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Eyebrows: Top LA Spots For The Perfect Arch

If the eyes are the windows to the soul, the eyebrows are certainly the key to a well-balanced facial structure. Every beauty aficionado knows that you need to start from the top of the face with a good shaped brow depending on whether you have a heart, round or oblong shaped circumference. Here is a handy guide to some of our top recommendations around LA to obtain the perfect arch.

 

Anastasia

With locations in Beverly Hills and Brentwood, some say this luxurious one-stop shop for everything eyebrows is the best in the business – clients include Madonna, Penelope Cruz and Jennifer Lopez to name a few. Appointments include a simple shape or shade, but you will want to buy one of the coveted kits that include an instructional video, stencils for keeping the perfect brow framing at home, powder, pencils, tweezers, holding gel and even a highlighting stick to use under and atop your brow bone to bring out the best shape.

 

Benefit on Montana

Who isn’t a sucker for the cute retro packaging of this make-up brand? With a handful of beauty boutiques around town offering in-house services, one of the latest additions is the expansion of the store on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica. Now you have double the space to shop for products and enjoy a professional brow tint or arch shaping. If you don’t like harsh pull of a waxing, the trained aestheticians also use a gentle threading technique. Don’t leave without one of their mini eyebrow mascara wands or the ‘brows a go-go’ for filling in the color gaps and adding an extra depth and pop to your look.

 

Thread

Along the lines of a genius, an ancient masterful threading technique where every little hair is perfectly plucked, ‘thread’ on Melrose is a hip beauty bar specializing in just that very technique which has been used for centuries in Asia and the Middle East. Hair is removed using cotton threads to twist and prune individual strands of hair, providing a natural way to sculpt and shape the perfect eyebrows plus the lasting benefits have been reported to last longer and be safer than waxing.

 

Kelley Baker Brows

Award-winning celebrity make-up artist, Kelley Baker, has just opened a second location in Beverly Hills at the Lasky Clinic as a sister shop to her well known Abbot Kinney, Venice flagship. Her high quality cosmetics include brow powder, angle and smudge brushes, tweezers, brow gel, lip gloss, and highlighter pencil. Clients of the chic line include Julia Roberts and Michael Douglas.

Get Organized In The New Year!

So here we are again, another year over and a new one just begun. What were your resolutions this year? If you are like many it included: stop smoking, get fit and lose weight, get out of debt, get organized, and spend more time with the family. All great goals to strive for with three things in common – spend less money, feel less stress and have more time!

Let’s start with getting organized…January is the National Association of Professional Organizer’s (NAPO) Get Organized MonthSM. During the first month of the year the professional organizing community dedicates time and resources to raising awareness of the benefits of getting organized and of hiring a professional organizer. Many of the over 4,000 professional organizers in the United States are ready to make your year more organized!

If you want to try it on your own then here are a few helpful hints to get you going:

 

Identify why you want to get organized

You want to make room for a new family addition, be comfortable having people over, be able to find things without stress, save money by only buying things you need and will use, etc. It is great to say “I want to get organized,” but without a real reason there is little motivation to do anything other than dream about it.

 

Write it down

A dream does not become a goal until you write it down! Keep it posted in a place where you can read it every day. It takes 21 days to create or change a habit. You need to be repeating your goal for those 21 days so that it “sinks in”.

 

Make a plan

Decide what you want to do, how you want to tackle it, when you are going to work on it and who is going to help. Read books, blogs and articles on how to go about creating an organizing plan. Carve out time in your schedule and make a date on your calendar. It took time to get disorganized so you will have to make time to get organized again! And don’t be afraid to ask for help. Whether it is a friend, family member, or a Certified Professional Organizer, don’t be afraid to say you need some guidance. We are all gifted in different ways.

 

Reward yourself

As you move through the process of getting organized, be it a large project to knock out a closet in a day or small habit changes that lead to the beginning steps of organization, remember to reward yourself.

 

Organizing is not rocket science, but it can be hard work. So roll up your sleeves and just make a start… Here’s to your organized New Year! So what are your plans?

Clutter Free Lifestyle: An Organized Junk Drawer

 

Every kitchen I’ve ever organized, including my own, has the ubiquitous junk drawer. The last bastion where stuff gets dumped that seemingly doesn’t have a home anywhere else. Believe it or not, I am actually a fan of having a junk drawer.  A well-organized junk drawer, that is. There are certain items that we all use from time to time that simply belong in the kitchen.

 

While these items will vary from home to home, a typical junk drawer will be made up of scissors, tape, keys, measuring tape, post-it notes, matches, lip balm, a few tools, etc. So, how to organize a junk drawer to find what you need without screaming when you open the drawer?

 

Step One/

Empty your current junk drawer either onto a counter or into a box and wipe down the drawer.

 

Step Two/

Sort everything into categories: keep, recycle, trash, or “belongs in another room.” Toss expired items and be ruthless. Are you really going to use those leftover chopsticks from a take-out order two years ago? The last thing you want is to create an over-stuffed drawer, especially since you’ve taken the time to organize it.

 

Step Three/

Purchase a drawer divider or look around the house for containers to divide up the drawer into sections.

 

Step Four/

Utilizing your drawer dividers or containers, organize your junk drawer items by category and/or size of the dividers. Put the scissors in the long section, paper clips and rubber bands in the smaller sections, etc.

 

Of course there are a myriad of options for drawer dividers/containers.  Here are a few examples:

Expand-a- Drawer - The Container Store

Axis Junk Drawer Organizer - Amazon

You can also use ice cube trays, muffin tins or a series of shallow drawer organizers, like these – The Container Store

Whichever system you choose, remember to go through your newly organized junk drawer on a regular basis.