My whole life I have been interested in beauty and all things girly. I spent hours doing my nails, hair and makeup every day. I can remember forever making all sorts of concoctions as a little girl from dandelion perfume to facial masks and more.
It is safe to say I always knew I would become a professional in the beauty industry.
In 1999 I met an amazing lady named Tamara who I still look up to in the beauty industry and often call to this day for advice. Through Tamara I started my journey into the beauty world. I started working at Perimeters Salon & Esthetics as a Salon Coordinator. Before my employment there I always thought about taking my cosmetology course. It didn’t take me long working in that great salon that my calling was not hair styling, although I do love hair, the world of Esthetics was shown to me.
Waxing, manicures, facials, pedicures, nails all fascinated me, in 2001 I started my Esthetics and Nail course at Avant- Garde College in Regina. I had a pretty good understanding of the profession from my experience working at Perimeters and did exceptionally well in School.
2 months after starting the course I had the opportunity to compete within the school for an opportunity to go on to compete in the upcoming Skills Canada Competition. I was up against girls who had been in school for 2, 4 & 6 months longer than I had as the competition was open to everyone in the school and the course started every 2 months so there were all levels of trainees able to compete. I thought hey I want to try, just to see how I do and where I am at with my skill level. When they announced the winners they announced the 3rd place then the 2nd place and I’ll never forget when they said and the 1st place goes to Lori Anderson (My Maiden name) One teacher laughed and said “ you can wipe the look of shock off of your face and come and accept your certificate!” I never dreamed that I would win I just wanted to see how I would compare to others in my school.
The provincial Skills Canada Competition was to be held in 2 months in Saskatoon so I trained hard and fundraised and practiced, practiced, practiced all the while working evenings and weekends at the spa and still studying full time at the college to get my certification.
I won 1st place in Saskatchewan for Esthetics which entitled me to go on and compete nationally in Vancouver, 2 months later to represent my home province. I won gold at the National Skills Canada Esthetics Competition in 2002.
Winning the Skills Canada competition made me realize 2 things, I am a perfectionist and I had found my true passion in life.
I graduated in the top of my class and continued on to work at the salon to build my clientele and grow my experience and love in the beauty industry. It was an Aveda Salon and Aveda has a wonderful product line as well as excellent training and education, they have a strong emphasis on clients and giving them exceptional service. It was a great experience that I will be forever grateful for.
In 2004 I was 25 years old and needed to do some soul searching. I was bitten by the travel bug. I traveled to many places with in Canada, US, the Dominican, then to Asia spending over a year in South Korea, and some time in Thailand and Cambodia as well.
2006 I was homesick and decided to come back to Canada. I chose to move to Northern BC where my sister was living and work for a while to save money and then travel again. Not sure if Esthetics was where I was going to make money, I started working at an OSB Mill in Fort St. John to try something different. I met my husband in FSJ, we lived there for 6 years together and started our family. I worked shift work at the mill and did nails in our basement on my days off.
My heart was still meant for the beauty industry, after the birth of our 1st son I became really interested in making my own skin care products. I often dreamed of opening up my own skincare business and loved the idea of owning a franchise of skin care and bath products. When I actually looked into getting started in a franchise I was disappointed by how much it costs to start a business like that. I thought to myself well these guys all started somewhere, I too can start my own product manufacturing business. Ok back to the drawing board how do I go about learning how to make my own products. I found a company who offered a course and decided to take the plunge.
I immediately fell in love with making lotions, scrubs, lip balms and more! Eek more beauty love! I began making products, had lots of trial and error and some success too! I tested my products out on all of my friends and family and basically anyone else that would let me, giving skin care and bath products as every gift I could and Live Pure was born. It started as Live Pure Natural Skin Care Products and More (Lengthy I know).
Up until I registered Live Pure Natural Skin Care Products and More I was doing nails under my personal name but decided I should register a professional business name too, so I became Lori Esthetics and Nail Design Studio ( I know I know lengthy – I did not give any consideration to clients having to write cheques out lol)
After our 2nd son was born I decided that I would no longer work at the OSB Mill as my passion was in the beauty world and my new found love of making products!
During that time frame we decided that we would move our family to Saskatchewan, for my husband to pursue his career in potash mining. We decided that Langenburg was where our family was meant to settle. This was a big change for my husband who was born and raised in Northern Alberta and lived in the north up until we moved. I grew up on a farm in south east Saskatchewan so for me this move meant coming home, being close to my family and re-establishing a strong connection to my roots.
I knew I would be doing Esthetics full time again and knew that my former employer and mentor ‘s mom owned a salon in a nearby town so I went to see her and started doing reception for her. I intended to eventually start doing Esthetics within her salon which was being renovated at that time. Fate had something else in the works and I was pulled by the importance of establishing our roots and making Langenburg our hometown. After meeting an amazing Esthetician in Langenburg who had recently been in an accident and was unable to work I decided that I would rent a space in her little spa and help accommodate her clients as well as start to build my own clientele.
Settling in Langenburg is when I stared to manufacture my products for use within my spa. I worked at this location for a year, when she decided to move and I decided to move my business into another location.
I rented a space within Prairie Rose Wellness where I got to know a great lady by the name of Sandra (Sammy) we became great friends and I can safely say I look up to her as a mentor as well. I had a cute & cozy location. When I found out I was pregnant with our 3rd baby I hired an easy going loyal Esthetician Hannah to help me with my clients while I was taking time with my new baby. It was the perfect arrangement and location. I returned back to work after only 2 months off, but with Hannah’s help I was able to work part time until my sweet baby was 1.
Hannah and I worked around each other’s schedules and sometimes worked together in our small space, but we soon realized we needed to expand. In June 2015 I found my perfect location on Main Street in Langenburg. My husband and I purchased the new location and spent the next several months working our butts off to renovate the building and bring my vision to life! I decided it was a good time to combine my 2 businesses into 1 and on November 2nd 2015 we opened Live Pure Products & Spa!
Live Pure Products & Spa currently employs myself, Hannah who has been with me for almost 3 years, Candace who started when we opened in November and Raje our Salon Coordinator who is Currently taking her Nail Technician Certification Training and hopes to pursue more training in the field of Esthetics. We offer a full range of spa services as well as a complete line of skin care and bath products in the spa we retail mineral makeup as well as hair care products.
If you haven't had a chance please stop in and visit us, have a look around and let us know what you think.
I really do believe that when you want something bad enough you will do whatever it takes to make it happen no matter what obstacles life hands you. Dreams do come true, I honestly feel that I am living mine. I love what I do and am ecstatic every day to be able to work with amazing women, my coworkers and my clients and to be able to share what I love with the world.