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Learn about the brand new salon in OTR, offering blowouts, men's grooming, makeup application, wardrobe styling and bridal beauty.


AV Beauty Bar recently opened its doors in OTR and offers blowouts, men’s grooming, makeup application, wardrobe styling, and bridal beauty.

A love for the beauty industry and OTR is what brought AV Beauty Bar (AVBB) to life. Officially opened for business last week, they offer blowouts, men’s grooming, makeup application, wardrobe styling and bridal beauty.

Ariane Victoria — the visionary, stylist owner behind AVBB — having older sisters (and access to their beauty products and clothes) is what began her love for making people feel beautiful. “By the time I was in college,” Victoria explains, “I was managing a celebrity-owned salon by Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy full time, and working as a freelance beauty and wardrobe stylist. The rest is history.”

Victoria says after she moved back to Cincinnati in 2015, she started her business in Over-The-Rhine after seeing all the growth in the area. Victoria says her favorite thing about the beauty industry is that it’s always evolving with something. That, she says, is exactly what she’s bringing to OTR with AVBB.

While they focus on traditional salon offers such as haircuts, colors and blowouts, there are a few extracurriculars that the salon offers. “We specialize in airbrush makeup application and airbrush tanning as well,” says Victoria. “We also offer eyebrow threading and waxing. We also do wardrobe styling for commercial and personal clientele along with closet organization.”

AVBB also offers wardrobe styling services. “I have been working doing hair, makeup and wardrobe in Chicago, NYC, Nashville and L.A and I wanted to bring that training and experience back to Cincinnati and offer it to the general public,” Victoria explains. “I think our clientele come in for the quality of service we offer and for the overall energy of our space. We work really hard to make sure the Beauty Bar feels clean, calm and welcoming.”

They didn’t forget about the men, either. “We offer a men’s grooming service which includes a shampoo, cut and style and facial skincare,” Victoria says. “A men’s cut is $30.”

In addition, AVBB offers a specialized bridal and on-location division of the salon, which Victoria says is not only great for weddings, but also girls nights, school dances, or just for the experience.

The salon is located in Over The Rhine at 1408 Elm Street. For bookings and more information about AV Beauty Bar, visit

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One local lady, who has experience with the biggest brand names in makeup, is launching her own NKY-based beauty studio. Read on for all the details.


Trina Paul, Owner of Pout Studio. Photo Credit: Pottinger Photography

Starting in Scottsdale, Trina Paul is now the makeup artist and owner of Pout Studio. She recently launched the business, which is located inside of a converted mansion at 821 York St. in Newport Kentucky.

Paul has decades of experience working with Prescriptive Cosmetics, Lancôme, Lorac, MAC, Estée Lauder, Bobbi Brown, T. LeClerk, Cle De Peau, Christian Dior, Tom Ford, Chanel, Laura Mercier, Gucci, Dolce Gabana, Guerlain, YSL in department stores such as Nordstrom, Nieman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Dillard’s, Bergdorf Goodman, Henri Bendel’s and Barney’s.

Paul says while she worked as a makeup artist in New York, she was with TV and film for five years. “I have worked on reality TV shows, talk shows, investigative news, fashion shows and with many celebrities.” Paul says.

Today, she’s the owner of the recently launched Pout Studio, which specializes in making women beautiful for anything from a wedding day to senior portraits, or even getting a little risqué for a boudoir shoot.

Since it’s wedding season, that means busy season for Paul. Her bridal pricing is as follows: For $185, The Bride package includes pre-wedding makeup, false lashes and your choice of airbrush or traditional style makeup. The Bridal Party package includes false lashes and airbrush foundation with an a la carte of $75 for the lashes and $20 for airbrush foundation.

Paul says after wedding season, she has makeup classes on the agenda. “We will be offering makeup classes which really turn into beauty parties,” Paul explains. “We tailor each one to the client’s needs. We have basic to master classes and everything in between. We have wine and light bites with a professional photographer to capture the fun. We will be launching this on our website in August for more details.”

With its historic ambiance and natural light, her studio is also a favorite destination for photographers. In fact, Paul says, there’s a waiting list to shoot there. Their main focus is, of course, her makeup application clients. Paul, and her friend Lindsey Bryan, accept clients by appointment only. “Once the appointment is made,” Paul says. “We can do it in the studio or wherever the clients want us.”

What makes Paul and Bryan different, Paul says, is that they realize makeup application is much deeper than just what goes on the skin. “We are both from the retail customer service world so we both understand how important it is to listen to the client and give them exactly what they want from beginning to end,” she says. “We make the client look beautiful but it’s more important to us that she also feels beautiful.”

To learn more, visit

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After a car accident left one local woman with a brain injury, she used her challenges and time off to launch a natural personal care product line. Read on for more.

Alexandria Armstrong, Founder of Curious Concoctions

“Now that I am slowly recovering and accepting my new self, I realize the importance of doing things that truly make me happy; and what makes me happy is to proudly and humbly, hand-make every concoction for you, and this is why I created Curious Concoctions.” Is what brought Alexandria Armstrong, founder of Curious Concoctions, to the beauty industry in 2016.

In 2016, Armstrong was involved in a car accident, which left her with a brain injury, not allowing her to return to her corporate job for a year. In that time, Armstrong says she became more aware of what she was putting into her body and on her skin.

After throwing out basically all of my products, I wanted to replace them with natural items that truly made me feel good in at least one way while still being affordable,” Armstrong explained. “I searched for awhile and found some good products, but nothing was giving me that unique experience I was in search of. After doing extensive research and experimenting, I realized that I could make what I was looking for and actually have fun doing it. I first wanted to create oils and balms because I knew there had to be a better solution to address my extra dry skin then what was available to me in stores. For many years, I thought it was normal to have to pump and scoop lotion more times in a day than I could count just to keep my skin from drying out. Now I realize that was not normal — it was madness.”

While Armstrong creates handmade soaps, lip balms, hair products, beard oils, charcoal and clay facial scrubs and more, she says her body balms are the biggest game changer. “They put the consumer in control of their moisturizing experience,” she says. “The balms allow you to moisturize your body without having to get the palms of your hands unnecessarily oily. This is especially helpful for keyboard users and those who don’t want to leave oil marks on a doorknob, etc. Many men and women I have had the pleasure of meeting along the way expressed the need for a product that soothes their extra dry skin. Unlike the lotions that are available on the mass market, my balms deliver long lasting moisture, preventing you from having to apply multiple times throughout the day. This is because they are anhydrous and made with exotic butters, oils and waxes.”

Even without a retail store, Armstrong is creating sales and interest daily. “Most of my sales are generated from trade shows which is great because it gives me and my team a chance to demonstrate product usage and meet new people while introducing them to a new experience,” Armstrong says. “Through the exposure at the trade shows, more sales are generated to support my online business. We also generate sales from personal events such as bridal showers and bachelorette parties.”

Armstrong says Curious Concoctions brings excitement and affordability to the table. Which is why she has an a la carte of $4 body balms, different scents of soaps for $5, assorted flavors of lip balms for $2, dry hair elixir for $7, charcoal and clay facial scrubs for $12 and beard oil for $15. With all of her affordable products comes a recommendation of transparency. “All of my ingredients are ones that the average consumer has either used, can pronounce, or at least heard of before—Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Mango Butter, etc— and I understand that natural products are not for everyone,” Armstrong says. “For many years, I did not really care what was natural or chemical laden. It’s a shift (not a change) that happens gradually, which is why I would encourage people to start with my body balms. The body balms are only a $4.00 investment, and with so many scents and combinations, there is one to suit everyone’s personality. It’s time to take control of your moisturizing experience and have a little fun while doing it.”

Armstrong will be setting up her concoctions on June 17 at the Clippard YMCA in Colerain from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. and at the Green Lotus Fest at the Clifton Community Center Nov. 5 from 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.

To purchase items, or to find out more about Armstrong and Curious Concoctions, visit her website here.


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After family health scares inspired one local lady to go organic, she found a company that helped her take it to another level. Read on for all the details.


Organic, holistic health and natural beauty are just some of the many phrases Neal’s Yard Remedies (NYR) stands by.

Gina Jonson, team leader of NYR, started as a consultant in August 2016 and has loved what she does ever since. While NYR started in Covent Garden in central London, England, it has made its way to over 20 different countries, including the U.S.

While having an all organic and natural beauty product is inviting enough, Jonson says there are many other unique prospects. “Certified by USDA for Organic products,” Jonson explains. “But even more impressive, is the certification by the Soil Association- which has much stricter guidelines. They are also UK’s first certified organic health and beauty company, the first main street retailer to sell certified organic essential oils, the world’s first health and beauty brand to be awarded 100 out of 100 for ethics in an independent audit by The Ethical Company Organization and the world’s first company to produce Soil Association makeup.”

Gina Johnson of NYR Organic

NYR stores aren’t currently in the U.S., but if you are planning any future travels, England, Japan and Dubai have brick-and-mortar stores. “We have independent sales consultants here in the U.S., who share the products with their customers either in home, one-on-one, online, or through various events, Jonson explains. “We do have certified holistic practitioners, massage therapists, aroma therapists, doctors, chiropractic doctors, yoga studios and many more associated with NYR Organic as well. They have joined as consultants and share the products with their clients. Some join just for the high quality organic essential oils and others want to embrace the entire line and offer their customers a head-to-toe experience, like I do.”

While Jonson says there is a lot to love about NYR, she has a few reasons why these products are the first products she will go for. “NYR Organic has done all of the research for me,” Jonson says. “I know when I use the products, they are certified and trusted. I know I’m using products that carry the Soil Association’s stamp of approval, and that NYR Organic had to meet all of their criteria before receiving. I trust and know that my products carry the cruelty free bunny logo, so no animals have ever been tested on or used in research, ever. I am proud to put my name behind a company with such accomplishments as NYR Organic. Receiving award after award for their brand and specific products, the list truly is endless. I only have to turn my catalog over to the back page to see just some of those prestigious awards; it makes my heart smile.”

Jonson will be at the Hanover Winery May 26-28 hosting an event for NYR, and says she hopes to work with Cincy Chic for upcoming events. “I always offer one-on-one consultations, business and office lunch N’ learns, personal health seminars for staff and clients, in-home wellness, aromatherapy parties and of course, all of our products are available on my website every day.”

Jonson says the month of May NYR is running a special. When you purchase one of the diffusers, you will receive one of NYR’s new essential oils, citronella. “Perfect for summer parties, get together’s and outdoor events. Plus it’s an energizing oil too with a clean, great scent.” Jonson explains.

To find out more about NYR or to purchase their products, you can visit their website here.

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A quickly growing company, focused on non-toxic products for the body and home, is opening a new headquarters in Cincinnati. Learn about their upcoming events to celebrate.


Jessica Hodson is a Columbus-based consultant for Pure Haven Essentials.

“What we put on our body is as important, or more important, as what we put in our body.” That’s what brought Jessica Hodson to Pure Haven Essentials as a Columbus-based independent consultant.

She’s since worked her way up through the company, which started as a mom-and-pop small business in Rhode Island, focusing on toxin-free products for the body and home. Today, it boasts hundreds of consultants throughout the United States, but Hodson says they’re preparing for even more growth by strategically opening a headquarters in Cincinnati.

“It has grown so much, and we were able to transition into what we like to call a ‘legit business,’” Hodson explains. “We have so much space to add people, and there are whole states where we don’t have leadership or consultants yet.”

Hodson says many factors weighed into the new Cincinnati headquarters. “We chose Cincinnati because we have a lot of consultants in Columbus, and that’s one of the places we have a lot of leaders,” she explains. “There are three of us, who are top leaders in the company, who aren’t even on the same team, but are really passionate about the health message. So, we decided to partner together and come down to Cincinnati, and start sharing about our company, products, and business opportunity.”

Hodson, Christy Pence and Miranda Inglis of Pure Haven Essentials – all currently based in Columbus — are making their way to the Greater Cincinnati area to set up their new headquarters, which will house their corporate staff. “We’re going to open up a second home office in Cincinnati because it’s booming here, and so much is developing,” Hodson says. “The new home office is going to be opening in September, in the Liberty Township area. It’s really exciting because it’s going to offer a new space for the Pure Haven community to come together and educate on non-toxic living.”

While the new office doesn’t make their grand opening debut until September, they are scheduling events in May and June to connect with the community and spread the message. “We really want to rally the community together,” says Hodson. “We’re coming down on Friday nights and Saturday mornings, and offer a Friday night food for thought, where we just talk, engage with the community, and talk about what it means to be toxic free.”

The events feature complimentary refreshments and learning experiences. “On Saturdays, it’s more of a formal gathering, where we bring gifts for everyone, offer food and beverages, and share our toxic free message,” Hodson explains. “We also talk about how to read labels, and just connect with the community.”

On Saturday May 6, at 9:30 a.m. Hodson, Pence and Inglis will host an event at Essencha Tea House and Fine Teas in Oakley Cincinnati, on Madison Rd. to talk about how to live toxic free, how to make your own essential oil blend, and talk about health information. “May 19 and 20 we will be back in Cincinnati for another event, and again on June 16 and 17,” Hodson says. “They will be on Fridays 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday mornings 9:30 a.m. and the meetings usually last about an hour and a half to two hours. Both events will be gathering events where we connect with the community more, and educate everyone on why it’s important.”

To learn more about Pure Haven Essentials, click here.


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Microblading is taking the nation - and Tri-State - by storm. Learn about the local expert providing services to Dayton and Cincinnati’s northern neighborhoods.


Erica Kidder at Dayton Microblading offers microblading services for your eyebrows.

Erica Kidder, who has worked in the beauty industry since 2008, has focused on hair, waxing, and event style hair do’s. But now, Kidder is shifting her focus, and is making women all over the Tri-State feel beautiful and empowered.

Kidder started in 2008 at Square One Salon and Spa, in Centerville, Ohio, and has since expanded her horizons. Keeping up with all the new beauty trends, Kidder has decided to open a salon of her own, that holds a focus on microblading as early as May 2. “After five years, I left to explore a career as a small business owner- the past three years I’ve worked within Salon Lofts. Last year, my passion for the industry expanded into permanent makeup, and with the addition of microblading, I quickly outgrew my loft. I made the decision to focus almost exclusively on microblading and I am now leaving Salon Lofts and opening my first salon.”

Microblading is a newer concept, which is rapidly making its debut to the greater Cincinnati area. “When I discovered microblading, it was only popular in bigger cities,” explains Kidder. “I knew it was only a matter of time before it reached the Midwest. The service fascinated me. I love that there is an alternative to traditional permanent makeup, that typically leaves clients with a solid filled in eyebrow. Microblading offers the most natural result.”

Erica Kidder of Dayton Microblading

When someone talks about microblading, it can come off as a foreign concept. Microblading in short, is a non-permanent tattoo that fills and adds shape to one’s eyebrow, and Kidder understands just how important eyebrows are to women. “This luxury of a permanent makeup service replicates hair strokes in the eyebrow, creating fullness, definition and balance,” explains Kidder. “While microblading is deemed ‘semi-permanent,’ it is still in the ‘tattoo’ family. Due to the pigment being placed under the skin more superficially than a traditional tattoo, naturally it fades faster. Fading is considered a positive characteristic in microblading, as it allows for updates in shape, color and provides the ability to work with changes in aging skin.”

During a microblading appointment, Kidder says, you can expect to spend up to three hours at your initial appointment. During the first part of this session, she collaborates on a shape that is perfect for you. “We will take time to choose the appropriate pigment color based on your skin tone, and existing brow hair,” she says. “Once you approve your template, we will outline the brow and then provide anesthetics for comfort.”

The microblading is done with a small hand tool with sterile, disposable needles to implant pigment into the skin. The second appointment, which is included in the package price, will take place no sooner than four weeks of your initial appointment, and no later than 12 weeks after. “This is a touch up appointment and is absolutely imperative to your results,” Kidder says. “Without it, your results will not be optimal, as the service is only half done. The touch up corrects any irregularities in the microbladed hair strokes and it finishes the process.”

Since this new concept can generate many questions for the client, Kidder offers one-on-one consultations for $25. “During a consultation, I will cover every question a guest has, but most importantly I address expectations,” says Kidder. “We will talk shape, color, healing, pre-and post care, etc.”

Since microblading isn’t a permanent tattoo, it does require regular touch ups, fill ins, and a bit of TLC from the client after the session is finished. “For a tattoo,” says Kidder. “A machine is used to implant the pigment deep into the skin, versus microblading, a disposable manual hand tool with sterile one-time use needles is used to deposit pigment into the upper dermal layer of the skin. This superficial placement allows for natural fading with the exfoliation of skin.”

Depending on skin type, lifestyle, aftercare, and environmental factors, every guest will retain pigment differently, according to Kidder. For example, she says, if you have oily skin, you are a smoker, or you swim, or tan regularly, you will require more touch ups. “Some guests however will require more sessions without any of these factors applying to them,” she adds. “If you want to maintain your brow, you must touch them up. They are designed to fade. Yearly touch ups are typical, and are $250. I offer a ‘perfecting session’ for guests who want to supplement their initial two appointments for $150. If you don’t need a third visit, a yearly touch up is sufficient.”

Kidder has an appreciation for microblading for many reasons, but her favorite is the empowerment the women have when they leave her salon. “Having the power to improve someone’s self-confidence is by far the most rewarding part of microblading,” says Kidder. “At the end of every service when I show my guest their new brows, I feel overwhelmed with the same amount of joy that they do. It’s truly incredible to see someone smile ear to ear because of something you did. Last October, breast cancer awareness month, I had a very eye opening experience. I chose to do a giveaway on social media for breast cancer survivors who lost their brow hair due to treatment. I chose four winners during the month. The time I was able to spend with each survivor was incredible, and it proved to me that microblading is so much more than aesthetic. It’s life changing. To give back a part of someone’s womanhood is truly a humbling experience. To this day, I still think about how thankful I am to be able to add to their stories.”

Kidder says she is thankful for her business growing quicker than she can keep up with, as she is booking clients into August. “I’m happy to see this service is gaining exposure.” says Kidder. Currently, Kidder is with Salon Lofts in Washington Park Plaza, and her microblading sessions are $500. Her first available opening is at the end of July.

To find out more about Kidder, or to book an appointment, click here.

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Looking for a little somethin’ somethin’ to perk up your skincare routine? Learn about the local expert who can get you glowing.


Embody Skin Care offers facials, waxes, microdermabrasion, and many other skin care services.

From facials and waxes, to microdermabrasion and dermaplaning, Embody Skin Care, located at 228 Mill Street in Milford, has something refreshing and rejuvenating for all skin types.

Heather Buckles, an Advanced Esthetician, opened her spa in March 2017, and says she uses a method unique to her by working with her clients one-on-one, to get a feel for their skincare needs and concerns, and to find a facial that will work best for them. “In order to solve someone’s skin challenges, it’s necessary to take the time to delve deep into what the root cause of the problem is,” explains Buckles. “I only learn that root cause- which changes- by doing a thorough consultation every time I work with them. It’s necessary for me to ask them the tough questions about their lifestyle, diet, stress levels and degree of commitment to home care skin routines. In order to get people to open up to me about what really concerns them about their skin, or many times what embarrasses them about their skin, I have to build a certain level of trust. That trust comes from taking the time to really listen to my clients and provide education.”

With being in the skincare business, Buckles says she sees a lot of different skin problems, each of which are personal to the client. While it’s not just anti-aging serums, or calming facials Buckles works with, she says the most common skin care concerns are hyper-pigmentation from sun damage, acne, and dehydrated skin.

“Out of the three skin challenges,” says Buckles. “Sun damage is the number one offender. Clients with mature skin often ask me what the one ‘miracle’ product is that I would recommend for them to invest in. My answer is always the same, the daily use of a broad-spectrum sunscreen, with a minimum of SPF 30. The sun’s UV rays- even when it’s cloudy- account for 80 percent of skin’s wrinkles and aging. If a client tells me they don’t have the time, or can’t afford an involved at home skin care routine, I suggest one product – sun screen. It’s well worth the investment and will save them time and money in the long run. It’s much easier and cost effective to prevent sun damage than it is to correct it.”

Since Buckles works with her clients to target their personal skin care needs, she offers a complimentary 15-minute skin analysis to every client to see what they are concerned about, what they want to fix, and she can give them suggestions on how to do so. “My consultation begins with me filling out a complete medical history with each client,” says Buckles. “It’s important for me to have a complete medical history because there are so many conditions, medications, and allergies that on the surface, don’t seem like they would affect the skin or treatment, but in fact do. I also talk to them about their skin concerns, and what they hope to accomplish long and short term.”

Buckles says she likes to find out what their current skin care routine is, and what they are willing to commit to at home. “Some clients enjoy the ritual of a skin care routine with many steps others tell me it’s hard for them to get themselves to take their makeup off at night. I appreciate their honesty because the last thing I want to do is send a client home with five products that never get used,” she laughs.

The second part of Buckles’ consultation begins with an initial examination of the skin using a magnifying lamp. “I then use a Woods Lamp for further examination of the skin. A Wood’s Lamp shines ultraviolet light onto the skin. Skin conditions, and some skin diseases, will fluoresce a specific color,” she explains. “For example, light purple signifies dehydration, while orange signifies oily skin. It can also show bacterial and fungal infections. I discuss my findings with my client, and if the treatment we previously agreed on still makes sense based on my findings, we will proceed with the treatment. If it doesn’t, I will make recommendations based on the client’s needs.”

Sometimes, clients know what they are looking for from Buckles when they walk into Embody. When this happens, a skin analysis isn’t necessary, and Buckles can get right into working with the client for a facial, microdermabrasion, or dermaplaning. “I perform Diamond Tip Microdermabrasion, which is when dead skin cells are exfoliated and vacuumed off the face with a machine that uses tips that are covered in diamonds,” explains Buckles. “The diamond tips and the strong suction, make it possible to achieve a deep exfoliation.

By using different suction levels, it also increases blood flow to the skin, and helps produce collagen. It is an excellent treatment for wrinkles, fine lines, acne and acne scars, uneven skin tone, and hyper-pigmentation. Best results are seen when this treatment is performed in a series, and is suitable for most skin types.”

While Microdermabrasion sounds like a one-stop shop for any skincare needs, Buckles also offers dermaplaning, which is another deep exfoliation treatment. “Dermaplaning is a controlled scraping of the skin using a sterile, surgical blade to remove keratinized cells, and villus-fine- hair,” says Buckles. “It is also highly effective in minimizing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and acne scars, while leaving the skin soft, supple and vibrant. One of my client’s favorite benefit of this treatment is how beautiful their makeup looks after removing all the fine hair. My clients claim this treatment is “highly addictive.”

Even with all the deep exfoliating packages Buckles offers, she says most of her clients stick to what they know, and book an anti-aging facial. “The most popular service that new clients schedule is the Anti-Aging Facial,” says Buckles. “Once we discuss what they want to accomplish in their initial consultation, often they choose a different treatment such as dermaplaning, chemical peel, or microdermabrasion. It really depends on what the client is looking for – relaxation, dramatic results, or both.”

Until April 30, Buckles is offering Microdermabrasion for $50, a 50 percent discount, to get clients familiar with it, and what it does for the skin. Buckles is also offering dermaplanning at a discount for $35, which originally runs for &75. If you’re looking for a full facial, Buckles offers her most popular Anti-Aging facial for $85, as well as her acne facial for $85.

To learn more about Embody Skin Care, or to book an appointment with Buckles, visit

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Still trying to find the perfect brow, or make your lashes longer and darker? Kristen Money of Salon Lofts is giving clients some eye-opening results. Read on for more!


Kristen Money offers waxing, skincare, lash lifts & extensions, and microblading.

Microblading, waxing, skincare, lash lifts and extensions… oh my! If you’re looking for a way to perk up your peepers, Kristen Money is the person to see.

Based in she West Chester Salon Lofts location, Money says she started her business in January 2016, and has loved what she does ever since. “This is where I was able to really study what exactly women want when it comes to beauty. What I realized, is that women aren’t as concerned with facial treatments, due to there being several amazing skincare lines available today. They are more interested in how they can improve their appearance instantly, achieve a more youthful look, and benefit from less maintenance in today’s buy world,” says Money. “This is also where I began my trainings of advanced education as an Esthetician, and was able to offer more than the norm in the world of beauty. I am a certified trainer for two companies now, and I love being able to help women learn new treatments, and grow their business. I will never stop taking advanced education and training- I have a thirst for knowledge and love learning about new products and treatments.”

Money’s salon offers many specialties, such as lash lifts, and brow waxing, but says microblading is the most popular. “I became certified in microblading in July 2016. I had been offering Sleek Brows to my clients for well over a year at this point, and my clients were wanting something longer lasting. I decide to get my tattoo/permanent makeup license, and train in microblading, to be able to offer an eyebrow treatment that can last 12-24 months,” explains Money. “This is a form of permanent makeup, but if done correctly, will not penetrate as deep as a tattoo. I am amazed at how many clients I have already seen for microblading since July, and how much they love not having to fill their brows in any longer. It really is amazing and looks super natural.”

Other than offering many ways to achieve the perfect brow, Money offers three different specials for lashes- lash extensions, lash lifts, and a lash tint. A lash lift, according to Money, is for those who want to have longer, darker lashes, but are sensitive to false lashes, or extensions. A lash lift, combined with or without a tiny, gives a natural curl to the lash, making it appear longer, thicker, and darker.

“Lash lifts are a newer concept to the eyelash world, and give amazing results to the natural lash giving the look of length and fullness, with results lasting 6-8 weeks,” says Money. “This service gives clients a much less maintenance routine, at an affordable price.”

When it comes to lash extensions, it can be a tricky, but rewarding process, Money says. Lash Extensions are when lashes are applied one-by-one, by a technician, who glues the lashes to your real ones, for a fuller look. “Lash extensions look gorgeous after a full set is applied,” Money explains. “They will usually last about 2-3 weeks before needing a fill-in. I usually tell my lash extension clients to remove their extensions every six months, and give their natural lashes a few months to recover. At this time, most of my clients will use a lash serum to help with growth and condition their lashes. I retail GrandeLash MD, and see amazing results with this product. It retails for only $65, and lasts three months. This can also be used while extensions are on, but only 24 after hours a new set or fill-in.”

While the eyelashes, and permanent brows seem tempting, Money says some of her other services are now in higher demand. “The number one thing clients come in for, is a simple eyebrow wax,” says Money. “They get an immediate result- most say an instant eye lift. I use a very gentle hard wax that leaves the skin feeling comfortable during, and after their waxing service. The next would be a tie between microblading and lash lifts – I do so many of these.”

Money says even though she is a one women show, she can accommodate small groups of her friends, or a mother-daughter service. “I have recently taken on the Jane Iredale Cosmetic Line after years of using these products for my bridal makeup. I will now be able to offer bridal makeup at my loft, and will be able to accommodate small groups.” says Money.

Her most popular services are by appointment only, and all have special pricing. Microblading is $495, and can last up to two years. “A lash lift is $95, and a lash lift with lash tint is only $120,” explains Money. “Lash extensions range $200-$300 for a full set, with fill-ins at $60-$75, being needed every 2-3 weeks. Eyebrow shape and wax is $23.”

Money’s Salon Loft studio is located at 7750/52 Dudley Dr. in West Chester, Loft #8. To learn more, click here.

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Celebrating 34 years in business this year, a staple to the downtown beauty scene found a new street-level home. Keep reading for all the exciting details.


Paragon Salon recently opened its new street-level space. Customers can now visit for a one-stop salon shop.

Looking for a one-stop shop when it comes to pampering yourself? Paragon Salon, located on 5th Street near fountain square in downtown Cincinnati, will have you covered from head-to-toe, offering salon and spa services to both men and women.

Salon owner, Debbie Celek, says the street level relocation of Paragon is about 6000 square feet, and split half-and-half between the salon and spa. “It’s split half-and-half, maybe a little more hair,” explains Celek. “The spa is rather large, with four treatment rooms, a men and women’s locker room, a pedicure room with four chairs in it, and a beautiful relaxation room with a fireplace. We have four nail stations, 16 hair stations, and a huge makeup counter where we have Bare Minerals makeup.”

Even though there was a waiting room at the old location, Celek says Paragon’s new studio has a relaxation room where men and women who are waiting for spa treatments, can come, and unwind before their session. “Everything is very warm, and a little more inviting,” says Celek. “The relaxation room is by itself, that way people aren’t walking through it. We have relaxing, organic type, spa music playing, it’s very tranquil, and the colors are very soothing. We have two leather chase chairs that contour to your body, and we serve hot tea.

The men and woman that come in for any type of spa treatment will slip into a robe, and relax in the spa room until their session is ready. I always tell clients to get here about a half hour early so they can experience the relaxation room.”

Celek says everything that was offered at the old location, is still offered at the new location, such as facials, massages, men and women’s hair-cuts, manicures and pedicures, and makeup sessions. “We changed just a couple things, like adding in a party suite, where a whole bridal party can come in and hang their dresses, bring in food, and get ready for the wedding day, or a big group of people for a celebration.”

While this is a salon and spa where you can pamper yourself with many services, Celek says their salon is the most popular. “Hair, we do more than anything because I have more hair dressers,” explains Celek. “I have 100 employees, 50 are hair dressers, and 18 are spa technicians. We do a ton of color, we do everything. We do ombre, we do all over color, we do block color, and we do balayage. We also have a huge male cliental.”

Paragon Salon offers single session services such as a manicure or facial, but they also offer packages for those who want to get more than one service in one visit.

“We offer packages as well,” says Celek. “A client can get a facial, massage, and a manicure, or another popular one which is our Enhanced Bridal package, which includes a European facial, full body massage, a practice formal finish, intense hand treatment, and a spa pedicure. Then on the wedding day, the brides can come back in for a formal finish, and a full-face makeup by Bare Minerals.”

Whether you’re looking to get a single service, or a package, prices vary. A spa pedicure is $60, a manicure is $25, full body massages are $85, and the signature facials are $75.

To learn more about Paragon Salon, or to book an appointment, click here.


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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.