Category Archives: Beauty Bar

CQ Beauty Bar – shedding that winter skin

As much as I try to take care of my skin in the winter, it’s inevitable that the cold air and harsh winds will make it feel and look dry and dull. And when my skin feels and looks dry and dull, sometimes I feel dry and dull.

So, I turned to Sheryl Baba of SBabskincare for advice on what to do to get my skin’s groove back. She told me that towards the end of winter she always has women coming to her “complaining their skin had no glow.” She says the best way to shed the winter skin is a dermaplane facial which is a gentle, physical exfoliation using a specialized tool to scrape off the dead skin.

“This reveals a new glowing skin that holds better hydration, reflects the light and leaves your skin smoother, tighter and brighter! Serums and moisturizers sink in better and fine facial peach-fuzz is removed as well,” Sheryl explained, and she said, “ it is the ideal prep for an enzyme, hydrating mask or even a photo rejuvenation session. I use a LED/IPL light therapy that is customized for individual skin concerns such as stimulating collagen; sun damage; acne; rosacea and redness.”

I have to say, she was right. Since the dermaplane facial, my skin has felt smooth and supple, there’s no more dull, dry skin, and I feel like I both my skin and I got our groove back.

SBabaSkincare is located at 710 Main Street, Yarmouth Port, and you can get in touch with Sheryl at or 508-776-2942

CQ Beauty Bar – what’s the deal with permanent makeup?

When I met permanent cosmetic artist Maria Ires Todd, it was the first time I had ever heard of permanent makeup. Admittedly at first I was a little intimidated by the concept, but Maria was so positive and enthusiastic, I naturally wanted to learn more about her specialty and her Osterville based business L’ Atelier Permanent Makeup. When my mom said she was interested in learning about the various options for permanent makeup, we scheduled a visit.

Although permanent makeup is the most accepted term for the treatment, I learned it is not the same process as tattooing (read: it is not forever). Clinicians often refer to it as micropigmentation, and it is used by both women and men to enhance the shape of their eyebrows, hairline, lips, and eyes through the process of depositing pigment into the skin’s dermal layer.

The process has been advanced and honed over the past few years, and is performed by inserting a small, thin needle and hypoallergenic mineral pigment into the second layer of the skin to lightly contour and enhance the area of focus. This procedure differs from cosmetic tattoos in that it uses a different pigment than tattoo ink, and it also less invasive.

Maria sees all kinds of clients from individuals with arthritis or poor vision who have a hard time applying makeup to those with alopecia and hair loss to those who simply overplucked as a teenager. She also sees people who are going through cancer treatment and suffering hair loss and breast cancer survivors who have lost their breasts and areolas.

It was clear during her consultation with my mother that her philosophy is to respect each client’s individual needs and make everyone look as natural as possible. She says, “your face is a work of art” so she does not aim to try to change someone’s look, rather her goal is to enhance their unique beauty, no matter their age.

My mother’s initial thought was that she would try a lip liner to save herself some time and hassle of applying it herself every day, but when Maria told her that the micropigmentation of the eyebrows is her most popular treatment, she changed course.

Maria showing an “after” photo
Maria has extensive training in her field

In Maria’s opinion, enhancing the brows can make the biggest difference, as they frame the face and highlight the eyes. She usually completes both brows in two sessions. In the first session she sketches where she’ll put the pigmentation and then draws them on by mimicking hair strokes with a refined shading process.

With over a decade of experience, one can see that Maria’s extensive training has helped her develop her sense of aesthetics, where she can look at your bone structure and determine the angle of eyebrows that will suit you and your face best. Not everyone looks good with a trendy thick brow, and she honors that.

It was amazing to see in before and after photos how much it really does brighten and highlight someone’s face. And my mom agreed, saying it “looked better than a facelift!”

Maria knows people put a lot of trust in her, and she takes her responsibility very seriously. And when a client says they feel confidence in their beauty again, that brings her immense amounts of joy.

L’Atelier Permanent Makeup is located at 8 West Bay Road in Osterville, and online at

My mom has an appointment scheduled with Maria for May to get her eyebrows micropigmented… stay tuned!

Soon to come!

CQ Beauty Bar – there’s a first time for everything!

When I was 16 years-old I went tanning in a tanning bed in order to “get some color” before my Junior Prom. I think I went three times total, and nothing happened to change the color of my skin. Between the lack of any results and my increased awareness about the rising rates of skin cancer in young women, I never went back.

I’ve also never been one to lay out on the beach in order to get tan, in fact I usually only go to the beach during the off-season or in the evenings in-season to go for walks. But I will admit, as much as I try to be careful with my sun exposure, I do love having nice glowing skin.

Why I have never tried spray tanning before now, I do not have an answer. But after an incredibly positive experience at Luminaria Aesthetics with owner Christine Lydon, I am a total convert.

Christine has been in the industry for over a decade and says that spray tanning has come a long way in the past five years. She says “people just feel good when they’re tan. It makes you look and feel healthier and hides all sorts of imperfections.”

Using Aviva organic water-based products, she customizes every session for the client. The skin is colored by DHA, a colorless chemical derived from glycerin that interacts with the amino acids in dead skin cells to produce a brown color change. Each client is different and will be sprayed with a customized formula; “if you know and pay attention to your client’s skin you’ll always get it right.”

When applying the spray tan, Christine made me feel comfortable, talked me through every step, and made me forget about the very cold mist that was being projected at me.

She says she knows people’s instincts is to ask her to “make me dark!” But her goal is to make you look natural, and so she gave me a light summer glow that she said would work perfectly with my slightly olive skin. And I think she was right.


The goal is to make your tan last as long as possible, so here are some Do & Don’ts for before and after your spray tanning appointment:

DO gently exfoliate your skin and shave, and remove your makeup before your appointment;

DON’T put on any body lotion or perfume on the day of the appointment – the ingredients can alter the development of the color on your skin;

DO wear loose fitting clothes to your appointment;

DON’T shower or exercise (or stand in the pouring rain!) for 8 hours after your appointment, the water and sweat could alter your color;

DO moisturize a TON after your first shower;

DO plan a night out or on attending a special occasion to flaunt your healthy glow!

You can visit Christine at Luminaria Aesthetics at her Marstons Mills studio for a complimentary skin consult, customized facial, laser hair removal, and of course, a spray tan.