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GIVEAWAY! Oclipse Sunscreen + Primer SPF 30 Zo Skin Health



Spring forward with my March Beauty Madness Giveaway. I love this sunscreen because it has a silicone feel and acts as a primer, too! It is SPF 30 and has UVA and UVB broad spectrum protection. This is one of my go-to’s when I want a lighter lotion but with all the benefits of a protective sun-screen. I want to share with you all because Spring is hopefully right around the corner and I want to protect all my beauty-babies with the best coverage around!!

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The Outfit I Love, With The One I Love

I hope everyone has enjoyed the long weekend and more importantly their Valentines Day.  As a mom with a new little one, it’s hard to find the time for date night so this was soo perfect! I had so much fun getting ready! That’s always the best part of the night, am I right?! I wanted to share my prepping for the big date night and let me just say: IT TAKES A VILLAGE!!! Here are a few tips that helped me get picture-perfect and I want to share them to help you get flawless on your next date night!

ONE | Complexion: Get glowing skin and everything else will fall into place. 

I decided to treat myself to an IPL (photo rejuvenation).  This procedure will help diminish sun-damage, age spots, fine lines & wrinkles, redness and boost collagen.  A series is recommended but you will get results with each treatment. I treated myself on a Thursday and was ready for dinner Saturday night!

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TWO |  Makeup: Do It Once, Do It Right  

For makeup, I turned to Marti of Tica Cosmetics  who keeps me in the “know” when it comes to the latest colors. I also love her makeup line for its luxury, hypoallergenic, paraben & fragrance free products. Not to mention the line is gentle on your wallet 😉


Luxury matte lipstick in Marilyn – eye-shadows are matte shadow in Putty, Coffee Bean and the middle one is Sheer Satin in Bisque.


Baked blush in Nectar


Baked finishing powder in Satin Glow with Stipple Brush #32

THREE | Outfit: Wear It, Don’t Let It Wear You 

Let’s start with my threads… This ensemble comes  from my stylist and dear friend Carly Walko of Thirty Something Fashion.  I have abused this pantsuit! I  simply change up my accessories and heels and its a whole new look.  It’s comfortable and chic at the same time! I cannot express how much LOVE I have for this amazing pantsuit!


Greylin Pantsuit, Thirtysomethingfashion

FOUR | Accessories: More is more and less is a bore.

I love this statement necklace for its mixed metals and versatility. I can almost wear this badboy with any outfit – and I think I have :O  It definitely gets a lot of play time!  And for a fun pop of color I added my own red heels & clutch!


Sutton necklace, Stella & Dot

FIVE | Attitude: Peace, Love & Happiness 

Okay beauties this is the easiest part … I tend to feel that if you simply smile you may experience some great benefits …

  • Your inner beauty  shines through!
  • Serotonin and other natural pain killers and endorphin are released which creates an up-lifting affect on your mood. Double bonus!
  • Attracting good people with other great attitudes : )

There’s an old saying that “it takes more muscles to frown than it does to smile.”  I have made a conscious effort to practice this and have noticed I have an overall positive experience.



OH MY! Botox & Blowouts: New Beauty Trend In Town

 Hello Beauties!  Boy, does time fly, it’s February already AH …

I hope everyone is enjoying 2015 so far – I sure am!  It’s been super busy for me personally and professionally which  = good problems!   I continue to learn so much at Ruff Plastic Surgery.  We recently received a new laser and I AM IN LOVE with it! I will touch/share more on the new bundle of joy in a future post..  But first let me tell you about an event we had last week, BOTOX & BLOWOUTS at Bella Bethesda Salon.

By now you all should know that I am not shy with sharing my latest anti-aging obsessions but this one by far might be my latest fav! Time and time again I treat myself to blowouts & every 4 months I treat myself to Botox … BUT both at the same time in the same place is GENIUS!!! 2015 is about being efficient, right?! 😉

The concept  is to address your complete beauty needs in a one-stop shop. So me, Dr. Ruff & Dr. Somenek packed up the goods and made ourselves at home in an awesome premiere salon, Bella in downtown Bethesda.  We were  able to offer Botox and fillers like Juvederm, Voluma , Restylane Silk from our board-certified Plastic Surgeons & Nurse Practitioners and I was able to offer Skin Consultations as well as Chemical Peels & Clear & Brilliant Laser Treatments –all at the same time as a hair appointment.

This event was so successful and we received such positive feedback! We will be hosting Botox & Blowouts quarterly! Here are the top five reasons you can’t miss out…

1. Board Certified Plastic Surgeons Injectors

2. Premiere Stylist

3. Complimentary Skin Consultation

4. One Stop Shop 

5. Get summer ready in style





Until next time beauties!




New Year, New You!

As cliché as it sounds, I love to start the new year with all sorts of resolutions. The biggest resolution being to actually try and finish the year having kept them 🙂 So I decided to make a mental checklist of resolutions as I prepared for our New Year’s Celebration this year.

So there I was..getting dressed in my room in anticipation of the night (which by the way has definitely become my favorite part of New Year’s!) Feeling sassy thanks to my dear friend, Carly Walko of Thirty Something Fashion with my, Karina Gramaldi dress and shoes sprawled out just waiting for me to slip into them, products lined up, hair and make-up in the works.




All set with my glass of wine within arm’s reach by the sink, and maybe (just maybe) I had my iphone turned all the way up blaring “Shake it Off” channeling my inner Taylor Swift (don’t judge!) I mean, that, in itself, feels almost like a perfect night, right? Does anyone really need that big drunken New Year’s kiss at midnight? Actually, I still kind of like that…makes every girl feel special going into the New Year. Although if another baby comes out of me nine months from tonight, that will not be cool. (special thanks to the bartender at last year’s New Year’s Eve party at Mastro’s Ocean Club in Scottsdale for contributing to our third daughter’s conception.. Cheers to you!) But alas, I’ve mellowed out enough that I now feel like a nice dinner and a decent picture to Photoshop and post on instagram is a considered a successful New Year’s Eve.


Just as I slipped into my stilettos and zipped up my dress (another success 4 months post baby- YES!) I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror and smiled. Feeling good! And then I laughed realizing that I was trying hard not to succumb to a huge yawn.. Like a lot of people may feel (especially moms and anyone feeling their age a little bit) I was beginning to wish New Year’s celebrations started at 10:30 instead of midnight 😉 I looked long and hard in the mirror and made my mental checklist of resolutions:

• Eat healthy –TBD if raw cookie dough is healthy or unhealthy
• Workout more regularly- not just when I’m having “fat moments.”

Fair enough, two standard resolutions–I’ll give it a shot!
So far, so good….but the rest of my list might be more like a practical joke I insist on playing on myself! But here it goes anyway…

• Wake up early every morning to workout before the kids wake up. HA! not a chance!!
• Spend more cautiously –yea, okay!
• And this one is my all time favorite– drink less. Who’s fooling who here? – NO ONE likes a skinny, cheap, sober chick!

So as I stood there, I realized that I am so incredibly thankful for the year I’ve had. It’s been an amazing new adventure. I love to learn more & challenge myself and that is exactly what I’ve done. And really, without the pressure of a list of resolutions. I’ve had a successful year by simply staying true to who I am and doing what I know is best for me, and for my family. So my REAL resolution this year? To continue to take everything in moderation, work hard; enjoy life with my awesome family and friends. Farewell to 2014 and a job well done! If you could see me right now, I’m patting myself on the back and looking forward to 2015…


I want to wish a Happy New Year to everyone who has supported this blog!!! I’ve enjoyed sharing some of the insights of my life, especially the ones on skin care and beauty tips. To kick off 2015, here is a list of important tips to begin Winterizing your skin. As winter rolls through, and everyone clings to that image of finally getting to the beach in the summer, what most people don’t realize is that a lot of that important preparation begins NOW.

This time of year you should consider these simple tips to Winterize your skin:

1. Shower once a day for 10 minutes or less. Use luke warm water – hot water will strips the natural oils.
2. Moisturize daily immediately after showering – your pores are open and use a serum. Serums Like Calm After The Storm will hydrate, soothe and provide loads of hyaluronic acid to give you hydrated youthful skin but in a serum form instead of a creme..

3. Protect your skin from the inside out – YOU are what you eat!

4. Treat yourself to a great scarf! Who doesn’t love a reason to purchase a new accessory?! I turn to ThirtySomethingFashion for all fashion ideas!

5. For your chapped lips Aquaphor  is a MUST!!


Please continue to follow along with me as I continue to learn & share skincare/beauty tips throughout the years to come.

Happy New Year!


“Pamper Me” MyBody GIVEAWAY

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I absolutely LOVE this kit by mybody! Pamper yourself with mybody Pamper Me Set! A probiotic bath and shower gel coupled with probiotic lotion that leaves your skin clean, smooth and invigorated. The cleanser energizes your skin with immune-boosting properties, and the probiotic body lotion not only smooths your skin, but also delights your senses with a sophisticated beachy scent.

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Are You Comfortable In Your Own Skin?

I don’t know about you but from head to toe I am feeling uncomfortable in my skin…. With winter, comes that dreaded dry, scaly, itchy uncomfortable skin. Much like changing your wardrobe seasonally, you should do the same with your skincare! I change my regimen up every season- because my skin changes with the weather & especially the humidity! Right now I am lathering up with these “must have” moisturizers.

Moisturizing Kelley Knows

From left to right – I am in LOVE with mybody’s MYhero Ultra Rich Growth Factor creme because of its anti-aging growth factor components but even more than that, how rich and emollient it feels on my skin – it’s UN-describable!

Next up is another mybody product  called Calm After The Storm Soothing Treatment.  I love this product for those who like a serum rather than a creme or lotion feel.  This product hydrates, soothes and provides loads of hyaluronic acid to give you hydrated youthful skin but in a serum form instead of a creme.

Last but not least…  AND new to my daily regimen-  ZO Skin Medical’s Daily Power Defense.  I love this anti-aging daily moisturizer for my everyday moisturizer under my make-up.  It is medical grade in its ingredient makeup and it does the job of hydrating but not feeling too greasy under my makeup! If you would like to purchase this guy or have any questions contact me at;

For the rest of my body, I have had a love affair with  Kiehls Creme de Corps Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter.  By far the most silky, luxurious, hydrating feel ever!!!


Hope this helps you to feel comfortable in your own skin this winter!





Don’t Let Your Fun In The Sun This Past Summer Ruin Your Skin

For those of you who already have your routine in order and are ready to take it to the next level, there are 3 recommended treatments below that specifically address the summer sun-damage that many of us notice appearing in the early Fall. Each of these recommendations show best results with a series of treatments that will replenish and rejuvenate your skin throughout the Winter months and will have you looking radiant and rejuvenated come Spring. I can speak from personal experience when I say that the results will truly amaze you by the time spring rolls around! If you aren’t quite ready for injectables or a surgical procedure, these non-surgical, non-invasive treatments are for you. And they’re perfect for many Moms who don’t have an excess of spare time, let alone cosmetic procedure “down time”. But most importantly, they’re an excellent option for women of all ages who want to add proactive treatments to their skincare routine and rejuvenation plan!

• Clear & Brilliant – a non-surgical, non- invasive anti-aging laser treatment that leaves your skin looking refreshed even after 1 treatment. It’s great in a series of (3). It’s proven to help improve fine lines, wrinkles, tone, texture and pore size appearance.


• IPL Photo facial – I have been treating myself to IPL’s for years – oh how loyal they are to me 😉 A Photo facial treatment is a series of (3-6) gentle intense pulsed light (IPL) treatments developed to improve the appearance of sun damaged and aged skin, as well as to reduce redness and flushing, resulting in more youthful looking skin.




• Micro Needling – This treatment is one of the “newbies” in my skin treatment regimen and I am NEWLY obsessed!!! Micro Needling is minimally invasive and entails a rolling device over the skin that creates tiny channels (or piercing the skin) in the skin to stimulate new cell growth and collagen production. This procedure also allows products to penetrate more efficiently for overall skin rejuvenation. A series of (4) treatments a month apart is recommended for best results.



For a consultations or a treatment with me contact Ruff Plastic Surgery & if you have any inquiries contact me and I would be happy to answer any questions you may have!


I’m Back…. and with some tips!

With summer behind us and winter quickly approaching, it’s time for us Moms to prepare for the cold weather and all that it entails. Aside from making sure that the kids have snow gear for our infamous “snow days”, we have to be sure to take care of ourselves.  In my world, that begins with your SKIN!  Maintaining your daily skincare regimen in the winter is even more important than you think.  The cold winter air lacks humidity and dries up the natural oils in your skin, often resulting in dry skin.  The frigid winter winds can cause dry chapped skin as well.  But if you’re new to creating a skincare “routine” or often just can’t find the time to dedicate to it, I’ve got you covered.  I’ve listed my top 5 general skin care tips to get you through the winter.  Consider them your recipe to beautiful skin!


5 Skin Care tips to get you through the cold, dry Winter months:



  1. Switch your cleanser to a soap-free Gentle Cleanser. I love & use MyBody’s Clean Routine Foaming Cleanser for the winter months. Your skin will feel clean and luxurious without the risk of stripping it of its essential oils that help to protect it from the harsh, cold winter weather on a daily basis.

clean-routine Click Here to purchase


  1. Contrary to the popular belief that you should ditch your scrubs/exfoliators over the winter months, you should actually continue to use or add one to your regimen. By including a gentle exfoliator, it will help to remove the build-up of dry skin.  This is important as dry skin can block the moisturizing agents from penetrating the skin.  Using a gentle exfoliator will ensure proper hydration as well as stimulating collagen reproduction! Don’t go crazy. Once a week is perfect! I use ZO Skin Healths exfoliating polish to manually exfoliate over the winter months 1-2 times a week.


Contact me to purchase  ZO Skin Health Exfoliating Polish

3. Serum, Serum, Serums are my winter obsession! I love to layer on   my serums under a great moisturizer!  A quick overview as to why serums are elite in the Winter skin care category:  They penetrate deeper and their liquidy format can hold a higher percentage of active ingredients than a moisturizer can.  So in return, they deliver many more benefits while actually plumping up cells and locking in moisture. My serums of choice are Calm After The Storm and Brightamin C from MyBody & Zo Skin Health Ossentials Growth Factor Serum Plus.





Click Here to purchase Calm After The Storm Serum,  Here for the Brightamin C Serum and Contact me, for  ZO Skin Health Growth Factor Serum


4. Come Winter, I also switch out my summer lightweight moisturizers for heavier moisturizers that include humectants & emollients.   My moisturizer crush right now is MyBody Ultra Rich Anti-Aging Growth Factor Cream.  This beauty attracts and holds onto water with peptides, and hyaluronic acids, fights aging with growth factors and leaves your skin feeling soft and hydrated.  During the summer months, I tend to lean towards lightweight moisturizers but rest assured, dry, Winter weather calls for stronger reinforcements☺

1376982_10151883401644555_425717994_nTo purchase MyBody Ultra Rich Anti-Aging Growth Factor Cream Click Here!

  1. If you’re not a “more the merrier” gal like myself when it comes to products, here is a simple winter tip that is not time consuming.  Treat yourself to a weekly hydrating MASK. Since I am clearly a fan of the MyBody line, currently I am using their Glow Forward Thermal Probiotic Enzyme Treatment Mask.  This mask softens and exfoliates dull skin without being abrasive and your skin instantly appears brighter, clearer and more radiant.

glow-forwardTo purchase MyBody’s Glow Forward Thermal Probiotic Enzyme Treatment Mask Click Here!

Check in next week for my winter non- invasive treatments that address summer’s sun-damage!



Be Back Soon…

I’ve been a little MIA these past couple of weeks–BUT with good reason… I’ve been hanging out with my new little peanut!! And juggling diapers, endless laundry, cleaning up puke, fighting sleep deprivation BUT most importantly snuggling with my newbie – which makes up for all of the rest! For those of you that didn’t know – I was pregnant and recently had a beautiful baby girl on September 5th – she’s #4. HOLLY COW!! I never imagined having 4 children… I will be slowly getting back into the swing of things and by that I mean Mama will be getting her “MOJO” back! I’ll post myself getting my peels, injections & what I’m using for my fall skincare regimen real soon!
Stay tuned… Until then check out my new little peanut below.




Beauty Blender Tutorial | Ft. Tica Beauty

This cute little guy is my new best friend!
I am loving applying my foundation with the Beauty Blender  even more now — I’m getting an airbrush look with a super even streak free result.
The Beauty Blender has an open cell structure that fills small amounts of water when wet to allow the sponge to be “full” so that the makeup product sits on top of the sponge rather than being absorbed, allowing you to use less product every time.

Love love love! Check out my tutorial with Tica Beauty below…

Find the Beauty Blender online or at a Sephora near you! We also used Tica Beauty’s Mineral Sheer Tint SPF 20 that you can find online or at her Vienna Studio.

Zo Medical Exfoliating Polish 

Zo Medical Brightenex

mybody Brightamin-C