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, 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, 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 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

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.