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New York Fashion Week: Julie Rocks The Haus

Backstage was bustling Friday at Julie Haus. Dwight O’Neal, Key Makeup Artist for theBalm, gave me the skinny on the makeup inspired by Haus’ NYFW debut…

A model hurriedly does her makeup in a cab on the way to a go-see. She dots a lip stain on the center of her pout and blends outward with her fingers, then applies a few hasty swipes of mascara to her lashes. When she arrives at the casting, she stands out in the crowd…she’s shining through. She’s wearing the makeup. It’s not wearing her.

To create the look, Dwight (who is fabulously personable, by the by) started by creating a flawless foundation, literally, by mixing Balm Shelter Tinted Moisturizer SPF 18 with timeBalm Anti-Wrinkle Concealer. “It gives a great dewy glow and provides medium to full coverage without looking like a mask,” he says. “The mixture of these two products creates an anti-aging foundation. It’s concealing and healing!”

On the eyes, Dwight used timeBalm Anti-Wrinkle Concealer in Lighter than Light, as a primer. Then he set the concealer with Sexy Mama Translucent Powder, followed by Caught in the Act Courtney Shady Lady Eye Shadow lightly in the crease and along the lash line. He lightly dusted Luscious Lani Shady Lady Eye Shadow on the brow bone, then applied Sexy Stacy Shady Lady Eye Shadow with a wet brush as an eyeliner. After applying FIVE coats of Two Timer Mascara in Black to top lashes only, Dwight finished the eye look by shaping brows with Pick Up Liner. Bahama Mama Bronzer was applied beneath the cheekbones to contour the face.

To achieve the effortlessly sexy lip, Dwight starts with Staniac in Prom Queen (applied to the center of the lips and blended out), Read My Lips Lipstick (to moisturize), and Plump Your Pucker in Cocoa My Coconut (to plump, plump, plump, plump it up).

I also had an opportunity to chat up Marissa Shipman, the Founder & CEO of theBalm. After I went on and on about the genius of BalmsAway Eye Makeup Remover, she told me that it was inspired by her grandma. She also hinted that theBalm has an amazing new product in the works – and Julia got her to divulge that it is a lip product. I’ll keep you posted as details unfold…

Oscar Blandi was the mastermind behind the masterfully beachy waves. He told me that the Julie Haus hair look embraces natural texture rather than fighting it. To replicate, start with wet hair with Proteine di Jasmine Protein Mist. Apply Volume to roots, Acqua Marina to the ends to the ends for hold, and blow dry hair to a smooth finish. Using a straightening iron, curl sections of hair in different directions to create an edgy look. Then take a few sections and braid them – then curl the braid around the flat iron. Finish the look by teasing the ends with flat brush to open up the curls. Use Tocco Finale for hold and definition and Lacca for additional volume.

Stay tuned for more New York Fashion Week – Spring/Summer 2009 coverage!

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Arlenis Sosa Is Lancome’s Newest Spokesperson

Talk about a Cinderella story…
Model Arlenis Sosa was just discovered earlier this year and immediately began booking jobs with American Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and other top fashion publications. Sosa recently appeared in Italian Vogue’s “Black issue,” and will be walking in more than a dozen shows this Fashion Week – from Proenza Schouler to Peter Som. And now comes the announcement that Arlenis has joined the Lancome family and will be their newest spokesperson.
“Arlenis possesses beauty, intelligence, charm and compassion,” says Lancome President Odile Roujol. “All of our brand ambassadors share these attributes, so we knew she would be a wonderful addition. We are very proud to welcome her to the Lancome family.”
Lancome’s other brand spokepersons reads like a who’s who list; ambassadors include Anne Hathaway, Kate Winslet, Juliette Binoche, Clive Owen, Daria Werbowy and Selena Breed. Ads featuring Arlenis Sosa will appear in 2009.

Nima Nyima: A Himalayan Retreat


Last month at New York Fashion Week, while chillin’ on the steps at Bryant Park, I noticed a woman handing out bars of beautifully wrapped soap. So you know this beauty junkie made a beeline over there and snatched one up.

When I returned home, I took Nima Nyima’s Tibetan Safflower Citrus Soap for a test drive and it was love at first shower. Its creamy formula, a combination of Safflower oil and petals, softens skin and imparts a delicate floral-citrus fragrance. And the soap, itself, is super-cute.

Nima Nyima soaps (also available in Himalayan Mountain Woods, Himalayan Nettle Spearmint, Himalayan Rose Honey, Tibetan Herb Spikenard, and Yak Milk Lavender) are handmade in Nepal using all-natural ingredients and native philosophies imported from the Himalayas. Cold-processed and eco-friendly, they’re biodegradable and never tested on animals.

These soaps are perfect for a guest bathroom. Or impress your friends by giving them this chic gift. But if you’ve only got one bathroom (like me), or you’re kinda stingy with your beauty goodies (me again), just buy a whole bunch for yourself. I won’t judge.

And while you’re at it, be sure to try Nima Nyima’s wonderfully perfumed, candles.

Like the soaps, they’re both functional and fragrant. Plus they’re blinged out with gemstones – which, besides being pretty, are also essential to the precious pills of Tibetan medicine.

As I type this, I’m burning the midnight oil with Nima Nyima’s Wild Saffron with Camelian and Ginger Candle. Get yours at Rescue Beauty Lounge.

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I’m Baaaack!


I’m back, y’all. Did you miss me? I sure missed all of you. And it was pure torture being unable to bring you the latest beauty news and product reviews.

Though I was only in NYC for a hot minute, I did manage to meet Amber for some convo over some vino. And I must admit that the sight of Bryant Park left me all nostalgic about my inaugural trip to New York Fashion Week. It was so strange to see it sans the white tents, shutterbugs, and modish masses. Without the accoutrements, it reminds you that Bryant Park is – in fact – a park.

Anyway, now that I’m back in Philly, you can expect more regular posts. I’ve got so much juicy juice to share, I don’t know where to start. I’ll be making up for lost time, so stay tuned.

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