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Wellness

Illustration - Wellness Wheel

Wellness relieves your stress and anxiety while letting in confidence and pure happiness. It is about becoming one with your mind, body, and spirit. It can be expressed through many things like yoga, meditation, dancing, saying positive things out loud, and more. There are so many different dimensions of wellness, but the most important and common ones are social, emotional, spiritual, environmental, occupational, and physical wellness. There are different levels of stress that we may go through day to day, hour to hour, and need help to decompress. Each dimension of wellness needs to be addressed to complete wellness and to relieve your stress.

  • Social wellness is the ability to maintain and establish a positive relationship. Whether it be a friend, family member, or significant other, it is important to connect and find that positive balance so that you can be a peace with your inner social wellness.
  • Emotional wellness targets your inner emotions and challenges you to let them out. This wellness pushes you to let out your emotions and express whatever you may be feeling to truly find yourself and be accepting of who you are.
  • Spiritual wellness is the ability to find peace and harmony in your life. Being able to have a belief and have confidence in it is a powerful thing.
  • Environmental wellness means having respect for the environment generally and taking care of your surroundings. This is a good way to have a positive impact on something and to make you feel good about yourself.
  • Occupational wellness involves finding a balance between your career and your personal life. Taking care of your work is a good thing but enjoying your life is important too.
  • Physical wellness is the ability to live without any physical stress or anxiety. Things like stretching and yoga, or even mediation can help with physical wellness but, more importantly, all of the dimensions.

It is important to find time for wellness within your day as well as finding peace within yourself to perform your day with peace and happiness.

Trendy Hair for Summer

Hairstyle that's casual and styled up

What hairstyles and trends are you picking up on this summer? Do you wanna go lighter, darker, longer, shorter, or maybe even really short?

Well, this has definitely been a year of trying new bizarre ideas for hairstyles. For one example, the half bun where the bottom half of your hair is down and the other half is up in either a tight or messy bun. I, myself, would never try that look but it is considered a new trend for summer.

Another would be the casual braid look. You can sport a mean fishtail or even a milk braid and then loosen it up in random spots and pull tiny strings out here and there to give it that messy casual look. A fishtail is perfect for summer because it is tight enough to almost last you a whole day, but loose enough to give you some edge.

Ponytails are always nice because you can do so much with them. The hot trend for this summer is to have a nice swept low pony for going out on evenings to avoid the hassle of up-dos but to also give that elegant glow to your outfit. Another would be the no part, swept back high ponytail or up-do. It shows off your face more and gives that fresh face look a chance.

One of my favorite looks is the medium-length slightly wavy, loosely curled, and lightly balayage hair. This style gives you the perfect beachy look without even trying. All you have to do is scrunch your end a bit when you get out of the shower, let it air dry, and then add some loose natural looking curls, and you are good to go. The balayage will give it that sun-kissed look and salty sea texture.

Take a look at the hair section of glamourmagazine.co.uk for some neat style ideas.

Beauty

Beauty Word CloudMy definition of beauty is feeling beautiful inside and out and treating others the same way. To me beauty always has a powerful impact on humanity. Beauty surrounds and overwhelms everyday life and can really have a huge impact on you as a person. Beauty can boost your confidence and happiness or, in its absence, destroy your self worth and bring you down; that makes it powerful.

You—together with everyone else in the world—are beautiful in unique ways. There is beauty in more than you realize: different cultures, food, art, fashion, relationships, and more. Beauty comes from within and should be expressed in whatever way makes you happy.

In my life, I have a passion to want to help others without expecting anything in return. My beauty comes from hard work and little payoff, less sleep, and amazing results.

I wouldn’t change my view on beauty for the world and I am so appreciative of the confidence it has given me to feel love and compassion for others. It is unfortunate, though, that beauty can be a negative sometimes. Some people use their beauty to target and bully others. It is a shame that some take advantage of their beauty and waste it on hurting others or making others feel like they possess no beauty themselves. Never let others bring you down. As my girl Christina Aguilera would say, “You are beautiful, no matter what they say…cause words can’t bring you down.”

Being an Esthetician

Woman Behind Fern, a photo by Allef Vinicius from Upsplash.

Esthiology derives from the idea of helping others express their inner beauty within themselves. I find beauty in helping others discover their own beauty. In the future, I plan to help skin cancer and burn victims find their outer physical beauty by introducing them to botanical healthy products and encouraging a healthy lifestyle to rehabilitate their skin. It’s not easy to be an esthetician; there’s plenty of hard work and dedication with little pay out in the beginning. You can work on multiple clients a day and feel as if no outcome is a given. However, soon you’ll find that your work is making an impact, and you’ll realize that you have the potential to aid people and really help them have healthier skin.

As a future esthetician, my goal is to deliver my knowledge of products and skin care to give someone a healthier skincare lifestyle. After attending Cinta Aveda Institute, my ability to treat and heal has increased exponentially. I now have the confidence to change an individual’s lifestyle as well as my own. Cinta Aveda Institute entrusted me with the knowledge to support my path to reaching out to those in need and aiding them into finding their inner and outer beauty.

My longer term goal is directed towards helping burn victims and giving them a chance to relocate themselves mentally and show them that their physical wounds do not matter to their true beauty. Practicing as an esthetician means a whole lot to me, and I plan on working rigorously to achieve my goals of helping others.

Nail Maintenance

Biting Nails

Do you have a really bad habit of biting your nails? Does your manicurist go on and on about how damaged they are and how you need to take better care of them? Well, I feel your pain. I struggled with biting my nails and suffered from chipped dry nails and cuticles for years. It wasn’t until recently that I have taken better care of them.

For me, biting my nails was a way of dealing with stress and anxiety. It was easier to chew my nails down to the nub rather than to deal with my issues and nerves. It took a long time to beat my nasty habit of chewing them. I found a new way to deal with my stress through watching movies and spending more time with my friends. After spending time to rehabilitate my nails, I have found time to take better care of my nails, including trimming and filing.

There are plenty of ways to take care of your nail beds and cuticles to keep them healthy, strong, and looking nice. Here are five tips:

  1. Get a manicure: I know it’s a shock, but it’s important to have weekly nail maintenance to keep your nails strong and healthy.
  2. Wear gloves: When washing dishes, or being exposed to really cold temperatures, it is important to wear gloves to avoid having your nails become brittle. Then they will not chip as easily.
  3. Wear sunscreen: When getting your nails done, it is important to wear sunscreen on your hands and nails to avoid the LED light most salons use from internally damaging your skin and nails.
  4. Diet: adjust your diet to healthier foods, such as vegetables, fish (like salmon), and protein. These types of foods really help strengthen the nail and make your nails grow faster.
  5. Coating: always wear both a base coat and a top coat. Never skip one or the other. This process will help strengthen your nails and reduces the amount of chipping.

Facial Process

Getting a Facial

A facial is not necessarily something that someone has to have to live. Rather, it’s a gift—to oneself or to others. It is like having a spa day or treating yourself to some relaxation.

As an esthetician, I know that performing a facial is very precise and has many small details to which you need to attend. It is important to follow each step by step procedure and make sure the facial is relaxing, yet beneficial as well. Some components of a facial include cleansing, a refinement, steaming, massage, a masque, a skin analysis, etc. Missing any of the steps can result in an incomplete service and a sub-optimum result.

For a basic one hour facial, the esthetician’s step by step process goes as follows:

  1. Opening ritual: Begin the facial with some calming inhales and slow exhales to relax the client in a calm setting. Offer them a calming essential oil that will remind them of something they can relate to in a positive way. They should be very relaxed before starting the facial.
  2. Cleansing: Cleanse the skin with an appropriate cleanser based on the consultation with the client. The skin has yet to be analyzed, so the cleanser has to be picked based on what you know their skin can tolerate.
  3. Analyze: After toning, analyze the skin with a magnifying lamp and determine their skin type, temperature, tone, dehydration level, and any other concern they have or you see.
  4. Refine: After determining what needs to be addressed, decide on a choice of products and determine which refinement and masque to use during the facial. Apply the refinement for seven to ten minutes depending on the client’s skin condition.
  5. Massage: After removing the refinement and toning the skin, move into the massage. Start from the décolleté up to the neck, from the bottom of the face and then upwards. It is important to use enough oil to smoothly move your fingers but to not slip across the skin.
  6. Masque: The masque is one of the most important parts of a facial. This is usually something that complements the refinement done or help to heal any extractions or intense work performed on the face. This also lasts after application for seven to ten minutes.
  7. Closing ritual: When the facial has come to an end, help the client adjust back out of relaxation and provide them with some stretches and movements to help them get ready to leave.
  8. Finishing touch: Before your client leaves, a nice thing you can do is provide a minimal makeup touch up. Offer them a quick lip, mascara, blush, etc. They will appreciate the offer and will remember the gesture.

Can ‘Expensive’ be Cheaper?

Tarte Cosmetics Product Collection

Before I started at Cinta Aveda Institute, I’d buy all my cosmetics from the Ulta Beauty Store. Ulta displays their pricy, high end cosmetic lines and products on the left side of the store. To the right, they have typical drugstore lines like CoverGirl, Maybelline, and Rimmel London. To me, makeup has always been a “Want to Have” rather than a necessity, so I always went for the cheaper side. I figured I could find some pretty descent stuff for a low price. For years—and I mean years—I had used Rimmel’s liquid foundation and CoverGirl’s pressed powders. I was happy with the products and I never noticed any problems that I might be having with them.

Once I started school however, some of the first topics we discussed were makeup. To my surprise, I found that it is a lot more important to use good quality makeup than I thought. I learned that you shouldn’t judge a line based on their price, and that the more expensive products can be the best for your skin. The cheap makeup I was using was actually the reason I was breaking out so much, and the more I broke out, the more makeup I used.

I finally decided to take the plunge and shop on the expensive left side of Ulta. To my surprise, a lot of the brands I was interested in weren’t that much more expensive. On top of that, I wasn’t going to need as many products. I started trying bare minerals first. I used that for a couple weeks, but it made my skin itchy and it basically covered up nothing. I used so much of it that it only lasted me 2 weeks. So I went back to find something I knew would be healthy for my skin and still give me perfect coverage.

I tried Tarte Cosmetics and instantly fell in love. Tarte has easily become one of my absolute favorite makeup brands and has really transformed my face. Tarte is made from Amazon clay which helps to really get the coverage you want, but it’s not heavy on your skin. You barely notice it’s there. It also lasts the entire day and doesn’t get greasy-looking. Finally, the company is socially aware. It does many things to help people and the environment with their profits. I love Tarte and my skin finally looks and feels great because of it.

Exploring The Product World

Jumble of Beauty ProductsFinding the perfect products sometimes feels like a never-ending journey. I am still trying to find the perfect products for myself. The truth is you will never stop searching. Everything is in constant change—your life, your environment, your skin. What you eat, how much you sweat, cry, use the sauna, bake in the sun—it all changes constantly and affects which products you need.

The key is to find a base product that will take care of your needs now and one that you can be confident using into the future. Makeup, cleansers, moisturizers, and shampoos—products are never perfect and can always get better. You’ll need to do a lot of exploring and testing.

Going into the Esthetics Program at Cinta Aveda institute, I walked in with my nose up. I had no intention of giving their products a chance. I had it set in my mind that none of their products would work for me, and I wouldn’t want to offer them to my future clients. It took working on other students, and testing them on myself, to really see the magic Aveda’s products were doing to my skin. I can now honestly and confidently recommend these products, especially a few favorites.

Hand Relief is my go-to. I use it after every facial and, from washing my hands all day, it really saves my hands.

I like everything in the Green Science line, specifically, the face crème. Since I have dryer skin, the thickness of it just leaves my skin feeling new and fresh.

And I really enjoy the Tourmaline Skin Refiner. This exfoliant does great things for my skin. The fact that it is all natural and will dissolve into my skin just makes it even better!

We all need to keep our minds open to new products as our needs change and new products become available. I hope that you find a set of products that really work for you.

What’s Your Hue?

Exotic Lip Art by Girl Grey Beauty

Image courtesy of Girl Grey Beauty.

A lot of people have been trending new, upcoming, and out of the ordinary colors for lipsticks this past year. Colors from purple to blue, and now even green and yellow. Some of these colors have been around for years, but have not reached the surface of the high fashion pool until now.

MAC is a brand that is known for being bold and creative with their colors and matte looks. Having such a wide range of unique and intense hues has made them one of the most popular cosmetic line for lipsticks. This not to say that they were not already famous for their bold eyeshadow colors, blushes, and other face makeup. From their “Bronze Shimmer” to the “Up the Amp,” they have over 200 different hues including every color on the rainbow.

I am not much of a exotic lip color gal myself, however I have been dying to test drive a few “out of my comfort zone” lip shades. One of my favorite lip colors for myself would be a maroon or a deep reddish-purple color. But I want to discover what it feels like to explore purple lips. Strangely enough, these bold colors seem to not only bring out people’s personalities through style, but they also increase their confidence. I believe women (and men) feel so many different emotions just by adding some lip color to their look. It can make you feel sexy, subtle, happy, excited, bold, and so on. I know I feel like a million bucks when I rock a great red or maroon.

So challenge yourself to find a color that not only suits you, but brings out your inner, beautiful self.