Saturday, March 31, 2012

What exactly do you do, Bronzediva?

I've been asked this question again and again.  Many people don't know that I was a Middle School teacher for a brief period of time, director of a youth enrichment program for a little while, and a stay-at-home mom for most of my adult life.  Sorry to say, but I quickly realized that teaching Social Studies to other's people's misbehaved kids was just not for me.  I love my own kids, but I am not one to put up with a lot of nonsense from overly emotional and often bratty pre-teens and teens.  I thank God for those who do so, but I am convinced that it is not my passion in life.

I have always been fascinated with color.  And mixing colors together to create other colors.  I used to be obsessed with drawing, especially girls and women's faces.  I am artistic, though not as much so as my daughter Lena.  But I have always seen the face as a canvas upon which to build a unique and special piece of art.

Years of trial and error have taught me how to apply makeup, first to myself , and then to others.  And I've always been curious about the function of the skin, and how keep it healthy.   So in 2007, I decided that I would go to school to become an esthetician.

An esthetician is a person who is a "face"expert.  We know the anatomy of human skin, the body's largest organ, and have been trained to perform facials, chemical peels, deep exfoliation, body treatments, and hair removal.  We are the ones who work in spas as "facialists" who massage and pamper the face, perform body wraps and exfoliation, waxing, and if we have a clincial background we may perform microdermabrasion treatments (using a diamond tipped wand to "sandblast" the top layers of the epidermis), deep chemical peels, and more.

A facial is not merely a pampering session, although it feels like bliss when you receive it.  We deep cleanse, exfoliate, steam, massage, and apply treatments customized to enhance your own skin and abate issues.  May clients have fallen asleep during my face, neck, hand, and arm treatments as they enjoy they enjoy soft music in the background.  I also am able to extract comedones (pimples) with a special tool, which is much safer than you "popping" your own pimples.  I have been trained in microdermabrasions and chemical peels, but I won't do a deep peel unless I'm working with a doctor in a medical clinic.  May people who have monthly, or even seasonal facials have benefited tremendously by obtaining clearer, balanced ,evenly toned and more youthful skin.

In addition, I am a professional makeup artist.  I have provided makeup artisty services for weddings, proms, and clients perparing for professional portraits.  I enjoy makeup artistry the most; transforming faces is so much fun.

Currently I am a freelance artist, I do not work for a particular salon or company.  I do not sell products from direct marketing cosmetic lines, I like to pick and choose, and pass on my knowledge with all of you! 

So now you know what I am trained and licensed to do. I still consider myself a teacher; what I enjoy most is to educate others in how to beautify themselves, and gain appreciation for the way they look and feel!!!!

Love and blessings,

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