Caviar Dreams and Luxury Living With La Prairie

By  December 16, 2014


In our most decadent dream, diamonds, champagne, decadent confections, and couture would be ordinary extravagances…though we admit, such a ritzy reality is hardly practical. Rather, we enjoy our daily luxuries in simpler forms, indulging in areas that we find worthy of extravagance: clothing for some, travel for others, and for most of us, beauty. Skin, being the foundation of personal beauty, thus deserves the most lavish of love, which is why the Skin Caviar Luxe Sleep Mask by the legendary La Prairie brand has become a necessity in the nightly routine of women around the world. Here’s why this top of the market anti-aging treatment is an unmatched contender among the rest.

Day in the Life: Dineh Mohajer, Smith & Cult Co-Founder and Creative Director

By  December 16, 2014

Dineh Mohajer helped define the ‘90s when she hand mixed a nail shade to match a pair of Charles David sandals, topped the bottle with a complementary ring, and called it Hard Candy. Her baby blue nail polish ended up on Alicia Silverstone’s tips, putting the brand on the map. But the beauty boss didn’t stop there. Mohajer has a new line of luxe lacquers to indulge every nail ninja’s wildest color fantasy with Smith & Cult. The range revolves around the journal of a beauty junkie with each shade sharing its own story. Glam caught up with the mani maven as she set up office in her kitchen to make deadlines, played with fresh photo ideas for the nail shades, and even wrote the beauty junkie’s next adventure.

4:00 a.m.-ish: While most sane citizens of the world are nearing the end of their sleep cycles, this is usually the time I begrudgingly close my laptop and retire for the evening—or morning—it’s all a bit blurry by this point. Before passing out, I email myself an incoherent list of things to work on for the next day.
9:00 a.m.: My team, a small motley crew, comes to my home office by 9AM. I brush my teeth, do my highly specific skincare regime, and then meet them for a quick powwow before our weekly creative call we have with the New York and Miami offices. Before the call, I inhale a Slim Down smoothie from Earth Bar (so LA of me, but I’m addicted).
9:30 a.m.: Our weekly creative call lasts anywhere from half an hour to two-and-a-half hours. Since we just recently launched Smith & Cult and are knee deep in development and growth, there is almost too much to discuss. While I am on the call, I gloss over emails and my calendar while routinely making jokes for my own entertainment to get through some of the mundane portions of the call. Most of the time no one is participating in the enjoyment of my humor.
12:00 p.m.: Our deadlines and projects range from day to day. I am heavily involved in every aspect of the brand, which can be both exhilarating and exhausting. Watching me operate the programs, my assistant calls me a pixel pusher, because I am so overly detailed with every image, layout, fixture—really everything that is part of our image and branding. Our afternoon hours are usually spent creating art, writing copy for the diaries (the tagline of the collection is “Diary of a Beauty Junkie”), designing fixtures, and editing Instagram and web diary videos. We are always drowning in deadlines right about now.
4:00 p.m.: I usually feel faint, emotional and weak around this time and realize it is because I am starving. Most days, I order food and continue to work as I eat at my dining room table—that in recent months was converted to a workstation. Some days, I drink Soupure soups that are shockingly delicious for how healthy they are. In my weaker moments, I love getting my carb fix from Osteria La Buca.
4:15 p.m.: While eating my lunch, also known as my first real meal of the day, I take a quick break to look at some online inspiration whether it be design blogs, silly YouTube videos, or discovering new artists via Tumblr pages.


5:00 p.m.: I usually want to take a nap at this time, but my team never permits me (slave drivers). The latter part of the day is usually spent focusing on what is immediately due. This also happens to be the golden hour that is perfect for photography. Much of the art that we created for Smith & Cult falls into the mixed media category. In my driveway and back deck we’ve had a lot of photo shoots. I’ve set photos on fire, hammered caps—which resulted in our current cap for the Smith & Cult Nailed Lacquer—spray painted previously shot final images, and dripped ice cream onto photos, all to create our final assets. My neighbors are no longer fazed by anything.
7:00 p.m.: I usually take a break around this time to hide from my deadlines. I love watching really brainless shows or old classic movies – anything that will remove me from the reality of how much work there is to do/due for a small stitch in time.
8:00 p.m.: My husband and I order in dinner and reflect on our days. Cravings change from day to day, hour to hour, but one of our favorite places to order from is Cleo, which has the most amazing hummus and yogurt with cucumber dips and heavenly bread. Sometimes we will swing over to a friend’s house to hang out or we’ll go see a friend’s band play (my husband is a musician and sometimes I will just go play groupie and watch his band).
1:30 a.m.: The laptop is open and I am in the work zone again. Despite efforts to cure, or at least curb my workaholism, I truly am enamored with every aspect of creating a collection and the corresponding branding visuals. I work through the night and occasionally take a break to either gossip with my best friend or speak to my dad who calls every day without fail.

Beauty Buzz: Courrèges Comes to the Beauty Counter, Let Your Tips Keep Your From Texting, and Who’s The Buzziest Beauty Brand of All?

By  December 15, 2014


André Courrèges is adding his signature ‘60s spin to your favorite cosmetics, care of Estée Lauder. The 13-piece collection will include mega shine lippies, spiderlike lashes, and shadow with silver undertones – all housed in white and clear plastic spheres. The space-age makeup musts  will hit the shelves of high-end specialty stores, including Selfridges, Colette, and 10 Corso Como in March. But this is more than your run-of-the-mill line, as Courrèges’ co-owner and co-president, Jacques Bungert, explained: “This is about two companies coming together and sharing a vision that includes luxury teamed with quality and optimism. This is the Sixties, back in a very modern way.” [WWD]

We know texting and driving is an absolute no-no, but many still hit the road with their phone in hand. But now a new nail polish is putting a stop to it. Sinful Colors has launched “No Text Red,” a shade inspired by Colorado State Government workers initiative where thumbnails were painted red to spread texting-while-driving awareness as a national call to action. After ensuring your manicure is red hot, nail ninjas (and their mothers) are encouraged to spread the word with the hashtag #NoTextRed. Just don’t tweet or Instagram while driving either. [WWD]

There’s no need to look in a crystal to discover which beauty brand snagged the most buzz this year. Tribe Dynamic looked to each brand’s social media value to find that MAC reigned supreme, raking in over $110 million in 2014 with NARS and Maybelline New York earning $71 Million and $62 million, respectively. And if you’re curious about the indie brands, Hourglass came out on top, boasting $18 million in social media value. Clearly, beauty is big business regardless of how you find it. [WWD]

Technology has advanced every aspect of our lives, beauty included. But what’s next? For starters, a wider foundation range and formula options, TSA friendly treasures, customized applicators, and lightweight makeup with punched up pigments are all ideas industry insiders have in mind for the future. Sarah Vickery, MD, a principal scientist for research and development at P&G Beauty, says, “We can certainly see [a time] when women will just be able to go up to a device, get their photo taken, and that device matches them to the product they should use.” [Refinery 29]

Charlotte Tilbury Brings Her Beauty to Bergdorf’s

By  December 15, 2014


Charlotte Tilbury’s line of makeup musts exploded as soon as it hit shelves in September, but the biggest blast came from Bergdorf Goodman. Now, a new film takes a look behind the scenes of the big event.

Acclaimed director and artist Antoine stepped behind the camera as the retailer rolled out the red carpet for the makeup master in anticipation of her big boutique debut, complete with beauty-themed windows. The results featured a neon map of the world and Tilbury’s treasures mesmerized passersby with whirling cosmetics on a spinning hypnotizer. David Hoey revealed that it only took a month and a half of planning before the beauty concept was brought to life. “Putting together a window is like theater; these are like little stages,” he said. “There’s theater and magic and lighting and storytelling, and all that goes on in these small spaces.”

But that was almost eclipsed by appearances from Hamish Bowles, Olivia Palermo, and even Naomi Campbell, who turned out for the opening of Tilbury’s boutique within the store. Each guest made his/her way over to the makeup master as Tilbury met with fans who couldn’t wait to test-drive the products and snag those old Hollywood inspired beauty secrets. As Tilbury explains in the clip, “What I’ve done is take a lot of old secrets…so what I’ve really done is really dial that down for ease, really giving that world and that magic to everyone.”

Haven’t seen the video? Check it out below:

Glam Gift Guide: Top 10 Upgrades for Your Resident Beauty Buff

By  December 15, 2014

beauty-upgrades-gift-guide-coverShe schedules her week around her manicure, her blowout always looks fresh from the salon, and she never steps out of the house with at least one coat of mascara—it’s clear that your resident beauty buff has reached another level of obsession. While most gifters might indulge her addiction by just giving her products, you can easily step up your game by wrapping up the little luxuries she’s bound to have on her wish list. Whether it’s a chic gift set or a bumped up beauty tool, we found some of the major must-haves that will make her dreams come true.


Lucia Pica Is Chanel's New Makeup Maven

By  December 15, 2014


It’s the dawn of a new era for Chanel beauty, as Lucia Pica takes the helm as its new global creative makeup and color designer.

The Italian makeup maestro will report to her new post on January 1, according to Women’s Wear Daily. She follows in the footsteps of Peter Philips, who left the brand in 2013. Pica stepped in immediately after Philip’s departure (he went to Dior) to craft campaigns for the #CCertified fashion house and simultaneously free-lanced for brands like Givenchy, Dolce & Gabbana and Emporio Armani.

For those not familiar with the backstage staple, Pica served as Charlotte Tilbury’s assistant until 2008 when she set out on her own. She’s prepped the faces of industry insiders like Kate Moss, Karlie Kloss, Kate Upton and even worked as the key artist for many men’s fashion shows and editorials. Her work has appeared in the pages of British Vogue, Self Service, and i-D Magazine, just to name a few.

With Pica’s penchant for extreme eye makeup in editorials and on the runway, we can expect to see a slew of chic shadows and liner in the pipeline for fall 2015 and beyond. Congrats, Lucia!

Beauty Buzz: Mark Ruffalo’s #FlashBackFriday, Kate Spade is Walking On Air, and Wayne Goss Goes Global

By  December 12, 2014


Surprise: even Hollywood’s brightest stars have skin problems. Case in point: Mark Ruffalo. The Hulk revealed that his first paid acting job was for a 1989 Clearasil commercial, as he had cystic acne in high school. As if it couldn’t get any better, The Normal Heart star even shared the commercial clip on his Tumblr. Happy Friday, indeed! [The Huffington Post]

Kate Spade is keeping things casual for its latest scent, Walk on Air. The fragrance, inspired by New York City, will hit shelves in March for a fresh take on a spring. Expect to get a whiff of linden blossom, calabrese bergamot, maiden’s hair fern, Tunisian neroli, Solomon’s seal, lily of the valley, magnolia grandiflora, Egyptian jasmine, narcissus, crinum, white iris, and violet leaf. This scent is sure to take flight! [WWD]

Makeup maestro and YouTube beauty guru Wayne Goss is creating a worldwide frenzy for the holidays. Goss partnered with Beautylish to craft a limited-edition Holiday Brush, which is handmade in Japan. The collaboration also features a global campaign where fans can RSVP for early access to order the brush in time for any seasonal soirees. The site has already received over 12,000 responses from over 3,000 cities. Needless to say, these brushes will be going, going, gone in no time. [WWD]

We’ve watched and re-watched loads of music videos in order to recreate the same look, but now Vevo’s streamlining our efforts. Its new original series, Do It Yourselfie, brings YouTube’s fashion and beauty fans Eva Gutowski and Tess Christine along to help you get the look from your favorite clips. They’ve already covered Meghan Trainor and Ariana Grande, and we can’t wait to find out who’s next! [Glam Inbox]

Drybar divas, listen up! New York City’s Meatpacking Distict will finally snag a salon of its own, starting December 19. It not only marks the brand’s seventh location in the Big Apple, but also its the 39th space nationwide. We can’t help but wonder where Alli Webb will celebrate the brand’s big 4-0! [Glam Inbox]

Sephora is Mad for Marsala

By  December 12, 2014


We knew it was only a matter of time before Sephora announced what it has in store for Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year!

The beauty retailer has coined Marsala #TheNewNeutral with a selection of limited edition makeup must haves for eye, lips, and face that will hit shelves later in December priced from $18 to $39. Sephora transformed the rich and robust Pantone-approved color to different dimensions, ranging from the absolute opaque to modestly sheer.

Makeup mavens will want to make room on their vanities for the Facets of Marsala Multi-Finish Eye Palette that comes packed with matte, glitter, pearl, and shimmer finishes, plus complementary colors for a endless array of eye looks. Plus, there’s a matching metallic liquid liner, as well as a mascara and brow highlighter to play up your lash lines if you decide to skip the shadow. The pout can be perfected with either the Matte Lip Crème to channel Old Hollywood or the Layering Lip Collection to customize your color. You can also contour with the Cheek Trio that includes two matte tones of Marsala with a cream highlighter that you can apply with the limited edition Angled Blush Brush. But our favorite would have to be the Cooling Marsala Multi that cools on contact, moisturizes, and provides a sheer wash of color that you can use all over the face.

Clearly, we’re just as mad about the earthy hue!

Dior Dials Up the Digital Appeal for Pre-Fall 2015

By  December 12, 2014


Raf Simmons took Tokyo fashionistas to Tomorrowland with a series of futuristics frocks for Dior’s Pre-Fall 2015 collection. He worked with Peter Philips to create an epic, eye-catching, graphic look to complement the out-of-this-world looks that hit the runway inside Kokugikan sumo wrestling arena.

Inspired by Blade Runner and Japanese manga, the makeup maestro etched cubic blocks above and below the irises with the upcoming Dior Diorshow Pro Liner in Pro Black. He added more emphasis to the eyes by applying jumbo-sized pieces of glitter along the top lash line, adding mascara only to the lashes inside the rectangles. “It catches the light when the eyes close, creating a pretty spectacular robotic glitter effect,” he explained. The rest of the face was kept clean, save for a little bit of Dior Skin Nude Foundation and peach or rose blush, depending on the model’s skin tone.

Guido Palau channeled Princess Leia (we’re starting to see a trend here: Rodarte, Chanel, and likely many more to come!) by creating four braids along the nape of the neck. But instead of buns, he coiled them back up to the nape to create cute loops and coined it “electric Kabuki.”

While we don’t foresee every beauty buff trying this liner look on both lash lines, the top could easily be blended to keep the focus on the center of the lid. Regardless, the force is strong with this one.

Images courtesy of Dior and Elle Russia’s Instagram.


New Year, New Beauty

By  December 11, 2014


January 1st is more than just the start of 2015; it motivates many to change themselves for the better. While some develop healthy obsessions, beauty buffs find new ways to switch up their looks and make the most of their stash. As such, we’ve found a few ways to streamline your routine and test drive new trends that are sure to catch fire in the New Year.

Lighten Up — With plenty of fresh faces afoot for the start of 2015, don’t load up on layers of makeup. Alphabet creams, like Shea Moisture’s CC Cream will not only cover imperfections, but also help improve skin with a dose of moisture and sun protection. You can also leave the lipstick at home and give your lips a nourishing yet saturated shine with a colored lip balm like Almay’s Color + Care Liquid Lip Balm.

Smolder with Shadow – We love a bold liner look, but who has time to ensure their wings are even when they’re on the run? From a sheer wash of color to a sultry smoky eye, shadows have made their way back into the spotlight with a slew of fresh formulas and sightings on the runways. If you’re sitting pretty at your vanity, Maybelline’s Color Plush Silk Eyeshadow Quad can create and array of nude eye looks for every occasion. If you’re on the go, toss Pixi’s Lid Last Shadow Pen to take your look from day to night in swipe and smudge.

Find the Fountain of Youth – We’re sure that taking better care of yourself will take the top spot on your resolution list, and that should include the outside as well as the inside. If you notice your tresses are drying out and changing texture, Nexxus’s Youth Renewal Rejuvenating Elixir will give your lock a little TLC and bring back its strength and shine. If your skin has lost its inner glow, use Laneige’s Multiberry Yogurt Repairing Mask to tackle free radicals and other aggressors and restore your skin to a healthy state.