THE CLIENT PERSPECTIVE

Throughout Beauty Week I have been giving you tips, tricks and advice from experienced professionals in their own craft. Today I wanted to switch it up a bit! I wanted to share a client’s perspective as well as some more info on brows…

Let’s jump right in…

Sabrina Dandridge is an actor and model currently living in NYC. I had the pleasure of meeting Sabrina many years ago when she modeled for my makeup line in Rhode Island where we both happen to be from. She was fantastic of course! I asked Sabrina to share her thoughts with me about getting her makeup done professionally.

Hear Sabrina’s point of view below on what it is like to be the one sitting in the chair…

In my opinion, brows are the bane of the face. It is important to have a groomed brow, and shaped nicely. I get my makeup done fairly often in the line of work I am in (actor, model) and the one thing I notice, that is consistent across the board, is the lack of knowledge, attention and tools involving eyebrow presentation. I almost always have to touch up my brows with my own researched products and proven tools, in order to achieve a more polished and flattering look. Glossier has a product, called Boy Brow, that has changed the game of brow enhancing (for me). I can’t recommend the product enough. It is by far one of the best on the market right now. I’m not being paid to say that, either. Makeup Artists, listen up!

A few things I love about getting my makeup done are the obvious pampering aspect. I won’t deny I enjoy that! Another is access to knowledge. I learn something valuable from every Makeup Artist I meet and work with. They are the experts, after-all, and they all have different information, tips, techniques and tools I like to absorb. I then apply what I learn to enhance my own routines and add to my beauty regime necessities.

Lastly, I love the creative aspect of what can be created and the stories that can be told through the medium of makeup and beauty platforms. I love being a canvas for that sort of expression. It’s a type of art, and I can appreciate the artistry that goes into it.

Want to learn more about Sabrina? Visit her on Instagram @theladymuse or her website here…

Chelsea Barber has another perspective I would like to share. Chelsea also modeled for my makeup line many years ago when we both lived in Los Angeles. She is now living in New Orleans and is one of the hair stylists I featured in HAIR TIPS-PART ONE.

Hear what Chelsea has to say below… 

Getting your makeup done is fun because it’s someone’s else’s vision of the beauty they see in you. Whether it is enhancing your eyes, your jawline, lips etc. a canvas through an artist’s unique mind.

You get to see different versions of yourself. Find out what you like and do not like.

Are you in the New Orleans area? Click here for more info on Chelsea Barber.

Back to BROWS…

Eyebrow Microblading is becoming more and more popular by the day. I know I have been dying to get them done. I just wish I was in Florida right now so that my good friend Gina could help a sister out!

What is Microblading?

It’s a Semi-Permanent tattooing technique that has hair like strokes to look like real hair. You will no longer need to fill in your sparse eyebrows or if you don’t have any.

Great for people who have lost their eyebrows or just want to open up their eye area.

As eyebrows frame your face for an amazing natural lift and feel like you can leave the house without any makeup.

Thanks again Gina for being a part of Beauty Week! If you are in Southern Florida you can find Gina’s contact info below. Be sure to tell her I sent you!

Ageless Beauty by Gina Bianca. Boca Raton, FL.

Ageless Beauty on Instagram

As always if you have a question for any of us leave it in the comments.

KAG

 

HAIR TIPS FROM PROS. PART ONE.

As Beauty Week continues I wanted to share some great hair tips straight from a few of my friends that happen to be amazing at their craft. To the extent that I consider them all Pros. And it is not just me but everyone else that sits in their chair! Check out what hair tips they had to share with us below…

And stay tuned for Hair Tips-Part Two…

As you may or may not know I currently live in Las Vegas so let’s see what a local Pro has to share…

Alana Castillo

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Tip #1: One thing people in Las Vegas do is mistake damaged hair with dry hair. They will always go for repair shampoos and treatments. Almost all of those “repair” products use a high amount of keratin protein which helps build the strength to the hair. But when over used on dry damaged hair it can build up the hair follicle too much and it will get too strong get brittle and break off. Instead of going for the “repair” products go for the Moisture or Hydration. The dry hair follicle needs moisture and hydration! It’s so dry and hot in Vegas and our water is harsh. Just like our skin gets dry our hair does too!

Tip #2: Everyone always wants to go lighter for summer and darker for winter….right? Well as a colorist I say do the opposite! Why you ask? Because in the summer you typically are more tan from being out in the sun so darker hair would look best since you will be tan unlike in the winter where you are typically pale. And vice versa… Go lighter in the winter cause you will be more pale and it won’t wash you out like dark hair would! 

Tip #3: My way to get three days out of your hair…

Day 1: Keep it straight or blown out!

Day 2: Curl it.

Day 3: Put it up…. Bun life or ponytail. Add a braid or headband! Then repeat! 

Now onto New Orleans…

Chelsea Barber

I think more clients should embrace their given texture and learn how to work with it. If your hair is curly, own it and nurture it with quality curl loving products.

Your hair is your crown so it cannot be hidden, but it can be taken care of.

The way clients take care of their hair can be a reflection of how they feel about themselves. So give it love. Find a stylist who is willing to turn you down and make better suggestions.

If they don’t believe your hair is cut out for a specific style and/or cut because it usually means they care about your hair. You want someone willing to guide you in the right direction and teach you how to take care of it.

These tips were great!  And thanks ladies for being a part of Beauty Week!

Beauty Week Q&A will be this weekend. So if you have a question just leave it in the comments below or on my social pages and we will answer it for you. How great is that?

If you happen to be in Las Vegas or New Orleans you must give Alana and Chelsea a call! Click on their names above and that will bring you to their contact info…

And make sure you let them know I sent you…

KAG

Want to see what I am using for my hair? Check out my Instagram Stories later today…

 

SKINCARE IS THE BEST CARE!

When I was younger my focus was always on the makeup and the color. Then when I became a Pro Artist I started paying attention to the skin more. You must have skin prepped properly in order to achieve the best makeup look!

Now…As I am getting “older” I am more focused on my skin rather than all the color. Go figure!

Two things my skin can simply not live without are a deep exfoliation and a fantastic face mask! They make a world of a difference. I exfoliate every other day. A deep treatment once a month and face mask every two weeks. I like to alternate a deep cleansing mask with a hydrating mask. It honestly depends on how my skin is feeling that week! I have a whole bunch of products I like to use which you can find on my Instagram Stories later today…

To kick off Beauty Week I asked a few Skincare Pro’s to share some information with us. Some of their tips and tricks. You will see all of them below. Where to find them will be listed so that if they are in your area you can contact them for a consultation. Just click on their name or social page and you will be sent to them directly.

Be sure to tell them I sent you 🙂

I would also like to add that if you have any questions please leave them in the comments below for our Q&A this weekend!

Ready to learn something new today? Here we go…

Yadira Alexander. Owner of Spa Yadira. Rhode Island.

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Tip #1: Never, ever wash your face in the shower!! I have learned over the past 17 years of doing skin care on a professional level, that many people get into the habit of washing their face in the shower and this is a huge no, no!! Why you ask? The temperature of the water used to wash your body is usually much hotter than the temperature we should be washing our face with. When you wash your face with water that is too hot, it will strip your skins natural oil production and will dry your skin out causing premature wrinkling. Always wash your face with room temperature water. (Not very hot and not very cold either) as water that’s too cold, can strip your skin as well and dehydrate it. If you can’t get out of the habit of washing your face in the shower, simply change the temperature of the water right before you wash your face and make the water room temperature. You will see an improvement in the hydration of your skin, when you give this trick a go…

Tip #2: Be very gentle with your face when you wash and dry it every single day. Think of your skin as an elastic, at first it is very tight and will bounce right back when stretched however, the more you pull at that elastic, the looser it will become. Your skin works the same way as that elastic. When we are born we have lots of Collagen and elasticity on our skin. The older we get, our skin looses Collagen production and elasticity which leads to wrinkles and since your skin is aging every day, we need to play our part in preventing further damage. In a nut shell, be very gentle and do not pull and tug at your face, treat it delicately and you will preserve its appearance for years to come.

Tip #3: Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate!! I can’t stress enough the importance of incorporating an exfoliant into your skin care routine. Your skin is constantly shedding dead skin cells every single day. These dead skin cells act as a barrier preventing any skin care products that you are using on your face to fully penetrate your skin and also will make your skin look dull. This is where exfoliation plays such an important part in your skin care routine. How often should you exfoliate? Every 3rd day is perfect. (If you exfoliate every single day, it will strip your skin and may even cause a rash) always exfoliate during the morning because your skin sheds skin while your sleep. Invest in a good quality exfoliant as not all exfoliants are created equal. Some drugstore exfoliants are too aggressive and can make your skin irritated. I absolutely love Pevonia’s Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser which I use on all of my clients when doing facials and we sell at my spa. If you have Rosacea or very sensitive skin, invest in a gentle exfoliant which is made for sensitive or Rosacea skin as using a harsh exfoliant on any kind of sensitive skin including anyone with acne, is never a good idea.

Ageless Beauty by Gina Bianca. Boca Raton, FL.

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Tip #1: Commit to a Hydra Facial once a month to improve the appearance of skin and restore a youthful, healthy glow. These specific facials are great for all skin types so need need to shy away.

Tip #2: To “shave” time off a morning routine laser hair removal is THE BEST! And the best part is after 6-8 sessions of laser treatments there is no longer a need to shave. All you will need in one yearly touch up!

Tip #3: Eyebrow Microblading.*

*Our eyebrows define and frame our face so they deserve some more attention. Stay tuned for another post all about our BROWS!

Laya Young. Esthetician. Las Vegas, NV.

Tips for Acne Sufferers

Tip #1: Change your pillowcases nightly or at least every other day because your face is soaking up product you have in your hair which could be apart of the reason you break out.

Tip #2: Invest in a ear piece so your phone never touches your face.

Tip #3: I cut down my dairy intake and started taking a daily probiotic. Removing dairy out my diet has been a bit difficult but when I look at my face it’s definitely worth it so a few tacos with sour cream and cheese don’t seem like a big deal anymore.

Now how was that for some in depth skincare knowledge?

All I know is that I will be changing my sheets tonight and taking my face wash out of the shower! How about you?

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Talk soon,

Kelly

 

HOW TO DO BEAUTY

Beauty Week is finally here! Over the NEXT seven days I will be giving you everything I know about beauty. And guess what? I called in some favors from a few of my PRO friends too!

We will be sharing our tips and tricks. Everything makeup, hair, skin, nails, brows, lashes and more…

Sounds incredible right? This is where you will want to come when you are looking to learn How To Do Beauty.

I will also be on my Instagram Stories all week so that I can actually SHOW YOU a few tricks I have up my sleeve. For example: How to wash your brushes properly. How to use the correct makeup brush for products and where. How to keep your makeup clean and organized etc.

Just in case you didn’t know why I have been so excited for this week to start. It is because I was (now retired) a Pro Makeup Artist for 16 years. I was extremely fortunate to be able to travel the world doing so. If you care to learn more about that world you can read my bio here.

I love sharing everything I know about makeup and organizing. I still get asked questions at least five times a day. Hence, why I am taking a whole week to share everything beauty for you here and on Instagram.

Also, if there is something that you want me to go over then please leave it in the comments below and I will be sure to answer or post sometime this week in a blog.

Until tomorrow…

KAG

PS Are you following me on Instagram yet? This week will be jam packed with videos on my Stories…

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HOW-TO SERIES

Throughout the month of March all of my posts here and on LinkedIn will have one subject in common. How-To!

I’ve been wanting to do this series for quite some time and cannot wait to share everything Beauty, Business, Luxury, LinkedIn and Lifestyle with you.

That being said I am asking YOU what you would like to learn and read about?

How-To…

Build your brand?

Use LinkedIn for your business?

Create the best travel itinerary?

Beauty tips?

Essential Oils, Health and Wellness?

Keep your home and office organized?

Let me know in the comments below so I can add it to my list!

Cannot wait to hear your thoughts and launch this series Wednesday 3-1-17!

Have a wonderful Monday!

KAG

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