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