Lira Clinical – Science, Nature, & Great Results

18 Nov

It was a former master esthetics student of mine who came back from a skincare conference super excited about a hot new product line she had discovered there  – Lira Clinical. I looked into it and was able to make contact with the wonderful Aimee Fuentes, who is the NW Regional Sales/Educator and In Clinic Trainer.


Aimee has been incredibly gracious and generous with her time, coming to the school where I was teaching on several occasions to provide education and an introduction to Lira Clinical. Aimee AND the Lira product line were always a big hit.

Having been in skincare since 1997, I have tried many different product lines and even loved a few of them! I enjoyed learning about Lira Clinical and trying the samples I had received, but I have to say it was so exciting to place my first order of full size products and have it arrive on my doorstep!

I really love knowing that Lira was founded by and is owned by four women, each with a background in skincare and education. I love that it was created for licensed professionals for use in the treatment room, as well as for home care use. Lira is a clinical-quality line that blends science and nature in order to bring about beautiful results. The products are also cosmetically elegant and pleasant to use. AND most of the products even have an appealing natural scent. Trust me, this does not always happen with clinical lines!

Lira’s professional line includes an array of exfoliants (peels) for use in the treatment room, which will pique the interest of estheticians, and whose results will please clients. The retail line ranges from lash growth serum to firming cream to bb cream, yet remains easily navigable.

I have started out with Enzyme Cleanser with PSC (plant stem cells), Hydra C Serum with PSC, Perfecting Eye Crème with PSC, Lift Crème with PSC, Solar Shield 30 Oil-Free with PSC, and Lux Lash with PSC. Feeling a little spoiled, yes, even so,  it was difficult to stop there!

In the coming weeks, I will be sure and update you on my progress with Lira Clinical.

Guess What You’re Getting For Christmas?!!

17 Nov

When Mama is on hiatus, guess what? Don’t be surprised if you get a homemade Christmas gift!

Homemade gifts sometimes get a bad rap, why is that? A handmade gift is thoughtful and charming… unless it happens to be crocheted shorts for the men in your life! Though some people may appreciate that also. Crochet and knit projects can be awesome gifts to make and receive, but no one, I repeat, no one will be receiving crocheted shorts this year from Casa de Lien!

What I am interested in making is natural spa products to give some of my friends and family. I’m thinking of coconut oil-based whipped body butters and naturally-scented salt or sugar scrubs. Doesn’t that sound delightful?

I have been perusing the internet for easy recipes with not too many ingredients. Here are a couple I am going to start with, both from doTerra’s blog:

DIY: Coconut Salt Scrub

Smooth, glowing skin, is a must-have for warm spring weather. This coconut salt scrub will help exfoliate your dry winter skin and bring back its bright, youthful appearance.


What You Need:


1 cup organic virgin coconut oil

1 cup Pink Himalayan (or Epsom) salt

1/4 cup Fractionated Coconut Oil

15 drops of your favorite essential oil


1. Melt coconut oil in microwave or over a double boiler.


2. Once melted, remove from heat.


3. Add Fractionated Coconut Oil and Pink Himalayan Salt into melted coconut oil.


4. Stir until combined.


5. Add essential oils.


6.  Let sit until coconut oil solidifies, stirring every 10 minutes.

Tip: Put in refrigerator to speed up the cooling process.


7. Stir until well combined and store in an airtight container.

8. To use, rub on skin and rinse with warm water.





DIY- Whipped Body Butter

Who doesn’t love soft, moisturized, and healthy skin? But better yet- who doesn’t love getting those results without putting chemicals and artificial fragrances and dyes on their skin!?

The butters and oils used in this recipe and the perfect combination that will leave your skin moisturized for days after applying. Customize your whipped body butter with any essential oil of your choice. This also makes a great gift for anyone!


What You Need:


1/2 cup Shea Butter
1/2 cup Cocoa Butter
1/2 Cup Coconut Oil
1/2 cup Fractionated Coconut Oil
15 drops Grapefruit Essential Oil*
15 drops Wild Orange Essential  Oil*
Double Boiler
Hand/Stand Mixer


1 – Measure all butters and oils in glass jar.


2 – Fill a large skillet/saucepan with 1-1.5 inches of water. Bring to a boil. Once boiling, add the glass jar to the center of the saucepan to melt and combine ingredients.


3 – Stir every few minutes until the ingredients are melted and combined. (10-15 minutes)

Tip: Use a popsicle stick to stir for easy cleanup.


4 – Once everything is melted, remove from heat and let sit for 5-10 minutes. Add desired essential oils.


5 – Once essential oils are added, let it rest in a cool place (such as the refrigerator) until it has set.


6 – Once chilled, take out of refrigerator. With a stand or hand mixer, start on low and slowly turn the speed higher until the lotion becomes light and fluffy (around 3-5 minutes).

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7 – You’re done! Store mixture in a glass jar and keep in a cool place.

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Note: The body butter should be stored in a cool place. If you need to re-fluff the body butter you can simply whip it back up to the consistency you like with a hand mixture.

This whipped body butter makes a great gift and can easily be customized by using your choice of essential oils. The options are endless!

* Citrus oils can cause photosensitivity so we don’t recommend using them if you plan on being in direct sunlight after topical application. The personal care products that dōTERRA produces such as the Salon Essentials, lotions, etc. are a little different. The shampoo and cleansers are wash off products so there is no concern there, as well as the products that stay on such as the lip balm and lotion are found in a small, appropriate amounts that will not cause any phototoxic harm. Because we work closely with experts in formulations, we are able to provide a safe formulation. Essential oils at full strength on their own are very potent and is why they carry the photosensitivity warning.  doTerra


I plan to have a fun time creating these little spa goodies! What will you be making for the holidays?!!



True Beauty

10 Nov

Sometimes it takes a true friend to come alongside you and pick you up, help dust you off, and remind you of… who you are! The most wonderful thing about love and friendship is when someone helps you to see something good inside yourself. This happened to me recently.

There is something about growing up in an area and building friendships, clientele, and a network there. Before moving across state from my hometown region, I had somewhat of a sense of things being well in my world. I enjoyed working as an esthetician and laser technician in a high-rise in downtown Tacoma, as well as working independently offering skincare out of my home and out of a friend’s salon. I had fun doing makeup events around Western Washington.

When my husband and I moved to Southeastern Washington a little over four years ago, our lives changed and were challenged in more ways than we could have foreseen. My husband delved into work and I worked some from home, mostly social media work and a little writing. I blogged quite a bit back then, but in the fall of 2013, I accepted a position at a local school teaching master esthetics. And then… I did not have time for much else!

Since we made the move, I felt my health begin to spiral downward. There was a lot of stress, between moving, family situations, and then the stress of being a new teacher, so I blamed everything on that. Then last fall and winter I could no longer deny that I was having some chronic health concerns. While I am slightly overwhelmed to learn that I have autoimmune issues and metabolic issues, my doctor put it in perspective by telling me that the good news is I don’t have pancreatic cancer! My husband’s step-father passed away from pancreatic cancer, so I can definitely appreciate that I am not dealing with THAT! Still, I have been over-stressed and overwhelmed and have decided to take a break from working and focus on my health for a while.

I have met some wonderful people here in Southeastern Washington! Still, it has not been easy to be separated from some of my dearest family, friends, and supporters. I have felt a bit weary and my sparkle has been dulled, so it was especially lovely to have been invited to participate in something exciting that fellow beauty expert, Jennifer Solsten Elliott of Grace Consulting has in the works. She is featuring a series of beauty experts via Grace Consulting in a project she is revealing called “True Beauty”. It warms my heart and honors me greatly that Jennifer chose me to be the first in her series. The following is the bio that she asked me to write up and submit to her:

“Jerri Lien has “grown up” in the beauty industry and has spent most of her adult life entrenched. She is a licensed Cosmetologist, Master Esthetician, and Instructor. What has captivated her most is working with clients one on one to help them feel happier and healthier in their own skin. Whether clients or students, Jerri truly loves any opportunity to offer positive encouragement to others.

Have you ever noticed that when someone is in love they have a certain glow about them? Have you recognized that a woman is pregnant simply by the new radiance that emanates from her face? Happy vacationers and honeymooners all look more beautiful, right?!! And how about those people whose faith is strong? Did Moses not come down from the mountain with his face shining from speaking with The Lord?

Jerri loves the beauty industry, especially when used to truly help others achieve healthy minds, bodies, and a renewed sense of their value in the world. She believes this ultimately comes through faith in God and love for one another. Everything else we do to achieve “beauty” is akin to frosting an already delicious cupcake!”

Jerri Lien in Northern Uganda

Jerri Lien in Northern Uganda

Best Seattle Spas To Get Botox « CBS Seattle

17 Sep

Best Seattle Spas To Get Botox « CBS Seattle.

Here I Grow Again!

18 Aug


I love the beauty industry! And it’s a good thing, as I have spent most of my adult life in the midst of it. The years I have spent working in salons, spas, & med spas have shaped how I see & experience the world around me. I know that I KNOW true beauty comes from within, & that helping people with their image & developing meaningful relationships is where the real reward is in what I do.

In Washington State, I am a licensed Cosmetologist, Esthetician, and Esthetics Instructor. Over the last 16 years my focus has been on skincare & makeup. I love the luxurious experience of spa treatments & the results derived from treatments found in med spas. My ideal treatments blend both worlds.

Over 10 years ago, I was introduced to Jane Iredale Mineral Cosmetics and fell in love! I have used & sold JI in every med spa in which I have been employed. From 2008-2011, I was a freelance makeup artist on Iredale’s Artistry Team in WA State.

Jane Iredale Spring 2012 Collection

In 2012, I caught the Nerium bug & have been all a-twitter about it ever since. My clients & I have been experiencing fantastic results with this breakthrough skincare line.
I have joined forces with my dear friend & partner in Nerium, Jennifer Solsten, to form The Real Beauty Team. We are using our backgrounds in the beauty & skincare industries, combined with life experience, to build up & encourage women of all ages.

The Real Beauty Team Jerri & Jennifer

The Real Beauty Team
Jerri & Jennifer

Victoria’s Academy offered me a teaching position in their esthetician program, with the position starting September 2013. So exciting!
I love writing blog entries & articles about people, places, products, & treatments I discover in the skincare & beauty industries.
What my colleagues and friends are up to is of great interest to me as well. Please share!

Summertime Thang… Wedding Makeup & Skin

1 Jul

Do you have weddings to attend this summer? Or maybe YOU are getting married?!! Let’s talk about makeup and skincare then.

Makeup and skincare go together as a topic, or at least, they should. The skin is the canvas, and the healthier and smoother, the better you and your makeup will look.

What you do to prep your skin will depend on how much time you have, what you’re willing to do, and how much money you can factor in.

I’ve been doing skincare for a long time, and I can tell you, don’t decide at the last minute before your big event to get your first facial or peel ever. In case of an adverse response or the skin needing to purge, you want to give at least two weeks before your event if you will be trying new skin treatments or products. If you are at two weeks or less, don’t risk it, but do get the best quality makeup you can, and hire a reputable makeup artist, if at all possible. If not, girl, get on YouTube for some tutorials!

If you’ve got more time to work with, try treatments like the ultrasonic facial that won’t make you red, flaky, or sensitive. You still need to enjoy your summer, right?!!


The skincare product I’ve chosen to endorse is NeriumAD. Why? It’s the hardest working product I’ve found and it improves a multitude of complexion concerns, such as fine lines, wrinkles, enlarged pores, brown spots, dull skin, and sagging. It’s a natural product that gives real results without over-processing your skin. I call it a facial in a bottle!

Real Results With NeriumAD

Real Results With NeriumAD

Being in skincare, and predominately advanced skincare in the med spa arena, I do have a preference for the highest quality products and ingredients. My makeup line of choice is Iredale Mineral Cosmetics, or Jane Iredale. First developed to be safe and compatible within a dermatology setting, Iredale is a full range, beautiful makeup line that looks fresh, pretty, and lasts all night. Blotting instead of wiping will leave your makeup on and only remove perspiration and oil production. Other than that, the only thing you should really ever need to touch up is your lips.


So your skin is looking good and you’ve picked out your venue, colors, decor, and your dress (assuming you’re the bride), and you’ve picked out your attire if you’re not the bride, now you can decide on a makeup look that will be a marriage (wah wah wah) of your own natural, personal style and the theme for the event. Keep in mind that most grooms prefer a little more of a natural look. But you and your makeup artist or your bffs are the only ones that need to know what exactly went into achieving that natural look!

Similar rules apply to wedding makeup as the rest of the time:

Bold eyes and lots of lashes paired with a nude lipstick/gloss.

Hey! There’s more than one way to get big lashes! Use Latisse or other lash growth serums, start a couple months ahead of time and grow your own! Getting lash extensions is another option. Or, use false lash strips or clusters. Experiment with lash extensions and false lashes at least a few weeks ahead of time to make sure you don’t have any allergies or sensitivities.

Even when choosing a nude lip look, I still recommend using a good lip liner and lip stain, topped off with lipstick or gloss.

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Smoky eyes paired with a pink lip. 

Experiment with the smoky eye. It’s a gorgeous look and is actually easy to do. Start with the deepest shade around the lash line, use slightly lighter but still deep color out to the crease line, and lighter, more skin toned up to the brow. Blend! Add highlite at brow bone and inner corners of eyes, and do your brows! You can’t have them fading into the background!

Help keep your pretty lips in place with lip stain first, then lipstick.


Fuller yet groomed eyebrows and retro eyeliner paired with bold lip color.

Brow stencils or a steady hand and an artful eye will go a long way here. Keep eyeshadow pretty classic, main shade not much deeper than your skin tone, deeper shade for crease and bottom lash line, and highlite shade. Practice a tight line along your upper lash line, keeping at the area where lashes grow out of your lid. Wing the liner out some at the outer edge.

Precise lip liner, a lip stain, and lipstick/gloss will help you keep your bold lip throughout your event.

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Dewy skin and nude eyes paired with glossed up lips.

Good skincare is really paying off here! Add to that a dewy or luminous finish foundation or BB Cream. A cream blush will continue your glowing theme.

Line lips and use a lip stain/gloss combo. Keep a classic eye look with lighter/nude shades.

Above all, may your summertime weddings and special events be blessed and successful! Mazel Tov!!!

U2’s Bono interview about Christ

13 Jun

Love Bono and U2.

No Apologizing

Okay….so I am always on the lookout for how celebrities describe their faith.  I find it interesting.  9 times out of 10 they end up creating a God that does not exist in the Bible.  Then along comes this excerpt from a book where Bono from U2 is being interviewed about his faith.  Actually the interview is from September 2010…but never the less it is an incredible read.  The following excerpt is from the poached egg and can be found at this link.


Bono: My understanding of the Scriptures has been made simple by the person of Christ. Christ teaches that God is love. What does that mean? What it means for me: a study of the life of Christ. Love here describes itself as a child born in straw poverty, the most vulnerable situation of all, without honor. I don’t let my religious world get too…

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