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Makeup News: A Gold Mask For You and The Angles!

 

BY SARAH KINONEN

Today’s the day: The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show officially tapes tonight (though it doesn’t air until next week). But before the Angels hit the runway in Paris, they’ve got all kinds of prepping to do. Which explains the Victoria’s Secret models’ gold face masks you’ve been seeing all over your social feeds.

In the days leading up to the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, Angels including Elsa Hosk, Alessandra Ambrosio, Sara Sampaio, and Irina Shayk, to name a few, traveled to skin-care guru Mimi Luzon’s headquarters for some skin R&R in the form of some seriously superluxe 24-karat-gold face masks.

 

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The mask in question, Mimi Luzon 24K Pure Gold Treatment, which is made with gold leaf, is said to “improve skin’s elasticity, texture, and tone,” according to the product’s description on Luzon’s website, and will set you back a whopping $220 for three masks. Pricey? Totally. But considering the benefits of adding gold to your skin-care regimen, the splurge-worthy treatment just might be worth it. (We said “might”!)

The precious metal is known to reduce skin inflammation and may help slow premature aging and wrinkling, Joshua Zeichner, a dermatologist in New York City, previously told Allure. And according to Zeichner, gold has also been shown to brighten complexions over time. (Insert glitter emojis here.)

Besides the good-for-you takeaways of using the luxe elixir, along with supermodel-like skin, you’ll also take home a couple of Instagram-worthy selfies. (Need proof? Peek at the photos below.) But before you start slathering on the ultrarich treatment, be warned, especially if you have allergies, advises Zeichner. “I have many patients who cannot even tolerate their gold jewelry,” he says. “In the event of a red rash, either from your jewelry or from a skin cream spiked with gold, wash it off immediately and visit your dermatologist for evaluation.”

Makeup News: Silicone! Out of the body, and now a staple in your makeup kit!

It’s an age-old makeup question: how do you apply makeup without wasting a ton of product? When you apply foundation with an ordinary sponge or brush, a portion of the makeup gets absorbed into the tool, draining your precious formula — and your money — faster.

The Silisponge by Molly Cosmetics ($9) has solved this issue completely. The Silisponge is a silicone makeup applicator that doesn’t absorb any of the product while seamlessly blending your makeup. The tool, which looks strikingly similar to a breast implant (or at the very least, a push-up bra insert), is an especially ideal option for makeup artists. That’s because it’s easy to clean, sterilize, and reuse within minutes, without the inconvenient drying time of a sponge.

Since its release earlier this week, it’s already sold out three times, but you can preorder the next restock, which will arrive Dec. 20. For half the price of high-end beauty sponges, it’s definitely worth giving a try. Read on to see the quirky tool in action.

Makeup News: Wasabi Lip Plumper

?NATURAL LIP FILLERS – get SOFT, PLUMP, FULL, lips without needles or sucking on cups or objects ??As you may have noticed, I have VERY wrinkly lips and its cold AF in Toronto so now theyre super dry too. Wrinkly + Dry = worst combination ever!! SOOO.. THIS one trick is a great way to get plump lips that look like youve had fillers – theyll be extremely soft, wrinkles will be filled in, theyll have a natural pink color, and theyll be so plump ppl will think youve had them done? all you need is: ✅WASABI! – $4 for a tube at the grocery store or you can keep the leftovers from sushi dates ? ?take a tiny amount and rub it all over your lips ⏰leave on for NO MORE THAN 1 minute wipe off with a damp cloth or baby wipe ?moisturize IMMEDIATELY! I used my @farsalicare Rose Gold Elixir ✨- you can use whatever you prefer to moisturize your lips, the key is to make sure to moisturize! there you have ittttttt .. pillow soft lips! you can apply a lip color on top if youd like but i personally like how it looks with a plump natural pink color the plumpiness lasts a whole day for me – but everyone is different so results will vary from person to person. The wasabi does sting but it's less than your traditional lip plumper and the effects last longer ? ?don't forget to share this video with a friend who wants a lil plump job and help a sis outtttt and like this video ?? Disclaimer: As with any skin care regimen, always do a test patch first to see if your skin is allergic to any of the ingredients. Everyone's skin is different, so result can vary from person to person. I can not vouch for any substitute ingredients. This post is provided for information and educational purposes. It is not designed or intended to constitute medical advice. Please discontinue use if your skin does not react well to the regimen.

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By SARAH KINONEN

Call it the Kylie effect, or blame it on the Housewives, but either way you plump it, big lips are having a major moment. From wasabi lip plumper hacks tovolumizing lip glosses, it seems like everyone these days is on the hunt for bigger, bolder pouts. So much so, in fact, that industrious (and daring) beauty experimenters are taking the fate of their lip volume into their own hands with DIYs made from out-of-the-ordinary—or, very ordinary, depending on how you look at it—ingredients. Case in point: The latest viral beauty hack, a wasabi lip-plumping paste, which promises to pouf up your pout with a few glops of the sushi zinger rubbed onto dry lips.

Over the weekend, beauty vlogger Farah Dhukai shared a video tutorial of her applying wasabi to her lips to inflate them on the spot, and since then, the clip has racked up more than five million views. “As you may have noticed, I have very wrinkly lips and its cold AF in Toronto, so now they’re super dry too. Wrinkly + dry = worst combination ever,” she captions her Instagram post. “Sooo.. this one trick is a great way to get plump lips that look like you’ve had fillers—they’ll be extremely soft, wrinkles will be filled in, they’ll have a natural pink color, and they’ll be so plump [people] will think you’ve had them done.”

 Sure, the DIY trick sounds appealing (who doesn’t want soft, smooth, and plump lips without a scary injection?), but, according to cosmetic chemist Ginger King, wearing wasabi on your mouth won’t necessary lead to the plumped-up pucker of your dreams. “Wasabi doesn’t work the same way as the regular spicy foods we’re used to,” says King. If you want to get down to the nitty-gritty, the spice in wasabi comes from thioglucosides which react with the enzyme myrosinase when the cell walls of the plant are ruptured—that’s why the root needs to be grated, and isn’t served sliced or diced. Once that reaction happens, a volatile chemical compound called allyl isothiocyanate forms. That chemical stimulates the nasal passage and muscus membranes more than the tongue—which is why sushi is a great choice if you’ve got a nasty stuffy nose.

Makeup News: Color Correction form the 1950″s

 

 

 

 

 

At The Salon Professional Academy, a cosmetology, skincare and makeup school in San Jose, California we love anything vintage. We especially love learning about the makeup culture of the late 50’s. Check out this article and video we came across on Popsuagr.com

I’ve always had a deep interest in vintage beauty products. It’s partially the fact that I’m a beauty editor, but it’s likely also due to the charm and mystique surrounding retro Hollywood icons. (After all, who is Marilyn Monroe without her signature red lip?) Formulas like cake mascara and cream blush have long, fabled histories, and now, thanks to the glory that is YouTube, I know all about how pressed powder was made back in the 1950s.

The video above demonstrates how employees of Charles of the Ritz — a now-discontinued brand that was once owned by Revlon — mixed up various pigments to create a custom powder shade for their clients. You’ll definitely learn something from the brief clip, but I advise that you ignore the heartily sexist narration as you watch (“From tram lines to lines women at least are more concerned about, the lines on their faces . . . ” Really, dude?).

As the brand representative mixes shades of green, crimson, and lilac to create a soft beige, it’s clear that she has an excellent eye for color . . . and that color correcting is a technique that has been utilized for decades. After all, blending those hues not only results in a flattering skin-tone tint but also works to even out the wearer’s complexion. (Green cancels out redness, lilac negates sallow skin, and red adds life into a dull face.)

 If you’re dying to get your hands on a bespoke pressed powder of your own after viewing the above video, know that Three Custom Color, a brand known for whipping up custom cosmetics, can do this for you. Or you can actually snag one of Charles of the Ritz’s Loose Powders ($5) online.

Makeup News: Do You Wash Your Makeup Brushes ENOUGH?

 

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We’re true makeup fanatics, but there’s one part of our routine that we actively detest — washing our brushes. We know we have to, but not only does it take up a lot of our time (which we could be using for Netflix binge-watching!), it could actually damage our favorite tools if we do it wrong. We reached out to Jenny Patinkin, celebrity makeup artist and founder of luxury brush line Lazy Perfection to get her top tips on brush care, cleansing, and more.

If you’re more of a skimmer, let this be the one fact you learn: do not share your brushes with anyone else. “Coming in contact with your own oils and germs is one thing, but being exposed to someone else’s bacteria is entirely another,” Jenny warned. Once you know the danger of a dirty brush, you’ll want to clean your tools daily! Here’s how to get the job done.

 

Your Brush-Cleaning Options

You have two options when cleaning your brushes: a quick-dry method or a more thorough wet wash. But before you start, take your tools into consideration. According to Jenny, just like different hair textures have different needs, so do brushes. Fine-haired ones need to be treated with the utmost care as they’re cleaned to avoid breakage, while coarse-bristled tools need to be conditioned so they don’t get rough. And take some extra time washing your synthetic styles, especially if you use them for applying cream products like foundation. “Because they aren’t porous and don’t absorb any oils, you have to be careful not to let them get coated and weighed down,” explained Jenny.

When you’re actually washing your tool, let its shape guide you. “Domed or round brushes can be swirled, while flatter shapes should be dragged from side to side,” Jenny advised. “If you work against the shape of the brush, you can end up distorting the hair pattern or damaging the hairs.” While you might think that isn’t such a big deal, trust us — mussed or broken bristles means a messy application. And, when you’re creating highly precise looks like a cat eye, you don’t want your tool working against you.

New Year, New You

The new year is right around the corner. Soon, Fall will turn into Winter, and you will start making your resolutions for 2017. Some common resolutions or goals are things like: going to the gym, eating healthy, doing volunteer work, or finishing a project around the house. While all of these resolutions are made with great intentions, not many of them remain intact throughout the year. It’s easy to give up on a goal when there is nothing really holding you to it.

This year, it’s time to do something for yourself. You have the opportunity to be kind to the you in 2017.

A Salon Professional Academy Education

Enrolling in a program at TSPA San Jose can help you stick to your New Year’s goal of getting an amazing, lifelong career. We offer programs in cosmetology and esthetics, so each person can have an opportunity to learn what they’re interested in.

An Education Buddy

Like a gym buddy, an education buddy is someone to push you to do better at school and will help you continue to going to school and doing well. That’s why at TSPA San Jose, our staff is dedicated to helping you learn and grow as a beauty professional. We also believe that the students we enroll are a good positive resource for each other. Our students are constantly pushing each other and making TSPA San Jose a great place to be.

A Schedule

Like an education buddy, having a schedule to stick to is important. When someone like a teacher or friend is counting on you to show up, it makes it hard to bail out. Our schedules are flexible to work with work schedules, but our attendance policy pushes students to make their education a priority.

The start dates for next year begin:
JAN 9 FULL TIME DAY OR NIGHT JAN 10.
ESTHETICS FEB 7TH

An Investment

Invest in yourself without breaking the bank. We have financial aid available to students who qualify. A resolution that you want to keep this year will be maintaining financial stability. Scholarships and Federal Student Aid can help you continue toward that goal. With an education from TSPA, you can have the foundation of skills you need to attain a professional career.

With all of the pressure to create a New Year’s resolution, it can be stressful to take the leap into a new school. We are here to relieve that pressure and stress. Contact us so we can help you do what it takes to become a TSPA San Jose student.

Makeup News: Drug Store Makeup Super Stars!

 

The Salon Professional Academy in San Jose, a cosmetology and esthetics school loves learning new makeup hacks, and we have a great one for you. Check out the article below about this new amazing all in on product by Physicians Formula!

BY CHANTEL MOREL

Last night’s AMAs was full of surprises, including an appearance by Selena Gomez, a toned-down Lady Gaga look, and an unexpected downpour that almost flooded the red carpet. Luckily, when the weather throws an unwanted curve ball, pros like makeup artist Mary Phillips come prepared with a bag full of tips, tricks, and of course, products. To ensure client Chrissy Teigen’s eye shadow didn’t come right off when she stepped outside, Phillips needed an eye-shadow base to lock the pigments in place. What she reached for, however, wasn’t an eye-shadow base—it was a contouring stick.

Moments before Teigen stepped onto the red carpet, Phillips posted a picture on her Instagram of the Physician’s Formula Super BB #InstaReady ContourTrio Stick in Bronze Trio. “I’m very into off-label use btw,” she wrote in the caption. “This Physician’s Formula Contour Stick? No no, that’s my sexy new eye-shadow base, especially in this rain!”

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“It’s funny because I’m not even the biggest fan of bases and primers, but when I started messing around with the Physician’s Formula Contour Stick, the night before, I was really intrigued A) by the color selection, and B) by the texture. It was flat but not matte,and silky but not transparent.” Often eye-shadow bases can rest pretty heavy on the eyes, but after playing around with the contour stick, Phillips found the formula to be comfortable and moisturizing. More importantly, it didn’t crease, which is super important if you want your eye shadow to last, especially on muggy days. After a day of testing it out on herself, Phillips decided it was good enough to be put to the ultimate test—the red-carpet step-and-repeat.

Aside from creating a smooth base to seamlessly blend eye shadows, Phillips discovered this little beauty stick had several other uses as well. “I would even just wear this alone on the eyes too,” she said. “I like that it’s an easily portable product, and you can use it for contour, on your cheeks and eyes, and even on your lips—maybe not the lightest color, but the middle caramel color would work, and the darkest color could easily be pulled off on someone with a deeper skin tone.” The makeup artist also adds that the contour stick does have a light shimmer, but it’s not overwhelming or garish.

Makeup News: Black is the new it lip!

 

 

 

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I know what you’re probably thinking: you stuck by us as we urged you to go with a bold red, bright purple, or even fun rainbow lip — but black lipstick is taking this trend too far. If you think I’m off my rocker, I get it — but hear me out.

Yes, a black lip is edgy. But if you’re looking to make a statement, to embrace your inner badass, or simply to complement your Wednesday Addams-esque Winter wardrobe, there’s no better move than investing in a tube of black lipstick. And as temperatures continue to drop, Summer tans fade, and PSLs are replaced with hot chocolates, there’s no better time to try out this maximalist statement than now.

 

Skin News:Your Skin Doesn’t Have to Peel With a Peel.

While earlier versions of acid-based exfoliating treatments could make skin visibly slough away, the latest formulas leave skin glowing, not flaking. Many include several alpha and beta hydroxy acids, rather than just one at a higher concentration. “When you combine acids at lower strengths, they’re potentially less irritating,” says New York City dermatologist Dennis Gross. And you don’t have to see peeling to see results. “As the acid dissolves the cement between skin cells, you may have thousands of them coming off at the same time—but the shedding is still invisible to the naked eye,” says Neal Schultz, a clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City.

An acid product is only as potent as the free-acid compounds floating around inside it. Too many acid bits and your skin stings and gets red; too few and nothing happens (we mean nada—no exfoliation, no glow). So chemists play with the pH, which adjusts the amount of free acids. The ideal pH is between 3 and 4, but it’s almost never listed on packaging. So how do you pick a winner? Some experts say your skin should tingle for a few seconds when you apply the product. “If the acid is penetrating, you’re going to feel something,” says Eric ­Bernstein, a clinical professor of dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. And expect some instant gratification. “An effective product should leave your skin looking immediately refreshed,” says Gross. (Discover our six favorites.)

“Acids don’t work like retinoids, which repair skin by kick-starting inflammation,” says Ranella Hirsch, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Boston University School of Medicine. “They dissolve the upper layer of cells to trigger repair.” Plus, unlike with scrubs, the skin is not damaged by abrasives. So if you’re sensitive, acids are actually a wise choice. Look for formulas that combine them with an amino acid, like arginine, which slows their penetration into skin. (We like Philosophy Hope in a Jar Night.) And don’t rush in. “Irritation can take a while to show up,” says Hirsch. “You may get to day four, then all of a sudden your skin reacts.” Take a month to ramp up to daily use.

Magnanimous girlfriends and pug owners insist that size doesn’t matter, but cosmetic chemists disagree. The smaller a molecule, the more easily it gets into the skin. Because glycolic is the smallest of all the acids, it yields the most dramatic results. “There’s a reason glycolic is the acid used the most in anti-aging products and doctor’s-office peels,” says Hirsch. “It does the job.” Almost as well as a prescription retinoid, says Schultz. (Try Avon Anew Clinical Advanced Retexturizing Peel.) Some dermatologists believe that no one talks about how glycolic acid changes the structure of the skin because then the FDA will call it a drug, regulate it, and suddenly we’ll need to see a doctor to get it. But the truth is that it regenerates collagen, thickens the epidermis and dermis, and evens skin tone. (Shhhh.)

Now for the reality check: Over-the-counter acid products—even most doctor’s-office peels—cannot smooth deep lines. “Only fillers and laser procedures can do that,” says Wilma Bergfeld, a senior dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic. “These compounds can minimize fine lines and fade blotches, but they have limitations.” According to Hirsch, your skin gets the most from acids in your 20s and 30s: “After that, I have patients treat serious damage with a prescription retinoid and refresh their skin with regular peels at home or in my office.”

To treat a blotchy chest, extend your AHA face cream a few inches south. Clear up bacne (or, worse, buttne) with a salicylic acid body wash: Apply it to dry skin, wait 15 minutes, then get in the shower and rinse. When the backs of your arms feel like a plucked goose, don’t try to scrub the bumps away—they’ll just get inflamed. Instead, apply a lotion with AHAs or BHAs to unclog the pores and dissolve the dry skin.

Makeup News: Too Faced Is Going Global!

 

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The Salon Professional Academy, a Redken Diamond school is excited to learn that the makeup brand Too Faced Cosmetics is going Global. The brand was recently acquired by Estee Lauder family, and with joining the family means global domination and a larger product line to come!

 

 

Too Faced is growing up! The brand started by Jarrod Blandino has just be acquired by the Estée Lauder family. The acquisition of the company cost a cool $1.45 billion, according to WWD, which happens to be the largest purchase for Estée Lauder.

“The acquisition of Too Faced is complementary to our portfolio of brands because it has a unique feminine and Millennial communication focus, which is really complementary with very little cannibalization with the rest of our makeup portfolio,” president and CEO Fabrizio Freda of Estée Lauder told WWD.

Too Faced, which launched in 1998, has since become the number one seller at Sephora with its Better Than Sex mascara line. Cofounder Blandino says he believes the new partnership with Estée Lauder will allow Too Faced to spread its products across the globe while maintaining its core values.

“We are going to take a more global approach to the business going forward. When you look at what Estée Lauder has been able to do with MAC [Cosmetics] and Jo Malone and different brands that have their own retail outlets, it’s just been phenomenal and we’re really excited about that opportunity and the potential behind that.”

Blandino assured loyal costumers that Too Faced will remain cruelty-free. “We will not be animal testing, we will not be going into China, we will not be made to fold into a corporate culture that we do not have,” Blandino noted. “They love and respect what we have created and are just going to support us and lift us up, without changing us in any way but great,” he added.

With the new deal set in place, Too Faced cofounders are looking forward to an exciting future working with Estée Lauder and producing top-notch content for consumers, including a skin care and fragrance line.

“We are going to continue to dominate the color category, spinning skin care ingredients into the color cosmetics arena,” Blandino revealed regarding the future of Too Faced. “There are so many different places that we can go now because we have the support and resources. We have just been trying to keep up with the momentum of the shooting star that we created in 1998.” Sounds like a win-win situation to us.