Step inside newly re-launched King Street salon Vim and Vigor, and the first thing you’re likely to notice about the club-like interiors are walls strewn with what, from afar at least, appear to be undulating tendrils of hair. But take a few steps closer, and you’ll find the swirling lines are actually mane-like fibers embedded in the walls. And thank the styling gods for that. The real deal could easily have had the unintended effect of creeping us out long before we were able to learn about the salon’s all-star team of stylists, trendy Brazilian Blowout service and signature cutting technique.
We know. It's Monday. Sorry about that. But at least you can start your week off with some good reads from our feeds…
We love scarves all year round, but we will admit occasionally falling out of love with our current tying techniques. FocusOnStyle.com’s Sharon Haver comes to our rescue with short how-to video 10 Ways to Wear a Scarf.
Another how-to vid we’re diggin’ this week comes from Sephora’s Beauty and the Blog. It’ll teach you the basic steps you need to go dark and sultry this fall with an ultra smoky eye.
For a Brazilian treatment that’s decidedly pain free, San Francisco spa-goers take note: Tre Balm has introduced a new skincare line and accompanying body wrap and peel based on the healing properties of plants and oils from the Brazilian Amazon.
Exclusive in San Francisco to the Presidio Heights day spa and sold by Fred Segal in Santa Monica, j. Sabatelli Skincare incorporates exotic oils such as Pracaxi and Buriti alongside antioxidant-packed Acai in a five-product collection ($400, individual products $48-$100) that includes a brightening face serum, moisturizing deep cleanser and collagen-building night treatment.
We recently had the chance to learn a few new tricks from sought-after San Francisco makeup artist Robert Williams, a runway show veteran who’s spent the last three decades working with everyone from Naomi Campbell to Nancy Pelosi and was recently tapped to head up all things beauty at Saks Fifth Avenue’s The Fifth Avenue Club.
We know, we know. It’s what’s below the surface that counts. But that doesn’t mean we aren’t suckers for pretty packaging. In the best possible world, we’d get substance and style wrapped up in the same attractive little bundle.
Fresh from creating 65 different makeup looks for Marc Jacobs during Fashion Week, François Nars, the Founder and Creative Director of NARS, stopped by our fair city to introduce his limited-edition 'NARS Loves SF' set at Nordstrom. Luckily he had a moment to sit down in the midst of all the hoopla that comes with the first personal appearance in ten years and answer a few pressing beauty questions for our new '7 Minutes With' series:
If you’re a Kiehl’s fan, now would be a good time to stop tossing the empty containers from your favorite products in the recycling bin (‘cause we just know you’re not throwing them in the regular ‘ole trash).
Instead, gather up bottles, jars and tubes and take them to a Kiehl’s free-standing store for recycling through the Recycle and Be Rewarded program that recently went nationwide. For your trouble, you’ll receive a card to collect stamps for each container you return to the store.
Who says the weekend begins on Friday? This week, we’re front-loading our shopping can’t-miss list with three fabulous events taking place today.
When we wanted to recreate the softer, smoky eye seen on the runway alongside spring 2009 collections from such designers as Carolina Herrera and DSquared and make it work for everyday wear, we turned to San Francisco makeup artist Stacy McClure for answers.
McClure, who’s worked with famous faces from laid-back Tracy Chapman to British rapper Lady Sovereign and regularly preps the faces of Bay Area brides, distilled the process into five simple steps.
We’re all for being fashionably late, but sometimes, it pays to be early. That’s a little piece of wisdom we’ve picked up recently from the bevy of San Francisco day spas and nail salons offering midweek and workday specials to those who can sneak in during off-peak hours.
A few of our favorite places to take attention-deprived cuticles and weary soles this month: