Beauty Buzz: Shay Mitchell’s Carmex Kisses, Freshly Freckled for Fall, and Make Way for Clay

By  August 28, 2014


Shay Mitchells pout is about to get much more plush thanks to her partnership with Carmex. The Pretty Little Liar will serve as the face of the brand’s new Moisture Plus line of stylish lip balms. Mitchell has grown up with the brand and was delighted to become a part of the beauty brand’s family, stating, “I’m very excited about all of the fashionable new design options that are now available. Using a cute product with designs to complement my daily style makes it even better.” [Glam Inbox]

While fresh faces have been in for a few season, this fall it’s getting spiced with an unexpected element: freckles. In lieu of covering the speckled skin in foundation, you can enhance them easily with felt-tipped brow pen (lighter than you natural hair color). The results will not only look more natural but even add a more youthful appeal! [Elle]

Shailene Woodley was the first to tout the benefits of clay, but the earthy element has quickly caught on to become the latest beauty craze in Hollywood. Zoe Kravitz and Salma Hayek have used it to not only bulk up their immune systems, but even drop a few pounds. While there are risks of contamination by consuming the clay, external application, like toothpaste (Woodley loves Earthpaste) to get all of the boosting benefits. [New York Times]

Herbal Essences wants to adapt to every facet of you, starting with your strands. We got a peek at the brand’s new clip after the premiere of the “Bang Bang” music video at the MTV Video Music Awards. The commercial features a group of girls traversing different genres of our favorite movies and TV shows, embodying the adventurous spirit innate in every girl. Who says you can’t have fun and look good doing it? [YouTube]

NUDE Skincare wants to improve your complexion from the inside out by partnering with Elixir Juice Bar. Starting Labor Day, beauty buffs with a healthy obsession in Dallas and New York can snap up a NUDE Juice: Your Skin Craves It. The drink blends the same potent ingredients in the skincare range, including cold pressed ginger juice, raw unfiltered honey, black mission figs, Saigon cinnamon, probiotics, Sunwarrior raw vegan protein almond milk, and mango. Talk about look good, feel good! [Glam Inbox]

Enviable French tresses will now be easier to snag than ever, as Dessange Paris is finally making its way to U.S. shores in September exclusively at Target. Four collections – California Blonde, Solar Blonde Naturale, Salon Color Restore, and Oleo Miracle—comprise the range to address all of our hair woes. The new release marks a big milestone for the 60 year-old brand, which became a household name thanks to Brigitte Bardot. In other words, this is bombshell in a bottle! [WWD]

Beat the Burn: Top Tips to Erase Sun Damage

By  August 28, 2014

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Once summer rolls around, we can’t get enough of the sun and the festivities it brings along. But the biggest drawback of the season’s abundance of sunshine is the wicked burn you can get if you don’t protect yourself. Glam turned to renowned dermatologist Dr. Jody Levine to find out how to heal bad sunburns in a flash.

Prevention by Protection
We all know how important sunscreen is to our daily routine, but many forget to reapply it throughout the day (every two hours, or if you get wet). There are also plenty of spots that can slip your mind and become a big pain after it’s too late, including the feet, ears, lips, eyelids, and even your eyeballs. “I think the eyes are a big one because you can actually get a sunburn on the cornea—the white part of the eye—so wearing sunglasses is really important,” she said. “Some people don’t even know it and they go to the eye doctor, who says, ‘I think you have some damage on your cornea.’”

Calm Down Quickly
Whether you’ve fallen asleep in the sun or thought a few hours without sunscreen would get you looking golden faster, burns can quickly go from bad—redness, tenderness—to worse, with painful blisters. Regardless of the level of damage, the skin needs to be soothed stat! “I love aloe vera, and I usually mix with it with a 1 percent hydrocortisone cream, and that really helps. You don’t want to overdo steroid creams,” Dr. Levine said. “In addition, a cool cloth always feels nice, or a cool shower or bath.”

Put the Peeling on Hold
As weird as it may look both on and off your body, peeling the dead skin from sunburn doesn’t make you heal any faster. “The skin that you want to peel is attached to skin that’s not ready to be peeled off, and if you do peel it, you’re going to end up hurting yourself,” she warned. While wiping the skin gently with a washcloth can catch the flaky bits easily, stubborn peeling skin may need a bit more. Shaving exfoliates the skin, and with the use of a gentle razor like Gillette’s Venus Embrace Sensitive you can say goodbye to those dry patches. Once you shave, apply a fragrance-free lotion to moisturize and nourish.

Christian Siriano's First Fragrance Campaign Unveiled!

By  August 28, 2014


After a year of anticipation, we finally have a first look at Christian Siriano’s first fragrance!

Called Silhouette, the scent is meant to flatter any woman. The bottle consists of a rose gold base and a transparent overlay cap and mimics the pleating and layering prominent in many of his designs. It’s even translated into the ad campaign, which features Coco Rocha in one of Siriano’s gowns with pleating in the bodice. “We’re about dressing all types of women, and I wanted the fragrance to feel the same way,” the designer told InStyle. “Even down to the name, Silhouette, we wanted it to feel like it could be for every woman—she can be any size, any age, any shape, and it’s all about celebrating the silhouette of a woman.”

Prices between $68 and $92 at Neiman Marcus exclusively, the fragrance channels Siriano’s signature sophistication with surprising combinations of notes like grapefruit and oakmoss. It also blends cassis, green apple, freesia, purple berries, with added green and woody elements to create a light and sweet scent. Siriano found the scent-swatching experience enlightening, as he saw how it was similar to crafting a collection that could appeal to ladies from all walks of life. ““It’s really similar to how I choose fabrics and build on top of things to create a texture. It was cool to see these similarities, and being in the lab was such a learning process,” he said. “Fragrance is an item that lasts a really long time, and I wanted it to be something that was signature to my brand and my world that could last 50 years.”

Siriano has big plans for the perfume’s debut on September 3 – just in time for New York Fashion Week. The designer will open a pop-up shop at 402 West 13th Street  which will feature a live plant wall of all of the fragrance’s notes, personal picks from previous collections, and even a film premiere of the scent first commercial! “I wanted to build a space where customers can come and understand what my world is about, and it’s going to be really interactive,” he said.  “There’s a lot going on!”

Long Hair, Don't Care: Kylie Jenner Snags Extensions

By  August 28, 2014

It’s only been two weeks since Kylie Jenner snapped up an undercut, but she’s already on to the next strand style: extensions.

Jenner shared snaps of her new lengthier locks on Monday from the set of an upcoming PacSun campaign, crediting her hairstylist Joyce Bonelli for the look with the meme-worthy caption: “Long hair, don’t care.” Upon closer inspection, many think the matte nude lip and lush lashes make the youngest Kardashian look just like her older sister Kim when she first entered the spotlight.

But it seems Jenner’s already moved on with her mane. The most recent Instagram taken early Thursday morning showcased the lob she’s been rocking since the start of the summer. As they say: hair today, gone tomorrow!

5 Musts From Any Lotion

By  August 28, 2014

Choosing a preferred lotion shouldn’t be a guessing game. Know which five things make up a topnotch body moisturizer and be sure yours is making the cut.

1. Trusted ingredients
Look at the label and make sure you understand and feel comfortable with the additives you’ll be applying to your skin. It’s always a safe bet to go for organic ingredients, like fruit extracts, vitamin C, and natural moisturizers such as vegetable glycerin and shea butter.

2. A splendid scent
Whether you’re a citrus sort of girl, a fan of floral and fruits, or a sucker for warmer aromas like oatmeal and vanilla, it’s important that you fall in love with the scent of your lotion.

3. Easy application
You don’t want a moisturizer that is going to take forever to apply and soak in. A good lotion will quickly absorb, for instant hydration.

4. Hydration with a fresh feel
Get moisturized skin without the heavy lotion feel. A lotion that leaves your skin fresh, energized, and healthily hydrated shouldn’t have you feeling weighted down, overly oiled, and greasy.

5. Dermatologist approved
This seal of approval is always a bonus. Check for it on the packaging.

Maiyet Launches Debut Fragrance with Barneys New York

By  August 27, 2014


When globally conscious luxury brand Maiyet hosted a dinner party at Barneys New York in celebration of its debut fragrance, it was only natural that the conversation at the table centered around travel. An ice-breaking question about summer getaways quickly spawned an animated discussion on once-in-a-lifetime trips and memorable destinations that spanned all corners of the globe. It was a conversation that would’ve inspired wanderlust in anyone, and it was particularly fitting because that was the exact emotion Miayet’s new perfume wants to evoke. As one person put it, the fragrance is meant to embody “all the places you want to go.”

Each season, Maiyet collaborates with artisans from around the world, such as silk weavers in Varanasi, India or metalworkers in Nairobi, Kenya, to create the collection, melding local craftsmanship with elevated design. The brand brings the same ethos to its perfume, which launches today as the latest scent in Barneys New York Designer Fragrance Collection. Many of the scent’s ingredients come from the places where Maiyet works: saffron, jasmine and sandalwood from India, patchouli from Indonesia, myrrh from East Africa, bergamot from Italy, Madagascan vanilla, Hatian vetiver and American cedar. As expected, there’s a certain complexity to the scent, but much like the brand’s fashion and accessory pieces, the final feel is clean, elegant and understated.

Beauty Buzz: Hannah Bronfman Puts Her App to the Test, Try a Lobster Tail, and L’Oreal Levels The Playing Field

By  August 27, 2014


Last-minute party plans are no match for Hannah Bronfman and Beautified. The founder had John Ostrovsky (aka The Fat Jew) test drive the app by transforming from a couch potato to a primped up party girl in a new video. The clip features Ostrovsky nabbing a mani/pedi with Theophilus London and grabbing a wax before Leandra Medine – all booked on the fly. [Beautified]

Braids were a summertime staple, but you can now consider the fishtail fried. Stylist Mario Russo has crafted a new item for his braid bar menu that you have to try: the Lobster Tail. It takes a spritz of texture spray and a few twists to get it right, but the results are sure to cause a double take at all of your Labor Day weekend soirees. [Bella Sugar]

While ladies are still breaking boundaries for gender equality, L’Oreal is lending a hand.  It’s become the first U.S. company to be certified with the Economic Dividends for Gender Equality global standard for the workplace. The beauty brand spent six months taking a hard look at every aspect of their company to create “a company culture where both men and women can thrive.” [WWD]

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire, and when it comes to Kate Upton, that’s no surprise! The mega model smolders in her ads for Bobbi Brown’s new Smokey Nudes collection of neutrals in a range to textures. She said, “It’s sexy, classic, and it brings out the blue in my eyes. It’s a bold statement, so I don’t have to do much to the rest of my look.” Consider your date-night look locked in! [Style

Cleansing powder has become the new skincare du jour. The finely milled suds, usually made with plants extracts and pulverized minerals, turn into an effective exfoliating cleanser when mixed with water. Though formulated for sensitive skin, we’re sure everyone going to snap one up regardless of skin type. [Telegraph]

Speaking of skincare, Restorsea is streamlining its consultation process with a brand new app. Called MyRestorsea, it allows women to upload an image of themselves and get a peek into the future to see what their skin could look like with the brand’s hero products. It also creates a skincare profile to monitor progress and document the skincare care saviors currently in rotation. Plus, you can even reach out to founder Patti Pao for a personal consultation with just a tap of the app! [Glam Inbox]

Beauty Buzz: Malin Ackerman’s Miley-Inspired Cut, Mackage Makes Mani Magic with Butter London, and Charlize Theron Busts Through Beauty Standards

By  August 26, 2014


Malin Ackerman is certainly a buzz today! The Trophy Wife actress debuted a closely cropped coif at HBO’s Emmys afterparty Monday night. With the shorn sides and slicked back ease, she instantly channels another prominent pixie: Miley Cyrus! [Huffington Post]

Butter London has found a new way to show off its shades. The nail authority is the latest to join Mackage’s Soho Store Series, which showcases of some the noteworthy brands that co-creative directors Elisa Dahan and Eran Elfassy adore. Expect to see neutral shades with a splash of shimmer to mimic their bounty of bags! [Glam Inbox]

Charlize Theron has a thing or two to say about womanhood. The Dior brand ambassador didn’t hold back in a recent interview with Women’s Wear Daily saying, “”It’s ironic that we’ve built the beauty world around 20-year-olds, when they have no f–kin’ concept about wisdom, what life is about, having a few relationships below [their] belt and feeling hardships, to grow into [their] skin and feel confident within [themselves] and to feel the value of who [they] are, not because of a man or because of something like that. And I think that’s such a beautiful thing.” [WWD]

It’s time to give the much-neglected underside of your nails some attention. Known as flip manicure, manicurists are taking vibrant prints and studs and painting them under the nail instead of on top of the nail bed. Even though traditional nail art has fallen out of favor, this new perspective provides plenty of pretty possibilities for fall and beyond. [Refinery 29]


A Day in the Life of Amy Strozzi, Celebrity Makeup Artist

By  August 26, 2014


Amy Strozzi isn’t your average makeup artist  – for her, it’s all about balance. When she’s not on the set of So You Think You Can Dance with Cat Deeley, she’s usually seen touching up Taryn Manning or Sophie Turner for their next appearances. Not to mention her blog, The Beauty Manifesto, is updated regularly with her current makeup musts and inspiring beauty icons. But for TV’s biggest night, The Emmys, Glam caught up with Strozzi as she races to only feed her cat but do up Deeley and prep another star for her turn on the red carpet.

6:49 AM Charles, my adorable weird eared rescue cat (@Charles_le_cat on Instagram) decides he’s hungry and wakes me up before my alarm is set to go off. Thanks Charles. Feed Charles, go back to sleep.
7:35 AM Officially time to wake up, I do the same thing every morning upon waking…lay in bed for 10 minutes, check my email, check the weather, check my Instagram, read anything important on Twitter.
8:06 AM I grab a cup of coffee and hang with Charles while I put my brushes away that had been drying overnight. JM (my boyfriend) wakes up now and the house is suddenly rowdy and in full swing.
9:22 AM I’m trying to figure out what to wear; it’s hot today, I need to be comfortable yet appropriate but also look good in pictures since I know there will be some taken. I keep it simple, dark jeans and a white button down, JM is blaring “I’m Too Sexy for My Shirt” in the other room while I’m going through this process.
10:30 AM Throw on some Clinique sunscreen (SPF 50 always) and head to Beverly Hills to my client’s house. I always give myself extra time because being late makes me nervous.
10:45 AM On the drive I call my superwoman agent Kelly Tomlinson and review everything needed for the day, the jobs done over the weekend and my schedule coming up in the next week. Kelly is a badass and keeps me busy and organized.
11:45 AM I arrive at my clients where we gather in the kitchen to discuss “the look.” Cat Deeley wants an eye that compliments the dusty pinks of her dress but still feels strong. I show her the palettes from Clinique that I was hoping to use; she loves them.
12:00 PM We get started with the glam process. I have been working with Cat for 7 years now (what?!) and it is still always a pleasure. Her house has the best vibe, so chill and welcoming. We get her ready in her “yoga room,” it has such great natural light.
12:30 PM The champagne is poured. Friends, guests, fellow nominees from SYTYCD all filter in and out.
1:45 PM Uh oh, we’re still not done and she’s supposed to leave at 2! Luckily, her manager has assured us we are good until 2:15. Phew.
2:00 PM Cat gets in her dress, we ooohh and aaaahhh at how beautiful she looks then all descend upon her at once for final touch ups.
2:15 PM My client is in her car and on her way while I am in my car sending BTS pics to my agent to get to the proper press channels before Cat even arrives at the event. It amazes me how fast this all works!
3:00 PM Home to do my product breakdown for the day to send off to Kelly asap. Post all pertinent social media. Review final breakdowns, approve, and submit.
4:30 PM Wash brushes to prepare for client number two.
6:30-8:30 PM Work with new client, which is always slightly nerve racking the first time. She is lovely, the Emmys are on in the background, all goes well.


The Elegant Updos of the 2014 Emmys

By  August 26, 2014



While most tune into to the red carpet coverage of the 2014 Emmy Awards to see what their favorite small screen stars are wearing, it also showcased a slew of beauty looks to rock as we transition into fall. While beach waves will always reign supreme in Hollywood, a set of stars opted for sweeping updos to beat the end-of-summer heat. Glam took a closer look to share some of the details on how to snag the chic hairstyles.