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TCF Style Expo 2015

I hit the road to Atlanta on Saturday to attend the The Curvy Fashionista Style Expo hosted by Marie Denee. Marie's blog and popular Instagram hashtag #TCFStyle was brought to life in the form of a complete fashion experience for plus size gals. I attended the brunch where I was able to finally see the beautiful faces behind the blogs I've read over the years and enjoy good ole southern cooking. The day was full of shopping, music, panel discussions, food and drink, and tons of picture taking. I never attended an event strictly for plus size women and I was so blown away at how so many people came from all over the country to show their support and to join in on the festivities. I was excited to finally meet three of the girls from my organization, Big Girls Link Up, and many of my social media followers and blog readers! For those who missed this year don't worry, there's always next year.

Urban Skin Solutions Newbie

Skincare is such an important component of being a fatshionista. Underneath that beat face it's crucial to have flawless skin. I've always had issues with my skin - dryness, acne scars, and hyper pigmentation. I visited Urban Skin Solutions, Charlotte’s first skin and laser center specializing in the treatment and care of diverse skin tones, for a consultation in which I learned so much about my skin. The esthetician I worked with was so sweet, professional, and extremely knowledgeable. I received a custom microdermabrasion and chemical peel. This my first time ever getting a facial and after the microdermabrasion, I noticed how much brighter my skin was. Following the microdermabrasion, I received a light chemical peel. This process was a tad uncomfortable because it tingled on my cheeks, but a cool fan solved that issue. Both of these services combined will yield great results because they are getting rid of the dead layers of skin. I'll track my progress on Instagram as my skin peels over the next few days. I received some amazing Urban Skin Rx at-home products to create a daily regiment. You can purchase all of these products in office!

Here's a cool time lapse video to capture the process of getting a microdermabrasion:

So what's a microdermabrasion? It is a professional non-surgical exfoliation treatment that will reduce the signs of aging, smooth the texture of the skin, and fade discolorations. Microdermabrasion is performed with a jet of fine crystals, which are propelled and then vacuumed across the skin's surface, removing the damaged cells to reveal fresh, invigorated skin.

Chemical peels are topically applied acids that aid in the restoration and rejuvenation of the skin’s surface. They create an even and controlled shedding of several layers of skin, reducing blotchy and uneven pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, freckling, age spots, sun-damaged skin, acne and acne scars in a relatively short period of time. Chemical peels stimulate the production of new cells revealing fresh, smoother skin.

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