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!

 

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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.

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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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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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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.