Find Your Beautiful

| On Beauty

Take a look in the mirror. A really good look. I know you don’t want to, but believe it or not, it’s good for you. Do what you do best—examine every line, every wrinkle. Map out the age spots if you have them. Catalog all your faults and flaws. You’re a woman, so I know you’re great at this.

Now close your eyes and take a deep breath. You can laugh at yourself if you want, because I know this seems wonky, but I hope you’ll give this a try.

Think about how you feel when you look at your husband or partner. Think of how you feel when you look at your children. Of the love you have for them.

And then open your eyes.

See in the mirror the love you have for the people in your life.

See in the mirror the love you have for yourself.

See the way love shines in your eyes. See the softness them. The shine.

See your smile, that little dimple in your chin, or the way those lines of yours crinkle at the corner of your eyes.

See what your loved ones see. See YOU.

Just as you did with your faults, take time to study your beauty. Catalog every little thing that exudes the truth of you. Because your beauty is your truth. It’s probably a truer representation of you than your faults because the people you spend your days with love you, and they’re accustomed to looking at you through the eyes of love—just as you did a moment ago.

Love changes things. It changes the way you see the world around you. It changes the way others see you, and it can change the way you see yourself.

Looking at yourself with love takes practice and patience, but it’s oh, so worth it.

Because you are worth it.

Beautiful aged woman

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Are You a Breast Cancer Survivor?

| Breast Cancer Survivors

One of the most thrilling possibilities I saw in permanent cosmetics when I first looked into becoming an artist, was the paramedical work that could be done. Scar camouflaging, scalp micropigmentation, microneedling, and–most thrilling of all to me–areola and nipple restoration.

I’m very proud to announce that I am now performing 3D areola and nipple repigmentation. I am so in love with this work, so honored to be able to perform it, that I want to shout it from the rooftops and tell everyone I know.

Please, if you have had a mastectomy and received reconstruction without an areola, come see me. I promise, you will feel whole and complete again. Beautiful again.

Cost doesn’t need to be an issue, either. All insurance companies are mandated to cover all the restoration costs, including repigmentation. It’s true that you pay me up front, and then file a claim with your insurance company for reimbursement, but it’s not my intent to turn anyone away. Talk to me; perhaps we can work something out.

If you would like to see pictures of my work, email me at

~ ali
simplify + beautify

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Joy in the Work I Do

| Weekly Update

Last week was a busy one! It started with N, who wasn’t happy with the work another artist did on her brows. I thought the work was really nicely done, but mistakes do happen. Still, I did the work for her and it was a real pleasure. She was really happy, and I was thrilled to spend the time with her.

I did a touch up, er, a do-over on T. See, I know a thing or two about making mistakes. I want to encourage confidence in my work, but the truth is, there are things I do really well (brows!) and things I’m still struggling to perfect. I do a beautiful job in the shape of the eyeliner I create, but so far, the liner hasn’t stayed on several of my clients. What’s the point of permanent makeup if it doesn’t stay?

I’ve been most grateful for my kind and gracious clients who have allowed me a chance to redo their work. T came in this week for just that purpose. Fingers crossed I’ve improved my technique sufficiently to make a lasting difference. (har har!)

I also had the pleasure of touching base with L. She found me through Jacki at and has since been a wonderful supporter of my business through her own patronage and referring several people my way. Thank you L! She came in last week for a second microneedling treatment on a scar on her neck. She could potentially have one more, but we were both so pleased with the results of just one treatment that we’re hopeful this second one will be the last one needed. I can’t tell you the thrill it gives me to see the improvement in the appearance of this scar.

These images were both taken while lying down–you should see how great the scar looks while she sitting or standing! It’s quite a significant improvement. 🙂 Exciting!

Then Friday, C and S came in together for eyeliner, then returned the next morning for their brows! We were all so thrilled with the results. S most of all! N was a little hesitant because the liner and brows were “more” than she’s accustomed to, but with assurance that she looked great and that there would be some fading, she finally felt good about it. She kept looking at herself in the mirror when she thought S and I wouldn’t notice. It was fun to watch her falling in love with herself.


That’s what I love about this job. This is why I do what I do! That secret smile a woman wears when she sees herself in the mirror and, instead of cringing and thinking negative thoughts about herself, she sees herself in a whole new way. It doesn’t take makeup to be beautiful, but sometimes it does take a different perspective to allow us to see what others see. And if a little eyeliner and brow shaping helps you achieve that new perspective? Well, that’s a beautiful thing, too.

Love, Ali
West Jordan, UT

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Why Permanent Cosmetics?

| Why Permanent Cosmetics

Weirdly, I care more about how I look now at 49 than I ever did as a younger woman. I don’t know if it’s the sunspots and fading lashes and brows, or just finally growing up enough to want to look put together. Whatever it is, here I am, “all in” in the beauty world.

I wanted to get my own eyeliner permanently applied because I was never very good at applying it myself. Plus it smudged and made it look like I had shadows under my eyes–more than my usual dark circles which didn’t need any help at all. 😛

Then I had my brows done because my hair is getting more and more fair and even thinning at the tails.

These two things make me feel so put together, without any work at all! I liked it so much that when I needed to find a job to help my family, this is what I wanted to do.

It’s hard growing up and seeing your body change. Some things you can control, while others you can’t. I called my business Rise & Shine, because with permanent cosmetics you are free. One thing is always within your control, no matter the fuss, the time of day, rain or shine. You will always look like your best you.

It’s my hope that you’ll rise above and beyond and shine in whatever you do. And if you choose permanent cosmetics, you’ll consider coming to see me. It’s my mission to give you a happy, uplifting experience so that you can be your best self, any time, anywhere.

Love, Ali
West Jordan, UT

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