Friday, July 30, 2010

This Week’s Facebook Fan of the Week Winners

Congratulations to this week’s Facebook Fans of the Week!!!

Walnut Creek – Lynette G

Palo Alto – Anna L

Fresno – Korina M

Product Feature – Tokyo Milk

Another fabulous product that will be featured at the Walnut Creek Trunk Show is a hot new line from Tokyo Milk.


Tokyo Milk is a small company with a delightfully inventive and surprisingly affordable line of fragrances. These tinctures are crafted with wit and sophistication and offer notes of spice, sweetness, woods, musk scents and herbs. The graphics and labels on each fragrance are dazzling and delightful.

With names like “Let Them Eat Cake”, “Cherry Bomb”, “Dead Sexy”, “Kabuki” and “Honey Blossom”, you can’t go wrong!

(Check out the adorable labeling for “Let Them Eat Cake”)

Let Them Eat Cake<br/>No. 11 Parfum

From the spicy mixed with sweet of “Cherry Bomb” to the exoticness of Kabuki, there is a variety of scents to appeal to everyone’s fragrance preference.

Natural raw materials and oils are used to make these alluring scents.

Also available is a line of lip balms made with all natural sweeteners instead of sugar. Imagine….matching your lip balm “flavor'” to your perfume? GENIUS!


Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Beauty Tips for the Bride

Wedding season is in full swing and here are some tips to keep you wedding day gorgeous (not that you need help, though, because you will be BEAMING on your wedding day!)

Facial Care
Right before your wedding is a perfect time to treat yourself to a facial. Not only will your skin look and feel great, but you will give off a beautiful, natural glow! It is also a great way to rid yourself of some last minute wedding stresses and spend some time relaxing. Make a day of it and grab your Maid of Honor and/or Bridesmaids and have a spa day enjoying facials with your favorite gals.

If you have a tendency to breakout, be sure to have your facial done three to six weeks before your wedding day.

Foot Care
Don’t forget to pamper your feet before AND after the wedding! Between the ceremony, picture time, the reception and especially when you hit the dance floor your feet will spend all your time on your feet and probably while wearing brand new, not-broken-in-yet shoes.

Days before your wedding, pamper your feet with a good spa pedicure and pretty them up with an eye-popping nail color (try out Butter London and you will be sure to LOVE it!). Your toenails will look fabulous in those sexy, strappy sandals or peep toe heels you will be flaunting on your wedding day!

After your wedding, don’t forget to soak your feet in a warm, sea salt bath. Your feet will thank you!

Body Massage
Nothing will relax you more than a full body massage. Wedding planning shouldn’t be, but can be stressful. Take advantage of multiple massages during the planning stages to keep your body and mind relaxed and stress free.

Take advantage of some quality time with your soon-to-be-spouse and schedule a couple’s massage or spend more girl time with your Maid of Honor and/or Bridesmaids and have a spa day of facials and massages!

Don’t forget to take time for yourself before the wedding. Give yourself a “wedding planning time out” to help you keep your focus and stay stress free!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Hot Products to be Featured at the iBar Walnut Creek Trunk Show

The following new products will be featured at the i Bar Walnut Creek Trunk Show on August 5th. Don’t miss out on seeing some of the HOTTEST items that will be showcased!

Butter London Nail Polish – this item is SO hot that we have already had people coming in to ask for it!

Tokyo Milk (Stay tuned for a product feature post!)


Beautiful line of Silk Fashion Accessories


Be sure to stop by the Trunk Show on these days to get a glimpse of these hot trends and be the first to purchase them!

· Thursday August 5th from 5-8pm (VIP Party)
· Friday August 6th from 10-8pm
· Saturday August 7th from 10-6pm

Friday, July 23, 2010

Congratulations to this week’s Facebook Friday Fans!


to this week’s Facebook Friday Fans of the week!

i Bar Walnut Creek – Jennifer M

i Bar Palo Alto – Daniela C

i Bar Fresno – Stella C

Congratulations to you all! Enjoy your prizes!!!

New Product – Butter London Natural Nail Polish

One of the new products that will be featured at i Bar Walnut Creek’s Trunk Show is the HOT, new natural nail polish line out of Great Britain called Butter London.

High fashion meets health with the natural products used for these stylish nail colors. 

Butter LONDON products contain NO Formaldehyde, NO Toluene, NO DBP, and NEVER have. “On moving to the United States founder, She-Brit Sasha Muir, was shocked at the number of toxic ingredients in cosmetic products. She saw the need for a new brand of hand and nail care products that combined high fashion and health and set about building what is today, a premier British fashion brand.”

Butter London offers a stunning range of lacquers based on the season's catwalk shows. They are frequently seen on the pages of all the leading fashion magazines and took this years NYC Fashion Week by storm! It was featured exclusively with Betsy Johnson! It is already gaining international press and excitement from the world's top beauty editors. W magazine, Marie Claire, Lucky magazine, and Tatler magazine UK are all fans of their products and people around the world are now seeking them out. With clients like Vogue, H&M and Jimmy Choo, they understand how to bring fashion to the brand and to your nail.

Butter London’s exciting colors are heavily pigmented, which allows them to appear richer, deeper and more vibrant on the nail. Color goes on and DOES NOT fade over time. With their trendy colors and unique names, you will fall in love the Butter London line!

To help you get to know the colors, each week a new color will be featured on our blog as well as Facebook!

This is a VERY exclusive product that only the finest salons in the Bay Area offer. We are very proud to have the opportunity to bring it to YOU.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Baring it All – Tricks to Keep Summer Skin Beautiful

Summer is officially here (weather wise) and the East Bay has been getting 3-digit temps. I am envying those of you in the Peninsula and surrounding areas! =)

With the temperature rising many of us are opting for less clothing to battle the heat, which means every inch of dull skin on our bodies is on display.  Here are a few tips to help scrub away the dullness!

Exfoliate: Rubbing your skin with sugar is gentle enough on your skin and leaves it feeling soft and smooth while exfoliating dead skin cells. If you have the ingredients available in your kitchen try mixing a cup of sugar with a half cup of olive oil and rub into damp skin in a circular motion. If you don’t feel like concocting your own scrub, check out our Body Sugar scrub (available at all i Bar locations).


Be Gentle: Gently buff the sensitive areas (neck, chest, and stomach) of your skin with a soft hand towel and cleanser.

Soften Rough Spots with Citrus: Elbows, heels and knees sometimes call for the “big guns” to soften them up. By cutting a lemon in half, pouring coarse sea salt on both halves, and grinding them into the areas you can help break down the tough skin and reveal the softer you. :)

Monday, July 19, 2010

Coming Soon - i Bar Walnut Creek Trunk Show

i Bar Walnut Creek is going to have a Trunk Show and you are all invited! This is a great opportunity to see some of hottest new items in fashion and beauty before they hit our stores!

Stop by our VIP Event on Thursday, August 5th if you want to be the FIRST to see our products.


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Friday, July 16, 2010

Facebook Friday Fans of the Week….The Winners Are….

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i Bar Walnut Creek – Kristian S

i Bar Palo Alto - Claudine H

i Bar Fresno - Laura H


Congratulations, Ladies!!!

What is Threading?

Have you been wondering what threading is? I am sure you know of people that get it done on a regular basis and you have probably wondered why and what sets it apart from waxing.

I first decided to have threading done a few months ago. I was previously a plucker and a waxer. Now, I am neither! I religiously go to the shop to get my eyebrows threaded. My preference is threading because it is less painful for me and my skin does not have the irritable reactions as it does with waxing (AKA I can walk out in public right after a threading without looking like I put too much red “eyeshadow” on).



Here is Wikipedia’s definition of threading:

Threading is an ancient method of hair removal practiced in many Asian countries, including Iran, India, Vietnam, China and some Arabic nations. It is popular in Persian culture where it is called Bande Abru ("Abru" means eyebrow, and "Band" is the thread). Threading the entire face is widely spread amongst Iranians, but it was originally practiced when a woman was getting married or during special occasions. In ancient Persia, threading was a sign that a girl had reached adulthood and become a woman. It has also gained popularity in Western countries.

Practitioners use a pure, thin, twisted cotton thread which is rolled over untidy hairlines, moustaches and so on, plucking the hair at the follicle level. Unlike tweezing where a single hair is pulled out each time, threading can remove an entire row of hair, resulting in a straighter line. However, due to a larger area of hair being removed at once, it can be quite painful for some.


Stop by any of our i Bar locations to try out threading.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Natural Beauty Secrets

Can you imagine how cave women took care of themselves? They didn’t have the moisturizers, beauty products and plastic surgery that we have now. How did they do it???

Okay, so maybe I am reaching pretty far there using the analogy of cave women, but it seemed to work as a good lead way into talking about natural beauty secrets! Don’t you think so?? :)

If your like me, you will pay for the greatest products to keep your skin and hair looking youthful and beautiful. Did you know there are also inexpensive, daily steps you can take to ensure your body is well taken care of?

Here are few tips that you can do daily:

  • Drink 8 glasses of water per day – water will give you a beautiful, youthful complexion. If you find it hard to monitor your daily water intake then plan ahead. Fill a 64 oz container with water and keep it with you at the office, at home, etc. This will be your reminder to polish off that water daily.
  • Avoid make-up – TABOO, right? I know what you are thinking - “leave the house without makeup? WOMAN, are you crazy???”. I have to admit that I don’t hit the gym without at least lipstick. Many makeups contain harmful toxins and they can clog your skin. Read the labels on your makeup carefully to ensure it is safe for your skin. It is best for your skin to not wear makeup, but because I am “tad bit” vain, I will have a hard time with this one myself! :)
  • Moisturize your skin with food – you’re looking at your monitor with a puzzled look, aren’t you? The food we eat makes the best moisturizers. Raw organic foods are natural and full of nutrients that can replenish the skin. Plus, if you get hungry…
  • SLEEP SLEEP SLEEP – Remember when we were kids and our parents (and teachers) always told us to get 8 hours of sleep? Sleeping early and getting at least 8 hours of sleep will not only keep you relaxed, but you will wake up with clear skin and sparkling eyes.
  • An Apple a Day – Rinsing your hair in apple cider vinegar will leave your hair beautiful and shiny. Dilute 1 tablespoon of ACV in 2 cups of water. Use as a final hair rinse and leave it in your hair.
  • Wear colors that suit your skin tone – By wearing colors that suit your skin tone, you can further enhance your beauty. Consult with a color consultant to find out what colors best go with your skin tone and hair color.
  • Exercise -  You knew this one was coming, didn’t you? Even a little bit of exercise daily can stimulate your body’s metabolism. Exercise can also provide you a more youthful complexion and body shape. Who doesn’t want that???

By taking all or some of these steps daily, you can further enhance your body’s natural beauty.

So to some it all up - drink water, don’t wear makeup, play with your food, sleep, wear complimenting colors and get out there and move!

Friday, July 9, 2010

And the Winners Are….

to this week’s Facebook Fans of the week!


This week’s Facebook Friday fans are…

From Walnut Creek – Aimee T!

From Palo Alto – Holly C!

From Fresno – Sara R!


Congratulations ladies! Please stop by your local i Bar location to redeem your prize. ENJOY!

Benefits of Permanent Makeup

Have you ever wondered how some women get their eye liner or mascara so perfect EVERY time you see them? Their secret may be permanent makeup! I don’t know about you, but more often than not I find myself analyzing and measuring just to get my eyeliner even on both eyes. It may be subtle and no one will notice, but I will notice so I can only assume others do, too. :)

Permanent makeup allows you the convenience of time.  With permanent makeup you do not have to spend extra precious minutes drawing eyebrows in, painting those lips or lining your eye.

Additional benefits of permanent makeup include:

For Eyes

Permanent eyeliner can enhance sparse lashes or give more definition to light or faded lashes. Because it doesn’t smear, it is ideal for athletes, contact lens wearers, women who are plagued by make-up that always smudges, and especially for those who have a visual impairment or unsteady hands due to a medical condition.

For Eyebrows

Beautifully shaped eyebrows are like a lovely frame on a painting, bringing out the beauty of the eyes. Anyone who desires more fullness of the brows or reshaped brows will love this procedure. Light hair-like strokes of color can transform sparse, uneven, or non-existent eyebrows into natural-looking ones. Go swimming, play tennis…wipe your forehead without worrying that your eyebrows are going to disappear!

For Lips

With this procedure, thin or uneven lips can be defined or corrected and poorly-shaped lips can be reshaped.

Permanent Cosmetics can address certain medical conditions

  • Difficulties in normal make-up application because of visual impairment, unsteady hands resulting from arthritis, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, or other degenerative diseases.
  • Alopecia (absence of hair)
  • Cleft lip
  • Camouflage of scars
  • Vitilago (absence of pigment)
  • Areola pigmentation after breast reconstruction.

Permanent makeup is offered at all i Bar locations. Contact your local i Bar for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Beauty Tip – Food For Thought – Beauty Foods for Younger Looking Skin

“You are what you eat”. I know you have heard that term numerous times, but did you know that what you eat can also enhance (or affect) your skin? Certain foods have attributes that can help beautify your skin.

Protect your skin from the inside out with these 4 foods:

Strawberries: Eating more vitamin C-rich foods, such as strawberries, may help to ward off wrinkles and age-related dryness, suggests research from 2007 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Vitamin C’s skin-smoothing effects may be due to its ability to mop up free radicals produced from ultraviolet rays and also its role in collagen synthesis. (Vitamin C is essential for collagen production.) You can find vitamin C in a multitude of cosmetics—of which some have been shown to be effective in protecting skin—but why not go straight to the source for a tasty boost of C: red bell peppers, papaya, broccoli and oranges are other excellent sources.

Tomatoes: Tomatoes get their red hue from lycopene, a carotenoid that may help to keep your skin smooth. In a study published in 2008 in the European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics, researchers found that of the 20 individuals studied, those who had higher skin concentrations of lycopene had smoother skin. Boost your lycopene intake with fresh summer produce like watermelon and carrots too.

Tofu: Tofu and other soyfoods, such as edamame and soymilk, may help to preserve skin-firming collagen because they are rich in isoflavones. In a study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, mice fed isoflavones and exposed to ultraviolet radiation had fewer wrinkles and smoother skin than mice that were exposed to UV light but didn’t get isoflavones. The researchers believe that isoflavones help prevent collagen breakdown.

Tuna: Eating tuna—and other omega-3-rich fish, such as salmon, sardines and trout—may help keep your skin looking youthful thanks to the omega-3 fat EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid). EPA has been shown to preserve collagen.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Coming Soon – Facebook Fan Friday Giveaways

Did you know that the i Bars are on Facebook?

If you have not already, please be sure to “like” us on Facebook.

Starting this week, becoming a Facebook Fan is going to benefit you (well, more than being a fan of a cool spot like i Bar!).  Each Friday, we are going to randomly select a Fan from each of the i Bar fan pages. The Fan of the week will receive an i Bar-tastic gift that they can pick up at their local i Bar.

SOOOOO if you have not already, stop by your local i Bar’s Facebook Fan Page and become a Fan! Don’t forget to tell your friends so they can win prizes, too! (They might even share!)

I Bar Fresno


I Bar Palo Alto

I Bar Walnut Creek

Also, if you Twitter, follow our Tweets:

i Bar Walnut Creek on Groupon TODAY ONLY!

East Bay – It’s your turn!

It is your turn to take advantage of the great savings on Groupon!

i Bar Walnut Creek is going to be Groupon East Bay's Deal of the Day on July 6, 2010. Their Deal of the Days are only available for 24 hours so the deal for 50% off eyebrow threading is available TODAY ONLY.

Whether you are a seasoned veteran at getting your eyebrows threaded or wanting to try it for the first time, this is a great opportunity to take advantage of an awesome deal ($8 for eyebrow threading – regular price is $16).

Don’t forget to tell your friends about this awesome deal. Their eyebrows will thank you for it! ;)

Monday, July 5, 2010

iBar Walnut Creek – 50% Off Eyebrow Threading Available at Groupon – Tuesday, July 6th ONLY

Do you know Groupon? If not, you should! Groupon is an awesome website that provides Deals of the Day on local businesses in the San Francisco/East Bay area.

iBar Walnut Creek is going to be Groupon East Bay’s Deal of the Day on July 6th, 2010. Their Deal of the Days are only available for 24 hours so the deal for 50% off eyebrow threading is available ONLY tomorrow!

Mark it on your calendar, write it on your hand, and put an alarm on your phone so you remember to take advantage of this great savings!!! Whether you are a seasoned veteran at getting your eyebrows threaded or wanting to try it for the first time, this is a great opportunity to take advantage of an awesome deal ($8 for eyebrow threading – regular price is $16).

Don’t forget to tell your friends about this awesome deal. Their eyebrows will thank you for it! ;)

Friday, July 2, 2010

Product Feature – Sugar Flavored Hemp Lotion

What do you think of when you hear these words?

Strawberry Cheesecake

Sugar Lemon Square

Orange Dream

Vanilla Crème Brulee

You probably feel like you just gained 10 pounds reading those scrumptious names. The scent alone of each of these treats is enough to make my mouth drool and my waistline expand!

Savor the aroma without the after-indulgence guilt with Hempz Treats Body Lotion!

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Not only do these body lotions smell wonderful, but did you know that Hemp Seed Oil has a number of benefits?

For instance, Hemp Seed Oil is the MOST beneficial product in Tanning oils.  It helps move the Melanoma (pigment in the skin that tans) to the surface of the skin and it helps preserve and protect your tan so that your tan will last longer and stay darker for longer.

Hemp Seed Oil is also an excellent long-term moisturizer.  It pulls moisture from the air and traps it in the skin. 

Treats Body Lotion will be your best friend during the summer months by enhancing your tan naturally, moisturizing your skin and most importantly, leaving you smelling YUMMY while running around town.

The Hempz Treats Body Lotion line is also paraben free and gluten free.

WAIT! Before you start using the Hempz Treats Body Lotion, start of fresh by exfoliating your skin with a delicious Sugar Scrub! Exfoliating allows for the removal of old skin cells and the rejuvenation of new skill cells.

i Bar now offers a set that includes a Sugar Scrub and a Hempz Treats Body Lotion! Purchase the set and save $8.00. You can get both products for just $32!

Get a head start on your summer-licious skin and stop by your local i Bar to pick up your sugar-tastic products!