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5 December Date-Night Necessities to Heat Up the Season

By  November 20, 2014

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The winter air may be cold, but this December you’re sure to heat things up with a few attractive additions to your usual date-night routine. From your fragrance to your stilettos, a few special extras are certain to make the night unique.

Even if you’re the only one who knows it’s there, the right lingerie can make you feel fabulous. Silken separates in romantic rose are downright dreamy. Allowing a peek of the luxurious lace of your bra can be provocative. Wear an outfit that makes you feel fantastic, and complete the look with a pair sleek leather gloves and some hot heels. Pumps are never wrong, especially when they have an edge. (We have so much love for studs!)

As for your beauty routine, after you’ve accomplished your desired makeup look, add two tantalizing finishing touches. First, make sure to pack a moisturizing balm in your purse. Your pout will need a polish in the harsh December weather—don’t succumb to chapped lips! The crowning of your date-night look should be a spritz of a special scent synchronized with your playful style. Dare, the flirty new fragrance from GUESS, entices with notes of crisp kumquat, jasmine, and coconut-palm blend to create an irresistible fruity-floral aroma that will surely get you noticed.

We dare you to soften the seasonal chill with your sultry style, complete with these extra-swoon-worthy selections.

1. Keyhole Nappa Gloves, available at Henri Bendel for $138
2. Lilipiache Aromatic Poppy Bralette and Bikini, available at Journelle.com for $80 and $59, respectively
3. GUESS Dare Eau De Toilette, 3.4 ounces, available at Guess for $62
4. kiss me tonight intense lip therapy by philosophy, available at Philosphy.com for $21
5. Valentino Rockstud T-Strap Pumps, available at Neiman Marcus for $995

Giambattista Valli Makes A Bouquet of Lipsticks With MAC

By  November 20, 2014

GiambattistaValliMACGiambattista Valli said it best himself: “I’m very well known for dresses, no? And I thought it was very nice, the idea of dressing your lips.”

Same here, Giamba. And what a better way to do that than with his new flower-power lipstick line? The designer collaborated with MAC Cosmetics on a collection of lipsticks that are totally on-par with his covetable feminine frocks. The fresh hues, which will be available in summer 2015, range from a pale pink to the deepest of plums with a juicy peach, a rosy pink and a cherry red in between. Valli drew color inspiration from past collections to put out shades that would flatter all women.

MAC hit the nail on the head (he even brought them a cherry and asked them to match it—which they did), bringing Valli’s flowery vision full circle with brightly colored packaging. Though they have a matte finish, you can easily add a dose of shine with a touch of gloss. If this is the closest we’re going to get to Amal Clooney’s epic wedding weekend dress or Blake Lively’s enviable floral cocktail number, so be it. When it comes to design, Valli knows florals—and now, the same is true with makeup. And, let’s be honest, we’d rather a bouquet of lipsticks over flowers any day.

Beauty Buzz: Kylie Jenner Stumbles Into the #NoMakeupSelfie Stream, Anja Rubik Fashions a Fragrance, and Shape Up In-Shop at Saks

By  November 19, 2014

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Kylie Jenner has unwittingly joined her sister Kim in the #nomakeup trend. During a traffic encounter with the police, Jenner was snapped in L.A. sans any stitch of makeup, and she looked perfectly fine! It’s good to let the face breathe once in a while, Kylie! [Racked]

Anja Rubik is heading to the fragrance counter with a scent all her own. Called Original, the new perfume is meant to be an affirmation of pure beauty. The spicy floral blends pink pepper, green tea, lily, and resin to channel the sultriness Rubik shows off in the Brigitte Bardot-inspired snaps. We need to add the perfume to our scent spice rack ASAP! [Fashion Gone Rouge]

Saks has something special in-store for beauty buffs. Called Beauty on 5, this new space in the New York flagship will offer beauty services for customers to indulge in the midst of their shopping sprees. Expect to see threading, tinting, and lash extensions from Blink Brow Bar; makeup services from Trish McEvoy’s beauty bar; and regular and gel manis as well as nail art from Nails Inc.’s Paint Workshop. We’d be happy to shop til we drop into a chair for a fresh mani! [WWD]

We’ve all had to handle that annoying pimple that pops up at the worst time, but a breakout in certain areas might indicate a different underlying issue. Face mapping is an ancient practice that connects how specific changes in the face can signal other problems in the body.  So if more than one spot pops up on your chin you might want to check your hormone levels and keep stress at bay. [Byrdie]

STRIIKE, the salon, is finally opening its doors to more than Hollywood’s brightest, and the experience will be nothing less than VIP. The owners of the space, sisters Kristie, Ashley, and Jenn Streicher, are debuting a service called the Lightening Strike, where they will not only primp you to perfection but also steam your ensemble so you can quickly change and head out to your own red carpet. We’ll be sure to stop by next time we’re in LA-la-land! [The Hollywood Reporter]

The Top 10 Celebrity Beauty Moments of 2014

By  November 19, 2014

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Another red carpet year is coming to a close. As such, The Hollywood Reporter is honoring the hair and makeup glam squads behind the gorgeous looks from our favorite A-listers by ranking the year’s biggest beauty moments for its annual beauty issue. Here are our favorite picks.

Scent and Sunscreen: Maria Sharapova Spills Her Off-Court Beauty and Style Secrets

By  November 19, 2014

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Maria Sharapova has become a stunner on and off the court, most recently as the new face of Avon’s new Luck fragrance. The scent is an extravagant affair filled with fresh fruit, white florals, and the spice of sandalwood that’s meant to evoke hope and happiness. It seems like a perfect fit for the grand slam champion who also added a bit of the beauty counter to her personal brand this year. Glam got to chat with the all-star in between tennis tournaments to touch on her travel-friendly fitness and beauty regime, her surprising style icons, and when she last felt lucky herself:

On the last time she felt lucky:

I always feel like I’m rewarded with luck when I work extremely hard towards my goals. So I usually feel lucky when I win a championship point of a match. Sometimes it’s moments in my everyday life, especially when you’re close to the people that your love. You say, “Oh, I’m so lucky I get to experience those moments.”

On her healthy beauty routine

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I think you need to find a good base of beauty to start a makeup regime, and for me that’s always about hydrating yourself and getting the right amount of sleep, which ultimately leads to beautiful, glowing skin. It all the same stuff that we’re well-aware of, but sometimes don’t give enough attention to. So when I wake up in the morning, I have a huge bottle of water next to my bed, and it’s just a constant reminder, “Ok, we’re going to start out the day on a clean note and freshen the body.” I always apply sun protection no matter if it’s sunny or cloudy outside. I use Supergoop products, and I’ve used them for many years. I love their serum; I use it as my makeup base in the morning.

I also love good deep tissue massages, especially when I come home from a long trip. I always try to catch up with my friends, and we sometimes go for a drive to the spa that’s maybe an hour and a half away so we can spend time and talk and treat ourselves to a massage.

On getting out to amplify her workout:

I try to exercise outdoors as much as I can. I live in a warm climate, and I have the opportunity to do that. It’s really getting yourself in the mindset of forgetting that you’re working out or maybe taking a class that you wouldn’t normally take, just putting your body in different atmosphere. It sometimes gets you more motivated than if you have a set schedule to do weekly or daily.

On her style staples and icons:

maria-sharapova-avon-2I think investment cashmere pieces take you such a long way–not just this winter but the next one. So I always love those in neutral colors and different knits. I travel so much, so my lifestyle’s built around my suitcase. Scarves are an essential. My wardrobe is really about layering and putting things together. I have a more masculine direction in the clothes I wear, so I like loose-fitting pieces that I can layer whether I’m mixing high and low–such as Rick Owens or Zara. Leather pants that have a bit more volume in them; I not crazy about tight leather leggings, but things that have a little room to move around with and carry with you throughout the whole day.

[In terms of style icons], I’ve always admired Audrey Hepburn; I love her elegant pearls and black dress look [from Breakfast at Tiffany’s.] I also love people who carry themselves with carry themselves with the right amount of confidence and style, like Gwen Stefani. I don’t think I could ever pull off that style, but [I love] how she goes about so confident in her skin and what she’s wearing that she pulls it off brilliantly.

Images courtesy of Avon and Maria Sharapova’s Instagram.

Beauty Buzz: Glossier Gets a Big Boost, OPI Meets Mr. Grey, and GHD Adds Angelic Waves to the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

By  November 18, 2014

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After creating a serious buzz for her new beauty line, founder and Into the Gloss editor Emily Weiss is looking to bump things up. Glossier has raised $8.4 million in series A funding, and the majority of the cash wil be used to improve product distribution, and expand the line (read: more cool cosmetics are coming!) As Weiss explained, “Glossier is fundamentally about fostering a super deep connection with women in the same way that Into the Gloss has done with women all over the world.” [WWD]

Mr. Grey is looking to link up with more lovely ladies than just his prized paramour, Anastasia Steele. OPI has partnered with the Fifty Shades of Grey film for a five-shade collection that includes grey shades like “Cement the Deal, ” a sultry silver in “Shine for Me,” and a homage to the red room with “Romantically Involved.” Consider your movie-night mani covered! [She Finds]

An angel isn’t an angel without its wings, and a Victoria’s Secret Angel isn’t one without bombshell waves that inspire serious hair envy. ghd is returning as the official hair tool sponsor of the annual fashion spectacular as it heads across the pond to ensure the gaggle of girls’ strands look sexy at every step on the glittering runway. [Glam Inbox]

Whether good or bad, we’ve all shared that awkward moment before our first kiss, and now Fresh wants you to confess. The brand is hitting the road for its “My First Fresh Kiss” tour, making stops at UCLA, The Grove in L.A., and the Fresh boutique in Pasadena. Beauty buffs can snag gorgeous goodies like the brand’s iconic Sugar Lip Treatments, craft customized cosmetics cases, and share their first kiss stories in the mobile Blue Box’s Kissing Confessional for the chance to win a $1,000 shopping spree on Fresh.com. Pucker up! [Glam Inbox]

The Spiciest Scents of the Season: Our Favorite Fall Fragrances

By  November 18, 2014

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As the temperature continues to drop, it’s time to retire your sweet, citrusy perfumes and snap up something with a bit more warmth. Spice may be associated with more masculine fare, but can also add an edge to the flirty fragrances we’re used to. Whether you layer them with your signature scent or wear the aroma alone, these are worth a second smell (or more):

Beauty Buzz: Louboutin’s Ulta-Luxe Nail Lacquer, Ken Paves Pumps up the Positivity, and Here’s Your Chance to Make MAC Magic!

By  November 17, 2014

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As if plunking down $50 for a nail polish weren’t enough to cause sticker shock, Christian Louboutin has upped the ante once again with a $675 bottle. A limited edition holiday launch, Starlight houses the brand’s signature Rouge Louboutin shade in a bottle bejeweled with 1,500 hand-applied two-stone Strass crystals inside of a black lacquer box decked out with leather and crystal flower modeled after the Pensamoi shoe. Not surprisingly, the luxe lacquer is actually pricier than a few pairs of his sexy steppers. Sultry shoes or chic nail polish for the holiday season? A tough choice indeed! [Fashionista]

Hair stylist to the stars Ken Pavesis heading over to the beauty aisle with his own line. Slated to hit Wal-Mart shelves on December 15, the range is meant to lift self-esteem of shoppers everywhere starting with the name: You Are Beautiful. The line includes three shampoos and conditioners, Nourish & Hydrate, Smoothing, and Volumizing, and an array of styling products and hair masks. As Paves explained, “[It’s] a cocktail that is your own prescription to have whatever it is that you want for your hair.” [WWD]

Some kids grow up holding shampoo bottles like Oscars, some sing into fans to sound autotuned, and others play in Mommy’s makeup bag, dreaming of creating or star in their own beauty ad. Well, your dreams are about to come true! MAC is looking for the face of its upcoming MACnificent Me! Campaign. To enter, craft a motivating mantra with a selfie, and share it with the hashtag #MACnificent. Six lucky winners will fly to the Big Apple for a major makeover and star in a photoshoot for the upcoming campaign. Good luck! [Glam Inbox]

Sisley is finally settling into the city with its first freestanding boutique. The 760-square foot space will open December 1 and is only the second store front in the world. While the aisle full of luxe products are important, the brand wants beauty buffs to relax and stay a while in an in-store lounge and library filled with inspiring books on art and culture. We’re ready to pull up a chair and pamper ourselves to perfection! [WWD]

Tom Ford is feeling frisky! The designer has released two teasers for his upcoming Lips & Boys collection. Models get steamy with a slew of men, passionately embracing, kissing, and smearing the luxe lippies. Question: did Ford infuse Love Potion No. 9 into the formula? If so, we’ll take the whole set! [Fashion Gone Rouge]

Meet the Glam Top 100 Beauty Awards Judges!

By  November 17, 2014

Our judging panel is compromised of some of the top names in beauty. We pour over their celebrity spreads in magazines; follow them across all of their social media platforms; and watch hours of their tutorials on YouTube in order to snag their beauty secrets. Glam’s compounded all of their expertise in order to choose the top beauty products of 2014 and of course, get their pearls of beauty wisdom for the Glam Top 100 Beauty Awards.

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The Beauty Gurus:
Charlotte Tilbury, Celebrity Makeup Artist
Deborah Lippmann, Celebrity Manicurist
Dr. David Goldberg, Renowned Cosmetic Dermatologist
Harry Josh, Celebrity Hair Stylist
Jin Soon Choi, Celebrity and Editorial Manicurist
Molly Sims, Model and Actress
Michelle Phan, YouTube Star, Makeup Entrepeneur, and Author
Rita Hazan, Celebrity Hair Colorist
Dr. Roy Geronemus, Renowned Cosmetic Dermatologist
Troy Surratt, Celebrity Makeup Artist

The Magazine Mavens:
Andrea Lavinthal, Beauty and Fashion Director, People
Jean Godfrey-June, Executive Beauty Director, Lucky
Heather Muir, Beauty Director, Fitness
Leah Wyar, Beauty Director, Cosmopolitan

The Digital Influencers, a.k.a. The #GlamFam:
Felicia Walker Benson, ThisThatBeauty.com
Jamie Stone, HonestlyJamie.com
Katie Manwaring, KatiesBLiss.com
Katie McBroom, MartinisandMascara.com
Leah Ashley, AFabLife.com
Mary Darling, AFabLife.com
Leesha Collinge, xSparkage.com
Rae Lyu, TheRaeviewer.com
Nicole Johnson, TheStyleMaven.com
Patrice Yursik, Afrobella.com

Announcing the Glam Top 100 Beauty Awards!

By  November 17, 2014

We all have our usual beauty go-to’s that we prize above all others. But with thousands of products hitting the shelves every year, it can be hard to sift through the product piles to find the true gems that belong on your vanity. Don’t worry; Glam did the work for you. We linked up with beauty experts, industry insiders, and members of the #GlamFam to determine the top 100 beauty buys of the year in 25 categories to ensure you look lovely no matter what.

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See all of the winners below:

Eyecolor

Eyeliner

Mascara

Concealer

Foundation

Blush

Bronzer

Lipgloss

Lipstick

Nail Polish

Moisturizer

Under Eye Solutions

Skincare

Skintech

Self Tanners

Sunscreen

Bath & Body

Women’s Fragrance

Natural/Green

Oral Care

Hair Care

Hair Color

Hair Styling

Hair Styling Tools

Makeup Tools