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Brow Boost – New & Improved: June Product Feature 2013

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Kelli JuneHi! It’s Kelli, bringing you this month’s Product Feature.

At Star Brows we’re all about amazing eyebrow shape and design and most of us, including me, are doing what we can to get them.  I’ve been using Billion Dollar Brows’ Brow Boost for the last six months to help re-grow my poor hacked-off brows and with this product’s help (and the brow magic that comes from the Brow Boss, Linda), my eyebrows are becoming what I’ve always wanted. Now a reformulation of this product boosts brow growth three times more than before!

This new and improved formula will help you get thicker, fuller brows and can be applied to your lashes too. Buy two (one for lashes and one for brows) while they’re our Monthly Feature!

The deep-conditioning treatment is designed to help strengthen and condition thin, over-tweezed brows and weak lashes. It contains three times the amount of Laminaria Digitata and Pelvetia Canaliculata Extracts, two types of seaweed found off the coast of Brittany, France that are clinically proven to help strengthen weakened hair follicles.

In honor of this new product release, we are offering Double Reward points which you can redeem for Enhancements! I don’t know about you, but I am very excited to try this out. 🙂

 

See you at the spa!


Conditioning Brow Treatment



 

 

 

Wedding-Countdown to Perfect Skin

Mindseye Photo Shoot 032With over 20 years in the beauty industry, I contend that style begins with gorgeous, healthy skin. Everything else is an accessory.

So, how do you get your skin in shape for the biggest beauty day of your life?

Let’s get started.

1. Body Waxing

Perfectly smooth skin, head-to-toe, takes time but is so worth it. Waxing is fast, inexpensive, and easy but can go seriously wrong if you don’t choose a professional who has an impeccably clean and sanitary facility and experienced practices in caring for sensitive skin.

Do: To get totally smooth, you need to start waxing three months before your wedding day, then wax every three to four weeks. Keep track of how long it takes for irritation to subside after waxing and make your last appointment based on that.

Do: It is essential that you follow post-wax aftercare directions from the performing esthetician.

Don’t: Cave and shave!

2. Brows

Do: Great eyebrow design makes a look. You’ll be close up and personal with lots of folks, and your eyebrows need to help communicate beautifully and effectively. If you are trying a new eyebrow designer, make your first appointment three months before. That allows for some re-growth/reshape time.

Do: Choose a MUA that does great eyebrow makeup using pencil, powder, and gel to guarantee a perfect brow. You don’t want your brows looking fake, but you also don’t want a disappearing act.

Don’t: Do your last wax any closer than three days before the wedding date, and only that close if your skin settles down quickly post-wax, and you’ve worked with the designer before.

3. Facials

Do: If you’ve got a skincare specialist you’re working with, you’re pretty safe to do a  facial or specialty treatment up to one week before. The sooner you start though, the better your skin will look. Starting at least three months early will give the best results, monthly thereafter.

Do: Your skincare specialist will recommend home-care as well. In the end, it’s what you do every day/night that will produce the best results.

Don’t: Try someone (treatment) or something (product) new that last month. The skin is so unpredictable, and the stress of the wedding planning alone will take its own toll on your skin.

4. Makeup

Do: Once you have your skin in beautiful shape, you’ll need to choose a professional MUA whose work you’ve seen. Start working with her at least a couple of weeks before the event to establish rapport and practice the exact look you want. Take pictures yourself of the look beforehand to see how it photographs.

Don’t: DIY.

5. Sun Protection

Every bit of skin that shows will need to be protected: face, neck, decollete, arms, and hands. You’re not going to see tanned skin on the real beauties, it’s damaging and aging. I can’t advise on spray-tan, but this would be my choice if I wanted my skin to look darker. Have it done professionally and try it out a month or so beforehand just in case you don’t like it.

Do: Use an SPF30 to prep the face and decollete months in advance for perfect skin. On the day-of use an oil-free SPF15 before an outdoor ceremony or pictures begin. Stay away from zinc oxide, it photographs blueish.

Don’t: Lie out in the sun less than seven days before your wedding. Newly-tanned skin may look “brown” to the naked eye, but the camera registers pigment colors differently and will likely see the “red” in your skin instead.

6. Changing Medications

Do: If you’re starting or changing ANY medications (like hormone-based birth control methods)  in the last three months before your wedding, be sure to discuss with your doctor how it might impact your skin.

6. Toxic Habits Stress the Skin

Do: Drink water, eat “healthy,” exercise, and get good rest.

Don’t: Try to do everything yourself!


Below are some designers’ collections from bridal market day  to show you how some of the beauties rock perfect skin, or at least the “illusion” of it, thanks to great MUAs!

Maggie Sottero: Glam dresses with a 1920s, Great Gatsby feel.

Amsale: Clean, modern gowns with show-stopping backs, with origami-inspired details.

Kenneth Pool: Luxe, glamorous gowns with sparkle – from beading to amped-up bling.

Christos: Ethereal and romantic dresses with a Shakespearean-maiden feel.

Anne Bowen: Reminiscent of Tim Burton’s dark and dreamy Alice in Wonderland.

Austin Scarlett: Classic bridal gown styles with flattering details

Reem Acra: Feminine and fashion-forward wedding dresses with some  unique accessories

Monique Lhuillier: Check out this designer’s regal and lacey/romantic new collection

CCWP member Linda Hall Ruberto, aka the Brow Boss, esthetician and owner of Star Brows in Grover Beach, is a blogger and nationally published author who recently made the cover of Skin Deep with her article, “The Beauty of Weddings.”

Star Brow: Cara Delivingne

Cara DelivingneVogue rates her #17 of 50 top models. Cara Delivingne is also featured on the Style and Culture Facebook page (worth looking at).

Love her long, flat, close to the eye, brow-look. Want it? Use Brow Boost if you are re-growth-challenged, tint them every 3 weeks, and use Brow Gel (both by Billion Dollar Brows) to get the fly-away, natural style.

See you at the spa!

xoxo Brow Boss

 

Madonna Spring Bridal Show: Brides, Brows, Bikinis!

brow, braz, bik, bridesWe will be at the Madonna Inn Bridal Show in booth C6, Sunday, April 14, from 12:00-4:00. The theme of our booth this year will be Brides, Brows, Bikinis.

  • iPad Check-in: Enter to win a Spa Package for Two

Follow Star Brows on Twitter – get 1 entry

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  • Every attendee who makes an appointment with us at the show for brows, bikini, or any other service at the spa, will get a complimentary Billion Dollar Brows  Universal Brow Pencil and Makeup Bag!
  • Gift bags will be available for the first 300 brides, featuring a 20% off Coupon and more.
  • Stop by the booth and enter to win a  Spa Party for Two at Star Brows!! Pick two wedding party members to join you for a One Hour Massage and a One Hour Facial Spa Package!
  • We’ll have Heather Gardner jewelry at the Bridal Show again from her gorgeous Spring/Summer Collection!
  • Kelli June and I will be available for consultations, and our friend Chrystal from Grand Bouquet Florist will help make our booth fabulous!

See you at Madonna

Billion Dollar Brows: November/December Product Feature 2012

Double Rewards on individual BDB products and special offer on …

3 Steps To Beautiful Brows Kit!

Condition, Color, and Control Your Brows. This Billion Dollar Brows kit will give you the beautiful brows you want in three simple steps. While supplies last, we’re offering this $85 trio for $35!

  • Condition: Brow Boost, Bonus Size. This deep conditioning treatment is designed to help strengthen and condition thin, over-tweezed brows. A natural formula with no scary side effects, you will see visibly fuller brows in as little as 30 days. Depending on individual use, this bonus size edition should last at least 60 days.
  • Color: Universal Brow Pencil. No more guessing games! Formulated to work with all skin tones and hair colors, this amazing pencil goes on smooth and natural. Perfect for creating beautiful, natural brows when you’re on-the-go. The pencil’s versatile color works with almost all hair colors and skin tones. Use the brush on the opposite end of the pencil to blend to perfection!
  • Control: Clear Brow Gel, Bonus Size. Our Brow Gel will lock in your look, giving your eyebrows a long-lasting, radiant glow while keeping them perfectly in place all day. It’s the perfect finishing touch for giving your brows a polished, perfectly manicured look. This bonus size Brow Gel should, depending on individual use, last at least 60 days.

If you’re new to Star Brows, you may not know about The Product Feature or Rewards yet. To put it simply, 10% of all your product purchases, all the time, go toward free Service Enhancements, like Raindrop Therapy, Lash Tint, Chemical Peels, or Star Massage.

When a product is the Monthly Feature, you’ll get 20% back in Rewards on Brow Boost, Brow Gel, and Brow Powder.

See you at the spa!

 

The Perfect Tweezers!

New at Star Brows: LaVaque Professional, my tweezers of choice! These professional level tweezers are meticulously accurate. They come in Mini $15 and Regular $20 Slant Tip.

  • Professional precision
  • Matte finish for non-slip grip
  • Ultra-thin tips easily lift the hair, while perfectly hand-filed tips give you the best grip
  • Lightweight
  • Soft-tension, specially engineered to reduce strain on your fingers
  • Stainless Steel
  • Lifetime company guarantee
Pick one up today. We’ll see you at the spa!

Adele – Star Brow of the Week

Adele is amazing! I just burned a new CD for the spa that features her. Have you heard her song  Someone Like You? Taylor Swift beat her out for Artist of the Year at the AMA…really?

But she, and not Taylor, is the Star Brow of the Week. 🙂 I love her creamy skin, her facial contouring makeup looks really pretty, too.

Although her brows are not perfect – a bit short and same width-y – they are pretty in auburn, and her eyes dazzle.

How would I transform her brows?

1. I would have her use Brow Boost to grow them in.

2. She needs more length at the head and tail to support her huge eyes.

3. More fullness in the brow itself would work better for her.

4. Although I like the contouring above the eye crease, it doesn’t quite make up for the fact that her arch is too high. I’d work that down over time.

5. The brow on the right is higher so as we are lowering both brows we’d be more aggressive with to-line waxing/tweezing that one.

6. When the head of the brow (by the nose)  grows in I’d make it a little gauzy and messy so it makes the brow look more bohemian/earthy and less “perfect”.

You go, Adele Laurie Blue Adkins!  And if you’re reading this Adele, I’d love to see you, call me. 805-722-8222

See you at the spa!

Star Brows of the Week – Emma Roberts

Emma Roberts, daughter of Eric and niece of Julia, is my pic for Star Brow this week.

Blond brows are so pretty, and I love the natural, rather flat shape her brow has. Sometimes the standard arch, so commonly requested, just doesn’t work.  I like to bring out each individual’s natural brow shape, and work with it rather than forcing a certain shape onto it.

Emma’s lashes are, of course, the statement here. Get the best lashes ever with Mineral Lash Prime and Outrageous Lashes Mineral Lengthening Mascara.

Her lashes are most likely enhanced by eyelash extensions. I’ve considered offering those again, but they are so tedious and expensive to keep up. You have to do “fills,” like with acrylic nails, when your natural lash sheds noticeably. Each extension is glued to each natural lash. A full set takes at least 90 minutes to apply. Anyone doing them in less time may be applying lash clusters, which just don’t last. When a clump falls off, there is a big gap, versus losing one random lash at a time.

See you at the spa!

Billion Dollar Brows at Star Brows!

My first California brow design was done at Billion Dollar Brows (BDB) in Beverly Hills. This is the company that helped inspire me to take my passion for perfect brows and make it a business!

They contacted me the other day and sent their whole product line for me to sample! Generous, huh? I love to shop for you, finding the perfect products at the best prices.

It was great timing because I have been looking for the right brow and lash conditioner with a growth stimulant.

Brow Boost – Get thick, full brows & lashes. This deep conditioning treatment is designed to help strengthen and condition thin, over-tweezed brows.

• Natural formula with no scary side effects: prostaglandin free.

• So effective, you will see visibly fuller brows in as little as 30 days.

• A natural anti-aging solution: Fuller eyebrows create a more youthful look, without any risk or worry.

• Lab tested safe for eyes and skin: passed USA & EU regulations.

• With over five years on the market, Brow Boost is proven to work. Loyal customers swear by Brow Boost’s ability to thicken and condition their brows and lashes — and love its affordable,reasonable price too! $20

• Frame your face perfectly with full, thick brows. Brow Boost helps balance out uneven brows, putting your facial features back into focus.

• Pencil thin brows are so “out.” Brow Boost will help you say goodbye to thin brows and update your “look” with fuller, healthier, more defined brows.

• It’s so easy to use! Comes with a convenient brush-on applicator, just apply Brow Boost to your brows at night and leave it alone. The natural formula dries instantly, in a matter of weeks your brows will begin to transform!

What’s in it?

Water, Propylene Glycol, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Polysorbate 60, Squalane, Allantoin, Xanthan Gum, Methylparaben, Serenoa Serrulata Fruit Extract, Propylparaben, Triethanolamine, Diazolidinyl Urea, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Pelvetia Canaliculata Extract.

I bought BDB’s Brow Duo Highlighter when I visited them a couple of years ago.  Two in One! Highlighter & Concealer allow you to highlight your brow bone to add gorgeous definition and warmth. Works with any skin tone. Plus, for those on-the-go touch-ups, a handy universal concealer to the opposite end of the pencil. $18

What’s in it?

Jojoba Oil Seed Oil, Castor Seed Oil, Oleyl Stearate, Glyceryl, Monoriciroleate, Beeswax, Candelilla Wax, Microcry Stalline Wax, Lanalin Oil, Propyl – Paraben, Citric Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Glyceryl Oleate, Lecithin, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Iron Oxide,Titanium Dioxide.

Brow Gel – Hold & Control! Billion Dollar Brow’s Brow Gel will lock in your look, giving your eyebrows a long-lasting, radiant glow while keeping them perfectly in place all day. It’s the perfect finishing touch for giving your brows a polished, perfectly manicured look.
Plus, it never flakes. This clear Brow Gel is made from the highest quality ingredients, ensuring that you won’t ever have crusty, flaky brows!$12

What’s in it?

Water, Carbomer, Propylene Glycol, Triethanolamine, Chamomilla Flower Extract, Glycerin, VP/VA Copolymer, Alcohol Denat., Tetrasodium EDTA, Propylparaben, Methylparaben, Diazolidinyl Urea

Brow Powder – Goes on smooth and natural, giving your brows a brilliant sheen of color. Every shade has been rigorously tested to ensure absolute quality and color accuracy. Available at Star Brows in Taupe, Blond and Light Brown. $16

What’s in it?

Talc, Zinc Stearate, Boron Nitride, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Mineral Oil, Methicone, Methylparaben, Propylparaben. May contain: Titanium Dioxide, Ultramarine, Iron Oxides.

Universal Brow Pencil – No more guessing games, formulated to work with all skin tones and hair colors. This amazing pencil goes on smooth and natural. Perfect for creating beautiful, natural brows for when you are on-the-go. $15

What’s in it?

Jojoba Oil Seed Oil, Castor  Seed Oil, Oleyl Stearate, Glyceryl, Monoriciroleate, Beeswax, Candelilla Wax, Microcry Stalline Wax, Lanalin Oil, Propyl– Paraben, Citric Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Glyceryl Oleate, Lecithin, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Iron Oxide,Titanium Dioxide.

Brow Brush – Applies and blends brow powder to perfection. Two tools in one! The brush’s specialy designed bristles allow you to create a clean, soft line that precisely defines your brows. Blend the powder with the attached brush to create a perfectly defined arch.

Comprised of a blend of sythetic and natural fibers, this Brow Brush helps you groom your brows for a flawless finish. $15

 

See you at the spa!

Beauty Multi-tasker

So many uses for these little reusable spoolies. You can pick them up at Sallys, drug stores, department stores or get them free at the nearest makeup counter!

  • Unclump mascara
  • Separate lashes with the tip
  • Use when you have an eye infection so you don’t contaminate the mascara tube
  • Position your brows so you can trim them
  • Put gel on you brows to keep them in place
  • Brush the brow to eliminate dead skin flakes under the brow hair
  • Clean your diamond ring (use toothpaste too)

Other uses you’ve tried?

See you at the spa!