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Manicure Mentions for Mom

April 19th, 2014 • Posted by ATHENA JEAN • Permalink

She's used those hands to soothe her fussy baby, address a letter to friend, and to brush a stray lock of hair away from your face. Your mother's hands help her express her emotions and show affection. Hands may seem utilitarian, but they're capable of magic. Remember that back rub when you weren't feeling well, or the way she handed you the spoon after mixing the cake batter? Your mother's hands deserve to be acknowledged and pampered. Can you think of a better time than Mother's Day to pamper the hands that pampered you?

A manicure will leave Mom with more than a pretty pair of hands. She'll have them soaked and massaged until relaxation spreads from her fingertips to her toes. Before she knows it, your dear mother is likely to forget all about the tiny concerns that have filled the corners of her mind.

A manicure comes with a built-in advantage. As long as her hands are being worked on by someone else, Mom can't busy herself working on something else. It's a chance for her to sit back and soak up the moment without the guilt of "everything she ought to be doing."

Think of how much fun you'll have presenting the gift. Give her a packet of gift certificates for a monthly manicure. Offer her a "girl's day out" by inviting two of her closest friends for an indulgent afternoon. Make it a family experience by enjoying lunch and a manicure with your daughter or niece, and your mom.

We have a little trick just in case your mother loves doing things for others, but is embarrassed when they want to do for her. Simply tell her that she's contributing to history. That's right. Mom will become part of a long, illustrious line of humans who have found satisfaction in a manicure.

Archeology indicates that manicures have been part of real life for at least 5,000 years. Women in ancient India stained their nails with henna, while Babylonian women used solid gold tools to shape their nails. The Chinese Ming Dynasty used manicures as status symbols by introducing specific colors - generally red or black - to represent social rank. And while Mom might believe that well-groomed red nails became popular in the 50s and 60s, rumor has it that both Cleopatra and Queen Nefertiti enjoyed the dramatic shade on their own powerful fingertips.

Life for "everyday" women through the ages has been more focused on making sure their large broods were fed and chasing rats from their cottages than on having their nails manicured. Still, mom would be doing womankind a favor by showing how far we have come while celebrating the age-old tradition. If that isn't enough to convince her that she really should be pampered, nothing will.


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The 3 Hair Accessories to Help You Spring Forward into the Season

April 2nd, 2014 • Posted by ATHENA JEAN • Permalink

It's time to think spring. Ditch the winter coats, put the wool sweaters away and break out some brightly colored spring clothes. To top off your spring wardrobe this season, think about adding a hair accessory. On your next outing to the mall, you can grab a few trendy pieces that won't break the bank. Check out the top three must-have hair accessories this season.

Headbands

It's official -- headbands are back. That doesn't mean you can break out the big padded headband you rocked in the 90s, this season's headbands are smaller and usually have an embellishment. A thin headband with a cloth flower attached is popular. Elastic headbands are hot too. A lot of the elastic headbands have a jeweled embellishment, like a diamond-covered bow.

Scarfs

Wrap a scarf around your updo to add a little panache to your look. A scarf sits in the same place as a headband, on top of the head and just behind the ears. With scarfs, bright colors are the way to go. You can wear a simple black dress or a solid colored suit and the pop of color from the scarf will kick your look up a notch.

Combs

Twist your hair back into a messy bun and slide a pearled comb on top to turn your look from gym-ready to job-ready. Combs with gems, rhinestones and pearls are trendy right now. Typically, just one comb is enough to transform your look. You don't want three or four jeweled combs holding up your hair. While they can keep hair away from your face, combs should be used for decoration. For $20 or less you can grab a few of these accessories to put some sparkle into your spring.

Keep your look in check during this transition and book your next appointment with us today. Call to schedule your appointment.


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All That Glitters is Bold in Spring Makeup

March 18th, 2014 • Posted by ATHENA JEAN • Permalink

St. Patrick's Day is on the way. But that's not the only reason you'll be seeing green this spring. According to Pantone, the world-renowned color experts, emerald green is the 2013 Color of the Year.

As daring as last year's Color of the Year, tangerine tango, emerald green is bright and bold. And just as makeup artists found a way last year to incorporate that tangy orange color on lips, you can expect to see emerald green everywhere this spring.

It starts with the eyes. From Miami to Milan women will be rocking emerald green eye shadows and liners. You can wear it matte at work or blinged out with bedazzled lashes at night. No matter what your style or skin color, emerald green seems to wear well.

Although emerald is the spring show stopper Pantone forecasts that Poppy Red, Nectarine, African Violet, Lemon Zest, Dusk Blue, Grayed Jade, Tender Shoots and Linen will also be hot colors in fashion and makeup this spring.

Of course makeup manufacturers will find fun fancy names for these colors. What you want to look for are the shades and the trend. The trend appears to be balancing bold with bland, as in loud colors with soft pastels.

Expect to find Poppy Red on lips. A muted, almost faded red, poppy gives lips a youthful more natural look than more dramatic reds, like fire engine. Considered romantic, poppy also works as a blush.

An alternative to emerald eyes is to go with Monaco Blue, a rich cobalt color. Whether matte or with a hint of shimmer, this blue dazzles as an eye shadow for the evening. Finish the look with a sapphire blue liner and extra long lashes for added drama.

Purples have been popular for the past ten years. But this year, instead of the deep plums and eggplant shades, go for softer lilac-like purples such as African Violet. Sweet and feminine, this soft purple can unleash your inner girlie girl as an eye color, lip gloss or even a cheek color. It's like pink with a little more personality.

Speaking of pink, screaming pinks such as fuchsia have faded to make way for colors like Dusk Blue, a soft baby blue that compliments Monaco and Cobalt. Not as harsh as the 1970s sky blue that resurfaced a few years ago, this new baby blue has a washed out feel and can transition from spring and summer to fall.

That's the best thing about the new springs colors; they are transitional and versatile. With floral prints continuing to trend in spring dresses and accessories, you can experiment with many of these colors.

The key is to have fun. Don't be afraid to layer. Sprinkle a bit of glitz over any of these colors for instant glam.

This spring is about combine and contrast. Soft meets bold, bright balances dark and matte makes as a canvas for glitter. Yes glitter, shimmer and shine. If it sparkles, you can find it in makeup this spring.

As sequined and embellished fashion remains trendy it seems only natural that gems would wind up on our faces. Emerald anyone?


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