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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!

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!


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: Prep+Prime Essential Oils


The Salon Professional Academy, a cosmetology and skincare school based in San Jose, is super excited about M.A.C Cosmetics new product launch of their Prep and Prime Oils. Check out the article below to learn more!

Just when you thought M.A.C. was done dropping its holiday offerings, the cult-favorite cosmetics brand goes and reveals a collection so cool it’s worthy of your immediate attention: the M.A.C. Prep and Prime Oils line.

The cosmetics-first brand is digging deeper into the skin-care realm with its latest line, the M.A.C. Prep and Prime Oils collection. How, you might ask? With a set of soothing plant-derived essentials oils formulated specifically for post-cleanse application—as a primer, if you will—before the rest of your skin-care routine. In case you’re just casually reading this post and not picking up what we’re putting down, it’s pretty big news. M.A.C. has managed to create an oil that isn’t slick or makeup repellant. Instead, it quenches the skin as it clings onto whatever you layer on top. That’s big news here in the beauty-sphere. Happily, the claims stack-up. A few drops under makeup result in nothing short of a healthy glow (and makeup that doesn’t budge).


These botanical-infused oils come in three different scents for every nose-proclivity: There’s the zippy Grapefruit & Chamomile, the calming Sweet Orange & Lavender, and the energizing Yuzu, and each retails for $27. And in case you didn’t notice from the photo above, the M.A.C. Prep and Prime Oils collection also includes a Prep+Prime Essential Oils Stick, which offers the same soothing and hydrating benefits as the oils but in a solid stick form that’s great for under-eye touchups and hitting those hard-to-reach crevices, like around the nose. We should also mention, if you’re always on the go, this tiny tube might just be your new go-to, as after a few swipes of application, you can quickly pop it back into your bag before heading out the door. Can’t wait to get your hands on the line? Us either. Too bad you’ll have to wait until December 26. Post-presents shopping spree, anyone?



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.


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?