How much Botox do you really need?

If you have ever considered getting injectables, the number one question you probably have is how much will it cost? We all see the offers and coupons for injectables to fix forehead lines, crows feet and the other dreaded signs of aging. But how do you know how much product (and money) it will take to get the results you desire? We spoke with Dr. Richard Swift, a board certified plastic surgeon in New York City to get an inside look at the world of injectables.

 Dr. Richard Swift is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in private practice in New York City. Image courtesy of Dr. Richard Swift

Dr. Richard Swift is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in private practice in New York City.
Image courtesy of Dr. Richard Swift

The key with any injectable is to first get guidance from a board certified plastic surgeon. These doctors have expertise when it comes to knowledge of facial anatomy and experience administering the product. It is hard to give a patient a quote for services without first seeing their face.

“There is both a science and artistry to administering Botox in order to obtain the most natural looking results. When done correctly, you will not notice that you have had anything done, your lines and wrinkles will just be less noticeable,” says Dr. Swift. The main goal to look rested and refreshed.

Through a consultation, your doctor will be able to determine which product fits your goals. For instance, Botox, Xeomin and Dysport are all neurotoxins. Botox is the gold standard of treatment for reducing the appearance of crow’s feet and frown lines between the brows. Xeomin is the “naked” version of all the neurotoxins because it lacks the binding proteins while Botox and Dysport have more similar molecules.

As far as price goes, it can vary greatly depending where you live and where you are seeking treatment. If you live in a city with a higher economy, it might be worth your while to look into medical tourism. Again, make sure you are getting the service from a board certified plastic surgeon. Many doctors will offer specials on an initial treatment and deals for repeat clients. Keep in mind you will end up paying full price for most repeat visits so it is a good idea to pick a doctor based on skill and compatibility instead of price. You can also check the drug manufacturer websites for occasional rebates and coupons good towards services.

After you get the treatments, don’t be disappointed if you don’t see results right away. Dr. Swift says it takes a week to see the full results of your treatment.

Bronzer 101: Tips for creating a sun kissed look

Summer is here. Hopefully you beauties are wearing your sunscreen and keeping your skin healthy.  But here is a way to sport color without damaging your skin – bronzer..However, not all bronzers are created equal. Bronzers can add color or be used to highlight or discount features of your face. Rain Cosmetics’ National Makeup Artist has some great tips on how to use bronzer to get the look you want.


Sheet masks for places other than your face

Sheet masks are the latest and greatest product to hit the beauty scene. Made of cotton, linen or plastic, they slip on your face for 15 or so minutes without the mess of traditional treatment masks. The masks have targeted treatments for brightening, anti-aging and clarifying and range in price from a few dollars to hundreds. Here are a few interesting masks that don’t go on your face.

Dr. Jart’s Dermask Spot Jet Neck & Chin Lift

Dr. Jart's Dermask Spot Jet Neck & Chin Lift
Dr. Jart’s Dermask Spot Jet Neck & Chin Lift

You always hear about how we neglect our neck and chest. Dr. Jart has created a sheet mask that will shrink fine lines and plump up that decollete in just 30 minutes. Get two for $12 at



Tony Moly Trust Me Body Corset Mask

Tony Moly Trust Me Body Corset Patch
Tony Moly Trust Me Body Corset Patch

This mask is made to give your midriff and belly button area some extra moisturizing before you hit the beach or wear something daring. Apply to dry skin and leave on for six to eight hours (overnight?). Must be applied to dry skin. Get it online at ULTA, $3.50

Kocostar Hair Therapy Mask

kocostarhairtherapyThis sheet wrap is designed to use after your shampoo and condition for extra deep conditioning and damage control. Just wrap over towel dried hair for 15 minutes to give hair an extra special treat. Formulated with keratin, witch hazel and collagen, $15 at Anthropologie.

Tony Moly Changing You Magic Foot Peeling Shoes

tonymolyfootpeelingmaskRemember those magic baby feet products? This mask promises to help you shed that dead skin on your feet. First you wrap your feet in these mask sheets for an hour and half. Within four to six days the dead skin will start falling off your feet revealing the baby soft skin. Another product from Korea company, Tony Moly. Get them at ULTA for $6.50.

*Now through July 23, 2016 spend $15 in Tony Moly at ULTA and get a free Goat Milk Mask.


Easy peasy Fourth of July manicures


This weekend kicks off the Fourth of July holiday. People everywhere will be buying hot dogs and burgers, stocking up on adult beverages and grabbing all the other essentials to celebrate America’s birthday.  When you pick up your party food you can also pick up something cute for your nails, these cute patriotic imPRESS nails.

Priced at just $5.99 each, these patriotic nails “press on” in minutes without a lot of effort or chemicals. Each set comes with a variety of sizes to fit nail beds of all sizes and once they are applied they can last up to seven days.

You can find them at grocery and drug stores including CVS, Walgreens, Walmart and Harris Teeter.

Nude Skincare ProGenius Rescue Oil – a review

I am always looking for something to mitigate wrinkles. Unfortunately, retinol (the most effective wrinkle treatment) and I don’t get along. Awhile back I read about celebrities  like David Gandy incorporating rose hip seed oil into their beauty routines to combat aging. A few days later I was shopping online and I saw this Nude Skincare trial kit at Sephora. I bought it, along with some other things.

Sephora haul 2.2016
Needles No More by Dr. Brandt (thumbs down), Supergoop Sunscreen Oil (thumbs up), Urban Decay Primer Potion (so-so) Marvis Toothpaste (thumbs up) and Nude Skincare Progenius Rescue Oil duo (thumbs up).

Nude Skincare is a natural skincare brand that includes Mrs. Bono as one of the backers. The brand has a few treatment oils, including the Progenius Rescue Oil. In addition to cold pressed rose hip seed oil,  rosemary oil and coleus root extract the treatment includes bakuchiol, a “natural” retinol that helps to improve texture and guard against skin stressors. It is also vegan.

It came with ProGenius Omega Treatment Milk, which you are supposed to put on before the oil. I didn’t really like the smell of the texture of the treatment oil so I don’t use it. The oil “stays in place better if you layer it with a moisturizer, but you can apply it to cleansed skin.

I use it at night, after I put on my rosacea treatment and sometimes in the morning as a daytime moisturizer. It helps calm by burning, red skin and my skin is super moisturized when I wake up in the morning. My skin also seems firmer, radiant and has a more even skin tone. Suffice to say – I love this stuff! Now the cons – if you don’t wear it with moisturizer, it tends to take longer to absorb, getting on your glasses, etc.. It is also expensive ($68 an oz.) and Sephora recently announced it will be discontinuing it.

While supplies last, you can head over to Sephora and stock up or just try out the brand at 30 percent off. The trial kit I bought (several of them actually) is called the ‘Double Dose of Genius’ and is reduced to $15.40 for .33 oz each of Rescue Oil and Treatment Milk. The oil has lasted me since February and I spilled a bunch. At 2-3 drops per application, this sample could last you 6 months. I will use up my supply and if Nude Skincare is gone by then I’ll look for a replacement.

All things beauty from Washington, D.C.

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