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LouLou’s Trunk Show Looks (and Holiday Glam Event Preview!)

A couple weeks ago, I told you that I attended a LouLou’s Boutique trunk show and how much fun I had there. Well, I’ve been having even more fun WEARING all the cute stuff I got there! Here are just a few looks from my haul at the trunk show! You can check out all these items and a ton more at our FREE Holiday Glam event at Mitchell’s Salon & Day Spa next Friday! LouLou’s is outfitting all the freeze models we’ll have at the event, and they’ll have a pop-up shop too! See below for all the details and an RSVP link! LouLou’s doesn’t do many events like this, so get in while the gettin’s good and I’ll see you there! Oh, and if you’d like to contact the owner Nancy to book a private trunk show at your house (what a fun holiday girlfriend get-together idea!), you can email her at nancyrembold@yahoo.com.

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Holiday Glam

When: Friday Dec. 4, 6-9pm
RSVP: http://HG16.eventbrite.com

Where: Mitchell’s Salon & Day Spa – Kenwood Towne Place – 5901 East Galbraith Road Cincinnati, Ohio 45236

Enjoy: Take a break from the holiday hustle and bustle! Event is free to attend with a coat donation to St. Vincent de Paul. Includes swag bag, boutique shopping, drinks, light bites, and one-on-one image consulting with expert stylists!

Supporting Sponsors: PNC Bank, Cors & Bassett Attorneys at Law LLC, St. Elizabeth Healthcare

Fashion Show Sponsor: LouLou’sMitchell’s Salon & Day Spa

Booth Sponsors: Koop Diamond Cutters, Thirty-One Gifts with Beth Merritt, Ideal Image Laser Hair Removal, It Works! by Shrink Wrap Me Skinny, Mary Kay by Amber Nichols,Champion Windows, Maui Whitening – West Chester, Allusions

Hosted by: Cincy Chic, the only online publication for women in Greater Cincinnati.

2015 Holiday Glam

Pump Salon Reopens

Pump Salon (the younger sibling of Mitchell’s Salon & Day Spa) in Rookwood Commons has been temporarily closed for a remodel. They just finished it up and released some pics of the new look, and I have to say it looks SO nice! Very clean sleek, yet still urban and edgy. Get a sneak peek here and like them on Facebook for more announcements about the new space. And, speaking of Mitchell’s, don’t forget about our “Holiday Glam” event on Dec. 4 at the Kenwood Mitchell’s Salon & Day Spa. Free event where you can enjoy holiday shopping, style consults with experts, free swag bag and refreshments!

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Review: Dermaplane at Mitchell’s Salon & Day Spa

My "after" with makeup on! Look at how flawless it looks! Love it!
My “after” with makeup on! Look at how flawless it looks! Love it! (click to see close-up!)

If I did some genealogy research, I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that there’s some werewolf in there. haha! I’ve always been a hairy girl, and then after pregnancy, the hormones made it even worse!

I noticed in a picture a couple weeks ago that the peach fuzz on my face was pretty noticeable, so I started looking into what to do about it. It’s just peach fuzz so I didn’t want to do anything drastic like waxing my entire face, or something time-consuming like a bunch of laser treatments. I heard some good things about dermaplaning (it’s actually a service to slough off the first layer of your skin — great to do in fall after you’ve been in the sun all summer — and the fact that it also gets rid of your peach fuzz is a side benefit). So, I decided to give it a try.

I’ve had a bunch of other skin services done at Mitchell’s Salon & Day Spa, so I gave them a call to schedule a dermaplane. They booked me with Manisha and I LOVED her. She was very sweet, informative and thorough. Explained what she was doing and why every step of the way. Essentially, you want to get a dermaplane a few times a year because it helps your skin get rid of that top layer of dead cells that it’s trying to do by itself. Pores and hair folliciles that get clogged by the dead cells breed bacteria and cause break-outs, so by dermaplaning, you keep your skin clear of break-outs, redness and scarring. Plus, getting rid of the peach fuzz cuts down on the dirt and grime caught by the hairs — and makes your makeup go on like a porcelain doll!

It’s $75 and I honestly felt like it was worth every penny. My skin feels lighter and fresher (I know that sounds weird, but that’s how it feels), I love how my makeup goes on flawlessly now, and I haven’t been getting breakouts and ingrown hairs like I did before! Highly recommended! Check out my before and afters below (click to zoom in and really see the close-up results!)

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Cincy Chic is actually having an event at Mitchell’s in December (and I believe that’s when they’ll be having their gift certificate sale going on where you can buy gift certificates at a huge discount!). We’ll have refreshments, shopping, and you’ll get to meet with their experts one-on-one to see what they’d recommend for anything you need advice/help with — skin, nails, hair, anything! 🙂 Hope to see you then! Details and RSVP info below!

Holiday Glam

When: Friday Dec. 4, 6-9pm
RSVP: http://HG16.eventbrite.com

Where: Mitchell’s Salon & Day Spa – Kenwood Towne Place – 5901 East Galbraith Road Cincinnati, Ohio 45236

Enjoy: Take a break from the holiday hustle and bustle! Event is free to attend with a coat donation to St. Vincent de Paul. Includes swag bag, boutique shopping, drinks, light bites, and one-on-one image consulting with expert stylists!

Supporting Sponsors: PNC Bank, Cors & Bassett Attorneys at Law LLC, St. Elizabeth Healthcare

Fashion Show Sponsor: LouLou’sMitchell’s Salon & Day Spa

Booth Sponsors: Koop Diamond Cutters, Thirty-One Gifts with Beth Merritt, Ideal Image Laser Hair Removal, It Works! by Shrink Wrap Me Skinny, Mary Kay by Amber Nichols,Champion Windows, Maui Whitening – West Chester, Allusions

Hosted by: Cincy Chic, the only online publication for women in Greater Cincinnati.

2015 Holiday Glam

New acne treatment by Mitchell’s!

Acne_Management_Facial_11x14_SignI just met one of my girlfriends for a glass of wine last week, and she was complaining of having a bunch of break outs all of the sudden. I feel her pain because the same thing happens to me every winter. All the dry heat dries out your face, then you load on the moisturizer, and then you get clogged pores.

I told her to get a facial and start an acne treatment (I personally use Proactiv, so I recommended that). But when she asked what kind of facial I’d recommend, I had JUST gotten an email about Mitchell’s Salon and Day Spa offering a new and improved acne management facial, so I told her to try that out.

According to the email I got about the facial, they use clinical-level products for a deep pore cleaning with salicylic acid that’s used to neutralize oil on your face. Then they use a customized masque that treats your particular grade of acne. The concluding ice therapy session will relieve swelling caused by acne inflammation.

The pricing of treatment ranges from $70-$88.

 

Thanks to my assistant editor Sara Elliott for helping put this blog post together!

Recap: New Year New You Fashion Show

On Jan. 23, we hosted our first event of the year – “New Year New You” at the Kenwood Mitchell’s Salon & Spa location. We had complimentary salon/spa services, drinks, food, swag bags, shopping and a fashion show! What was unique about the fashion show is that, instead of just having one boutique sponsor the fashion show like we usually do, Lee Jeans was our fashion show sponsor and FashionCincy.com styled the jeans with tops from various local boutiques! Click here to check out all the pics from the event on Cincy Chic’s site, and below are a few of my fave pics from the fashion show! We have THREE fashion shows going on this week (yeaaaah, I probably won’t be sleeping much this week!), so click here to learn more and RSVP!

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The lovely models with Bernard from FashionCincy.com

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Mitchell’s Salon & Spa’s 30th Anniversary!

Thirty years ago today, Deborah Mitchell Schmidt opened a little salon and spa she affectionately named “Mitchell’s Salon & Day Spa.” Today, Schmidt owns five Mitchell’s Salons & Day Spas and two Pump Salons, which comprise the largest privately owned salon and day spa chain in Greater Cincinnati. They’re not celebrating three decades in the biz alone, though… all day today, you can stop by any of their five locations to enjoy light bites and enter to win several services (listed on the pic below). They’re giving scratch off cards to everyone receiving a service today – and each scratch off is a winner for one of the services up for grabs, so everyone’s a winner! Also, if you’re celebrating your 30th birthday today (Jan. 10) too, give Mitchell’s a call because they have a complimentary spa package to offer any of their birthday buddies!

I’m so excited for Mitchell’s… 30 years is such an accomplishment! In five days, I’ll be celebrating 6 years in business so I can only imagine what it feels like to have FIVE times that! Congrats to Deborah and her amazing team at Mitchell’s, and cheers to 30 more!

 

 

The New ‘Do

Maybe it’s because it’s Spring and everything is in a state of renewal …. or maybe it’s because I turn 30 soon (ack!) … but I just felt like I needed a change. A major one at that.

The best way to look and feel like a new woman (in my opinion) is to get a new haircut, and boy did I need one! So, I called up my stylist Vivian Moore at Mitchell’s Salon & Day Spa, and she gave me a whole new look! It’s stacked in the back, angled to long layers in front with short choppy layers on top. Of course, my mom is sad that I chopped off my long locks, but I’m LOVING it! I feel lighter and younger already…. and who doesn’t want that, no matter what monumental birthday you’re approaching! haha! 😉

Six Secrets for a Good Hair Day

A “Good Hair Day.”

We’ve all experienced one, but they’re few and far between – and we rarely know how or why they happen. Is it the products you use, how you style your hair or the environment your’re in… who knows?

Well, I’ve been trying to break the code for months and testing tons of products and scouring the web for styling tips. Plus, we’ve had a variety of  temperatures, winds and moisture levels in Cincinnati this Spring, so it’s given me all the tress-testing variables I need!

So, today, I’ve reached a hypothesis for this perfect-hair-search science project. I found six products that – when combined with some good styling tips – produce consistent good hair days regardless of the weather (will come in helpful as the rainy April goes in like a lion!)

Granted, this is for my hair type and not everyone’s. But I have pretty versatile hair (has some natural wave, I can scrunch it to be curly, but usually wear it straight) so I’m hoping many of you can relate and benefit from some of these recommendations! Here goes…. drum roll please!!

Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum ($30, Sally’s Beauty Supply)
Put a quarter-size amount in the palm of your hand, spread it across both palms, flip your hair over and apply to the ends of your damp hair and work up to the scalp. This smooths the hair, reduces dry time, protects the hair and controls frizz.

John Frieda Full Repair Root Lift Foam ($6, Kroger or Target)
Give the bottle a good shake (I mean reeeeally good shake… otherwise it’ll come out as liquid, not foam), fill a palm with the foam, spread between both palms, and apply at the crown. This protects the hair from heat and gives a nice flexible lift that lasts all day. This is especially good if your hair tends to be thin or go flat often.

Oribe Gel Serum ($64, Mitchell’s Salon & Day Spa)
Put a dime-size amount in your palm, spread between palms, flip your hair and add this to your ends. This will give your strands definition for some subtle “pieciness.” This gold-flecked gel has active moisturizing agents so it keeps your hair looking healthy and bouncy with sheen rather than stiffness or waxiness.

When wearing it curly, I still use all the above products, but I use a blow dryer with diffuser attached on low heat. Then, scrunch and diffuse until dry.

When wearing it straight, I start with my hair flipped over to blow dry all the hidden hair underneath first (which, if remains wet, will curl and look undone). Then, I flip it over, use a round brush at the crown to give that area lift and activate that root lift foam, and then a flat brush to get everything else. After everything is dry, I like to use the “cool air” setting on my blow dryer for about 30 seconds (the blogs I read said this helps to close the hair’s cuticle and set the shape). Then, I straight iron the ends. First, using the iron vertically (parallel to my head) and then horizontal (perpendicular to my head) for the best straightening and smoothing.

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray ($43, Mitchell’s Salon & Day Spa)
Experts call this product “backcombing in a can.” So, it gives you that texture and lift you need without teasing… or, dare I even say it… a Bumpit. haha! This is especially great for the days I wear my hair in a bumped pony or half up.

Oribe Impermeable Anti-Humidity Spray ($42, Mitchell’s Salon & Day Spa)
Spray on this protective, vitamin-rich finishing spray to keep the frizz at bay, especially on rainy or humid days. Great for blow-outs and curls alike.

Pantene Anti-Humidity Medium Thick Hairspray ($5, Kroger)
As with many of the products mentioned above, this one is also anti-humidity to help fight the frizz (which is pretty much a problem for anyone with hair during Cincinnati summers). What I like about this product is that you can choose which one is best for your hair type (fine, thick, medium-thick, etc) and it holds really well without being stiff or crunchy.

Even though I said I’d only be talking about six products, I should also mention one more product that I like to use on “day 2” hair. It’s Oscar Blandi Dry Shampoo ($11, Sephora) and it’s great for you ladies out there, like me, who skip a wash a few times a week (which is very good for your hair, ladies!). I prefer the non-aerosol because it lasts longer, but both kinds work well. The dry shampoo comes in a variety of colors too (red, brown, black) to better match your hair. Basically, this product just absorbs excess oil and makes your hair look more refreshed! Highly recommended!

Hope this helps and you have many good hair days in your future! Happy Friday!!

“Go Red” to Win!

I’m so excited! This is going to be a HUGE week!

Not only is our fourth annual sold-out Lady in Red event on Friday, but Cincy Chic will also be on Fox19 on Wednesday morning at 9:30am to do a sneak peek… AND I’m going to do a blogger event with Nancy at FACEing on Tuesday to learn how to find the perfect red color for my pucker! Click here to see some of her tips, and click here to see Nancy’s red lip style inspirations on Pinterest, but check back on Tuesday night for a recap of what I learned!

The bloggers and I are also doing an awesome promotion so that you can show off your best red lip look, snag swag bag tickets to Friday’s sold-out Lady in Red event and a bunch of other goodies. See below for promo specifics! Good luck and Go Red!

“Go Red” on Facebook by posting a pic of yourself wearing your best red lip to the http://facebook.com/cincychic wall. You’ll be entered to win TWICE if you make that photo your profile pic! One participant will be selected to win two swagbag tickets (which are sold-out, so this is the only way people can still get these tks!) Feb. 3 Lady in Red event –http://bit.ly/LIR2012 – a $50 gift certificate to Stone Creek, and a personalized FACEing makeup class gift certificate. (Photo must be posted by 5pm EST Feb. 2 to the facebook.com/cincychic wall, and profile photo must remain participant’s featured profile picture until 5pm EST Feb. 2).

My red lip look from Mitchell's Salon & Day Spa

Product Review: Buff ‘n’ Tan

Tip #1 you should’ve gotten a level 2 instead of 3 spray tan: you wake up a new ethnicity.

Um, yeah, that’s definitely happened… and of course it was right before a big important event that I’d rather not look like Snooki at… But the last time I got a level 2 Mystic Spray tan, it wasn’t dark enough. The last time I got a spray tan at a salon, the woman had me get completely nude to do it (super awkward and I’d never do that again). My only other options were tanning creams, which leave me streaky, and tanning beds, which scare me! But I just learned about a new option: the “Buff ‘n’ Tan” treatment at Mitchell’s Salon & Day Spa. So, I just had to try it out.

First of all, let me just say this was the BEST artificial tanning experience of my life. Not only was it relaxing to have done, but it didn’t have that awful smell (it smelled a little like self-tanner but not half as bad as the Mystic), and it lasted the longest of anything else I’ve ever tried.

They start you off with a therapeutic scrub (kind of like a 10-minute body massage but with a scrub). Then, they wipe you down with a glycolic wipe to remove all the dead skin cells. This not only is relaxing and opening up your pores, but it’s also getting to the freshest layer of skin so your tan is even and lasts longer.

Then they put on the tanner. An actual trained professional is putting this on you, so they’ll be able to determine the right level for you and use their expert eye to avoid any streaks. Mind you, you have a towel on your top and bottom, which keeps you covered just enough to keep even the most modest person (like me!) comfortable, but not show tan lines.

I didn’t have a single streak on my entire body and the tan lasted about 10 days before it started to fade away. The service at Mitchell’s costs $55-70 depending on the level of technician. Some things my gal told me to make it last longer is to: not wear tight fitting clothes right after you have it done – wear dark loose fitting clothes. Also, ideally wait 24 hours to shower after the treatment. In addition, don’t use a loofa or scrub (lightly use your hands and soap in the shower and don’t scrub), and don’t soak in a tub.

I definitely recommend the Buff ‘n’ Tan. Especially if you want to bring in the new year with a new glow. It’ll be the perfect thing to make you shine as the ball drops at your NYE party. Speaking of… Happy New Year! See you again “next year”! 🙂

Me after my buff 'n' tan! So chic and sunkissed!