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Your Best Wedding Day Makeup Ever

Photo by Ink Studios, LLC.

We’ve all read those timelines a million times, how and what to get done before our big day…But today’s list is going to be a little bit different in that we’re going to cover some ideas that you probably haven’t thought about.  These are points that I always discuss with my bride and they always seem to be in agreement.


1.) This is the most expensive day of your life and you need to look like it.

Am I recommending that you hire the most expensive vendors and max out your card buying the most expensive things you can find? No. But I am suggesting that you look like it with your hair and makeup.  For most people their wedding gown will be the most expensive garment they will ever purchase, so in that case in doesn’t make sense to apply tinted chapstick to complete the look.  Follow the advice of your hair and makeup team and decide on a look that pulls everything together.  A classic chignon or a full-volume blowout always looks like a million bucks and won’t break the bank.  And don’t be afraid to go heavier on the makeup and trust the pros when we add more than you would on a normal workday.  Pretty jewelry is always my favorite accessory on a bride too.  I wore my jewelry as soon as I could on my wedding day because I felt so amazing in it!

Photo by Jana Marie Photos

 

2.) Lip products are what make the look.

On the day of your wedding you’ll want to be sure that you have your back-up lip products near you or on you at all times.  You can buy a beautiful clutch to keep it in and hold, or you can give it to your Maid-of-Honor.  Lips are important because they always complete the look and it keeps you looking fresh in photos.  After your makeup fades towards the end of the night your lipstick/lip gloss will keep you looking polished and beautiful.  And 9 times out of 10 if people see photos of the reception of you and your lipstick on they’ll assume everything else has stayed on perfectly well.

Clutch by Clara Kasavina

 

3.) Invest in your skin, get chemical with it.

I know this sounds obvious but it is so often overlooked.  If there’s ever a time to invest in your skin it is this period of your life.  Regular facials and a chemical peel here or there will do wonders for your skin (and your self-esteem.)  Here’s the kicker – you have to start as soon as you get engaged.  Most couples are engaged for a year.  This gives plenty of time to not only establish a consistent routine but also allows time if you happen to have a bad reaction with a product or treatment.  For the record, I have yet to have a bride ever do so. Setting up a peel schedule truly gives skin amazing results and it will yield a beautiful texture on your skin like nothing else.  The smoother your skin looks the better your foundation lays and stays on!  Perfect for close-ups such as this…

Photo by Jordan Alexandra Photography

 

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HOLIDAY CHEMICAL PEEL SPECIAL

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Winter weather has hit and we need to start giving our skin the TLC it needs!

Did you know that 70% of your overall skin health is comprised of your at-home routine?  70% of what you do at home determines how healthy your face looks.  The other 30% spent in the treatment room is important for two main reasons.  One, it determines how well our skin absorbs product and two, it also allows a custom treatment best suited for our skin’s current needs.

The holiday peel special at Blush is perfect for the winter months because:

  • The fruit enzymes in the peel eat away at dry, flaky skin.
  • It’s safe for any and everyone to use, including pregnant women.
  • Great for acne.
  • It dries out oily areas where it needs to.
  • It resurfaces and smooths out your skin texture, reducing pore size and revealing a more flawless complexion with makeup on or off.
  • It brightens and it tightens.
  • It aids better absorption of at-home products, making the $ you spent on them more effective.
  • It softens, allowing the skin to feel more soothed and hydrated.

To book your appointment, call or text 785.393.9991

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Once Upon A Lip Balm…

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Every girl dreams of finding her one true love…

You all know what I’m talking about…

Not Prince Charming…

Lip Balm.

Today I want to share an amazing balm for keeping your lips soft but also recommending a DIY lip exfoliator because you can’t have one without the, oooother.  (Please tell me you get that reference.)

First, you have to exfoliate.  Everyone has their own routine but I would suggest exfoliating 2-3 times a week.  Keep it in your shower or next to your toothbrush.  It is important to remove the dry flakiness as much as possible for your lip balm to penetrate.  No need to get fancy with it, you can just use a homemade mixture of brown sugar, honey and olive oil.  Use a very minimal amount of the liquid to keep the paste more granular.  Buffing this on and around your mouth will do more for your lips than you realize.  Originally I wanted to include a link to an “all-natural” lip scrub but I couldn’t find one that was completely chemical free.  Let me be honest, you don’t want your lip scrubs to have chemicals such as glycol, alcohols, or polymers.  My eyes got as big as Lawanda’s from Problem Child 2 when I realized that polymers are a derivative of PLASTIC.  This will do nothing to help your lips, it will in fact dry them out even more.

Next comes Prince Charming…the love of my life and what keeps my lips protected from dry cold wind.  I’ve been applying it every day as much as possible (1-3x a day and at night) and noticing a real difference.  The balm is called Dr. Dan’s CortiBalm and it actually contains 1% Hydrocortisone. This is the magical ingredient that keeps your lips protected and creates a barrier between wind and extreme cold/hot air while helping heal inflammation.  Their website even contains a comparative chart against leading other brands and reveals their minimal ingredient list, a must for people who are conscious of what they put into their body!

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The lip balm was originally designed for patients suffering from extremely dry lips due to chemical peels, acne treatments like Accutane and other medications.  The hydrocortisone also helps reduce inflammation caused from cold sores – something I have yet to find for cold sore sufferers.  Prescription strength? Yes please!

Comment below and tell us your current favorite lip balm!

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Glamour Itinerary

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Today we are covering the necessities for skincare perfection, the glamour itinerary that you need to keep you looking your best year-round.

If this chart sounds a little labor heavy to you realize that most of these tips take very little time to actually do, seconds really.  You can keep alcohol wipes in your desk at work and clean your phone as soon as you sit down for the day.  If your budget doesn’t allow for a monthly facial treatment, make it quarterly.  Also, schedule your skincare checkup every year on your birthday that way you know you are continually booking that on an annual basis.

This chart can easily be adjusted to fit your individual needs, the main point is that you stay consistent with your skincare routines.  Consistency is the key to any and all success!


Click here to read up on how to properly clean your brushes and find out my favorite brush spray cleaner! 

 

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Anatomy of a Chemical Peel

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The March special is all about chemical peels and because I get so many questions on the ins and outs of peels, I thought this post would be a great way to show an peek into the “peel life.”

So I decided to document giving myself a peel and give you guys a little rundown of what to expect…

Here I am pre-peel…I had just gotten done with work and apparently I had something in my eye, hence the smudged mascara and red skin.

Now we jump into the peel – the skin has been cleansed and prep and I’ve applied the Image Signature 4 Layer Peel to my skin.  This peel has 4 layers of different products, each one designed to enhance the peel and I often massage the products in with my fingers to enhance penetration.

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#PeelLifeIsTheBestLife

There can be some misconceptions with chemical peels.  So many women think a chemical peel involves burning your face off in order to achieve glowing skin.  Sooo not the case.  This peel is a level 1 peel which means it yields very little peeling.  I added a retinol booster to mine and also added retinol creme to my finishing moisturizer.  This is great for people who really want to amp up their peel but don’t want to feel a lot of heat/intensity during the peel, and can still see great results after it.

Peel is off and finishing products are on! Don’t forget eye cream and and yummy serums to hydrate and smooth the skin!  This is pretty great for makeup free if you ask me! 😉

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On day 3 (2 days after you’ve had your peel) you can expect to start peeling…everyone “peels” differently.  Some peel early, some peel late, and some don’t even peel at all.  I took a picture to capture my peeling.  You’ll notice it’s distinctly around the nose and chin area, the place it most often peels if it does.  I didn’t have peeling any where else.

 

I completely spaced and forgot to take a picture a few days after the peeling had completely ended but, you get the picture right?  Like the after picture shown above, skin is velvety smooth and plump.  This peel has been one of the best things I’ve ever done to produce a tight, smooth surface.  And the results are immediate! HELLO!

I’ll leave you with a little screenshot from a text a client sent me earlier this month…she recently found out she was pregnant and we decided to do a peel since her skin was already turning dull and dry.

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Book your appointment now, it’s peel time friends. 785.393.9991

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March Special

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It’s a new month and I couldn’t be more excited to reveal the special for March.  This month it’s all about CHEMICAL PEELS and I am thrilled for all of my friends here on the blog to jump in and really see what they’re about!

If you’ve never had a chemical peel before you may not know how great they can actually be for your skin.  During this treatment, your skin is initially cleansed and prepped for the peel to fully penetrate.  Chemical peel solutions are a thin watery-like substance and are applied to the face for 5-10 minutes.  Depending on the strength and intensity of the peel, you can feel slight to moderate activity on the skin along with a warm flushing.  The peel is designed to exfoliate thoroughly and slough off dead skin that cannot fully shed itself. The peel is then removed and followed with a cooling mask to calm the skin.  Much like a regular facial, it ends with several nourishing and skin smoothing products to hydrate and soften the skin.

In the following days (usually at day 3) you will experience light to moderate peeling and flaking of the skin. The stronger the peel, the more you will peel.  March is perfect weather for a “peel season” because it’s not too hot and it’s not too cold outside.  Extreme weather can aggravate skin and you’re not tempted to be outside too long anyway as you would in the summer when it’s nice out.

Along with thorough exfoliation, chemical peels are also great for: reducing fine lines and scarring, minimizing dark spots/sun damage, lightening melasma, stimulating collagen and elastin (what makes your skin firm and plump), brightening and tightening the skin and allowing other products to penetrate deeper (which is great for the expensive moisturizer that sits on your bathroom shelf.)

Blush Spa is featuring two peels this month, the Image Skincare Passion Peptide Peel (just a tune-up) and it’s great for anyone and I mean ANYONE! Teens, acne, brides, pregnancy, sensitive, first-timers…you name it! Most people experience little to no peeling with this one. $50

The other peel (deep clean & squeaky clean) features the Image Skincare Signature 4-Layer Facial Peel.  This peel is a bit more intense treatment and will produce a greater amount of “flaking” with an added retinol booster.  $55

Call/text 785.393.9991 to book!

Also for the month of March, the blog and spa will be “going green” and giving insight to all things healthy and clean in the beauty world.  As always, Blush Spa loves to pamper and treat it’s clients so anyone who checks into the spa this month before their appointment and includes the hashtag #luckyatblush and why you’re feeling lucky on Instagram or Facebook will receive a FREE all-natural spearmint lip balm scrub!!

Here’s to being heathy, clean and green this month!

XOXO, Lindsey

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All-Natural Solutions for Pregnancy Acne

acneEvery woman that has ever been pregnant will probably give you a list of 3-5 things they “wish someone would’ve told them before they got pregnant.”  They might laugh and joke with you about their “list” but joking aside, some side effects of pregnancy can be agonizing.  

Like morning sickness…all day and all night

Like body exhaustion and the consideration of buying a chair for your shower because taking a shower is just “too much work”

Like shortness of breath…when you’re sitting down doing nothing…

As an esthetician I knew there was a good possibly that acne hormones could take over at any second with this pregnancy as I had major acne with my first pregnancy that resulted as a miscarriage.  To my surprise, I’ve remained acne-free on my face much to the dismay of my chest and back.  I expected acne on the face, but the chest and back??  With warmer weather on the calendar in the months ahead I’ve got to get a head start on this.

Pregnant women have “special” rules and because nearly all of the ever-so-popular acne products contain chemicals that preggies can’t use, it makes fighting acne difficult.  On top of that, the increase in pregnancy hormones can very well cause an influx of oil production that is VERY hard to combat…just know that you can only do so much while pregnant to fight it. So I’ve decided to compile a list of my top solutions for fighting acne and using natural alternatives that won’t harm Little Foot and will hopefully make you feel more confident about the skin you’re in.  Please note, this post is also great for anyone who isn’t pregnant but IS fighting acne.

1.) Get facials and pregnancy-safe chemical peels regularly.

I can’t express this point enough.  Even if you only book one facial or peel your entire pregnancy, it does so much to help deep clean the skin and slough off poorly-textured skin. Both facials and peels eliminate excess oil, eat at flaky skin and allow for further penetration of skin care products. Would you ever paint a desk without sanding it first?  No.  Your skin is the same way, the smoother and more exfoliated it is, the better your products (expensive or not) absorb into the skin.  Facials are great because the steam massage cleanse helps underlying acne rise to the surface but also revives dull skin in the process.  The Passion Peptide Peel available at Blush uses fruit enzyme acids to not only resurface the skin and produce a healthy glow, but it also helps fight and dry out acne.  You could aim for one 60-minute facial or peel a month or for one each trimester.  If you want relaxation, book a facial, if you want more results, book a peel.

*Booking a service with a professional also helps avoid unwanted scarring from picking which happens when you don’t know what you’re doing.  Pros know when it’s time to extract and when it’s not, which brings me to my next point…

2.) Use a product that contains Vitamin C. 

Vitamin C not only brightens skin (perfect when you were zapped of that pregnancy glow due to morning sickness) but it also helps fade dark spots, i.e.- acne marks!   This is a great antioxidant to include in your routine that will help treat existing marks and prevent ones later down the line.

3.) Implement a daily simple skincare regimen.

Whether you’re pregnant or not, fight the urge to overwash your skin.  So many oil-fighters try to wash and wash and scrub and scrub their way out of acne.  No, no, no.  Not only are you overstimulating the glands, you are also further inflamming existing acne.  Friends don’t let friends over-scrub.  Use a gentle cleanser in the morning and night and put MOISTURIZER on immediately.  Yes, yes, yes.  Just make sure it’s oil-free.  If you don’t moisturize your body will again over-compensate and produce MORE oil.  Also take it a step further and make sure that none of your makeup products contain oil.  Natural oils are ok for the skin, like the Tarte Maracuja treatment oil, but ones concocted in a lab from 9-5 are not the kind you want on your skin nor in your system.

4.) Keep it clean.

Clean your cell phone daily with an antibacterial wipe, switch your pillowcases regulary, don’t sleep on your hair (it traps the pores making you more prone to sweating and clogging), don’t sit on your hand on your desk at work and don’t let anyone touch your face.  That last one might seem weird but it probably happens more than you think.  The only people in the entire world that are allowed to touch my face are my delicious nephews, other than that, all bets are off.  That includes my husband.  And my hair.

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5.) Use apple cider vinegar as a toner.

I love this tip because you probably already have it in your kitchen, am I right?  Keep some in your bathroom and soak a cotton pad to roll across the skin for a refreshingly clean feel on the skin. Again, because it’s anti-bacterial and an astringent, make sure you are putting some type of moisturizer on afterwards.  You can dilute it in a bottle if it feels too strong for your skin and it’s great to throw in a spray bottle for hard to reach areas like your back.

6.) Exfoliate 1-3 times a week using an all-natural scrub.

There are thousands of recipes online for DIY acne scrubs but let’s get real, you’re far more likely to have baking soda, honey, and cinnamon in your cupboard than you are to have turmeric, tea tree oil, and fresh mint leaves to exfoliate. When you have it, you use it.  Mix the first three ingredients to a paste and use a spot treatment, or just mix baking soda and water to a paste and use as a scrub. Easy peasy. The honey and cinnamon are both antibacterial while the honey helps to hydrate.

7.) Cut out dairy.

I’m not going into major detail with this but I will tell you that the hormones our animals are pumped with are the same hormones that we as humans ingest.  On top of that, eating dairy alone causes excess mucus and oil production.  You’re welcome.  If you can’t cut it completely, switch to organic and limit cheese on foods.  Almond milk is a great alternative to cow’s milk and can be used in just about anything: smoothies, coffee, cereal, pasta, baking goods and oatmeal. Just be sure to buy a low-sugar brand.


Here are a few suggestions when buying skincare products at the store…

C L E A N S E R S

IMAGE SKINCARE ORMEDIC CLEANSER

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Uses organic green tea, chamomile and aloe vera to soothe redness and irritation.  Balances the pH of the skin and eliminates need for a toner, gently exfoliates.

Available at Blush

CETAPHIL GENTLE CLENASER

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Gentle, non-drying, fragrance-free, non-comedogenic.

Available at Target.

HONEST COMPANY SHAMPOO & BODY WASH

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I know this says shampoo and body wash but because The Honest Company is so great about using gentle and pregnancy safe chemicals, it’s great to use as a face wash as well! It gives a gentle, yet thorough cleanse.

Available at honest.com and Target

JOSIE MARAN ARGAN CLEANSING OIL

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Deeply hydrates while preventing future inflammation, hyperpigmentation,

and the excess production of sebum.

Available at Sephora

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HONEST COMPANY SOOTHING BOTTOM WASH 

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I know this sounds weird to use on your face but work with me here.  The spray contains aloe leaf which is great for soothing and witch hazel to use as an astringent.  You can dilute it with water if you feel like it’s a little strong for your face but it should work great on any other body acne.  I’ve use this a few times and it feels and smells great! Matter of fact, I need to run to Target…

Available at honest.com and Target

LAPIS FACIAL OIL ROLLER

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Contains german blue chamomile that serves as an antibacterial agent and helps to prevent future breakouts.  This is non-pore clogging and helps to balance and hydrate oily skin.  This facial oil also helps reduce redness and broken capillaries.

Available at herbivorebotanicals.com

THE BODY SHOP TEA TREE OIL

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I recommend dabbing this onto a Q-tip and applying it to only existing breakouts.  The best part is that this little gem is only $10!

Available at thebodyshop.com

M O I S T U R I Z E R S

IMAGE SKINCARE VITAL C SERUM

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This is maybe the greatest moisturizer you will ever use.  It is so lightweight on the skin but yet it quenches skin like no other.  I love putting this on before I put my makeup on.

Available at Blush

JOSIE MARAN PURE ARGAN OIL LIGHT

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Great for hydration.  Contains only pure argan oil. Again, natural oils help to balance and re-hydrate the skin much like a thermostat would.

Available at Sephora

HONEST COMPANY FACE + BODY LOTION

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I love how this is multi-purpose and if you only use it for your face, it might last your whole pregnancy!

Available at honest.com and Target

E X F O L I A T O R S 

TINA-K PERFECT-K PORE PURIFYING CLEANSER

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Clay-based cleanser that contains tiny jade rice granules to help slough off dead skin.  This cleanser also helps to regulate sebum and contains an anti-aging blend.  Use more often if you are extremely oily.

Available at tinakproducts.com

TINA-K EXFOLIANT-K JADE RICE BODY SCRUB

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“Supercharged heavy-grained clay cleanser” that works a little harder on body acne.  Use this scrub and the cleanser above as a mask to reap full benefits.  Leave on up to 30 minutes and scrub off in the shower.

Available at tinakproducts.com


Sound off below, what products do you swear by for pregnancy?