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It's HERE!

You all know we're product junkies! Not only do we adore Love&Toast's pretty packaging, but we can totally get behind it's ingredient list and won't-break-the-bank price tag as well.

$10 shampoo and body lotion? Oh yes!

What's missing? Only the yucky stuff! Check out what you WON'T find in Love&Toasts scrumptious products:

No parabens, phthalates, petrolatum, mineral oil, propylene glycol, retinol, sulfates, or synthetic color. Never animal tested, no animal ingredients. 


 the duque team


Prep a NEW YOU for the New Year with NuFace!

Here's the thing, at duque we LOVE our NuFace microcurrent machines and you will too!

Pre-order yours today through the 12th of November and recieve 10% off the regular price, now only $249!

NuFACE® lifts, tones and contours the face while improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Microcurrent technology is the same technology used by aesthetic professionals and provides the same results at home. In as little as 5 minutes, you can regain firmer muscles, tighter skin, lifted brows, contoured cheekbones and a more defined jaw line.

What is microcurrent?


A microcurrent facelift is a non-surgical, non-invasive cosmetic technique that safely and effectively improves the health and appearance of the skin. A microcurrent facelift is also called a Bio-ultimate facelift. A microcurrent facelift uses technologies developed in the medical and physiotherapy fields to activate the skin's natural chemicals responsible for health and vitality. A microcurrent facelift provides satisfying aesthetic results with less risk of side effects compared to a traditional facelift. The microcurrent facelift procedure is proven safe and effective, delivering results at a fraction of the cost of traditional procedures.

A microcurrent facelift delivers a variety of benefits to patients who wish to attain a healthier and younger looking appearance. A microcurrent facelift can be performed to achieve the following benefits: improve muscle tone in face and neck, lift jowls and eyebrows, reduce and eliminate fine lines and wrinkles, improve facial circulation, skin exfoliation, lymphatic drainage, sun damage treatment, skin pigment improvement, product penetration, and much more.


the duque team


WIN a Julie Hewett Palette from duque!


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! 

As many of you know, our very own Giovanna Duque is not only a survivor, (April 2011 made FIVE years cancer free! WOOT WOOT!), but an advocate for awareness as well. We've all seen the pink ribbons, walks, posters and events in our community but have you ever really stopped to think about what "awareness" means?



noun the state or condition of being aware;  having knowledge; consciousness


We all throw the term "awareness" around but are we really practicing it? How many times have you decided you could wait just a little longer for that mammogram? How many friends and family members have you reached out to and talked about this disease?

Knowing Breast Cancer exists isn't enough to make a change. As women and sisters we are responsible for taking care of ourselves and each other. Awareness translates to so much more than maintaining your regular doctor's visits and taking care of your health.

Taking care of your well being is a "big picture" kind of thing. When you feel good about yourself outwardly and inwardly, you're more likely to stay awake and aware. That's why at duque we believe in the power of "The Beauty Cure" We believe looking good and feeling good go hand in hand. A great haircut, beautiful makeup, a perfectly shaped brow. When you look in the mirror and you like what you see, you have higher self-esteem and that means a healthier YOU! 

Yes, we said it, we believe in the power of BEAUTY! Not only is it powerful, but contageous. When you feel great, you're more likely to inspire joy in those around you. And happy people are healthy people.

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we want to help spread the word by doing our first BLOG GIVEAWAY! That's right....


In order to spread awareness and remind our fellow sisters to get a mammogram, talk to a friend or family member and DO SOMETHING TO FEEL BEAUTIFUL, we're giving away a Julie Hewett "Mandy" Palette!


A perfect primping palette with four superb shades to get your glow on.

peachie & natural cheekies - peachie, a fresh creamy coral & natural, a sheer tawny brown. Wear alone or mix both colors to customize.

shimmy in goldie - A cream puff starlight shine for that 'red carpet glow.'

lip lush in mimi - a sheer pink shimmer. your final touch for a flawless face! Wear alone or over cheekie colors on lips.




Winning is EASY! There are SIX ways to enter, and EACH action counts as a SEPERATE entry.

Leave a SEPERATE comment below for each action you take. The WINNER will be drawn November 4th and contacted via e-mail.




3. Leave a COMMENT on this blog with your all time favorite beauty product! 

4. TWEET about this GIVEAWAY! TWEET THIS: "October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Follow @duquebeauty for a chance to WIN a Julie Hewett Palette!"

4. Leave a COMMENT on our facebook page telling us one beauty habit you feel raises your self-esteem!

6. SIGN UP for our newsletter!


Remember to leave a seperate comment below with your name and e-mail address for every action you take! WINNER will be drawn at random November 4th and contacted via e-mail. Good luck!

 We love each and every one of you!



the duque team



You're invited!

Lately we've been having serious discussions with our clients about the difference the right tools make. We see SO many of you coming in wondering why your daily heat styling sessions are leaving your hair so much less smooth than in salon. When we hear coversations about flat irons circa 1997 leaving hair dried, fried and petrified, we know it's time for an opportunity to upgrade.

Some of you may have heard the term "BioIonic" and wondered if it's benefits were as amazing as promised. We've spent tons of on hands beauty time dutifully testing each and every tool we carry and the verdict is in: BioIonic is THE way to go! What exactly does this mean?


Simply put, better looking hair post heat syling session!

And of course, great tools don't stop with hair. What's a shiny head of hair if your skin isn't equally as glowing? 

We don't want to spill ALL the beans but we've got amazing deals on our tried and true Clarisonic Pro and our newest favorite, the OPAL!

And if you haven't heard about nuFace, you're missing out! What can MicroCurrent do for you? SO much!

Microcurrent is a safe and effective technology for clients who wish to attain/maintain a healthier and younger looking appearance. Microcurrent has been found to:

  • - improve facial and neck muscle tone
  • - rejuvenate the skin
  • - reduce puffiness
  • - even out skin tone
  • - improve facial circulation
  • - aid in skin exfoliation
  • - increase lymphatic drainage
  • - increase product penetration
  • - act as a sun damage treatment
  • - reduce cellulite
  • - enhance the body’s natural collagen and elastin production
  • - re-hydrate the skin
  • - increase cellular metabolism (ATP)
  • - improve hormonal balance which aids in the successful treatment of acne
  • - tighten enlarged pores allowing for an easier make-up application

This is such a small sampling of these amazing tools and the difference they can make! I mean really, how can a painter create a masterpiece without the right brush?

And that's not all! 

Quantities are limited, so we're offering each and every one of you the opportunity to purchase before the event. Just give us a call and one of our staffers will talk you through the best beauty tool for you!

We can't wait to see you!

the duque team


We're having a wedding in LA!

...OK, not a REAL wedding, but just as glamorous!

Our very own Giovanna is heading to LA to do a series of bridal updos for a photo shoot. We've had the privilage of watching Giovanna's work for a LONG time (she's been doing wedding hair for well over 27 years) and we have yet to see her turn out a "don't." This is not your run-of-the-mill prom curls ladies! We're talking headpieces with ostrich feather and french netting! Can you say vintage crystals? Oh yes please! We can only guess what kind of beautiful work Giovanna will be turning out....


Over the years we have had the privilege of working with SO many brides. From vintage and classic, to modern and innovative, we absolutely adore making dreams come true. We live for seeing a woman complete her bridal look and take that first glance in the mirror. It's why we do what we do, and LOVE it!

Do you know someone who is getting married or are you a bride to be yourself? We would love to meet you! We have so many incredible services that are completely customizable to meet every bridal need and budget. Deciding what to schedule and when can seem like a daunting task, but we promise our pros can walk you through it 1, 2, 3. Stop in or give us a call and we can schedule a "Bridal Beauty Brainstorming Session." One of our trained staffers will spend some one-on-one time with you talking services, scheduling, prices and the MOST fun, BRIDAL LOOKS! 

There's no need to stress over the details, we're here for you!

To all of our beautiful brides over the years, we thank you for making us a part of your fairy tale!


the duque team



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