Winter is finally here and although it has proven to be mild, our skin is already showing signs of stress, dryness, and wind burn! Winter blues may be inevitable, but dry and itchy skin sure does't have to be!

Here are some of our favorite Arch products that keep our skin hydrated, youthful, and soft, even during these harsh winter months.

 

1. Cleanser

Good cleansers are imperative for beautiful skin at any time of the year, but for those in harsh winter climates, we recommend to stick with a cream based cleanser to avoid stripping the skins natural oils.

 

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Comforting Balm Cleanser

 

We love By Terry, Cellularose Nutri-Pure, Comforting Balm Cleanser for a thorough yet gentle cleanse. With a subtle hint of Rose, this light cream will instantly melt into your skin, breaking down even the toughest waterproof makeup for the ultimate (gentle) cleanse! Soothing properties, added emollients, and hydration in one!

For best results, our Arch Aestheticians recommend to cleanse morning and night. A quick morning cleanse will take away any unwanted dirt or debri that may have been lingering on your pillowcase and will make all of the difference when applying your favorite day cream or moisturizer!

 

2. Serum

Facial serums are your best friend! Made for anyone, any age! Not quite sure why, what, or when to use a serum? A good serum can make ALL the difference when it comes to the overall look, feel, and health of your skin! These light weight oils absorb deep into the skin within moments, so be sure to stay away from harmful ingredients or chemicals.

Tip: Apply your fav serum just after your cleanse when your skin is slightly damp. The water keeps your pores open, allowing for maximum penetration and moisture retention!

 

EVE LOM - Intense Hydration Serum

The best of the best, EVE LOM Intense Hydration Serum delivers exactly what it promises - Intense hydration! This luxurious, ultra light weight serum is a cult favorite for a reason. Absorbing into your skin almost instantly, the Intense Hydration Serum will plump your skin giving it immediate moisture, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This serum has been clinically proven to increase moisture in skin by nearly 20% in less than 2 hours! Talk about instant relief from dry, chapped, winter-burned skin!

Why does this work so well? This serum is packed with Hyaluronic Acid (which is also produced naturally in the body) this helps to smooth, plump, hydrate and protect your complexion!

 

3. Moisturizer

Not getting the hydration you need from your moisturizer? Sometimes it feels that no matter how much moisturizer we use, we are instantly chapped the moment we step outside! Harsh winds, temperatures that dip below 20, and environmental exposure can leave us with painful, tight, and irritated skin.

Natura Bisse - The Cure

When your skin needs a cure, Natura Bisse, The Cure is your go-to when all else fails! With restoration in mind, this cream was specifically designed for those seeking the highest levels of moisture and healing. It can take just a few minutes in the harsh elements to feel the sting of wind burn, but The Cure offers up a strong 24 hours of protection even in the windiest of cities! Once applied, you'll instantly feel this velvety soft cream melt into your skin! Other great benefits include softened wrinkles and expression lines, restored luminosity and increased skin firmness and elasticity! Instant results, long term benefits!

From normal cold-weather exposure to long weekends on the ski slope, you can count on intense moisture and protection all season long with Natura Bisse.

 

Splurge-Worthy Extras

Chantecaille - Pure Rosewater

When mid-day has hit you and coffee just won't cut it, Chantecaille Rosewater is everything you never knew you needed! This unique and rare rose (Rose de Mai) is harvested and picked by hand in the hills of Provence, France. Distilled by pure artesian well water immediately after being picked at dawn (when the petals are richest and highest in nutrients and fragrance) this Pure Rosewater is the ultimate must-have for those seeking lightweight, luxurious hydration.

From setting your makeup, to a mid-day refresher, this will easily become your biggest asset when it comes to flawless, radiant, and healthy skin no matter what time of the year it is. Not only does Rose de Mai soothe dry and irritated skin, this satin like spray is also antibacterial and loaded with naturally derived Vitamin C, making this ideal for those with sensitive skin!

If you've ever left Arch after a makeup application or brow wax, you likely know that Chantecaille Pure Rosewater is our go-to to set your makeup or to give added moisture and radiance. Prepare to fall in love with luxe spray. (Did we mention it is cruelty free, vegan-friendly, and paraben free?)

 

Say good-bye to the dreaded winter skin and indulge in some of our Arch favorites!
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Okay, so let's face it. If it were up to us, we would hire a hairstylist to do our hair every morning before we left for work. Unfortunately, that isn't realistic for the everyday working woman. However, with a few style secrets and a powerful, yet simple lineup of our favorite Oribe hair products, even the most style-challenged girl can give herself a beautiful and bouncy at-home blowout! No more bad hair days!

BUT, first is first, beautiful hair can only be achieved by having healthy hair! Sometimes a trim really can do the trick, so if you have dry, brittle, or stringy ends, it might be time to consider booking an appointment for a trim or consultation. For others, it's all a matter protecting your hair from the elements and making it a habit to treat your hair like you would your body or skin.

Like skin, our hair absorbs everything it comes in contact with, so remember this the next time you go to grab that product loaded with harsh and harmful ingredients. Investing your hard-earned money in luxury products may seem a little scary, but the results will speak for themselves and you will wonder how you ever went without.

 

For Beautiful Hair (that will last for DAYS!)

1. Foundation Mist

This is the perfect pre-style spray for any hair type! Not only are all Oribe products  infused with their signature French fragrance Côte d'Azur, but they are also paraben and sodium chloride free, safe for keratin and color treated hair. Foundation Mist is the perfect primer, leave-in, heat protectant, or refreshing spray. Not only will your hair feel instantly softer, this light weight spray adds long-lasting moisture, strength, and is designed to repair your hair from the inside out. This is a definite must-have and is key to achieve a long-lasting blowout without the thermal damage. Consider this mist a much needed drink of water sure to hydrate even the driest of manes without a drop of reside to be found. Apply to wet or dry hair before styling, or anytime as a style refresher. 

2. Gold Lust Nourishing Hair Oil

This ultra luxurious and lightweight, reparative oil is ideal for those looking for the total package. This liquid gold will add instant shine and silkiness while drastically reducing frizz at the source by penetrating the hair shaft to restore, strengthen, and condition damaged, dry, and color treated hair. Lighter than your traditional oil, Gold Lust Nourishing Hair Oil instantly absorbs into the hair providing thermal and UV protection, all while cutting down blow-dry time. Instant results, long-term benefits. Apply to wet or dry hair or use as an overnight mask for extra luster.

3. Creme for Style

This powerhouse cream can be used by anyone, with any hair type. Whether you prefer a straight style, lots of body and volume, or even for naturally curly hair, this cream has major strength; yet is soft and flexible to touch. Lighter than a gel and softer than traditional mouses, Creme for Style will lock-in body and volume for days to come. Apply a small amount to wet (or dry hair) and style to desired look.

4. Dry Texturizing Spray

Okay, so where do we start? Dry is the ultimate style must-have (and we mean MUST-HAVE) and it is used by the most elite hairstylists, models, and celebrities around! This volume boosting texture spray cannot be matched in versatility. This invisible, dry spray will add instant lift and volume to even the most limp hair. Body, height, and texture galore, this spray is perfect for literally anyone! Zeolite Crystallines act like tiny sponges to absorb dirt, oil, and odor so it can also be used as a dry shampoo alternative. Not to mention Oribe's signature scent Côte d'Azur will make your hair smell as gorgeous as it looks, even after that daily workout! None of that dreaded, powdery residue most dry shampoos will often leave behind, and most of all your hair is left feeling soft and fresh, and healthier than ever! Shake, spray, and prepare to fall in love with Dry.

Warning: Use of these Oribe products may result in serious hair obsessions, product addictions, and incredibly gorgeous hair. #LivePretty

 

 

The sun is out, the sky is blue and the church bells are ringing! Wedding season is finally here which means brides-to-be are kicking it into turbo drive. It’s time to perfect each and every detail and we’re here to help. Attaining that perfect wedding day hair look can be a breeze if you follow these steps, thanks to Oribe!

1. Picture Perfect

The internet is your friend! Make sure to browse Pinterest, wedding blogs and bridal websites to find hair style inspiration to bring with you to the salon. Providing your hair stylist with as much detail as possible is going to help you achieve your best look.

2. Dress to Impress

Make sure to keep in mind what type of neckline your dress has when deciding if you’re going to do an up-do or down style.

3. Consider Your Location

Are you getting married indoors or outside? What is the weather typically like? These questions are important when deciding what type of style to go with. Worried about the elements? Bring some Impermeable Anti-Humidity Spray along to help manage frizz throughout the day.

4. Be You

Make sure your style resembles you! Your personality and individual style should still be a major part of your final look. Plus, you want to feel comfortable and confident!

5. Snip Those Split Ends

Not sure if you have the hair for your style of choice? Ask your Arch stylist. They’ll be able to get you on the right track, whether that means growing out your hair or scheduling a cut. Try Oribe’s Split End Seal Beautiful Color Treatment to keep your locks in tip top shape.

6. Bigger is Always Better

You might end up needing more hair to achieve your look and that’s okay! Be open to wearing hair extensions. For a small charge, the Arch stylists will expertly incorporate your extensions into your hair style.

7. Clean or Dirty Hair?

Here at Arch our stylists ask that you come in with clean hair. They have plenty of Oribe products at their disposal to make your hair look and feel like they need it to!

8. Treat Your Hair

To keep your hair looking and feeling it’s healthiest, try adding a hair masque into your shower routine at least 2 times a week. It will help with shine, split ends and hydration. Arch Madison’s favorite is the Gold Lust Transformative Masque by Oribe.

9. Color Me Beautiful

If you have color treated hair, making a touch-up appointment about four weeks before your wedding is a safe bet. To keep your color looking its best, try using Oribe’s Shampoo and Conditioner for Beautiful Color. (Did we mention its award winning?) If you’re blonde, give the Bright Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner a go!

10. Accessorize Your Look

Get personal with it! There’s so many unique accessories to choose from these days and they make for the perfect finishing touch.

Looking for the perfect summer beauty look? Allure’s June issue features celebrity makeup artist, Jillian Dempsey and her top recommendations for summer makeup. She mentions Chantecaille’s Le Chrome Luxe Eye Duo in Gardens of Marrakech in a story called “Summer Loves.” She talks about her summertime muses and recommendations on how to re-create their looks. For Erin Wasson’s “classic southern california” beauty look, Jillian mentions that after applying a matte bronzer all over the face, she would dab a shimmery bronze shadow on the lids and highly recommends the bronze shade in the duo.She says, “I die for the one in Chantecaille Gardens of Marrakech Le Chrome Luxe Eye Duo – it’s gorgeous.”

Jillian has worked with Jennifer Lawrence, Kristen Stewart, Kate Winslet, Kristen Wiig, Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway to name a few.

Be sure to order online or pick up your Chantecaille Le Chrome Luxe Eye Duo at our Chicago location!

Also, sign up for Arch Academy’s Summer Makeup Essentials June 11th from 6:30-7:30PM!

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We’re 19 days away from the official first day of summer! Here’s a list of 19 warm weather must haves you need to get your hands on before June 21st!

1. Coola Sport Spray SPF 30 in Pina Colada • Made with organic ingredients and easy to use!

2. Natura Bisse C+C Vitamin Splash • A citrus revitalizing spray that makes for the perfect pick me up after time spent in the sun.

3. Natura Bisse C+C Vitamin Crème • This lightweight daily moisturizer has SPF 10 and has a delightful, orange scent!

4. Smith and Cult Nail Polish in Psycho Candy • This bright polish will perfectly complement your tan.

5. R&Co Death Valley Dry Shampoo • No one showers every day in the summer, anyways.

6. Oribe Apres Beach Wave and Shine Spray • Maintain your tousled, touchable beach waves all summer long.

7. NEST Grapefruit Body and Soul Spray • Spritz some of this uplifting fragrance on to tackle the heat!

8. NEST Ocean Mist & Sea Salt Candle • Who said summer needs to be confined to the outdoors only?

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9. Lipstick Queen Endless Summer Lipstick in Stoked • This beauty contains SPF 15 and a whole lot of color.

10. Lipstick Queen China Town Pencil in Chase • Throw this bad boy in your beach bag for a quick and easy pick me up.

11. Jouer Luminizing Body Glow • Music festival season has finally arrived! Add some spice to your get up with this luminizing moisturizer.

12. ByTerry CC Lumi Serum in Apricot • Make sure to enhance your tan with a little extra somethin’ somethin’ by applying on your cheek bones alone or over foundation.

13. Anne B Cosmetic Bags • These fun bags make carting around your summer cosmetics a breeze.

14. ByTerry Cheek Tint in Cherry Cruise • Enriched with cherry extract, this “water splash” will stick around all day, no matter what type of shenanigans you manage to get yourself into.

15. ByTerry Tea to Tan Face & Body • This iced-tea colored spray will add a light tint to any complexion.

16. Coola Radical Recovery After Sun • Packed with an A+ list of ingredients, this lotion is clinically proven to provide sunburn relief.

17. Coola Liplux SPF 20 • This minty balm makes sure to protect your lips all day long.

18. Eve Lom SPF 10 Hand Crème • Don’t forget about your hands this summer!

19. Natura Bisse The Cure Oil-Free Sheer Fluid • This light weight tinted moisturizer self adapts to every skin tone providing you with the perfect ‘day in the sun’ coverage.

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Welcome to the world of facial masks! Here’s everything you need to know in order to pick the perfect mask for your skin this summer.

1. Oxygen Finishing Mask – Natura Bisse

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Who: Smokers, Travelers, Adolescents but can be used by anyone needing a pick me up.

What: This refreshing and highly purifying gel mask contains stabilized hydrogen peroxide which transforms into pure oxygen and water upon penetrating your skin. Hello hydration!

When: A thin layer can be applied and left on for 10 minutes prior to make up application for an amazing, even wear all day long. It’s also a great to put on at night as a relaxation treatment for times when your skin appears tired after a long day.

Where: All over a cleansed face. Make sure you avoid your eyebrows and hair line as the mask has the potential to lighten hair. Remove with warm water.

2. Essential Shock Intense Mask – Natura Bisse

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Who: All skin types but ideal for women looking to combat signs of aging.

What: This deliciously creamy mask has incredible revitalizing and hydrating power. Its gentle smoothing effect helps to diminish wrinkles and provide skin with improved tone and firmness. The combination of vitamins and pineapple nourish, protect, and hydrate skin.

When: Can be used morning and night.

Where: All over a cleansed face avoiding the eye contour area. Let the mask sit for 10-15 minutes and then remove with a sponge and warm water. It can also be used as a repairing and revitalizing mask for your hair. It’s ideal in the summertime, when your hair is driest.

3. Rescue Mask – Eve Lom

Who: Those will dull, decongested and stressed-out skin

What: A weekly complexion booster and emergency treatment for sluggish, stressed-out skin. Featuring camphor, almond and honey-infused kaolin clay, this mask is the perfect weekly deep clean to keep your complexion in radiant condition. Whether it’s blotchiness, irritable break-outs or morning-after puffiness, the Rescue Mask will get your skin back on track.

When: Can be used morning and night with an emphasis on times when skin is congested and/or puffy.

Where: All over cleansed, dry face. Shake the tube well and apply a medium to thick layer allowing to sit for approximately 20 minutes. Remove by gently buffing the dry mask with your fingers.

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4. Moisture Mask – Eve Lom

Who: Thirsty and dehydrated skin types

What: This intense skin boost contains an advanced complex of skin quenchers to swiftly restore the skin’s moisture balance and defend against future dryness.

When: Once or twice a week in the evening after cleansing.

Where: All over a cleansed face. There is no need to rinse off as it is a leave-on mask.

5. Cellularose Hydra-Radiance Mask – By Terry

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Who: Dry, tired & mature skin types

What: A hydrating bath for the skin that is extremely thirst-quenching and moistening. Thanks to Black Rose, White Rose and French Rose ingredients, skin is filled with water, glow is enhanced and fine lines and wrinkles are smoothed out.

When: Can be used in the morning for a flash result or overnight for an intense effect.

Where: Apply generously to face, eye contour area and neck whenever needed.

6. Aqua Gel Luminous Mask – NARS

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Who: Skin in need of smoothing and recharging

What: Infused with NARS exclusive Light Reflecting Complex, Japonicus root extract, Wild Pansy Extract and Beech Bud extract, this luminous mask saturates the skin with moisture leaving it feeling comfortable, calm, and smooth. This treatment mask helps skin achieve a new level of luminosity and preparation for smooth makeup application.

When: Can be used morning and night.

Where: Gently massage a small amount of product over face and neck until absorbed.