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Nail Saloon Salon in Washington, DC

nailIt takes a special nail salon that gets me to actual want to go and have my nails done. I have a go-to salon in Washington, DC, but I only go for pedicures. I love how super clean my feet feel afterwards, but I don’t get manicures. Why? I’m never happy with the filing, the shaping, and the polishing of my nails. I sit in the chair and stare at my nails and then I’m pissed because I paint my nails better than they do and I have to give them my money.

I’ve been painting my nails since I was seven and my grandmother had me painting her nails with Revlon’s Cherries in the Snow. So when my dear friend Alison wanted to treat me to this “amazing” nail salon I said okay. I was definitely skeptical. The Nail Saloon is a welcome treat.

I walked in and was pleasantly surprised. I loved the look, the feel, and the polish selection. Zoya, Deborah Lipmman and RGB. The salon is a 5-free salon which means the polishes don’t contain Dibutyl Phthalate,Formaldehyde, Resin, Camphor. or Toulene, The salon doesn’t do gels or acrylics – just the nails on your hand without any extra assistance. They have a signature cocktail for you while you get pampered or you could have a glass of wine. Yeah baby! They also give back a percentage of every treatment to young women who need mentors and need to be empowered.

I was pleasantly surprised by my manicure with Marnae and loved every bit of it. I chose RGB’s Too Red and from time to time will treat myself to a manicure at the salon.

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Capture Artisan Wine Tour

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Capture Artisan Wine Tour 2015

 

It might be snowing this morning in D.C. on the Spring Equinox, but I know warm weather, festivals, outdoor events and fun outside is around the corner. It also means the first Capture Wine Tour is almost here in D.C. Capture Wine Tour is a twelve-city celebration of wine. Capture Wine Tour includes music, food and spirits and is going to be a party.

Instead of a regular wine festival where you see, swirl, sip and savor and taste wine this tour allows you to meet the wine makers and wine country entrepreneurs.  The tour has more than forty wineries and food based on the farm-to-table movement from local restaurants in each city.

Tickets are on sale now and I hope to see you there.

 

 

Beauty Duty: Dermaplane Treatment at West Insitute

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Last week I had the pleasure of experiencing my first Dermaplane treatment. Notice I said first and not last because I am hooked on this treatment for beautiful skin. What is Dermaplane? Dermaplane is a non-invasive exfoliation treatment which uses a medical-grade scalpel. Seriously, I know it seems crazy that a scalpel would be used on top of the skin. Dermaplane can be used with other treatments such as chemical peels, medical facials and after laser treatments. The beauty of Dermaplane is it removes 2-3 weeks worth of dead skin cells and peach fuzz. Girlfriend, treat yourself to this procedure. Especially after this winter your skin needs some love.

Chelsea, the medical esthetician infformed me on the procedure, the process, and how to take care of my skin post treatment. Seriously if you saw this girl’s skin you would know she knows of what she’s speaking. Her skin was FLAWLESS. Seriously, just beautiful not in the pulled and tugged way, but natural smooth and radiant.

Dermaplane isn’t for everyone and make sure you go to a reputable dermatologist office. If you have active acne or irritated skin – don’t do this. This darlings should NOT be done at home or without a properly certified person. Don’t mess with the visage. Don’t even think about it. Don’t you want glowing skin? I left with three Dermaplane treatments booked every six weeks. Yes, I am a fan. Thank you Dr. West and the entire West Institute team.

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{Before the magic happened}

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{After the magic happened, My skin is soft as a baby’s bottom.}

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{Video of the procedure.Yes, that is my face being scraped. And I loved it.}

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The West Institute
5330 Wisconsin Avenue
Suite 925
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
301.986.9378

Beauty Duty: Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty

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Let’s start off by saying I haven’t stepped foot into an Ulta in over year. It’s not because I don’t like Ulta, but they aren’t close to my house and I hated going out in the cold. Thank goodness they are online and I can get all my needs beauty needs met. But, I miss the tactile experience of visiting Ulta. So, I’m making a date in my calendar to actually go and touch the products since Spring is coming. Yay! I’m excited for their 21 days of Beauty and daily beauty sales. I have my eye on some Tarte and Japonesque.

My Five Favorite Perfume Roll-ons

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You might have noticed a few new changes today on the little ole blog. Yes, it got an update. I wanted cleaner lines, easier reading, and larger photos. The top categories have also been culled into something easier to navigate: beauty, travel, and lifestyle. There’s also an easier way to sign up for my email newsletter. March’s newsletter is going out on Wednesday and you don’t want to miss it. It features a few things not mentioned on le blog. But back to the beauty at hand.

It’s no secret my love affair with the smell goods. Smell goods? Yes, it’s a Southern way of saying something that smells wonderful. In this case, it’s perfume. Years ago I had to hunt and hunt to find perfumes in roll-ons. It seems that every fragrance house just wanted you to buy the full-size bottle of fragrance. I don’t have a problem with that in some instances, but I would prefer to wear the scent before our perfume monogamous relationship begin. Thankfully, some of the perfume gods heard me and now you can find many scents in small servings that are perfect for experiencing the fragrance without committing.

I have been rotating these five roll-ons over the past few months. The fact that I can now travel with Beach is a blessing come true. Because of my belief that I can never have too many scents of distinction here are my current fave perfume roll-ons.

Elizabeth & James Nirvana Black. I usually don’t like celebrity scents. Look at any clearance bin and they are piling up. This one is the real deal and layers well with a few

Bobbi Brown Beach. Who doesn’t want to smell like the beach? For years I was hoping Bobbi would allow me to take one of my favorite scents with me at all times. Now I can. Plus, since I’ve been living like Frosty the Snowgirl this helps with my complaints.

Diptyque Philosykos. I also what to smell like I’m on the Greek isle Mykonos and this reminds me I need a return trip to one of my favorite islands.

Chantecaille Frangipane. Because I can never have too much of an intense vanilla scent. This one is so divine that I have to stop and smell myself.

Byredo Bal d’Afrique. I needed more black amber and cedarwood in my perfume arsenal and this hits on all my sensory needs.

Just Call Me Bag Lady with Beauty.com x Milly

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I’m a sucker for a super cute gift-with-purchase bag and the new Beauty.com x Milly is perfect for me. Beauty.com usually has some of the best GWP bags around and this current one is no exception. How about that full size bottle of butter LONDON Nail Polish? You can never go wrong with Arcona. I’m out of my beloved Triad Pads and this is a perfect excuse to stock up on some of the must have essentials for my skin. It’s time to really hunker down and take old lady winter off of my face.

RoC® Retinol Correxion® Deep Wrinkle Daily Moisturizer with Sunscreen

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I recently had my dermatological check-up for the year with a new doctor. After the entire body exam and consult, it left me thinking. Are we really not wearing sunscreen? Don’t get me wrong I love laying out in the sun (yes, bad I know), but I do wear sunscreen while basking in its glow.

The doctor scolded me for my ways but said “at least you are wearing it. I’m seeing clients who still think they don’t need it.” Shut the front door. Really? Ladies, when did we stop and why are you not giving your skin love. Yes, washing, toning, and moisturizing is important, but you have to wear sunscreen. Every. Single. Day.

So, I’m giving your my current winter/almost spring SPF love. RoC® Retinol Correxion® Deep Wrinkle Daily Moisturizer with Sunscreen. Yes, you still have to wear sunscreen in the winter so now is the perfect time to start making it a part of your routine. Trust me on this. Your skin will thank you.

This post is brought to you in collaboration with RoC® Skincare. All content, ideas, and words are my own. Thanks for supporting the sponsors that allow me to create new and special content like this for All About the Pretty. 

Onward and Upward in Beauty: Nine Years & Counting

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I woke up this morning thinking of my blog. Today it’s nine years old and it’s hard to believe that this tiny space of mine on the internet has been around this long. When I first started blogging everything was so different. I wrote about my day-to-day shenanigans, travels, and all my beauty purchases. I spent most of my time trying a new product, researching, a new product, and buying more products. My research centers then were Neiman Marcus, Sephora, and CVS. I still have these stores, but the Internet has introduced me to some amazing brands I never would have tried or even known.

This was before everything was about being perfectly styled, photo ready at all times, and a perfect life. This year started with a death of my brother and is eerily similar to why I started a blog in 2006. One of my brothers had just passed away and I was searching for something. I’m thankful that I met Tia and started blogging. I’ve met so many amazing people who are now part of my life forever and experiences I couldn’t have dreamed of.

I’m nine years older, admitting to myself and to the world that I’m a creative (believe me this was hard to come to terms with) and need lots of creative time. I’ve signed up for a few writing classes, looking into teaching more yoga (yay!), and committed to leading more beauty retreats around the globe. I realized something was missing and I figured out what it was? I wish beauty was fun for a lot of women. When did beauty stop being fun?

The minute women decided to base our worth on some fictitious and made up ideal that none of us can achieve. Please stop the madness. Perfection does not exist so quit trying. You get one life. Do you? Does it mean going out the house looking a hot mess. No. It means taking care of yourself, on your own terms, and whatever that means to you. There is nothing wrong with a rocking a vibrant lip, mascara that makes your lashes you amazing, and a perfume that brings great memories. For me it’s quiet time with a good book, traveling, a yoga class, good food, great wine, massages, facials, red lipstick, hot pink lip gloss, perfumes, a new manicure, and blabbing about beauty. Beauty is fun, try it. You just might like it.

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