- Smokin' Green Eyes: It's all about green this weekend! Go all out with a cute green eyeliner or a sexy green smokey eye!
- 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!
- 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?
- 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.
Good morning, PrettyQuick readers. My name is Kathryn and I’m one of the ladies behind the website House of Marbury, a fashion and style blog for female lawyers (and other professionals, too!).
While fashion and style are important for achieving a professional, confident, work-appropriate look, one’s hair and make-up is equally essential.
Unfortunately, many busy professional women miss the mark by either over- or under doing their weekday beauty regimen. And, we know, it’s tough to look your best when balancing a busy career, a social life, family and all of your other obligations. So, here are a few tips to help you get the job done while looking your best:
1. Develop a make-up routine:
Take the time to put on a full face of make-up and do your hair every morning. If you use the right products and techniques, with repetition, you’ll be able to complete a full hair + make-up routine in as little as 20 minutes.
If you feel like this is impossible, enlist the help of experts. Consult your stylist next time you’re in for a haircut. Be realistic and tell him or her how much time you think you can devote to your hair each morning, and ask them to give you styling techniques that you can fit into your routine. Same with make-up: stop up to your favorite counter and ask for guidance on products that make the biggest impact and take the least time to apply.
A few of our favorites:
1) Mascara. You can’t leave home without it. No matter how long your lashes are, mascara helps emphasize your eye. Take a minute each morning to swipe some on.
2) Tinted moisturizer: If full-on foundation intimidates you or seems time-consuming, opt for tinted moisturizer instead. It takes seconds to spread over your entire face. I love Laura Mercier’s line of moisturizers (complete with SPF!), now in a variety of colors to best match your skin tone.
3) An eyebrow product: Filling in your eyebrows, like defining your lashes, helps bring attention to your eyes. We love this simple product from Benefit. Apply it with upward strokes and it takes seconds to darken and keep your brows in place.
4) A brightening pencil: Use this pencil to highlight the arch of your eyebrows and brighten the inner crease of your eyes. It works wonders and takes seconds to apply.
5) A light lip gloss: Finding a nice gloss or chapstick that you can use throughout the day is key. We love Rose’s salve.
2. Aim for a natural look
Professional make-up should be understated. While we fully condone and encourage the use of red lipstick in certain circumstances (i.e. not for a formal meeting with a new client or an argument in court), other unnaturally colored make-up simply isn’t professional. Opt for hues that compliment your skin tone. Do not wear brightly-colored eye-shadows in blues and greens, for example. Reach for subtle browns, grays and purples instead.
3. Have a go-to hairstyle for rough days
Whether you overslept, or your blow-dryer breaks downs or its raining outside, whatever the circumstance might be, have a fail-proof hairstyle for mornings when you’re in a pinch. One of my favorites is this pony tail with a twist, or this low rolled bun. Or, browse Lauren Conrad’ site for all sorts of straight-forward hairstyle tutorials.
4. Know where to find your favorite beauty products
When you find a product you like, buy a few and keep them in stock, so that when you run out you don’t have to make an extra trip to get a refill. Or, make sure you find products that are readily accessible. Sephora and ULTA both have easy-to-use websites, meaning it’s easy to order refills straight to your door.
5. Pack your purse appropriately so that you can update on-the-go
Make sure to keep certain beauty products either in your purse or at your desk so that you can make simple, quick updates as necessary throughout the day. I love keeping a pressed powder or oil-blotting sheets handy for fighting shine during long days. I also keep bobby pins, hairspray and a comb in my desk, should I need to do a little refreshing before an afternoon meeting or an after-hours event. Keeping a light lip gloss in your purse and at your desk is also a necessity.
What beauty routines do you follow to help you look put-together and professional? Please share!
It’s Blowout week at PrettyQuick. After an oh so arduous hunt for the perfect blowout, our beauty editors narrowed the list to Chicago's Top 5 Blowouts. Whether you need some instant glam for a big night out or just need classic blowout for a bad hair-day, leave it to the pros and book the best in CHicago blowouts.
1. Roque Beauty Lounge/ The Lash Spot: Volume Vixen
Maria is the answer to all your blow dry prayers. Her use of the round brush(es) throughout the process ensure smoothness with just the right amount of curl at the end. Most importantly, this blowout stands the test of time....it lasts for days...and then some.
2. Hush Salon: Sleek & Sexy
Evelyn is simply amazing. Her quick blowouts leave your hair looking sleek and sexy. She is a guru with product and shine. The best part is you're in and out and looking like a million bucks in no time.
3. Goldplaited: Instant Glam
Even before you sit in the stylists’ chair, their extensive relaxation massage and shampoo are simply divine. Sip champagne as you choose from one of their four signature blowout styles ranging from sleek straight to voluminous curls. They execute every look perfectly and can even customize to your liking.
4. Drybar: Custom Cure
The recently opened Chicago location from the company that started the blowout revolution specializes in one thing and one thing only: best in class blowouts. Whether your hair is flat or frizzy, long or short, you can count on quality and a single affordable price.
5. ZaZu Salon: Timeless Classic
With multiple locations and many stylists to choose from, it is a difficult task to accomplish, but one is always guaranteed a great classic blowout here. The stylists are well trained to handle even the most unruly hair. Convenient and efficient, Zazu is a blowout no-brainer.
True Love! PrettyQuick's COO Shreena Amin shares with us why she has been with her colorist Pam Orefanos for 10 years!Read More
Inspired by last week's Valentine celebrations, the PrettyQuick team continues to share their beauty love affairs. Next up is our Marketing Manager Lizmarie Oliveras who finds herself in a bit of a love triangle as she shares her favorite makeup artist Kristy Rogowski from goldplaited with her friend Alicia Caillier.Read More
Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but here at PrettyQuick we’re still celebrating the special love we have for some of our favorite stylists. First in line is PrettyQuick's Account Manager Adrienne Salazar and her favorite esthetician Justine Edmundson from Leah Chavie Skincare Boutique.Read More
We can’t take you on that cycling trip through the Tuscan countryside or hold your hand while you bungee jump from a bridge, but we can help you be more adventurous during 2014 in the most unexpected of places-- the salon or spa. Bring out your glamventurous side by trying one of these beauty services that maybe just a little bit out of your comfort zone.
Last week we gave you some tips to achieve a Queen Bey worthy hair makeover. This week we take you to the next level with some shortcuts to refreshing your makeup.Read More
Changing your hair is a great way to reinvent yourself in the new year, but the possibilities are endless. Should you get bangs? Should you go short? How would you look as a blonde? Let’s be real, you don’t have Queen Bey’s glam squad on speed dial. Even if you did, it doesn’t guarantee you would actually get the pixie cut you secretly recently want. Thankfully, you have PrettyQuick to give you a few tricks to update your look without losing your head. Even better, we can find you the perfect appointment to bring your dream look to life.Read More
It’s been a wonderful ten days since we declared our New Year’s resolutions and started a new year full of hope and determination. Let’s be honest, how many of your resolutions have you actually started to work on? If your answers is all of them or a big fat ZERO, don’t worry! PrettyQuick has a plan for a prettier 2014 and beauty insider tips and tricks to keep you on track.Read More
"Acchaa" means understanding and agreement, a very fitting name for a spa that lives by its philosophy to assess energy and understand if and why it lacks balance in order to restore agreement among all elements of the body and mind.Read More
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What brought you to Chicago?
I moved to Chicago 8 years ago and have loved every minute. I love the energy of this city, the Midwest attitude and the community that I am now apart of. Everyday is a new day and Chicago brings something exciting each day!
Why did you want to become an aesthetician?
I became an Esthetician because I fell in love with the whole aspect of skin care. Making someone feel beautiful has been the most rewarding job.
What are your favorite skincare products and why?
I like to use home remedies for certain skin issues. I cannot live without eye creams and serums. Serums have a smaller molecular size than creams, so I feel I get more hydration. Eye creams....well, we all age and I want to stay fresh.
What skincare service are your clients most requesting right now?
I do a lot of Brazilians and Brows, but as winter comes into play, facials and peels are the main trend.
What skincare tip would you recommend for every skin tone and type?
Get a regimen and stick to it!
What skincare advice do you give most often?
Make sure your pH is balanced, so your face is not fighting all day to get back to its normal pH. Also, the skin is your first line of defense, stay protected.
The temperature is getting cooler, the air is getting dryer, and our precious hands are in need of some major moisture. PrettyQuick scoped out the absolute best hand creams to keep our hands soft through the season.
L’Occitane has the perfect travel sized hand lotions. They come in several great classic and seasonal scents. I literally have one tucked away in every purse I own. The shea butter is a must have basic, but the Almond Delicious is my personal favorite scent. They also make great gifts.
Power Ingredient: Shea Butter, Almond
Bliss makes the perfect rich but non-greasy hand moisturizer to keep hands soft and hydrated. It absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave a residue. I keep one at my office desk so I can reapply regularly.
Power Ingredient: Macadamia Oil, Grapeseed extract
This unscented cream is extremely effective in treating dry coarse hands. It absorbs quickly and works wonders on my cuticles. I always have stowed in my night stand since it’s my go to before bed.
Power Ingredient: Shea Butter, Silk Proteins, Hydrating Marine Blend
What cut/color/style are your clients asking for most right now?
With color, I feel like a lot of my clients are going for a more soft, subtle look. More natural is in and over processed hair is out. Lately with hair cuts, I’ve been really cleaning up the length with a lot of clients. I think the extremely long stringy look is going out and a fresher, cleaner look is coming. I've been asked for the long bob aka 'Lob' haircut a lot lately.
What hair care advice do you give most often?
Don't shampoo your hair everyday!
What hair cut/style looks good on everyone?
Most women look good with hair framing her face, it tends to soften everything up. I think most men look best with clean look, tighter on the sides with a good shape for their head.
What are your three "can't live without" beauty products?
Only 3? That's tough!! If I had to pick...
1. Oribe Dry Thick spray, its finishing product that creates instant volume and great for finishing hair or for day 2, the entire Oribe line is A-mazing but that's my favorite right now
2. Malin+Goetz grapefruit face cleanser
3. My Jason brand Vitamin C toner
What about hair products?
What brought you to Chicago?
I was drawn to Chicago initially to get out of my hometown and to further my opportunities as a hairstylist. It was far enough to get away but still close enough to get back to my family whenever I needed to, so it was an easy decision.It has the exhilaration of the big city but also that comforting Midwestern charm to it. I feel that it has everything I could want in a city and it would take a lot for me to move. I wasn't exactly sure how long I'd be here initially but 7 years later I'm proud to call myself a Chicagoan.
Fashion blogger Soraya Pena started her career in hospitality management until she decided to follow her true passion; fashion. Since then she has worked on various entrepreneurial endeavours and launched one of Chicago’s most popular fashion blogs, Chic Flavours. A natural beauty, we love Soraya’s simple approach to beauty just as much as her chic sense of style.
1. What do you love most about being a fashion blogger?
I recently started blogging about what I’m really passionate about and that’s fashion. I am able to make my own schedule, but what I love the most is not knowing what everyday might bring. One day I might be taking pictures for the blog or talking to brands for future collaborations.
2. With which fashion icon do you identify the most?
I love the elegance Carolina Herrera portrays in every image. Somehow she's able to manage perfection with a simple white blouse. I’m also a bit obsessed with Blake Lively and her sexy, but yet classy style. Her make up is always simple, but enough to make an impression.
3. Three fashion rules you try to live by...
1. It’s okay to wear bright colors in the fall/winter. I love wearing sweaters that really pop, like red or hot pink in an effort to brighten an otherwise usually gloomy winter day.
2. Always, always, no matter how tired you might be, always take your makeup off and wash your face before bedtime.
3. No matter what the latest trend might be, it's important to dress according to your personalty. If crop tops are not your thing and you don't feel like showing your stomach to the world, don't! A woman should always feel comfortable in what she wearing.
4. What’s in your makeup bag right now?
I love this question! In my everyday makeup bag I have blush and creamy lipstick by Bobbi Brown. You'll also find my favorite foundation powder by Clinique and some Vanilla Eye Show by Maybelline that I actually use to add some shimmer under my eyes to brighten them up. I will confess I also have a travel toothbrush and toothpaste... I’m secretly obsessed with brushing my teeth.
5. Tell us which are your favorite beauty spots in Chicago.
Hair: Thomas West Salon, by far. When I first moved to Chicago I tried multiple hair salons until I found the right one for me. It’s close to my apartment, and my stylist is young and understands what I’m looking for every time.
Body: I don't frequent spas that often, but I will say I am proud member of Massage Envy. I am able to schedule a message on a monthly basis to any of their convenient locations around the city.
Skin: I actually don’t have one! But I would love to find a great place for a facial.
Makeup: Sheri at Thomas West Salon always does my makeup whenever I have an event!
6. Tell us something you learned about beauty from your mom?
“Don't be afraid to show your curves” Haha! Growing up in Venezuela the culture was the curvier and bigger, the better. I always felt a bit shy, but my mom has taught me to carry myself with confidence and love my body.
7. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I wouldn't physically change anything about myself. Does changing my cooking skills count?
8. What is one thing about yourself that you would never change?
My accent! I first learned English at a very young age and even after living in Chicago for 6 years it’s still there. It reminds me every day where I came from and I love it.
As we get ready to celebrate Halloween tomorrow, we couldn't help take a little walk down memory lane to remember some of the scariest hair and make up choices from our favorite celebrities. Click to see them all.
There’s more to waxing than just the wax! This week waxing guru Beth Harned from Blade Salon shares with us her favorite techniques and products to achieve the perfect wax!
What celebrity looks / style do you love?
Kate Middleton for her classic, elegant style. Katy Perry for her young, hip style and perfect eyebrows.
What do you love most about your job?
I love when I am able to put people at ease when they come in nervous for their first ever wax. People come in terrified that waxing is going to be painful and awkward. When they leave feeling like they just had a luxurious and pampering salon experience, I know I have done a good job.
Any products you would recommend for before or after a wax?
My favorite skincare products that pertain to waxing are:
PFB Vanish - The BEST ingrown hair product on the market!
Finipil - The only antiseptic cream specifically designed to use after hair removal. Not only does it help sooth and protect against infection, but it also has an ingredient that helps slow down hair growth.
What waxing tip would you recommend for every skin tone and type?
I recommend that anyone that waxes should also regularly exfoliate their skin. Even if they don't wax they should exfoliate! And I'm not just talking about your face, exfoliation is important for your body too!
Which service are your clients most requesting right now?
Fuga Millennium Park can be a savior because of it’s location near the Loop, which typically means near the office. Just because it’s close to work doesn’t mean there aren’t exceptional dining and shopping options in close vicinity. Check out PrettyQuick’s picks for the best places near this Millennium Park salon and spa mecca.
Fab Meal: The Gage
In a part of the city strewn with tourist trap restaurants, The Gage is a fine dining respite with a warm tavern atmosphere. They offer truly elevated pub food, beautifully executed with the finest freshest ingredients. They also offer an incredible selection of craft beers and wines making it a classy and packed happy hour destination.
Quick Bite: Toni Patisserie
Toni Patisserie is the perfect lunch loop get away. Plan a lunch escape with a manicure from Fuga and then head to this little European style cafe for a quiche or baguette sandwich. Don’t forget to grab some pastries to go!
Sweet Treats: Sugar Bliss
Sugar Bliss offers adorable freshly baked cupcakes, as pretty as that manicure from Fuga. We love the seasonal selections like the Pumpkin Patch and the S’mores cupcakes. Their cupcakes minis are are the perfect bite size indulgence. Even better, you can treat yourself to a shot of frosting (yes, you read that correctly). Just be sure to lick those manicured hands clean.
Boutique: Akira Shoe Store
If you need the perfect shoes to go with the perfect pedi, the Akira on State Street is your shoe haven in the loop. They carry an extensive and eclectic selection so you can find the perfect pair for the office, the park, or the bar.
Fitness: Run in the park / on the lake
When you’re this close to glorious Millenium Park and the beautiful lakeshore, we can’t dare recommend you head inside to break a sweat. Instead, hit the lakefront path for the most picturesque jog or maze through Millenium Park and Grant Park for some stellar people watching.
Wedding Photographer Emilia Schobeiri shares with us her beauty secrets to staying fabulous while snapping gorgeous shots during those “Big Days”.
What is your favorite local hair salon?
I love AJ at Thomas West Salon in the Merchandise Mart. She is my sanity and she makes my hair look more wonderful than anyone else.
What do you love most about your job?
I love the flexibility I have to travel and chase big dreams!
How do you stay fit/healthy?
I work out with a trainer once a week, live on green smoothies. Since my job is actually quite physical, I also try to schedule bi-weekly massage and chiropractic appointments during wedding season.
Do you have any tricks to make sure you look and feel great at work?
I travel frequently and my latest trick is borrowed from a dear friend, I drink an EmergenC with breakfast every day that I'm not at home. It helps put a pep in my step, potentially assists with hydration issues from too much bubbly the night before, and hopefully prevents sickness.
What are your three "can’t live without" beauty products?
Your Stylist AJ turned me on to Pureology's Hydrate line and now I can't wash my hair with anything else. Other than that, I keep my look really simple for the most part and wear whatever Shannon O'Brien tells me to for make-up!