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Monday, June 23, 2008

a day of beauty - kind of ...

this last saturday i got to spend the better part of the day at the Evergreen Beauty and Barber College for a 'day of beauty' - my mother's day gift this year! on the agenda was a full leg/bikini wax, 1 hr facial, shampoo and style, make-up, manicure and pedicure. i was to be there at 9:30 and we were starting with the wax and then on to the rest of a relaxing experience at the beauty college. i was greeted and shown the room where the waxing would take place and learned that i would not only have 1 girl but 2 girls working on me at the same time! 2 girls with TOTALLY different styles and 'bed side' manner. one was quite professional and got down to business ... although she kinda looked a little flustered and dripped wax all over the place - and the other was more of a chatty cathy and was quite meticulously slow about her work. both of them kept check each other's work and verifying that they were doing everything correctly. and when they were done with my legs the instructor poked her head in and checked off their work. i could see hairs that were missed and even whole patches of spots that were missed and we tried to get it all taken care of ... they mostly did a good job - aside from the residual mess of wax that was left behind on my legs and the bikini was was all together an interesting experience! come to find out that not many people have bikini waxes at the beauty college - hm, i wonder why!? let's just way it's not as bad as the first one i had ... but it's certainly not on my list of things i need to do again!

moving on to the fantastic and fabulous 1 HOUR facial! it was truly divine! the only thing that would have made it better would have been a bigger blanket! it was seriously the BEST!
sadly, immediately after i got my face all nice and cleaned and feeling fabulous they put a thick layer of foundation on me and then proceded to make up my face like i was going to be Miss America! what's funny is that she asked me if i typically use a powder foundation or a liquid foundation - i told her that i don't usually do foundation and so she did liquid! don't get me wrong - i looked beautiful ... but can you say HOLY MAKE-UP!!
next was mani/pedi ... the manicure was um, not so great - the hand rubbing and soaking were fine - the finished product was not as i had hoped. the polish was not really smooth and it was still tacky 2 hours later and currently looks like i need a manicure in a BAD way!! she didn't really file my nails and the ring finger on my right hand is totally crooked! she did a great job of rubbing my hands and she was nice to chat with - just not really great at the actual manicure part of the manicure.
the pedicure had to wait since there are only 2 tubs at the college, we were in a holding pattern so we moved onto the hair. she washed and conditioned my hair - it was lovely! who doesn't love to have their hair scrubbed and played with!? i wanted a cut - kinda short ... and she almost went for it! i was watching her and it seemed like she was cutting a quarter inch at a time and checking and rechecking - she seemed a little intimidated by the idea!! she cut the under side of the back quite short and then sort of chickened out - so my little hairs in the back are quite short ... and the rest is still at my shoulders! the front was left a little longer - she didn't really cut any around my face and missed making it exactly even ... i sorta fixed it ... but it still needs a little help! she styled it and used a TON of hairspray ... she showed me how to get some volume at the crown of my head using hairspray and my flat iron. 'see, you just spray a bunch of hairspray at the root and then sssszzzz flat iron it and let the end just flop over ... that way you get that hairsprayed part to stand up a little and the rest lays nicely down the back of your head - do that with about 3 or 4 sections and then the very top layer just leave it combed over to cover the 'singed' part' okay so she didn't use the word singed but it is the most correct word! she did a great job styling my hair straight - even though i told her that i usually wear it curly. i get the feeling that they are in the zone and do what they know ...

last was the much-anticipated pedicure! while we waited for the tub to drain and get cleaned from the last pedi - the make-up girl came back to 'touch up' what had been messed up by my haircut and shampooing - the foundation was missing from my hair line and needed to be reapplied! the foot/leg rub was fabulous as well and like the manicure the actual painting was not stellar but it was nice to have it done.
all in all it was a fabulous day to be doted over and taken care of and such - the end result was wonderful and i was so happy that i was able to do it - and that andy was able to handle the kids all day. he is so great and i am the luckiest girl EVER.

7 comments:

tricki_nicki said...

Well, hey. Who's gonna sneeze at a little pampering...even if it was inexperienced pampering? It sounds fabulous, and your fingers and toes look really good!

Heber and Chalonn said...

This post made me laugh a lot and left a smile on my face! I've been to a beauty school for a pedi where the gal doing it looked so miserable and just poked around at my feet. She looked like she was only doing if for a grade. My mani I got done there was the day before my wedding! My nails looked like my daughter London had done them...seriously, with smudges and polish on my cuticles etc....hilarious experience. I love the waxing story and especially the make up story! I love the reapplying foundation after your hair was done! HA Oh and I love your flip flop tan! Too cute!

aliciadiane said...

So jealous about the face rub down....everything thing else I could do without. But a day by yourself...wow. Way to go Andy. You deserve to be pampered Em.

Super Angie said...

You are such a great writer! This was a great post. :)

Colleen said...

You are brave...a bikini wax at a beauty college! Even if there were hairy spots, I am glad you didn't lose any skin. Sounds like it was a well-deserved day of pampering for super mommy! Aren't pedicures the best? Who cares about the actual polish, it is the rest that rocks!

Spencer, Aimee, Emily, Erin, Katelyn, and Ian said...

You are awesome! I had my hair fried in high school at a beauty college and wouldn't dare enter one again! I'm so glad you got to enjoy a day out just for you!

Whimsy said...

I love how you put a positive spin on a BIKINI WAX. You have much more courage than I do.