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Editor's Pick: Artis Elite Collection Makeup Brushes

By  July 22, 2014

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.

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Whenever a shipment of beauty samples come to the office, I’m always the one person who jumps to check out the brushes before anything else. As many makeup artists have told me throughout the years, products are only as good as the tools you use to apply them with. Anyone who has tried on lipstick using a brush at the beauty counter–and then failed to create that same flawless finish at home–knows what I mean.

So when a bag of Artis brushes landed on my desk a few weeks ago, I immediately volunteered to take them for a test drive. Founder Matthew Waitesmith, who spent over 16 years at MAC Cosmetics, eventually leading their entire Artist Training and Development program, took all his learnings from working with every beauty product under the sun to develop a collection of brushes designed to transform how makeup is applied. For starters, the brushes are made with an engineered fiber, especially designed to apply, distribute, and blend products for the smoothest application. Each brush also has, on average, 3 to 10 times as many individual fibers as most other brushes to help grip and deposit powders. Upon picking up the biggest brush in the collection (Artis Elite Oval 10), I immediately noticed the density of the brush head, and found it to be especially great for setting powder, buffing foundation, blending highlighter, and even applying moisturizer! The bristles are so soft, in fact, that I often just catch myself brushing my face for no reason while sitting at my desk.

Head specifications aside, the brushes also boasts a unique handle and design, which is created for a more ergonomic application and better control. The mirrored brush stem adds a luxe feel to the collection, while a special rubber section gives better grip. Applying makeup using Artis brushes is a bit different than what you may be used to, but they’re actually pretty intuitive and the results speak for themselves.

- ArtisBrush.com, $24-$62

Do Blondes Really Have More Fun?

By  July 22, 2014

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Some celebs have gone completely crazy with their hair color this summer–think  purple-haired Anna Paquin and Nicole Richie, or lavender-silver ombre, Demi Levato. But others have decided to determine for themselves if blonde’s have more fun! Take a look at these celebs who have boldly gone blonde for the summer:

Day in the Life: Noemi Grupenmager, Founder of Uni K Wax Centers

By  July 21, 2014

Noemi Grupenmager has always had an entrepreneurial spirit. Though she strengthened her business savvy in the printing industry, she became beauty groundbreaker in 1993 when she opened the first center devoted to just waxing, Uni K Wax Centers. Using her own proprietary wax, her business flourished with dozens of locations throughout the U.S. and simultaneously created a new concept of bodycare that has become mainstream. Glam caught up with the waxing expert to share a few details from a typical day, including finding her center on the beach, scoping out new center locations, and spending time with her family.

5:30 AM I wake up at my Miami Beach apartment which overlooks the ocean in Sunny Isles Beach, FL. Then I head to the kitchen to make a fresh brew of tea, topped with fresh grated ginger and lemon.
6:00 AM Over a hot brew and the picturesque view, I check emails which arrived overnight and reply.
7:30 AM Call the grandchildren who are planning to sleep over on the weekend.
7:45 AM In order to be a strong and peaceful leader, I start the day with Nicole Ruiz Falco, yoga therapist, Lululemon Ambassador and founder of YogavedaCenter.com. She combines strengthening poses, like warrior 2, and relaxing 3-part breathing mediation for a refreshed mind and a positive outlook on a new day.

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9:00 AM Return home and get ready for the office.
10:00 AM I arrive at the office.
10:30 AM After greeting the staff and receiving an update and messages, I begin my day with urgent staff appointments. The task list for the day includes meeting to discuss the new office, new product for the retail centers, lunch with a New York franchisee, and inspecting a Center.
12:00 PM I have a staff meeting with the Architectural Project Manager to discuss new office move and design requirements, as well as a new center layout.

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12:30 PM I attend a meeting with the Distribution Manager and the Director of Marketing to discuss the launch of a new tweezer range to complement the eyebrow waxing services in the Uni K Wax Centers.
1:30 PM I then head out to lunch with the franchisees, discussing the under construction location of 155 55th Street in Manhattan, NY. Lunch was a Carpaccio at Bal Harbour Shops.
2:00 PM Upon returning to the office, I have a meeting with the Legal Compliance Manager, Vice President of Finance, and the Vice President of Operations to discuss a new corporate Center opening.

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2:30 PM Visit to the North Miami Uni K Wax Center to inspect operations.

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3:00 PM I head up a full staff meeting on corporate direction for the upcoming quarter.
4:00 PM I then attend a staff meeting to discuss the budget for moving to the new offices with the Project Manager and the Vice President of Finance.
5:00 PM I meet with a potential franchisee as well as other key staff members.
5:30 PM I leave for the day and call the Aventura Center to meet with the Director of Waxer Training to discuss the next training schedule and a new product in the research department to further enhance the customer’s waxing experience.
7:00 PM I open my apartment door to my daughters and grandchildren who are joining me for dinner.

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Instagram Makeup Mavens Take Over the Beauty Aisle

By  July 21, 2014

Anastasia Beverly Hills has tapped into its Instagram feed to develop a smoldering eye palette you’ll want to share.

The brand looked to world famous makeup maven Amra Olevic to tap the glamorous end of the shadow spectrum. Olevic’s Amrezy Palette, which is an Ulta exclusive for $30, curates warm shades from matte to shimmer with a few jewel tones thrown in to create an endless array of looks. The palette offers intense color payoff that you can apply wet or dry and set into a velvet-smooth finish.

We’ve seen social savvy beauty bloggers make the jump from the web to the makeup counter (ahem, Michelle Phan), and we’re excited to see more making waves in the industry. As if we needed any more Instagram inspiration, we’ll be tuning into her feed to see the many ways we can rock this palette!

Beauty Buzz: Ulta Has Grand Plans, Perfume Cocktails in Berlin, New Scents for Bottega Veneta and Stella McCartney

By  July 21, 2014

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Lara Stone is the face of Stella McCartney’s recently relaunched signature fragrance Stella. The scent, which is currently exclusively available at Harrods until Aug. 1, is the same as the 2003 original; however, the packaging is different and there are more bottle sizes available. [WWD]

It’s been three years since Bottega Veneta ventured into the fragrance world with their self-titled, “leathery” scented Eau de Parfum. The brand’s second fragrance, called Knot is quite a contrast with citrus and floral notes. The bottle is topped with a matte gold cap in the shape of a knot – a reference to Bottega Veneta’s best-selling knot clutch. [WWD]

Move over Sephora! Beauty superstore chain, Ulta, is moving on up with plans to open 100 more stores and add an abundance of new brands (both indie and prestige) this year. The company, which has become the place for brick-and-mortar launches for beauty brands, will experiment with two smaller (5,000-square-foot, rather than 10,000-square-foot units) in rural markets later this year. [WWD]

Have you ever thought that your fragrance smelled so good that you wanted a sip? Well at the new Fragrances bar at the Ritz-Carlton in Berlin, the cocktails replicate famous scents. Think of luscious libations like Guerlain’s Angelique Noire, which contains jasmine, bergamot, angelica root, vanilla, rum and champagne. [InStyle]

Nicole Richie doesn’t wear makeup unless she’s working, but the House of Harlow designer told Reddit that there is a future for a House of Harlow beauty and fragrance line. [BellaSugar]

On the same day that NARS released their 3.1 Phillip Lim collaboration, the brand launched its reformulated polish for all of their colors. The new formula paints smoothly, doesn’t require multiple coats, dries in under five minutes, and doesn’t chip. Five minute mani, anyone?[SheFinds]

Editor’s Pick: Avon SuperShock Brights Mascara

By  July 21, 2014

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.

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Admittedly, I’m in the beauty-challenged group with it comes to my makeup savviness–but I like to think I am hiding my makeup novice by wearing Kat Von D’s Lock-It Tattoo foundation, Marc Jacobs Beauty Remedy Concealer Pen, swiping on Givenchy’s Noir Couture 4 in 1 Mascara and a bright lipstick everyday.

And if I’m feeling particularly bold, I swap out bright lips for a colorful liner. I apply a Urban Decay’s Urban Glide-On Eye Pencil in Chaos—a vibrant cobalt blue matte with slight floating pearl—to my bottom lash line for a pop of color. Recently, I’ve decided to kick things up a notch, pairing the liner with with Avon’s SuperShock Brights Mascara in Royal Shock Choc Royal, a bright cobalt.

Shocking, right? I’m kind-of obsessed with it. And now, I’m wondering what else I can do to shock my look. Bright blue hair a la Nicole Richie, next? –Channing Hargrove

Avon SuperShock Brights Mascara, $4.99

Chrissy Teigen Goes Back to Her Blonde Roots

By  July 18, 2014

It seems Hollywood’s hottest are spending their summer experimenting with their strands! While some have turned to the rainbow for inspiration, Chrissy Teigen looked to her old photo albums to find a blonde shade suited to her.

Stylist to the stars Jen Atkin was the first to share a photo of Mrs. Legend’s gently balayaged blonde before she appeared on Chelsea Lately and the ESPYS red carpet earlier this week. After having her followers play Guess Who, Atkin declared it was the season of the blondes by revealing the full look on Instagram. “It’s official…Blondes ARE having more fun!” she captioned the mirrored image.

But Tracey Cunningham was the one who stirred up the shade and admitted she was inspired by a few throwback images of the model when she was little. “I was over at [Teigen’s] house and her mom showed me and Liz Jung a childhood picture of #ChrissyTeigen and I knew her #hair had to go lighter!” she captioned the snap. Talk about #ThrowbackThursday!

Oribe Makes Our Fragrance Dreams Come True!

By  July 18, 2014

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With a slew of sprays and stylers infused with his signature scent, it seems like it was only a matter of time before Oribe made the jump from the salon chair to the fragrance counter.

“Fragrance was never intentional in hair care. It was technically a generic second thought.” Daniel Kaner, cofounder and president of Oribe, told Women’s Wear Daily. But once the luxe hair care line launched in 2008, the addictive scent took center stage. “The fragrance is probably the top performer of the products themselves,” said cofounder and president Tev Finger. “I hear more about the fragrance almost more than everything else. It totally caught me by surprise.”

Now after years of wishful thinking, the brand has finally bottled the scent mane mavens and their stylists adore. “I always felt that fragrance was a major ingredient that was missing in luxury haircare,” said Oribe Canales, cofounder of Oribe. “Scent is such an important aspect of who we are and how we respond to things.” Called Côte d’Azur, the citrus floral unisex scent starts fresh with notes of lemon, black currant, Calabrian bergamot, and Sicilian orange with a heart of tuberose, blue cyclamen, and white butterfly jasmine. Sandalwood, vetiver, and crisp amber tie the already iconic fragrance together. The scent for the hair care line was originally inspired by Jennifer Lopez, who Oribe prepped for her musical debut in 1999, pulling notes from the perfume she sported during the shoot.

But that’s not all the stylist has up his sleeve, as he has another scent that’s ready to hit salon shelves this September. Silver Pearl offers a green and clean spin with notes of bergamot, green fig, and fresh mint on top; mid-notes of geranium, lavender, bamboo accord and waterlily; and a rich base of black amber, dewy violet, and leather accord.

Ahh! The scent of hair bliss is here!

Beauty Buzz: Introducing #flowercrownfridays, Conair Attacks the Blow Dryer War, Better Hair For Better Work

By  July 18, 2014

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You don’t have to mourn your lost chance to wear a flower crown if you didn’t attend Coachella. Head on over to DreamDry’s 21st location (New York) on Fridays, and Crowns by Christy will help you pick out a flower crown that fits your look for $20. As if Fridays weren’t awesome enough, this new offering already has a hashtag, #flowercrownfridays. TGIFlowercrownfriday! [Refinery29]

Quality, quick, and quiet. Sound like everything you’ve ever wanted in a hair dryer? Conair‘s got you covered. After the success of the Infiniti and the Infiniti Pro tools, Conair’s hair dryers have evolved to bring us the Infinity Pro by Conair 3Q. The 3Q’s: quality, quick, and quiet, will set this dryer apart, and with it, Conair hopes to target consumers of all ages. For busy girls who like efficiency, this sounds like a new staple in their beauty routine. [WWD]

We knew it! A new survey has shown that 73 percent of women feel that looking better boosts their workplace confidence. Even more specifically, 68 percent of women admitted that a bad hair day could lead to a bad day in the office. Sound familiar? Well when we look good, we feel good, too. A good ‘do could lead to better work performance so that dry shampoo was a good investment after all. [The Telegraph UK]

Poring over magazines to see what your favorite beauty editors have to say? You’re in luck. Look Good Feel Better is hosting its third annual Beauty Editors Day at Saks Fifth Avenue where 25 top beauty editors are offering 20 minute one-on-one sit downs, skincare consultations, and freebies for $30. All proceeds go to Look Good Feel Better’s charity for women with cancer. Book your appointment before they’re filled! [Look Good Feel Better]

Beauty maven (and Glam blogger!)  Michelle Phan’s cosmetics line em is joining Amazon’s wide offering of luxury beauty brands and products. This up and coming brand is only 11 months old, and its expansion to Amazon’s online store could lead to an even greater reach. With an already impressive fanbase on Youtube alone, Phan and her budding brand are clearly poised to go to even greater places. [WWD]

So maybe we’ve been mesmerized by the sunrise in The Lion King and thought “how good would those colors look on our eyes?” We aren’t the only ones! Inglot has collaborated with the Broadway musical to launch an exclusive collection called Savannah Sunset, so we can get those dreamy hues from the African plains in our makeup palettes. [Style Bistro]

Love, Lights, and Lipstick with Dolce & Gabbana’s Massimiliano della Maggesa

By  July 17, 2014

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Dolce & Gabbana is known for its sultry sensibility that translates from the clothing rack to the beauty counter. But the brand is after something sweeter with its Summer Glow collection. Glam got the rare chance to chat with the brand’s Italian National Makeup Artist, Massimiliano della Maggesa, who has worked side-by-side with the legendary Pat McGrath to create amazing runway looks every season. He shared the exotic locales that inspired the summer selections, the secret behind crafting the perfect contour, and the subtle differences between Italian and American beauty buffs.

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On the Summer Glow Collection’s Inspiration:

It’s coming from the light–the light that they see when they go to vacation or for work or for every single trip in June that they do in the South of Italy [in] places like Capri, Vulcano, Panerea, Sicily, especially Taormina. When you’re there, the light at night, is really special. It’s an orange color, like the new [eye] palette in Tangierit’s a mix of gold and orange together. During the night [there’s] the reflection of the moonlight on the stones, especially close to Capri. The Falaghoni so famous–the stones when they reflect the light from the moon, there are kind of green and purple mixed with blue together from the sea. The light [are] romance lights, so it’s more romantic than sensual, but you can find the sensuality and the Italian-ity in there.

On Romancing Dolce & Gabbana’s Classic Fragrances, Light Blue:

The new fragrances—one is Escape to Panarea and one is, for men, Discover Vulcano and this is limited edition of the new fragrances. [It’s] the part of the romance of Dolce and Gabbana because this is the kind of journey where the two lovers go to Capri and to discover the isles, to escape to Panarea because there are too much people in there, and they want to stay by themselves. Panarea is the isle of the love, but Vulcano is the aisles where you can feel natural. It’s a clean, right message for the people–love you, take care about you.

On the Difference Between American and Italian Makeup Mavens:

When I arrived yesterday, I saw people around the city that are so beautiful and they love makeup. They love to show the makeup, they love to follow trends, or they love just to follow just basic, normal makeup. Our philosophy at the company–the make up has to be not loud anytime. An Italian woman [will use] a lipstick, a red one, and a gloss sometimes–not too much–mascara and bronzer of course. And I think the American woman is more into the kit. Maybe they have two mascaras, they have more products for the eyes, products for the skin, but also now people understand that one of the most important focus of beauty is to take care of you. It’s made to be comfortable, to be unique and at the same time universal.

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On the Big Bronzing and Contouring Craze:

It’s happened that the people understand that to be in shape. You can use in very precise and technical way. That’s why the designers created the dual bronzer so they underline the duality of the company because we have two designers on the top and they underline that people can use the dark shade to contour and the light shade, mixed with a little blush just to make you a little bit healthy-look and then you can use also the two colors together and you have a shade to enhance more your beauty.

My tip is to use two colors together to mix. Have the right color matching with the body color and then to [apply] with the hand, and you can use a little bit of the highlight with the concealer. And then after this you can contour [with] blush in tan or caramel, or you can use the double bronzer just to make your skin beautiful. I lighten on the top of the brows; I lighten on the nose and on the cupid’s bow. I’ll lighten a little bit of [the] cheek and maybe some people need a little bit more on eyes.

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On Expanding Dolce & Gabbana’s Roster of Muses:

Oh my god we have a lot of muses, one of the most important Monica Bellucci, the other is Scarlett Johansson, and the other is Leticia Casta for the fragrance for women. And then we have the new Kate King for Dolce and few coming in the future, but I can’t say anything, but they are coming for the new collection of skincare and other products. We have different women around us and the reason why is because the beauty, the Dolce and Gabbana beauty is also the fashion–it’s for everybody!