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Fangirl-Worthy Nails Wraps for Comic Con

By  July 23, 2014

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Call it California dreaming, but we wish were in San Diego right now for the first day of Comic Con, where everyone’s indulging their inner comic book geek this week. While costumes aren’t exactly office-appropriate, you can still get into the spirit of the superhero with a themed manicure. #NerdMakeup brand Espionage Cosmetics has released a slew of comic- and fantasy-inspired nail wraps to get geek chic while you wait in line to get autographs from your favorite artists. Forget cosplay; this is nail-play!

Adamantium // Comic // Critical Hit //Harlequin // Rangers // Turtles //Webbing, all available for $10 each

3 Undone Hairstyles That Make Messy a Must

By  July 23, 2014

3 Undone Hairstyles That Make Messy A Must

Have you heard about the latest street-style trend fashionistas everywhere are keen to copy? It’s called “laid-back chic,” a look that focuses on mixing tailored, sophisticated style with more casual aesthetics. The result is an ensemble that’s ahead of the fashion game but that looks as if minimal effort were involved in its design. The idea has also translated well into the beauty-sphere, where natural makeup and undone, textured hairstyles are a must. To master the messy-hair look, we’ve rounded up three of our favorite dos in which imperfection rules and sleek strands are a no-no. That’s right—it’s time to embrace your sloppy-chic side.

The messy bun
Where to wear it: daytime events like work, shopping, lunch, or travel
How to style it:
1. Finger comb hair into a ponytail at the height you like and secure with an elastic.
2. Mist hair with Garnier Fructis De-Constructed Texture Tease Hairspray. This essential product will provide tousled, airy fullness for a windblown look.
3. Pull hair around scalp to loosen up the hold, creating a round shape and adding height. This is key, so your style doesn’t look too polished.
4. Mist ponytail portion with Garnier Fructis Full Control Anti-Humidity Hairspray and tease hair to add grip and texture.
5. Twist ponytail around base of elastic and casually secure to base with bobby pins. Don’t worry if some pieces look loose.

Bedhead waves
Where to wear it: warm-weather nights outside that call for an easy but sultry style
How to style it:
1. Divide dry or damp hair and clip into sections
2. Twist each section into pin curls using bobby pins and mist with Garnier Fructis De-Constructed Beach Chic Sea Salt Texturizing Spray to hold your waves in a natural—not stiff or weighted-down—way.
3. Let air-dry or use a hair-dryer.
4. Remove clips and finger-comb hair into messy, piecey waves for a natural look. Secure style with Garnier Fructis De-Constructed Texture Tease Hairspray for extra oomph.

An undone braid
Where to wear it: beachside, music festivals, weekend daytime parties—anywhere you can let your free spirit show
How to style it:
1. Make a side part using your fingers and gather the side with more hair in front of your shoulder.
2. Separate hair into three sections and spray Garnier Fructis De-Constructed Texture Tease Dry Touch Finish Spray throughout each section for texture and grip.
3. Braid loosely, allowing strands to fall out, and secure with an elastic.
4. Finish with Garnier Fructis De-Constructed Texture Tease Hairspray, gently pulling on hair around scalp to loosen up the look.

Christian Louboutin Finally Unleashes Luxe Nail Lacquers

By  July 23, 2014

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After months of major anticipation, Christian Louboutin has jumped in feet first in to the beauty biz.

The famous shoe designer partnered with Batallure Beauty to create a range of nail polishes to pump up pedicures with a truly luxe look and feel. The first to take the spotlight with be the shoe authority’s signature red hue, Rouge Louboutin, which will debut today at the Saks Fifth Avenue flagship and 15 Louboutin boutiques in the U.S. The rest of the shades of the first collection will hit shelves in time to unofficially close out the summer on August 31. “If I do beauty, I have to do it my way,” Louboutin told Women’s Wear Daily.

Priced at $50 a bottle, the formula boasts the highest percentage of pigment in the industry. The designer grouped his new beauty buys into three color families–Pop, Nude, and Noir and plans to add fresh hues to each category at least twice a year. The luxe lacquer will come housed in a 16-faceted bottle shaped by a hand-held flame, topped with a sharp black spike (whose underside shows up red like his sexy shoes), and arrives in a hand-made box. “I am someone who likes objects,” he explained. “I wanted the color to be almost frozen in a pack of glass. It’s actually a very classical bottle.”

The shoe designer naturally started with nail color, given that his first red bottom came courtesy of a bottle of lacquer at one of his early lookbook shoots. “I always end up questioning myself, ‘What should be on the nail?’” he said. Though he had tried a one off shade with MAC, it wasn’t until he spotted his vibrant soles at a Jeremy Scott show in Paris with former Le Figaro journalist Janie Samet that he decided to give a beauty line serious thought. “It made sense to me,” Louboutin said. “A lot of signs were there.”

But he’s not stopping there, as a Rouge Louboutin lipstick might be the next necessity on his list. Rouged lips, tips, toes, and soles? Oh my!

Editor's Pick: Artis Elite Collection Makeup Brushes

By  July 22, 2014

Discover your next obsession with our Editor’s Pick series, must-have products for your home, wardrobe, makeup bag, and office curated by Glam editors.

Artis Brushes

Whenever a shipment of beauty samples come to the office, I’m always the one person who jumps to check out the brushes before anything else. As many makeup artists have told me throughout the years, products are only as good as the tools you use to apply them with. Anyone who has tried on lipstick using a brush at the beauty counter–and then failed to create that same flawless finish at home–knows what I mean.

So when a bag of Artis brushes landed on my desk a few weeks ago, I immediately volunteered to take them for a test drive. Founder Matthew Waitesmith, who spent over 16 years at MAC Cosmetics, eventually leading their entire Artist Training and Development program, took all his learnings from working with every beauty product under the sun to develop a collection of brushes designed to transform how makeup is applied. For starters, the brushes are made with an engineered fiber, especially designed to apply, distribute, and blend products for the smoothest application. Each brush also has, on average, 3 to 10 times as many individual fibers as most other brushes to help grip and deposit powders. Upon picking up the biggest brush in the collection (Artis Elite Oval 10), I immediately noticed the density of the brush head, and found it to be especially great for setting powder, buffing foundation, blending highlighter, and even applying moisturizer! The bristles are so soft, in fact, that I often just catch myself brushing my face for no reason while sitting at my desk.

Head specifications aside, the brushes also boasts a unique handle and design, which is created for a more ergonomic application and better control. The mirrored brush stem adds a luxe feel to the collection, while a special rubber section gives better grip. Applying makeup using Artis brushes is a bit different than what you may be used to, but they’re actually pretty intuitive and the results speak for themselves.

- ArtisBrush.com, $24-$62

Do Blondes Really Have More Fun?

By  July 22, 2014

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Some celebs have gone completely crazy with their hair color this summer–think  purple-haired Anna Paquin and Nicole Richie, or lavender-silver ombre, Demi Levato. But others have decided to determine for themselves if blonde’s have more fun! Take a look at these celebs who have boldly gone blonde for the summer:

Beauty Buzz: Britney Shares Her Stage Fantasy, A Handy BeautyTrend, Say Yes to the Beauty Bike

By  July 22, 2014

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For the girl who wants to see her name in lights! Britney Spears has announced her newest fragrance, Fantasy Britney Spears Stage Edition, and there’s no need to wait to snap it up and sniff. So spritz on some of this scent and channel your Britney, killing it on the Vegas stage. [Facebook]

Talk to the hand, literally! Hand painting has become a surprisingly popular trend. Though it initially began at the fingertips, influential designers, models, and celebrities have begun to experiment sketching on their entire hand and palms with designs ranging from a Hamsa symbol to a cheeky face. [Vogue]

Say yes to this! The Yes to Movement is a yearlong project encouraging everyone to say yes to something for yourself, and the official #YestoMovement Beauty Bike Tour is coming to New York. The beauty bike will offer a skincare quiz that will determine which Yes to products are the best for you and give you the opportunity to try them right there. Find the beauty bike schedule on the Yes to Movement site, and share your YES moments on social platform! [Glam Inbox]

Couldn’t get enough of the Ryan Gosling “Hey Girl” memes? Now you can carry him in your heart…and on your nails. INNI Nails has developed nail wraps that you can customize as your favorite celebrity for under $10. So even though Gosling has a new baby on the way, it looks like he’s not lost to you forever. [She Finds]

Ever watched a make up tutorial wishing you could get your hands on the products immediately? Thanks to The Influence, now you can. The site lets you shop the products mentioned in the tutorial through pop-up links that will lead you directly to the vendor. It’s another example of tech meets beauty done right! [Refinery 29]

Day in the Life: Noemi Grupenmager, Founder of Uni K Wax Centers

By  July 21, 2014

Noemi Grupenmager has always had an entrepreneurial spirit. Though she strengthened her business savvy in the printing industry, she became beauty groundbreaker in 1993 when she opened the first center devoted to just waxing, Uni K Wax Centers. Using her own proprietary wax, her business flourished with dozens of locations throughout the U.S. and simultaneously created a new concept of bodycare that has become mainstream. Glam caught up with the waxing expert to share a few details from a typical day, including finding her center on the beach, scoping out new center locations, and spending time with her family.

5:30 AM I wake up at my Miami Beach apartment which overlooks the ocean in Sunny Isles Beach, FL. Then I head to the kitchen to make a fresh brew of tea, topped with fresh grated ginger and lemon.
6:00 AM Over a hot brew and the picturesque view, I check emails which arrived overnight and reply.
7:30 AM Call the grandchildren who are planning to sleep over on the weekend.
7:45 AM In order to be a strong and peaceful leader, I start the day with Nicole Ruiz Falco, yoga therapist, Lululemon Ambassador and founder of YogavedaCenter.com. She combines strengthening poses, like warrior 2, and relaxing 3-part breathing mediation for a refreshed mind and a positive outlook on a new day.

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9:00 AM Return home and get ready for the office.
10:00 AM I arrive at the office.
10:30 AM After greeting the staff and receiving an update and messages, I begin my day with urgent staff appointments. The task list for the day includes meeting to discuss the new office, new product for the retail centers, lunch with a New York franchisee, and inspecting a Center.
12:00 PM I have a staff meeting with the Architectural Project Manager to discuss new office move and design requirements, as well as a new center layout.

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12:30 PM I attend a meeting with the Distribution Manager and the Director of Marketing to discuss the launch of a new tweezer range to complement the eyebrow waxing services in the Uni K Wax Centers.
1:30 PM I then head out to lunch with the franchisees, discussing the under construction location of 155 55th Street in Manhattan, NY. Lunch was a Carpaccio at Bal Harbour Shops.
2:00 PM Upon returning to the office, I have a meeting with the Legal Compliance Manager, Vice President of Finance, and the Vice President of Operations to discuss a new corporate Center opening.

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2:30 PM Visit to the North Miami Uni K Wax Center to inspect operations.

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3:00 PM I head up a full staff meeting on corporate direction for the upcoming quarter.
4:00 PM I then attend a staff meeting to discuss the budget for moving to the new offices with the Project Manager and the Vice President of Finance.
5:00 PM I meet with a potential franchisee as well as other key staff members.
5:30 PM I leave for the day and call the Aventura Center to meet with the Director of Waxer Training to discuss the next training schedule and a new product in the research department to further enhance the customer’s waxing experience.
7:00 PM I open my apartment door to my daughters and grandchildren who are joining me for dinner.

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Instagram Makeup Mavens Take Over the Beauty Aisle

By  July 21, 2014

Anastasia Beverly Hills has tapped into its Instagram feed to develop a smoldering eye palette you’ll want to share.

The brand looked to world famous makeup maven Amra Olevic to tap the glamorous end of the shadow spectrum. Olevic’s Amrezy Palette, which is an Ulta exclusive for $30, curates warm shades from matte to shimmer with a few jewel tones thrown in to create an endless array of looks. The palette offers intense color payoff that you can apply wet or dry and set into a velvet-smooth finish.

We’ve seen social savvy beauty bloggers make the jump from the web to the makeup counter (ahem, Michelle Phan), and we’re excited to see more making waves in the industry. As if we needed any more Instagram inspiration, we’ll be tuning into her feed to see the many ways we can rock this palette!

Beauty Buzz: Ulta Has Grand Plans, Perfume Cocktails in Berlin, New Scents for Bottega Veneta and Stella McCartney

By  July 21, 2014

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Lara Stone is the face of Stella McCartney’s recently relaunched signature fragrance Stella. The scent, which is currently exclusively available at Harrods until Aug. 1, is the same as the 2003 original; however, the packaging is different and there are more bottle sizes available. [WWD]

It’s been three years since Bottega Veneta ventured into the fragrance world with their self-titled, “leathery” scented Eau de Parfum. The brand’s second fragrance, called Knot is quite a contrast with citrus and floral notes. The bottle is topped with a matte gold cap in the shape of a knot – a reference to Bottega Veneta’s best-selling knot clutch. [WWD]

Move over Sephora! Beauty superstore chain, Ulta, is moving on up with plans to open 100 more stores and add an abundance of new brands (both indie and prestige) this year. The company, which has become the place for brick-and-mortar launches for beauty brands, will experiment with two smaller (5,000-square-foot, rather than 10,000-square-foot units) in rural markets later this year. [WWD]

Have you ever thought that your fragrance smelled so good that you wanted a sip? Well at the new Fragrances bar at the Ritz-Carlton in Berlin, the cocktails replicate famous scents. Think of luscious libations like Guerlain’s Angelique Noire, which contains jasmine, bergamot, angelica root, vanilla, rum and champagne. [InStyle]

Nicole Richie doesn’t wear makeup unless she’s working, but the House of Harlow designer told Reddit that there is a future for a House of Harlow beauty and fragrance line. [BellaSugar]

On the same day that NARS released their 3.1 Phillip Lim collaboration, the brand launched its reformulated polish for all of their colors. The new formula paints smoothly, doesn’t require multiple coats, dries in under five minutes, and doesn’t chip. Five minute mani, anyone?[SheFinds]

Editor’s Pick: Avon SuperShock Brights Mascara

By  July 21, 2014

Discover your next obsession with our Editor’s Pick series, must-have products for your home, wardrobe, makeup bag, and office curated by Glam editors.

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Admittedly, I’m in the beauty-challenged group with it comes to my makeup savviness–but I like to think I am hiding my makeup novice by wearing Kat Von D’s Lock-It Tattoo foundation, Marc Jacobs Beauty Remedy Concealer Pen, swiping on Givenchy’s Noir Couture 4 in 1 Mascara and a bright lipstick everyday.

And if I’m feeling particularly bold, I swap out bright lips for a colorful liner. I apply a Urban Decay’s Urban Glide-On Eye Pencil in Chaos—a vibrant cobalt blue matte with slight floating pearl—to my bottom lash line for a pop of color. Recently, I’ve decided to kick things up a notch, pairing the liner with with Avon’s SuperShock Brights Mascara in Royal Shock Choc Royal, a bright cobalt.

Shocking, right? I’m kind-of obsessed with it. And now, I’m wondering what else I can do to shock my look. Bright blue hair a la Nicole Richie, next? –Channing Hargrove

Avon SuperShock Brights Mascara, $4.99