The Best Beauty Gadgets You Need Now (That Actually Work!)

Ladies – there’s a lot of beauty gadget nonsense and hype out there. With all the new products coming out all the time, how do you know what’s worth the $$ and what’s not? Behold, my favorite tried and true gadgets you won’t regret (at all price points!)
Eyelash Curler
If I could have only ONE beauty product for the rest of my life, an eyelash curler would be it. It is literally the best invention of all time (better than electricity and indoor plumbing? Maybe.). Using an eyelash curler takes 10 seconds and makes your eyes look bigger, brighter, more lovely, more awake. And don’t cheap out on a $5 drugstore version, invest the $20 in one that works better and will last for years: Shu Uemera or Kevyn Aucon. Just buy one. Don’t break my heart.

 

 

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The Best Beauty Spots in Chicago

I couldn’t share my Chicago trip with you and not mention all the best beauty spots! Have you met me? Even if you’re just in town for the weekend, I recommend you find an hour and check out one of the below places. Basically I’ve made you my ride or die beauty checklist in Chicago. The Flywheel class is the best solution to the food from this post. Ps my Insta is live! Check out @thechampagnechic, and tell me what you think!

Arch Apothecary: Consider this place your own personal glam squad. They do makeup application, blowouts, eyebrows, waxing, updos (if you’re feeling fancy)… you name it. I’ve been here dozens of times since it was steps from my old apartment and the entire staff is super nice and just as important, excellent at what they do. Head in with your bff before a night out or for just a little pick-me-up mid-week.

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A Go-To Lipstick In Any Color

I love hair and makeup, but from time to time, I want to look great with zero effort. It seems unreasonable, but darn it, I WANT IT NOW. For those days, I like a low messy bun, mascara, and a bright lip to distract people into thinking I spent some time on myself. The lip pencil I ALWAYS use on these days is from NARS. Why? Because with one solid swipe, I’m off for the day, the coverage and saturation is that good.The texture is smooth, creamy, but doesn’t “bleed” onto my skin, so I don’t need to use a lipliner (one more step out of the routine). It also stays put for quite a while, which means I don’t have to constantly reapply!

It’s a great option when you want a new lipstick but don’t know what kind/brand to choose – infallible for even an amateur. NARS has over 25 colors in this pencil, so there’s one you are bound to love. Half the colors are matte, and half are satin finish. Bop over to Sephora and pick out a few. Their awesome return policy lets you return used products, so buy one or two, and if one doesn’t work out, return it.

Note: For those of you who do like to use a lipliner (and I often do), it looks even more pristine and stays on longer if you use it.

Here are three of my personal favorites.

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An Introduction

Hey friends! I’m Alaina, and I hope that we can get to know each other better on this blog, while talking about all our favorite things. I started writing because all I really want is for the things us gals do all the time  –  go to work,  get dressed, eat meals, travel around, date, host family… to be a little more glam.  And we’re not gonna sit around wait for that glamour to come to us by some miracle, we’re going to go out and get it for ourselves. Together! I’ll share my tricks and tips if you share yours.

As for my backstory, I’m basically the worst procrastinator. I do my best work minutes before deadline. This blog is no exception. I’ve owned this .com and talked about writing a blog for SIX years. Do you know all the crazy things that have happened to me in the last six years? I left New York City and moved to Chicago, met a cool guy who cooks me breakfast, got a small pomeranian named Roxie (more on her later), MARRIED that guy who cooks, and moved again to San Francisco. (I’m staying here now, moving makes me want to puke. Also there is a good cookie shop across the street where I frequently eat dinner. They only sell cookies. I could never leave it behind.) Back to my dog: You’ll probably see Roxie’s face show up now and then because I’m obsessed with her. I’ll try to be cool, but tell me if it’s too much and I’ll pump the brakes. So, should we do this? Let’s. Away we go!

xo

(This is me and my husband at our rehearsal dinner, and me with Roxie loving life at Golden Gate park in SF!)