Leslie is a beauty guru and esthetician by trade for 22 years and counting. With a passion for the industry from such a young age, it was a natural fit for her to pursue a career in beauty and wellness. After working for spas all over Toronto, big and small, she finally pursued her dream of opening up her own establishment called Darling Spa, which received many praises and was rated the #1 spa in Toronto for three years! After much success, Leslie moved onto teaching esthetics when the opportunity to work for THE TEN SPOT® appeared and she never looked back! Leslie has been working for THE TEN SPOT® for nearly 8 years as the manager for education, training and quality for the company.
What’s your current skincare routine? Are you someone who likes to follow each skincare step every night? What are some of your favourite Miracle 10 products to use?
I am an esthetician so I looooove beauty products - the more the merrier. In my younger years, my skin was greater than I thought so at the time - man, I wish I would have appreciated it more back then! After having a child, I had some hormonal fluctuations due to surgeries and my skin seriously changed. I started getting more hormonal, cystic acne on my chin. This was a huge struggle for me as an esthetician but also in terms of my confidence. I was insecure about my skin and to boot, the acne I had was under the skin and rarely came to the surface. It really hurt. I always followed a strict skincare regime for my skin and was religious about trying to rid myself of this acne + gain my skin-confidence back but, I was trying too much and too many different kinds of products. Unfortunately, what I was using wasn’t doing the trick... until Miracle 10! I ditched everything I was using and went on a strict M10 plan: Cleanser II, Solution I, Retinol 30 (working up to every other night), Eye Treatment, Veil + SPF. Oh ya and one of my holy grail products - Mask! I am a creature of habit so I like knowing that not only do these products work for me and my skin, I know what I need to do every morning + night.
Do you have any beauty/skincare hacks or tips that have upped your beauty game?
Retinol. This is something I had never used before Miracle 10 and since starting this regime, it has transformed my skin. My skin is more clear, brighter and most importantly it doesn’t hurt anymore!
What’s currently in your bag (beauty and non-beauty related)? What things must you always have immediate access to throughout the day?
SPF (and a hat)! I always have some SPF that I can access at any time of the day because I do not want to risk exposing my skin to the harsh rays (more so now that I am on a Retinol plan). I always have a Fitglow beauty lip serum handy (either night or nudie are my 2 faves). Definitely my 10spot® beauty hand cream, hand sanitizer (obvi), 2-3 masks to match with my outfit 😉 and some mints. I def have a lot of bags so the trick is transferring everything I need as I switch them up!!
What’s something that no one really knows about you?
I am a pretty open book so I am not sure there is much!😉 I am definitely a homebody. I love hanging out with my hubby + my dream boy - my 5-year-old son, Clark. Everyone knows how much I love my little boy so that is certainly no secret, but what they may not know is our IVF journey to get to this place. So many women have gone through it but many don’t speak about it. I am grateful every single day that my IVF experience brought me to him. I have a script tattoo on my right arm saying ‘worth the wait’ and every time I look down at my arm, I see this and know what it took to get here. It makes me cherish every second I get with him. What makes my tattoo even more special is that I got it with my mom. She got her first that day too (my favourite pic of us above). Also, I love Dr. Phil!
Here at Miracle 10, we love to define a Glow Getter as someone who isn’t afraid to be their true, authentic self. In your words, what does it mean to be a Glow Getter?
2020 has definitely tested me (and the world) in more ways than I can even begin to count. Being a glow getter to me means being resilient + balanced. Knowing what you want and going for it. I also believe in being kind, generous + treating others the way you would want to be treated. so simple - we need more of this in the world. My passion in life also drives me. That goes for the love I have for the work I do + also my passion and love for my family + friends. There's nothing more important than that, even in the craziest of times. I get all of that above from my mom, my twin - the original glow getter!! It’s not always the easiest thing to do but slowing down (even if in reality, I am still going a mile a minute) and taking the time to breathe and enjoy the moment whatever that may be.
Stay tuned for our next Glow Getter Spotlight with CEO & Creator of THE TEN SPOT® - Kristen Gale!