I had the pleasure of attending a press event at the Edward Sanchez Vanity Lounge, located in the enterprising West Park Avenue neighborhood in Houston. It was an impressive evening, where some of Houston’s influential beauty and fashion bloggers got to mingle, taste palatable appetizers and macaroons by Petite Sweets and sample some amazing beauty products. Before I divulge in some of the highly-obtainable products offered at this exclusive lounge, let me fill you in on some history of the place…
The Vanity Lounge was launched by Edward Sanchez and his business partner- Diane Caplan about five months ago and has been on the radar of Houston’s social scene ever since. The space is quaint and with only six chairs and a small lounge where guests can relax with a light snake or beverage, it feels rather homey. They offer clients an array of beautifying treatments and sessions, including: makeup and eyelash application, eyebrow contouring, eyebrow threading, makeup classes, facials (using Bioelements skincare) and also offers on-location services. I was thoroughly impressed at the variety of products that are mostly imported but also not accessible at your local drugstore or Sephora. Below are a few examples of products that caught my eye…
FACE Aterlier is made for the woman who “wants to put her best face forward.” It’s made to work with women who work hard, have busy schedules and don’t have time for their makeup to run, smear or get in the way- period. Founder Debbie Bondar, a mother of two grown daughters and over fifty believes ‘that women should not have to defy their reality and urges them to embrace it’. She is also ‘committed to helping women of all ages realize that there is nothing wrong with them as they are.’ This brand is favored by such celebrities as Madonna and Lady Gaga.
Rachel K’s CC creams are one of the Vanity Lounge’s best-sellers and are sought after by top makeup artists in Hong Kong and Miss Universe beauty queens. The Singapore-based brand was founded by Rachel Kum (Miss Singapore Universe 2009) who devoted two years to perfecting mineral makeup for all types of skin. Edward Sanchez Vanity Lounge owns the bragging rights to being one of the first in the U.S to carry Rachel K CC Cream. Check out Rachel K (or the ES Vanity Lounge if you’re a local Houstonian) for all your skin improving needs!
Ellis Faas was officially launched internationally in February 2009 and is based in Amsterdam. The brains behind the brand is makeup artist- Ellis Faas- who’s career stems from stints at Clinique, Lancôme, MAC and L’ Oréal. The brand is known for the Human Colours collection, which every color is created based on colors that the human body produces naturally. This collection totally makes sense and I’m baffled as to way more cosmetic brands didn’t figure this out ages ago… but it not only helps when you go to match colors with their respectable foundations and such..but as Ellis Faas puts it, ‘what better way to highlight a great feature or mask an imperfection than with tones and hues that already exist in each of us?’ Oh and Ellis Faas is Only Tested on Supermodels.
That was just a few of the many products that Edward Sanchez Vanity Lounge has to offer! But to get the full VIP treatment, make a day out of it and pamper yourself by one of the friendly lounge artists. I know I’ll be in to get a facial real soon and maybe try some of that Bee Venom eye cream and mask…
*HUGE THANKS to Edward, Diane, Blake, Holly, Cori and Kandace for having me and giving us a hospitable and fun evening!*
**PSST! And check out Live Life in Style for additional coverage of the night and pictures of me getting my makeup did by Cori.**