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Mother's Day Gift Guide

Jean Ahn

Happy May! Hard to believe how fast time is flying by and it’s already May! It’s actually my favorite month because its spring and the weather this time of year is beautiful! Also, Mother’s day is right around the corner, instead of waiting till the last minute I thought I should put together a gift guide to help find your mom something special and amazing to celebrate her.

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Mules: I love these Sam Edelman Mules, they are such a great dupe of the Gucci Mules and currently on sale! Sam Edelman has the cutest shoes and such great quality.

Lancome Genifique Serum: Mom will love this anti-aging serum to improve her skin and elasticity, firmness and skin tone.

Jade Roller: Of course these are all the rage and I can’t get enough. Gift one for mom to have her experience the amazing jade roller!

Satin Robe: Love a nice floral satin robe to wear when getting ready in the morning or night. This also comes in a few other patterns as well.

Silk Sleep Mask: Gift mom a pure silk eye mask to ensure she has optimal sleep. The mask is crafted from the ‘highest grade (6A) long-fiber mulberry silk with a thickness of 22 momme and is made with the strictest quality guidelines’ and made without toxic dyes.

Diptyque Roses Candle: Give mom the scent of roses that lasts longer than a week! The first time you burn the candle it will burn for at least two hours!

Fluffy slippers: Mom’s feet should be comfy at home with these plush fluffy slippers. Perfect for lounging on on a lazy weekend. It also comes in a few other colors as well.

Tory Burch Wallet: This chic wallet keeps cards and cash organized plus it’s small enough to put in an evening bag. It also comes in black as well.

Some other great gift ideas: A gift card for a pedi/mani, spa day, or hair cut/style. You can never go wrong with these options!

That’s all for now! Share below in the comments what you all are buying for your mom or mother figure for Mother’s Day!

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Vegas travel guide: Where to stay, eat & sights to see on and off the strip

Jean Ahn

Hi Everyone! Hope you all are doing well!

I was just in Las Vegas for a friend’s wedding last weekend and had the best time taking in sights, enjoying delicious food/drinks and caught a Cirque De Soliel show. I was actually in Las Vegas for the holidays and it was pretty chilly in December so it was nice to be back to enjoy the city when it was warm. So now that I’m nearing 30 I hardly frequent the clubs and pool parties like I used to lol! I opted for more touristy activities like shopping, restaurant hopping and sipping specialty cocktails. There’s also some great sights to see and restaurants off the strip. Here’s some of the places I recently visited.

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  • Go see a show: There’s sooo many different shows to choose from. Of course Vegas is known for Cirque de Soliel. There are a variety of cirque shows to choose from which play at a variety of hotels throughout the strip. I went to see ‘O’ at Bellagio and it was amazing. I highly recommend. I also went to see a variety show at Planet Hollywood which showcased comedy, magic, singing, and dance.

  • Stay on or near the strip: With so many hotels to choose it’s hard to know which hotel is the best option/price that fits your needs. I have stayed at quite a few hotels in Vegas and my favorites were The Cosmopolitan, Venetian, Treasure Island, Four Seasons and the SLS which is a little further down the strip so expect to take a short Uber/Lyft. Be prepared to walk quite a bit so be sure to wear comfortable shoes for walking the strip.

  • Visit Red Rock Canyon: You may or may not know this but Las Vegas has some beautiful mountains. About a 15 minute drive away you can head to Red Rock Canyon to see red rock mountains and even hike a nice trail. Also a great photo op too.

  • The Welcome to Las Vegas Sign: I was contemplating if I should mention this because I don’t think it’s THAT amazing but here’s my past experience and some tips to keep in mind. The sign is really close to the strip so it’s really easy to get there, however if you go after 10 am the line is ridiculously long and the sun is super bright so photos turn out shadowy. If you want to snag that perfect photo, I would suggest going early in the morning before the sun is up and you will also avoid lines this way too. I still don’t have that perfect photo at the sign lol!

  • Shopping: There are so many stores on the strip! The Palazzo, Bellagio, Caesars, Aria, The Venetian, The Wynn, Mirage, etc. have a plethora of stores, and lots of high end designer shops. It’s always fun to look around and window shop.

  • Buy a ‘yard’: There’s little stands everywhere to buy one of those huge drinks filled with a cold, fruity, smoothie like drink which is perfect for a hot day when walking the strip. I don’t always get one but it’s just fun to enjoy since you’re able to walk around anywhere on the strip with a cocktail.

  • Restaurants: There’s soo many amazing restaurants in Vegas. The decor at most of the restaurants are gorgeous and the sushi is so delicious. I loved Vanderpump Cocktail Garden inside Caesars, ( I’m a huge fan of Real Housewife Lisa Vanderpump so naturally I had to go there) Canaletto Ristorante inside the Venetian, Mon Ami Gabi inside Paris which has a great view of the Bellagio fountains from their patio ( a great lunch spot) Sushisamba inside Palazzo had some delicious sushi as well as some other fusion dishes, Jaleo inside the Cosmopolitan had delicious tapas and a really fun environment. I have still yet to try Catch at Aria which is also a chain ( also in LA, New York, and Playa Del Carmen ) Herringbone, STK and Beauty and Essex.

  • Visit The Chandelier bar inside The Cosmopolitan. Ask for the ‘flower drink’ where the bartender will instruct you to eat the flower first. At first you will have a numbing sensation but the drink is really delicious! It’s a ‘verbena cocktail with a lemon verbena and ginger infused margarita garnished with a Sichuan flower.’

  • If you want to venture to clubs I would recommend XS, Omnia, Hakkasan but be prepared for big crowds at these big clubs especially if there’s a big headliner. For daytime Wet Republic, Marquee, Daylight and Encore Beach Club are always a great time and throw some great pool parties.

  • Visit Fremont Street: Downtown Las Vegas is a great time, it’s less hectic than the strip and there’s some great restaurants, bars and activities to do. If you love pizza visit Pizza Rock they have some of the best pizza ever!

Hope these tips and ideas help plan for your trip to Vegas. What are some of your favorite spots? Let me know in the comments below!

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My first laser hair removal experience

Jean Ahn

Hi Everyone! How are you all doing? I’m soo happy it’s finally spring and we are THAT much closer to summer! With the warm season fast approaching, I also worry about unwanted body hair. As I mentioned in this previous post I have been struggling with unwanted body hair for years and I decided to try laser hair removal on my upper lip and underarms. My upper lip hair has bothered me since high school, I started with hair removal cream (yikes bad idea) and then switched to waxing for many many years. It was really tough to keep up and of course hair grew back within two weeks! As for my underarms, I have struggled with hyper pigmentation from razor burn. The last few months I have been waxing (thanks to winter) but the growth process is just not feasible.

After a consultation at Regenerative Aesthetics and Lasers Northwest, the specialist provided me with a step by step breakdown of what I could expect for my first laser hair removal treatment.

* This post was sponsored by   Regenerative Aesthetics and Lasers Northwest

Honestly, I was super nervous to try laser hair removal because I had no idea what it would feel like. I had heard from friends who had gotten laser hair removal, that it feels like pin pricks and a light zapping. And if I could handle waxing it would be a breeze! I have to say the sensation is much different than waxing and the zapping is every few seconds where as waxing is over in a few seconds. But once again that is simply my opinion and everyone’s experience will be different.

Here is a quick background about laser hair removal.

First, the clinician applied numbing cream on my upper lip ( I only did partial numbing on my upper lip) and after about 15 minutes my lip was super numb and it had a weird swollen sensation. I did not have any numbing cream for my underarms but looking back I feel like I needed at least partial numbing) Upon being all numbed up, I was given protective eyewear and the specialist started the treatment. A cool gel like substance was applied on the area and what started as a cold sensation turned into a tingly, zapping feeling which occurred every time a hair follicle was zapped. Throughout the treatment there was an intense burning smell, which meant that my hairs were heating up on my skin and follicles were zapped to prevent reproduction.

This process followed for the next 20-30 minutes or so and yes at it was a bit painful. The most sensitive area was my upper lip and the middle of my armpit. Luckily, my hair responded really well to the treatment and I noticed that some hairs actually started to fall out right there. Following the treatment I had slight redness in the treated areas but it quickly went down in a few hours. However it took a few hours for the numbing cream to wear off and an ice pack helped to relieve the numbing.

I will note that because everyone is different, the side effects and pain level will vary from person to person. I am pretty sensitive to pain so at times it was a little painful for me so for my next treatment I plan to do a full numbing treatment for my lip and a partial numbing for my underarms as they are not as sensitive.

Here are some tips to keep in mind before a treatment:

  • Hair should be cleanly shaven

  • Do not wear makeup on the treated area the day of the treatment

  • Don’t sun-tan or use self tanners 4 weeks prior to the treatment (includes spray tans, tanning lotions, tanning bed or sun exposure)

  • No waxing, plucking or tweezing at least 4 weeks prior to the treatment

  • Avoid treatments that may irritate the skin for 1-2 weeks prior to treatment

Also following the treatment keep in mind:

  • Avoid sun exposure and use broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen

  • Redness and perifollicular edema is common and will resolve with time

  • bruising and swelling may occur

  • Hair may take up to 2 weeks to fall out

  • Avoid heat, hot tubs, saunas etc for 1-2 days

  • Avoid products containing retinol, benzoyl peroxide, glycolic/salicylic acids, astringents etc.

  • Notify clinic of any concerns ( blistering, excessive redness/swelling etc. )

  • Apply sunscreen to face every day even on cloudy days

  • Be careful of spraying perfume to not get in on upper lip or any treated area

If you are interested in laser hair removal I would recommend a consultation prior to starting a treatment to assess your skin and hair.

As for the cost, it will vary based on the number of treatments you will need. Click here for more information on pricing.

And lastly, be sure to mention this post and receive 20% off any dermaplanting, micro needling, chemical peel or laser hair removal package from Regenerative Aesthetics and Lasers Northwest.

Have you tried laser hair removal? What was your experience like? Share below in the comments!

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