Makeup News: Beauty on Demand!

The teachers and students at The Salon Professional Academy in San Jose, love to Netflix and chill on your days away from the salon.Who does not love Netflix! It’s cheap, fun and even comes to you via mail or is currently living in valuable app space on your phone. Well a new beauty company call Beauty Pie is about the launch the new equivalent of Netflix, but it is all about makeup!!! Check out the article by

 

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Marcia Kilgore is well-versed in launching revolutionary companies, but her newest venture may just change the beauty world forever.

The entrepreneur founded a string of household name brands — Bliss, FitFlop, Soap & Glory — before moving on to Beauty Pie, a new subscription service that calls itself “makeup without the markup.”

The concept is simple, but genius: Kilgore works with the chemists and manufacturers behind prestige companies and has them create formulas for Beauty Pie. If you sign up for a $10/monthly (or $120/annually) subscription, you’ll get access to these beauty products at factory price. For example, a Beauty Pie volumizing mascara would cost you $24 if you bought it without subscribing, but if you are a member, you’ll only pay $2(!).

This concept was born out of her own work with beauty suppliers, which she missed after selling her last company. “I would get to leave with a huge bag of products to test, which was thrilling,” Kilgore told POPSUGAR via email. “I would then stumble into a cosmetics shop in the airport or train station on my way home, and think, ‘Whoa, I am glad I don’t have to pay retail for my cosmetics!’ There was this idea to make that thrilling ‘kid in a candy store’ feeling available to every woman.”

Kilgore hopes that Beauty Pie will appeal to the beauty junkie who has a love of the deluxe, but is trying to cut back on how much they spend. She looked at brands like Everlane, Spotify, and Netflix for inspiration, which all offer transparent pricing and convenience.

Beauty Pie’s transparent pricing comes from the lack of markup that goes into each product. Think about your favorite designer makeup brand: the sheer prestige behind the label is mostly to blame for the expensive cost. Meanwhile, the manufacturers behind that pricey item likely also produce drugstore makeup.

“Most brands do not have their own factories, but rather source their products from outside factories,” Kilgore explained. “For example, Tesco sources from the same makeup factory as Charlotte Tilbury.”

Another expensive characteristic of high-end cosmetics is the fancy packaging. “In a lot of cases, the packaging costs more than the product, and it isn’t recyclable and it ends up in landfills,” said Kilgore. Not so with Beauty Pie. The brand is taking luxury formulas from the best factories around the world and then packaging them in minimalist but chic tubes.

“We are trying to minimize the impact of our use and love of cosmetics on landfills,” said Kilgore. Her team hopes to work toward developing cosmetics packaging that is more recyclable as well as aesthetically pleasing (a rare feat in today’s product development landscape).

Beauty Pie just launched in December 2016, but the brand will be rolling out tools in January, then moving on to skin care in April. Kilgore is starting with “incredible Swiss formulations” for this category and has tapped labs in South Korea, Japan, France, and more clear complexion hubs around the world for future launches.

“We are literally launching 365 new makeup products next year alone,” revealed Kilgore, “So there’s going to be a lot for her to choose from . . . a cornucopia of cosmetics.”

Considering “cut back on beauty spending” is a common New Year’s resolution for many makeup junkies, it’s definitely worth seeing what a Beauty Pie membership can do you for your wallet. Learn more when you visit beautypie.com.

Skincare News: Packed With “Processed” Stuff

 

 

The Salon Professional Academy located in San Jose, Ca. A Diamond Redken cosmetology and skincare school, loves keeping updated on the latest skincare and of course ingredients that benefit us, and other’s that do not. Check out the article by 

Last month, I had the opportunity to visit Tata Harper’s farm in Vermont, and it blew my mind. It should not have been so shocking. I’ve been a fan of her natural-ingredient, eco-friendly skin care and makeup line for years. It’s ideal for my sensitive skin, and everything smells deliciously botanical with milky, silky textures. But actually seeing the farm-to-vanity process of these products made me realize: they are the real deal.

These are not products that claim to have organic ingredients but are still packed with “processed” stuff. In fact, most Tata Harper formulas have the shelf life of just a few months. She pointed out: why would you want to put something on your face with enough preservatives to make it last for years? Gross. (I immediately went home after the trip and threw away a ton of expired formulas.)

“I started Tata Harper Skincare after my stepfather was diagnosed with cancer,” she told me via email. “Through all of the doctor’s appointments I learned so much about lifestyle and how little decisions affect health and wellbeing. That’s when I started really researching ingredients, and discovered that a lot of the ingredients with the most potential health risks aren’t even there to give results; they’re just fillers like preservatives, emulsifiers, stabilizers, and thickeners designed to keep the formula stable and give the product its texture. I only use natural ingredients because I believe that no woman should have to compromise her health for her beauty, especially if those ingredients aren’t even making her beautiful!”

The more I learned about natural ingredients, the more I only wanted to use them. Every time I wash my face with Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser, I envision the apricot seed powder exfoliating my skin and the French pink clay detoxifying it. Or when I nourish my face with the Rejuvenating Serum, I know rosehip seed oil is rejuvenating my under-eye area, while Spanish lavender extract is relaxing fine lines.

If you are eager to get informed about the harmful ingredients in your skin care products, as well as natural ones to look for instead, keep reading. Tata Harper herself breaks down what to ditch, what to use, and why.


Parabens vs. Leuconostoc Radish Root Ferment

The chemical ingredient: Parabens

Explanation: “Most people are familiar with Parabens. All kinds of products from skin care to hand soap to household cleansers list ‘paraben free’ on their labels, but not many people know what they actually do. Parabens are used to preserve formulas and prevent mold, and can keep products stable for anywhere from two to five years.”

The natural option: Leuconostoc radish root ferment

Why it works: “The same bacteria that keeps fermented foods safe to eat makes this an excellent, completely natural preservative. It guarantees a shelf life of at least 12 months, and has none of the potential health risks like endocrine disruption and reproductive toxicity that parabens have.”


Phenoxyethanol vs. Anise Berry

The chemical ingredient: Phenoxyethanol

Explanation: “Phenoxyethanol is less well-known than parabens, but it has the same preservative qualities. So often products listed as paraben-free will have just replaced it with phenoxyethanol. It’s restricted in the E.U., and potential health concerns include allergies and nervous system effects.”

The natural option: Anise berry

Why it works: “Anise berry preserves the organic compounds in products and maintains the integrity and the efficacy of formulas. It’s best used in oil-based products rather than emulsions.”


Hydroquinone vs. Sea Fern Extract

The chemical ingredient: Hydroquinone

Explanation: “Many brightening products contain this harsh bleaching ingredient, which weakens skin. It can potentially lead to cancer, organ-system toxicity, and respiratory tract irritation. It is banned for use in personal care products in the E.U. and restricted in the U.S. and Canada.”

The natural option: Sea fern extract

Why it works: “Sea fern is naturally detoxifying, and reduces the appearance of dark spots. It stimulates the skin’s natural process of eliminating melanin, rather than just bleaching it.”

Skin Care News: Kylie Jenner’s winter skin-care must-haves

You already know what the star uses on her lips, who she calls up for last-minute color touch-ups, and now you’ve got Kylie Jenner’s winter skin-care must-haves. You know, for those times when the wind gets out of control and the snow starts piling up (just maybe not in Calabasas).

Recently, the 19-year-old spilled some of the ultra-hydrating, can’t-live-without products she loves to slather on once temps start to drop. And because Jenner has yet to lead us astray with her recommendations (two words: Lip Kit), we thought we’d share the wealth because—who knows?—maybe you and the megamillionaire share the same skin-care routine?

“Even though I love winter, I hate what the colder temps do to my face! I can’t stand dry, dull skin, so I’m all about any products that keep my skin feeling hydrated and soft,” Jenner wrote.

So without further ado, here are the moisturizing picks the Kylie Cosmetics founder uses on the daily when baby it’s cold outside.

BY SARAH KINONEN

 

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Makeup News:Elf On A Shelf Eyeliner!

 

 

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We’ve already tried candy cane and Tiffany & Co bow-inspired eyeliner art ideas, and makeup guru Meghan Rusk is giving us new inspiration on Instagram. Via her handle phunky_town, Meghan is showing off some serious drawing skills. She has used makeup to create unique Winter and holiday motifs on her eyelids, including snowflakes, bells, bows, and — our favorite — an Elf on a Shelf!

“I love creating liner looks, and the holiday season is my favorite time of the year,” Meghan told POPSUGAR via email. “I leave the decorating around the house until last minute to avoid my pets from tearing them down, which bums me out. I decided I would combine my passion for makeup and the love of the holiday season to create fun looks to make up for the lack of holiday decorations around my home.”

Obviously we needed to know more specifics about the Elf on a Shelf look. “My family never took part in the Elf on the Shelf activities,” she said. “I didn’t know what it was until a few years ago when my friends, who have children, posted daily updates on the ‘trouble’ the Elf has caused around their home. I figured it would be a fun way to spice up a liner look for the holiday season.”

Good news is, Meghan says you can totally try these ideas at home! “One tip I have for people who want to try creative liner at home is to keep practicing and be patient!” she said. “There are days where I have to redo my makeup four times to get it right! You will be frustrated at times and want to give up, but don’t. Once you nail it, you will be so happy that your hard work paid off.” Well, hers certainly did!

An Open Letter to New Year’s Resolution Fanatics

Dear resolution-makers,

Congrats on making it through 2016! Maybe this year has been great for you, or maybe you’re already sharing memes about making it through what’s left. Either way, there’s a good chance you’re thinking about New Year’s resolutions.

We can’t blame you; to some extent, everyone feels like they get to hit the reset button when the clock strikes midnight and we pop the champagne. January is as good a time as any, after all, to look ahead on your goals for the upcoming year. But we’ve got bad news for you:

Statistically speaking, only 8% of those handy, dandy New Year’s resolutions are going to be fulfilled.

That’s right, you heard that correctly. According to Forbes and Statistic Brain, less than 1 in 10 goals set at the beginning of the new year are accomplished. No matter how well intended and sincere these resolutions may be, the vast majority of resolution fanatics can’t or don’t follow through on them.

There’s plenty of speculation on why this phenomenon occurs time and time again. Regardless of why, we’re challenging you to make one simple adjustment this year when you write down your resolutions in that dusty old journal:
Set your goals for the right reasons.

Do It for Your Future

As a trade school, The Salon Professional Academy in San Jose knows firsthand that getting an education and career started or back on track is at the forefront of a lot of people’s minds.

If you are passionate about pursuing a career in a thriving industry, or you’ve been wanting to get back into post-secondary education, the best time is always now. December isn’t too soon, and February isn’t too late; do it because you want to invest in your future and your success.

Goal setting is all about keeping your eyes on the endgame, and there are a myriad of career paths and opportunities that our graduates can take advantage of. Don’t forget, your career doesn’t wait for the next new year to come.

Do It Because It Makes You Happy

It’s awesome that you’re feeling like you get a fresh start in 2017, but your life goes on exactly the way it was, even after that next page of the calendar turns.

The beauty industry is great because of the types of people it attracts. In our salons and spas, you’ll often find some of the most creative, business-minded, and passionate students you could ask for. Cosmetology and esthetics alike offer motivated, enthusiastic individuals the chance to exercise and foster these traits. When you love what you do, you never work another day in your life, and we’re willing to bet it makes accomplishing your goals a lot easier too.

Do It Because You See the Big Picture

In the grand scheme of things, most people don’t look back on a single, identifiable year that changed their life. Success is comprised of many choices and actions in our day-to-day that lead us down the path we choose. It’s easy to idealize our yearly goals but in reality, accomplishment in your career or education goes much further and deeper than that.

If your goals include getting involved in trade education, or pursuing the career you’ve always been passionate about, look beyond 2017. Where do you see yourself in 2 years, 5 years, even 10 years? Every day is a chance for a fresh start, and doing the things that get you closer to your long-term objectives is the only thing that matters, not the “new year, new me” mantra.

If your goals include exercising your creative prowess, expanding your education, or pursuing your passion for beauty, TSPA San Jose could be the right choice for you. For more information on our programs, you can visit our programs page, or you can contact us for information on how to get started with your career in cosmo or esthetics!

Scorpion Manicure! With Real Scorpions.

Just when we thought we had seen it all, Mexico’s popular scorpion manicure — the art of applying small scorpions to the nails, painting over them with acrylic, and letting them dry under UV light, creating a fossil of sorts — popped up in our news feed.

The dangerous mani first became popular back in October 2015 after scorpion connoisseur Lupita Garcia, who is based in Durango, Mexico, and her nail salon owner friend, Rocío Vidales, created the unique (and borderline-crazy) trend.

Though the critters are killed before being applied to the nail, anyone daring enough to try this nail trend is still exposing themselves to all the side effects of scorpion venom, including swelling, accelerated heart rate, and even death.

Would you try it? Watch the history behind the madness unfold in the video above, and then see the process in action.

 

Makeup News: Sweet Peach Time!

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Dedicated Too Faced fans know that a mouthwatering makeup launch has been in the works since July, which is when brand cofounder Jerrod Blandino first teased the packaging of the Sweet Peach Glow Highlighting Palette. The original Too Faced Sweet Peach product — a fruity-fragranced eye shadow palette — caused chaos when it debuted back in March, so it was only logical that the brand would want to expand its juicy empire and produce more peach goods. Fans have been clamoring for the full collection’s reveal, and at long last, we’re seeing it all.

Because of Jerrod’s generosity with his Instagram followers, we already knew that the range contained the aforementioned highlighting palette, a blush, the existing eye shadow palette, and lip glosses. We now know there are eight different gloss shades in an all-new formula for Too Faced: Creamy Peach Oil Lip Gloss. The edited assortment is part of Too Faced’s Spring collection, but don’t let that stop you from wearing them all throughout Winter. They’ll add a burst of color, delectable fragrance, and (thanks to the adorable peach cartoons!) a dose of sweetness to a dreary day.

If you’re already amped to grab it all, know that the collection officially launches on Dec. 15, but it seems that Jerrod has implied that his Instagram followers will get early shopping access. So read on to see and swoon over it all, then stay vigilant!

 

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Makeup News: Unicorns, Makeup and Glitter….. Oh My!

It’s time to celebrate, because the makeup gods have blessed us with another magical beauty trend: unicorn horn eyeliner. It’s no surprise that beauty addicts have found another way to channel their inner one-horned horse with the plethora of unicorn-inspired makeup products hitting the market recently. Any mythical-creature enthusiast has her choice of unicorn horn makeup brushes, ethereal rainbow highlighters, and even glow-in-the-dark rainbow hair. Aspiring unicorns get one step closer to their dreams by drawing on their winged liner to resemble a horn. This beauty trend might not be an everyday look, but is perfect for when you need a little more magic in your life. Read on to see the mystical look and be sure to watch the makeup tutorial so you can try it out for yourself.

Hair News: Drink your way to perfect hair!

 

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The Salon Professional Academy, a cosmetology and skin care school in San Jose, loves to learn all the newest Kardashion klan beauty tips, and Kourtney has a new one for us. Check out the article below by Deena Campbell of Allure magazine.com

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Aside from my morning tea, one thing that gets me going in the morning is avocado toast. Who doesn’t love avocados drizzled with olive oil and sesame seeds? Enter the Kourtney Kardashian avocado hair smoothie, a concoction her hairstylist, Andrew Fitzsimons, who has also styled Ashley Graham, Joan Smalls, and Hailey Baldwin, discovered when caring for her hair. The smoothie isn’t your typical sweet, fruit-based blend; it’s a mixture of honey, lemon juice, and avocados that you don’t drink but simply apply to your scalp and hair.

“I was intrigued by the smoothies that she was drinking, and I created a hair smoothie, an avocado hair smoothie,” says Fitzsimons on kourtneykardashian.com. “It’s a natural detangler.”

We all know that avocados are superfoods that keep our skin glowing, but who knew that mixing them with lemon (which is a great remedy for dandruff, by the way), olive oil, and honey would combat dull hair?

Fascinated? It’s easy. Here’s the recipe for the Kourtney Kardashian avocado hair smoothie: Just mix 1 1/2 avocados with 2 tablespoons olive oil, 2 tablespoons of manuka honey, and the juice of ½ a lemon. Blend until smooth, about 30 seconds. Finally, comb the mixture through your hair and let it sit for 45 minutes covered.

We can’t promise instant results or that you’ll look exactly like Kourtney Kardashian, but using the concoction over time should add moisture and the shine to your hair that you’ve been dying for. Watch the entire video on Kourtney’s website and then head to your nearest blender.