Cool as a Cucumber Spa Party Recap

I had an AMAZING time at the Cool as a Cucumber Spa Party with the lovely Lauren of http://www.gyc-girlyoucrazy.comand the Hostess with the mostest Gia Marie of http://beautytalklive.com!!! We talked beauty and shared some of our can’t live without products. I would share them with you but that would spoil the fun (giggles) you have to watch the video to see what brand made the cut!!! As if that wasn’t enough…Gia turned into a game show host and put Lauren and I on the spot with a this or that beauty game; talk about pressure…whew, who knew that it would be so hard to choose a mani or pedi??? You would have thought that I was in the lightening round of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire with the winning question and I had to phone a friend…LOL.

Just in case you missed it, with no further ado…here is the video for your viewing pleasure!!! Enjoy…MUAH

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You Are Invited to the Cool as a Cucumber Spa Party

Join me tonight for Gia’s Cool as a Cucumber Spa Party!!! This is where all the cool beauty girls hangout on Google+ every Thursday!!! Tonight we will be spilling our Beauty Confessions as well as our favorite go to beauty product that we can’t live without. This show is going to be every beauty junkie’s dream!!! So get ready, set and go to beautytalklive.com for all the details as well as get the recipes for a cooling cucumber mask, a cooling spa water drink and some other benefits on how cucumbers can help you!!! And rumor has it that there may be a giveaway for those who tweet using the hashtag #beautytalklive. So come beat the heat with the Cool as a Cucumber Spa Party!!! See you later tonight…MUAH
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My Guest Post on Rachel O. Beauty: My Summer Lovin’ Facial Cleanser

Today I am going to do something a little different I am going to give you the final grade first and then tell you how and why I came up with this rating (warning…spoiler alert). GIGGLES

As you can see in the title, the Checks and Balances Cleanser by Origins is one of my faves so I give this cleanser… click the link to continue to reading…

http://www.rachelobeauty.com/my-summer-lovin-facial-cleanser/

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A Beauty Book Review – Jump Start Your Esthetics Career

Disclaimer: I have been compensated to review Jump Start Your Esthetics Career – A Guide For Newly Licensed Estheticians. The compensation that I have received has in not influenced the review or final grade in any way.
As you know I am the Siskel & Ebert of all things beauty!!! That means I review and rate anything that is related to beauty. So when I was approached by Grace Riley Esthetics to review her book: Jump Start Your Esthetics Career – A Guide For Newly Licensed Estheticians, it was a no brainer for me.
Grace Riley not only teaches esthetics but she also wrote a book to successfully navigate new graduates step by step through the start of their career. The book allows the new graduate to outline a clear career path as well as any licensed esthetician who is looking to change directions from owning their own business, working for a company or renting a booth to interviewing, advertising, work place issues and setting yourself apart.
Here is what I liked: Grace Riley emphasizes the importance of achieving client loyalty and the best way to make it happen. She addresses many questions that a new graduate may not know to ask or are afraid to ask starting from the beginning of the interview process to addressing why you should have liability insurance. This is an easy to understand, user-friendly guide with lots of great information. The best thing about the book is that some of the information can be translated to new professionals starting out or over in several different industries, not just esthetics. Believe it or not, I even learned a few things that I can apply to my blogging career in the advertising chapter.
So now that you know what I liked, let’s talk about what I did not like: There are a few times where I felt like she could have expanded on a chapter or two, for example: chapter 2 finding a job, I would have liked to have read more on what to do after the interview and follow-up but that could be the recruiter in me from my past life…LOL.
Overall, Jump Start Your Esthetics Career – A Guide For Newly Licensed Estheticians by Grace Riley is a great, easy to understand straightforward guide. My final grade for the book is 4.5 out of 5 smooches…MUAH!!! If you are interested in starting a career in the beauty industry or if you are a recent beauty grad, this is a must read!!! You can purchase the digital book on amazon.com for $6.99. Happy Reading!!!

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My 1st Live interview on Beauty Talk Live

 

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Google+ Spa Party Tonight!!!

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The Makeup Show + Chicago = A Match Made in Beauty Heaven

OMG!!! I am so excited for this weekend!!! The Makeup Show is coming to Chicago and I will be there to see some new and exciting products from various brands such as Makeup Forever, Crown Brush, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, Stila and Nars just to name a few…FTW!!!
Just in case you are wondering who and what is The Makeup Show, let me open your eyes to a whole new world. It is an event that is owned and produced by Metropolitan Events & Production. This event travels around NYC, Chicago, LA, Orlando and Europe to bring over 75 makeup brands (ooh, I so excited), Celebrity Makeup Artist and educational workshops to professionals in the beauty industry (products, and artist and workshops…on my (in my Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz voice)…LOL).
If you are in the industry or have interest in being in the industry…this is absolutely most definitely the place to be!!! The event will take place June 9th from 9 AM – 6 PM and 10th from 9 AM – 5 PM at the Bridgeport Art Center 1200 W. 35th Street in Chicago.
Tickets are on sale now for $45 for 1 day and $60 for both days at themakeupshow.combut you better hurry because after June 6th, at 8 PM the tickets will only be available at the door for $55 for 1 day and $70 for both. So get your credit cards ready and get reserve your ticket ASAP because this is an event you don’t want to miss!!! However, if you can’t make it…don’t worry because I will be tweeting so be sure to follow me on twitter @abeautyscarlet and I will also post a recap next week on beautyschoolscarlet.com. Hope to see you there…MUAH!!!

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Skin for Life: The Importance of a Good Skin Care Regimen

Guest Post By: Grace Riley
When you ask most people what their skin care regimen is they tend to list all of the things that make most estheticians squirm. Many use drying bar soaps; some use over-the-counter creams; some don’t wash their skin on a regular basis; others use hot water directly on their face; many don’t use sun block; and a brave few admit that they don’t get bi-annual skin cancer screenings. All of these combined factors will lead to dull, lifeless, and haggard-looking skin, not to mention the risk of skin cancer.

We live in a world that demands quick fixes, and this is true in the skin care industry as well, people will spend years destroying their skin and then demand a doctor or esthetician fix it in five minutes. While we’ve come very far in terms of cosmetic skin care, it is far better to take a preventative skin care approach instead of the destroying and fixing it later method. Sure, there are many medical procedures that can fix skin issues, but why not save the money and the pain that goes along with medical procedures by using good preventative care? Here are my rules for great, healthy skin for life:

(1) Cleanse 2x’s daily with high quality, professional cleanser (my favorites: Bioelements, Eminence, & Image Skin)

(2) Exfoliate twice weekly (love Dermalogica’s Rice Exfoliant & Eminence Pumpkin Enzyme Peel)

(3) Steam a couple times a week and remove blackheads

(4) Use high quality masks for various conditions (clay for oil/acne—aloe or pineapple for sensitive—creamy/milk based for dry)

(5) Get regular facials-at least once a month.

(6) Use some type of Vitamin C on the skin—it helps with numerous conditions, but it also gives the skin a nice glow & taking Fish oil supplements is another good one for glow.

(7) Aging Skin-Use Prescription Retin-A—nothing beats it—it is the ultimate exfoliation and it combats both acne and fine lines. Over-the-counter Retinols are good, but not nearly as effective as the script Retin-A.

(8) Bleaching Cream (I’ve found Obagi to be the most effective)-to combat dark pigmentation patches or freckles, and to smooth out the skin.

(9) SUNBLOCK IS AN ABSOLUTE MUST & Get bi-annual or annual skin cancer screenings.

(10) Preventative Botox-I know this sounds absurd, but if there is minimal damage or fine lines, it is actually better to get Botox at that point to help freeze the muscles so they don’t develop into deeper lines later. Of course, Botox is a personal choice and I am not advocating it, but instead bringing the information to readers that I was given by a dermatologist.

Article’s Author: Grace Riley is the founder of Grace Riley Esthetics and author of Jump Start Your Esthetics Career: A Guide For Newly Licensed Estheticians. She is a licensed and oncology certified esthetician, and has a background in human resources. Her combined education and experience gives her the unique opportunity to dedicate much of her work to helping esthetics students and recent graduates across the globe find their way through the spa industry.

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Wednesday Morning Beauty Quote

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Does 1+1=2??? A Double Duty Cleanser Put to the Test

Hey Beauty Scholars!!! Here is my Report Card Review as a guest post on Rachel O. Beauty. Click the link to see the final grade on if the Clarins 2 in 1 cleanser is really worth it!!!

http://www.rachelobeauty.com/clarins-2-in-1-cleanser/

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