Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Valentine’s Day Ideas from Viktor&Rolf

Valentine's Day is right around the corner and these are two wonderful gift ideas. 

Viktor&Rolf Flowerbomb & Bonbon Valentine’s Day Gift Sets. Wrapped with love and sealed with a heart, these must-have sets filled with bright floral and decadent caramel notes make the perfect gift for this romantic holiday.


Viktor&Rolf Flowerbomb Valentine’s Gift Set ($120, luxury department stores nationwide) 

The biggest bouquet this Valentine’s Day is Flowerbomb, every bottle is filled with over 1,000 flowers -- you won’t find a more romantic gift!

  • Includes EDP Spray, mini on-the-go Spray, Shower Gel & Body Cream 


Viktor&Rolf Bonbon Valentine’s Gift Set ($120, luxury department stores nationwide) 

Indulge in a tale of decadent love on Valentine’s Day with delicious caramel notes linked to a provocative accord of bold patchouli and sweet vanilla

  • Includes EDP Spray, Body Lotion & Shower Gel

Monday, January 29, 2018

Get The Look: Anna Kendrick’s Tresses by Matthew Monzon

Matthew Monzon styles Anna Kendrick
 for the Grammy Awards 2018

For last night’s Grammy Awards red carpet, Anna Kendrick’s hairstyle made a sleek yet tousled statement.

Inspiration: Matthew was inspired by Anna's outfit to give her style a 90s’ vibe mixed with relaxed, Hollywood glamour.

Step by step:

· Starting with damp hair, prep by sprayingJohn Frieda Frizz Ease Daily Nourishment Leave-In Conditioner mid-shaft through to the ends for hydration

· Next, apply John Frieda Luxurious Volume Perfectly Full Mousse and comb it throughout from roots to ends before blow drying with a medium round brush

· Create a side part, tuck one side behind the ear, and spray with John Frieda Frizz Ease Moisture Barrier Hairspray

· Then, with a large barrel curling iron, wave the hair into “S” shapes and spray John Frieda Luxurious Volume Volume Refresh Dry Shampoo to each section to give separation to the waves

· Smooth the front sections with John Frieda Frizz Ease Secret Weapon Touch Up Crème to tame any fly-aways around the face

· To finish, spray John Frieda Frizz Ease Moisture Barrier Hairspray to hold the look the entire night

Get The Look: Janelle Monae's Makeup by Jessica Smalls at The Grammys 2018

INSPIRATION: "I wanted to give Janelle a timeless and current look at the same time, so I decided to give her a Twiggy 2018 vibe."

“I wanted Janelle's skin to shine like the star that she is, so we began prepping her skin the night before Grammys with Kiehl’s Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Mask to help brighten her skin's appearance. 

When I arrived to Janelle the next morning, she was already glowing, but I decided to take the glow to the next level by giving her a light 5-minute steam, and then massaging Kiehl’s Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate all over her face and along her neck, followed by Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream. I then applied Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado around her eyes, using my ring finger, to keep that delicate area moisturized.”

“For a bold and sexy eye look, I applied Buxom Cosmetics Eyeshadow Bar Single Eyeshadow in shades Lingerie Lover, Haute Couture and LBD to her crease, using a soft blending brush. 

The powerfully-pigmented formula glides onto lids with a luxe, powder-to-silk feel. I then lined her water line with Buxom Cosmetics Hold The Line Waterproof Eyeliner in shade Ring My Bell and swept the Buxom Cosmetics Eyeshadow Bar Single Eyeshadow in shade Twilight Tryst on top to make the green pop.

I finished with Eylure Luxe Silk “Trillion” false lashes and then applied a few individual lashes on the bottom for a “Twiggy” effect. To complete the look, I used Buxom Cosmetics Big Tease Plumping Mascara for instantly plumped, longer lashes.”

“Giving the moisturizer plenty of time to penetrate the skin, I then applied a pore minimizing primer all over her face using a synthetic brush. I then mixed Buxom Cosmetics Show Some Skin Weightless Foundation in shade In the Dark with the Buxom Cosmetics Divine Goddess Luminizer and using a damp sponge I applied all over Janelle’s face, starting by her nose and blending upwards and outwards. 

Using my ring finger, I sparingly dabbed some Concealer under her eyes to brighten. I contoured her face, focusing on her cheeks, temples and forehead with Buxom Cosmetics Hot Escapes Bronzer in shade Maldives, which gives off the perfect sun-kissed color and flatters all skin tones. And to complete her face I applied a soft pink to the apples of her cheeks, with some Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream on top for a subtle glow.”

“Now that her eyes and skin are finished, I hydrated her lips with Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1, and filled them in slightly with the all-in-one plumping lip liner, Buxom Cosmetics Plumpline Lip Liner in shade Stealth.

I finished the look with the ultimate plumping lip gloss, Buxom Cosmetics Full-On Lip Polish in shade Megan. The high-shine gloss tingles for a lusciously soft and seriously sexy pout. And a stunning red carpet look was born!”
-Jessica Smalls, @jessicasmalls

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Fabulous Results Driven Products from dr.brandt Skin Care

I am a true believer in these products as I use them daily and swear by this brand. Take it from me, I believe skincare is EVERYTHING. Without great looking skin, make up is merely a band aid. I hope you agree. Yes, I do get fillers and these products help keep my skin looking smooth and radiant. 

Look fabulous not frozen with dr. brandt skincare and fill your fine lines, plump up your lips and treat yourself to a volume-restoring face mask with the Needles No More Wrinkle Smoothing Cream, Needles No More 3-D Lip PlumpFIX and the Needles No More 3-D Volumizing Mask. 

These products contain groundbreaking technology to regain volume in various areas of your face to make you look younger, fuller and more fabulous.

Needles No More® 3-D LIP PLUMPfix ($39) - A breakthrough serum formulated with advanced lip-enhancing technology, dr. brandt® skincare’s Needles No More® 3-D LIP PLUMPfix instantly augments and primes during the day, creating luscious-looking lips that last for hours. At night, the restorative formula works to repair and replenish dryness and damage, so your lips remain healthy and feel soft and smooth from the moment you wake up.

Needles No More® Wrinkle Smoothing Cream ($89) – Formulated with revolutionary and exclusive tri-blend of wrinkle smoothers, this topical cream directly and powerfully targets expression lines in the upper half of the face. The cream visibly relaxes and smooths expression lines, softens and reduces wrinkles over time, providing powerful short-and long-term effects on the upper half of the face. The product also empowers the skin to defend against the future development of lines and wrinkles.

Needles No More® 3-D Volumizing Mask ($95) – This formula gives you the appearance of younger looking skin with hyaluronic acid, peptides and Adipofill’in Complex. Visually plumps and revoluminizes the sunken cheeks and laugh lines that give skin an older appearance, reshaping the natural facial contours over time.

Photos taken by Emma Gordon Levine.
This is what 48.5 looks like. Love this brand.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Dana’s Bakery: Limited Edition Valentine’s Day Treats

Yes, with Valentine’s Day around the corner, a romantic evening or a night out with your closest girlfriends, spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend, etc. wouldn’t be complete without a sweet end note. These look so delicious, wink, wink to my boyfriend.

Think about purchasing these treats from Dana’s Bakery as they are Limited Edition Valentine’s Day Macarons which will make your holiday complete. I am salivating just looking at the pictures. How I love macarons! 

Dana’s Bakery Sweethearts Box featuring special messages 
Pre-order now; Dana’s Bakery ships nationwide
Price: $36 per box of 12 macarons
Head to DanasBakery.com to order today

Dana’s Bakery Love Box
Pre-order now; Dana’s Bakery ships nationwide
Price: $36 per box of 12 macarons
Head to DanasBakery.com to order today

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Youth To The People: Age Prevention Cleanser

Looking for a sustainable and green beauty brand? Youth To The People is for you! We should all want to help our planet in any way we can, don't you agree?

Youth To The People Age Prevention Cleanser ($36, Sephora.com) will allow you to feed your skin with vitamins making a healthier lifestyle more obtainable than ever.

Packed with superfood ingredients including kale, spinach & green tea, skin is left protected from free radicals and environmental stresses. Plus, with its pH-balanced formula, this multifaceted cleanser can be used as your daily toner or makeup remover!

YTTP is a great brand with even greater ingredients and results.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

New: Jane Iredale Warm and Cool Great Shape Contour Kits

Naked beauty is having a fresh moment as the art of “YSBB” (your skin but better) takes over our feeds. Characterized by techniques/products that give glow, rosiness or sculpting benefits without the use of heavy foundation (or any foundation at all), this is true ease and simplicity in makeup – Yet still creative and fun!

jane iredale has you covered with a NEW launch for Winter/Spring: Warm and Cool Great Shape Contour Kits.

These universal palettes feature three light-as-air, multi-use matte powders (and a guide on how to apply for your face shape) for truly natural looks that highlight your key features without shimmer, sparkle or cake.

NEW jane iredale GreatShape Contour Kits (Avail. Jan 2018) - $49, janeiredale.com

· Three easily blendable matte shades in each kit allow you to contour for a sculpted look, highlight to illuminate with a natural effect and blush to add a glow-from-within finishing touch.

· Works on all skin tones, just decide if you want the Warm or Cool look.

· Includes an easy to follow application guide for different face shapes!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Get The Look: Frankie Shaw with MUA Jo Baker

Who: Frankie Shaw at the Golden Globes 

The Inspiration: Radiant and flawless looking skin accented by a smoldering antique gold eye

How to Get the Look:

The Skin

To get Frankie's radiant skin, Jo Baker used a bareMinerals Made-2-Fit Fresh Faced Foundation custom blended just for her skin a few days prior to the Golden Globes. 

To create the bespoke foundation exclusively for Frankie, Jo used the bareMinerals Made-2-Fit App to scan her skin in five different. A lightweight, buildable and oil-free formula, bareMinerals Made-2-Fit Fresh Faced Foundation Customized by MATCHCo is infused with Green Tea and Vitamin E, both powerful antioxidants, to combat signs of aging. Moisturizing ceramides and White Lily Extract work to plump and smooth fine lines, resulting in luminous skin.

Jo wanted an additional radiance boost on the cheeks and brows so she swept the bareMinerals Invisible bronze in Fair to Light to add a soft focus glow under the camera flashes. She then doubled up on blush by mixing bareMinerals Invisible Glow in Medium with Ready Blush and The Confession which is a super universal every day perfect cheek color.


Using her fingers Jo applied an antique gold tone shadow to create a smokey effect that didn't appear heavy or too dark. To add a little depth and intensity, Jo applied a dark eyeliner along the inside waterline and smudged it into the lash line to add drama and a moodiness. She finished off Frankie's eyes with the bareMinerals Lash Domination Volumizing Mascara with Petite Precision Brush. The tiny fine-tuning brush within the formula allowed a feathery and defined lash line which was the perfect complement to the smokey shadow.


Jo and Frankie wanted a low maintenance and pretty lip to complement the antique gold smokey eye. To prep Frankie's lips, Jo used bareMinerals Bareskin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer in Medium. Jo placed the concealer around her mouth to mute her natural lip tone and the perfect long wear base to set her nude lip. Jo loves a creamy moisture rich finish in a nude and bareMinerals Gen Nude Radiant Lipstick in Tutu gave Frankie's lips the perfect rich satin finish.

Where to Find: The bareMinerals MADE-2-FIT app is free to download iTunes and select androids; each bespoke bareMinerals Made-2-Fit Fresh Faced Foundation Customized by MATCHCo retails for $49 for a 30ml bottle. For more information, please visit www.bareminerals.com or your nearest bareMinerals store.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Collosol Eau de Lait: Daily Cleansing 101

Yes, the colder temperatures outside most definitely affect your skin and you must be prepared to up your daily regimen. This week’s bone-chilling temperatures are wreaking havoc on skin, stripping moisture, disrupting the barrier function and leaving faces red and raw. What (aside from moving to Bali) will help? 

Cleansing at day’s end with Collosol Eau de Lait.

A moisturizing milk/micellar water hybrid, this thorough but gentle cleanser can be applied with a cotton pad to remove makeup, moisturize and soothe stinging skin. No rinsing with water is required—a good thing since the limestone in tap water can be irritating to parched, wind-shipped skin. The universal formula is also suited to all skin types, from sensitive to dry to oily/acne-prone.

Tip: Lace a warm bath with Collosol Eau de Lait to cleanse, hydrate and luxuriate in the milk’s sweet, musky scent…and forget all about the blustery Bomb Cyclone outside.

A French skincare classic created in Paris in the 1950s, Collosol Eau de Lait can now be found in the U.S. at smallflower.com