Smashbox Mascara Review


Product Review:

Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara:

Love it. If you’re looking for a mascara that goes on quickly with no messy clumps, this is the one for you. I first recieved this product as a sample from Sephora. I have been using it daily and love it. Because of the shape of the brush, it lifts and separates each lash making it easy to use at home or on the go. As an Esthetician and Make-up Artist, I value this product’s ability to stay on long into night. It is easily removed with makeup remover and will even come off with just face wash.

Keep on Brazilian Waxing During Pregnancy

PregWax2 While I can not comment on what your OBGYN is thinking at the moment you deliver your newborn, I can definitely tell you what you do not want to be thinking about- grooming. I hear this topic come up quite frequently. In ten years of practice as an esthetician specializing in Brazilian Bikini Waxing, I have heard alot of clients opinions and thoughts on this topic. Many of these women waxed monthly during pregnancy. More often than not, my pregnant clients are ones that have been getting regular waxes and see no reason to stop while pregnant. There is absolutely no harm to the baby. I have waxed clients the day before they gave birth. That said, make sure to have an experienced esthetician do this waxing. Over the years, I have also met clients that waited until the end of their pregnancy to get a Brazilian Wax done. They always regret waiting. Hair is generally much thicker and this makes the service more difficult to do. This due largely to hormones as well as taking pre-natal vitamins. It is time to book that Brazilian Bikini Wax that you are putting off. Monthly waxing appointments make the process more painless. The longer a hair grows, the more mature the root gets. Shaving does not remove the root. The best reason to wax during pregnancy, however is for AFTER the birth. I am sure that your OBGYN is more concerned about the delivery and health of your baby. A lot of women come in right before the baby comes… but not nearly as many come in the week, month, 3 months AFTER the baby. They simply have no time. Not only have I heard women tell me that they were glad to be groomed for the delivery, but also how nice it was not to think about it afterwards. This is especially true for women that have a C-Section. Shaved hair is awfuly itchy and uncomfortable around the scar. Waxing removes the root, and the skin is able to heal better. That, my friends, is why you should time your waxing appointments throughout your pregnancy.

Healthy lifestyle = Beautiful skin

Healthy lifestyle = Beautiful skin

I love what celebrity skincare expert, Sonya Dakar, said about the importance of working with your esthetician on creating a skincare routine that truly works for you.

“We call it bootcamp- it’s a fitness. I compare it to the gym. If you work on it, you sweat, you have a great body. If you work on your skin, you achieve beautiful, healthy skin.”

This idea of looking at your behavior in order to get to the root of your skin’s needs, gets results that last. If you want brighter and more glowing skin, it is crucial that you have a diet filled with the proper nutrients that your body needs to function. Similarly, if you want to build muscle, you would eat certain foods. Many of us lead a busy life, but it is still important to detoxify your body often and maintain your level of stress. When the body becomes acidic, due to stress or poor diet, you feel tired, bloated, and anxious. This often shows up on the skin as breakouts, dry patches, and sensitivity.

Getting your body moving, eating well, and regular beauty routines will make you look and feel better. Yoga, pilates, cardio, and strength training are great ways to build a strong core. These activities will improve the elasticity of the skin all over your entire body. Foods rich in antioxidants and Vitamin C also improve the look and elasticity of your skin. Some foods to incorporate into your diet are dark leafy greens, broccoli, bell peppers, berries, and lemons.

Your skin is your largest organ and it can absorb nutrients topically. The Berry Mask from Soyna Dakar is one of my favorite anti-aging facial products. It not only smells good but delivers antioxidants directly to your skin. It meets eco-friendly principles and is free of parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals, artificial fragrances and dyes. It is important to choose beauty products wisely- the ingredients in a product matter.

This is why I believe that a healthy lifestyle equals beautiful skin. At Balans, we can help you achieve this balance. We take the guess work out by offering services that address every every aspect of designing a healthy and workable lifestyle.