On a never ending search for the most practical, economical, and of course the best skin care and make-up products.
She wax it all off.
I recently began a job as a “Waxing Specialist” at a European Wax Center location in Dallas, and it’s already been an adventure. I’ve heard way too many horror stories about people who have gotten bad waxes before, and had been afraid to get waxed for a long time after that. So if any of you out there are who are skeptical about waxing, I have a few tips for you on what to look out for when getting waxed!
- To get the best wax, go somewhere that specializes in waxing! I just want to hit people when they say they went to a strip mall nail salon to get a Brazilian. Really? Waxers at places like EWC and Pretty Kitty do anywhere from 5-10 bikini waxes (in addition to other body parts) a day, whereas a nail technician might do a few a week. I would definitely only trust my lady parts to someone who specializes in waxing them, and not someone who would rather do your nails.
- YOU SHOULD NEVER GET BURNED. If you’re getting a wax, especially on the face or bikini area, and you feel like you’re getting burned…. that’s because you’re getting burned. Wax that is too hot is a sign that you’re waxer is inexperienced, and the whole waxing process is going to be unnecessarily painful. Hot wax can not only burn your skin, but it can also melt into your skin, making it easier for the waxer to actually rip patches of your skin off. So, if your waxer lays down one strip of too hot wax, let them get it off, hop off the table, and leave.
- If you see your waxer dip the same stick into the wax pot more than once, get up and leave. And report them to the Health Department. If they’re putting wax all up on your lady parts, then putting the stick back into the same wax…. that means all kinds of lady part nastiness is infiltrating the wax. And you’re probably not the only person they have waxed or will wax with that same wax pot. Disgusting. Watch them to be sure every stick is thrown away after one use.
- There’s no reason you can’t get a perfect Brazilian in 15 minutes or less. When you’re booking an appointment, ask how long it will take. If they say 45 minutes (like many places do) that’s another reason to turn around and walk out.
I hope I didn’t scare anybody with the possibilities of what can happen if you get a bad wax, but these are all extremely important things to look out for!
asked you: Hi! I just wanted to say congratulations! You finally got your license!!!! I want to become an esthetician and I’m so thankful to have found you. After everything you’ve gone through, what would you recommend for someone who wants to attend esthetics school in regards to preparation?
Thank you so much! I’m excited to finally get to working. Esthetics school is a big commitment, even though it’s only 6 months (depending on the state you live in). If I were you, I would definitely tour EVERY school that offers Esthetology, and choose the one that you think is the most professional, friendly, clean, and seems the most like a “real” spa. Do not just go somewhere because that’s where everyone you know goes, but pick out the place that is going to really impress future employers EVEN if it means driving a bit farther than you want to every day. Next, figure out how your work and school schedules are going to correlate. If you have to find a new job for whatever reason, do it before you start school, because if you go to a good school, you will probably feel overwhelmed the first few weeks and you won’t want to deal with finding a job/figuring out your schedule.
Before you start school as well, you really need to aquire some studying and sales skills. Studying at home is going to be crucial for your almost daily tests at school as well as for the state exam. SALES are important becasue the more treatments you upgrade, and the more product you sell, the more likely it is that you’ll be hired at the best spas in your area. Skills aside, sales are the biggest thing employers look for.
I hope this helps! Feel free to ask any more questions! Good luck:)
White and purple, my favorites!
Anyone in Dallas want to get waxed for free?
As part of my training at European Wax Center, I need some people to book waxing services with me from Sunday to next Wednesday. You can get as many services as you want, anywhere on your body, for free. It’s the Old Town location on the corner of Greenville and Lovers. Ask to book your free services with me, Marissa.
Don’t worry, I’m state licensed to rip out your hair. This training is basically so they can gauge my timing and efficiency!
Finally after 11 months, almost $12,000 and an immeasurable amount of stress… I got my license in the mail.
How to wear complexion make-up
I often have people complain to me that their foundation never looks right; it’s too cakey, it gets greasy etc. Well, the problem most likely is that you’re not wearing it the best way. Not everyone is meant to wear liquid foundation like most people automatically gravitate to. Here I’m going to give you a few tips on how to keep your foundation looking fresh and natural until you’re ready to take it off.
First step is to moisturize! Everyone needs to do this step, even if you have oil rich skin! This helps regulate your skin’s moisture, so it doesn’t get too dry during the day, and at the same time it helps you keep from over producing natural oils. Moisturizer with sunscreen is best for everyday wear.
The next step is to use a primer! Most primers are silicone based, and do wonders for keeping your makeup on! They fill in fine lines, smooth out the pores, and keep your skins oils from breaking makeup down. If you want to go beyond these basic purposes for primer, there are a ton of makeup brands that carry primers with specific benefits like color correction and illumination. I love Smashbox and Urban Decay’s primers, but (this is a little weird but trust me it works) I have only used Monistat Soothing Care Chafing Relief Powder/Gel for years. It have the same essential ingredients as Urban Decay primer, but it only costs $6!
The next step is concealing under the eyes. I just put a small amount of concealer underneath the inner corner of my eye and blend out for a natural look. Not too difficult.
The fourth step is foundation!
- For dry skin, use a liquid. Powders will make you look too dried out and cakey.
- For oil rich skin, use a mineral powder! I’m not a huge fan of any drugstore brand, but I recommend going to sheercover.com and trying out their product.
- For Normal skin that doesn’t have issues other than a bit of unevenness, use a tinted moisturizer. Yes, you can use a tinted moisturizer after already moisturizing. I have never been a huge advocate of tinted moisturizer, but I have developed a love for Aveda Inner Light Tinted Moisturizer! It has amazing coverage, and it looks so natural on the skin.
- For pretty much anyone, I love airbrush makeup because it makes skin look so perfect. If you have dry skin though, you should do some exfoliation and definitely moisturize beforehand or it can get patchy and rough looking.
I recommend only using one layer of foundation to keep it looking natural. I know from personal experience that people with acne want to just slather on layer after layer of foundation, but if you take all of these steps, you’ll find that you won’t need to.
Fifth step is spot concealing (if you use powder foundation or airbrush, this step goes before foundation). There is an ever-present argument about whether concealer should come before or after foundation, but this is just how I prefer to do it. Using concealer before liquid foundation tends to look less perfect to me, so I just do it after. I’m not a believer in using concealer like a second foundation. I use it ONLY for spot concealing any imperfections that foundation couldn’t handle, and that’s it. Using any more will make it look like you’re wearing a mask, but if that’s the look you’re trying to accomplish, by all means go for it.
The finishing step is to use a setting powder (even powder foundation wearers can do this step). I love to use Make Up For Ever’s HD Microfinish powder, because it’s an ultra-fine translucent powder that makes skin look amazingly matte and smooth. It’s the best finishing powder I’ve come across so far.
Another optional step is to use a foundation setting spray. I use these mostly when it’s hot outside, or if I know it’s going to be a long day where I won’t have a chance to refresh my makeup. I use De-Slick spray by Urban Decay because it is super effective at reducing facial oils, and keeps me looking less greasy than I would without it.
I hope this little mini-guide helps anyone who has had complexion makeup issues! I know it seems like a lot of extra time and effort, but the whole process of using all these steps takes me about 5 minutes total! It’s an easy routine that keeps you looking your best all day long.
I did my pretty little baby sister’s makeup for a NYE party. She’s only 16, so I try to keep it light. She’s a cutie:)
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