Friday, July 26, 2013

Summer Beauty Trends of 2013

Hey Barbizon of Akron! There is still plenty of summer left to go around! Check out our favorite trends for the summer of 2013. Try some of the out and comment on our Facebook page which are your favorites!

Colorful Liner: Try using a colored eyeliner. You can use it all the way around the eyes, just in the corners, or use it just on your waterlines. Liquid liner will give you the most vibrant color. Gel liners aren't always as vibrant but they give you more control and can be out on a bit thicker than liquid. Try out both to see which works better for you!

Pink Lips: Want to walk out the door but still look like you've put some effort into your look? Try wearing a bright pink lipstick. It goes best with a nude eye. Wearing a lot of eye makeup with the pink lip could have you looking more like a clown from the rodeo, so keep it simple!

Pink Cheeks: Become subtly flushed while still owning that natural look by brushing on some light pink blush. Since your face can be more red in the summer heat, wearing a pink blush can help tone it down while still giving you that healthy glow.

Red Matte: Red matte lips are all the rage this summer. Red lips are always classic, but if your face is glistening in the heat, a glossy red lip can be overpowering or just scream "greasy!" Go matte for that classic beauty look in the summer.

Contour: Bronzed, contoured cheekbones have made it big this summer! Suck in your cheeks and apply bronzer to the very top of where your skin sinks in, or right underneath the apples of your cheeks. This will create more defined cheekbones and can make your face appear slimmer.

2013 can still be your year! Own it with style by trying each of these trends and seeing which ones work fro you. Shine on, Barbizon of Akron!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Protect Your Skin from Damage!

Well, it's summertime and everyone is ready to get their youthful glow back in the form of a tan. But at Barbizon of Akron, we have to ask... Is the risk of premature aging, skin damage and skin cancer worth it?

A tan, whether you get it on the beach, in a bed, or through incidental exposure, is bad news, any way you acquire it. Tans are caused by harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or tanning lamps, and if you have one, you've sustained skin cell damage.

No matter what you may hear at tanning salons, the cumulative damage caused by UV radiation can lead to premature skin aging (wrinkles, lax skin, brown spots, and more), as well as skin cancer. Indoor ultraviolet (UV) tanners are 74 percent more likely to develop melanoma than those who have never tanned indoors.

A new study has revealed an alarming rise in melanoma among people aged 18 to 39: over the past 40 years, rates of this potentially deadly skin cancer grew by 800 percent among young women and 400 percent among young men.

Here, a test subject at Canfield Scientific sits for a VISIA® Complexion Analysis System scan, which compares the skin as it appears in normal lighting to ultraviolet and digitally processed images that show subsurface spots and skin damage.

So, how do you protect yourself? Block out UV rays!

Cover up: Wear tightly-woven clothing that blocks out light. Try this test: Place your hand between a single layer of the clothing and a light source. If you can see your hand through the fabric, the garment offers little protection.

Use sunscreen: A sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15 blocks 93 percent of UV rays. You want to block both UVA and UVB rays to guard against skin cancer. Be sure to follow application directions on the bottle.

Wear a hat: A wide brim hat  is ideal because it protects the neck, ears, eyes, forehead, nose, and scalp.

Wear UV absorbent shades: Sunglasses don't have to be expensive, but they should block 99 to 100 percent of UVA and UVB radiation.

Limit exposure: UV rays are most intense between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If you're unsure about the sun's intensity, take the shadow test: If your shadow is shorter than you, the sun's rays are the day's strongest.

Opt Out: Opt out of UV tanning and opt into sunless tanning. You can get the same tanned look without the skin damage.

We hope that you will all think about the negative consequences of tanning when weighing the outcomes. In the end, we at Barbizon of Akron don't feel like it's worth the risk. Pale skin is healthy skin!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Makeup Expiration Dates!

Toss that old lipstick that the manufacturer stopped making, ditch that mascara that you’ve been hanging onto because you like the brush and throw away the foundation that is starting to separate

 Believe it or not, just like food, makeup has an expiration date too!
You may be getting ready for another day of work or class, and start to notice that your mascara as a strange odor, or is becoming too clumpy, TOSS IT IMMEDIATELY! Mascara has a shelf life of about 2-to-3 months. It’s important to get rid of the product after the allotted amount of time to avoid bacteria getting into your eyes! This is a problem because you may start to develop eye irritations, something no one wants to deal with!

Our favorite lotions last us about 2 years. Once you start to see your lotion changing color, or the scent is beginning to change, it’s time to say goodbye and schedule another trip to your local drugstore to buy some more! A little health tip, when buying a lotion, buy a bottle with a pump, rather than just squeezing the lotion out. Pump lotions are better because it is more difficult for bacteria to get into the lotion! This will also help your lotion last longer because it will be more sanitary.

If you wake up one morning and reach for your foundation only to discover it is separating into layers and the color is beginning to lighten, TOSS IT OUT! Foundation has a shelf life of about 6-12 months. It’s always important to keep your makeup out of the sunlight as well. UV rays will make your product spoil more quickly.
If you begin to notice your lip stick is drying out or lip gloss is extra sticky one day, throw them away, they’re no longer suitable for use. Our lipsticks have a shelf life of about 2 years and 1 year for lip gloss!

Powders, foundations, blush and eye shadow can be used for about 2 years; however, cleaning your brushes the way you have learned from a previous blog titled, “How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes” will help you get the most out of their 2 year shelf life! You can tell when your products are starting to go bad because they will become flakey and dry. New powders will not!

Stay up to date with your products with Barbizon of Akron! The fact that our makeup expires isn’t a completely terrible thing, it gives us a chance to try new products and discover the ones we like the best!

By: Kelley Notaro

Thursday, July 11, 2013

It's Sandal Season!

Sandal season means one thing: it's time for a pedicure! At Barbizon of Akron, we love for all of our students and alums to look and feel healthy all around. That's why we know the importance of healthy (and pretty) looking feet! Read below for the who, what, when and where of pedicures!

Who: Anybody! Pedicures are great for men and women, boys and girls! The young, the old and those in between! Pedicures are relaxing for everyone, and who doesn't love being pampered?

What: People have been receiving pedicures for over 4,000 years! In 3,000 BC, toe nail color was a sign of status in Chinese communities, where pedicures first began. Royal finger nails were often painted black and red. Today, a pedicure is a service that, while relaxing, improves the overall look of your feet and toenails. They can even prevent certain nail diseases and disorders. During the procedure, feet will be
soaked, dead skin cells will be sloughed off feet with a pumice stone or scrub, feet will be moisturized, toe nails will be filed and painted. By the time the procedure is over, you will have dazzling, fresh looking feet that are baby soft!

When: Anytime! Spring and summer are busy times for pedicures with it being sandal weather, but we promise, pampering yourself is always in style! Do it on your lunch break, do it while the kids are at soccer practice, do it with some of your friends before a girl's (or guy's) night out! Yes, pedicures are great for men too!

Where: Kim Blankenship- Nail Tech Extraordinaire at Georgie Salon & Spa! Kim is a true professional and understands what REAL relaxation is all about... Foot massages! Try her once and you'll see what makes her (and her services) so special! Added bonus: All Pro-Model & Talent Mgmt. and Barbizon of Akron members receive 20% off of services! This is also extended to family members, so if you're a parent waiting on your child to have their hair done, pamper yourself while you wait!

We at Barbizon of Akron can't wait to see all of the open-toed shoes and sandals that will be walking through the door this summer with great looking feet! It's always nice when you can wear any shoe with confidence, and getting a pedicure is the perfect way to ensure that feeling. So, set a date for your next pedicure and remember to regularly pamper yourself! Shine on, Barbizon of Akron!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Find Your Self-Confidence With Barbizon of Akron

Barbizon of Akron knows that struggling with self-confidence is something that many of us face on a daily basis. It’s hard when you feel as if you aren’t good enough or feel as though someone else is better at a particular sport or school subject. These thoughts and feelings can be a real good mood killer, and since summer is here, a good mood is definitely something we want to have every day! Here are some tips you can put to good use on days where you feel down right dull!

First and foremost, the most important thing in obtaining self-confidence is to STOP COMPARING YOURSELF TO SOMEONE ELSE! I’m sure you have heard the saying, “the grass is greener on the other side,” right? Well it’s not. We all have hardships, and we all have bad days. Some people are just better at hiding it than others. Think of it like this, if you and all of your friends wrote out your problems and threw them in a fish bowl, and chose one of the problem at random, you would be pretty quick to grab your own problems back after reading what other people experience on a daily basis. So, repeat after me, I AM GOING TO STOP COMPARING MY LIFE TO ANOTHER PERSON’S LIFE! Good!

Another part of life that can put a damper on our self-confidence is how to think about our body image. None of us are perfect, that is something really important to remember. We all have flaws and we all make mistakes. It doesn’t matter how many hours you spend sweating at the gym, if you aren’t putting in the work solely for feeling good for yourself, you’re never going to have self-confidence. You will constantly be competing to achieve someone else’s look, and that’s not right. Do something for yourself. Run those 5 miles because it makes you feel as if you’re doing something good for your body. When you do things to achieve your own happiness, and stop worrying about looking good for someone else, you can’t help but to experience self-confidence.

Every night, I want you to sit down with yourself and really get to know YOU. At the end of the day, make a list of all of the things you did that made you feel good. If you’re having trouble doing this, plan specific things throughout your day that you know will make you happy, for example, tackle a math problem that you have been having trouble with, be nice to the person that other people make fun of, go out of your way for someone else, plan a nice surprise for your friends or family, look in the mirror and smile. These are several examples of how you can feel more confident with yourself.

In my life journey to achieve happiness, I’ve learned it comes from doing nice things for other people. When you feel good about helping someone else, people will notice how confident in yourself you are. They’ll notice you are bubbly, and they’ll notice that you must be a pretty secure person to go out of your way to put someone else’s feelings first.

Barbizon of Akron urges you to try these tips out; they’ll help you feel better about yourself and your self-confidence. We all struggle, but it’s nice to know that there are ways we can change that. 


By: Kelley Notaro

Friday, July 5, 2013

Ten Tips for Perfect Eyeliner

Eyeliner is an important part of any makeup routine. Eyeliner helps to define the eye and can create illusions to make eyes appear bigger, smaller, wider, etc. At Barbizon of Akron, we wanted to spill our top ten tips for perfect liner so that we could see what all of you would do with the information. Let us know if these tips worked for you, or add some tips of your own, on our Facebook Page. 

1. When applying eyeliner, rest the elbow of your dominant arm on a hard surface, and rest your wrist on your face.

2. Tilt your head back slightly and bring your eyes to a half-open state. This creates a good angle for application, while allowing you to see what you're doing.

3. Use your left index finger (if you are right handed) or your right index finger (if you are left handed) and pull your eyelid gently to the side and slightly up, toward the far end of your eyebrow. This step is optional, because some people find it easier to draw accurately on a relaxed eye; also, stretching the eye may encourage wrinkling. Try both ways to see what is best for you. To prevent the eyelid from shaking if you do not pull it, focus gently but intently on your eyes in the mirror. If you are applying eyeliner to someone else's eyes, ask them to choose one spot on the wall to look at. Keep your arm steady.

4. Draw a line across the upper lid on the lash line (as close to your lashes as possible while still on the lid). This creates the desired illusion of having thicker lashes.

5. If you're using liquid liner, allow it to dry before opening your eyes all the way, or the color may transfer into the crease of your eye.

6. Soften the look by gently smudging the line with your brush, a cotton swab or your finger. If you desire a crisp, straight line, as is the case with liquid eyeliner, do not alter unless it's messy. Any cleaning touch ups should be done with a cotton swab dipped in eye makeup remover.

7. Remember that there are many variations on eyeliner looks . If this is your first time, you might want to start with a smudged eyeliner look

8. Line the lower lids . Trace the outside of your eye (close to the lower lashes). Moving from the outside edge inward, draw a line lightly, but don't go for perfection, you can go back over the faint line and darken after the stroke. Your line should be slightly thicker at the outside corner, becoming thinner as it moves in toward your nose. Follow the shape of your eye. It looks more natural.

9. For a natural look, apply brown or black/brown eyeliner to 1/3 of your top lash line, and 2/3 of your bottom lash line. Blend the line with a cotton swab.

10. If you want a dramatic look, try double winging your liner. Or try a thicker line. Try different styles and find your favorite. But a classic line always works great.

So there are our ten tips for perfect eyeliner! Give it a try, and even if it doesn't look perfect the first time, keep at it! With eyeliner especially, practice makes perfect. Shine on, Barbizon of Akron!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

 We all have them, but do we all take care of them properly? Barbizon of Akron is going to teach you how to properly clean your makeup brushes because let’s face it, I can guarantee that you may not do this as much as you probably should! If you do, great! You’re doing your part in taking care of your skin when you use your brushes!

The more we use our brushes, the more bacteria begins to build up! You’re dipping that brush into your powder and rubbing those bacteria on your makeup and skin! Not a very nice image, huh? BUT don’t worry; Barbizon of Akron is here to put an end to bacteria filled brushes!

All you are going to need are a few simple things when it comes to cleaning your brushes the correct way. You won’t need to go out and buy anything special to do this; believe it or not, you probably already have the supplies you need! Ask mom, or go on a house hunt to find: some antibacterial dish soap, preferably gentle formula, olive oil, paper towels and a mug to dry the brushes! Was that so hard to find? I don’t think so! 

You’re going to start off with running your brushes under warm water. Go ahead and work your fingers through the bristles to get off the loose makeup on the brush. Make sure you keep the bristles facing down as to not get any water into the ferrule, which is the metal part that holds the bristles! This may loosen the glue holding your bristles in place, and you don’t want that! Now, we are going to get started with the cleaning! 
Go ahead and put some of the dish soap in the palm of your hand. You’re going to want start to swirl the brush in the soap and work the soap through the bristles as you did with the warm water. Once you feel as though you worked the soap in thoroughly, go ahead and start to rinse the soap off. Gently work your fingers through the brushes to get all of the soap off, again holding the brush down to avoid getting water in the ferrule.

Since your brushes aren’t brand new anymore, don’t get discouraged if you can’t get the makeup color out completely; however, here is where the olive oil comes into play!

Just like you did with the soap, put a little olive oil on the palm of your hand and swirl the brush around in it. Work the olive oil into the bristles. Think of the dish soap as your shampoo and the olive oil as your conditioner! The olive oil is going to work on melting out the extra makeup on the bristles to restore the color as best it can! Repeat the same rinsing process after you are finished!
To dry the bristles, squeeze out the excess water with your paper towels and dry the brushes upside down so the water runs out of the brush and avoids running into the ferrule! 

Repeating this process at least once a week will help you get more use out of your brushes, in turn saving you more money!

Barbizon of Akron hopes you put these tips to good use!

By:Kelley Notaro