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Food Used for Beauty

One of the most surprising things I learned while in school is how food can be used in your skincare regimen.

  • Tea: Cold compresses made out of tea bags can relieve pain and reduce redness from a sunburn and calm down allergic reactions. Earl Grey tea bags are great for the eye area. The caffeine helps to shrink blood vessels underneath the skin and eliminate darkness around the eye area. Spray cool green tea onto your face twice a day to draw out impurities, shrink large pores, and get a healthy glow.
  • Lemon: For brighter, softer skin, use fresh lemon juice on any area of your body, including the knees, elbows, and face to brighten up and soften your skin. Make a moisturizing mask for dry skin by mixing equal amounts of honey, lemon, and olive oil. Apply the mixture to dry areas on the skin and allow it to dry for about 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water. Take a lemon and slice it in half, rub the juice all over your face, and wait five minutes before rinsing it off with cold water.
  • Lemons have antibacterial properties, making them a perfect blackhead fix. Blackheads are caused by clogged pores, and the acid from the lemons helps to exfoliate the skin.
  • Coconut Oil: For softer, smoother, shiny hair, simple apply coconut oil throughout your hair, then go to bed and rinse out the following morning. Coconut oil can also be used as a moisturizer or lotion on rough spots.

An Interview with a Former Student

I first heard about the Cinta Aveda Institute from my current roommate, Nora Romick, who attended the Institute in 2013. She is one of the reasons I took a tour and decided to pursue a career in the Beauty Industry.

Nora graduated from the Cosmetology Program in July of 2013, and has since gone on to assist at many high profile salons here in San Francisco. Since Nora has been so successful I have decided to share her wisdom here on this very blog.

Why did you choose to attend Cinta Aveda Institute?
I toured a lot of schools—Marinello, Alameda Beauty College, and Paul Mitchell. I chose Cinta Aveda because of the flexible schedule, and the price was lower than many of the other schools. And I liked Aveda’s mission.
What was your favorite memory or experience while attending school?
Halloween. Because it’s always fun to dress up, and we got to do hair while in costume. One of my classmates did a grandma’s hair while in a hotdog suit. I dressed up as one of my teachers named Joel.
What advice would you give to someone looking for a job right out of school?
Interview at multiple salons because it’s hard to tell what a salon will really be like until you’re there. Extern as much as you can, and go to the Career Fairs. You meet so many salon owners.

From the Graduation Celebration of June 2013.

My Favorite Beauty Products

Venus - I Woke Up Like This

Once I find a beauty product that works for me, I stick with it forever. Here are some beauty products that I find to be must-haves at all times.

  • Smith’s Rosebud Salve—This salve calms and soothes dry and cracked skin and lips. It is great for winter and is small enough to carry with you everywhere. The ingredients are simple and natural which I like.
  • Pure White Petrolatum, surgical grade—Cotton seed oil, with a trade secret blend of essential oils and botanicals.
  • Essie First Base Base Coat—I paint my nails almost every day, so my nails have seen a lot of wear and tear. I have learned to never give myself a manicure without first applying a base coat to protect the nail, making sure the color doesn’t stain, and giving the nail a smooth canvas to paint on.
  • Lush Santa Baby Lip Tint—I love to wear red lips but I always felt like the color faded too fast, until I tried Lush’s Santa Baby Lip Tint. This tint is extremely pigmented, and has a smooth creamy texture. The first ingredient in this tint is shea butter so it not only gives your lips a great color, but it also hydrates lips as well. The only problem is this miracle product only comes out around the holidays, so you have to stock up when you see it!
  • Population Hair Oil—This product is a San Francisco exclusive! I have frizzy hair that only seems to get worse as the weather gets colder. The only product that can tame down my frizz without leaving it feeling oily or smelling horrible is Population Hair Oil. It’s a light formula conditioner that nourishes your hair, making it more manageable, and leaving you with beautiful shine and moisture while reducing frizz. This all natural hair oil is made with only the finest oils for hair and skin.

Winter Nail Trends

Fingernails with Nail Tape

During winter, everything is gray damp and can be bleak. One way I love to brighten up my winter is with new nail trends. Here are a few of my favorites.

  • Gray Nails—Gray nails compliment every skin tone and are neutral so they go with every look. Some of my favorite gray polishes are Forever 21’s overcast skies polish, which is a light matte gray; RGB Steel, which is a darker gray; and Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Grease Lightning.
  • Pop Culture Nail Decals—These are my favorites. You can find so many quality nail decals on Etsy for under ten dollars and they liven up any plain manicure. Some of my favorite include crying Kim Kardasian, Anne Boelynn, Frida Kahlo, Marie Antoinette (both pre—and post-beheading), and Justin Timberlake through the 2000s.
  • Nail Tape—One of the simplest nail art looks to do yourself is nail tape. The tape comes in either matte or shiny and in many different colors. You simply paint your nails, let them dry, then cut and apply the tape in whatever pattern you desire: from stripes to plaid. You can even apply the tape as a colored french tip.

My Beauty Routine Pre- and Post-Aveda

Before I began my program, I prided myself on my great beauty routine. I thought I had the perfect combination of products to make my skin look its best.

Then I started Cinta Aveda. I learned that cleansing your face twice a day, applying astringent, and moisturizing in the morning was just the tip of a huge expensive iceberg of skin care products.

During intro I learned the importance of applying a primer to the skin before makeup so the makeup doesn’t absorb into the skin. Then I added a hair oil to help combat frizz. Then there’s a specialized conditioner just for my hair type. Of course, no beauty routine is complete without two forms of exfoliation—chemical and mechanical—so there goes two more products added to my over flowing bathroom. Eye cream is a necessity for everyone, so next that was added. Then there’s a specialized concealer for my dark under-eye circles.

But what should I use to apply that concealer? So I added a fancy extra-fluffy concealer brush. And cleansers—no you can’t just have one, you need three—one for the morning, one for the night, and one to spit treat those problem pimples.

In conclusion, my products went from fitting in a small makeup bag to needing their own shelf in my bathroom.Still from How to Marry a Millionaire: Betty Grable, Marilyn Monroe at a  Dressing Table, while Lauren Bacall stands nearby.

Beautifying Oil: The Hair Superhero

I recently took the plunge and had my hair bleached and colored for the first time. I loved the end result, but I did not love how my hair looked and felt completely fried. It was wiry, brittle, and I had more split ends then ever before!

I tried everything from special conditioners and serums, to coconut oil. Nothing was giving my hair lasting hydration and strength. That is until I tried Aveda Beautifying Oil.

I massaged it into the ends and working it upward toward the roots. Then I left it in for an hour or so before washing it out. Not only did my hair feel and look better, but it smelled amazing.

I knew Beautifying Oil could be used as a makeup remover, massage oil, and skin hydrator, but who knew it could also rescue damaged hair? I now mix Beautifying Oil into my conditioner which makes it smell great and adds extra moisture to my hair. I’ve noticed that I have much softer, stronger, faster-growing hair all thanks to Beautifying Oil!

Another great use for Aveda Beautifying Oil is using it in place of shaving cream. The oil not only makes the razor glide smoother, it also hydrates the skin so there is no need to apply lotion after shaving.

Beautifying Oil has become a beauty staple for me that is a must have whenever I leave the house because of how versatile it is! Aveda, please make more multi-purpose products like Beautifying Oil!