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Retinoids: Should You or Shouldn't You?

Biopelle Retriderm Serum - Available @ EmbellishU!

It's not just a celebrity secret anymore. Retinol is hailed as the holy grail of anti-aging (at least topically) and is known as the beauty worlds best needle-free answer to smoother skin as it lessens scars, lines and wrinkles. As a derivative of vitamin A, retinol has been medically and scientifically proven to speed up the skin's cell cycle. But before you rush off and start Googling retinol creams, know that it's not for everyone and you may find just as many horror stories as there are rave reviews. Let's see if retinol is a match for you:

1. Do you have sensitive skin? If you do, retinol is probably not a good choice for you. Retinol is extremely potent and powerful, and people with reactive skin find it is too harsh for them. You may find your skin more red, dry, flaky, and irritated than it was before using it.

2. Are you pregnant? If so, retinol should definitely be avoided. It's efficiency comes from the fact that it is absorbed into the body and creates activity in the skin cells. Vitamin A is very hazardous to a developing fetus and has been known to cause birth defects.  

3. Will you wear SPF? When using retinoids, whether topically or in over-the-counter medication, always remember to wear a high grade sunscreen, as retinol does increase photosensitivity.

4. Are you ok with the concept of "worse before it gets better"? Many find this to be the case with use of retinoids. As I mentioned before, the redness, dryness and flakiness happens to most people. But with proper care and lots of hydration, both internally and externally, these effects should subside within 2 weeks. And as always if these symptoms continue to persist absolutely stop using any kind of retinoids right away. 

Not so sure if retinol is for you right now? You might be in luck soon. While there is no alternative that is comparable to the effects of retinol at the moment, there are products being developed that are more sensitive skin friendly and include retinol derivatives, which are man made ingredients that negate the bad side effects of natural retinol.

Whatever you decide, just always remember that it's a good idea to always consult your dermatologist, and discuss with them whether a retinol is right for you. 

Xo,

Lexi

Feels like Fall, Foundation Goes A Shade Lighter, Lipstick Goes A Shade Darker

Fall is officially here ladies and so is my favorite month of all, October. While I'll certainly miss bronzed skin and breezy hairstyles, the new season has me in the mood for exciting beauty trends it comes with. 

The trend - fresh, highlighted skin  

Loving the new highlighter kit from Anastasia also Mario master palette!! Great fall colors

Loving the new highlighter kit from Anastasia also Mario master palette!! Great fall colors

Radiant, glowing skin is back. "Non-touring" is what many people are calling it; the look of heavily covered and overly contoured skin is gone and creamy, dewy skin is here.  

How to get the look - opt for a lightweight foundation to even out your skin then apply a concealer around the noose and under the eye to help camouflage any imperfections and blend. Finish the look with a highlighter on the tops of your cheekbones and Cupid's bow of the lips.  

The trend - peachy lids  

The new neutral that everyone can wear. You can go as bright or as subtle as you like. Pair it with a nude lip for day and for some added drama, with a deep crimson shade for evening.  

How to get the look - Use a cream color at the lash line and blend up until you reach your desired look. Then, finish with a light sweep of powder shadow.  

The trend - glitter eyeliner  

Think of leaves as they turn colors, all the shades they turn too!! Use that for inspiration:)) 

Think of leaves as they turn colors, all the shades they turn too!! Use that for inspiration:)) 

While unexpected for fall, glitter on the eye has been popping up all over the runway for fall. For an everyday look you can pair it with black eyeliner for a edgy, fun look.  

How to get the look - Apply a black liner around the entire eye. Then you can add the amount of glitter you like by patting it on with a small round brush. Use a cream for a softer look. Make it neutral and wearable with colors like copper, rose and gold.  

The trend - berry stained lips  

Great fall highlighter!! 

Great fall highlighter!! 

A true fall classic that anyone can rock. From deep, dark berries and purple to black, darker colors can be extremely flattering and make you standout. It also works well with all lip shapes and comes off very romantic. If you're feeling adventurous. Go for a darker berry, blue, or even black shade.  

How to get the look - For a soft lip, apply a darker shade to the center of your lips and then use your fingers to draw the color out to the lip line. Always make sure your lips are exfoliated and moisturized beforehand.  

The trend - dramatic lashes  

Volume lashes!! Great for woman who want a deep more full look! Or someone who doors not have a lot of lashes it's a great way to give the illusion of having more!!  

Volume lashes!! Great for woman who want a deep more full look! Or someone who doors not have a lot of lashes it's a great way to give the illusion of having more!!  

Lashes are more popular than ever this season and are the most luxurious way to dramatize any look. Wear them alone or with light illuminated eyes for a high contrast look.  

How to get the look - Customize your look with individual lashes or load up on your mascara. Or for more permanent drama you could get your lashes done with me 😉 

What's your favorite fall makeup trend? Leave your comments below!  

XO, 

Lexi

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Fall Specials for Embellish U

Fall Facials? Yessss! And the Best Accessory yet Eyelash Extensions! EmbellishU has specials going on for the Months of October and November.

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Our pumpkin enzyme facial is a perfect way to get your skin fresh for the new season, not to mention pumpkin everything is the biggest trend for fall. This facial is cell regenerating, anti-aging and exfoliating. Organically derived pumpkin enzymes will boost your skin's resilience and even your complexion. Also, brightening alpha hydroxy fruit acids and a rich blend of other age resisting antioxidants and vitamins will leave your skin looking healthy, youthful and silky smooth! $75 normally $115. Use code fall732 when booking online. Special running from October 1st to November 30th.

Customized and styled to fit you and your lifestyle!  

Customized and styled to fit you and your lifestyle!  

Calling all new clients! Have you always wanted eyelash extensions, but were skeptical and wanted to know more about them? Fear not, beginning on the 27th of September until November 30th you can receive a full set of classic lashes for $199, normally $250. Have lashes that will totally open up your eyes and save you a few minutes on your morning routine. I assure you will fall in love with them! *Does not apply to volume lashes. Use code embellishu when booking online.

Our signature, results-driven treatment will change the Image of your skin in just one session. Vitamin C, alpha and beta hydroxy acids, and gentle yet effective enzymes and speed up cellular turnover lightening, tightening and brightening all skin types, even Rosacea and sensitive skin.

Our signature, results-driven treatment will change the Image of your skin in just one session. Vitamin C, alpha and beta hydroxy acids, and gentle yet effective enzymes and speed up cellular turnover lightening, tightening and brightening all skin types, even Rosacea and sensitive skin.

Lighten, brighten and tighten your skin! Our Signature Facial Treatment will help you get rid of summer damage with its vitamin C and enzyme properties that are suitable for and will treat all skin types, including sensitive and redness-prone skin. Gives noticeable results in just one session. Don't forget it's just as important to follow up after your treatments just as much as getting the service is. Keep your skin hydrated and help you support the regenerative process with Post Treatment Recovery Balm. Dramatically helps reduce transepidermal water loss, discomfort, redness and irritation with plant-derived botanicals and antioxidants. Also receive a free eye brightening cream with your facial. While supplies last. $150normally $175. Special running from September 27th to November 30th. Use code brighten while booking online.

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Xo,  

Lexi:) 

10 Best Things About Yana

2016 is all about improving beauty from the inside out! 

2016 is all about improving beauty from the inside out! 

Stop by EmbellishU come taste how great this is! Get your complimentary shot!!  

Stop by EmbellishU come taste how great this is! Get your complimentary shot!!  

Introducing Yana!  Image Skincare's newest innovation. Yana is the path to radiant skin that begins from within. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body and gives skin its strength and structure. As we age, the amount of collagen in our skin begins to decrease leading to: fine lines, wrinkles and loss of radiance. After the age of 25, we begin losing collagen at a rate of 1% per year. This means the average person has lost almost half of the collagen in their skin by the age of 50. With Yana's unique formulation, we can combat the signs of aging from the inside out, and restore beautiful, youthful skin.

What Makes Yana Unique

  • revolutionary beauty liquid
  • highly concentrated
  • tastes great
  • increases collagen by up to 65% in just 60 days
  • higher bio-availability
  • rebuild and repair skin on a cellular level
  • reduction of fine lines and wrinkles in as little as one week
  • increases skin moisture by up to 40% in as little as three weeks
  • sugar free, dairy free, soy free, gluten free
  • non gmo

  So easy to use, you can mix with water or drink on its own. Even mix it with your favorite juices, shakes, or teas! You can also order online at imageskincare.com just use code PS06

Now available at EmbellishU!! Regularly $99 plus tax for 16oz of Yana! On sale this week for $85 plus tax. Get yours today limited quantity!! 

Xo,

Lexi

What's New at Embellish U!

Come see me at my new place!! Thank you to everyone who helped make this a reality!!  

Come see me at my new place!! Thank you to everyone who helped make this a reality!!  

Hi all! I'm super excited to say I've officially been in business for a full week! I absolutely love my new location on Arnold Avenue and I couldn't be happy to be in my dream spot. It's so rewarding to be here after creating EmbellishU a little over 4 years ago. All of my neighbors, local shops are super cute too!! 

To go along with my brand new business, I have launched a new website. There, you can find all my services (plus a few extra new ones) including Raindrop Treatments, Angel card readings, and more! All of my services also include all vegan/organic products. You know my motto, I want nothing but the best for my guests. 

Through my website you can book with me or download my app, EmbellishU, and it will prompt you on how to make an appointment. Reminder* we offer by appointment only to maintain a serene atmosphere, keep exclusivity and maintain my clients privacy. I'm so looking forward to having all my existing and new clients in my space.   

Your inner goddess awaits 💖 

Love,  

Lexi

Narrow Down Your Beauty Routine

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In this day and age, there are so many different beauty products out there. From creams to lotions and serums and every form of foundation under the sun, it can be all a little overwhelming. Here I want to list the bare essentials that can get you through your morning routine while still looking young, fresh and glowing.  

  • Coconut oil - the miracle worker. Use it as a moisturizer, hair mask, a head to toe salve, even a teeth whitener. Make sure it's refined though  
  • Essential oils - these you may have a few of, but for different purposes. Tea tree for blemishes, lavender for anxiety, peppermint for energy or skin refresher, just to name a few. You can even make your own scents  
  • BB Cream - evens out your skin tone and masks imperfections while still being lightweight, what more could you want  
  • Powder palette, one of those with a highlighter, blush, bronzer and a skin tone. You could even use some of the shades for your eyeshadow  
  • Eyeliner - in whatever form of your liking, liquid, pencil, gel etc  
  • Mascara - lashes frame your eyes and make them standout more
  • Lipstick/gloss/liner - find your signature shade of lipstick, a nuetral liner, and a light gloss. Perfect  
  • Dry shampoo - make your blowout last a little extra while giving your hair some volume  

While these are just essentials, you might add a few items you love here and there, for a special occasion or whatever it may be. Or even if you just feel like treating yourself to a new lipstick. Hopefully this list will have you try something new, maybe you'll even find your new favorite product. 

 

Love and light,  

Lexi  

Style Essentials

Let's talk a little about some fashion tips. Individual style is very important especially for us women. It allows us to be creative and express who we are as a person. I've curated a list of some essentials that everyone should have in their closet that you can mix and match with your own unique pieces for the perfect look. 

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Great easy coats to wear and super cute! 

Great easy coats to wear and super cute! 

Black and brown belts fun detailed work too. For that sexy but edgy look. 

Black and brown belts fun detailed work too. For that sexy but edgy look. 

  • the ever popular, LBD (little black dress) if you ever have somewhere important to go, you can't go wrong with one of these. 
  • black pumps, what better to go with your LBD than some cute little heels. Here you can have some fun and go with a patent leather, or maybe a classic pointy toe, the choice is yours. 
  • black skirt, if you're not one to choose a dress as a first pick, a skirt can do just as well, a nice mid length looks good on everyone 
  • white collared shirt, this you can dress up with your skirt, or even a nice pair of slacks, or you can totally dress it down and pair it with some distressed jeans
  • black/brown belt, for those outfits that are just missing a little something 
  • structured blazer, another item that you can dress up or down, a black or navy goes well with mostly everything, or you can have some fun with it and choose a statement color to go with a black outfit for a pop of color 
  • dress jeans, in a black or gray, still office appropriate but still comfy 
  • button down cardigan, a neutral color is best so you can wear it with anything, you can choose or more fitted style or opt for a long loose style for a different type of look
  • rain coat or denim jacket, for when you need something lightweight, but still want to look chic and put together at the same time, yet still practical 
Love the tailored flare pant, very slimming. Also a good pair of boyfriend jeans, you dress up or down!  

Love the tailored flare pant, very slimming. Also a good pair of boyfriend jeans, you dress up or down!  

These are a must to have! The staples of your wardrobe! What is one piece of clothing you can't live without?  

Love and light,  

Lexi

A Little Tuesday Pick Me Up

Be on Purpose! Turn every negative into a positive::)) we have gifts from God all day. You just have to see them.  

Be on Purpose! Turn every negative into a positive::)) we have gifts from God all day. You just have to see them.  

Hi all (: Today I want to spread some positivity and inspiration to all of you. This is for anyone who may feel stuck, or any type of negativity whatsoever. We've all been there, and it's easy to feel like you're the only one who's ever felt the way you do. Know that you are not alone!! For every emotion or feeling you've ever felt, there's so many other people who have felt the same or similar without you even knowing it. A lot of people don't speak about what their internally feeling for the fear of being misunderstood.

What I want to instill in everyone going through any kind of hardship right now is that you have the power to change it. Yes, you! You are the first, and only person that can help yourself. It's easy to get into a negative cycle and think that there's nothing you can do to make your situation lighter, but the longer you think that way, the longer things will stay the same. Be the change you wish to see. Your mind is your most powerful organ in your body. It's a lot stronger than you may think. Everyone has the ability to attract what they want in life through positive thinking. You know the saying, "a negative mind will never lead to a positive life." It sounds corny, but it's true. What you put out into this world is what you attract. In religion we call it spirits, in science we call it energy, in the streets we call it vibes. However you look at it, those energies you give out will come back to you. Don't get me wrong, nobody's perfect, and everyone can get down every once in a while, but taking those negative circumstances and letting it fuel you to make it a positive instead of letting them bring you down is your key to having a better outlook. It's not about what's going on around you, but how you choose to look at it. Perspective, my friends. 

I would like everybody starting today to pick out all the good things about your day, even the tiniest, most insignificant things. Make it a daily practice, and watch how your mind set changes. You can thank me later (;

Love and Light, 

Lexi

The Latest In Lip Enhancers

Here are some ideas of different lip shapes and pouts:) 

Here are some ideas of different lip shapes and pouts:) 

So this is a subject I've been wanting to talk about for some time now. I've noticed that permanent cosmetics and other cosmetic procedures have become more the norm lately. Well with celebs like Kylie Jenner who debuts fuller lips what seems like every week, what else do you expect. That being said I wanted to share with you a new innovation to one of the most popular names in lip enhancers, Juvederm. They have just been approved for their formula called Volbella XC, for lip augmentation and correction of perioral rhytides (aka lines around the mouth.) The filler is created with hyaluronic acid, which has been called the "fountain of youth." It acts as a cushion and lubricant to fill in those lines and gives subtle volume to the lips. Studies show that Juvederm Volbella XC can soften the look of rhytides around the mouth and improve lip fullness through one year. Pretty impressive stuff. Makes you think twice about some lip injections doesn't it? 

Always, 

Lexi

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A Look Into Permanent Makeup

As all of you know, I love and am a huge advocate on expanding my education and furthering my skills in the beauty industry, which is solely built on the fact that I love to make others feel beautiful, inside and out. So without further revue I'd like to announce that I am officially certified in permanent cosmetics! I will be finishing my apprenticeship this week. Then off to take my test to get licensed my the American Association of Micropigmentation. This has been a long time goal of mine and I'm so glad I now get to offer this to wonderful clients. With permanent cosmetics your daily makeup routine can be even more effortless. You can be out the door in literally under 5 minutes. Never worry about getting that fine line of eyeliner to be just right only for it to smudge halfway through the day. Want a little more color on your pout but hate the feeling of anything on your lips? Permanent cosmetics can help that. I can add a little color, even enhance your natural lip line, if you so desire; the possibilities are endless. Maybe your hand shakes and it's just not possible anymore, or you had a sickness that claused you to loose all your hair, allergies,and sensitivities never help! Well look no further. I have been trained by the leading school the Geru herself at Beau Institute. Now, keep on the lookout for my new permanent cosmetics location, which will be separate from my new business you've all heard about. This summer's going to be fun (:

 

Love and Light,

Lexi 

These were all different eyebrows on different woman. They barely had hair. Some were done with a shading technique, then came back for hairlike strokes after words. 

These were all different eyebrows on different woman. They barely had hair. Some were done with a shading technique, then came back for hairlike strokes after words. 

This is still Healing:) but a huge part to remember, Heal, Peel, and fade. My mom literally just wears gloss. Your color then disappears and comes back. Faded though.  

This is still Healing:) but a huge part to remember, Heal, Peel, and fade. My mom literally just wears gloss. Your color then disappears and comes back. Faded though.  

Here we  dropped her lower lip line to give her a more pout look:) also defined her lips more. Created more shape:)  

Here we  dropped her lower lip line to give her a more pout look:) also defined her lips more. Created more shape:)  

Cat eye on this lovely woman with a light beige line above

Cat eye on this lovely woman with a light beige line above

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We Are Moving!

We are all lovingly guided by our angels and masters. 

We are all lovingly guided by our angels and masters. 

Hi all! Just wanted to share some exciting news with all of you. This has been long awaited for me...Embellish U is moving to a new location! Now I will be able to better serve my existing clients and make room for new ones. I will be right in the heart of Point Pleasant Beach, not far off from where I am now. I will still be performing all the same services, and possibly a few more! That's all still a secret, for now (; I can not wait to reveal the exact location and final product with all of you. This has been a dream of mine for a long time and I want to thank all of you for making it possible. Stay tuned for more info! 

 

Love and Light, 

Lexi

The Best Spring Makeup Trends For 2016

Spring has finally sprung here in New Jersey (at least for now) which means it's time to up your look! Everybody feels a little better when the temperatures start rising, and you start to put a little more effort in. The no-makeup makeup trend has been around for a while, but that reign is over. It's time for bright red lips, electric eye's, glitter and fluffy lashes. 

Classic look red lip and black liner. For a super easy look when you have zero time in the am!! Throw hair in a bun and add a POP OF RED COLOR TO LIPS!! you will look perfectly prepped:)) 

Classic look red lip and black liner. For a super easy look when you have zero time in the am!! Throw hair in a bun and add a POP OF RED COLOR TO LIPS!! you will look perfectly prepped:)) 

A red lip is always a classic, but on the runways for spring this year it's never been so evident. The color to keep in mind: Snow White apple red, with a satin finish, for a fresh low maintenance look. Or if you want a little more drama, go for a stay in place all night matte. There's tons of liquid to matte lipsticks out there nowadays. Opt for a simple black liner on the eyes and you're set. 

Smutty Green From Mac  Apply to inner corners to outside corners! Want to make it super intense!!! Dampen your brush and pat it on!! 

Smutty Green From Mac

Apply to inner corners to outside corners! Want to make it super intense!!! Dampen your brush and pat it on!! 

My favorite look I've been seeing is blue for the eyes. Yes I know you're all thinking, "how the hell do I wear that?" The answer, any way you want. Don't be afraid of a little color. You can do a smoky eye with a sparkly navy instead of your traditional browns and blacks. You could even take a cobalt blue liner and use it on your bottom lash line and smoke it out a bit with a neutral shadow. Any way you choose isn't wrong, have fun! 

This is so much fun!! This was my go to back in the day!! Wear it on your lashes over mascara. Get it at   www.ramy.com

This is so much fun!! This was my go to back in the day!! Wear it on your lashes over mascara. Get it at

www.ramy.com

Now this is fun! Keep the eyes soft. You can use soft brown from Mac. Also do a blue line under your eyes mixed in with the soft brown... You are the next fashion statement:)) 

Now this is fun! Keep the eyes soft. You can use soft brown from Mac. Also do a blue line under your eyes mixed in with the soft brown... You are the next fashion statement:)) 

Now mascara has been on the back burner for a little while, but the emphasis on lashes has made a come back. For those of you that are on the blue eye movement, another fun trick is to add some colored falsies, just to the outer corner of your eye. Pair it with bare skin and a nude lip to really make them stand out. Also, you could always invest in a little eyelash extensions, at EmbellishU (; for a fluffy, flirty new look! 

Bronze Summer Glo! EmbellishU is Master Certified with Norvell sunless tanning systems. 

Bronze Summer Glo! EmbellishU is Master Certified with Norvell sunless tanning systems. 

Don't forget to book your lash appointment online! Complimentary Spray tan with your full set of eyelash extensions with EmbellishU for the Month of May!!!

Love and light, 

 

Lexi 

Find A Way To Baby Soft Feet with Baby Foot!

Make sure to presoak and soak day after treatment:)) 

Make sure to presoak and soak day after treatment:)) 

Sandal season is officially upon us! If you're anything like me, your feet may have gone through a little neglect over the winter months, and a simple pedicure might not do the trick for you, but fear not! I am introducing a new product to my studio, Baby Foot! It does exactly what it sounds like, peels your skin of all dead skin cells, revealing baby smooth feet. The upside to this though is that it's a one time treatment. Yes, you will see results after one use. No filing, no scrubbing.

Don't forget to Facilitate this process soak your feet for 10 mins here and there. It helps looked the skin. Don not peel the skin.  

Don't forget to Facilitate this process soak your feet for 10 mins here and there. It helps looked the skin. Don not peel the skin.  

It works by using 17 types of natural extracts that will not only peel off the dead skin cells, but provide incredible moisturizing power and will help maintain your skin's texture. The main ingredient is fruit acid (collectively referred to as Lactic Acid, Glycolic Acid) etc. You'll find these ingredients in many cosmetics and bath salts because it's safe to use, effective and has the ability to remove odor. 

Baby Foot is incredibly simple to use and after 5-7 days, the dead skin will start to peel off and the skin on your feet will be as fresh as a baby's foot, literally! I am offering them for $18 plus tax here at EmbellishU, just call or text in advance. 

 

Love and light,

Lexi 

A Quick Guide To Music Festival Makeup

Festival season is here! With events like SXSW, Coachella, and much other like events, you may want to stand out and amp up your look. But how do you best plan for when the weather can change on a dime and your makeup might melt off after hours in the sun? 

The key is to be simple yet bold (a philosophy all in its own.) Maybe try a brightly hued eyeliner, like an electric blue or hot pink, and get a little geometric with the shape. Just be prepared for smudging later on in the day, but don't fret! Embrace the eventual decay of your eye makeup instead of trying to stop it before it happens. Organic is the way to be. Add a couple stick on gems a-la 90"s Gwen Stefani for a bedazzled look. 

Highlighting is another big trend this year, if you're not super into the tribal-y look.Take a shimmery powder and keep the focus on the highest points of your face; top of the cheekbones, brown bone, tip of the nose, cupids bow. Add a little to the inner corners of your eyes if you'd like. Remember, skin and lips are completely bare. Keep it breathable, people. And don't forget the SPF. Throw your hair up in a done yet undone looking braid, add a flower crown or another accessory, and there you have it. 

The main thing with any look is pure creativity. If you think it's weird, people are going to like it. It's a festival, something eccentric is basically required.