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February 26,2017

Eco-Beauty & Makeup Lessons

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The staff at Riversong Spa has grown, and we are settling down so nicely in our new space.  Our attention has been all of the place in the last few months, but now as things are settling down, we’re ready to re-focus on one of our favorite things…Jane Iredale Makeup!  We have been taking for granted how much we love this line of eco-beauty makeup.  We all have it, use it, and love it, and we want to make sure that all of our friends and clients share our enthusiasm and get to fall in love with such a healthy, clean, eco- brand.  We are now ready to offer makeup lessons, so that you can get one-on-one time with an experienced beauty professional, trained in the Jane Iredale line.  We know how to mix and match her products, and with a thorough, personalized consultation, can help you with your concerns and needs, at all ages of life.  We can help tweens and teens with breakouts clear skin up, and conceal blemishes in a healthy way.  We can help you transition through changes in your skin (ahem…dark circles and fine lines).  We can help you with a barely there, sheer look.  We can help you with a very dramatic, lots of makeup look.  We can do it all!

Jane uses a high percentage of organic ingredients, and some of her products are fully certified organic, she is a CRUELTY-FREE brand, which means NO ANIMAL TESTING, and there are no fillers and chemical preservatives in her products.  Her entire business, all products, and her belief system are for her entire line to be healthy, organic, and good for your entire body and skin.  This is why carrying her products is such an obvious fit for us!  We are committed to education, and so is she!  We also want our clients to only use the most healthy products possible on your skin – for your health and wellness.  Skin is your largest organ and absorbs everything you put on it.  It’s our mission to share our knowledge with you, and to provide a place where you know anything you purchase for your skin will be healthy for your entire body.

Schedule your makeup lesson with an eco-beauty expert Today!

And here’s a sneak peek of the spring line, released 3/13/17…

 

March 27,2016

What’s New? Spring 2016

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We continue to have lots of new goods coming through the doors this spring.  Here are some of our favorite products and specials:

We love the limited edition Jeweled Eye Crayon Box from gloMinerals ($36), and we love the Eye Perfecting Brush from ecoTools to blend the eye crayon formulas.  We are offering a FREE brush with the purchase of the crayon box.

We also love the NEW Skin is IN Spring promotion from Jane Iredale Cosmetics.  Product packaging has been updated, and the current trend of nudes and neutrals is in full effect.  The new Flawless blush and matte eyeshadow palette are MUST-HAVES!  And, we think the new packaging for the brow kits are a nice improvement.

We love carrying Tiny Devotions, and we stocked up on their high-quality Crystal Candles that are scented with essential oils and contain real crystals.

And we are happy to announce that we have been holding monthly classes about essential oils.  Some of our topics have been Intro to Essential Oils 101, Oils for Valentine’s Day, and Supporting Female Hormones.  All of the classes have been well attended and very informative.  We hold classes the first Monday evening of the month.  Watch for April’s topic coming soon, and a calendar to highlight the rest of the year’s class schedule.  We have been stocking essential oil starter kits from Young Living.  These starter kits include a diffuser, 11 oils, and some other product samples.  These kits are the best way to get started with oils.  Please let us know if you’re interested in ordering the oils, and we try to keep these kits in stock at Riversong Spa.  We are also expanding our retail offerings of the oils.  If you’d like to purchase a kit online, just follow this link

This spring, Riversong Spa’s diffuser blend is Lavender, Lemon, & Peppermint in equal parts.  We love this trio to relieve seasonal discomfort.   We will have these oils and small orb diffusers (perfect for your car, desk, or office) coming to retail shelves soon!

Hope everyone is enjoying spring!!

xo Allison

March 18,2016

Beauty Prep Collection

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This Beauty Prep Collection features a trio of high-performance skin care, featuring Face Cleanser, Toner and Moisturizer.  It is specifically designed to optimize the wear and longevity of mineral makeup. Each is designed to prepare, protect and pump skin full of hydration so that makeup goes on smoother and lasts longer. Both the cleanser and toner possess the ECOCERT Natural and Organic Cosmetics certification. BeautyPrep Face Cleanser is a no-rinse cleansing micellar water and all-over makeup remover with dual cucumber extracts in liposome form. BeautyPrep Face Toner contains organic lemon grass, apple, pear, carrot and coconut water to balance pH and restore the surface of the skin. BeautyPrep Face Moisturizer features four different organic rose stem cell extracts, each with a different function to cater to all skin types.

We will have this collection to test, sample, and purchase at our Spring Launch Event on March 26th.  We hope you’ll stop by and check it out!

March 17,2016

WV Bridal Makeup Artist // Riversong Spa Bridal Services & Packages

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Bridal season is here, and we have updated our Bridal Services & Packages!  We are excited to introduce some awesome packages to provide luxurious pampering leading up to the day of your wedding. (Photos courtesy of Brittany Anderson Photography)

 

 

We have updated our basic Wedding Services and Pricing:

Bridal Trial – $75 includes thorough consultation about wedding details, airbrush makeup, and false lashes

Bridal Makeup Day of Wedding – $125

Attendants/Mothers Day of Wedding – $75 includes airbrush makeup and false lashes

*On-location minimum of the Bride plus 4.  Non-refundable deposit of $100 is required to reserve your wedding date.

Full-Set Lash Extensions – $175  Having lash extensions done before your wedding looks amazing in person and in your photographs, and saves so much time the day of your wedding and on your honeymoon!  We recommend having these done 1-3 days prior to your wedding day.

Riversong Signature Bridal Package $500

Includes Initial Makeup Consultation/Trial with faux lashes, Holistic Signature Facial & brow tint/design (3-7 days before the wedding), Full Set Lash Extensions + Day of skin prep and airbrush makeup application with waterproof setting.

Radiant Skin Bridal Package $600 

This package is for the bride who wants to take take of herself and have radiant skin on her wedding day.  Begin this package four months out from your wedding day, and start taking care of your skin with monthly facials.  This package includes four Holistic Signature Facials and skin care products to support your most radiant skin ever! (Receive 4 full-size Eminence Organic Skin Care products, based on your skin analysis and professional recommendations.)

Honeymoon Makeup Package $350

From this day forward, lavish your skin with LOVE…Treat yourself to new makeup before your wedding and honeymoon!  Let us help you pick out new products that are amazing for your skin, contain natural SPF, and will save you time while you’re away.  We’ll show you some time-saving tricks, multi-purpose, and travel products.  You’ll fall in love with Jane Iredale cosmetics!

Wedding Day Touch-Up Kit

Purchase your full-size lip color and Jane Iredale blotting papers for your convenience on your wedding day.  We can also customize your kit to include discreet peppermint essential oil beadlets, and many more necessities!

Bridesmaids Gift Packages

We will customize a gift for your bridesmaids.  They have helped you and been loyal friends throughout your wedding planning.  Maybe they’re makeup lovers, skin care junkies, or lip gloss addicts?  Maybe you want to give them a Tiny Devotions bracelet stack, or mala beads?  We can help you customize gifts that let them know how much you appreciate them.

December 18,2015

These are a Few of my Favorite Things!

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Less than 7 days til Christmas, and the panic has set in! I know, I am right there with you! But there are so many great gift options available for everyone, you need not to worry. Here are some of my favorite products I’m lusting over, to add to your Christmas Wish List!

Lash Extensions, are not only a huge timesaver, but also provide you the look of glamour 247. I cannot tell you how great it is to go to the grocery store and no have to put on an ounce of makeup. Lash extensions come in a variety of lengths, fullness, and heaviness. To find the look that best suits your look make an appointment with Riversong Spa…..or ask the hubs for a Gift Certificate to make 2016 a New You in the New Year!

 

This handy little device is your ticket to a more youthful appearance! Change the way your skin looks as little as 60 days! FDA-cleared and clinically-tested for improved facial contour, skin tone, and wrinkle reduction to give you a more radiant, younger looking appearance.
Natural, non-invasive facial-lift using microcurrent technology
Visible results that are long-lasting with continued use
Easy to use in as little as 5-minutes a day
Designed with interchangeable anti-aging treatment attachments
Professional quality results in the comfort of your home. Although this hot ticket item carries a price tag, the long term benefits and avoiding regular trips to your dermatologist are worth it!

*NEW** To Riversong, this little beads will not only compliment your boho style but also are your inner vibes. What do you gravitate towards? Where do your intentions lie? Mala beads go way beyond just jewelry, they also serve a meaning, positive energy, and purpose. The perfect gift for a friend or even yourself!

This Set is a Game Changer! If you’ve never had the opportunity to try Eminence now is your chance! This time of year skin needs all the TLC it can get. Perfect duo will remove and smooth out rough and dry skin, and then moisturize and fight aging.

 

*NEW to Riversong Spa, this little bottle of heaven makes a perfect gift option! 90% Natural – Vegan – Gluten Free
This Shea Butter whip is a jarful of comfort! Our lightest, fluffiest scent will swirl you into a dreamlike state with mint-julep, cream and just a hint of lavender. It’s fresh, but uplifting and delicious at the same time. Try this cream if you’ve gotten too much sun – it swooshes burning sunburn pain into a cool oasis. Just like our other shea butter creams, the supple butters and Vitamin E packed Jojoba and Soybean oils calm even the severest of dry skin, without a hint of a greasy feel. You’ll be 100% silky soft (are dare we say – cuddly!). Arrives in an adorable gift box printed with soy-based inks (FarmHouse Fresh).

Wow Your Brows; with Jane Iredale’s brow kit (available in 3 different colors) this mini brow kit allows you to tame, fill,[gallery order="DESC" columns="2"]

 

 

October 10,2015

FALL in Love

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The subtle changes of crisper air, sporting boots rather than flip flops, and less time spent in the sunlight…all these things point that FALL has arrived! This time of the year is a little bitter sweet for me, I love sunshine! But it’s nice to give my skin a break and enjoy the benefits of bronzer. There are so many AMAZING items that have/will be hitting the shelves of Riversong Spa…these are items you won’t want to miss out on!

First up Glo Minerals Lip Crayons!!! I love this product because of it’s intense long lasting colour! Most of the colours shown are bold statement colours, but can be toned down simply by adding a sheer gloss. 

Lip Crayon in Bombshell topped with peach gloss

Finish off and refresh your look with Jane Iredales Smell the Roses Hydrating Spray. I love this product not only because it smells wonderful, but also because it benefits and hydrates your skin with each application. This limited edition product is one you most definitely will not want to miss out on. 

Another fantastic element to add to Fall is an intense eye! Glo Minerals just put out a great variety of Fall eye shadows that can be taken from a light every day eye to intense sultry eye. I’m lusting over the potential of these long lasting color options!! To get the most versatility, purchase all four! 

One of the most important items to consider is skin care by Eminence, since using all Eminence my skin has changed drastically! Recently they released Exfoliating Peels; with four options best suited for your skin type. See amazing results in the vibrance and resurfacing of your skin in two weeks. Trust me when I say…this is a game changer for your face!!

Don’t forget the “Tools to the Trade..” How you apply your products is just as important as what your product is. Proper tools can polish your application, leaving the product more blended and even. Both Jane Iredale and Glo Minerals have amazing brushes for a flawless application, especially when it comes to foundation and concealer. 

Set the ambience of your environment  with Root Legacy Candles. With a wide selection of amazing and unique scents, these candles set the tone for any occasion. Really there a nice addition to every room to add “smell goods” and relaxation to the air.

 

 Shop online or make an appointment to try before you buy all your Fall Must haves at Riversong Spa!

 

August 19,2015

Rock the Trend

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The comings and goings of trends is kind of like Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick’s relationship…there are in, then they are out…but one thing is certain, when it comes to make-up trends you can be assured that your investment is lasting. 

A bold, statement lip is a huge trend right now

Unlike certain styles of clothes, cosmetics are pretty versatile. Remember when you had that stellar blue eyeshadow phase?? (If it hasn’t yet expired) don’t toss it, simply add more bronze tones to create a smokey eye with a blue enhancement. Or how about that time when retro red was happening…and now it’s not so happening? Remove excess, so that it looks more so like a stain rather than a lipstick and add a neutral gloss for an everyday look.

EXPENSE THE EXPENSE:

When contemplating a splurge, if you are looking at getting the most for your money, ask yourself a few questions:

“Will these colours/products work in the majority of season with my skin tone?”

“Is this a quality product?

“Is it super trendy?”

“How long will this product last me?”

In the majority of cases (meaning 90%) you are getting what you paid for. So remember this is going on your face and will affect the appearance of the makeup as well as your skin after you take it all off, so don’t be too cheap when it comes to make up. Make the investment.

Urban Decay’s Electric Palette

THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX

Even if you are considering a product because it’s “trendy” such as Urban Decays Electric Palette, remember this is going on your face…and can be used in more everyday ways if you think outside the box. This Palette is all about the insane color choices, but as I mentioned earlier if you diffuse the intense colours with some neutrals it can work as an accent for your eye color.

HAVE THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS

Choose products that you know will not only work for you but also be of the best quality. Don’t sabotage your wallet or your face for something super cheap and  trendy. Go for something of quality

Tangerine shades mixed with Bronze to make a brown eye pop!

and that’s versatile.

 

Not sure how to merge “trendy” and “timeless” into choosing product? Call ahead and make an appointment to get the 411 on the latest products and trends as well as a demo on how to happily “marry” the two!

Check out some of the hottest shades we just received from Glo minerals for Fall! This a great example of trendy, yet versatile

August 11,2015

5 Minutes to Go

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We’ve all been there, even the most flawless looking women have been in those situations where they only have 5 minutes to “put on their face” and run out the door. I cannot tell you how many times this person has been me! The key in this situation is,: Numero Uno “DO NOT PANIC!”  Panic will only lead to a sloppy job, and unblended make-up.

Here are some quick tips to achieving a quick flawless face.

1.Plan-remember the look you are trying to achieve, and the amount of time you have to do it in.

2. Prepare-set all your tools, brushes, and product out in front of you prior to application so you are not running/digging frantically for these things.

3. Keep it Simple-cover your most problem areas with concealer ( under eyes, around nose etc.) foundation take some extra time to blend. Also skimp on the eye shadow, and just go for some liner/mascara.

Stay Calm!!! A mascara wand to the eye is very unpleasant!

4. Again-DO NOT PANIC! Use your time wisely and move through the steps as efficiently as possible!

 

July 19,2015

The Fountain of Truth

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Want the secret to longer lasting youthful looking skin?

The beautiful Sophia Loren who gracefully aged

The answer is simpler than you think, it breaks down to  2-factors: How hard you live (lifestyle), and What you put in your body. This all sounds very cliché, however, when I was taking a Theatrical Make-up Class in college we really focused on the aging process. Basically the 2-factors listed above can affect how you age and how it will ultimately affect your skin. Sun-lovers,stress, alcohol, smoking, sleep, and genetics all play a big part in the breakdown of your skin. Here are some tips and tricks to aid in slowing down the aging process and possibly even reversing some of the damage

WATER

I cannot stress enough the major role water plays in the appearance of your skin. It not only hydrates and provides necessary nutrients, but is also acts as a plumping and glow agent to your skin. We all loathe cellulite…water also helps diminish the appearance of dimpling. Aim for at least 1oz per pound. So for example if you weigh 150lbs, aim to drink 150oz. This can be a challenging task, a great way to start is by purchasing a water bottle that holds 48oz or more, and partially freezing it so it stays cold. Add lemon, lime, mint, or cucumber for a little zest. This will ease the hassle of ensuring your getting in your daily need.

 

NEVER SKIMP ON CLEANSING

We all get tired and lazy, but washing your face 2-3x a day (depending on your PH balance & lifestyle) is crucial to removing sweat and make-up which can clog pores. Washing your face should be like brushing your teeth..a must! On a daily basis upon waking, after working out, before bed these are times which are most definitely necessary. There are so many cleansers on the market, perhaps you don’t know which one is right for you.

The protective antioxidants in our Red Currant Exfoliating Cleanser will energize your skin’s look and feel. The secret ingredient is our exclusive Youth Shield Antioxidant Complex, which hydrates and invigorates skin to give it that look of elasticity. Tea tree oil helps prevent the look of breakouts and finely ground olive seed gently exfoliates for revitalized and fresher looking skin.

For those with even the most sensitive skin, our Stone Crop Gel Wash washes away impurities without drying out the skin. The oil-free extracts help even skin tone and minimize the appearance of blemishes to leave a healthy complexion.

 

Brighten the appearance of skin and reduce the signs of aging with the help of our Bright Skin Cleanser. For normal to dry skin types, this cleanser uses two actives – Gigawhite and a Natural Hydroquinone Alternative – to give skin the appearance of being brighter and younger looking.

TONE & MOISTURIZE

At a younger age I would just wash my face, it wasn’t until I started repping for a cosmetic company that I fully understood how import it is to use toner and moisturize daily. Toner removes all the dirt, oil, and grime that your face wash didn’t get.  Followed by properly moisturzing. Why is a moisturizer so important? Using moisturizer has proven benefits for the skin over the long haul. Hydration is what allows skin to function at peak performance. Skin cells in this condition can rapidly repair themselves and turnover fresh cells, which means huge anti-aging benefits down the road. In this study from the British Journal of Dermatology, those who used moisturizer were found to develop wrinkles at a fraction of the rate of those with dry skin (birchbox).  There are so many varieties on the market. Sometimes because our skin changes throughout seasons, aging, exposure, etc..trial of different kinds can be beneficial to finding out what works the best for your skin.

Glo minerals has a wide variety of toners for every skin type

 

GET YOUR GLOW ON

30minutes of donating a little sweat to the fitness gods can pay off more than one way. Sure, most of exercise to stay fit and maintain a healthy lifestyle, but getting the blood pumping can seriously benefit your complexion. By increasing blood flow, exercise helps nourish skin cells and keep them vital. “Blood carries oxygen and nutrients to working cells throughout the body, including the skin,” says Ellen Marmur, MD, author of Simple Skin Beauty: Every Woman’s Guide to a Lifetime of Healthy, Gorgeous Skin and associate professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. So go ahead and don’t be afraid to sweat a little.

The colors and names alone will grab your attention! Eminence has a wide abudance of AMAZING moisturizes. My personal fav is the Rose Hips Whip Moisturizer

 

MASQUE IT

There’s nothing I love better than a good detoxifying mask! Once a week after a workout I, when my pores are open, I’ll wash my face with warm water and cleanser than apply Eminence’s Balancing Masque Duo. The best thing about this mask is, I can actually feel it working. It has two sides: Charcoal T-Zone Purifier and Eminence Pomelo Cheek Treatment. This masque duo was formulated to mattify the oily t-zone while drawing out deep down impurities and leaving skin refreshed, clear and hydrated.

Eminence Balancing Duo Masque leaves your skin glowing, feeling bright and clean!

OTHER TIPS

Get regular facials! Not only will it relax you, but also good to “rebalance” your skin one to two times a month. Discuss your aging conerns with both your Esthetician and your Dermatologist, they can guide in the right direction to minimize your aging ales.

Get your Zzzz’s! Those who are well rested are less stressed, more energetic, and more positive, playing a huge part on dark circles,and fine lines and wrinkles.

Relax! Aging is a part of life, but you can do it gracefully or you can panic!!! Gracefully is a lot more serene.

 

July 12,2015

All that Shimmers

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There was a time when the thought of “shimmer” brought me back to the days of 8th grade, when the Spice girls were cool, and everything looked better with shimmer or glitter…..this thought makes me cringe. However, over the past few years I have learned there is definitely an adult way to utilize shimmer.

Cheek and brow shimmer highlight

Jane Iredale has two fantastic products out; 24-Karat Gold Dustprovides a loose shimmer in a trio of colors (silver, bronze, and gold), depending upon your skin tone and the look you want to create this product can be used a number of ways. Highlighting the cheek bones, brow bones, or dusting it on your shoulders/collar bones is a great way to subtlety highlight.

Highlight your collar bones and decollatage!

For best results apply shimmer dust with fan brush

These amazing shimmer dust are fantastic in three blendable shades in bronze, gold, and silver!

Another amazing, but limited edition product is Jane’s Golden Shimmer Face & Body Lotion. This lotion provides a more simplistic way to apply shimmer to your shoulders and decolletage.

Accentuate youur physique for Summer parties or evenings out with this great product.

 

Glominerals also has Shimmer Brickwhich is perfect for everyday use. This product provides a subtle luster, so you can highlight lips, cheeks, and brow bone. You can easily create a simple fresh faced look by highlighting after concealing, then finishing with eye liner and mascara.

Universal shimmer to add a little something to an everday look

 

To ensure you are going to select a shade of shimmer that best suits your skin tone, do a swipe test on your hand, and also the side of your face. This is important mainly because your face is much lighter than your arms/legs.  Select the shade that will best compliment your skin tone and desired look.

Comparing shades of shimmer side by side is the best way to visually see what compliments your skin.

 

If you already have a shimmer product, but just haven’t fully been knowledgable in how to use it, eyes and cheeks are a great place to test the waters. Check out some of these stellar celeb photos of how shimmer was utilized in their evening eye look!

 

Julianne Hough

Frosted Look

Blake Lively


Feeling inspired?! Pick up your shimmer products today at Riversong Spa! If you are still feeling a little hesitant and are having visual flashbacks to “way back when…” we are always around for product tutorials. So go forth and re-visist the adult version of how to shimmer.