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Beauty Buzz: Ariana Grande Turns to the Dark Side, Jen Atkin Is a Mane Addict, and Estee Lauder Gets Glowing

By  December 19, 2014

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Ariana Grande finally said goodbye to her blonde locks yesterday, debuting her refreshed brunette tresses on—where else?—Instagram. The star snapped a snuggly selfie, captioning the shot, “Snuggllled up. bedddd head (back to dark brown btw) haiiiiirrrr.” Does this mean short strands are in store for 2015? [Refinery 29]

We’re always glued to Jen Atkin’s Instagram to see which celebrity tresses she’s getting her skilled hands on, but now she’s expanding her Internet empire with Mane Addicts. The site serves haute hair how-tos, tress trends, and plenty of product recommendations from mane maestros like Chris McMillan, Rita Hazan, and Giannandrea Mongiu. We’ve already bookmarked the page; have you? [The Hollywood Reporter]

The beauty buy-out wars continue, as Estée Lauder has a new item in its portfolio: GlamGlow. The Hollywood skincare sensation has become every beauty buff’s secret, sweeping the CEW Beauty awards this year and pushing further into the market with an upcoming array of cleansers. As explained by Fabrizio Freda, president and chief executive officer of The Estée Lauder Companies, “GlamGlow represents the ultimate in innovative facial masks. Its unique focus on facial masks strategically complements our current prestige skin care offerings, and we are thrilled to welcome Glenn and Shannon to our company.” [BusinessWire]

Harry Josh has got a brand new bag of beauty tools in time for the holidays. The celebrity stylist has added a bevy of hair brushes to the mix, including a round, wooden paddle; a detangling brush with Intelliflex bristles; as well as a set of styling tools to keep hair in place while primping. We’re adding this to our last-minute wish list! [Glam Inbox]

Everyone is hitting the road this weekend to ensure they’re home in time for the holidays, including Michelle Phan. Glam tagged along with the vlog star during her book tour to get a behind the scenes look, meet her fans, see what’s in her carry-on, and check in with her number-one beauty icon: her mom. Talk about feeling the warm fuzzies! [YouTube]

Jennie Garth Wants Everyone to Have Their #BestHairEver

By  December 19, 2014

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We all grew up with Jennie Garth, but even stars like her couldn’t escape having an awkward hair phase. As such, the Mystery Girls actress linked up with Pantene to redeem her hometown of Phoenix of its bad, high school mane moments—with major makeovers and a reunion in time for the season of giving. Glam got the chance to talk with Garth about her haute hair must-haves, holiday plans, and even her beauty resolution for the New Year!

What hairdo from your past do you wish you could undo? Which style would you want to revive?
I would love to undo anything with a poof and revive blunt cuts!

What are some of your go-to hairstyles for the holidays?
I love wearing loose waves from a big barrel curling iron, but the heat can cause so much damage to my hair. That’s why I also use Pantene Expert Advanced Keratin Repair line to repair my hair and prevent any serious damage. It really smoothes out my hair and adds amazing shine.

What is the best gift you’ve received during the holidays?
Anything my daughters make themselves!

Do you have any beauty resolutions for 2015?
Keeping my hair, skin, and nails in their best condition!

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Who is your beauty icon?
Marilyn Monroe.

What are your top three everyday beauty must-haves?
I love the Pantene Expert Advanced Keratin Repair KeraGloss Oil Mist. After I’m done with the style I want for the day, I spray it all over and it really completes my look! It smells amazing, and leaves my hair smooth and shiny all day long. I also always carry around moisturizer, mascara, and blush no matter what.

All That Glitters: Gorgeous Gilded Gifts to Give and Receive

By  December 19, 2014

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Aside from red, green, and blue, metallics are another stylish power player during the holidays. While we usually sport the shiny stuff in the form of sequins and chic jewelry, the hues are best when boxed in with your favorite beauty brands. Whether you snap up a gilded gift set for a friend or stash it for yourself, these beauty buys are as good as… well you get the idea.

Beauty Buzz: Elizabeth Olsen Bags a Bob, Jin Soon Gets Goopy, and Abercrombie & Fitch Spreads Its Scent

By  December 18, 2014

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Elizabeth Olsen is closing out 2014 with its signature haircut: the bob. Leave it to the Olsen’s resident mane maestro Mark Townsend to snip her strands to perfection, snapping plenty of picture of the results on Instagram. “Chop chop,” he captioned the shot. “New hairdo! #DreamTexture #MarkEyeView.” We have to say we dig the new ‘do! [People]

Gwyneth Paltrow is ensuring you look and feel good from tip to toe by partnering with Jin Soon Choi on two chic nail collections priced at $48 for each three-polish set for Goop. The first includes a trio of nudes while the second features a range of reds – all featuring a vegan friendly five-free formula, making it a must have for any green goddess. [Glamour]

That signature scent of Abercrombie & Fitch will be wafting beyond its doors with a new licensing deal with Inter Parfums Inc. Expect to find new fragrances from both A&F and Hollister to hit store shelves overseas, including Europe and Asia. As Jonathan Ramsden, chief operating officer of A&F explained, “We already have established a successful fragrance business, and believe that, with Inter Parfums as our partner, we can leverage this into a much larger global opportunity.” [WWD]

With 2014 approaching its close, the data is pouring in on what the biggest buys in beauty were. Since fragrance is sure to be on everyone shopping list, be sure to double check the stock on scents like Tom Ford’s Black Orchid, Jo Malone London English Pear & Freesia, Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb, Tory Birch Eau de Parfum, and Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black and Nirvana White. It’s no surprise that Nirvana snagged the top spot, as it was also a winner in our own Beauty 100 awards. Congrats to the Olsens! [Elle]

Petra Nemcova’s Heart-Filled Holiday

By  December 18, 2014

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Petra Nemcova is all about giving this time of the year, thanks to her Happy Hearts Fund. Once again partnering with Clinique, the beauty brand has committed itself to helping build the non-profit’s 100th school by the end of 2014 to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, which changed the Czech model’s life. Though the Happy Hearts perfume package has been re-designed, $10 from the sale of each bottle benefits the organization’s efforts to rebuild the schools that were impacted by natural disasters. Plus, they’ve even added Chubby Moisturizing Lip Balm that will contribute $3 with each sale. Glam caught up with the haute humanitarian to find out what lights up her holiday and what she has in store for 2015.

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We’ve seen how everyone’s joined in on the #HappyHeartsChallenge. Do you have any favorite snaps?

There are so many gorgeous ones that I love! One of my favorites was done by Todd and Megan Diciurcio (@odddc) because it was very cool and artistic. I love @SybilSteele’s girls because they are adorable. @Alexitavel took the challenge with her dog. [I also love] the “sibling share” by Lily Aldridge and her sister Saffron. And of course, the amazingly hot couple Chrissy Teigen and John Legend.

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With the holidays around the corner, what’s at the top of your shopping list this year?

For stocking stuffers, Clinique Happy Heart Fund fragrance and the Clinique Happy Hearts Chubby Stick in Plumped Up Pink because they are beautiful and practical gifts that give back. For underneath the tree, many people on my list are getting electronics or a Be the Light baby alpaca travel blanket.

What the ultimate ingredient for a haute holiday party?

Family and friends.

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What do you think is the hottest holiday beauty look to try? Do you have any tips on how to achieve it?

Red lips are always great for a festive look. For a bright red lip that lasts, I use MAC Matte Lipstick. It doesn’t move. You don’t need anything else. I always get so many compliments when I wear it.

Have you thought about a New Year’s Resolutions yet? If you do keep them, what’s on your list for an amazing 2015?

Staying true to myself because life can pull you in so many different directions.

Images courtesy of Chrissy Teigen and Petra Nemcova‘s Instagram.

Haute Holidays: Beauty-Benefiting Gifts for Every Glam Girl on Your List

By  December 18, 2014

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This holiday season, treat the beauty buff in your life to a gift (or two!) that keeps on giving. We’ve rounded up the best buys for winter weather and beyond. All of these products transcend age and style in their universal appeal to any lady who wants to look her best.

Give her bath time a boost with a deep-cleansing face brush for flawless skin, an exfoliating lip scrub for a perfect pout, and an ultrarestorative conditioning mask for hydrated hair. Out of the shower, moisturizing must-haves include the luxurious Regenerist Luminous Facial Oil by Olay, which is sure to keep every gal on your gift list glowing all year long with healthy-looking skin. This all-natural facial oil works with the skin to protect against moisture loss and signs of aging with a blend made of coconut, apricot kernel, grape-seed extract, sunflower, evening primrose, sesame, jojoba, babassu, and mimosa oils. The result is a lightweight, nongreasy radiance that will last through the holidays and into the new year—all due to your gift-giving skills. She’ll be saying “So long!” to dry, dull skin and “Thank you!” to you for months to come.

1. Marc Jacobs Beauty Lip Lock Moisture Balm, available at Sephora for $24

2. Spa Moisture Socks, available at EcoTools.com for $4

3. Olay Regenerist Luminous Facial Oil, available at Target for $24

4. Bliss “Diamonds for the Rough” Hand-Cream Set, available at Nordstrom for $18

5. Fresh Sugar Lip Scrub, available at Sephora for $23

6. Olay Professional Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System, available at Ulta for $24

7. No! No! 8800 Face and Bikini Professional Hair-Removal Kit, available at HSN.com for $270

8. Carols Daughter Sacred Tiare Anti-Breakage and Anti-Frizz Restoring Hair Mask, available at Target for $15

Caviar Dreams and Luxury Living With La Prairie

By  December 16, 2014

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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: