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The Deal With Microblading

Beauty experts agree that your eyebrows can dramatically change the look of your face. They not only frame your features, but full, well-groomed brows can make you look younger and more vibrant. Of course, the reality is that not everyone is born with perfect eyebrows, and even if you did have them, over-waxing, age and your health can make them thinner, have bald patches or even never grow back. Filling in your eyebrows with pencils, powders or waxes can be time consuming and needs to be freshened up all day. Sometimes, it can even look unnatural and actually make you look older!  The latest eyebrow procedure that is gaining immense popularity is called microblading. Learn how this procedure, popular for many years in Europe and Asia and now growing in the U.S., can help give you the look of full, natural brows.

What is Microblading?
Microblading is a semi-permanent procedure that uses a special hand controlled tool which makes tiny cuts into the skin and infuses pigment to look like natural brow hair. The tool resembles an X-ACTO knife, but instead of one big blade, it has a series of micro blades. This tool is dipped in pigment similar to tattoo ink, which is carefully implanted onto the brow area to form the desired shape. It differs from an actual tattoo because the dye is infused on the upper layer of skin, not injected deep into the skin like a real tattoo. The technician is able to “draw” natural looking hair onto the eyebrow area and can fill-in gaps, create arches, extend the brow; anything you desire to create your perfect brow.

What to Expect
If you decide microblading is right for you, it is important to research a well-trained technician who has plenty of examples to show you. The procedure should be conducted in a clinical-grade environment, with single use blades, sterile equipment, etc. When you meet your technician, you can discuss the look you want to achieve and what parts of your eyebrows you want to focus on. The technician will draw the desired shape on your brow and should mix pigments to create the perfect shade just for you. Next, the tech will apply a numbing cream to the area and proceed to infuse the pigment. Immediately post treatment your eyebrows will look darker than expected, but will fade during the healing process, which takes about 2 weeks. The next application is 6 weeks later to touch up any areas and to confirm that the area is healing well.

Post-Microblading and Beyond
Another important aspect of microblading is your post procedure care. It is vital that you do not get the area wet for 2 weeks; do not use any skin care products on the area, sweat or even touch the area. Your technician will give you post care creams or ointments that you will apply with a cotton swab. Once the healing period is complete, you need to wear an SPF of 30 or above on the area to prevent fading. Once you are healed, the only maintenance that is needed is a touch up once a year, which is well worth it to have smudge-proof beautiful eyebrows every day!
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3 Morning Rituals for Alpha Women

Being an alpha woman -- the boss lady, if you will -- requires a lifestyle that supports full-throttle engagement with your work and world. Guess what? It starts from the moment you open your eyes. Are you a, “I’m not a morning person” person? Try our three AM rituals and we guarantee you’ll get there.
1. Get Out of Bed!
The National Sleep Foundation says we need 7 to9 hours of shut eye each night to be as healthy and productive as possible, so get to bed! But once you’re there and you’re done, c’mon… get up. Get up early, in fact. We recommend at least 30 minutes earlier than usual. That means no more snooze button. Getting up early is essential to all of the other steps that follow. It also sets the tone for your life. You’re not a hapless victim of circumstances, no ma’am; you’re in charge and ahead of the game from the very start. See how relaxing and boss-like that feels?
2. Feed Your Brain
Nope, not by reading social media posts or the news, though those aren’t bad ideas for later. First, fortify your mind and soul by meditating. It’s the secret super power of boss ladies such as Eva Mendes, Jennifer Lopez and Katy Perry. Just take 10 minutes, sit quietly, close your eyes and focus on your breath. That’s meditation. If you want to get fancier, try an app like Simply Being or Headspace. You’ll feel more focused and in control for the entire day. For extra power, take five additional minutes to journal. Either write down your goals for the day (make them realistic and achievable), or do a “Best Possible Self” exercise. Imagine if you were living the absolute ideal life right now. What would that look like? Take a couple of minutes to describe it in detail. This will give you a mood boost and focus your mind on your loftiest ambitions. 
3. Feed Your Body
Most Americans get a paltry one serving of vegetables and fruit a day, says Seattle-based nutritionist Angel Planells, MS, RDN, CD, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. For optimum mental and physical performance, you should get five. In the AM, too many women rush out the door without eating anything. So, what’s our solution? Drink something and make it plant intensive (a win-win). One of Oprah’s favorite life coaches Martha Beck recommends this vegetable-heavy smoothie in her book, Finding Your Way in a Wild New World.
Gorilla Smoothie
  • 2 cups fruit juice
  • 1 cup ice
  • handful of raw baby spinach leaves
  • 1 tangerine
  • handful of mixed field greens
  • 4 strawberries
  • handful of lettuce
  • 1/3 of a banana
  • handful of wheat grass
  • ½ cup blueberries
  • 3 baby carrots
Directions: Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Drink up!
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About Face

It seems so simple. You’re fresh out of the shower, ready to moisturize your body; why not just use your body cream on your face, right? Wrong. Believe it or not, skin care products are specifically formulated for the different parts of your body. That means that what’s good for your feet, back, legs or hands, may not necessarily be good for your face. In fact, nine times out of ten, non-facial products are actually detrimental to the skin on your face. Don’t buy it? Here’s what you can expect:

Clogged Pores
You wouldn’t use spackle to paint your bedroom walls, would you? Imagine the result (a thick, bumpy wall instead of a smooth one). Well, using body lotion on your face is basically the same thing. Body lotion is meant to be applied to the thicker, more durable skin found below your neck and décolletage where it can sink into the holes where moisture has dissipated. If you apply a moisturizer like that to your face, clogged pores are bound to happen. That can lead to breakouts, blackheads and a generally dull complexion.

Irritated Surfaces
Most body products (moisturizers, soaps, cleansers, etc.) contain fragrances, which is why we smell so great when we get out of the shower. However, these added scents aren’t usually non-comedogenic. These sweet smelling additions to the product can be irritating to your face and even cause black heads. The result is red, splotchy and itchy skin. Go for products that have a much lower level of fragrance than your body products.

Dry Patches
pH levels play a big role in your skin looking healthy, hydrated and radiant, especially the skin on your face. pH stands for "potential hydrogen". The skin's barrier, which is known as the acid mantle, is responsible for keeping in oils and moisture while blocking germs, pollution, toxins, and bacteria. Your skin’s acid mantle should be slightly acidic with a pH of about 5.5, but when it's too alkaline, skin becomes dry and sensitive. This keeps your skin from fighting off the enzymes that destroy collagen and cause wrinkles and sagging.  
Using soap on your face that is intended for your other body parts will throw that pH level off. This can make your skin dry, flaky and dull, even if it’s normally oily and acne-prone. A face wash that’s specifically formulated for your skin will keep your pH levels, and your breakouts, in check. Sure it’s an extra investment, but we shudder at the alternative.

Last, but certainly not least, if your skin is in any way sensitive, body creams and washes used on the face can actually cause infection. These usually manifest in the form of a rash. That’s because products developed for the face are designed specifically for that skin. If you use a non-hypoallergenic product on a part of your body other than where it was intended, be prepared for it to come back to bite, or blemish you.
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Vacation Essentials

Packing for a trip is never an easy undertaking; in fact, just the opposite. No doubt you’ve found yourself with a jam-packed suitcase and nothing to wear on at least one occasion. For some of us, the problem is wearing the same outfit for an entire holiday, even though you’ve packed six alternatives - happens every time we leave home.

Why is it so difficult to figure out what to bring on vacation? Packing is a bit of a science; more practical than emotional, and yet we approach it the other way around. In other words, the fear of not having that one perfect item prevents us from being practical. No longer will that be true. Here is a definitive list of summer vacation essentials:

1. Bathing Suit
This is obvious. What’s not is the fact that you don’t need two or three or four suits for a change of pace. If you intend to get sun, you’ll be happier with a single set of tan lines, after all. The only potential reason you may need a second suit? A two piece for lying out and a one piece for activities. End of story.

2. Beach/Pool/City Bag
Bigger than a purse, smaller than a suitcase; this will double as your all-day bag and likely your carry on. You can even slip your purse inside it, along with a change of clothes, a towel and sunscreen if you’re beach or pool bound, or some odds and ends you pick up whilst out being a tourist!

3. Cropped Pants
Dress ‘em up or dress ‘em down, a pair of loose, but tailored trousers cut just above the ankle are not only tres chic, but way versatile. You can pair them with a tank and button down, a t-shirt or a dressier blouse. Same goes for flats or heels.

4. V-neck or Off the Shoulder Tee
These tops go well with your cropped pants. They’re simple, but sexy. Enough said. On a similar note, a crisp blue or white button down never hurts.

5. Day to Night Dress
It’s easy to understand why you’ll want this one handy. Find a dress that works with your flats or your heels and transitions easily to dress up or dress down.

6. Kimono Style or Duster Jacket
Soft, elegant and maybe even silky, this open style jacket can go over your suit, dress or your shirt and slacks combo. Both options will give instant lift to any look and they keep you comfy if night time breezes fall on the cooler side.

7. Comfortable Shoes
The most important shoes to have on vacation? Go for a cute pair of sandals with enough support that you can walk around in them all day. Mix that in with one – yes one - pair of heels for evening time, unless this is a formal holiday, of course. You’ll be a hell of a lot happier and you’ll also see and do more because your feet won’t hate you! 
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Product Highlight: Navigo Ocean

This new masculine fragrance is perfect to take along on a summer adventure! Navigo Ocean is the latest addition to the Navigo fragrance line. It features a collection of scents that can keep up with the venturous spirit of a true risk taker. Navigo Ocean draws you in with the smell of fresh oceanic sea salt. Vibrant Hinoki Wood and Ambergris minerals ignite the need for new experiences. Together, they exude an unstoppable attraction. Chase the sun in this intoxicating fragrance and live the summer you were meant to. 
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