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The Skin and Makeup Institute

I accompanied my friend last week to The Skin and Makeup Institute. She’d  been going there on and off for a few years. And most of her family does as well. So I had to get my spa on and fix my skin. Wow! I hit the jackpot last week. I was really impressed with the knowledge of the The Skin and Makeup Institute skin specialist and how she analyzed my skin to take care of my breakouts and pigment issues. She’s the Skin Whisperer!!

She can pretty much tell what kind of abuse you are doing to your skin just by feel and looking thru her lamp. My skin was a wreck!  But she didn’t make me feel bad about it. I have been abusing my skin lately so it needed a lot of work. She educated me about what type of treatments would help as well as products and nutrition. She practices Holistic Skincare which is a new one for me. But now I see how important my internal health is to get my  skin in shape.

-Environment was clean and refreshing, everything was beautifully decorated.
-The best thing was their very comfortable bed! That alone was worth it!
-The skin specialist was amazing, she took the time to know my needs and concerns. Since I had just come off of a long 12 hour shift at work she offered to also massage my feet; one thing I appreciated was after she massaged my feet she washed her hands and continued with my facial (yes! a place where I know sanitation is important!) Throughout the facial she educated me about my skin type and products that would work best; it was very interesting! You can tell that she is very passionate about what she does and cares for her client’s well being.

She recommended some healthy digestive herbs (which I could get there) and She did what she calls “The Kitchen Sink” skin treatment. She used enzymes and ultrasound for exfoliation as well as dermal filing. Dermal-files are like microdermabrasion but much more effective and nicer on my sensitive skin. She also did a hydrating Guinot treatment with theses rollers that felt amazing and smelled wonderful.
I left with my skin glowing and it hasn’t felt this great in years! I picked up a few of my Guinot favorite products and a few DMK things to treat my acne and pigment. DMK comes in reasonably priced travel sizes so you don’t have to make a huge investment to try them. So far I love the DMK she recommended.

The Skin and Makeup Institute also teaches and trains students. Being in the aesthetics industry is a very rewarding career! It’s a popular profession for skin care enthusiasts wanting to work in a field that they love. I know this was the case for another friend, a few years ago when she attended The Skin and Makeup Institute. Being the only private aesthetics program in Arizona where students get real, hands on training to become professional makeup artists. After students complete the first 600 hour course they can take additional education courses in aesthetics or receive training in day spa services.

My friend is very proud of her education. They always had clients to work on for a few months, and when she left she was very comfortable taking new clients and letting her current clients know where she would be working.

All you can hope is to find an excellent school where you feel comfortable and well-educated (with plenty of experience, of course). This is the best way to find a job you love as much as your education.

Zoom Q2HD

Zoom Q2HDThe video is ok  but the sound quality is pretty nice. I bought mainly for you tube clips for my nephew he is getting killer on the bass. I have recorded a few concerts with it and sounds pretty killer and is easier to control the clipping I thought than the Q3. Most of my YouTube clips are recorded with the Zoom Q2HD video. I find the Q2HD just so easy to use, and I use it more often. The Zoom video recorded is great for recording kids’ school performances. I got my classic zoom q2hd at Musicians Friend.

Acoustic Bass Case

gl bassGator makes a nice cross between a gig bag and a hard case called GL-BASS case. You can get them for less than 140 bucks and they are really sturdy and great for storing instruments under beds and in closets etc. They offer much better support than your typical gig bag. Investing in a Bass Guitar Cases is good idea if you’ll be gigging/practicing in other places, for moving all your stuff between home and school, and for just giving you some peace of mind.

MXR 10 Band EQ

MXR 10 band eqThe MXR 10 band eq is a great pedal and the MXR does not run on batteries, it is 18v and you have to consider that when you setup.

Lots of gain, great adjustability in the lows/ low mids. I like the mxr 10 band eq at musicians friend than my other equalizers better for this reason, more adjustability, easier to pinpoint a certain freq, or raise/lower  a “shelf”.

It is real good at adjusting your normal setup for diff rooms, but I can do that with my pre-amp.

Again Great pedal, one of the nicest EQ pdals I’ve used.

 

BOSS ME-70

boss-me-70I’ve got drawers full of old vintage effects, many that are collectible.  I don’t use ’em anymore. I don’t have to. The OD1 and Blues settings on the ME70 cover the same territory as a vintage Tubescreamer, except the entire boss me-70 at guitar center costs less than one vintage Tubescreamer. And it’s still under warranty. Likewise, the built in compressor on the ME70 gives me plenty of squish, but no “pumping” sound. And the delays are amazing. It’s just a great pedal. Combine the sounds, size, and ease of use with the fact that it will run on batteries if needed, and I really think it’s the best single pedal I’ve ever owned.

Hair Transplant New Jersey

If you want good services related to hair transplant you can try out Hughes Center. They are experienced and very popular. They have centers in  based in New Jersey and  Philadelphia. You could look up their website online, it gives more info regarding the treatments offered.

For Hair Transplant New Jersey,  try contacting them (Hughes Center). Their hair technicians are very accomplished in FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) hair transplants. Hughes Center do excellent work and have long reputations in this field. If you are close to their New Jersey clinic, you can set-up a time to meet with Dr. Susan M, Hughes and see more examples of her combined work over your lunch hour.Their Hair Transplant Philadelphia also have very good and most trained hair technicians in the field employed by the Neograft company.

Most people routinely lose between 70 and 150 hairs from their scalp each day, mainly through washing, brushing, and combing. Scalp hair starts to thin when more hairs are lost through normal shedding than the scalp is able to renew. About 40% of the density of scalp hair has to be lost before thinning of the hair becomes noticeable.

People facing the problem try numerous methods such as magical hair restoration potions to wigs and hair extensions. With the advancement in the technology now you can restore your lost or thinning follicles. hair transplant is a popular surgical procedure which is effective in treating male pattern baldness, scarring, and facial reconstruction efforts as well.

Cheap Luna Guitars

I’ve had the opportunity to play 2 of the Luna models, have recorded with them, and they are very fine guitars. (Fauna Phoenix, and Fauna Dolphin). One of the things about these guitars is they are designed for the female player.

The Luna Phoenix was my favorite of the 2, and has great onboard electronics that recorded very well. The inlay on this guitar is hard to find on guitars costing several hundreds more, and the fit and finish was right on. Here are some cheap luna guitars available on the net.

Stabilizing Orthotics

I did the Foot Levelers orthotics thing some years back. I still have them and have used them constantly with complete satisfaction. They are a great combination of matching paperweights and conversation starters. I put them right up there with Popiel’s Pocket Fisherman (although I hear you can really catch fish with the PF. They fit in any of my shoes, running, cycling, walking, sleeping, you name it. They also did work fairly well in my ski boots.

The money that  you will spend is worth it, because it is cheaper than surgery, and less painful than the injections ,which didn’t help. The stabilizing orthotics did help me. They were not uncomfortable and I hardly knew they were in my shoes. They do raise the foot at the heel ,but it caused no problem for me.

I tried every sort of expensive and inexpensive shoe that was available at the time, some with significant padding that included gel, air, or liquid under the forefoot *and* the heel areas. Basically there was no difference. If you’re going for an insole rather than a custom orthotic the best one around is made by Foot Levelers. They make special inserts for different shoes and different sports.  I use their Casual Intense Comfort in my casual shoes.

I would also not be able to race and  train without my stabilizing orthotics.  I train and race with my orthotics and have no problem with them sliding around once my foot becomes accustomed to them. With the heel cupped firmly, and the shoe laced and pulled up tight, my foot stays firmly in the stabilizing orthotics and the orthotic rides with my heel. They  are tremendously useful and highly recommend them.

 

 

SKB ATA Style Cases VS SKB Roto-Mold Style Cases

The roto cases have a removable back “door” rather than a clamshell cover. Not as water and dust resistant as the ATA style. Also, the door affords less room to access back connectors. The early roto cases had molded in handles rather than inset ones, not sure about the currrent ones. IMO, SKB cases are only worthy for basic car transport, or racking stuff that doesn’t get moved a lot. They don’t truck pack well, the hardware gets tweaked easily, and the mounting rails are sketchy for
heavy power amps and the like. I got my 7 exciting skb at musicians friend, and they’ve served me pretty well. I’d hate to see what happens if I ever drop one though.

Protec Cases

When my friend got his Alto, he also looked at the protec cases at Guitar Center. He got the most wonderful case for his Alto.  It has very plush, thick fabric all over the inside,  much plusher and thicker than the felt in other cases I have seen.  The “fur” is about 1″ deep if you draw it out, and the horn sinks into it..

The case is not totally open and empty inside with a notch for the end of the horn to fit into and a small partition for stuff like most cases.  You open the case and the surface that the fabric is on is flush with the opening of the case.  There is a part where the shape of a saxophone has been indented into it, which holds the horn snugly on all sides, but underneath the thick furry soft stuff it is not hard.  It has an amount of give or springiness that almost feels like that padding that you put underneath carpet.  Of course, if you push hard enough you will hit something underneath.  It almost feels like it was carved out of a solid piece of wood, but it’s way too light.