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Esthetician Follows Her PRIIA Dream

esthetician kristaMy name is Krista Winters. I did not always know I wanted to be an esthetician, but from a young age I did know I loved makeup.  When I was younger I played with my mom’s makeup like most little girls, but when I was twelve and suffered a dog bite on my face makeup was a daily part of life.  As a teenager makeup and skincare played an even bigger role for me when I had the usual acne along with scars from the dog bite.  Kids can be mean and teenagers can be cruel.  The combination of deep, red scars and acne took a major toll on my already fragile self-esteem. I was constantly looking for quality makeup that wouldnt irritate my already sensitive skin and I was desperate to find someone to help with my skin care issues.  I tried numerous dermatologists over the years who prescribed me all different oral and topical medications but nothing seemed to work.

I met Kelley Maddison, a licensed esthetician and acne specialist, who would come to change my life more than I could imagine.  I started seeing her regularly and by following her advice and using the proper products, I could see a dramatic difference. When she started her makeup line, PRIIA Cosmetics, I started using that too.  I had never received so many compliments in my life (about a problem area of mine none the less).  Any time I had a question about my skin, Kelley was always there to answer me thoroughly, and in a prompt manner at that.  My skin was looking good, and with makeup on it, it looked airbrushed.  The amount of self confidence I felt from finally finding a product that changed the way I thought about myself was unbelievable.  The way people treat you when you look good and feel good is really life changing.

After going to college like I thought I was supposed to, I still didn’t know what I wanted to be. However, I had worked a few different jobs and knew what I didn’t want to do or what kind of people I did not want to work for. I still saw Kelley for my skincare and I was always so impressed by what she was able to do and the type of person she was. I decided that I wanted to work for her. At the time she did not have a position available for me but encouraged me to go to esthetics school to persue something I was actually passionate about.  While attending beauty school Kelley acted like a mentor to me and once again any time I struggled or had questions, she was right there to guide me and help me through.  When I became a licensed esthetician, I felt on top of the world with a wealth of knowlege and a thirst to help other people struggling like I had.  I worked for a while as an esthetician and then I got an email that really changed my life.

Priia was hiring.  I had an opportunity to work with my mentor and help make a product I believe in 100%. Priia has been one of the few things in my life that I have been passionate about in every way.  This makeup gives me the confidence to make eye contact and feel like the person across from me is looking at a polished version of myself, rather than any imperfections I may feel are distracting.  Being able to work with Kelley and work for Priia is a dream come true.  Having the opportunity to give someone else the gift Kelley gave me makes going to work worth it and gives my life a purpose that is truly fulfilling.

PRIIA Business Spotlight: Envision Acne and Skin Care Center

We are thrilled to add a new category to the PRIIA Beauty Buzz Blog: PRIIA Business Spotlight. We will be showcasing the FABULOUS businesses who sell the PRIIA minerale-derm line in their salons, spas and acne clinics.  You’ll have an opportunity to get to know these hard-working small business owners and if you’re in their area, please consider contacting them for an appointment.  PRIIA’s wholesale clients are an extremely vital part of our company’s success and we are honored to be a part of their lives!

Get ready to read all about Nikolett Ivanyi of Envision Acne and Skin Care Center!

  1. What is the name of your business?
    Envision Acne & Skin Care Center
  1. Where are you located?
    189 US HWY 9 South
    Manalapan, NJ 07726
  1. How long have you been in business?
    3 years so far.
  1. What types of esthetic services do you offer?
    We specialize in teen and adult acne treatments. Our unique Acne Free Skin Program ™ will clear up the skin in 90 days without the use of antibiotics or prescription medications. 
  1. Why did you choose to offer PRIIA to your clients?
    I have been looking for a make up line for years that I can safely offer to my acne clients. We tried many, but never found one that will provide full coverage, is non-comedogenic and is also reasonably priced. Luckily, one day I stumbled upon Priia and decided to give it a try. I was amazed by the coverage of the Loose Mineral Powder Foundation. It looks beautiful on the skin and provides a very natural look. I also love the fact that every single product from the line is 100% acne-safe and non-irritating for sensitive skin types. 
  2. What is your favorite PRIIA product and why?
    My favorite product is the Essential Cover Loose Mineral Foundation in Honey color. It helps even out my skin tone and covers any unwanted pigmentation. My clients always complement on how perfect my skin looks when I’m wearing Priia. In the summer time I like to dust a little Vacation in a Jar Mineral Bronzer over my foundation to achieve a nice bronze finish. 
  1. What do your clients think of the PRIIA minerale-derm line?
    My clients love how the foundation perfectly matches their skin tone. They also get excited about the great selection of acne-safe blushes and bronzers too.

Here’s Nikolett proudly displaying her selection of the PRIIA minerale-derm line.  Thanks Nikolett! You can find Envision Acne and Skin Care Center in New Jersey by using our retail locator .

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PRIIA Business Spotlight: Tucson Acne Clinic

We are thrilled to add a new category to the PRIIA Beauty Buzz Blog: PRIIA Business Spotlight. We will be showcasing the FABULOUS businesses who sell the PRIIA minerale-derm line in their salons, spas and acne clinics.  You’ll have an opportunity to get to know these hard-working small business owners and if you’re in their area, please consider contacting them for an appointment.  PRIIA’s wholesale clients are an extremely vital part of our company’s success and we are honored to be a part of their lives!

Get ready to read all about Brenda Griffin of Tucson Acne Clinic!

1. What is the name of your business?
Tucson Acne Clinic

2. Where are you located?
1254 East Paseo Alegre
Tucson, Arizona 85719
This is in north central Tucson- about 3 miles from the University of Arizona with easy access from the U.

3. How long have you been in business?
Since 2003.

4. What types of esthetic services do you offer?
We specialize in helping those who suffer from acne obtain clear skin and keep it that way.  We also offer waxing, chemical peels as well as anti-aging facials.

5. Why did you choose to offer PRIIA to your clients?
We chose Priia because it is a supreme make-up option for all of our clients.  First and foremost because it will not clog the pores of acne sufferers.  Anyone can wear Priia and look beautiful!

6. What is your favorite PRIIA product and why?
Priia About-2-Pout Lip Glosses are my personal favorite.  They go on silky smooth, no thick sticky feeling, will NOT clog pores around the mouth area and look beautiful! Second favorite would be the Priia Essential Cover Crème Mineral Foundation.  Feels light, looks amazing and clients can’t get enough of it.

7. What do your clients think of the PRIIA minerale-derm line? 
Once clients try Priia they love it!  They appreciate that they can purchase it while they are here and do not have to go out and find fabulous make-up that will not clog their pores and looks so great on.

Here’s Brenda proudly displaying her selection of the PRIIA minerale-derm line.  Thanks Brenda! You can find Tucson Acne Clinic in Arizona by using our retail locator .

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Do YOU Know What You’re Really Putting On Your Face?

A friend and fellow esthetican, Valerie Tukey, recently posted some very interesting information on one of Lancome's popular anti-aging creams.  You'll be shocked when you discover that you're paying top dollar for GARBAGE.  You can check out Val's Face Book Fan Page here: Aesthetics By Valerie.

Lancome 

"I used to work for Lancome. And then I went to school and became a licensed, board certified skin care professional who actually knows a thing or two about skin and skin care. Would you ask a parrot to give you skin care advice? No? Are you sure about that? Because that's what you're doing when you buy skin care at department store or at the mall. Everything you're told is well-scripted information that is being "parrotted" back to you by sales people. Let me repeat that –  SALES PEOPLE.    

Let's take a look at what's really in one of the best selling products at Lancome. 

At the whopping price of $80 for a 1.7 oz cream and $95 for a 2 oz, you'd expect this stuff to not only make your skin younger, but for it to cook you dinner and do your laundry!

The truth is, while this cream smells delightful fragrant and oh-so-French, while it feels like butter going onto your skin, while it often comes with a groovy free gift, it's a very VERY overpriced face grease. 

Not only does it NOT contain any cutting edge, modern and proven age-fighting ingredients, it DOES contain TONS OF PRESERVATIVES. Holy canolies, half way down the ingredient list is a potent anti-microbial, and then they added another 5 paraben preservatives.  

Seriously, Lancome? Really?! Why is that? Oh wait, I remember…It's because often we'd have product sitting on the shelves for up to 12 months before it was sold. Gotta make sure there's no mold in that year-old cream that Mrs. Jane Q. Public might want to buy so she can get her lousy free gift. 

Newsflash: the free gift ain't free. Part of the cost of your $95 pays for that gift. Comprende, amiga? I mean, really, what are you thinking? How do you expect poor Lancome to pay for that big expensive counter and all the staff? And their uniforms, their salaries, their 4 times a year allowance for makeup? Oh, don't forget the multiple full-page advertisements in Allure and Cosmo, and the commercials, and wait! You gotta pay Gweneth Paltrow and the supermodel for being spokespeople!  Don't forget the pretty packaging; the expensive glass jars and metallic lids that you'll toss in the trash. 

You're paying $95 for silicone, some basic emollients, emulsifiers, vaseline, corn oil, vitamin E, a ton of preservatives, fragrance, and dyes. WOW, what a deal!" :( 

See for yourself: 

WATER/AQUA – self explanatory

HYDROGENATED POLYISOBUTENE – synthetic polymer skin conditioner 

CYCLOPENTASILOXANE – a form of silicone, used for slip

PETROLATUM – also known as Vaseline

CETYL ALCOHOL – fatty alcohol used as an emollient

GLYCERIN – a humectant, attracts water to the skin

GLYCERYL STEARATE SE – emulsifier, helps product ingredients blend together

PEG-40 STEARATE waxy solid emollient

MYRISTYL MYRISTATE – skin conditioner (comedogenic)

HYDROXYPROLINE – used to bind water in the skin 

ZEA MAYS KERNEL EXTRACT/ZEA MAYS – CORN!

TO-COPHERYL ACETATE – vitamin E

SODIUM HYDROXIDE – regulates pH level

STEARIC ACID – emulsifier

CAFFEINE – used to enhance skin's appearance by reducing flaking and enhancing suppleness 

ETHYLHEXYL METHOXYCINNAMATE – protects the product from UV degradation

CHLORHEXIDINE DIGLUCONATE – powerful antimicrobial 

SORBITAN TRISTEARATE – emulsifier 

 DISODIUM EDTA- a form of preservative, a chelator

RUSCUS ACULEATUS ROOT EXTRACT/RUSCUS ACULEATUS – butcher's broom extract, an anti inflammatory 

METHYLSILANOL MANNURONATE – emmolient

SOYBEAN PROTEIN/GLYCINE SOJA – skin conditioner 

PALMITIC ACID – emulsifier

ETHYLPARABEN, PROPYLPARABEN, ISOBUTYLPARABEN, METHYLPARABEN, BUTYLPARABEN, 5 paraben preservatives! 

FRAGRANCE / PARFUM, fragrance 

BLUE 1/CI 42090, YELLOW 5/CI 19140, RED 4/CI 14700, B5949/2 – colorants

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The Top 5 Reasons Why YOU Should Visit A Skin Care Professional

Everyday your skin is bombarded with dirt, debris, stress, bacteria, UV rays and environmental pollution which cause pre-mature aging, inflammation and overall poor skin health and appearance.

Healthy, unbroken skin is the first defense against disease.  Professional care for the face- one of the areas most exposed to the environment- is a critical step to good health.  Professional treatments of this area by a licensed esthetician provides a barrier to illness, a purposeful immunity, and a radiant, glowing YOU.

Facialmassage Need more reasons WHY you should consider receiving professional skin care treatments?  Here are the TOP 5

1. Skin is analyzed by a trained and licensed professional.  Studies show that 60% of people define their skin type and home care products incorrectly.  A licensed esthetician is trained in skin analysis to provide accurate information, create an appropriate treatment plan and make proper home care product recommendations to enable you to meet your skin care goals.

2. Deep cleansing of the skin by a professional rids the skin of dirt, debris and environmental pollutants in order to allow your skin to maintain a healthy balance and enhance its ability to fight off disease and aging.  It also enables the skin to better utilize the products applied for nourishment, exfoliation and protection.

3. Deeper exfoliation and penetration of products with professional equipment, techniques and products work to allow beneficial ingredients to penetrate deeper into the skin for faster and greater results.

4. Professional facial massage dilates the vascular system, encouraging it to bring vital nutrients and moisture to the deeper layers of the skin and to remove waste and toxins produced during normal cell metabolism.  This stimulation also brings a "healthy glow" to the skin that only a professional facial massage can produce.

And lastly…

5. Professional extractions are performed when needed.  Acne and breakouts can be spread, and scarring caused, by picking.  An esthetician is trained to perform extractions when needed and in the least invasive and most safe and effective manner.  The skin is properly prepped and extractions are done with optimal results and minimal discomfort.

Professional facial treatments can be relaxing and rejuvenating, a much needed prescription for our hectic daily and stress-filled lives, especially since stress plays a major role in many skin care and other physical disorders.

Worried you can't afford having professional skin care treatments?  Don't be.  Most professional skin carePumpkinfacial treatments start in the range of $55 to $75 for a basic facial and are recommended every 6 to 8 weeks.  For about a $1 to $2 per day, a professional skin care treatment is easily within your grasp.  If you go out to eat more than once per week, cut back to one night per week.  Opt for the small latte at the coffee shop instead of the large.  Basically, where there's a will…there's a way.  Do this for yourself- your mind, body AND your skin will thank you.

Question:  Have ever received a professional skin care treatment?  If so, what service did you have performed and what was your experience like?  Please leave your comment below.  Thank you!

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