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IPL
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is used in photo-rejuvenation for the skin and hair removal treatments. Broad Band Light (BBL) is essentially the same thing as IPL and is used in the same way. Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is not actually a laser. IPL emits a non coherent, broad spectrum light, rather than a monochromatic single wavelength like a laser. Basically lasers have one wavelength ( for example: 800nm) with a very specific target, and IPL uses a wide spectrum of wavelengths at the same time (for example: 500nm — 1200nm) that can target any chromophore in that range. You can think of the laser like a sniper that can precisely hit a single target with one shot, and IPL is like a grenade that hits several targets at once.
IPL

IPL uses special filters that block unwanted wavelengths. The filters can be changed to “cut off” the shorter wavelengths. The appropriate filter will depend on the depth of the intended target.

intense pulsed light

The cut off for the wavelength at the deeper end is predetermined, but can vary with each devise.

For example: Lumenis One has a wavelength of 515 – 1200nm,
and has 7 filters: 515, 560, 590,615, 640,695, and 755.
The 515 filter would block out wavelengths above and below 515nm – 1200nm, while the 560 filter would block out wavelengths above and below 560 -1200nm. The deeper wavelength, in this case 1200nm remains the same, while the “cut-off” filter can be changed to block out specific shorter wavelengths.

Each devises may use different wavelengths.
Sciton BBl: 420 -1400nm
Lumenis One: 515-1200nm
iPulse 1200: 530 – 1200nm
LimeLight: 520 – 1100nm
E-Light: 470-980nm
Cynergy XPL: 560 -950nm

ipl vs laser

[ Read more about Aesthetic Lasers ]

SELECTIVE TARGET

IPL is well absorbed by chromophores that have color such as melanin, hemoglobin. The concentration of a specific chromophore peaks at different depths in the skin. The filter used in treatment is decided based on the depth of a desired target and the color of skin. A deeper cut off filter would be used for hair removal, while a shallow filter would be used when treating vascular issues such as rosacea. It is important to remember that IPL targets color in the skin, so tanning must be avoided before treatment. Patients with darker skin should seek treatment from someone experienced in treating their skin type, to avoid complications. IPL treatments can provide beautiful results, but can also cause serious burns. It is the patients responsibility to choose an experienced professional, be honest about sun exposure and follow all pre and post treatment instructions.

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Read MoreJanuary 10, 2011 3:33 pm - Posted by Kristy


Clive Christian Perfume Imperial Majesty
$215,000 for 16.90z, the bottle
The bottles is adorned with a five carat brilliant cut white diamond and an 18-carat gold collar.

no.1 christian clive
No. 1 Pure Perfume by Clive Christian
$2,350.00
You can find Clive Christian Fragrances at Neiman Marcus

ralph lauren notorius
Ralph Lauren Perfume Notorious
$3,540
Available at Harrods

Limited Edition Angel Mugler Show Superstar
Limited Edition Angel Mugler Show Superstar
$3,000. 14.2 fl. Oz. Eau de Parfum
Shown in the deluxe, limited edition bottle, adorned with elegant Swarovski® crystals, created in France by Brosse celebrated glassmakers. Available at Neiman Marcus.

expensive perfume
Caron Perfume Poivre
$2,000 (2.2 oz bottle)

expensive perfume
Chanel No. 5
$1,850 (15.2 oz bottle)


Baccarat Perfume Bottle Les Larmes Sacrées de Thebes
$1,700 (0.25 oz).


Hermes Perfume Faubourg
1,500 (1 oz bottle)
Shown in a limited edition St. Louis crystal bottle, only 1,000 limited-edition bottles were released.

expensive perfume
Annick Goutal Perfume EAU D’hadrien
1,500 (3.4 oz bottle).
This fragrance is the creation of Annick Goutal an award-winning pianist. Shown in limited edition bottle. You can find Annick Goutal fragrances at Neiman Marcus.

Joy jean patou parfum
Joy Baccarat Pure Parfum, Limited Edition
$1000.
Only 50 limited-edition inscribed Baccarat Pure Parfum bottles are created each year for Jean Patou Joy. Available at Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus.

expensive perfume
Shalini Perfume
$900 (2.2 oz bottle)

expensive perfume
Jar Perfumes The Bolt of Lightening
$765 (1 oz).
Created by famous jeweler Joel Arthur Rosenthal, also known as JAR. Rosenthal also designed the bottle. JAR Perfumes can only be found at specific JAR boutiques ( Bergdorf Goodman in NYC and the exclusive JAR boutique is in Paris).

most expensive perfume
Guerlain 180 Year Collectors Set
3750.00
18 iconic Guerlain fragrances, from Eau de Cologne Imperiale, composed for Empress Eugenie in 1853, to the House’s newest scent, Cruel Gardenia, created in 2008. Retails at Neiman Marcus

[ Fragrance 101 ]

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Read MoreDecember 27, 2010 9:58 pm - Posted by Kristy

woman perfume

“Perfume puts the finishing touch to elegance – a detail that subtly underscores the look, an invisible extra that completes a woman’s personality. Without it there is something missing.”
Gianni Versace.

Fragrance Strengths

The intensity of a fragrance is determined by the amount of the actual perfume oils. A perfume with a higher concentration of perfume oils will have a longer lasting and more pure scent.
Perfume………………… 15% – 30%
Eau de Parfume ……… 8% – 15%
Eau de Toilette ………. 4% – 8%
Eau de Cologne …….. 2% -5%
After Shave …………… 4%
Splash Cologne ……… 1% – 3%

Take Notes

Understanding Fragrance Composition
A fragrance generally has three notes or levels, with each scent evolving into the next. The notes begin with the lightest and evolve into the strongest. Often the strongest note or the base note starts off unpleasant, however it improves with time. The middle note helps to cover the base note untill it has “matured”. Some fragrances such as a splash may only have a top and or middle note.

Top Note / Head Note
Fades in about one minute / Lightest scent (fruity, citrus)
This is the initial impression, it sets the stage for the middle and base notes.

Middle Note / Heart Note
Fades within 30 – 45 minutes / (florals, spices)
This is the body of the fragrance with a discernible aroma. The middle note acts as a bridge between top note and base note.

Base Note/Bottom
Fades in 3-5 hours / Heaviest scent (Musks, woody notes)
This represents the true personality of the fragrance, and has the most stability and staying power. The lasting power depends on strength of the fragrance.

Application

Proper use and application for a full body fragrance experience.
Layer your fragrance to assure depth and character of a fragrance on your skin. Layering refers to applying different forms of the same fragrance family, i.e., body wash, body splash, lotion and perfume. When you use a variety of body products and fragrances with different scents, they may not mix well together, creating an unflattering result. Ideally, you would layer a fragrances from the same brand/scent, however if you know the notes that compose your fragrance, you can better choose complimentary body products.

Fragrances rise so they should be applied from the ankles up. Apply perfume to the pulse points — ankles, behind the ears, back of the knees, bosom, inside the wrist and inside the elbows — to extend wear. Don’t forget less is more.

Shopping for a fragrance

When you are shopping for a fragrance, let the person at the counter help you. They are around fragrances all day and generally know them well. Most fragrance counters will have coffee beens available. Smell the coffee beens between samples to clear the nose and increase sensitivity. It is similar to cleansing your palate with sorbet between courses. When you think you found one you like, spray a little on your wrist and wait about an hour. You want to allow the fragrance to “dry down,” so that you know how the base note will smell before you make a purchase. If you are shopping for someone else, take a list of fragrances that they like or have purchased before – this will help the associate at the fragrance counter identify the common notes, and help you choose a fragrance with similar scent qualities.

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Read MoreDecember 18, 2010 2:54 am - Posted by Kristy

body wash, shower

If you are like me, you probably love all the perfumed body products, like the products from Victoria’s Secret and Bath and Body Work. The fragrances are so lovely, especially when you layer the shower gel, lotion and body spray. Unfourtunatly, if you have dry skin, you may need to trade your favorite fragranced shower gel for a body wash better suited for dry skin.

When you are looking for a body wash for dry skin, look at the ingredients listed on the back label. Ingredients are listed from the greatest to least amount contained in the product. If the first two ingredients are water and sodium laurel sulfate, then that is what makes up most of your product. Sulfates are used in many cleansers and shampoos, they are detergents and help products to foam up. Unfortunately, they can dry the skin by stripping the protective lipids from the skins surface. However, products that use sulfates in combination with conditioning agents and emollients will help to prevent the skin from becoming too stripped. If you have dry skin, choose a body wash that has an emollient or moisturizer as the second and/or third ingredient. Look for ingredients like petrolatum, cocoa butter, jojoba butter, and natural oils. Most Cleansers will have some sulfates, the trick is to find a shower gel that has sulfates lower on the list of ingrediants. There are products that have sulfates as the third or fourth ingrediant.

olay body wash, dry skin
Olay Body Wash plus Body Butter Ribbons
I like Olay Body Wash Plus Ribbons jojoba butter. Jojoba butter is a nice moisturizer and although it is half way through the list of ingredients, Petrolatum and Mineral Oil are in the top three ingredients before any sulfates.

shower gel
Olay Total Effects 7-in-1 Advanced Anti Aging Body Wash
Water,Petrolatum and Mineral Oil are the top three ingredients before any sulfates. Olay Total effects contains niacinamide which helps to prevent skin from losing water, and also helps to stimulate circulation in the skin. Studies have shown that it also improves the appearance of wrinkles, skin discolorations and reduces redness and improves skin elasticity.


Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Wash
Natural oils and emollients, to help replenish skin’s natural moisture. It’s lightly fragranced, soap free, dye-free and hypoallergenic so it’s gentle enough for sensitive skin

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Read MoreDecember 15, 2010 12:50 pm - Posted by Kristy

scottsdale fashionista

If you love fashion, beauty and shopping, then you need to visit Scottsdale Fashionista. This site keeps you up on everything fashion, paying special attention to local designers and boutiques. There is also plenty of celebrity fashions to view, including celebrity fashion mistakes.

I am a firm believer that beautiful skin, hair and makeup complements any ensemble. The Scottsdale Fashionista has not forgotten the relationship between fashion and beauty, with a fabulous section dedicated to the fountain of youth.

www.scottsdalefashionista.com
You can follow Scottsdale Fashionista on Facebook and Twitter.

Read MoreDecember 1, 2010 10:59 am - Posted by Kristy

girl with freckles

There are many people that have embraced their freckles and love them, while others would prefer spotless skin.

Freckles are clusters of concentrated melanin, ranging in color from red, tan and brown. Some people have a genetic tendency to develop freckles, however sun exposure is the main cause of freckles. Freckles generally appear on sun-exposed areas, and will appear darker or more prominent after sun exposure. Ephelides is a freckle which is flat, light brown or red, and fades when protected from UV light. Ephelides are more common in those with light complexions. Liver spots (also known as sun spots and Lentigines) are freckles that develop after years of sun exposure, and are more prominent with age.

If You Want To Remove Freckles

The best way to remove freckles is to have a series of photofacial treatments, combined with bleaching creams containing 4% hydroquinone and tretinoin (Retin-A). A good UVA/UVB sunblock is also recommended, because UV exposure will make freckles more prominent.

Photafacial (Fotofacial) uses IPL (Intense Pulse Light) to treat skin discoloration, redness and broken capillaries. There generally isn’t any down time associated with IPL treatments, however pigmented spots will appear darker temporarily. After a photofacial any freckles or pigmented lesions will darken up and flake off. It can take up to two weeks for spots to flake off. The number of treatments needed will vary depending on the skin condition.

photofacial, freckles
Photofacial / IPL Treatments

If You Like Your Freckles

If you are not concerned with removing freckles you can use lightening and brightening products. These products brighten the skin without removing freckles. Freckles will fade slightly, but will not go away.

Obagi C rx
OBAGI C-RX System
If you love your freckles, you may want to skip the Therapy Night Cream from this system. The Therapy Night cream has a 4% hydroquinone, which will further fade freckles and pigmentation. The Clarifying Serum also has a 4% hydroquinone, however this C- serum is only used in the morning and is not enough to eliminate freckles. The Clarifying Serum is great for anyone that wants brighten their skin tone, and still keep their freckles.
is clinical white lightening

iS Clinical White Lightening Complex
Brightens and lightens skin with beneficial moisturizing properties. Utilizing an innovative blend of proprietary lightening ingredients and pharmaceutical-grade botanicals, this high performance formula exfoliates, reduces inflammation, and provides strong antioxidant protection.
White Lightening Complex will brighten the skin, and freckles will fade, but not go away completely.

Prevent Freckles

To prevent freckles, you need to use a good sunblock. I recommend a UVA/ UVB sunblock with an SPF 30 or higher. I also recommend sunblocks with Zinc, because it is a broad band physical block. SPF only measure UVB protection, and even if a product is labeled to have UVA protection, it may not protect from the full UVA spectrum. Topical Vitamin C ( L- ascorbic acid) can also help prevent sun damage because it neutralizes UV radiation.

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Read MoreNovember 16, 2010 11:25 am - Posted by Kristy

Braids are the hottest trend in hair right now.

Braids can be seen on runway models and all the hottest celebrities.
I love these celebrity inspired braids.

Nicole Richie with boho braids in the back.

Jennifer Anniston at the Oscars with front braid.

Lauren Conrad with front headband style braid

Kim Kardashian with boho braids

Jessica Simpson

Heidi Klum

Sarah Michelle Geller

Amanda Seyfreid with a loose side braid

Fearne Cotton with a side herringbone braid

Another version of the front or bang braid

Salvage Salon, Az

Jessica Anderson at Salvage Salon does a beautiful job with boho braids. You can have Jessica braid your hair, however she also teaches her clients how to braid their own hair.
You can follow Salvage Salon on facebook or check out their new blog.
Salvage your soul: on blogspot www.salvagesalon.blogspot.com

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Read MoreJuly 22, 2010 10:21 pm - Posted by Kristy

You may have already seen the Brook Shields commercial for Latisse, if you are not familiar with this product, let me just say ” it is a must have”.

Latisse is the first and only FDA approved prescription treatment for eyelash growth. It is an easy to use topical solution that you apply once a day at the base of your eyelashes. Lashes gradually start to get longer, thicker and darker. You will notice results in as little as 8 weeks, and full results in as little as 16 weeks. Keep in mind that hair growth can develop in other areas that the solution is applied to. I personally have used Latisse on my eyebrows and have seen an improvement.

The active ingredient in Latisse is (bimatoprost opthalmic solution) 0.03%. Bimatoprost is believed to work by keeping hair in the anagen (growth) phase. It first works by increasing the lenghth of the anagen phase, then by increasing the numbers of hairs that grow in this phase. Latisse is made by Allergan. In 2001 Allergan developed an eyedrop to lower pressure in the eye, to treat conditions such as glaucoma and ocular hypertension. Eyelash growth was a side effect of this drug, and Latisse was later developed as a result.

I am a big fan of Latisse, and all of my clients that have used this love it.
Latisse is a prescription treatment, so you need to get it from a doctor, such as a dermatologist or plastic surgeon. You can get Latisse for $125. at Shapiro Plastic Surgery, Paradise Valley Skin
Klinic.

Paradise Valley Skin Klinic

Paradise Valley Skin Klinic also offers a wide variety professional skin treatments and products.
Call to schedule a treatment or consultation. 480 421-1701
www.shapiroplastic surgery.com

You can follow Paradise Valley Skin Klinic on facebook.

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Read MoreJuly 11, 2010 4:36 pm - Posted by Kristy

best of both worlds blog - fashion, beauty, family, friends, and more

We are proud to announce the launch of our new blog, www.bestofbothworldsAZ.com.

We are excited to launch our new blog!

Who has more fun: blondes or brunettes? The world may never know, but we do know that when you put them together you get the Best of Both Worlds. After all, two minds are better than one.

Thank you, for visiting Best of Both Worlds AZ.

Best of Both Worlds” is having the best aspects of two choices. It is having a career you love and a family you love more. It represents beauty inside and out. It is having something you love and sharing it, so it can be loved by someone else.

Celebrity Estheticians Kristy Harris and Stephanie Willis are both busy working mothers, that have been working together for over seven years. Working for one of the most prestigious plastic surgeons in Arizona, you can bet they meet some pretty amazing people and usually have the inside “scoop” on almost everything from events and promotions, to who’s – who in AZ. These ladies can chat it up with the best of them, especially when it relates to the beauty industry, but when people talk, they listen. They listen when someone raves about a new restaurant, boutique or a great youth camp.

Both are Arizona Natives with many friends and large extended family’s. These protective mothers not only look to set an example for their family’s, they also subscribe to the theory of positive attraction. So, don’t expect to hear any sort of negative “gossip” from these ladies. Both strong Leo women enjoy the finer things in life, and with their generous nature they are inclined to share their secrets and treasures.

Get ready for a big first year here at Best Of Both Worlds AZ — Comment and get involved!

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Read MoreJuly 2, 2010 7:08 pm - Posted by Kristy