Sep 5, 2014

Want to meet Alexa Chung? I know I sure do!


We might have our chance, my little Alexa superfans (wait, is that just me?).  Miss Chung will be making an appearance at Sephora Union Square next week to launch her newest nail polish collection with Nails inc. Customers who stop by and buy 1 bottle can meet Alexa, take a selfie with her, and receive a free on-site manicure from a Nails inc artist.  Um, selfie with Alexa?  Count. Me. In.  Do you think she'll want to be best friends with me once we meet?  I think she might.  

When:
Wednesday, 9/10
6:00 – 7:30PM EST
Where:
Sephora store
Union Square
45 E 17th St (entrance at Park Avenue)


In the meantime, check out some of the colors in her new collection, which is inspired by different fabrics and given adorable names like Alexa Lace or Alexa Sequins.  

Sep 1, 2014

Ahava Dead Sea Osmoter Concentrate

Following the popularity of Dead Sea Osmoter Concentrate facial serum from Ahava, the brand has decided to bless us with concentrates for the eyes and the body.  Now you can legitimately enjoy the benefits of their proprietary Osmoter concentrates from head to toe.  

AHAVA Dead Sea Osmoter™ Body Concentrate Tone & Texture Correcting Serum ($45)
Now I'm not really the type of person that believes in a miracle cream that can make you have the body of a Victoria's Secret model, but I DO believe that there are ingredients out there that are effective in treating #realwomanproblems.  This stuff won't make ridiculous claims that your thighs will be magically slimmer after using it, but what it will do is help reduce/reverse the signs of dark spots and aging in the skin.  The skin will indeed feel smoother and have a more youthful, even-toned appearance, and that is a fact.  It works because it has ingredients that we know diminish the signs of aging.  Dull, lifeless skin is no match for ingredients like Argan oil, Monoi oil, Vitamin C, Brown Algae Extract, and AHA.  Best of all, it comes in a super lightweight serum that won't have you feeling greasy or sticky throughout the day.  I tend to abandon my body creams easily because they're so thick and the smell is usually cloying, especially in summer months, but this product is something I can see myself using year round. 

AHAVA Dead Sea Osmoter™ Eye Concentrate Youth & Cellular Energizing Serum ($50)
Again, I can't say there is a miracle cream out there, but if you find something that helps your particular symptoms, then good for you.  This eye concentrate actually helps mine!  I'm one who suffers from a puffiness situation due to stress/lack of sleep/dehydration/the sins of wild nights out.  Ok maybe not that last one because I'm an old lady, but the puffiness is real people.  Cucumber and Aloe Vera are probably the ingredients in the formula that work so well for me because they're known to be super helpful with puffiness and irritation.  There is also Bird of Paradise Extract to help with discoloration under the eye and restore luminosity.  Dark circles aren't really something I suffer from, but it can't hurt to use something targets that, right?  There is also silk extracts, and the extract of some flower I can't pronounce (Siegesbeckia Orientalis) to help fight the signs of stress on the skin.  

A passion for polish: playing with texture


I've been rocking mostly nude nails this summer, but since we're now officially headed into the fall season I decided to give myself something a little more embraceful of the dark tones that are surely coming down the pipeline for fall.  Inspired by JINsoon's fall collaboration with Tess Giberson, and using one of the shades from said collaboration, I went with a textural manicure.  One you could literally feel.  
I started with 2 coats of Mélange from the JINsoon x Tess Giberson fall collection, followed by a coat of Polka White and a coat of Polka Black.  


Aug 28, 2014

End of summer cocktail recipes



Sunshine Sipper
·         5 parts glass of Skinnygirl® Pinot Grigio
·         2 parts frozen lemonade
·         1 part soda water
·         Lemon twist for garnish

Preparation
Blend ingredients with crushed ice and pour into a flute glass. Finish with soda water and garnish with a twist of lemon.


Tropical Tea-se
·         1 ½ parts Skinnygirl® Cucumber Vodka
·         6 parts green tea OR diet green tea
·         Pineapple wedge for garnish
Preparation
Pour ingredients over ice. Garnish with a pineapple wedge. 


Sea Breeze Spritzer
·         1 ½ parts Skinnygirl® Tangerine Vodka
·         2 parts lemon-lime soda
·         2 parts club soda
·         Lime for garnish

Preparation: 
Pour ingredients over ice and stir. Garnish with lime.

Aug 26, 2014

Get the look: Allison Williams at the 2014 Emmy Awards

Who: Allison Williams
What: 2014 Emmy Awards
Makeup: Pati Dubroff

How-to:
Dubroff prepped the skin with tarte clean slate timeless smoothing primer in the t-zone to eliminate shine (and subsequently the need for powder). Once skin was prepped she used a little tarte Amazonian clay 12-hour full coverage foundation SPF 15 in light medium honey, so that the coverage was sheer and Williams’ freckles could show through.  Next, she used tarte park avenue princess bronzer to give a golden glow, and tarte Amazonian clay 12-hour blush in fearless on the apples of the cheeks for a natural flush.
Next, Dubroff used brow architect™ brow shaper, liner and definer in medium-tan to define the brows.  Next, she used Pati Dubroff dream palette on the eyes, using ochre and raw in the crease and under the eye. She applied tarte smolderEYES™ Amazonian clay waterproof liner in golden beige in the center of the lid, followed by Chanel Illusion D’ombre in Abstraction on top.  Dubroff added a flash bright yellow to the inner corners of the eyes with NARS Soft Touch Shadow Pencil in Corcovado.  At the base of the lash line, Dubroff used tarte lights, camera, lashes™ precision longwear liquid eyeliner, adding a light flick at the outer corner. She completed the eye look by coating the lashes in tarte lights, camera, lashes™ 4-in-1 mascara.

On the lips, she used tarte  LipSurgence™ matte lip tint in lucky with a touch of tarte Amazonian butter lipstick in golden pink layered on top.

Dubroff used Jergens BB Body Skin Perfecting Cream in Medium to give a subtle radiant to illuminate the skin that was shown off in Williams’ Giambattista Valli couture gown.
And here’s a sneak peek inside Williams’ clutch:
It includes tarte not so slick oil-absorbing blotting papers, tarte LipSurgence™ matte lip tint in lucky, and tarte Amazonian butter lipstick in golden pink.


Giveaway: Dove Advanced Hair Series Oxygen Moisture

If you have fine hair, like myself, the choice is usually moisture or volume, but never both.  Moisturizing products tend to weigh hair down with silicones or oils, so it's either big hair or shiny hair.  WHY CAN'T I HAVE BOTH?  Well boys and girls, Dove doesn't think you should have to choose.  The new Dove Oxygen Moisture line fuses moisturizing ingredients with oxygen to nourish our hair whilst giving it the bounce that it deserves.  The line includes shampoo that cleanses gently, conditioner that moisturizes but leaves the hair full, Leave In Foam that moisturizes and gives a light hold, and a Root Lift Spray to really pump up the volume.
Giveaway:
We're giving away 1 Oxygen Moisture Leave In Foam and 1 Oxygen Moisture Root Lift Spray to a lucky winner.  To enter, please comment below (please leave your email address so you can be contacted in the event that you win) and tell me your fine hair woes.  Contest will end September 10, 2014 at 11:59 PM EST.  Contest is open to U.S. residents only.  Winner will be chosen at random.        

Aug 25, 2014

Get the look: Kate Mara at the 2014 Emmy Awards

Who: Kate Mara
What: 2014 Emmy Awards
Hair:  Mara Roszak
Makeup: Maki Ryoke 

How-to:

 Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow was used lightly all over the face to create the perfect canvas for foundation.  Ryoke mixed Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder foundation in 2 & 4 to match Mara’s complexion.


Next, she applied a light dusting of Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Skin Perfecting Micro-powder in Medium 2 to keep shine in check.  Ryoke used Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette in The Rock Chick to create a sultry, smoky eye.  
Then Charlotte Tilbury Rock ‘N’ Kohl Eye Pencil in Bedroom Black was applied around the entire eye, including the waterline.  Ryoke also used Charlotte Tilbury Feline Flick to accentuate the lash line.
Next, Ryoke used Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow to highlight and sculpt the cheek, nose, the top of the lip, shoulders, and décolletage.  She finished the look with the perfect nude lip, using Lip Cheat Lip Liner in Iconic Nude, and topped that with K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick in Nude Kate.    





Roszak created texture in Mara's hair using L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT High Lift Creation Spray, and then rough-drying the hair to create volume at the roots.  She then created loose waves using a 1.5" curling iron and sprayed a generous amount of L'Oréal Paris Elnett Extra Strong Hold Satin Hairspray.  To finish the look, and give a little more texture, Roszak used a little L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle TXT IT Hyper Fix Putty applied on her fingers to rub over the ends for a piecey effect.  

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