Makeup News: Roll Me In Fairydust & Call Me A Unicorn!






When Unicorn Lashes originally came out with unicorn-inspired makeup brushes earlier this year, beauty junkies everywhere collectively shed glittery tears of joy. And now, the magical tools will soon come in your favorite metallic finish — rose gold.

It comes as no surprise that two huge beauty trends are joining forces in the most magical way. Unicorns have been at the forefront of beauty trends this year inspiring everything from tattoos torainbow highlighters, while women have been flocking to their salons to try the rose gold hair color trend.

Unicorn Lashes’ original set of vegan Unicorn Brushes sold out twice this September in just 12 hours, so expect the rose gold set (available in 2017) to be hard to get your hands on.

The photos released of the new set feature bristles with deep red tips to match the rosy shade of the handles. It’s important to note that this might not be the final design of the rose gold collection. Mel Blue, the founder of Unicorn Lashes, revealed in an interview with Allure that she’s considering other designs including a combination of gray and pink bristles. If you can’t wait until 2017 to get some unicorn brushes, Unicorn Lashes will restock the original rainbow-bristled set in December.

Trends: The New Arm Candy!


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The Salon Professional Academy, a cosmetology, esthetics and makeup school in San Jose, is always on the lookout for the next hot trend, and we found it! Faux tattoo bracelets. There chic, fun and funky. Checkout out the fun looks above.


Whether you are a proponent of arm candy or prefer a single, delicate accessory, bracelets are a beautiful way to incorporate pizzazz and style into your look. And if you’re fond of tattoos, you can permanently add this piece of jewelry to your wrist. Elegant bracelet tattoos can be customized easily: opt for a simple “chain” with a “charm” of your initial (or that of a loved one), a string of stars, or a cluster of posies.

Makeup News: Lip Smackers Did It Again!


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It takes a lot to elicit a squeal of excitement from me. And I’ve certainly never squealed over a lip balm. But when I first saw the lineup of Lip Smacker soda-cup balms on my coworker’s desk, I oohed and aahed and rolled each one around in my hand like a kid in a toy store. I begged to move Sprite over to my desk, and it’s been sitting here ever since — making me happy as I type away on my laptop. And I don’t even drink the stuff — it’s pretty undisputedly bad for you, after all — so I can’t imagine what kind of emotion the Coca-Cola cup will spark in a regular imbiber.

But the cuteness doesn’t stop there. If you want a side of superpower with your lip softener, the brand is also launching a Marvel-themed collection of balms that function like Push Pops (and smell like ’em, too), and animal lovers will want to reach for the Disney Tsum Tsum stacking Smackers.

The lineups won’t be available until January, which is too late for stocking stuffers, but just in time for moisturizing during the coldest month of the year. Click through to see all three squee-worthy collections.

Hair News: The Eye Of The Tiger


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When it comes to subtle ombré fades and highlights on the hair, we’ve seen everything frombalayage to tortoiseshell and ecaille take off. Recently, we learned about the a technique called “tiger eye,” which is inspired by the tiger eye stone. The pretty pebble is thought to have healing powers, so choosing it as a Winter hair color means you’ll start the new year off with good vibes.

Honey Artists hairstylist Corey Tuttle told Byrdie, “A tiger eye is an ancient stone worn for protection and confidence — it’s known for its rich browns and golds.” These colors are seen blended through strands using a technique that is similar to balayage. Tuttle advises to ask your colorist for “hand-painted caramel highlights paired with a warm or dark chocolate base.” And like balayage, it grows out seamlessly, since the roots are not necessarily dyed.

Celebrities like Jessica Alba (pictured) and Jennifer Lopez have rocked tiger eye hair, and as the fad grows, we predict it will be a hot salon staple by the start of 2017.

Makeup News: Top 3 foundations for the season!

The Salon Professional Academy, a cosmetology, esthetics and makeup school in San Jose, is always on the lookout for the best foundations on the market, and we found them. Checkout the article by  for

If you want to improve your makeup game, the key is to start with a good foundation. For many, that’s easier said than done. Shade matching and finding that unicorn formula — the one that looks like a better version of your skin instead of a cakey mask — can seem impossible. To help make the search for Mr. Right Foundation easier, we took these challenges to the pros in hopes of separating the flaky from the flawless. Read on for some of the ones they and their celebrity clients have come to love.

Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer

“I love this product! Its creamy consistency allows for easy application and blending, and it offers sheer coverage with oil control and a semimatte finish. Plus, there’s great color selection for a wide range of skin tones.” — Francesca Roman







Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick

“The stick application makes this perfect for when you’re on the go. Not only is it mess-free, but the formula offers full coverage (essentially like a concealer), goes on silky, and buffs into the skin like butter! The line’s color range is also amazing — it has you covered on every end of the spectrum!” — Alison Christian

MAC Face and Body Foundation

“This supersheer foundation, which has become a cult favorite, has a watery texture that can offer the lightest of coverage. It also dries down and can be built up if you’d like more. It mimics the skin’s texture, offering the perfect veil of pigment. It’s best applied with a flat nylon brush (like MAC’s #191) and is good for all skin types.” — Ashleigh Ciucci

4 Reasons Cosmetology Careers Are Perfect For Moms

Being a full-time mom is a job in itself. With school, homework, dinner, and extracurricular activities to worry about, your plate is pretty full as a mom. Add a full-time job on top of that? There simply aren’t enough hours in the day. If you want a career that can be flexible with your schedule, cosmetology school could be the answer. Here are four reasons why we think cosmetology careers are a great choice for moms!

Scheduling Flexibility

For a mom, working a standard 9 to 5 schedule can be impossible depending on your situation. As a cosmetologist, you can create your own schedule. Need to be with your kids during the day? You can work late afternoons and evenings. Want to work while the kids are at school? Start earlier in the morning and finish in the afternoon. We know that family comes first. That’s what makes the flexibility of cosmetology careers perfect for working moms!

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Be a Role Model

Going to cosmetology school and creating a career from it can show your kids the benefits of hard work and dedication. It’s not easy to complete an educational program and then find a job while you’re also taking care of a family. As a working mother, you get to be an example of determination. These lessons are invaluable and could help your kids grow up to be hard workers like you.

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Beauty is a Growing Industry

According to national statistics, cosmetology careers have been predicted to grow at 13% between 2012 and 2022. With this type of growth, there are plenty of potential career opportunities. You’re making a choice to invest your time and money in cosmetology school and you probably want a career in the industry after graduation. Feel comforted by the fact that there is so much growth in the beauty industry!

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It’s Never too Late to Start

More often than not, as a maternal instinct, moms choose to put themselves last and always place their family before them. They slowly push their goals further and further behind until they seem utterly unattainable. Good news though, it doesn’t have to end there! Cosmetology is an ageless industry. There is no timeline as to when you can become a cosmetologist. To quote the famous, C.S Lewis, “You are never too old to set a new goal or to dream a new dream.”

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Invest in Yourself!

We know that starting something new can be scary and overwhelming. Don’t let fear stop you from getting the career you deserve. We really admire the work that it takes to be a mother and we aim to make the transition into a cosmetology career as seamless as possible. That is why The Salon Professional Academy (TSPA), San Jose offers flexible class schedules like part time, and night classes to accommodate your mom duties! If you want flexibility and love growth then check out our cosmetology program at TSPA San Jose and see if a career in beauty is the right path for you! Contact us today to get more information about enrolling.

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Yummy DIY Skincare You Can Eat

Sometimes our skin can have a mind of its own. One day it decides to be beautiful and glowing, but within a day it can easily change its mind and create a stressful situation for you! If you find yourself in one of these situations without time to head to the beauty store, it’s okay because we’ve got you covered! We’ve targeted some of the main reasons that your skin could be acting out and some DIY masks to conquer the issues! The best part? These remedies are edible and can be made with ingredients right from your pantry. You heard us, you won’t know whether to spread it your face or to spread it on a cracker. What’s better than skincare that is good for your insides and your outsides? Nothing. Nothing beats edible skincare products.

The Weather

One of the first and most obvious reason that your skin can change is going to be the weather; you’re the only one that has to adjust to the temperature change! When you are headed into those chillier months and you feel your skin getting a little dry and flakey, this is the mask for you!
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Not only does stress complicate things in your life, it also complicates your skin! According to Dermalogica, heightened and continued stress levels can throw your adrenal glands into overdrive causing all of those annoying episodes that your skin keeps having. You clearly have enough stress, so stop stressing about your skin and try this mask!
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Although the connection between diet and the condition of our skin has not been proven, WebMD has talked to some dermatologists that beg to differ and have said that poor nutrition can lead to poor skin. That’s the plus side to the ingredients of this mask, they’re not only good for your skin but they’re also good for your diet!

Change in Products

Your skin is a creature of habit. Most people think that just because it’s not going on their face that it won’t affect their skin, but that is not the case! Things like laundry detergent, perfume, and shampoo/conditioner can definitely affect your skin. It’s okay though, pumpkin can solve all your problems. From pumpkin spice lattes to this pumpkin mask, you simply can’t go wrong with pumpkin.


We know that this is something you don’t want to admit but, unfortunately, skin is one of the many things that can change with age. It’s okay though we can keep this one our little secret, just use this mask and keep telling everyone that you’re not a day over 20.

What are some of your DIY skincare secrets? Tell us in the comments!
Do you love doing at-home facials for you and your friends? Maybe it’s time to turn your hobby into a career! Check out our Esthetics Program and see if a career in esthetics is right for you!

Makeup News: The Barbie-Inspired Eye Color




The Salon Professional Academy, a cosmetology, esthetics and makeup school in San Jose, is a lover of Instagram makeup style. Who doesn’t love, those bold brows,  pouty lips and fleek eye shadow looks. We came across a new trend all over our favorite beauty instagramers, and it is all about The Barbie-Inspired Eye Color. Check out the article below by: 




Scroll through your Instagram feed (if you follow a lot of beauty bloggers!), and one thing should be apparent: pink eye is rampant! The Barbie-inspired eye color may seem unexpected for Fall (when dark colors usually reign supreme), but it’s definitely a spreading movement. Think of it as a nod to October sunsets, Autumn leaves, and the flush you get from being in the cold air too long. We love it for holiday party makeup, a wedding look, or workwear.

“A playful and pretty pop of pink shadow can work to instantly brighten your look,” Kelli J. Bartlett, Director of Makeup Artistry at Glamsquad, told POPSUGAR. “This trend has a youthful and energetic quality that can look dreamy or dramatic, depending on the shade and application you choose.”

So let’s talk about how to find the right pink so you look sick not sickly. In general, Bartlett believes all skin tones can rock a pink shadow, and the best way to find yours is trial and error. “When finding the right type of pink (cool or warm), you should consider your overall coloring (hair color, complexion, and eye color) as this will inform the type of pink that complements you best,” she said. “Rich raspberries look amazing on deeper tones, while light blush can look gorgeous on fair skin.”

She also has a hack if you’re not ready to buy a pink palette, but still looking to experiment. “For those who aren’t ready for hot pinky pink, pop your favorite blush color on your eye,” she advised. “You can also test the trend by dabbing some of your favorite pink/peach lipstick (not the liquid matte kind though!) on your finger, and swiping it back and forth on your eyelid. Use your finger to buff the color into the brow bone. Try swatching on the back of your hand first to test its stain potential.”

Now that you’ve found the right hue, make sure to wear it in a modern way. “This trend looks best when paired with minimal makeup and a lush lash,” she said. “Complete your look by wearing a similar pink hue on your cheeks and lips. This is just the right amount of color-coordinating without appearing too matchy-matchy.” Also: She suggests using a fluffy brush to dust a little shadow on your brow bone to give warmth to the look.

There is one place pink shadow should not go. “To avoid possibly looking sickly, focus on the upper eyelid only and steer clear of the lower waterline,” she explained. “Applying on the lower lash line can make your eyelids look irritated.”

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Makeup News: CMA Awards


The Salon Professional Academy, a cosmetology, esthetics and makeup school in San Jose, is a lover of all music. We especial love those chic ladies of country music, and lucky for us, they where out in full force for the CMA Awards. Check out the article below by  for


Here at The Salon Professional Academy, a Redken Academy in San Jose, we love us some watercolor tresses. You can find ladies of all ages rocking this trend! We came a across this fab article on showcasing PRAVANA Artistic Color Director Vadre Grigsby, creating her version of the look. Check out the article below to learn more.

By now the image of a woman with rainbow, unicorn-like hair seems commonplace. The look has been trending on Instagram for a few years, but that doesn’t mean we are over it. And sometimes the classics — like watercolor-inspired locks — are still our favorites.

This video of Pravana Artistic Color Director Vader Grigsby creating the look on a blonde woman reminded us how pretty watercolor hair is. In the video, the technique was also explained in case you want to try it or tell your colorist how to do it.

Rainbow hues were applied horizontally to sections in random areas. Shades are layered in an artistic way. “This look is created visually and relies on subtle saturation of colors in varying shades,” the video caption states. The colorist continues to take sections and repeat this technique so the watercolors layer over each other.

Watch it to see this mesmerizing and gorgeous mermaid transformation!