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Major Mani Moments from NYFW Spring 2015

By  September 16, 2014

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The runways are the first place that beauty brands and mani masters look to see what will be on trend for the upcoming season. The latest techniques, creative color combos, and funky finishes came together as eye candy for beauty editors and nail ninjas alike to recreate and perfect in time for spring to come back around once again. Here are a few of the favorites we spotted backstage; sorry, no nudes allowed.

Beauty Buzz: Demeter Does LFW, A Beauty Cream That Breaks The Bank, and Weddding-Worthy Nail Art

By  September 15, 2014

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It’s not just makeup, hair, and skincare brands getting the models revved up to rock the runway. Turns out Demeter Fragrance Library partnered with Palmer//Harding for its fashion show on Sunday. The brand combined Magnolia, Oud, and Dust from its archive to scent the space, tapping into the designers’ inspiration of finding the beauty in aging. Talk about a truly sensory experience! [Glam Inbox]

When it comes to anti-aging, apparently no price is too high! Dr. Alexandrides of 111 Skin crafted the Celestial Black Diamond Cream, which was developed with former Soviet space scientists. Derived of a potent Vitamin C derivative, Escin, and black diamonds (yeah, you read that right), the cream increases antioxidants that protects and repair skin as well as increase circulation for better absorption. While the black diamonds aren’t active ingredients, it pushes the price up to $1,095. Time to pay up, kittens. [Fashionista]

Brides-to-be, if you want your digits to be as decadent as your dress, listen up! Bridal & commitment jeweler extraordinaire Anna Sheffield partnered with Marie Nails salon to customize wedding-worthy nail art that complements her designs. For just $65, you can kiss the classic French and bid goodbye to something blue on your tips and toes for your big day. [Glam Inbox]

With the start of the new season, it’s time to re-evaluate your skincare routine, and Clinique is here to help! The beauty brand will set up shop on September 18 at Bloomingdales 59th Street in the Big Apple to provide comprehensive consultations. Skin savants will not only receive Clinique’s new Smart Custom-Repair Serum to test-drive, but they’ll also create customized smartphone designed on the spot by fashion illustrator Brooke Hagel. Such a smart idea! [Glam Inbox]

Kiehl’s is giving back once again for the golden anniversary of its iconic Blue Astringent Herbal Lotion. The skincare staple comes wrapped in limited edition packaging designed by renowned photographer Christopher Makos, featuring images that are an homage to New York City. Plus, many large-scale prints of the featured snaps will be up for exhibition and auction in the brand’s flagship from September 18-25 with all proceeds benefitting the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. [Glam Inbox]

Zosia Mamet Talks Her New Tresses and Top Trends

By  September 15, 2014

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It seems (platinum) blondes have more fun off the set of Girls. Zosia Mamet is the latest star to snag the Hollywood hue along with a chic cropped cut.

The HBO darling recently wrapped up season 4 – yes, we can’t wait for it either – allowing her to try out the bold color she hadn’t tested in a while just for fun. “I got to go blonder a few years ago for a play, and that was the first time I dyed my hair,” she told People in a new video. “I only got to have it for like three months, and then I had to go back to being a brunette for the show.”

The shade switch wasn’t her only big change – she rid herself of Shoshanna’s signature long locks in lieu of a cute ear-length bob, making it much easier for her to sleep at night.  Mamet explained, “If I turned over at night, I’d have to throw my hair [over] first, because it was so long that if I turned into it, it would strangle me. Having short hair is just so easy.”

When it comes to her own style she has a few sticking points, including picking fresh flats over haute heels and killer cross-bodies over cute clutches. But when it comes to her character, there’s no shortage of crafty hair accessories up her sleeve. “I don’t think you can choose between headbands or clips,” Mamet said. “She’d probably choose both.”

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

6 Haute Hair Trends Straight from the Spring 2015 Runways

By  September 15, 2014

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After exploring hair and makeup stations behind the scenes at some of New York Fashion Week’s biggest shows, we’ve started seeing tress trends pop up from our favorite designers. Some we’re familiar with and others that are truly fresh takes. See how you’ll be able to style your strands next season, plus get the lowdown on which tools you can use to achieve these runway ready look from home!

Christopher Kane is a NARSisst

By  September 15, 2014

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It wouldn’t be Fashion Month without a runway-ready collaboration or two taking over our newsfeed! NARS has announced its latest link up with Christopher Kane.

The designer and beauty have come together to craft a limited edition collection of eye lip, and cheek essential will make their debut on Kane’s runway this afternoon! Based on his bevy of fresh-faced beauties from seasons past, we expect to see nearly nude hues all wrapped in one of Kane’s innovative prints. “NARS has been a long-standing and valued partner of ours, so this collaboration was an obvious fit,” Kane said in a statement. “NARS has the same unapologetic aesthetic that is signature to the Christopher Kane brand and I’m excited to share what we’ve created together.”

The only drawbacks? We’ll a few months before seeing what the actual makeup looks like, then sit “patiently” until May 2015 to get our hands on everything. We’re marking our calendars now, as we’re sure the pieces will be well worth the wait!

Beauty Buzz: Lupita Looks (Even More) Luminous, Taking Anna Wintour's Hair Advice, and No Makeup Means More Skincare

By  September 12, 2014

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Lupita Nyong’o is back and more radiant than ever! The Oscar winner has returned to Lancôme as the face of its new Vissionaire Advanced Skin Corrector campaign. The new formula provides instant gratification along with long-lasting results thanks to a new exclusive double-Jasmonate complex that smoothes skin and corrects tone. If it makes us look as luminous as Lupita, we’ll take two bottles! [Racked]

Whatever Anna Wintour says, goes, including when your tresses need a trim. Tennis star Caroline Wozniacki learned sitting front row with the Vogue editrix, who told her she needed a new do. Wozniacki didn’t hesitate to take Wintour’s sage strand advice, showing off the results via Instagram. “Loving my new haircut!” she captioned the snap. “Thank you Anna Wintour for telling me I need one and setting it up for me.” [Glamour]

The fresh-faced look shows no signs of slowing down, In fact, we’ve seen the trend ramp up backstage as designers like Marc Jacobs, J. Mendel, and many more have skipped makeup (almost) altogether. While it does seem a bit ironic, the trend may easily shift makeup mavens’ focus to a more stringent skincare routine in order to have that #IWokeUpLikeThis look without the worry of looking perfectly painted. [Refinery 29]

5 Tips to Feeling Fresh All Day

By  September 11, 2014

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Long days seem longer when you’re dragging from the start of the morning and then lack proper “picker-uppers” through the afternoon and evening. It’s time to prepare for these 12-plus-hour stretches by thinking ahead. Learn how to kick things off first thing in the a.m. in fresh fashion and then keep up the enlivened attitude all day long with our tips.

Wake up with the help of nature’s most invigorating scents to spark your senses on even the most difficult of morning wake-up calls. Look for shower products that contain rosemary, peppermint, eucalyptus, tea tree oil, and citrus, said to stimulate even the most weary minds and bodies with their energizing, freshening properties.
Fabulously Fresh Peppermint and Rosemary Body Wash, available at Burt’s Bees for $8
John Frieda Root Awakening Nourishing Moisture Shampoo for Dry Hair, available at Ulta for $6.99
John Frieda Root Awakening Nourishing Moisture Conditioner for Dry Hair, available at Ulta for $6.99

Hydrating early and continuing to drink water throughout the day is sure to change your mood, energy level, digestion, and overall health. A cool glass of H20 first thing in the morning, before consuming any other food or drink, will boost your metabolism and make you feel alert. It doesn’t stop there though. Get your eight-plus ounces by packing a portable bottle that can be refilled during the day for refreshment on the go.
Reduce Water Week Cardigan Bottle, set of five 16 oz. bottles, available at Casa.com for $17.99

Pack panty liners in your purse if you’re scheduled to be on the go from morning till night. Ideally, we like to stay clean and comfortable without any added bulkiness down below, which is why Carefree ® is our go-to. So thin and soft as cotton yet absorbent and freshening, the liners make it easy to forget they’re even there. Spend your day confidently fresh with the help of a liner that allows you to live life in your own style—choose among Original, Acti-Fresh®, or Thong options.
Carefree Liners, available at Carefreeliners.com, prices vary based on type

Don’t knock French-style freshening spray until you’ve tried it, because one spritz of the Evian Mineral Water Spray Duo To Go bottle on your fatigued face midday and those neverending hours post-lunch will never be the same. Travel size, instantly hydrating, and revitalizing, it even can also help remove perspiration, ocean salt, and pool chlorine from skin.
Evian Mineral Water Spray Duo To Go, available at Sephora for $14

An on-the-go teeth touch-up tool is a quick and easy solution for keeping your mouth clean, cool, and ready for any situation. Pick up a product that does all the above, perfect for after coffee, red wine, or meals or anytime you want whiter teeth and fresher breath without having to rinse or brush.
Supersmile On the Go Quikee Instant Whitening Polish, available at Ulta for $18

Beauty Buzz: Erin Fetherston Has Her Eye on the Prize, Mila Kunis’ Pedi Problems, and What’s Pumps Up a Polish’s Price

By  September 11, 2014

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We always see skincare brands pop up near the end of New York Fashion Week, but Erin Fetherston had a new addition: her own set of eye gels. The designer partnered with Skyn Iceland to create a Fashion Week survival kit that you can snap up! The set feature 10 packs of the brand’s iconic Cool Firming Eye Gels dressed up with Fetherston’s feminine style. We’re ordering a pack ASAP! [Skyn Iceland]

Many were shocked to see mom-to-be Mila Kunis stepping out with a fresh pedi. Turns out sporting a baby bump in a nail salon can put you and your little one in peril. Aside from the chemical odors, the risk of bacterial or fungal infection, even a foot massage can cause contractions, which can be bad for pregnant women whose little ones aren’t full term yet. Yikes! [Glamour]

It might’ve been the sticker shock or the intimidating bottle, but many have been wary of Christian Louboutin’s nail polish (just not us). The pricey polish isn’t just red paint in a bottle though. The New York Times takes a peek under the cap to find it’s not just the designer and its history but a whole army of beauty buffs out to create the best possible product. [New York Times]

DreamDry has a major milestone to celebrate: the one-year anniversary of its 57th Street location in the Big Apple. City natives and visitors alike can vie for the chance to be the first 100 clients to receive a complimentary Caption Nails Manicure gift set when snapping up a service. Those who don’t make the cut won’t be left out as everyone will receive a complimentary Kérastase Fusidose Treatment that day. Happy Birthday! [Glam Inbox]

Backstage Beauty Look of the Day: Bibhu Mohapatra Spring 2015

By  September 11, 2014

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THE SHOW: Bibhu Mohapatra

THE HAIR: Amit Abraham brought beauty editors (and the designer) back to life with an intricately braided updo that you had to see from all angles. He began prepping the tresses with the new L’Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil Sève Protectrice before sectioning the hair one on top of the other. While the bottom half was slicked back into a ponytail at the nape of the neck, the top section was parted in the middle. Both sides of the top section were French braided to the crown with the tails secured around the ponytail underneath. For added edge, he cross stitched the braids together with a leather cord. Abraham sprinkled a bit of the brand’s True Grip powder into the ponytail and split it into two sections before braiding both sectioning, backcombing the braid on the right. He finished by wrapping the braids around each other to create a chignon, spritzing it with the Perfect Shimmer and Infinium 3 sprays for shine and hold. Any flyaways were tamed with a touch of the Homme Poker Paste.

THE MAKEUP: To capture the essence of Nancy Cunard, Yadim evened the tone of the skin where needed with Maybelline’s Fit Me Foundation, leaving a bit of rawness to the skin with a touch of the Color Tattoo Metal in Barely Branded on the cheeks. He created a wing along the lower lash line with the Master Drama Eyeliner in in Midnight Master that jutted straight out to extend the natural shape of the eye. The pout was deepened with a mix of the Color Sensational Lipstick in Magentabulous and Dazzling Plum

THE MANI: Gina Edwards  kept the drama going to the tips by applying ImPress Press-On Manicure in So, So Stellar covered in cross hatch lines in Black and White from the Kiss Nail Artist Paint & Stencil Kit. The toes were evened out with a few coats of Broadway Nails polish in Stripped Off.

Backstage Beauty Look of the Day: Marc by Marc Jacobs Spring 2015

By  September 10, 2014

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THE SHOW: Marc by Marc Jacobs

THE HAIR: Guido Palau was inspired by Björk‘s signature hair knots from the early ’90s to transform the models into tough girls with true grit. He started by adding texture with Redken’s Wind Blown 05 before parting the hair in four places down the center part. The sides were smoothed, and the sections were then twisted into classic pins curls, leaving out the ends for added edge. Before the girls hit the runway, Palau used damps hands, to pull some of the baby hairs loose from the hairline to give a slightly sweaty effect, like they had danced the night away.

THE MAKEUP: Diane Kendal  left the heavy makeup on the dance floor, opting for fresh-from-the-rave, radiant faces. She evened the tone with Jacobs’ eponymous Genius Gel SuperCharged Oil Free Foundation, dusting powder over the T-zone. To add the sheen of sweat, she highlighted the cheekbones with the Makeout Lip Lock Moisture Balm. To make the peeepers pop, Kendal blended the Twinkle Pop Eye Stick in Honey Bunny over the lid, sheering the cream up to the brow. She topped off the eye with the lip balm for added shine and used only one coat of mascara. She perfected the natural pout with the Lovermarc Lip Gel in Moody Margot before the models took to the catwalk.

THE MANI: The girls received a touched of sheen with a heavy dose of shine with a coat of Jacobs’ upcoming nail polish in Milk topped with a coat of Shiny.