3.30.2012

Esthetician or Aesthetician? Pt. 9

Treat your skin:
Baking Soda and Water make a great substitute for what is called "Desincrustation Fluid". What it does is soften sebum and follicles for deep pore cleansing! This is one of the steps to the High-Frequency Treatment I've talked about, but it can also be performed alone.

Make a good mixture that won't be too dry and pasty, but not too runny either. Rub it into makeup free skin like you would an exfoliant. I would rub it on for about 1-2 minutes, rinse with water, properly extract your white or black heads (Learn how HERE), then cleanse, toner, moisture, sunscreen.

I've got to talk sunscreen again here.
I'm sure you or someone you know has talked about how they love getting tan or even burned from the sun because it dries up their acne and clears their face, right?
Well, what if I told you that it's actually doing the opposite of clearing it? Yup. Underneath that dry dead layer that you just fried by not wearing sunscreen, is MORE oil than normal. Your skin is trying to make up for what you just did to it by producing more oil. So when that tan or burn wears off, your acne is going to be even worse than it was before.

Still don't like sunscreen?

Spray tans can be a great alternative to cooking your skin! Here are some tips for making them last longer:
- exfoliate your entire body (or whatever is getting the spray tan) beforehand
- wear baggy clothes for the first 24 hrs after receiving a spray tan
- don't shower, sweat, or moisturize for the first 24 hrs after receiving a spray tan
- after the first 24 hrs has passed, keep that tan moisturized!

You're welcome. :)

3.29.2012

BBFF

(best blogging friends forever)
I love blog friends. (that means YOU! Yes, you, the one reading this right now! LOVE YOU!) I don't know where I'd be without them. I was having a not so good few days, so Courtney was so sweet and planned a night to just be lazy. It was just what I needed.

We had a lot of junk food, enjoyed the beautiful view, and told funny stories about silly boys.

Just what I needed. :)

You guys are all so amazing and I can't tell you how much you've done for me!

P.S. The winner of the Photography Session from Katrina B. Photography is Megan T.! Congrats Megan! I sent you an email!

3.28.2012

7 Questions #4

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7 Questions!

I'm so glad you guys have been enjoying these posts. I've LOVED getting to know you all better and read your answers! Can't wait to see who joins in this week! :D

As required- my funny photo:

This is a talent. It truly is.

1. What is your favorite color TO WEAR?
I find myself wearing a lot of blue, which is funny because I wouldn't have ever guessed that I'd wear a lot of blue... haha!

2. You are given the choice between visiting every country and landing on the moon. Which would you choose?
Visit every country. I would be a big ol'scared mess if I had to land on the moon. haha! I'm a baby.

3. What's your favorite animal and why?
FOXES!! They're whimsical, beautiful, and smart.

4. You are forced to do one of the following, which would you choose? Sky dive, scuba dive, or this:


Oh goodness... All of these terrify me. Probably the swing because I think it's the coolest.

5. You are given the chance to go back in time. Which era would you visit?

The Big Band era! Oh if only I had the chance to dance with Gene Kelly and sing with Bing Crosby (because this chance to go back in time comes with a great singing voice, right?).

6. If you had the power to remove one thing (ie: flies, mosquitos, junk food) from the earth for good- what would it be?

Tough one... Can I say bad people? haha! Of course I can! This is my game! I know this sounds a little like a "world peace!" answer, but I think I could deal with everything else if that bad attitude, mentality, whatever it is that makes someone "bad", was gone.

7. What is one thing you've learned from Pinterest that made you think "GENIUS"!

THIS one! Seriously, why wasn't this brought to my attention sooner?!


No fancy scroll box for the code, sorry. It's not working for some reason. I get it all entered and then it changes itself. I must be doing something wrong, but I've tried a bunch of times.

3.27.2012

It's an Instagramful Life

Happy Tuesday!
Do you know what today is? It's the day that the 7 Questions for tomorrow's link up are announced on my FB Page! I'd love for you to join in the fun! :D Because it is just that- FUN!

Life... haven't updated on that in a while. Here's what's been happenin'...

1. My sister used Mixbook to make THE cutest book of our Alaskan Adventures last Summer. It is now one of my most prized possessions. PLUS- it's the best site to use for online scrapbooking (in my opinion and hers. She tried several other sites before I suggested she try mixbook), it came in 1 WEEK, and the quality is excellent. I highly recommend it!

2. Oh my. My life was made complete a couple of weeks ago when Miss Lena and Miss Kelley came through this little town and we were able to meet! They are two of my favorite bloggers and I just felt so at ease hanging out with them. They're pretty much the coolest people I've ever met.

3. Miss Courtney lives just 45 min from me (that's close considering where I live) and works in town a few days a week. So last Wednesday we took a trip to Target together where I picked that outfit for her. She doesn't do color very much so we were broadening her horizons. She loves it. :) Then we went to dinner and chatted about awesome things. I'm so grateful she lives so "close". It's definitely a tender mercy.

4. Found that on FB last night... hahahahaha!!

5. While I miss my green, mountainous home up north, it is definitely beautiful here. A different kind of beautiful.

6. Miss Janette (my Blog of the Week) mentioned me on instagram the other day to see if I could make that face. Little did she know I am PRO at making silly faces. You'll see a great one in tomorrows 7 Questions post. :)

7. Funny story- So my friend and I went to her house during our school lunch break. I open her fridge (she didn't make this, that's why we didn't know) and see left over spaghetti noodles and what looks like meat sauce to go with it. So we heat it up and notice it doesn't smell like spaghetti... We eat it... it's Sloppy Joe meat... with noodles. We named it Slopghetti. Patent pending... jk.

8. Oh Oreo. You never cease to amaze me. No, I didn't try it.

9. I was so excited when my package I won from Janee's blog courtesy of Lou, arrived! It was full of awesome goodies!

10. Yesterday was my day off- but I had to go to school because we had a guest artist... I wasn't happy about it. I'm one of those people that doesn't want to even think about work/ school on my day off. Even if I love my job/ classes. Guess I just need that refresher day?

11, 12, 13, 14, 15, & 16. It was my roommate- Katie's bday the other day! We surprised her with a cake, a "You're Special" balloon (not my choice... haha!), a present, and SILLY STRING! What could be better? haha!

How have YOOOOOU been?! I hate not having all the time in the world to blog. Miss you guys! I tried my hardest to read as many posts as I could yesterday. It felt great. :)

3.26.2012

Blogger of the Week: Janette the Jongleur

Hey guys!
Today we have the wonderful Janette, who is Blog of the Week, guest posting! She and I have been blog friends since the beginning... of my blogging career anyway, and what a great bloggy friend she is!! She always has awesome photos, awesome collages, and always makes me laugh. :) So read and enjoy her guest post, then hop on over to her blog and say hello!

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A big warm hello from one Gentri-an to many! Hiiii! My name is Janette and I’m the proud owner of a little lifestyle blog aptly titled Janette the Jongleur. (it sounds a lot better if say it with a French accent.) Anywho, today I’m here in Gentri-land as Blogger of the Week! WOW! How did that happen? What an honor! I’m pretty ecstatic as witnessed by the amount of exclamations at the end of this sentence!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Anywho, I’m here to tell you a little bit about who I am and what you can find over in my corner of Blogger. Buuut, I kind of don’t want to do that. Cause I’m a rebel in subtle ways. Instead, I’m going to tell you all the things I’m NOT so you can get a better feel of who I AM. Does that make any sense??? Didn’t think so.... Onward!
1. I am not a crafter/DIYer/handmade maven I refuse to make anything that takes longer than 15 minutes from start to finish. I’m lazy. And I hate buying supplies I’ll only use once. And frankly, I have a problem with not finishing things I start. Character flaw, I know.

2. I am not a fashion blogger. I don’t think my style is blogworthy. I’m an outfit repeater and will wear the same kind of outfit all week. And that’s okay by me. Also, I don’t own a tripod or remote for my camera. So while I do sometimes have an outfit post, they stress me out and are more trouble then they’re worth. I rather create fashion and style boards via Polyvore and whatnot...

3. I am not a writer, so my posts tend to be on the short side (unless I’ve got something funny to share...like the time I killed a spider with mah tush.) and sometimes random. Instead I have pictures and collages to compensate for my lack of verbage. Lots of pictures!

4.  I am not an unavailable and impersonal blogger who never writes back. I try my best to keep up with comments, emails, tweets, etc. I follow back people who follow my blog. Not for the sake of numbers or cause you may like me better, but because I want to form genuine relationships with nice folk. Why? Cause they’re the best! I’ve made some fantastic friendlies over the past year that I’ve been blogging. I’m truly grateful :-)

5. I’m not a spring chicken. I’m a twenty-something blogger, with a husband (AKA Lovey), no babies (yet!) and a photography side business. (And by twenty-something I mean I’m somewhere between 24 and 29.99999) ;-)
Well, Gentrians, there you have it. Thanks for reading my guest post and please feel free to visit my blog on all days ending with “y”. And thanks again Gentri for this happy pleasure of being Blogger of the Week! That's going on my resume. No lie!

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SEE?! Isn't she the greatest?! :) She seriously has me cracking up right now, and you all SERIOUSLY need to read that spider story- hi.lar.i.ous. Now CLICK HERE to say hello!

3.25.2012

Spring Time- Sponsor Edition

Hey guys!
I asked my sponsors to send me a picture of what spring means to them for their sponsor spotlight. I'll keep this short on words and let the pictures (and links, be sure to follow those links) do the talking!

Kristie Was Here

Kaytee Lauren

Jessica Chronicled

Craft to the Radio

Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot
Blog/ Twitter/ Pinterest

Boyish Chic

and here's to you, Mrs. Robinson
Blog/ Facebook/ Twitter

What I Love About Today
Blog/ Facebook/ Twitter

Cherry On Top Blog Shoppe
Blog/ Design/ Facebook

Happy Spring/ Sunday!

3.24.2012

Colors

My Facebook feed will soon be full of statuses and photos from people up north enjoying the "Festival of Colors". I am so jealous. It's such a fun event and I'm sad I'm missing it this year. Instead I'll be spending all day at school. At least I have past memories to get me through the day.

You too can pretend you're there with this awesome video I found on Youtube... Thank you Youtube.

3.23.2012

Not Really an Esthetics Post

Happy Friday!
So, I feel like I don't have a ton to share from this week. The things we talked about would be boring to anyone not in my class... Who am I kidding? They were boring to us too. (how to set up the equipment... boring. haha!)

But to make up for it, here are some pictures from school. I feel like I haven't updated on day to day life in forever.
1. My School BFF Allie and myself
2 & 3. We FINALLY got our makeup kits this week! Love them!
6. Giving Allie a facial (chemical peel to be specific. This is the mask you are seeing)
5. Love when clients leave tips. It's how I feed myself.
6. Allie and I again... Sometimes we get bored.

Wow. How exciting am I? I have been super quiet this week. I guess I'm just short on words?

I hope you all have a great weekend! Have you seen The Hunger Games yet? I haven't... not sure when I'll be able to. :( Let me know what you thought of it!

P.S. If you live in Utah or are willing to travel, be sure to enter THIS photography giveaway!!

P.P.S. I'm still accepting sponsors! You can find more info right HERE.

3.22.2012

Giveaway: Katrina Brooks Photography

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!!

Hey guys!
If you live in Central or Northern Utah (or are willing to travel) then this giveaway is for YOU!
Katrina is a fantastic photographer (I would know), has been a great supporter of this here blog, and is now giving you a chance to win some awesome photos of your own. 
You can find Katrina's photos on her FACEBOOK or BLOG.
By entering this giveaway you have the chance to receive a newborn, kids, or family photo-session OR receive $270 credit towards birth photography or 'year in the life of a baby' photo session. You will also receive a free high resolution CD of 10 of your best images.
This is a $300 value!!

She is also offering 20% off any photo session for the next two weeks!

To enter, here's what you have to do:
  • Go LIKE Katrina's fb page
  • Leave a comment below telling me what type of photo shoot you would choose.

Good luck!!

3.21.2012

7 Questions #3

Hey guys! It's Tuesday, which means 7 Questions!!
My funny photo:
This is my sis and I on Halloween a couple of years ago. We were hobos.

1. You're given the choice between a life with love and trials or loneliness and ease. Pick one.
Love with trials. Absolutely.

2. Would you rather live in Narnia, Hogwarts, Middle Earth, or Neverland?
Hoooooogwaaaaaaaarttsssss!! I love all of them, but yes, Howarts for sure. :)

3. Think of your dream home... what style is it?
Colonial Farmhouse... Rustic Cabin... Combination? Something like that.

4. What's currently your favorite song or album?
Oh I have so many! This is one. It's kind of a weird video though...


5. Who was the last person you hugged?
My friend Mikelle who came to visit. :)

6. You have a ticket in your hand, where is it going to take you?
Norway. I'm not sure why, but that is where I've always wanted to go. Always. Aaaaaaaaand a ticket to see The Hunger Games wouldn't hurt either.

7. Who is one blogger you KNOW you'd be BFF's with in real life?
There are SO so many! I've even met some in real life and feel like they are my bff's. One that I haven't met and feel like we'd be bff's would beeeeeee... Emma from Race & Emma. We've had multiple long conversations and I know we would just click.
But seriously, can I just name all of you?? Because picking just one was so hard! (and I truly mean that)
can't wait to read all of your answers!! :D


Contemporary Stationary

Hey guys!
I know wedding season is quickly approaching, and if you're still looking for a great site to work with for your invites, save the dates, thank you cards, etc- this could be the one for you!
They have a ton of design options, an easily navigated site, they don't require mass orders, and they have great reviews! I chose a few of my favorite designs to give you a little taste. If you're in the process of planning a wedding, a shower, or another wedding related event- they could be the site for you! Be sure to check them out!

3.20.2012

Able

I am able. Able to be strong.
I am strong. Strong enough to have faith.
I am faithful. Faithful enough to believe.

I believe that I am able to be strong enough to have faith.

and so are you.

3.19.2012

Blogger of the Week: My Billie

Hey Guys!
Today we have the guest post from this week's Blog of the Week! This week is Melanie from her blog My Billie. She is so great and has an AWESOME shop! I love her style and well, her! So enjoy her post, and then pop over to her blog!

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I'm so happy to be posting in front of the beautiful readers of Gentri Lee! Thanks for checking this post out guys : )

My name is Melanie and I blog over at My Billie. I post 5-7 times a week about DIY, fashion/styling, inspiration and encouragement, along with tidbits of my everyday life thrown in. Here are some fun facts!
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I also feature things that I make and sell on Etsy. Right now I've got necklaces and hair pieces but will soon start selling vintage! Here are a few of my current items:
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I'm absolutely smitten with blogging! While I've had a ton of not-so-serious blogs, this is my first one where I'm trying to reach out to other people versus having a blog as an online diary. I truly love interacting with other bloggers and shop owners. As a matter of fact, that's one of the biggest features on my blog.

If you want to check out where I feature other blogs, just click here! (I've got my first guest post starting this week!). If you want to see my daily outfits, click here. If you're interested in looking at my DIYs, click right here. And click here for tattoo pictures (new post on my tattoos coming this week!).

The last thing I want to talk to you guys about is my current giveaway. Its the first for my blog and it features a necklace from my Etsy shop. It starts today and will only be open until this Friday, the 23rd. The winner will be chosen shortly after and notified via email. I asked my readers to pick their favorite item and this was the chosen item!
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One of the things I love most about blogging is reader interaction. Under a normal giveaway I would ask you to check out my sponsors' pages and what have you, but since this is a giveaway of one of my own designs, I'm not requiring much  besides a comment with the two following things:

1-your email address (so I can contact you if you win)

2-what you would wear this necklace with

And that's it! I hope you'll stop by my blog and introduce yourself!
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Hugs,

Melanie from My Billie

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See?! Isn't she so great?! Please hop over and give her some love! You will be so glad you did!

3.18.2012

Would you? Would yoooou?

This song was stuck in my head all weekend. While it has nothing to do with this post exactly, it's still what I song sang every time I reminded myself to write this.


Would YOU like to sponsor Gentri Lee?? Now is your chance! I am accepting sponsors for April. You can find more info on my SPONSOR PAGE. IF you are interested, just email me at gentrileeblog(at)gmail(dot)com! :D I'd love to have you join my little team.

Lucky Charms (giveaway)...

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The winner of the Ad Space from Adventures of Newlyweds iiiiss...
Samantha from her blog:
Petite Femme Jolie!!

The winner of the $20 Gift Card from Honey Pot Pet Studios iiiss...
Brooke from her blog:
Field Notes!!

The winner of the Green and Gold Garland from Yellow Bird+Yellow Beard iiiss...
Breanna from her blog:
My Beautiful, Crazy Life!!

The winner of the Custom Header Design from Cherry On Top Blog Shoppe iiiss...
Katie from her blog:
...For Lauren and Lauren!!

The winner of the Large Ad Space from and here's to you, Mrs. Robinson iiiss...
Christi from her blog:
You Are So Deer To Me!!

The winner of the Blue Felt Bow from Pink Lemonade iiiss...
Elisha from her blog:
The {Official} Blog of Elisha!!

The winner of the $20 Grab Bag from Little Penelope Lane iiiss...
Cassie from her blog:
Live. Laugh. L0ve.!!

The winner of the $25 Target Gift Card courtesy of What I Love About Today iiiss...
Jordann from her blog:
Makin Memories Of Us!!

The winner of the Yellow and Black Necklace from Rhi's Designs iiiss...
Becca from her blog:
Creating Family Connections!!

Congrats to all of the winners! Please email me ASAP (gentrileeblog(at)gmail(dot)com) to claim your prize!

3.16.2012

Esthetician or Aesthetician? Pt. 8

No worries, no grossness this week. Haha! Except maybe this...
This would be me... and what my skin ACTUALLY looks like. See all of those spots? Sun spots, freckles, pigmentation, and other things that no one wants on their skin. (or at least I don't) Most of those spots aren't noticable in normal light. This was taken in what's called a "Woods Lamp". As interesting as it was to see, it's also scary. Just reinforces my new found love for sunscreen. If you ever get a chance, I highly recommend you looking in a Woods Lamp.

Did you know that if you are breaking out on your forehead- it's USUALLY a problem with your digestion?? Weird, right? And remember, breakouts around your mouth are hormonal.


I know a lot of you are scared of makeup, of taking risks, but remember- it's just makeup! It washes right off! It's not like chopping your hair, getting a tattoo, or a piercing. So experiment! Be brave enough to wear that red lipstick you've been eyeing!


I'm sure you've all seen contouring pictures floating around the web:

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BUT- did you know that this is a general guidline and may not be suited for your face shape?? Contouring should be specific to you and your face shape. Round, Square, Heart/ Triangle, Oval, Oblong, nose shape, eye shape, space between your eyes, etc.

To get thicker looking lashes- layer your mascara on while it's wet.


If your eyes are the windows to the soul, then eyebrows are the frame. They need a lot of care.


When testing foundation and concealers, test them on your face (around the jawline is a good place). Most people test it on their arm, but your skin is not the same color on your face as it is on your arm.


To find your natural coloring (to know what types of colors look best on you) look at the inside of your arms, natural hair color, eye color, and you can also hold different color tones (red- cool and warm, silver, and gold are great options.) up to your face. That will tell you if you're more suitable for warm or cool tones, or if you're neutral and need something in between. (I'm a neutral, but my classmates liked the warm tones on me better which surprised me)


Do you know what the Fitzpatrick Scale is? It's a way to figure out your tolerance to sun exposure. There are 6 levels and Mirabella actually provides a way to find out what YOUR type is!


This last tip isn't exactly esthetics based, but it was one that the owner/ director/ business class teacher shared with us that kind of clicked w me:

Think of your brain like a computer- When you write things down it's as if you're saving the programs you've been working on and keeping them for when you need them. When you just keep them in your head it's as if you're keeping all of those programs open, constantly saving them (thinking about them so you don't forget), and worrying that you'll "lose the project" (forget). So write things down, keep a to-do list, plan out your week. You'll be amazed at what you can accomplish.

P.S. Be sure to enter the March Group Giveaway!! The Lucky winners will be announced Sunday!

3.15.2012

Lucky Charms!! (giveaway)

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!!

No, I'm not giving away cereal. If I bought cereal, it would be for me... because I have no food. haha! But the post is titled "Lucky Charms" because that's what this giveaway is full of! Just in time for St. Patrick's Day, my lovely sponsors are giving away some goodies that would fit well in a pot of gold at the end of any rainbow. Enjoy!
(there will be separate winners for each prize)

250x125 Ad Space from Adventures of Newlyweds

$20 Gift Card from Honey Pot Pet Studios

St. Patrick's Day Green and Gold 15' Garland from Yellow Bird+ Yellow Beard

Custom Blog Header Design from Cherry on Top Blog Shoppe- $40 value

Large 200x200 Ad Space from and here's to you, Mrs. Robinson

Blue Felt Bow Headband from Pink Lemonade

$20 Grab Bag from Little Penelope Lane

$25 Target Gift Card courtesy of What I Love About Today

Yellow and Black Necklace from Rhi's Designs (aka and here's to you, Mrs. Robinson)
To Enter The Giveaway:

Mandatory- Be a follower of Gentri Lee via GFC, Bloglovin, or Facebook
I want friends to win!

Extra Entries-

  • Click on the links provided (under each photo) and either follow/ like/ or heart their blog/ facebook/ twitter/ bloglovin/ or shop. Each thing you do counts as an entry.
  • Leave a comment at each of their blogs AFTER you follow them, letting them know where you're visiting from, and telling them 1 thing about yourself.
I know this might seem like a difficult way to do a giveaway, but I feel it'll weed out those just here for free stuff. If you really want to win and get to know my sponsors- you'll do what it takes. :)

THANK YOU to all of my sponsors as well as to those who enter!

3.14.2012

7 Questions #2

Hey guys!
It's time for the second "7 Things" post! I'd love for any and all of you to participate, so just link up below! Also, Loren of Pandora's Craft Box made this lovely button for you to use in your link up! Hooray!





First, my funny photo:
I know, this outfit is fantastic. It was a while ago... The funny part would be my eyes. I have hyperthyroidism/ Graves Disease and this photo was taken right after I found out that it can lead to bulging eyes.

1. Pick a boyfriend: Edward Cullen, Peeta Mellark, or Harry Potter
Such a tough question... But I have to go with Edward. Best BF material.

2. If you HAD to have a crazy hairdo, what hairdo would you choose and why? (mohawk, mullet, etc)
I'm thinking something like this:
Because who doesn't want woodland creatures on their head? Although I'd definitely need a fox on there. Because, you know, they're my favorite.

3. If you could be a celebrity what would you like to be celebrated for? (Dance, Singing, Acting, Reality TV [ie no reason], Political Leader, etc)
Well, blogging obviously. But if that weren't an option... I am a great actress. I've never been in any plays or anything... but I should have been.

4. Be honest- do you brush and floss your teeth daily?
I HONESTLY do. :) Can't stand going to bed or leaving the house without brushing & flossing.

5. What is one fear you are working to overcome?
Oh I have so many... I guess my fear of fear then. I really wish so many things didn't scare me.

6. White Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, or Semi-Sweet (isn't that just dark chocolate)??
Milk Chocolate. But I know Dark Chocolate is much better for you...

7. What is one trend you wish you could pull off? 
The big floppy hat. I'm so little it would just look ridiculous. :(

That's all from my end! Can't wait to read your answers!