Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Back to School

August is coming to an end, I can hardly believe that some of the kids in this area are already back to school!

So what to do now...breathe,1,2,3, lol!
We all love having the extra time with our kids, but the "I'm bored, what can we do" can wear out Mom's (and Dad's) pretty quickly.
Before you know it we will be planing for the holidays, I am already seeing Halloween displays in the stores. That being said, this is a perfect time to take a few minutes for yourself! Relax, Restore, and Revive, we all only have 1 ride!

Monday, August 16, 2010

I wanna do your Make-up......

This weekend I was practicing my makeup application techniques on my little sister. As I was doing so a vision of my granny popped into my head. I smiled and shook my head. So, why does this little memory make me smile every time I think of it? Please allow me to elaborate for you.
Everyone has that one person in their family that looks them over from head to toe and critiques every (and I mean every) little thing about them. For me, it is my grandma. Now don’t get me wrong I love granny, she is loving, caring but most of all hilarious! She is turning 92 in a couple of weeks and she still is up to date on the latest “news”, at least the news that is covered by InStyle and People Magazine. Just a little note about my grandma – NEVER ask about Reese Witherspoon or J-Lo, they happen to be very touchy subjects for granny!
When I first moved to Walla Walla and took the job at LeFore’s Spa I had a few questions that grandma needed answered. First of which was, do I like it, in which I replied:
“Yes grandma, I am enjoying it very much.”
The second question, oh the second question, it will stick with me forever, only because of the statement that was made afterward:
“Do you get to do make-up there?”
“Yes, we do make-up applications and lessons.”
Her reply to what I had answered was so matter-of-fact:
“That’s nice; maybe you could learn how to do yours.”
I almost peed my pants I was laughing so hard! One thing you have to know about Granny is she lacks in the vision department! I mean REALLY lacks!! On one of my visits to see her, my father and I had the privilege of taking her out shopping for her beauty supplies. Now mind you she is downright stubborn, there is no telling her about make-up. To make a long story short, I went and celebrated that evening with my cousins, why you ask? Because I just did what everyone else had been trying to do: I steered granny away from the Black Radiance section in the make-up department!! You see, Grandma is very white with red hair to boot! I may have won a battle but I did not win the war, I was only able to talk her down to toffee colored foundation!
Makeup tips from Granny
- Always go for a foundation 4-5 shades darker than your natural skin color (it will give you the tan look you have always wanted)
- Don’t be afraid to use your eyeliner - whoever says that less is more is full of it!
- Mix it up once in a while, be spontaneous use your bright red lip liner as an eyebrow pencil (that was a day my dad will never forget – he thought she was bleeding, lol!)
- When putting on eye shadow, apply from lid all the way up to the brow, it really makes your eyes pop!
I love my grandma so much and I wouldn’t change anything about her (except the makeup!). She is such a beautiful vivacious woman. I hope that I am as up with the times as she is when I am her age!!
Now to leave you with some of my makeup tips! That is if you believe that once in a while the apple does fall far enough away from the tree!
- When trying to match a foundation to your skin tone, pick three colors that are close to your skin tone. Next test them by streaking them down the jaw-line (don’t have a heavy hand), whichever one fades in to your jaw line is your color (if none of them match, pick again adjusting either darker or lighter).
p.s. Use light touch, there is no need to push or mash the makeup in, you’ll end up getting that cakey look as well as stretching the skin (wrinkles!!).
- To get those full voluptuous lips - line the lips, using a shade darker than your lipstick and a tad bit thicker lining than normal. Next using the same lip liner shade in the center of the lower lip and bow, smudge the lips together. Apply your lipstick (use a sheer or very light color), then add your gloss and voila! Pouty, full lips!
- The key to any good makeup application lies in the contouring and highlighting of the face. A quick rule of thumb is that dark colors make areas recede and light colors highlight and bring features forward.
So where do contour and where do you highlight?
Concentrate on contouring the temples, around the hairline, tip and sides of the nose into the crease of the eye, hollows of the cheek, under the chin and down the sides of the neck.
For highlighting apply to the center of the forehead and down the bridge of the nose, the brow bone, center of the eyelid, under the eye and the cheekbone plane, to the center of the chin up under the lip and around the corners of the mouth.
Blend with your fingers and remember to keep the product in general area where you applied it! It sounds like a lot of work but believe me it will pay off!
Oh and when you are picking your colors for contouring and highlighting always go 2 shades darker and 2 shades lighter than your normal skin tone (not your foundation color).

I hope these tips help you, and if the don’t well… you can always refer to Granny’s tips ;)

Thursday, August 12, 2010

VISIA Event!

We are having a wonderful event for our clients today! When we went to the IECSC in Las Vegas, we purchased a VISIA complexion analysis machine. We have been training away and today we are launching this great new tool! So far our clients are really enjoying getting that in-depth look at what is going on with their skin. Of coarse we are trying to make it fun for everyone to, so we added discounts, refreshments, and complimentary chair massages!

If you get a chance to come to Walla Walla, stop in at LeFore's Spa and get a look at your skin. It shows everything from wrinkles, sun damage, pores, redness, texture... just about anything you would want to see!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Brazilian Keratin Straightener, Grey Hair, and AOL!!

Exciting!! LeFore's Spa quoted on aol stylelist! Great to be mentioned alonside of some very well known stylist such as: Color Director Frank Friscioni at New York's Oscar Blandi salon, We talked about the "Brazilian" straightening technique on Grey hair (Great for anyone that struggles with unruly, coarse, wavy to kinky curls!)

Monday, August 9, 2010

Accepting Insurance!

LeFore’s Spa is now welcoming clients who carry Adventist Risk Management, L & I and Auto Insurances.
We are always striving to find new ways to help the people in our community. To better serve you we have begun our credentialing process with several insurance companies! We are now able to help more people then ever before.
If you have been injured, whether it is from an automobile accident, bad fall or even an athletic injury, we are here to help.
Properly done massage can:
Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.
Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays.
Ease medication dependence.
Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.
Improve the condition of the body’s largest organ—the skin.
Increase joint flexibility.
Lessen depression and anxiety.
Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.
Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
Reduce post surgery adhesions and swelling.
Reduce spasms and cramping.
Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body’s natural painkiller.

If you didn’t see your current insurance provider listed - don’t worry! We are still in the process of credentialing with several more! If you are curious and want to know if your insurance provider is on our list, please call the spa at 509.525.3336

Friday, August 6, 2010

An Endearing, Funny, blog from our massage therapist!

A few professions in the world really lend themselves to being taken advantage of, (not necessarily in a bad way) by friends and family once they leave the work environment. Chefs are almost certainly put in charge of the summer BBQ; Accountants are undoubtedly harassed during tax season, and massage therapists’ daughters will not go to bed unless Daddy has given them a massage.

Every night there is a routine. First comes the bath, (“Keep the water IN the tub please.”). Bath time is followed by helping them brush their teeth, (“Stop eating the toothpaste!”). The Pajamas are put on and stories are lovingly read. If it is wintertime, the hair dryer is brought out to blow heat in their bed so they stay toasty and warm. To most children this would be more than enough. If your dad is a massage therapist, it is just the warm up to the main event.

Massage to my daughters is more than just a quick back rub. They have learned to request specific areas that are bothering them and are more than willing to tell me if I am not doing deep enough work. Massage commentary like, “No Daddy, I need a massage like you do at work”, and, “Daddy, You forgot my legs and arms” is not uncommon.

My oldest daughter has understood for quite some time that massage is my job. My four-year-old daughter had not quite figured this out though. Therefore, when LeFore’s Spa placed a video of me demonstrating a new service on their Facebook page, it confused her. I was at work and my wife was showing my kids the video of me giving a massage to a fellow employee.

“Is that you Mommy?” my youngest asked.


There was a pause well my daughter tried to process this information.

“Why’s Daddy helping someone else?”

To my daughter, who has grown up getting massages nightly and was my infant massage therapy model, the concept that I worked on other people was a new one. But, even through her naivety, she brings up a valid question. Why do I help someone else? Why do I do what I do?

Mostly I do what I do because I love it. I love helping people feel better and increase the quality of their life. Doing what I do, gives a grandparent the ability to get down on the floor and play with their grandchild. It gives a mother the break she needs to regain her sanity from keeping up with her kids day after day. It helps the farmer get back to work after straining his muscles from tossing hay bales for hours on end. At work, I help because people need it, more than many of them even know they do. I help others feel better so they can go home and spend quality time with their children, who sometimes ask questions that make us smile, nod, and then try our best to answer with a straight face.

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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Summer Spots?

Too much summer sun for your skin? Seeing the signs of visible damage like Brown spots, and uneven tones on the skin are just one of the hazards of sun damage. Babies aren't born with freckles, none of us are! The formation of freckles is triggered by exposure to sunlight. The exposure to UV-B radiation activates melanocytes to increase the melanin production which causes uneven tones.

So what do we recommend to combat visible sun damage? Dermalogica's Chroma White System which is developed specifically to deliver brightening skin health results, without hydroquinone which has been shown to cause sensitivity issues for many people.

Add a skin brightening facial at LeFore's Spa complimentary when you purchase the Chroma White System Kit. You also can purchase individual items to boost your home regiment.

Tri-Active Cleanse * Improves surface clarity.
Powerfoliant * Smooths and enhances skin texture and tone.
C-12 Concentrate * Minimize and prevent discoloration.
Extreme C * Accelerate skin brightening, and strengthens the skin's defenses.
Pure Light * Medium weight moisturizer that conditions and brightens.
Pure Night * Nourish and brighten! Contains peptides, minerals and botanical extracts for
optimum results.