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Intrinsics Beauty Recipe: Cucumber Rose Water Eye Mask

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Simple but effective? Sounds like music to my ears.

 

Our Cucumber Rose Water Eye Mask (courtesy of HelloGlow), used with our Quilted Cotton Rounds, is the perfect way to give your under-eye area the refresh it needs now that Daylight Savings Time has ended! So why these ingredients?

  • Cucumber contains ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and caffeic acid, both of which help soothe skin irritations and reduce swelling–these acids prevent water retention, which may explain why cucumbers applied topically are often helpful for swollen eyes.
  • Rose water has anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce the redness of irritated skin, get rid of acne, dermatitis and eczema. It is a great cleanser and aids in removing oil and dirt accumulated in clogged pores.
  • Placing brewed Green tea bags on the eyes for a short time period allows the tannins in the tea to reduce swelling and tighten the skin around the eyes, as well as to treat puffy eyes and dark circles.

 

The use of Intrinsics Quilted Cotton Rounds will ensure that this liquid mask stays on in all the right places. And since these rounds will be cut into crescent shapes, it allows for the perfect under-eye placement and a no slip grip; just a few of these Cotton Rounds will make multiple crescent shapes, so you'll have plenty for later use. The permeable cotton allows all of the enzymes to reach your skin without having to worry about drips or clean-up!

 

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Now, how do I cut those Quilted Cotton Rounds?

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Cutting our Quilted Cotton Round is easy as pie! These don't have to be perfect crescents, as long as they form the general shape, you're good to go! Even though the rounds are packed with 100% fluffy, Purified Cotton, they cut crisply with absolutely no mess! After soaking them in the cucumber-rose water mixture, place them below your lash line and prepare for some major relaxation!

Spotlight On: Jeffrey and Neil Boss of Boss Beauty Supply

If there is such a thing as cosmetology and spa paradise,

Boss Beauty Supply is it.

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Boss is a single-stop source forsalon towels, apparel, waxes, nail dryers and sundries, and name brands like TIGI Pro, Wella, Clairol, Conair, Ardell, Master Barber, and Intrinsics.

We had the opportunity to ask Jeffrey Boss, company president, and Neil Boss, vice pres., some questions about Boss Beauty Supply and their experiences as professional beauty supply distributors.

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Q: Tell us about the history of Boss Beauty Supply.

A: We have been providing towels, apparel, and other supplies to the salon and spa industry since 1993. In 2015, we acquired Cameo Beauty Supply, enabling us to offer our customers significantly more items, as well as lower prices.

 

Q: What’s an average day like working in the wholesale beauty industry?

A: Every day in our industry is unique. Whether it be working with a customer, helping them find the right products for their salon, to making sure all orders are processed and shipped as quickly as possible. You can never be sure what the next day will bring.

 

Q: How long have you been partnered with Intrinsics?

A: Our relationship with Intrinsics goes back almost 20 years to the days of Carolina Cotton.

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Fully stocked Intrinsics inventory at Boss Beauty Supply! Oh my!

 

Q: What do you think sets Intrinsics apart from competitors?

A: Intrinsics takes pride in offering quality, professional single-use supplies to the industry, I cannot remember having any customers complain about an Intrinsics product, which is truly remarkable. The team at Intrinsics is second to none.

 

Q: Which Intrinsics products do you see heading out the door most?

A: The most popular Intrinsics products are the wipes: from the Cotton Naturelles™ to the Large Silken Wipes. We also sell a lot of Cotton Balls, Roll Cotton, Cotton Coils, and Wax Strips.

 

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Boxes on boxes of Intrinsics! An esthetician’s dream.

 

Q: What are the values that Boss Beauty Supply adheres to?

A: We value our customers and know that they are the reason we are in business. We offer quality products and great prices. Boss Beauty Supply has a large in-stock inventory, allowing us to ship most orders within 24 hours with a 99.9% fulfillment rate. This ensures that we have the items salons want, when they want them, and at the best possible prices.

We pride ourselves on offering quality service and low prices, without any minimum purchase requirement. We are family owned and operated, primarily selling through catalogs, quarterly flyers, regular promotions, and on our website. When you call Boss Beauty, you speak to a person, not a machine.

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Q: What’s your favorite part of working at Boss Beauty Supply?

A: Boss Beauty Supply is a great place to work. The company is small enough that every employee has an important impact on our operations. The work environment is casual and flexible. Employees are given a great deal of autonomy allowing them to do what it takes to get the job done.

 

Q: What are some of the new beauty trends that you’re absolutely loving?

A: We love the trend towards using more vibrant hair colors and new application techniques. Pastel colors are continuing to be huge in salons and on social media.

 

Q: What’s your favorite way to pamper yourself?

A: I enjoy a full body massage, preferably ocean-side in a tropic environment! A lot of our employees enjoy a new haircut, mani/pedi, or a fresh brow wax.

NW Nail Retreat 2017 Q+A

Best. Weekend. Ever!

The Northwest Nail Tech Retreat, also known as #NailCamp, is the first of its kind.

Imagine a weekend retreat where you are able to spend the entire time focused on practicing your craft, learning new things, and meeting people with similar interests.

The 2017 NW Nail Retreat is tucked away in the beautiful Camp Burton of Vashon Island, WA, where 144 lucky nail artists are surrounded by nature, friends, and NAILS. The event takes place October 13-16th, allowing nail technicians a fun-filled four day weekend. Not surprisingly, the tickets for the 2017 retreat sold out very quickly! With a ticket, each tech has access to a wide variety of professional-led classes and workshops, cabin lodging, and all-inclusive meals. Nail Camp may be held in the Northwest corner of the US, but techs from all over the country, as well as internationally, attend this retreat.

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We got a chance to sit down and talk more about Nail Camp with one of its founders, Jess Briarmoon. After attending many nail shows and workshops, Briarmoon and her friend Ellen Torchia noticed that other attendees were struggling to afford dinner due to attendance expenses. “We decided there needed to be an event where people didn’t have to worry about their meals or where to stay.” says Briarmoon, “The event is all inclusive, aside from a couple of optional workshops that are for instructors to try to earn back some of their expenses.

In addition to food and lodging, NW Nail Retreat includes:

  • Five 60 minute classes
  • One 3-hour workshop
  • Two 5-hour workshops

Classes are available to nail techs of any skill set. “We wanted a class schedule that was more like college, where you can pick which things you want to see and learn a ton over the weekend. So we found an actual camp and created Nail Camp!” Briarmoon stated.

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2015 NW Nail Tech Retreat attendees with their SWAG Bags!

 

Each ticket also includes the gift of a SWAG Bag. This gift bag containing over $400 worth of professional spa products and other goodies, is worth the ticket price alone. High quality cotton products from Intrinsics will be part of this bag, including our Pillowettes, Gentle Cleansing Towels, and Lint-free Nail Wipes. Briarmoon’s favorite Intrinsics product is the Toe Rope because she can use as much (or as little cotton) as she needs. She also uses Intrinsics for her client’s safety, “Sometimes clients have allergies and natural, purified cotton helps eliminate that worry.

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Some examples of classes are Sculpturing, Nail Art, Fantasy Art, Manicuring, Massage, and Pedicuring. The camp offers business courses like “Is Your Price Right?”, which allows nail techs to properly price their professional services. Nail Camp also hosts cash prize raffles, games, and competitions throughout the 4-day weekend. Notable nail techs and NailPro Cup champions serve as judges.

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Briarmoon says every tech should be at Nail Camp because, It’s an amazing event like no other, with 4 days full of nails, classes, competitions, and fun! The education, friendship, and style that the camp has taken on is like no other event in the industry.

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NW Nail Retreat organizers offer a full-ride scholarship every year. It is given in honor of their fellow founder, nail artist, and friend, Vicki Peters. They remember her as a kind spirit who helped establish the camp, but also someone would cheer others on and always offer help at no cost.

Refresh Your Eyes with Intrinsics Pillowettes

For those wishing to make the most out of short summer months, burning the candle at both ends happens. This can lead to dark circles and puffiness around eyes, making you look tired. Not necessarily the summer glow you wanted, huh? Luckily the skin around your eye area can be refreshed using Intrinsics Pillowettes.

Intrinsics Pillowettes will be your best friend by summer’s end. Known for being incredibly soft, the Pillowettes are wonderful for the eye area. With a small slip-case for fingers, you have greater control over the cotton pad when removing eye-makeup or using them during procedures. Many estheticians enjoy using our Pillowettes to cleanse before and after microblading, but we recently heard of a trick we had to share.

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Placing cucumbers on your eyes is synonymous with a spa day, but the rind and seeds aren’t exactly luxurious. Simply insert a cucumber into a moist Pillowette to make the experience more comfortable for the client. You could even soak the Pillowette in cucumber juice for additional cooling relief. The ascorbic and caffeic acid in the cucumber will help reduce water retention in the eyes, eradicating that pesky puffiness.

So next time a client comes in complaining about their tired, don’t forget this neat trick! You and your client will love these little pillows for your eyes.

 

Positive Feedback Continues To Come In For Pillowettes™

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You know how we feel about our Pillowettes™. We’ve talked about them here, we’ve had promotions around them, and you’ve probably read our glowing description on the product page. So, just for a change of pace, it’s nice to hear kind words from elsewhere.
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