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!