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BEHIND THE SCENES: Chris McMillan on MODERN SALON

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Get the Behind The Scenes view as Living ProofCelebrity Stylist Chris McMillan finishes his model for MODERN’s August cover. In this video, you actually see McMillian finish the hair as he shares tips. You also get to see his photoshoot set-up, including his fave products and tools. As a bonus,Ward, editorial superstar and Living Proof Co-Founder, adds his two cents. If you like McMillan, you will LOVE this video.

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HOW-TO: Create an A-List Faux Bob

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This story is via ModernSalon.com

Jennifer Anniston, Reese Witherspoon, Jenny McCarthy and Chelsea Handler are just some of the A-listers with sexy new bobs. It’s a fresh look for spring/summer, but some clients just aren’t into the big chop. Ruth RocheArtistic Ambassador for Pureology Serious Colour Care, suggests creating a faux bob using braids and lacing to take the length up – it will put a spring in any girl’s step. See the video on HERE!

“A faux bob is a great look to offer a client for a special event, it’s not going to be a look they want to tackle every day,” says Roche.

STEP 1: Section the top area of the head and pin up.

STEP 2: The bottom hair will be braided into four vertical sections with three strand braids – right over center, left over center, etc., adding to both sides as you go and securing an elastic about 4” from the bottom of each section. This flattens the area, creates a base for pinning and brings the length up.

STEP 3: Tuck the braids up and secure with a pin, leaving the last 4” to hang.

STEP 4: Lace ends to shorten and expand hair to spread it out.

STEP 5: Drop the top portion of hair, lace it to shorten the length and gather and pin hair up so the ends are roughly the same length as the ends of the braids.

STEP 6: Any shorter top layers or fringe (depending on length/type of original haircut) can be arranged to fall over the previous layers to blend.

STEP 7: Finish with Pureology Strengthening Control zero dulling hairspray for soft touchable hold

HAIR COLLECTION: A Wink and a Nod to ’70s Hair Styles

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Via ModernSalon.com

Salon owner, hairdresser, and owner of Cool Beauty ConsultingBennie Pollard has made it his mission to spin the positive among those who come in contact with him on a daily basis. Pollard, a multiple NAHA winner, is the owner of the award-winning Hair by Bennie and Friends Salon in Louisville, KY, and creator of BennieFactor andGAGE FOR MEN products.

In this hair collection created by Pollard called b Confident, it features integrated layering which provides freedom and movement to the hair, and perimeter layering which provides subtle graduations. Utilizing these advanced layering techniques showcases the brilliant tone-on-tone dimensional color. With layers, texture and personality, b Confident is a modern view of this pivotal decade.

CREDITS:

Hair: Bennie Pollard and his Cool Beauty Consulting Team: Paula Henson, Lindsay Simanek, Christy Sowder, Rachel Ehringer, and Brittany Griffith

Make-up: Lesa Miller

Photos: Ed Brown

TREND ALERT: Hair Cut Party

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Taylor Swift made a big deal about her new hair cut, and people noticed! Hair cut parties are already being requested at salons just one day after Swift’s big ‘do to-do.

Jump on board by following quick tips to host a successful haircut party like T-Swift’s, including tips from George the salon in Chicago:

  1. Make a big change. No one wants to go to a public showing of someone having his or her bangs trimmed. Swift chopped off her gold locks for a dramatic new look (that kind of looks like Karlie Kloss; somebody had to say it). “Sometimes big changes are difficult for us, and the support of your friends and family makes it easier to go through a drastic cut,” says George Gonzalez, owner of George the salon.
  2. Give back. Gonzalez suggests connecting with a local charity and donating your hair.
  3. Location, location, location. Create a night out at the salon or travel off-site for special occasions.
  4. Make it fun! Obviously, not everyone is Taylor Swift, so most haircut parties probably won’t occur after a concert in London. That doesn’t mean parties can’t feature music (Taylor Swift if you’re feeling particularly inspired), refreshments and lots of pics on social media for encouragement and style suggestions.
  5. Get a good crowd. Everyone was very enthusiastic at Swift’s party, and we get it: She’s Taylor Swift. But hair cut parties for less-famous individuals can be equally exciting with a decent amount of people who are looking forward to a good reveal. Plus, says Gonzalez, friends can give the extra push a client needs to go through with a big change.

SOCHI 2014 HAIR: Olympic Inspired Snowboarding Hair by Wella

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Via ModernSalon.com

Wella Professionals will be creating a full service hair salon at the P&G Family Home for The Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, situated in the Olympic Park. Building on the huge success of Wella’s activity at The London 2012 Olympic Games, the brand will be fielding twelve top colorists and stylists from around the world who will travel to Sochi to be part of an elite team providing hair services to beautify athletes and their families.

The dozen Wella stylists selected are a part of Wella and Proctor and Gamble’s inspirational ‘Thank you, Mom’ campaign. Building on the positive events at the London 2012 Olympic Games, the stylists will be extending their expert color services, styling and hair treatments to the athletes taking part in The Winter Games as well as their biggest supporters, their moms.

In the run up to this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, some of these top stylists have created a hairstyle inspired by one of the sports represented in the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. In the how-to below learn how to re-create the style in this “Snowboarding” Olympic look created by Russian Wella Hairdresser Roman Lazarev

“I am very proud to host The Winter Olympics in my country; it is an opportunity to show Russia and Russian people to the world, says Lazarev. “Women demonstrate power in snowboarding. Beauty, energy, dynamic – that was in my mind when I thought about snowboarding women. But these women also own freedom and grace. Women always want to be beautiful, even after long training sessions. That’s what inspired me to create this style.”

STEP 1: Apply Wella Professionals Oil Reflections and Wella Professionals Elastic Energy Mousse on wet hair before drying with a hairdryer.

STEP 2: Use irons to create curls from the middle of the hair length. Then make few a bit chaotic movements to forward to give the curls direction.

STEP 3: Keep front strands straight and fix it with Wella Professionals Stay Firm Finishing Spray.

Once a Capri Student, Now a Capri Employee.

In November of 2013, Capri College employee and former graduate Zach Stewart submitted the following essay to the annual Modern Salon Excellence in Education competition – a contest that recognizes the top cosmetology schools in the nation for their efforts in providing quality educations and the most excellent learning environment. Hundreds of schools enter this competition annually, but only the very best are selected by a panel of industry professionals to receive top honors.

This was one of four submissions that earned Capri College top honors in four out of the eight categories in Modern Salon’s competition. Capri received top honors in: School Technology, Community Involvement, School Marketing, and School Culture. Entrants were asked to submit in 350 words or less why their school is so deserving of said award. While it was nearly impossible to wrap 50 years of Capri’s culture into 350 words or less, we took a less traditional approach on this category and spoke from one’s personal experience. Below is Capri’s submission for School Culture.

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Hello, my name is Zach Stewart. I am a marketing associate for Capri College located in Cedar Rapids, IA as well as a former graduate of their cosmetology program here. Capri is one of the leading cosmetology schools in the Midwest, with locations in Cedar Rapids, IA, Dubuque, IA, Davenport, IA, and a fourth location set to open very soon in Waterloo, IA.

I feel compelled to personally take the reigns of entering Capri into the Modern Salon Excellence in Education Program because I have been fortunate to not only receive an exemplary education at Capri, but am also beginning a career with the company that provided me with one of my greatest accomplishment in life- an AAS Degree in “Entrepreneurial Cosmetology”.

It is easy for me to explain Capri’s culture because I have experienced both sides of the cosmetology education spectrum. I am honored to shine a light on how this school has enabled many former students, much like me, on their life journey to success.

In 2006, I was 20 years old and had made the decision to leave my friends and family behind in Greencastle, IN and relocate to Cedar Rapids, IA. I was born in Cedar Rapids, where Capri and the Cedar Rapids hair industry seemed to have been a part of my family history for over 75 years.

My great aunt Bonnie graduated from Paris Academy in Cedar Rapids in the 1940’s, as well as a cousin who graduated in the 1960’s. My Aunt had a longtime career in salon management in the Cedar Rapids area and prior to her retirement, she was also an instructor at Capri. I can always remember Aunt “NeNe” (as we lovingly referred to her) telling me from a young age that “Beauty is pain, and it pays to be beautiful. Everyone deserves to be beautiful, Zachary!” I didn’t understand what she meant by that when I was younger, but it seemed to resonate with me for reasons that I could not fully comprehend until later in life.

I did not foresee an education in cosmetology or a career in the industry until I had graduated from High School. It was then that I was able to see firsthand the successes that my Aunt Beth Melchior had earned. She was a Capri graduate from the late 1980’s and has been an accomplished stylist and salon owner for over 25 years in Cedar Rapids.  Aunt Beth was my main influence and mentor in pursuing my education and obtaining a career in the hair industry.

I wanted what Beth had. I wanted to make people feel better about themselves after sitting in my chair. I wanted people to leave my chair feeling more beautiful than they already are. This was just one of the many traits that Beth fostered during her education at Capri.  These traits built the foundation for her future success. I both wanted and needed that same foundation.

After graduating from High School, I didn’t jump straight into Capri’s cosmetology program. I was second guessing what I knew I wanted to do with my life, never admitting to myself or anyone else that Cosmetology school was where I wanted to be. I was fascinated with hair trends from a very young age, but I was also coming out of High School during a time where the perception of being “successful” could only be achieved by punching your ticket at a prestigious four year institution.

My parents and I thought it would be best to take that traditional next step, so I did just that. In the fall of 2005 I attended Vincennes University in southern Indiana. I lived in a dorm and took advantage of all the typical campus activities. I planned to study Audio Engineering, and even though my heart was in music, it was not in attending the prototypical collegiate program.

After finishing my first semester of college, I came home one weekend to my extremely supportive parents who asked me, “Are you really doing what you want to be doing?” The question caught me off guard at the time because for the last four years I was programmed to think that getting your Bachelors Degree in anything (regardless if your heart was or wasn’t in it) was the next and only step to success.

Looking back on that experience, if I had not taken that first semester at Vincennes I don’t know if the answer to my parent’s question that afternoon would have been the same. Without second guessing my response to their inquiry, I said “I’m not doing what I want to be doing.  I want to go to hair school”. This was the first time that I had admitted to my parents and to myself that the answer to that age old question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” was…  a hairstylist!

Shortly after this conversation, I dropped out of the Audio Engineering program and made a deal with my parents that I would earn a good wage at a factory job until I could afford the move to Iowa to attend the very school that I had heard so much about growing up.

I remember that move to Cedar Rapids and my first month of school like it was yesterday. I had severe growing pains relocating to a city where I had no friends. I was also unaware of the challenges that would lie ahead for this 20 year old guy who was not only terrified to talk to women, but had never used a curling iron before.

What I did know was that I loved hair. I came into the program with the idea that hair is an art, and I would be the artist. Creating a Picasso or a Monet with my client posing as the blank canvas. Michelangelo may have had his brush – but I would have my shears. I was determined to be great and to be artistically independent with my craft.

The mere fact that I was attending an institution where I was not only allowed but encouraged to be artistic, was exactly what I needed at that time in my life. My instructors and fellow students were there to push my creativity on a daily basis, and it is  that same support system that has remained within the school’s culture since we opened our doors in 1977.  Capri is much more than a cosmetology school. It is much more than a place to get your license, and so very much more than the place to go to “learn the basics”.

Within weeks of beginning my coursework, I began to build what would become lifelong friendships with fellow students and instructors, several of whom are now my coworkers. I was fortunate in that I did not have to experience the “new kid in school” struggles that so many others often do. I was welcomed from day one with open arms by both students and staff and it helped me survive those early days when I doubted not only my abilities, but my decision to move to Iowa. 

That sense of community is a true testament to the leadership of this family owned business and the unspoken mantra that has driven Capri to such great heights. I was fortunate enough to build a great relationship with school director Chris Fiegen (son of Capri founder Chuck Fiegen) during my stay as a student. Through Chris’s 24-7, ever so welcoming open door policy I found someone to confide in whenever needed.

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Capri College Founder, Charles “Chuck” Fiegen

Having a school director that cares so much about each and every student and employee that comes through its doors is a rare asset. Chris’s attitude and actions were a tremendous reassurance about where I was investing my money and my education. With Capri being a family owned business, each school is directed by someone much like Chris who has grown into the business, made education their livelihood, and in one way or another – has a bit of Chuck in them.

Almost a year into getting my Cosmetology license I was stuck between a rock and a hard place. The band that I had helped form in Indiana in 2003 called TGL had started gaining some unanticipated exposure and success. As you can imagine, being 371 miles away from the rest of your band makes it difficult to practice, tour, write new material, and well….. be a band. With the new found exposure, we were invited to go on a national tour through the East Coast and Canada. Knowing that I had a school director that I could confide in, I headed to his office one afternoon and explained the opportunity that I had on the table. Chris listened to me with open ears, understood that I was passionate about my music career, and reworked my schedule to insure that I would still be on track to graduate. To this day, that exact tour that he allowed me to go on opened the doors to some of the greatest moments of my music career.

I returned to Capri from tour with some evolving priorities and 9 months left of school to finish. My aspirations to be an up and coming hairstylist were starting to be overshadowed by the unexpected success of the band. My heart never fled the shears, neither did my devotion to my education, but I was on the verge of something much bigger than I had ever dreamed with music.

 In those last months at Capri, TGL was offered a record deal that would get our music into the hands of people all over the world. During this time the entire Capri staff worked to insure that this would not become a missed opportunity for me.  Upon signing the contract I made a promise to my family that I would finish my education before pursuing music on a contractual/professional level. Recording contracts are time sensitive situations and can be pulled off the table at any moment, so I had to commit to putting in extra hours with the hope that the label would understand my situation and wait for me to graduate.

Shortly after the news of the contract, Chris and the entire staff came together to organize a concert at Capri for my band to perform alongside two other national touring acts. The entire building was transformed into a concert venue overnight, and the band played on our client floor. It was a huge success!

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TGL performing live from Capri’s clinic floor – Cedar Rapids, IA

Never shying away from stepping “outside of the box”, this rock concert is just one of the many instances where Capri’s supportive culture evolved for the students. Capri thoughtfully produced this event for one student and it opened the doors for many other opportunities down the road for me as a musician. It was a great opportunity for my band, but more importantly it expressed and showcased Capri’s undying devotion to their students. They found a way to bridge hair and music together just so I could perform in front of my peers.

On the night of my graduation from Capri, I went home to sign that contract and sent it back to the West Coast. The following day I packed up the car and moved back to Indiana to write and record the last album that we ever released, titled, “Sweeter As Fiction.” Several of the songs were written about my fortunate experiences at Capri and my time spent in Iowa. It was released on September 21st, 2008 in 19 different countries.

While my music career has since then ended, I was given the opportunity to travel the country and see places I would not otherwise have been able to see if Capri College had not been so dedicated to providing me with a education that fit my personal needs. I had promised my family that I would complete my education and I promised myself that if all else failed, I would have this excellent education to fall back on.

My marketing and business management background experience began with my involvement with my band and the music industry. This experience eventually allowed me to invest in two start-up businesses in Indiana, including co-owning a bar and restaurant in Indiana. But… much like my days spent at Vincennes University, something felt like it had been missing in the years since I left Capri and the hair industry.

By the end of 2011 I was diagnosed with serious depression and I knew that I needed to make a life change. It took everything in me to overcome.  Somehow, someway, I wanted to use my education and experiences I gained from Capri and get back to the person that I once was. 

In January of 2013 I relocated back home to Cedar Rapids, Iowa and contacted the very man who was there during those impressionable years of my young adult life. This is the same man that provided me that quality education at Capri and the same man who always had his door open and was willing to chat or lend a hand. I reached out to Chris Fiegen, and as if time had stood still over the past five years he replied, “Come on in Zach, I’d love to catch up.”  Chris had given me yet another opportunity…… and this time it was a career.

 I was fortunate to have obtained a role in corporate marketing for Capri. I wanted to weave both my work and life experiences into a position that would allow me to shed the light and spread the word about how great Capri College truly was and is.  I have come back around to Capri full circle after all of these years, and I couldn’t be happier. At the tender age of 27, I can honestly say that I have been granted a new lease on life.

While my story may pose as a nontraditional entry for the Modern Salon School Recognition Program, I can only speak from my heart and perhaps it is with a dash of honest romanticism. I am one graduate, although thousands have graduated since my days spent in the classroom. Thousands of students who have been treated as equally as I was and who also have received the same valuable education from some of the most talented instructors in the Midwest.

The culture of our company is not a tangible statement or something you can put your finger on. Certainly it is made up of integrity, moral values, and community outreach, but all of those hard earned facts can be found with a simple Google search on Capri College. 

The phrase that my Aunt NeNe used to say means more to me now than ever. “Everyone deserves to be beautiful” transcends into what Capri College provides for their devoted clientele every single day of the year. Men and women of all ages, upbringings, and personalities leave our student’s chairs feeling better about themselves. The emotional benefits that the student’s provide their clients with help make Capri what it is.

The culture that the Fiegen family has instilled and nurtured for the last 50 years has greatly impacted thousands of lives as well as the communities in which the schools are located. It is the thousands of aspiring stylists that have graduated from here with more than just a piece of paper. It is the dreamers, the believers, the risk takers, and the artists that leave here (much like I did) with something that they did not have before: It may be a sense of pride or self-worth. It may be the feeling of accomplishment that they have so patiently longed for, or knowing that they do indeed have a purpose in life. It may be that they finally realize how talented they truly are, or finding comfort in knowing that they have a career for a lifetime.

Whatever it may be, no one leaves here without that “thing”. From my days as a student, to now as an employee – I’ve never experienced an entity that cares this much about its people, and their communities. I know that my last name isn’t Fiegen, but I come to work every day feeling like it is. I get to do what I love, and that’s culture.

Martha Stewart’s Beauty Routine

Martha Stewart’s Beauty Routine. Via askanesthetician.wordpress.com

Martha Stewart was generous enough to share, in great detail, her daily beauty routine with The New York Times*.  And it is quite a daily beauty routine!  Stewart is a beauty product junkie, and not just any beauty product junkie – a high-end beauty product junkie.  Since she can afford it – more power to her in my opinion, but I digress.  While Stewart also explains her make-up, fragrance, hair, fitness, and diet regimes I’ll focus on her skincare routine in this post.  Let’s start with a few highlights:

I get up a couple hours before I’m supposed to leave in the morning and I’ll put on a mask. …  I’ll do this about five days a week and I don’t repeat the same mask two days in a row. I’ve always done this – well basically since I discovered masks.

Stewart lists four different masks that she uses on a regular basis (just not two days in a row, of course).  I’ll address the fact that Stewart is a product junkie later on in this post because right now I want to address the issue if you need to rotate your skincare products as frequently as Stewart does.  Martha Stewart never outright states that you shouldn’t use the same skincare product each day; I found that idea implied by her beauty routine.  So the answer  to the question if you really need to change your skincare products so often is a resounding no!  I actually wrote about this very issue in my blog almost three years ago in a post entitled How Often Do You Need to Change Your Skincare Products?  In the post I explained:

You need to change your skincare products when something changes with your skin or if you want to treat a specific issue.  For example if you’ve never used or needed a moisturizer before but now you feel that your skin is dry and/or dehydrated you can add a moisturizer to your skincare routine.  Most people might find that they need to change their products as the seasons change. …

Also as the seasons change you’ll find that you need different formulations for your favorite products – instead of a creamy moisturizer you might want to switch to a gel or serum formulation.  You’ll need to change your skincare products/routine as you age since you’ll want to add products with antioxidants, peptides, and other anti-aging ingredients to your routine.  While you are pregnant and nursing you’ll need to stop using certain products like prescription tretinoin creams.

Still not convinced?  Watch this video from WebMD.

Stewart switches between a anti-aging, a hydrating, and a gommage mask (which is a fancy way of saying a mask that helps exfoliate).  Now are all these masks necessary?  Can’t she just use an anti-aging serum, a moisturizer, and a separate exfoliant?  Adding a hydrating mask to your skincare routine in the winter is a good idea for someone who suffers from extra dry, flaky skin during colder months.  Anti-aging masks are a waste of money in my opinion; invest in a good anti-aging serum with retinol for daily use instead.  I believe that Stewart is mask addicted and intervention might be needed.

Moving along.  Stewart tells The New York Times:

I slather myself with serums.

Serums are wonderful.  Once you find the right one you can treat a myriad of skincare issues with it.  Do you need to slather yourself with serums which are usually quite expensive?  Personally I think not.  (For more information about serums please see my post What’s A Serum?)

And now we’ve reached the part of the article that drove me crazy.  Stewart might be a lifestyle guru, but thank goodness she is neither an esthetician or a dermatologist because the next thing she says in the article is just downright wrong:

I use the same products on my body as I use on my face.  I don’t think there’s really any difference between the two, so the more moisturizers and serums you use, the better off you are.

Oy!  Where do I begin?  Once again Stewart is flaunting her product junkie tendency, but more sinister in my mind is her proclamation that our face and body skin are the same and do not need different products.  This is simply not true.  For example, the skin on our face is always exposed to the elements making it more sensitive to environmental factors such as sun and temperature and thus usually in need of extra TLC, the skin on our faces has more sebaceous glands than the skin on our body, and the skin on our face usually shows the signs of aging much sooner than the skin on our bodies because of its exposure to the elements.  Someone, not Martha Stewart of course, may have oily skin on their face but dry skin on their arms and legs and obviously would then different products for those different areas of their body.  As further explanation please read  The Beauty Brainsexplanation,  in their book Can You Get Hooked On Lip Balm? (page 53), why you can’t use hand lotion on your face or vis-a-versa:

Three Reasons Why Moisturizers For The Hands and Face Should Be Different

Kay’s question: Is there a difference between moisturizers for your hands and for your face?  Also, is there a reason to use specially formulated antiwrinkle creams rather than ordinary moisturizers that you would use on your hands?

This is one of those cases where there really is some science behind the marketing hype.  Here’s why facial lotions should be different than hand lotions:

1.  Skin on the hands and face is different.

Skin is very thin on your face and thicker on your hands.  Also, your hands don’t (usually) develop acne or blackheads.  Therefore, they need to be treated differently.

2.  Drying Conditions are different for hands and face.

You may wash your hands in harsh soap many times a day; you may wash your face only once or twice a day with a gentle cleanser.  Hands are in and our of dishwater or laundry water; your face is not.  The cumulative effect is that your hands can be much dryer, even cracked and bleeding, and therefore they need stronger moisturization.

3.  The hands and face have different cosmetic needs.

You might want to tighten the little crow’s-feet wrinkles around your eyes, but this isn’t the case on your hands.

The Bottom Line:

For the reasons cited above and more, you need to use products designed to suit your skin’s different needs.  Hand lotions should be heavier barrier creams to protect hands from harsh conditions.  Facial moisturizers should be lightweight, noncomedogenic and many have film-forming agents that tighten skin to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  While hand and face products may share some of the same basic ingredients, the functions they need to perform are significantly different.  Using the right product on the right skin will give you better results.

I hope I’ve sufficiently explained why you need different products for your face and body; as for Stewart’s comment that the more moisturizers and serums you use the better off you are – I have to say that is just silly.  At a certain point your skin simply cannot “absorb” product after product.  The products, instead of performing their function, will sit on top of your skin making make-up application impossible.  Overkill is overkill.  You need the right products for your skin not a crazy number of products.

And now for the good advice from Stewart’s beauty routine.  Stewart uses a hot towel and oils to remove her make-up (she uses either an expensive oil based cleanser or simply Johnson’s baby oil).  This is actually a great way to remove make-up.  I’ve tried a lot of oil based cleansers and still haven’t found a favorite though I do love to use jojoba oil nightly to remove my eye make-up.  Additionally, Stewart is a strong advocate for daily use of sunscreen and proper sun protection when outdoors.  I am glad that she promoted both in this article.  She constantly hydrates while on a plane which is wonderful (for more information about how to care for your skin while traveling see my post: Airplane Travel and Your Skin: How to Care For Your Skin Inflight).  Lastly, Stewart gets monthly facials and how can I argue with that?

And now back to the product junkie point I mentioned at the beginning of this post.  I’ve called myself a product whore or junkie in this blog before but Martha Stewart puts me to shame.  I’ve met more than my share of product junkies since becoming an esthetician as such I have concluded that being a product junkie is definitely a psychological issue not a skincare issue.  Basically it comes down to: “the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence” feeling.  In my opinion, beauty product junkies always feel that they are missing out if they aren’t trying the newest and greatest products.  I completely understand why someone would want to try the newest products on the skincare market and would chase after trends in skincare.  But please remember the best ingredients for your skin are those with a proven track record, such as retinol and vitamins, and those ingredients have been used successfully in skincare products for years and years.  While skincare products proliferate and the ones you haven’t tried appear shiny and bright take a moment to think: do I really need this?  Does my skin really need this?  Does my skin really look that bad?.  And just because a celebrity or a glossy fashion magazine recommends a product doesn’t mean it is any better than what you are already using.

What more can I say?  Some of Martha Stewart’s skincare routine is excellent but a lot of it is just plain overkill and over the top.  There is no need to go crazy when it comes to your skincare routine or buy multiple soaps or serums.  And please, please remember your face and body DO need different products.

Further Reading:

It turns out I was not the only one intrigued by The New York Times Martha Stewart article.  Here are what some other sources had to say about the article:

*The Gloss points out that Stewart already shared her beauty routine with Allure last year where even more products are listed (spoiler: Stewart is also obsessed with soaps).  The New York Times piece just seems to expand on the lunacy of her beauty regime.  I am hard pressed to understand how she finds the time, while running her lifestyle empire, to devote so much effort her skin.  The routines she details in both publications are that extensive.  (By the way, for an interesting article on how Stewart’s empire is faring read this Vanity Fair article.)

And I have to share two more very “interesting” quotes from the article:

I don’t get clogged pores.

You can be the most beautiful person on earth, and if you don’t have a fitness or diet routine, you won’t be beautiful.

And now I really have nothing else to say.

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