Seeing Red

February 26, 2012

Just before this past Valentine’s Day I realized that for the first time in a while I wasn’t feeling bitter or uncomfortable about this “Holiday” for lovers. To honor that I decided to go against my nature and have my nails painted red. Typically my nail polish of pale pink or almost black chips quickly and gets removed just as quickly, so I was feeling safe stepping outside my comfort zone. The nail girl even offered to do a set of gels, stating it would last 2 weeks. I very quickly shook my head No..I found the idea of having red nails for two weeks very frightening. This polish was coming off the day after Valentine’s Day, as far as I was concerned in that moment. 

I felt an incredible uneasiness sweep over me as she applied this color over my finger tips. I just kept thinking, “This is so not me!”. As I sat there allowing them to dry I felt a shift happening. It was looking better, my eyes were getting used to the color red. I made it home and realized I was actually beginning to like it. I realized though, what I was liking was the feeling of doing something that went against my nature. I had stepped outside my box, and I was liking it…

A couple weeks earlier I had learned of the energetic power of the color red. Red has the lowest frequency on the color spectrum, signifying the lowest level of light or extreme negativity. Placing this color on our finger tips helps inject your spirit with a mild dose of negativity, acting almost as an inoculation against negative energy. When I recalled this lesson, I realized what had happened to me just after the polish had been painted..I was feeling a lift from my ego’s resistance to change. I had always said, “Oh, red is not me.” How do we know what’s not us if we never dare to step out and try new things, meet new people or go to new places?

Yes, the polish eventually chipped, but instead of removing it and going back to my usual self, I had my nail lady reapply the red polish. It was feeling addictive, I had her paint it on my toes, too. She agreed with me that at first she was feeling like it wasn’t me. Then she shared her story of recently changing her own polish to a color she didn’t usually wear. She told me she felt a shift in her mood, she was excited to have tried something new, as well. She agreed that her mood was different from this simple color change.

It seems like it’s so easy for us to get caught up the ideas of what we think we are, forgetting about all of the limitless possibilities in the world. Sometimes it takes just a simple change in nail polish color to shed some new Light in our lives;)

~Peace from The Lash Lady

Here’s a new topic in the beauty industry… Eye Whitening. Yes, they have come up with a way to have you drop the drops. It’s a laser treatment aimed at brightening your whites for people who have chronic red eyes, brown spots, yellow whites or raised bumps on the surface of the eyes caused by environmental pollution, sun damage and smoking. A treatment called I-Brite sounds quick and relatively easy. After 2 weeks, the eyes are bright white again. Orrr, the lash Lady suggests switching your eyeliner to a navy shade, which will help bring out the illusion of whiter eyes. Just another reminder to take care of ourselves, drink lots of water and get plenty of rest…

Peace from the Lash Lady;)

Spring has Sprung!

March 22, 2011

Let’s liven up our youth at any age…rosy glosses to make lips look fuller, bronzey bronzers (no orange please), get a pedicure and go BRIGHT! It’s time to have your hair stylist throw in a few extra foils around your halo, but resist the blonde ambition addiction. By summer’s end you will be sorry, AGAIN and swear you’ll never do it AGAIN. Switch your part, give your hair some natural volume. Rub your skin down with some coconut oil to get you on a mental vacation. It’s time to smell the roses…do it & do it with delight!!

Peace from the Lash Lady;)

My business partner in crime asked me the other day what to do about the seemingly irremovable stains created by her holiday red nail polish. My advice needed to be applied to her “next time”. The key to a clean polish removal is patience. Patience is a virtue in allllll areas of life, including beauty maintenance.

The quickest way to get through your next deeply hued polish change is to slow it down. Saturate your cotton ball with a good amount of remover, press it down firmly against your nail bed and hold it. Don’t start rubbing it around, because this will surely ensue a great mess. After a minute passes, while still maintaining the pressure, glide the cotton pad off of your nail. Repeat this to each nail, changing your cotton as needed. Once all 10 are finished, get another clean pad and then go in for the cuticle stains.

It may seem as though this will take longer to get your polish off. But in actuality, if you take it slow in the beginning, exercise some patience, you will find that things will go much more smoothly. Kind of like life:)

 Peace from the Lash Lady.

Slough the rough.

December 6, 2010

I recently came across an oldie but a goodie stashed away in my cabinet…Clinique’s 7 Day Scrub Cream. During these dry months many of us begin to experience dry, flaky facial skin. The first step in alleviating dry skin is to gently remove the top layer of dead skin cells. If you don’t and skip right on to doubling down with the extreme moisture, all you are doing is compacting the dead cells. Fresh starts are always beneficial, right???

I have used this product for almost 2 decades. My favorite use for 7 Day Scrub Cream? Over the mouth. Chapped lips will love this formula. It’s perfectly round micro-beads are in a cream base, allowing them to gently glide over the rough spots, sloughing them away, exposing the fresh new cells. Now the skin is ripe and ready for your lip balm to do its job.

A little goes a lonnng way. I highly recommend picking up a tube next time you are cruising through the Cosmetic Department. This won’t be a product just wasting space in your cabinet, it will sit front and center during these cold months.  

Peace from the Lash Lady.

The awareness of coconut oil as a beauty treatment has continued to grow, as has my passion for this product. The baby has changed names, Nohona Organic Coconut Oil for Skin and Hair. Most of us ladies can claim to be product collectors. My own shelves, drawers and cabinets are bursting. I think at this day in age many of us are craving simplicity. Nohona Coconut Oil has a multitude of uses, in one bottle…moisturizing body oil, hair conditioning treatment, massage oil, makeup remover, lip balm, under arm deodorant, after shave balm, nail and cuticle healer, after sun care product.

Nature created this product, not a factory. Nothing, natural or artificial, has been added to this miracle oil. One bottle, so many uses. Explore, get creative.  Please share with me your favorite use…

Peace from the Lash Lady:)

Get Coco-Nutty!

November 22, 2009

I must admit that when my brother suggested coconut oil for our mother’s psoriasis years ago, I didn’t think much of it. I figured it as an intense moisturizer. Then, at The Lash Spa, the topic of Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil began frequently popping up. I decided to do some research on the How’s and Why’s it was so beneficial for our mother’s skin condition. I was amazed by this oils properties. My passion was born, thus Te Karanga became my baby.

The Virgin Coconut Oil used in Te Karanga contains nearly 50% Lauric Acid. Lauric Acid is one of the saturated acids found in human breast milk.  When coconut milk was recommended 13 years ago for my dairy allergic daughter, I immediately ignored the thought. I was thinking the Vegans who wrote the book were NUTS! Now I understand why…Lauric Acid. It is antimicrobial– meaning antiviral and antibacterial. Coconut Oil is rich in Vitamin E, as well, which is an excellent antioxidant.

Due to Coconut Oil’s small molecular structure, it penetrates quickly and deeply into the skin. Not just affecting the epidermis, your outer layer. It actually penetrates into the deeper layer of your “True” skin, where the cellular action occurs.  During these colder months, I realize the Oil may not feel like it’s not doing enough. Take heart, it is still working way down deep. However, the epidermis may need another product that provides an occlusive barrier, not penetrating the skin so rapidly. I have been inspired to bring on the first addition to my line…a Coconut Oil Body Butter.

Meanwhile, here is a quick review of what Te Karanga Virgin Coconut Oil can do for you: Nightly massage it into your cuticle and nail bed, the moisturizer properties will prevent brittle nails, and promote the skins ability to metabolize the dry, dead skin around your cuticle.  Use it as an all natural underarm deodorant. No, it will not prevent perspiration, however it will attack the odor causing bacteria. Massage it on your feet as a softening agent.  Nightly, douse your neck and decolette, never neglect your neck!!! Saturate your hair, before bed as a pre-wash conditioner. Use it as a makeup remover, for those of you without eyelash extensions. Use it as a post shave moisturizer. Yes, this is works incredibly well for MEN, too!  Men can use this around the eye area, in place of an eyecream.  Mama’s out there– Virgin Coconut Oil is an excellent skincare product for your children, too. Use it on any rash that may appear on your kiddos. You will be amazed by how quickly it works to help reduce the inflammation.

Follow my suggestions, and you will learn what an incredibly awesome, all-purpose product Te Karanga is. It’s a staple that should be in everyone’s cabinet. My family was laughing at me when my obsession for coconuts began to develop. For every ailment I heard a complaint about, I would quickly respond, “Coconut Oil works for that!!!” Soon, you will be finding yourself thinking the same.

If you are feeling as skeptical as I was, please feel free to come see me at The Lash Spa or post ant questions you may have. I will gladly give you a sample to try.

Peace from the Lash Lady.

Lash Conditioners.

November 15, 2009

Here is another obvious post…the world of eyelash growth stimulators. These products have been a blessing and a curse to us at The Lash Spa. We have sold hundreds over the last 3 1/2 years. The challenge has been keeping up with the rapidly changing formulas. 

Here’s a brief history on how it all got started… Glaucoma patients using Lumigan by Allergan were reporting a significant increase in eyelash growth. Jan Marini Skin Research was the first to isolate the active ingredient and formulate a retail product.  Jan had an amazzzing product in Age Intervention Eyelash. I must say that hands down, out of them all, this has been my absolute fave. Applicator was great, delivered AWESOME results, heard very few complaints from clients about eye irritation. Revitalash had a popular product, too. Lashes were growing like Spring grass everywhere. Then Allergan came along with a law suit, claiming patent infringement. Jan volunteered to remove the active ingredient. She took her product off of the market claiming they were out of the eyelash growth business. When she took it off of the market, we switched over to Revitalash, who had been ordered to remove the active ingredient, as with all of the other competitors.  There went the unreal results, becoming inconsistent from client to client. Jan came back, stating she had conducted new research and developed a superior product. Results were disappointing to us. Then she changed it again, changing the name and the packaging. Now she has Marini Lash. My opinion, I still have witnessed inconsistent results. For the client who lets her lash extensions go, I would recommend this product. I just don’t think it works as great with the extensions as her first one. For the lash extension client, at the moment there is only one choice: Latisse by Allergan. They got in with the FDA and now have cornered the market. Now you need a prescription from your doctor to get freakishly long lashes.

Lashes are growing like Spring grass again, however we have heard many complaints about this product. First and foremost, they did not come up with a great application process. The disposable brushes that come with the drops are thick, rough and coarse. Common Client Comment: It must have been a man who thought that one up. My clients are savvy in the lash world, having used the various products on the market. My thought, why could they have not teamed up with JMSR to create the mac daddy of all lash products? Combine the 2 great technologies and BAM you have the best product on the planet. I guess corporate greed does not work like that, huh??? In my experienced opinion, the Latisse is a little too strong. We have heard this from many clients. Will we stop using this product that bothers different people in different ways? No way, not for now…life is always better with long lashes.

Peace from the Lash Lady.

Product that quite often catches my eye: Shimmers. From my angle while doing eyelash extensions I have noticed various types of body shimmers applied to the decollete, highlighters dusted along cheekbones, upon the brow bones, and sparkly lip glosses trying to compete with the stars in the sky.

Some body shimmers include pigment, either as a self tanner or as a straight up bronzer. My advice on any bronzer–watch out for the orange tones. I can not calculate how many women we have seen walking through the door at The Lash Spa resembling the OJ they drank that morning. It takes a particular skin tone to carry off orange, it most definitely does not complement all.

Lorac’s  TANtalizer Baked Bronzer is one that carries a nice shade. Bobby Brown’s Body Brick is another fave of mine. La Bella Donna’s for face comes in a cream or powder, gorgeous. These products have a micronized shimmer. Some of the less expensive shimmers are not only pumpkin toned, they have larger shimmer particles. We do not want to look like we have spilled a container of glitter. We want the light to reflect off of us, creating the luminosity we carried as a child. Although the Bobby Brown Body Brick was not suggested for the face, I use on my face, as well as my decollete. It has 3 tones in one grande compact. It runs about $75.00, but I am guessing I am going to have it in my drawer for a while, due to its size. Check out Lorac’s whole line of TANtalizer products at www.Sephora.com. Verrrry easy on the eyes.

Bottom line: Look for shimmers, sparkles, and bronzers with micronized particles and avoid orange tones. All of the products we buy, try and apply have one common purpose–to bring out our beauty, not detract. Let’s make 2009′s Holiday Season shine and bring on 2010 with lots of sparkle and promise.

Peace from the Lash Lady.

Mascara.

October 20, 2009

An obvious post from the Lash Lady…Mascara deserves an on going commentary. When I hear of, or come across an extraordinary product at The Lash Spa, I will most certainly share my findings. The one sure thing with this ancient invention is that all are not created equal and the end results greatly depend on the state of your bare, naked lashes. They can claim to lengthen, thicken, separate. But if you do not have the lashes of a Greek Goddess to begin with, I can assure you, you are not going to end up with the lashes in the magazine ad. I do have some tricks that have served me well over the years. I was a Dial-a-Lash die hard back in the 80′s. Then I moved on to Lancome’s Aquacils until it’s discontinuation in 2002.

The key to a better application–scraping excess product off of the wand and combing it through with a dry wand. Remember ladies, eyelashes are hair. When wet, it wants to cling together. I also recommend allowing a few minutes to pass between coats. Keep combing through with a clean, dry wand. Your lashes will lengthen and thicken this way, without applying too much product.

Many ask if mascara may be worn with the eyelash extensions…the answer is yes and no. We sell a specifically formulated mascara for the extensions. It does not contain the emollients others are formulated with that would cause the glue to dissolve. As with any other mascara, too much will most definitely destroy the over all look of the extensions. As well as causing them to fall off pre-maturely. A little goes a lonnnnggg way with the extensions. Gentle combing of the lashes with a clean, dry wand is essential. The most IMPORTANT factor here… DO NOT remove the mascara from the extensions. Allow it the gradually dissolve and fade away. You attempt to remove it, you will wipe away everything. Total wipe out.

The names I hear dropped at The Lash Spa, in the world of this subject, are many. Stila Cosmetics has a great one I hear that has a double sided wand. One for the top and one for the bottom. Genius! The bottom lashes are a completely different breeding ground of fertility. There just are not as many, which can be challenging to get the right application, without looking like a racoon. Dior Show is another that comes up often. Back in my cosmetic days, Dior was another fave of mine. The Classic “pink and green” Maybelline Great Lash is one I have grown to appreciate. As I hear of more, I will promise to post…

Peace from the Lash Lady.

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