Winter has arrived. This week has been cold everywhere — experienced the first subzero wind chills in Chicago in what feels like two years, how about you? Everything is just so dry. I have stepped up my moisturizer game in a big way. I mean business. My hair wants in on the moisture blast action, too. Last night, I took myself to George the Salon in Chicago to experience The Vegetarian Miracle Conditioning Treatment. In short, it’s everything for dry ends. I woke up with the softest tresses this a.m. And my blowout is completely intact — I plan to ride it out for as many days as I can manage.
A bit of background on George. The man behind the salon, George Gonzales, worked for Oprah and the Harpo team for more than a decade and opened his own salon about five years ago. One of the lines he’s been carrying since opening is from eco-friendly Davines, and the Vegetarian Treatment is the newest addition. Part one is an intense conditioning treatment featuring nourishing ingredients like rice, red algae and avocado. The final touch is the Living Enzyme Infusion Spray which targets brittle hair with wheat proteins, olive oil, cotton bloom and a special enzyme that fights free radicals (yeah, they attack your hair just as they do skin!)
My hair has way more shine and bounce than it should for January, and I’m thrilled. The service costs $20 — and is perfect for someone like me who gets as few trims as possible. I think a regular treatment like this can help me keep my ends in better shape.
Anyone else feeling winter’s drab effect on hair? What are you doing to remedy the situation?
Note: Services were provided free-of-charge for editorial consideration. Opinions are my own.
Last week we invited you to join us for the Clear Scalp & Hair Beauty Therapy challenge. The challenge was to use their Damage & Color Repair line for seven days and share the results with you. Did you sign up and win samples of the line? How did it go?
Kayla and I both took the challenge and we both loved our results. Keep reading for before and after shots and the results of our seven day challenge.
I tend to test more skin care than I probably should. I’m always in search of that perfect combo to make my skin look radiant. Because when my skin is in good shape, my makeup looks better and I don’t wear as much. The testing process can lead me to a sweet discovery or give me breakouts. I recently tried a line that falls into the former and I am beyond excited by the discovery. Meet My, launched in 2012 with five anti-aging products. The secret to My is a blend of antioxidant-rich Asian botanicals, namely Pili and Moringa oils indigenous to the Philippines. Pili is naturally restorative and rich with omega fatty acids, vitamins A and E, and Moringa does that as well but also has a high concentration of vitamin C (hello brighter skin!)
I’ve been experimenting with My’s five and was blown away in the first few days. My skin is so incredibly soft and supple — not easy to do when the temps keep fluctuating on a daily basis (today is in the single digits). I cannot wait to see how My performs over the rest of winter. I admittedly have a short attention span with skin care, but these moisturizers and serums can be weaved into just about any skin care regime.
Let me introduce you to what I’m deeming the fab ‘My’ five:
Skin Recovery Formula wears a lot of hats. It helps brighten skin and even out discoloration from sun damage and acne and also has a special peptide that helps increase collagen production.
Multi-Purpose Mattifying Moisturizer – I was most scared of this product (the look of truly matte skin conjures up images of dry and flaky to me) but it turned out to be my favorite. If you try anything in this line, start here! It is so moisturizing and smoothing and doesn’t take the life out of your skin. The opposite – skin looks glowing (in a controlled, non-oily way!) Bonus: it can double as primer.
Weightless Eye Cream – The botanicals in this target everything from puffiness and dark circles to wrinkles. I love how light it is and how quickly it absorbs into skin….just in time for me to layer on my La Bella Figura Decouverte Eye Serum. Wrinkles…I’m stopping you before you start.
Dynamic Lifting Serum – I love the gel texture of this serum that works to make everything more taut and firm. It absorbs quickly which I appreciate since I tend to layer on treatments. This is a great first step on clean skin morning and night.
Transformative Night Cream – The most intensive moisturizer in the line, for sure. It gets to work while you’re sleeping with a ton of amazing ingredients. I think I credit this for my softer than ever skin. I wake up and my skin just looks more plump like it had its 8 glasses of water. My favorite part? Instead of digging your fingers into a container, you just press down on the container and out squeezes out the perfect portion.
My really brought the goods with these five debut items and I cannot wait to see what the brand introduces next.
Last night Scarlett Johansson debuted in the New York premiere of her new Broadway show, ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.’ She was wearing a unique Dolce & Gabbana black linen bouclé tailleur with crochet details and black trouser pant. As a spokesperson for the line, Scarlett complemented the look using Dolce & Gabbana Make Up. I am loving the bold red lip and the eyeliner in this look.
Wondering how to get the look? Keep reading…
This week I’m wearing OPI’s Anti-Bleak, a shade from the Mariah Carey collection. This collection features eight shades, including one glitter and four new “Liquid Sand” shades, but this is the shade I gravitated towards immediately…being a sucker for cremes and all. I’ll have more on the rest of the collection soon but for now, I’m having an Anti-Bleak moment. This rich, deep, creamy purple is just so gorgeous. I didn’t have any issues with the formula, it was great and easy to work with, no dragging and totally opaque in two coats. Next phase of this Anti-Bleak moment is layering it with some various glitters but for now, I’m enjoying this shade in its simplicity.
Hi, my name is Carla and I hoard expensive candles. I treat my expensive candles a little differently, I save them for weekends, special occasions or just when the mood hits me. I have a little rotation going; my Tom Ford, Dayna Decker, NARS, Nest and Bond No. 9 candles all get a little burn time. The rest of the time I burn some more affordable candles.
This week I’ve shown my Bond No. 9 Chinatown candle some love. It is has been a long, cold week and I’ve been unwinding at night by burning this candle for an hour or two each night. Let me tell you, it smells amazing. Each Bond No. 9 candle I’ve experienced is exquisitely scented, the Scent of Peace is another favorite of mine. Chinatown has notes of patchouli, peach blossom, peony, gardenia, tuberose, and cardamom. I’m obsessed with how the candle fills the room with fragrance and gives it a seductive vibe. It sounds very floral based on the notes but the patchouli and cardamom give it great depth and spice. Chinatown is great date night material.
The Bond No. 9 candles retail for $95. Expensive? Yes. Simply gorgeous as the candle burns and the jar glows in the dark? Absolutely… and the highlight of my week.
Last night Allison Williams walked the red carpet in NYC for the “GIRLS” Season 2 premiere and she looked as gorgeous as ever. I don’t think it’s possible for her to look anything but gorgeous! She wore an Altuzarra gold-embellished bustier top with scalloped embroidery and a black patchwork seamed skirt from their spring 2013 collection. She also had a little help from Celebrity Makeup Artist, Julie Harris, who created her look exclusively with CARGO Cosmetics.
Keep reading to find out how to get the look.
We already know and love Clinique Chubby Sticks for our lips. This February get ready for the newest member of the Chubby Stick family, Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes!
These creamy shadow sticks are portable and convenient while providing sheer, buildable, long-wearing colour. The shadow’s unique formula and packaging is easy to use and applies evenly across lids as a silky cream that stays put without dusting or creasing. Soothing Vitamin E infuses the tint with a smooth finish that stays put, leaving lids with a sheer wash of long-lasting colour.
The twelve shades provide a selection of super-wearable colour in Bountiful Beige, Lots O’Latte, Fuller Fudge, Ample Amber, Whopping Willow, Mighty Moss, Pink & Pretty, Curvaceous Coal, Lavish Lilac, Big Blue, Portly Plum, and Massive Midnight. Create a customized look by mixing, matching and layering shades to add texture and dimension.
The new Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes is available in February at Clinique counters nationwide and www.clinique.com for $16.00 each.
Spring collections are finally upon us and I have to admit, I’m always a sucker for all the creamy pastel shades…I always pick up a few new ones each spring even though I probably already have something similar. The new Zoya Lovely collection brings us new creamy and metallic pastel shades to fawn over.
Spring is awash in six soft and lovely new Zoya shades including three dewy metallics and three fresh blooms of cream. Poetic in nature, this collection is sure to capture the beauty of the season like no other….
- Piaf – Fresh Forsythia Yellow Metallic
- GeiGei – Blushing Cherry Blossom Pink Metallic
- Julie – Soft Wisteria Purple Metallic
- Blu – Lucky Hyacinth Blue Cream
- Neely – Earliest Spring Green Cream
- Jacqueline – Perfect Magnolia Nude Cream
The collection is available online now and shades retails for $8 each. Any shades you’re coveting this spring?
So much attention is focused on the ends of our hair but really, a healthy scalp is the foundation for beautiful, strong, healthy hair. This is much like skincare, if you don’t take care of your skin, all the makeup in the world doesn’t matter. So let’s change that!
Clear Scalp & Hair Beauty Therapy is issuing us a challenge. Give them 7 days and they will give you stronger, more beautiful hair.They’re betting you’ll be amazed by the results! Just head over to the Clear Scalp & Hair Beauty Therapy Facebook page and enter for a chance to win samples of their products. I’m excited to try the Damage & Repair line. After several years of constant coloring (and lately bleaching), my hair needs some rehabing.
So who’s with me? I’ll be taking the challenge and showing you my hair’s before and after shots at the end of my 7-days. Want to join me? Just post your shots on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #pgclearchallenge and we’ll find them!
Note: This is a sponsored post but all opinions are our own.