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What the Heck Is the Brow Lamination Trend That’s All Over Social Media? An Expert Explains

December 14, 2020

If beauty trends pop up your Instagram Discover page or TikTok FYP, there’s no doubt you’ve stumbled upon videos or images of shiny, slicked-up brows. As the result of a process known as brow lamination, these otherwise unruly brows stay in place, thanks to a noninvasive microblading alternative.

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Brow lamination first drew mainstream attention in 2019, but it wasn’t until the pandemic that it really took off. With consumers on their phones nonstop and more open to going about things the DIY way, more innovative trends are popping up everywhere. Even so, all the visuals in the world still had me confused.

Prior to becoming informed, the only thing I associated with lamination was grade school. Here to teach me a thing or two was Kenna Murray, National Lash Stylist Trainer at Amazing Lash Studio. The company initially known for lash extensions—with L.A. locations in Sherman Oaks and Marina del Rey—recently launched its own line of brow products and services known as Raise Some Brows. Brow lamination services are part of their new launch.

Keep reading for Kenna’s explanation of everything you need to know about brow lamination.

skyelyfe: What is brow lamination, and how does it work?

Kenna Murray: Brow lamination straightens and smoothes fine or thinning brows, giving you a thicker and texturized look you’ll love. The Amazing Lash Studio brow lamination service is a three-step process, starting with a lifting cream that moves the brow hairs into a desired position. Next, we apply a neutralizing cream to hold the brows in their shape. And finally, the last step is applying a keratin hydration to combat any potential dryness.

The overall service normally takes 45 minutes. At the end of the service, licensed stylists provide guests with a brow trim for perfectly shaped brows that can last up to six weeks. Pricing varies.

SL: Is it for everyone? What brow type will see the most success from this service?

KM: Unlike other brow services, lamination is truly for everyone. It’s a versatile service, so you can customize how you’d like your brows to look. Some like the glam of a full-brow-brushed-upwards look, while some opt for the tail of their brows to flow with their natural hair growth.

SL: Once you get your brows laminated, what’s the best way to care for them until your next service?

KM: Typically, brow lamination will last about six weeks. Our brow hair sheds like all other hair; therefore, it depends on how quickly or slowly your brow hair goes through its shedding cycle. In order to get six weeks of beautiful brows, we recommend not getting your brows wet for at least 24 hours after your lamination and avoid applying makeup to the brows or the area around the brows. We also recommend not working out for 24 – 48 hours to avoid sweat coming into contact with your brows. Also, it’s best to avoid products that include retinols or acids for about 72 hours after lamination. After that time period, you can go back to treating them as normal.

In addition to the new brow lamination, waxing and tinting services, Amazing Lash Studio just launched its new Raise Some Brows retail products, which are available at participating locations. After a brow lamination, I recommend using the brand’s Precise Brow Pencil. This two-sided wonder has a pencil on one end to draw in hairs, and a spoolie on the other end to blend and primp your brows. Also, to enhance your overall eye look you can use our Eyebrow Pomade for a flawless and long-lasting look. 

SL: Is this something you can do at home? And if so, is it risky in any way?

KM: Brow lamination isn’t something I recommend doing at home. Laminating your brows requires the application of different types of chemicals that if not done correctly can have a negative implication to your skin and eyebrows. At Amazing Lash Studio locations, stylists are licensed and trained to perform this service for you. Now more than ever, I think we all agree we could use more self-love and self-care.

For more on social media beauty trends, click HERE for the five best and worst affordable skincare brands, according to TikTok!

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5 Pride Makeup YouTube Tutorials Anyone Can Recreate

June 12, 2020

We’re almost halfway through June, so if you haven’t already shown your support for Pride Month, we’ve got just the thing.

Whether you’ll be celebrating at home or out in the streets, these Pride makeup tutorials on YouTube are the perfect way to let your LGBTQIA+ flag fly.

No matter your makeup skill level, you’ll find one you can recreate. Scroll below now!

1. ’70s-Inspired DIY Pride Looks

This video is perfect both for people with basic makeup skills and those who consider themselves experts. There are a few different ’70s-inspired looks you can create, so find the one that speaks to you.

2. Neon Pride Makeup Tutorial

Not for the faint of heart, this tutorial is a look. You’ll definitely need to put your skills to the ultimate test to recreate this rainbow neon fantasy. Think you have what it takes?

3. Rainbowscale Pride Makeup Tutorial

Drag queen Miss Fame created this rainbow look two years ago, but it’s still one of the best we’ve ever seen. Miss Fame makes it look so easy, but this look takes plenty of patience to recreate on your own.

4. Unzipped Rainbow Pride Makeup Tutorial

Another oldie but goodie, this unzipped zipper tutorial is easier to create than you may suspect. And, it’ll help you stand out amongst all the other rainbow-inspired looks during Pride.

5. Dramatic Rainbow Eyes Pride Makeup Tutorial

For those looking to rock their pride with a relatively simple look, this one’s for you. Almost anyone can create this look on their eyes. The best part is, it can even be worn year ’round. Who says we can only wear rainbow-inspired looks in June?

Do you love celebrating during Pride? HERE’s why LA Pride is our favorite weekend of the year!

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Valfré Just Launched a Cosmetics Line—And I Tried It First!

June 25, 2019

Valfré has been known since 2013 for its trendy, bold, affordable (nothing’s over $98) clothing and accessories designed by Mexican-born artist, Ilse Valfré.

But as of last Friday, fans of the company will get to explore the brand at a whole new capacity. Valfré just made its foray into makeup, with the launch of its very first set of eyeshadows, a 10-color collection of bold shades, called the Electric Garden Eye Palette. Consisting of mainly purples, blues and coppers, the colors reflect those of what you’d see in a bouquet of flowers.

(via Valfré)

(via Valfré)

I was lucky enough to receive an invite to the product’s launch party at a pop-up in L.A. (one day before it became available to the public), where a bunch of colorfully decorated guests danced to music from various decades, took pics in the photo booth, tried on makeup at one of the several beauty stands and sipped on Bev rosé.

In advance of the launch, I received a sample palette before it was made available to the public. I was sure to do a full face of makeup (as seen below) before my night out. I’m beyond impressed with the boldness and blendability of the shades, along with their longevity, as I made it through a full night of a fresh-faced look.

The palette of shades—each named after various flowers—is available on Valfré’s website for $38.

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No Matter the Season, Here Are 9 Makeup and Beauty Favorites I’m Wearing All Year ‘Round

March 23, 2017

Despite a week of rain (yes, I love it, but sure wasn’t expecting it!) and now even heavy wind (love it even more!), it is, in fact, no longer winter (cue the tears). It is officially springtime.

That said, with a new season comes new trends, new products, new must-haves, new everything—especially moving out of the colder months.

But winter, spring, summer, fall—there are some makeup and beauty products I feel compelled to wear all year ’round.

Regardless of the color or coverage intensity, I tend to have my regular rotation of items I consistently use, and during spring is no exception. Although winter and spring trends traditionally differ, I prefer to stick to the tried and true.

Keep scrolling for 9 items you can see sprawled out on my makeup counter at any given time of year (and find out why some of these more wintery shades can totally fold into springtime looks)!

1.  Sebamed‘s Moisturizing Face Cream for Sensitive Skin ($14.99) – Regardless of the time of year, dryness is definitely my biggest skin qualm. Even just one slight application of Sebamed’s magical product and my face stays hydrated all throughout the day. It’s rare I find a product that can maintain moisture on my skin, and this does just that! Plus, it’s super affordable, so why not?

2. Ever‘s Overnight Facial Cellular Renewal Oil ($88) – When I first read the words “overnight facial,” I was like, yeah, okay. But no joke, you apply a few droplets of this little guy before bed, and you wake up with minimized blemishes and softer, more hydrated skin.

3. TINte‘s Sun Kissed Universal Mineral Powder ($10) – This item is by far the biggest hidden gem of the bunch. I’ve been wearing this product for years, and once the highlighting trend came to the forefront, I messed around with every big-name brand I could think of, but found myself coming back to this right here. It’s so inexpensive, it comes with so much product, it’s all natural and it can be used as eyeshadow, blush, lipstick, you name it! Most importantly: It works! This provides the same highlight effect as Becca’s products, so why not save a little money and help a growing brand?

4. MACs Lavender Jade lipstick ($17) – This is by far my favorite find of 2016. I wear this shade to the grocery store, to dinner, to work, to play. You can almost always expect to find me wearing this. Not only does the color bring me endless compliments, but it seriously goes with everything, it comes off easily if need be, but stays on pretty strong otherwise. I can’t speak this product’s praises enough!

5. MAC’s Club eyeshadow ($16) – When I want to spice up a traditional brown, this is the shade I wear. For a more brown look, I wear it dry, but I go wet when I want the iridescent green to show through. I’ve been wearing this shade for more than a decade and it is a true classic. Green and brown are always in season.

6. Urban Decay‘s NAKED eyeshadow palette ($54) – I received this palette as a holiday gift from my friend Cass’ parents a few years ago, and for the longest time, I had it tucked away amid other unopened makeup items (who needs another set of browns, right?). But last year, I decided to give it a whirl after obsessing over the palette’s sister polish set. And, well, I can’t get enough! The browns are vibrant for going out and easy to tone down when making my way to the workplace—so basically a win-win all around!

7. Urban Decay’s Crash mega matte lipstick ($17) – If you know me, you know I can’t leave the house without a bold lip. Okay, maybe for yoga (I never wear makeup when I work out), but pretty much any other time, me and a vibrant lipstick go hand in hand. Although I do love a bright pink (here’s lookin’ at you, NARS Schiap) and a pastel purple (see No. 5), I get the most compliments when I wear a striking orange. I used to be obsessed with all things Kat Von D when it comes to that hue, but lately, I can’t get enough of Urban Decay’s Crash.

8. Armani Beauty‘s Emeraude eye tint ($39) – If your eyes need a pop of, well, anything, this is the hue for you! It’s a liquid-to-solid formula and can be worn lightly for some dazzling daytime color, or go on bold for nightwear. I’ve had this for a year, and I know if I want to make a statement on any given occasion, this is the magic trick!

9. Artdeco‘s Long Lasting Eye Kohl ($11.50) – When it comes to eyeliner, if I’m going to wear it at all, it needs to glide on easily and really make a statement. I typically steer clear of the product during the day, but at night, Artdeco’s Long Lasting Eye Kohl never smudges and takes two seconds to effortlessly apply.

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4 Things Every Health-Conscious Consumer Will Wish They Experienced at Do Good. Be Green’s L.A. Convention

November 15, 2016

The vegan, health-conscious and eco-friendly community was in for a recent treat at the DO GOOD. BE GREEN convention inside Downtown L.A.’s The Collection.

From morning to late-afternoon, guests were treated to pampering, snacks, libations, product-testing and motivational panel discussions.

In case you missed the event (hosted by Katie Bogue Miller and Justine Lassoff, founders of Love Goodly‘s non-toxic, vegan subscription boxes), skyelyfe is here to round up its highlights!

Photo Credit: AVM Photography /Alvin Manuel

Photo Credit: AVM Photography /Alvin Manuel

1. Vendors Galore

This convention had rooms full of makeup, beauty and wellness vendors from all over the country. I had a blast chatting with Paige Padgett, celebrity makeup artist and author of The Green Beauty RulesI also learned a lot about Zen Yoga Straps, which are three-loop straps designed to help you stretch longer and more comfortably than traditional yoga straps. The Den Meditation was also on hand to talk about healing and easing the mind. You also had Hipsters for Sisters, an environmentally conscious hands-free handbag line with the sole purpose to “liberate women from their baggage.” Lippy Girl, Blissoma and Rawxies (which allowed guests to fill plastic bags with customized heapings of their healthy snacks) were also among the lengthy list of brands to come on board for the event and share their products.

Photo Credit: AVM Photography /Alvin Manuel

Photo Credit: AVM Photography /Alvin Manuel

2. Motivational Guest Speakers

It was truly inspiring listening to the journey these exceptional women speakers have taken to start their own company and build their own products or brand. From the two hosting ladies themselves, to model-activist Angela Lindvall, to My Beauty Bunny‘s Jen Mathews and Reformation clothing’s VP of design, the day was filled with more than a dozen successful, independent female panelists.

Photo Credit: AVM Photography /Alvin Manuel

Photo Credit: AVM Photography /Alvin Manuel

3. Pampering and Wellness

Not a finger was left without a dainty touch, having nail technicians from LVX polish and L.A.’s Can Can Parleur on hand to provide manicure services. I opted for an LVX mani, with the Crimson shade as my main, with a line of Oasis down the middle of each nail. In between manis, guests had the opportunity to take in a mini-yoga session, courtesy of YAS Fitness.

Photo Credit: AVM Photography /Alvin Manuel

Photo Credit: AVM Photography /Alvin Manuel

4. Gift Bags

Now let’s get to the obvious best part of the extravaganza: the hefty reusable gift bag chock full of approximately $150-worth of beauty and wellness goodies from each of the sponsors, along with the latest edition of the Love Goodly box. Needless to say, I left with my hands full!

Photo Credit: AVM Photography /Alvin Manuel

Photo Credit: AVM Photography /Alvin Manuel

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Celebrity Makeup Artist AJ Crimson Shares Top 3 Ways to Stand Out on National Lipstick Day

July 29, 2016

AJ Crimson.imageIt’s National Lipstick Day, and unlike so many other non-holiday-holidays (no offense, Wiggle Your Toes Day), this one is major!

Today is an exciting time for me to celebrate an instant confidence booster, an easy ice breaker and all around great thing. So, cheers to you ColourPop, Kat Von D, Nars, Tarte… You have impacted my life in the simplest of ways.

While each day, we try to make our puckers proud, today is the day of all days to really go the extra mile when trying to make a statement with those lips!

That’s why I’ve enlisted the help of celebrity makeup artist AJ Crimson. The beauty wizard, who has worked with the likes of Hilary Duff, Fergie, Christina Milian, Missy Elliott and so many other big names, shares his top three tips to goin’ big or goin’ home on National Lipstick Day. Scroll below for AJ’s pointers, and get to applying!

aj-crimson-lipstick-skyelyfe1. BE BOLD! It’s a perfect excuse to try a shade of lipstick outside of your comfort zone!

2. BE FUN! Go with a shade that’s bright! Chose one of your favorite lip liners deeper than the shade of lipstick you’ve chosen to fill the lip. Also, this can help make the new bright lip not feel so overwhelming once applied on top.

3. BE MYSTERIOUS! This is perfect time to try a deep vampy color you never thought you could wear! Chose a deep berry pair with a matching or deep lip liner. Or using your index finger press the lip color into the lip for a stain of color and add a bit of lip balm on top for a subtle moist effect.

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FITfluence: A Fitness Convention Fit for Royalty!

November 18, 2014

It doesn’t matter how active you are or how up you are on your fitness knowledge – FITfluence was a major must for anyone who lives a moderately healthy lifestyle. I had so much fun. It was located at the YouTube space in the Marina del Rey area, and although it was way outside of my typical L.A. travel parameters, it was neat to check it out since I’d never been before.

I picked up all kinds of cool products (more on those in a bit), I met so many great new people, I sat in on an intimate panel with top-tier fitness bloggers and learned all these nifty strategies to building my brand and, most importantly, I ate so many delicious healthy vegan bites from Beyond Meat and Locali. I steer clear from soy, but I will admit this “chicken salad” Beyond Meat served up on mini-crackers was the closest tasting thing to actual chicken that I’d ever tried of the impostors. Locali then had four different salads just packed with avocados, quinoa and other amazingly appetizing delights. They had all these scrumptious lite dressings, too!

And then there were of course the liquids. Clover juice and KeVita sparkling probiotic drink were both on hand to provide samples of their latest creations, so when guests wanted to switch from sipping cocktails from one of the two bars at the event, they could quench their thirst with something a bit healthier.

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Now onto the goodies!

If you know me in the slightest, you know I have no luck with phones. I used to lose them, now I just break them. The employees at uBreakiFix literlly know me by name and give me $20 off because they feel so bad. So it was a lovely surprise to encounter Exofab, a stick-on case that comes in all kinds of cool colors. It’s light and non-intrusive and its material somehow can set on mirrors and refrigerators, so for selfie satisfaction, they come in handy.

On top of that fun little gadget, I scored my first pair of Teeki yoga leggings. They’re so cute and funky. I also swooped a gold, heart-covered overnight bag from LeSportsac. They had a slew of cute designs up for grabs, so I kept going back and forth with my selection choice. Then I got these neon non-lace laces, called Hickies, for my workout shoes. They’re plastic, and once they’re in your shoes, you never have to tie them again! Tarte was also on hand for makeup touchups and to hand out bronzer for guests to keep. I had been at the event from the time it started, so when I finally made it over to Tarte, it was totally time for a little polishing.

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On top of all that, we walked out of the event with a Fabletics gym bag stocked full of divine treats, ranging from Neutrogena products to Jenna Hipp‘s top and base coat nail collection.

I’m not just saying this because one of my dear friends Jamie Stone of HonestlyJamie.com happened to co-coordinate the experience, but it really was the best event I’ve been to in a long time. Well done, Stonesi!

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Here’s Why Charlotte Tilbury’s New Nordstrom Makeup Line Should Already Be on Your Holiday Wishlist!

October 16, 2014

**post co-written by Jackie Gonzalez

Last week, we had the pleasure of attending Make-Up Your Destiny, which celebrated the USA launch of world-renowned celebrity makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury’s coveted makeup line. Set up in the courtyard of The Grove in Los Angeles and co-hosted with Nordstrom, the circus-inspired beauty festival was one-of-a-kind, put together by incredibly talented set designer Michael Howells.

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The magical night included circus performances, skincare tips, tunes and makeup touchups. We sipped on champagne, noshed on pub fare, and learned a few of Charlotte’s tips & tricks.

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Sure, the extravagant affair – which was graced by everyone from Lily Allen and Cat Deeley, to Kim Kardashian and Kris Jenner – was enough to feed our curiosity, but after actually seeing and trying the line, we realized its products are a must on our holiday wish lists (and they should be on yours, too!).

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It was a luxury to try many of the products at the event, but being treated to a lavish VIP gift bag when we left was icing on the cake! We seriously can’t get enough of Charlotte’s Magic Cream, Full Fat Lashes Mascara, lip lacquer in Love Bite and Supermodel Body Slimmer Shimmer. The magic cream is indeed as miraculous as its description. A few tiny little dabs and our faces feel soft as a baby’s. Additionally, the mascara gives a whole new meaning to luscious lashes!

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To top it all off, the packaging of all of Charlotte’s products is totally chic and the colors of the line are feminine and fabulous!