Celebrating Moisturizing Magic With St. Ives

By  August 22, 2014


Want a lotion that promises unmatched moisture with an innovative delivery? Yes, you read that right: innovative delivery…as in a way to achieve full body hydration while breaking away from the usual “squeeze on and rub in” routine. It’s all about “spray it on” these days, and with St. Ives at the forefront of the new moisturizing method, the latest in lotion application is changing the way we keep our skin soft and smooth on the daily.

New St. Ives® Fresh Hydration Lotions come in a spray bottle for quick, easy usage, delivering moisture that goes on evenly and lightly. The effectiveness of its hydrating magic doesn’t end there. This lovely lotion doesn’t need shaking and is easily absorbed. Skin feels supple and refreshed, without that heavy, greasy lotion feel that Glam girls can’t stand. There’s a scent for every cream connoisseur as well. Energizing Citrus & Vitamin C Fresh Hydration Lotion, made with grapefruit extract, invigorates even the most tired skin. Naturally Soothing Oatmeal & Shea Butter is perfect for the body that needs a boost because of dryness, itchiness, or flakiness. And St. Ives Naturally Indulgent Coconut Milk & Orchid Extract offers deep, calming hydration for even the most dehydrated skin. Swipe your spray solution before summer’s over at StIves.com.

Beauty Buzz: Tone It Up With StriVectin, Nail Polish Sales Aren’t Doing Too Hot, Prabal Gurung Does Beauty

By  August 22, 2014

BeautyBuzzAug22Forget about your butt and thighs for a while, and turn your attention to toning your face. StriVectin is debuting a skincare device that the company hopes will help preserve facial muscle mass. Along with Bio-Medial Research, StriVectin created the technology, which targets deeper tissues than most at-home beauty devices. The Facial Toner delivers treatments through soft medical-grade gel pads on either side of the face and is said to rejuvenate and restructure the face. [Women’s Wear Daily]

What’s gives, beauty gals? NPD Group released a study that sales of nail products, which have already been declining for several seasons, fell 11 percent in the second quarter of this year. We’re the first ones to admit our undying love of nail polish, but it seems that most of the country has found better ways to spend their time than at the nail salon or at home mastering complex nail art techniques. [Fashionista]

There’s a new name in beauty, and it’s one you’ve definitely heard before. Designer Prabal Gurung teamed up with MAC Cosmetics to launch a 14-piece collection of makeup that hits stores in November. Not only are we obsessed with the rich hues and variety of products in the collection, but we’re simply smitten with the luxe gold packaging. [Glam Blush]

Behold: the be-all-end-all of hair tutorials. Gisele Bündchen gives precise instructions on how to get her perfect beachy waves. The Brazilian supermodel admits to favoring a natural look to a stick-straight style—and if this how-to is really as easy as it sounds, so do we. So, does this mean we can request a how-to-always-look-that-sexy tutorial from the supermodel, too? [Glamour]

Everyone has a beauty icon, even beauty icons themselves. Rita Ora looks to Freddie Mercury, Debbie Harry, Barbara Streisand, Jimi Hendrix, Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe and Gwen Stefani for beauty inspo. Why? She says, “you remember them; you remember what they wore, they made moments. That’s what I love, that’s beauty inspiration.” Oh, she also has a hidden talent for eyebrow tweezing, which is really important. [Into The Gloss]

Go Nearly Naked: Nude Lipsticks for a Softer Statement Lip

By  August 22, 2014

Though we still have a couple weeks of summer left – and believe us; we’re trying to squeeze out every drop of sunshine – there’s no fresher look for fall than a new lip. The neutral hue has been paired with fresh fasces on the runways of Marchesa, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Elie Tahari,and countless celebrities. The lippie acts similarily to a nude shoe — it goes with every ensemble and eye look imaginable. We’ve scoured the shelves for a few of these buff beauty buys to amp up your look no matter your skin tone:


Illamasqua Glamore Nude Lipstick in Minx, available at Illamasqua.com for $30.02
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Unknown Pleasures Lip Tar in Lament, available at OCCMakeup.com for $18
Iman Luxury Lip Stain in Nearly Nude, available at ImanCosmetics.com for $9
Shiseido Lacquer Rouge in Camel, available at Shiseido.com for $25
LORAC Pro Matte Lip Color in Nude, available at Beauty.com for $16
Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in London Posh, available at Drugstore.com for $6.99
EM Michelle Phan Lip Gallery Creamy Color Sheer Lipstick in Cabana Beige, available at EMCosmetics.com for $15
Lipstick Queen Endless Summer Lipstick in Hang Ten, available at LipstickQueen.com for $22
Maybelline Color Sensational The Buffs in Sin-a-mon, available at Ulta.com for $7.49
CoverGirl Queen Collection Lip Color in Nude Attitude, available at PGEStore.com for $7.49

Prabal Gurung Does Beauty

By  August 22, 2014

PrabalGurungBeautyFor such a young designer, Prabal Gurung has made quite an impact on the fashion world—and now he’s taking on beauty. The 35-year-old designer teamed up with MAC Cosmetics (which has supported his shows since the beginnings of his line) to launch a 14-stockkeeping-unit collection that will launch on November 26 in MAC stores. If you’re a lucky recipient of a Prabal Gurung show invite this season, you’ll get a sampling of the goods on September 6. Prices range for $30 for lipgloss to $70 for very luxe bronzer.

Notable is the packaging, which is somewhat of a talking point in itself. It stems from Gurung’s own childhood experiences: “I didn’t know the beauty brands or the big designers when I was really young, but I was fascinated by the packaging and the beautiful boxes. It was almost magical.” The luxe gold pieces include a bronzing power, a cream color base, a square-handled buffer brush, a black eye pencil, three eyeshadow duos, three lipsticks and three Lipglasses. As expected, the colors are as rich as the products look from the outside—a true win for Gurung, who said, “I wanted to create something really beautiful that has that little bit of edge.”

We have to say, while we can’t contain our excitement, this makeup collaboration was more or less inevitable. If there’s one man we would trust to help us beautify, it’s this guy, because he really just gets it. Case in point: “The one universal truth I really believe in,” he said, “is that every woman—no matter her shape, size or race—wants to look beautiful. I wanted to create that.”

Beauty Buzz: Mindy Kaling’s Contouring Routine, Evangeline Lilly Scores An ‘Ant-Man’ Mane, and Cara Delevingne Dares to Bare for Tom Ford

By  August 21, 2014



Mindy Kaling is the latest to share some of her beauty secrets à la Kim Kardashian. The comedienne shared a snap of herself behind the scenes of her eponymous show rocking a full hot roller set and lighter foundation applied at high points of her face prior to blending it out into contoured perfection. Her explanation was spot on: “Before you look pretty first you have to look f—–g weird.” [Glamour]

Evangeline Lilly has shortened her strands to join Paul Rudd on the set of Ant-Man. The actress shared a snap with her co-star and a side view of her new look after snipping her tresses into the signature chin-length bob of her character Hope Van Dyne. Only time will tell what her final look in the film will be, but it’s a short start! [People]

Cara Delevingne clearly isn’t camera shy when it comes to showing a little skin, but her newest campaign with Tom Ford takes it to the next level. Aligning with Ford’s penchant for provocative imagery, Delevingne is featured in the ads for the designer’s new Black Orchid Perfume lounging in a floral dotted pool sans a stitch of clothing. If the campaign is any indication, the scent is sure to make a splash! [Fashion Gone Rogue]

There’s a new nail essential you’ll want to snap up on your next blind date or a girls’ night out. Developers at N.C. State University have formulated a nail polish that changes color when exposed to date rape drugs. It’s not known yet how the potentially life-saving lacquer will work though we believe it might involve dipping a digit in your drink; it’s a small price to pay to stay safe. [Elle]

Charlotte Tilbury is out to boost everyone’s confidence and it’s not just with the power of her magic makeup! The cosmetic cavalier will kick off a social campaign aimed to help everyone believe in themselves. You can simply share a split snap of yourself from your younger years with a recent selfie. In the caption, you can share your words of advice that you would tell your younger self with the caption #MakeUpYourDestiny. Talk about the power of positivity; let’s spread it like wildfire! [Glam Inbox]

Day in the Life: Bianca Balti, Dolce&Gabbana Model Off Duty

By  August 21, 2014


As the face of Dolce&Gabbana’s Light Blue fragrance campaign, Bianca Balti usually spends her time on shoots, getting hair and makeup done, traveling, meeting editors, and conducting interviews. But what a day like for the Italian beauty when she’s off duty? We grabbed a few minutes with the model when she was in town celebrating the launch of two Light Blue limited scents (Escape to Panarea and Discover Vulcano) to find out–including her healthy obsessions and what life is like in her other role, Mom.

7:30 a.m. Wake up and have a cup of coffee with half and half, while sitting in the garden answering emails.
9:00 a.m. Take [my daughter] Matilde to school
10:00 a.m. Hot Yoga
11:30 a.m. Tidying and cleaning up the house. Then, onto chores for the day. I go for a ride on my bicycle to the grocery store.
2:00 p.m. Watch some ”home renovations” TV shows
4:00 p.m. Go pick up my daughter and take her to her play date or to sport practice or to the park or to the beach
7:00 p.m. I meet with my girlfriends to have some quality chit chat
8:00 p.m. Time to cook and eat dinner, and maybe watch an episode of CSI: Las Vegas with my daughter
9:00 p.m. Tuck Matilde into bed. Sit on the couch with my partner, start to watch a movie, but end up going to bed….
10:30 p.m. Make a list in my head of all the things I have to be grateful for that happened during the day so that I can have sweet dreams!

Photo: Victor Demarchelier, Makeup: Dolce & Gabbana National Makeup Artist Christian McCulloch, Hair: Sally Hershberger

Beauty Buzz: Rihanna’s Lipstick Lust, Makeup Touches from Tomorrow, and Are Celebs Scents on Their Way Out?

By  August 20, 2014


She’s had her own namesake lipstick and served as the face of several tubes, so it’s no wonder that the lippie is Rihanna’s number one makeup must-have. The star spilled the not-so-secret to Elle, saying, “It draws attention away from any flaws. When someone is wearing lipstick, you just assume they’re wearing a full face of makeup. And guys are stupid—they won’t notice when you’re not.” [Elle]

Now this is what we call beauty tech! Japanese producer and technical director Nobumichi Asai has released an incredible video that combines his previous work with architectural projection maps and motion tracking technology to create real-time makeup looks that moves with you. The model featured int he clip wears special dots on her face for the motion-tracking to follow. The result is a projection of a full face of makeup — no product required. While the idea sounds (and looks) amazing, we doubt anyone will travel with all the equipment this technology calls for. But it’s possible the idea could be refined in the future. [CNet]

Uh-oh, the Biebs and T-Swift are in trouble! It looks like celebrity scents have gone the way of nail art and reached its peak. Elizabeth Arden recently announced its worse quarter since 1996, noting, “The decline in sales of celebrity fragrances, particularly the Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift fragrances, was steeper than anticipated.” It’s understandable that the shelves have become quite crowded, as it seems every star has a personalized scent (or two, or 16).  [The Telegraph]

Madonna may have just turned 56 over the weekend, but she’s doing everything in her power to not look it. The sun-conscious star was spotted on the beach in Ibiza fully covered in a patterned hat and caftan, shades, and a long-sleeved shirt. It sure beats slathering on a high SPF sunscreen every two hours! [The Cut]

Salma Hayek Pinault is making her way back to print, but it’s not for a cover story. Her eponymous brand Nuance will release its debut campaign in the pages of October glossies. The screen star and beauty buff will front all four ads in Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, and InStyle to highlight the brand’s hero products. “CVS has chosen to take this unprecedented step and run print advertising for Nuance in fall beauty books,” said Hayek Pinault. “I can’t wait for more women to be exposed to [my products].” [WWD]

Jenna Lyons Thinks Natural Beauty Is Simply Chic

By  August 20, 2014


Many look to Jenna Lyons for style insight, but we’ve always wondered what lippie she uses for her signature bold lip. Into the Gloss recently sat down with J. Crew’s executive creative director to not only answer out question but to find out a few more of her beauty buys and secrets to share. Here are a few of our favorite highlights and what items we’ll be adding to our shopping list:

It’s Orange-Red – Not every red lipstick is the created the same, and Lyons like to rock a red that has yellow and orange undertones to complement her skin tone. She counts NARS’ Lipstick in Heatwave and Bite Beauty’s Matte Crème Lip Crayon in Clementine as favorites and even wears MAC’s Prowear Lip Pencil in Staunchly Stylish when she wants something subtler.

Less Is More — She’s known for rocking a perfectly polished red lip, but Lyons prefers an effortless approach to beauty. She regularly reaches for Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer with SPF for her face and a few drops of Sachajuan’s Intensive Hair Oil after she steps out of the shower. “There’s sexiness in not trying to be sexy,” she told Into the Gloss. “There has to be something that’s a bit undone. You can’t have perfect hair, and clothes, and makeup—you need an element of imperfection to make you feel like there’s a person behind it all.”

Skincare’s Her Sticking Point – J. Crew’s executive creative director turns to celebrity facialist Aida Bicaj, who introduced her to skin care staples like Biologique Recherche Lotion P50. Other major skin musts are Shu Uemura’s Intense Vitalizing Concentrate, Dr. Jart’s Firming Sleep Mask, Estée Lauder’s Stress Relief Eye Masks, Arcona’s Brighening Gommage, and Blistex Medicated Lip Balm. She said, “It’s the only lip balm that doesn’t burn my lips—I know I’m not the only one with that problem. ”

The Eyes Have It – Don’t let her frames fool you; she doesn’t use them to hide her eyes. “I don’t have one general makeup look, but it’s always either a red lip or a dark eye,” she explained. “Those are my only two choices, and I do them pretty regularly.“ When her lip look isn’t front and center, Lyons loves to play up her eyes with Shu Uemura’s Sweet Beige Brown Palette, Tom Ford Defining Pen, and Chantecaille Longest Lash mascara.

Her Son Has a Big Say – She and her son Beckett are incredibly close, and he has a few strong opinions on her beauty buys. He can easily tell when Lyons switches up her lip shade, but he isn’t a fan of the retailer’s new fragrances. “I’ve been trying to wear it, but my son is completely not tolerant because I’ve been wearing the same perfume since he was born,” Lyons shared. “He’s like, ‘You don’t smell like my mom! Where’s your perfume?’”

She’s Not Afraid of AgingLyons likes to joke about getting older and feeling the effects of aging, choosing to smile it about than worrying about every little line. “Society is so tough and expectations are so unrealistic,” she said. “I guess I would rather talk about it with a smile and say, ‘Oh God, I’m old!’ than spend all my time at the dermatologist. I approach aging with ice cream and a martini.”

Get Red Carpet Radiant Skin in Time for the Emmys

By  August 19, 2014


TV’s biggest celebrities are spending this week primping and prepping for Monday’s Emmy Awards. While the dress can wait until the weekend and hair and makeup are done day-of, many are making appointments with their dermatologists early to ensure their skin is perfect before a particle of powder touches it. We touched base with skincare expert Dr. Brian Zelickson to get the scoop on what skincare regimens will help our favorite small screen stars rock the red carpet.

Start Early – Many of our favorite celebs have probably had their derm appointments booked as soon as the nominations went out. But most are likely to stop in two weeks prior to the big event, depending on what they’re looking to achieve. “For Botox [and similar treatments] and fillers I would recommend at least 2 weeks,” Dr. Zelickson explained. “For an unwanted acne cyst or skin rash they could be seen the day before or even the day of. 

Keep Skincare Simple – Regardless of what time of year these VIPs snap up their statues, they follow strict skincare rules with the most potent potions. “I like to keep it simple – use a sunscreen with an anti–oxidant such as MD Complete Youthful Skin Sun Shield SPF 50 in the morning and a retinoid/retinol product in the PM,” Dr. Zelickson advised. “The degree of [moisture for each season] varies – generally more moisturization in the winter and less in the summer. Also, it’s good to use a lighter retinoid or retinol in the winter as compared to the summer.”

Pop In for a Peel — Most stars will procure a peel, such as his MD Complete Anti-Aging Non-Irritating Pro Peel 5-Day Treatmentat least a week in advance to ensure they maintain their youthful glow amongst the many camera flashes. “The five-day peel boasts a combination of skin-brightening AHAs, vitamins and nutrients that stimulate and exfoliate skin to eliminate dead, dulling surface cells,” he said.

Be Prepared – Sometimes a blemish can rear its ugly head at the worse time, and you just can’t leave it to the professionals. If a pimple does pop up – no pun intended – Dr. Zelickson recommends using the MD Complete Breakout Spot Treatment to ensure it disappears ASAP without making things worse. He said, “Unlike traditional Benzoyl Peroxide treatments, it soothes and hydrates skin, while eliminating the bacteria that cause breakouts.”

Beauty Buzz: Nail Wraps at the Tap of an App, Narciso’s Newest Scent, and DKNY Wants You to Heart NY

By  August 19, 2014


If you can get Ryan Gosling on your nails (yes, it exists), then why can’t a snap from your Instagram feed? NCLA has just launched the first completely customizable app to turn any picture into a set of nail wraps, all it takes is a tap to choose a template like half moon or stripes, pick and size your pic, and, boom, instant nail art for $19! Are you ready for your #ManiMonday close-up? [Refinery 29]

Narciso Rodriguez is back on the fragrance counter with a sensual aroma to contrast the recent sweep of sweet scents. Called Narciso, the simple yet chic bottle houses a combination of white gardenia, rise, musk, vetiver, and black and white cedar. The designer brought in Brazilian beauty Raquel Zimmermann for the campaign. “I wanted to create an extremely sexy fragrance that would turn a man’s head,” he recently described in a statement, “The sensuality becomes a little bit more sexy, a little bit more intoxicating.” [Fashion Gone Rogue]

DKNY wants you to share your Big Apple story! The brand has launched its My NY micro-site in celebration of its newest scent. The hub allows you pull images from your Facebook that have you tagged in the big city and forms them into a heart shaped collage of collected memories.  [MYNY.DKNY.com]

There’s a new locale on Secret Deodorant’s every growing list of destinations. The brand’s newest addition to its Destinations Collection is Bora Bora, joining Hawaii, Paris, and Brazil. Like the others it packs powerful punch of protection for up to 48 hours, plus, it boasts a blend of rose, exotic white jasmine, lily of the valley, soft musk, and sandalwood for a sweet escape! [Glam Inbox]

We’re all about giving back, but Shiseido is taking it in another direction. Omotenashi, the Japanese term for hospitality, respect, and the anticipation of other’s needs, serves as one of the brands biggest principles and inspired its newest initiative to pay it forward. Shiseido is inviting beauty buffs to share their #Omotenashi moments on Instagam to spread a little love and lend a helping hand. [Glam Inbox]