SPRING Perk Me UP!

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 Spring is a time of renewal and refreshment and that is exactly what the Spring Runways offered with mid length skirts flirting with pointy tailored flats and beauty’s heavenly ethereal glow featuring cheeks flushed with the perfect pinky blush and countered definition all perfectly balanced with a sun kissed touch of bronze. After our long winter’s chilling temperatures, it is time to lift your spirit, draw light back into your face and refresh your look for a fresh take on new beginnings!

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As the Beauty Editor and Columnist for CAKE&WHISKEY, we’ve joined talents to encourage us all to reach for our dreams and balance the juggle with a touch of cake and a goblet filled with whiskey.

Slide6 * Highlights: Can often be expensive, aggressive, repetitive, and time consuming. Welcome “Bio Lights”(www.biolightscolor.com), created by Rick Wellman, Co-Owner and Color Director of Patrick Melville Salon & Spa Slide4  This fresh launch biodegradable highlighting technique, is fast, easy and natural (no aluminum & it’s Green!), helping to create a soft blended effect to your highlights and low lights so there’s less upkeep, maybe 2x/year. They simply last longer. TRANSLATION-thats time and money back in your pocket!

SO much love for Rick Wellman, Biolights and the Patrick Melville Salon team! The light and dimension truly woke my 8 months pregnant face right up. GORGEOUS!

SO much love for Rick Wellman, Biolights and the Patrick Melville Salon team! The light and dimension truly woke my 8 months pregnant face right up. GORGEOUS!

* Schwarzkopf “Essensity Lightening Powder: Gone are the days of ammonia based highlights, with zero odor and zeroammonia, this developer nurtures your hair as it brings life to your locks! Truly! My hair has it’s curls restored and my scalp is thanking me. After aggressive color treatments, you will FEEL the difference.

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Kevyn Aucoin-Celestial Bronzing Veil, Chanel-Eyeshadow Quad #537 (Lumieres Facets), Arcona-Eye Dew, Philip B.-Lavender Hair and Body Shampoo, Dr. Dennis Gross-Alpha Beta Glow Pad, Jamie Wolf-earrings

* Eye Dew: In the spirit of Spring/Summer Weddings.  Arcona’s “Eye Dew” is an absolute “I DO!” Refresh the delicate skin around your eyes and brighten with this super hydrating formula. Rebalance your eye area from winter’s gusts with liquid crystals creating holographic light diffusors, plumpers, all while repairing the skin from fine lines, puffiness and circles. This antioxidant rich formula is a staple of mine and a celebrity client favorite!

* Jamie Wolf: “Symphony in C Earings #4 ($220)  Pop art and metal trends seen on the runway translate from night to day for a really fresh take on the trend. I love these earings for a quick pop of drama and light around the face. A subtly fabulous statement of awesome. Jamie’s designs are inspired by her 10 years as a dancer with the NYC Ballet and are influenced by the timeless femininity found in the finest of details.

* Kevyn Aucoin: Nothing says Spring more than the look of soft contours! Draw focus to your cheek bones while defining your nose and jawline for a slimming effect all while giving your skin a fresh glow. Try: Kevyn Aucoin’s Celestial Bronzing Veil in “Tropical Days-Warm Bronze”.

* Phlip B.: “Lavendar Hair and Body Shampoo” reinvigorates your spirit with the soothing essential oil and botanical cleansers from top to bottom.

* Lavendar: Shadows & Pastel Makeup is all the rage this season. The heaven sent ethereal look straight from the runways is easy to accomplish with a sheer yet sophisticated pastel shadow, pinky cheek and cherub kissed lip! (www.stylebistro.com) Try: Chanel Eye shadow quad: Limited Edition “Lumieres Facettes #537 transports this season with the luminous lavender greys, golden ivory, rosy apricot and chocolatey brown. (www.chanel.com)

* Nude is in!: This season’s trend elongating your fingers after being stuffed in winter’s gloves revealing a fresh take on the sophisticated nude mani with glossy finishes for an elegant effect. Deborah Lippmann (www.deborahlippmann.com) Fashion Nail Polish-“Naked”- free of parabens and sulfates, her formula strengthens our nails as you wear the semi-sheer taupe shade. (nail photo www.glamour.com)

* Dr. Dennis Gross “Alpha Beta Glow Pads”:  For face and body-add some sun safely and give your skin a refreshing boost. This is the perfect on the go-gym bag essential revealing smoother, firmer, revitalized and glowing skin with Vitamins A & D! 

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“How To Get The Freshest Makeup Look This Spring”

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 Spring officially arrived on Friday! Hooray! With the temperatures still climbing past the 40’s for most of us, we can take this time to practice Naturally Flawless Skin and Makeup Trends for Spring’s “Fresh Makeup Look”.

Here’s a few of my tips as featured in FOX News Magazine!

"How To Get The Freshest Makeup Look This Spring"By Nicole Yoo, FOX News Magazine Contributor, Featuring Vanessa EleseMarch 20, 2014

“HOW TO GET THE FRESHEST MAKEUP LOOK THIS SPRING”
By Nicole Yoo, FOX News Magazine Contributor, Featuring Vanessa Elese
March 20, 2014

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“READY, Set, JET”: Sunny Beach Damsel-BEAUTY

 

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New innovations in skincare travel packs and amazing multi-tasking cosmetics aide you to simplify your routine and customize your vacation beauty with flawless ease

Whether you are bound to race the slopes as a Ski Chalet Mademoiselle, are ready to sink your feet into the sand as a Sunny Beach Damsel, or strive for adventure as a touring European Adventuress, traveling light, yet complete is essential.

As the Beauty Columnist for  Cake & Whiskey, a new launch women’s entrepreneurial magazine, encouraging us all to reach for our dreams and balance it all with a touch of cake and a toast of whiskey, (did I say toast…well…) Here’s the specifics from “My Must Have Travel Items” from our Winter Beauty Edition (Jan-March 2014) as I took the challenge and escaped winter’s gusts. Today’s focus, BEAUTY for the Beach escape!

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I couldn’t take it anymore and with perfect timing I had the fortune to escape the snow drifts and winter doldrums to soak in some St. Thomas sun and  sail the British Virgin Islands. If sun, warmth, sand and fun are built into your destination, let’s make sure you have all the essentials to transcend in-flight drought, to jumping into the sun and fun on the beaches, all while making an effortless transition to night time elegance.

Here’s a bag of my go-to travel essentials that I simply adore. I like to keep it light, complete…and NEVER need to check baggage.

Today’s Focus: Beauty 

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These innovative, must-have, multi-tasking,  do-it-all travel savvy items can be easily packed to simplify yet enhance your beauty into one seamless bag of Amazing. Now that’s traveling like a pro!

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Eve Pearl-“Invisible Finish Powderless Powder-gently swirl this anti-shine concoction to create the perfectly finished, no makeup flawlessness on-the-go! Great to tone down any afternoon shine from repeat spf applications!

Laura Mercier’s: “Bonne Mine Healthy Glow palette”-combines all the essentials from lips, cheeks and eyes in cream formula to create the coveted Hollywood glow AND it is 100% charitable giving all proceeds to the LM Ovarian Cancer Fund. Do good while looking good!

By Terry: “Mascara Terrybly”-A growth boosting mascara in “Dark Forest” can enliven your face with the most subtle touch of color to brighten every eye color. A treatment mascara enfusing your lashes with length and volume and a hit of glamour.

Mally: “Evercolor Starlight Waterproof Liner”-Dark Chocolate. Line, set and go. That’s the nature of the game with this foolproof, smudge proof liner in the most delicious of chocolate shades. Amplify your lash line by dotting this in between your lashes and feel free to jump into the waves, it won’t budge!

* Laura Mercier: “Luxe Travel Brush Collection”-Travel in style with this sophisticated clutch housing 9-face perfecting brushes while you travel, then converts to an easy clutch for evening festivities! So Chic!

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eHOW Style: Home Remedies to Smooth

Smooth, exfoliated and moisturized is the path to camera ready hands. With a few home remedies you can create your own luxurious moisturizing scrub. Keep in mind you can use your favorite essential oils to make a perfectly tailored blend that is Uniquely You! Have fun, enjoy a great remedy that you can keep sink side for an in-the-moment treat!

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Di$mond’s Are a Girl’$ Best Friend

DEDICATED BEAUTY QUESTION OF THE MONTH

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bfd blog 18a For the truly adventurous, amazing drugstore beauty finds can be such a treasure! Find your diamond in the rough right where you’d least expect it!

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I love to shop the latest in beauty products, but is it possible to find all of my essentials at my local drug store? With a new job and move, my wallet is feeling the pinch-Help! –Jennifer

I’m always up for the challenge of finding those seemingly irreplaceable items I love at my favorite store with equally mentionable if not more desireable items from right at my corner store. 

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 * Do-it-All-Balm: Aquaphor’s Healing Ointment Skin Protectant, duo box comes with two mini tubes perfect to pack into your purse and keep one at home. Use for : cuticle treatment, lips moisturizer, gloss, on the fly (literally airborne, dry spot treatment: try this at the corners of your mouth, and along the orbital bone for added eye moisture during flight!)

Nails: Sally Hansen’s Salon Insta-Gel Strips-Starter Kit Shelac nails done in the comfort of your home and for a fraction of the price. Make use of the multiple colors and designs they offer with a beautiful, like new finish for up to two weeks.

* Mascara: Love Dior and Givenchy? There’s a brush tip and formula similar for you. Try Maybelline “Full n’ Soft”  and L’oreal’s “Voluminous Volume Building Mascara” for a dramatic feathery lash in its original and oh’ so fabulous formula.

Lips: $1.99! luscious lip luxury from Wet and Wild’s “MegaLast Lipstick” Yes, I said it, hark back to the days, when you were dying to have the latest color on your lips and could only afford pennies, Wet n’ Wild was your answer and still can be! These shades are to die for and for a total steal! Trick: Dot some Aquafor on your lips for added hydration and a light glimmering gloss effect-use it in the center of your lip!

* SPF: SPF is most effective in broad spectrum products. Look for La Roche Posay’s Anthelios SPF for your go to skin shield that is fragrance- free, paba-free, shine-free! With antioxidants packed into it, its good for your skin too!

* Lashes: Ardell & Andrea create the most incredible lashes for a fraction of the price. Whether you’re looking for a full set or simply individuals to thicken up your lash line, these are my favorites and never cease to amaze me with their staying power! Try applying them with Duo’s “Lash Adhesive” in “Clear White”, the white actually disappears for a completely flawless application. Try: Full Set:  #105. Try: Hall Set: #301.

For individual’s “medium” length lashes are usually the perfect amount of drama, ….unless that’s the look you are going for is maximum drama, then by all means go “long” ….mmmhmmmmm my dashing divas!

* Coupons:A truly adventurous gal will not stop at searching for the ultimate savings…try resourcing the pages of your beauty mags or your favorite brands’s website for insider promotions and printable coupons! All the sudden your bag full of goodies just became that much more attractive! Gold Mine!

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It’s Raining Men, Hallelujah!

CELEBRATING DAD!
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Sometimes singing along with the nursery rhyme “head, shoulders, knees and toes”, Eyes, Ears, Mouth and Nose are forgotten! So… Dad’s seem to naturally forget them too! DAAAADDD! Gross! Let’s resurrect the neglected areas and pay some special attention just in time for Father’s Day!

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 Eyes: “Eye goo” is not a cute way to say “I do”! No way! Make a habit, get rid of the gunk! Take a Q-tip and lightly wet it with warm water, then trace the inside tear duct for a truly refreshed perspective.

 Ears: Teen Wolf may be the new primetime TV sensation however, we do not want Dad to become one. Grab a gadget and start to excavate. Ear and Nose trimmers are handy little things that come battery operated, no strenuous machinery involved here! Grab one at your local drug store or department store. 

 Mouth: Dad’s often forget lip care is not just for women. Chapped lips be no more! Try a product that moisturizes without the slippery feel,  glossy finish or strawberry taste: Peter Thomas Roth’s Matte Lip Balm packs antioxidant care into a flavor-free antioxidant lip treatment. Plus-with their no fuss packaging they will really become hooked. 

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 Nose: “Two for the price of One!” Dad’s love saving a pretty penny-An ear, nose, and brow trimmer has multiple functions making it a “good investment”! ( I use this on all of my guys! )Go ahead take it for a spin, Wahl’s ear, Ear Nose and Brow Trimmer

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Memorial Day Pool Party Kick off with Trina Turk and Chandon!

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What an AMAZING night it was celebrating Chandon’s American Summer Pool Party with Brittany Snow AND Trina Turk!!

Trina Turk, who is famously synonymous with colorful summer prints and luxuriously feminine pieces, celebrated with an exclusively designed collection, including the cutest dress, inspired by the limited edition bottle. With an expertly executed homage to our patriotic Red, White and Blue and the nautical theme of the night.  Wearing this dress, you’ll be ready to celebrate!

Trina gave me the exclusive scoop on what her favorite makeup look is for the season and what she thought would be the trend setting look to go with the Chandon design inspired dress!

TRINA’S MAKEUP INSPIRATION: LUMINOUS SKIN AND SIMPLE GLOWY MAKEUP

(Become irrisistable with this simple three-step approach to summer beach beauty!)

* Bronze : Wash bronzer across the face for the perfect glow.

Sweep Bobbi Brown’sFace and Body Bronzing Duo” across your face. With soft strokes start on your forehead and create a “C” curve from the middle of your forehead and sweep down your hairline to just below your cheek bone.Repeat on each side and blend. Next define your jawline with the same “C” curve outlining your jaw and gently blend down your neck. Wha-La! Glowy, fresh, naturally bronzed skin!

* Natural Lip : Create a defined lip with a neutral shade that is one degree darker than your natural lip tone.

 Makeup Forever’sAqua Lipsin shades 2C (light), 3C (medium), or 6C (dark). Lightly trace and fill in your lips, then apply your favorite lip balm on top for an ultra moisturizing, lasting look. Another one of my favorites:  Fresh’sLip Sugar” in Honey or Plum to deliver a maximum moisture treatment with an spf and subtle tint. 

* Mascara :  Define your eyes with the simplicity of fabulous lashes.

 Maybeline’s “Full n’ Soft”- one of my absolute favorite’s- for an all natural fluffy lash look or try top rated MaybellineVolum’ Express Mascara The Mega Plushin Blackest Black, plumps with soft supple volume that is also gentle on your lashes with it’s new gel-mousse formula!

Honestly there’s no better to way sip in style and indulge in opulent spirits. Sweet, tart and saucy, that’s the way I like mine…My Cocktail, that is! Whether sipped in its perfect simplicity or mixed in one of Chandon’s expertly mixed cocktails, you can’t go wrong. My favorite of the night, ….the “Cabana Boy“…Say What!  MMMHMMMMM! Oh yes, with Chandon Riche, St. Germain and fresh Pomegranate Seeds these really made this cocktail my favorite!

 

Now that we have our cocktail and a sensational look to sport…who’s up for the beach!
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School’s IN!

The neverending pursuit to refine our beauty bags continues. How do you transport without worry, and travel in consistent luxury without diminishing one iota of your fabulousness? Try some of these tips, tricks and my product picks to help navigate your way through security with your beauty — and beauty essentials — intact.

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* Multi-Range Creams

* Multi-Use Products

* Multi-Tasking Compacts

 

 

 

For more of my tips, tricks and product picks for paring down your travel beauty routine, check out

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Happy Mother’s Day!

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* Under Eye Resilience is Key!

A Mom’s work is never done. Sneak in a little at-home beauty pit stop with these eye masks, the key to quickly reinvigorating those tired eyes. Try gifting these handy little eye treats and see her smile. It forces Mom to kick back in a mini spa treatment. Relax and Enjoy!

Shiseido’s “Benefiance: Pure Retinol Instant Treatment Eye Mask” is a fabulous 15-minute beauty rejuvenator. Packing retinol to help gently resurface superficial lines, hydrating properties to plump and protect, as well as alleviating dark circles, jump start your eyes with these little sensations! You’ll feel refreshed in mere minutes. I love these and love using them on clients! Try placing the eye masks on while you are getting ready, apply your eye makeup and remove when finished. The patches will catch makeup fall out leaving you bright eyed and super moisturized. Whether lying down for a quick nap, or continuing the multi-tasking run, these under eye sheets adhere and will stay put while you are on-the-go!

 

* Treat Mom to a Personalized Manicure Compliments of You!

Mani/Pedi’s built to last: Sally Hansen’s “Salon Insta-Gel Strips” are a one-stop shop to a professional mani, that looks fresh each day. Built to last up to two weeks, this handy little at home system can ensure a spotless mani and is a fraction of the price of a spa gel manicure. Have fun and do your nails together! With the incredible colors and designs, you’ll have a blast. Mom’s always love their children’s handy work…BUT if it’s a real stretch…go ahead, grab your wallet, spring for the spa!…

 

* A Fresh Pucker is Always Something Nice!

With the latest introductions of fabulous colors, come the lasting and moisturizing versions primed to stay put. Here’s some of my favorite colors sure to dazzle for hours of fun.

Guerlain’s “Rouge G” comes in 4 new sensational Limited Edition Spring shades, “#72 Rose Innocent” is one of my favorites! The lipstick radiates brilliance with the ruby powders reflecting light and plumping the lips with an ultra smoothing effect. The beautiful packaging includes a mirror tastefully built into the side of your James Bond-esque super lipstick case.

*Take a moment to have the lipstick monogrammed just for Mom, she will truly feel like a star! Try your local mall for those personalization shops, that can add that added special touch.*

 

Nothing is more moving than a note telling her how much you love her! Mom’s never hear it enough….or so I hear…Yeah, Loud and Clear, MOM!”

 

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Hair Bare, There!

 

 DEDICATED BEAUTY QUESTION OF THE MONTH

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If there is one note of advice I desperately wished my Mom had passed to me, it would be the admonition to keep an eye out for those pesky strays. Who knew!?!

Sure, I keep a keen eye on my clients as well as myself. But has there been a moment, or two, when I’ve caught sight of a new suspect emerging on my terrain….ooh, YA! And let’s just say, I take swift action so as not to get caught by the hair on my chinny chin chin. I mean SERIOUS BUSINESS!

THIS MONTH’S FAN QUESTION TARGETS THIS VERY ISSUE!

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I recently noticed some hairs growing on my chin.  What is the best way to get rid of them? Wax, threating, plucking? HELP! – Shana

 

 

 

 

Let me first say this…hair, placement, amount and disposition is factored in by genes (sigh), age (larger sigh), and hormones (uggghhhhhhhhh). Yup, it’s not pretty, however there’s no need to fret the new comers or has been’s when you come equally equipped with an arsenal of trouble shooters to help Nip those Nubbins in the Nub.

LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT SOLUTIONS ARE AVAILABLE AND WHICH WORKS BEST FOR WHAT YOU WANT TO DO!

Laser: My personal fav! Love the idea of cutting your morning hustle down to a minimum? Try laser on for size. Depending on your complexion and hair color (fair haired and light skinned beauties may not apply to this particular method), this life-saver could be yours to forever tackle those distressing areas! The laser targets melanin (naturally occurring dark pigmentation in skin and hair) and when applied destroys the hair in the root. Whether it be bikini, underarm, legs, chin, back, or what I like to call, “the chia”, (the ever lingering nape of the neck)…laser can erase signs of life in mere visits.  Make sure you consult with a seasoned/licensed professional who will honestly tell you “NO”, where it won’t work for you, and” YES”, where it will. These services are more costly than your average wax or threading visit, but when looked at over time, it is much more cost effective, since the hair will eventually be obliterated into thin air. Ever dreamed of never shaving your legs, under arms? Find a trusted source…take the referral and run with it. For the daring-try consumer friendly at-home versions like the NO-NO!

Electrolysis: Targeting each individual hair follicle with an electrically charged needle, ultimately destroying the growth and production of hairs can be an option for you. This works great on intricate areas such as ears, as well as larger surfaces. There may be significant irritation for those with sensitive skins. Consult a referred professional for their assessment of your areas and the efficacy of the treatment as this is more specific for darker hair, however a combined treatment of laser and electrolysis may work for grey, peach fuzz and lighter hair, offering an alternative approach. An additional cost at first, but over time, the hair is destroyed, Hooray!

Waxing: Waxing comes in two forms: Hard wax and Soft wax. Not ready for the commitment or to forever say goodbye, waxing is a great option and a GREAT vacation prep. Wax removal results last two to eight weeks. I prefer the hot wax method and even more preferable, bees wax. Hot wax is applied thick, left to cool, then removed. This practice is much more gentle on skin than Strip waxing. With Soft wax, strip wax, a thin layer of warm wax is applied followed by placing a piece of paper/muslin on top, then the area is removed with a swift pull.  Whether it be large (back, abdomen, face) or smaller areas, with Hot wax you can wax and repeat to ensure a perfectly bare result with minimal irritation. Those with super sensitive skin, plan ahead and secure these services with post-visit down time to alleviate any temporary redness that may result.

Threading: What a cool talent to watch! Originating in the East, this method uses a single string of cotton thread, tactically gathering the finest of hairs row by row for a precise and targeted approach for brow shaping and more. Some profess this method catches the tiny razor thin hairs much better than tweezing. The string quickly encases each hair pulling the hair from the follicle. It is gentle on skin and with minimal contact with the skin itself is often the option for clients who use topical resurfacing agents or Accutane type acne treatments. Preference is the key. Usually reserved for smaller areas: eyebrows, chin, and cheek, plucking or threading, the choice is yours. Routine maintenance is advised with monthly or bi-monthly appointments necessary to keep the areas in check.

Tweezing: I find tweezing the way to go for smaller areas (brows, chins, bikini touch-up) or general self-maintenance. This option pulls individual hairs one at a time and is gentle on the skin without any chemical contact or resurfacing agents. This is also a safe way to trust a professional to shape and create your brow arch, especially if you are nervous. Usually appointments are booked in 15-minute intervals, you’ll be able to influence the shape as well as your comfort level with how thin or thick you may want them to be. This is a quick solution and is consistent maintenance. Take note of your areas, keep an eye and always pluck in the direction the hair is growing.  This helps reduce the tug of the surrounding skin, which over time may result in droop and irregular hair growth.

** NOTE TO SELF! **  

Be a “Beauty MacGuyver TM“: slip a tweezer in your handy beauty on-the-go-bag plucking pesky strays on the fly. You never knew how handy a tweezer can be!…

Lastly:  Referrals are always key! Remember the artist/technician usually has a pattern of results and a pattern of happy clients. If you like what your friend has, most likely you too will walk away a happy camper!

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