Leigh’s Best of 2016

It has been a great year for Leigh’s. We are blessed to have so many great brands and customers and would like to take this time to reflect on the year.

Top 10 moments of 2016

10.  New York Fashion Week

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9. Introducing #OOTD

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8. Beauty Week

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7. Patrick Styles Mayor Bliss for Magazine

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6. Babies Welfare Guild “Giving in Style” fashion show

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5. Welcome back Judy North!

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4. Woosh Beauty At Leigh’s

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3. UICA’s Color In Design Event

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2. Welcome Aquazzura and Carven

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1. 11th Annual Couture for a Cure Runway Event

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Thanks for spending 2016 with us! We can’t wait for an even better 2017!

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The art of MENS Grooming 

  

Photo credit: model: Connor Bowen @conbo37. Photography: Erik Holladay @holladay_photography.  MENS grooming: Mark Ellsworth @Mark_ellsworth 

Men’s Grooming; code name for the application of cosmetics and like products on men.  Yes, you read that right, cosmetics on men.  This decade has seen the birth of a new age in beauty.  Men have begun taking extra measures to present their best self to the world around them.  The days of secretly swiping their sisters concealer are coming to an end and more and more men are empowered and confidently approaching cosmetics counters with a goal in mind;  looking good.  

Today’s gender fluid influencers are peeling back the labels of their mothers compacts and handing it over to the #Bro on their left.  This isn’t about men or women and the norms of previous generations;  this is about pride.  Men’s grooming takes his morning routine to the next level, putting color theory to practice and changing verbiage to accurately describe the finished product.  

   

 
The boys dipped their toes in the pool and started pampering themselves with manicures and pedicures, finding how refreshing it is to take a little “me” time for themselves.  This indulgence is evolving into a full body experience, starting with the face.  A facial is like a good beard trim or cleanse, it’s sheds the unwanted, rejuvenates the spirit, and reveals a new image of oneself.  The gentlemen of today are well aware that the effects of time and gravity are not subject to just women, weather they’re 28 or 48, measures can be taken to preserve masculine vitality.  

  
While facials and spa treatments can be added to the maintenance list along with your oil change, there are everyday solutions to enhance a gents features and polish him to perfection in a few easy steps.  
More and more cosmetic brands are gearing campaigns and marketing towards men and introducing or rebranding existing products to better suit their target audience.  Simply put; user friendly products that make brands approachable with routines that are attainable for the everyday man.  Tinted moisturizers and BB (beauty balm) creams, like Kiehls actively correcting and beautifying BB cream, strive to correct imbalances and enhance the appearance of the skin without looking like actual makeup. Giving you a believable “I woke up like this…” kind of vibe while protecting you from the elements outside with a generous dose of SPF. 
  
Taking it a step further, dudes are understanding color theory more and how it can be applied to the face.  This fundamental system of primary and complimentary colors can become a game changer when you’re troubleshooting problem areas like under eyes and rosy cheeks.  Veil Cosmetics is focused on just that; fixing.  The click applicator pens offer 12 shades of corrective color that adjust, balance, and highlight the skin.  A peptide complex boosts the skin with additional hydration and lays softly on the skin like an Instagram filter.  #Perfection 
                       

We’re transitioning out the winter blues and into the warmer seasons.  Unfortunately our skin doesn’t maintain the same speed as Mother Nature and we might need little help.  So we’re borrowing everybody’s favorite Insta filter “Valencia” (think back to the cult classic song “Lemme take a selfie” and the claim of looking tan) and adding some warmth to the face with a little bronzer.  Less is more here guys and texture is everything;  sheer and matte.   Laura Mercier Cosmetics Matte Radiance Baked Powder is the ticket to St. Tropez skin.  The subtle hues of terrocatta swept over the apples of the cheeks and high planes of the forehead with the finishing brush make a great compliment and give you a touch of #Manglow (who said J.Lo gets to have all the fun).
           

The finishing touch; Brows.  Facial hair on a man can be as unruly as a stubborn uncle and sometimes they just need to be put in their place.  A typical bro already has full and dense brows, so color is not a priority here.  Rather, shaping and sculpting are the tasks at hand.  Clear brow gels, like Laura Merciers’, help to comb through coarse hairs and define shape without adding color, just hold.  
There you have it fellas, four easy steps and five to eight minutes in front of the mirror that will put your best foot forward.  Our cosmetics department is excited to feature MENS products and look forward to helping you customize a regemine just for you.  
  
By: Mark Ellsworth 

Beauty Advantage Week is in Full Swing!

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This week has been crazy great and way too much fun! Claudio Riaz was in on Tuesday and Wednesday with his brush line….amazing! He used YSL for all of his applications. Our customers loved him and he gave the best lessons on using his brushes to create that perfect look we have all been trying to achieve in our make-up. We had Yolanta in from Nutura Bisse’ on Tuesday, so we tried to keep the volume down while she was giving facials. Her facials are even better than those I’ve received at the Golden Door Spa. Today, we had Michelle in from Trish McEvoy and her chair hasn’t been empty. Everyone wants the latest and greatest from Trish. And we have trunk shows. Bruno (love the French accent) and Lisa are here from the Globe Showroom in NYC and Mary is in from Cole Haan footwear. It is a great week – high energy, familiar faces, new faces and a bright start to the spring season!

Meet Carol In Cosmetics!

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We are pleased to introduce you to the newest member of our cosmetic team, Carol Slomp.  She is FABULOUS!!!  Carol is a licensed esthetician with five years of cosmetic counter experience.  She is a guru of make-up and can advise you on the best products to meet your needs.  And if her expertise wasn’t enough, her sense of humor will keep you coming back.  She is so much fun!  Make it a point to stop in to meet her, it will surely brighten your day!

Natura Bisse’ Oxygen Line

 

 

 

Look what has arrived in our cosmetic area…the Oxygen Line from Natura Bisse’.   Girls…do not miss out on this opportunity to try the newest and greatest of body care!  Oxygen body will restore hydration and vitality to your skin.  It will clarify and fade any age spots or sun damage you may have.  Keep your skin glowing all summer long.  Come in to Leigh’s and mention this blog and receive a  complimentary sample packet!