Feb 26, 2015

JINsoon X Tila March

Gotta love a good collaboration!  This time Jin Soon Choi and accessories designer Tamara Taichman (of Tila March) designed their spring collection together to celebrate all things fun and springy.  They came up with 4 super fun colors that are all available in patent leather bags, sandals, and nail lacquers.  

The colors are: Tila (deep green), Farouche (fuchsia), Enflammée (coral-y orange), Charme (citron), and Doux (a pinky nude).  The nail lacquers are $18 a pop, the sandals are at $395, and the bags are from $320-$550.  The JIN Vanity Case is a bag exclusive to the collection ($550) that has a compartment inside just for nail polish.
The JIN Vanity Case pictured above in Tila (deep green)

Me wearing ALL the colors.  Because why not?

From left to right: Doux, Enflammée, Tila, Charme, Farouche

Some more cool nail art ideas below, courtesy of JINsoon!

Feb 25, 2015

Lipstick Queen Bête Noire Collection

If you're fully embraceful of the dark lip trend (or, if you're like me, and have been scared to try it) this new Lipstick Queen Bête Noire collection is one to try.  These lipsticks are surprisingly flattering on a multitude of skin tones, with their blackberry/wine tones, and will remind you of silent film sirens of the 20's and 30's.  They're beautiful, with an edge.  The collection includes 3 hydrating lip colors, enriched with moisturizing oils and Vitamin E.  Possessed Intense is the deepest, opaque black cherry shade that feels super creamy on the lips.  Possessed Sheer gives you a delicate berry color, reminiscent of popsicle-stained lips in the summer time.  Possessed Metal is somewhere in between the two; not as light as Sheer, and not as opaque as Intense, but with metallic flecks that make it a really unique shade. 
Lipstick Queen Bête Noire Collection swatched on my forearm.  From left to right: Possessed Intense, Possessed Sheer, and Possessed Metal. 

Feb 24, 2015

I've never wanted a ponytail more in my life

Sure, I've worn a pony or two in my time, but a full, voluminous, bouncy ponytail is something that has always evaded me.  It sounds like it would be such a simple thing to achieve, but my thin hair often lacks the grit it takes for one of these cool pony's.  I never cared when the runways of the world were featuring that weird, slicked back pony (I don't care what anybody says, it can be very weird and alien-like, especially on a young model).  But now actresses, models, and it girls alike are rocking this tousled, cool ponytail and I want one more than ever.  Here's how to create a glam ponytail:

Jennifer Lopez at the 2015 Oscars (hair by Lorenzo Martin)

Martin recommends starting with clean, moisturized hair using L’Oréal Paris Advanced Haircare Smooth Intense Ultimate Straight Shampoo, Pre-Conditioner, and Conditioner.  After washing, massage L’Oréal Paris Advanced Haircare Smooth Intense Ultimate Straight Straight Perfecting Balm all over wet hair, to fight against humidity if you have naturally curly hair like that of Ms. Jlo, and blow dry with a round brush.  Next, Martin recommends setting hair in big, hot rollers for even more volume. Once the rollers are cool, remove and brush through hair.  Spray L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Sleek It Strand Smoother Serum Spray to prevent flyaways.  Gather hair into a high ponytail and secure with an elastic with metal hooks on each end to keep the ponytail high (is this the secret that I've been missing?  Is it all in the hooks?).  Martin finished off the look off with L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Lock It Weather Control Hairspray to combat the rainy weather on Sunday night.  

Joan Smalls at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party (hair by Jennifer Yepez)

Yepez began by spraying Smalls' hair with Orlando Pita Volumizing Mist before blowing hair dry with a round brush.  Next, she used a T3 Single Pass Curling Iron, curling the hair section by section, but leaving the ends out for a sort of unfinished look.  She used Serge Normant Dream Big Volumizing Spray all over the hair to add volume and texture.  She pulled the hair into a ponytail, using a hook elastic to secure it, and wrapped a small piece of the ponytail around the elastic to cover it.  To finish the look, Yepez used a small amount of Phyto Phytolisse Ultra Glossing Serum on the ends and then finished with Serge Normant Meta Luxe Hairspray all over. 

Backstage at the Lela Rose Fall 2015 show during New York Fashion Week (hair by Esther Langham for Beauty.com)

Backstage at Lela Rose, Langham started with a tennis ball-sized amount of Alterna Bamboo Volume Weightless Whipped Mousse on damp hair, using evenly from roots to ends.  Seems like a lot of mousse, but probably exactly what a fine-haired gal like myself needs.  Next, she applied Alterna Bamboo Volume 48 Hour Sustainable Volume Spray on the roots, and blew out with a blow dryer and a diffuser to enhance the natural texture of each model's hair.  To tame flyaways, she used Alterna Caviar Omega + Nourishing Oil, and then she proceeded to pull the hair back into a ponytail, securing with an elastic.  Once the hair was in a ponytail, she pulled at the hair around the hairline and face to add character and texture.  To finish the look, Langham used Alterna Caviar Working Hair Spray to keep the look in place.   

Video: Rashida Jones Getting Ready For The Vanity Fair Oscar Party

Number 1: Rashida Jones is adorable.
I don't even have a number 2.  Watch her and her glam squad prep her for the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party!
Makeup: Jamie Greenberg
Hair: Kylee Rae Heath
Stylist: Brad Goreski

Why I NEED This New TRESemme Collection In My Life

I'm on a mission in life for cool girl hair.  I want that Sienna Miller, I just rolled out of bed and this is what I look like, or maybe I was just at the beach hair.  If you're like me, then you're in luck because this hair was all the rage backstage at New York Fashion Week, so there will be a slew of products thrown your way geared at obtaining this hair.  I'm really excited because TREsemme, a company that knows a little something about cool girl hair, has recently launched a new line called Perfectly (un)Done.  I got my first glimpse at the collection backstage at the Rebecca Minkoff Fall 2015 show, where Orlando Pita was giving the girls a Patti Smith-inspired 'do with the new (un)Done Sea Salt Spray.  Pita couldn't have made it easier for us to replicate this look at home.  He sprayed an ample amount of Perfectly (un)Done Sea Salt Spray through the hair and blew dry, scrunching and tousling as he went.  If the models needed extra volume, he used Runway Max Volume Root Lifting Cream, and then he finished the hair with Youth Boost Voluminous Hold Hairspray.     

Clearly the star of the show is the Sea Salt Spray, but the Perfectly (un)Done collection also includes a shampoo, conditioner, a Wave Creating Sea Foam, a Wave Perfecting Gelee, and an Ultra Brushable Hairspray.

The shampoo and conditioner are silicone-free and infused with Sea Kelp Extract, which means effortless, flowing texture without being weighed down.
Go for the Sea Salt Spray or the Wave Creating Sea Foam if you're looking for weightless, beachy waves.  These formulas are really great because they're not stiff or sticky like some other formulas out there.  (And let's face it, you can't beat the price).
Go for the Wave Perfecting Gelee if you're looking for a little more control over your waves, and want to tame frizzies or flyaways, but still don't want any sticky residue.
Last, but certainly not least, is the Brushable Hairspray.  This is a hairspray for people who want the control and hold, but don't want something stiff or that will weigh the hair down.
Basically I need the whole collection.  If it's good enough for models at Rebecca Minkoff, it's good enough for me.  And I'd rather pay just over $30 for THE WHOLE COLLECTION, than pay the same amount for one spray from a "fancy" brand that doesn't even work as well as this one!

Feb 23, 2015

Get The Look: Rosamund Pike At The 2015 Oscar's

Who: Rosamund Pike

What: 2015 Oscar's 
Skin: Crystal Lynn Mattison for Sisley Paris 
Pre-Oscars, Pike got the all-star treatment with Sisley Gentle Buffing Cream to exfoliate the skin.  Mattison followed this up with Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask to brighten the skin, and then some Sisley Black Rose Precious Face Oil for ultimate hydration.   
Makeup: Melanie Inglessis for MAKE UP FOR EVER 
The day of, Inglessis prepped Pike's skin with Sisleya Essential Skincare Lotion and Sisley Floral Spray Mist.  While the skin was still damp, she locked in all that moisture with Sisley Hydra-Global Intense Anti-Aging Hyrdration.  Next, she used a thick layer of Sisley Eye Contour Mask for 10 minutes, and prepped the lips with Sisley Nutritive Lip Balm.  
After the skin was prepped, Inglessis used MAKE UP FOR EVER Step 1 Skin Equalizer Mattifying Primer (launches in March 2015).  Using a Beauty Blender, she worked CHANEL Vitalumiere Aqua into the skin, and Sisley Phyto-Cernes Eclat Concealer under the eyes. To contour the cheekbones, she blended CHANEL Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronzing Makeup Base with MAKE UP FOR EVER Artisan Medium Powder Brush #126, and then swept it across the forehead and down the bridge of the nose.  Next, she used a light dusting of MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Pressed Powder all over the face to set the makeup. 
To define the brows, Inglessis used MAKE UP FOR EVER Brow Seal Transparent Eyebrow Gel.  She wanted to use earth tones on Pike's eyes for a natural look, so she used MAKE UP FOR EVER Matte Artist Shadow in #M-530 (Eggshell) all over the lid and MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Liner in #M-50, (Matte Bright Brown) along the lash line. Next, she smudged the liner with CHANEL Illusion D’ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in Mirage to soften the lines. She added MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Shadow in #M-536 (Milk Tea) to the crease with a MAKE UP FOR EVER Artisan Large Blender Brush #242.  She used CHANEL Inimitable Mascara in Brun on the bottom lashes and MAKE UP FOR EVER Smoky Lash Mascara Rich Black on the top lashes.  She finished the look off with a nude lip, using CHANEL Precision Lip Definer in Beige Innocent and  CHANEL Rouge Coco Ultra Hydrating Lip Colour in Mademoiselle.

Hair: Kylee Rae Heath for Oscar Blandi 
Heath started by spraying Pike's hair with Oscar Blandi Protein Mist while it was still damp.  She combed Oscar Blandi Hair Lift Mousse through the hair to give volume when she blew it dry.  Next, she sprayed the hair with Oscar Blandi Dry Styling Heat Protect Spray to protect it from heat, then used a combo of Sultra 3/4" curling iron and a 1" marcel iron to create some texture.  
Once Heath gave the hair some texture, she sectioned the hair from behind the left ear, over the head, to the top of the right ear.  She pulled the back section into a ponytail, and then pulled the front section bad to meet the pony, securing in place with bobby pins.  She twisted the ponytail into a bun and pinned.  To finish the look she used Pronto Lacca Medium Hold Hairspray all over the style, and Polish Glossing Creme to her undercut. 


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