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  • A simple side braid is elegant and good for multiple occasions. 5 great hair ideas for busy days

    If you decide to enroll in cosmetology classes, you'll likely have some busy days ahead of you. But in a program where you're learning professional hairstyling and techniques, you may still want to put a little effort in every day – even if you don't have much time or energy. To get you through your busy days, take a look at these simple hairstyles you can style in just a few minutes:

    1. Use dry shampoo
    Many women don't wash their hair every single day, but instead use dry shampoo to create their normal style between washes. The product is one of the best ways to give you volume and texture, while diminishing the appearance of grease. If you typically put dry shampoo on in the morning, consider applying it the night before. Spray it over your roots, and lightly work it in. It'll really blend into your strands overnight, and your hair will be voluminous and dry in the morning. 

    2. Instant waves
    For instant beach waves that take less than five minutes to achieve, use the flat-iron trick. Braid your dry hair into sections that are as big or small as you want (the smaller the section, the tighter and more crimped the waves will be). Then run your flat iron down each braid and let them cool off completely so the waves can set. Take the braids out, run your fingers lightly through them and you're ready to go!

    3. Ponytail curls
    If you'd rather go a little more curly than wavy, use this easy idea for getting curls quickly: Bend over, pull all of your hanging hair onto the very top of your head, and tie it with a hair band. Once the hair is in a ponytail, separate it into three or four sections, depending on how thick your hair is. Curl each section with a curling iron or wand, then remove the hair band and separate the curls with your fingers. 

    4. The Gibson tuck
    This simple hairstyle is much easier than it looks – perfect for days when you want to look like you've put a lot of effort in. Part your hair and pull it into a low to mid-height ponytail. Part the hair above the hair band, leaving a gap just above the ponytail. Twist the ponytail, then tuck it over and into the gap left by the part. Continue tucking the hair in until the hair band is hidden, and pretty twists form on either side of the tucked hair. Then, secure it in place with bobby pins, and comb the hair at the crown of the head to smooth it out.

    5. Side braid
    If nothing else, a side braid is simple, elegant and perfect for a number of occasions. Part your hair, pull it all to one side of your head, then separate it into three sections and braid them together. Use a thin hair band at the end of the braid, and secure any loose strands with bobby pins. 

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  • Here's when you should get rid of some common beauty products. What’s the shelf life of my beauty products?

    Though it's not common to see an expiration date on your tube of mascara or jar of foundation, most beauty products do go bad. Not only will they be less effective after they've gone bad, but they can and do pick up bacteria that cause irritation and breakouts on your skin. Not to mention, being stored in a warm, humid environment like a bathroom can promote even more bacteria growth along with a potential for mold and yeast. So how long is too long to keep each type of makeup around? Take a look at the shelf life of some of the most common beauty products:

    Foundation and concealer
    If you use a liquid foundation, it's a good idea to toss it after about six to 12 months. During this time frame, the formula will likely start to separate, and you may see a slight change in color or feel like it looks streaky when applied. Powder foundations typically last much longer, but you should make sure to do some research. While most last for around two years, powders with botanical extracts (like aloe, bamboo or jojoba) have some water in them which could potentially cause them to grow bacteria. Liquid and powder concealer will follow the same rules as foundation, and stick concealer should be tossed after about two years. 

    Blush and bronzer
    Powder blush and bronzer can be safely used for up to two years, but it's best to get rid of cream products after just one. If the products come into contact with moisture or oils (say, from your fresh foundation that you're applying blush over), they may be more likely to grow bacteria and will need to be tossed sooner. 

    Compared to other products, mascara has a relatively short shelf life of about three months. That's because it collects a lot of bacteria during use which can be really harmful to the eye. Plus the dark, cool and humid tube of makeup is the perfect place for bacteria to thrive. Things like pink eye, sties, redness and irritation can be a byproduct of too-old mascara, so it's best to be pretty cognizant of tossing it when needed. You should also get rid of mascara when it becomes dry, clumpy or begins to smell.

    Eyeliner and eye shadow
    Like with mascara, liquid eyeliner should be replaced often – every three months – to avoid bacteria coming into contact with your eyes. Pencil eyeliner and powder eye shadow can be used for one to two years. To extend the life of your pencil eye liner, be sure to sharpen it often to get rid of bacteria lurking on the tip. 

    It's best to replace your lipstick and lip gloss after one year, since they are exposed to your mouth, which hosts a lot of bacteria. Like eyeliner, lip liner can be used for up to two years safely. 

    If you love learning about cosmetics, a cosmetology career may be a great fit for you. Do you want to enroll in a Marinello cosmetology program? Click here.

  • Here are the top most talked-about looks from the 87th Academy Awards. Top 5 2015 Oscars looks everyone is talking about

    The 87th Academy Awards were a spectacular and hilarious show, emceed by the reigning king of award shows: Neil Patrick Harris. Harris has hosted several award shows, including four times at the Tony Awards and twice at the Emmys, and his first time as an Oscars host showed some amazing talent and comedy chops. The night included poignant speeches from Patricia Arquette and Common, an underwear-clad Neil Patrick Harris (more on that later), and big wins for "Birdman" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel." But it also included some really interesting fashion and beauty choices from the stars who attended. If you're considering enrolling in cosmetology programs, it's important to be on top of style and makeup trends. So, here's a breakdown of some of the most talked-about fashions from this year's Oscars:

    1. Marion Cotillard
    The Oscars red carpet showcased some beautiful gowns, but not many made as much of a statement as Marion Cotillard's Dior Haute Couture dress. Cotillard, who was nominated for her work in "Two Days, One Night," is known for her fashion-forward red carpet choices, but this one was especially daring. The white eyelet gown's gathered bustle-type detail in the back made it truly stand out from the other white dresses at the event. Cotillard's sleek side-parted hair and classic makeup rounded out the look. 

    2. Lupita Nyong'o
    ​Speaking of white dresses, Lupita Nyong'o's custom Calvin Klein creation was shimmering, elegant and detailed – the gown had over 6,000 pearls! Nyong'o, who won an Oscar last year for "12 Years a Slave" is another star known for her gorgeous red carpet looks, and she didn't disappoint. The gown's plunging keyhole cutout and open back added even more visual interest, and the star's bright lips and silver smokey eye complemented the dress beautifully.

    3. Neil Patrick Harris
    As host of the show, Harris had several costume changes, including one where he seemingly accidentally locked himself out of his dressing room and walked onstage in just his white briefs. The bit was an homage to "Birdman," and has had everyone talking about it since. Among Harris's other looks were perfectly tailored tuxedos from Valentino, Dunhill and more. 

    4. Lady Gaga
    Lady Gaga stunned everyone twice this year. Her first big moment was on the red carpet in a sparkling white Azzedine Alaïa gown with red gloves. Gaga's relatively reserved look was tied together well with bright red lips and a sleek ponytail. However, it was on stage during her "Sound of Music" tribute that Lady Gaga really shined. Her performance was stunning, and her ethereal white ball gown and long wavy hair added to the overall amazing moment.

    5. Rosamund Pike
    Vivid red gowns were all over the red carpet this year, with stars like Dakota Johnson, Sophie Hunter and Giuliana Rancic all wearing the vibrant hue. However, Rosamund Pike of "Gone Girl" stole the show in a gorgeous Givenchy floral dress that hugged Pike's figure. Her pale pink lips and soft updo let the dress shine. 

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