Hi everyone! Sitting here on my couch eating some cheerios and have been looking forward to sitting down and writing about my TruSculpt ID experience two days ago at Revive Medical Spa in San Luis Obispo, California.

Backstory/ Full Disclosure: Shea, from Cutera who makes the TruSculpt ID reached out to me to see if I would try this fat burning treatment and after some apprehension over the vulnerability it would take since they would “Go Live” and film the entire treatment, I decided to go for it. The Reason? Something had potential to solve a real issue I have of stubborn mom gut, and I believe in trying things to make myself a better version of me! I am NOT being paid to write this, I was given the treatment for free in exchange for my honest review. If I’ve said it once i’ll say it a million times, being honest and real is far more important than convincing you a product is good because i’m being paid to do so. Back to my story

In the office where my treatment took place!

Revive Medical hosted me for this and the place was awesome, from the moment I walked into the door the ladies were sincere, warm and kind. The decor was clean and white which I loved, and you could tell that the people there loved their job. That, to me, is important because I value good people and good customer service. Anyways, they ushered me back into a perfectly lit room and showed me the machine, which to be honest looked a lot like the ultrasound machines at the doctors office. It looked simple and far from intimidating, and after the nurse explained a little about the machine I changed into my bathing suit and we got started with some before photos.

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Since they were doing it live on Instagram, I brought some leggings because I didn’t want my entire body filmed while laying on a table, but it really doesn’t matter what you wear as long as the area you are treating is free of clothing. It depends on where the areas are where you want to treat but I chose the mom gut, aka the stretch of skin and fat below your belly button. I swear no matter what I do those fat cells are on a permanent vacation, its so frustrating.

The nurse placed the devices in an imaginary six pack form on my belly and then two on the love handle areas I wanted to treat. After, she wrapped me up in a human- like saran wrap and she started the machine. The little nodules got warmer as time went on, and the first five minutes were an increase of temperature in different areas until my entire stomach reached the fat burning temperature, where I sit at for 10 minutes. It felt like I was wearing a weighted, heated army jacket/tube shirt. Personally, I like my showers really hot like almost burn you hot so this heat was nothing to me but I would definitely consider it very warm/hot. Personally I found it soothing, it felt like a sauna for my belly.

After the ten minutes were up she unwrapped then took off the devices one by one. Nothing hurt about this process it was super simple, no mess just a tiny bit of sweat she rubbed off. My abs were red in the areas of the nodules but nothing else and I literally took some photos then put my clothes back on and went and got my kids from my moms house.

I wondered how it worked? It seemed so simple. I could use all the fancy words to describe it but i’m not going to, TruSculpt uses heat to kill your fat cells. Once they are dead, your body will naturally rid of them, and results are complete by the 12th week mark. The reason that this isn’t an immediate fix is because they burn the fat cells, up to 24%, and then your body naturally disposes of them. This can be used by anyone, any reasonable age aka not too young. It can also be used in any place on your body, and it helps reduce cellulite! Woohoo!

Did I notice an immediate change? Not so much, nothing like whoa that’s crazy im skinny now, more like a tightening from the heat and the restriction. Am I looking forward to seeing a change? Absolutely, I will be going back around 12 weeks to measure and see, and I will update you guys along the way.

Do I recommend this product at this moment, I don’t have an answer for that. In fact, if I did sit here and tell you it works I would be dishonest because my results are clinically not supposed to show up for a week or two and possibly up to 12! Trust me, seems like a long time to but no time will be too long if this dang belly fat goes away! What I do recommend is if this is something you’re interested in, like I was, contact the office at Revive Medical Spa. What they will do is set you up with a consultation (which is free) to talk about your options, its difficult to give prices as well because it all depends on the areas you are treating! I hope this gives you a good insight into my initial experience, its as honest as I can be, which is what you deserve!

I believe in taking care of myself, being reasonable, and putting in effort. I’ve found that when im taking care of myself im also better at taking care of those around me I love most like Gavin and my kids. If this works, you can BET ill be singing and dancing it’s praises. I value honesty and transparency and I hope you can see that here tonight in this post!

Happy Late Wednesday Night Friends!

Stephanie

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To be honest, I have always wanted to be that girl that has all the good skincare products and cared enough to wash my face morning and night. I  The reality is, growing up I never tended to my skin/face, and with 4 siblings I was lucky to find and use my own toothbrush each night so a face routine was definelty not happen. In fact, the only facial cleanser I ever really used was a makeup remover towelette which is most definelty not a facial cleanser so that gives you an idea of where I started.

Thinking back its probably because I grew up with a mom who never wore makeup and washed her face with a Dove Soap bar.

It wasn’t until I met one of my favorite humans, Monica that I started to even look at my face closely and realize I need to pay a little attention to the skin I’ll be with till the day I die. Going to her the past 8 years has taught me a TON about taking care of myself, investing in my skin and most importantly living a life that HELPS keep my skin because I don’t know about you but…

I’m trying to look good WITHOUT makeup.

There is nothing cooler to me than seeing someone with no makeup on, I personally try to go makeup free as much as possible! A few weeks ago, Monica spent the time and hooked me up with a Porcelain Peel and a Nano Fill which is basically a natural alternative to botox. It stimulates the collagen and makes you feel all kinds of pretty. Today, we are sharing with you Five things your Estetitian wants to tell you from the one and only face goddess, Monica Maree Esthetics!

1. STOP ignoring your skin.

When you are 60 (50, even 40 and as soon as 30’s) you will wish you hadn’t ignored it all of those years. Your skin tells a story, so don’t concern yourself so much with avoiding the laugh lines. ( I personally find those to be lovely)  Just really be aware of the sun and the damage it causes. It isn’t necessarily going to show next month or even next year. But trust me when I tell you… it comes back to bite you in your 40’s.

2. DON’T get stuck in the belief that skincare is frivolous.

It is self-care and YOU ARE WORTH IT. I always work in ways to make my services affordable. I know as a woman/mother it is hard to justify spending the time and money on myself. I have learned that when I am caring for myself, I not only am setting a good example for my kids but I also am happier to be available to my family and friends.

3. NEVER GIVE UP ON  purchasing good quality skincare.

It can get pricey, I know, but you get what you pay for. Some store bought products can be ok but you actually spend more because you have to use more. Professional quality products are concentrated. You end up using less, therefore it lasts longer. When you look at it like that, its best to use something that is going to actually work to achieve the results you want and use less of it. It really ends up being the same cost so go for the Good Stuff.

4. ALWAYS Use Sunscreen.

We get tired of hearing it, I know. Just find the one that works for you (there are so many great sunscreen tinted moisturizers out there- take your pick)
and use it EVERYDAY. Even if it is raining. And ESPECIALLY if it is Foggy.

5. IF YOU HAVE LIMITED TIME, AT LEAST do your best to eat clean, drink water, moisturize at night and wear your sunscreen.

Put it in your bag, your car console and even in the pantry. While your grabbing your morning coffee, grab that sunscreen and slap it on before makeup.

Porcelin peel and Nano Fill were the two treatments Monica did on me! Here are a few Question/Answers for those who are interested! And videos of the amazing treatments below!
1. How much are they? Porcelain Peel is $175/  3 Nano Fill is $190 / series of 3 and combo of Porcelain and Nano $225
2. How often do you need to do them? 1/month, for targeted results.
3. What age should you start doing facials? Anytime, its never too early to learn how to care for your skin. Early to mid 30’s is when your skin changes; collagen production slows, pigmentation rises, hormones change, stress and lifestyle begin to show on your skin.
4. what are the pricing for those treatments? $85- $110 is the average cost. All of my facials are customized to my clients current needs. Consultations are always complimentary.

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Good morning friends! I genuinely hope this post reaches you at a happy point in your day. My day always looks bright when I can get to my computer and write, even if that means my child is dancing around me with an Oreo at 9am! As you probably know by now, I just got back from the best girls weekend in Charleston celebrating my sweet best friend from college who is getting married in a few months!  Let me be the first to tell you, girls weekends are SO necessary and having little Rosie there with us all made it even better!  I can’t wait to blog about my trip and brag a little about my amazing husband who took care of our little man while I was away!

I love going on trips but nothing beats coming home to my boys, they are the lights of my life I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to love them forever and ever.  Another surprise, aside from a clean home, was my Mama Bird Box! They reached out to me and of course I was interested in receiving their product because to me it is the perfect gift for any Mama to Be! Plus, we are doing a giveaway and who doesn’t love free stuff?!

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Mama Bird Box is a subscription box that arrives at your (or the mama to be in your life’s) door full of items that correspond with the month in pregnancy! These boxes encourage moms towards a healthy, happy pregnancy and are full of 4-6 items I’m certain you will love! When you sign up, or send a gift, you input the mother’s due date and the box that arrives corresponds with that month in pregnancy!

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This company has nailed the perfect way to spoil the mama, and in turn the little baby growing inside! Grandma’s, aunties, best friends, this is the perfect gift to give to the sweet mama to be in your life! Cost is $34.95/month, $94.85/3 months, $209.75 for 7 months and all come with free shipping! Use coupon code TAKEFIVE for $5 off your first order!

Who doesn’t love a happy, healthy mama to be! Below are the contents that I received in my box for 7 months pregnant! As I write this, Wyatt is chowing down on the chocolate covered Oreo… I pick my battles and getting it away from him is not going to be one of them!

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I am excited to announce that we are doing a giveaway ONE box to be shipped to you or the mama of your choice! Details can be found on my Instagram here!

Hope you all have an amazing week, thanks for stopping by!

hugs,

Stephanie