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Makeup now is about being a minimalist. It’s easier, more natural, simple and all around “lower maintenance”. It does not mean no makeup it means looking fresh, sporty yet luminous at the same time. What’s great about a more natural style is that it’s not chasing youth (that shouldn’t be the goal anyway); it just allows you to look like a well pulled together version of yourself. Fashion is influenced by the times, and we live in a very health and fitness-oriented society right now. That’s why we are seeing so much athletic-inspired clothing. And, of course, when we wear more casual clothes, the face has to match. It will transform you into the best version of yourself while still making you completely recognizable. I have a service called “The 5 minute face”. It is 5 products in 5 minutes making you look 5 minutes younger.
Here they are:

1. CONCEALER- Go with a colour that goes with your skin tone. Put it on the lids, under the eyes, side to nose and on and under the lip area. This high lights these areas that usually go darker with age.

2. BROW TINT- Go with a colour with is little lighter than your hair colour. Apply on lightly using the brush to gently glide the hair strands. It darkens the brows and covers the grey if you have any.

3. CURL LASHES AND USE BLACK MASCARA- This opens up the face, brings out the natural eye colour and gives a natural appearance the face.

5. USE A SOFT BRONZER OR BLUSH COLOUR- Keep it light and fresh by putting it on with a small fan brush. Remember, to put it on the cheek bones and into the hair line. This gives you a soft glow that makes you look “sun-kissed”.

6. LIPGLOSS- This is the most fun!! You can not gave enough fresh, light, fun glosses. Try any colour that goes with your personality, skin, and hair colour. A lot of glosses now have vitamins in them to keep your lips moist and soft.

Now go do this!! Try it on. Keep it fresh.


Delicious & Healthy Granola Recipe – Perfect for the Holidays!

The holidays are a great time to whip out some delicious, yet good-for-you treats to take with you to parties! We all know that indulgent and heavy foods are featured in holiday feasts galore, so it’s always a great idea to combat all those calories by bringing something delicious and nutritious. Your other party-going friends and family members — and the hosts! — will thank you.

Here’s a tasty recipe we love here at Visions for the Art of Hair:


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Quinoa Pumpkin seed Granola


3/4 cup UNCOOKED quinoa, rinsed and well-drained

1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds

1/2 cup slivered almonds

1/4 cup chia seeds

1/4 cup honey

2 tbsp canola oil

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp coarse salt

dried fruit, cut-up into small pieces



Preheat the oven at 350°F.

In large bowl, combine quinoa, seeds, and nuts.

In a small bowl, microwave the honey for 20 seconds on high

Mix the oil, cinnamon, and salt into the honey.

Combine the honey mixture into the seeds/nut mixture. DO NOT add fruit yet!

Spread on a rimmed cookie sheet.

Bake for 10 min, then stir. Bake for an additional 7-10 min, until lightly browned.

Keep on cookie sheet and add dried fruit. Mix.

Let cool on cookie sheet before serving.


Perfect to take with you to all the festivities this season! Let us know what you think of it in the comments below!

How to Prepare for Holiday Travel – What Beauty Products to Pack

Appropriately, the second installment of this two-part travel series is being written on a plane! Catch up with part one here.

So you’ve packed your clothes and accessories and now the question is, what should you include in your toiletries bag? Besides the obvious, we’ve compiled a list of five beauty must-haves that are great to travel with. Hey, the holidays are hectic enough without having to stress out about restocking your beauty bag.

Pureology Hydrate Hydra Whip: Hair Masque

Pureology Hydra Whip


This deep conditioner will nourish your strands and protect it from dry winter conditions — apply to clean, damp hair, leave in for two to five minutes, comb through, and rinse out for healthy, touchable, enviable hair all season long. (Available at Visions for the Art of Hair)

Pureology Colour Fanatic

New Colour Fanatic spray by Pureology

This new product from Pureology is a moisturizing leave-in conditioner that will detangle your locks and help calm frizz. For more about this must-have, please visit our previous post. (Available at Visions for the Art of Hair)

Pureology Purify Shampoo

Purify Shampoo by Pureology

If you’re a frequent swimmer, this is an excellent product to remove chlorine from colour-treated hair. If not, Purify Shampoo will also gently remove styling residue. For excessive buildup or badly damaged greenness from chlorine, shampoo the hair a second time, but do not rinse. Place a cap over the hair and place under dryer for 20 minutes before rinsing out. (Available at Visions for the Art of Hair)

NARS The Multiple

NARS The Multiple makeup stick


Available in an impressive variety of neutral and rosy shades, this one makeup stick is a travel favorite. Use it as an illuminator for the cheeks to add a glow to your face, or even use it as lip or eye colour (even on body!). This one stick alone is TSA friendly (it’s solid, not liquid), small enough to toss in your purse, and replaces so many other makeup so you can travel light. (For FAQs and information, go here.)

BB cream



These products only made a huge splash in the beauty industry here in the United States recently, but it isn’t just hoopla. The right BB (or CC) cream for your skin can triple as moisturizer, sunscreen, and even foundation (they’re usually tinted). Remember, keep it light, both on your face and in your suitcase.

What are your travel must-haves?

3 Makeup Tips for Everyday Beauty, Part 2

We’re back with three more makeup tricks to add to your daily arsenal! Sometimes changing up your look is hard to do, but give these blunders a thought — they may help you look more youthful, vibrant, and all-around gorge! Review part one here.


1. Overdoing eyebrow maintenance.


Eyebrows are such an important part of the face, and some of us were not naturally gifted with the perfect brows. Often women will overpluck and/or fill their brows in too dark, which ends up looking very strange and unnatural.

When shaping your eyebrows, have a professional do the job to reveal your natural and best arch. As we age, our eyebrows start to become more sparse, so if you overpluck, the hair may not grow back in the way it used to.

Using a brush, smooth your brow hairs upward in a 45-degree angle and set with a brow gel. If you’re brunette, opt for a filler eyeshadow (not liner!) that matches your haircolor. Shadow will look more natural rather than painted on. With the eyeshadow, apply with a stiff, angled brush that is very thin and apply small strokes at a time. If you’re very attached to using a pencil, stick with using one that’s a shade lighter than your haircolour. Keep quick, short strokes (just as with the shadow) and don’t line too heavily. Soften the pencil with a brush. You can fill in sparseness (which, as mentioned, can age you) by concentrating on the back ends: from arch to tail.

2. Outlining your lips incorrectly.

Many women try to fake a fuller pout by outlining their lips with liner — which ends up looking superfake and almost doll-like. Outlining them too far out of the natural lip line will make lipcolour feather, which will also emphasize fine lines.

Instead, take lipliner that matches the shade of your lipstick (or the natural colour of your lips), line the outer rims of your lips, and fill them in, too. That way, if and when your lipstick begins to fade, you won’t look cartoonish.

 3. Going too far with the eyeshadow or liner.


When it comes to your eyeshadow, bright blue shadows date you and aren’t flattering on most skintones. Blue-tinted mascara is very teen-friendly and not the best choice for an adult professional. Navy, however, is a much more universally flattering shade that will work for most skincolours.

Note that anything too bold (even black eyeliner) on the eyes often does more damage than good. Too much of a good thing will either appear clownish, too heavy for daytime, or just altogether not right. Keep it easy and stick to softer shades like brown, grey, navy, and use any brights sparingly.

3 Makeup Tips for Everyday Beauty, Part 1

makeup at Visions for the Art of HairWhen it comes to everyday makeup, less is certainly more. Today we will address a basic beauty trifecta: foundation, mascara, and concealer! Here are some common makeup blunders and how to fix them. (More to come on lips in part two.)

1. The wrong shade foundation

faceTry before you buy. We’re all familiar with the dreadful “mask” look, where the face is obviously a different colour from the neck. Avoid this by testing the shade on your jawline (rather than the back of your hand or wrist) and choose the shade that disappears. Note that your foundation colour may change with the season, as your skincolour may. A foundation with light-reflecting particles will help illuminate and add dimension to your skin.

Foundation that is too pale will draw attention to fine lines and wrinkles. (If your foundation does end up “settling” into crow’s feet or wrinkles, don’t fill them in with more makeup. Prevent settle by keeping these areas well moisturized, and apply less foundation to them.) Also, don’t make the blunder of brushing powder on fine lines. It’s best kept to your T-zone.

 2. Too much coverup

happyWe all have those less-than-perfect skin days. For some of us, it’s everyday undereye circles. Don’t lay the concealer on too thick! As we age, the skin under our eyes thins. Accordingly, keep concealer thin — and only to applicable areas — and apply with a brush, which will more evenly distribute the product. A yellow-based concealer shade also helps most skin tones. This is something whose shade you can afford to go lighter on than your actual skincolour.

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from our fall makeup event

3. Not using mascara properly

First, be sure to use the darkest black shade of mascara you can find, as this will brighten your eyes and make them look larger. Don’t use a formula that is too thick; our lashes thin too as we mature, so this will likely come out clumpy. Skip the bottom lashes, as they will draw more attention to crow’s feet, dark circles, or just smudge throughout the day.

Have you been guilty of some of these common mistakes? Don’t fret — just give these tips a try! You’re sure to look — and feel — great! Stay tuned for part two, where we’ll introduce three more tricks to looking young, vibrant, and beautiful.


[Event] 5 Products in 5 Minutes to Subtract 5 Years

Makeup by Lauren Cassidy

Makeup by Lauren Cassidy

Fall Makeup Event by Lori Neopolitan and Lauren Cassidy:

5 Products in 5 Minutes to Subtract 5 Years! You should be wearing less makeup as you age — not more. And it should be fresh and light, not heavy and dark. Come see what’s new in the ever-improving world of makeup and skincare and how you can use it to your advantage!

Thursday, September 12th from 12pm to 6pm. Only $55.

Space is limited — please note the event is invitation only.

Appointments run every 30 minutes. Please e-mail or call Lauren Cassidy (630.673.0052) to request your customized appointment.

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