New Pharmaca Opening in Queen Anne!

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One of my favorite beauty spots here in Seattle is Pharmaca, an integrative pharmacy that is all about natural health and wellness. It is a fantastic spot to get your green beauty fix as the stores carry brands like Jane Iredale, Dr. Hauschka, Acure and more. This where I discovered one of my favorite blemish remedies, the Sanitas Zapper.

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Here in Seattle, we have 4 stores with a new store opening in the Queen Anne neighborhood this weekend but Pharmaca also has stores in California, Colorado, New Mexico and Oregon. While the Queen Anne store is more retail than a pharmacy, each store features professionals that are always on hand to answer any questions you may have. Wondering if that cleanser your eyeing is suitable for your skin type? Pharmaca’s esthetics can help you with that.

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Preserving My Hair Color with the Nexxus Color Assure System

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Right around the time of my last visit at the Robert Leonard Salon here in Seattle, a little package with the Nexxus Color Assure System arrived on my door step. As part of a campaign with Conde Nast, I was asked to try the system for a minimum of 3 weeks and share what I thought about the system, the Nexxus Color Assume Pre-Wash Primer in particular.

The idea behind this collection from Nexxus is simple, if water stays out of your hair, your color’s vibrancy stays in. If you have ever colored your hair in a red tone, you particularly know how true that statement is as red tones are the hardest to keep vibrant. The Color Assure systems starts with the Pre-Wash Primer, then is followed by a shampoo, conditioner and a Glossing Tonic spray for added shine. The shampoo and conditioner are sulfate free and the line features argan, almond and coconut oils as well as white orchid extract.

With the hair shaft shielded with the aid of the oils in the formula of the products, water has a harder time penetrating the hair shaft and lifting the color. Makes sense, right?

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First CVS Opens in Washington State!

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I never thought I would be writing about a new drug store opening up in my area but here I am… doing it and I’m pretty excited about. For years, the chain most of you know and love known as CVS, eluded the NW. I remember going to LA years ago and stepping into a CVS for the first time and wondering why it had carpet and wishing I had one near me.

Now I somewhat do have a CVS near me! I was invited to check out the store that opened last week in Renton, WA (also home to the Seattle Seahawks training camp) and I have to admit, I was excited. One of the big reasons I was excited? Finally having local access to actress Salma Hayek’s NUANCE line. I’ve seen my beauty blogging friends playing with this line and now I finally can… and can easily restock if I want more.

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I learned a few things about CVS that I thought were pretty cool during my visit. The first being that the chain really wants to give women in particular, a great shopping experience. They do this in a few ways that are immediately noticeable when you walk in the store. The first is the carpet I mentioned earlier.  With the busy woman in mind, particularly for women in heels, carpet makes the sales floor more comfortable to be on.

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Looks That Rock MTV Pre-VMA Viewing Party

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Every year I watch the MTV Video Music Awards, something always happens on that show and I’m sure this year will not be any different. At the very least, there’s some awesome style and beauty inspiration on display. Tonight I’ll be watching the show with all of you and chiming in on Twitter as part of the #LOOKSTHATROCK red carpet Twitter party at 5pm PST.

CVS asked me to host a pre-VMA party to come up with our own #LOOKSTHATROCK so I had a view friends over, served up some chicken piccata  and some wine then gave each of my guests a gift bag with a CVS gift card and some Cover Girl, Olay, Gillette and Crest products to play with. When there’s good food, good wine and beauty products on the table, a good time is had by all. :)

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JINsoon’s Blue Waves of Summer Nail Art

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Why is it that when you bite all your nails off, you suddenly want to get all artistic with them? I saw this design from Jin Soon Choi, founder of the JINsoon line, and instantly wanted to reach for some nail polish but alas… I have no nails to speak of at this moment, but I will soon. ;)

As summer comes to an end, Jin Soon Choi gives an Impressionistic nod to the blue waves of summer with a simple, DIY design. Here’s how you can create this look:

  1. Apply a base coat like JINsoon Power Coat
  2. Apply JINsoon Cool Blue to the entire nail
  3. Apply an irregular wavy line of JINsoon Poppy Blue diagonally across the nail
  4. Apply JINsoon Blue Iris and JINsoon Kookie White the same way, alternating the order and size of the line.
  5. Finish with a glossy top coat like JINsoon Top Gloss

Expert Tip: Don’t be afraid to smudge/touch the color you applied previously— it’s part of the look!

JINsoon’s Blue Iris is one of the most beautiful blues I have ever seen and one of those shades you just have to see in person to appreciate, it’s hard to capture such a gorgeous shade like this with a lens. Her entire line is amazing and you can find it online and in SpaceNK stores.

Versatile and Durable Leather Duffel Bags

Leather duffel bags put an elegant twist on traditional satchels. The unquestionable quality of workmanship and the unique designs available make this perfect business and casual accessory. With an extensive selection and numerous sizes to choose from, such as rolling duffels and those that meet carry-on requirements, it is truly the best friend of the professional traveler. Old world style and high-quality leather make each bag handsome and unique.

Multipurpose Functionality

When the occasion calls for packing light in something that will easily slide into the back seat of your car or that you can effortlessly sling comfortably over your shoulder, the versatility of a duffel bag stands out from the alternatives. Available in a vast array of designs, finding an unassuming, sleek, and contemporary bag is a snap. In addition, going old school with a slight touch of modern flair ensures that your duffel will always be in style.

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Five Great Yoga Poses for Beginners

There is a reason that yoga is becoming more and more popular, as there are new yoga classes seemingly springing up at any given moment. This is because yoga is a great way for people of any fitness level to become healthier and more grounded through this ancient art. Read on to find five great yoga poses that are the absolutely perfect way for you to get started. 

Tadasana (Mountain Pose)

This pose is excellent for improving your posture while also enhancing the clarity of your mind and your sense of center. Most yoga poses, when done properly, serve as great breathing exercise as well.

To perform this pose, stand with your weight distributed evenly over your feet, which should be hip-width apart. Keeping your arms at your side, breathe evenly and with great depth while lifting your arms skyward.

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Must-Have Sportswear for Family Vacations

When families go away for holiday-trips, having the right lat sportswear to pack into suitcases will make a big difference. Arriving at the beach, at Grandma’s house, or at a cabin in the forest can be the perfect time to relax, as long as everyone has the right wardrobe. No one wants to be uncomfortable in the wrong wardrobe while they’re trying to rest, relax, and enjoy the ambiance of their vacation destinations.

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Staying Fresh & Confident This Summer

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Seattle is in the middle of some warm weather right now and frankly, I just wish it was over. I like this cool and breezy, not hot and humid. When it is this hot out, I focus on staying fresh and confident in this weather. I teamed up with She Knows to share my tips for staying fresh this summer. Pay them a visit for some easy tips you can put to use now.

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