Lip Fillers – Spilling The Tea on my Experience

Lip Fillers – Gifted Discount in exchange for Instagram Photo

Hey Lovelies,

How are we all doing?

I wanted to give you all a very detailed post about my lip fillers. They have now completely dissolved and I feel like that’s a perfect time to reevaluate on my experience.

I was kindly gifted a discount for my experience in exchange for an Instagram post, however I still paid money so I’m not sure how to disclose this so I’m going to say Gifted?

What to expect…

I’d just like to explain that although now fairly common, this is a medical procedure. Please keep that in mind if you’re considering lip fillers.

Pain

I’ll dive right in and answer the obvious first. Having Lip Fillers is NOT painful. If you experience any pain or discomfort you must stop,  don’t bare it. Don’t put on brave face. Stop.

You will be given a numbing gel or failing that, an injection if you still have some feeling in your lips. I asked for more numbing as I could still feel my finger on my lip when I touched it. After the second application of numbing gel, I felt no pain.

However, you will feel a small amount of pressure, tugging, slight sharpness or cold feeling as the filler is injected (similar to a IV drip).

Lip Filler Products

I researched prior to having lip fillers and found that the two most common fillers are called Juvederm and Restylane. Both are made up of Hyaluronic Acid.

This acid is a product that is natural to your body (however the injectable version is synthetic) and acts as a sponge that attracts moisture. Any skincare product that has Hyaluronic Acid in it will boast too smooth, plump and hydrate the skin which is why it is so commonly used in lip fillers.

My procedure was completed with Restylane. This also had a small amount of Lidocaine inside which helped to keep the pain from creeping in.

Amount

So many people have different opinions on this, so I’m going to add my personal experience here in the hope it helps make your decision.

I planned to have 1ml but only had 0.6ml. This was due to the follow up appointment being missed (my fault). Then, not being able to return (also my fault). In hindsight, I wish I would have had the full 1ml there and then.

The follow up appointment is so that you can spot any unsymmetrical aspects or parts that you want to be a little more plump.

The swelling for me was quite intense, also I seemed to have a reaction to the numbing cream as my lips got VERY dry and flaky for a few days.

Having to go through that twice would have potentially tainted the experience for me. That was just my personal experience, so it could be completely different for you.

I’m definitely considering having lip fillers again and would opt for the 1ml this time. I loved the shape and size of my lips during the swelling process.

Aftercare

The aftercare is pretty simple. Use ice to help with swelling. Keep your lips clean for the first 24/48 hours (or as directed). Don’t panic if there is a lot of bruising. You know, the usual.

Lip Fillers Before and After VickiAmaya Restylane

My Procedure, Results and Final Thoughts?

The only other medical procedure I’ve had was a wisdom tooth removal, so it was definitely less of an ordeal (and less envasive) than that. I wasn’t in any pain or discomfort. Although I was quite nervous but this quickly dissipated.

I really loved the results although, looking back on photos I wish I could have changed the shape slightly so they were fuller in the middle and less on the edges. Also, it may have been the fact that I didn’t have the full amount but I felt they didn’t last the 6-9 months advertised.

Something else I wasn’t quite prepared for was the sensation of having filler in your lips. This sounds silly, I know but I really hadn’t considered being able to feel the filler in my lips. I would liken it to having an inner tube in your lips.

If you’re considering this procedure, please do your research. Find the best clinic for your needs. A cheaper price could compromise safety and results. Lip fillers are not without risk and although common and reversible, I would hate for you to have a bad experience with them.

If you still have questions about my experience with lip fillers, please feel free to drop me a comment below or send me a DM on Instagram.

Until next time lovelies,

Take Care

xx

P.S  – I had my procedure with Dr Eldimarys

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30 Facts About Me

I thought it was time I shared a little bit more about myself on here and this is a fun way to do it. This is a mix of some of my favourite things, childhood dreams and weird life choices. For me, things like this might bring us a little bit closer. Learning new things about people is my favourite way to get to know them!

Let’s get into it!

  • I have never officially broken a bone. I *think* I broke my little toe a few years ago but I never got it checked so technically this is a fact (until proven otherwise).
  • Doctors treated me for epilepsy from the age of 9/10-14. I used to faint when I was younger and the doctors at the time thought it was epilepsy. I took the tablets for a few years but was still fainting, so I stopped. It turns out it was just a salt deficiency and circulation problem.
  • I have webbed hands and toes! The skin on my fingers is linked a lot higher than anyone I know. The toes on my feet are linked together too!
  • I trained my accent to be different. I’m from the Black Country which is in-between Birmingham and Wolverhampton. The accent there is really thick and sort of silly sounding, so I trained my voice to sound less thick.
  • My favourite film is The Crow. I love the deep rooted message of love that it upholds, even through the violent and drug enthused plot. The sequels are terrible though.
  • The first tattoo I had was done on a leather sofa in my mums friends house. – I paid £20 and didn’t ask for the dots or the heart… Always go to a professional.
  • I met my boyfriend on a website called Vampirefreaks. We both had made an account in our early teens and by chance happened to be online at the same time on evening in 2012. (I messaged first, if you’re wondering).
  • When I was younger, I wanted to be a fashion designer, lawyer, writer, hairdresser or singer.
  • My old band and I recorded a live show in Birmingham. – The recording still exists on youtube!
  • My first childhood crush was Aaron Carter. I liked that we had the same haircut and we’re similar ages. I was about 7 at the time…
  • My second childhood crush was Trent Lane from Daria. – I had a thing for musicians (clearly).
  • I am terrified of dead things. So much so. that when my cat was put down a few years ago, I couldn’t say goodbye or be at the burial. This still hurts. For some reason people in coffins doesn’t freak me out, but seeing an actual body is probably my biggest fear.
  • My second biggest fear is never amounting to anything. I would hate to just live and die without meaning anything or doing something that will have a massive impact.
  • I used to have handwriting classes. The teachers couldn’t read my handwriting and I had to dedicate time to trying to sculpt letters into a more eligible shape.
  • I’m a college drop out. In fact, I did it twice. Both for very silly reasons.
  • I am unapologetically Sagittarius. Blunt, Adventurous, Travel Driven, Impatient and Stubborn.
  • I want four children, three cats and one dog. I have names for all of them. I’ve even decided to change my surname when Adam and I get married so that I sound more like a Disney villain.
  • My first concert was a band called InMe. I met the lead singer a few years later (as you can see below).
Dave Mcpherson and I (excuse my eyebrows)
  • 19. I can’t wear headphones for too long. It hurts and I get really bad pains in my ears.
  • Last year, I chipped my front tooth on a coke bottle and I now have a little square gap.
  • The first boyfriend I had was a ginger, gypsy called Cornelius Jr Jr Jr (he was the third to be given that name). In my late teens, my mum invited him to live with us as he wasn’t doing too well.
  • I once got so drunk that I went to bed with my handbag still round my arm and one heel on. I was very hungover that day.
  • Speaking of bad days, I once tried to overdose, told no one and was almost deaf for two days while the drug left my system.
  • If I were a boy, I was going to be called Adam or Stuart. I was almost called Natalie, but my aunt had her baby first and stole the name. Natalie’s little brother is called Adam.
  • When I first moved to Essex, I had no friends. BTW, Now I do!
  • I only speak to one person from my primary and secondary school.
  • I don’t have a middle name. In fact, neither does my Sister or Parents.
  • I have size 6 feet, I’m 5’7.7 and my natural hair colour is blonde.
  • To this day, if someone recommends a band to me, I won’t listen to them. I dislike being told what to do. Even if it is to benefit or enrich my life. (I told you I’m a Sagittarius, right?)
  • I was a vegetarian from the age of 18-20 because I made a bet with my best friend. n 2017 I became a vegetarian again, after hearing sounds of animals being slaughtered whilst on holiday in Vienna.

Phew, and that’s a wrap.

I know these sort of things are a little cliche but I really wanted to break the ice a little. So, which fact did you thing was the strangest? Tell me a fun fact about yourself below!

Why you NEED a positivity playlist – VickiAmaya

To put it simply, because it makes you feel fucking good!

I’m currently sat on my bed, developing a tan, listening to one of my five absolute classics for my own positivity playlist songs. It’s so good that I’m having a little boogie, flipping my ponytail around, throwing my hands in the air, you get the gist…

If you don’t have five go to songs that can pull you straight out of a down day, then you can steal mine from below but I urge you to seriously personalise your positivity playlist.

I started my own (mental) playlist back in 2012 when I had my bad patch (read about that here). There was one song that would always pull me out of a deep, dark depressive day. I related to each verse and the chorus just nailed the resolution. I am of course talking about Shake It Out – Florence and the Machine. It’s one of those songs that just penetrates the soul and really gives you the pep talk you knew you needed!

Since then, I have slowly amassed a small anthology of songs that will perk me right up in four minutes or less (estimation). However, of all the songs there are five that really build me up and lift those dark clouds.

– The Playlist –

  • Shake It Out – Florence and the Machine
  • Darlin’ – Avril Lavigne
  • Fuck You – Sleeping With Sirens
  • My Heart Will Go On – Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox
  • Looking Up – Paramore

I mean, I do also sing these songs at the top of my little lungs so that probably helps. Each one has that perfect message for pulling you away from the downward spiral that you can get trapped in.

So, why not create your own positivity playlist and please feel free to throw it my way, I would love to add to the above with your suggestions!

Until next time lovelies,

VickiAmaya

Lets talk about anxiety

Alright so, Anxiety is something that plagued my life for years. I’ve had anxious thoughts and feelings from as long as I can remember. Even as a child, I used to get this feeling that something bad was going to happen.

I remember always feeling this snap decision in my head. Something in there was saying ‘No’. But, as hard as I tried to fight against it, it would always win. I couldn’t do something because of this ‘No”…

In my teens, I missed a lot of schooling and GSCE coursework. I was constantly at war with my mum, trying to get her to understand but also trying to figure it out myself. Why did I have some horrible voice that wouldn’t let me do the things everyone else could do?

What was wrong with me?

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December 2018 Life Update – VickiAmaya

So, Hi. I’m back. It’s November (now December) and I haven’t written anything on here for around 4/5 months. I would apologise, but if i’m honest. I’m not really sorry.

A lot has changed for me this past year. I started the year exhausted and I leave it enthused.

So, 2018 was supposed to be the year I ‘Made It’. The year we got the hell out of dodge and saw the world. I held it with such a high regard and then let it all slip away.

The funny thing about dreams is that if you stop believing in them, they stop happening.

But instead of dwelling on the could have, would have and shouldabeens (I’m saving those for a rainy day). I’m instead going to write about what did happen this year. I feel like that’s a way better story than wishing I could start the year again.

Life Update:

I made new friends! I’ve written about this previously, but I feel its worth mentioning again. Jess, Kitty and Emily, you girls are my angels and  love you all so much. I can’t believe I went 28 years without having a bunch of inspiring, creative and caring girls behind me. You gave me a group of friends at a time when I had so few.

Moving away from home is always tough. Out of sight, out of mind… But I can’t complain because by loosing some old friends, I have made some life long ones. I didn’t realise how alone and isolated I had become until I started hanging out with this girl gang. Seriously, thank you babes!

I lost 5000+ Instagram followers and found my clarity. I was OBSESSED with the inner workings, the numbers, the upload schedule, the updates. You get the point. I had been consumed by the app and felt like it ruled my life. That was until I broke a light bulb and couldn’t upload anything new. I then took a spontaneous few months off. Honestly, if you’re trying to carve a living from your own little corner of the internet, then I applaud ALL of your efforts. This shit is hard af.

Since starting to post again, I have only lost followers and you know what… It sucks, it really does. But, I still have an amazing, caring following and I still want to help people so I’m just rolling with the punches. You’ve got to take the lows with the highs. You can’t just throw in the towel when the going gets tough can you. I’ve done that my ENTIRE life and it’s finally time to face the music. I know it will get better, I will get better and I can still make a career out of this. It just takes time.

My darling Adam and I made it to four blissful years together. God, I love him. He pulled me out of the depths of a deep, dark depression and showed me what love is supposed to feel like. I often ask him if he can find me again in the next life because I honestly cannot bare to be without him anymore. Did you know that, I was convinced that I would never meet my ‘true love’? I treated relationships like fashion trends. Fleeting between boys and not really putting any heart into them. That was until Adam came along. If you’re in love then you’ll know how this feels.

I never, ever knew I could feel so whole.

I went back to full time employment. Not a decision I took lightly, I’ll have you know. Within two months of being there I have also been offered one of three promotions. On thing I have always beaten myself up for is my inability to take pressure in a job and work my way up in a role. I have always cracked under the pressure of a full time job. I was convinced the other staff members hated me. Or, my home life was in shreds so I couldn’t handle keeping up appearances of having my shit together.

This time around, I did it right, I worked my ass off and it’s so nice to see the pay off.

I went a whole year without a mental breakdown. It sounds silly but it’s true. Every year prior to this one, I have had to have time off work because I’ve been unable to function. It has felt like a huge achievement to not take time off for stress or anxiety.

Am I a little sad that I’m not a millionaire business woman with all my dreams coming true? Of course I am but I’m also happy. I survived another year and I achieved some amazing things.

Everyone is on their own journey in life. We all peak at different things, in different ways and at different times. So, please don’t feel like you’re playing catch up with everyone else.

Lets see what the next year has in store, shall we?!