Hello, Oklahoma City!

Hi there, brow babes! I’m Sarah 🙂 There are so many new faces on my social media pages since I moved to Oklahoma City a month ago, and I need to introduce myself!

That’s me there, on the right, with my little sister at Thanksgiving 2016. LOOK at her gorgeous brows!!

I’ve been a licensed esthetician for 9 years, and specializing in brow design for a little over 6 years. I had no plans to specialize in brows, since I originally got into the field of esthetics to be a makeup artist for film and theatre, and move to LA or NYC. Teenage dreams, right? After growing up in Muskogee, I wanted to go somewhere glamorous, but I ended up just over the river in Arkansas for 9 years, and my first job was at a place that specialized in brows. Since I opened my own business in 2014, I’ve taken countless continuing education classes for brows and skin, and now I’m back in Oklahoma City and I’m blissfully happy to be here! Isn’t it weird how our plans change?

So now I’ve set up shop inside Sola Salons in Edmond, where I can wax brows and encourage healthy skin, dabble in makeup, and make new connections.

I’m a dog mama to a little stinker named Lulu, lover of small local coffee shops and garden centers, product junkie and tester of new things, scuba diver and ocean lover, and I will occasionally pull out a Harry Potter quote if the situation is just right.

I’d love the opportunity to meet you and earn your business! I promise to take good care of you 🙂 Don’t know how to fill in your brows? I can help you with that. Need a customized skincare routine for busy moms? I’ve got that too! OKC ladies, I’m always looking for new places to eat and shop, and I love to support other women in business. If you have some favorites, come find me on Instagram and tag me in!

Have an awesome weekend,

Sarah

Ps, you can find me on Facebook HERE, and on Yelp HERE

Ask an Aesthetician – “Pores: How do I Minimize Their Appearance?”

Breaking it down on pores this evening, so I’ll start off with some basics.

Pore size is determined by genetics. They serve as a way for oil (sebum) to be released on your skin. Generally speaking, people with oily/acne prone skin have bigger pores and people with dry skin have smaller pores. As we age, we produce less collagen and the skin starts to sag, making pores look bigger. UV damage and smoking speeds this lovely process up too.

While you cannot shrink your pores, you CAN take steps to make them look smaller. Think of a margarita glass with salt all around the edge. It makes the rim look bigger than it is, right? Same idea with your pores. Dead skin cells, makeup, oil, sweat, and dirt gets all built up in there, stretching them out and clogging them up.

What to do about it?

#1 – Make sure you’re really getting you face clean at night. I always recommend washing your face with a good cleanser twice. You don’t need to run out a buy a sonic cleansing brush, a washcloth or konjac sponge will do just fine.

#2 – Get professional skincare treatments when you can. We have all kinds of products that soften your skin and make it easier to pop that stuff right out.

#3 – Exfoliate once a week. Drop that St. Ives scrub right now and get yourself the 3 in 1 Honey Love scrub from Leahlani Skincare, available in my shop. It’s handmade with aloha in the Hawaiian islands and your skin will love you for it 😉

#4 – Wear your sunscreen. Avoid UV damage as much as possible and save your skin.

#5 – Serums really do help. My favorites are the Mandelic serum from Face Reality and the Rescue serum from Osmosis.

#6 – Use a makeup primer. It smooths things out before you put your foundation on and truly helps.

Products I love for keeping pores clean

To book an appointment with me here in my studio in Fort Smith, please schedule online at sarahmcdaniel.com

I look forward to seeing you!

Brow Waxing – What To Look For To Find A Brow Artist

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Before and after brow waxing, at Sarah McDaniel Aesthetics, Fort Smith Arkansas

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Before and after brow waxing, at Sarah McDaniel Aesthetics in Fort Smith Arkansas

With a new round of highschool grads this year, I’ve put together a few tips for finding a brow artist for those leaving for college far away, or my clients moving to another state this summer, or those of you just too far away to come see me 😉 Brow waxing is important – don’t just go anywhere!

1. Search Instagram and Google for brow waxing artists on your area. We’re proud of the work we do, and usually have lots of before and after photos. I would say there’s really not a wrong way or right way to do brows. It’s an art, and every one has a different style. You just want to find one that really speaks to YOU! If you can’t find before and after photos, email the salon and ask for some. If they don’t have any, move on. You don’t want to gamble with your eyebrows.

2. Word of mouth is the BEST way to find an aesthetician. Love your friends eyebrows? Ask her where she got them done!

3. Do not hesitate to ask about their sanitation procedures before you go in. Your aesthetician should have a clean room, a clean wax pot, wear clean gloves for every service, and use a clean wax stick every time they dip into the wax pot. Double dipping is not good!

4. We have a pretty good network, and I was able to send a client to a dear friend of mine on the West Coast for the summer, where I know she’ll be in good hands. I’ve had referrals here in Arkansas from friends in Chicago. Basically, it’s a small world and we’re always happy to help a client out. Ask us if we know anyone where you’re headed. Chances are, we do 🙂

Are you in the Fort Smith area? Book your appointment online here and come see me!

~Sarah

How to Pick Your Facial

One of the most common questions I get here at my studio in Fort Smith, Arkansas, is “what facial should I schedule?” I know I get overwhelmed when I have too many choices. When you’re not super familiar with something, how are you supposed to know what you need? I’ve designed my facial menu to make it SUPER easy to pick what you want. Big, long, complicated spa menus just aren’t my thing.

*This is for my facial menu only, so with other spas you still might want to call to learn the ropes*

I’ve broken it down into 3 levels. Each level can be customized to whatever YOUR skin needs that day. I have so much cool stuff to help get you the beautiful skin you want and deserve. We can do dermaplaning, microdermabrasion, microcurrent, enzyme peels, special active blends and masks, etc. All you need to choose is how much time you want to spend with me, and then you can relax and let me customize a plan and take care of you!

~The Red Carpet~ My longest and most luxurious facial! This one is approx. 90 minutes, and covers everything. Deep cleanse, custom exfoliation, microcurrent if needed, lovely masks and serums. You get to change into a spa robe and listen to bird/flute music, and it includes a hydrating hand treatment and lots of shoulder massage and essential oils that smell delicious. When I was coming up with this one, I tried it out on a friend and she was snoring at the end of her appointment, so I think it was a success 😉

~The Signature~ At 60 minutes, this is an abbreviated version of the Red Carpet facial. You still change into a robe and get the bird/flute music and shoulder massage, deep cleanse, custom exfoliation and mask.

~The Lunchtime~ At 45 minutes, for the lady on the go. You don’t change for this facial, I just tuck a drape into your collar and we spend targeted time on your face. Deep cleanse, exfoliation (usually microdermabrasion or dermaplaning), mask, serum, sun protection. Due to the time, no massage is included, but it’s still a relaxing break for busy ladies, AND you leave with beautiful glowy skin.

So your choice is simple – 90 minutes with massage, 60 minutes with massage, or a 45 minute express facial 🙂

Book it now right here.

Microcurrent – Turn Back That Clock!

Something we’ve been chatting about recently at your appointments has been the topic of aging gracefully. So many of us creeping up to our 30’s are starting to notice some fine lines around the eyes, maybe on the forehead. We don’t like it, but we’re not ready for injections yet. I may never be. While I’m sure it’s amazing for many people, it’s just not the path I personally choose to take at this time. So I’ve been on the hunt for a non-invasive, holistic skincare option to share with you, and I’m happy to say I finally took the plunge and invested in something that I knew would provide phenomenal results for you – microcurrent training.

Okay, so what IS microcurrent?

You’ve probably heard it referred to as a “natural facelift”, “pilates for your face”, “facial toning”, etc. It’s a very low voltage electrical current that mirrors your body’s own electrical current, giving your face a workout and boosting your collagen production, circulation, and your ATP production. There’s zero down time here. Fine lines are smoothed, your jaw line will look tighter, your eyes will be brighter, and you will have a gorgeous glow. Celebs like to do microcurrent before red carpet events to look their very best! Oprah and Kate Winslet love it, so I’m pretty sure you will too 😉

You’ll notice a difference after one treatment, but since the results are cumulative I do recommend a series of 6 to see your best results. Appointment times can run from 75-90 minutes, just depending on what we’re doing that day.

My friend was kind enough to let me do a before and after on her, you can see how lifted her brow is after just ONE facial!

If you know this is something you need in your life, give me call at 918.869.7714. I’d love to chat with you about my limited time introductory package!

See you soon,

Sarah

How to Clear Your Acne

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4 month progress with acne

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4 month progress with acne

 I became a certified acne specialist with the Face Reality Acne Clinic, over the summer, and learned a LOT about acne. I’m so excited to be bringing this option to Fort Smith, Arkansas! Acne is something I struggled with personally for years, and I really have a heart for those who are dealing with it. Especially adults. I mean, we were supposed to grow out of this after high school, right?

 Chances are, you battle this yourself, or you at least know someone who does. Maybe you’re tried everything under the sun, and your skin is still dry and irritated and the pimples still won’t go away. You don’t have to live with that. Thankfully, there are simple solutions!

So what goes into starting in on my acne program? Here’s what you can expect:

  • You can schedule a consult online at sarahmcdaniel.com/booking. After filling out your intake form, we’ll go over things like when your acne started, what kind of breakouts you have, what products you’re currently using on your skin, etc.
  • We’ll do a sensitivity test to gauge what your skin can handle, and then we’ll map out a customized homecare routine and facial treatment plan. Using the right products in the right way is very important for clearing your skin. Most people come in every few weeks for a professional strength treatment also. It usually takes about 3-6 months to clear up.
  • If you decide this is a program you want to go forward with, we can get started that day with a chemical peel, and the cost of the consult is applied to your first treatment. This first appointment takes about an hour, and I check in with you weekly to monitor progress and make changes as needed.

I’m so so happy with the beautiful results my clients are having right now!

Schedule your consult at sarahmcdaniel.com/booking

**results may vary**

Peach fuzz, fine lines, and Dermaplaning.

A common question in my studio is, “what can I do about the peach fuzz on my face?” Well, you have 2 options. You can wax it off, although it’s hard to get a clean removal of the fine hair with wax. OR, you can have a dermaplaning (also called epidermal leveling) treatment done. It’s my #1 most popular facial!

Here’s the lowdown on what dermaplaning is, and what the benefits are for YOUR skin!

What is it? – A gentle form of manual exfoliation with a sterilized blade.

What are the benefits? – The removal of surface dead skin cells and fine peach fuzz, with zero downtime and discomfort. Leave with glowing, vibrant, hair free skin. Good for people with broken capillaries who can’t handle the suction from microdermabrasion. Also beneficial for fine lines, and old acne scarring. Your makeup will go on SO SMOOTH.

Does it hurt? – No, not at all. It’s a very gentle scraping that feels similar to a cat tongue.

Will the hair grow back darker or thicker? – No. Shaving will not change hair density, and it will grow back exactly like it looks now.

Who would this treatment NOT be good for?  – Anyone with acneic skin.

How long does it last? – Everyone’s hair grows at a different rate, but you can usually expect several weeks of smooth skin. We recommend a facial every 4 weeks for optimal results.

How long does it take? – This is one of my 45 minute lunchtime facials. If we’re adding a brow shaping, you can expect to be at the studio for 1 hour.

You can schedule your treatment online 24/7 here, or reach me at the studio Tues-Fri at 918-869-7714

What’s in my travel bag?

“I don’t know where to start/it’s just too overwhelming” is something I hear a lot, and that is where I, as your skincare professional, come in! Vacations are the times when I keep things extra simple, so I’m going to share what you’ll find in my travel bag this year as I head out to the beach, and cover the 3 bare bones basics that EVERYONE needs to begin their journey to healthy skin.

 

1. Cleanser – Clean skin is a must. If you do nothing else to take care of your skin, at least cleanse your face daily and gently remove makeup and sweat. I always recommend using a professional brand, as most of what you can buy at the drugstore contains yucky ingredients that can clog your pores and do nothing to help your skin *cough* Cetaphil *cough*

2. Moisturizer – Pretty self explanatory! Hydrate!

3. Sunscreen – A huge external factor in aging is sun exposure. A little bit is good (gotta make some Vit D), but wear your sunscreen and cover your face. Sunburns aren’t cute. Aging is inevitable, but nobody wants to look older than they are, so be proactive and take steps now to protect your skin. As a skincare professional and a diver, I recommend using sunscreen with a physical block like titanium dioxide as opposed to a chemical block like oxybenzone. Better for you, better for our coral reefs.

 

Keep in mind that if you have skincare issues to correct, you’ll obviously need more than what is on this list, but it’s a great place to start! As an ending note, please PLEASE buy your skincare products from a licensed aesthetician. What might work for your stylist, or your neighbor, or the girl you stand next to at yoga, won’t necessarily work for you. There are SO many passionate and educated skincare professionals available to help you select what product is best for your skin. Ask me about what would work for you at your next appointment 🙂