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Spring 2018 Must-Have Beauty Products


With Spring quickly approaching, we’ve turned to the runways to forecast this seasons makeup trends. Hold tight to your champagne highlighters and pastel shades some trends are meant to last for a reason.

Spring gives us the urge to try new colours and products. Scroll below to see the trending products you need to get your hands on!


One lip colour shade is just not enough. High shine lip products to layer over your lipstick give you a holographic look that is to drool for. Transform your lips with a shade-shifting product that can be bought from makeup brands including Barry M, Laura Geller, and Urban Decay.


“If you can’t see my highlighter from space, I’m not wearing enough!”

This season try natural skin-mimicking highlighters from Becca, Nars and Hourglass Cosmetics. These shimmery highlighters will leave your skin looking fresh and dewy.


Colour correcting is the latest trend in the makeup industry. It is a technique of using colourful primer and concealers to correct your skin tone while giving you a natural look. Most people use this under the eyes to get rid of dark circles.

“Color correcting helps to achieve a balance in skin tone and evens out the overall complexion,” says Marc Jacobs Beauty global makeup artist Gilbert Soliz. “Using [these products] will decrease the amount of concealer and foundation used to cover flaws.” – Vanity Fair Magazine 


Have fun with makeup this season and try bold, mood-lifting shades of blue. There are multiple ways for you to achieve a bright eye look using blue eyeliner!


Not a fan of wearing lipsticks? Substitute your lipsticks for the return of specialist lip balms this Spring. Cosmetic brands such as L’Oreal, Dior and Bobbi Brown have released glitter infused balms that can be worn alone or over a nude lip colour to enhance the colour and shine of the balm!

JCI’s Makeup Artistry Diploma Program has gained an industry-wide reputation for excellence, giving students an exceptional network of contacts and resources when they enter the marketplace. During the 10-month full-time program, students study everything from glamor 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 theater.

Davneet Dhillon,
Blog / Fashion

Rebecca Worger x J. Crew Fashion Opportunities

About Rebecca Worger

Rebecca Worger graduated from John Casablancas Institute in 2014 with a Diploma in Fashion Business & Creative Arts and is currently working as a Store Director at J. Crew, West Vancouver.

“I chose JCI because the program covered all areas of the fashion industry. When I first applied I didn’t know which area of fashion I wanted to go into so this program was great for me because it exposed me to all different areas and career possibilities. Merchandising was the career path I focused on when I was in school as well as with J.Crew.”

Rebecca first began working for J. Crew in 2013 during the holiday season as a seasonal associate. At the same time, Rebecca enrolled in the Fashion Program at JCI where she developed a love for visual merchandising.

“Visual Merchandising was one of my favorite classes during my time at JCI. It was an area of the fashion industry that I was really interested in.” 

After working closely with the Visual Merchandiser Manager at J. Crew, Rebecca quickly learned the in and outs of merchandising, however, her journey didn’t stop there. Rebecca expressed her interest in wanting to learn more and move up in the company. After graduating from JCI, she got promoted to a Key Holder position in June 2014.

“I started out working in Hiring and Training but transitioned into Store Operations. I owned all the behind the scenes store operations and scheduling.”

“The biggest lesson I learned is that not everything is going to be easy and there will be some aspects of your education and career path that you don’t enjoy. You have to work through those moments to get to the light at the end of the tunnel. My career path with J.Crew has not been a straight shot to the top. There was a lot of hard work and tough times I had to push through in order to reach my goal, and in the end, it is worth it.” 

Later in 2016, Rebecca got promoted to Associate Manager of Store Operations and was soon ready to take on the next step in her career becoming the Store Director at J. Crew. In December 2017, her goals came true. Rebecca was promoted to Store Director at J. Crew, Park Royal, Vancouver.

“My journey with J.Crew has been filled with so many amazing career opportunities. If you want something, ask for it. Don’t be shy and always be willing learn and step out of your comfort zone. This is how I climbed my way up the ladder with J.Crew.”
J. Crew Fashion Opportunities 


[Hourly Part-Time, reports to a store director]

What The Role is All About

Our Stylists:

  • Love us, obsess about our products and can’t wait to share that passion.
  • Begin each shift with an infectious excitement and enjoy connecting with every customer.
  • Are curious and courageous: asking great questions, listening intently and leading thoughtfully.
  • Combine color and pattern easily, knowing that the magic is in the mix.
  • Interact with many customers per hour and have a knack for uncovering things that drive sales and support service.
  • Are multi-taskers, making it quick and seamless for customers.

What We Expect From You

  • Friendly, helpful and always smiling, for starters.
  • A genuine desire to be the customer’s hero.
  • Be the best at what you do by achieving all of your goals.
  • Bring your smarts, we expect thinkers who always do the right thing.
  • A great fashion esthetic and up to date on what’s happening in the industry.
  • Technologically savvy while at the same time knowing that devices don’t dominate the dialogue.
  • An ability to be nimble and get on board with where we’re headed.

What You Can Expect

To be part of a team of the best and brightest focused on:

  • Quality – the best fabrics, the best construction and the finishing details you can’t find anywhere else.
  • Value – timeless pieces with no expiration date.
  • Design – it all starts in-house with talented designers.
  • Style – more than the individual piece, no one puts a look together like we do.

How We Measure Results

  • Achieve your daily SPH goal.
  • Open at least one J.Crew card per shift.
  • Align activities around Top Four on the Floor and other selling and service initiatives.
  • Complete training with flying colors.

Fine Print

Our Stylists:

  • Are at least 18 years old.
  • Communicate effectively and write with a bit of flair.
  • Process information and operate store systems accurately.
  • Are available when we are busy, including nights, weekends and holidays.
  • Assist in processing and replenishing and keeping the store looking great.
  • Can bend, reach, stretch as well as lift, carry and move at least 40 pounds |18 kilos.
  • Can regularly move around all store areas and be accessible to customers.
We are committed to affirmatively providing equal opportunity to all associates and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, sex, marital status, age, sexual orientation, family status, physical or mental disability or any other basis protected under applicable law.

Applicants should apply online. Click here to apply

Love fashion and want to make it your career? JCI Institute Vancouver’s Fashion Business & Creative Arts Diploma Program provides students with a comprehensive overview of the fashion industry, combining creative and business elements. This diverse approach gives our fashion school grads a distinct advantage both in knowledge and skill. Prepare for many jobs in the fashion industry, including becoming a fashion buyer, fashion stylist, or for work in fashion merchandising. If becoming a fashion designer is more your speed, choose our Core Fashion Program. This course at our fashion design institute will give you all the skills you need to be a fashion designer. Choose between our fashion programs to find the best fit for you!


Davneet Dhillon,
Blog / Fashion

6 Best Online Shops to get the Hottest Fashion Trends


Instagram influencers have brought to light many online shops where you can purchase the latest fashion trends at a cheap price. Global fashion brand Fashion Nova is an online shop selling everything from casual looks to evening cocktail dresses, accessories, lingerie, shoes and more. With over 10.8 million followers, Fashion Nova has grown rapidly over the years thanks to Instagram fashion bloggers.

There are many other online shops like Fashion Nova that are being promoted by Instagram bloggers. Here is a list of the latest trending Instagram-approved shops where you can find the hottest fashion trends. Get your credit cards ready!


Calling all trendsetters around the world. Lulus is an online shop offering women’s clothing, accessories, swimwear, and shoes. The items sold at Lulus are reasonably priced and many Instagram bloggers have recently been promoting this brand.

Click Here to Shop Lulus

Shop Planet Blue

John Casablancas Institute Fashion Business & Creative Arts graduate and Instagram influencer Emma Leger has been using her Instagram to promote many online shops, including Shop Planet Blue. This online shop offers the best festival looks. If you’re heading to Coachella or any summer music festival this year, then you’ll definitely want to visit Shop Planet Blue for your bohemian inspired looks.

Click Here to Shop Planet Blue

Sabo Skirt

Sabo Skirt is an Australian label and an International Store that ships worldwide. This online shop offers everything from swimwear and accessories to playsuits and evening looks.

Click Here to Shop Sabo Skirt


Windsor offers more than day/evening looks and accessories. You can shop Windsor for prom dresses and formal gowns. Their latest Tropical Collection is music-festival approved!

Click Here to Shop Windsor 

NA-KD Fashion 

Shop NA-KD Fashion for sportswear, swimwear, accessories, dresses and more. With just over a million followers on Instagram, there’s no doubt that this brand will continue growing rapidly.

Click Here to Shop NA-KD Fashion

The Fifth Label

The Fifth Label is an Australian label selling laid-back staples and off-duty style.

Click Here to Shop The Fifth Label

Love fashion and want to make it your career? JCI Institute Vancouver’s Fashion Business & Creative Arts Diploma Program provides students with a comprehensive overview of the fashion industry, combining creative and business elements. This diverse approach gives our fashion school grads a distinct advantage both in knowledge and skill. Prepare for many jobs in the fashion industry, including becoming a fashion buyer, fashion stylist, or for work in fashion merchandising. If becoming a fashion designer is more your speed, choose our Core Fashion Program. This course at our fashion design institute will give you all the skills you need to be a fashion designer. Choose between our fashion programs to find the best fit for you!

Davneet Dhillon,
Blog / Body Spa / Events

Vancouver Esthétique Spa International Conference with JCI Educator Lili Huang


The 2018 Vancouver Esthetique Spa International (ESI) Conference is an event for all beauty professionals and suppliers from around the world to attend. This was ESI’s 20th year in Vancouver with featured speakers, 55+ exhibitor classes, over 100 companies and 275 stands. The purpose of this two-day event is to showcase new products and services including nails, lashes, skincare, laser, machinery and more.

John Casablancas Institute Body Spa educator Lili Huang was a part of this year’s ESI event working with leading nail care company Bio Sculpture Nails, one of Vancouver’s first salons to be offering Evo Gel. Lili provided nail demonstrations and product knowledge at the event. With over 3,000 followers on Instagram, Lili is an expert when it comes to manicures.

“Evo, developed by Bio Sculpture, is the next generation in Healthy Nail Care.” – Bio Sculpture Nails

JCI takes students from the Body Spa Program each year to attend the ESI Conference to introduce them to beauty professionals and learn more about the spa industry. ESI offers the opportunity to experience over a hundred new products and services, innovative treatments, and more.

The 44-week Body Spa Program is one of a kind in professional spa training, encompassing basic and advanced spa services. The program consists of in-depth theory and practical knowledge, constant student practice, family practice week, weekly tests, creative projects and spa floor services in a beautiful spa setting. By the end of the program, you will be spa ready by projecting professionalism and confidence in performing both basic and advanced spa services.

Davneet Dhillon,
Blog / Hair

Beauty Innovations: Your Guide to Achieve 2018 Hair Goals


Do you dream of luxurious and healthy hair? Was your resolution this year to learn proper hair care and maintenance? It’s time to step up your hair game! We’ve got you covered with the latest trending salon products that you need to keep your hair looking fresh, healthy and fabulous this year.

Ouai Products

Ouai, pronounced like “WAY”, is a popular emerging brand that sells hair products. Founded by celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin, these products have been trending all over Instagram and have been used by popular Instagram bloggers and celebrities, including the Kardashians.

“With OUAI, I wanted to create a “breath of fresh hair”—a line for real life, for real women. Luxury products that are simple, affordable, and classic in a world full of loud noise.” – Jen Atkin 

Ouai products include shampoos, conditioners, hair mists, oils, and more, focusing on repairing damaged hair. The Ouai hair styling products can be used for blow-dried hair and are guaranteed to leave your hair looking fresher than ever.

Coconut Oils

Coconut oils are popular hair products and there’s a good reason for that. Not only does it contribute to hair growth, but it also removes sebum build-up from hair, promoting scalp health. This Spring, try coconut leave-in oil products from L’Oreal, IGK and OGX.

Hair Treatment Sheet Masks

Hair masks are the latest trending products in the hair industry. These styling products are perfect travel-size and are now offered by many hair companies including Ouai and L’Oreal.

Volumising Products

Volumising hair products including conditioning mousses from Herbal Essences and Pantene offer hydration for fine hair. These products are great for quick and easy styling techniques.

Take care of your scalp and hair by investing in good quality products, and consult with the experts at your salon to find the best selection for your specific hair type.

Make your next hair appointment at John Casablancas Institute.

JCI has earned its internationally renowned reputation by taking a personalized approach to education.

Throughout each program of study, creativity and passion are celebrated to ensure that every student maximizes their potential and reaches their goals. Our small class sizes also reflect our commitment to quality education and fostering individual growth.

JCI not only focuses on providing the most cutting-edge and relevant training available, but it also takes your postgraduate success to heart. Program Directors and Industry Liaisons are on staff to assist your transition from initial concept to securing your dream job.

Our local and international connections give you unparalleled access to makeup, fashion, hair and spa opportunities, and we fully recognize that our reputation is defined by our graduates’ success. We’re searching for students that share our vision, and will bring their unique style, commitment and drive to the table.

Davneet Dhillon,
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