With Fashion Week wrapping up (and honestly, who just doesn’t need a break?), Bliss Spa is teaming up with Gilt Groupe for a luxury experience out of this world. Log in today and treat yourself to the pampering of a lifetime!
From R&B tunes to a brownie buffet (seriously?!), Bliss Spa is the place to go to unwind, relax and beautify. You’ll be able to choose from its popular Triple Oxygen Treatment, a three-step complexion-reviving facial; the Blissage 75, a heavenly full-body rubdown; and the Homme Improvement Facial, a must for any well-groomed guy; to name a few. Or, bring home the spa-quality treatment with Zest to Thrill, a citrus-scented bath set; Peeling Groovy, a gentle exfoliating formula; Hot Salt Scrub, a luxurious DIY skin-soother, and more.
If you’re not interested in going in to the spa or you simply just can’t get to it, you can snag a few beauty products from the Bliss line. Our favorite:
Hot Salt Scrub is perfect for at-home treatments. This body buffer is eucalyptus and rosemary laden, so pores will be open and refreshed while impurities seem to magically disappear.
The sale ends Monday, 9/20, at Noon so get the going while it’s hot!
In my journey to natural hair, I’ve come to realize that wearing my hair straight is not always the way to go. The humidity during the hotter months had me looking like I stuck my wet toe in an outlet. After months of research and trial and error, I have found the solution to my frizzy dilemma: Brazilian Keratin Treatment!
A full instructional video from Hair2ToeBeauty.com
I’ve tried various hair products that promised frizz-free shine or silk & sleek tresses with no positive end results for my mop. I’ve also experimented with different techniques, such as “the scarf-tie down”, that left me with puffy hair AND a line imprint across my forehead. I was in desperate need of a solution that would allow me to have tamed straight hair without the harsh chemicals. A process that would wash away within a couple of months without any damaging effects to my natural strands. Something just shy of a miracle.
I found BKT somehow – the technique just fell into my lap one day. After an enormous amount of research, including reviews from women who have had the treatment more than once, I decided to take the plunge but was left at a standstill when I caught wind of the price tag for shiny straight hair. The Brazillian Keratin Treatment can range anywhere between $150 – $350. That was not an option for me. I called local beauty schools to see if they offered the service, and shopped around at the local beauty shops to find a licensed hair stylist who is certified to apply the treatment.
When I finally found a cosmetologist who was within my budget, a single tear of joy escaped my eye and I hurridly made my first appointment.
For more information on Brazilian Keratin Treatments, visit About.com and be careful when choosing your stylist! Also, do as much research as you can. What works for us may not work for you – BKT’s are not for everyone!
Note: Wet Feat is transitioning and likes to wear her hair straight, but we love to embrace our fros, kinks and coils!
What’s sugary sweet and fashionable to beat?
The MASQUE girls took some down time from all the Fashion Week hysteria to catch some R&R will the women of FabSugar. At 632 on Hudson, we dipped into a candy bar, had some cotton candy and delicious Sofia champagne while the DJ spun tunes. We even watched as women got glam courtesy of Bobbi Brown and coifed courtesy of Sally Hershberger Downtown.
The event was hosted at the Elizabeth and James Pop-Up Shop. Such functional and fun clothing!
In case you’re dead or seriously just came back from a part of the world where the only inhabitants were sheep, here’s a newsflash: September 9th was the beginning of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. Friday, September 10, was the public’s introduction to the Week with Fashion’s Night Out, a celebration of fashion and all it’s accompaniments. FNO is a mix of events, promotions, and introductions of a new products not limited to strictly fashion but incorporating food, music, and general fun.
Some of the Masque gang and friends went exploring NYC starting in the Meat Packing District, wandering to Bloomingdale’s and then back down to Soho to end the night. Here’s a little of what went down:
We started at Pop Burger (Ninth Ave between 14th and 15th) where Dev the Fabulous and Bossman Kelly were already chowing down. I came in just before our friend Jess and after a few more moments of chit chat, we were off and running.
We ladies always like a lil bling bling in our accessories and now here’s a great way to add a little sparkle to your nails: OPI’s Glitzerland. While still in the neutral family with it’s earthy undertones, Glitzerland is the perfect way give your paws a little sparkle. And it’s perfect for this week’s fashion week! (I was wearing it myself last night)
Personal note: I made sure to go run out and find something in the goldy/bronzy family after watching an episode of “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” where I saw Kourtney donning an amazing metallic nailpolish. And this shade is right on trend with the metal inspired colors of the coming season. Be sure to pick this, and others like it, up for quickly approaching Fall!
Light and fresh, nothing beats a neat nude when you’re stumped for a color selection (not to mention, nudes and naturals are absolutely in for the fall!). Essie’s Marshmallow is the perfect choice for any season and any mood. Great alone, it’s also the perfect backdrop for a cute little design or french mani. Dare we say “yummy”?
Smashbox has done it again. The makers of the original O-Gloss have created the new O-Gloss Noir just in time for fall. This time, instead of a beautiful pink, they promise a nice original berry flush keeping in tone with the plum theme for the coming season.
Get a sultry berry pout that’s all your own! O-GLOSS is packed with vitamins and natural ingredients that revitalize, nourish, and moisturize your lips, like the exclusive microcirculating Goji Berry-C Complex™ and ginkgo biloba, pomegranate seed antioxidants, revitalizing marine botanicals, and moisturizing avocado oil. As it transforms into your perfect berry hue, you will be left with a shade that is unique to you.
And believe me when I say this product is already in high demand (I went in to Sephora last week and they were sold out!) Grab it when you can or order it online at Sephora.com ($22).
Think more classically about the flower than the wimp. A bright and bubbly pink, this bubble-gummy color will definitely put a smile on your face.
Tarte, a good-for-you-green-for-you brand spotted last week during a Sephora makeover, is having a week long sale that ends on Monday, 8/9. 40% off is the deal off anything on the site, and you get a free gift with your purchase. Sweet! Use code FFAUG at the checkout.
Source: Beauty Blogging Junkie
One of the most trying things for a girl can be the management of her hair, especially in the hot and humid summer months. While some of us may have wash-n-go hair, others need a little more attention. Add the beach environment (which is basically synonomous with summertime) and there’s another level of frustration.
In comes Pre Game Texturizing Spray. From the makers of the All Nighter Styling Powder, Pre Game aids in the “just-from-the-beach” style, giving hair a tousled look. It also boasts to help with the “3pm droop” by giving hair a natural looking boost.
A scrunch-tastic, spritz-sational all-natural texturizing spray for beachy texture and piece-y-ness. Pre Game adds a gentle hold (kinda like memory), gives ‘sproing’ to flat ‘dos and is a PERFECT compliment to The All Nighter Styling Powder! Formulated with Himalayan pink and Dead Sea salts (for those hair days highs and lows), pure Aloe, and a touch of nourishing Argan oil, Pre Game Texturizing Spray is beneficial for your hair and scalp! Use it before you style – it works great on squeaky clean hair OR for hair that suffers from the dreaded ‘mid-day drop’ (y’know around 3 pm?) – anytime your hair needs a little kick in the pants!
Now of course this had to be put to the test. I had a few girlies with different hair textures, myself included, try the product to see what the outcome would be. While they may say it works for all, we need our own proof and an impromptu experiment never hurt anybody! Four ladies tested the spray: Continue reading