Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Eyelash Extensions DC

They're becoming as ubiquitous as hair extensions. Hardly a dinner party is complete without them. Women are loving them for an everyday pretty look. Eyelash extensions DC are officially a thing. Like many new beauty procedures that quickly become part of our special occasion routine or even regular maintenance, there's a lot of questions from the uninitiated. Will it hurt? How long do they last? Do they feel... um, weird?

Lash extensions dc are glamorous, they are a beauty accessory that allows women, who have not been blessed with long lashes achieve a natural, eye enhancing look. Loving how lashes look and improve overall appearance is easy, not to mention how they cut down on the time it takes to complete a daily beauty routine.

Oooh, a time saver? Tell me more. This non-surgical procedure is a small wonder that makes a big difference. With lash extensions dc, everyone wakes up pretty, not to mention all the time saved in the morning and evening dealing with leftover mascara smudges.

When applied correctly, there is no discomfort, they last four to six weeks, and feel very natural and lightweight.

Learn more: www.lavendergypsy.com

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Bethesda Lash Extensions, XTREME LASHES

My amazing clients, I am excited to announce the addition of a new service at Lavender Gypsy. Lash extensions in the Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Arlington, and Washington DC areas! Xtreme Lashes will now be available in Bethesda. Booking now, time slots are limited so it's best to book early. 

The Xtreme Lashes Brand is the Global Leader and the gold standard in the industry. Pricing is $325 for your first full set (lasts 4-6 weeks, 2 hr appt) and $125+ for refills (every 2-4 weeks)

My ultimate goals and commitment to you are:

  • lash extension quality and ultimate time of lash adhesion
  • customer satisfaction, comfort
  • eye health and safety during application
  • continuing education and techniques
  • Xtreme lash styling and artistry
Enjoy this day and see you soon,
Lavender Gypsy 
DC Eyelash Xtreme Lash Extensions
4833 West Ln
Bethesda, MD 20814

Sunday, August 12, 2012

How to water an orchid

Alright, so I have woefully remiss in keeping up on this blog. There is more to life than facials, so I am making this a place of ideas, not just optimizing my site with keywords. Yes, you will see them there at the end, but isn't it more fun to create some optimistic thinking than doing the daily grind.

My orchid is blooming, again! This time it is a double shoot. I was thinking about how the orchid I just bought from a grocery store died after a month. A client and I were talking and I realized the problem. Orchids like to breathe and they don't like wet feet. Actually when you water, or when I water an orchid I usually wait until it is yelling at me, hey Shannon, don't let me die today. Then I get a nice big bowl of luke warm water (they don't like cold or hot) and make sure the whole pot is submerged. I usually have to set up a make shift thing with knives or something heavy on the edges to keep it down because the barkdust or wood likes to float. All good potted orchids are in wood. They naturally grown on cliffs of rock and bits of dirt so their air roots can breathe. I let is soak up the water for 20 to 30 minutes, they are slow drinkers.

You cannot see it too well from the picture, but there is a small green plastic container in the clay pot. I do not let the clay get wet to avoid mold. These blooms have been going for 3 weeks now and I expect them to shine for me for another month at least. The one I had to throw away was so compressed in the plastic pot that it never drained properly and the mold grew and killed it. I suspect that most people have that problem. Also the plastic container was a good 2 inches lower than the clay pot it came in at that gives a dark place for mold. So I recommend, room to stretch, a good dunk once in a while, and no wet feet and your orchids will reward you with love and blooms to cherish. Yes, I forgot, a sunny, light filled place to call home.

Lavender Gypsy is a Bethesda day spa that offers organic facials that correct sun spots and rough, dehydrated skin. Visit us today for a luxurious facial that keeps your skin looking young and beautiful, just like you.

Love your day.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

How to clear up your complexion

Drink two to three liters of pure water a day. It's worth the extra trip to the bathroom! Water is vital for keeping your system clean and your complexion clear. It helps with detoxification and assists bile acids in flushing out toxins. Add some real lemon juice to it.

Organs are often burdened with trying to purify our daily toxic load, often, as a last resort, your body will use your skin (the largest organ in your body) to help get rid of unwanted toxins. The results can be fine bumpy congestion felt on your face or even worse, inflammatory acne.

Who wants that? No one.

And what can I do to avoid it? Simple~To clear up your complexion try to drink as much fresh water as you can and add real lemon juice. It supports your liver and keeps your complexion smooth and clearer. You will feel and look better for it.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

How often should I get a facial?

Recently this is a question that has come up quite a bit for my clients. Some new clients wanting to get a facial as often as twice a week (week, really). That's o.k. I understand there is a lot of misinformation there and I wanted to offer you all my point of view.

How often should I get a facial?

The short answer:    Every 3 to 4 wks

The long answer: 

It's subjective. If you have oily, clogged pores or acne prone skin once a week facials are good as long as the skin isn't over stimulated with too much facial massage. Facials can be extremely relaxing, the face, neck, shoulder & hand massage are great for reducing stress, and therefore 1x a week may be approriate as long as the skin isn't over extracted, or over exfoliated. Too much exfoliation disrupts the lipid barrier and skin can become dry and irritated.

For dryer, more mature skin types, facial massage is an excellent way to stimulate circulation and blood blow to the dermal layers. So, naturally you will increase collagen and elastin production.

For sensitive skin types a weekly facial is good as long as it is calming and soothing. The exfoliation has to be kept very light.

For deeply congested, sun damaged skin, a series of weekly Enzyme Peels over the course of 4-6 weeks can work magic to get the skin back in shape. However, a skin analysis should be performed to make sure this would be correct for your skin.

Mostly, I'd like to say that my true belief is that doing too much to the skin, by going after it aggressively can lead to an imbalance of the microfloral and ph balance of the skins surface. So it is my true belief that facials ever 3 to 4 wks are the way to go for amazing, glowing, and flawless skin.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Spa in Bethesda

Name:  Lavender Gypsy spa in Bethesda, Maryland

Type of Spa:  Organic Luxury Spa

The Setting at Lavender Gypsy Spa:  This is a luxury spa in Bethesda that has it all: a gorgeous holistic-inspired spa and beautiful inviting rooms in a welcoming setting. Great shopping is just a ramble away in the eye catching Bethesda row.

The Spa in Bethesda:  Lavender Gypsy is it's own paradise -- a small wellness center in the heart of Bethesda is welcoming and intimate. You will receive one on one attention and care at this relaxing style older home, converted to a healing center. Decorated in relaxing earth tones with no shortage of free parking available by the front door. Enjoy a hot cup of tea and the caring atmosphere our experienced therapists provide. After your treatment, feel free to linger in the waiting room for a peaceful moment of transition. Right down the road are Bethesda shops for a little retail therapy or just a nice walk around.

Signature Treatments at Lavender Gypsy:  The Signature Revitalizing Facial ($115) is a full hour and a half extravaganza. This pampering facial starts with a skin care analysis so that your facial is truly customized to your unique skin care needs. Then a comforting cleansing and exfoliation is followed by a luxurious massage, extractions, masks and moisturizers applied at a deliciously relaxed pace. Wonderful! Ambiance music helps you relax, so will the paraffin hand dip or essential oil footbath. Your choice of one is complementary per facial treatment.

Rates:  Check the website:  www.lavendergypsy.com

What's special at this spa:  The spa itself is unusually welcoming and peaceful, and I was impressed with the quality of the therapists. I also liked the fact that you aren't rushed through your treatment, they really take time to spoil you during the service and later you are not rushed out the door. A great experience at this spa in Bethesda and all of the products used are organic to boot!

Bottom Line:  This spa is for you if you want a tasteful, quiet spa with great treatments and extra pampering.

Contact Info:  Lavender Gypsy Facials, 4833 West Ln Bethesda, Maryland  20814
Phone: 301-789-5525

Monday, February 6, 2012

Soothe Hand Arthritis

A client was telling me about her hand joint pain and the daily arthritis she has to endure. I am a purist at heart and am always looking for natural ways to help myself and others manage body irritations and issues we may have.

At the begining of a facial treatment at Lavender Gypsy Bethesda Spa a paraffin hand dip is something offered complementary. After the paraffin dip, your hands are gently wrapped in plastic to allow the heat to soothe hand arthritis or just moisturize dry skin. Near the end of your facial, the wax will be removed for a wonderful hand and arm massage. The moist heat therapy of a paraffin hand dip can help alleviate pain, stiffness, and dry skin. Paraffin therapy is one of the most effective methods of applying deep heat in a fast-acting, drug free way.

I hope you enjoy this therapy and also think about great anti-inflammatory things you can do with your diet. Ginger tea and tumeric spice are great ways to start. As always I treat my clients like family, they are dear to me. Take good care of your one and only body and I will see you soon.