Archive November 2009
Tribal is Taking Over!!.
It started during New York Fashion week, when Rodarte’s models dawned tribal style body paint on their arms as they walked the runway. Each model’s designs were unique and it looked great with the slicked hair and green lights. Last month in Italian Vogue, photographer David Sim’s published an amazing editorial spread focused on designer clothing and tribal art. Inspired by both looks, I actually did a photoshoot of my own centered around this tribal art. It’s actually much harder to do than it looks! The lines needed to be clean and I only had several hours to do two models. It was really fun though!
Most recently, Shakira put out a new video where she and her dancers are sportting the tribal trend! They only wear the art on one arm but this is a great example to show how much fashion influences all aspects of the media. It started on the runway, traveled to editorial and ended up in the mainstream music scene. So cool!
Rodarte at New York Fashion Week. All the models wore different tribal designs on their arms. (In Depth Overview Here).
Gorgeous Tribal Editorial “Keith Me,” in November’s Italian Vogue
(In Depth Overview Here)
Shakira and her dancers wear a tribal design down one arm in her brand new video “Give it Up To Me” .
My take on the tribal trend!
Hair: Jose Monzon
Wardrobe: Krissie Torgerson
Photographer: Susanne Kindt
Viva Las Vegas
My sister finally turned 21, and of course we are in VEGAS to celebrate!! Packing for this exciting weekend made me think about some key beauty items to bring when heading out to the city of sin.
The Strip is FILLED with bright lights, flashy signs and neon colors. It’s an unwritten rule that you must sparkle if you want to get noticed here!! Break out your glittery, shimmery products and let yourself shine.
Some Ideas to Incorporate Shimmer in Your Vegas Makeup:
-Add a subtle glitter liner on your upper or lower lashline to make your eyes stand out.
-Highlight your the tops of your cheekbones so when they catch the lights you will glow. An added bonus is that it will give the illusion of awesome bone structure! My favorites are Smashbox’s Artificial Light and NARS Multiple in Copacabana.
-Pick a bright, pearly color and apply it to the inner corners of your eyes (near the tear ducts). It will give you a pop of color and fun without being too over the top.
-Make your body glisten with a sparkly body powder or lotion. I love Scott Barnes Body Bling, and Urban Decay’s body powder (it’s also flavored!!)
2. Blotting Sheets
It can get HOT in those crowded clubs and bars, and the last thing you’ll want to be doing is powdering, adding layers of makeup to your face. I love blotting sheets to take away the shine while leaving your skin natural and not cakey. They are also small enough to throw in your clutch.
3. Makeup Remover Wipes
Chances are you won’t be going to bed until the wee hours of the morning, and I guarantee that you will not be up for washing your face before you pass out. As you make a bee-line for the pillow, simply grab a makeup remover and wipe away your makeup. It’s so easy and your skin will thank you in the morning.
4. Budge-Proof Makeup
Making sure your makeup stays on all night is very important in the city that doesn’t sleep! Don’t skimp out on the primers, they help to extend the life your makeup application for hours! Eyeshadow primer can be your best friend. I hate when I look in the mirror half-way through the night and my eyeshadow is nowhere to be seen except when I close my eyes and it’s all balled up in the crease!! I definitely notice a huge difference when I prime my eyelid before apply eyeshadow. My favorites are Urban Decays Primer Potion and MAC’s paints.
Gel liners stay on much longer than pencils, especially waterproof formulas. Smashbox’s Jet Set liners and MAC’s fluidlines will not budge, even if you wind up dance all night long.
5. Antioxidant Moisturizer
Unfortunately, with Vegas comes lots and lots of second hand smoke. Pack a moisturizer loaded with antioxidants to protect your skin from this harmful smoke that can cause premature wrinkles. Origins “A Perfect World Antioxidant Moisturizer” is perfect.
Paying Thanks to the Products that Make My Life and My Job Easier!
1. Embroylisse Moisturizer
Thank you Lait Creme Concentrate Moisturizer by Embroylisse for hydrating the skin of my models and actors so perfectly! Thank you for providing smoother, firmer and softer skin and for being the ultimate moisturizer in my kit!
2. Artificial Light by Smashbox
Thank you Artificial Light for helping my achieve dewy skin and radiant highlights. Thank you for looking even more amazing on camera and for being my favorite go-to highlighter!
3. Banana Boat Self Tanner
Thank you Endless Summer color for being the best self tanner I have found in my quest to be tan but not leathery. Thank you for making me look bronzed and not orange, and for only needing one application to achieve the perfect color.
4. L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara
L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara, you are my best friend lol!! Thank you for making my lashes thick, long and black. Thank you for living up to your name and for not breaking my bank account.
5. Yaby Cosmetics
THANK YOU YABY for making being an amazing addition to my kit!!! I love your eyeshadows, pearl paints and freestyle palettes. Thank you for helping me condense my kit into a more manageable load to carry.
6. Beauty Blenders
I love you Beauty Blenders! Thank you for helping me achieve perfectly blended foundation and concealer. You never give me lines and you always help me make skin look flawless and gorgeous.
7. MUFE HD Powder
MUFE HD Powder, you have been a God-send. Thank you for being truly transparent and for working on every skin color I have ever used you on. Thank you for providing a soft, natural finish and for not ever looking “powdery.”
8. Eve Pearl Salmon Concealers
Thank you Eve Pearl Salmon Concealers for being the perfect answer to dark circles. You are a miracle product and every time I use you, I am thankful for my decision to buy you.
9. OCC Lip Tar
Lip Tar you are my favorite new product this year!!! Thank you for your incredible pigmentation, versatility and performance. Thank you for being the only lip product I really ever need and for being so easily mixable. I LOVE YOU!!
Kind of broad, but so important. Thank you sunscreen for protecting my skin from the sun’s harmful rays. Thank you for reducing my risk of skin cancer, wrinkles and sun spots. Your long term benefits completely outweigh the annoyance of having to apply you everyday
A Great Thanksgiving Beauty Treatment
I love creating my own DIY beauty treatments out of things laying around my house. Since Thanksgiving is right around the corner, why not use some of the traditional food on your face! And no, I’m not talking about Turkey or stuffing, ew
Cranberries are a wonderful source of antioxidants which can minimize inflammation and slow down the aging process. They are also full of vitamin C which helps to build collagen. Even if you pass on cranberries as they make their way around the dinner table, I would think twice about the benefits they can give your skin.
What You Need:
1 tbs Plain Gelatin
1/2 Cup Cranberries
1. Mix all your ingredients in a large bowl.
2. Make sure to mix and mash the cranberries well and stir the ingredients until they have a paste like texture.
3. Place the bowl in the fridge and keep an eye on it. It will need to thicken but don’t let it set all the way. Wait about 20 minutes.
4. Massage the mixture into your face. Avoid your eye area.
5. Relax for 15-20 minutes letting the mask penetrate your skin.
6. Peel it off!
7. If you need to, rinse your face with warm water and moisturize.
COVER WINNER- MAKEUP and HAIR:
Natalie Portman for V Magazine!!!
Natalie Portman’s V Magazine Cover is by far my favorite December 2009 cover!!! She looks somewhat androgynous and super edgy. We are so used to seeing her look pretty and natural, and I think the makeup and hair in this shot make her look incredible! I am loving the faux hawk and extended, sultry cat-eye. I almost didn’t know it was her.
Makeup- Charlotte Tillbury
Hair- Marc Lopez
Photographer- Mario Testino
Smokey Eyes and Nude Lips
Nude was definitely the color of the night last night at the 2009 American Music Awards! The red carpet was all about the eyes while lips and cheeks were kept surprisingly natural. I don’t know if I saw one red lip!! Fergie’s look was my favorite, she looked very pretty and polished.
Even Adam Lambert opted for the smokey eye/nude lips combo and don’t even try to tell me that homeboy doesn’t have lip color on!
Photos by Zimbio
Black Friday / Cyber Monday Savings!
Why is it that cosmetic and beauty items get kinda jipped when it comes to holiday deals?! Granted, there are tons of holiday gifts sets that are released but I wish that cosmetic companies would give us a sale every once in a while! Anyway, I found some deals that will save you a few extra bucks here and there, and most of them do not even require that you risk your life braving the crazy crowds!
Save $10 off of your purchases of $60 or more during Thanksgiving Weekend.
Good 11/24 through 11/30.
Coupon Code: 30138
50% off Purchase of $15 or more
Coupon Code: Facebook
Spend $15 and get a $25 gift card free!
Coupon Code: Yummy
CHI 1″ Flat Iron- $89
In Store and Online. No coupon code necessary.
Not the best deal on a CHI but good for Target considering they are usually $119.
$15 off purchases of $50 or more plus free shipping!
Coupon Code: Save15
Free Shipping on Orders $25 or more.
Coupon Code: BlakShip
Bath and Body Works!
Get $10 off purchases of $30 or more.
Coupon Code: TenOff 11/29/09
Look Like a Victoria Secret Model!
The Victoria Secret Angels strutted their stuff on the runway yesterday at the annual Victoria Secret Fashion Show in New York City. As usual, the ladies looked flawless, fresh and gorgeous. While I do not know exactly what was used on the models, the look is very easy to recreate, and chances are you already have the products necessary to give Miranda Kerr, Alessandra Ambrosio and Selita Ebanks a run for their money!
What You’ll Need:
Light/Medium Coverage Foundation
Pink Shimmery Highlight
Pink Shimmery Blush
Off-White Pearly Eyeshadow
Soft Brown of Grey Eyeshadow
Light Pink/Raspberry Lipgloss
Get The Victoria Secret Angel Look:
1. Start out with clean, moisturized skin. This look is very fresh, so prepping your skin is essential to make the make the makeup glide on smoothly.
2. Apply a light to medium coverage foundation to the center of your face and blend outward with a duo fiber brush (think MAC 187 brush). To achieve that little bit of dewiness, mix a liquid highlight into your foundation before applying. If you can find Revlon Skinlights, they work amazing to give your skin a touch of radiance.
3. Apply a pink shimmer to your cheekbones, forehead and the center of your nose. Smashbox’s Softlights or MAC’s Mineralized Skinfinishes work perfectly.
4. Dust a shimmery pink blush to the apples of your cheeks.
5. The eyes are smokey but still very subdued. Take a semi pearly off-white eyeshadow (Try CoverGirl’s Champagne eyeshadow) and apply to your whole eyelid. Apply a soft brown or grey shadow and accentuate your crease to give definition. Blend well.
6. Take a small, tapered eyeshadow brush and apply the same pearly off-white shadow to the lower lash line, focusing more on the inner corners of your eyes. This opens up the eye area and makes your eyes appear larger and brighter.
7. With a grey or brown eyeliner, lightly line the top and bottom eyelid I prefer to use an eyeshadow with an eyeliner brush for looks like this. It gives off a softer effect. We don’t want harsh lines! If you do use a pencil, soften the line with a q-tip.
8. Apply several individual false lashes along your lashline to give you that extra bit of oomph. Long, fluttery eyelashes can give off the perfect Victoria Secret “come hither” look.
9. Curl your lashes and apply several coats of black, volumizing mascara.
10. Top it all off with a light pink gloss on your lips! Try NARS lipgloss in “Frisky Summer” or Lancome’s Juicy Tube in “Miracle”
All Pictures From Zimbio.com
Products By Paris – Fab or Flop?
Paris Hilton debuted her new beauty line, “Products By Paris” a few nights ago in Los Angeles. Have any of her other products really been selling well enough to come out with this new line?? I can’t really see it doing very well. Anyway, Products By Paris include the “Celebrity Styler,” the “Ultimate Brush” and a Nail Polish Club. Random, right?!
The Celebrity Styler-
The Celebrity Styler is a flat iron and a rotating curling iron mixed into one. You can straighten, curl, or flip your hair with this new product. It looks kind of cheesy, like the hair tools you see for sale at drugstores but you never know. This Celebrity Styler is $64 plus shipping and handling.
The Ultimate Brush-
The Ultimate Brush looks really cool but I can’t find any information on what it actually does to make it “the ultimate” brush. Her website has a FAQ section and this is the best answer I could find…
“What makes the brush so unique?
The round shape is completely different than any other brush, use it once and you will be hooked for life. The shape and size gives you better control.”
LOL! So apparently it’s unique because it’s different than any other brush. Thank God for FAQ’s. The Ultimate Brush is $9.99 plus shipping and handling.
Polish By Paris Club-
Paris’ nail polish club allows you receive two new shades “handpicked by Paris” each month. It is $14.99 a month. Club members also get the chance to be eligible to enter contests to meet Paris and win prizes..
Doesn’t sound like something I will be jumping to buy however, I’m excited to see how it does and how the public reacts to Paris’ new business venture!
Check Out Any Of These Products At www.TheCelebrityStyler.com
NARS Cosmetics is having an online sale! Take 22% off any order $60 or more. Enter 0011290CP in the coupon code box at checkout. You will receive free shipping on orders over $25! This is a rare opportunity, so it would be smart to jump at the chance to stock up on your favorites, try a new lipgloss or get some Christmas shopping out of the way!
Some of My Favorite NARS Products:
The Multiples!!! (Copacabana is gorgeous!!)
Orgasm Blush (Obviously, a staple)
Lipglosses (Turkish Delight is a great soft pink and Bloodwork is a gorgeous true blood red)
Velvet Matte Lip Pencils (Great for perfect matte lips)