FACIAL SAVVY

So you decided to book a facial but not sure which one to choose? Well let me reassure you, choosing a facial is not a test! Not knowing which facial will serve you best is exactly why estheticians like me share an entire industry to serve your individual needs.

Keep in mind that all facials will provide a deep clean, exfoliation and appropriate mask. Choosing a facial is simply asking yourself “What do I need the most right now?”. It’s the post-winter season in Detroit therefore many answers may look something like: “to make the dryness go away” or “to make my face look less red” or “make my face one even complexion” or "I need a quick pick-me-up"

Now with the end result in mind, browse the facial menu and listen to which service speaks to your present needs. On the day of your appointment we can go over your desired end result and I can customize any facial to your primary concern. 

Skip the guesswork and come ready to relax with my top five tips to improve your facial experience.

  1. Dress for success. Wear comfortable layers that can be removed leaving your arms, shoulders and decollaté completely bare.

  2. Snap a picture of your skin care products. Let your esthetician know what your routine looks like so s/he gets a fuller picture of your skin profile than just looking.

  3. Arrive 15 minutes early. Room for margin is always a good idea. The last thing you want is to be rushing to your spa appointment with nowhere to park and no idea where the restrooms are located. 

  4. Snooze your smartphone. Do not disturb is a wonderful feature that will only allow important calls to come through. Furthermore, let your people know you'll be unavailable for one hour. So go ahead and take your smartwatch off. Silence is golden.

  5. Detach. Now that you have nowhere to be and your tribe knows you are getting pampered, allow your mind to clear of your worries for the moment. It's a great time to practice mediation or just focusing on your breath. 

The Day I Un-friended Kermit the Frog

By Andy

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Client: I’m so tired. I should wash my face before I go to sleep.

Evil client: Wash it in the morning. It’s not like your face is getting any dirtier while you’re sleeping.

 

Me: My face has been so clear! I really shouldn’t drink at my friend’s birthday party.

Evil Client: She just got fired from her job.

Me: BARTENDER!

 

Client: Damn my underarms need to be waxed. DAMN Andy is booked today!!

Evil client: Shave it just this once.

Me 48hrs later: FML.

 

Andy: Can’t believe she shaved right before her wax appointment. How am i supposed to--

Evil Andy: Vengeance is mine said the tweezer.

 

Beauty Of Style Recap!!

Sending a Warm Thank You to You!

We would like to send out a warm thank you to everyone who came out and showed out at Beauty of Style!
 
We had a blast and more importantly we enjoyed you! Take a look at the few shots we were able to grab from the event!

Photo Credit: Shante` Fagans

THROW IT IN THE BAG

By Andy

All this talk about fitness and facials has brought up some trending topics like: What kind of skincare products should I put in my gym bag? Well the main focus is to keep the skin properly ventilated,  prevent odor, and shower without losing moisture. There are so many fun and easy ways to keep a healthy glow instead of a melted mess across your face. After all, you might meet someone at the gym! How many times have you ran into a “potential” or even better--a former “situashionship” mid-workout at these social clubs we call gyms?  A healthy fresh glow is EXACTLY what we would like to be wearing while shaking hands with our past or possible future.

 

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Today’s market for training apparel has skyrocketed in every retail store from Meijer to Lululemon. One key feature to look for is cool-wick technology. The ability to allow the dampness of sweat to dry during your workout will aid in staying fresh WHILE you train instead of transforming into a breeding ground for bacteria. Bacteria is exactly what causes odor--not sweat.

 

Also, I have found natural deodorants that contain baking soda are perfect for swiping along all skin-creases (not just your underarms). My only disclaimer is that baking soda used under the arms daily will cause hyperpigmentation in most cases for ethnic skin. Yikes! The baking soda is just too strong for everyday use (I will spare you my collection of pictures from case studies). However, between the thighs and/or bikini-line could benefit from a thin layer to prevent odor causing bacteria and reduce cystic acne.

 

Skip the impulse to carry full sized anything to the gym unless you are leaving it in a locker overnights. Travel size bottles of your personal care products are a must when packing your gym bag. If you can’t buy the travel size version, make your own! Empty 4 ounce bottles are sold at big box retailers like Target in the aisle where travel size toiletries are sold. Just fill your with your prefered cleanser, toner, and moisturizer. Before you leave the aisle, throw a small cornstarch body powder and facial towelettes in your basket as well. Thank me later.

 

Lastly, I recommend packing a moisturizing body bar. No packaging. No spillage. No brainer. Rub the bar directly on your post-shower skin and store in the cool reusable tin (Baby Belly Bar, Peacock Room Detroit).  Look at you...saving a tree or two. Now zip up your bag and get your fine self back to work feeling like a million bucks.

 

 

 

 

Fitness & Facials Recap!!

The highlight was the post-workout conversations about what challenges we face with our fitness goals and how DIET is the hardest part to get under control. Friends were educated on their individual skin-care needs after receiving a 10 minute steam facial massage. Powered-up with tips and motivation to have a successful week! 

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