Nicole Pearl, The Beauty Girl and founder of www.thebeautygirl.com, is a nationally acclaimed beauty expert who delivers behind-the-scenes scoop, hot tips and trends on all things beauty to Chicago. A former New York-based beauty writer/editor originally from Chicago’s North Shore, Nicole has written for various national magazines such as In Style, Allure, Self, Health, Marie Claire, Seventeen and Cosmopolitan, has served as an expert in TV and radio segments and has been the featured speaker for major beauty corporations. Most recently, Nicole has launched www.thebeautygirl.com, one-on-one make over your makeup bag consultations and The Beauty Girl Parties which include custom presentations on recommended products and celeb makeup artist secrets, “swag bags” for the guests and add-ons like spray tanning and manicures. These parties are a fresh entertainment alternative for events like bridal showers, bachelorettes, bat mitzvahs and birthday parties.
Where were you born ?
How long in Chicago:
Moved back from NYC about 2 years ago. In that time, I launched TheBeautyGirl.com, The Beauty Girl Parties and Personal nsults, got married and got settled into a new apartment. Time flies!
Founder of The Beauty Girl & Beauty Writer/Expert
Best Ethnic Food:
Cumin. They offer an Indian and Nepalese menu with tons of flavorful options for veggies. For Costa Rican food, I love the veggie burrito (it has chunks of sweet plantains) from Irazu Restaurant. My go-to for Greek is the Grecian chicken at Greek Corner.
The penne a la vodka at La Scarola always makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside.
Best place for late night dining:
Big Star hits the spot.
A cake from Deerfield Bakery. You haven’ t tasted frosting until you’ve had a Deerfield Bakery cake.
Best Sunday brunch:
M Henry. You’ ll leave so stuffed, you’ll want to get in the fetal position.
Curio in Gilt Bar. Cool scene, drinks, décor and vibe.
Best place for a power business meeting:
I’m not the pantsuit type. For meetings, you’ll find me wearing a Haute Hippie sweater, LNA tight pants and combat boots at Milk and Honey Cafe or Café De Luca.
All-around favorite spot in Chicago:
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend?
? The Peninsula, The Elysian or James Hotel depending on the company
Favorite shopping venue/boutique:
Barney’s, Mulberry & Me, and Target (for the limited-edition designer collections).
Best place to buy Jewelry/Watches:
Elements. Love their pieces; You won’ t look like anyone else.
The Spa at The Trump Hotel does it right down to the last detail. The spa is gorgeous, the robes are heavenly, the women’s lounge is elegant and the gemstone massage is so relaxing, it will put you in a trance. Oh, and the view-Amazing!
Favorite Charity Event:
The Joffrey Ballet Gala
Favorite Cultural Institution:
the Art Institute.
Best Aspect of Chicago:
You get the best of both worlds: the perks of big city living (great food and culture) and the benefits of being in the Midwest (down-to-earth people and space).
That’ s easy…Mastro’s Steakhouse. You can’ t beat the petite fillet (bone-in) and lobster mash.
If I’ m not making a Home Run Inn pizza, I’ m ordering from Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria.
The Purple Pig. Great tapas!
Best Gym/Athletic Facility:
I grew up dancing. You’ ll find me breaking a sweat at a hip hop class at Lou Conte Dance Studio.
Best Limousine/Driving Service:
I stick to Flash cab.
Anything in the New Wing of the Art Institute
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore:
The Botanic Gardens.
Macku Sushi. Do the chef’ s tasting menu if you’re up for an adventure.
Best place for a romantic date:
Bonsoiree or Le Colonial