Beauty News: Allure Magazine Partners with Beauty Booked….

Allure magazine partners with Beauty Booked to create an online/mobile booking solution for salons/spas.  Allure is already the authority in this area (I LOVE the Salon/Spa directory in there, I have found many a new spot that way) so the app part is already genius BUT partnering with Allure is a game changer.  The app and idea were created by two industry insiders, Hillary Hutcheson a former brand manager at L’Oreal Paris and Ritika Gill who is a former marketing manager at Rimmel London and Maybelline.

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Allure, the Beauty Expert, announces today the launch of a seamless salon- and spa-booking functionality on allure.com. In collaboration with BeautyBooked, the modern and convenient online beauty-booking service, women will now be able to search, discover, and book appointments with salons and spas directly from allure.com’s Salon & Spa Directory of editorial reviews. Highlighting the best hairstylists, colorists, facialists, massage therapists, manicurists, and more in cities
across the country, Allure’s Salon & Spa Directory is the definitive resource for the best
beauty services.

BeautyBooked’s new Mobile App simplifies the booking process by allowing members to discover new beauty spots, read editorial reviews from Allure magazine, and book appointments instantly with just the click of a button – no receptionist needed! BeautyBooked’s team of industry professionals vets each salon & spa to provide only the best for their members (Paul Labrecque Salon, Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa, ted gibson beauty, Drybar and TenOverTen, just to name a few).

The Rundown:

  • 24/7 Access to top salons & spas to book appointments.
  • Geolocation Capabilities to find appointments closest to you.
  • Allure Reviews: As BeautyBooked’s exclusive magazine partner, Allure reviews will be featured on BeautyBooked’s enhanced website and new mobile app.
  • Integration with Instagram: Users can share social experiences via the app, plus their complete photo-ready look, while earning points for every picture uploaded.
  • BB Upgrades: Members get VIP treatment at partner salons and spas just for booking through BeautyBooked. Participating establishments will provide exclusive “upgrades” to members such as an extra 15 minutes of massage or a complimentary deep conditioning treatment.
  • BB Rewards & Referral Program:
  • BB Rewards: Allows users to receive rewards such as products, services and experiences like the latest shade of nail polish, a manicure, or a blow-out with a top stylist. Users get 100 BB Reward Points for each appointment booked.
  • Referral Program: Invite friends and get rewarded. Tell friends about BeautyBooked and get 200 BB Reward Points when they first book.

BeautyBooked is endorsed by some of the best salons and spas. Ted Gibson, Celebrity Hairstylist and Founder of ted gibson salons said: “BeautyBooked is transforming the way women search for and book beauty appointments. We are thrilled for Ted Gibson beauty to be a partner.”  Right now, the only cities available are New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston and Miami so if you are in one of those cities DEFINITELY check it out!

heck it out in your iOS app store or on BeautyBooked.com

Would you use an app or website like this to fine/book appointments?  What do you think? Let me know in the comments…

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TMG Faves: Smashbox Full Exposure Palette…

I don’t usually get excited about eyeshadow palettes but this Smashbox Full Exposure Palette [$49] has changed my mind! These are 14 shadows that you will DEFINITELY reach for over and over for hundreds of combinations.  I usually find that I only end up REALLY using about 3-4 shades when I do buy a palette and to me that just doesn’t justify a $50+ price tag.  This one is so versatile because it’s organized into two categories shimmer and matte. So simple…YET nobody else has done it yet!  Most have a combination of the two or more shimmer than matte etc etc.  With this palette, you get 7 shimmers and 7 mattes. BOOM. PLUS you get a nice double ended brush and a sample size of the amazing Full Exposure Mascara (which I had not tried, but now I love) so this in my book is a better value for your dollar than any other palette on the market.

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From Smashbox: 

This versatile palette includes 14 must-have neutral shades—from nudes to blacks—in long-wearing shimmers and velvety smooth mattes. The clearly organized palette—shimmers on top and mattes on the bottom—makes them easy to work with, and the kit also includes a breakthrough eye shape chart to achieve your most gorgeous look, along with a dual-ended brush to use with both formulas, and a bonus Full Exposure Mascara sample.

The Rundown:

Top Row

  • Chocolate Brown with Golden Pearl
  • Deep Golden Brown with Gold Pearl
  • Soft Gold with Gold and Silver Pearl
  • Light Tan with Gold and Silver Pearl
  • Golden Wheat with Gold Pearl
  • Midtone Slate with Silver Pearl
  • Rich Grey with Multicolor and Silver Pearl

Bottom Row

  • Matte Warm Chocolate Brown
  • Matte Midtone Brown
  • Soft Matte Midtone Tan
  • Creamy Matte Beige
  • Soft Light Taupe
  • Ashy Dark Brown
  • Suede Black

This palette is universal and it works on anyone – literally anyone.  You also get this handy booklet that SHOWS you how to get different looks with the palette.  They narrowed it down to six main shapes and the artists then created how-to’s based on the shapes to get several different looks (trust me there are so many more that you can do – just play around with it!) and placed diagrams in this fabulous guide.

The Smashbox Full Exposure Palette retails for $49 at Sephora, Ulta and Smashbox.com

See below for more pics!

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TMG Faves: Blo Blow Dry Bar…

Blo Blow Dry Bar has opened a new location!  Few things make me happier in life – one of them is getting my hair blown dry by someone else!  It’s always straighter, smoother and lasts longer than any at home blow dry I give myself (I’m good…but I’m not THAT good!)  So imagine my surprise when I got an invite to a new one opening up here in the DC area.  Blo is the original blo dry bar (that’s right, they thought of it first). They have locations all over the world (including Canada, Phillipines and Russia), and in the US as well. The new Gaithersburg (DC) is the 43rd location for the brand.  They offer quick, easy appointments and something called a BloTab where you can buy several blo-dries at once and keep it on a tab (brilliant).   Recently, Blo joined forces with Academy Award winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow and hairstylist to the stars David Babaii to grow the business and elevate the franchise.  Case in point – the newest to the area in Gathersburg, MD a suburb of the DC area.  The location is bright and in a brand new development that wasn’t even on my GPS! The receptionist talked me though how to get there, which was an extra level of customer service that was greatly appreciated as it can get frustrating when you don’t know where you are.

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Blo is North America’s Original Blow Dry Bar. Scissors are verboten. Dye, ditto. No cuts, no color: Just WASH BLOW GO. Guests choose from 7 styles featured in the Blo Hair Menu, from the razor-straight “Executive Sweet” to the runway-inspired “Pillow Talk”. It all started in 2007 with a vital question: “Why isn’t there a place for quick, affordable catwalk-quality blow outs?” We have been coifing ever since. Currently, Blo has 40+ locations to serve you across North America, Philippines and Russia with more opening soon..

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I arrived and was washed right away by my lovely stylist and I got to meet Laurie the owner who was FAB.  I got myself a cute little blo-dry called “pillow talk” and you know what?  It lasted over a WEEK in crazy humidity!

 

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Lianne with Blo Gaithersburg owner Laurie Tucker

Blo offers all kinds of services including, the signature blo out, up do’s, hidden assets (where they blow you out and install clip in extensions that you purchase or  bring your own), Blo on the go (they come to you), bridal services, parties you name it!  This particular location is a Body By Blo store that also offers manicures, pedicures and waxing – a virtual one stop shop for hair and body care.  Blo Gaithersburg owner Laurie Tucker was on hand offering style tips and stories about her own curly hair woes (I can RELATE!)

Also, if you are interested, they have franchises available too.

Visit a Blo location near you

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Fall 2014: MAC Viva Glam Rihanna 2….

VIVA GLAM RIHANNA II

Round 2 for MAC + Rihanna with MAC Viva Glam Rihanna 2 hitting stores and online this coming September. The shade is a departure for the franchise which has favored reds and pinks in the past!  This shade, a silvery mauve is sure to turn heads trend … [Continue reading]

5 Summer Beauty Problems SOLVED…

Summer Beauty Problems

Yep, I have the solution to 5 summer beauty problems!  Even the most careful person can end up with some collateral damage during the summer months.  Days of fun in the sun, heat, humidity and chlorine can do a number on our skin and hair, leaving us … [Continue reading]

TMG Faves: Favorite Lipsticks….

5 Favorite Lipsticks

Now that summer is in full swing, time to grab a new shade to pop your look!!  So I put together a list of my 5 favorite lipsticks for you.  By the way, did you know that today is National Lipstick Day? Well, it is and what better way to celebrate … [Continue reading]

GLAM Beauty Board: Summer 2014 Reviews…

Glam Beauty Board

Hey hey!!  As a member of the Glam Beauty Board, I periodically receive a selection of products to review.  Lucky for me - most of them I have never tried and in most cases have been DYING to (It's the beauty junkie in me...LOL) Last week, I got the … [Continue reading]

TMG Faves: Eve Lom Cleanser…

Eve Lom Cleanser

I can't believe I've never tried this - and once you do......you won't either.  Eve Lom Cleanser isn't called, "Probably the best cleanser in the world..."  by Vogue for no reason.  It probably is.  In case you are not aware, Eve Lom was Born in … [Continue reading]

New for Fall: Hourglass 1.5mm Mechanical Gel Eye Liner…

Hourglass 1.5mm Mechanical Gel Eye Liner

Hourglass 1.5mm Mechanical Gel Eye Liner is my new favorite thing. I love new innovations, and this one is at the top of my list.  A good cat eye was SUPER hard for me to do until gel liner came along - it always looked wobbly.  When you have the gel … [Continue reading]

10 Must Have Travel Beauty Essentials…

Travel Beauty Essentials

Greetings from California! Here are my 10 Must Have Travel Beauty Essentials...I have been traveling more and more lately AND now (thanks to Julia) have it down to a science. One of my biggest things that I do all the time now is ask for akincare … [Continue reading]

Refresh Your Makeup Storage this Summer…

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We already talked about cleaning out your makeup bag - this time we need to clean out your makeup storage! If you are a beauty junkie, it's hard to keep things in check. Like anything, there is a fine line between collecting and hoarding.  With … [Continue reading]

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Gets an Update…

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye

When a product reaches cult status, you just know it.  Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye is one of those products.  The thing I love about Estee Lauder is that when they realize that a product has reached that status, not only do they maintain … [Continue reading]

NEW C.O. Bigelow Candle Collection…

C.O. Bigelow Candle Collection

I love to burn candles, so the new C.O. Bigelow Candle Collection $42 are high on my list of things to check out.  I remember wandering into what is now the legendary NYC store back when I first moved to the city back in 1985.  I had never seen … [Continue reading]

How To: 5 Steps to Create a Faux Glow…

5 Steps to Faux Glow

 5 Steps to Create a Faux Glow! Everyone wants to look healthy - right?  Having a tan/looking tan have been staples for decades.  However, with the ozone layer being the way it is and skin cancer on the rise - it's time to come up with some suitable … [Continue reading]

Becca Ultimate Coverage Complexion Creme Makeup…

Becca Ultimate Coverage Complexion Creme

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Summer 2014: MAC Moody Blooms…

MAC Moody Blooms Summer 2014

Finally some bright colors for summer!  MAC Moody Blooms has arrived (available online TODAY) and while I love nude lips as a go to....I appreciate and love bright pink lips for spring and ESPECIALLY summer.  You get all of that here with 6 lipsticks … [Continue reading]

My 7 Summer Must Haves…

7 Summer Must Haves

My 7 Summer Must Haves are here - YES summer...FINALLY!!  Hi pretty babies!!  It's been a minute - I know.  My trusty MacBook Pro was in the hospital!  Can you imagine my despair???  I backed up just in case anything crazy happened and she is back … [Continue reading]

NEW!! Nars Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Collection

NARS DUAL INTENSITY SHADOW

NARS Cosmetics introduces the new Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow $29.  This is a new sheer finish shadow that can be applied wet for a more intense look - they also have created a new brush that makes application super simple. This is the first shadow … [Continue reading]

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