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Beauty in a Beat: DC’s On Demand Beauty Service



Beauty in a Beat is the DMV’s answer to beauty on call. Most on call services in the area only service DC. If you don’t live in the district you are basically left to your own beauty devices. Beauty in a Beat is different because it services areas up to 15 miles outside of the district.

Let’s discuss. Imagine it’s been one of those weeks. Your patience has been tested and it took all your strength to get through the week. But, you have a party on the weekend and you really don’t want to drive to one place to get your hair done, nails, and makeup in party condition. Beauty in a Beat delivers all the above via an app (thank you technology) right to your door. Let’s say you don’t have anything going on, but you want to treat yourself to an in home manicure just because. With the tap of a few buttons on the app your nails are pretty and you are relaxed.

The prices are not bad at all ($25 for manicures and $75 for makeup application). I love the convenience and efficiency of the app.  Ladies, if you are always saying “I don’t have time to do my nails or learn proper makeup application” you can stop the excuses now. DMV ladies, get involved.

Download the Beauty in a Beat app and save 20% off your first service with the code “TRYBIAB.”

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Follain Natural Beauty Shop at Union Market

Shop Follain

Union Market in Washington, DC is a great place to eat, shop, and mingle with friends. I have been going to the market since its opening and it is one of my go-to places in the city. In December I wanted to stop by on my birthday and lo and behold was pleasantly surprised. Why?

Follain, a natural beauty destination had a pop-up shop. I immediately started my beauty happy dance and began playing with all the goodies. My husband gifted me my favorite LURK Fragrance, but I was bummed when I found out the shop would be leaving.

Well, my beauty friends Follain is back. Permanently. I am so excited to have this natural beauty spot so close to me with my favorite natural brands and a few new discoveries. I spoke with the owner, Tara, while I was at the opening launch and thanked her for putting Follain in D.C. During my travels to California and New York, I can find all the small batch natural products in tons of locations, but here in D.C. not so much. But that is changing and it started with Follain.

{Obsessed with Pursoma bath products}


{My new face mist}


{Refillable Castille Soap. Lavender is my fave.}


{All the RMS Beauty}



1309 5th Street NE
Washington, DC 2002

Heart’s Desire Essential Oil by Moon Goddess Magick

Moon Goddess Magick

“Allow me to introduce myself, my name H-O-V.”

This song recently came on my playlist and I couldn’t help but fall in love again with it. Jay-Z is one of my favorite rappers and when I need to feel motivated I put him on. I have been basking in my post-Yoga Journal Conference high this past week, but I would be remiss if I didn’t give a shout out to a new essential oil that entered my life. Allow me to introduce you to the essential oil that I have been carrying around for a week.

Back story. In 2012, I went on a yoga retreat in Provence with my mentor and friend Kimberly Wilson. On that trip, I met the adorable Susie who I took as a little sister. Despite the age gap we clicked. It was like having another niece in my life and I was ecstatic. We always said we were going to do another yoga event together, but real life seemed to get in the way. Then 2015 through us both for a loop and we decided this year is it. After texts, emails, and phone calls we decided to be roomies at the New York City Yoga Journal Conference and I could not have been happier. This girl makes me laugh. All the time. Hysterically.

The night Susie arrived she handed me a gift. In it was Heart’s Desire Essential Oil by Moon Goddess Magick. I thought what a sweetie pie. One whiff and I was hooked. I was all dramatic and said “I need to know who made this. What is this stuff? It is speaking to me. What combination is this?” After numerous questions, Susie said, “it suits you perfectly doesn’t it.” Yep, baby girl it does.

Over the past few years, I have been fascinated with essential oils. Their ability to relax, heal, and aid in so many ailments without the use of modern medicine has been so beneficial to me. Heart’s Desire has not left my side since I received it. I use it day and night. I can’t wait to order a few more bottles of this essential oil goodness for a few friends.

As with all essential oils, please do you research. If you are pregnant check with your doctor first before using. 

RoC® Multi-Corexxion® Daily Moisturizer with Sunscreen


Dear hearts,

Can we discuss the need for sunscreen? It seems that everywhere I turn most of y’all are not wearing any. Darlings, this is a problem. As much as I love being brown girl bronzed I have to stay at least somewhat faithful to my beauty routine which always includes sunscreen.

The older I get, yes getting older is a beautiful thing, I have to be more faithful in my use of sunscreen. It’s the same with my retinol. Until I spent the year working with RoC® Skincare, I vacillated between sometimes and never. Since January, I have put RoC® Multi-Corexxion® Daily Moisturizer with Sunscreen to great use. Even on the days it was bitter cold I kept using my sunscreen.

And retinol. Let me just say that if you use retinol you must use sunscreen. They are husband and wife of beautiful skin in my opinion. They work together to create the happy marriage of skin. The more I used my skincare couple, had an adequate amount of sleep, and healthy foods my skin glowed. The minute I went off the routine well you know what happened. I lost my loving glow and then that loving feeling.

Every top dermatologist will tell you sunscreen and retinol are the secret to slowing down the aging of the skin. Notice I didn’t say “anti-aging.” We are all going to age, but we can help the way we look as we age. Let’s get real. Life is better on this side of the grass.

I want to thank RoC® Skincare for a wonderful year of collaboration. It flew by. Seriously like a dream. It made me get back to using retinol and has given my face the TLC that it deserved and needed because I stayed consistent with the product. The real question is will I keep using RoC® Skincare? In my Mr. Big voice “ab-so-freaking-lutely!”

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. 

Spa Week $50 Spa Treatments

Spa Week

Spa Week is back starting today and so are their $50 spa treatments. Spa Week is a way to try out different spas and give your sexy self a little spring pampering for less. I think it’s the best time for a few massages and facials. Check the site for specials in your area.

Saving Face: Decleor Neroli Essential Night Balm


I’ve been sick for the past four days. I thought it was normal allergies, but then I realized I needed to see a doctor because whatever was going on wasn’t about spring showers and flowers. Afer my check up I was given numerous medications for what was diagnosed as a “very severe sinus infection.” This infection literally wiped me out and put me down. For days, I felt like crap. This morning I woke up and felt about 85% like me.

What this sinus infection has done to my face is just deplorable. I realized last night my skin, especially my nose, felt like I washed it with sandpaper. It was rough even after using my Clarisonic. What is really going on? I have to be on a plane Wednesday and the fact that I’m still on meds is bad enough, but walking around with sandpaper face cannot happen. I went into my beauty arsenal and decided to slather my face in Decleor’s Neroli Essential Night Balm. I normally go to bed looking like a wet seal, but this made me look like a layer of grease was applied to my skin. I didn’t care I needed results and fast.

All I can say is thank you Decleor. This balm healed every single dry patch on my face. I’m not even concerned with de-potting this bad boy for my upcoming travels. I’m bringing the jar with me. I can’t chance a skin relapse.

By any beauty means necessary. Ladies, you understand.

Snail Mail and New Nails


Most weekends I have a routine. Especially on Sunday. It’s my grocery store day to get food for the week so I can come home, meal prep, and relax. My grocery store carries beauty products so I always end up taking a quick detour to the beauty section to what’s new. Lo and behold I stumbled upon the new nail Revlon polishes.

Since I was in a rush I decided to bypass them up. But I couldn’t get this one color out of my mind. It was haunting me and I knew my beauty lust would not be satisfied until I had my hands on a bottle. Ethereal is a milky, creamy, soft white color. It’s not liquid paper white. I headed back to the store to pick up not one, but two bottles. The minute I swiped the first coat I knew I had made the best choice.

Although I’m feeling like crap today due to allergies, I keep looking at my nails and at least that puts a small on my face, along with cute notes to mail out to a friend, and my new new mini clipboard.  It’s the little things ladies. The little things.

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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 {Nails in RGB Too Red}

Nail Saloon

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