Luscious Lashes

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I have tried a fiber lash mascara for the first time this weekend and I have to say that I loved it! The product I tried is Kenneth Bernard Fiber Lash mascara, Exclusively sold at Chatter’s salons. You apply a coat of the mascara followed by a coat of the fibers to the tips of lashes, wait 20 seconds and apply more mascara. You may repeat this process for a more intense look and added length! This product goes on smoothly with a curvy mascara brush, has a pleasant smell and dries quickly. The fiber product looks like a felt wand with little black hairs on it. Surprisingly it feels so light on your lashes that you can barely tell your wearing anything. It also washes off very easily with warm water and a cloth (I always use a colored facecloth to avoid staining my white ones). The mascara is formulated with natural beeswax which is sweat, oil, and tear proof. Beeswax also provides great hydration and conditioning, and won’t weigh the lashes down or clump. It also contains carnauba wax that is hypoallergenic and ensures smooth application while making the product thicker. The fibers consist of nylon fibers with green tea fibers. This is the most natural mascara I have ever used and I have sensitive eyes so it felt great! I definitely recommend this mascara to anyone who wants to add a lot more “oomph” to their eyes for an instant wake-me-up. If you roll out of bed and have no time for coffee, this mascara will give you that bright-eyed refreshed look!

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I tried this on a day when I was very tired, so I definitely needed something to perk up my eyes! You can see the difference between my eye with nothing on my lashes (my left eye) versus the one with Kenneth Bernard fiber lash (my right eye). I will definitely be purchasing this mascara!

For Us MakeUp Geeks!!! How To Use MakeUp Brushes!

All of us women love to look good and feel confident!!  Whether it be at the office or a night out with our girlfriends we like to look good!  But sometimes when it comes to makeup it can be difficult to understand how to apply it, to find the perfect shade, and even how to use the proper tools to make that perfect application!  There is nothing worse when you see someone with a ring showing around the bottom of their jawline and its sooo dark that their neck is paler than then their face!  I don’t know about you but who wants to look like they dipped themselves in mud or look like they had an uneven tan!  Not a nice look especially if you have a hot date with your man!  You want to make an impression not freak him out that you have some sort of skin disease!   So lets start at the basic’s here.  Lets talk about the proper makeup tools to use first when applying your makeup.

We asked one of our  clients at a local spa where we work what questions she would like answered about the beauty industry.  She said that she never knows what type of  makeup brushes she should use to apply her makeup.  So this blog is to help her and everyone else that maybe curious as to what tools work best.  That way the next time you enter a beauty supply store, you have an idea as to what some of those funny shape makeup tools do!

Foundation Brush:image

The foundation brush is used to apply the foundation to your face.  Its good to start applying foundation as your base first before you apply any other makeup.  Foundation brushes have longer bristles made out of synthetic materials. They usually have more rounded heads, allowing you to glide the product along the skin in large swathes.  You want to avoid the foundation to be streaky so its vital to use a tapping or circular motion when applying your desired foundation.  This will aid in pressing the foundation in and give you a flawless look!  You can also use a stippling brush.  This particular brush has short soft bristles that are packed densely together and consist of a blunt top.  This allows the product to rest on the skin instead of smearing it on.  It creates a softer effective finish on your skin.  For example if you have dimples or cratered skin, this brush is less likely to emphasize textured areas of the skin.

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The concealer brush is a small version of the foundation brush.  It has stiff synthetic bristles that are  effective in controlling liquid products.  Concealer brush  is great cause it helps smooth the concealer under our eyes to minimize the appearance of circles and even discolored spots on parts of our face.  Even though us women tend to use our fingers for applying concealer, the brush gives the product a more finished and polished look.

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This particular brush has a round head and soft bristles. In order to set your foundation, its good to use a powder brush.  If you need to add a little color to your cheeks and bring out your girlie shine then this is your brush!  You won’t go without it!

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This brush has longer soft bristles.  It has an angled head to make it easier for face contouring products.  You often see makeup artists using this for dipping into bronzer (bronzer is my best friend), blush for those sweet rosy cheeks and highlighter! The angled shape makes it easier for the product to be applied more smoothly such as the sides of our nose and tops of our cheek bones. A girl gotta have nice cheek bones! This amazing brush can also give you a more precise blush application so it looks more natural!

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The fan brush is definitely one of the most interested looking brushes.  It has soft bristles fanning out  giving the brush its name. It mainly used to apply bronzer, blush and highlighter.  Its unique shape allows the product to distribute lightly on the skin.

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The  Eye Shadow brush is quite small and has short, straight bristles with a hard edge. This brush will be one of the most makeup tools that you will use.  Its firm and dense which makes it amazing for the perfect application!  Its used to apply powder or a cream base product on the lid.  Most often this particular brush is used to apply the base color to your lid.

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This is an aestheticians favorite brush.  Its perfect for blending so that the product merges together nicely. It’s also great for applying the shadow in the crease and outer corner of your eyes.

Small Angled Brush:image

This brush is small that contains short hard bristles.  Its used to apply gel or powder liner.  Its also one of our favorites!

Thin Eyeliner Brush:image

This is a must.  It really gives that smooth line to make the eyes pop. This brush has very little bristles that  are short, densely packed, and usually made out of synthetic fibers.  Trust me this brush will quickly become your best friend!  It can give you that classy eye make up look.

Lip Brush:

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Many of us women usually just apply our lip color out of the tube but this brush can give a precise ideal bold look especially with bright colors!  It has small short densely packed bristles and the head is slightly rounded.

These are just a few of the brushes that we touched on today.  These are the ones that are the most effective and a must have in your makeup case.  Throughout our blog, we will be showing some tutorials on how to use these essential makeup tools.  We also encourage our clients, friends and family to seek out a makeup consultation so we can explain a simple makeup application and how to use the makeup art tools.  So keep your eyes open for more interesting info about the makeup world and how easy applying makeup can be from everyday wear to night time wear!  Also watch the video below on how to use, apply and clean makeup brushes!

Please share and comment below!  🙂  Have any suggestions for our next post regarding the beauty industry.  Please let us know!  We love feedback!

Why We Die For OPI!

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A family-owned company committed to the highest quality products, OPI was founded in 1981 by President & CEO George Schaeffer.  OPI continues to be a family owned company and a world leader in the nail industry. With clever names that customers look forward to such as “my chihuahua bites”, “I’m not really a waitress”, “Blue my mind”, and who could forget “Pussy Galore” from the James Bond collection!  OPI Nail Lacquers are beloved around the world and trusted by professionals. All OPI products and services are not subject to animal testing. We have recently been using OPI gelcolor which, unlike most other hybrids, is actually a very thin but durable gel that soaks off in 10 minutes or less with no damage! What’s even more awesome is that the colors match up to their regular polishes, so clients can buy the matching color for touch ups or their toes. After using it on clients for a few weeks I have noticed that it is very thin, applies easily, and makes the nail feel very strong! Not to mention the high shine that it has, which surpasses other products I have used. It also removes fairly easily and leaves the nail in great condition. Most clients are also making note that it holds up very well and in some cases they are getting an extra week of wear with no chips! Overall I love this product and I can’t wait to see the new colors in the upcoming fall collection.

Let your luv shine…

I would like to introduce OPI’s latest polish, the “Infinite Shine” collection!
We are absolutely luvin these beautiful glossy nail polishes, with special base and top coats, that offer longer wear and a super high shine that even looks wet! It’s like a regular polish and a gelcolor had a baby! It does not require a UV lamp to cure, is more durable with higher shine then the original OPI polish, and introduces many new and exciting colors!

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At the end of the day, OPI is an outstanding company that continues to push the bar in high performance nail products.

Let Us Introduce Ourselves!

Hi my name is Jennifer Yates and I have been an Aesthetician for quite a few years now. I and a good  friend of mine Renee King who has been an Aesthetician for several years also decided to take it upon ourselves to write a blog about skin care and many other interesting facets about the beauty industry.   Everyday we receive a lot of questions from our clients regarding skin care to brazillians!   We want to dedicate this blog to all of our clients and to the public so that they can feel free to ask questions, offer suggestions, share knowledge about the beauty industry, and educate them on products as well as answer their questions.  Whether it be about applying makeup properly to the appropriate skin care products, we r your girls!  Let’s face it all of us girls need assistance with picking out that perfect shade of foundation to getting rid of that lovely pimple that happens to be smack down the centre of our nose!  Both Renee and I hope to offer you the best advice along with some cute humorous stories of our personal experience in the Aesthetic’s field.  We will be discussing product knowledge and give you reviews about the products that we have found works well and gets fast results!  We will be talking about various skin conditions that we treat and problems that many people want answers to regarding their skin care regime.  We will eventually be posting makeup tutorials to nail art.  We hope you find this blog useful and look forward to feedback!  Keep your eye open for new blog posts and videos within the next few weeks!  Please comment and share our professional expertise with others.  🙂