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Bath & Body Works Cooling Gel Lotion Needs A New Name


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Laura Mercier Master Class: Makeup Bag Must-Haves in Your 30s


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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2014: 20 Can't Miss Beauty Exclusives!


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Until Now, Ponytails and Knit Hats Didn’t Mix

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girl32 Until Now, Ponytails and Knit Hats Didnt Mix

I typically wear my hair in a ponytail at least five days a week. And during the cold Philadelphia winters, when I’m forced to wear a hat, I end up looking ridiculous with my ponytail or bun stuffed into my knit caps.

Girl 32 understands. Their pony-friendly hats marry fashion with function!

It’s a simple concept, really. A fashionable wool winter hat you can wear two ways – with your hair up, or down. Features Swarovski crystal buttons in the back, and comes in a variety of delicious colors. Smart girl. Smart hat.

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To wear: 1) Unbutton one button at the height of your ponytail. 2) Slip hat on, and pull ponytail through. 3) Voila! Now get out there and turn some heads.

The geniuses at Girl 32 also created the Smart Glove, featuring hooded fingertips on the thumb and forefinger…so you can dial your phone or apply lipstick, all without having to take off the entire cute glove you’re wearing. And be sure to also check out their Smart Scarf, with a hidden zipper pocket to stash your lipgloss, keys, bus pass or iPod.

It’s In The Bag: Trina Turk Collabo With Clinique

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trina+turk Its In The Bag: Trina Turk Collabo With Clinique
I have to admit that I’m not easily wooed by a gift with purchase. Maybe it’s because most of them are essentially throwaway products, in a multitude of shiteous shades. Or perhaps it’s because I’m an ungrateful heifer who, by virtue of this blog, is spoiled by too much beauty swag.

So when I tell you to mark your calendar for a gift with purchase, you know it’s time to sit up and pay attention.

Clinique has partnered with fashion designer Trina Turk and Nordstrom for the brand’s first-ever designer makeup bag. From November 5-22 (or while supplies last), you can get your paws on Turk’s adorable animal print cosmetic case, filled with Clinique goodies hand-picked by the designer.

“The silver and white mini-tigress print with a bright yellow lining works beautifully with Clinique’s packaging and reflects our own silver and white brand identity,” says Turk.

The gift with purchase includes:

* Zero Gravity Repairwear Lift
* Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser
* Colour Compact with Colour Surge Eye Shadow Duo in Beach Plum/Soft-Pressed Powder Blusher in New Clover
* Long Last Glosswear SPF 15 in Bamboo Pink
* Lash Doubling Mascara in Black
* Long Last Lipstick in Twilight Nude
* Lipstick case with Mirror

There are no throwaways here. In fact, I would bet cash money that many of these products become your beauty must-haves. And, speaking of money, the Trina Turk gift with purchase is free with your Clinique purchase of $25 or more.

The partnership between Clinique and Trina Turk will last for three seasons, so keep your eyes peeled in the months ahead.

The Rachel Zoe Project: Shut it Down, Tay

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In tonight’s eppy of The Rachel Zoe Project, It’s Oscar time…and Rachel’s right hand, Taylor, gives Rach an ultimatum. She wants her boss to choose between her and Rachel’s other assistant. “It’s Brad or I. Brad or I,” she says.

Rachel Zoe 1 106 Scrapbook 20 The Rachel Zoe Project: Shut it Down, TayTay, darling…I hate to channel my inner 6th grade English teacher. But it’s ‘Brad or me. Brad or me.’

Your grammar is bananas, Tay. I die.

Anyone else watch the show?

Yes We Afri-Can: Lela Rose, Spring 2009

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For Spring 2009, Lela Rose takes us on safari.

Backstage, I had the opportunity to chat with my mane man, Ted Gibson, about the inspiration for the collection and the hair.

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“Lela found this book and it had portraits of African women and these really incredible outfits and hairdos. So we took the same idea and she adopted them into the clothes and I adopted them into the hair,” he said. “And what I’m doing is a modern interpretation of what these looks were. So I’m doing braids and roughing up the braids. It’s a cornrow in the front. It’s African inspired, but I think what’s great about it is that any woman can really wear it.”

Ted used Tame It – a professional, shine-boosting styling lotion – to control flyaways and frizzies. Hairsheet Styling Sheets added polish and shine, and Beautiful Hold Hairspray secured the style in place.

lela+rose+face+chart Yes We Afri Can: Lela Rose, Spring 2009

Beauty.com makeup artist Tina Turnbow used Stila products to transform each model into “a very adventurous, outdoorsy woman on safari.” To create the perfect canvas, Tina applied Natural Finish Oil Free Makeup and Perfecting Concealer. To impart a pop of color, Convertible Color in Poppy was added to cheeks and Cranberry Lip Glaze was pressed onto lips.

Tina then swept Stila Sun across the tops of the cheekbones and the bridge of the nose and the forehead to mimic a “sunburned/windburned face.”

Tina used Dune Eye Shadow, conservatively, on the lids – to keep the look bare. Finally, Brow Set was applied with #18 Dual Ended Brow Brush to create what Tina called an “indulgent eyebrow, Audrey Hepburn style.”

Before escaping the hustle and bustle backstage, I had the opportunity to chat up Stila celebrity makeup artist Sarah Lucero. I asked her to name her favorite products that real women can use to achieve runway looks.

“For Lela Rose, it’s all about the skin and healthy, flushed cheeks…so Convertible Color and the Tinted Moisturizer creates a really good sheer wash of color,” she replied. “It has SPF, hydration and pigment. So what it’s going to do is even out your skin with pigment versus heavy weight. It’s great for everyday women and it’s what we use on the runway. It’s so versatile and you can feel like a pro makeup artist everyday in your bathroom.”


 Yes We Afri Can: Lela Rose, Spring 2009

Diesel Wants You To Get Dirty…For 50 Bucks

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To celebrate three decades in the biz, Italian denim label Diesel is giving its customers a gift: Dirty Thirty jeans for only £30. For Yanks like me, that’s $50, y’all!

Only 30,000 pairs of the Dirty Thirty jeans (in Diesel’s Heeven style) have been made, and they will only be available in 160 stores worldwide for one day only – on Friday, October 10th (starting at 10am). The limited-edition jeans will feature a back patch embroidered with “xXx,” side embroidery with the dates 1978-2008, and customized buttons with “Diesel 1978.”

The first ten customers will also get an invite to one of Diesel’s ambitious xXx parties taking place in 17 cities on October 11th.

New York Fashion Week: Terexov, Spring 2009

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terexov1 New York Fashion Week: Terexov, Spring 2009
Last month, Jamie and I scored second row seats at the Terexov Spring 2009 show. That’s just how we roll.

From the moment the lights dimmed, Bobby Womack’s “Across 110th Street” started wafting from the sound system, and Chanel Iman turned the corner wearing a multi-color worldmap printed silk dress, 29-year-old Russian fashion phenom Alexandr Terekhov shot to the top of my favorite designers list.

terexov35 New York Fashion Week: Terexov, Spring 2009“I love the energy of New York – the women are very glamorous and beautiful,” Terekhov says. “It is incredibly exciting and inspirational to be able to present my work to one of the top fashion audiences in the world.”

Homeboy knows how to put on a show, that’s for damn sure. His 34 designs rendered me speechless.

Key Makeup Artist Nadine Luke used the following MAC products to compliment the collection:

Skin – Mineralize Satin Finish Foundation, Select Sheer Loose Powder
Eyes – Paintpot in Painterly, Liquidlast Liner in Blue Horizon, Pro Lash Mascara, Brow Set in Clear
Lips – Lip Erase in Pale, Lipstick in St. Germaine

Juan Carlos Maciques (for Rita Hazan Salon) side-parted the models’ hair, twisted the front sections and pulled them back into elegant chignons.

After the show, I channeled my inner supermodel and Jamie snapped some photos of me striking a pose in front of the tents. And how sweet is my arm candy? Ridiculously chic, right? It’s fitting that I chose this gorge Ranhee Joo handbag to accompany me to the Terexov show because, like the talented Alexandr Terekhov, Joo is one to watch.

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Her debut collection launched this past summer and includes the “Bellona” (above) and “Clio” slip-in handle clutch. The designs are timeless and luxurious, with a modern edge and practical elements. “As an industrial designer, it’s in my blood to want to create something that is innovative and functional,” she says. “I guess this is what makes my bags so special because they will always be fresh and creative, with function in mind.”

My Bellona Convertible Pleated Handbag in chocolate is a little slice of heaven. I just want to eat it up. As you know, I am a handbag enthusiast and I have amassed quite a collection. But with its soft leather, glossy crinkled patent leather and plethora of pockets, it has become one of my favorites. Just don’t tell the others…they’ll get jealous.

When Ranhee Joo blows up and every startlet is holding one of her handbags, just remember who was wearing it first.

 New York Fashion Week: Terexov, Spring 2009

New York Fashion Week: Beauty and Bags and Boots, Oh My!

Posted on by daneen in Fashion, Fashion Week, Handbags, Highlighter, Lip Balm | 1 Comment

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I have so many untold NY Fashion Week stories, you don’t even know. I’ve been meaning to get back to my FW reporting, but I have been up to my eyeballs at work, and busy co-chairing the Total Beauty – Total Cure Breast Cancer Awareness campaign with the hilariously snarkalicious Amber.

So hop into my DeLorean, switch on the Flux Capacitor, and let’s rev this baby up to 88 mph. We’re going back in time…

During New York Fashion Week, L’Oreal held an exclusive blogger event, and I was one of the lucky few on the invite list. At an expansive and gorgeous townhouse – complete with a tdf courtyard – I sipped mimosas, noshed on blueberry pancakes and chatted up some of my cosmetics-craving colleagues. As a parting gift, L’Oreal presented us all with Fashion Week survival kits, packed with a festival of goodies. It was then that I was formally introduced to my new fave lippie, HIP Jelly Balm.

 New York Fashion Week: Beauty and Bags and Boots, Oh My!
Here’s me and Amber. Fix your eyes on the chicness that is my Krina handbag. The Calista Tote (in Azure) is both functional and feminine, made of rich Italian leather and accented with gold-plated hardware and flirty tassels. The Calista is oft seen on the fabulous fashionplate, Katherine Heigl!

Later that day, Amber and I popped by the Boots booth at the Bryant Park tents, and were introduced to one of my Fashion Week beauty discoveries. No7 High Lights Illuminating Lotion
is a pearly lotion that contains light reflecting particles to illuminate your skin exactly where you want it, while diffusing imperfections such as fine lines and wrinkles. Highlight your cheekbones or brow bone to look truly radiant…or mix with foundation for an all-over glow.

 New York Fashion Week: Beauty and Bags and Boots, Oh My!
Check us out, getting our glow on. You too can look this dreamily dewy…and for less than $13!

PS – Like my earrings? Get your own from Forever 21 for less than $4!!!

 New York Fashion Week: Beauty and Bags and Boots, Oh My!

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