There’s no shortage of salons, boutiques and med spas in Chicago. However, if you prefer to set the trends, not follow them, here’s the talent you need to know about.
AJ Johnson, owner of AJ’s of Chicago (648 Randolph St.)
If you want healthy, shiny hair, AJ is your man. This beauty industry vet got his big break styling supermodel Iman’s hair, and he’s been in the spotlight, very comfortably I might add, since. His salon specializes in African American hair and has been catering to a high-end clientele for 16 years.
What to expect: When you enter AJ’s of Chicago, you’ll be greeted with welcoming smiles. Then you’ll quickly realize the Zen decor is not just attractive, it’s necessary. Even AJ admits it helps balance the outgoing personalities of his team. He handpicked his skilled staff and while some exhibit a diva-like behavior, they can get away with it because their work is that good. AJ and his team styled this photo shoot shot by the fabulous Maria Ponce, and the hair and makeup definitely impressed. Read More
The last day of the Lise Watier press trip included a professional photo shoot, shot by photographer Brian Ypperciel. I was styled and had my hair and makeup done. Above is the final shot. My top and bib necklace are by Canadian designer Marie Saint Pierre. Read More
P.S. Outdoor Hands is offering an exclusive 20% discount when you enter the code “windy city live.” Happy shopping!
Also, we ran out of time for my last solution (such is the reality of live TV), so if you’re in Chicago and need to book a last-minute beauty treatment like a haircut or mani, you can go to prettyquick.com. You enter the service you want and within 5 minutes they’ll send you about 10 different salons and spas that have availability, and you pick the appointment you want to book. How cool!
Here’s the info. for the rest of the products featured:
Body and Sole Comfort cushions: www.bodyandsolecomfort.com
Bootie Pies: www.bootiepies.com
We love that every October beauty companies get involved to help support breast cancer awareness. Here are 11 of our favorite BCA beauty buys. Not only will you love these limited-edition items, a portion of their sales will be donated to support the cause.
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Twistbands are the hair tie everyone is talking about. They’re the classic example of an invention that makes you think, “Why didn’t I think of that?” Congrats to the mom who did. She realized how effectively and comfortably a soft piece of elastic trim can hold hair back. And the simplicity of this hair band has caught fire. Twistbands come in practically every color imaginable, are now available in headbands and can even be personalized with your own message. Bigger brands like Goody have even made knock offs. I do like that the Twistband won’t snag your hair, but I should mention that even though the company claims it won’t leave dents in your hair, it did leave a bend in mine after using it to secure my pony. Prices start at $2. I was excited when the company sent me a big batch of Twistbands (shown here). I’ve got one to match every outfit, and they look cute on a wrist, too.
If you liked Zooey’s lipstick and Claire’s hair on Emmy night, we’ve got all the details so you can get their looks along with some of our other favorite celeb beauty looks seen on the red carpet. We loved that the hair and makeup was pretty, wearable and universally flattering. Here are the how-to instructions and exact product names and shades used to create each of our top celeb styles.
Skin: Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer; Hourglass Illusion Tinted Moisturizer in Ivory; Hourglass Hidden Corrective Concealer in Fair and Pearl Oxygen Mineral Powder in #1
Cheeks: Hourglass Aura Sheer Cheek Stain in Flush and Dior Rosy Glow in 001 petal
Eyes: Hourglass Vol. 6 Eye Palette Beauty is Life Everest; Hourglass Calligraphy Liquid Eye Liner in Ebony; Hourglass Script Precision Liquid Liner; Hourglass Film Noir Lash Lacquer
Lips: Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Ballet
Zooey’s nails were painted a peachy-pink color and had scattered Swarovski crystals. The nail artist painted deco televisions on the thumbs–too cool! Read More
The Spring 2013 fashion shows may be coming to close, but we’re just beginning to pull out our fall wardrobes (hello, leather weather). Stash your pastel eyeshadows, coral bullets, and think extremes for this fall’s beauty palette.
EYES: black and blue, geometric shapes
From the clothes to the makeup, the IT color combo for fall is black and blue. For makeup, the best way to wear this trend is to focus on your eyes. At Giorgio Armani and Anna Sui we saw a unique take on the classic cat eye using these shades. Skip shadow and go straight to liner, which should be drawn in a more geometric shape. To make this eye look wearable for everyday, make a “v” shape by lining half of your top lash line and the outer fourth of your bottom lashline. Define and thicken the “v” in the outside corner. Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner and Lancome Le Crayon Khol are solid picks.
LIPS: bold or bareRead More
Nicole Pearl, The Beauty Girl, has written for national publications including Allure, Cosmo, Marie Claire, Self, In Style, Seventeen, and more. She appears as a beauty and style expert on TV for shows like TODAY, Windy City LIVE, and more. She's covered NYC and LA Fashion Weeks, has been a guest speaker for corporations, hosts events and offers services. The Beauty Girl blog is Nicole's exclusive insider notebook, sharing her V.I.P. access to the latest in beauty. Welcome! Still curious about Nicole? Click here.
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