Archive | July, 2012

Why Brows? Part One

30 Jul

Studio Brow

By Gunner Glam

You may have wondered, “What is the evolutionary significance of a pair of eyebrows?”

There are sources which suggest eyebrows are more than just hair follicles above humans’ eyes, but also express emotions that come before words.

Studio Brow would like to share some insight on why eyebrows are significant beyond just hygiene and cosmetics.

Eyebrows are a major facial feature. Cosmetic methods have been developed to alter the look of one’s brows, whether the goal is to add or remove hair, change the color or change the position of the brow.

From the eighth century, many Japanese noblewomen practiced hikimayu, which is shaving or plucking the eyebrow hair and painting smudge-like ones higher on the forehead.

In an online article, by Judy Rong, called “Chinese Face Reading: Your Eyebrows and You, Foreshadowing in the Eyebrows,” there is wealth of information of how much people’s eyebrows can…

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Everybody’s Doing It!

29 Jul

“My wife’s into that Botox Stuff” – weird guy on the cape trying to give me vodka. ????

Anyways, it seems like everybody’s into “that Botox stuff.” But no one will admit to it!!! What’s the deal people? I mean… I fully admit to being an addict. I love my Botox! I guess I’m a little on the young side (although my birthday is coming up July 31!! Yeah!). So who exactly is doing this “Botox stuff”? Here’s some excerpts from my business plan on the “consumer profile” (I wrote this in 2009, so… there is updated information… but… I haven’t updated my stuff. I HATE making graphs on the computer… but if you gave me some colored pens and a whiteboard I would be ALL over it!).

Consumers

A survey by the Aesthetic Cosmetic Surgery Education & Research Foundation (ASERF), 2009, found the typical patient “married, working mother between 41-55 years of age with a household income of under $100,000.” These women were also found to be “health-conscious,” exercising, and eating right. Nearly 7/10 of the responders regard Botox and dermal fillers as an important part of their aesthetic routine.

Smart, health-conscious women ahhhhh? That makes me happy.

Age Distribution

Number of Procedures Performed in 2009, according to the ASAPS:

Injectables:

18 and under

19-34

35-50

51-64

65+

Botulinum Toxin Type A

12,000

371,501

1,256,608

734,751

182,098

Calcium hydroxylapatite

0

9,844

55,635

41,118

11,880

Hyaluronic Acid

3,919

168,629

604,262

420,069

116,159

I’m assuming any of these 18 and under year olds are using Botox for non-cosmetic use, or for correction of facial deformities. Or… they are on “Toddler’s and Tiara’s.”

Percentage totals of Number of Procedures Performed in 2009, according to the ASAPS:

Injectables:

18 and under

19-34

35-50

51-64

65+

Botulinum Toxin Type A

0.5%

14.5%

41.1%

36.2%

7.7%

Calcium hydroxylapatite

0%

8.3%

47.0%

34.7%

10.0%

Hyaluronic Acid

0.3%

12.8%

46.0%

32.0%

8.8%

Gender

In a recent survey by RealSelf.com, of the people who would get cosmetic work, the percentage of men is climbing. Ya, it’s true! Men are vain too! And not just gays! I was sitting in a bar eating by myself (yea… I was banished from my dinner party…) and I met a couple from New York. They were so much fun! The husband and the wife did botox… and they’ve been together for 12 years. And they still liked each other. And other people (like me) had a blast talking to them. …You know me and my tangents. Anyways. Good looking people are happy and stay married longer. I’m not sure if it’s true or not… I actually made that up. But men really are doing the “botox stuff”!

Would Get Cosmetic Work:

18-34

35-44

45-54

55+

Men

64%

67%

64%

47%

Women

82%

82%

80%

71%

From 2008-2009, minimally-invasive procedures increased 2% in the male market (ASPS, 5). And I assure you, it’s not just gay men doing this! I have a pretty large percentage (ok… I have a few) straight men doing this “Botox Stuff.”

                                Source ASPS, 2010 (8, 10)

Location:

The Northeast Region charges the highest amount in fees in the minimally invasive cosmetics procedures industries.

According to 2009 Regional Distribution Data by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, New England holds 20% of the Botox market and 31% (the largest) of the soft-tissue filler market.

Percent of Total Procedures Performed by Region

Region 1 Region 2 Region 3 Region 4 Region 5
Botulinum Toxin

20%

14% 23% 15% 28%
Calcium Hydroxylapatite 35% 16% 20% 15% 15%
Hyaluronic acid 31% 12% 18% 8% 31%

Source: ASPS 2010 (15)

The Northeast Region has the highest percentage of filler procedures performed (we are Region 1). Midwest is the yellow region 2. Region 3 is light blue. Region 4 is greenish. Five is purple. Interestingly, the Noretheast and West Coast are comparable in the procedures performed. I wonder how much L.A. and New York skew that though. And Miami probably skews region 3. Just saying. Statistics are only as good as their interpretation.

Income level

Data collected by the ASPS in “Demographic Changes among Plastic Surgery Patients” demonstrates that income no longer plays a significant role in elective procedures (1). With the adjunct on patient financing options, the numbers continue to increase.

According to an Allergan Representative, the average income level for a Botox Cosmetic patient is $50,000 nationally.

Social Class

Middle to Upper Class due to income level.

Education

Education level has not shown to be a significant factor in market; however the consumer of the Northeastern market wants to be educated on products/procedures before undergoing them.

Ethnicity:

                Source: ASPS 2009 Cosmetic and Reconstructive Demographics

Most Commonly Requested Minimally-Invasive Procedures for Ethnic Patients

African-American

Asian-American

Hispanic

Botulinum Toxin Type A

Injectable fillers

Injectable fillers

Injectable fillers

Botulinum Toxin Type A

Botulinum Toxin Type A

Source: ASPS 2010 (17)

Boston Market

And I’m not talking about chicken. Finding this information was pretty difficult, but I think I know my market pretty well. If you are under 35, you are probably not thinking about Botox or fillers… but honestly you should be. Remember, volume loss starts at 25. Being preventative is super important, and will cost less and look the most natural in the long run. At the very least, please use medical grade skin care!

If you’re over 35, it’s a good idea to start with the area that bothers you most. Have a long consult with your injector. Work out a schedule/plan with your provider, and make sure you talk about prices! That plan should ALWAYS start with good skin care!!!

I know your mom might disagree… but…

If Everybody’s Doing It, Shouldn’t You Be Too?


xoxo,

LK

Ahhhh… Big Ange is getting the “Botox Stuff.” LOVE IT! (Ok… well maybe she’s not the best ambassador of the Botox Nation. When do I get a t.v. show?)

How to Apply Fake Lashes

16 Jul

I am always having people ask me how to apply fake eyelashes, although it is not a medical procedure to apply them, it does require some skill! I’ve been using fake eyelashes since my club days (circa 2006) and I think I’ve mastered the art of applying them. I also have an extremely steady hand, which makes me talented at injections.

First, even selecting the right lashes can be difficult! There are a million types of lashes, from fun and funky to “natural”. I’m pretty sure you can figure out which ones are the least natural looking… the super long ones at CVS or the pink ones with sparkles at Sephora.

The lashes pictured below give the most natural blend with your real lashes. I recommend these for starters.

So here’s a little picture tutorial on how to use fake eyelashes… without loosing an eye.


Step 1

Do your eye makeup. Eyeshadow and liner, but NO mascara. I LOVE Jane Iredale’s 14k Gold Shadow. With just a little extra black liquid liner on my top lid. (Remember I have my eyeliner tattoo’d. But I still add eyeliner when using false lashes. This helps hide the strip should it not fall perfectly on the lash line.)

I was talking to one of the girls who does my extensions and she was saying she can tell which side people sleep on because their eyelashes get smushed. Which makes sense, because I always have trouble get the strips on my left eye. I’m thinking brushing my real lashes might make applying the strips easier. I will make a mental note to try this.

Step 2

Make a fist. There is a nice flat surface area where the thumb and index finger meet (thank god for pictures… because describing that was painful).


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 3

Remove the lash from the packaging. Drag it through the glue so the strip is lightly coated. (Sorry, couldn’t take a picture of me dragging the lash through the glue. Unfortunately… I only have two hands!)


Step 4

Apply strip to eye, starting with the outside corner. I have really big eyes, so sometimes the lashes don’t go all the way to my inner eye corner. It’s better to have the lash end toward the inner eye and not the outer eye. …Then you just look silly. You can tell which part of the lash goes to the outer eye… because that side usually has longer lashes. But in case you get confused, the lashes are pacaged so if you hold the box like below… it’s like an arial view of the shape of your lids. See how the lashes are longer on the outside?

 

Step 5

Repeat steps to the opposite eye.

Step 6

Allow glue to dry on both eyes. Then add a little mascara to blend the fake lashes with your real lashes.

Helpful Hints

  • Practice makes perfect.
  • Don’t sleep with these on. You’ll ruin them. Also, if you do… you may notice your eyes are puffy in the morning. It’s your body telling you not to do this. Remember the job of your real eyelashes is to keep foreign bodies out of your eye. Fake eyelash = foreign body.
  • Don’t over-do it with the glue. Or you will glue the fake lash to your real lash. And then when you remove the fake lash… you’re going to be missing a few real ones as well.
  • Don’t use the strip more than 2 or 3 times. For reasons of foreign bodies. These things get yucky.
  • If you find yourself using lashes more than once a week, do yourself a favor and just go get extensions. In the long run, it will be cheaper.
  • My favorite fun lashes are called “starry” and you can get them at Sally’s Beauty Supply. They turn you into an instant stripper. I mean… sexy.

  • Montage of Crazy Lashes:

Hope you like my old Halloween pictures! I promise I don’t wear crazy lashes every day!

Xoxo, LK.

After fake lashes pic.

Lips, Lips, Lips!

13 Jul

I have a client (who is on tv) who came to me for a lip augmentation. She was shocked when I started asking her questions about her teeth and jaw. She had a slight under-bite and her jaw was slightly mis-aligned. This caused her smile to be slightly slanted. I’ve actually seen this many times. Remember my post about symmetry? A symmetrical face is attractive because it shows good underlying bone structure. In nature, this is a desirable for reproduction because it exhibits good genetics. But now that’s what you have me for. And orthodontists. (I’m cheaper.)

One of the best things about this job is getting to use my artistic abilities!

This from before:

The top lip is very thin, and the left side is slightly higher when she smiles.

After (with a little bruising, which make-up can usually cover—this patient has no make-up on!):

After:

Gotta love the quality. Sorry guys. And the last pic was taken with instagram…. So I assure you, when it comes to lip augmentation, I am the as talented as they come in Boston…but with photography not so much! This patient is very happy and her dissymmetry has been much improved.

Inspired by an Angel

I was interviewed for a blog by Angel Boston. She inspired me to post some pictures of lips. Can you guess which of these are augmented and which are not? The answers are below so don’t scroll too fast! (Stuff like this always amuses me in the Tabloid magazines!)





The answer will shock you.

Or maybe it won’t. But I’ve augmented all these lips. Remember everyone wants a different end result. Not everyone wants their lips to look fake. And everyone starts with a different amount of collagen and shape. And the end result will NEVER be perfection. It is unattainable! Except for Kimber from Nip/Tuck. She’s perfect.

I LOVE lip augmentation. It is so sexy!

Mention my blog and get $100 off lip augmentation with me at Sylvestre Franc Spa in Newton 617-969-2252. But… You can’t combine it with any other offers!

YOU’RE WELCOME!

So, as you can tell by my bathing suit I was at the beach… but my awesome beach hair is from this product line called Davines. The product is called #14 Sea Salt Primer. Amazingggg.

Things You Never Would Think To Find In A Girl’s Bathroom

6 Jul

How I’ve gone from your typical teenage girl to … an aesthetic specialist (for lack of a better term).

I remember when I moved into my first apartment in college, and I asked my mom for a make-up table, because there were 4 of us with one bathroom. I used to wear a lot of make-up. Case in point:

Summer of 2004. My candy raver phase? I guess. Over tweezed eyebrows. Check. Spots on my shoulder from too much tanning beds (which is actually caused from a fungus for all you spotted tanners out there… GROSS). Check. Face make-up too light. Check. Choice in jewelry… no comment. Oh. And I have roots. I think I might have been going to see Roger Waters with my college boyfriend. Man, college is a time for mistakes!

Hey, I also found my college bathroom circa 2004. (I am the original facebook generation… back when you needed a .edu to join).

UMASS. That should explain anything off you might see in this picture. But as you can see. Small space for four people. And a cat.

Anyways. Normal bathroom. Right? Also, I’d just like to point out that I used to eat nothing but candy. But I always brushed my teeth. As evidenced by me brushing my teeth

So I’ve gone from this:

To this:

Well… now fast forward 8 years. I wear very basic make-up that takes me literally five minutes to do, but in return I have the weirdest stuff in my bathroom repertoire! Used for purposes I’m sure very few could guess! So here’s an insiders sneak peak to my bathroom. I hope you find this as ridiculous (and funny) as I do. Welcome to the bathroom of a high maintenance princess.

Shot 1:

I took this pic a few months ago and sent this to one of my co-workers. I thought it was absolutely comical that I had this stuff on my bathroom sink counter.

I believe the tweezers were for applying fake eyelashes. I learned to stop tweezing my own eyebrows. Please refer back to the college years if you are curious as to why.

I suppose pliers wouldn’t be a strange thing to have in the bathroom. I’m not sure what you would actually use them for or how to actually spell that word… but I use them to take out my hair extensions if they’ve gotten a little loose. Not normal.

Revitalash I use to grow my eyelashes longer and stronger for lash extensions… and because sometimes I ruin my lashes with the strip adhesives. Gotta have lovely lashes.

Shot 2:

My make-up bag. Fake Eyelashes. Behind that… Fake hair aka Diva Weava.  I wouldn’t be a Barbie Doll if I didn’t have Fake hair.  And my fav hair tool: my pink GHD

That is a legitimate paintbrush in the middle there.

Shot 3.

Shot 4: Stuff that is Usually on My Bathroom Counter

  1. Baby Powder: for my roots because I only wash my hair twice a week.
  2. Dry Shampoo: because sometimes baby powder isn’t my scene.
  3. QuickTan: Because sometimes you have to go from white to orange in 20 minutes or less.

What I’ve Done.

And then I also did a quick draw a few months ago (back when I was blonde) on all the stuff on my face that was changed. It was kind of shocking to me. I wasn’t going to post it… because there are always people out there that like to tear you down. But I guess I’m somewhat amused by it. And comfortable enough to say, bring on the controversy.

            

  1. Botox in my Glabella and Forehead
  2. Lip Augmentation  Pucker-Up, Princess – Damn Sexy Lips.
  3. Sculptra to my temples
  4. Cheek Augmentation
  5. Eyeliner tattoo
  6. Eyelash extensions
    Lovely Lashes!.
  7. Hair extensions
  8. I have juvederm under my eyes as well.

No Surgery Needed!

“Plastic surgery and breast implants are fine for people who want that,

if it makes them feel better about who they are. But, it makes these people,

actors especially, fantasy figures for a fantasy world.

Acting is about being real being honest.”
Kate Winslet

Dear Kate Winslet,

I appreciate your support for people to make their own choices on

Plastic Surgery. I assure you, I feel great about myself.

More confident than Superman. Oh wait. Is he real?

Or is that part of my delusional fantasy world?

Is that sarcasm? Or real honesty?

XOXO

LK

Like my Patriotic Red Extensions from July 4th? Happy Birthday America!

Thank you for giving me the freedom to be delusional and honest.

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