The Journey

December 18, 2012
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I have two weeks until graduation and I have learned far more than I thought I would. Starting in July I have been commuting to the city to enjoy a dose of knowledge regarding facials, salesmanship, cleanliness, waxing, makeup and so much more. I am one in a class of sixteen. I personally love the smaller class sizes. I feel the learning experience is a lot more personal and I feel I am noticed and not just lost in a sea of faces. Learning the steps of a facial was a broken up process that we put together piece by piece. It felt so good when I was able to do an entire facial all at once. And the learning certainly did not stop there. I found myself learning more and more as each day passed. I had never waxed anything ever in my life until I came here. I admit that I definitely was frustrated when I could not lay the wax just right. I reminded myself to have patience and that with continuous practice I would be able to do it. Now I want to wax everything! I am sure, though, that if I did I might end up in some sticky situations.

I am grateful for the student spa. I think it is a wonderful experience as it helps me prepare for when I have a job out there in the world. It has made me feel more confident in my abilities and I know that I will be able to perform the treatments to the best of my ability. Here at Aveda you have the opportunity to participate in Creative Teams. These teams go out to different places and do makeup for models for fashion shows, photo shoots, and so forth. What amazing experience! And not to mention I am sure it will look amazing on a resume. I am so glad that I have come to Aveda for my schooling. I have learned everything that has been offered and more by educators that have a real passion for the field and teaching. I truly feel that some life-long friends have been made here at my time with Cinta Aveda. I cannot wait to show the world what I am capable of.

Choosing The Best Color Of Eye Makeup For You

December 14, 2012
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With the variety of colors and choices out there, it can be hard at times to choose the right makeup colors. Between eyes, cheeks, lip color, there are quite a few variables in makeup selection that can lead to it feeling a bit overwhelming. What is best going to accentuate one’s good features and minimize the features they’d like to minimize? What colors are going to show off my coloring? In this article, I will answer this question as it applies to the eyes by first giving a basic understanding of how darks and lights work with the skin as well as how color theory works. You will hopefully see, after all, that choosing makeup colors is pretty doable after all.

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In general, darker shades of makeup make the color of the iris appear lighter, while lighter shades make the iris appear darker. Lighter colors also make an area appear larger whereas darker colors appear smaller. This is only a guideline or framework to work with, however, as one of the only universal “rules” or expectations of eye makeup is that day-time makeup should be more subtle than night-time makeup. Matching eye makeup with clothing can always be nice, but isn’t essential.

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Eye shadow colors are usually divided into three different categories: highlight colors, base colors, and contour colors. A highlight color is generally lighter than the client’s skin color. It, therefore, makes the iris appear deeper and also functions to make the area, or the brow bone, appear larger (thus “highlighting” and accentuating the area). Pretty much any finish can be chosen to be a highlight, but matte or iridescent are common choices.
Base colors closely match the color of the skin and are often applied on the whole of the upper lid: from the lashes up to the eyebrow. Applied first, it functions to even out the eyelid skin tone and sets a base canvas from which the rest of the eye makeup can be applied. It can be a variety of finishes—depending on desired overall look and finish of the eye makeup.

The contour color is usually the darkest color, and therefore appears to be the smallest area and recedes the furthest back. Depending on the look you prefer, it can be used to minimize a specific area, create contour in the crease, or to define or line the eyelash line.

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Now that we have an understanding of the different types of colors, we can move onto the specific colors that will work best for us. Remember that when using the base, highlight, and contour you can choose three different colors to create a look. You can use all colors within the same category, a neutral or two with some color, or combine different complementary colors together. The combination your choose all depends on what you prefer, feels most comfortable to you and best works with your lifestyle. This can be quite fun, as you will likely find that there are a variety of options if that interest you. A lot of eye shadow palettes these days offer selections within the same color grouping, making it easier and more accessible to create looks that work for you. You can always just stick with a particular color grouping if that is of more interest to you as well.

According to color theory, the complementary color is the best color to accentuate a particular color. The complimentary color for your eyes and colors within that color range are summarized below.

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Blue eyes. Orange is the complementary color for blue eyes. Because orange contains both yellow and red, eye shadows with any combination of these two colors will make eyes look bluer. Some good colors with these combinations of color are gold, peaches and coppers and other similar orange-brown colors, as well as mauves and plums which contain a bit more red. Neutral eye shadows like light tan, taupe, or honey, or caramel also work well.

Green. The complementary color to green is red. Since pure red shadows tend to make the eyes look bloodshot or tired, it’s recommended to avoid such shadows. Instead, brown-based reds or colors next to red on the color wheel like red-orange, red-violet, and violet are good choices for green eyes. Like blue eyes, coppers, plums, and mauves also work with green eyes as they contain red. Pink shadow is another good choice.

Brown. Brown eyes are a neutral color and can therefore wear any color. Some good recommendations, however, are light neutrals like shades of cream, light tan, taupe, butterscotch, and light caramels. Shades of blue and green and many grays and silvers also work.

I hope you enjoyed this post and that it was helpful to you in choosing your eye color. Please post below with any comments or questions. Thanks for reading and have a great day!

Career Change and Maintaining Personal Values

December 12, 2012
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Before I chose to attend beauty school at Cinta Aveda, I had spent nearly a decade working in the animal field. During my career I worked in wildlife care; I assisted in a breeding program aimed at re-building the population of an endangered species, and I worked in education- spreading the message of conservation and environmental protection. I am proud to say that in choosing to begin a career with Aveda, I am continuing to make a positive impact in the natural world. In keeping with their mission, Aveda is a cruelty-free company: they do not test their products on animals. However, there are several beauty companies that are cruelty free; Aveda goes beyond cruelty-free product testing. The plant where Aveda manufactures their products has been labeled as a certified wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.

Certified Wildlife Habitat

Though I’ve worked with a variety of species, the majority of my time was spent working with birds, so I have a great appreciation for the work that Aveda does with Audubon– an organization that works to preserve all wildlife habitats, but with particular focus on birds. Aveda works with Audubon to provide nesting sites for wild birds living in the wildlife habitat of their manufacturing plant, and in the preservation of natural habitats in other places around the country. The beauty industry and protection of the natural world seem like two completely different entities, but Aveda has managed to make them work hand-in-hand- bringing a new meaning of “beauty” to the beauty industry.

Natural Ways To Tame Your Curls

December 4, 2012
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Here are some helpful ways to give your tight curls a slightly looser spring without all the health risks and hair-damage associated chemical treatments.

Model with Thick Curls

1. Add Panthenol to the mix

Panthenol is water-soluble, which means you can add it to your shampoo
and conditioner. I like to make my own de-tangling mix. I add water,
conditioner, and panthenol in a spray bottle. It helps to de-tangle my mane
and relax my out-of-control curls.

2. Coconut Mask

My mom uses fresh coconut milk and lemon juice in her hair to tame her
mane, so I have been doing this since I was a little girl. Get fresh
milk from one coconut, mix it with half a cup of freshly squeezed
lemon juice and leave the mixture to chill until it thickens up into a
creamy whip. Apply this mask on your hair and let it sit for an hour
repeating the process two to three times per week until a desired
result is reached.

3. Easy Twist Bun

This is the easiest and fool-proof way to get loose curls. I like to
shower at night, and blow-drying is such a daunting task before bed!
So after your shower, simply twist your wet hair up into a bun. And
its magic by the time the sun rises. Wear until your hair is
completely dry or damp. Release your hair and finger-style your soft
waves. I sometime scrunch in a little Phomollient Styling Foam by
Aveda, to add a light control.

Retro Waves

November 28, 2012
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For the last few years I have become obsessed with retro styling. All so elegant and simple-looking yet difficult to create the “old-fashioned way.” However stylists are constantly coming up with new ways to create these old styles and I would like to share my favorite the “Veronica Lake” or “S-shaped” waves. Simple, stunning and wearable for any occasion.

Veronica Lake

First: Start by creating a very deep side part. This creates a sexy and smoldering look.

Hint: The deeper the side part the better. Veronica Lake used to cover one eye with her hair.

Second: Start by curling the section right above your ear and curl everything toward your forehead.

Hint: Using a curling iron with a 1” barrel is my personal favorite but if you want a looser wave use a larger iron, or for a tighter wave a smaller barreled iron. Make sure all the hair is getting hot without burning the hair.

Third: Repeat step 2 going all the way around the head until everything is curled. It will look almost as if your hair has a Shirley Temple type curl.

Hint: Have all the curls facing the same direction so the wave pattern is fluid.

Fourth: Spray your entire head with a misty hair spray, such as Aveda’s Air Control and let that set for about 10 minutes.

Fifth: Once the hair has set and cooled in those curls, grab a wide tooth comb and comb through each section.

Sixth: Spray once again all over with hairspray when you are happy with the wave.

Hint: Add a spray on shine over to keep the hair looking shiny instead of a matte texture.

There you have a style that was easy to create and will leave you looking elegant and unforgettable.

Twice Charity Event: Laurent Gallery

November 19, 2012
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Yesterday, on Sunday November 18th, there was a charity event by Twice at the Laurent Gallery in San Francisco. I had not heard too much about it, and was not sure what to expect. Twice is a secondhand fashion brand, where you can buy or sell designer clothes online. At the event you could bring clothes and sell them or swap with other people selling their clothes.

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This was their first time holding an event and I was so happy to be a part of it. They had a DJ and a catering service as well. The founders of Twice previously worked at Google and discovered that there wasn’t a website where you can buy secondhand designer brands. I think it is a great idea because I always have clothes that are still new and not worn that just don’t fit anymore, or that I don’t wear.

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They partnered with Cinta Aveda to do touch-ups with hair and makeup. I signed-up to help with the makeup and it was a great experience. All the people that came were so nice and were having a lot of fun.

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There was also three other girls helping with makeup and 4 hair stylists. Some of the women that came in didn’t have time to do their makeup so they were thrilled that we were there. It was fun just to have everyone in the room have their makeup and hair done up.

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The Aveda Institute vs Beauty School

November 17, 2012
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When I’m asked what the Cinta Aveda Institute is, I have a hard time calling it a “beauty school,” even just for the sake of clarification. The Institute is a much more than that. As a former student at a beauty school, I can’t stress enough the differences between the two. While a beauty school might be a more financially feasible option, I believe you really get what you pay for and then some at the Aveda Institute.

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As I approach the end of my 600 hours of training and await my upcoming State Board test, I feel confident in my skills and totally ready for the working world. After completing 1000 hours at the beauty school I was attending four years ago, I could not say the same for myself; I was totally unsure of where I was going and lacked confidence in my education. I feel what sets the Institute apart from other schools is the approach taken by the company as a whole. There is a constant push for all of us students to succeed and when we are faced with adversity or frustration in a certain topic, we are met warmly by our instructors to try a different approach while still being reminded to keep going.

 

Opportunity to Meet Surgeons, Business Owners & Experienced Estheticians

November 14, 2012
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I would like to share how great it was that Cinta Aveda allowed other business owners and professionals to come to the school on more than a couple of occasions.

I recall when I was in my first 3 months of theory to become an esthetician we were asked to be models for the advanced esthetics class. It was during school hours of course with champagne and hors d’oeures. Each of us models sat comfortably while business owners walked freely amongst the students who presented us as their work of art, as well as exchanging resumes for business cards and contacts. I thought it was a great idea for breaking the ice as for some of us shy individuals who may have a fear of going out into the beauty world.

We have also had the opportunity to speak with facial surgeons and estheticians who have been in the business for over 20 years and have either worked in a medical setting or started a business of their own. It allowed us to ask any and all questions and inquires we could ever wonder about that may be uncomfortable to ask during an interview let’s say.

We have had demos from experts and speakers who have even brought their products from the company they worked with. As an esthetician it is great to have an array of products and avenues as to starting your own business and where to get started!

The Experience Of Being A Student

November 10, 2012
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The experience of being a student here, at the Cinta Aveda Institute, has been a great one. I’m always learning from our exceptional educators and getting hands-on help. Putting the education into hands-on learning makes learning and understanding skin care and product knowledge become second-nature. The professional environment mimics that of a real spa/salon. We even use the same computer/ booking system as many spas. This makes for an easy and stress-free transfer to a job at a spa. They prep us for the State Board test and we mock the practical part of the test as well so that we aren’t overwhelmed when we actually take the test. The percentage of Aveda students that pass the State Board test is 97% which shows how prepared we are for the test.

Student giving a Facial to a Client

The attitude around the school is always uplifting and positive. When you’re spending 600 hours in a place over the course of 6 months it makes coming to school something that you enjoy because of the great attitude the staff and educators have. They always smile and say ‘hi’ and remember you from your original beginning interview. I was so impressed by how friendly and knowledgeable Jocelyn and Katie as well as the other girls were on the first day I came in for interview, it had a lasting effect on me. When you enroll you get a free facial from a student currently at the Institute. The facial I received reinforced that my decision to enroll in the Esthiology program was a great one. The student was so friendly, welcoming, and made sure to explain to me the product line she was using. I was so impressed by her confidence in answering my questions and explaining the product line. Everyone is here is approachable and more than willing to help, always.

Beauty Trends: Neo Goth

November 6, 2012
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Antoinette Beenders is the director of the Aveda Artistic Team and she has created the brilliant new Fall line. “Neo Goth” is the new look that everyone should at least want to re-create for a hot date or fabulous party. It has a twist of edginess and classy all intertwined.

With a strong dark lip, strong smokey eye, or both, it has created a fierce intense look to catch anyone’s attention. I think it is a remarkable statement and yet so simple that I’m not sure why no one has thought to do it recently.

Antoinette says,

We captured the strength and emotion of the neo-gothic movement and reframed it by adding fragility and romance to the look. By pairing it with graphic futurism of Japanese manga and anime we created images that are almost otherworldly.

Along with the makeup you can add an edgy haircut or straight and modern to go as an accessory. Just like with clothing you add a belt to your outfit to give it that extra ‘aw.’ Mixing a dark red-burgundy lipstick with a black matte smokey eye and a red violet hair color.

With dark hair color plays with the illusion of shadow by melting unique colors together. Using these dark tones around the featured areas of the face help accent in the perfect way and create the look of a classic beauty.

The styles are iconic in design, yet feel modern, even futuristic—and have our collection’s gothic edge.

Allen Ruiz, Artistic Director for Styling said. I think that this look is just the beginning of what new and fashion-forward steps Aveda is taking.