Face the Facts: Thermage VS Picture Perfect

anti-aging techniquesIn the beauty industry, we strive to have a youthful-looking appearance no matter what the age! There are so many revolutionary skincare and anti-aging options out there that it can be hard to figure out where exactly to begin. As we navigate our way into the spectrum of which option to pick, professional treatment or serums, we took it upon ourselves to compare two very highly-effective methods to anti-aging solutions. We have chosen to compare Lashem’s Picture Perfect Serum VS Thermage.

To start off, we’ll provide you with the facts! As a medical treatment, Thermage uses radio-frequency waves to generate heat that stimulates new collagen and tightens the skin. This method of skincare is sought to be effective in just one treatment, with little recovery time. Everything about this method seems to be great; however it can definitely break the bank depending on long term effects.

On the other hand, there are fantastic skincare serums out there that won’t be as expensive, but will still go by the most upheld rule of thumb, “you get what you pay for.” To explain a little further about the effectiveness of serums, we like to begin by enlightening you about Lashem’s Picture Perfect. This lightweight serum supplies elasticity and smoothens skin, while filling in fine lines for a more rested, youthful appearance. In addition, this serum includes many other benefits such as: diminishing dark circles, hydrating around the eyes, and most importantly, fighting the key signs of aging.

As we research into which skincare treatment is right for you, it really comes down to the facts. Medical treatments can promise a quick fix, but there is always the risk of complications and “touch-up” visits that can also be expensive. Beauty serums on the other hand, can be an on-going process, but if done correctly and continuously, the end-result will be worth your investment.

All in all, we agree that both treatments are enticing, but in the end it comes down to the question of whether you would want a quick fix or a long-term effect. Share with us some of your beauty tips on skincare by using #Lashemskincare.

Surprising Celebrity Beauty Secrets

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US Weekly magazine’s feature, “Stars – They’re Just Like Us”, show A-List celebs performing ordinary daily tasks that are the norm for us ‘regular people’. And besides the enviable connections, incredible salaries and swarms of fans constantly hounding them, we are all quite similar. We all deal with bad hair days, bouts of breakouts, stubborn cellulite and a host of other beauty mishaps; however, we could learn a lot from celebs when it comes to their methods to battling such misfortunes.

TV Host & Fashion Designer Kristin Cavallari doesn’t fret when gets a blemish, she simply soaks a cotton swab or cotton ball in Visine and applies it to the area to “get the red out”.
Sometimes you simply can’t get the recommended 8 hours of sleep necessary to make the skin appear fresh and healthy. To awaken skin from the dead when she has a 4 AM call time, actress Claire Daines opts for a five-minute facial massage to get things flowing.

Actress Blake Lively is absolutely flawless from head to toe. To maintain her gorgeous head of enviable locks, she relies on beauty tip passed down from her mother – putting mayonnaise on the bottom half of her hair before showering so that shampoo wouldn’t strip it leaving it brittle.
To maintain her clear, blemish free complexion, actress Scarlett Johansson cleanses her skin with high-potency apple cider vinegar. No wonder she’s always camera ready.

Actress Halle Berry is unarguably the most beautiful woman in Hollywood (if not the world), and at nearly 50 her body is to die for. To prevent and eliminate stubborn cellulite she adds coffee grounds to her body wash. Caffeine and exfoliation will help increase blood flow and smooth skin.

There you have it! Sometimes, the best beauty secrets are the ones on your shelves – if you keep an open mind, who knows what the results may bring!

Secret Beauty Weapon: Eye Am Beautiful Set

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Every woman loves a kit full of amazing beauty products that promises to help them appear more youthful and fabulous. The Eye Am Beautiful Set by LASHEM is a compilation of the brand’s most popular skincare and eye makeup finds.

Lash Enhancing Serum – This clinically tested serum is infused with a safe and effective peptide treatment that nourishes and conditions lashes and brows, while promoting growth. With 100% of women noticing improvement within 2 weeks of testing, this product is an eyelash must-have!

Colour Strokes Liquid Eyeliner with Lash Enhancing Serum – Designed with a precision tip brush for a flawless application, this eyeliner gets the job done right!

Double Trouble Mascara – This dual function lash enhancing serum infused formula gives you full, elongated lashes that are to die for. And with its lash defining technology that separates each lash from corner to corner, you can say au revoir to clumps forever.

Picture Perfect – Arguably the best topical anti-aging product on the market, this advanced formulated serum effectively fills in and will smooth out the appearance of wrinkles on the face. Your skin ultimately appears smoother, hydrated and youthful.

3 in 1 Eye Bright – This ultra-concentrated serum was designed to fight the signs of aging and fatigue around the delicate eye area. Hydrate, nourish, and condition skin while diminishing dark circles and fine lines and decreasing puffiness.

With this kit, you will be set! Your eyes will definitely catch everyone else’s, even at its most natural state. Show us your beautiful face, by using #LashemLooks

Trend Alert – The Color: Marsala

Woman wearing the color Marsala
Each year, the Pantone Color Institute announces their official color of the upcoming year, and this year the gorgeous “rich and full-bodied cherry-brown” Marsala was selected much to my delight. Enriched with the perfect amount of warmth, the decadent hue complements a variety of complexions, which transcends eloquently into the beauty world. Guaranteed to be the go-to shade for hair color trends, nails, and eye shadow and lip colors, Marsala will be a force to be reckoned with. In addition it being a fabulous shade for beauty products, Marsala is an ideal shade for (luxury) product packaging, in both shiny and matte finishes.

Beauty Gals alike are normally as equally into beauty products as we are into home décor, and the multi-faceted Marsala works amazingly as an accent or focal color for home décor and interiors. Organic, yet sophisticated it’s the perfect shade to bring a sense of warmth through an accent wall in an office or living room, and serves as the perfect color for decorative throw pillows and blankets to accent a sofa and/or chaise in a complementary shade.

Marsala appeals to both women and men alike, and pairs well with an array of shades. It provides the perfect amount of drama to neutrals, primarily greys and warmer taupes. Due to its luminance undertones, Marsala is extremely compatible with amber, umber and golden yellows, greens in both turquoise and teal, and vibrant blues. Now that you know, you can stay ahead of the trend.

Favorite Beauty Box Subscriptions!

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The perfect gift the beauty product obsessed girl is a beauty box subscription. With an attractive parcel of new products delivered directly to your doorstop monthly, for a year (or the duration of your choice), it truly is the gift that keeps on giving, and giving!

1. Birch Box http://www.birchbox.com
The “Premiere” in beauty boxes, Birchbox customizes a selection of beauty product samples based on your lifestyle and beauty DNA (skin type, complexion, etc.). Boxes consist of a mixture of oversized samples from “It Brands” such as NARS, Dr. Brandt, & Joie Folle de Joie. To add to its allure, the brand uses partnerships with TV shows, fashion glossies and designers to create themed boxes. And did I mention that Birchbox has subscriptions for men who take their manscaping seriously.
Cost: $10 per month (Women) & $20 per month (Men)

2. Goodebox http://www.goodebox.com
Of course there was a beauty box designed with the environmentally-conscience girl in mind. Goodebox provides expertly curated, organic beauty and personal care products such as non-toxic cosmetics, including brands such as Josie Maran and Coola, as well as an array of highly effective boutique brands such as Forager Botanicals. Be sure to adhere to the shelf lives of the products as natural and/or organic products lose efficacy sooner than non-organic counterparts.
Cost: $16 per month

3. Beauty Bar Sample Society http://www.beautybar.com
As an avid reader of Allure magazine this parcel of perfection stole my heart. Through a partnership with Allure Magazine & BeautyBar.com this monthly box features – five deluxe-sized samples of a specially curated mix of beauty products; $10 gift card to redeem on any $50 http://www.beautybar.com purchase; AND a mini-magazine packed with in-depth product reviews created by Allure Beauty Editors. Can you say OBSESSED?
Cost: $15 per month

Beauty Subscription boxes are a great way to find new products that are up and coming! LASHEM has been in a few boxes as well – and it’s a great way to try new products that you might just end up loving.

Holiday Bulges be Gone!

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Every holiday season I solemnly swear to limit my intake of irresistible, not too healthy food options, however it is absolutely impossible for me to stick to my annual promise. With all of the holiday gatherings and eating on the go due to mall hopping, I normally put on a few pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, primarily in the midsection. It makes me super self-conscious and uncomfortable in my fancy festive attire. I know you ladies feel me; I can’t be the only girl that continues on this viscous cycle! In efforts to find a fab fix, I did a little research and discovered that Measurable Difference’s dynamic duo of Ultrasonic Beauty Massager & Lipo-Lotion may be the perfect solution to help us beat the holiday bulge, year after year. The ultra-effective complex of amino acids, vitamins, natural marine extracts, and caffeine within the lotion, works wondrously with the ultrasonic technology of the beauty massager. Simply apply the Lipo-Lotion to your area of concern and gently massage that area with the massager. The intense micro-vibrations of the beauty massager cause frictional heat, thus improving the overall appearance of the skin’s tone, texture and elasticity through repeated use. Use the combination of the products in the evening before bed and discover noticeable results in as little as 2 weeks.

This is such a unique item, and I was able to incorporate it into my nightly beauty routine without much effort. It’s always worth the risk to try new beauty products!

Skin Detox Tips for Great Skin

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My skin and I definitely have a love-hate relationship. There are moments when I’m obsessed with it and confidently go sans makeup for days, and then there are other dreadful moments when I can’t stand the sight of my reflection. When I’ve just about had it with my skin, I undergo a “skin detox”. Just as many of us detox for weight loss reasons, there are measures we can take to improve our complexions.

Minimize Your Products
Being a self-proclaimed beauty product junkie, it is quite difficult for me to narrow down my daily selection of products. However, in order to allow my skin the opportunity to rebalance, I stick to the bare basics during my five day detox: Cleanser/Toner (combination), Day Lotion w/SPF & Night Cream ONLY.

Drink Tea (All Day)
Skip the sugary drinks and stick to only warm teas and warm water. Opt for tea blends that are infused with nettle, ginger, burdock root, and/or red clover – herbs and flowers with anti-inflammatory and detoxifying effects – because they help calm and improve skin conditions. Warm water helps cleanse the body of toxins while repairing skin cells to increase elasticity. Consume your delicious tea frequently throughout the day.

Get Your Yoga On
Not only is yoga an incredible physical, mental and spiritual exercise, it’s awesome for your skin. The deep breathing stimulates the lymphatic system, which helps to eliminate toxins and waste that leads to skin disruptions. Not to mention all the sweat you produce during yoga releases toxins making your skin healthier.

Masks To The Rescue
At the start of my “skin detox”, I apply a mask of Bentonite Clay & Apple Cider Vinegar and leave it for 20 minutes. This powerful combination absorbs and removes toxins, metals, impurities and chemicals from my skin. A few days later I nourish and calm my complexion by applying anti-inflammatory raw honey over my cleansed face, and cover with a warm washcloth for 10-15 minutes. Talk about an afterglow!

These are just some of my favorite ways to refresh my face. Make sure to always take care of your skin – if you do, you definitely won’t have to worry about buying a lot of products!

Perfect Fall & Winter Skincare Routine

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With the change of the seasons, there should come about a change in your skincare routine; especially in regions that experience extreme weather changes. In order to achieve fabulous fall skin, you must correct any sun damage that occurred during the summer months, and repair your skin’s texture and elasticity for the winter. With the dropping of the temperature, skin naturally becomes drier and thus loses moisture. The following Fall Skin care tips are essential to fabulous flawless fall skin:

1. Moisturize While You Cleanse.
Switch from the gel or foaming water-soluble facial cleanser you were obsessed with during the summer to a creamier, gentle, non-comodegenic formulation that will keep your skin velvety and protected.

2. Exfoliate With Care.
Sun, sand, and other external elements take a serious toll on our skin during the summer months, and leave it damaged. It is important to exfoliate with mildly acidic, natural formulations that properly prep the skin for better nutrient absorption.

3. Creams > Lotions.
Cooler, drier air calls for a fabulously emollient moisturizer (especially at night). Swap out your favorite fragrant lotions for richer skin creams. Creams provide a stronger oily barrier that keeps the skin elastic and lubricous.

4. Protect Your Pout.
Flaky, chapped lips are an issue that plagues many of us during the fall and winter seasons. Invest in a gentle lip exfoliant to remove dry dead skin. Follow up with an emollient shea butter infused lip balm for a soft and supple pout. Opt for lip balm infused lipstick formulations for a creamy finish.

With these simple changes, you will end up with the perfect skin despite the weather change. Your friends and family just might be jealous at your flawless skin! What’s your current skincare routine? Let us know by tagging us with #LashemSkinRoutine.

Beauty 101: How to Contour

Applying Contour

Let’s face it; the majority of us weren’t born with the conventionally perfect face shape or features. Quite frankly, most of the celebrities that we compare our looks to aren’t perfect either. Makeup artists use a plethora of techniques that “perfect” the face and features making them appear more symmetrical and striking. As a MAC Makeup Artist (in my previous life) I grew to love and appreciate the art of contouring. Contouring is the act of strategically applying (and blending) makeup products, of a darker shade than your skin tone, to the face to define and alter your bone structure. If done properly contouring will make your nose appear slimmer, enhance your cheekbones, make your jaw appear more angular, forehead proportioned with the rest of the face, and eyes pop. The first step is selecting the proper products.

1. The Product(s): Select a matte shading cream or powder that is one to two shades darker than your complexion. Stay away from foundations and concealers with thicker consistencies since you will (may) be applying the product over foundation and you don’t want to end up with the dreadful “cake face”.

2. The Tools: There are a few necessary tools you need in order to perfect your contouring application – Flat Foundation Brush (or Fan Brush), Concealer Brush, Blending Brush & Powder Brush.

3. The Application: Using the concealer brush, apply concealer under your eyes and on any blemishes as you normally would. Next, using the flat foundation brush, apply the (darker) foundation along your hairline, underneath your chin, and from tops of the hollows inward. To slim the nose, use the concealer brush to blend two lines of the product from the start of your brows down the side of the bridge of your nose.

4. Blending Makes Perfect: Once the color is strategically placed, it must be blended to perfection using the blending brush. Be sure to soften all lines so that the application is seamless.

5. Finish: To set the cream, gently buff a translucent setting powder over the entire application using a powder brush. This will also aid in softening all lines.

And that is it! Once you perfect contouring, it may become your secret weapon. Show us your contoured face using #LashemContour.

Tips on Getting Rid of Your Dark Circles

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Banish those annoying undereye bags for good with the following tried and true beauty fixes.

Good old-fashioned H20 is one of the best ways to diminish puffiness around and under your eyes. When your body is well hydrated, there is less chance of water retention throughout your body. Stay well hydrated by consuming at least 8 glasses of water per day. Also, try to cut back on your trips to Starbucks as caffeinated beverages can cause dehydration.

Chilled Cucumbers
The answer to de-puffing your undereye bags may be literally chilling in your vegetable bin. The enzymes found in cucumbers aid in reducing inflammation and help tighten skin. Other benefits include diminishing wrinkle and dark circles. Place chilled (thick) cucumber slices on your eyes for 10 minutes for results.

Adjust Your Sleep Position
During my pregnancy, I noticed that the size of my undereye bags decreased immensely. I learned that this could be attributed to no longer sleeping on my stomach. When sleeping on your side or stomach, gravity causes fluid to collect under your eyes, which may explain your bags. Adjust your sleeping position and see if it makes a difference. It’s worth a shot!

Accessories That Protect
The harmful effects from UV rays can cause the skin around your eyes to sag and/or wrinkle. Incorporate sunscreen into your daily skincare regimen, and never leave home without your sunnies, especially on a sunny day. Hats are also awesome at protecting for your eyes from harmful rays.

Hopefully some of these tips will help you. What’s your favorite way to combat your dark circles? Let us know by using #LashemEyes!

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