10/15/2014 / Beauty, Beauty Products, Glam Squad, Shop My Savannah
This week beauty care is trending on Shop My Savannah. Although beauty trends are constantly changing, the services offered at Savannah’s salons and spas will always be in high demand. Follow me as I track down the ideal glam squad for every Southern Belle, in just four fabulous steps!
Step 1: Rejuvenate the Skin.
Spa Bleu, known in town for “Southern Comfort Refined,” offers an array of unique treatments. One possibility on the plentiful menu is called the Savannah Bee Honey & Mango Enzyme Wrap. This golden wrap is the epitome of homemade goodness.
This particular treatment begins with a dry brush exfoliation to rid the skin of any dead cells. Sweet ingredients are then hand mixed, warmed, and applied to the body. The Mango Enzyme Body Mask (by Éminence Organics) acts as an even deeper exfoliant, firming the skin, while the honey simultaneously hydrates and purifies the healthy, fresh skin hiding beneath.
After speaking with one of Spa Bleu’s owners, Morgan Godwin, I learned that honey has beneficial antibacterial properties that can help treat acne. I have named honeybees the mascot of Savannah beauty care!
After the exfoliation is complete, the body is wrapped in a cocoon of warm towels around the feet and underneath the neck (the perfect spots to pamper)! A warm shower is taken to remove any remaining product. Next, Apricot Body Oil is applied to smooth, firm, and once again hydrate the skin.
Spa Bleu takes pride in Savannah’s local products, which makes the splurge of spa treatments all the more worthwhile. This treatment is ideal for locals who share a love for products unique to Savannah, and of course those tourists who wish to experience Savannah on another level- in this case, skin deep! The Savannah Bee Honey & Mango Enzyme Wrap is already on the list for my upcoming bachelorette party. I can’t think of a more buzz worthy activity!
Recap from Spa Bleu: “Bee- beautiful,” and feel it too!
Step 2: Maximize Volume.
Rob’s at Drayton Tower is the blowdry bar of the South. Before moving to Savannah, I relied on drybars around New York City to revive my hair. I very carefully selected housing in Savannah, opting for the only apartment building in the city with a built in blow dry bar. When it rains in my neighborhood, there is no need to worry, because Rob’s has an entrance through the lobby!
Fully staffed, with eight stylists on the floor, Rob’s is equipped to handle haircuts, coloring, Keratin Straightening, makeup application (even airbrush), and the perfect blowout.
The famous line of Oribe products used at Rob’s adds much needed volume and shine to every hairstyle. Ladies, you know your hair is in the right hands when Karl Lagerfeld directed the packaging design. Oribe is responsible for the most outstanding, noteworthy looks on the runway, all of which can be achieved at Rob’s.
The last time I visited the salon, Rob explained how Oribe products fill a particular market. The Dry Texturizing Spray is a Southern Belle’s greatest accessory (although, the product might come second to a beautiful handbag, it will always be tucked inside like a first aid kit for hair). Sold at Rob’s, this spray is the blowout addicts dream come true. While adding volume the spray works to remove icky oil that is often ignored in the attempt to stretch the life of a blowout yet another day.
Described by the man himself, Rob calls his hit salon the “party before the party.” It’s the no-brainer for those in search of a long lasting blowout, which is the second step to achieving Savannah’s greatest glam plan!
Recap from Rob’s: First, stop by Rob’s for a flawless blowout. Before leaving, pick up Oribe’s Dry Texturing Spray to mask the look from fading. Volume is trending in the world of hair care.
Step 3: Flash those Lashes.
I am particularly excited to introduce Shop My Savannah readers to the fabulous Allison Hall at 40 Volume Salon & Spa. As soon as I met Allison, the esthetician and makeup artist at the salon, I knew eyelash extensions were essential to Savannah’s glam plan.
I can already imagine what some Southern Belles might be thinking- “My current glam plan requires plenty of maintenance!” As a blonde, I can relate to this thought process. With that said, after a lengthy conversation with Allison, I learned that 40Volume Salon & Spa uses NovaLash eyelash extensions, which are scientifically formulated ophthalmologist tested, and glycol and carbonate-free. Each extension is carefully applied, and a full set of lashes is intended to be worn throughout the year with minimal maintenance. The process is similar to treating roots. You can easily pop by the salon for a quick rejuvenation, every four weeks, if needed.
In a similar manner to changing the shade or tone of your hair color, when it comes to eyelash extensions, the choices are limitless. Imagine Ombré on your lashes! Allison can create a look that is completely wild and full, or instead provide a subtle enhancement to the current length of your lashes. If you are feeling extra adventurous, ask Allison to apply extensions with pink tips or even glitter highlights!
I saved the best news for last: From now until the end of the year, 40Volume Salon & Spa is running a special on NovaLash extensions. A full set of lashes can be applied for $150 compared to the typical price of $200. I’ve already booked my first (of many) appointments.
Recap from 40Volume Salon & Spa: Stop by to meet Allison, the lash expert, and personalize your glam plan with a consultation. Once you come eye to eye with Allison’s lengthy, lavish lashes you will be hooked.
Step 4: #TeamDollface, yes please.
Remember my recap from Fashion Night, where I reported that everyone on Broughton (myself included), fell madly in love with the Redy or Not red lip kit? Since that night, I have worn the red lip to date night at The Olde Pink House, trips to Whole Foods Market, and even inside my apartment when it’s just me and the puppy blogging away.
Most importantly, the red lip is easy to apply and leaves my lips refreshed without the unwanted stickiness of certain products. Dollface by Jules has made the classic red lip accessible, trendy, and absolutely necessary for fall.
Jules De Jesus Fritz and her team are both makeup artists and true stylists; they understand that makeup changes with the seasons, in a similar manner to fashion trends. With cooler air approaching Savannah, the bolder, darker shades of makeup are coming out to play. I recently stopped by the Dollface Studio in town to chat with the Jules, the trendsetter herself, and of course get my daily dose of the red lip.
Team Dollface constantly strives to create a memorable experience for all clients. On any given day you might find Paula Deen, a busy mom, and a fashion blogger, all sitting in the same chair, receiving A list celebrity treatment.
Dollface by Jules currently offers five exciting makeup kits, each with their own look. My favorite of the bunch is new for Fall and inspired by Savannah’s biggest fashion designer, Brooke Atwood.
The Brooke Atwood kit incudes Coal Miner’s Daughter (eye shadow), plus the perfect red lip. This kit provides a look inspired by Brooke Atwood’s designs, creating the ideal collision of fashion and makeup. With Brooke’s fierce leather pieces, a bold Smokey eye, and the classic red lip, Savannah’s Southern Belle’s are set to enter Fall in high fashion.
Atwood says, “It’s the perfect Smokey eye for the day and night! I love it…”
Recap from #TeamDollface: Visit Dollface by Jules to experience #morethanmakeup!
Want to learn more? Flip through the September Issue of Dollface by Jules E-Magazine here.
There are many ways to “Shop My Savannah,” and the beauty shops are certainly worth exploration. Stop by the four local spots covered in this beauty blog for the best service and some fashionable chatter. Writing for Shop My Savannah is a constant adventure! Some of my most fashionable, flavorful conversations have resulted from time spent with the local, hardworking stylists in town. Beauty care in Savannah is truly larger than the aesthetic appeal. In my opinion, those who display kindness, wear Savannah’s beauty treatments best.
Lesson of the day: From the words of the incredibly stunning and wise Audrey Hepburn, “for beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.”
Want the look? Follow the four steps outlined above and visit Savannah’s Local Glam Squad!
10/14/2014 / Mary Kay, Skincare, Skinvigorate ™ Cleansing Brush
Happy Monday. Today’s My Mary Kay Monday is coming a little late, but better late than never they say. A few months ago I took Heather up on her suggestion to try the new Skinvigorate ™ Cleansing Brush. Well, as always, I haven’t been disappointed with her recommendation. With products like this, I really do like to use them for a decent period of time before recommending them. It’s been about 3 months now though and I’m more than confident in this review!
About the Product (From Mary Kay’s website): This lightweight, two-speed power brush gently massages as it thoroughly cleans skin, removing residue, dirt and makeup in seconds.
- Removes makeup 85% better than cleansing by hand.*
- Boosts the absorption of your next skin care step.
- Starts improving skin’s appearance immediately.
- Helps polish away the look of past skin damage for a more even-looking complexion.
- Softens the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
*Results based on a one-day controlled clinical study.
Price: $50 for the tool, includes 2 brush heads and batteries – With some other face cleansing brushes running upwards of $199, I definitely think this is a GREAT deal. Especially if you’re like me and have never used one before.
My Overall Thoughts: When Heather and I talked about the brush, she suggested I start by using it once a week with my TimeWise® 3-In-1 Cleanser. I’ve got pretty sensitive skin so Heather thought this would be a nice and easy way to introduce the brush to my skin. After a little over a month, I stepped it up to twice a week and that’s been working well for me. I really love how my skin feels after using the brush. It feels clean, but on a whole new level. People always talk about having that glow after they’ve used a skin care product or gotten a facial. That’s really how it makes me feel. I love it. Very refreshing and definitely recommend it.
A few weeks back when my parents were visiting, I was walking with mom around the Downtown Design District area. This area is best defined as Whitaker St., Bull St., and Drayton St. between Liberty Ln. & Gordon St. in the historic district. It’s just short walk from the Broughton Street area and is home to a wide variety of boutiques, antique stores, art stores, designers, etc. I usually love to walk people through this area as it has so many different places to shop, plus the scenery in this area is absolutely stunning.
While walking around, we stumbled across La Paperie! Now, I’ve been in the shop before, but, as much as it embarrasses me to admit this, it’s been several years since I last found myself there. La Paperie is home to beautiful designer stationery collections, customized monogram options, invitations, gifts, and more! What I was MOST thrilled to see, sitting on a table toward the back, was one of my absolute favorite perfume collections – TOKYOMILK.
TOKYOMILK is one of those products that I have always loved, but could never find in Savannah. When I first moved here there was one store that carried it, but by the time I started this blog they had got rid of it. SO….it’s been a very long time since I’ve bought any. I know that I could easily order it online. I know almost all the scents and I know which ones I like. However, that’s not how I like to shop. I love to stand there, smell all the scents again and go with whichever one suits me in that moment. You just never know if you’re feeling like a good ole’ Gin and Rosewater or the classic Song in D Minor and no website is going to help my nose figure it out that day! Haha.
At $30 a bottle not everyone may become as obsessed with these perfumes as me, but I do suggest you go and try at least one. The fragrances are so different and unexpected. You’ll be surprised at what you might like. Plus, the scent lingers throughout the day so you’ll smell just as great at 6pm as you did when you first applied!
409 Whitaker Street
Hours: Monday – Saturday 10:00am – 5:30pm
Thank you La Paperie for carrying this line. You have made me one very happy lady!
07/22/2014 / Foundation, Makeup, Mary Kay, Shop My Savannah
This week My Mary Kay Monday is all about foundation! I am in LOVE with the foundation I received from my friend Heather when picking out my initial kit, which is why it’s today’s My Mary Kay Monday pick!
About the Product (From Mary Kay’s website): Infused with vitamin E and a blend of peptides, the result is skin that instantly looks firmer, younger and healthier. It’s the perfect age-fighting foundation for normal to dry skin, visibly reducing the appearance of pores, fine lines, wrinkles and skin imperfections for skin that looks luminous, radiant and immediately brightened as skin texture appears visibly improved.
Price: $20 for the 1 fl. oz. bottle – This actually lasted me a lot longer than I expected. I noticed early on that I got more coverage than what I was using prior. I can confidently say that this bottle lasted me 6 months with me using it almost every single day! Let’s be honest, there were definitely a few Saturday/Sunday’s I didn’t put on a drop of make up!
My Overall Thoughts: When Heather and I first sat down to pick out my make up products, we reviewed both the Matte and Luminous TimeWise® Foundation options. Together we selected the TimeWise Luminous-Wear® Liquid Foundation in Ivory 6 and I seriously could not have been happier. As I noted above, I really saw a lot of coverage with the luminous foundation. Plus, it’s got this glow to it that definitely gives me that dewy makeup glow. On days where I’m not really feeling that dewy look, I simply take my pressed powder and lightly dust after I’ve applied my foundation. Instantly decreasing the dewy look, but still giving me the coverage and glow! Like I said, I couldn’t have been happier with this foundation. If you’re looking for an even more matte look, then I highly suggest trying the Matte-wear collection. It’s got all the same benefits, such as vitamin E, however, it just provides a different finish! The most important thing, here? I definitely recommend sitting down with a representative to pick out your color if you’ve never selected either of these products before. It’s worth it to have them utilize their knowledge and skills in color matching rather than trying to guess online.
06/02/2014 / Mary Kay, Moisturizer, Skin care, Timewise Collection
With Summer basically here, this week’s Mary Kay Monday is focused on a product that’s for your entire body! Let me introduce you to the Mary Kay TimeWise Body™ Targeted-Action® Toning Lotion.
About the Product (From Mary Kay’s Site): TimeWise Body™ Targeted-Action® Toning Lotion helps redefine body contours by toning, firming and smoothing your entire shape in just one step. Its skin-loving formula contains six antioxidants, including Acai Berry Extract. The powerful mix of ingredients, including multiple botanicals, targets areas of concern and keeps skin hydrated for up to 24 hours. Maintaining skin hydration is even more important as you age. In addition to improving how soft and smooth skin feels, skin that’s effectively moisturized can actually look smoother, which means the appearance of imperfections can be less noticeable.
Price: $30 for the 8oz jar – A little pricey as compared to some others, however, I feel like I’m getting more out of it than just a regular moisturizer.
My overall thoughts: I’m usually pretty bad about moisturizing. No real reason. I just never feel like taking the extra 5 minutes to slather up with a moisturizer. Haha. With that being said, I do really like the consistency of this formula and have found myself applying it more than others I’ve tried. I just really hate that oily feeling some moisturizers leave behind, you know? This moisturizer absorbs very quick and, although it’s extremely light, it seems to keep my skin hydrated for a full 24 hours. As crazy as it might sound, I can really tell a difference in my skin. Mostly my legs. The small imperfections (dimples, bumps, etc) are definitely minimized and I really can tell my legs are smoother and more even in appearance.
This moisturizer is also unscented, which I love. I wear perfume and sometimes scents just don’t match up. I like that I can wear this every day no matter what perfume I’m putting on that morning!
Remember, you can purchase by contacting any Mary Kay representative or you can shop online at MaryKay.com. Don’t have a representative already? Then, feel free to contact my dear friend Heather on her page here.