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Jamberry Nail Art Contest

Posted by on Jul 24, 2014 in Beauty, Nails | 0 comments

Do you love nails? Do you love designing? If so, Jamberry has a contest just for you! In celebration of their new monthly subscription, Stylebox, you could see your design as the next nail wrap in one of the monthly boxes, and win a free year subscription for yourself!

The contest starts today, July 15 and runs through jul 30. What are you waiting for? Let your fingers do the talking:

· Step 1: Design something beautiful that would look great on nails (draw it; paint it; make it on your computer)

· Step 2: Style an outfit that complements your design

· Step 3: Snap a pic of your outfit with your design (wear it; hang it; lay it out)

· Step 4: Submit the pic on at least 1 social media platform (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook), tagging @JamberryNails and using the hashtag #StyleBoxContest


She’s Got the Look: Sexy Summer Hair Tutorial

Posted by on Jul 24, 2014 in Beauty, Tutorials & Swatches |

We’re at the midway point for summer, and it’s time to squeeze out as much as beauty as we can for the remaining sun-kissed month. Devin Toth, Director of Education for Ted Gibson Salons, shares an IRL style in action that you can recreate at home for long waves. Break out your big barrel curling iron and get gorgeous.


Nail Techs/Cosmetologists – Get Swarovski certified before the holidays

Posted by on Jun 23, 2014 in Beauty, events, Nails, Tutorials & Swatches |

New classes listed below.  Get certified now and offer this popular service to your clients. Perfect time, before the holidays!

To reserve your spot please confirm attendance by making your payment at one of the links below

Swarovski’s Crystal Culture launched in 2014 under Directors Gina Silvestro and Viv Simmonds – multi international Award Winning Nail Artists – with the intent to nurture, mentor and assist Nail Artists in building their businesses by teaching retail skills and additional services to add to their treatment menus while also assisting them with troubleshooting and perfecting the salon style nails in various mediums.

Swarovski is recognized internationally and is the leading crystal product line in the world. Crystal Culture is the first worldwide nail stylist team.

Come perfect your application, learn form and art and become certified by Swarovski. You will receive genuine Swarovski nail kits and tools and training to expertly create this high end nail art. Crystal Culture certification is given at the end of your session.

Your class will be taught by Crystal Culture Stylist Hillary Fry. A Fashion Week veteran, award winning nail artist and frequent contributor as nail/beauty expert.

Cost: $195 per person.
50% deposit due with balance due before class. Deposits are non-refundable. Your spot is not confirmed until your payment has been made.

What to Bring: A desk lamp is important for this class. the tools you use in your salon to perform a polish, gel polish, gel nail and acrylic nail, including uv or led lamp and tips to keep your final product. You will need to bring just a few colors so you have variety. Notepads and pen.

You will have a chance to purchase additional kits and stones in class.

Thank you. Let’s Bling It On!

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Posted by on May 14, 2014 in Beauty, Celeb-essence, events |

For the first time ever, The Makeup Show Chicago headlines Face Off stars and Pati Dubroff, celebrity makeup artist to Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Biel, Drew Barrymore, and more. Taking the main stage on June 7th and 8th at Bridgeport Art Center these makeup artists are set toinspire, educate, and reveal their secrets to the beauty and fashion industry. Midwest pros will not want to miss these two-days dedicated to artistry, networking, community, and education at the largest pro-driven beauty event in the world. Below is just a sneak peek on a few of the things these artists will dish on:

“Face Off Panel” Sponsored by Crown Brush, Sunday, June 8th from 2:30pm to 4pm – For the first time at The Makeup Show, Midwest brand based Crown Brush brings together some amazing up-and-coming talent that are based in places beyond the big two. Known for their incredible body of work in the industry and appearances on SyFy’s Face Off and Naked Vegas, Chicago based Anthony Kosar and Florida based Nix Hererra havemanaged to find their place in the industry and put together a body of workthat has them working on international level Listen as these artists share experiences, show you their favorite brushes and techniques and offer advice on what you can do to succeed in any area of the industry today.

“Creating Celebrity Style” with Pati Dubroff: Sponsored by MAKE UP FOR EVER, Saturday, June 7th from 12:30pm to 2pm

One of the most esteemed makeup artists in our industry, Pati Dubroff makes a mark in many areas. Her talent is coveted by celebrities and world-renowned photographers alike, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Biel, Miley Cyrus, Eva Mendes, Julianne Moore, Drew Barrymore and Gisele Bundchen. Pati’s understanding of color, texture and trend make her an innovator who understands what women want and what makeup artists need. For the first time at The Makeup Show Chicago, Pati joins forces with artist favorite MAKE UP FOR EVER to feature the why and how of designing and applying the ideal celebrity makeup application on any client. Pati will demonstrate the techniques that have made her a celebrity artist and share the secrets to becoming a success.

Also taking main stage at The Makeup Show Chicago:

“Making it in Makeup” with Renny Vasquez on Saturday, June 7th from 10:30am to 12:00pm – Celebrity clients include Kelly Rowland, Gabrielle Union and Brandy just to name a few.
“The New Movement in Makeup” with Ashunta Sheriff on Sunday, June 8th from 12:30pm to 2pm– With over 16 years in the beauty industry, Ashunta has mastered the art of makeup and managed to change the game.
“The Art of Application” with Ricky Wilson on Saturday, June 7th from 3pm to 4:30pm – Ricky has worked with John Galliano, Dior, and Betsey Johnson to name a few.
“Making a Name in Makeup” with Lianne Farbes on Sunday, June 8th from 10:30am to 12pm – Lianne Farbes is the creator of the award-winning beauty blog The Makeup Girl Girl and has gone to make a name for herself as a social media strategist, beauty expert, brand consultant, and founder and principal of Digital Girl Media, LLC

The Makeup Show Chicago will also feature over 75 beauty brands including Diamond Sponsor MAKE UP FOR EVER, Platinum Sponsor Crown Brush and Temptu PRO, Silver Sponsor NARS and Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, Supporting Sponsors Pinnacle Cosmetics, The Powder Group and On Makeup Magazine.


Undergoing Chemo: Hair today, gone tomorrow – Eyebrows & Lashes

Posted by on May 7, 2014 in Beauty, Tutorials & Swatches | 0 comments

Earlier this year it was confirmed I had Ovarian cancer, stage 1. Even with this optimistic diagnosis (it’s always better to find earlier than later), Ovarian cancer at early stage needs to be treated as stage 3. I began chemotherapy six weeks after surgery. I’m putting this blog to work to occasionally post tips and tricks for the beauty challenges that face those undergoing treatment.

Today’s focus is on the challenge of hair loss, specifically eyebrows and lashes.

Pre-diagnosis, I was on a mission to be as groomed as possible for my surgery. Sorry, but people were going into parts unknown, and I wanted it to be decent looking. Legs, Brazilian, armpits (yes, you can do those), brows, mustache and facial…and I’m part Asian. Traditionally we don’t have that much hair! It felt great to be smooth as a baby’s bottom though, with nary a grooming care in the world.

At Jason Wu NYFW in 2011, when models had the appearance of their eyebrow bleached off for the show, only to return and have them colored back on afterwards

Fast forward to the impending hair loss from chemotherapy, and it’s a different story. Long strands I can practically braid hang in patches on my calves. It’s like I can’t let go of what I’ve got. The hair on my head is long gone, but that was easily solved with a wig, and that’s another story. Where I got nervous was when I thought about brow and lash loss. I have really great lashes for, again, someone part Asian. They curl up easily, and while they aren’t the mythical creature length bestowed on my father, husband and son, they are pretty long, and can look fake with mascara. Ok, so fake eyelashes maybe? But how do you address eyebrow loss?

I turned to Ramy Gafni, the Brow King of New York for expert answers. Ramy has a huge list of celebrity clientele that trust him with their brows, and a full line of products available at his spa, and in upscale Duane Reed and Walgreens beauty boutiques across the nation. Not only that, but he is a 15 year Lymphoma survivor, knowing firsthand what’s it’s like to be in the beauty industry and dealing with chemo treatment beauty issues. With all of that, he was kind and generous in his recommendations for dealing with brow and lash loss.

What is the first step one should take when seeing changes in brow/lashes? Should pre-shaping occur? Will any eyebrow pencil do?

If your brows become sparse, or disappear altogether during treatment, here’s what to do:

· Do not remove any hair during treatment, unless its an errant hair, like in the center of your forehead.
· Fill in your brows with a wax based product (powder will not adhere well to bare skin or sparse brow areas. I recommend my Perfect Brow Wand, which comes in one universal neutral shade and has a built in highlighter.

  • Draw the brow filler along your brow bone. It doesn’t have to be perfect match to your eyebrows before treatment. We are striving to create the illusion of good brows, not an exact copy of your pre-treatment brows.
  • Brush through the brow filler lightly to soften the line.
  • Then draw the highlighter along underside of brows and blend in using your finger. The contrast of highlighter and brow filler will make the brows look even more substantial.

What if most of the brow is missing? How do we avoid a drag queen look?

· If you’ve lost most or all of your brows and the brow filler looks too much like makeup, then pat some translucent powder directly on the brows. This will make the brow filler look more like real hair.

Great tip! For eyelashes, do you recommend using false lashes to fill in?

If your eyelashes have thinned or disappeared:

· Do NOT use false lashes as a solution because when you’re in treatment you’re more susceptible to infection from the adhesive. False lashes are fine to wear for special occasions during treatment, but not every day. They can also be cumbersome and uncomfortable if you’re not used to them.

· Opt instead for eyeliner to fill in your lash line and create the illusion of a fuller lash line. Choose an eyeliner in either cake or pen or pencil. I find that liquid eyeliner tends to look like dried paint, especially when your lashes are sparse.

· Draw liner as close to roots of eyelashes and then smudge the liner with a cotton swab, your fingertip or a brush. A smudged liner will be softer and look more like real lashes than a hard line.

· Opt for a neutral liner like brown/black or mahogany. Black can be too harsh, brown too soft, so something in between is ideal.

· If you have enough eyelashes, apply mascara to upper lash line. Do not use water-proof mascara as it’s difficult to remove and you may pull out existing lashes when you remove it. Use standard mascara and very important to remove the mascara before bedtime every day. Leaving the mascara on can also damage or dry existing lashes.

I appreciate how Rami breaks the instructions down to simple steps we can all achieve, so that when we leave a room no one will ever imagine we said this:

For more information on Ramy’s products, spa or services, please visit


Met Ball 2014: Rachel McAdams

Posted by on May 6, 2014 in Beauty, Celeb-essence |

The Look: Young, Fresh and Polished

Ben and Rachel went for a modern yet effortless take on a 40’s and 50’s style to complement Rachel’s Ralph Lauren floor length gown. Rachel’s hair look is young, fresh and polished with a nod to the Charles James era.

Here’s how Ben created Rachel’s look:

1. First prep damp hair with Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Boost & Lift Foaming Air Mousse, applying it throughout the hair for weightless bounce and a light hold. Then blow dry the hair while brushing it out with a round comb.

2. Separate the hair into six sections, with four sections in the back and one section on each side of the head. Proceed to set each section on a large heated roller, while spritzing each section with Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Flexible Hold Hairspray. Leave the rollers in for about 10-15 minutes.

3. Once the rollers have cooled down, brush each section out with a round comb.

4. To finish, spray Vidal Sassoon Pro Series ColorFinity Dry Shampoo in Rich Darks liberally on the roots and the ends of the hair to help break up the texture and give it a bed-head, yet glamorous feel.