Because Shaving is the Pits: DERMAdoctor Gorilla Warfare Antiperspirant Giveaway!


My hair grows like a weed. Unfortunately, the hair of which I speak is not on my head. My legs and underarms give my razor a workout. If I shave in the morning, by afternoon, I've got stubble. And forget about skipping days...unless I want to look like Sasquatch. Getting rid of the hair is not only expensive (I CONTINUE READING

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: BlowPro Perfect Shower Cap


The shower and my chemically-straightened hair are frenemies. Every seventh day when I wash my hair, they get along great in a shampoo Shangri-la. But the rest of the week, I employ a shower cap to keep the steam from undoing the silky straightness. I have been wearing shower caps since I was a child, and I’ve tried them CONTINUE READING

Miss Oops is On Sale at HauteLook


I love Miss Oops fashion fixers and have been using them for years. If you wear clothes, you NEED to get acquainted with Miss Oops. All of those things that can and do go wrong with your wardrobe can be fixed by Miss Oops problem-solving products. Shirt revealing too much cleavage? Accidentally get a deodorant stain on your top? Are your CONTINUE READING

Get Catty With Wildfox Catfarer Sunglasses


I've been searching for some cat eye sunnies for forever. On a whim, I bought these Wildfox Catfarer Sunglasses from Shopbop - hoping that they wouldn't look too cartoonish. Even though I was afraid they'd be too large, I'm digging the oversized frames. They make a statement without overwhelming my face. And the cat eye shape is subtle, so it's not CONTINUE READING

Peep My Polish: Revlon Top Speed Nail Enamel in Superstitious


Now that I have two kids - and the youngest being 6 weeks old - I needed to get better acquainted with quick-dry nail polish options. I hardly have time to do anything, let alone a DIY - so I needed to find some lacquers that fit my new lifestyle. Yesterday, while going my grocery shopping, I picked up Revlon CONTINUE READING

Tatcha, I'm So Glad I Gotcha


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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This Fall, Victoria’s Secret Will Be Fierce, Fabulous and Flawless

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VS+makeup+at+Christian+Siriano+Fall+2009+3 This Fall, Victoria’s Secret Will Be Fierce, Fabulous and FlawlessProject Runway’s fourth season winner, Christian Siriano, has partnered with Victoria’s Secret to produce a limited-edition collection of makeup, slated for release in late summer.

The line, inspired by his Fall 2009 collection, includes: a black kajal eyeliner ($12), a bronzer/highlighter trio ($24), three neutral lipglosses ($14), five eye shadows ($14), a face brush ($32) and ruffled cosmetic bag ($16).

One of the eye shadows, a black pigment with flecks of gold, is called ‘Gilded Fierce.’ Come Fall, I’m all about that shade – even if it makes me look a hot tranny mess.

Mark your calendars…the Christian Siriano for VS Makeup collection hits stores in August 2009.

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I Just Met Christian Siriano at New York Fashion Week!

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christian+siriano I Just Met Christian Siriano at New York Fashion Week!Fifteen minutes ago, after picking up my press pass at Bryant Park, I decided to kill some time back at the hotel before covering backstage at the Barbie show. Just as I’m leaving, I spot a familiar face…and before I my mind could even process what was happening, I blurt out, “OMG, it’s Christian Siriano!”

He turned around, obviously a little scared that some stranger is screaming his name on the street. I quickly collected myself and told him what a huge fan I am. I had to check myself, so I didn’t say anything really lame – like using the word “fierce” ten times during our 45 second encounter. Although I may have let it slip that I stalk him on Twitter.

Long story short, even all bundled up and in a rush to get to wherever he was going, he still looked fierce, fabulous and flawless!

#NYFW

Interview With Nathan Johnson, Project Runway Makeup Artist

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For months, I have been absolutely ravenous for new eppys of Project Runway. Every now and again, Bravo throws me a bone in the form of late-night or weekend marathons. But while these re-run nuggets are tasty and entertaining, I need sustenance. I require my Project Runway fix on a weekly basis or I get fussy.

So you can imagine how keyed-up I am that the Season 5 premiere of Project Runway is mere hours away. Can you even stand it? How have I survived without Tim’s quirky chuckle or Michael Kors’ one liners? “It looked like Comme des Garçons goes to the Amish Country!” Ah…the good old days.

My fellow PR junkies, brace yourself. Today, time is gonna move like molasses. So to tide you over until tonight, I have a little treat. Recently I had the opportunity to interview Nathan Johnson, Makeup Artist for Project Runway. Read on to learn about Nathan’s favorite products, and how he makes them work – on the runway and in real life.

Nathan+Johnson Interview With Nathan Johnson, Project Runway Makeup Artist

When did your fascination with makeup begin?

It began with Boy George. I was blown away with how he would use color to make himself stand out. I found it astounding that he could even make himself look beautiful. I suppose that’s when I fell under the spell of makeup. Another biggie for me was Cyndi Lauper. She was (and still is) never afraid to go all the way. When she first came out, she would paint swatches above her lips and use eye colors no one else would ever have dreamed of. In a lot of ways, I think she was a force in creating the make up trends of the 80s.

How do you describe your makeup style?

That’s a hard one. Since the majority of my work is for film, television, stage and public appearances, what I do is usually set for me (by the script or the image the celebrity already has). Still, I make sure everything I do has my flair, which is romantic glamour. When I work, I plan very little before I see the woman’s face. I use makeup to bring out all of the things that are uniquely beautiful in each woman.

What would be your dream makeup assignment?

I would be a staff makeup artist on a morning show. That would be awesome for two reasons: I love to be home at night and having normal hours. Second, the thrill of always having new people to work on and never knowing who’s going to sit in my chair is very exciting for me. I also love working with the everyday woman. I think make up should be taught to women in high school. So many ladies have no idea what to with color. They apply it wrong, or stick to the same three colors for their entire life. I get a lot of fulfillment from showing women how to bring their beauty to a new level.

What is a typical day like, for you, on the set of Project Runway?

Except for start of day and touch ups, it’s always different. A half hour after call time, the models come into the L’Oreal room. From the second they sit in the chair, we have 30 minutes to hear the concept and execute the makeup. Touch ups only happen once and they happen in such a tiny window of time that we are only able to do what is necessary to the string of 10+ models. There are four makeup artists on the show and, between us, we keep track of every color used on every model. To work on Project Runway, you have to be ready for anything.

jaslene Interview With Nathan Johnson, Project Runway Makeup ArtistOn Project Runway, is the model’s makeup look a collaborative effort between the makeup artist and the designer? Or do you look to the garment for inspiration and let your imagination go wild? The show glosses over that process, so I am very curious.

It’s both. The designer comes to me with an initial idea or thought and I delve deeper by asking about the garment, the style, feel, fit, mood, colors, etc. Taking everything into mind, I tell the designer my concept and we reach a common ground. It is necessary to guide them at times. I tell them what works on TV, what works for the runway, what will read under the lights, what the judges like, how the colors compliment the look, etc. They know fashion, I know makeup…when we listen to one another, amazing things happen.

Can you share with us some on-the-set beauty tricks?

Have the powder already on your puff! Under those hot lights everyone shines and a pre-powdered puff saves so much time. Also, disposable lip brushes are a lifesaver. You can pop on lipstick or gloss, and then just throw it away. You don’t have to keep track of each models brush, just get a new one every time. One thing I do on set that you can do at home is highlight and brighten. Want to make darkness disappear and features pop, use a lighter face powder. After you conceal under the eyes, press in the lighter powder with a dense brush, it will brighten the whole area and banish darkness. Want to make your structure pop, brush the lighter powder onto the top of the cheek bone an along the jaw line. I love the Three Custom Color Specialists face powders, they go on smooth as butter. Just be sure to choose a shade 1-2 lighter than your tone.

What are the trends in makeup this summer?

What I’m doing for summer evenings is a dark black red lip (try Three Custom Color Specialists ‘Flapper’ from a Century in Red Lip Collection) with a very shiny gloss on top. For daytime or evening, I’m brightening the lid with a champagne shadow and lining the inner upper rim of the eye with black, this gives appearance of a super lush lash line without the eye liner effect. It is fun and flirty. I am also using multiple colored liners on the bottom lash line. Apply the color below the lash line and smoke it out. Of course it depends on the woman’s coloring, but some of my favorites are Three Custom Color Specialists’ Navy Eye Liner, MAC Jade Way Technakohl Liner, and MAC Purple Dash Technakohl Liner.

Which brands or products are staples in your makeup bag/toolkit?

clarifier Interview With Nathan Johnson, Project Runway Makeup ArtistFrom Three Custom Color Specialists: Champagne, Bronze, Copper, and Silver Eye Shadows, and the Clarifier Pencils (they’re great for brightening the inner rim of the eyes, covering up stubborn spots and blemishes, and adding a nice strong highlight under the brow bone). Bellini Lip Gloss is my favorite. I use it over lip colors because it compliments everything. I also use it on its own because it is universally flattering. MAC Fluidline is a staple. I use it in lots of different colors. I also use some of their Pro eye shadows. Makeup Designory: I love this brand’s eye colors.

What is your number one beauty secret/tip?

Skin is a beautiful thing. Don’t cover it up unless you have to. In my opinion, the biggest mistake a woman makes is layering on too much foundation. Cover only what you need to cover. If you don’t start with clean beautiful skin, nothing else will be beautiful. Makeup should say “Look at beautiful woman!” Not “look at that mess.”

Thank you, Nathan, for this glimpse behind the scenes! Be sure to catch the Season 5 premiere of Project Runway tonight on Bravo…it’s sure to be fierce.

Carry on!

No Sleep Til Parsons!

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Project Runway Season 5 premieres on Wednesday, July 16th. I’m so excited, I’m twitching.

Nina Garcia, I’m Sorry…But You’re Out

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nina Nina Garcia, Im Sorry...But Youre OutJust days after Project Runway said “Auf Wiedersehen” to Bravo, Elle Magazine tells PR judge Nina Garcia she’s out.

Nina, who has served as Elle’s fashion director since 2000, “was in the office on Friday morning, but by the afternoon, sources close to the building say Hachette’s Midtown offices were abuzz about the rumor.”

This story continues to unfold – so though no official reason has been given for Nina’s departure, I’m sure more salacious details will be forthcoming.

It remains to be seen if/how this breakup will affect her position as Project Runway’s resident style guru.

Source: Women’s Wear Daily

Christian Wins Project Runway! Yay!

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For the first time in Project Runway history, my favorite designer won!

Christian isn’t just fierce. He’s also “major,” so says guest judge Victoria Beckham.

gallery images Episode 14 17 Christian Wins Project Runway! Yay!Can I just say that the finale episode of PR further cemented my belief that Christian Siriano and I are meant to be BFF? If you’re reading this, Christian…call me. We’ll go shopping, stage a walkoff, and talk beauty shop.

I’m dying to know which flat iron you use.

Mychael Knight Creates MajK

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I am so amped up right now. As the 10 o’clock hour draws near, I am both delighted and distressed by tonight’s finale of Project Runway. I’ve been dying for a winner to be crowned; but at the same time, I want the season to go on indefinitely. The thought of PR-less Wednesday nights is making me twitch.

Anyway, speaking of Project Runway – my favorite contestant of all time, Mychael Knight, has expanded his repertoire. Majk, his new unisex fragrance, “transcends the boundaries of gender and has the ability to leave any man or woman breathless.”

majk2 Mychael Knight Creates MajKThe scent is a light, well-balanced blend of musk and floral notes “with whispers of exotic berries and vetiver.” Oooh! I can’t wait to get my hands (and pulse points) on this one.

If I manage to get a bottle of my very own, I’ll let you know if Mychael is – in the immortal words of Tim Gunn – making it work.

Majk is available at mychaelknight.com.

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