Monday, June 30, 2014

Hairroin Salon in Urban Outfitters Herald Square


Walking into the new Urban Outfitters Herald Square location was exciting. It is very large and has a department store feel-with an edge. I happen to like a lot of their graphic tees and capsule collections and was especially excited to get my hair cut, colored and blown dry by Master Stylist and Artistic Director Luis Payne of Hairroin Salon on their ground level. I like the idea of a LA based and well known salon partnering with an on trend company such as UO. I have already written up the salon, yet I wanted to give you my personal spin on the vibe....

Luis was very kind and the space itself is both stylish and raw at the same time. Everything is black and white and the stylists have you sitting in front of passerby's. I did a lot of smiling and waving as I was getting thumbs up as Luis proceeded to color my long blonde locks. He added warmth and an overall more even color as there was a definite mark that showed where I did my own root touch ups. He had first asked me what I wanted as my overall look and did not cut more than an inch in length as I told him I loved my length (appropriate or not at 45, I love it). I believe the flat iron had fried some of my hair and Luis made sure to deep condition my hair so that when I left it was super shiny and healthier looking. I did do a Keratin treatment back in December yet before that barely ever wore my hair down. Ever since the Keratin treatment, I have liked wearing it long and straight. 

Hairroin offers a bevvy of options such as hair extensions, hair feathers, tooth jewels, and so much more. For details on pricing and options Hairrion salon offers, kindly visit Hairroin Salon. Please note they are also the only Flagship salon right now carrying R+Co which was developed by Garren, Thom Priano and Howard McLaren and their packaging drew me in right away....as you can see below. 













Luis and I after my treatment!









The plethora of hair extension color choices!

NARS: 43 Shade Nail Collection (and 19 are NEW)!

Narsissists! Introducing NARS new Nail Polish, a brilliantly curated palette of enamels featuring a flexible, high gloss finish for a freshly-painted look that lasts. With a unique combination of resins and polymers, the upgraded formula is designed to improve wear and strengthen nails, while the removable cap and specially designed brush allow for easy application.


The comprehensive 43-shade collection will launch on July 15th on Nars Cosmetics and includes 19 new shades and 24 fan favorites for a full range of lacquered looks. Base and Top Coats complete the chip-defying, color-enhancing trifecta for an iconic nail look with serious staying power.

SHADES INCLUDE:
Top coat (clear), Delos (Copper brown infused with gold), Hunger (Mandarin red), Base coat (clear with light blue/green tint), Milos (Rich gold), Back Room (Black), Arabesque (A sheer pink with pink glitter), Night Breed (Black with silver glitter), Ecume (White),  Trouville (Seashell pink), Night Porter (Black with green pearls), Endless Night (Black grape), Orgasm (Peachy pink with shimmer) Night Flight (Black with cobalt blue pearls), Mash (Army green infused with gold), Dovima (Tomato red), Amarapura (Silver chrome), Thasos (Mint green), Jungle Red (Bright red), Night Out (Bright true blue), Kalymnos (Lilac), Purple Rain (Gothic purple), Torre del Oro (Cherry red), Pastorale (Rose gold), Chinatown (Blood red), Zakynthos (Beige), Paradiso (Strawberry pink), Schiap (Shocking pink), Ithaque (Light pink), Ikiru (Light blue), Manosque (Deep smoky lavender), Fearless (Bright pink violet).

TOP TIER EXCLUSIVES:
Bad Influence (Smoky taupe), Mots Bleus (Storm blue), Elbrus (Plum), La Notte (Navy), L'Avventura (Lilac), Soup Can (Bright red), Blow-up (Mandarin orange), Paros (Red brown), Obscura (Lavender charcoal), Shameless Red (Pink Flamingo) and 413 BLKR (FSS Exclusive) Navy Blue.

Price: $20 each.

Available July 15, 2014 at NARS boutiques and on Nars Cosmetics and August 1, 2014 at Sephora and Dept./Specialty stores.




Birchbox Man + Cool Hunting Collaborate to Launch a Limited Edition Summer Collection Box

You all know how much I love collaborations, so with that in mind I was thrilled to hear Birchbox Man is launching a limited edition summer box in partnership with Cool Hunting beginning tomorrow! 

Birchbox (www.birchbox.com), a leading beauty and grooming ecommerce company, has partnered with the tireless inspiration seekers at Cool Hunting to launch its newest limited edition box: Birchbox Man + Cool Hunting Summer Collection.

"This limited edition box provides every man with his stylish summer essentials.  At Birchbox, we are constantly striving to expose our customers to the latest and greatest products, and our limited edition boxes have become a great vehicle for doing so," says Brad Lande, VP of Birchbox Man.  "Working with Cool Hunting was a natural fit - as purveyors of the ’creative class', their expertise was a powerful perspective!"

"Your summer isn’t complete without a few of our favorite things, and partnering with Birchbox is a great way to make buying them easier.  From a solar powered watch to an outdoor blanket we had made in Morocco exclusively for Birchbox to our favorite cold brew coffee,” says Josh Rubin and Evan Orensten, Founders of Cool Hunting. They add, “This collection pops with color and unmistakably defines our summer style.”

Each limited edition box includes:

Artisan Project | Beach Blanket
Quest & Quality | Solar Watch
Herschel Supply Co. | Packable Duffle Bag
Grady’s Cold Brew | Bean Bags
Ursa Major | Face Wipes
Ursa Major | Face Balm
Juniper Ridge | Crew Trail Soap

Starting on July 1, 2014, customers can purchase this limited edition box exclusively at Birchbox.com for $88 via the following link: Birchbox Man + Cool Hunting Limited Edition Summer Collection Box




Friday, June 27, 2014

Revlon's Most Recent Launches!

As you know, my "SPOTTED" section often depicts drugstore brands as they hit the shelves and sometimes even before their official release dates. With that in mind, a few weeks ago I did catch a glimpse of all of these new launches so now that I have their press materials, I shall share them with all of you now in further detail. Get ready as there are a lot of wonderful new products from Revlon....

Revlon Bold Lacquer™ Length & Volume Mascara
The Ultimate Black, Bold Definition
Break free from the dull shades of grey of traditional mascaras, and go bold with new Revlon Bold Lacquer Length & Volume Mascara. Revlon Bold Lacquer™ is our first mascara with only high-shine black fibers to provide the ultimate black, bold definition for volume & length to the ‘nth’ degree. This is the mascara you’ve been waiting for!

The Revlon Bold Lacquer™ lacquer film technology combines two different polymers that anchor the mascara to the base of lashes, stretching a smooth film to the tips for incredible length and volume. The intense color pigments deliver a buildable lustrous, deep color to lashes.

Our innovative Revlon ™ Lash Stretch™ brush pulls the high-shine, lengthening fibers through lashes for the ultimate black bold look. The mascara is evenly distributed onto every lash to capture volume and length to the nth degree. Finally, mascara that delivers on the promise of big, bold lashes. Revlon Bold Lacquer Volume & Length Mascara intensifies your lash look in 3 shades: Blackest Black (Waterproof and Non-waterproof), Black, and Blackened Brown (Waterproof and Non-waterproof)
PRICE: $7.99
AVAILABILITY: Now at drug and mass retailers nationwide and on Revlon.com.

Revlon, the #1 brand in longwear, improves on the classic fan favorite ColorStay™ Eye Liner collection with new shades and amenities for ease of use. ColorStay™ Eye Liner unveils four new jewel-toned shades and now features a new smudger and improved sharpener. Our popular eyeliner is more versatile than ever!

The ColorStay Eye Liner collection still features rich, intense color that lasts for 16 hours, and comes with a built-in smudger to blend color and an improved pull-out sharpener for precise lines. This waterproof formula glides on effortlessly and stays put all day. It’s hard to improve upon perfection, but we believe we just did with the new and improved ColorStay™ Eye Liner.
FOUR NEW SHADES: Sapphire, Jade, Amethyst and Topaz (all sampled and pictured below). JOIN EXSITING SHADES Black, Black Brown, Brown, and Charcoal
SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE: $7.99
AVAILABILITY: Now at drug and mass retailers nationwide and on Revlon.com.

ColorStay Gel Envy™ Longwear Nail Enamel and
ColorStay Gel Envy Diamond Top Coat™
Two Steps to Total Gel Envy
Revlon, the #1 leader in longwear, unveils the next revolution in nail enamel: Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy™ Longwear Nail Enamel and ColorStay Gel Envy Diamond Top Coat™. This pioneering nail collection provides salon-quality color and life-resistant wear in an easy, at-home 2-step system.

Color + Base
Step 1 is the unique Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy™ Longwear Nail Enamel, a base coat and color in one convenient formula for time-saving application. This high performance gel lacquer contains four nail-hugging polymers and optical brightening pearlescence that result in an ultra-smooth, ultra-glossy manicure look saturated in rich color.
The Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Color + Base come in 30 vibrant, easy to remove shades. There is no UV light required to dry, and color comes off with your favorite nail enamel remover.

ColorStay Gel Envy Diamond Top Coat™
The finishing touch in the 2-step system is our high-performance Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Diamond Top Coat™. The top coat was developed to complement the ColorStay Gel Envy shades, providing protective coating and using film smoothing technology to provide long lasting strength and high shine. The result is beautiful glass-like shine and a protective coating allowing you to go about your daily activities confident in your nail enamel’s staying power.
Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy™ Longwear Nail Enamel and ColorStay Gel Envy Diamond Top Coat: a 2-step system to total gel envy.

Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Longwear Nail introduces these 30 show-stopping, easy to remove shades: All or Nothing, Beginner’s Luck, Cardshark, Lady Luck, Hot Hand, Pocket Aces (sampled), Jackpot, Casino Lights, In the Money, High Stakes, Dealer’s Choice, All In, Full House, Sky’s The Limit, Royal Flush, Up The Ante (sampled), Winning Streak, Showtime, Wild Card (sampled), High Roller, Hold ‘Em, Ace of Spades (sampled), Sure Thing, Black Jack, Double Down, Queen of Hearts, Roulette Rush, Long Shot, Joker’s Wild, and Checkmate.
PRICE: $7.99
AVAILABILITY: Now at drug and mass retailers nationwide and on Revlon.com.

ColorStay™ Moisture Stain
The New Level of Glossy, Wet Color
From the leader in lips comes a new way to wear color, Revlon ColorStay™ Moisture Stain. This luxuriously sexy formula is virtually weightless, gliding on lips with creamy comfort and glossy, wet color.

Formula
Traditional stains are often drying or sticky, which is why Revlon ColorStay™ Moisture Stain uses a formula infused with Vitamin E and Aloe to moisturize without stickiness. Lips are drenched in showstopping color and creamy moisture.

Shades
Revlon ColorStay™ Moisture Stain pulls color inspiration from the world’s hottest cities - think Barcelona Nights, a Milan Moment and that Parisian Passion - and is available in 12 trend-setting shades. Complete your day look with a swipe of London Posh, or amp it up for the night with a pop of Miami Fever! Achieve a new level of glossy, wet color with Revlon ColorStay™ Moisture Stain.

Revlon ColorStay™ Moisture Stain drenches lips in these 12 shades: India Intrigue, Parisian Passion (swatched), LA Exclusive (swatched), Barcelona Nights, Rio Rush, Cannes Crush (swatched), Milan Moment, Miami Fever, Shanghai Sizzle, New York Scene, London Posh, Stockholm Chic
PRICE: $9.99
AVAILABILITY: Now at drug and mass retailers nationwide and on Revlon.com.

Revlon ColorStay Skinny™ Liquid Liner
Super Skinny, Super Cool Color
Mastering the classic cat eye comes easy with Revlon’s latest innovation in longwear color. Introducing new Revlon ColorStay Skinny™ Liquid Liner, an all-day liquid liner with an ultra-fine tip that delivers intensely pigmented color for the ultimate skinny liner look. The 0.1 mm applicator tip of ColorStay Skinny™ Liquid Liner provides mistake-proof control allowing you to apply bold, even color with a master hand. Four intensely pigmented shades enhance eyes with sleek, precise lines for a look that lasts all day. Create fierce, trendsetting beauty looks with effortless ease and precision with Revlon ColorStay Skinny™ Liquid Liner.
SHADES: Black Out, Green Spark, Electric Blue and Mahogany Flame (all sampled and pictured below).
SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE: $7.99
AVAILABILITY: Now at drug and mass retailers nationwide and on Revlon.com.



Lip Colors: Parisian Passion, LA Exclusive 
and Cannes Crush. 








Polishes from Left to Right: Pocket Aces, Up The Ante, 
Wild Card and Ace of Spades.









First Fashion Show held at One World Trade Center

Yes, fashion history has been made. On Wednesday, June 26thJessica Minh Anh, made history by producing the first fashion show and event to be hosted at One World Trade Center. The globally innovative show, conceived by the International fashion sensation, brought art, fashion and culture to life at one of the World’s most exciting locations. Nunzio Saviano, top stylist and owner of the Nunzio Saviano Salon in NYC and his team, joined Jessica for one of the most thrilling fashion shows yet.




“I was inspired by the height, beauty and sheer striking visual of the Freedom Tower,” says Nunzio.

Jessica’s look was the focal point of the night. I used a hair piece to get the height and bobby pins to make sure it was secure. Next, I added braids for more drama and texture.

“The models needed to make an impact, yet not compete with Jessica so we went with bold, modern braids.” 

Their hair was pulled away from the face and off the neck as to not take away from the designs. Intricate braids, starting at the top of the forehead, gave a bit of edge. 

Get the look: Thought it may seem intricate, do not get intimidated! Feel free to get creative and add braids where you like. 1. Pull hair into either a low or high pony tail. Use a bun maker to create thickness. 2. Once hair is pulled into bun maker, separate hair and begin braiding. Take the braid all the way around the bun and secure the ends with an elastic band. 3. Then tuck the braid under the bun and secure with bobby pin.





Award-winning stylist Nunzio recently opened his namesake salon on the Upper East Side in NYC. This intimate, inviting full-service salon offers services including cut, color and treatments ranging from professional Kerastase services and the latest non-toxic smoothing innovations.

SHAVEWORKS: Shaving Products That Give Back, too!

Yes, I still use a razor. There, I said it. Now that you know, I also have uber sensitive skin and these products from SHAVEWORKS were very soothing and felt delightful upon application. I used both the Pearl Souffle Shave Cream and The Cool Fix as they were to be used one after the other. There is also The Cool Fix Rollerball that helps to reduce redness as well....

Shaveworks The Cool Fix Rollerball
This innovative rollerball instantly cools and soothes irritated skin upon contact. Mediacalm Complex works to reduce redness, moisturize and promote healing while salicylic and glycolic acid exfoliate the skin to prevent breakouts and ingrown hairs. Ideal for the lip, brow and bikini area after waxing or threading, immediately apply Rollerball directly onto the area. Glide the Rollerball directly onto dry, clean skin. A portion of the proceeds of the sale of this product is donated to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Price: $21, Available at Sephora, Sephora.com and Anthony.com

Shaveworks Pearl Soufflé Shave Cream
Luxuriate in this lusciously rich shave cream for her, with Capislow to minimize hair growth, Phytic/Glycolic Acid to exfoliate and reduce ingrown hairs especially in the bikini area, and Mediacalm complex, for superb moisturizing and calming benefits. Scented with a light blend of Lavender, Ginger and Vanilla, Pearl Souffle leaves skin moisturized, nourished, smooth and silky. A portion of the proceeds of the sale of this product is donated to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Price: $22, Available at Sephora, Sephora.com and Anthony.com

Shaveworks The Cool Fix
This targeted all-in-one gel lotion fights ingrown hairs, razor burn irritation, redness and everyday common hair removal woes from head to toe. Featuring a clinical level of a potent moisturizer, Mediacalm Complex, that instantly soothes the skin and reduces redness on contact – so gentle, it can be applied immediately after hair removal without the effect of burning or stinging. An effective combo of active ingredients including Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid and Phytic Acid, exfoliates dead skin cells on the surface, kills existing bacteria under the skin and simultaneously dissolves the dead skin so any hairs trapped underneath can be freed. The perfect solution for a tough fight against irritation and ingrown hairs. A portion of the proceeds of the sale of this product is donated to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Price: $25 for 5.3oz, $11 for 2oz, Available at Sephora, Sephora.com and Beauty.com




Get The Look Created by Tina Turnbow: Keri Russell

Getting to write about the uber talented Tina Turnbow is a complete pleasure for me as not only is she a darling friend but she also enhances the lovelies she has the pleasure to work with! Please read on...

Celebrity make up artist Tina Turnbow created the look for Keri Russell for last night's premiere of ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ using Juara Skincare and Votre Vu products.

“I began by having Keri cleanse her skin to start with a clean slate.  Next, I took Juara’s Tamarind Tea Hydrating Toner on a cotton ball and applied it all over her face letting it settle in.  It helped to close her pores and prep her skin for the moisturizer.

Since Keri likes a dewy, glowy look, moisturizing is a really important step to the look we want to achieve. I used Juara’s Sweet Black Tea & Rice Facial Moisturizer and massaged it in really well.  Then, I used the Sweet Black Tea Eye Crème and applied it on top of the cheekbones, this really helps to hydrate and give it a nice glow.  I rely a lot on products that have a lot of hydration to give the skin that plump, luminescent look and Juara’s products have those properties that give life back to the skin.

For Keri’s look, we decided to go with a modern, 50s feel. She’s wearing a Monique Lhuillier A-line, 50s style black skirt with a white top so we also wanted to add a touch of color on the cheeks and lips and emphasize her eyes with a slight cat eye and strong brow.

I started by sweeping a light linen eye shadow all over her lids as the base.  Then, using Votre Vu’s Le Joli Crayon in Charbon, I drew a line from the inner corner out with a little flick at the end to give a lift to the eye and a cat-eye feel.  Taking the smudger on the other end of the eye pencil, I smudged the wing a little bit on the outer corner into the crease to extend the eye, this opens up the eye more than if you were just to have a straight line.

Next, concentrating on the outer edge of her top lashes to emphasize that wide-eye effect, I used two coats of Votre Vu’s Eiffel Power mascara.  I didn’t put any mascara on her bottom lashes because I really liked the way it looked cleaner on the bottom.  To finish off her eyes, I used the Arch de Triumphe in Warm Brown to enhance the arch of the brow and give it more definition.

For her cheeks, I used the Vu-On Rouge in Ma Cherry on the apples, and then took a bit of the Vu-On Rouge in Amourette on the top of her cheek bone to give it a bit of a pastel pink highlight.  This gave her cheeks a really fresh look, very summery.

For her lips, we went with French Kiss in Tatiana, it’s a bit sheer and not too strong which I really like.  It’s a modern take on a red lip.  I used my finger and tapped it onto her lip and blurred the edges so it didn’t have a heavy harsh line to it.  Then I took the Vu-On Rouge in Amourette and tapped it onto the center of the lips which popped the color a bit and looked really fun!

We finished off by massaging the Juara Tiare Jasmine Tea Body Milk into her skin because she likes to stay moisturized.  The smell was so amazing and Keri absolutely loved it!”

Juara products are available at Juara Skincare.
Votre Vu products are available at Votre Vu.




Thursday, June 26, 2014

Kate Somerville: IllumiKate Concealing Eye Cream

Readers are always asking about products to conceal the dark circles underneath their eyes. I believe a lot has to do with genetics, proper hydration, diet, etc. yet when it comes to a beauty product to actually make them appear lighter- I look to products that not only conceal yet provide beneficial ingredients to the orbital area. 

With that being said, IllumiKate ($ 42) from Kate Somerville seems like the right product for that targeted area. Conceal your dark circles and defy wrinkles with Kate Somerville’s latest innovation, the IllumiKate Concealing Eye Cream. It is being touted as the solution to all of your under eye problems as it's a double-duty formula that is both an under eye cream and concealer.

This new product contains an Anti-Aging Peptide Complex that helps support collagen production to restore a more youthful look while the Hyaluronic Microsponge Technology provides a boost of moisture to plump skin and smooth away wrinkles. Plus, the Diamond Complex was created to cover dark circles and minimizes imperfections for flawless coverage.

Available in three easy-match shades (Light, Medium and Dark), this multitasking formula is said to deliver immediate brightening and wrinkle improvement that you’ll see with your very own eyes.



  • An encapsulated ANTI-AGING PEPTIDE COMPLEX is released on application to help support collagen production and restore a youthful look and feel to the under eye area.


  • HYALURONIC MICROSPONGE TECHNOLOGY delivers a surge of moisture on contact to visibly plump up the appearance of wrinkles and smooth the skin’s surface.


  • A precious DIAMOND COMPLEX of mineral pigments and light-diffusing optics offer flawless coverage and a soft-focus effect that minimizes imperfections.


  • A skin-strengthening CERAMIDE COMPLEX replenishes essential skin lipids to reinforce the skin’s barrier and prevent moisture loss.

IllumiKate Concealing Eye Cream is perfect for anyone who wants to minimize the look of dark circles, fine lines and wrinkles around the eye area. It can be used by anyone and on any type of skin.


More pictures including my very own Before and Afters to come shortly! In the meantime, you can read more about IllumiKate Concealing Eye Cream here







Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Bio-Oil: The Ultimate Multi-Tasker!

I must admit, I had not tried Bio-Oil until I entered the Walgreen's sponsored Beauty Within Bus just a few months ago when parked in Union Square. I was then treated to a few drops of Bio-Oil onto my parched skin and I immediately saw what this affordable product could do. Why hadn't I tried it before, you ask? I have no idea as it's the definition of a multi-tasking product and you know I have a penchant for practical products....

No, this is not a Tinder based article but if you are thinking about love, dating or looking extra special for that certain someone- you have come to the right place! 

I know in the warmer months, I don't like to look greasy nor oily from sweat and I use a primer to keep my makeup in it's place. I am also starting to go through my "changes" and certainly have experienced more hot flashes that I am ready for at the age of 45, yet it’s hard to stay sexy, smudge-proof and sweat-free long enough to last through the first date.

With Bio-Oil®, the ultimate beauty do-it-all, you can easily prep your hair, skin and nails for an unforgettable summer night.
   

Here are 6 new ways to use Bio-Oil:

  • If you’re running from the office to a night out on the town, lighten dark circles with a dab of Bio-Oil®. It’s super hydrating to wake up tired eyes.

  •  Pre-date bath time becomes a spa-like experience with Bio-Oil®, which soothes your skin while relaxing your nerves.
  •  Show off your legs! Slather on Bio-Oil® pre-shave for an extra-close, super-smooth finish. 
  • Maximize first kiss potential with a dab of Bio-Oil®. You’ll have a perfect pout and soft, kissable lips he won’t want to resist. 
  • Get a radiant, dewy and long-lasting glow by adding a drop of Bio-Oil® to your favorite bronzer. The hydrating Bio-Oil® formula keeps your skin luminous, healthy and smudge-free all date long.
  • Tame flyaways in a flash as you’re running out the door with just a touch of Bio-Oil®. 
Have a flawless look and a smudge-proof summer with Bio-Oil® in your beauty routine. Pick up a bottle of Bio-Oil® at drugstores nationwide ($19.99 for 4.2oz). Note that is also comes in travel size so you can throw it in your purse for touch-ups on-the-go ($11.99 for 2oz.)!

Has this been a staple in your beauty routine for years? It's now used nearly daily for me and I am so glad to have "found" it! Enjoy!

Recreate Ashley Greene's Hair using Leonor Greyl Products

Celebrity hairstylist Richard Collins created Ashley Greene’s gorgeous look for the red carpet premiere of ‘Wish I Was Here’ last night using Leonor Greyl products.

“Ashley’s wearing a gorgeous knee-length, white dress.  For her hairstyles, we always and talk about the look we want to go for.  We’ll look at the dress and think of what the dress needs, what the dress wants, and what we can get away with.  We decided to go for a straight, sleek look, which looks amazing with the dress.

We started with Ashley’s hair wet and I applied Leonor Greyl’s Mousse au Lotus Volumatrice to my hands, massaged it in, and then pulled it through from the roots to the tips sporadically.  (Tip: Make sure not to drench the hair in mousse, when it comes to product less is more. Always start out with less product and just add more if needed.)  I really liked this mousse because it wasn’t heavy; it was really light but still smoothed the hair. Then, I blow dried her hair and went back over it with a flat iron to make it sleeker and tighter.

Next, I took Leonor Greyl’s Éclat Naturel, massaged it into my hands, and using my palms smoothed the product on the top of her hair and along the bang area going across the front of her face.  This styling cream has a bit of shine to it, which is really nice, and exactly what I wanted.

To set the look, I sprayed the Laque Souple on a toothbrush and smoothed down any flyaways along her hairline and around the ear.

Lastly, to finish the look, I took some Éclat Naturel on my fingers and ran it through the hair around her face, concentrating on the ends and piecing it through a little bit, but made sure it wasn’t too saturated.  This kept the look shiny, instead of greasy.

The look is very simple and sleek which works really well with the dress that she’s wearing and is not something we’ve done before, it’s something different.”


Leonor Greyl products are available at www.leonorgreyl-usa.com.




Friday, June 20, 2014

New: Too Faced COUNTRY & ROCK N ROLL

Pictures say it all and I am in love with the options on hand from Too Faced. I have already reviewed both the Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick ( $ 21 each - 4 new shades were added and I am wearing Melted Candy in the RNR Rock Candy Eye Shadow Collection ($ 36) picture below) and the Cocoa Powder Foundation ( available in 8 shades pictured on me in Golden Light- $34) so I shall focus on the Country and Rock N Roll newest additions as well as the newest Bulletproof 24 Hour Eyeliner, La Creme Moisture Drenched Lip Cream in Country Star (worn below with the Country Nashville Nudes Eye Shadow Collection ($36) below) and Hangover RX Replenishing Face Primer ($32- also worn in all pictures). 

It all started with the moisturizing primer, Hangover RX! The formula has coconut water, electrolytes and probiotics to replenish your face and make your skin look brighter. It applied with ease and I waited a few minutes before putting on my foundation. It was non-greasy and lightweight in texture. Then I applied the Cocoa Powder Foundation (with it's decadent chocolate scent) with the sponge applicator and my skin looked flawless. No pores showed and my overall skin tone was completely even.

I really appreciate the way the palettes give you suggested looks for day, classic and fashion. There is also a small booklet that gives you step by step application instructions for the suggested looks. I dove right into the day looks and added my own signature style by applying the Bulletproof 24 Hour Eyeliner in Black Out ($22).  For the COUNTRY look I used the La Creme Moisture Drenched Lip Cream in Country Star and I saw that my inked lip color showed through a bit. It's a softer look than I am used to yet many friends liked it on me and preferred it over the Melted Candy lippy?!  

When changing the vibe to the ROCK N ROLL look, I went for the day look again and added the sparkling color New Wave under my brow bone. Then I added the Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Melted Candy ($21) and left the house wearing my Kiss T Shirt!

I am excited to try some more looks as there are such a variety being offered between the two collections and all of their newest releases.

Are you a little bit COUNTRY or a little bit ROCK N ROLL? 

























Visit Too Faced online for more looks, videos and to see the latest launches and best sellers! 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Too Faced: Cocoa Powder Foundation

A Sephora Exclusive available in eight shades that work on almost any skin tone, Too Faced Cocoa Powder Foundation ($34) is a calorie free treat for your face! 

Rich in antioxidants, this powder foundation helps your skin maintain moisture while minimizing the appearance of fine lines and pores with a luminous rose petal finish. It's an oil absorbing, non - drying formula with a decadent chocolate scent! 

Too Faced Co-Founder and Creative Director Jerrod Blandino was inspired to infuse antioxidant- rich cocoa in makeup while getting a chocolate facial at a Hawaiian spa. Jerrod then learned of chocolate's benefits to the skin and decided to include the ingredient in Too Faced's best selling Chocolate Soleill Bronzer, Chocolate Bar Eye Shadow Palette and now Cocoa Powder Foundation.

Available in Fair, Light, Golden Light ( pictured), Light Medium, Medium, Medium/Tan, Tan and Deep Tan. Available at www.sephora.com now! 


ORLANE Paris: Aqua Svelte Slimming Scrub with Algae and Sea Salt

This shower gel not only smells delightful but is said to fight visible cellulite both quickly and effectively. How could I pass up the chance to reduce cellulite?!



ORLANE Paris created Aqua Svelte Slimming Scrub with Algae and Sea Salt ( $ 65) to exfoliate, detoxify and slim targeted cellulite areas of your body. It removes dead cells from the surface and it's active ingredients include microspheres, caffeine, ginger essential oil and marine algae.

When this products come into contact with water, it releases it's exfoliating particles and it's purifying, slimming ingredients. Invigorating marine notes contribute to the hydrotherapy effect as well. It's quick and easy to use and a small portion goes a long way. 

It is recommended to be used with the principals of hydrotherapy which means taking an energetic massage under hot water, followed by a cold water rinse to tone skin and prolong the effects of active ingredients. I have used this approach for many years as it supposedly helps your hair color from fading quickly and also aids in your body's circulation.

This is certainly a progressive shower gel! Ready for purchase at ORLANE

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

3.1 Phillip Lim for NARS: NINE New Nail Lacquers!

Hello my fellow NARSissists! I know you have seen my teasers on Social Media and here is the full details of the newest collaboration to date from NARS....

NARS and Phillip Lim have a long standing relationship collaborating over the past 14 seasons on the 3.1 Phillip Lim runway show during New York Fashion Week since the Fall 2007. The collection combines Phillip’s signature style with NARS’ iconic and audacious beauty philosophy.


You received a sneak peek of this during New York Fashion Week and now we can reveal the collection in its entirety: for Fall 2014, NARS Cosmetics introduces an exciting nail collaboration with famed fashion designer Phillip Lim.  The 3.1 Phillip Lim for NARS Nail Collection includes nine limited edition nail shades inspired by the “colors that exist in the shadows.” With a covetable canvas pochette and nine limited edition shades, one of which will be available exclusively at NARS boutiques and Nars Cosmetics online, get your hands on them (and then nails) beginning July 15th.

SHADES INCLUDE:

ANARCHY- Angora
OTHER SIDE- Bitter Chocolate
HELL-BENT- Lacquer Red
WRONG TURN- Graphite
GOLD VIPER- Champagne
DARK ROOM- Blue Denim
SHUTTER- Black Sea Green
CROSSROADS- African Violet
INSIDIOUS*- Black Bronze

*Exclusive to NARS boutiques and Nars Cosmetics online

PRICE: Nail polish $20/each, Pochette $80