The 2nd Annual Babes & Beauty Event!

Treat yourself to an afternoon of beauty & mingle with my favorite beauty brands!

Saturday, June 8 from 12pm-3:00pm
Flower Hill Promenade–  “The Row” (downstairs)
2720 Via De La Valle, Del Mar, CA 92014

Tickets include:

*These items are subject to change

There is a limited number of tickets available and this event will sell out FAST! Purchase yours below!

Review: Key Element 30- Day Skin Rejuvenation Complex

This post is sponsored by Key Element

I’m all about simplifying skincare- I don’t believe you need a 10-step routine to obtain perfect skin. Give me 3-4 products with powerful ingredients that will do everything my skin needs and I’m good! The products from Key Element definitely fit in with my easy skincare philosophy. I tested both of their Ultimate Anti-Aging Serums (daytime & evening) and their supplements for one month- see below for my thoughts and information about the products!


ALL ABOUT THE SERUMS:

  • Perfect for all skin types from aging to acneic skin. Even ultra- sensitive!
  • Protect skin from environmental stressors and free radicals.
  • Reduces the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, blemishes, pigmentation, and pores.
  • Reduces the look of puffiness, sagging, expression lines, and other visible signs of aging.
  • Provides mild exfoliation and removes impurities along with dead skin cells.  
  • Fragrance, Cruelty, Paraben, and Gluten Free.

Don’t these sound amazing?

LET’S DIVE A LITTLE DEEPER:

  • Agixen (Sodium Succinate)- creates the perfect harmony between the Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin C. Agixen molecules are extremely small and as a result, can penetrate the skin rapidly and produce an anti-oxidant and helps rejuvenates the skin.
  • Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate is a stabilized form of my favorite skincare ingredient, Vitamin C. It will lighten dark spots and brighten your skin tone. It also doesn’t degrade in water and doesn’t get destroyed by oxidation as your typical Vitamin C will. Hello, longer shelf life! It is also less harsh and less irritating because it only turns into L-Ascorbic acid (the most effective Vitamin C known) inside your skin!
  • Sodium Hyaluronate is similar to Hyaluronic Acid, but because its molecules are smaller, it penetrates the skin much better than typical Hyaluronic Acid. Key Element uses a combination of highly concentrated Low Molecular Weight and Super Low Molecular Weight Sodium Hyaluronate for a deep and multilayered hydration effect.  
  • Glycerin softens and hydrates the skin. It also seals in moisture.
  • The Night Serum has Allantoin which gently exfoliates and promotes skin renewal while bringing additional antioxidant, hydrating, and moisturizing effects.
The white bottle is for morning and black is for evening,
so simple, right?

HOW TO USE

Use both of the serums after you wash and tone your face before you apply moisturizer.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

I do feel that my skin was more smooth when I use these serums. I like how quickly they both dried after application, but they don’t make your skin feel tight or dehydrated. I wouldn’t say I felt hydrated enough with just the serum, but that’s what moisturizer is for. The daytime serum works very well under makeup! The serums are definitely easy to incorporate into your routine.

THE SUPPLEMENT:

The pills are very small and easy to swallow

INGREDIENTS

Agixen (Sodium Succinate) 200mg.

WHAT IS IT?

This supplement claims to:

  • Promote the creation of energy in cells.
  • Help optimize cell function by promoting communication between cells.

HOW TO USE

Take 1-2 capsules a day.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

The supplements help our cells create more energy but only as much energy that your body needs to perform properly. They shouldn’t make you jittery or anxious. After taking the supplements for 4 weeks I haven’t noticed a difference in my energy levels but I will continue to take them until they are gone. I think the science behind them sounds very interesting!

If you are interested in trying any of these products visit the Key Element website to purchase! You can also receive 20% off of your order by using the code “LAUE”

Love Lauren


How To Tip for Beauty Services

Tipping is one of those things that no one likes to talk about. It’s the fastest way to kill that buzz from your (hopefully amazing) spa service. It can be awkward for you and for the service provider but don’t worry, after reading this post you won’t have to ever wonder about who, how much, and what to tip for again!

What Services Receive A Tip:

  • Facials- All facials performed by an esthetician
  • Hair- Color, cut, blow out/ styling, extension add ins, etc.
  • Massages
  • Nails
  • Tanning- This one always surprises people. This is for custom spray tanning only.
  • Waxing
  • Eyelash Extensions

What Services Don’t Receive a Tip:

  • Medical Spa Services- lasers, botox, coolsculpting, microneedling, etc. If a physician, physician’s assistant or nurse do your treatment you do not need to tip. *If you get a facial by an esthetician at your dermatologist or med spa you DO tip them.
  • Acupuncture
  • Chiropractor- If you get a massage at your chiropractor’s office you DO need tip the massage therapist.

How Much Are You Supposed To Tip?

I tip anywhere between 15-20% of the service price. Cash is always preferred, but no one will say no to the credit card tip line on the receipt. Also, Venmo is becoming a popular option.

*Do not tip for the price of products. For example, if you bought hair extensions for $500 and the stylist charges an additional $150 to install them ONLY TIP ON THE $150.

How much do you tip if you received a discount?

You should still tip 15-20% on the original price—not the discounted price. Think of it this way- While you might have gotten a discount, the massage therapist still did the same amount of work.

Do you tip if you were offered a Free service?

Yes! Ask how much the service would have been and tip 15-20% of that.

*Influencers take note- If you are receiving a service in exchange for marketing you should still attempt to tip if an employee provided your service (sometimes they refuse). If the owner offered you the service and performed it herself then you don’t need to tip.

What if money is tight and buying the service blew your savings?

I’ve definitely been here. I would still try to tip SOMETHING. Even if it is just $5. Cash is also a great option if you are going to tip less. If that is not an option, write a great review on Yelp or similar sites. Make sure to mention your service provider by their name so they get the referral business.

Also, keep in mind that the money you generously put out there comes back 10 fold. Keep your money mindset flowing and positive. You’d be surprised how money will start to appear when you need it most!

Should You Ever Not Tip?

Yes, I am a firm believer that tips should be earned. If the service provider was rude, did a horrible job, made you feel bad or uncomfortable, or didn’t listen to what you wanted then don’t feel obligated to tip.

Be sure to tell the front desk what happened so management can take care of the issue (and hopefully earn your business back).

If the person is doing their best, but you just don’t like their style, go ahead and tip (maybe not the full 20%, but still tip something). Just don’t book with them again.

You See “Service Fee” on Your Receipt, What Is That?

Some spas add a service fee. If this is the case, that is your tip. You’ll see this more at resorts but some day spas also have service fees. This is when they automatically add a high percentage onto the massage or facial, so you don’t have to worry about it and ruin your vibe.

If you offer the therapist money and a tip is already being added to your bill, the therapist should inform you before accepting the tip. If you didn’t know that was the policy, feel free to keep your cash tip.

Do You Tip The Owner Of the Spa/ Salon If They Provided Your Service?

This is an interesting one because some people say yes and some say no. If they are the only staff member, I actually do not think you need to tip them since they get 100% of the proceeds from the service.

If it is in a salon/ spa with employees and the owners’ prices are more expensive than their staff, then I also wouldn’t tip. They are getting all of the money from the service already. Employees usually get paid hourly or a percentage of the service, and they aren’t making the profit that the owners do. Some may argue that the employees also don’t have all of the stress and overhead that owners have, but again, that should be factored into the pricing for the services, not your additional tip. This one is completely up to you.

What If They Refuse Your Tip?

Some people refuse to accept tips. It’s always awkward when you’re trying to hand someone cash and they won’t take it. I’ll try twice then stop pushing it. You can always gift them items instead like wine, chocolate, or a thank you card. No one can say no to that 😜.

Was this helpful? Did you learn anything new? Tell me in the comments below!

Love Lauren

Eylid Crease/ Grease Prevention

I get serious eyelid envy. I have a deep crescent-shaped crease in the middle of my eyelids that eats my eyeshadow and gets super greasy. It’s been there as long as I can remember and it’s going to get worse with age (ugh). Some people literally have NO CREASE/ GREASE […]

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