Monthly Archives: April 2011

Beauty - "The Lovely" - Skin

My spray tan test drive with Evolv

April 30, 2011

By Nicci Jordan Hubert

Photo credit: Mark Matcho

There’s a whole slew of things grownups told me back in the day that I never expected would actually come true. You know, those “adults” tend to spin large webs of what we youngsters assume are lies — they just want to control us, right? For example, I never believed I would actually come to love foods like edamame, whole-wheat bread, and, *gasp, bleu cheese. I never thought I would actually see my waistline continue to expand, ever so subtly, after college. And I certainly never thought I would care about the stock market. These are stuffy adult conversations, and I — being perpetually, umm, 23, yeah I’m 23 — am certainly not an adult.

Another especially irritating adult warning was about tanning. Good Lord, if I could count the amount of times I was warned that youth doesn’t last forever, that wrinkles do happen…again, yech. So you can imagine my utter irritation when I learned that, alas, those damn adults were right, of course. Spending all that time in the sun really does, eventually, cause deterioration of the skin and therefore, it uglifies.

But I think many of us can also agree that being see-through white only makes us feel as though that waist-line looks even bigger. The camera adds ten pounds, they say, and so does transparent skin (unless you have a perfect body, and if that’s the case, don’t talk to me). For example, here’s a picture of me, sporting my paper-white skin.

My before pic

As you can clearly see, (or perhaps you’re now blinded by the glare), it was time for a tan. Lucky for me, Sunless Inc has created a new sunless tanning system called Evolv–which includes a high-performance, professionally applied spray tanning machine as well as self-tanning products–and I was among a group of fortunate people who was invited to test the product.

The first thing I learned upon entering the room was that, according to my skinny and well-tanned technician Allie, the Evolv system is the “Mac Daddy” of spray tanning. What made it special was the individual color customization and, the piece de resistance, it’s warmth. The machine heats up the formula while it sprays so that you aren’t shocked by the cold. It’s not only for comforting purposes, though; the warmth allows the pores to open up and become supple, a much better canvas for tanning solution than goose bumps.

Evolv machine

Evolv spray tan applicator

All the solutions used in the tanning system -- you can even pick the scent of your tan!

Fast forward to me standing in the booth, in a black string bikini Allie provided and, yes, of course, with prayers that somehow Allie wouldn’t secretly judge my cellulite and excess fat. She begins to spray, and I swear, even though I was warned the solution would be warm, I didn’t realize it would feel so good. Usually, I’m terrified of spray tans like Mystic (which Sunless Inc. also owns), because I feel like it knocks the wind out of me. So the warmth of Evolv was a relief. Now, fast forward again, when I’m alone in the room air-drying. If the mirror was telling the truth, I looked awesome. I had somehow lost 10 pounds and spent a week in Mexico.

My after pic!

Fast forward again with me a week. The tan has now almost completely faded, but for the most part, it faded well (albeit a little too quickly in my estimation). I was careful to gently use my loofah to exfoliate my skin in the shower so that the tan would fade evenly. Shaving, however, was a different story. A little bit of the tan came off with each stroke of the razor, so my legs looked striped. Fortunately, Evolv has at-home maintenance products that do work. I used their at-home spray tan, with a 360 degree nozzle on my arms and it worked really nicely. The tan wasn’t as natural as the professional application–it indeed was slightly orange by comparison–but as far as at-home tanning goes, it looked nice. Evolv is also releasing a moisturizer to gradually deepen skin tone.

Evolv home products

Come June, both the professional machine and the at-home projects will release. If you go to the booth, here are a few tips:

*Don’t wear the bikini top
. Otherwise, you’ll get those unwanted halter and back lines.
*This might be TMI, but ahh make sure the technician gets under your “butt shelf”. When I got home I realized that the space between my butt and top leg was white. It did cause for a good laugh with my husband, though.
*Shave before you get sprayed.
*Definitely plan to supplement the tan with products if you want it to last longer than a few days. I was a little disappointed by how quickly the tan faded.

What’s your experience with spray tanning?

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Prince William and Kate Middleton: sealed with a kiss!

April 29, 2011

So cute! (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

I admit, wasn’t all up in the Royal Wedding frenzy, but I was watching some of the highlights today and man are they cute! Kate Middleton is so elegant and true to her sophisticated style in the McQueen dress. And their first kiss?? Adorbs. In love with a good love story *sigh (no, I didn’t tear at all, people. What are you talking about?).


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Beauty - "The Lovely" - Hair

New trend: Scalp bedazzling?

Nicole Richie and a model show off their 'jewels' Source: recently picked up on something showing up a lot more on the red carpet and backstage at the shows: scalp adornment. Sparkly headbands or other hair accoutrements are used to add some jazz to your hairline. At least it’s better than eye bedazzling (or eye jewelry) *shudder*. What do you think? Cute or Eh?


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BEAUTIFULLY DELICIOUS LINKS - Beauty - "The Lovely" - FOOD - "The Delicious"

Beautifully Delicious Links, 4/29/11

Now THAT'S a cake fit for royalty. Source: People/John Stilwell/AP

What’s lovely and delicious this week:

  • Prince William and Kate Middleton’s Wedding Cake – People
  • 10 surprising things that inspires a top makeup artist – Bellasugar
  • Taste-test: Canned coffee energy drinks – Serious Eats
  • Jared Leto to be the new face of Hugo Boss – NY Daily News
  • Federal Government: Seriously, kids are like, really fat – Grub Street
  • Which beauty company turned 125 this year? – Glamour
  • Healthy ice cream? Scientist claims he’s figured it out – NY Daily News
  • 10 best drugstore hair products – Refinery29
  • RECIPE: Wanna get engaged? Bake the ‘Engagement Chicken’ (they’re kinda half not-joking) – Glamour

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    Beauty - "The Lovely" - Fashion - Inspiration of the Day - Nails

    Metallic nails. Metallic jewelry.

    Totally obsessed with this picture from Jak & Jil.

    Jak & Jil blog


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    Guess who’s doing Kate Middleton’s makeup for the wedding?

    Kate Middleton, far from a diva

    Ready for this? HERSELF. That’s right. The young royal-to-be took private lessons from London’s Arabella Preston, her wedding planner Mark Niemierko told People.
    “She’s had about three or four lessons with Kate at her private flat in Chelsea and has also gone, very privately to Clarence House. Arabella was suppose to be coming on the day as well but now she isn’t, because Kate’s comfortable and confident in doing it herself,” he says. (Umm Arabella…seriously, what do you have going on that’s more important than the ROYAL WEDDING?). Anyway, it’s reportedly her way of keeping some “normality” in her life. Man, I wouldn’t even do my own makeup at my wedding…good for her.

    Apparently Kate did her own makeup for her engagement photos too, after being unhappy with the work of the professional makeup artist (she wiped it off and started all over again). She looked gorgeous though, so I guess she knows she can pull it off!


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