New Beauty Buzzwords

New Beauty BuzzwordsThanks to Women’s Day, March 2016, for defining these new beauty buzzwords!

FACIAL AID  – You’ll find this word in everything from cleansers to creams, specialty masks and treatments. These aids contain glycolic acid which aids in collagen production; salicylic unclogs pores and hyaluronic traps water to help hydrate.

HAIR OIL – In shampoos, conditioners and deep treatments, even styling products like hairspray. Hair oils contain fatty acids to seal and condition hair. Try coconut oil if your hair’s textured, argan oil if it is dry or marula oil if you have fine hair.

BLUR TECHNOLOGY – This is one of our favorites! You’ll see it on primers, foundations, setting powders and bronzers. The light-diffusing particles in these products help even out skin tone and reduce the look of fine lines and blemishes.

BEAUTY TIP:  Jessica Scantlin, director of artistry for Blushington Makeup and Beauty Lounge, suggests taking your concealer and lightly dab it under eyes, then tap out toward your hairline in an upward motion. The halo of the softer tone reflects light and makes your eyes appear less droopy.

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How To Walk The Runway In High Heels

How To Walk The Runway In High HeelsFashion designers require models to wear high heels for a reason. If the recent global Fashion Weeks are any indication, heels are here to stay! Heels will make a model taller, her legs will look longer and her body will appear thinner. Popular opinion says the clothes will look more appealing.

A stiletto heel forces you to balance the majority of your weight on the ball of your foot. Your calf muscles tense up and your hamstrings shorten and you butt sticks outward. Walking in stilettos exposes your feet in a very small space of the front of the shoe which causes blisters, calluses, corns and ingrown toenails. Now, you are precariously balancing yourself on 5″ “spikes”, disrupting your posture and putting seven times more pressure on the ball of your foot. This can easily put at risk for sprained or broken ankles. So, it’s imperative you learn how to walk properly in high heels!

The first question to ask yourself is “Are your heels too tight? Too wide? too narrow or too big? Does the arch of the shoe fit your arch? If you answered yes to  one if not more of these questions, you need to reevaluate and invest in proper fitting heels.

Definitely consider insoles for added comfort. A model’s trick for walking on a slippery surface is to apply the anti-slip, non-skid adhesive tape on the bottom of the shoe, underneath the sole.

Do exercises to strengthen your calves and ankles. Stretching exercises are a must! Learn how to stand without wobbling. A simple exercise is to simply stand tall and straight for a few minutes. Once you learn how to balance your body, smooth walking will be easier.

PRACTICE walking in your heels! Start out slow with a short step and straight back. Walk toe to heel which helps to distribute your weight better. Remember to walk with your toes pointed straight in front of you. Practice walking on different types of flooring (carpet, tile, hardwood, concrete). Wear your heels at home so the shoe can mold itself to your feel. Practice will make perfect!

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Introduction To Perfume

Introduction To PerfumeHave you ever approached a fragrance counter and become overwhelmed, especially with cost of fragrance? In an effort to clarify fragrance categories, see below for some helpful information that will help you become an informed fragrance customer the next time you are shopping for ‘prestige’ (not drug store) fragrance!

PERFUME:  (Parfum or Extrait) is the most concentrated form of fragrance and may contain up to 300 different elements in its blend with a 15 to 30 percent concentration of essential and fragrance oils in an alcohol base. Typically a fragrance time of 3 to 8 hours. Costs range from $150 to $350.

EAU DE PARFUM:  Is also long lasting with an 8 to 15 percent concentration of essential and oils and fragrance diluted in alcohol and distilled water base. Costs range from $110 and up.

EAU DE TOILETTE:  Is a lighter version of scent with a 4 to 8 percent concentration of essential oils in an alcohol and distilled water base. Fragrance time is from 4 to 6 hours and should be reapplied during the day. Costs range from $40 to $80.

EAU DE COLOGNE:  Is a less concentrated scented compound with a ratio of 2 to 5 percent of essential or fragrance oils in an alcohol and distilled water base. It is often used as an after-bath splash and will last 2 to 4 hours. Costs range from $65 and up.

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First Impressions And Your Image

First Impressions And Your ImageNo doubt you’ve heard that you only have ONE CHANCE to make a great, first impression! Did you know that 90% of that impression is based on how you are dressed? In some cases, it may not be fair but the reality is if you look good, you’ll feel good about yourself and thus make a better impression.

Here are some simple ways to always look your best!

  • Clothes should be well-fitting and enhance your body type
  • Clothes should always be clean and pressed
  • Clothes should be free from rips, tears, hole or frayed hems (remember, even though it may be ‘fashionable’ now, it’s doesn’t lend to making you look your best
  • Clothing colors or patterns should be coordinated and complimentary to your body type and skin tone
  • Don’t over accessorize! Too much jewelry is distracting
  • Shoes should always be clean and polished. No run down heels or holes in the soles
  • Save your animal prints for home
  • Don’t wear pajama pants in public
  • Very few women can or should wear mini or micro-mini hemlines
  • Proper undergarments are a must and shouldn’t be seen
  • No chipped nail polish or one-inch fingernails

Pay attention to your grooming habits, update your wardrobe when necessary and clean out your closet of anything that doesn’t make you look fabulous! Be sure to donate those unwanted clothes to a local charity to help someone else make a great first impression!

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How To Donate A Prom Dress

How To Donate A Prom DressIt’s that time of the year when attending a prom can be one of the most important milestones for high school girls. Unfortunately, as almost every aspect of attending high school prom continues to rise out of reach for many teens, we think donating a gently used prom dress is one of the most rewarding acts you can do for some one less privileged. There are many charitable organizations who accept prom dresses. A few tips:

  • Search “how to donate a prom dress”. Typically, you will find at least one charitable organization in your local community that accept dresses. If you can’t find an organization, contact the local high schools.
  • Most organizations have a cut-off date for donations, so be sure to do so in advance of prom time!
  • Your dress should be dry cleaned and in very good condition.
  • Consider donating the matching shoes and purse
  • SMILE! The reflection you see in your mirror is a beautiful person because of your charitable act.
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Are You Listening???

Are You Listening???Opportunities can be lost because an individual does not understand the importance of careful listening and proper follow-up! The modeling and acting industry is highly competitive with thousands of individuals vying for that ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity. Often times, an opportunity is lost because the individual didn’t listen to instructions and follow through accordingly.

For example; If you are told to wear all black for an audition and you show up in black and red (or any other color combination other then all black) you didn’t listen! If a casting director asks you to cold read without introducing yourself and you proceed to state your name, agency name and the describe the scene you are going to read, you didn’t listen. In other words, LISTEN carefully and do as you are precisely told to do.

Don’t make the mistake of thinking that you are so special and talented that you’ll be given a pass by the decision makers because chances are that won’t happen. No one wants to work with someone who thinks the rule don’t apply to them.

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Spring Suede

Spring SuedeThis beautiful and so, so soft fabric hasn’t been this stylish in decades! From classic neutrals to saturated colors; from handbags to shoes, you can’t miss adding something suede to your spring and summer wardrobe. A few tips on how to care for your suede or faux suede items:

For real suede, use an emory board (old fashion nail file) to remove light stains. For tougher stains, dip a cloth into a 50/50 mix of white vinegar and water and gently dab onto stain. Dab water to rinse and blot dry. Use a stiff suede brush, always brushing in the direction of the fibers, to remove dirt and help lift fibers. Be sure your suede is dry before brushing!

For faux suede, hand wash or delicate cycle and hang dry. You can put your suede item in the dryer for 10 minutes on very low heat to release wrinkles and then hang (padded coat hanger) to dry.

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“Me, My Hair, and I”

"Me, My Hair, and I"If you’ve ever wondered why a long string of protein absorbs so much of our attention, then pick up Elizabeth Benedict’s new book, ME, MY HAIR, AND I. Ms. Benedict and other authors explore women’s unique relationship with their hair. “Hair matters because it’s always around, framing our faces, growing in, falling out, getting frizzy, changing colors – in short, demanding our attention: Comb me, wash me, relax me, color me! It’s always there, conveying messages about who we are and what we want! The book is most thought provoking and a must-read for anyone who has ever dealt with frizz, mothers insisting we get a haircut, fathers insisting we not, hair envy or hair disasters. In short, all of us!” (Publisher, Algonquin ($16.95) and ebook available.)

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High School Graduation Dress Code

High School Graduation Dress CodeYour graduation is one of the most important days in your life! You will be onstage receiving your diploma in front of your classmates, family and friends. Think of all the photos that will be taken that day. So, you want to look your very best to make your special day a memorable success.

Check with your school first to determine if they have a graduation dress code. Some schools have a formal policy, while others will provide general guidelines. You may be wondering why you need to bother because no one will see what’s underneath your cap and gown. Generally speaking, dress policies offer conformity and encourages young people to act in a more mature manner. The school want the graduates to dress modestly and behave the same way they are dressed.

Be sure to consider the weather. If your graduation ceremony is going to be outside, watch the weather reports leading up to your big day. If it’s going to be warm, wear cotton or a lightweight blend. Don’t wear polyester or rayon as these fabrics are very hot and very, very uncomfortable in the heat. If the ceremony is indoors with air conditioning, it can be much cooler and you may need to dress warmer.

Your family and friends will be taking lots of photos of you. You will want to look your very best on this important milestone in life. Your high school graduation photos will forever be displayed somewhere in your parent’s house. There is no need to embarrass yourself 20 years from now with that neon orange Mohawk or rainbow colored hair! Avoid sneakers and flip flops!

Remember that the point of your cap should be worn over the middle of your head. That means if someone is looking down on your cap it would form a diamond shape. The tassels are always worn on the right side of your cap until the graduating class has been declared “graduate students”! Then you flip your tassels to the left side of your cap and be proud to be a high school graduate. Now, on to college and another graduation!

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Favorite Beauty & Health Apps, Subscriptions and Brands

Favorite Beauty & Health Apps, Subscriptions and BrandsIf you are like us, we’re constantly looking for the latest and greatest apps to keep us up-to-date on all things about beauty and health. We hope you like the following suggestions!

SEPHORA.COM/MOBILE: When you are at Sephora, you can scan a product’s bar code and user reviews pop up! We especially like the ‘new product section’ on the app.

POPSUGAR.COM/BEAUTY is a favorite must read. We love their fantastic beauty tips including their tips for the unusual beauty dilemmas.

BIRCHBOX.COM SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE: They pioneered the beauty subscription concept and is still one of the best. The service includes ‘prestige’ brands and ‘indie’ brands plus the occasional full-size product. A good reason to look forward to your mail being delivered.

URBAN DECAY.COM: Still number #1 among magazine reader’s polls as the best to follow for the absolute latest in beauty trends, makeup tips and contests.

THE SARTORIALIST.COM: The iPhone app of the famous website downloads well-dressed people from all over the world for you to flip through for fashion inspiration. You can save the pics to camera roll or share on Facebook.

SHOPWELL ( Take the mystery out of staring at nutrition labels. SHOPWELL users create personal profiles with their age, gender, health goals, things they find important to their diet, things they want to avoid, and things they’re allergic to. Then head to the nearest grocery aisle and start scanning barcodes. The app will give each item a score—avoid foods with low scores and scoop up the ones closest to a perfect 100.

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