Archive for October, 2009

Nail It!: Why Your Polish Doesn’t Last


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If there’s one rule when it comes to a successful manicure, it’s this: there are no short cuts!  In this day and age, you’d think manicure basics would be common knowledge, yet I still hear complaints on a daily basis about how poorly a polish wears.  In fact, a recent Twitter search for the term “nail polish” showed the majority of tweets are to complain about chipping.

Inquiries about the type of base and top coats used were met with responses saying there wasn’t time for what I consider the two most essential manicure steps!  So to save you some frustration, I give you my top four reasons why manicures face an untimely death. (more…)

October 29, 2009 at 11:41 am 3 comments

The Fairest Sale: Three Custom Color Specialists

eye-shadowI don’t think I make my love for Trae Bodge, Scott Catto and Chad Hayduk of Three Custom Color Specialists a secret. I’ve known them for a few years now and it has been amazing to watch their brand grow and evolve. In fact, I saw Scott and Chad this past weekend in NY as I had a party to celebrate 4 years of beauty blogging. They are amazing talented and I love how this boutique brand really has such amazing colors and collections.

Here is my list of products that I personally own that you should not be without(more…)

October 27, 2009 at 6:40 pm Leave a comment

Beauty Expert Q & A: Celebrity Esthetician Renée Rouleau

Renee_RouleauRenée Rouleau is a skin care expert & celebrity esthetician who has been helping men & women of all ages attain glowing, beautiful skin for more than 20 years. In fact, celebrities like Jessica Simpson, Lisa Rinna and Melissa Rycroft have all been clients of Renée’s. Known for her 9 Skin Types (I’m a skin type 3) and skin care tip of the day, Renée has become a trusted resource.

Shannon: Most women are familiar with 3 skin types–normal, dry, combination–but you educate people via Twitter, your blog, your website and your spas that there are in fact 9. How did you discover the other 6 and how do they differ from the “baseline” 3?  (more…)

October 27, 2009 at 5:00 am 2 comments

Beauty…Hollywood Style: A day in Santa Monica

santa-monica-beach-santa-monica-ca400If you’ve been reading my last few stories, you know that since moving to Los Angeles, I’ve not only been learning to relax but I’ve also mastered Lauren Conrad beach waves!  My next quest?  A day of beauty in Santa Monica.  Of course, I love my Hollywood neighborhood–but the one thing that it lacks is the beach, which has always been a peaceful place for me from my childhood summers in Montauk.  It’s no real surprise that I’ve been finding recluse in Santa Monica now that I’m a West coaster. 

I decided to try a Customized Fruit Enzyme Peel Treatment at ARCONA Los Angeles and I’m a total convert.  I’m very particular about what I put on my face due to my previous bout with adult acne but this stuff is the real deal.  My facialist applied an Enzyme complex mask that gently removed dead skin cells and cleansed my pores.  My skin has the tendency to be dry and this mask was super moisturizing and smelled amazing, like a summer fruit salad.  What I loved most about this particular facial is that after the mask, the facialist applies customized serums chosen specifically for your skin type.  The serums are rich in anti-oxidants and promote circulation, helping to dissolve dry, dead skin and restore softness and smoothness.  I left ARCONA feeling like I had a brand new face!  My skin was hydrated, felt amazingly soft and looked more even in tone and texture.  (more…)

October 26, 2009 at 9:36 am Leave a comment

Salon Insider: Back from C.O. Bigelow!

Amanda George2Neil and I were in Chicago and Columbus last week making personal appearances for the launch of the new partnership of Neil George and C.O. Bigelow.  The stores are lovely, and everyone on the team at Bigelow is amazing.  We are so excited about the new launch and look forward to great success!

Also exciting is the upcoming launch in November of Neil George Refresh Dry Shampoo (which Neil wrote about here a couple of days ago) and Perfect Hold Hairspray to add to the assortment of our hair care collection.  I know you will all love them.  In the meantime, if you have any hair questions, post them below and we’ll answer in our next post.  Until next week!

Amanda George is a celebrity colorist and co-owner of Neil George Salon in Beverly Hills

October 22, 2009 at 10:29 pm Leave a comment

Lady in Red: Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson Moet and Chandon

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Scarlett Johansson, new face of Moët & Chandon, stepped out Tuesday at the “Tribute to Cinema” in Tokyo.  We’re positively besotted with ScarJo’s wavy, coiled bun, glossy lips, and dramatic cat-eyes, and will surely be imitating this look in our bathroom mirror this weekend.

Keep it up, Scarlett!

October 21, 2009 at 7:14 pm Leave a comment

Salon Insiders: Neil George off to C.O. Bigelow

Neil Weisberg Amanda GeorgeMy partner Amanda and I are traveling to Chicago for 2 days of personal appearances at C.O. Bigelow in Chicago, then 1 day in Columbus, Ohio.  It is exciting for Neil George to be partnering with Bigelow, which is such a great retailer and launching in 2 cities where we are not currently sold.  We’re looking forward to getting out of LA and touching people in the midwest!  It’s my 1st time ever traveling to Chicago–being from LA, I hope it is not too cold!  We’re looking forward to meeting some of our fans, the clients of C.O. Bigelow, and having some good food.

Our other big news is the recent feature of our Refresh Dry Shampoo in the latest issue of Marie Claire(more…)

October 20, 2009 at 9:59 pm 1 comment

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