes here and there. My suggestion for minimal damage to your natural lashes is to have your extensions professionally taken off, if you so choose.

Next is price. Are they expensive and difficult to maintain? Since I’ve been going to Toni for nearly 11 years, my price hasn’t gone up much, if at all. I’ve also probably only had maybe 15 full sets in my entire time of going to her as well. Price for extensions differs at each salon as well as in each city by popular demand. Some salons can cost upwards of $400-$500 for a full set, others are around the $275 mark and even under. For instance, a full set for me is around $150. Also, fills can be costly. Some salons in Lubbock charge around $75 while others are closer to the same price as getting your nails done. Sometimes price can depend on how full you want your lashes to look and what you expect your outcome to be. Glam vs. more natural will make a difference. Definitely, do research in your area to ensure reputability and then ask for a price list once you’ve found the perfect match for your needs. Make sure you’ve researched as no one wants to be over charged or get pink eye, for goodness sake! These are your eyes were talking about!! ūüôā

Secondly, maintenance. I get fills every 3-4 weeks. Some go every 2-3 depending on your needs. I like to explain maintenance like getting your nails done. Every couple of weeks it’s time for a new color, just like your nails, lashes should be touched up between 2 and 4 weeks. Toni only takes around 45 minutes to an hour to fill my lashes. She is quick and its a painless process. When washing my face morning and night, I just use witch hazel or a mild cleanser in an upward motion to remove any excess makeup that may still exist. They are easy to maintain and easy to get used to, in my opinion.

(All done. )

Lastly, if you’re in the Lubbock area, and are thinking eyelash extensions are the best option for you in this season of life or want a set for your upcoming Christmas party or event, contact Toni Alvarez at 806-535-3080. She is the sweetest and I promise she doesn’t disappoint. 11 years of this faithful addiction and if you know me, you know how much I love my lash extensions and Toni! You will love her too and will be amazed by the finished product! Cheers to your newest addiction!

Stay beautiful, friends!

XO- Chelsi

Message me in the comments if you have questions!

Black Friday

Happy Hump Day!!

 

Hoping you’re winding down your work week and gearing up for some turkey and a whole lotta football! Thanksgiving is tomorrow which means, Black Friday is upon us and I know you’re as excited as I am about all of the deals that are about to take place. To help with your shopping, and hopefully eliminate some stress, I wanted to share a few retailers and items I think will fulfill your Christmas wish list, as well as get a jump start on shopping for those you love. First, here are a couple of tips for shopping on Black Friday.

One thing that I find helpful and that works for me is to make a list prior to shopping. Write down a list of potential gifts for family members so you know what you’re looking for, whether online or in store. This helps to stay focused and not get distracted and also allows you to stay within a better budget. Get in, get out! Thats my motto, especially in a crowded space.

Secondly, cut the lines and start a little early. A lot of Black Friday deals begin before the big day and tend to go live on Thursday night. Possibly even sooner if you’re a card holder! So, if you’ve been eyeing something, check and see if it’s online first. You’ll have a better chance of getting first dibs if you know it will be available before the crowd hits on Friday morning.

Price check in store! This is a big one in keeping you from over spending. Take your prepared list and phone to do a quick scan to make sure you can’t find the item for a better price elsewhere. Amazon is a great resource when price checking. It is sometimes the least expensive option and did I mention their app has a feature that allows you to scan barcodes? Super cool all while potentially saving a little money!

Now, for the fun! I’ve compiled a list of items from three retailers that I hope will be helpful. Most are on sale but if they aren’t yet, don’t worry, they will be by Friday!

Click on the images below to be redirected to the retailer to shop.

TARGET

EXPRESS

ULTA

 

Happy Shopping and have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving!

 

 

XO-Chelsi

Welcome to my Blog!!!

Welcome to my Blog!!!

Today is the day!!! The Baubles & Bowties Blog launch is in full swing and I am SO excited you’re here! My name is Chelsi and I’m a wife and mama to one darling little boy! For as long as I can remember I have LOVED clothes and had such a passion for anything related to fashion, shoes and accessories. I was always the girl whose closet was raided by girlfriends, who won “Best Dressed” (woohoo) in high school and went on to pursue a degree in fashion in college. Y’all I met my very best friend on the Theta bid day bus because she loved my necklace. Now that’s the start to a life-long friendship! The legacy and love for clothes runs pretty deep, as both my mother and grandmother ran successful clothing stores in my hometown of Roswell, NM. This passion of ours is no joke and I guess you could say it runs in the genes!!

I graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor’s degree and met my handsome, dream boat of a husband in Lubbock, TX where we married after two years of dating and began our life together. In 2014 our sweet Corbin was born and ever since he’s had me wrapped around his little finger. He is our everything and I am so blessed to be his mama! I have LOVED every minute of watching him learn and grow and motherhood is absolutely the most incredible gift I could ever receive!

Owning a boutique or starting a blog has always been on my mind, yet I feel ALL good things happen in God’s timing and after much praying and encouragement from my loved ones, I’ve never been more ready to start such an amazing new chapter. God has been moving in my life and directing my path over this project and I have been fervent in prayer, and after what seems like years, here we are! I am so elated this day has finally come and I can’t wait to share fashion, beauty, mom life, and anything else thats on my heart with you! Family is everything and I am so thankful for mine and for the love of my sweet friends in making this dream a reality. I hope to inspire, and share my passion with you (as well as a few sales) and hope that you’ll continue to follow along on this journey with me and my family!

Cheers to new beginnings!

XO- Chelsi

Dress: (similar here) Booties: (here) Necklace: (here) Clutch: (here)

Corbin’s Blazer:¬†(here)¬†Corbin’s Jeans:¬†(here)¬†Corbin’s Shirt:¬†(here)¬†Corbin’s Shoes:¬†(here)¬†Corbin’s Bow Tie:¬†(similar here)

Photography by Suzy Taylor