Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Meet Sophia, Verde's April Featured Stylist!

We are so excited to spotlight our fabulous stylist Sophia for the month of April! She may be young, but Sophia is a fierce talent. From the day of her interview, we knew she was one of the most determined young women we have met. Her career began at a blow-dry bar where she mastered the art of a bombshell-blowout. After training with the Verde staff, Sophia is now the fastest growing stylist on the team. A couple of her specialties are balayage (ombre or escaille!), beautiful soft layers, and being able to pick the perfect products for any hair issues. In addition, she is an amazing wedding artist. Sophia is trained in Glo Minerals makeup and is amazing at formal wedding hair styles. We are so lucky and proud to have her on board! 

Sophia's Product Picks for April
KEVIN.MURPHY Anti-Gravity Spray 20% OFF!
-Why she loves it: "There are so many reasons why! I love that it is an oil free volumizer, so it does a great job of really lifting the root without being to heavy. It also has awesome hold for a bombshell blowout! I love that Anti-Gravity can be used as a light weight hair spray, and along with all that it has heat protection so it protects the hair while styling it!"

Glo Minerals Bronzer 20% OFF!
-Why she loves it: "This is my go-to product on any day of the week. I love the subtle shimmer of 'Sunkiss' to give my face a natural glow. Glo bronzer is also a girls best friend when it comes to contouring. It hase vitamins A, C, E, and green tea extract so it is great for any skin type. This is awesome for April to give all of our pale faces some warmth and glow!"

A little more about Sophia?
Q. If you had to choose another professions, what would it be and why?
A. I would choose to work with special needs children. They have a special place in my heart especially because I grew up with a very close friend who had Down syndrome. There is no better feeling they helping and spreading love. 
Q. If you could style any celebs hair, who would you pick?
A. Christina Aguilera because she is a saint and the movie Burlesque is the reason I followed my passion for hair and makeup.
Q. What is your favorite fashion trend right now?
A. Full grown beards! I don't know what is sexier than a manly man with a well kept beard. 
Q. What is your favorite hair color for 2015?
A. Gray hair! I'm obsessed with any natural or enhance gray color. It's so edgy and beautiful no matter what age!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Deanna and Ashley's Lips and Hips Shoot!!

So we (Deanna and Ashley) decided to blaze the trail and give the Lips and Hips a try. We had such a blast! Honestly better than we even hoped! We are going to write a little bit about our experience and give you a taste of Shannon's work. She was also kind enough to take a couple pics of them together!

Here is what Deanna had to say about this experience:
"I have to say this is probably one of the best things that I have done for myself in a while! Walking in I was definitely feeling a little nervous and not knowing what to expect. I mean putting on a small amount of clothing in front of a stranger that you've never met before who wouldn't be nervous! Not only is Shannon's location super super cute and quaint. I felt so comfortable in her space and Shannon herself makes you feel like you are longtime friends. Plus she does this every day so she's used to seeing every shape and size. So the first outfit was the most revealing (hence not being pictured here). The ones following that were more softer kind of sexy-over-the-shoulder outfits. With never doing this before Shannon gave me great direction and helpful hints. Who would've known how hard it is to be a model? I feel like at some points I was doing a yoga pose! Got to give those models some credit. After about three outfit changes we were on our last shoot. Which involved the fan blowing my hair which was absolutely amazing... I felt like a real supermodel! After leaving I really did not know what to expect. I basically just left everything up to Shannon. I am so glad that I did.  I was completely blown away by the finished photos that she sent me. Not only did she make me look great but she made me feel amazing about myself. Which I think everybody should experience!"

 Here is what Ashley had to say about her experience:
"I was totally nervous about having a boudoir shoot. I knew I liked the idea of it... but the act?? Not sure. However, I really wanted to give it a go and see what this experience was like to be able to encourage our Verde community to give it a try. I also wanted to feel like a Hot Mama! Boy did I ever!! Shannon was absolutely amazing. Unlike Deanna, I went in with no direction at all. I was too nervous for direction! I just said do whatever you think is right. What she came up with is better than I ever imagined. I can't even believe these pics are me! Not to toot my own horn... but TOOT TOOT! If it wasn't for this promotion I'm not sure I would have ever felt sexy-shoot worthy. After having it done I honestly feel like EVERY WOMAN should have pictures of herself she looks at and says 'Dang- I look good!' When I showed Chris, my fiance, he said "I'm marrying a model!" What is better than that?? This is the least revealing pic so the rest are for Chris's eyes only."

So how can you enter to win this amazing experience for yourself? Come on in to Verde and purchase a new Glo Minerals Matte Lipstick (for only $16!!) OR post a pic of your favorite shade (preferably you wearing it) and tag both Verde and Shannon on Facebook or Instagram. You can also go to the Glo Minerals page to check out the shades and pick your fav!! More contest info HERE.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Lip and Hips Boudoir Shoot Giveaway!

You could win a Lips and Hips Boudoir Shoot with the AMAZING photographer Shannon Michelle including hair and makeup styling compliments of Verde Salon! How does this unbelievable offer work, you ask? Here's the deal.

Why we are doing this: Just this week Verde has introduced our hottest new makeup product, Glo Minerals new Matte Lips Collection. We are SO IN LOVE with these long wear lip sticks and lip crayons we needed to celebrate! There are two styles, a twist up stick and a crayon, which comes with a sharpener in the cap (the best!) and comes in 12 beautiful shades. They encompass all the hottest looks we are seeing for spring 2015. Magenta, orange, nude pink... the list goes on. Matte lips- not shiny- is a hot trend right now. Bold color without the sticky shine.

Here is where the photo shoot comes in: Deanna and I recently had the pleasure to meet Shannon Michelle, a Braintree based photographer, who specializes in boudoir shoots and portraits. After chatting about how we love making women feel their best and how stupid all these body image hangups are it was clear we had the same vision. Her work is absolutely stunning and she wanted to collaborate with Verde. YAY!! 

What we came up with: Two ways to enter the Lips and Hips Giveaway
1. You purchase any of our new Glo Minerals Mattes Lips at Verde Salon. 
2. You post a pic of your favorite new Glo Minerals Matte shade on Instagram or Facebook and tag BOTH Verde Boutique Salon (@verdeboutiquesalon) and Shannon Michelle Photography (@shannonmichellephoto). 
(yes, you can enter twice by doing both!)

What one lucky winner will receive
1. A shoot with Shannon including one outfit and one implied nude. This is a petite version of Shannon's full boudoir session. 
2. A 5 photo password protected app for you mobile phone. 
3. Professional hair and makeup styling by yours truly, Verde Salon. 
4. An opportunity to feel like the amazing, beautiful goddess that you are!
Pretty great, right?

I mean, who doesn't want to be the subject of a glamourous, sultry photo shoot? I know we do! Which is why this Monday Deanna and Ashley will be doing just that! Shannon will be doing a Lips and Hips shoot on us so we can show and tell you all about it. 

So for your honey, or to embrace the amazing you, don't miss this opportunity! Please spread the word!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Meet Samantha, Verde's March Featured Stylist!

Verde proudly presents Samantha Snowdale, Featured Stylist for March 2015.

Samantha has been been with Verde Salon for 2 years, but has been dishing out amazing hair for over 10. She is an absolutely amazing precision hair cutter with extensive education from NYC to Toronto. Watching her create shapes in hair is like watching Picasso paint. Sam is a master of coloring, using soft dimension and an expert eye Samantha can pick the perfect shade to compliment every skin tone. As a leader on Verde's wedding team, she has created countless perfect hair and makeup looks. We are talking about a beauty expert with the skills to prove it!

Samantha Product Picks for March!!

 Kevin Murphy's Hair Resort Spray 20% OFF
Why Sam Loves it: "I love it because it gives me a fun, beachy look without a lot of time or effort (which is awesome for a new mom of two!) I also love how it is great for all hair types and textures. Bonus, it smells like a vacation day at the beach!"

Glo Minerals Lip Gloss 20% OFF
Why Sam Loves it: "Glo glosses have an amazing feeling, are not to sticky, and are super moisturizing. The colors are beautiful and subtle and last really long for a gloss. My two favorite shades are Peony and Poppy!"

What Sam had to say!
Q. What was your favorite hair and makeup look this year at the Oscars?
A. "Jennifer Aniston. Her hair was beachy and effortless (Hair Resort Spray is perfect for this!) and her makeup was classic and timeless. Jen's look says class all the way."
Q. If you had to chose another career other than hair stylist, what would it be?
A. "Children's clothes designer. I'd love to make baby clothes that are more comfortable and practical than what I am finding today. Practical and stylish would be my style."
Q.What is your favorite hair style to do on your guests?
A. "Bobs! I love the versatility of a bob. It is great on so many textures and face shapes. Bob's incorporate precision cutting, angular lines, and fun/flirty shapes. I'm glad the long-bob, or 'lob', is such a hot cut right now!"

While Samantha is not at work creating hair and makeup looks to knock your socks off, she is moonlighting as a Super-Mom to two BEAUTIFUL little guys. How does she do it? The career, great kids, loving husband, adorable dog, and still more stunning than half the girls on the runway? It would be an understatement to say she is organized. I'm talking meal plans for 2 weeks, color coded closets, organized. When you are good, good things come back to you and we are lucky to have landed this gem!

Ashley and Deanna in South Shore Living!

We are so thrilled to be in the latest edition of South Shore Living 'Women of Influence' Issue and wanted to share!