Category: Lash Extend


Unfortunately my “pre-bash massage” was just cancelled – dang 😦 – so I’m writing an NYE makeup post instead!

Happy New Year’s party preparations to all of you! I’m getting ready for The Golden Era event at my father’s winery. I want to look my best, and I want you to look your best too – even if you’re not planning to go out for NYE! Here are eight steps to a flawless look:

1. Exfoliate – Perfect makeup requires well-tended skin. A week to a couple of days before the big night start doing masks, peels, and scrubs. The Cleansing Oil is also an excellent way to polish, exfoliate, and brighten your skin: Do a 20-minute massage with it instead of the normal quick cleanse. (Did you know the Cleansing Oil takes off makeup really well? Buh-bye makeup dissolver.)

Of course, hopefully you have consulted a skincare professional about what products are best for your skin. If you trust your exfoliant not to cause a breakout or irritate your skin, using one even the night before will help your skin look radiant.

My picks: Gyco-A Gel, Crystal C Serum and Peeling Cream. Just so happens two of these are January’s Product Feature with Double Rewards!

2. Moisturize – Those of you who read my blog regularly know that when you discipline the skin, you also need to use plenty of TLC. Moisturize the entire face, neck, and décolleté, as well as the eye area. Even oily and acne-prone skin types need moisturizer. Your makeup will look so much better if your skin is well hydrated.

My picks: Hy-Drate, Vitamin Cream, Chamomile, Eye Plus Cream, Lipo-Gen.

3. Prime – Every great artist knows that preparing the canvas is key. Getting the skin ready for the application of cosmetics makes the finished product look so much better. Absorb Oil Control is perfect for oily and acne-prone skin: It is an oil controller and hydrator in one. Mineral Primer will fill in the fine lines and imperfections and make your foundation last. Use Concealer around the eye area.

4. Apply FoundationMineral Makeup is my favorite for your base. Use a small brush for extra coverage in the areas that need it. Use a darker color to contour, like the hollows of your cheeks or the sides of your nose. Contour the eyes with shades of brown, especially if you have droopy lids. (Remember: dark recedes, light brings forward.) Highlighter under the brow bone accentuates the arch. I carry BDB Duo Concealer: it’s a pencil with concealer on one end and highlighter on the other – another “twofer”!

5. Add Color – Glitter (small particles, used sparingly) is a hot look for NYE. Aging skin doesn’t do well with glitter though. I personally like the Youngblood Mineral Makeup in the color Sunglow for sparkle and pop. Blush should be applied to the apple of the cheek only if you have a very thin and long face, so you can create width. If your face is round, apply blush on the cheek starting at the edge of the iris and swooping up to the temples and into the hairline.

Shadow color can be added next. Remember: if you are playing up the eyes, go easy on the lips, and vice versa.

6. Lashes – Right now I am playing with and loving LashSense One Step by SeneGence. It is a lash growth and conditioning product and mascara. And of course I must have my beloved

Blackout Mineral Mascara by Youngblood. I always use two mascaras. I find I get the best lashes that way. Lash Primer is also excellent for extra volume and conditioning. For those of us who need to curl our lashes, I like the MAC curler best.

7. Lips Bright and bold is on trend for both NYE and spring 2011. You know I am partial to LipSense long-lasting lipcolor!  I’ll be wearing Plum as a base, then Brick, and the top coat will be Neutral. Because this lipcolor is applied in 3 coats, I played on my hand to find a color that matched my shoes. (Check them out: They are comfy with leather uppers – Ross!) You can create any color you want when you have the basic Lipsense colors.

As an alternative, I like recommending a lip pencil and plumping colored gloss – both by Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics.

8. Eyebrows – Getting the right shape requires professional help – at least to get you started, at best for maintenance. You’re not stuck with the eyebrows you have: You can create the perfect brows at home.  How? If you have thinning brows, start using Brow Boost right away. All the Billion Dollar Brows products rock! Cosmetics for creating the perfect eyebrows – like pencils, powders, and brow-setting gel – will transform blah brows to bomb brows!

See you at the spa!

My #1 Pick – Outrageous Lashes Mineral Lengthening Mascara by Youngblood

Youngblood’s volumizing formula in the color Blackout, is my absolute favorite. And of course, I carry it at Star Brows!

It combines conditioning benefits for perfectly extended, defined lashes. The exclusively designed brush allows for smooth, even application while it lifts and separates each lash from root to tip.

It keeps lashes strong and flexible with amino acids, vitamins and botanicals. It’s long-wearing, non-flaking and smudge-proof.

Here are some good ones if  your shopping in the drug or department stores.

Under $10

  • Best Tinted – Curl up and Dye Lash Curling Mascara by Hard Candy
  • Best Natural Look – Exact Eyelights Mascara by Covergirl
  • Most Volumizing (& Waterproff)  – New York Lash Stiletto by Maybelline
  • Best Lengthener – Extreme Length Mascara by Boots No.7
  • Most Like False Lashes – Extra-Volume Collagen Mascara by L’Oreal Paris

Over $10

  • Best Tinted – Bad Gal Brown by Benefit
  • Best Natural Look – Makeup Perfect Mascara by Shiseido
  • Most Volumizing – Hypnose Drama Mascara by Lancome
  • Best Lengthener – Long Lash Mascara by Laura Mercier
  • Most Like False Lashes – Extase Mascara by DiorShow

And, don’t forget LashExtend by SeneGence! It is the newest,  most affordable  and safest product on the market to grow lashes, no prescription required! You can expect to grow lashes by 25% in two weeks and there are no harmful side affects.

See you at the spa!

Hypotrichosis is the name for having inadequate or not enough lash, it also can cause brow hair to be sparse. Not caring for the lashes properly can also thin them, as can certain prescription medicines and dare I say so does the aging process! So, if you fall into one of these categories–or if you just think your brows and lashes are too thin–listen up.

LashExtend by SeneGence is the newest,  most affordable  and safest product on the market to grow lashes, no prescription required! You can expect to grow lashes by 25% in two weeks and there are no harmful side affects.

Only $45!

And since we all want long, lush lashes, here’s a few killer ways to thicken them:

  • Use a lash growth product like LashExtend from Senegence (you can use it for brows too).
  • Dye your lashes (At Star Brows, you save when you do tinting (I use a vegetable dye) of brows or lashes with a facial or brow waxing service).
  • Learn how to curl or thicken your lashes without the extra chemical agents.  (Try Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler) To curl your lashes, take your eyelash curler and place it at the root of your lashes. Hold firmly for ten seconds and release. If your lashes are stick straight, you can move up slightly away from the roots, repeating the curl.
  • Use an eyelash primer. It conditions as it thickens.
  • Get a mascara that is right for you. Decide between normal wear, water resistant, and waterproof .
  • Don’t buy more help than you need. Get the one product that specializes/addresses the main issue for your particular lash type.
  • Use a clean disposable  mascara wand to un-clump and separate as needed after the mascara application.
  • Brush the roots of your lashes back and forth a couple of times before sweeping through to the tips.
  • Want  thick, Red Carpet lashes? Quickly apply ten thin coats of mascara (yes, ten!). If you let it dry between coats, you’ll ruin the effect and have clumps. Quick strokes are the key.
  • Choose the right color. Black lengthens, brown thickens. A fun look that will both thicken and lengthen your lashes is called minking. To mink your lashes, apply a coat of brown mascara. After that layer has dried, apply black mascara just to the tips of your lashes. Your lashes will look thick at the roots and phenomenally long at the tips.
  • Use eye make-up remover. Even if your mascara is not waterproof, using soap or facial cleaners can wreak havoc on your eyelashes. The best eye make-up remover is oil-free, witch hazel is inexpensive and works well as long as you use an eye cream afterward – it’s drying. Using LashExtend will condition the lashes.
  • Toss your mascara every three months, this is the longest shelf life any tube of mascara has.

Note: You can temporarily treat hypotrichosis with Latisse, which is a drug used in the treatment of eye disorders. Their literature says that the eyelashes will go back to their former short/sparse selves within 1 month of discontinuing the product. There is also a risk of darkening around the surrounding skin which “may” go away after discontinued use, and the iris may have color changes as well, which will not reverse. Yeah, not a fan.

See you at the spa!

There’s nothing like getting glammed up for a night on the town.  Look at how stunning the gals and guys at the Golden Globes looked.  Who wouldn’t want to don a designer gown and have someone do their hair and makeup (and then have it practically ruined by the rain—or should I say, blessing) ?  But in the real world, it’s not always that easy to get ready for an evening out. The good news is, recent surveys show that guys find women who wear less makeup more attractive. In fact, the natural look has made a comeback lately (ala Jennifer, Charlize, Gwyneth & Sienna) much to the pleasure of guys everywhere.

Here are the top four makeup turn-offs, for men (courtesy of stylecaster.com) and the products that are guaranteed to turn him on:

1. Lipstick on teeth

Who hasn’t been out on a date only to step in front of a mirror and find that your teeth look every bit as ruby red as your lips?

My pick for a fail proof pucker: LipSense by Senegence. Won’t kiss off or rub off—all night long!

2. Thick foundation with a tide mark around the jaw-line

You know that girl? The one who looks like she’s wearing an orange mask on her face? Whether that girl is you, your best friend or your worst enemy, mineral makeup is a must. It’s sheer, provides great coverage and looks natural. Goodbye, Tide Line!

My pick: Youngblood Mineral Makeup

P.S. High quality pigments, (that won’t turn “orangey”) and a professional color match is all – important.

3. Clumpy mascara

Women with clumpy mascara either look like they’re wearing bad “falsies” or a spider got stuck to one or both of their eyelids. To fix this nasty problem, I recommend using a primer to separate and thicken the lashes. When you add mascara, use a very thin coat of color and lashes will look naturally fabulous.

My pick for luxurious lashes: LashSense by Senegence. This is a two-for-one product with primer on one end and mascara on the other.

And here’s a tip: You don’t need a prescription to get major eye fringe. You just need some Lash Extend by Senegence, Bonus: You can use it to thicken brows too!

4. Penciled-in eyebrows

Don’t think for a minute that those Hollywood beauties don’t work with pencils and powders to achieve great brows. The key here is to look natural, using layered color. Natural eyebrow hair is not just one color. And remember: the shape of the brow is the most important!

My brow color pick: HiBrow by Trucco.  This also doubles as a three color shadow.

So ladies, now that you know that truth about men and makeup, start catching a little extra beauty sleep, take scrupulous care of your skin, use sunscreen, and enhance your natural beauty!

See you at the Spa!

Linda Ruberto LMT,LE

www.starbrows.com

805.722.8222

“For beautiful eyebrows, skincare, waxing, and massage.”

The rain at the Golden Globes wilted everybody’s hair, clothes and makeup; but even the rain couldn’t wash away the love and warm thoughts that everyone in attendance was sending out to the people of Haiti.  In between the water, awards and words of support, I sneaked a peak at the faces of the lovely ladies and gents; and here’s my take:

Because I am a woman in her Second Adulthood (as Gail Sheehy in “The Silent Passage” puts it) – I looked at how other women my age looked. One note to the over 40 crowd: Don’t turn your face into a fake, wax mess. Cause guess what? Even if you do, you’ll still look your age!

Helen Mirren and  Meryl Streep were my most favorite ladies over forty; Sophia Loren and Glenn Close were my least.

Most of the gals had “see thru” foundations (like mineral makeup) on, and I love looking at real skin. Remember: you have the skin you were born with until you are about 30, then you have the skin you deserve.

Eyelashes were also important at the Globes, but not the “fake strip” kind. I would guess many of the stars are getting lash extensions these days. Extensions used to be part of my repertoire, but they’re expensive, time consuming and like acrylic nails, require constant professional maintenance. I recommend applying individual lashes instead– if you feel you really need more.

But I digress…back to the celebrities:

January Jones – While most of the gals at the Globes were wearing nude colored lipstick, January stood out in red lipstick–and I loved it! In fact, she was one of my favorite women of the evening. I could have tweeked her brows very slightly (but I’m a bit OCD); but all-in-all, they were nice and thick, and fairly well shaped and colored. Her lashes were lovely, and the black headband she wore was spot on. Hair accessories are like makeup – get some!

Taylor Lautner – I’ll admit, I love everything about Twilight, including the stylist’s who work on the cast. Top notch. Taylor’s brows are cool, his skin looks nice and clean.  He’s a package!

Sandra Bullock – The warm toned lip color she wore really brought out her brown eyes; but her brows were a little too thin and light. They needed to do a better job of supporting her dark eyes. Highlighter shadow made her eyes sparkle and lift. She has beautiful skin (regular facials), her bone structure is strong (genetics); and she’s got the personality to back up her beauty!

Kate Hudson – It was ALL about the eyes on her. I loved the “cat eye” liner at the tear duct. She was great in the movie “9” – her sense of style is impeccable. What more can I say?

George Clooney – So many guys were sporting facial hair (which I personally don’t love), but George’s was the biggest mess of them all – and he kept petting it!  And hey George, salt and pepper much? People.com gave him the  “Sexiest Facial Hair” award. I give him a big, fat ewww!

Halle Berry – All I will say is this: If you have jet black hair, your brows should not be grey.

Vera Farmiga – She took a chance to look different with her “smoky eye”; and I admire that. I liked the look when I watched the show, but now that I’m looking at pictures of the event, I’m not such a fan.  Maybe it’s her horrible eyebrows that are throwing me off…Here comes that OCD again!

If you’re looking for who did the “smoky eye” thing well, look no further than Diane Kruger. Flawless! But be careful with this look. Liner is big this year, but not everyone can pull off black.  Marion Cotillard channeling Audrey Hepburn is a great example of someone who can pull off “smoky eyes”–and just like Kate, I loved her in “9”.

Christina Aguilera – Clearly, she bleached her brows. A look that made her seem younger, but one that only the confidently fashion forward can play with.  However, it is important for everyone (fashion forward or not) to dye your brows if they are too light. I like the vegetable dyes that estheticians use rather than hair dye around the eye area.

Last but not least, Drew Barrymore – What a great personality – even with some facial paralysis she pulls off glam. She wore red lipstick too which was OK, but she kissed most of it off – not OK. She is growing her brows closer to the bridge of her nose (good), but they are too scanty and should have been filled in to make them look like the rest of the brow. Kate Winslet had the same problem, in case you were wondering.

If you decide to grow your brows, here’s a few things to note: The fashion trend is to grow the “head” of the brow closer to the midline of the face (I’ve been teaching it for 5 years!). Gausey is good; sparse looks unfinished. Before your brows grow in completely, use makeup to make them match. Find a pencil that matches your natural brow color perfectly, then you can fill in with little faux hairs, blur with a brush and apply some brow powder to soften.

Well, there you have it: The Star Brows Golden Globes rundown.  People I can’t talk about this year? Mariah CareyClooney’s date, Alec Baldwin, Cameron DiazFergieNicole Kidman (is she nipping out in every shot?), Ricky Gervais (but what a mischievous comedian!), and Chloe Sevigny (pose much?).

I’d be interested in knowing what you thought?

Can’t wait to hear from you or better yet, to see you at the Spa!

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Linda Ruberto, local esthetician and makeup artist, believes that for men and women alike, the eyebrows are the single most important and most interesting feature of the face. She feels that brows make an important statement and will either attract or distract, affecting the first impression you make on others.

Linda moved to the Central Coast from Minnesota two years ago, after selling a large day spa and salon in the Twin Cities area. Wanting to simplify life, she opened a private skincare, waxing, and massage practice on Grand Avenue in Arroyo Grande, where fabulous eyebrow design is the main focus. It’s called—what else?—Star Brows.

Linda recalls, “When I first arrived in the Five Cities area, I expected a much more sophisticated spa culture. But, I had to go to Beverly Hills to get my own brows done. Not that there aren’t hundreds of stylists and estheticians in the area, but after painstakingly training hundreds of employees in the art of brow design, a five-minute ‘touch-up’ wasn’t going to do it.”

About the brow-design process, Linda says:

“Getting your brows shaped by a professional brow designer and makeup artist should be relaxing, pleasant, and pain-free. When you look in the mirror after your service, your first response should be ‘WOW!’

“Everyone has seen examples of tragically misshapen, over-tweezed brows.  Brows that are too thin can add years to your appearance and often will not grow back.

“I’ve developed a special technique called Brow Art. It’s a three-step process using Graphing (looking at the facial symmetry and structure), Hair Removal (waxing, trimming, and tweezing), and Colorization (tinting, brow makeup, shadows, concealing, and contouring) to create a perfectly unique shape for each individual.

“Some brows take several appointments over a period of time to perfect. The hair may need to grow back in certain areas, and making adjustments to balance both brows is essential.”

Fabulous brow design and expert precision, with a friendly, small town feel, express the spa culture Linda loves and brings to the Central Coast!

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