Category Archives: Washington

Join Hair Cuttery in helping survivors of domestic violence in May

Hair Cuttery and the National Network to End Domestic Violence are teaming up to raise awareness about domestic violence through the Share-A-Haircut program on Monday, May 1 and Tuesday, May 2. (PRNewsfoto/Hair Cuttery)

Time for a haircut? Your new ‘do’ can help someone else get a fresh start too. Vienna based salon chain Hair Cuttery will be holding its annual charity cut-a-thon this week in support survivors of domestic violence. On Monday, May 1 and Tuesday May 2, Hair Cuttery will donate a free haircut for every one purchased at any one of the company’s 900 participating salons. 

“It is critical to stand with survivors right now – in every way that we can. We are thrilled that Hair Cuttery continues to support survivors and be a voice against violence,” says Kim Gandy, NNEDV President and CEO. “Our partnership with Hair Cuttery is a uniquely empowering one. The gift of a haircut cannot be underestimated. It allows survivors to save money, which aids in their economic independence, and provides an often rare opportunity to relax and be pampered.” 

All you have to do to participate  is to head over to your area Maryland, DC and Virginia Hair Cuttery (find one here) this Monday or Tuesday and  get a haircut. You may want to call ahead to see if appointments are available.

Hair Cuttery’s  Share-A-Haircut program has been going strong for 18 years, donating to charities  and causes including St. Baldrick’s Foundation, American Red Cross, American Cancer Society, and Girls on the Run.

Dupe alert: NARS Goddess

One of my favorite creamy eyeshadows is NARS’ Velvet Shadow Stick in Goddess. It’s that perfect rose gold color that wears well all by itself or layered with dry shadows. The only thing I don’t like about it is the price: $28 for .05 ounces. I don’t wear it everyday and it still runs out quick. That being said, it has been difficult to replicate the color till now.

theBalm Batter Up Long Wearing Eyeshadow Stick in Moonshot

I was walking around Kohl’s with some Kohl’s cash to spend and I came upon theBalm counter. They have a line of creamy stick eyeshadows called “Batter Up” with a color that almost identically matches NARS Goddess. Batter Up Long Wearing Eyeshadow Stick in “Moonshot” is a dream come true! The price is still $17 for the same amount of product, but still about 40 percent cheaper than the NARS version. Most of the makeup at Kohl’s isn’t eligible for coupons but you can use the Kohl’s cash you earn towards the purchase of makeup and beauty!


MGM Grand National Harbor is opening next week and it has a Clarins Spa

MGM National Harbor, cr: MGM Resorts International
MGM National Harbor

MGM Resorts has announced a partnership with skincare brand Clarins for it’s new casino hotel opening next week. The MGM Grand National Harbor will open on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016 bringing the first world-class gaming resort to the region. 

In addition to 308 rooms, a 125,000 square-foot casino floor, entertainment venue, dining, nightlife the resort will offer guests the use of a 27,000 square-foot spa. Spa visitors can indulge in Clarins treatments including facials, massages and body treatments along with services like manicures, pedicures, haircuts and waxing. 

The Spa & Salon at National Harbor has 11 treatment rooms, a women’s and men’s salon, couples suites, vichy room, hydrotherapy room and a 45 machine fitness room and a retail shop. Men can also retreat to the barber shop for a classic shave and haircut. Ladies can get a brow clean up at the brow bar and a Essie Gel Manicure.

The new spa will open for bookings on Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. For more information about the spa or to book appointments, visit MGM National Harbor on the web. 



Tickets now on sale for Nordstrom’s 2016 Fall Beauty Trend Show

NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow in Dione and NARS Velvet Shadow Stick in Goddess
NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow in Dione and NARS Velvet Shadow Stick in Goddess

Tickets are now available for Nordstrom’s annual Fall Beauty Trends Show. This event is the perfect opportunity to learn about new products, pick up limited edition gift sets for the holidays and get makeovers by national makeup artists. This year two stores in the DMV area will be holding events, Montgomery Mall and Tysons Corner.

The event begins at 8 a.m. with coffee and tasty treats, followed up by a stage show complete with brand presentations, new product reveals and giveaways from all your favorite brands. Your $20 ticket gets you breakfast, a tote with samples, raffle ticket and $20 towards any beauty purchase on the day of the event. Get your ticket by calling the Nordstrom beauty department or purchase a ticket in store. Tickets must be purchased ahead of time. The post-event crowds in the beauty department can be big so you’ll also want to book an appointment with your favorite beauty brand ahead of time.

Nordstrom Montgomery Mall

Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016 at 8 a.m.

Tickets: $20, includes gift bag, breakfast and $20 credit towards any purchase in the beauty department the day of the event.

Phone: (301) 365-4111

Nordstrom Tysons Corner

Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016 at 8 a.m.

Tickets: $20, includes gift bag, breakfast and $20 credit towards any purchase in the beauty department the day of the event.

Phone: (703) 761-1121

Not in the Washington area? Go to to find an event close to you.


When takes the mystery out of sheet masks

Sheet masks are one of the greatest beauty inventions of the past few years.  They are easy to apply, remove and can be used anywhere. But choosing the right mask can be hard, until now!  A new company called When, is taking the guesswork out of the sheet mask industry.

When Sheet Masks, $7 each. Image:Beauty Guru DC
When Sheet Masks, $7 each. Image:Beauty Guru DC

Each mask is titled with a short description that tells you when to use the mask. For instance, Travelmate is for use after a long car or airplane flight to restore moisture to the skin; Glamour Base is for use before you get ready for a big event and 10:00 P.M. is for use before you go to bed.

I tried The Last Choice Mask, an intensive repair mask made with saccharide isomerate and hyaluronic acid that can hold up to 100 times its own weight in water. The masks are made of a bio-cellulose material that almost feels like plastic.

It adheres to your face a lot better than the typical tissue mask, delivering more of the skin nourishing ingredients into the skin. I left it on for about 30 minutes and my skin felt like I just had a facial. Not bad for a $7 investment!

You can find “When” masks at ULTA, Sephora and Amazon.

*Press samples provided.