Editor’s Pick: Kai Body Glow

By  February 26, 2015

Discover your next obsession with our Editor’s Pick series, must-have products for your home, wardrobe, makeup bag, and office curated by Glam editors.

Kai Body Oil

There’s a reason Kai Fragrance has a cult following (and was deemed one of Oprah’s favorite things in 2007). Made with white flowers like gardenia, the fragrance is fresh and beachy but in a sophisticated way, made for the chic but laidback lady as she moves through the adventures of her life. If the scrumptious scent doesn’t sell you, then know that all Kai products are made in the USA using high-quality, paraben, sulfate, phthalate, and phosphate free materials.

There’s only one fragrance in the Kai line, and that’s their signature scent mentioned above. If you’re a fan of the perfume it’s pretty much a given that you’ll soon be addicted to the rest of the Kai collection too, from deodorant to candles. Most recently, I added the Kai Body Glow, a dry oil spray that moisturizes and hydrates your skin, to my beauty routine. Gentle yet effective, the moisturizing body spray leaves your skin glowing, not greasy. Oils can be messy, but this particular spray bottle allows you to evenly distribute the product without waste. I spray my body glow onto damp skin after the shower to maximize the softness of my skin and the allure of the fragrance, which remains present all day. And believe me when I say people have noticed, asking what I’m wearing and paying their compliments. So long as you’re ready for some scent admirers!

Kai Body Glow, $34

Day in the Life: Poppy King, Founder of Lipstick Queen

By  February 26, 2015


Poppy King started her journey to lipstick bliss when she just 18 when she couldn’t find the perfect formula for her favorite makeup must. The search spurred her on to create Lipstick Queen where she developed lush lipsticks in an array of colors and textures with many becoming cult classics, including Hello Sailor, Medieval, and more. As she explained, “For me, nothing is as glamorous or as empowering as lipstick. It doesn’t just brighten up my face, it fires up my confidence, making me feel like I can take on the world!” Glam caught up with the pout perfector as she jets around the city to keep up with a slew of meetings and works on her freshest formulas from the comfort of home:

7:00 a.m. My day starts with a shower, coffee, and meditation. All three kick start me into action and get me ready for the day. Meditation in particular is extremely powerful for helping me feel balanced and focused on what I need to do that day. After that I sit down at my computer to address any urgent emails that will have come in overnight from our international markets.
8:30 a.m. A little breakfast or cereal and almond milk and then I get dressed. My wardrobe is a bit like a fun park and getting dressed is a really enjoyable part of the day. I’m obsessed with glamour and I love everything associated with it – bags, shoes…and lipstick of course!


9:30 a.m. My days are typically made up of three things: product, press, and people. The product element is where I work on dreaming up new concepts/ranges. I deal with vendors, I feedback on submissions, I research new products and write briefs for our suppliers. For the press side of my day, I do email and telephone interviews, I meet with editors, and I present new products. Finally, the people side of my day involves meetings and I regularly meet with the Lipstick Queen team or my designer James who is an extremely talented illustrator. He creates all the wonderful imagery you find on Lipstick Queen packaging and we have worked together since the very beginning of Lipstick Queen.


1:00 p.m. Although I work from home, I often take meetings at a local café – one of my favorites at the moment is El Ray where they do a  fantastic kale salad.


2:00 p.m. Back home to answer emails and continue working on my latest projects. At the moment I am developing a new range of colors, based on a concept I first came up with nearly 25 years ago. When it comes to my career, I’m definitely more of a long distance runner than a sprinter and sometimes formulas and concepts can take years to perfect. With a new range, I line up the colors from deep to light, to see the progression of color, trying each one on. I then phone conference with the lab to go over the adjustments that need to be made.


6:30pm Bikram yoga class with my wonderful friend Tricia Donegan on the Lower East side.
8:30 p.m. Dinner out with friends, most likely somewhere in my neighborhood, the Lower East Side which I love because it is so culturally diverse.
11:30 p.m. Bed!

Steven Klein is a Narssist

By  February 26, 2015


François Nars is once again merging his love of makeup and visual arts with his latest collaboration with world-class fashion shutterbug Steven Klein.

The pair has joined forces for a limited edition collection that will hit shelves just in time for the holidays, bringing Klein’s vision and unique sense of color to shades we’re sure to love. While the details of the collection are under tight wraps, beauty buffs can expect 23 makeup must-haves to add to your wish list with a lush campaign shot but Fabien Baron of Baron & Baron to bring the collaboration to life.

It’s an especially exciting endeavor for Nars himself, who has been a fan of Klein’s raw and audacious approach to photography since his start. “Steven is one of the most disruptive, fearless photographers of his time,” he said. “I love his work– his ability to strip down and expose his subjects, to create shocking visual narratives that are never what they seem.”

The feeling was mutual. “I am honored to be asked by François to collaborate on this NARS project with him, based on the previous artists he had worked with – Andy Warhol and Guy Bourdin,” Klein said. “I have always had the highest regard for François’ work. He was the pioneer of moving from one of the greatest makeup artists to creating great makeup. There are few hands that could do what François has done. He has impeccable taste and stands strong by his work. His colors and his eye for imagery is unique and of the highest caliber.”

With their penchant for striking colors and imagery, we can’t wait to see what the pair have created!

Red Carpet Report: The Biggest Beauty Trends of the 2015 Awards Season

By  February 25, 2015


From the exceptional performances, to the socially aware acceptance speeches, to the gorgeous gowns, to say Hollywood’s biggest stars shone brightly this year would be an understatement. But it takes more than fashionable frock in order to make it on the best dressed lists this season. Their glam squads ensured the looks came together perfectly, pulling inspiration from Hollywood’s Golden Age and enhancing their natural beauty. To give us some real red carpet insight, we got the scoop on the season’s biggest beauty trends from makeup maestro Fiona Stiles on the looks you’ll want to recreate this year for your magical makeup moment.

Soft Hands. Soft Feet. 3 Ways To Tenderize Those Mitts

By  February 24, 2015

Your hands and feet are undoubtedly the workhorses of your body. They do a tremendous amount and suffer the consequences. If you’ve got rough, dry hands and feet at this time of year, you need to know that you’re not alone. Winter is the worst time for your skin’s moisture, and it’s a peak time for cracked heels and painfully dry hands. If you’re looking to avoid it all as much as possible and somehow restore your paws to a touchable state, then read on. Here are 4 foolproof methods for softer hands and feet.

320-spa-glovesFuzzy Socks and Exfoliation
There are many hand exfoliation products on the market, but you can DIY a hand and foot scrub at home, just by combining turbinado sugar, olive oil and a few drops of lemon juice for brightening. Scrubbing away the rough, dry and flaky skin is a great place to begin effective moisturizing. After exfoliating, apply a deeply penetrating shea or cocoa butter based hand or foot cream, and slide on fuzzy socks or gloves for overnight absorption. This brings us to the next method…

Quality Creams
Part of the problem may be the kind of moisturizer you’re using. Recognizing the difference between mere lotion and creams and butters is just the beginning. For deeply penetrative and sealing hand and foot moisture, many swear by Vaseline or Bag Balm.

Try Paraffin Treatments
Fun fact – paraffin wax treatments were originally intended to treat arthritis in the 1950’s! Today they remain popular at nail salons to soften and moisturize hands and feet. Paraffin is an oil based wax. There ARE at home paraffin baths, but IMO it is best applied by professionals (as most beauty regimens involving hot wax tend to be). Your hands or feet will be dipped in wax a few times to ensure complete coverage, and then left to cool. The end result? Incredibly soft hands or feet.

Gel-Lined Gloves and Socks
Fuzzy socks are wonderful, but fuzzy socks lined with GEL? Heavenly for your feet. Many of the top gel gloves and socks are lined with moisturizing ingredients like jojoba oil or vitamin E. To step up your soft hands/soft feet program, check out the Bliss Softening Socks and Bliss Glamour Gloves.

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.

Day in the Life: Fiona Stiles, Celebrity Makeup Artist

By  February 24, 2015


Awards season comes with a slew of  gowns and gorgeous beauty looks that we all love to copy when the occasion calls for it, thanks to makeup masters like Fiona Stiles. She’s primped with the likes of Nicole Richie, Natalie Portman, Anna Faris, and many more for their red carpet moments, and didn’t slow things down in anticipation. Glam checked in with the beauty buff as she took on Hollywood’s biggest night, or as she explained, ”A day like the Oscar’s is unique because your day starts late so the days starts a little less frantically, but then it really picks up later in the day!” Plus, we also scored her take on the biggest beauty trends of the season that you can try at home.

6:00 a.m.: I wake up to a soothing, yet slightly annoying alarm on my phone. The first thing I do is turn the kettle on for tea for me and coffee for my husband. I love a cup of black tea in the morning, but then I drink plain hot water all of the rest of the day.
6:15 a.m.: I sit at my computer and go through the orders for Reed Clarke, my curated beauty e-commerce site, that have come in.  I enjoy waking up early and the quiet before the day gets going into full gear.
7:00 a.m.: Head upstairs and say good morning to my delicious 3 1/2 year old. She usually wants to get right to playing, so we’ll hang out and get her stuffed animals dressed or play some imaginary games. It’s a really lovely way to start the day.
8:00 a.m.:  Breakfast with the family. I like to have a bowl of quinoa with a little maple syrup in it or avocado toast for breakfast. Something hearty that will stick with me for a few hours since you’re never really sure if you’ll eat again during the day!
8:30am-10:00 a.m.: Go back into my office and do a little research for the day ahead of me. I like to look at existing red carpet images of the client I am working on that day. I study the pictures to see how she looks best; is it a strong eye? A bold lip? Lots of blush or very little? It’s good to see what works and what doesn’t, it helps me get prepared for the day. I also sometimes look at their Instagram feed to see what their hair looks like, if they got it cut recently or if they colored it a totally different color. It’s good to be prepared when you’re thinking about the bigger picture of the look for the night. For big events like the Oscars, the stylist will send images of the client in the dress from the fitting so we can start thinking about what the look will be. I also take a few minutes to restock my kit; I always need to restock baby wipes, q tips, and other bits and bobs that I can’t work without.  I have a very, very well stocked closet full of makeup and supplies, I don’t have a lot of spare time to pick up baby wipes every week so I buy lots at once!


10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.: Shower and get ready for work. I keep my makeup to a minimum when I’m working and I don’t wear anything complicated, clothing-wise. I mean, I work with pigments all day, I can’t go to work in a white dress! I wear something I can move around easily in, like flats and pants or maybe a floor length skirt so I can work around the situation. Any time I don’t, I regret it. When we’re getting someone ready for an event, hair, and makeup are working at the same time. This means the talent is sitting in a low chair, so I can’t wear heels or I’d be bent over double and so crooked. Often there’s a manicurist working at the same time too.  It gets really crowded!  I even keep my makeup to a minimum because I am there to take care of another person, not to do touch ups on myself or worry about how I look. I always wear fragrance though because it makes me feel put together throughout the day, not matter how crazy things get.
12:00-1:00 p.m.: I drive to work. Living in L.A. means spending a lot of time in the car, so I always have a stash of healthy snacks with me: some fresh fruit, some dried fruit, some nuts, a KIND bar or two, and a large bottle of water.
1:00-3:00 p.m.: Arrive at the client’s house, set up and get to work! We usually have 2 hours for hair, makeup, and for them to get dressed and out the door. It sounds like a lot of time but it goes really fast. There’s usually a lot of laughs, catching up and goofing around.  It’s a really fun two hours. Even though you come to the job with an idea of what you want to do, it’s all subject to change. The hair may dictate something other than what you had planned on, or maybe you just change your mind when you get there. The name of the game is being flexible and ready for anything. It’s a team effort and there’s no space in the room for stubbornness or egos.


3:00-4:00 p.m.: For big events like the Golden Globes and the Oscars, people want the breakdown of the look as soon as possibleso I’ll sit in my car and spend about an hour writing up the Get The Look to get out to press. For most other events, I’ll write it up later that night.
4:00-8:00 p.m.: Head home. Once I get home I do my very best to tune out the rest of the world while I focus on being a mom until my daughter goes to bed.  Those are precious hours and I try to stay present.
8:00 p.m.- Midnight:  I usually check out the social media channels to see how everyone looked on the red carpet. I love seeing the beautiful work of my fellow makeup artist, hair dresser and stylist friends. I’ll also speed watch the red carpet shows and the Oscars. I blaze past the commercials and the long speeches; you’d be amazed and how fast you can get through a 4-hour show! Then it’s time to wash my brushes, wash my face and head to bed after a long, exciting day.

The Best Beauty Looks from the 2015 Academy Awards

By  February 23, 2015


The culmination of awards season was upon on Sunday night as Hollywood’s brightest put on their fanciest frocks and best beauty looks for the Academy Awards. Whether they won, lost, or presented, the stars natural beauty was the biggest trend of the evening. From Lupita‘s shimmering, smoky eye to Julianne‘s bold berry lip, here’s the looks you’ll love!

Brand to Try: Herbivore Botanicals

By  February 23, 2015

A 100% natural skincare company that’s widely available in stores, online, and has crazy good packaging to boot? Sign me up! Believe it or not, I actually discovered Herbivore Botanicals via a Pinterest pin that was lauding their gorgeous, modern branding.

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Little did I know this skincare company would make a big splash on the scene a few months later! Founded in 2011 in Seattle, Herbivore started out as a small business only selling online. Nowadays, you can find their products stocked in Urban Outfitters, Madewell, and tons of boutiques and spas nationally. I love how their products look in the bathroom, but also love that everything in them is non-toxic and all-natural.

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Picks to try? Their travel friendly skincare set is a great place to start, since you can try a bunch of products in one fell swoop. I’m also dying to try their jasmine body oil (I love anything jasmine scented) and their blue clay mask (home spa night, here I come).

Victoria McGinley is the editor of vmac+cheese, a San Francisco 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 enjoying the San Francisco fog with her husband Joe, and their French bulldog puppy, Lucy.

Beauty Buzz: Ariana Grande’s Scented Surprise, Ciate’s Makeup Musts, and Pizza Hut Nail Polish

By  February 20, 2015


Make room on your vanity for a new star powered fragrance, as Ariana Grande’s entering the fragrance fray. The songbird announced her first scent will hit shelves in the fall, given her admitted penchant for fruity-florals perfumes could indicate what kind of aroma she’ll create. As she explained to Women’s Wear Daily, “I have always been obsessed with perfume. I always carried like six different scents in my bag, another three in my suitcase, and another couple in my car. I do have favorites, but I really want to create something that encompasses everything I love, which is why I am so excited to create my personal fragrance I can call my own.” [InStyle]

Ciate shook up the beauty world with its array of creative nail art kits, and now it making its move into makeup. The shadows, liners, mascaras, cream blushes, lip colors, and more are slated to hit shelves in March. With vibrant colors, color consistent packaging, and fresh formulas, beauty buffs are sure to snap this up as fast as they did with their first caviar kit! [She Finds]

Our love for pizza is eternal, but we’re not too keen on wearing it (outside of a print). Pizza Hut is branching further into the beauty with pizza-themed nail polish line in Australia as part of the Valentine’s Day promotion. The neon friendly finishes come complete with a few cheesy (pun intended) names, including Dough You Need Me, Voracious Veggie, Meat Me After Midnight, and of course, Say Cheese. [The Cut]

Cut Video’s Latest installment in its 100 Years of Beauty series shifts the focus from America to Iran. The clip blends beauty and politics as it noted how the hijab tradition was banned in 1936 in order to appeal to Western ideals with women sporting sky-high hairstyle in the ‘60s and sultry eye makeup in the ‘70s. The hijab becoming mandatory in 1979 and Iranian women began to fight for equal rights, using the head covering as not only a symbol of modesty but also as an act of political defiance though now it’s also become an accessory to complement incredible eye looks we all covet. [Pop Sugar]

Orly’s found a new home at Target, as it will introduce a new exclusive range for the retailer. Called Color Amp’d, the nail lacquer provides gel quality without an LED or UV lamp but uses 8 minutes of natural or ambient. This also comes on the heels of Cutex announcing its arrival on Target shelves next month. #ManiMonday is about to become major at the bullseye. [WWD]

Get Oscar Ready with This Rosamund Pike-Inspired Mani!

By  February 20, 2015


With New York Fashion Week finally finished, we’re shifting our focus from the runway to the red carpet in time for Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony. After rocking T-Swift inspired tips for the Grammys, thanks to Red Carpet Manicure, we turned to backstage staple and Paintbox Creative Director Julie Kandalec for the step-by-step to score a nail look inspired by one of the Oscar nominees, Gone Girl’s Rosamund Pike.