I'm always being asked what I love in terms of beauty items. This includes a number of items that I use a lot versus those that are new to me but are definitely in my routine! I have been a fan and am obsessed with Koh Gen Do which in addition to having a fab beauty line, they have a number of skincare items that are a must. I have enjoyed using their Body and Bath Body Milk as well as their Body Wash which is like having a spa treatment to start and end your day. When it comes to the face, I love L'Occitane exfoliating gel. For a quick rinse (especially in this heat) I suggest Shobha's rosewater cleansing cloths which I love whether I'm getting my brows threaded at their salon or as a refresher. When it comes to my lips, when I am keeping it simple - Evolution of Smooth is the perfect solution and super addictive. Finally, I love a good dark nail color and when I'm not rocking hues by Butter London, you can find me in Essie this hue is Wicked.
Last year (right before Sept NY Fashion Week to be precise), I was introduced to threading and headed to a salon in Soho. Now, I had heard about threading and have seen various locations throughout the city. As much as I wanted to try it, some of the cramped spaces made me a little nervous so I was happy to go to the salon I was introduced to. Just the other day, a few beauty bloggers were tweeting back and forth asking about their favorite threading salon. I had heard of Shobha but to see so many people excited about it, to see the depth of services and then to see that they had multiple locations including one in Columbus Circle and one on Madison in the East 50's - I was hooked! I knew I had to head there this week and when Jessica in marketing reached out to invite me to stop in, I couldn't say no!
I headed to the Madison Ave location where they have been in the same building but changed floors and was shocked to see a wide, airy and colorful space! There were chairs for those that were doing services that you could definitely do in an open forum; however, they had private rooms for those that were more discreet. I thoroughly enjoyed having Manju not only tame my brows but to also ask how I'd like to have them and to also make suggestions! In addition, I love that the treatment began and ended with rose water which smelled great but also felt so natural. In fact, they have such a depth of Shobha products that were made by natural formulas created by Shobha Tummala (love that she's a fellow midwest girl, went to college in the midwest and is a Harvard Business Grad - hello) that are available during your sessions, for purchase and many products are also available in bulk so you'll find them in spas!
At the end of my session, I left with rocking brows that opened my eyes (even more than my previous spot), Shobha Rosewater Freshening Cloths (both Manju and I used them to clean our hands prior to my threading and they were used to clean my eyebrow area prior to starting), Shobha Rosewater Calming Gel (which feels and smells phenomenal) and a Shobha Eyebrow Pencil for brunettes to fill in certain areas. I love trying new places and sharing with my readers of course, but I love when I have found a new home! With so many services (check out sugaring, the fact that men and women can go and its accessibility - this is definitely a must visit!
Yesterday flew by as it was a day full of confirming, adjusting and of course prepping. I love going to spas and getting your hair done but when it's in the midst of one of the craziest times of the year it's yet another series of items on the to do list. Now there is one area that I sometimes avoid as I'm awful at it - my eyebrows. I have a love hate relationship with them. As much as I love them, trying to keep them tame and looking amazing is not my forte. So when a PR team reached out and told me about Hibba Beauty and I realized that her work is virtually everywhere - I said yes and hoped I would have Hibba herself!
What drew me to this was that I am not a fan of plucking my eyebrows and there is something about threading that seems natural to me. Above is an image that I took from Pretty Connected (so thank you). Located on 448 West Broadway in the midst of some of my fave places to shop such as Rosa Cha, this eyebrowologist can be found on the second floor. The space is tiny but everyone was so nice and welcoming. As I sat in the chair I was nervous as my brows were a bit bushy and I didn't know what the protocol was. I was actually a little nervous and right after I had relaxed that's when I realized that threading does have a bit of pain to it (although I'm a baby). It's more that you're stunned at the ripping sound as after the first couple of times, you get used to it.
Hibba is super fast and knows what's she doing. She knows how to look at your face and to see what works best. I wondered if my eyebrows would still be there but found that not only were they there but they were the way I have always dreamed that they would be! In addition, I learned that I could basically go back once a month to keep them in line which I will do from now on! Only one eyebrow was slightly less than perfect (which Hibba pointed out to me as I was so thrilled) but it seems that it will fill in nicely and my brows now have star quality! I was so pleased I hugged her on my way out.
This is definitely a must to go to and I know that they do other services which I am sure they do with the same care as they did my brows!
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