Cruelty-Free is More than Not Testing on Animals

We all have the same types of images that go through our head when we hear “Cruelty-free cosmetics”; the pig with lipstick on it, the monkey wearing nail polish, rats dyed with different hair colours and more.

There has been a big swing in the right direction as cosmetic companies have been switching to more ethically based testing and becoming cruelty-free. Many countries are banning testing on animals at all (Canada is one of them!) “43% of consumers are even willing to pay more for products that are not tested on animals.” – businessoffashion.com Though I do find many companies (such as Dermae available for order and sale in spa) still keep their prices reasonable, because being nice shouldn’t come at a price.

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But did you know that there are lots of other ways for estheticians, nail techs and hair stylists to be cruelty-free?

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Help! Broken Toenails + Fungal Infections!

Most people think feet are gross to begin with. 90% of my pedicure clients think they have the worst feet (trust me you don’t unless you are the 2% of clients that I do send to a doctor before I can take them). Pedicures can fix a lot of your feet problems that you may think are unsolvable.

Issues that I see the most in the spa:

  • Dry feet
  • Calluses
  • Ingrown toenails
  • No pinky toes (or barely anything there)
  • Fungal Infections (in nails or athelet’s foot)
  • keratolysis (pitted holes in soles of feet)

Regular Pedicures can help with all of these issues and if you also consult with your doctor; they can be totally resolved (minus pinky toes..if you can’t grow the nail that’s kinda it… but there’s a interesting solution to it!)

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Cosmetic Labels

Ever get really excited about a product and can’t wait to use it…

Then your phone dies and your stuck in the bathroom reading labels like it’s 1998?

How the Hell do you read these labels?

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When Exactly Do I Need a Facial?

Want to know a truth about me? 

I barely ware makeup. For a makeup artist it seems weird, but I honestly just focus on my eyes, brows and lips for everyday wear. But it’s because I keep up with my skin care routine the the point I see no point in everyday foundation. But what should be a skin care routine? I’ve been hearing a new trend that differs from what I have been taught and telling my clients for years…

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Questions for Scotia: Do I Need Moisturizer?

Today someone asked: “Genuine question I had to ask today: Can you put moisturizer on in between face washings? Or it is like a once a day thing? Suuuuuuuuuuuuuuch a girl, amirite?”

Easy answer: Yes, you should use at least 1 moisturizer on your face each day.

Click more for more answers and why you should!

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Questions for Scotia: Yes Mani and Pedis Come with a Massage!

See that dear readers? That’s my nail technician text book from college, look massage! Not “slap on some cream”……*facepalm & eyeroll*

I keep getting told this by my clients lately: “oh is the massage extra?” “I didn’t know it was supposed to have a massage.” “wait you are supposed to get a massage???”

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Lets try it: internet black mask

Sometimes I see beauty products on instagram and facebook that I just shake my head at. I know it won’t work, I see their little close ups on the skin and whats left on the mask/pad/cloth and just have a bit of a rage-attack.

The Black Mask was one of these.

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Scandinavian Beauty Tips

I asked you guys this week on Instagram if you could see my Nordic beauty secret in my photo from camp:

The bikini was a distraction just a bit….

I decided that I wanted to focus on Scandinavian beauty secrets because if you can’t tell from my last name: I’m married to quite the Finn man. My grandfather was Norwegian and Swedish. Also where I live is the second largest Finnish population outside of Finland.

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OMG Pedicure Massge + Overdue Client= Baby!

Funny how things happen.

2 Months ago I wrote a article about pregnancy and how foot massage could be ambiguously good/bad/or nothing. (You can read it here) Without scientific consensus I am always iffy on things so I have it on my client form for them to check off.

My client had come in at 1 pm, she was 2 days past due and was hoping that some relaxation was going to help. She also asked for the full massage, to which knowing that it might help but wanting to make sure that if anything happened that she was aware of the risks. She signed a extra for saying she did want the full massage.

We had a super fun time, and we were talking about all the different wives tales and ideas about what can help start labour.  She was also planning on trying the new mexican restaurant to maybe the spices would help too: I called it the M&M trick, Massage & Mexican.

Afterwards she told me she’d let me know if anything happened, I figured it probably didn’t help minus just relaxing which is good for everyone.

So yesterday morning I wake up to this:

WOW!!!! I was soo happy for such amazing news in the morning. I guess it can work for sure!!! Just happy that baby Abigael is happy and healthy and out!

She had left the spa at 2ish, crazy it happened so fast!

I have never had a client told me it worked, I have had several in my decade of work who have signed in hopes it would get things starting but I never heard anything else, so I figured that it didn’t really work but still no matter what took the precautions with all pregnant clients.

I love with when life comes and suprises you like this.

I wish my client many many happy congratulations for her, Abigael and her family 😀

Gel is Gel. Powdered Gel is NOT!

I get so many clients in here asking for fills or fixes or horror stories coming from other places (usually the quickie nail salons) talking about how they asked for gels and then didn’t get them.

 

Gel is the most popular form of nail extensions and everyone wants to do it. But are you really getting what you are paying for? Here in Thunder Bay many places charge 10$ or more above the acrylic price because it is in such demand. But why? What is really the difference between the 2?

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