BEAUTY GIFT GUIDE: Fill her purse with the essentials this holiday season

Guys, still looking for the perfect stocking stuffers for your gal this holiday season? Look no further. I have taken a few of my favorite things to help give you a few ideas.

In My Bag


Aquaphor Healing Ointment: is perfect for dry, cracked lips and skin. I have it on hand at all times during the cold weather. You can get it in a smaller size but I’m kind of obsessed with it.

Travel Sized SPF: I know this seems odd to have in your purse during the winter but wearing a sunscreen on a daily basis will help your skin stay protected from the harmful UVA rays that cause premature aging.

Hand Sanitizer: any kind will do but I’m a sucker for bath and body works brand because they smell so good. I keep one of these in my purse, my desk at work, my salon and my car.   Basically anywhere I may need to sanitize my hands. Sanitizers are perfect for stopping the spreading of germs so you can be healthy this winter.

Life Savers: some of you are gum people and I am too but life savers are a quick breath freshener. Perfect for any mistletoe encounters you might have 😉

Bed Head Sugar Shock Lipgloss: Every girl needs a good colored gloss in her bag of tricks. Sugar shock is the perfect red for the season and the gloss gives you those kissable lips that will wow at any holiday party.

Compact Mirror:   Essential for checking your teeth after meals and keeping lips picture perfect.

Bed Head Masterpiece Mini Hairspray: Ok, if there is one thing I know about women it’s that we love things that come in miniature size. This mini hairspray is no exception. It’s so adorable! I keep this in my purse and use it when I’m on the run or throughout my day to keep my style on point. Plus, an added bonus, it’s also a shine spray!

Nail File: another essential for any girls’ purse.  Keeping up with our nails is hard work. Nail files work for any type of nail from the most trimmed natural nail to the sharpest stilettos. These can be bought just about anywhere but of course if they are decorated it makes us love them even more.

E.O.S Lip Balm:  I know I already have a few other things listed for lips but I promise a girl can’t have too much lip stuff. This stuff is all the rage right now. You can basically find them in any store. Mine is coconut milk flavored and every time I use it my lips feel silky smooth and I am tempted to take a bite….

Kleenex: I have to, HAVE TO have a pack of Kleenex at all times. Helps with the sniffles from the cold weather!

I hope you find this helpful. These are a few of my favorite things!

Renaissance Academie Graduate Spotlight
Check out the amazing things our graduate Jocelyn Brown has been up to!
While in school at Renaissance, I was also learning makeup as a MAC artist, and was very attracted to the opportunity to get onsite experience with photo shoots, film and live events. After graduation in the beginning of 2008, I assisted for Cody Allen at Blush Studio in Sugarhouse.  I worked for him for 6 months before getting hired on at Studio Enizio as a stylist and makeup artist. I began to learn the ins-and-outs of the  beauty industry in media, while building an in-salon clientele.
In 2010 I moved to Amara Day Spa in Orem, and am going into my fifth year as a stylist, makeup artist, salon leader and educator.  I work three days a week in the salon, and freelance as a stylist and artist for media projects with the remaining time.  I specialize in beauty and commercial, so I have done seasonal campaigns for clothing and swimwear lines, local companies, advertising and film.
I’ve had work printed in Ugly Magazine, Utah Bride & Groom, The Ensign Magazine, and ads in Elle girl, Utah Valley Magazine, and University Mall billboards.
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Photography:  Matt Clayton              Photography:  Justin Grant                    Photography:  Rochelle Jahdi                                           Photography:  Matt Clayton               Photography:  Matt Clayton
Hair and Makeup:  Jocelyn Brown


Get To Know Renaissance Academie

Renaissance Academie is absolutely unique in that it was created around the student’s experience.

In 2004, Therese Taylor was in search of the best Cosmetology school for her daughter who would soon be pursuing her state license.  As a cosmetologist herself, with over 25 years of experience within the field, Therese’s standards for her daughter’s educational experience were exceptionally high.

Therese made it a priority to research each school in the area and learn the ins and outs of what each school offered and made them unique.  What she found was that schools were teaching the basics and that was basically it.  Therese wanted more for her daughter and to make certain her schooling would provide her with a solid foundation to enter the industry with confidence.

After much thought and consideration for each school, Therese ultimately decided there wasn’t a school that met her educational expectations and even more importantly would work to accommodate the individual needs of her daughter.

In 2005 Therese determined she would create a school that offered more than the basics and, more importantly, build systems into the program that would support the individual needs of her students.

Therese began by building a team of strong professionals to support her dream of a total educational experience.  Her team worked together to create a culture of education that would be vastly different from what had never been experienced before.    The secret to the program’s success was entirely based on exceeding the needs of the student.  Therese firmly believed:  if each and every system, process, course and class was created with the student in mind then it would lead to success for everyone.

Nine years and 632 students later the Renaissance team still has one priority:  Providing a superior educational experience on a personal level for each student.

Experience the Renaissance difference through our student’s perspective:

“I love this school!!! It has been the best experience of my life and I’m so glad I chose to come here to pursue something that I have always wanted to learn.”  Aubrey Castleman, Renaissance graduate

After 1 year and 2 months, I have graduated from Cosmetology school. I have had an amazing time and I will always remember those who experienced it with me. Thank you so much Renaissance Academie for everything you taught me and helped me through.”  Laura Johnston, Renaissance graduate

“Best thing in the world is cuddling my babies. I’m so grateful I can continue my education, doing hair and be with my babies at the same time! Renaissance Academie is Amazing and I’m so happy I found them!”  Characa Waters, currently enrolled

“I’m so thankful that I had the opportunity to go to the most amazing school with the most incredible instructors”  Jenna Glover, Renaissance graduate

“I love my hair school and their amazing staff and teachers!” Kylee Olsen, currently enrolled







Birds of a Feather Photo Shoot

LOVE the creativity and inspiration behind our students most recent photo shoot themed “Birds of a Feather”



Join Renaissance Academie in raising awareness, raising money and raising some eyebrows.

All month long when you or you clients color their hair pink Renaissance will make a donation to the Breast Cancer Society.

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