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Popular Beauty Trends For 2017

Posted on: December 28th, 2016

As we are getting ready to ring in the new year, we have been on the hunt to find popular beauty trends for 2017! This past year some popular beauty trends included major contouring, the dark lippy, triangular french manicures and braided ponytails. Even though these trends shaped 2016, we are excited to see the beauty trends that will shape the New Year.

Popular Beauty Trends for 2017

  • The Baby Face– The contouring fad is almost on it’s way out according to the connoisseurs at Vogue.com. A lighter version of the heavy chiseled and bronzed contour look will be more of a “plumped cheek”. This look includes full lashes, pearly pink lips, and of course a rose colored blush or light dusting of copper on the cheeks. A Rosey highlight on the upper cheek bones will complete this fresh skin look.
  • Light Mauve Or Pink Shade Lips. These lighter shades are not only perfect for spring/summer, but these colors will stay popular and fresh all year round.
  • Soft, Uneven Curls. The classic beachy waves are definitely making a come back! In 2016 this look was definitely on the popular rise.
  • Say Hello To High-Gloss. Matte lipsticks and shadows are looking to make its way out. Even though these products are still popular, it is all about the high gloss lipsticks and shimmery shadows in 2017.
  • Pastel and Chrome Nails (oh my!) Solid pastel colors as well as chrome nails will be a beauty trend.
  • Cut-Crease Eye Makeup. If you haven’t seen this look, the best way to explain it is contouring for your eyelids.

Here at USTA, we not only stay up to date with popular trends in aesthetics but with massage therapy as well. Our nationally accredited programs resume in January 2017! Whether you are looking to start a career in massage therapy or aesthetics, our focus is to train and guide you into a successful career. To learn more, contact us at 630-968-6800, option 1 to speak with an admissions representative. Happy New Year!

Starting A Career In Massage Therapy

Posted on: December 21st, 2016

career in massage therapyAccording to the American Massage Therapy Association, one of the most frequent comments a massage therapists makes about their occupation is “I feel fortunate to have found work I love.” They feel this way because a career in massage therapy allows them to help people in a meaningful way with a high degree of personal contact. Massage therapists graduate with the skills they need to work at spas, hospitals, clinics, or even out of their own in-home massage office. The value of  massage therapy is becoming more widely recognized, and job growth over the next decade is predicted to grow considerably according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Common Massage Therapy Work Places

  • In home office
  • Physicians’ offices and clinics
  • Franchise locations
  • Hospitals and wellness centers
  • Nursing homes
  • Chiropractic offices
  • Health clubs and fitness centers
  • Sports teams and events
  • Hotels and resorts
  • Salons and spas
  • Cruise ships

At Universal Spa Training Academy our beginning classes focus on communication and self awareness. These essential skills are developed through focused activities and exercises, which are the foundation of customer service and a therapists ability to retain clientele and build an income. Our 9 month day or 11 month evening massage therapy programs offer a balanced study of anatomy, physiology, pathology, kinesiology, Eastern energies, Western techniques and professional development. Our curriculum includes Trigger point therapy, Neuromuscular techniques, Polarity Therapy, Swedish massage techniques, and Pregnancy massage. Tuition also includes the initial massage therapy licensing fee for Illinois and a FREE massage table for each student. Our Chicagoland massage therapy school education also provides its students with the business guidance needed to help build a successful private massage therapy practice and the preparation to pass the MBLEx Exam.

So are you ready to get started with a career in Massage Therapy? Classes start in January 2017! Call our admissions office at 630-968-6800, press option 1.

5 Winter Beauty Tips For Your Skin

Posted on: December 12th, 2016

winter beauty tipsWinter is full swing here in Chicago as we accumulated almost 10 inches of snow over the past weekend. Just because the weather outside is frightful, doesn’t mean that your skin has to be! With each season your skincare routine should change a little to protect your skin from the outdoor elements.


  • Hydrate with honey. Raw honey is a great moisturizer and can help replenish and heal dry skin. Try this DIY facial mask at home; 1 tablespoon raw honey, 1 tablespoon mashed avocado and 1 tablespoon plain whole milk yogurt. Mix together and leave on for 15 minutes. Wipe away with a warm cloth and immediately moisturize with face cream.
  • Get oily (In A Good Way!) If you experience dry, flaky skin patches on your elbows or heels, try using a drop of oil in your lotion to add that extra moisture. Grape seed and coconut oil are great when it comes to adding that extra moisture.
  • Dry brush for the win. A little exfoliation speeds up skin’s cell renewal by helping both to trigger the natural repair process and build collagen and elastin. Dry brushing before you shower can help improve skin’s circulation, detox, and reduce the appearance of cellulite.
  • Keep your lips moisturized. The winter seasons definitely comes with dry, cracked lips! Keep them moisturized with a natural lip balm during the day and even at night. Even if your lips do not feel dry, apply anyway to prevent moisture loss.
  • Still SPF. Believe it or not, SPF protects us from harmful UV rays (especially when they are reflected up from the snow), but it also creates a protective barrier against the harsh wind and extreme cold temperatures.

USTA is a skin care and bodywork school. Learn more about our nationally accredited aesthetics school and massage therapy school. Classes are starting this January 2017!

The Truth About Eyelash Extensions And How It Can Change Your Business

Posted on: December 7th, 2016

Eyelash extensions are one of the most popular services and they are one of the fastest growing segments of the beauty industry. The demand for eyelash extensions are growing at an incredible rate all over the country. (Do we have to thank the Kardashians for this?:) ) Being properly trained and knowing how to apply eyelash extensions can increase your earning potential by as much as 50%! At USTA, we include this as a part of the training in our Core Aesthetics Program at no additional cost.

The Benefits of Offering Lash Extensions

Women can instantly transform their look with the extensions. Whether they want longer, fuller lashes or just want to create a lasting natural look, extensions are the route to go! Perfecting the art of lash applications can earn you $175-$300 for an initial full set. However, the most lucrative part of last extension services are the touch-ups. These touch-ups can range anywhere from $50-$100 and clients return on average every 2-3 weeks. This means that your business has a repeat clientele unlike any other service in the beauty industry. We will teach not only how apply lash extensions but also how to successfully integrate the service into your spa, salon, or private practice.

Eyelash Extension Training At USTA

As you can see, lash extensions are the perfect low-maintenance solution for your clients and another great revenue stream for a business. Lash extension training is included in the 750 hour aesthetics program at no additional cost. Also included in our training, is a business class to teach you how to open your own business after school. So amp up your offerings and learn how to apply lash extensions! Join our Aesthetics training program that starts this January 2017! You don’t want to miss out the opportunity to start a fresh new career in the new year!