Friday, May 17, 2013

The Power of Flowers

The Power of Flowers

In the spirit of spring, we would like to turn your attention to the wonderful world of flowers and what kind of special healing powers they hold so every time you “stop to smell them,” you know exactly what’s in store!
Please keep in mind the following information is strictly informative and does not in any way advise you to use these flowers without first consulting with your doctor.
Chrysanthemum: The healers of the Orient have long used "mums" for treating high blood pressure, headaches, dizziness and insomnia. They found this pretty flower helpful for chest pains while infusions were used for tired and bloodshot eyes due to excessive reading, close range precision work, air borne allergies and lack of sleep.
Daisies: One of the most well known flowers of all times, daisies were once used for treating gout, arthritis and inflammations of the liver and bladder.
Day Lilies: The root bulbs and the leaves are known to be excellent for sunburn, major burns and scalding.
Geraniums: Known as an astringent both internally and externally; the chopped root was used to check diarrhea and hemorrhaging. Geranium leaf was pounded to release its healing properties and applied to cuts and nicks to stop bleeding.
Hollyhock: Has been used for internal ulcers and relieving pain due to kidney stones.
Iris: Is known to relieve accumulations of clear watery fluid formed in tissue or body cavities. A poultice of iris root and rose petals has been known to clear up bruises.
Marigolds: In areas of Central and South America, marigolds are used to cure tetanus and blood poisonings, along with venereal diseases. The ancient Aztecs used marigolds for correcting chronic constipation and to relieve fluid retention.
Nasturtium: Are reported to help break up mucous and congestion due to colds and flu. A tea prepared from the flowers and leaves has been known to act as a disinfectant that kills unfriendly bacteria. It is also said to promote the development of white blood cells to fight infections.
Pansies: The sweet little Pansy is known to strengthen the heart. It was used to treat skin eruptions, particularly in children with acne, measles, mumps and chickenpox.
Rose: One of the most common uses for rose in herbal healing was for treating eating disorders. Bulimia and Anorexia have been said to be successfully cured with rose tea.
While there are many flowers out there with medicinal/healing powers, it’s also good to consult with experts when using any form of poultice, aromatherapy or alternative healing methods.
You can smell some of these fragrances upon entering our front door and during a variety of our specialty treatments. If you enjoy the power of flowers, stop in for visit!
Much Love,
Debbie Schade

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Fun with Nail Polish: The Sequel

Fun with Nail Polish: The Sequel

Sometimes pictures really say a thousand words – if you spend a mere $5-$10 on a dotting tool, you can make the following amazing nail creations!

                            You Dotty Girl!      

              Grey Polka Dot Nails

         Silver Polka Dots – Fun!   

      Cupcake Sprinkle Inspiration

    French Manicure – with a Neon Twist!

Of course, the skies the limit with this handy tool so have fun, test it out, see what you can come up with…the possibilities are endless!

Much Love and Creativity,
Debbie Schade

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Fun with Nail Polish

Fun with Nail Polish

With spring a top coat away, it’s time to dust off those bottles of polish and have some fun with new spring colors – like Essie’s new pastels!

But first, we have some tidbits to share if you who want a quick, at-home fix before hitting up the vineyards, going out for a drink, or lounging in the sun. Whether it’s Essie, Opi, or another name brand of your choosing, nails that make a statement this season are in.

Add Some Glitz: An easy and fun way to get a fantastic glittery manicure…put a clear coat on, dip fingernails into glitter of your choosing, clean edges, add top coat and flaunt!

Easy Clean Up: Rub moisturizer into skin around nails so when “mistakes” happen, removing excess polish will be a breeze.

The 5 Minute Nail Polish Removal Trick: split a (large) cotton ball into pieces (about 12-15) and dip (do not soak) into nail polish remover (acetone free is best). Apply one piece to each nail (one hand at a time) and let sit for 1-2 minutes. Take one of your leftover pieces and swipe (press down hard) your nail (nail bed to nail tip). Repeat on other hand. This process takes 5 minutes, removes nail polish in one fell swoop AND your nails will not peel or dry out.

Where the Dead Eye Shadows Go: Yes, you can do something with all those eye shadows you never wore (don’t worry, we won’t tell!) Use an eye shadow brush to get a pile of color, mix with clear polish and paint. Cover with a matte polish (similar color) for an even deeper effect.

Ex-STRAW-dinary! A picture says a thousand words on this one…
Simply dip your straw into different colors and paint!

Stay tuned for more fun hints and tips for at-home nail care.

Much Love,
Debbie Schade

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Go Green, Money Green!

Go Green, Money Green!

Whether it be a pot ‘o gold, a four leaf clover, some green colored beer, stuffed cabbage, leprechauns, or Katy Perry with green hair, everyone knows St. Patty’s Day is right around the corner and celebrations (of some kind) are in order…

So let’s celebrate together!

Here are some fun St. Patty’s Day themed ideas to get your busy to go green this season (money green!):

1. St. Patrick's Day Parade
From now until Easter, hold a "parade" of featured products/services – this is a great opportunity for you to pick daily, weekly or twice weekly items to highlight and why they are great! You can do this by posting on Facebook, on your website, or on your blog and, to incentivize purchases, you can create a compelling special offer in conjunction with each item on "parade" (for a limited-time!) 

2. Pot of Gold
Fill a glass container with inexpensive gold coins for customers to “grab a bit ‘o luck” from. Place a sticker on each coin with a special offer for the month such as 10%-40% off products/services, a FREE product/service, and so on. You could also make individual pots of gold to give to each customer as they leave. The possibilities are endless!

3. Kiss-Me-I’m-Irish Happy Hour
Time to break out this tried and true tradition by hosting a happy hour coupled with other businesses, partnered with a local bar, or completely on your own with green-themed refreshments and edible treats. Make sure to gather all contact information from those who attend and offer new client specials or other offers in addition to a follow-up email or direct mailing.

4. Shamrockin’ Offers
Create shamrock-shaped cards with special offers and deliver them for redemption to employees of local businesses, employees of city offices, police, fire, etc., employees of your local school district or local public and private schools, employees of local hospitals, you get the drift!

5. Shamrockin’ Coasters
Order Shamrock-shaped coasters featuring your business information and a special offer for use as bag stuffers and for placement at local bars, restaurants, wine shops, coffee shops, and so on. Make going green fun!

It doesn’t matter how much effort or money you spend celebrating, it’s about making the celebration fun and profitable for your business. If you have a good time putting it together, then your customers will enjoy participating so think outside the box – we’ll be waiting at the end of the rainbow!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from all of us at Special Effects!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Keratin Hair Treatments

Keratin Hair Treatments

Ever wonder what goes into a professional keratin treatment? How long does it last? What’s the day-to-day upkeep? How much money do you have to spend?

Here’s a quick guide:

What is keratin? Keratin is the protein that makes up your hair.

How it Works: A professional hairstylist applies a keratin straightening product to your hair and then uses the heat of a flat iron to seal it in.

How long does it take? The process usually takes about 90 minutes or longer depending on how long your hair is.

Time Saver: If you normally style your hair straight, a keratin treatment could decrease your blow dry time by 40-60%

Frizz Be Gone! You can walk out into any kind of weather and not have to worry about frizz after a keratin treatment – it’s that simple!

Wait before Washing: Definitely let between 3-4 days pass before washing your hair so the treatment can really sink in.

Upkeep: Once the 3-4 days are up, you should use a sodium-sulfate-free shampoo to help maintain the treatment

How Long Does it Last? Expect the results to last between 2 to 2 ½ months.

Cost: Anywhere from $150-$300 depending on the type of treatment and the length of your hair.

Keratin is more of a restorative treatment, it will not damage or break your hair, but the hot iron may. If the hot iron is too hot, the hair could get damaged so make sure you’re going to a professional hairstylist whom you trust.

If you have psoriasis or dermatitis, check with your dermatologist first before getting this kind of treatment.

Much Love,
Debbie Schade

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The Benefits of Couple Massages

While couples massages are becoming more and more popular, many people still are unsure of what to expect and what exactly a spa couple massage entails. To put it simply: it involves two people experiencing massage treatments at the same time in the same room. Many spas will have a room set up specifically for this purpose, with two massage tables next to each other so wives and husbands, girlfriends and boyfriends and same sex partners can enjoy this relaxing time together.

The first benefit of a couples massage is quite obvious: it gives the couple the opportunity to relax while the therapist provides massage strokes specific to the couples’ desires.

The second benefit is the sometime surprising communication boost between partners. Many couples report being able to speak more openly and honestly with their significant other after a couples massage. It provides time for a relaxed conversation which paves the way for a wonderful union between the pair.

Many new to this experience may feel a tad uncomfortable, but again, having a partner there to provide companionship and solidarity is key.

Quick note: many couples prefer to experience a couples massage on their own without the therapist there, but the therapists are essential. This is one of the main reasons why couples cannot open up to one another. Think of the therapist as a silent mediator: let them do all the work, relaxing sore muscles, kneading pressure points, providing aromatherapy experiences while you let down your guard, ease your tensions and open up to the person on the table next to you.

Many spas offer great couples massage packages, some geared towards romance, some towards self-reflection, and some for special occasions. However you choose to experience this rare treat, it is well worth the time and money!

Much Love,
Debbie Schade

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The Art of Endermologie®

Ever wonder what Endermologie® actually is? What do people mean when they receive an “all natural face-lift?” How does it work? Does it hurt?

Here’s what we know…

There are two different types of technology at work:

1.    Roll Technology – the two independent motorized rollers gently pull the skin using three directions of rotation.
2.    Lift Technology – With their micropulses, the lift heads create a wave of tissue that delicately stimulates the skin.

Both technologies have the capability of treating very different types of skin tissue: cellulite, adipose, edematous, fibrous, adherent, inflammatory, thin, fragile, relaxed, scarred, and wrinkled.

What is happening with these two mechanical stimulations? Just this: the stimulation occurring on the surface of the skin sends signals down through the deeper layers into the cells (ex. fat cells) to provoke a physiologic response (ex. activation of collagen and elastin production or activation of lipolysis). In other words, the two different machines are actually telling your body to break up stored fat!

This gentle pulling of the skin tissues enables a professional user to target specific areas of the face and body with a 100% natural treatment.

Here are some added bonuses:

1.    Fibroblasts – The ENDERMOLIFT treatment naturally reactivates youthful cells (fibroblasts) that produce collagen and elastin in order to redensify the skin
2.    Collagen and Elastin Fibers – Collagen provides firmness and elastin enhances flexibility, so these two techniques can naturally and gently reactivate their synthesis, even in older skin!
3.    Venous-Lymphatic Network – Treats problems associated with venal failure, “heavy leg” sensations, and water retention
4.    Fat Cells – Naturally boosts lipolysis (the release of fat cells) to remove fat cells (adipocytes)
5.    Muscles – Can mobilize targeted muscles in order to relieve tension and spasms
6.    Septa – About 90% of women are prone to cellulite, affecting the fatty layer of the hypodermis separated by parallel septa (in men, the septa are crossed).The LIPOMASSAGE technique can release imprisoned fat to smooth cellulite.

So why bother paying for costly liposuction treatments or face lifts? Use an all-natural approach and be amazed at the results!

Much Love,
Debbie Schade