So Cool by the Pool!

There’s no better way to cool off than sitting poolside with an ice cold glass of lemonade. Many of us find ourselves spending a lot of time at the nearest pool to get a golden tan and take a cooling dip in the pool. Did you know that those chlorine and chemically treated pools could be causing your hair to be become damaged?

Of course, it wont become damaged after one visit but regular exposure to chlorinated water can cause significant damage to those beautiful tresses. Chlorine is a disinfectant that breaks down and removes dirt, oils and bacteria from the pools, which helps the water stay clear and clean. 

Your scalp produces natural oils, prolonged exposure to chlorine strips your hair of all those natural oils. This will cause your hair to feel dry and become frizzy.

Min-Ja Lee with ABCNews wrote an interesting article about keeping your hair, skin and bathing suit free of chlorine damage. It gives you home remedies to get rid of that green tint and maintain silky hair while swimming. Here’s a link to the article, How to Keep Chlorine From Wrecking Your Hair, Skin and Swimsuit.

Thick braids

Not everyone has fabulous, thick locks. Actually, most of us don’t.

A lot of times our clients that come in for up dos tell us they love the inspirations, but that their hair is too fine for the braided look. They usually turn up thin, lacking the visual impact of what they see on the models.

Well, it’s actually surprisingly easy to give your braids a thicker look. All you need to do is to pull the outer sides of the braid to thicken it up, prior to adding your bobby pin or hair band.

We found it on Elizabethany.com, who shared not only how much difference it makes, when you thicken up your braids (called pancaking), versus when you don’t.

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Check out here how to achieve this look, and a bonus video as well!

 

Hairstyles for Brides

Summer time is a big time for outdoor weddings.

Most brides we get around this time of the year decide to skip the veil altogether. Some like the freedom of not wearing one, others just like the boho feel that cascading waves free of accessories have.

A lot of our brides, though, love accessories. They want the accessory to be the real star of the show. We’ve seen beautifully crafted pins, combs and even birdcage veils on our last weddings.

Some are skeptical of how formal a hairstyle will be if you skip a veil, but I tell you brides still achieve a very formal look without the veil. We’ve scouted Pinterest to find beautiful dos that do not require a veil to share with you today.

Depending on the style of your wedding, you may want to consider a few options:

 

– Combs:

Big or small, they add something extra to the overall look. We’ve seen them in many ways – around buns, on french twists, on a side do. They bring the style together and add the “bling” when there’s no veil.

 

– Hair pins:

They can be of various shapes. Some of our brides like small flowers or pearls, that aren’t apparent, but provide a nice surprise when a guest truly looks at the style. They add the extra, but don’t steal the show from the updo itself.

 

– Headbands:

We’ve seen many flower headbands (crowns) that amp up the boho vibe of a gown. We’ve seen small ones that are incorporated into a do, and one of our favorites – intricate, pieces of art that go over the style, bringing out a regal vibe to the look.

 

– Bejeweled gowns:

Many gowns have jewel details. They can be as big as the whole shoulder piece, or a big detail on the gown. Some have flowers and lace as straps. When you have a busy gown, the idea is that you should stay away from too many accessories on your head.

We highly recommend a style that will either use small pins, or nothing at all. The exception is when the gown’s details are mostly located in the front. When that happens, you can definitely add some bling, or even flower details to the back of your hair.

We found this great image that combines most styles discussed. I love how it shows the different nuances that accessories can have. How similar styles can be played to be boho, modern, or romantic.

 

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What do you think? Which style of accessory are you most likely to go for?

 

 

Sun’s out!

It’s that time of the year again, when the sun shines bright, temperature rises to 80s and 90s and the pool is officially open.

Glorious.

But, with the pool season, comes the sun. And we know applying sunscreen is not on the forefront of all our minds. but it should be. Not only on this season. A good dermatologist will recommend you wearing sunscreen every day. That’s right: 365 days of sunscreen.

Some may find a bit too much, some don’t see a need. Some think sunscreen is a “summer thing”. We wish it was. But the damages done by the sun come at all times: winter, spring, summer or fall.

We probably just remember about it most on the Summer time because we actually leave the house with the intent of soaking up the rays.The warm, cozy, but very damaging rays.

But as we stumbled upon this post from Marie Claire we felt the need to share it with you. How is it that we know so much about the importance of sunscreen, but still deadly skin cancer cases have doubled over the last three decades?!

Please ready carefully, consider taking steps to avoid the rays, and add sunscreen to your daily routine. We’ve blogged about a few options here. So please, please check it out.

Stay safe!

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”.