Every woman wants to be glamorous. Find me one that doesn't. And if you're on the go, be it a mom or a career woman, there's nothing like being pampered even if for a hot second. Or 45 minutes in my case. Meet The Glam Express - a full service beauty bar complete with nail services as well as blow outs, extensions and makeup. Their mission is simple: they provide fast, affordable glam.
That's a mission I can back up fully. And yes, I'm that girl jumping into her car with wet nails.
I visited the Lincoln Park Glam Express @ Flirty Girl Fitness. My mission that night was simple: make me glam for a holiday dinner with clients. Should they choose to accept it...well, let's just say I'll be a lifer if you can make me glamorous in under 45 minutes!
Luckily for me, Tennae chose to accept it and nailed it quite frankly! I asked her for festive, beach curls. Something a little different than my normal pin-straight locks. The result...well...
A new hair BFF and soft, bouncy waves that put me in the mood for dinner @ Gibson's. It was fab and I could not believe how fast she completed the service. I was in and out! We chatted away about TV, hair and beyond. Before I knew it she was aiming a finishing spray at my holiday curls and escorting me to my coat. If only this was the case at all salon visits!
I have to tell you that much of what makes a positive salon experience has everything to do with your stylist chemistry. Tennae was an absolute pleasure to deal with! She listened intently when needed and giggled like a best friend would at an intimate coffee clutch. I just loved her. Seriously!
And if you want the feel of an ultra girly atmosphere, then Flirty Girl is your destination. Glam Express sits cozy in the lobby area, however; there are multiple locations in the city to choose from. My two cents? Work up a sweat at class and finish with a pamper session before you head out to your holiday fete. Done and done!
Ladies: Use my code 101luvs to receive a $15 credit towards any service booked through PrettyQuick.
I'm an open book. I think we know this given my career of choice - social media. It should come as no surprise to you that I am also very much an advocate of BOTOX and aging gracefully. I don't see it as taboo. I'm not ashamed and it makes me feel good. And isn't that what counts?
I've never been all too loyal to one particular beauty brand. That's changed quite a bit in 2017. I find myself reaching for the staples pretty frequently these days. Let's just say I've figured out who makes the best concealer. I know which matte lipstick stays on the longest and yes, it's worth your precious dollars to spend a little bit more when it comes to these items. Took me 39 years to figure it out but hey - better late than never.
There's a few things that I prioritize when it comes to my skincare regimen...which are completely different from my priorities in my 20's. I suppose that happens. They are as follows:
- Anti-aging benefits
- Reasonably priced
- Ideal for oily skin
The last one is kind of obvious but hey, it needs to be said. ...and I found one that actually accomplishes all of the above: Timeless Skincare. You'd be amazed what $20 can do for your skin!
Okay, real talk. I never get to a spa. And that is not a complaint. I'm of the mindset that if I cannot relax at all - why spend the money? Heck, I can barely get through a no-chip manicure without tapping my toes and telling my manicurist to skip the hand massage complete with warm towel aromatherapy. Yeah, I'm that girl.
I haven't converted entirely but I am damn near close. I recently fell in love with nude lips. Matte, of course, so I thought I'd spill the beans and share my recent favorites. Tried and tested by not only myself but my girls, too. Yes, I have cultivated a team of beauty addicts back at the homestead! The oooooh's and ahhhhh's are quite cute.
It has been ages since I've written a Beauty 411. The truth is...I receive a shit load of beauty products (of which I am very grateful for) and it takes awhile for me to review, test, sniff and trial each product several times. Many do not make the cut and it has nothing to do with price tags. I assure you.
Micro-needling. I tell people I've had it done recently and their facial expressions morph into one of fear. It's pretty accurate because that's how I felt, too. Two thoughts entered my brain: needles + face = no bueno.
I've always had a good skincare routine. Cleanse in my morning shower followed up by a toner, moisturizer and eye cream. Standard but I felt it was better than the alternative and I very rarely went to bed with makeup on. The same routine ensued in the evenings with a weekly addition being a gommage or facial scrub to slough off dead cells.
When it comes to my stocking, I thoroughly appreciate a good beauty haul. I don't get to Sephora often but when I do, it feels like birds are circling my head and an angel choir cues up. It's my personal heaven complete with scents, colors, smart packaging, handy tools and more. In a sentence: I get lost. Hand me a cup of coffee and we're really talking!
I'm a girl that loves the event of getting ready. Sometimes more than the actual event. Yes, I said it. All my girly girls raise your hand in the air if you agree with me!