Beautique Medical Spa December 2017


MAKE IT YOUR OWN An Anti-Aging Strategy Unique to You

One of the most important realities we acknowledge at our spa is that we are all different. We might look the same — you might have the same hair color, eye color, or skin tone as someone else — but genetically, we are different. Some people produce a lot of collagen. Others start losing collagen and show signs of aging when they’re younger.

is going to be more damaged. We’ll ask personal questions because it’s our opportunity to find the best treatment. You might come in for Botox, but after the evaluation, decide fillers are the best option for treating your condition. Our evaluation is in-depth. We look at lab exams, and for anyone in their late 40s–50s, we give a hormonal evaluation. Women start losing hormones as early as their late 20s and early 30s, and during and after menopause, they lose even more. How can it be good to lose 60–80 percent of your hormones? On top of that, the average weight gain in the three years after menopause is 30 pounds. We’re often asked about weight loss. You’ve exercised and eaten well to lose weight, which is incredible. If you lose weight progressively, work out, and take care of your skin, then your skin will reflect that. But if you do a crash diet where you lose 40 pounds very quickly, your skin will show that rapid change. There are diets that can do that, but they’re not for everyone. So many factors come into play when we’re making a plan for you, and that’s why we take a combined approach. If you do Thermage, but then don’t apply sunscreen or continue smoking, the changes won’t be as effective. The key is early treatment, because we try to prevent these issues. Early treatment is more effective treatment. We want you to look good and feel good, too. If you want to learn more, we’ve added a Facebook Live video of my assistant, Obed Alvarez, and me talking about the BeautiLift treatment. We answer common questions people have about the treatment, and you might find it helpful if you are considering BeautiLift or another lifting service. We also have some details inside the newsletter about our BeautiRewards program. If you’ve been telling friends and family about Beautique, you do not want to miss out on these gift cards!

“We apply all the knowledge and tools available to make the best plan for you, using a personalized approach to get the best results.’’

If you’ve been through one of our evaluations, you probably know how thorough they are. They’re not just a set of yes or no questions. We do lab tests and ask you questions about your current and past lifestyle. We apply all the knowledge and tools available to make the best plan for you, using a personalized approach to get the best results. Last month, we shared with you the huge change in thread technology that has made our BeautiLift treatment so effective in lifting lines. But the full effects of any procedure often require more than one treatment. While a thread lift might be the perfect fit for one person, Thermage skin therapy might be just right for another. Often, we recommend combined treatments to get the best results. Your daily choices also impact how effective a treatment will be.

From our team at Beautique, have a merry Christmas!

Until next year,


Age isn’t the only factor, either. Smoking affects your skin, and if you’ve spent every day at the beach or lived by the pool all your life, your skin | 956-664-1234



“Jingle Bell Rock,” “Feliz Navidad,” “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” — even with the rise of electronic pop music, these vintage songs (and many others) have made it clear that they aren’t going anywhere. But none of them are the top-selling Christmas song of all time. That distinction belongs to Mariah Carey’s 1994 hit, “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” which has sold more than twice that of any other carol. In a world where vintage Christmas songs reign supreme, how did this modern single break through to become a classic? Carey and her songwriting collaborator, Walter Afanasieff, took a major risk when they decided to release a Christmas album at the peak of Carey’s career. Back then, Christmas albums were considered an indicator of waning popularity. Carey persisted, saying she wanted to take the risk, but the record label downplayed its release so it wouldn’t shine a bad light on the industry. To get in the spirit, Carey decked out her home in Christmas decor — a great act of dedication, given it was summer. When Carey revealed the melody of “All I Want for Christmas Is You” to Afanasieff, he said he was “puzzled,” but she persisted. He tried playing some rock ’n’ roll piano over her melody and eventually hammered out what Carey had in her mind, along with her lyrics.

They recorded the song using digital instruments and Carey’s vocals. They also recorded several classics for the album. “For the most part, people really want to hear the standards at Christmastime, no matter how good a new song is,” Carey says. As it turned out, the song was a smash, reaching No. 1 in several countries. A critic from The New Yorker called it “one of the few worthy modern additions to the holiday canon.” The secret to its success? Despite modern recording techniques, its catchy melody and timeless lyrics keep it around. As one Vogue writer put it, “Those lyrics could have been sung by Frank Sinatra.”

CLIENT TESTIMONIALS “I’ve been going there 2 years. They have become like FAMILY to me!!! With their help I have lost over 40 lbs, and have kept it off. Their service is impeccable and I can’t say ENOUGH about them. I have referred my friends and family and even they are now dedicated clients.” –Melissa Vinger

Wow! Melissa, we’re so happy to read how much you enjoy coming to Beautique, because we feel the same way about you!

Our referral program is uncapped, so you’ll continue to earn a $25 gift card for each person who becomes a Beautique client. We’ll email you to let you know once the credit is added to your account. It does expire six months from the issue date, so don’t wait to book your services! You can use your BeautiRewards on anything at Beautique, including fillers, Thermage skin tightening, and all of our skin care and makeup products.

If you love your Beautique family like Melissa does, you’ve probably also told friends and family about us, right? Now, get rewarded for sharing! Start getting rewards by completing our referral form at . We’ll send your friend a digital $50 Beautique gift card that they can use toward their first service of $125 or more. After your friend completes their first appointment, we’ll mail you a $25 Beautique gift card.

Get rewarded for sharing the gift of beauty! Visit to get started. | page 4 | 956-664-1234


In her book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” Marie Kondo gave us a transformative method for decluttering our homes. Based on feng shui principles and Kondo’s own study of organization, the KonMari Method has led thousands of devotees to new heights of tidiness. Kondo instructs participants to assess each of their possessions, item by item, category by category, and then dispose of those that do not provide joy. It’s touted as a simple, though not easy, guide to long-term organization. What would happen if this approach were applied to your calendar? Entrepreneur Christina Wallace calls her 10-month experiment in doing so an “unqualified success.” Most of us could benefit from trimming our jampacked schedules. Those various calendars synced to our phone, each emitting noisy reminders about the upcoming hour’s plans, aren’t exactly harbingers of harmony. Get a jump-start on your organization resolution by applying the KonMari Method to your calendar. STEP 1: ASSESS First, envision the life you want to lead. Next, assess all the items listed on your calendar within a two-month period. Organize each commitment according to categories — social, work-related, doctor’s appointments, etc. Be thorough. Including each commitment, no matter how minor, is the key to this process. STEP 2: JOY TEST Do these commitments bring you joy? Are they part of your ideal life? When you look at “Lunch date with Margot” from last week, are you reminded of her unfriendly comments about your waiter and her

negative attitude toward your renovation ideas? Consider each commitment and its impact on your joy. Of course, not all commitments will live up to the joy standard. You may not love your annual check-up, but it is important for your health. When you encounter non-negotiable items like these, consider the long-term impact they have on your well-being.

STEP 3: DISCARD Put an end to commitments that are not bringing you joy. This might mean having tough conversations with clients or friends. No one said the KonMari Method is easy. Decluttering entails getting rid of items that do not pass the joy test. STEP 4: APPLY! Follow through. Cancel commitments and long-standing obligations that are not benefitting your life. Have the difficult conversation. Apply the joy test as new commitments come up. By considering each commitment and its impact on your life, you will make room for those that bring you joy. To read more about the KonMari Method, check out Kondo’s “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” and its companion book, “Spark Joy.”

Looking for something a little lighter to eat during the holiday

season? Try these paleo-friendly star cookies!

Recipe inspired by HOLIDAY STAR COOKIES


2 ½ cups blanched almond flour (not almond meal) ½ teaspoon Celtic sea salt

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¼ cup coconut oil, melted

5 tablespoons agave nectar or honey 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

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¼ teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

DIRECTIONS 1. In a large bowl, combine almond flour, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon. 2. In a small bowl, mix coconut oil, agave, and vanilla. 3. Mix wet ingredients into dry. 4. Roll out dough between 2 pieces of parchment paper until ¼ inch thick. 5. Refrigerate for 1 hour.

6. Remove top piece of

parchment paper and dust dough with almond flour. 7. Cut out cookies with a small star cutter. 8. Using a metal spatula, place stars on a parchment-lined baking sheet. 9. Bake at 350 F until edges are lightly browned, 5–8 minutes. | page 3 | 956-664-1234



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Let’s Talk About the Weather Does January sound cold and rainy? Don’t worry. The average temperature is still a balmy 66 degrees, and January gets just as much rainfall as peak months like December (winter break) and March (spring break). Check weather reports since the rainfall varies greatly depending on the temperature of the ocean that month. But bear in mind, Disneyland is the No. 2 theme park on the planet, raking in 18 million visitors a year. It wouldn’t attract such huge crowds if the weather wasn’t theme park- worthy 99 percent of the time. So, what’s the best month to visit Disneyland? It’s a trick question. The real answer is whatever month you go . Disneyland is magic! But if there’s a month that’s better than the rest, we’ll say it’s January.

January isn’t known for much — broken resolutions and Martin Luther King Jr. Day, mostly. But if you’re looking to escape the cold or take your family on a post-holiday adventure, next month might be the best time to travel to the Happiest Place on Earth. The Best Crowds According to Disneyland’s own figures, the first full week of January through the middle of February is the slowest time of year at the park. Visitors report never spending more than 15 minutes waiting for a ride. The Fourth of July, however, finds visitors waiting over two hours for Star Tours and Splash Mountain. In Winter, Disneyland closes a little earlier. But if you have young kids, this won’t affect your plans much. They often close rides for maintenance during this time, but never more than one or two at a time. With all the open options, you won’t feel robbed. | 956-664-1234

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