Get the brows you want!This month’s Best Beauty focuses on the many options Atlanta offers for shaping your eyebrows other than at-home tweezing.


Sweeten your brow-shaping experience with sugar. Typically, the hair is removed by a room temperature mixture of sugar, lemon juice and water. For those with sensitive skin, this is a good option thanks to the natural ingredients.

Where to go: Lavender Beauty & Sugaring Bar, Sweet Peach Wax & Sugaring Studio, Defined Sugaring Studio


This traditionally Middle Eastern technique uses cotton thread to remove several hairs at a time, and is said to be less painful than tweezing.

Where to go: Miracle Beauty Salon

Brow Rehab

If you tried to shape your brows at home but got a little tweezer-happy, then seek professional help. They can guide your brows into a natural shape that complements your face, even if you’ve been over-plucking.

Where to go: Take an Image Journey at Authentic Beauty


For a line that stays put, permanent makeup is the way to go. This cosmetic procedure uses tattoo-like technology to apply permanent color to the brows by using pigment injections placed into the upper layers of the skin.

Where to go: Aya Medical Spa



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Taste of Atlanta 2013Back for its 12th year, Taste of Atlanta will be showcasing brand new events over the weekend of October 25. Its Friday night kickoff party will place JCT Kitchen, The Optimist, No. 246, King + Duke, One Eared Stag, Rosebud, Gunshow and Rathbun’s together for the “Taste Revival – Local Chefs, Smokin’ Jams.” There will also be kitchen workshops with Holly Firfer as well as a Family Food Zone featuring healthy treats for kids. Located in Midtown at Tech Square, the festival will run October 25 through October 27 and will also showcase fare from local restaurants, chef demonstrations, specialty food and beverage tents and more. General admission is $30 in advance and $40 at the event.


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Valerie Cobbin from Brighter Tomorrow Hypnotherapy is here to give you her best advice on dealing with guilt.

Valerie Cobbin, Brighter Tomorrow HypnotherapyQ: Are certain personalities more prone to feelings of guilt?

A: Anyone is susceptible to feelings of guilt. However, those who are analytical in their thinking are most susceptible to guilt because they tend to overanalyze events in their mind and replay them again and again.

Q: What do we need to recognize about guilt?

A: Guilt is a useless emotion. It serves no positive purpose because you cannot change the past. When you beat yourself up about the past, it affects the subconscious mind and leads to anxiety and depression.

Q: Are feelings of guilt associated with health ailments?

A: The subconscious mind directly affects the health of the body. Negative emotions such as guilt create negative energy in the subconcious mind, which can negatively program our bodies to develop diseases.

Q: What are the negative side effects of guilt?

A: Feeling guilty programs the subconscious mind to “act out” negatively, causing problems such as sadness, anxiety and depression.

Q: What is the best way to get rid of guilt?

A: Always remember that to err is human and that the Creator knows your deepest intentions. You can move past guilt by not allowing your mind to replay negative events and focusing on positive thoughts.

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Sami Khan, MD, from Resurgens Orthopaedics answers a reader’s question about shoulder injuries in young athletes.

Sami Khan, MD, from Resurgens Orthopaedics

Q: My son is a pitcher for his high school’s baseball team, and he also plays on a summer travel and a fall team. I am concerned about shoulder injuries he may develop from so much activity. What can we do to keep my son’s shoulder in good condition?

A: Shoulder injuries in young athletes are from overuse. Families and coaches must keep a total pitch count to monitor the number of throws per game. Pitchers should also do a home exercise program to strengthen the rotator cuff. Lastly, it is important to work with the coaching staff to ensure that your son has proper throwing mechanics, including throwing over the top instead of “side arming.”

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Niece of a Moustache Dash runner staging her own international Moustache DashTo get involved with our upcoming 2013 Moustache Dash 5K/1M run, you have lots of options: registering for the race, growing your own moustache, sporting your moustache products, or banding together as a team to raise money for a men’s health-related charity. The Maloney Center for Plastic Surgery has already formed their team, and they’re not the only ones–one of the team member’s nieces is currently serving in Afghanistan. She and her unit have donned moustaches to support the cause, and they will even stage their own overseas Moustache Dash on the same day. Join these international (or inter”stache”ional!) supporters and form your own team right here at home for the 2013 Moustache Dash.

To learn more about the race on November 9, click HERE. For ideas of fun moustache related products to bring to the race and show your Movember pride, click HERE, or check out our Facebook event page. See you at the race!

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Allergy DropsAccording to current estimates, as many as 50 million Americans suffer from nasal and sinus congestion known as allergies. If you experience seasonal allergies but don’t have the time or the stomach for weekly shots at your doctor’s office, the solution is under your tongue.

Oral immunotherapy by sublingual drops, commonly referred to as allergy drops, is an individually customized alternative to shots designed to desensitize you to the things that make you sneeze, wheeze, cough, itch, scratch and suffer.

Based on what you are allergic to, sterile extracts are prepared from allergy-producing substances such as pollens, molds, house dust and animal danders. These tailor-made drops are then taken under the tongue in increasingly stronger doses over several months until your maximum or maintenance dose has been achieved.

Allergy drops are convenient for many people because they can be taken at home with a dropper and save patients the travel time needed for regular trips to the doctor’s office for a shot. Oral immunotherapy also carries a much lower risk of anaphylaxis when compared to allergy injections.

Oral allergen immunotherapy works just like a vaccine, as your body responds to the increasing amounts of a particular allergen by developing a tolerance to it. As a result, you will experience far fewer allergy symptoms or none at all. Some patients will stay symptom-free, while others may need to do maintenance drops from time to time.

–This Best Health article courtesy of Jeffrey Gallups, MD, FACS of The ENT Institute


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PureMoist lipsticks

One of the many reasons to love Jane Iredale makeup is the natural ingredients found in their lipsticks, including their PureMoist lipsticks. The new PureMoist lipsticks glide on effortlessly thanks to a formula containing superfruit extracts like moringa, avocado and sunflower oils, orange peel wax, and pomegranate and blackberry fruits. These fruit extracts provide antioxidant protection and soothing hydration to lips. Choose from shades like sheer honeysuckle or bubble gum pink. $25

Details: Natural Body Spa,,

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Recycle your old electronics here!It’s time to clean out the junk drawer! Make a positive impact on the environment this fall by recycling your old electronics during the upcoming Keep Forsyth County Beautiful “E-Recycle” event. The event will be held on Saturday, October 26, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cumming Fairgrounds’ parking lot 3 off of Castleberry Road. This event allows you to get rid of your old electronics without contributing to landfills. Accepted items for recycling include laptops, stereos, CD players, cell phones, microwaves, cameras and more. Some items will not be accepted during the event, so check or call 770.205.4573 for the complete list of acceptable items.

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Marriage and family therapist Dr. Shatavia Thomas gives her advice on how to get rid of guilt.

Q: How can guilt be described?

A: Guilt typically refers to feeling bad about behaviors conflicting with your morals or values. It impacts families because it can lead to emotional distance in relationships.

Q: What is the one thing that most people don’t know about guilt?

A: Guilt can be a good thing! Accepting responsibility for your actions shows growth and emotional maturity. This may lead to closer relationships because you can reaffirm shared values and commitment.

Q: What is the best way to get rid of guilt?

A: Reflect upon how what you did goes against your standards. Acknowledge, apologize and ask what you can do to make amends. Forgive yourself. Learn from the experience.

Q: What do we need to recognize about guilt?

A: It can damage relationships in that the person/people may not be willing to forgive and forget (at least not right away).

Q: What is a positive affirmation someone can use to help deal with guilt?

A: “Grow and go from guilt!” Learn and apply the lesson. Don’t let guilt paralyze your personal development or limit your potential in other relationships.

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Monique Shaw from Get on Board ATLAtlanta isn’t exactly a waterfront city, but don’t let that stop you from surfing with Get on Board ATL! Local trainer and owner of Get on Board ATL Monique Shaw is bringing the boards to land with SurfSET Fitness. These unique classes involve using the RipSurfer X, a portable surf board that uses resistance bands to mimic the instability of being on water.

It doesn’t matter if you’ve ever been surfing because this class is great for the beginner or the skilled athlete. Engaging your core muscles and balancing skills, Monique will take you through a variety of movements all designed to improve and tone your body. Choose from four different programs including Balance, which is yoga-inspired, Burn, which is a high-intensity cardio workout, Build, which is focused on building strength and muscle definition, and Blend, which is the interval-based core session that combines it all. Monique offers group classes and one-on-one instruction as well. Sessions start at $45 per person, so what are you waiting for? Get on board today!

Details: (678) 951-5823,

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