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!