• Tips for taking the perfect selfie


    It may not seem like it, but taking a good selfie is more than just a quick pose, point and click. Avoiding an embarrassing background or unflattering angle actually takes a little bit of planning and preparation. And if you want to create a selfie masterpiece, the preparation is even more important. If you're interested in learning what i(Read More...)



    Written by Shelly Simpson on December 19, 2014
  • The man behind the beard: The evolution of Santa


    If you're interested in enrolling in barbering school, you'll want to stay up to date on the latest beard trends. The most recent beard styles that are making waves across the world, for instance, are festive beard baubles - ornaments that men can hang from their facial hair for the holidays. The beard baubles are the work of several c(Read More...)



    Written by Shelly Simpson on December 19, 2014
  • How to: Rock a retro wardrobe


    Fashions of the past are becoming trendy again, giving women the chance to play around with creating funky personal styles. Many women are loving reappropriating the styles from the 1940s and 1950s to create a glamorous retro look. If you're interested in bringing some vintage style into your look, take a look at this guide for rocking a r(Read More...)



    Written by Shelly Simpson on December 17, 2014
  • Caring for your skin after a facial


    If you're interested in becoming an esthetician, you're likely aware of some of the great benefits of facials. They unclog pores, help remove toxins, and clean the skin so that it's more open to absorbing moisturizers and other products. However, the exfoliating and deep-cleansing done in facials can leave the skin very vulnerable (Read More...)



    Written by Shelly Simpson on December 16, 2014
  • Top holiday-inspired nail designs


    Almost a year after the surprise release of her self-titled album, Beyonce made another surprise release: Her own nail designs! Just in time for holiday season, Beyonce partnered with Los Angeles-based nail company NCLA to create the four new nail decal designs, all inspired by her album. If you love learning about nail art and celebrity nail trend(Read More...)



    Written by Shelly Simpson on December 15, 2014
  • Winter care: Tips for keeping your feet healthy


    The dry winter air can be damaging to skin all over the body - and that includes the feet. Not only are feet vulnerable to dry and cold weather, but they're also constantly wrapped in socks and tight winter shoes, which can cause even more foot issues. Take a look at these ways to keep your feet moisturized and healthy this winter:Wear appropri(Read More...)



    Written by Shelly Simpson on December 15, 2014
  • 10 items men should keep in their gym bag


    If you're thinking about enrolling in barbering school, you may want to get into the habit of working out in the morning to get ready for the busy day ahead. If you do exercise in the a.m., though, you'll want to make sure you have the perfect gym bag full of items that can help you get through your workout then prepare for the rest of the (Read More...)



    Written by Shelly Simpson on December 10, 2014
  • How to transition your day makeup look to night


    If you're considering enrolling in cosmetology courses, you most likely know that there is a pretty big difference between daytime and nighttime makeup looks. Though every woman has a different makeup style, daytime looks - to school or work, for instance - are generally more reserved with subdued colors and a conservative overall appearance. O(Read More...)



    Written by Shelly Simpson on December 9, 2014
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  • Check out these tips for capturing the perfect selfie. Tips for taking the perfect selfie

    It may not seem like it, but taking a good selfie is more than just a quick pose, point and click. Avoiding an embarrassing background or unflattering angle actually takes a little bit of planning and preparation. And if you want to create a selfie masterpiece, the preparation is even more important. If you're interested in learning what it takes to perfect the style of photo, check out these tips for taking great selfies:  

    Check the lighting
    Lighting really matters when you're trying to nail an awesome selfie. Too dark, and you'll be shadowed and hard to see, but too light, and your every imperfection will be on full display. The best natural lighting for pictures is during sunrise and sunset, but selfie-taking isn't always so perfectly timed. If you're indoors, just go for a soft light that isn't too harsh. 

    Fix your angle
    There are two angles to worry about when taking selfies: the angle of your face to the camera, and the angle of the camera to your face. Practice in the mirror to find which points of view work best on you. Some people prefer to be straight on, while others like a tilt to one side or the other. In general, the most flattering way to angle the camera is from above rather than from below. Try holding the camera out with a straight arm just a little bit higher than you are tall. 

    Take a few
    Only magicians and Kardashians take a perfect selfie with the first click of the camera. Take several selfies at a time, and you'll be sure to take at least one you love. Try to keep the amount of selfies you actually post to a minimum, though.

    Use some help
    In some cases, using a selfie arm extender can be really useful. A lot of people bring them along when traveling, for instance, in order to capture really great pictures of themselves with all of the attractions they're visiting in the background. 

    Pick a filter
    Apps like Instagram and EyeEm are all you need to take a great selfie to the next level. Filters can be fun and funky, but they're always pretty flattering, too. Even if you have no choice but to take your selfie in harsh fluorescent lighting, a filter can give you the soft glow you're going for. 

    Don't be too serious
    Some people take selfies really seriously, with intense eyes and no smiles. However, showing your personality in the picture can sometimes make for a much better product. Make a funny face, get creative and have fun with it. If you have a good time taking it, people will love it. 

    Get prepared
    Your hair and makeup should be a little more exaggerated for selfies than it is in your day-to-day life. Make your hair a little fluffier than usual, and use bronzer to contour your cheekbones. Apply more makeup than you're used to – the camera won't pick up small amounts as well. 

    If you're interested in styling hair and makeup for any occasion, you may want to consider enrolling in cosmetology courses


  • Check out the evolution of Santa Claus and his beard. The man behind the beard: The evolution of Santa

    If you're interested in enrolling in barbering school, you'll want to stay up to date on the latest beard trends. The most recent beard styles that are making waves across the world, for instance, are festive beard baubles – ornaments that men can hang from their facial hair for the holidays. The beard baubles are the work of several companies, including an advertising agency in London, that are selling sets of differently shaped ornaments to men who want to look more festive. However, while Christmas facial hair is getting a makeover this season, no beard will ever be as venerated around the holiday season as much as the original one: Santa Claus's beard. Santa didn't always look like the merry white-haired man everyone knows today, though. Check out how Santa and his beard have evolved over time:

    From St. Nicholas to Santa Claus
    The origin of Santa Claus dates all the way back to around 270 or 280 A.D., when St. Nicholas was said to have been born. St. Nicholas was a Bishop of a small town in Turkey, and was known for anonymously paying women's dowries and leaving small gifts in children's shoes. Upon his death, Nicholas was dubbed the patron saint of children for this reason.

    It wasn't until the 1700s that Santa Claus was introduced to the American population, after Dutch settlers continued the tradition of honoring St. Nicholas – or Sinterklaas, as they called him – on Dec. 5, the day of his death. In 1810, New Amsterdam, or what's now New York City, named St. Nicholas their patron saint. They commissioned artist Alexander Anderson to draw the saint, and Anderson came up with an image of a tall thin man with a halo.  

    Throughout the 19th century, many images of Santa Claus circulated, and his image slowly evolved to the shorter and rounder man who's become mainstream. In the 1860s, a cartoonist named Thomas Nast drew several pictures of Santa for Harper's Weekly – the images showed a portly bearded figure, always wearing a fur-trimmed suit of a different color. As the century came to an end, the red suit became most popular. 

    Coca-Cola nailed down the modern-day image in the 1930s during an advertising campaign which featured Santa Claus wearing a suit in the brand's colors – red and white. Santa has since been pictured exclusively in a red suit and hat with a full white beard. 

    The beard evolution
    Images of St. Nicholas from the first few centuries after he died are few and far between, but early images of the saint depicted a thin man with either a short, trimmed grayish white beard or with no beard at all. In the centuries after his death, St. Nicholas' image evolved throughout Europe, and his beard grew longer, fuller and whiter. In modern times, the beard is depicted as very long and bright white (perfect for ornamenting with beard baubles!). 

    No matter how Santa Claus and his beard originated, one thing will always be certain: He and his beard have carved their way into facial hair history.


  • Follow these tips to rock a retro wardrobe. How to: Rock a retro wardrobe

    Fashions of the past are becoming trendy again, giving women the chance to play around with creating funky personal styles. Many women are loving reappropriating the styles from the 1940s and 1950s to create a glamorous retro look. If you're interested in bringing some vintage style into your look, take a look at this guide for rocking a retro wardrobe:

    Hit the thrift store
    The first step to wearing really great vintage clothes is to know where to find them. While there are dozens of websites that sell retro styles, the very best place you can look for true vintage pieces is in thrift stores. Look through the thrift shops in your areas for basics and accessories – even a cool old belt can spruce up an otherwise contemporary outfit, and make it look retro. 

    Mix and match
    Wearing only retro clothing is a true fashion statement and can look very glamorous, but some women would rather look a little more modern – not like they just stepped off a time machine. If you're considering adding a little more of the mid-century era into your personal style, consider mixing and matching vintage pieces with your modern basics. Wear a retro dress with a modern cardigan and boots, or pair a basic jeans and T-shirt look with bright retro shoes and glasses that make a statement.  

    Buy some retro basics
    To rock a retro wardrobe, you have to start somewhere. Take a look at these basic retro styles that you can incorporate into different pieces in your wardrobe:

    • Midi hemline: These days it's all about mini or maxi skirts and dresses, but in the 1940s and 1950s midi and tea-length styles were all the rage. Look for skirts and dresses that fall just past the knees for a less modern fashion statement. 
    • High-waisted pants: High-waisted items are a huge retro trend, and it doesn't only apply to pants. Women wore everything high waisted, including shorts, skirts and even bathing suits. 
    • Polka dots: Polka dots are one of the No. 1 patterns of the '40s and '50s, and they can be found on almost any clothing item you want. Pair a polka-dotted blouse with a high-waisted midi skirt, and you'll look as retro as can be. 
    • Cat-eye glasses: Whether you go for eyeglasses or sunglasses, cat-eye rims are a standard of the retro era, and they'll make a statement no matter what you wear with them.
    • Kitten-heel pumps: Looking for retro shoes? Short 1-1.5 inch kitten heels were on trend, so go for some round-toe kitten-heel pumps to get a vintage look.

    Pair the clothes with retro hair and makeup
    The best way to round out a retro outfit is to also play up your hair and makeup with vintage styles. Go for vintage hair styles, like barrel rolls or pin curls. Then use graphic eyeliner and red lipstick to give your face an authentic mid-century feel.

    If you love learning about trending hair and makeup styles, you may be interested in cosmetology training. Students learn professional hair, makeup, skin care and nail care techniques that assist them in becoming licensed cosmetologists. 



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