nearly lost that ‘lovin’ feel’n…








It’s been a very very long time… so let me apologize for not posting anything for a while.  I have had some major changes, physically and emotionally and I frankly didn’t have the “heart” in it to write, err typing something when all I wanted to do was crawl under my preverbal rock and hide.  I was finding I was starting to have a “love-hate” relationship with my job and I was feeling pretty miserable about the entire idea of “working” in my industry.

It’s sad how someone and a particular environment can make you spin into a spiral of wicked bad emotions isn’t it? Okay, maybe it’s just me that gets like that? Hmm…. anyways, I was working at a place in Eastern Vancouver and I even though it was better than the “mall” (when I was threading at the local mall at the KIOSK–YUCK-YUCK-YUCK!!) it soon became obvious that promises and actions behind said promises were entirely two different animals with this owner and my boss.  I spent nearly 3 years working with and around this person and I found that I was discouraged more and picked apart nearly daily and I still have a hard time understanding WHY she wanted to be so down on me.  I suppose I was willing to hear it… and not fight.  I don’t want conflict and I chose to just try and do my job I was there to do and leave… however, often the passive aggressive stance she had made it difficult and mentally and emotionally challenging.

For a while I found myself being very discouraged with my profession and actually feeling like I hated my job.  What I have learned was and is that I didn’t and I do not hate my job… what I do dislike and have major issues with is being treated like I am a 3rd rate citizen and I am worthless and below standard.  Being picked apart and told how I need to change ME daily can definitely mess with your inner self!

I was contacted by a friend in the esthetics industry, she was and is doing very well in downtown Vancouver.  She was enlarging her business and wanted to see if i was interested in working with her.  I was a bit leery, but, thought I would give it a look see and try.  That was back in later 2014 and I found myself feeling encouraged and excited again!  I was only working a few days a week initially and it felt good coming to her shop.  It was a place I felt myself growing and feeling my  inner confidence coming out and I was getting strong again.  I was starting to love my work again.

After feeling unappreciated and finding that “my job” was secretly being advertised in the local Craigslist I felt it was time to leave the salon I was currently working at and within… I made plans and left in late December.  I did however, give my 2 weeks notice only to find that I was not welcome after that shift.  I have to be honest with you… I would have been shocked had she allowed me to remain my final 2 weeks!  by the time I left that day she had wiped my details from the companies web page and schedule.  Took away all my privileges and abilities away… I suppose she thought I’d “steal” my clients information.  I guess she didn’t think I’d save that stuff before I left? I didn’t steel anything… I thread and unless she currently has or had someone… these people would be following me… regardless of how she felt.  I did however, choose not to take any clients that we shared… I figured if they wanted my services again, they were smart and they’d do a search for “Threading” and would eventually find me… there’s only this shop I currently am at and the local Mall offering threading currently in Vancouver.  The thing is when I left, I did my best to remain civil, yet, this person was angry and chose to tell me how I’d never amount to anything and how worthless I am. I did my best to hold myself high and walk out of there with some pride.  By the end of January I was finally on my new path and had pretty much shaken the past few years and the issues that came from that place I had been in.  I started to realize how happy I was to come to work again… I enjoy seeing my clients and I like being here.  It’s definitely a good place for me emotionally for my working world!

SO… in case you don’t already know, I am now located in Downtown Vancouver, at a cute shop called:
Beauty by Tara Lee
1703 Broadway, Vancouver

We are open Monday-Saturdays, usually opening by 10 a.m. daily, our Saturdays differ depending on the Saturday. And we are usually here until 7 p.m. on the weeknights!  The parking is good and we do accept walk-ins, although I do encourage you to make an appointment, we seem to fill up pretty quick!

You can tho to:

We offer online scheduling, you can see when both myself (Jamie) and Tara are available and book with us, you can also text or call us!  We make it really easy to make your appointment with us.

We are currently offering:


The costs are very competitive and we currently offer packages for some of our threading and waxing services.  If you create an account via the web page and LIKE us on Facebook… there are also specials that are announced and you are made aware of any of the deals and discounts that will often arise weekly and monthly depending on the season and service.

This is a great place and I hope you’ll take time to drop in and say HI and try out one of our great services!
You won’t be disappointed!!

be your own kind of beautiful

The “Old Wives Tale” regarding hair growth…

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I am sure you have heard it… said it… or believed it at some point in your life:

“If you shave, pluck, wax, or thread, dermaplane, (or any other form of hair removal process) it will only come back THICKER and darker! So you should NEVER EVER have your facial hair removed!”

This my readers is false.  I am not here to argue the age old hair growth myth.  Just give you the facts and I hope it will help you shed some light on the potential hair removal process you are considering having done or afraid to even consider having done because you are afraid of being Bigfoot when you are finished… and when your hair finally does grow back in.

First off… there are two types of hair on our bodies:

Vellus hair:

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Short, fine, light-colored, and barely noticeable hair that develops on most of a person’s body from his/her childhood.   Exceptions include the lips, the back of the ear, the palm of the hand, the sole of the foot, some external genital areas, the neval and scar tissue. The density of hair – the number of hair follicles per area of skin – varies from person to person. Each strand of vellus hair is usually less than 2 mm (1/13 inch) long and the follicle is not connected to a sebaceous gland.

Terminal hair:

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Thick, long, and dark, as compared with vellus hair; thicker hair that grows under the arms, pubic area, eye brows, legs and mustache and beard for men. 

Vellus hair when cut or removed will grow back the same.  The structure of the hair does not become damaged, therefore it is impossible to alter.  

Terminal hair is physiologically coarse.  When Terminal hair is cut, it grows back the same way – coarse.

Sometimes, waxing can make the hair appear to be “thinner” but it is really not thinner at all.  Because waxing pulls the hair from it’s roots, the new hair grows in with a smooth tip, making it feel softer.  But it is actually the same type of hair it was before.  It’s only when we cut hair (any type of hair) that the hair grows back with a blunt cut at the tip.  

The question has been given often times:
“why did my daughter (whom just began puberty) shave her legs, it was soft and more liken to “vellus” and then when it grew back, it became thick and darker?!”

The answer to this is due to it was actually Terminal hair to begin with.  The structure of the hair on her legs was different from the assumed vellus hair.  Leg hair is mean to be thicker, so when someone shaves the hair on their legs, the tip of the hair is blunt, therefore, making an already coarse piece of hair feel thicker.  Of course, add puberty into the mix and you will see plenty of changes within your daughters physical structure.

If you want to assist with lessening the “course” feel of the above scenario, one should consider waxing or threading the leg or other region that you are concerned with being course in texture.  Often times the hair will be softer and will grow a bit slower, because your esthetician or professional is removing the hair from the root and not just cutting the hair at the skin line the hair is re-growing a brand new strand.  Therefore the hair will come back a bit softer initially because it is a new “baby” hair.
If you choose the hair removal process you should keep up on this process with having a maintenance hair removal process every 3-4 weeks, most places will even offer discounts for coming back within a set time frame and it will offer a less discomforting process when you do go more often to have your hair removed professionally.

If you choose the laser hair removal choice, please note you cannot and should not be having any laser process near your eyes, so permanently having your eyebrows arched with next to no hair growth coming back isn’t something that will work for laser.  The darker the hair the better when using laser hair removal process and even after several visits you are explained and advised that you should revisit the laser process every few years for a maintenance process to stop any hairs that will eventually regrow even after most of the follicles were destroyed by said laser, some will still live and eventually re-sprout with new growth cycles.  Nothing is permanent (yet) with regards to hair removal.  The lighter, vellus hair growth as of 2012 is not something a laser procedure can assist with.  With many changes being made everyday in the esthetic and hair removal industry… anything is possible!

If you still have the voices of women of years gone by reminding you still not to remove that hair above your lip… (for example) what I can tell my clients is that after a threading process the hair is removed for a longer period of time, then say for example waxing or shaving.  This gives you the advantage and happiness to see a clean upper lip for a longer time frame.  This also can create an issue when you realize in about a months time your lip appears “harrier”!  You panic and start to think your grandmother was right!  What I do see in my practice is that the clients I work with month after month that come to me and I thread their entire face or just a lip… the hair never changes.  We have several cycles of hair growth, yes, you might have one growth cycle a bit thicker then another, however, the hair that is growing back isn’t any thicker then the first time when you sat in my chair the month prior.  I believe we see such results that are beneficial to our outer appearance and we forget just how much hair we did in fact start with and when the hair comes back… we are a little surprised sometimes with the growth that is coming back.

We have two choices… we have it removed… or we let it be.  What I do say to my client that is considering any hair removal is this:

“Does it bother you? Is this something you want removed?”

If you can answer the questions above yes/no… then you know your answer… if you are being talked into something… chances are you will not be happy with the process, results or the grow back later on, IF on the other hand you are wanting that hair removed… then you will deal with the discomfort that comes with hair removal and you will be happy with the results.

This is a personal preference and I do not recommend it unless YOU WANT IT! 🙂

I hope the above has helped shed some light on the old wives tales about hair growth/removal and maybe convinces you to try out threading, waxing or let your daughter that’s been nagging you to shave her legs to go ahead with it!

If this is a first time… for ANY hair removal process… EDUCATE YOURSELF!!

Thanks for reading!!
Have a great one! 🙂

Would You Fill Your Wrinkles With Blood?

Would You Fill Your Wrinkles With Blood?.


This is… interesting. 🙂

When you click on the above link, you will see a photo for the article, click on said photo, will take you to the origin, and you can read all about it… what do you think???

Inexpensive Day Spa alternative

If you are like me… on a budget and have to be careful where your cash is going currently, BUT, you still want to experience the “spa life” and get some much needed treatments you feel like you are missing out on…

You might want to give a local Esthetics School a chance!  Many are typically nearly half the cost of what you would normally pay out of pocket and typically you will find that most schools and training establishments are safe, and even though you have a student working on you, if it’s a situation that has something that is a bit more “challenging” for the students, there is always an instructor on hand and at least for the school I was trained at, I wasn’t allowed to treat anyone on chemical peels or a microderm until I had several hundred hours under the proverbial ‘belt’ and even then when I was applying said peel or operating the microderm machine my instructor was on hand or very near to make sure I was properly doing the treatments.

This might also be a great way to experience a service you’re just not so sure about, at a much cheaper cost to you.  The treatments might take a little bit longer, but, your pocket book/budget will certainly be happier for it!

Things to remember:

You are in a training establishment, more often times you will have to accept you are in the middle of someone’s training, therefore there could be instances when you might have to have some patience with your “in training Esthetcian”.  You may not want to go when you have time contraints, you will want to definitely give yourself time, just in case.

Maybe not wear your favorite most expensive sweater to get your wax treatment or even a facial.  When you are being treated by someone in training, it might be potentially hazardous to your wardrobe… however, most of the time it can be removed when it goes through the wash.  Make sure they wrap your head even to wax; just because they are confident in their abilities doesn’t mean they aren’t still very green! They might do a great job waxing said hairs on your brows or lip, however, getting wax to and from the pots might be dangerous to your hair for example.  There are plenty of oils and wax removers that can be applied… but, you can definitely prevent this all together by making sure your hair is covered.

If you’re brand new to the facility and want a more intense Microderm or Chemical Peel… you may as well not waste your trip.  This is afterall a training facility.  Meaning that for the most part if you’re new, they will treat you as such, just as if you were new to a Spa and wanted said treatment there.  When you are being trained there are a few steps to ensure the safety of your skin and getting into that habit early on is expected.  So if you are familiar with the treatments and even IF your skin is “good to go” don’t fight with the students or instructors.  Please understand they need to learn the “right way” always.  However, if you keep coming back, you will be able to have more intense procedures due to them having details regarding your skins behavior on record.

And always realize you ARE at a school.  Therefore, you might not have the “best” of everything… but, for the most part you will get a great overall experience and if you’ve never had something done before it’s a great place to start to see if you will be willing to try it out in the “real world”.

I live in the Vancouver, Washington/Portland, Oregon metro area, there are a few local schools:

Manning Academy of Cosmetology, Inc.
8078 E. Mill Plain Blvd.
Vancouver, Washington 98664

Paul Mitchel School of Beauty
8230 NE Siskiyou St.
Portland, Oregon 97220
Aesthetics Institute
2245 NE Powell Blvd.
Portland, Oregon 97202


**I am sure I could have missed someone’s school in my area, if you would like me to add one, or one in your area, let me know… I will do my best to accommodate your requests!** 

Light Therapy… (LED/light emitting diode)


Many ancient cultures practiced various forms of heliotherapy (The therapeutic use of sunlight), including people of the Ancient Greece, Ancient Egypt, and Ancient Rome.  The Inca, Assyrian and early German settlers also worshipped the sun as a health bringing deity.  Indian medical literature dating to 1500 BC describes a treatment combining herbs with natural sunlight to treat non-pigmented skin areas.  Buddhist literature from about 200 AD and 10th-century Chinese documents made similar references.
Faroese physician Niels Finsen is believed to be the father of modern phototherapy. He developed the first artificial light source for this purpose, and used his invention to treat lupus vulgaris (Tuberculosis of the skin, characterized by dark red patches). He received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1903.
Since then a large array of treatments have been developed from the use of controlled light. Though the popular consumer understanding of “light therapy” is associated with treating seasonal affective disorder and skin conditions like psoriasis, other applications include the application of low level laser, red light, near-infrared and ultraviolet lights for pain management, hair growth, skin treatments, and accelerated wound healing.



  • Increases the elemination of waste products
  • Improves the flow of blood and lymph
  • Has germicidal and antibacterial effect
  • Produces Vitamin D in the skin
  • Can be used to treat rickets, psoriasis, and acne


  • Heat and relaxes the skin
  • Dilates blood vessels and increases circulation 
  • Produces chemical changes
  • Increses metabolism
  • Increases production of perspiration and oil
  • Deep penetration relieves pain in sore muscles

White Light:

  • Relieves pain in the back of the neck and shoulders
  • Produces some chemical and germicidal effects
  • Relaxes muscles

Blue Light: 

  • Soothes nerves
  • Improves acne
  • Improves skin tone
  • Provides some chemical and germicidal effects
  • Used for mild cases of skin eruptions
  • Produces little heat

Red Light: 

  • Improves dry, scaly, wrinkled skin
  • Increases rate of collagen building
  • Relaxes muscles
  • Penetrates the deepest
  • Produces the most heat

LED or Light-Emitting Diode

Depending on the type of equipment, the LED can be blue, red, yellow or green.  LED in the blue has been shown to reduce ance, and red is good for increasing circulation and improving the collagen content in the skin.  Yellow light has been shown to reduce swelling and inflammation, and green light is good for hyperpigmented areas.

The LED works by releasing flashing light onto the skin to stimulate specific responses such as, with the blue light, killing bacteria that causes acne or with the red light, increasing circulation and stimulation of the skin.

As with all light therapies, it is important to make certain that you have made sure you do not have any of the contraindications that could prevent you from having this procedure performed.  Some of them are:

  • if you have light sensitivities (photosensitivities)
  • phototoxic reactions
  • taking antibiotics
  • has cancer
  • epilepsy
  • pregnant
  • if you are under a physicians care (please make certain your doctor approves this kind of procedure first)


About three percent of the population suffer from psoriasis, and UVB phototherapy has been shown to effectively treat the disease.

A feature of psoriasis is localized inflammation mediated by the immune system. Ultraviolet radiation is known to suppress the immune system and reduce inflammatory responses. Light therapy for skin conditions like psoriasis use UV-A (315–400 nm wavelength) or UV-B (280–315 nm wavelength) light waves. UV-A, combined with a drug taken orally, is known as PUVA treatment.

Acne vulgaris

Sunlight was long known to improve acne, and this is thought to be due to antibacterial and other effects of the ultraviolet spectrum which cannot be used as a long-term treatment due to the likelihood of skin damage.

It was found that some of the visible violet light present in sunlight (in the range 415–430 nm) activates a porphyrin (Coproporphyrin III) in Propionibacterium acnes which damages and ultimately kills the bacteria by releasing singlet oxygen. A total of 320 J/cm2 of light within this range renders the bacteria non-viable.  Dr. Yoram Harth et. al were the first that issued a patent on the use of UV free high intensity Blue light for the treatment of acne.

Other skin conditions

Phototherapy can be effective in the treatment of Eczema, Atopic Dermatitis, Polymorphous light eruption, Vitiligo, Lichen Planus and Mycosis Fungoides.

Wound healing

Some case studies have found low-level laser light to be possibly helpful as an adjuctive treatment in wound healing, although a review of the overall scientific literature does not support the use of low-level laser therapy for this purpose.

There is also results showing light therapy is assisting in the treatments of both Seasonal Effective Disorder as well as Non-Season Depression. 

Promising Research

Parkinson’s disease

Bright light therapy may ease Parkinson’s disease by reducing patients’ tremors.

Alzheimer’s disease

A qualitative study conducted on a 20-person cohort of women and published in 2011 suggested a positive impact of light therapy on overall cognitive function in Alzheimer’s disease patients, a preliminary finding requiring larger and quantitative studies to confirm.