Hi Ashli! I am newly pregnant and I am very concerned about preventing stretch marks. Are there any effective products on the market and is there anything I can do to prevent them? Thank you so much. Sincerely yours, Stretching Mama-to-Be Dear Stretching Mama-to-Be, Oh my darling, I completely understand this concern! Stretch marks are essentially scar tissue on the surface of the skin due to rapid changes not only in tension on the skin but also due to the hormonal changes of pregnancy. Currently, there are no proven products on the market to prevent them, and in many cases they appear to be genetic.Read More →

Hello and happy Monday my loves! It has recently been brought to my attention by some of my favorite dermatologists that they are seeing patients come in with botched (and sometimes dangerous-having counterfeit product injected!) injections due to their going to someone who was “cheaper”. Let’s talk about this! 1. Good injections aren’t cheap, and cheap injections aren’t good.  If you see a Groupon or some type of “deal” on injections that claims an incredibly low price (like, under $200 for the entire forehead, for example) stay away! You should expect to pay between $10-20 per unit of Botox. This is industry standard. The forehead is an averageRead More →

As many of you know, this past summer I moved to North Carolina from Boston. With my relocation came the opportunity to join the Synergy Team of Synergy Spa and Aesthetics in Raleigh! Today I am sharing with you the story behind Synergy from the owner herself, Anna Churchill!   Ashli: “Anna, I would love to know first what inspired you to start Synergy Spa.“ Anna: “I always wanted to have my own business. I didn’t necessarily mind working for other people, when I was younger I thought that was how it was supposed to be- you work for someone else. I didn’t have anyone in my familyRead More →

TGIF loves! Hopefully you have had some time away from work this week and reaching Friday feels like a breeze! In today’s post I’m going to be sharing some of my favorite products to create your perfect look for New Year’s Eve!  Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow (shown in Gold Goddess) Use this on your entire lid (below the crease!) It is so gorgeous and isn’t over-done when it dries! The most natural and flattering looking lashes (that still give you some high-drama) are demi’s- they are longer on the ends which really opens the eye! I love these Ardell Demi WispiesRead More →

Dear Ashli, Do you have any suggestions for “skin emergencies” around the holidays? Like big pimples, or waking up with bags under your eyes right before you have to see family (or be in photos!!)? Thank you SO much! Sincerely yours, SkinEmergency Sally Hi Sally! I definitely have some tricks up my sleeve for you in the event that you experience one of these potential picture ruining moments! If you wake up with a big pimple: First thing in the morning when you shower, press a warm cloth on it for at least one minute. The steam in the shower will help as well toRead More →

Happy Monday y’all! In today’s post I have had the pleasure of talking to Kelly Gibbs, a Master Nurse Injector, Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist and Allergan Trainer all about Kybella! Ashli: “Kelly! Thank you so much for letting me interview you on Kybella! Can you tell us- what is Kybella?” Kelly: “Kybella is pure Deoxycholic acid. It’s an enzyme that is produced in your bile. So for example, if you ate a french fry, that french fry would stimulate your bile to produce deoxycholic acid to melt the fat in that french fry. So, scientists with Allergan just created pure liquid deoxycholic acid that is injectable and it destroys theRead More →

TGIF y’all! Today I’m sharing a little roundup of my favorite skincare gifts for the skincare and beauty obsessed in your life! Touch XL Dimmable Makeup Mirror with LED Light This mirror is a vanity top essential- most aesthetics enthusiasts like to study every pore in the mirror after cleansing (HA!) and this allows you to do just that! Beauty Blender Midas Touch Duo This Beauty Blender is so fab! You can always use an extra since they need to be replaced every 1-3 months NuFace Facial Toning Device I’ve shared this device before because I am so obsessed with it! I really believe that townifying theRead More →

Happy Friday y’all and HAPPY DECEMBER! In today’s post I am rounding up more of my favorite holiday beauty buys- stay tuned for next week as I feature Skincare, and then gifts and goodies under $50!   Burberry Festive Beauty Box MAC Snow Ball Peach Face Bag Collection   Slip for Beauty Sleep Pink Collection Dior Couture Colour Wardrobe Eye & Lip Palette   Jo Malone London Cologne Collection   Fresh Sugar Lip Suite Set Chanel Take Flight Travel Palette Set Cle de Peau Lipstick in No. 7 Dragon Red NuFace Trinity Facial Toning Device Sigma Beauty ‘Essential’ Kit  Read More →

TGIF y’all!!!! In today’s post I am going to share some very safe alternatives to Retinol and Salicylic Acid to use as an exfoliant during pregnancy! This is by no means an exhaustive list but these are my favorites! Mandelic Acid Mandelic acid is derived from bitter almonds. It is also an Alpha Hydroxy Acid. Its molecules are very large which makes it take longer to penetrate the skin, causing less irritation. This is my absolute favorite acid for pregnancy related acne. It also helps to control pigmentation and lessen fine lines and wrinkles. I use pads soaked in a Mandelic Acid solution that we carry at the spa in ourRead More →

TGIF y’all! This is a topic I have been meaning to write about for quite some time because there is a LOT of confusion around it! Let’s just jump in. This is NOT a medical microneedling device. This is a dermal roller. (Above) If you have this roller at home, that’s great! The needle depths are hypodermic which means they just skin the stratum corneum or top layer of the epidermis (Typically about .5mm deep). Using it weekly can assist in product penetration and provide a mild mechanical exfoliation. It is not deep enough to induce significant collagen production. I repeat: It is not deep enoughRead More →