A couple of weeks back, we spotted a new blow-dry bar in the works at 21st and P streets, Northwest. Reps previously told us to expect the salon to open within a few months, but we’re pleased to learn today that Washingtonians will be able to enjoy our favorite beauty indulgence sooner than expected: Blo will open at 9 AM on March 22.
Just when we thought we’d seen a glimpse of spring, gloomy weeks like this one remind us the weather isn’t going to cooperate for a little while longer. And while that means more mileage out of our favorite cozy knits and cute snow-proof accessories, it also means more damage to our skin.
Winter cold is one of the harshest elements on the skin, says Dr. Michelle Rivera, a dermatologist at Arlington Skin. As humidity drops, it becomes harder for skin to hold in moisture, breaking our body’s most powerful barrier against dryness and skin diseases. But just because spring doesn’t want to show its face yet, it doesn’t mean yours has to suffer. Read on for Dr. Rivera’s tips for keeping your skin soft, clear, and hydrated in the cold—and for a glowy touch, try topping off your routine with one of our favorite highlighters.
1) Cut back on strong products.
“During the wintertime it is important to cut back on Retin-A anti-aging products—use them less often or at a lower concentration. Sometimes I tell patients to dilute the medicine with a bland moisturizer such as Cetaphil. It’s important to cut back on skin exfoliation. Both of these treatments strip the dead skin cell layer, thereby compromising the skin barrier more. Look for products that contain ceramides, hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and dimethicone, which are molecules that attract and hold water in the skin. This helps restore the barrier. In general you should avoid 24-hour lipsticks, as these dry out the lips.”
As the cost of a wash and blow-dry at area salons creeps toward to the $60 mark, the trendy (and affordable) blowout-only concept is an increasingly welcome addition to this town. And not just for the under-$40 price: The no-cut, no-color salons, furnished with luxe decor and offering Champagne and chick flicks, offer a pampering experience above that of a standard cuttery.
Which is why we’re thrilled that Washington’s about to get two more: Blo, a chic blow-dry bar with outposts as far as Moscow, will open locations this year in Dupont Circle and Gaithersburg. The DC location marks the second salon of its kind downtown—the first, Blowout Bar, sits at 21st and L streets, Northwest; the Gaithersburg location will be the Maryland suburb’s first. Georgetown, Bethesda, and Reston are home to similar concepts Drybar and Flow.
Blo—popular in New York, Miami, and Beverly Hills—offers a menu of styles ranging from red-carpet waves to edgy fishtail braids for a flat fee of $40. Add ons, like deep-conditioning treatments and extensions, are just a few bucks more. Also on the menu is something we haven’t seen before: a service for men that includes a wash, dry, and 20-minute head massage for $21, somewhat dubiously dubbed the “Blo Bro.”
While exact opening dates have not yet been determined, a rep tells us to expect the Dupont locale within the next three months; Gaithersburg will follow later in the year. We’re keeping a watchful eye on the spaces in the meantime and studying up on our “Blocabulary.”
Blo. 2127 P St., NW; 317 Ellington Blvd., Gaithersburg.
So once again we turned to the vlogger (whose Youtube channel, Ultimakeover, boasts a whopping 112,000 subscribers) for a little Valentine’s Day help. The goal: a romantic look that’s special enough for a date—without being over the top.
Ashley delivered with this video made just for Shop Around. Check it out below, and follow the eight easy steps—using a skin-perfecting base and a subtle yet stunning palette of shimmering neutrals—to create the perfect date-night makeup.
Apparently we’re not the only fans of the California-based blow-dry salon. A tipster tells Washingtonian that President Obama’s 15-year-old daughter, Malia, had her hair done this weekend at Drybar on Bethesda Row.
The First Daughter was seen at the chic locale Saturday afternoon, reportedly dancing around the salon with a group of girlfriends from Sidwell Friends School. There’s no word on what style she requested—we happen to think she’d look beautiful with a side-parted Cosmo—but we do know the girls were prepping for the school’s annual Valentine’s Day dance that evening.
As the male half of Bluemercury’s founding duo, it’s not too surprising that Barry Beck (also known as CEO Marla Malcolm Beck’s husband) ends up the Y-chromosomed test subject for sampling new potential stock for the Georgetown-based beauty chain. Not many men are as well-versed in the language of product as this one—so naturally we had to find out what his top picks are for day-to-day. Read on for the scoop.
1) Kiehl’s Ultimate Brushless Shave Cream ($16)
“I have used this shaving cream daily for over a decade. It’s perfect for a close shave.”
2) SkinCeuticals Sport UV Defense SPF 50 ($40)
“I think the most important product any man can use is a good sunscreen. I got in the habit of using it on my face every morning when I get out of the shower.”
3) Molton Brown Re-Charge Black Pepper Body Scrub Bar ($22) and Re-Charge Black Pepper Anti-Perspirant Stick ($22)
“Madagascar black pepper is my favorite scent. This is a great pick-me-up to start the day.”
4) M-61 Vitablast C Hand ($19)
“I’m outside a lot visiting our stores during construction, so my hands get rough and dry, especially in the winter. This hand cream hydrates without feeling greasy—I swear Marla created it with me in mind.”
5) Jack Black Face Buff Energizing Scrub ($30)
“Every man should use a scrub; it’s just a matter of how often. This cleans without being overly abrasive—I use it once a week.”
If there’s ever a time to fearlessly don the glittery-est of makeup, it’s New Year’s Eve, right? That’s not to say you get carte blanche to load up on glitter eye shadow, sparkly lip gloss, and shimmery bronzer at once—but a good dose of something über-shiny worn with an otherwise neutral face is perfectly apropos. Read on for a few of our favorite sparkle-fest products.
1) This limited-edition lacquer is a sheer black with bits of hexagon-shaped gold glitter. Deborah Lippmann Cleopatra in New York nail polish, $19 at Sephora.
2) This metallic Stila eyeshadow is majorly high-impact with its wet-look foil finish. (We’re partial to the vintage black-gold hue.) Use the included liquid primer to ensure it stays put well-past the ball drop. Stila Magnificent Metals eye shadow, $32 at Sephora.
3) Create a light-catching streak of glimmer with a sparkle-infused liquid liner. Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Liner, $19 at Sephora.
4) Red lipstick is a high-glamour go-to for a reason, and Chanel’s is a forever-best. Chanel Rouge Allure in Passion, $34 at Chanel and Saks Fifth Avenue stores.
5) Go full-on glam with falsies. Illamasqua lashes, $15 at Bloomingdale’s.
6) Dust on a radiant gold-flecked powder for a luminous glow. Marc Jacobs Lightshow Luminizing powder, $29.50 at Sephora.
7) A swipe of this peachy-golden lip gloss lends a soft, sheer, and sophisticated sparkle. Wear alone for just a hint of shimmer or layer to enhance a bold hue. Nars Larger Than Life Lip Gloss in Gold Digger, $26 at Nars.
If you’ve been reading Shop Around this year, you’ve surely come across our 5 Things I Can’t Live Without series. All year we’ve picked the brains of local (and in some cases, national) beauty bloggers, stylists, makeup artists, boutique owners, and other experts to find out what their absolute favorite products are. As it turns out, there’s been quite a bit of overlap in the responses—leading us to want to reach for the next tube of Jouer tinted moisturizer or can of Elnett hairspray that we can get our hands on. Below you’ll find the beauty products our experts share as favorites—and the reasons why they can’t live without ‘em.
She’s one of the easiest to please on your gift list: All it takes is the sparkle of a new nail polish or the shimmer of a good bronzer. Though the beauty addict may seem like she already has it all, there’s always more to be had in the world of cosmetics. She undoubtedly already owns a Clarisonic face brush—but does she have the newest variety, suitable for pedicures? The latest in the cult-favorite line of Naked palettes? That’s where you come in. Read on for 15 can’t-go-wrong gifts for the makeup/hair/spa junkie in your life, featuring some of our favorite local lines and tons of new releases.
Celebrity makeup artist Vincent Longo has worked on famous faces including Heidi Klum, Naomi Campbell, and Linda Evangelista, and has worked backstage at Giorgio Armani. You can also find his line of black-and-green-packaged pearly eyeshadows, feminine blushes, and more lining the shelves of department stores. Now you have a chance to meet the high-fashion guru, who’s in town tonight to host the Beauty Blush Hour cocktail party at Nordstrom Tysons Corner. Stop by between 6 and 8 to meet the makeup pro, and read on for a peek at the five products he makes sure are always in his makeup bag.
1) Tocca Kyoto Candela
“I particularly like the Tocca Kyoto Candela, as it reminds me of my favorite destination in Japan and all the meetings I had attended with my product developers when creating my water canvas crème-to-powder foundation.” $38 at Nordstrom.
2) Sally Hansen Salon Airbrush Legs
“When working on models, and especially celebrities, one of the most unpredictable thing is what they will be wearing and whether their legs will be showing on camera. Sally Hansen’s Airbrush Legs works magic on legs and feet, ensuring my clientele look good from head to toe.” $12.99 at Ulta.
3) La Mer Crème de la Mer
“As a makeup artist I’ve had the luxury of trying almost all skin moisturizers on the market and using them with and without makeup to see which one performs best. My greatest satisfaction came with the launch of Crème de la Mer, as it was something far different and more effective than most other moisturizers.” $155 at Bloomingdale’s.
4) Vincent Longo Water Canvas Base/Primer
“My secret weapon and celebrity favorite is the Water Canvas Base/Primer. It’s a non-greasy, transparent gel that lengthens makeup wear while hydrating, brightening, and smoothing out inflammations, enlarged pores, and lines for a morning-to-evening finish.” $44 at Nordstrom.
5) Reviva Labs Collagen Fibre Eye Pads
“These are always in my makeup kit to help prep celebrities’ skin if they are overrun or have been traveling. I use the pads on my celebrity clientele to rehydrate and revive their skin while they are getting their hair done. The pads are infused with Nyxinol and are great for relaxing under-eye tissue to smooth wrinkles and dark circles in minutes. You get better makeup results.” $22.99 at Vitacost.