As the talented Ice Cube says "... So come on check your brows before yo wreck yo brows..." Ok, ok so maybe I changed the words a little but you get the point and the best way to get your brows on point is with threading ( that's why its been around since the days when the Egyptians ruled the world, longer than any other method)! If you haven't heard of threading yet that's ok ( still relatively new to the US market ) because I'm going give you a 101 on this amazing method. Threading is taking a thread made specifically for threading and applying the age old technique to remove not just brow hairs but other unwanted hairs on the face and neck. Its cleaner and more precise than any other method and less irritating to the skin than waxing. It takes the hair from the root, and if you get threaded regularly eventually the hair will get the message its not wanted there and stop growing there ( old school electrolosis, those Egyptians are smart... ). Since the hair is being taken from the root you definitely will feel it, but its manageable and quick. Sometimes it will make the eyes involuntary water and when you see your brows and skin afterwards hopefully you will have tears... of joy ! It can take anywhere from 5-20 minutes to do brows depending on what your brow needs are. When I first meet a new client at Alluring Face Pdx I like to have a brief brow consultation and a chance to answer any questions or concerns to make sure you will love your brows more then when you walked in .
Brow and or lash tinting are great ways to enhance your features. The most common tint job is to make light colored (blonde, auburn, brown, dark brown and everything in-between) hair darker but it is also possible to make darker hair lighter. Tinting makes the hair look fuller, bolder and thicker. Even though there is no FDA approved tint at AFP (Alluring Face Pdx) I have been using the same, safe and effective professional brand for almost 10 years without a issue. The whole tinting process, on average, takes no more then 20 minutes and last until the hair starts to grow out, the average touch up is at about every 4-5 weeks. There are a variety of natural colors to choose from even a few unnatural colors-that can be fun for a special occasion or adding a little flair to your life. If you fill you brows in before you start your day this a time saving must! Usually any excess dye is removed from the skin and just left on the hair but some people (especially those with darker hair) like to have a little of the tint purposely left on the skin under the brow hairs for a little extra enhancement (this can last a few day to a few weeks). Most shops, AFP included, brow tinting is $20 and lash tinting $25.
Save yourself time and book your appointment ASAP at Alluring Face Pdx if your in Portland Oregon or a shop near you if not.
Give your skin a break from COVID preventing masks at home with a plant based skincare mask. Whether you are dealing with what is now lovingly referred to as maskne (pimples and other irritations on the skin where the mask(s) is worn) or other skin issues - all over acne, age related issues, dryness, oiliness or something else, there is likely a mask for you. I am going to give you a basic list of my favorites from Angelina Organic Skincare aka AOS and how anyone can benefit from them.
1. Clear Skin Alage Balancing Mask: For acne, redness, aging, hydration it will help normalize oil production, calm irritation and redness, remineralizes skin ( helping if heal from break outs ), increases circulation, optimize healing benefits.
2. Honey Avocado Rescue Mask: hydrates and softens dull dry, flaky skin, soothes irritation and heals environmental damage, increases elasticity, smooths and plumps. (FYI main ingredients are raw Oregon honey, avocado oil and turmeric -yum ! I mean interesting... )
3. Cooling Rescue Mask: helps with irritated skin (acne or from too much sun and wind to too much extractions and waxing. This mask stimulates cellular healing ( wow, thanks to the Yerba mate and and its compounds and antixoidants in it ! ), calms redness and soothes irritation, deeply hydrates without clogging pores.
4. Coconut Lactic Peel: OMG ! IT SHRINKS PORES ! It also exfoliates, brightens and softens fine lines in less the 10 minutes !
These masks are perfect for anyone with skin!
AOS and Alluring Face Pdx, where these fine products can be purchased online or in store, are: non-go, all natural, plant based, not tested on animals, recyclable, wheat free , USA Oregon ! Ahhh ! What are you waiting for !
(Photo of AOS skincare by Liz Crary)
I used to never think about using natural products on my skin before becoming a esthetician at 31. I'd get whatever was on a sale that would fit my basic needs, my skin wasn't bad but it wasn't great. Early on in my esthetician training and at my first two jobs in the field I learned that natural ingredients not only were just as effective as products with chemicals but more effective-I saw the difference on myself and many others right away after switching. Plus they are gentler on us and the environment (which will help keep us and the planet prettier and healthier), less likely to get a bad skin reaction and when stored properly it will last longer (with higher quality products like these you don't need as much per serving, which saves money long term ). IF you choose the brand AOS (my fav.) or a similar minded company they are often made with all or mostly local and fairly sourced ingredients, not tested on animals, use glass containers (and as little plastic as possible) and when you buy from Alluring Face Pdx you are supporting 3 small businesss in 1 purchase ( esthetician, manufacturer, and farmer) all while giving you your best possible skin!
INVEST IN YOUR SKIN, COMMUNITY AND PLANET TODAY PLEASE!!!
Shop small businesses and you are supporting a community and if you live in that area you are keeping your money local - you are investing in your neighbors and friends. A purchase at a small business may be the difference between life and death of that business now more than ever. Don't let big corperations get all the power and take over more of the country than they already have.
Sometimes you may even have a chance to support 2 businesses for the price of even, ( If a small business is selling goods from another small business. ) or in my case 3 for the price of 1 ! When you buy AOS organic skin care from my shop, Alluring Face Pdx, not only are you supporting me and AOS organic skin care you are supporting local farmers ( most the ingredients are locally source and all are Fair Trade ).
Come into Alluring Face Pdx for a treatment or check aosskincare.com and find a skin care product, hand wash, salve etc. for you or friend and then contact Alluring Face Pdx to place order- and help save 3 small businesses for the price of 1 !
Waxing and threading, no, I'm not talking about life in the 1800's with candle and clothes making, I'm talking about the two most popular ways to remove hair in 2020 (which were invented around 1150 BC).
Waxing: A process of removing unwanted hair from part of the body by applying wax and peeling off the wax and hairs together.
Threading: A method of hair removal in which unwanted hairs are plucked out by using a specific type of twisted cotton thread.
Waxing is good for removing the body hair. The skin on the body is thicker then that of the face. The epidermis ( the outer most layer of skin ) is composed of up to 7 layers and every time you wax, if done right, only a few of those layers are pulled off along with most of the hairs. ( If done wrong too many layers of skin are pulled off causing scarring. )
Threading is good for removing the face hair. The face, especially the eye area, is the most delicate skin with a thinner layer of fat under the skin and therefor more prone to scarring. Threading does not remove any skin and gets all those little hairs ( that waxing can't always get ) from the root without risk of scarring.
Get those pesky face hairs safely threaded away today @ alluringfacepdx.com
I see people around me getting COVID fatigue and then cases COVID go up. But that is not me. I am doing everything I can to keep myself and those around me safe at home, at work and everywhere in between. Here is my work checklist:
1. Wearing 2 masks at all times.
2. Wearing a face shield over masks when working on clients.
3. Sanitizing work space after every client with cleanser that kills 99.9% of all germs.
4. Running a fan for air circulation.
5. Taking everyone's temperature before they come in the shop.
6. Having one way walkways.
7. Limiting the number of clients in shop.
8. Lots of hand washing.
9. A new pair of disposable gloves with each client.
10. Making sure everyone who comes in has not traveled recently, not been around anyone with COVID, and has been wearing a mask when around others.
Its a little bit more work but totally worth it to be able to safely provide people with their self care through the services-threading, tinting, lash extensions, facials and microdermabrasion at my shop Alluring Face Pdx.
2020 has been ugly but your brows don't have to be. Get your best brows with threading. Do you like the results of getting threading on your brow and or your face or want to try threading out for the first time but worry about getting and spreading COVID ? I do and as a small business owner I also worry about spreading it to my clients. That is why I switched to a method of threading that does not include holding the thread in my mouth but instead is looped into the shape of the number eight ( it kind of looks like I'm playing that old school game crazy eights on the face). Doing this method allows me to keep my nose and mouth double masked while also wearing a shield to protect us both. This style of threading is just as effective and efficient as the method of holding the thread in the mouth or around the neck.
In addition to a different method of threading I also sanitize my shop after every client, run a fan at all times, take clients temperatures and as some safety questions before they enter shop and just like before COVID lots of hand washing and sanitizer.
With the wearing of masks the brows and eyes are more attention then ever so book a appointment with alluringfacepdx.com and get your brows on point.
PS - threading is also a great way to take a break from politics and other stressors !
1. Don’t visit a steam room.
2. Don’t wash your face.
3. Try not to touch face, especially no picking ( always good not just after facials ).
4. Avoid the sun as much as possible and wear sunscreen ( again, always a good idea not just after facials).
5. No other procedures at home or spa for 72 hours ( don’t want to sensitize the skin ).
6. No make-up.
This treatment, when received on a regular basis, can:
prevent stubborn acne
shrink enlarged pores
reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
decongest puffy eyes
fade dark eye circles
rejuvenate the condition of the scalp and nourish hair follicles for healthier hair growth.
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