5 Steps to a Fast and Flawless Fake Tan

5 Steps to a Fast and Flawless Fake Tan

By: Matthew Abraham As the summer comes to an end, many of us want to hold onto that bronze glow that we acquired either on vacation, at home poolside or on the golf course. While we may love the way that a tan may make us look, we can’t deny the risks and long –term damage that can result from our sun worshipping. Sun exposure causes collagen breakdown leading to premature aging of the skin, wrinkling, and skin discoloration. Even more serious, sun exposure is also the primary cause of skin cancer and melanoma. Self-tanners however, can offer a safe alternative to laying in the sun or in tanning beds. Long gone are the days of unnatural looking, orange, and streaky self-tanners. Applying self-tanner can be messy but with proper preparation and by following a few expert tips, even the messiest of us can avoid a tanning catastrophe. First off lay down a towel on your bathroom or floor to avoid getting self-tanner everywhere, and also put on either flip-flops or no-show low rise socks to avoid stepping in the self-tanner that may have gotten on the floor or your towel. If you don’t, the soles of your feet will most likely end up becoming orange or dark brown from self-tanner getting on them. Use either latex gloves on your hands or a tanning mitt to avoid getting self-tanner on your palms and hands. Always wash and scrub hands thoroughly after applying self-tanner. Also pay careful attention to the face, neck, ears, elbows, knees, and ankles as these body parts can be drier and hard to apply to resulting...

Jewel of the City – Glasbox

By: Austin Savage   The idea that a facility can support an eclectic collection of artists is not a new idea. Communal creative facilities have popped up all throughout history in various forms and Glasbox is no different. Now in its 15th year of operation, Glasbox stands as a beacon of passion and will. Its very survival through difficult times has created a community of artists, thinkers, and innovators that thrive not only on their individual abilities but also with the knowledge that their unified personalities are a source of strength. “I’m truly humbled by the support we have received,” says Glasbox founder Chris Bevins. “There is no doubt we mean something to the community because overtime when we have been in need, they community has risen up to support us.” The community has had cause to rise up. Glasbox has offered a consistent stream of live performance and communal events combined with workspaces for any persons interested in using their abilities to better the region. Megan Aizpuro is one such person. “Not too long after my first visit I was pretty hooked. I began performing small vignettes for the Border Theatre’s larger-scale shows to fill in time gaps or as pre-show types of things. I also got involved with Border Theatre as an actress in addition to a dancer.” Aizpuro continues to explain the strange allure of the place, “I was really active in the Glasbox community, I was a part of some pretty life-changing work. Some of it was really successful and some not so much on many different levels. I saw relationships build and crumble right...
The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden

By: Krysta Ayers Photography By: Brian Wancho If you’ve ever read the book, “The Secret Garden,” and wondered where this enchanted garden that Frances Hodgson Burnett wrote about could be located, I’ve found it. It’s right here in El Paso. I walked around with Gail Boone in her Secret Garden and told her, as we walked under her vine-covered arbor, “This is the Secret Garden!” She looked at me excitedly and replied, “Wasn’t that such a good book?” With a metal bench located just around the corner, and with plants surrounding the area at every angle, it was easy to forget that I was still in El Paso and not in some childhood novel. Boone graciously took me on a tour of her beautiful, and very green, garden. As we circled around the arbor, we continued our walk around the garden, stopping briefly in front of the pond, where brightly colored Koi fish swam alongside two turtles. Following the path down to the pool area I found lounge chairs with green cushioning offering more seating options. “The pool was here when we moved in, but ‘The Pit,’ as I like to call it,” — a larger seating area outlining the pool with a fire pit placed neatly in front of it — “used to be just a rock wall, basically. Mark Nash came in and constructed it so that we could have this with the fire pit. Before, when it was rock wall, nothing would grow.” Boone said that a lot of landscaping outside came from the brilliant mind of Mark Nash, who “had a lot of great ideas.”...
Experience the art of Nick Baida

Experience the art of Nick Baida

By: Javier Caballero Raw talent is continuously developed over time. Artists train for years in order to refine their craft and develop style. Nick Baida grew up with the natural flame of creativity ruminating in his soul. That initial talent combined with practice in precision has pushed Baida to the forefront of developing artists in El Paso. Youth proves to be Baida’s source of energy, proficiency, and inspiration. Upon meeting Nick for the first time one realizes that his strong personality quickly wades in the pool of the subconscious, dripping to the very center of the heart. Baida is charming and daring. He isn’t afraid to have his own opinions or identity yet is very careful not to strike the wrong chord with those he meets. Although Baida sports a sophisticated goatee, one quickly recognizes Baida’s age, but doesn’t discount him or his age to any fault. “It all goes back to when I was little, I’ve been drawing my whole life,” says the 25-year-old fine artist. The son of a psychiatrist and a former teacher, Baida spent most of his time between school activities, drawing, skateboarding, and jamming on the occasional guitar. With much of the focus of his life being the expunging of excess energy, Baida took to the practice and patience of art with ease. “This takes a lot of patience and focus,” Baida once said in a candid conversation with me. Baida believes in the experience of the individual saying, “People look at a piece of art through the eyes of their own experience, whether it’s nostalgic or not, everyone has different reactions.” Nick goes...