Category Archives: Beauty

Renie’s Extensions – Part 2

renie before/afterIn February, I told you about my friend Renie who got extensions after a bad haircut made her look a little too tragic for public consumption.

Four months later, she’s now certifiably addicted to extensions. Before, she just got extensions in the front for an angled bob – just to give her a little length around the face. Now, she wants Rapunzel-rivaling long hair.

I wasn’t sure about this. I remember I tried on  Jessica Simpson clip-in extensions a year ago and I looked like a blonde hillbilly. But there was no talking Renie out of it. She wanted long hair.

So, last week, we went back up to Perfections Salon in Montgomery to get them put in and I documented the process (see video below). We were there for several hours, and here’s the breakdown:

First, she had to get a straightening treatment for her real hair. She has a ton of curl naturally, so they needed that out so it could match the texture and curl of the extensions. Then they colored her real hair to match the extensions. Then they put in more than $1,000 worth of extensions (to give you an idea of how much hair they put in, each extension is $7). Then they did a “Balayage” treatment (hand painted highlights) to add a little dimension to the color and match the various colors of extensions they put in. Then they did a dry cut. The salon owner Kenneth said drycutting is important because it doesn’t split the ends of the hair. The extensions are only cut once (when you get them installed) so it’s important they aren’t damaged before you even walk out the door.

This particular salon uses “DreamCatchers by Paris Hilton” extensions. With these, they put your real hair and the extension in a tiny cylinder together and then clamp it at your scalp. Then, when your hair grows out a little, they unclamp the cylinder, move it up and reclamp. That way, it doesn’t ruin your natural hair and you can keep the extensions in as long as you want (up to seven or eight months, after which they start to get a little wonky looking I hear).

All in all, this was a $1,200 process, but I have honestly never seen Renie look better or be more confident. She’s the Samantha of our girlfriend group, so I won’t go into details. But Renie definitely has her sexy back thanks to these extensions. ; – )

Watch the video below to see the transformation take place!

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LOL Savings Summit Recap

If you missed our LOL Live: Savings Summit today, you missed a lot. But that’s ok. I still love you.

I recorded the presentation Kasmira (from What I Wore Today) and I did today. I linked the video below. Also below is a slideshow of pics of Londyn from blogfashion who helped us out by modeling a remixed dress. She helped us see one dress in four different looks. It was fab!

Enjoy the full recording of our presentation below. If you want to see our slides, click here. To those of you who did come, thank you! It was so fun! : )

Hope to see everyone at next year’s LOL Live: Savings Summit!

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Savings Summit Sneak Peek

lol liveAs you probably know, I’m one of many bloggers here on Cincinnati.com/LOL. We’re all cool, fun and informative in our own special way. But we all kind of hid behind our own computer screens and never really collaborated.

Well, a few months ago, we came up with the idea to take a break from our online blogging world and enter the real space to meet our readers in person, and inform them about things they really want to learn more about.

Of course, money is top of mind for all of us, so we decided the over-arching topic of this event should be about saving money. And from there, the idea evolved into the LOL Live: Savings Summit, a free, fun-filled, information-packed day where you can get practical tips and tricks to saving money on groceries, clothing, health and fitness.
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It’s going to be on May 15, from 10am-3pm at the Elements Event Center in Sharonville. I think they’re only letting about 300 people in, and it’s first come first served, so register today! It’s free (we’re asking for a canned good donation to the Freestore Food Bank) and it’s going to be very informative, so I hope you’ll come.

Kasmira from the What I Wore Today blog and I are working together on a seminar called “Heels and Steals.” Kasmira will be talking about how to swap, accessorize and refresh your wardrobe with little to no money (here is a link to her sneak peek blog). And I’ll be talking about how to get that look for less (hair/makeup/skincare/fashion) with various savvy shopping sites, coupon codes, and experts in town who offer quality services at cut-rate prices. The other seminars include couponing with MommySnacks, and “How to Pad Your Wallet Not Your Butt” with Dr. Huber.

Remember, if you attend our seminar, we need you to bring a scarf (oblong, pashmina-sized) for an interactive scarf workshop. Bring your favorite technique to share!

Should be a great time! Register here: http://lolsavings.eventbrite.com/

Saksy Savings & Event

My friends at Saks recently sent me an event invite and a coupon, and told me I could share it with you.

The event, cleverly named “Choos Your Shoes” is a night to pamper and spa with your friends while shoe shopping. Not unlike what my heaven will look like…

If you do realize that you have a few Benjamins to spare (I unfortunately do not thanks to house renovations and landscaping bills…boo) and spring for a new pair of Jimmy Choos, you’ll get a free Choo 24:7 tote bag. I talked about the new 24:7 line here.
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Saks also sent me a coupon to share with you. BTW, I’m not being paid to tell you about this and I don’t get any residuals if you use this, just so you know. I just want to share in case you were planning on buying something, and could use the discount!

I’m on the hunt for some new mascara (aren’t we all). I read this article about the top five mascaras based on expert reviews, so I’m going to stop in and give them a try and use my coupon if I decide to make a purchase! I’ll let you know if any of the mascaras rock my world! : ) Have a great weekend!
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Deals, Makeovers… and Clinton Kelly

I got a slew of emails from local businesses today about their deals and steals. Lots of good ones! Thought you might like to know about them. In the interest of saving time I’m just going to include screenshots of the emails and you can click on them to go to the sites where you can learn more. Enjoy… oh, and don’t forget to read at the bottom about Clinton Kelly coming to town and the Macy’s makeover he’s doing. Considering I’m BFFs with his other half Stacy London (HA!), I think I need to be there!  ; )
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BOGO Spa Services at Woodhouse!

I get asked all the time which spa, salon, boutique, etc. are my favorites. And I hate to pick favorites because I want to stay objective for editorial, and on the sales side, we have a lot of different clients who would get grumpy if they weren’t a fav. But sometimes I can’t help myself…

***imagine me climbing to the top of a mountain right now***

I LOVE THE WOODHOUSE SPA!!!!

There. I said it. It’s my favorite spa. Ever. Above and beyond any and every spa I’ve ever been to around the world. Woodhouse is my favorite. Let me count the ways:

  • They are not a spa/salon, so you can actually relax without hearing the stylists yak in the neighboring room about their dates last weekend. And you don’t have to breathe in hairspray fumes when your massage therapist tells you to take a deep breath.
  • When you walk in, it just smells like tranquility. They always have the same scent, which is important because that scent brings back memories of all the other times I was there and had an enjoyable, relaxing time. At other spas, it always smells different, and that’s not as comforting to me.
  • They have the best, and fluffiest, robes ever. I swear they were made out of clouds.
  • They have awesome pre-packaged “all day getaways” which are great gifts – to yourself or someone else. I just gave my event planner and all her interns these all day packages and you would have thought it was Christmas. They loved it. Just a heads up, they have lots of Mother’s Day packages on here!
  • They go get Starbucks for you if you want something more special than their in-house teas and coffees.
  • They sell products from local artists in their lobby. (They are a chain spa, but they try to localize as much as possible. And I’ve been to other Woodhouse Spas in other cities, and Cincinnati has them beat by far)
  • They have the best men’s spa treatments. And they aren’t emasculating fru-fru treatments, either. They have a separate men’s lounge, which is super masculine compared to the women’s lounge. And then they have a huge menu of services specifically tailored and developed for the man. One of the owners of the Woodhouse is male (it’s a husband and wife who own it), so he makes sure his gender is well represented and taken care of at the Woodhouse!
  • They use all-natural products, so you’re not putting any harsh chemicals on your body. In fact, in this story Cincy Chic wrote about The Woodhouse Spa, the owner said “You could eat any of the products we use.” I wouldn’t recommend it, but hey, it’s nice to know it’s an option.
  • Because all their products – from foot scrubs to facial creams – are all are certified organic and natural, it’s the perfect place to send my die-hard vegans and vegetarians. If they don’t want things in their body, why would they want to put it on their body… the skin is an organ too, right?
  • If you’re a big recycler (I try to be), they recycle everything possible – even the little aluminum casings of their votive candles!

Ok, I could go on for days, but I should probably cut to the chase of why I’m writing. I got a notification that the Woodhouse is doing a buy one service (50 minutes or longer) and get one free on April 6 only, while spots last!

That’s a great deal! I’ve been a client of theirs since they opened three years ago, and I haven’t seen them do a sale like this before. Get in while the gettin’s good, girlfriend!
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(Stacy) London Meets Cincy (Chic)

stacy londonOn the first of April, I always second guess any good news and wonder if I’m going to be the butt of yet another April Fool’s Day joke.

For good reason, too, as today my day started with a fake engagement announcement from a friend and my husband announcing on his Facebook page that he’s going to be a dad (I’ve since had to clarify to a lot of people that I am, in fact, NOT pregnant).

So, when I got an email mid-morning asking if I’d like the opportunity to meet TLC’s “What Not to Wear” star, Stacy London, today at 1pm, I was admittedly suspicious. I immediately thought it was a joke. Someone on my staff looked up the email author’s name and contact info and determined it was a verified PR rep for the Pantene brand. So, I responded and said – as professionally as possible – “YES YES YES YES YES I’ll be there! Oh… my ….God… She’s my idol, I watch the show all the time, I love her I love her I love her!”

I happened to be working from home today (actually from my backyard because it was so pretty), so I jumped in the shower and then… dun dun dunnnn … stared blankly into my closet. I was meeting Stacy London, the sheriff of all Fashion Police. What to wear? Or more importantly, what NOT to wear?

I hadn’t done laundry in quite a while, so the pickins were slim. But I decided on a strapless LBD with a lime short sleeve cardigan over top, classic black pumps and a chunky lime green necklace.

So, I get to P&G headquarters downtown and learn why Stacy is in town. She was filming a live webcast where she announced the next Pantene spokesperson. They announced that they are doing a call-out for Pantene users to submit a video of themselves and enter to win the opportunity to be the next Pantene spokesperson. Whoever wins will get to be a part of the world’s first live reality TV ad.

They are doing this to promote their new customized Pantene products, which they claim are custom-built around your individual “hair personality.” So, click here to submit your video and tell them about your hair personality that could make you the next Pantene spokesperson! And click here (you have to put in your contact info first FYI) to view the webcast that Stacy was in town for… um, just a warning, Bret Michaels randomly stars in this video too. I wasn’t prepared for it and don’t really understand it, but hey, I guess they figured women love dirty hot musicians so why not throw him in to make the big announcement. Apparently, the winner of this contest gets to go on tour with Bret… hmmm… good thing they’ll have lots of Pantene on hand to sanitize themselves after being on THAT tour bus! haha!

stacy londonI did notice that they mention at the end of the webcast that you can go to pantene.com/freesamples to get free samples of the new customized Pantene products they just released. It’ll take you to a page that lets you sign up for a P&G Everyday Solutions membership. I actually just signed up for this last month. One of my friends who works at P&G told me I needed to sign up and I love it. P&G sends you samples and coupons for all their new products. It’s a free membership, so I definitely recommend it.

So, back to Stacy. I know you’re probably wondering what she was like. Especially those of you who are HUGE fans of her show like me. I watch it all the time, I absolutely adore her and Clinton, and think the show is brilliant. I was hoping she was nice, because if not, I’d have to find a new hobby for my lazy Saturdays. Well, lucky for me and my laziness, she was extremely nice. The first thing out of her mouth was a compliment (said she liked my lime green cardi, by the way). She was very personable, and was really easy to talk to. She had a very BIG personality, was very animated and was really quick on her feet with jokes and jabs at Clinton.

I asked her if she was friends with Clinton before the show, because they seemed to get along so well, even in the first season. She said no, but she did meet him at auditions and they sparked the chemistry before ever walking in front of the producers, and they were fast friends from that day on. Actually, she explained the relationship as “brother and sister who have been stuck together on a long car ride.” She loves him to pieces but they know how to get on each other’s last nerve. I told her I had a brother nine years older, and could totally relate. She said Clinton was nine years older than her too. I nodded and smiled in belief, at which point, all her hair and makeup crew busted out laughing and promised to tell him she said that.

She was a blast to interview. I really had a great time and I learned a lot. She of course talked about all the new announcements Pantene had today, but I couldn’t leave her without asking which Spring and Summer trends to keep an eye out for. And oh my goodness, after asking that question, it was like the flood gates of her brain opened up. She must have rattled off literally 20 Spring/Summer trends without blinking an eye. I got video of it all, and I think you’ll really enjoy it. Check it out below!

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An Eventful Day!

Lots of chic events going on tonight!

I already told you where I’ll be tonight. Blowdries and Baubles at the Chambers Packer Studio. They were asking for RSVPs, but I know they wouldn’t mind if you came by to join the fun with us! I’m going in to get my hair done this afternoon (and boy do I need it… my roots are almost two inches long… eek!) so I’ll be debuting the new look. And they’ll have their stylists giving tips on different hair types and talking about trends too. Oh, and cocktails…it is Friday after all! YAY!

If you’re in West Chester there are a couple events up your way tonight. As I told you before, Bajon Salon is celebrating their 10 year anniversary and are doing giveaways, discounts and cocktails tonight at their salon.

The Village Spa in West Chester is having a “Spring Bling” event tonight starting at 7pm. The invite said “come see and try on the latest trends in Spring jewelry and accessories,  courtesy of our own Stacy Young & her new company, Bling Culture. There will be plenty of fun and complimentary refreshments.”

The Village Spa is located at:
8862 CINCINNATI-DAYTON RD
WEST CHESTER, OH  45069
513-755-9241

If you’re in the mood for something more fashion-forward, a fashion designer friend of mine, Toby Tyler, is having a fashion show event tonight in Clifton. Click here to view the invite and more information.

Ten Years of Tresses

bajonAs a business owner, I can respect when a business hits a big milestone like 10 years. So, when I got an email from Bajon Salon & Spa about their “Decade Party” on March 19 to celebrate their 10 years in business I did a little dance for them!

That’s awesome! Congrats Bajon!

So, if you’re in the West Chester on Friday March 19, stop in and have a cocktail to cheers to their success! There will be refreshments, snacks and lots of salon and spa specials!

Bajon Salon
6072 West Chester Road
West Chester, Ohio 45069
(513)874-9999

Blowdries and Baubles

Ever heard of The Chambers Packer Studio? I hadn’t either until one day when I was browsing our photographer’s blog (one of my favorite blogs by the way), and I came across an artsy hair style shoot she did with this Chambers Packer Studio. I had never heard of them before, but I loved all the hairstyles I saw in the blog post. So, I asked Neysa (our photographer) for a contact at the studio and she connected me with Christopher, one of the owners.

I went to the studio in Blue Ash and fell in love! Everyone there is super friendly and very good at what they do. Christopher has been Neysa’s stylist for years I came to find out, and I’ve always thought she has great hair! I got so excited that I found a hidden gem of a hair studio, I decided that we had to have an event there! So that’s what we’re going to do on March 19 from 7-10pm!

We’re calling it “Blowdries and Baubles” because they’re going to give everyone blow-out tips and tricks (and possibly free product) and there will be jewelry from local designers on display for sale. And there’s a third “B” that’s not mentioned in the event title and that would be “Bubbly”! Cocktails will be flowing!

So grab your girlfriends, come have a cocktail with my new friends at The Chambers Packer Studio, and get polished up for your Friday night out on the town! They do want this to be an intimate crowd, so space is limited. Get your RSVP in as soon as you can corral your gal-pals to come! To RSVP, send an e-mail to info@thechamberspackerstudio.com by March 12.

Oh and PS: I will be cheating on my stylist for the first time in a very, very long time to let Christopher cut, color and style my hair for the event! (…shhh!) : ) I’ll post before and after pics! : )

And PS #2: Since we’re talking about Neysa, here are the spectacular pics she took of our wedding!
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