2017 Fall Makeup Trends

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2017 Fall Makeup Trends

Posted on: September 17th, 2017

One week until fall is officially here, which means let’s talk fall makeup trends for 2017. There are some gorgeous new trends for lips, cheeks and eyes that you don’t want to miss!


Fall Makeup Trends for 2017

  1. The two toned lips – This looks best with a stain, for that worn-for-a-while, more natural finish. Most of the trend is being seen with the lighter lip on top and darker on the bottom.

2. Feathery Lashes – Full, false lashes on your top lash line will make your eyes appear larger and more awake. Keep the rest of your makeup palette neutral for a look that’s modern.

3. The brown/nude lip – Like many other looks this fall, yes the 90’s are definitely back with this one! That means shades of chestnut brown are a must-have for lips this fall.

4. Wishbone winged eye liner – You’ll want to cat eye line the length of the upper lid before whipping out.

5. The jewel-toned smokey eye – Make sure you go with a blocky look applying the jewel tones, and if you really want to be in trend, go with a sapphire blue!

6. The bold/highlighted cheek – Subtle blush is a year-round must, but the fall season on the cheeks is to look as though it’s a little cold outside! Add an extra layer of blush to your cheeks in the same color they turn when it’s chilly outside.

7. Dramatic lower lashes – You will definitely want to apply a waterproof and smudge proof mascara when going for this look especially since you will be applying quite a bit to achieve the dramatic look.

8. Bold Lips and Cheeks – Make sure you go subtle on the eyes if you are living it up on the lips and cheeks, especially with the darker browns on the lips.


Here at USTA, we are always up to date with recent trends in aesthetics and massage therapy. We look forward to helping train and guide you into a successful career in either massage therapy or aesthetics. To learn more, contact us at 630-968-6800, option 1 to speak with an admissions representative today.

May you step into fall looking and feeling gorgeous!

The Mind/Body Connection

Posted on: September 7th, 2017

mind/body connectionThe mind/body connection is so important when it comes to managing a balanced life. This means that our thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and attitudes can positively or negatively affect our biological functioning. In other words, our minds can affect how healthy our bodies are! On the other hand, what we do with our physical body (what we eat, how much we exercise, even our posture) can impact our mental state either positively or negatively. This results in a complex interrelationship between our minds and bodies.

According to Dr. James Gordon (founder of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine) “The brain and peripheral nervous system, the endocrine and immune systems, and indeed, all the organs of our body and all the emotional responses we have, share a common chemical language and are constantly communicating with one another.”

Here are some ways you can have a strong mind/body connection:

  1. Mediation
  2. Prayer
  3. Creative Arts
  4. Yoga
  5. Relaxation
  6. Support Groups
  7. Eat healthy
  8. Daily exercise
  9. Get enough sleep
  10. Laugh

Ways like meditation brings us home to the peace of present moment awareness and gives us an experience of  relaxation that eliminates fatigue and long-standing stresses. When you calm your mind, you can connect to your body. In return, taking care of your body can help feel your best from the outside in. Exercise not only helps keep the body young, but it also keeps the mind vital and promotes emotional wellbeing.

For all of our massage therapy and aesthetics students at USTA, we offer FREE meditation and yoga studio to stay focused on what is truly important in life. This is available to those who want to take advantage during and after their tenure. Call us for more information at 630.968.6800 or fill out an online application here.. Apply online today!

We look forward to hearing from you and for choosing USTA!

Mask of pregnancy catches on

Posted on: August 28th, 2017

by Dawn Klingensmith

Get plastered during pregnancy? Go right ahead. More women are doing it.

We’re talking about belly masking, or the use of gauze strips and plaster to create a lightweight, durable mold of the pregnant belly. The mold is often painted and displayed in the home. Women on the East and West Coasts have been belly masking for years, and the trend is catching on in Chicago.“It’s becoming one of those common rituals of pregnancy, like a baby shower,” said LaGrange artist and belly masker Theresa Suchy McGraw (708-588-0275, www.artbodyandsoul.com).

The Celebrated Woman, a very popular Naperville day spa also offers belly masking to its clients. Owner Felicia Tyler is in high demand for her belly masking capabilities. “I am doing more belly masking in my spa parties and women love it”, said Tyler.

Costs for undecorated masks range from $85 to $200.

For the mother of all pregnancy monuments, belly on up to Great Lakes Art Studio in Evanston (847-869-5850, www.greatlakesartstudio.com). Besides belly masks, Donna Zarbin-Byrne makes life-size bronze replicas of women’s swollen stomachs. Statues start at $800.

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Naperville’s Celebrated Woman has experience in pampering clients.

Posted on: August 28th, 2017

By Kim Mikus

Celebrated Woman in Naperville is about pampering and parties. Felicia Talmadge owns the business that specializes in massage therapy and skin care with a focus on pregnancy massage and deep tissue massage. Spa parties for women of all ages are another attraction at Celebrated Woman, 231 S. Washington St, downtown Naperville. 
Talmadge has a great deal of experience in the industry. She earned a degree in midwifery from Miami-Dade Medical Center and then worked as a Midwife in Florida. She traveled to South America with a group of midwives to lend services to pregnant women in Columbia. 
When Talmadge returned to Florida, she grew homesick and full of stress. She returned to the area to be closer to her family. She grew up in the Joliet and Plainfield area. When Talmadge returned, she earned her massage license and practiced as a therapist. She then decided to launch her own business and soon after,also fell in love with skin care, earning a license in aesthetics. Using her midwifery background, the pregnancy massage seemed like a natural. She performs the massage on a specially designed table with cutouts for the belly and breasts. There aren’t many facilities in the area that feature this type of specialty table. 

Pregnancy massage is $80 for an hour session. Relaxation massage is $65. The entrepreneur also makes her own product line called Emma’s Natural. The body products are made in her own kitchen. Lavender baby powder, chocolate belly butter and cream for diaper rash are included in the mix. 

Talmadge also lets her customer’s create their own products at the shop’s Aroma Bar. Shoppers choose from more than 60 aromas to create lotions and candles. 

Birthday parties for young girls are another highlight. Partygoers can create their own lotion and lip-gloss and undergo a fun makeover. Sparkling cider is served in champagne glasses. 

Spa parties for women are also offered. Women receive a mini-massage, mini-facial, create their own lotion and are served refreshments. 

Other services include belly masking where a mold is made of a pregnant woman’s belly and breasts and then decorated as well as waxing, microdermaabrasion and nail care. 

 – Kim Mikus’ column appears Tuesdays and Fridays.

Relax and take a load off

Posted on: August 28th, 2017

Relax and take a load off

Massage Therapist gives pregnant women a place to be pampered

By Ann Piccininni

ABOVE: Laci O’Connell-Tibble, who is five months pregnant, gets a massage from Felicia Talmadge at Celebrated Woman in downtown Naperville. O’Connell-Tibble drives in from Elwood for a massage every week at Celebrated Woman, a new business that also sells natural body products and holds spa parties.

Felicia Talmadge spent time in Cartegna, Colombia,
using her midwife skills to deliver babies. She was an intern with a degree in midwifery from Miami-Dade Medical Center. Then she came back to the States and delivered babies at the Hollywood Birth Center in Hollywood, Fla., where she served as the director.

An Illinois native, she returned to the Chicago area about two years ago and has since added “licensed massage therapist” and “licensed aesthetician”to her list of credentials.

“I mostly cater to women. That’s what I do,” she said.

About three months ago, she opened Celebrated Woman, a downtown Naperville spa where she offers massage therapy and skin care and sells a line of her own homemade products.

She specializes in massage for pregnant women.

Her shop is hidden from plain view. It is down Tranquility Alley – the name of an alley and a store just north of Jackson Avenue-and can be accessed from Washington Street. The address of Celebrated woman is 231 S. Washington St., Suite 3.

Inside the shop, the massage table looks like a conventional massage table, with one distinctive difference: It has wells-one for the belly and one for each breast.

Laci O’Connell-Tibble, a stay at home mother from Elwood, discovered Celebrated Woman this winter, shortly after she became pregnant with her third child.

She said she loves the massage table.

“I feel like asking, ‘Can I just come over and lie on your table?'” she said.

Uncertain at first that massage could make a significant difference in her sense of well-being, O’Connell-Tibble now makes a point of making the hour long drive to Naperville every week for a massage.

She was introduced to Celebrated Woman by a pregnant friend who had discovered Talmadge’s shop.

“She gave me a gift certificate to go. I’m so glad. I find the time now,” she said. “It takes away the stress. Any massage will. She just, like, pampers you.”

O’Connell-Tibble said Talmadge has helped her deal with several minor problems.

“I was having really bad heart burn last week. She said, ‘Okay, I have a technique for that,” O’Connell-Tibble said. Talmadge worked her massage magic, and the heart burn was gone, she said.

Talmadge also has suggested comfortable sleeping positions and ways to stimulate pressure points to relieve headaches.

Talmadge said she can also help women with problems related to pregnancy, including infertility, and can help in the induction of labor through massage, relaxation techniques and herbal remedies.

“I have a background in herbs because of my training as a midwife,” she said.

The store is lined with shelves brimming with soaps, lotions and bath salts with names like “jazz berries,” “ocean sky,” “rainforest” and “delicious vanilla.”

One wall is devoted to Talmadge’s own product line, called Emma’s Natural. There are massage oils, balms, an item called Chocolate Belly Butter, cream for sore nipples and cream for diaper rash.

“I make my own products,” she said. “My kitchen is like a laboratory.”

O’Connell-Tibble said she was reluctant to try one of Talmadge’s creams to treat her 2-year old son Ethan’s chronic diaper rash.

“I was skeptical. I was nervous,” she said.

But the cream worked well.
“It’s the best stuff I’ve ever used,” she said.

O’Connell-Tibble also keeps a stash of Chocolate Belly Butter on hand at home. Talmadge said it helps to prevent stretch marks on the abdomen.

“I use it on my legs, too,” she said. O’Connell-Tibble has also availed herself of another of Talmadge’s services: belly masking. This is a procedure wherein the breasts and belly are cast in plaster. The finished cast is sometimes painted and decorated and can be displayed in the home, Talmadge said.

Belly masking, massage, facial masks, waxing, manicures and pedicures are all part of the home spa parties that Talmadge offers. She and her staff host parties in clients’ homes or in the shop and dispense various services to all party guests, she said.

For information about Celebrated Woman, call 630.369.8500.

Clear Communication with your Therapist

Posted on: July 25th, 2017

We desire all of our clients receive the best services possible either from our massage therapy or aesthetics teams. When receiving treatment from a massage or an aesthetics therapist, clear communication — both verbal and non-verbal — is key to getting the effective experience you are seeking. Your communication begins before you begin relaxing at the table. These tips will help you receive the best service and create a wonderful relationship with your therapist.

Tips for Clear Communication with your Therapist


Pre-Appointment – Confirm all the details of the spa, such as the address and parking as well as the time slotted for your appointment; this way you are not feeling rushed before or after your appointment. Make sure your drink plenty of water at least 24 hours before the appointment so your skin and muscles are hydrated.

During the Appointment – Mention any recent illnesses, injuries, previous surgeries, bumps, cuts or herpes outbreaks. This will help the therapist handle you with care. Feel free to let the therapist know how previous treatments have gone for you or what you expect to gain from the service. If they ask you, “How are you feeling?” be as specific as possible with your answers so they can address any concerns. Answers like “Fine.” or “I feel bad.” aren’t very helpful to your therapist.

Immediately following the Service – Drink plenty of water and let your therapist know what you thought of the service, honestly. If you are ready, book a follow-up appointment and create a long term relationship with your therapist.

Post Appointment  – In order to receive the true benefits from massage and facials you need to feel comfortable and relaxed. This can truly happen when you develop a sense of trust and understanding with your therapist. Be honest and direct, truly listen, choose your words wisely, and remember to give details when sharing information about how you feel so your therapist is never guessing.

Your face and/or body will be grateful along with your mind because there will be no guesses when you are receiving your services, should you follow these tips. Here at USTA, we are always up to date with recent trends in aesthetics and massage therapy. We look forward to helping train and guide you into a successful career in either massage therapy or aesthetics. To learn more, contact us at 630-968-6800, option 1 to speak with an admissions representative today.

May your next treatment be effective!

Pre and Post Facial Care

Posted on: July 19th, 2017

We desire better looking skin when we invest in a facial and there are ways that we can help our investment both before and after with the way we care for our skin. Some of us go to into our spa service thinking that moment is all our skin needs, however the pre and post care is vital to the facial benefits.

Pre and Post Facial Care Tips

Pre-Facial Do’s – Drink lots of water as this will hydrate your skin and prepare it for the facial. Keep with your normal skincare routine so your skin therapist can see how your skin is on the daily.

Pre-Facial Dont’s – Don’t drink too much alcohol a day or two before as this will dehydrate your skin and thin your blood vessels that may cause an irritation as the facial takes place. Try not to use skincare with retina or retinol within a three-day window as these products may cause an irritation with facial products. Don’t eat oily foods within a two-day period.

Post-Facial Do’s – Drink lots of water as that will continue to keep your skin hydrated. Stay out of the sun if possible for the remainder of the day.

Post- Facial Dont’s  – Try not to touch your face for the remainder of the day and not be tempted to irritate any acne that has been worked on by your therapist. Don’t take too hot of a shower or go into a spa/sauna for 72 hours. This will open the pores and may irritate your skin. Try not to wear much makeup if any at all for the rest of the day. Let your skin breathe and enjoy the natural glow!

Your skin will be delighted to receive the benefits of a facial service should you follow these tips. Here at USTA, we are always up to date with recent trends in aesthetics and massage therapy. We look forward to helping train and guide you into a successful career in either massage therapy or aesthetics. To learn more, contact us at 630-968-6800, option 1 to speak with an admissions representative today.

May your skin glow before and after your next facial!

Students Planning for Fall

Posted on: July 12th, 2017

As we are halfway through summer now, many of you may be wondering what your next chapter will be come fall. At USTA, registration is open for upcoming fall programs both in massage therapy or aesthetics. We thought it would be great to share some goal-setting tips as your next chapter will be unfolding next month!


Goal Setting Tips for Fall Programs/Semester

Organization – Begin organizing yourself both at home and life. This can be little things like cleaning out drawers and closets, meal plan your week, and planning weekly activities. You will set yourself up for success the fall should you have the details of life organized beforehand.

Finance – Goal setting in finance can begin with daily decisions like a Starbucks latte, super-sizing a meal, or buying a new pair of shoes. This will help you this fall as you take on the costs with becoming a student, and you’ll feel confident knowing how to set weekly and monthly money goals.

Time-Management – Time is one of the most important tools for students. As you prepare for fall, begin by planning your week out with daily to-do’s, weekly commitments and seeing the free-time available to plan fun time with friends. Your fall will go much smoother and you will have less chance of procrastination and stress. Developing good time-management skills will help you later in life.

S.M.A.R.T – (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Results-Focused, Time-Bound) An example of this is writing a new personal statement for yourself that you will be able to evaluate, review how it’s being achieved, with clear outcomes listed and timeframes.You’ll be able to use this type of goal-setting later with projects, work and many aspects of life.

Your body and mind will be set to begin this fall should you follow these goal-setting tips. Here at USTA, we look forward to helping train and guide you into a successful career in either massage therapy or aesthetics. To learn more, contact us at 630-968-6800, option 1 to speak with an admissions representative today.

We look forward to helping you succeed!

Relaxing During Your Massage

Posted on: July 6th, 2017

Many people are not able to relax both their bodies or their minds during their massage therapy. At USTA, all our students are given hands on experience in their curriculum to begin their massage therapy career with a holistic approach to massage. We thought we would share a few tips to take with you to your next massage treatment so it may be more relaxing and balanced!

Relaxing Tips for the Mind and Body During a Massage


Close your Eyes – When you close your eyes during your massage, it helps your mind slow down and not to be on alert mode.

Don’t Talk – Catch up with your therapist before you are given the few minutes to undress and prepare for treatment. While you are being treated, focus on a happy thought or imagine your body is a candle and slowly melting beginning with your head. Work through that image very slowly and your body should relax as the idea of muscles melting like a candle soothes the mind and tension within the body.

Deep Breathing – This is the best tip to benefit your body and your mind during a massage! Deep breathing will boost the flow of blood, lower your heart rate and blood pressure, increase the effectiveness of your lymphatic system, and detoxify your organs all while relieving stress. Begin a slow and steady deep breathing pattern.

Your body and mind will be both relaxed and balanced during your next massage treatment next time using three tips! Here at USTA, we are always up to date with recent trends in aesthetics and massage therapy. We look forward to helping train and guide you into a successful career in either massage therapy or aesthetics. To learn more, contact us at 630-968-6800, option 1 to speak with an admissions representative today.

Let your body and mind relax!

Aromatherapy and the Summer

Posted on: June 30th, 2017

As the temperatures and humidity go up, you may be wondering what you can do to bring your body heat down a notch. Essential oils are a huge trend and there are many ways they can help! At USTA, we expand the skillset of all our students with a clear understanding of aromatherapy with the safe and therapeutic uses of oils for clients. Students are taught how to make body care products for both personal and professional use. We thought we would share a couple of recipes for you to use this summer!

Aromatherapy Recipes for Summer

Cooling oils – Peppermint, Spearmint, Lemongrass and Eucalyptus

Carrier oils – Grapeseed, Sweet Almond, Coconut Oil (Fractionated)

Calming oils – Lavender, Geranium, Ylang Ylang

For massages on your feet, neck or back this summer, combine a few drops of the cooling oils with a carrier oil and you’ll be left both relaxed and cooled off for quite a while! The peppermint oil mix will be quite a refreshing reward to your feet at the end of the day.

For a mid-day cool down when you can’t make it to the pool, add a few drops of any cooling coil to a spray bottle filled with water and keep it in your refrigerator. Whenever your body calls for it, stop by your fridge, close your eyes and give your face and/or chest a quick spritz. You can also get a travel size spray bottle and add a couple drops of cooling oil along with a calming oil for sticky hot days you will be at the fair, or on a road trip.

Your body and mind will be both cooled and calmed from the heat this summer using these aromatherapy tips and recipes! Here at USTA, we are always up to date with popular trends in aesthetics and massage therapy. We look forward to helping train and guide you into a successful career in either massage therapy or aesthetics. To learn more, contact us at 630-968-6800, option 1 to speak with an admissions representative today!

May your week be balanced with aromatherapy!