Welcome to our monthly series Beyond the Sheets. Each month, we will speak with an expert or influencer, disrupter or trendsetter in the wellness industry to glance into their journey around health and wellness.
In this month’s In the Skin feature, we sit down with Candice Piroli, owner of Estetique Solutions, LLC. Estetique Solutions is an international business offering permanent makeup, non-laser tattoo removal, professional training classes and more, much more. Candice radiates a passion for the advancement of her industry and elevating other professionals within it. Not only is she running an international endeavor, Candice is the mother of two beautiful young boys. She navigates both roles with compassion and humility, never taking herself too seriously as you will read. We loved learning more about Candice, her business and her skincare routine (she is a self-proclaimed skincare guru and we believe it; her skin is glowing!). Enjoy your visit with Candice.
Nollapelli: What initially drew you to work in the beauty industry?
Candice: My mother is a cosmetologist, so I grew up playing with her makeup brushes and curling irons. I just love everything about the beauty industry and making people feel better from the inside out.
Nollapelli: Where did the idea for Estetique Solutions originate?
Candice: After 16 years working as a professional makeup artist and having a few clients battling cancer, I decided to venture into the permanent cosmetics industry. The feeling I get when I hand a cancer survivor the mirror after their eyebrow treatment is priceless.
Nollapelli: For those new to permanent cosmetics who may be nervous to try, what are the benefits of these permanent procedures?
Candice: I like to call permanent cosmetics high/low maintenance. They are specialty treatments that make your life, especially your morning routine so much easier. You can swim, workout, go dancing and wake up with permanent makeup! Permanent cosmetics can address certain medical conditions:
- Difficulties in normal make-up application because of visual impairment, unsteady hands resulting from arthritis, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, or other degenerative diseases
- Alopecia (absence of hair)
- Camouflage of scars
- Vitiligo (absence of pigment)
- Areola pigmentation after breast reconstruction
Nollapelli: Your business and skills take you all over the world.
Candice: I travel internationally to train professionals looking to advance their skills in the permanent cosmetics and the non-laser tattoo removal industry. I absolutely love training. It is where I shine. I take what I do very seriously and pour my heart into my students training. I have been very fortunate to travel the world and work with some of the most gifted individuals in my industry.
Nollapelli: Since founding a company, what is the greatest lesson you have learned?
Candice: This is a tough one because honestly, I am learning every day. I did not grow up in an entrepreneurial family so things like budgeting, business plans, going from an LLC to a corporation are all things I have had to read and learn about on my own. One great lesson that I have learned is, if it is not filling your cup, leave it. I try my best to stay true to my mission of helping to restore confidence in my clients as well as collaborating and supporting fellow industry professionals. I wholeheartedly believe that we are so much stronger together.
Nollapelli: With May being home to Mother’s Day, it is important to mention you are a mother to two lovely boys. Is there a practice you instill to help balance motherhood and business?
Candice: There is honestly no such thing as work/life balance! At least not for me as I am running an international company. I do the best I can though. I am fortunate to have a solid support system in my mother. If it were not for her, I would not be able to do half of what I do in a day! As far as hacks, I try to prepare clothing, food, games ahead of time. I’m constantly prepping. When I do have free time, I devote it to my children. They aren’t on iPads and phones. We are together doing something enjoyable like going to the museum or park. I schedule special one on one time with each of my boys too, so they never feel left out.
Nollapelli: And, you would like to offer something to the fellow mothers reading this!
Candice:Yes! For mothers only, 10% off all Fibroblast Skin Tightening Treatments, Cryoskin Slimming & Toning Packages.*
Nollapelli: Any emerging trends you are seeing surrounding skincare and cosmetic treatments?
Candice: Yes, and I love it all! Microneedling is the way of the future! Microneedling devices and techniques are getting better every month! The FDA is finally cracking down on some of the bogus companies out there. I am seeing more noninvasive treatments become the go-to for anti-aging treatments. This is why I offer and teach fibroblast skin tightening and cryoskin. Clients want to avoid expensive surgeries that leave them swollen and bruised for weeks with little results.
Nollapelli: How does your nighttime skincare routine differ from your morning?
Candice: I am a skincare guru! I love to pamper my skin! When I get home from my office, I always wash my makeup off and I will either follow that with a Zo Skin health facial scrub or jade roll with my organic facial oil. I am currently loving Zo, so I use their eye creams and night creams on my face, neck, hands and décolleté. I am also a big lover of microneedling and sheet masks!
My morning routine is a bit simpler. Cleanse with Zo, if needed I will use my Zo facial scrub - it awesome! It’s like a sand blaster. I follow with their SPF. I am obsessed and have been using Smashbox Photo Finish Primer for more than 10 years!
Nollapelli: One service you offer is non-laser tattoo removal. Can you talk a little more about this?
Candice: I offer and teach an all-natural non laser tattoo removal method that is safe on all ink colors, skin tones and even bad permanent makeup. I am a member of Pittsburgh Action Against Rape (PAAR) and I help to safely remove branding tattoos on sex trafficking victims.
Nollapelli: What is one thing you do for your skin every day?
Candice: I always, always where SPF (even in gloomy) Pittsburgh!
*Please contact Estetique Solutions at 412-206-5450 and mention Nollapelli and this article to redeem the 10% off all Fibroblast Skin Tightening Treatments, Cryoskin Slimming & Toning Packages. This offer ends May 31, 2019.