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.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Fashion Forward... And Comfortable!

Happy weekend, Barbizon of Akron! Now that school is in session, we know that some of you are wanting to trade in style for comfort... We get it! No one wants to feel uncomfortable for eight hours a day, no matter how great you look! But good news, we've found these fashionably chic pieces that are so comfy, you may want to start wearing them as pajamas!

Oversized Sweaters- The ultimate curl-up-with-a-good-book-by-the-fire attire, oversized sweaters are absolutely a staple for autumn. To avoid the just-rolled-out-of-bed look, however, you should shop for sweaters with girly embellishments or jazz up a simple sweater with a statement necklace.


Rompers- If a onesie is your idea of snuggly, please ditch the plaid PJs for day and rock a rad romper
instead. Think lightweight, silky and cotton jumpsuits that feature a relaxed fit and are perfect for lounging in. Pair yours with some pretty pumps and a tailored blazer for the best in both comfort and style!

Harem Pants- Harem pants are about as comfy cozy as they come. They come in all prints, patterns, colors and fabrics for fall. Don a tucked-in tank or tee with a fitted jacket thrown on over top to pull together a cutting-edge outfit that's anything but pajama-like... You know, except in comfort.

Leggings- Not only do leggings boast an elastic waistband, which is amazing in and of itself, but nowadays many brands are incorporating stretch in their skinny jeans as well so you can look dressed to the nines at anytime. Remember to style yours with a long blouse or chambray shirt that hits right below the widest part of your hips/ butt/ thighs for a slimming effect.



Big T-shirts- Oversized tees aren't just meant to be worn to bed anymore; they're now a fashion statement all their own. Take a hint from all the cool girls though, and make sure you wear yours with something tight on the bottom to balance things out a bit. You don't want to look like you're literally drowning in clothes.

Friday, October 3, 2014

13 Tips for Flawless Brows!

Hey, Barbizon of Akron! They say that the eyes are the windows to the soul... So that makes your eyebrows like the curtains! And don't you want the best curtains in town? If so, check out these great tips we found on seventeen.com. Kristie Streicher shares the ins and outs on what—and what not—to do to make your arches look AMAZING!

1. To get your brows to look full, lightly shade the hairs above and below your brow to create a barely there shadow. Using a low-oil pencil that's soft, shade on top and underneath your brow to get a slight shadow of color, and then brush your brows upward with a spoolie brush to give them a natural look.

2. Keep any brow pencil away from your skin where there isn't hair; it's the tell-tale sign that you've colored your arches in. Remember, you want to enhance what you have, not draw on what's not there.

3. Brushing your brow hairs upward and outward gives them what Streicher calls a "feathered" look. You arches will look more natural and fuller when you groom them this way. Brushing them simply
outward won't do the trick.



4. With brow gel, go for a color that is the same shade as your brows or one shade darker; with brow pencils, go one shade lighter because you want that look to be softer. When you're drawing the illusion of hair, it looks unnatural if the pencil is darker or as dark as your hair. The lighter color gives it dimension.

5. Don't color your brows with at-home box color that you'd use on your hair. Why? Because the peroxide levels that at-home color contains are just too intense for your brow/eye area and can actually burn the skin under your brows, cause your eye area to become red, and create a burning sensation in your eyes.

6. If you do want to color your brows at home, the only colorant you should use is vegetable dye. It's better for dyeing your own brows because it's mixed with lower peroxide levels than regular hair dye, so it not only lasts longer, it's actually safe for the eye area.

7. In general, eyebrow tint lasts longer than coloring your brows. The peroxide in regular hair dye is often too much for your brows to handle and absorb. Your arches actually do better accepting a lower peroxide level, as in an eyebrow tint. Ask your local aesthetician or brow specialist if they offer this service and then get it ASAP if your brows need a color boost!

8. Brows serve a purpose to protect your eyes and frame your face, so it's important not to over-tweeze them and to keep them filled in. Strong brows also exude confidence and make you look healthy, so if you want to look awake but don't want to apply that much makeup, definitely fill in any sparse spots in your arches.

9. Tinted eyebrow gel is perfect for achieving fuller brows, but you have to tissue off any excess formula on the brush head before you apply it to your arches. Or else you'll look like Groucho Marx.

10. A brow mascara with fibers in it gives the appearance of fuller brows instantly. If you don't want to bother with trying to create tiny, hair-like strokes with a brow pencil, pick up a fiber-filled brow gel and create beautiful brows with the help of the fibers that adhere to your arches to conceal sparse spots.

11. Brow pomade is a thing and it will keep your arches in place without making them look or feel crunchy. Much like hair products, gels often look a bit harder in your hair, so if you want that groomed un-groomed look, brush on a pomade. It's clear so it won't add color, but it will keep your brows
coiffed.

12. If you're jonesing for bleached brows, let a pro do the reverse dye job. Bleach is a dangerous chemical and isn't safe to put near your eyes without the supervision of a licensed professional, like a hairstylist, brow professional, or aesthetician. So, the next time you reach for your bottle of Jolene to DIY bleach your brows, think again.

13. Bleached brows can become dry and brittle, just like your actual hair would be if you stripped it of its natural color. If your beauty jam is to look like Miley, make sure you're conditioning your brows on the regular by applying a lightweight oil over the hairs with your fingertip.

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 SheKnows.com, 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 sheknows.com 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.

Comb
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.

Tip

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!

Friday, July 11, 2014

90 Snacks Under 100 Calories



Hey there, Barbizon of Akron! Sometimes we just need a little help deciding what to have for a snack when trying to stay on a diet or keep the calories at bay. Here are 90 delicious options so you shouldn’t run out of ideas to stay healthy for awhile! They are organized to hit whatever you may be craving: sweet, savory, or sweet and salty! Thanks to MyThirtySpot.com for compiling this great list!

Sweet:

1. Mini PB&F: One fig Newton with 1 teaspoon peanut butter.

2. Chocolate Banana: Half a frozen banana dipped in two squares of melted dark chocolate.

3. Frozen grapes (any color): 1 cup (about 28 grapes), stuck in the freezer for 2+ hours.

4. Honey Yogurt: ½ cup nonfat Greek yogurt with a dash of cinnamon and 1 teaspoon honey.

5. Spiced Orange: One orange— about the size of a tennis ball— sprinkled with cinnamon.

6. Grilled Pineapple: 2 ¼-inch thick pineapple rounds (about 1 cup), grilled (or sautéed) for two minutes or until golden.

7. Berries n’ Cream: 1 cup blueberries with 2 tablespoons whipped topping.

8. Stuffed Figs: Two small dried figs with 1 tablespoon reduced-fat ricotta stuffed inside. Sprinkle with cinnamon.

9. Oats n’ Berries: ⅓ cup rolled oats (cooked with water), topped with cinnamon and ¼ cup fresh berries.

10. Dark Chocolate: One block, or three squares.

11. Nut-Stuffed Date: One Medjool Date filled with one teaspoon natural unsalted almond butter.

12. Chocolate Milk: 6 ounces skim milk mixed with 2 teaspoons chocolate syrup.

13. Cinnamon Applesauce: 1 cup unsweetened applesauce (like Motts). Or, try this homemade version!

14. Citrus-Berry Salad: 1 cup mixed berry salad (raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, and/or blackberries) tossed with one tablespoon fresh-squeezed orange juice.

15. Maple-Pumpkin Yogurt: ½ cup non-fat regular yogurt (go Greek for extra protein!) with 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree and 1 teaspoon maple syrup.

16. Chocolate Pudding: One 4oz package. Try a fat/sugar free version or a homemade one!

17. Chocolate Covered Strawberries: Five strawberries dipped in two squares melted dark chocolate.

18. Tropical Juice Smoothie: ¼ cup pineapple juice, orange juice, and apple juice, blended with ice.

19. Vanilla and Banana Smoothie: ½ cup sliced banana, ¼ cup nonfat vanilla yogurt, and a handful of ice blended until smooth.

20. Banana Chips: One sliced banana dipped in lemon juice and baked.

21. Baked Apple: One tennis ball-sized apple, cored, filled with 1 teaspoon brown sugar and cinnamon, and baked until tender.

22. Fruity Waffles: One 7-grain frozen waffle toasted and topped with ¼ cup fresh mixed berries.

23. Skinny S’more: Two graham crackers with one roasted marshmallow and one small square dark chocolate.

24. Cinnamon Graham Crackers & Peanut butter: Two graham cracker squares with 1 teaspoon peanut butter and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

25. Cereal and Milk: ½ cup rice krispies with ½ cup skim milk.

26. Milk n’ Cookies: Five animal crackers with ½ cup skim milk.

27. Warm Spiced Cider: 6 ounces apple cider with sprinkles of cinnamon and nutmeg, warmed.

28. Citrus Sherbet: ½ cup lime sherbet (about one standard-sized ice-cream scoop) with ½ sliced kiwi.

29. Café Latte: 8 ounces steamed skim milk with 1 shot espresso.

30. Jelly Beans: 25 of ‘em!

31. Marshmallow Pear: ½ pear diced and topped with 1 tablespoon marshmallow fluff.

32. Protein Shake: One scoop protein powder with 8 ounces water (choose from tasty powder flavors like cookies n’ cream and chocolate peanut butter!).

33. Popsicle: 8 ounces lemonade frozen in an ice pop mold, or use a small paper cup as a mold.

34. Apple Chips: De-hydrated or from the store.

Savory

35. Carrots n’ Hummus: About 10 baby carrots with 2 tablespoons hummus.

36. Pistachios: A couple handfuls— about 25 nuts (Crackin’ them open will take more time and avoid
grabbing 25 more.)

37. Cheese n’ Crackers: Five Kashi 7-grain crackers with 1 stick reduced-fat string cheese.

38. Dippy Egg: One over easy egg with ½ slice whole-wheat toast, sliced (to dip in yolk!)

39. Cheesy Breaded Tomatoes: Two roasted plum tomatoes sliced and topped with 2 tablespoons breadcrumbs and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese.

40. Curried Sweet Potato: One medium sweet potato (about 5 inches long) cooked for six minutes in the microwave and mashed with 1 teaspoon curry, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper.

41. “Cheesy” Popcorn: 2 cups air-popped popcorn with 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast— it’ll taste like real cheese!

42. Guacamole stuffed Egg Whites: Halve a hardboiled egg, remove yolk, and stuff the empty space with 2 tablespoons guacamole (avocado, lime, cilantro and salt.)

43. Grilled Spinach and Feta Polenta: 3 oz polenta (about the size of a deck of cards) cooked with 1 ½ cups water and topped with 1 teaspoon feta cheese and a handful spinach.

44. Soy Edamame: ¼ cup boiled Edamame with 1 teaspoon soy sauce.

45. Dijon Pretzels: Two pretzel rods with 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard.

46. Crunchy Curried Tuna Salad: ½ cup canned tuna with 1 teaspoon curry powder, 1 tablespoon chopped red onion, and two ribs celery (chopped.)

47. Greek Tomatoes: One tomato (about the size of a tennis ball) chopped and mixed with 1 tablespoon feta and a squeeze of lemon juice.

48. Shrimp Cocktail: Eight medium sized shrimp boiled and served with 2 tablespoons classic cocktail sauce.

49. Smoked Beef Jerky: About 1 ounce— look for low sodium versions!

50. Cheddar and Tomato Soup: ½ cup tomato soup with 1 tablespoon shredded low-fat cheddar cheese.

51. Kale Chips: ½ cup raw kale— stems removed— baked with 1 teaspoon olive oil at 400° until crisp.

52. Sweet Potato Fries: One light-bulb sized sweet potato sliced, tossed with 1 teaspoon olive oil, and baked at 400° for 10 minutes.

53. Cucumber Sandwich: ½ English muffin with 2 tablespoons cottage cheese and three slices of cucumber.

54. Turkey Roll-Ups: Four slices smoked turkey rolled up and dipped in 2 teaspoons honey mustard.

55. Mixed Olives: About 8 olives.

56. Antipasto Plate: One Pepperocini, a ½ inch cube of cheddar cheese, one slice pepperoni, and one olive.

57. Pumpkin Seeds: 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds, sprayed with oil (just a spritz!) and baked at for 400° for 15 minutes or until brown. Sprinkle with kosher salt.

58. Choco-Soy Nuts: 3 tablespoons soy nuts with 1 teaspoon cocoa nibs.

59. Wasabi Peas: About ⅓ cup of these green treats.

60. Balsamic Veggies: 3 cups raw peppers (any color!) dipped in 2 tablespoons balsamic reduction.

61. Cheesy Roasted Asparagus: Four spears (spritzed with olive-oil spray) and topped with 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese, baked for 10 minutes at 400°.

62. Cucumber salad: One large cucumber (sliced) with 2 tablespoons chopped red onion and 2 tablespoons apple-cider vinegar.

63. Spinach and Feta Egg-White Scramble: Three egg whites scrambled and mixed with ½ cup raw spinach and 1 tbsp feta cheese. Cook in frying pan or zap in microwave until egg whites are no longer runny (about 1-2 minutes.)

64. Crunchy Kale Salad: 1 cup kale leaves chopped with 1 teaspoon honey and 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar.

65. Chick Pea Salad: ¼ chickpeas with 1 tablespoon sliced scallions, a squeeze of lemon juice, and ¼ cup diced tomatoes.

66. Grilled Garlic Corn on the Cob: One small-sized ear brushed with 1 teaspoon sautéed minced garlic and 1 teaspoon olive oil, grilled until tender.

67. Pretzels & Cream Cheese: 15 mini pretzel sticks with 2 tablespoons fat-free cream cheese.

68. Bacon Brussels Salad: Seven brussel spouts thinly sliced and mixed with one piece lean bacon, chopped.

69. Rosemary Potatoes: ⅓ cup thinly sliced potato tossed with 1 teaspoons olive oil and a teaspoon of chopped rosemary.

70. Spicy Black Beans: ¼ cup black beans with 1 tablespoon salsa and 1 tablespoon non-fat Greek yogurt.

71. Caprese Salad: 1 ounce (hockey puck sized) of fresh mozzarella with ½ cup cherry tomatoes and 2 teaspoons of balsamic vinegar.

72. Cheddar goldfish crackers: About 60 fishies.

73. Chips n’ Salsa: 10 baked tortilla chips with ¼ cup salsa.

74. Mini Ham Sandwich: Two slices honey-baked ham with 2 teaspoons honey mustard rolled in a lettuce leaf.

75. Lox Bagel: ½ whole-wheat mini bagel with two thin slices of lox.

76. Steamed edamame: 45 green soybeans

Sweet and Salty

77. Chocolate Trail Mix: Eight almonds, four chocolate chips, and 1 tablespoon raisins.

78. Apples and Cheese: 1 non-fat mozzarella cheese stick with half of a baseball-sized apple (any variety) sliced.

79. PB & Celery: 1 medium celery stalk with 1 tablespoon peanut butter.

80. Cottage Cheese Melon Boat: 1 cup melon balls with ½ cup non-fat cottage cheese.

81. Carrot and Raisin Salad: 1 cup shaved carrots with 2 tablespoons raisins and 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar.

82. Tropical Cottage Cheese: ½ cup non-fat cottage cheese with ½ cup fresh mango and pineapple, chopped.

83. Blue-Cheese Stuffed Apricots: Three dried apricots with 1 tablespoon crumbled blue cheese.

84. Rice Cake and Almond Butter: One rice cake (try brown rice!) with 2 teaspoons almond butter.

85. Sweet n’ Spicy Pecans: Five pecans roasted with 2 teaspoons maple syrup and 1 teaspoon cinnamon.

86. Apples n’ Peanut Butter: ½ an apple, sliced and dipped in 1 teaspoon natural peanut butter.

87. Chocolate Hazelnut Crackers: Four Wheat Thins dipped in 1 teaspoon Nutella (or other hazelnut spread.)

88. Strawberry Salad: 1 cup raw spinach with ½ cup sliced strawberries and 1 tablespoon balsamic.

89. Cacao-Roasted Almonds: Pop in eight tossed in cocoa powder.

90. Citrus Salad: 3 cups lettuce, 2 scallions, and 1 small tangerine drizzled with 2 tablespoons Newman’s Own Low Fat Sesame Ginger Dressing

Friday, July 4, 2014

Lauren Conrad's Top Ten Summer Beauty Tricks!

Hey, Barbizon of Akron! Over the past couple of years we have been writing blogs giving tips on how to beat the various season in terms of hair and skin care. So, we figured that you may be wanting to hear from a different voice this time around. Check out what Lauren Conrad had to say about her summer routine and steal her ten tricks to beating the sweltering summer months!

When it comes to facing the sweltering, sticky summer elements, I’ll be the first to admit that my beauty regimen is not so hot on the season’s trying temps. That said, when summertime rolls around I like to pull out a few of my favorite beauty tricks to combat unwanted raccoon eyes and green-tinged post-pool strands.

To keep your face from melting off and your hair from frizzing up, I’ve put together 10 of my favorite beauty tips for you so you can keep your look cool, calm and collected no matter how hot and humid things get…
  1. Prime. Use primer to keep your makeup in place throughout the day. It also helps reduce unwanted shine too. Apply it after your SPF and moisturizer and allow it to dry completely before putting on your face makeup.
  2. Love liquid. While pencil liners are great, a good waterproof liquid liner won’t smudge or run when things get hot (or wet). 
  3. Scrub and soothe. Be sure to give those gams a good scrub. And don’t forget your feet too. To get your tootsies sandal ready, give them a scrub in the shower and then slather them with lotion afterward. Next, slip your feet into a pair of cotton socks and hit the hay. When you wake up, your feet will be soft as a baby’s bottom and ready for their close up.
  4. Ditch your dryer (and your bathroom). Since the summer is characteristically a very dry season, it’s a great time to let your strands air-dry. I find that a simple low pony (pulled to the front on one side) is a great fallback, as is a loose side braid. But if you must blow dry your hair, do not do it in the bathroom right after you have showered. The humidity will only make your hair frizzier. For a super sleek summer blowout, head into another (dry) room and dry your hair there.
  5. Shave smart. After shaving your legs, use an alcohol-free lotion to avoid razor burn and irritation.
  6. Chill out. It may sound unpleasant, but cold showers are much better for your skin because hot showers leech your skin of its moisture. Hot showers also wreak havoc on dry hair because it opens your hair follicles, causing them to dehydrate. Instead, opt for a lukewarm or tepid shower. At the end of your shower, turn the water to cold to seal your hair follicles and quench your skin. This will make your hair extra shiny and your skin extra smooth.
  7. Don’t go green. To prevent your hair from turning an unpleasant shade of green after a dip in chlorinated water, slather it with oil (it can be baby oil, olive oil, coconut oil etc.). If all else fails, simply rinse your hair with tap water before jumping in.
  8. Lighten up. Since cake-face is never a good look, I like to dilute my cover-up with a little eye cream during the warmer months. It makes this traditionally heavier makeup a bit lighter and sheerer, which is ideal for summer. It’s also a good idea to use less foundation (unless you’re up for risking a serious facial landslide) and preferably one that is silicone-based to prevent smudging and sliding. During the summer, less is more!
  9. De-puff. After a day spent in the sun, you will most likely find yourself with a major case of puffy eyes the next morning. To reduce puffiness, slice up a few refrigerated potatoes, soak them in water for a moment or two and then place them over your lids for 15 minutes. Works like a charm.
  10. Go sheer. While I love a great red lip, thicker lipsticks should be saved for other seasons. During the summer I like to swap out my favorite lipsticks for their sheerer counterparts. Lip-glosses, tints and balms are other summertime favorites for me as well.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Ditch the Negativity!

Hey, Barbizon of Akron! Now that the sunny summer weather has made its entrance, it seems that everyone's moods have been boosted! Are you still feeling 'down in the dumps' in spite of the weather change? Maybe it's time to evaluate your circle of friends! Negativity is toxic and can bring anyone down. If you have any of these five people in your life, you may want to consider cutting them out, or at least cut down on the frequency in which you're seeing them. Thanks to SheKnows.com for compiling this list!

1. The Naysayer

"Yeah, I just don't think that's ever going to work out for you."

You never feel better after talking with this person, even when you call to share exciting news. Naysayers are downers who will bring your good day to a screeching halt. They see the glass as half empty and cracked. When things are good, they complain; when things are bad, you want to wear your earplugs because they bark even more. Naysayers may think they're just telling it like it is and keeping it real, but in reality, they're just spreading gloom and negativity.

Why you should dump the naysayer: It's important to have people in your corner who support and encourage you. It's not about surrounding yourself with people who always tell you "yes," but rather being wary of the ones who are constantly negative and can never be happy for you.

2. The Enabler

"You know I never mind helping you out."

This is your go-to person who will bail you out of a jam every single time. You never have to stress out when you're in trouble because you know that they'll be there, no matter what the scenario is. Though
you may chalk it up to her being a good friend, they could actually be an enabler.

Why you should dump the enabler: If you find yourself around an enabler, are they helping you grow as a person? Or are they hindering your potential? Sometimes there's a fine line between being a supportive friend and being an enabler. Enabling can be draining and put a strain on a relationship. While you don't need naysayers constantly telling you "no," you also don't want to be around "yes" people who won't be honest about your negative behavior and tell you the truth when you really need to hear it.

3. The Moocher

"Can you pick up the check again? My wallet is M.I.A."

This friend seems to have a sudden case of amnesia whenever money or responsibility is involved.
Maybe you find yourself paying for everything because your friend seems to conveniently forget their wallet at home whenever you go out, or they are nowhere to be found when it's time to repay you.

Why you should dump the moocher: Going out with freeloaders can take the fun out of friendships. Though it feels good to treat your friends to dinner or help them out, it shouldn't be one-sided. If you find yourself always picking up the tab, loaning out money (that's never repaid) or constantly doing favors, you may be a victim of a mooching friend who is taking advantage of your kindness. Don't let moochers drain your wallet and your energy.

4. The Flaker

"I know I told you I’d be there, but something else came up. Sorry."

Reliability is not a flaker's strong suit. You never know if they’ll commit to the plans you make, as they usually bail or go M.I.A at the last second. You find it hard to take their word for things, and they are
the last person you’d expect to come through in a crunch. Don’t hold your breath waiting for them to return your call, or even your text, because you may be waiting for weeks.

Why you should dump the flaker: Life happens, and unexpected things come up that may require a change of plans, but it can be frustrating to have friends who always cancel or renege on their promises or commitments. Canceling occasionally is understandable, but blowing someone off repeatedly is not. Friendships take effort from both sides, so if you find yourself always making the plans just to get stood up, you may want to rethink your relationship with your flakey friend.

5. The Competitor

"Let’s see who can turn more heads tonight."

Whenever you go out looking for a good time, you feel like you signed up for a competition instead. From clothes to achievements and careers, the competitor gets a thrill out of making everything a contest. Got a raise? Then she is working on a promotion. Got a new man? Then she is working on getting hitched first. The competitor is constantly finding ways to one-up you and usually doesn't like to share the spotlight.

Why you should dump the competitor:
Though it’s always great to have friends who challenge and motivate you to do better, it can become tiresome dealing with a competitor who treats your friendship like a rivalry and compares her life to yours. It’s always better to encourage and do things big together without having to wonder if your friend is constantly trying to find ways to outdo you.