If you’re one of the lucky few possessed of tresses that look lovely air-dried and product-less or happen to be able to pull off semi-ironic bed head, you can stop reading. This post is not for you. You are free to go have fun with your perfect hair somewhere else. For the rest of us, there remains the question: must we remain tethered to our styling tools? Or is it possible to achieve the holy grail of hair: a wash and go style that actually looks good?
The subject came up recently in three separate conversations with three very different San Francisco hair stylists. Not surprisingly, each had his or her own opinion and preferred methods to offer up. The good news: there is hope. The reality: it’s probably going to cost you $300 or more.
What many consider San Francisco’s party of the year is right around the corner. You’ve got the dress, the shoes, the earrings, the perfect clutch and tickets to next weekend’s Black & White Ball, featuring performances by headliners Tony Bennett and k.d. lang. But what about the finishing touches? Try one of these local destinations for special occasion hair help, makeup and beauty treatments.
Looking for a pre-summer glow that’s affordable and safe for your skin, but comes without the day-glow orange ankles, dark elbows or uneven patches that all-too-often show up uninvited after at-home self-tanner sessions?
For tips on bronzing up the right way, we checked in with San Francisco self-tanning expert Sinead Norenius, a former national director of education for St. Tropez who now offers up her tanning know-how on her popular Self Tanning Queen blog. This month, Norenius launched Beautisol, her own line of self-tanning products, exfoliators and accessories to help the melanin-challenged among us go darker without sun damage.
Decade, we bid you adieu. Our final lovely links for '09:
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With his long-awaited new album Before I Self Destruct released online this week, it was no surprise to find hundreds of fans pouring onto the Macy’s Union Square cosmetics floor yesterday evening for a chance to meet Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, in town for the launch of his new men’s fragrance, Power by fifty cent, sold exclusively through the department store.
We love mineral makeup for its many benefits: built-in sunscreen, natural ingredients and all-day wearability with little to no reapplication, among them. With the fast-approaching holiday season and all the must-look-good outings that come with it, we decided to check in with four mineral makeup experts in hopes of discovering simple tricks to try specifically with mineral makeup, as well as help avoiding common mineral mishaps such as the obviously over-powdered face.
Lucky for us, a slew of beauty products come into our lives each week. Some we’ve discovered during our all-too-frequent San Francisco shopping missions, while others have come to us from both local sources and those farther afield. Some are splurge items available at major stores, and others are downright steals available on etsy.
So away we go with seven of our current beauty obsessions:
If we were to tell you that you could procure organic beauty products for less than you can buy them off the shelf and diminish your impact on the environment at the same time, you’d probably want in.
If you think the only place for farmer’s market edibles is on your table, think again. Another destination for seasonal fruits, vegetables and herbs? Your face. Cow Hollow’s Spa Radiance will be happy to slather you in locally-grown goodness from the Ferry Building Farmer’s Market in its new series of all-natural, Bar None facials.
Free of toxic ingredients, synthetic fragrances and parabens, the 30-minute mini treatments ($75) use spa-grade products from the organic skin care line Eminence alongside fresh fruits and vegetables from such purveyors as Dirty Girl Produce and Mendocino County’s Apple Farm.