Article in NW Source!!

August 6, 2010

Nourishing facials are a thing of beauty at new Liberté Skin Wellness

By Kathy Schultz

August 5, 2010

Special to NWsource

Every once in a while you come upon a gem — it could be person, place or thing. In this case, it’s all three. I had a very healing facial by a lovely lady in an adorable spot in Ballard.

Liberte and Holly Dog

Liberte Skin Wellness "book-shelves"

I met Liberté Liberté at a shopping function (yes, this is her name, which means freedom, freedom, in French). She opened her skincare studio, Liberté Skin Wellness in March, so I went to check it out. It’s nestled within a 1960s-era brick apartment building on a quiet Ballard street, just blocks from the heart of Old Ballard. Tumbled aquamarine-colored glass lines the walk just outside the door to her intimate beauty spot. This, I thought, is a woman who makes things beautiful.

The interior of the studio’s cozy space is painted a soft cream, which makes a nice backdrop for the aqua blue French mohair couch, hand-forged iron candelabra and antique Chinese watercolor, featuring lotuses that almost glow. There’s a small collection of locally made jewelry by Jules displayed on bookshelves that really are “book shelves” — each shelf is a vintage encyclopedia. It’s homey and warm.

Liberté offers facials, pedi-care, sugaring and waxing, brow design and brow tinting, and lash extensions. She keeps her facial prices reasonable, believing that people should have access to this healthy, healing beauty ritual. A 45-minute facial is only $40 (or, if you want a little extra pampering, splurge on her 75-minute facial for $80). Prices for sugaring and waxing are the same no matter which method you choose. Hair removal for the lip is $15, bikini is $28, full leg is $65 to $85, and a Brazilian is $65 to $80. The soft, luxurious lash extensions are synthetic mink and last between three and six weeks. Prices range between $185 and $210.

In need of some TLC and moisture, I chose the 75-minute Foundation Facial. Liberté has a gentle touch and believes in caring for and pampering the skin with effective products, rather than using harsh exfoliants and peels. It was one of the most relaxing, nourishing facials I’ve had. It did, in fact, feel like a ritual of beauty. She cleansed, toned, exfoliated, masked and massaged my skin. While the mud mask was doing its detoxifying thing, Liberté massaged my hands and arms. Between smoothing creams, serum and hydrating products, she liberally applies soothing hot towels.

I loved the Australian spa products she used, made from natural plant and herb extracts. I’ll go back to purchase the Bamboo Polish Exfoliant ($45) and Sensitive Hydrating Mud Therapy ($45) after the glow wears off


Spas & salons | Nourishing facials are a thing of beauty at new Liberté Skin Wellness | NWsource

August 6, 2010

Spas & salons | Nourishing facials are a thing of beauty at new Liberté Skin Wellness | NWsource.


Have a facial, it’s good for you

July 19, 2010

Oh thank you for allowing me to be an Aesthetician! (this goes out to those Goddess & Gods on high, observing & maybe toying a tad with us mortal playthings)

I’m so very thankful to be in this profession! Everyday, I turn my key, open my space and serve. Yes! Yes! Yes! Also, as I type this I realize how lucky I am and the world is I’m NOT a secretary responsible for taking a memo or a stenographer because OY! am I a hunt and pecker! Oh! yet another epiphany..thanks to blogging my typing will improve with frequency of postings of course.

Ahhh I digress..

I found this excerpt from an article I found online and wanted to share it:

A Facial: Its more than meets the eye

When someone says, “I just had a great facial,” most people think of expensive creams and glamorous services that cost a bundle. The hype of the beauty industry has most people believing that a facial is nothing more than a pampering indulgence for special occasions. That could not be further from the truth. The health benefits of a facial far outweigh the beauty benefits. In tandem, however, they produce the healthy glow we all want.

The major health benefits of regular facials are regulation of the immune system, detoxification, reduction in fluid build-up, exfoliation, and stress relief. These benefits are achieved in a facial that incorporates lymphatic drainage, exfoliation treatments, acupressure, and aromatherapy.

The lymphatic system plays a vital role in the body by regulating the immune system. The lymph system, which is carried through a colorless fluid, runs alongside the blood vessel system. When the lymphatic system becomes blocked, lymphatic fluid builds up and the entire system can become toxic. Lymphatic drainage uses specific movements to clear the blockages, which helps remove metabolic wastes and toxins through the lymph nodes situated around the face and neck. The waste that is filtered through the lymph nodes is then eliminated from the body. The results improve the appearance of the skin by reducing puffiness, rejuvenating collagen fibers, and slowing the aging process. A facial also has a calming effect on the nervous system that helps reduce stress and tension.

Exfoliation is a process in which the top layers of the skin are removed, so that the newer, younger cells may reach the surface. As we age, this “sloughing off’ process becomes slower and slower. As we have all heard, even the Great Smoky Mountains and surrounding areas, not to mention urban areas like Atlanta, Georgia, have a very high ozone rating. This smog rests on the skin, not only clogging pores, but also being absorbed into the skin’s cells. These toxins are going directly through the skin into our bloodstreams. Monthly facials and a weekly routine of exfoliation can keep the skin clean and smooth with an even skin tone. Discolorations fade and often disappear. The skin looks and acts more like young skin. By: Julie Pagano

I love it! What a wonderful reminder of a few of the benefits to regular facials. As in all things rituals reap results.

As always, more to come


Back in the blog saddle

May 17, 2010

I’m back.. Since 2005 loads has happened. However I will table that for a sleepless night, gives me something to do in the velvet arms of the night.

The juiciest tidbit of news..
Liberte Skin Wellness is open to serve your beauty & hair removal needs.

This is my world, what I do and what I love to do. I’m immersed in my craft everyday and in every way.

What does that mean??
I voraciously read print and web content related to Aesthetics. Also, I love engaging in conversations about skin care, beauty rituals around the world, make up, the connection between how health manifests in our appearance and the significance of consistent self-care as replenishment, so the cup runneth over, ya know?

If you are fulfilled you have more to give.

Feel free to ask questions, leave comments and just generally participate in the conversation.

Springtime Thoughts!



Hello world!

December 22, 2005

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