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Beautiful Brows Revealed

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You can’t deny it; a fabulous set of brows are priceless. Nicely groomed eyebrows, not only polish off a great look, but also act as an instant eye lift. There will be no need to schedule your next waxing appointment when you follow these simple steps.

First and foremost, invest in a quality set of tweezers. Look for a slanted tip, which provides better accuracy and grip when tweezing unruly hairs. My personal favorite is the Tweezerman Slanted tweezersTweezer. FYI for all the divas out there, these tweezers also come in several different colors! How fun- I’m always on the hunt for cute new items to spice up my makeup bag!

5 Steps to perfectly manicured brows:

1. The cardinal rule- Never over pluck! This is probably the hardest of all of the guidelines. We have all been overzealous with the tweezers at one time in our life, leaving your brows sparse and over plucked. But don’t fear – there are helpful tricks to avoid this mishap.

Try filling in your brows with an eyebrow pencil first. This enables you to create your perfect shape, acting as a pattern for you to follow while tweezing. Tip- use soft, feathery strokes when penciling in your brows, this mimics the look of hair. A heavy hand will make your brows look too harsh and drawn on. By diverting attention away from areas that need to grow in, the focus remains on the hairs that need to be plucked. Follow this easy step and you’ll never be left with thin, wimpy eyebrows again!

2. Shaping- Keep in mind everyone has differently shaped brows. Some are more rounded, while others are more squared. Some have high arches and others are straight across. The key is to enhance the shape you were born with.

3. There are three parts to an eyebrow- the head, arch and tail. The head of the brow should start directly above the side of the nose. Tip- Hold a pencil parallel to the side of your nose. The pencil will land where the head of the brow should begin. Tweeze any hairs that land in unibrow territory.

4. Next, holding the pencil at the side of your nose, diagonally angle it so that the pencil crosses the iris of your eye. The pencil will fall on the part of the brow where your arch should be. Pluck hairs one by one to open up and define the arch.

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5. Now, angle the pencil toward the outside corner of your eye. The pencil will land where the tail of the brow should end. Pluck any stray hairs that remain.

6. Lastly, finish off your look by applying a brow gel. I recommend Billion Dollar Brow Gel, it works wonders! The gel sets your hairs, keeping your brows polished and intact from morning until night!

 

 

Tips for Success:

-Try to avoid overarching the brow, which can leave you with a surprised or angry expression.

-Plucking too many hairs at once can leave holes or gaps in the brow. For better precision, pluck one hair at a time.

-Pick a neutral toned eye brow pencil that matches your natural hair color.

 

 


Zents: What Exactly is our Concreta?

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Trainings and events are my absolute favorite part of my job with ZENTS. I get to meet and learn from amazing people in the spa and skincare industry and share our rich history. ZENTS is a fusion of the words “Zen” and “Scent” and during our trainings I often ask the question: What does the word Zen mean to you?

I love hearing everyone’s answers and the way their whole body often becomes more relaxed as they think upon the question. You can almost see the words floating in their mind’s eye. Peaceful, calm, attuned, mindful… These words create a symphony of relaxation when we think them. The word that I like to call out the most is “mindful.” ZENTS is an incredibly mindful company, from our charitable giving arm, SEVA, to the way we source our ingredients. We procure our shea butter from women’s co-ops in Ghana, directing and positively affecting the lives of women and families.

One of the ZENTS products that embodies mindfulness the most to me is our Concreta. The Concreta is a rich reparative balm, made for dry, problem areas like cuticles, elbows, heels, feet. It is full of organic shea butter and touched lightly with a spa-grade aroma to create a feeling of delight and relaxation when applying it. Shea butter is incredibly hydrating, anti-inflammatory, and zents2helps to protect the skin’s barrier from dehydration. We source our shea butter from women’s co-ops in Ghana, voting with our dollars, and listening to all our customers who tell us how much they appreciate it. The organic shea butter in the Concreta is housed in a hand-carved stone box, and the story behind that box is symbolic of all that embodies ZENTS.Zents

Founder Cord Coen was in a car accident 19 years ago that left him with debilitating injuries, both to mind and body. After two years of rehabilitation in Boulder, Colorado, his Western doctors told him that they could do no more. He would get no better.

Cord and his family refused to believe this and broadened their search until they found a doctor in India who had helped others in the Boulder community. Cord spent a year and half in recovery in India, performing pranayama for his brain rehabilitation and yoga for his body. He took Tibetan medicine and worked every single day at recovery. Slowly, slowly, his mind and body began to heal. Upon his return to the United States, he knew he wanted to be a part of other people’s healing journeys, and ZENTS was born.

To this day, our Concreta boxes are hand-carved by the family that Cord lived with in India. Every time someone purchases a Concreta, they are helping to put food on a family’s table.

It’s when we take care of ourselves that we are best able to take care of others. Thank you for allowing ZENTS to be a part of your healing journey.


Protect Those Feet!

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ST005Water shoes, aqua socks, flip-flops, whatever you have, you need to protect your feet this summer. This time of year people are running around barefoot and spreading some pretty nasty stuff around. Water Park restrooms, public pools, locker rooms are all breeding grounds for plantar warts and Athlete’s Foot.  Not familiar with these contagious foot issues? Here are some things to look for if you think you may have contracted one of these little gems. A plantar wart is a fungal infection that can be a painful bump. They are most commonly found on the hands and feet. They usually go away on their own but it may take years. If you would like to rid yourself sooner apply a salicylic acid to the infection and keep it covered to avoid it from spreading to others. In about 12 weeks the infection should be cleared. Athlete’s foot is just as easy to get rid of. If your feet are itchy, red and starting to blister, start an over-the-counter athlete foot treatment like the Stiefel Zeasorb Super Absorbent Antifungal Treatment For Athlete’s Foot . Within a few weeks of consistent use the infections should be gone.


Extra, extra! Read all about it: SkinCeuticals Kits, now available!

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SkinCeuticals is one of our top selling brands and for good reason. This brand is incredible and delivers amazing resultsSK103. Their antioxidant serums have a huge following and their retinols are someSK101
of the most corrective products available. Skincare can be a large investment but SkinCeuticals has introduced concern-specific kits at a big discount to SK102reduce prices. We are now offering SkinCeuticals Advanced Brightening Skin System, SkinCeuticals Advanced Anti-Aging System and SkinCeuticals Adult Anti-Acne System. These 3 kits address some of our most talked about skin concerns. They put together some of the best treatment products that work synergistically to give optimal results. If you have several concerns that you wish to address you can use multiple systems in conjunction with each other. If you ever have any questions on how to use these products just ask one of our estheticians; chances are we use some of the products ourselves!


Instant Peel

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Does your skin need a little tender love and care?  Can you use a great facial, but don’t have the time to make it happen?  I may have a great solution for you. Instantly peel away dead skin, sebum and impurities to uncover fresh, baby soft skin. Regardless of your skin type, Instant Peel will dramatically improve your skin texture, elasticity, and firmness. The proof is at your fingertips: peeling within seconds of application when used as directed. The gentle action comes from Instant Peel’s unique combination of proteins and enzymes, and is proven safe for even the most sensitive skin. Instant Peel is a natural exfoliator and an effective alternative to facial scrubs, chemical peels, and microdermabrasion. You can’t overuse Instant Peel. Once the dead skin and debris are peeled away, Instant Peel stops working, revealing a youthful glow.

– Free of oils, artificial colorants and detergentsinstant peel

– Hypoallergenic

– Allergy tested

– Non-irritating and gentle

This product is recommended for all skin types and it will help to even skin tone and texture.  You can use this product on your neck and décolleté for an instant pick me up and sheer radiance.  With 28 reviews and a 4.5 star rating, this product has a loyal following and yields amazing results.


Hot Ingredient: Aloe Vera

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The use of aloe vera dates back to the ancient Egyptians.  They called the plant the “plant of immortality”.  It was presented to dead pharaohs as burial gifts. Stone carvings still exist depicting its uses. The ancient Egyptians utilized the Aloe plant to heal infections, burns, and to clear up the existence of parasites on the body.  Since those times, the use of aloe vera has expanded.  We know it’s a leading therapy for sunburns; however, the additional uses of this magnificent plant may astonish you.  Aloe vera is a cactus plant that belongs to the Liliaceae family. It grows in dry climates such as those found in parts of Africa and India and has been used medicinally for centuries. The plant can grow anywhere from several inches in height to several feet, depending on its growing environment.  Ancient Greeks, Spaniards, and Arabs applied aloe to the body to minimize the occurrence of perspiration and body odor. During the sixteenth century, aloe made its way to the West Indies and shortly thereafter arrived in the Caribbean and America. During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, American herbalists relied heavily on Aloe Vera for many of their treatments.

Aloe leaves secrete, a clear gel that when broken off from the rest of the plant that can be applied topically to heal wounds and soothe skin.  The leaves of this plant contain a high percentage of water, essential oil, amino acids, minerals, vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc, essential fatty acids, and glycoproteins. Aloe Vera has been credited with the following capabilities: antibacterial (minimizing the presence of bacteria), antimicrobial (minimizing microbes), antifungal (minimizing the existence of fungus), anthelmintic (reduction in number of parasites and worms), anti-inflammatory (easing of swelling), antiviral (destruction of viruses), vulnerary (wound healing), purgative (performance as an aggressive laxative), and emollient (acts to moisturize and soothe).

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Various studies have been conducted to examine the benefits of the aloe vera plant and it was found that aloe vera does in fact have several properties that are effective in treating a variety of skin conditions, from flaky or dry skin, cosmetic ailments, and hair and scalp problems.   Aloe vera has been credited with the ability to promote cell renewal as it soothes the skin. Taken orally, it is used to cleanse and support the digestive system, infuse energy, and support the immune system. Aloe vera juice is taken internally to provide relief from common digestive issues such as irritable bowel syndrome and heartburn. It is also taken orally to treat conditions such as osteoarthritis, epilepsy, asthma, and diabetes. Topical applications revolve primarily around the treatment of sunburn, burns obtained from sources other than the sun, and psoriasis.

As an antibacterial substance, it offers relief from the redness associated with acne while helping to heal breakouts. Enhancing the skin’s natural levels of moisture, aloe vera is particularly helpful to use on sensitive or dry skin. Its moisturizing capabilities have led to its use in anti-dandruff shampoos. A rich source of many vitamins including A, B, and C, it is used to brighten skin tone and minimize minor pigmentation issues.  We hope you add aloe vera to your list of “must try” ingredients!

 


Solutions for Cellulite

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“Lumpy” is never a term any woman wants used when describing her body. Cellulite is something that affects most women and mybody Fitting Room Skinny Quick Duosome men. Even though it’s very common, cellulite is extremely undesirable. People will go to great lengths to banish the “cottage cheese” looking fat in hopes of a more smooth toned appearance. Laser procedures and liposuction have been popular for cellulite reduction however, there are more affordable and practical methods that can help break down these fat deposits. One proven treatment is staying hydrated by drinking water. When your body is properly hydrated it is able to flush out toxins and improve circulation. Once again, drinking plenty of water has another wonderful health benefit. It is a cheap and easy way to stay beautiful. Ditch the caffeine in your drinks and start applying caffeine topically to your skin. Body products that contain caffeine stimulate blood flow and break down fat. In addition to body treatments with caffeine, try a coffee body scrub to help smooth out skin with proven results. A body scrub made with coffee grinds can stimulate and exfoliate the skin. Also, body Bliss FatGirl Slim Slimulatorrollers are a convenient way to help massage out those lumps in your legs and butt. Multi-task by applying some body cream to your legs and use a hand held massager while brushing your teeth, remembering to switch hands so you can massage both sides. Massaging your problem areas regularly really helps decrease the appearance of cellulite. mybody Fitting Room Skinny Quick Duo has a great body serum and easy-to-hold massager to provide an incredible tightening effect. Another clever body massager is the Bliss FatGirl Slim Slimulator. It is a great tool to take in the shower and massage cleansers or shower gels into the skin while it helps reduce the appearance of cellulite. These methods are easy and can be introduced into your daily routine without taking up much time or money. In about 4 weeks you should start seeing noticeable results from your efforts. It will be just in time to put away your winter pants and pull out your summer shorts!

You can find the products mentioned on SkinStore.com.


Clarisonic SMART Profile Sonic Cleansing System

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All that you love about your Clarisonic just got better! The latest model now has all the bells and whistles you can ask for on one Clarisonic Smart Profileconvenient sonic cleansing device. Now you can cleanse your face, body and give yourself a pedicure all with one machine!

First, let’s talk about the face. You can choose from four speeds to cleanse your complexion. One is the gentlest, four being more invigorating. All the Clarisonic brush heads fit on the Smart Profile however the Dynamic brush head comes standard with it. The new Dynamic brush head is micro chipped for two reasons. It has a built-in indicator to illuminate the brush with a red light when it is time to replace it. Also, when used in Smart Mode, the brush head automatically adjusts for a deeper cleanse in the T-zone and a more gentle cleanse for your cheeks, that is smart! The texture of this brush is somewhere in between a sensitive brush head and the deep pore brush head. There is also a Turbo mode that accelerates for a deeper clean as long as you hold it down, which is great for cleansing congested areas.

The Turbo Massage Body Brush head also comes in this kit. When used in Smart mode it will give you a short massage and then it cleanses and exfoliates and finishes with another short massage. It had us at hello. You also get the Refining skin polish to really renew and slough off the dry, dead skin that causes that “ashy” look. This will be perfect to use to prepare the body for a self-tanner. Turbo off those rough heels and elbows!

Last, but not least you can get your feet, sandal ready for spring! The Pedi Smoothing Disc and Pedi Wet Dry Buffing Brush Head are sold separately, but can be utilized with the Smart Profile. You will still want to keep your appointment with your pedicurist however; this system will extend the life of a professional pedicure. With all those functions in one, your friends will say that you’re a smart one!

You can find this product on SkinStore.com.

 


NuFACE Reveals New Spring Colors

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Get your skin spring ready! NuFACE is the leader of innovative, anti-aging devices that deliver visible results for beautiful skin. NuFACE Spring ColorsNuFACE has released their spring line featuring, NuFACE Trinity Facial Toning Device in Coral Crush & NuFACE mini in Caribbean Sea!

The NuFACE Trinity Facial Trainer is clinically tested for improved facial contour, skin tone and wrinkle reduction in as little as 5 minutes a day! In a recent clinical Study:

-85% of clinical study users experienced significant improvements in facial contour

-80% of clinical study users said their face felt more toned

-73% of clinical study users experienced significant improvements in skin tone

The NuFACE mini in Caribbean Sea is petite, portable microcurrent facial toning device FDA-Cleared for facial stimulation.

Both devices are great for beauty seekers who want to lift, tone and contour- lift jowls, contour jawline, reduce nasal labial folds and wrinkles, lift eye brows, open eyes…need we say more?

 

You can find both devices on SkinStore.com.


NuFace Trinity – Coral Crush [GIVEAWAY]

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NuFace Trinity - Coral CrushNew! Limited Edition NuFACE Trinity Coral Crush: known as the 5 minute Face-Lift, this award winning FDA-cleared device delivers beautiful, unparalleled professional results in an easy to use at-home system. NuFACE Trinity features a smart skin sensor and interchangeable attachments to enable a variety of spa-quality therapies.

The NuFACE Trinity comes standard with the Trinity Facial Trainer Attachment, which is built on the same microcurrent technology that made NuFACE Classic the leading handheld facial toning device. With the microcurrent based Trinity Facial Trainer attached, the NuFACE Trinity gently and effectively stimulates your skin to improve your appearance. In a recent clinical study:

– 85% of clinical study users experienced significant improvements in facial contour

– 80% of clinical study users said their face felt more toned

– 73% of clinical study users experienced significant improvements in skin tone

Sounds amazing, right? Well, now you can enter to win one! Click below to enter for a chance to win a NuFace Trinity – Coral Crush!

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