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#ManiMonday: Christian Louboutin Releases Lacquered-Inspired Steppers

By  July 28, 2014

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We can’t stop talking about Louboutin’s newest launch, and with good reason! His seductive shoes are getting in on the mani game as well.

By now, everyone’s seen the Rouge Louboutin lacquer paired with the designer’s Ballerina Ultima, a stilettoed slipper he fashioned for David Lynch’s Fetish exhibit–and the rest of his lacquer collection will receive a similar treatment. In lieu of spiked ballet slippers, the fresh heels will be an ode to manicures with acrylic-like tips sprinkled on top of pumps and booties in hues of silver, gold, and his signature red. 

The stunning shoes shouldn’t be a surprise, as the designer has always had show-stopping ideas thanks to his background in performance art. In a video for Style.com, he noted that showgirls, such as the ladies of Folies Bergère where he worked in the ‘80s, have been his long-time beauty icons. “There’s one thing about showgirls and performers in general, it’s the transformation of a woman to another woman, which is almost like a bird of paradise,” he explained in the clip. And in this case, a high-shine manicure mimics the flashy feathers as the showgirls step on stage! Talk about a new way to take the spotlight!

Haven’t seen the video yet? Take a look at the clip below:

Short and Sweet: 3 Tips for Making the Cut

By  July 28, 2014

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If you’re considering a big chop this summer, make sure to pick a cropped do that’s right for you. Our words of wisdom: Know your options, pick the look that works with your style and personality, and then learn how to style it. Here are three to consider.

The Playful Pixie
What it is: This messy style works off the “perfection through imperfection” theory, meaning the messier the better. The playful pixie is ideal for the girl with an edgy, contemporary sort of style who isn’t afraid to stand out and turn heads. Its jagged and angular aesthetic adds sharpness to a rounder face.
Who has rocked it: Miley Cyrus, Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Lawrence
How to get it:
1. Start by rubbing Garnier Fructis De-Constructed Pixie Play Wax between your palms and apply it from root to tip. This gives hair control and structure without stiffness.
2. To get piecey definition, rough up your hair between index finger and thumb for lots of texture. Style it in multiple directions.
3. Spray Garnier Fructis Texture Tease for long-lasting hold and protection against humidity without stickiness or residue.

Short and Classy
What it is: This short do looks polished and pretty—it boasts longer layers and a softer sort of appeal than the playful pixie. Shiny and sleek strands are styled with a side part for a more subdued, professional look. This classy style works with all face shapes.
Who has rocked it: Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Hudson, Emma Watson
How to get it:
1. Start by rubbing Garnier Fructis De-Constructed Pixie Play Wax between your palms and apply it to hair.
2. Use a comb to make a side part. Then comb it down, tucking longer layers behind your ears.
3. Spray Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Anti-Humidity Hairspray to tame any flyaways and add weightless shine.

The Curly Crop
What it is: Girls with curls can rock a cropped do too! This fun hairstyle calls for more volume on top so ringlets fall casually over the forehead. This free-spirited style is ideal for curlicue lovelies who like a chic but natural look.
Who has rocked it: Solange Knowles, Keri Russell, Audrey Tautou
How to get it:
1. Section off damp hair and add Garnier Fructis Style Curl Sculpting Cream Gel to locks. This 24-hour holding formula de-poofs ringlets, preparing them for styling with intense nourishment.
2. Shape your style by scrunching your curls as they air-dry or while you blow-dry them with a diffuser.
3. Once hair is dry, add high shine to your cropped curls with Garnier Fructis Brilliantine Shine Spray.

Beauty Buzz: Smell Like Your Lady Dior, Affordable Luxuries For Everygirl, Pump Up Adrenaline With Enrique Iglesias

By  July 25, 2014

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You know that dreamy smell of a new Dior bag upon its unboxing? It can be yours, and you don’t even have to buy the purse. François Demachy, Dior’s resident perfumer, has replicated the scent of fresh Dior in his new fragrance, “Cuir Cannage.” Demachy claims, “I wanted it to smell of leather, but there is also [a hint of] lipstick, tissues, and imagination.” Sounds like a heavenly combo, no? [Style.com.]

Affordable luxuries…sounds like an oxymoron, right? Well, they can now be delivered right to your door, thanks to lifestyle website, The Everygirl, and subscription box service, Birchbox. The two teamed up to bring a special welcome box for new Birchbox subscribers called “Affordable Luxuries.” The box is specially curated by The Everygirl co-founders, and it will be available until August 31 so get on those subscriptions, people! [The Everygirl]

Something tells us Enrique Iglesias smells very good. Now we can get a little whiff–the sexy singer is launching his own fragrance with Coty Inc. in August called Adrenaline. Iglesias said of the process, “It took quite awhile to get exactly the right combinations, but I wanted to be 100 percent convinced that it was perfect.” While it’s said that nothing is perfect, this fragrance probably comes close. [WWD]

Clé de Peau Beauté is covering all the bases, quite literally. The beauty brand under Shiseido is launching a series of new products that include night sky-inspired color cosmetics for fall, a base makeup series, a reformulated body collection and additions to its skincare range. Did we miss anything? Oh yeah, CEO of Shiseido, Heidi Manheimer has also announced that the brand will be launching its iPad consultation program in stores this fall. We just can’t stop cheering! [WWD]

On the hunt for a scent that is both classic and modern? Look no further than perfumer Francis Kurkdjian‘s new men and women’s fragrance, Pluriel. He says of the scents, “The idea is [for people to say] maybe I’ve smelled this before, but I am not sure because there is something intriguing I have not seen before.” This idea of developing a fragrance that seems familiar but offers a new contemporary twist is truly special. [WWD]

L’Oréal Professionnel knows that beauty and tech go hand in hand these days. In its latest partnership with Style Seat, L’Oréal hopes to support its network of salon owners and stylists through a platform that helps stylists track their clients and book appointments as well as showcase stylists’ work with an online portfolio. Pat Parenty, president of L’Oréal USA Professional Products Division, “We want to make sure that [salons] have a solution digitally.” [WWD]

Kim Kardashian is headed to ULTA Beauty’s new L.A. store on Wednesday, August 6 to promote and celebrate the Kardashians’ sunless tanning system. The first 175 fans that purchase a minimum of 2 Kardashian Sun Kissed products at this location will have the opportunity to meet Kim and receive an autographed picture. So if you’ve been hankering to see Nori’s mama, here’s your chance! [Glam Inbox]

Bangin' Bangs

By  July 25, 2014

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It’s the summer of drastic hair changesand while many celebs went for shade switches, some opted for a new style. Initially, we were a bit skeptical about bangs being a new summer trend (nobody likes their hair sticking to their forehead…), but we immediately changed our minds when we saw these celebs rocking the ‘do.

 

Get the Look: Blake Lively’s Vogue-Worthy Western Waves

By  July 25, 2014

We were instantly taken when we spotted Blake Lively showing off pastoral perfection on the cover of Vogue. But our eyes were drawn to her windswept strands, which were carefully crafted by Oribe himself for the Jackson Hole, Wyoming shoot. Drawing inspiration from the rustic set, he opted for effortless waves that you can easily snag at home. “Whatever natural movement you actually have in your hair is your individual wave pattern,” he explained. “Don’t try to force a different texture with a curling iron; you can, however, enhance your natural wave with products that encourage texture.”

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Oribe started by washing Lively blonde locks with his Signature Shampoo before deep conditioning it with his Signature Moisture Masque. He then fired up the blow dryer, going against the grain of the hair to add texture and body. Oribe then spritzed the Soft Dry Conditioner Spray throughout her hair and then added a layer of the Dry Texturizing Spray at the crown to create more shape so the tresses can have natural separation and fullness for the final cover shot.

Beauty Buzz: Marc Jacobs Channels Deodorant, Ephemeral Scents, Get A Gilded 'Do With Kérastase

By  July 24, 2014

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Inspiration is everywhere. So while the rest of us were throwing our deodorant into our gym bags and just using it, Marc Jacobs decided to model a foundation stick in the everyday necessity’s packaging. The result is a travel-friendly, easy to use foundation stick, which is a part of his fall collection. He has now saved the millions of women who have experienced a broken foundation bottle after a long flight. Thank you, Marc!  [Refinery 29]

Climate change is a bummer, and artist Catherine Young will agree. She has decided to bottle up eight scents of things that we will eventually lose: Coasts, Coffee (no, please!), Honey, Wine, Eucalyptus, Peanuts, Ice, and Hardwood trees. Called The Ephemeral Marvels Perfume Store it was created in partnership with Givaudan, which is known for its commitment to environmental sustainability. As we mourn the eventual demise of these things we love, we can at least wear them as our scents. What might Ice will smell like? [Fast Company]

Our hair deserves only the best. So Kérastase‘s collaboration with former A.P.C. designer, Vanessa Seward, for a small collection of gold hair accessories is some seriously good news. Seward was reportedly inspired by Kérastase’s Couture Styling Collection and also her infatuation for gold accessories. Sounds like a woman after our own hearts. Get your hands on these limited edition accessories before someone else whisks them away! [Glam Inbox]

If blondes truly have more fun, looks like Lauren Conrad is about to have a whole lot more of it. The bride-to-be has debuted her newly colored, platinum blonde locks on her Instagram with the caption: “Things are getting real blonde around here…” Her hair, styled in gorgeous, loose waves, is significantly lighter than her original dirty blonde shade. Hair envy begins now! [GlamBlush]

Watch out Sephora! Pharmacies offering cheaper products are growing competition, especially in Europe where the shelves are increasingly being stocked with organic products with a more forgiving price tag. Head of L’Oreal, Jean-Paul Agon says, ”Pharmacies are a place where people go regularly, where the pharmacist’s advice is well regarded and the value for money proposition of the brands they sell is appreciated by consumers.” While that may be true, we’ll still be hitting up Sephora on the regular. [WWD]

Gisele Bündchen Stuns Sans Makeup in Sonia Rykiel’s Fall Ads

By  July 24, 2014

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We’re used to seeing Gisele Bündchen glammed up and gorgeous in Victoria’s Secret Angel mode, but her latest campaign is a complete 180°! The Brazilian model stars in Sonia Rykiel’s Fall ad campaign, completely sans makeup!

Styled by Katie Grand, the makeup-free model posed for Juergen Teller’s camera in the paint aisle of an art store. Our favorite feature has to be the sprinkle of freckles across her nose and cheeks.

The new campaign is just another sign that fresh faces are here to stay for fall. The look became a big runway staple for both the spring and fall seasons. And we’re personally psyched to see more industry insiders embracing all the things that make them unique and, in their own way, #flawless.

Beauty Buzz: Become a Make Up Master, Rita Ora Boasts Colorful Locks, Good Hair Days with ghd

By  July 23, 2014

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Here’s a school we’re dying to go to! Make Up For Ever is hosting Make Up Mastery beauty classes, offering focused lessons on topics like balanced brows and lips. As the look is a top trend for the upcoming fall season, it’s time to get schooled by the beauty brand that’s offering these services and load up on some seriously good tips! [Make Up For Ever]

Bold hair colors are not going out of style anytime soon, as evidenced by Rita Ora. The fashion forward performer was never one to avoid daring styles, and this look is certainly a colorful upgrade to her previous ‘do. She joins the ranks of other celebs who have been embracing this vibrant hair trend. [In Style]

Meet the man who can give you a “good hair day!” Celebrity stylist David Babaii has been announced as ghd’s new brand ambassador. He’s worked with huge industry names like Angelina Jolie, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Jennifer Lawrence and is known to have an incredibly discerning eye when it comes to choosing hair tools and products. He has praised the ghd tools as his “perfect fit.” How can we not take his word for it? [Glam Inbox]

Nail lacquer brand Rescue Beauty Lounge headed by Ji Baek wants her fans to get involved!  After the success of the previous Fan Collections, she has opted for a three-quel. On Friday, July 25, Rescue Beauty Lounge will be accepting submissions of a Pinterest board or collage of images inspired by the color desired by mani mavens. The top six hues will be released as the limited edition Fan Collection 3.0. Get pinning! [Refinery 29]

Chris Pratt, the loveable goofball from Parks and Recreation turned sexy action star in Guardians of the Galaxy, has revealed a surprising talent: hair braiding. In a hilarious interview segment, Pratt displays his french braiding skills on a lucky intern. Judging by how good he is, maybe he reads Glam braiding tutorials? One can hope… [Entertainment Tonight]

Essie Redefines Glam on the Go With Vending Machines

By  July 23, 2014

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From sodas and snacks–even cupcakes–to electronics and makeup, there’s a vending for nearly everything! But Essie is giving the idea a fresh coat with its first digital kiosk.

Designed for the glam globetrotter or the mani maven on the go, the kiosk offers an easy interface to choose their favorite of 48 shades or go bold with one of eight curated nail art looks complete with a link to a tutorial. The vending machine has popped up at Oakland International and JFK airports, and more are slated to show up in major airports and premiere malls throughout the U.S. “The Essie color boutique reinvents ‘grab and go’ in a way that offers consumers of-the-moment nail colors,” said Lauren Consiglio, VP marketing for Essie. “Now she can get her nail look ‘how-to’ and purchase the corresponding shades in an unexpected location.”

This new idea is just ready for lift off but is sure to skyrocket!

Fangirl-Worthy Nails Wraps for Comic Con

By  July 23, 2014

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Call it California dreaming, but we wish were in San Diego right now for the first day of Comic Con, where everyone’s indulging their inner comic book geek this week. While costumes aren’t exactly office-appropriate, you can still get into the spirit of the superhero with a themed manicure. #NerdMakeup brand Espionage Cosmetics has released a slew of comic- and fantasy-inspired nail wraps to get geek chic while you wait in line to get autographs from your favorite artists. Forget cosplay; this is nail-play!

Adamantium // Comic // Critical Hit //Harlequin // Rangers // Turtles //Webbing, all available for $10 each