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.

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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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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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Skin Care Myths Clients Should Stop Believing

Despite what some social media sites or beauty blogs share, most skin woes don’t have a magical fix. So how can anyone tell good advice from bad?

 

The following lists the truths regarding some online remedies for skin care.

 

1. You don't need sunscreen on a cloudy day. 

Even on a cloudy day, UV radiation from the sun reaches the earth's surface. So make sure you use sunscreen everyday and reapply it every two hours as well after swimming or sweating.

2. Natural does not mean safe.

Most natural products are made WITHOUT Parabens, Sulfates, Petrochemicals, Synthetic emulsifiers, Alcohol, Artificial Colors, Mineral Oil and Artificial fragrances. They are also Non-toxic and Chemical Free, you cant go wrong with that! 

3. Lemon juice is a great treatment for blackheads.

Lemon juice is more irritating than it is helpful, and it can seriously burn skin when exposed to sunlight.

4. Washing your face multiple times a day may cause dryness.

Ideally you should wash your face twice a day and any additional times as necessary. DON'T FORGET TO MOISTURIZE!

5. Everyone needs a toner.

Toners can only help select people. Over-drying and irritation is a concern for those with dry skin.

6. Cellulite creams firm skin.

The results are inconsistent, minor and temporary, if experienced.

7. The SPF in makeup or moisturizer is enough.

You should look for products that provide broad spectrum coverage with at least 30 SPF. Most tinted moisturizers contain an SPF of 15 or 20. After moisturizing, you should apply a thin layer of SPF before applying your makeup.

8. There are rules about when to start anti-aging products.

The facial aging process is influenced by a combination of genetics, environment and behaviors, as well as how well, in general, someone takes care of her body. To take care of your skin and prevent signs of aging, it’s recommended to use a daily facial sunscreen and maintain a healthy diet.

9. Hand sanitizer can be used to tone down oily skin.

Hand sanitizers contain alcohol as an antiseptic, which doesn’t work against acne. For most people, it also dries out their skin. 

10. Chocolate does not cause acne.

While there might be a relationship between diet and acne, it is primarily dairy products and low-quality carbohydrates (simple sugars) that are most responsible.

11. Neosporin is a magical zit treatment.

Since the driving force behind acne is inflammation, a topical antibiotic, such as Neosporin, is not an effective means to eliminate acne.

12. Toothpaste can't irritate a pimple.

Toothpaste can actually be very irritating to the skin, causing redness and peeling when applied to a pimple.

13. Calamine can't dry a pimple.

It’s sulfur-based and drying! Calamine lotion soothes redness and reduces the outbreak of acne by absorbing the excess oil produced by over-stimulated sebaceous glands.

14. You should be open to using at-home products laying around your house for skin care.

Examples include rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide and breaking open liquid gel pain relievers. The best solution is to use a product that’s actually designed for your skin and acne.

15. Egg whites shrink pores.

Egg whites might make your skin feel tighter just by drying and sitting on your skin, but they won’t do much else. 

16. Coconut oil will make wrinkles disappear.

 While it might be an effective moisturizer, it cannot relieve pre-existing age spots or wrinkles.

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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? 

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