I love dogs and am forever fascinated by ingredients and the skin! We have two rescue dogs, and I have loved animals my whole life. After going through my teens and 20s with hormonal acne, it seemed like there had to be a better way than stained towels and carpet from Benzoyl Peroxide and harsh Apricot Scrub and Buff Puffs. I wanted to help others with acne (as I tried to figure my own skin out), so I got into esthetics. I’ve been a licensed esthetician since November 2002 and started my own skin care practice a month later.
I’m a big believer in the “less is more” philosophy, from what is used on the skin to the daily maintenance of it. I am continually reading, learning, researching, and experimenting with ingredients. It is a rather expensive hobby, and I have a mini fridge full of oils, extracts, and butters and more drawers with powdered extracts in my "laboratory"! I am currently working on exfoliants, oil infusions, lip balms, and a healing balm, and I am always looking for guinea pigs to be my product testers.
In addition to skin care, I have always loved eyebrows. Shaping with wax, sugar paste or thread, helping clients grow them back in and recover from over-tweezing, you name it (just put the tweezers down and walk away), I love it! They frame our eyes and add dimension to our faces. In December of 2016, I trained to become certified in microblading, and in 2018, I learned machine hair stroke brows (looks just like microblading but better for more skin types). I also do powder brows (soft and natural-looking) and in 2020, I learned the lash line enhancement, which is the most natural eyeliner technique. In 2017, I trained in non-invasive, non-laser tattoo removal for permanent makeup, in case we need to remove old work and start fresh.
I have a studio in Bozeman, Montana, so if you live there or ever plan on visiting, I would love to meet you!