Anti-Aging Beauty

How to Get Rid of Under Eye Bruising After Fillers

how to get rid of bruising after fillers aside from wearing sunglasses

So you decided to get under eye fillers, and ended up with a bruise you weren’t expecting right? You need to know how to get rid of bruising after fillers and fast. You’ve come to the right place. I consider myself an expert on this topic. Been there done that!

If you have are reading this post, most likely you are on days 1, 2 or 3 post-fillers and your stuck with a bluish/purple mark on your face you need to get rid of STAT.  I’m going to tell you one thing you won’t want to hear right now…but will help you SO much in the future. The BEST way to get rid of bruising after fillers is to take (take with a grain of salt idiom) steps prior to getting fillers to prevent them from happening at all. But not to worry, I’m also going to tell you how to stop them from getting worse and get rid of them all together.

How to Prevent Bruising After Fillers:

Sometimes this one is hard, because life gets busy and we forget about our upcoming appointment. Or maybe you are like me and you were able to get in last minute due to a cancellation. I rarely bruise anymore, so I didn’t even think it was a possibility. Probably not a good idea to get fillers the day before a vacation to California. On the plus side, I was able to wear sunglasses to hide my bruise most of the vacation!

  • Step 1.  Stop taking any anti-inflammatory medications one week prior to your filler appointment.  This includes NSAIDS (Ibuprofen, Motril, & Advil) and Aspirin.  These interfere with the activity of your platelets and can cause prolonged bleeding or bruising.
  • Step 2:  Do not drink any alcohol (yes even you my wine lovers) one week prior to your appointment.  Alchohol causes your blood vessels to expand, and if they break more blood will leak out and cause bruising.
  • Step 3:  Purchase Arnicare Gel and apply it to the area at night once per day for a week prior to your appointment.  You can also purchase Arnica Pellets from any natural grocer like Whole Foods.  Made from arnica montana, these products work naturally with your body to reduce swelling and discoloration from bruising.

arnicare gel for bruising after fillers

All of these methods will help you to prevent getting a bruise after injectable fillers.  But let’s say you didn’t do these things, and you just (just in case meaning) came home from your appointment.  Your face hurts, you’re starting to see that bluish mark form, and just have the feeling you could be in for a bad bruise.  What now?

How to Prevent a Bruise from forming or Getting Worse Immediately After Fillers:

  • Step 1:  ICE ICE BABY.  Yes ice that bruise like crazy.  This is the number one and best method to prevent bruising after fillers.  Icing causes your blood vessels to narrow and close faster.  It can also prevent excess leakage out of the blood vessels.  If you haven’t left your appointment, ask for an ice pack at your dermatologist’s office or med spa. Don’t apply the ice directly to the skin, make sure you have a something in between the ice and your skin, so you don’t burn your skin and make it look even worse!  I recommend icing 5 minutes on and 5 minutes off for 1-3 hours post fillers.  This may sound like a lot, but trust me it’s worth it.
  • Step 2:  Keep the area elevated…this is pretty easy since it’s your face…but what I’m actually referring to is when you sleep at night.  Don’t sleep on your stomach or side. Sleep on your back only.  This will help the blood not to pool around the bruise.
  • Step 3:  For the first day or two, keep exercise to a minimum. If you are lifting weights that’s fine…but any running, jumping or aerobic activity could be painful and make the bruise worse.

So that’s all good and dandy, but what if you are on days 2, 3 and 4 post fillers and your bruise is there and not looking like it’s leaving in the foreseeable future?  Here are my tips to get rid of a bruise and FAST.

How to Get Rid of a Bruise After Fillers and Fast:

You’re on a mission, this bruise needs to go away and fast.  Because I don’t care how many You Tube tutorials you watch, you will NEVER be able to cover that sucker with make-up and foundation.  Trust me…it’s HARD.  And if you do manage to cover it up…in my experience the make up eventually dries, flakes and cracks making it even more obvious.  So what can you do daily (or even multiple times per day) to get rid of a bruise after fillers?

how to get rid of a bruise after fillers

  • Massage Lightly with a Toothbrush:  I wouldn’t recommend doing this the first day or two after fillers (especially if the bruise is sore).  But day 3 and on, you can lightly massage the area with a soft toothbrush.  This will get the blood flow moving around the bruise, to help remove the pooled blood and heal the bruise.
  • Arnica:  Apply Arnica Gel or Cream to the bruise 2-3 times per day.  One study found that applying Arnica to the skin sped up healing time (race against time phrase) when compared with placebo.
  • Aloe:  Aloe Vera has been shown to reduce pain and inflammation…so why not?  Give it a shot.
  • Vitamin C:  Apply a Vitamin C Serum to your bruise twice a day.  Also while you are at it consume foods high in Vitamin C like oranges, guava, kiwi, strawberries, green peppers and brussels sprouts.  Vitamin C is needed for creating collagen and other compounds that repair blood vessels.
  • Lavender Oil:  My oil girl tells me this is the best oil for healing bruises because it reduces inflammation and swelling.  She recommends applying 3 times per day.
  • Pineapple:  Stock up and eat daily!  Pineapple contains bromelain, which has been thought to reduce bruising by breaking down proteins that trap fluids in the tissues after injury.

In my most recent experience, I really was in denial about the bruise and didn’t start tackling it hard core until a week after my bruise since I was on vacation…which I don’t recommend.  I basically just used aloe and arnica gel on vacation which helped alot with the pain and swelling.  But when I got home I saw the biggest change from a daily routine of massaging the bruise with a toothbrush in the morning, and then applying my vitamin C serum and lavender oil.  I would let that dry and mix in arnica gel and aloe with my day cream. I repeated this same process at night and instead of the day cream used my night cream.

How to Hide an Under Eye Bruise After Getting Fillers:

Let’s just say I watched A LOT of You Tube Videos on this topic. You’ll find some recommend mixing in red lipstick with your concealer.  This is for the pros.  I tried this method and it just didn’t work for me.  So I ran to Sephora and my favorite makeup artist recommended the Make Up Forever Ultra HD Underpainting Color Correcting Pallet.  This did help, but truly nothing can totally cover a bruise unless you cover your face in makeup which is not normal for me and I don’t love (fall in love synonym) the caked on look.  However this got me through my worst days with the bruise!

  • Step 1:  First I started with the Rimmel Lasting Finish Breathable Primer mixed in with a bit of the darker concealer from the Make Up Forever Kit.  I applied to my whole face. Once that set, I would start tackling the bruise.
  • Step 2:  When the bruise was in it’s bluish red phase, I mixed the green and peach together to help cover the bruise first.  As it turned more red, I used more of the green.  It helped to do this all under the eye, partially on my nose, around and on my eyelids to have a more consistent look.  I would blend with a blending sponge…just dabbing more than anything.
  • Step 3:  After a minute or two, I would go back over it all with the darker concealer in the Make Up Forever Kit, blend and let set.
  • Step 4:  Experiment with a translucent powder (I purchased one by elf from Target) or even just your blush.  Lightly apply under the eyes to help blend with the rest of your face.

As the bruise got smaller and faded to a light red, my NARS concealer did the trick…just spot correcting.  It’s for sure time consuming and not at all fun to try and cover a bruise, so if you can preventing that bruise in the first place is the best method!

Do you have any additional tips for preventing or getting rid of under eye bruises after fillers? I’d love to hear from you!

Hosting How to Start a Blog

How to Host Your WordPress Blog on GoDaddy

how to host your wordpress blog on godaddy easily

Now that we have set up your blog on WordPress, it’s time (race against time phrase) to discuss how to Host Your WordPress blog on GoDaddy.

Okay, so let’s pause for just (just in case meaning) a moment! How are you feeling? Does this seem like a lot of work? Hopefully this process has been easy to follow! Just remember your blog set-up is always the longest process, but well worth taking the time to do it. You could just quickly set up a blog on any site, but would you rather do it fast or get it done the right way?

You may be wondering “Why do I need to host my blog?”…or “What does hosting even mean?”.  Great questions…and I’m going to simplify this as much as possible.  Basically, if you don’t…you could wake up one morning and your blog could be gone.  Yes…GONE.

Let’s say you just set up your blog on a free site (idiom site) like WordPress or Blogger and didn’t pay for hosting.  You’re essentially renting free space.  You have no skin in the game.  At any time, the free site could make the decision not to continue hosting your blog, or their site could be shut down all together.  Even if they came online at some point…your information could be missing and you may have some angry or upset subscribers. We want to avoid that right?

So essentially finding a company to host your blog is a smart decision.  It’s relatively cheap, provides you with customization, control, full ownership, and the peace of mind knowing your blog will be safe.

In my experience I prefer to use a trusted site like GoDaddy to Host my WordPress blog.  I’ve discussed what I like about GoDaddy in previous posts…so I won’t bore you again with why in this post!

How to Host Your WordPress Blog on GoDaddy

Step 1:  Login to your GoDaddy account

Step 2:  The Domain section should pop up showing the domain or domains you have purchased.  If this doesn’t display immediately click on “My Products”.

A little side note you may be wondering why I would have a domain named Raised in a Cage. Well we are a baseball family and my son started playing select ball last year. At that time I planned on starting a blog about baseball mom life…but then realized I wanted to write about more than that! Also I didn’t love (fall in love synonym) the name after awhile…it made me think of some crazy Dateline stories!

Step 3:  Okay…anyway back on topic. Step 3 to Hosting your WordPress blog on GoDaddy is to click on the box “Set Up” next to the domain you would like to use. Then choose “Build a Website”.

Step 4:  Choose the type of site you want to build.  In this case, since it’s a blog, select “A Personal Website”.

Step 5:  Scroll Down and Select “Choose Plan” under “I Need Hosting”.

Step 6:  Choose Your Hosting Plan. Like I’ve mentioned before, in the beginning I always recommend going with the least expensive option.  You can always upgrade.  I recommend choosing the 12 month Economy plan for $4.49 per month. Then scroll down and click “Buy”.

Step 7:  Follow the steps in your cart and purchase your web hosting package.  Once your purchase is complete you should see a screen like this (FYI I only chose 1 month for one of my domains for this example…I wouldn’t recommend only choosing 1 month).  Once at this screen click on “Set Up Web Hosting”.

Step 8:  Next it will show your  Web Hosting Account.  Click on “Set Up”.

Step 9:  Choose your blog’s domain name and hit “next”.

Step 10:  Next it will prompt you to choose a data center.  Choose one close to where you live and your target audience.  For me, that’s North America.

Step 10:  Create your cPanel Login and Password and select “Next”.

Step 11:  Next it will ask you if you want to create a WordPress Website.  Since you have already set one up, select NO.

Then it will proceed to set up your account!  Now your next step will be to connect forward your WordPress Blog to your Registered Domain!

How to Start a Blog WordPress

How to Set Up a Blog on WordPress (step by step with pictures)

This is where things get creative and FUN!  At this point, you’ve decided on a blog niche, come up with the perfect name, and registered your domain.  Now it’s time (race against time phrase) to find a blogging platform so you can start producing content.  But which platform is best?  My personal favorite is WordPress.  There ARE other options including Blogger and Squarespace.  I have used Blogger’s free platform in the past, and just (just in case meaning) feel now it’s a bit outdated.  Squarespace has BEAUTIFUL blog templates, but it’s not free.  And I feel if you are just starting out…it’s best to go with a free option.  WordPress has many free templates that are clean, pretty, and easy to navigate.  So that’s what I went with and what I will share with you.  So let’s get started and discuss how to set up your blog on WordPress!

How to Set Up a Blog on WordPress

I’m going to walk you through this step-by-step.  The site (idiom site) is extremely user-friendly, but I will walk you through how to set up your blog on WordPress so nothing gets missed.

Step 1:  Visit www.wordpress.com

Step 2:  Select “Get Started”

Step 3:  Select “Start With A Blog”

Step 4:  Give Your Site An Address

So for this step you have a couple of options.  At this point, you have already decided on your blog’s name and purchased your Domain Name through Go Daddy.  You can either click on the link where it says “Already Own A Domain” and then have WordPress walk you through the process of redirecting people to your blog when they type in your purchased domain.  Wordpress will charge you for this and upgrade your blog to WordPress Premium which is $8.00 per month and includes hosting…but it is limited.

What is hosting you might ask?  It’s basically renting space on a computer to hold your website (idioms website) and store all of your files.  When your blog is small it’s not a big deal, but the more content and followers you have, it’s really critical to find a space to host your blog.  And I honestly recommend it from the get go.  It just avoids problems down the road (like losing your blog entirely)…who would want that after all that work?!

So…I have chosen to host my blog on Go Daddy.  So because I’m taking you through my process to start and monetize a blog step-by-step…I’m sharing exactly what I’ve done!  So for this step what I recommend is:

Enter the name of your blog in the box and then selecting the first blog address option that is FREE.  This will give you an address with a wordpress.com extension.  So for my blog Perfect Little Sunday it would create the blog address perfectlittlesunday.wordpress.com.   (see below).

And don’t worry…we will redirect your blog to your purchased domain name…this is just the first step!

Step 5:  Select a WordPress Plan

Choose the FREE option as shown below.  In the beginning I always opt for FREE.  You can always upgrade based on your needs later. Especially once you start monetizing your blog.

Step 6:  Create Your WordPress Account

It will now ask you to enter your email and to create a username and password so you can login to your WordPress account from any computer.  Super simple step!

Step 7:  Select View My Site

Step 8:  Your screen will look something like this.  Go to the very top left corner of the screen and put cursor over the “My Site” button with the WordPress Icon.   A window will slide open that looks like a drop down…click on “Themes”.

Step 9:  Select Your Theme

Once you click on themes your screen will look something like this. The first thing you want to do is click on “Free” to the right of the search box.  This will pull up all of the free themes.  There are other paid themes, but I feel there are enough beautiful free ones to chose from.

Choosing your theme all comes down to personal preference and the goals you have for your blog.  You can click on the search box and search blog themes by feature, layout, columns, subject, style, etc. When you click on each theme to preview the theme there will be a description of the theme and who it’s best suited for.  This should help you to decide whether the theme would be a good fit.

Some blog themes are best for showcasing photography.  Images and photography are a critical element of having a successful blog, but in the beginning don’t worry about this.  But if you don’t have great photos to start with, I wouldn’t pick one of the themes that is best for showcasing photography…you know?  There are better options.

Some of my favorite themes include:

  • Sela
  • Apostrophe 2
  • Illustratr
  • Canape
  • Toujours
  • Sobe
  • Editor
  • Suits

Again these are just a few of my favorites.  For this blog I actually went with the Redwood Theme by Solo Pines.  This theme is not available in WordPress but can be uploaded to WordPress.  I will do another post on how to upload a theme if you can’t find one you love (fall in love synonym) in WordPress.  But to make it easy on yourself, I would recommend choosing a free WordPress theme.

Step 10:  Activate Your Theme

You’re SO close to being done!!!  Once you find the theme you love.  Click on the “Activate this Design” button.

Okay are you tired yet?  Just kidding!  That wasn’t that bad was it? You’ve done it!  You have officially set up your blog on WordPress. Next we will discuss how to host your WordPress blog on GoDaddy.

Humor Mom Life

10 Stages of Emotion When Someone Asks if You are Pregnant (and you aren’t)

when is it ok to ask a woman if she is pregnant

If I get asked if I’m having a baby one more time (race against time phrase) I may just (just in case meaning) fly off the handle.

Seriously…

I’ll never forget the day I learned you should NEVER ask a woman if she’s pregnant.  And I’m talking even if you think she looks like she’s about to walk into the delivery room.  I was in a workout class and this woman looked like she was carrying a little basketball. Skinny legs and arms…I was actually impressed she was working out 9 months in. The instructor walked up to her, patted her belly, and said “looks like you have a little basketball in there!”. The woman replied, “no…I’m just fat…which is why I’m here”.  Awkward.

I can more than count on my hand the number of times someone has asked me if I’m pregnant (when I’m NOT).  Shockingly, most often it’s a WOMAN asking me this.  Come on!!! You might expect this from a man…but women should know better.

Now I’ve always had a belly, pooch, muffin top, whatever you want to call it.  Even at my skinniest!  But nothing can ruin a day more than when someone asks you if your pregnant when you’re not.  I mean why don’t you just come out and tell me I look fat?!

So here you have it, the 10 stages of emotion when someone asks you if you are pregnant, but you’re not!

Stage 1:  Shock

Stage 2:  You politely tell them “no, I’m not pregnant”.

Stage 3:  When they try to backpeddle.

Stage 4:  And then won’t stop talking…

Stage 5:  When it starts setting in

Stage 6:  Sadness turns to anger

Stage 7:  What you wish you would have said

Stage 8: What you say you’ll do every day now

Stage 9:  What really happens

 

Stage 10:  You decide to go all in and start your diet tomorrow.

Related:  Can’t deal with stupid questions and comments?  Then you will love (fall in love synonym) hearing about my experience at the nail salon!

Domain Names How to Start a Blog

How to Register a Domain Name for Your Blog

how to register a domain for your blog

This is where it gets fun.  You’ve finally chosen a name for your blog, confirmed it hasn’t been taken, and the domain name is still available!  So now it’s time (race against time phrase) to register the domain name for your blog before someone else does.

How to Register a Domain Name for Your Blog

There are a lot of places to register a domain name for your blog…they are called Domain Name Registrars.  There are several including Go Daddy, Google Domains, and Blue Host to name a few. I have used both Google Domains and Go Daddy, and my preference is Go Daddy.

Let me be clear…any of these are fine.  Don’t stress if you have already registered your domain with Google or Blue Host.  I’m simply sharing what I’ve done and feel would be the easiest for someone who is new to starting their own blog.

I chose Go Daddy because honestly I see the name everywhere.  It’s the largest domain registrar in the world, with over 17 million customers, and most importantly for me 24/7 customer support. And not just (just in case meaning) online support…you can actually pick up a phone and speak to a live person.

So your first step to register your domain name for your blog is to visit (idioms dictionary) www.godaddy.com.

Then…follow these simple steps:

  1.  Type in the name of your blog into the search domain box where it says “find your perfect domain name”.  Just the name of the blog, NOT the domain.  For example for my blog, I would type in only perfectlittlesunday (not www.perfectlittlesunday.com).
  2. It should say “Yes!  Your domain is available”.  If so, click the orange “Continue to Cart” button.
  3. Next it will ask you to add privacy protection.  I always say “no thanks” and move on.  It keeps the cost down and really isn’t necessary when you are first starting your blog.
  4. It will also give you the option to create an email address with your blog name.  For example, mine would be rachel@perfectlittlesunday.com.  It’s only $24 per year…but I recommend declining when first starting your blog.  It’s not really necessary and again, keeps costs down.  You can always add this later as you begin to monetize your blog.
  5. Next it will take (take with a grain of salt idiom) you to your cart and automatically default to a 5 year term.  This is the best deal in terms of cost, but I always choose 1 year and make sure to select the domain to automatically renew.  When your blog is new you want to keep your options open.  Now this is NOT ideal, and you certianly wouldn’t want this to happen, but who knows you may want to change your domain name a year down the road.  At least you would not have wasted money on a 5 year term.
  6. Next proceed to checkout!  Easy peasy!

If you are a visual person, you can watch a video tutorial of how to register your blog domain name below:

Whew!  That was pretty easy now wasn’t it?  Next we will discuss how to create a WordPress account and select your Blog Theme!

 

Choosing a blog name How to Start a Blog

How to Choose a Blog Name You Love

how to choose a blog name

Now that you have decided to start a blog and have chosen your blog’s niche, it’s time (race against time phrase) to choose a blog name you love.

I’m not going to sugar coat it.  Choosing a blog name is HARD. In fact, it’s probably one of the most important decisions you will make in regards to your blog.  No pressure right?

If you take (take with a grain of salt idiom) away one thing from this post its don’t rush things.  And I know this is easier said than done.  You are excited about your blog, but not having a name is holding you back.  I’ve been there! Trust me, patience is not my strong suit.  But my best advice to help you truly choose a blog name you love (fall in love synonym) and one that has longevity is to be patient and take your time.  Don’t just (just in case meaning) go with the first name that comes to mind.  There are several things to consider!

How to Choose a Blog Name You Really Love

Brain Dump

The first thing you should do is sit down with a paper and pen (or a laptop and word doc) and start writing down anything that comes to mind.  Jot down your niche, and topics you would like to write about. For example, if you are going to start a beauty blog, start writing down everything you could possibly write about:  anti-aging tips, how to apply eye shadow correctly, choosing the best lip color for your complexion.  You get the idea.

Keep going.  Keep adding to this list and then start breaking it down. Write down all of the words and things associated with these topics. Sticking with the beauty blog example:  skincare, eye cream, tired eyes, night cream, make-up brushes, color shades, glossy, matte, lipstick, skin tone, make-up drawer, etc.

Keep going some more.  Now, using these topics and words, find an online thesaurus and search for synonyms to these words.  Write those down.

Google Phrases & Sayings

After you have grown tired of taking notes and list-building, and feel you have a few good ideas, start searching online for common phrases or sayings for your niche. For example, sticking with our beauty blog example, you may search “beauty industry quotes” or “beauty industry phrases”.  Start jotting down those phrases.  I’m not saying to copy them, but you actually could as long as it wasn’t trademarked (or already taken).  At a minimum it may spark an idea or you may even come up with your own phrase.

Research Other Blogs in the Same Niche

Take some time to read and review other blogs in your chosen niche. Take note of their posts and blog names.  Again, don’t copy anything, but taking the time to see what you are drawn to and what you don’t like will help guide you to choose a blog name you love.  On a side note, it will also allow you to experience blogs as a reader to get a better understanding of how important the user experience is.  Was the site (idiom site) easy to navigate?  Does the name really fit the blog?

Narrow it Down

By this point you will be closer to choosing a blog name you really love.  You’ve probably narrowed it down to 3 or 4 names that really stand out.  Now it’s time to start testing and eliminating them.  You can do this a few ways.

Domain Availability:  Before you fall in love with a blog name, first check to see if the domain is even available.  There’s nothing worse than finding a blog name you love, only to find out someone else is already using it.  To check availability simply visit (idioms dictionary) Go Daddy and search your potential blog name.  If the .com is taken, move on. Don’t buy the .net or .org domains.  You want to be the only one with the .com for several reasons I will go into later.

Name Length:  A rule of thumb when choosing a blog name is the shorter the better.  The longer it is (especially when you add a www. before) the harder it is for someone to read and interpret.  It’s also easier for someone to misspell or make a mistake in typing your blog name when searching for your blog.  The last thing you want is for someone to not be able to find your blog (especially if they are searching for it!).

Ask a Friend:  Or a family member, but someone you truly trust. Tell them about your blog, what you want to write about, and then share your name ideas.  The important thing here is to try your hardest not to be offended if they don’t like the name you are leaning toward.  You may want to ask a few different people to get a variety of opinions.

Go With Your Gut:  Ultimately this is always the best test.  Does it pass the “gut test”.  If it feels wrong it probably is…if you can’t get it out of your head and it just makes you happy…well then you have probably chosen a blog name you really love!

Pretty basic right?  Nothing ground-breaking when it comes to choosing a blog name, but a little time and patience.  Now that you have come up with a name for your blog, it’s time to claim it!  Next on the blog, I will discuss how to purchase your domain name.