News: New Bridal Contract and Price

After a really busy summer of bridal bookings I have had time to reflect on how I book clients. I still have openings for the fall and winter!

I have had to update my bridal contract and prices to reflect the current market and how clients have been booking their weddings.  All pre-paid and signed contract holders are grandfathered to their original contract they have signed, this is only for new clients.

Did you know the national average for bridal makeup is 100$-170$? Do you think that is reflective for Thunder Bay? I am still keeping mine lower because it is Thunder Bay 🙂

Here is the sample of my new contract:

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Some important changes:

  • New services are available! Such as me staying to touch up after your photos, tattoo cover ups, and children’s makeup for under 12 (consists of eye shadow, blush and lipstick/gloss).
  • Price change of retainer and overall pricing.
  • If you are last minute(2 weeks or less) canceling services for Bride, bridal party and/or guest makeup, you will be required to cover 50% of the total quoted fee for those canceling. If its less than 48 hours notice: you will be required to cover 100% of the quote. This is to cover the fact that I will not be able to make up the same amount of revenue in spa when the date has been booked for a long time.
  • Travel outside of Thunder Bay city limits has been more thoroughly explained.
  • Quote will now cover all party members not just bride.
  • A promise if I have a unforeseen emergency and can not make it, that I will try my best to find a replacement artist otherwise your money back. (This has never actually happened to me but I have been hearing more and more artists in town having to last minute cancel on their brides and I want you to feel protected against this.)

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Thank you for all your understanding in the changes and look forward to continue bringing a elegant, beautiful, sweet look to top off your wedding look! I am still taking new brides for Fall/Winter 2018 and booking into 2019 you can book your trial here!

 

See me at this fall’s Wedding Show Sunday October 21st at the Victoria Inn where I will be presenting a small seminar: “Makeup Wedding Trends That WILL Date Your Look”.

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Watch Out for Job Offer Scams -UPDATE

2 Years ago I wrote about my experience with getting what seemed a too good to be true makeup job offer with Instyle magazine.

What  it turned into was a big let down to start with, then a very scary realization: that in the least my credit card and identity could of been stolen…to the extreme of I could of been caught up in human trafficking or dead.

Since then I get weekly comments (136), phone calls, emails and DMs from other makeup artists all over the world who are getting the same emails.

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What’s Inside Sweet Cherry?

Since Sweet Cherry Spa opened in its new location a year ago I have been striving to bring new local gifts in to add to supporting the small businesses of Thunder Bay.

I wanted to share with you the newest line to come in from Dianea Creates

Diane takes custom orders, has also now just started making rings too! She also has DEALS! Buy any 2 items and at 10$ off! and an additional 5$ off after per item.

All items are handmade and the amethyst is local.

 

Next up is our good friend The Bunnydeer Hatbox! Another amazing local artist bringing in unique mini top hats, bows(can be used as hair bows, pins or bowties), fascinators and, custom wedding headbands, fascinators, top hats and other hair pieces.

Candice has been creating for many years and has been featured at Sweet Cherry Spa since the beginning. She also takes custom orders.

Last of our custom order handmade products is Nerdy Nails (made by myself).

Custom made, hand painted nails all in different Nerdy themes: Star Trek, Loki, Dragons, Lord of the Rings, Last Airbender, Sailor Moon, Kawaii Spring, Goth Queen, The Simpsons, Princess Monoke and more!

ON SALE right now 10$ a set! Comes with file and glue for perfect fit. Lasts up to a week. New Custom sets by order only (currently not taking orders until July 2018) for 30$.

 

New Derma E Skin care! The new packaging is out and they have come out with a new line and fun new products like 1 time Mask Packs! Grab a bunch bring them over for your next ladies spa night! Derma E has also come out with some great skin oils to prime and prep for a lighter moisturizer and for pre-makeup applications!

 

 

 

 

 

Questions for scotia: how to spot fakes

Recently I was asked by Sarah:

“Can you explain the difference when you get a fake makeup product from that wish app or any sites like it?”

can you tell which ones are the fake Lime Crime Velvetine?

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Green Circle Salon Program

“Going green at the salon” used to be words that my Mum would roll her eyes at: because it meant that I was dying my hair another weird colour. But that isn’t what it means anymore!

The Green movement is picking up in Thunder Bay and the trend is becoming a business savy way in one of the most waste producing business: Hair Salons.

Some salons are just small with a few people working in them, and some are large with 8+ members.  Just taking a look at over a regular week in a salon you can see from  20-60 clients per week: per stylist! That is a lot of hair alone, not to mention all the product that goes into the hair and the leftovers, the foils (which can average about 50 per person), plus the cups, other lunches and things clients and staff bring in and throw out. It can result into 13 large bags of garbage or more a week!
A new program, called the Green Circle Salon Certification program, helps salons collect recycling that is normal for anyone and salon specific items that can now be recycled. These items include hair, foils, paper, plastic and even the extra products such as dye, lightener, etc. I spoke with Amanda Benincasa of Evoke Salon and Spa (one of the first salons in Thunder Bay to become Green Circle certified) about how it has impacted her business.
 On a trip to Winnipeg she went to a Green Circle presentation and was blown away. “I watched the demonstration of a synthetic buoy vs one made of the excess hair to help with oil spills in the ocean, lakes and rivers and it was amazing. The human hair buoy soaked up the oil in the water in half the time!”  Her salon Evoke was already an established green salon with using green and eco-friendly products such as Hempz and Davine’s hair products.  One of the things that I personally found great about this program was that they take all the plastics, unlike in Thunder Bay where you can only recycle bottles of #1 and #2 plastic that have twist off caps. “We used to throw out so much garbage, knowing how much already goes into our landfill, I thought I could do something to lessen our impact and it has! We only create 2-3 bags of garbage a week now.” told Amanda.
The Green Circle program is very easy for any salon to sign up for, they give you the boxes for disposal, then you pack it up let them know and they will send you a shipping label and arrange pick up for you. The salon has a small fee added to all services to support the program. It is the same as the Environmental Handling Fees (EHF) that are charged on the sale and distribution of all new electronic products regulated in Ontario. Paid at the time of purchase, the fee reflects the actual program cost to collect, transport and responsibly recycle each electronic category the end of its useful life.
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As a esthetician myself, I was wondering about what the Green Circle program could do for the esthetics side. Amanda told me “Currently they don’t have a program in place for items such as wax sticks and strips, acetone, nail files and more. But the estheitican at any salon and spa can still use the rest of the recycling for their plastics and cardboards.” I spoke with Evoke’s esthetician Rebecca Nelson about what future projects she could see for esthetics and Green Circle. “They could figure out how to deal with the wax itself, what to do with nail files. Maybe some sort of filter that could go in our drains to catch debris and some of the product? There are lots of possibilities.” Past paper, cardboard, plastic and the few glass containers we have, the only other recyclable items we have is using the sharps disposable that we can take to any pharmacy. 
 
“A Clean, Green & Beautiful Thunder Bay depends on the pride of residents, businesses, property owners and youth. It also makes good business sense and results in a healthy economy. Clean, green & beautiful cities attract visitors, highly skilled workers and investment, and enable us to live, work and play in well maintained, safe and pleasant surroundings.” – Mayor Hobbs from the Clean, Green & Beautiful Committee of Thunder Bay.
There are many different city, provincial and federal incentives for businesses to become greener, as David Suzuki always promotes ” You can just do 1 green thing to help.” Many of us do way more without even realizing it:
  • we do our weekly recycling, even if its just our empties because we can get money back
  • we use energy efficient appliances
  • when buying a new phone, laptop, tablet, etc we pay the electronic recylicng fee
  • we turn down our heat or air conditioning
  • use the hydro off and peak times chart to do our laundry + using only cold water
  • some of us compost for our gardens
  • use LED light bulbs (which you can get great coupons for online now as a incentive program)
  • walk, roll, bike to work or school /  using public transport
  • bring your own bags or ask for paper bags instead at the store
Thunder Bay has hope, I know there are many of you who were brought up “if you recycle paper, you are putting your family out of work.” because of the mill but only 10 out of 49 paper mills in Canada deal with recycled paper pulp (“Benchmarking Energy use in Canadian Pulp and Paper Mills” Natural Resources Canada 2015)  That is still a lot of jobs. We have to come to the realization that Thunder Bay is still behind. In many cities in Canada, once you get into a home you get a garbage can and a recycle can. In many cities they take more then 2 kinds of specific plastics. In many cities you can take in your recycling and get paid for it! Here you can take your metals to the scrap and the liquor and beer bottles to the beer store… but no paper, cardboard or plastic.
We can do more, follow the footsteps of my friend Elizabeth deBakker. “In May 1996, Elizabeth DeBakker, a 10 year-old student at École Gron Morgon School, addressed Thunder Bay’s City Council expressing her concern over debris found in city parks. As a result of this deputation City Council passed a resolution requesting the development of a municipal clean up program. A steering committee was established to develop an action plan to accomplish the goals of Ms. DeBakker.” – Ecosuperior.  If a 10 year old girl 20 years ago had this big of a impact, what can you do? 
I think all the Green Circle Salons in town have a great start to something very big.
 
 
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Questions for Scotia: The No!No!

I have been asked this a few times this month before and after xmas:

“I received a No!No! for Christmas…I need your Honest opinion on the No!No! ?” – Mary

“I was looking at the No!No! for myself but it seems so expensive.”- Diane

I will start off saying that I have not personally used this, because if I wanted to drop 300$+ I’d spend it more wisely.. or at least start with actual laser hair removal treatments. (anyone who has one and wants my to actually try contact me I’d love to make a video)

But I have talked to a lot of people with it and have done some research on it as well.

Click to see more reviews from consumer reports.org

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Pin Up Looks : Hey Sailor Grand Opening

Last Saturday (Sept 26th)  a new store that I have been dying for to open finally opened: Hey Sailor pinup boutique!

I brought my daughter who loves dresses with me to see what they have.

If you don’t know what a pinup its the retro style of 1950s and 1960s. Think of those pin up calendars with the painting of the sexy lady (now they are on the old Milwaukee cans and billboards), the stepford wives and I am sure you’ve seen her (if you don’t even know her name) Bettie Page.

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Embracing the Warmth of Marsala

Every year the Pantone company tells the world what the Color of the Year is.

Marsala is this years color. 

I love how it matches any darker shades, from the black in her shoes and purse to the dark, gradient green in her hair

For many of us, we didn’t even know why there is a color of the year.

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Contest Weiners

Aww no one answered so no one won! It’ll tell you anyways

 

The reason I had blue on lips was for when Smaug the dragon first woke up, he was blue in the movie.

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We could also get into a very specific nerd trivia and also say it was because in Canada there was a cover of the Hobbit book that came out where he was coloured blue on the cover.

My husband, a friend and I distinctly remembering this all due to our confusion that he was described as red and golden.

 

Anyways sucks that no one won the awesome nails.

What would you like to win if I was doing another contest?

A sweet room

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Well today is the big day! I’m open!

The room is now all set up with the fur blankets and calm lighting. It smells like peaches from the peach paraffin warming in its warmer.

Been waiting out front in the salon, talking to clients and getting to know all the nice ladies who work here at Hair Infinity.

As a welcoming clients in from the cold and snow I am offering until jan 2015 a free hot stone massage with every manicure or pedicure.

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But there was also a mystery today.
This.

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Frank and I don’t know what this is. We called around so far no answers and couldn’t find it on Google.
We know it’s not a auto clave because it’s not pressurized. It couldn’t be steam or heat sanitizer but it’s hard to tell. Anyone know???