Beauty Buzz: Manage Your Mane Like a Model, Beauty & Other Stories, and Meet Smith & Cult

By  October 17, 2014


We’re all a little envious when it comes to the trussed up tresses models sport on the runway and in campaigns, but our question is what is their off duty hair regimen? Moisture, moisture, and more moisture in the form of hair masks, leave-in conditioners, and treatments – that’s what! See what you need to snap up for shiny strands ASAP. [Refinery 29]

Fashionistas are likely lining the block in Soho to be the first to step inside H&M’s premium little sister store, & Other Stories. But as it turns out, the retailer was originally meant to be a beauty boutique with fun nail color, fragrance, and body buys fit for any budget babe. Excuse us; we’ve got some shopping to do! [Into the Gloss]

Speaking of nail notions, there’s a new brand vying for #ManiMonday mania. Those who remember Hard candy’s heyday will go nuts for founder Dineh Mohajer’s new nail venture, Smith & Cult. With 30 shades that play between clean and pristine and edgy and cool and a campaign that follows the diary of a beauty junkie (aren’t we all?), your weekly mani may turn into an adventure [Pop Sugar]

Shupette for Shu Uemura has finally arrived on shelves to fulfill your holiday wishes! And to celebrate, Uncle Karl is sharing fashion and beauty’s favorite feline in a way we’re all too familiar with: a cat video. While you await you furry fantasy faux lashes and cuddly cosmetic clutch, watch the video and see if it doesn’t put a smile on your face. [The Fashion Spot]

We’ve found a new way to get your #PSL fix without worrying about caffeine jitters. SiSpa’s new Muddy Pumpkin Wrap uses the gourd’s enzymes, beta-carotene, and antioxidants to first exfoliate the body in the form of a scrub, followed by a soothing scalp and foot massage. After washing everything off, you can indulge in a “Red Hot” oil application to leave your skin energized and hydrated – with none of the added calories! [Glam Inbox]

MAC Builds a Play Land for Makeup Mavens

By  October 17, 2014

mac-youth-concept It’s clear millenials are a generation of cosmetic junkies, and now MAC is looking to feed their haute habit with a new concept store.

The first of the youth-oriented stores recently opened up in Orlando with a focus on swatching, starting with the gigantic C (part of the store’s brand name logo displays) covered with interactive tiles filled with a mix of makeup stations, products, and applicators. “This customer likes to come in and hang out and play. We want them to spend some time with us,” says Karen Buglisi Weiler, global brand president of MAC Cosmetics, told Women’s Wear Daily.

It’s all a part of how MAC is looking to diversify its space, and another youth concept store is slated to open in December in New York’s Union Square–sure to satiate every college students craving for cosmetics.  “Isn’t it about relevancy?” Buglisi Weiler asked. “One store doesn’t fit all. We don’t want to be boring.” This sounds like pure makeup magic!

Editor's Pick: A SenSarada Tea Ritual With the Pino Honey Ginger Body Lotion To Go

By  October 17, 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.
It still doesn’t quite feel like fall in San Francisco, but as our “Indian summer” winds down, I’m already anticipating the autumn weather just on the horizon with a beauty bag revamp. My first stop was to SenSpa for their seasonal SenSerada Tea Ritual, a rejuvenating treatment meant to strengthen the immune system and decrease tension in time for colder days.

The holistic hour and a half is inspired by the warmth and nourishment provided by a hot cup of tea, translated to the external body. The unique spa ritual begins with an herb exfoliation. A blend of coriander, cardamom, sandalwood, and valerian, infused with pumice powder relaxed my muscles and soothed my skin.  The next part is pure luxury: my therapist wrapped me in a cocoon of heated, rich jojoba and the most wonderfully smelling Shea butter-based honey ginger lotion–stay tuned for that later. After a cleansing shower, I was placed under an even greater spell of relaxation with a warming ginger, cinnamon, and orange oil massage, topped off with a cup of tea to enjoy in the SenSpa lounge. 

I realize that not everybody can make it out to the Bay Area for the SenSerada Tea treatment (though if you’re in town, this original and extraordinary ritual is one to try this season) but anyone can have a piece of the blissful experience with the Pino Honey Ginger Body Lotion that my therapist introduced me to. Upon application, which I usually save before bed, I feel the anxiety of the day melt away as the warming, autumn appropriate smell fills my insides and the stimulating and soothing cream hydrates my outside with plenty of organic nourishment and Vitamin E.

Pino Honey Ginger Body Lotion, $20

Tilda Swinton Is the New Face of NARS

By  October 17, 2014


Tilda Swinton is taking her unique look to Nars starting this spring.

The fashion muse will be the face of the brand’s upcoming campaign in a series of four portraits – shot by François Nars himself – revealing each of the four makeup collections slated to his shelves from January to April. The first snap supports the upcoming limited edition Eye-Opening Act color collection that will hit Nordstrom and Nars boutiques in January with prices between $28 and $48.

Swinton follows in the footsteps of other unique spokesmodel choices, including Charlotte Rampling and Daphne Guinness; each of which have admired Nars’ work and vice versa. “I love [Tilda’s] bold style and really admire her work,” Nars told WWD. “As an actress, she brings such strong personality to the camera. And as a woman, she lives the experience of transformation and expression.”

The pair had only met recently but quickly formed a bond. “I liked him immensely and immediately and we were eager, from that first session, to do more things together,” Swinton explained. “[The shoot was] the greatest of fun — supremely nice people, full of ease and play.”

Beauty Buzz: Colin Farrell Does Dolce & Gabbana, Get Dolled Up à la Downton Abbey, and Jessica Simpson’s Big Beauty Budget

By  October 16, 2014


It’s not just the new season of True Detective that’s making Colin Farrell intense. The star is also the face of Dolce & Gabbana’s upcoming scent, the aptly named Intenso. Though the details of the cologne are under tight wraps, the first campaign image alone is enough to make you want to lean in and get a good whiff! [Glam Inbox]

We’re counting down the days until the Crawleys and the rest of the residents of Downton Abbey return to the small screen, but we’ve found a video to tide us over. Celebrity makeup artist and YouTube guru Lisa Eldridge tapped star Laura Carmichael – that’s Lady Edith to you – to nail her character’s subtle and sweet look swiped directly from the set. Watch here and take note! [Fashionista]

Jessica Simpson always looks luxe, but we didn’t expect the bill to be so big! A source reported that the fashion mogul spends upwards of a $1 million a year on beauty treatments, including eyelash extensions, an on-call hairstyling team, bust treatments, massages, tanning, and personal training, according to New Zealand news site TVNZ. Well, what would you do with a million bucks? [Pop Sugar]

We equate Syfy’s Face Off as the special effects makeup equivalent of Project Runway. And now we can learn the techniques get the look in time for Halloween thanks to season 2 contestant Brea Johnson. The makeup master partnered with Sony Online Entertainment for a series of tutorials featuring beloved game characters, including Firiona Vie, an H1Z1 Zombie, Dark Elf, and many more. We expect some epic Halloween selfies! [Glam Inbox]

In honor of National Bullying Prevention month, singer and anti-bullying advocate Keenan West has partnered with Secret’s Mean Stinks initiative for the very first “Nicest. Tour. Ever.” to support 75 assemblies across the country during the 14/15 school year to empower and educate girl to kick bullying to the curb. Plus, the beauty brand will donate a dollar for ever Secret Mean Stink Clinical Strength deodorant  to benefit Girls on the Run. Talk about ganging up for good! [Glam Inbox]

CND is giving up the goods with help from Loxa Beauty. Starting today, mani mavens can snap up the brand’s fan favorites directly – no salon needed. Nail ninjas can head to either brand’s sites to snap up Vinylux, Solaroil, Scentsations, and Stickey, Super Shiney, and Speedey Nail Treatments. Time to treat yo tips! [Glam Inbox]

Five Signs Lorde is Becoming a ‘Beauty’ Girl

By  October 16, 2014

Seventeen-year-old Grammy winner Lorde is, admittedly, not a beauty girl, despite what her MAC collaboration would have you think.

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“I’m the worst with anything beauty-related because I don’t really wear makeup outside of work,” she told Harry Brant in the October 2014 issue of Interview Magazine. “I just started moisturizing this year, in the past six months. Now I love it.”

Beauty buffs may cringe at her anti-moisture admission, but Ella Yelich-O’Connor—government name—is making it a point to give herself some extra face time. In between musings on teen angst, rebellion, and raging against her high school’s uniform enforcement, Lorde opened up to the glossy about how she’s stepping up her beauty arsenal.

On her anxiety with working with MAC and soundtracking The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1:

“I was a little worried about doing a makeup thing because I’ve never really done anything before, but they were just like, ‘Do anything you want. Do your thing. It’s cool.’ It’s a good vibe. I’m doing this thing with a movie franchise where I’m curating the soundtrack and writing a bunch of the music on it and stuff, and I’m like, ‘Are you sure you know what you’re doing? Letting me run your music department for this film?’ It’s crazy. It’s so awesome.”

On upping her dark lip game:

“The dark lips I’ve been doing since I was probably 13 or 14. I was drawn to it and it suited my face. I would buy these smudgy, really awful dollar-store lipsticks, and then I graduated to MAC and Chanel, stuff that was super expensive that I would really covet. I started pairing that with this heavy cat eye. I’ve phased that out a little bit and have made it more about really shimmery skin. Once you do the eye and lip, it gets intense.”

On acknowledging teen skin problems:

“I started eating super healthy and drinking a lot of water and using really good moisturizer. My skin has gotten way better so I’m lucky. People are surprisingly sympathetic. People have been there and it sucks. It’s hard enough being 16, 17 and having to do things in the world and conduct yourself.”

On filling her beauty bag:

“I’m trying to think of my beauty essentials right now. I was reading this model’s off-duty makeup thing online and it was all the same stuff that I use: Bioderma, Embryolisse, the blue-and-white moisturizer. I get all those products from the drugstores in Paris—it’s so cool, the cheap products there. In New Zealand it’s like, ‘Oh, we don’t have this, but we do have ChapStick.’”

Beauty Buzz: Pharrell Revives the Guyliner Trend, Karlie Kloss’ Babylights Boost, and NARS’s ‘90s Girls

By  October 15, 2014


Pharrell is gives us flashbacks to our high school days. The music maestro was spotted shopping in Paris on Tuesday rocking black liner on his waterline–though still a far cry from the lived-in liner and tears streaks from Pete Wentz and Benji Madden back in the day. Don’t worry, boys, we still love you, liner or not. [E!]

Karlie Kloss tresses are back in the headlines, and it’s not for another chop. The mega model has found a fresh hair hue look many are calling babylights. It involves super-finely woven streaks inspired by the natural highlights babies get from the sun. As Master Colorist and co-founder of the Warren-Tricomi Salon Joel Warren explained, “My clients often bring in photos of their children for inspiration, asking me to make their color look that fresh and natural. The result is subtle but beautiful.” [Glamour]

François Nars is delving into his memory box from the ‘90s in celebration of his eponymous brand’s 20-year anniversary. He’s also toasting to the friends that helped him break out of the rat race to start the line – you know, just Kate Moss, Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, and Naomi Campbell. He said, “I love women with strength and character, strong faces and personalities. Naomi and I, ­we are like a family. “ [The Telegraph]

In the midst of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Be Bold, Be Bald is looking to standing in solidarity with those fighting for their lives on October 17. Don’t worry; you won’t have to shave off your strands to support the cause. The non-profit is selling branded bald caps with proceeds benefiting the cancer charity of their choice. Plus, you can help spread awareness by snapping a selfie with your cap and tag @beboldbebald with the hashtag #beboldbebald across your social media platform. This is a fresh spin on the phrase, “Bald is beautiful.” [Glam Inbox]


Halloween How-To: Paint Yourself as a Pop Art Princess

By  October 15, 2014



Halloween is quickly approaching, and time is running out. For this out-of-the-box look, makeup mavens only need to turn to their vanities to transform for the haunted holiday. In lieu of the classic costumes of yore or the current pop culture reference du jour, you can turn you face into a real work of art à la Lichtenstein and Warhol with this cool creation!


Get Your Daily Dose of GlamGlow

By  October 15, 2014


GlamGlow wants you to get down daily with its new range of cleansers.

Slated to hit shelves in January, the mud-to-foam facial cleansers (the first of its kind) dissolves oil, makeup, and impurities. “We had a lot of people saying, ‘I’m using your weekly treatments, which is great. I love them, but then I have to use a cleanser that doesn’t have the same ingredients, and it doesn’t help me,’” said Glenn Dellimore, GlamGlow’s Joint CEO and Co-Founder. “So we decided that we’d launch cleansers that work in tandem with the treatments.”

The inaugural collection contains four cleansers, each designed to work with the corresponding mask. The Supercleanse Daily Clearing Cleanser is formulated with licorice root, bamboo charcoal, black cumin, glycolic, and lactic acids, and eucalyptus leaf powder to wash out pore-clogging debris, impurities, and excess oil.

The Youthcleanse face wash uses French sea clay, microalgae scrub, Brazilian fruit extracts, flax seed, quinoa, coffee extract and green tea leaf powder to enhance your youthful glow.

Thirstycleanse smells like a vacation and bottles a rare Brazilian yellow clay, pure green coconut water, olive milk, plumeria blossom extract, Indian gooseberry, and olive leaf powder to maintain proper hydration levels in the skin.

And, the Powercleanse features a double pump–one for an oil wash and one for a clay wash, allowing skin savants to customize the amounts of each ingredient they want to work with. It’s powered by prickly pear and tangerine oil to help lift dirt and makeup from deep down.

“Everyone’s going to be surprised that we’ve gone from a weekly treatment mask,” Dellimore said. Talk about an understatement! Marked your calendars now. This is going to be big!

Chanel No. 5 is the One Gisele Wants

By  October 15, 2014

chanel-the-one-i-want-giseleAfter a few sneak peeks and much anticipation, Baz Luhrmann’s latest epic film has arrived — this time again for Chanel.

The short feature stars Gisele Bündchen as the modern-day Daisy Buchanan, catching waves on a Chanel surfboard to a sultry update of Grease’s “You’re The One That I Want” (another Luhrmann signature). Her mystery man disappears from their gorgeous home in the Hamptons, leaving their child and a note behind. Bündchen doesn’t let it bother her though, pushing forward with a photoshoot and a trip to a nightclub in the city (remember the bridge scene from the movie?) to meet up with him, all the while dripping in diamonds in the shape of 5’s.

The parallels between short film and The Great Gatsby are pretty apparent, and were confirmed by Luhrmann himself in an interview with The Telegraph. “They [Gisele and mystery husband] live in the Hamptons,” he explained. “They cross that same bridge the Buchanans do. They spend time in New York nightclubs. They’ve hit a spot in their marriage. Does Daisy love her husband or not? That’s the question Fitzgerald leaves unanswered… It seemed more honest for her to have doubts. The idea of having it all and what that means seems interesting…”

Regardless of whether they’ll have a happily ever after – though it seems likely – the film is a true feast for the eyes, with plenty of #CCertified Easter eggs to enjoy.

Haven’t seen it yet? Check out the short film below: