Let Matrix Maintain Your Mane with Google Glass

By  April 15, 2014


While gadget geeks everywhere are using their tax refunds to snap up a pair of Google Glasses for themselves (remember, it’s a one day only sale), Matrix has already found a way to take tech specs to the salon chair.

The brand’s Class for Glass will include an upcoming app for professional stylists as well as video series for mane mavens who wants to get salon-quality styles at home. Matrix’s Artistic Director Ammon Carver worked with celebrity stylist George Papanikolas to create a series of in-depth tress tutorials that capture styling sessions directly from the eyes of the stylists. The series will also include a few familiar faces from your favorite beauty blogs as they recreate the latest hair trends.

Plus, if you sit in Papanikolas’s chair at The Andy LeCompter Salon, you can have him record your style session and email to you for a personalized hair how-to of your own!

Looks like we’ll need our own set of geek chic specs!

Why We Have a Shampoo and Conditioner Crush on L’Oréal Advanced Haircare

By  April 15, 2014

Why We Have a Shampoo and Conditioner Crush on L’Oréal
Oh, L’Oréal—at last a brand that understands that one kind does not fit all when it comes to shampoo and conditioner. From ladies looking to add body to their thin, limp locks to women needing to keep their color bold, our “mane” priorities are not all the same. Lucky for us, the Advanced Haircare line by L’Oréal has something for everybody.

For envious oomph, the L’Oréal Volume Filler Thickening haircare system tackles fine hair by actually increasing the diameter of your hair*,  bringing you voluptuous results. The incredible formula in this dynamic duo generates a thicker feel and long-lasting volume.

Abuser of chemical treatments, straighteners, and curling irons? Try the L’Oréal Total Repair Extreme line, made for extremely damaged, overprocessed hair. The whole collection contains powerful Lactic AHA to help repair broken hair fibers, making the deeply penetrating shampoo and conditioner your best bet for sealing split and brittle ends. See the system strengthen your strands with a mind-blowing transformation that lasts!

For more moderate damage, the L’Oréal Total Repair 5 shampoo and conditioner will having you waving goodbye to weak, limp, lifeless, dull, and strawlike hair—the five visible signs of damage this duo was made to combat. Repairing actions rebuild fibers for improved strength, vitality, silkiness, and shine without weighing down locks.

If you have color-treated  hair, look no further than the L’Oréal Color Vibrancy line. The shampoo and conditioner offers antioxidants and UVA and UVB filters that will not only shield your shade from fading but also nourish hair into silky-soft perfection.

*with Volume Filler Gelée.

Living Proof Steps Into Skincare with Spanx for Your Eyes

By  April 15, 2014


living-proof-neotensilLiving Proof has tamed tress troubles for years, but now the brand is stepping into another beauty realm to open our eyes to skincare possibilities.

The labs developed Neotensil, a skincare system that not only reshapes the appearance of eye bags but keeps the area hydrated for up to 24 hours, like Spanx but for your skin. It marks the first topical solution for the problem eye area without the worry of surgery.

The Living Proof labs worked Dr. Bob Langer, Dr. Betty Yu, Dr. Rox Anderson, and Dr. Barbara Gilchrest to create Strateris, the key ingredient in the system. The technology is a breatheable film that mimics skin’s eleasticity and shrinks down to compress and smooth the excess skin and fat pods that can protrude as we age. Not only that, but the formula provides up to 24 hours of hydration to the sensitive area.

While you’ll have to see a dermatologist to pick up the package; it’s also where they can show you how to use the 3-step system that comes with Skin Prep Towelettes, Reshaping Base, Activating Layer, Remover and Remover Pads, and the reshaping Tool to help smooth evertyhing evenly. Plus you can snap up an Under Eye Coverage powder that acts like a concealer to blend seamleslly with the rest of your makeup.

Need further proof? Check out LivingProof.com to check out incredible before and after pictures and find a medical professional in your area.

Louise Bourgoin Bolsters Kenzo's Perfume Portfolio

By  April 15, 2014


Louise Bourgoin will be introduced to American audiences and fragrance fanatics as the new face of Kenzo.

The French actress will be featured in a campaign for the brand’s as yet unnamed scent, according to Women’s Wear Daily. Kenzo’s creative director Patrick Guedj will step behind the camera for the ads that will likely appear in September issues. Bourgoin joins fellow up-and-coming screen siren Olga Kurylenko, who served as the face of the brand’s Amour perfume.

We may not know Bourgoin on this side of the pond, as she’s appeared in numerous French films including The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec and A Happy Event; but we’ll be seeing a lot more of her this year with Mark Wahlberg in the upcoming thriller Mojave when it hits theaters nationwide.

With her effortless beauty, we’re sure Bourgoin will shine!

Oh, So Glam: Giorgio Armani Beauty

By  April 15, 2014


Just call it summer in a bottle. I’m so intrigued by Giorgio Armani’s new Maestro Fusion Blush and Bronzer for summer. Supposedly, this whisper light formula blends seamlessly to give your cheeks a natural, sun-kissed glow — and with warmer temps approaching, who doesn’t want to look like they just came from the beach? If the promise of dewy, peachy cheeks isn’t enough to sell you, the gorgeous packaging might be. Hello, chic! Wouldn’t these look beautiful out on a bathroom counter?

Shop the Glam: Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Blush and Limited Edition SPF 15 Summer Bronzer.


Victoria McGinley is the editor of vmac+cheese, a New York City based daily lifestyle blog that covers plenty of topics to delight and inspire, including style, design, art, culture, beauty, and original recipes. A native of Austin, TX, she’s blogged since 2008, and in early 2012, launched Vivaleur, a graphic design and blog consulting company. When she’s not blogging or working with clients, you can find her exploring New York with her husband Joe, and their French bulldog, Lucy.

Mani Monday: An Adorable Easter Manicure You Have to Try

By  April 14, 2014

Spring has finally sprung up on us! With the Easter Bunny on his way, we know no normal manicure will do. Tapping into the pastel shades of the season and the floating nail art trend that took off during Fashion Week in February, MARS the Salon found the perfect medium between eye catching and easy to pull off. Here’s how to snag the look for yourself before Sunday’s bug egg hunt with the help of a few hues and nail art brushes:


First apply a base coat before painting an egg shape on the thumb in white polish, mint on the index finger, ice blue on the middle finger, yellow on the ring finger, and pink on the pinky. Then paint a flower with greem, blue, and beige polish on the thumb; paint two zig zag lines with blue polish on the index fingerl paint dots on the middle finger with hot pink polish. Next, paint a chick on the ring finger with black and orange, add a few purple stars on the pinky and finish with a top coat.

2014 MTV Movie Awards: Snag Mila Kunis’s Sultry Beach Waves

By  April 14, 2014


Mila Kunis had tongues wagging at the MTV Movie Awards after skipping the red carpet to hide her burgeoning baby bump and snagging the Best Villain Award as the only woman nominated in the category. She paired her loose fitting, flouncy black dress with soft, effortless waves with megawatt shine that came courtesy of celebrity stylist Renato Campora. He even shared how we can get the look at home; check out the step-by-step below:

Campora began by applying Herbal EssencesMororccan Me a Miracle 7-in-1 Serum on Kunis’s damp tresses to smooth, moisturize, add shine, and, most importantly,  protect. He then added an egg-sized amount of the brand’s Naked Volumizing  Soufflé at her roots to give them a boost to last all night before parting the hair in the middle and blow drying the hair straight with a round brush. Once dry, Campora wrapped two-inch sections around a 1 ½ inch curling iron, waiting for them to cool before gently brushing them out into elegant waves. He sealed in the style with a spry of the Naked Flexible Hold Spritzer.

Hair Color Conundrums with Garance Doré

By  April 14, 2014


We regularly turn to Garance Doré when we’re in need of ensemble inspiration and insight into everything that’s fabulously French. In terms of beauty, she’s all about doing it yourself, making her the perfect face for L’Oréal Paris’ revolutionizing new hair color, Preference Mousse Absolue. The newest addition boasts the first automatic reusable dye thanks to its two cannister system that combines the pigment and developer with the push of a button. GLAM got to chat with the fashion favorite last week about the new hair hue technology, her beauty musts, and what strand shades are making a comeback:

What has been your biggest pet peeve when it comes to hair color?

It’s all of the chemistry, the smell…all of that stuff I didn’t like.

With your eye for trends, which hues do you think are coming back?

I think everyone for a while were all about highlights, and I think we’re coming back to a more natural  kind of look with a full  color, which I’ve always really liked. Cultivating a real depth in the color, I think we’re coming back to that, and getting closer to the natural color. It’s always extremes: people are either going blue  or sticking to their own hair color.

What is your beauty philosophy?

In France, we all do our hair color, most of us, on our own just because we’re busy or we just like to [handle] our own beauty. We’re not so used to giving our bodies to somebody else. We like to keep control in what we do.

What are you top three beauty musts you always keep on hand?

Always a lip gloss. I try to always have a powder because I get shiny; I’m sure I’m shiny now.  It’s terrible; I lose control, and then I don’t really care.  A hand cream, or hand lotion.

Who are your beauty icons?

Beauty is about something that can endure, right? So, for me, someone like Lauren Hutton because it’s easy to be beautiful at 20. Later, I think it’s beautiful to be able to stay natural  and be yourself and still be amazing like her.

Coachella’s All About Ombre

By  April 14, 2014


While we waited with baited breath for electric pops of color from Coachella, stars shifted in a different direction by opting for ombres.

Festival season mainstay Vanessa Hudgens debuted a nearly full-on platinum blonde dye job with her natural brunette tresses only reaching her ears. Though she initialy kept her locks and most of her face under wraps, her tresses came out in full force with a quick wardrobe change.

Another lovely lady with the faded hair hue? Kylie Jenner. The young cover girl tagged along with Selena Gomez to the music fest after giving her freshly cut long bob a boost with a lighter ends than her previous ombre. She even added a touch of turqouise to the her strands on Sunday to get further into the spirirt of the festivities.

Our only question: did they swap hair tips with Jared Leto over the weekend?

Bridal Beauty: Carolina Herrera Spring 2015

By  April 12, 2014


THE SHOW: Carolina Herrera Bridal

THE HAIR: Nina Dimachki  and Akemi Tamaribuchi  teamed up to create two classic styles: a fitted French Twist and long chignon. Both styles began with a generous amount of Kérastase’s Mousse Bouffant applied from roots to ends, which was then blow dried into the hair. The hair then received a large blast of Laque Dentelle before going into a classic roller set for added volume and then pulled back. Then the hair was raked back with the fingers into either a tight French twist, staying close to the head, or a stretched chignon to cover the nape of the neck. She finished with a veil of Laque Dentelle to keep everything in place.

THE MAKEUP: Bobbi Brown’s right hand, Kimberly Soane, stuck to Herrera’s classic aesthetic by enhancing the natural beauties of the brides by first moisturizing the skin with the Hydrating Face Cream. After creating a clean canvas with touches of foundation and concealer where needed, she dusted a bit of retouching powder to mattify, adding a blend of the Sand Pink and Pale Pink blush to flush out the cheek. The brows were brushed and defined before Soane patted on Ivory shadow, creating depth in the crease with Taupe  and Shell on the lid. She created a tight winged liner look with Black Ink and a few coats of mascara for added drama. After shaping the lips with the Pink Mauve lip liner, she patted Herrera’s signature Lip Sheer.

THE MANI: Julie Kandalec drew from the pearlescent textures of the fabrics with two easy coats of Essie’s Imported Bubbly on the tips and toes.