Olga's Day Spa Highland Park

There's a reason Olga's Day Spa was rated one of the top 10 spa's across the country by USA Today and our beauty editor, Shanna, is here to explain why. With 30 years under their belt, Olga's is located in the heart of downtown Highland Park. 

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As a beauty editor, blogger, and a newly engaged lady - Shanna is one busy girl. Her trip to Olga's to get their express Deep Tissue Massage was just what she needed to get her through the week. Shanna explains that her 25 minute massage was nothing short of relaxing and luxurious. Her talented technician targeted "stress" spots which allowed Shanna to immediately feel the relief of her tense muscles. 

What we love about Olga's? They offer to play music during your services. Shanna took advantage of this unique twist on her service as she sometimes gets bored during spa treatments and loved every minute of her massage even more with music in the background. 

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In addition to massages, Olga's offers body treatments, skin treatments, hair removal, and nail services. Overall, Olga's long list of services offer all customers a relaxing and luxurious experience. Did you know every first time customer to visit Olga's walks out with a complimentary gift? We're so there!

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To book your next appointment with this award winning spa, visit their PrettyQuick page. Relaxation awaits!

Nailtastic Chicago

Located just steps away from the Merchandise Mart and Chicago's River North neighborhood, Nailtastic has joined the PrettyQuick family! Although the salon is brand new, we're 100% sure this toxic free salon is changing the mani/pedi game. Last week, we had our beauty editor, Shanna, visit Nailtastic for some serious pampering.  

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Upon her arrival, Shanna was welcomed by the friendly Nailtastic staff and offered her choice of water, green tea, or wine (something they offer to all customers). The great service didn't stop there, Shanna's manicure included a hot towel, neck massage and she was able to keep the manicure utensils if preferred (one time salon use only). 

Nailtastic's spa products are all organic and free of chemicals, preservatives, fillers, and pesticides. What we love most about this River North nail spa is that they have partnered up with Essie (one of our favorites), and has had all their staff technicians trained with the best techniques in applying a no-chip manicure. Nailtastic also carries a wide variety of colors from OPI, Zoya, and Orly to name a few.

So whether you're going for a manicure on your break or a mani/pedi to treat yourself on a Saturday, we love that Nailtastic not only accepts walk-ins but does take appointments in advance. Book your nail services today, we guarantee you'll be back to book with us again!

To learn more about Shanna, be sure to check out her other PrettyQuick reviews on her blog.

Exhale Chicago

Shanna is back on the PrettyQuick blog to give you the inside scoop on Chicago's Exhale. Located just blocks away from Oak Street and Michigan Avenue, Exhale is a one stop shop for all spa and beauty services as well as a fully packed fitness schedule

Shanna describes Exhale as having "awesome energy in all the right places." She continues to explain that customers can find high energy in their workout classes and serene energy near the spa. We love that the relaxation room offers fresh tea, lemon water, and comfortable couches.

During her visit, Shanna received Exhale's Power Facial which she admits was the best facial she's EVER received. Here at PrettyQuick, when someone uses the phrase the best ever, they mean it. Aside from leaving Exhale with fresh and glowing skin, Shanna walked out with at home tips she can use from her licensed technician. 

Why we love the Power Facial? The service is customizable to target acne, breakouts, oily skin, dry skin, or a combination of all of the above. Regardless of your service, all Exhale treatments allow you to walk out feeling relaxed and ready to take on the day.

Beauty Editor Tips & Tricks from the Exhale technician:
 
1. Most of your dry skin comes from within.  It is normally not something moisturizer or lotion can fix. Be sure to drink a ton of water to obtain hydrated, glowing skin. 

2. As hard as it is, do NOT pick your face! This will spread the bacteria and cause other breakouts along with scarring. 

3. You should be using a moisturizer with SPF every single day. The SPF number only means the amount of time your skin is protected for. The higher the number, the longer the protection. 

4. Sleep on your back to avoid fine lines and wrinkles. 

5. Exfoliating with too harsh of a scrub can cause microscopic "slashes" in your skin, which, over time, will take longer and longer to heal. Use a gentle exfoliator, and whatever you do, do not over use it! 

Dying to receive the Exhale's Power Facial? Book your appointment on PrettyQuick today!

To learn more about Shanna, be sure to check out her other PrettyQuick reviews on her blog.

 

NEW Beauty Guru: Laurie Leopold of 312 Beauty Shares her Must-Have Treatments

Cue the music.  Break open the champagne.  PrettyQuick's roster of Chicago beauty influencers serving as editorial muses continues to amaze.  Today we welcome Laurie Leopold of 312Beauty.com as our newest Beauty Editor.

PrettyQuick's newest Beauty Editor, expert Laurie Leopold of 312Beauty.com

PrettyQuick's newest Beauty Editor, expert Laurie Leopold of 312Beauty.com

In her role as Beauty Editor, Laurie helps PQ staffers decide which salons and spas qualify for the PretyQuick network.  Yes.  This means a lot of back-breaking mani/pedis, massages, and blowouts.  Tough job, but somebody's got to do it!!!  Laurie is the founder of 312 Beauty, the Chicago girl’s guide to living pretty. She shares her passion for discovery on her blog, from the must-see spots in Chicago to the products you need in your makeup bag. She’s been featured in Refinery29, SHAPE and appeared on FOX 32 Chicago. As a strategic marketer by day, Laurie lives the PrettyQuick mantra as she balances a hectic schedule and need for a standing blowout appointment.

Book Laurie's PrettyQuick Picks for August:

Pick #1 - A Massage at the Peninsula

Pick #1 - A Massage at the Peninsula

THE PENINSULA
The Peninsula Spa offers the most pampering luxurious experience from the moment you walk into the lobby. The relaxation space awaiting you pre-treatment is an unparalleled oasis in itself. And, if you’ve never been massaged with hot bamboo now is the time. The Asian-inspired 90-minute massage helps to stimulate the flow of energy within your body by pressing, gliding and rolling bamboo sticks across stressed muscles and joints. It’s a treat on a physical and spiritual level.  

 

Pick #2 - A Haircut with Danny at Salon V

Pick #2 - A Haircut with Danny at Salon V

SALON V
The vibe is chill, the space is inviting and the stylists are masters of their craft. I first went to Salon V after a lob gone wrong elsewhere and walked out of there a brand new woman. Danny evaluated my hair texture, face shape, listened to my emotional rant and confidently gave me exactly what I needed. With a little extra time to spare, he kept me in his chair to curl my hair and touch up my makeup. He’s a rising star in this (not so secret anymore) gem of a salon. 

Pick #3 - Getting event-ready at Arch Apothecary in Old Town.

Pick #3 - Getting event-ready at Arch Apothecary in Old Town.

ARCH APOTHECARY
I share a motto with Arch – Live Pretty. This Old Town beauty boutique is a one-stop shop for feeling and looking fabulous.  There are blowouts, updos, braids, lashes, brows and a team of makeup artists with serious chops. The shopping after your treatment is the best part! Arch carries local makeup artist Jenny Patinkin brushes and other niche brands like RMS Beauty, ILIA, Jouer and Sunday Riley. 

Pick #4 - Luxury facial at Blue Mercury

Pick #4 - Luxury facial at Blue Mercury

BLUEMERCURY – LINCOLN PARK
I’m a devotee of Bluemercury founder Marla Beck! The beauty boutique is one of my favorite places to frequent in Lincoln Park and my go to place for a skin-rescuing facial. The skilled aestheticians have excellent bedside manner, never shaming you for skincare sins but helping you figure out how to get your glow on. The highlight is experiencing Beck’s M-61 product line, which is exclusive to her boutiques.


Gold Coast Girl + Zazu Chicago

Here at PrettyQuick, we love helping you discover the best salons Chicago has to offer. We are always thinking of ways to combine our love for beauty and fashion. Today on the blog, we are featuring one of our favorite Chicago bloggers, Sam, the voice behind Gold Coast Girl

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Sam gives PrettyQuick and her readers a look inside a local neighborhood gem, Zazu Gold Coast. As every PrettyQuick gal knows, blowouts have become as convenient as manicures in the beauty world. However, to find a salon that gives you an awesome blowout, in addition to having great customer service and a beautiful space to accompany it, leads us right to Zazu.

Images via Gold Coast Girl

Images via Gold Coast Girl

Make sure you head on over to Gold Coast Girl to read her entire review. Zazu appointments can be made Monday through Sunday here. Happy blowouts, ladies! 

Agnes O

All it took was one look inside Agnes O and the PrettyQuick team was hooked. 

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Nestled in the heart of the Gold Coast just minutes away from fine dining, boutique shopping, and the glamorous Magnificent Mile – Agnes O is a one stop shop for all things beauty. With dressing rooms and comfortable couches on location, it doesn't get more glam than this ladies!

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Our beauty editor, Shanna's, first visit to Agnes O was one to remember. Upon being greeted by Agnes herself, Shanna was blown away by the beautiful salon space. She described Agnes as "extremely hands-on, involved, and caring." What's better than an owner who is constantly improving, educating, and growing not only herself but her team of talented technicians?  

During Shanna's visit, she received one of Agnes O's noteworthy blowouts. Can you think of a better way to start your day? What Shanna loved most was the teaching aspect of her service and being able to leave there with some tricks + techniques to do at home. 

The end result? Shanna left Agnes O with her hair looking full and smooth, with a ton of body and bounce.

Lucky for all of you, Shanna got the inside scoop on one of the incredible services Agnes O offers that you can't find anywhere else in the city. Halo Hair Extensions are natural, comfortable, and affordable hair extensions. Agnes O explains that the halo hair goes all the way around your head, instead of starting and stopping in different places. The halo hair extensions are the perfect way to achieve a long, full, gorgeous body of hair. 

If you're looking to book your first of many appointments with Agnes O, we've got you covered here. 

For exclusive tips and tricks from owner Agnes and the excellent team head on over to Celebritized in Chicago!

Blowtique Chicago

Happy lollapalooza week, Chicago! You didn't think we'd leave out on one of the best festival hair-trends of the season did you? Remember our beauty editor, Shanna? Well... she's back with the inside scoop on the fishtail braid brought to you by one of Chicago's premiere blow-out salons, Blowtique.

PrettyQuick and our beauty editors love Blowtique and their talented team of stylists. Shanna was instantly impressed when her stylist was able to duplicate the exact look Shanna showed her in their consultation.

Here are a few tips Shanna learned from her stylist at Blowtique. I know we'll be saving these for this weekend.

  1. If your hair is dry I would squirt 3-4 sprays of water on the bottom half of your head to make it easier. Brush your hair out with a big brush, and then use a small comb to get the perfect part.
  2. Then split the hair into 2 parts 
  3. Then take one piece from part 1 and bring it over to part 2, then take one piece from part 2 and bring it over to part 1. After one complete set (of bringing 2 pieces over to the opposite side) pull the hair gently to secure the set in. Continue all the way down to the bottom, and then put a rubber band in at the bottom to secure the braid.
  4. Squirt again lightly with water, and spray down any fly-aways!
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What we love:

  1. They're open till 9pm so you can get your hair fix in late.
  2. They offer an amazing Oribe deep conditioning treatment to counteract the nefarious effects of heat styling.
  3. Their downstairs lounge is a good spot for bridal, bachelorette, or corporate events.

Make sure you head on over to Celebritized in Chicago to see Shanna's final look. To book an appointment with Blowtique's braid bar or other blow-out services, visit PrettyQuick

 

Spa Boutique at The Godfrey Hotel

Pssst....did you hear? Chicago's newest boutique hotel, The Godfrey, also has a luxurious spa offering everything from massages to facials that are tailored specifically for your skin care needs. Our PrettyQuick Beauty Editor, Shanna Lakin, let us take a sneak peek into her spa experience at The Godfrey Hotel's Spa Boutique

Here's the scoop -

From the moment Shanna walked into the Spa Boutique she was instantly impressed. Upon being greeted by the friendly and informative front desk staff, Shanna was led to their relaxing lounge area before her appointment. While waiting, spa guests can enjoy fresh lemon water and relaxing music to set the mood before their services. 

Shanna went with the 50 minute Rest Massage, the perfect option to relieve fatigue and stress in the body. She loved that the massage was enough to rejuvenate, refresh and relax her. The massage technician was able to design Shanna's massage around her needs and tension areas. Let's just say stress and tightness were no longer an issue post massage. 

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Shanna explains that, "from start to finish, my experience at The Godfrey Spa Boutique was flawless, relaxing, refreshing, and will most definitely keep me coming back for more."

The luxurious Spa Boutique at the Godfrey Hotel is centrally located in one of the highest energy points of River North. The Godfrey, being in the heart of the city, is just a quick walk away from Michigan Avenue and some of our favorite Gold Coast boutiques and restaurants. 

What to know:

  • The spa staff is made up of highly trained and experienced licensed therapists who give you exactly what you ask for, and will design the entire spa treatment around fitting your individual needs.  
  • All products used in the spa are organic, vegan, and cruelty-free. Major points in our book!
  • Many Chicago athletes and celebrities have been spotted indulging at The Godfrey Spa Boutique.
  • The spa provides relaxation treatment rooms for couples or can be offered in the privacy of your hotel room.
  • Although Spa hours are M-F 9am-8pm, Saturday 9am-7pm, and Sunday 9am-6pm, after hour services, as well as off-site appointments, are available with advance notice.
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Chemistry Conditioning Treatment at Swerve

We all love summer, but hate the frizz that comes along with it! Having unruly summer hair,  I've tried multiple anti-frizz sprays and leave in conditioners, nothing has quite stuck out....

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...Until Elle at Swerve Salon introduced me to Redken Chemistry Treatment.  This amazing smoothing process gives you the benefits of keratin treatment at a tiny fraction of the cost and time!

Redken Chemistry Treatment has protein to help repair, strengthen, and replenish hair. The Redken Chemistry service is a 2-step professional in-salon treatment that takes about 15 minutes.

Here's how it works:

1)  The stylist will assess your hair strands to understand exactly what you need.

2) 1 of 6 treatment "shots" will be thrown into your conditioning treatment depending on its consistency:

  • Extreme Shot for distressed hair

  • Color Extend Shot for color-treated hair

  • Clear Moisture Shot for normal/dry hair

  • All Soft Shot for dry/brittle hair

  • Smooth Down Shot for very dry/unruly hair

  • Real Control Shot for dense/dry/sensitized hair

3) You'll walk out of the salon looking and feeling like a million bucks. Hair will be smooth and shiny without frizz for at least 4-6 weeks. 

Enjoy! I know I did....

 

 

BlowOuts & Bronzing: GlowOut Launches in West Loop

We had the great pleasure last week of popping in to the West Loop's new GlowOut, the brilliant brainchild of Jenn Dieas.  GlowOut grew out of Golden Girl, the boutique airbrush tanning operation Jenn lovingly started years ago.  Now she's repositioned Golden Girl as  GlowOut.  YES!  We're not kidding.  The best of tanning meets a blowout bar.  Now clients can pop in for expert airbrush tanning, blowouts, manis, and pedis.  Literally everything you need before a night out on the town.  (or a lunch meeting!  or just because!!)

 

Coco enjoys a blowout and champagne in the gorgeous new GlowOut space.  You feel like you're with your best friends in a chic loft-like environment.

Coco enjoys a blowout and champagne in the gorgeous new GlowOut space.  You feel like you're with your best friends in a chic loft-like environment.

Coco and the whole GlowOut gang in their gorgeous new space! Jenn has carefully selected top-notch talent and everyone is all smiles.

Coco and the whole GlowOut gang in their gorgeous new space! Jenn has carefully selected top-notch talent and everyone is all smiles.

No paper waste at GlowOut.  Catch up on all your reading on their IPAD's stocked with the latest mags.

No paper waste at GlowOut.  Catch up on all your reading on their IPAD's stocked with the latest mags.

Amika styling line  - means girlfriend in Latin… the perfect eco-friendly niche product for long-lasting, touchable styles.

Amika styling line  - means girlfriend in Latin… the perfect eco-friendly niche product for long-lasting, touchable styles.

Even the powder room is adorable!  We promise you'll appreciate the dark walls, vintage architectural  touches, and gauzy curtains.  

Even the powder room is adorable!  We promise you'll appreciate the dark walls, vintage architectural  touches, and gauzy curtains.  

St. Patrick's Day Beauty Tips

  1. Smokin' Green Eyes: It's all about green this weekend! Go all out with a cute green eyeliner or a sexy green smokey eye!
  2. Accessorize: Avoid all the pinching with a subtle hint of green in your accessories. Tip: Pair it with a top knot or a funky braid style to get the complete look!
  3. Go for Gold: It might be all about the the green but let's not forget about the fab pots of gold! What about a cute sparking mani?
  4. Lip Therapy: Try out one of our favorite lip exfoliators, Sugar and Butter from Jane Iredale. You know, just in case you need to kiss some cute Irish boys.