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MY EVERYDAY BEAUTY PRODUCTS

Happy Monday,

Yes, it looks like we might be headed for Spring sometime soon.  They just announced the Cherry Blossom projected peak bloom times HERE in DC so that is a good sign.  I have never made it down to the tidal basin or enjoyed the parades I am really hoping to do so this year.  There is also a POP-UP BAR/RESTAURANT that is a photographer/ Instagramers dream I mean are you kidding me look here this was last years pop up bar.

Seriously this is last year via google search and I can’t wait.  That is giving me good ideas for The Tasting Room Spring floral corner display’s etc…….

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Anyway,

I have had a few of you asking what I use on my face –  I will do full skincare post but today is my “goto” make up for a normal day of running around to either school, work or errands where I may have to snap some FB or Instagram photos on the fly chat with people and I want to look put together. LIke outta my robe and sweat pants kinda put together – LOL  So things will be listed below – pretty straight forward with some links when I can.  I will also link some of the beauty counter sales people that I work with – they will almost always add some great samples etc. to your order.  (Mention me for a little more attention).  Ask for Michelle Weatherspoon Marc Jacobs Beauty Counter – Neiman Marcus Tysons Galleria 

  • Primer – I am using at the moment Laura Mercier radiance primer and or the YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer
  • Foundations – Luminous silk foundation (in 5 for winter and YSL All Hours foundation liquid or stick ( stick shown) in B45
  • Setting Powder MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Compact Powder In Light Plus (for Winter – Nice, and Matte) and Lg Fluffy Brush
  • Contour Palette Marc Jacobs 40 Mirage Filter (dark and light powders for best results ) with “The Shape” brush both Marc Jacobs.  ( don’t always do contouring but when I do this is it – even just minimal at the jawline for lift and definition.
  • Brows EcoBrow in Penelope ( Dk Brown) and the brow two in one tool
  • Blush I found this fantastic pallet by http://www.sennamakeup.com ( a little pricy but has all the colors you could ever need and cream turns to light powder with just the right amount of color. I love the retro pink in “uplift” on the set just perfect.
  • Eye Shadow – I will use this duo by Mac almost every day – great neutral and the darker great for defining the crease ever so slightly.  The duo comes with colors “m.a.cnificent me” & “Just Wing It”  ( use brush 237 by MAC perfect standard powder brush)
  • Lips ( changes daily but this is a great simple understated look great for almost everyone.  MAC lip pencil “Subculture” YSL #10 neutral brown/pink lipstick top with YSL  Volupte Plump-in-Color Lip Balm this color is “7 Furious Gold – champagne gold  I have that and “1 Mad Nude – universal warm nude” both great over lip color alone and to add moisture ( I don’t really see the plumping but love it just the same).
  • Mascara – my favorite right now ( for past 6months or longer ) is Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir, Major Volume Mascara

I’ll set with MAC Prep & Prime Setting Spray or my cult favorite Evian Atomizer Mist Spray.

So there you have it – you can easily intensify your eyes with liner for after work HH, Mtg or Date or just cause.  Also because the lip is nude you can change color to pinks, corals or reds for the evening as well without a problem.

Remember its just makeup have fun!

EMSCULPT MY REAL REVIEW WITH DR. SARAH MESS – JUST IN TIME FOR SPRING

Hello Beautiful People,

This is NOT an AD.  Just another real review by yours truly.  If you have been around with me for a while you know I am always trying the latest and greatest and letting you know my unbiased thoughts  Yay or Nay.  This is no exception.  After turning 49 in November of 2018.  I began to look into how I can improve my looks ( body being the focus right now) without getting too crazy.  Yes, I like a little botox, maybe lips now and again fat burning IE:  Coolsculpting ( which I got fantastic results btw) but I was lacking muscle.  I walk daily and try to do squats do a little lightweights (not on the regular thou) but wasn’t seeing the results I wanted.  I’m also a KUWTK fan and wanted to build my booty.  Yet I didn’t want to go under the knife or inject anything in there ya know.  Something makes me nervous at this point.  Who knows maybe that will change but for now I want to stick to non-surgical little helpers.  If you are like me ( when I’m good )  you’ve logged countless hours in the gym seeking six-pack abs, do your lunges, leg curls, you eat right, take your supplements only to be told “You are just getting older, this happens, you look fine, your body is changing, your not in your 20’s anymore).  I was told this by a few local doctors and I SAID NOWAY!  A few other supperlitives when I was in the car…….emsculpt, dr sarah mess, burn fat, lori tauraso, blank slate, urablankslate, blankslate, dmv blogger, dmv beauty, modern luxury magazine, tsg baltimore and annapolis, columbia md, non invasive, anti aging, younger, lose fat, 40 something, women, youthful, beauty in maryland, maryland bloggers,

 

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So I began my research and found the lovely Dr. Sarah Mess.  (pictured above) She is a cutting edge doctor with her own surgical center at the top of her field and lucky for me local!  Cue the angels singing……..  So what if I told you I found there was a way for you to see real results?  Really. real results and it is  NON- INVASIVE.  Ready for it it’s the new “Emsculpt“.  I’m sure you have heard about.  Kathy Lee even talked about it a few months ago on the today show and Kathy Lee and Hoda show.  It means you can actually sculpt your abs/glutes/quads/arms by building muscle and losing fat cells.  ( its also ever evolving to add more areas like tops of thighs and more areas as well).

Technical Stuff:  This FDA-approved procedure uses high intensity focused electromagnetic energy, or HIFEM, and is the only device on the market that tones muscles while reducing fat in the abdominal area and building in the glute area.  You see is customizable for your body.  Build muscle while getting rid of fat or just building muscle (which in my case was great – build glutes – reduce fat and build muscle in the tummy area).  For the best results, Emsculpt treatments are done 4-5 times within two weeks.  As muscle fibers are contracted, Emsculpt provides a deep and thorough workout to create stronger, healthier core muscles. You can also use Emsculpt to boost your booty, too. (However, actual fat reduction only occurs in the abdomen, not the buttocks.) The contractions performed by Emsculpt in just ½ hour are comparable to 20,000 abdominal sit-ups or 20,000 booty lunges – an impossible feat even for a diehard gym rat! Even better, you’ll skip the usual soreness of a grinding workout because there is no pain during or after the procedure.  As shown in clinical trials, patients who received the procedure saw about a 20 percent reduction in fat in the abdomen and a 16 percent increase in muscle mass. On average, Emsculpt can trim 1 to 2 inches from your waist with absolutely no side effects – all within the time it takes for your daily lunch break. A typical treatment takes about 30 minutes for abs and another 30 for the entire buttock area and occurs twice a week for the first two weeks. After that, any follow-up treatments can be done once a month to maintain your amazing results.  Check this link to Dr. Blog and see even more information.  CLICK HERE

If I could compare the level of “pain” you feel after the procedure, I would say you will feel the same amount of muscle soreness like you would after an intense workout. Seriously, I swear!  It’s amazing that such an effective treatment doesn’t cause any side effects.  Here I am at 100% and you can see easy as pie!

 

Other treatments such as CoolSculpting (which I have done and have the first-hand experience to speak on it) tend to cause a numbing sensation that lasts even after the treatment is completed. Also, redness in the treated area is quite common.  It is a great procedure which Dr. Mess does as well in her office could be super combo pack if you’re like me want to loos fat first then lose more and build muscle on those stubborn areas.  Emsculpt won’t leave any bruises, numbing sensations or redness. In fact, you’ll even be able to wear a bikini immediately after the treatment!

We all know how difficult it is to shape our buttocks. Sometimes no matter how many squats we do, our rear end just won’t take on the perfect shape. Luckily, EMsculpt is the #1 butt-shaper of all time!  It does not happen overnight so do not lose faith – You will start to see results in about 3-4 weeks they say full result in about 4 months.

 Below is me on Instastories (Beauty) after about 1 2/2 -3wks Seeing good things.  

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  I was asked to model the Emsculpt during Dr. Mess’s open house of her new surgery center office ( took one for the team – I figured no one will know me right – LOL )

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So I did the procedure on abs and glutes and LOVE it.  I did the initially suggested protocol rounds and am really happy.  I think I will do another round of glutes soon only because I am so happy butt ( see what I did there?)  I want more lift and since its the largest muscle group in my body had been pretty atrophied I want more before spring.

Here is my picture at the time of post this morning unretouched etc……  look I have nice little cheeks again! One of the other benefits of this kind of procedure is the cumulative positive after effects.  When you slowly start to see subtle results you want to do more.  Meaning you want to start increasing workouts, eating healthy all those good things increase and can only add to your results.  All these opinions are mine and I am not a doctor call and see if this is a good fit for you.  Remember to love yourself first and if doing some changes whether it be surgical, fillers or non-invasive, new hair color, clothes, going back to school – than dang gone it – DO IT!  You really do have to make yourself happy first!emsculpt, dr sarah mess, burn fat, lori tauraso, blank slate, urablankslate, blankslate, dmv blogger, dmv beauty, modern luxury magazine, tsg baltimore and annapolis, columbia md, non invasive, anti aging, younger, lose fat, 40 something, women, youthful, beauty in maryland, maryland bloggers,

You can go to my Instapage @loriannmd (link above and at bottom of the post page) to see my Instastories on several of my visits.  Should be under the Beauty category.  I hope this helps, sheds some light on a new procedure.  I’d love if you left a comment or questions below and feel free to call Dr. Mess’s office for more in depth medcial questions and to schedule your consultation and check out the stunning office.  clink on the link below or in the post for the direct website.

Contact Dr. Mess and her office to learn more about Emsculpt

Make the most of today and remember to share the love!

JANUARY LIFE UPDATE & LINKS I LOVE

GOOD MORNING LADIES,

I wanted to give a little life update on things around here at Blank Slate.  Also sharing with you some links I love.  We are out of the gate fast this and year doesn’t look like its slowing down.  I am really excited to be BACK IN SCHOOL for my second semester at FCC working on Photography, Film and Video production.  It’s HARRRRRRD but so worth it and I love it.  I am working on some short videos and food photography for our restaurants The Tasting Room & Black Hog BBQ’s.  I also want to do a video diary of the building of our 4th Hog in Middletown, Maryland. You can see my nerdy self on my instagram stories etc.  I’ve been loving instagram these days and giving quick life updates so much fun and thank you to all who comment and follow.  Be on the look out for some youtube content for my channel and for the restaurants.  I am also starting some renovations here at the house beginning with my master en suite.  Let’s say soaking tub, subway tiles, marble, self care….. yes!  I can’t wait and Im taking you along with me.

Speaking of restaurants I created a #GALENTINES event for The Tasting Room February 13th All Day Long!  It comes from a Parks and Rec episode years ago and has become a thing.  We are giving away Gift Cards, Wine Flights (over 21 of course) collaborating with several local great businesses like http://www.arthairco.com   http://www.jkwbeauty.com  http://www.shopthemuse.com   http://www.inarisalon.com  http://www.transformedmedspamd.com just to name a few to make this the best first annual GALENTINES DAY EVER!  #NOTICKETREQUIRED!  So with that being said I enlisted some fantastic lovely ladies/friends for a promo photo shoot at TR this past Sunday.  I have to say was a great success and I am so grateful to all who helped me.  The pictures turned out great and I’ll have some behind the scenes footage up on youtube shortly.  My channel yes I have one – will be getting tons better so subscribe and watch it all unfold and if nothing else have a good laugh.  BLANK SLATE YOUTUBE

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I am also working on this neat idea to use real pictures of Barbies and Ken dolls around town hitting up BLACK HOG BBQ , TR  and just coming around with me.  I got the inspiration after staying at QUIRK HOTEL RICHMOND my all time favorite hotel when Im in Richmond.  The lobby alone people is made up of my dreams.  My room had a barbie photography.  See this print and you will understand why plus I am a Barbie Girl and proud of it!  I will try and find out the artist this is just a screen shot grabbed off google.  (Until I get back there this spring to get my own again ) see my blog post on Quirk here.  the tasting room, black hog bbq, downtown frederick md, tr bar, quirk hotel, richmond, lori tauraso, blank slate, urablankslate, travel, barbie, photography, dmv, frederick md, Galentines Day, visit va, visit maryland, urablankslate, loriannmd, instagram, parks and recreation, bff, transformed med spa, dr. sarah mess, emsculpt, career girl daily, nova events, frederick food, mike tauraso, tauraso food group, Isn’t this just the greatest?  I adore it.

Next,  after our trip out west to Telluride ( stay tuned that travel post up next week) – such great skiing and we stayed right in Mountain Village I absolutely loved it SKI.COM ASK FOR LISA IN TELLURIDE .  Anyway after our trip our west and being forced to get this body really moving again I began really working out here at my fantastic home gym.  Going the slow and steady pace focusing on my legs and core and a little cardio right now.  Than in a month will amp it up.  Also working my way back to good healthy eating where veggies take front and center roll.  So while yes I am married to a chef I love to test new recipes for meals, juices smoothies, healthy lifestyle secrets etc. from fantastic sites I find online and below are some I’m loving right now that I want to share:

THE NATURAL EDIT PAPAYA BEAUTY SMOOTHIE

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BECAUSE I’M ADDICTED ON TECH HEALTH

CAREER GIRL DAILY – I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS SITE – EVERYTHING

KARIN BOHN – NEW GIRL CRUSH AND BINGE WATCHING HER YOUTUBE CHANEL – DESING INSPO FOR MY ENSUITE BATHROOM RENOVATION Click  HERE to see video on her remodel and my inspiration for my marble choices and remodeling happening this year!

PURE WOW ON BUTT FIRMING EXERCISES AT HOME

CB2 EVERYTHING – THIS ON BUILDING A SELF-CARE SPACE

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MEG BIRAM (LOCAL DMV BLOGGER) I KINDLY STALK AND HOPE TO MEET UP WITH ONE DAY meg biram, dmv, nova, maryland blogger, the tasting room, black hog bbq, downtown frederick md, tr bar, quirk hotel, richmond, lori tauraso, blank slate, urablankslate, travel, barbie, photography, dmv, frederick md, Galentines Day, visit va, visit maryland, urablankslate, loriannmd, instagram, parks and recreation, bff, transformed med spa, dr. sarah mess, emsculpt, career girl daily, nova events, frederick food, mike tauraso, tauraso food group, Photo Credit is from Megs’ website – go check her out lovely women – what I’ve stalked/seen online and fantastic artist decorator.

These are just a few of the sites, people, blogs I follow and admire and more importantly make me happy, feel good and strive to get better each day.  What are your favorites?  I’d love to know and always need some new inspiration.  #keepsgettingbetter

I am also working on a #RealReview post on  the EMSCULPT TREATMENT FOR MUSCLE BUILDING AND FAT BURING WITH DR. SARAH MESS, MD.  I give as always my real honest review with footage of procedure and what kind of results you can expect…. Spoiler alert – IT’S FLIPPING FANTASTIC!  You can do it now and be ready for spring summer.  So again stay tuned tons of stuff happing here at BLANK SLATE.

Off to school and tying to keep warm its a chilly 10 degrees this morning  here in Maryland #winervortex.

 

ABE’S PUPPY MUFFINS – HOMEMADE DOG TREATS

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I love my baby Abe @abethenewfoundland on Instagram he is our 3-year-old Newfoundland.  We are so sick in love with this fella it’s hard to find words.  Yes we have grown children so don’t get me wrong but we never thought we’d be “those people” but we are!  LOL  So one of the ways I love to spoil my baby is by making Abe’s “Puppy Muffins”  they are organic (mostly) healthy homemade dog treats.  That Mike eats too – crazy he threw butter on two yesterday and was like DELICIOUS!  LOL, What can I say I’m good.  So while I’m made a batch for him for Christmas and to give away I wanted to share this with you.  Sometimes I go all out with the organic and sometimes half and a half but he loves them.  Abe knows the words “puppy muffin” and will do just about anything for one.  The drooling waterworks start immediately.  That’s Abe I’m referring to not Mike!  LOL  Give or take on measurements its the consistency of the batter that I focus on.

Abe's Puppy Muffins

Home-made healthy dog treats

Course Snack
Keyword dog treats, puppy, home made,
Servings 18 pieces
Author Lori Tauraso

Ingredients

  • 1 cup coconut flour
  • 2 ripe bananans
  • 1 cup peanut butter or almond butter
  • 3/4 cup oatmeal
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 egg

Instructions

  1. I mix all the ingredients together in a mixer and scoop into a mini muffin tin

    cooking from anywhere to 10 - 13 min.  You just have to gauge the doneness with the toothpick/knife trick cool

    and serve - your pup will come running.

    I store them in a glass jar on the counter - because they are fresh let them get some air so not to mold up but really these only last 4 - 5 days in the house with my fella

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We hope you will give this recipe a try – like I said I just kind of wing it so that it’s like a thick cupcake batter.  Add whatever you think your pup will love and go from there.

HUGS FROM ABE & I

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CHICAGO & THE MARRIOTT BLACKSTONE HOTEL

A few months ago we traveled to the windy city for the National  Restaurant Show since we are opening our 4th Black Hog BBQ and lucky us it’s in Chicago.  I had only been one time before but fell in love then and couldn’t wait to go back.  As you know I love Marriott properties and since they own almost all of the hotels I love –  my rewards go far.  *** Best credit card other than Amex we have ever had – you really get to use your points.  This is just my unpaid opinion but can’t say enough.  Here is a list of hotels they own and you can use your points at:  MARRIOTT OWNS WHAT?  This time I choose THE BLACKSTONE HOTEL it is part of the Autograph collection with Marriott #NOTAD.  I wish it was – hint…Marriott.  The Blackstone is a lovely centrally located hotel in the heart of Chicago and a short taxi the anything you may want.  There are rumors or ghosts at the hotel (thank goodness we didn’t run into one) a long history of the building which you can view here:BLACKSTONE HISTORY   It has a lovely breakfast and meeting room which the decor and service blew me away (not your courtyard breakfast)  They have a topnotch restaurant (MERCAT), gym, lobby bar with live music certain times of the week and a little market to grab some snacks and necessities if needed.  BTW The lobby and hallways and rooms were an Instagrammers dream. We attend the overwhelming huge restaurant show, ate at RPM Italian, Amy at her first Hot Dog at Portillo’s and I even convinced the boys to do a juice shot with me to try and counteract all the gluttony.  Below are some pictures of the trip I hope you enjoy and when in Chicago check out The Blackstone Hotel.  We will be back!

  **This post is late due to my camera and SD cards being stolen and trying to piece together what I had on my icloud.  

 

Amy and I ready to hit the town and I hope to see Bill Rancic at RPM ITALIAN CHICAGO (Giuliana too – lol ).  Kill me big “fan” of Mr. Rancic……

A great little desk setup for getting some work done, plotting our course at the Restaurant Show and some sightseeing.

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Artwork abounds throughout the hotel each floor on the hotel elevator lobby has someone new to greet you – this fella followed me everywhere.

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Again the little touches in the master bathroom were fantastic and YES I had to wait but I got my bathtub in the room see above.  Thank you, Marriott, for remembering my wishes on our profile.

The front view of the lobby and bar area.

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Our cool & comfy room.

Landmarks all over the place here in Chicago

So much to see and do – I highly suggest the architecture boat tour of the city – interesting – clean – fun and a truly fantastic view of the city the hotel front desk staff can advise and book anything for you.

You gotta go to the BEAN and take a selfie or photo etc its walking distance from THE BLACKSTONE HOTEL …… try not to act like a kid when staring at yourself I dare you.

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A few restaurant show highlights 

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Now for the fantastic shopping – yes I had to treat myself just a wee bit – the service in these stores was simply fantastic!  I wish some of these great salespeople would head to the DMV like yesterday.  I stopped in The Banana Republic – got a tuxedo pant – pink blazer and cami, got some great Tom Ford makeup at Saks and found my dream fancy grandma loafer at Stewart Weitzman and popped into one of the best Tiffany & Co. jewelry stores in the world with this fantastic dream shed one of only 4 in the world I believe – don’t quote me. lori tauraso, urablankslate, blank slate, travel, marriott, autograph collection, travel and leisure, blackstone hotel, chicago, work trip, fun, black hog bbq, dmv, maryland blogger, restaurant show, mercat chicago, rpm italian, bill rancic, weekend vibes, art, stuart weitzman, shoes, saks fifth ave., tom ford,

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Then we went to RPM Italian – I kept asking for Bill Rancic ( and Guilliana – LOL ) but I guess we had to settle for one of the stars from CHICAGO FIRE!  YES, ladies, he does look that good in person and was gracious enough to stop by our table after we walked by his and I mentioned Amy was a huge fan.

Again, back to the Blackstone Hotel – The Lobby Bar “Timothy’s Hutch”  was just so cute and our bartender was fantastic – can’t remember her name but born and raised in Chicago from a large strong family – what a doll made some fantastic craft cocktails and charmed the pants off of us!  The Mercat restaurant was just up the stairs off of the lobby – the only complaint of mine I wish they had better earlier hours……. everyhting duing the day was clossed – however service and food were TOL (top of the line) so made up for it.

 

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We are heading to the airport and home but not without hitting the famous Portillo’s hot dog joint ( wish we had seen the original but this was great none the less) and better yet Amy’s first hot dog!  Yes I know crazy we think some kind of story there but she loved it!

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Trying to get some healthy in somewhere……

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Here’s to you Chicago until next time – hoping Spring of 2019.  Cheers!

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