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Feeling a bit drab these days? Desperate for spring? Us too. The snow was fun and all, but honestly, enough already!
Enter stage right: Cute new makeup from the groovy gals at The Balm…
Try minty lipglosses that actually Plump Your Pucker, $14, in yummy flavors like water my melon or root beer my float. They’re kinda like Bonne Bell Lipsmackers all grown up — remember those?
Check out Shady Lady long-wearing eyeshadows/liners, $16, in 7 new shades, and their tiny brushes for just $5.
We also love the cool Read My Lips lipliners from The Balm, only $10. They come in the 3 most essential shades for any lipcolor — a soft nude, a reddish brown & a lovely rose– easy, huh?
Okay — so you’ve got the cute makeup, now what?
Need help? Don’t know which brush to use? Still wearing the same eye colors you wore in 10th grade (Pat Benatar electric blue, baby!) ?
Trixie’s to the rescue! We cut our teeth behind cosmetic counters at the mall and we still LOVE to share makeup secrets with our clients.
Want a private lesson with your own stuff? Just call and we’ll schedule you in for one of Portland’s best kept secrets — the $25 Makeup Bag Overhaul & Lesson.
We’ll go through your bag, answer your every question and give you our honest recommendations so you can be the most polished version of yourself.
OR, have some group fun and come to one (or all) of our new makeup class series. Reserve your spot for just $10, and we’ll give you a $10 discount on any retail purchases that evening!
We’ll focus on a different topic each month:
Thursday, March 12th 7-8 pm
“For Your Eyes Only” — our hands -on class all about eye shadows, liners, concealers and mascara. Call or email Tracy for more info. 503.285.2899 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Yes, We’re actually back. Sorry for the long absence — with holiday craziness & personal drama, we just haven’t had a free moment to actually write something remotely interesting. (No guarantees, here).
However, we’ve had some really fun events in the salon, so we do have something to show for our time. We launched Beauty Boot Camp a few weeks ago, and were able to give fun & free makeup & hair lessons to a bunch of current clients and some new friends.
We taught everything from quick & easy updo’s and party hairstyles to the value of eyebrows. (you all know how obsessed we are with brows — what are they? That’s right, a frame for your face!)
Some boot camp clients were even browbeaten into submission on wearing the right amount of makeup, avoiding at-home haircolor and using good shampoo. All had a good time and thanks to our Fab educators from Loreal Professionel & Maly’s we were able to hand out lots of free swag. What more could you ask for? Champagne, you say? We had that , too!
Due to a high demand, we will be having Beauty Boot Camp again, probably in February. We’ll see you there — and remember, no sweaty exercise or mean yelling is involved — just some kind but firm beauty interventions. It’s for your own good, you know.
Why is it that we have such a hard time letting go? Lately, we’ve caught a glimpse of some of our friends’ makeup bags and closets & we began to wonder why we hold on so tightly to certain items & styles. You know, like that friend you have who still has the same dated hairstyle from 1984? Claw bangs, spiral perms and bi-levels (aka “the mullet”) must somehow make her feel safe, sexy or more in control of her world.
Ask yourself, “Why am I holding on to that lipstick, look or even relationship?” It takes courage to make changes, even small ones like throwing out that 7 year-old blush stick or 12 year-old lipstick. Honestly, though, even if your stuff hasn’t actually gone bad, you probably need to update the color or try out some of the new technology out there in the world of beauty.
Another phenomenom we see in the salon is the folks who struggled with oily skin in their teens or twenties but now that they are a little (or even a lot) older may have completely different skin but can’t figure out why their products just don’t feel the same. As we always say, your skin & hair change every few years, so your products & your style should as well. The times they are a changin’ — why not use it to your advantage?
Signature looks are great, but holding on to a look or a product because we “need” them to feel okay about ourselves is something else altogether. Throw out that crusty mascara and go try something new — you’ll feel better, we promise!
Next time… liquid eyeliner! You know you want it…