Overnight No-heat Curls

We know not everyone owns a curling wand or different sized barrels to curl their hair.

We also know that some of our clients are against the idea of using too much heat on their hair. So it was fun to find this great tutorial by Kayley Melissa.

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She is super talented, young, and took this tutorial to another level.

We’ve seen this being done with a strechy headband, but sometimes curls would end up too small, and it was hard to keep it at place while you slept.

We really liked her take on it. It’s super easy, and anyone can do it!

If you decide to try it, let us know!

 

And don’t forget to visit her website and be in on every tutorial/ hairstyle she does.

Concealer How-to

Have you ever wondered how to best cover your pimples? Or those pesky under eye bags?

You’ve probably heard of the power of concealer then.

But concealers aren’t just for this. They have multiple uses, multiple colors, and formulas. There are tips and tricks on how to put it on, where to put it on, and what to do if you happen to not have them around.

Interested yet?

Check out the Cosmopolitan link and get the inside scoop on how and where to apply concealer.

 

 

Caring for your False Eyelash

Not many people wear false eyelashes daily. Most of them prefer to wear them in special occasions, and more often than not they end up in the bin after one use.

The reason? We don’t always know how to properly clean them. It ends up in a tangled mess with glue, mascara and leftover eyeliner on it and it’s just easier to toss them.

Well, we found this great tutorial by The Beauty Broadcast on how to care for your false lashes and we wanted to share it with you.

We hope this is not only informative, but we hope you can benefit from it! We know we will be reusing our lashes from  now on (on ourselves – you’re still getting a brand new pair when you come in for your makeup visit!)

 

 

Earth Day 2015!

Earth Day is right around the corner! Have you thought of the importance of this day?

We have. And so have our most beloved brands as well.

We don’t know how relevant it is to you, but to us, a brand that calls itself clean has to have clean ingredient, but we love it even more when they take it a step further.

 Take Jane Iredale, for instance. We already love them for the amazing products they have to offer, but here are a few fun facts on just how much further they go for the environment:

1. Their new building is under application to receive a LEED Gold Award from the US Green Building Council.

2. They have a community garden, where food for their employees and their families is grown.

3. Their makeup is eco-friendly!

 

As for Eufora. Well, Eufora uses 75% pharmaceutical grade Aloe Vera in all its products! That alone guarantees amazing results, but there is more.

1. All their products are free from added water, fragrance and dyes.

2. Along with Aloe Vera, Eufora products utilize the most advanced botanical ingredients available, as well as pure essential oils to fragrance all products for an aromatherapy experience.

3. They don’t use synthetic fragrances, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, carcinogenic or suspected carcinogenic ingredients in any of our products.

 

What do you expect from brands labeling themselves as eco-friendly? And which changes are you making to celebrate Earth Day?

Spa Noa Grand Reopening!

It’s with really high spirits, and a great deal of excitement that we share the calendar of events for the Grand Reopening of Spa Noa.

Mary and Lucy have bought the Spa last October. Ever since then, they’ve been working very hard to create a unique space for their guests to enjoy their spa services.

Improvements were made, from software systems to spa rooms, from products used to a new makeup room. Some big, some small – but all with the intent of bettering the quality of the services and the space itself.

And it is in that mindset, that Mary and Lucy want to welcome you into the new Spa Noa. Experience an entire week of fabulous specials, consultations with our industry reps, and industry leading Cosmetic Surgeon, Dr. Freedman, M.D.

Please take your time looking into all the great events we’ve listed – some of them are limited space. We look forward to sharing such an exciting time with you. We’d love to have you be a part of this big milestone and the birth of a new, improved, Spa Noa.

 The Grand Reopening will happen during the week of April 26th – May 3rd.

Specials that will run all week:
– Free Brow waxing (with a service)
– Free parafin hand dips (with a service)
– Free seated (10min) massages
– AHA Pedi’s (reg $65) for $50
– Spa Noa Retreat (90 min) – sugar scrub and 60 min sweedish massage $120 (reg $225)
– Shellac Manicures (reg $40) $25
– “Lunch time Luxury” Peel (30 min with petite facial) $50 (reg $100)
– Peel w/ 1 hour facial $100 (reg $150)
– Vitality Peel $100  (reg $275)
– Any 1 area LHR $100
 
Mon/Tues:
– Hot Stone Massages $100 (reg $160)
– IPL Facials $100 (reg $250)
– Microderm Facials $100 (reg $160)
– Free facial area waxing with a mani or pedi (limit 1 area per guest)
– Free Blowdry with haircut
 
Weds:
-Topix rep will be here doing consults and sales
– 25% off 2 or more Topix products
– Purchase a series of massages and receive complimentary scalp massage (15min) with each treatment
– Stella and Dot table 
 
Thurs:
– Dr Freedman will be here doing consults and Q&A with guests
– Botox special $11 a unit (reg $14)
– Neo Cutis will be here doing consult and sales
– Lunchtime Luxury Facials (Purchase a series of Neo peels and receive complimentary Neo Cleanser)
 
Fri:
– Jane Iredale rep will be here dong complimentary make up with the purchase of 2 or more Jane products (makeup ap $65 value)
– IS rep will be here doing consults and sales
– Delux samples (is) with product purchase
– Purchase series 6 Innovative or Foaming Facials and GET 2 FREE! ($300 value)
 
Sat:
– Bring in a new client that schedules a service within the next 7 days and receive 20% off for referring a friend!
– Business card raffle drawing (1st prize- blowdry/makeup ap, 2nd prize- 45 min massage on a mon through weds, 3rd prize- Facial with product basket)
 
Sun:
– 20% of all retail proceeds donated to Tigerlilly Foundation
– Cocktail Party 4-7pm
– 20% off 2 or more services scheduled for that day

Jane Iredale is an Industry Innovator!

We just received the new Spring issue of New Beauty magazine. This issue is all about their 10th anniversary! To celebrate, they have a section dedicated to the Beauty Industry’s top 10 Innovators.

We were so happy to see Jane Iredale was picked as the Innovator for the Makeup category. As you all know, and maybe are tired of hearing, we are true fans.

Here are a few points highlighted on why she got the award:

1. Jane Iredale created the first real mineral makeup line, in 1994.

2. She realized there was a lack of makeup the was good for the skin in the market. Makeup that had true skin-care benefits. That’s when the idea of Jane Iredale came to be.

3. To know whether your makeup is made out of pure minerals, and not fillers, make sure Minerals, zinc oxide and mica are the top ingredients. The quality of ingredients is also a great concern.

4. Her most prided product is the Pressed Powder, which is a foundation, powder, sunscreen and concealer all in one.

5. Plastic Surgeons are still one of her biggest supporters. Jane Iredale products are so pure that they can be used after all procedures, including peeling, to nourish the skin and cover up any bruising.

6. Most ingredients used are plant extracts, mostly certified organic and sourced from Europe.

Not only are we so excited to see that the industry recognizes just how great our products are, they value the fact that their ingredients are amazing too. Nowadays consumers are tuned into what ingredients go on their skincare, makeup, and food. It’s not only just about the results, but about what products you put on your skin, and what they can do for you.

We are excited about this change, and proud to stand behind such an amazing brand.

In fact, Jane Iredale also received a Best of Beauty Award for having the best bronzer in the market “This

pretty bronzer gives the face that “I just got back from vacation” glow with the slightest hint of shimmer. $42,”.

 

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To get more information, look into page 094 of the Spring Issue of New Beauty Magazine, and visit Jane Iredale’s website under ” about us”.

The real price of products

If there’s one thing we know is that “no 2 products are the same”. That goes for high end and drug stores brands. People always ask us what the difference between our products and the ones at drugstores is:

We only carry products we are passionate about in our salon, be it skincare, makeup or hair. Our products have great quality ingredients, and are created by people who are equally passionate about your health and the results their products deliver.

True, our products cost more than your average shampoo or eyeshadow at the drugstore. There is a reason for that, believe it or not.

I know we always refer to Skin Deep’s site, but simply type your brand and see for yourself. Your $3 eyeshadow from the drugstore is very cheap, and does the job. We believe in that too. But what else is it doing for you?

It’s no secret that there are multiple harmful chemicals in most brands. Regulations are not as tough for cosmetics as they are for drugs and food. You can check it herehere and here for more information about all the harmful chemicals you add to your body when you use your $3 eyeshadow, or your nail polish.

We hope these statistics and links helped you to get a little more acquainted with your own products. Do learn the ingredients, the chemicals and effects it may have on you and your overall health. We believe in our clients looking their best inside and out. And that means standing behind brands that do not use these harmful ingredients!

Is makeup affecting your life?

Working in the beauty industry, it is pretty much required that you show up to work with your hair and makeup done. We also believe that no matter where you work, you should be putting your best face forward too.

There are 2 types of makeup loving people:

1. The ones that put makeup on to work, but love their bare face to work at home, in the garden, or for a quick grocery stop;

2. The ones that wake up and immediately cover themselves in makeup for fear of people seeing them with nothing on.

Nicole Weaver wrote a post on yahoo! beauty about 7 crazy ways makeup affects your love life.

It’s such a neat piece to read. On one hand, guys will respect you, and be more attracted to you if you wear makeup – consisting of mostly eye makeup and colored lips.

On the other hand, too much makeup drives them away. We all understand it. There are guys that love seeing you all dolled up, but fear hugging, touching, or kissing you and having all that transferred to his clothes. We’ve heard stories of coworkers who put so much makeup on it transferred into their office papers she touched!

It’s all about balance. Women are driven towards makeup, to enhance, mask, cover, or highlight their features. It’s up to how comfortable both of you are with how much/little women like to wear. Nicole does mention on her piece that “A new study found that 57 percent of women would break up with their boyfriend rather than break up with their makeup bag.”

No need taking chances on which one she will choose, right? We’d love to hear how makeup affects your life!

 

The 5 minute face

If there’s one thing most people would like to have more of, it’s time. With more time we can do everything: clean the house, exercise, sleep!, work, finish that last page of the book. Possibilities are endless.

 

More and more people have been navigating towards a hassle free makeup routine. One that will make you look presentable and put together, but that will still allow you to hit the snooze button on your alarm, or will allow you to get ready at a minute’s notice.

We figured we could help out, sharing with you our own 5 minute face.

 

1// Moisturize

Depending on your skin type and needs you may need more than this, but most people could double up their primer as a moisturizer. With ingredients such as Grapefruit, orange and apple extract as well as aloe vera, Smooth Affair is the perfect candidate. It has anti-aging properties that even skin tone, minimize the appearance of pores and increase luminosity.

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2// Protect

Sunscreen is a must on every person’s routine. No matter what your skin tone you have. If you want to be faster, you can opt for Dream Tint, a Tinted Moisturizer with SPF15. If you need more than that, add your own liquid sunscreen then.

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3// Cover

This step depends on how much coverage you prefer. We prefer a shearer application, so we turn into the Liquid Minerals foundation. It’s lightweight, but still powerful enough to cover dark spots.

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If you need more coverage, opt for the Glow Time BB Cream, which also contains a SPF 25.b2ap3_thumbnail_JI_GlowTime.jpg

4// Add color

This step is what takes some time, usually. But there are a few products that may cut your time in half. Opt for double duty products, such as the Just Kissed lip and cheek stain. They can be applied, as the name says, on both lips and cheeks and will last you the whole day!

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For the eyes, opt for something fast like the Eye Shere. They can be used on their own (just add them to your lid and blend towards the eyebrows) or as a base, for days where you’re not in a rush. We absolutely love the Brown and the Bronze.

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For mascara, we love the Longest LashThickening and Lenghtening Mascara. For daytime we usually choose brown (navy is also amazing!), but we bump it up to black for night outs.

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5// Brows

A lot of people skip this step – but we would not! You don’t have to spend hours fixing them, but they deserve a nice coat of color to stand out. For that opt for the PureBrow Gels. If they are full enough you can just use the clear to tame them, or opt for the Blonde or Brunette, to tame and fill in one swipe.

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There you have it! Of course if your skin needs a lot more coverage for spots, or acne, then just add, or remove, products according to your preference.

 

What are your 5 minute face products?

 

*All images used are from Jane Iredale’s website.

Spring Looks with Jane Iredale

Spring has sprung! And with it, a ton of Spring makeup looks have popped up everywhere.

Spring is one of our favorite makeup seasons. Every artist takes on the beautiful Spring colors seen on trees, birds, flowers, as inspiration. And with that, we have a mixture of pastel, of soft earth tones, of bold colors, richer purples/pinks. There truly is a plethora to choose from.

And with this mindset, they picked out a few examples of what has been seen on the runway and listed the products you can use to achieve it. We’d love to share this with you!

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If you’re trying to achieve this look, and more, head over to their makeup blog!

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