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Master Estheticians Kristy Harris and Stephanie Willis have launched a campaign to immediately improve the image of skin!

The PR Facial Treatment was designed in recognition of the human desire to become more competitive and appealing socially, romantically and professionally. This treatment puts a new spin on skin by networking skin tightening technology with the skin plumping results of an infused oxygen treatment for immediate image enhancing results.

PR Facial Treatment

This skin campaign begins with a skin tightening treatment that uses Radio Frequency to deliver deep intense heat into the dermis. The heat causes an immediate contraction of collagen fibers, and stimulates collagen production. The result is an immediate skin tightening effect.

The skin tightening treatment is followed up with derma-planing, gently scraping the skin to remove facial hair and dead skin cells. Skin is immediately smoother and has a more polished image.

The skin enhancing event is completed with an Oxygen facial treatment that will instantly leave the skin plump, firm, hydrated and radiant. Oxygen, in conjunction with vitamins and minerals are propelled onto the skin to nourish and revitalize the skin cells. After the oxygen treatment you will notice a “tight” sensation of the skin and the skin will look and feel moist to the touch.
120 minutes / $550 *Gratuity not included

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Read MoreSeptember 7, 2011 1:46 pm - Posted by Kristy

About 8 of of 10 women have cellulite, even women that are thin or work out often have cellulite. Some of hottest celebrities have cellulite, Pamela Anderson, Misha Baton, Kate Moss, Lady Gaga and Beyonce have all been photographed with cellulite. Kim Kardashian has even had Velashape cellulite treatments on her show. VelaShape offers an effective solution for treating cellulite, which is probably why we have seen it on shows like Dr Phil, Rachel Ray and The Doctors.

What is Cellulite?
Cellulite is the unsightly lumpy, dimpled skin appearance, also known as the ‘cottage cheese’ or ‘orange peel’ appearance. Cellulite consists of fat deposits that appear mainly on the hips, thighs and buttocks. The skin’s connective tissue surrounds fat cells, which are arranged in chambers. The margins of these chambers contain septae. Over time, the fat cells increase in size and number. This phenomenon together with accumulation of localized edema, push the skin’s surface between the septae in an upward direction. This is what creates the lumpy and dimpled skin appearance, also known as the ‘cottage cheese’ appearance, associated with cellulite.

VelaShape™ Cellulite Treatment
VelaShape™ features the unique elōs™ technology combination of Bi-polar Radiofrequency (RF), Infrared Light Energy, plus Vacuum and Mechanical Massage to deploy targeted heat to adipose tissue. The precise heating ensures a safe, effective, fast treatment with no downtime. Vacuum and specially designed rollers for the Mechanical Massage smooth out the skin to facilitate safe and efficient heat energy delivery. The combination of these energies increases the metabolism of stored energy, increases lymphatic drainage and reduces or shrinks the size of the actual fat cells and fat chambers. The net result is gradual smoothening of skin’s surface with a noticeable reduction in cellulite. With VelaShape™ it is easy to enhance your body, improve your lifestyle and feel better about yourself!

The result:
Gradual smoothing of skin’s surface with a noticeable reduction in cellulite
Circumferential Reduction, with noticeable reshaping of the treated area
In a clinical multi-center study, 85% of the treated areas have reported Circumferential Reduction of thighs of at least 1cm; ranging up to 7.2cm in reduction.



You can schedule a Velashape treatment at Paradise Valley Skin Klinic. 480 421-1701
Shapiro Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Paradise Valley Skin Klinic
5410 N. Scottsdale Rd., Ste F-100
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
480 421.1701
wwwshapiroplasticsurgery.com

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Read MoreAugust 1, 2011 5:11 pm - Posted by Kristy

I was recently in San Diego, and I stopped by the Old Town marketplace, where I found a unique moistuizer. At first I thought that the Body Stone Candles were only candles, I was surprised to learn that they are actually a natural deep moisturizing lotion with a wick.

You light the wick, like you would a candle and let a small amount melt and pour it into your hands and apply the way you would normally apply lotion. It is not too hot, and is very soothing. It also has a nice light scent. The moisturiser is made of natural ingredients includeing Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Soy Oil, Bee’s Wax, Vitamins A & E, Jojoba, Aloe Vera and pure essential oils. This is great for dry hands, feet, elbows, or any area that needs extra hydration.

The moisturizer is contained inside beautiful hand crafted stoneware with an artisan glaze. The stone ware is designed to allow the product to slowly flow out as you pour it onto the skin. The stone pots can also be refilled, which is environmentally friendly. There are so many color selections, you can easily find something that will match your personal style or home decor. You will want to display your Body Stone Candle as a unique piece of art. It would be perfect next to the kitchen sink, in the bathroom or on the nightstand next to your bed. Body Stone Candles are also a fun and unique gift idea!

Body Stone Candles are good for your skin, environmentally friendly and good for the economy because they are made in America.

You don’t have to travel to California to get a Body Stone Candle, you can view the selection of Stone Candles and purchase them on line.

www.bodystonecandles.com


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Read MoreJuly 26, 2011 9:49 pm - Posted by Kristy

The Clarisonic cleansing brush has been a long time favorite among skin care profesionals, so it is no surprise that the Clarisonic Opal is a new favorite. The Clarisonic Opal Sonic Infusion System helps you get the most out of your skin care products and improve the skin around your eyes.

A palm-sized sonic infusion device, the Opal is specially designed to help build skin’s resilience over time and prevent future damage around the eyes. By gently tapping the skin around your eye at 125 sonic movements per second, the Opal dispenses a specially formulated Anti-Aging Sea Serum, maximizing absorption in a way that’s not possible with your finger alone.

A blue dye was added to the eye serum to show the enhanced absorption with the Clarisonic Opal.

For me the biggest selling point is that your products will penetrate better when you use them with the Opal, and when you invest in the best skin care products you want to get all you can from them. The Opal Sonic comes with an Anti-Aging Sea Serum, but I also use it with other serums. I find it also works well with Skin Ceutical’s Hydrating B5 Gel and Obagi Elastiderm Eye Treatment Gel. I think I will also like try it with Skin Medica’s TNS Recovery Complex. I don’t limit my Opal use to around the eyes, I find it works great on the lip line too.

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Read MoreJune 6, 2011 9:35 pm - Posted by Kristy

My family and I had the pleasure of seeing Jordin Sparks live at the MIM Museum in Phoenix, Az. The Jordin Sparks and Friends benefit concert was to celebrate the 1 year anniversary of The MIM (Musical Instrument Museum), and to help Jordin raise money for her exciting new program called the “12/29 Music Project”. The proceeds from this concert will benefit her new program that she is so passionate about.

The 12\29 Music Project’s mission is to provide a safe working environment for young people to perfect their craft through artistry, recording music and learning the necessary skills for working inside a studio while making a difference in their community. 12\29 Music Project is a project of The M.A.D. Girls, Inc. Jordin endorses The M.A.D. Girls Inc, a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, serves the community as a management group. It helps individuals or organizations identify and implement projects to benefit a cause or humanitarian effort of interest. They achieve their goals by promoting and encouraging corporate and individual social responsibility. By actively engaging in localized efforts to raise awareness, and by supporting activities that enhance the well-being of the less fortunate, we can make a difference. The campaign hopes to motivate others to find something they’re passionate about and funnel that energy into doing something to help another. It’s amazing how wonderful it feels when you know you’ve made a difference in someone’s life. For more information, please go to www.1229musicproject.com

Jordin Sparks MIM Museum

Jordin Sparks has a phenomenal voice and she is such an inspiration! I’m so excited and thankful that we had a chance to meet her! She is truly a beautiful woman inside and out! Her voice was so mesmerizing and her performance was sensational! We need more positive influences like her that are representing and leading our youth. I am so elated after watching such a personal and intimate concert! Children are our future and we need to make sure that we expose them to positive role models such as Jordin Sparks. I am so enamored by her personality and good will. After speaking with her, I have grown even more fond of her music and her personality, talk about a real girl with a “real” personality! I absolutely love her and her music and her drive. She is so talented and I wish for my daughter to follow her as a role model.

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Read MoreMay 17, 2011 9:19 pm - Posted by Stephanie


Good humor is a tonic for mind and body. It is the best antidote for anxiety and depression. It is a business asset. It attracts and keep friends. It lightens human burdens. It is the direct route to serenity and contentment. – Greenville Kleisser

Best Of Both Worlds Az, recently co-hosted an event to benefit Athletes International, at Stand Up Scottsdale comedy club. We really had a great time and would like to thank everyone that came out to help us support a good cause. For those that didn’t make it, you missed a great show. The show featured Andrew Norelli as the headliner, along with the other comedians that opened the show.


Kristy and Stephanie with Comedian Headliner Andrew Norelli

Andrew has been seen on Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, Comedy TV, Entertainment Studios with Byron Allen, and Comics Unleashed to name a few. He is real a top act. Not only is he funny, but he is able to make a crowd laugh out loud without using derogatory terms or offensive language. ( Which, in my opinion is a talent ) Sometime’s you watch a comedian and their style of comedy is only enjoyed by a certain targeted group, however Norelli’s act is tailored to be enjoyed by everyone in the audience. I am guessing his experience with improv has helped him to read a crowd, while working as writer for nationally syndicated television programs has given him an understanding of mainstream humor. Two thumbs up!

Stand Up Scottsdale is known for booking some of the most relevant comedians on the scene, you can expect an amazing headliner every weekend. They also have open mic on Wednesday nights. Stand Up Scottsdale! Comedy Club is located in old town Scottsdale, on 5th Ave between Goldwater and Indian School. It is the old Anderson 5th Estate building. The location is great for anyone that may want to go to dinner in Scottsdale and then a show, or enjoy Scottsdale’ night life at some of Old Town’s Dance Clubs, Bars and Restaurants. You can also enjoy food and drinks at the comedy club before, during or ofter the show, which may be a good idea because the drink prices are more affordable than most of Scottsdale’s trendy hot spots. Most shows are $15. and they offer discounts for military, studants, fire and police.

We really enjoyed working with Howard and everyone at Stand up Scottsdale Comedy Club, we will definitely be back to the club for a good laugh.

Stand Up Scottsdale Comedy Club
6820 E. 5th. Ave.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
480.882.0730
www.standupscottsdale.com
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Read MoreMay 10, 2011 5:15 pm - Posted by Kristy
Royal Blue


Something bright and something new
Something royal and something blue
Manolo Blahnik and Jimmy Choo
A sexy shoe, a pair of two
She’s a princess and so are you
Get off your thrown and buy a few


Christian Louboutin


Christian Louboutin – Boutique Exclusive


Christian Louboutin


Christian Louboutin


Ivanka Trump – Nordstrom Exclusive


Martinez Valero ‘Olena


Manolo Blahnik


Manolo Blahnik


Jimmy Choo

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Read MoreMay 5, 2011 8:36 pm - Posted by Kristy

Wow! Now that’s a work out! I can attest to this incredible fitness kickboxing class. I had been wanting to do a kickboxing class for a long time and after driving by Koncrete Gym every day, I finally stopped in to check it out. I decided to try a few classes, and a month later I am still enjoying these sessions! The class sizes are small which I love. Everyone there is very experienced and are always willing to help and improve your fitness goals. They also offer private training lessons for only $22 a session. Your other options are, for $79 a month, you can have unlimited fitness classes or for $99 a month unlimited classes and nutrition boot camp. See their website for other offers. www.koncretegym.com

This gym offers highly skilled, experienced world champion trainers. Its not going to be your typical Lifetime Fitness class. Learn real boxing techniques from the pros, and self defense techniques of martial arts. I even have my own pink boxing gloves (which you can purchase there, or just borrow a pair for free!) Cardio kickboxing has been rated as one of the absolute best calorie-burning workouts around. Get toned and get into shape at Koncrete gym with these cardio fitness/ boxing classes that will kick your butt and teach you how to kick butt!

boxing classes

Koncrete Gym is conveniently located in Scottsdale at 69th Street and Shea
6949 East Shea Blvd Ste 120
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
(480) 656-6308
www.koncretegym.com

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Read MoreApril 14, 2011 11:09 pm - Posted by Kristy


Chemical Peel’s can very in depth from very superficial to very deep. Post treatment care for chemical peels is dependent on the type of peel, and condition of the skin. Your skin health professional should give you post treatment instructions that are specific for the type of peel you have had. Some peels are so superficial that they cause little to no peeling, and may not require a big change in your skin care regimen. Having a deeper level chemical peel provides a greater level of correction, however it also can create a greater risk for complications. Most complications can be avoided by strict patient compliance, meaning you should follow your post treatment care instructions exactly as instructed. Deeper peels may also require preconditioning, this especially important for darker skin types. The Obagi Nu-Derm system is ideal for preconditioning skin for resurfacing procedures and chemical peels. Be sure that you have all of the appropriate products needed and do not use any skin care products that have not been approved by your skin health professional.

Keep Your Skin on

One of the most important things to remember after a chemical peel is to avoid picking, scrubbing or assisting the peel in any way. Treat the skin like you are trying to keep it on. The old dead skin that is about to peel off acts as a protective barrier. If you have caused the skin to peel off prematurely you are at increased risk for complications, including hyper-pigmentation. If you have assisted or accidentally removed the peeling skin prematurely, contact your skin health professional immediately. You may be instructed to apply an occlusive such as Aquaphore to the area’s that have peeled off. You may also need to use hydroquinone and/or tretinoin after the peeling process is complete to prevent or correct complications.

[ Chemical Peel: Do’s and Don’ts ]

Gentle Cleanser

Beginning the day of the peel until peeling is complete you will need to use a gentle cleanser. Avoid scrubs, exfoliants and any acne cleansers unless otherwise instructed. This is also not the time to use cleansing brushes such as the Clarisonic, you should cleanse the skin gently.


I prefer Obagi Gentle Cleanser after most chemical and laser peels.


Cetaphil gentle cleanser is another option, and you can buy this product at most drug stores.

Moisturizer and Topical Hydrocortisone Cream

Use a gentle moisturizer 2 – 4 times a day.
Be careful that you do not use a moisturizer that contains exfoliants or irritating ingreadiants after your peel. If you have had a medium to deep peel, you may also be instructed to use a topical Hydrocortisone cream. It is important that you do not over use Hydrocortisone creams, as extended use can inhibit healing. Check with your Esthetician or Doctor before using any products after a peel.

post peel instructions
Obagi’s Tolereen has a 0.5% Hydrocortisone cream, and can be applied before moisturizer or mixed with in with the moisturiser.


Obagi Action is appropriate after most peels and is generaly my first choice.


Skin Medica’s Ceratopic Replenishing cream is ultra hydrating and can be used after most peels.

Sun Protection


After a chemical peel your skin is more vulnerable to Ultra Violet Rays. You should avoid sun exposure as much as you can, hats and sunglasses are helpful. Depending on the depth of the peel, you may be instructed to avoid sunscreen until the skin has completed the peeling phase. You will find that your skin is sensitive to chemical sunscreens, so look for a physical sunblock that contains zinc oxide. A pure mineral makeup such as Jane Iredale, contains a Titanium Dioxide 14% and Zinc Oxide 3% and can be used immediately after chemical peels, when other sunscreens may not be appropriate. Keep in mind that the depth of your peel will determine when you can start to use sunblock.

Anti viral

post peel
Herpes simplex infection can occur on the face after skin resurfacing procedures, including chemical peels. A viral outbreak is more common with deeper procedures. You may be prescribed an antiviral medication such as Zovirax to help prevent breakouts. If you do have a history of cold sores or any herpes breakout be sure to mention this to your Esthetician or Doctor before your peel. Many skin professionals prefer to treat all patients with antiviral agents regardless of a positive history. Don’t be insulted or embarrassed if you are prescribed an antiviral medication, it is often standard protocol. It is important to understand that some people may carry the virus, even if they have never had an outbreak.

Antibiotics

antibiotics, post peel procedures
It is not unusual to see milia or small acne breakouts after deep resurfacing procedures, including deep chemical peels. There are chemical peels, such as Skin Medica’s Vitalize peel that are appropriate for treating skin with active acne. Deep chemical peels should be put off until acne is under control, without any active breakouts. Topical antibiotics can not be used immediately after a chemical peel, so if you have a recent history, you may be prescribed an oral antibiotic.

Domeboro Astringent Soaks

post peel, domeboro
Domeboro Astringent solution is an over the counter product that can be found at most drug store. Domeboro Astringent Solution, when applied as a wet dressing or compress, cools and cleanses irritated skin and soothes inflammation. Domeboro contains Aluminum acetate which helps to reduce itching, stinging, and inflammation. Domeboro powder can be mixed with water, the solution is then applied topically as cold compresses to the treated area. I usually recommend using sterile gauze dipped in the solution and gently press onto the treated area for about 5-10 minuets, twice a day. The skin should first be cleansed with a gentle cleanser, after treating skin with the compress solution you can apply an appropriate moisturizer and Hydrocortisone.

Cosmetics

Generally, cosmetics such as foundation, concealer and powder are not recommended after resurfacing procedures and chemical peels. There are some mineral cosmetics that can be used immediately post procedure. It is important to know that not all mineral makeup is created equal, many are simply mineral based. Jane Iredale is an excellent mineral makeup, that is safe to use after cosmetic procedures and provides SPF protection. Jane Iredale is also antimicrobial and anti inflammatory, offering several benefits after a chemical peel.

[ Chemical Peels 101: A lesson in skin anatomy, chemical peel levels, and peeling agents ]

Deep Chemical Peels

If you have a deep chemical peel, such as a 30% – 35% TCA peel, Standard or Designed Obagi Blue Peel, you will be instructed to follow additional instructions. Avoid “cracking” by keeping the skin moist and minimizing facial expressions. You can use Aquaphor in the corners of the mouth. Aquaphor can be used if the skin becomes tight or over areas that cracking may have occurred. When you shower, do not let the water strike you in the face. You will also need to sleep on your back with your head slightly elevated. If you have a deep chemical peel, it is important to make follow up appointments with your skin care professional and address any concerns immediately.

After the peeling phase

The first stage of a peel is the peeling stage, this is complete when the skin is no longer peeling and reepithelialization has occurred. After the skin has completed peeling, you may begin a skin care regimen. Again, if you have had a superficial peel you will most likely continue with your normal skin care regimen. If you have had a deeper peel, the next stage is when dermal changes begin. You may be instructed to use products like Hydroquinone, tretinoin and a good sunblock. You should avoid exfoiliating treatments and products for about 6 weeks, depending on the depth of the peel.

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Read MoreMarch 28, 2011 8:49 pm - Posted by Kristy

bee pollen

Some nutritionists state that you could live adequately on bee pollen alone. I know that sounds crazy, but science shows that bee pollen has natural rejuvenating powers, boosts energy, extends life span, fights allergies (and possibly even cancer) and relieves digestive orders. Bee pollen bursts with easily assimilated protein and lecithin, which nourish the brain and nervous system. Who would have thought?! Honeybee pollen and raw honey are the only food on earth that contain all 22 nutrients needed by mankind for complete and perfect health.

Everyone can benefit from taking bee pollen, but check with your doctor before using if you suspect sensitivity or have an unhealthy condition or if you are in question. There are many different types of Bee pollen. I recommend buying it from your local farmers market, that way it is the freshest and purest form. Small jars are usually about $8 and medium sized jars about $15-20. It should be kept in the freezer to preserve freshness.

I have purchased my bee pollen from THE FISH HUGGER and MADE BY BEES . Both have a great selection of honey and bee pollen. Both vendors are found at a few of the farmer’s markets around town. Follow both vendors on facebook to see updates and get more info!

The Fish Hugger Facebook
www.fishhugger.com

Made By Bees Facebook
www.madebybees.com

Click here for a list of farmers markets in Az

bee pollen

Its important when taking bee pollen to start with 1 to 3 granules for adults in the morning followed by water, juice or milk,and start with 1 granule for children and increase by 2 grains every day. For normal daily intake adults can take up to 1 or 2 tbsp. I don’t know how to describe the taste but it may take a little bit to get used to. Mix in yogurt, smoothie, oatmeal, or whatever you want if you don’t want to eat it out of the jar.

Bee Pollen self digests and aids the digestion of other foods. It makes fats burn faster and increases the rate of burned calories therefor aiding in weight control. Many athletes take bee pollen to help their endurance. It’s also used as an immune system builder. Since the bee pollen increases the body’s healing power, it can help build resistance to disease. Pollen brings back vitality without the dangers of artificial stimulants like caffeine, ephedra and can be taken safely at anytime. Pollen also contains active antibiotic substances, which destroy bacteria on contact. Bee pollen is useful in cases of stress and nervous endocrine system disorders due to its high content of natural B vitamins. Bee pollen increases energy and mental alertness and is believed to slow down the aging process!

Here is a list of the vitamins and minerals it contains:
Provitamin A
Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, C, H, K
Folic Acid
Calcium
Phosphorus
Iron
Copper
Potassium
Magnesium
Manganese
Silica
Sulphur
Pantothenic acid
Rutin
Vitamin PP
Sodium, titanium, zinc

Plus amino acids, fatty acids, proteins, globulins, and peptones.

There are 28 minerals that are found in the human body. 14 are vital, essential elements present in such small amounts that they are called micro-nutrients and honey bee pollen contains all 28 minerals.

Each ounce of honeybee pollen conatins 28 calories. 7 grams are carbohydrate, plus 15% lecithin, the substance that burns away fat and 25% PURE protein.

There are so many benefits and so much information on this mysterious nectar that it would be pages long if I wrote about everything!

I am not guaranteeing taking bee pollen will help or cure any health problems, nor is it recommended to live off be pollen. Please do your own research and talk with your Physician if you are in question.

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Read MoreMarch 27, 2011 9:45 pm - Posted by Kristy