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Beauty
Published Monday May 04, 2020 by Will Price

At Home Beauty Treatments: Expert How-Tos and Helpful Tips & Tricks with #HomeBeauty

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Beauty
Expert Advice

While shelter-in-place has become a large part of the “new normal,” and as select cities across the globe begin reopening, we’ve all had to find potential new avenues to explore our personal wellness, from virtual fitness routines to honing in on our ability to cut our own hair. While shifting your yoga class from the studio to the living room was easily doable thanks to the advent of virtual classes of nearly any type, when it comes to beauty routines, times have proved a little trickier.  

With so many salons and spas closed, as well as pretty much every other business out there, it's been the perfect time for our hair to get wild, our nails to go unpainted, our two eyebrows to become one, our standard beauty treatments to go by the wayside, and proper facials and masks taking a backseat to an extra hour of sleep. 

It’s also been the ideal time to try out new DIY beauty routines, especially those you may have been a little too, shall we say, embarrassed to try prior...? (Look, it’s perfectly normal to slather mayo all over my hair before bed, throw on a shower cap, and “see what happens” in the morning, Karen. Gosh.). From skin scrubs made from ingredients you found in the cupboard or an actual mud mask, to new beauty uses for standard glitter and an apple cider vinegar facial treatment, the ingenuity of the human spirit cannot be contained, especially as it pertains to at-home beauty. 

So in between your next skin treatment, before you give your S/O a haircut, “trying” DIY bangs despite what everyone told you on a Zoom happy hour, creating a personal spa day, tweezing, scrubs, a face mask that isn't really a face mask, and testing out new ingredients for a skin peel, get your phone out and share it with us! 
 


Welcome to #HomeBeauty by Mindbody 

You guys are creative. That’s for sure. And to showcase all of this creativity, as well as connect you with expert stylists to help with any potential "oops” moments, we’ve introduced the world to #HomeBeauty by Mindbody. 

It’s easy to join in on the fun: 

Simply tag your photos and videos on Instagram using #homebeauty (be sure to tag @mindbody as well). We’re keeping an eye out for all submissions and will be featuring many of them across our social outlets.

What we’re looking for...

You tagging, following, and posting images of: 

•   How much you miss your salons and spas  
•   How you are maintaining any sort of beauty routine during quarantine (good
     or bad)  
•   Ordering products (if you’re doing that) 
•   Doing at-home hair/beauty tutorials 

We’re then taking your submissions and tagging in our expert stylists and practitioners to give you a few practical tips & tricks to not only keep your routine intact but potentially improve on it.  

Through our IGTV, we’ll get your questions answered with “custom” videos and personalized shout-outs. 

That’s it! You’re most likely already showing the world what you got, and this is just a bonus of being able to connect, in real-time with stylists and practitioners. 

We’re all in this together. And while we’ve helped say thank you to our instructors in a number of different ways, our salons and spas also need to feel the love. Wherever you are in the world, let’s come together and connect with them.  

Follow @mindbody on Instagram, tag #Homebeauty, and get your custom expert advice today!  

Will Price Mindbody
Written by
Will Price
Senior Manager, Marketing Content (good guy to know)
About the author
In so many words, Will is a content marketer by trade and a story-telling appreciator by passion. Since grade school history & social studies classes, Will knew he wanted to someday be the one telling the stories versus just hearing them. Aside from unsuccessfully teaching his cross-eyed dog how to fetch, you can find Will on the Enso blog, chilling in shady spots under palm trees, and acting as the Senior Manager, Consumer Marketing at MINDBODY. He might answer on Twitter at @The_Momentum or @LordWilliam.
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Fitness
Published Thursday Oct 08, 2020 by Denise Prichard

I Tried Virtual Barre... Here’s What I Learned

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Anybody who knows me will you tell you I am a fitness fanatic. In fact, before COVID-19 hit and shut down all the gyms where I live, I was partying on a bike at my favorite indoor cycling studio up to seven days a week. To help keep the momentum going in my fitness journey, I immediately looked on Amazon to purchase workout equipment to outfit my tiny apartment. Unfortunately, I was greeted with several “sold outs” on every search I made.   

What was I supposed to do now? Refusing to succumb to the temptation of endless Netflix binge sessions and inevitably gaining the “COVID 15,” I knew I needed to get creative with my workouts from home. That’s when I remembered I took a barre class a few years ago which practically required little-to-no equipment to get a good sweat sesh in. All I really needed was yoga pants and a countertop to act as my stationary handrail.  


Booking virtual barre 

Ready to trade in my typical cardio-focused routine in for an intense, strength-training workout, I grabbed my phone and pulled up my app to search for virtual barre classes. I live in Phoenix, and to say the barre scene here is popping would be an understatement. With the city at my fingertips, I decided to try a class at one of the local hot spots around here—barre3 Scottsdale.  

Upon booking (just $10 for my first class!), I received a confirmation email letting me know I’d receive the link to my class 15-30 minutes before it started—they even suggested hopping on 10 minutes before class started to introduce yourself to the instructor (hey, Ashley!)  and chat with the other students. The morning of my class, I slapped on those yoga pants, propped my laptop on my kitchen counter, and got ready to plie my little heart out.  


Virtual barre is no joke 

When I logged into class, I was greeted by my instructor, Ashley, and a handful of other barre students.  

Then I learned, I was the only newbie in the class. On top of that, my back was to my wall of windows, so I literally looked like a creepy shadow trying to pawn myself off as an elegant dancer. Not even five minutes into class, my legs became a wobbly mess. To put this into perspective for you, I’m a part-time yoga instructor so I’m used to holding poses that make your muscles want to scream for an ungodly length of time—but movements involved in barre are no joke. Seriously.  
I felt every inch of every single plie I did—almost landing on my butt half of the time. By the end of the class, my fingertips were clinging on to my countertop like I was a rock climber dangling off a 50-foot cliff—completely out of breath and wondering if I even had legs anymore.   

All in all, it was a great workout and one that I and my muscles would not forget for several days. No—really. When I woke up the next morning, I could barely release my heels to the ground requiring me to not only wear high heels to walk my dogs (it’s a great look with sweatpants by the way) but also around my apartment. Come to think of it, I should probably write my downstairs neighbor a letter of apology for causing so much ruckus.  


How I’m going to prepare for my next virtual barre class

Stretch before and after class. This one is a little embarrassing because I should have known better. While I did prep my muscles before the workout with some light stretching, I was so gassed after class that I completely forgot to cater to my limbs post-workout. Even just a few yoga stretches probably would have helped with the recovery process.  

Invite a workout buddy. Hey—the more the merrier, right? I’m not going to lie—being the only newbie in this class, my ego took a huge hit. As someone who not only works out every day but also teaches fitness for a living, I was surprised at how humbling this experience was. I’m used to working out with others, and I think inviting someone to partake in this class would make it even more entertaining. Who knows? Maybe if my boyfriend took the class with me, he would take back all those chuckles he had whenever I wore my heels to grab a glass of water during my recovery phase.  

Find better lighting. Next time, I would probably set my laptop up at a different angle, so I didn’t look like a backlit, dancing ghoul. I’m sure it would have been easier for Ashley to offer me feedback on any of the movements I was doing if she was actually able to see me.  
Stock up on Epsom salt. Or magnesium supplements of any kind. When I say you will be sore from a virtual barre workout, I mean it. Get yourself a big bag of Epsom salt and run yourself a bath to help your muscles recover—you’ll thank me later.  

Even though I felt like a baby deer taking its first steps throughout the entire class, one session was all it took for me to want to add virtual barre classes into my COVID-19 workout routine. Did this class make me feel sore for days? Yep. Did it make me realize I had muscles in places I never even knew existed? You bet. But those are the types of workouts I crave because you start seeing results immediately and the recovery process gets shorter the more you go. Needless to say, I’m excited to take my next virtual barre class knowing what I know now.  

Ready to try virtual barre? Book a class at barre3 Scottsdale or browse virtual barre on Mindbody.   

denise prichard
Written by
Denise Prichard
Marketing Content Specialist
About the author
Denise Prichard is a certified yoga instructor (RYT-200) and an experienced content marketing professional with a penchant for writing compelling copy within the health, wellness and beauty industries. When she isn't writing or editing, you can find her teaching yoga classes, at a spin class or hanging out with her rescue pups.