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Wish Lists

With the holidays quickly approaching, we all have wish lists, right? The top of mine? Lose 10 lbs, win the lottery, world peace….you get the idea. Unfortunately, I know my family and friends won’t be able to help me cross those things off my list. However, we may be able to help you with your lists!
We have an awesome selection of products and services that would be ideal for people to give to you this holiday season. A gift card, some anti-aging serum, a massage, a facial, microblading…the list goes on. While you won’t find the key to world peace at our Studio, you may just find a little piece of happiness and a treatment or product to help you feel better.
Each of our estheticians are able to sit down and come up with a treatment plan and skin care regimen that is right for your skin. Then you can add those products, treatments or gift cards to your list this year!
Call us today to get a treatment plan going and also, please call if you have found that winning lottery ticket that I must have misplaced…

#TBT Brows Edition

Yes, #TBT “throw-back Thursdays” tend to make you LOL because of the hideous clothes and crazy (and usually too big) hair dos.  They make me laugh…every time.  But one thing I noticed that has also changed throughout the decades is eyebrows. Adjectives used to describe brows though the last century include big, pencil-thin, over-plucked, wild, bushy, arched, wide-set…and the list continues. As you can see there is has been a wide variety of brow shapes that seem to change with each passing decade. Let’s have a look (and yes, feel free to LOL).

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1910s – This was a time where less was more. Less make-up was key (that was saved for prostitutes and stage actors) and a natural look was the goal.  During this time, brows were defined, but still natural looking.

 

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1920s – With the rise of the silent movie stars, a brow movement was created. The “Roaring 20s” brow was pencil-thin, somewhat straight and was an accent to the bolder eye make-up that had become popular.

 

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1930s – Enter brow pencils.  While the extremely thin look was still going strong, the brow pencil allowed for some artistic arches.  The popular arch became more and more rounded.  Some women would pluck their brows completely and redraw the look they wanted.

 

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1940s – The brows in this era were a direct effect of WWII. Strange, I know, but while the men were away fighting the war, women had to step up and into the workforce. This meant putting a sophisticated look together…including full (and dramatic) brows.

 

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1950s – During this decade we start to bring sexy back, which seemed to be lacking in some of the earlier brows! Think Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, and Audrey Hepburn. Sexy and full, but also wide-set and shorter combined to bring the sex-appeal to the eye area.

 

Twiggy - 1960s1960s – This era seemed to be defined by “extreme”.  Women were taking risks with make-up and brows opposite of what their mothers did the decade before.  The result was long and thin. Some, like Sophia Loren, drew short hair strokes into the shape she desired.         (Hmm…that’s a lot of work….microblading anyone?)

 

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1970s – We took a step back from the brow pencil in the 70s. It became a focus on more natural looks, defined by waxing.

 

 

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1980s – Go big or go home. That left us with wild, untamed, and often unshapely brows.  (In full disclosure, these tend to be my favorite #TBT pictures!)

 

 

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1990s – Too much of good thing, can be bad. Over-plucked and over-waxed brows left us in another decade that was saturated with skinny brows.

 

 

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2000s – We made it through the Y2K fears and the over-plucking disasters to find ourselves with sexy, short, arched brows. This is a trend that would become perfected in the following decade.

 

 

e1302212e785ced2945d5282f07f683b--the-history-most-popular2010s – This is us now. Microblading, Brow shaping experts and pencils to fill in are key. We have perfected a natural looking, defined brow that can be mircobladed to avoid time spent each morning and looks perfect for every selfie that you take….every time.

 

Make sure to make your brows a priority, so that they aren’t the reason someone is LOLing at you in a #TBT post in the future.

Multi-tasking Massages

This day in age we are all required to multi-task. Always.

It goes beyond walking while chewing gum.  In today’s world, we see people making smart choices with multi-tasking (think folding laundry while catching up on the next episode of your favorite show or doing Kegels while waiting in traffic).  These smart multi-tasking ventures can help improve your life or at least make the To-Do list shorter. But we also see people making really bad choices when multi-tasking…texting while driving, smoking while pumping gas, or checking your emails while having dinner with a friend. Some have some severe consequences. (PSA: You shouldn’t text and Drive, Smoke and Pump Gas, and you definitely should pay attention to those around you, instead of your phone)

I like to multi-task while getting a massage.  Yes, you read that correctly. Hear me out.

While doing something I enjoy (receiving a massage on a regular basis), I am helping so many areas of my life (therefore, multitasking!) Here are the things one can accomplish with a regular massage.  (“Regular” being every 4-6 weeks.)

  • Massage can counteract the stress to your posture caused from sitting to long. This is usually pain felt in the lower back or shoulders, but can also present itself in the form of weak core or back muscles. Desk jockeys – we are talking to you.
  • It can ease muscle pain. This seems obvious but think about if you bump your knee – you rub it to make it feel better.  Let a trained massage therapist do the work for you.
  • Regular massage therapy can reduce overall stress, anxiety and depression. This is due to the human contact in a safe and professional environment along with the action of taking time to relax.
  • It promotes better sleep. You can rest more comfortably, simply put.  It can also work wonders for patients going through chemo or radiation.
  • Massage has been found to increase white blood cell counts, which are responsible for helping defend your immune system. This can be beneficial all year round.
  • Have a headache? Yep, massage therapy can help with that as well.  Seeing your massage therapist on a regular basis can help reduce the tension that leads to certain headaches.
  • It also works my body in ways that I can’t do while doing other non-exercise activities: lowers blood pressure, improve cardiovascular health, increase range of motion, improve balance, decrease pain associated with arthritis and many other health issues.

So, if you are the type of person who needs a “To-Do” action for your life, here it is…

√    Call to schedule a massage every 4-6 weeks.

Set them up in advance so the rest of life can’t get in the way. Find a therapist that will be yours only. They will learn to know what your body needs and how to heal you.  They will help you multi-task your health in a way you could never imagine. You are welcome.

 

Avoid the question: Are you Tired?

I know you all have pet peeves…as do I…I am human.  I have a lot of them including the toilet paper needing to go OVER the roll NOT under (my #1), people who choose to eat like a cow with their mouth open (this is never ok), the overuse of hashtags (#whydowehavetodecipherwhatyourhashtagssayswhenyoucouldjustwriteasentencewithcorrectspacingandpunctuation), and the list goes on. That list we can go over another day because I am going to focus here today…I loathe when people ask me if I’m tired or they tell me I look tired. Excuse me?

I get that sometimes people who you know very well can actually tell that you are tired, because they know what you look like when you are not tired.  These are not the instances I am talking about.  I am talking about the gal at the grocery store check-out or the random person at the gym that sees your “maybe tired/maybe hereditary/maybe drank too much wine the night prior” dark circles. These dark undereye shadows can make the most well rested person appear to be tired.

Most pet peeves don’t have a fix (I can’t make anyone stop using so many hashtags), but rather they just continue to pop up out of nowhere and bug you!  Well, I have news for you….

I found a fix for the dark circles under my eyes that have been making me appear tired (when usually I am not more tired than any other day of the week). This is a game changer.  Image Skincare’s Iluma intense brightening eye crème is my new BFF. After using it for a month or so, I ran into someone I hadn’t seen in a while and she commented about how fresh my eyes looked! Unreal. It is super hydrating and targets the puffiness, dark circles, wrinkles and lax skin that are all signs of aging.

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Trust me on this…just stop by the studio to buy yourself a bottle and you can thank me later. Now, how to tackle the toilet paper misdirection…hmmm…

Speaking Beauty

The Dictionary you REALLY need…

I always feel more at home when I understand the terms being used around me. I mean I went in to the eye doctor last week and they were talking about a dry caruncle?!?!  A what?!?!  (I learned from Google it is actually the pink triangle part of the inner corner eye, but who really uses this word when talking to someone who is not “in the business”?)

So, back to my point: it is important to understand the terms of what you are getting into at a studio like ours. We have no problem offering an explanation, it’s just that many of you feel embarrassed to ask.  So, wait no more…here is my dictionary of commonly used and maybe misunderstood terms:

MICROBLADING – This is a form of permanent makeup that provides a natural looking means to partially or fully camouflage missing eyebrow hair.  It can be used to thicken and reshape brows with the appearance of simulated hair using fine deposits of cosmetic tattoo pigments. Sound confusing?  Not sure how it will look afterwards?  These pictures are worth a thousand words…

 

MICRONEEDLING –It is a minimally invasive skin treatment that requires little to no down time. The device contains nine fine needles or a single fine needle that punctures the skin to create a controlled skin injury. This triggers the body to fill these microscopic wounds by producing collagen and elastin. Helps improve skin texture and firmness on the face and neck, and results in reduction of scars, stretch marks, and pore size. Bottom line: helps produce collagen…

 

OIL INFUSED LASH LIFT AND TINT– This is a great alternative to eyelash extensions or for clients with sensitivities. It is a low maintenance lash solution for clients as results lasts up to 12 weeks. Using your own lashes, it is permed against a silicon pad to give it a natural looking “lift“. We offer a tint with our lash lift also that help with our lighter eyelashes or to give it an illusion of mascara. Here are pictures of this amazing-ness…Note: these are YOUR natural lashes!!

            

 

LASH OR BROW TINT – Think vacation…or any other day that you don’t want to spend time on your lashes or brows. It can spare you the need for mascara or eyebrow pencil. Tinting lasts about 3-4 weeks, depending upon sun exposure and post care.  As you may have realized, if you have an undesirable and unforgiving brow shape…Microblading is the way to go.  With your natural lashes, the lash lift and tint are a great combo!

 

DERMAPLANING – This process, included in every facial (!) removes the vellus hair.  Don’t worry, it will not grow back coarse.  What it will do, however, is allow your products to reach your skin as they should and your make-up go on smoothly. Once you get this done, you will be hooked for life!

 

Hope you now have the confidence to speak beauty!

Brows speak louder than words.

By Guest Blogger, Sarah Swanson

How is it that so many years have past since I remember first wearing make-up, caring about brushing my hair, or even if my clothes matched?  Somewhere over the years (more than I would like to mention), I have since become obsessively aware of all of the beauty products, services and information about aging gracefully.  I have found myself intrigued, scared, overwhelmed and also excited for all of the things that can “turn back the clocks” or “refresh my look”.  Maybe it is just me, but I feel more aware because (maybe I am at a more *appropriate* age to let these items fill my cluttered mind). I didn’t ever know the extent of what a well-shaped eyebrow can have your life…

Just recently, I was blessed with the opportunity to have my eyebrows microbladed by the very talented Heather Brown. There are a few reasons I feel so fortunate…first being that she is a master of the brow.  For many years, people have been coming far and wide to have her shape, maintain, tame, etc their brows.  Mircoblading is a semi-permanent tattoo…(may sound scary to some with just that description)…so I was NOT going to trust just anyone to shape and reinvent these bad boys in the middle of my face.  You know the phrase Brows speak louder than words?  If you don’t, know you have been warned.

I have never received as many compliments in the days, weeks and months since I had my brows microbladed.  She made me look like I was always put together, even on days where I am wearing the yoga pants that I slept in, cleaned in and mowed the lawn in.  (No, I don’t do yoga in my yoga pants) Friends and family actually commented on how great I was looking lately (post microblading, of course) even though I hadn’t told them I did anything to my brows!  Then, for the ultimate compliment, I found myself answering questions and calming nerves of friends who chose to also get their brows microbladed after seeing mine!  All because I was honest with others about the procedure I had, I now felt the blessing of the choice I made to let this goddess, Heather Brown,  microblade some amazing brows on me!

I guess my point in sharing all of this is that sometimes when you make a decision to go for something, whether it may be big or small, just the honesty in talking to others about your experience may let you see the true beauty (or a silver lining in some regretful decisions) of you and your journey in this thing we call life…Sarah - Microblade