My Experience​ on Getting Lip Fillers for the First Time

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Have you ever thought about getting your lips enhanced? I had always considered it because I’ve always felt my bottom lip was fuller than my top, so I did it!

This is definitely not something you want to jump right into, so instead of doing a lot of research and getting different information from various sources, I want to share my personal experience with you.

Here are a few things to pay attention to:

Medical Spa

First things first, I strongly suggest the one thing you do some research on is the medical spa in your area who you feel is best qualified. I for one, I was fortunate enough to have this procedure done by the number one medical spa in Southwest Florida – Pura Vida.

The nurse practitioner should have enough experience to know which type of filler is best for you depending on how you’d like your lips to look. I for one wanted very minimal filler. I wanted it to look as natural as possible.


Now, you may be thinking that fillers are crazy expensive… They’re definitely not cheap, but it shouldn’t be an outrages amount like $1000 per treatment. An average treatment should cost roughly $500.

Type of Filler

I used Juvéderm’s Volbella filler which is good if you want to add subtle volume to your lips. This also looks very pretty if you want to soften the appearance of your lips. I especially wanted this because of the natural look it gives.


The entire procedure took less than an hour. Here is a before picture:

The first 20 minutes consisted of waiting for my lips to numb – they added anesthesia on my lips (see below)

And here is the after photo! I felt very little pain on my lower lip and none on my top lip. I did bruise a bit but it’s absolutely normal. It was overall a lot less scary than I thought!

Here is an after of my smile now with the fillers. I love how big of a difference I notice myself, even though others might not.


I would like to thank the Pura Vida Medical Spa Team for being so patient with me. They were super helpful and informative in terms of making sure I clearly understood how the process works to ultimately give me exactly what I envisioned. I’m truly very happy with how they look! After this experience, I definitely understand why they are #1 Med Spa in all SWFL for 2 years in a row! Their office is located on 5th Ave, right above Cafe Milano. I recommend them for the quality and variety of their work, and of course because of their friendly staff.

If you’re in the Naples area and are curious about lip fillers, give them a call and let them know I referred you through this post 🙂

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How I got my Hair Feeling Healthier than Ever

Question for you: Have you ever colored your hair? More than once? Like millions women, the answer to that is yes. Whether you’ve  gotten highlights, balayge, ombre or color applied to your hair it is not uncommon for it to leave some sort of damage to your hair. HOWEVER, I bring good news and a very recommended solution!


I met Rocio Elisa at O’Coffiure Petite Salon & Boutique who suggested an exclusive hair care line to the Southwest Florida area called La Biosthetique. Now, just so you are aware, this hair studio is not your ordinary hair salon. Instead, they like to describe O’Coffiure as a place where they pamper their clients like no other, offering what they’re know for: hair repair treatments.

Rocio and I went through the entire process which I’ve put together just for you:


This was me before my treatment. (The REASON my hair looks like a disaster is because I had been shooting for another blog out in the Florida humidity and had put my hair up) Yes…this is me fully exposed.

First, La Biosthetique has a testing tool where they test how dry or oily your scalp is as well as if and how much dandruff you have. Once the structural damage is identified, you’ll be able to determine which treatment is best for you. They also perform a hair strengthen test where they grab a strand of hair and pinch from the root between every few inches, if the hair bends that means it needs damage and needs repair. A healthy hair should straighten out.


I was more on the oily side so we used a dry shampoo for me.

We then applied a “recibios” treatment very thoroughly. This is what repairs the frizzy, and brittle hair. It provided the hair with fatty substances to replace and restore stylabilty to pores and dry hair.

Active ingredients: Castor oil, ephoxylated castor oil, essential oil, and terpenol mixture.

We wrapped my hair without using any heat to dry. In the meantime, I was pampered with a hand massage scrub along with eyelid patch (anti-aging) gel liftants.


We rinsed my hair and blow dryed…

Voila! It really was a surprise to me how SOFT and healthy my hair felt. It felt like virgin hair! Rocio recommends at least 3 treatments which can cost anywhere from $40-$85 depending on the length of your hair. So, call Rocio to give your hair some love. Her cell is: (239) 963-7678. Tell her I referred you too 🙂

Until next time!













10 Things You Need To Know About Balayage 

I can’t even begin to tell you how many women I know that long for having a beautiful ashy blonde balayage, especially Latinas – like myself. Over the past two years, I have learned a lot of information that I KNOW will be helpful if you’re ever considering balayge. I recently found a local salon to call home, Blue Water Salon in Naples, FL exceeded my color correction expectations (Follow my Instagram for more photos: monicapramos_). I thought this would be the perfect time to give you a breakdown of the 10 basic things you need to know about Balayge. Continue reading “10 Things You Need To Know About Balayage “