New Beauty Bar Concept To Open in Greenwood Village & Your Chance to Win!

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Win a treatment of your choice for you and a friend at Ella Bliss Beauty BarChoose between: 50 min. massage, express mani and pedi, blowout, facial or makeup application.

Easy Entry!

1. Email carri@catchcarri.com and tell her why you deserve to be pampered! (Emails kept private and are used so we can notify the winners)

New Beauty Bar Concept To Open in Greenwood Village

New Beauty Bar Concept To Open in Greenwood Village

A new one stop beauty shop opens this month in Greenwood Village, bringing a unique and affordable luxury to Denver. Ella Bliss Beauty Bar will introduce a full menu of “blissful” services, including facials, manicures, pedicures, blowouts and massages, all at accessible prices. Ella Bliss will also offer a relaxing lounge where guests can gather, mingle and enjoy a fully stocked bar of beer, wine and champagne.

“It’s a place where you can relax, socialize, hold a party, or even your meetings,” says co-founder Kelly Koclanes Huelsing.

Kelly launched Ella Bliss with her sister, Brooke Koclanes Vanhavermaat, and the entire enterprise is a family affair. The pair were raised by parents (also part owners of Ella Bliss) with true entrepreneurial spirit, which helped spur their decision to leave the corporate world start a business of their own.

Keeping things in the family certainly has its plusses: each member brings their individual talents and skills to Ella Bliss. Brooke is the financial whiz, while Kelly will be handling marketing and social media. Their multi-talented dad, Peter, will also contribute his expertise in both areas. And mom, Teri, will be the ultimate event planner, working with guests to organize all of their special get-togethers at Ella Bliss.

We chatted with Kelly to find out just why she and her sister decided to open a beauty bar in Denver, and what we can expect when it opens.

Carri: How did you come up with the idea for Ella Bliss Beauty Bar?

Kelly: Over the past few years, my sister and I both worked in the corporate world and quickly discovered the challenges of balancing work and play when you’re short on time. We kept wishing for a place where we could get a little affordable pampering without having to run around all over town to a bunch of different places to find the best beauty services. That little seed of an idea for a one-stop bliss shop blossomed into a full-fledged plan for the perfect pampering place, and Ella Bliss Beauty Bar was born.

Carri:  What can customers expect?

Kelly: Our vision always centered around a gathering place where our guests could come and enjoy all their favorite pampering services in one super friendly, affordable, tech-savvy and ridiculously clean place.

We’re tickled pink that Ella Bliss Beauty Bar has turned out to be exactly that. It’s a distinctive beauty bar concept — with a lounge at the heart of it all — where you’ll find Denver’s best massages, manicures, pedicures, blowouts, makeup, facials and more. Our unique membership packages make it possible for you to come back to Denver’s best beauty bar as often as you like and at the best prices, with loads of VIP perks.

Carri: Tell us the way membership works.

Kelly: For $45 a month you can choose from 5 signature services (regularly $65). Choices include a 50 min. massage, express mani and pedi, blowout, facial or makeup application. Members can receive any additional services at member prices as well. On top of discounted prices on services there are a lot of other great perks as well including:

·      1 complimentary beverage a month

·      1 Share the Bliss Gift Card ($45 Signature Service to share with a friend)

·      10% off all retail

·      Discounts on the Bliss Lounge rental

·      Discounts on Little Miss Bliss (12 & under) hair and nail services

Carri: What do you expect to be your biggest challenge?

Kelly: I think our biggest challenge will be to bring the concept of affordable luxury to our audience so that our guests understand that they can receive an incredible service at a very affordable price. I also think that bringing the concept of a blowout to CO will be a challenge as well. Blowouts are extremely popular on the East/West coast, but are very slowly making their way to CO.

Carri: Where are some of your favorite Denver spots?

Kelly: We absolutely love the city and trying new restaurants. Linger is a definite favorite and of course you have to hit Little Man Ice Cream when you’re in the area. We enjoy catching a concert at Red Rocks or doing some line dancing at the Grizzly Rose. Brooke is a huge Broncos fan and I am huge Avalanche fan so we both love spending time at Pepsi Center and Sports Authority Field.

Carri: What is something readers would be surprised to know about you?

Kelly: We are both adrenaline seekers and have both skydived and bungee jumped in various countries.

“Carri’s Catch” Specials Offered: Book any Signature Service before December 14 and receive a free blowout using promo code: FreeBlowout.

 

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Denver Based Mineral Fusion Products Helps Improve Skin

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Mineral Fusion

Mineral Fusion

Headed for a healthier lifestyle? To help people in that pursuit, Denver based Mineral Fusion makes an all natural make up and skin care line. It’s never a mystery as to what you are putting on your skin because all ingredients are recognizable and natural. Packed with minerals, including magnesium, copper and zinc, the goal of the products are to repair skin as it spiffs it up.

“Consumer interests in a healthy lifestyle is growing and it’s not going anywhere. It’s not just what you eat now but also what you put on your skin,” says Senior VP of Mineral Fusion, Tim Schaeffer. Whether through powders and foundations that improve skin complexion while adding a flawless finish or with skin care products that hydrate skin while fighting back against damaging free radicals, Mineral Fusion products perform well.

The make up line leaves a natural look for day-to-day wear that can also be amped up for a night on the town. When it comes to skin care products, you will find it leaves skin feeling nourished and hydrated. It’s no question why this has become the fastest growing cosmetic brand.

As if that’s not reason enough to check out this company here are two more quick facts.

1. The company has also partnered with the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence to support women in need.

2. With a focus on sustainability, Mineral Fusion uses wind power, soy inks, packaging from recycled materials and packaging that is recyclable.

Here’s a preview of the products, many of which are handmade, and all of which are made in the U.S.! They are free of gluten, parabens, talc, artificial colors and synthetic fragrances and several are vegan. You will also find they are affordable even with using high quality ingredients.

Skin-Soothing Facial Toner ($10.99)

 

Skin-Soothing Facial Toner

Skin-Soothing Facial Toner

 

Mineral Fusion Skin-Soothing Toner- Hydrates skin and balances PH levels with a gentle and soothing formula. The product slosh provides antioxidants and protection against smoke, smog, and other environmental factors.

Key Ingredients & Benefits:

• Magnesium, Copper & Zinc – Stimulates skin cell production of energy, which encourages new cell creation

• Licorice Root, Cucumber, Lavender, Rosemary & Green Tea –Calms sensitive skin

• Hyaluronic Acid & Organic Aloe Vera – Hydrates Skin

Skin-Renewing Facial Scrub ($12.99)

Skin-Renewing Facial Scrub

Skin-Renewing Facial Scrub

 

Cleanses and repairs skin with ultra-fine minerals for skin that is clean, clear, and free of shine.

Key Ingredients & Benefits:

• Licorice Root, Organic Aloe Vera, Cucumber, Lavender & Rosemary – Calms sensitive skin

• Garnet, White Clay & Walnut – Exfoliates

• Plant enzymes, Papain & Bromelain – Smoothes Skin

Body Lotion (9.99)

Body Lotion

Body Lotion

 

Mineral blend hydrates and softens skin while protecting against environmental factors to keep a youthful look.

Available in 4 varieties: Unscented, Waterstone, Sunstone and Earthstone.

Key Ingredients & Benefits:

• Malachite, Smithsonite, Rhodocrosite & Hematite – Provides antioxidants and protects skin

• Organic Aloe, Cocoa Butter, Sunflower Seed Oil & Hyaluronic Acid – Renews Cells

• Vitamins B, C & E – Keeps skin healthy and nourished

Mineral Fusion foundations provide UV protection and are filled with antioxidants. Silky minerals even skin tone and minimize pores for a shine free finish. They are made with a blend powerful blend of Pomegranate, Red Tea, White Tea and Sea Kelp plus Vitamins C and E.

Loose Powder ($29.99)

Feels weightless, natural and soft on skin for medium to full coverage.  Controls unwanted shine all day for an invisible finish.

Pressed Powder Foundation ($29.99)

Pressed Powder Foundation

Pressed Powder Foundation

For buildable coverage and a natural matte finish, use the pressed powder foundation. It works work with every skin type and condition to create a clear complexion without any mess.

Sheer Tint Foundation ($29.99)

Sheer Tint Foundation

Sheer Tint Foundation

For sheer coverage that won’t leave skin feeling suffocated, use the Sheer Tint Foundation.

Mineral Fusion Bronzer ($29.99)

Mineral Fusion Bronzer

Mineral Fusion Bronzer

Warm tones add definition to your face while repairing skin with ingredients that include Pomegranate, Red Tea, White Tea, Aloe Vera plus Vitamins C and E. The bronzer adds a veil of golden shimmer for a radiant look. Don’t worry- no orange looking skin with this product!

Mascara $14.99

Mineral Fusion Mascara

Mineral Fusion Mascara

Volumizing and lengthening, use this for longer and fuller lashes. The smudge proof formula makes sure it goes on effortlessly while nourishing lashes.

Eye Pencils (14.99)

Eye Pencils

Eye Pencils

Eye Pencils deliver a smooth finish and won’t smear or smudge. Plus, it’s antioxidant-infused and mineral-rich formulas keep skin in check. Formulated with Chamomile, Meadowfoam and Vitamin E. Available in five colors: Black, Grey, Navy Blue, Dark Brown and Light Brown.

Setting Powder ($29.99)

Mineral Fusion Powder

Mineral Fusion Powder

Silky, triple-milled minerals, paired with Kaolin clay, absorb excess oil for a naturally beautiful complexion with a shine-free finish. A powerful blend of Pomegranate, White Tea, Red Tea, and Sea Kelp, plus Grape Seed extract defends skin against free radical damage while providing natural UV protection.

Illuminating Powder ($29.99)

Illuminating Powder

Illuminating Powder

Light-reflecting minerals blend together to highlight and illuminate skin as it sets your make up. Extremely lightweight and silky, your skin will be topped with a flawless finish without leaving skin dry. Use it to add a velvety finish to any makeup or for a bit of color and coverage when foundation is not worn. Infused with: Pomegranate, Red Tea, White Tea and Sea Kelp, plus Vitamins C and E defend against free radical damage and natural UV protection.

Lip Gloss  (11.99)

Lip Gloss

Lip Gloss

For high shine that leaves lips with hydrated, check out the six shades of lip gloss. Instant nutrition for lips, this formula contains Sunflower Seed Oil and Vitamin E. The shades are vibrant while still looking natural.

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10 Shops to Stop: Beaver Creek

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10 Shops to Stop: Beaver Creek

The intimate Beaver Creek Village covers all the bases. Here are some top spots for good eats, whimsical art galleries, and shops selling some of the world’s oldest artifacts.

1. Blue Moose Pizza

Salad Pizza From Blue Moose Offer A Dynamite Combination!

Salad Pizza From Blue Moose Offer A Dynamite Combination!

Salad Pizzas from Blue Moose are a dynamite combination of two of America’s favorite meals. Whole wheat crust is topped with an array of ingredients before crisp romaine is placed on top. The Mediterranean Salad Pizza is made with roasted red peppers, onions, tomatoes and spinach along with melted feta and mozzarella.

When it comes to plain ole pies the creativity keeps rocking. The Autumn Pizza is made with crimini mushrooms, parsley, parmesan, garlic, truffle oil, olive oil and goat cheese. Order the Buffalo Wing Pizza and you may find yourself licking your fingers! The pizza joint also serves up hot Italian entrees, salads and subs. Red checkered table clothes along with kid-colored pictures of moose’s covering the walls make this a great choice for a mountain casual experience.

 Blue Moose Pizza

76 Avondale Lane

(970) 845-8666

2. Beaver Creek Sports

With six slopeside locations, Beaver Creek Sports is ready to get you on the mountain as quickly and efficiently as possible. Whether you are a beginner skier or advanced, knowledgeable employees will make sure you have skis to best suit you. Friendly customer service representatives keep lines moving quickly and make sure you are swept away by first chair. Every accessory and apparel item you need to stay warm on the slopes is also sold inside.

Beaver Creek Sports

For a list of locations

 

3. The Metropolitan

Play bartender at this savvy wine bar with the Enomcatic Wine Dispenser

Play bartender at this savvy wine bar with the Enomcatic Wine Dispenser

Play bartender at this savvy wine bar with the Enomcatic Wine Dispenser. It’s only one of three Colorado, making this a signature experience. Choose from 1.5 oz taste, a 3 oz, 1/2 glass or a 6 oz full glass. The 1.5 oz taste is perfect to get a sample of pricier wines. At the bar, the selection expands with more than 80 wines from across the world to top off glasses. You will also find one of the few tapas menus in Beaver Creek. Some top items: Bacon Wrapped Dates, Deviled Eggs, and Balsamic Ships Gratin.

The Metropolitan

210 Offerson Road, Suite C201

(970) 748-3123

4. Beaver Crepes

Just steps from the ice skating rink, Beaver Crepes is serving up delicious made to order crepes!

Just steps from the ice skating rink, Beaver Crepes is serving up delicious made to order crepes!

Just steps from the ice skating rink, Beaver Crepes is serving up delicious made to order crepes! If you have a case of the sweets, try the Figure Skater which is made with apples, dried cranberries, cinnamon and sugar. If you are looking for a savory option there are several options chalked up. The First Chair is made with bacon, egg whites and cheese. Fireside seats available!

Beaver Crepes

60 Avondale Lane

Avon, CO 81620

5. Hawick Cashmere

Hawick Cashmere sells several options of cashmere sweaters in more than 50 popping colors!

Hawick Cashmere sells several options of cashmere sweaters in more than 50 popping colors!

Take a piece of Scotland home with you! Hawick Cashmere sells several options of cashmere sweaters in more than 50 popping colors! After picking a shade and style that best suites you, your order is made are the Scotland factory, then shipped to you. The 138 year old company is produces an array of garments from sweater, scarves and jumpers for men and women.

Hawick Cashmere

112B Beaver Creek Plaza

(970) 845-8888

6. By Nature Gallery

By nature gallery sells both fossils on a large and smaller scale, decorative objects for homes and a collection of meteorites and minerals.

By nature gallery sells both fossils on a large and smaller scale, decorative objects for homes and a collection of meteorites and minerals.

Displayed prominently in a second floor window, the giant ground sloth fossil pulls several curious people inside this gem of a store. The massive fossil, which is for sale, is one of the most complete fossils discovered. The store also sells fossils on a smaller scale, decorative objects for homes and a collection of meteorites and minerals. You can’t leave without handpicking a geode and having an employee crack it open before you leave!  ”I love watching the looks on people’s faces when they discover their childhood again,” says store owner Rick Rolater.

By Nature Gallery

61 Avondale Ln. Avon, CO 81620

(970) 949-1805

7. Black Family Ice Rink

The Black Family Ice Rink is smack in the middle of the Beaver Creek Village and boasts a majestic mountain backdrop.

The Black Family Ice Rink is smack in the middle of the Beaver Creek Village and boasts a majestic mountain backdrop.

Lace up and get ready for a catch foot spiral! This outdoor ice skating rink is smack in the middle of the Beaver Creek Village and boasts a majestic mountain backdrop. The rink is open daily from 12-9 so you can skate under the stars. And Monday nights- the 70′s are in full force for Disco night.

Pricing: $14 adults, $8 kids 12 and under. $5 if you have your own skates.

Black Family Ice Rink

60 Avondale Ln.

(970) 845-0438

8. Horton Fine Art Galleries

Horton Fine Art Gallery sells an array of artwork from both Colorado artists and artists from around the world.

Horton Fine Art Gallery sells an array of artwork from both Colorado artists and artists from around the world.

A legacy lives on at Horton Fine Art Galleries. One of the most recognized statues in Beaver Creek is the Repentance Bear, which was crafted by the namesake of the gallery, Walter Horton. (Yes, it’s the bear with an arrow stuck in his rear end, looking towards a Native American child with his bow.) Horton, a former cartoonist who also had mega talent for sculpture, died in 2010, but his son, Jesse carries on his talent. The gallery doubles as a studio where Jesse is recreating the Repentance Bear for New Jersey customer. The gallery also sells an array of artwork from both Colorado artists and artists from around the world.

Horton Fine Art Galleries

158 Beaver Creek Plaza

(970) 949 1660

 

9. Rimini

At Rimini you can find gelato, a secret blend hot cocoa, warm drink as well as soup and salad.

At Rimini you can find gelato, a secret blend hot cocoa, warm drink as well as soup and salad.

For a quick warm me up, sip on a made from scratch hot cocoa from Rimini. Made with three kinds of milk, two types of chocolate a sprinkle of cinnamon and vanilla, your taste buds will be delighted. Or cool off with one of the 24 flavors of gelato crafted with recipes from Rimini, Italy. For the lunch crowd- a daily soup and sandwich of the day is served. And for those wanting to pack a punch into a warm drink, order up the Irish coffee or mulled wine!

Rimini

45 W. Thomas Place C-24

Phone: 970-949-6156

Q Boutique

From purses, clothing, jewelry and hats you may find the perfect find for your wardrobe at Q Boutique.

From purses, clothing, jewelry and hats you may find the perfect find for your wardrobe at Q Boutique.

Buy a piece of jewelry from Love Heals inside this boutique and ten trees will be planted in Ethiopia. California based Love Heals has planted more than 1 million trees in Ethiopia by selling handcrafted jewelry. The soulful designs sparkle with colorful gemstones. From purses, clothing, jewelry and hats you may find the perfect find for your wardrobe. ”We try to find things no one else has that different and from an international crowd.”

Q Boutique

At the east end of the ice rink 

970 949 7733

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Bamboo Facials For Radiant Skin

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Bamboo is a versatile plant used to make everything from clothing, furniture and even bicycles. Now, even the beauty industry is grabbing hold of the ancient plan to enhance products. Monique Ortega at Quintessentials Body and Skin Alchemy offers Bamboo facials. “It gives you radiance while evening and refining skin texture,” explains Ortega. “These facials are less abrasive than microderms and chemical peels, which can damage skin over time.”

Ortega adds a personal touch using her hands to rub in Aveda’s Tourmaline Charged Radiant Skin Refiner. The creamy clay based scrub exfoliates the skin with bamboo extracts without leaving skin high and dry. The goal is to leave skin brighter and smoother giving dull skin a quick me up.

Ortega also offers a variety of facials, massage and waxing.

Quintessentials Body and Skin Alchemy

4155 E Jewell Ave. Suite 703

303.308.3702

Denver, CO 80222

http://www.mindbody-spirit.com/index.html

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Littleton Based Ultra Pure Cosmetics Meets Need for Natural Product Line

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Ultra Pure Cosmetics Creates Natural Make Up Line

Ultra Pure Cosmetics Creates Natural Make Up Line

As a young girl Tracy Marshall always had a feeling she would end up with her own business. “When I was little I started coming up with an idea of the day,” says Marshall. As an adult she continued to brainstorm these creative ideas, one of which spurred Ultra Pure Cosmetics, an all-natural mineral make up and skin care line. After working in the natural product industry and as an aesthetician, Marshall set out to bring the standards even higher in natural make up.

“People are paying more attention than ever to what they are putting on their skin. It’s not just ingredients in food that matter” reveals Marshall. “Sixty percent of what you put on your skin is absorbed into your bloodstream.” Which is why Ultra Pure steers clear from parabens, bismuth, dyes and talc.

Carri Wilbanks with founder of Ultra Pure Cosmetics, Tracy Marshall

Carri Wilbanks with founder of Ultra Pure Cosmetics, Tracy Marshall

“I like the fact I’m not putting chemicals on my skin like I did for years. I want to be youthful looking which propels me to use ingredients that really work,” says Marshall. Ultra Pure Cosmetics uses ingredients that have a functional and healing aspect for skin. Several are also gluten and soy free!

For a complete list of products visit: http://www.ultrapurecosmetics.com/

Here are some of my favorites:

Ultra Pure Cosmetics Creates Natural Make Up Line

Ultra Pure Cosmetics Creates Natural Make Up Line

Flawless Finish Foundation- Made with only five ingredients, this foundation is gentle enough for use on sensitive skin or those with acne and roasacea.  The formula is free from chemicals, includes an SPF of 15 and incorporates an anti-inflammatory property.

Lipstick- Plump your lips with this omega rich peptide formula to reduce lines and wrinkles. Hand poured in small batches, this lipstick gains color using natural ingredients like organic raspberries.

Pure Lash Mascara- Lengthen your eyelashes with a formula that helps lashes grow using green tea, arnica, rosemary and ginseng.

Exotic Eye and Face Make-up Remover- Made with exotic flower extracts, this cleaner will soother, balance and calm the skin.

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