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

Here Is To A Healthy Holiday Season

By: Jennifer Hubbard, Nails and Esthetics Instructor

During this time of year we all know that we eat just a little more than we should. Here is something to help you keep the weight gain down and your skin hair and nails looking beautiful.
Low-fat dairy products high in vitamin A: carrots, liver, paprika, red pepper, cayenne pepper, chili powder, Sweet potatoes and dark leafy greens. Some of these foods are also good for diabetes and thyroid conditions. Low-fat yogurt is high in vitamin A and has “live” bacteria which is good for intestinal health.
BlackBerries, blueberries, strawberries and plums all share a common link which is high in anti-oxidant content. They may also help in protecting against free radicals
Artichokes, beans, prunes and pecans help in premature aging.
The key foods for healthy skin which deliver essential fatty acid are salmon, walnuts, canola oil and flaxseed. The reason these are so healthy for you is they provide a healthy cell membrane which acts as a barrier to harmful things also they act as a passageway for nutrients to cross in and out and for waste products to get in and out of the cell. The cell membrane holds water in which in turn creates a stronger barrier to give you more plumper younger looking skin.
Foods high in Omega 3 are Fish, walnut and flaxseed oil.
Healthy oils are oils prepared by cold-press or expeller process they are olive oil and extra virgin oil. You should take no more than 2 tablespoons a day.
To reduce skin damage by the sun you’ll need to eat whole wheat bread, muffins, cereals, turkey, tuna and Brazil Nuts. These all contain selenium.
Green tea has anti-inflammatory properties to protect cell membrane also they may help prevent or reduce the risk of skin cancer.
Water is a good hydration about eight glasses a day of pure, clean water. Water also helps cells move nutrients in and toxins out.
So make sure you are eating some of these great foods and you’ll get through these holidays with beautiful skin and no weight gain!!

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

Fall 2012 Makeup Trends

By: Lisa Johnson, Esthetics Instructor

Just as the seasons change, so do our trends for makeup.  This fall is no exception.  From vampy goth looks to natural fresh skin, this fall is all about the artistic side of makeup.  Some of the looks are bold but don’t forget that the classic looks are timeless and always in style.

Here are a few of the most popular looks for fall 2012:


Fall faces are in one word “flawless”.  Skin should be natural but polished.  The look is one of less, but still perfection.  It should be slightly contoured, keeping very monochromatic in color.  Fresh skin is in!!! (MUA,  Amber Bowen)


This fall cheeks are all about a flush of color!  Rosy cheeks are back.  Just a bit of color on the apples of the cheeks, not the regular contoured blush.


Eyes are very exciting for the fall. Can we say, Drama Drama Drama?  Lots of amazing color!  Green, gray, and bright blues are the go to colors.  Multi toned with accents of gold make eye shadow a fun way to spice up a look. (MUA, Evony Wells)

If eye color isn’t your cup of tea, you are in luck!  Smokey browns are just as in style!  Any hue is acceptable from brown to khaki.  The key is to make sure that the color is blurred out to give it that smokey appearance. (MUA, Morgan Black)


Eyeliner is graphic this fall, bold in shape and in color.  Bright blues, greens, and traditional black are the colors seen most on the runway.  Liner is angled with sharp lines and big exaggerated curves.  It’s all about artistic looks. (MUA, Noelia Boyd, and Morgan Black)


Traditional mascara is always in style.  This fall bright blue and green mascara can also be seen to give a pop of color to even a soft makeup look.


Brows are groomed and tamed.  Using a pencil and shadow to add color makes any brow stand out.  To keep the brows in place it is all about the brow gel. (MUA, Murrell Collins)


Lips are a major focal point this fall.  Mulberry, Black Cherry, and Deep Plum are the rage.  This vampire inspired look is beautiful, but don’t forget to add blush so you don’t feel and look washed out.  It’s a powerful look and should only be worn by the daring. (MUA, Murrell Collins)

If the vampy look isn’t your thing, red is always a great substitute.  Matte and glossy reds can make a bold statement without the washed out look you can get from the deep violets. (MUA, Evony Wells)

Associate of Occupational Science in Cosmetology, Nail Technician

Toe Nibbles

What is a fish pedicure?

A fish pedicure, also known as a fish spa, involves patrons dipping their feet in a tub of water filled with small fish called Garra rufaGarra rufa are sometimes referred to as “doctor fish” because they eat away dead skin found on peoples’ feet, leaving newer skin exposed. This is not a traditional pedicure in the sense that we think. No scrubs, massaging, toenail care etc… The service consists of a simple tank or basin with about 100 fish inside that the client places their feet into. Prices are usually around $35 for about a 15 min. session. Not to relaxing if you ask me.

Garra rufa are native to the Middle East, where they have been used as a medical treatment for individuals with skin diseases, like psoriasis. One study has illustrated the effectiveness of fish pedicures in the treatment of psoriasis; however, this treatment was performed in a controlled setting at a medical university in Austria, not at a nail salon . CDC is not aware of any published reports on illnesses resulting from fish pedicures. Nail salon foot baths, however, have caused outbreaks of nontuberculous mycobacterial infections that left infected pedicure customers with boils and scars.

Why have some states banned the use of fish pedicures?

An entrepreneur named John Ho has been credited with bringing the trend to his salon in Virginia called Yvonne’s Day Spa. He said he wanted to come up with something unique while finding a replacement for pedicures that use razors to scrape off dead skin. The razors have fallen out of favor with state regulators because of concerns about whether they’re sanitary. There are also franchise salons available in Delaware, Maryland, Missouri, as well as Virginia.

Each state has the authority to ban fish pedicures. At least 14 states, including Texas, Oklahoma and Florida, have outlawed  them. Virginia doesn’t see a problem. Plus, they have no jurisdiction over skin, unless it’s a face. Ohio permitted the fish pedicures after a review of the regulation and service details.

Most of the bans are based on at least one of the following reasons:

  • The fish pedicure tubs cannot be sufficiently cleaned between customers when the fish are present.
  • The fish themselves cannot be disinfected or sanitized between customers. Due to the cost of the fish, salon owners are likely to use the same fish multiple times with different customers, which increases the risk of spreading infection.
  • Chinese Chinchin, another species of fish that is often mislabeled as Garra rufa and used in fish pedicures, grows teeth and can draw blood, increasing the risk of infection.
  • According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife ServiceGarra rufa could pose a threat to native plant and animal life if released into the wild because the fish is not native to the United States.
  • Fish pedicures do not meet the legal definition of a pedicure.
  • Regulations specifying that fish at a salon must be contained in an aquarium.
  • The fish must be starved to eat skin, they live in an environment free of a food source, which might be considered animal cruelty.
A special thanks to Kent Berry, Clary Sage Barista Instructor, for trying a Fish Pedicure, in Mexico, and documenting the experience for us to share with everyone.
Associate of Occupational Science in Cosmetology, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Master Instructor, Nail Technician

You asked–We answered

As skin care professionals, the most common question we all seem to get asked is…What products do you use?  Our skintourage bloggers put together a list of our top favorite “must have” products. Make sure to let us know what your must have products are! We want to hear from you.

Christen Brummett, Esthetics Arts Department Head:

Smashbox Makeup Primer-As someone with oily skin, I tend to shed makeup very quickly so having a makeup primer is a must if I plan to have makeup on my face for more than 2-3 hours.  I love Smashbox’s Primer because it is super lightweight and silky feeling (due to all the silicone); it doesn’t break my face out and keeps my makeup on all day.

Skin Ceuticals CE Ferulic Acid-This stuff is amazing!  The combination of Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Ferulic Acid provides a power pack punch of antioxidant protection.  This is one of the few products I have used that I really saw results in my skin.

Dermalogica’s PreCleanse– Used before your normal cleanser; it gets all the makeup off and smells amazing.  Not to mention, it is a fabulous brush cleanser!

April Genshaw, Esthetics and Cosmetician Instructor:

NYX Milk Eye Pencil-Perfect color base to make eyeshadow colors pop.  I still use over a regular eye primer.

Coconut Oil-Fabulous for removing makeup before cleansing, hydrating skin treatment and cortex strengthening hair treatment.

Agadir Hair Spritz-Dual Purpose thermal iron enhancing spray, firm hold hair spritz.

Lip Balm-I’ve yet to find a favorite, but I always have to have something.

Lisa Johnson, Esthetics and Cosmetician Instructor:

Temptu Airbrush Foundation-it’s easy to apply, soft natural matte finish and lasts all day long without touching up.

Mirabella Lip Definer in Clear-Gives you the protection from bleeding and feathering lipstick without the worry of the “ring around the lips” look when the lipstick fades off.

Lime Crime Lipstick (any color)-Has amazing color that lasts all day without looking dry or cracked.  The color is vibrant and it comes in many unusual shades.

Circadia Vitamin C Serum-Not heavy and dries quick.  Helps with my aging skin and gives me a nice glow.  It’s my “must have” product.

Moroccan Oil – My only must have for my hair.  It cuts my blow dry time in half and helps repair any damage to my hair and leaves my hair soft and tangle free all day. It doesn’t weight my hair down or make it oily like many other products.

Emmy Downey, Esthetics Instructor:

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20-It’s sheer and lightweight with a hint of color.  I get that perfect healthy looking glow.  Plus, I get my daily dose of sunscreen.

Urban Decay’s 24/7 Concealer Pencil-Perfect for hiding those dark circles and blemishes.  It’s a creamy formula that dries matte and stays put.

Therametics Lip Balm-“Heaven on a stick!”  An anti-aging lip balm that soothes and repairs dry chapped lips.

Hempz Body Moisturizer-100% pure natural hemp seed oil along with Vitamins A, C and E help to give your body a dramatic dose of hydration.

Mona Green, Esthetics Instructor:

Circadia Honey Cleanser-A micro-exfoliating cleanser that is gentle enough to use every day, without disturbing the protective lipid barrier.

Circadia Vitamin C-Heal and calms the skin while neutralizing free radicals.  It prevents collagen deterioration while restoring firmness, diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and smoothing uneven texture.

Circadia Night Time Repair-Encourages cell turnover, boosts radiance, increases elasticity and enhances the skin’s natural repair system.

Jennifer Hubbard, Nail Technician Instructor:

Green Stuff-My wonderful makeup remover and I use it to shave with.

Fake Bake-I love the look of a beautiful tan but don’t want to expose myself to the UV rays of a tanning bed.

Circadia Mandiclear Peel with Vitamin A Accelerator-This is my favorite peel.  I love the way my skin looks and feels afterwards.  It glows and feels a lot tighter.

Enjoy Smooth and Shine Serum-This is the only serum that I have found that keeps my hair shiny and smooth without leaving the feeling of heavy oily hair.

Coconut Oil-This is the only product that will penetrate into the hairs cortex.  This doesn’t leave your hair with the heavy oily feeling that other products can.

Check out this website to see how you can become a skin care professional too!

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

Tax Breaks for Continued Education

By Christen Brummett

No matter what industry you are in, it is imperative to stay on top of any trends. One of the best ways of staying on top of these trends is to attend trade shows. Many professionals utilize tax write-offs for trade shows and educational trips to assist with paying for the trips. However, it is important to follow all necessary guidelines to get your maximum deductions, and more importantly, to ensure you do not have any negative repercussions from the IRS.

Here are are a couple guidelines for tax write offs:

  • Know what you can deduct beforehand. Deductions should include items such as your registration, required materials for the event, round trip airfare, mileage on your car, taxi fares, lodging, and meals
  • Certain items should only be 50% written off. Those items include entertainment and meals. Also, items that are considered to be “extravagant” can only be written off up to 50%. For instance, a penthouse hotel room can only have up to 50% used as a tax deduction.
  • Another option is to use the per diem method which allows you to write off a certain amount each day, depending on the zip code you are in.To see the recommended per diems you can go to
  • In general, you do not need to keep documentation of expenses less than $75 however all items over $75 should have documentation to accompany them. And if ever in doubt, keep your documentation.
  • You cannot write off expenses for non-business workers such as your significant other or friend who tag along with you.
  • Oversees or cruise business trips have slightly different regulations. Most recommend only $2,000 per trip.

For more information check out

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.