Thursday, December 4, 2014

5 Tips to Curing Dry Winter Skin!

Hey there, Barbizon of Akron! The winter solstice is just over two weeks away, and already we're feeling the cold nip at our skin! And with that nipping inevitably comes dry skin. In search for a cure, we stumbled across these great tips from SheKnows.com. 

It's winter, that lovely time of year when the sky is full of tiny white flakes that set our minds on wonder. Most notably, wondering why our skin is flaking off like snowfall. We caught up with women's health and anti-aging expert, Dr. Susan Lin, to find out how to troubleshoot dry winter skin with five tips that take less than five minutes each.

Hang a wet towel over your door:
Moisten a bath towel before bedtime, and hang it over your door frame before going to sleep at night. Doing so emulates the effect of a humidifier, for a fraction of the cost. "A simple wet towel works to hydrate the air," explained Lin, which can prevent dry patches from forming.

Seal your lotion with oil:
After using a moisturizer on your dry patches, seal it in with a product like Vaseline or coconut oil. "You can use any petroleum jelly, natural oil or vitamin C serum," said Lin. Oils hold in your skin's natural moisture, which can revitalize dryness overnight.

Ban hot showers:
It's tempting to warm up in a blazing hot shower, but Lin advises against the practice. "Wash with cooler water in your shower," she said. "If you must use hot water, keep your shower short to prevent further dryness."

Choose a non-lathering soap:
Lathering is synonymous with cleaning, right? Nope, says Lin, lathering just strips the skin of its protective outer layers. "Use natural soaps fortified with essential oil instead. Moisturizing soaps shouldn't lather."

Reap the benefits of toner:
Finally, if your skin still resists moisture after you troubleshoot, Lin suggests that you invest in one or two products that can tone and rejuvenate the skin from the inside out. "A balancing toner both exfoliates dry, flaky skin, while soothing underlying irritation," she said. A good toner also avoids the irritation that can occur with harsh exfoliants.

Now get out there and enjoy the snowfall — you know, the variety that doesn't come from your skin!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

12 Things Happy People do Differently

Hey, Barbizon of Akron! With winter approaching and all of the stresses that the holidays can  bring, we think it's important to remember one thing: We all deserve to be happy! This list contains twelve things that most happy people are observed doing. Try adopting them and see if it doesn't help your outlook and overall energy.

  1. Express Gratitude: When you appreciate what you have, what you have increases in value. 
  2. Cultivate Optimism: People who view the world optimistically see the world as a place packed with possibilities and endless opportunities, even in the most trying of times.
  3. Avoid Over-Thinking and Social Comparisons: Comparing yourself to those around you can be poisonous. No two people have the same skill set or background, so no two people can be measured on the same scale. You should only ever compare yourself to who you were yesterday.
  4. Practice Acts of Kindness: Helping someone else with no expectations of being rewarded will make you feel good inside!
  5. Nurture Relationships: The happiest people on the planet are those who have deep meaningful relationships. 
  6. Develop Strategies for Coping: Having healthy ways to cope in your back pocket will help ease stress and elevate your mood in times of struggle
  7. Learn to Forgive: Harboring feelings of hatred is toxic to your being
  8. Increase Flow Experiences:  "Flow" is a state in which you feel like time is standing still. It can happen when completing tasks. You become so focused that you become one with whatever you are doing. Nothing can distract you from this focus, and it helps alleviate stress as you go into a kind of auto-pilot.
  9. Savor Life's Joys: Deep happiness cannot be experience if we cannot slow down to enjoy the little things in life.
  10. Commit to your Goals: Magical things happen to ourselves when we commit to ourselves doing something that will take us someplace better.
  11. Practice Spirituality: When we practice spirituality or religion, we are recognizing that life is bigger than us. We surrender the idea that we are the mightiest thing ever, which keeps us better grounded.
  12. Take Care of your Body: Taking care of your body is crucial to being the happiest person that you can be. The healthier you are physically, the better your feel mentally and emotionally!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

6 Uses for your Old Mascara Wand!

Looking for a new beauty tool that will cost you $0? Well, we've found one, Barbizon of Akron! That old crusty tube of mascara that you (for some odd reason) haven't seemed to have thrown away yet...? Just inside is your new best friend! Grab some anti-bacterial soap and water, because once cleaned up, this diamond in the rough will surely become a big part of your beauty routine! 

  1. Lip Exfoliating- Apply a lip balm and gently scrub the mascara wand across lips. You can use anything, from Aquaphor to Smith's Rosebud Salve. This technique will effectively rid lips of any flakes or scales and prep your lips for all those fall matte lipsticks!
  2. Applying Brow Color- Use to brush brows into place prior to applying your brow color, and afterwards to evenly distribute color or tone down where you got too heavy-handed.
  3. Applying Hair Growth Serum- Dip into castor oil and brush through lashes and brows for an overnight hair growth serum!
  4. Brushing back the Baby Hairs- Spray hairspray onto wand and brush back the baby hairs around your hairline to make your style more polished! As far as hairspray goes, you can use any kind you like!
  5. Brow Setting- Apply hair gel and brush through brows for a brow setting gel in a pinch! 
  6. Creating a Loose Pigment- Brush your mascara brush across the surface of your powder eyeshadow, powder or blush to create a loose pigment. You can even mix two pigments and create a custom color. Try mixing a matte shadow with a shimmer.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Fall Beauty Transition Tips!

Hey, Barbizon of Akron! It's a new season, and with each new season, there comes a transition to our beauty routine! We found these great transitioning tips from MyThirtySpot.com; it features tips on everything from makeup to skincare and hair care! Check out the tips below and then hit up our Facebook page and leave a comment with your own personal favorite tips!

With summer coming to a close, it’s time to start thinking about transitions – not just in the foliage and fashion, but also in your beauty routine. Just as you may be looking forward to reaching into to the back of your wardrobe for your favorite cashmere sweater, now’s the time to recall the richer tones of autumnal beauty. Here is everything you’ll need to consider as we move toward the crisp days of fall.

  1. Skincare: Prepare your skin for cold weather by sloughing off any dead skin that may have accumulated from all the sun and sea you’ve absorbed over the summer by using an exfoliant twice a week. Makeup expert Bobbi Brown suggests ditching your lighter tinted moisturizer, opting instead for a slightly heavier moisturizer layered with foundation. “Fall’s a good time to toss out your old foundation (which can get contaminated by bacteria) and invest in a new one,” explains Brown.
  2. Eyes: This season, two eye makeup looks are hot: orangey tones and cat eyes. While it may be difficult for many people to pull off an orange-toned eye shadow, almost anyone can successfully pull off a cat eye, since there are so many different ways to do it. Liquid, pencil, smoky, or subtle, you can easily take your cat-eye look from day to night.
  3. Lips: As we make the transition from humid to dry weather, the most important thing to keeping your pucker pretty is hydration. Drink plenty of water and consider a hydrating
    lipstick. This fall, it’s all about the spectrum of reds, from nearly-pink to deep plum. 
  4. Cheeks: To let those bright lips shine, tone down the blush and opt instead for a natural bronzer on your cheeks, forehead, and nose. Be careful in choosing the right bronzer; you want to look natural, not striped! When in doubt, compare the bronzer with your foundation or powder. It should only be slightly darker to give you a bit of definition and to extend your summertime glow.
  5. Hair: Classic styles are in for fall, and luckily they’re easy to pull off. Low ponytails, stick straight locks, and natural waves are all hot this season. Dry shampoo is an easy way to look put together in just a few minutes with any of these styles. It is also a good time to make a new best friend: volumizing powder!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Five Beauty/ Health Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar!

Hey, Barbizon of Akron! Apple cider is officially back with a vengeance! And do you know what else is? Apple cider vinegar! The inexpensive health and beauty tool has many uses which can be incorporated into your daily or weekly health/ beauty routine! Try some of these below and then head over to our Facebook Page and let us know how they worked out!


Toner: Since apple cider vinegar works to reduce inflammation and eliminate bacteria, it’s an excellent toner for problematic skin. In an airtight container, combine 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with 8 ounces of water.
Soak a cotton ball with the mixture and apply to your face. While this mixture is budget friendly, even highly paid stars swear by it, including Scarlett Johansson.

Hair Rinse: Whether you’re battling buildup resulting from product usage or you’re having problems with dandruff, apple cider vinegar can come to the rescue! To combat product buildup, spritz a 50/50 ratio of ACV to water into your hair after shampooing. Allow it to soak in for 5 to 10 minutes, then rinse.

For dandruff: You’ll also use a 50/50 ACV to water mixture in a spray bottle, but you’ll concentrate the spray onto your scalp. Wrap your hair in a towel, and allow it to sit for 20-30 minutes before rinsing. Always remember to avoid your eyes and ears when using the spray.

Sunburn: Try adding one cup of apple cider vinegar to a cool bath. The ACV helps to re-balance the skin’s pH levels and assists in warding off infection and inflammation.


Digestion: You are what you eat! If you have problems with digestion, those issues will show up in your skin as dryness, sallowness, textural problems, or acne. As we age, the stomach tends to produce less hydrochloric acid, which is necessary in productive digestion. Apple cider vinegar acts to enhance the acids and digestive enzymes in your stomach. Add 2 to 3 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to 8 ounces of water as a tonic each morning.

Bonus: This tonic also boosts your immune system and can help with weight management when taken before meals. It has been reported that is how Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas stays slim. Fergie has said: “I do vinegar shots. It has to be organic apple cider, unfiltered. Two tablespoons. For some reason I’ve noticed a difference on my stomach.” It helps to cleanse the colon, reduce bloating and cut cravings.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Need an All New Fall Wardrobe? No You Don't!

Hi, Barbizon of Akron! We know that typically, with each season change, there is also a wardrobe change... But this isn't always budget friendly! That's why when we saw this blog from SheKnows.com, we had to share it with all of you! That cute summer dress that you love to rock? Well, there's a way to revamp it for the fall! Check out these great tips below!

Look 1: Shirt Style Tunic Top: This is a super easy way to turn a shirt style tunic into just that, a shirt. Add a pair of jeans or pants, tuck in the front like you would a button down or blouse and there you have it. Mix up the accessories or keep them the same. Boyfriend jeans and flats keep this look casual but add some fitted pants and a pump and you are ready for a night out on the town.



Look 2: Short Beach Cover-Up to Top: Taking a beach cover up that has a simple string to cinch the waist is the easiest dress to turn into a top (add a skinny belt or string of your own if needed). Loosen the string and tie it lower towards your hips, next pull the dress up and let it fall, at this point the shirt overhang should cover or nearly cover the string or belt you are using. The look should resemble a peplum top. Alter as you see fit.



Look 3: Pencil Dress to Top: This is probably my favorite way to revamp a dress. So many times we buy occasion dresses that we wear once and have spent a good deal of money on. Get your money’s worth and find a pencil skirt that is either the same length or longer than the dress and layer it over top. Throw on a blazer and grab your perfect work tote to make this look office appropriate.



Look 4: Girls' Night Out Dress to Top: Want to take your fun girls night out dress to the next level? Add some white fitted jeans (that no white after Labor Day rule doesn't apply in my books!), fold the top where a fitted top would normally hit, measure against a shirt you already own or adjust once it is on, and tuck it under all the way around.


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Your New Best Friend: Epsom Salts!

Hi there, Barbizon of Akron! As always, we were scouring the internet to bring you some of the best health, fashion, and beauty tips around! That's when we found this great blog from Hellogiggles.com, a website founded by Zooey Deschanel and friends to create a positive online community for women of all ages. Check out these amazing hacks and uses for epsom salt, which is also highly affordable at only $10 for a two-or-so month supply!

Epsom Salts Make Ridiculously Awesome Scrubs: Raw turbinado sugar is usually my go to DIY scrub ingredient of choice, but when I’m running low or want something more gentle on my skin, epsom salt is a great backup as it sloughs away dead skin cells pronto. For a natural lip, facial or body scrub, whip up some hydrating coconut oil mixed with epsom salts and scrub away. For a sweet smelling alternative, add some fragrant essential oils (I love lavender or peppermint) to your recipe, and let the good times roll!

They Also Beat Bites And Burns: Living out in the deep woods of Northern New Jersey, bug bites are all too common. Luckily, health and wellness gurus are reporting the amazing healing properties that epsom salts have against unwanted bites and burns, so you can FINALLY kiss those nasty and itchy bites goodbye. To get some fast relief, try rubbing a mixture of epsom salt and water onto minor mosquito bites and sunburns.

Bath Time Never Felt More Relaxing: Let’s face it, who doesn't love a relaxing bath after a long and stressful day at work? Epsom salts have already found their way inside a lot of your favorite bath-time treatments, but if you want to save yourself some extra cash, buying straight up epsom salts
(without the bath product extras) can work just as well. Next time you need some “me time,” add a cup of epsom salts to hot water and zen-out. Plus, you probably didn't know that soaking your bod with this detoxifying gem helps you melt away your worries and leaves your skin silky and smooth.

Adios Sore Feet: After one exhausting New York Fashion Week, I discovered this cure from an old stiletto-hoarding friend. To beat the painful blisters, peeling and aching feet caused by our favorite sky-high shoes, simply soak your feet in hot water (mixed with epsom salts) to give your pooped out tootsies a well-deserved break. Do this repeatedly for the next couple days, alongside hydrating and exfoliating your feet, and say hello to revitalized heels! And in case you don’t know, you can also apply the same concept to aching muscles by soaking your bod in a tub full of hot water and epsom salts.

And Epsom Salts Volumize Your Hair: If you want to pump up your thin brittle hair (like yours truly!), epsom salts will surely do the trick. I found out about this quirky little trick thanks to Pop Sugar Beauty and after trying it out, I can say it gives tresses that necessary oomph I need. Just like you would apply sea salt spray to your locks, spritz some epsom salts with water onto your hair for gorgeous, voluminous results.