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GREETINGS!!

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
360-281-8883

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: http://www.beautybytaralee.com

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:

  • THREADING
  • BROW & LASH TINTING
  • FULL BODY WAXING SERVICES
  • BACK TREATMENTS
  • MINI FACIALS (30 MIN)
  • REGULAR FACIALS
  • MICRODERMABRASIONS

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

a better experience!


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Big changes are happening with my business in my local area… Recently I severed ties with the local salon I was working within for past 2 years and 9 months.  I appreciate the opportunity I had with connecting with great people of which became wonderful clients.  I feel lucky to have been able to start my profession as an Esthetician getting my feet wet and learning about this particular industry in the “real world”.

I have chosen to look at this departure as a growing experience, and I am excited about what lies ahead for me!  I plan to still provide my services to my local clientele at either the location I will still be practicing at in Vancouver (On the Fringe Hair Studio), on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, but, I am now going to start offering services within my clients home.  I hope this will create a comfortable atmosphere for my clients and show a greater amount of personal service that I would like to provide to each person that schedules any kind of service with me.

I will currently be offering in home services, where I will come to your home 2 days a week.  Thursdays and Fridays.  I will offer any kind of service, however, I will still be attempting to be as flexible as I possibly can be for each of my clients, but, as travel and setting up can take up some time, I will work with each person to make sure they are getting the best customer service possible with me.

I definitely encourage you to have others come too!  Invite your friends or family and make it a nice afternoon of getting waxed, threaded and pampered!  I will just need to know what everyone would like to have done ahead of time, so I can be sure to have enough supplies and time allotted for everyone to have the best experience possible.

I hope by providing this kind of personal service it will give my clients a comfort level that they may have been missing by coming into the salon.  You can relax, have a snack, drink a glass of wine and be pampered!

Future service possibilities may include make up services and spray tanning for the individual or parties too!

I hope to gain interest and more clients by offering this type of opportunity for being mobile and coming to you.

If you are interested, know someone that could or would benefit from this kind of personal service or if you simply have questions, please do not hesitate to call, text, email or message me!  I am happy to help you with your interest or questions!

I currently stand by my menu prices I currently offer, as time goes, it will be something I will have to visit and figure out, but, for now, I am very competitive and am still offering cash, check or even credit (Visa/MC) as long as I have a WiFi connection or cell service! 🙂

I am excited and looking forward to this new adventure!

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What is Dermaplaning?



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How is Dermaplaning performed? 
It is safely performed by using a #10 blade (yes, a sterile surgical blade).  The blade is held against the skin at a 45 degree angle and stroked along the skin, just like shaving.  However, the practitioner is doing the stroking while holding the area of skin taut. 

This treatment, when professionally trained/performed, is extremely safe.  There is no more risk to the skin than when a man shaves his face.  As long as the practitioner has adequate training, the treatment should be very easy and quick.

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Dermaplaning is performed only on the facial areas only.
With exceptions to the nostrils, eyelids, neck and chest areas.

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This procedure is similar to microdermabrasions or chemical peels; during said procedure there is typically 2-3 weeks worth of dead skin cells removed and you can safely have this procedure repeated every 3-4 weeks, it is recommended to wait this long between services to allow the skin to complete its normal skin cycle of approximately 30 days.

Dermaplaning can also be performed in conjunction with a chemical peel.  It is recommended using a Non-Traumatic Chirally-Correct peels (each ingredient contains only those molecules that will produce positive side effects to the skin).  They are made without harsh chemicals that might induce a burn effect on the skin.  Being loaded with antioxidants and nutrients as well as chirally-correct acids, such as L-lactic, L-malic and L-tartaric.

Still with the above precautions you still may still see some superficial peeling after a chemical peel and dermaplaning service. If you are seeing skin peeling after a regular dermaplaning procedure without the act of a chemical peel, the procedure may be too soon for your skins normal cycle to be complete.  Take note when you are having it done and try to lesson the procedures so you are lessening the skin peeling process that could occur.  This will not help with the health of your skin if you are not allowing your skins normal cycle to be completed.

The idea is to not over-exfoliate the skin.  We are just assisting with your skin’s natural exfoliation process.

Skin types/conditions that can be benefited or treated by this procedure:
Nearly all skin types can truly benefit from dermaplaning, however, it is not recommended that this treatment be used for those suffering from severe acne and an over production of the sebaceous gland (microscopic glands in the skin that secrete an oily/waxy matter, called sebum).  The oils from the sebaceous glad need to travel up and connect with the vellus hair (short, fine, light-colored, and barely noticeable hair that develops on most of a person’s body from his/her childhood. Typically referred to as “Peach Fuzz”).  If the hair is removed, then the oils tend to stay below where they are prone to mix with bacterial colonies, ultimately stimulating more acne.

This procedure is often a great alternative to someone that cannot have a chemical peel or microdermabrasion procedure due to contraindications that will prevent them from having said services.  Someone pregnant for example, would benefit from this process if they were concerned with the skin texture or were routinely having peels or dermabrasion services.

The only Contraindications to dermaplaning include an allergy to nickel, numerous raised lesions on the skin and inflamed acne.

Procedures for having Dermaplaning:

  • You should be explained the procedure and informed that although unlikely, there is a chance that you could obtain a superficial scrape or nick to the skin.
  • You should sign a consent form that states possibilities of complications.
  • Your skin should be cleaned thoroughly, using a cleanser with mild keratolytic properties, (such as beta or apha hydroxy acids) this will help loosen dead skin and allow for a deeper exfoliation with the scalpel.
  • The scalpel being used should have a #10 blade in the handle.  Blade may need changed during the process due to dulling that will occur.
  • Your skin should be completely dry.  If the skin has any moisture on it at all, there is an increased chance of nicking the skin, and the treatment will not be as effective.
  • Because the scalpel is being used on your skin, it is very important that you, the client remain still during the procedure.
  • The blade will be scraped across your skin at an approx. 45 degree angle.  The abrading of the surface with precise movements in the opposite direction of the hair growth, there is a pattern that should develop, such as starting at one side of the face and finishing at the other, to ensure that all of the areas are covered properly.
  • After the entire face has been treated, a hydrating moisturizer and sunscreen should be applied to the skin to finish the procedure.
  • If another peeling process will be used (such as a chemical peel), it is important that extra precautions are taken.  The peel will penetrate more deeply after the removal of the superficial layers of skin.

There is no downtime typically associated with this procedure.  You should be educated about the importance of using sunscreen (EVEN during the winter months) to reduce the chance of hyperpigmentation (darkening of an area of skin or nails caused by increased melanin).

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Below video is a little bit silly, the commentator is a regular person, he is going for his first dermaplaning and has a very basic detailed process showed before and during and the after effects.  I chose this one because he did make me laugh, some of the videos… they get a wee bit too serious! (hope you enjoy!)

 

The below video is a bit more serious, it has a good amount of details without a LOT of medical jargon.  I wanted to find videos that are “client” perspective and client friendly… I hope these gave you some great detail!

 

Special thanks to two web sites that assisted me with details on my above blog:

http://www.skininc.com/treatments/medicalesthetics/129825918.html
Skin Inc.
Dermaplaning for Skin Rejuvenation
by Edie Pastis

http://www.pureskinjunkie.com/id17.html
Pure Skin Solutions

Thank you for being patient with me and reading my blog.
your patronage and use is always my greatest joy with regards to this blog… thanks for stopping by and reading!

 

How To Make Your Own Kiwi Cleanser


Remember IF you try this… please let me know! Always curious how it turns out for you!! 🙂

How To Make Your Own Kiwi Cleanser.

Helpful tips… Things I have come across


Often times we come across fun, fast and easy tips for skincare, make-up application or any other beauty treatment that might make our lives easier… but… as goes with life… we forget until it’s too late… this post is a few of those tips I have come across via the web, friends and myself that I thought were worth sharing, and IF you choose to try any of them… PLEASE let me know what you think… please give reviews!! I am curious and I know being only one person, it takes me longer to try out all these things! 🙂 Thanks ahead of time!

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Photo: Here's a fun sugar tip from the Mother Nature Network: Sprinkle a bit of sugar atop freshly applied lipstick, let it sit, then lick it off. This works to set the lipstick and will extend the application.

Here’s a fun sugar tip from the Mother Nature Network:
Sprinkle a bit of sugar atop freshly applied lipstick, let it sit, then lick it off. This works to set the lipstick and will extend the application.

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Soften your pout

Soften your pout:
Give your lips a smooth makeover by first coating them
with petroleum jelly, then cover mouth with plastic wrap. After 5 minutes, remove wrap and lightly scrub your lips with a soft toothbrush.

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Before you toss that old tube of mascara, save the wand.
Wash it off and use it to separate and de-clump your lashes.

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Remove makeup easy

When you run out of your favorite eye make-up remover,
Vaseline can be used in a pinch and it’s safe and
easy to remove even the toughest eye make-up!

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Condition while soaking up the sun

Condition while you are soaking up some Vitamin D!
Massage a deep conditioner into your hair while you’re at the beach.
The sun’s heat allows the treatment to better penetrate your locks.

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Once a week, use a natural honey face mask for softer skin and cleansed pores.
Honey is a natural anti-bacterial and the best type to use is a raw honey, which usually has a sugary texture and doesn’t drip like processed honey.

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For shiny hair, mix one egg with a mashed up banana and
apply it as a thick paste to your hair. Leave it on for 10-30 minutes, depending on your hair texture. Then, wash it out as usual and use conditioner only at the ends.

Washing your hair with boiled rice water is also a great alternative for shiny hair.
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Use a mixture of pure olive oil with 1/2 parts sea salt as an in-shower body scrub.
This combo completely eliminates the need for lotion and is great for winter weather.

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Photo: Mangoes help you look and feel good. They contain 100% of the daily amount of vitamin C your body requires, boosting your immune system and collagen production, and leaving skin looking younger and healthier. Thanks NewBeauty for today’s tip!

Mangoes help you look and feel good.
They contain 100% of the daily amount of vitamin C your body requires,
boosting your immune system and collagen production,
and leaving skin looking younger and healthier.

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If you assume a crusty cut at the corner of your mouth is chapped lips, don’t.
It could be perlèche, a fungal infection. Dab on an antibiotic ointment like Neosporin.

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This is something I wasn’t aware of… maybe it’s been out for a while?! 
I think it would be a real positive tool in our foot regime…
specially when we buy those CUTE

and very new summer sandals that might tend to rub too much on the heel, ankle or toes, before said sandals are broken in… I think I WILL have to pick some of this up for myself!

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If you have any tips, for your skin, hair, make-up anything to do with Esthetics and beauty… PLEASE share! I would love to have them available for anyone that might have or need some advice one day! 

Thanks for reading… hope you have enjoyed some of the tips I provided!!!

I am officially LIVE!!!


I am now officially LIVE on the Plum District…

I have options for packages for threading as well as a great deal for a Back Facial Treatment… add some amazing TLC to your beauty regime…

OR if you just want to see what all the fuss is about… please feel free to check it out! and wish me luck! I am hopeful and need good thoughts my way!!!

LINK TO MY COUPON:

http://www.plumdistrict.com/moms/discount/portland-northwest/beauty-and-fashion-deals/jamie-s-esthetics-35-75-for-five-threading-services-or-a-back-facial-up-to-a-97-v-dIhhFB?utm_campaign=PDP+Widget+%28offer+-+white%29&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=Friendbuy&utm_content=facebook

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Here’s to living an amazing Happy Life!!