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AP® Monthly Archives: June 2016


Product Highlight: Balm-Up™/Buff-Up™ Lip Care


Two words: Liquid lipstick! These two words simultaneously bring me jubilation and tears! This year’s hottest lip trend is also the most transparent of lip texture. The ultra matte and velvet matte consistencies leave nothing to the imagination. Every crevice, flake, and roughness you may have on your lips (no matter how insignificant) will stand out like a sore thumb. In all honesty, I don’t drink nearly enough water to combat the summer heat combined with the drying texture of liquid lipsticks, so I regularly depend on AP’s lip care power products to get me through.

Balm Up and Buff Up™ Lip Care

These little workhorse products go everywhere with me. The containers are compact enough to just toss in my purse, keep in my nightstand, toss into my nail kit, and take up minimal room in my medicine cabinet. There are 5 flavors of the Balm Up™ and 1 of the Buff Up™. There are also fun seasonal ones released throughout the year.

All Natural, Vegan, Cruelty-Free, and Edible!

These little jars are filled with the best ingredients around! Coconut oil, Shea butter, Olive oil, Wheat germ oil, and Jojoba seed oil mimic skin’s natural oils and lock in moisture forming a breathable barrier on the lips. Sugar smooths away the dead skin without any damage to the freshly exposed skin underneath.

But, these beaut’s aren’t just for your lips! Check out the top 3 other ways I ALWAYS use Balm Up and Buff Up below.


Confession: that lack of water combined with a love of nail color leaves my cuticles a bit worse for wear. The set that’s in my nail kit is perfect for this. After removing my nail polish, I do a nice 2-minute scrub of my nails. I then remove the scrub with a warm face towel and massage in a generous amount of the Balm Up. Let sit overnight and by the next day, your nails are manicure-ready!

Healing Balm

We aren’t just Sugaring aficionados. Many of us are mothers as well! Whether in a diaper bag or a purse, Balm Up has saved me on many occasion. It’s been used as a quick fix for chapped winter skin, scrapes and “ouchies.” It has also been used as a chapped-nipple balm on a rare occasion (always remember to wipe off before nursing.) While sitting and waiting for dance rehearsal to end, take a minute and rub some on your knuckles and finger joints for ageless hands. A little goes a looong way!

Nighttime Routine

Both Balm Up and Buff Up are great additions to your nighttime routine.  Before cleansing your face, use Buff Up to scrub away any remnants of your liquid lippie and smooth out the texture. Continue your nighttime routine as normal, then finish with Balm Up as a lip mask! Put a tad bit more on your lip than you normally would and just let it sit. It works miracles as you sleep with it on. Another nighttime use is to rub just a scotch on your cuticles right before bed. I like to massage my cuticles nightly with it.

With this winning combo, liquid lipstick is only terrifying during application! But, we‘ve got you covered there too! Check out this tutorial and apply like a pro (once your lips are smooth, of course!)

Have more ways to use BUBU? Comment below! We’d love to hear them! Also, check out our June Promos for a great deal on BUBU!

AP® Monthly Archives: June 2016


Graduates: Career in Sugaring



We applaud you for the hard work you’ve done. You’ve managed to grow both intellectually and emotionally as young adults. You are entering a world ready for the changes you will bring it. Some of you are going off to college, some of you are traveling, some of you are jumping right into the workforce, and some of you are freaking out right now wondering what to do! Many of us in the beauty industry were in that last category as graduates when we decided to become aestheticians.

Graduate… To Aesthetician?

Starting out as an aesthetician is an amazing option! The spa and wellness industry is a 16 billion dollar industry that grew 2.7% between 2010 and 2015.  The US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor and Statistics projects a 12% job growth rate by 2024, which is a 5.5% increase over the overall growth rate in the US. The average school length is about 600 hours (or about 4 months, full time.) The starting salary is, on average, $32,000 annually with the top ten percent making over $56,000 (and that’s before tips in some cases!)

Once you become an aesthetician, there are many ways to make yourself extremely marketable. An extra 600 hours of education, in many states, grants you the title of Master Aesthetician.  You can work in medical facilities, move into Makeup Artistry, or work in niche locations doing single services. Also, taking CEU (Continuing Education Units) throughout your career gives you a leg up on the most recent trends, hones your skills and makes you extremely marketable. Some CEU’s lead to different career paths or helps you to find a new passion.

… To Sugarist?

Alexandria Professional® is proud to support schools and education within this industry! We offer both CEU’s and school partnerships. Our NAPPA program is a partnership with various schools across North America to utilize AP’s revolutionary technique of hair removal as a training supplement to aesthetics education. Going to a NAPPA school leaves you as not only a licensed aesthetician, but also a certified Alexandria Professional® Sugarist.

NAPPA isn’t the only way to become certified. If NAPPA isn’t an option for you, once you become an aesthetician, you can take an Advanced Body Sugaring Class and become a certified practitioner with Alexandria Professional®. Once a sugaring practitioner, we offer 13 other short courses tailored to specific body parts to perfect your craft.

… To Educator?

Another option is to become an Educator. Alexandria Professional® offers different career paths ranging from part-time On-Call Educator, to full-time, market-driven Executive Educator. All options allow you to take control of your career, time investment, and monetary gain.

…To taking charge of your life!!!

Becoming an aesthetician is a fabulous option for those graduates that want a non-traditional career path. Becoming a Sugarist makes that path soar! For those interested in soaring to the next level,  check out the video below and see our class schedule for a class near you!


Want to learn more details about our educational programs? Check out our latest Sweet Talk webisode and make sure to follow us on facebook for the latest and greatest in sugaring and skin care needs!

AP® Monthly Archives: June 2016


Father’s Day, The AP Way


Father’s Day is an interesting time of the year for marketing. Tons of places advertising the hottest gadgets and gizmos fill our email inboxes. Mass media presumes that all a dad wants to do is have a beer and grill something in a kitschy apron. We are nudged in the direction of this niche genre to purchase all things cheeky, tacky or gag-gift esque. There is a stigma out there that dads are completely incapable of managing their style and grooming routines without a patronizing eye. There’s even an Instagram account dedicated to the hilarities of some of dad’s fashion choices.

But, realistically, some of us have benefitted greatly from our dads! Many do inspire their children to have an interest in the fashion and beauty industry. Many of the key fashion points we love today are inspired by dad’s advice. Several women over at StyleSeat even commented on how their dads inspired their current skincare routines and interest. So, for all the skincare obsessed fashion dads out there, this one’s for you!

Our top 5 most helpful Instagram accounts to keep you “fresh, dressed like a million bucks” this father’s day!


This one is loaded with grooming inspo and that SoCal vibe.


“Every great man, every successful man, no matter what the field of endeavor, has known the magic that lies in these words: every adversity has the seed of an equivalent or greater benefit.” – W. Clement Stone —– This quote holds true for all of us, both ladies and gentlemen. As I often write, there are no shortcuts in life worth taking, and it is how we journey through the toughest of life’s terrains that will determine our successes and character. By human nature we will all have days of doubt, challenges, and adversities in some aspect of our lives (careers, relationships, friendships, family, business dealings, etc.) but it is in those moments that we will build and strengthen our faith, our character and our moral fiber!! If you are in a place of discouragement and disappointment today, know that your season of harvest is close at hand and that through prayer, perseverance and the power of positive thinking, you will break through this wall of adversity to realize the greater benefits that are waiting for you on the other side!! Stay positive, stay blessed!! ❤️🙏🏽🌴☀️🌺❤️ #mjsolofa #mjsolofamensgrooming #groomingmentobebettermen #spreadlove #spreadaloha #mensgrooming #mensfashion #menswear #gentleman #theartofbeingagentleman #faithandfamily #fatherhood #fellowship #motivationalspeaker #inspirationalbarber #shaveparlor #oldschoolbarber #traditionalbarber #tonsorialartist #dadlife #singledad #godisgood #walkinfaith #aloha #alohaspirit #countyourblessings #bethankful #teamsolofa #samoan #aspiretoinspire

A photo posted by Mark-Jason Solofa, Men’s Grooming (@mjsolofamensgrooming) on

For when you need some life inspo and a sick feed to get you through the day!


When you need some original images to spark creativity!


When Anti hero is the #MOTD


An Amazing feed for Men of Colour. Besides inspirational captions, there are some great grooming tips in there as well!

For even more inspiration, check out 53 more Stylish men of IG.

Who do you LOVE to follow on Instagram? Comment below and follow us on Facebook for updates on all beauty news!

AP® Monthly Archives: June 2016


Product highlight: KiSS® Wax


The spa industry is ever growing, ever changing and we are so fortunate to be a part of that! This year, we have refined one of our products and attended the International Congress of Esthetics and Spa this past May to introduce KiSS® Wax to the industry. Unanimous consensus: GAME CHANGER!

Everyone already knows why we love sugar, but what if we took those ‘loves’ and put it into a waxer-friendly kit? Well, that’s exactly what we did with KiSS Waxing®. This all-natural formula is user-friendly, vegan, water soluble, not hot to the skin, no cross contamination, and some might say, budget friendly!    

The Squeeze, Spread, and Strip method answers the need for a safer wax experience!


The squeeze bottle means NO MORE DOUBLE DIPPING! Not even the possibility. Not even on accident. There is no dipping whatsoever. By squeezing it on the skin, you are able to eliminate any potential for cross-contamination. Also, since KiSS Waxing® is heated just enough to keep soft, it can go straight from the warmer to the clients’ skin with no fear of burning! In addition to these, you are able to use just ONE spatula for the entire service*! While at the Dallas trade show, there was a male bikini demo and the practitioner used 42 spatulas!…for just a bikini! Imagine being able to go from 42 spatulas to just 1 spatula.

**Use of 1 spatula for entire service with the exception of going from the bikini to body, or the body to face.


Once Squeezed on, you can use (and re-use) that single spatula to spread the “KiSS.” This formula is unique in that it is spread onto the skin very, very thin. So thin that it is barely noticeable. The thinner it is spread the better the results. This allows your product to go a long way! It also doesn’t adhere to live skin cells, which allows it to be an optimal product for sensitive skin, tattoos, and stubborn hair.

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Once spread as thin as possible, Strip it! The skin is super smooth and the best part? No wax residue to worry about! Simply follow up with the Full Circle post-treatment program.  

This system not only gives waxers so many great benefits as a professional, but also as a practitioner giving better benefits to the client. Finally, as always with AP, top notch support and customer care comes with it!

 Have you used KiSS Waxing® in your Salon or Spa? We’d love to hear about your results! Leave us a comment below. Want to see more from our KiSS booth in Dallas? Check out our album here.

AP® Monthly Archives: June 2016


Marketing to Men: The Bearded Client

If you’ve seen our latest Sweet Talk webisode, you know that this month is all about men! How to sugar them, why to sugar them, and most importantly, how to get them in the door! So today, I want to talk about beards! The Lumbersexual movement hit its peak last fall and doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. Now, whatever your take on this antithesis of Metrosexual style is, it doesn’t negate the fact that this opens a huge genre of clients for you! Many men want to attempt this look, but don’t necessarily know how to go about it. That is where you, the professional, comes in. Below are our top 5 ways to get that bearded client in the door! (more…)

AP® Monthly Archives: June 2016


Product Highlight: Mud Puddle® and our favorite mud mask mixes!


As you all know, we here at Alexandria Professional® LOVE our Mud Puddle®! We’ve blogged about why we love it here and have even done a blog post on how to mix it for a hydrating, healing mask. Here at AP, we admire creativity! All of our skincare products are completely mixable. They are Vegan, Gluten-Free, Fragrance-Free, Paraben-Free, Petro-Free, Formaldehyde-Free, and Noncomedogenic! In addition to all these fundamental properties listed above, each product is also a power product with a significant purpose to benefit the skin. So, as we always say here in the office, let’s get creative with our favorite mud mask mixes!

Creative Mud Mask Mixes: Mud Puddle® meets Dermawear™ Duo

For all mud mask mixes, use a 1 to 2 ratio: 1 tbsp of Mud Puddle® to 2 tbsp. of Dermawear™ Lotion. Cleanse the skin, tone with Dermawear™ tonic and apply the mask. Leave for 15-20 minutes, rinse, then pat dry. Follow up with the Dermawear™ Lotion or with Restore™ Hydrating Lotion.

Dermawear™ Duo-Clarifying

This mix is an awesome way to help keep those blemishes at bay! Niaouli, which is a natural antiseptic and bactericidal, combines with the antiseptic and anti-inflammatory nature of Rosemary to give you the clearest glowing skin possible. Combine this with the detoxifying effects of Mud Puddle® and you have a blemish-battling combo for the ages! Use this mask 1-2 times a week or as a spot treatment when needed.

Dermawear™ Duo-Energizing

Help tired skin perk back to life with this restorative blend! A combination of Lemon, Sweet Orange, and Grapefruit essential oils work together to help brighten up sallow skin. When used with the thermal effects of Mud Puddle®, the vibrancy can’t be ignored! Use as needed or as a part of a weekly anti-aging skin regimen.

Dermawear™ Duo-Healing

Help heal your skin ailments with this mix. Rose Geranium and Silver Pine oils work towards repairing the skin. Rose Geranium is especially beneficial towards clients suffering from rosacea or hormonal skin issues. Silver Pine helps to speed up skin metabolism and relieve pain. Combined with the collagen generating effects of Mud Puddle®, skin health is dramatically improved. Use anytime rosacea starts to flare up, hormonal acne pays a visit, or when scars, scrapes and bruises are in need of repair. Keep moist* while wearing.

Dermawear™ Duo-Soothing

This blend is perfect for Summer! This soothing blend of Frankincense, Basil, and Soft Vanilla work together to calm itch and pain. Mixed with the anti-inflammatory properties of Mud Puddle®, a sunburn doesn’t stand a chance! Keep moist* while wearing.

Dermawear™ Duo-Calming

This blend is perfect for that MUA you know. This gentle formula is a serene blend of sunflower and avocado oils. Anyone with stressed out skin would benefit from this mix. Pair the Mud Puddle® and Dermawear™ Duo Calming together for baby-fresh skin. Keep moist* while wearing.

***To keep moist, spritz with purified water or the coordinating Dermawear™ Duo tonic for added skin benefits. You can also apply a moist mesh face sheet over the mud mask for the duration of the mask.***

Love our product highlights? Follow us on facebook for updates on our most recent blog postings. Need a refresher? Check out our class schedule! And, as always, stay smooth!

AP® Monthly Archives: June 2016


Fab Five and Their New Millennia: Manscaping


Male grooming and fashion have been at the forefront of masculinity discussions for what seems millennia. I can’t tell you how many times over the last 20+ years I’ve heard “I would never get my brows groomed,” or, “only chick’s [all sexist phrasing aside] get their nails done.” In the late 80’s/ early 90’s though, things changed. Men (in the media, anyway) started wearing make-up! Thanks to 80’s glam, eyeliner and mascara were A MUST amongst fashion aficionados, followed by 90’s goth/grunge. Unfortunately, though, except in many major cities, this trend slowly vanished…to be slowly replaced with manscaping!

Manscaping Then…

Until 2003, men were stuck adhering to magazines like GQ or Playboy for their lifestyle inspiration. Things like eyebrow shaping, manicures and moisturizer were reserved for uber secret grooming sessions in the privacy of their own bathrooms, lest they are emasculated by their peers. Then, like beautiful, shiny and outlandish gods from above, the Fab Five graced all of our DVR’s with the elegance to transform any man into a stylishly coiffed gentleman. Thanks to Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, men from Wisconsin to Seattle, Buffalo to Tampa, and every other state in the US were finally seeing the confidence boost a little grooming can give!

Manscaping Now…

Fast forward 13 years, and male lifestyle is EVERYWHERE! There is such a demand for men’s lifestyle information that there are entire media agencies dedicated to men’s lifestyle. They cover everything from fashion and grooming to business, home decor, and self-confidence. Their content is so widely viewed that they are giving beauty bloggers a run for their money!

Manscaping Forever!

In 2016, it would be absurd to ignore this demographic as a client. But we here at AP fully understand that it can sometimes be a challenge to shift focus in such a way that brings in male clients. So, in honor of Father’s Day, we are dedicating the month of June to the male client! To kick off this Manly Month, check out our Sweet Talk webisode airing next week. We’ll be delving deep into the art of Manscaping!

Each week thereafter, we will have an informative blog post to help YOU get that new male client in the door and coming back for more!

Can’t wait to read more about manscaping and other men’s lifestyle topics? Subscribe to our facebook page for updates on the latest blog post and beauty industry news!
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