How to do an at home facial


How To Do An At Home FacialHow to do an at home facial

Skin care is one of the most important parts of your beauty routine because your face is one of the first things that people notice about you when they first meet you. When you look good you feel better about yourself and have more confidence in the things you do. This is why facials are such an important addition to your weekly routine. Now I know that you’re busy and can’t go to the spa all the time so here are a few tips on how to do an at home facial.

  1. The first step is to get your hair out of your face so get a rubber band and pull it all back into a ponytail.

  2. Now that you’re ready to really get to work it’s time to use a gentle cleanser to remove any trace of dirt or makeup. Be sure that your cleanser is suitable for your skin type so that you don’t dry out or break out.

  3. Apply an exfoliator to your skin using small circular motions to remove the dead skin cells. This will help your skin to look fresher and brighter because the dead cells are not dulling out the top layer (the dermis) of the skin. Be careful to not use too much pressure or you can rip the skin.

  4. In order to open your pores I suggest putting a towel over your head and carefully standing over a pot of hot water with chamomile or lemon zinger tea. The chamomile is more relaxing and the lemon zinger has a little more kick to it. Be sure to not get to close to the pot or the steam can burn your face.

  5. If you have pimples or ingrown hairs now you will be able to gently and easily remove them. Be sure that your finger nails are clean in order to avoid infection. If you don’t want to use your nails you can purchase tools at your favorite beauty supply shop.

  6. Next apply a facial mask. Pumpkin or avocado egg masks are great for people who have acne. Collagen and coffee masks are great for people who are looking for a nice healthy glow. If you have sensitive skin I recommend you can also use an oatmeal mask.

  7. Don’t forget to put a couple of cucumber slices on your eyes to make them brighter. The cucumbers and masks should be left on the skin for about ten to fifteen minutes.

  8. Finally be sure to apply a moisturizer to protect your skin from the elements. Be sure to use a thicker cream in the winter and a lighter one during the summer months.

Put aside about 45 minutes for the process. If you don’t have to remove any blemishes then you can put aside about 30 minutes. The process is faster and less expensive than going to a spa and it gives you some alone time. Enjoy!

Aleya started an electrolysis hair removal practice in Long Island 9 years ago. As her business grew she started offering Diode laser hair removal services to her clients who want faster results. Aleya takes great pride in her knowledge of hair and skin care and is always happy to share with her clients and friends. Thank you Beauty Tidbits for allowing me to share this information with your readers.

Top Moments from the Makeup Show, Los Angeles 2014

It is hard to believe that the Makeup Show L.A. was just last weekend (almost 2 weeks ago now, it just took me forever to get the images added to this so I could publish!). What a crazy (awesome!) blur of weekend! I told you all about the prep that went into me getting ready to go in the last 2 posts, here and here. After the whirlwind trip, with very little sleep and brain busting inspiration, I am back home and have so many things to do to follow up from the show. So while I am getting my thoughts in order, I will start with this post…my top moments from the show and a few regrets too.

The Makeup Show LA

Top Moments from the Makeup Show

  1. Blogger Preview:  I was able to attend the show on a press pass, which gave me the opportunity to really connect with some great people and brands at the event. To kick off the weekend, I was able to attend the blogger preview event on Friday. We got a fabulous swag bag FULL of goodies from some unbelievable brands. James Vincent went thru the bags with us and then gave us some insider info on some of the excitement that we had in store for the next 2 days. 

    The Makeup Show L.A. Blogger Preview

    The Makeup Show L.A. Blogger Preview

  2. The Icon Gallery, Kevyn Aucoin: After the blogger preview, we were invited to get a the first look at the Icon Gallery, a tribute to Kevyn Aucoin’s career and life as artist. James Vincent gave us the tour. Seeing this collection of his work and some of his private letters and photos was incredible and emotional. The Makeup Show did an incredible job putting this together.

    Kevyn Aucoin: The Icon Gallery

    Kevyn Aucoin: The Icon Galler

  3. Words to live by!seriously, I don’t know why my numbers got all off:)
  4.  I’m a finalist for the competition!  I didn’t even notice that they had the finalists for the Face Chart competition at the end of the gallery.  You can imagine my surprise when I saw my image on the wall, as one of 4 finalists! It was incredible. I mean, I knew that I was a finalist but I had no idea that there were only 4 of us chosen. I asked James to take a photo with me and have my entry photo bombing us. He agreed, which makes me love him even more. The winner was notified at the end of the show and while I was disappointed not to take the big prize, I was honored to be a finalist.

    Me and my new bestie James:) Seriously, he rocks!

    Me and my new bestie James:) Seriously, he rocks!

  5. Favorite Keynote Speaker: Honestly, its impossible to have a favorite, there were so many great ones. There were even a few that I missed because I was in a seminar or elsewhere. I loved Gina Brooke and and Ve Neill! The livestream with Wayne Goss was  incredible too. These experienced artists had some really great words of wisdom for all of us. (I don’t have photos of this because I was feverishly taking notes and trying to remember everything they said!)
  6. Favorite Seminar: Like the keynote, it was hard to pick a favorite for this. There is so much information available at the Makeup Show, I honestly wish it could be a week long event so I could soak up everything. For both days there are 2 seminars and a keynote happening at the same time, along with all of the mini stages that the vendors have going on too. Its enough to make your head spin! Since cloning myself is not an option, I had to pick and choose where to be. I probably learned the most from Mathias Alan’s seminar, where he did a bad ass contouring demo using the contour palette from Senna cosmetics. I went straight over and got one for myself! I will be making a video soon using his techniques.

    Senna Face Sculpting Kit

    Senna Face Sculpting Kit

  7. Brand Connections: I am really excited about the brand connections that I made at the show. I have so much new product to tell you about and look forward to working with these brands more and more in the future. Graftobian, a brand that I already love and can’t live without, gave me some classics along with some new to the market jewels that I can’t wait to put to use and tell you about. Graftobian
  8. Focus Series:  These were new to the show this year. They were not as intense and time consuming as the hands on workshops that you can sign up for. Instead they were about an hour long and really focused on one topic. I signed up for James Vincent’s Portfolio Building Focus session. It was amazing, of course. Even in that short time, I got so much great info that I can’t wait to dedicate an entire post about that here and on Money Making Makeup Artist.
  9. Powder Group:  I had been kicking around the idea for awhile about joining the Powder Group but wasn’t sure if it was the right fit for me since I no longer live in Los Angeles and Im also not in NYC. That is where the majority of their classes are and one of the benefits of being a member is that you get discounts on education. But there are other benefits too. I could go on and on but this is also probably another full post that will probably be best on MMMUA. I’m excited to be a part of this elite group.
Proud member!

Proud member

10. Interviews:  It was such an honor to be able to sit down and talk one on one with some of these insanely inspiring and experienced people in our industry. Coming soon there will be a full post dedicated to my time with each of these artists. A huge thank you to Ve NeillJames Vincent and Orlando Santiago for sitting down with me for a chat.

Some of the best in the biz!

Some of the best in the biz!

What I would do differently….

I don’t want to call these regrets, but instead things I wish I had done or what I will do differently next time.

  1. I wish I had taken my Nikon DSLR….but realistically I was totally loaded down with stuff walking around the show and Im not sure I could have handled trying to have one more thing. I also barely got everything home, I may have over purchased a bit! I did take pics with my iPhone but they are not amazing and it was constantly losing battery so that was frustrating.
  2. I do wish I had taken video, especially of the unbelievable special effects artist’s creations. Photos just do not do them justice. Hopefully I can make a video using some stills from the show to give you an idea of what was there.
  3. A tape recorder would have been really helpful when doing the interviews. I was able to write down notes but I wish I had it on tape so that I could really quote their words. I didn’t know I would have the opportunity to sit down with these people for an interview, but next time I will be prepared.
  4. Like I mentioned earlier, there is a lot going on all of the time there. Because there is amazing complimentary education that is included with the price of the ticket, between the keynotes and seminars and brand demos, it is difficult to go to a hands on workshop that overlaps things you don’t want to miss. I would love to have the opportunity to take a hands on workshop from any of these artists.

This is my only real regret! Not buying a new pro case. I took a pic of this pretty purple Stilazzi bag at the Frends Beauty booth, I didn’t know how I would have gotten it home since I already had so much stuff to haul back the East Coast on my red eye Sunday night. But as luck would have it, just as I was writing this post, I went to their website and saw that The Diva bag (perfect for me!) is the deal of the day and only $175 instead of the regular price of $300! So I snatched on up and now I feel much better! If you want one, hurry up because there are only 7 left now. Once I get my new case in, I will review it for you guys. I am hoping these are pretty tough, or have a good warranty because as a freelance stylist, I am so hard on these cases. I actually had to order a new one because the wheel broke on my case 2 days after I got home from the show!

I do wish I had not been so hasty when I was placing my order ( I was so worried that they were going to sell out before I could get my credit card info in!) that I also needed a round shoulder strap set bag. Dang! Hopefully I will remember that on my next order.


Bonus! I was really excited to be back in L.A. and seeing some of my old pals. I moved away from L.A. in 2008 and had not seen two of these people since I had left. first stopped by my old apartment to meet my old roommate, Mychael to grab some lunch. I didn’t think I would be back in that apartment 6 years later, what a rush of memories! From there I went to see my pal Hilary Smith’s new salon that she just opened on Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica, Saulino Smith. Hilary and I go way back to 2004, when were started as assistants at Kenneth George salon in Santa Monica and worked our way up to official stylists together. That seems like a million years ago, we have come a long way! With my fresh new crisp bob, I headed out to the valley to see my bestie and her new baby girl. I can’t believe my Matron of Honor in my wedding is a mama now. It looks like we are all growing up. I love all of this so much!PicFrame-2

What a great weekend! Much needed dose of inspiration and education. But I was totally ready to see these two handsome fellows. How can you not miss this sweet face!

My loves!

My loves!

Types of Hair Extensions

Thanks Phillip James Salon for sharing this great information on different types of hair extensions. Enjoy this educational info graphic and guest post!

Beginner’s Guide to Hair Extensions

If you’re impatiently waiting for your hair to grow out or just want to add some more volume, hair extensions may be a good option for you. Long popular in the celebrity world (how do you think Selena Gomez and Kim Kardashian get noticeably longer locks in a short period of time?), they’re also a hit with the average salon-goer. You may even have friends who already have hair extensions, but failed to notice because their stylist did such a good job of making them look natural.

So how do you get that same luxurious but natural look? You actually have several different options to choose from, depending on your hair type and what kind of use you want to get out of your extensions. Luckily, Philip James Salon has put together a helpful infographic highlighting different extension techniques. They cover:



This is a tried-and-true technique that uses a keratin protein bond to attach small groupings of hair. That keratin bond is heated up, melted, and rolled into a strand of your own hair, and natural hair is left out at the top of the head so that no one can see the bonds. You’ll get 4 months of wear out of these extensions, and they require very little maintenance.


Using what are called beads or locks, extensions are added strand-by-strand to your own hair—no chemicals or glue necessary. The application is gentle and the extensions are easy to remove after you use them for 4 months. You can also move them closer to your scalp at 2 months and reuse the extensions when you go back into the salon.

Braidless Sew-in

This new technique is gentle and cost effective, with easy maintenance and removal. Using your natural hair as a base, extensions are attached with thread. The nice thing about these extensions is that they last as long as fusion and microlink extensions, can be reused, and don’t require any chemicals or uncomfortable braids.

Skin Weft

This technique isn’t nearly as scary as the name makes it sound (it’s also referred to as tape-in extensions, if that makes you feel any better!). It’s ideal for adding fullness or slight length to your natural hair, and requires sandwiching small sections of your hair between 2 wefts of extension hair, which are held in using a thin polyurethane strip with tape on one side.

Clip-On Extensions

Best suited for occasional wear and special events, the beauty of clip-on extensions lies in the fact that they’re easy to add and remove, are inexpensive, and require little maintenance. Rather than just picking up cheap, costume-y clip-ons at a store, stop by your salon and ask your stylist to help you find the right clip-on extensions for your hair length and color. Your stylist will be able to find clip-on extensions in just the shade you’re looking for and can also help you learn how to attach and trim them so that they blend with your natural hair.

Have more questions about hair extensions? The Philip James Salon infographic has much more information, including maintenance tips and the hair types different extensions are suited for.

Finalist for the Kevyn Aucoin Re-Making Faces Competition 2014

Can I just take a minute to say a big old thank you for the awesome support and kind words that you guys shared on the last post about my prepping for to go to the Makeup Show in Los Angeles this weekend!?!?! THANK YOU! I LOVE YOU GUYS! (if you are feeling like you are behind, you can go back and get the full scoop on my prep stress/excitment here). This entire process has been an emotional roller coaster!

My flight leaves out at 5:25 am tomorrow (I know, I didn’t even know any planes left before 5:30) so I am frantically packing and getting things in order around my house now. I don’t think it has really hit me yet that I will be spending the night (4 nights actually) away from my sweet baby for the first time ever. It is quite strange how hard yet easy, but totally stressful it is to pack for just myself. This is the first time I am not packing for my entire family and schlepping every necessary infant item thru the airport like I have for the last 10 months. I’m going to feel so light!

You are probably picking up on my excitement and wondering when I am going to just spill the beans already on whether or not I have heard who the finalists are for the Kevyn Aucoin Re-Making Faces contest…..(drumroll please!!!!!!)


As I mentioned in my last post, I have ZERO face chart experience. Thankfully I am one of those crazy people who gets so fixated on things that I become obsessed and don’t stop until I figure it out. I can’t tell you how many YouTube videos I watched on making face charts! Its also a good thing that my pal Nell (previously mentioned here) recently reminded me that I was the one had informed her, more than 15 years ago, that we were excellent (practically experts!) at everything that we haven’t tried yet. Thanks pal. You are right. 2014 is the year of stepping up the game and accepting more challenges. I needed that.

Below is the image that I used to create the look for my face chart and the shoot we did with Aubri. It is from Kevyn’s Face Forward book and is call Birds of Paradise. More on the process of why I chose elements of reinterpretation here. 

"Birds of Paradise" from Face Forward

“Birds of Paradise” from Face Forward

Like I mentioned before in the last post, normally I would never enter these face chart contests because I don’t do face charts (because I’ve never been trained to or required to do them). I am a makeup artist and excel at working with people, not paper. I can barely read my own handwriting and can barely draw a proper smiley face.

Even though I was terribly disappointed to see they had revised the original rules and no longer wanted the image,I am glad that I had decided to enter anyway. I figured by teaming up with Todd and Aubri, I would have a solid image and could wing it with the face chart. Since the shoot was already booked and I had invested so much time (and a small fortune on feathers to make those brows!), I was grateful that we still did the shoot and that I was allowed to submit it along with the face chart. This is going to be a great addition to the portfolio!

Doing the shoot, between the prep (I did this 10,000 times on myself and my friend Julie too) and doing the look on Aubri for the shoot was so helpful to me in creating the face chart. I know that sometimes artists use the face charts first to plan looks for events or shoots, but since I am not a face chart person this way really helped.

I submitted the images the day before the original deadline, last Friday February 21. That night I was so excited to see that The Makeup Show used my face chart on their Instagram post announcing that the contest had been extend to Monday. I was honored but also a little stressed because I had expected to hear the finalists announced on Monday.

photo 3

According to the original rules, the finalists would have to provide their own model and do the look live at the event on Friday. Being the super preparer that I am, I had already began the hunt for my model and had someone lined up. So while I waited, I was going back and forth on how I needed to whether I was a finalists or not since that changed whether or not I packed my kit (and these feather brows!). Packing everything to do the model there seemed like a big challenge but I was up for it! When they emailed us yesterday to let me know that I was a finalist, I was so happy. Then when I reread the email and figured out that I didn’t have to do the look at the event, an enormous weight was lifted!

Now I can go pack and get everything in order to head out tomorrow. During the process I wondered 10,000 times why I was doing this, why I was putting myself under all this stress instead of just enjoying attending the event. Answer: I LOVE a challenge. I was disappointed that the rules changed to not consider the photo shoot, but if I can be honest I would have to say that without the photo shoot part I would have never done it. I was disappointed (like 1/2 a second) that I would get to show off on my model at the event. Then I remembered that this makes it so much easier for me to just show up and enjoy the event.

The work has been done, now I am off to enjoy myself! I get to wear fun, clothes (no yoga pants or work clothes!) and even carry a real purse instead of a diaper bag!

Tori Burch silver bag

I never could get this flipagram to embed, but I would love to share this play by play that I documented of the process. Its on Instagram, I would love to know what you think!

My list of thanks goes on and on but I am very grateful to my husband for cheering me on and putting up with my swinging emotions throughout this process. I am so thankful to my fabulous mother in law for coming here to be with Silas and hold my house together so that I can fly across the country to be a part of this. Thank you to my girlfriends Casey, Julie and Sara who gave me constructive criticism on the 10,000 pictures of every face chart I attempted until I finally had one that I was okay submitted. And of course, photographer Todd Wright and the gorgeous Aubri with Modelogic Wilhelmina for bringing my vision to life.

Next up, I will be sharing what I picked up at the show. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram to see keep up with me while I am there. Best of luck to all of the finalists!