Loaded with health benefits both big and small, the benefits are seemingly endless. From the direct such as reducing lower back pain, knee joint ache and carpal tunnel as well as the indirect in relieving anxiety and depression, improving well-being and inducing a sense of calm for a better sleep. The fact that massage therapy takes place in a supremely comforting environment in the presence of a compassionate being has profound effects on our emotional state. A research-backed tool, massage therapy has proven its merits in so many ways.
Just what the doctor ordered.
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photo :: carrie mateosian
Meet Candace Kendall. Miss New York USA 2014.
An accomplished model, dancer and philanthropist, the recently crowned Candace believes every day should be utilized to its full potential and strives to make a difference in the life of each person she meets. The impact she can have as a state titleholder can be overwhelming, however, she is grateful to have this opportunity once again. Candace was Miss New York Teen USA in 2006 and has reigned with remarkable poise.
Her passions have led her to numerous charitable organizations to which she gives much of her time and support from animal shelters to cancer to multiple sclerosis to women and children issues. In her quest to continue making a difference, Candace has led a women’s class at her college teaching safety tips and self-defense techniques to help empower women to better defend themselves. A brown belt in Isshin-Ryu karate and a three-time first place division champion title do not hurt either.
As an international model, her career has taken her to New York, Toronto, Singapore and LA. Woven into her accomplishments are 21 years of dance. From tap, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical and pointe, dancing has instilled a strong work ethic and determination that she attributes her successes in life to. One of her most cherished successes is her BA as a double major in corporate finance and accounting. Candace graduated magna cum laude in addition to being named to the dean’s list every semester and was inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma International Honor Society for being in the top ten percent of business students.
Candace strives to touch the lives of everyone she connects with by inspiring them and giving back as Miss New York and more importantly, as Candace. To many of us who know her as Candace, she graces Scott Miller with her indelible warmth as she meets and greets staff and clients alike at special events and making the everyday an extraordinary event. Our love goes with her as she sets her sights on Miss USA in June.
A special note: Our very own Hannah Lopa also competed in Miss New York with Candace. We are incredibly proud of Hannah as her passion, dedication and talents on and off-stage are wonderful assets to us. You may see her lovely smile around Scott Miller. Please say hello.
Q - As Miss New York, how are you sharing this experience with your family, friends and fans?
I was fortunate to have some of my family and friends at the pageant supporting me. It really meant a lot to me to have the people who have shaped my life to be there to share in all our accomplishments. I have been traveling a lot in my new role. A memorable stop was an event to support the Meriwether Foundation that helps people in Southern Africa with health, education and nutrition. Through the Meriwether Foundation, I was able to attend the Venexiana show for New York Fashion Week. One of the benefits to my role is meeting people in person at the appearances and fundraisers that I attend. It’s incredibly rewarding to have that connection and it’s one of the things I love most about this experience.
Q - You wear many crowns. Not just Miss New York but philanthropist, model, women’s advocate, daughter, friend. Have you felt the need to separate the personal from your work?
I am blessed to have many different roles in life but the nice thing is that I can just be myself for all of them. I do not feel that I have to separate my private life from work. There is a profile that each titleholder fills out before competing for Miss USA that talks about your background, accomplishments and views where the content can be shared with the public. I am happy to share my experiences with others and it is always very heart-warming when someone tells me that my journey has inspired her.
Q - You reigned as Miss New York Teen at a young age. How did you summon the confidence and know-how to project the sense that you are in control and know what you’re doing?
I competed for Miss New York Teen USA when I was fifteen years old and I had no idea what to expect. I was very nervous at first but I really loved the pageant experience. I learned more about myself and gained confidence that helped me win the following year when I competed again. I knew who I was … a caring, hard-working person. I just made sure that the judges were able to get to know me.
Q - How do you set yourself a discipline or structure to take on this incredible journey?
I have been wanting to go for Miss New York USA but I wanted to wait until I felt ready to prepare and give my all to the goal. In addition to the necessary pageant preparations including interview skills, wardrobe management and personal health commitments, I enjoy my community service activities, working at Scott Miller and assisting my mom at Fairport Karate Academy. These are my daily touchstones as I prepare to go after my dream. It has been an exciting ride and I am thankful for every moment.
Q - Your most fervent wish?
My goal is to serve as a real role model who inspires young women to work hard, to lead, to be confident and comfortable in their own skin. This is more than just a beauty contest, It’s a responsibility to uphold the integrity of the titles and the core values that go along with it. A responsibility I do not take lightly.
Do you know that makeup has an expiration date? Spring is the perfect time to go through your makeup bag and say ciao to some of it. Let’s start.
How long have you had your mascara? If you don’t remember, it’s time to say goodbye. Mascara, especially if it’s opened, is only good for 90 days. Surprised? Think of your makeup as food. If it has a weird smell, it has gone bad and you need to toss it out. You wouldn’t eat old food. Why use old makeup?
The following is a rough guide to shoot for in your spring cleaning.
Cream shadow (if you keep your applicator clean) - 12 months
Powder shadow - 24 months
Tip: If you had an eye infection, you need to throw out all your eye makeup and make sure to wash your eye brushes with an antibacterial soap. Seriously.
Eyeliner: Gel and cream liner - up to 6 months
Tip: To help gel liner dry faster, make sure you always keep the top on and store it upside down. And remember: if the brush is not clean, it can carry bacteria.
Pencil: up to 2 years
Tip: Keep them fresh by sharpening the tip before use.
Lipstick: up to 2 year (if stored in a dry cool place away from sun light)
Tip: If there is a change to the texture or it has an odor, it has gone bad.
Gloss and Lip Balm: 90 days
Glosses are like mascara. They will collect more bacteria.
Tip: If they have a strong odor … no good!
Foundation and Concealer: 12 months
Tip: Using clean brushes and sponges will help lengthen the life of your cosmetic.
My personal tip to all of you is to always keep your makeup clean and be aware of when you start using the product so you know when it’s time to replace it. Remember, makeup goes on your skin and you want to protect it. I invite you to stop by Scott Miller any time with your makeup bag. We’ll give you a hand with spring cleaning your makeup wardrobe.
silvana gulino :: store manager/makeup artist
What if Monday feels like Friday? You believe that to do something well is to enjoy it. You find your inspirations for life are merging with inspirations for work. These are telltale signs that you may be doing what you love in a place that loves what you do.
Thousands of Rochester workers were asked recently what makes for a great workplace. In a partnership to uncover the top workplaces in Rochester, the Democrat & Chronicle and WorkplaceDynamics invited nearly 900 area companies to participate in the inaugural study. 76 companies participated. 12,000 employees surveyed. 45 companies were recognized. 3 companies topped the list in the large, midsize and small categories. We were nominated by our stylist/educator/creative team member, Mya Bonnette, who believed in us enough to take that first step. A step we never anticipated that took Scott Miller to the highest peak.
For nearly thirty years, we have made the commitment to create an environment where people feel like winners. Empowered to achieve their goals and fulfill their dreams, to feel loved, valued and respected, and with continued education to serve at a level that exceeds not just clients’ expectations but ours as well. We have created a family. One that has a deep heart, a solid conscience and a nurturing space where we can express our creativity with gratitude for one another as well as each and every client who honor us by walking through our doors.
A sincere thank you to our incredible staff for making us Rochester’s Best Place to Work. This remarkable acknowledgement is a true testament to the passion that we all share in abundance in pursuit of everyday excellence in all we do and those we touch. More importantly, it speaks to the outstanding companies who continue to inspire us all in a place we call home. The winner is Rochester. Where best places to work shine the brightest.
When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bounds. Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be. // patanjali
Everyone searches for that perfect eye cream. A lot of my clients will complain about their crow’s feet or maybe the puffiness under their eyes or the dark circles they wake up to each morning. I know I’m one of those people who have fine lines around my eyes. I’m always looking for the best eye cream. I tend to find one and stick to it for awhile. However, I’m always excited about the next best eye cream.
Institut’ DERMed has two eye treatments available. I love both of them and you can use them alone in the morning and at night or try them together. The Enhancing Eye Serum and the Enhancing Eye Cream Complex are my newest loves.
The serum is amazing. It has a corn silk extract in it which is a rich source of vitamin K to diminish dark circles under the eyes and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. You can also use the serum around your lip area for fine lines.
The cream complex just debuted a year ago. It contains Matrixyl 3000, one of the most respected and effective ingredients being utilized in anti-aging skin care today. It also works to mimic collagen building peptides creating a healthy, full look to the skin. The cream complex lightens dark circles, tightens eye contour and reduces puffiness under the eyes. You can’t go wrong with one or both of these amazing eye treatments.
Most people are surprised to know that I did not grow up playing with my mother’s makeup simply because she was not a makeup wearer. What I did have to play with were crayons and paint.
One of my earliest inspirations was my Crayola crayons. I remembered that by first grade, the 8-count, the 24-count and even the 64-count boxes were completely obsolete to me. As a first grader, I required the 120-count box. Even as a 7-year-old, I always felt “more was more.” I loved the variety and how they were not just your average red, blue and green. Although they had their place, I needed the magenta, the turquoise and the peach that the 120-count provided. I would use them ALL. I could even remember noticing the different textures and density of pigment within the colors. Of course, I could not put it in those terms at that age but I remembered distinctly that the classic red crayon was one of the softest and laid down a lot of color.
I pay attention to all those things in makeup now. I would look forward to a brand new box at the start of the school year. As an adult, my box of crayons is now my lipstick unit on my vanity. It has the same tiered display as the Crayolas so I can see each and every one.
I also used to decorate cakes where I was always getting lectured as to why I wasn’t using the red, yellow and blue colors that my boss had mixed. I had to make something I felt more pleasing to the eye. Who wanted a cake with just red roses when you could pair them with burnt red and yellow with a tinge of orange? I was famous for my green flowers. I liked the monochromatic look of it. I was told that green flowers didn’t exist in nature. My response: “I just made it. They now exist.”
Continuing my love affair with colors, I took every art class there was to take in high school and continued into college. At cosmetology school, color theory was my favorite part. My world has been filled with every color I can imagine and it’s beautiful.
:: jennifer c : makeup artist