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Local experts just launched an exclusive new line of skincare. See how it can boost your routine and improve problem areas. 

Sylvia Brownlee, founder of Pure Beauty Skin Bar, loves to help people improve their skin. 

Since 2015, she’s been doing that with Cincinnati-based Pure Beauty Skin Bar. Now, with the launch of an exclusive new line of skincare, she’s adding a new layer to how she can help. 

Brownlee says she’s always had dreams of making a difference within the beauty industry. From management leadership roles in the beauty industry education field to hands-on work in the treatment room, Brownlee is a passionate professional whose footprint is growing in leaps and bounds, according to Pure Beauty’s media kit. Over the years, Brownlee has grown both her business and expansive knowledge to treat clients nationwide.

“My main goal is to teach others how to love and care for their skin,” says Brownlee. “Skin by Brownlee & Co.is an exciting, luxury line of skincare that will take Pure Beauty Skin Bar to the next level.” The new skincare line is named after Sylvia, seeing as she is the last living Brownlee in her family.

Pure Beauty Skin Bar’s focus is on customers looking to boost their skin care routine, specifically with acne and pigmentations. “Our services menu is complete with seven different corrective skin treatments, including waxing,” says Brownlee. “Each is custom-tailored to meet customers individual needs with top-tier, professional care.” For a complete list of Pure Beauty Skin Bar services, visit https://purebeautyskinbar.com/pages/skin-care-services

The Pure Beauty Acne Experience is made up of 3 steps to clear skin:

1. As a client, you will undergo a thorough, in-depth consultation process. This consultation is aimed at uncovering recommended changes to your lifestyle and skin care routine. 
2. After consultation, Brownlee will coach you how to properly use the Skin by Brownlee, Co. products. These products can be combined to form a unique routine that fits your skin’s specific needs. 
3. After the coaching, you will schedule and experience a series of detoxing skin treatments to remove blockages from the hair follicles. 

Not only does Pure Beauty Skin bar offer Skin by Brownlee & Co. products, they also have a blog. “The blog is a place for our clients to read up on all things related to Pure Beauty Skin Bar tips and tricks related to all things acne-related, as well as Sylvia’s favorite things,” says Brownlee. You can read the blog here

In the midst of COVID-19, the company has added in appropriate safety measures, including masks, temperature checks and placing orders online and picking up curbside. For customers who desire a personal consultation, virtual consultations are available for those choosing to stay at home or from out-of-state.

To stay connected with Pure Beauty Skin Bar, you can visit their website at https://purebeautyskinbar.com/. You can also follow them on Instagram and Facebook.

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Read about a local esthetician who wants to help women look and feel beautiful.

Rebecca Healey launched her business Forever Brows and Beauty back in July 2018. In the little more than two years since she opened her doors, Forever Brows and Beauty is Cincinnati’s premier luxury permanent makeup and beauty studio.

“We help women feel beautiful, confident, save time, and money with permanent makeup,” says Healey. 

The inspiration for the studio came from Healey’s personal desire to help women who struggle with their eyebrows. She says that she is one who struggled with over-tweezed eyebrows for years and often found herself spending 25-30 minutes a day on her eyebrows.

“I gained a new level of self confidence after getting microblading and knew I could help many other women like me,” she says. “I wanted to give women who have lost their eyebrows a new outlook on life!”

At Forever Brows and Beauty you’ll find a number of services including microblading, powder brows, permanent eyeliner (lash enhancement), lip blush, beauty marks/freckles, micro needling, threading, tattoo removal, and makeup application.

These services are provided at a high quality, helping to make Forever Brows and Beauty unique. “We also give clients a luxury experience with lots of personality and personal connections,” says Healey. “We treat all our clients like royalty and make them feel beautiful.” 

Healey is looking forward to the future of her business. She says that she currently has an apprentice learning and nearly ready to accept new clients. She’s also begun business coaching and expanding her team. 

Forever Brows and Beauty is located at 10999 Reed Harman Highway, Suite 330, in Blue Ash. 

To learn more, visit www.foreverbrowsandbeauty.com. You can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram.

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Learn how a community built with women’s health and wellness in mind is launching a new membership program, with plenty of perks, in collaboration with The Christ Hospital.

Wise Wellness Guild was designed for women and to encourage them to take care of themselves and their wellness.

“At Wise Wellness Guild we believe that you are your greatest asset and need to be nourished,” explains Founder Stevi Carr. “Our members are remarkable trailblazers who support each other in their journey toward whole-self wellness.”

Carr believes that investing in yourself is the most important thing you can do, and she encourages all of those who are part of the Wise Wellness Guild community to become the best version of themselves.

To help accommodate the needs of the community she has built through Wise, she launched a new membership. 

“Wise Wellness Guild knows that women are busy – the chaos of life has created extreme pressures that stretch our time – and finances – forcing women to place themselves on the back-burner,” she says. “Through a partnership with The Christ Hospital, Wise can make investing in ourselves easy, transparent, and affordable.”

Through the partnership with The Christ Hospital has come the Prosper Membership. 

“Prosper members of the Wise Wellness Guild gain access to a year’s worth of Botox (up to 120 units) and 4 wellness subscription boxes per year that include medical grade skincare, offerings from wellness brands, and more,” says Carr. 

Prosper Members also receive the best of Wise perks, including a customized 100-point wellness assessment aimed at providing awareness of your baseline across the 8 pillars of wellness.

Carr hopes that her partnership with The Christ Hospital will encourage women to take their health and wellness more seriously. “Health and wellness do not need to be daunting – Wise has created a safe space to invest in yourself so you can invest in those you care for the most,” she says. “Self-care is healthcare!”

Collaborations with The Christ Hospital also reap additional benefits for Wise Wellness Guild members. The organization is now offering their base membership, Reflection, at no cost and all Wise members gain access to Christ Hospital’s ezCare Concierge, a free and simple tool to make navigating healthcare easy. 

To learn more about this new membership through Wise Wellness Guild, visit www.wisewellnessguild.com/about-prosper. You can also find more information on Wise Wellness Guild on Facebook and Instagram.

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Convenience, experience and safety are top priorities at this state-of-the-art full service salon just across from Sawyer Point Park. Keep reading for more and a look inside.

Photo: Carissa Edwards

Located just across from Sawyer Point Park in the heart of Cincinnati is Studio 900 Salon and Spa.

“We are Cincinnati’s latest state-of-the-art full-service salon,” explains Owner Bill Chappie. “We offer complimentary secured parking. The salon carries varied hair product brands including Kevin Murphy, R+Co, Moroccan Oil, and multiple Paul Mitchell brands.” 

The inspiration behind Studio 900 is the progression toward modern day style, comfort, and design in our everyday lives. Chappie says that he wanted to bring in the most talented hair artists who can maximize their creativity in an open and collaborative environment to help him achieve his goal of modern day style.

“At Studio 900 we are an independent contractor salon working as a dynamic team of dedicated individuals constantly striving toward a common goal of excellence in professional hair care and spa services,” he says. “The focused vision of our team helps make Studio 900 a place to inspire creativity within oneself and to be inspired by the creativity of others, allowing us to deliver extraordinary service to all our guests.” 

Chappie, and his husband Scott Allgyer, opened Studio 900 in March 2019. Chappie has more than 28 years of experience in the hair industry, as he was also the founder of Elements Hair Studio. 

At Studio 900, Chappie and Allgyer are committed to the team of stylists and spa professionals. “It is only through their talent and the salon’s teamwork that we can offer a client experience that is second to none in the city,” he adds. 

Photo: Carissa Edwards

There is a full suite of salon and spa services available at Studio 900. On the salon side, there is hair color, haircuts and styling, keratin/Brazilian Blowout treatments, hair extensions, and formal updo and makeup services for special occasions. 

On the spa side, you can receive nail services, full body waxing, massage, and esthetic services including eyelash extensions and powder brows. 

Of course, 2020 is different with the rise of COVID-19. “Studio 900 is taking multiple precautionary steps during the COVID-19 pandemic, even beyond what the Ohio State Board is requiring,” says Chappie. “The salon also offers a private suite for any clients who have underlying conditions making them especially at-risk of contracting COVID-19. The safety of our clients and team is our first priority.”

Soon, Studio 900 will celebrate its 2nd anniversary, and they’re looking forward to it while also focusing on client and team safety. 

“Our highest priority as we prepare for 2021 is to continue to focus on our COVID safety while still providing excellent hair care and spa service,” says Chappie. “We also look forward to adding staff in 2021 – we currently have 5 of our 24 stations open – and are looking for the right talent to fill them.”

To learn more about Studio 900, visit www.studio900salon.com. There you can find a full list of available services, biographies of the team, and online booking. You an also contact the salon at 513-784-1700.

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Dark underarm skin can be a source of embarrassment to most individuals. The darker armpit prevents some people from dressing in sleeveless tops or any other clothing that exposes their underarm skin in public, and they may also fear participating in sports. Just like discoloration and skin blemishes on other parts of your body, having dark underarms can lead to a lack of confidence and lower self-esteem. Some of the potential causes for underarms becoming darker include; deodorants and antiperspirants, shaving, dead skin cell accumulation, friction smoker’s melanosis, hyperpigmentation, acanthosis nigricans, erythrasma, melisma, and Addison’s disease. A lot of people prefer using natural approaches in addressing the underarm skin problem. Here are some of the ways you can use to whiten your dark underarm skin:

Medical Treatments for Underarm Whitening

Depending on the diagnosis that you require, your dermatologist will prescribe the proper treatment for the dark underarm area. The medical treatments include topical creams or lotions containing hydroquinone, tretinoin, corticosteroids, azelaic acid, kojic acid, laser therapy to remove pigment, and chemical peels with alpha hydroxy acids and beta hydroxy acids to help exfoliate the skin, dermabrasion or microdermabrasion to cleanse the skin properly. In case you have been diagnosed with the erythrasma, your doctor will likely prescribe topical erythromycin or clindamycin, or an oral antibiotic. You can also find an excellent doctor to guide you at sites such as www.cambridgemedical.com.sg.

Natural Treatment for Underarm Whitening

Lemon

Lemon is one of the most effective remedies used in skin underarm whitening treatment. It is mixed with most ingredients due to its skin whitening property. The lemon is seen to produce a cleansing effect on the skin; it cleans any sweat and dirt and any remedy that may cause skin discoloration to be washed away. That’s why it is recommended to apply moisturizer after rinsing the treatment to restore the skin moisture. 

Tomato Juice

Raw tomatoes are another very useful in underarm whitening treatment. It also helps minimize sweating, which is the primary cause of the darkening of the armpit area. Like lemon juice, tomato juice consists of bleaching properties, which naturally help reduce discoloration. It would be best if you rubbed a slice of raw tomato in your underarms daily. Applying raw tomato juice overnight is going to help too.

Turmeric

Turmeric is considered one of the essential beauty ingredients that help our skin in different ways, aside from being a rich spice. It has got a chemical compound known as curcumin. Curcumin is an antioxidant that helps in whitening the skin in the underarm area. It is considered one of the most effective natural remedies for skin whitening. For a great result, mix turmeric with lemon juice to form a paste. Apply it evenly on the underarm for 15 minutes and rinse with water.

Vitamin E Oil

Mostly dry skin results in pigmentation. Therefore, oil is considered one of the most effective lubricants in getting rid of dry skin. The pigmentation is one of the reasons for armpit darkening as well. Applying your skin with vitamin E oil will help your skin remain moisturized and help reduce pigmentation. Remedies such as coconut oil, almond oil, or any oil is beneficial in such situations.

The first step to addressing your underarm issues is addressing the causes first. It would be best if you started wearing loose-fitting clothes, stop smoking, stop shaving, and use either waxing or laser hair removal instead, and you may also decide to change your deodorant brand. Visit sites such as cambridgemedical.com.sg to get more information on how to whiten and prevent underarm goals.

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Old age often comes with inevitable challenges. One of the everyday battles that people keep facing is dealing with a rough face with wrinkles and sagging lines. Don’t get discouraged while facing skin aging problems. Are you aware that high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) treatment can aid in putting all your woes to rest! You can get the ideal HIFU treatments @ a clinic in Singapore and regain your radiant, glowing skin after a successful procedure. Are you worried about how to proceed with seeking the treatment? Are you curious about the intricacies of HIFU treatment? Here’s everything you should know about the HIFU treatment.  

How HIFU treatment works

If you are yet to know how this treatment works, you aren’t alone. It’s a relatively new non-surgical skin tightening treatment. While seeking the treatment, you need to approach a trained surgeon specializing in using high-powered ultrasound beams to correct the skin. It’s a thorough treatment that not only enhances the deep skin structure but also makes the skin glow and plump naturally, thus making it appear supple. It’s a non-intrusive technique that is relatively safe for nay delicate skin.

Benefits of HIFU treatment 

Most people often dread surgical treatment to correct their skin problems. However, you no longer have to go under the blade to enjoy a firm looking skin. You can get choose high-intensity focused ultrasound treatment on eliminating your wrinkles as well as sagging lines. It’s also a chance to get smoother skin with lifting eyelids, eyebrows, and cheeks. Get a better prominent jawline appearance without harming the skin tissues.

Another great benefit of this treatment in https://www.cambridgetherapeutics.com.sg/ is that you’ll enjoy a reduced recovery period as there’s minimal cell damage. The minimally invasive procedure is quite useful, as you can notice its full impacts within less than three months. 

To enjoy the above benefits, you need to prepare for the treatment effect in advance.

Before seeking treatment, you need to schedule an appointment and weigh the options that you’ll have. There’s also more, and you need to inquire in-depth from the skin surgeon on what to do before commencing the treatment.

It’d be best to note that all skin-irritating chemicals have to become avoided as it might affect the treatment’s effectiveness. You also need to keep away from any antibiotics if you want to take the HIFU skin treatment as they often make the skin extra sensitive.

Taking more precaution is a chance to get better results after the treatment. Taking anti-anxiety medication is also useful in making the treatment worthwhile.

The HIFU before and aftercare checklist 

It’s paramount to learn how to care for your body after the non-surgery process. It’ll prevent any complications from arising or reduced treatment gain. When you experience any swelling or redness, you need to consult your surgeon. However, do not panic as they often vanish rather rapidly after the treatment.

If you face skin aging problems, you need to rethink getting the new corrective skin tightening non-invasive treatment. You can enjoy the fascinating HIFU treatments @ a clinic in Singapore and enjoy firmer skin.

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We chat with the salon owner behind this vibrant, diverse and uplifting business that’s creating quite a following.

Jessica Bernard, owner of Bombshell Beauty

Jessica Bernard took a leap of faith in 2016 when she launched her salon brand Bombshell Beauty on a shoestring budget.

“I invested heavily in online marketing in order to reach new guests and grow my brand’s reputation year after year,” she says. 

Bernard offers high-quality hair services and skincare, as well as traditional beauty services. “I also write, albeit irregularly, about my business, posting my odd take on beauty trends and news on my blog titled Beauty and the Blog,” she adds.

The inspiration behind Bombshell Beauty comes from the idea of creating a place that’s different from the norm. “I really wanted to break away from the traditional hair salon and offer another experience that included more personality with more diversity, more artistic ability, and give my clients more educated control on how they wanted their beauty experience to go,” she says. “In creating a salon and beauty brand, I get to redefine beautiful everyday, from weekly curling sets to rainbow hair creations.”

Bernard’s experience in providing her clients with salon and beauty services goes back to 2004 when she became a licensed cosmetologist. She says that she never fit into the standard beauty mold but wanted to stand out and inspire other women to love and accentuate their beauty to their own standards. 

“Through my journey over the past 20 years, I went from a careless teenager that took a chance on beauty school to a small business owner of an uplifting, and a little cheeky at times, brand that’s creating a following,” she adds.

Bernard also takes pride in the fact that she’s running a business while living her best life as a momma. She says it was something she didn’t see as a possibility just five years ago, but knew she needed to take the jump to meet her family’s needs. 

“After taking a six year career diversion from the beauty industry; learning through entry level positions in customer service, advanced opportunities with tech and sales teams, I really earned the confidence in my abilities to learn anything I wanted to,” she says.

Those skills she learned on the outside of the industry came back to the salon with her and she started marketing her work on Facebook as an independent stylist. “My clients’ confidence in my work has been the ultimate payoff in creating a life for my family and the ability to inspire other women to pursue their passions,” she adds.

At Bombshell Beauty you’ll find corrective and vibrant hair color services as well as texturing services such as keratin smoothing and permanent waving. She also offers hair shaping and styling for both men and women. 

Most recently, Bernard began offering Hand Tied Weft Hair Extensions to her menu, of which she offers complimentary consultations. 

Clients of Bombshell beauty can upgrade their color makeovers to include a self-empowering Boudoir Photography Shoot. “Hair and makeup are provided, three outfit changes, and nine poses all edited are delivered to your email,” says Barnard. 

Barnard hopes to expand her salon to include an on-site photography studio, complete with a wardrobe to choose from to create amazing photos. 

Bombshell Beauty is located at 244 E. Sharon Road in Cincinnati. 

To learn more about Bombshell Beauty, visit www.bombshellbeauty.com. You can also follow along on Facebook

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A new local IV therapy studio helps clients feel and look better one drop at a time.

A new business is bringing the new craze of IV therapy business to Cincinnati. Hydration Station provides IV treatments to a multitude of clients to not only make them feel better, but provide a safe and comfortable environment while doing so. 

“My wife and I had the idea for the business several years ago,” says Hydration Station founder Chris Jaeger. “There have been similar services offered in other major cities for years and we saw a gap in Cincinnati. We hopped on the opportunity to provide the city and the Tri-State the benefits of IV therapy.”

The Hydration Station has been in business for a little over a year now and has served hundreds in the area. Jaeger’s team is currently made up of 9 professionally-trained, local medical professionals, with hopes to expand in the future. 

The Hydration Station offers a wide range of IV therapy treatments. Each service is designed with the consumer in mind. “Each package that we offer is created for a different purpose,” says Jaeger. “From anti-aging, migraines, pre and post-workout, etc., we have all needs covered.” 

The Hydration Station offers a menu of pre-designed packages with a custom package option available as well. You can find all of their available packages and items here: https://hydrationstation513.com/services-1

All of the products that are used, such as IV tubing, saline, medicines, etc. are from the same distributor that the hospitals utilize. In order to receive the IV therapy, Hydration Station has created a simple and easy process for customers. Customers can either book their appointment online or call the office, fill out a pre-treatment form and, after approval, the IV session starts. Individuals have the option to either receive the treatment in their home by a medical professional or visit Hydration Station’s brick-and-mortar location in downtown Cincinnati. The treatment typically lasts for 30-45 minutes. 

“As the market and technology continue to expand and develop, we see our service only growing from here. We are so excited to see what the future has in store for Hydration Station,” says Jaeger. 

To learn more, visit https://hydrationstation513.com/or call (513) 614-5420. You can also follow Hydration Station on Instagram and Facebook.

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Learn more about a premiere spa experience delivered right to your door.

For the past 20 years, Tracey Piphus, owner and founder of Couture Beauty Showroom and Couture Beauty by Tracey, has dedicated her life to making women feel beautiful and empowered. 

As a licensed Advanced Cosmetologist, hairstylist, instructor, and salon owner, she has seen every single in and out of the beauty industry. “I love to put a smile on people’s faces by making them feel beautiful, the feeling never gets old,” says Piphus. 

Tracey Piphus

Couture Beauty Showroom curates luxurious, high-end products for individuals wanting the spa experience at home.The e-commerce website is set up into different categories: The Lounge, Bath & Body, Brow Products, Lash Products, Beauty Merch and Candles and Scents. Each category houses on-trend products, hand-selected by Piphus.

“Beauty is an inside job and we want our customers to feel luxurious and at home. Women will always need self-care and crave the experience to be pampered. ” says Piphus. 

For the customers who want to shop in-person, Piphus’s storefront, Couture Beauty by Tracey, carries products that are on the website. Couture Beauty by Tracey also offers beauty services, such as eyebrows and lash lifts. The storefront launched three years ago and Couture Beauty Showroom’s site just recently launched, with public launch plans for the end of the month. 

You can shop at the Couture Beauty Showroom by visiting their website at https://www.couturebeautyshowroom.com/. To stay connected, you can follow Couture Beauty Showroom on Instagram and Facebook. You can also connect with Couture Beauty by Tracey by visiting their storefront at 9475 Kenwood Road, Suite 8, Cincinnati, OH and visiting their website at https://www.couturebeautybytracey.com/.

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From salon pro to stay-at-home mom read about the local lady who’s sharing her life’s journey with followers on her new, recently launched lifestyle blog.

Photo: Caitlin Blevins Photography

Jess Morey is a mom of two little girls. She’s also a dog mom and a wife. Although her past is in the beauty industry, now she’s taken on the role of stay-at-home mom and anything she does is for her family. 

To help fill up her cup and showcase what she does at home with the littles she launched Dash of Jess, a lifestyle blog. 

“On Dash of Jess you can find I cover a variety of topics including travel, fashion, recipes, and so much more,” she says. 

In the last 5 years since she launched her blog and started a new stay-at-home lifestyle, she’s been able to help people plan trips, pick out cute outfits, and share recipes, all of which can be found in one place on Dash of Jess. 

“Ever since I became a stay-at-home mom I’ve truly done everything for my family,” she says. “So I get to call this my own thing, which is so fun. I’ve dealt with being a young mom, chronic and even undiagnosed pain, all while trying to keep my chin up and make the most out of life. That’s why I’m so excited to share my highs and lows with people going through similar things.” 

One of the things Morey enjoys the most about her blog is getting to connect with people. “It’s so cool when someone tells me they’ve made my everything bagels,” she says. “Or they booked a hotel room at a hotel I’ve posted about. It’s such a cool feeling.”

Although the blog Dash of Jess just recently went live, Morey says she’s excited to grow it and partner with other brands. 

To learn more about Dash of Jess and follow along with her blog journey, visit dashofjess.com. You can also follow along on Instagram

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