Friday, October 30, 2015

Relaunch: LIONESSE Beauty

They had me at their packaging for starters! Relaunching is Lionesse, an international line of luxury beauty boutiques and products for face, body and hair.

Lionesse is introducing new stores, new products and unveiling it all with a female empowerment campaign staring transgender model Jenna Talackova (behind the scenes sneak peek video here). This “Fierce Femelle” Campaign is dedicated to empowering women and redefining what it means to look and feel strong, fierce and beautiful.

Lionesse is also introducing three new product collections – Lionesse Gem (shown below-made with gemstones), Venofye (made with bee & snake venom) and Celestolite (made with meteor dust) – into their existing high-end roster.

Lionesse Gem Golden Sapphire Serum: Infused with a highly concentrated formula of Golden Sapphire, Vitamin C, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide and Sodium Hyaluronate, this serum is designed for deeper lines or wrinkles. It provides calming effects from the healing powers of precious gems. ($700,

Lionesse Gem Black Onyx Cream: Provides energizing properties and uses Collagen, Sodium Hyaluronate, Vitamin A and Vitamin C combined with black onyx to energize inelastic skin and develop a firm, beautiful complexion. ($800,

Algenist: POWER Advanced Wrinkle Fighter Serum

Yes, I have used filler twice in my "11' s and crows feet yet I still rate skin care as number one in my daily routine. Nothing beats having healthy skin and I would love to have the wrinkles dissipate naturally. 

The Algenist POWER Advanced Wrinkle Fighter Serum ($105) is an advanced anti- aging serum that has combined patented Alguronic Acid with Peptide 3D Complex in order to visibly minimize both the size and depth of even the deepest wrinkles. I said I was all in as I would like to be able to naturally have my wrinkles be erased- so to speak! 

Only time will tell for me yet in a recent study, 97% of subjects saw visibly improved skin texture after just 10 days. After 28 days, 98% of subjects saw noticeably rejuvenated, younger looking, smoother and tighter skin. 

I cannot wait to share my own personal results with you!

Available at, QVC,, Sephora and

Kate Bosworth Attends “The Art of More” Movie Premiere Hair by Bridget Brager for Kérastase Paris

Picture Credit: @BridgetBragerHair

Inspiration: “This look was a nod to the 60's with a modern twist. Kate wore this amazing patchwork mini dress, so we wanted to create a textured, yet mod look to compliment the dress.”

STEP 1: To start, Bridget prepped Kate’s hair using Matérialiste Thickening Spray Gel to give the hair a clean, voluminous texture.

STEP 2: Once Kate’s hair was dry, Bridget set the hair using a jumbo curling iron for extra body.

STEP 3: Next, holding the bottle 12 inches away from hair, Bridget misted the Spray-a-Porter all over and used a cool blow dryer to set the hair. This helped to add texture without a lot of weight.

STEP 4: After gently combing through the hair to break up the product, Bridget created a deep side part and brushed the hair over to one side. She allowed the hair to fall in front of Kate’s face and swooped her hair over to cover the forehead, corner of her eye, side of cheek and ear. The helped to bring the 60’s-inspired look to life.

STEP 5: On the right side Bridget brushed the hair straight back and joined both side of the hair at the nape. Next, she twisted the hair in to an S-Shape securing the look with hair pins.

STEP 6: To finish the look, Laque Dentelle Hairspray was sprayed all over, locking in the style.

*All products can be found at

Thursday, October 29, 2015

La Prairie x Baccarat Collaborate: Limited Edition Caviar Spectacularie

La Prairie and Baccarat, two houses of luxury, come together for a creation of exceptional beauty...

Caviar Spectaculaire contains the legendary lifting and firming Skin Caviar Luxe Cream nestled in an exquisite Baccarat crystal caviar server. The limited edition 75ml Skin Caviar Luxe Cream is an extravagant experience to be savored every day. Baccarat crystal can be treasured for a lifetime. Each brilliant, limited edition server – only 1,500 produced worldwide – is comprised of handcrafted crystal, and beautifully converts to a caviar server simply by replacing the cream’s jar with the included serving dish.

Skin Caviar Luxe Cream contains nourishing caviar extract helps support natural contours, profoundly improving the appearance of elasticity and tone. Unique proteins create a transformative satiny smoothness and a silken texture. Skin is firmed and lifted. The results: timeless.

Additional details on Caviar Spectaculaire

· The design took more than a year to develop. It is a hand-crafted and mouth blown crystal Caviar server. This design is done in Baccarat’s iconic Harcourt-style. It contains a special 75ml size of the iconic Skin Caviar Luxe Cream. When you’ve finished the cream – the jar comes out and it is transformed into an elegant caviar server for a life-time of luxury.

· Another interesting fact – It takes 50 hours and 20 artisans, or “sculptors of light” as Baccarat refers to them, to create each piece.

· La Prairie is very excited about this spectacular partnership with the house of Baccarat. They have worked together in order to create an iconic example of elegance and artistry (incorporating a blue bead on the stem to signify their cobalt blue colour).

· For the Skin Caviar devotee, an example as rare as it is luxurious – just 100 pieces will be available in the US and Canada.

Price: $ 2, 200.00 and available at

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Get The Look: Candy Corn Nails

How fun! I have done this look before and it was a big hit with my friends as it is not too difficult to do! Here is a step-by-step on how to get a candy corn Halloween nail look from Skyy Hadley, celebrity manicurist and owner of As U Wish Nail Salon.

Photo credit:The Polish Squirrel. 

1. Paint one half of the nail in white (Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Get Mod) and the other in yellow (Lauren B. Coachella Valley Sun).


2. Apply nail art stickers (hole reinforcers cut in half). Apply two on each nail in order to paint the middle part orange.

3. Working on one nail at a time, paint the area inside the stickers with orange nail polish (Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Tribal Sun).

4. Carefully remove the stickers.

5. Repeat on all other nails. Allow 5 minutes for your nail design to dry and finish it with a coat of a top coat (Lauren B. Gel-like Top Coat).

Holiday Offerings from BLISS

Yes, as the holiday season of gift-giving approaches, bliss wants to make it easy on you! Bliss is offering three great kits that includes a variety of their best-selling products and at every price range:

Bliss A-Bright Face 

Our most brilliant facial-at-home formulas

· fabulous foaming face wash (6.7oz) – two-in-one oil-free exfoliating wash for all skin types

· triple oxygen vitamin c cream (1.7oz) – lightweight cream is formulated with a trio of oxygen ingredients and an advanced form of vitamin C to revive fatigued, sallow, stressed skin

· Incredi-peel 5 pack – glycolic resurfacing pads – the only spa-powered peel pads that use time-release technology to reduce wrinkles and dark spots in just one step

Price: $49 ($91 value); Available Kohl’s,

Bliss Citrus Stars

A mini set of our lemon + sage body blends

· lemon + sage soapy suds (1oz) – a citrus-scented body wash and bubble bath

· lemon + sage body butter (1oz) – a maximum-moisture, best-selling cream with a luxuriously rich texture

Price: $10 ($12 value); Available at ULTA/, Kohl’s,

Bliss Glow of Hands

A mini-mega-moisture duo

· snow berry hand cream (1oz) – softens and smooths hands but grease-free, leaving a berry scent

· peppermint hand cream (1oz) – softens and smooths hands but grease-free, leaving a peppermint scent behind

Price: $10 ($18 value); Available at ULTA/, Kohl’s,

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Get The Look: Miranda Lambert's Tresses

Last Thursday, country sensation Miranda Lambert made a surprise cameo at music mogul Taylor Swift’s concert in Greensboro, NC. Miranda donned gorgeous rocker waves, created by PRO Beauty Tools Celebrity Hairstylist Johnny Lavoy. Here’s how to recreate Miranda’s tresses, as told by her mane man…

For Miranda Lambert’s rock star waves, I used two PRO Beauty Tools products. First, I used the PRO Beauty Tools® 1” Professional Ceramic Shine Digital Straightener to smooth and straighten her ends. Since I was creating rock star waves, I didn’t want the ends of her hair to be curly, so this also helps prevent that from happening. Next, to create a wavy texture, I used the PRO Beauty Tools® 1” Professional X-Long Gold Curling Wand. Using a section of hair about an inch wide, and starting mid-shaft, I wrapped hair around the barrel. After a few seconds, I released the hair and repeated this technique until the style was complete. To finish the look, I tousled the hair with beach spray.”

Photo courtesy of Taylor Swift's IG Feed.

Honest Beauty: Creme Blush and Other New Products To Love

Yes, this company is committed to giving you the most natural ingredients possible in their collection while still being able to supply pigment, coverage and a variety of products. I was lucky enough to sample so many and truly was happy with ALL of them. I had a certain warmth to my skin and did not look like I was wearing too much makeup, as I sometimes do! Way to go Jessica Alba, and team, on building a brand that remains true to it's natural roots.


What It Is: A creamy color that blends into skin for a natural looking, healthy glow. Look flushed in a flash! Dermatologically Tested.

Key Ingredients: Raspberry, Grape, and Blackberry Fruit Extracts, rich in antioxidants, condition

Shade Range:
Truly Thrilling (sampled)
Truly Flirting
Truly Charming
Truly Teasing
Truly Exciting
Truly Daring

Directions: Using your finger, lightly dab the blush on the apples of your cheeks and blend in a circular motion.

Honest Beauty™ Truly Crème Blush ($22 / 2.0 g) will be available in September of 2015 at


What It Is: A creamy, antioxidant-rich foundation that conceals and conditions the skin. Mineral pigments blend smoothly to match skin tone for a complexion that appears radiant. Flawless, weightless, effortless…done! Dermatologically Tested.

Shade sampled: Linen

Key Ingredients:
Chamomile and Calendula calm and soothe the skin
Vitamin E offers antioxidant protection Jojoba Oil moisturizes and helps reduce the formation of wrinkles.

Directions: Use sponge to apply foundation and gently blend for adjustable coverage. Smooth evenly over your cheeks, forehead, chin and nose. Blend to create a seamless transition between face and neck.

Honest Beauty™ Everything Cream Foundation ($30 / 9.0 g) are available at

What It Is: Make eyes pop instantly with three rich shades in one chic palette. Expertly coordinated colors are silky, blendable and come to life with step-by-step instructions for creating the perfect look. Dermatologically Tested.

Shade Range:
Truly Effortless Soft Sand
Truly Warm Sable Brown
Truly Magnetic Heather Mauve (sampled)
Truly Vibrant Ocean Blue
Truly Intriguing Forest Green
Truly Enticing Smoky Grey

Directions: Apply base shade 1 across lid. Use dark shade 2 to contour crease and shape outer edge of lid. Top off center of lid with highlight shade 3 for a lustrous finish.

Honest Beauty™ Eyeshadow Trio ($25 / 4.5 g) are available at

Please note that the entire Honest Beauty™ product range was built on The Honest Company’s foundational commitments to transparency as well as high-quality, safe and carefully sourced ingredients. Honest Beauty™ products feature many naturally derived botanical ingredients, such as chamomile, calendula, aloe vera, barbary fig, acerola cherry, rose-hip, green tea and tamanu. Each product carries with it the “Honestly Free Guarantee,” which means that it is made without many ingredients of questionable health and safety standards, such as parabens, phthalates, formal-dehyde carriers, PEGs, MCI/MI, steareth-n, synthetic fragrances, propylene glycol, butylene glycol, petrolatum, mineral oil, SLS, SLES, sulfates and chemical sunscreens, among others.

Proceeds from every purchase of Honest Beauty™ products help fund skills training and education for young women to pursue their dreams. Honest Beauty™ proudly supports Girls Who Code, an organization dedicated to inspiring, educating and equipping girls with the skills to pursue 21st Century opportunities in the fields of computer science and technology.

The Honest Company, a leading healthy lifestyle brand, is committed to creating products that are effective, safe, delightful, accessible and responsible. In pursuit of its mission to empower people to live a healthy and happy life, The Honest Company's portfolio of 100+ products addresses the ever-growing category needs of baby, personal care, home care, vitamins & supplements, and gear. As a mission-driven company and trusted resource, Honest provides education, support and inspiration to its community of members. Honest was launched in 2012 and now has a presence across the U.S. and Canada at and in over 4,000 retail locations. The Honest Company is privately held and headquartered in Santa Monica, California. © The Honest Company, Inc. 2015. All Rights Reserved.

Going #Bare on Monday's

Going #Bare is the trend that just won’t go away and for good reason. It’s also the easiest way to hack your morning routine! Besides the essential caffeine boost, these are easy to use multitaskers are going to make even the busiest morning fly by. Below are 5 items that are going to make even the busiest Monday....easier! 

1. Everyone needs a great illuminating BB Serum to hide the weekend’s events – the Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C BB Serum ($21.99) has it all with bonus Vitamin C to both tone and brighten skin!

2. Great brows pull together even the most bare faces. Reaching for Smashbox’s Brow Tech in Matte ($21) helps groom and tame hairs while filling in sparse areas.

3. Don’t have time to shampoo AND condition hair? No worries – tame tresses with Philip B.’s Formula 57 ($35) with Vitamin E, Rice Bran and Soybean Oil. Plus, it’s also phthalate and paraben free!

4. No time for a mani and your cuticles are truly showing it? A cuticle oil/balm is where I go to for clean, polished nails like Lauren B.’s ($30) with mango, Shea butter and Vitamin E.

5. Can’t forget about lips though, right? A softening and nourishing lip balm (with bonus SPF) is TOO important especially when in a time crunch. Sun Bum’s Lip Balm SPF30 ($3.99) has Cocoa Butter and Aloe Vera to heal and soothe chapped lips like no other!

PS. Like the tattoo? It’s none other than Scunci’s Hair Tattoo ($4.99)...using it on the wrists helps when you’ve forgotten your accessories!

Saturday, October 24, 2015


What a fun new polish from Nails Inc.! It truly is reminiscent of a Snowglobe as you must shake it in order to distribute the gold glitter. #shakemetopaintme

A gentle shake provides for a light dusting of nail shimmer while a harder shake provides more coverage. SNOWGLOBE can be worn alone or over the top of a favorite color. 

Card by Papyrus.

Available for $15 HERE.

Revlon Pro Collection One Step Hair Dryer and Styler

NEW Revlon Pro Collection One-Step Hair Dryer and Styler. It’s perfect for saving time when getting ready and also a perfect fit for your gym bag. No need to bring multiple hair tools or even a brush!

It’s truly one of a kind and is the first tool from Helen of Troy that was developed solely based on consumer research. It’s a paddle brush blow dryer so it combines the power of a blow dryer with the precision of a styling tool. 

The NEW Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Styler is a two-in-one powerhouse that reduces styling time and delivers smooth, frizz-free results in half the time.  The lightweight, ergonomic design allows you to comfortably dry and style hair using just one hand to smooth out hard to reach areas, especially the back of the head where many people struggle to get smooth results. ($49.99) 

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Elemis Skin Brush: Transform Your Body's Skin

Oh yeah! I have got the secret behind Jessica Alba & Cindy Crawford’s gorgeous skin and it’s partially due to the Elemis Skin Brush (, $48). Both celebs love this miracle tool that can transform the total health of your body!

Cindy is a fan of dry brushing for its invigorating properties, while Jessica says she dry brushes everything, and is the perfect way to up her body before a super early morning.  

ELEMIS Co-Founder Noella Gabriel says the Skin Brush is a must add to your routine and using a body brush daily stimulates the circulation and lymphatic drainage to aid detoxification and can help us eliminate up to 1lb of toxins a day.”

This do-it-all brush also improves skin tone and body firmness, increases metabolism and enhances the results of body products used after.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Get The Look: Zoe Saldana at ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards

Photo credit: Make Up Artist Vera Steimberg. 

Get The Look: Zoe Saldana (MAKEUP)

MAKEUP ARTIST: Vera Steimberg for L’Oréal Paris

INSPIRATION: “I wanted to keep Zoe’s face very natural, but with a bit of glow to complement her long, beautifully flowing hair that she wore down.”

STEP 1: I started by applying L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator in Golden ($12.99) above her cheekbones and to highlight her nose and chin. The color was so natural and beautiful that I also applied it on her eyelids and right under her eyebrows.

STEP 2: Because the L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator gave her such a nice glow, I didn’t need to use a lot of foundation. I used a small amount of L’Oréal Paris True Match Super Blendable Makeup in Deep Golden ($10.95) to even out her skin.

STEP 3: Next was her eyes. I started with the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche La Palette Nude 1($19.99), using various shades from the palette in different parts of the eye. I then used a liquid eye liner that I put on really thin on her top lid, almost to the point that it didn’t look like a line at all.

STEP 4: Zoe actually loves applying mascara herself. She used the new L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Superstar Mascara in Black($10.99), first applying the primer and then the mascara to both top and bottom lashes.

Step 5: To give her look a pop of color, I finished the look with L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Collection Exclusive in Zoe’s Red($8.99) which I dabbed on very softly with my fingers.

Get The Look: Zoe Saldana (HAIR)

MAKEUP ARTIST: Mara Roszak, L’Oréal Paris Celebrity Hairstylist

INSPIRATION: “I wanted to keep Zoe’s hair very soft and elegant for the event. We decided to keep her hair down in loose waves for an effortless, chic look.”

STEP 1: To prep Zoe’s hair, I spritzed L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Boost It Blow Out HeatSpray ($4.99) to add volume at the roots. I then rough dried her hair to build her natural texture, until completely dry.

STEP 2: Next, using a 1" iron, I waved random sections all over Zoe’s head.

STEP 3: Once curled, I sprayed L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Boost It High Lift Creation Spray ($4.99) all over to give texture and volume.

STEP 4: I then used L’Oréal Paris Advanced Haircare Nutri-Gloss High Shine Glossing Mist ($6.99) to give her hair a red-carpet worthy shine.

STEP 5: To complete the look, I sprayed L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray ($14.99) all over, locking in the style.

All L’Oréal Paris products are available at and chain drug, food and mass market retailers. x Ryan Roche create a Wonderful Gift With Purchase Debuts the Ryan Roche Nudie Beauty Bag Complimentary with purchases of $125 or more*®, a division of, inc., is excited to introduce the exclusive Nudie Beauty Bag from lauded designer Ryan Roche as a complimentary gift this fall. Beginning today, customers will receive the product-filled nude pouch when they spend more than $125 at the prestige beauty retailer.* The Nudie Beauty Bag can be found at HERE and is available while supplies last.

With fall in full swing, the sleek Nudie Beauty Bag is perfect for toting beauty essentials while keeping it classy for those cooler autumn evenings. “It was so lovely to collaborate with on a beauty bag,” says designer Ryan Roche. “The bag is a pared back simple half circle shape in my favorite shade of nude pink with a cool fringe zip tassel. It reminds me of a makeup bag my mom had when I was a child that I always loved. I am so often inspired by the colors found in make up so this was a super fun project to work on, it came very naturally for me!” The half circle style bag makes it compact and easy for shoppers to store every sized item from makeup brushes and tools to cosmetics and skin care on the go while the nude pink design makes this a great makeup bag accessory for any outfit.

The Nudie Beauty Bag arrives fully stocked with 14 prestige beauty samples in both deluxe and full sizes. The pouch and its contents have an approximate combined retail value of $152. The selection includes offerings from some of the beauty world’s top beauty and skin care brands:

1. L’Occitane Divine Cream (.27oz)
2. Caudalie Hand & Nail Cream (.5floz)
3. CLEAN Fragrance, White Woods VOCs (.34oz)
4. BareMinerals 5-in-1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow, Barely Nude (1ml)
5. Macadamia Nourishing Moisture Oil Treatment (.34oz)
6. Paula’s Choice Hyaluronic Acid Booster (.67oz)
7. ClariSEA Rapid Detox Charcoal Exfoliant (1oz)
8. Cane & Austin Miracle Pad 20% Glycolic (1)
9. Jurlique PAD Firming Face Oil (10ml) OR PAD Firming & Tightening (15ml)
10. Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream to Brighten and Depuff (5ml)
11. Londontown Nail File (1)
12. Nuxe Minis Crème Fraiche Normal Skin Moisturizer (1.5oz)
13. de-luxe Shea Butter 100% Pure (3.5oz)
14. Jack Black Supreme Cream Shave Lather (.5oz)
15. offer card

While looking to reach the $125 hurdle and receive the Nudie Beauty Bag, you can shop an assortment of new-to-store skin care brands including Patchology, Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare, and LATHER. 

For new rich scents, shoppers will find offerings from Paris Hilton, Jay Z, and Tommy Bahama. 

With temperatures cooling down, has everything customers need to combat winter skin like SKIN&CO Roma Citrus Amora Facial Oil, Marula Pure Beauty Oil Pure Marula Facial Lotion, NUXE Huile Prodigieuse Oil .

For exclusive seasonal beauty content, beauty fans will find fall make-up and hair tutorials on the Advice & Trends page. Viewers can watch Beauty Director-at-Large Romy Soleimani demonstrate how to get the most on-trend make-up looks for fall in the Video Library. On the Beauty Close Up, Romy continues to share her favorite product picks for the season. Other fall features include nail art tutorials, Skin Care Advice and the New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2015 Runway Recap loaded with product suggestions, gorgeous photos, and live backstage videos.

Beauty fans can continue to look to the social media channels Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest to find featured products spanning makeup, skin-care, hair care and fragrance. Other benefits include “Everyday Complimentary Shipping,”** 5% back on every purchase with dollars™**, speedy shipping, the complimentary sampling center, 100% satisfaction guarantee***, and a shared online shopping cart with the partner site, Beauty fans can also get the latest tips, trends, and promotions sent directly to their email by signing up for the complimentary weekly Beauty Bulletin on the site.

*While supplies last. This Nudie Beauty Bag from Ryan Roche is available at with any $125 purchase. Offer may be applied only once per household. May not combine with some offers. Complimentary gift has an approximate value of $125. Complimentary gifts cannot be returned for refund, credit, or exchange. The complimentary gift will be added to your shopping bag when you reach the minimum purchase threshold. Gift cards/certificates, backordered items, out of stock items, and items marked “This item requires special handling” are not eligible for this offer. A minimum purchase does not include shipping charges or applicable tax. Void where prohibited by law. We may make changes to or terminate this offer at any time. Your use of this site shall be deemed as your acceptance of our Terms of Use.

**Complimentary standard shipping is available only on purchases of $35 or more, and does not apply to gift cards/certificates, bulk orders, or orders over 20 pounds. With dollars™, customers receive a credit to their account equal to 5% of any eligible purchase. Customers cannot earn or apply dollars™ to gift certificates, gift cards, discounts, complimentary items, past purchase, or non-shipped, undeliverable or returned items. dollars™ cannot be redeemed for cash. These offers are only available on the and web sites. These offers are not available on partner sites such as and

***All purchases are backed by our 100% satisfaction guarantee. If you are not satisfied with an item you have purchased from, you may return it within 30 days of the date it was delivered and receive a refund or in-store credit. Certain items, such as jewelry, purses, and intimate apparel, can only be returned for refund or credit if unworn, are in original packaging and have any original tags still attached.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

NEW from Scünci: Hair Tattoos

Yes, I love this look for a bit of metallic zing. Good for both hair and skin, too!

scünci Hair Tattoos: Bring the tattoo trend to your tresses with new hair tattoos that work on both skin and hair. Applied with water, each stylish tattoo brings a metallic glimmer to your look, and comes off just as easily as it goes on. Available in assorted colors/designs, $4.99 at Ulta stores.

Yes, Kylie Jenner was spotted sporting scünci hair tattoos and I think they look fabulous! I am looking forward to wearing them real soon...

Red Carpet Look: Kate Hudson

First let me say that video on IG was hysterical, David! Kate was asking what David was doing as he trimmed her hair without her being completely aware. You must see it for yourselves as I admire them both and know they have a long standing relationship with one another and clearly it shows...

WHO: Kate Hudson

HAIR BY: David Babaii, Brand Ambassador for ghd, North America

INSPIRATION: “I wanted to create a chic, sleek and effortless look to compliment Kate’s personality.”

TIPS/TECHNIQUE: “I applied MATRIX StyleLink Smooth Setter Smoothing Cream on towel dried hair and combed through, then applied Matrix Smooth Setter Serum throughout Kate’s hair and dried her hair using the ghd air™ hairdryer and ghd ceramic vented radial brush size 3.

I then parted the hair down the center and divided into three sections: two in the front and one in the back. 

For additional heat protection I used a spritz of MATRIX SyleLink Heat Buffer Thermal Styling Spray and then starting with the section in the back, I smoothed hair with the new ghd platinum™ styler, that features ghd’s tri-zone™ technology, which allows me to style hair at the optimal temperature of 365 degrees without causing extra damage to the hair and to ensure the style lasts longer with added shine.

With the rounded edges on ghd’s platinum™ styler I was also able to create subtle bends at the ends of her hair to create effortless waves. Finally, I used a dime sized amount of the MATRIX StyleLink Gloss Booster for added shine and the MATRIX StyleLink Style Fixer Finishing Hairspray to complete Kate's look.”

PRODUCTS: ghd air™ hairdryer ($225); ghd platinum™ styler ($249); ghd ceramic vented radial brush size 3 ($53)

RETAILER: Sephora,,

Monday, October 19, 2015

Super Fun Halloween Ideas!

Halloween and beauty go hand in hand. In fact, the holiday drives 57% of total YouTube video views of seasonal makeup tutorials, more than half of total views for the year. I know I watch Michelle Phan and try to recreate her Halloween looks nearly every year!

This year, we’re turning to the silver and small screens for our Halloween beauty inspiration, as the hit blockbusters and TV shows of 2015 are anything but short of costume-inspiring looks – from Jem and The Holograms’ glam-rock look to the French Fishtail braid Katniss sports in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2.”

Below, please find a breakdown of costume ideas, product recommendations, as well as several step-by-step tips from top industry experts.


Upgrade your Halloween makeup with Blushington Makeup & Beauty Lounge, the first-of-its-kind premier makeup service destination lounge. From October 12 through November 1, Blushington will add four premium Halloween makeup looks to their menu. Whether you’re going all out with your costume or keeping it low key, these makeup looks will put you on the best dressed list every time.

· All Dolled Up (Raggedy Ann-inspired)

· Dead Gorgeous (Sugar Skull)

· Beauty District (Hunger Games-inspired)

· Pop Princess (Roy Lichtenstein-inspired)

Price: $100 (includes desired look & faux lashes), available at all Blushington locations in NYC, Dallas and Los Angeles.


Laura Geller Iconic Baked Sculpting Lipstick

Create a punchy pink lip that ties together Jem’s complete costume. The brand’s first-ever baked and sculpted lipstick which boasts a uniquely quilted and curved bullet to sculpt and contour lips, creating the perfect cupid’s bow in just one swipe for easy application throughout the night.

Price: $21, Available at Ulta and

L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator

Achieve a Jem worthy pearlescent finish with the specially formulated L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator. This product allows you to brighten the skin instantly from within to create the perfect dewy cheeks. Light-reflecting liquids glide on to refresh and enhance the complexion for a luminous result.

Price: $12.99, Available at drugstores and mass retailers nationwide

OPI Let’s Get Wicked Kit

This mini kit features a quartet of mini lacquers in bold, beckoning hues brewed up especially for Halloween. Part treat, part trick, the giftable package also features silver metallic tape and ideas for creating edgy nail art to create the Jem look.

Price: $13.95, Available at

Urban Decay Heavy Metal Loose Glitter and Bondage Weightless Makeup Adhesive

Get Jems pink, sparkle-encrusted face paint look, without the mess. Heavy Metal Loose Glitter, an amazing, easy-to-use loose glitter, applies on top of Bondage Weightless Makeup Adhesive for a full-on jewel-encrusted effect that lasts all day (with very little fallout). What’s Bondage, you ask? A clear, water-based adhesive that sets and holds glitter amazingly well. This gentle, comfortable formula stays put until you take it off…using only water! Just brush it on, then pack Heavy Metal Loose Glitter on top of it.

Price: Heavy Metal Loose Glitter ($12) and Bondage Weightless Makeup Adhesive ($14), Available at Ulta and select Macy’s, and online at,, and

Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigment Palette

If you’re going to do Jem, you need to do Jem right – and that means COLOR. This gorgeous palette is packed with ten of the brightest shades you’ve ever laid eyes on. These aren’t the brights you’ve seen before, which look chalky, skip and don’t look anywhere near as vibrant on application – Electric is carefully crafted to make sure each applies with a soft and creamy texture and deliver serious color payout.

Price: $49, Available at Sephora, ULTA, select Macy’s,,,, and


FLOWER Lip Radiance High Shine Lip Lacquer in Cherry-O!

Extreme shine and extreme color. The new ultra-luxe and highly pigmented Lip Radiance High Shine Lip Lacquer provides full-coverage color with the shine of a lacquer and staying power of a stain. The formula won’t fade, feather or bleed and lasts all day. Enriched with natural jojoba oils, natural mango and shea butters and Vitamin E to heal and soothe dry, chapped lips, the formula also contains pomegranate extract to provide anti-oxidant properties. Paraben-free, talc-free, phthalate-free, GMO-free and sulfate-free.

Price: $7.98, Available at Walmart and

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation

L’Oréal Paris’ first professionally inspired demi-matte finish liquid foundation helps create the perfect Harley Quinn complexion. Built-in blotting spheres instantly absorb excess oil and help regulate oil throughout the day and night. The product is also 100% oil free and available in the perfect pale shades.

Price: $14.99, Available at mass, food and drug retailers nationwide

Nails inc NailKale in Richmond Park Gardens

This season’s most desirable midnight navy shade with the nourishing NailKale formula give a dual benefit: perfect blue color and nail treatment in one. Create Harley’s edgy nail look with the first nail care range formulated with antioxidant kale which nourishes, protects and strengthens.

Price: $14, Available at

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Chaos

Harley Quinn is all about a little madness, and dare we say…Chaos? Bring her look to life with this striking shade from Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil collection. Creamy, forever-lasting, award-winning and waterproof, this never-before-seen formula stays soft and creamy for blending (about 30 seconds), then dries down to a long-lasting finish that WILL NOT budge.

Price: $20, Available at Sephora, ULTA, select Macy’s,,,, and

Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Dive Bar

Like our girl Harley Quinn, Urban Decay is all about a little bit of danger. There’s no better way to get her slightly off-kilter look than with a sweep of one of UD’s long-lasting, richly pigmented blue shadows, for makeup that will last through whatever hijinks you get up to. The eyeshadow formula features soft, amazingly velvety texture; rich, dense and decadent color; smooth, uniform pigment distribution and blendability; and long-lasting, crease-free wear.

Price: $19, Available at Sephora, ULTA, select Macy’s,,,, and



L’Oréal Paris Féria Power Reds

Always on the forefront of cutting-edge style, L'Oréal Paris offers Féria Power Reds for women looking to make a bold style statement with their hair, just like your favorite character from Orange is the New Black. For added vibrancy, the deep conditioning colour gel in Féria is amplified with a Power Red Color Booster which contains chromatic dyes added to the gel for an extra kick of bold red color.

Price: $9.99, Available at and chain drug, food and mass market retailers

OPI Venice Collection Nail Lacquer in Amore at the Grand Canal

From the world’s number one salon brand comes the perfect ravishing red shade that Red herself would be proud to wear.

Price: $9.50, Available at

By Terry Terrybly Velvet Rouge in My Red

Create Red’s signature red lip with the exclusive red formula that glides on to deliver an indiscernible dose of definition. The rejuvenating plant extracts take action to smooth, plump and lift the lips while the pigments add shine, unleashing a precious pop of juicy coverage that locks in and won’t dry out the pout.

Price: $46.50, Available at 


Laura Geller Eye Calligraphy Liquid Eyeliner Kit

Channel your inner Alex Voss with a kit of three liquid precision liners featuring unique marker tips – Classic, Fine and Slanted – for a customizable and easy way to create Alex’s signature cat-eye. This water-resistant liner will stay put all night with no smudging, feathering, or running.

Price: $30, Available at

L’Oréal Paris Féria Midnight Collection

Féria redefines black with the Midnight Collection by revealing the nuances and undertones of this iconic, seductive shade. Perfect for achieving Alex’s signature black locks, this custom-blended collection reinvents the definition of a black shade.

Price: $9.99, Available at and chain drug, food and mass market retailers

OPI Hocus Pocus Manicure

Create the ultimate edgy manicure that Alex would rock using the below steps:

1. On a properly prepared nail, apply a thin coat of OPI GelColor Base Coat. Cure 30 seconds in the OPI LED Light.

2. Apply two thin coats of OPIGelColor Black Onyx. Cap free edge. Cure each coat 30 seconds.

3. Apply a coat of OPI GelColor Top Coat to the entire nail. Cure 30 seconds.

4. Apply dots of OPI GelColor Matte Top Coat down the center of nail. Cure 30 seconds.

5. Repeat technique to add dots to each side. Cure 30 seconds.

6. Apply a thin coat of OPI GelColor Top Coat. Cure 30 seconds. Remove gel residue with Expert Touch Nail Wipe and N.A.S. 99.


French Fishtail Braid How-To from Jasmine Anna Galazka, Kérastase Artistic Director and Stylist at Warren Tricomi Plaza Salon

When trying to achieve any braid you must have products in your hair as foundations. My favorite is Kérastase Matérialiste sprayed on wet hair and tousled blown dry, followed byKérastase V.I.P texture spray on dry hair instead of hairspray. Both will give you the grip and hold allowing an everlasting style.”


1. Create a slight off center part on top of your head and leave a few shorter natural pieces dangling around the face (you can use a 1inch iron to curl those away from your face)

2. Next section off the front sides behind the ear and style those 2 separate section by twisting them back behind the ear and bobby pinning them lower around nape area (secure the bobby pin up into the twist)

3. At this point you will swing the remainder of all the hair back and separate into 2 equal sections

4. Now is when the fishtail technique will fall into place. Shift the hair to one side over your shoulder, while holding 2 equal sections, use your index finger to grab a small section of hair on the outside of 1 of your equal section and add it to the opposite side. Switch to the other side and continue the same move, alternating always while holding the hair. Spray with a little Kérastase Laque Dentelle for hold.


Braid and Bun How To from Edward Tricomi, Master Stylist and Co-Founder of the Warren-Tricomi Salons

Princess Leia Buns:

1. Part the hair straight down the middle

2. Make two pony tails on either side of the head

3. Make a braid out of each of the pony tails

4. Wrap the pony tails around and pin to the head with bobby pins

5. Secure with a little bit of hairspray

Princess Leia Braid:

1. Pull the hair back into a tight, high pony tail

2. Spray the crown of the head with hairspray to secure

3. Braid the ponytail all the down to the ends and secure with a rubber band