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. :)

3.26.2012

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!

3.24.2012

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.

3.20.2012

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!

3.16.2012

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!

3.11.2012

Blogging 101 (102?)

Tip #3: No-Reply Commenters
Don't know what this is? Then you are the one that should be reading this. haha! You see, myself, and all of the other blogs you comment on would LOVE to reply to your comments. But we can't. Because you are a "noreply comment" blogger. It's easy to change, and you will be making blog friends left and right after doing this!

Step 1: Log into blogger and go to "Edit Profile"
Step 2: Check the box that says "Show my email address"
Your email is now public- MEANING- that when you leave a comment on a blog they can easily reply to your comment via email!
Step 3: Don't want your blog emails going to the same email address you use to blog? Then scroll down to "Identity". Your username should be your blogging email. Then where it says "email address" should be the one you want your comments going to.
Step 4: Save and DONE!

Tip #2: Replying to Comments:
Now that you are all set up to receive replies from comments left on other blogs, here's how YOU can reply to comments left on your blog!
Step 1: Blogger automatically sends you an email with the comments left on your blog, correct?? (if you have your comment moderation set to "approval only" you'll receive the emails AFTER you approve them.)
Step 2: Open one of those comment emails.
Step 3: Click "Reply"
and you thought it was going to be hard! haha!
Step 4: If instead of seeing the commenters email address in the address box you see this: noreply-comment@blogger.com kindly refer that blogger to this tutorial so they can learn too. 

Tip #1: Please the Eye
You could have a blog filled with the most inspiring words, the prettiest pictures, wonderful tutorials, etc. But unless your blog is pleasing to the eye, easy to navigate through, and everything fits harmoniously, people will not stick around (I know mine is getting a bit crazy. I'm trying to get a new design, but it might take a while).
First- do not over clutter your blog. Keep it simple. Here are some things that turn me off to reading a blog:
- Crazy backgrounds
- A million different fonts
- Colored fonts (please, I WILL NOT squint to read what you wrote in that baby shade of pink)
- Pictures that are too big for the body of your blog and reach into the sidebars, etc.
- Every picture is tiny and fuzzy
- No pictures
- Your posts are longer than the day
I could go on...

But I won't.

I know that I am not perfect and probably commit some blogging sins myself. But I hope you learned something from my blogging tips posts! In a few days I'll be posting my "Blogging Etiquette" tips. Goodness knows that's even more important.

Blogging 101

Good Morning Class.
*good morning miss Gentri*
haha! Juuuuuuuuust kiiiidiiiiiiing.

Today I wanted to share some tips that I've picked up along my blogging journey. I'm sure you've heard most of them before, but that should just make you realize the importance (or annoyance) of it. Haha!

Tip #5: Word Verification
It. Is. Driving. Us. All. Crazy!
haha! Seriously though, you're going to get spammy comments with or without it. If you feel the need to moderate your comments, PLEASE just change them to "Approval Only". I have had mine set that way for probably 9 months now, it is great! PLUS Blogger recently changed Word Verifications, now they're so incredibly hard to decipher. I beg you! Please change it!
It's a simple process:
Step 1: Log into Blogger
Step 2: Click on "Settings"
Step 3: Click on "Comments"
Step 4: Scroll down to "Show Word Verification"
Step 5: Change "Yes" to "No"
Step 6 *optional*: Right above that section is a section called "Comment Moderation". If you wish to approve your comments before they are published, select "Always".
*NOTE* I guess you can only change this in the old blogger interface. You can easily switch back and forth between the new and old interface if you just want to quickly change this.

The blogging world will love you.

Tip #4: Sponsor Rotation
If you have sponsors you probably have some kind of rotation routine so everyone gets a chance near the top, right? Well, I'm here to make this REEEEEAAAL easy for you! What if- You didn't have to worry about that, the ads rotated themselves EVERY time the page was refreshed, not only that- but they rotated according to their Ad SIZE, and your sponsors were all happyhappyhappy?? That sounds too good to be true, right? Well, it's not! :D Here's how you can do this:
*I learned this from THIS tutorial. It's amazing and I've never looked back*
Step 1: Log into blogger and go to "Design"
Step 2: Click "Add a Gadget" and select "HTML/Java Script" (move it to the side while you get the code you're going to use)
Step 3: Go to THIS site and scroll down to where it says "Directions" then select and copy ALL of the code that is in the "Step 1" box
Step 4: Paste that code you just copied into your new "HTML/Java Script" gadget
Step 5: Go back to THIS site, scroll down (below the step 1 and 2 boxes) until you see 3 grey boxes. Select and copy ALL of the code in the 1st grey box
Step 6: Paste the code you just copied AT the BOTTOM of your other code
Step 7: Make sure all of your sponsor buttons are coded
*I think this is where people get lost, so pay attention. I'll keep it as simple and clear as possible*
Step 8: Look at the code you just pasted in your "HTML/ Java Script". The part that says "randomordercontent group1" tells the code which Ad Size the ad is in. So if you have 3 sizes (say small, medium, and large) your "group 1" would be Large, "group 2" would be Medium, and "group 3" would be Small. To make a new group just change the "1" to a "2" or "3" or whatever it is!
Where the code says "//Some content here" you actually delete this and paste in the code of your sponsor. So if I was one of your Large sponsors, it would look like this:
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ALL I did there was paste my button's code where it said "//Some content here". That's it!
Step 9: Just paste the code from the first grey box, for as many sponsors as you have. If you have 5 Large Sponsors you'll want 5 "group 1"'s, if you have 6 Medium Sponsors you'll want 6 "group 2"'s, if you have 4 Small Sponsors you'll want 4 "group 3"'s. Make sense?? Remember, you make a new group just by changing that number.
Step 10: Once all of the code is added go back to THIS site and grab ALL of the code from the LAST grey box.
Step 11: Paste that code BELOW ALL of the other code in your "HTML/Java Script" gadget.
Step 12: Click "Save" then view your blog. If everything was done correctly, then it should look perfect (like my sponsors do on the right. haha!) and if you refresh the page, they should all trade places according to their ad size.
YOU. ARE. WELCOME!
*NOTE* when a new month comes and it's time to change sponsors, I don't start completely over. I just replace the old sponsor ad code with the new one.

Well, I'm falling asleep here (since I'm writing this Saturday night), so I'm going to share the rest of my blogging tips later today. :) happy Sunday!

P.S. If you have any questions- please just ask!

3.10.2012

Pink Lemonade

Hey guys!
One of my lovely sponsors Paige, from Pink Lemonade, sent me this beautiful headband. Well, for some reason I'm not allowed to wear colored hair accessories to school (have to stick to the school color code of- black, brown, tan, cream, white, and grey), but I can wear colored jewelry (don't ask why that is, I wouldn't know. But I'm not complaining!). So I wore this headband as a necklace instead. I even think I like it better this way!

The quality of Paige's products is fantastic! Clean and durable. I loved the colors in this headband she sent me. Red, Yellow, and Blue just always go so well together.

If you're looking for some great handmade accessories, I highly recommend Pink Lemonade. :)

3.09.2012

Esthetician or Aesthetician? Pt. 7

So I'm sticking to my promise after last week and not posting any disturbing photos. This week we learned about skin diseases and disorders. If you want to see some of the things I saw, google "rare skin diseases".

I will however share one, because it's super interesting. This is called Dermatographic. Basically they have sensitive skin to certain writing utensils, scratches, or things like that. So you can write on them and it will swell up like this photo. It's also called "Skin Writing". A girl in my class has it so we all got to see it in action.

Did you know that the skin of the average adult weighs 8-10 lbs and averages an area of about 22 square feet? Each inch of skin contains approximately:
- Millions of cells
- 15 feet of blood vessels
- 12 feet of nerves
- 650 sweat glands
-100 oil glands
- 65 hairs
- 1300 nerve endings
- 155 pressure receptors
and
- 12 cold and heat receptors

Crazy right?! An INCH of skin!

I've said this before, and I'll say it again. You can prevent your skins aging by 80-85% JUST by staying out of the sun/ wearing sun screen. Sun damage is the main factor in our skin's aging. When looking for a sunscreen, pick one that has titanium-oxide or zinc-oxide. They are physical sunscreens and the bottles should say "full" or "broad-spectrum". That will let you know they're A-Ok.

Have you ever gotten those little white bumps around your eyes? They're called Milia. Don't just pick them off. You MUST use a lancet to remove them. So lightly poke them with the lancet, and then handle like you would a zit- remove all fluid then clean.

Have acne? Here are some reasons why you might have it:
- Genetics/ Heredity
- Clogged Pores
- Bacteria
- Triggers including- hormones, stress, cosmetics and skin care products, foods.

When looking for makeup or skin care products that WON'T clog your pores, go for the non-comedogenic. (non- pore clogging)

Something that I personally think is a WONDERFUL skin care tip and that I'm learning more and more about (only proving my own theories) is antioxidants. Last Summer I couldn't stop eating blueberries. My skin was clear and glowing. Not kidding. Even though I don't eat blueberries as much now (sadly, they're expensive) my skin is still better than it was before.
Anitoxidants are something that EVERYONE needs in their skin care regiment. Sunscreen can only do so much- Antioxidants do the rest. When rays from the sun make it past your sunscreen the antioxidants will prevent or fix the damage. Not only should you be putting antioxidants into your body, you should also put them on your body in conjunction with sunscreen.
Some foods that are rich in antioxidants would be- berries, red grapes, real dark chocolate, beans, and artichokes.

Not sure what type of skin you are? Here is a basic list:
Normal (lucky ducks)- good oil balance, clear of acne, medium to small pores
                               - Skin Goals: Maintenance and Preventative
Combination- Oily in areas (t-zone usually), Dry in others (cheeks, edges of face), medium to large pore size
                   - Skin Goals: Balance, treat both oily areas and dry areas
Oily- Excess oil, large pores
      - Skin Goals: Balance oil production, do not over cleanse and exfoliate. It can make matters worse
Dry- Little oil, small pores
     - Skin Goals: Extra care because it lacks the normal protection of oil
     - NOTE: Dehydrated skin lacks WATER, Dry skin lacks OIL; Big difference
Sensitive- (yes, it is now both a skin type and a condition) fragile, thin skin and redness
             - Skin Goals: Soothe and calm skin, Treat skin gently with nonirritating, calming products

I hope you learned something this week! Remember, I'm still a student, not a professional. If I have something wrong, you are welcome to kindly tell me. Or if you have any skin concerns or questions you are welcome to ask me. I'll answer the best I can!

3.06.2012

I Kicked a Cactus

Wow! I actually have a "Weekend Post" to share! Hooray! haha! Ok, so i only have stuff from Sunday that's exciting enough to share... but it's something!

My sister spent the weekend with me and we had a grand ol'time. She came into my school and I gave her a facial and tinted her brows and lashes, then yesterday after church we headed outside since it was such a nice day. My roommates, sister, and I drove up to Gunlock and hiked around. Then on the way back we stopped by a historical site the was open. It was an old pioneer home with a sweet old missionary couple giving the tours. It was fun to learn some history about this little town.

Oh... I also accidentally walked into a cactus... It hurt... Then as my sister was making fun of me for it, she walked into one too. hahaha! So great. (You can see the cactus spines that stuck me in the 3rd picture on the second row. And the cactus in the picture next to it is the one that got me.)

Hope you are all having a great day!!

P.S. Did you VOTE for my Hunger Games Photo yet?! I would be so overjoyed if you did! :D Please, and Thank You!

3.02.2012

Esthetician or Aesthetician? Pt. 6

Okay, I know, I know, I know, you are SOooooooooooo sick of hearing about this. BUT I could REALLY use your votes for this photo contest!! Seriously, I can't afford to buy clothes that I desperately need for school and if I win- I will receive a gift card to one of the amazing sponsored stores! Kinda need that. haha! So please, if you have a few minutes here's what you do:

GO HERE
-if it takes you just to the Taylor Andrew's website then look at the left sidebar and click "hunger games photo contest"
-then follow all the steps including "allow app" and "like us to get started now"
-then scroll to my picture if it doesn't immediately pop up (same one that is on MY left sidebar <---) and click "VOTE!" :D

I will love you foreeeeeeeeeeeeverrrrrrrrrrrr!

Ok, on to what you really came here for...

I was asked what kind of treatment I would recommend to those with dry skin. My answer- a very hydrating facial. So when they do your skin analysis tell them your concerns with dryness and make sure they pick masks, moisturizers, etc that is going to really hydrate your skin. Also they could add in a Galvanic treatment on the Positive setting because that's going to Push the product into the skin. :)

This week we have been learning about nail disorders... let me tell you, it hasn't been pretty. :P Interesting and disgusting. haha! Here are some nail care tips for you:

Make sure you regularly push back your cuticles. Otherwise they could grow over your entire nail which is a condition called Pterygium... Funny story time!

So I had my first client on Saturday (a week ago). It was a guy. All the girls thought he was so hot but no one would take him, so I did. He wanted a pedicure. (he had a toe that had Pterycium... that's how this story connects to that info above... haha!) He was very nice and all the girls wanted me to get his number. I wasn't going to do that. Especially after this conversation:

Him: "You have a very nice phone voice."
Me: "A phone voice?"
Him: "Ya, its soft and sweet. It would be nice to talk to you on the phone."
Me: "Oh... ha... I've never heard that before..."

Ya mister, not gonna happen.

Moving on...
Have you ever removed your nail polished and been shocked to see that your nails look yellow? Or some other color? Well, it's most likely just caused by your nail polish. Nothing to worry about. :) It's called- Discolored Nails. Original.

Do your nails ever split, peel (your nail is made of layers and sometimes they'll peel), or have lengthwise ridges? Well that is usually caused by- injury to the fingers, excessive use of cuticle solvents, nail polish removers, and careless, rough filing. You can fix it by softening the nails with a reconditioning treatment and discontinuing use of harsh soaps, polish removers, and improper filing.

The proper way to file your nails is in one direction. So- left to right, right to left, or outside to inside and meeting in the middle. Be sure to regularly buff your nails as well. I LOVE those filers with 4 sides. Great for buffing and making them shine!

Now, I could get into some serious disorders... Like (how it gets to these points... I have no idea)-

Onychogryposis
Onychonycosisvia
or Mold

But I wont.
haha! Hope you didn't loose your appetite. Just realized, that's probably why I haven't had a very large appetite this week. haha!

Have a great day and don't forget to VOTE!!
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