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Our lovely Jens – The ultimate Game Changers for beauty industry events!

So, If you attended the Skin Games last weekend, you might be still recovering from all the fun you had. Yes, this event was THAT good. It was really empowering, validating and just magical to gather so many passionate estheticians in one place. The general public also had a great time, getting to try new spa treatments, learn about the latest skincare products and modalities,  and maybe even being on TV! The Ex Wives of Rock  camera crews were all over the event filming us.  Don’t be sad it’s over, just be glad it happened and savor the memories of an adventure in beauty, filled weekend, all within the walls of the Marriott hotel, in San Ramon, CA.

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Taking direction from our amazing event photographer www.brosnanphotos.com Thanks John!

The main event of The Skin Games, was a friendly competition, allowing Estheticians to showcase their knowledge and skills.  The Estheticians completed a video diary, and submitted the results they achieved with their chosen clients in areas of hyper-pigmentation, aging skin, acne, etc. They were also interviewed by a panel of some not so scary, industry experts, and then the answers were evaluated and tabulated.  What I noticed, more than anything, was the coming together of like-minds, the sharing of ideas and a passion for what we do, and what amazing results we get. How we achieve our goals may differ. We even had a spirited debate at the Ingredient Panel discussion, on how to get the best results – yes or no on AHA’s, for instance –  the common denominator is we all have a shared passion and a bigger mission that bridges the gaps. We have the capability, with our work to change lives and how people see themselves one face at a time – and we understand and “get” how passionate we all are.  It’s amazing to spend time together, whether we are celebrating each others success or exploring how to improve. Luckily for us, we got to do it ALL and much more this past weekend at the first ever Skin Games event.

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The glamorous cast of the Ex Wives of Rock

Jennifer Rosenblum and Jennifer Earls, aka “The Jens” had the creative vision, fortitude and pure determination, to put together this hybrid competitive event for Estheticians to shine: a trade show, an educational panel, entertainment extravaganza, networking, and the Academy Awards of Esthetics. From the conversations I’ve had, I think I can speak for everyone who attended, and just state, it surpassed any and all expectations of the attendees, the vendors, the competitors and the judges. I have no doubt the beauty industry will be transformed by this event, and next year it will be really huge- um did I hear someone say International?!?

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Angie Vayda- winner of Best New Esthetician

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Cherie Callahan- Winner of Hyperpigmentation

May we all stay inspired and connected and KNOW that we all have something amazing to offer this wonderful industry.  We all have our strengths, unique skills, and the ability to keep learning and developing new skills. I think the Skin Games reminded us, we have the unlimited capacity to help and inspire each other, when we join together. There will definitely be a ripple effect of an event of this magnitude – a very positive one with all of the energy that was generated this past weekend. I’m excited to see how we all grow from this experience.  I can’t wait to gather with all of you Game Changers again next year!

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Denise Gaston – Esthetics Instructor & Winner of GameChanger Award

 

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Maxine Drake- Winner of GameChanger Award

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Denise Fuller of NASN & winner of GameChanger Award

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Danne Montague-King – Founder of DMK & Winner of GameChanger of The Year Award

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All the way from Belgium! 2 Bio Beauty and Bio Peeling

Thank you to “The Jens”,  and everyone who supported them in their mission (shout out to the Yes, Dears!), the amazing vendors who supported the event and always support the estheticians, my fellow judges- who I personally felt very honored and humbled to be among,  the brave contestants, who embraced this challenge, and put themselves out there, not really knowing what they were getting themselves into – and without whom there would have been no Skin Games.  Everyone who supported the contestants and came to the show was a very important part of this inaugural event. I look forward to seeing all of you Esthetic Rock Stars at the 2017 Skin Games or hopefully sooner!

If I left anything out, I apologize and please feel free to send me your photos so I can add to this write-up!

What was your favorite part of The Skin Games? What do you look forward to next year? Is there anything you would add or you felt was missing? Please comment! #GAMEON

For more info www.theskingames.com

 

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Frank “Yes, Dear” Rosenblum & GameChanger Award

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Kelli Anderson, CSS and The Peoples Choice Presenter!

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Debbie Fink, Finalist in Other category for her work with Oncology client

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Amy Wall Best anti-aging- but we prefer to call it “beautiful aging” and overall Best Esthetician!

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Suzanne Warfield – NCEA GameChanger Award!

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Richard Merrill Rivas GameChanger Award, Industry Leader Award

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The one and only Danne Montague-King is GameChanger of the Year!

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Nondy Llewellyn of Bakersfield Acne Care and Skin Therapy- Game Changer award!

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Jennifer Earls- manning The Skin Games booth

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Gladys Lum Allen – Amazing You Day Spa! Peoples Choice Finalist

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Linda Bertaut, Reiki Master, showing the Ex-Wives of Rock how to align their chakras

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Some of the judges

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The Skin Games

There is a really fun event coming up, thats near and dear to my heart! The first national competition for Estheticians, is going to be in San Ramon, CA on April 23, 2016. The Estheticians are competing in different categories, such as hyper pigmentation, anti-aging, acne, etc. There will be a trade show with top skincare and beauty lines, ingredient panel of industry experts, luxe spa treatments, super fab party, and much more….I myself am looking forward to it all, including networking and possibly tasting some fine Napa wines in the VIP lounge.

This is the first ever competition, to find the top Estheticians in the country. There were over 1,000 entries, and the top 30 are being interviewed by the judges (I’m so excited and honored to be one of the judges by the way).  Estheticians, I can’t wait to judge you! The ladies of the new reality show, The Ex-Wives of Rock, Bobbie Brown, Athena and more will be there hosting the event – along with their television crews so if you attend, maybe you will be the next big reality tv star! Who knows, maybe Athena’s brother, Tommy Lee will show up with the “Crue”! Jennifer Rosenbaum and Jennifer Earl are the rockstar estheticians behind putting together this fabulous event.

Who is ready to get dressed up like a superstar with me,  and go rock out in San Ramon? For more information, to check out the array of finalists, event activities and tickets to the Live Show,  check out www.theskingames.com

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GemWater with VitaJuwel

My fascination with rocks and crystals began in my rural Georgia backyard. As a young child, it served as a vast and magical land where Native American tribes had once lived. I loved spending many summer afternoons digging into the earth and if I was lucky finding very old carved crystal arrowheads. My best friend, Lisa and I spent school recess time “looking for rocks”. We would find and compare our rocks, clean and treasure them. There was magic in those rocks!

I’ve discovered a new a way to blend my passion for gemstones and crystals with the healthy habit of staying hydrated! I recently attended a Reiki training with the renowned, Linda Bertaut, to bring another level of healing to my facial clients.  She prepared “GemStone Mojitos” for our class. I’ve never been one to turn down a mojito, believe me and although these had no alcohol, they most definitely were full of creativity, vitality and life and the colorful glass pitcher was intoxicatingly beautiful to behold on the dining room table.  She expertly combined fresh sliced fruits, mint and of course big beautiful gemstones – this delicious elixir made me thirsty for more….

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I had the pleasure to meet with Jan Eisen, of VitaJuwel recently. He graciously invited me to his U.S. headquarters to do a GemWater tasting. VitaJuwel has been in the U.S. a couple of years and is a family owned and created company that makes handcrafted, elegant and the most insanely gorgeous gemstone water vials and accoutrements you will ever find – they are serious about their artisan-craft and have the patents to prove it.

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Jan and I did a tasting with several different gemstone blends and I noticed the subtle way the gemstone infused waters tasted different – softer, smoother, and even sweeter depending on the blend. Jan is so full of knowledge and passion for this subject, that I could have talked to him for hours and we did. He educated me on the ancient tradition of vitalizing water with the usage of gems. In ancient times Greek doctors cured ailments with gemstones and minerals. German scientists have proven that water becomes more alkaline and the oxygen content increases with VitaJuwel gem vials. The regular drinking water reaches a quality level otherwise only found in natural spring water when the gemstone vials are used. VitaJuwel only uses fairly-traded, conflict-free gems and lead-free Bohemian glass designed by glass artists in the European Union. VitaJuwel makes making gem water a snap and very efficient. Jan’s family creates all of their products and they are tested on their friends around the globe. They have combined their passion and creativity with true German ingenuity.

Water is the essence of life and arguably you might even say the fountain of youth. We are made of 65% water and it’s essential for life. Dr. Masaru Emoto, who sadly recently passed away, was the Scientist and author of the New York Times bestseller, “The Hidden Messages in Water”. Dr. Emoto’s research not only revealed that water has memory but that it can be improved by external influences such as gems. In microscopic photos you can see how the water crystals are positively influenced by the gems. This revolutionary research is what inspired VitaJuwel to create the gem vials. This amazing doctor and scientist also partnered with VitaJuwel to create a set of 3 exclusive gem vials – “EmotoCrystals” which are now available to the public and a portion of sales goes to Dr. Emoto’s foundation “Emoto Peace Project”. I’m very honored to have the Carnelian – Halite salt vial! Carnelian was called the “Stone of Life” in ancient Egypt and Halite “Salt of Kings. There are several different vials and you can even customize your own.

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Numerous spa owners use the gem water blends as an essential part of their beauty treatments as they know SPA (Sanus Per Aquam) means “Health through water” You can find VitaJuwel at many exclusive and high-end resort and day spas throughout the world.

There’s even a VitaJuwel Vino product that sommeliers are using to rediscover the ancient tradition of using amethysts which makes for a smoother wine. I’m hooked on this one and enjoy the looks and questions I get when I take this to my local wine bars.

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Saving the environment one “Via” at a time. VitaJuwel has recently created a new portable water bottle called the Via. This lead-free glass bottle has two openings with an exchangeable “gem pod” where the gems are enclosed. It’s suitable for cold and hot liquids (love this for my tea!) and available in 17 different blends. Did you know that 1,500 plastic bottles are used per second in the U.S.?  80% of them are not recycled and they are made of petroleum. I would rather go thirsty than drink from a petroleum based plastic water for the simple fact that I don’t like the taste and you don’t know if that bottle may have been in the sun or a hot truck as it was shipped and what chemicals have made their way into the water as they leach from the heated plastic.  Using a refillable glass bottle like the Via is a great way to make a small contribution to save the environment, not to mention your health and look good doing it! Jewelry for your water! Who would have thought?!?!!?

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There is so much more to VitaJuwel than I can share in this space.  If you want to learn more and see their vast array of artisanal creations please go to www.vitajuwel.com 

For a limited time (until Oct 31, 2015) you can get 7% off your order and free shipping by mentioning “VitaPearl”

 

 

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A Smart Shower – Essio Aromatherapy Shower Kit

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This is the best thing to ever happen to my shower! The inventors have created an aromatherapy shower device that works great, is easy to use and totally affordable. For years, I have recommended to my clients to take Lavender Essential Oil and rub a few drops on the shower head to infuse the shower with the benefits of aromatherapy.  This technique works but only for a couple of minutes. Now with this amazing device you can quickly and easily turn your every day shower into a complete spa experience.

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The kit comes with a device which you attach to your shower head (and it’s literally a snap and comes with very clear instructions written in English!). The individual aromatherapy pods can be used multiple times. You can decide what aroma you want at each shower and when not in use you put them back in their tray. Since I had a long day and logged over 10,000 steps on my FitBit today, I was really looking forward to trying this tonight. I chose “Unwind” which has Sweet Orange, Bergamot, Lavender and other floral notes. The starter kit also includes the aromatherapy blends “Passion” and “Clear”. You can purchase other blends and replacements as needed. What I truly love is that all of the pods are 100% essential oils and they are organic.  This is important to me because to get therapeutic benefits from aromatherapy the oils have to be pure.  You do not have to worry about these making your shower slippery as these are essential oils – the life essence of plants so it’s a very concentrated formula. I think it would be great if the creators of Essio could incorporate a way for customers to customize their blends when they order the pods. It would be amazing to create your own personal aromatherapy pod for your shower. When I was first an Esthetician, I worked with an Essential Oil line where I did “sensory journeys” with my clients and then incorporated those oils into my clients massage and steam.

The device is made in the USA and all packaging and materials are 100% recyclable. There is no green-washing in this shower device!

I think this would make an excellent gift for yourself or a loved one.  It promotes good health and relaxation, which is something everyone can benefit from.  You can learn more about it and purchase it here www.essioshower.com and it retails for $44.99. Essio is also having a sweepstakes so you can win one here   but this is ending on November 27, 2015 so hurry!

I was not paid for this review but did receive an Essio Shower Kit. My review is my unbiased opinion.

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