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9 Facts You Didn’t Know About Lipstick

lipstick For thousands of years women and men have been wearing lipstick. Thank goodness, it has evolved through the years! Here are a few fun facts that I discovered while researching some information for my CIDESCO thesis:

1) The average amount of money that a woman spends on makeup in her lifetime is about $15,000. $1780 of that goes towards lipstick.

2) One of the most expensive lipsticks in the world is Guerlain’s KissKiss Gold and Diamonds Lipstick, which will set you back $62,000. While their original KissKiss lipstick costs only $34, what you’re really paying for here is the bling. The tube is made from 110 grams of 18k gold and encrusted with 199 diamonds. You get your pick of 15 exclusive shades, and it’s refillable.

3) Not surprisingly, men and women in Ancient Egypt both wore lipstick as a symbol of their status. They applied it almost daily with wet sticks of wood, and favored colors such as magenta, blue-black, and orange.

4) Meanwhile, in Ancient Greece, lipstick fell out of fashion among high-class citizens, and was instead used to identify prostitutes. In fact, it was the law that prostitutes couldn’t go out without wearing lipstick, lest they “deceive” men.

5) Elizabeth Taylor famously said, “Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick, and pull yourself together,” Unless, of course, you were a woman on one of her movie sets—the actress allegedly demanded that no one else could wear red lipstick on set.

6) Another great fact, is that while all other cosmetics were rationed in Great Britain during WWII, lipstick was kept in production because Winston Churchill felt it boosted morale.

7) Meanwhile, aside looking at lipstick as moral booster, a peak at the ingredients will reveal that lipstick was made from toxic ingredients, animal fat, sheep sweat, and ox marrow. But which ingredient has stayed the same through the years? Fish scales. This ingredient helps lipsticks today boost in shine.

8) According to a study conducted by the University of Manchester, men look at women wearing lipstick longer than women with bare lips. They were most entranced by red lipstick, staring at it for an average of 7.3 seconds, while their gaze usually lingers on women with pink lipstick for an average of 6.7 seconds. They only glanced at women with bare lips for an average of 2.2 seconds.

9) Swiping on some lipstick can be a huge confidence booster and mood transformer, but in England in the 1500s, people believed that lipstick actually had magical powers. Queen Elizabeth was reportedly a huge believer in the healing powers of lipstick, and was said to have had half an inch of lipstick on at the time of her death.

The Fascination Begins

All of us come from different routes that converge into one at beauty school. It doesn’t matter where you come from but rather where you are now and what you’re doing with your time. The cosmetology program at the Cinta Aveda Institute has students from every walk of life, age and cultural background under one roof united by their obsession with hair. At Cinta Aveda, you have the opportunity to live in the lively city of San Francisco where you can find different tastes in style–from square to edgey.

When you start, you are investing your time (1600 hours) and money (more or less $25,000) into the cosmetology program. This is because somehow at some point in your life, you’ve became interested in doing hair. It really doesn’t matter whether you liked torturing your baby sister by holding her down to cut her hair (sounds dangerous) or experimented on your own tresses by bleaching the hell out of them and then dying it green only then to watch it slowly fall off your scalp.After you have mastered the baby steps such as holding a blowdryer correctly (yes it feels awkward at first) and finding the courage to snip off more than an inch with your new “shears” (not scissors) from your beloved dollhead which seems to become an extension of your own fashion sense (mine has black nail polish lips and funky do’s on the regular), then you’re ready to take on the human race. WHile it all sounds short and sweet, boy is that not true.

I am currently 1100 hours in. At first it went by slowly. Because of my short attention span, I found the theoretical part needed my extra attention. When it comes to safety of the client and hygiene standadrds, one needs to uphold and can’t afford to let a short attention span get in the way! Surprisingly, I found the material quite interesting, and soon my short attention span syndrome went away. Once you start taking clients a whole new world opens up to you, and it’s then that you realize that you are meant to do hair. Otherwise, you might know at that moment that beauty school is just not your thing. Here are a few images I took of the cuts and color I have done.

1) Men’s hair cut, fade with pomp

Mens hair cut, fade with pomp

 

2) Women’s long layers and bangs

Womens long layers and bangs

 

3) Women’s concave graduation with face framing and layers

Womens concave graduation with face framing and layers

The Yoga Espresso and its 12 Movements

sunlarge (2)For some, shots of espresso are the daily necessity. Although a white mocha or an americano are delicious, they can be harmful when consumed daily. Try an alternative method of gaining energy like the “Yoga Espresso!” Most people know this pose as a sun salutation followed by more simple poses that flow together. Follow these 12 movements to get your daily jolt of energy:

1) Stand tall, feet hip width distance apart.

2) Inhale through nose and raise hands above head.

3) Exhale while diving upper body down towards feet.

4) Inhale, raise half way, exhale lower back down.

5) Step or jump feet back behind you, inhale.

6) Evenly lower body to ground, exhaling as you lower.

7) Pull upper body forward into a cobra-like position as you inhale.

8) Enjoy a few breaths here.

9) On your next breath push body up into downward facing dog.

10) Inhale, exhale. On your exhale, step or hop feet to meet hands.

11) Inhale slowly, one vertebrae at a time. Raise hands above head.

12) Exhale, bring hands to heart center.

Next time the body is in need of caffeine or energy, take a few minutes for your body. Breathe in and out, and honor the wonderful Earth and yourself. It is a natural and healthy way to gain positive energy that will help you get through your busy schedule.

3 Tips for Choosing the Right Blow Dryer

May 20, 2015
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3 Tips for Choosing the Right Blow DryerChoosing the right blow dryer can make the biggest difference in how fast you can dry and style your hair. Not all blow-dryers are created equal, so here are a 3 tips to consider when investing in a good blow-dryer.

1.) Make sure you are buying something with ceramic or tourmaline technology. Tourmaline is crystal, which helps smooth the hair and fight frizz. It also helps your hair retain moisture.

2.) Wattage! Most people don’t realize the difference between a high and a low wattage blow-dryer, and how a high wattage dryer can make a difference for your hair. 1800 watts is great for thinner hair, however for thicker or frizzy hair you want to look for something with at least 3000. It will cut down the styling time in half and reduce the risk of hair damage.

3.) Attachments! If you like to style your hair at home with your blow-dryer, having a nozzle attachment will make your blow-drys give off that just-stepped-out-of-the-salon look. Or if you have curly hair, a diffuser will give your curls more control and bounce than compared to letting your curls air dry.

And don’t forget, no matter which blow-dryer you end up purchasing, remember to pick one that at least has heat protection!

The Strange and Beautiful World of Skin Writing

Dermatographia UrticariaDermatographia Urticaria—commonly known as skin writing—while only affecting a very small portion of the world’s population, makes for one of the most intriguing conditions of the skin one could imagine. Recently, artist Adriana Page Russell—who herself has the disorder—published photographs of her own, displaying how beautiful a skin condition can be.

Dermatopgrahia is characterized by extreme hypersensitivity, sometimes leading to welts and inflammation of the skin, with only the slightest scratch or pinch. This allows for the ability to ‘write’ or ‘draw’ on one’s own skin, without permanent damage, or feel even the slightest sensation of pain. As a result, this condition allows for the most beautiful and strange designs to be traced along the body, which then disappears in a matter of about twenty to thirty minutes.

Many of the causes of Dermatographia are unclear, however it can be caused by an allergen. Nevertheless, these allergens are often unknown. Penicillin and emotional stress can also to be attributed to the cause of the condition. Development of the disorder can occur at any point in life, and may even go away on its own.

Though symptoms aren’t ncessarily severe, those with Dermatographia can be prescribed a standard treatment of antihistamines. However, this treatment is usually only offered if symptoms become bothersome. Currently there is no real permanent cure available, however, artists like Russell have found away almost to embrace this condition by utilizing the unkown. What may have been considered a disfiguring disorder in the past, has become a work of art in the present.

Top Products To Use For Getting the Perfect Pomp

Pompadour Poof haircutThe pompadour has definitely made a comeback in the last couple of years and it requires products that are going to provide a lot of support and hold.

The first product you want to use is Aveda Men’s pomade, which is the most essential. Once the wet hair is blow-dried to a state of 100% dryness, take a healthy scoop of pomade with one finger and run through the hair in all directions until the pomade is evenly distributed. The hair is now ready to be sculpted into the pomp shape by using any grooming comb.

For extra flatness on the sides, another great product I recommend is to use Aveda Control Paste. It is dime-sized to help literally paste the hair flat.

To finish your perfect pomp, I then recommend spraying Aveda Air Control all over to set the hair.

The relationship of these three products is seamless when executing this style not just functionally, but also aromatically, providing a fresh scent of spearmint and leaving the client feeling ready to go.

A 4 Step Process on How To Perform Extractions

For years my mother always told me to leave my face alone and not pick at it. She often told me that doing so would leave a scar my face. Of course she would always wait to tell me this right in the middle of my extraction process. Naturally, mothers are always right in the end, but in this case it was not because I was performing extractions, but because of my process.

I have severely oily skin, which clogs those big pores on my nose and frequently causes blackheads; a challenge for a lot of people. In order to clean those pores, extractions must be performed but there is a healthy way to do so.

Here is my process:

1) CLEANSE:

First cleanse your skin with your regular cleanser. I recommend doing this while you are actually taking a shower so your skin can be exposed to as much steam as possible.

2) REFINE:

This is a VERY important step in the extraction process and one I used to forgo. Refinement is an exfoliating process and it should aid by helping to open pores up and hopefully, pull out impurities. A great product I use and highly recommend is AVEDA Deep Cleaning Herbal Clay Masque. It is best to apply this product to your nose after the cleansing step while you are still in the shower. Once done, go ahead and finish your shower.

3) EXTRACT:

After stepping out of the shower, take some warm water and rinse off the AVEDA Clay Masque. Then begin performing your extractions with your index fingers. Be sure NOT to be on top of the black head, but instead make sure that your fingers are around it. Gently apply pressure until you push the excess oil out. It should come out fairly easy. If it difficult and you start seeing pierced skin or trauma it is not ready and you should stop to prevent any further damage to your skin.

4) POST-EXTRACTION WIPE:

Now we must wipe or cleanse the nose with an antibacterial wipe. I use the AVEDA Outer Peace Acne Relief Pad because it is already ready to go. It even has tea tree oil in it, which acts as an antimicrobial.

I then take a quick peek in the mirror to make sure I didn’t miss anything, followed by my usual 2-hour routine that I can’t help continue before I am ready to walk out the front door.

A Catalog of Skin Disorders

Skin Cancer

Cancer is the uncontrolled replication of cells into tumors. These tumors can invade surrounding tissue, spread throughout the body, and are sometimes fatal.

Skin cancer is the most common variety of cancer in humans; it accounts for almost half of cancer diagnosis is in the United States. The American Academy of Dermatology estimates that one in five American adults will have skin cancer at some time. About 1 million Americans are diagnosed with cancer each year. Of of those diagnosis approximately 110,000 are for malignant melanoma and 890,000 are for other skin cancers. Unfortunately skin cancer kills about 11,000 people per year.

Skin cancer is cancer in the stratum basil of the epidermis, cancer of the keratinocytes in the epidermis, or cancer in the melanocytes of the epidermis. Basal cell carcinoma is by far the most common type of skin cancer. That accounts for about 75% to 90% of all skin cancer cases. It is a slow growing tumor of epithelial cells in the stratum of the epidermis. It does not metastasize and is not usually dangerous, although if the tumor is left untreated it can become threatening. Basal cell carcinoma has an extremely high survival rate if lesions are removed before they invade deep tissues. It is usually cut out with a scoop blade or a laser. The tumor producing cells can also be killed off with liquid nitrogen or with radiation. Basal cell carcinoma doesn’t spread through the body, so the risk of making the situation worse is nonexistent.

It is important to see a dermatologist once a year for a skin check.

I was recently diagnosed with skin cancer on my upper lip. It was a very scary time.

Burns

The severity of burns is graded by how deep they go, how much surface area they cover, and what part of the body has been affected. Burns are graded in three levels of depth: 1st degree, 2nd degree and 3rd degree.

  • 1st degree burns are sometimes quite painful, but it is only a mild irritation of the superficial epidermis characterized by redness but no blistering. Mild sunburn is perhaps the most common example of a first degree burn. Overexposure to the sun damages cells in the epithelium, setting up an inflammatory response. This leads to pain, heat, redness, and swelling. Sunburns generally heal in three days. Sometimes it can cause flaking and peeling of the skin.
  • 2nd degree burns involve damage to all layers of the epidermis, and possibly some of the dermis as well. Symptoms include redness, blisters that appear instantly, edema, and pain. Second degree burns often lead to permanent scarring.
  • 3rd degree burns go through the dermis or beyond, destroying hair shafts, and even nerve endings. In addition, one of the special problems with third-degree burns is that they tend to contract rapidly, forming a continuing little scar tissue even with quickly executed light skin grafts.

Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a chronic skin disease with occasional acute episodes in which cells and isolated patches replicate too rapidly. Where normal skin cells are replaced in the cells every 28 to 32 days, psoriatic skin cells divide every two to four days. The result is a pile up of excess cells that are itchy, red or pink, and scaly. This condition comes and goes, and presently no permanent cure is available, although it has recently been classified as an immune disorder.

This disease affects six to seven million Americans and is most common in white people. About 150,000 new cases are diagnosed every year. Some cases have a genetic link. It is most commonly diagnosed in the middle years, but it has been seen on tiny babies as well as quite elderly people.

Most people have it in a mild form; only about 20% report their cases as moderate to severe. Plaque psoriasis is a very common condition; most people have at least some of it. It takes the form of raised pink or red patches that grow over a long period of time. They may be itchy, but they are seldom very uncomfortable unless they are in an acute stage, when they can inch and create a severe burning sensation. Most plaques are on the knees or elbows, but they can be found on the scalp, trunk, palms, soles, and even in the mouth. While there are no permanent cures for psoriasis, there has been a lot of research done to help eradicate this disease.

Herpes Simplex

Herpes simplex is a viral infection resulting in painful blisters on a red base. They develop around the mouth, genitals, or other areas.

Oral herpes is transmitted through oral or respiratory secretions. Genital herpes is transmitted through mucus secretions during sexual contact. In either case, a person’s first outbreak usually occurs up to 20 days after exposure, and is called primary herpes. A primary herpes outbreak may be very severe or almost unnoticeable.

Most cases of oral herpes are picked up during childhood, and the new carrier may never be aware of his or her infection. In extreme cases, the primary infection may be accompanied by fever, swollen glands, and many painful sores that may last two to six weeks.

Herpes is famous for being contagious. The virus can remain infectious outside of the body for several hours. Most adults in the United States have probably already been exposed to some form of the herpes simplex virus.

No vaccine against herpes has yet been developed. Antiviral drugs suppress viral activity and shorten the duration of an infection, but they don’t prevent future outbreaks. Keeping as healthy as possible between outbreaks is an important way to reduce the frequency and severity of herpes episodes.

Impetigo

Impetigo is a bacterial infection of the skin. It is usually seen in infants and young children. Lesions usually occurred around the nose and mouth, sometimes inside the nostrils or ear canals.

Although it is often begins on the head, impetigo can affect the skin anywhere on the body. Red sores with small blisters appear, typically around the mouth or nose. The sores are itchy but not painful. The blisters rupture and are liquid; a characteristic yellow-brown crust that resembles honey develops. Left untreated, the sores heal in about three weeks, leaving no scars.

Mild forms of impetigo can be treated with a topical anabiotic cream. But if the blisters have spread over much of the body, and especially if there are other signs of systemic infection, oral antibiotics are prescribed.

Impetigo can have serious complications, including renal failure, meningitis, and cellulitis, if it is isn’t treated carefully. Impetigo often appears where the skin has been damaged. Any wounds should be cleaned thoroughly, treated with anti-bacterial ointment, and covered. The lesions must be kept clean and dry and crusts removed as soon as possible because the moisture underneath the crust harbors bacteria.

Children with impetigo are encouraged to stay home from school and avoid contact with other children for at least 24 hours after they begin treatment.

Boils

Boils are a large and painful infection that usually occurs one at a time. A cluster of boils connected by channels under the skin is called a carbuncle.

A boil typically begins as a hard painful, red pinkish lump that develops over a day or two. For the next several days it increases in size, and the center of the abscess fills with pus and bacteria. It may grow to the size of a golf ball.

Boils—also called furuncles—are local staphylococci infections of the skin. They often occur at sebaceous glands or hair shafts that are clogged by dirt, dead skin cells, or other debris. They can also begin wherever the skin has been compromised by a cut, scrape, or friction. Boils usually occur in areas where hair follicles are numerous, and where friction, in combination with sweat, can irritate and damage the skin. They are most common in the axilla or groin.

Treatment for boils usually begin with topical antibiotics and hot compresses. It is important never to try to squeeze or pop a boil. It could force the infection deeper or across the surface of the skin.

Unless it is surgically drained, the boil will spontaneously rupture and resolve. Large infections that penetrate into deep layers of the skin may leave a permanent scar.

Must Haves: Six Products for a Complete Makeup Look

A full face of makeup can become a chore. With all the products the beauty industry has to offer today, it can be overwhelming to know where to start. These are six products that will give you a polished finish without the time commitment.

  • Brow Gel: We all know the makeup trends this past year were all about brows! Pencils, powders, waxing, and tinting, not only can they be pricey, but they can be messy. For an easy quick fix to flawless brows, try a tinted brow gel. The fibers in the gel will keep them in place all day with added fullness, and the pigment will give them some definition. Swipe it on and you’re done! Try Benefit Gimme Brow or Maybelline Brow Drama.
  • Neutral Eye Palette: A compact neutral eye palette has the right natural look for everyone. These palettes have light highlighting colors, with options of pink and yellow undertones that will flatter any skin tone. They also have a variety of tans and browns for your desired look. Swipe a highlight color all over the lid and buff a brown into the crease for some effortless dimension. I recommend the Naked Basics palette for a variety of looks that will look great on everyone.
  • Mascara: Play around with what works best for your lashes! There and so many mascaras out there to chose from, so try some out and have fun! Everyone is on the search for that holy grail mascara but, in the meantime, grab whatever you’ve got! Mascara always polishes the look whether it’s the only product you put on, or the final touch to a full face. For a great, cheap mascara, give Maybelline’s Miss Manga a go for added volume.
  • Tinted Moisturizer or Powder: If you have dry skin, opt for a tinted moisturizer. If you’re oily, go for a powder. If you’re feeling sassy, do both! These are a great way to even out the skin tone without loading on too much product.
  • Bronzey Blush: Blushes with hints of gold and bronze will be a two in one. They will give your face some color and contour. I recommend Mac’s Warm Soul for a sun kissed glow.
  • Tinted Chapsticks/Sheer Lipsticks: Finish your look with a subtle pop of color. Aveda’s Nourishment Lip Color will not only hydrate, giving your lips a healthy glow, they will add a soft pop of color for a wearable, everyday look.

Hope these tips help you on the days when that big drawer of makeup is too much to handle. Keep these in your purse for an easy grab!

Men’s Hair Care

Aveda's Men's Care Products

Let’s face it, most men are clueless, when it comes to anything beauty or hair-related.

So here are some useful tips and tricks that every guy should have in his hair care arsenal. These are the products you need, fellas!

The first product you need is a good daily shampoo. The Aveda Men’s Pure-Formance Shampoo is great for daily use to exfoliate your scalp and keep it healthy and flake-free. It is infused with 100 percent naturally derived walnut shells and jojoba beads.

The next product you need is a conditioner and you can pair your shampoo with the Aveda Men’s Pure-Formance Conditioner to keep your hair soft and moisturized. This conditioner is proven by 72 percent of users to leave your hair feeling less greasy and oily. 62 percent of people have also found that it leaves their scalp feeling less irritable and itchy.

Now on to styling. I have two favorite products when it comes to Men’s styling, Control Paste and Brilliant Humectant Pomade. Before deciding on the right styling product for you, assess your needs. Do you like to accentuate your curls, smooth out frizz, have strong hold, or use a product that’s light and flexible? The Brilliant Humectant Pomade is great for curly hair or defining your style and adding shine, while the Control Paste is perfect for all hair types and has a matte finish with a strong but natural looking hold.