beauty

Black Magic Babes: Alchemy Cosmetics

Barbara Alcazar and Christina Hiatt weave magic: the friends are talented stylists at Self Salon and run Alchemy Cosmetics, a luxe lipstick brand. North Brooklyn certainly has its share of stylish people and off beat boutiques for clothes and jewels. But, there’s something missing: makeup. Alchemy reflects a Brooklyn girl’s sensibilities: a little mysterious, a little decadence, and some grit.

The lipsticks are sassy and provocative — a perfect addition to any Greenpoint gal’s arsenal. The lipsticks are $18 and for less than twenty bucks, you can be a Chelsea girl or a dark vamp. Even sweeter, Barbara and Christina dish great tips below on haircuts, lip shades, and how to have fun in your own beauty ventures.


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Mad Deals For Your Mom // Greenpoint Mother’s Day Guide

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Mother's Day is this Sunday!

She put up with you your entire life (not to mention MADE you alive) so you clearly owe her more than a phone call and a mass produced greeting card.

Mother’s Day is this Sunday, but don’t worry, you still have plenty of time. We’ve put together this Greenpoint Mother’s Day Guide so you can keep the shopping local and still shower her with awesomeness. We are making this REALLY easy so don’t phone it in this year. Your welcome. Happy Mother’s Day! Continue reading

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Recipes Gone Wild: Adina Grigore’s “It’s Spring So Let Your Skin Know It” Mask

Yesterday morning I decided to go for a run along the river, and I thought to myself Oh hey! I think it’s warm enough to don my shorts today!  After finding them in the bottom drawer buried under sweatshirts and long johns, I put on my running shorts, laced up my sneakers, and ran out the door. Down the sidewalk I bounded, happy to feel the sunshine on my skin for the first time this season. Along the way, I stopped to tie my shoe, and, in doing so, came face to face with my bare shins. Gasp! They were looking pretty shabby and neglected—pale, dry, and in need of some TLC. After wrapping up my run, I wrote to my friend and neighbor Adina Grigore (of S.W. Basics) to ask if she had any good skincare recipes to get me glowing again. Well of course she did! And in no time I had a recipe for a gentle exfoliating mask made from simple, basic ingredients (and on a sidenote, it actually sounds like it could be good on a slice of toast!).

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Beauty Liberation Party at BK Groove on Saturday! (3/29)

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Saturday at Brooklyn Groove!

Free yourself from the toxic chemicals you put on your skin everyday at a Beauty Liberation Party this Saturday from noon-8pm at Brooklyn Groove (102B Nassau Ave). Spring cleaning beings with your body, so throw away those harmful synthetic cosmetics and come to this non-toxic skin care party with lots of freebies!

Try natural beauty products, score a complimentary (that means FREE!) makeup consultation and check out a presentation of flawless long lasting airbrush makeup at 7pm. All brides-to-be (and your entourages) are welcome! Wait, there is more…

Enjoy a free mini facial and take your chance in a raffle to win prizes like cosmetics sets or brunch for two at Raizes, Greenpoint’s new Portuguese restaurant.

Not to mention there will be complimentary wine carefully selected by Vine Box and get grooved away with music by DJ DLP! Healthy make-up was NEVER this fun before.

Cheers to your skin, Greenpoint!

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Exhibit: A Salon Takes the Stage

Art, beauty, expression. Exhibit: A Salon  (182 Driggs Ave) is the hub of creativity with the seamless blending of a hair salon and art gallery. Get your inner rock maven on with a hair cut starting at $65 for dolls and $40 for gents.

The space reflects these artistic and visions of the three stylists, with a space that feels open for an art viewing but gives clients the feel of a salon on the cusp of daring-but-chic hair ‘dos perfect for a synthesis of music, art, and culture.

Art lined walls, on-point hair cuts, an ear for rock, all with a super sweet staff perfectly compliment Driggs Avenue in Greenpoint.

I chatted with the talented owners Megan, Ashlee, and Alice to pick their brains on hair styling, art, and Brooklyn.

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Featured Vendor: Curandera NYC

Medicinal herbs, healing plants, the magic of nature – all bottled up by Curandera NYC, a featured vendor at today’s Fall Market. Hurry it’s from noon-6pm at From The Source (69 West St).

Curanderas are traditional Latin American healers. Living in the big city can be rough on the mind and body and Curandera NYC offers folk remedies for modern times to treat stress and depleted vitality.

We spoke to Curandera NYC’s Josie Castaneda, who uses Reiki, flower essences, Yoga, meditation, aromatherapy, and herbalism to inspire her Brooklyn-based brand. Continue reading

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“Smart Aging Face Spray” Guinea Pig

Last year, loyal and daring contributor Peter T got a complimentary spray tan from local Greenpoint business Amber Organic Tan Studio. The tan, as you can see, took Peter from tropicant to tropical!

Marzena recently supported Greenpointers by sponsoring a post and offering readers a discount for her services.

She also offered me a complimentary “Smart Aging” Face and Neck spray (value $50) knowing that tanning is not really my thing. I wear a gold chain with an Italian horn around my neck – I don’t need anything else to scream Queens Guidette while I’m pumping freestyle in Jon’s pick-up truck!

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“Take care of your skin now— it will pay you back later!” – Amber Organic Tan Studio – Discount!

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Amber Organic Tan Studio is fully dedicated to the art and science of a safe and 100% organic tan as well as healthy and well-maintained skin. Our motto is “take care of your skin now— it will pay you back later!”

Using a 100% organic tanning formula and FDA-approved ingredients, we promote the best alternative to damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays from tanning beds or overexposure to the sun. If you’ve been thinking that you can’t have skin that is both young and tan, think again! Our clients can enjoy a healthy, year-round skin glow without worrying about harmful UV rays, chemicals, premature aging or skin cancer.

For the month of July and August we offer a 10% discount to every first-time-client that shows up in our Greenpoint Studio as well as a 50% discount on our “Smart Aging” cocktail of vitamins applied to one’s face and neck area.

For more info check our website http://www.ambertanstudio.com/ and Facebook 

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Nails Did: Lilysa Nails

Finding the next nail spa for my mani-pedi tour is as easy as taking a stroll down Manhattan Ave. There are two for every block. It was on the early side, before 10am and I walked by the place where I lost my gel manicure virginity. I saw her; Helen at Green Point Nails, Inc. She was cleaning and I wanted her – to do my gel nails proper, but I have a commitment to my nail readers. So I moved on.

I found Lilysa Nails. It was empty, but the lady in charge seemed out of sorts. It’s a new nail joint, clean and lacking in amazing nail posters; they did have a strange hand mannequin. Continue reading

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