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 entrenched. 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.

bold eye nude lip

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.

retro liner bold lip

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

Jerri Lien:

Love Bono and U2.

Originally posted on 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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5 Tips For Keeping Your Skin Lovely This Summer

3 Jun
Skinblissful's Jerri Lien

Skinblissful’s Jerri Lien

1) Be Sun Savvy And Bump Up Your SPF In The Summer

We all should be using SPF all year round during daylight hours. Did you know that? Even when it’s cloudy, even when you are indoors (unless you have all the drapes closed and the lights off, haha!), and even if your skin is dark. While it is true that we need Vitamin D, and some health experts are recommending 10-15 minutes of sun exposure on skin free of SPF instead of eating or supplementing your Vitamin D, please note that dermatologists and skin cancer experts recommend an SPF of 50 every single day.
Because most signs of aging come from UV exposure, and because UV exposure ups your odds of developing skin cancer, AND because even those who are pretty good about applying SPF do not always get complete coverage or reapply as often as they should, I highly recommend sun protection on a daily basis. Make SPF part of your morning routine, and have a product on hand so that you can reapply your sun protection throughout the day, especially if you are out swimming, skiing, or even walking your dog. The general rule is to reapply your sun protection every hour, and more often if you are swimming or perspiring, and toweling off.
There are so many great formulations of SPF out now, so there really are no more excuses! I typically enjoy iS Clinical products, though I have not yet tried their new Eclipse SPF 50 (3 oz $39.50). You can bet I am going to grab myself a tube in time for summer! Eclipse SPF 50 comes in translucent and two tinted shades, is water resistant, and offers broad spectrum UV protection. I always keep Jane Iredale’s Powder Me SPF 30 (2 oz $44) on hand for touching up SPF without messing up makeup, and because it will not spoil in my car’s console on a hot day. Powder Me SPF also comes in translucent and two tinted shades. PCA Skin is another great skincare line that offers a variety of SPF products, one to fit your every need.
Dry SPF!!!

Dry SPF!!!

iS Clinical Eclipse SPF 50

iS Clinical Eclipse SPF 50



2) Keep Hydrated… From The Inside Out

Yes, you hear this all the time, but it is especially important in the summer. As things heat up, and as you may become more physically active this time of year, you will lose hydration quickly via perspiration. Keeping hydrated is both a beauty issue in that when you are well-hydrated, your cells and organs, and all your systems, function better, and when things are functioning better, you look better! We need at least 8-10 glasses of water a day, and perhaps more in the summer, and when we are working out. Remember to drink sodas, coffee drinks, and cocktails in moderation, as those beverages do not count as water intake and tend to be dehydrating. Boo! But true.

If you are spending time in intense heat or working out more, you need more hydration, and sometimes more than just water. This could be a whole separate blog! So please do a little research on keeping hydrated. One article I liked was written for runners but can apply to anyone who works out – check out Summer Hydration.
Regardless of your skin type, you will want to use a moisturizer to bind water to your skin – think of a plant that is wilting and how it perks up when you water it. That is what a good moisturizer can do for your skin. There are moisturizers for virtually every skin type. Some I like are Nucelle’s Mandelic Moisturizing Sunscreen SPF 17 (2 oz $30), Jane Iredale’s Dream Tint (2 oz $44), and PCA Skin’s ReBalance (1.7 oz $34).
Jane Iredale Dream Tint

Jane Iredale Dream Tint

Nucelle Mandelic Moisturizing Sunsreen SPF 17

Nucelle Mandelic Moisturizing Sunsreen SPF 17

PCA Skin ReBalance

PCA Skin ReBalance

3) Always Cleanse Your Skin At Night
One of my little esthetician pet peeves is when people don’t cleanse their skin at night! I know you are tired, but you are doing yourself and your skin such a disservice if you don’t take care of it at night. Even if you don’t wear makeup, a gentle cleansing at night will remove oil, perspiration, SPF, air pollution, and any debris from the day behind you. I also recommend a double cleanse at night. The first cleanse should be quick to remove the bulk of the debris, and the second cleanse you can spend a little more time on. The light exfoliation and massage you do at night when you are cleansing and treating your skin will also help keep pores clean, remove dead skin cells, and stimulate circulation and cellular turnover.
Depending on the skincare products you use and the regimen you follow, you may or may not need to cleanse in the morning. Some regimens call for simply rinsing the skin well with lukewarm water in the morning.
There are cleansers geared toward every type of skin and every type of situation. For example, iS Clinical makes a cream cleanser (6 oz $48) that can be used with or without water, simplifying cleansing for soldiers, campers, and those who are on bed rest. There are also tools that facilitate cleansing, like Jane Iredale’s Magic Mitt ($15), a microfiber mitt that works with water to cleanse your skin and remove makeup. The Magic Mitt can be used with or without cleanser. The Clarisonic cleansing brushes (approximately $100 to$225) are fantastic, too. Combine the Clarisonic with your favorite cleanser and you will be cleansing approximately six times more thoroughly than when cleansing with your hands.
Use lukewarm water when cleansing and rinsing your skin. Hot and cold temperatures can be drying, overstimulating and/or irritating.
iS Clinical Cream Cleanser

iS Clinical Cream Cleanser

Jane Iredale Magic Mitt

Jane Iredale Magic Mitt



4) Treat Your Skin At Night
At night when you sleep is when your whole body jumps into rejuvenation mode. Getting plenty of sleep is key, that’s why they call it beauty sleep ;)
We have already established that it is important to cleanse your skin at night, and everyone has heard of beauty sleep, but did you know that using product to “treat” your skin with at night will be one more step on the path to healthy, beautiful skin? While your body is already in repair mode, you can help your skin by using a treatment product that works while you are sleeping.
I make no secret of the fact that I love NeriumAD (1 oz $110), a nighttime skincare treatment product that is changing how people think about their skincare regimens. What I really love about it is that I can treat my skin with Nerium to combat the signs of aging, like fine lines, wrinkles, brown spots, and sagging, without making my skin sun sensitive. I’ll be honest, I wait all year for summer and do not want to have to miss out on one bit of it because of whatever I’m using to treat my skin!
Other products I like for nighttime that will not make you sun sensitive are SkinMedica’s TNS Essential Serum (1 oz $260) and Nucelle’s Mandelic Anti-Oxidant Moisturizer (2 oz $30).


SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum

SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum

Nucelle Antioxidant Moisturizer

Nucelle Antioxidant Moisturizer

5) Summertime Skincare Treatments
If you are someone who spends a lot of time outdoors in the summer, or you do workouts that heat you up, like hot yoga, bicycling, jogging, kickboxing, or whatever, it’s really a good idea to take this into consideration when planning your skincare treatments. Certain treatments do not mesh well with sun exposure or increased body temperature and perspiring. Rethink peels and laser types of treatments during the summer months.
Are you like me and not willing to miss out on the summer sunshine? For my customers and for myself, I’m not willing to take safety risks when it comes to the skin. So what’s a skincare fanatic to do?!! And what’s a skincare fanatic to recommend?!! Save the heavier duty treatments for winter. Instead, opt for European Facials, Ultrasonic Facials, and even a light Dermaplaning session. This way, you can still take great care of your skin without compromising it and without cramping your summer style!
This particular blog entry was written at the request of my dear friend, Rebecca Dashow. Rebecca is a talented fashionista who can whip your closet and wardrobe into shape, often using elements  you already own. We will be guest blogging for  one another on a monthly basis, isn’t that fun?!! Please check out Rebecca’s blog at
Have a beautiful, glowing, safe, fabulous summer!
XOXO Jerri Lien

GM Collin Lip Plumping Complex

29 May



GM Collin Lip Plumping Complex


Sometimes you fall in love with a beauty product and don’t want to live without it. Lip products that feel great on, smell nice, and don’t taste weird often fall into the category of products people love using daily. If you have ventured into the realm of top quality lip and beauty products, you have most likely become a product snob! This isn’t a bad thing, though. It’s sort of like being accustomed to farm fresh butter, you can’t go back to margarine. When you have used the best, sub par products simply will not do.

GM Collin Lip Plumping Complex might be one of those products that you cannot do without, so purchase at your own risk.

This product contains a proprietary blend of hyaluronic acid (moisture-binding), micro-collagen (moisture-binding), and copper peptide (firming), and is meant to hydrate and plump the lips. However, it is a gentle plumping, not an “oh my gosh, my lips are on fire” kind of a plumping.

GM Collin states that using this product three times a day for 29 days showed up to 60% increase in hydration, up to 41% increase in lip volume, and a notable decrease in superficial lip lines in their clinical trial subjects.

This lip plumping product is easy to use. It comes in a tube and is applied like a lip gloss. Choose between clear and rose tint, both impart a subtle shimmer to the lips. 

Retail price is $33.00.

Rebecca Dashow – You Need Her In Your Closet!

29 May
Rebecca Dashow & Son Photo by Mera Koh

Rebecca Dashow & Son
Photo by Mera Koh

Recently I spent an afternoon with some wonderful ladies, old and new friends, at an art loft in downtown Tacoma. It was a bittersweet moment, and I was feeling nostalgic because I no longer live in the area, but it was also sweet to reminisce about the good old days of doing business downtown. I met a lot of wonderful people – artists and business owners – who formed a close-knit community of people who truly cared for and supported one another. I am no longer able to do business in Tacoma on a full-time basis, which I dearly miss, but I started thinking about ways to maintain those connections with and remain helpful to one another. Blogging is the immediate answer, with more ideas to follow!

While I will continue writing about the skin and beauty industries, I also want to begin regularly featuring some of the many amazing people I know who have enriched my life. One such person is Rebecca Dashow. When I met her, I owned and operated a skincare studio with two other women in downtown Tacoma, and Rebecca owned an upscale women’s boutique. We were introduced by common friends and became friends ourselves. I enjoyed visiting with Rebecca and shopping at her boutique, and she came to me for skincare and makeup.

A lot has changed, and these days I am living four hours away. Rebecca no longer has her brick and mortar boutique, but she does have lots of other fabulous things going on. Check it out!

Rebecca Dashow, in her own words:

A stylist, personal shopper and wardrobe consultant.
Blogger, fashion writer and speaker.
A buyer and boutique consultant.

Hey there Gals!,

My name is Rebecca Dashow and I am just a regular gal who happens to be crazy in love with clothes. I am also in love with helping other women fall in love with clothes too. My philosophy, “love who you are, you will love what you wear.” That is my mission that is what I will preach and teach. I am your stylist, your friend, your closet clean-up diva. I owned and operated a fabulous high end-boutique from 2004-2009. I changed directions a bit when my gorgeous son came into the world. I started a consulting business and have styled some very high–end internet campaigns, and I work with big companies in the Seattle area, plus I style and work with my amazing clients and their wardrobes daily, mainly teaching them how to SHOP THEIR CLOSETS. I also really focus on the psychology of why we don’t allow ourselves to look good, and love ourselves the way we look? Basically I am just sick of women picking themselves apart so maybe I can help you feel good about the way you dress, smile at the image in the mirror, and enjoy playing dress up each day.

My main reason for starting this blog is to get my message across that you can only look good if you start from the inside out. So start today. Let me help you find your style, find you. I am available for help whether a daily tip on my blog or a question by email. Maybe you hire me as your virtual stylist. I want to style you from the inside and just have some fun.

Love, Rebecca

Rebecca Dashow Virtual Styling

Rebecca Dashow
Virtual Styling


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