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GORGEOUS GIVEAWAY: NAPOLEON PERDIS ANGEL BABY MAKEUP KIT

Posted by 07.21.14

Get a jump on your fall look with this week’s Gorgeous Giveaway. We have 3 Napoleon Perdis Angel Baby Makeup Kits (a $42 value), loaded with fall tones, to give away.

The 4-piece beauty giveaway features an eyeshadow quad, black mascara, mini lip pencil, and mini eye pencil. What we really love about the kit is the eyeshadow and it’s four useable shades: tan shimmer, brown shimmer, rust shimmer, and rust/brown shimmer. Each can be worn alone or as pairs.

Finish your look with the eye pencil in chocolate mousse and the black mascara. Dress up your lips with the lip pencil in cameo, a neutral tan.

Wearable, easy to use, and fun, what’s not to like?

 

To Enter: Are you a summer of fall gal? Which season speaks to you and why?

COMMENT post your response in the comment section of this post

OR

TWEET your response to @Beautyinthebag

*to be eligible to win!

Open to US residents only. Contest begins 7/21 at 11 AM EST and ends 7/27 at 11 PM EST.

*No purchase necessary


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MEET JACK FISHER, MD: NASHVILLE PLASTIC SURGEON

Posted by 07.20.14

For more than 30 years, board certified plastic surgeon, Jack Fisher, MD, has been helping residents of Nashville, TN, achieve the results they want. He is a firm believer in choosing a surgeon who is board certified and to further the excellence of the profession, he served as the president of The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) from 2013 to 2014. ASAPS  is the leading professional organization of plastic surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery who specialize in cosmetic plastic surgery. Dr. Fisher specializes in face and body procedures and is known for his dedication to safety above all else. He performs surgery almost exclusively at a state-of-the-art, fully staffed plastic surgery center adjacent to a major medical center.

Here, Dr. Fisher tells Beauty in the Bag about his experience as president of ASAPS, and why it is important to understand the medical board certification system.

www.drjackfisher.com

What was the best part of being president of ASAPS? 

Working with my colleagues and the incredible staff of ASAPS. We have a unique organization in which the doctors and full time staff work together for the benefit of our members. I also had the opportunity to travel and not only meet our members in the US but many abroad.

What would you say was the theme of your year as president?

Providing the best education possible, as well as promoting patient safety. ASAPS is the number one source of quality teaching in the aesthetic field.

ASAPS 2013 survey showed that plastic surgery is on the up. What is driving these numbers? 

Probably two major factors, first an aging population with financial resources, allowing them to have aesthetic procedures. Second, is an improving economy and increased confidence in the future. Another factor is probably a reduction in any stigma associated with aesthetic surgery.

Any surprises in the statistics?  

Not really, many of the numbers are fairly stable; however, non-invasive techniques have had a dramatic rise. Although, the statistics show a significant jump in both buttock surgery and labia plasty, overall these procedures represent a small number of total plastic procedures performed.

Do you think the concept of board certification is starting to resonate with patients? Why or why not?

Yes and no. There are parts of the country where I think patients tend to understand the critical importance of board certification. The problem is there is a great deal of confusion around this term. There are physicians who call themselves cosmetic surgeons and say they are board certified but the board certification can have nothing to do with cosmetic surgery. There are states attempting to have the physician clearly state what the board certification is so that the patient is not misled.

How can patients make sure the doctor they choose is board-certified and why does this matter so much? How do you explain the different boards to make sure they “get” it? 

Obviously, the patient needs to ask the physician if they are board certified and specifically what the certification is in. Beyond this request, this still remains a very confusing situation for patients attempting to identify qualified physicians. The key factor here is identifying specifically which board.


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IS SUGAR BAD FOR YOUR SKIN?

Posted by 07.18.14

Glycation, the effect of excess sugar on the body, is a process I expect we will hear more and more about in terms of its aging impact on the skin. Glycation actually happens when excess sugars in the bloodstream bind with proteins and form advanced glycation end products, called AGEs for short, which cause protein fibers to stiffen and the skin looses elasticity. AGEs also cause skin cells to become more vulnerable to free radicals.

Obviously, white sugar and high fructose syrup contribute to glycation, but the process is actually inevitable. Whole grains, fruits, and vegetables turn to sugar too when digested. Enter the age of AGE fighting products and skin care.

Superfruits like cranberry and blueberry have been used to fight free radicals and noni, a plants that grows in the Pacific Islands, Southeast Asia, Australia, and India has been used in oral supplements to fight gylcation. Now Morinda, a leader in AGEs fighting supplements has launched TruAge Skin AGE Therapy Gel ($42), a topical treatment to fight the signs of aging due to AGEs.

AGE Therapy Gel features Morinda’s proprietary blend of noni, Cornelian cherry, olive leave, blueberry, and cranberry extracts to fortify the skin’s natural defenses against AGEs. It works by dissolving sugar-derived molecules called dicarbonyls, which form AGEs.

The gel works to protect, smooth, and repair. It forms a protective barrier to fight free radicals, environmental damage, and moisture loss. It is formulated to reduce redness and irritation, and to help strengthen the skin’s barrier function.

Recommended usage is to apply the gel twice a day to the face, hands, and body.

Other skin care products formulated to fight glycation include: Lumene Complete Rewind Collection, A.G.E. Control by AminoGenesis, and SkinCeuticals A.G.E. Eye Complex.

Hard to resist in ice cream, pastries, and French macaroons, sugar doesn’t have to impact your skin as well. For more information about AGEs, visit the Morinda website.

 


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