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Hair News: Princess Leia The Hair Icon!

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“I’d like to wear my old hairstyle again—but with white hair; I think that would be funny,” Carrie Fisher told TV Guide in 2014. And who could doubt the object of her amusement, those storied side-slung Princess Leia buns? In her long career, Fisher knew how to write and deliver a punch line. She also knew how to wear one, with a sly feminist twist. That first Princess Leia hairstyle, two enormous buns plastered on either side of her head, is arguably the most recognizable movie hairdo of the past 50 years. The look has ricocheted through the decades in comedy skits, Halloween costumes, online hairstyle tutorials, and mountains of Star Wars merch. In one episode of 30 Rock, Tina Fey as Liz Lemon wore the style in an effort to seem “crazy” and get out of jury duty (it didn’t work).

 

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But humor wasn’t always the point. Female empowerment takes many forms, and for many who relished the inclusion of a confident, brave, happily-single woman in the action movie oeuvre, it took the form—partially at least—of bodacious side buns. And some no doubt simply welcomed another choice at the party store that wasn’t quite as objectifying as bunny ears or a Wilma Flintstone wig. Who would choose to playact as a pin-up or a stone age wife when you could be the leader of the Rebel Alliance?

There’s a wide chasm between contemporary fashion and sci-fi costume fantasy. It would be a little disappointing if a heroine from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away had a chic bob or a ladylike French twist. Certainly, there are other crazy hairstyles in the film universe, but those buns stand out because they are at once simple and over-the-top. They’re also memorable and nearly impossible to overlook—both qualities more than a few feminist women, then or now, might aspire to. That contradiction, combined with Fisher’s campy delivery of some deeply cheesy lines—”Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi; you’re my only hope!”— made an indelible imprint on film hair-story.

The Princess Leia buns appeared in the first Star Wars movie in 1977. Lucas told Time magazine that he was “working very hard to create something that wasn’t fashion” with the overall look—specifically with Leia’s hair. This was a departure from B-movie sci-fi practice, where you’d often see huge ’60s bouffants or ’50s flips in outer space. (Spaceships must have some seriously talented intergalactic hairdressers on board.) “I went with a kind of southwestern Pancho Villa-woman revolutionary look,” Lucas said. “The buns are basically from turn-of-the-century Mexico.” Only trouble is, you can spend hours searching online photo archives (alas, I did) and still have absolutely no idea what he’s talking about. Perhaps by Pancho Villa he meant Leia’s revolutionary élan. And though much of this tribe is centered in northeastern Arizona, perhaps by “southwestern” he meant the Hopi people. The Hopi maiden “squash blossom” hairstyle bears a very strong resemblance to Leia’s oversized whorls (or rather the other way around).

This is not the only theory, of course. The Japanese Shimada chignon can have protuberances on each side. Vintage comic book images of Batgirl and Flash Gordan’s Queen Fria are another possible source of inspiration. And more recently, eagle-eyed viewers will have noticed a version of the side bun on the ladies of The Hollow Crown, a PBS mini-series of Shakespeare’s history plays. My money is on the squash blossom.


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Today, we hear “princess” and think of the Disney coterie—Sleeping Beauty, Belle, Jasmine, Ariel—swirling about in yards of pastel taffeta toward an inevitable destiny of landing a prince. Leia, in unruffled virginal white and those glorious buns, was a different kind of princess, an exemplar of first-wave feminism: a rebel wielding a blaster and mowing down Imperial Stormtroopers. A woman who, in the first movie at least, seems impatient and unimpressed with posturing males and is single-minded in her mission.

Still, there were chinks in her armor. That famous hairdo absurdly never seemed to move during multiple narrow escapes and scrapes with death. And, as Fisher cheekily wrote in her memoir The Princess Diarist, “Who wears that much lip gloss into battle?” She made it clear that she hated, yet still wore, that metallic gold bikini when she was enslaved to Jabba the Hutt in Return of the Jedi. Some parents were miffed that gold-bikini sex slave merchandise was still being marketed to kids, a controversy she didn’t tolerate, telling the Wall Street Journal that concerned parents could tell their kids that “a giant slug captured me and forced me to wear that stupid outfit, and then I killed him because I didn’t like it. And then I took it off. Backstage.”

For the entirety of her life, Fisher had an eye for the absurdities of moviemaking and fame that didn’t always jibe with feminist orthodoxies, but often did. “Please stop debating about whether or not I aged well, unfortunately it hurts all three of my feelings,” she tweeted last year. “My BODY hasn’t aged as well as I have.”

In another memoir, Wishful Drinking, Fisher recounted why she wasn’t allowed to wear a bra under Leia’s white dress. “There’s no underwear in space,” she recalled Lucas telling her. Puzzled, she asked him why, and he explained that in a weightless environment, your body would expand but your bra would not, so it would end up strangling you. “I think this would make for a fantastic obituary,” Fisher wrote. “I tell my younger friends that no matter how I go I want it reported that I drowned in moonlight, strangled by my own bra.”

And wearing those fantastic buns, no doubt.

Article BY DAVID DENICOLO

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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Start Your Aestheticians Training Today!

The Salon Professional Academy is known for educating top ranking skincare specialist in the San Jose and Bay Area.We focus on teaching clinical services like, PCA Sensi peel, Skin Scripts Enzymes and microdermabrasion. Have you ever thought about becoming an Esthetician, and wonder what it fully entails to become licensed?Check out the article below to learn more.

 

Through consultations and evaluations, estheticians determine the wants and needs of their clients, and then perform therapies, procedures, and treatments accordingly. Just a few of the esthetic therapies performed by state licensed estheticians include:

  • Waxing/threading/chemical depilatories to remove unwanted hair
  • Facials, exfoliations, and masks to improve skin tone, cleanse pores, and address skin that is oily, dry, acne-prone skin
  • Anti-aging treatments, such as laser therapies and chemical peels, to minimize or prevent fine lines and wrinkles
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Blackhead extraction
  • Wraps, sugar or salt scrubs, or moisturizing treatments for the body
  • Makeup application
  • Head, neck, and scalp massage

 

Esthetics programs, which are available through either dedicated schools of esthetics or schools of cosmetology, must meet the requirements set forth by each state’s board of cosmetology. Most states recognize esthetics programs that consist of 600 hours of coursework and practical training, although a number of states require more hours while others require significantly fewer. For example, esthetician license candidates in Wisconsin must complete a program that is at least 450 hours long, while candidates in Indiana must complete a program consisting of at least 700 hours.

Esthetics programs blend theory and practical study that will introduce students to everything from facials and makeup artistry to physiology and sanitation. These programs also include coursework that covers the business, ethics and professional standards of the esthetics industry.

Aspiring estheticians often select a program based on a number of factors, such as:

  • Price
  • Location
  • Class schedules
  • Part-time/evening/distance education options
  • Teaching philosophies
  • Class size

With the exception of Connecticut, which does not license estheticians, individuals practicing esthetics must be state licensed to do so. It is against the law to practice esthetics without a valid and current state license.

While some states use their own state-specific exams, many use the national esthetics examinations created by the National-Interstate Council on State Boards of Cosmetology (NIC).

Exploring Professional Opportunities in Esthetics
Estheticians may work in a number of settings, including full-service salons or spas, destination resorts/spas, cruise ships, esthetics salons or spas, wellness centers, and physician’s offices. Estheticians are also often found working alongside dermatologists and plastic surgeons in medical offices. Although esthetician services are not medical in nature, this type of partnership is often beneficial because estheticians can provide clients with procedures and therapies that complement medical treatments.

In spa settings, estheticians perform many treatments that are meant to relax and rejuvenate the client, as well as promote health and beautify the skin. For example, aromatherapy treatments using essential oils, herbs, and spices are very popular in day spas, resort spas, and the like.

Experienced estheticians also often go on to work as freelancers in the movie, television, fashion, and theater industries, and they often specialize their careers in niche industries, such as the lucrative bridal business. Most exciting, perhaps, is the fact that many estheticians become business owners themselves, opening salons, spas, or esthetics clinics of their own.

Looking to start your skincare training at The Salon Professional Academy? Please give us a ring at 408.579.9111  to schedule you tour today.

Article by http://www.estheticianedu.org/

Makeup News: IMATS IS COMING

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The Salon Professional Academy, a cosmetology school in San Jose is excited for the month of January, it is time for IMATS! Our very own Director of Operations, Mrs. Magdalena and Director of Education, Mrs. V are headed to L.A for IMATS. They are going to be meeting the top makeup artist in the industry, and one of the creme de la creme is Academy Award winning makeup artist Ve Neill. Check out the article below by  by VICTORIA STANELL.

 

 

What would you ask one of the world’s top movie makeup artists? Attendees at this year’s IMATS in Los Angeles had the opportunity to voice their questions to three-time Academy Award-winning makeup artist Ve Neill, who served as department head for this year’s Hunger Games and The Amazing Spiderman.

Neill, whose legendary hands helped transform films such as Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Mrs. Doubtfire, and the Pirates of the Caribbean, is currently a judge on SyFy’s special effects makeup competition Face Off, and is re-launching her brush line “Ve’s Favourite Brushes” after a two-and-a-half year development phase. Hearing her tips, tricks, and stories up close is one of the biggest beauty fan girl moments we’ve ever experienced. And no territory went uncharted—Ve imparted her no-nonsense advice to fledgling artists on everything from attitude on set, the one foundation she can’t stop using, and the number one mistake young makeup artists make. These are the bits of wisdom we captured.

On drawing the line between pretty and ugly [for “The Hunger Games”]…

“It’s a movie. The directors and producers say ‘no, we don’t want it to be ugly, we want her to be pretty.’ You do the best you can, you make them look the way you believe—if they say it’s too much, then it’s too much. You are the tool of the director, and if the director doesn’t want you to make them look ugly, then by gosh you better not. Yes, she can be cut up but we want her to be pretty. After all, they are selling tickets. With Hunger Games, it’s a fantasy. You have to fight your battles.”

On her current favorite foundation…

“I love Make Up For Ever HD Foundation. I use it on almost everything now. I like it because there’s a lot of pigment, it can thin out, it holds up well, and is easy to repair. I used it exclusively on Hunger Games and The Amazing Spiderman.”

On hiring a makeup PA…

“There’s a lot of gofering on set, stuff that has nothing to do with makeup application. Instead of hiring an actual artist, I will hire a PA. Most shows have a budget that allows me to hire PAs with very minimal pay. The very first intern/PA I ever had in 1998 is now a member of 706 [a local makeup union]. This is another way for you to get in and meet people. I’m not the only one who does it. Every department head in 706 will always hire a makeup PA.”

On the biggest lesson she’s ever learned in her career…

“Never leave town without your makeup assistant. I have gone on location without my people and it’s been horrible. They know how you work.”

On taking jobs…

“This is for you working artists: NEVER TURN DOWN A JOB. I don’t care if they tell you they’ll pay you in gas money. Take the money, put it in your car, and get over there. Because you never know who you’re going to meet. You can go to a job, work for free, kill yourself, and wow—you just met the person that’s going to give you your next job. Or you can sit at home and drink a beer. What would you rather be doing? You need the experience, you need to get out there and practice. You need to get out on a set and see what it’s like to work as a team member. It’s very important to have all that in your basket. Everyone works differently—all productions, producers, and production managers are different. You have to learn how to deal with these people.”

On school vs. real-world experience…

“It’s definitely important to get an education now. Makeup has advanced by leaps and bounds, and there are so many products out there and so many different ways to do things. Plus, there are a lot of good schools now. I’m self taught—when I started there were no schools for me! There was one beauty school called Elegance, and they had a mini course on effects but I went and did it myself. Schools are pricey, but you have to consider what it’s going to give you. Your competition is going to school. Your competition will have all that knowledge; do you want to be without it? I don’t think so. You’ll be introduced to products, how to use them properly, and how to take care of your equipment.”

On what’s currently in her kit…

“I use a lot of La Mer because it’s a big name and actors love it. My favorite skin care is made by Natura Bissé, which is dreadfully expensive but amazing. Embryolisse also makes great stuff. I use a lot of MAC skin care for guys that don’t want to mess around, and wipes from L’Oréal because they take off my eye makeup lickety split. For prosthetics, I’ll always clean the face with Kiehl’s Blue Astringent, then I’ll do applications with adhesives.

On letting actors leave makeup on…

“It’s really important that your actors do not leave the set with their makeup on. They go out to eat, get lazy, then go to sleep with the makeup on. Skin care is a really important part of a makeup artist’s job, because how they come back to you the next day is your fault if they’re covered in pimples or dry patches. I always put a skin care kit together for my makeup artists for every actor to take home. On the set of Hunger Games, I would use a galvanic wand treatment on the kids; in many cases a lot of the young skin really improved from doing those treatments.”

On what you can’t teach in makeup school…

“What most kids are lacking is obviously experience, something you only really get by trial and error. Experience is what teaches us our craft. I think those are the things you can’t really teach people in school. Also, set etiquette is really difficult to learn. I didn’t know what I was doing the first time I showed up on set. Who are these people? What do they do? Learn the roles.”

On burning bridges…

“Always take the high road, guys. Never burn a bridge—you don’t know when you will see that person next. Always be pleasant to everybody, because you might work with that same person someplace else. I make it a habit never to be unpleasant to anybody—you never know whose daughter they are, whose boyfriend they are, or who they’re married to.”

On knowing it all…

“As far as I’m concerned, if you are a makeup artist you damn better know how to do it all, because if you’re going to work on movies there are no ‘categories’ for artists. If you’re in movies you have to do it all. If you’re going to work for me you have to do it all. There are a lot of people who only specialize in special effects or glamour makeup, and that’s all they’ll ever be hired for. But a good, rounded makeup artist should never put themselves in a box.”

On staying honest…

“Don’t lie. Don’t start putting your name on shit you didn’t do—really, you don’t need to. Get your test makeups on your resume or your blog, but don’t take credit for other people’s work because someone will bitch-slap you good. Be honest about your resume, try to keep it to what you’ve actually done. If you were background on something, just write “BG”—there’s nothing wrong in saying you were in the bullpen doing background on a movie. Nobody likes a liar.”

On the one technique that’s hard to master…

“Good ‘dirty’ is hard to do. You’ve got to make it look like its ground in, like it’s been there. Everyone in Hunger Games was dirty, even if didn’t look like they were—but the beauty is in the subtle things. If they weren’t dirtied up they’d look spanking clean and weird. Practice good dirt.”

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.”

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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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

BY DEENA CAMPBELL

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.


 

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.