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Associate of Occupational Science in Cosmetology, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Master Instructor, Nail Technician

The Skintourage’s Holiday Beauty Must-Haves

By Mikala Ewald

MAC Viva Glad Lipstick in Gaga 1

Viva Glam Lipstick in Gaga 1 by MAC
Where to buy: MAC Cosmetics
The Skinny: Not only does this bubblegum pink shade look great on nearly everyone, it’s purchase supports the MAC Aids Fund. Pair it with a smokey eye for your holiday parties.

Marc Jacobs Rollerball Tri

Marc Jacobs Rollerball
Fragrance Trio

Where to buy: Sephora
The Skinny: Lola and Daisy by Marc Jacobs are two of my all time favorite fragrances! This set includes both plus Daisy Eau So Fresh in a convenient purse size rollerball. Slip one into your clutch before heading out for the evening. Great for smelling fresh while on the go!

Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes Set

Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes Set
Where to buy: Sephora
The Skinny: I ordered this set from Sephora about a month ago and have fallen in love! Not only is it a great price, but the products work so well. It includes Lancome’s ArtLiner, Mascara Enhancing Base, and Doll Lash Mascara. The ArtLiner takes a bit of practice to master, but with a steady hand and patience anyone can do it! Next apply the Mascara Enhancing Base. This product eliminates the need to use a lash curler and I only have to apply one coat of the Doll Lash Mascara after applying the base. They’re a great duo and make my lashes stand out.

Urban Decay Brow Box

Urban Decay Brow Box
Where to buy: Sephora
The Skinny: No look is complete without groomed eyebrows! This cute little brow box includes 2 brow shades with an angled brush for the perfect application, a mini tweezer, a wax to keep your brows in place, and a mirror for on the go touch ups. I keep this in my makeup kit at all times to add soft definition to my brows.

Bobbi Brown Ultimate Party Palette

Bobbi Brown Ultimate Party Palette
Where to buy: Sephora
The Skinny: Bobbi Brown is known for creating subtle shades that anyone can pull off. This palette includes a variety of shadows both shimmery and matte, and glittery lip glosses perfect for any party!

Lime Crime Magic Dust Collection

Lime Crime Magic Dust Collection
Where to buy: Lime Crime
The Skinny: If subtle is not your style I highly suggest you try out Lime Crime’s Magic Dust Shadows. They are bold, beautiful, and full of shimmer! I bought the entire collection and am thoroughly impressed with the wearability and color of the shadows.

NARS Danmari All About Cheeks Palette

NARS Danmari All About Cheeks Palette
Where to buy: Sephora
The Skinny: Every makeup maven knows NARS is the authority when it comes to cheek color. This palette includes NARS must have blushes & bronzers including the notorious Orgasm and Super Orgasm blushes that look great on every skin tone. This item tops of my wishlist!

Make Up For Ever HD Complexion Starter Kit

Make Up For Ever HD Complexion Starter Kit
Where to buy
: Sephora
The Skinny: You can’t create a perfect makeup application without a flawless complexion. Make Up For Ever is by far the best at creating a flawless face. I use all the items in this kit on every single one of my clients and on myself every morning! First apply a thin layer of the HD Microperfecting Primer followed by the HD Invisible Cover Foundation. Finish by applying the HD Microfinish Powder with your new Kabuki brush!

The New Black Ombre Horizons Nail Shades 5-Piece Set

The New Black Horizons Ombre Nail Shades 5-Piece Set
Where to buy: Nordstrom
The Skinny: I am a huge fan of the ombre trend and this is a unique take on it! The colors were created to perfectly graduate from one shade to the next. Just paint each nail a different color beginning with the lightest shade and moving to the darkest.

Make Up For Ever Fashionista Lash

Make Up For Ever Fashionista Lash
Where to buy: Sephora
The Skinny: This lash may look over the top to some, but what better occasion to wear them than a holiday party!? Who can resist lace and pearls?

Associate of Occupational Science in Cosmetology, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Massage Therapy, Master Instructor, Nail Technician

Do You Facial Exercise?

By Mona Green

Facial exercises stimulate blood flow and circulation; relieve tension and tones facial muscles. If you’re over 40 you probably know looking young is not just about wrinkles. You need to address puffy eyes, nasal labial folds, sagging jowls, turkey neck and other signs of aging.

Facial exercises can accomplish this and improve your complexion and skin tone. Humans can out-smile, out-smirk and out-glow every other animal on the planet whether we think about it at all.

Facial exercising is a series of contractions and applied resistance sort of like body building for the face and neck. Fifteen minutes, three days a week for six to nine months can make you look five to ten years younger, facial exercise lifts and firms skin and facial muscles that are important for looking younger.

You have a right to be beautiful and no cream in the world can counter gravity. Exercise will.

Associate of Occupational Science in Cosmetology, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Massage Therapy, Master Instructor, Nail Technician

Announcing Clary Sage Franchise System


Contact: Jennifer Holland, 918-610-0027

For Immediate Release

Local Business Franchising Operations

Tulsa, Okla., (October 24, 2011) – Teresa Knox, founder and owner of Community Care College, Clary Sage College and Oklahoma Technical College announced today that she is franchising certain aspects of her current business model, including a Salon and Spa with a prototype store to open in January of 2012.

“We have a business model that can be easily duplicated. With superior training and support, there will be a vital emphasis on customer acquisition, support, retention and long-term value. We are thrilled to share our business model with those that desire to own their own business,” said owner, Teresa Knox” Other traits that make Clary Sage attractive to potential franchisees include a good track record of profitability, a unique business model with strong brand recognition, broad geographical appeal, ease of operation, quantifiable systems, and competitive startup costs.

In addition to business opportunities being available to the general public, the franchise will provide the students of the college increased employment opportunities as well as give them an opportunity to own their own franchise. Furthermore, franchising gives the Tulsa-based company the means to which to expand their brand into other markets so others may benefit from their unique business systems.

The prototype operation will be located at 101st and Riverside in Tulsa. This training site will be streamlined to maximize profits per square footage of space. In addition to well-planned training, the franchise will provide franchisees support in every aspect of business development including but not limited to legal, accounting, marketing, banking, real estate/construction and build-out, human resources, and customer relations management. Furthermore, the company, Clary Sage Franchise System LLC has formulated and is manufacturing a salon quality product line to further enhance the Clary Brand and provide a turn-key business structure for franchisees.

The Clary System offers exceptional opportunities to potential franchise partners who possess a passion to see others reach their full potential through uncompromising talent and service. We gladly invite you to further investigate this unique business opportunity. Please log on to

Associate of Occupational Science in Cosmetology, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Master Instructor, Nail Technician

Dirt. Oil. Makeup.

By Mikala Ewald

Dirt, oil, and makeup are just a few of the many elements our skin comes in contact with throughout the day. These elements clog pores and cause breakouts.

As an esthetician, I often talk with people about their skin care regimens, and it’s surprising to me how many people don’t know how or don’t bother to properly cleanse their skin. For healthy skin, it is imperative that you first remove the dirt, oil, and makeup from the skin and follow by actually cleansing the skin.

So, if you do nothing else in your skin care regimen, at least take the time to properly cleanse the skin. Start by removing all makeup with a gentle makeup remover. If you skip this step, when you apply cleanser to the skin you will just be removing makeup, not actually cleansing the skin. You must remove the makeup and cleanse the skin in order to maintain healthy skin.

Then, to thoroughly cleanse the skin use a gentle cleanser that is appropriate for your skin type. Apply the cleanser to damp skin, and massage it in for 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Lastly, rinse the cleanser from the skin with warm water. Be sure to completely remove all cleanser residue, as improper removal can also cause breakouts.

It’s best to follow up with a toner and a moisturizer. You should follow this simple routine every morning and every night.

Associate of Occupational Science in Cosmetology, Cosmetology, Massage Therapy, Master Instructor, Nail Technician

The uses of Gelatin in Special Effects Makeup

By Lisa Johnson

There are many ways to use household items to create special effects, such as using chocolate syrup to make fake blood. In today’s blog we are going to talk about using regular gelatin to make “meaty” looking skin.

You need to know that it doesn’t mean you can take a box of jello and smear it across the skin! It has to be a certain type of gelatin. The most popular is Knox Unflavored Gelatin.

You only need a few items for this effect!

Enjoy these different “meaty” skin looks created by current Clary Sage students!

Do you want to be a makeup artist? Call Clary Sage College today at 918.298.8200 or visit the website at!

Supplies: Packets of Knox Unflavored Gelatin, Water, Spatula, Sponges, Bruise or Trauma Wheel, Stage Blood or Thick Blood

Step One – Mix the gelatin with warm water to a semi-lumpy consistency with a spatula.

Step Two – Spread the lumpy gelatin onto the skin. You must work quickly because the gelatin will set up quickly.

Step Three – Apply color with a sponge, using your bruise or trauma wheel. Choose colors that work for the look you are trying to achieve.

Step Four – If your look calls for blood then apply your homemade blood mixture to get the desired look.

Associate of Occupational Science in Cosmetology, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Master Instructor

Buffing Basics

By Christen Brummett

Regular exfoliation is key to keeping the skin looking radiant and young. However, not all exfoliation is the same, and deciphering through which one to use is hard enough, let alone choosing the right in-treatment exfoliation. Here is a brief outline of what you need to know about exfoliants:

•Mechanical Exfoliation- uses scrubs to slough off dead skin cells. Common ingredients are nuts, seeds, or crystals.
•Chemical Exfoliation- uses acids to eat away dead skin cells. Most common ingredients are Glycolic, Salicylic, Lactic Acid, Bromelain, and Papain.

At Home:
•Should be exfoliating once or twice a week at home
•Light mechanical is recommended for normal, combo, dry or mature skin
•Light chemical exfoliation, such as low percentages of Glycolic, Lactic and Salicylic or enzymes are great for oily and acne skin

In Treatment Room
•Deeper forms of exfoliation such as Chemical Peels and Microdermabrasion should be avoided on clients using Retin-A, Renova or other forms of Tretinoic Acid (prescription Vitamin A), recent waxings, sunburned skin, or overly sensitive skin
•Microdermabrasion uses suction and crystals to mechanically sandblast the skin and is recommend for anti-aging and scar reduction
•Chemical peels use higher percentages of the at-home treatments, and are recommended for skin that has acne, chronic dryness, or hyperpigmentation (darker spots)

Your esthetician can recommend the proper in-treatment and at-home products to use for your skin type.

Associate of Occupational Science in Cosmetology, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Massage Therapy, Master Instructor, Nail Technician

Face Facts


By Nicole Endsley

Defined as a chronic skin condition involving inflammation of the cheeks, nose, chin, forehead, or eyelids, Rosacea affects well over 16 million people yet there is no cure. Of that 16 million, most people don’t know they have it and 78 percent of all Americans have no clue how to spot it. So, here I am giving you the run down on Rosacea. It is possible to diagnose it yourself, but the wise decision would be to seek professional help, Rosacea can also appear on the chest and those with fair skin who tend to flush or blush easily are believed to be at greatest risk. The disease is more frequently diagnosed in women, but more severe symptoms tend to be seen in men. Common signs of Rosacea are bulbous nose or bloodshot eyes, burning or stinging, dry appearance, plaques, swelling, skin thickening, visible blood vessels, persistent redness and flushing, and bumps and pimples.

The four types of Rosacea are all unique. Subtype 1 is characterized by simple flushing persistent blood vessels. Subtype 2 is persistent redness with bumps and pimples. Subtype 3 has skin thickening, usually resulting in a larger nose. Lastly, Subtype 4 has dry eyes, tearing or burning, swollen eyelids, and potential sight loss from corneal damage.

Rosacea may be incurable, but it is controllable. At times, dermatologists will begin a treatment with oral and topical medication for immediate control, but then continue to use only a medical medication to maintain progress. Not only does medication work, but gentle skin care regimens helps to control the disease as well. It is suggested that the face is cleaned with a mild and nonabrasive cleanser, rinsing with lukewarm water then blotting the face dry being sure to never pull or tug at the skin with anything rough.

For those wanting to cover their Rosacea with makeup, here are a few tips. Make sure the face is always cleansed, moisturized, and sun block is used. Sun is the number one irritating factor that will worsen Rosacea. Also, keep in mind the words your mom always said: less is more. When using concealer or foundation you want something thin, oil-free and with a green tint to reduce the redness. For a matte finish, mineral powder is ideal. Also, go easy on the blush and stay away from red lipstick.

Coping with and managing your Rosacea can be difficult, but if precaution is taken regularly it can be done. Always protect your face from the sun; extreme weather and wind have been known to aggravate the disease. Stay in a cool environment in the summer and cover up with a scarf in the winter. Also, don’t forget to moisturize. A good diet and exercise is a great way to combat Rosacea. Stay away from spicy or hot foods. It is common for people to become red or flushed after drinking too much, so watch your alcoholic intake. When exercising, keep it short and simple with multiple 15-minute workouts a day. Try to exercise indoors and stay as cool as possible.

If you have concerns as to whether you have Rosacea or not, find a doctor or physician in your area right away and help get this disease under control. To learn more about this disease, go to and until then always use sunscreen.

Skin Facts

  • Your skin is considered the largest organ in the human body.
  • Your skin is made up of three major layers – epidermis, dermis, and hypodermis (also called the subcutaneous tissue).
  • Your skin protects your inside organs while keeping infections out and prevents you from getting sick.
  • Your skin loses about 30,000 to 40,000 dead skin cells from the surface almost every minute, even though you do not see it happening.
  • Your skin sheds a layer of these dead cells every 24 hours and renews itself about every 28 days.
  • Your skin swells when it absorbs water.
  • Your skin contains a protein called keratin which is also found in hair and nails
  • Your skin is the thinnest on the eyelid.
  • Goose bumps are actually little pimples that help retain a layer of warm air over our body.

Did you know?

  • One person dies every hour from skin cancer
  • One in five Americans will develop skin cancer
  • 85% of all aging is due to sun damage
  • Skin cancer in women under the age of 40 has tripled in the past 30 years
  • Five sunburns doubles a woman’s chance of getting skin cancer
  • UV exposure at tanning salons is just as risky as sunbathing outside
  • People with fair skin that burns rather than tans, people who have red hair, and people with blue eyes are at greater risk of developing skin cancer
  • People who have extensive freckling on their upper back are at a greater risk of developing skin cancer
  • People who have a history of sunburns, especially during childhood, are at a greater risk for skin cancer
  • The depletion of the ozone layer may be significantly affecting the incidence of melanoma
  • Exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun between 10 am and 3 pm and exposure at high altitudes are the most dangerous times to be exposed to the sun
  • Those with an impaired immune system–especially those who have had an organ transplant, leukemia, or lymphoma–are at a great risk of melanoma
  • According to one study, the use of a sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher during the first 18 years of life would cut lifetime risk of melanoma by 78%

Associate of Occupational Science in Cosmetology, Cosmetology, Massage Therapy, Master Instructor, Nail Technician

The Dangers of Tanning Beds

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By Kaylee Pruett

Did you know that more than 1.3 million skin cancers are diagnosed annually in the United States? Melanoma is continually rising faster and faster each year, more than any other cancer, while causing around 8,000 deaths every year. What is the number one cause to this rise you wonder? UV rays! Where you live can affect your chances of skin cancer as well. If you live in a place where the UV rays are stronger you are more likely to get cancer. For example, someone who lives in Texas is more at risk than someone who lives in Minnesota. Yet tanning booths are allowing people to receive UV rays all year round in all areas.

More and more people are flocking to tanning salons for that beautiful golden tan. Although what they don’t realize is how much they are increasing their chances of getting skin cancer. Nearly 30 million people in the United States expose themselves to UV radiation in tanning beds. Many people don’t realize that UV rays can come through the clouds and windows as well as through some cotton clothing. Yet only thirty-three percent of the population wears sunscreen.

There are three different types and levels of severity of skin cancer. Each determined by the type of cell that is affected. Due to the rapid uneven dividing of cells, skin cancer creates tumors and causes damage to DNA.

The most common and least severe type of skin cancer is called Basal Cell Carcinoma. You may recognize these spots by light, pearly nodules. This type does not spread very easily and can be removed surgically or by other medical procedures.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma is the second most severe type of skin cancer, recognized by red or pink scaly papules or pustules. These can bleed easily and create open sores that do not heal. Squamous Cell Carcinoma can spread to other areas of the body.

The third and most sever type of skin cancer is called Malignant Melanoma. This can be deadly because of its ability to spread more easily to other parts of the body including internal organs. If you notice black or dark patches that are uneven in texture, rigid, or raised, this could be Malignant Melanoma. It can even be found on areas that aren’t exposed to the sun as often such as legs, feet, and toes.

Skin Cancer is Avoidable! You can wear sunscreen and be sure to get checked out by a dermatologist when you have a suspicion of a mole changing or a new formation. If detected early enough, the growth can be removed. Be sure to apply sunscreen to your children as well, because eighty percent of lifetime sun exposure occurs before the age of eighteen. Also try to avoid severe sunburns; skin cancer chances double if you’ve had five or more sunburns in your lifetime or one sever sunburn as a child. Often skin cancer will appear after the age of 50, but the earlier you start protecting yourself the less chance you have to get it.  Be aware and be prepared to protect yourself!

Associate of Occupational Science in Cosmetology, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Master Instructor, Nail Technician

To Tone or Not to Tone?

facial-tonerDo you use a toner? Do you even know what they’re used for? Many people wonder if it’s even necessary. Toners have two purposes: to remove and residue left on the skin after cleansing and to balance out the skin’s PH level after cleansing. Toners have also been said to help contract the pores.

Some people swear by toners, but  many beauty consultants do not. A famous beauty expert claims,  “Toners are only for copy machines.” I personally feel that if you’re cleansing properly, you shouldn’t need a toner to make sure the skin is clean. As to balancing the PH, the skin does that on it’s own.

It seems to me like just another marketing scheme to give us yet something else we feel we have to buy and do. Some of the best skincare lines on the market don’t even offer toner.  H-m-m-m.  So that being said, I know there are oily skins out there who love their toner and I understand (but suspect the overuse  of toner is possibly part of the problem). Ultimately though, if it works for you and you like it, enjoy it…but don’t feel obligated!

Associate of Occupational Science in Cosmetology, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Master Instructor, Nail Technician

Thoughts From A Student (And Employee!)

Cosmetology Program at Clary Sage College

Cosmetology Program at Clary Sage College

By Mikala Ewald

There is no dispute, when it comes to schools in the beauty industry, Clary Sage College is by far the best. I’m very blessed to have experienced this fact in a number of ways. Even though I am now employed with Clary Sage College, my first experience with the College was as a student.

In 2008, I moved to Tulsa, OK with the sole purpose of attending Clary Sage College, even though I was raised in a very small town and didn’t know a single person in the city of Tulsa. It was a big decision for me, and I was nervous to say the least. Prior to moving to Tulsa, I heard about Clary Sage from a co-worker and after viewing their website, I was immediately intrigued. I decided to call and set up a tour of the College even though I had my sights set on Oklahoma City. This was the beginning of my long, happy relationship with Clary Sage College.

Once I stepped foot in the building, there was no doubt in my mind that this would be the College I would choose. Not only was it a beautiful building, but the people were welcoming and accommodating. Since I was unfamiliar with the area and had never worked in the beauty industry, I had many questions for the admissions representative during that first meeting. She was so helpful she even took the time to recommend apartment complexes in the area to help narrow my search. I loved the flexibility in the start dates, it was important for me to be able to start soon. Since the curriculum is on a rotating schedule, usually students are able to start school any Monday.

One of the best features the school offers, in my opinion, are the advanced classes. Many schools within the beauty industry only teach you just enough to pass the licensing examination. This is not the case with Clary Sage College. As a student at Clary Sage, I learned the basic techniques for my trade as well as many alternatives and advanced techniques. I also learned professionalism, customer service, and marketing techniques. These skills will always be a valuable asset to me no matter what career field I am in, but most importantly they are vital to those working in the beauty industry. I can honestly say that I received the best education the beauty industry has to offer in this area.

Upon graduating, I had no trouble finding a job. Spas and salons in the Tulsa area love Clary Sage graduates. Although I learned a lot while working at my first spa, I required little to no training other than learning about their specific protocols and products. This meant a lot to me considering I was fresh out of school. I was able to begin making money in no time.

After working at the spa for quite some time, I heard that Clary Sage had an open position in their retail store. I immediately jumped at the chance to work for such an amazing company. I was hired to work as a product specialist in the store soon after applying. I think it is very important that Clary Sage trusts the abilities of their graduates enough to hire them to help run their own business. I have now been an employee at Clary Sage College for nearly 2 years, and have never been happier in a career choice. Currently, I am an instructor in the esthetics department.

Over the past year, I have actually graduated from Clary Sage College a second time. While working for Clary Sage College during the day I decided to attend their Master Instructor program in the evening. I was spending anywhere from 14 to 16 hours a day at Clary Sage College. Although I was tired from less sleep, I never got tired of the students, the employees, the work, or the atmosphere. Some may consider this to be the case due to my own dedication, but it’s more than that.
It has to do with the caring culture of the college, their mission, their dedication to their students and employees, and their desire to teach and motivate to help their students become successful professionals. The “CARES” message which is an acronym for Courtesy, Accountability, Respect, Excellence and Success is not just a company slogan, but a way of life that the staff and faculty strictly adhere to at Clary Sage College.

No matter where life takes me, I will never forget the skills I have learned at Clary Sage College, nor will I ever regret the decision I made to attend such a wonderful school. Clary Sage has made and will continue to make a profound impact on my life. I hope my story inspires others to take the same jump that has been so rewarding in my life.