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The New Skincare Trend: Crystal Healing

22
06.2018

Crystal healing has become a popular skincare trend this year that involves crystal beauty products and stone treatments. The most common treatment using crystals is known as the gua sha massage. Gua sha is a traditional Chinese treatment used for facials.

The benefits of gua sha facial massages are that it can increase blood circulation which then removes toxins that help prevent wrinkles and aging. Not only is this treatment good for your skin, but it is also very relaxing.

A spa technician would use this flat handheld crystal tool and rake it across the skin with medium pressure, allowing your blood circulation to increase. There is no pain involved in this process and this wellness trend is becoming popular that you can buy the crystals and do this treatment at home.

Jade rollers, on the other hand, are ancient Chinese tools that many millennials are investing in. These rollers are used for soothing the skin and can be bought for less than $10.00 from Amazon.

The jade roller is a rolling pin made from a jade stone that is used to sweep against your face while applying mild pressure. Many believe that these crystals have magical healing powers, which is why they have become a hit this year.

“I’ve been using my jade roller and my gua sha stone for a few months now on myself and clients, and I can see and feel the results on my face from less puffiness to smoother looking skin. It feels great around tired eyes and I also am a big fan of using gemstones so when I saw these tools I thought wow! These are perfect to use at night before bedtime (my favorite) for a fresh lift!” – Heather Haslam, JCI Body Spa Instructor 


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 / Body Spa / Makeup

Meet Ashley Tambour: JCI Graduate and Educator

22
06.2018

Ashley Tambour graduated from John Casablancas Institute’s Makeup Artistry and Body Spa Program. She has worked in the film industry part time while having her very own salon at home. After gaining experience in the industry, Ashley came back to JCI to teach Makeup and most recently, the Body Spa Program.

“During high school, I always wanted to become a teacher but I couldn’t see myself teaching a subject I did not enjoy. When I got the opportunity to teach at JCI, I was excited because I was now able to teach what I love! Teaching at JCI is great because not only do I get to teach students what I have learned in school, but I get to share my experiences from working in the industry. Seeing students succeed makes me feel like I have done my job right. I still work in film and take clients when I am available and stay updated on new trends so I can relay that information to my students.”

Born in New Westminster and raised in Coquitlam, BC, Ashley always had a passion for making people feel good about themselves. Working in two industries that allow her to do so is a dream come true for Ashley.

“If your client is happy it assures you that you have done a good job. Whether that’s a small change such as a brow shape or a polish application, it can make both you and your client feel great when seeing the finished results.”

Ashley chose to enroll at JCI because of the well-rounded programs and atmosphere. As soon as she stepped into the Institute for the first time, she was greeted by a friendly and professional environment and knew this is where she belonged.

She has always been inspired by Tracy Lai, Director of Special Effects Makeup, which helped make her decision enrolling in the makeup program much easier.

“Tracy has always shared so much knowledge and inspiration with myself and her students. She inspires me to work harder every day! I am always inspired by the instructors that I work with, and new people I meet in the industry. Always be open and willing to try new techniques!”

As a makeup artist, you set your own work days and hours, which comes with the perks of being your own boss. Ashley acknowledges that once you find your area of expertise, you are able to find a job that will be very enjoyable.

Ashley has worked on set of many shows and films including Once Upon A Time, Legends of Tomorrow Season 2, The Arrangement Season 1 and was an intern on Untold Stories of the ER, as well as various Hallmark and Lifetime films.

“The great thing about the makeup and spa industry is that there are so many different areas of expertise that you can get into and focus on. JCI allows you to find your true passion within the programs. If you end up liking all different areas, you are able to gain more opportunities because you are able to offer many different services.”

Upon graduating the Makeup Program, Ashley kept in touch with her instructors which helped her to get working right away and stay connected with the latest buzz in the industry. In less than a month, Ashley was back at JCI enrolled in the Body Spa Program.

“I was lucky enough to be the key makeup and hair artist on the first independent film I worked on. At first, I was very nervous to apply my knowledge gained from JCI to this film and execute the makeup perfectly. However, once I began working I got comfortable and I was able to build confidence in my skills. After gaining more experience, I was able to apply to IATSE and work on Union films.”

While Ashley continued working in the film industry, she also opened an at-home spa where she focused on nail art. As of now, she is an incredible instructor at John Casablancas Institute who sees herself apart of the JCI family in the next five years, as well as working in the film industry, taking on bridal clients and opening up her own salon.


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.

Tural Mamedov,
Blog / Body Spa / Makeup

Meet Ashley Tambour: JCI Graduate and Educator

19
06.2018

Ashley Tambour graduated from John Casablancas Institute’s Makeup Artistry and Body Spa Program. She has worked in the film industry part time while having her very own salon at home. After gaining experience in the industry, Ashley came back to JCI to teach Makeup and most recently, the Body Spa Program.

“During high school, I always wanted to become a teacher but I couldn’t see myself teaching a subject I did not enjoy. When I got the opportunity to teach at JCI, I was excited because I was now able to teach what I love! Teaching at JCI is great because not only do I get to teach students what I have learned in school, but I get to share my experiences from working in the industry. Seeing students succeed makes me feel like I have done my job right. I still work in film and take clients when I am available and stay updated on new trends so I can relay that information to my students.”

Born in New Westminster and raised in Coquitlam, BC, Ashley always had a passion for making people feel good about themselves. Working in two industries that allow her to do so is a dream come true for Ashley.

“If your client is happy it assures you that you have done a good job. Whether that’s a small change such as a brow shape or a polish application, it can make both you and your client feel great when seeing the finished results.”

Ashley chose to enroll at JCI because of the well-rounded programs and atmosphere. As soon as she stepped into the Institute for the first time, she was greeted by a friendly and professional environment and knew this is where she belonged.

She has always been inspired by Tracy Lai, Director of Special Effects Makeup, which helped make her decision enrolling in the makeup program much easier.

“Tracy has always shared so much knowledge and inspiration with myself and her students. She inspires me to work harder every day! I am always inspired by the instructors that I work with, and new people I meet in the industry. Always be open and willing to try new techniques!”

As a makeup artist, you set your own work days and hours, which comes with the perks of being your own boss. Ashley acknowledges that once you find your area of expertise, you are able to find a job that will be very enjoyable.

Ashley has worked on set of many shows and films including Once Upon A Time, Legends of Tomorrow Season 2, The Arrangement Season 1 and was an intern on Untold Stories of the ER, as well as various Hallmark and Lifetime films.

“The great thing about the makeup and spa industry is that there are so many different areas of expertise that you can get into and focus on. JCI allows you to find your true passion within the programs. If you end up liking all different areas, you are able to gain more opportunities because you are able to offer many different services.”

Upon graduating the Makeup Program, Ashley kept in touch with her instructors which helped her to get working right away and stay connected with the latest buzz in the industry. In less than a month, Ashley was back at JCI enrolled in the Body Spa Program.

“I was lucky enough to be the key makeup and hair artist on the first independent film I worked on. At first, I was very nervous to apply my knowledge gained from JCI to this film and execute the makeup perfectly. However, once I began working I got comfortable and I was able to build confidence in my skills. After gaining more experience, I was able to apply to IATSE and work on Union films.”

While Ashley continued working in the film industry, she also opened an at-home spa where she focused on nail art. As of now, she is an incredible instructor at John Casablancas Institute who sees herself apart of the JCI family in the next five years, as well as working in the film industry, taking on bridal clients and opening up her own salon.


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

JCI X Nordstrom

12
06.2018

Born and raised in Coquitlam, B.C, Audrey Wong spent many years traveling the world before stepping foot into the fashion industry.

“I spent 13 years traveling worldwide while performing for Disney on Ice. I gained extensive hands-on travel and life experience from being immersed in different cultures while promoting the shows. I feel so fortunate to have been able to share my passion for performing with so many and help create memories for families all over the world.”

It was June 2015 in South Africa where Audrey was on her final tour with Disney on Ice. Taking her memories from years of traveling along with her, she arrived back to Vancouver, hopping off the plane into her interview with Nordstrom. From one dream job to another, it was fate that brought Audrey to Nordstrom – both her grandmother and mom have worked with the company at the Northgate location, just outside of Seattle. After spending thirteen years on ice, Audrey began her career at Nordstrom as a salesperson in the contemporary women’s wear department, Via C.

Q: How did you first get involved with Nordstrom? 

I began as a salesperson in the Via C department at a store opening in August of 2015, building relationships with customers, learning to provide the customer service that Nordstrom is known for and absorbing information about the beautiful product we carry.

In April 2016, I took part and graduated from a leadership course provided by Nordstrom called “Future Nordstrom Leaders” program. In this program, you learn the groundwork of what it takes to be a leader at Nordstrom. We were fortunate enough to shadow our store manager, benefit from the attention of assigned mentors and other leaders in the store, and gain the knowledge necessary to run a successful business.

From that program, I was immediately offered the position of Assistant Department Manager of the Women’s Casual and Denim department, TBD. While I worked with this team I grew my leadership skills through on-boarding new hires and helping to develop existing salespeople. I supported the team through events like our infamous Anniversary sale and vendor visits as well as learned how to adapt my selling style to use my strengths to help teach the team.

After 6 months of this position, I had the opportunity to take over the role of Department Manager for the Trend department! Within this role, I have been able to lead a team of motivated and really fun salespeople to continue to grow our business and gain market share. Through working with our merchant teams in Seattle, my regional merchandiser in Toronto and the entire store in Vancouver, we continue to ensure we are consistently providing the best customer service and the right product by listening to what our customer wants and needs.

What makes the role of Trend Department Manager different than any other selling manager role in the store is that the responsibility of the Fashion Ambassador program accompanies it! I have continued to be inspired every year by the passion and knowledge that the Ambassadors bring to every meeting and experience they take part in at Nordstrom.

The Nordstrom Fashion Ambassador Program

The Fashion Ambassador program is a year-long program that gives High School students (Grade 11 or 12) a backstage pass into the world of Fashion Retail. Once a month we meet to go over different topics, from buying to visual merchandising and also soft skills like interviewing and leadership. They are exposed to guest speakers from within Nordstrom, hands on exercises and have the opportunity to volunteer for store events and apply for open positions on the sales floor!  It is a great opportunity to be in the company of like-minded individuals that also have a passion for fashion, to build their network of contacts and to be able to explore all the different avenues that fashion industry can offer.

Students get to take on many projects throughout this program, and one big project before graduation, which is usually contained within the meetings and are relevant to the topic that month. For example, if the topic is Social Media, the companies Social Media Coordinator will teach the students how to shoot a flat-lay for Instagram, using the Nordstrom guidelines. Other projects include group work to shoot themed posts. In a previous Spring Break inspired post group project, the team that got most likes on their post had their post re-grammed by the official Nordstrom Vancouver Instagram page.

Q: Tell us about your role as a Coordinator for the Fashion Ambassador Program.

As the Coordinator for the Fashion Ambassador program at Nordstrom, it is my responsibility to promote and run the program, recruit, interview and accept the students who qualify, and develop the program for future classes through sharing feedback with the other department managers across Canada who are running this program at their stores. I have been active in this position for almost 2 years and my biggest takeaway is that I learn as much from the students as they hopefully have from being involved as Fashion Ambassadors.

Q: What skills would someone have to have if they were considering working at Nordstrom?

A passion for people and being able to think outside the box to take care of the customer. I truly believe in the mantra of hire the personality and train the skill. Product knowledge and operational skills can be taught it is much harder to teach an employee to care about going above and beyond to provide exceptional service day after day.

Q:  How can the Ambassador program be effective for students who are considering the JCI Fashion Program after high school? Which skills will be adapted from the program allowing a student to be industry-prepared when it comes to enrolling in Fashion School?

The Fashion Ambassador program exposes the students to a broad variety of avenues the fashion industry can take you.  I have found that by the end of the year it has helped our students hone in on exactly what route they want to take within the industry and prepare them for their post-secondary decisions. It provides them with a place to network among their peers as well introduce them to leaders/potential mentors already in the field. The networking skills developed and hands-on experience gained through being a part of such a fashion authority like Nordstrom will benefit the Fashion Ambassadors as they embark on their post-secondary adventures.

Are you in high-school and wanting to pursue a career in Fashion? Apply here to be apart of the Nordstrom Fashion Ambassador Program! 


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

Aesthetic Tumblr Themes That Inspire

11
06.2018

There are many creative Instagram accounts out there with beautiful visual content. Millenials have stressed the word “aesthetic” this year and we’ve come to terms that it is crucial to have an aesthetic theme for your Instagram page, or any website for that matter.

Aesthetic (Definition): A combination of things that are pleasing to look at.

With many new bloggers and icons emerging into the world of Instagram Influencers, it can get difficult thinking of new aesthetics for your blog and how to stand out. We’ve come to the conclusion that inspiration for Instagram themes must be found outside of the app.

Tumblr is a website for the creative, the inspired and for those who aren’t afraid to express themselves. We’ve come across many Tumblr websites with unique themes that can inspire your Instagram feed. From minimalistic themes to radiant content, discover new visual content from these websites:

WALK WITH ME / ZOE NEVER DREAMS

If an aesthetic was poetry, it would be this Tumblr website. Walk With Me shares minimalistic visuals that are beautifully constructed. This theme shows fashion, beauty, and art with a modern touch.

MAGGIE ON THE ROCKS

For those interested in capturing details within their images and perfecting their portrait mode skills, Maggie On The Rocks is your go-to website for inspiration. This Tumblr captures details from every angle and focuses on contemporary images.

CATHRINA BRODERICK

Cathrina Broderick focuses on art and fashion aesthetics while playing with fun colors. Her minimalistic theme consists of warm and soft colors that flow very well together.

LEAH-CULTICE

Stepping away from minimalistic themes, Leah-Cultice is everything maximalistic, focusing on colorful fashion images from the runways and the latest editorials from magazines.

LA COOL ET CHIC

If you’re a Makeup Artist, Fashion Stylist, or someone who enjoys a magazine type of layout, then La Cool et Chic is a blog you want to keep bookmarked for inspiration. This Tumblr is creative and visually appealing to look at, with content that would be perfect to use for an Instagram portfolio.

For more Beauty, Fashion, Hair and Body Spa Esthetics Inspiration, follow JCInstitute on Tumblr. 


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,
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