Eyes: The Window to Your Soul

Have you always wondered what colors of eye shadow compliment your peepers?  Using a Marie Claire make-up book, we have made it easy for you to look for specific hues the next time you grab a color to put on your eyes. 

Blue Eyes– Take advantage of the most celebrated color of eyes.  Use warmer tones like navy, smoky gray, chocolate, apricot, or even copper.

Green Eyes– For this pretty and rare color, use colors from mauve to plum.  Any subtle red-based colors will make them pop.

Gray Eyes– This hue gives you a blank canvas to use.  If you want blue eyes, use gray or coppery red.  If you want your eyes to appear more green, use lavender or aquamarine eye shadow.

Hazel Eyes– Warm and sandy tones are perfect for hazel eyes.  Anywhere from beige to brown, plum, purples, and green bronzed hues will compliment your eyes along with dark lashes.

Black Eyes– You can use any color of the rainbow but just don’t do pearly or too light colors because they can discolor the whites of your eyes.  Midnight blue, dark gray, brown or buff tones are best to accentuate those mystery eyes of yours.

Published in: on December 31, 2008 at 2:48 pm  Leave a Comment  

A How to Guide to Luscious Lips

New Years Eve is coming and you know what happens at midnight right?  Well, usually you kiss your date, loved one, or friend right?  Or, at least you hope to.  Good thing you are reading this blog because this time we are going to give you tips on how to care for your rosy red lips.  With the help of Ginger Papp, ESSpa’s make-up artist/esthetician, and a Marie Claire make-up book, we have created a list of secrets for you on how to get those luscious lips.

  1. Just like your skin, your lips need a little exfoliation too.  Try to reserve a soft toothbrush to buff away dead skin cells.
  2. Apply a rich and creamy lip balm fairly generously for several minutes.  After those minutes are over, swab away excess with a cotton square or tissue.
  3. You can apply a lip liner but just make sure it is lighter than your lipstick color.  If you have a paler complexion, use nude tones that actually make your lips look fuller and plumper.
  4. Coat both sides of a small tip lip brush and start applying your favorite shade of lipstick starting in the corners and moving to the center of your lips. 
  5. If you want a three-dimensional look, apply a dot of clear lip gloss in the center of your lips.  Or bring it all together for an all over shine and spread the lip gloss over your entire lip.  This will create a sexy and sultry look to any ordinary lipstick.

It is also important to know that if you use a more defined and prominent eye shadow, go for a natural lip color.  If you use a natural eye shadow, you can pull off a brighter hue of lip color.

Published in: on December 30, 2008 at 2:10 pm  Leave a Comment  

Congratulate Them

Not sure what to do for the December graduate that you know? Yea, you can give them cash, but where’s the creativity in that?  Well, if you are looking for the perfect gift for that hard working college grad, we have just the thing at ESSpa Kozmetika.  If that graduate is going on a number of career interviews, a first impression is everything.  We will help improve the grad’s skin, nails, and overall appearance with our relaxing organic services and products.  Come on, they have worked hard enough for four long years…they deserve something nice.  This could be a relaxing get-a-way for them before they concentrate on their career.  We could create a customized day at the spa so that they feel relaxed and energized while also gaining some confidence to create a positive image.  We can even give that special gal a make-up lesson so that she knows what to do for her special features that compliment her in the best way.  A package from ESSpa could be the spring in their step towards a new way of life.

Published in: on December 29, 2008 at 6:44 pm  Leave a Comment  

ESSpa is Going To New Heights

Yes, it is that time of year again.  ESSpa Kozmetika will be closed from New Years Eve, December 31st, 2008 through January 11th 2009.  We will re-open January 12th at 9am.  Every year we take this time to reflect on the past year and focus on how to make ESSpa better for our guests for the year to come.  During this break, ESSpa will be making some great and exciting changes like every year.  We will be doing some renovations to make your visit at ESSpa more pleasant for the future. Wait till you see…we won’t peep a word until everything is finished.  You will just have to stop and see for yourself at your next appointment.  Have a happy and healthy New Year and we will see you in January.



Published in: on December 28, 2008 at 10:47 pm  Leave a Comment  


Did you know that in Spain, people celebrate the New Year by eating 12 grapes at midnight?  Each grape represents one sweet month for the year to come.  At ESSpa Kozmetika, we celebrate with something similar (like the DiVine Collection by Eminence Skincare) but we just use it in a different way.


Ring in the New Year with great skin and relaxation from ESSpa Kozmetika.  Come and celebrate by getting Eva’s DiVine Signature Facial with products by Eminence.   Eminence Organic Skincare is one of many organic products offered at ESSpa Kozmetika.  Eminence, made in Eva’s native Hungary since 1958, offers organic products that come from hand picked herbs, fruits, and vegetables from the countryside in Hungary.  They are made in small hand made batches and mixed with pure thermal spring water.  Eminence has the purest skincare available and the newest line is the DiVine Collection. 


The DiVine collection is saturated with the country’s most famous tokay ice wine grapes.  These grapes give off polyphenols which tone and fortify dry malnourished skin during the winter months.  These champagne grapes fight free radicals, increase circulation, and increase cell hydration to make your skin youthful again.  The collection includes a number of dazzling products for your skin:

  • Mimosa Champagne Tonique
  • Tokay Ice Wine Masque
  • Quince & Ice Wine Masque
  • Mimosa Champagne Sugar Scrub
  • Mimosa Body Lotion
  • Mimosa Champagne Massage Oil


So, make a toast to ring in the New Year with the new DiVine Collection by Eminence Organics Skincare line practiced and sold exclusively at ESSpa Kozmetika.


Published in: on December 27, 2008 at 10:20 pm  Comments (1)  

What Woman Doesn’t Like Roses?

What Woman Doesn’t Like Roses?

During the winter months, isn’t your skin dry and irritated?  There are a lot of customers who come to ESSpa and ask Eva for advice on how to overcome this problem with their skin.  Well, believe it or not, roses, yes roses, may have something to do with improving the look and feel of your skin.

Rose oil that is extracted from rose petals is an essential oil used in many forms of aromatherapy and skin care products.  Its botanical name Rosa damascene is known to have a strong initial aroma but is great for soothing and regenerating your skin and mood.  Rose Oil is known to have positive effects for treating depression, eczema, mature skin, and stress.

At ESSpa Kozmetika we have a moisturizer that has rose oil incorporated right into it.  It is made by Eminence Organic Skincare and it is named the Sweet Red Rose Moisturizer.  It is especially great for sensitive, sun-damaged, irritated or mature skin types.  When applied in a thin layer over the entire face and neck, the sweet red rose moisturizer:

  • Soothes and reduces irritated areas of the skin
  • Assists in preventing eczema-type inflammation in the skin
  • Assists in regenerating the epidermis
  •  Supplies necessary bioflavonoids, sugars and acids to the skin
  •  Increases the skin’s ability to retain moisture
  •  Deeply moisturizes and nourishes the epidermis

The ingredients within the moisturizer give antioxidant properties, vitamin-rich nutrients, acids, enzymes, and extracts to boost your skin’s elasticity and moisture level.  The traditional floral scent is back in style.  So, come to ESSpa and get your own Sweet Red Rose Moisturizer to aid in your eczema problem skin.

Published in: on December 26, 2008 at 9:55 pm  Leave a Comment  

Tired Tootsies

Are your feet and legs tired and sore from a hard days work?  Well, ESSpa Kozmetika has just the right thing for your tired tootsies.  Come to ESSpa and treat your feet to an Ultimate Signature Pedicure.  This Pedicure is the crème de la crème of our pedicure services.  Why you ask?  It incorporates a multitude of steps that will make you feel like you are walking on air. 

This pedicure includes: a warm herbal foot bath, callus treatment, nail shaping an buffing, cuticle care, a gentle lemon sugar exfoliation, a cool and tingling peppermint mask, foot and calf massage, lavendar paraffin treatment with heated booties, and last but not least, a perfectly polished set of toes.

Within the Ultimate Signature Pedicure, there is one essential oil used that is imperative to health and feel of not only your feet but to your whole body and well-being.  Peppermint oil is one of many essential oils and it is found in the cool and tingling mint mask.  Peppermint oil has many healing properties that you may not know about.  Peppermint oil contains menthol, which relaxes and soothes flared muscles, but energizes your spirits.  Perillyl alcohol is a phytonutrient named monoterpene, and it is evident in peppermint oil.  In studies, this phytonutirent was seen to be a natural anti-oxidant.  Peppermint oil is also known to be a natural anti-microbial.  Meaning, it stops the growth of many bacteria and fungus like Helicobacter pylori, Salmonella enteritidis, Escherichia coli, and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).  Peppermint also contains rosmarinic acid which can be beneficial for asthma related symptoms, colds, and sinusitis so that you can breathe easier. The mask also brightens the skin and repairs any damage within the cell walls. 

Who knew that a simple and natural oil could do so many things for your body and mind. Your feet will feel rejuvenated and ready to go with this pedicure.  Your feet take you everywhere.  So, treat them right with an Ultimate Signature Pedicure by our highly trained nail technicians at ESSpa Kozmetika.

Published in: on December 23, 2008 at 1:55 pm  Leave a Comment  

ESSpa’s Cocoa Bean Day

Saturday, December 27th 2008 is ESSpa Kozmetika’s Cocoa Bean Day. Come one and all to celebrate with a detoxifying Hot Chocolate body wrap and a stimulating Hot Cocoa facial. Sure to improve clarity of the skin, hydrate all superficial and underlying cells, and energize your spirits. The pure cocoa stimulates cell growth and removes toxins from the lymphatic system. The polyphenols in the pure cocoa are a natural anti-oxidant and the glycerides improves the lipid fuction to the skin to give you plump, firm, and younger looking skin.
Cocoa nibs that are turned into the cocoa powder are known to have anti-oxidant properties. However, did you know that dark chocolate, that has the highest concentration of cocoa, can have 3 times as much anti-oxidants as red wine and 4 times as much as green tea? The pure cocoa is also known to promote mental alertness and increase your ability to concentrate. This will come in handy for you during this busy holiday season. Come to ESSpa and get the sweet treat for the new year. Hurray for Cocoa Bean Day!

Published in: on December 22, 2008 at 8:27 pm  Leave a Comment  

Feeling the Blues?

Did you know that depression could be linked to a Vitamin D deficiency? Yes, you must drink your milk but there is another way. If you are not exposed to enough sunlight each day, you could be at risk for feeling the blues. This is an interesting topic since Pittsburgh is known to be pretty gloomy. At times, we even get more rain and smog than Seattle, WA and that rain and smog can also block our much needed UVB sun rays. This prediction could be quite possible especially since nobody wants to venture outside on a cold, damp, and dreary winter day.
It’s called Seasonal Affective Disorder(S.A.D). It can affect your mood greatly by not receiving enough sunlight absorption. It is more often seen in more urbanized areas because tall buildings and pollution block UVB sun rays from the human body. This can be seen all over the Pittsburgh area too because we are surrounded by many hills and valleys. You just have to admit that you don’t spend enough time outside. These days, if people want to exercise, they just go to a gym and stay indoors all day. There are things you can do though, try to go outside in sunlight for a little bit each day. It will reduce stress and your body will absorb the Vitamin D from the sun which causes a healthy mood. If you would like to learn more about this topic,

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You can actually buy natural light sun boxes online and sit in front of them to get an adequate amount of sunlight each day. Or you can come to ESSpa Kozmetika to receive a sunlight treatment while you are there for your appointment. Plus, it is a more economical way than buying the lamp yourself. To visit ESSpa Kozmetika,
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Published in: on December 22, 2008 at 6:43 pm  Comments (2)  

What is Mukha?

Mukha meaning “face” in the Philippines is new and exclusive line of mineral make-up and skincare offered at ESSpa Kozmetika. These naturally organic cosmetics are oil, fragrance, alcohol and talc free. Mukha can be used for any skin type and can be custom blended for your skin tone. This make-up is perfect for those who want a lightweight make-up for everyday use but still can get some high intensity color pigment for a night on the town.
Tim Maurer is the mastermind behind Mukha and he is a highly trained and nationally renowned make-up artist, esthetician, and business owner of Mukha Cosmetics and Medispa. Maurer even took time to visit ESSpa for two days to show off his new love (Mukha make-up). On December 12th, ESSpa held a happy hour complete with cocktails and hors d Overs paired with make-up training sessions by Maurer for ESSpa clients. The following day, Maurer held complete make-over appointments where he showed ESSpa clients his new line of make-up, how to use it, what colors where good for their skin type, and how to get that extra special glow on special occasions.

Tim Maurer is known all over the world for his make-up line and his talent. He has been seen everywhere from New York City to the front pages of British Vogue. His skincare and cosmetics were even used in films like Little Man Tate and Field of Dreams. Maurer has used his Mukha make-up on many music starlets such as Patti Labelle, The Dixie Chicks, and even Faith Hill just to name a few.

ESSpa is proud to include Mukha along with many other organic skincare products to the Pittsburgh area. Stop in at ESSpa today to try this clean, lightweight, easy to use and extremely healthy make-up. It’s the best thing for your skin right now especially since the winter weather can be harsh on your skin.

Published in: on December 22, 2008 at 6:41 pm  Leave a Comment  
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