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Empower Women With this Lacquer of Love

By  March 03, 2015

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Few things are more beautiful and inspiring than watching someone bring their dream to fruition. Beauty blogger turned entrepreneur Kitiya Mischo King did just that when she created her “5 free” brand of Mischo Luxury Nail Lacquers. Her nail lacquers come in a beautiful array of power colors, from neutrals to brights to gold glitter. And now Mischo Luxury is paying the beautiful inspiration forward with the “Lacquer of Love” #BeautyGivesBack campaign, which launches on March 1st. 100% of the proceeds from this elegant aubergine nail polish will go to organizations in service to women. The first recipient organization will be the Washington DC Women’s Business Center (DC WBC), a nonprofit organization that provides free services to women entrepreneurs, and helped to get Mischo Luxury Nail Lacquers off the ground.

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“I selected them because when I was trying to figure out how to transition my beauty blog into a product-based business I was so lost and really needed help! Someone mentioned them and I was able to receive the help I needed free of charge. I’ve had such a great experience with them that I highly recommend them to new female entrepreneurs because it’s hard starting a new venture without clear knowledge of what steps to take. And as you can see, they’ve become near and dear to me!” Mischo King explained via e mail interview.

Aspiring entrepreneurs can visit http://awbc.org to find a Women’s Business Center in their own cities. Entrepreneurial fashionistas and beauty lovers can snap up a bottle of this Lacquer of Love at MischoBeauty.com from March 1.

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: Jared Leto Sheds His Strands, Temporary Tats Take Over the Runway and Disney Fans Covet Cinderella Cosmetics

By  March 02, 2015

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Beauty buffs and Jared Leto fans are in mourning for the actor’s mane. The Thrity Seconds to Mars frontman shaved his beard and bid goodbye to his manbun to prep for his role as The Joker in the upcoming film, Suicide Squad. David Ayers shared a snap of the process, but it looked like Leto was just as sad as the rest of us, as he tweeted that he already misses his beard. Hopefully, his luxurious locks will make a quick return; we’ll keep our fingers crossed. [The Huffington Post]

From Flash to jaguar gel and beyond, temporary tats are the haute new beauty accessory that have moved from our ankles and wrists to our faces, thanks to Fashion Week. Though it first appeared on Tommy Hilfiger’s Spring 2015 runway, temporary tattoo stars (à la Valfre’s cast of characters) and symbols dusted across the cheeks of models on the Giamba runway. We can already see stars popping up in place of beauty marks come festival season. [Glamour]

Disney fans are some of the most die-hard, which put their money where their makeup is, well for Cinderella anyway. MAC’s chic beauty selections for the upcoming film sold out within hours of its release with many of the pieces quickly finding their way to eBay with one seller asking fans to fork over $1,250 for the full 17-piece set! Never fret; more Cinderella stock is slated to hit stores March 5 with plenty of time to play with before the movie’s March 13 release. [WWD]

In other male mane news, Shia LaBeouf is sporting a shocking hairstyle. The actor with a penchant for paper bags is the single star out to revive the braided rattail, as he was spotted out in L.A. over the weekend. Though he paired it with shorn sides, we can only hope this is for his upcoming role in Man Down. Mayday, mayday, mane down! [People]

Unilever has taken a beauty brand under its wing by acquiring Ren Skincare. The favorite of British babes and international beauty buffs is likely to experience serious growth, thanks to its motto of “performance; purity; pleasure.” As Vasiliki Petrou, Unilever senior vice president of prestige brands, explained, “It is a brand with an incredibly loyal following, with a unique proposition that no doubt gives it potential for even further growth, especially given that the naturals category is one of the fastest-growing in skin care globally.” It looks like the sky not the limit here, but rather the starting point for the beauty brand. [WWD]

Beauty Banter: Zosia Mamet and Sherry Heart Share Hair Secrets from the “Girls” Set

By  March 02, 2015

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Shoshanna Shapiro’s array of amazing hair accessories have become synonymous with Zosia Mamet’s Girls character since season one, and has only grown into more creative coifs since she trimmed her tresses. Sherry Heart, the woman behind the style-setting strands, sat down with the star before a group of beauty editors Sunday night, thanks to Scünci. As the latest episode aired, the pair shared their strand secrets and clued us in on one of the cool looks that we’ll be talking about (and likely recreating) before the season ends.

What is the best hair tip you’ve received?

ZM: It’s a tip that Sherry gave me last season. My hair at 25 started changing and getting really oily all of the time. So I asked Sherry, “What’s happening? It’s so flat and oily –I don’t understand.” And she told me to stop washing it and I did, and I totally won’t go back.

SH: It’s the no-poo thing. The reason that your hair gets so oily is because it’s always neutralizing your shampoo and conditioner that you’re stripping away your oils with. I know we have to wash our hair a lot of the times, but if you can, give it about six weeks and your hair will acclimate, so you’ll be able to just rinse it and it will be clean, surprisingly enough. You just have to get through that oily period.

ZM: There’s an awkward period, for sure! It’s not cute.

SH: You can slick it back into a ponytail [in the meantime].

If you had to keep your hair in one style for the rest of your life, what would it be?

SH: Well my rock ’n’ roll alter ego would say wear it in short spiky, rock ‘n’ roll [style] or maybe a shag.

ZM: I’ve had a really fun time experimenting with my hair, which I’ve only done this past year, but it’s been super fun and I want to keep doing that. But I had super long hair, parted in the middle for almost my entire life. I really loved wearing it down; it was just long and dirty, but I wouldn’t mind going back to that.

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What’s your worst hair nightmare?

SH: A nightmare I would never want to happen is sticking a curling iron in someone’s hair and ruining it by burning it off. It’s ever happened to me, and sometimes I test the iron on a towel – if it’s burning the towel, it’s going to burn your hair. It’s a cocktail of these things: the hair’s too dry, the iron’s too hot, and maybe the hair was that frazzled, like that girl on YouTube who burned her hair off. I know she laughs about it now, but it’s horrible.

ZM: My worst hair nightmare was probably my hair falling out. [Sherry and I] were talking about this but I went on to St. Croix over the holiday with my best friend Emma and our men, and I had just recently started dying – and I didn’t know anything at that point about hair really, in terms of taking care of it. So, I just said, “It will be fine.” I just peroxided it right before I went to a tropical island.  It totally started breaking, and I spent half a day in a ball in my bed, thinking, “I have to shave my head now,” which I didn’t. But that was probably living out my worst nightmare, and it was fine. It’s good; I’ve still got plenty of it on my head.

Do you prefer long hair or short hair?

ZM: I’m really loving it short, and in the first year of having it short, I thought, “It will be short forever!” And now, I’m having some pangs of wishing it was long again. I can grow it out and cut it all off again.

SH: I think everyone goes through that. You get tired of dealing with it, and you cut it off. And then you think,” Aww, I want to deal with it again.” One thing you always encounter with hair: it grows back.

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Braids, sock buns, and ponytails are really big right now, thanks to the show. Which of the three would you choose?

ZM: I think there’s a big part of me that just wants to be a hippie, living in a tree somewhere, so I would probably go with braids and feathers all over. 

SH: You just described Coachella!

ZM: Which I’ve never been to…I would probably hate it, but I’d have the right hair.

SH: I would pick braids as well.  

The scrunchie is making a serious comeback, where have you seen it pop up?

SH: We actually used it this season; I’m not sure if we’ve seen it yet.

ZM: I don’t think I’ve seen it either.

SH: I don’t remember [when], but I did incorporate one. 

ZM: I recently bought one – this woman [Sherry] again was my inspiration. Our best friend who is a yoga teacher, said, “I think we need to bring back the scrunchie.” And I bought a black, velvet scrunchie, and I work out in it. It makes me feel really good. 

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What’s your favorite hair accessory?

SH: I love a bobby pin in every way, shape, and form. I’ve done a lot of different looks with [Zosia]. You can create so many different designs. 

ZM: My favorite look was when I had 10 bobby pins on one side. That was so fun! I would second that, I love a good bobby pin.  

Dolce & Gabbana Plays With Mom’s Vanity for Fall 2015

By  March 02, 2015

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Mama mia! Dolce & Gabbana surprised the chic set with a collection dedicated to mothers from all over the world, even including a model mommy-to-be rocking the runway with the regulars.  In order to create that gorgeous maternal glow, the dynamic design duo turned to the one and only Pat McGrath and Guido Palau to channel iconic matriarchs like Monica Bellucci, Jackie O, and, of course, Sophia Loren.

McGrath started with the brand’s signature Primer to illuminate the skin before applying the Perfect Matte Liquid Foundation for a velvet finish. The skin was contoured with a blend of The Blush in Delight and Mauve Diamond before sealing it with pressed powder and highlighting the high points of the face with The Eva Illuminator. McGrath crafted a contoured eye with a blend of The Eyeshadow Quad in Desert and the Perfect Mono Eyeshadow in Leo Brown in the crease, with a pop of gold on the lid and a dusting of Antique Rose. She then added a feline flick to the upper lashes with The Glam Liner in black, amplifying the lower lashes with the Chocolate Kohl Pencil and The Eyeliner in Nude and a few coats of mascara. To finish the look, McGrath painted on the Dolce Matte Lipstick in 13 shades of iconic red with some models getting a swipe of the Classic Cream Lipstick in Antique Rose for contrast.

As for the tresses, Palau styled messy chignons, first blowing out the hair with Redken’s Wind Blown texturizing spray to resemble a multi-tasking mom quickly pinning up her strands. He added extra sparkle with strands of pearl headbands and bejeweled headpieces to look as though models had dug through mom’s trinket box. 

Regardless of whether your have a little one of your own, this classic look is appropriate for all occasions – bejeweled bands included. 

I Woke Up Like This: Nude Nails

By  March 02, 2015

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Remember that whole nail art thing? Yeah, we do too. Call us crazy, but the thought of psychedelic geometric patterns taking up residence in our nail beds for yet another season is giving us a serious headache. Soooo 2014, right? Also super complicated and way too much work.

In an effort to uncomplicated our lives in 2015 (New Years Resolutions, anyone?), this season we are all about going nude. Because what do you do when you are tired of using all of the colors of polish at once? You do the opposite – go neutral. Besides, what better way to avoid disasters of the chipped nail polish variety than to pick a color that is nearly identical to your skin. Here are a few of our favorite nudes that are sure to keep us well-manicured without forcing a bi-weekly move into the nail salon.

Tom Ford Nail Lacquer in Toasted Sugar, $32

RGB + HIPP Nail Foundation in F1, $18

Christian Louboutin “The Nudes” Nail Color in Simply Nude, $50.00

Essie Nail Polish in Like Linen, $8.50

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.

Heal Your Hands with This All Natural Mask

By  February 27, 2015

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There are all kinds of wonderful ways to moisturize your hands in the harshest months of the year. Most of those ways involve purchasing a pricey hand cream or gel gloves or going to get a paraffin wax treatment. What if I told you there was a way for you to soften your hands without all of that? What if I told you that you could whip up a solution to solve your seasonal hand dryness right there in your own kitchen?

Allow me to introduce you to Natural Beauty Alchemy, a new recipe book by Fifi M. Maacaron that offers you a road map to making your own organic cleansers, creams, serums and shampoos. The recipes themselves are pretty easy, and often the ingredients can be found in your kitchen! Take for example, her Weather Shield Mask. It’s intended as a winter rescue remedy for dry and rough hands. Read on for the recipe!

Weather Shield Mask by Fifi M. Maacaron

Ingredients:

4 small potatoes, peeled, cooked, and mashed
1 ounce (30 ml) heavy cream
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
10 drops (0.5 ml) vitamin E

Instructions:

1. Mix the above ingredients well until a uniform paste is formed.
2. Spread the mask on your hands and rub in well to help the fats from the cream and oil penetrate the skin.
3. Keep this mask on for a few minutes; then rinse off with warm water. Follow with a hand moisturizer.

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.

Gwyneth Paltrow Gets Goopy with Juice Beauty

By  February 27, 2015

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Gwyneth Paltrow is getting Goop-y with organic skincare line Juice Beauty and going beyond one-off collaboration by investing in the brand.

Paltrow instantly clicked with the brand’s founder Karen Behnke when they met. The pair drew up a five-year plus renewal agreement, making the actress the brand’s new creative director and shareholder and even had Juice Beauty invest in Goop. It marked the second beauty business Paltrow’s put her power behind after Blo Blow Dry Bar. It offered a chance for both to build their business without playing into a regular endorsement deal. “It was really important to me to not just hire a face or do an endorsement type of deal,” Behnke told Women’s Wear Daily. “It was more important for me to align goals and values and find a true business partner.”

Paltrow agreed. “I wanted to move away from the celebrity endorsement aspect,” she explained. “I’m very appreciative of all the endorsements I’ve gotten in the past and there’s always been integrity there, but I’m really focused on building [the lifestyle Web site] Goop and using that celebrity aspect of my life to further enrich my own brand.”

Their first project together is a new makeup range with 75 beauty buys for eyes, lips, faces, and cheeks that will hit selves later this year for $24 to $49. Paltrow will have input on the packaging design, colors, and formulation that promises high pigments and performance without compromising its organic ingredients. Plus, the pair also have a six new skincare products that will be exclusive to Goop in early 2016. “In my own life, I don’t have a [beauty] product that is as luxurious and high performing as it is clean,” admitted Paltrow. “I’m very aware of the toxicity in our products that we use all the time. I still use a lot of them because they work, whether it’s shampoo or mascara.”

Goop-y gals, mark your calendars now!

Beauty Buzz: Chrissy Teigen Turns to the Dark Side, Celebs Celebrate Loc Love, and Lily Collins Picks Up a Pixie

By  February 26, 2015

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Say bye, bye to Chrissy Teigen’s blonde strands, as she’s switched back to brunette. The mega model posted a snap from colorist David Lopez’s salon chair during the process with Lopez sharing a picture of the results. With her bombshell hair, fierce cat-eye, and crop top and shorts, she’s not smoldering, she’s smokin’! [Refinery 29]

While the Oscars red carpet served up a slew of gorgeous gowns, it wasn’t without controversy. Zendaya stepped out for Hollywood’s biggest night wearing dreadlock extensions that didn’t sit well with Fashion Police’sGuiliana Rancic who said she “smells like patchouli oil. Or, weed.” While the comment started a firestorm and even prompted Kelly Osbourne to question her position on the show, Zendaya took it in stride, responding with a poignant Instagram post. The starlet received loads of support from the likes of Taraji P. Henson, Solange, and many more to celebrate the beauty of African American hair and forgave Rancic for her comments. Melissa Rivers shared a #TBT snap of the star and her mother before she had passed, captioning it with, “We [at the show] have nothing but love for Zendaya then and now. A repeat guest host.” Judge not, lest ye be judged, we guess. [Instagram]

This pixie pop up is turning into a trend, as Lily Collins is the latest to try out the trend. The star stunned when she stepped out for Vanity Fair’s post-Oscars soiree, posting snaps to her Instagram with the hashtag #shorthairandlovingit. This comes on the heels of Rita Ora’s cropped coif, who also debuted her look on the Grammys red carpet. Let the hairstyle battle of 2015 begin! [Glamour]

Jin Soon is brightening up our spring forecast with a fresh collaboration with Tila March’s Tamara Taichman. The brands came together to curate a collection of five vibrant nail hues drawn from the brand’s signature patent leather bags, including a new one exclusive to the set, the Jin Vanity Case that will house the polish bottles in a compartment and will be available in all of the hues. As Jin Soon Choi explained, “Tamara and I wanted to create five on-trend hues that make a statement on their own and are even more powerful as a collection. When put together, the shades represent a beautiful painting.” [Glam Blush]

Bid farewell to Flash tattoos; say aloha to henna; and hola to jaguar gel as your new tattoo alternative. The gel is an all-natural dye made from the Amazonian fruit of the same name that delivers 10 days worth of black/deep blue designs for only $25. If you’re wanting to test-drive a potential tat, this may be the best way to get realistic results without the pain or cost. Ink on, kittens! [xo Vain]

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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!