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Monday, August 26, 2013

Skin Care Service Menu

Skin Care Service Menu:

Each facial includes a thorough skin analysis and after your service you will be given advice on how to keep your skin looking radiant between facial appointments.

Signature European Facial- 60 Minutes
$70 or Series of 3 for $175
This customized deep pore cleansing facial will rejuvenate, revive and renew your skin. This custom facial includes a deep cleansing, exfoliation and extractions. To leave skin feeling nourished, this facial will conclude with a luxurious masque customized to your skin needs and a deep moisturizer.
Add a Peel Booster for an additional $10
Add an Eye Treatment for an additional $10

Express Facial- 30-45 Minutes
$45 or Series of 3 for $120
This facial is perfect for those who don't have the time for a full facial or for a first timer! This facial includes a deep cleansing, exfoliation and a hydrating masque.

Gentleman's Facial- 45-60 Minutes
$50 or Series of 3 for $150
Gentlemen, Guys, Dudes: They all deserve skin that is clean, clear and smooth. This facial addresses a mans skin care needs and is effective for ingrown facial hair, inflamed follicles, aging skin and aggressively exposed skin related to outdoor elements, sports and/or shaving.

Back Facial- 45-60 Minutes
$50 or Series of 3 for $125
Designed and formulated specifically for the back, this treatment exfoliates and prevents breakouts while moisturizing the skin.

Resurfacing Peel- 60 Minutes
Face Only $80 or Series of 5 for $300 or Series of 3 for $180
Face/Neck $85 or Series of 5 for $325 or Series of 3 for $195
Face/Neck/Chest $90 or Series of 5 for $350 or Series of 3 for $210
This triple exfoliation targets uneven skin tones and texture, aging skin and hyperpigmentation. The exfoliation process will assist in cell turnover which results in new, healthy skin!

Red Carpet Facial- 60-90 Minutes
Great for any special occasion or even for a night out. A relaxing, hydrating facial to prepare your skin for a flawless makeup application. (Strip lashes included.)

Additional Services:
Eyelash Extensions-
Full Set: $100
Fill: $30 and up

Makeup Application:
Without strip lashes: $25 
With strip lashes: $30

Body Waxing:
Eyebrow: $10    Eyebrow Shaping: $15
Lip, Chin or Cheeks: $10
Nose: $15
Full Face: $45
Half Legs: $40
Full Legs: $60
Half Arms: $30
Full Arms: $40
Underarm: $25
Bikini: $35
Brazilian: $55 and up
Neck: $15
Back: $45 and up

Spray Tanning: 4 Hour Solution. No orange, no streaking, lasts 10-14 days!
Body: $30
Legs: $15
Arms: $10
Legs and Arms only: $20
Double Dip: $10 extra

Spray Tanning Package: 3 for $75
Purchase 6 Spray Tans get One Tan Free
Bring a Friend Save $5 on each tan

Monday, July 1, 2013

June favorites

I can't believe June has come and gone already. To be honest, I hope the rest of summer goes by just as fast! I loathe summer and the heat! 
This is what we have been dealing with! So it's been hair up in a bun and minimal makeup for me! 

I have been interested in the Maven box for a while now. It is a monthly subscription box of Julep nail polishes. I went ahead and did the style questionnaire, but didn't go through with purchasing. The next day I had a coupon code in my email to receive my first box for only $3.99! (The monthly subscription is $19.99) so I went ahead and ordered it. 
These are the colors I received! They also throw in freebies in every box! I got a really nice nail file and nail polish remover wipes! I'm very impressed with these! They are very true to color and are very pigmented! So far, these are my new favorite nail polishes! 
This is my favorite summer Scentsy scent! I put this in all of my warmers while I am cleaning my house and it makes my house smell so fresh!!! It's a citrus scent but it's not overpowering. Even my husband loves it, and he is extremely picky!!! My kids preschool teacher is a Scentsy rep so that's where I get mine. 
This has actually been my favorite item for a couple of months now! I have tried almost every brow pencil and this one is the one I always go back to! And I have filled my eyebrows in since I was 14!! It's waxy which I think is better than just a standard pencil because it clings to the brow hairs. It also helps keep the brows in place and stands up to the weather and stays put all day! I got mine at Target for about $7. Best $7 I have ever spent!! 

I love these lipsticks!!!! They are the Revlon Lip Butter. I have a lot of these and they are my go to lipsticks! They are comparable to the Dior ones, but about 1/4 of the cost! They have tons of colors that range from baby pink to red to neutral browns and plums. They are super soft and do not dry out your lips like a standard lipstick can. I got mine at Target for about $5. 
I was given the Fresh Sugar Lemon line as a gift for Christmas one year and now I am hooked! This is the bath and shower gel and it's lovely!!! I also have the scrub that I use 2 times a week to exfoliate, but only when I am not tan! I like this wash because of the scent but also because its gentle and washes away completely. I get mine from Sephora. You can purchase it alone or in a package with other bath items. 

I'm excited to get my July Ipsy bag and Maven box! I'll post my reviews on them when I get them!! 

And here are my July specials: 

3 Spray Tans for $75 ($90 value!) 

3 Facials for $175 ($210 value!) 

15% off Facial Waxing 

Refer 2 friends and get 1/2 off any service! 

Happy Fourth of July!! Be safe and enjoy your 4 day weekend!! 

Monday, June 10, 2013

Marketing Degree?

I knew from day one of being an esthetician that I wanted to be on my own, make my own schedule, carry my own line, find my own clients, be my own boss. What I didn't know was how hard, time consuming and overwhelming it is bringing in clientele. While I was in school to get my license I should have also been going to school for a marketing degree! *SIGH*

I love my job. If I could sit and talk with someone about their skin, answer their questions, comfort them and help them feel like they aren't the only one feeling the way they do about their skin, or even talk about new lipsticks or eyeshadow palettes, by golly I would! It's ultimately why I do free skin consultations. 90% of my first time clients are newbies to the facial world. They think a facial is just a glorified 'face washing!' When I get an opportunity to explain the procedure of a facial and the benefits, I see the wheels turning in people's minds. To me, I want someone to trust me, and feel like I can give them an educated answer to their questions. But I also want to give them personal experience along with professional information. I want someone to trust me, but I also want to be relatable.

As a new esthetician I will be honest and admit I have insecurities. Not everyone is going to like me, or like their treatment. One of my first clients admitted half way through her facial that she hated to be touched and felt extremely uncomfortable when someone laid their hands on her. I had to stop and ask her if she wanted to continue with her service, in which she requested that I proceed. I did, but she has not scheduled another facial. Do I take it personally? No. I can't. If I question why every client hasn't returned it takes away the positive energy for those clients that come back week after week. I know I am good at what I do, but that does not mean it is for everyone.

I have spent countless hours reading. Not just in my profession, but more on how to reach the every day person. How to market my business. How to bring in the people and keep them coming back. I don't think after all the reading I have done that I have found the answer. Because really, a lot of my clients have come to me by word of mouth. They have been referred to me by a friend, family member or co worker. And to me, that is truly flattering. But let's be realistic. In a small town, with the competition out there in the beauty industry, I can't simply settle and wait for everyone to refer their friends to me. I have to go find them. I have to put my thinking cap on and do some marketing strategies. Do I like this part of my job? No. Am I finding it difficult on ways to be creative? Yes. But I won't let it deter me. I will keep looking for new ideas. In the mean time, this is a good time to mention my specials going on right now!

I am offering some packages which are beneficial to those who will be buying multiple services because they get a discount in doing so.

3 European Facials for $150. ($210 value. $20 savings on each facial. Must be used within 90 days of purchase.)

3 Spray Tans for $75. ($90 value. Must be used within 90 days of purchase.)

Summer Ready Package includes European Facial, Spray Tan and Eyebrow Wax for $90. ($120 Value. Must be used within 90 days of purchase.) 

Purchase a Resurfacing Peel Series (5 Chemical Peels) and receive a free Vita C Protective Skin Cream ($40 value.) 

Never had a facial? First timers mention this blog when scheduling your first facial and get 20% off! 

Friday, May 31, 2013

Manual Exfoliation vs Chemical Exfoliation

The number one question I get asked is if I do chemical peels and what they do for the skin?

A chemical peel is a form of exfoliation. First things first. Why exfoliate?

Your skin in the largest organ in the human body. It is both dead and alive. Rule of thumb is that your skin cell turn over is generally every 28 days, longer as we age. Exfoliation is important to remove the dead skin cells so that cell turnover can take place and so that healthy skin is revealed. It also assists in the prevention of blocked pores ( black heads and white heads), aging, dry skin and also aids in promoting even texture and tone.

Manual exfoliation is achieved by using either a topical scrub, a rotating brush or microdermabrasion. The dead skin is removed by means of breaking up the dead skin and gently sloughing it away. Depending on the skin type, a manual exfoliation is good once or twice a week. However, there is such a thing as over exfoliating. If you do not have any serious skin conditions, I would not suggest manually exfoliating every day as this can lead to more severe skin conditions. It can break the skin causing lesions, it can cause irritation which then the skin over compensates to protect itself. If you are not sure about your skin type, or how often you should be exfoliating, please ask your esthetician.

Chemical exfoliation sounds intimidating, but they aren't. Dead skin cells remain attached by fat cells, or lipids. Chemical exfoliation, also called peels, break down the lipids and allow the removal of dead skin cells. It is more productive of an exfoliation than a manual exfoliation.

There are several different types of chemical peels. Ranging from low chemical to higher chemical peels which are low down time and more potent peels which will result in a sloughing, or peeling, of the skin.

Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) peels are derived from fruit, sugar cane and milk. The most used AHA acids are Lactic and Glycolic acid peels. These acids produce great results with no down time. These are most effective in series such as 6 peels in a three month period.

Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) peels, also known as Salycilic Acid, treats the same skin disorders, but penetrates the epidermis deeper than the AHA peels. This peel is often used to treat acneic skin as well as hyper pigmentation.

Then you have your more potent forms of peels such as the Jessners peel and TCA (Trychloroacetic Acid) which can only be performed by esthetician's if under a 10% TCA. These Are deeper peels in which the skin reacts over a period of days. These acids will actually cause the dead skin to dry and peel away from the healthy skin. Hence the name peels.

Not everyone is a candidate for chemical peels. Those with sensitive skin and certain medical problems should not consider peels.

When scheduling a peel, your esthetician should consult with you on preparing for a chemical peel and advise on post care instructions.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

My May Favorites

May has come and gone so fast! Here are my top 5 product favorites for May:

My first is Hesperides Grapefruit Eau De Parfum by Fresh. I received this as one of my samples from a Sephora order. Sephora hasn't had it lately but my husband and I took a trip to Fresno yesterday and they were fully stocked!! I was so excited! I got the roller ball which was only $20! Total steal! A little goes a long way, so I opted for the smaller roller ball. It has a hint of grapefruit but it also has floral undertones. I love it for a summer scent!

Second: Big Sexy Hair Powder Play. I got a sample of it in my May Ipsy bag. UUUUHHHHMAZING!! a full size bottle of it retails for $10 at Ulta. I put it in my roots and I get the bigger hair closer to God hair! Will be buying this when my sample runs out, which is going to be forever because I have used this a lot and it isn't going anywhere!

I wore this beautiful color (Sally Hansen's Rock Star Pink) over Sinful Colors 'Let's Talk' this last weekend on my toes. We camped on the beach and I thought for sure it wouldn't last. I was wrong. My pedicure still looks perfect. It has a bright pink glitter with purple, blue and silver glitters mixed throughout. Would look lovely over any of the neon colors out right now!

I use and sell Le Mieux products. I can't say enough good things about their products. I wouldn't use or recommend a product I didn't stand behind 100%! This product is my go to product all year round. It is a tinted moisturizer with an SPF of 35! You apply it after your moisturizer. It gives just a little tint and rubs into the skin perfectly. Some of my clients are telling me they consider it a BB creme because of its properties. On those days that I don't want to do my full makeup routine I put this on with a translucent powder, mascara and some bronzer and I am good to go! It even applies wonderfully under your foundation or just powder. You should always wear an SPF, even under your makeup and this one is PERFECT!! Contact me if interested in purchasing. :)

This little piece of heaven is my favorite makeup item at the moment! The L'Oreal Magic Lumi Highlighter. I use this under my eyes, above my eyebrows, on my brow bone and on my cupids bow. It does conceal but it also highlights the area making it illuminate just a hint. It is wonderful stuff! I got mine at Target for around $11.

What are your favorites for May?