I booked a little mini spa day at Alba Organic Beauty Studio because I heard that they have a bunch of new services and products that I wanted to try out. They now have microdermabrasion, dermaplaning and a whole new line of organic peels for facials — like a Fruit Peel, Botanical peel, and a Yogurt Power Peel.
I opted for the Microdermabrasion because I felt like my skin was looking dull after summer – I wanted to slough it all off and feel fresh faces for fall. A Microdermabrasion is a facial procedure that uses manual exfoliation to remove the outer layer of skin. This process works in a series to achieve the best results — so, Benny my esthetician, cleaned, used the microdermabrasion machine, then extracted, then cleaned some more, then moisturized and gave me the most relaxing head, hand and neck massage ever.
Overall, Microdermabrasion reduces the appearance of wrinkles, removes acne scars, clears up blackheads, minimizes the size of the pores, reduces sun damage, and evens out your skin tone. It also helps to boost collagen production to provide firming and toning to your complexion!
It’s not painful at all, very relaxing. And you know when you get it at Alba, that it’s going to be all organic and good for you! Highly recommended!
I told you about my friend Gina Jonson who introduced me to NYR Organic a few months ago, and I’ve been loving their products (their foaming bath and body oil are so dreamy!) I’ve been looking into possibly switching over some of my lotions and cosmetics to NYR, but I was confused when I started comparing. Some of my lotions say they’re “all natural” or even “organic” but NYC just recently stepped it up a notch and got a third party involved to verify the safety and purity of some of their products. Currently, five of the NYR Organic products are now Made Safe certified with more products undergoing the certification process as we speak. I know that definitely helped me when I was comparing to know that a third party was fact checking the ingredients and putting their “made safe” stamp on things!
If you haven’t checked out NYR Organic, definitely go online and learn more about them and look through their online store. They’ve been leading the way in organic since 1981… before organic was even “cool”! 🙂 It’s actually the #1 selling skincare in the UK and Japan! Like I mentioned, I love their foaming bath and body oil, and I’m about to start trying out their baby line because it’s winning all kinds of awards! I’ll check back in with you in a couple months to let you know how it is! In the meantime, feel free to call or email (her contact info is at the top of this page) my friend Gina if you have any questions or want to try anything out!
Ladies, get ready because Sparkle and Sun is coming July 9th to the Oasis Conference Center in Loveland, which is actually a quick 25 minutes from downtown. And trust me, this is an event you won’t want to miss out on. Co-hosted by Cincy Chic and Sparkle for Good, this shopping event is going to pamper you from head to toe and fill your wardrobe with lots of fabulous finds!
If you’re in need of a relaxing day with your girlfriends, Sparkle and Sun is the place to be. Enjoy pampering services and LOTS of shopping with local businesses, makers and artisans with one-of-a-kind offerings all under one roof!
Personal services will be a huge part of the event, too. These services are for women by women and are here to help make your life easier, add a touch of elegance, and help you feel your absolute best. Some of these services include photographers, interior designers, florists, life coaches, and personal stylists- just to name a few.
Different speakers will also be there to hold mini-workshops on topics like nutrition, fitness, and tips for returning to a career if you’ve taken time away – and the fun doesn’t stop there. Raffle tickets for prizes will be plentiful and proceeds go to Dress for Success Cincinnati.
Stop by Sparkle and Sun on July 9th from 12-3 pm at the Oasis in Loveland for the perfect escape! Admission is $5, which includes your raffle ticket. The event will be sure to give you an oasis of chic fun while getting you energized — looking and feeling good — for the busy season ahead!
Click here to see the Facebook event listing and share with your friends!
If you haven’t been to Cincinnati Microblading inside Salon Lofts on Montgomery Road, you should!
Microblading is all the rage among Hollywood stars, and now it’s come to Cincinnati and it’s going to make your brows fabulous.
Microblading is an eyebrow-enhancing technique done with a natural feathering approach that makes your brows appear fuller and thicker. It’s a dream come true for those of us who want perfect eyebrows without any maintenance. The process actually started in China, then caught on in Europe, and now it’s huge here in the US. All the celebs and beauty magazines are loving it, and now microblading has made its way to Cincy, which is super exciting!
Katy, the owner of Cincinnati Microblading, is one of the only certified artists in the area. When you come in to see her, she matches the pigment color with your natural brow color and skin tone. Then you sit down together to sketch out and decide a shape that’s perfect for you.
Katy uses what is called the Phibrow procedure to guarantee the most natural and realistic-looking brows. Using a super fine blade, she deposits pigments into the epidermis, the outermost layer of skin, unlike tattooed makeup which goes deeper and is permanent. By adding the color so close to the surface of the skin, the strokes appear crisp and very fine to make it look really natural. The results are semi-permanent and usually last around 1 to 3 years. And that’s the true beauty of microblading — you don’t have to commit to permanent makeup but you also don’t have to apply makeup every day to get them looking perfect.
After about three hours of microblading with Katy, you’ll be good to go! Then, after 4-6 weeks of healing you’ll come back here to add any final touches you might need to get the perfect result!
Ok, so I tried out this AMAZING product called LAVISH by an all-natural skincare company called EVER. It almost completely cleared up my crepey skin and stretch marks… just in about 5 weeks! And yes, with all-natural, good for you ingredients…. no toxins necessary! Works for other skin irritation like eczema, too. Check out the video below to see my results from using this seriously awesome product! Learn more about it by clicking here or contacting Andie the gal I got mine through at firstname.lastname@example.org or https://www.everskin.com/with/andie
Organic, holistic health and natural beauty are just some of the many phrases Neal’s Yard Remedies (NYR) stands by.
Gina Jonson, team leader of NYR, started as a consultant in August 2016 and has loved what she does ever since. While NYR started in Covent Garden in central London, England, it has made its way to over 20 different countries, including the U.S.
While having an all organic and natural beauty product is inviting enough, Jonson says there are many other unique prospects. “Certified by USDA for Organic products,” Jonson explains. “But even more impressive, is the certification by the Soil Association- which has much stricter guidelines. They are also UK’s first certified organic health and beauty company, the first main street retailer to sell certified organic essential oils, the world’s first health and beauty brand to be awarded 100 out of 100 for ethics in an independent audit by The Ethical Company Organization and the world’s first company to produce Soil Association makeup.”
NYR stores aren’t currently in the U.S., but if you are planning any future travels, England, Japan and Dubai have brick-and-mortar stores. “We have independent sales consultants here in the U.S., who share the products with their customers either in home, one-on-one, online, or through various events, Jonson explains. “We do have certified holistic practitioners, massage therapists, aroma therapists, doctors, chiropractic doctors, yoga studios and many more associated with NYR Organic as well. They have joined as consultants and share the products with their clients. Some join just for the high quality organic essential oils and others want to embrace the entire line and offer their customers a head-to-toe experience, like I do.”
While Jonson says there is a lot to love about NYR, she has a few reasons why these products are the first products she will go for. “NYR Organic has done all of the research for me,” Jonson says. “I know when I use the products, they are certified and trusted. I know I’m using products that carry the Soil Association’s stamp of approval, and that NYR Organic had to meet all of their criteria before receiving. I trust and know that my products carry the cruelty free bunny logo, so no animals have ever been tested on or used in research, ever. I am proud to put my name behind a company with such accomplishments as NYR Organic. Receiving award after award for their brand and specific products, the list truly is endless. I only have to turn my catalog over to the back page to see just some of those prestigious awards; it makes my heart smile.”
Jonson will be at the Hanover Winery May 26-28 hosting an event for NYR, and says she hopes to work with Cincy Chic for upcoming events. “I always offer one-on-one consultations, business and office lunch N’ learns, personal health seminars for staff and clients, in-home wellness, aromatherapy parties and of course, all of our products are available on my website every day.”
Jonson says the month of May NYR is running a special. When you purchase one of the diffusers, you will receive one of NYR’s new essential oils, citronella. “Perfect for summer parties, get together’s and outdoor events. Plus it’s an energizing oil too with a clean, great scent.” Jonson explains.
To find out more about NYR or to purchase their products, you can visit their website here.
Ok, I’m going to be Debbie Downer for a minute, but I promise this has a happy ending! 😉
Did you know that plastic is designed to last forever? About half of the plastic made is thrown away after only ONE use (hence the term “single use plastic”). In particular, more than 550 million shampoo bottles end up in landfills every year. And unless we make a change by 2050, scientists are saying there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans.
More plastic than FISH in the ocean. That’s just crazy!
So, what to do about it? Two Cincinnati-based sisters, Lindsey and Alison Delaplaine came up with an idea: Plaine Products. (a little play on words, and part of their last name, I like it!) What they did is create a unique system using aluminum bottles that are returnable, refillable, and reusable and paired it with all natural shampoo, conditioner and body wash. Their company is the FIRST to provide an alternative to single use plastics and it’s going to be biiiiiiiiig! (imagine me saying that in an Oprah voice! 🙂
So, here’s how Plaine Products works: When the consumer buys shampoo, conditioner or body wash online it’s delivered in an aluminum bottle and comes with a pump. When a product starts running low the consumer purchases a refill, or if they sign up for a subscription refills will be delivered automatically. When the bottle is empty they will switch the pump over to the refill and continue using the product. Then they just put the empty bottle in the same package that the refill bottle came in and send it back to Plaine Products – for free! When Plaine Products receives the bottle, it will be cleaned, sterilized, refilled and sent out again.
When I heard about this I was immediately on board. First of all, they have a subscription program where they can just auto-send you new shampoo, conditioner, and body wash on whatever schedule works for you. You don’t have to do the subscription, you can just buy a la carte whenever you want. But the less I have to think about or remember when I’m at the store, the better.
Second of all, not only are these reusable containers good for the earth, but the products are good for YOU. All three products are natural, vegan, non-GMO, sulfate free, color safe, kid/baby safe, hypoallergenic, cruelty free, and biodegradable. I posted the ingredient list below for all three products so you can see what’s in each.
Ok, so good for the earth – check. Good for you – check. But do they work? YES! – check!!! My daughter has SUPER long curly hair, so a good conditioner is a must. But I’m weird about putting any kind of chemical on her (I’ve read too many Dr. Google articles during all those midnight feedings! haha!) But I couldn’t, for the life of me, find an all-natural conditioner (seriously, look around in the “crunchy” aisle at Kroger and you’ll find all kinds of shampoos and washes, but they don’t – at least mine doesn’t – carry natural conditioner).
We’ve been using these products for the past week, and I’m seriously in LOVE. My hair is super soft and bouncy. My daughter’s thick curly hair is finally brush-able (and the essential oils make it smell AMAZING – I think we all are sleeping better after smelling this in the shower every night!) Oh, and to know that the products are good for us and the earth are huge bonuses.
As for pricing, I know we got the bundle of a 16oz shampoo, conditioner, and body wash for $80 (you can get each separately for $30 each if you want). That’s about what I was paying before, but now there are all these added bonuses where I feel really really good about using these (seriously, I kind of geek every time I use them – I feel like I’m earning tons of good karma just for washing my hair! haha!)
Lindsey and Alison said they’re going to expand their line soon with more scent options and additional chemical free products like chemical free lotions and hand wash. So, I’m excited to be on-board now and see what else they add on. I definitely love the idea, and I’m loving what we have been using so far!
Shampoo:Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Vegetable Glycerin, Saponified Oils of Coconut and Safflower Seed, Guar Gum and Irish Moss (Red Algae Extract – Carrageen). Organic Camellia, Sunflower and Ricebran Oils. Extracts of Chamomile and Quillaja Saponaria. Papaya and Pineapple Pulp Extracts. Rosemary Oleoresin, Vitamin E Complex, Organic Green Tea, Geogard Ultra and Potassium Sorbate. Mint Arvenis Essential Oil. Essence of Rosemary, Mint and Vanilla.
Conditioner: Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Vegetable Emulsifiers and Glycerin, Alpha Hydroxy Acids from Sugarcane and Fruit Extracts of Bilberry and Olive. Shea and Mango Butters, Guar Gum, Irish Moss (Red Algae Extract – Carrageen), Organic Camellia, Sunflower and Jojoba Seed Oils. Papaya and Pineapple Pulp Extracts, Hydrolized Wheat and Silk Proteins, Rosemary Oleoresin, Vitamin E Complex, Organic Green Tea, Geogard Ultra and Potassium Sorbate. Mint Arvenis Essential Oil. Essence of Rosemary, Mint and Vanilla.
Body Wash: Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Vegetable Glycerin, Saponified Oils of Coconut and Safflower Seed, Guar Gum, Organic Camellia, Sunflower and Ricebran Seed Oils. Chamomile, Sage and Quillaja Saponaria Extracts. Papaya and Pineapple Pulp Extracts. Bamboo Silk, Jojoba Beads and Silk Amino Acids. Rosemary Oleoresin, Vitamin E Complex, Organic Green Tea, Geogard Ultra and Potassium Sorbate. Mint Arvenis Essential Oil. Essence of Rosemary, Mint and Vanilla.
Well, I found out why it’s called “Miracle”! Watch my review below to see how SOZO Hair by Bajon Salon‘s Miracle product gave me some seriously healthy shine, and cuts through tangles like butta. 😉 Click here to order/learn more about it: www.sozoproducts.com
Here are some of my favorite things about it:
MIRACLE is a Leave-In and Conditioning Treatment for youthful, ageless hair!
MIRACLE saves, heals and protects your hair with intense botanicals.
It adds moisture and protein to the cortex (inner layer of the hair), which strengthens, then seals the cuticle which protects the inner layer and hair color molecules. By sealing the cuticle the hair is more reflective which adds shine, diminishes frizz and fly away’s, mends split ends, protects from sun and heat damage, gives light control/hold and….. smells amazing!
Makes hair incredibly soft, silky and shiny!
Best value on the market today.
It only costs about 15 cents per use!
Buy the 7oz Luxury Bottle get the 2oz Travel Bottle free, a $10.00 Value!
I want to say thank you to my editorial intern Ali Waychoff for this guest post!
The studio stands out in a way you would least expect, and draws you in once you notice it. Cinci Makeup stands in between two other shops, with one glass door, labeled with the address. It gives the feel of a vintage barber shop on the outside, with a modern, rustic chic feel to the inside, and swallows you in all the lights. I was so excited to push through the doors, I mean hey, makeup and makeup artists were behind those doors, why wouldn’t I be?!
I walked in, immediately feeling at home from Kelly Neaves’ warm smile, and open arms. I went straight in for a hug, and was immediately taken back by her makeup stand, the lighting, and the two beautiful women with her. I seriously felt like I was standing in a dressing room behind the scenes of one of my favorite T.V shows! Nina and Leyla, with Trish McEvoy cosmetics, help Neaves with her master classes, by applying the makeup on a model they bring in, and it was me this time, which was so awesome, to show the clients just how they should be applying their makeup, and welcoming in the compliments on all the clients.
The floors are lived in, and add all the character you could ever want in one place. A chalkboard wall is to the right, added with the wifi password, pushed up against it, is a small table withMcEvoy products invading the space. In the center, off toward the right, is a huge wooden table, finished in silky cherry wood, with six different chairs set along the sides. At each placement, there are small mirrors with lights, alcohol and water spray bottles, makeup brushes, facial serums, oils, and a makeup travel kit with every essential any woman could ever want.
The women who booked the class, coincidently enough booked the class by seeing the post about Neaves classes on Cincy Chic, started to arrive by 6 p.m. The girls came in one-by-one, and some with each other, immediately setting their things down at the makeup table, and grabbing a glass of wine, and some cheese and crackers. Neaves showed everyone around, and got everyone to their seats to start the class. I sat in at the class as the makeup model, which was so cool, and something I had never done before! Leyla applied my makeup, and lead the class, while Neaves and Nina helped the clients with the application.
The dynamic trio had a soft makeup look, which could easily be transformed into a night out look, planned for that night, and I was so excited to see what look they would have the girls create. We used everything Trish McEvoy, which included serums, lotions, eye creams, foundation, highlighter, mascara, eyeliner, eyeshadow, and even brushes. Neaves and Nina gave the funniest, but totally true analogy’s on how to move the makeup brushes to blend the eyeshadow colors, such as windshield wipers, make little c’s, and big c’s.
Leyla made me not want to apply my own makeup ever again, because not only did she make mine turn out amazing, but she made it so relaxing! Let’s be honest here, I get a little stressed when I’m doing my eyeliner, knowing that if I mess up at any time on it, I just messed up the whole eye, there’s no coming back from that. Leyla made it possible for me to have a worry free makeup experience, and I was so thankful for that!
I loved the feel of the Trish McEvoy line so much, that I couldn’t help but snag some foundation and highlighter of my own, and I have to say, I haven’t loved a foundation this much, in a long time! With me being a fashion and beauty blogger, I am always on the hunt for new makeup lines, and this has stolen my heart!
All the products that were used were Trish McEvoy’s line, which can be bought from the official Trish McEvoy website, or right in Kenwood Mall, at Nordstrom, where you can also book a makeup session in store with Nina or Leyla!
It’s safe to say these three wonderful women now their stuff! They know what makeup you should wear for a Tuesday afternoon filled with running errands, and what to wear when turning it into a night out look on the town. They know what every makeup brush is for, and what it does, and they know just how to make you feel like part of the team. I couldn’t be happier to of met these women, and spend a night talking about nothing but makeup!