Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Clean Out Your Life = Finding Inspiration

Cosmo Magazine: December 1999 = Inspiration
It's amazing the places you can find inspiration. I find inspiration in things I do on a daily basis. Inspiration can come from a question a client asks me, a conversation I have with a friend, something I read in a magazine, a quote I read on Twitter or something the guest speaker says in a class I attend.

Just recently, I went through every box I owned and officially finished unpacking. Yes, I've been living in my "new" apartment for four months now and just finally got the last box unpacked. During my cleaning frenzy, I stumbled upon a magazine article that I ripped out of a Cosmopolitan Magazine circa December 1999. I have a habit of collecting various magazine articles and pictures that, of course, inspire me. I somehow managed to hang on to this particular article for the past 12 years.

The article is titled How to Make Your First Million and written by Jennifer Kornreich. The piece covers four fearless females who worked hard to achieve their dream and in the end became millionaires. Sure, who doesn't want to score their first million just be reading a magazine article in Cosmo? That's not the reason why I tore out the article of the magazine. The interesting about this article are the notes I wrote on it:

Esthetician
600 hours
San Jose City College

It's the notes on the article that got my attention, more so than the article itself. I had an idea over 12 years ago that I wanted to become a licensed esthetician, just like Marcia Kilgore. Marcia went on to create a little company of her own called Bliss World. She then turned around and sold it a few years later to LVMH for somewhere in the neighborhood of $30 million. I had completely forgotten that I had ever considered becoming an esthetician back in 1999 until I found this article. Seeing this article reassured me that I was finally on my right career path.

Why did it take me so long to get here? The only answer I have is "life." I had a college degree I wanted to earn. There were various occupations I wanted to try on. There were boyfriends to date and cities to live in. It was just last year that I finally got into the right head space and started pursing my dream career full-time. Now, I am working in the industry I have dreamed about working in for so long. Everyday, I push a little harder and get a little bit closer to my ultimate dream career. Sephora University, I am coming for you!

It's just nice to know that when I do clean out the things in my life, I not only find inspiration, but also reassurance that I am on my own right life path. Life is funny and amazing like that.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Face & Body: Day Two (Sunday)

Bring on the Supplier Classes!
Day Two of Face & Body today was filled with more classes and the Expo Hall. The classes offered on Sunday are Supplier Classes. They are a little bit longer in length than the classes offered on Saturday during the Advanced Education Conference. These classes are an hour and and half long, taught by the brands themselves and are product specific. These sessions are not only informative, but can be quite fun and interactive.

In the morning, we attended the Acne, Redness and Wrinkles: What Every Esthetician Should Know class taught by Dr. Mark Lees. Dr. Mark Lees was a scientific, yet easy to follow along lecture that covered just exactly what acne is and isn't and the effective ways to treat it. What esthetician doesn't want to learn and relearn this information? I can't wait to get my hands on his brand new book, Skin Care Beyond the Basics. It's in a textbook form, which I love, and is a resource that was designed to be used after beauty school. I constantly refer back to my textbook from school so Dr. Mark Lees's new book is right up my alley.

After class, we wandered over to the Expo Hall. With over 100 different exhibitors, there was quite a crowd waiting for the Expo Hall to open at 11am. I made sure to stop by the SFIEC booth, Associated Skin Care Professionals (the same people who publish Skin Deep Magazine), Jane Iredale to get color matched for a new foundation, Dermalogica to chat with Tiffany about new classes coming up at IDI along with a new product launch in September, Dr. Mark Lees's booth for a little retail therapy for Beth, Eminence and Clarisonic.
Class Model: Beth

In the afternoon, I had to attend Boldijarre from Eminence's class, Master the Hungarian Massage Techniques for the Instant Face Lift. Beth and I met up with my friend, Sara aka The Makeup Snob.com and claimed our seats a half hour before the class started. I had a feeling this class would be popular. The room was packed with several attendees standing, trying to get a glimpse of the show. I don't know what's more entertaining: Boldijarre's crazy stories or the props he uses to get his point across during his classes. This class was informative, entertaining and so over the top. I loved it. I am so glad we got there early and scored a seat in the front row.

Beth managed to sport the coveted "model" spot in Eminence's quickie class at their booth later in the day where Rachel did a demo on Beth while discussing their amazing Biodynamic Collection. I can't wait to try my Hawthorn Tonique, Radish Seed Refining Peel and Bearberry Eye Repair Cream!!

By the end of the day, Beth and I were pooped. We ended the weekend on a high note with a couple of cocktails and a good, old fashioned meal from Original Joe's. Sadly, neither one of us were able to stay for the Monday portion of Face & Body, which features more Supplier Classes and the Medical Esthetics Summit. Next year, we'll both be begging to request more time off from work.

I've barely unpacked my bags and I'm already looking forward to Face & Body next year!


My bestie estie, Beth and I...Face & Body 2011

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Representing My Blog at Face & Body

Rule #1 for Face & Body: Never go anywhere without your business cards. You never know who you'll meet.

This year at Face & Body, I went representing my blog, My Life as an Esthetician. I've been giving my business cards to all the cool people I've been meeting. Tonight in the van, on our way to the winery for the Eminence Evening Out, the woman sitting in front of us turned around and said to me, "Hey! Don't you write a blog? I think I read your blog." Turns out she stumbled upon my blog while doing a little research on the Face & Body Convention. There were three vans in the caravan to the winery. It's pretty incredible how we ended up riding in the same van and she recognized me. Pretty awesome!

I love Face & Body. I can't wait for tomorrow. More classes and the Expo Hall will be open!

Now back to the bottle of Pinot Noir we got from the Vine Hill Winery tonight. Who knew antioxidants could be so delicious?

Face & Body: Day One (Saturday)

My Partner-In-Crime, Beth and I
Wow is all I have to say! I am enlightened, motivated and inspired all at once. Last year, I attended Face & Body as a mere volunteer who scanned attendees name tags as they entered the classrooms and directed people to where they could pick up programs or find the restroom. This year, I'm having my own name badge scanned by volunteers. I'm a real-life Face & Body attendee, attending all of the classes and exchanging business cards with all of the guest speakers whom have managed to wow me.

Here's a quick rundown on the classes we attended today:

Recognizing Skin Diseases and Abnormalities with Jennifer Linder, MD of PCA Skin
Acne: Causes and Treatments with James E. Fulton, MD, PhD of Vivant Skin Care
Skin Care Trends Panel Moderated by Deedee Crossett of SFIEC
Market and Make Yourself Available Through Social Media with Dawn Amador of Skin Logic

We also attended the awesome Networking Luncheon featuring my alma mater leader of SFIEC, Deedee Crossett as a guest speaker who talked about the most common State Board Violations in spas and salons.

Vine Hill Winery in Santa Cruz
My head is totally in the clouds right now as I am getting ready for the evening portion of Face & Body, Evening Out-Winery Tour and Tasting which happens to be sponsored by Eminence Organic Skin Care.

Yes, a weekend full of geeking out with my bestie estie, Beth (we're sharing a swanky hotel room across the street from the convention center) about skin care, beauty industry trends and networking with beauty industry leaders and professionals.


If you haven't checked out Face & Body yet, you really should. Start planning your adventure for next year, now!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

I'm a Finalist: Please Vote for my Blog!

I just found out today that my blog is a finalist for this year's CBS San Francisco's Most Valuable Blogger award in the Lifestyle/Family category. Yay for my blog!!

To vote for my blog, simply click on the badge below:


The link will take you directly to the Lifestyle/Family blog category. Find my blog: My Life as an Esthetician and click to vote. That's it. It's that easy!

Apparently you can vote once a day, everyday until the voting ends on September 9th. Help me to win the Most Valuable Blogger award by voting for my blog once a day, everyday. Feel free to spread the word and tell your friends to vote too.

Thanks for the continued support everyone!!



Tuesday, August 23, 2011

10 Career Possibilities With an Esthetician License

Just because you have an esthetician license doesn't mean that you have to give facials, perform extractions and massage clients in the treatment room all day. One of the most exciting things about working in the beauty and skin care industry is that there are a ton of career options. When you have your esthetician license, more career doors open up. While not all beauty and skin care industry career possibilities require an esthetician license, having a license certainly helps one to stand out among other job-seeking candidates who don’t have one. Being certified by the state as a licensed esthetician shows that you’re not only serious about the industry and your career, but that you have at least 600 hours of education behind you. Thinking about getting your esthetician license or have one and can’t think of what to do for a living? Here are 10 career possibilities for someone who has an esthetician license:

Medical Esthetician

Technically the term “Medical Esthetician” doesn’t really legally exist. Licensed estheticians can work in a medical setting, under the supervision of a physician, dermatologist or in a doctor’s office, performing a number of esthetic treatments on clients. These treatments can include, but aren’t limited to: applying camouflage makeup, patient education, pre and post op treatments, retail sales, cleansing and preparing clients for surgery and routine medical-grade facials that include extractions and microdermabrasion.

Makeup Artist

You don’t have to be a licensed esthetician to be a makeup artist, but it helps! Makeup artists can work for a specific brand at a retail location. There are also licensed estheticians that work as freelance makeup artists, doing makeup for weddings, special occasions, fashion shows, film, theatre and TV.

Brand Representative


Brand Reps demonstrate to their clients how to use the product lines they work for. Often, these professionals travel to their accounts, usually consisting of salons, drugstores and department store. Their goal is to show the employees of these accounts how to use and effectively sell their product to their clients.

Salesperson/Sales Manager/Retail


Nowadays, most makeup artists you see working at a department store counter or in a retail location like a mall are essentially salespeople. They can also be referred to as Beauty Advisors. Doing beautiful makeup on clients throughout the day is only a fraction of their job. Most of the time, people working in this type of environment are trying to meet their sales quota. How do they do that? By being extremely knowledgeable in the brand they work for, providing exceptional customer service, doing beautiful makeup and effectively sell product to clients. Salespeople can climb the retail food chain by moving into management. Having an esthetician license in this type of position shows that the candidate has a deeper understanding of the skin and how to treat conditions, which clients often ask of their makeup artists.

Cosmetics Buyer


Cosmetic Buyers generally work for a department store, specialty store or salon. They travel often, especially to trade shows. Staying up-to-date with industry trends is the core of their existence. How are they to know what to buy for their company if they don’t know what their clients want to buy?

Writer/Copywriter/Editor/Blogger


What do you get when you combine a licensed esthetician and a background in journalism? You get a beauty writer/copywriter/editor/blogger. These licensed estheticians write online and in print for magazines, newspapers, industry trade publications, educational reference tools or even their own professional or personal blog. Beauty writers cover all aspects of the industry including product reviews, featured articles, website content and advertising. They can also cover media appearances from time to time.

Brand Trainer/Educator


My dream job! I couldn’t think of a more fun job for a product junkie like myself. Brand Trainers and Educators teach other licensed estheticians, makeup artists, salespeople or clients all about a brand’s product line and how to use and sell product to their clients. The focus is more on education of the brand and the product line than retailing the actual product.

State Board Licensing Inspector/Examiner

The people who prepare and conduct the state board exam and practical are more than likely licensed estheticians themselves. These professionals are the police force in the esthetic world. They are also the ones who perform regular salon and business inspections. There are plenty of benefits to working on the state board side of things. How about always getting weekends off, having full benefits health and always having an advantage should you ever need to pass the state board exam again?

Spa/Salon Esthetician


This is the job most people associate with being a licensed esthetician. Spa and salon estheticians perform a number of skin services on their clients in the treatment room: facials, extractions, massage and body treatments. They also educate their clients on proper at-home skin care through the use of products designed specifically for their client’s skin type and/or condition. This means plenty of product sales and lots of customer service. Client retention is a spa/salon esthetician’s bread and butter.

Salon/Spa Management


Spa and salon estheticians can climb the industry ladder by making their way up to management at the spa or salon they work at. Working in management is means the esthetician has to trade in their touchy-feely time in the treatment room for a business hat. Management is responsible for hiring and training new esthetician talent, merchandising the product lines that their business carries, maintaining product inventory for their estheticians to sell and providing customer service to both the licensed estheticians and clients.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Shop for Dermalogica Products Online at SkinCareRx.com

Education, innovation, specialized expertise and professional product recommendations. These are some of Dermalogica’s company-wide key values. For the past 25 years, Dermalogica has been a widely popular skin care product line that creates results-driven products without the use of common irritants, cheap fillers or fussy packaging. All Dermalogica products are non-comedogenic and don’t contain ingredients such as mineral oil, lanolin, S. D. alcohol or artificial colors or fragrances.

In addition to developing the Dermalogica skin care line back in 1986, British skin therapist, Jane Wurwand and her team of scientists also established the brand’s training center, IDI. The International Dermal Institute provides postgraduate education and training to licensed skin therapists in over 37 locations worldwide.

Not only is it important to the Dermalogica brand that their skin care products contain quality ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), olive oil, vitamin e, vitamin a, vitamin c, peptides, lactic aid, salicylic acid and a safer, more effective skin brightening alternative to hydroquinone, but it’s also equally important that their products be prescribed correctly to consumers by a qualified skin therapy professional.

Offering Expert Advice is one of the many reasons why it’s so awesome to shop online at SkinCareRx.com. SkinCareRX knows how important it is to use the right products for the right skin type and skin condition. With all of the products available on the market today, it can be hard for consumers to know just exactly what their skin needs. Not only can you shop for clinical skin care products from the comfort of your own home, but SkinCareRX also has licensed estheticians available by phone or on Live Help Chat that can make specialized product recommendations based on your skin type, provide product education or answer any sort of questions you might have about any of the products they carry.

SkinCareRx.com is also linked to two other websites: Apothica.com and SkinBotanica.com. Apothica.com features a variety of skin care, makeup, bath and body, fragrance, hair care, along with a wide selection of men’s products. SkinBotanica.com has a more natural and organic product focus, carrying a number of different products for both the home and self. The great thing about shopping at SkinCareRx.com, Apothica.com and SkinBotanica.com is that you can shop all three websites in one convenient, online shopping basket.
Starting today, you can enter my giveaway to win a $15 Gift Card to use on any three of these sites. All you have to do is help me spread the word about SkinCareRx.com. There are three different ways you can enter:

Entry #1 Facebook
Post a message on SkinCareRx’s wall stating what you think about shopping on SkinCareRx or talk about your favorite products or brands that they carry.

Entry #2 Twitter

Simply post on Twitter what you think about shopping on SkinCareRx or talk about your favorite products or brands that they carry. Just be sure to include the @skincarerx1 handle in your tweet.

Entry #3 Post a Comment on my Blog
Post a comment in this giveaway blog post telling me what you think about shopping on SkinCareRx or talk about your favorite products or brands that they carry.

One entry = one giveaway point.

It’s up to you how many times you enter the giveaway. You can enter yourself once, twice, but only up to three times. Giveaway is limited to three entries per person. Be sure to tell me how you entered yourself in the giveaway by either posting a comment on this blog post telling me how you entered the giveaway or emailing me at KathleenNNevesatYahooDotCom.

Once the giveaway’s participant’s activities have been verified, all of the verified entries will be entered into a raffle giveaway. The giveaway will take place on my blog via video on Tuesday, August 30th.

Deadline to enter for this giveaway will be Monday, August 29th.

SkinCareRx will contact the winner to verify that contact information provided is correct. After verification, SkinCareRx will email the giveaway winner a code for the  $15 Gift Card to be used at SkinCareRx.com, Apothica.com.com, and/or SkinBotanica.com. This giveaway is open internationally, but please keep in mind that SkinCareRx does not ship to all countries.

Good luck and have fun!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Makeup Look: Inspired by Kandee Johnson

"The" Kandee Johnson, Online Beauty Guru
Are you guilty like me of spending way too much time watching makeup tutorials on YouTube? If so, chances are you probably know who Kandee Johnson is. Kandee originally began posting makeup tutorials in her blog and became widely successful on YouTube. She now has over 100 million video views with over 600,000 subscribers. To say this woman has a lot of fans is putting it mildly.

After watching one of Kandee’s videos, you’ll want to watch all of the 294 videos that she’s uploaded on her YouTube channel since January 2009. Her YouTube Channel and blog feature anything and everything pertaining to makeup, hair, beauty and fashion. She’s even managed to sprinkle in a few pieces of invaluable life advice along the way.

What I love the most about Kandee’s makeup tutorials is that she takes a complicated, Hollywood makeup look and makes it totally achievable for the not-so-makeup-savvy through her fun, creative and upbeat step-by-step video guides. Her magnetic personality draws you in, making you want to watch video after video. Her professional expertise from working on movie and TV sets in Hollywood shine through in her techniques. Kandee has an incredible ability to not only educate her viewers on how to wear their makeup, but also makes the whole process fun through her entertaining storytelling.

The Makeup Look I'm posting today was inspired by Kandee’s Naked & Mila Kunis video she posted on her blog and YouTube Channel back in June. In this video, she takes the highly sought after Naked Palette by Urban Decay and recreates a lighthearted, smoky eye that the “That 70’s Show” and now Hollywood starlet is most commonly known to wear.

What really spoke to me about Kandee’s blog post and video featuring the Urban Decay Naked Palette, was when Kandee said that anyone with any eye color or skin color could pull this look off. I wanted to see if Kandee was right when she said that anyone could pull this look off. was that this look could be recreated by anyone and looks good on any eye color or skin color. I have platinum blonde hair-the exact opposite and Kandee Johnson and Mila Kunis. I also have the

Here’s what I did:

1.   Applied the Naked eyeshadow from the Urban Decay Naked Palette all over the lid, from lash line to brow bone, using the MAC #222 brush.

2.  Lined along the top lash line using black eyeliner, making sure to line the lash line from the inner corners of the eyes to extending just beyond the eye. Also, line the entire bottom waterline of the eye.

3.   Using an angled brush, lightly dust on MAC’s Carbon eyeshadow and go over the eyeliner pencil along the top and lower lash line, gently patting and packing in the powder.

4.   With the Sephora Professionnel Smudge Brush #11, lightly dust on the Hustle eyeshadow from the Urban Decay Naked Palette and gently smudge the powder above the eyeliner, on both the top and lower lash line. Using the same eyeshadow color, lightly dust the MAC #224 brush and spread out the color into the eye crease, making a sideways V. Use the fluffy brush to spread the color slightly above the eye’s crease for some definition.

5.   Take the MAC #289 Brush and gently dab a little bit of the Sidecar eyeshadow and follow it with a little dab of the Virgin eyeshadow, both from the Urban Decay Naked Palette. Start at the inner corner of the eye and lightly make your way over the rest of the eyelid.


6.   Fill in the brows using an angled brush and a brow shade of your choice. I love MAC’s Soba eyeshadow.



7.   Curl lashes and add two coats of mascara.

8.   Apply a little bit of blush to the apples of your cheeks. I’m digging MAC’s Mineralize Blush in Warm Soul. It’s the perfect combination of a rose pink with a hint of shimmer.

9.   For lips, I followed Kandee’s lead by keeping them light. I first lined my lips using MAC’s Stripdown pencil liner. Then I filed in my lips with a Revlon crème lipstick called Primrose. I then topped my lips with my all-time favorite MAC Lipglass in Oyster Girl.


I’m a brunette naturally so I am used to getting away with wearing any color combination of a smoky eye without worrying about it looking inappropriate or over-the-top. With platinum blonde hair, I have to be careful with the color combinations and makeup looks I normally like to wear. Kandee’s Naked & Mila Kunis Makeup Look proved to be fairly easy to apply. It also worked for both a day in the office and a night out on the town makeup look.

Kandee was completely right. Anyone with any color eyes, skin tone and even hair color can successfully pull this look off. Even an uber blonde like me!

To find Kandee Johnson online, be sure to visit:

Kandee Johnson’s Blog
Kandeejohnson’s YouTube Channel
Join Kandee Johnson’s Twitter nest @kandeejohnson
“Like” Kandee Johnson’s Facebook page

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Get Movie Star Worthy Lashes With Hourglass

Hourglass Film Noir Full Spectrum Mascara
I received the Hourglass Film Noir Full Spectrum Mascara to try as gratis when the Venice, California-based brand visited our office for product training last month at work. At the time I had received the Hourglass mascara, I was in the middle of trying out a different mascara. After a few attempts of failing to fall in love with or even slightly liking the mascara I was using, I abandoned it all together and swapped it out for the Film Noir Full Spectrum Mascara.

Normally, I love the big and fluffy mascara wands. The Film Noir Full Spectrum Mascara was the complete opposite of what I was used to using. Here was this little, skimpy mascara brush that reminded me of a fine toothed comb. Before I even tried this product, I questioned how this little guy was going to put the va va voom on my lashes.

I decided to give the mascara a whirl on one of my days off from work. I wanted to wear makeup, but also wanted to keep the look simple with just a little foundation, blush, mascara and lip gloss. The Film Noir Full Spectrum Mascara ended up making my lashes steal the show. I was pleasantly surprised as I watched my lashes lengthen, volumize and thicken after just one coat of the rich, velvety black formula. Two coats of this mascara gave my false eyelashes a real run for their money.

The wand is incredibly easy to maneuver. I'm notorious for making a mess of my mascara whenever I apply it. I always seem to get mascara on my brow bone. I have yet to master the technique of not smudging mascara all over my lower lash line. With the Film Noir Full Spectrum Mascara, I was able to coat all of my lashes on the top, bottom and far inner and outer corners of my eye without getting the product anywhere but on my lashes. This mascara left me seriously impressed.

Throughout the day, I took notice of the mascara's staying power. Not only did it stay on my lashes, but it proved to be heat and sweat resistant, even though it's not officially labeled as such. My lashes looked just as full and voluptuous when I got home from the day as they did when I first left the house. Another added bonus to this mascara is that it doesn't dry out the lashes. Even with the product on, lashes are soft, not crunchy. This is thanks to the beeswax and natural vegetable oils in the mascara's formula.

If you want to achieve even more oomph on your lashes, I recommend using the Dior Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum on the lashes first and then follow it with two coats of the Hourglass Film Noir Full Spectrum Mascara. If you're looking to take your lashes from daytime to cocktail time, try adding the Hourglass Film Noir Lash Lacquer on top of the mascara for an extreme, dramatic effect.

I have been religiously using the Film Noir Full Spectrum Mascara everyday for the past two weeks. I'm still loving the way the mascara makes my lashes look just as much as I did the first day I tried it. Even though I have seven or eight other different mascaras in my gratis bag to try, I have no intentions of giving up the this mascara anytime soon. I love the Hourglass mascara so much that I've already added it to my shopping basket for my next Sephora.com order.

For more information about Hourglass Cosmetics:

Visit the Hourglass Cosmetics website
Follow @HourglassCsmtcs on Twitter

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Ingredients: What is Sodium Laureth Sulfate?

According to my ultimate product ingredients bible, A Consumer's Dictionary of Cosmetics Ingredients, Sodium Laureth Sulfate is defined as being sodium salt of sulfated ethoxylated lauryl alcohol. For those of us whom aren't scientists, Sodium Laureth Sulfate is considered a surfactant, similar to a detergent. It's the main ingredient responsible for making a product foam. It can be found in products like soaps, shampoos and even toothpaste.

What's great about Sodium Laureth Sulfate is that it's a highly effective foaming agent. This is a common ingredient found in drugstore facial cleansers. If you're an oily or combination skin type, chances are you love using foaming facial cleansers because they help to dissolve the oil on the surface of the skin and leave behind a "squeaky clean" feeling. Sodium Laureth Sulfate gives products like facial cleansers, bubble bath, shower gel and shampoo that rich, foaming lather. It also makes these types of products inexpensive.

What's not so great about Sodium Laureth Sulfate is that it's known to cause skin and eye irritation. Even though this ingredient is considered perfectly safe for consumer use by the FDA, it can still be irritating for some. The higher the concentration of Sodium Laureth Sulfate in a product, the higher the irritation factor can be. That same "squeaky clean" feeling users crave can also be the culprit of dry skin due to the ingredient being a little too effective in dissolving the oil on the skin's surface. It's natural to have some oil in the skin. If users deny their skin of any oil at all, they risk drying out their skin and possibly create other skin conditions to treat on down the line.

Just because a product contains Sodium Laureth Sulfate doesn't mean that you have to stop using it. If your favorite foaming facial cleanser contains Sodium Laureth Sulfate and you have yet to experience any sort of irritation or excessively dry skin, then by all means, keep using it. If you are concerned about experiencing negative effects from products that contain this ingredient, try alternating your cleansers. Use your favorite, drugstore foaming foaming cleanser every other day. Then on the other days, alternate the foaming cleanser with a non-foaming version. Your skin will get the best of both worlds-a deep, effective cleanse on one day and a rich, moisturizing cleanse the next.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Get the Most out of Your Beauty Advisor: Be Prepared

Call me anytime on my hello, happy line...
Beauty Advisors are the unspoken heroes of the beauty industry. Beauty Advisors are the people we go to when we have questions about products or ingredients, need to be color matched for foundation, want suggestions on new products to try, need help on how to apply our makeup or are just seeking general beauty advice. Beauty Advisors come in many different shapes, sizes and varieties. A Beauty Advisor can be a man or a woman. A Beauty Advisor can be a makeup artist working at a local cosmetic counter. A Beauty Advisor can be a brand's product specialist or representative. A Beauty Advisor can be the person on the other end of the line of a brand or retailer's 1-800 number. A Beauty Advisor can be the person whom your chatting with via Live Help Chat on any various beauty-related website.

When I worked as a Beauty Advisor, I noticed that I offered my best beauty advice when clients were focused and asked specific questions about products, ingredients, skin concerns or conditions. Clients would come to me with an idea of what they were looking for and ask my opinion on certain products. Other times they would ask me questions about sunscreen and want to know exactly what SPF was. Some clients wanted to know the difference between a moisturizer and serum and how they should apply products to their own skin care routine.

When you are working as a Beauty Advisor, you want to help clients. There's nothing better than making someone's day because you helped shed some light on something the client didn't understand before they talked to you. With that said, it can be incredibly difficult when a client approaches you and doesn't have an idea of what they want or even what they are looking for. There are times when clients want a Beauty Advisor to read their mind and have a magic answer. Sometimes they just want to chat and find that makeup and skin care products are a good excuse to start a conversation. Then there are some clients who may be seeking advice from a Beauty Advisor when really they should be contacting their physician.

Using my experience as a Beauty Advisor, I have compiled a list of effective ways to maximize the time you spend with a Beauty Advisor so that you can get the best possible advice out of your brief one-on-one time with him or her whether it be in-person, on the phone or online:

1. Stay Focused

If you are in the market to find a new foundation, don't bombard your Beauty Advisor with which eye cream he/she thinks bests targets dark circles. Focus on one item at a time. If foundation is the main thing on your list, be sure to start with foundation. Ask to get color matched. Don't know what undertones are? Ask. Then ask which undertones are in your own skin color. Want to know the difference between a liquid foundation and a tinted moisturizer and not sure which is best for your skin concerns? Just ask. The more specific questions you ask, the better chances your Beauty Advisor will have narrowing down products and eventually finding a product that will suit all of your needs.

If you come in asking about foundation and also want to know about eye creams, wait until the Beauty Advisor has had a chance to finish addressing all of your foundation concerns first. Beauty Advisors are also salespeople. Trust me, we want to sell you product. We also want to make sure that we sell you the right products otherwise we risk you losing faith in us and returning the product at a later date.
Doesn't hurt to know what you're looking for ahead of time.

2. Do Your Homework Ahead of Time

In the mood to switch up your day-to-day makeup application? Great! Help your Beauty Advisor know what type of look you have in mind by cutting out makeup looks you like out of magazines before your one-on-one time. Making the change from drugstore brand to high-end cosmetics and not sure which brand you want to try? Do a brief search online for the various brands your high-end retailer carries. Ask your friends which cosmetic brands they use. Read up on the different brands you want to try and make a list. Interested in fine tuning your skin care routine and don't know which products to look for? No problem. Write down a list of everything you want your perfect product to do for your skin. Write down any specific skin concerns or conditions you'd want the product to address. This way, the Beauty Advisor will have a better understanding of what you're looking for and be able to suggest a brand and specific products that they think you will like, without having to guess.

3. Timing is Everything

Most of the time, there are many more clients than there are Beauty Advisors. Keep this in mind when you are with your Beauty Advisor. You aren't the only client he or she has to help. Don't be afraid to ask questions, but be mindful of the time of day, day of week and if there are others around you waiting to speak to the Beauty Advisor. Asking a Beauty Advisor to prescribed you a whole new skin care regimen on a Saturday afternoon might not be the best time for that type of one-on-one attention. Beauty Advisors will still help you regardless of the time of day. During prime times they might feel rushed and pressured to move onto the next client who is also waiting for their undivided attention. The goal here is to receive the best advice possible. Go when it isn't so busy. Avoid high traffic times like weekends or holidays. The best times to reach out to a Beauty Advisor are right after opening, weekday nights and an hour or two before closing.

4. Be Nice

It's amazing how far a small gesture such as a smile or saying "please" and "thank you" will get you. If a client is nice and polite, I will take the time to make sure that all of the client's questions and concerns are addressed. I'm even more likely to go above and beyond for the client and offer extra services like free samples or a special promotion with their purchase. There is nothing worse than trying to help a client who is rude and mean. Why would anyone want to go out of their way to help someone who belittles them or gives them the cold shoulder? Yes, it's part of the Beauty Advisor's job to help a client regardless of their attitude, but the experience becomes a lot more fun for both parties involved when one is not constantly worrying about saying the wrong thing to upset an already disgruntled client.

If you are seeking the help of a Beauty Advisor and you're finding that you aren't getting the information that you want or need, simply thank them for their time. Then seek out someone else who might be a better fit or have a better understanding of what you're looking for. There's no need to make someone feel bad about themselves and ruin their day because they applied a color that you didn't like. Makeup and skin care is suppose to be fun. Shopping for these types of products is even more fun.

If you take these four pieces of advice to heart, then I guarantee that the next time you reach out to a Beauty Advisor, whether it be over the phone, in-person or online, you will have a much better chance at finding exactly what you're looking for and have more fun during the process.

Monday, August 8, 2011

What is Face & Body Conference & Expo?

I am so excited for the end of August. Friday, August 27th through Monday, August 29th is the annual Northern California Face & Body Conference & Expo, presented by Skin Inc Magazine in San Jose at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center. It's three whole days of geeking out with other skin care professionals and industry leaders about everything pertaining to the skin care industry. Lots of education, networking and shopping the exhibit floor.

Last year was the first year I had ever attended Face & Body. At the time, I was still in school at SFIEC. I was fortunate to attend as a volunteer which meant that I got a free ticket to the show for all three days, but I had to work for my ticket. Instead of being an active participant in all of the education classes and the Medical Esthetics Summit, I was one of the volunteers scanning attendees badges as they entered the various education classes, giving directions to the bathroom and passing out show programs. Luckily, I got to sit in on a few classes and even managed to mingle with some of the speakers. Not too shabby of a gig!

San Jose McEnery Convention Center
Since attending Face & Body last year, I have graduated from SFIEC, got my esthetician license and am now an active, working professional in the skin care industry. This year, I get to attend Face & Body as a real-life attendee. I've already bought my ticket for the conference online and buddied up with my ultimate bestie estie, Beth to secure our hotel room. We even both signed up for the Evening Out on Saturday night for a little extra networking paired with some wine tasting at the Vine Hill Winery in the Santa Cruz Mountains. This special event is sponsored by Eminence Organic Skin Care, one of my all-time favorite skin care lines. Can I hear it for the Stone Crop line?

Face & Body has been successfully bringing together spa professionals, brands and industry leaders all under one roof for the past 17 years for Northern California's largest and highly anticipated, annual spa professional gathering. The event consists of the Advanced Education Conference Program, supplier classes, the Expo Hall and the Medical Esthetics Summit.

Saturday's Advanced Education Conference Program consists of 20 different, product-neutral classes that are taught by various industry leaders. The classes featured in the program are broken up into the following focuses: business, skin science, trends and wellness. Attendees are free to pick and choose whichever classes they want to sit in on. Topics covered in the Advanced Education Conference Program range anywhere from product ingredients, promotional techniques, profitability pointers, industry trends to alternative therapies.

On Sunday and Monday, there are 60 different supplier classes for attendees to choose from. The supplier classes are designed for attendees who want to learn more information on specific brands and products taught by the brand representatives themselves. These classes are interactive and give attendees an opportunity to have more face time with the speakers.

The Expo Hall is open to all attendees on Sunday and Monday, featuring over 100 exhibitors. Come prepared with a spending budget and comfortable shoes. Everything from supplies and equipment to skin care products and educational resources are available for purchase in the Expo Hall.

On Monday, the Medical Esthetics Summit takes place. This is an additional part of the program specifically designed for anyone who works in a medical esthetics facility, medical spa or anyone looking to expand their practice into this specialized field. In addition to the Medical Esthetics Pavilion (which is new to the Face & Body program this year), there is also the actual Medical Esthetics Summit which includes the morning filled with speakers and a panel discussion focused solely on medical esthetics. There's even a breakfast included that enables attendees to mingle with each other in between speakers.

To learn more information about Face & Body and how to register, please visit:

Northern California Face & Body Conference & Expo website
Like Face & Body Spa Conference & Expo on Facebook 
SkinInc Magazine website

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Urban Decay Lush Lash Mascara Gratis

I came into work at the crack of dawn this morning to find that there was wonderful, sweet gratis sitting on my desk. This time, the gratis was courtesy of Urban Decay. I received the brand new Urban Decay Lush Lash Mascara. I squealed with joy as soon as I pulled the wand out of the tube and saw that it was a lengthening mascara.

I'm on the skinny mascara brush kick lately thanks to Hourglass's Film Noir Full Spectrum Mascara. I'm loving that stuff!

Urban Decay's Lush Lash Mascara claims to thicken and lengthen the lashes with each application. The peptides and panthenol-infused formula is designed to moisturize, nourish and even boost lash growth. Even though the mascara isn't officially labeled waterproof, Urban Decay reports that after some rigorous testing done in a sweaty yoga session, the mascara didn't budge or smudge.



Sounds good to me! I'm excited to have another mascara to try.

Mucho Gracias Urban Decay!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Cheap Beauty Tip of the Week: Wash Your Face

You should wash your face like you brush your teeth, twice a day. You can't have clear skin without clean skin. Washing your face doesn't have to break the bank either. As the Beauty Babe on a Budget on Broke-Ass Stuart's website, it's my duty to report on some of my all-time favorite foaming and non-foaming cleansers that can be found at your local drugstore.



Be sure to check out this week's Cheap Beauty Tip of the Week: Wash Your Face.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Beauty Splurge: Sephora.com Pt. III

It's been over three months since my last Sephora splurge. My shopping basket online has been bursting at the seams with all kinds of the new things popping up on Sephora.com lately. After I got news of my work promotion last week, I thought it was time that I treat myself to a few beauty goodies. Here's what I got:


The Urban Decay 15 Year Anniversary Eyeshadow Collection

If anyone knows how to put together an eyeshadow palette, it's Urban Decay. Palettes are very cost effective when you want to try a bunch of different colors, but don't want to spend a ton of money buying all the colors separately. The Naked Palette featured a wide range of neutral colors from brown to grey and black, perfect for the day and night smokey eye. The Urban Decay Book of Shadows Volume III palette featured popular, bright eyeshadow colors along with a lit-up scene decorated in the spirit of NYC. Now comes along the 15 Year Anniversary palette to celebrate the brand's 15 year anniversary. Urban Decay celebrates their anniversary in style with 15 new eyeshadow shades. The colors have a little bit of everything from neutrals to brights and darks to lights, including both mattes and shimmers.

The palette itself comes inside a gunmetal case that rests in an uber luxe purple velvet box. If you lift the eyeshadow palette tray, you'll find that there's a little space to stash small mementos or trinkets underneath. Talk about pimp! This palette is a limited edition item. Once they're gone, they're gone forever. Get one while they are still available.


Kat Von D True Love Palette

I love Kat Von D and I love her eyeshadow palettes. Her shadows have a lot of pigment with incredible color payoff. The colors are fun, wild and versatile. You can easily go from day to night with most any of her palettes. Purple is my all-time favorite color. I always seem to have purple everything so I was surprised to find that I didn't have any purple eyeshadow in my makeup kit. The True Love palette features eight different shades-four shades of purple from light to deep and four shades of the more neutral-ish variety including beige, golden copper and a rich brown. A nice, solid, matte black shadow sits right in the middle of the palette. I loved all of the colors in this palette. Plus, it was on sale. I couldn't pass this one up.


Hello Kitty Graffiti Bag

For all of the adult, hardcore Hello Kitty fans out there, Sephora introduced the exclusive Hello Kitty line in stores and online at the beginning of 2011. This brand introduces a new Hello Kitty lineneach season which typically includes a makeup palette, brush set and various accessories. For summer 2011, it's all about the Hello Kitty Graffiti line. I could hardly contain myself when this stuff started showing up on Sephora's website. The makeup bag is all kinds of CUTE. Not only is Hello Kitty and her namesake tagged up all over the outside, but the zipper is attached to an over-sized silver Hello Kitty head that closes the bag. The bag is huge and easily fits any sort of makeup essentials you'd need to use throughout the day, with room leftover. The bag's thick material can withstand being thrown in any size of purse or used on its own.

Sephora by OPI Nail Colour(s)


 One of my beauty product weaknesses is nail polish. It's something I never seem to have enough of and can't stop buying. It's no surprise that I included two different shades in my recent Sephora splurge-Frankly I Don't Give A-dam (a light gray shade) and Seeing Pink Elephants (a bubblegum pink.) The hardest part about my next mani/pedi is deciding which color I'll choose.


Bumble and bumble Texture Hair (Un) Dressing Creme

This is easily my most favorite product in the Bumble and bumble line. When this lightweight, cream formula is applied to my hair dry, it adds lift and life immediately to my otherwise limp and fine hair. I easily acquire that just-rolled-out-of-bed-like-a-rockstar hair just by using this product on it's own. It doesn't make my hair greasy. It doesn't weight it down. Hands down, this is one of my favorite hair styling products right now.


Benefit's Little Look Good's 500-Point Beauty Insider Perk

I've been sitting on my Beauty Insider points for awhile. When I saw the Benefit Little Look Good set in the checkout, I couldn't help but redeem my points. This set features a mini Bad Gal Lash Mascara, a mini "That Gal" Brightening Face Primer and a generous size of Dandeloin which is a ballerina-pink pressed powder highlighting powder that can double as a blush.


Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes 100-Point Beauty Insider Point

Since I was in the Beauty Insider point redeeming mood, I decided to include the deluze-sized sample of the Make UP For Ever Aqua Eyes in matte black as well. Aqua Eyes is easily one of the best selling pencil eyeliners at Sephora. I use black eye pencil all the time and have been wanting to try Make Up For Ever's Aqua Eyes. Word on the street is that these pencils are smudge-proof and waterproof. The 100-Point Perks are always the way to go whenever you want to try a new product. If you love it, you buy it in the regular size. If you don't love it, well, at least you don't pay for it.

In addition to all of my fabulous items, I also received my three free samples which included Tom Ford's Black Orchid fragrance, Supergoop sunscreen and a tinted moisturizer by Stila. Just a few more reasons why I HEART Sephora.

I've already started adding new items to my shopping basket for my next order. What's going to be included in your next Sephora splurge?

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Say Yes to Natural Lip Gloss

One of the perks of working in the beauty industry and being a beauty/skin care/makeup blogger is all of the awesome gratis that comes my way. Gratis is another way of saying "free product." Luckily for me, companies see a lot of value in gifting products to people who sell them and brag about them online. A majority of my gratis comes from work, but some of it comes in the form of goodie bags from awesome companies like Beautylish.com.

I recently had a chance to stop by the Beautylish office and chat with all of the lovely ladies (I'm waving at you Christina, Victoria and Jasmine!) in the office about the widely popular online beauty community, our career aspirations, our personal skin care regimens and products we can't live without right now. It was a real-life beauty geek out session and I loved every minute of it. On my way out the door, the ladies surprised me with an amazing goodie bag filled with all sorts of treats.

One of the products in my goodie bag was the Yes To Carrots C Me Shine Lip Gloss in Flirty Pink. What girl doesn't love lip gloss? In my world, one can never have enough lip gloss. As soon as I applied the gloss to my lips for the first time, I was sold. The gloss is a perfect consistency and is extremely moisturizing. It's not gooey or sticky which means I can walk downtown San Francisco in the wind tunnels between the buildings and not have to worry about all of my hair sticking to my lips.

Using Yes To Carrots C Me Shine Lip Gloss immediately reminded me of one of my old favorite glosses, C. O. Bigelow's Mentha Lip Tint, but this new gloss won me over instantly with the subtle mint taste and the use of natural and organic ingredients. Unlike my old C. O. Bigelow favorite, the Yes To Carrots gloss doesn't contain any petroleum compounds or has an overbearing, minty taste.

So far this week, the Yes To Carrots C Me Shine Lip Gloss in Flirty Pink has been my daily go-to gloss. Flirty Pink is the perfect neutral shade of pink to rock in the office during the day. This color pairs well with a low maintenance, natural look. With the combination of having to start work so early in the morning and now having a jam-packed workday filled with training for my new position, the only products I have time to primp in the morning with are foundation, two coats of mascara and my new gloss.

Besides the color and consistency of the gloss being so awesome, I also love how C Me Shine is labeled as being 95% organic by the Natural Products Association. Yes To Carrots has made sure that the product consists mainly of all-natural ingredients, doesn't contain any ingredients that the FDA has deemed as being harmful to consumers, hasn't been tested on animals and the packaging used is either biodegradable or environmentally sensitive.

Want to know about the best part of C Me Shine Lip Gloss? You don't have to go to the mall, a fancy department store or hunt it down online in order to score your own tube. Yes To Carrots is available at most local drugstores. With Yes To Carrots C Me Shine Lip Gloss, it's easily accessible, the price is right and it's good for both you and the environment.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Ingredients: What is Dimethicone?

Have you ever wondered what in a product makes it glide across the surface of the skin so smoothly?

Many beauty and skin care products like moisturizers, body lotions, body butters, makeup primers and hair care products contain Dimethicone. Dimethicone is an ooey, gooey, thick, clear and odorless substance that causes many products to be easily spreadable on the skin.

This silicon-based material can wear many different hats in the beauty and skin care world. It can act as an inactive base ingredient. It can also act as a protective layer that prevents water loss on the skin by forming a hydrating barrier on the skin's surface. Dimethicone is most commonly known to serve as a delivery vehicle for products on the skin, making them easy to spread and rub in on the outer layers of the skin.

Even though Dimethicone is considered a chemical, it has very low toxicity.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Choose the Beauty School That is Best For You

It wasn't enough just to make the decision to go to beauty school to get my esthetician license in the first place. I had to also make the decision as to which beauty school I would be going to. I decided to do my own homework and conduct research on all the beauty schools in my area I'd considered attending. Then, based on my research and personal experience with the schools on my list, I would choose the beauty school that would be the best fit my needs and wants.

Before I decided on which beauty school I would go to, I wanted to learn more information about the individual schools themselves. Here are some valuable things to consider before deciding which beauty school is best for you.

Industry Reputation

I wanted to know what the successful spas and salons in the area thought about each of the beauty schools that were on my consideration list. To gather this information, I wrote up a top ten spa and salon list and visited each one. Upon my arrival, I asked to speak to the spa director or manager. I quickly explained to the individual that I was trying to decide on which beauty school to and work towards getting my esthetician license. I wanted to seek their professional opinion on which of the beauty schools in the area they felt produced the best, most prepared students that they would likely hire upon graduation. I didn't mention the schools that I was considering at all. I didn't want to skew their answers in any way. I wanted their most honest answer.

Most of the individuals I spoke with told me that it doesn't really matter where a person goes to school. It's their previous work experience, attitude and personality that will get them hired. Most did agree that there was one or two prominent schools in the area that consistently produced desired candidates. It was reassuring to hear a real-life working professional's opinion.

The Client Experience

In addition to visiting all of the schools online and in-person, I also arranged to receive a service at all of the schools on my consideration list. I wanted to experience the school's services as a client. This also gave me a chance to chat with the student performing the service and ask questions about their specific experience, their esthetic program and what they had or hadn't gotten out of their program so far.

I made sure to take detailed notes on everything from my experience with the front desk to the products on the back bar and the treatment room set up. I found that once you were in the treatment room, students were more than happy to share their experiences with their program honestly. All of the students I spoke with loved answering all of my questions and gave me really helpful advice while giving me even more important things to think about before I made a decision.

State Board Passing Rate

It's important to pay close attention to a school's State Board Exam passing rate statistics. If a school has a passing rate of 95% or higher, that's pretty good. If a school has anything lower than a 90%, it's a definite red flag. It's important to learn proper massage techniques and to perfect your special touch, but if you aren't prepared to pass the State Board Exam, you wont get your license. Without your license, you can't work. What's the point of going to school if you can't work? Ideally, the school should prepare you for both working in the real world and for passing the State Board Exam.

Class Schedule

In my research, I noticed that each school offered its own version of a flexible school schedule. There were full-time and part-time options. There were options to go to school at night for those who worked during the day. There were also classes offered during the day for people who had to work at night.

I knew that I would have to continue working during my time spent at beauty school. I needed to make sure that I picked a program that would allow me to still work a majority of my shifts and allow me time to study while being able sleep in between going to work and going to class.

Be 100% honest with yourself. It's crucial that you pick a schedule you will be able to adhere to. In beauty school, attendance is mandatory. You have to show up to class on time, for 600 hours, in order to graduate. Don't set yourself up for failure before the first day of school.

Costs

Beauty school is not cheap, unless you opt to go the community college route. When deciding on which school to go to, you must consider your budget. Are you paying out of pocket? Is someone helping you pay for your tuition? Are you able to apply for financial aid? With beauty school, you really do get what you pay for. The school I wanted to go to was unfortunately the most expensive. I realized that with the higher tuition came many extra perks. I justified the higher tuition because the extra perks were not only desirable, but they would help put me at a much higher advantage after graduation. Just make sure that you are being realistic with yourself. If you sign up to take a loan, be prepared to start paying it back six months after graduation.

Even though I didn't have any money saved before I decided to go to school, I worked a few extra shifts prior to enrolling and was able to stash enough money away to cover the deposit. For the rest of my tuition, I had to depend on financial aid to pay my way. It's important to know your financial options when it comes to beauty school. Don't be afraid to ask questions. Without the financial aid option, I would have never been able to go to beauty school in the first place.

Location

My philosophy has always been if you're early, you're on time. If you're on time, you're late. Late is unacceptable and unprofessional. School is the time to create good, healthy habits. Get in the habit of always either being early or on time. Beauty school requires mandatory attendance, How else is the state suppose to issue you a license if you haven't fulfilled the 600 required hours?

When researching schools for my consideration list, I made sure to only include schools that were easily accessible by public transportation. When it comes to transportation, always have a back up plan. Sometimes public transportation or even your own car might not be reliable. There were many mornings when my bus was either late or just didn't show up at all. I either had an alternative bus route I could refer to or had a local taxi agency on speed dial. The closer you live to the school, the easier it is to get to school by public transportation or the more reliable parking is in the area, the more likely you are to show up to school everyday, on time.

Job Placement After Graduation

I choose a school that offered job placement services both during and after graduation. There was never a guarantee that I would ever receive a job after graduation. It's the whole idea of how you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink. The school I attended led me to the water by providing me with a number of networking opportunities and resources throughout my entire program. It was up to me to take a drink by taking advantage of all of those opportunities.

Lucky for me, a professional opportunity presented itself to me during the last month of my program. I put my resume together and scheduled a time to meet with the Placement Leader at my school to review my resume and provide me with feedback. After I submitted my polished resume for the position, I continued to follow up with the recruiters until I landed myself a first and second interview. I have now been working at that very same position for the past ten months, less than a month after my graduation last year. In fact, the day I passed the State Board exam and received my esthetician license was the same day I found out that I had landed the job. Just last week, I was promoted to a management position within that same company. A very good school will give you ample tools to be successful. It's then up to you to put those tools to use.

The Itinerary

One of the important things on my list that would make the beauty school a perfect fit for me was being able to work on real clients. I wanted to make sure that I had time to learn theory in the classroom and plenty of time to practice my new techniques on real people. Many schools are set up so that students perform their newly acquired skills and techniques on each other. There is something to be said about touching a stranger's skin. I couldn't think of anything that would prepare me more for working in the real world than working on various different skin types with different skin conditions, under the time constraints of a real spa service.

I was lucky enough to volunteer to stay one night a week for night school, in addition to my full-time day program just so that I could take two extra clients a week. The extra time I received to work on clients really gave me the boost in confidence to master my own technique and touch while I was still in school. The more hands-on experience I received in school, the better prepared I felt for the real, working world.

Also, one of the extra benefits our school provided us with during our esthetic program was an additional 25 hours of training at a partnered, professional skin care training facility. This experience alone introduced me to the value of ongoing, higher education within the skin care and beauty industry.

Gut Feeling

After all of my research had been completed, all the notes I had taken on my experiences and questions had been compared, visiting all of the schools online and in-person individually and receiving professional opinions, I ended up making my final decision based on my gut feeling. I went with the school I knew that was the best fit for me. The only reason why I was able to make such an educated and well informed decision was because I took the time to do all of the homework and thorough research ahead of time.

Monday, August 1, 2011

And the Winner is...

And now it's the moment you've all been waiting for. The winner of the nEu-tone Balancing Serum goes to...



The winner has 48 hours to contact me via email with their mailing address so I can send you your fabulous prize, along with a few extra SkinAgain samples.

A HUGE thank you to SkinAgain for donating the product for my very first giveaway. Thank you to everyone who participated. I can't wait to do the next one!!