Glow Therapy: Candid Conversations With A Skin Specialist

So I’m having an event in NYC! Think of it as a TEDtalk for all things beauty and wellness related. I’ll be breaking down the functions of the skin, how you can get the most out of your seasonal skin care routines & much more. You’ll also have the opportunity to ask me any questions you might have about beauty (even professional questions). The best part is you will receive a free skin consultation from me as well! I hope to see all your beautiful faces there ❤ I’m so excited to meet you!

Here’s the link!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/glow-therapy-candid-conversations-with-a-skin-specialist-tickets-42162783019

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Last Call for Alcohol!

In honor of the new year, let’s chat about alcohol. Not the kind that will have most of you tipsy come the stroke of midnight, but the kind that is found in our cosmetics. Any sensible esthetician or beauty professional would advise you to stay away from products that contain “bad alcohol”, but upon reading your product ingredients, you’ll see that many of them contain an alcohol of some kind. How do you know what to avoid? I made a chart (but we will get to that later).

Alcohols are part of a group of organic compounds. They can be at higher and lower molecular weights. Higher molecular weights mean they are heavier in texture and work to hydrate/protect the skin. In other words, we like high molecular weight alcohols! The lower molecular weight alcohols are the ones that are more watery in substance. They dry the skin out and can sometimes create chain reactions of damage in the skin.

Check the ingredients of your fav products to see if they contain any bad alcohols. Sometimes you may notice a small amount of low molecular alcohols in your retinol or vitamin C products. They are there to help disrupt the top layer of the skin to allow the vitamin A (retinol) and C to absorb into the skin more effectively. This means if the bad alcohol is (very) low on the ingredient list, it may not exactly be harmful to you. Just use the product sparingly!

Good Alcohols

(high molecular weight)

Bad Alcohols

(low molecular weight)

Caprylic

Cetearyl

Cetyl

Decyl

Isostearyl

Lauryl

Myristyl

Oleyl

Stearyl

Ethanol

Ethyl

Denatured alcohol

Methanol

Isopropyl

SDA

Benzyl

Happy New Year to you! Always remember to Glow Responsibly! 🙂

Coming Soon: Mask Mondays!

You know what pisses me off? Seeing tutorials and skin care vids of women with beat faces sparingly applying mask products to their face. As if they are completely unaware that the skin around their brows, mouth and eyes also needs to be tended to. After providing these women with one too many views, I have decided that I will begin a weekly Periscope broadcast featuring myself and some of my fav masks and other products. Those tuning in will be able to ask me health, beauty and wellness questions. So you’ve got a week to download the app and follow. Can’t wait to see you there!

Not into livestreams and such? No problem! I’ll bring the best questions, suggestions and ideas here for your consumption.

The Good Brow

Everyone has that one eyebrow that never lets them down… the one that doesn’t misbehave and let’s you fill it in perfectly (even on the days when you’re running late for work). Well this is an appreciation piece for that good brow. Let us take a moment to identify areas in which our not so good brow can learn and grow from the example that her sister (not her twin) sets. Let us learn to love and appreciate them as the individuals they are. Understanding that we must do our best to allow them to be themselves and not shape them into arches they are not meant for. This is not only unflattering to them, but also to the pallet that is the face. But in all seriousness-shout outs to the good brow! 

Here are a few tips for you to create the brows of your dreams:

1. Find the appropriate color and medium for the brow you want. For example, those who want a natural look should use a brow pencil as opposed to a powder or pomade. It creates subtle strokes that look like hairs as opposed to a harsh line. For more bold, dramatic brows, you should use a pomade to outline and the desired shape and a powder to fill it in. Some of my go to brow products are the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Pomade and Duo Brush #12. The angular brush helps me to create any shape I desire (bold or natural). Also, I could probably never do without my European Wax Center “Sucha Tweeze” Slant Tweezers. The quality and shape of the tweezers allow a more precise and effective grip. 

2.The most common thing I hear from my clients is their desire to grow out their brows. The best advice I can give for this is leave them alone! This means you’ll go through an ugly duckling phase when you have sparse little hairs that won’t look as polished as you’re used to. That’s part of the growing process you have to live with. Also, try to avoid putting heavy oils that you heard will help grow your brows back. They usually just create congestion and ingrowns in the brow area.

3.If you want good brows, see a professional. Every woman has an eyebrow horror story. Whether it was themselves or another (unqualified) individual who messed them up, it could’ve been prevented by simply booong an appointment with someone who can give you a proper consultation about the state of your brows and where you’d like to go with them. 

Nip, Tuck, or Suck

In the past few years, like many of its patrons, the plastic surgery industry has reinvented itself. It has gone from an industry of mystery and luxury to an industry of accessibility and popularity. Surgeons are being praised in everything from rap lyrics to Vogue magazines. It is no longer a business for the rich and famous but also for every day women who are willing to save for a few months or simply take out a personal loan. Some doctors offices even offer the option of credit! Anyone with three thousand dollars and a plane ticket can travel to the Dominican Republic and came back a whole new person.

This is a topic that I always find myself discussing with my peers in the beauty industry and with my clients (many of them have gone under the knife). I stand firm in my decision that I would never take part in it. I prefer to spend my money on things that help my inner growth as opposed to things that jiggle. I am not against the act of getting surgery, however I am against the trend of getting surgery. I am also mindful of how harmful the aesthetic that is being chased can be. 

It’s like when I get a client who has pencil thin brows because she spent most of the 90’s tweezing them at home. She comes in and asks me for brows like Cara Delevingne. I gently explain to her that Cara’s brows are full and lucious and made for Cara’s face, not hers. Usually after that we work to find the brow shape that compliments her face, eye shape, etc. 

Too many women are making their decision to go under the knife based upon the new, trendy body shape. In most cases, that silhouette is usually something found in the Kardashian family tree. I think it’s important you consider your own reasons for wanting the surgery, find what works for your frame, and choose according to your body type. Also, treat it as you would treat getting a tattoo and remember: good ones aren’t cheap and cheap ones aren’t good! 

Cover Girls & Beautiful Boys

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Recently, COVERGIRL, the international beauty brand has hired its very first male beauty ambassador, 17 year old James Charles. He is now in the ranks of celebrities such as Zendaya, Janelle Monae, and Katy Perry. Many people are rejoicing at the fact that the brand is embracing unconventional gender roles and striving towards inclusion for all. Some are outraged at the fact that they are encouraging young boys to wear makeup and prance around. I personally love prancing boys in makeup but that’s neither here nor there. I am not astounded by the fact that he is a male or wears makeup. I am, however, astounded by the fact that he has been doing makeup for only a year, quickly gained notoriety for his looks which range from space age to demure, and gained a job that most professional makeup artists would give their left arm for (or whichever arm they don’t use to apply makeup). With over 50,000 subscribers on his Youtube channel and over half a million followers on Instagram, he is taking the internet beauty world by storm. This is more than a janky lip gloss line (no shade). He is making moves. Whoever is on his team is doing great work!

I say this to say that everything is a resource! Every social media outlet and every interaction you make professionally (and sometimes personally) can be used to put yourself out there. Do not get me wrong… this is not a dreams can come true post. This is a work your ass off to perfect your craft and then go put that work out there post. Do not be remiss in your duty to harness your talents and share them. Surround yourself with people who support your goals and maybe even let you experiment on them. Focus on progress. Focus on a solid business plan to grow your brand because dreams without numbers to back them rarely ever come to fruition. Focus on being the best version of yourself you can be.

If you cannot find the resource, then create the resource.