Last month we had our 4th annual Best Beauty Buys for Moms Event with Bump Club and Beyond, presented by Clarins, Phyto and Bath & Body Works. Moms and moms-to-be gathered at the Argent Restaurant for a night of beauty treatments (manicures, brow waxes, chair massages and micro-derm facials) powered by PrettyQuick, food, mocktails and cocktails, a presentation of my spring beauty must-haves, raffles prizes and gift bags galore. Everyone left with more than $200 worth of beauty products! To name a few: Cocktail Fragrance Bubble Bath, Jouer and Cargo lip glosses, Aveeno baby products, B. Kamins skincare, Rosebud lip salve, Bath & Body Works fragrance, Phyto hair de-frizzer, GoSwype antibacterial wipes, Clarins body oil and stretch mark control cream and the list goes on. Here are some photo highlights and a slideshow, courtesy of Tk Photography, showcasing the evening’s festivities.
When it comes to beauty products, chocolate is not a new ingredient, but the Body Shop’s Chocomania Body Scrub ($14.25) really stands out as a favorite amongst all the other cocoa-scented products on the market. This scrub is an exfoliant made to slough away dead skin and leave behind a thin protective layer of moisture. Read More
Last year’s mother’s day was special because it was my first. This year, I’m getting the best mother’s day gift — baby no. 2 is due the day before (May 11). If you’re looking for a special mom’s day gift, check out these options.
From May 12th-June 1st, give your mom the gift of relaxation with Nordstrom's limited-time Mother's Day Facial and complimentary Thalgo Collagen Eye Mask Treatment. Available at all Nordstrom's nationwide for just $45, this budget-friendly gift option can easily turn into a Mother-Daughter spa day for under $100.
A juicy vampire flick or blood red-lipstick is one thing, but the Vampire Facial takes this fad to a whole new level. Sound a little bizarre? You’re telling us! Available at participating plastic surgeon offices, this $700 treatment used by celebrities, most notably Kim Kardashian, is a cosmetic procedure in which platelet rich plasma (PRP) is extracted from blood taken directly from your arm and re-applied topically onto your face. The gel-like substance is said to boost collagen production and promote new tissue growth, smoothing the skin’s surface and look of fine lines. I’ll be the first to admit the name makes me a little queasy. It doesn’t qualify as cosmetic surgery, but this isn’t your ordinary facial either.
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 holiday shopping season is well underway and if you’re like us you’ve got shopping carts started on a few or 12 different sites. Not ready to purchase something, but afraid we’ll forget about it, we toss it in the cart as a bookmark for later. It’s a completely unorganized and inefficient way of doing things, but just in the nick of time we’ve discovered some uber cool apps that make shopping, particularly online shopping, so much easier. And fun, if you could just fathom that.
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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
Once reserved for guests of exclusive French hotels, the luxurious skincare line Russie Blanche has come stateside. The only way to get your hands on the products is to visit the Blue Harmony spa at the Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort or to purchase off their website (blueharmonyorlando.com).
Lucky for me, I was sent their best sellers to try. The line marries the traditions of Russian massage and aromatherapy with French skincare practices, and the key ingredients are siberian golden root, touted for fighting stress, siberian ginseng, known for its ability to survive in cold climates and essential oils. The kicker is that none of the products contain bad stuff like parabens, artificial colors, etc. Read 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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