I'm home on maternity leave, so I spend an inordinate amount of time nursing my daughter, burping her and changing her diapers - all the while, watching hours of QVC. I don't know what it is, but I am mesmerized by QVC demonstrations. If I'm channel surfing and I happen to land on QVC, it's damn near impossible for CONTINUE READING
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A few weeks ago, I paid a visit to my local Bath & Body Works store. I was on the hunt for a tropical-smelling body wash that wouldn't break the bank, and B&BW seemed like a good place to search. When I entered the store, I was greeted my a really nice saleswoman who asked me what I was CONTINUE READING
Every month, my girlfriends from college and I get together for dinner in the Philadelphia area. We started this tradition about two years ago, and - of course - we have a great time catching up and reminiscing! Most of them are product-obsessed (like me), and most have been through some sort of make-up introductory when we became "of age" to wear it. Now CONTINUE READING
The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is in full swing. July 18th through August 3rd, shoppers nationwide will participate in what has been an annual ritual since the 1960’s. Vacation days are planned around it, lines form in anticipation of it – and it’s not only for the pre-season savings on fall fashion and accessories.
During the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, the Cosmetics department provides their devoted beauty customers the opportunity to scoop up unique limited-edition items from CONTINUE READING
Emmy Awards 2009 Nominee Mariska Hargitay, star of Law & Order: SVU, accessorized her Carolina Herrera gown with OPI nail lacquers.
OPI celebrity manicurist Beth Fricke painted Mariska’s nails in St. Petersburgundy, a rich burgundy, topped with a splash of Can You Tapas This?, a yummy shade of raisin, to add a hint of darkness.
Beth also painted Mariska’s nails in Privacy Please, a sheer delicate pink, for her to wear to the Female Nominee Luncheon, as well as to the NBC Universal pre-Emmys party and the “Evening Before” event hosted by the Motion Picture & Television fund.
Meet my new favorite nail color, OPI My Private Jet. I was all set to paint my nails in Dior Vernis in Melisse for New York Fashion Week, but I forgot my bottle when I headed to the nail salon. So after a perfunctory scan of the polish selection, I chose My Private Jet. The entire time the technician shaped and buffed my nails, I kept second guessing my decision. But once I saw the finished manicure, I made a new spot in my heart for this shade. Described as luxurious black with glints of glamour, it’s more gray-ish (very on trend) with fine sparkle. And in certain light, it morphs into a dark, olive-y shimmer.
I kid you not – more than 10 different people approached me at Fashion Week festivities asking what I was wearing on my nails. If that doesn’t convince you to plop down $7.50 for a bottle…well, you crazy.
The inspiration for the makeup at the Lela Rose New York Fashion Week Spring 2010 show was Venice Beach. “The Lela Rose girl has been on the beach all day,” said Sarah Lucero, Key Makeup artist for Stila/Beauty.com. “At the end of the day, she grabs her towel and heads out for dinner. So she needs a look to play up her sun kissed tan.”
When I asked Sarah to recommend one Stila product that every woman should invest in, she quickly answered Stila’s soon-to-be-released One Step Makeup – which is primer, foundation and concealer (oh my!) all in one fantabulous formula.
Sarah touches up Lela’s makeup.
Next, I stopped by Ted Gibson’s station to inquire about the hair, and was surprised at what I saw. Since I started covering New York Fashion Week four seasons ago, Ted has been the Head Stylist at Lela Rose – and their collaborations typically yield sophisticated, polished hair. Not this year. “This season, the hair is an interesting departure from what we usually do,” Ted said. Inspired by the beachy theme, and the collection’s wave details, he created a slightly messy mane. First, he sprayed hair with Build It Blow Drying Agent. Then he twisted small sections of hair before blasting them with a blow dryer. After repeating this process all over the head, Ted gathered hair in a ponytail and secured with an elastic. The pony was then back-brushed to give it volume and set using Beautiful Hold Hairspray. “This look is easy to replicate and is very wearable,” he said. “If you’re a little more adventurous, leave the hair down.”
A beachy, soft, nude nail – courtesy of Deborah Lippmann – complimented Lela’s collection. Lippmann Long Wearing Nail Lacquer in Fashion, an opaque beige – is a “modern take on the old-school matchy match mani/pedi,” Deborah explained. “The color extends the skin, and you can imagine that toenails adorned in this color would just disappear in the sand.”
It’s not often that I have a tête-à-tête with a nail authority, so I took the opportunity to ask Deborah about emerging trends and nail don’ts. She officially pronounced French manicures and pedicures as DEAD, noting that they should have disappeared along with the Betamax. “The French manicure is dated and uninspired. Many women tell me that they like a French manicure because they’re looking for a natural look. Problem is that no one has a white, white tip. Opaque beiges and tans are the new way to wear a neutral nail. I also love that these opaque nudes can do what pale, sheer pinks can’t: they cover imperfections better, result in less streaks, and make fingers look longer and leaner.”
As you probably know, today is the official kickoff of New York Fashion Week, Spring 2010. In fact, I’ll be traveling to NYC on Saturday to attend Fashion Week events and report from backstage. But before we move forward, let’s take a look back to Fashion Week, Fall 2009. Last spring, I went behind the scenes at some of the hottest shows – and noticed some emerging trends.
Last week, I appeared on the NBC 10! Show to talk about five of the fiercest beauty trends for fall – and introduce viewers to must-have products to help them nail the looks.
Watch and learn…
In honor of my latest TV appearance, I’m giving away a selection of the products featured in the segment!!! One lucky winner will receive:
Revlon Brow Specialist Kit: The set includes three brow stencils in varying degrees of arch to fit every shape, tweezers, a universally flattering brow pencil, and brow gel – all in a sleek carrying case.
Urban Decay Ink For Eyes Liner (all six shades!): More precise than a pencil and more forgiving than a liquid, this super-smooth formula offers more control, and buildable coverage than your average liner. The angled liner brush creates a razor sharp line, and the formula lasts all day (or night). Available in six gorgeous colors: Binge (midnight blue), Demolition (brown), Empire (eggplant), Loaded (deep green), Pyrotechnics (iridescent glitter with clear base), and Zero (black).
Goody Resort Glamour Kingston Bobby Slides: These are the next generation of bobby pins. They are some of the most darling bobby pins I’ve ever seen, and come in a selection of shades sure to match your personality, hair color and/or ensemble.
OPI Matte Collection (all six shades!): OPI recently released six of their best-selling shades in non-glossy formulation. The collection includes: Alpine Snow(a fresh crisp white), Gargantuan Green Grape (green kissed by the summer sun), La Paz-itively Hot (a hot pink perfect for when you’re Bo-livia la vida loca), Lincoln Park After Dark (where midnight meets purple), Russian Navy (wait until you see this deep-sea indigo!) and You Don’t Know Jacques! (if you don’t know how trendy this taupe is!).
To enter the giveaway, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include your full name and mailing address. The subject line should read “Fall Trends Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Thursday, September 17th. One winner will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Friday, September 18th, I’ll announce the winner’s name. Please, only one entry per person; duplicate entries will not increase your chances of winning. Contest is open to U.S. residents.
Peter Philips, Global Creative Director of Chanel Makeup, created the Jade Nail Collection with two limited edition nail enamels in sure-to-be-coveted colors “Jade” and “Jade Rose” for the Ready-to-Wear Autumn/Winter 2009-2010 runway show.
These mineral-inspired shades transform the nails into genuine gems and recall the jade jewelry and the pink knit and pistachio tweed of the fashion collection.
“For the nails, Karl wanted a green shade to evoke the jade notes of the collection. I worked with our laboratories to offer him a monochromatic palette of 10 green shades. We chose the color that most resembled the green tweed skirt suit from the collection,” explains Peter Philips.
The Chanel Jade Nail Collection debuts on September 10th at the Chanel Soho Boutique in New York City in celebration of Vogue’s Fashion Night Out. Starting the 11th of September, The Jade Nail Collection will be sold for limited time exclusively at www.chanel.com, Chanel Makeup Studios and Chanel boutiques for $25.
Infused with the prevailing spirit engendered by its founder that “modes have a right to break rules,” the premier beauty brand, named for its creator Mr. Shu Uemura, introduces “primitribe” (primitive+tribe), its 129th mode make-up collection.
Trained directly under Mr. Shu Uemura, international artistic director Kakuyasu Uchiide, continues to challenge the notions of the expected, taking us on an exploration that goes beyond the traditional borders of “seasonal makeup.”
With his creation of primitribe, Uchiide leads us to a land filled with a unique product mixture that brims with adventurous and vibrant colors, rich textures and elaborately adorned packaging.
Primal Color Stick ($30) – Cream to powder texture glides on easily to create smoky shadows or add shimmering radiance. Unique diagonally cut tip achieves maximum decoration. Available in four limited-edition shades: Blazed Gold, Misty Grove, Rich Earth and Night Maroon
Painting Liner ($40) – Ultra smooth-glide gel-type eyeliner in colors inspired by gems from the wild’s of nature. Decorate your eye line with lucent accents or blend in varying degrees. Match with color stick for a treasure trove of impact. Available in two limited-edition shades: Citrine and Turquoise
Primal Mix Eyelashes ($25) – Long lashes in natural dark colors become amulets for the eyes. Interspersed with flashes of blue, pink, light green and yellow color. Cut into any desired width and apply on top or bottom lashes to enjoy various accents on eyes.
Primal Mix Blush ($24) – Duo-color blush mixes a fresh tone with a soft terracotta tone to create a perfect harmony to add a healthy, warm and natural glow to skin. Available in three limited-edition shades: Rhythm, Soul and Echo For Lips
Rouge Unlimited Lipstick ($23) – An inviting selection of shades inspired by wild fruits at different stages of ripening. Muted colors complement a healthy skin tone. Natural dewy sheer finish. Two new shades!
Nail Enamel Supplement Mineral ($16) – An exquisite face is complemented by nails adorned with a caravan of vibrant colors caressed by the sun. Two new shades!
How cute are these mini nail files from Tweezerman?
Tweezerman Matchbox Itty Bitty Files give you a convenient way to shape, smooth, and shine your nails to perfection wherever you may be. These small but mighty tools have a 240/180 grit ratio—the heavier side is for shaping and the lighter for smoothing. Get twelve files in a chic, matchbox-sized case that slips into your purse for no-fuss, on-the-go fixes; the case protects the files and keeps them from scratching your belongings.
Tweezerman Matchbox Itty Bitty Files ($4) are available at Sephora in three punchy prints: Prepster, Pop Princess and Pretty Punk.
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