Afternoon Delight: Red Door Spa’s Express Red Carpet Blow Dry

There’s nothing like getting your hair looking fabulous, whether it be for the red carpet or so as a pampering treat to yourself. Sometimes finding the time to enjoy a little hair pampering can be tough but thanks to the new Red Door Spa’s express beauty Red Carpet Blow Dry, you can achieve great hair during lunch. You may remember we wrote about kaletra pregnancy saving $10 off a Red Door Spa Blowout when you take and share a selfie, well we finally got the chance to enjoy this wonderful service for ourselves at the Flat Iron Blow Dry Bar. This post is our experience of the blowout we received, which that instantly repairs and smooths the hair for a silky, shiny finish.

The Red Carpet Blow Dry combines deep conditioning using a unique formaldehyde-free keratin protein infusion that strengthens and nourishes lackluster tresses (something I needed after the long winter), along with a revitalizing blow dry to maintain professional results for up to 3 shampoos. Created for all hair colors and lengths, this treatment is the pick-me-up your hair needs. The best part is, this 15 minute treatment can be added to enhance your hair service.

Considering the day I got this treatment, there was a mist in the air (the day called for rain) and the humidity was almost out in full force, my hair held up exceptionally well and the frizz was held at bay for three days. I invite you to take the time to pamper yourself and head to the Red Door Spa in Union Square. Check out pics from the beautiful Blow Dry Bar area at the Red Door Spa Union Square location below:

Sephora + Pantone Universe Color of the Year Pop-Up Greenhouse

Sephora recently had a pop-up Greenhouse to celebrate the beauty bloom that is Radiant Orchid, http://drnitalandry.com/?k=Kaletra-Without-Prescriptions Sephora + Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year. The 3-day, one-of-a-kind event, which included two visually stunning radiant orchid-hued greenhouses, was held at the Eventi Hotel Big Screen Plaza, a public outdoor venue made perfectly for great events like this multisensory beauty experience.

Inside the Makeup greenhouse was Sephora’s beauty team (all of whom were beautifully done up with Radiant Orchid beauty products – makes us love the collection even more to see it on), on hand to give all who stopped by the chance to try out any of the products from the Radiant Orchid Collection. Special guest attendees included Sephora Artistry Ambassador, Aaron de Mey, and Opening Ceremony Designers Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, whose Fall 2014 Collection show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week featured makeup using the Sephora + Pantone Universe Radiant Orchid Collection.

This main greenhouse was brimming with beautiful flowers (we saw lots of orchids all around – some even atop delicious cupcakes), a table overflowing with sweet treats and eats, and the stunning products from the collection, decorating each individual makeup station.

The second and smaller, Bumble and bumble Greenhouse, attendees were treated to hair styling, such as blowouts and hair braiding, as tv screens showed scenes from Opening Ceremony’s Fall 2014 show. After getting hair and makeup done, guests were given the option of getting their photo taken at the photo booth located between the two greenhouses.

Next up for Sephora was the opening of their Queens location at Queens Center in Elmhurst yesterday, March 28th….expect more on that a bit later.

Get Gorgeous Hair w/ Dear Clark, Curl Kit, DermOrganic, & Basic Hair Care

It’s a known fact that stress can affect your hair just as much (or worse) as it affects your skin? But it may surprise you to know that most people don’t do anything about it. Your hair needs to be pampered just as much as your skin does. How else will it grow beautiful and strong? Today we highlight hair care products from four different companies, Dear Clark, Curl Kit, DermOrganic, and Basic Hair Care, that are designed to indulge your hair in loving care. These wonderful products are made to resurrect, detoxify, and nourish your hair.

DEAR CLARK

Does your hair need a bit of rejuvenating? The Dear Clark product line consists of Resurrecting Wash, Resurrecting Rinse, Smoothing Elixir, Thickening Balm and Finishing Salve that are designed to breathe new life into stressed hair. With ingredients such as Aloe Vera to moisturize, Sunflower Seed Oil to protect, and Rose of Jericho to rejuvenate, your hair will enjoy superb hydration and anti aging benefits from these Sulphate Free, Paraben Free, Cruelty Free, and Gluten Free products. The Resurrecting Wash ($22.00) is redemption for stressed hair. This soothing shampoo revives, resurrects, and instantly hydrates your hair, leaving your color and keratin alone. Follow with Dear Clark’s Resurrecting Rinse ($22.00) for super hydrated hair that won’t destroy your hair’s color or keratin. Is frizz your hair’s kryptonite? Calm and control those wild tresses with Dear Clark’s Smoothing Elixir ($24.00). Smooth your hair into submission while you protect it from humidity. For those of you with fine hair, the Thickening Balm ($24.00) is what you need to plump, protect, and add shine to each strand; the result – even the finest hair feels fuller and acts thicker. Lastly, heal and seal with Dear Clark’s Finishing Salve ($24.00), as it saves your style and protects your hair from heat and humidity.

CURL KIT

Let’s face it, there are several beauty products and companies that are dedicated to women with chemically treated hair. Infact, most of the hair products featured in monthly beauty subscription boxes highlight products that are geared towards women who DO NOT have natural hair. But that is changing thanks to CurlKit. CurlKit is a monthly beauty subscription box that provides exclusive services, product samples, tutorials, videos, how to manuals and information to women with natural hair (curly, coily, kinky, locs, and textured). This demographic includes women that have been lifelong naturals, as well as women who are choosing to stop the chemical manipulation and are becoming newly natural. Each CurlKit contains 7-9 hand-selected samples and full size products that may include everything from pomades, conditioners, and natural hair tools from well-known brands, as well as, new and emerging specialty products. membership is offered in 1-month ($20.00), 3-months ($60.00), and 6-months ($120.00) subscriptions.

DERMORGANIC

Want a cleaning shampoo that’s as gentle on your hair as your skin cleaner? Then get to know the products from DermOrganics. Their Daily Conditioning Shampoo is made with facial cleansers developed from lipids and amino acids that moisturize and strengthen the hair – it’s the only shampoo made with these skin cleansers that moisturize, strengthen and rebuild the hair every time you wash it. The hair-loving  DermOrganic’s Leave-In Treatment is made with Certified Argan Oil of Morocco to repair, protect and improve hair shine, restoring hair’s optimal moisture balance, smoothness and soft feel. It speeds drying time, and protects the hair from thermal styling. The DermOrganic Masque Hair Repair is rich in rice amino acids that replicate the keratin structure of human hair. It repairs damage, seals the cuticle, neutralizes your hair’s pH, and restores resilience to salon-treated hair. Made without silicone, propylene glycol or glycerin, you can use the Masque hair repair as often as desired for silky, smooth hair without fear of build up. This intensive, deep conditioner revitalizes and repairs damaged hair from the inside out, making it safe for everyday use. All of DermOrganics products are vegan, contain no artificial preservatives, sulfates, salt, sodium chloride, MEA, DEA and artificial colors; it is gluten-free,  paraben-free, free from propylene glycol, lanolin and mineral oil, with a pH balance that’s just like your skin – 4.5 – 5.5.

BASIC Hair Care Carbon Tea Tree

Great new for those of you who suffer from dandruff, dry or oily scalp concerns (we certainly do during the winter), scalp inflammation, or for those who are looking to detoxify their hair and scalp will want to get these three products from Basic. BASIC’s Carbon Tea Tree Shampoo contains activated charcoal, known for its detoxification properties; antiseptic and healing ingredients tea tree, lemongrass, peppermint and pink grapefruit to invigorate and refresh the scalp. The Tea Tree Deep Conditioner boasts Tea Tree Oil, Lemongrass, Lavender, Peppermint, Geranium, and Mango Butter, Shea Butter and Olive Oil which helps to purify, energize, calm, and moisturize the scalp. The Carbon Tea Tree Pomade combines the antiseptic properties of activated charcoal, tea tree oil, natural oils such as baobab, grapeseed, avocado, and coconut oil to heal and moisturize the hair while giving it staying power. An 8oz bottle of Basic’s Shampoo and Conditioner retails for $18.00 each with the Pomade available for $24.00.

Red Door Spa Is Open For Spa Week

It’s officially spring so you know what that means……it’s time to pamper yourself without stripping your wallet. that’s right, the $50 Spa Week Treatment deal is almost here. One of our favorite beauty treatment escapes, Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spas, is all ready to get you pampered. During National Spa Week, April 21st – 27th, every Red Door Spa location across the country will be offering three of their most luxurious treatments for just $50.00 each. See below for more information on each service offered. There’s even a bonus offer (click on image to view larger).

Feeling stressed? Enjoy the 50-minute Stress Melter Body Treatment, which includes body exfoliation, aroma therapeutic body wrap, and a scalp massage. Does it seem like your skin has turned against you? Then you definitely need Elizabeth arden’s 50-minute Spa Week Facial, a renewing facial that will cleanse, exfoliate, and hydrate your skin. If your skin needs extra attention, just add a Microdermabrasion Blast or Oxygen Blast for an additional $50.00. Now if it’s your tired, weary feet that need some love, indulge in a 50-minute Spa week Pedicure heaven with luxe sugar exfoliation and warm cream, reflexology-inspired massage.

As a bonus, Red Door Spas is offering a chance to give your hair come new life during Spa Week, with your choice of a haircut, blowout and finish, or single-process color for $50.00. It looks like you ladies have some decisions to make. whatever service you choose, enjoy them. For more information, contact any Red Door Spa location.

What’s New in Spring Beauty | Illamasqua GLAMORE Collection

Leave it to Illamasqua to offer beauty lover more color, more texture and more beauty for spring. The fashion-forward beauty brand brings you GLAMORE, a vibrant spring collection of products that invites you to “immerse yourself in a world of timeless textures, bold shades and strong definition”. GLAMORE promises you multi-dimensional glitter nail colors, satin lips, defined eyebrows, and a flawless canvas that celebrates the classic yet evolving world of color….and it doesn’t let you down. The Illamasqua GLAMORE Collection is made to be mixed and matched with each other. Blend the lipsticks to create new tones, create a great nail art design with two or all of the nail lacquers.

I’ve been personally searching for the perfect orange that will compliment both my skin tone and undertones and I have found this color in GLAMORE. As you can see, we had the pleasure of previewing the Illamasqua GLAMORE Collection at Bloomingdale’s 59th Street with the very adorable Ross Andrewartha, Illamasqua’s International Trainer (pictured below), who shared this season’s latest trends and some tips and tricks for flawless makeup applications.

The Satin Finish Lipstick features intense color with a long-lasting satin yet hydrated comfort finish thanks to its moisturizing Vitamin E. It’s available in three colors – Soaked (vibrant orange), Glissade (dark, bold pink), and Luster (candy pink). Wear alone or under a sheer lip-gloss for more 3D Effect. Get this amazing lipstick for $26.00 each.

The Shattered Stars Nail Varnish  – are a new take on the same highly pigmented, award-winning and chip resistant Illamasqua nail varnish featuring a multi-dimensional glitter finish. With three shades to choose from – Trilliant (shattered champagne), Marquise (shattered orange), and Fire Rose (shattered pink), these nail colors provide the perfect finish and inspiration for nail art. Each color retails for $17.00.

The Eye Brow Cake, available in Motto (warm taupe), Gaze (dark gray slate), Peek (warm caramel), Thunder (dark brown), Stark (auburn), and Vehement (soft black), gives your eyebrows the edge. Shape and define to frame your eyes and enhance your expressive side. Match with your natural color or experiment with different tones for an alternative look. Use dry for soft definition or mixed with water or Sealing Gel for a sharp shape. Grab your color for $23.00 each.

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The Angled Brush is the perfect brush to define and create precision lines. Ideal for eyebrow and eye line definition and for sharpening beneath the eyebrow and around the lip with your foundation. It’s the perfect brush to use with the Eyebrow Cake. Get this brush for $29.50.

The Ultimate Skin Trinity ensures you radiate skin confidence every time and gives you a flawless canvas to paint. The Trinity features Hydra Veil for makeup priming, Skin Base Lift to lift and Illamasqua’s award-winning Skin Base Foundation to perfect your canvas. Get Hydra Veil for $48.00, Skin Base Lift for $24.00, and Skin Base Foundation for $42.00.

The Illamasqua GLAMORE Collection is available at Bloomingdales and Illamasqua.com. I highly recommend that you pop into Bloomingdales and try out the colors, you will not walk out empty handed.

Tweezerman Launches Brush iQ High-Performance Brush Collection

You love Tweezerman for their amazing beauty tools that have kept your eyebrows in line with the trends, your eyes and lashes camera-ready, and your hands and feet soft to the touch. Come this April, you’re going to love them ever more. Tweezerman introduces the next generation of makeup brushes with their Brush IQ High-Performance Brush Collection.
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These ritonavir covid 19 luxury cosmetic brushes are crafted with DuPont™ Natrafil® filaments, a patented and exceptional technological and quality fiber that not only feels like and performs better than natural hair cosmetic brush fibers but also makes them more hygienic than animal bristles, deliver an unmatched pick-up and release performance, and gives you a more even application. Are we surprised by Tweezerman’s direction into makeup brushes? Not at all; we think it’s the logical step for the company who has shaped our beauty since 1980.

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At the event, we had the pleasure of experiencing these uber-soft and durable brushes first hand, thanks to the Tweezerman beauty tool experts who helped us get better acquainted with the brushes with some instruction as well as helping us create looks inspired by some of Hollywood’s most stunning women from the 1950’s to today. We had quite some fun trying out the new brushes, testing the softness and strength (we did the fiber pull test on several) and are happy to say, we are in love. The list of brushes, and it is a wonderfully long list of 12 essential brushes, is as follows:

Powder Brush – This is one brush a beauty kit should never be without. Ideal for creating an even finish, this super-luxurious domed Powder Brush is an essential tool for all powder applications. Price: $49.00

Finishing Contour Brush – a must-have for creating subtle contouring and layering effects. The innovative shape and dual fiber technology buffs apply and infuse all complexion and cheek products, whether they be cream or powder, seamlessly onto the skin. The synthetic tip makes the application look and feels lightweight and natural. Price: $35.00

Blush Brush – This Blush Brush provides flawless coverage. Price: $26.00

Foundation Brush – A staple for any makeup artist’s toolkit, this paddle-shaped Foundation Brush is designed to provide perfect all over, yet remarkably sheer looking coverage. Creates a beautifully seamless look that, balances total, natural looking application of foundation and absolute corrective coverage. Price: $21.00

Pointed Foundation Brush – (our favorite) the perfectly shaped Pointed Foundation Brush fits delicately into the natural curves of the face for expert coverage – this tapered head brush is THE brush for those who love an airbrush finish. Price: $28.00

Flat Top Foundation Brush – The dense yet soft flat surface of the Flat Top Foundation Brush effectively buffs skin during makeup application for a flawless look. Complexion products permeate skin deeper with this brush for an even and streak-free finish. Price: $26.00

Contour Concealer Brush – Beautifully highlight and accentuate eyes and cheeks with the precision detail of the Contour Concealer Brush. The curve also gently works product perfectly into hard to reach areas like inner eye corners without causing irritation or dragging the skin. Price: $18.00

Pointed Concealer Brush – Conceal like a pro with the precision Pointed Concealer Brush – perfect for covering dark circles and discoloration. Create a streak free and natural look by working the point gently along the upper and lower lash lines. Price: $16.00

Blender Brush – Great shadow looks are the result of the flawless blending. The expertly designed Blender Brush will perfect and finish every look. Use the brush to blend shades together in soft sweeping motions, or use it to apply base shadow to the eyelid in one easy gesture. Price: $19.00

Shader Brush – Apply, blend and soften to create the hottest eye trends with this multi-functional Shader Brush. The supple signature fiber-blend will help soften hard edges and smoothly blend colors together without irritation. Price: $16.00

Line Glider™ Brush – This brush is designed with a unique blend of fibers, which pairs perfectly with any product formula for precise application. The curved shape of the glider’s head fits the natural contours of the eye while the signature tip sweeps product onto the lash line with precision placement for the ultimate detailed liner look. Price: $14.00

Brow Brush – The fine angled tip of the Brow Brush precisely feathers color into brows to fill sparse areas as well as add definition. Price: $14.00

The Tweezerman Brush iQ High-Performance Brush Collection will be available April 15th at Ulta stores and Ulta.com

MAKE UP FOR EVER Wants to Know What makes you Blush?

You can always count on MAKE UP FOR EVER for launching beauty products you can’t help but become addicted to. The brand has been a beauty lover’s favorite for years and they have no plans to stop. This spring, they have launched new products that we instantly fell in love with and are must-have additions to your cosmetics bag. This spring, we are loving the brand’s HD Blush, HD Pressed Powder and Powder Kabuki Brush #124.HD BLUSH

MUFE HD BLUSH

The HD Blush is an evolved cream blush. This HD camera-tested blush feels like second skin; it blends seamlessly, making it undetectable both on and off screen. The long-lasting formula features a perfect balance of Silicon Oils, Dry Oils, and Waxes that offers the wearer absolute blendability, Silica Powders and Synthetic Mica that allows for a smooth, comfortable texture as well as a satin, soft-focus finish, and clear Mother-of-pearl and pigments for a natural yet luminous finish. Available in sixteen shades in colors ranging from light to medium, tan to deep, in both warm and cool undertones (we’re addicted to #515, an excitingly vibrant tangerine that is surprisingly subtle – we love that we can go soft for day and build up to a more dramatic cheek for night) that compliments every skin tone. The MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Blush can be applied with your fingertips, HD Sponge or Artisan Brush depending on the result you want. Get your perfect shade(s) now for $26.00 at Sephora.com and MAKE UP FOR EVER boutiques.

HD PRESSED POWDER

MUFE HD Pressed Powder

We have firsthand knowledge of combating shine and achieving a flawless complexion – it’s a battle that several women fight daily. We’re all guilty of pulling out our compacts for on-the-go touch-ups, which is why we’re super excited about the MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Pressed Powder. You already love their HD Microfinish Loose Powder for that “camera-ready” look, the HD pressed Powder just gets you that look simpler and quicker. This lightweight, talc-free, silky finishing powder offers the same benefits of the HD Microfinish Loose Powder in a handbag-friendly pressed compact. The formula boasts a combination of three premium powders (silica, vinyl crosspolymer, and micro and spherical powders. It softens the appearance of fine lines and pores and creates a soft focus effect on the skin for an instantly smooth, slightly mattified finish that is comfortable to wear. Available in one shade, a little of this translucent pressed powder goes a long way and is complimentary to every skin tone. Grab yours today for $36.00 at Sephora, Sephora.com, and MAKE UP FOR EVER boutiques.

POWDER KABUKI BRUSH #124

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A make up kit staple, the straight and wavy fiber, the POWDER KABUKI BRUSH #124 is when applying your finishing powder. This dome-shaped brush can be used with all loose and compact powders. Its short, slender handle allows for controlled application while its dense head offers lightweight, flawless makeup coverage results. This must-have brush can be yours for $52.00 and is available at Sephora, Sephora.com, and MAKE UP FOR EVER boutiques.

Gorgeous Hair & Nails for NYFW at Angelo David Salon

Although the weather tried to prevent us from being fabulous (Mother Nature did win the battle a few times), we still got to enjoy fabulous hair courtesy of the Angelo David Salon. This was certainly not the first time we’ve gotten great hair at this upscale salon for great hair – Couture Hair Color at The Angelo David Salon – and it definitely won’t be the last. Along with a few others, we were invited to get “Fashion Week Fab” and enjoy a little glam time, with a manicure and blow dry (using Angelo David’s hair nurturing products). While getting shampooed, my nails were being shaped and pampered with Essie’s No More Film, a creamy, seductively dark violet nail color.

For hair, it was all about hair detoxing, getting rid of hair product and city residue and giving our strands the beautiful life they’ve been missing by being held prisoner in nothing but ponytails and winter hats. It was time for hair that was free-flowing. Supplied with some good white wine and dishing on all things beauty, our hair was transformed to feathery light layers full of body and shine (mine is below), we were ready for fashion week.

 

The following wonderful Angelo David products were used on my hair – VOL Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner, Vital Complex Leave-in Conditioner and Smooth Fast Drying Hair Cream, all of which can be purchased at the salon or online.

Whether you’re looking for a color change or color refresher, you must pay a visit to the Angelo David Salon, conveniently located near Grand Central. Visit the  Angelo David Salon for more information.