Friday, February 27, 2015

Estée Lauder Announces Their Newest Face: Gabriella Wilde

Beauty News Alert! Gabriella Wilde joins Estée Lauder as the newest face to represent the brand in skincare and makeup campaigns. The British beauty’s first campaigns debut globally this month. She will appear in Crescent White skincare and makeup launching in Asia first, Nutritious Vitality8TM and the Courreges Estée Lauder makeup collection. All three campaigns were shot by Craig McDean in New York.

I am excited to join the incredible women who represent Estée Lauder,” said Gabriella Wilde. “They all inspire me and now I hope to inspire others.”

Gabriella joins the current Estée Lauder model line-up of Carolyn Murphy, Constance Jablonski, Liu Wen, Joan Smalls, Arizona Muse, Stephanie Seymour and Kendall Jenner, most recently signed in November.

About Gabriella Wilde

Actress, model, artist and now also mother, Gabriella Zanna Vanessa Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe began her career as a model at age 14, after being scouted by Naomi Campbell at a dinner party. Gabriella’s campaigns include Abercrombie and Fitch, Lacoste, Topshop and most recently, Burberry. She has also appeared on the fashion pages of titles such as Vogue, Nylon, V magazine and L’Officiel.

Gabriella left the world of modelling to pursue her dream of becoming an artist. Shortly after being accepted into the prestigious City & Guilds of London Institute, Gabriella was asked to audition for her first film and her acting career took off from there.

Shortening her name to the simpler Gabriella Wilde, she made her film debut in 2009 in ‘St Trinian’s 2: The Legend of St Fritton’s Gold’ opposite Colin Firth, David Tennant and Talulah Riley. Her television appearances include the award winning series ‘Doctor Who’. Gabriella’s most recent film credits include The Three Musketeers, Carrie, Endless Love and Squatters. Gabriella has starred opposite Hollywood notables such as Julianne Moore, Orlando Bloom, Colin Firth and Joely Richardson.

Gabriella is married to British musician, Alan Pownall and mother to a baby boy, Sasha. She currently lives in London.

RITUALS: Home & Body Cosmetics

Yes, their cosmetic line has recently launched in the U.S.! When I happened upon their lovely store in Soho, I had recognized the brand's name right away from one of my beauty sample boxes (Glossybox to be exact). If you are not already familiar with this brand, allow me to introduce you to RITUALS HOME & BODY COSMETICS...
· To repair your lips to the luscious pout it once was, start with RITUALS Lip Service ($15), a balm that restores skin to its natural, supple touch. Formulated with Almond Oil and Shea Butter, Lip Service offers intense, long-lasting moisture to relieve dry, chapped lips. For protection against any weather condition, try RITUALS Smooth Operator ($15), a moisturizing balm that combines Shea Butter, Eucalyptus and Vitamin E to give life to cracked lips.

· For a bit of sheer shine and an ultra-softening touch, try RITUALS Eve’s Kiss ($15), a translucent gloss that nourishes and moisturizes the lips in just one use. Deliciously scented in green apple, Eve’s Kiss is your answer to a silky soft, natural-looking pout.

· If your lips desire a hint of color, opt for RITUALS La Vie en Rose in Fresh Coral or Pale Pink ($15). Offering lips a sparkly sheen in fresh bursts of color, you’ll be sure to attract a spring fling in no time.

BODY MISTS: Light home and body perfume for use on your body and the rooms in your home. The light scents can be used safely on the body for an airy delight or sprayed on bed linens and sheets for a personal touch. The mists are formulated without alcohol so won’t stain or soil delicates.

· Tea Time, $25: formulated with the fresh and purifying aroma of Green Tea to calm and soothe any mood or environment.

· Hammam Secret, $25: This aromatic home and body perfume revitalizes with refreshing Eucalyptus and Rosemary to enlighten and awaken your spirits.

· RITUALS COSMETICS is the first brand in the world to introduce color cosmetics based on gemstones. Ancient gems like ruby and amethyst have been combines with modern, high quality make up technology. These are 100% natural gemstones that are sensationally mild on the skin. They have a full cosmetic line including mascara, eye shadow, lipstick and more. 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

New from Ralph Lauren: RALPH FRESH

I’m inspired by a free, modern spirit and have always loved a certain playfulness in many of my collections.”
 – Ralph Lauren

Friends, this new fragrance from Ralph Lauren smells delightfully light and feminine. It's a refreshing mix of magnolia and lemons and was inspired by a sparkling sorbet cocktail! 

Top Notes are Watermelon Accord, Lemon Sorbet Accord and Mandarin Oil. Middle Notes are Magnolia Accord, Chilled Freesia Accord and Rose Absolute. Base Notes are Dry Woods, Musks and White Orris Accord.

The RALPH FRESH fragrance will be launching in April and will be available at select retailers as well as on 100ml Eau de Toilette is $72 and the 30ml EDT $40.

NARS x Steven Klein: Holiday 2015 Limited Edition Collection


NARS Cosmetics announced just yesterday the launch of a new unique collaboration with world-class fashion photographer, Steven Klein. The NARS Steven Klein collection, created in collaboration with NARS Founder and Creative Director François Nars and Steven Klein, evokes the photographer/filmmaker’s audacious, provocative work in a limited-edition, 23 piece collection. The range, available November 2015, will showcase new and innovative packaging, formulas, and shades.

Steven is one of the most disruptive, fearless photographers of his time. I love his work– his ability to strip down and expose his subjects, to create shocking visual narratives that are never what they seem,” says François Nars.

Renowned for his open and collaborative spirit, Klein’s raw, often controversial approach to his work has made François Nars a fan of his work from the very beginning. The NARS Steven Klein Holiday Collection brings the photographer’s arresting vision and unique sense of color to beauty.

"I am honored to be asked by François to collaborate on this NARS project with him, based on the previous artists he had worked with - Andy Warhol and Guy Bourdin. I have always had the highest regard for François' work. He was the pioneer of moving from one of the greatest makeup artists to creating great makeup,” says Klein. “There are few hands that could do what François has done. He has impeccable taste and stands strong by his work. His colors and his eye for imagery is unique and of the highest caliber.”

Nars and Klein partnered with renowned creative director, Fabien Baron of Baron & Baron to bring the collection to life through captivating packaging and spontaneous elements.

Additional information regarding the NARS Steven Klein Holiday Collection will be released in the coming months, so stay tuned...

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Launching on HSN TOMORROW: TAO WEI Cool2Hot Sonic Beautifier

Wei East is helping to redefine your skin care experience with a revolutionary new tool that unites Eastern philosophies with modern Western technology for the newest advancement in skin care.

The New TAO WEI Cool2Hot Sonic Beautifier makes your current skin care routine more effective versus manual application for younger, healthier looking skin.

TAO WEI Hot setting (heats up to 107° F / 42° C) will help to liquify your serums and creams while soothing sonic waves create maximum absorption into your skin.

TAO WEI Coldsetting (cools down to 41° F / 6° C in less than 30 seconds) helps seal the benefits into your skin leaving it soft and luminous.

Features & Benefits

· Reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

· Re-lifts and re-firms the appearance of sagging skin.

· Refreshes tired looking eyes and reduces the appearance of under eye puffiness.

· Restores moisture and hydration.

· Refines skin texture to appear smooth and poreless.

· Renews skin¹s appearance for a younger, healthier glow.

Ginger Serum Multi-Action

For centuries Chinese women have achieved ageless looking skin by using ginger extract and natural botanicals in their beauty treatments.

Ginger Serum Multi-Action contains 30% Ginger extract along with natural botanical extracts that contain antioxidants that help fight free radical aggressors.

Features & Benefits

· Revitalize the look of visible signs of aging. Skin looks more youthful.

· Reduce the appearance of fine line and wrinkles.

· Helps renew the appearance of tired complexion.

· Can be applied morning & night to help address the visible signs of aging.

TAO WEI Cool2Hot Sonic Beautifier and Ginger Serum will launch on HSN Beauty Report TOMORROW, February 26th 2015.

Available on HSN / for Retail Price: $129

More pictures to come....

Monday, February 23, 2015

Urban Beauty United (UBU): Available on

I love all of these affordable beauty tools form UBU. Not only are the brushes colorful, the bristles are full (some are natural and others are synthetic) and work in conjunction with all of my makeup whether it be used for foundation, concealer, blush, etc. The tweezers are on par with the best out there, in my opinion, and I like being able to carry a travel sized version "Minnie Me" in my purse. The "Blender Baby" has no latex in it and does not absorb too much of my liquid serums nor foundation. There are so many products to mention so kindly go to to check out the brand. In the meantime, read below...

Urban Beauty United brings an exciting edge to make-up accessories, encouraging women (and girls) to express their individuality in a unique and colorful way. With everything you need for a make-up application or the grooming process in general, take your pick from a selection of mirrors, cosmetic bags, cosmetic sharpeners and more.

Me Me Mirror Dual Compact Mirror ($6.99)
Reflect your best qualities with this compact mirror that includes both 1x and 2x magnification.

Lasharazzi Eyelash Curler ($7.99)
This colorful, eyelash curler allows you to achieve the most beautiful lashes, using soft-silicon rubber pads and soft-rubber finger grips. Comes with two additional pads.

Boom Boom Blink Curved Eyelash Curler ($7.99)
No matter what your eye shape or size, this unique design makes it easy to get those naturally gorgeous lashes you’ve
been looking for.

Trimming Twins Eyebrow Razors ($4.49- shown)
These twin razors will shape and groom your brows without the ouch factor, using ergonomic handles for easy and precise handling.

Lash App False Eyelash Applicator ($4.99)
This applicator provides you with tiny tongs that grips the lash, making it easier to apply glue and lashes to eye.

Cutiecools 8 Emery Tipped Cuticle Sticks ($2.99)

Get ready for the best cuticles you’ve ever seen. This dual-ended tool features one side that pushes back and refines your cuticle while the other side offers a more aggressive emery tip to remove the unsightly leftover skin particles that other shapers and buffers simply can’t reach.

Snipz Nail Scissor ($6.99)
Curved and contoured to fit fingers comfortably, this nail scissor features stainless-steel blades, allowing you to cut
tough nails, keeping snip sleek and chic.

Tippy Toze Pedicure Pack ($4.99)
Sweet treat for your feet, this pedicure set includes a curved toe-nail clipper, soft foam-toe separators and a cushioned,
mini nail file.

Blender Baby Foundation Sponge ($7.99- shown)
The ultimate must-have, voluptuous, full-bodied sponge, similar to the shape of an egg

Wonder Wheel Foundation Sponge Circle ($4.99)
Comes complete with eight triangular shaped sponges

Doll-Face Dozen Foundation Sponges ($5.99)
Twelve, colorful, square-shaped sponges

High Brow Slant Tip Tweezer ($4.99)
This slant-tip tweezer grabs every hair every time and comes complete with a case for easy portability.

High Brow Flat Tip Tweezer ($4.99)
This flat-tip tweezer tackles thick, stumpy hairs straight on.

Pluckable Slant Tip Tweezer ($4.99)
This sultry slant-tip tweezer features a vibrant pattern and curved handle.

Tweeze Louise Combination Tip Tweezer ($4.99)
This combination-tip tweezer is the ultimate multi-tasker with both a point and slant tip, allowing you to pluck the most
stubborn hairs.

Minnie Me’s Mini Tweezer Set ($9.99- shown)
Stay professionally plucked and tweeze as you please with this set of mini tweezers, featuring all tips, including slant, flat, combo and point.

Urban Beauty United ranges from $2.99- $16.99 and are available on

Get the Look with Hourglass Cosmetics: Margot Robbie

One of my favorite looks from last night's show was Margot Robbie. You KNOW I must get that Hourglass Cosmetics lippy! 

She absolutely sizzled on the red carpet last night while attending and presenting at the 87th Academy Awards. The sultry Australian actress, a presenter at the awards ceremony, looked breathtaking in a black Saint Laurent dress, a vintage Van Cleef & Arpels necklace and fiery orange-red lips. 

"We were inspired by old Hollywood glamour and wanted to make a statement," says makeup artist Tyron Macchausen. "It's the Oscars after all."

Skin: Tyron began by prepping the skin with Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer to ensure a flawless makeup application. He then used Hourglass Veil Fluid Makeup in Honey & Beige on her skin and Hourglass Hidden Corrective Concealer in Sand under the eyes.

Cheeks: He lightly contoured with Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Radiant Light, and then applied Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Luminous Light as a highlight on her cheekbones.

Brows: He used a combination of Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in Blonde and Soft Brunette to add dimension to her brows.

Eyes: He kept her eyelids bare and only applied Hourglass 1.5 mm Mechanical Gel Eyeliner to the inside of her lash line. He followed with several coats of Hourglass Film Noir Mascara to her top lashes.

Lips: He lined her lips with Hourglass Panoramic Long Wear Lip Pencil in Raven, followed by Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Raven, for a pop of matte orange-red.

Get the Look with Make Up For Ever: Rosamund Pike

That red dress! That gorgeous face! I loved Rosamund Pike in Gone Girl and I thought last night was one of her best looks to date. She is always gorgeous and that red dress last night paired with that nude lip was just a beautiful compliment to her overall look.

WHO: Rosamund Pike

MAKEUP BY: Melanie Inglessis, for MAKE UP FOR EVER

INSPIRATION: “As soon as I saw Rosamund’s custom Givenchy dress, I knew she was going to have a moment on the red carpet. I wanted to create a classic beauty look like the iconic Grace Kelly.”

TIPS/TECHNIQUE: “To prep Rosamund’s fair skin I applied SISLEY Sisleya Essential Skincare Lotion all over the face, followed by the refreshing SISLEY Floral Spray Mist. While the skin is still damp I applied SISLEY Hydra-Global Intense Anti-Aging Hydration to keep Rosamund’s skin nourished all night long. 

To reduce under eye puffiness I applied a thick layer of SISLEY Eye Contour Mask and left it on for 10 minutes.

I finished with SISLEY Nutritive Lip Balm and left on until I was ready to apply lipstick. 

I wanted Rosamund’s skin to have a flawless matte finish and MAKE UP FOR EVER Step 1 Skin Equalizer Mattifying Primer, which comes out in March, locks in moisture while giving a beautiful matte canvas for makeup. It’s the perfect primer and creates the perfect base. 

Using a Beauty Blender I worked CHANEL Vitalumiere Aqua onto the skin, followed by SISLEY Phyto-Cernes Eclat Concealer for under the eyes. 

To recreate depth in the face I blended CHANEL Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base with MAKE UP FOR EVER Artisan Medium Powder Brush #126 and worked the product below the cheek bone, then gently swiped it across the top of the forehead and bridge of the nose for a sun-kissed glow. 

Next, I dusted MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Pressed Powder all over, which is a great talc-free and translucent powder to keep the look fresh. 

To define and sharpen the brows I used MAKE UP FOR EVER Brow Seal Transparent Eyebrow Gel. 

To enhance Rosamund’s beautiful eye shape I wanted to use earthy tones and dusted MAKE UP FOR EVER Matte Artist Shadow in #M-530 Eggshell all over the lid. 

I then used MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Liner in #M-50, Matte Bright Brown along the lash line and smudged it with CHANEL Illusion D’ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in Mirage to create a softer look. 

I then added MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Shadow in #M-536, Milk Tea, to the crease to open the eye and used MAKE UP FOR EVER Artisan Large Blender Brush #242 in a back and forth motion to blend the shade and also added it along the lower lash line. 

I used CHANEL Inimitable Mascara in Brun on the bottom lashes and then applied MAKE UP FOR EVER Smoky Lash Mascara Rich Black to the top lashes to create more volume and lengthen the lashes. 

For the perfect nude pout, I defined the lips with CHANEL Precision Lip Definer in Beige Innocent and then filled in with CHANEL Rouge Coco Ultra Hydrating Lip Colour in Mademoiselle.

PRODUCTS: MAKE UP FOR EVER Step 1 Skin Equalizer Mattifying Primer ($36) Available in March; MAKE UP FOR EVER Artisan Brush Medium Powder Brush #126 ($55); MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Pressed Powder ($36); MAKE UP FOR EVER Brow Seal Transparent Eyebrow Gel ($18); MAKE UP FOR EVER Matte Artist Shadow in #M-530, Eggshell ($21); MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Liner in #M-50, Matte Bright Brown ($19); MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Shadow in #M-536, Milk Tea ($21); MAKE UP FOR EVER Artisan Brush Large Blender Brush #242 ($30); MAKE UP FOR EVER Smoky Lash Mascara, Rich Black ($23); SISLEY Gentle Buffing Facial Cream ($95); SISLEY Floral Spray Mist($100); SISLEY Black Rose Cream Mask ($162); SISLEY Sisleya Essential Skincare Lotion ($185); SISLEY Hydra-Global Intense Anti-Aging Hydration ($255); SISLEY Eye Contour Mask ($145); SISLEY Phyto-Cernes Eclat Concealer Shade 2 ($107); SISLEY Nutritive Lip Balm ($74); CHANEL Vitalumière Aqua Ultra Light Skin Perfecting Sunscreen Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 15; CHANEL Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base; CHANEL Illusion D’ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in Mirage; CHANEL Inimitable Intense Mascara in Brun; CHANEL Precision Lip Definer in Beige Innocent; CHANEL Rouge Coco Ultra Hydrating Lip Colour in Mademoiselle

DRESS: Givenchy

RETAILER: Sephora, and MAKE UP FOR EVER Boutiques

Get the Look: Neil Patrick Harris with Celebrity Groomer Sonia Lee

I enjoyed last night's show and I think Neil Patrick Harris did a great job of keeping the night light and fun. I thought he looked fantastic and I had to explain to my 12 year old daughter that he had been acting, singing and dancing for quite some time as I remembered him on Doogie Howser, MD years ago (which shows my age, I am well aware) even though he continues to look remarkably young.

Celebrity groomer Sonia Lee created the look for Neil Patrick Harris last night at the Oscars using Montez Renault and Leonor Greyl products.

“For Neil’s look,  we wanted to him looking as easy and natural as possible but still classic and sexy.  He’s wearing this great custom Brunello Cucinelli grey cashmere tux with a satin shawl collar.

Before we started, I had Neil cleanse his face with Montez Renault Facial Cleanser.  Then I began by applying Tom Ford Anti-Fatigue Eye Treatment around the eye contour.  Next, I applied Montez Renault Facial Moisturizer on his skin with a foundation brush.  I used the brush so it ensures an even application.  I massaged in the moisturizer with my fingers after to ensure that it absorbed really well.  I loved this moisturizer, its so refreshing and the scent is amazing.  It absorbs really quickly and is really light which is what most men prefer when using a moisturizer.

I went back over his t-zone with Murad Face Mattifier to tamp down any shine and make sure he was camera ready.  We also used Collyre Bleu Eye Drops so that his eyes look brighter and wouldn’t get dry when he’s on the red carpet.  To finish off, I applied Montez Renault Moisturizing Body Lotion to his arms, hands, everywhere to keep his skin looking moisturized and healthy.

For his hair, I started by warming up Leonor Greyl Éclat Naturel in my hands and applied it evenly and lightly all over his hair.  This styling cream is a really great product because it gives the hair a little shine and makes it look really finished.  Then I used a flatiron to straighten out any flyaways and went back with Leonor Greyl Baume Bois de Rose (launching April 2015) and used my fingers to create a bit of separation for a sexier look.  The products smell amazing and so refreshing which is really great!”

Before Neil ran on stage in just his tighty-whities, he had to strip down super-fast to his underwear and Sonia had just enough time to apply Montez Renault Moisturizing Body Lotion on him.  She loves the scent and the fact that it is light and non-greasy, plus it made him feel like he was wearing something!

Montez Renault products are available at

Leonor Greyl products are available at

Get the Look: Maria Menounos and her Vita Liberata Glow

Vita Liberata does it again! This time, Makeup Artist Dimitris Giannetos used it on Maria Menounos to give her a glorious glow from within look! 

Make-up Artist: Dimitris Giannetos
Client: Maria Menounos
Where: 87th Annual Academy Awards

To give Maria her amazing, bronze glow I used Vita Liberata’s pHenomenal Mousse in Medium to the arms, neck and shoulders. It’s rapid drying, odorless and easy to apply. It’s the only self tanner in my kit. I used Vita Liberata’s Trystal Minerals in Bronze to contour and highlight Maria’s beautiful bone structure. Trystal is unique because it is a gradual build self tanner but can also be used as a bronzer.”


• Using the Vita Liberata Tanning Mitt, apply pHenomenal 2- 3 Week Tan Mousse in Medium from head to toe

• To contour and add extra shimmer, use Trystal Minerals – Bronze powder to the arms and décolleté in sweeping movements with the Kabuki brush. This will gives skin a smooth finish


1. Trystal Minerals – Bronze - $55

2. pHenomenal Mousse – Medium - $54

Available at Sephora:

Get the Look with NARS: Lady Gaga

What a great show last night! I loved how Lady Gaga looked and was so pleased to find out it was makeup artist Sarah Tanno, for NARS, who created the look. I remember thinking, at first glance, that her custom made dress was so powerful and was happy to see Lady Gaga looking so glamorous as her makeup was done so beautifully. I thought Lady Gaga looked elegant and sophisticated. Maybe it has something to do with her being newly engaged?! 


NARS worked with celebrity makeup artist Sarah Tanno to create the red carpet makeup look for Lady Gaga at the 87TH Academy Awards. Please see below for more details and the products used to achieve this look...

Beauty Inspiration: “For the red carpet we decided on a 
classic red lip and clean, radiant skin. I used NARS Jungle Red  Lip Liner and Dragon Girl Velvet Matte Lip Pencil for this polished look."

Key NARS products used:

All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation | Callisto Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow

Dragon Girl Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

All products, except where noted, are available at

Sunday, February 22, 2015

New from NARS: Dual-Intensity Blush

Fellow NARSissists! I’m excited to introduce the new Dual-Intensity Blush ($45 each), launching on and NARS boutiques on March 4, 2015, launching everywhere else on April 1st, 2015. As you may have noticed in my NARS NYFW articles, these blushes were featured backstage this season at the Rodarte and Thakoon AW '15 shows.

Francois believes that “when it comes to blush, how and where you apply it is just as important as which color you use.”

For Spring 2015, NARS Cosmetics introduces the new Dual-Intensity Blush. Featuring NARS’ exclusive Translucent Prismatic Technology, the newly-imagined formula allows for multi-dimensional effects with a uniquely weightless, luxurious texture. Six modern shade pairings curated by François Nars offer a universal spectrum of hues that works across all skintones. 

Note that it sweeps on dry for a bold flush or wet for a translucent wash of color. Dry pigments impart a natural glow that warms the complexion and fuses weightlessly. Dampen NARS’ exclusive Wet/Dry Blush Brush before application for a watercolor effect—dab over the apples of the cheeks and swirl in a circular motion to paint on a subtle tint. 

Designed in a soft-touch square case with a modern magnetic closure, six luxuriously embossed duos heighten the art of transformation. 


Adoration (Left/Sparkling baby pink and 
Right/Shimmering hot pink).


Craving (Left/Sparkling seashell pink highlighter and Right/Shimmering beachy bronze).


Fervor (Left/Shimmering soft pink and 
Right/Sparkling deep coppery rose).


Frenzy (Left/Sparkling soft pink-gold highlighter and Right/Shimmering bright tangerine orange).


Jubilation (Left/Sparkling yellow gold highlighter and Right/Shimmering soft, nude peach).


Panic (Left/Shimmering shocking fuchsia and Right/Shimmering orange-pink).

 Wet/Dry Brush Blush ($42)

Available exclusively at NARS boutiques and on March 4, 2015, then at department and specialty stores on April 1, 2015.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Nails: Lauren B Beauty

I was taken with the site as the polishes looked modern and the colors- couture. 

This collection is quite extensive and I swatched 5 nudes ( Nude No 1-5, $18 each), Rodeo Drive ( a truly rich blue- red) and this stunner 33 Carats which is a color inspired by Elizabeth Taylor. 

The Lauren B Beauty collection was created to give you two weeks of wear without chipping or fading. All of her formulas are Eco and Vegan friendly and offer a mirror like finish. The nudes were created to suit every skin tone and her brushes are made with twice as many bristles making it easy to apply. I was impressed B.I.O.A. readers! 

Lauren B, a California girl with a background in luxury beauty products and a passion for DIY manicures, created this diverse line of polishes for us to mix and match. The polishes were inspired by her hometown of L.A. and each were made to flatter hands and feet. 

The polishes went on effortlessly with no globs, clumps, bristle pieces and are shiny and flawless in appearance. 

Available at,, Bliss Spa, Bergdorf Goodman and Plant Beauty among other stores worldwide.

Backstage with NARS: Marc Jacobs AW '15

Yes, François Nars himself took the lead for the runway looks for Marc Jacobs and I loved every minute of it....

SHOW: Marc Jacobs AW ‘15

LEAD ARTIST: François Nars, Founder & Creative Director

LOOK:  "Marc wanted a very strong, elegant and sophisticated woman this season - a Diana Vreeland type. I looked to the swans of the 50’s and 60’s – like Babe Paley or Jacqueline de Ribes, to inspire the look. Matte skin and a defined brow bring a nice structure to the face, balancing the greige gloss of the lid with the matte, velvety eggplant color of the lip.”

Below please find the key products used to create the exclusive look:


NARSskin Multi-Action Hydrating Toner

NARSskin Luminous Moisture Cream


Train Bleu Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

Black Moon Eyeliner Pencil (for dark skintones only)

All products, except where noted, available at


Backstage with J. Mendel AW '15

One of my last posts regarding NYFW! Again, featuring one of my dream teams with James Pecis, Romy Soleimani and Nonie Creme for J. Mendel. Just look at this hair, loving it!

Hair: James Pecis for using PHYTO

Makeup/Skincare: Romy Soleimani for using Kevyn Aucoin and ARCONA

Nails: Nonie Creme using Colour Prevails

INSPIRATION: French Vogue 70’s Woman 


· Part clean hair to the left side

· From the crown of the head moving towards the back, pull hair into a low ponytail, leaving free sections on both sides of the head

· Section by section, use PHYTO Professional Wet Gel to saturate the hair inside of the ponytail to create a smooth and sleek look

· Use the PHYTO Professional Wet Gel again to saturate the hair on either side of the head

· Comb and blowdry the hair in the front section to the right, using cold air to create wave

· Twist both sections of hair on either side of the head away from the face and towards the ponytail

· Separate the ponytail into two pieces and twist into a rope braid while using PHYTO 9 to smooth the strands.

· Secure the rope braid and twist it into a chignon

· Finish with PHYTO Phytolaque Soie Hairspray and PHYTOHuile Soyeuse Lightweight Hydrating Oil for added shine


ARCONA Magic White Ice
ARCONA Desert Mist
ARCONA Chamomile Balm
ARCONA Triad Pads



Help beat the "Winter Blues" with these products!

Yes, we know this weather can do damage to our skin, hair and nails. Just yesterday, I bought hand warmers for myself and the children as I was afraid we'd get frostbite from this uncanny weather.

Lately it's been unbearably cold — freezing, in fact. With negative wind chills and uncontrollable snow storms don’t let your beauty suffer from dehydrated skin, chapped lips, cracked hands or frizzy hair. Even though thunder, snow, and frigid winds may ruin your day, your hair and skin will be safe with this beauty roundup. B.I.O.A. readers- I've got you covered-literally.

NEW! Burt’s Bees Sheer Body Lotion, ($10; If you’re looking for a lightweight moisturizer with a light-weight scent–look no further. It’s formulated with Safflower Oil Oleosomes, which are clinically shown to instantly moisturize skin and leave it feeling silky and smooth. So spritz away and let your skin (and nose) feel fragrantly refreshed.

Lauren B. Beauty Nail & Cuticle Balm, ($30; This rich hydrator absorbs instantly to restore parched, straggly cuticles to their prime. Our advanced amino acid complex and biotin promotes healing; sweet almond oil, mango & shea butter, and Vitamin E add moisture; and beeswax creates a water-resistant barrier for extra protection.

Molton Brown Rhubarb & Rose Replenishing Hand Cream, ($15, A replenishing hand cream blended with white truffle extract and rose. This intensive hand cream is an instantly absorbed daily treat for delectably soft and luxuriously moisturized hands with temptingly sweet aromas.

Josie Maran Argan Hot Oil Self-Heating Hair Treatment, ($36; This expert treatment repairs and restores hair in just one minute. Its gentle formula is infused with Argan Oil, which contains a large amount of vitamin E to reverse damage caused by heat and over-styling, leaving hair smoother, shinier, and healthier. In the shower, the oil warms itself up to the ideal temperature for penetrating strands to effectively seal in moisture.

Carol’s Daughter Sacred Tiare Anti-Breakage and Anti-Frizz Restoring Hair Mask, ($15, Ensuring your hair is healthy and fortified is the only way to keep it frizz-free. To really restore damaged hair that’s prone to breakage and frizz requires major nourishment found in this deeply restoring hair mask.

NEW! Burt’s Bees Squeezable Beeswax Lip Balm, ($3.99; It’s the original Beeswax Lip Balm you love—just squeezable. This version of the Burt’s Bees classic balm is softer and smoother with a slanted tip for precise application. This 100% natural formula contains moisturizing Beeswax and Vitamin E to keep lips soft and replenished—and, of course, a splash of Peppermint for that signature tingle.