BY THE G&F EDITORS
Last week we brought you our Spring Beauty Previewâ€”coming out of the gate strong in 2014 sharing our most coveted beauty looks of a much-anticipated Spring. This week? Weâ€™re kicking off a year of the New You with some of the top make up moments and must-haves to make your year start off beautifully. Pun intended! From high profile collaborations to beauty insiders, weâ€™re giving you a tour de force of Beautyâ€”2014 style. READ ON, BEAUTY LOVERS >>
NEW YEAR, NEW YOU. Ya-Hoo! Another Pop-In @Nordstrom is coming to Chicagoâ€”this time featuring a brand new set of hand-selected and exclusive merchandise dedicated to a brand new 2014 you. And the beauty selection is perfect for a fresh startâ€”from Manic Panic hair dye and lashes to the first retail outpost for Miranda Kerrâ€™s KORA Organics (pictured above), weâ€™re hooked.Â //Â SHOP ON-LINE NORDSTROM’S NEWEST POP-UP ‘NEW BEGINNINGS’ AT NORDSTROM.COM/POPÂ orÂ VISIT NORDSTROM OAKBROOK CENTER, 630.571.2121.
MAC ATTACK! The beauty pros are buzzing about whatâ€™s brewing in make up land: a MAC Cosmetics and Proenza Schouler team-up. MAC, the big bold beauty line that is known for celeb collaborations, is unveiling one of their most thoughtful co-branded lines to dateâ€”well, youâ€™ll have to wait until Spring. Featuring ombre face powders, nail lacquers, lipsticks and more, this is one MAC collection weâ€™re anxious to get our hands on. Can we just skip over February and March, MAC?Â //Â MAC x PROENZA SCHOULER HITS STORES APRIL 2014.
CLUB RULES! With a brand new Michigan Avenue location of the Nike Training Club (cue thunderous applause from Gold Coast to West Loopers!), Nike is upping their fitness game per usual. And what better time to face your fitness goals head on than right now. Even before you step your Nike Frees into the new NTC location, Â the N+TC app lets you access four-week training programs to customize your workouts from top fitness trainers to whip your butt into shapeâ€”virtual style! And in prep for the 2014 Australia Open, blonde bombshell Maria Sharapova has created herÂ New Year’s Crush Workout. Fitness inspiration overload, y’all.Â // NIKE TRAINING CLUB, 675 M. MICHIGAN AVENUE. AND DOWNLOAD THE N+TC APP HERE.
BEAUTY INSIDER: ISABEL LEONARD.Â The face and voice of an angel? You must be talking about Isabel Leonard. The NY-based opera singer just pulled in town for her debut with the Lyric Opera starring as Rosina in The Barber of Seville. The well-bred performer, who recently won the coveted Tucker Award, is no stranger to the beautiful things on and off stage and we spent a few minutes with the starlet to talk shop.
G&F:Â You have arrived in Chicago during the coldest time of the year (and in history!), how do you battle the winter months?
Isabel Leonard:Â Itâ€™s so dry here in Chicago and at home in New York in the winter! I use only warm water to wash my face and skin. The secret? Stay healthy! Eat lots of fruits and vegetables and cover your face as much as possible in the bitter cold.
G&F:Â How do you keep a fresh face while in production?
IL:Â I routinely wash my face right after a show is over and use moisturizer immediately. The day following a performance, I apply very little make up to give my skin a breather!
G&F:Â What products are must-haves while traveling from city to city?
IL:Â The one thing I cannot live without is a tiny jar of good old Vaseline that I have with me at all times for my lips. Nothing keeps my lips healthy like it!Â
G&F:Â Finish the sentence: For Beauty, 2014 is all about â€¦
IL:Â â€¦ Remembering that a big smile will look good no matter how your make up appears that day!Â // THE BARBER OF SEVILLE OPENS FEBRUARY 1 AT THE LYRIC OPERA. PURCHASE TICKETS ATÂ LYRICOPERA.ORG/BARBER.
PHOTO CREDIT: Dario Acosta Photography/Richard Tucker Music Foundation
BEAUTY INSIDER: SHANNON O’BRIEN.Â Inquiring minds want to know! So who does the pop princess of Chicago beauty Shannon Oâ€™Brien trust to do her make up when sheâ€™s not doing it herself?Â Rommy Najor, of course. We asked Shannon her top beauty picksâ€”take notes, ladies. MANI & PEDI:Â Juko Nail Salon; NAIL ART:Â Spifster; MASSAGE:Â Ruby Room; CUT & COLOR:Â AJ Schulz,Â Thomas West Salon; CHICAGO GIRL CRUSH: Jewelry designer Laura Lombardi & Atelier Azza’s Azeeza Khan. She adds: â€œAzeeza and Laura are two bad bitches killing the game in their perspective field and looking fly while doing it.â€ Our kind of gals.Â // SEE MORE OF SHANNON ATÂ CHEAPFRILLSANDTHRILLS.COM
NAILED IT! Channelling April Showers to English Gardens, weâ€™re loving these dusty pastelsâ€”and a few hues bolder, too!â€”for Springtime nails. // CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Deborah Lippmann On The Beach; Yves Saint Laurent Rose Abstrait; Dior Vernis No. 187 PerlÃ©; Deborah Lippmann Groove Is In the Heart; Butter Bossy Boots; Gwen Stefani Push and Shove Set; Dior Vernis No. 204 Porcelaine; Illamasqua Superstition; Dior Vernis No. 457 Bouquet
SCRUB A DUB DUB! New Year, New Beginnings! And what better way to get back to the basics than an exfoliating body wash. And this is the queen of exfoliating body washesâ€”with ground pumice stone, it polishes and perfects dry skin. Then it foams and lathers to leave skin silky and moisturized. And with zero harsh chemicals, youâ€™ve just met your new best friend. BAM!Â // SOAP & GLORY’S PULP FRICTION FOAMY FRUITY BODY SCRUB, $20, AT SEPHORA
PUCKER UP! Meet the face of the new finishing salonâ€”Pucker NYC. The makeup-only studio in the heart of SoHo opens next month providing women a perfect place to discover a brand new look for [fill-in-the-blank-occasion]. So where did it get its start? Pucker is the brainchild of beauty-savvy business woman Hiyam McKelvey who knew exactly who to team up with to build the brand. Meet make up veteran Julio Sandino, Pucker’s Creative Director and co-founder, who has worked practically ever major runway show from Anna Sui to Vivienne Westwood. We catch a few minutes with him before the boutique opens.
G&F: Favorite beauty trends of the season?
Julio Sandino: Dewy skin, a red lip and a bold brow are the key features every woman should be trying this season
G&F: After getting a service done at Pucker, where should we go?
JS: Thereâ€™s an amazing Mexican restaurant around the corner called La Esquinaâ€”the margaritas are to die for! For dinner, I recommend Isola Trattoria in the Mondrian SoHo Hotel.
G&F: Your three never-leave-home-without items. GO!
JS: Pucker Rain Lip treatment. Jo Malone grapefruit cologne. Evian water mist.
G&F: Finish the sentence: For Beauty, 2014 is the year ofâ€¦
JS: â€¦Confident and Independent Women!Â //Â VISIT PUCKER, 129 GRAND STREET, NEW YORK.Â PUCKER OPENS FEBRUARY 1. VISIT PUCKER.CO OR E-MAIL CONTACTUS@PUCKER.CO FOR MORE INFORMATION AND BOOKING
PSST… NOT TRAVELING TO NEW YORK AND WANT A SIMILAR SERVICE IN CHICAGO? TRY GOLDPLAITED. AND THEY DO HAIR, TOO!Â
BEAUTY BASH! Neiman Marcus is back with another not-to-miss beauty event! The Michigan Avenue location is opening their doors early to welcome eager make up lovers for a Spring trend show. This may just be the hottest ticket in town and weâ€™ve got the numbers to prove it: 30 giveaways; 40 fragrance vendors; 25 beauty brands showcasing the latest Spring goods; and 59 beauty experts on site. Weâ€™re not good at math, but the probability is high that youâ€™ll have a great time.Â // SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22 STARTING AT 8AM AT NEIMAN MARCUS MICHIGAN AVENUE. $25 RESERVATION FEE (REDEEMABLE FOR $25 GIFT CARD AT CHECK-IN); BOOK USING YOUR MASTERCARD AND RECEIVE A $50 NEIMAN MARCUS GIFT CARD. FOR RESERVATIONS, CALL 312.642.5900 EXT 4042.
COVERGIRLâ€”CHICAGO EDITION. Think you got the chops to make it in the modeling biz? Mario Tricoci is launching another edition of their popular Mario, Make Me a Model series. The Top Model-esque competition looks for raw talent in the Chicago area to come be the face of the sassy Chicago-based salon. We looked to 2012 finalist Birgit Dalgaardâ€”one of our favorites!â€”to help shed some advice to 2014 hopefuls. Her three nuggets of wisdom prove to be pretty powerful to start off the new yearâ€”even if you plan on not entering the competiton:
ONE / Be Confident! Trust who you are and know that you deserve to be there. Self-assurance shines through.
TWO / Be Yourself! If youâ€™re nervous, thatâ€™s okay. Donâ€™t let your nerves hide your unique personality.
THREE / Feel Beautiful! Wear that outfit that makes you feel like a million bucks. If you feel good, others will know it.Â // MODEL CASTINGS BEGIN FEBRUARY 24TH THROUGH FEBRUARY 26TH. FOR INFORMATION ON THE MARIO, MAKE ME A MODEL CASTINGS, VISIT TRICOCI.COM/M4
BROWS IT GOINâ€™? Weâ€™ve always had girl crush on brow master Kelley Baker whose work weâ€™ve seen on True Blood and Game of Thrones. The bubbly brow beauty ‘s eponymous line of brow-based goods is a perfect start to get the artist in your home. So whatâ€™s Kelleyâ€™s product of choice? Her Magic Stick highlighter pencilâ€”also known as the â€œHallelujah Stick.â€ And she really loves her brow powder. She waxes poetic: â€œItâ€™s amazingly easy to use. Tapping the angle brush into the velveteen brow powder and filling in the places on my eyebrows is a relaxing, joyful time of the morning for me. I liken it to the pleasure one gets when they cut flowers from their garden.â€ Our takeaway: Weâ€™ve got to get our hands on this miracle powder.Â // SHOP ATÂ KELLEYBAKERBROWS.COM
NEW, NOTEWORTHY + CONTINUING INFATUATIONS. Intoxicating color and irresistible scent. The combination for Revlonâ€™s new line of scented nail lacquers is taking us back to our scratch and sniff days. From Lavender Soap to African Tea Rose, there are 19 color + scent combos that will enchant any child at heart. The only negative side we foresee? It may look like youâ€™re constantly smelling your fingers. #Ewww. On the other side of the perfume spectrum, Frederic Malleâ€™s collaboration with Liberty of London has inspired us to re-wallpaper every room in our house. The collection of 18 diverse prints for his fragrances has left a chin mark on our table. Our favorite is the Dorothy Draper-esque Lipstick Rose.Â // REVLON PARFUMERIE SCENTED NAIL ENAMEL, $5.99 EACH, AT ULTA and FREDERIC MALLE x LIBERTY OF LONDON LIPSTICK ROSE
DRY SHAMPOO WARS. We rarely play favorites. But when we do, we go whole hog. So hear us shout from the rooftops: Weâ€™re in love with Batiste Color Collection Dry Shampoo! The lightly tinted formula makes for no white â€œchalkinessâ€ in your hair like other dry shampoos. Adding a soft hint of fragrance, this G&F favorite adds incredible volume while eliminating oil. And for $8.99 a bottle, this is one economic indulgence worth repeating.
Some close runners up?Â Klorane Extra Gentle Dry Shampoo, $7.50; Oscar Blandi Dry Shampoo Powder Spray, $25; Lâ€™Oreal Paris EverStyle Energizing Dry Shampoo, $6.99; Serge Normant Meta Revive Dry Shampoo, $25Â // BATISTE HINT OF COLOR DRY SHAMPOO, $8.99, AT ULTA
SPONGE LOVE! Clean, fresh skin thanks to a sponge? Yes. And Leah Chavieâ€™s got them. These tiny miracle workersâ€”made from the root of the konjac plant from Asiaâ€”work deep into your pores to dislodge the muck. And with 20 years experience in the industry, Leah knows a thing or two about clean skin! To use, soak the sponge in warm water, apply a small amount of your favorite cleanser, and work into a lather while massaging your face in a circular motion. The result? A mini-facial for ten bucks a sponge. Now thatâ€™s a good, clean deal.Â // KONJAC SPONGES, $10 EACH, AVAILABLE AT LEAH CHAVIE SKINCARE BOUTIQUE, 2457 N. HALSTED. VISIT LEAHCHAVIE.COM or CALL 773.327.7051
Want more Beauty? Check out our Spring Beauty Preview featuring our favorite trends this season.