Alexandra Sherman, Founder of The Lab. Photo Credits: Cara Robbins
Born and raised in Miami, Cuban-American entrepreneur Alexandra Sherman is the founder of bespoke skincare studio The Lab. Situated in Las Vegas, The Lab offers customized facials and esthetic services, including scalp micropigmentation and permanent makeup. Sherman founded The Lab because she identified a market space in the skincare experience that could capitalize upon cutting-edge technology to offer clients customized services. At the heart of the intersection between science, aesthetics, and business, The Lab offers state-of-the-art treatments to celebrity clients all over the globe. We were so excited to speak with Sherman about her career in wellness and her skincare secrets for the summer.
What made you go from criminal justice to the wellness industry?
When I moved from Florida to Las Vegas I couldn’t transfer my Private Investigator license as easily as I would have liked to. I started researching my options and decided I would love to go into skincare and become an esthetician, so I followed that path.
What inspired you to found The Lab, and what services do you offer?
I was inspired by quality products and high luxury facials that I felt the Vegas market had a need for. I always felt like I had to travel for an advanced facial treatment and wanted to do something different here. We offer specialized Biologique Recherche facial treatments, custom Lab facial treatments including some of the best high-tech equipment available to estheticians, along with Gentleman’s facial treatments. Additionally, I am a trained permanent makeup and scalp micropigmentation artist and will be offering those services closer to the end of the year.
What is your morning skincare routine? What everyday staples do you use to start off the day?
The Lab x Biologique Recherche Collaboration. Photo credits: https://www.thelabssp.com/biologique-recherche
My nighttime skincare routine is generally the same as morning, except I switch the products out based on my needs. I also skip the SPF and Vitamin C and just do the Vitamin A. This is the time I’ll add a purifying mask after my chemical or manual exfoliant if I feel like my skin was stressed throughout the day.
What are the most important protective measures you would suggest to take care of your skin? (i.e., sunscreen, diet, hydration, sleep, exercising)
All of the above are important, but I would say applying and making sure to consistently re-eapply sunscreen is the most important thing you can do. If you are particularly prone to hyperpigmentation, wearing sunglasses is especially important, as the eyes are the main point of entry to where the sun can enter the body and cause damage. Being hydrated is also extremely important; many first signs of aging can be confused for dehydration or excess sugar intake.
Are there on-the-go products you keep in your purse to touch up your skin throughout the day?
Yes, I always keep brush-on shield by ColoreScience for sunscreen re-application throughout the day. If I’m working out, I keep Eau Micellaire Biosensible by Biologique Recherche for a quick cleanse and L’Eauxygenante as a refreshing mist with AHA’s to balance my skin.
What advice would you give on proper skin protection during the summer?
Please make sure to wear and RE-APPLY SPF. Hats and sunglasses are an effective way to keep the sun from damaging your skin.
Do you have any beauty tips for creating a lightweight, water-resistant makeup look by the pool or beach?
Finding a makeup line that is non-comodogenic and doubles as an SPF is a great way to achieve a flawless look while protecting yourself. Using a primer and foundation that have sunscreen and a light-to-medium tint is a great excuse to wear makeup by the pool or beach. There are so many lip glosses that also have SPF: choose one make sure you are protecting your lips as well.
Thanks to Hailey Bieber, hydrating masque Visolastine+ for has really been a huge hit with skincare lovers. I find that people are really gravitating more towards natural makeup and adding vitamin C to their regimen, which is exciting to see.
What summer foods would you recommend for hydrating and nourishing your skin?
Fruits and vegetables– those particularly with high water content are ideal. Adding cucumbers and lemons to your water is a nice way to hydrate, while adding a refreshing taste to your water.
Drew Barrymore’s makeup line, Flower Beauty, was founded in 2012. In the beginning it was exclusively sold online and at Walmart. However, the expansion of sales didn’t halt there. Back in February of this year, Flower Beauty products appeared in Ulta stores across the U.S. Barrymore herself is a fan of cosmetics and beauty products, including hair care, and rather a guru of beauty. Though Flower Beauty has been around for a few years, perhaps some of you haven’t heard of the affordable brand. Flower Beauty has just about every basic product you need. The line also sells hair styling tools and fragrances, so Barrymore doesn’t just stop at makeup.
Drew Barrymore’s Makeup Line Flower Beauty is Great for Girls on the Go
Flower Beauty’s products are easily portable, so if you’re constantly lugging makeup around with you to freshen up in the office, or if you’re running late and have to resort to doing your makeup in the parking lot, no sweat. The best part about this product line is the surprising quality at such a low price. All of Flower Beauty’s products (aside from the hair styling tools) are under $20. If you’re a self-proclaimed makeup addict looking for products that perform well and aren’t very expensive, then Flower Beauty is going to be your new best friend.
Best Values from Flower Beauty
Flower Beauty sells a moisturizing primer called In Your Prime that conditions the skin while priming for around $13 at Ulta. It’s incredibly difficult to find a good primer at a low price, especially one that does what it promises.
Petal Pout Lip Color is a great choice if you’re looking for a lipstick that’s smooth and condition while giving you a nice all-day-wear. It’s available in over twenty shades, including matte options and cream finishes. Plus Petal Pout runs anywhere from $6-9, which is a low enough price to stock up on multiple shades.
The Shimmer & Strobe Highlighting Palette from Flower Beauty is available at Ulta for $16. Like the other products in Flower’s line, it doesn’t disappoint. The formula is surprisingly creamy and lightweight, and it blends like a dream.
Drew Barrymore on the Success of Flower Beauty
Photo Credit: Flower Beauty, The Hollywood Reporter
Back in 2015, Drew Barrymore sat down with The Hollywood Reporter for an interview and gushed about the success of her line.
I’m most proud of the price point we have managed to achieve with the formulas and materials we work with. It’s an almost impossible endeavor and it’s not something that people might know or understand or think about as a consumer. Our customer reviews are like, flawless — it’s amazing. Across the board people are very happy and I’m so relieved about that because you are surprised and amazed at the level of quality when you try the products.
It’s true. These products will surprise you both in price and quality. They’re a great everyday go-to for twenty-somethings who need to watch what they spend, but know what good quality makeup is all about.
Spring is officially here and it is time to wear the best makeup that will suite beautifully for this season. There are many makeups to choose from such as smokey eyes, a pop of color and glitter. It is best to find what colors are desirable for your skin tone, but remember to have fun with it. Here are the best makeup looks to wear in the spring.
Image Credit: @hungvanngo on Instagram
A smokey eye look will look great on anyone and it can be created in many different ways. This smudgy look will look great with any color of your choice. Blend at least three different shades of colors across your lids for a bolder and gradient look or use a light layer around your lash lines for a softer appearance.
Image Credit: @shaebutters on Instagram
Blue eyeshadow is perfect for any skin color. It is a trend that includes a royal blue eyeshadow with a glittery finish. Pick a shadow that pops and complete that with a neutral look that includes a light blush, a soft pink lipgloss and a highlight that will make your skin glowy. You can also add a liquid eyeliner to compliment your eyes.
Image Credit: @patrickta on Instagram
This spring, it’s all about getting out of your comfort zone and rocking your best eyeliner. Cat eyes are a go to look for the spring because it embraces the shape of your eyes. It goes well with any eyeshadow and you can create any shape that you want, such as a thick line or a thin line.
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Okay, so your big day is around the corner and you just want to look like a princess. It’s your day to remember, and the pictures will last a lifetime – so how can you brighten up your body while pressed for time in order to be bride-beautiful? Here are a few tips to consider: For Bright Skin:
You guessed it; guzzle that water, water, water! Replace caffeine and alcohol with H2O to avoid dehydrating unnecessarily before your big day. Dehydration makes your skin dry and itchy – yuck! On top of carrying a Nalgene at all times, be sure to get plenty of sleep. Not getting enough sleep makes your skin look dull, tired and puffy – plus, the lack of Z’s will make you irritable for no reason. So make sure you clock in 7-8 hours a night for bright, fresh bridal skin. For White Teeth:
Well, this one has something in common with your new skin care habits: avoid consuming wine, tea, and coffee, in an excessive amount. Don’t get upset, ladies, it’s only for a short time that you’ll need to cut out your morning coffee – deep breaths! These drinks corrode your teeth heavily, and avoiding them will, as you see, boost your health overall. In addition to brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing, and rinsing with water after every meal, seek out vegetables that are natural teeth whiteners. Try eating carrots, celery, broccoli and strawberries for a yummy fast-track to a bridal smile. For Luscious Hair:
Whether you’re planning on wearing your hair half up, curled, braided, or bunned – you no doubt, want your locks to be illustrious. Well, how? Start off by switching to a wide tooth comb instead of a brush to avoid unnecessary breakage. Then, each week treat your hair with a home-made mixture of aloe vera and egg for 15 minutes, immediately shampooing afterwards. Finish caring for your hair by applying Moroccan Argan Oil throughout while it’s still damp after showering. For Peace of Mind:
Yes, you know quite well that we can’t ignore your beauty treatments on the interior. It can be a stressful time, getting all your plans together and all your ducks in a row! Lady, you need to unwind before your big day so that you can thoroughly enjoy and remember it. So treat yourself to an exclusive full body massage, facial, mani-pedi spa day. You deserve it. Before heading off to your appointment, meditate for 15 minutes to allow all unwanted bombarding thoughts trickle out of your mind. Go empty and leave refreshed, renewed, and vamped up with take-on-the-world bridal beauty.
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I have a few friends who are in to the whole essential oils thing. Ya know, the organic, tree-hugging, diffuser-using type. I was skeptical about the oil hype at first, but knew I wanted to test the waters – or oils, should I say – before completely disregarding the idea. So I invested in a small bottle of pure lavender oil. I can now say that I will not live without it! The long list of benefits that comes from this natural product is astounding. Lavender is an honest-to-goodness life saver – and for the following reasons, should be kept in every home.
With the scent of lavender being floral and fresh, it is a natural soother of the senses. When the application of lavender becomes habitual, your body responds immediately to its calming effects. Begin by applying a bit of oil to your pillow at night and allow yourself to drift peacefully to sleep. And the next time you sit down for an exam, or before you enter the room for your big presentation, rub a smidge of lavender oil on your wrists and neck. Your body will feel at ease, and your nerves will thank you for the immediate release. Inhale and power through! Skin Saver
Lavender oil can also be used to decrease redness in sun burn, and treat speed up the healing process of wounds, cuts, burns, and sunburns because it improves the formation of scar tissues (www.organicfacts.net). For this reason, it is also a perfect solution for newly pierced ears, and can even be used to treat long term eczema. On top of it all, lavender oil fends off mosquitoes without having the unnatural, repulsive scent of bug spray. Carry it in your purse wherever you go this summer, and you’ll be surprised how many times it comes in handy.
Make Lavender Oil Your New Best Friend!
For an extensive description of how to utilize lavender to its full potential see this video: http://youtu.be/03N14YjbYHA
I hate to break it to you, but those “rainy day blues” people always talk about…they exist. Not all of us are so fortunate as to welcome the rain with open arms. Most of us greet those looming dark clouds on the horizon with an immediate frown. True, it’s likely that this summer your exciting plans have been rained out at least once, and you were probably at a loss for what to do, resorting to New Girl re-runs on Netflix. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes that’s exactly what you need. But next time you’re stuck inside, rain hitting the windows and lightning keeping you out of the pool, remember these activities to liven up your rainy day. 1. Beautify
As if we need an excuse to throw ourselves a spa party. Use the unhurried afternoon to catch up on your extra-hygienic needs that usually get shoved under the rug with a busy schedule. While listening to your favorite music, give yourself a manicure and pedicure. Bathe with Epsom salt, lather with coconut oil, and treat your hair with Moroccan Argan Oil. By the end of your relaxing evening, you will wish for the rain every day. 2. Redecorate
Know that spare bedroom you haven’t gotten around to painting? Or how about the bathroom that still has wallpaper up from the 90’s? When you’re stuck inside, you have nothing better to do but to pour over Pinterest and Pottery Barn catalogues. Gather ideas during your indoor afternoon and plan to reconstruct during the next monsoon. When your living space finally matches the idea you have in your head, you will thank yourself for turning your rainy day frown upside down. 3. Encourage
The art of hand-written letters, lost on our generation, is in dire need of resurrection. What better opportunity will you find to dig out your old stationary and thin sharpie pens to give it a go? Try thinking of five people you haven’t spoken to in a while. The dreary weather will bring out your sappy side, as you write to old friends who you love and miss. Not only does letter-writing boost morale, but it reconnects us with people in a more intimate, genuine way than Facebook or Skype ever could.
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Over the past few years, coconut oil has sprung up, claiming spreads in magazine articles and time slots on talk-shows. It’s no wonder this product is considered one of nature’s golden gifts to mankind. With its multi-faceted abilities and overwhelming list of health benefits, you’ll find coconut oil a necessary addition to your hygienic routine – and you’ll wonder how you ever lived without this beautifying best friend. 1. Beautiful Head
Coconut oil is one of the best natural nutrients for your hair and is used extensively in the Indian sub-continent for this very purpose. Most of the people in those countries apply coconut oil on their hair every day after bathing or showering. It helps in healthy growth of hair and gives your hair a shiny quality. Try massaging your head with coconut oil, and you will notice a dandruff free scalp topped with shiny locks. After a massage or two, you will also find your mental fatigue decreased, as coconut oil also acts as a wonderful de-stressor. 2. Beautiful Body
Coconut oil is also an excellent massage oil for your entire body. Coconut oil is comparable to mineral oil, but without the dangerous side-effects. As this multi-purpose remedy is spread across your body, preventing dryness and flaking of skin, you’ll find it also delays the appearance of wrinkles and sagging.
According to www.doctoroz.com, one 2009 study found that women who consumed 30 milliliters (about 2 tablespoons) of coconut oil daily for 12 weeks not only did not gain more weight, but actually had lowered amounts of abdominal fat, a type of fat that is difficult to lose, and contributes to more heart problems. 3. Beautiful Heart
There is a misconception spread among many people that coconut oil is not good for heart health. This is because it contains a large quantity of saturated fats. In reality, coconut oil is beneficial for the heart. It contains about 50% lauric acid, which helps in actively preventing various heart problems like high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. The saturated fats present in coconut oil are not harmful as you commonly find in vegetable oils. Coconut oil does not lead to increase in LDL levels, and it reduces the incidence of injury and damage to arteries and therefore helps in preventing atherosclerosis. (http://www.organicfacts.net/organic-oils/organic-coconut-oil/health-benefits-of-coconut-oil.html) Be sure to note there are 6 different types of coconut oil: Pure, refined, organic, virgin, organic virgin, and extra virgin
The chart below suggests which type to buy in regards to your intended use according to www.organicfact.net Purpose————Preferable Type to Buy Cooking————Refined Coconut Oil
Weight Loss——Virgin Coconut Oil
As a Carrier Oil—Virgin Coconut Oil, Fractionated Coconut Oil
Good Health——Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Coconut Oil
Massaging———Pure Coconut Oil, Refined Coconut Oil
Hair——————Pure Coconut Oil, Refined Coconut Oil
Medicinal uses—–Virgin Coconut Oil, Virgin Organic Coconut Oil
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Bright, bold colors, soft pastels, and modern nail designs are some of this season’s trendiest manicures. These are your must-do summer manicures. Whether you get your nails done at a local nail salon or do them yourself in the comfort of home, it’s safe to say that manicures have become this summer’s hottest accessory!
Bright and Bold The brighter the color, the bolder the summer! Go for vibrant, neon colors that will make even the sun jealous. They go perfectly with sunkissed skin, adding an extra pop to your tan. You’ll be the center of attention at your tropical getaway, and being noticed is definitely what this nail color trend is all about.
A Soft Hue
If bright colors aren’t your thing, pastel nails is a more subtle trend. This past spring, we were swept away with the soft colors that looked oh-so-delicious. Luckily, they’re here to stay for the summer, and we’re happy to still have them. Try a mint green, peach sorbet, or an easy yellow that will bring that extra, soft touch to your outfit.
Aztec patterns are everywhere during the summer, so seeing it on nails isn’t a surprise at all. It’s a funky way to dress up your nails and have fun. Patience is a definite virtue with this trend, but you can always look at references to help if you’re trying this on your own. Not every Aztec print is the same, so don’t worry about it being perfect!
The mix-and-match color combination trend has arrived in the nail department. Black and colored polishes are the main components of this trend. It’s a modern take that allows you to do different designs, while still being able to have a pop of color. You can even switch it up with the addition of other colors, just as long as you use the black polish for “blocking.”
Accessorize the Accessory
Add gems, studs, or nail adhesive items onto your nails to make them look fabulous and one-of-a-kind. You can be daring and decorate all of your nails or just use them as that extra touch to an accent nail. Both styles will steal everyone’s attention!
Beat the sun’s harsh rays with SPF beauty products that will have your face both protected and looking good this summer. The sun is at its strongest during this season, making your skin more sensitive and at greater risk for damage. Let’s make our chances of getting sunburn or skin damage zero to none! We’ve researched and compiled a list of summer SP beauty products to keep your skin protected from the sun while still maintaining that beautiful, healthy glow.
(Aveeno Protect + Hydrate Lotion Sunscreen SPF 20 $10.99, Ulta.com) Moisturizer
To keep your skin from drying quickly in the summer heat, make sure to apply moisturizer in the morning and at night. Ingredients in moisturizers, such as dimethicone, lock water into your skin cells, making your skin feel refreshed. Popular beauty brands, including Olay and Aveeno, have created best-selling SPF moisturizers known for their extreme wear in the summer months.
Moisturizers and sunscreens have fairly similar jobs. However, sunscreens are made specifically to protect your skin with ingredients to block the sun’s rays. Shiseido’s Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion can be used on both your face and your body to nourish your skin. It’s a top sunscreen contender in protecting your skin from damage like sunburn and premature signs of aging. A plus with this sunscreen is that it is water-resistant, allowing you to take a swim without worrying about sunburn! Hampton Sun’s hypoallergenic SPF 15 Sunscreen, which contains ingredients like aloe vera and vitamins A, C, and E, is a bit different in its application; its a mist that can be sprayed on quickly and easily.
(Tarte Amazonian Clay BB Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen $36, Sephora.com) BB/CC Cream
No one can stand feeling like they have too much makeup on in the summer. BB or CC creams are a great solution to this problem, providing coverage to blemishes and evening your skin tone without the heavy weight of a foundation. Tarte’s Amazonian Clay BB Tinted Moisturizer has been raved about over and over again by beauty gurus everywhere for its long-lasting, water-based formula. Available in 7 shades, it protects skin with a 20 SPF, and one of its main ingredients, chamomile extract, helps treat and heal dry skin. Clinique’s Moisture Surge CC Cream is known for it’s moisturizing and creamy consistency. It’s easy to smooth into your skin–color-correcting it and creating a natural glow–is oil-free, and has an SPF!
(Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Oh So Radiant! Powder SPF 20 $13.99, Ulta.com) Face Powder Physician’s Formula has released a face powder with SPF 20 that we just couldn’t leave out: Mineral Wear Oh So Radiant! Powder. Yes, it’s a face powder. We were shocked too. It’s a translucent, hypoallergenic mineral powder that allows your skin to feel as if you’re wearing no makeup at all. It’s the perfect powder to have in your beach bag for a spontaneous outing after a day in the sun!
The need to gain a summertime tan is beginning to heat up just like the current spring season. For many of us non-Californians, the desire to achieve that natural sun-kissed glow is something we aim for each year. It’s always better to start sooner than later, and with the help of California Tan products it has been become a whole lot easier.
California Tan is a “sun business” that is an expert at creating products primarily designed to protect your skin; with over 20 years of experience in its craft, California Tan is always developing, innovating, and providing the best quality products it can for tanning lovers everywhere. The products are available for both indoor and outdoor tanning, and are guaranteed to give you that Californian tan. A reliable and helpful 3-Step-System is provided so that you are able to have your ideal tan: starting with a golden brown base (Step 1), you then move to a deep dark (Step 2) and finally to an enhancement that makes your skin look hydrated and natural (Step 3).
Produce, oxidize, and extend is the mantra for the 3-Step-System, with each one having products made with skin-friendly ingredients. California Tan’s Exposé Collection provides products for each step, including its Exposé Luxe Body Lotion, a Step 3 product. Made with coconut water, shea, pumpkin butters, and renovage age reversing technology, you are set for having the best glowing and youthful-looking skin out there this summer. The lotion both hydrates and protects your skin thanks to the butters, and they also help give off a lingering, sweet scent you will just want to eat up. Its smooth texture keeps your skin moisturized all day, making it feel light and healthy.
Itching to get that Californian tan now? Start it up with California Tan’s affordable products that you can purchase at your local tanning salon. To read up on some more on California Tan’s natural ingredients and incredible products, visit its site at http://www.californiatan.com. Once you become obsessed, be sure to follow California Tan on its social networks to be the first to see the latest products. California Tan Review photos courtesy to Californiatan.com.