Lionesse Beauty Bar Is Where your Essence and Beauty Merge

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Walking into a Lionesse Beauty Bar is like entering into a universe of beauty. Your beauty. Enter our Makeover Metropolis, where we have all of your styling needs met, and offer tips on how to create the perfect look. We know makeup, and every time our future beauty queens buy one of our fabulous products, they get a free makeover. Come experience the excitement.

The Beauty of Lionesse

10384905_10154927601620473_7331344446386402419_nAt Lioness Beauty Bar we know flair. Uncover hair care products you have always wished for, while delighting in a professional makeover. There’s nothing like the Lionesse experience. While we help you to discover your best beauty, try our classy refreshments and enjoy the music of our in-house D.J. 
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We massage your head while giving the style you desire. Our Beauty Bar comes with styling options from the top looks in the trendiest places.

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The serene feeling of a gentle stream, cascading down a regal waterfall, as your hair sings your praise. For your next party, invite your friends to some nice, relaxing, beauty time with the girls of Lionesse. It’ll be a styling adventure that will leave them smiling for days. Monthly memberships are available so you can keep on looking fabulous.

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Choosing the Right Makeup Brush

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Have you ever went on a makeup haul, arriving home with all sorts of new makeup, only to realize that you might not have the right brush to apply that new loose powder foundation or smooth crème eye shadow? Then you make your way back over to the store to find the right brush for the job, only to realize that you have literally hundreds and thousands of options? Since we’ve all been there – lost and confused by the abundance of makeup brush choices – we thought we’d do our part in preventing future beauty failure by providing you with all the information you need to know about choosing the right makeup brush.

Before even picking up the best makeup brush to apply any cosmetic, it is important to understand that there is a wide selection of makeup brushes offered today. The best thing to remember when selecting a makeup brush to add to your brush collection is that a high-quality makeup brush will ensure a flawless application and a lasting finish. High-quality brushes are able to seamlessly blend various shades and mediums, leave any makeup application with a natural finish, and they last for years. On the other hand, low-quality makeup brushes tend to have uneven bristles which “shed” or fallout frequently, they tend to be harsh on the skin, and loose their shape after only a few uses.

When browsing for brushes, you may notice two specific words jumping out at you: “natural” and “synthetic.” Believe it or not, natural and synthetic bristles are quite different and have their own specific purposes. Natural bristles, which are typically the preferred, are the ideal choice when applying powder makeup (loose powder or pressed powder). The bristles of natural hair brushes allow the cuticle to sift across the skin and will actually pick up the makeup pigments and natural facial skin oils ensuring even blending. Further, the natural bristles of high-quality brushed feel silky, soft, and smooth. If you are aware that you have an allergy to a specific animal, keep this in mind; the natural high-quality bristles are made from a variety of different mammal hair including the coat of goat, horse, sable, squirrel, or sable. That said, if you notice that you are experiencing signs of an allergic reaction and you happen to be using a new makeup brush, chances are that it’s not a coincidence and you may be allergic the type of animal fur being used.

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Contrarily, high-quality brushes with synthetic bristles are most often used when applying crème, gel, or liquid foundation. The reason synthetic bristles are preferred for non-powder foundation application is because, unlike natural bristles, synthetic bristles are more or less liquid resistant; As they are non-porous, the bristles won’t soak up liquid makeup the way that natural bristles would.

It seems that new brushes, brush styles and shapes are released just as frequently as new shadow pallets. This can be slightly problematic when the one brush you want is only offered in a set. Sometimes, you might even notice that you want two brushes, but the cost of two individual brushes higher than the cost of an entire set (and maybe you don’t want to replace brushes that you are already fond of). So what’s a girl to do? First of, you should keep in mind that makeup brushes are one of those items that “you get what you pay for.” This means that often, the pricier brushes are likely to be higher quality. That said, there are low-quality brushes that will trick consumers with nice packaging and hefty prices. So, instead of looking only at the price, take the time to look at the brush and the bristles for quality.

Keeping the above in mind, the best thing to do is build your own makeup brush set. This will ensure that you have checked out the quality of each of your brushes and that you have all the brushes you need!

Makeup Tips for an Interview

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Whether you’ve just graduated and are in search of your first “real” job, or you’re switching careers chances are you’ve put endless amounts of tender love and care into your Linked In profile, cover letters, and resume ensuring that they were perfect. Since you look great on paper, you should hold up (maybe even exceed) expectations by arriving for an interview looking appropriate and polished. Granted, it’s easier said than done, especially when you realize that all your dress-y outfits are dancing and not so much for data entry and your favorite flirtatious makeup look may not be the best look for finance meetings.

Let’s be honest, of all things, the outfit you wear to an in-person interview probably holds the most impact on the impression you make and the opinions to be made about you. Don’t dim your chances of being hired by wearing a dress that might be appropriate. Take a few hours to go to the store and find professional clothes that make you look polished and feel confident.

Once you’ve got your interview attire figured out, you’re going to need to finish your look with proper hair and makeup. As long as you’re not rocking the I-just-woke-up-like-this hairdo that is all the rage right now, you should be fine. Do your hair as you normally would for a casual date night, or family event. Finally, when applying your makeup for an interview, remember what your mother always told you: less is more. Your potential manager won’t notice that you’ve applied your Katy Perry falsies and chances are they might even be offended if you use your YSL pallet for a dark smoky eye, as it could show that you care more about your looks than the work they need you to perform. Not sure how to apply your makeup? Read on for the best makeup tips that will help your rock your interview, and (fingers crossed) help you land the job!

  1. Per usual, start with a freshly cleaned face that has been moisturized. If you find that your skin is a bit dry from all the pre-interview stress, you can use a gentle exfoliator a day or two before your interview to ensure that your skin is smooth and makeup ready come interview day.
  2. Like always, use apply your go-to primer so your interview look lasts the day. An interview can last anywhere from thirty minutes two hours (sometimes more) depending on the interview structure, management, and other factors. Using a quality primer will leave you prepared for the day ahead.
  3. Use a high-quality foundation to even out you skin tone. You want to make sure that the color matches, and even disappears into your natural skin color.
  4. Even if you skip concealer on the regular, don’t do so today. Use that magic makeup to hide dark, tired eyes, and cover any annoying pimples if you need to.
  5. If you don’t typically apply blush or bronzer than there is no need on your interview day; it is not the day to experiment. On the contrary, if you use blush or bronzer on the regular and feel confident in your ability to apply it to give a natural look, then you should do so.
  6. While long lashes and dark liner are fun, chances are more than likely that they are inappropriate for interview makeup. For appropriate interview eye makeup, use a natural, nude color on your lids, with a touch of shimmer on the crease. Using your go-to eyeliner, apply a fine line to your upper lash line, and follow up by applying just a coat or two of mascara.

The Art of Belly Dancing

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Men are from Mars,
belly dancers are from heaven
-Author unknown

Belly dancing is believed to be one of the most beautiful dances in the world, for a good reason to! In fact not only is belly dancing a sensual, unique dance, but practicing the art of belly dancing has also been found to have amazing benefits. Below are four benefits of belly dance that will encourage just about anyone to take up this the artistic dance.

Benefit No. 1: Belly Dancing Actually Improves Memory!
When practicing belly dancing, and any form of dance really, they are enabling the healthy oxygenation of internal organs, including the brain; this means one’s mental alertness is sharpened and mental functioning is aroused. To further encourage memory improvement when practicing the art of belly dancing, it is recommended that the dancers challenge themselves by switching up their routine, creating new choreography, or attending a class which teaches a new or different style of belly dancing. Memory is not the only brain function improved through belly dancing, in fact, studies show that those who practice regularly seek emotional benefits as well. Research shows that belly dancers, (as well as those who practice any kind of dance in general) are cultivating a healthy body image, greater self-confidence, and encouraging positive social interactions.

Benefit No. 2: Belly Dancing Promotes Healthy Digestion!
Being that belly dancing revolves around precise movements of the core, pelvis, and gluteal muscle groups, it’s really no wonder that regular belly dancing has been found to improve digestion. The very muscle groups listed above surround internal digestive organs; movement of he muscles essentially massages these organs and naturally promotes proper digestion. Keep in mind, as with any physical activity, it is best to wait an hour or so after eating before belly dancing; failure to do so can result in stomach cramps and nausea.

Benefit No. 3: Belly Dancing Reduces and Relieves Back Pain!
Today, it is estimated that four out of every five (80%) American adults either currently have back pain, or previously reported back pain. Research shows that with Americans living less active and more sedentary lifestyles, more and more people are complaining of chronic and temporary back pain. Well, surprise, surprise… Being that belly dancing is a core strengthening activity, it encourages reinforcement of the deep core muscles which support the spine; this means that belly dancers are able to prevent and relieve back pain with regular practice. That being said, it is extremely important to practice the dance with good posture, for if good posture is not used, there will be unwanted, adverse effects.

Benefit No. 4: Belly Dancing Can Aid in Skin Clearing and Improve an Uneven Complexion!
When practicing the art of belly dancing, one is not only getting an aerobic exercise, the dance also includes the conditioning of balance, coordination, and flexibility. In doing so, dancers are increasing the skin’s circulation as well as boosting the oxygenation of skin cells, resulting in a clearer, brighter, more even complexion. Of course, skill will gain the maximum benefit when it is properly taken care of when not belly dancing as well. One can ensure their skins potential by keeping hydrated before, during and after practicing belly dancing. Additionally, it is wise to exfoliate regularly to rid the body of dead skin cells.

Benefits of Dance Therapy

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“Dancing is like taking a mini-vacation from the
 stress of the everyday – you have to be in the moment”

-Ofelia De La Valette,
Founder and owner of Dance 101, Atlanta

Bust a Move
It should come to no surprise that dance is powerful activity. In fact calling it “powerful” may actually be an understatement. Whether you took dance classes as an adolescent, danced competitively as a teen, or danced the night away every Friday night in college, you are familiar with the indescribable feeling that floods you mind, body and soul as you start to feel the beat of the base in your heart, as the treble gets you swinging your arms and tapping your toes.

The action of dancing has been used for centuries, but it wasn’t until a little over a decade ago that race was officially found to be a therapeutic form of exercise that benefits not just physical health, but mental and emotional heath too. The idea behind the research of dance therapy makes total sense; given the understanding that music is powerful enough to trigger memories, affect mood, and alter emotional well-being, it only seems right that busting a move to an enjoyable song had benefits as well. Moving to the beat increases the release of endorphins, the pleasure chemicals, from the brain, which gives you that indescribable euphoric feeling. Additionally, moving to the music is found to be a powerful stress reliever and joyful healer. For more information on the benefits of dance therapy, keep reading!

Movin’ Your Feet for Stress Relief
Research had shown that nearly any form of exercise can prevent and reduce physical and emotional stress (if you haven’t yet, check out the article Fit Mind and Body for more information on the mental and emotional benefits of psychical exercise); being that a good dance session can get your heart racing and blood pumping the same way a good jog does, it makes sense that dance therapy is an exceptional stress reliever.

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Swing Your Hips for More Confidence
Being that dance therapy is a suitable form of psychical exercise, we weren’t surprised to find out the therapeutic movement is linked to increased confidence, as well as stronger social skills and communication abilities. When dancing, you are connecting with those around you on a whole new level; that said, you are also allowing yourself to let your guard down and show others a side of you that they may not have seen otherwise – but this isn’t a bad thing! By doing so, you are allowing yourself to be accepted by others without over thinking how they are perceiving you (something that the majority of women in today’s nation need to work on). When you feel accepted, your confidence levels are bound to rise.

Move to the Motions to Better Express Your Emotions
With the countless expectations and standards placed on women today, it can be hard to difficult to express the many emotions felt on a regular basis. Research has shown that dance therapy allows dancers to express those otherwise unaccepted emotions in a non-verbal medium, which also makes provides a sense of safety.

Easy Dance Recital Makeup

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There’s really no other proper introduction to this article than to come right out and say it: dance recital season has begun. An essential part of a dancer’s stage presence is her makeup, considering that without proper makeup, it can be next to impossible for the audience to actually see a person’s face while on stage. Below you will find a step-by-step tutorial of an easy dance recital makeup look. This look is perfect for all dancers! So whether it’s you performing or your daughter, this easy dance recital makeup tutorial is all you’ll need!

  1. You’ll want to start with a fresh clean face, being sure to pull your hair out of your face if it hasn’t already been styled.
  2. As always, before applying any coverage, you should use a moisturizer suited to your skin type, followed by a high-quality primer.
  3. Since you will be dancing, it is highly likely that you will be sweating at some point. For this reason, we recommend that you use makeup products that are tailored to oily skin or long-wear, or contain mattifying ingredients. For best results use a mineral based powder foundation, this way it when you do perspire your coverage is less likely to cake or streak the way that a liquid or crème foundation would.
  4. Be sure to blend the foundation up and into your hairline and down to your chin, neck and décolleté to prevent the stage lights from pointing out any color-flaws.
  5. Now, here is the one foundation exception, which goes against step three: use a crème based concealer for your under eyes. This is okay because is it such a small amount that even if it does crease, it will not be noticeable.
  6. Prepare for additional eye makeup by applying a high-quality long-lasting eye makeup primer to your upper eyelids.
  7. Use a translucent powder or finishing powder to set the coverage provided by the foundation and concealer. It’s perfectly fine to dust your eyelids as well, no harm will be done.
  8. Because stage lights will wash out the color of your complexion, it is important to use a powered blush or rouge. However, because you won’t be using bronzer as state makeup, the blush it applied a bit different than usual; instead of just applying the color to the apples of your cheeks, you will use the brush to dust the color from the apples of your cheeks along your cheekbone, up to your hairline. This application is very similar to a bronzer application, the difference being that it should not look as “sharp” and structured as bronzer. If you are unsure, check out some YouTube tutorials of how to use blush when applying stage makeup.
  9. Again, beat the stage light washout by using eyebrow powder or an eyebrow pencil to sculpt and define your brows.
  10. As far as a standard of stage makeup, pearl or opal colored shadow is applied to the eyelids and a nude or light brown color shadow is applied to the outer corner and brow bone. Now, if your dance team or dance company has decided on a specific coordinated color, you should go with that color!
  11. Apply black eyeliner to the top and bottom lash lines as you typically would, keeping in mind that you want to use a moderately-heavy hand for this particular application. Most dancers apply a set of false lashes, this is up to you and your comfort level.
  12. Finally, finish the look with some classic red lip liner and lipstick. As with step ten, if your dance company has instructed you for wear an alternative color, go ahead and do so!

Fit Mind and Body

According to World Health Organization, uni-polar depression is predicted to the second leading cause of global disability by the year 2020. This comes to no shock to those who are familiar with the relevant data: approximately 1/3 people in the average American community are diagnosed with a humorless ailment, including mental   disease (e.g. depression, anxiety), as well as physical well-being complaints (e.g. chronic pain, persistent migraines). Additionally, an astounding 1/5 men and 1/12 women in the U.S. find themselves alcohol dependant at some point in their lifetime. All it takes is a few Google searches to find even more shocking statistics like these. Instead of becoming another statistic, adults should take it upon themselves to use such research and facts to their benefit.

Unhealthy and Unhappy
It’s no secret that those who are in less than optimal physical health find themselves facing more mood swings, more bad days and with less life satisfaction. But, all of this is preventable with just one, simple, non-pharmaceutical lifestyle change. Research shows that physical activity, in just about any form, is an effective preventive measure and cure for the majority of mental health diseases. Question: What one thing do all of the follow have in common? Taking the dog for an evening walk; going on a bike ride with your best friend; going on a morning jog; taking a pilates class. Answer: They all count as completely acceptable forms of physical activity; point being that the term “exercise” isn’t only achieved in a gym.

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Is Exercise Really a Magic Cure?
In short: Yes! The human body and brain are capable of some pretty amazing things that sciences are still trying to figure out. However, one thing is widely accepted among the neurosciences: when a person is active, a biochemical process begins, which releases specific chemicals. These magical substances are called Endorphins, which are best understood as the “feel good chemicals,” as they have been found to relieve pain and induce feelings of pleasure or euphoria. Additionally, serotonin levels rise, serotonin has been linked to sleep and memory.

But that’s not all! When taking the dog on a walk, the body’s blood flow is at its best, sending and retrieving more blood to and form the brain, which in turn reduces muscle tension. When muscle tension is reduced, stress levels decrease. Still, this physical activity isn’t just delivering benefits, rather there are known psychosocial benefits; regular physical activity has been shown to improve overall body image, increase confidence levels, contribute a sense of accomplishment, and even give a sense of control over life situations.

Though numerous controlled studies, physical activity has been found advantageous to those battling a range of mental illnesses including anxiety, panic disorders, phobias, and stress disorders. Exercise has been found to have a positive effect on other ailments including aiding the psychological health of those suffering from schizophrenia.

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The Takeaway
Instead of finding yourself stuck in a rut, get up and get moving! Start at your own pace; if you don’t like running, don’t run! Exercise is anything that increases your heart rate and has the potential of making you sweat. Not only are you likely to notice an encouraging difference in your mental status, but chances are you will notice positive changes in your body as well.

Mental illness is nothing to joke about, if you or someone you know is suicidal or in emotional distress, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1‑800‑273‑TALK. Likewise, if you or someone you know is experiencing anxiety, panic attacks, or a crisis of any kind, please call the U.S. Crisis Help Line at 1-800-233-4357.

Summer Makeup Trends

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Summer is surely upon us, which means that almost as soon as you begin your pre-summer shopping spree, you will be slipping into that new deep-V floral romper wondering how you should do your makeup; after all, you’ll want your makeup to be on point with the top summer make trends of 2016. To save you time, we have put together a trendy summertime makeup look that you are certain to love. To achieve this summer’s soft and sweet day look follow these simple steps.

  1. Start with a fresh, clean face. With summer here, you should not just be washing your face, but you should also be exfoliating every 2 to 3 days to get all the extra sweat, salt, and sand out of your pores.
  2. Apply your favorite lightweight serum, followed by a multitasking face moisturizer which not only nurtures your skin but also provides the seasons necessary sun protectant. We recommend a moisturizer which contains at least SPF 30.
  3. Makeup this summer revolves around glowing and brightening skin trends. So, with the rudimentary steps taken care of, start your summer look by applying a sheer to medium coverage luminizing BB or CC cream. Be sure to give the product a few minutes to set into your skin before building the coverage (should you choose to), and before carrying onto the next steps.
  4. Once your primary product has set, use a lighter colored bronzer to highlight and contour your face as your normally would.
  5. Not everyone is a blush fan, but for those who are, reach for a blush that has a satin finish.
  6. In addition to the glowing skin trend, summer 2016 eye makeup is totally 60’s inspired. This means thick, “clumpy” eyelashes are in; although simple, this may be the most time-consuming step of your summertime makeup look. There are a few different ways you can go about getting your eyelashes up to par. Your first option is to simply apply coat after coat of volumizing mascara. Your second option, much like the first, you will apply coat after coat of volumizing mascara, but use a Q-tip to dust a layer of baby powder on your lashes in-between each layer of mascara. This is a lighter way to get the thick, heavy look. Your final option is to find a few different sets of falsies and get used to adding them to your morning makeup routine.
  7. With such bold lashes, it really isn’t necessary to create a bold shadowed eye. However, if you feel you need something on your lids, opt for a nude or pastel color.
  8. Finish your summer makeup look with a matte nude shade of long wear lipstick.

Do proceed with caution, and make a mental note to yourself of what you’ll be doing on your summer day. This look is intended for an indoor, air-conditioned summer day. If you will be spending many days at the beach this summer, you should avoid runny eye makeup and clogged pores by embracing and preserving your natural beauty with a lightweight BB or CC cream that is fortified with SPF.

Beautiful and Discreet Bling

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Women around the nation are moving the big, bold, statement jewelry to the back of their accessory drawer as they make space up front for the new favorite: thin, tiny, discreet bling. The minimalism trend has successfully is taken over interior design, fashion design and the beauty world, so it only makes sense that the modest style would make its way into jewelry design realm. If you have not had the chance to see just how beautiful subtle bling can be, you should change that this very second. In order to appreciate discrete bling, one should first have a basic understanding of what the minimalist look is all about.

The chic, modern trend is all about allowing simple and subtle shapes, lines and colors grasp your attention. A common misconception about the minimalism fashion trend is that sense you are going to a “less is more” look, you should avoid accessories, but this is far from the truth! As with any look, accessories have their place within minimal style; whether belts, watches, eyewear or jewelry, accessories can (and should) be worn when sporting the minimalist look.

Old Habits Die Hard
The chunky, flash jewelry trend had come and gone, although it seems it has left quite the impression. When women accessorized with big and bold jewelry they didn’t stop at just one chunky charm bracelet, rather they had a few on each wrist. Even though the oversized pieces are no longer being worn, it seems that women often over-adorn their limbs with minimalist bling, for no other reason than it’s how they’re used to wearing bling… which is a minimalist-no-no, by the way.

If you’re questioning yourself right now, realizing that you might actually be one of those chronic over-wearers, we have the only two tips tips you’ll ever need to help you avoid minimalist overload. Likewise, if you are new to the minimalist look, you will find these tips helpful in rocking your discreet bling.

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Your Accessory Should Not Separate or Distract From Your Clothing!
As mentioned above, discreet bling is a great way to compliment any minimalist outfit. As with most rules, this one has some fine print. For example, if you are sporting a simple top which with a minimal stripe pattern, the last thing you should accessorize with is an extra long modern chain necklace. In theory, it makes sense to pair the two minimal pieces together, but because the dainty necklace is so long, it actually separates and breaks up the simple pattern on the top, and adds a very un-minimalist dimension. Instead of the simple chain, complete your modest look with a pair of discreet gold ball earrings, or a silver monogram cut-out ring.

Keep Your Options Simple and Minimal
We’re not necessarily talking about the style of the pieces, rather, we’re suggesting that you don’t need to own each and every minimally designed accessory in the store. While it’s nice to have every piece you love at the tip of your fingers, chances are that you won’t wear them equally. On top of that, you are bound to find yourself in a fuss over which piece to wear. Chances are, you’ll find yourself unable to choose one and compensating for your uncertainty by layering multiple pieces; don’t allow yourself to turn into a chronic over-wearer.

Special Effects Makeup

“The eyes can deceive you; don’t trust them.”
-Obe-Wan Kenobi

Special Effects Makeup – commonly referred to as prosthetic makeup or FX prosthesis – uses prosthetic sculpting, molding and casting mediums and highly sought after artistic technique to create cutting-edge cosmetic effects.

Special effects makeup

Experts have said it more than a few times that the Star Wars film franchise has completely reformed the special effects industry not just once, but twice! With the third Star Wars Trilogy making way to the silver screen, there is no doubt that the trek franchise will change the industry yet again.

It all started in 1977, when a screenwriter named George Lucas composed a space sci-fi, fantasy, action script, which we refer to today as Star Wars. Lucas imagined Star Wars to depict a futuristic environment, unlike anything the industry had ever seen before. He envisioned his characters as bizarre yet brilliant beings. He foresaw a screen filled with intense space battles and marvelous metal spaceships migrating through space. However, at the time, the vision that Lucas had in mind for his work would involve technology that just wasn’t available. However, to say that computer-generated imagery, or CGI, was “at its early stages” would be an exaggeration. With his vision in mind, Lucas inspiringly constructed Skyriver (the galaxy far, far away) on his own.

As a co-producer of the film, Lucas, handpicked John Dykstra to work on the special effects of the original Star Wars. In past interviews Dykstra recalls the many days spent in the studio, with his closest friends, designing and constructing the range of characters and robots from scratch. In an interview with Den of Geek Dykstra recalls “…we kind of walked into an empty warehouse and sat on the floor and went ‘How are we going to do this?’” Dykstra goes on, explaining the Lucas “took an incredible risk by listening to what myself and my collaborators had to say with regard to how to do this because we were inventing this stuff from scratch. We have a basic toolkit now, in the form of a computer, and so much of it now is programming.”

In production, Dykstra and Lucas used exceptionally detailed miniature characters in addition to the then top-of-the-line animations and revolutionary computer-controlled motion photography system, which created special effects (which, by the way, that still look crisp today)! The film was the first big-budget blockbuster that relied solely on handmade robots, genuine action scenes, and legitimate explosions. Lucas’s desire to produce Star Wars the way he once imagined altered the special effects arena for light-years to come.

It is undoubtful that any shortcuts were taken in creating the groundbreaking special effects in the blockbuster; however it is said that there are a few characters in particular whose creation involved much a stupendously larger effort than others.

C-3PO
It is said that Anthony Daniels knew he wanted the robotic role after just a single look at artist Ralph McQuarrie’s painting of C-3PO. Needless to say, aniels didn’t quite know what he was getting himself into. In his interview for Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy, a documentary, Daniels recalls, the costume penetrating and ripping his foot open when the leg of the costume suddenly split.

Bantha
Remember, at the time of filming the first trilogy, CGI was only few advancements beyond a pipe dream. Which meant that in order to bring the scene up to par with Lucas’s expectations, the team brought in Mardji, 25-year-young Asian elephant.

While in Death Valley for her on-screen debut in the Tusken Raider scenes, she had her very own team of costume designers who designed her custom, one-of-a-kind Bantha costume. The crew jokes as they describe Mardji as the diva of the cast, when they recall her removing her costume without warning in the middle of filming. For those wondering, Mardji can be visited at her home at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom.

Treky Nail Art

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Nail art has come a long way over the past few years. Once accented French tips, dashing lines, and dainty flowers, nail technicians all around the world are constantly adapting nail art like never before. From tie dye nails and ombre  tips, to detail oriented tribal patterns and comic-book-like storylines, to bling, charms, and chains the possibilities of nail art today remain to be seen limitless.

As the science fiction genre makes a pop culture comeback, nail techs are getting requests for treky inspired, outer-space-like nail designs. Needless to say, they have yet to disappoint. The best part about the treky nail art trend: not only are the designs stunning, they are also beyond easy! So, if you find yourself super busy this summer, and can’t seem to get a night-owl timed manicure appointment have no fear! Bellow are two (very different) treky nail art looks with the necessary steps so you can achieve the look in no time!

Into the Galaxy Nail Art

Here’s what you’ll need: Your preferred base coat, glitter or a glittered top coat, nail polish in the following colors: black, white, light pink, yellow, and blue, a small makeup sponge (depending on the size of your makeup sponge, you may find that you can use different edges of one sponge, or that you need to use more than one so that your polish isn’t mixing), and a toothpick.

Here’s what you’ll do: Start by applying your base coat to polish-free, clean nails. Once dry, go ahead and apply a layer of black polish, depending on the brand you may need to apply an extra coat to be sure that the black color is solid. Let the black dry, and get ready to have some fun! Use a makeup sponge to blot on the white polish in a diagonal line across your nail. Use a new area of the sponge to apply pink polish in a few smaller areas around and on top of the white. You will do the same thing with the yellow and blue polish as you just did with the pink polish. Give the sponged on “galaxy” a few minutes to harden before using the toothpick to create three or four random white colored “meteors” around the galaxy you’ve just created. At this point, you will want to wait until everything is just about dry, that way you don’t smudge you galaxy when you apply the glitter top coat.

Space Princess Approved Nail Art

Here’s what you’ll need: Your preferred base/top coat, any two different metallic/ chrome nail polish colors, 6’’ of blue painter’s tape, scissors, a toothpick.

Here’s what you’ll do: For nail art that both Princess Leia (Star Wars) and Zenon (Girl of the 21st Century) would approve of, start by applying your base coat to polish-free, clean nails. Once the base coat has dried completely cut the painters tape into triangles, place the triangles on your nail so the top tip meets with the bottom of your natural white nail tip (the key here is to really press down and seal the tape). Next, one of the metallic-space-like polish colors you chose, paint your entire nail as if the tape wasn’t there, give the polish a few minutes to dry before removing the painters tape. Once your nails are tapeless, use the tooth pick to paint on a teeny-tiny triangle, with the critical of your nail being its base.  Take care that the two colored tips are parallel to one another. Wait for both polish colors to dry completely before applying a topcoat.