An Honest Look in the Mirror

Do you spend too much time in the mirror trying to shade and hide your wrinkles with make-up?

Do you wear a coat or jacket during meetings and presentations, even when it’s hot, to hide your excessive underarm sweat?

Do you still have love handles or a “muffin top” despite diet and exercise?

Do you have a cabinet filled with expensive, but failed cellulite-reducing “miracle” formulas?

If you’ve never liked, always wished, can’t stop obsessing about, maybe it’s time to think about treating yourself… to happiness.

I know how you feel, because I’ve been there. I have layered on too much make-up, refused to wear a bathing suit at beach or pool parties and figured out the exact way to angle my body and face for the most flattering photos. My name is Laurel House and I am 35 years old. As a beauty and healthy lifestyle writer for top magazines, and a go-to expert for television shows like E! News, being thin and aging gracefully can feel like part of the job. I’m lucky to have access to the latest slimming, reshaping, beautifying and anti-aging secrets, procedures and techniques. In addition to writing about them, I have the opportunity to test them all out and see first-hand what really works.

I also know what it’s like to question, even agonize about, whether getting something “done” is the right thing to do. Thankfully with today’s advancements in beauty and body treatments, you can generally avoid looking like you’ve received a treatment or surgery, and instead simply appear “refreshed” – like you just returned from a vacation. I have found that it is often the most subtle change that has the most dramatic, yet undetectable effect on your appearance.

More important than how you are viewed by others, is how you see yourself. Wouldn’t it feel great to stop feeling insecure? Now is the time to stop wishing, obsessing and avoiding. You’re a beautiful person inside, and you deserve to see that beauty on the outside too. If a simple serum, a minor injection, a laser, or even a couple of stitches, can transform your self-esteem and allow you to see the real you in the mirror, isn’t it worth it?