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Permanent Makeup: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

I have been a professional makeup artist for over 10 years now but it was my love for art that really inspired me to seek out new opportunities within my industry. Luckily, I get to work with board certified surgeons at The Plastic Surgery Group, who are constantly embracing new technologies and techniques for enhancing patients’ appearances, so naturally it was a piece of cake to convince them to send me to Look Image Academy in Rhode Island. It was there that I received specialized training to learn the correct methods of applying advanced permanent eyebrow makeup such as the … Continue reading

Tips for Finding the Perfect Makeup Artist for Your Wedding

Your wedding day is no doubt one of the most special days of your life. It’s something most of us have been thinking about since the time we were 5 and if you’re anything like me you have a secret Pinterest board with thousands of pins all dedicated to that glorious 5 hour event that you’ve been planning your whole life. While the date, venue, and first dance song are probably things you have been thinking about for a while, one of the more “last minute” decisions I see brides make is in relation to their makeup.​ Your makeup is … Continue reading

Why Microneedling is my newest obsession and it should be yours too!

One of my favorite aspects of my job is that I get to learn. Everyday, I learn about new procedures, new techniques and new products that give my client’s the best possible skin that they can have. I have seen new technologies become game changers in how we treat people for a wide range of problems. In fact, we just recently introduced a new procedure that I have absolutely fallen in love with. Microneedling. Well, to start off, microneedling isn’t necessarily “new,” but the microneedling technology we have available to us today is what makes this procedure so extraordinary. At … Continue reading

Tattoo Regret? It Doesn’t Have to Last Forever

Spa One Introduces the Availability of Enlighten! At some point in time, each and every one of us has made a somewhat questionable decision in our lives, and often times those questionable decisions leave us with a sense of regret. I’ll be the first to admit that little black butterfly tattoo on my right foot seemed like a great idea at the ripe old age of 17. Now that I’m older all I can do is look back and think to myself, “what was I thinking?!” I’m not the only one with this feeling. At Spa One and The Plastic … Continue reading

#OSCARGLAM 2016: How to recreate my favorite looks of the night at home!

The Academy Awards are obviously one of the most talked about award shows of the entire season. I mean, what’s not to love about our favorite celebrities getting dressed to the nines in fashion’s most drooled over dresses? I will admit, while I love the fashion and the awards, what I really tune in for is the hair and makeup! While it was impossible not to notice Jennifer Garner’s flawless and fresh skin or Rooney Mara’s insta-glam worthy red pout in that Givenchy dress, my absolute favorite looks of the night had to be Saoirse Ronan, Naomi Watts, and of … Continue reading

Monthly Special

Check out Spa One’s February Discounts!  Spa One Announces the Availability of HA5. Introducing a New Chapter in Skin Hydration. HA5 provides immediate smoothing in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and supports the skin’s natural ability to replenish its own hyaluronic acid (HA) for overall skin health. To celebrate the availability of this new product, BRILLIANT DISTINCTIONS® members will receive $25 off their purchase of SkinMedica’s HA5 throughout the month of February. [While supplies last. Limited to one per customer.] ————————————————————————————————————— $50 off Botox Want soft, rejuvenated looking skin without any signs of frown lines or crow’s feet? … Continue reading

Bundle Up: Winter is here and so is the dry, flaky skin that comes with it

Growing up in Albany, NY, we are used to winter conditions that are often unpredictable and harsh. No matter how many winters we have endured, our skin will never adapt to the frigid weather outside coupled with the dry heat indoors which leaves us with flaky, cracked and dull looking skin. Our skin is the largest organ the body has which is why it is imperative that we properly care for it. Some of the most common problems I see with my clients at Spa One can range from dry, flaky skin not only on the face but the full … Continue reading

Capital Region TWC News: Baby Boomers Opting for Nonsurgical Micro-Needling

Originally aired on TWC News with Marcie Fraser Each year more people are spending more money trying to rejuvenate the skin to look younger and now there’s a new procedure using a pen, it’s called micro-needling. As the number of baby boomers increase so is the interest in turning back the clock on aging to look good and feel better. “I’m getting some age spots are brown spots and some red pigmentation so I want that a little boost to my skin,” said Kathleen Middleton. What Middleton is looking for is not in the form of surgery. Instead she opted … Continue reading

Times Union: Extended Eye Appeal

Originally published in the Times Union  “You have beautiful eyes,” said the cashier, scanning my stack of greeting cards and a container of Tums. Her compliment almost — almost — made me forget my heartburn. While there’s nothing wrong with my eyes, they’re “meh” at best, even when I’m all dressed up with someplace to go. My peepers are the color of an angry storm cloud right before the weather breaks, and my (short) eyelashes a mousy blonde with light tips. Pair that with serious dark circles thanks to allergies and a husband who is a restless sleeper, and you’ll … Continue reading

Times Union: Get fuller-looking lips … and without the blood

Originally published in the Times Union Many regular people want to look like celebrities and will go to often ridiculous measures to get there. Right now, women want Kylie Jenner’s lips and they’re using a shot glass to get them. That’s right, a shot glass that they put to their lips and suck on (all the while posting the process to social media and tagging it #KylieJennerChallenge). And then, voila, they’re a Kylie Jenner doppelganger. Or the glass breaks and they end up cut and bleeding. Sounds sexy, huh? Kylie herself is not condoning this method. In fact, she took … Continue reading

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