Friday, September 19, 2014

Eat Your Way to Gorgeous Skin!

Hey, Barbizon of Akron! Are you having trouble keeping skin clear, supple, and balanced? Try eating some of these delicious foods that have been shown to improve skin health!

Veggies - Green ones are the best. Loaded with skin-protective antioxidants and help keep you skin’s outer layer hydrated. Broccoli, spinach, squash, brussel sprouts.

Berries – Antioxidants are special chemicals that assist in skin repair and the strengthening of blood vessels. It has also been proven eating fruit prevents UV damage. Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries.

Protein – One serving equals one egg, or 3 ounces of fish or meat or 1/2 cup beans. Protein is critical to collagen production. 4-6 servings is the recommendation.

Water – Minimum eight 8-ounce glasses. Water is essential for hydrating skin and plumps and erases wrinkles.

Whole Grains – Unlike processed, refined carbs (like white flour,) whole grains have the shell of the grain intact. Inside the shell contains nutrients that help the body produce glycosaminoglycans, substances necessary for the skin to build firming collagen and elastin fibers. Brown rice, millet, quinoa.

Fats – Healthy and unsaturated fats help keep skin from getting dry and dull. Avocados, salmon, flaxseed oil or seeds.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Five Eye Makeup Tips from New York Fashion Week!

New York Fashion Week may be all about the fashion, but that doesn't mean we can't steal some of their best tips and tricks for our everyday makeup needs! Check out this list compiled by NYFW's top makeup artists so that you can get the most out of your eyes, even for an everyday look!

  1. “For dark circles, use highlighter instead of concealer. It sounds counterintuitive, but the light reflects your eyes to change the color and brighten the area.” —Makeup artist Domnique Samuel for Maybelline at the Ostwald Helgason Spring 2015 show.
  2. “For a no-makeup makeup look, use a beige eyeliner on the lower lash line instead of a white eyeliner to brighten up the eye. It looks more natural. Then top it off with a neutral lipstick for added texture.” —Makeup artist James Kaliardos for NARS at the Rodarte Spring 2015 show.
  3. “Avoid smudging mascara on your lower lashes by using a thick, drier formula and a thinner wand. If you use the same mascara that you use on your upper lashes, they tend to be more wet so it smudges. Plus, the brush is super thin and pointy.” —Makeup artist Romero Jennings for MAC at the Katie Gallagher Spring 2015 show.
  4. “Using shadow as a liner is really great for warmer weather because it’s a lot softer and a lot faster, especially when you use a wand that’s a good thickness. In the morning you just go straight across, done. When it blows out and gets smushy, it looks really nice.” —Makeup artist Alice Lane for Maybelline at the Mara Hoffman Spring 2015 show.
  5. “For glittery eyeshadow, first use tape to gently remove chunky glitter rather than a makeup remover that will just smear the glitter around.”—Makeup artist James Boehmer for NARS at the Naeem Khan Spring 2015 show.
Take these tips and run with them! You can also alter little things to make your look your own. Shine on, Barbizon of Akron!

Friday, September 5, 2014

How to Pull off the Stacked Ring Trend

Hey, Barbizon of Akron! We're sure that you already know that the best way to compliment an outfit is by accessorizing! And the biggest trend with accessories right now, is the stacked ring look. Thanks to, we've got the best tips for making multiple rings look trendy and how to avoid piling them on to look tacky.

"The stacked ring trend is quite fabulous, especially when you're wanting to add more to your look but not necessarily a whole lot more," says celebrity wardrobe stylist Ali Levine. That being said, you don't want to go overboard and venture into Mr. T. territory (I pity the fool!). Like anything, ring stacking is a fine art. It will take some experimenting, so we got some pro tips to help you pull off the trend.

  1. Keep it in the family: "If you're starting with a thin ring, keep in the same range," suggests Becca Aronson, co-founder of ADORNIA. "Three thin rings will look fantastic while still allowing for finger freedom." If you want to throw a thicker ring into the mix, make sure it's at the base of your finger — going the thin-to-thick route will make it look like your smaller rings are being squished (seriously, try it!).
  2. Double (or triple) up: Try doubling (or even tripling!) up on the same piece, worn on adjacent fingers, for a multi-finger ring effect without the restriction.
  3. Pay attention to how they fit together: "You can create some really interesting shapes mixing in a basic flat band with a curved or geometric-shaped ring," says Aronson.
  4. Go bold, but not over the top: "Be sure to mix in visually lightweight rings along with your standout statement rings," says Gabrielle Hooks, founder of Lovely Hunt. If you pile on bold rings, you'll look like you're trying too hard. "Adding in thin, simple bands helps create the balanced look we're all aiming for."
  5. Go for cohesive: Stick with one metal type instead of going with a haphazard mix of rose gold, sterling silver and copper. To keep the look from becoming too matchy-matchy, mix different finishes and textures.
  6. Vary the ring placement: Start with heavier statement rings at the base of the finger and finish off with a petite midi ring.
  7. Don't forget your nails: The whole point of the stackable ring look is to draw attention to your hands — in other words, nix the grubby nails. Make sure the nail color you choose balances out the look: "If your fingers are heavily adorned with jewelry and precious metals, it might be a good idea to balance this with a more neutral nail color," suggests Hooks.
So, there it is! All of the information you need to become a ring-stacking pro! Shine on, Barbizon of Akron!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Top Six Ways to Whiten your Nails!

Hey, Barbizon of Akron! Stained nails happen. They do! But it's okay, because we scoured the internet and found these six tips that will get your nails whiter than the chalk on a chalkboard! Oh, and happy back to school! 

  1. Whitening Toothpaste – It’s easy and it works! Use a baby toothbrush to apply it and give your nails a good scrub for a minute or two. You may need to do it several times depending on how stained your nails are. The white colored pasty toothpaste works best as opposed to the blue or green gel-like toothpaste. Whitening toothpaste with added baking soda is even better!
  2. Lemon Juice & Baking Soda – Squeeze half of a lemon (or more) into a plastic bowl, and then add and blend baking soda until you get a nice abrasive paste-like texture. Then use an old
    toothbrush to scrub your nails with it. Rinse, and repeat if needed. If you have any small cuts near your nails, you may want to hold off on this one. The acidity in lemon juice is not very nice!
  3. 3% Hydrogen Peroxide & Baking Soda – Mix the two together until you’ve got a paste-like texture. Cover your nails with it and allow the mixture to sit on them for about 3 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water.
  4. Commercial Denture Cleaner – Dissolve a couple of tablets in warm water, and soak your nails in it for about 5 minutes. It really works!
  5. Nail Whitening Pencil – Yes, they exist! And you can pick one up at a local drugstore, or just about anywhere else cosmetics are sold. You can apply it under the tips of nails to make them look healthier (almost looks like a french manicure, only more natural).
  6. Base Coat – Prevent stained nails from happening in the first place by using a base coat. Duh, right? It’s definitely worth the extra step! 
Don’t forget that most of these techniques can dry your hands out, so apply a good moisturizer once you’re finished. Enjoy your healthy and white nails! Shine on, Barbizon of Akron!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Dos and Don'ts of Selfies

Hey there, Barbizon of Akron! Do you know what we love? Seeing all of your beautiful and handsome faces! That's why we love selfies! You know what we don't like seeing? You guys hating on yourselves! Please understand just how amazing you are and appreciate how great you look! While you're at it, check out this list of the dos and don'ts of selfies as compiled by 14 year-old teen blogger, Jules Spector!

The Don'ts

  1. DON'T take a selfie while driving. Your selfie can wait! No one wants you to crash your car just so you could have a picture of yourself. And don't encourage this trend by making someone pose for a selfie while they're driving. Not safe! 
  2. DON'T forget to do a background check. There might be someone behind you who doesn't want to be in your picture that's most likely going on the internet. Make sure to find a space where you won't be surrounded by strangers who don't want to be photographed. Or just ask them nicely. Also, you may want to clean up your space so there isn't a dirty diaper or laundry behind you. 
  3. DON'T do the duck face. Enough said.

The Dos

  1. DO smile! We want to see those pearly whites! Be happy about your selfies! Everyone loves to see you happy, because it makes them happy too. 
  2. DO take selfies with friends! If you're doing something fun with your friends, feel free to snap a picture of you guys, so you remember the moment. Everything's more fun with friends!
  3. DO add an animal! To make your selfie super cute, add an adorable puppy or a kitten. Everyone loves that, and it can make your selfie that much better! 
  4. DO take pride in yourself! Be proud of your selfies! You're all beautiful, smart, and innovative, and I'm 100% sure that your selfies are amazing. Don't caption your selfie with something self-deprecating. (I'm guilty of this, so listen to me: if you feel pretty, take that selfie and caption it with something happy!)
  5. DO be yourself! We want to see YOU in your selfie! Don't change yourself so others will like you, just like you shouldn't in real life. Show off your beautiful self, and be proud of who you are!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Five Tips to Helps Stay Cancer Free!

At Barbizon of Akron, we believe before all else, it is important to be healthy! That is why we love bringing you vital health information to insure that you are getting the most out of life that you can! Everyone knows someone who has been affected by cancer, and that's why it's important to practice prevention no matter what your age is! 

  1. Eat right. Limit consumption of saturated fat, red meat and deep-fried foods, while eating more fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
  2. Exercise regularly. Those who are physically active are statistically less likely to develop a number of cancers.
  3. Stay away from radiation. This means ultraviolet rays – wear sunscreen, of course, as well as other forms such as radon, commonly found in the air in American homes.
  4. Avoid industrial & environmental toxins. Asbestos, benzene and aromatic amines are just some of the chemicals that can negatively affect the body.
  5. Soak up Vitamin D. In lieu of sun exposure, take 800 to 1000 international units (IU) of Vitamin D daily.
While it's great to have fun and indulge, always be sure to do so in moderation! Be safe, Barbizon of Akron... And shine on!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Make your own Emergency Hair Kit!

Hey, Barbizon of Akron! We love to say "better safe than sorry..." That's why when we found this blog from on what to have in your emergency hair kit, we just had to share it! Do you have items that you would add to the list? Let us know in the comments on our Facebook page!

I'm sure all of us ladies can agree that the Murphy's law of hair snafus happens at the most inconvenient times! Whether you have an impromptu work meeting or last-minute plans with the girls, hair emergencies always know when to rain on your parade. In dire need of rescue? These items are must-haves to keep on hand if you need to dial hair 911.

Bobby pins & hair ties-
These essentials are no-brainers to have on hand at all times. Bobby pins and hair ties make it easy to take your hair from work to play and are perfect for quick styles in a hurry — not to mention for second day hair! Hair ties provide a good base for any updo, while bobby pins accompany them for intricate or piecey details.

Travel-sized hair products-
Travel-sized anything is extremely convenient due to its size. Unplanned overnighter? Small travel bottles of shampoo and conditioner can come through in a pinch, along with those samples you've been collecting! Mini getaways are the perfect opportunities to use them. Small bottles of hairspray and anti-frizz control are also smart to keep on hand for emergency quick fixes.

A versatile hair accessory-
It's always safe to keep a versatile hair accessory in tow to add a touch of flair to your style at a moment's notice. Meeting friends after work for drinks? Pop in a fun clip or comb. Meeting your in-laws for dinner after a long day? Slip on a headband to polish up your pony. Accessories can automatically make your 'do look put together, no matter how the day has worn on your hairstyle.

Mini styling tools
Adorable and convenient? Who doesn't like the sound of that?! Cordless curling irons and straighteners are easy to maneuver and perfect for quick touch-ups. The small tools come with thermal storage pouches, making them easy travel companions — compatibly sized for purses and carry-ons.

A comb is a multipurpose lifesaver — as it can tease for volume, tame fly-aways and detangle problematic knots. Slipping one in your purse can save you when you need a hair makeover in a hurry.


Keeping these items on hand can be a lifesaver — not to mention something every woman wishes she had in hair emergencies. Got some free time this weekend? Put together a quick emergency kit of your own! Whether stored in your purse or in your car, your hair emergency kit will come through for you in the frizziest of situations!