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Welcome to Holistically Haute!

Hello and thanks for stopping by. This blog is about skincare and wellness. Skincare may sound as simple as washing your face, but anyone who works in any setting of this industry will tell you differently. Anyone who has ever suffered from any skin disease or disorder will tell you differently. Anyone whose skin is starting to show signs of aging will tell you differently. There are many tangents to explore, both serious and fun, and I plan to cover as many as I can.

First of all, I am not a dermatologist, plastic surgeon, or cosmetic doctor. I am not a cosmetic or aesthetic nurse. I am a licensed aesthetician, among other things (you can read the “official bio” here), and I started this blog while I was still an aesthetics student back in 2010.

I had acne. I had it bad.

I am talking pepperoni pizza face acne. It started when I was about ten, if you can believe that, and got bad pretty quickly. Then it went away when I was about 22 and I thought I was in the clear. Nope, no such luck. As soon as I became pregnant with my first child a few years later, the acne made a comeback. Seven years later, and I still had to spend a lot of time, effort, and yes, money to control it.
Needless to say, having the need to control acne taught me a lot about taking care of my skin, and it took a lot of trial and error to find what worked for me to control the acne. Along the way though, I became obsessed fascinated with makeup.
At first I used it out of necessity, to cover the acne. And I didn’t do a very good job of it. I spent a good number of years going to school with a full face of stage makeup. Then, thank goodness I started working at a high end department store which carried MAC. Back then, no one knew about MAC except those in some aspect of the industry.
(I’ve since learned about the toxic ingredients that go into commercial, mass produced products line MAC and no longer use or recommend them–this anecdote was just part of my story before I knew better 🙂 )
All the ladies (and some men) who worked at that counter had such a different air about them than those at the other counters. I was completely enthralled by the products, the tools, and their application techniques. I actually started hanging out there on my lunch breaks and watched them work and picked their brains. After not too long, I started doing my makeup pretty well. It’s amazing what a difference the right products, the right tools, and the right technique makes. And I will probably repeat that over and over again every time I talk about makeup. After not too long, I started getting “booked” to do people’s makeup for proms and other special occasions.
I didn’t go into skincare right out of school. I had a hard time deciding what to do with my life. Quite frankly, I don’t think many 17 or 18 year old kids have any idea what they want to do with their lives. I went to college and got a degree because the opportunity was given to me to do so, but I transferred twice and changed my major three times. I finally settled on Architectural Studies with a minor in Humanities, and am kind of ashamed to say I never did anything with it. Sorry Dad.
I don’t regret the experience, because obviously I learned a lot about life and about myself. I worked retail off and on throughout college. After college I got married right away and went to work but didn’t really find my niche. I held a couple of jobs in healthcare marketing and advertising, both in sales and in writing, then went on and tried a couple more things. I also worked in cosmetics, did make-up for weddings and special occasions through word of mouth, and did some freelance healthcare research and copyediting during this time.
Then I made the decision to be a stay-at-home mom. I made this decision because I figured that career-wise, my twenties were shot. I figured that this would be a good time to have and raise my kids, and then once they were both in school full time I would still have the majority of my thirties to establish a career, whatever that career might be.
And here we are. At the time I started this blog, my younger daughter was only about a year and a half away from being in school full time so I figured that was the time to go back to school. I was going over some career ideas with a friend who is a manicurist. She asked why I didn’t do makeup more, and I talked about how even though I have years of experience, I am not licensed and could not really advertise myself for reasons having to do with liability and state laws. She said…wait for it… “Why don’t you just go get your license??” Ding ding ding! It was my aha! moment. The light in my brain switched on. It seemed like such a no-brainer?it is something I have knowledge of, something I am good at, and something I have a passion for. Why didn’t I think of this sooner?!
Holistically Haute really encompasses my philosophy to skincare and overall wellness. I really believe that to have beautiful skin and a healthy body, you must have balance in all areas of your life. I borrow from many different tried and true disciplines, such as Traditional Chinese Medicine, Reiki, and Ayurveda, but am truly fascinated by the cutting edge technology offered by Western Medicine and medical aesthetics.

I invite you to join me as I grow as a professional in the aesthetics industry. I will offer you skincare tips I’ve picked up over the years from my own experiences as a makeup artist, acne sufferer, chronic health warrior, student, researcher, mother, daughter, wife, aesthetician, herbalist, health coach, functional nutrition practitioner, entrepreneur, and more. I will provide my opinion, as well as facts obtained from credible industry sources. Oh, and there will be humor. Because what is life without humor? I’ve got lots of awesome topics planned for you, so please stop back soon and tell your friends to do the same.

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