BEAUTY WITH A CONSCIENCE
The Portland Girl is the brainchild of Master Indie Esthetician, Anna Long, who wanted to break beyond traditional “beauty business standards” by creating a skin care and sugaring studio that was as unique as Portland itself. A studio that beautified Portland one lady bombshell at a time, while also giving back to our community and setting a high standard for how the “Skin Biz” should be done. We blend ancient beauty rituals with cutting edge skin care treatments that target NW skin (yep, we have our own regional challenges).
Unlike most skincare studios that carry products that are chock-full of ingredients linked to cancer and skin irritation, we believe in only using/carrying/selling products that pass our artisanal standards. No parabens, No sulfates, No phthalates, No weird dyes or fake perfumes and no testing on our furry animals. We feel that the products you use should be super effective, but that they shouldn’t give you weird rashes, headaches and God forbid – cancer.
Our mission: Give back to yourself and give back to your community. Because if you aren’t taking care of yourself, how can you take care of others? Well … are you a “Portland Girl”? Read more about our clients below
MEET THE TEAM
I love the sun (way more than any esthetician should…), salsa dancing after a shot of tequila and convening with nature for grounding and inspiration. I’ve been an esthetician for 6 years and view each and every facial as a chance to make someones day, week or month just a little (ok, a lot) more pleasurable.
How did I get into this business? I had acne growing up and it was a big slap to my self-esteem. Everyone told me to do something different and none of them seemed to really know the root of my condition. After receiving my Master’s Degree in Social Work, I went on to study Esthetics in Illinois (750 hour training program). I quickly realized that the skin was more than skin deep and I threw myself into the study of energy work and Chinese medicine (including training in holistic nutrition and herbs).
When I’m not doing skincare + sugaring + biz-running I’m: Cuddling with my 2 dogs & my hubby, traveling the world & shamelessly sharing pics of my food! Oh, and I help talented women launch extraordinary businesses @ Electric Empire.
What kind of ‘Portland Girl’ are you? The kind that wears bright red lipstick to dress up yoga pants and sucks at gardening but loves getting her hands dirty!
I’ve called Portland home since 2007, and have discovered who I really am here. I love trying new things, helping people and organizations that I care about, and being a part of an awesome community. Once I started to get facials regularly, I was hooked. I actually saw a difference in my skin and realized that this was what my life had been missing all these years! Growing up with acne made me hate my skin, but today my skin has never looked better. I’ve always trusted Anna as my personal skin care expert, and when I had the opportunity to join the team I jumped for joy.
When I’m not at the Portland Girl: I’m working from home, spending time with loved ones, and taking care of my baby, and demanding pets. I love running, and am usually training for some race.
What kind of Portland Girl are you? I’m the kind that enjoys that first cup of coffee in the morning, chatting with people at the Farmer’s Market, and laugh at myself every day.
senior sugarista, esthetician
Spring is my favorite season, I love seeing the colorful flowers blooming around the city and listening to the birds chirp, and hiking/practicing yoga outdoors for grounding and serenity. I am new to the world of Esthetics but am beyond thrilled to be learning and growing in this industry and to start not only my career, but the journey my passion will take me on!
How did I get into this business?Growing up I was always very aware of the importance of washing my face and taking care of my skin, but I had never really thought of skincare as something I would be passionate about or would pursue as a career. I had acne through my teenage years and it seemed no matter what I tried nothing seemed to work. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I started to really understand and realize that I had a true passion for skincare and knew it was something I wanted to pursue further.
When I’m not doing skincare + sugaring I’m: Taking every chance I can to get outdoors, hike the local trails and breathe the fresh air. Being outdoors is very therapeutic and refreshing. I also love discovering new local coffee shops and eating delicious vegan food!
What kind of Portland girl are you? The kind that falls in love with every dog I see, always looking to explore a new and unfamiliar part of the city, and making friends with the people I meet along the way.
lead sugarista, esthetician
I was born and raised in Michigan. I have lived in Nebraska, California and I’m now a new Portland baby as of 2013 with my husband. I am a dog mom and have 3 parrots who are my everything. I absolutely love living in Portland. Being able to go outside and see mountains in my backyard will never get old. My husband and I are having so much fun running around the city, trying new foods and restaurants, meeting new people and exploring Oregon. I enrolled in full Cosmetology and when the time finally came to learn about skincare, I was hooked and loved every minute of it. I would try to spend as much time as I could in the spa, performing facials, massaging, and waxing bodies. After graduating, I stumbled upon sugaring, took a leap and enrolled in a training seminar and had so much fun learning the technique and immediately fell in love. I knew this is where I was meant to be.
When I’m not doing skincare + sugaring I’m: Sitting on my couch with cereal watching cartoons on Netflix, taking my dog to the park, laughing with my husband, coloring/cutting my friends hair, playing video games, and singing to my parrots.
What kind of Portland girl are you? A huge nerd. I love video games, comics, superheroes, toys, stuffed animals, cartoons, all of it. My room is covered in collectibles, posters, I’ve dressed up and gone to Comic-Con, and every month I go out with the Portland Geek Girls Brunch. I am a girl who loves makeup, bright colors, pretty dresses, tattoos, piercings, dogs, birds, flowers, rain, and much much more.
sugarista, esthetician, makeup artist
It all started when I was young. My little sister and I played dress up with our mom’s velvet dresses and very 90’s red-brown lipstick. Since then, we have had countless beauty sessions and I believe pampering ourselves strengthened the bond between us.
How did I get into this business? I’ve loved makeup since I discovered the internet beauty community in high school and purchased my first makeup palette of 50 different colors–I guess you could say I was all in. Later, I began focusing on skin care and it was so empowering. I love showing women just how gorgeous they are and seeing their eyes light up when I accentuate their natural beauty.
When I’m not doing skincare + sugaring I’m: Watching Netflix in my current favorite masque or at a coffee shop with my husband. I also enjoy blogging as a place for my ideas, recommendations, and curiosities in the beauty community.
What kind of Portland girl are you? I’m the go-to girl for product and place recommendations! I’ll tell you my thoughts on the latest beauty trends, and also the best food and drink you can find in Portland.
associate sugarista, esthetician, makeup artist
I moved to Portland in 2008 to attend Linfield College in McMinnville, OR. I was raised in a military lifestyle because my father served in the Marine Corps for 27 years. We’ve traveled around the world during my childhood. I’ve lived in Hawaii, Alaska, Japan and Canada. Out of all of these unique places, Portland is one of my favorite cities because I love how the people embrace individuality, support local businesses and the arts and are passionate about saving the environment.
How did I get into this business? My passion for esthetics and makeup began when I took a theater makeup class and assisted behind stage for theater productions at Linfield College. I realized that makeup artistry could be the field I was looking for to build a career where I could utilize my artistic skills. After college, I attended Marinello Schools of Beauty to study makeup and it was here, I learned about skin care, the benefits of natural ingredients and hair removal. My education in beauty ignited my passion for esthetics because I loved providing a relaxing space for my clients and I’m passionate about helping clients find safe and natural products for their unique skin.
When I’m not doing skincare + sugaring I’m: working on set for a TV/film production or assisting with makeup at weddings. During my free time, I enjoy catching up with friends over cocktails, watching films, meditating, dancing, modeling for art classes and collaborating on artistic projects.
What kind of ‘Portland Girl’ are you? I’m the kind of gal who loves the beautiful changes in the seasons from bundling up and watching movies in the rainy, fall season to rocking a floral dress in the spring. I enjoy trying unique hairstyles, expressing myself through fashion, applying makeup, checking out cute boutiques and exploring this beautiful city.
associate sugarista / esthetician
I graduated with a degree in International Relations in 2014, and though I always had a passion for travel, current affairs, and international politics, I couldn’t find a job or community that gave me a sense of purpose and fulfillment. Leaving behind beloved friends and family, I moved to Portland in 2015 and immediately fell in love with the culture and easy going flow of the city. Here, I found the openness to discover how I wanted to shape my life.
How did I get into this business? I struggled with acneic/scarred/oily skin long into my 20s, always researching methods, products, and fads but couldn’t find much relief. After being diagnosed with PCOS and endometriosis, I finally found the root of my problems and could start the road to recovery. Along the way, I discovered how esthetics could be the perfect career to constantly learn and evolve, helping others and myself, and have a daily positive impact on those I have the pleasure to work with and on. I continue to explore how what you eat and drink has a huge impact on your skin and am always seeking holistic ways to improve overall health.
When I’m not doing skincare + sugaring I’m: I love trying new recipes, cozying up on the couch with my boyfriend, taking walks around the city with my pit, Lemmy, and reading magazines on everything from skincare, self care and fashion to world events and politics.
What kind of ‘Portland Girl’ are you? I love browsing flea markets for trash and treasure, I will talk to any animal like they are my favorite child, and I need fresh, open air and a good dose of sunshine to stay sane.
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