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Nonsurgical Lip Enhancement

29 Nov

Finally! A new video blog to help navigate the types of hyaluronic acids for lip injections!

https://youtu.be/kM5yxHLDnCM

Xoxo, LK

(I have like 15 half finished videos 🙊 I’m going to be posting more regularly-I swear!) check out my before and afters on instagram @EstheticsCenterNE

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I Want To Learn More About My Readers!

27 Jan

I haven’t been able to video blog for a while due to technical difficulties (i.e. I left my iPad at my friend’s house in Hartford), so I will take this time to learn about new blogging techniques, like surveys!!! Tell me more about you and what your interested in on this simple demographics survey.  I made it myself… hopefully I didn’t have any technical difficulties.

Holiday Wish List

27 Nov

So I was asked to make a list of the things I want for the holidays. I was told to make sure it was not ridiculous. I considered it a challenge to be completely obscure. (Followed by things your girlfriend/wife/daughter/sister might actually want this holiday season.)

  1. My first answer to this was a football helmet full of cottage cheese. If you saw the popular 90’s movie Airheads, you would get this obscure reference. If you haven’t seen it… you should.
  2. A day off. Oh wait… You don’t get those when you have a business. Grrrrr…
  3. New boobs (thanks Dr. Russo) = Need new bras.
  4. Office Space. Actual office space. In the Quincy area. Not the movie Office Space. Although also a great movie with a TON of awesome obscure references. Have you seen my stapler? http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=pHHZBmF8mk4
  5. New Louboutins. Because I love obnoxious shoes.
  6. A new car. Preferably of the Mercedes variety.
  7. Gay Personal Assistant/Gay Best Friend (GPA/GBA) on payroll. Not only to help me with my business… but sometimes I don’t know which shoes to wear. Also, sometimes he should not wear pants. Because, lets face it, Gay men always have better underwear than straight men.
  8. A dog. Which my assistant will also be taking care of. He told me he will not take care of a pig named “Kosher” or a piranha named “Nemo.” Which I accept, because I’m not sure of the legal status of these animals in the State of Massachusetts.
  9. My significant other to finish law school. Because I have obscure legal questions like “what is the status of having a pig or a piranha for a pet?” and “is ‘I thought speed limits were suggestions’ a viable defense?”
  10. A $10,000 gift card to Starbucks. My CPA, Matt Traiger, told me I have a problem. And I’d like a gift card for gas. I’ll take that in the amount of $25,000. Or I’ll accept stock in Exxon/Mobile.
  11. The Helicopter button in my new Benz. You know, the one you press so your car can fly over 93 when it’s gridlocked. Oh right. That’s EVERYDAY.
  12. An alarm clock that is also capable of removing me from my bed. And putting me in the shower. And cooking. And cleaning. Oh wait… maybe my GPA can do that. Or at least hire people to do that stuff.

I don’t think this stuff is TOO much to ask for.

Ok, but for REAL:

Cool Gifts This Season

Having a hard time finding the perfect gift?  Here’s a few things every female fancies (you can’t go wrong)!

Cute Boutique-y Jewelry? I recommend:

Gift Certificates For:

  • a manicure/pedicure ($15-$50)
  • a facial ($45-$150)
  • her favorite hair salon (be sure not to get just ANY salon)
  • a massage ($60-$100)
  • a day at the spa
  • A nice robe/winter gloves/hat/scarf.  We all wear them… we can always use a new one.
  • This is cool from Target (it said over 3,000 participating spas, but I’m not sure which ones):


A Little More Thoughtful:

Just So You Know…

Bags–A crash course

  • Dooney and Bourke (otherwise known as D&B) $$
  • Coach $$$
  • Chanel/Gucci/Burberry/Louis Vuitton $$$$$$$$$

Don’t even think about buying her shoes. — however the book “100 Shoes: the Costume Institute/the Metropolitan Museum of Art” with intro by Sarah Jessica Parker… that’s a great gift!

100 Shoes: The Costume Institute / The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Ask a Chick!

My friend Megan swears by “asking Steph at Nordstrom’s in Natick;” all you need is a size and she can style you up (remember to check the tag of your girls clothes… and also keep in mind every brand is different, confusing and annoying–yea we know!).  If you can’t make it to Natick, that’s ok.  A lot of the high end stores have staff that are MORE than helpful.

Wrap It Up. 

Gifts should come in an exciting box.  So, wrap it up!


Happy Holidays! ~ LK

Hairdresser Terms You Should Know!

21 Oct

I needed a haircut.  Bad.  Split End City!  Fortunately for me, I have an office in a Salon/Spa in Peabody!  Sitting in a new chair is always scary.  Our hair is very important to us!

I sat down, and said, “do whatever you want.”  She then handed me an article from Women’s Home Journal, October 2011.  I love articles.

Uncertain terms you give your hairdressers:

  1. Layers:  If you’re okay with adding movement but don’t like a choppy look, tell your stylist you’d like to keep the density of your hair.  Ask your stylist where the shortest layers will start and where the longest layers will finish.
  2. Bangs:  They can be anything from a think fringe to just a few strands swept across the forehead.  Specify length, width, weight, and angles.  I was talking into baby bangs once… also referred to as slow bangs… because they take FOREVER to grow back.
  3. Auburn:  Tends to suggest brown undertones to professionals, but many people envision something reddish.  The term “chestnut” causes the pros to think reddish, and the client to think rich brown.  I think Auburn as a purple undertone and chestnut as brown, and red… I would never think of in my hair personally.
  4. Ashy:  Client thinks dull or brassy, pro think subtly whitish.  The pro often adds warm or gold tones, which the client didn’t want.  Being“bleach blonde” for years… I actually did know the difference on this one!
  5. Brassy: most think “not pretty” or “dull”, but it actually refers to a metallic look.  I think of the greenish hue of a bad die job after coming out of the pool.
  6. Trim:  A standard trim gets rid of dead ends.  If you’re good at you’re upkeep (every 6 weeks or so) this could be a centimeter.  If you go every six months… it could be an inch or two.
  7. Lightening:  Anywhere from brightening to bleaching.  If you’re blonde, discuss “golden vs. pale” and dark “warm caramel vs. neutral brown”
  8. Texture:  Has a lot of different meanings.  From a natural wave to a full-on Farrah, this is important to be clear with.
  9. Volume:   A little goes a long way… (but in my opinion a lot is better!).  If you’re looking for a little lift at the root, or all-over volume, you should specify.  Or you could wind up with a mushroom cut.  Ask your stylist to teach you how to tease.  I like to wear my hair “Texas-style,” which to me is big!  (People from Texas do not actually wear their hair like this).
  10. Whatever you think is best:  Granting creative freedom without direction… not a great idea.  Remember, beauty is a personal, cultural, and universal perception.  Stylists are often culturally edgy and trendy (which is what I LOVE about them).  If I had my way, we’d all have huge lips, because personally, I love this look.  But does everyone want to look like a duck?  No.  (Not all lip augmentations results in the duck look either!).

With any beauty professional, make sure you are clear with what YOU think is beautiful.  I love my big Texas hair and Barbie bangs.  Thank you Michelle!

The Halo Effect

19 Oct

The idea in psychology/sociology that attractive people are seen as angelic and are therefore stereotyped with having angelic qualities and treated with positive enforcement of these “qualities.”

Studies have shown that attractive people achieve more in life, are generally happier, and have more self-confidence.

Quick Personal Story

About 2 years ago, I was dating this really good looking, smart guy and I really liked him.  And I let him treat me… not so nice.  On July 4th, after not returning multiple phone calls, I was out with my friends downtown, when we ran into each other.  Essentially he broke up with me on a pole outside of Dillon’s (a bar).  With glitter on his face.  Probably from making out with some girl.  His response:  “I was going to break up with you on Monday.”  Devastation.

Fast Forward 9 months.    I run into this boy again.  This time I have just had my lips done.  He kindly bought me drinks all night, and at the end of the night I said thank you, and good bye.

Did he feel bad?  Was it because I was hot?  Who knows, and who cares.  The fact of the matter was, I felt hot.  And confident.  AND best of all, I felt retribution for the way I was treated by this boy less than a year prior.

The Attractiveness Co-Effecient

Did I treat him better because he was good looking?  Probably.  Did he treat me better when I was better looking?  Definitely.  Was there some self-fulfilling prophecy factor involved?  Probably.  But like I said, I feel justified and that’s what counts.  We’re on a semi-friendship level to this day.

Beauty is not always advantageous though.  I have many experience where I’ve been perceived as mean, stupid, materialistic (ok this one is kind of true), and vain.  I have had people question my expertise and my skills in both medicine and business.  It is a difficult experience for me, as I have always excelled academically and am constantly reading and researching topics that inspire me.  I can only take these experience and use them to make me better as a person, and in my field of work.

The Hairdresser Effect

If the Halo Effect is the idea that good looking people are treated differently day to day, I would like to introduce my theory of the Hairdresser Effect.  When you look good, you feel good, and you reflect this confidence to others.  Every woman’s favorite place is the beauty salon.  FACT.  Why?  Because when you leave, you are at the height of feeling attractrive.  My hairdresser is the first person I go to when I’m sad (I would like to credit Lauren Cence, of Sylvestre Franc–thank you for making me the best blonde I can be! … and for all the free therapy sessions).  I aspire to have this effect on people, to bring physical beauty to aide a person to have the confidence to be themselves.  And be HAPPY with who they are.

Bottom Line

The bottom line here, beauty matters.  It effects how we feel about ourselves and how other treat us.  Whether it is self-fulfilling, whether it’s this Halo Effect, whether it’s right or wrong.  It doesn’t matter.  What matters is how YOU feel about yourself.  Striving for physical attractiveness is not a vain endeavor, but an expression of confidence and reflection of inner beauty.  Being attractive will lead you into a happier more successful life.

A Youthful Appearance

18 Oct

This being my area of expertise, it’s hard to know where to start, but first and foremost, I consider myself a bio-dork, so I’ll start there!

Biology of YouthUniversal

The biological purpose of reproduction creates attraction to a youthful appearance by both men and women.

Researches have found the female perception of beauty changes throughout the month (just like us woman to change our minds!).  Women typically prefer a mature, masculine looking man.  These characteristics include a heart-shaped face and small chin with full lips.

During menstruation, however, woman are typically more attracted to softer, more youthful features.  These include a small nose, large eyes, and defined cheekbones (which males find to be attractive characteristics for females).

Work, work, work! Cultural

Thanks to medical advancements, we’re living years longer, and thanks to the economy, we now have to work during those extra years!  The lines on our faces reflect the years of hard work, dedication, and stress from work and life in general.  And let’s face it, the depth of the lines are in direct proportion the difficulty of life experiences.  Although not technically visible, these experiences have a direct effect on our psychological traits as well.  Therefore, one could make the jump that an older appearance on the outside reflects negative traits on the inside (I’m not saying it’s right or it makes sense).

“I want to look the age I feel” -Personal

Yes, it is our culture to jump to conclusions from physical characteristics to psychological traits, making personal beauty to many a reflection of how they feel on the inside.

Yes, life makes us feel tired sometimes, but it’s also full of exciting events!  Graduations, marriages, reunions, divorce (hey, for some people it’s a good thing!), children, grandchildren!  All these things make us happy; they spark that joy we associate with being young and excited.  Is it wrong to want your face to reflect this youthful joy?


Youth, No Longer Wasted On the Young


Clear, Smooth, Even Skin

16 Oct

The conditions involving skin clarity can be broken into the following physiological categories:

Environmentally Damaged Skin

Environmentally damaged skin results from a history of overexposure to environmental elements.  The sun is responsible for 80% of aging!  Fibers that maintain the skin’s structure and elasticity (collagen and elastin) break down and slowly diminish, resulting in fine lines, wrinkles, and loose, sagging skin.  UV light can damage the DNA in the skin cells which can lead to different forms of skin cancer.

Other environmental factors include:

    • Harsh weather conditions which destroy the skins moisture barrier resulting in rough, dry, uneven skin tone and texture).
    • Cigarette smoke results in free radicals which break down collagen fibers and cigarettes limit the skin’s oxygen supply.  This results in deep lines, wrinkles, leathery skin, and a yellowish appearance.
    • Pollution causes free radicals, which breaks down collagen fibers resulting in fine lines and wrinkles.

Hyper-pigmented Skin

An over production of melanin in the skin results from:

  • UV light causes melanocytes to produce too much pigment.
  • Hormonal Imbalances

Preventing hyperpigmentation should start with sunblock.  ALWAYS wear an SPF when outside, and reapply as needed!

Fixing hyper-pigmentation involves chemical peels and/or laser (usually Intense Pulse Light-IPL).

Problematic

Caused by a number of factors, including genetics, stress, and hormonal imbalances resulting in:

  • Enlarged pores
  • Acne
  • Oil production (too much, not enough)

Reducing the build up of excess oil and dead skin cells, and normalizing the function of cell renewal, helping reduce inflammation and prevents bacteria formation deep within the hair follicle and pores.

How to Maintain Clear, Smooth, Even Skin

Refer to blog posts Step 1: See a Professional and Step 2: Spend wisely.

Clear, smooth skin starts with a healthy lifestyle.

  • Eating a nutritious diet (avoiding alcohol, tobacco, and salt)
  • Regular exercise
  • Adequate hydration
  • Reducing stress levels
  • Avoiding weather extremes (wearing sunscreen EVERY day)

Keeping clear smooth skin doesn’t just involve topic solutions from over the counter.  In fact, they should NEVER involve over the counter products.  Good skin care products recommended by a professional should be used in the morning and evening (especially before bed; your skin restores itself while you sleep).  A professional deep cleanse should be done every 4-6 weeks.

For serious dermatological issues, see a dermatologist!

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