Trend Alert: Ombre Lips…ooh la la!

Definition of OMBRÉ

: having colors or tones that shade into each other —used especially of fabrics in which the color is graduated from light to dark

I’m loving the influence that ombre has made on the beauty and fashion industry, from ombre hair to ombre skirts, I’m loving it. Ombre lips seem to have made a debut this year and as far as I am concerned it is here to stay heading way into 2013.

Try the look…from light to dark, dark to light…from multiple colors to two-toned, your lips deserve this super cute and easy to wear look!

If you need a little guidance on how to create the ombre lips look, feel free to stop by the salon for a complimentary demo with me. Call 773-697-8090 to schedule it. 🙂

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Fall 2012 Runway Hair + Makeup Trends

The hot weather in Chicago has passed (at least for a second) and I am getting that o so good Fall feeling. I’m just loving some of these awesome looks from the runway. What products do you need to get these looks, you ask? Well, let me fill you in. It’s as easy as 1-2-3!

BOUFFANTS – Get the look with the KEVIN.MURPHY TEXTURE.SPRAY. It’s like a beehive in a can! After you have washed and conditioned your hair, apply some heat protection and blow-dry it to about 80% dry. Then spray the TEXTURE.SPRAY at the root in your crown area. Blow-dry and round brush the crown, shape it, back comb a little if needed, finish with a little TEXTURE.SPRAY and voila!

DRAMATIC RED LIPS – Get the look with Aveda Nourishing-Mint Lip Color in Cherry Bud. A warm brick red that will be sure to add some drama to your life! 🙂

FULL FRINGE – Keep the greasy bang look at bay with KEVIN.MURPHY FRESH.HAIR Dry Cleaning Spray. This awesome dry shampoo keeps your full fringe looking super fresh!

GEOMETRIC EYES – Create awesome shapes, lines and angles with Aveda’s Eyeshadow Transformer. Just a little drop mixed with any eyeshadow will turn your eyeshadow into a liquid liner that will hold for days. Use an angled makeup brush for awesome results!

POLISHED PONY – Your hair will never be the same again! Smooth those flyways, polish those ends and slick back that pony with KEVIN.MURPHY’s YOUNG.AGAIN. This wonder product is infused with the powerful antioxidant, immortelle oil. It smoothes hair, adds weightless shine and protects your hair from heat and the environment. It’s perfect for creating this polished pony look!

KEVIN.MURPHY products are available at Starship Salon. Stop by the salon to sample all the products or schedule your fall makeover with me today! Call 773-697-8090 to set up an appointment. Hope to see you at the salon soon.

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Spring/Summer 2012 Runway Hair Trends

It seems like Spring has been here for a while, but that doesn’t mean I can’t wait till Summer to rock some head scarves! Love it! Get all these looks with KEVIN.MURPHY products. Come by the salon for a product demo! Hope to see you soon!


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My Top 5 Favorite Beauty Products for 2011 revealed!

Hi Friends, Clients, Neighbors and Pals,

It’s that time again! I would like to share with you my top five favorite beauty products of 2011 (in no particular order) and where you can buy them! In some way, whether a small or large impact, all of these companies are leading in the eco-conscious, vegan, cruelty free, organic or natural beauty product movement, which of course is really important to me as a Hair Stylist, Makeup Artist and as a consumer. Enjoy and let me know if you have any questions, I’m all ears….

My top five favorite beauty products of 2011

1. ZUZU Luxe Mascara in black – First off…best VEGAN mascara I have used to date and not too shabby of a natural ingredient list either. Love it! Goes on nice and black with no clumping. You can easily apply a couple coats for a more intense look. It has permanently replaced all my toxic mascaras and not just at home but in my professional makeup kit as well. So take that!

Where to buy: I buy mine at Whole Foods on North Avenue in Chicago or you can get it online here,
Product perks: VEGAN, definitely a fairly decent non-toxic ingredient list as far as mascaras go

2. KEVIN.MUPRHY HAIR.RESORT.SPRAY – one word…LOVE! This has been my #1 favorite product this year. Ever since it came out in the summer I have not been able to put it down. Basically, it just makes my hair look cool and it’s easy breezy to use. Literally, apply on towel dried hair or dry hair, lift your hair and spray all over with a strong focus on the crown area. If you’re like me and want a ton of fun, funky volume with a little texture but nothing that will weigh your hair down then HAIR.RESORT.SPRAY is what the doctor ordered. Comes highly recommended by Yours Truly. Stop by the salon for a complimentary demo. We carry the full line of KEVIN.MURPHY products.

More info on Kevin Murphy products:
Product perks:
 protects hair from heat up to 428 degrees fahrenheit, cruelty free, PETA approved

3. Loving Natural Clear Face Vegan Sunscreen -Finally, a natural vegan sunscreen designed for the face. If you have been on the same search for a product like this as I was…consider yourself, done. Love it!

Where to buy:
Product perks: VEGAN, cruelty free, gluten free, 100% natural/organic ingredients, highly rated for safety by the EWG, check out their rating here.

4. Herbs of Grace Vegan Lip Balm in Berry – Packed with organic jojoba oil and cocoa butter, this vegan lip balm is one of my favs! Love the berry shade. It has just the right amount of color to achieve that effortless natural beauty look with a touch of style. This balm is always in my coat pocket! BTW – love the company and everything they stand for and no, I am not on the payroll, just a tough natural beauty critic.

Where to buy:
Product perks: 100% NATURAL, 100% vegan, no preservatives, no chemical additives, no artificial ingredients, no nano-particles

5. Coconut Oil – My new found all natural beauty product. I just love this as a body moisturizer right out of the shower. One of my awesome clients told me to keep a jar in the shower so the heat from the shower will warm it up. After the shower, apply on damp skin for a really light weight, all natural body moisturizer that smells yummy and keeps your skin hydrated. Thanks for the tip, Mica!

Where to buy: I get mine at Karyn’s Fresh Corner Cafe in Chicago, you can also order it online here,
Product perks: vegan, 100% natural…enough said!

So that’s it. Hope to see you at the salon soon. I would love to give you a New Year makeover!

BTW – Happy New Year everyone!

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PRESS: Beauty Editor of Jealous Magazine covers the eco runway at Vert Couture 2011!

As Head Stylist of Special Events at Karen Marie Salon, I headed up our team of awesome Hair Stylists to create the looks for the Vert Couture Eco Fashion Show 2011. I worked directly with the Executive Producers at Conscious Living TV.

My dear friend and Beauty Editor of Jealous Magazine, Christine Ingladson, covers the event and chats with me about how the looks were created and what eco beauty tricks we had up our sleeves.

Check out the article and get the backstage hair secrets!
Jealous Magazine: Natural Beauty at the Vert Couture Eco Fashion Show 2011 by CHRISTINE INGALDSON

Photography courtsey of Jealous Magazine.

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Fabulous Big Hair Event June 6 – David Glover presents Kevin Murphy

This coming Monday, June 6th, David Glover presents Kevin Murphy Event. I am so excited to say I will be the Lead MUA for the event representing Karen Marie Salon. I will be working closely with David Glover and his team at Premier Beauty Supply to create all the makeup looks for the models and dancers. My makeup team consists of Mandy Schoenbein and Jaci Herrera, also from Karen Marie Salon.

Monday, June 6th
11am to 2pm
@ The Mercury Theater

This event is open to the public! Would love to see you there.

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Top 5 Must-Have Vegan Beauty Products for the Summer!

Hi Friends, Clients, Neighbors and Pals,

If you are like me you are dying for it to be Summer or for that matter at least Spring. So to get myself into the spirit I figured I would start scoping out what vegan beauty products are a must-have for this Summer season!

Here’s my word and “the word” on the street 🙂 –

Top 5 Must-Have Vegan Beauty Products for the Summer!

1. Sun Rescue Cream by Max Green Alchemy – One word….”Awesome!” This super hydrating lotion rich with shea butter and herbal extracts relieves even the toughest sunburn. So if you go overboard trying to get your Vitamin D this Summer make sure you have some Sun Rescue Cream in your cute Summer tote!

Product Perks:
Certified Vegan
100% natural origin with no synthetic chemicals

Where to get it:–Sun-Rescue-Cream–MGASU.html

2. Sun Care After-Sun Hair Masque by Aveda – This awesome masque totally brings your dehydrated hair back to life. With the exception of the all natural coconut oil mask that I do on occasion, this Aveda Masque is by far my fav. It brings my natural waves back to life and my hair looks super refreshed and hydrated! ❤ it!

Product Perks:
Your hair (especially parched curls) will be transformed into silky heaven
100% certified organic essences of neroli, ylang ylang and cistus, so it smells AH-Mazing!

Where to get it:

3. SPF 30+ Sunscreen by Loving Naturals – I have said it before and I will say it again….this is probably the safest sunscreen on Earth. Love this product and the awesome ingredient list!

Product Perks:
Eco-Friendly Sunscreen products that actually work!
Strong enough for KIDS who are out in the Sun all day 🙂

Where to get it:!product

4. Natural Color Body Bronzer in Wild Ginger by Herbs of Grace – Body Bronzer/Shimmer….a natural beauty necessity all Summer long to maintain that healthy glow without baking in the Sun! 100% natural body bronzer…enough said.

Product Perks:
ALL NATURAL 100% Mineral
No nano-particles (Definition of a nano-particle: A nanoparticle (or nanopowder or nanocluster or nanocrystal) is a microscopic particle with at least one dimension less than 100 nm. In a nutshell, a particle so tiny that it can be easily absorbed into your skin. Especially not good, if the ingredients in your beauty products are toxic.)

Where to get it:

5. ZuZu Luxe Lip Gloss in Caliente – Bright vivid lips are totally in for Spring/Summer and I just love this perfectly popping red gloss! Use a lot for a bolder look or a touch for a nice transparent glossy red lip. ❤ it!

Product Perks:
Gluten free
Lead free
Carmine free
You look super cute wearing this shade! 🙂

Where to get it:
Most Whole Foods carry ZuZu Luxe or online at

So that’s it, Pals.

Now who needs a new Spring/Summer look? Come visit me at Starship Salon. I would love to jazz you up. Enjoy your Summer….I know I will! 🙂

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Earth Day Party at Karen Marie Salon! April 22, 2011

Hi Friends and Clients!

We are celebrating Earth Day at the salon. Please come by and join us from 6pm to 10pm on April 22nd!

We will be selling raffle tickets all month long to win some great prizes in support of Aveda’s local water charity; The Alliance for the Great Lakes and a large portion will also go towards Water for Japan!

Art Prints by and for The Endangered Species Print Project

Donations by:
Spa Soak
Sterling Goss
Kevin Murphy
CHEW Chicago
Corepower Yoga
Red & White Wines
Delicious Design League
Karen Marie Salon… more to come!

My Husband is Djing! DJ Amplatone
Chair massage with licensed masseuse Dawn Perry

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