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#HipNJ Visits Riley Rose

#HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino stopped by Riley Rose in Bridgewater to check out the new beauty store for millennials.

The store’s décor is full of Instagrammable moments. It’s like walking through your favorite beauty guru’s profile in real life!

Riley Rose features all the hot products endorsed by leading beauty bloggers, many of which are featured in the #trendingnow section, which you can see below!

Notable products include Me Factory’s cement peel off mask, Dedcool’s unisex fragrance and 7 Wonders’ tundra cranberry anti-aging mask.

There was even a Beauty Bar, where Emily DePalma of The Beauty Bar in Somerville styled Latino’s hair. She used a Beachwaver S1 curling iron ($129), and even taught her some hair tricks that she could do at home. Check out her before and after below!

Think you’ve seen it all? Think again! The store has a candy bar for those of you with a sweet tooth. Grab a snack and get lost in their candy-colored day dream.

Overall, this Forever21 owned shop exceeds expectations. Get ready to make all your Instagram followers jealous and head over to Riley Rose today.

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José Eber Salon at St. Joseph’s Hospital

The Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation has teamed with the Center for Pediatric Cancers and Blood Disorders at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital in Paterson to make the mothers of pediatric cancer patients feel special!

Josè Eber Salon in Millburn donated their time to style hair, and do makeup and nails for the extraordinary mothers.

Follow-Up Counselor Ashley Marchese explained that a lot of the moms do not have the chance to get away from the hospital often, especially when their children require inpatient care. So, this day becomes a “me-day,” where the mothers have the opportunity to get pampered and relax.

Megan Balinski, hair stylist at Josè Eber Salon, said that this day is especially important to her because it hits home.  Her sister was diagnosed with cancer at the age of five. Seeing what her parents went through made her want to “give back to the mothers who are dealing with the same thing.”

Former New York Giants Super Bowl champion Chris Snee also attended this event, as the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation is close to his heart. He said that since these mothers do not have the time to go to the spa, “why not bring the spa to them?” He went on to say that this is “just another great example of what the Foundation does.”

These mothers and their children are fighting a battle that requires time and energy. “It’s hard to do anything because everything revolves around your kid,” makeover participant and mother Joanna stated.  So, this day was one for the moms. You deserve it.

For more information on José Eber Salon, visit JoseEberNJ.com.  For more on the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund and how to #BeThere for families of children battling cancer, visit TCJayFund.org.

Plastic Surgery: For Many, It’s More Than Skin Deep

The stigma around plastic surgery seems to be fading, but most cosmetic surgery patients will tell you that they still caught some flak from friends or loved ones about their procedure. There is practically always a naysayer. A co-worker with a judgmental look, a friend who just doesn’t get it, or — worst of all — a loved one who says your choice is superficial and vain.

But for millions of people each year in the U.S., cosmetic surgery has little or nothing to do with “beauty,” and more to do with feeling normal, confident, and attractive. Let’s look at some procedures designed to restore a balanced appearance and help people improve their emotional well-being, their quality of life, and even their physical health.

Mommy Makeovers

The “mommy makeover” is becoming an ever-more popular way to help mothers restore their bodies after pregnancy and childbirth. It’s a combination procedure that usually includes a tummy tuck, liposuction, and breast enhancement in a single operation, treating the areas hardest hit by pregnancy and nursing.

And for many moms, it’s about so much more than looking fantastic.

“I needed it for myself,” says Miriam, a mommy makeover patient of Dr. Sean Bidic. The plastic surgeon’s practice in South New Jersey features Miriam’s story on its website. She sought a mommy makeover after having 4 kids, including twins, and losing a lot of weight. “But even with all the working out that I did, I couldn’t get rid of the extra skin on my stomach…. Oh my god, it was horrible,” she says.

For her and many other patients, years of disliking her body had taken a major toll on her confidence. Many mommy makeover patients who have spent years devoting themselves to their families say getting the procedure is one of the most important things they’ve ever done for their confidence. Some women have even said that they felt they were setting a good example for their kids by taking care of themselves and solving a problem rather than just complaining about it.

Body Contouring After Weight Loss

When a person loses a massive amount of weight, either through lifestyle changes or a bariatric procedure, he or she is likely to be left with a major excess of loose, stretched skin on many parts of the body. This “cosmetic” concern often prevents people from enjoying the confidence they deserve after the accomplishment of weight loss and — even worse — can be uncomfortable when rashes and other skin issues develop.

Look no further than TLC’s new show Skin Tight for moving examples of men and women whose lives are hampered by an excess of skin on their midsections, arms, legs, and elsewhere. “I’ve come so far, yet still I feel like nothing’s changed,” says Megan Boeh, who had 42 pounds of bulky extra skin after she lost a massive amount of weight. “This skin is what hinders me.”

Research has shown that getting body contouring procedures to remove that leftover skin can actually help patients maintain their weight loss in the long term. This tangible health benefit has prompted many doctors and medical groups to call for insurance companies to stop labeling these procedures as “cosmetic” and provide coverage for them.

Facial Procedures

Facial procedures such as rhinoplasty (nose surgery) and otoplasty (ear surgery) are particularly popular among younger people who get them to avoid teasing, bullying, and other social problems. In most cases, these children and teens have ears or noses that are noticeably large, crooked, or otherwise outside of norm.

The story of a 15-year-old named Renata attracted attention in 2014 when she got a free nose job made possible by a New York nonprofit that helps children with facial deformities. She had been bullied to the point that she left school and opted for home-schooling — until rhinoplasty helped her feel happy and confident again, “like I don’t have to hide myself anymore.”

When it comes to the ears, scores of parents actually initiate the surgical process for children around the age of 5 to 7. Otoplasty is a relatively simple procedure that requires about a week of downtime, and that parents say can prevent their children from a possible lifetime of teasing. Adults can also get the procedure, and many who do say they wish they had gotten it when they were young.