Summer is here, officially, and with it comes so much new beauty. There’s more to swoon over than just bronzer, though that will always excite me, too. Each and every one of these pretty newbies has me thinking of hot summer days and nights.
Sara Happ Clementine Lip Scrub – This sweet orange box is like a present for making it to June. The sweet citrus, sugar and oils are exactly what is needed to get your lips lipstick-ready. // Bumble & Bumble Invisible Oil Primer – This does for your hair what primer does for your face. So much promise in this bottle…less frizz, UV protection, detangles, less breakage. // Ruffian Endless Summer Collection – I so was hoping for one of these metallic polishes in my Birchbox. Each one is prettier than the next, but that blue…right? // Bobbi Brown Surf & Sand Eyeshadow Palette – Bobbi Brown is the master of nude eyeshadow and her summer twist is everything. That gold, dusty matte clay and all of those seashell pinks…I mean….perfect. // By Terry Cheek to Cheek – This is a brand new type of blush…a syrup, technically. I need to get myself over to Space NK stat to see what this is all about. // Lollibalm – Benefit done did it again with a balm version of their iconic tints. This is a brand that knows how to please. // One Love Organics Gardenia Body Serum – This is summer southern charm in a bottle. The spray nozzle ensures a fine mist to give your body the right amount of dewy glow.
You know what goes really great with a bright lip or nail polish? Black and white. White jeans are awesome. Black dresses on repeat. It’s my favorite duo always but especially in the summer. After all, these two are responsible for grey, which dominates my closet more than it should. I mean…stop me if I buy another grey tee. This week’s dose of pretty is inspired by this statement palette.
This Madewell Tunic with these striped sandals are perfection. I’ll be checking them out at Sam’s Madewell shopping party coming up in June. // I’m eagerly awaiting the launch of Benefit’s They’re Real Push-Up Liner…gel in pen form. Cool, right? // Essie Blanc = classic. // A few pinches of Bumble and Bumble Pret-a-Powder teased into hair gives crazy easy volume. // I discovered the Shamanuti Activated Charcoal Cleanser in the Birchbox FEED Box and find it to be really effective at getting all of the grit and makeup off my face. // I’m beyond curious to try the OCC Color Correcting Lip Balm Duo. The white side primes and slightly lightens your natural lip shade while the black defines (without adding color). // Yes, you do want to smell like an Olsen. MK and Ash’s foray into fragrance via the Elizabeth and James line is incredible. Nirvana Black and Nirvana White can be worn separately but are somehow better together. How very twin.
I may have given up the blow dryer in my own home, but I’d happily have someone blowout my hair every day for me if I could! At the start of the week, I marched on over to Sine Qua Non’s Lincoln Park location, tucked in a hip loft on Lincoln, to check out their new blowout boost menu. There’s a boost for times when you’re craving big and thick, need a scalp detox or want high gloss. They’ve even created a first of its kind service – coined the Gemstone Blowout – using Bumble and bumble Straight Blow Dry Balm, which has a gloss-inducing blend of pearl, tourmaline, Brazilian green malachite and sapphire. After a quick consult, I went for the Gemstone. How could I resist? It’s the start of the fourth day and my strands are still shining bright. Even though today’s special “build an ark” to get around kinda weather feels rather threatening.
My stylist Carl used a few other Bumble products on my hair that I totally love. The Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil, which is super softening and something I like to apply when my hair is air-drying, and the Does it All Styling Spray, which is new to me! He used it as a prep before running a flat iron through my hair (that’s what responsible for the waves!)
Every Thursday, Sine Qua Non has a special $35 offer on all blowouts at its four locations! Full menu available here.
Note: The service was provided courtesy of the salon for editorial consideration. Opinions are my own.
NOTE: This location is now closed but Sine Qua Non still offers the service at their other locations, including the nearby Lakeview salon.
One of my favorite Chicago boutiques, Wicker Park’s Ruby Room is hosting a girls’ night out this Friday, March 8. While you sip on some green smoothies, you can enjoy a one-on-one style consultation with a Bumble & Bumble educator and get the scoop on the brand’s latest and greatest thickening products. Yes, big is back. And so is mousse, apparently! One of the new additions to Bumble’s thickening line is the Full Form Mousse.
Also, a rep from Acure Organics will be there to chat skin care. I first discovered Acure at Ruby Room last winter after getting their Acure facial — the Brightening Facial Scrub is a must for me as is the oil-rich Mandarin + Mango Body Lotion! Word is there’s a goodie bag and giveaways in store for the night as well!
If you’re interested in stopping by, you can RSVP here.