8 Ways to Feel Beautiful Instantly!

To be Ellivened means that you are looking and feeling your most beautiful self on the inside and out.

Living an Ellivened life is so important because you deserve it! Taking care of one's self both physically and mentally is just as important as fitness and nutrition. So, whether you visit us to look better, which will help your confidence, self esteem, and general well being, or to feel better through massage for an aching back or a facial to help with acne control or skin issues, you are taking care of YOU.
 

And while we take pride in all the necessary luxuries we provide at the spa to bring out your best self, we also wanted to share a few secrets to feeling instantly beautiful any time, any place, so you can always be Ellivened!

 

Sweep on a Red Lip:

Darling, there is science behind this! In 2013, the British Heart Foundation conducted a poll of 1,000 women - 26% said red lipstick boosted their confidence. Style psychologist, Kate Nightingale, tells HuffPost UK, "red lipstick can boost your confidence. Because the colour red is associated with confidence, sensuality and power, wearing red lipstick can induce those feelings in us."

8 Ways to Feel Beautiful Instantly!

Do Good:

The true beauty in life is in giving! Whether it’s donating old clothes, making a monetary contribution to your organization of choice, or volunteering to help someone in need, the act of giving activates regions of the brain associated with pleasure, social connection, and trust, creating a “warm glow” effect that will instantly uplift your feeling of beauty on the inside and out!

 

Smile:

It doesn’t even matter if it’s a real smile - you can fake it and still benefit! Activating the facial muscles around the eyes that are involved in smiling triggers brain activity that corresponds with a happier mood. Dr. Eva Ritvo, co-author of The Beauty Principle agrees with the power of smiling! In an interview with glo.com, she shares, “Emotions are contagious — everyone wants to be around those who make us feel good,” and the energy of others wanting to be around you will make you feel lovely!

 

Stand (or sit) Tall:

Not only does this make you look slimmer and proud instantly, but aligning your spine and taking up more space automatically tells your brain that you’re powerful, which, in turn, affects your mood. This is very similar to the smiling phenomenon, which is known as embodied cognition. Fast Company explains the idea saying, “the relationship between our mind and body runs both ways, meaning our mind influences the way our body reacts, but the form of our body also triggers our mind.”

 

Get Your Sweat On:

Head to the gym, your favorite yoga class, or just take a quick jog around the block for an instant confidence boost! Not only does working out bring color to your skin from increased blood circulation, but it also triggers the release of endorphins (the brain's "feel-good" chemicals).

 

Compliment Someone:

Often when we’re not feeling our most beautiful selves, it’s because we’re focusing on our flaws and overly critiquing ourselves. But, by giving someone else a genuine compliment from the heart, you’re taking the focus off of yourself. Plus, when you see someone blush or break a smile from something simple you said, it will brighten up your day, too!

 

Rock Out:

It’s no secret that music has the ability to affect our emotions and there are a number of uplifting, girl-power anthems out there to do just that! Check out this list from PopSugar with 17 songs that will make you feel more beautiful.

 

Look Inside:

Most importantly, always remember that true outer beauty is a reflection of inner beauty! Appreciate your flaws and know that you are beautiful just the way you are!
 

~In Beauty, 
Ashley T. 

Posted on January 5, 2016 .

Easy Smokey Eye Makeup Tutorial with Jane Iredale Products

Easy Smokey Eye Tutorial by Elliven Spa

The smokey eye is such a classic look and there is a style that suits everyone! In this tutorial, our makeup artist, Shannon Agredo, shows you how to create a SPAtacular smokey eye in just a few steps. It's perfect for a night out, holiday party, or any day that you want to add a touch of boldness to your look! The best part? You'll be able to master it in just a few minutes, making this tutorial a foolproof remedy to a last minute invite, or those days when you have next to no time to fancy up your look and transition from work to play! 

Products Used: 

1.) Smooth Affair Facial Primer & Brightener - Smooth Affair has anti-aging properties that even skin tone, minimize the appearance of pores and increase luminosity.

2.) Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream - Glow Time covers blemishes, minimizes pores, disguises wrinkles and smoothes and brightens skin.

3.) Active Light Under-eye Concealer - Unlike any concealer you have ever used! Its unique ingredients create a soft-focus effect that conceals while it brightens.

4.) PurePressed Blush (in Mocha) - Create beautiful, flushed cheeks with this mineral blush. Colors so subtle and natural you'll look like you're glowing from the inside out!

5.) So-Bronze (in 2) - Brush on cheeks, nose, chin and forehead for the ultimate, sun-kissed look.

6.) PurePressed Base Mineral Powder (in Golden Glow) - A pressed mineral foundation that is slightly more sheer and matte than the loose powders so it will look just like your skin, only better. 

7.) Eye Shadow Kit (in Smoke Gets in Your Eyes) - Create gorgeous, natural-looking eyes with these deeply colored, long lasting shadows. Easy to blend, they’re formulated with nourishing minerals and botanical extracts to soothe and calm the skin.

8.) PurePressed Eye Shadow Triple (in Sundown) - From elegant to edgy, these silky, richly-pigmented, long-lasting and easily blended eye shadows can create any look. Use them wet or dry; they’re gentle and safe for sensitive eyes.

9.) Jelly Jar Gel Eyeliner (in Black) - Whether you like your lines smudgy or precise, the inky Jelly Jar Gel Eyeliners let you define your eyes just as you please. It glides on smoothly for a defined or smudgeable line then sets to stay just where you want it.

10.) Longest Lash Thickening and Lengthening Mascara (in Black Ice) - For those who want it all: well‐defined, longer looking lashes and buildable volume!

11.) Eye Pencil (in Black Brown) - Pencils so soft they won't pull on your delicate skin. Natural pigments give you long-lasting color that stays put.

12.) PureBrow Brow Gel (in Clear) - Tame, condition, and protect your brows with a proprietary blend of high-tech sea minerals. Create smooth healthy brows that are naturally more manageable.

13.) Lip Pencil (in Nutmeg) - Mineral pigment-based lip pencil with a soft formula that won’t tug at delicate skin. Soft enough to fill in your lips easily but durable enough to provide a long-lasting base to the color you layer over them.

14.) PureMoist Lipstick (in Sarah) - Vivid pigments blend with nourishing natural oils and superfruit extracts for petal‐soft lips that feel, look and taste amazing.

15.) Golden Shimmer Face and Body Lotion - Golden Shimmer Face and Body Lotion creates a subtle veil of shimmer designed to warm and smooth the complexion.

16.) Hydration Spray (D20) - A facial spritz based on Ylang Ylang that helps to hydrate and plump skin cells, and contains ingredients to calm and protect the skin.  

Posted on December 26, 2015 and filed under Makeup.

10 SPAtacular Holiday Nail Art Ideas

From seasonal red and green to santa accents and lots of bling, we've rounded up our favorite picks for decking your digits in true SPAliday style this season! 

We believe in the sparkly ombré all year round, but especially during the SPAlidays! 

We believe in the sparkly ombré all year round, but especially during the SPAlidays! 

A simple santa accent gives your mani the perfect holiday touch! 

A simple santa accent gives your mani the perfect holiday touch! 

Perfect for sweater weather season. 

Perfect for sweater weather season. 

Opt out of red and green all together and let glitter do the talking with this unique, gold, sparkle french mani. 

Opt out of red and green all together and let glitter do the talking with this unique, gold, sparkle french mani. 

Jewel tones are another great choice for the winter and SPAliday season. We are obsessed with these Winter/Holiday nail polish collections! 

Jewel tones are another great choice for the winter and SPAliday season. We are obsessed with these Winter/Holiday nail polish collections

Blinging in the season with this rhinestone santa hat and belt! 

Blinging in the season with this rhinestone santa hat and belt! 

A fun variety of designs, all with a festive flair! 

A fun variety of designs, all with a festive flair! 

This year our client, Kim, is decking the halls in this ‪#‎SPAtacular‬ matte and satin tone on tone mani!

This year our client, Kim, is decking the halls in this ‪#‎SPAtacular‬ matte and satin tone on tone mani!

Who says SPAliday nails have to be Red?

Who says SPAliday nails have to be Red?

Or if you want to go all out, try some of these fun #SPAliday designs! 

Or if you want to go all out, try some of these fun #SPAliday designs! 

Happy Spalidays from Elliven Spa

 

Wishing you a beautiful #SPAliday season filled with love, laughs, and joy! 

~In Beauty
Ashley

Posted on December 14, 2015 and filed under Nails.

Ooh La La! Flash Boudoir Magazine Launch Party

Ooh La La! Flash Boudoir Magazine Launch Party


Of course we adore Ellivening our clients at the spa, but we also love participating in opportunities that allow us to Elliven people all over the city of Pittsburgh! 

Last weekend, we had the pleasure of joining Flash: Boudoir Photo Studio & Lingerie Boutique, for a night out to celebrate the launch of their first magazine! Titled, Ooh La La, the magazine covers beauty, fashion, boudoir and local spotlights all in one. 

In addition to our Lip and Lash Bar, the event also featured goodies from KTHOM Beauty, champagne and cupcakes. 

We had so much fun stepping out onto the red carpet for a night of fun with Team Flash! Congratulations Krystyn Snyder, you are so fabulous! 

~In Beauty, 
Ashley

Here are a few of our favorite moments from the SPAtacular event! 

Posted on December 7, 2015 and filed under Events.

These Polish Brands Are Nailing It with Their Holiday 2015 Collections

Beauties, you just have to buy every single polish from this year's Holiday 2015 Collections because they are all SPAtacular. While they are total fashionable, each collection is also functional - because they'll fulfill all of your holiday manicure needs, obviously! What's trending is snow storm inspired pastels, rich jeweled tones, unearthly metals, and eye-catching glitters. It's time to bling in the season with these dazzling shades! 

Essie

Photo: Essie

Photo: Essie

Inspired by the low-key, adventurous vibes of a ski resort, channel your inner snow bunny without stepping foot on the slopes with this collection of six wintery wonderland shades. The seductive reds and pretty pastels give a fresh, fun balance to the expected somber collections that winter brings out. 

Polishes: Haute Tub, Apres-Chic, Virgin Snow, Altitude Attitude, Shall We Chalet?, Peak Show.

OPI

OPI Starlight Collection

For this holiday collection, OPI looked to the stars for guidance and inspiration when dreaming up these 18 out-of-this-world shades. Breaking the beauty barrier at the speed of starlight, these hues are for both holidays and beyond. 

Colors (left to right, from top): Love Is In My Cards, Ro-man-ce On the Moon, Guys and Galaxies, I'm In the Moon For Love, Cosmo With a Twist, Center of the You-niverse, Give Me Space, Superstar Status, I Drive a Supernova, By the Light of the Moon, Comet Closer, Is This Star Taken?, Infrared-y to Glow, Let Your Love Shine, Ce-less-tial Is More, Press * For Silver, Two Wrongs Won't Make a Meteorite, No More Mr. Night Sky.

Zoya

Photo: Zoya

Photo: Zoya

With the success of the MATTEVELVET polishes in the past, Zoya's extra special fleck finish is returning for the holiday season with six new shades. Each nail polish perfectly opaque, matte color with that extra special finish element to give your nails the ultimate jewel tone treatment. 

Colors: Yves, Savita, Sue, Amal, Honor, Iris, Aspen.

Deborah Lippmann

Deborah Lippmann Holiday 2015 Set

Curated by go-to celebrity manicurist Deborah Lippmann, the Dressed to the Nines set is sure to have you standing out with these nine on-trend nail polishes. 

    Colors: Make Someone Happy (sheer multidimensional pink glitter) Groove Is In The Heart (flamingo pink cream), Daytripper (pink melon cream), New York State Of Mind (candy apple red shimmer), Moon Rendevous (faded blue shimmer), Strangers In The Night (midnight navy cream), Drunk In Love (pure purple cream), Strike A Pose (dark peacock green cream)

    CND

    Photo: CND

    Photo: CND

    Discover the beauty of the Arctic tundra with the NEW Holiday 2015 Aurora collection from CND. Colors crystallize into glistening frozen pastels and surreal glacial hues.

    Colors: Nordic Lights, Winter Glow, Glacial Mist, Tundra

    Now for the hard part, if you could only buy ONE polish this season, which one would it be?! Also, on a more polished note, I want to give you a friendly reminder that nails are jewels, not tools! 

    ~In Beauty,
    Ashley Thompson

    Posted on November 30, 2015 .

    Holiday Beauty Trends We're Obsessing Over This Season

    Shimmer, sparkle, glitter, oh my! It's time for the most marvelous time of the year, the SPAlidays. From ugly sweater party to office soirée, here are the most SPAtacular beauty tends you'll want to try out this season! 

    1.) Berry Merry Lips

    Never fear a dark, sultry berry lip! With the purple hues, berry is a color that will flatter anyone! Pair it with bold lashes and keep the rest of your makeup minimal like Selena! 

    2.) Glass Nails

    The perfect glamatic upgrade to the on-trend negative space mani.  

    3.) Gold Leaf Hair

    While everyone's been caught up in the glitter roots trend, we've known the real shining star has been gold leaf accents since the Dries van Noten spring show back in 2014! 

    4.) Take a Side

    Nothing says holiday glam quite like a deep side part and big, old hollywood curls! 

    5.) Tinsel Eyes

    Pair with a clean, fresh look on the rest of the face and this look is pure SPAliday perfection! 

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    Can't wait to celebrate the SPAlidays with you! 

    ~In Beauty, 
    Ashley

    Posted on November 20, 2015 .

    Our Most SPAtacular Event Yet! + November Specials

    champagne

    Wednesday, November 18, 2015

    3:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    • Only 12 spots available
    • Goodie Bag for the first 5 people scheduled
    • Personalized 30 minutes with our professional makeup artist
    • Be the first to shop and try new holiday product arrivals
    • Enjoy a champagne and chocolate pairing from Evolutionare 

    Spaces are limited! Call now to reserve yours! --> 412.278.2500

    Shannon

    30 minutes makeup lesson by: Shannon Agredo

    • Attended the Makeup Designory (MUD) in New York City
    • Attended the regional Jane Iredale Conference
    • Favorite looks include a shimmery eye and a bold lip

    *$30 due at time of scheduling is non-refundable. Makeup purchase must be made or ordered that day. All makeup sales are final.


    In Honor of Veteran's Day

    & all those who serve & give to this country. We want to give the gift of relaxation to all of you...

    Veteran's Day Special

    Enjoy 75 minutes of massage for the price of a 60 minute massage.
    Expires 11/30/15

    (The type of massage is up to you)

    Also choose a COMPLIMENTARY Added Pleasure & just relax: Reiki, Foot Reflexology, Sinus Treatment, Abdomen Massage, Dry Brushing Treatment, Mineral Compress, or Deep Heat (you can view full descriptions HERE). 

    *Not valid with any other coupon, special or Ash Cash. Must mention email when scheduling to ensure proper time is allotted.


    Prep Your Skin for the SPAlidays!

    The chilly weather may have you wanting to hide, but now is the time to get your skin flawlessly ready for all those holiday photos, office parties, and family gatherings coming up! Save $25 on our luxurious 60 minute skin specific facials every Tuesday in November! 

    *Not Valid with any other Coupon, Special or Ash Cash; Must mention special when scheduling.

    We Look Forward to Ellivening You Soon...

    ~In Beauty
    Ashley Thompson

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    Posted on November 11, 2015 and filed under Makeup, Events.

    The Benefits of Glycolic Peels + The Facts You Need to Know

    Glycolic acid can improve your skin tremendously and assist in age-related problem reversals, such as reducing the look of fine lines and wrinkles, evening out skin tone, hydrating dry skin, and also improving blocked pores and acne. But, in order to reap the benefits of this skin therapy, it's important to know how chemical peels work and how to decide if this is best option for your skin! 

    Photo via Allure

    Photo via Allure

    During the peel experience, a smoothing layer of glycolic acid is applied to the skin to act as an exfoliant. It works by loosening the matter that attaches the skin cells to one another. By undoing these connections, the uppermost layer of skin is detached much sooner than it would under normal circumstances, causing a clearing of the pores. This results in smoother skin and a younger-looking complexion. From regenerating collagen to thickening the epidermis and evening skin tone, glycolic acid tends to yield the most dramatic and desired results due to the fact that it's the smallest of all the acids.  

    The most common peel strength to start at with glycolic acid is 30%. However, even this amount can be slightly irritating to skin when first starting out which is why glycolic acid peels are designed for the experienced skin care consumer familiar with exfoliation. Be sure to start out slowly if you have never done a skin or chemical peel with glycolic acid and take note of how your skin responds. For older or thicker skin, some individuals need to go higher and use the 50% glycolic peel and also apply it more to attain noticeable effects. To see the most noticeable results it is recommended that peels be done regularly and at least once a month! Be sure to always consult with your esthetician or treatment provider at the start of the appointment to address your specific skin concerns and any prior adverse reactions or sensitivities.

    Other precautions:

    It is recomended that if using a retinol product you discontinue use two weeks prior to this peel. Alexis Wolfer, founder and Editor-in-Cheif of The Beauty Bean also suggests, "If you’re using products with Benzoyl Peroxide, Salicylic Acid or any alpha and beta hydroxy acid, discontinue use for 2-3 days prior to peel to prevent an adverse skin reaction such as irritation, redness, swelling, itchiness or burning. Also, avoid sun exposure the day of the peel."

    Common misconceptions:

    Just because you're getting a "peel" doesn't mean your skin needs to actually peel! Even though earlier acid-based exfoliating peel versions often resulted in visible sloughing away of skin, current prevailing formulas include a mixture of alpha and beta hydroxy acids. This combination leaves skin renewed, glowing, and radiant rather than the flaking that can result from products with a single hydroxy acid at a high concentration.

    If you instantly associate the phrase "chemical peel" with Samantha's Sex and the City experience, don't worry. Chemical peels that can cause these side effects are penetrating the skin at a much deeper level that requires a medical license to perform. It's not the intensity you would find in a spa environment. 

    Isn't it time you got back to the skin you were born with? The best part is the results are instant and there is no down time after the Glycolic Peel experience at Elliven Spa

    ~In Beauty, 
    Ashley

     

     

    Posted on October 18, 2015 and filed under Skin Care.

    October is Customer Appreciation Month!

    October at Elliven Spa

    Which means we have a fabulous special for you every week and also a few great month-long deals!

    Monthly Specials

    $5 Paraffin Wax Hand Treatment add-on with ANY service

    The power of paraffin rejuvenates, hydrates, and nourishes the skin. This is an excellent treatment for dry, chapped, or aging hands and also helps to relieve the pain of arthritis. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, $1 from each hand treatment will be donated to Bright Pink

    Elliven Spa for Bright Pink

     

    $25 Shampoo Blowdry & Conditioning Treatment with Kelli or Camille!

    If you’re feeling like your hair could use a boost, try one of our Bumble and bumble conditioning treatments. Customized to fit your hair needs with the use of Deep, Mending or Quenching Masque or Creme de Coco Masque.

    Not valid on previously scheduled appointments; Not valid with any other coupon, special offer or Ash Cash; must mention this email to receive special pricing. 

    Weekly Specials

    Not valid on previously scheduled appointments; Not valid with any other coupon, special offer or Ash Cash; must mention this email to receive special pricing. 

    Become a V.I.B.

    Also in October, when you come in for a service, you will receive a V.I.B. card! Earn 1 leaf for every visit you spend $50 or more Ellivening yourself. Once you complete the card, enjoy 50% OFFa service of your choice up to $50!  

    Save The Date

    Our favorite #SPArty of the year has returned!!

    Join us for the Evil Queen, with the addition of Snow White, on Saturday, October 10th! And of course, Evolutionare will be joining in on the wicked fun with an apple tasting & pairing event equipped with Poison Apple Martinis and other "evil-inspired" indulgences fit for adults and Snow White-inspired treats for the little princesses! Be sure to call ahead - appointments go fast for this one! 412-278-1500. 

    Evil Queen SPArty at Elliven Spa

    AND our annual SPAlloween Costume Contest will be on 10/31/2015. Please come in costume or stop by and vote for your favorite!

    We look forward to Ellivening you soon! 

    ~In Beauty
    Ashley Thompson

    Posted on October 6, 2015 and filed under Monthly Specials.

    PlayOn with Jane Iredale's New Lip Crayons

    What's the easiest way to brighten up your face, pull a look together and enhance any mood?

    A bold lip!

    We're so over the traditional two-step lip process - applying a pencil to outline the lip and then adding a lipstick or stain over the top to get the desired look. Sometimes it just takes forever... That's why we've fallen head of heels for this NEW product from Jane Iredale!

    Jane Iredale Ready to Wear Fall Collection Lip Pencils.jpg

    PlayOn Lip Crayons (part of Jane Iredale's new Ready to Wear collection for fall) combine the precision of a lip liner, with the depth of colour offered by lipstick. Plus, they come in an array of gorgeous, nourishing shades and are super easy to apply!

    Jane Iredale PlayOn Lip Pencil Makeup

    For the best result and to ensure you don't damage or crack your PlayOn crayon, sharpen with the jumbo pencil sharpener, FREE with the purchase of any PlayOn shade throughout September. 

    Jane Iredale PlayOn Lip Crayon


    Posted on September 18, 2015 .

    Sending Off Miss Pennsylvania Ashley Schmider to Miss America!

    This past Saturday, we had the pleasure of attending Miss Pennsylvania 2015 Ashley Schmider's Send Off Celebration held at the Club at Nevillewood! The beautiful event was put together by our dear client, Susan Weiss, who also happens to be Ashley's aunt. From sparkling crowns, to pink decor, the event was completely SPAtacular! 

    Ashley is from the South Hills of Pittsburgh where she attended South Fayette High School, graduating as class Valedictorian in 2009. Ashley went on to pursue a major in economics and a minor in math at Duquesne University where graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2013.  While at Duquesne University, Ashley was involved with the Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, Lambda Sigma Honor Society, Omicron Delta Epsilon Economics Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America – Phi Beta Lambda, and the Strong Women, Strong Girls (SWSG) mentoring program. She also studied in China for one year to learn about international business. Ashley began mentoring with the Duquesne University chapter of Strong Women, Strong Girls her freshman year and helped to grow the chapter to a “Mega Chapter” as an executive director with over 50 mentors. To read the rest of her bio, head over to the Miss PA official website

    Ashley is a true vision of beauty - inside and out. But, that's not the only reason we love her! One glance at her social media profiles and you can see that she also actively participates in discussions on important topics (such as women's equality), and also leaves valuable tips on living a happy, healthy life (including how to protect your skin in the sun - a woman after my own heart). 

    Now she needs our help to vote her into the semi-finals! Let's all step up our social media skills to bring home the crown and #GetAshThatSash! 

    Ashley Schmider Miss America PA

    Cast your vote on Facebook and Twitter for Miss Pennsylvania by using the hashtag #missamericavote and mentioning the keyword "Pennsylvania"! Retweets count but comments/sharing do not and you can vote once a day on each platform. More details available here

    Be sure to tune into ABC on Sunday, September 9/13 at 9:00 pm to cheer Ashley on! Also, don't miss us LIVE TWEETING, and chatting about all the amazing hair and beauty looks of course, on @ellivenspa

    Follow Ashley on her journey on the various social media accounts: 
    Facebook: MissAmericaPA
    Twitter: @MissAmericaPA
    Instagram: @MissAmericaPA

    Elliven Spa is rooting for you Ashley! We know you can do this! 

    ~In Beauty
    Ashley Thompson

    Posted on September 1, 2015 .

    Dare to Go Bare with Zoya's Naked Manicure System

    Zoya Naked Manicure System

    While going au naturale is effortlessly sexy and alludes empowering confidence, it can be intimidating to bare it all. Thanks to Zoya, there's a new system in town that helps rid you of those daunting imperfections - well, at least when it comes to your nails! 

    Image from Zoya

    Image from Zoya

    Originally debuting at the Greg Lauren Fall 2015 show, the new Naked Manicure has been carefully curated by Zoya Creative Director, Rebecca Isa as brand new technology for those who want a more natural look. Greg wanted each models manicure to look like “the best version of their own natural nails.” Normally that would mean bare but why be bare when you can go naked. He loved the look of a perfected nail with a closest to natural satin finish. The end result was a clean bare, yet still finished looking, nail that was a perfect compliment to his fresh, eclectic style.

    So, who can get naked? Everyone! Whether you have damaged or discolored nails, or just prefer a more natural look, the Naked Manicure System will treat, correct and protect your nails while adding instant cosmetic benefits.

    If you're used to keeping your fingers polished, it's not always easy to transition back to bare nails. Especially if you're a culprit of skipping base coat, or if you suffer from Too Impatient To Remove My Gels Properly Syndrome (like Kara McGrath at Bustle). With this new four step (with an optional fifth step) process you can treat brittle nails, ridges, and discoloration caused by pretty much anything. Think of it the same way that foundation and concealer leave a clean base for your makeup - this system will leave your nails looking healthier, creating a flawless canvas for future polishes and especially negative space nail art.  

    Just like finding the perfect shade of foundation, the ideal nude polish for you is based off of your skin toe. To help narrow it down, in an interview with The Fashion SpotRebecca Isa said to “first determine the intensity of your complexion — if you’re light, medium or dark. Then determine if you have a warm or cool undertone.” If you look at the underside of your wrist, a cool undertone is indicted by blue toned veins and a warm tone by green toned veins. In the same article, celebrity manicurist Deborah Lippmann suggests looking at your unpolished nail bed to help guide you as well. “Usually, nail beds are pink, white or the same color as your skin. A nude polish that matches your nail bed will most likely match your skin tone.” She also suggests looking at your cuticles for answers. If the nude lacquer isn’t right for your skin tone, your cuticle will actually look red or “dirty.”

    Zoya Naked System Discoloration Blending

    The instant results of the Naked Manicure are achieve by six Perfectors which use optical diffusers, keratin fillers, micronized reflective color pigments and micro thin film formers to create an ultra sheer veil which ensures that the natural vibrancy of the nail is enhanced rather than concealed. The Perfectors contain a proprietary blend of finely ground pigments, vitamins and botanicals that also help to promote micro-circulation and oxygen exchange. Therapeutic benefits are delivered through a meticulous blend of vitamins, proteins and botanicals carefully infused in the Treatments and Perfectors that help improve the condition and appearance of the nail. Here's breakdown: 

    • Vitamin B5/Panthenol to improve flexibility and decrease brittleness.
    • Vitamin E to support celluar renewal.
    • Red Algae to improve micro circulation.
    • Gingko to increase oxygen exchange.
    • Sulfur Amino Acid/Protein Complex to fill in pitting and cracking.
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    And remember, nude polish no longer means boring. It doesn’t have to be the dull, opaque finish of seasons past. “The new way to wear nudes is with a dewy finish,” says Isa. “Start off with one coat of an opaque nude as your base, then layer over it a sheerer nude to give the color a nice, soft sheen, like it has sunlight reflecting off of it.” This will help prevent the lacquer from looking too heavy and saturated. 

    The complete naked system is now available as a manicure option at Elliven Spa. Give us a call at (412) 278-2500 if you want to get naked with us! 

    Posted on August 26, 2015 .

    Enjoy a Relaxing Evening Out at Sip, Spa & Shop!

    Sip Spa Shop

    Time flies when you are having fun & happy Ahh-hours have been just that! Who doesn't love a mini service at a mini price with a fun cocktail?

    Save the date for our Annual Last Happy Ahhh-Hour on Wednesday, August 26th! This year is bigger and better than ever! You won't want to miss this evening of sipping, spa-ing and shopping!

    Enjoy our Honey Bee SPArty: a honey and cheese pairing with honey-inspired drinks and other fun treats! Also joining us will be the Broke Little Rich Girl Inc truck and Naturi Yogurt

    Appointments start at 5 pm; The Honey Bee party at 6:30.

    $15 - 15 minute services:
    - Arctic eye treatment
    - Luxury lip treatment
    - Paraffin wax hand treatment
    - Polish change on nails or toes
    - Mini makeup moment

    $25 - 30 minute services:
    - Blowout
    - Brow and lip wax combo

    • Call 412-278-2500 to schedule! Guests must have an appointment to partake in the Honey Bee party!

    About the Honey Bee Party

    Sweet flavor. Natural health benefits. BEE prepared to BEE pampered with one of nature’s sweetest indulgences! Honey brings such a subtle power with its sweet essence, that we rarely realize the true value in one of nature’s finest gifts. Working alongside the organic treatments of Elliven, this sweet treat packs double the power with benefits inside and out. Known for its great anti-aging and moisturizing agents, honey leaves our skin and hair fresh and rejuvenated, but it also boosts our immune system and metabolism! Experience the full Honey Bee experience – Elliven’s dedication to organic products meet a table setting of refreshing, rejuvenating drinks and tasty honey-inspired treats all dedicated to the powers of the honey bee. Experience the honey and fig scalp exfoliation treatment as one of our signature honey BEE services. Want to schedule a SPArty of your own? Click here for details! 

    Posted on August 9, 2015 .

    Everyday Golden Glow Makeup Tutorial

    We've been busy working on something really special for you at Elliven Spa! Introducing, our very first video makeup tutorial featuring all Jane Iredale makeup of course! Our makeup artist, Shannon, shares step-by-step how to create this gorgeous everyday look. Perfect for anything from the office, to a summer concert! 

    Golden Glow Makeup Tutorial

    1.) Smooth Affair Facial Primer & Brightener - Smooth Affair has anti-aging properties that even skin tone, minimize the appearance of pores and increase luminosity.

    2.) Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream - Glow Time covers blemishes, minimizes pores, disguises wrinkles and smoothes and brightens skin.

    3.) Disappear Concealer with Green Tea Extract - Disappear won't just cover breakouts but will also help them to disappear permanently.

    4.) PurePressed Base Mineral Powder (in Suntan) - A pressed mineral foundation that is slightly more sheer and matte than the loose powders so it will look just like your skin, only better. 

    5.) So-Bronze (in 2) - Brush on cheeks, nose, chin and forehead for the ultimate, sun-kissed look.

    6.) PurePressed Blush (in Sheer Honey) - Create beautiful, flushed cheeks with our mineral blush. Colors so subtle and natural you'll look like you're glowing from the inside out!

    7.) PurePressed Eye Shadow Triple (in Golden Girl) - A mineral-based pressed eye shadow designed to enhance the color and shape of the eye. The three harmonious shades ensure you can mix and blend for any mood or occasion!

    8.) Golden Shimmer Face and Body Lotion - Golden Shimmer Face and Body Lotion creates a subtle veil of shimmer designed to warm and smooth the complexion.

    9.) Hydration Spray (D20) - A facial spritz based on Ylang Ylang that helps to hydrate and plump skin cells, and contains ingredients to calm and protect the skin.  

    10.) Jelly Jar Gel Eyeliner (in Espresso) - Whether you like your lines smudgy or precise, the inky Jelly Jar Gel Eyeliners let you define your eyes just as you please. It glides on smoothly for a defined or smudgeable line then sets to stay just where you want it.

    11.) Longest Lash Thickening and Lengthening Mascara - For those who want it all: well‐defined, longer looking lashes and buildable volume!

    12.) Eye Pencil - Pencils so soft they won't pull on your delicate skin. Natural pigments give you long-lasting color that stays put.

    13.) Lip Pencil (in Taupe) - Mineral pigment-based lip pencil with a soft formula that won’t tug at delicate skin. Soft enough to fill in your lips easily but durable enough to provide a long-lasting base to the color you layer over them.

    14.) PureMoist Lipstick (in Madison) - Vivid pigments blend with nourishing natural oils and superfruit extracts for petal‐soft lips that feel, look and taste amazing.

    15.) PureGloss Lip Gloss (in Nectar) - Treat your lips to luscious lip gloss shades that soothe, hydrate and nourish your lips for a fresh, pretty look. 

    Posted on July 31, 2015 .

    Thirteen Things You Can Do With Jane Iredale's Organic Hydration Sprays

    Jane's Hydration Sprays have been reformulated and awarded ECOCERT's Natural and Organic certification! You'll love their fresh, clean fragrances what they do for the health of your skin. Talk about MUST HAVE moisture! 

    Jane Iredale Hydration Sprays

    1.) Of course the first use for the hydration sprays is all-over face hydration! Use them to moisturize oily skin; rejuvenate dehydrated skin, or add a boost of moisture after makeup.

    2.) Spritz on after applying makeup to set your look. The POMMISST™ Hydration Spray is SPAtacular for setting bases and helping to conceal pores and fine lines. You can also try D2O™ Hydration Spray to set minerals for a long lasting, smooth finish.

    3.) With the added benefit of Pomegranate Extract, a powerful antioxidant and UV protector also known to help protect against skin cancer, the POMMISST™ Hydration Spray can be used to enhance SPF performance. 

    4.) Use any of these sprays to thin out thick mascara to make it more manageable and loosen any clumps.

    5.)  Build coverage gradually for a flawless face. The secret to a natural, radiant look is strategic layering. Apply foundation, spritz, then roll press with a Flocked Sponge… and if you still need more coverage, repeat. By spritzing in-between you are essentially setting your minerals and allowing the next layer to bond to the surface of your skin effortlessly

    6.) Cool and calm the skin after a laser or waxing session. The Chamomile Flower Extract in D2O™ provides antiseptic properties, soothes skin, and reduces dryness, redness, itching, sensitivity.

    7.) Spritz makeup brushes to intensify eye shadows for an extra pop of color or to enhance your smokey eye. 

    8.) Turn loose powers into cremes. For example: turn powder eye shadow into a cream shadow or color eyeliner, turn power blush into a creme blush, or turn a powder contour into creme contour to play with highlights and shadows. 

    9.) Turn gel liner into a bold liquid liner.

    10.) Spray on a lip pencil to create a cheek color. 

    11.) Help balance skin’s oil production and pH with the Balance Hydration Spray. Orange Essential Oil, Orange Peel Extract, Grapefruit Peel Extract and Algae Extract calm and feed the skin. An added bonus to Balance is Green Tea Extract. Studies have shown that Green Tea Extract at 3% is measurably beneficial for acne-prone skin (the exact percentage used!).

      12.) Mist onto hair to control static!

      13.) Last but not least, our favorite way to spritz in the summer is to chill these in the refrigerator for an added refreshing boost! 

      Don't forget - this month Hydration Sprays and Refills are 20% off at Elliven Spa! 





        Posted on July 21, 2015 .

        Ten Ways to Shimmer This Summer featuring Jane Iredale

        Photo via Jane Iredale

        Photo via Jane Iredale

        Back by popular demand this summer is our Limited Edition Golden Shimmer Face and Body Lotion (which may quite possibly be one of our favorite products ever). Golden Shimmer creates a subtle veil of shimmer designed to warm and smooth your complexion. It can be worn alone or paired with your favorite makeup. The natural formula rejuvenates and hydrates with botanical extracts, so it is gentle enough to be used on the face or body. It leaves skin soft and hydrated and is hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, safety tested and dermatologist tested.

        Golden Shimmer is simply gorgeous on it's own, but what makes this product even better is that it's so versatile. Keep reading for ten unique ways to use Golden Shimmer this summer, straight from the Jane team! 

        Jane Iredale Tantasia Self Tanner & Bronzer

        Mix it up!

        1. Mix Golden Shimmer with equal parts of Tantasia (a moisturizing, natural bronzer and self-tanner for face and body., to get a gorgeous bronzy glow. Apply anywhere you wish!) 

        2. Mix Golden Shimmer with Smooth Affair Facial Primer & Brightener prior to applying your foundation, that way, shimmer peeks through just enough to make your skin look luminous and healthy.

        3. Mix Golden Shimmer with Chemistry or Charisma In Touch Cream Blushes to make those deeper color blushes shimmer, apply using your fingertips.

        4. Mix Golden Shimmer with any body lotion for a lighter shimmer on your body, or with Dream Tint Tinted Moisturizer for a light shimmer on your face.

        5. Mix about a quarter size amount of Golden shimmer with a dime size amount of Powder-Me SPF Dry Sunscreen for shimmer plus protection. Mix in your hands and apply anywhere on the body.

        Helpful tips and pretty looks.

        1. For a beautiful rose gold lip, apply Berry Lip Pencil by lining and filling in the lip. Using the Camouflage Brush, gently pat Golden Shimmer over entire lip. For more shimmer let each layer of Golden Shimmer dry fully before applying the next.

        2. To disguise spider veins and cellulite mix a grape sized amount of Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream to two parts Golden Shimmer. Apply to your legs using the Blending Brush.

        3. Apply Golden Shimmer to freshly blow dried hair for added dimension and shine prior to styling. Using a pearl sized amount blend between palms then run your hands through your hair.

        4. Apply Golden Simmer to the top of your cheek bones, bridge of your nose or anywhere else you would like to highlight.

        5. Apply Golden Shimmer to your temples by patting on gently with your fingertips. Make a C shape around outer part of your eye area and blend into your cheeks. Apply this over any of our foundations or wear it on clean skin for a healthy, youthful glow.

        And, for a glamorous, full Glow Like a Goddless Glow look, follow these steps! 

        Glow Like a Goddess with Jane Iredale
        Posted on July 9, 2015 .

        Beat the Heat with Summer Services

        SPAlebrate Summer in Style

        Pittsburgh does not always have the most weather friendly hair. Well, fight the frizz and have luscious locks all summer with our Color Lock Smoothing Treatment. This 15 minute keratin treatment is applied after your color service to lock in the color and keep it looking fresh longer! It will help prevent your color from fading in the sun while also smoothing the hair. It will not straighten hair but will soften your curls a bit. Plus, in addition to cutting your blow-drying time down at home, it also provides a barrier from the humidity so you will stay frizz free for upto 4 weeks! This treatment can be added onto a blowdry or a hair cut even if you are not having your color done. You must use a sulfate free shampoo and conditioner to maintain the treatment. - $40.00

        Keratin Treatment

        New Product Arrival

        We promised to keep you up-to-date with any new products we are offering. We are pleased to announce the arrival of: Bumble and bumble's Don't Blow It! Give your blow dryer (but not your style) the day off. Stop in for a complimentary sample & a step by step guide to great hair without heat or hassle (available while supplies last). 

        Bumble's Don't Blow It at Elliven Spa

        Are your toes flip-flop fabulous?

        All of our summer scents are now available for pedicures! Enjoy: Lemon Coconut Pineapple, Mango Coconut, Pina Colada and Lemon Lime. Pedicures: $50 & up, Mini-Pedi: $35, Toe Polish: $20 

        Photo: Essie 

        Photo: Essie 

        Save On Our Glow Rejuvenation Massage

        This massage is the ultimate experience. Enjoy an aromatherapy body polish followed by a Swedish massage & finished off with Reflexology. This 75 minute treatment will soothe your mind, body & soul & leave you relaxed, glowing & rejuvenated. 

        July Price ~ $100.00 (Value $135.00) - valid until 7/31/2015

        $5 Tropical Massage Upgrade!

        Enjoy a stay-cation. Float away to the tropics for an hour or more with any one of our amazing massages performed with Pure Organic Coconut Oil. Let the aroma & the sound of ocean waves whisk you away as all of your stress melts away!

        Upgrade to The Tropical Massage this month for only $5.00! (valid until 7/31/2015)

        The benefits of coconut oil applied to the skin are many:

        1. Raises the metabolism
        2. Boost immunity
        3. Provides deep & real moisture. No Petroleum which can suffocate the skin.
        4. Strengthens underlying tissue
        5. Helps remove excess dead cells on skin surface and the list goes on & on. It is amazing for your face & hair as well!

        Check out our "Crazy for Coconut" blog post for more benefits! 

        *Add-on a Tropical Shampoo Blow-dry performed with Bumble and bumble's Creme de Coco Shampoo & Conditioning Treatment after any Spa Service for only $15.00

        Don't Forget Happy Ahhh~Hours

        Every Wednesday through August: 5:00pm ~ 9:00pm

        Mini Services for a Mini Price 

        $15 Services/15 Minutes
        Makeup moment, Arctic Eye Treatment, Luxury Lip Treatment,
        Polish Change on Nails or Toes, Chair Massage, Paraffin Wax Hand Treatment

        $25 Services/30 Minutes
        Blowout, Brow & Lip Wax Combo, Reflexology of the Feet

        New Fun Summer Cocktail Weekly!

        Spaces are limited, so please call 412-278-2500 to schedule your appointment.

        We look forward to Ellivening you all summer long! 

        ~In Beauty, 
        Ashley

        Posted on June 28, 2015 .

        Elliven Goes to the 18th Annual Urban Garden Party!

        This year's highly anticipated Urban Garden Party, themed "M is for Mattress Factory", was magically filled with over 1,200 magicians, mermaids, monsters, Marilyn Monroes, and mad scientists. As magnificent as everyone's outfits were, we definitely brought the best "m's" to the party - makeup and massages! Armed and ready to go with our lashes, Bumble and bumble necessities, Jane Iredale makeup, skin scanner, and amazing team, we made sure to keep the party's guests looking and feeling fabulous all night! Thanks for having us! Here are a few of our favorite moments from the evening: 

         
         

        ~In Beauty, 
        Ashley 

        Posted on June 22, 2015 and filed under On Location.

        12 Beauty Hacks That Will Make Your Life SO Much Easier

        They may not be as bizarre as Kim Kardashian's Vampire Facial, but here are our favorite tried-and-true (and not-so-strange) beauty hacks to help simplify your life!  

        12 Beauty Hacks from Elliven Spa
        1. Put makeup wipes next to your bed. Now you have no excuse to sleep in your makeup! 
        2. Take a wide-tooth comb into the shower and detangle while conditioner is in your hair. We promise this makes the rest of your hair routine run MUCH smoother. 
        3. Mix in a bit of peppermint oil with your lip gloss to add more plump to your pout. 
        4. Make waves while you sleep: before bed, work a texturizing cream (we love Bumble's Bb. Texture Hair(un)dressing Creme) into hair, create two braids. Once you've given yourself a few more minutes of beauty sleep in the morning, undo braids, fluff with fingers, and out the door you go. 
        5. Invest in products that multitask. For example, jane iredale's Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream covers blemishes, minimizes pores, disguises wrinkles and smoothes, brightens skin AND Contains broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 25 UVB/UVA. It's literally lotion, SPF, and foundation all in one! 
        6. To make hair appear thicker instantly, lightly dust your part with eyeshadow (in a similar color as your hair). 
        7. Going from a day to night look and need to reapply mascara? Use a bit of Vaseline with a Q-Tip to soften and refresh the layer that's already been applied. This prevents the next coat you apply from getting clumpy. 
        8. Use coconut oil as makeup remover to gently remove makeup from skin. Have you heard about all crazy things coconut oil can do for you?! 
        9. To make eyeshadow pop, cover your lid with white shadow first, then apply as usual. Also try applying white eyeliner on the lower lash line to make eyes look brighter and larger.
        10. For matte lips, after applying lipstick, place a tissue over your lips, brush with translucent powder and voilà! Plus, this will also help color stay longer (double win). 
        11. Dust lashes with baby powder before applying mascara for a super voluptuous look. Some go as far to say this will create "better than falsies" lashes! 
        12. And the most life changing hack of all is how you're applying your concealer all wrong. To truly hide those dark circles, draw a triangle with concealer. The base being under your eye and the point toward your cheek. Why does this work? It draws the focus up to you eyes instead of the skin underneath them! 

        What are you favorite beauty hacks? Share them with us in the comments below! 

        ~In Beauty, 
        Ashley

         

        Posted on June 14, 2015 and filed under Makeup.

        Delicious Fruit-Infused Water Recipes to Keep You Hydrated

        There's a reason you find fruit infused waters at the spa, and it isn't just for how beautiful and refreshing they look!

        According to CBS, 75 percent of Americans may be functioning in a chronic state of dehydration, which is almost unbelievable since 60% of our bodies are composed of water. Since water is such a huge part of who we are (literally), one would like to think it would be a higher concern on our priority list. Fruit-infused water recipes are a delicious alternative to sugar sodas and other drinks. Plus, the natural flavors of these combos are so SPAtacular you'll find yourself delightfully drinking more water without even knowing it! Not to mention they're also packed with other incredible health benefits like detoxifying the body, boosting metabolism, and improving the immune system. We can't want for you to give these a try! 

        ~In Beauty
        Ashley 

           

          

        Posted on June 5, 2015 .