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Truth IS…

Truth IS…

just a little from my personal blog. Thanks for reading! 🙂


Invest in great products for your hair!

Working in the beauty industry I get privy to many samples, intros, backgrounds and knowledge classes about MANY top of the line beauty products and see first hand how the work, feel in our hair, on our skin, and what it does overall to the look of said hair and skin.  I have come across a few products that I would like to share with my readers, products that I do personally use and have invested in, because that IS what we are doing… investing in our hair, skin, etc., it’s hard to pay $20+ for a skincare product or hair care product and find that we are not only disappointed but pissed at ourselves for even spending said cash… because if you’re like me, you live within a budget and that $20 you invested was a LOT of money for you.  In the end… our hair along with our face is what we show off to the rest of the world… and we want the best “foot” forward, we want to always look and appear our best and even though things can be expensive… I know if something works… we can justify paying a bit more for something that will do our looks justice, rather then leave us with a bad taste in our mouths for paying for said product only to find our friend that spent half or less even is getting similar results!

I am here to say that these products are indeed more expensive, however, I can also tell you after having a lot of time spent using said products they are not only worth the money invested, they will last a very long time, if you use them as they instruct.  Most expensive shampoos, and hair care products go further because they are more concentrated, a little bit goes a very long ways!

The two products I am sharing are called:

UNITE and USE ME hair care products.  There are products in both lines that in a pinch they are organic enough and gentle enough to even be used on the face and skin and actually work pretty good!  They do not promote themselves as such, but, I have spoken with the owner of Use Me and several reps for UNITE and you can safely use both for the skin.

Use Me: http://www.usemeproducts.com/

Use Me Hair Products

Use Me Media Sheet

I have had the pleasure of personally meeting Alanna York, owner of the Use Me product line, a really smart business woman with a great personality and product!

A very “Earth Friendly” organic line of hair products.  From shampoo & conditioner to hair styling products they have you covered.

Philosophy of the Use Me line: 

Refill, Reuse, Repeat is the concept behind Use Me! Products, an organic, sulfate-free, paraben-free, eco-friendly hair care brand. It is as straightforward as the name on the bottle; what you see is what you get.

Every product in the Use Me line is made with natural ingredients that give you unbeatable, realistic results. The fear of leaving the salon and not being able to reconstruct your stylist’s creation is all in the past, as Use Me clearly states how to use each product at home.

This unique line of products is made more Earth Friendly when you realize that when you purchase said product, you then bring back your bottles you purchased that housed the shampoos and conditioners and you will pay less and refill said bottles at the refill station at your local salon that you purchased the Use Me line from.

They are vegan, gluten-free, which makes them a great option if you have troubles finding a line that suites said needs!

UNITE:  http://www.uniteeurotherapy.com/product-knowledge


This company is a boutique, high end product, however, the product does work and is a company that is very high on the organic, without branding themselves as “organic” – they choose to be a hair care product first.

This line has a very famous “7 Second” hair conditioner, spray on product.  The first of it’s kind, that initially created the “craze” for the leave in spray conditioner that we’ve all (I can assume) have purchased and used from different lines… this particular product from Unite, is unique in the fact that it holds a very high UV protection for your hair, and not only for your hair, but, your skin.  This particular product as well as many other products within this line can be, in a pinch used on your skin… and will protect very well from the harsh UV rays.  From personal experience, burning your scalp can be one of the most painful experiences known.  The Spray in 7 Second conditioner, the “Beach Day” spray, and the natural Argon oil are 3 of the many products that are exceptionally great for the hair as well as the skin!

I have very fine, yet, thick hair, which creates somewhat a delima at moments when I am trying to get my hair to cooperate and look it’s best.  The Unite line has some great products I have found that really do what they claim to do and my hair is not only still looking it’s best, but, it’s not weighed down or appearing to look product laden.


If you are curious about any of the above products, the links I provided should assist you with finding a local salon/spa in your particular area that can assist you further with product details and knowledge.

If you are from another country Unite is in several countries and growing all the time, they are shopping both Eastern Europe and the Middle East.  So don’t give up and assume you can’t get these products! 🙂

If you are someone that is Vegan or dealing with any kind of Gluten issues, such as Celiac Disease (for example) both of these products are safe and friendly to your needs.

If you’re within the Vancouver/PDX metro area, you can find the Use Me products at “On the Fringe Hair Studio”  https://www.facebook.com/OnTheFringeHair

Side note: both the Unite and Use Me products were given out in the gift bags at the 2013 Golden Globes… if that’s your thing. 🙂

I must be crazy…

I must be crazy….

or perhaps a little insane? but… I am a good person.

My apologies for not doing much with my Esthetics of late… I have had some bumps in my path and I promise… you will see some new posts that have more to do with my professional side then my personal… but thank you for reading and being a fan of my Esthetics page nonetheless! 🙂

Catching up…

It’s been a while since I have sat down and been able to think about writing something in my professional blog… heck it’s been a month since I posted in my personal blog as well!  Things… have been crazy I suppose is a good adjective for what August was.  That’s probably not the greatest of reasons… but… maybe after I attempt to explain in my ramblings… you will accept my craziness as a decent excuse?

So… let’s see… towards the end of July (as you may have read in a previous post) I gained a new JOB #2!  I am still happily working away at On The Fringe hair studio and spa in Vancouver, Washington and I cannot say enough great things about my new Job #2!  It was definitely the best choice for me and I have no regrets with my decision with quitting my threading job at the mall for this position.  Life certainly throws you curve balls at moments when you aren’t quite sure if you should go left or right… if you should lead or stay in the crowd… you just truly have to follow that gut instinct and I did… and I am so pleased that I did!  Working at this salon has made my desire and passion for my career come back and a new light has awakened with me!  I am regretful that I allowed my job at the mall to darken my path even for a few moments let along months… before I finally was able to get away!

I am happily fitting in well with the staff and building a great clientele base.  I have serviced several of the stylists clients as well as many of my previous clients from the mall have slowly started to find me at my new location… in fact a few that either lost my contact details or they weren’t able to learn about my departure until after I was gone still managed to get my details after calling and bugging a few of the employees at the KIOSK until they finally broke and either got told exactly where to go to find me or they were given my contact details to reach me directly!  I must admit… it’s a nice feeling knowing I made that much of an impact on someone that they were willing to go that far to still want to keep using me!  It does make me feel important and special!  Definitely puts a little swagger in my step at moments! LOL!!

So my professional part of me is starting to get better… each and every day I am at that place and in Woodland at the local salon I am feeling more in touch with my career and happier… more the way it felt when I first started! It is amazing when someone or something can place such a horrible weight on your shoulders that you start to question why… I am glad I was able to get away from said job and moved onto something bigger, better and a place I can definitely expand my proverbial wings!

My new boss, Tina is amazing… she really seems real and has taken me under her wing and helped me build a good start to my clientele… her clients seem to really like my work and the threading has given me a nice niche in the Esthetics world… something she can brag about and talk up that isn’t available hardly anyplace else around!!

Things are great professionally…. personally… hahahaha… that’s another thing. 😦

I have learned much about myself in the past 4 months since a significant change occurred and I am learning why now I can truly appreciate said break… it wasn’t what I wanted or desired.  But, at the end of the day, I do understand and I hope he will always know my belief will never change.  I understand the rock and a hard place we were and are within… it’s not a fair position we were placed within… but… for now, we are being who we need to be and that is what is important… we have to take care of ourselves and just believe…. and know in our hearts what will pass shall pass and all good things aren’t necessarily ever over, they just change and get better… eventually…. or not? 😉 I just know without said persons support, wisdom and comfort and the big pushes made with me… I’m not quite sure I’d be where I am or believe what I sincerely do believe!  I am a product of my environment and what I have experienced, felt, touched, tasted and I am forever grateful for every single good, or bad thing that has came into my life… these things have helped to create the fantastic woman I am right now! And the even better woman I will develop into as the years come to pass.

Turning 40 was definitely something I am happy about… I wasn’t sure what to think and feel when that number approached me back in May, but, I can attest that I am happy being 40.  I am even happier that most don’t even think i appear 40… most seem to guess around 35 and that’s more then okay with me!  Anytime I appear younger is great!  Which means I am doing something right… I am happy with myself and loving me.

This summer… the summer of 2012 was a pivotal change for me… for my professional life as well as my personal life.  I have seen and experienced much in my 40 years…. and I am grateful for each experience.  Good or bad, liking them or not at the time… they have all molded me into ME.  That being said… I do not think personally or professionally I would be where I am right now if it weren’t for a few amazing people that helped me create the ME I am right now… and I want to thank them all…
You all are so incredibly important to me and my successes… when I have failed you have been there encouraging me and when I succeeded you were the people that I thought about first and wanted nothing more then to share my success with most of all.  There is one extremely special individual that I was not able to share this with… my successes that is… yet.  But, time seems to have a great way of showing me that anything is possible… and I think just as everything serves a time, place and need… I will have that day… until then, I am and forever remaining on my path of greatness I have set for myself and I will continue to challenge myself every single day to be the best I can be.  I want these people to always be proud of me and I want to always be held accountable for my successes and failures… I own then both…

So… as Fall seems to be approaching at warp speed… I can only hope that this new year I have in front of me will be full of the best, most amazing adventures, that I will continue to be challenged and come through for myself and continue on with my happiness.  I will never surrender and I will never give up on ANY of my dreams…

As I close this post… I am left to reflect on the date… 9.11.2012… 11 years since my perspective changed… I think being raised within a country that provides so much automatic freedoms we become lack-luster and maybe not appreciate everything we have available to and for us… 11 years ago that started to slowly change for me.  I started to do the “stop and smell the Roses” thing much more often… I started to realize what being vulnerable meant and could mean… fear had a different set of rules… but, with time, we all start to get back to a similar routine of our daily lives… and forget… I will never ever again forget how much I have to be grateful for… this past year reminds me of the important things I hold true to myself… I don’t need all the materialistic things to be happy… this I have learned… sure it’s incredibly nice to have such things… but… truly… it’s not necessary.

I live in a very small place, actually, many might claim it as being extremely meager… yet, I have experienced more in this place I call my home then I can ever begin to acknowledge.  The love, the emotions, passion and memories I have surrounding me… they will continue to inspire me and help me every single day of my journey.

I hope you all had time to breath today and smile… and just be.  There IS truly so much that surrounds us that never should ever be taken for granted.  Never walk by without taking that first glance… because that first glance may be all you ever get.

okay… sorry… I was getting deep… had to have my moment I suppose.

I am once again, very sorry for the delay and I hope you at least enjoyed my retrospective of my past month and my ramblings about all things ME.  LOL…

I have some great ideas floating around in my head about posts I plan to create very soon… and I promise they will be much sooner then a month from now! So hang in there and thank you for reading and I hope my blog has been useful for you… If you have any suggestions of people, places, ideas or anything Esthetically pleasing… please by all means let me know! I’d be happy to share it with my world!!!

Happy Tuesday Evening everyone! Peace out!

one of my favorite quotes

so very true…

I really love this song… Jason Mraz is one of my current favs… hope you enjoy! 🙂
seemed fitting…

Thanks Again for taking the time for reading!



Remembering… and being grateful.

I hope you will have time to read… I haven’t posted in a such a long time… and I am grateful for somethings and wanted to share them here on my professional blog as well… my apologies for not being around much in the past month plus… things… well things have been oddly good and emotionally all over the place for me… I suppose that it’s okay to be that way sometimes… and I admit I allowed myself to get carried away with said feelings a bit too much… but… I think for now, at least, I am regrouped and ready to see it through… I believe and know where my heart is.  🙂

I will be posting a professional blog very soon… I have too many ideas… and I start writing and then… UGH! I seem to have said ideas storming my brain at once and I fail and then need to regroup the head… yes… it’s an excuse I suppose… but… I promise… one is in the making… REALLY! 😉

So anyways… ENJOY! and thanks for reading ME!

Remembering… and being grateful..


Below is a link to my personal blog entry… I am happy with this entry… (not that I am not happy with my other entries… I just really think I keyed in on something that I needed to find within myself)
Thanks for taking time to read!
It’s always appreciated!:-)