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Tip Talk: Tom Bachik on J. Lo, NYFW, and Nailing Spring's Hottest Looks

By  March 06, 2015

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Tom Bachik puts the “man” in manicure, both literally and figuratively. With Jennifer Lopez, Julianne Moore, Heidi Klum, and many more on his roster, the L’Oréal Paris’s global nail ambassador has had his pulse on new nail art trends as they happen. With NYFW, awards season, and its array of incredible nail looks behind us, we caught up with the mani master to get his take on the trends from the runway and the red carpet as well as find out his what his craziest nail art look is.

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What has been the craziest nail look you’ve created?

Jennifer Lopez had a big performance in Japan, so I created a very intricate mixed media nail look. On one hand, we painted “J LO” in a bright, rainbow ombré. Then, the other hand incorporated cherry blossom flowers, a heart, and we loosely incorporated the Japanese flag. On both hands, we incorporated glitter and little silver studs. It was a lot going on, but it all worked together beautifully.

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What has been your favorite backstage moment?

In my line of work, I’ve been blessed with so many great backstage moments; I don’t know if I can choose an all time #1! But, I have to say my favorites are when I can share them with my family. The one that instantly comes to mind is my first season on American Idol with Jennifer Lopez. For the season finale, I was able to bring the whole family behind the scenes to meet Steven, Randy, and the whole team! Then, they got to see the show! It was amazing. Priceless.

What nail trends do you see popping up for spring and runway trends for fall?

For spring 2015, I’ve been seeing a lot of bold stripes, tonal band looks, and florals. As nail looks are much more off the cuff and are largely influenced by fashion, I can’t say exactly what we’ll be seeing for fall 2015, but I’m excited for it!

What has been your favorite nail look so far this season?

I am loving floral for spring. I like both soft, pretty flowers and also the more abstract interpretation – swatches of layered colors and dry brush patterns.

What is the number one mistake most make when it comes to nail art?

The grouping of colors can make or break a design. When it comes to nail art, a lot of times I see really cool designs but the color combination throws the entire look off.

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We know that you create shades for some of your favorite clients, what are some of you favorite mixes?

I actually do a lot of custom color creation for my clients for different events. Specifically, I layer a lot of nudes to make the shades lighter/darker or cooler/warmer depending on my client’s skin tone, outfit, event and what we want to focus on. Additionally, I also like to play with mixing different reds. Sometimes, I’ll layer a red over a gold or a metallic black to give the shade a different dimension/depth and give the color a different feel.

What’s the number one item in your nail kit?

Hands down – L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect Glow Renewal Facial Oil. I use it both before and after manicures to keep nails, cuticles and skin moisturized. I also give it to clients for them to use on nails at night before bed.

What would you put in your Fashion Week survival kit?

Nail tips/extensions; adhesive tabs so models can remove nails after show; full range of colors; empty bottles to custom mix polishes; L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect Glow Renewal Facial Oil; and lots of top coat.

Images courtesy of Tom Bachik’s Instagram

Katie Holmes Shares Her Strand Secrets

By  March 06, 2015

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From sporting voluminous waves to sleek strands, Katie Holmes has always given us serious hair envy, and her new ads with Alterna are no different. After snagging a behind the scenes look at the campaign where she shared her tress tips.

The winter chill can leave locks dry and lifeless, but Holmes uses the brand’s Caviar collection to moisturize her mane from the inside out, especially when the temperature starts to rise. She said, “[I also use] their Nourishing Milk on damp hair when I get out of the shower, and if it’s still dry, I’ll put some Kendi Oil on top of that after it’s dried.” Plus, she maintains her mane with the Caviar Repair Lengthening Hair & Scalp Elixir to keep her locks long and strong through all of her coif changes.

One thing when it comes to her strand style: don’t ask her to choose between a good blowout or a haute hat to wear, regardless of the season. “I like both,” she explained in the clip, “A great blowout and a cute little hat for the summer or the winter time.”

Haven’t seen the video yet? Check out the clip below:

In Bloom: Floral Inspired Beauty Buys to Welcome the Season

By  March 05, 2015

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The weather outside is frightful, but spring is on its way! While we wait for the snow to make a serious exit, we’re already dreaming of gardens filled with vibrant blooms, starting in the beauty aisle. We’ve searched the shelves for sweet reminders of spring to revive our skin and primp ourselves to freshly flushed perfection. March 20th, where are you?!

Kim Kardashian Is a Platinum Blonde Bombshell Now

By  March 05, 2015

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It looks like the Kardashian clan is lightening up in time for spring!

After Khloe debuted her lighter locks earlier this week, Kim Kardashian started off Paris Fashion Week with a bold blonde ‘do herself. Mrs. West bid buh-bye to balayage, opting for a striking platinum hair hue. The Wests stepped out of the Balmain show with Kim wearing a beanie before quickly revealing the new look with a slicked back style. She also shared a snap on Instagram, thanking her glam squad for their efforts,”So I went platinum!! I have the best team! Thank you to@joycebonelli for being my inspiration and introducing me to @GregoryRussellHair who cut my hair & put this team together! Thank you @LorriGoddard who dyed my hair & got this color in one try! Not an easy task!”

Mr. West has admitted that he loves her lighter locks, and since she’s gone blonde a few times over the years, we wouldn’t be surprised if he suggested the bold look before they found their front row seats. “He asked if I would ever go back to blonde. I was like, ‘Not right after a baby, because my face was so swollen and it looked like my lips were huge. My face was just off,’” Kardashian told People last year.

One thing we’re really psyched to see are Kardashian dark brows, which add balance to the overall look. What do you think of Kim’s blonder strands?

Beauty Buzz: Luma Grothe is L’Oréal Paris’s Latest Lovely, Willow Smith to Try Out Lush Locs, and Dolce & Gabbana Pucker Up

By  March 04, 2015

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Brazilian beauty Luma Grothe is the latest leggy lady to join the L’Oréal Paris family, following in the footsteps of mega models like Karlie Kloss, Barbara Palvin, Liya Kedebe, and many more. While there’s no word yet on what makeup musts she’ll front for print and TV, she’s sure to stun. As she said, “To me, ‘Because you’re worth it’ is even more than a legendary slogan I grew up with. It’s a motto that continues to resonate in my generation. [WWD]

Willow Smith has become a coif chameleon since she started whipping her hair back and forth, and she’s trying out even more natural looks. Sporting a TWA in the latest issue of CR Fashion Book, she opened up to the glossy about getting more in touch with her self, starting with her strands. “I just want to have dreads. I want to embrace my full self, as natural as I can be,” she said. Since she’s already rocked a faux set, the look would blend seamlessly with her shapeshifting aesthetic. [Refinery 29]

The uber femininity didn’t stop on the Dolce & Gabbana runway, as the design duo has unveiled the campaign for its first matte lipstick line. In rich reds ranging from Fire to Dolce Jealous, Mert & Marcus captured the Sicilian allure with a pair of models punching up their pouts before a romantic rendezvous with their beaus for the print campaign. Looks like bold lips are making a big comeback this year! [Fashion Gone Rogue]

While we’re all on the journey for the perfect mascara, those whose lashes need some lift can look to the salon for inspiration. Benefit’s new Roller Lash Mascara uses it patent-pending hook ‘n’ roll brush to grab each follicle to separate, lift, and curl for an eye-opening look that lasts for up to 12 hours. With all of the wear, the makeup must nourishes with a blend of Provitamin B5 and Serine to ensure your lashes stay lush. [Glam Inbox]

If you’re over the broody, moody hues of winter, Sunday Time Style is adding a serious splash of color to get your psyched for spring. Guinevere Van Seenus graces the mag to show off the upcoming Apple Watch, but it’s not the star of the spread. The model pairs the look with dramatic face paint in bold bright hues which, of course, look like the face of the watch. While looks are meant for everyday wear, you can bet a beauty guru will add their own twist to this artistic array. [Fashion Gone Rogue]

Jonathan Adler Adds Pretty Vanity Staples with Pond’s

By  March 04, 2015

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Jonathan Adler’s cheeky and chic aesthetic has touched everything from furniture, fashionable accessories, and more. But the décor designer is adding his signature to Pond’s Wet Cleansing Towelettes with a chic vanity case to allow you to show them off instead of stashing them away. Glam got to have a quick chat with the interiors expert to find out his skincare secrets and what shades we can expect to see in our spaces this spring.

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What sparked the idea of the vanity case for Pond’s Cleansing Towelettes?

They gave me a jingle, and I thought, “Wow! What a fun opportunity to partner with an iconic American brand, a brand that my mom always used back in the day, and all of the chicks in my office still use to this day.” Pond’s is one of those brands that is du jour forever and always – past, future – and it was great to put my stamp on it.

You’ve worked with other beauty brands in the past, have you thought of creating a beauty accessories line yourself?

Right now, I’m just focusing on my own personal beauty, as you can see [laughs]. It was just a fun thing for me to do. As a potter and designer, to work with Pond’s was just a treat.

Speaking of beauty routines, we’d love to know your skincare secrets!

[Laughs] None. I feel very, very bad for girls and jealous at the same time. I feel bad because it takes up a lot of time, thought, and energy, but I’m envious because you can also look fantastic. But as a dude, I’m lucky to do literally nothing. I don’t even moisturize for the most part.

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What are the color trends you’ve seen popping up for spring?

Lots of purple in all of its varied hues. Emerald is still something I’m totally rocking; and all gold all of the time. Gold, gold, gold, gold, gold – it’s almost like [how] your outfit needs a little jewelry, and every surface of your home needs a little bit of gold as well.

What are the top three items you never leave home without?

I have a bag of wipes, I have sunglasses. I’m not going to say the iPhone because it’s beyond obvious, but I always like to keep a copy of my husband’s latest book, The Asylum because it’s always fun to dip into and reread.

Images courtesy of Pond’s and Jonathan Adler’s Instagram.

Sarah Michelle Gellar is the New Face of Proactiv+

By  March 04, 2015

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Sarah Michelle Gellar is putting her best face forward with Proactiv+ as she transitions from kicking vampire butt to stopping Sith Lords.

Gellar is the newest face of the skincare range, following in the footsteps of stars like Olivia Munn, Katy Perry, Naya Rivera, and more. She’s slated to share her story on the small screen and across digital platforms this month to inspire others to take care of their skin and discover the confidence they get when their complexions are clear.

The multi-tasking mom first discovered the brand when she was a 16-year-old soap star with a helpful hint from a makeup artist. After a few days on the three-step regimen, she saw her skin clear up considerably. But the bumps didn’t remain at bay for too long, as the acne battle continued into adulthood. “It’s hard to deal with breakouts as an adult,” the Star Wars Rebels actress said in a statement. “You think to yourself ‘I already went through this. I shouldn’t be facing this. I experienced great results with the original Proactiv Three-Step System so after seeing an infomercial for Proactiv+, I decided to give the new system a try. And it works! The first thing I noticed was how much cleaner and brighter my skin looked and felt.”

After embodying Buffy and receiving an assignment to save the galaxy, battling acne shouldn’t be a problem.

Beauty Buzz: Meet the Classpass of Blowouts, A Liptsick to Lighten Dark Circles, and a Red-Bottomed Beauty Boutique?

By  March 03, 2015

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There’s a new startup in the beauty sphere that’s bound to make every beauty buff super excited. Similar to ClassPass, Vive is slated to release a subscription service that allows mane mavens unlimited blowouts for $99 in participating salons – a serious beauty bargain for a strand service that we love so much. The idea was sparked by overly booked up blowout bars around the Big Apple. While Glamsquad and Priv bring the talent to you, the company wanted to show “the salon experience is something people really enjoy.” We’ve already signed up for its waiting list! [Business Insider]

While concealers work wonder to create a flawless complexion, there’s another makeup must that’s up to the task. Deepica Mutyala, Birchbox’s senior manager of brand development and YouTube beauty guru, proved a rich red lipstick could conceal dark under eye circles by warming up the cool tones in the skin. Her clip instantly went viral, prompting many to find out their skin undertone to find the right red for them. We see rings of rich ruby in our futures. [InStyle]

If you couldn’t get enough of Christian Louboutin’s sharp nail lacquers, prepare yourself: the shoe savant is opening a beauty boutique in Paris. Located in Passage Vero-Dodat, where Louboutin launched his men’s and women’s flagships, is a “small shop or big shrine” inspired by the bold bottles themselves. With a secret boudoir perched atop a winding staircase, he surely created a “discreet, private space for clients to try out the Louboutin beauty ritual.” [The Telegraph]

While the Kardashians sparked the trend, contouring shows no signs of slowing down thanks to Sephora’s latest technological innovation. The retailer paired up with Map My Beauty to create an app that shows you how to perfectly sculpt your face. All you have to do is upload a selfie while th face mapping technology analyzes everything before creating a personalized application tips fit for their face with shoppable links. As Annabella Daily, founder and chief executive officer of Map My Beauty, explained, “Millions of women look to YouTube for beauty instructions and ‘makeup tutorial’ is one of most-searched terms on Google, yet none of them were personalized for a consumer’s specific face. Also, while there are color try-on tools, they just show the color pasted on your face without any specialized directions.” [WWD]

Some of our favorite natural brands are lending a helping to #girlbosses to be. Hain Celestial Personal group, home of bath and body favorites like Alba Botanica, Avalon, and Jasön, have partnered with Care, a non-profit aimed to fight global poverty, through its Empower Her Through Education initiave. The partnership will kick off with a petition to help eliminate child marriage worldwide. Talk about girl power! [WWD]

Day in the Life: Dr. Dennis Gross, Celebrity Dermatologist

By  March 03, 2015

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Dr. Dennis Gross has ensured that the Big Apple’s beauty buffs and Hollywood stars have flawless complexions since he started his practice in the ’90s. He’s actively involved in pioneering research on skin cancer, Interferon and Cancer Immunology at world-renowned institutes such as Memorial Sloan Kettering and Rockefeller University. But the dermatologist expanded his reach with his signature range of skin essentials, which has taken him from behind the scenes in the research lab to in front of the camera at QVCGlam caught up with the dynamic dermo as he pulls double duty at the office and at the QVC studio to craft and share his latest innovations:

5:00 a.m. I wake up, have a very small bite to eat and head to the gym for a morning workout. I’m at the gym by 5:30 a.m. and use weights and go on the stair-master.
6:30 a.m. I head back home to shower and take Yogi for a walk. He’s a labradoodle and has been loving the snow that New York has had this winter.

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7:00 a.m. I finish up getting ready and have a light breakfast before heading to work for the day.
7:30 a.m. I like to walk to work. It’s only 13 blocks and 2 avenues away. It’s a great opportunity to clear my head and make a mental checklist of what I need to do.
8:00 a.m. I get in at 8:00 a.m. and begin seeing patients right away. This morning I had medical examinations, cosmetic procedures, and laser treatments on the schedule.

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12:00 p.m. Lunch from Boqueria for the team. I’m a pescetarian, so Mediterranean is a great option that pleases everyone.
1:00 p.m. When you begin formulating new skincare launches there are many, many rounds of testing before you get to the final product. I evaluate each round. After testing, I give feedback to the team so we can begin making adjustments and get closer to our goal.
2:30 p.m. Today is an exciting day because I have to leave early to travel down to QVC (I’m normally at the practice until 6:00 p.m.). I have a special Keurig method for my coffee. I made sure to prepare and put it in my thermos for the road. It helps to have a midday coffee when you know you’re in for a late night.

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5:00 p.m. I arrive and begin preparing for QVC. I’m a scholar at heart, so I like to have time to myself to study, go over my materials, and do any last minute tweaks that are necessary.

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6:30 p.m. I have a bite to eat and begin rehearsing with my associate when she arrives from New York.
8:00 p.m. We meet with host Shawn Killinger and QVC’s producer for a run-through of my sell. She wasn’t feeling well, but you could never tell.

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10:30 p.m. Showtime. We offered our exclusive Peel Discovery Kit to the QVC viewer at-home. It’s always exhilarating to be able to make something you’re so passionate about available to such a large group of people.
11:00 p.m. After we say our goodbyes to those as QVC I call my wife and business partner Carrie Gross to discuss how it went and let her know I’m on my way back to the city.

Suki Waterhouse Seals Her New Burberry Ads with a Kiss

By  March 03, 2015

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While Suki Waterhouse is ushering the age of the big eye look for Burberry, she isn’t forgetting about her pout.

The mega model stars in the campaign for the brand’s new Burberry Kisses Lipstick where she snuggles up with (sadly, not Bradley Cooper) Brit rocker George Le Page in nothing but the brand’s signature scarf and a bright, bold lip, courtesy of the fresh formula. Needless to say, the gorgeous pair certainly steamed up Mario Testino’s camera for the print ads and the accompanying behind-the-scenes video. 

The new luxe lipstick first rocked the runway during the brand’s Fall 2015 in a rich nude, and it offers sheer to opaque coverage for a multitude of lip looks in just one tube amongst 28 different shades. Burberry Kisses allow women to choose the end look they want from a barely there wash of color to deeper coverage,” says Burberry makeup artistic consultant Wendy Rowe. “The new collection includes our most extensive color palette to date.” 

This new lipstick is sure to become a major makeup must-have to go from desk to drinks to date night.

Haven’t seen the steamy clip? Check out the video below: