Category Archives: Beauty

Check out those threads

If there is one facial feature that I always strive for perfection then it’d be the eyebrows.

I’m a part of the school of thought that believes the appearance and shape of the brows transform the rest of your face and raggedy brows just aren’t a good look.

Plus, I’ve got something of a wonky left brow that leaves estheticians puzzled when I walk in and they spend countless minutes trying to tame the wild brow.   The hair sticks straight up and no amount of coaxing can make the hair conform.

I have friends that pluck their own brows, but I never could quite get the arch I wanted with plucking.  In high school, I’d get my brows overly waxed  into a pencil-thin arch that was so laughingly unrealistic that I cringe when I look back at my pictures.  .

One day, I was reading an article in Vogue magazine about eyebrow threading.  I’d never heard of threading before, but I was desperately trying to find a new, inexpensive avenue for finding the perfect arch.  What further piqued my interest was that the author tried a salon here in Chicago, Dilshad’s Hair Design, and said the cost for a perfect arch would be $5.

Needless to say, I made the trek across town and went to Dilshad’s very soon after.  There was pain and discomfort, but the arch was great.  Two weeks later, my brows were thicker with a great arch.   The total cost for this was $7, with tip.

Now, I’ve been getting my brows threaded for about 5 years and I’ve yet to have a bad threading job as I’ve had with waxing or plucking.  I suppose it’s all a matter of preference, but the threading is a bit more painful than waxing in my opinion, but the results are great.  Threading is able to grab hair at the root so that there are no strays left behind.

Here is a picture of my freshly threaded eyebrows while out on Saturday night:

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I guess it’s more like eyebrow, since you don’t get to see most of the other side, but I thought this would be a good example nontheless.  I especially wanted to highlight this particular brow because it’s my “wonky” brow.   It’s not the best job in the world since the arch is usually a bit higher and more defined when I go to my usual lady, but I think they will grow out nicely.

If you haven’t tried threading yet, I’d definitely say give it a go.   It’s cheap, effective, and the results last way longer than that I’ve experienced with waxing or plucking.

Feeling adventurous?  You can try to thread your own eyebrows, too!  See Eily311’s awesome how-to video on threading below:

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Giveaway: Free 1 Year Subscription to Marie Claire Magazine

Marie Claire is one of my favorite women’s magazines to read.  A good balance of fashion, beauty and and some very in interesting and well-written articles to boot.  So I’m excited about this giveaway.  In honor of the season finale of Running In Heels,  the Shop It To Me blog is giving away 5 free one-year subscriptions to Marie Claire magazine.   It’s simple, all you have to do is go to the Shop It To Me blog, and comment on what you consider to be the greatest office fashion faux-pas.   And for all of us that work in office settings, I know that we can think of more than a few.  So be sure to go here and comment for a free subscription.   The winner is announced on May 1st. 

Saving Face

Lately, I have been obsessed with having clear and beautiful skin.  I recently went to my local Nordstrom spa and got a facial from a  outspoken esthetician.  She lectured about my skin and was able to conclude that my diet was poor, I’m stressed and whatever products I’m using just ain’t working for me.   She gave me a peel to help calm the breakouts and she evaluated my diet and told me about some vitamins that should always be on my “always” list–that is, they should always be taken, no matter what.  Afterward, she recommended some products to aid in rejuvenating my skin.

Since my friend was the first one to recommend this spa and this particular product, I decided to give it a try:

thalgoThalgo Cocooning Cleansing Milk.  $34 from the Nordstrom Spa and my new daily cleanser for day AND night.  I told the esthetician about my Shu Uemura Skin Purifier and how ecstatic I was about the oi cleansing method and she had me throw the idea out the window.  She told me that the oil was just clogging up my skin and not moisturizing whatsoever.   I’m still not 100% ready to give up on the Shu Uemura oil yet.   However, the Cocooning Cleansing Milk is paraben free and very gentle on the skin.  I’ve noticed a very (positive) difference since incorporating it into my regimen.

lerosett70Lerosett Clay Mask.  Made by Gunilla of Sweden, this mask is organic and only has two ingredients: naturally organic clay and distilled water.  Once the mask is on the face, it feels, as one reviewer put it, “like the oil is just being sucked out of your face”.  You end up with a fresh and clean feeling face.  Any zits you might have on your face, also seem to either go away or feel much smaller within the next day or so.

And this is the next product on my list to try out:

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Mario Badescu skin care is supposed to be very gentle and pretty affordable.  Since I’m gracefully aging,  night creams are becoming an important and necessary part of my regimen.   This Chamomille Night Cream is supposed to be a bit ligher and better for sensitive skin.  I was previously using L’Oreal Hydra-Renewal, but my face would feel extra-greasy.

The best thing I can do for my skin?  Water.  Lots and lots of water.

My plan?  To turn the state of my skin around in the next 6 months and see a noticable difference.  I’ve already seen a slight difference so far with the changes I’ve incorporated, so I am very enthused.

Loving It: Nars Orgasm

Nars Orgasm Multi-Use Stick

Nars Orgasm Multi-Use Stick

In my teens and earlier twenties, I never wore blush.  Unless it was for prom, I just didn’t understand the purpose.  I knew what it was for, but I just didn’t think it would enhance my look anyway.  That was, until I discovered Nars Orgasm blush.

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The picture above is a rough picture of my hand to show how the color shows up on my skin.  I know I’m late to the party here, but  I love it and how it positively makes me glow.   I’ve seen the blush on all complexions and I haven’t seen it look bad on one person.   I know it’s a cult favorite and everyone and their mother has co-signed on this blush, but I just had to throw my hat in the ring with an endorsement.   Now?  Perhaps on to the lipgloss?

Bejeweled:Tom Binns

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This Belfast born jewelry maker has been on my radar for awhile now. Many of his pieces have a uniqueness to them, yet I can always tell when a jewelry piece is by Tom Binns if I spot it in an editorial or on a celebrity.

michelle-obamatb1When Michelle Obama rocked a Tom Binns necklace earlier this year with an Isabel Toledo design, I thought it was a great combination. His designs have an edge to them but at the same time, there is an undeniable elegance. However, some of his designs are not for the girl who doesn’t like to stand out. He can pile on to his designs until only he feels that it is enough. And diamonds are not necessarily his best friend. In a Chicago Tribune article, Binns is quoted as saying, “”I’m sort of undermining the previous notion of what’s fashion and what’s jewelry,” he says. ” ‘A few old pieces of discarded junk and tie it around your neck.’ It’s a very simple equation.”

His pricing can range from about from the about $250 on the low-end to $20,000-30,000 on the high-end, but a typical costume jewelry piece is about $650-$1,200, depending on the materials that he uses.

And since I am living a frugal chic lifestyle these days, but I still covet one of his beautiful designs, I was looking at these simple, but classic earrings on Shopbop (shown below). They were originally $264.00, but marked down to $184.80.

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Face Time with Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil

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I’ve always been intrigued by the oil cleansing method, and I know many people who swear by it, especially when they use castor oil to wash their face.  I’m slowly getting into it and it brings me to my stellar review of Shu Uemura’s Cleansing Beauty Oil Premium.   I was a bit skeptical of using oil on my face, when I already have combo skin and the oil can be insane on my T-zone and especially on the nose.  However, this cleanser is great!  My skin doesn’t feel stripped at all and instead it feels refreshed.   Plus, it does a great job of taking off makeup.

For $32, you can the 150ml bottle, which should last at least a good 3-4 months, if not longer.  A small amount of oil on the face can go a long way.  For the time being, I think I’m going to put this cleanser into my “keep it” category.

My Beauty Find

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As I am getting older, I’ve been paying attention to details in my lifestyle and beauty regimens and what I need to do to better take care of myself.   This includes one of my biggest peeves: under eye circles.  There really isn’t anything I can do about them since they are genetic.  My father has them and his mother had them.  I think her mother had them them as well.   It’s just something that I’ve (unwillingly) inherited.  Throughout the years, I’ve spent countless dollars trying to find the one under eye cream that would work for them.   Of course, some creams declared that they got rid of the dark circles forever.  Others only promised that they could fade them, but when I tried it, my circles were still there and sometimes even more prominent than before.  Or else, I’d wake up with dry and itchy eyes.

Now I’m at peace with my cream that attempts to reduce the appearance of the dark circles.  It is Boscia Enlivening Amino-AG Eye Treatment.  The price is right and the appearance of the circles has been reduced.  I also love how the products are preservative-free and the cream has no scent.  This also means no dry and itchy eyes!