What Eyebrow Shape Is Right for You?

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We’ve all had the experience of seeing an outfit or a haircut that looks fantastic on one of our friends, trying it ourselves, and having it look nothing like it did on her! The tough lesson learned from those experiences is that haircuts and ensembles are not one-size-fits-all. The same goes for eyebrows—the brow shape that opens up your eyes and perfectly frames your face might look all wrong on someone else. The secret is to tailor your brows to complement your face shape. Read more “What Eyebrow Shape Is Right for You?”

Ombre Who? Balayage Is Taking Over

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If ombres are the skinny jeans of the hair world, balayages are the flares of the future. Just when you thought nothing could be trendier than the ombre, the balayage takes salons — and Hollywood — by storm. So what exactly is the difference? And is a balayage a good look for everyone or only certain hair colors?

Ombres, Balayages, Oh my

“Ombre” means shadow in French and describes a style of coloring. An ombre transitions from a darker shade at the roots to a lighter shade at the ends. It is a little high-may, requiring a professional to do it and quite a bit of upkeep. The ombre hairstyle doesn’t leave any dark at the ends, creating a bold look.

By contrast, the balayage is a subtler, more natural-looking technique. “Balayage” is a French word that means “to sweep.” The balayage technique requires the stylist to sweep the color through small, triangular pieces of the hair. This method is what gives it a more natural transition from dark to light.

A Balayage with Benefits

The balayage is sort of like a friend with benefits in that it offers all the perks of the ombre, but without all the effort and commitment. Because the balayage’s transition from dark to light is more subtle than the ombre’s, it is less time-intensive both to do and to maintain. The balayage leaves some dark pieces at the end of the hair, which is what makes it subtler and fairly low-may compared to the ombre.

Who Can Rock a Balayage?

While we typically only recommend the ombre for brunette ladies, the balayage is more versatile. It works on dark or light hair — case in point, both RiRi and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley have rocked the balayage on the red carpet. The exact hues in your balayage can be customized to bring out your features and complement your coloring. That’s why finding an experienced colorist is important to create the balayage that’s most flattering for your skin and hair tones.

Sold on the low-may look that’s all over the A-list and catwalks? Make an appointment with an experienced colorist to get the balayage of your dreams.

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Kissable Lips for Spring

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Winter and its lip-wrecking cold air are almost over. Spring is just around the corner, which means there will be love in the air instead of a chill. Warmer weather often ignites a romantic spark, and smooches are never far behind.

The right beauty regimen and well-chosen makeup are both key to getting irresistibly kissable lips. Once you implement these tips, you’ll have the kissable, come-hither lips of the likes of Liv Tyler and Mrs. A.J. Pitt.

Exfoliate and Hydrate

Exfoliating and moisturizing are essential for soft, kissable lips. Sugar is a great exfoliant that you probably already have on hand. Try combining it with another household ingredient — honey. Mix the two into a paste, apply a dab to your index finger, and rub in small circles all around your lips. But be gentle — it doesn’t take much pressure to slough off those dead skin cells.

Choose the Right Cosmetic Products

Some lip plumpers may seem great because they give you more of a pout, but they tend to burn or sting the person laying a wet one on you. For a plump look with plenty of kissability, try applying a drop of clove oil on your lips a few times per week. This all-natural secret will bring out your inner A.J. without sending your suitors running with flaming lips. And not the cool band kind, either.

Include a Lip Moisturizer in Your Bedtime Routine

Your mom probably always told you to brush your teeth and say your prayers before you go to bed. But she left one important thing out — put a moisturizing cream or balm on your lips. Our lips tend to dry out while we sleep, especially if we’re breathing through our mouths. Applying a layer of balm or cream before you get your beauty sleep creates a protective barrier to keep moisture in.

Pencil Yourself In

Pencils aren’t just for paper anymore. Lip pencils are a great way to extend the life of your lipstick applications and give your lips a big volume boost. Using a neutral shade, softly outline the outside edges of your lips. Your lips will look fuller and retain color for longer.

If you’d like more professional tips on lip care and lip makeup, make an appointment with one of our makeup artists.

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Tips to Deal with Dry Skin This Winter

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On February 2nd the groundhog didn’t see his shadow for once. So the good news: spring will start early this year. The bad news: we’re in the middle of February, so we’ve still got a few more weeks of winter.

That also means a few more weeks of the dull, dry skin that cold weather brings. But you shouldn’t have to take it anymore! Here are some things you can do to take a stand against Old Man Winter and keep your skin soft, supple, and well-moisturized.

Buy a Humidifier

We know, we know: isn’t Florida humid enough already!? A lack of humidity is usually not an issue here, as you know from your many frizzy-haired August days. But when temperatures drop, we turn the thermostat up. That cause the heat to suck the oil out of your skin and can lead to small cracks on the surface.

Sleeping with a cool- or hot-mist humidifier on can do wonders to prevent this. The mist of moisture will help preserve your skin’s top layer of oil that holds moisture in.

Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate

It may seem counterintuitive that scrubbing the outer layer of your skin off actually helps with dryness. But people with dry skin often have a lot of dead skin cells built up on the surface of the skin. Those dead-but-lingering cells — let’s call them the zombies of the derma world — prevent your skin from shedding like it should to reveal the new layer.

Exfoliating rids your skin of those zombie cells, which clears the way for new skin cells. It also moisturizes your skin by promoting natural moisture retention. You can even make your own exfoliating scrub at home with sugar or oatmeal and massage oil or coconut oil.

Go Easy on the Steamy Showers

Nothing feels better in the winter than stepping into a piping-hot shower and taking your sweet time cleaning up. Just don’t go overboard — lengthy, hot showers are extremely drying to the skin. Try to limit your showers to 10 minutes or shower with cooler water. When you get out, make sure you pat dry…no rubbing!

Want more tips on keeping your skin healthy and glowing? Make an appointment with one of our aestheticians for a consultation or a rejuvenating treatment.

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Strobing: The New Contouring

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If you’ve ever admired the flawless look of celebrities like J. Lo, you’ve seen the wonders of well-done contouring. The thing is, unless you have a team of experienced, dedicated, and fabulous makeup artists at your side every morning, that look can be hard for us commoners to replicate! Now here comes the best news you’ve heard all week — complicated contouring is out; strobing is in. And you won’t believe how easy it is. Read more “Strobing: The New Contouring”