Blend your makeup at sonic speed!


The Salon Professional Academy, the leading edge beauty school, in San Jose is excited to introduce you to SonicBlend makeup brushe. We stumbled across this amazing new makeup brush that blends your foundation, concealer and powder at sonic speeds, but the best part…. it is antimicrobial. Keep your acne at bay with this new must have makeup tool. Check out the article below by WENDY ROSE GOULD for

I am a huge fan of blending my makeup with my fingers. You see, I tend to reserve cosmetic brushes for my eyes and only reach for my beautyblender when Ireally need to. This is primarily because I feel like I have more control when using my hands, and because I worry about makeup brushes and tools getting dirty. Sure, I wash my brushes regularly, but you still never know…

What I’m trying to say is that techy beauty gadgets aren’t a huge part of my makeup routine. However, I think I’m slowly being taken to the other side of the fence—the side where cosmetic brushes are used on the regular—because of a new tool I picked up a couple months ago: Michael Todd Beauty’s SonicBlend Makeup Brush ($99, It sat in the package for several weeks on my desk, where it’d sometimes catch my eye and prompt me to consider freeing it from the box and give it a spin (literally) After one particularly lackluster Saturday morning, I finally did.


The brush requires three hours of charge time, so I took a long bath, played with my cats, did some laundry and then stood in the mirror, brush poised for action, ready to see how it worked. It was kind of awkward at first, but within a minute or two I felt like I had a feel for it. I applied my bb cream with the brush on its highest pulse setting (of which there are three) and watched the makeup magically melt into my skin.

One of my favorite things about this tool is its ability to create a very thin, blended layer of makeup that provides coverage but doesn’t look caked on. Because of the three different settings, you can also control the coverage more easily than you can with your hands. For example, I sometimes need more coverage on my chin or upper cheeks if I’m dealing with a bit of hormonal acne, and I want something more gentle for the sensitive skin under my eyes.

Another cool thing about this brush is that you can use it for both powder and liquid makeup. After applying my bb cream, I like to use it to apply cream blush to the apples of my cheeks, and then I’ll go in with a tiny bit of powder highlighter and contour. It creates a seamlessly blended look for all the above, and everything looks and feels very even. You can also work it into crevices between your nose and eyes, and around your hairline and chin.

Let’s talk pricing. It’s definitely spendy at $99, and I normally wouldn’t pay that much for a tool, but IMO the price is justified by several factors.

First, it’s a multi-use tool that works for basically any makeup you’re going to apply to your face (save for eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara, and lipstick). Also, it allows you to use less makeup than usual since it blends at up to 200 brush strokes per second, doesn’t stretch or rub the skin (it just floats and glides) and creates a finish that’s magazine cover-worthy.

Also, it’s antimicrobial, meaning it literally has built-in protection to prevent bacteria from festering on your brush. As a self-admitted germaphobe, that brings me great peace of mind. I do not like the idea of rubbing a bunch of germs all over my face. But really… who does?

News: Peanut…. Peanut Butter and Honey


Too faced did it again, and now in early 2017 we will have the Peanut Butter and Honey shadow collection. Checkout this fab article by BY DEVON ABELMAN for

From chocolate to peaches, Too Faced has the scented eye-shadow palette game on lock. The Too Faced Peanut Butter Honey palette is about to be added to the brand’s ever-growing roster of food-inspired makeup palettes. Jerrod Blandino, the brand’s cofounder, announced the upcoming release on Instagram yesterday with the caption: “Salty & Sweet! @ultabeauty #sneakypeek #spring2017 #21DaysOfBeauty #toofaced.”

The upcoming palette is a spin-off of the popular Peanut Butter and Jelly Eye Shadow Collection, which launched earlier this year. If the Too Faced Peanut Butter Honey palette is anything like its predecessor, it will come with nine creamy shadows that smell like the theme of the palette. I’m hoping for golden yellow shadows and coppery brown shades to choose from. I’m also pretty pumped about this launch because I ride-or-die for the Too Faced Peanut Butter and Jelly Eye Shadow Collection. Peanut Brittle, a metallic copper, is my go-to fall shadow shade. And the PB&J scent is no joke. Every time I open up the palette, I’m brought back to my days in the elementary school cafeteria eating a peanut-butter sandwich. (I was anti-jelly as a child.)

If this palette is as popular as the PB&J one, I’m placing my bets that a peanut butter, banana, and bacon one isn’t too far behind. Elvis deserves his own eye-shadow palette in the form of his favorite sandwich, if you ask me. As for the release date of the Too Faced Peanut Butter Honey palette, we may be waiting for a while—it looks like it won’t hit Ulta stores until spring 2017.

Alicia keys and her “No Makeup” Makeup Artist Dotti.

The Salon Professional Academy, the leading edge beauty school, in San Jose is excited to tell you about Dotti! The No Makeup, makeup artist behind the makeup free looks of Alicia Keys!


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If you have not heard, Alicia Keys a few months  ago decided to adopted a less or no makeup look for her personal and professional life. This sounds amazing and scary at the same time, but she has really worked the look when she is performing on stage and on her new project The Voice. You may have noticed that her skin without makeup is glowing and blemish free, how does she do it? Well we came across an article in W magazine about her NO Makeup makeup artist, who simply goes by the name Dotti. Check out some of her natural skin enhancement tips.


On making Alicia’s skin pop!

“Right now, we’re doing a lot of ice work to tighten skin, bring the blood to the surface. To basically give it the pop that you need. I stick a jade roller in ice, so it’s basically freezing when I roll it over her skin. I really, really work into all those areas where I want blood and water and energy brought to the surface. It brings her skin to life, it practically makes her skin say, ‘Hi. I love you.'” (Dotti)


On calming her skin!

“On some days, I’ll look at her skin and say, ‘You need cucumber today,’ so I’ll grate a full cucumber, then place the pulp no higher than her brow bone and no lower than her under-eye bone, not going near sensitive parts of the eye. If we’ve got time, I’ll put the pulp all over her face until it draws the heat out of the skin and bring the blood to the top. That’s what most of the cooling agents do. Tomorrow is cucumber day.” (Dotti)


How everyone can achieve the no makeup look!

“Alicia gets regular facials, does acupuncture and she eats healthy and exercises. She knows you have to invest internally for your skin to look great externally. It’s also about how you process your energy. She comes from a very strong place and she comes from a very kind place. That in itself is super important. But it’s about the choices she’s making and the products she’s using. It’s the work of a good team.” (Dotti)


Follow in Alicia’s steps and start getting regular facials in your 20’s and 30’s, to help prolong and soften the affects of ageing. Call The Salon Professional Academy now to book a Dermalogica facial with us!

Shop Alert: Boscia Luminizing Black Mask

The Salon Professional Academy, the leading edge beauty school, in San Jose is excited to learned about Boscia Luminizing Black Mask. We can’t wait to try this mask, not only does it have amazing ingredients  like, Calcium Montmorillonite Clay which was “First discovered in Montmorillion, France in the 1800s, and considered the premier quality clay containing 67 minerals” (, and  Maritime Pine Bark Extract  ” Improves skin elasticity and hydration, helping to prevent the first signs of aging” ( To use the mask is pretty easy, checkout the directions listed on their website. Apply a thick, opaque, even layer to clean, dry skin. Avoid eye area, eyebrows, hairline and lips. Leave on for 30 minutes or until completely dry. Gently peel off mask from outer edges and rinse off any residue. Follow with moisturizer. Use once or twice a week (Boscia). To see the mask in action check out the video below. Happy masking!