Monthly Archives: January 2010

BRING OUT YOUR DEAD…

Cause I just KILLED that test!  HAHA!

Wednesday I took my Practical exam on hair color – which I scored 10/10 on everything!  YAY ME!   We did a full head practical on our mannekin (I used Kimmie2 with the purple hair) to do a color retouch.

A retouch is done from the base (as close to scalp as possible without being on the scalp) to the end of the new growth only.  Since Kimmie2 doesn’t grow hair, we just assumed it was about 1/2 an inch.  We used Cholesterol instead of actual color, which was awesome since i didn’t really want to change her hair color…lol.  BUT, it did make me sad because I had to wash out all of her lovely curls…

Our substitute that we had the other night was back to oversee our exams.   We were all a little weary of having a sub administer our test (no offense to her) so one of our daytime instructors who we were more familiar with stayed late to make us a bit more comfortable.

After we did the full head of re-touch, we shampooed x2, conditioned x1, and towel-dried her.  We were supposed to thermal style her, but because of time constraints, we were allowed to thoroughly towel dry her and then begin on part 2 of out practical – Virgin Application for Lighter Results.  This is performed by going mid-strand to porous ends, then the base, then the ends.  After which, we shampooed x2, conditioned x1, and then thermal styled.  We were also given the option to then either restyle her for another styling credit, or retire to the classroom to study for the written exam on Thursday.

I chose to help the other girls study.  Mostly because my back is acting up for some reason, (i think i’ve been jumping for joy in my sleep, waiting for my Urban Decay palette to come in)…

So then last night, we took our written exam.  it consisted of 30-something questions and literally took me less than 3 minutes to complete.

i love multiple choice tests…lol.

After our test we were allowed to perform services on each other.  I brought part of my makeup kit (too bad I couldn’t bring it all – turns out I left all the “good stuff” back at the house…lol)  to class in anticipation of this and proceeded to doll up one of our classmates – Isn’t she lovely?

Hot Stuff!

She said she didn’t care what we put on her, so we chose some bright colors for her eyes.  I used a Mary Kay full-coverage foundation in Bronze 500 to even out her skin tone.  I started with her lips which I lined with a Mary Kay Cappuccino liner, and since she doesn’t like lipstick, we opted to blend the liner with a Black Radiance lip gloss in Blackberry Ice, and then used MAC blush in Melba, Urban Decay Eye Primer Potion (which NO makeup kit should EVER be without), Mary Kay Mineral Eyeshadow in Lemongrass and in the crease I used a Melon Pigment, and to highlight I used another mineral shade by Mary Kay in Moonstone.  I lined her eyes using the Perfectly Portable Liquid Liner from Avon in Blackest Black and applied Too-Faced Lash Injection Mascara to her already incredibly long lashes.

So Pretty!

She was HOT!  then I proceeded to snap a few pics of the other students performing various services:

so fresh so clean

There are two of the girls practicing their shampooing practicals….

wax on, wax off

and above are some of the girls practicing their waxing techniques

Robot Protection on my Locker

tons of fun!  oh, and here’s my locker now that i finally decorated it (they are all magnets – not stickers, don’t freak out)

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We’re All Mad Here (well, not really – I’m EXCITED)

It's FINALLY HERE!

I can’t begin to tell you how absolutely EXCITED I am that I am finally able to get my hands on this Alice in Wonderland Book of Shadows from Urban Decay!!

From the UD website :

“What a dream come true! When Disney called to ask if we would design a product for the launch of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, we were like, “Um…. Yes!” The result is this truly amazing (and seriously collectible) Book of Shadows.

Open the palette to reveal a pop-up scene of Alice in the mushroom forest. Her “drink me” bottle discarded, she staggers past towering mushrooms, only to cross paths with a very peculiar, hookah-smoking caterpillar. A large mirror rests behind the scene – you feel as if you are transported into the film itself.

Hidden inside a secret drawer are 16 best-selling Eyeshadows, given topsy-turvy names like White Rabbit, Jabberwocky and Oraculum. Alongside them lie travel sizes of Eyeshadow Primer Potion and two 24/7 Eye Pencils. From smoky neutral eyes to flashes of hallucinogenic green and purple, the looks you can create are as endless as the rabbit hole itself. Anyone who loves Urban Decay, Tim Burton, Disney, or Alice in Wonderland absolutely MUST have this palette. Even the Mad Hatter would say this Book of Shadows delivers it all.”

NO KIDDING!!

These colors are just awesome (granted, none of them are NEW, but still!)  The pop-up display is uber cute too!

Shades of Wonderland

So as you can see from the shades above – they’ve all been given topsy-turvy wonderland names, but in case you’re wondering, here’s the rundown :

Underland is actually Flash // Alice is actually Pain Killer

Oraculum is actually Baked // Queen is actually Last Call

Chessur is actually Chopper // White Rabbit is actually Polyester Bride

Wonderland is actually Mauie Wowie // Curiouser is actually Grifter

Muchness is actually X  // Mushroom is actually well, Mushroom lol

Midnight Tea Party is actually Midnight Cowboy

Vorpal is actually  S&M // Absolem is actually Homegrown

Drink Me, Eat Me is actually Sin

Mad Hatter is actually Twice Baked  // Jabberwocky is actually Oil Slick

Although none of the shadows are new and many can be found in the other Books of Shadows – this is still a great investment if you’re new to UD or just want some from Book I and some from Book II without having to carry them both around.

You also get the Eye Primer Potion and TWO of the 24/7 eyeliner pencils in Zero and Flipside.  Anyone who knows me knows that I absolutely ADORE the Eye Primer Potion – besides, the bottle is amazing too!

Goody Goody Gumdrops!

And, now that this is on its way to me – I can start drooling over the OPI Alice Collection…YUMMMY

OPI Alice in Wonderland Collection

With names like Absolutely Alice (blue glitter), Mad as a Hatter (Multi-glitter), Thanks-So-Muchness (shimmery red) and Off With Her Red (Sizzling hot red) – how can you resist??

Down the Rabbit Hole - with FABULOUS NAILS

I’ll add swatches of the eyeshadows later this week!

And we all float on all right…

Another week down at Regency Beauty Institute.  Well – we STILL don’t have an instructor – but we did have a substitute last Tuesday who may or may not be our new instructor… so, we’re still in limbo.  We only got to talk to her for a minute because she was helping Ms. Vera do the inventory that was due,and left us to work on worksheets and practicals…  the kinks are being worked out…

What this ultimately means is that our CM and the day shift instructors have been rotating to make sure we are covered in the evenings and that we have done a LOT of review for our Hair Color exam next week.  Saturday we did a TON of practical work… my my my… I tell ya, if we don’t all pass this next test – there are some problems!

That is all we have done for the last week, continuously review the hair color chapter – if it isn’t embedded in our brains by now, heaven help us!    On Saturday, we got to practice our color application for retouches and for blonde process – then we washed & styled after each, which was good because we used cholesterol colored with Tempra Paint so we could see what we were doing… Saturday was a day for wracking up practical credits, let me tell you!

pretty highlights & flips

pretty highlights & flips

from the front - not too shabby!

Then we got to practice our technique for all over color.  On the bright side, I got to color my Kimmie’s hair – I choose the Redken 5VR which turned her medium brown hair with blonde highlights into a dark brown with violet undertones and violet highlights – TOO CUTE!

Purple & Brown

Corkscrews with a flat iron!!

Stained her scalp purple!

then i proceeded to curl her hair using a straight iron!  Look at those corkscrews!!!  lovely!

i’m starting to worry about the “older” students in our class because they get to test-out on to the performance floor this coming Saturday, but there isn’t an evening Rehearsal / Performance instructor yet – and there’s not one for Workshop yet either – so now instead of having to find one instructor, they are trying to find two!!  wow!

New campus, new problems – they are working out the kinks.   i’m bearing with them because i really like this campus, but i’m starting to get frustrated.  I’m hoping we’ll be learning something new tonight.  Since all we did last week was go over everything we learned the week before, i’m wondering what we’ll be doing these next two nights until our test on Wednesday…. argh…

Well, tonight we did more color.  I did a double process blonde highlight application – and toned her down with Redken’s Shades EQ in Silver Frost – trying to achieve a silver highlight on top of brown hair, well, it came out grey, but not really silver.  And I must say, my highlight application is coming along quite nicely – sorry i didn’t get pics of that…

We reviewed some more for our test – go figure – lol… tomorrow I think we’re making our color wheel that we were supposed to make two weeks ago and never did… hmmmm… oh well.  And then we’ll probably review some more for our test…

Wednesday night we are having our practical exam on our mannekins – if i’m not mistaken we have to do a color re-touch and a double process blonde virgin application – whoo hooo!

Thursday we’ll be taking our written exam and then Saturday, our “older” students test out of workshop and into Rehearsal / Performance floor!  yipeee!! I know they are super excited to get going!

Kind Of In Limbo…

So yesterday I told you all that I was super exited to get to school and meet our new instructor at Regency Beauty Institute – well guess what?  I’m still super excited to meet our new instructor because I haven’t met her yet! LOL.  What that means is that we don’t officially have a new instructor for our class yet.

Ms. Vera, our campus manager, did an excellent job filling in as our instructor last night.  We reviewed what we have learned so far in Hair Color and then, she dropped the bomb & gave us more worksheets – only these worksheets were on the “Gold Book” as we call it (the Louisiana Laws for Cosmetology, Manicurists, and Estheticians).  Lucky for me I’m used to reading law books since I’m a full time legal assistant!!

We were given our Gold Book at our student orientation, but I guarantee that no one has cracked that open until she gave us those worksheets!  haha.  She said we could do them for homework and bring them back tonight, then use the rest of the evening to do some practicals.  The other girls put their stuff up and proceeded to do pedicures, waxing, an a couple of shampoos I believe.

I, being the huge nerd that I am (also being the one who has the LEAST amount of time for homework), stayed in the classroom to work on my worksheets.  Now, as I said previously, I’ve very fortunate to know how to read the law books and how to look for things – but seriously – this can’t be ALL of the book.  argh.  I have two questions that I was unable to find answers for and I read those pages from cover to cover!!!!  I’ll be glad when we go over it tonight because it is really bugging me.

Anywho, i spent about an hour doing those worksheets after our hour of review, so that left me with 2 hours for practicals.  I decided to get as many practical points as I could in those two hours, so I grab my Kimmie 2 mannekin and my Ms. Michelle Manniken (who we used for the finger waves and still had a ton of mucilage in her hair that had hardened…lol) and decided to do a double shampoo/condition and then thermal style both.

I showed Ms. Vera my doll heads and told her I was going to shampoo / condition / style and then proceeded to the floor.

After their hair was super clean and soft, I took them back to the room.  I used a blow dryer to dry Kimmie 2 and a flat iron to curl her hair under and swoop her bangs.  Then I used just a blow dryer and a paddle brush to straighten Ms. Michelle’s pretty thick hair.  WOW, that was rough!  She has a LOT of hair and it is SUPER curly.

so yay me for getting 4 shampoo credits (we shampoo each head twice) and 2 “scalp/hair treatment” credits (the conditioner) and 2 “hairstyling” credits for the thermal styling AND pretty much finishing my homework- all in one night!

It kind of frustrated me that no one else even tried to do their worksheets though – but, my success is NOT dependent on anyone else in that class and their success is not dependent on me, so I can’t worry about it too much.  I do know that I will be peeved if they come back to class tonight without even having tried to do their work and expect me to give them answers.  I’ll show them the page that the answer is on, only because I feel i have a slight advantage, but I won’t just give them the answers.

I can’t wait to see if we have an instructor tonight, but if we don’t, I sure don’t mind racking up some more practical credits!  Though, it would be nice if they would work with us on our color application a bit.  I just feel like everyone thinks I’m a “stick in the mud” since I want to work and not play around because we don’t have an instructor.  I am just of the opinion that I am paying money to learn.  Sure its fun to goof off sometimes, but I feel there are other thing I could be doing with my time, like spending it with my kid or my hubby that are both being neglected while I’m gone, if we aren’t going to do something constructive.

am i wrong for that?

Our school is a newer campus so they are still working out the kinks and I know good instructors are hard to find, so I’m being patient.  I’m just eager to learn and motivated to be the best…and I’m impatient.  lol.

Colors Make the World Beautiful!

Yup, you guessed it, we’ve been working on Hair Color.  WOW.  Never realized most of the things I’ve learned – for example, did you know that the “box color” you buy at Wal-Mart is actually really bad for your hair because it deposits metals?  Notice how when you color your hair red and it fades out and starts looking copper-y?  hmmm, or how about when you lighten your hair blonde and it starts to have a silver sheen to it?  hmmmm.

Oh, and have you ever noticed that if you get your hair colored at a salon that it seems to look and feel a LOT better than when you do it yourself at home?

Its because the color that the salons are using are actually better for your hair because they are actually color pigmented instead of metal pigmented.  I know this doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, but it will when you get to school.

We learned about the color wheel and I swear I felt like I was in 3d grade art class all over again.  Regency Beauty Institute made it super simple:

brings back memories...lol

The law of color states that in all the colors in the universe, only three are pure.  These are called primary colors and they are Red, Yellow, and Blue.  (duh!)  The 3 Secondary colors are created by mixing EQUAL PARTS (<~~Important) of any TWO Primary colors – Red & Blue make Violet, Red & Yellow make Orange, and Yellow & Blue make Green.  Taaa Daaa.

Now, the 6 Tertiary Colors (also called T-colors) are made by mixing EQUAL PARTS of a Secondary Color with its NEIGHBORING (<~~IMPORTANT) PRIMARY.   Thus you have Red-Orange, Yellow-Orange, Blue-Green, Yellow-Green, Blue-Violet, and Red-Violet.

Why is it important that there be EQUAL PARTS?  Well, if you mix more blue than red, you will have a tertiary color, blue-violet.  If it is EQUAL then you will have Violet.

Why is it important to mix NEIGHBORING colors for T-colors?  Because if you mix, for example, Violet with Yellow instead of its neighboring Red or Blue, you will get a mucky brown.  WHY?  Because you are, in essence, mixing all three primary colors which will always result in a neutral.

A lot of people are not understanding this concept.  This leads to much frustration.

Colors that are across from each other on the color wheel, such as Violet and Yellow, are known as complementary colors.  They complement each other but when mixed will cause a neutral.  Are you feeling the 3d grade art class yet? lol.

Regency's are black.

My Color Bowl from Clairol - not standard Regency Issue.

Anywho – we also learned how to do hi-lights, new growth retouches, darker color application, and lighter color application, and of course, we had to practice – SO I decided to go for the gusto & get some pretty pinkish purple in my blonde hair –

it is going to be PINK

Redken HiFusion Violet Red

awwww… messy application, but it was her first time!

From the back

there it is - we actually had to do it again after this.

We also learned that Redken is a very finicky color line. As you can see above, it didn’t really take well in my hair the first time – we only used a 10 developer when we should have used a 20.  I’ll take another photo to show you how AWESOME it is now.   Take your time and learn as much about the various lines of color as you can!  They have a demi-permanent line called Shades EQ, several permanent lines called Color Fusion, Hi-Fusion, Double Fusion, ShimmerOne, etc…  They are all different but it isn’t complicated really.  Regency has a “library” of sorts that has DVDs and other materials you can check out and the Redken DVD is actually pretty awesome.

We learned all about developers – there are 4 basic ones, 10, 20, 30, & 40.  easy peasy.  10 lifts 1 level.  20 lifts 2, etc.

Level is the term used to describe the lightness or darkness of hair and there are 10 levels – 1 being black and 10 being lightest blonde.

lots of numbers in coloring.  lots and lots.  but again, it isn’t as difficult as you are thinking it is and you shouldn’t get freaked out by any means – its basic things.

Yummy Cake for the going away party

ON another note – we had a “Going Away” party for our instructor Trena who decided to leave Regency to pursue other interests.  While we will all miss her, I’m sure whoever our new instructor is going to be will be fantastic and will be able to bring something to the table that perhaps Trena didn’t have.  Trena was an enigma.  She was amazing at hands on instruction and really took her time to make sure we “got it” and I know a lot of my class mates really appreciated that.  We will meet our new instructor tonight, so of course I will update you all on it!

Trena took the time to make sure she showed us our wet works / chemical head for the state board – OH EM GEE – finger waves are nowhere near as hard as everyone said they would be (click the link for detailed instructions on how to).  You just have to find the right mix of gel/mucilage (which is, by the way, one step up from snot and stinks) and water.  Oh, and make sure your doll doesn’t have super long hair or super duper curly hair.  The perfect doll would have 5-6 inches of hair, uniform, and a slight perm.   My doll had 8-9 inches of hair and super curly hair.  lol – go figure.  I couldn’t take pictures b/c we aren’t allowed to have phones in the classroom, and I washed her out before I thought about it on break.  Sorry!

I’m trying to get as many pictures as I can for you guys because I know you love them!

O-P-I Contest for All Regency Students

I know, I know – TWO POSTS?  IN ONE DAY??? SAY IT AIN’T SO!  I figured since it took soooo long to get the other one up, i’d go ahead and share this one – plus this one kind of only relates to January and if i waited til next week, the month would be half way over…So don’t forget to go to the last post and read about our tests!

This flyer was put up sometime in the last couple of weeks in December letting all of us know that there is an O-P-I contest going on at Regency Beauty Institute for a FABULOUS black bag.  I love bags.  I also love free stuff.  Oh, and did I mention earlier that I’m a bit competitive?

Contest Flyer

Here’s a better picture of the bag (i hope…lol)

The Bag

These are the requirements listed – not sure if you can read them or not.

The Rules

OK, In case you can’t read them in the picture – here they are:

  • The contest will run from January 2, 2010 to January 30, 2010.
  • The student who has the highest retail sales as a percent of service sales for the month at each campus will be awarded an O-P-I bag.
  • All students are automatically entered into the contest with each retail item sold
  • All items must be sold to a paying guest and not to a student.
  • On January 18th, the contest mid-point, the Performance Floor Manager will run a retail report and announce the top three performing students to date.
  • On February 1st, the Performance Floor Manager will run a retail report to determine the top performing student for the campus for January.
  • On February 2nd, the Performance Floor Manger will announce the winning student’s name during both roll calls (FT / PT), and award the prize.
  • In the event of a tie, a random drawing of those students will be made on Saturday, February 6th when FT and PT students are both in attendance.

Now, as much as I LOVE the fact that there will be ONE WINNER PER CAMPUS, and the ALL of the students are getting entered – it kinda sucks because it is based on retail, which – you probably guessed it, those of us in Workshop aren’t doing yet.  However – I have a feeling that by the time we get out on the Performance Floor, there will be more contests going on, so i’m cool with that.

I know some of you that read this are already out on the performance floor – I’d love to hear how you plan on making your moves toward winning this bag this month!  Is it harder to sell the O-P-I products since we give the free polish away with a manicure or pedicure?  Or does that make it easier?  Any input would be great!

And, just because it’s MY BLOG – i’m ending with a picture of my kitty.

Pillsbury aka Pillzberry aka kitty kitty

HAPPIEST OF NEW YEARS TO YOU

(Editor’s Note – I apologize for the delay on this blog.  I’ve been having issues with the photos uploading and for some reason WordPress keeps crashing – but all is fixed now 🙂  YAY)

OH EMMM GEEE  – I PASSED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I passed all of my tests and my practicals in hair cutting so i DO get to advance – whoooo hooo!  Not only did I pass – i blew those freaking tests out of the water!  I love Regency Beauty Institute!!

OK, let me back up a little.  Last week was mostly review for our test.  Saturday, we had to “test out” of hair cutting.  That means we had to do our Practical Exam where we actually went through the entire process of the cut.  Our cut for our Practical was the Solid Form.  Luckily, my friend Ali has no fear and volunteered to be my model for the test.  Everyone was responsible for bringing their own models.  AND, our models must have loved us because they had to be there at 8:30 on a Saturday morning!

The first part of our test was our practical exam.  We had to greet our clients, bring them to the back, drape them for a shampoo, escort them to the shampoo bowl, shampoo 3x & condition 1x – cover their hair with a towel, sanitize our shampoo station, then escort them to the chair, comb out the hair, section and perform the cut.  We were being watched almost the whole time.  When we were done with the cut, we were to sweep and sanitize our station quickly (this is very important – there should NEVER be ANY remnants of the hair you’ve cut by the time your client leave the chair) and have the instructor check our cuts (yay me – almost perfect – only one point in the cut!!)  Ali had a lot of layers, so I didn’t cut any of the shorter ones, only the ones that reached our initial guide line for the solid form.

Then, we had to blow dry and thermal style the hair.  ::WHEW::  Ali has a lot of hair – but it felt SO NATURAL to be behind the chair.

Once that was finished, we escorted our guests to the door.  I went a little further and started telling her about the Rewards program that Regency has – that way when I’m actually out on the floor, I’ll be in the habit of doing it.  🙂

Ali left and it was time for us to get ready for our written test.

I had made flash cards the night before so my husband could help me study.  When we were in review mode during class last week, our instructor gave us what topics to study and the pages they were on.  There were NO SURPRISES on this test.  For that, I was truly grateful.  So, after my practical exam, I offered up my flash cards to the other girls in the class so they could do some crash studying before we went to lunch.

We broke for lunch and most of us walked down to Albasha – this amazing greek restaurant around the corner – and got our grub on.  It was SO good.

Then when we were finished, we went back in the classroom to wait for our written exam – dun Dun DUN – we studied the flash cards a little more and then it was time to take our test.  Imagine our surprise when we learned it was THREE separate tests instead of just one test!  There was a test on hair cutting, a test on trichology, and a test on thermal styling.

We finished our tests and waited for our grades – I scored a 100 on trichology, a 96 on haircutting, and a 102 on thermal styling!  SWEET!!  The only question I missed on haircutting (there were 25 questions) was about which grip controls the still blade on your shears – the answer is the finger grip, but i absentmindedly put thumb grip.  i knew it as soon as I turned it in and could have kicked myself!

Once everyone turned their tests in, we were told we could do what we wanted to each other (mani-pedis, cuts, shampoos, waxes, etc.) so one of my classmates asked me to cut her hair.  YAY!  I started getting ready to shampoo my classmate’s hair when all of a sudden – here comes one of the instructors, she tells us to come back to the class real quick because she had given us the wrong trichology exam.  WHAT?!?

Evidently, they split trichology into two parts – Trichology A and Trichology B – (how very original) and evidently she gave us the Trichology B test when we were actually supposed to take the Trichology A test because we haven’t taken the second part of Trichology yet! – HUH?  But I got a 100 on it!  Oh well – had to take another test – luckily it was only 10 questions – and guess what?  I got a 100 on that test too!  HAHAH so there.

NOW we can go get down on the shampoo bowl & cut her hair 🙂

The other girls did a pedicure and some waxing and I cut and styled my classmate’s hair. : here are some photos – their faces have been blurred to protect their fabulousness.

BEFORE

AFTER

and here’s another fun one…lol.  this student wanted a pedicure – but the student who was going to perform it told her to wash her feet first… so she was washing them in the shampoo bowl! – don’t worry – we sanitized it THOROUGHLY after she was done…hahah

Wash Your Feet!

Over all it was a good Saturday!  Almost everyone passed all of their tests and I think everyone passed their practicals.  We’re still waiting on information for Student Counsel, but hey, we’re only there part time so maybe we don’t get to have one… i don’t know.   I have another post coming right behind this one about a contest that’s being run through Regency, so STAY TUNED!!

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Oh, and I’d love to hear your thoughts on what you want to know or what you’re thinking about this experience  too!!