New York Fashion Week: Alice & Olivia, Spring 2010

For the Alice + Olivia Spring 2010 presentation, MAC created two very different makeup looks. The first was a black super smoky eye, worn by The Plastiscines, who performed at the show.

The models, on the other hand, sported two different shades of pink shadow (Rosy Outlook and Perky) along with a white shade (Just So). Irridescent powder was applied to the cheekbones and the inner corner of the eye. Cream blush in So Sweet was blended onto the cheek, and the above pink shadows were blended together and layered on top. The brow shape was kept natural and kept in place with brow gel.

Angel Lipstick (Kim Kardashian‘s fave) was applied to lips, with Lipglass in Underage and English Accent on top. Silver dust was also mixed with moisturizer and applied to the entire body, for a ethereal glow.

Key Makeup Artist Nadine Luke emphasized that the look flatters a wide range of complexions, as evidenced by my backstage photos.

“The hair for Alice + Olivia is a crossroads of edgy and girly,” said Frédéric Fekkai. “We created a look for funky, confident women.”

Andre Rodman, Lead Stylist for Fekkai added a fun, punky edginess to the s weet, girly looks at the Alice + Olivia show. To get the look Andre twirled crimped hair around a double barreled iron in a figure eight pattern. He then pulled the front piece to the side, smoothed it with Fekkai Coiff Magnifique Ultra-Light Finishing Crème and secured it neatly with jeweled pins. Finally, Andre set the style using Full Blown Volume Lifting Hairspray.

Alice + Olivia for Payless shoes

How darling are these labels?

These boots were made for Payless…and that’s just where they’ll be.
One of these days these boots are gonna come on home with me.

Impossibly chic booties – for cheap (also for Payless)!

Katty Besnard, lead singer of the Plastiscines (note the sooty black eyes)

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After Midnight, We're Gonna Let It All Bling Out

The key to cosmetics is never looking like you tried too hard, even if you’ve worked up a sweat…though it’s preferable to just use simple products that yield simply amazing results.

Which is why I’m currently enamored with . Inspired by their best-selling eye shadow, this subtly fragranced shimmering lotion imparts a golden shimmer – without making you look like you’re trying to be JLo 2.0. No chunky glitter means it’s subtle enough for day, but still potent enough to turn heads ’round midnight.

Midnight Cowboy Body Shimmer Lotion ($28) is available at Sephora and .

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YSL Fall 2009

YSL Fall 2009 Beauty Collection: Inspired by the YSL Fall RTW Fashion collection of exquisite tailoring with sumptuous textures, a flawless complexion is offset by magnetic pearl grey eyes and intense plum lips.

* Perfect Touch Radiant Brush Foundation
* Touche Éclat Radiant Touch in Luminous Radiance
* Palette Y Collector Palette for the Complexion (limited edition)
* Crème de Blush Cream Blush in Powdery Rose (limited edition)

* Ombres 5 Lumières 5 Colour Harmony for Eyes in Midnight
* Volume Effet Faux Cils Luxurious Mascara in Sublime Grey

* Rouge Volupté Silky Sensual Radiant Lipstick in Exquisite Plum

* La Laque Long Lasting Nail Lacquer in Stormy Grey

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Don’t Forget About The Nordstrom Anniversary Beauty Exclusives Event

The Nordstrom Anniversary Beauty Exclusives Event doesn’t officially kick off until July 17th, but you can get a head start on your shopping now. Beat the crowds and pre-order now so you won’t miss out on the limited-edition sets and beauty bargains available only at Nordstrom during this decades-old annual ritual.

I recently got my hands on a sneak preview of Yves Saint Laurent ‘All Fore Eyes’ Set, one of this year’s exclusive offerings.

All For Eyes includes a full-size Touché Éclat Radiant Touch No. 1 Luminous Radiance, a travel-size Instant Eye Makeup Remover, and a full-size Volume Effet Faux Cils Luxurious Mascara No. 1 in Black – which is responsible for the impossibly lush lashes I’ve been sporting as of late (True Blood-sucker Jessica, eat your heart out!)

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