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TSPA Beauty School GIVES AWAY 50,000.00 IN SCHOLARSHIPS!

 

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The Salon Professional Academy in San Jose, a cosmetologist and skincare school understands the challenges students can face when it comes to financing your career investment. To assist with the cost of education, TSPA offers a variety of scholarship opportunities and grant(s) for those who qualify. Every year The Salon Professional Academy gives away $50,000 dollars in scholarships to our students! How awesome is that! As a cosmetology student you can receive up to $3,800 in scholarships, and a esthetician student can receive up to $2,000 dollars. The Salon Professional Academy has five different scholarships to apply to. The TSPA Referral Scholarship, TSPA Tuition Scholarship, Ulta Beauty Scholarship, TSPA Redken Scholarship and the most popular the TSPA Diamond Academy Scholarship.

We are hear to help, support and grow your dream career as a cosmetologist or skincare expert. If you would like to learn more about all the scholarships that TSPA offers please join us here, and when you are ready to take a tour of The Salon Professional Academy please give us a ring at 408-784-4463 or send us a message. We looking forward to seeing you at The Salon Professional Academy in San Jose!

The Makeup World Is About To Turn Upside Down!

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The world is about to turn upside down with this amazing new silicone blending makeup sponge!

Silicone blending sponges are having a moment right now thanks to the Silisponge, an applicator that looks similar to a breast push-up pad and is designed to flawlessly blend in makeup. However, for some, the flat tool can be a little unwieldy, while others long for a textured surface similar to that of a true sponge.

A Kickstarter campaign for Evie Blender has taken the original silicone tool concept and claims to have perfected it. Its creator, makeup artist Angie Johnson, came up with the concept when working behind the scenes on television shows like Documentary Now!. For these programs, she put her special effects skills to use, and her experimentation with different silicone materials while creating prosthetics inspired Evie’s creation.

Its squishy, teardrop shape makes it easy to grip, and it features both a large end for buffing and a pointed end to get into small areas like under the eye and around the nose. It has a textured surface just like a real sponge but doesn’t hold on to makeup, making it easy to wash off (it doesn’t stain either). The hypoallergenic tool can even be boiled or wiped with rubbing alcohol to sanitize it — a major selling point for professional artists. Bonus: it’s sparkly!

Though the tool isn’t available for purchase yet, you can donate $28 to the Kickstarter campaign, which will secure your very own Evie for March delivery (should the campaign make its goal). Read on to see more shots of the Evie Blender, then give to the Kickstarter if you’re interested in trying it out!

 

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Makeup News: Lite-Brite Henna

 

 

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OMG! Everyone at The Salon Professional Academy, a cosmetology and skincare school in San Jose are freaking out of the newest trend for 2017, UV henna. The colors are amazing under a black light. This is great to add a pop of fun to any New Years Eve Event!

 

If you know who to follow, social media is a beauty inspo treasure trove: Contouring and mermaid hair) were both born on Instagram and YouTube. Now UV henna tattoos will likely pop up on your feed, stat. And they’re not as sun-damagey as they sound. They’re actually glow-in-the-dark temporary henna tattoos, perfect for music festivals, nightclubs, or just your own after-dark amusement.

According to Popsugar, unlike traditional henna, these lite-brite inspired tats aren’t made with dye from the henna plant. Instead, UV henna tattoos are painted on with a special type of temporary body paint that glows under black light. (Which is to say the “UV henna tattoo” is a bit of a misnomer…) Although the colorful paint isn’t waterproof—and therefore, won’t last nearly as long as a real henna tattoo—the glow-in-the-dark effect makes a major statement. You can go the traditional route, and use the paint to draw on an intricate, henna-inspired pattern—we’ve got some major inspiration for you right here—or go a different route, and paint on just about anything you like. Maybe your initials? Your sign? Your address? (Kidding on that last one.) Either way, this fun, easy, and low-commitment beauty trend should definitely be on your list of trends to try in 2017—it’s certainly on ours. They’re kind of like a flash tattoo, if flash tattoos were glow-in-the-dark and DIY.

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Makeup News: The World Has Gone Baddie!

 

Here at The Salon Professional Academy in San Jose, a cosmetology and skincare school. We love Urban Decay and the Instagram sensation Baddie Winkle, and now the two have combine! Baddie is now this months beauty muse for the brand. Just out the awesome article below, and take a sneak peek at whats to come from the collaboration!

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You might know 88-year-old Baddie Winkle best from Instagram. There, you can see the badass grandma hanging out with Khloé Kardashian, staring in a Fergie music video, donning a pink feathered robe to the Grammys red carpet, or rocking a bedazzled nude bodysuit to the MTV Video Music Awards. Basically, she is living her best life. And who am I kidding? She’s living my best life, too.

Well, Winkle just got even cooler: Urban Decay named her its latest Monthly Muse. It’s a pairing that makes total sense; Urban Decay is all about having fun with your look, making your own rules, and living colorfully. And you can find few who do that better than this social media star who currently has 2.6 million Instagram followers and a bio that says “Stealing your man since 1928.”

For the Muse shoot, Urban Decay flew the Tennessee-native to Los Angeles and dressed her up various cool-girl ensembles, including a see-through fishnet top, sequin silver dress, pink bomber, and a star-stitched jean skirt. It looked like what I imagine would happen if Rizzo from Grease decided to become a street style blogger.

But the sartorial choices are all par for the course for Winkle, she tells Urban Decay in an accompanying Q&A video. “I’ve always been stylish, and I love color,” she says. “Color for clothes inspires me.” For her makeup, Winkle says she uses eyeshadow, lipstick, and Urban Decay’s Setting Sprays.

Winkle fits right into the Muse series, where the brand featured twin-sisters Corianna and Brianna Dotson, founders of Coco and Breezy eyewear, lifestyle blogger Hieu Cow, and model-photographer-DJ Alie Layus. They’re all cool AF women who are defining beauty on their own terms, while being total bosses.

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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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: The Barbie-Inspired Eye Color

 

 

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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: 

 

 

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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 Popsugar.com

Award Winning FX Makeup Artist Coming To TSPA

It’s the cree-creepiest season of all, with the spider webs hanging, and ghost-chains a-clanging, and creatures that crawl!

The Salon Professional Academy, the leading edge beauty school, in San Jose can not wait until Halloween Eve. We get to bust out or FX makeup and create some creepy zombies, and to help us prefect our dead zombie we have awarding winning FX Makeup Artist Elizabeth Fox coming to TSPA on October 26th. Check out some of her work below and read her bio to learn more.

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Elizabeth Fox has been a professional working makeup artist since 2000, with over 20 feature films to her credit.

Elizabeth was a molder at Evolution Effects and Steve Johnson’s XFX lab.  She won Best FX Makeup at the Chicago Horror Festival, the same year she collaborated with Danny Devito on his series of short horror films titled Splatter Shorts.  In 2007, Elizabeth came home to the Bay Area where she continues to shoot commercials, film and TV, along with teaching.  Elizabeth’s work has appeared in numerous national magazines, during a commercial break at the Super bowl, on billboards & buses and even on the showgirls for Ringling Bro’s Barnum and Bailey Circus.

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 Instyle.com

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, amazon.com). 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.

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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?