We recently held our Bellus Academy 2012 Summer Graduation at the Scottish Rite Center which included 41 graduates from our National City campus. As I sat and watched the parade of students accepting their certificates of completion I started to reminisce about the past eight months I have spent as Academy Director. The growth that we have made as students, educators, staff and an academy as a whole is outstanding!W e have had several first time accomplishments that include two students completing their externships at the world class Doves studio in Santa Monica, student Michael Gregory taking 2nd place in the S.T.A.R. cut and color competition, and making a big impact in the community with fashion and editorial projects. These achievements, coupled with the evolution of our staff and population have allowed our academy to develop a culture consistent with the highest Bellus standards.
We are also extremely pleased that our student council has taken a huge role in National City. They help to develop student strategies and practices by meeting on a weekly basis. While having an active voice in the culture and guidelines we set forth daily they have taken it upon themselves to set up a recycling program, a clean-up management team, fundraising events and also played a hand in creating the outdoor break area including new picnic tables. On the clinic floor the consistency of our student’s work has been outstanding. Students continuing to break service and retail goals of years past. Our clients are continuously leaving satisfied with salon and spa quality services from our future professionals. The customer reviews that we receive daily are of the highest praise and continue to allow our students to develop a client base while completing their program.
All of the recent achievements have come directly through dedication to changing a culture which includes daily habits, organization plans and structure. The students and staff have done an incredible job striving for excellence. I look forward to the continual growth through the second half of 2012 together as a director a staff, our future professionals and as a campus. I look forward to seeing you in National City.
Hello my fellow makeup lovers. As seasons change so do the makeup trends and this year let me tell you how I started it off and maybe you will too.
Now it does get a little toasty out there and sometimes we don’t want to wear all those layers of loveliness. This summer prance around with clean brows, nude eyes, a set of lashes, bronzed skin and a bright lip. One of my favorite foundations during the summer is La Bella Donna, not only is it a mineral based product with the ability to give a sheer to full coverage but it has SPF (which we all need). While bronzing the skin lightly, dust it on the areas of the face where the sun would naturally hit (forehead, nose, cheeks, and chin).
For your lips, I like to use a matte color or a lip moisturizer that has an SPF and a touch of color such as Baby Lips from Maybelline. Keeping up the brows especially if you like to color them can be challenging, especially in the sun. Using Chella Brow products has been my go to this summer. Last but not least my favorite, EYELASHES!!!
So, while you’re sitting poolside or hanging out at a backyard boogie try all of these or one of them this summer. –XO KM
Tip: Glosses have reflective qualities and may bring a little to much attention from the Sun.
Tip: For a waterproof eyelash experience, try using synthetic lashes with glue that you would glue extension tracks in your hair with. Works just like lash glue with a longer lasting effect.
Bellus Academy Makeup Department “Make-up, It’s Art”
Beauty Changes Lives just launched the Enrolled Student Scholarship Competition. Only those who attend an American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS) member school are eligible to apply.
Four lucky students will win a day with a celebrity mentor!
Celebrity hair stylists Ted Gibson and Diana Schmidtke, CND Co-Founder Jan Arnold and “The Father of Internal Skincare,” Dr. Howard Murad, will each spend a day with a currently enrolled student. Winners will also receive a $500 travel allowance.
To enter, students must submit a one to three minute video or a 500 word written essay telling us how beauty has changed their life and how they’ll change lives with a career in beauty & wellness. For contest rules and details, please visit www.BeautyChangesLives.org/Scholarships.
The deadline to apply is July 10. This is a life-changing experience and could help launch the career of promising students!
Beauty Changes Lives is a non-profit initiative designed to raise awareness of how careers in the hair, beauty and wellness industry transform lives both personally and professionally. Created by the American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS), Beauty Changes Lives is supported by a coalition of beauty professionals including educators, product manufacturers, celebrities and industry icons. Through public events, educational outreach and partnership with select philanthropies. Beauty Changes Lives showcases the breadth of career opportunities available to beauty school graduates.
Guest blogger Summer Collins – Financial Aid Advisor
Have you ever wondered what FAFSA stands for? Well it is the free application for federal student aid. That is how many of our students are able to receive assistance for school here. As many of us may know, financial aid is always changing. In the upcoming fiscal year there are several anticipated changes but, it is not subject to change until July 1, 2012. It varies from interest rates, new regulations, and the ability to benefit test. Also, tax season is over which leads to the new regulation for the 12-13 FAFSA. It requires students to complete the IRS Data Retrieval tool. If students have not done so they should as soon as possible. If students are not able to use this tool they must request an IRS tax transcript because we cannot have tax forms in a financial aid file. In addition to the 12-13 FAFSA subsidized loans are anticipated to change. The interest rate is going up to 6.8%. It is also anticipated that as of July 1, 2012 students who have taken the ability to benefit test will not be able to receive financial aid any longer. Students without high school diplomas will have to obtain a GED or high school diploma to get federal assistance. If you would like more information on financial aid grants and student loans I strongly recommend making a PIN number used for many financial aid purposes at www.pin.ed.gov. After you have completed making a PIN number and It has become active complete Entrance Counseling at www.studentloans.gov. This will give you a better understanding about student loans and grants.