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Facial Toners Are Very Much Needed.


 A toner is a water-based liquid with a consistency like vinegar that contains active ingredients to help address specific issues. “Not only does it remove debris like oil and traces of makeup, but it soothes, repairs, and smooths the skin’s surface—diminishing blemishes and minimizing signs of redness and inflammation”. Since the product itself is meant to absorb and control all of the dirt and oil clogged deeply into our pores, toner is only necessary for those with greasy or acne-prone skin, right? Wrong. Today’s toners are high quality and made with many of the same ingredients you might find in your other skin-care products. Some of the best toners for acne-prone skin contain exfoliating ingredients like amino fruit acids or glycolic acid, while toners made for sensitive skin types are made with soothing thermal spring water.

After cleansing your skin, pour two to three drops onto a cotton pad—this works best because it doesn’t absorb too much of the liquid and easily transfers product to your face. Make sure you get enough product on the cotton pad so that it feels damp but not too wet so that you’re wasting the liquid.  Smooth a small amount across your face, neck, and décolletage, adding enough pressure to reach deep into your pores but not too much force so as to pull at the skin.

While it’s true that overuse of toners can cause your pores to overproduce oil—a natural defense mechanism when your glands feel too stripped of moisture—it’s safe to apply both morning and night, especially if you’re oily. Use it directly after you cleanse your face, before any serums and treatment products, as a second defense against that dirt and grease. If your skin is on the drier side, stick to using toner just at night. By doing so, you’ll be removing any pore-clogging impurities that will further saturate your skin during your eight hours of snooze time and instead help your skin in its nightly renewal process.

The bottom line: The next time you’re wondering whether or not you really need to add another step to your skin-care routine, remember not to tune out toner. It eliminates dirt, grease, and grime to help clear your complexion and make the rest of your products work better.

Flawless Contouring Palette By Laura Mercier Is A Thumbs With Me!


Being a makeup and hairdresser, I like to always learn as much as I can in both crafts. I am now moving forward with the art of contouring in my face sculpting. And I have to tell you the new Palette I purchased from Sephora by Laura Mercier is just wonderful. The cream palette is more than enough for me too use for at least 6 months, and for the consumer it will probably last you for about 1-2 years.  This product all comes in creams so don’t be heavy handed when using them. Once you see how the products expands you really don’t need a lot.  There are a lot of different shades for shadow’s and highlights. The palette cost me $60.00 and I feel it is a lovely kit to start to use for learning and using on photo-shoots.


Contouring is a professional technique commonly used on editorial photo shoots as it works with lighting and shadows to recreate an illusion. Through her artisan lens and years of working as a professional makeup artist, Laura has carefully chosen these neutral shades in a darker range that help sculpt the face. The extraordinary cream formula is more blend-able than typical contouring powders, allowing for a natural, flawless, fool-proof application every time.

Always start with a clean palette, wash and tone and then moisturize where needed.

You get a HUGE amount of product. If you contour your face daily, this will probably last you over a year maybe two.  This would be an amazing addition to a Mua kit, or someone who spends more time on their make up and uses it daily.  I do highly recommend this palette for anyone that will use it daily, and for all Mua’s. It really is not for someone that wants a super fast routine and quick fast make up routine in the morning, or anyone trying to downsize the number of products they use.  Now this is a cream so make sure you really look at the client’s facial condition, look out for large pores.  And always make sure you lock in your work, I recommend the Makeup Forever Translucent Powder.  Love it!

Apply the shadows and highlight were you want them.
Apply the shadows and highlight were you want them.

Joseph Kellner Salon in Orlando, Florida 32819


Preparing the skin for makeup.


Preparing the skin for a photo shoot is very important, you want the best canvas possible. That’s why I use Neutrogena Alcohol-Free Toner it is specially formulated to provide clean, refreshing toning without the harsh drying effects of alcohol. Special mild purifiers gently remove impurities and recondition skin. Love the product after cleansing the face and then the moisturizers come next.


This toner is so gentle and no alcohol smell at all! I love how it does not clog the pores unlike the other xxx brands of toners I have tried which will clog my clients pores. Besides that it is a good product, it is also very affordable!  This toner doesn’t sting & it doesn’t have that strong alcohol smell it has a very light scent you can barely smell it & it feels nice to put it on it’s not sticky & it dries fairly quick. And most of all it does not fee oily!

It removes all trace of dirt, oil and makeup when used along with the Gentle Foaming Cleaner, even long wearing foundation and eye makeup without stripping or irritating the skin.And it also reduces out dark spots on the skin. lovely product gotta have this in your salon and also in your makeup kit.