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New cosmetic procedures are emerging on a daily basis, and one of the newest treatments (which is already making noise in professional circles as well as amongst celebrities) is AquaGold therapy. Dr.Numb, the leading anesthetic cream brand, is getting up close and personal with this new trendy procedure.

In short, AquaGold Therapy is the new, revamped, and upgraded microneedling. It uses the same principle, with one significant difference: the AquaGold needles hollow and filled with a cocktail of revitalizing substances, to be precise Botox, Hyaluronic Acid and patient’s PRP. During the procedure, the dermatologist makes thousands of microscopic punctures in patient’s skin, which itself generates collagen, and the additional ingredients are being delivered directly into the skin through hollow needles.

This sounds like dream for a skin, honestly. 

Just like with any microneedling procedure, it is important to prevent any painful sensation for the patient. Therefore, it is absolutely necessary to apply a numbing cream before the procedure.  Dr.Numb Topical 5% lidocaine cream is a perfect choice for numbing during any cosmetological treatments. Due to its unique formula, it takes only 15-20 minutes to fully numb the face, with strong effect lasting for about 3 hours – just enough to finish the treatment. This product also contains Vitamin E and a moisturizer for a maximum comfort of the skin.

Any microneedling procedure involves skin-pricking, which is why the highest level of hygiene must be preserved at all times. In case drops of blood appear, it is recommended to use Dr.Numb Topical Anesthetic Disinfectant Foam Soap with 4% lidocaine, which effectively cleans the skin and renews the numbing effect as well. The formula amplifies the use of benzethonium chloride, a powerful antiseptic and anti-infective agent synergized by aloe vera leaf juice, well known for its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, intensified by leuconostoc-radish root ferment filtrate, an ingredient capable of restricting the growth of other microorganisms by acidifying its environment.

The end results of AquaGold treatment may be seen around a week after the procedure. In the meantime, remember that the skin is very sensitive after any cosmetology treatments, so the patients have to be very gentle to it all days following their visit to aesthetician.

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A local makeup artist is helping your beauty shine with her wedding makeup and new tutorial classes. Read on for more.

Wedding days are stressful between hair, makeup, photos, and the celebration. However, they don’t have to be with Shivali Gaba Makeup Artistry.

Shivali Gaba Makeup Artistry offers makeup services for brides, but it’s about much more than just doing makeup for business owner Shivali Gaba. 

“Often wedding days are stressful, rushed, and all about timelines,” she says. “But for the 30-40 minutes that the bride is in my chair, my goal is to bring her calm and make her feel like the most beautiful woman, who is about to have the best day of her life.” 

This small makeup business takes on 30 clients a year and is headed by Gaba herself. She’s been the one-woman show behind it all for 7 years and aims to make a small difference for every woman she crosses paths with. “I have been and always will be a very hands-on artist,” she adds. 

While her heart belongs to wedding, Gaba says there’s nothing more that she loves than teaching women how to do makeup themselves so they have the tools they need to feel their best whenever, wherever. 

That’s why she started offering lessons and classes on Sundays, which can be paired with makeup merchandising.

“I will spend time with you at Ulta or Sephora to play with products to find what works best for you,” she explains. “This includes foundation matching, basic skincare consults, and technique training.”

She says that what makes her business unique is that she doesn’t look for the imperfections in clients. “I see beautiful smiles and glimmering eyes and all the things that make a woman beautiful,” she says. “This helps me focus on what is amazing about you and highlight that.”

Makeup is personal, and Gaba helps the beauty of all clients shine with her “your kind of beautiful” approach that she provides. 

In addition to makeup tutorials and consults, she also offers pro courses for aspiring makeup artists. 

All-in-all, she wants to help everyone shine – whether they’re the client or the artist. She says that anyone who is interested in one-on-one time or getting a group of girls together for an evening of bonding in a masterclass can reach out to her directly via email.

The website for Shivali Gaba Makeup Artistry is currently under construction, but you can still follow along on Facebook and Instagram.

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After 20 years in the makeup industry, a local beauty guru took a leap of faith into the microblading business and has been on the rise since she opened her doors 3 years ago.

Honour Hook, Founder of Brow OTR

Microblading isn’t going away any time soon and Honour Hook is helping her clients look and feel better with her microblading business Brow OTR. 

The inspiration behind the business came from Hook’s own desire to find a brow solution for herself and found microblading on Instagram.

“As a makeup artist of over 20 years I was immediately intrigued to learn more,” she says. “I researched businesses offering the service and then decided to find a certification program.”

Hook went through two certification programs – with Occhi Lash and Brow in Chicago and PhiBrows Academy. “The rest is history,” she says. “Microblading is one of the most challenging skills I have ever learned. I went into the program believing I would be immediately offering service but little did I know how extreme the learning curve would be.”

Today Brow OTR offers a European style of microblading created by the famous PhiBrow Academy, microshading, and lash extensions. 

Hook says all of the artists at Brow OTR are Phi certified, which she adds is a big deal in the industry. 

The services, skills, and customer base you’ll find at Brow OTR are a big accomplishment for a studio that’s been around for three years, and just recently grew into a new stand-alone studio space.

“I started by offering services to friends, family, and clients I knew from my years in the makeup industry,” she explains. “I was working out of BRIDEface, the owner Nancy is a friend of mine and gave me the space for free to help me get up and get running. I branded the business separately in hopes of eventually growing and moving into my own studio.”

And Brow OTR found the growth it needed. “There were very few businesses offering microblading services in Cincinnati so I feel that I was a bit ahead of the curve,” she says. “Business grew by word of mouth and I was booking out a month in advance by the end of my first year.”

Since then, Brow OTR has opened its own studio on Court Street in the heart of Over-the-Rhine, which Hook says is the heart of the city.

Hook says that she wants her studio to be known for offering exceptional service to its clients. “While I don’t anticipate a huge menu of offerings, we are constantly looking into adding services we feel would benefit our clients while keeping consistent with you brand – so stay tuned for more,” she explains.

To learn more about Brow OTR, visit You can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram.

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See how a local hair and makeup pro, who grew up in the industry, now offers on-location services for special events and classes.

Celeste Blandon Makeup Artistry offers on-location makeup and hair services.

Celeste Blandon wants to empower others to embrace their beauty and grow in confidence. Plus, hair and makeup is in her blood. That’s why she launched Celeste Blandon Makeup Artistry, a business that provides on-location makeup and hair artistry services for special events, weddings, photoshoots, film/video, editorial shoots, and even classes.

Blandon is the daughter of a professional makeup artist, so she grew in the industry. And she wanted the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of her idol – her mother. 

“As a little girl, her makeup brushes were some of my favorite toys and I was always begging to use her lipstick,” she says. “So I guess you could say that beauty has always been a big part of my life.”

Blandon’s expertise in hair and makeup doesn’t just come from her childhood, or from working with so many clients as a professional. As a model, she’s also been in front of the camera – not just behind it. “Because of this I know what will look great on camera and whether you’re getting ready for a photoshoot or wedding, there are bound to be lots of photos,” she says. 

Additionally, Blandon provides only on-location services, so clients don’t have to travel to her, making things more convenient for them.

To learn more about Celeste Blandon Makeup Artistry, follow along on Instagram. Blandon also has a YouTube channel and Facebook page. To book with her, send an email to

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Inspired by the booming CBD industry, a local mom decided to launch an all-natural product to help women unwind at the end of the day in a healthy way. Read on to learn more.

Everyone needs time to relax, but with busy mom schedules it can often be difficult to find that time. To help you manage daily stress and anxiety and unwind at the end of the day in a healthy way, Lindsey Hogan founded Relax Mom, a CBD gummy company made for mamas.

“At a high level, we’re hoping to reinvent self-care for all mamas by providing simple, daily additions to their self-care routines and reminding women that self-care is essential to being their baddest selves,” she says.

Part of what inspired Hogan to launch her company, other than finding a healthy way to unwind at the end of the day, is the notion that women are constantly told to relax. 

“Point blank, it’s infuriating,” she says. “All women are out there accomplishing so much, asking for so little, and, at the end of the day, often putting their own needs last. Being told to relax is a slap in the face, which is where the name, Relax Mom, came from; we’re taking back the phrase and putting a positive connotation on it and actually providing a way to relax daily.”

The gummies from Relax Mom allow you to de-stress and take a deep breath when you need it the most, without feeling guilty. 

The journey to launching her own CBD gummy company wasn’t something that Hogan wanted to do just for those around her, but it became part of her own self-care plan. 

She’d heard about CBD helping children with seizures and then another benefit – CBD helps with the management of stress and anxiety.

“It’s something I’ve struggled with my whole life but, due to personal preference to eliminate prescriptions and stick with more natural methods, I never took anything for it,” she says. “Until I heard about the correlation between CBD and anxiety. I began taking CBD daily and couldn’t believe the difference. It was so subtle that I didn’t even truly understand how it was helping until I stopped taking it and realized without it how much quicker I was to feel that elephant on my chest in high-stress professional and personal situations.”

After she experienced the pros of CBD herself, Hogan decided that she needed to do something to introduce other women to these benefits. 

“Experiencing first-hand what an incredible, simple addition this could be for so many people, especially women who accomplish so much and often focus little on self-care, I knew this was something I wanted to share with them and anyone else who needed it,” she adds.

Every jar of CBD gummies from Relax Mom features an assortment of 5 flavors – pineapple, apple, orange, strawberry, and grape. And the flavors are what have made the product stand out against competitors. 

“We constantly get reviews and compliments on how delicious they are and how they’re more a daily treat because of the overall taste, size, texture and consistency compared to all other CBD gummies that are usually small, single-flavor, hemp aftertaste, soft texture and consistency,” she says.

CBD gummies also aren’t as available on the market as other CBD products, such as CBD oil. Plus, the gummies from Relax Mom are third-party tested, vegan, organic, all-natural, and created through a high-quality CBD extraction process to provide the highest-quality CBD and gummy. 

Hogan says that she’s currently working on a monthly subscription plan to make adding CBD to your self-care routine more effortless. “We already know many mamas are looking forward to this,” she says. 

To learn more about Relax Mom, visit You can also follow along on Instagram.

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We got the buzz on a local skincare and cosmetic company making plant-based, paraben-free products that help the declining pollinator population in the area.

Emily Hoskins, creator and owner of Green Bee Ohio, is a Cincinnati-based stay-at-home mom who saw an opportunity for a local and ethical skincare and cosmetic company. 

Hoskins was working towards her Master’s degree when she learned about the migration of the Monarch butterfly. “The story of these amazing insects inspired me to plant a pollinator garden,” says Hoskins. Since then, she adds, she has raised hundreds of Monarch butterflies in her garden in the last five years.

Before college, she had worked as a makeup artist and fell in love with helping women to feel comfortable and confident. To combine her background in makeup artistry and her passion for the preservation of pollinators, Hoskins created Green Bee Ohio. 

The company may be small, but the waves they are making are monumental, Hoskins says. In fact, Green Bee works to raise awareness of pollinator decline to the community by donating 10% of all sales to help preserve and protect pollinators such as honeybees and butterflies. 

Green Bee’s product line includes a facial cleanser, a facial moisturizer, two different skin serums, a facial mask, several shades of eye crayons, lip liners, brow pencils, and concealers. 

“Our hyaluronic acid serum is one that I am most proud of for being plant-based. Hyaluronic acid is a very popular skincare ingredient, but what many might not know is that is that in most commercial grade cosmetics, it is derived from cock’s combs, the red ‘hood’ on a rooster,” Hoskins explains. “The [hyaluronic acid] in Green Bee’s serum is a wheat enzyme, blended with organic coconut and jojoba oils.”

All of Green Bee’s products are produced and sourced in the U.S. This is important because many so-called “cruelty-free” cosmetic companies also sell their products in China where the government requires testing on animals by law. “I’m showing people that every day they have a choice to purchase an item from a big company that tests its overseas products on animals, or an item that was created by a local businesswoman using your dollar to support conservation and education efforts,” Hoskins says.

In approximately a month, Green Bee will be launching a brand new hemp-derived muscle rub and facial serum, aptly named Green Bee CBD. Make sure to keep up with the company on Facebook and Instagram to be the first to snag the new products, or head over to their website to shop their current line and read the conservation blog at

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Learn about the Cincinnati-based sister duo behind a this unique mobile salon concept.

One year ago, local sisters Meredith McCullough and Mallory Brackett decided to pursue their passion for hairstyling by creating their very own bridal hair business, M&M Hair Design. As you might have guessed, the “M&M” stands for “Mallory and Meredith”.

“My sister and I are 15 months apart. We both graduated from Paul Mitchell Cosmetology School back in 2007 and 2008. After working in a few salons, I landed a corporate job and kept advancing and my sister got married and had three children. A decade later, we got creative and wanted to be happy and fulfill our passion [for] helping others feel good,” declares McCullough, co-owner and stylist. 

Their vision led them to creating M&M Hair Design, an onsite wedding hair service boutique. Their services are mobile, meaning they will come to any venue or location in the Cincinnati, Dayton, or Columbus areas. 

M&M Hair Design offers hairstyling for brides, bridesmaids, mothers/mothers-in-law, and flower girls for the big day. They also offer styling for bachelorette parties as well as “Pin and Primp Princess Parties” for young girls that include hairstyling, craft-making, and goodie bags. They do offer trial styling services for brides and wedding parties to ensure everything is perfect before walking down the aisle. 

“[M&M Hair Design] is a company that my sister and I built together so every wedding we do, we have so much passion and fulfillment in making the bride and her wedding party happy and beautiful,” says McCullough. 

McCullough is also a real estate agent, and after building strong relationships with her clients, is often asked to help newlyweds find their first home together. “It is the most rewarding and blessed feeling in the world to me,” she says. 

McCullough and Brackett have managed to find their niche and work seamlessly together. Many might think that running a business with your sister would cause friction, but not for these two. According to McCullough, “our rapport is one of a kind. We listen to our clients and build more of a relationship [rather] than just a service. We are honest and do quality work. Plus, we are two of the coolest stylist sisters out there!”  

To inquire about M&M Hair Design’s styling services or see examples of their work, check out their Facebook page.

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All the way from California, Peaches Skincare brings a cure-all facial for all skin types at their new location in Montgomery.

Peaches Skin Care is a California-based skincare company that opened a new location in Montgomery.

From cystic acne and acne scars, dryness to oiliness, or fine lines to wrinkles, could there really be one fix-all facial? Lisa and Kent Pfeiffer, owners of Peaches Skincare, say they’ve created just that. 

In fact, they say it’s the secret to success that’s led to multiple locations across the country. With their first locations being in Santa Barbara, CA and Long Beach, CA, Peaches Skincare was created to give Midwestern clients a luxe but laid-back skincare experience. In July 2012, the Pfeiffers brought their California-like skincare to Cincinnati by opening their next location in the heart of Old Montgomery. 

“We liken ourselves to a luxury hotel, say, for example a Four Seasons or a Ritz Carlton; no matter which location you set foot into, you know that your experience will be phenomenal,” says Director of Operations, John Brinkley. “This is what we aim to achieve in our salons: a consistently superb and friendly experience. From the moment our clients walk through our vibrant pink door to the moment they leave, we attend to each detail of their experience with extreme care.” 

To go along with the consistency of the experience, the treatment offered is the main aspect that customers, and their skin, rely on. Brinkley says Peaches Skincare has a simple philosophy: only using wholesome and natural products and no invasive procedures, their treatment eliminates confusion by consisting of one facial that can effectively combat all skin conditions. 

This simplicity keeps loyal clients coming back, Brinkley says, and now those in Cincinnati can experience their favorite facial in a new location as they recently moved to a larger space in Montgomery. 

“Our new location offers all of the same natural skincare services and products that we are known for around the area, but adds four more treatment rooms in a bright and more conveniently located space,” Brinkley says. 

Now at 7840 Cooper Road in Old Montgomery, a block and a half away from the previous location, Brinkley says the new space offers updated amenities, more treatment space, more parking, and an improved waiting area. 

To learn more, visit

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Keeping your skin healthy is a constant struggle. No matter how hard you try using at-home methods like lotions, there comes a time when clinical treatment is a necessity, if you want to continue having healthy looking skin. The question is what type of clinical treatment do you need? You may have heard that lasers offer the best skincare treatments you can get, but is that true? Let’s find out. 


Why Lasers Are Popular Skincare Devices

Lasers are popular. There is no denying that. For about thirty years, skincare specialists have been using them to treat many different skin ailments. One reason for their popularity is their accuracy. Another is their speed. A single laser treatment involves a certified clinician pointing the laser at your in a systematic way. In less than a second, a laser can treat an area about quarter-sized. 


Lasers are also popular because of the number of skin conditions they can assist with. The versatility of lasers for cosmetic procedures is indisputable. There are ablative lasers used to perform laser peels. There are even laser procedures that can spot treat such issues as specific scars or mild wrinkles. Non-ablative lasers are available to revitalize your skin from the inside by triggering higher collagen production rates in your body as well. 


The Convenience of Having Laser Treatments

Laser treatments are also quite convenient. Each one typically takes under an hour to complete. There is also very little chance of serious side effects or any need for time off to recover. With no hospital admittance and limited minor side effects, such as temporary swelling, you can have laser treatment without disrupting your life too much. 


Not Everyone Can Have Laser Treatment 

Laser treatment may sound perfect for every occasion and person, but it is not. Lasers have limits. For example, severe skin sagging requires surgery to correct. Your skin type can also make you ineligible for laser procedures. Lasers produce heat, which can put you at risk for burns when your skin is excessively oily. Having skin that is too thin, too dry or otherwise places you at higher risk for side effects may also make laser treatment a poor choice.


If your skin is dark or you have certain conditions, such as active acne outbreaks, you also may not qualify for laser treatment. Most lasers are better at treating skin that is light. Additionally, dark skin means the laser has the potential to alter your skin pigment. That means you may have discolored skin patches after the treatment is over.


Clinical Skin Treatments That Offer Alternatives to Lasers

There are several clinical skin treatments that offer alternatives to lasers. Each option has its own benefits and drawbacks. Among them are microdermabrasion, chemical peels and intense pulsed light therapy. Sound wave treatment is even an option. However, most of those treatments are milder than laser therapy. Therefore, you might need five or six laser treatments to get desired results, but you might need more of those other treatments to achieve an equivalent goal.


Making a Final Choice About Clinical Skin Treatments

In some cases, it may be difficult to decide which clinical skin treatment is truly best for you. If two treatments seem equally beneficial, consider other factors. For example, they may differ in cost or time investment. Talking to a skincare clinician at your local clinic can also help you decide. After assessing your skin, he or she may have insights you hadn’t thought of. After such a consultation, you should be able to make a clear final decision.


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Meet the nurse-turned-aesthetician transforming faces through age-reversing dermatological procedures.

Jennifer Bleser, owner of Skin Esteem LLC in Fort Thomas, KY is not only an aesthetician and entrepreneur, but she also holds the titles of Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). 

Bleser worked as a Registered Nurse for nearly 20 years before becoming a consultant for Rodan and Fields skin products, wherein she discovered her passion for aesthetic dermatological procedures. In September of 2018, she opened Skin Esteem LLC. 

With all of her certifications, Bleser says she knows what her clients want and how to give them the best results. With one clinician at Skin Esteem LLC, Bleser says she “offers a tailored plan for each patient’s individual needs without the concern of getting a different provider each visit,” she explains. “The patient/provider relationship is very important to us here at Skin Esteem.”

This personal one-on-one experience keeps clients loyal to the company and to Bleser. “Follow up is key to having your patients satisfied and returning. Most aesthetic businesses collect their money and send the patient on their way, not knowing if the patient is completely satisfied,” Bleser says. For this reason, Skin Esteem always schedules follow-up consultations/phone calls to ensure patients are happy with the results of their procedure. 

By going out of the way to ensure patients are getting exactly what they want, Bleser says she has built many strong relationships. “By far the most rewarding part of owning Skin Esteem and being the practitioner there is my patients light up when they see their results! I’ve cried with my patients, laughed with them, and even provided somewhat of therapy sessions [for] them,” she explains. 

Personal relationships with your aesthetician, no crowded waiting room, and follow-ups to ensure your satisfaction are just some of the benefits of seeking out Skin Esteem’s services. 

Skin Esteem offers a variety of procedures meant to transform the face and reverse the signs of aging. Some of these procedures include Botoxâ/XeominâJuvedermâBeloteroâRadiesseâKybellaâ, and Sclerotherapy. 

Bleser says that she plans to expand Skin Esteem’s services in the future to include hormone replacement, wholistic pain therapy, and weight loss procedures. 

If you’re interested in scheduling an appointment or consultation with Bleser, you can do so on Skin Esteem’s website or call (859-957-5916).