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Billion Dollar Brows – Product Feature – September

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As you know, we love bdb at Star Brows, this “brows only” company was the inspiration for Star Brows when we first moved to Cali!

During September all Billion Dollar Brows’ products will be on double Rewards with 20% back to YOU in service.

Choose from:

Brow Boost: I use this at least 4 times a week, and it really works to keep the brows as thick and full as possible.

Brow Gel: Make-up the perfect brow and then set it so it stays all day! I wouldn’t go without it it – ever.

Universal Brow Pencil: I can use this color for almost all the brows I do. It has a tone that works with almost all hair colors.

These days I also carry Youngblood’s Brow Pencils (they’re new), but before that UBP was it!

Brow Brush: A brow brush is mandatory for applying  Brow Powder and the spoolie on the other end is used for pencil too.

Brow Powder: Great colors, especially Taupe. Also comes in Blond, Brown, and Raven (a nice ashy-dark color).

See you at the spa!

xo Linda “Brow Boss”

Motorized Facial Brushes: Harmful or Helpful?

facial brushI usually like to focus on doing product reviews based on what we love and use at the spa, leaving the rest to all of the great beauty bloggers out there. But the motorized brush (the most popular being the Clarisonic) has become so popular that I ask you to consider the following  information if you’re currently using or considering purchasing one. 

These are the effects and changes in the skin I have observed in clients who have used a motorized brush as directed by the manufacturer:

What are the motorized brush company claims?

1. Removes makeup six times better than manual cleansing

The electric brush is really just one exfoliating tool to physically lift off dry, dead skin cells and, in the process, remove dirt and makeup. But the truth is that you can only remove so much dead skin without affecting live skin. You do not want to exfoliate to the point of destroying healthy cells.

2. Gentle enough to use twice a day

My problem is not with the brush itself, because exfoliating is very important. However, I do have a concern with how often they recommend using it. It is my belief that this is way too much of this kind of exfoliation, I generally recommend using it no more than 2-3 times per week.

You have to understand how exfoliation affects the skin. An electric (or hand-held manual brush for that matter), facial scrub, acid, enzyme, wash cloth, or whatever form of cell-turn method you use can cause skin damage and may accelerate aging if used too frequently.

3. Minimizes the appearance of visible pores

Exfoliating too aggressively and too often can create inflammation (even if not visible), setting off a response that creates free radicals.

4. Reduces oily areas, dry skin patches, and blemishes

Exfoliating too aggressively and too often can cause dryness and disrupt the skin’s lipid barrier. This allows moisture to seep out of the cells more easily, causing them to become dehydrated. Your skin will produce more oil to compensate for the fluid loss.

5. Safe for cleansing all skin types

This just isn’t true. Excessive (or the wrong kind) of stimulation to the skin can be damaging, especially for clients with a skin disorder like rosacea.

6. Recommended for use with any non-abrasive cleanser

Definitely don’t use an abrasive or even a sudsing (pH modifying surfactant) cleanser. But this device seems to be used primarily by the “more is better” crowd, and I’ll bet some users are adding a grainy scrub.

Here are a few skin facts:

A major cause of aging is chronic and prolonged inflammation, which is associated with tissue destruction.

When you give the skin trauma, it goes into repair mode and stimulates cellular regeneration. This can be very beneficial to the skin, but if you create trauma too often by over-exfoliating, then it’s continually setting up a cascade of free radical damage that triggers premature aging. This is the last thing the skin needs to stay looking young.

For skin that is extremely reactive to stimulation (skin of color and for those prone to severe discoloration) you need to treat your skin gently to avoid post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation resulting in increased skin discoloration.

You do want your skin hygienically clean, but not clean like you want your kitchen floor. There is a certain amount of good bacteria that the skin needs to keep it healthy and functioning well, so you don’t want to strip it by over-using any product or tool.

What’s the right amount of exfoliation?

These are my favorite forms of exfoliation but they must be tailored to the individual’s skin type and condition, as well as personal skincare habits:

  • Use an alcohol-free Glycolic (AHA or BHA serum 1-3 times a week ) as recommended by a skincare specialist for your individual skin type and condition: Power Peel.
  • A gentle facial scrub like  Power Scrub OR your brush 2-3 times a week—and that’s it. The idea here is that using a fruit/food acid serum will dissolve the dry skin cells while a physical exfoliant like a scrub or brush will lift off the dry skin cells. They both work differently.
  • Cleansing Oil exfoliates (by the gentle massage action you use to apply it), and deeply cleanses because the skin doesn’t “resist” or tighten to the medium of oil as it is symbiotic with the oil found naturally in the skin. If red-flags go up when I use the phrase “cleansing oil”  know that we use individual  formulas designed for oily, acne-prone, sensitive and dry skin types.
  • A professional Resurfacing Treatment should be performed regularly. Recommendations for frequency vary, but the most effective is ten days to two weeks apart..

See you at the spa!

 

LaVaque Professional Artist

Check this out! I’m featured as an Eyebrow Design Professional in the company of some of the best designers and Makeup Artists in the country:

Linda Ruberto is the owner of Star Brows, a solo spa on California’s Central Coast. She has been in practice since 1995. Linda has transformed the look of thousands of clients with her signature eyebrow design approach and has employed and mentored hundreds of beauty professionals.

She has published articles in some of the skincare industry’s premier magazines, and writes a beauty and wellness blog at Starbrows.com.

Her professional credentials include a Certified Massage Practitioner certification from the California Massage Therapy Council and a California State Licensed Esthetician credential. Linda is also a member of Associated Skin Care Professionals and Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals.

Linda’s Philosophy:

I operate from the notion that every woman wants to be treated like a star. Every service I do includes a touch of spa luxury, and every client is a VIP.

The term Beauty Therapist best describes my professional role. Like my mentor, the fabulous late David Starr, I really need to feel and know the heart of each individual woman to bring out her beauty and create the perfect look and experience just for her.

My premier offerings, Couture Eyebrow Design and Heather Gardner jewelry, reflect my belief in luxury, haute couture, and personalized service. Once a woman’s brows are perfect, her makeup is just right, and she’s totally relaxed, slipping on a gorgeous pair of earrings or the perfect necklace helps bring out each woman’s unique beauty.

I’ve made it my personal mission to eradicate the term Anti-Aging from the industry at large. The age-biased beauty propaganda our culture espouses and directs toward women through the media needs to change. Aging is inevitable, aging women are spectacular, and really, isn’t Healthy Aging the desired outcome for us all?

“Many thanks to Juliana and Barry, LaVaque Professional’s owners, for honoring industry artists! I appreciate their receptiveness to those of us who earn our living with their fabulous tools and products. What genius to come up with tweezers that are friendly to the repetitive use issues facing industry professionals.” –Linda Ruberto

Brow B.F.F. Kit January Product Feature 2012

This darling Makeup Bag is yours FREE in January when you purchase any three Billion Dollar Brows Products! And, when you can double your Rewards points, you’re really getting a great deal.

Brow Boost is my biggest seller, I use it, and it really works to grow stubborn brows. It also helps you keep the brows you have! $20

Brow Duo Highlighter is awesome to carry in your purse (in this little bag!). I use it for touch-ups with the concealer end throughout the day. Using the highlighter end can transform your makeup quickly from day to evening: Apply to the inner corners of your eyes, the “cupid’s bow” of your lip, the high-point of your brow arch, or make your eyes  look bigger and clearer by putting highlighter on the tear-line. This big, fat,  2 in 1 pencil contains jojoba seed oil so it’s good for your skin too. $18

The Brow Gel is a must-have for setting perfect brows as well as holding the color you’ve applied, and the chamomile flower extract conditions. $15

Since Trucco went out of business, taking with it my beloved Hi-Brow Trio (which, by the way, if you bought it, you’ll be glad you did because now it’s on ebay for $133!) I’ve had to find eyebrow colors I like as well to replace it. And I’d say BDB Brow Powder in Blond, Taupe, Light Brown and Raven (new), do a great job. Using two or three of these versatile colors make a great shadow collection as well: Use Blond as your all-over base, Light Brown to begin to contour (I’ll teach you to do this next time your in), and finish with Taupe, or for more drama – Raven. $16

The Universal Brow Pencil is pretty versatile because it matches most eyebrow colors. Pencils are great for those with sparse brows. I like to use pencil first to define and make my Powder “stick”. $15

And finally the Brow Brush, a two-in-one tool with an angle brush for applying brow powder on one end and a spoolie on the other for softening the effect. You don’t know how much flaking I see on the skin under the average brow. Use the spoolie to soften and provide a bit of exfoliation after pencil, powder, and even gel. $15

What are Rewards?

If you’re new to Star Brows, you may not know about The Monthly 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, however, you’ll get 20% back in Rewards. This month’s featured product: Pick 3 BDB Products with FREE Makeup Bag ($8 value). Depending on which products you choose, you’ll get at least $9 in rewards, and up to $12.

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!

5 Prime Time Makeup Musts

I’ve found some excellent priming products over the years that I love and use both at home and at work.
After all, great makeup is no accident, is not for the faint of heart, and requires attention to detail.
Still reading? Good! 😉 Let’s get started!
1.) Mineral Rice Setting Powder by Youngblood
Youngblood Mineral Rice Powder at Star Brows: This ultra-silky, translucent powder absorbs oil to control shine and diminish the appearance of pores, but doesn’t dry your skin. It prepares the skin for my favorite makeup, Natural Mineral Foundation (which comes pressed or loose). The rice powder (which also comes pressed or loose) sets a flawless, long-lasting matte finish. This unique formulation uses rice starch, corn starch and minerals, is 100% talc-free and calms and soothes the skin.
What’s in it?
Mica (CI 77019), Corn Starch Modified, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, Hydrated Silica, Carum Petroselinum (Parsley) Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Althaea Officinalis (Marshmallow) Root Extract, Centaurea Cyanus (Cornflower) Flower Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract. .35 oz. $22.
2.) Mineral Primer by Youngblood
Give your makeup real staying power with Mineral Primer, a lightweight, translucent blend that works with Youngblood Mineral Foundation. You will love its silk-to-powder touch within seconds of application, and be amazed at how fine lines and pores disappear effortlessly. Formulated with minerals and vitamins, the Primer also protects skin from environmental damage. Skin protection, a flawless complexion, and makeup that last all day.
What’s in it?
Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Cyclopentasiloxane, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Smithsonite Extract, Rhodochrosite Extract, Malachite Extract, Hematite Extract, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate. 1 oz. $37.50
3.) Mineral Lash Prime by Youngblood
This milky white lash “cream” works under mascara to create visibly fuller and thicker lashes after the first coat of mascara. The nourishing formula moisturizes and softens lashes with protein, vitamins and natural oils to help prevent lash breakage.
What’s in it?
Water (Aqua) , Acrylates Copolymer, Butylene Glycol, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Polybutene, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Triethanolamine, Ethylhexylglycerin, Oleic Acid, Macadamia Integrifolia Seed Oil, Aleurites Moluccana Seed Oil , Simethicone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Sodium Hyaluronate, Panthenol, Rosa Centifolia Flower Water. .13 oz. $22

Tip: For a fake eyelash effect, apply primer to bear lashes, wiggling at the base and sweeping out. Immediately apply multiple coats of your favorite mascara while it is still wet.

4.) Ultimate Concealer

Who doesn’t need help with the skin under the eyes? Youngblood Ultimate Concealer at Star Brows is a rich & creamy, mineral formula that gives sheer to heavy coverage, while still looking silky and natural. This perfect blend of light-reflecting minerals makes the skin look smoother, draws attention away from dark circles, and diffuses tiny lines. vitamin C and E help minimize lines and dark circles, allantoin extract stimulates the growth of healthy tissue, and jojoba esters prevent dryness throughout the day.

What’s in it?

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Octyldodecanol, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Jojoba Esters, Polyethylene, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Allantoin, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil. .10 oz $27

5.) Concealer Brush

Now for my very favorite priming tip: Japonesque Foundation Brush at Star Brows – This is hot! The soft little brush dipped into a fabulous Mineral Makeup nestles into the labial folds of the nose, (new name please) and eye area. Use it any place where there are sunspots, blemishes, broken capillaries or redness, because: smaller brush = better coverage. This also helps protect vulnerable areas from UV rays, because minerals in a concentrated  area can give up to 30 SPF.

The tips I’ve given you are not just for aesthetic value, but holistic in nature – and therefore worth the time, I think, since they keep your skin and lashes radiantly healthy, as well as beautiful.

See you at the spa!


Mascara Road Test

My #1 Pick – Outrageous Lashes Mineral Lengthening Mascara by Youngblood

Youngblood’s volumizing formula in the color Blackout, is my absolute favorite. And of course, I carry it at Star Brows!

It combines conditioning benefits for perfectly extended, defined lashes. The exclusively designed brush allows for smooth, even application while it lifts and separates each lash from root to tip.

It keeps lashes strong and flexible with amino acids, vitamins and botanicals. It’s long-wearing, non-flaking and smudge-proof.

Here are some good ones if  your shopping in the drug or department stores.

Under $10

  • Best Tinted – Curl up and Dye Lash Curling Mascara by Hard Candy
  • Best Natural Look – Exact Eyelights Mascara by Covergirl
  • Most Volumizing (& Waterproff)  – New York Lash Stiletto by Maybelline
  • Best Lengthener – Extreme Length Mascara by Boots No.7
  • Most Like False Lashes – Extra-Volume Collagen Mascara by L’Oreal Paris

Over $10

  • Best Tinted – Bad Gal Brown by Benefit
  • Best Natural Look – Makeup Perfect Mascara by Shiseido
  • Most Volumizing – Hypnose Drama Mascara by Lancome
  • Best Lengthener – Long Lash Mascara by Laura Mercier
  • Most Like False Lashes – Extase Mascara by DiorShow

 

See you at the spa!

You need these!

These little scissors have been around forever, different versions date back to the 1800’s. The Tweezerman Stork  Scissors  are sharp, pointy and oh so cute and tiny. They can be found everywhere – Target, Walmart and online.

http://www.tweezerman.com/scripts/item.cfm?gc=H&sc=ST&itemsku=3042-R

My favorite use is for brow trimming;

  • Don’t tweeze out  grey hairs,  instead cut them short and color the whole brow.
  • Comb (with mascara wand) the brows up and then down to decide where you can trim. Hold the hairs out straight and cut with the curve of the brow.
  • You may need to leave longer hairs (think comb over!) to cover scars or bald patches.
  • If your brow is very dense, do sporadic diagonal cuts in the brow body (not sure you want to try this at home ;-), but it looks great. Many times the brow “head” is thicker than the “tail”, cross cutting helps create balance.

A professional is recommended, at least periodically for shaping. And if your in my area, I’d love to see you personally!

Hint – If your scissors ever stick, put a drop of oil in the joint and work back and forth to loosen.

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!