Beauty Buzz: Isaac Mizrahi’s Makeup Madness, Pixelated Hair Pigments, ODLR’s Extraordinary Posthumous Perfume

By  January 30, 2015


The beauty bug has bitten Isaac Mizrahi! The designer will add a makeup and skincare line to his repertoire when both hit QVC on February 9. Called True Isaac Mizrahi, prices for the makeup and skincare will range from $10 to $68. The skincare collection is infused with CoQ10, green and white teas, Vitamins A and E, and marine algae to ensure a smooth canvas for the makeup, which he partnered with True Cosmetics to create. Clearly, Mizrahi didn’t want to start slow. “We’re not dipping a toe in the water, we’re jumping in the lake,” he explained. “And one of my goals as a designer has always been to get my customer to look in the mirror the right way. I don’t want her to buy this because it’s a big fantasy, but because she will look in the mirror and think she looks good.” [WWD]

We’re officially bored with balayage, over ombré, and now consider pastels passé!  But we’ve already found a new haute hair trend to hop on this spring: xpresionpixel. It’s a new technique developed by hair colorists Jose Luis Almedral, Marco Antonio Restrepo, and Jorge Cancer that recreates a pixelated effect on the hair. While we see vibrant options ahead for the season, we can even see this trend taking off with subtler, more natural shades. Now to find a salon in the city that can pull it off… [BuzzFeed]

Though the fashion world is still reeling from the loss of the legendary Oscar de la Renta, his legacy lives on not just in fashion, but also in beauty. His latest fragrance will hit stores in April before tolling out to the rest of the world in June. From the flacon to the name, Extraordinary is a sparkling spring scent that has his elegant touch in every aspect. Fragrance fans and ODLR devotees can expect a blend of citrus, neroli oil, plush peonies, and warm woods. As Michele de Bourbon, senior vice president of fragrance sales and marketing explained, “[It’s] very long lasting, very qualitative, and [leaves] a great trail of sparkle and surprise. You almost feel pink, but in a sophisticated way.” We’re practically blushing with delight! [WWD]

We may be stuck in a coif conundrum now, but in a few years we’ll find our signature hairstyle. A recent study conducted by a hair transplant group called Crown Clinic found that ladies find their favorite hair when they’re 32 while the guys wait until the age of 39! As Glamour surmised, by that age most are less likely to worry about the opinions of others and work with what they want. For now, play on, kittens. [Glamour]

While we’re still talking tresses, Pantene’s signature strand savers are getting a serious upgrade for 2015. After adding antioxidant technology to their shampoos last year, the brand is infusing its conditioners with Histidine (not histamine), a protein that penetrates the strand’s shaft, rebuilds from the inside out, and  removes mineral impurities from the water for shinier, healthier hair. [Stylelist]

Spirit Fingers: 7 Super Bowl Nail Looks to Score Before Sunday

By  January 30, 2015

Spirit-Fingers-7-Super-Bowl-Nail-Looks-to-Score-Before-Sunday-cover-finalWith the Seahawks‘ triumphant return to the Super Bowl gridiron and #DeflateGate still afoot, everyone is sure to be glued to their couch come Sunday. While we have our style options in order, we know die hard fans of both teams will find creative ways to show their spirit, namely, on their nails. Regardless who you’re rooting for, we’ve got a mani you can easily make up before the coin toss!


Olivia Palermo Nails a New Look for Ciaté

By  January 30, 2015


Olivia Palermo never leaves home without a coat of red polish, but now the style star is opening up to more color thanks to Ciaté.

Palermo has been named the brand’s creative director where she will add her signature touch to the brand and curate four makeup and nail collections to celebrate Ciaté’s foray into color cosmetics through spring 2016. Palermo’s preppy experimentation made her a must for the brand, working closely with the brand’s chief executive officer Charlotte Knight. “I’ve been involved with the colors, packaging, marketing, the formulas and working very closely with Charlotte to make sure that everything is to the detail of how I like it,” Palermo told Women’s Wear Daily. “Everything is a learning process and educating yourself on beauty is different than fashion, but they both go hand in hand.”​

The first collection will hit shelves in May and include new nail technology that strengthens nails without losing its pumped up pigments. As for the makeup, beauty buffs can expect suede textured eye shadows, a face compact, and a lipstick infused with a collagen boost and will arrive wrapped in metallic gold and textured leather for a little added edge. 

With Palermo’s penchant for prints, we hope the brand will inspire a slew of chic nail art just in time for the summer!

Double Cleansing is Essential! Make This Korean Beauty Practice Part of Your World

By  January 30, 2015


The Korean daily skincare regimen has gotten a whole lot of attention for its many steps — as many as 10 to 12 if you’re counting. There are all kinds of cleansers and moisturizers and serums and sheet masks involved, but one of the steps that’s gotten the most attention is the practice of “double cleansing.” That’s the dermatologically recommended practice of washing your skin twice, the first time with an oil based cleanser to remove all your makeup and skin clogging gunk, second time with a deeper cleanser that won’t leave the skin feeling uncomfortable squeaky clean or stripped of all necessary nutrients.

Double cleansing has be one especially popular in beautycentric, densely packed urban cities where pollution and environmental irritation can be a factor. It’s proving to be popular for pretty much all skin types – even oily skin benefits, as oil attracts oil, so using an oil cleanser helps to purify those pores without drying out your face. If you’re a lady after my own heart and you tend to layer on the long lasting eye makeup products, you may even wind up triple cleansing – using a gentle eye makeup removing gel or cleansing water to start breaking down the product in that tender region and remove all traces of raccoon eyes, all before an all-over oil cleanser and face wash combo.

Effective double or triple cleansing begins with specific products for those needs. Here are some tried, tested and totally excellent skincare cleansers, the better with which to get your double or triple cleanse on!

Step One: Makeup removing cleansers or waters. You’re looking for products that are very gentle and safe for use close around the eye. You may wind up using a makeup wipe, cotton swabs or balls during this first step.
Recommended products: Mario Badescu Eye Make-Up Remover Gel, Lancôme Bi-facil Eye Makeup Remover, NARS Makeup Removing Water, Shiseido “Pureness” Cleansing Water.

Step Two: Oil based cleansing. In this step, you’re looking to remove foundation, powder and residue from the environment. You’re going to use an oil cleanser to gently dissolve stubborn eye makeup and heavy foundation.
Recommended products – Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil, Garnier Cleansing Oil, Belle Butters Cleansing Oil, L’Occitane Cleansing Oil.

Step Three: Regular cleanser.  Your goal here is to wash the oil away and cleanse your pores without totally stripping your skin.
Recommended products:  Soap and Clarity 3-In-1 Daily Detox Facial WashKiehls Calendula Deep Foaming Face Wash, Olay Normal Foaming Face Wash.

The rest of the Korean skincare regimen involves many steps beyond cleansing.  There are exfoliation products, moisturizers, serums and sheet masks to explore and indulge in! For an authentic Korean cosmetics and skin care experience, consider subscribing to Memebox, a monthly Korean makeup and skin care subscription sampler. What’s your take on double cleansing? Is this something new you’d be willing to try, or is it something you’ve been doing for years before the shiny new name?

Contributing Editor, Patrice Grell Yursik is the creator of Afrobella.com, one of the first blogs to celebrate the beauty of natural hair and ladies of all skin tones and sizes. Affectionately called the Godmother of Brown Beauty Blogging, Patrice takes her readers inside unique beauty, fashion and cultural experiences.

Beauty Buzz: Eva Green is L’Oréal Professionnel’s Latest Lovely, Nonie Creme’s Cosmetic Sequel, and Score Claudia Schiffer’s Strands

By  January 29, 2015


Eva Green may be a dame to kill for, but we believe it’s because of her hair color. The Penny Dreadful actress was named the new international spokeswoman for L’Oréal Professionnel’s upcoming Wet Domination campaign. While the detaoils are still under tight wraps, Green is excited about the new venture, stating, “As an actress hair is so important. You need a very good relationship with your hairdresser and together we create the hairstyles.” [The Telegraph]

Nonie Creme killed it on the beauty counter with Butter London, but she’s not stopping there. The beauty buff is ready to unleash her latest line, Nonie Creme Colour Prevails, on the masses with an array of 140 makeup musts, including nail lacquers with a grooved applicator to help paint the nails; a double-sided mascara that builds volume on one side and the other for length; and pigment-packed gelled eye shimmers – all wrapped in flirty, feminine packaging. “I wanted to make it pretty, approachable, girly and functional,” Creme explained. [WWD]

Schwarzkopf has been a salon staple for years, but the brand is getting a big boost from Claudia Schiffer. The beauty icon partnered with the brand 10 years to create the range that will hit Walmart stores exclusively in January. The collection consists of 74 mane musts formulated with the brand’s precious Ultîme-4-Complex of pearl essence, panthenol, refined protein, and keratin to ensure healthy hair with some serious shine. An off-duty model mane in a bottle? Sign us up! [Glam Inbox]

Skincare has become our top priority, and it’s not just aging and acne that we’re attacking. Dark spots have no space in spring’s top beauty trend, but there are plenty of solutions to help your clear things up. From does of Vitamin C, Kojic Acid, and more, there’s no way you won’t wake up **flawless! [Byrdie]

Beauty Buzz: H&M Will Bump Up Its Beauty Line, Meet the Man Behind Jared Leto’s Mane, and Georgia May Jagger’s Smeared Lip Service

By  January 28, 2015


While H&M is synonymous with cool collaborations and fast fashions, it beauty is something left to be desired. With the launch of & Other Stories in 2014, the retailer revelaed in its annual report that it’s looking to give itself a full beauty makeover with “a new and broad concept for make-up, body care and hair care with high quality value-for-money products in a specially produced design.” [Racked]

You might not know Chase Kusero, but his work has become the envy of Hollywood and beauty buffs alike thanks to Jared Leto. But the hairstylist to the A-List has been a mane maestro since his high school days of sweeping up hair and learning to blow dry. If you’re curious about all the hype his handiwork is getting, he says, “It was never the intention for him to end up on all these lists and best hair and with all this buzz. Now he’s just kind of accepted it, because what are you going to do? There’s nothing but good things being said about it.” [Fashionista]

Smeared lipstick usually a no-no, but Georgia May Jagger making a serious exception. The model posted a picture of her mussed up makeup, as part of a new social media campaign à la last year’s Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS. But this time the hashtag is #SmearforSmear to raise awareness of the importance of pap smears to detect cancer early, according to Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, who’s chief executive Robert Music explained, “”The response from the public has been fantastic and we already have women telling us #SmearForSmear has reminded them to book their overdue smear tests.” [Byrdie]

January is usually a month of repair from top to bottom, but Rene Furterer is giving spring strands a new lease on life in April. The brand has tapped into its heritage of using plant-based ingredients for its upcoming Absolue Kératine line that will include a Renewal Shampoo, Sublime Renewal Leave-In Cream, and Ultimate Renewal Mask to repair, rebuild structure, and smooth. As Rene Furterer’s vice president, salon business unit, Francois Viargues, explained, “We asked women what they wanted, and more and more they said ‘I want my hair from before.’  Before over-bleaching, coloring, flatirons and chemical treatments.” [WWD]

Sometimes lotion isn’t enough to bring dry skin back from the brink, but Vaseline has a new solution to score soft skin in an instant. The brand is introducing it new Intensive Care Healing Serum that’s formulated with PPAR Activators, Elastomers, and the brand’s signature jelly to provide 10 times the healing power to the moisture barrier. We’ll be stocking up on this before the next snowstorm!  [Glam Inbox]


Instagram Diary: A Taste of Turquoise Summer with Escada

By  January 28, 2015


The winter chill (and any subsequent blizzards) have everyone wishing to be whisked away to somewhere much warmer. Escada‘s new Turquoise Summer scent was inspired by that sense of escapism and the iconic waters of Turks & Caicos, which is always the aim for its limited edition scent, and something that fragrance fanatics clamor for every year. We were lucky enough to discover first-hand how inspirational the island could be with an adventure that will carry us through the rest of the season and well into spring and summer.


Beauty Buzz: Katy Perry’s Super Bowl Pedi, Chanel’s Conservatory Coifs, Beauty and a Braid for Every Sign

By  January 27, 2015


Katy Perry is ready to take the Super Bowl stage from the top of her head to the tips of her toes. In anticipation of Sunday’s big gig, the pop princess posted a picture of football-approved pedicure with the caption, “Even my tippy toes are ready.” Now if only we knew which team she’s repping on her tips… [Glamour]

Karl Lagerfeld Spring confection sprung up in a #CCertified hothouse, complete with models that channeled their inner glam gardener with a tapered, flyway braid clipped with floral barrette that came courtesy of Sam McKnight. Talk about flower power! [Vogue]

2015 is shaping up to be an interesting year no matter your star sign. Fresh has curated a collection of oval soaps – Sugar for Earth signs, Verbana for Air signs, Mangosteen for Fire signs, and Waterlily for Water signs – that each come with a  sign-specific booklet with a horoscope for the new year by the legendary Susan Miller. The fun doesn’t stop there, as you can now try out a tress twist specific to your sign as well! [Vanity Fair] and [Pop Sugar]

Many can spend years searching for their signature scent, but you shouldn’t limit yourself to one bottle. One tip to keep in mind: pair base-heavy fragrances with lighter, brighter scents for balance. According to Greta Fitz, the Director of Global Marketing for CLEAN Fragrances, “You can quickly increase the richness of a fragrance by layering [it with] a scent that is more background-heavy (vanilla, woods, musks), as well as create lighter renditions by layering fresh, fruity, or watery notes on top.” [Daily Makeover]

If you couldn’t get enough of The Lego Movie, you’re to love this new building project! In Reddit’s Makeup Edition Subreddit, user AnnabelleRioux showed off a set of makeup display, complete with brush holders, made entirely of the tiny blocks. She’s even posted more models you can craft, but remember to keep the piece of resistance on your Krazy Glue. [The Gloss]

Oil Slick: The Mega Moisturizers You Need to Survive Winter

By  January 27, 2015


Winter Storm Juno has swept through the northeast, not only shutting down New York City, but also leaving our skin dry and a bit windburned. While lush lotions are our regular go-tos, the winter chill and the heat to thaw us out require us to use more heavy-duty moisturizers that incorporate oil. Whether liquid, solid, or something in between, we’ve found formulas to refresh the face and body with a hydrated and healthy glow.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's Garden Grows With Her First Scent

By  January 27, 2015


Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has already added her touch to sleepwear and denim, and now she’s blossoming in the beauty sphere with her first scent.


The mega model linked up once again with Mark & Spencer for a fresh and mysterious fragrance, almost as a follow up to her line of lingerie that will hit shelves across the pond on January 28. Aptly called Rosie for Autograph, Huntington-Whiteley traveled to New York, London, and Grasse to perfect the formula, which was modeled after a summer morning in the British countryside. She even shot the campaign in her home county of Devon. “Shooting the campaign where I grew up was a natural choice, I felt it gave the perfect backdrop and really captured the delicate, truly beautiful sentiment I wanted for my fragrance,” she told The Telegraph. “It was very important to me when creating the fragrance that every aspect be close to my heart.”

As such, the British beauty would be remiss not to include a rose note, putting a centifolia rose at the heart of the scent. “As with my lingerie collection, I was drawn to the elegance and simplicity of the centifolia rose used in the fragrance,” she explained. “A rare, vintage style flower, it really encapsulates what this fragrance is about to me – a fresh yet mysterious scent, which feels luxurious and sexy.” To amplify the fragrance’s sensuality, Huntington-Whiteley added pepper, lemon, vanilla, and sandalwood notes – making it a must for Valentine’s Day.