Oh Brow!

As much as I love beauty products, I also love indulging in beauty maintenance rituals ~ mani, pedis, facials, massages and body scrubs. However, I am very particular about who performs my services. I can’t just settle for any “’round the way” stylist, aesthetician, nail technician, etc.

One thing that I am super picky about is who maintains my eyebrows. For years I was never fully satisfied with my brow service. As luck would have it, walking through Nordstrom’s earlier this year I happened upon Anastasia’s Brow Bar. I’d heard of Anastasia as the brow guru to the Big O ~ one Oprah Winfrey ~ but had no idea that I could experience Anastasia on the East Coast. I immediately made an appointment and one wax in, I was committed! The shape was perfect, and I looked as if I had a mini~lunch time “procedure.” (instant facelift, if you’re in to that type of thing.) Even better, I had six months for Anastasia to get my brows in shape just in time for my August wedding! Lacy Dodge, who performed my service, became MY Anastasia guru and my friend.

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I’ve been going around prophesying about Lacy and Anastasia for months, and then it dawned on me that I needed to share the knowledge, so I asked Lacy to serve as a Pretty Domestic guest blogger, and give us the “deets” about eyebrow maintenance and the “Anastasia Way.”

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Lacy and Tiresha of Anastasia’s Brow Bar, Nordstrom, Towson, MD
Q1. How did you arrive at Anastasia’s?

I was working at another salon and I was always referring people to Anastasia Beverly Hills products for their eyebrows over any other brand.  I did some research and found out that they had brow studios in Nordstrom, and from then on it was my mission to become a brow artist with Anastasia. It was pure luck that the position opened up right around the time that I found out about it!

Q2. You are preaching to the choir with me, but what would you tell Pretty Domestic about what makes the Anastasia method so proven and popular?

The Anastasia method is unlike any other brow waxing service.  You will not find a service like ours anywhere else.  The brow waxing service includes eyebrow measuring, waxing, tweezing, and trimming. We also diagnose any problem areas, develop a plan to improve those areas, and send you home with the proper products to fill yours brows in perfectly until the areas are perfected.

Q3. What is your number one tip for growing in perfectly shaped eyebrows?

HANDS OFF!  The best thing to do is leave your eyebrows alone.  A new shape or a fuller brow cannot be achieved unless there is hair growth to work with.  We also have an amazing brow enhancing serum to encourage more hair growth in the brow.

Q4. What products would you recommend for maintaining perfectly groomed brows?

I highly recommend a good brow brush such as the Anastasia Mini Duo Brush which has an Angled Brow Powder Applicator on one side, and a Grooming Spooley used to brush your brows on the other. Also, I would recommend a Clear or Tinted Brow Gel to keep hairs in place throughout the day.  A Clear or Tinted Brow Gel will also set your brow look so that it stays put all day.

Q5. Finally, how often do you recommend having ones eyebrows done?

Anastasia Beverly Hills recommends that a client should have their brows done every 3 weeks to maintain a perfect shape.

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More about Anastasia’s:

“Anastasia Soare is highly regarded as Hollywood’s go-to expert on balance, proportion and natural beauty through her use of innovative ingredients and techniques. Professional makeup artists, beauty editors and the biggest beauty bloggers look to the Anastasia Beverly Hills brand as the authority on brow and eye beauty.”

Anastasia’s methods are available to you within your local Nordstrom store at the Anastasia Brow Studio.  Each Brow Studio expert is trained to the highest Anastasia standards of brow excellence and is eager to create the perfect brow arch using the Anastasia method. In the studio you may enjoy perfect brow arching, brow reshaping and sculpting, and facial waxing.

www.nordstrom.com

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Images: Instagram ~ @anastasiabeverlyhills

Until Then,

~ L.

The Pretty Domestic

Nik’s 12 Days of Cocktails … Days 9, 10 & 11 …

Here we are, Christmas Eve; whatever is not done, probably won’t get done. House decorated, gifts wrapped, table set, meal preparations underway, and warm greetings for out of town family and friends. What’s left, the perfect cocktail to wind down the evening and await Santa!

Nik has given us some more holiday cocktails sure to please the palette. Chin Chin!

Nik’s 12 Days of Cocktails ~ Day 9

The Elf

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Nik’s 12 Days of Cocktails ~ Day 10

Gingerbread Man

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Nik’s 12 Days of Cocktails ~ Day 11

The Wine Selection

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Merry Christmas,

~ L.

The Pretty Domestic

Nick’s 12 days of Cocktails … Days 6, 7 & 8 …

Holiday prep, not to mention the “day job,” has this Doll as busy as ever! I am so looking forward a weekend full of festive fun! Just in time for your weekend holiday plans is Nik’s 12 Days of Cocktails ~ Days 6, 7 & 8! Select your fav to serve to your guests, or heck, treat yourself to a “sip!” Chin! Chin!

Nik’s 12 Days of Cocktails 2013 ~ DAY 6!!!

Christmas Island

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Nik’s 12 Days of Cocktails 2013 ~ DAY 7!!!

Ciroc Amaretto

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Nik’s 12 Days of Cocktails 2013 ~ DAY 8!!!

Sugar Plum Martini

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Until Then,

~ L.

The Pretty Domestic

And the Winner Is …

Good Evening Dolls! I know it’s late, but last there are so many last minute Christmas details to attend to, I just couldn’t get to you before now.

As promised, today was the last day of the Pretty Domestic Stella & Dot Holiday Give-Away; and one special Doll is our winner ~

Mrs. Croxton!

Congratulations Mrs. Croxton! Enjoy your Serenity Stone Cuff and Stone Drops Earrings.

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Until Then,

~ L.

The Pretty Domestic

50 Shades of Red … Vol. 2

So here we are, and as promised for the last 30 days I donned Rouge Coco Shine “Dialogue,” with Framboise Precision Lip Definer, and Levres Scintillantes Glossimer 04, all compliments of Chanel. Yep, I never deviated!

Now, for the review. On a scale of 1 to 10, I’d give this trio a 6. Why, you ask? Let me start with the positive, my lips stayed completely moist, which is extremely important given the cold weather.

However, it didn’t seem too last long. Most days I filled in my entire lip with the Framboise Precision Lip Definer, using it as a base and then applied the Rouge Coco Shine “Dialogue” directly over the lip definer. Not so bad, but even with all of that coverage, I found myself reapplying both several times daily.

One day, hoping to glam it up, I followed the same routine, but added the Levres Scintillantes Glossimer 04.  Surprisngly, I really liked the look ~ I’m generally not a gloss girl ~ and kept it for the remainder of the 30 days.

Then why the somewhat average score of a 6? I think the real issue is that I could never fully commit to the color ~  just too much pink/magenta undertone. Would I purchase Chanel again? Mais Oui! One can never fully turn one’s back on Madame Chanel; but, would be much more discriminating with my color choice.

So here we are 50 Shades of Red … Vol. 2. This month I going “low.” Over the next 30 days I’ll be rocking L’Oreal Infallible Le Rouge Lipstick in “Target” Red ~ ironically a quick purchase from said Target ~ with a MAC Lip Pencil in Brick.

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I think that I am going to like this duo! We’ll see. I’ll be back on January 17th with the “deets.”

Until Then,

~ L.

The Pretty Domestic

Nik’s 12 Days of Cocktails ~ Days 4 & 5

Nik is on the case, and just like clockwork has given us two new yummy recipes for her 12 Days of Cocktails! Here’s to you!

Nik’s 12 Days of Cocktail’s ~ Day 4

Champagne with Candied Kumquats and Cranberries

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Nik’s 12 Days of Cocktails ~ Day 5

Gingered Coconut Martini

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Until Then,

~ L.

The Pretty Domestic