Becoming an Esthetician. Is it Worth it?

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So that I don’t leave you in limbo let me answer the question now, YES! As you will see when you watch the video, an Esthetician does many things and has many choices when it comes to career opportunities. Of course working in a spa is an obvious option but an Esthetician can also work on cruise ships, at waxing centers, lash boutiques and undoubtedly become an entrepreneur.

Allow me to dive into what an Esthetician is for a moment, because I personally had no idea. When I was in the process of choosing a beauty school I would ask everyone ” what’s the difference between the cosmetology program and the Esthetician program”? I didn’t get a clear answer for weeks, MONTHS!

Let me tell you right now, everyone will try to sell you on the cosmetology program. A cosmetology program is longer and of course cost more money. People will tell you with a cosmetology license you can do everything, but there is a caveat. The main focus of a cosmetology program is hair. Cosmetologist learn everything there is to know about hair. A cosmetology program will only teach a basic facial, basic manicure, basic pedicure, etc.

An Esthetican learns more than the basic facial. An esthetics program teaches skin care in-depth. Estheticians learn the skin inwards and outwards. The different layers of the skin and how each layer functions. Mastering this knowledge is required to graduate beauty school and most certainly required to become licensed in any state. An Esthetician is essentially a medical professional. Many work alongside Dermatologist. It is an Estheticians role to treat conditions of the skin topically, while doctors usually prescribe medications that work internally.

An Estheticians job is to beautify. Estheticians leave the skin looking glowy and feeling soft by treating it with products and medical modalities such as chemical peels. An Esthetician removes unwanted hair by waxing. An Esthetician does makeup, lashes, eyebrows and more. NO ONE TOLD ME THIS!

If you want to learn how to treat everyday skin conditions such as acne, learn the proper technique used to extract impacted pores, be able to identify product ingredients, know the benefits of such ingredients, and study clinical therapies used to treat skin, become an Esthetician.

Watch the video below to learn more about what an Esthetician does and what you can expect from Esthetics school. If you need a mentor click here. Also be sure to check out my Esthetic and beauty business courses.

If you are located in Chicago Illinois and looking to enroll in an Esthetics program or cosmetology program consider Dudley’s Beauty College.

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MAC Lipsticks for Dark Skin

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Most Complimented Combo

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Try Ruby Woo lined with Chestnut and Lady Be Good in the center for a beautiful ombre!

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Let’s start off by dismantling all of the dark skin makeup myths RIGHT NOW! Every color looks amazing on us, PERIOD! Although dark skin can successfully pull off any color the most flattering colors are:


PRO TIP: Top any lipstick with a gloss to enhance the look!

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I have been a makeup artist for many years. I am considered a Master and an Expert at this point in my career, so I know. Here I have highlighted some of my favorite MAC lipsticks and lip glosses. Check out the video for swatches.



Oldie but goodie. Soft pinkish brown.

Ruby Woo


Truly shiny! Sexy.

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Stunning everyday shimmer.

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CB 96


Orange gold. Soft.

Bronze Shimmer


Classic. Classy

Be Sure to check out my full face of MAC video.

7 Walmart Beauty Products You NEED!!


Makeup, skin care, hygiene, hair and so much more. Walmart is home to many amazing beauty products! Here are 7 phenomenal cosmetics worth mentioning.

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Cerave makes one of the best soaps on the market. Skincare should be customized per person however this product is pretty universal. Its hydrating formula does not strip the skin and is designed with ingredients that restore and sustain the skins natural barrier.

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Daily use of Albolene helps to promote vibrant, healthy skin and a younger-looking complexion. This product works as an emollient and helps moisture stay locked in. If you are looking for a makeup remover that is anit-aging and promotes healthy skin look no further.

Dr. Miracles Edge Holding Gel helps to maintain and hold the hair in place. This is my number 2 edge control of all time. And trust me I have tried them ALL! Formulated with Jojoba oil this super hold formula not only adds shine but also conditions. S T A P L E!!!

CocoCare Cocoa Butter is an all-natural moisturizer. One of the only few lip balms I can use. This product actually repairs my lips instead of making them look and feel worse like I have experienced using other lip balms. It applies smooth and silky. Cococare’s Cocoa Butter Lip Balm prevents and protects dry, chapped, cracked or windburned lips.

Skin protectant. Versatile. Softens. Multi-use. Ointment. Safe. Non-comedogenic. Helps treat acne. Seriously …. no seriously!! It’s a beauty must have.

The best of the best body creme products on the market. PERIOD! Outside of the beautiful formula, luxurious packaging, and price point this 5 star product is enriched with Provitamin B5. Rich. Creamy. Moisturizing. Nourishing. It literally has all the things.

Natural hair curl activator. Acne bully!!! Removes impurities and dirt from the pours. Deep pore cleansing of the skin. World’s most powerful facial. 100% natural.

Try them ALL!

DrugStore Moisturizers for Oily Skin


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As a person with oily and acne prone skin I cringe at the thought of trying new products. I personally am terrified to use things on my face that I have never used before. The only thing I can think about is, will this break me out? For that reason I am very picky when I choose to try new products. Because I have acne there is one thing I am always willing to bet on, a moisturizer.

Products designed to treat acne are very drying.

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It is imperative to replenish the skin with hydrating products when using ingredients that treat acne. Two moisturizers in particular come to mind when thinking of affordable skin care that can be found in a local drug store for under $20. The Cerave Moisturizing Cream and Vanicream Moisturizing Cream. They are both non comegenic, fragrance free and dermatologist tested. They are also both light weight and absorb quickly. The main difference between the two is technology. Cerave has modern day popular ingredients that are extremely hydrating, while the Vanicream includes only the primary ingredients which make up a basic moisturizer.

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For many reasons people choose to use products that are very mild. Vanicream is ideal for anyone looking to have a product free of anything that could potentially be an irritant. Both products work great, the choice will depend on the buyer. Cerave is for anyone looking to have ingredients such as Hyaluronic acid, Ceramides, and other fatty acids while Vanicream is perfect for people who can appreciate the bare minimum.

Oily Skin Foundation that Last All Day


Throughout the years my makeup and makeup technique has changed. It had to! Some things that worked for me as a young girl definitely failed me as a woman. One thing that has not changed is my skin type. I have oily skin and because of that I am prone to acne. Fighting acne while aging, OMG, someone pour me a drink.

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Mature oily skin needs a lightweight, soft-matte, full coverage foundation.

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The Chanel ULTRA LE TEINT has all three. Although a little bit goes a long way, I find it looks most beautiful when it is built up. Of course this foundation has the signature Chanel scent. I am pretty confident this foundation will not disappoint anyone who uses it. If you are in need of a matte foundation because you have oily skin and experience skin acne try this high end foundation. It pairs perfectly with oily skin.

Good Cleansers for Oily Skin


Cleansers are the least coveted skin care product but they are the MOST important. That is why cleansing is the first step in any skin care routine. Your skin should feel AH MAZ ING after cleansing alone! Yes that is right, before the moisturizer, toner, serum and any other product. If your skin feels tight, itchy, dry, has a white cast or looks ashy after a cleanse you are most certainly using the wrong soap. A great cleanser functions to prevent build up in pores while removing dirt, oil, and makeup without stripping the skin of its natural moisture.

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Skin is the largest organ of the human body and is very complex. One main function of the organ is to excrete waste and toxins through the pores and the sweat glands. Outside of the pores becoming clogged with dead skin, dirt and sebum (oil), the skin is also highly effected by its environment. The sun, pollution, and other elements can have devasting effects on the skin. Skincare should be tailored to an individuals current skin conditions but there is one thing all skin types can use, hydration!

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The number one cleanser I recommend to everyone and use myself is the CeraVe Hydrating Daily Facial Cleanser. This cleanser is fragrance-free, does not dry out the skin or clog the pores. It hydrates and helps restore the protective skin barrier leaving the skin feeling soft and supple.

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Another amazing cleanser is Youth to the People Superfood Antioxidant Cleanser. This face wash has cold pressed antioxidants, is vegan and cruelty-free.

These cleansers leave the skin feeling soft and smooth after each use. Both provide extreme hydration. So rather you have oily skin, dry skin or normal skin hydration is a key element needed for all skin types.

All That Glitters

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MAC Fix Fluid NC55

Milani Easy Brow in Dark Brown
Concealers MAC NC15 & LA Girl Chestnut

UD Original Primer Potion
MAC Painterly

Urban Decay Naked 2 Half Baked
MAC Saddle
MAC Expresso
Anastasia Caramel
MAC Glitter in Gold
MAC Brown Script
Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Vision

Glitter Adhesive
Urban Decay Glitter Glue

Kat Von D Trooper
Wet & Wild Baby’s Got Black

Maybelline Lash Stilletto

MAC Blush in Blunt

NARS Amande
MAC Prolong Wear NW40

Fashion Fair Bronze & MAC Film Noir

Maybelline Master Hi Lite Deep Bronze

Setting Powder
Laura Mercier
Maybelline Shine Free Medium

Finishing Spray
Rose Water

Stila Beso
Black Opal Dynamo