Ok…maybe not quite.  But we’re about as close as we’re going to get for now!

The wonderful ladies of Vanity will be offering some of their services to you, our Revive clients!  They are located in Anchorage, but will be joining us one day a month at our location in Palmer to make your lives easier!  No need to travel to Anchorage, you can come see their beautiful faces here 🙂

Due to equipment needs/space restrictions, Vanity will not be able to offer every single one of their services out here, but feast your eyes on this awesome list of what they will be able to do! (and you can always pay them a visit at their main office for anything they aren’t able to offer at Revive!)

Botox: an injectable product that temporarily paralyzes muscles to prevent and treat fine lines and wrinkles

Juvederm: a dermal filler that plumps and fills deep lines, wrinkles, and lips

Kybella: a product that melts chin fat to get rid of a “double chin”

Volbella: dermal filler used for extra fine lines

Vollure: dermal filler for lips, lines, and deeper wrinkles – dependent on consultation

Voluma:  dermal filler, usually for cheeks

Microneedling: a Cosmopen’s 12 tiny needles break up the skin to regenerate tissue.  Perfect for scars, acne, and sun damaged skin.  May be covered by insurance

Your first appointment with Vanity will include a complete consultation to create a plan for treatment.  Everything will be discussed and explained before they bust out the needles! And don’t be nervous! These ladies do such a great job of making their patients feel included, informed, and comfortable – you don’t have anything to worry about.  You’re in excellent hands and I am speaking from personal experience.

We are so excited to have a means to offer these services to you!  We’re always working behind the scenes to come up with ideas to better serve you <3

More information about the Vanity team and the services they offer can be found at www.VanityAlaska.com

Because of their limited availability out here, these days are going to fill up quickly!  We’re currently scheduling for July 17th and August 14th.

Give us a call at 745-7546 to schedule your appointment!

xo

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So maybe body waxing isn’t exactly on the same comfort level as cuddling with a pile of puppies…but it really doesn’t have to be miserable! There are a few things that can make your experience more bearable – and these things can work for men and women!

Don’t be shy!

Really, truly, honestly, you do not need to feel shy or self-conscious when getting waxed.  Alexis, our Waxing Specialist Extraordinaire, is so funny and sweet, she will do everything in her power to put you at ease.  Male or female – if it’s a body part, she’s waxed it.  She is a complete professional and you’ll be so comfortable it’ll be over before you know it!

Bring on the OTC pain relievers!

Taking a dose of ibuprofen, Advil, Aleve (not aspirin) etc. 30 minutes prior to your appointment can minimize the discomfort you may feel.  It also helps to avoid alcohol, caffeine, and exercise the day of because these things all increase circulation which may contribute to the ouch factor.  I know I said all these tips apply to men and women, so guys, earmuffs.  Ladies it is a wise plan to avoid waxing 2-3 days before and after your period.  Very wise.

Alright, earmuffs off, moving on!

The advantage of youth…

You can get waxed at any age! Go for it! If you’re closer to high school graduation than retirement on the timeline of life however, you are at a bit of an advantage if you begin now.  With continued waxing, over time your hair will grow back finer and more sparsely.  Fewer, thinner hairs = faster, less painful waxes.

Bust out your loofah (guys, I know you have one, and you love it)

Exfoliating prior to your appointment will ensure that your skin and hair is prepped by getting rid of dead skin cells surrounding your hair follicles and ensuring all the hairs are exposed.  If your hairs aren’t in hiding, they can be pulled from the root on the first try – a definite plus.

Bonus points for exfoliating 48+ hours after your wax.  Doing this 2-3 times a week will keep that dead skin from building up which is huge in the prevention of ingrown hairs.  Ingrown hairs are not your friend.

We also offer PFB Vanish Post Waxing Serum – it’s a moisturizing roll-on that will calm irritations and soothe skin.  It can be used on any part of the body.

No! Not the sun!!

Let’s be real – you’ve put whatever area of your body you just had waxed through a little bit of trauma.  You’re going to need to be sensitive to its feelings for a little while.  The 24 hours after your appointment are not the time for relaxing at a nude beach. Sensitive skin is not a big fan of UV rays.  Or acids.  Avoid using skincare products that contain acids unless you wanna feel the burn, as well as products containing alcohol which can dry out that sensitive skin more than it normally would.

Put down the razor

Don’t shave in between your wax appointments you Silly Sally!  Hair grows in cycles, so it will take a few waxes to get all your hairs on the same page.  Resist the urge to shave any strays! Shaving gives hair a blunt end, which is the cause of that stubbly, poky feeling.  Think of the hairs on your arms – the ends of them are soft and smooth, which is what you’ll achieve if you stick with waxing – the hair will be able to grow out in it’s original, natural form instead of resembling a cactus.  When your hair is about the length of a grain of rice, you’re ready to wax again! Wax cycles will vary person to person, but plan on every 4-6 weeks.

Now come get rid of some hair!

xo

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We’ll be picking a product from time to time to highlight here on the blog. We have so many wonderful options from PCA and Le Mieux and we want to make sure you can be informed about them.

First up, we’re featuring a couple of SPF options from PCA.

People! You live in a place where currently the sun is shining its beautiful, harmful UV rays down on you almost 20 hours a day!  SPF is crucial.  You should really be wearing it year round, because UV rays don’t discriminate based on season, but if nothing else, use it all summer.

Our PCA SPF products are recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation.  On top of the UV absorption and filtration ingredients, the products contain powerful antioxidants.

We carry the following choices and would happy to assist you if there is a different PCA option you are looking for.

Active Broad Spectrum SPF 45 – the perfect choice for those with an active lifestyle.  Water resistant for 80 minutes.

Sheer Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 45 – also water resistant for 80 minutes plus the added benefit of a tint that will blend with most skin tones

Weightless Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 45 – the best option for people with break-out prone/oily skin, or those with an aversion to the typical feel of SPF products

There is an option for everyone so no excuses! Protect your skin 🙂

xo

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*As I’m wandering around the shop trying to find the ideal place to take pictures…

Kelsie:  “Are you taking selfies?!”

Erin: “Uhh..yes.  But they’re work related I swear!”

Please enjoy these fabulous photos I took of myself 😛

Alright, it doesn’t have to be a pen, any stick-like object will do! For those of you new to contouring or shaping your eyebrows, check out these super easy strategies to make sure you don’t end up looking like this:

Contouring

How to contour can/should be an entire post by itself, but here is one super helpful pointer to start out with.

Using your stick, find the angle of your cheekbone.  You want your tool to be pressed up right under the bottom of the bone; you’ll be able to feel where there is a dip.  Mine happens to line up with the corner of my mouth, but this is not true for everyone!  That line/angle is where you want to apply your contour shade.

Eyebrows

Our Amazing Alexis would be happy to shape your eyebrows into perfection and then you can use these tips to keep them in line or as a guide when filling them in.

The inside edge of your brow should line up with the side of your nose.  Too far in, you’ll be approaching unibrow territory.  Too far apart you’ll just be looking wonky.

The arch.  Ahhh the arch. Once upon a time, it was super cool to tweeze your brows within an inch (or a millimeter) of their lives, or to shape them to resemble tadpoles.  Please no.  As a society, surely we’ve evolved to better appreciate the gloriousness of a great set of eyebrows.  Even women who are rocking beautifully thick brows aren’t letting them sit on their foreheads like caterpillars!

To find your perfect arch placement, you want to line your pen up with the bottom edge of your nose and the bottom/outside of your iris.  With regular wax maintenance, your arch should never be hidden from you again, but if you’re a die hard DIYer, this tip should help.

Last but not least, keeping it pressed to the edge of your nose, shift your pen slightly to the bottom/outside corner of your eye itself and you’ll find the ideal spot your brows should end. Your brows should start to taper from the arch down.

Voila! If this sounds like a daunting task, don’t you worry your pretty little head.  We have people for that 😉

Call to book an appointment or use our handy online scheduler.

xo

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It’s true! It’s absolutely a possibility to add certain foods to your diet that are proven to assist with falling asleep and having better quality sleep.  I know I’m not the only person who looks at the clock when it’s broad daylight out and is shocked when I see it’s 11:30pm!  That feeling of shock is quickly followed by “But I’m not tired yet!!!” Perhaps if you and I start incorporating these foods into our lifestyle we can get our lives together.

Tart Cherries:

Cherries, particularly the tart variety, naturally provide the hormone melatonin.  So many people purchase melatonin supplements to help them fall asleep and stay asleep – just eat some cherries instead!

Kale:

I know, not the MOST delicious thing on the planet, but it has some great benefits!  Studies show that being calcium deficient can manifest itself in a difficulty falling asleep.  Kale is packed with calcium! Calcium, fun fact, is an important little helper to tryptophan, also important for sleep!

My favorite way to eat kale is by making kale chips.  SO easy! Toss your kale leaves in a little olive oil, throw in some sea salt, flop the leaves onto a baking sheet and stick those bad boys in the oven!  Use 350 degree heat for 10-15 minutes.  You can flip them over 1/2 way through (not gonna lie, I don’t always commit to that step) Keep an eye on them after 10 minutes though, you want them to be crispy, but not burnt!

Yogurt:

Remember our friend tryptophan? Yogurt’s got it! Not all yogurts are created equal though, so choose wisely.  Flavored yogurts can contain a lot of sugar, which may affect your blood sugar and have the opposite desired effect.  On the other end of the spectrum, yogurts high in protein, such as plain Greek yogurt, can stimulate your body, which is also opposite of what we’re shooting for.  Stick to 1 recommended serving.  The benefits of tryptophan can be expedited if you pair your protein with a complex carbohydrate such as granola, flax seed, or a piece of whole wheat toast.

Bonus benefit to yogurt, which helps at all times, not just when you’re trying to fall asleep, is the prevalence of probiotics.  Super helpful to the health of your digestive system and could maybe prevent you from waking in the middle of the night due to gastrointestinal distress!

Bananas! B-A-N-A-N-A-S!

Surely I’m not the only person who sings that absolute hit song in my head every time I have to spell bananas… Moving on.  Bananas, on top of being another great source of tryptophan, are packed with magnesium and potassium.  These magical components help your muscles to relaaaaxx.  Do you ever get that restless feeling like no matter how you lay or what you do, you just feel like you absolutely have to move?  Every time that happens to me, I automatically think I need to go eat a banana. Now if only I could remember to buy bananas more often so I have them at all times…

Walnuts & Almonds:

Tryptophan – check!

Melatonin – check!

You know the drill by now.  Awesome components to promote awesome sleep!

Now get to the grocery store and then go to bed!

Happy sleeping!

xo

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