Beauty Food for Thought: Lash Individuals versus Lash Extensions

 

Every girl out there wants her lashes to be as black as her soul9d1e1b3b8afe1da8d0fef3bb64ca6eef.jpg, and as long as the list of people she hates. Sometimes in life, there is not enough mascara in the world to meet those standards and us girls need to come up with alternative routes via fake lashes. But consider this, what has mascara ever done to hurt you? Some fake lashes can come with some rather negative side effects ladies. And it’s time that someone tells you about them.

At Arch we provide strip lashes and individuals for an altIMG_5814.jpgernative to natural lashes. Today we’re going to talk about individuals. For starters, they are little clusters of about 5 single lash hairs. They get placed on via glue (*allergy alert* the glue does contain latex) one by one across the lash line. They come in three different lengths: short, medium, and long. This way if you want the dramatic effect
of false strips, it’s totally possible. But, also you can get the look of naturally full lashes by choosing to try the shorts!

The only thing to consider while deciding to go with individuals is how long you want them on for. If you want them on for a night, these are not the way to go unless you have them professionally removed at the end of the night. These lashes will fall off naturally, if you try and pull them off, your precious natural lashes will go with them. Big no-no. Give it three to four days and they’ll be gone for good. Safe and easy with NO long-term effects.

So what aboutIMG_5822.jpg extensions? Those single lash hairs that get glued on literally one by one and stay on…theyare not as friendly to your lashes. Continuous use of lash extensions can result in long term or even permanent loss of your natural lashes. The constant weight of the extensions is too heavy for growing natural lashes. This causes the natural lash to actually break as a result.

So, your lash breaks and now you have gaps or even shorter lashes than before the extensions, what do you do?! Well, the obvious choice is to go get a lash fill so that they look luscious and full. But consider the reason for the breakage in the first place!

The experts say to not get extensions any more than four times a year, and they are experts for a reason. So, if you ladies want to have full long lashes, come let us put individuals on for the weekend! Trust me-your lashes will thank you. IMG_5807.jpg
At Arch we charge $25 for a full set and $15 for a half set. Call and book your appointment today!

Beauty Food for Thought: Favorite Beauty Foods and Supplements

This week on our Beauty Food for Thought series, we here at Arch have decided to compile a list of our favortie beauty (super)foods and supplements. Being make-up junkies, having flawless skin is something to be coveted. However, instead of piling on the foundation it is important to consider what is going on inside of your body. Ultimately, the condition of your skin on the outside is a direct reflection of what is going on on the inside.

What you use on your body, and what you put in your body will drastically transform your skin be it good or bad. Below is a list of our 3 favorite beauty foods and supplements which we research to find out exactly how they will benefit you

Favorite Beauty Foods

Hayley:

My favorite beauty food is avocado! You can use it as a moisture mask if your skin Avocado-Oatmeal-Facial-Mask.jpgis feeling dry. It’s great for a winter mask. When you eat it, it is filled with antioxidant carotenoids. These are especially helpful when living in the city because they kill free radicals in the air which are the main cause for environmental damage. Also, avocados are really rich in vitamin C which helps maintain the integrity of collagen in the skin-helpful for keeping your skin nice and firm!(http://healthiestfoods.co.uk/avocado-skin-benefits)

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Brinley:

Cauliflower is my go-to beauty food for tons of reasons. Cauliflower, like avocado is high in vitamin C and also manganese. These are great anti-agers. Eating lots of cauliflower also helps rid the body of toxins cleaning out major organs. Being a hair stylist, healthy hair is very important to me. That is another reason why I love cauliflower, instead of just helping your skin it also has nutrients that help you get healhty hair. (http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/top-10-health-benefits-of-cauliflower/#gref)

Laura:

Mushrooms!! I put mushrooms on everything, they’re so good for you. They have anti-inflammatory properties which are great for acne, rosacea, and eczema. Not only do they help prevent redness, they also are rich in selenium which helps protect the skin against wrinkles. Specifically, I really like the komucha mushroom which is found in kombucha tea. It helps even out and brighten your skin tone!(http://www.miamiherald.com/living/health-fitness/skin-deep/article1947452.html)

Favorite Supplements

Hayley:

I take Evening Primrose every night! It is amazing at balancing hormones because of its Unknown.jpegomega 6 fatty acids, which help out with hor
monal breakouts. Along with that, it helps tone down swollen areas and redness which is amazing. Not only is it great for skin, it also helps reducehair loss, totally a plus. (http://www.naturallivingideas.com/7-benefits-of-evening-primrose-oil/)

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Brinley:

Someone’s gotta say coconut oil! It’s pretty much great for everything. I use it as an eye makeup remover which for me is great because it doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin. Again, it makes an amazing hair mask, making your hair super shiny and healthy. And I also use it as a body oil, it helps keep my skin really moisturized, especially in the winter.

Laura:

I think a great supplement for everyone is a probiotic. Just like mushrooms, probiotics are great for acne and rosacea because it combats the bad bacteria inside your body and your gutimages.jpeg. It actually introduces a healthy bacteria to your body which helps with skin inflammation and strengthens the skins barrier reducing redness.

(http://www.livescience.com/46502-probiotics-hold-promise-skin-conditions.html)

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So there you have it, our all time favorite beauty foods and supplements! We’d love to hear what your favorite beauty supplements and foods are! Leave them in the comments down below!

 

Coming up next week: The safe way to get full lashes

Beauty Food For Thought: Shopping Local

 

Beauty food for thought is our way of sharing some things that we, as a small business, find important for everyone to know. Unfortunately sometimes in the beauty industryIMG_0872.JPGhealth is compromised and put on the back burner. Beauty should not ever be that way! It is important to stay healthy and safe while still enjoying your favorite products and
rocking your favorite looks (like this beautiful smokey eye on Hayley)

As online shopping becomes more and more popular, unfortunately so does the purchase of faulty products and illegal sales. You never know what product you will actually be receiving or if the integrity will be the same as shopping local.

Shopping online is essentially feeding into crimes such as illegal sales, poor product integrity, ect. Sure it is convenient and easy, but consider the risks you are taking when you do so, especially with make-up! There are some seriously scary stories out there girls! Bugs in beauty blenders, glue in foundation, the list goes on!

When you shop local you are not only supporting small business owners and the employees who work there, you are ensuring that your products are legit and safe, aka glue free.

Sometimes when a product is advertised online at a really good price it can be enticing and tempting to buy. We all know that it is near impossible to pass up a good beauty bargain-but in IMG_0977.JPGyour moment of weakness, remember that there is a reason that the product is listed at that price! More often than not, it will be old or even expired. It is frequently stuffed with fillers, containing the absolute minimum amount of the actual product you’re attempting to buy.  In the beauty industry, old expired products or products containing truly unknown ingredients are NOT something you want to be putting on your body.

When you shop online, you are also giving up the personal experience you can get at small businesses. Shopping small you are able to build relationships with the people you’re supporting. You get personalized advice and suggestions for products that are best for you and your skin type. It isn’t the same as just reading the description box on a website that can be filled with fabrications or lies. We truly want to help you feel beautiful IMG_0806.JPGand confident, not steal your money.

 

At Arch, we promise the value and integrity of our products will always be there. Our products always contain what they say they do-nothing more, nothing less. We
get our products directly from our trusted and valued brand
representatives. We care about
our customers and value your happiness and health above anything else. That is why we are here! We love what we do and we love the support our customers give us and the community when they shop local.

 

~Stay tuned for our next Beauty Food For Thought: Superfoods and Supplements~

Thank you for supporting us, we appreciate it!!

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Last Minute Gift Guide

We all know somebody who waits until Christmas Eve to do their Christmas shopping, if you’re that person don’t worry! We have compiled our top five Arch favorite Christmas gifts to help.

#1 Jenny Patinkin Lazy Perfection Petites

These petite brushes make the perfect present for just about any girl in your life. Great for travel, they’re mini brushes with full size brush heads, hard case included!

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#2 ANNE B MAKEUP BAGS 

These beautiful makeup bags are handmade in Salt Lake City Utah. They have unique colors and prints and are a guarantee for any makeup lover.

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#3  KEVYN AUCOIN LEGACY PALETTE 

This our most coveted palette and is sure to win over someone special. It contains a highlight and contour powder, and twelve different eyeshadows!

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#4 NEST HOLIDAY CANDLES 

Nest candles come in many different scents but our favorites this time of year are the Holiday, Birchwood and Hearth. These candles and reed diffusers make a wonderful hostess gift.IMG_0583.JPG

#5 TRUFITT & HILL COLOGNE

We can not forget the special men in our lives, and Truefitt and Hill colognes are the perfect stocking stuffer. Our most loved scent is Sandalwood.

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Easy Emergency Halloween!

It’s Saturday morning and you still haven’t figured out a costume for Halloween. Before you go into panic mode we have you covered. Keep reading and we will show you what you need for each look and how to achieve it. Happy Haunting!

 

MORTICIA ADDAMS

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What you need:

Foundation (preferably lighter than your skin color) 

Contour powder (or grey eyeshadow)

Black and white eyeshadow 

Black Kohl liner

Red Lipstick

To start we used Kevyn Aucoin Etherialist Foundation in Light 2 all over, followed with Kevyn Sculpting Powder in medium in the hallows of the cheekbone. If you do not have this on hand a light grey eyeshadow will do. For the eyes place the white eyeshadow all over the lid and up to the brow bone. Then take the black in the crease and smoke out the outer corner. (Tip* using a fluffy eyeshadow brush is best for blending-we like the Jenny Patinkin eye contour brush) Next, we used our favorite black eyeliner from By Terry and placed it on the lower water line and smudge it on the lower lash line. For fun we added false lashes, and finished with a red lipstick. For the lipstick we used Jouer lip creme in Cabernet. If you don’t own one of these they are must when it comes to a long wear lipstick! Find a black cape or dress, add a black wig and voila! You’re Morticia Addams!

ARCH KITTEN

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What you need:

Black Kohl Eyeliner

Rose Toned Lip Liner

Contour Powder (grey eyeshadow)

Gel Eye Liner

Pink Toned Lipstick or Stain

Duo Paris by NARS

To begin this look, we started by filling in the upper lip with a very soft, black kohl liner. We extended the lip line out just slightly  on each side of Katie’s smile. Next, we took the same kohl liner and drew in the shape of a kitten’s nose at the base of her nose. Fill that shape in with your rose toned lip pencil. After you have completed those steps, blend a black eyeshadow from the top of the kitten nose up the bridge. (*Tip: make sure your black tones are the deepest closest to the kitten nose and gradually get lighter as they move up the bridge.) Add a tiny bit of black shadow around the inside nose edges and lightly blend into the pink to give depth. Once you complete your kitten nose, take the gel liner and connect your upper lip to the nose with a small straight line. Add little freckles and whiskers with the gel liner as well. We gave Katie a simple cat eye and filled her lower lip in with Sweet Suite Lipstain by Smith&Cult to really pull the Arch Kitten look together. Top everything off with two messy buns and you’re ready to hit the town!

What halloween looks did YOU create this year?! Let us know in the comments below!

5 Must Have Skin Care Products from Natura Bissé

Recently, a few of us flew down to Dallas to attend the Natura Bissé  skincare bootcamp! If you are not familiar with Natura Bissé, we are about to fill you in on some keyproduct knowledge and why you must have these products in your arcinal of skincare.

Founded in Barcelona in 1979, Natura Bissé is based on the science of Natural Free Form Amino Acids. Breaking down the protein chains and using amino acids in their free form allows the product to penetrate deeper into the skin, offering greater results. Natura Bissé  is constantly researching and developing innovative products that use the highest concentrations of effective ingredients. Did you get all of that?! In essence these products will do what they say and offer amazing results. Now lets dive into our favorite 5 products.

 

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1.GLYCO EXTREME PEEL

An *at home* peel that contains 5 Alpha Hydroxy Acids to chemically exfoliate and remove dead skin cells and promote cellular turnover. The Glyco Peel provides instant rejuvenation while improving wrinkles, lightens dark spots and eliminates imperfections. The peel is great for all ages and skin types and doesn’t result in any downtime or irritation. Recommended use is 2x per week for 6 weeks. When we break down each application, the cost per professional treatment is only $25.00! Compared to one peel at a spa that usually runs around $75.00+. Great for EVERY client!

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2. DIAMOND EXTREME CREAM

Known as their “smart cream” the Diamond Extreme reads your skin and delivers the right amount of hydration over a 24 hour period. Oily in the T-zone, dry on the cheeks? Don’t worry, it adapts naturally to the different areas of the face based on your hydration levels. It’s great for all skin types and especially great for the blustery winter months! This cream also promotes firming action and improves elasticity. Fine lines and wrinkles are noticeably diminished, while it also provides a dual lifting effect (both internally and externally). Sweet Pea Extract and Edelweiss also protect against the deterioration of skin proteins. What more could you ask for?!

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3.DIAMOND EXTREME EYE

This eye cream does it all! It improves fine lines around the eyes and dramatically reduces the appearance of dark circles. Just like the Diamond Extreme cream, it provides a dual lifting effect and offers optimal hydration 24 hours a day. Packed full of ingredients like Artemia Salina Extract to generate the energy necessary to stimulate cellular metabolism. *Fun Fact* The Diamond Extreme Eye helps control the keratinization process….you know those little white bumps around the eyes known as milia? This amazing eye cream also contains light interfering pigments (the gold tone) that soften the skin and erase the appearance of dark circles and fine lines.

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4. THE CURE HYDRO GEL TONER

Living in a city the water usually isn’t the best can throw off your pH levels and leave impurities to develop on the skin. This toner eliminates and detoxifies those impurities that are left behind after cleansing. Unlike other toners, the Cure Hydro Gel Toner does not contain alcohol and has a gel like consistency, leaving the skin hydrated and soft. It contains green tea extract that calms, soothes, and neutralizes free radicals thereby demising skin irritation and dryness. When you think it couldn’t do more…you’re wrong. The toner also contains Essential oils native to the Mediterranean, such as Olive leaf and Mandarin, which are power packed anti-oxidants that restore the skin’s radiance within its deepest layers.

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5.C+C VITAMIN COMPLEX

Through research, Natura Bissé found that the skin can only absorb 6% of pure Vitamin C at a time, and from there packed it into a serum. If you do not know, a serum provides the highest concentration of ingredients and will deliver the most results, in comparison to a cream. This serum contains Sodium Ascorbic Phosphate, which converts into pure vitamin C when it penetrates the skin (using your skin as an active ingredient!), supplying all the beneficial properties of Vitamin C. It helps to repair skin that has been damaged by the sun, and is ideal for repairing and protecting skin before and after summer. Also containing an anti-aging and healing effect that renews skins firmness and elasticity, among lightening dark spots on the skins surface. It’s perfect for those that have dehydrated skin and also smokers. Blackheads are treated with the ascorbic acid, and the skin is left feeling firm and soft!

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Natura Bissé contains 150 products that cover all of the skin’s needs. Visit us in store to pick up and learn what products would best suit you, trust us your skin will love you for it! Comment below to let us know what products you want to try!

 

Brow To: Defining

 

After our last post you took our advice and got your brows tinted and waxed with one of our estheticians. They filled in your brows and they looked awesome…but what happens when you get home and try to recreate the look yourself? Whether you want a natural or bold look, follow these easy steps to get your perfect brow!

 

          THE NATURAL BROW 

Step 1:

Start by lightly drawing a straight line on the underside of the brow up to the arch. With a light hand use short small strokes to darken the middle of the brow, making this the darkest part.  (KATIE’S TIP: when filling in the brow always go in the direction of the hair growth.)

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Step 2:

With an even LIGHTER hand, start filling in the front of the brow. (CARA’S TIP: it’s important not to go too dark in the front or you will lose the natural look.) This should be the lightest part.

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Step 3:

Finish by filling in the tail end of the brow and brush out all hard lines using a brow shaping brush.

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THE BOLD BROW

Step 1:

When creating a bold brow use the same method as the natural brow, but with a heavier hand.

Step 2:

When drawing the straight line on the underside of the brow, it’s important to keep it as defined as possible. Using RMS concealer and a concealer brush, create clean lines along the top and bottom of your brow.  We recommend using two concealers. One a shade lighter to highlight the underside of the brow, and one that matches your skin tone.

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Step 3:

Finish with a brow gel, here we have lots to choose from but our favorite is ByTerry!

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We used the NARS Brow Perfector for the natural brow, and the Kevyn Aucoin Precision Brow Pencil for the bold brow. The concealer that we used was the RMS Un-Cover Up. Stop into Arch to pick yours up or purchase online.

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Any tips or questions? Feel free to comment below!

Link to website:

http://www.archapothecary.com/collections/all-products