FASHIONABLE INVITES: Nordstrom Fall Beauty Trend Week

Nordstrom's Fall Beauty Trend Week

WHO: Nordstrom

WHAT: Fall Beauty Trend Week

WHERE: Nordstrom, Michigan Avenue, 55 East Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611

WHEN: October 30th to November 5th

WHY: Get one-on-one time with Nordstrom beauty experts, tips and tricks to nail the newest trends and beauty buzz intel from industry insiders. From makeup recommendations specific to your look, to in-store treatments/services such as mini-facials, to consultations for hydrating winter skin savers, it’s all free to attend AND you’ll get free samples and exclusive gifts with your purchases (while supplies last).

Go to Nordstrom.com or call 312.464.1515 for more info.

BEAUTY BITS: 5 reasons to check out the new flagship Sephora on MI Ave

1. The new Michigan Avenue location is the fourth store in North America to be a T.I.P. (teach, inspire, play) Workshop concept store geared toward beauty education.

2. It is also the first in the midwest to get the Fragrance Studio Experience, featuring Fragrance IQ. This walks you through the 18 different scent categories (floral, citrus, spicy, etc.) but more excitingly the machine emits a jet of scented air, known as Instascent, to let you smell the different scent families. It’s the raw note you are smelling to help you discover what types of scents you like before trying on individual fragrances. It then suggests different types of fragrances that you might like based on the results.

3. 12 Beauty T.I.P. Workshop stations, each has iPad, USB port and wifi along with a mirror and makeup. Here you can take group beauty classes with educated facilitators or virtual tutorials on the iPad.

4. One of the first Skincare Studios at Sephora to have a sink, I know that doesn’t sound very new or exciting however lots of make-up stores or counters don’t have running water. This will allow customers to have mini facials in stores something not previously available. Also with new the adjustable lighting, it allows the customers to have better skin analysis. There is a Skincare IQ diagnostic, a touchscreen service, helping customers to select the best products based on their skin concerns.

5. With over 10,040-square-foot and 13,000 products including iconic, cult and emerging brands, it’s the largest store in the midwest.

Sephora, 605 North Michigan Avenue,Chicago, IL, 312.649.9343

How Adam Bogucki transformed me into a blonde, well sorta

Finding a good colorist is so much harder than finding a good hair stylist -ask any hair obsessed girl. I’ve always struggled, and I’ve had some disastrous experiences including one when I first moved to Chicago. It was so bad I had to go back to London to my old colorist to get it fixed, luckily I already had a trip booked for later that week.

BEFORE

So I’m always scared to try new people but was intrigued when I was invited to Adam Bogucki's new salon Lumination. I’ve heard great things about him and it was time for a color change.

In the past, I've had an ombré look but felt it’s been done to death; I was after a newer and fresher concept. We looked at lots of photos of different hair colors and we discussed what could work including some of the current big hair trends like bronde and Tortoiseshell Hair. What I loved about Adam was his knowledge of upcoming color trends.

One look in particular that I loved was Sandra Bullock's hair in the film Our Brand is Crisis. She had a blonde top layer (which was actually a wig), but the underneath was still dark. We decided to do a version of this as I wasn't so sure I could go that blonde -I know a total wuss.

Another big concern I had was making sure my hair didn’t turn orange as it so often does. Instead of doing balayage, the most popular color technique of painting the highlights, he went old school with foils. Why? Well as Adam explained, "you get a better lift and balayage on dark hair usually turns brassy." For me, that was massively important.

He was TOTALLY right, it’s one of the first times my hair didn’t look orange (and required an additional toner), what a sigh of relief. I LOVED the color; for me, it’s the closest I’ve ever been to blonde. And what this showed me is that blonde does work with my coloring, and I think next time I'll be braver, who knows I might become a real blonde!

AFTER

To learn more about Adam and Lumination Salon read his Beauty Confessions here.

Lumination Salon, 3355 North Lincoln Avenue, Suite 2; 773.456.4415

BEAUTY CONFESSIONS: Sarah Potempa, Celebrity Hairstylist + Inventor of The Beachwaver

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Sarah Potempa, a celebrity hair stylist known for creating gorgeous waves has worked with many Hollywood stars including Resse Wetherspoon, Emily Blunt and Halie Seinfeld as well as countless magazine covers and ad campaigns. However, her passion is teaching women how to achieve stunning red carpet hair themselves. In an effort to make one of the most popular and requested looks, the beachy wave, easier to recreate she invented the first rotating curling iron, the Beachwaver (and you can read my review here.) I sat down with Potempa to talk about to talk about some of her favorite things.

WHAT’S YOUR BEAUTY ADDICTION?
Fiona Stiles Color Impact Matte Lip Crayon in Love Lane

YOUR CELEBRITY CRUSH GROWING UP?
Justin Timberlake

BIGGEST FASHION FAUX PAS?
Chunky heel clogs

DRINK OF CHOICE?
Rosé

SUM YOURSELF UP IN THREE WORDS?
Passionate, creative, hard working

CURRENTLY READING?
The girl on the Train, and I’m super excited for the movie because my client Emily Blunt is starring in it!

LAST APP YOU DOWNLOADED?
VSCO, I love using it to brighten my photos while editing

FAVORITE VACATION DESTINATION?
Thailand

YOUR GO-TO HAIR PRODUCT?
The BEACHWAVER S1 and Aussie 3 minute miracle conditioning treatment

WHAT’S THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB?
Getting to travel and create interesting looks for celebrities that I love

FAVORITE FILM?
The Power of One

THE LAST BOOK YOU READ?
The Tipping Point

BEAUTY CONFESSIONS: Adam Bogucki, Hairstylist, Living Proof educator & Owner Lumination Salon

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Adam Bogucki is the hairstylist behind Lumination Salon, an intimate one-on-one setting where you not only customize your hair but the whole experience. In the beautifully decorated space, you feel more like a VIP customer in your own a private room rather than in a busy nosy salon. Bogucki is reinventing the salon experience for the everyday customer, having them leave feeling both special and pampered. I sat down with the master stylist to find out his beauty confessions.

WHAT’S YOUR BEAUTY ADDICTION? Glamglow Mask

YOUR CELEBRITY CRUSH GROWING UP? Leonardo Dicaprio

BIGGEST FASHION FAUX PAS? That time I tried guy liner. Uggs on anyone

DRINK OF CHOICE? Hoegaarden Beer

SUM YOURSELF UP IN THREE WORDS? Dedicated, passionate, thoughtful

LAST APP YOU DOWNLOADED? Calm. It's supposed to help me meditate

FAVORITE VACATION DESTINATION? Hawaii. I've been lucky to go 8 times and can't wait to go back

YOUR GO-TO HAIR PRODUCT? Living Proof and plumping mousse ($15) and nourishing oil ($38)

FAVORITE DESIGNERS? Louis Vuitton, DVF, Oscar de la Renta and Chanel

FAVORITE HAIR TREND FOR 2016? Brazilian Shag for cut and Nude for color

WHAT PAST HAIR TREND WOULD YOU LIKE TO REVIVE? It wasn't long ago, but the Jennifer Lawrence shortcut. It's my favorite cut to do.

WHO WOULD YOU LOVE TO GIVE A HAIR MAKE-OVER? Katy Perry

WHO’S YOUR HAIR MUSE? Sarah Jessica Parker

WHO’S THE MOST REQUESTED CELEBRITY HAIR? Jennifer Anniston

WHERE DO YOU GET YOU GET YOUR INSPIRATION FROM? Instagram

Lumination Salon, 3355 North Lincoln Avenue, Suite 2; 773.456.4415

BEAUTY BITS: The Beachwaver

With summer upon us, it's time for one of our fav hairstyles, the beachy wave. I personally love this look, but many people find it difficult to curl their own hair. However, I’ve come across something that’s going to make it easier, a rotating curling iron aka The Beachwaver®!

Invented by celebrity stylist, Sarah Potempa, who realized there must be a simpler way for people to achieve this very popular look.

It’s super easy as the iron does all the work for you in a click of a button!

First launched in 2012 with the Beachwaver® PRO ($199), Potempa has since created a whole range of styling tools including a more affordable Beachwaver® S ($129), lightweight hair drier ($150) and a mini straightener ($35). However, the rotating curling iron continues to be the most popular tool.

Now Potempa has launched two new barrel sizes for the Beachwaver® S series.

Originally only available in a 1 inch, it now comes in a smaller .75 for short hair or tighter curls and a larger 1.25 for long hair or looser curls.

The original Beachwaver® PRO and Beachwaver® S1 available at beachwaver.com. The new Beachwaver® S.75 and Beachwaver® S1.25 are available exclusively at Ulta.com

FASHIONABLE INVITES: Lush In The Park

WHO: Lush, Fresh Handmade Cosmetics

WHAT: Get a sneak peek at how their products are hand made using fresh ingredients

WHERE: Millennium Park's Chase Promenade South

WHEN: May 4, 2016, 12pm - 5pm; May 5 & 6, 2016, 11am - 9pm

WHY: Uses the touchscreen survey to select a product best suited for you, then see how it's made by a particular compounder, Alex, Dan or Anthony. All guests will leave with their chosen product in hand.