Monday, October 31, 2011

Being Dazzled and Fabulous….Lets Talk Skin Care…

Being Dazzled and Fabulous is not just about adding a chunky statement necklace to a neckline, its about feeling fabulous on the inside and out, and adding some dazzle to complete the package and because your skin is your largest organ, its important to take care of it.. Just recently, I received a compliment that I have never received before, “Your skin looks so good, what do you do?”Huh what, who me??
I have always struggled with my skin, however, once I became an adult, I did notice my acne flare ups and break outs start to be a little less frequent, and then, something happened around age 27 and my face EXPLODED… What I later found out was that I had some hormonal issues because, well, my ovaries were being attacked by low grade cancer cells, which led me to the hospital which lead me to surgery, hence my Stage 1-C ovarian cancer diagnosis. After having both of my ovaries removed and not being able to use HRT, I was placed on low dose birth control pills that made my skin look terrrrrrrriiiiiiible. So I found myself a 30 year old woman with persistent adult acne that, no matter what I did, would not clear up.
Trust me, I have tried every over the counter acne product and some prescription products as well, and nothing ever worked. Imagine my defeat and self consciousness being a professional that was afraid to put her best face forward, because it was covered in acne scars, pimples and oil. From the neck down, I was always dazzled and fabulous, but my face, well, it was dazzled in acne marks and fabulously ruined. So, I decided to take matters in to my own hands and get persistent back.  So, I am about to get real transparent here and show you a before picture…. 

Uggggggghhhh and now after… All smiles and aglow. 

 No retouching, and no concealer, or powder... Only eye shadows... And these pictures were taken on June 18, 2011 with the same camera... 3 months time frame.  And so far, my skin is looking better than it ever has and I know you will probably say, you still have some light scarring, however, for me, I will take this any day over my before.
So here is what I did.
One of the first things I tried was brown sugar and honey as a scrub. The coarse texture of the sugar acts as an exfoliant and the honey acts as a natural humectant to replenish your skin naturally. All you need is a teaspoon of honey and a teaspoon of brown sugar, mix it together in your hand and gently scrub it over your face and you will honestly notice a difference. Especially if you have oily skin because the sugar will help to shed some of those dead skin cells that can sometimes hang on to your skin  (the oil acts just like glue so the dead skin cells, dirt, make up and everything else tend to cling and clog pores, which was one of my problems.) Once I discovered this little treat for my face, I was able to start the exfoliation process. Then I decided to go the CHEMICAL route and this is where it got tricky… So, I started with 2 products, Exuviance’s Performance Peel AP25 and Olay’s MicroDermabrasion Kit. Both great products but still, not enough for me because my skin was so severly acne damaged and hyper-pigmented. So, on to the Glycolic Acid 40%... Now, I am NOT suggesting that anyone follow my regimen with regards to at home chemical peels because you can burn your self, and I did just that. A big burn down the side of my face that looked like I had been drug face first along the asphalt…. However, I treated it, let it heel and tried it again. Once, I got the hang of it, and recognized what worked and how my skin responded, the glycolic acid began to transform my skin. I then moved on to a mild TCA Peel, and whoa….. I looked like a lizard for 5 days, but OMG, after the peeling, I saw a difference and got excited…  I used the TCA for a little less than 2 months, gave that a break and then moved on to Mandelic and Salicylic Acid. I am using this as an every so often peel to maintain my results from the Glycolic and TCA Peels that helped me achieve my initial results…

My everyday regimen now includes AHA Glycolic Acid Foaming Face Wash and Aveeno Clear Complexion Face Pads. I tone with a 10% Glycolic Acid Toner and Use Ambi’s Daily Moisturizer with SPF. I have a spot treatment that I also use that contains Alpha Arbutin, Hyalurnic Acid and Vitamin C Serum…Makes me glow… 

Acne is such a tough subject, especially for adults, however, I wanted to share this with everyone because my skin kept me from pursuing my dreams (starting Dazzled and Fabulous for one) for a long time and I wish that I knew then what I know now, and that's how to treat my condition and I hope that this helps some one else along their journey to clear skin....

-Dazzled and Fabulous

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Sneak Peek... Fur collars are coming to Dazzled and Fabulous....

I'm soooooo excited... Stay tuned for more colors and styles....

More New Arrivals

And the Winner is......

Congrats to I'll Say, you are the winner of the 2nd Fabulously Feather Give Away....

Monday, October 24, 2011

New Arrivals...

Dazzled and Fabulous has kept me quite busy and as a result, I have not blogged any new arrivals in a while... Here are a few new arrivals for this week... 

Stay tuned for this weeks outfit maker....Also, there is only day left for the give away... Have you entered to win???

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Give Away #2 - 10/18-10/25

As mentioned, October is Give Away month here at Dazzled and Fabulous, and keeping up with the Fabulously Feathered theme.... Here is Give Away #2. 

Would you like to win this.... 

Are you ready to enter??!  Here’s what you must do:
You must be publicly following the Dazzled and Fabulous blog and you must be a Facebook fan. Click here to like us on Facebook.
You must leave a comment below showing your interest in the give away!

Follow me on twitter
Tweet “I just entered to win the @DazzledandFab Fabulously Feathered Give Away and include a link to this post. 

Giveaway goes until  October 25th at midnight EST.  I will announce the winner on Wednesday October 26th!!! The winner will be randomly chosen...

Good luck!!
-Dazzled and Fabulous

Extra Extra... Tweet All About It!!! And The Winner Is......

Congrats to Ms. G over at Whats More Important Than Fashion You are the winner of the Fabulously Feathered Give Away!!!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Give Away #1 - 10/10-10/17

Would you like to win this:

Are you ready to enter??!  Here’s what you must do:
You must be publicly following the Dazzled and Fabulous blog and you must be a Facebook fan. Click here to like us on Facebook.
You must leave a comment below showing your interest in the give away!

Follow me on twitter
Tweet “I just entered to win the @DazzledandFab Fabulously Feathered Give Away and include a link to this post. 

Giveaway goes until  October 17th at midnight EST.  I will announce the winner on Tuesday October 18th!!! The winner will be chosen using!

Good luck!!
-Dazzled and Fabulous

Trunk Show 10/13

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Give Away #1 - Sneak Peek!

Give Away #1. Stay tuned for details on how you can enter to win this Fabulously Feathered Necklace and Earrings Set!
 -Dazzled and Fabulous

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

And The Kreativ Blogger Award Goes To........

So………Dazzled and Fabulous has received a Kreativ Blogger  Award courtesy of Ms. Trice from High Heels and Good Meals. Click here to check out her blog… I follow her for her style and good eats, and by her living here in Jacksonville, she inspires me to check out some of the local eateries that I may not have otherwise known about!!! And she is truly dazzled and fabulous!!!

So, here are the rules…..
1.) Link back to the person who passed you the award
2.) Complete the form below
3.) Award 10 blogs and drop them a note to let them know about it
4.) Share 7 random things about yourself

Here is the Form:
1.) Name your favorite song? Geesh, this is a toughie cuz I’m a singer and I love music, but I guess if I had to pick one, I’d say…. Hmmmmmmm…. I Can Play The Background by Lecrae
2.) Name your favorite dessert?Pumpkin Cheesecake
3.) What pisses you off? Intentional Omission (cause that’s a LIE) and Pettiness… Can’t stand pettiness!
4.) When you're upset you...? SHOP!!!!!!
5.) What is your favorite pet? Hmmm, a toy yorkie!
6.) Black or White?  (Gray)lol!
7.) Your biggest fear? Cancer recurrence!
8.) Best Feature?  My Eyes…
9.) Everyday Attitude? Blessed and Highly Favored
10.) What is perfection?  God
11.) Guilty Pleasure? Over Priced Shoes

7 Random Facts About Me:
1.) I wish I had auditioned for Idol in 2004…. #missed opportunities
2.) My mom is my bestie!!
3.) I’m really a nerd.
4.) My friends Kim and Pookie call me Cher Zwellwinger cause I am extremely airheaded (think Cher from Clueless)!
5.) I love to eat! Just finished cooking a shrimp creole with cream sauce made with half and half, Philly Cream Cheese cooking cream and flour to thicken it up and I am stuffed, but want to go back for 3rds.
6.) I have over 300 pairs of shoes…
7.) I’m a woman after God’s heart!

And the Awards Go To:

This was fun and thanks again Trice at High Heels and Good Meals for the award!!! Y all stay tuned for the Give Away!!!!

-Dazzled and Fabulous!!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

October is Dazzled and Fabulous GIVE-AWAY Month...

Stay tuned for the details.....


From deep crimson, to bright fire engine, red is classic, on trend, and proving to be the color for the season.

Dazzled and Fabulous has a few new red pieces ready for the fall season....

Red is one of those colors that will never go out of style and can be paired with anything. And it just makes you feel sexy!!

Do you wear red??

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Bugs and Snakes and Frogs Oh My!!!

Creepy crawlers and amphibians are slithering their way into this seasons hottest trend: chunky, oversized statement jewelry!

This set is constructed of gold tone metal and is very versatile and intriguing. I must admit that I was even a bit apprehensive about the thought of wearing bugs on my neck and wrist, however, much to my chagrin, this set was quite the hit and received rave reviews and compliments galore. What I like best about this set is that it is truly different, yet on trend. But it also has a classic appeal and will be able to transition as a staple piece in any wardrobe.

What do you think about the bug trend? I'm loving it!!!

_Dazzled and Fabulous

Eco-Chic and Exotic: Wood You?

One of this falls new jewelry trends is the wooden bead. Warm, rich hues can add an exotic finish to a simple sweater dress or a denim jacket and plain white -T (I'm a HUGE fan of the plain white tank!)These styles juxtapose metals and wood to create unique and ornate designs that are truly dazzled and fabulous!

Leticia's Wooden Bead Necklace and Earrings

Felicia's Wooden Bead and Stone Necklace and Earrings

Stephanie's Wooden Bead and Stone Necklace and Earrings

So, wood you do the wooden bead trend???