Monday, November 17, 2014

Jessica's Bio

Jessica is an esthetician who believes that real beauty is a way of living, speaking and treating yourself and others--not a product you put on your face. (Of course, great organic lip gloss never hurts!)

As a makeup and nail artist, she is passionate about helping people find their inner confidence by accentuating their outer beauty.

One client described her as "A very calming energy. I feel a difference throughout my whole being," while another declared her to be "Always amazing!"

Her tips have been featured in Chatelaine Magazine, Mobile Spa Network and The Poser Blog.

When she's not primping clients for special events you can find her playing princess dress up with her daughters, practicing yoga or treating herself to a spa day.

Meet Jessica and stay in the know at

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Take Time to Relax

I know you... I am you. You hit the ground running every morning. Make sure the kids are dressed and fed. Drive them to school, practice and play dates. Get yourself to work. Hit the gym. Run, run, run all day long. All you crave is some time alone to relax. I have the answer!
Send the kids to a friend, brew a cup of tea and sit down in your favorite chair and prepare to escape for 90 glorious minutes. I will magically appear at your door with relaxation at hand. 
Relax while your feet soak in a tub of warm, bubbling, sweet smelling water. Kick up your feet and lean back while I buff and polish your dry, tired, calloused toes and heels to smooth softness. Then prepare to experience the ultimate relaxation ritual. A 30 minute foot massage where every inch of your sole is pressed, kneaded and rubbed until you feel like you have died and gone to heaven. By this time you may have fallen asleep. I will quietly pack up and disappear, leaving you renewed and rejuvenated and ready to take on the rest of your day.

Book your in home pedicure with reflexology foot massage at

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Thai Massage

Thai massage is my most favorite type of massage ever! It is sometimes called Thai yoga massage and this is what drew me to try it. I love to stretch and this massage is the perfect combination of stretching and massage. You lie on a mat on the ground while a therapist moves your body into different positions and massages your from the top of your head to the tips of your toes.
  My first experience with Thai massage was at an ecco resort in Mexico. I booked a massage at the spa after my yoga class by the ocean. The Thai massage was as close to heaven as I can imagine. After the massage I felt like I had just completed the most relaxing yoga stretches ever and all I had to do was lie there and relax.

I love receiving Thai massage so much I decided I would like to pass this on to my client and so I signed up to take Thai Massage 101 from Still Light Center. After taking the intensive class I felt prepared to pass on relaxing Thai Massage treatments to my family and friends. After a few massages I felt more confident about the technique and came to love giving massages as much as I love receiving them. One of the clients I practiced on wrote this to me following her first Thai massage ever "Thank you so much for that massage. It was the best one I have ever had. You truly have a gift. You have a very calming energy. I feel a difference throughout my whole being. Namaste." This note motivated me to continue to practice and further my education in Thai Massage.
If you would like to try Thai massage there are some things you should know before your treatment. First you remain fully clothed during this massage so it is best to wear comfortable clothes that allow you to stretch and more, like clothes you would wear to do yoga. Second try not to eat a big meal before your massage as you will feel bloated and won't feel as relaxed as you could. Here are some photos of what a Thai Massage looks like...
Thai Massage begins in a seated position...

And then reclining on your back...

Rolling over to your front...
The massage finishes on your back. Try to relax after your massage and drink water to flush the toxins from your system. 
I encourage anyone that is able to try this massage. You will not regret it!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Bridal Hair & Makeup

Preparing for Bridal Hair and Makeup 

Planning a wedding is a huge job. There are so many things to consider and people to please. Often brides forget about themselves until the last minute. Here is a guide to booking appointments to make sure the bride and her bridal party look their best and arrive at the ceremony feeling relaxed and happy!
  • 6 months before book a hairstylist and make up artist for the wedding day and book your trials.
  • 2 months before have a make up and hair trial. Try to do both trials on the same day so you can see how the hairstyle and make up look together. Take photos of how you would like your hair and makeup to look to show the stylist and make up artist so they can work with you to achieve the look you want.
  • 2 weeks before get a facial so your skin is exfoliated and moisturized and ready to glow on the wedding day. During this week is also a good time to get a body scrub and massage so your skin feels silky and you can relax before all the excitement begins.
  • 1 week before get a pedicure. Have a spa party with the bridesmaids and get nails and pedicures so you will all have pretty fingers toes for the wedding. If you are getting eyelash extensions have them done this week as well.
  • 2 days before give yourself a good body exfoliation and get a spray tan if you want to be more bronzed for the wedding. Today is also a good day to get your nails done if you have not had them done yet.
  • 1 day before wash your hair. Your hairstyle will hold better if your hair is not freshly washed so washing it the day before is best. Get your dress, shoes, accessories and make up together and ready so your don't forget anything.
  • On THE day...Relax and enjoy yourself! Cleanse your face before having your make up done and apply your regular moisturizer and eye cream. Be sure to have you hair accessories, lip stick and strip eyelashes with you when get your hair and make up done. Your hair and make up will be sprayed into place and should stay put the entire day. You will,however, need to reapply your lipstick during the day so have it in a bag with your eyelash glue in case an eyelash comes loose and some tissue to blot your face in case some tears fall. After the hair and makeup are complete all you have to do is get dressed and enjoy the rest of your fabulous day!
For Bridal Hair On-Location: Modern Makeovers
For Make up and Nails On-Location: 

My Favorite Vendors in Calgary
Flowers - Flowers By Janie
Cakes - Sweet Relief
Custom Cake Toppers - Woodland & Rose
Photographer - Remember When Photography
Musician - Musica Con Brio
Dresses - Durand Bridal
Accessories - Silver Blush Weddings
Linens & Chair Covers - Elegant Perspectives

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Safe Cosmetics

I do my best to live a healthy lifestyle by eating whole natural foods and exercising daily. I feel I should do everything I can to remove excess toxins from my life. I realize that many of the cosmetics I use contain carcinogens and other harmful substances. 

Here is a list of the most common ingredients in cosmetics that can cause problems.

  • Parabens - Parabens are a chemical compound that are added to products to act as a preservative by fighting bacteria and fungus. It is an inexpensive preservative and is used in many cosmetics. Parabens are able to penetrate the skin and can interfere with hormone function. I have a thyroid problem and I know that many other women do as well. A possible cause of thyroid and other hormone problems may be the parabens we put on our skin everyday. To be safe I am now using paraben-free cosmetics. 
  • Formaldehyde - Another preservative used in many cosmetics. Formaldehyde can cause skin irritation and allergic reaction and is also a known carcinogen. 
  • Toluene and DBP - Solvents found in nail polish and other paints. These can cause fatigue, headaches and may harm unborn babies in pregnant women. When I was pregnant I would try to avoid places with strong smells like nail salons. Better safe than sorry.
Here is a list of cosmetics I love that I find to be safe:
  • Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics - Youngblood is made of pure premium grade minerals, is paraben-free and contains no synthetic ingredients.
  • Pharmagel - Pharmagel skin care uses natural ingredients to preserve and repair the skin. Pharmagel is vegan and paraben-free.
  • Bio Sculpture - Bio Sculpture gel is the only gel nail product that has undergone a clinical research study to prove that all the ingredients in the formulas are safe. Bio Sculpture gel nails have a 5 star safety rating.
  • China Glaze - China Glaze nail polish is carcinogenic-free and free of DBP, toluene and formaldehyde.
  • Hempz - Hempz body care contains hemp seed oil. The essential fatty acids in hemp seed oil help heal protect and renew the skin. Hempz creams are paraben-free, gluten-free and vegan.
  • Zuzu Luxe - A fabulous cosmetic line that is gluten-free, paraben-free and vegan.
There are many wonderful safe cosmetics on the market now but these are my favorites. I suggest that everyone read the ingredients in the products they use and try and find ones that free of the most harmful ingredients.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Fight Aging Skin with Antioxidants

The skin is the largest organ in the body and it acts as a protective barrier against the outside environment.

Collagen is the support structure of the skin and it works to keep skin plump and wrinkle free. However, as we age, collagen production in the body slows down leaving less support under the skin. This is when wrinkles and sagging skin begin to appear. This breakdown is accelerated by external factors, including exposure to the sun, pollution, cigarette smoke and unhealthy diets.

The breakdown of the skin structure is caused by free radical damage. Free radical damage happens at the atomic level when an oxygen molecule is involved in a chemical reaction that causes it to lose one of its electrons. Electrons are meant to be in pairs and when an oxygen molecule is missing an electron, it is called a free radical. Exposure to UV rays and pollution causes this chemical reaction that separates the electrons.

Each oxygen molecule that is missing an electron must take an electron from another molecule and then that molecule must take an electron form another molecule, causing a chain reaction. This chain reaction is called free radical damage and it occurs in less than one second.

Fortunately, this free radical damage can be stopped, which is where anti-oxidants come into play. Anti-oxidants attach to free radicals, which stop them from stealing electrons from other molecules. The anti-oxidant then immediately stops free radical damage!

Vitamin C and Vitamin E are excellent anti-oxidants for the skin. Ingesting them can be helpful, although topical preparations are more beneficial, delivering a larger quantity of anti-oxidants to the skin. Products containing vitamins must be packaged properly as exposure to air and light will diminish their potency.

Vitamin C and E protect the skin from the damage caused by exposure to the sun's harmful UV rays and work best when paired together. While they do not block the sun like a sunscreen, they do neutralize the free radicals that are produced as a result of exposure to the sun.

Vitamin C has healing properties and helps to reduce redness after skin peeling treatments. It also has a lightening effect on age spots and it assists in the production of new collagen, leaving the skin with a more youthful appearance.

Vitamin E has anti-inflammatory properties, aids in the healing of wounds and is an effective moisturiser and skin protector.

A healthy diet full of anti-oxidant rich foods is another way to prevent the deterioration of support structure of the skin. Anti-oxidants are abundant in foods that contain lycopene and flavonoids. Lycopene can be found in tomatoes and watermelon. Eating tomato sauces is the best food to get your lycopene. Flavonoids are abundant in green tea, cocoa, berries and red wine. Not only are these foods good for your skin they can also protect you from heart disease, cancer and even diabetes.

While the aging process cannot be stopped, we can slow down the process and even reverse some of the damage caused by free radicals. To take care of yourself, you must get plenty of rest, exercise, eat a balanced diet and nourish your skin with effective anti-oxidants in order have healthy vibrant skin at any age.


Saturday, February 1, 2014

10 Things About Jessica

#1 - I love movies and if I have an afternoon off I will go to a movie theater and take in the latest flick all by myself.

#2 - I have a mixed background. I am half Ukrainian and a quarter Swedish and I don't know the other quarter because my grandma did not know her biological father.

#3 - I love doing yoga and watching gymnastics but my dream when I was young was to be a figure skater even though I was not a good skater.

#4 - My parents divorced when I was 2 years old so I felt like a freak growing up because having divorced parents was not the norm back then.

#5 - I don't really watch any TV shows and people always ask what I watch. The truth is I really enjoy watching old school 80's movies. Especially John Hughs films.

#6 - If I am not at home or working you can find me at a Starbucks. I spend way too much time and money there but I love the atmosphere.

#7 - I love discovering new music. I am also nostalgic and own a record player.

#8 - My favorite books to read are self help books. 

#9 - I don't have a lot of close friends but the ones that I do have I have been friends with for over a decade.

#10 - I am addicted to Facebook and Twitter!

Friday, January 31, 2014

Red Lipstick

It all began with red lipstick.
Allow me to explain...
When I was a young girl, maybe 5 or 6 years old, I loved to play with my grandmother's make up. I would put on her lipstick and paint my nails. I would watch intently as my grandmother put on her makeup. Every morning she would apply creams and shadows and finish off by putting on red lipstick. In that moment, I realized that it only takes a small thing to give a woman the confidence to face the world. I have been fascinated with cosmetics ever since. And from lipstick to nail polish beauty has always been my passion and my work.