About Face: Bring the spa experience home with lush balms, creams

PamperingProducts ChesapeakeFamilyAboutFaceWant to pamper yourself? Focus on your hands and feet with a variety of products that can put some luxury back in your life—for far less than a spa visit.

By Roxana Hadadi

I'm going to be honest right now: I'm ashamed. Today is Nov. 1, which means that for the entirety of October I totally forgot that it was National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And that is an egregious, unforgivable slight, and for everyone reading this column, I apologize. As a woman and as a person, I should have known better, and I'm sorry. I should have highlighted products and companies that contribute some of their proceeds to breast cancer awareness and research, and I didn't do that. Again, I'm sorry.

When I was young, maybe in about fourth or fifth grade, my mother's best friend died from breast cancer. Every year, my mother remembers that date and commemorates it personally in some way. I think most all of us know someone who has been affected by the disease, and I hope moving forward, I won't let October slip by without doing something for all those women. You deserve it, and much more.

Along those lines, I've thought about featuring items this week that can help women pamper themselves at home for far less than the cost of a spa visit. Luxury can add up, but every woman deserves some time to herself and for herself. You're worth it.

For my picks, read on!

About Face: Treat yourself this Mother’s Day with Korres, Clinique, and more

MothersDayGiftGuide3 ChesapeakeFamilyAboutFaceHappy Mother’s Day! With the annual holiday coming up this weekend, treat yourself with bath, body, hair, and cosmetics gifts. Whether it’s blush from Clinique, bath bombs from LUSH, or exfoliating scrub from H2O, grab something good for yourself.

By Roxana Hadadi

How do you normally celebrate Mother’s Day? Are you a flowers-and-card person? More about chocolate? Dinner with your family? Any of those options is, of course, totally valid. But treating yourself with cosmetics items—I see nothing wrong with that!

This year, I’ve structured our Mother’s Day gift guide with, of course, you in mind. What would you like to use in the bath, or on your face? How could your day be as stress-free as possible? What kind of pampering do you deserve? Because you deserve it all.

For a roundup of our Mother’s Day gift guide picks, read on!

About Face: Review, swatches of Make Up For Ever HD Blush, Aqua Matic

MakeUpForEverHDBlush ChesapeakeFamilyAboutFaceMake Up For Ever launches two new products this spring: HD Blush and the Aqua Matic eye pencil. Do they deliver the intense pigmentation and long wear-time you can expect from the brand?

By Roxana Hadadi

Looking for something new for summer? Make Up For Ever has you covered with the brand’s new HD Blush and Aqua Matic eye pencil. Both available in a wide range of shades, they’re two of MUFE’s most recently released products for 2014.

Keeping in line with MUFE’s philosophy of intense pigmentation and long wear-time, the product descriptions include words like “flawless” and “unbelievable.” But are they worthy of such praise? I was provided with samples of both products to test, and I’ve swatched and reviewed them. For my thoughts on MUFE’s new HD Blush and Aqua Matic, read on!

About Face: Drugstore beauty picks for Memorial Day weekend and beyond

DrugstoreRoundup2 ChesapeakeFamilyAboutFaceMemorial Day weekend is the unofficial kickoff of summer; are you ready? If you’re in the mood for some seasonal pick-me-ups, peruse your local drugstore for new items from Dove, Burt’s Bees, Hard Candy, and more.

By Roxana Hadadi

Ah, three-day weekend! With Memorial Day right around the corner and Monday a holiday for practically everyone, summer is coming to us quite quickly. Is your beauty routine ready?

I already feel my winter skin cream feeling heavy on my face and lipstick getting sticky, and I wouldn’t mind some new things to switch things up. And with drugstore brands unveiling their summer items quite steadily, there are a variety of items to choose from for hair, bath, and beauty. Hard Candy, John Frieda, Burt’s Bees—there’s something for everyone.

For my picks of what you should look for during your next trip to the drugstore, read on!

About Face: Favorite nail polishes for summer 2014—and a farewell

NailPolishRoundup4 ChesapeakeFamilyAboutFaceAs I sign off from About Face, let’s end where it all started: nail polish. Summer nail polishes from OPI, Nicole by OPI, Laqa and Co., and more will sparkle up your fingers and toes this summer.

By Roxana Hadadi

Dear About Face readers, thank you so much for the past three years. Since this blog launched with Chesapeake Family magazine in 2011, I’ve appreciated your attention and your feedback, and as we wrap up About Face this week—this column is the last for About Face—I want to thank you. I hope my reviews, swatches, and recommendations each week have been helpful to you, and I’m so grateful to have connected with you in this way. Again, thank you, thank you.

And for the final installment of About Face, I wanted to return to where this whole thing started: nail polish. It was my near-fanatical passion with nail polish that got this blog started, and it only makes sense to end it where it began. So, here goes: my favorite nail polish picks for this summer, from brands like OPI, Nicole by OPI, and Nails Inc. So much glitter! I make no apologies for that.

As one final salute, I raise my nail polish bottle to you, dear readers. For my choices, read on!

More Articles ...

  1. About Face: Review of Mango Moonbreeze collection from güd by Burt’s Bees
  2. About Face: Review of JĀSÖN Apricot, Rosewater body washes
  3. About Face: Recognize Earth Day with organic products from Neal’s Yard
  4. About Face: Review of new Sonia Kashuk bath and body items for Target
  5. About Face: Review of lip balm, lip gloss from ILIA Beauty
  6. About Face: New spring nail polish collections, from drugstore to salon
  7. About Face: New spring nail polish collections from OPI, Nicole by OPI
  8. About Face: Review of Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream – Intense Hydration
  9. About Face: Review, swatches of eyeliner from Lancôme, Cargo, Urban Decay
  10. About Face: Considering the still-growing field of BB and CC creams
  11. About Face: Treat yourself this Valentine’s Day with beauty, body items
  12. About Face: Review, swatches of Laqa & Co. Fat Lip Pencils
  13. About Face: Review of new John Frieda Frizz Ease hair products
  14. About Face: Review, swatches of Cargo lipstick and eyeshadow
  15. About Face: Haircare, skincare, and makeup to try out this New Year
  16. About Face: Review of organic children’s haircare line Dubble Trubble
  17. About Face: Review, swatches of Josie Maran Cheek Gelee and Argan Color Stick
  18. About Face: Review, swatches of Burt's Bees Lip Gloss, Lip Shine
  19. About Face: Holiday gift ideas, from stocking stuffers to sets
  20. About Face: Review, swatches of Kardashian Beauty lip and nail items
  21. About Face: Review, swatches of red lipsticks from Urban Decay and Flower Beauty
  22. About Face: Add organic skincare to your routine with Orico London
  23. About Face: Before holiday sets flood stores, grab summer and fall’s best nail polish
  24. About Face: Review, swatches of new Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge, Aqua Lip shades
  25. About Face: Review, swatches of new Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick shades
  26. About Face: Review, swatches of Soap & Glory Sugar Crush body items
  27. About Face: Review of Le Couvent des Minimes Energizing and Soothing shower gels
  28. About Face: Review of all-natural Noya lip balms
  29. About Face: Review of Breast Cancer Awareness items from Ahava, Nails Inc.
  30. About Face: Celebrate Halloween with L'Oreal, FLOWER, and more
  31. About Face: Review of Bath & Body Works’ Summer Chill shower gels
  32. About Face: Reviews of Pangea Organics body scrub, lip balm
  33. About Face: Reviews of Lush Sea Vegetable and Ice Blue soaps
  34. About Face: Getting back into the exercise groove with beauty essentials
  35. About Face: Review of Clinique A Different Nail Enamel for Sensitive Skins polish
  36. About Face: Reviews of Aveeno, Burt's Bees, and Neutrogena makeup-removing wipes
  37. About Face: Reviews of L.A. Christine and NUDE Skincare face oils
  38. About Face: Reviews of Dove Men+Care Clean Comfort, Fresh Awake body washes
  39. About Face: Reviews, swatches of Topshop SS13 collection cosmetics
  40. About Face: Reviews of L’Oreal Sublime Sun face lotion, sunscreen oil
  41. About Face: Review, swatches of Mally Beauty Perfect Red Lip kit
  42. About Face: Review of Bumble and bumble Let It Shine, Seaweed hair lines
  43. About Face: Review of Aveeno Positively Nourishing body washes
  44. About Face: Review of Scotch Naturals nontoxic nail polish shades
  45. About Face: Review of Sonia Kashuk Tinted Lip Balm, new nail polishes
  46. About Face: Review, swatches of Make Up For Ever Multi-Use Powder Foundation
  47. About Face: Review, swatches of new Hard Candy eye and lip products
  48. About Face: Review of new skincare items from Clinique, Aveeno, and more
  49. About Face: Spring nail polishes to grab before they disappear off shelves
  50. About Face: Review, swatches of Clinique Chubby Sticks for Eyes

Upcoming Events

Wed Dec 13, 2017 @12:00AM
'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer' 4-D Experience, Baltimore
Wed Dec 13, 2017 @12:00AM
A Christmas Carol, Baltimore
Wed Dec 13, 2017 @12:00AM
Annie, Olney
Wed Dec 13, 2017 @12:00AM
Christmas Village, Baltimore
Wed Dec 13, 2017 @12:00AM
ICE, National Harbor
Wed Dec 13, 2017 @12:00AM
Pictures With Santa, Annapolis
Wed Dec 13, 2017 @12:00AM
Pictures With Santa, Hanover
Wed Dec 13, 2017 @12:00AM
Santa at the Mall, Columbia
Wed Dec 13, 2017 @12:00AM
Worlds Largest Gingerbread House, Baltimore
Wed Dec 13, 2017 @ 8:00AM - 07:00PM
ZooLights, Washington, D.C.
Wed Dec 13, 2017 @ 5:00PM - 10:00PM
Lights on the Bay, Annapolis
Wed Dec 13, 2017 @ 5:00PM - 09:30PM
Festival of Lights, Upper Marlboro
Wed Dec 13, 2017 @ 5:30PM - 10:00PM
Symphony of Lights, Columbia
Thu Dec 14, 2017 @12:00AM
'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer' 4-D Experience, Baltimore
Thu Dec 14, 2017 @12:00AM
Pictures With Santa, Annapolis

Upcoming Events Inside Pages

Wed Dec 13, 2017 @12:00AM
'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer' 4-D Experience, Baltimore
Wed Dec 13, 2017 @12:00AM
Christmas Village, Baltimore
Wed Dec 13, 2017 @12:00AM
ICE, National Harbor
Wed Dec 13, 2017 @12:00AM
Pictures With Santa, Annapolis
Wed Dec 13, 2017 @12:00AM
Pictures With Santa, Hanover
Wed Dec 13, 2017 @12:00AM
Santa at the Mall, Columbia
Wed Dec 13, 2017 @12:00AM
Worlds Largest Gingerbread House, Baltimore
Wed Dec 13, 2017 @ 8:00AM
ZooLights, Washington, D.C.
Wed Dec 13, 2017 @ 5:00PM
Festival of Lights, Upper Marlboro
Wed Dec 13, 2017 @ 5:00PM
Lights on the Bay, Annapolis