All You magazine chose 6 bloggers (me being one of them!) and asked us to share our best DIY beauty recipes that work. Here they are! Read More
If you can’t get to the spa, a DIY face mask can feel like the next best thing. Here’s an easy recipe that will brighten skin and target breakouts. It consists of Greek yogurt, which has lactose enzymes that help to exfoliate dead skin cells and probiotics. When the yogurt is combined with a probiotic capsule, specifically used to target blemishes, it works to improve the dullness of your skin and dissolve dirt. To find out what to do next… Read More
Nivea enlisted me to participate in their “indulgence challenge,” which meant trying out their Touch of Smoothness body wash and Touch of Renewal body scrub.
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.
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!
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.
Nordstrom Beauty Spas, $45
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.
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
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
There are books devoted to beauty recipes you can make from kitchen ingredients. Avocado and olive oil are some of the most popular. I’m not a regular do-it-yourself-er kind of girl, but my friend Ann, who knows her stuff when it comes to at-home masks, told me about one facial mask recipe, and it’s worth sharing. Read More
Last month The Beauty Girl and Bump Club and Beyond held another successful event — our first annual Best Beauty Buys for Moms Awards. We revealed and celebrated the best beauty products chosen by moms (click “read more” below to check out the shopping list for all of the nominees and winners).
Everyone ate, drank and indulged in polish changes and brow shaping by Bliss spa as well as makeup touchups and color matching provided by Ulta. We gave away thousands of dollars worth of items in our raffle and all of the guests went home with the biggest most impressive gift bags to date overflowing with over $250 worth of products: tubs of Baby Aquaphor, the cult favorite Wen cleansing conditioner, Smashbox primer, Ulta beauty products, mascaras from L’Oreal and Maybelline, CND nail polish, Aveeno face scrub, Physicians Formula bronzer, Suave dry shampoo, Phytodefrisant, Rosebud Salve, Fresh Wave odor eliminators, products from Amazing Cosmetics, Make Up For Ever and the list goes on. Check out the slideshow above to see everything in the gift bags, plus highlights from the fun night out. Read More
I’ve teamed up with Bump Club and Beyond again, and we’re so excited to announce our 1st ever BEST BEAUTY BUYS FOR MOMS AWARDS 2012 August 7th at Chicago hotspot The Bedford.
FIRST we need YOU MOMS to vote on your favorite products. Everyone who votes will have the chance to WIN a Triple-Oxygen Facial from Bliss Spa in Chicago (valued at $165.) The award winners will be announced at the event and everyone will go home with a HUGE gift bag filled with many of the nominees’ products.