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Lash Lift: Skn Elements in Miami Shows You How to Start 2022 With One of the Hottest Beauty Trends



Wanna dress up your eyes for the New Year? Or get a fresh-faced look for an upcoming vacay? You’re in luck. Masked up with less makeup is all the rage, but first, you’re gonna need a lash lift.

Don’t blink, or you’ll miss the latest beauty trend.

When it comes to beautiful eyes, Bruno Mars was ahead of his time.

And while loving yourself “just the way you are” is a great concept, a little help in the lash department “never hurt nobody.”

In fact, any kind of luscious lash is one of Hollywood’s secret beauty weapons.

Case-in-point: the lash lift.

Caleb McGrew, owner, Skn Elements: “It’s really going to open up your eye and give you a ‘no makeup,’ beautiful, fresh ready-to-go look. It’s great for vacationing, too, if you’re going to be in the water.”

At Skn Elements in Miami, it’s all about giving good face.

Caleb McGrew: “Brow tattoos, all the lash treatments, body contouring, if it’s for your skin, we do it.”

The lash lift is one of their hottest services. Sign me up.

First, a few “before” pictures. 

Patricia Duque: “You’ll see a natural lift, and they will look darker because I am going to tint your lash.”

Perfecting your peepers is basically a perm for your natural lashes.

A protective shield starts the process.

Caleb McGrew: “When you’re putting it on, you smell like you’re in a 1980s hair salon.”

Then each lash is individually lifted with a special non-toxic de-bonding solution.

Caleb McGrew: “You want to look awake and beautiful without having to put on mascara and do all the eye makeup, get your brows done. Throw on a lash lift, and you’ll look gorgeous on your trip.”

After years of wearing fake lashes on TV, I’m about to be a free woman with the keratin lash infusion.

Patricia Duque: “It’s not your basic lash lift; it’s more of a treatment for your lashes. It helps you grow out your lashes and makes them stronger.”

The lashes are sealed under plastic.

Then it’s time for a little heat, which activates the process.

This part takes about 10 to 15 minutes, so it’s a good time to rest and relax.

Patricia Duque: “Both last about four to six weeks.”

Tinting the lashes definitely makes the eyes pop.

The lash lift takes about 30 minutes, the keratin infusion about an hour.

Here’s my before and after with the keratin treatment.

Take a look at our models’ lash lift, too.

Natural lashes with a little lift will never go out of style.

Skn Elements
7295 NW 2nd Ave.
Miami, FL 33150

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Rosenberg Says He ’caused Discomfort for a Valued Colleague,’ Leading to Departure As FIU President



A statement from the now former president of Florida International University has provided new insight into his sudden departure.

In the statement, issued Sunday, Dr. Mark Rosenberg thanked the community for their concern and alluded to inappropriate conduct toward a colleague.

He said his exit from the post he held since 2009 came after years of being the caregiver for his wife.

Rosenberg wrote, “Rosalie, a Type 1 diabetic on insulin for 45 years, has advanced dementia, [multiple sclerosis], and is largely wheelchair bound. I have been her nightly caregiver for over a decade. But Rosalie’s condition entered a new stage in just the last few months, resulting in further cognitive debilitation. When I finally realized the impact that her condition had on my personal well-being in late October, 2021, I sought professional mental health services and am still under a specialist’s care.”

He went on to write, “Regrettably, these issues spilled over to my work, and I caused discomfort for a valued colleague. I unintentionally created emotional (not physical) entanglement. I have apologized. I apologize to you. I take full responsibility and regret my actions.”

Rosenberg then explained that, “In consultation with the Chair of the Board of Trustees, I realized that an immediate change would be healthy for all parties.”

Rosenberg’s departure on Friday night stunned students on campus.

“Honestly, I didn’t see it coming,” said FIU junior Maria Aguirre.

Rosenberg was the fifth president at FIU, taking the helm in 2009, and he was the first faculty member to ascend to that position. He’s credited with increasing enrollment to 58,000 students and improving the graduation rate by 23%.

“He was a really good president. I’m definitely going to remember him,” said FIU junior Katherine Cadavid.

But despite rave reviews and more than a decade of leadership, conspicuously missing from Friday afternoon’s Board of Trustees emergency meeting to appoint a new president was any mention of Rosenberg’s long list of accomplishments. In fact, his name was never mentioned at all.

The board addressed the matter in their own statement, also issued Sunday.

Dean Colson with FIU’s Board of Trustees wrote that Rosenberg’s statement “provides insight into why the Board did not believe Friday was the appropriate time to celebrate the many accomplishments of FIU the past 13 years. We are deeply saddened and disappointed by the events requiring his resignation.”

The only FIU official to mention his name publicly was the school’s new interim president, Dr. Kenneth Jessell, during a taped video message released Friday night.

“I want to thank former President Mark Rosenberg for his leadership and hard work in helping to make FIU what it is today. I know that we will continue to elevate our university to new heights.”

Rosenberg said he is now seeking additional help for his wife through the “inevitable progression of her condition.”

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Carvalho Hosts Last Meal Distribution in Miami Before Move to Los Angeles



Alberto Carvalho hosted his last meal distribution as superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

M-DCPS on Sunday provided 1,000 meals to local families who continue to struggle during the coronavirus pandemic.

The event, held near Northwest Eighth Street and 80th Avenue in Miami, is Carvalho’s last community feeding before he takes over the reins as superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Through the Family Meals-on-the-Go program, M-DCPS has partnered with individual donors, local organizations and local restaurant owners who donate funds to purchase food from local restaurants.


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Miami-Dade School Board to Interview 3 Candidates Amid Superintendent Search



Who will be Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ next superintendent? An upcoming meeting will likely prove instrumental to the three candidates currently vying for the position.

The Miami-Dade School Board has set up a special meeting on Monday afternoon. The applicants will be interviewed during the meeting.

Outgoing M-DCPS Superintendent Alberto Carvalho will be replaced by either Dr. Jose Dotres, Dr. Rafaela Espinal or Jacob Oliva.

The meeting is scheduled to take place at the School Board Administration Building in Miami.


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