Ageless Body, Eternal Mind

Aging is a fact of life. While we can’t turn back the clock, we can do our best to slow the relentless tick, tick, tick of the passing years.

Diet
The diet you eat for the next few decades probably is the most important factor affecting your health for the rest of your life. Women—eat your fruit and vegetables. At least, that’s the indication of a new study in a recent issue of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Women who ate between four and ten servings of fruits and vegetables per day reduced their risk of cardiovascular disease by between 20–30%.1

Stress
While stress accounts for a good share of medical office visits today, it has, in reality, been with us since the beginning of human life. That primitive body still responds to threats by producing hormones that change the physiological reactions—the famous “fight or flight” response. This response, which includes profound stimulation of the adrenal glands and sympathetic nervous system, also causes increased respiration, blood pressure, blood sugar and heart rate.

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Out of the Cave and Into the Light: Pulsed-light Hair Removal

In the past four years, hair removal has arguably advanced as much as it had in all previous history. High-power lasers, most commonly found in dermatologists’ and plastic surgeons’ offices, can eliminate most unwanted hair after only three to seven treatments. But just as exciting are less powerful devices called flashlamps, which are making their way into spas, delivering almost the same benefits as lasers but less expensively and more quickly. Flashlamp light, also referred to as “pulsed light,” is very similar to laser light but contains different colors of light blended together instead of just a single color. In terms of speed and price, flashlamp benefits outweigh the laser. Estheticians can learn how to use the flashlamp systems in a few hours and then treat a full pair of legs in less than 20 minutes.

Flashlamp systems also offer unique benefits for clients. The light pulses are not irritating or painful, but cause a sensation similar to that of a light snapping of a rubber band. In addition, flashlamp devices can be used even if the hair is less than 1/4-inch in length, and the treatments remove most hair for up to 12 weeks with some of the hair eliminated permanently.

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Fall Makeup For Beauty

Want the quick version of what’s going to be the hot makeup for fall?

The looks may seem slightly similar to the last few years, and that’s because they pretty much are. Here are some ways to update your look, the easy and painless way.

Looks for Fall 2012 pretty much centered around either the lips or the eyes, and in some cases, both eyes and lips. The cheeks, for the first time in a long time, got much less attention on the fall runways. The makeup trends also ventured away from the shiny and all super-natural,to the era-defined looks of the 40′s, 60′s, 70′s and 80′s. Ahhhhh, and they say beauty and glamour is back again.

Let’s see if they’re right.

Eyes Defined

1. The new winged out 60′s eye
Seen in high demand on the Dior runway, the new winged out cat-eye look is back. If you were around in the 70′s, you’ll know what I’m talking about. Thank god it doesn’t look as silly as it did back then. Take your smokey brown, gray, or burgandy eyeshadow, and apply over the whole lid. Then with your clean eyeshadow brush, blend out towards the temples. Make sure you end at the end of your eyebrow. There you go. Just make sure the focus is on the lid, otherwise people on the streets will think someone hit you. No, seriously………

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How to Look…..Cool as Ice

Cool ways to incorporate white and shimmer into your makeup……Getting a little bored with that same ole shimmer on the brow bone look? Here’s some new cool ways to wear shimmers and white shades.

1. Have a old shimmer silver lipstick? You know, from the 60′s and from about 6 years ago when they were in. Use it as a face shimmer. Apply on the tops of cheekbones and under the eyebrows as a face shimmer.

2. Have a worn out almost gone shimmering eye shadow? Take about 1/4 cup of loose powder that’s at best , translucent, or light in color. Scrape your old eye shadow into the loose powder and mix into another container. Viola, a shimmering body or face powder.

3. Here’s a look I started doing on photo shoots. Take a shimmering pearl color eye shadow, and with a wet foundation brush, apply on the high points of the face,like cheekbones, chin, eyes, forehead…..then to blend, dampen your brush a little more and blend into the face………..gives a great dewy look and applying it on wet makes it appear more see through! A great new look!

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Notes on Beauty

The latest (but not necessarily the newest) look for cheeks is dewy,and cream blush is back. You’ll find a lot of new formulations so that colors go on softer, not so heavy or sticky as you may have remembered in the 70′s. For the easiest application, apply your foundation and concealer as normal, then skip the powder. Smile, and apply a dot on the apples of the cheeks.

Blush Application Tricks:

Alot of us still apply blush based on our face shape……you know, if your face is long do this, if it’s short do this. Rather than feeling stuck in only one technique and feeling like you have to ‘change’ your face, view your blush application as to what features you want to highlight!

Blush can really only go so far………

your guideline for blush is

  • not below the line of the bottom of the nose……….(you’ll look cold)
  • not pass the middle of the eye towards your nose………….(you’ll look sunburned)
  • not beyond the arch of the eyebrow…………(when you’re going around the eye, you’ll look dirty!)

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Perfect Beauty Cosmetics

Here are my top wishes when it comes to buying makeup.

1. Foundation
The right foundation will even out your skin tone and give you the appearance of flawless skin. But you have to do it right, otherwise you risk looking like a … clown. Follow these steps for a flawless complexion.

2. Concealer
It has to cover, otherwise, what’s the point? So I’m a fan of those stick foundations, such as Max Factor’s Pan Stick (it’s been reformulated, so it’s much better than you remember), and Kryolan’s stage foundation (found only in Beauty Supply/Theatrical Supply). Definitely thicker than your normal concealer, but it’s also formulated to ‘stick’, so it lasts forever without disappearing on you. Also ry the new Full Coverage Foundation from Mac. For best results, apply with a damp sponge.

3. Powder
Aveda’s loose powder , and Mac’s Loose Powder is a close second. I want powder that sets quickly, has no feel, no fragrance (nothing like scented powder up your nose! cough cough!), and not be so heavy that you look caky within minutes. Both of these fit the bill nicely.

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Ayurvedic Wisdom: User-friendly Technology

Scanning the wide array of new technologies available in spas today, it’s worthwhile to note that many of the modern treatment “innovations” that are becoming so popular actually have their foundations in ancient ayurvedic healing principles. As the saying goes, “What’s old is new again.”

Ayurveda, the science of life, is one of the oldest recorded healing systems known and often is referred to as “the mother of all healing.” Many of the holistic healing practices offered at wellness clinics or spas today are rooted in ayurvedic tradition. These modalities include gem therapy; polarity therapy; reflexology; aromatherapy; colonic therapy; iridology, or the study of the patterns of the iris; homeopathy; color therapy; sound therapy; and herbology. Some alternative health practitioners have become specialists in just one modality, but ayurveda calls on all of them collectively to help restore and maintain balance to the whole being.

Ayurveda teaches that the body is a microcosm of the macrocosm of the greater universe, and that life is a relationship. It is in relationship to everything that touches it and everything that surrounds it—color, sound, light, metals, gemstones, what is put on the body and what is put into the body—all affects it.

It’s interesting to look at some of the emerging high-tech trends and see how they relate to the ancient ayurvedic healing traditions.

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Best Beauty Products For Travel

Well, not exactly specific products, but things I REALLY didn’t need to bring:

Perfume:  The Aveda Aroma-Mist spray can also be used as perfume, and a great way to scent your hair as well. Just one less thing to pack.

Bottles of Shampoo/Conditioner:  Arrgh, are these the heaviest things to carry or what?  Forget it, go to your local beauty supply and get those little plastic envelope samples of  shampoo, conditioner, gel, whatever.  And turn your vacation or trip into a mini-spa. A great way to try out new things as you cruise.

Shoes: or too many for that case. They weight a lot, take too much space, and no one looks at your feet anyway. Pack tennis shoes for comfort, black shoes for evening and one extra pair. That’s it.

Call ahead:  Okay, our shoot had us staying in ultra-chic hotels, where you expect everything and anything. But call ahead anyway. Check if there’s a coffee maker in your room, or a kitchenette. Had I known, I would have packed envelopes of instant coffee (International Delights and I are on a first name basis) and packages of Quaker Oats Oatmeal in assorted flavors. That’s all it takes to make me happy. A $24.00 for breakfast room service (that’s one meal, one person..) does NOT make me happy.

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QUiCK Makeup Tips

With life getting more hectic with every passing day, I’m always tring to find ways to make makeup time in the morning go quick and easy. Hmmm, quick and easy can be crazy sometimes, especially when trying to wade through that mini mall I call my makeup dresser sometimes.

So what I’ve done is create ‘QUiCK TRiCKS’ within my makeup madness.

And I’ve found it does wonders in getting me out the door FAST!

What kills ‘time’ in putting on makeup, is usually the 10 minutes or so I spent sitting there trying to figure what the heck I’m going to do today. What’s my look? AAAHHHHHHHHH…………I don’t know! Well, that took 7 minutes.

Well I get bored with my look very easily, and yet I tend to fall backwards into the same trap (ah, I mean look) over and over.

I’ve created an inspiration board to boost me out of my beauty boredom. Next to my makeup mirror, I’ve leaned a mini billboard against the wall, tacked full of incredible tear sheets from Vogue, Allure, any magazine that inspires me.

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Beauty, Posture and Self-esteem

Mary Jones, a new client, enters your salon for the first time. She is professional, reasonably attractive and has the usual concerns about her skin. But you can’t help notice she has poor posture.

Perhaps, like many American women, she has an exaggerated negative image of her body. Her poor posture makes her look heavier than she really is, and her rounded shoulders detract from her beauty and approachability. Seeing her, you would like to give her an action plan that will address all the issues that darken the radiance of her essential self.

Certainly, skin care is an obvious part of the solution–at the top of the list. However, how much more can you say to Mary without offending her? According to Vera Brown, owner/director of Vera’s Retreat in the Glen, Los Angeles, “No matter how beautiful you are, if you have bad posture it definitely detracts from your beauty.”

The evidence of self-esteem and body image is obvious in a person’s posture–so, do you say something to your client or do you give feedback in small doses as the professional relationship evolves? Or do you draw the line and only comment on issues that can relate easily to the skin? Do you pass the buck, hoping your client will get the information about posture from a chiropractor, personal trainer or massage therapist?

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