Friday, November 4, 2011

The new Super-Polish!

 SHELLAC Hybrid Nailcolor

The Shellac manicure is unique & revolutionary. Have you ever gotten a manicure and then reached for your keys and ruined it?  Have you ever painted your nails before bed and woken up with sheet marks in them?  Personally, we can say “yes” to all of these things, which is why we're completely in love with Shellac, the manicure that requires no drying time and lasts two weeks with no issues whatsoever.

Shellac lasts for at least 14 days without chipping, scratching, or smudging. A mirror shine with no chips or nicks is guaranteed for a full two weeks and is easily removed in about 10 minutes.

Lasting 14 days is an accomplishment all by itself but shellac does even more. Many women have noticed that their nails are stronger and healthier after using shellac. Not only does it not damage your nail but it can improve your nail health.

“Our chemists invented a modern solution to the normal polish inconveniences that frustrate women,” says CND co-founder and style director Jan Arnold. How does Shellac get around the dry time? CND created a special UV lamp that accommodates hands and feet and cures the polish as you go. (The machines are completely washed and sterilized between customers.)
Shellac application does take longer than standard nail polish and requires professional application for the best results. Shellac paints on just like a regular polish using specially formulated base coat, two layers of color, and top coat. After each coat of polish is applied, you put your hand under the timed lamp while the other hand is being painted. As soon as the manicurist is done with your nails, you can dig into your purse for your keys without any concern of smudging or chipping. They are 100 percent dry at the end of your mani or pedi
So reach into that purse and grab your keys without worry!
Removing the polish is equally innovative. Using CND’s remover wraps and acetone, the polish literally glides right off. No harsh chemicals eating at your skin. Shellac nail color is hypoallergenic and “3-Free,” which means no formaldehyde, toluene or DBP. 
Plush has the area's largest selection of Shellac colors. and our collection is always growing!

              shellac nail polish red baroness Shellac Nail Polish Red Baroness
Our newest shade, 
Red Baroness


Basic Shellac service (hands or feet)    $25
Shellac "Rush" Manicure                          $32
Shellac "Deluxe" Manicure                      $40
Shellac "Rush" Spa Pedicure                   $40
Shellac "Deluxe" Spa Pedicure                $50
Shellac removal is $10 without another Shellac service, 
but included in an Shellac Deluxe Mani or Pedi

548 Westgate Parkway
Dothan, AL 36303


I love Shellac! I bowl in a league twice a week and my nails always look great!! No chipping. I'm also convinced that Shellac makes my nails stronger. I find that I can grow my nails long and they are not breaking when I bowl...that's amazing!
As a nurse I had long given up on growing out my nails due to the frequent handwashings. It made my nails weak and brittle.Then I discovered the Shellac nail system. Wow have my nails started to grow. They are strong and withstand hundreds of handwashing and opening many different medications. The polish looks great for 2 weeks with no chipping or peeling. I’m so happy to see beautiful feminine hands again. Thank you Shellac!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

New Botulinum Toxin at Plush!

   Plush Medical Spa is pleased to report that Merz Asthetics, makers of the wrinkle-filler Radiesse, gained FDA approval in 2011 for the cosmetic use of their brand of Botulinum Toxin, XEOMIN (pronounced (ZEE-oh-min).

  Our own Dr. Amanda Bell is one of the US physicians selected by Merz to be one of the first to try Xeomin in their practice. "I'm very excited to be one of the first to offer this new neuromodulator in Alabama", says Dr. Bell. "In theory, Xeomin® is less likely to cause resistance or allergic reactions, and it's always good to have more options when treating patients." This now brings the number of neuromodulators approved for cosmetic use up to three (Botox®, Dysport®, and Xeomin®). Dr. Bell goes on to explain that Xeomin® does not have an extra protein that the other two products have, making it potentially a great option for those who have developed some resistance to the other products over the years. When resistance develops, it is usually due to antibodies against these proteins.

  The drugs (Botox®, Dysport®, and Xeomin®) are injected directly into the muscles through a small needle. By weakening the muscles, dynamic wrinkles disappear, as they are unable to fold the skin above them. The benefits of treatment with Xeomin usually last 3-6 months.

 Like Botox and Dysport, the other botulinum toxins offered at Plush, Xeomin was first approved for patients with neurological disorders, specifically cervical dystonia and blepharospasm.Widespread clinical use will lead to a better understanding of the practical differences between Xeomin vs. Botox, and Xeomin vs. Dysport. 
  Like other preparations of botulinum toxin A, Xeomin must carry a black box warning regarding a rare risk for spreading outside of the injection site. If this occurs, life-threatening swallowing and breathing problems may result. However, these severe side effects have not been reported in patients receiving botulinum toxins in cosmetic doses and have only been reported in people receiving much larger doses, as might occur during the treatment of those with cerebral palsy or spasticity resulting from stroke.

Now through February 2012
Introductory pricing on XEOMIN!
~ HALF the price of BOTOX ~
~ Plus a $50 VISA Gift Card ~
To use on your next treatment at Plush!

Doses vary by individual, but at this price most patients can treat a single area for under $100 or an entire face for around $295!

Call Plush at 334-702-6869 
For your free consultation with Dr Bell

Amanda Bell, MD
548 Westgate Parkway
Dothan, AL 36303

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Perfect Your Eyebrows!

    Eyebrow grooming is one of the most important steps that go into making you look great. A well-shaped set of eyebrows can completely alter your look. Take you to the levels of chic and sophisticated from unkempt and primal. A different brow shape also means a different permanent expression, and a good shape implies a good permanent expression. Many people overlook the fundamentals and importance of well-groomed eyebrows and consequently 
lessen the impact of their total look. Don't be an Eyebrow victim! 

   The best way to get the perfect eyebrows for your face shape is to have your brows shaped by the expert estheticians at Plush Medical Spa. We'll shape your brows perfectly every time for only $15. We also perform eyebrow ($15) and eyelash ($20) tinting. Tint lasts 2 weeks and comes in several colors, allowing you to have amazing looking lashes and eyebrows even when you're not wearing makeup! For a complete list of Plush's services Visit Our Services page at
     Plush also carries the full line of Jane Iredale cosmetics, including all the brow powders, gels, waxes, pencils, brushes, spoolies, and kits discussed below! You'll need some of these to maintain your perfect brows at home.
     For those that insist on grooming their eyebrows themselves from the get-go, we have the following helpful tips...
     Eyebrows can change the entire look of your face, depending on the shape, width, color and length. The best guideline for do-it-yourself maintenance is to stick with the shape you were born with. Although eyebrow trends can range from thin to thick to nearly nonexistent, it’s best to keep these varying looks for the fashion runways.

     Using an eyebrow brush or spoolie (looks like the end of a mascara wand), brush eyebrows upward and out. Carefully trim any stray hairs with a scissor. Brush hairs back into place. 
     For shape, the eyebrows should start where the inner corner of your eye starts. Hold a pencil vertically against the nose to the inner corner of the eye. Where the pencil hits the eyebrow is where your brow should start. Tweeze any hairs that lay inside of that area, and also in between the brows.
     Next, determine the highest point of your arch. Using the pencil, hold it diagonally against your nostril and “connect” it to the outer edge of the iris, or the colored part of the eye. Where the pencil touches your brow is where the highest point of the arch should be. Pluck from the bottom edge to create your shape.
     Finally, use the same pencil trick again and hold it from your nostril to the outer edge of the eye. The point where the brow touches the pencil is where the brow should end.
     Remember to tweeze sparingly, and stop after a few hairs to inspect your work. A couple of hairs here and there can make a huge difference, and you want to make sure your brows are still even. Don’t tweeze from the bulk of the hair, which could result in uneven patches.

     If you need to fill in your brows, choose a pencil or powder closest to your natural hair color. For fair blondes, choose a color that is slightly darker than your natural color. If you are using an eyebrow pencil, draw light, feathery strokes in the direction of the hair. However, the preferred method is to use a powder and a small, stiff and slanted eyebrow brush. Dip the brush in the powder and fill in the brows starting from the inner corner working outward. 

     We highly recommend Jane Iredale's Brow Kits! They come Blonde or Brunette varieties with 3 shades of brow powder to best match your brow color, a brow wax, an angled brow wax brush, a small metal tweezer and a double-ended angled brow brush and spoolie! Or try the smaller Bitty Brow Kits (pictured left) in Blonde or Brunette. They come with a single brow wax and brow powder with a 2 small angled brow brushes and a small spoolie brush.  AWESOME!
Save the Brows!
     Overzealous tweezing can lead to emaciated brows and bald patches, where hair only grows back irregularly. Use a protein-spiked brow gel to stimulate healthy growth and brow fillers to shade in problem areas. Full brows have been spotted on all the runways and are the hottest trend right now. 
Here are some solutions for common brow problems:

Before and After - Bushy/Likes
The Plan
Trim and shape hairs while lengthening the brow. Use a brow pencil to fortify and extend brows at ends.
The Tools
Eyebrow pencil, eyebrow brush, mini scissors and slanted tweezer 
How to Groom
1. Brush all hairs upward with an eyebrow grooming brush or dry toothbrush, then use tiny scissors to trim any tips that stick out.
2. Using a slanted tweezer, pluck strays from beneath your brow to help elongate and slim the face. Grab hairs at the base to avoid painful tugging. Follow the natural curve of your eyebrow.

3. Sharpen the shape: Your eyebrow should arch at a spot above the outer edge of your iris. Carefully remove only the stray hairs below the peak—never dig into its middle. For unruly brow hairs, use a brow gel to set your look. At Plush, we love Jane Iredale's Brow Fix & Mascara. (pictured at right), a clear gel in a double-ended tube with a comb at one end and a mascara brush at the other. Use to hold unruly brows in shape or as a mascara for dyed or dark lashes.

The Plan
Fill in overplucked areas. Focus on the uppermost part of brows to create a natural eye-lift effect.
The Tools
Eyebrow stencil, eyebrow pencil and mini scissors 
How to Groom
1. Use an eyebrow stencil to shape an arch with a brow pencil or powder, applying color in small, upward strokes. Press lightly to avoid a drawn-on look, and keep stepping back from the mirror to check your work.
2. Superskinny brows may still have areas to trim. Cut the spiky innermost part of the brow (closest to the nose) to make an even line. Keep up with this technique while growing brows out, too.

The Plan
Deepen sparse or light-colored brows to frame the face.
The Tools
Angled brush, eyebrow powder and eyebrow gel 

How to Groom
1. For a natural look that doesn’t seem drawn on, dip an angled brush—it helps with precision—in a powder shade that closely matches your hair color (for superlight hair, you can go one shade darker). Apply it over the existing hairs to better define brows, then continue to fill in any gaps in the shape.
2. Highlight your work with a clear brow gel or cream. We think the best one is Jane Iredale's PureBrow Gel (pictured below). It's 
colors are ideal for tinting brow hairs the natural way. Formulated with a blend of high-tech sea minerals that condition and protect brow hairs, the gels will make your brows smoother, healthier and more manageable. They also hide gray and will even do double-duty as a light mascara.     

For more info or to schedule an appointment, 
Call us at Plush Medical Spa!
Monday through Saturday 9a-7p

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Clarisonic's NEW Deep Pore Cleansing Brush Head

The NEW Deep Pore Cleansing Brush Head from Clarisonic is great for cleansing oily skin, skin with large pores, or for those who want to target hard to reach areas of the face like the crevasses around the nose. This new Deep Pore Cleansing Brush Head can be used on the Clarisonic Pro, Clarisonic Classic or Clarisonic Mia Skin Care Brush to provide deep, thorough cleansing with noticeable improvement.

Unique bristle and movement design of Deep Pore Cleansing Brush Head ensures even deeper cleansing!
The Clarisonic Deep Pore Cleansing Brush Head has been designed with a unique graduation of bristle firmness and dual-action movement. It has THREE sets of dual inner rings that oscillate in counter-rotation. The outer rings of the brush head bristles become gradually firmer toward the center of the brush head to provide thorough cleansing of the hard to reach areas of your face. The Deep Pore Cleansing Brush Heads provides even deeper cleansing than the regular Clarisonic Skin Care Brush Head (available in normal, sensitive, or delicate) and is safe to use daily up to two times a day.

This 14 sec video shows the THREE sets of oscillating inner rings (compared to 2 in the other brush heads) in slow-motion:

Watch large pores become clearer and smaller

Using the Clarisonic PRO Skin Care system (available in Pink, Grey orWhite) for facial cleansing has been proven to be two times more effective than manual cleansing and is more effective at removing casual sebum. This sonic cleansing is more than 6 times better at removing mineral makeup than manual cleansing. 
Sonic cleansing is able to get the makeup that tends to get trapped in the fine lines and pores out. Deep cleansing helps to remove daily dirt, pollution, makeup, and sebum that settles in and clogs your pores or other depressions in your face. It you tend to be acne prone, you should see a difference in the number of blemishes and severity of your breakouts. In one study, 70% of patients reported an improvement in the appearance of their blemish prone skin, 68% reported an improvement in pore size.

Improve the overall appearance of your skin

Using the Clarisonic Skincare Brush with the new Deep Pore Cleansing Brush Head or other brush heads can help improve the appearance of large pores, skin tone, texture, skin elasticity and firmness. Clarisonic cleansing is gentle and safe for daily use without disruption to the skin barrier.
For more information about Clarisonic the skincare brush, the various brush heads or facial cleansers, please call Plush Medical Spa at 334-702-6869 Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Central Time.