Category: Star Massage


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I started my dream business, Star Brows, in Arroyo Grande California four years ago, specializing in a unique “brow graphing” technique, which I developed at my Minnesota spa. Due to the success and popularity of that technique, I needed to expand, and now have a new home! Everything you know and love about Star Brows will stay the same, but better – I hope you’ll agree!

On April 15th I moved my eyebrow couture, skincare, massage, and body waxing spa to 1065 West Grand Avenue to Grover Beach (Shangri-La!) and have created a luxurious spa setting that I know you will love.

Originally, I really wanted to stay in AG, but then I found this amazing space with great exposure and plenty of room to grow. It’s across from Miners in Grover Beach. This location really fits my “brand.” You will truly feel like the star you are when you’re there. I wanted to create a more spa-like atmosphere so you could enjoy the full array of Star Brows services.

I’ve added two private treatment rooms with sound-proof walls and solid core doors :), a casual and open feeling makeup and waxing lounge, and an serene waiting area – and we’re closer to the beach! Who could ask for more? I’ll be posting pictures soon.

But, like any dream, there have been (and are) hurdles to overcome. In the end, though, it’s all worth it. I hope this encourages you to follow your dreams too. Turning dreams into reality takes guts, a lot of hard work, optimism, help from those who support you (thank you all!), and a generous pinch of the miraculous!

Next Sunday is Mother’s Day, and I am poised to help you celebrate. Hmmm, what would you really like? I come from a background of providing fabulous spa experiences, and now that I have the space and the environment for it, I’d like treat you.

Here is a sneak peek of a spa experience created to celebrate mom’s day, or “just because” – at the new location – offered for a limited time:

Spa Facial and Massage Treatment

Arrive a couple of minutes early so you can get settled and relax for a few minutes in the quiet environment of the new spa, and plan on staying for about an hour and a half.

When you enter the treatment room you will feel the warm air provided by state-of-the-art radiant heat. You’ll smell calming essential oils and be enveloped by the soft candlelight.

As you climb under crisp, clean, warmed sheets your body’s curves will be cradled by special contoured cushions.

Detoxifying and de-stressing drops of essential oils will be applied along your spine (Raindrop Therapy), to coax your body into a state of bliss and calm, followed by a back massage given at just the right pressure for you. When the knots are eased, you turn over and the Star Massage begins with Tu’el’s Cleansing Oils and Herbalizers chosen for your skin type. Puffiness, sinus pressure, jaw tension and all signs of stress dissipate from your face, neck and should – mmm, who knew it could feel this good?

Now the facial begins with warmed towels, gentle steam, and special masks and scrubs designed to alleviate your skin’s concerns.

And don’t forget those hard working hands and feet. They will be meticulously worked out, every finger and every toe rubbed until they are eased. Your feet will be wrapped in warm towel-like booties and a little Craniosacral work will be done to balance your body’s rhythms.

Later, plan on relaxing and drinking plenty of water with slices of organic lemons to complete a perfect experience.

Who knew Star Brows was about more than eyebrow couture? Now’s your chance to see! Limited spaces are available for this special offer, so call now – 805-722-8222  – and mention the Mother’s Day Spa Special. It’s not on the menu and is specially priced at $99. It expires on May 12th, but you can get a Gift Certificate for the service and use it anytime!

See you at the new spa!

I am so excited to bring you this month’s special Product Feature. (It’s a 2-fer!)  Tu’el’s Cleansing Oils and Herbalizers and the new Travel Pack, which includes the Tu’el cleansing system for A.M. and P.M.,  Hy-Drate,  (both in 1 oz. bottles), a sample of Peeling Cream and a sample of the appropriate evening moisturizer for your skin-type.

These products are a delight to use  because they bring “spa” home to you. I don’t choose to carry products at Star Brows on performance alone. I want to use skincare that inspires me, works, is as close to “natural” as possible, is a good value and is enjoyable to use.

Taking care of your skin is sometimes perceived as drudgery, but personal care can be renewing. It’s simply a matter of perspective. If you are in the former camp, are you open to thinking about skincare in a new way?

Last month we launched Star Brow’s Rewards and I couldn’t keep September’s feature, Youngblood’s Pressed Mineral Compacts, on the shelves! I ended up happily doing  rain checks!

I’m so glad you’re all enjoying the new Rewards perks.  I appreciate all of you!

The beautiful model in this picture is a friend and client,  Amanda De Bello. She brings the customer testimonial for this month’s feature:

“Linda was kind enough to answer many of my questions by simply “trying out” Tu’el products on my face, which ended in a purchase I do not regret.  The Cleansing Oil is such a relief to my skin (it even gently removes makeup!) & I can feel my face literally getting softer each day I use it.  The Herbalizer is like nothing I’ve ever tried before; my skin seems to “drink it up” and the herbs smell so good! I have been known to spend money on high quality, big name products, and honestly just wasn’t getting the results I was happy with. What I realized is that previously I was willing to spend whatever it took to “fix” what damage was done to my skin–and now I am on a preventive path to consistent care and nurturing my skin daily with the entire Tu’el cleansing system. Thank you Star Brows!”

The Product Feature(s) of the month give you Double Rewards. The Cleansing Oil and Herbalizer are each in 4 oz sizes and are $50 for the set. The Travel Pack (seen right)  is $48. That’s $5 in Star Brows Rewards regularly, but ($10 this month).  And who doesn’t love FREE spa services?

And as dear old dad says, “I didn’t just save $10, I MADE $10!”

As many of you know, I won an award for a new treatment called Star Massage which utilizes the Tu’el Hydrophilic Cleansing Oil System.  This link will take you to the YouTube I produced–as well as to Tu’el’s founder Lori Nestori’s YouTube–on the Oil and Herbalizer cleansing system.

See you at the spa!

I’m excited to announce a new perk for being a loyal Star Brows customer. You, after all, are the Star at Star Brows!

Starting September 1, 2010, you can earn FREE spa services when you buy any skincare or cosmetic product at the spa.

It’s called Star Brows Rewards, and your part is as simple as 1-2-3.

Here’s how it works:

1.  Go to Star Brows Facebook and become a fan. There you’ll find special offers and other surprises. 😉

2.  Subscribe to my Star Brows Blog, where I give you beauty secrets, share health and wellness tips, and keep you up to date on everything that’s happening at Star Brows!

3.  Make a purchase of  skincare products or cosmetics at the spa.

Now it’s my turn!

  • I’ll give you a Star Brows Rewards punch card.
  • For every $10 you spend you get 1 punch, which is worth $1. Spend $100 and you get $10 in Rewards!
  • I’ll redeem your Rewards for a spa service Enhancement when you come in for a regular service. Service Enhancements are listed below. They  are also in my brochure and on the Star Brows website.

Update: It gets even better: I’ve added a Monthly Product Feature which offers double Rewards! That’s 20% in Rewards.

    Here are the Spa Service Enhancements you can receive by redeeming your Rewards:

    Waxing Enhancements – Eyebrow or Eyelash Tint, Star Massage, Face Part Wax (chin, lip, cheeks, nostrils, etc.).

    Facial Enhancements – Power Pumpkin, Salicylic Acid, or Primary Alpha Peptide Resurfacer.

    Massage Enhancements – Raindrop Therapy, Deep Muscle-work, Aroma Therapy/Hot Towels.

    Q:  What if I don’t do Facebook?

    A:  If you give me your email address, or send Star Brows an email,  you’ll get periodic updates to the Star Brows Blog and other special offers.

    Q:  Can I redeem my Rewards for regular services?

    A:  Rewards can be redeemed for Enhancements only, when receiving a regular Spa Service.

    Q:  What if I only have $2 in Rewards?

    A:  Redeem as many (or as few) as you’d like — anytime!

    Q:  Can I get a Massage Enhancement when I get an Eyebrow Design?

    A:  Yes. Although some of the Enhancements are easy to do in conjunction with any service, some aren’t. Chemical Peels, for example, need to be done with a Facial; Raindrop Therapy with a Massage; and Lash Tint with a Facial Waxing service.

    Q:  How much do Enhancements cost?

    A:  $10 to $30

    Q:  Will my Star Brows Rewards expire?

    A:  No. Your Rewards will remain valid until used.

    At Body Rhythms Spa and Salon in MN, I used this program very successfully. Customers were able to enjoy more great spa services while using the products they loved! I’m pleased to offer it again at Star Brows.

    See you at the spa!



    Cleansing the skin correctly is so important!

    I have gone back to a cleansing system from Tu’el I had at my spa in MN 15 years ago.

    It is the foundation of the launch of a new service called Star Massage utilizing the Tu’el Cleansing Oil System:

    The service when combined with an eyebrow design is the Ultimate Brow Experience! It is a 20 minute face, neck and scalp treatment using aesthetic and massage techniques. The treatment clears sinuses, reduces puffiness and brightens skin-tone. It is customised to each individual skin-type and also releives swelling, waste in the tissues and holding patterns that create tension and lines in the face.

    Let me introduce you to hydrophilic cleansing oils which are water loving and water soluble.  I know – it seems counter intuitive (especially if you have oily or acne prone skin). You may be imagining a pore clogging, grease slick, that you are smearing on your face – am I right?

    So, trust me, would I lead you astray? Instead I’d like you to imagine a Zen-like spa experience at home. Think fresh smelling mandarin oil, calming chamomile extract, healing extracts of arnica and purifying grapefruit extract. Imagine sitting in a comfortable, cozy spot and giving yourself a soothing facial massage.

    Nothing cleans the skin like a hydrophilic oil. Why? Let Lori Nestore, Eva’s CEO and founder of Tu’el tell you!

    As skin cells die, they lose moisture, flatten and migrate to the skin’s surface. The face excretes a very sticky substance known as sebum that bonds to dead skin cells. In order for these cells to be released, this oily sebum must be dissolved.

    When the hydrophilic Cleansing  Oil is massaged into the skin, it bonds with the sebum and releases the dead cells. This release of the dead layer of skin achieves exceptional pore cleansing, decongestion and a more refined skin appearance.

    Adding the correct Herbalizer, a sugar -based extract with essential oils, creates a custom cleansing system. This unique method balances the skin and eliminates the need for astringents or toners.

    Let’s talk about the do’s & dont’s of good basic facial cleansing:

    Don’t

    • Use soap. Why? It strips the skin’s PH balance and leaves a film. Note: Suds = stripping.
    • Over exfoliate. Why? The facial tissue is delicate and easily inflamed.
    • Skip morning cleanse. Why? The skin has been repairing and working all night – debris needs to be washed away.
    • Skip nighttime cleanse. Why? Uck! The skin should be sent to bed in a clean relaxed state  in order to optimize the healing that it does while you rest.

    Do

    • Use cleansing oils for your skin type. Why? Oil dissolves oil.
    • Spend time massaging the skin 2-3 times per week. Why? To exfoiliate, relieve swelling and waste in the tissues, and relax holding patterns that create tension and lines on the face
    • Have a gel based or treatment strength alternative cleanser available. Why? The skin sometimes needs an AHA for aging or an acne treatment cleanse. I always have 2 or 3 cleansers available for myself at home.
    • Always follow with moisturizer, & sunscreen for day use. Why? Cleansing is only the first part of the all important two-part system for great skin, “cleanse and protect”.

    There are 4 different Oils and 5 Herbalizers, each for differant skin types:

    1. The Vitamin Family hydrates the skin, stimulates sebaceous oil production and seals in moisture. This skin type is primarily characterized by small pores, is not product sensitive, lacks the ability to produce sebaceous oil and easily becomes dehydrated. It may have underlying congestion and may also be flaky.
    2. The Azulene Family balances sebaceous oil production, hydrates and calms. This skin type shows two different textures covering 1/3 to 1/2 of the face, and appears to have medium to large pores. It may be congested and dehydrated due to improper home care. It needs balancing of oil production without dehydration.
    3. The Purifying Family acts as a germicide to target impurities while keeping skin feeling and looking great. Impure skin can be dry, combination or oily, and any age with visible and constant breakouts.
    4. The Chamomile Line calms while gently improving, maintaining and enhancing the skin. This skin has some of the same properties as dry skin – small pores, possibly congested, easily dehydrated and irritated – and also reacts to products.
    5. The Regenerative Line stimulates cell production, hydrates, nourishes and firms. Mature skin is dry, combination, oily or dry-reactive that has aged. Tanned skin at any age is considered mature.

    What’s in them?

    VITAMIN CLEANSING OIL
    Sunflower Seed Oil, Mandarin Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate(Vitamin C), Chamomile Extract, Polysorbate 20, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid. 4oz $27

    VITAMIN HERBALIZER
    Purified Water, Glycerin, Carrageenan, Extracts of Arnica, Cucumber, Elder Tree, Mallow, Ivy, Pellitory, Dandelion, Bladderwrack, Hops and Soapwort, Polysorbate 20, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium
    Sorbate, Fragrance, Caramel. 4oz $23
    REGENERATIVE HERBALIZER
    Purified Water, Glycerin, Carrageenan, Extracts of Lemon, Hops, Pine Tree, Horsetail, Rosemary, Coneflower and Hydrocotyl, Polysorbate 20, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Fragrance,
    Caramel. 4oz $23

    AZULENE CLEANSING OIL

    Sunflower Seed Oil, Grapefruit Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (Vitamin C), Grapefruit Extract, Polysorbate 20, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid. 4oz $27

    AZULENE HERBALIZER

    Purified Water, Glycerin, Carrageenan, Extracts of: Burdock, Ivy, Lemon, Sage, Soapwort, Watercress, Comfrey, Parsley and Agrimony, Polysorbate 20, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Fragrance, Caramel. 4oz $23

    PURIFYING CLEANSING OIL

    Sunflower Seed Oil, Eucalyptus Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (Vitamin C), Chamomile Extract, Polysorbate 20, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid. 4oz $27

    PURIFYING HERBALIZER

    Purified Water, Glycerin, Carrageenan, Extracts of Horsechestnut, Arnica, Ivy, Red Vine, St. John’s Wort, Witch Hazel, Mistletoe, Urtica, Garlic and Goldenrod, Polysorbate 20, Phenoxyethanol,

    Potassium Sorbate, Fragrance, Caramel. 4oz $23

    CHAMOMILE CLEANSING OIL

    Sunflower Seed Oil, Chamomile Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Chamomile Extract, Polysorbate 20, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid. 4oz $27

    CHAMOMILE HERBALIZER

    Purified Water, Glycerin, Carrageenan, Extracts of Chamomile, Cornflower, Lime, Marigold, St. John’s Wort, Coltsfoot, Fenugreek, Basil, Green Tea and Thyme, Polysorbate 20, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Fragrance, Caramel. 4oz $23

    See you at the spa!

    What is the face for? In addition to being a place for makeup, the face is a communication and sense reception center…just to name a few of it’s many diverse functions.

    Your face  is the front of the cranium. It protects the brain, drains the head, receives nerve impulses and much, much more – it  is amazingly complex!

    I usually talk about the skin itself, and in the end the skin quality is of utmost importance in my profession as a skincare professional. But I am also a massage therapist who deals with muscles and soft tissue tone as well. My practice is holistic in nature, so I am always addressing the “whole” when considering “the part”.

    I want to announce a new service I’ve developed, that is unique and highly effective: It’s called Star Massage!

    Star Massage is a 20 minute facial treatment that can be added to any facial or eyebrow service. Using aesthetic and massage techniques, it is customized to each individual skin type to relieve swelling, waste in the tissues and holding patterns that create tension and lines on the face. First time brow clients should try the Ultimate Brow Experience Star Brows plus Star Massage. The service isn’t officially on my menu or website yet,  so I’m particularly excited to be introducing it to you first!

    Star Massage is great if you suffer from:

    • Puffy eyes
    • Dark circles
    • Swelling
    • Allergies
    • Sinus Congestion
    • Ear Aches
    • Teeth grinding or tight jaw
    • Headaches
    • Sluggish skin-tone
    • Aging skin
    • Congested skin (bumps and whiteheads)

    The techniques used for the Star Massage come from my training in aesthetics as well as massage and bodywork. My studies of the bodywork modalities, Lymphatic Drainage, Myofascial Release, Craniosacral Therapy and Zen Shiatsu contribute to this new approach to facial massage.

    The results you can expect are:

    • Improved circulation
    • Release of toxins trapped in the tissues
    • Enhanced lymph flow affecting the immune system
    • Smoother skin
    • Relaxed facial nerves, resulting in a softer looking face
    • Tissue oxygenation
    • Physiological and psychological benefits
    • Aids in extractions (removal of blackheads etc.)

    I also use special products during the Star Massage that are amazingly soothing!

    Call or email me to set up an appointment for a Star Massage–or any other type of treatment.

    See you at the spa!


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