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!