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Moms have been carrying a much heavier load lately, and doesn’t it figure everything was closed for Mother’s Day? See how one local spa is helping moms get the day off they deserve this year.

This year is looking a little (ok, a lot) different than we ever expected. When the calendar flipped to January 1, it was a time filled with inspiration, fresh starts and big plans. A few months later, COVID-19 brought much of that to a screeching halt. As unease and worry grew, routines and plans were uprooted. And for parents, the “village” it takes to raise a child disappeared.

“Parents were all the sudden juggling kids at home all day, trying to manage their school work with their own work, plus all the extra cooking, cleaning, and worries. Moms shouldered so much of that extra weight,” says Marnie Gosser, spa manager at Becoming Mom Spa + Ultrasound. “And for Mother’s Day — the one day a year moms really allow themselves a day off to relax and restore — most businesses were closed, so they didn’t get the day they deserve this year more than ever. We wanted to change that.”

Becoming Mom Spa + Ultrasound created a “Mother’s Day Redo” package to give mom the day of pampering she didn’t get but definitely earned this year, says Gosser. Priced at $185, the package includes a 50-minute massage, a Signature Pedicure, a Spa Manicure, and a gift bag. The first 20 packages will also include a $10 gift card to Frutta Bowls.

Becoming Mom Spa + Ultrasound is located in the Deerfield Towne Center at 5485 Deerfield Blvd in Mason. You can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram for information on giveaways and contests. Learn more at becomingmomspa.com.

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Make your little princess feel like a queen with these specialized, glitzy spa parties.

Theresa Gordon is on a mission to provide a positive effect on the community through the empowerment of local youth. 

Gordon is the founder of Sugar & Spice Spa, nestled in the heart of Liberty Center, a business that wants to help your little girl feel like the princess she is. 

“From the moment you walk in the door at Sugar & Spice Spa, you are treated like royalty,” says Gordon. “Sugar & Spice Spa’s magical environment will sweep your daughter away as she is pampered and celebrated.” 

Creating a powerful self-image for young children is important to Gordon, and she strives to do that with every little one who walks through the door at Sugar & Spice Spa. “By helping them feel confident and gain social skills, girls and boys are empowered and celebrated for who they are,” she says. “Sugar & Spice Spa will not only create memorable experiences, but also build self-esteem, confidence, and awareness that will remain with our children for a lifetime.” 

Gordon knows that parents want their children to be happy, and she hopes to offer that through Sugar & Spice Spa. “You celebrate their birthday just as much as they do, but throwing the party is a lot of work that some of us don’t have time for,” says Gordon. “That’s where Sugar & Spice Spa comes in.”

Gordon prides herself on being the best at throwing a child’s birthday party, to help parents avoid the planning, the mess, and the stress. “Both mothers and daughters alike will enjoy our clean, quality spa services, including specialized salon services, spa birthday parties, private parties, events, and individual appointments,” she says.

Options for parties range from glitzy mini manicures and pedicures to private, luxurious spa parties. “No headaches planning a party here,” she adds. “Sugar & Spice Spa takes care of the party decor for you.”

In addition to the spa potion of Sugar & Spice Spa, there is also an event center that can hold up to 70 guests. It offers a unique, full or partial wedding ceremony and reception package as well as the option to add from the gallery of on-site services. “Whether you are planning a wedding, social soiree, or a corporate event, Sugar & Spice Spa is one of the best locations for your celebration,” says Gordon.

To learn more about Sugar & Spice Spa, visit https://www.sugarspicespa.com. You can also follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

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Give dad the gift of grooming this Father's Day! See how one Oakley salon plans to pamper pops after a few too many home haircuts in quarantine.

 

Did you give the hubs a “Covid Cut” over quarantine? Dad carrying a little extra stress these days? Think about gifting some professional grooming services for Father’s Day this year.

18|8 Fine Men’s Salon in Oakley says they see many new faces around this holiday, and they’re looking forward to treating dads to some self-care and style after a stressful few months.

“When you come to 18|8 Oakley, you’ll meet with our expert stylists who will work with you to craft the perfect haircut and look that suits your individual style,” explains Owner Chris Brown. “Each member of our team has extensive training and professional experience styling and treating men’s hair, and our customers can feel confident knowing they will enjoy a high quality grooming experience every time they visit our salon.” 

Brown says every haircut at 18|8 comes with a shoulder, neck, and scalp massage to help clients unwind. Services include: handcraft men’s haircut, classic straight shave, facial treatments, hair-loss preventing scalp treatments, waxing services for face and body, hair coloring, beard dyeing, and grey blending, and hand and nail treatments. They also offer Botox, teeth whitening, and other aesthetic services.

The goal at 18|8, according to Brown, is to help dad feel great after just one appointment. “Your grooming is just as important as any other style decision and thanks to our team; you can always feel confident that you have made the right choice when you choose 18|8 Oakley,” he adds.

Gift cards from 18|8 are available online and are a great way to treat dad for Father’s Day. Appointments can also be booked online or by calling the salon at (513) 342-5188.

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A local beauty guru with more than 30 years experience, specializing in permanent makeup, microblading and eyelash extensions, now also trains others in her craft. Read on for more.

Annie Klug wants to give Cincinnatians the best of the best when it comes to permanent makeup. That’s why she launched RuBrows, a microblading and permanent makeup studio in Cincinnati. 

Klug has 30 years of permanent makeup and microblading experience, 26 years of eyelash extension experience, and has served as a worldwide permanent makeup judge. 

“I want to give my clients the freedom of lasting, effortless makeup everyday,” she says. “Permanent makeup will make your life easier with permanent eyebrows, eyeliner, or lip color.”

She says that permanent makeup gives you the ability to enjoy the “wash” and “wear” makeup that looks natural, glamorous, and beautiful 24 hours a day. 

“I don’t want customers to settle for less,” she says. “I have unparalleled artistry and experience in paramedical tattoo, microblading, permanent makeup, and other beauty services.”

At RuBrows, those services include permanent makeup, microblading, eyeliner, lip liner and color, eyelash extensions, skin care, waxing, manicures and pedicures, and nails.

Prices for services at RuBrows range from $35 for a lash tint and go up to $288 for a Russian Eyelash Extension Full Set. 

In addition to their permanent makeup and other beauty services, RuBrows also offers the opportunity to train to become a microblading technician. 

Why become a microblading technician? “The average procedure costs between $450 and $800 and takes two hours to complete,” says Klug. “Yes, $200-$400 per hour really is achievable as a microblading technician.” 

Klug also says that there is a lot of joy to be had when it comes to helping others feel and look beautiful.

You can learn more about microblading classes or schedule an appointment by emailing rubrows@gmail.com

RuBrows is located at 10774 Montgomery Road in Cincinnati. You can learn more at https://www.rubrows.com

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Have a spa day any day with these handcrafted soaps, scrubs, and other bath products made locally with good-for-you ingredients.

If you’ve taken the opportunity to practice self-care during quarantine, &Sundries may be the place you want to look. 

What started out as a hobby for John Meyer turned into a business. &Sundries is now a handcrafted soapworks with a retail shop in East Walnut Hills, as well as online, that offers products that are handcrafted in small batches using simple ingredients. 

“I started making soap for myself several years ago for a few reasons, primarily because I wanted to disconnect from technology and pick up a hobby after graduating from the University of Cincinnati that would lead to something functional, something that I could use everyday,” he explains. “I’ve always had sensitive skin, and after doing loads of research, I started making cold process bar soap.”

That learning then became a passion and a lot of “yes” answers that led to making more things from what he was learning and using himself. “Soon it caught on to friends, family, and more, and we sold our first soaps and candles in 2018,” says Meyer. “We make our products for a Bubbly Good Time, with fragrant scents to love with good-for-you ingredients.”

Currently, Meyer is a one-man band working to continually build &Sundries. However, he does get help from his partner Nhân as well as support from family and other friends. 

“When we moved to the shop right before Christmas it was all hands on deck to move everything in, and I cannot thank them enough,” he says. “Day to day, I make every product in the store with the exception of some ultrasonic diffusers, and our textiles, where we have partnered with some amazing makers for complementary items in our shop that enhance a Bubbly Good Time.” 

By day, however, Meyer is an architect, and he’s carried much of his design training into the business. “I create all the artwork, branding, social media, and make all the products, bottles, fill, sort, cut, trip, print the labels, leb the bottles, package orders, and ship,” he adds. 

When you shop &Sundries, you’ll find a variety of bath and beauty products including cold process bar soaps, sugar scrubs with a soap base, whipped soaps, salt bar soap, essential oils, essential oils shower steamer tabs, lotions, bubble bath, bath bombs, soaking salts, milk baths, wood wick candles, beard balms, beard oils, facial scrubs, shaving soap, and some spa essentials like robes, lavender neck wraps, and more that come from other small makers. “It just grew as we found we could make so many options from our core ingredients,” says Meyer.

At &Sundries, you’ll find that there are good ingredients without the harmful chemicals. “We provide a range of options that you can fall in love with a scent, explore, treat yourself, have fun, and create a bath time, shower time, or any time that is a Bubbly Good Time,” says Meyer.

The store offers complimentary gift wrapping and Meyer says he loves making and wrapping gifts for a special someone, or even for you. 

There is a lot to look forward to this summer at &Sundries. “We have many summer scents on the curing racks now that will be available soon, as well as our annual Pride Bar that begins in June,” says Meyer. “We donate $2 of every bar to the Trevor Project, because, as an LGBT-owned business, we know the importance of resources like the Trevor Project to help navigate through turmoil, and we fully support their mission of providing a listening ear for those contemplating suicide. Compassion, listening, and being supportive are incredibly important to us and our community.”

Additionally, hands-on classes for your Quaran-Team will soon be available. The classes allow you to make and learn about the scrubs, candles, soaks, and more from the store’s almost complete workshop space. Meyer says that for this they’re putting the finishing touches on its COVID action plan and offering plenty of disinfecting wipes. 

&Sundries is located in East Walnut Hills on Woodburn Avenue near the Madison and Woodburn intersection. Currently, the store is on shorter weekend-only hours due to COVID-19 but will be resuming longer hours soon. 

Currently, &Sundries is offering curbside and in-store pickup, as well as local porch delivery for those within 5 miles. Purchases over $50 get free shipping to anywhere in the US. 

You can learn more about &Sundries at https://andsundries.com. You can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram, as those are the most up-to-date ways to learn about new products, restocks, and in-store news. 

&Sundries offers a reward program for earning points both in store and online as well as a monthly-ish newsletter for all of their new releases. Signing up for the newsletter on the website immediately offers a welcome bonus and discount off your first purchase. 

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Getting into the spa may seem like a daunting task for the time being. Read on for a new way to access spa-quality skincare without leaving the house.

Skin feeling tired and worn out from being stuck at home? Missing your esthetician but aren’t sure when you’ll be able to get in for those missed appointments? Then you may want to check out the Jurlique Home Facial program. 

“The Jurlique Home Facial program is a way for the stuck-at-home consumer to get a professional skincare consultation or virtual spa facial under the guidance of a licensed esthetician who uses Jurlique Organic Skincare,” explains National Education Manager for Jurlique International Paula Provenzano. 

The inspiration for this at-home program was inspired by the current coronavirus pandemic. 

“In a perfect world, when you want a professional skincare consultation or relaxing spa facial, or even a medical-grade facial, you would go to a spa or medspa,” says Provenzano. “The current restrictions on those types of services make that a challenge but, we also know that spa services were never available everywhere. So, the Jurlique Home Facial program is a way to access those types of services anywhere.”

The Jurlique brand is based in Australia, but Provenzano works at the company’s National Education Manager and has worked to bring its services and offerings to the Queen City. 

Provenzano grew up in Northern Kentucky and currently lives in Cincinnati. The prime location of the city allows her easy access to both coasts and everything in between. 

However, since travel has been shut down for a while, the company decided to begin offering the next best thing to a spa: virtual facials with skincare kits that can be shipped or picked up curbside. 

The virtual facial program offered by Jurlique is a unique one. 

“The beauty of this experience is that you can make it whatever you want it to be,” says Provenzano. “For example, many of our home facial clients take a glass of wine into their bathroom, lock the door, and have a dedicated hour of ‘me time.’ Others invite all their girlfriends and make it a party. I know that at least one of our partners is using the virtual facial platform as a fundraiser.”

Ultimately, the experience is a collaboration between the esthetician who plans and guides the experiences and the personal needs of the client. 

Provenzano says that the virtual facial program is something that may not have ever been born if the coronavirus pandemic had never come about. “Let’s face it, the real thing is better,” she says. “But, we are finding that it fills a need for the restless consumer.” 

Provenzano says that those who already have a spa or skincare professional they like going to can check to see if their service provider is offering virtual services. If virtual services aren’t available, she says that you can go to the Jurlique website and find a provider through the Spa Locator tab.

The company’s ability to innovate looks to be something that will help boost their offerings once the pandemic has ended. Provenzano says that the virtual program fills a need that will always exist. “Think of the busy new mom who cannot take the time for a full spa visit – this could be a nice interim treat until she can have a full day of beauty,” she adds.

To learn more about Jurlique and their new virtual facial program, visit www.jurlique.com. The website also features a blog and they post on IGTV, where you can find plenty of useful, at-home content.

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From monogrammed jewelry to spa day gift sets, see how this local woman — who went from CNN to a soaring social retail business — can help you create a meaningful gift for mom.

Leslie Young started her career in the communications field. She worked in a congressional press office, was a publicist at CNN in Washington, D.C., and has worked for New York City-based Goodman Media. 

In the days since she worked in D.C., Young has since joined the Stella & Dot family of brands. 

“I love what I get to do,” she says. “Our company provides women with the means to style their own lives by working from home with the incredible platform that is social retail. Our patent pending technology gives women the chance to truly work digitally with access to beautiful products, perfect for every day, special occasions and gifting.” 

As the Vice President of S&D Family of Brands, Young offers Stella & Dot, KEEP Collective, and EVER Skin to her customers. “I fell in love with EVER because it has nothing but clean ingredients and is also clinical grade, so you get amazing results,” she explains. “It totally transformed my skin so I love sharing our brands with women all over North America.”

To help celebrate moms around the country, Young and her brands are offering bundles to pamper mom. “You can have a spa day at home with our beautiful masks, moisturizers, and serums,” says Young. “If mom loves monogrammed pieces, nothing is prettier than our engraved jewelry. Our KEEP Collective storytelling bracelets put a modern twist on the charm bracelet and are incredibly personal and meaningful.” 

Young also offers a customized beauty consultation for those who want to improve their skin but aren’t sure where to start. 

“Beauty consultations are a fun and easy way to up your skincare game,” says Young. “Our jewelry and accessories come in beautiful gift boxes and are shipping on time.” 

You can see available products by clicking here. Young can be contacted via phone at 202-369-9824. 

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Spas may be closed, but one local skincare brand is creating new ways to give you healthy, glowing skin from home. Read on for more.

While you may not be able to head to your local spa for any skincare or self care just yet, one local company is making it easier to get results from home.

Peaches Skin Care is a Montgomery-based all-natural skin care brand focused on delivering high-quality, antioxidant-rich products and facials at an approachable price. “It’s our belief that your skin doesn’t need to be pulled, injected, prodded, or cut to achieve medical-quality results,” explains Peaches Skin Care Director of Operations John Brinkley. “Our natural skincare line combined with an extremely efficient facial can achieve longer lasting results than anything sold by a plastic surgeon or medspa.”

Peaches Skin Care Owner Lisa Pfeiffer wants everyone to love the skin they’re in and with more than 30 years experience in skincare, she says she’s seen it all. “After many years of working with bigger brands, she decided to open her own salon that focused on the natural side of skin,” explains Brinkley.

Oftentimes, Brinkley explains, skincare is a challenge for two different reasons: 1. People don’t know how to choose a facialist or a treatment because of the overwhelming amount of both in their area and 2. Commercial/big box products have harsh, chemically-based ingredients that often cause two issues while solving one. 

“We solve both points by offering only one facial that works for all skin types and by focusing on products with ingredients derived directly from nature,” adds Brinkley. 

To expand their product line for all skin types, Peaches Skin Care recently launched an apple cider vinegar toner. “Apple cider vinegar has amazing benefits for the skin with chemical exfoliation, antibacterial properties, and a natural pH balancer being just some of them,” he explains.

When it comes to the service side of the business, Peaches Skin Care recently introduced Revitapen treatments at their salons. 

“This treatment is a 100 percent non-penetrating alternative to micro-needling that is equally as effective,” says Brinkley. “We are able to deliver high quality, natural products deeper into the skin by creating micro-channels in the skin’s top layers, which in turn lead to greater efficacy.”

Since salons and spas are currently closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Peaches Skin Care has been offering a video series on their services, something they have always wanted to offer customers but now have the time to do. 

“There are tons of skin care videos and channels out there, but we thought that with the increase in interest around natural skin care methods, we could provide value to both our customers and individuals new to skin care in general,” he adds. 

To help combat the spread of COVID-19 Peaches Skin Care is working on adding their own brand of hand sanitizer to the website. They also created a new Vitamin C serum that works for anti-aging and wrinkle reduction. Salons will also reintroduce waxing for clients in the coming weeks as the economy begins to re-open.

Peaches Skin Care is located at 7840 Cooper Road in Montgomery. To learn more, visit peachesskincare.com. You can also follow along on Instagram and YouTube. Peaches Skin Care also publishes a weekly newsletter, which is available on the website, where they provide updates on the business, products, sales, videos, and skin care advice. 

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She’s a former makeup artist turned natural beauty product guru and advocate for the world’s pollinators. Click here to read more.

Emily Hoskins has a vision of making the world a more beautiful place. The former makeup artist turned entrepreneur wants to offer her customers better skin through her eco-friendly lifestyle brand with vegan skincare and all-natural cosmetic products, while creating a brighter future for the world’s pollinators at the same time.

Her business, Green Bee, was launched after she learned about the thin line between insects and humans. “I was touched by the story of the Monarch butterfly and its incredible migration,” she explains. “Unfortunately, scientists have observed a significant decline in the species in recent years and I wanted to do what I could to help.”

In that time, since she found a spark of inspiration from a pollinator, Hoskins will celebrate the one year anniversary of her business on Earth Day 2020. And in those 12 months, she has stayed true to her long term goal of the business: to create a one-stop-shop for eco-friendly goods, including the creation of new goods. 

“In addition to our all-natural, cruelty-free beauty products, we now have a beautiful collection of jewelry, bath, and household goods, which have been carefully curated from sustainable, low-impact, and women-owned businesses across the USA,” she says. “More items are being added everyday, and we can’t wait to share them with Cincy Chic readers.”

Hoskins had plans to launch new home goods this spring at vendor events, but in the wake of COVID-19 has since created a Facebook group for the V.I.Bees (Very Important Bees) of the Green Bee Hive. In the group, members receive a 20% discount on all Green Bee cosmetics and skincare as well as first dibs on new products. “Some items are exclusive to our V.I.Bees group and we often ask for input from the group on new products and color selections,” she adds. 

Emily Hoskins, founder of Green Bee

Additionally, even with everything going on in the world right now, Hoskins says she’s still working to create protected spaces for our pollinators. “We recently helped the Anderson Township Historical Society Urban Farm gain Monarch Waystation certification through the University of Kansas Monarch Watch program,” she explains. “The Cincinnati Zoo’s Pollen Nation program is also a great registry for protected spaces for all pollinators.”

Through the program, Hoskins explains, Green Bee helps to guide individuals, businesses, and non-profits through the certification process as well as provide the funding for the certification.

You can support Green Bee and its mission through this difficult time by following along on social media, joining their Facebook group, and reading and sharing the blog on the website. “We have waived our shipping fee for the foreseeable future, but are still maintaining our standard of 100% recycled and rescued shipping boxes and packaging materials,” she says. “We are very proud of our efforts to donate a portion of every single sale to our mission of preserving and protecting pollinators and their habitat in our community. Come join the Green Bee Hive and help us make a difference.”

To learn more about Green Bee, visit https://greenbeeohio.com. You can also follow along on Facebook (where you can join the V.I.Bee group) and Instagram.

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Inspired by her own health struggles, one local lady began an all-natural body care business with a mission to offer affordable products with ingredients you can actually pronounce.

Erin Christen launched Earthganics in 2016 after suffering a slew of health issues. From infertility to endocrine disease, she set out on a mission to change the products that she was not only putting on her body, but what her potential customers were putting on their bodies as well. 

“Once I started to really understand that ingredients can play a huge role in affecting our systems and functions, I began to take a look at the products I was using multiple times a day, every day,” she explains. “I would read the ingredient list and become frustrated when I didn’t know 95% of what was listed and could hardly pronounce them.”

That’s when, she says, she knew she needed to make a change for herself, her family, and others. 

Earthganics is a business that offers health products at an affordable price with minimal ingredients – that you can actually pronounce. She started off with deodorants and the rest is history. 

However, before she could launch an affordable body care business, she needed to learn how to create these products.

Then she thought back to her childhood, and how her mother used to make lip balms and sunscreen for the family. 

“I thought: a deodorant has the same consistency as a lip balm,” she explains. “I started picking her brain on the processes. I really started studying DIY videos, reading healthy product blogs, researching ingredients. I really started to understand the specific ingredients and how they work with body chemistry. Trust me, it was not a recipe test that worked out the first time. It took multiple attempts with a lot of mistakes.”

Erin Christen, Founder of Earthganics

In the time since she launched Earthganics, Christen says that she’s grown in a variety of ways. She’s learned lessons in letting go when it comes to products that didn’t sell or locations that carried her line that didn’t work out. But when she thinks back on the very beginning, she says that she remembers selling products without a label and the smaller events she attended.

She’s also grown in the expansiveness of her business. Before COVID-19 arrived, Christen was planning a second phase of Earthganics called “Love Mother Earth” on Kickstarter. 

“Phase one, I like to refer to as ‘Love Yourself,’” she explains. “This is where we have been choosing the healthier products for ourselves and our families. Phase two is evaluating the single-use containers we are using and do better for our environment.” 

Earthganics is currently looking at ways to have refill options, glass options, and how supporting retailers can participate.

“With COVID-19 and not knowing what the next couple months will bring, we are putting this on hold until 2021,” she explains. “It’s important that we allow people to get back on their feet and be ready to support the community and what we are trying to bring to it. This will be a campaign that everyone can participate in. We will be offering product packages for certain set amounts but we are always accepting of the most minimal financial support as well. I will have a launch party to start of the campaign and this will be a fun event where I can truly thank you for your support in person and offer a wonderful experience to go along with it. Stay tuned and stay in touch by signing up for our mailing list on Earthganics.com!”

With all that Christen and Earthganics has been through in recent weeks, she says that she’s learned to roll with the punches. “Nothing ever turns out as expected and it’s easier on yourself if you can calmly come up with solutions,” she says.

Earthganics has its biggest presence on Facebook, but you can also check out www.earthganics.com to purchase products and sign up for the mailing list. Earthganics is also on Instagram and Twitter

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