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Jessie's Blog

An ongoing series of informational entries

Ingredients Matter

Mayay 1, 2017

I'm only going to use the best ingredients in all of my skincare treatments.  Your skin i s your largest organ.  Everything we put on our skin is absorbed into our bodies.  I have been very intentional with wax products, eyelash and eyebrow tint and  even  our falsie eyelash glue.  Salt Hug is my own  brand of bath salts.  It is a pet peeve of mine that bath salts are on the market today with dyes and perfumes that are not body safe!  Salt Hug uses mica powders for color and essential oils and natural fragrances to make your bath delicious.  302 skincare is also intentional about what they put in their line.  Organic ingredients are the main staple.  They also recognize that some synthetic ingredients will benefit the skin and use a balanced approach to formulating their treatment products.

Ultrasound technology

May 14, 2017

Who knew using ultrasound technology in a facial would produce amazing results!?!?!  Well-we do now!  When I use a skin scrubber the vibrations of ultrasound penetrate deep into the layer of the skin to remove all impurities from the skin.  There is a noticeable difference.  Likewise when the ultrasound tool is reversed and used to push products into the skin, they penetrate deeper and work with the cells in a way topical application just cannot produce.  The 302 Skincare line has so many actives to reduce inflammation, fight aging and stimulate collagen reproduction.  If you are looking for glowy soft skin, Jessie's Skincare Oasis facials are exactly what you need.

302 Skincare

May 22, 2017

I used Aveda since I was 19 years old.  I dabbled with other lines, especially if I was in a sales position or salon with a different line.  I'd enjoy other serums or masks, but Aveda was my main, go to, happy skin line.  I mentored a new esthetics student when she did an  externship with me for her final school hours.  Later she hired me as a consultant to help her start her own skincare business.  Once she was up and going I went to get a facial.  I already have decent skin and I noticed an immediate improvement.  I was so impressed that I went back the next day and purchased the entire skincare line, including C-Boost drops , A-Boost drops and 302 drops.   302 cleanser, calming mist, day/night recovery and eye firming serum rounded out my new regimen.  As I made the decision to re-open my own business as Jessie's Skincare Oasis the choice of what to use for my skincare line was easy.  302!  I will be using ultrasound technology in my facials as well!


October 17, 2017

Dermaplaning is the now the most popular facial service at Bainbridge Athletic Club.  Besides being a great exfoliant for 2-3 weeks worth of dead skin on the surface of your face, it also removes any vellus hairs (also known as peach fuzz or baby hairs).  I use a surgical blade to remove the skin and hair by gently rubbing is across your face at a 45 degree angle.   It looks like snake skin coming off, it's amazing!  The cells then regenerate at an accelerated rate giving you a smooth and supple appearance.  This is a stand alone facial service with the following:

Double cleanse with skin scrubber ultrasonic tool

ABH prep solution

Dermaplane Treatment

Enzyme Exfoliation Treatment

Mask according to Skin Type

Calming Mist

Trio of serums: 302, C Boost and A Boost

Ultrasound gel and ultrasound treatment to help serum trio really penetrate your cells

Moisturizer and Eye Treatment based on skin type

You can also add dermaplaning on to any  facial.  If you add it to the Spa Oasis Facial you will also receive steam, facial massage, arm and hand massage, neck and  shoulder massage.

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Eyelash Extenisons

Decemberber 3, 2017

I took my first eyelash extension class in 2007, about the same time I was starting esthetics school.  I have seen the variety and quality of products improve in the past decade.  It is so fun and exciting.  Unfortunately it can be dangerous too.  The quality of training varies from one technician to the other.  I began training employees many years ago and now provide classes and products to other beauty professionals.  I think as a trainer it is important  for me to keep my hand on people and I enjoy doing extensions so much.  Whether you want a soft natural look or a heavy dramatic look, I can make it happen.  Not all technicians are created equal, so your homework and then  book and appointment with me!

Q.  What's the difference between Mink and Synthetic Extensions?

A. Mink uses real fur for the extension.  It is the most lightweight extension on the market and wears better than synthetic.  It also looks the most natural unless it is used in volume lashing.

Q. What is volume lashing?

A.  In a classic full set you only apply one eyelash extension to one natural eyelash.  In volume lashing you apply 2, 3 or even 4 extensions per one natural eyelash.  If this is done a much different extension needs to be used so that the natural eyelash can handle the weight.  Mink, or thinner synthetic lashes need to be used or ellipse extensions.

Q. So what are Ellipse extensions?

A.  Ellipse extensions-or flat lashes- are extensions that have been trimmed.  Think of an extension as a cone  If you trim off the top and bottom, leaving just the mid section, the extension is much more lightweight.  It also reflects light more.  They are great for volume lashing or if someone wants more length or width than their natural lashes could handle otherwise with regular extensions.  Even if someone wants a natural look, they will wear better because there is less surface tension due to less weight.  They are almost all I use exclusively at this point in my business-at no additional charge when doing classic full sets and fills.

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Lash Lifts

January 9, 2018

Lash Lifts save time every morning.

So many of my clients say they come to me to get their eyelashes lifted and tinted in order to save time in the morning when they are getting ready. The lift curls them up permanently until they naturally shed. The fun part about this is at about 3-4 weeks out half of your natural eyelashes are straight while the others are lifted. This creates a very fluttery effect. The tint gives you the volume and depth you are looking for. We sell Lash Food Eyelash Serum to help your natural eyelashes grow too! Come in and see what all the fuss is about!

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Bikini vs Brazillian Waxing

February 14, 2018

Bikini vs Brazilian Waxing? ‘‘Tis the season for some waxing!

So what IS the difference in all the variations of bikini waxing?

A bikini wax is right outside or right inside the panty line.

The extended bikini is an inch or two in from the panty line, about an inch off the top of the mons pubis, the inner thigh hair and hair in the butt crack.

A Brazilain is everything from the top to the butt. Sometimes people like to leave a strip or a box, but the labia is cleaned up.  Some people want to be all bare.

Does everyone have hair on their butt? Just about everyone. I'm surprised if they do not have something after over a a decade of waxing.

Do people ask for just the butt? Yes sometimes that's all they want.

Manzillians? Same for the guys.  Front to back...Yes it includes testicles. Yes it hurts just as much as a female brazilian. Yes, you are free from shaving for a month and incredibly smooth.

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Bikini waxing aftercare

March 12, 2018

So you've decided to get a bikini wax.  Congrats!  Youre gonna be smooth for a month.  Now for aftercare.  Some people, especially the first few times they wax, have sensitivities.  It makes sense.  You just ripped the hair out by the root.  In order to calm the hair follicle and prevent ingrowns please follow these directions:

Use Finipil cream daily.  It is antibacterial and antifungal, antimicrobial and anti-everything!  We have samples at the  salon if you'd like to try it and tubes available for purchase.  It does have menthol so its best on the mons pubis(up on  top).  Don't get it too near any openings.

Neutrogena has a body wash with salicylic acid in it.  This helps exfoliate the top layers of skin, not allowing hairs to become ingrown.  Using Body Clear (found in the face section of most stores) with exfoliating mitts is the second best way to prevent ingrowns.

If you do have a  problem with ingrowns any clay mask will help.  It will pull impurities out of the skin as it dries.  We have a 302 Skincare Treatment mask we recommend but if you have a clay mask at home, use it!

Finally, know that your skin will get used to it.  We can also try using a different wax if you're sensitive to a particular wax.  Just let your wax technician know your concern and we will work together.

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New Location

May 6, 2018

How many times have I moved in my decade career as an esthetician?  The answer:  many!  For one reason or another I have moved my business, changed my business name, started a secondary business or secondary location.   

There have been many  reasons.  Some are opportunities.  When Relax Massage & Spa came up for sale I was working part-time on Bainbridge and part-time in Bremerton.  I  was also finishing up massage school, as I had already been an esthetician for a number of years.  The price was low enough, 1/10th of what I bought a coffee shop for a few years earlier, that I jumped on  it.  Business was so good I opened Pandora's Box in the mall as an eyelash and waxing boutique.  At one point I had 22 employees between these two locations and life was CraZy!  The mall raised rent to double or triple with new managment when I had only been open 3 months with Pandora's Box.  I had to move both locations out of the mall just to keep them going.

A year later I moved Pandora's Box to Bainbridge Island because I was living there.  When a neighbor moved out I expanded.  When an employee left I downsized.  When I found better rent I moved.  I painted so many walls pink in three years it was comical.  Each move I thought would be forever.  I closed Relax Massage in an effort to make life easier.

I had three men following me and slashing my tires on three separate occasions.  Then following me to the tire store and texting me they see me there.  This was all becuase I didn't want to date one.  Kitsap County failed me when they dismissed the restraining order and I honestly feared for my life.  I got on a plane to Kansas the next day.  I tried comoing back once every three weeks to keep Pandora's Box open, but eventually that proved to be too hard.  I got lisenced in Missourri and Kansas and started working there.  But I wasn't there long.  I missed home.

Upon coming back to Washington I decided to finish my Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration.  I had quit school to "mom" and my two oldest had gone off to college.  It was me time.  At the same time a former employee wanted to start her own spa.  I consulted her on how to do that and spent the next year and a half mentoring as I worked for her and went to school.

I was going to graduate last summer and started looking at starting my ownplace again.  I loved Bainbridge and had former cleints there.  I have such fond memories of my grandparents onthe island.  I reached out to the Bainbridge Athletic Club because I knew they had estheticians in there before.  Just before graduation, life threw me a curve ball and I have spent the past year taking my last three classes one quarter at a time.

In the last year I have also spent more time with Fringe Beneyefits (my eyelash extension training and supply company).  I have an Amazon store and an app for beauty professionals.  I needed more space for classes.

In the last year I have also found a love and passion for salt.  Bath salts specifically.  During the curve ball time when it felt like I was in a snow globe and someone was shaking it I read a book that talked about the health benefits of salt.  I took a salt bath every single day and I swear it helped me get through the rough time.  I also put bowls of salt around my house and carried a spray bottle of salt water with me.  When salt melts it releases negative ions so if you spray salt water on ourself or add salt to a bath it increases the oxygen and seratonin in your brain...therefore you feel happier!  I now have my Salt Hug business.

Moving to Poulsbo has allowed me to find a location where I can put everything I do under one roof.  I signed a two year lease so at least you know where to find me for the next two years!  Ha!  

I'm at peace and feel like the snow globe is settling.  Life is mysterious and always changing.  I suppose it's how we adjust to the changes that matter.  What's that saying?  It's not how many times you get knocked down that matters, it's how many times you get back up!

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Lash Lift & Tint

July 26, 2018

Lash Lift and Tint.  This service is getting so popular!  I offer the basic lift and tint.  It takes about 20 minutes start to finish.   It is a great way to have your lashes darkened and curled up until they shed (about 8 weeks or so).  But I also offer a Keratin Infusion Lash Lift and Tint.  This service costs $20 more but it adds 40% volume to your lashes!  It also takes about double the time, but I honestly think it is so worth it!  The difference is keratin builds on your hair cuticle so it doesn't damage the hair follicle.  The result is a thicker fuller eyelash...we all want that right!  Instead of wearing eyelash extensions, I now do the Keratin  Lash Lift and use a lash boost serum.  Of course I sell my favorite lash boost serums at the salon!  So schedule yours today and enjoy fully lifted lashes for the holiday season!  NO more curlers, just fabulous eyelashes all the time!  

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Facials as the weather changes

Oct 20, 2018

As the seasons change, it is a perfect time to get a facial.  Our skin responds differently to the different climate changes.  As the weather cools off it is the perfect time for a dermaplaning facial to scrape off all the  dead skin and hydrate fresh skin in preparation for the cold weather!

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Facials as the weather changes

Jan 1, 2019

Every January first we all think about how we want this year to be our best and how we want to take care of ourselves better.  Self care is such an important aspect of our lives.  Most of my clients are women and most of us women are serious nurturers.  We can  easily feel burnt out.  When we take care of ourselves, it recharges our batteries!

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Moisture Drops SAVE Snowmageddon

Feb 20, 2019

Feeling DRY? Cracked?  Itchy?  Now is the perfect time to spoil yourself with a Hydrating Deluxe facial and enjoy 90 minutes of pampering.  You can also drop by for our moisture drops serum.  A popular 302 Skincare product it is great for any skin type.  It instantly hydrates the skin.  Sample/travel sizes are only $4.  The 1oz is $26 and will last you 1-3 months.  There is also an economy size of 4oz for $70 if you like saving money!!

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Keratin Infusion Lash Lift

April 21, 2019

This is becoming my new favorite service!  It takes 15 minutes longer than the express lift and costs $20 more but baby is it worth it!!  It adds volume, it cannot overprocess and I'm doing 1-4 a day!  Everyone is loving this, especially with the eyelash growth serums out there.  I recommend and sell Babe Lash!