Friday, November 19, 2010

Facebook Fans of the Week



This week’s Facebook Fans of the week are….

Walnut Creek – Sandra R

Palo Alto – Eva M

Fresno – Rima M

Would you like the chance to be i Bar’s Facebook Fan of the week? It is as simple as becoming a Facebook Fan for your local i Bar.

I Bar Fresno

I Bar Palo Alto

I Bar Walnut Creek

Thursday, November 18, 2010

10 Minutes to Gorgeousness!

Don’t have an hour to spend pampering your nails? Do you apply your makeup on the go? A morning shower just wasn’t on the schedule?

Try these 10 instant-gratification beauty to look fab on those days when you’ve only got a minute to spare.

  1. Shine Them Strands – When you hair needs a quick fix, spray and liquid serums add an instant shine. They also help to tame the frizzies and eliminate static electricity. Leave the electrocuted look to Mrs. Frankenstein. Winking smile 
  2. Curl Your Lashes – A little curl goes a long way. Have you ever noticed what a dramatic difference curling your lashes can do to your appearance? For curl staying power, apply mascara after curling your lashes.
  3. Add Some Pretty To Your Pout - They may take a bit longer to apply than lipstick or gloss, but lip stains keep your pout looking rosy for hours (even through eating and drinking) and can easily make up for the lack of other makeup.
  4. Get that Faux Glow - Bronzer is possibly the best secret beauty weapon to come around in years: It gives anyone an instant healthy glow. Stay away from those with shimmer, though, because they can make you look over shimmery and may also add an orangey glow (think Willy Wonka’s Oompa Loompa's).
  5. Give Yourself a Quick Mani - Right after you get out of the shower, gently push your cuticles back using a hand towel. Then paint your dry nails with clear polish.Natural is in, right?
  6. Buns Can Be Fun – Hair buns, that is. (What were you thinking???) When you don’t have time to mess with your hair and don’t want to wear a ponytail, then create a ballerina bun.
  7. Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go - The one-minute way to fake 10 hours of sleep: Take a flesh-colored eye pencil and use it to trace inside your lower lashline, covering up the area that normally looks pink. Then use a pale, shimmery eyeshadow or pencil in more of a whitish hue to make a little “V” at the innermost corner of each eye; this deflects from dark circles and draws light into the entire eye area, leaving you looking alert and bright-eyed.
  8. Prime It Up! – Primers are not just for under foundations anymore. Try using it with just a little translucent powder. If you have acne or problem skin, try a primer with a greenish hue to combat those problems.
  9. Fake the Flush – Working out can give you that nice rosy cheek complexion, but if you missed your date at the gym don’t fret. Apply a peachy blush and fake the workout.
  10. VA VA VA OOMPH – When you are in that morning rush and don’t have time to curl or flat-iron your hair, but still want some style then just add some OOMPH to your hair. Flip your head upside down and blow dry your roots for about a minute then mist with light-hold hairspray. This will add volume to your hair and fake out the "I didn’t have time to take a shower yet” moments.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Butter London Color of the Week–Bumster


“British reference to ones "booty" or butt.”

From the Fall 2010 collection this dijon yellow crème was named after McQueen’s famous low slung trousers.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Facebook Fans of the Week



This week’s Facebook Fans of the week are….

Walnut Creek – Alissa A

Palo Alto – Lisa M

Fresno – Angeline F

Would you like the chance to be i Bar’s Facebook Fan of the week? It is as simple as becoming a Facebook Fan for your local i Bar.

I Bar Fresno

I Bar Palo Alto

I Bar Walnut Creek

OPI Nail Polish Line–Burlesque

This holiday, you can shimmy and shine with Burlesque by OPI Nail Lacquers in 12 off-the-scale shimmery and glittery shades. Make a statement with your nail color and go Burlesque!

Get glittered up with

  • Bring on the Bling
  • Glow Up Already!
  • Extra-va-vaganza!
  • Simmer & Shimmer
  • Show It & Glow It!
  • Sparkle-icious

Or shimmy the Shimmer with

  • Rising Star
  • Take the Stage
  • The Show Must Go On!
  • Let Me Entertain You
  • Ali's Big Break
  • Tease-y  Does It

These colors come just in time for the opening of Cher and Christina’s upcoming movie Burlesque (in theaters Nov 24). Check out the trailer below.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Winter Weather Skin Care

The snow is already falling in Tahoe and the brisk cold breezes greet us as we wake up to our new days.  The changing temperature also means a change of routine. Tweaking a few habits, can make all the difference between a dull winter complexion and glowing radiance.

Start the day with a hot shower... but before you get out switch to cold water for about fifteen seconds. Then turn up the heat a little, and down again to repeat the process for about two minutes. This is a simple hydrotherapy technique which revitalizes the skin by stimulating the flow of blood through the body. It is both invigorating and highly beneficial to the skin.

  • Use a good moisturizer. Choose a highly protective day cream that provides SPF30 protection to form a barrier against the elements. Creamier, water-in-oil emulsions are best. Don’t forget about your lips. Chapped lips are often the most noticeable problem in the winter. Use a highly moisturizing lip balm which provides a protective barrier, with vitamin E for good elasticity.
  • Exfoliate at least twice a week. This will remove dead cells and allow the skin to absorb extra moisture. The oil which we all complain about in the Summer is no longer being produced because of cooler winter temperatures and central heating. Therefore the skin looses the water which should be retained in the lower dermis of the skin. This can lead to premature aging of the skin and fine lines and your skin can appear puffy and grey.
  • Drink a glass of hot water with lemon. This Chinese herbal remedy is a sure-fire method of energizing your body. It will de-tox your entire system, including the liver and gall bladder. This means that your body will be able to clean the blood faster to get rid of toxins responsible for bad skin.
  • Simply sleep! Money can’t buy the benefits of a good nights’ rest. Your oxygen levels will drop if you don’t get enough sleep, meaning that your cells will not be renewed as quickly. This is when degenerative skin aging sets in. Try to get seven, if not eight or nine hours of rest a night to achieve absolutely painless benefits.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Butter London Color of the Week–Marrow


Hand mixed for the Vena Cava designers, who named it after the dark purple, rusty center of a bone.

Based on Fall trends, Purple is THE “it” color of the season. This deep opaque purple nail color flaunts a silvery shimmer.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Facebook Fans of the Week



This week’s Facebook Fans of the week are….

Walnut Creek – Alia S

Palo Alto – Danelle W

Fresno – Brenduh C

Would you like the chance to be i Bar’s Facebook Fan of the week? It is as simple as becoming a Facebook Fan for your local i Bar.

I Bar Fresno

I Bar Palo Alto

I Bar Walnut Creek

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Pumpkin Pancake Recipe

Halloween has passed us by, but pumpkins are still in season. Try a twist on your morning breakfast routine and try this Pumpkin Pancake Recipe.

2 cups all purpose flour

3 tablespoons. packed brown sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 3/4 cups milk

3 eggs, lightly beaten

3/4 cup canned pumpkin

1/4 cup cooking oil

1. In a large bowl combine flour and other dry ingredients. In a second bowl combine eggs and remaining ingredients. Stir milk mixture into flour mixture until slightly lumpy.

2. Heat a lightly greased griddle or heavy skillet over medium heat. For each pancake pour 1 quarter cup batter onto griddle. Cook until golden; turn when tops are bubbly and edges are slightly dry (1 to 2 minutes per side).

Makes 16 pancakes.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Butter London Color of the Week–Aston



This week’s Butter London color of the week is Aston - as in Aston-Martin, the British super car made famous by James Bond in the 1964 film ‘Goldfinger’.

It has a delicate shimmer in a nice, sultry toffee color and is warm despite some pink undertones.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

SF Giants Victory Special – 25% Off Threading Services

Do you hear that???  SFGiants





That’s the sound of the entire Bay Area celebrating the Orange and Black’s victory last night!!!  What an amazing and well-deserved win!

To keep the celebration going, i Bar is offering 25% Off Threading Services. This special is for today only so hurry in!

Print the below coupon and bring it in to any of our i Bar locations (Fresno, Walnut Creek, Palo Alto) and receive 25% off your threading services.