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How to Edit Your Photos with a Smartphone

10
04.2018

Not all bloggers with thousands of followers use online editing programs to edit their images, most people get away with the apps on their phones. If you’re ready to up your Instagram game and take your images to the next level, then get your phones ready and follow along.

How to take Insta-Worthy Images: 

First things first, stay clear of cameras within apps. Chances are the resolution isn’t as good as your phone’s camera, after all, you can always import pictures into the app you choose to edit with. Don’t forget to focus! This is very important to acknowledge because you could be one click away from either a really clear image, or stuck with a low-quality image. The way to focus your photo is to tap on the screen of your camera to where you want the main focus to be on.

Always remember to take as many pictures as you can from multiple angles. This way you have a variety of images to choose from when editing. Always shoot in natural light and turn off that flash!

The Must-Have Apps on your Phone and How to Edit:
AfterLight

The AfterLight app offers many filters and adjustment tools for you to brighten and sharpen your image before posting to Instagram. This app is also available in a second version, AfterLight 2, for $3.99.

This all-in-one photo editing app allows you to get creative with your photos by blending multiple images together, adding powerful effects and overlays, and customizing filters. Get started with importing an image from your camera roll and follow the icons listed to edit from left to right.

Click here for tutorials on how to edit your photos with Afterlight

A Color Story

A Color Story is every blogger’s design kit. With over 100 filters, 40+ effects and 20+ tools, this app allows you to enhance your images and the colours, from bright whites to rich colours.

Click here for tutorials on how to edit your photos with A Color Story

FaceTune

FaceTune is equivalent to Photoshop. This app is perfect to use for editing portrait images as it offers smoothing tools, to make your skin look smooth and clearer than ever, re-shaping tools, and tons of filters. You can use your finger to paint on effects including whitening/brightening an image, detailing, de-focusing, and more. The detail tool can be used to sharpen your eyes, lips, or even piercings to allow them to stand out more in your image.

Need to get rid a pimple? No worries, FaceTune’s patching tool removes all blemishes from your image, including pimples, wrinkles or even hair that might be in the way. (Tip: always use the patching tool before smoothing skin.)

Click here for tutorials on how to edit your photos with FaceTune

Snapseed

Snapseed is a free app that is known for its healing tool. If you have an image with a lot going on in the background that you’d like to get rid of, the healing app does just that. Drag your finger across the screen just like a magic eraser to get rid of unwanted details in your image.

Snapseed allows you to adjust your image exactly how you’d like with the touch of your finger! Your finger is equivalent to a paintbrush, allowing you to scroll your finger up for brightness. The icon ‘Tune Image’ offers contrast and saturation details to your image. With the right amount of filter and tuning done to your image, you will notice the quality going from 0-100, real quick.

Click here for tutorials on how to edit photos with Snapseed.

VSCO

VSCO is a free app used by many bloggers to theme their images in order for their Instagram feed to look cohesive. This all-in-one editing and photo sharing app has many filters for you to choose from.

Click here for tutorials on how to edit photos with VSCO

What are your favourite editing apps? Let us know!


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,
Blog / Body Spa / Events

Vancouver Esthétique Spa International Conference with JCI Educator Lili Huang

26
02.2018

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 / Body Spa

5 Skincare Products You Need This Spring

06
02.2018

Spring is approaching, and with the new season change comes new products to protect and care for your skin. IMAGE Skincare is a clinical skincare brand that is represented by 20,000 professionals in over 52 countries worldwide.

Here are 5 products that you need to invest in:

The Vital C Serum

The Vital C serum from IMAGE Skincare can be used for all skin types: dry, dehydrated, sensitive, sun damaged/burned, oily, acne, Rosacea, eczema, and post-treated skin. This product includes Vitamin A, C and E, allowing your skin to be healthy with a youthful glow.

Vital C serum is important to have because it protect skin against oxidative damage. In other words, the serum softens any visible signs of stress, wrinkles and fatigue.

The Prevention+ Moisturizer

As we’re all anticipating the sun to shine in Vancouver, you’ll definitely want to prepare to keep your skin healthy and damage free from its rays. The Prevention+ Moisturizer protects your skin cells from the harmful effects of the sun. 

This product is an oil-free daily moisturizer is to be used before applying makeup and contains UVA/UVB protection. (Free of parabens.)

The MAX Cleanser 

According to IMAGE Skincare: “This Stem Cell and Peptide-infused cleanser has been called botox-in-a-bottle by beauty editors all over the world!” The MAX cleanser reduces facial wrinkles and prevents signs of aging.

This product can be used for all skin types, including sensitive skin.

The Ageless Retinol 

The Ageless Retinol is a bestselling product that repairs aging and acne prone skin. “Total Retinol A Creme from Image Skincare includes Retinol and polypeptides that repair, revive, and resurface the skin for a brighter complexion and more youthful look.”

This product can be used for the following skin types: aging, oily, acne. acne prone, and sun damaged skin.

The Ageless Skin Plumper 

This serum is infused with vitamins and antioxidants which leave your skin dewy, hydrated and fresh. This product can be used on the dry, dehydrated, post-peel, and inflamed skin types.

“These products make your skin look and feel youthful again!” – John Casablancas Institute Body Spa educator Jen Sterling


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

Spring/Summer 2018 Nail Trends

24
01.2018

It’s official, spring/summer 2018 nail trends will consist of the most glamorous and bold manicures yet. From vibrant to minimalistic manicures, models have been spotted rocking upcoming SS18 manicures on the fashion week runways worldwide.

Remember when chrome nails were 2017 Fall’s biggest trending manicures? Say goodbye to chrome and metallic nails. This season expects bright and bold fingertips with pops of glitter.

The SS18 Colours 

Vibrant colours such as hot pink, hot coral, tangerine orange and canary yellow are shades to try for SS18. These colours were all seen on the runways, along with shimmer fingertips and decorated designs.

JCI Body Spa graduate Francesca knows how which colours her clients need this season. See more on her Instagram page for fun trending spring and summer colours.

The SS18 Designs and Trends 

John Casablancas Institute Body Spa students and graduates are successful at painting these daring spring/summer colours and creating playful designs. Get your nails insta-ready at the JCI Body Spa.

@sashaleahnails

Body Spa graduate Sasha Leah knows how to add a touch of glamour to any manicure she creates. Glitter, sequins and metallic shimmer are all trends that will be seen this spring and summer. Diamond and stripe designs add to the minimal polish colour. Don’t be afraid to try these daring trends this season.

Roxanne Hensler / @estheticsbyroxy

JCI Body Spa student, Roxanne Hensler perfects minimalistic designs for her clients. Designs of stripes, zig-zag lines and dots are this seasons favourites.

More Trends, More Colours, More Designs: 

Follow the JCI Instagram page for more nail inspiration.


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

Best 2017 Winter Manicures

23
11.2017

‘Tis the season to get yourself a fresh new Winter manicure. Whether you prefer metallics, glitter or fun nail art, the Body Spa at John Casablancas Institute will make your manicure wishes come true.

Winter 2017 Must-Have Colours 

Nail polishes make for perfect stocking stuffers. Get your hands on the latest trending nail colors for this season, whether you’re purchasing polishes for family and friends or simply getting yourself a new manicure.

Here are a few trending Winter nail colors to show the nail technician at your next appointment:

Holiday Nail Art 

From diamond snowflakes to sparkles, get your nails ready for the holidays with this wonderful nail inspriation:

Nails by JCI Body Spa Students/Graduates 

Don’t let your nails be the cause of why your Christmas card pictures didn’t turn out so great this year. Stop by the JCI Body Spa and get your nails done by our students in training. Here’s some nail inspo from our students and graduates:

Book your next nail appointment at John Casablancas Institute’s Body Spa


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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