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Brazil Appeal Waxing

Specializing in virtually painless Brazilian waxing.

7710 Balboa Ave.

Suite #218-A (2nd Floor)

San Diego, CA 92111

(858) 663-6101

[email protected]


Brazil Appeal Waxing™ is owned by California licensed waxing & skin care specialist Kelly Howarth. Kelly has been taking care of her skin since the age of 10 and waxing since the age of 14. She has worked in various day spas, salons, medical spas and doctor's offices. In addition, she's a former skin care & waxing instructor. She has been a licensed esthetician for 23 years.

Kelly became increasingly frustrated by waxing & skin care businesses who failed to meet her high standards of superlative customer service, cleanliness, attention to detail, and, of course, virtually painless Brazilian waxing. She found most local spas and salons only offered quick, painful, assembly-line waxing (or as Kelly refers to food waxing) with questionable sanitary/disinfection practices. To counter this, she opened Brazil Appeal Waxing in 2010 and, to date, has built one of the most successful waxing studios in San Diego.


California Licensed Esthetician since 1999

(License #Z28418)

Professional Background in Medical Aesthetics

Former Skin Care & Waxing Instructor at (3) Schools

In addition to esthetics, one of Kelly's other passions is writing. She plans to write a very special screenplay in 2022 based on her personal journey of going through breast cancer. She'll keep everyone posted!

A Personal Note from Brazil Appeal Waxing

Founder/Owner Kelly Howarth:

On April 29, 2019, I was given a diagnosis that every woman dreads: Breast Cancer.

I didn't think it could happen to me, but what woman does? Prior to my diagnosis, I could say I had my share of medical challenges throughout my life and and certainly didn't think this would be one of them.

 I was both my father and my mother's caretaker when they were diagnosed with cancer. My father passed only 4 months after his diagnosis and then my mother was diagnosed with cancer 1.5 years after my father passed only to lose her life shortly thereafter. Then in the summer of 2018, I had to put my beloved rescue cat, Nahla, down because she, too, had cancer.

On Monday, June 10th, 2019, I began my 1st round of chemotherapy to help save my life. I had breast cancer surgery in November, 2019 followed by 30 rounds of radiation in January & February, 2020. In December, 2019, I began an immunotherapy infusion which ended in August, 2020. The doctors also discovered a cyst growing on my pancreas in late 2019 (unrelated to my breast cancer) and because of Covid-19, my pancreas biopsy was pushed back to the Fall of 2020.  The biopsy will determine if there are precancerous cells in the cyst.

The past 18 months has really been an arduous journey and due to my many medical treatments, surgeries, procedures, and doctor's appointments, it has been necessary to reduce my workload from full-time status to part-time status.

My finances have been greatly impacted due to both cancer and Covid-19 taking place back-to-back.  Per the Governor's orders my business was temporarily closed from March, 2020 - September, 2020 and, unfortunately, I didn't qualify for the PPP grant program as so many small businesses were able to take advantage of.  This meant that my bills kept piling up.  I am happy that Governor Newsom has lifted that mandate and I can go back to work in September.  In the meantime, one of my dear friends, Christina Mahon, created a Go Fund Me page to help as I continue to heal and get back on my feet. The link is provided below and any size donation would be greatly appreciated.  The chemotherapy, radiation, and anti-cancer drug I'm taking has caused extreme fatigue.  I'm not able to work as many days or hours as I had before pre-cancer and do not have a family of my own or relatives to help out so I appreciate everyone's generosity and patience with me.  I really do feel your love:)

I want to sincerely thank all of you for your generosity, continued prayers, and good wishes as it has meant so much to me. I've always said I feel blessed to have the best clients in San Diego. After all, they're the one's who have made Brazil Appeal Waxing successful.

Please keep the prayers coming. Every day I continue to fight this battle with all I've got and intend to pay it forward to all those women fighting the fight in hopes to eradicate breast cancer and all cancers worldwide.

Thank you!

Sending you all much Love & Light,


Kelly's Health Update

After 20 months of being treated for breast cancer my arduous journey is finally over.  On December 14, 2020 I had my very last surgery as my port was removed.  Other than getting mammograms every year for the rest of my life and taking daily hormone blocking medication for the next 5 years, I am cancer-free!  I will still continue to see my oncologist several times a year for regular check ups.  I feel very blessed!  Thank you all for your love, support, and prayers.  It meant the world to me and I am forever grateful.

In September 14, 2020, I had a surgical biopsy of my pancreas to test the fluid on a cyst to see if it was pre-cancerous.  Well, good news as it was negative for cancer!  So happy about this result!

My last immunotherapy was August 18, 2020.  Yay!!!  Altogether, I received 12 months of this IV drug going to the hospital every 3 weeks.  Big thanks and hugs to all of the amazing and kind doctors, nurses, and staff @ the Komen Breast Cancer Center @ UCSD  in La Jolla.  Thankfully, my breast cancer journey appears to be coming to a slow crawl. So now my attention will turn to the cyst on my pancreas to see if it has precancerous cells.  I pray that the cells are normal and healthy.  I'll be having this procedure done in the next 6-8 weeks.  I'll keep everyone posted and, again, thank you for your thoughts and prayers!

Today February 18, 2020 is the last day of my radiation treatments for breast cancer.  Yippee!!!

Since December, 2019 I have been receiving a targeted drug therapy at the Koman Breast Cancer Center @ UCSD in La Jolla.  Every three weeks, I receive this cancer drug infusion which marks any suspicious cancer cells and then my immune system destroys them.  Sounds like sci-fi and very cool.  Other than lots of fatigue, no major side effects yet which is great!  I will continue receiving this drug infusion until the end of this summer.

Last May, 2019 just one month after I was diagnosed with breast cancer, the doctors found something growing on my pancreas.  At the time, they weren't too alarmed and just wanted to monitor this "growth".  In September, 2019 they discovered that this growth had increased in size.  In October, 2019  following an exploratory surgical procedure, my G.I. doctor discovered that this growth wasn't a tumor (thank goodness), but a fluid-filled cyst.  He chose not to do a biopsy at the time because I was scheduled for breast cancer surgery one week later and he didn't want to risk any bleeding which would've caused my breast surgery to be delayed.  

In January, 2020 I had another MRI to determine if the cyst had grown. hadn't.  However, my doctor wants to do a biopsy (which has been put on hold due to Covid-19).  The purpose of the biopsy is to see if this cyst contains any precancerous cells.  If so, I will need to make a decision to have or not have invasive pancreatic surgery.  I will keep everyone posted on that front.  Please keep the prayers coming.

The last 11 months have been tremendously difficult physically, emotionally, and financially.  I truly appreciate all the love, prayers, and generous Go Fund Me donations that you've sent my way.  Your GFM donations have allowed me to keep a roof over my head and food in my stomach.  I will continue to keep fighting for myself and others.  I thank you all for your continued support.

Sending Love & Light,