• 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
  • Skin care stocking stuffers your friends will love

    You most likely have an idea about what big gifts you're getting your friends and family for Christmas, but what about those stocking stuffers? If you're stuck on what to get the ladies in your life this year, consider buying them small skin care gifts! To get started, take a look at these essentials every woman could use in her stocki(Read More...)

    Written by Shelly Simpson on December 9, 2014
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  • Great skincare stocking stuffers to get your friends this year. Skin care stocking stuffers your friends will love

    You most likely have an idea about what big gifts you're getting your friends and family for Christmas, but what about those stocking stuffers? If you're stuck on what to get the ladies in your life this year, consider buying them small skin care gifts! To get started, take a look at these essentials every woman could use in her stocking:

    Face exfoliant
    Exfoliants are great stocking stuffers because they don't have to be very expensive, and every woman can use them. These products slough away dead skin cells, leaving your face smooth, clear and healthy. Plus, using an exfoliant at the beginning of your normal skin care routine can actually help to boost the effectiveness of the rest of your products, since they'll be able to penetrate into clear pores better. 

    Night serum
    Every woman should have a repairing night serum to help rejuvenate their skin while they sleep, so it's the perfect decadent stocking stuffer to get for your friends. Serums penetrate into the skin's deepest layers, repairing it from the inside out with antioxidants, peptides and other concentrated restorative ingredients. They visibly boost the skin's appearance by helping to repair wrinkles, day-to-damage, dryness and more.

    Skin balm
    A cute tin of skin balm fits easily into a stocking, and all of your friends will love being able to incorporate it into their winter skin regimen. During the season when dry, flaky and cracked skin is an unfortunate inevitability, a moisturizing skin balm is super practical. Buy a 2-in-1 lip and skin balm so your friends can take care of all of the dry areas with one product!

    Eye cream
    The best way to beat wrinkles around your eyes is to start taking preventative measures early, so consider buying your ladies some eye cream this year. Tackling wrinkles isn't all this product does, either. Eye cream is also a great tool for brightening under-eye circles and tightening up some of the puffy skin in the area, which makes it great for even the younger women in your life. 

    If you have a passion for skin care, you may want to consider enrolling in esthetics training where you can learn about professional skin care practices and techniques. 

  • Learn how to get these common retro hairstyles. How to: Get retro hair

    Even though hair and beauty trends are constantly fluctuating, there are some styles that never seem to lose their glamor – and the retro look is one of them. If you're an aspiring pin-up diva you're likely looking for the perfect hairstyles to get a vintage retro look. After all, a retro style is all about the perfect coif. Finger waves and barrel rolls are two styles you'll frequently come across when checking out vintage photos, so take a look at how you can do them on your own hair:

    Finger waves
    Finger waves are a classic for a reason, donned by famous beauties like Marilyn Monroe and Jean Harlow:

    • First, make sure you're starting with wet hair. The style is perfect to do right after a shower. You'll also want to use plenty of mousse to hold the curls in place.
    • Create a deep side part, then separate section of hair that lays nearest to your forehead. You'll want the section to be a couple inches wide.
    • Lay the section flat and push it toward the roots to create the first wave nearest to your part. When the wave is formed use a special finger wave clip (or a bobby pin if it's all you have) to hold it in place.
    • Continue pushing the hair into waves and pinning it in place as you move down the section until you reach the end. Many women do just the front section if the rest of their hair is going to be up, but you can also continue with other sections until your full head is waved. 
    • Once you have your preferred amount of waves, let them air dry, spray with aerosol hair spray and remove the clips – the waves should stay in place. Feel free to comb some of the waves out for a softer style. 

    Barrel rolls
    Barrel roll hairstyles, also called "victory rolls," became common in the 1940s during World War II. The style usually consists of one or two rolls of hair near the forehead, with the rest of the hair falling in gentle waves:

    • Starting with dry hair, section off  two large chunks of hair at the top of your head nearest to your forehead. The style is usually done with two differently sized sections of hair on either side of a side part. 
    • After putting the rest of the hair (what won't be used in the rolls) back into a ponytail, tease the larger section so it will stick together, and spray with hairspray. Curling the hair with an iron is optional, but it may help ladies with straight hair form the roll better.
    • Use a round brush to smooth out the top of the hair while forming the section into a roll on the side of the head. Twist the hair until the entire section is formed into a circle, then use a pin (or three) to hold it in place. Use plenty of hairspray.
    • Repeat with the second smaller roll, then use a large barrel curling iron to form large waves on the rest of your head. Curl the hair toward your face for a '40s glam look.

    If you love styling hair, cosmetology training school may be right for you. At cosmetology school you'll learn the professional hair and beauty techniques you need to know to become a licensed cosmetologist.

  • Protect your skin from harsh winter weather. Protect your skin from cold and wind this winter

    Harsh winter weather can wreak havoc on your skin, especially the fragile layer on your face. This means that the winter season is about more than just holidays and festivities – it's about protecting your skin from frigid temperatures and strong winds, too. After all, you have to make sure your face is in tip-top shape for holiday parties! If you're interested in becoming an esthetician, you should have a basic understanding of skin care during the winter, but here are a few important tips for keeping your face healthy this season:

    Be careful with hot water
    Those long, hot showers that feel so good after coming in from the cold may actually be doing you a disservice. The main reason winter weather isn't so good for your skin is that it sucks away a lot of important natural moisture your skin produces, leaving it very dry – and hot water worsens that problem. Try to keep your showers warm, not hot, and cut down on the time you're in there, as well. Ten to 15 minutes is OK, but any longer and your skin and hair will begin to dry out. 

    Pick up the right products
    Cold and wind cause a dryer climate, but the heating system at your home or work can take moisture away from the air inside as well. Have you noticed any static electricity lately? That's why! This means it's more important than ever to pick up a really great moisturizer. Find one that's fragrance-free, and if you can, use moisturizing soap rather than your normal body wash. Make sure to apply moisturizer to your face each morning after washing up (with lukewarm water). The skin on your hands is also vulnerable to winter dryness, so consider finding a protecting hand lotion as well. And finally, don't forget to protect your lips as well, as they are especially vulnerable to the cold weather. Use a lip moisturizer under your lip balm, and you'll be much happier. Remember, all of the products you use should still have SPF to protect your skin from the sun. Even though it's not as bright over the winter, there are still just as many harmful UV rays when you go outside.

    Dress for comfort
    Your face, neck and hands all have pretty thin skin, so if you're going outside during harsh or windy conditions, make sure to keep them protected. Bundle up with the appropriate clothing – scarves, gloves and hats – and try to keep your face covered as much as possible.

    Adjust your diet
    As always, a healthier diet can lead to more naturally luminescent skin, so it's a great place to start. Fill up on foods high in healthy fats, omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin C, all of which can naturally boost collagen levels in your skin. These include nutritious options like leafy greens (kale and spinach, for instance), citrus fruits, berries, salmon and avocados. And don't forget to stay hydrated! Drinking lots of water can help your body naturally moisturize your skin.

    If you know you're prone to dry skin, it's best to start taking action to avoid it before winter even begins. However, if you find yourself with dry skin anyway, there are some ways to get rid of it. Try treating your skin overnight with a store-bought moisturizer or even some petroleum jelly. Slather it on right before bed, and try to keep your face off the pillow. 

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