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Eyebrows

January 28, 2015
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Everyone has eyebrows, and let’s face it, everyone looks at your eyebrows. So why not get them done and make them look pretty?

There have always been different eyebrow trends that involve different thinness and even color, but sometimes a trend cannot be reversed if you damage a hair follicle. Your eyebrows are in a sensitive area right above your eye, so it might be painful to remove some of the hair. But it sure can be worth it!

There are so many different ways to remove the hair. Waxing involves laying actual wax onto your skin and the hair that wants to be removed. Threading is a somewhat new technique that was brought to the United States from India. In threading, a thin thread is doubled, and then twisted. It is then rolled over areas of unwanted hair, plucking the hair at the follicle level. Unlike tweezing, where single hairs are pulled out one at a time, threading can remove short lines of hair. Threading can also be used for someone who has sensitive skin because no hot products are being placed onto the skin. And there is always the tweezing method that most every woman uses. But when you tweeze you have the chance to pull the wrong hair and then you would be left with an uneven brow.

There are so many options to choose from that you just really have to find the one that you prefer.

Esthetics—Alpha Phase

January 27, 2015
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I’ve been in the Esthetics Intro Phase about three months, getting down to the basics of facials, skin analysis, learning about skin disorders and diseases, and about the pressure points of the face and body. I always thought that esthetics was only about facials. I never even thought waxing was involved until I first went on my admission’s tour where they explained to me what I would be learning.

Now that I’ve absorbed and learned all the basics, it was time to move on up to the Alpha Phase—the Spa Experience Floor. There, I get to work on real clients instead of just doing practice facials on fellow students in class. I remember the first day on the spa experience floor—everyone was just everywhere: nervous, scared, anxious, and excited. But, eventually, we all nailed it and got everything down.

By this phase, you’ll get to find out what your weaknesses and strengths are. You’ll also find out what you like doing best. So far, I love doing facials because I get to make someone’s day better and also help make their skin look healthier. It’s just an amazing feeling. I also like waxing, especially legs and arms. I still need more practice waxing eyebrows though. Waxing eyebrows can be a bit tricky depending on the amount of hair and the desired shape. Soon enough, I’ll nail that one too with more practice. Thank god I haven’t waxed off all the hairs on someone’s brows yet!

Choosing to attend Cinta Aveda has been the best decision I’ve made in my entire life. And if I had the chance to change my past educational experiences, I’d make going to Cinta Aveda my first choice.

Enbrightenment Correcting Serum

January 26, 2015
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This product contains Aveda’s most highly concentrated, plant-powered, brightening blend to diminish the appearance of dark spots and discoloration on your skin. This product helps promote surface cell turnover for greater skin clarity and luminosity to give your skin the best color and appearance it can possibly have.

It is 100% naturally derived from plants including grape extract, mulberry root, and asorbyl glucoside. These elements help promote surface cell turnover. The aroma was made with organic lavender, sustainable sandalwood, organic rose geranium, and organic rosemary. All these help soothe and calm the skin.

To use this serum, you smooth it onto clean or toned skin in the morning and at night, focusing on discolored areas. It will make the skin feel tighter which is normal. And then you follow the serum with the enbrightening correcting lotion or creme. 52% of those tested saw improvement in clarity and 34% saw the appearance of dark spots diminish.

My personal experience with this product was actually quite amazing. I have tried the serum alone mainly for scarring. My skin has very dark melanin in it, which causes my scars to become a lot darker then normal. They can turn almost black, depending on how bad the blemish is. I have noticed the scarring goes away a lot quicker when I use the product. I would recommend it to anyone that has bad scarring or dark spots on their skin, which are hard to get off.

This product costs $53, so it is on the pricey side. But it’s worth it compared to the amount spent at a dermatologist using lasers or peels on the skin to get rid of dark spots.

Choosing Colors for You

January 25, 2015
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With so many shades of shadows, blushes, and lipsticks, it can be overwhelming when trying to decide what color suits us best. Sometimes, when I walk into a store like Sephora, I get goggly-eyed like a four year old in a candy shop, with the pretty colors and perfect packaging. I want to try on every color and have someone tell me if it looks good or not, but that is not realistic. Then how am I supposed to know which colors work with my skin tone?

An easy way to solve that question is to know a little about your face and its characteristics. Blue eyes can usually pull off golds and silvers, neutrals, and earthy tones like blue or green. Blues, purples, and pinks, as well as all neutrals look very good with brown eyes. Green eyes really pop with pinks or browns. The color wheel is a great tool for helping to determine which direction you should go in. If you want a bolder look, then choose a color opposite your eyes. But if you want to achieve a more subtle look, use colors closer to your own eye color on the wheel.

When it comes down to it, if you like the way it looks and feels on your skin, then own it! Nothing is more beautiful than being confident in what you’re wearing.

Four Ways to Dry Your Nails

January 24, 2015
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One of the most frustrating parts of getting your nails done is thinking you have allowed enough time for them to dry, running out the door, getting in your car, only to find that you have smudged what moments ago was a beautiful manicure. It takes time and patience to sit in the salon after your nails are done waiting while your polish dries, and this is when times seems to pass incredibly slowly. Usually you decide to leave when your patience runs out, not when your nails are thoroughly dry. Here are four great tips to help nail polish dry faster:

  • Super cold water: Before you start painting your nails, fill a small bowl up with ice cubes and cold water. Once nails are painted, dip your hands into the bowl of freezing water. This will help set the polish. If you are at a nail salon and do not have access to ice cubes, just place your hands under cold water for about a minute.
  • Cold air: Your hairdryer works just as well as a salon’s nail dryer. All you have to do is set your hair dryer to the cool setting and blast your freshly painted nails with cold air.
  • Spray: Nail drying sprays work extremely well. They are not hard to find and can be purchased at your local drug store. But what works just as well is any type of cooking oil spray such as PAM—yes PAM! Just be sure that you wash your hands a few minutes after you spray your hands with it.
  • Thinner the better: Try doing three thin coats of polish rather than two thicker coats. Make sure you wait a few minutes in between coats. This allows the polish to dry evenly and faster.

Cream vs. Powder

January 23, 2015
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Powder products have been around for a long time: powder foundation, powder eye shadow, powder blush. Until recently, they seem to have dominated the industry. But then companies started introducing new creations and formulations.

In the past, a cream would be thick and rich and not easily blendable. Today, however, they are available in every consistency we can think of, from cream to liquid to whips.

So the question remains, which formula is better? Personally I feel that, if you want to go for a more natural look for your blush or eye shadow, a cream will be your best bet. If you want something bold, then I would chose a powder because they are very buildable as well as blendable. You could also put a powder over a cream, to make sure that it sticks.

When it comes to foundations, a lot of that choice comes down to personal preferences. I find that people with oily skin prefer full coverage to hide the oil, but I think that a nice powder will help absorb some of the excess oil that may be present. On the other end, I feel like those with dry skin would not only benefit, but also enjoy, wearing something a little heavier, such as a liquid or a bb cream. They offer even, buildable coverage as well as protection from the dirty elements.

It’s not always easy finding a product that you love, but once you do, don’t let it go!

A Step to Step Guide to Dry Brushing

January 22, 2015
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Dry brushing has always been a part of Ayurveda’s cleansing beliefs. It is a form of exfoliation that sloughs away dead skin cells, unclogs pores, reduces the appearance of cellulite, and removes toxins that have been trapped beneath the skin. In addition, dry brushing is also said to stimulate the lymphatic system, essential in helping toxins flow throughout the body. This extremely simple and inexpensive beauty regimen takes only about 5 minutes. With the simple steps below, you will see results instantly.

  1. Use a natural, non synthetic, bristle brush. A long handle helps to reach areas of your body that would otherwise be hard to reach.
  2. Stand naked in your bathtub, or elsewhere if you have a towel underneath your feet to catch the dead skin that falls.
  3. You can start anywhere you like on your body, but I prefer to start at my feet with long sweeping motions towards my heart. Brush the area several times and move on to the next section of your body. Take note that certain areas of your body are more sensitive than others, so make sure you are not too heavy handed with your brush, which can cause irritation. The more you dry brush, the less sensitive your skin will be.
  4. Rinse off in the shower to get all the dead skin residue off of your skin.
  5. Pat your skin dry with a towel. Finish with a body butter or a natural moisturizing oil, such as coconut, to help seal in the moisture.

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Pros & Cons of Waxing

January 21, 2015
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Most women get rid of their hair with a razor. It’s painless, even if you accidently nick yourself with the blade; it’s fast if you do it while showering; and it’s a cheap method of hair removal. Yet waxing salons and spas are thriving. Why? Because waxing is able to last up to a month, it reduces in-between stubble, it is highly effective, and it removes hair right from the root. You get instant smoothness that a razor cannot deliver, even when it’s brand new.

The Cons

  • You have to wait for the hair to grow back again to a certain length. There is a re-growth cycle that hair goes through once removed.
  • Yes, it will hurt. No, do not drink first to ease the pain.
  • More susceptible to ingrown hairs if not treated with an exfoliant.
  • More pricey, but totally worth it.
  • You’re removing a layer of protection against infection. Our hair naturally protects us from outside environmental stressors and toxins.

The Pros

  • Smooth skin, no more stubble. Lasts for 3 to 4 weeks.
  • Hairless for longer, gets more hair than your razor could. Doesn’t leave bumpies.
  • It will stop growing in as thick after a while, and the re-growth cycle will get thinner.
  • Less effort, no razor cuts or burns.

There are also two types of wax used for waxing:

Soft Wax

  • Melts at higher temperature.
  • Stays soft after application.
  • Waxing strips, aka muslin, is necessary for hair removal.
  • Pulling soft wax off with a waxing strip often results in lifting and stretching of the skin along with the hair.
  • Can work only when you pull the strips in the direction opposite to the hair growth.
  • Cannot be reapplied to areas just waxed.
  • Can often cause rash, irritation, and redness.

Hard Wax

  • Melts at lower temperature.
  • Simply lift and pull the hardened wax. No strips necessary.
  • Hard wax hardens around the hair and not on the skin; only the hair is uprooted.
  • Does not require you to pull from the direction opposite the hair growth.
  • No rash, redness, irritation after.
  • Can be reapplied on the areas that are just waxed.
  • Good for waxing armpits and the bikini area.

Everyone Needs a Beauty Survival Kit

January 20, 2015
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We’ve all been there, out and about, feeling great. And then we look into a mirror to find makeup issues going on. I used to never carry any makeup with me except a lip gloss. But now I think it’s essential to have a beauty survival kit that doesn’t take up too much space and has just the right touch ups that I might need. Here’s a list that I find always comes in handy when I need to reach into my purse and do a fixer upper.

Beauty Survival Kit

  1. Compact Mirror — For those times when you don’t have one around.
  2. Pressed Powder — Easy to touch up the face with either a translucent powder or foundation powder, especially for those who have oily skin and makeup which tends to slide off.
  3. Eyeliner — has the tendency to wear off or smudge throughout the day, so I carry a travel size liner.
  4. Lip Balm — I always carry a lip balm on me to keep my lips nice and moisturized.
  5. Lip liner/Lipstick — This changes depending on what lip color I’m wearing that day, but lipstick tends to bleed or fade so I always have both with me to clean up.
  6. Eyelash Glue — I usually wear false lashes and, at one point of the day, at least one of them starts to lift. So I make sure I always have glue on me to quickly fix the lashes.
  7. Hand Sanitizer — Important to use before touching your face.
  8. Perfume Sample — Apply a spritz throughout the day to smell fresh. Be careful not overdue it; too much perfume is never a good thing.
  9. Gum/Mints — Always have these handy for fresh breath.

Everyone’s survival kit will be different but it definitely comes in handy when you need a quick touch up!

The Galvanic Machine

January 19, 2015
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The beauty industry has many machines that can be used to achieve multiple desired effects. Machines are great because they give immediate improvement. Microdermabrasion helps exfoliate the skin. High frequency helps minimize the population of bacteria. Faradic helps improve muscle tone. Vacuum helps move lymph.

One of my favorite machines is the galvanic, even though it isn’t used as much anymore. It helps penetrate water-soluble products deep into the dermis. It does this by creating a chemical reaction within the pores, allowing them to dilate and be receptive to products. This is achieved by using the negative electrode with a sodium chloride solution on the surface, which creates an alkaline reaction in the skin which, in turn, dilates the pore. Then you continue to move the electrode around for about six minutes until we’ve achieved the process of saponification, which turns sebum into soap.

Once you are done with this process, you switch the polarity from negative to positive and begin to close the pores back up. This is when you would apply a water-soluble product, like a mask or serum, to push into the follicles of the skin. This process brings the skin back to its natural acidic state, and the client should see a significant increase in hydration levels of their skin.

In order to successfully complete a galvanic treatment, you also need to apply a damp electrode to the client, under their shoulder or on their arm but not on their face, in order to complete the circuit and achieve the desired results. This can be done weekly, but caution needs to be taken to constantly move the active electrode. Otherwise a burn can be caused on the skin, which will not make the client happy.