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When there are shelves upon shelves of skincare products to choose from, it can be difficult to know which is best for your specific needs. What's gentle enough? What's full of filler ingredients that don't actually do anything? Throw in the comparison between over-the-counter and medical grade options and even more confusion arises. With their combined 30 years of experience, Jamey Bailey and Jill Koetje, aestheticians at Centre for Pure Skin, a division of Centre for Plastic Surgery, help us navigate the sometimes choppy sea of skincare.

From a simple shade to a complex and creative design, nail trends in 2022 are all across the board—in a good way. In order to get a grip on what's got everyone reaching for their vintage issues of Cosmopolitan for inspiration, we chatted with Heather Nelson, a nail technician at Design 1 Salon Spa – Grandville.

Whether you're planning to venture out to a blissful tropical paradise, a sandy desert getaway or a long weekend by the lake, your personal style should also travel along with you. To learn more about emerging trends and vacationing in comfortable style, we tapped the expertise of Carrie Papke, Owner of TO & FRO Activewear.

From getting the perfect haircut for spring to your monthly self-care manicure to makeup application for a special occasion, we put a lot of trust into professional cosmetologists to make us feel like our best selves. And according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall employment of barbers, hairstylists and cosmetologists is projected to grow 19% from 2020 to 2030—a much faster rate than the average for all other occupations. Plenty of that industry growth is taking place right here in West Michigan.

It's been long said that everything comes back around eventually when it comes to fashion. As far as I can tell, that statement is pretty dang accurate. My mother would agree, as she helped me shop for the biggest bell bottom jeans I could find while in fifth grade (the same pair I'd later rip in gym class while doing a Sporty Spice-inspired high kick).

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