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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 / Body Spa

Top 5 Nail Trends You Need To Try This Summer

23
05.2018

As much as we love neon colors and all that glitters, over time it can become repetitive. It’s like wearing the same little black dress all season long until you realize you’ve had enough of it and need a change. Don’t get us wrong, the little black dress is iconic, just like neon shades for summer, but who says you can’t be daring and have fun with something different this year.

We’ve witnessed many incredible and creative nail art and designs that have been seen on the Spring 2018 runways. It was difficult to narrow our list down to the top five trends, but the following looks will no doubt be quite popular this summer. Instagram influencers and beauty bloggers have already begun experimenting with the latest nail designs for this season— now it’s your turn to get a fresh manicure.

Top 10 Nail Trends You Need To Try This Summer
Statement Nails

PHOTO COURTESY OF INSTAGRAM @STYLISTBEAUTYDESK

Statement nails are easy and fun to create. All you need to do is apply nail stickers to your nails and then add glossy polish over top. You can purchase nail stickers online from Etsy or So Nailicious Boutique.

The Minimalist Manicure 

PHOTO VIA PINTEREST

Forget the color, the minimalist manicure is all about simple, clean and neutral designs. Add black and white stripes to your nails for the perfect minimalist look.

Graffiti Nails

PHOTO VIA COSMOPOLITAN

Let your inner artist self come to play with this nail trend that you can create from home. Graffiti nails are all about experimenting with shapes and brush strokes until you’re pleased with your artistic nails.

“Just when you thought we had escaped an ’80s beauty resurgence, here come these nails.” A.R.”

Petal Nails

PHOTO VIA GLAMOUR

Nail designs just keep on getting creative by the season. Petals on your nails? Yes, please! This elegant nail art is definitely made for Spring/Summer and we can’t wait to try it.

THE HALF MOON MANICURE

PHOTO VIA TRENDHUNTER

These nails by Angi Wingle were introduced on the runway at the Philip Lim Spring 2018 show and now they’re being spotted everywhere. This trend is one of our favorites because of the feminine design with a neutral polish.

Are you in need of a manicure? Do you wish to try one of these amazing trends for summer? Visit us at the John Casablancas Institute Body Spa and book your next manicure appointment with us.


Davneet Dhillon,
Blog / Body Spa

New Image Skincare Products You Need This Summer

30
04.2018

The sun is shining in Vancouver and we couldn’t be more happy to finally embrace the warm weather. Although the scorching heat is beautiful to be in, it is still important to know the harm sun can do to your skin. To avoid infections, rashes, sunburns, and other skin issues, you must invest in products that will allow your skin to stay hydrated throughout the warmer months.

IMAGE Skincare is a clinical skincare brand that provides products that help your skin to stay healthier than ever and protected from the harsh elements. This year the brand has come out with new products that will save your skin this summer!

Vital C Hydrating Burst

The Vital C Hydrating Burst includes water burst technology and hydrates your skin. Apply this product to your skin in the morning and throughout the day to keep your skin hydrated.

“Upon application, it releases a flood of antioxidants, hyaluronic acid, vitamins and peptides to provide a youthful, radiant, healthier-looking complexion.” – IMAGE Skincare

Skintypes: Dry/Dehydrated, Sensitive, Irritated, Post-treatment.

Vital C Hydrating Overnight Masque

The overnight treatment masque helps the skin appear smoother and diminish the appearance of wrinkles. Apply a thick layer to cleansed skin and leave on overnight, allowing your skin to lock in vital nutrients while you sleep. The next morning, wash your face with lukewarm water and repeat 2-3 times a week.

“Wake up with intensely hydrated, glowing skin.” – IMAGE Skincare

Skintypes: Dry/Dehydrated, Sensitive, Irritated, Post-treatment.

Vital C Hydrating Antioxidant A C E Serum

The new Vital C serum includes several vitamins, A, C, and E, and works as a powerhouse to protect your skin. The ingredient list also contains minerals and amino acids, so this serum is essential for healthy skin. Apply the serum to cleansed skin in the morning and as needed throughout the day.

Skintypes: Dry/Dehydrated, Sensitive, Irritated, Post-treatment.

Ageless Total Pure Hyaluronic 6 Filler

“This concentrated topical filler contains six forms of lower and higher molecular weight hyaluronic acids to rapidly smooth away the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Delivers an immediate, noticeable boost of hydration. Fill in fine lines without an injection.” – IMAGE Skincare

Skintypes: Aging, Dry, Fine lines & wrinkles, Post-treatment.

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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,
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