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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

Beauty Buzz: Selena Gomez Rocks the ‘Rachel’, Pat McGrath’s Latest Killer Beauty Looks, and Gwen Stefani Branches Further Into Beauty

By  January 26, 2015

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“Rachel, is that you?” is likely what many thought when Selena Gomez’s fresh cut came across their Instagram feed. The star’s new length left a lot of layers, similar to Jennifer Aniston’s iconic style. It’s no surprise, as the young songstress has been a fan of Aniston’s since she was eight. Gomez captioned a picture of the pair, “I have not only been following her career as a fan since I was 8 and now get to watch her completely transform in her new movie Cake, I have gotten to have real conversations with such a real heart, made my entire year.” What a fitting homage! [InStyle]

Haute Couture week has kicked off a serious high note for beauty buffs. Versace channeled its inner bad girl with a smoked out version of a crease-cutting cat-eye, courtesy of Pat McGrath. But the makeup maestro already had a head start at the Givenchy Fall 2015 menswear show. She remixed her tribal masks from the women’s show, but gave supermodels oil-slicked smoky eyes and glossy Bordeaux lips, paired with gelled baby hair. It’s time to go bold or go home! [WWD] and [Vogue]

Gwen Stefani didn’t have to look far for inspiration for her latest beauty venture. The Voice judge revealed that a lipstick line is in the works at the announcement of her MasterCard’s Priceless Surprises concert. Stefani served as lip model, rocking the fresh formula in her signature red hue at the event. “This red that I’m wearing right now is a prototype,” she said, noting she’s test driving different brands to bring out the best in hers. After fragrances and nail polishes, our only question is why she didn’t start on this sooner? [People]

As people streamline their beauty routines, brands are catching up with more functions for their makeup must-haves. Case in point: Clinique. The brand will introduce its Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer this February, a 20-shade, full coverage foundation that lasts for 12 hours without creasing or feeling heavy. Plus, it comes with a wiper applicator to ensure you have the perfect amount of product every time. Needless to say, we’ll be snapping this up ASAP come spring. [WWD]

No one can say no to Oreos, but wearing it is another issue entirely. YouTube beauty guru Katherine Ward has crafted the perfect recipe for lush lashes with help from the chocolaty cookie. All you have to do is smash the cookie into a fine powder—no cream necessary—add a little water and face or eye primer, and voila, comestible cosmetics! [She Finds]

Benefit is granting our wish through a partnership with BaubleBar. Aptly called Beauty Genie in a Bottle, the three-item set features a fabulous BaubleBar accessory and two cult classics from Benefit. With fabulous fortunes like “Sparkle, Shine & All Things Fine,” “Real Romance & A Rosy Future” and “Love, Luck & Long Lashes,” they’ll be welcome by any beauty buff when it hits shelves on January 27. [Glam Inbox]

Just in time for awards season, Juicy Couture wants to celebrate your red carpet moments with a sweet new scent. Juicy Couture Hollywood Royal adds a little edge to its signature scent to ensure everyone who wears it becomes the center of a attention. With a blend of candied apple, juicy pear, pomelo, jasmine sambac, gardenia Brazil, cashmere wood, and vanilla, the scent is sure to snap necks for an extra whiff. [Glam Inbox]

Dior Introduces Haute Couture Doorknocker Ponytails

By  January 26, 2015

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A motley mod squad emerged for Dior’s Haute Couture Spring 2015 show, blending the most stylish aspects of the ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s into an explosion of color. Raf Simons worked with Peter Philips and Guido Palau to balance the ensembles without losing the collection’s bravado.

The key was the psychedelic ponytail. Simons crafted lacquer metal rings that Palau attached to a sleek, French roll-inspired updo, slicked back with Redken’s Forceful 3 Super Strength Finishing Spray. He then hung extensions to the other end to look like a wrapped ponytail. “Though it’s classic, there is a ‘Diorness’ to it, a [futuristic take], a modernity because it has this very simplistic sort of feel,” Palau told Women’s Wear Daily.

For balance, Philips tapped into the natural beauty of each model, using Diorskin Nude Air Ultra-Fluid Sérum Foundation to even tone. He made the peepers pop with the upcoming Dior Eye Reviver Illuminating Neutrals Eye Palette, shading the upper and inner corners for a lifted and illuminated look. For the rest of the face, he only added a little powder and blush for a healthy flush, and finished with a little Dior Addict Lip Maximizer. “It’s very tender and a nice contrast,” Philips explained. “I avoided making an epoch reference in makeup to keep it modern.”

Though we may not replicate this look in its entirety, we’ll have to up our hair game with a few choice accessories for Spring 2015.

The Best Beauty Looks from the 2015 SAG Awards

By  January 26, 2015

 

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The girl power was through the roof with the cast of Orange is the New Black, Uzo Aduba, and Viola Davis snagging top honors at the Screen Actor’s Guild Awards and rocked the red carpet at the same time. While we couldn’t get over the glitzy gowns, the natural beauty looks and sultry strands were not to be missed so you can get the look of some of your favorite stylish stars.

I Woke Up Like This: Oiled Up

By  January 23, 2015

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We know it’s somewhat ironic to cover our face in oil while simultaneously carrying oil blotters in our handbags, but hear us out.

It seems like just yesterday we were all obsessed with combating oil. Oily hair and skin = bad. Clearasil = good. Right? Wrong. Well, not wrong. Just perhaps not so black and white. These days, there are some killer new products on the market to help harness the moisturizing powers of oil without subjecting you to all of the icky stuff that goes along with it (like stinky smelly hair and acne, for starters). It has to do with the differences between mineral oils and plant based oils (head here if you want the scientific scoop on it all).

But if all you want is Jennifer Anniston’s complexion sans makeup, well then listen up. We have been using oil based products on our skin for awhile now and, we must admit, we are huge proponents of the stuff. If you have yet to oil up or even if you are already well greased, we have a few suggestions for your face that’ll leave your skin aglow.

1. Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil, $18.50
2. Rodin Luxury Face Oil, $170
3. Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil, $16.00
4. Mila Moursi Moisturizing Oil / Aromapure Serum, $160

tomboy kc bioTOMBOY KC is a fashion and lifestyle blog written by actress Katie Cassidy and pint-sized real-life friend, Lynsey Eaton. Focused on personal style that is, well, personal, TKC is a place for smart and opinionated (read: sarcastic) women to join together and accumulate stilettos while collectively wearing their sneakers…everywhere. Self proclaimed nomads, when the girls aren’t traveling for work or buying two of everything (one apiece, you see), you can find them sitting on Lynsey’s couch eating pizza and drinking champagne in men’s pajamas while waxing poetic about the present state of culottes. Feel free to come on over.

Beauty Buzz: Anna Cleveland’s Cotton-Covered Lashes, Givenchy’s Aromas to Apertifs, and DreamDry Joins Up With Jonathan Adler

By  January 22, 2015

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We love a little denim, but the latest issue of CR Fashion Book is taking thing to the next level. Anna Cleveland covers the fashion bible, not only dressed in the textile, but also sporting a frayed patch over her eye, mimicking a lush lash look. While the exaggerated look was meant to emphasize “character,” a running theme in the issue, this one might be strictly editorial. [Fashion Gone Rouge]

We love to spritz on a little Givenchy before a big night out, but if you’re exploring London, there’s a new way to experience the brand’s scents. Hotel Café Royal is serving up a slew of new cocktails inspired by the L’Atelier de Givenchy perfume line. Crafted by The Club at Café Royal mixologist Tiziano Tasso, the cocktail menu includes Cuir Blanc, a Martini with Siberian pine needle extract, and Oud Flamboyant, which calls for the less exotic Japanese whisky plus mandarin juice. Cheers! [Eater]

DreamDry might be branching out beyond beauty! The blow dry bar linked up with Jonathan Adler to create a candle that blends sparkling champagne, pink grapefruit, raspberry, French cassis, violet leave, rose petals, crushed sage, crisp mint, and grape leaf. Don’t go looking on the web for the ambiance enhancer, as it will be exclusively sold at its spaces in New York and Chicago. You won’t have to wait long either; the candle will be priced for $42 – a little bit of luxury to light up your day or evening! [WWD]

Smashbox snapped up a serious upgrade, as its Los Angeles studio completed a year’s worth of renovations in partnership with Industrial Color Brands. Not only does the studios have space for shoots, but the refreshed space now includes added powers, custom-designed makeup tables, and even a café! So when can we book a shoot? [WWD]

We’ve seen our fair share of dry winter skin this winter, but now Bare Minerals is back with a fresh formula to soothe your skin. The new Complexion Rescue bounces the alphabet creams back with a refreshing gel cream formula that hydrates instantly, has buildable tinted coverage in 10 shades (so far), and has added SPF to keep the skin safe when you step out! It’s already become a major everyday must for us! [Styleist]