Cleaning Your Clarisonic

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The cleanliness of your Clarisonic has everything to do with its effectiveness! A dirty brush can result in clogged pores, breakouts and allergic reactions. In this blog, we are going to tell you how to take care of your Clarisonic in order for you to reap all of its benefits and ensure a proper cleaning!

You should be cleaning the brush head after each use by removing the brush head and soaking it in warm soapy water to get rid of any dirt. A deep clean should be done once a week, and you can use household items to create your own cleanser. This can extend your brush head lifespan for almost 8 months! You will need these ingredients:

Baking Soda

Lemon

Hydrogen Peroxide

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Mix a few drops of hydrogen peroxide and enough baking soda to create a yogurt-like consistency. Squeeze two or three slices of lemon into the mixture until you see it fizzing. Place the brush head into the mixture and turn on low setting for about a minute.  Continue to spin the brush on a rougher surface, like the back of your hand, for another minute or two while rinsing with water. Make sure to clean your brush once more with your normal facial cleanser to ensure all of the homemade cleanser is completely gone.

It’s important to avoid using harsh cleansers or chemicals to clean the brush. This can cause the bristles to become fatigued quicker.  How often you use the Clarisonic can affect the life of the brush head as well. Although it depends on skin type, you should typically only be using the Clarisonic twice a day at most.

Exfoliation schedule:

-Oily Skin: Twice a week

-Dry Skin: Once a week

-Sensitive skin: Once a week

(use sensitive brush head!)

 

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5-Product Face

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We never seem to leave ourselves enough time to do our makeup before we walk out the door in the morning.  We want to introduce you to a quick and easy morning routine that uses only 5 products, each taking less than a minute to apply!

Lips: Cecilia Wong Lip Healer

Moisturized and plumped lips are easy to achieve with Cecilia Wong’s lip healer balm.  The extremely silky-smooth texture is a luxurious experience in itself.  One swipe is all you need with this one!  Having smooth and plumped lips will give you that little extra oomph to help you feel refreshed and flirty. 

Face: Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer

This tinted moisturizer will be sure to replace your current foundation! This product is light to medium coverage to perfectly even out skin tone and get rid of any redness and dark spots. The super light formula does not look caked on and keeps your skin smooth, hydrated, and dewy, even in the summer heat. 

Brows: Anastasia Brow Wiz

You have definitely heard of this amazing brow pencil before! This pencil is so smooth in texture that it barely takes any pressure at all to apply the product. A light application is especially important when filling in eyebrows.  This brow pencil is all you need to achieve perfect, natural brows that do not look harsh.

Blush: Milani in Luminoso

This blush is the most gorgeous pink/peach color combo that compliments all skin tones.  The color adds a very natural, healthy looking glow to the cheeks without making it obvious that you’ve applied blush. 

Mascara: Maybelline Lash Stiletto

Long lashes are everything! This mascara adds just the right amount of length to your lashes to help open them up and look more awake.  Of course, you could always skip this step and stop into Evolution Lash Studio for a set of natural eyelash extensions, saving you the hassle of applying mascara all together!

 

What’s your 5-product face?! Do you currently use any of the products listed above? Tell us in the comments!

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A Summer Scent

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Let’s face it, smelling great is an amazing confidence booster.  We love scents that last all day without having an overpowering smell. Evelyn narrowed down three fragrances that she loves for summer and wants to share them with you! She made sure to keep all price points in mind, so no matter your budget, she has you covered!

Evelyn’s first pick is Nollie by PacSun.  The best part of this one is the price, only $20 (in-store and online)! This fragrance has sweet fruit scents with floral undertones and hints of pink rose petals and white jasmine.  Sounds amazing, right? Well… it is. This will be your go-to for the summer, trust us!

Our next pick is Chanel Coco Mademoiselle. We have one word for this perfume… classy. The packaging for this fragrance is super cute, we love the pink and gold combo!  Although this one is a little pricier ($75 chanel.com), we truly believe you get what you pay for.  This scent can be described as feminine, fresh and luxurious. It smells as heavenly as it sounds!

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We saved the best fragrance for last... Bella by Vince Camuto ($85 ulta.com) is Evelyn’s all-time favorite! This scent is the number one compliment receiver. The scent can be described as the most amazing fresh citrus/earthy combo. Conveniently, this one is also available in a roller ball form for those on-the-go touch ups! 

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 Two to three sprays of these on your pressure points will be sure to last all day long, otherwise, what's the point? We think it is one of the most important aspects of a perfume besides smelling great. Evelyn chose ones that would not need to be repurchased too often, and of course, smell amazing too! We hope you love these perfumes just as much as we do. Tell us your favorite scent in the comments!

A Guide to: Making your eyes POP!

 Are you looking for a way to get your eye color to pop?! Of course, us here at Evolution Lash Studio always recommend a full set of lash extensions to really stand out from the crowd.  But, sometimes you may want a little extra oomph!  So, we asked our makeup artists to create a list of eye shadow colors best suited for specific eye colors! 

 

For our blue eyed beauties, cool toned shadows and earth toned shadows will give you that eye catching look! The cool toned shadows include pale blues, pale pinks, violets, purples, and deep midnight blue. These colors will effortlessly bring out the natural cool tones of your eyes! Earth toned shadows include copper, peach, coral, bronze and rust. Although some may see orange as an unflattering color, the orange base within the earth tone colors provides an extraordinary contrast to blue that will be sure to catch everyone’s attention.

 

For our green eyed gems, shadows with a red tone will accentuate green beautifully! Some other great colors to help bring out your beautiful greens are: beige, charcoal, and plum.  Beige not only compliments, but enhances your eye color. You can use this in the daytime and even add a beige base to create more depth in your next girls’ night. If you like a more dramatic look, charcoal is your absolute go-to! The classic smoky eye utilizes charcoal mixed with other neutral tones. Finally, plum! The plum vs. green contrast is to die for. It can even make your eyes look larger and more vibrant!

 

Last but certainly not least, our brown eyed babes! Now, our brown eyed ladies are very lucky, any shadow you swipe across your lid will look beautiful! But, if you’re looking to make them really pop, majority of the same colors used for green eyes also apply to your eyes. The plum will compliment your eyes the best. The contrast between the green of your eyes and the plum will brighten your eyes and make them look larger as well. You can also try shades of mossy green to make your eyes lighter and brighter!
 

We hope this guide will help you achieve your dream eye shadow look! Stop in and treat yourself to a makeup application for a special upcoming event, or just for your next night out! 

 

All About Mom: A Guide to Gifting

All of us here at Evolution Lash Studio and Spa love Mother’s Day! It gives you the chance to get creative and show how much you appreciate Mom with personalized, thoughtful gifts. Although, coming up with great gift ideas can often be challenging, we came up with this useful guide to help you create the most unique gift this Mother’s Day!

This gift idea gives you the power to be creative and thoughtful while giving yourself a gift as well! Decorate a mason jar with flowers and other items along with a cute note to mom to leave in a safe place that is easily accessible to both of you.  Both of you can put loose change and extra money inside to create a small savings.  When the jar fills up, buy something or plan a trip- something you can do together. Maybe a Deep Cleansing facial at Evolution Lash Studio and Spa to get your skin ready for summer!

Create a bucket list of things you want to eventually do together.  You can design a board where you post each bucket list item and you can keep adding additional notes as you come up with more. You can plan to accomplish at least one of these goals each month! It can be the perfect opportunity for you to spend time together as well as conquer personal goals.

A memory jar is a jar in which you write down memories and keep them in a jar.  In a year, you read the notes in the jar to reflect on the memories of the past year.  For example, getting ice cream with mom on the boardwalk during the hottest day of the summer and it falling on the floor. Small memories like that will be the ones you will remember most, and it’s something you and mom can do together.

Of course, a spa day at Evolution Lash Studio will be relaxing and will give mom some time for herself.  Stop in anytime to get mom a gift card, or book her a surprise appointment! What mom wouldn’t want some time away?   

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We hope these sparked some ideas for your Mother’s Day gift!

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A quide to unMASKing beauty

Have you gotten into the face mask hype? Are you looking to start using one, but not sure which one will work best for you? There are so many options that it may be hard to choose the right one for your skin type, so we’ve narrowed it down!  With specific skin concerns in mind, Evelyn chose these at-home face masks that you will be sure to love! Plus, you only have to do them once a week!

Oily Skin Cecilia Wong: Blemish Peel Mask

This mask is perfect for getting rid of blackheads and blemishes. Only completely natural ingredients are used, such as stimulating herbs that speed up the skin’s micro circulatory system.  The ingredients help to fade acne scars, oxygenate, unclog, and deep cleanse within skin’s dermal layers.  There are numerous ways to use this product, all equally as effective.

For overall skin improvement, a regular use of this mask will create brighter skin, heal blemishes and lighten dark spots. A quick 3-minute apply-and-rinse is all you need! It works great as an overnight spot treatment as well, to specifically heal that stubborn blemish and lighten dark spots. The best part is, you see results right after the first use! 

Dry Skin Kiehl’s: Ultra Hydrating Mask

Waking up feeling hydrated has never been so easy. Kiehl’s Hydrating Mask, Ev’s holy grail product when her skin needs a blast of moisture, is one of our top picks for dry skin! It boosts skin’s ability to absorb and hold moisture for long-lasting hydration, and gives your skin a healthy plump. We recommend using this product overnight, as this produces the quickest and best results. You’ll come to find that this product will provide tons of moisture even with a small amount. The affordable price point is also a huge plus!

Anti-aging GlamGlow: Gravity Mud Firming Treatment

Smooth skin lovers, this is the product for you. This mud-based mask will help correct uneven skin tones, target fine lines and wrinkles, and restore skin elasticity. After only one use, your skin will feel tightened as it slowly eliminates the look of pores. Not to mention its’ beautiful chrome color that resembles liquefied pearls… you are sure to feel like you’re bathing in luxury. We truly believe this mask lives up to its’ well-deserved hype!

 Sensitive skin SkinCeuticals: Phyto Corrective Masque

This mask comforts skin sensitivity, and gives a natural radiance that reduces the look of redness and eliminates discomfort. It will give you a refreshing, cooling feeling on contact. The amount of ways to use this product is impressive. You can leave this mask on for 10-15 minutes and rinse, use it as a refresher for an irritated area, or you can use it as an overnight treatment. This mask is extremely versatile, being able to soothe irritated skin caused by a variety of reasons. This mask will be your favorite fix if your skin needs calming.

We are currently loving all of these products and could not wait to share them with you! Your skin reflects your overall health, so the best thing to remember is to eat a healthy diet and avoid junk food, do not smoke, exercise regularly, and drink plenty of water for these masks to continue working to the best of their ability. Everybody’s skin is different, so of course, results may vary. Let us know if these masks worked for you, and which one was your favorite in the comments!

See Your Skin In a New Light …

Evolution Lash Studio and Spa prides itself on top of the line skin care treatment. That is why we are overly excited to share this week’s blog with our clients on LED Light Therapy Treatment for rejuvenating skin. What is all the hype you may ask? It is an effective way to get that healthy glow and younger-looking skin without needles—plus, celebrity facialist Joanna Vargas famously created an LED light bed that's Vogue-approved and sought-after by A-listers, so Evolution had to bring it to you!  

First off – LED stands for: Light Emitting Diode. An LED is a light source that emits infrared light (and thereby, heat) when activated. LED lights come in different spectrums, including red and blue infrared. What are the difference in LED light colors? Red is the most universal LED light, which stimulates collagen and accelerates healing. This is a great treatment for improving skin texture, tone, acne, and aging. The blue light goes the deepest into the skin, it penetrates a few millimeters deeper than the others. This also tightens and tones skin while reducing inflammation. This is great for those of us with inflamed acne. When receiving the LED treatment, you will be under the light for about 20 minutes, fully relaxed (most of our clients fall asleep!)

When the 20-minute light therapy is over, the treatment is completed with a high-frequency tool to “zap” bacteria and those blemishes our esthetician can visibly see coming through your skin. "If the therapeutic light energy is in the correct wavelength, the cells in the dermis layer of skin will convert that light energy into ATP (adenosine triphosphate), which is the fuel that the cell uses to do its job. The fibroblast cells in the dermis layer have the job of producing collagen (which gives the skin fullness or that plumped look) and elastin (which give the skin the ability to bounce back). Thus, LED gives the cells a 'full tank of fuel' and these fibroblast cells start to produce collagen and elastin like when one was 20-25 years old," said Steven Marchese, product developer for LightStim told The Huffington Post Australia.

Injectables, Fillers, Botox, Oh My!

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As the new craze of facial injections takes over, one has to ask... what is Botox? How do lip injections work? Why so pricey and is it really worth it? Evolution has your answers! First and foremost, fillers and Botox should not leave you looking “fake” or unnatural in any way!

Dr. Robert Guida, a leading facial plastic surgeon in Manhattan who does these procedures daily, says "If people start looking the same, the surgeon is doing it wrong," he says. "Fillers should enhance one's facial expressions, natural appearance, and individuality." Dr. Guida continues with, "An inexperienced surgeon will inject in areas that deflect the natural movement of the face. For instance, fillers placed on the top of cheeks cause the eyes to move upwards, which gives the appearance of unnatural tightness. When fillers are placed on the fullest part of the cheeks, they give a natural supple look, which also lifts other features, such as the jaw line and corners of the mouth."

Botulinum toxin – aka Botox - is a natural, purified protein that is used to temporarily relax facial muscles that cause lines and wrinkles. It can also be used to treat medical conditions such as hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating). Botox is the original and best-known brand name and the most tested product on the market. It is the safest product, and it is certified in the medical and cosmetic field.

Botox is the top facial injection. An interest in lip injections (we can thank Kylie Jenner!) has increased over the past few years. There are very few side effects to lip injections and are almost entirely painless. Some bruising on or around the lips can occur, especially in patients who have indulged in alcohol or taken aspirin or other blood thinners prior to the procedure. As for the rest of the recovery process, it's hassle-free. Patients can expect to debut their new puckers within just a few hours. If swelling occurs it goes down the next day. The effects of lip injections can last months and sometimes even years depending on how quickly each individual's body breaks down the injectable solution.

Come join us January 20th and meet Dr. Patel for a free consultation from 6-9PM at Evolution Lash Studio & Spa for our second Injectable Party!

 

Thank You 2016

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Khloe Kardashian summed up 2016 perfectly...  "The new year is a good time to reflect on the baby steps I've taken, and how I've evolved. Not everything is a f--king race — it's the marathon of life! I think it's so important to acknowledge the evolution."  Well said Khloe, and that’s exactly what I want to dedicate my last blog of 2016 to – Evolution.

I opened my new location exactly a year ago December 1 and as many of you know, 2016 has been filled with many ups and downs along the way. Although I am happy I don’t have to relive many of the lows of this year, looking back from where I am today I wouldn’t change anything; I’ve learned so much more for 2016’s life hard lessons. Most of all, I am so grateful for continuing to move forward with my dream and my wonderful amazing clients.

Through Evolution Lash Studio and Spa, I have been blessed to meet such amazing people who brighten my days. They have all taught me so much, gave me honest advice when needed, and most importantly loyal support and encouragement throughout my journey. Truly I appreciate my clients who bring me such positivity and have become dear friends. Thank you to everyone from the bottom of my heart who has believed in me and Evolution Lash Studio and Spa.

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Ev's Favorite Hair Product

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ORIBE SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER

By far, this is my top favorite product line for my hair. Everyone who knows me knows by my work alone. I will always pick quality over quantity – and my hair is no exception to this rule. Oribe hair line is heaven sent, especially if you dye your hair like myself. These products are definitely on the pricier side. However, I don’t mind the splurge, and here’s why. The shampoo formula blends centuries-old healing oils and extracts with modern technology to rejuvenate and strengthen damaged locks from the inside out. Yes I said the inside out! Therefore, every wash revitalizes tired hair, returning it to a healthier, younger state, and simultaneously shields tresses from future damage.

In addition to the rejuvenating and strengthening treatment I get from every wash, I’m obsessed with the scent it leaves on my hair! It never leaves my hair feeling weighed down or dried out. After falling in love with this line, I wanted to try their Gold Lust shampoo. I found this to be the perfect daily shampoo for color treated hair. I have been using this line for years and never has it left my hair color looking dull or faded. Oribe conditioner is just as amazing! For those with dry or damaged hair and split ends, this is what you’re looking for.

 

TEXTURIZING HAIR SPRAY ouai

Like dry shampoo and hair spray had a baby! This ultra-lightweight hair spray builds incredible volume and texture. Its' formula absorbs oil and leaves your hair looking refreshed. Best part – no animal testing! I love recommending this to my clients because it’s the perfect fit for all hair types.
Straight
Wavy
Curly
Coiled
Tightly Coiled

The key benefits are that it builds volume and texture, absorbs oil, and refreshes hair. This talc-free multi-tasker is the ultimate go to product to achieve innately cool model-off-duty hair. The formula keeps hair looking full all day and night with more hold than a dry shampoo.

*Style tip: mist it on dry hair and scrunch strands out with your fingers for a loose, lived-in look. Flip hair upside down and spray for instantly fresh-looking hair. This product is scented with Ouai No. 3 Fragrance, containing notes of Italian bergamot, water lily, and white musk.

Seeing Reddddddd

Have you ever spotted a red lipstick you loved on your friend, but when you tried it on yourself, it just didn’t look quite right? We’ve all been there! I love the classic bold red lip especially this time of year! It just makes the colder days that much warmer! But the struggle of finding that perfect shade of red to make it YOUR RED can be a bit frustrating. Here is a simple guide to help pick your perfect red, based off of your skin tone!

FAIR WITH COOL UNDERTONES complexion

Think of Cameron Diaz’s complexion. The goal is to pick the perfect shade of red that “complements and warms up the cool pink undertones found in very fair skin,” says Cameron Diaz’s makeup artist Robin Fredriksz. A raspberry lipstick like Bite’s Cashmere Lip Cream in Sancerre would be perfect and won’t break the bank! ($28; sephora.com)

FAIR complexion WITH RED HAIR

Don’t believe the lies! Redheads can rock a bold red lip! The trick is to look for a red with orange undertones. You can even try a coral based red, especially those with fair skin. It adds a flash of color to the milky tone that wasn't there before. My top pick is NYX Cosmetics' Butter Lipstick in Hot Tamale ($6; ulta.com).

MEDIUM-LIGHT Complexion

A pinkish-red, like Lipstick Queen’s Velvet Rope in Private Party ($50; spacenk.com), is best suited for medium-light complexions. I also like to use Tarte’s Amazonian Butter Lipstick ($16) and Flower Kiss Stick in Rosey Garden ($7) on my clients with Medium-Light complexion.  

GOLDEN complexion

A deep vivid berry like NARS’ Satin Lip Pencil in Luxembourg ($26; narscosmetics.com) brings warmth and radiance to golden skin tones. My other top picks for clients with golden complexion are Soap amp Glory’s Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Lacquer in Riot ($24; sephora.com) and my all time favorite Yves Saint Laurent Gloss Volupte-207 ($32; barneys.com)

MEDIUM WITH YELLOW UNDERTONES

Olive skin, let me introduce you to orange! Complexions with yellow undertones turn a glowing tan with a little help from a tangerine-tinged bullet. I love to recommend Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color in Blazing Red ($26; bobbibrowncosmetics.com)

MEDIUM WITH NEUTRAL UNDERTONES

A warm natural undertone complexion is the perfect match for a blue-red! I love CoverGirl's lipstick in Garnet Flame ($7; covergirl.com), a perfect shade of red to compliment a medium with neutral undertone complexion for this holiday season! My other favorites are NARS Audacious Lipstick in Carmen and Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lip Color in Hollywood.

TAN WITH WARM UNDERTONES

Think Rihanna! There's not much those with a similar complexion can’t pull off! However I would suggest narrowing it down to an orange-based red such as Tom Ford Lip Color in Wild Ginger ($50; tomford.com)

DARK WITH WARM UNDERTONES

Taking a note from Jennifer Hudson’s makeup artist, Yolonda Frederick-Thompson, “An opaque blue based red like MAC’s Ruby Woo ($16; maccosmetics.com) creates a gorgeous contrast with dark caramel complexions.” Another one of my favorites is Dior’s Diorific Haute Couture Long Wearing Lipstick in Dolce Vita ($36; dior.com)

 

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What Beyoncé really meant when she said she woke up like this – Flawless Skin!

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With the holidays around the corner and the colder weather setting in, our skin needs extra TLC more than ever! What better way to look after your skin than with a Hydrating Facial at Evolution Lash Studio & Spa? Hydrating Facial, also known as the HydraFacial, is the answer for all skin types infused with pure, nurturing moisture which makes this the perfect gift to treat yourself or someone special.

Skin care specialists recommend having a professional facial every three weeks. This is because your skin moves through the full life cycle of skin cell growth and exfoliation within a 3 week time period. Think of facials as our skin’s way of working out, without the sweat!

 I’m so excited to declare Evolution Lash Studio & Spa HydraFacial the IT facial of the season because the results last! Yes, that’s right – one treatment results will have you glowing, even days later! I especially love how smooth your makeup applies and sets to your skin once receiving this facial! Everyone will be asking you what you're wearing! You can tell them that your foundation is your own flawless skin!

Evolution Lash Studio & Spa offers an amazing procedure that combines cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, hydration, and antioxidant protection simultaneously. There is no discomfort or downtime and the treatment is non-invasive, and non-irritating. So ladies, no need to clear your schedule or have to miss out on any holiday get-togethers this season! HydraFacial will leave you feeling fresh and beautiful, along with hydrated skin and a long-lasting healthy glow you can’t wait to show off!

In addition to the immediate benefits of the HydraFacial, the long term effects for your skin is what makes this the IT facial of the season!

-Nourishment of dull, lifeless, and rough skin

- Reduces Fine Lines & Wrinkles

-Removes Blackheads, especially from hard to reach areas

-Minimize Pores

-Removes Dry Skin Cells allowing the rich face treatment oils and long-lasting, replenishing products to deliver hydration deep into the skin

-Allows makeup to look smoother and set better when applied

-Healthy Skin Glow

How to Overcome Frustration During A Hectic Day

Frustration, it winds you up and can take so much out of you.

Not only can it suck your energy, but it also distracts you and can steal quite a bit of time.

So what can you do?

Well, sometimes that frustration can actually be a positive and can give you a new idea or perspective on things. Or, it can give you the power to keep going just a little bit more until you reach your goal.

But when you start going in circles, when the frustration just makes you mad or your mind foggy and the day is starting to slip through your fingers, then there are steps you can take.

 

There are ways to turn such a state of mind or day around into something better. Into something more helpful. And into something that will make you feel better again.

Step 1: Be here now.

When you are frustrated you can often be somewhere in the future in your mind. Somewhere you wish you would be. Or you are reliving a stumble or failure from your past.

Snap out of those head spaces and calm down by focusing your mind and attention on what is now, right here at this moment.

You can do so by:

  • Focusing on your breathing. Sit down, close your eyes and just focus on the air going in and out of your nose for 1-2 minutes. Take calm and slightly deeper breaths than usual and breathe with your belly and not your chest.
  • Focus on what is around you at this time. The sun shining in through your window. The kids playing out in the street and the cars and people going by. The smells and feeling of the clothes and warmth of the sun on your skin. Do this for 1-2 minutes to get your attention back to the present moment.

Step 2: Appreciate what you do have.

After you have pulled your attention back to where it can be most helpful, focus it on what is still positive in your life.

The quickest and easiest way to do so is to focus it on appreciating what you do have.

A favorite of mine during this step is the important things we may sometimes take for granted.  Like for instance:

  • A warm home and a roof over your head.
  • Plenty of drinkable water.
  • Not having to go hungry.
  • Your friends and family.

Spend a few minutes on this and you’ll find much to be grateful for.

Step 3: Focus on what you can do right now.

With your attention in the present moment and your mood a more grateful and positive one it is now time to get constructive about what frustrates you.

You can do that by asking yourself:

What is one small step I can take right now to improve this situation?

It may be to see what you can learn from what frustrates you and to try another path towards your goal.

Or, it could be to try one more time and to keep going (because not all things in life will come to you the first, second or even third time you try).

Or, it could be you simply realizing that you may have taken on a bit too much lately. Maybe things have been tough and you need to take this evening or a few days to just relax, take care of yourself and perhaps simplify a bit. That way you can recharge and then get back into moving towards what you want out of your life in a more focused way.

 

What are some things that you do to overcome frustration?

How To: Clean Your Beauty Brushes!

One of the secrets to keeping skin honestly beautiful and clear? Wash your makeup brushes every week with these 4 super-simple steps. Trust me, it’s a habit worth making!

It’s officially Summer and tis the season to tidy our closets and declutter our homes. And yes, our beauty tools deserve some attention, too. Most of us, however, skimp on keeping brushes squeaky clean. A recent poll study showed that 39% of makeup users cleanse them less than once a month and 22% never wash them at all. Yikes!

But seriously, do blush brushes and blenders need all that TLC? Um, absolutely. Bristles (and sponges, too) pick up oils and bacteria from our faces, products and the surrounding environment. They can quickly gather bad bacteria that could lead to breakouts and rashes. Sound gross? Because it is!

Washing doesn’t have to be a huge commitment, just 4 simple steps and a few extra minutes every week or two. Your fresh-faced glow will thank you. Cue up your fave playlist and grab your tools:

Dampen. Run warm water over your brushes. Always angle them downward to avoid damaging the bristles.

Swirl. In the palm of your hand, combine several drops of water with a little baby shampoo or hand soap. Gently glide each brush in a circular motion over the mixture to break up and remove makeup and grime.

Rinse. Wash under warm water until the H2O turns clear.

Dry. Carefully dab your brushes into the desired shape with a paper towel or cloth then lay them on a towel to dry.

Do you clean  your brushes after every application? Do you have any tips or tricks to cleaning your brushes/sponges? 

Try These Money-Saving Hacks & Save Big Bucks

Summer is coming which means our cash flow is diverting from our savings account straight to weekend getaways and beach wear. Instead, try these tips to skim cash from your everyday activities so you can play without dipping into your rainy day funds.

 

At Evolution, we’re all about the life hacks especially when they save money. Here’s 18 ways our in-house beauties are saving cash this summer without sacrificing their fun.

  1. Set $$ goals. And stick to them. For example, commit to carrying cash instead of credit cards.
  2. Renegotiate bills. Call your utility companies, cable and cell providers, and anyone else you pay monthly and talk to their customer service to find new ways to save.
  3. Sell your closet. You may be tired of your old clothes, but someone else won’t be. Consign or trade them at local resale shops or online.
  4. Brew at home. Nix the hefty coffee shop spend by making your morning cup at home or scoring it free at work.
  5. Crockpot your dinner. Large one-pot meals mean loads of leftovers that you can pack for weekday lunches.
  6. Rethink your Friday night. GNO doesn’t have to include a velvet rope and VIP list. Instead, make it besties night in with face masks and wine instead of blowing your budget on overpriced cocktails.
  7. Stay grounded. Instead of taking your weekend getaway by air, think about day trips or overnighters that closer to home and stash the airfare funds in the bank.
  8. Buddy up. Take Lyft or Uber and share fares. You can cut your cab allowance in half.
  9. Gas up on the cheap. I'm obsessed with GasBuddy, a gas-saving app that stalks the stations nearest you for the cheapest prices per gallon.
  10. Score cash back. If you’re loading up your credit cards at least get some rewards out of them. Our favorite “perk” is the cash back option that puts money back into your checking account the more you spend.
  11. Nix Netflix. Gasp! If you love a good story, go old school and read a book. Skipping a month of streaming services like Netflix feeds your mind and wallet.
  12. Hunt for freebies. From admission-free museums to movie nights at the park, look for low- to no-fee concerts, shows and events in your city and pocket the savings.
  13. Freeze your gym membership. At least three months a year, switch your workouts to the great outdoors. Instead of a taking a spinning class or running on a treadmill, hit the beach, boardwalks and hiking trails to burn calories.
  14. Lower your grocery bill. Roadside stands and farmer’s markets often offer lower prices on seasonal, local and organic produce than what you’ll find in store. Shop around for the best steals.
  15. Host a potluck. Opening night at hottest new restaurant in town can be a little pricey. Instead, invite friends over (with their side dishes) for a gourmet night in. Be sure to include at least a few foodies on the guest list.
  16. Shop flea markets. Upgrade your digs and spend time with friends by making a day of outdoor flea marketing.
  17. Get crafty. You don’t need to be master craftsman to create a work of art for your space. Paint over an old canvas, take your own photographs or find simple DIY projects you can do to makeover your home or office without flat lining your budget.