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Spring Nail Trends

25
04.2017

Whether you’re sitting at a salon or hanging out with your girls on a Friday night, choosing the right nail color is always a tough decision to make.

Spring is all about pastels, light shades and neturals. According to Glamour, pastel greys, soft pinks, metallics and new neutrals such as a basic white polish are all this seasons must have colours.

John Casablancas Institute’s Body Spa instructor Heather Haslam prefers using O.P.I nail products: “It’s the number one professional line out there that most people use and that’s why we choose to use it. They have the best color selection and everybody is familiar with O.P.I.”

Picture via Cosmetics Sanctuary

For this spring, Haslam’s top nail colors are pale pinks and bright blues. Neons are irresistable during the warm season which is why they always make appearances on nails during spring and summer.

However, metallics are the latest trending manicures that everyone is rushing to get. “We love the metallics and we do the chrome finish as well, it’s not by O.P.I but we do the chrome top coats on top of the shellac nails, so I love that trend,” says Haslam.

Picture via Buro247 Magazine

Just when we thought ombré would only be seen in our hair, it seems as if metallic ombré will now be featured on our nails for spring. During the Michael Costello spring 2017 runway show, the models had metallic matte nails that will definitely be trending this year.

For those of you wanting to wear simple nail polish shades, O.P.I colors will be your best friend this season. And for those that want to make a statement with their nails, metallics are the way to go.

To book an appointment to get your nails done at JCI, visit the body spa page on the website for prices and bookings.

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Blog / Hair / Makeup

JCI Makeup Talk: Castor Oil to Grow Lashes and Brows

28
03.2017

JCI Makeup Talk Castor Oil Grows Lashes and Brows

Makeup Trick: Use Castor Oil to Grow Lashes and Brows

Over-tweezing and the ever popular eyelash extension trend can be less than kind to your natural hair. If you are looking to repair some of the damage consider a natural way of growing out brows and lashes.

Castor oil is rich in Omega-9 fatty acids, which nourish the hairs and help growth that has been inhibited. Just apply a few drops every night to your brows and lashes using a disposable mascara wand or a Q-tip and watch as they become longer and stronger.

Check the label and stick with a 100% natural cold-pressed or cold-processed castor oil, as these are the indicators of a pure and all natural top of the line product.


Blog Contributor: Jennine Cook, Makeup Program Co-Director and Industry Liaison

The Makeup Artistry Diploma Program has gained an industry-wide reputation for excellence, giving students an exceptional network of contacts and resources when they enter into the marketplace. During the 10-month full time program, students study everything from glamour and special occasion makeup to special effects makeup and prosthetics application techniques. With classes limited to 16 students, individualized attention and encouragement foster each student’s personal  and professional growth potential.

John Casablancas Institute is the pioneer of prosthetic lab techniques and face casting in Western Canada. This advanced level of training affords our graduates amazing opportunities and a significant advantage for a career in film, TV or theatre.

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Blog / Makeup

JCI Makeup: Beauty tricks to get the most out of your makeup

24
03.2017

Thanks to a super helpful article by Buzzfeed, we learned about some beauty tricks on how to get every last drop of makeup! Whether you’re on a budget or just want to cherish every last bit of your favorite product, these simple tips can go a long way. We compiled a few of our favorites from the original article:

1. Get the most of your  favorite perfume by adding that last drop into a bottle of body lotion.

marc-jacobs-lotion-jcinstitute-tips-tricks-makep Photo from: Marc Jacobs / Vaseline / Via buzzfeed.com 

1. Can’t open that stubborn bottle of nail polish? Warm it up by soaking it in hot water for 5 minutes.

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3. Make a dried-out gel liner smooth again by adding eye drops.

GIF from: thezoereport.com

4. Prevent your pencil from crumbling when you try to sharpen it by sticking it in the freezer for a few minutes. Voila!

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Photo from: michellephan.com

5. A couple drops of saline solution can help save your mascara if you find it to be dry and clumpy.

enhanced-buzz-10588-1439147299-10 Photo from: thebeautydepartment.com

6. Repair broken eye shadow palettes, blushes, and powders with the help of rubbing alcohol.

enhanced-buzz-13115-1439483846-6 Graphic from: blog.freepeople.com

What are your favourite makeup hacks?


The Makeup Artistry Diploma Program has gained an industry-wide reputation for excellence, giving students an exceptional network of contacts and resources when they enter into the marketplace. During the 10-month full time program, students study everything from glamour and special occasion makeup to special effects makeup and prosthetics application techniques. With classes limited to 16 students, individualized attention and encouragement foster each student’s personal and professional growth potential.

John Casablancas Institute is the pioneer of prosthetic lab techniques and face casting in Western Canada. This advanced level of training affords our graduates amazing opportunities and a significant advantage for a career in film, TV or theatre.

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Blog / Makeup

Makeup Organization

21
03.2017

Anyone who loves makeup as much as we do knows the struggle of storing all those liquid lipsticks, brushes, blushes and highlighters. Even when our drawers, kits and makeup bags are full, we can’t seem to avoid buying that new limited edition offering from our favourite brand. The thing is, when you can’t see what you have it is easy to forget about all those purchases! Why have all the beautiful makeup if you’re not going to use it?

If that sounds like you, it might be time to invest in some proper storage for your collection. The best place to store makeup is away from humidity or heat, so with that in mind, here are some of our top picks:

YouTube Approved Dresser 

This set of drawers is beloved on Youtube by your favourite beauty influencers. If your makeup collection is extensive and you have the space, you may want to opt for something like this.

Small Space Solution

You can pull out all the stops and get a massive over the door storage unit. It’s actually perfect given the typical size of most Vancouver apartments – and it still gives you a lot of extra storage.

Countertop Organizers

If you’re in need of some cute storage but don’t have enough space for a whole piece of furniture, a countertop organizer is perfect! Get a combo with different sections all stacked together to make the most of whatever room you do have.

Bargain Finds 

You can also check out your local dollar store to find some bargain makeup organizers! Take a look at Dollarama for some cheap and cheerful countertop display pieces – they might not be as fancy but they get the job done.


The Makeup Artistry Diploma Program has gained an industry-wide reputation for excellence, giving students an exceptional network of contacts and resources when they enter into the marketplace. During the 10-month full time program, students study everything from glamour and special occasion makeup to special effects makeup and prosthetics application techniques. With classes limited to 16 students, individualized attention and encouragement foster each student’s personal and professional growth potential.

John Casablancas Institute is the pioneer of prosthetic lab techniques and face casting in Western Canada. This advanced level of training affords our graduates amazing opportunities and a significant advantage for a career in film, TV or theatre.

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Blog / Makeup

JCI Makeup Talk: HD Powder- Don’t Overdo It!

20
03.2017

JCI Makeup Talk: Nicole Kidman

Don’t Overdo It With HD Powder

Have you ever seen photos of celebrities who look they forgot to brush off the excess powder from their face? That’s what happens when flash photography mixes with too much HD (high definition) powder.

HD powders have a high content of silica that reflects light. When applied to dry skin and a flash photo is taken, they give off the white cast we’ve seen so many times before. The trick here is to use these types of powders sparingly and in places where there is moisture, such as the T-Zone where we tend to get oily. This allows the powder to dissolve into the skin and assures that flashback won’t be a problem.

JCI Makeup Talk HD Powder


Blog Contributor: Jennine Cook, Makeup Program Co-Director and Industry Liaison

The Makeup Artistry Diploma Program has gained an industry-wide reputation for excellence, giving students an exceptional network of contacts and resources when they enter into the marketplace. During the 10-month full time program, students study everything from glamour and special occasion makeup to special effects makeup and prosthetics application techniques. With classes limited to 16 students, individualized attention and encouragement foster each student’s personal and professional growth potential.

John Casablancas Institute is the pioneer of prosthetic lab techniques and face casting in Western Canada. This advanced level of training affords our graduates amazing opportunities and a significant advantage for a career in film, TV or theatre.

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