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Editorial Intern - Shealyn Hoehn is currently finishing up a Bachelor's in English Literature with a minor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Cincinnati. As an editorial intern for Cincy Chic, she is responsible for writing articles and submitting ten new story ideas per week. Shealyn is the Editor-in-Chief of UC's undergraduate literary magazine and she hopes to one day become Anna Wintour's predecessor as Editor-in-Chief of Vogue – and with that take over fashion as we know it. In the meantime, though, Shealyn remains studying and tutoring at the Academic Writing Center in addition to her budding writing career as an aspiring author. Contact her at shoehn@cincychic.com.

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A local lady launched a beauty studio in the Reading Bridal District that focuses on lash extensions, permanent makeup and Tzone skincare. Read on for all the details.

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Tina Marshall, Owner of Lash Out, a beauty studio in the Reading Bridal District that focuses on lash extensions, permanent makeup and Tzone skincare.

If the eyes are the window to the soul, consider Tina Marshall an interior designer who specializes in floor-to-ceiling windows.

Marshall is the sole proprietor behind Lash Out, a beauty studio that operates alongside her sister who owns, Sheer Necessities, a lingerie boutique in the Reading Bridal District. About a year ago, life changed dramatically for Marshall after she lost her job.

Luckily, she had earned her cosmetology license 15 years ago and kept it up-to-date through continuing education courses. So, she decided to brush off the dust and pursue her dreams of branching out on her own in the beauty industry. Today, she runs Lash Out, a beauty studio in the Reading Bridal District that focuses on lash extensions, permanent makeup and Tzone skincare.

She credits much of her success to happy clientele who not only tell others about Lash Out, but also keep coming back. In fact, Marshall says, she has a 90 percent client retention rate.

According to Marshall, lash extensions are applied in a multitude of ways. To get the best results, Marshall uses a process that’s called “one on one” extension where the stylist applies an a single extension on each lash. “This is more uncommon but the results are much more satisfactory, leaving a long, thick and natural look,” she says.

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Lash Out offers lash extensions that offer a long, thick and natural look.

A set of full classic lashes starts at $150 with 2-3 week touch ups residing at $50 and 3-4 week touch ups at $60. A more dramatic look will cost $160 with touch ups remaining the same price.

In addition to the lash extensions, Marshall also offers permanent makeup and Tzone Skin Care. With permanent makeup, the time getting ready in the morning is dramatically reduced—by as much as half for most people.

“You wouldn’t need to fill in your eyebrows or apply lip or eye liner,” she adds. “Permanent makeup application is essentially painless and customers continuously leave satisfied.”

According to Marshall, Tzone products are top of the line. Based out of Cincinnati, Tzone is promoted across the U.S. Tzone Skin Care distributes a line of 40 cosmeceutical skin care facial products and 13 mineral dermaceutical makeup products. The products mainly target reparation and prevention of acne, along with rosacea, hyperpigmentation, aging, environmental- and sun-damaged skin.

“There is nothing more powerful than the skin’s inherent ability to heal itself,” Marshall says. “As long as it is provided with proper skin care and Tzone lifetime monthly and complimentary 30 percent glycolic acid face peels.”

Lash Out is located at 201 West Benson Street in Reading. To learn more, call (513) 259-1353 or “like” them on Facebook.

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Learn more about this kid friendly salon -- complete with fun themed chairs and an indoor playground -- that’s fun for adults and children alike!

Junior Cuts in Milford is the perfect place to take your little one for their next cut.
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In March 2014, Sarah Callihan and her husband opened the doors to what is now Junior Cuts. Located in the Recreations Outlet in Milford, the salon offers access to an indoor playground while you wait and fun chairs ranging from cars to full-sized salon chairs for teens and adults.

As strategy consultants and business owners, the Callihans knew where and how to perfect a business concept all the way through execution. “We had the ability to offer something different and better,” says Sarah, adding that before their arrival on the market, there weren’t many kid-focused salon options.

Junior Cuts is decorated to appeal to kids without being overwhelming to adults. Each station has a TV to provide the kids with entertainment and each stylist is primped to keep the child amused and occupied. In addition, each stylist has special training with Applied Behavioral Services for children with autism and sensory process disabilities. For infants, Junior Cuts has provided special supportive chairs for those who haven’t developed enough to sit up on their own yet.

Junior Cuts recently earned the Hulafrog “Most Loved Kids’ Haircut and Salon” award twice and the Best of Parenting Award this past December. Callihan foresees future growth within the business due to the rising amount of clients and appointments being made weekly.

If the growth continues, the Callihans have considered the idea of expanding and opening up other branches, and at this success rate it is not improbable. As of right now, though, they’re working on perfecting their current concept. In the near future, they do plan on the prospect of “glamor parties” for kids and/or birthday party events. Being that they’ve had a few in the past, which have proven to have good turn outs, they’d like to continue on with similar functions.

A new addition to Junior Cuts is its newly launched Story Time series. They’ve partnered with Clermont County Public Library and have readings every Tuesday at 11:00 a.m., and are sometimes lucky enough to snag a few local authors! For more information, visit www.juniorcuts.com.

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Two Cincinnati men created a new business and product line of natural elixirs for beards of all shapes and sizes. Learn more about this manscaping mecca.

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A locally-based company makes manscaping a little easier. Scott Ponder and Patrick Brown, the co-founders of Ohio Valley Beard Supply, launched a Cincinnati based line of product for men with beards of all shapes and sizes.

Local hairdresser and co-owner of the Northside Chop Shop, Scott Ponder has been in the business for years. As one of his regular customers, Patrick Brown noticed during a visit that they were both growing out their beards, and they began discussing the lack of satisfactory grooming products for beards.

Eventually, Ponder asked Brown to join him in a venture to develop a product line for beard-bedecked men. The duo developed a logo and series of products, all within a few months. “It felt pretty quick when it came together,” says Brown. They ultimately launched what is now Ohio Valley Beard Supply Company in February of 2014.

With current retail placement in Losantaville and Over the Rhine, as well as a booth at Cincinnati’s City Flea events, Brown says he’d like to expand the company regionally. To do so, according to Brown, they will replicate the same approach given in Cincinnati, with products on shelves in places such as Whole Foods and Trader Joes. “Our mantra is that we’d only like to sell in places that we would shop ourselves,” he explains.

With five distinct scents ranging from “woodsy” to “citrusy” (including unscented), the baseline product recommended for all beard owners and lovers is the Beard Elixir, standing at $20 per bottle. For men with fuller and/or bigger beards is the Finishing Balm, which provides as a heavy moisturizer as well as withholding a strong, shaping element, also $20 per bottle. The Mustache Wax, which sells at $10 per bottle, is for those who’d like to keep a well-groomed ‘stache holding firm all day long. They also offer beard washes and conditioners, which sell for $12 each, which were created to work with the elixir, balm and wax. Brown says the product does well not to strip out the natural oils of the beard while also taking care of its natural state of being. All of the products are made from natural ingredients and have never been tested on animals.

Brown and Ponder aim to cater to a different niche. According to Brown, mainstream products target a younger crowd, “hipsters,” “bikers,” or “lumberjacks.” However, Brown says Ohio Valley Beard Supply is “representing the extremes of bearded men,” he adds. “It’s hard to build a company for dudes obsessed with beards. Those are very distinct personalities.”

To learn more, visit www.ohiovalleybeard.com.

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Need beautified for a big day in your future, but don’t want to break the bank? Get all the beautiful details about Rollers & Rouge, a local on-site hair and makeup service.

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Natalie Thomas and her sister launched Rollers & Rouge together in 2012. Then, in 2014, Thomas became the sole proprietor of the business. With a strong background in cosmetology, and nearly two decades of salon experience prior to launching the business, she was ready to take the wheel at Rollers & Rouge.

Today, Thomas’ team consists of two other makeup artists and a hair stylist. Services are primarily offered on-site which makes it convenient for clients and reduces overhead for the business. And those savings are passed along to clients, Thomas says, as a lower price point is the biggest difference between her and other businesses. According to Thomas, her main goal is to do her best “to work with everyone and to make things as affordable and attainable as possible.”10006403_680457658679192_261215662_n

This year, Thomas is on schedule to have quite a busy year. “My goal is for 75 weddings this year,” Thomas says. In the future, she adds, she’d like to begin offering services for destination weddings. But for now, she enjoys that her job and business provide her with a flexible schedule and the ability to be a stay-at-home-mom primarily during the week.

Her favorite part of the business is that she is an integral part of making a woman feel beautiful on one of the most important days of her life.

Thomas specializes in Dinair, an alcohol-based airbrushed makeup application process. The product is rub, water, and tear proof, and lasts 12-24 hours. Thomas says Rollers & Rouge offers complimentary consultations, which can be done over the phone, in person or via email.

For more information about Rollers & Rouge, visit www.rollersandrouge.com.

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Learn about a local organization that’s hosting an upcoming Children’s Expo, all in the name of family fun and a special non-profit organization.

Mara Caldwell (left), founder of the Harmony of Hope Foundation, Inc., with fellow supporters.
Mara Caldwell (left), founder of the Harmony of Hope Foundation, Inc., with fellow supporters.

Hair loss can be a sad, debilitating side effect of some health conditions. No one knows that better than Mara Caldwell, founder of the Harmony of Hope Foundation, Inc. (HoHF), as she’s suffered from Alopecia Totalis and its side effect of complete hair loss for the past 20 years.

But instead of being overcome with sadness and debilitation, she felt empowered to show others – especially young girls – how to look and feel beautiful, regardless of their health conditions or side effects. In 2014, Caldwell launched HoHF, which is a nonprofit organization that supports children suffering from conditions resulting in hair loss.

“What makes this foundation so remarkable is that everyone on the board has experienced and gone through cancer or Alopecia,” Caldwell explains. “Each board member can personally account for the vulnerability that each child is going through regarding the significance of his/her hair loss. Not every board member of every nonprofit has the ability to directly relate to the cause that they’re fighting for.” HoHF has quickly grown since inception. In fact, just last year, HoHF successfully assisted with the donation of three wig kits to three children in need. “This year, our goal is to help 10 children,” Caldwell says.

To help meet and exceed this goal, HoHF is hosting a Children’s Expo at the Duke Energy Center on June 27. With the donation of a hat, scarf or turban, event admission is free, and each family attending will receive a free swag bag and water bottle. Activities include cornhole, Pantene Beautiful Lengths Ponytail Drive, haircut giveaways, face painting, Jamberry Nail applications, balloon animals, and football toss. Plus, the event will feature numerous vendors for kids and adults, ranging from health and wellness to beauty and fashion industries.

And while the event will be fun for the whole family, Caldwell says it’ll also serve a greater purpose. “Our guests will be contributing by helping another child find their ‘U’ in Beauty,” she explains.

For the future, Caldwell plans to expand and open another HoHF branch in Chicago. “I hope to one day reach a global outreach,” she says. “We’ve helped a child in the Philippines already!” In addition, Caldwell plans to strengthen its partnership with Amazon Smile, which is a service through Amazon that donates 0.5% of eligible Amazon purchases toward the charity of your choice.

To learn more about HoHF, visit harmonyofhope.com. For more information about Amazon Smile, visit smile.amazon.com. To RSVP for the Children’s Expo, click here.

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Introducing a locally-launched product “that’s good enough to eat” for mom and baby. Read on for all the delicious details.

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Patricia Di Gasbarro found herself frustrated and disappointed with the baby skincare products on the market. Taking it upon herself, she went into her kitchen and concocted an all new, all natural formula made from ingredients in her kitchen.

Today, her brand Shoosha Truly Organic is a skincare product line made solely from pure and organic ingredients, specifically designed for moms and their babies. Shoosha products are all USDA-certified, and Di Gasbarro says the products are 100% edible because she uses a coconut oil base, and other ingredients such as sunflower oil, aloe vera juice, rosemary extract and calendula. To prevent diaper rash, Shoosha developed a “diaper butter” using 13 simple ingredients: evening primrose oil, calendula oil, cocoa butter and coconut oil. Then, a replenishing lotion was soon to follow.

According to Di Gasbarro, a baby’s skin is about 10 times thinner than adults, so when it comes to skincare, a baby’s skin needs extra special care. That’s why the Shoosha replenishing lotion incorporates anti-inflammatory oils with vitamins, proteins and amino acids resulting in what Di Gasbarro refers to as “organic skin food.”

Shoosha’s products are to be thought of as something to feed your skin in the same way you’d feed yourself, Di Gasbarro says, emphasizing that none of their product is touched by pesticides, germicides or GMO’s. Not only does baby benefit from Shoosha, but moms do as well. Di Gasbarro came up with what she calls “rescue nipple butter.” A nursing mom’s nipples tend to get inflamed, and in turn, the mom may stop breastfeeding. This product helps to heal nipples and facilitate the continuation of infant breastfeeding. It’s an all natural balm that can be used as a collagen booster, and used to heal cuts and diminish sunspots while relieving sore nipples, lips and cheeks.

Di Gasbarro also loves the Rejuvenate Stretch Mark Serum. Out of all new moms, she says, 50-90% get stretch marks. This product aids in the reduction of stretch marks as well as nourishing the skin. And finally, Di Gasbarro recommends the Sensitive Skin Laundry Soap. With babies having such sensitive and delicate skin, she says, this detergent replaces traditional, store-bought detergent that have harsh chemicals, which can irritate your baby’s skin or inflame issues such as eczema. To learn more, visit http://shooshatrue.com.

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Want to feel good about the ingredients in your skincare products, and even better about the results? Take a look at this new anti-aging line just launched by the founders of Stella & Dot.

EVER Skincare is a new product line that leaves behind the not-so-great ingredients and leaves your skin feeling great.

It’s usually a trade off. Feel good about the ingredients, and not-so-good about the results. Feel good about the results, and not-so-good about the ingredients. Thanks to EVER Skincare, trade offs – and scary ingredients – are a thing of the past.

Officially launched in early 2015, EVER Skincare is a brand new line from the founders of Stella & Dot. The 12-piece collection includes a hand cream with mineral sunscreen, a face oil with retinol, a tinted moisturizer, and even a gentle at-home peel.

While it’s botanically derived, the products are clinical grade, featuring LSR10, a new, patent-pending bioactive complex scientifically formulated to reduce the top 10 signs of aging. The regimen features four steps: cleanse, exfoliate, treat, moisturize and protect. There are also Regimen Enhancers in the line that include an Overnight Facial Oil, Hand Treatment and Lip Treatment.

“We believe in the products so much we also offer a 45-day money back guarantee,” says Ceci David, a long-time stylist for Stella & Dot based in Cincinnati, who quickly jumped on the opportunity to sell EVER.

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Ceci David, EVER Skincare Specialist

She says the best part about the line is that it’s an effective, easy-to-use regimen. “I’m pretty low-maintenance when it comes to my skincare routine. I want something that’s easy to use, affordable and gives me results. EVER has all of these things,” she says. “As I approach the age of 50, it’s become more and more important for me to take care of my skin. As a Stylist for Stella & Dot, I was given the opportunity to try the regimen, so I gave it a shot.”

David says she finally found products that work for her. “Don’t we all have drawers full of beauty products in our bathrooms that are still full and haven’t provided the results we wanted? I tried EVER for about 30 days, loved the results and decided to sign up as a Specialist,” David explains. “It was a no-brainer for me. Now, I really just want to share it with people.”

The philosophy of EVER Skincare is Conscious Beauty, according to David. “All of the products are consciously formulated for the health and beauty of the skin, and only contain ingredients that are effective and meet our strict safety requirements,” she adds. “We consciously avoid any ingredients that are banned in foreign countries, and we never ever test on animals.”

The LSR10 ingredient is compromised of its main ingredients: Magnolia bark, Honokiol, Ectoin, and Ergothioneine. “All of which work together to help protect against UVA/UVB light, pollution, allergens, and chemicals while also acting as an antioxidant and an anti-inflammatory in turn reducing redness and leaving skin bright and clear,” David explains.

“If you take special care as to what you put in your body, you should take the same amount of care as to what you put on your skin,” David says, adding that a few of the ingredients you will never find in EVER products are parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances or chemical sunscreens.

“With EVER, you don’t have to sacrifice your health or wellness for beauty,”says Christin Powell, EVER vice president of Product Development. Powell is the former head of Research and Development for Perricone MD and co-founder of Juice Beauty, a leader in organic skincare.

Jessica Herrin, founder of Stella & Dot, created EVER Skincare as a sister brand, using a similar business model where customers can buy online exclusively through specialists or at an EVER social. “We also offer a great referral program,” she explains. “When three of your friends each spend $80 within a month, you earn $80 in referral rewards.”

David says she’s excited about the new products, personally and professionally. “I’m thrilled about the expansion of the line and to share something that is good and safe,” she says. “EVER is safe on all skin types regardless of ethnicity and can be used by men and women alike, at any age. Both my husband and college-age daughter are using the line and love it! And now I can finally clean out that drawer of unused products!”

To learn more, click here.

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Learn about a local lady who's been honing her craft of henna artistry for the past decade, and is now ready to add some pigment to your next party.

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Neha Argrawal is the local lady behind Cincy Henna Party.

Turning a passion into a profession, Neha Argrawal took her love of henna and made it into a business: Cincy Henna Party.

Starting early, it wasn’t unusual for her draw on her hands with a red pen during classes. It all came so naturally, so she self-taught herself the art of henna and began applying it to others 11 years ago.

Then, in 2013, Argrawal officially launched Cincy Henna Party and became the sole proprietor behind her business. She says she first marketed it through family and friends, then word-of-mouth of happy clients, and now also social media.

​According to Argrawal, henna is a plant that has a dye-release property. Once dried out, it is crushed into a powder and then turned into a paste. Once the paste goes through a fermenting process, it can be applied to skin. As the paste dries, it flakes away and the color remains. Originating in India, Henna is not only used as an artwork, but also has other purposes such as acting as a coolant. Henna works with body heat and can be very medicinal, cooling and calming the nerves. Growing where it is extremely dry and arid, Henna is a part of South Eastern tradition as well as Jewish, African and modern culture.

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What differentiates Argrawal’s henna application business from others? “Passion,” she says, adding that her passion for the art allows her to work freely within a field that she can call her own.

​“The goal is to always be better and to always improve myself,” she says. In fact, her recent achievements include her successful Henna Workshops, both this year and last year, participating in the Asian Festival at the Cincinnati Children’s Museum and a Fox 19 news interview.

Fostering henna as highly sought-after artistry, Argrawal is expanding into other products such as henna candles, canvases, wine glasses, and champagne flutes. “I just want to create things that people enjoy and people like,” she explains.

To learn more, click here.

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