Category Archives: Beauty

3 Beauty Products You Didn’t Know You Can Make at Home (And How to Make Them!)

My awesome intern Alexis Piascik found the best recipes for making beauty products at home! Check ’em out!

1. Cucumber Makeup Remover Pads


Sleeping with your makeup on is one of the worst things you can do for your skin. Make sure you never miss a night with soothing cucumber makeup removing pads that cleanse and hydrate fabulously and were created with your own two hands. (Recipe found on freebiefindingmom.com)

What You’ll Need: 1 cucumber (sliced)

1 cup distilled water

4 tablespoons coconut oil

2 tablespoons castor oil

cotton pads

8 oz mason jar

Directions: Step 1: soak cucumber slices in the distilled water for several hours or until water becomes a cloudy light green

Step 2: microwave the coconut and castor oil together for 30-45 seconds or until melted

Step 3: remove the cucumbers and combine the water and oils

Step 4: with the cotton pads in the jar, pour in the water-oil mixture

Tips: store in fridge and use within one week for best results

2. Pink Grapefruit Lip Balm


If you’re like me and can’t hold on to lip balm to save your life, making it at home saves so much money! This recipe includes all natural ingredients to condition, salvage, and protect even the most broken of lips. (Recipe found on getinspiredeveryday.com)

What You’ll Need: 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon grated and packed beeswax

1 tablespoon shea butter

2 tablespoons coconut oil

1 tablespoon castor oil

½ teaspoon grapefruit essential oil

6-8 containers of your choice

Directions: Step 1: melt the beeswax, shea butter, coconut and castor oils over low heat until the beeswax is completely melted

Step 2: remove from heat and add in the essential oil

Step 3: pour into containers of your choice and let sit to harden

Tips: store up to four months and visit the original website for more recipe flexibility

3. Whitening Toothpaste


Having a bright smile is a goal of so many women out there, but almost all toothpastes on the market are still flooded with gross chemicals. Try this toothpaste recipe to whiten your teeth both quickly and naturally! (Recipe found on areturntosimplicity.com)

What You’ll Need: 2 tablespoons Bentonite Clay

¼ teaspoon sea salt

10 drops peppermint essential oil

1 tablespoon coconut oil

1 dropper full of organic liquid stevia

2 capsules or ½ teaspoon activated charcoal

¼ teaspoons ground cloves

2 tablespoons filtered water

Directions: Step 1: open charcoal capsules

Step 2: combine all ingredients in a glass container

Step 3: mix with a rubber or wooden spoon

Tips: substitute ground mint for essential peppermint oil for a more swallow-safe mixture; add mineral drops for additional benefits; make sure to use glass containers, the toothpaste will pull toxins from metal or plastic; store in a cool dark space (like a bathroom drawer)

Lady in Red 2017 Coming Up Feb. 3!

One of my favorite events of the year is almost here! (poet and didn’t know it) 😉 Make sure you’re RSVP’ed because it’s a SUPER fun event filled with fashion, fun, sips, light bites, great music and TONS of shopping! Details, sponsors and RSVP info below!

2017 Lady in Red

A fashionable fundraiser for the American Heart Association

When: National Wear Red Day – Friday, February 3, 6-10pm
Where: Macy’s Fountain Place 505 Vine St. Cincinnati 45202
Enjoy: 20% store-wide* Macy’s discount, fashion show, music, swag bag, refreshments, fun photo booth and fundraising activities! All proceeds benefit the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” campaign! (General admission tickets will be sold at the door; swag bags only guaranteed for pre-registered ticket holders)
RSVP: www.2017LIR.eventbrite.com
Dress: Cocktail chic. Red attire preferred!
Tickets: $25 VIP – includes seat along the runway, premium swag bag, 3 drink tickets, light bites, and a 20% store-wide* Macy’s discount. $15 general admission – includes swag bag, 2 drink tickets, light bites, and a 20% store-wide* Macy’s discount.
Fashion Show Sponsor: Macy’s
Healthcare Sponsor: St. Elizabeth Healthcare
Light bites provided by: Occam Dining, Current Catering
Booth Sponsors: Ideal Image, Mary Kay with Tiffany Phillips, Tobey 1 Originals with Tami Seurkamp, LuLaRoe with Jessica, Jamberry with Sarah Nelson & Gina Parsley, Rodan + Fields with Candice Waldeck and Lauren Hern, Sparkle for Good, Champion Windows, Rebekah Dunning – AdvoCare Independent Distributor, DoTerra with Rhonda, Your Stylist LLC Jackie Neville, Cincy 360 Fitness, Victory Wellness & Medspa, Date Night Cincinnati, NOVE Home & Body Decor + more!

DJ: Big Daddy Walker Productions
Photographer: Twin Spire Photography
Hair/Makeup Provided by: Jim Brofft Salon Central
Models Provided by:
Heyman Talent

Brought to you by: Cincy Chic, the only online publication for women in Greater Cincinnati.
*excluding cosmetics and fragrances

2017 Lady in Red

Becoming Mom Spa + Ultrasound Franchise Opportunities

As you can probably tell from me posting a million times about getting different spa and ultrasound services while I’ve been preggo, I love love love Becoming Mom Spa + Ultrasound.

Just in case you need a refresher though, they offer pregnancy safe spa and ultrasound services that you just can’t get anywhere else under one roof. From finding out the gender of my babies at 16 weeks – a whole month earlier than at your OB – and also coming in with friends and family for a HD ultrasound using the latest in imaging technology, I absolutely love it here.

Their ultrasounds are amazing, and so is the spa, which offers massages, facials and nail services using all pregnancy safe products. Their massage therapists and estheticians all have additional certifications to work with moms before, during, and after baby so it’s my safe zone because I don’t have to worry if the products or techniques are going to be safe for me and the baby, plus I love chatting with all the other moms who are clients and work here!

Becoming Mom is my go-to even when I’m not pregnant, too… I mean, if products aren’t safe to use while pregnant, why put them on you when you’re not? Everything they use is safe, healthy, natural, and good for you, pregnant or not. Plus it’s a great place to come for gifts! They have a boutique area with awesome products and gifts for moms and babies… I love shopping there!

Besides being a wonderful place for moms to be pampered and get special sneak peeks at their little ones, Becoming Mom recently started to franchise their concept for national expansion. They have a mission to empower and support women and moms to become their best personal and professional selves – not just at the spa, but also through franchise business ownership. For some women that might be rejoining the workforce after taking time out to start a family. For others, that might mean a new career track that can help juggle the demands of starting or raising a family paired with autonomy and control of your time that owning a franchise business can provide professionally. Women with a passion for supporting moms, drive, and leadership are the perfect fit to join the Becoming Mom franchise family. If you are great at leading a team, active in your community, enjoy connecting with people, and are looking to take the next step in becoming a new you, Becoming Mom Spa + Ultrasound franchise ownership could be the perfect fit for you or someone you know!

Get more details at http://becomingmomfranchise.com!

Cincy Chic Review : 4D Ultrasound at Becoming Mom Spa + Ultrasound

I recently got a VERY cool 4D Ultrasound at Becoming Mom Spa + Ultrasound (aka my second home when I’m preggo). Not only did it allow me see our beautiful baby’s chubby cheeks for the very first time, but their big viewing room allows for the whole family to come see too! Watch for a virtual tour and video as I take you along for the special experience! Learn more at http://becomingmom.com.

Oh, and don’t forget to register for our FREE event at Becoming Mom THIS Thursday where we’ll have complimentary refreshments, swag and spa services. This event is great for moms and moms-to-be, as well as women who love getting pampered with all-natural products! Click here to learn more about the event and RSVP!

Microblading Expert Opens Brow Envy in Rookwood Exchange!


Amber Harrison, owner of Brow Envy, is a licensed semi-permanent makeup artist and eyebrow expert who turned her passion for perfect brows into a profession.

“It dawned on me that brow design is my passion. It’s such a critical part of a person’s face, yet so many people struggle with having sparse eyebrows, drawing them daily, trying to get the right shape,” Harrison says.

Harrison was already threading, filling and designing her friends, family and co-workers eyebrows but she was looking for the best of both worlds: a natural looking brow with more staying power than makeup. As they say, necessity is the mother of invention so Harrison decided to take her research deeper and discovered a more natural looking approach – the Microblading technique.

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Amber Harrison, Owner of Brow Envy

Microblading has been featured in numerous magazines such as Allure, Instyle, Teen Vogue and Elle. It’s been featured on shows like The Doctors and on E! Online, with many celebrities like actress Bella Thorne posting about their positive Microblading experiences. In fact, there’s currently more than 745,000 hashtagged posts on Instagram about Microblading. Definitely a huge boom in demand, and for good reason.

Meeting that demand is now Brow Envy. It’s the first studio in Greater Cincinnati to specialize solely in Microblading, which is a semi-permanent makeup technique, which like traditional permanent makeup is a tattoo but there are some big differences.

“Many of my Ohio, Kentucky and even Pennsylvania clients were planning to — or did — travel long distances like to the west coast or New York for Microblading,” Harrison says, “but now they now longer have to and come to Brow Envy in Cincinnati! Many of my clients travel from a few hours away.”

The most common type of traditional eyebrow tattoos involves the use of a tattoo gun and a block style brow, which leaves the client with a dark outlined eyebrow and no depth. Harrison says “Microblading by Brow Envy leaves the client with crisp, thin lines that look identical to real hair. After consultation, a selection of pigment is carefully chosen to give depth and shape so that the natural brows and microbladed strokes blend seamlessly.”

Microblading on average fades over the course of 18 months with normal skin exfoliation. It creates fine hair strokes that don’t blur over time or fade into unusual colors like you would experience with a traditional permanent makeup machine. According to Harrison this makes for very realistic results.

Harrison explains that “Microblading is a tattoo and it requires a lot of practice and education” which is why her studio specializes in eyebrows. For Harrison “brow design is just as important as the service itself. I look at bone structure and the client’s facial features and design a brow that best suits them. This is something that can only be truly perfected with complete focus on this technique.”

With each client, she spends about at their first appointment designing the right brows for them, and then two hours at their touch up appointment. “Not only do I focus on creating amazing brows, it’s just as important to me that each client have an amazing experience,” she says. “Customer service is extremely important to me. I take my time with each client and give them my full attention in the studio.”

Brown Envy, which just opened in July 2017 in the Rookwood Exchange (one of the suites inside Salons by JC) located at 3825 Edwards Road. In 2017, she plans to expand into a bigger space and will offer additional eyebrow services such as threading, natural brow design, brow extensions and more.

Microblading typically starts at about $450, but varies based on specific requests and special promotions. See lots of before and after photos, and learn more about Harrison and Brow Envy on their website, Instagram page or Facebook.

Review: Dr. Bartlett at Somi Javaid & Assoc.

Call me high-maintenance, but there are two things I love: saving time and feeling special.

That’s probably why I LOVE Dr. Bartlett at Somi Javaid MD & Assoc. so much.

I found out about this place a little over a year ago. First for their aesthetic services – they carry my favorite makeup line Jane Iredale there, plus they do facials, microderms, Botox, fillers, etc. Then on the other side of the business, they have all their gyno services. Earlier this year, they brought on Dr. Sarah Bartlett to take these services to the next level and supply the demand (I mean, how great that you can get all these things done under one roof, at a place that feels like a spa and not a hospital… saving time AND feeling special!)

Dr. Bartlett actually told me she spends about twice as much time with her patients here versus her previous places of practice. I know I’ve felt just like a number before, being shuffled in and out like cattle. As much as I love saving time, time talking with my doctor isn’t a place I want to cut corners. So, this is a nice change of pace where you walk in, everyone knows your name (cue the Cheers jingle), the doctors take time to truly listen, plus, because everything’s connected (for example, if you’re like me and have a hormone imbalance that not only affects reproductivity, but also your skin) everything can be handled at one place! It’s really a great concept.

Dr. Bartlett provides the full spectrum of gynecologic services (covered by insurance!!) including annual exams, adolescent care, menopausal care hormone therapy, infertility evaluation and treatment, as well as all forms of birth control. She provides ultrasounds, on-site lab services, and minor surgeries in the comfort of the office, as well as major gynecologic surgeries at several area hospitals. Because of the unique focus and setting of the practice, she is able to offer additional services including sexual health issues and weight management. Plus, there’s all the aesthetic on the other side of the business, which I told you about and LOVE!

Named one of Cincinnati’s “Top Docs” by Cincinnati Magazine, Dr. Bartlett provides state-of-the-art gynecologic care with a comfortable and welcoming touch. She also offers evening hours to accommodate the lives of busy women. Learn more about her and Somi Javaid MD & Assoc. at http://drsomijavaid.com and check out the virtual tour I made of the place below!

NOVE home&body decor

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Yvonne Ballard, founder of NOVE home&body decor

I recently found out about NOVE home&body decor, and it’s safe to say I’m now OBSESSED!

NOVE is a lifestyle boutique of curated fashion, decor and design services. You can check them out for yourself (be prepared to fall in love) at novedecor.com.

I did a little digging and found out that the concept and site was created by Yvonne Ballard. She’s an Interior Designer by trade, and now she’s on a mission is to provide style that inspires you to be you best. (mission accomplished over here!)

What I think makes her unique is first and foremost… PRICE. Everything I’ve found on her site is very affordable, which I can’t say for other places where you’d find similar stuff. Plus, the site has a SUPER stylish selection, but it’s not too much where it’s overwhelming. Things are even organized into style collections to make it easy to be inspired and find what you’re looking for. 

Over the past three years, Yvonne has been building awareness and getting in-person feedback on her fashion selection through Pop-Up-Shops around the city to offer a personal experience. From the high demand that’s been building over the years, they now sell selected items at brick and mortar location at 1329 Vine st. every 2nd weekend of each month except for July.

Get to know NOVE home&body decor For yourself! Sign up at novedecor.com for inside exclusives and more! You can also like them on Facebook here, or on Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter under the name @novedecor.

Review: Blowout Z Bar

Stephanie, my right hand woman at Cincy Chic, and I are both new moms, so we don’t get as much girl-time in as we used to. But we had a Go Red for Women luncheon to go to last week, and we decided to make a day of it and go get blowouts together before the event.

We wanted to check out the new Blowout Z Bar because I was coming from the north and she lives in Northern Kentucky, and we had to be downtown afterwards. So with Blowout Z Bar being in the Fairfax area off of Red Bank, it was super convenient to everything!

We arrived and were immediately handed ice water and hot coffee (yes, a new mama’s very rare opportunity to drink hot coffee… as in not cold from sitting there as you chase your kiddo around all morning to get them fed and dressed! haha!) We then looked at the menu to decide which kind of style we wanted. You could go for big and voluminous, curly or beach waves, or more straight and sleek (cute names for each, after American icons like Sophia, Marilyn, Jackie…) Once we chose our styles, we were whisked away to get the most relaxing shampoo and scalp massages of our entire lives. I’m drifting off just thinking about it again….ahhhhh….

After that, the blowout began and I got to talking with my stylist about what makes a blowout different than washing/drying at home, why are they good for your hair, how long the blowouts usually last, and what you can do at home to prolong the results. Below is the list of what she told me.

As for the results, WOW were we impressed! We both got exactly the looks we asked for (watch the video above to see our before/afters). Our hair looked fab all day and both our blowouts did last three days each with the stylist’s tips! Highly recommended! Learn more about them (the owner said they’ll be opening more locations soon!) on their website www.blowoutzbar.com!

Blowouts are an awesome way to care for your hair. When your tresses are expertly blown out your style lasts longer. Which means less heat. Which equals less damage. Blowouts are also a great way to train your hair to be less greasy. A good goal would be to wash 2-3 times a week.

To sleep: Put your hair up (loosely)in a high bun and a fabric hair tie to avoid deep creases and tangles. Use a satin pillow case, or scarf offers less friction and won’t dry out your ends.

To style: Light hold hair spray to revive curls and hold the style in place. Keep a wand or curling iron to replace a few curls.

To shower: Wear a shower cap preferably one lined with cotton to give you an added layer of protection. Once you’re out of the shower, be cautious of the humid air post shower because it can cause frizz. So, take your hair down in a different room.

Days 2-4: Dry shampoo is your friend. Grab small sections, hold the can inches away (put simply, hold the can far enough that it doesn’t build up in one place), and mist. Work it in with your fingertips. Dry shampoo also works as a root boost. Win-win!

Last days: have fun with braids buns and ponies!

Recap: Braids, Buns and Bubbly at Alba Beauty Studio

We had a SUPER fun (and super packed!) “Braids, Buns and Bubbly” event at Alba Beauty Studio last week. The owner wanted to invite Cincy Chic’ers in for a fun night to showcase everything from their cocktails to their all-natural nail, hair, makeup, massage, brow and skincare services! Everyone looked SO fab as they left — here are a few pics I snapped of some of our attendees!

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