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What is #TEAMFAB

At Make Me Fabulous, you’ve probably noticed a different vibe as soon as you walk in.  You’ll find us smiling and greeting all our customers. You’ll find team members helping each other in order to stay on schedule and deliver a better experience for you. In fact, it’s not uncommon for you to receive services from one, two or even three people before you leave. It’s all part of our purpose of making your day even better.  You are about to learn our secret to FABULOUS! Are you ready? Here it is: We don’t pay commission. Not on service sales and not on product sales.

We have spent more than 2 years researching and developing our system to be different and more enjoyable. How, you ask? We compensate all of our staff by salary, a very nice salary. This means no matter what’s going on, whether they are booked or not, they are getting paid. By compensating our staff on what’s known as a “Team Based” system, it allows us to function more efficiently and provide flexibility and services based on our customers’  schedules, not ours.  Can’t get into your favorite stylist at 6 pm on a Thursday after work,  try out any one of our Angela’s or one of our new and fresh “mini muffins,” Jessie or Kendra.  Go for it! We don’t mind. We actually encourage it!  Your previous formula is always on file.  Do you love Suzie’s perfect lip color combinations and Lauren’s cateye liner.  Get them both before a Friday night out!  How about finally experiencing Alayne’s perfectly shaped eyebrows while your haircolor is processing.  Just say the word! Oh and if you haven’t experienced Courtney’s eyelash extensions, now is the time!!

We are all here to ensure every guest’s day is being made, everyday, all day when YOU need us the most. This also allows us to give our staff regularly scheduled time off  and paid vacations and eliminates the “burn out,” which is so common in our industry.  One of our stylists actually cried when she heard she would be receiving  a paid vacation next year,  because she hasn’t had one in more than 3 years! Our team based system also allows our staff to get out from “behind the chair” from time to time to take additional education classes while our clients and guests are still able to receive services from team members “manning the fort.”

What about the products we recommend?  When our staff is recommending a product, it’s because they truly believe it’s the best product for you, not because they’re trying to make commission on the sale. So next time you feel like switching it up a little, just let us know.  After all, variety is the spice of life!  And, having all the talents of all our team members is always at your beckon call.  That’s FABULOUS!  That’s #TEAMFAB!

Enjoy,

Alayne

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Part 2 – Help Alayne! My Hair is Falling out.

Well here it is! Part 2 of my tips to prevent hair loss!

We had so many comments about part 1 of this series about why your hair might be falling out, and here it is, Part 2 … With the good news!  There are many options to minimize hair loss and regrow healthy hair.  So, lets get started.

Hair-loss prevention depends on the underlying cause. Of course, treatment of underlying medical conditions like thyroid disease, anemia, and hormonal imbalances may be useful in preventing continued hair loss. So talk to your doctor if think you may have a medical condition but also try these tips to minimize hair loss:

Start with good nutrition. Especially adequate levels of iron and vitamin B, not just Biotin but the full range of vitamin B. Also take  Vitamin D and Iron, (look for a chelated or non constipating one.) Find HUM vitamins at Make Me Fabulous very soon!  Which have unique blends of vitamins, minerals and organic herbs to target your specific beauty needs from the inside.  Also, eat those fruits and vegetables, which are rich in vitamin A, B, Iron and protein. Examples: carrot, spinach, lentil, milk, cheese, dark green vegetables, fortified cereals, etc.  If you have sensitivity to gluten or dairy eliminate those ingredients from your hair products as well.  The Schwarzkopf and Colorproof lines we carry are both gluten free.  Eliminate whey in any hair and skin products if you have an issue with dairy products.  Volumizing or plumping products generally contain whey.

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Ease up on the Heat. Many hair experts suggest putting away the blow dryer and air drying your hair instead. If you can’t live without your blow dryer, use it on a low-heat setting. Styling your hair while it’s wet can cause it to stretch and break. So style your hair when it’s dry or damp. Avoid teasing or back-combing your hair because they can cause damage. Ask your #teamfab stylist to show you some quick and easy non-heat styling options to do while sleeping or on the fly in the am.

Yoga for hair loss control and management. Yoga is the best therapy to combat stress, anxiety, depression and tension. These negative domains of health play important roles to suppress the body and also contribute to hair problems. Yoga such as Shirsasana (Headstand pose), Sarvangasana (Shoulder stand pose) and Viprit Karni increases blood supply to the scalp region and prevents thinning of hair. Meditation, Pranayama and relaxation yogic techniques greatly help to ease stress.ASANA_C

Scalp massage. Use simple scalp massage techniques and formulations to prevent hair loss. Massage scalp with oil such as coconut oil or vitamin E oil.  Even massaging with lemon juice has been known to be effective if you have build up on the scalp. Unfortunately, this may lighten hair or make it brassy. Do gentle massage to your scalp daily for 4 minutes as it helps to improve blood circulation and thereby hair growth. You may also consider using BC Plumping Tonic described in more detail below or Bumble and Bumble Thickening Serum. My own daughter who takes medication that thins her hair for an autoimmune condition tried this one in a manner known as “the inversion method,” where you massage your scalp daily with one of the treatment products listed above with your head upside for 4 minutes daily for 7 days in a row each month. I think her hair never looked better!

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Scalp Exfoliation. My search also brought me to the benefits of exfoliating the scalp.  A gentle exfoliator removes build-up and residue to refresh, restore and revitalize the scalp.  Tea tree oil is said to be a good oil to use for scalp exfoliation or, we found a completely natural plant based product now available at MMF.  Try Neu scalp therapy from Neuma– featuring a proprietary blend of plant extracts and essential oils.  Can be used weekly, or as needed, to help maintain and promote healthy scalp and hair. Safe for color treated hair also extends the life and vibrancy of hair color. Rinse hair. Lather with reNeu shampoo™. Apply reNeu scalp therapy™ directly to scalp and massage with fingertips. Leave on 2 minutes. Contains ZERO synthetic fragrance, sulfates, sodium chloride, parabens, 1,4-dioxane, phthalates, glutens, neurotoxins, aluminum compounds, glycols, formaldehyde donors, ureas, carcinogens, environmental pollutants – simply a genuine, sustainable brand. • Renewable, beneficial, plant-based, colour safe ingredients • Certified Organic Extracts • 90% post consumer recycled bottles • 100% certified wind power • 100% recycled fiber containers • Vegan • PETA approved • No animal testingneuma

Bumble and Bumble Full Potential is an additional exfoliating therapy and more.  A professional, hair-preserving shampoo, conditioner and spray for fuller, stronger hair. When used as a regimen, it helps reduce hair loss* by 46% in one month. Infused with Hair Preserve Blend™, this invigorating, exfoliating treatment creates an optimal scalp environment by removing sebum and product build-up. The Hair Preserve Blend™ acts like a “liquid bandage” to promote strength and elasticity for thicker-feeling hair.full potential

Use Detox Shampoo once a week: Once a week use Colorproof’s Detox Shampoo to fully clean the scalp and eliminate any clogging products or residue.  This technique is amazing and your hair becomes softer with every detox shampoo we have seen clients need to be shampooed initially anywhere from 3 to 7 times to fully breakdown buildup.

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Additional products that promote hair growth

 

Schwarzkopf Fibre Force Line.   For hair that is breaking, Fibre Force is an intensive strengthening treatment for extremely damaged hair. The secret to these products is micronized hair-identical keratin, that reduces damage and frizz by sealing the outer breaks and gaps along the hair shaft and strengthening the hair’s inner cortex. Sure, that’s a mouthful, but basically it’s repairing damage, which is a major breakthrough. Use for 6 weeks and then continue with your regular shampoo and conditioner.fibreforce

BC EXCELLIUM PLUMPING LINE WITH Q10+ COLLAGEN.  For fine & coloured mature hair. Q10+ COLLAGEN

A substance detectable in every human cell and indispensable for the energy production in the respiratory chain, powerful co-enzyme Q10+ stimulates the hair root to reactivate keratin production. Collagen is a natural protein comprised of polypeptide chains. Collagen present in the skin is responsible for elasticity, shape and strength. These formulas penetrate into the hair, refilling and strengthening the structure of every hair strand. Products include Plumping Tonic, Plumping Spray, Plumping Souffle and Plumping Shampoo, all silicone free so safe for use on the scalp and gives weightless plumping, volumizing and restores fine mature hair.

  • Bodifies, refills and strengthens limp hair
  • Helps to preserve colour
  • Helps to improve elasticity and support shape
  • Energizes the hair roots for re-plumped hair

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BC REPAIR RESCUE.  For damaged, distressed hair.  High Concentration of Proteo-Lipids. The secret of Repair Rescue lies in our highest concentration of breakthrough proteolipids, a powerful combination of a hydrolyzed keratin and a lipid component that restore the protective layer of virgin hair. While Amino Cell Rebuild, with Amino Acids and Panthenol, acts to perfect the cortex, rebuilding the architecture of the hair from the inside, restoring strength and elasticity, while adding vital moisture. Cell Perfector Technology provides additional care – repairing the hair by filling structural gaps, restoring elasticity, fortifying throughout and imparting deep shine into all hair types. 100% hair replenishment, 100% resilience, 95% less hair breakage.Repair_Rescue

Well, I hope that this has helped and I hope you will stop in and let us help you choose the perfect regimen for your thinning or stressed hair.  We’ve added additional products to the boutique thanks to your questions and needs. As always – Stay Fabulous! Alayne

Help Alayne! My Hair is Falling Out?

Help Alayne!  My hair is falling out! Part 1

We hear it all the time as hair stylists! Therefore, I’ve spent years researching hair loss not only for my clients but also for myself. Here’s what I’ve found.

Reasons for female hair loss can range from the simple and temporary to the more complex. Losing hair can be stressful.   Most people lose about 50 to 100 head hairs a day. These hairs are replaced as they grow back in the same follicle on your head. This amount of hair loss is totally normal and no cause for worry. If you’re losing more than that, though, something might be wrong.

If you have hair loss and don’t know what’s causing it, talk to your doctor. A doctor can determine why the hair is falling out and suggest a treatment that will correct the underlying problem, if necessary. Here are some basic causes of hair fallout.

DHT. The most important cause of hair loss is a hormone called ‘DHT’. DHT binds with hair follicles and is thought to prevent nutrients from reaching and feeding the hair. Some researchers also theorise that DHT may cause the body to treat hair as a “foreign body.”

In order to treat hair loss caused by DHT, sufferers can use medication such as Propecia, which reduces DHT production in the body. There are also topical treatments, which may block DHT in the scalp, but the effectiveness of these treatments is unknown.

Poor blood circulation in the scalp. You can’t regrow your hair if your hair is not receiving the nutrients it needs to grow. Your hair receives nutrients from your blood. Tiny blood vessels connect to your hair in your scalp. As we age though some peoples’ scalps change and the blood supply to the hair follicles becomes restricted. It can get so restricted that the follicles receive no nutrients at all and they die completely.

Stress.  Stress is a massive cause of not only hair loss but also premature aging and many other signs of reduced health. Stress not only causes poorer blood circulation (due to tension in muscles such as shoulders and neck, among other things,) but stress also causes a depletion of key vitamins needed for hair growth, including B vitamins. Any kind of physical trauma surgery, a car accident, or a severe illness psychological stress (like a death in the family), even the flu can cause temporary hair loss. Severe stress typically sends the body into a state of shock, flooding it with various hormones and metabolites.  Stress also leads right into the next reason…

 A trigger event. Many people experience a general thinning of hair several months after a physical or emotional shock. This type of hair loss is temporary. Examples of trigger events include sudden or excessive weight loss, a high fever, surgery, or a death in the family, delivering a baby, going through a traumatic event, or having a serious illness.  Because the hair we see on our heads has actually taken months to grow, a person might not notice any disruption of the hair growth cycle until months after the event that caused it.

Menopause. Hormonal changes common during the menopause can cause increased hair loss, although this does not happen to all women.

Pregnancy. Hair loss is common after pregnancy, due to hormonal changes. Often the lost hair will regrow but not always. Techniques can be used to encourage regrowth including following a highly nutritional diet that feeds the hair and improves hormonal balance.

Smoking. Smoking causes a major restriction in blood vessels at the surface of the skin — this is exactly what you don’t want if you’re concerned about your hair. Since it’s important that blood flows to the scalps surface in order to feed the hair, restricting that blood flow may impact on hair growth.

Iron Deficiency Anemia. If you think iron deficiency may be a cause of your hair loss get a blood test to check. Women who have heavy periods or don’t eat enough iron-rich foods may be prone to iron deficiency, in which the blood doesn’t have enough red blood cells. Be sure to get your iron and ferritin levels checked.

Braiding, dreadlocks and other hair styles that pull the hair.  Some hair styles pull on the hair. E.g. pulling the hair back very tightly in a pony tail. This may “train the hair” to grow closer and closer to the scalps surface with time (known as traction alopecia). This is common with ethnic hair styles that pull hair tightly with pony tails and corn rows.

Overuse of “Cones.” In recent years, studies have been released that excessive use of “cones” such as dimethicone or silicone used regularly on the scalp may over time clog the hair follicle and cause the hair to fall out, sometimes permanently.   No one really knows if the hair eventually grows back after stopping use of these products. If you have been using “cones,” (they are usually used to make hair smoother or less frizzy.) Stop using them on the scalp and only use mid shaft to ends. MMF is working to only carry products that do not have “cones” in them that are used on the scalp. 

Medicines. Chemotherapy drugs can lead to hair loss, but there are, in fact, dozens of other drugs that might cause hair to fall out. These include anti-thyroid medications, hormonal therapies (like birth control), anti-convulsants (for epilepsy), anti-coagulants, beta-blockers, and many others.

Illnesses or medical conditions. Endocrine (hormonal) conditions, such as uncontrolled diabetes or thyroid disease, can interfere with hair production and cause hair loss. People with lupus can also lose hair. The hormone imbalance that happens in polycystic ovary syndrome can cause hair loss in teen girls and adult women.

Alopecia areata.  This skin disease causes hair loss on the scalp and sometimes elsewhere on the body. About 1 in 50 people get this type of alopecia at some point in life. Scientists think alopecia areata is an autoimmune disorder and that the hair follicles are damaged by the person’s own immune system.

Alopecia areata usually starts as one or more small, round bald patches on the scalp. These can get bigger The hair usually grows back within a year, but not always. Sometimes people with alopecia areata lose their hair again.

Hair treatments and styling.  Too much heat on your hair (like using a hot iron or hot blow drying) or excessive lightening with bleach and peroxide can cause hair to become fragile and break. Give hair a break from this treatment and give it a chance to get healthy again and regrow. Ask your MMF stylist for alternate coloring and styling techniques. We have lots of them! Like air drying Ouidad techniques and Essensity oil based color and lighteners formulated without ammonia, silicones, mineral oil, parabens and artificial fragrances.  Or, Absolutes hair color with more collagen for mature hair.

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Poor nutrition. Not eating enough healthy food can contribute to hair loss. This is why some people with eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia lose their hair: The body isn’t getting enough protein, vitamins, and minerals to support hair growth. Some people who are vegetarians also lose their hair if they don’t get enough protein from non-meat sources. And some athletes are at higher risk for hair loss because they may be more likely to develop iron-deficiency anemia.

Infection. Although a number of infections can lead to hair loss, the most common infection that affects the scalp and hair is ringworm. Don’t let the name fool you: Ringworm is actually caused by a fungus. Tinea capitis, as it’s more scientifically known, is caused by mold-like fungi called dermatophytes that thrive in warm, moist conditions and typically arise due to poor hygiene. While it affects mostly children, it can be caught at any age.

Next week, I’ll introduce you to more natural remedies and more styling and treatment products to help you limit hair loss.  Let me know your thoughts! Research for this blog and more information on hair loss can be found at www.health.com › Beauty 

 

Easy End of Summer Makeup and Skincare Tips

Do you ever feel like it’s impossible to stay fabulous while trying to beat the summer heat? Or has lots of sun and fun got your skin feeling a little tired. We sat down with #teamfab’s, Alayne Curtiss and Courtney Vogel, to get their  professional opinion on how to keep your make up looking fresh in the summer heat.

There are a few easy tricks you can do:

  1. Use Bare Mineral’s Mineral Veil UNDER and over a liquid foundation. It  fills the pores with oil absorbing ingredients that are good for your skin and sets any foundation you put on.  Putting a primer like Bare Minerals new Mattifying Prep Gel underneath your foundation is also helpful. Its super light and controls oil and shine with natural ingredients like Aspen Bark, Tea Tree Oil and Peptides. Finish with a setting spray. We like the ones from Face Atelier because they offer two choices a matte finish or dewy finish spray.

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2.  Vitamin C is a skin saver in the summertime. Vitamin C can turn your sunburn from painful to almost non existent the
next day. Not only does Vitamin C help with sun damage it helps to fight free radicals from the environment and boosts collagen production. So its great for anti-aging as well.Stop into Make Me Fabulous for a sample from Image’s “Vital C” line anytime and give it a try. Your skin will thank you!Vit-c-range-300x225

  1. Always wear sunscreen when you are out in the sun, even when the weather is over-cast. The higher the SPF the better. The higher the SPF the longer the sunscreen will last without having to reapply. We carry a full line of moisturizers with SPF at MMF.

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4.  Next step says Courtney…exfoliation, exfoliation, exfoliation!

Exfoliation removes dead skin, you generally only need to do it a couple times a week when you’re younger. As you get older and your skin matures you’re going to want to exfoliate more often.

Vitamin A can be very potent as it really exfoliates the skin depending on the percentage of active ingredients. It’s something you need to ease your skin into so increase percentages as you go.  It depends on your skin’s current condition and concerns so it would be best to visit our resident licensed estheticians, Courtney, Alayne or Suzan to see what they recommend for your skin.

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If you like the more natural route, you can try two new products from Bare Escentuals Skinsorials line which can be used with any skin cleanser you choose! The exfoliation grains, MIX EXFOLIATE SMOOTH, are made with a botanical complex of Chardonnay grapes, Rose, Sweet Orange Peel, Black Rice and mineral rich sea Sea Salts containing of Magnesium, Potassium and Calcium.  Now, that’s a powerful punch of exfoliating goodness! Or, the Patent Pending Double Cleansing Brush, soft synthetic fibers surround a textured reservoir for gentle exfoliating anytime. We love this tool in the shower!

 

 

5.  At MMF, we offer many great skin care services too. Courtney’s favorite is the “O2 Lift” by Image Skin Care. Which infuses oxygen, plant derived stem cells, peptides and a high concentration of enzymatic botanicals into the skin, leaving any skin rejuvenated, soft, refreshed and GLOWING. It works for anyone and leaves your skin looking amazing, immediately!o2_lift_1

So, if you’re tired of feeling like the heat is getting the best of your daily beauty routine, Stop into Make Me Fabulous for Licensed Expert Advice, clinically advanced products and treatments and samples to test out on your skin anytime!

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How to Strobe: Healthy Glowing Skin

Time to pull out your makeup brushes. Our team of makeup artists at Make Me Fabulous is ready to show you how to get

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in on the hottest new look:  “Strobing”. The strobe technique is all about healthy-looking, dewy, glowing skin.

No more intense, time-consuming, precision sculpting or covering your face in layers of heavy foundations and bronzers. Strobing provides a younger, more natural face. It looks as if the sun or studio lights are grazing your features, making them “pop” and appear stronger.

Strobing is like applying the fountain of youth with a brush.

So here’s the secret–strobing is all about highlighting and emphasizing the high points of your face. Think about the areas where light would hit and reflect. Those are the aspects strobing targets.

Here’s how to achieve the look:

1. First, start with a fresh canvas. A freshly washed, moisturized face is key. 41mUSFe6S+LDull, dry skin is just not going to provide the same effect. At Make Me Fabulous, we use Image Skincare’s Vitamin C Hydrating Repair Cream($53.80). It’s ultra-hydrating and nourishes and protects your skin using Vitamins A, C and E.

2. Next, apply a base. Heavy, cake-y foundations are out. Think light and dewy, like bareMinerals Complexion Rescue, a tinted hydrating gel cream. If you need to hide any imperfections, blend a concealer with your moisturizer. Try bareMinerals BARESKIN concealer ($20). It comes in six shades, so pick the one that best matches your skin tone.

3. Here’s the important part: choose a highlighter that’s shimmery and light and matches your skin tone, not sparkly and heavy or frosted looking. You want a natural glow. Our makeup artists at Make Me Fabulous keep Stila’s all-over liquid shimmer in kitten ($20) in their bags at all times!s78904_product_detail

3. Using a quality brush (we recommend Sigma), apply the highlighter to those areas that catch light. Along your temples, down the bridge of your nose, across your cheekbones, in the corners of your eyes, above your brow bones, and just above your lip. If you have oily skin, you may want to skip your forehead and nose.

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4. Pay special attention to your eye area, especially if you have a tendency for dark circles. Stroke of Light Eye Brightener by bareMinerals ($22) will brighten your eye area and diffuse the dark shadows. It comes in four shades, to give you the perfect match!

5. Blend the highlighter with a damp sponge or Sigma fan brush. You want to soften any harsh lines so the highlighter fades into your skin.

6. When you have achieved the glow you desire, apply a light finishing powder. We suggest bareMinerals Veil Finishing Powder ($21). Use it sparingly. You want to absorb excess shine but don’t want to matte-up the dewy highlights you just applied.

It’s really quite simple— so much easier and forgiving than contouring and less time consuming. Have fun! After all, having fun is what being fabulous is all about!

“Wednesday is for Friends” Half-Off Special

“Don’t walk in front of me… I may not follow
Don’t walk behind me… I may not lead
Walk beside me… just be my friend.”

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Stila Holiday Sets are Here!

OK, ladies, here’s one to bookmark for your guy as a not-so-subtle hint for holiday gifts. Here at Make Me Fabulous, we just love this time of year… nearly every shipment sprinkled with dazzling holiday gift sets. Seriously, it’s like Christmas every time we unpack a box! (more…)

The Secret of Sigma Brushes Unveiled

Let’s face it. Here at Make Me Fabulous, makeup is our thing. Well, one of our “things,” but really— it’s our crowning glory. We have some of the best makeup artists in the industry!

And our shelves are beautifully stocked with an assortment of your favorite makeup in a variety of shades, brands, and styles. We can teach you how to use every piece of makeup in the shop, or apply your makeup for you.

But here’s a secret— we can’t do any of it without a “secret” weapon— the right brush. Without a quality makeup brush, your makeup won’t blend the way it’s designed. You are just not going to achieve the effect you’re looking for. c2a5ddaa-0235-4032-a926-ac59ae1ca0b5At Make Me Fabulous, we just adore the Sigma brushes. Here’s why:

Sigma brushes are made with exclusive synthetic fibers, SigmaTech and Sigmax, both of which are specially engineered with extremely thin fibers to efficiently collect and deliver not only powder but liquid and cream products, too. You see, these fibers have almost zero humidity absorption, so the strength and stiffness isn’t impacted by liquids or creams, maintaining the integrity of your brushes, without stealing your precious foundation. Sigma brushes are made with hypoallergenic materials and are carefully hand-crafted to last a lifetime.

And you know why else? Sigma brushes are a dream to hold. Each handle is made from carefully selected, lightweight, high-resistance wood made from renewable sources before receiving eight generous layers of prime coat and paint perfection.

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Sigma brushes are pretty, too. The metals are all thick layers of chrome, copper, or gold guaranteeing lifelong shine and protection. Seriously, you’re going to love reaching into your makeup bag and pulling out a Sigma brush.

At the Make Me Fabulous shop on 32 Front Street in the very quaint Village of Ballston Spa, NY, you’ll find the entire assortment of Sigma brushes, each designed with a unique purpose, a different makeup application. Eye liner, eye shadows and blush… smudging, blending, tapering and defining. These brushes have you covered.

You’ve probably heard of the Kabuki— the short, stubby brush that really packs a punch.
02303fbb-107c-41b5-874f-41f79d3535f4Well, we have the F80 Flat Kabucki. It’s perfect for applying foundation because the bristles are dense. And with Sigma’s special technology, you can bet the brush won’t suck up all of your foundation. It delivers where foundation is intended to land— on your skin. Now you know why it’s one of our best sellers!

Check out the handy kits, too. At Make Me Fabulous, we carry the Essential kit, the Extravaganza chrome kit, the Extravaganza copper kit, the Sigamax kabuki kit, the Synthetic precision kit, the Extreme color payoff kit, the Basic eyes kit, and the Performance eye kit.

8a5a08c0-47a8-48e8-9164-6103fbb4aceaAnd, guess what? We just unpacked a shipment with the new Nightlife by Camila Coehlo collection, created to design your face for a “dusk-’til-dawn” nightlife experience.

We’re always watching out for your beauty budget (because we know you need money left over for new shoes), we’re thrilled that these brushes are super-affordable.

Now you know one of our “secret” combinations. The best makeup, talented artists, and Sigma brushes. That’s how we help you look fabulous!

Have you tried the new brushes? Have a favorite? Tell us about it by commenting below!

Cooling Down Color for Fall…

If you’ve stepped inside Make Me Fabulous recently, you’ve seen with your own eyes just how busy our reception desk has been. So many clients are booking appointments for fresh color heading into fall. They’re right on track too.

Summer is a fantastic time of year, but between the sun, sand and chlorine, it wreaks havoc on our hair, especially on our color. Angela Wakefield, a senior hair stylist and regional Schwarzkopf color educator with us has the inside scoop on which shades are trending.

Angela: “With the end of summer upon us, there is the usual transition from hot to cool. Vibrant pastels of the summer are now making way for the warm tones of autumn. Riding the wave of pastels,  women

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are enjoying their favorite pastels toned-down a notch. For example, lavender, silver and pink were all over the place this summer. What I’m seeing is that we aren’t quite ready to let go of this trend, so we are keeping these cool tones and just adding a splash of depth here. Lavender is going more toward a taupe, pink is leaning toward magenta, silver is getting more silvery.images

Instead of opting for a traditional brown or standard chocolate, all-over look, we are seeing a melding of trendy-fun with a touch of funk. Our chocolates are being infused with cool coppers or cool violets.

Our blondes are opting to stay just that, by allowing for some bright face-framing and low-lighting throughout the head, keeping summer firmly in check, at least on the hair.

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I think we are going to be seeing the summer pastels really holding-on into the cool fall, which makes one wonder: How amazing are all these colors going to look with all the amazing foliage and colors of upstate New York? The answer is: Fabulous!”

Fabulous color is all we do here at Make Me Fabulousimages-2 When your head of freshly-colored hair is in our sink, we shampoo and condition it with Schwarzkopf’s BC Bonacure Color Freeze. It’s a product that’s always been known for helping to preserve your color. Recently, Schwarzkopf revamped the brand with new technologies guaranteeing 100% color retention! Using its’ patented 4.5 color balancing technology, it works right inside the hair shaft to nourish and hold color.

We adore Schwarzkopf’s entire line of shampoos, conditioners, and leave-in treatments… but we have a hands-down favorite. It’s the BC Bonacure Color Freeze CC cream. datauri-fileIt borrows the technology used in skin care (your hair is, after all, just an extension of your skin) and seals your hair, providing anti-frizz control, acting as a sunscreen for your hair, and protecting it from heat up to 428-degrees (think straightening and curling irons). As if these perks aren’t enough, this blow dry cream also infuses your hair with 48-hours of body and shine.

To finish, we recommend polishing your locks with Schwarzkopf’s BC Bonacure Color Freeze Gloss Serum. You can use it before or after your blow dry for glass-like shine.

While our stylists adore applying Schwarzkopf’s line here at the salon, we’re very good at sharing. We have an entire display of products for you to purchase to preserve your color while shampooing and styling at home, too. We like to think of it as pulling the plug on the days of watching your beautiful color wash down the drain.

We think that’s just simply fabulous!

All About Eyelash Extensions (available at Make Me Fabulous)!

Hey, friends–we’re back with an all new blog post! We haven’t even entered into our busy season, but things have been hopping for us here at the boutique and all over town!

Did you know that in addition to our world renowned salon and beauty services that we also offer eyelash extensions here at Make Me Fabulous?! It’s true! I wanted to take some time to tell you all about this hot trend!

Eyelash extensions are single synthetic or silk fibers which are applied to natural eyelashes to get a fuller look. Using a medical grade bonding adhesive, synthetic/silk lashes are applied one by one to the natural lashes. The procedure takes approximately 1 ½ hours for a full set of extensions. During the application,  one natural lash is isolated at a time and attached about a half millimeter from the lashline, to avoid touching the skin. This process is continued until all of the lashes that are long and strong enough are covered with an extension. Women average about 75-150 lashes per eye, which is why this procedure takes time. The length of the extensions depend on the length of your own natural lashes, as they need to be at least half the length of an extension.

We all shed our own lashes naturally every 45-60 days, and that is why it’s important to get your extensions “filled in.” Most clients prefer coming in every 2-3 weeks for fills to keep that full and luscious look. Once the lashes are applied, they need to stay completely dry for at least 24 hours to allow the adhesive enough time to fully bond. The lashes shouldn’t be touched, curled, or rubbed, and any products containing oil should not be used on or around your eyes. Oil is the enemy to the adhesive as it will dissolve the bond and the extensions will fall off.

Erin, our lash extension specialist, has been doing eyelash extensions for 4 years, and teaches a certification course at the Aesthetic Science Institute, in Latham NY  Check out these two eyelash extensions that we did recently. The difference is amazing!  I also wore them to a very “Sparkly” wedding for our friend Katie O’Malley and they truly looked and felt fabulous, which inspired me to write this blog and tell you all about them! You’ll hear more about Katie O’s  wedding day preparations soon, I promise!

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I hope you enjoyed learning all about eyelash extensions–if you have any questions or are interested in learning more, leave me a comment or email us at e!

Stay fabulous–

Alayne