Category Archives: Beauty

The Mane Event

hair trendsFive short years ago, I was one hot mess. I had just graduated from college, so I was still used to $1 beers, all you can eat Skyline on Tuesday and $5 haircuts. Luckily, at the time, I was dating a guy who had a great sense of fashion and a talented hair stylist as a sister.

He took me shopping and she took me to her salon. Well, my first hair cut/color with her was actually in a basement – like some covert mission to change my identity – but I emerged from that basement a new woman.

I went to work the next day and got so many compliments. Friends and family raved. I would even get stopped by strangers asking me who cut my hair – some would even take pictures to give to their stylists. I’m not gonna lie. That felt really good.

So, I abandoned my old salon (Sassy’s in Harrison… and the tragic cuts I got from there we’ve since coined as “Sassy ‘Dos.”) And now, I truly appreciate the power of a dynamic ‘do.

With 2010 now upon us, I’ve been doing some research on new hair trends (I’m getting an itch for a new look soon), and I am noticing a resurgence of long hair. Long manes in the bouffant, braids or 20s-inspired barrel curls. As a short bob girl now, I’m starting to long for the long hair, but I don’t want to deal with the ugly “in between” phase. Plus, it can take a year or more to grow to long hair, so by then, the trend might already be on its way out.

What’s a girl to do? My sister-in-law (a former Ben-Gal cheerleader) said a lot of the girls on the squad get extensions to have lots of locks to toss around on the field. I looked into it, and the salon that does all of the Ben-Gal’s hair and hair extensions, Perfections Salon, is having an event tonight from 6-8pm about hair extensions! It’s called “Dames, Drinks and DreamCatchers” (DreamCatchers are the brand of extensions they carry).

A friend of mine and I are going! I’m really excited! They will have complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres, and are doing demonstrations on installation and care of the extensions. In the invite, it says they’ll install two free DreamCatcher extensions on all RSVPs (they can be expensive, so that’s a good deal!) You can still RSVP. Just call Jill at (513) 984-2555.

Who knows… the next time I post… it might be with a whole new head of hair!

*Images courtesy of The Skinny

Bart-Worthy Theater Attire

My husband had me at “doh!”

That’s right, my husband wooed me with a Homer Simpson impersonation. When I met my now-husband, Pete Scalia, he was a traveling musician and voice-over artist. Today, he is the morning anchor at Fox 45/ABC 22 in Dayton, but he still does music and voice-overs on the side.

A few months ago, Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart Simpson (who is originally from the Dayton area), came back to her hometown and Pete got to do an interview with her. They became fast friends, and before he knew it, she was asking him to do “theater of the mind” performances to raise money for charity. He did one recently in Dayton and he has one coming up this week in LA.

We are so excited! Pete has a performance this week in LA with a superstar (literally) cast mates, who include: Robert Towers (“Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” Benjamin 1932-1934), Nancy Cartwright (voice of Bart Simpson), Phil Proctor (Big Brother, Rugrats, Finding Nemo, and Princess and the Frog), Josh Robert Thompson (voice of “Fake” Arnold Schwarzenegger on “Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson”) and narrated by R.F. Daley (Broadway actor “Cats” and “Sweeny Todd”).

The event will take place at the Golden Age Theater on Hollywood Blvd, which requires “theater attire.” And afterward, Nancy invited us to dinner at her house. Talk about a big night for us!

Cheering on my talented husband as he plays the LEAD character (!!!), rubbing elbows with a “Curious Case of Benjamin Button” cast member (aka one degree away from Brad Pitt), and eating dinner at Bart Simpson’s house. Who does that? And more importantly, what do you wear to that?

I peered into my closet and asked each piece if they could rise to this fine occasion. Each one sagged with unworthiness as they shook their cowl, turtle and v-necks in disappointment. I came to the conclusion that I need to splurge (I actually haven’t been shopping in a couple months!), and buy a special outfit for this star spangled night in the Hollywood hills.

I visited my favorite local experts, boutiques and stores, and came up with this ensemble that twinkles with gold, glitz and glamor. Most were splurge pieces, but my focal point dress was a steal of a deal. What do you think?
Theater Attire Collage

Dotted Lace Strapless Dress ($27.80, Forever 21)
shu uemura gold leaf shadow & lashes ($79, Sephora)
Stuart Weitzman black ruffle pumps ($179, Cincy Designer Shoes)
Gold BCBG Maxazria Sequined Evening Clutch Purse ($98, BCBG)

Beat the Winter Beauty Woes

Well, it happened for the first time this year. I pulled on my favorite sweater and my whole head of hair started to magically levitate. ‘Tis the season’s static greetings!

Conveniently, I spent a good majority of my day at Tuscany Spa and Salon in Montgomery covering an upcoming makeover story we’re doing for Cincy Chic. So, while I was there, I asked the GM, Liz Reaney how to tame my tresses during the winter months.

Here’s what she said:

  • Always use a Leave-In conditioner during the winter months.  Choose a conditioner with a thermal protectant to help with static.
  • When you have trouble with fly-a-ways, take a very small amount of pomade, rub it in your hands thoroughly before putting in your hair.
  • Use a hydrating shampoo during the winter months to add moisture to your hair.
  • Try a hydrating hair masque once a week to keep your hair in great condition.
  • When you schedule your next hair appointment, add on a deep conditioning treatment to help prevent your hair from drying out.
  • For your hands and feet, paraffin treatments are perfect in the winter.  The oils in the paraffin help with cracked, dry nails and leave your skin soft and smooth.
  • Use a hydrating facial mask once a week in the winter to combat the harsh elements.

I thought these were great tips so I wanted to share! : ) Oh, and I go in for a haircut/color on Monday… wondering what to do. I feel like I need a change, but I’m not sure what to do. Suggestions are welcome!

UPDATE: Here’s the new (shorter) ‘do!
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The Eyes Have It

I swear, a few minutes every week with a makeup artist can really open your eyes. Literally.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been getting in a weekly dose of Nancy at Brideface because I just love all the fun little pointers I pick up when I spend time with her.

I recently participated in her “Brows for a Cause” brow-shaping event she’s doing. Every Wednesday in December, she’ll shape your brows for $15 and 100% of the proceeds go to the American Heart Association.

I thought it was such a great idea that I blogged about it last week before I went. I knew I’d learn a ton, so I recorded it for you so you can see what “Brows for a Cause” is like and pick up all Nancy’s tips so you can DIY at home! (e-mail her at nancy@brideface.com if you want to sign up for a Brows for a Cause appointment)

Watch the video below to see how Nancy expertly shaped my brows, the tools she used and products she loves!

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Brows for a Cause (and 2010 Makeup Trends!)

In my short 27 years on this Earth, I’ve seen eyebrows change more than Chad Johnson/Ocho Cinco/Esteban changes names.

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Dita Von Teese - dark brow, blood-hued lips

It all started when Brooke Shields threw away her tweezers in the 80s. Women eventually got tired of brushing back their bushy brows, and they started penciling in super skinny brows like Pamela Anderson. We went au naturale for a while and now we’re trending back to a bold brow.

To help us keep up with the tweezing trends, one of my favorite local makeup artists – Nancy with Brideface – is hosting “Brows for a Cause” each Wednesday in December from 11am-6pm. Make and appointment via email to nancy@brideface.com and get flawlessly shaped brows for a $15 donation. 100% of the proceeds go to The American Heart Association! What a great idea, huh? : )

And in light of this fun event, I’m going to report on what I think are going to be a few big eyebrow/makeup trends in 2010.

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Rihanna - light eye color, glam lips

What can brown do for you? It can get you en vogue with this season’s trends. The whole spectrum – everything from hot cocoa all the way to light dusty brown – is on trend, and should be on your eyes.

Also, in terms of colors, you have to take into consideration the impact of trends like Twilight saga.  Check out the Cincy Chic feature story on Nordstrom’s exclusive Luna Twilight beauty line, which is an entire line of bloody lipsticks that are flying off the shelves.

Thick black and brown eyebrows are a makeup trend for 2009-2010. They brightly contour the eye shadow and draw attention to the eye.

Fall-Winter 2009/2010 makeup mixes up colorless eyes and bright lips, glam eyes and pale lips supplemented with cheeks and eyebrows hues. It’s a time where we’re testing limits, so have fun with it!

Photos: from People.com

All Made Up and Some Place to Go!

Martinis and MakeoversMy friends and I love to have spa nights. We do our own manis and pedis, and have even hosted spa parties where a consultant comes in and does facials, skin peels and makeup applications.

We look fabulous when we’re done, but we usually just sit around in our sweats drinking wine and watching Sex and the City.

That’s where the idea to have a “Martinis and Makeover” Cincy Chic ladies night came from. How fun would it be to have an event where you can grab a cocktail after work, get dolled up with your friends and paint the town for the rest of the night sporting your new look?

That’s what you can do this Wednesday as we bring some of the best and brightest experts in town to show you some of the latest and greatest trends … with a twist… we asked them to show you special holiday glam tricks and trends to look hot for the holidays!

So, come on down to the Havana Martini Club this Wednesday (Nov. 18) from 5-8pm, grab a happy hour martini and enjoy your free holiday glam makeovers from experts like Nancy at Brideface who is giving you some eye-popping advice in the video below as a sneak peek for this Wednesday’s event! Enjoy!

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12 Days of Seasonably Chic – Day 9

Today’s sneak peek of the Nov. 7 Seasonably Chic Showcase is featuring A Woman’s Touch Plastic Surgery. I really like this surgeon’s approach, not only because she’s a woman who caters to women’s needs, but she also likes to specialize in what she calls “no ouch procedures.”

Dr. Sillins with A Woman’s Touch Plastic Surgery recently did a lunch ‘n’ learn for Cincy Chic – click here to listen to the podcast of the luncheon – and it was really interesting to learn how you can make a dramatic difference with your skin by preventative and protective lotions and potions!
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One of those lotions/magical potions that the doctor will be featuring at the Seasonably Chic Showcase is the Aromasoul Body Collection. The four lines come from four parts of the world, mediteranean, indian, arabian, oriental. And here’s a little information about this collection:

  • herbal tea blends – blended with herbs and spices to evoke the exotic cultures from which they came
  • ambience sprays – scents that bring the frangrant ambiance of foreign lands into your home
  • shower gels – protecting and revitalizing actions that cleanse and infuse the skin with complex aromas
  • body cream – soft aromatherapeutic creams with rich natural ingredients that leave the skin feeling silky and luxurious

Check out the video below to learn a little more about the Aromasoul Body Collection and A Woman’s Touch Plastic Surgery!

VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE SEASONABLY CHIC SECRET!

Cincy Chic and Locals on Living, an affiliate of the Cincinnati.Com network, have teamed up to collect your seasonably chic secrets and ladies around the city have answered the call.

Click here to check out the top 10 seasonably chic secrets and vote for your favorite. The winner will be chosen November 4, 2009!

Check out the video below to learn more about A Woman’s Touch Plastic Surgery, Aromasoul Body Collection and the Seasonably Chic Showcase!

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12 Days of Seasonably Chic – Day 10 (and VOTE!)

There are so many spas and salons in town and it’s tough to choose which one is right for you. I find myself a bit partial to one in town, Tuscany Spa-Salon in Harper’s Point.

In the beginning of the year, the Cincy Chic staff did a makeover day there and it was then that Tuscany showed their true colors. Everyone there bent over backwards to make the day special, customized and enhancing for every single person that came. They took the time to learn about skin and hair types, lifestyle and likes/dislikes to find a look that matched each personality. So, I’ll always have a special place in my heart for Tuscany because of that experience.

I was so excited to learn that they wanted to be a part of our Seasonably Chic Showcase holiday market on Nov. 7 at the Phoenix downtown! They are going to have my FAVORITE makeup there, Jane Iredale mineral makeup, which is awesome for sensitive skin! They will also highlight their threading services, which is a great alternative to waxing your eyebrows. We recently did a makeover story with a woman who got threading done and she loved it. Click here to read her story and see pictures!

So, make sure you attend the Seasonably Chic Showcase to meet my friends at Tuscany Spa Salon and learn about their fab products and services!

And one lucky winner will be receiving $300 in free services from Tuscany Spa Salon with our $2500 Seasonably Chic Showcase Giveaway we’re doing!

VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE SEASONABLY CHIC SECRET!

Cincy Chic and Locals on Living, an affiliate of the Cincinnati.Com network, have teamed up to collect your seasonably chic secrets and ladies around the city have answered the call.

Click here to check out the top 10 seasonably chic secrets and vote for your favorite. The winner will be chosen November 4, 2009!

Check out the video below to see what Tuscany Spa Salon will be featuring at the Seasonably Chic Showcase!

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