The Evening Esthie’s Blog Takeover #4 by Cathy Fillion

……so, where were we last time we blogged? Oh, that’s right fears and visions of clients leaving without eyebrows. Clients looking at us square in the eye and saying “you really don’t know what you are doing, do you?”

None of that happened.

The Evening Esthie’s just completed their waxing final last week.  So please feel free to book as space is limited. Not only do we promise to leave you hairless in the designated areas but our practice with professionalism and confidence might just have you taking a nap as we provide the service. So, with waxing behind us we continue to practice on mani’s and pedi’s.


We are learning both straight and French, light and dark colours, lacquers and gels. I discovered just like waxing, it is not as simple as it looks with mani’s and pedi’s. There is a real science to looking at the foot for diseases and disorders, cleaning up the foot through cutting, filing, scraping callouses and dead skin, cleaning up cuticles to create beautiful smile line.

We covered all the knowledge in class first so we would be prepared and armed with knowledge of the physiology and anatomy of feet and hands and the diseases and disorder we will come across at work. So, all this before we even dip that brush into that beautiful bright colour that will put a smile on our clients face! In our case especially, since spring is literally right around the corner.


With many a model day, practicing on each other and some paying clients we are approaching spa approved mani’s and pedi’s. Thanks to Vanessa our talented, intelligent, and patient instructor. She taught us how to hold that bottle of polish, how to stabilize the foot or hand we are painting and because of this we are rarely flooding nails and completing a service in spa time.   We also got the opportunity to join Raelyn’s class last week and started learning nail art.  We are now busy practicing flowers and animal prints. An added bonus to offer a client who wants something extra special in their service.  As I mentioned this is a real science and takes a lot of practice, patience and a chuckle now and then.  With this service, I can only say practice, practice, and practice again!  So, with all that we continue to finish our quota’s.


We are now focusing on skin and specifically the face. Understanding the different skin types, the needs, the contraindications, the realistic expectations of a service. I have mature skin so no matter how many treatments my 20 something skin is no longer. However, maintenance, lifestyle, and sun protection will keep my beautiful healthy skin radiant. This knowledge and more I have learned in the last few chapters of our textbook. The presentation Krystle gave us in the fall about SkinCeuticals is being implemented. We are using models, clients and each other to practice and learn skin types, issues, SkinCeutical products, hot cabbie for towels, steamer for preparation of extractions, masks to bring impurities to the surface and massage.  It is a real toss up some days whether the facial and products used is the best part of the service or if the massage itself is really the best.

Hmmmm, I believe I need to do more homework on this and I promise to get back to you next time…….lol.

Behind the scenes in the classroom, we have been studying communicating for success, basics of nutrition, anatomy and physiology, chemistry, electricity, facial treatments, facial massage, skin analysis, physiology and histology of the skin and diseases and disorders of the skin. We just finished all that study last week with our midterm. Quizzes, projects and tests kept us busy and better prepared to know how to take care of our clients when performing treatments. All this knowledge has built our confidence and the importance of knowing the parts of the body we are working on. It is about pleasure and fun for sure but is also about the safety of that client too.

So, the Evening Esthie’s have been very busy.  We reached our half way point in the course the other day. I must say the time has really flown and the experience thus far has been simply amazing. A small class and our great instructor Vanessa has really made this journey to a new career wonderful.

Well I am happy I got a chance to chat and keep everyone up to date on the evening class. We are unique in size and class time and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I am so grateful Delmar offered this night class as an option and hope that once they see their first one graduate in July they offer it again! So, until next time keep those hairs on the cheese cloth, tint those brows and eyes lashes, get those nails and toes painted and throw a flower on for the spring, and finish it off with a facial showing off that healthy beautiful skin you have. Face the world with confidence as you are truly beautiful at Delmar.



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Student of the Month: Christopher Sauer

Wow. Speechless. To start this off I should probably thank my instructors Rae and Christy, because without them I wouldn’t be where I am in the program at this point. Rae’s talent in the classroom keeps my thirst for knowledge strong and it never feels like a “lesson” when I am in her class. Christy’s guidance and constant encouragement in the spa makes the challenging part of my day all worth it. A round of applause for the Director, Linda, who went above and beyond during our first meeting and made me really excited to go back to school.


Accepting my award for Student of the Month from Audrey. I got a BT-Sonic device!

Last year around this time I was comfortable. I had kept a job I didn’t mind for more than a year! I had just bought my first home! I was looking forward to a vacation getaway for my 28th birthday! All was good in my hood. Then things took a turn for the worse. My mother’s cancer had spread and she was admitted to a hospice. My days were then spent caring for her and making sure she was comfortable. To say the least, it was a challenging time for my family and I. I’m not sure where I would be if it weren’t for my support system during this time.


My class is a great team. Here we are working on each other. We each have to try every service that we learn. It’s been great because you really understand the treatment from the perspective of a client AND a provider.

I had been toying around with the idea of going back to school for a while before I made the decision to take an esthetics course. I had passion for the industry but after working the retail side for so long I wasn’t sure which direction to take. I was apprehensive when I first started my research on local schools, to be truthful, I wasn’t convinced it was for me. After some encouragement I decided to book a single tour at Delmar with Linda, I mean, what’s the worst that could happen?


For my Creative Makeup project I took inspiration from Surrealism and Frida Kahlo, an artist that I love and admire

Fast forward a few months. I had just left Delmar after my meeting with Linda! I texted my partner and my grandmother and let them know that I just had one of the best meetings of my life! My excitement couldn’t be contained and I could barely believe that I was going back to school that November. Linda knocked me out that day. Her passion for the industry was evident and her program seemed like a great fit. She ignited something in me and I immediately starting counting down the days until my program was to start.


This is from our Industry Scavenger Hunt, when I was still a junior. My partner for the project was senior student, Jamie Osaka. We won and, more importantly, we had so much fun!

We’re going to fast forward again. I’m now nearly at the end of the professional esthetics program and I can’t believe how quickly time flew by. I think time passed by so quickly because I found where I’m meant to be. Tuesday through Friday feels like a break from Saturdays and Mondays (when I force myself to go to work). I look forward to my mornings in the classroom with Raelyn, where I get to hone my theoretical skills. I spend my afternoons with Christy in the spa, where I develop my practical skills. Surprisingly none of this feels like a burden. I’ll admit it’s hard, it’s really hard, I was afraid the first time I took a client. I’m happy to say that I survived, I got over it, took my own temperature and did my best.


One of my first pedicures 

The future looks bright. I’m not exactly sure where I am going and that’s okay. I hope to take the clinical program when my course is through (…I’ve really loved doing facials, especially advanced). My dream is to own my own spa and be an educator. With all I’ve learned at Delmar, I don’t doubt this is possible.


One of my first manicures

This is a quote that was shown in video form during theory that really hit me.

“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”

Ira Glass

If you’re reading this and you yourself are toying with the idea of taking this course: just do it.



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Makeup Artistry at Delmar College

Are you interested in becoming a makeup artist? If you are, then you clicked on the right post, because today we are talking about how our makeup programs work here at the college.

Yes, programs. Not just one, but four different programs, leading to a diploma in Makeup Artistry if you choose to complete them all.


Makeup by instructor Erin Halisky

By breaking it down into different classes this gives you options and the opportunity to take it in full, or just focus on where your interests are.


Fantasy makeup by Makeup 102 grad Taylor

So let’s break these classes down for you.

Everyone starts in Makeup 101. Why? Because we aim to set you up for success. This class gives you the core knowledge you need and also gives you a certificate in Infection Prevention Control, allowing you to safely and professionally offer makeup services.


Makeup 101 students hard at work

The focus in 101 is on natural to dramatic makeup applications and allows you to have a good basis of knowledge and hands on experience for bridal and grad makeup applications.


Glam look by instructor Erin Halisky

Once you successfully complete Makeup 101 you have the freedom to take the other classes in any order you choose. That said, we do recommend that you take our 102 program prior to taking Makeup 104.


Bridal makeup by Makeup 101 grad Christine

Makeup 102 is what we call our Advanced Makeup class. It is very much a hands on program that covers more advanced techniques for eye makeup, camouflaging techniques, ethnic bridal makeup, theatrical and fantasy applications, and also covers updo’s and heat styling for hair. This gives you the advantage of being able to style hair on photo shoots and for bridal or grad purposes, as well as doing the makeup.


Hair styling for photo shoots and bridal is covered in Makeup 102

Makeup 103 is our Airbrushing Workshop. This covers basic airbrushing principles to body work and stenciling. We are proud to partner with pro brand TEMPTU for this module, and include a professional grade kit with compressor and hand piece.

Makeup 104 is our Special Effects Makeup class. Learn how to work with latex and gelatin to create amazing fantasy pieces, including prosthetics.


Delmar instructor Erin Halisky (center) with some of her students and their special effects models

We partner with the best in the business. Our kits are truly pro kits and prepare you to enter the industry as a freelance artist. Where do we source them from? Who other than pro brand MAKE UP FOR EVER. Our Makeup 101 and 102 modules include extensive kits from this amazing brand that was created by makeup artists for makeup artists. Our Makeup 103 kit is sourced from TEMPTU, and our Makeup 104 kit includes professional special effects products from a variety of brands.

Want more information? Click here to be directed to our Makeup Programs page on our website, or call Shauna at 403-264-8055. We would love to tell you all about it.

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2017 at Delmar: February’s Recap

Here’s a look at what we got up to around the college in February.

Our students were BUSY. On the floor, in the classroom, with clients, and in all departments, it was non-stop.

We started and ended the month with a men’s hair cutting workshop for some of our classes. Our students cut the hair of almost 100 men between those two days. It was great practice for them all and we also want to thank all of the guys that came down and helped support a student. You guys rock!

Speaking of rock, we had another successful student photo shoot with the amazing Brandon Shaw from Analog Dog Creative. Here’s a few shots to give you a taste. Professional images to come soon.


We would also like to send out a huge thank you to our staff and students that participated in the Kids Cancer Care Shave Your Lid for a Kid event at Samuel W Shaw school. $16,000.00 was raised!


Some of our students also participated behind the scenes at the Miss Teen Calgary pageant. Thank you to all of you who helped out!


We announced another Student of the Month. Congratulations to Ayman! If you missed our blog post about him click here and check it out.


We also checked in with our Evening Esthetics class again. This post was by Teneika Dennie. Click here to read her story.


And we saw a ton of amazing student work. This is just a sample of the talent that we get to witness every day at the college.


We are so excited for March! We will welcome lots of new classes and mid month there will be a very exciting announcement, so stay tuned…

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The Evening Esthie’s Blog Takeover #3 by Teneika Dennie

Walking in on our first day, I had a pen and a 100 page Hilroy notepad. The other girls all had binders, different coloured pens and post-its. I thought this was going to be an easy class to ace. That we would learn how to work some skin care machines and do some mani’s and pedi’s. Boy, was I wrong! But then again any occupation that ends in –cian should be challenging.

I never dreamed that I would have to learn about the anatomy of the body, hair and nails. Let alone their diseases and disorders. Its amazing how the body works and how much I, as an esthetician can have an affect on it.


I’m lucky to have a small class and an amazing instructor, Vanessa.  She makes me want to come to class by including us in whatever she’s teaching and how she’s teaching it. She encourages us and always makes sure we have what we need. It’s important to have a teacher who takes time to understand you and take interest in your success. I was terrified to wax eyebrows in the beginning, I mean eyebrows can literally make or break a persons face. So, I borderline forced my instructor to stay with me every time I did them. But with Vanessa’s support, attention to detail and precision; I have grown more confident. I plan on perfecting this skill and no longer fearing it.



Having only 4 women in my class has been one of the best educational experiences ever. We all have different opinions and views on life and in class.  In a larger class you don’t really get to know everyone. I love that I’ve got the chance to see how everyone works and the method to their madness.

This month we’ve finally moved past waxing, manicures and pedicures. We’ve made our way into facials and skin care. I’ve been so excited for this one!! I love giving facial massages. With the relaxation music and knowing the client is completely at ease, I too am at ease. There’s less pressure and it’s just me, the facial products, and the music.



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Student of the Month: Ayman Al Mukdad

We are very proud to announce our February Student of the Month, Ayman Al Mukdad. We sat down with him and asked him some questions about why he chose hair and what he sees for the future.


Ayman and his daughter

What made you decide to go into the hair industry?

I chose the hair industry because I can invest in my creativity, meet new people every day, and add to my sales and marketing experience with a touch of beauty.

Why did you choose Delmar?

When I was looking for a school I went to the apprenticeship office and that led me to Delmar. 


What are your plans once you graduate?

Once I graduate I will try to get my red seal as soon as possible while I am working in a salon. I should have my own salon within one to two years. 

What has been your favourite thing you have learned so far?

It was a new experience and challenge in my life because I never worked in this industry before. I learned that nothing is impossible, we have to be patient, smart, and work hard to reach a goal. 

We definitely agree. Hard work pays off. Congratulations Ayman! We know that you are going to be hugely successful in anything you do. You are truly a Delmar Ambassador.


You can follow more of Ayman’s work on Instagram @shear_overcomb

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Don’t Quit Your Day Job

Have you ever thought about going back to school to learn a new skill or start a new career, only to find that the program hours and the weekly commitment would be too much? Maybe you looked into some evening classes through a continuing education department, only to find that funding was never an option.


We hear stories like this all of the time. In response we have developed a variety of programs that can be taken in the evenings and weekends.


Nails by Nail Technician graduate Cassandra Aravena

Our Nail Technician, Hairstyling Pre-Employment, and Professional Esthetics programs can all be taken in an evening/weekend format, and are eligible for student aid.


Lash Extension graduate Sara working on her lashing skills in class

Eyelash Extensions, and all of our Makeup modules can also be taken in the evening, but are currently not eligible for student aid funding because they are shorter programs.


Makeup 101 students

Are you unsure of what program may suit you? We are here to help you with program placement, payment options, and funding applications. Click here to go to our admissions page.


Esthetics graduate Lindsey practicing microcurrent

Delmar College has been creating successful grads since 1950. We have seen a lot change over the past 67 years, and we have changed along with it. The advent of full time programs offered in a non-traditional format is just one example.


Happy graduates!

So don’t let your day job get in the way of making the career change you have been looking for. Check out our website or call us at (403) 264-8055 to schedule an appointment with an admissions advisor today.

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2017 at Delmar: January’s Recap

2017 started with a bang and hasn’t lost any momentum. Here’s a photo recap of life around Delmar College in January.

We welcomed a bunch of new students!

Our new January Hair Design students…


New January Esthetics students…


Our newest Makeup 101 students…


And last, but not least, our new Clinical Esthetics students.


With new classes come some goodbye’s. We had some of our classes graduate in November and December, but most recently we saw our September Clinical Esthetics class graduate. We wish you all the success in the world ladies!


Our Evening Esthetics class gave us a glimpse into their world in the latest edition of their monthly blog takeover. This time we heard from Lacy, and if you missed it just click here and check it out.


We were so proud to award Nail Technology and Hair Design student Alejandrina with the school wide Student of the Month award for January. She is amazing, and if you haven’t read her blog post yet you definitely should. Click here to check it out.


We also handed out some other awards. Congratulations to Bailey! She won our holiday gift card competition and takes home a new trolley.


Congratulations to Charmaine, Stephanie, and Brittany for winning Perfect Attendance awards for December. Enjoy your gift cards!


Our local makeup guru, Erin Halisky, wrote another awesome blog post for us. Click here to see her thoughts on 2017 beauty trends.


We got some fun pictures from our salon floor!

And, of course, we featured our student’s work. Here’s a taste of some amazing talent.


Join us next week! We will be talking all about the many evening programs we have to offer.



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The Evening Esthie’s Episode 2

“A Day In The Life of an Evening Esthie” by Lacy Woolward

This assignment was given to me by Delmar to let everyone out there know how a day in the life of an evening Esthetic Student looks. In this case particularly, my life.


We are a small class of only four. Four ladies who live a full day life outside of Delmar. I’m not really like my fellow classmates. I’m not a mother and I do not run my own business, but rather, I work a full-time job and then come to Delmar. My life starts at 5:30 am every single morning when my alarm rings in that annoying beep that makes me want to fling it across the room. From there I have a bustling morning to get my work things ready, then prepare my backpack for school. Making sure I have all that I need for the entire day before I leave my cozy home at 7:00 am.

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I constantly watch the clock for quitting time. Dramatic – I know, but when that time comes I know I can leave and make my way to Delmar. To my other life. I live for the quitting whistle. As I drive away I can feel the weight of the day lift, I grin, turn up the radio a little more and jive my way to school. As I make that last traffic light I know that I get to spend the next four hours doing something I love with people that make the experience that much better.


My class has so much fun!

I didn’t wake up one morning and realize that this was exactly what I wanted to do, I came to this decision over a while. What I didn’t expect was the joy I feel in these four hours at Delmar with my classmates and my Teacher. I find joy in creating the perfect smile line, smoothing down a heel, and folding the perfected fitted sheet. To which I am still perfecting how to do!

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Waking up at 5:30 am and not coming home till 9:30 is rough, but it is in no comparison to the life that I am trying to build with Delmar giving me the tools to do so. The camaraderie that is there in us evening esthies is something we are all grateful to have, like my class mate before me said “We are the bestie of the esthies!” and I know we are. Go evening class!



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Student of the Month: Alejandrina Valiente

I have been gifted with the honour of meeting Alejandrina in Delmar. Ale is an extremely talented, sweet, hard working young woman. She stops at nothing with tasks at hand to do her best. She encourages her class mates, including me, to do their best and lends a helping hand, always leaving a smile on your face.

-Brianne Walker (fellow student)

I was born on December 15, 1995 in Guatemala.

I used to have such bad grades in my classes. Then, when I got pregnant at 16, I went to a self directed school where I learned to be responsible. Then I came to Calgary and I was in a self directed school again. I had to finish my 12 grade in almost 5 months. It was really hard, but I did it because I was very motivated to finish high school and go to university. So I went to Mount Royal University and enrolled in the Psychology program. But since I never really saw myself working in an office I felt it was not for me. Then I started Open Studies in order to go into Bachelor of Business Administration, but again I didn’t think that was for me. After so much failure I went back to my home country and went to university there in Human Resources Administration, but again I didn’t feel like it was the right place for me.


Since nothing was working for me I started a small association with one of my friends called “Huellitas de Amor”. We rescued animals from the streets. That made me sooo happy. So I realized that my purpose in this life is to help the ones that need it most.


Giving my son a pedicure

I always loved to do nails and my mom told me that she could pay for my nail program at Delmar, so I came again to Calgary and enrolled in the Nail Technician program. That was in July, and the program was gonna start in November (2 days a week) so I knew I was going to get bored at home and I told my mom I wanted to get busier. So, we went to Delmar again to find a program that was not going to interfere with my nail program. We found one (October Hair Design class) and I was told that there was no more spots available, but I was going to be the first one on the waiting list. My mom told me, “If God wants you to take the class he will open those doors”. So I kept waiting and I finally got a call from the school saying that I got my spot. We went as soon as possible to the school and I got enrolled. I remember asking Shauna for the text books just to make sure there was nothing I couldn’t handle. There it was, a chapter for anatomy, physiology, chemistry, etc. My mom looked at me and I immediately told her and Shauna I CAN DO IT, I AM SURE (I think my mom was super worried).

Then since I still didn’t feel busy enough, I asked my dad If he was able to help me pay for another program, which was the Eyelash Technician program. He was able to help me and I successfully completed that program at Delmar.


Practicing my lashing skills

What I love the most is being able to help my classmates, I love making people happy and being useful and helpful.  I am really grateful to God for putting such amazing people in both of my programs. I even told my friend, something that will make me happier than me getting an award for student of the month was for them to get it (I was helping them study because they were having difficulties studying). It has been hard for me due to my English barrier but and yes, sometimes I ask myself how am I doing this, and I don’t know, what I do know is that I am not failing and I LOVE IT. I want to get in the make up program too but for now my friends and family want me to finish at least one program to get enrolled in another one.

Ale Valiente has been a very dedicated student since the beginning of our course together she has been very helpful with my studies and has put a lot of time and effort trying to help me understand our class material. She’s smart, cheerful, and very outgoing and that’s what makes her who she is.

-Wasem Alhaj (fellow student)

When I graduate I want to go to poor areas in Guatemala and offer to hard working people free services. There are so many amazing people that couldn’t afford a haircut or a nail polish, etc. so I want to provide those people that deserve it a nice service.


My class had a party for me on my birthday

So I will go around schools, working areas, and streets to find out who deserves it and needs it. Some people are very smart but they will never get a job just because of how they look.

“Ale thinks of others before herself, she is the most caring person I’ve ever known. She’s got great leadership skills and she’s always giving her best at what she does.”

–Abell Lim

Then as an encouragement to schools and working areas I want to give them something like a monthly, or every semester price. I want to build that association, make my fur babies association bigger, and start another association to help teen moms in my country that didn’t get support from their families to provide them with education, food and a home until they are ready to have their own house and job. And for sure I am opening my own salon. I want to work really hard so I can have it in many countries and make my own schools back home.


That’s me. Someone that loves to help people, someone that loves teamwork because without a team no one will get far. For me, teamwork is a key for success. Together everyone achieves more and that’s why I want to encourage people to come with me and help me to help others. I really think I can achieve anything when I put my heart on it, I will always give my extra mile.



Ale is our January school-wide Student of the Month. We are amazed by her strength, drive, and determination. She is truly a Delmar ambassador.

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