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Hot Hair Looks: Tips from Bubbles!

15 Jan

I don’t know about you… but I’m in a hair rut. The most exciting thing I ever do is move my part from center to side and back again.

If I’m feeling tired, you’ll know — because my hair will be in a pony tail.

Hot summer day — a top knot.  And, if a few misbehaving strands hit my eyes, I trap them in a mini clip.

I hit Bubbles the other day to get some simple how-to hair tips. Here’s the before pic. I asked for an idea for a new look that would take just five minutes or less.

My daily style

My daily style

I think my jaw dropped when stylist, Nitza Parker, said she could give me curls in just five minutes.

She used these clips to separate my hair into sections.

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After sectioning my hair, Nitza wrapped a few strands at a time around a curling wand for a few seconds to create instant loose curls.

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Wrap hair around the wand for instant curls

Using a wand over a standard curling iron helps avoid those “prom” style tight curls.  Here’s the final look. If you want to soften the curls further you can comb it out. Depending on your hair type and texture, it will hold the curls differently.

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The final look

Nitza advises using a heat protectant product on your hair first before using a wand or curling iron.  A hair wand works well on a range of hair lengths — from a short bob to longer tresses.

Nitza agreed to show off another easy do.  This time, on her hair. She already has a head of gorgeous curls!

Meet Nitza

Meet Nitza

Here’s how to do a fast braided bun. First step is to do a single braid.

First do a single braid

First do a single braid

Then, twist the braid into a bun and fasten with bobby pins as you spiral the braid.

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When you get to the tail, twist it, then tuck it into the bun and fasten with a final pin.

Twist the tail and fasten with a bobby pin

Twist the tail and fasten with a bobby pin

Here’s the finished look.

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Do you have any tips for fast hair dos? Let me know…

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And the color of 2014 is…

1 Jan

Cheers to 2014!

Perfect timing to introduce you to the color of the year — It’s Radiant Orchid.

Each year, Pantone, the world’s leading authority on color, names a color of the year. Emerald reigned in 2013.

“An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm,” you’ll read on Pantone.com.

Color of 2014

Color of 2014

The color is already debuting in collections in stores at Towson Town Center, and I’m sure we’ll see even more of it as we move toward spring.

It’s turning up in multiple vibrant floral prints at Lilly Pulitzer. This is the Del Ray Tunic in Mai Tai.

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Lilly Pulitzer

Radiant Orchid is also featured in another pattern of the Del Ray Tunic. This is Trippin and Sippin.

Fun Floral

Fun Floral

Free People has this trendy tunic in multiple colors, including one in a similar shade to Radiant Orchid. It’s the kind of layering piece that you can wear in any season. Wear it with a tank underneath and a cardi on top now and just with a tank or cami later.

Free People

Free People

I found a similar hue at Sephora. Nails are a great way to experiment with a new color without making a full outfit commitment.

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Sephora

Similar shades to Radiant Orchid are also getting play as accents on sneakers! Check out these purple accented picks from Lady Foot Locker.

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Lady Foot Locker

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Take a Fashion Forward Step

Are you planning to rock Radiant Orchid? What do you think about the color of 2014?

Last Minute Gifts at Nordstrom

23 Dec

We are down to the wire!  Still looking for a few last minute gifts?

You can find treasures for everyone in the family at Nordstrom. Here are 10 picks!

How about a pair of fuzzy slippers under the tree. Meet the Ansley Charm Slipper by UGG® Australia. This suede slipper, seen here in Sangria, is finished with a Swarovski crystal charm.

Ansley Charm Slipper

Ansley Charm Slipper
UGG® Australia

Infinity scarves are on trend and easy to wear. This one is from the junior’s department — one of my go-to spots for standout accessories and statement jewelry.  Brighten up those winter doldrums with coral. Also available in other colors.

Infinity Scarf

Infinity Scarf

Keep your guy cozy with the Byron Slipper by UGG® Australia.  It’s  lined with moisture wicking shearling.

Byron Slipper

Byron Slipper by UGG® Australia

Now for a kind of Hot Cocoa that is calorie free. Bobbi Brown’s limited-edition Hot Cocoa Palette has eight shades of eye shadows and blush in Bellini.

Hot Cocoa Palette Bobbi Brown

Hot Cocoa Palette
Bobbi Brown

Or, how about a set of jumbo crayons — for her lips. This set comes with five hues for “pout perfection.”

Jumbo Lip Crayon Set

Jumbo Lip Crayon Set

Great gifts include the ones we aren’t likely to buy ourselves.  How about treating her to a fragrance gift set. Dots by Marc Jacobs has a scent of red berries, dragon fruit, orange blossom and vanilla. The set comes with an eau de parfum spray, body lotion, shower gel and a roller ball, which is the perfect size to carry in your purse.

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Marc Jacobs

Nordstrom also has fragrance sets for him. The Burberry Touch for Men Holiday Gift Set is described as having “a fresh blend of hard-to-define notes including violets, mandarin, white pepper, Virginia wood and oak moss.” It comes with an eau de toilette,  a travel-size eau de toilette and two after-shave emulsions.

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Burberry Touch for Men

Nordstrom features unique toys for the kids. Unexpected finds like the Glitter Heart Slinky make for fun stocking stuffers.

Glitter Heart Slinky

Glitter Heart Slinky

The Educo Pallina Game, an eco-friendly puzzle game, is all about strategy and having a gentle touch.

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Educo Pallini Game

Your budding scientist will light up to see an activity set like the NFL Rushzone 12-in-1 Light Up Football Robot Kit. This limited-edition set lets your child build a football action figure robot. 

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NFL Rushzone 12-in-1 Light Up Football Robot Kit

Just today and tomorrow remain for shopping! Who do you still have on your list?

 
 

Pamper HIM or HER at L’Occitane

18 Dec

This is THE time of year to score gift sets at L’Occitane. 

Whether you’re looking for a gift for him, her or to treat yourself, you’ll find special savings at L’Occitane right now. The savings add up fast when you buy a gift set instead of individual products.

Take the popular Ultimate Gift of Youth, starring the immortelle flower ($182 with a $209 value). The set features Divine Cream for your face, Divine Eyes and the Immortelle Precious Cleansing Foam. It’s all part of L’Occitane’s anti-aging skin care regimen. The products are designed with your skin’s radiance and rejuvenation in mind.

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The Ultimate Git of Youth

The Sparkling Verbena gift set ($68 with a $100 value) includes products with the citrus infused Verbena scent. The set comes with shower gel, hand wash, body lotion, hand cream, soap and a Verbena sachet for your drawer.

Sparkling Verbena

Sparkling Verbena

L’Occitane is famous for its Shea Butter Hand Cream with triple powers to protect, nourish and moisturize the skin.

Shea Butter Hand Cream

Shea Butter Hand Cream

Here’s a great way to sample various scented hand creams. Or, divide up the package and use for stocking stuffers or add on gifts.

Sampler Set

Sampler Set

Plus, you’ll find many more hand cream options in store.

L’Occitane also features gifts just for him.

Gifts for him

Gifts for him

This is the Men’s Luxury Shave Set ($155 with a $189 value). Treat him to a razor and shave brush by a French company that has created shaving products for men since 1808. He’ll also receive shaving cream and after shave balm.

Luxury Shaving Set

Men’s Luxury Shave Set

Or, how about the L’Occitan Collection? Yes, in French fashion the “e” at the end gets dropped for the guys. He’ll enjoy a new fragrance, after shave balm, shaving gel, shower gel and soap ($78 with a $114 value).

Love Lavendar?

L’Occitane Collection

Plus, when you visit the store, you can always take a moment for some pampering. Enjoy a complimentary skin-care consultation and try out any of the product lines. I will admit that my bottle of toner sat rarely used until the manager showed me the difference it can make by applying toner before moisturizer on one hand and just moisturizer on the other. You can also have a complimentary skin hydration test.

Pamper Yourself

Pamper Yourself

If you could take home any gift from L’Occitane, what would you choose?

Here are links to more gift ideas:  gift suggestions from Johnston & MurphyTiffany & Co.teacher giftsoffice giftsgifts for your girlfriends from Vera Bradley, and presents for the kids from Marbles: The Brain Store.

Hand Relief to the Rescue! Plus, a GIVEAWAY!

8 Nov

Every year, sometime before fall is over and winter starts, I look down and am horrified by my cracked, chafed hands. My attack plan for this year is to keep hand cream in reach — everywhere! I’m hoping that an arsenal of creams in my coat pocket, purse, car and house will help ward off dry hands.

I stopped in Aveda (Level 4) to check out the newest moisturizers. It was perfect timing. Aveda just debuted its Give Soft Hands Gift Set. This trio is right in line with my defense strategy.

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Give Soft Hands Gift Set

The set comes with three travel sized Hand Relief creams for on-the-go, including rosemary and mint, a holiday vanilla and ginger combo and the original scent of tangerine citrus. The cream exfoliates, moisturizes and can help reduce signs of aging. It’s suggested that you use it throughout the day and again at night.

This limited edition set comes in a gift box, wrapped in okta bark paper, handmade in Nepal. According to Aveda, “2,400 families can buy food and clothing, repair their homes, send their children to school — plan for the future — because more than 4,900 people work to make more than 1,400,000 sheets of paper for our gift sets.”

The sets are also great to stock up on for hostess and holiday gifts.

The original scent of the Hand Relief cream is also available in a full size, and there is a companion foot cream.

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GURU TIP: The first 10 people to come in to Aveda and mention the GURU will receive a free travel sized Hand Relief cream, valued at $9. No purchase necessary. One gift per person,while supplies last.

New EXCLUSIVE Nail Polish Line to Debut at Sephora!

2 Oct

“Unparalleled colors. Unstoppable Effects. Ultimate Nail Domination.”

That’s how Sephora describes FORMULA X, a new nail polish line debuting exclusively at Sephora on 10/4 in more than 200 colors!

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Manager Rachel Gonzalez tells me that the formula is what makes this polish unique. “One coat goes further than any polish you’ve seen,” she says. She adds that it is long lasting and dries fast. The polishes range from $10.50 to $14.50 a bottle. It’s also Toulene Free, Formaldehyde Free and DBP Free.

The product line’s tag-line is “Performance X Play” and refers to the long wear, shine, faster drying time along with the “color domination” and explosive nail effects. The polish brush is designed to give you an even and precise application.

The FORMULA X line also includes a full system including products to cleanse, prime and shine the nails.

What color polish are you favoring for fall? Let me know. I’m falling for Merlot.

GURU Fall Trends Night on 9/24!

18 Sep

You’re invited to join me for the GURU Fall Trends Night

Tuesday, September 24th

6:00-7:30 pm

Enjoy a night of fashion, accessories, beauty and light refreshments as we hit three Towson Town Center stores for style seminars and shopping! Plus, take home a complimentary swag bag. One lucky guest will win a $100 Shop Etc. Mall Gift Card and Styling Session with me.

We still have some open slots available if you would like to attend.  Read on the for the details and how to RSVP…

The evening starts at Ann Taylor (Level 4) — where we’ll talk about desk to dinner looks.

Ann Taylor

Ann Taylor

From there, we’ll head to Francesca’s Collections (Level 4) to see the hottest accessories for fall and for tips on how to wear them.

Francesca's Collections

Francesca’s Collections

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The night ends at Sephora (Level 2). Watch a makeup demo and get treated to complimentary samples.

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Light refreshments will be provided by P.F. Chang’s and Crumbs Bake Shop.

The first 50 people to RSVP to me at towsontowncenterguru@gmail.com can attend. Space is limited. You must be at least 16-years-old to attend. When you send me your RSVP, please include the first and last names of everyone in your party.

The $100 Shop Etc. Mall Gift Card and styling session will be raffled off at the end of the event. You will be required to be present in order to win. 

 

Invitation to GURU Fall Trends Night on 9/24!

13 Sep

You’re invited to join me for the GURU Fall Trends Night

Tuesday, September 24th

6:00-7:30 pm

Enjoy a night of fashion, accessories, beauty and light refreshments as we hit three Towson Town Center stores for style seminars and shopping! Plus, take home a complimentary swag bag. One lucky guest will win a $100 Shop Etc. Mall Gift Card and Styling Session with me.

The evening starts at Ann Taylor (Level 4) — where we’ll talk about desk to dinner looks.

Ann Taylor

Ann Taylor

From there, we’ll head to Francesca’s Collections (Level 4) to see the hottest accessories for fall and for tips on how to wear them.

Francesca's Collections

Francesca’s Collections

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The night ends at Sephora (Level 2). Watch a makeup demo and get treated to complimentary samples.

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The first 50 people to RSVP to me at towsontowncenterguru@gmail.com can attend. Space is limited. You must be at least 16-years-old to attend. When you send me your RSVP, please include the first and last names of everyone in your party.

The $100 Shop Etc. Mall Gift Card and styling session will be raffled off at the end of the event. You will be required to be present in order to win. 

 

Fresh Faced for Fall at LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics! Plus, gift cards with purchase for 5 lucky readers!

10 Sep

It always amazes me how fast we fall into this season of changing leaves and cooling temps. I hit LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics (Level 2) to check out some products that will get you Fresh Faced for Fall.

Here’s a tip list from LUSH.

  • Instead of a heavy foundation, consider trying one of LUSH’s new skin tints.  Feeling Younger creates an instant full face glow for day or night.  

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  • Add Charisma for additional  cheek glow. I’ve been hooked on Charisma ever since I tried it out last year.

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  • Hold  foundation in place with LUSH’s NEW Emotional Brilliance Translucent Powder. This powder is light and light-reflecting.  It contains jojoba oil, which softens the skin.

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  • Have you ever been let down by an eyeliner that looks great when you apply it and halfway through the day smudges and then disappears before the day is done? LUSH has an eyeliner designed with smudge-free staying power in mind. This is the Emotional Brilliance Liquid Eyeliner. It comes in multiple colors.

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  • Complete your look with LUSH’s first-ever mascara, Eyes Right Mascara.  It has wheatgrass, which has nourishing and conditioning properties.  According to LUSH, it be used by those with sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers.

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  •  At day’s end, after cleansing and toning, consider treating yourself to LUSH’s solid facial serum — Full of Grace.  It’s easy to apply. You rub the serum into your hands.  Apply to your face after it melts. “Antioxidant-rich Portobello mushrooms fight free radicals, reduce inflammation and minimize fine lines. Chamomile blue, rose and tagetes oils are extremely gentle on dry, sensitive skin,” reports LUSH.

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EXCITING NEWS!  The first 5 readers of this blog to go into LUSH, make a purchase and mention The Towson Town Center GURU blog, will receive a $10 gift card.  You do need to be 18 or older to participate. 

 

 

What’s your Color IQ? New technology arrives at Sephora

4 Sep

As you know, the right color foundation can do wonders. It can even out your skin tone, cover fine lines and even shave off some years! The wrong color — that’s another story…

Sephora and Pantone, the world’s leading authority on color, teamed up to launch an exclusive technology. At Sephora (Level 2), you can now have your Color IQ determined in less than two minutes! It’s all to figure out what shade of foundation matches your skin.

What's your COLOR IQ?

What’s your COLOR IQ?

Here’s how it works. A Sephora makeup artist will remove your makeup and moisturizer and will take three pictures of your skin using this special camera. If you are planning to pop in and get your COLOR IQ done, you’re encouraged to come in without makeup or moisturizer.

Three pictures are taken.

Three pictures are taken.

Then, the technology assigns your skin a Pantone shade number. A makeup artist plugs in the number on an iPad and suggested shades of foundation come up. Every single foundation at Sephora has been matched up to a Pantone shade number.

Suggested Shades

Suggested Shades

“Everyone is so afraid of foundation because it looks fake or cakey or they have the line on the neck. When you have the right shade and it blends in, it looks flawless, it’s able to give you a much more polished and pulled together look,” says manager, Rachel Gonzalez. Rachel calls this technology, which is owned by Sephora, amazing. “It has yet to make a mistake. We’ve had it for a month and it has yet to disappoint anyone. It matches anybody.”

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The technology assigns three numbers to each person. One is based on a range of 1 to 15 — from light to dark skin. The two other sets of numbers go from 1 to 7  look at your yellow and pink undertones. “You would be surprised at the difference a shade or two of yellow or pink can make,” says Rachel.  After getting her own Color IQ done, foundations were suggested that she had never considered using and she now wears a new one.

Your makeup artist will look at the suggested products and will talk with you to determine what brand and kind of formula — liquid, powder, or balm — will be the best for you.

I tried out the foundation pictured on the left below. It is close to the shade I’ve worn before, and I’ll likely try it next. Following the foundation, Laura, the makeup artist, suggested a coordinating blush and bronzer.

One of my suggested foundation along with blush and bronzer.

One of my suggested foundations along with blush and bronzer.

My new look

My new look, thanks to Laura!

It’s free to get your COLOR IQ done. No appointment needed. Have you tried it it out yet? If you do pop in for your own test, let me know how it goes…

Before I sign off, I wanted to let you know about an opportunity to join the Sephora team. Sephora is hosting a holiday job fair on 9/13 and 10/4 with open interviews from 2 to 7 pm at the Towson Town Center store. Applicants must come with a printed resume, complete with references.

Sephora is looking for candidates for temporary positions to run throughout the holiday season and into early 2014.  Applicants must have 2 years of retail experience, as well as 1 year in their current position.  All applicants must have open availability on Saturday and Sunday (flexible schedules during the week), as well as all holidays (Thanksgiving week, Christmas Eve, New Years Eve/Day). The position offers a great hourly rate, bonus potential, free product, education, and so much more!  Cosmetics experience is not required.
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