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Renowned Cincinnati-based makeup artist Rachel Lisa recently announced the opening of her new downtown studio. Keep reading for all the details.


Rachel Lisa opened a new studio in downtown Cincinnati.

Rachel Lisa, a Cincinnati-based makeup artist, has worked with some of today’s hottest celebrities, such as Kesha, Rachel Zoe, and Katy Perry.

Lisa started right out of high school working for Prescriptives in 1996, and has since launched her own makeup application business and cosmetics line, and just announced her new studio storefront, located downtown at 1115 Pendleton Street. From this studio, Lisa offers makeup lessons, event makeup for weddings, commercial events, senior portraits, maternity shoots, headshots, and boudoir shoots.

“I love my new studio- it has loads of natural light,” says Lisa. “And, I’m now directly next door to the Bell Event Center, where a lot of people get married.” Lisa says she plans to continue her on-location services for weddings, and other events, but will have her new studio space as a home base for her other services.

By appointment only, women can take a class with Lisa, to learn her makeup tricks. “I have a few different classes I offer like a quick everyday look, the elusive smoky eye look, and highlighting and contouring,” Lisa explains. “But, I can customize any class for what someone wants to learn.”

Other than the natural light in her newfound studio, Lisa says she is most excited for her décor options, and working with clients in a fun filled work environment. “Two words: glitter wall,” Lisa laughs. “A glitter wall, is a wall painted with glitter. Mine will be done with black glitter, on top of black paint, I’m so excited for that part.”

Lisa has her own makeup line called Rachel Lisa, and sells it in her studio, as well as online. Lisa says while she uses her own line on her clients, and in her classes, she incorporates other makeup brands as well. “I use lots of brands besides mine, like Mac, Nars, and, IT Cosmetics,” Lisa explains.

“I love that my job is different every day, and filled with different people,” Lisa says. “It might be a commercial, a film with celebrities, or a wedding party that I’m working with. I love meeting new people, and seeing their expressions when they see how much makeup can change them. Sometimes you’ll have a really meaningful connection with a client, maybe someone that has lost their lashes, and brows due to chemo, or they’re just not feeling pretty, and when they see themselves looking beautiful, there’s literally no better feeling.”

Lisa offers makeup classes at her studio for $150 per person, and a 25 percent off deal on her makeup line, when you sign up for one. The prices vary for her on-location events, depending on what the event is.

To find out more about Rachel Lisa, and her new studio, click here.

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Learn about the recently revamped downtown spa that takes an all organic, vegan and holistic approach to nutrition and stress release.

Ray Guzman is the owner of Inner Peace Organic Spa.

Inner Peace Organic Spa takes a pure organic, and holistic approach to nutrition and stress release, allowing their guests to unwind from the day. Whether you’re in the mood to Salsa dance, or relax with a massage and a glass of wine, this spa is ready to fit your needs.

The new owner, Sebastian Rey Guzman, bought the downtown Cincinnati spa in October 2016, and has since has added in some brand-new amenities. According to Rey Guzman, he has a keen interest in organic, vegan friendly, and cruelty free products, and has brought that to Inner Peace. “I have a 100 percent organic skincare line that is local,” says Rey Guzman. “That I have combined with another organic skincare line that I use, to get maximum results on facials, and the overall health.”

This 811 Race St. spa is split into multiple sections – massages, waxing, facials, and a nutritional guide – to compliment every aspect of the clients physical and mental health.

Inner Peace offers more than one type of massage, and for different reasons. “The most frequently purchased massage is the Swedish massage, which is the gentlest,” says Rey Guzman. “It is possible that this is because it is the lowest price, however, the one that we see with the most rewarding and satisfying experience would be the customized massage. The custom massage is tailored to the individual. It is a Swedish massage, so it is very gentle, but then they get to focus on one specific area with a deep tissue massage.”

Group and couple massages are also offered, and can be scheduled accordingly. “I have a group of seven women coming on Saturday, and three people will be able to receive a massage at once,” noted Rey Guzman. “While three of them are enjoying their 30-minute massage, the others are enjoying tea, coffee, a glass of wine; we even order pizza. We do have the availability to do wedding parties, as well.”

Rey Guzman says they also excel in their facials, from full, mini, and back facials, they have a wide variety of options. In fact, he says, a therapist takes time to learn about each client’s unique skincare concerns, and then expertly picks out which cruelty free, organic products would fit best with their skin.

“We also offer a sugar scrub,” says Rey Guzman. “When a client comes in and asks for a sugar scrub on their face or back to remove dead skin, or any harsh chemicals they encounter during the day. We use 100 percent real sugar, then wipe it off with oil, and continue with the facial, or massage.” Or, he adds, there’s a package deal for a facial and a massage. “This is both new, and very popular right now,” Rey Guzman says. “You can do it as a couple, or as one person.”

“We have a new detox program,” explains Rey Guzman. “It includes a 30-minute massage, an infrared sauna, and an ionic foot bath, where you can actually see the toxins come out from the sweat glands in your feet, and you can watch the water change colors.”

In addition to the spa, Inner Peace offers a nutritional side of mental health by creating a detox guide that is fully vegan, contains Omega three, and herbs. If you’re searching for something a little more hands-on for mental health and a piece of mind, there are yoga sessions, meditation classes, salsa dance classes, and life coaching classes.

“Anyone can make an appointment and attend for free, or at a low cost of $5-$15, depending on what class, and who might come in as a guest speaker.” says Rey Guzman, who adds that Salsa dancing harbors two elements in improving ones mental and physical health. “The music and rhythm is good for the mind, and when you’re dancing, you’re burning calories, which is good for the mind and body. There is also room for people to make new connections. If someone is lonely, they can come here and dance, and feel closer to people.”

And community is what it’s all about for Rey Guzman. ”We’re really trying to provide the community with as much information, awareness, and opportunities for them to grow holistic, and to grow in different fascists in humanity; for the body, the mind, and whatever spirituality they choose,” he adds. “Anything that inspires them to be better human beings, and healthier people, is the service we like to provide.”

To learn more about Inner Peace Organic Spa, visit

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A local photographer is empowering women one shoot at a time, through boudoir and wedding shots. Read on for all the picture perfect details.

Casey Burns and Sharon Snow own Sincerely Seven, a boutique-style photography business.

Casey Burns started working with photography six years ago, as a self-taught photographer, and has recently opened her own boutique photography company, Sincerely Seven, in November 2016. Burns says, “This way I could devote more time to my clients, while having a better work-life balance since I am also a mom.”

Sharon Snow, partner to Burns, also shares the same passion for photography. The two worked together previously in the industry, sharing the same dream of opening a boutique styled photography business.

Snow and Burns have been photographing weddings, events, beauty shots, boudoir, and commercial shots. “We have done just about every type of shoot, and are happy to, as long as it falls in line with our style.” Says Burns.

For Burns, it’s about more than just a bride-to-groom shot, a wedding, or a lingerie filled photo. It’s about the vulnerabilities that flourish during the shoot, and the empowerment women feel afterwards, she says.

“The most fun and encouraging part about these sessions is watching the transformation of the girls. I’m not talking outside, I mean inside. From beginning to end, by the time they get their pictures back, you can see this immensely different perspective of confidence they have,” Burns says. “That is what makes these sessions so important to me. It’s all about the experience, and building strong relationships, and trust with your clients. I truly care about each-and-every girl that I have the opportunity to photograph.”

While these shots are beautiful, fun, and even empowering, there is no doubt Burns runs into a few challenges with these types of shoots.

“I think the most challenging part of these shoots is the client themselves. I don’t mean that in a bad way, I mean that in an honest way. We are always our own worst critics. When you are doing a shoot that leaves you so vulnerable, I think it’s hard to not let insecurities set in and be nervous,” Says Burns. “That is why my main goal through the session is to work through those insecurities, build the confidence, and by the end, allow them to see what everyone else sees- to embrace your beauty for just who you are – not trying to be someone else.”

Burns and Snow work mainly as on location photographers, but rent a private loft for those women that are looking to get out of the house. While they are currently on the hunt for a more, readily available studio to work out of, they are empowering each woman they come across, no matter the setting.

“Empowerment is the driving force behind these sessions. I say it every time- it is just as much a gift for her, as it is for him. These photos give the ability to see women through someone else’s eyes in all their beauty,” Explains Burns. “It empowers them to know that they are beautiful and to embrace that. If you can do a shoot like this, you can do just about anything in my opinion. It takes a lot of courage to get in front of someone you don’t know and be vulnerable. These girls should be very proud of themselves, I know I am.”

Package pricing varies with specific sessions. A mini photo session starts at $250. The price does vary depending on what the session is, and where.

To learn more about Sincerely Seven, or to book a session, click here.

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Two gurus teamed up to offer the Tri-State a comprehensive, head-to-toe service for all of your beauty and photography needs. Read on for more.

Ashley Olivia and Rebecca Lariccia, Owners of Glam Squad Studio.

Glam Squad Studio is an all-inclusive professional makeup and photography studio located in Ft. Thomas, Ky.

Owners Rebecca Lariccia, and Ashley Olivia, are professional makeup artists who made their way back to the Tri-State from Los Angeles and Manhattan, to teach women how to wear makeup for specific occasions, and even different times of the day.

“There is a dire need for real artistry here, which is what we are bringing to Cincinnati from places like Los Angeles and New York,” says Olivia. “We want to bring that level of experience to Cincinnati.”

Lariccia and Olivia stay up-to-date in the social media world- specifically Instagram- to learn about what makeup is on trend, and what everyone is wanting to try next.

Lariccia and Olivia offer Master Class services at their studio or on-location by appointment. Their Master Class service teaches women how to perfect different types of makeup- whether it be a day or night look- as well as how to apply everyday techniques in makeup, such as false eyelashes, and eyeliner.

Glam Squad Studio also offers a photography session that can be combined with any makeup service. Lariccia and Olivia both are professionally trained photographers, with an up-to-date studio.

“We do anything from headshots to boudoir pictures,” says Lariccia. “We’ve even done senior portraits, but not in the normal, posed, way. We put a spin on it that captures the woman’s personality.”

Lariccia and Olivia say women are welcome to come in for a shoot camera-ready, or they can come in as a blank slate for hair, makeup, and even a spray tan. “We definitely ensure the women that come to us look and feel as beautiful as they really are,” says Lariccia.

Packages for a makeup or photography session starts at $250, and the package for a combo makeup and photography session starts at $500. To learn more about Glam Squad Studio, follow along on Facebook.

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A local makeup artist is launching a new makeup class series and is kicking it off with confidence. Read on for all the details.

Kelly Neaves is hosting a serious of makeup classes called “Makeup of a Confident Woman.”

Kelly Neaves, a Professional Makeup Artist and founder of Cincimakeup, is helping women look and feel their best through expert makeup techniques. So much so, she’s teaching clients how to apply her techniques at home so they can always look and feel their best.

“I like to teach the more realistic everyday makeup,” says Neaves.

Cincimakeup is one of three event vendors based in the 915 Monmouth Street Studios in Newport. This venue functions as an office space for Cincimakeup, Five Dot Design, and Marti Heard Designs, and also a unique event and meeting space. While Neaves is an “on location” makeup artist for weddings and other venues, she enjoys hosting events in the 915 Monmouth Street studio space. In fact, she will be launching a new Master Class event series, where women can book appointments to learn tips and tricks by professional makeup artists while enjoying refreshments and friends.

The first in the series will get started on March 16, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., with a “Makeup of a Confident Woman” theme. Neaves is taking bookings for eight women total at $45 per person, which includes your makeup lessons, drinks, food, and a free gift.

“Special classes with smaller groups like this is much more effective,” says Neaves. For example, Neaves says, the artists will be able to teach women how to apply liquid eyeliner to their specific eye shape, match foundation to their skin tone, how to contour, and use under eye brightening tools.

Neaves says attendees of these classes will get a personalized experience because they’ll not only learn specific tips and tricks, but will also get to address any specific makeup concerns during their one-on-one time with their makeup artist.

“Every woman has their own concerns,” says Neaves. “That’s why the Master Class is made up of smaller groups- it’s more intimate, and much more fun.”

While Neaves works with a variety of high-end makeup brands, experts from Trish McEvoy will be on-hand at the March 16 event to work with the women one-on-one. “Trish McEvoy comes in a few hours early to set everything up for that night, and I set up the wine and champagne,” says Neaves. “Once the class shows up, we will hang out with some drinks, talk about what we want to achieve, and get started.”

Neaves not only offers pre-scheduled sessions, but customized ones as well. “If someone wants to bring a group of 6-8 people in, and can set a date and time for everyone to be here, I am more than happy to work with them,” says Neaves. “Customized classes, as well as pre-scheduled classes are $45.”

To learn more about Cincimakeup, or to book a class, click here.

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A local all-organic salon and spa recently launched a new service: Reiki. Click to learn how it helps both your physical and mental health.

Reiki sessions are now being offered at Alba Beauty Studio to improve your mental health.

From eco-friendly beauty products, to organic hair treatments, Alba Organic Beauty Studio has kept women, and the environment, looking and feeling good.

And now, Alba Organic Beauty Studio is offering a service – Reiki – that will improve your mental health as well. Reiki is a simple way to relieve stress and stimulate a more positive mental health state, according to Eva Borho, a Licensed Massage Therapist, and Reiki Practitioner, who was recently added to the staff at Alba Organic Beauty Studio.

Borho says this stress relieving service boosts the flow of energy in the body, which in return, allows it to function in a holistic manner. Reiki was originated in 1922 by a Japanese Buddhist, Mikao Usui, and has since been making people feel more positive, and has promoted wellness.

Borho says she loves teaching others about Reiki, and how much it can help bring positivity to ones’ life. “It really helps to become the best version of yourself,” she says. “We all have blocks in our life, and we need to work through them and get rid of the negativity that clutters our minds.”

While there are more than 200 ways to perform and learn Reiki, Borho says her style is the most original. “It is very normal during a Reiki session for one to feel different emotions, and see different images,” she explains. “Whether it’s a flash of color, or a vivid picture.”

“Reiki increases energy levels and mental clarity,” Borho says. “It gives off a sense of balance, reduces stress, tension and anxiety.” She adds that many of her clients leave with the feeling of reduced physical tension and a decluttered mind. “Reiki’s main purpose is to make an individual more positive, mindful, and grounded,” says Borho. “And that’s what’s so great and unique about Reiki; it’s tailored to the individual.”

While there are many benefits of Reiki, Borho says the hardest thing about the service is getting the word out about what it is, and how it helps. “It does seem to come off a tad bit eccentric, but yoga and Reiki go hand-in-hand, and if you can do yoga, you can do Reiki.”

Alba offers one hour sessions for $75 with Borho, and for the whole month of February, you can book a Reiki session for $60.

To learn more about Reiki Sessions, or to book and appointment, visit

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A struggle to find hair care products that worked for naturally curly hair inspired one local lady and her husband to launch a business of their own to help themselves and others find a stylish solution.

Tywana Smith and her daughters.

For 15 years, Treasured Locks has specialized in providing customers with products for those who have kinky, curly, wavy, and textured hair.

Twyana Smith and her husband Brian started the online boutique that specializes in hair, skin, and body care products. They were inspired to launch a business while searching for products that Smith and her two daughters could use.

“As an African American mom looking for hair products for myself and our two daughters, I found it difficult to find hair and skin care products that fit our needs,” explains Smith. “There were only a few companies that offered quality products so my husband and I figured that if we were having this problem, there must be thousands of others in the same situation.”

And with that Treasured Locks became just the avenue Smith was searching for to solve her problems, and the problems of others in search of the quality hair, skin, and body products.

Smith holds a degree in telecommunications from The University of Kentucky while her husband Brian holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from The Ohio State University. By combining their skills and the desire to create something that can help people, they’ve made it their mission to supply quality hair care products to people across the country.

“We believe that all people should embrace the beauty and uniqueness of their hair,” says Smith. “Our products are designed to enhance your hair’s natural texture and composition and make it more manageable, so you can look your best while remaining true to yourself. We also offer customized expert advice and education.”

Smith says that products from Treasured Locks are unique because they solve the problem of finding the right products for those who have naturally kinky, curly, and curvy hair.

The family-owned and operated company offers exclusive, high-quality products that are also affordable. “We help our customers have a polished and professional ‘salon look’ without the salon price,” adds Smith. “We offer more than 200 quality products from 20 brands, including our in-house brands Treasured Locks, HumiNature, and Ajuven.”

Although they’ve been around for 15 years, Smith says Treasured Locks will continue to expand. “Our focus continues to be bringing in quality products that can be used by a broad span of individual,” says Smith.

Treasured Locks recently launched a couple of new products including Treasured Locks Knot No More, Treasured Locks HydraCap, and Treasured Locks Enhanced Henna for Gray Coverage.

“These three products are designed to enhance the at-home hair experience all while giving that salon polished look at a fraction of the price,” says Smith.

To learn more about Treasured Locks, visit You can also like them on Facebook and follow along on Instagram, and Twitter.

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Ready to look fab with the blowout that keeps on giving? Learn about the local blow dry bar that’s turning heads in the Tri-State.

BlownCity offers a range of beauty services in Mason.

Every once in awhile, two people will me at just the right time in their lives. Those two people will share a passion, and if the rest of the world is lucky enough, they’ll create something amazing.

That’s the story behind Amanda Fuller and Raisa Baysal’s journey to creating BlownCity, a blow dry bar. The two met in beauty school, and with pasts in education, they both decided to make their dreams a reality.

“Raisa saw how much passion I had for styling and knew that with both of our skills, we could create the perfect salon,” says Fuller. BlownCity officially opened its doors in Mason on May 2, 2016.

The vision behind BlownCity was to create a place that feels like home for its clients. “Where everyone can walk in the door and feel as if they have been here many times before,” says Fuller. “We are easy-going, everyday gals who just want to share our passion for hair and beauty.”

BlownCity is a blow dry bar that offers a shampoo followed by a stylish blowout of your choice. “A blowout is the gift that keeps on giving,” says Fuller. “You will look fabulous when you leave BlownCity, and professional blown out hair stays in place, so you’ll keep that look for longer than if you’d done it on your own at home. It’s just another perk of leaving it to the professionals.”

In addition to blowouts, every customer is offered a complimentary beverage with each service. Other services offered by BlownCity includes brow design, waxing, haircuts, tone restoring shampoos, and makeup to name a few.

Blowouts range for $25 to $75 depending on the style you’re looking for and your hair type. BlownCity also offers one-on-one classes for $60 to $75. Haircuts for men, women, and children range from $10 to $60, makeup from $14 to $75, and facial waxings from $10 to $12.

BlownCity also does bridal everything, and can be booked for your upcoming nuptials. “Hair, makeup, parties, updo, lashes – you name it, we can do it,” says Fuller.

Searching for a blowout membership? This unique idea is offered by BlownCity, as are blowout packages and even private parties. “We will come to you if you can’t come to us,” adds Fuller. The salon also offers personalized or group classes for braiding, curling, and round brushing, which is a free class if you purchase a hair tool at the salon.

Fuller says the team at BlownCity will go out of their way to make sure customers get what they need and want. “Need a product we don’t carry? We’ll get it for you,” she says. “Need your hair done during closed hours? We will make it happen. Whatever it takes to make our guests happy!”

Fuller says that the team at BlownCity will continue to grow and add services in 2017, adding that they will be offering hair extensions and color services in the coming months.

To learn more about BlownCity, visit You can also find them on Facebook and Instagram. BlownCity is located at 4764 Fields Ertel Road near the Kings Auto Mall.

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We chat with a local eyelash aficionado who launched a business that helps take your lashes from drab to fab without batting an eye.

Looking for a small beauty tweak that will have a big impact? Ayesha Holliman launched her business, Artistic Lashes and Company, to help you do just that.

“I absolutely love the ‘WOW’ effect achieved from the artistic and skillful application of a lash set of semi-permanent lash extensions that are so natural it leaves people guessing if you actually grew them yourself,” says Holliman, a certified semi-permanent lash extensionist.

Holliman offers three types of lash extension services at Artistic Lashes: Classic Look, Flirtatious Girl, and Glamorous.

The “Classic Look” full set of lash extensions includes 30-70 eye lashes per eye and costs $199. The “Flirtatious Girl” full set of lash extensions includes 100+ eye lashes per eye and costs $265. Lastly, the “Glamorous” set of lash extensions is $297 and includes more than 130 lashes per eye.

Because the eyelash sets are semi-permanent, you’ll eventually need refills. Holliman offers three types of refill sessions: a 30-minute, 60-minute, and 90-minute session. Ranging from $40 to $90, the length of refill sessions depend on which set of lashes you have.

Artistic Lashes and Company is located at 3848 Paxton Avenue in Cincinnati. To learn more, visit

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A local woman’s skin issues inspired her to launch a luxury line of holistic skincare products. Learn more about them, their impressive results, and how they’re getting ready to go global.

Elle Skincare Co. offers luxury skincare products for those suffering from skin issues.

Those with sensitive skin understand the delicate balance: Finding skincare products that are gentle but effective enough to work. The struggle to strike this balance, especially with holistic products, inspired Lauren Davis to launch her business, Elle Skincare Co.

“Our unique treatments incorporate holistic benefits of botanicals to offer a complete well-being solution for the mind, body, and spirit,” explains Davis.

The handcrafted, natural skincare products from Elle Skincare Co., are free of parabens and chemicals, which are perfect for those who deal with skin issues. “Our high-performance products are designed for men, women, and children who have sensitive skin or prefer an alternative to chemical-based skincare products,” she adds.

Davis launched Elle Skincare Co. in January 2013 after she spent years researching different ways on how to naturally treat sensitive skin effectively and with herbal remedies. Time passed and she found that she wanted to be the one to provide those alternatives for the people she knew needed something different.

“As time went on I have continued to research, travel for education, and have realized there are so many people suffering from skin issues who need natural alternatives,” she says. “I am inspired by the lives I have touched and will touch in the future.”

Currently, Davis and Elle Skincare Co. offers a variety of products that are safe on skin including activated charcoal soap, oatmeal soap for sensitive skin, cleansers, serums, moisturizers, toners, face and eye creams, and a sensitive skin cream for damaged skin and a full men’s beard line.

When asked what it is that makes Elle Skincare Co. unique, Davis says that it’s the nutritive benefits products provide for your skin. “Our products utilize vitamin-rich ingredients,” she says. “We carefully select ingredients, with proven remedial and skin-soothing properties, and keep our products free from irritating chemicals and alcohol.”

Davis says that Elle Skincare Co.’s products are also formulated to address skin issues naturally, without harsh chemicals.

This year is looking bright for Elle Skincare Co. Davis says the company already sells nationwide but will be going worldwide this spring. She’s also excited about the new stores that will carry products from Elle Skincare Co. this year as well.

To learn more about Elle Skincare Co., visit You can also follow along on Instagram and Facebook.