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Creating the Longest Lashes Possible

June 18th, 2014 • Posted by Spa Je' Moi • Permalink

Maybe you were born with thick, luscious lashes, but they've thinned out through the years. Perhaps you have never had Betty Davis lashes, but really wish you did. Well, what are you waiting for, girlfriend? Eyelash extensions are closer than you think -- just inside our doors.

"But wait!" you say. "My natural lashes are a hot mess. They're short, stubby and can barely be seen without 17 coats of mascara!"

What we're about to reveal to you is the best of both worlds. This is how you can enjoy gorgeous lash extensions, while getting your natural lashes into tip-top shape.

You may not be able to use oil-based products to remove your eye makeup while wearing lash extensions, but you certainly can (and should) condition your natural lashes. Here's how it works in five easy steps:

  1. Allow us to evaluate your lashes and recommend the right growth serum for you.

  2. Talk to us about your plans to grow long, healthy lashes while wearing extensions. Products like Latisse work by increasing the growth phase of your lashes, meaning that they will grow for a longer period of time and at a quicker pace. We will be able to advise you as to how often you'll need refills since your lashes will be growing faster than the average client's.

  3. Follow our instructions on how to care for your new lashes. We will likely tell you not to get them wet for 24 - 48 hours and to refrain from allowing anything with oil - including some shampoos and conditioners - to get near your lash line.

  4. Use the lash serum as directed. Using it more often than recommended will not speed the growth process, but may irritate your eyes and eyelids.

  5. We can report new growth to you during each visit. Those magnifying glasses we wear are not only stylish, but they allow us to see new sprouts of eyelashes before you see them in the mirror.

No one has to settle for stubby lashes. Growth products give you the long lashes you're looking for, while eyelash extensions offer instant gratification. It's a win/win. Call to make your appointment today.

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Smooth Skin for Summer

June 3rd, 2014 • Posted by Spa Je' Moi • Permalink

Itchy dry skin can be an annoyance in the summer months. With more sun exposure and air conditioned buildings, our skin becomes dull and depleted. That soft baby skin that we dream of turns into alligator skin and we increase our lotion use to get rid of the scales. There is a quick home treatment that can help with dryness of the skin and relax you as well.

Steam treatments are a great way to lock in moisture and give your skin a more long lasting softness. The pores are opened and ready to soak in the moisture after steaming the skin. This type of treatment also increases circulation in the skin, so moisture is coming at your skin both internally and externally.

There are different ways to expose the skin to steam. Warm compresses work well for smaller areas. A hot shower is an easy way to open the pores, or even standing outside the shower with the bathroom door shut, so that the room fills with steam. For the face you can just boil water on the stove and lean over the steam with a towel over the head to contain the mist.

Applying oils after the steam bath is a last step. Using natural oils is a simple way to lock in the moisture. Coconut oil feeds your cells to keep them moisturized and healthy. Jojoba oil is another option for its humectant properties. As a humectant it draws moisture to the top layers of the skin to keep the cells moisturized from within the body. It is also a natural thin wax and seals the moisture. Hemp seed oil contains essential fatty acids that help keep the skin cells healthy and glowing. The best option is a combination of the three. If too much oil is applied, let the moisture soak in for a few minutes and then wipe off excess with a dry cloth.

That alligator skin will be transformed back to soft, supple skin in just a few minutes. And you will have taken some time for yourself in the process. We are your experts for any skin care questions and look forward to seeing you on your next visit.

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How to Highlight Eyes With Lashes

May 16th, 2014 • Posted by Spa Je' Moi • Permalink

If you long to wake up to lush, rich-looking eyelashes each morning you may be considering lash extensions. If so, we thought you might have questions. Here are some of our most frequent queries regarding lash extensions:

  1. What types of lashes are out there?

    There are basically three types: synthetic, silk and mink. Synthetic is the least expensive, but silk and mink look softer and more natural. They also tend to last longer.

  2. Does it matter what kind I choose to have applied?

    It really depends upon what you're looking for. It's tough to tell the difference between synthetic and silk lashes, although silk is lighter. Mink is lighter still, allowing us to apply more individual strands to a single eyelash for maximum fullness.

  3. How are they applied?

    We use a special lash glue and apply them one by one or in small clusters (of 3-4) to your natural lashes.

  4. How long can I expect them to last?

    They're considered semi-permanent, meaning you can expect them to last four to six weeks. As your eyelashes go through their natural growth cycle they push the extensions, causing them to fall out.

  5. Can I get them wet?

    You can, but the less water they're exposed to the longer they will last. Showers are fine, but if you're a daily swimmer you may want to wear goggles.

  6. Am I going to need touchups?

    Yes, most people have a "lash fill" every two to three weeks.

  7. Can lash extensions damage my natural lashes?

    No, not permanently. We may suggest that you take a break from your extensions once or twice a year, to give your natural lashes a chance to "rehab." A lash-enhancing product can speed the process. Of course, if you can't bear to part with your extensions during the rehab period, those lash enhancers won't damage the extensions in the least.

If you have any other questions about lashes, please don't hesitate to contact us. We are more than happy to answer any questions you have.

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