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Exclusive: First Look at Dolce & Gabbana Matte Lipsticks

By  April 13, 2015

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Black may be fashion’s signature shade, but for Dolce & Gabbana, the hautest hue will always be red. From warm to cold, from dark to bright, rouge offers a wonderful range to play with that the design duo bottled in its new Dolce Lipstick, the first Dolce&Gabbana Make Up matte lipstick. According to the pair, “Dolce Lipstick celebrates sophisticated elegance, with a modern twist. It combines tradition with subtle irony. It is reserved with a touch of boldness and audaciousness. It is a symbol of pure femininity.” The brand gave Glam the exclusive first look at a few of the shades that were pulled directly from the runways amongst the brand’s many collections.

The Best Beauty Looks from the 2015 MTV Movie Awards

By  April 13, 2015

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Stars left the awards season gowns behind, opting for fresh and fun party look for the MTV Movie Awards blue carpet. Just as the wardrobe was more relaxed and a little risque, the makeup made a bigger impact with feline flicks and fresh faces as the lovely ladies snatched up golden popcorns left and right. Glam turned to the biggest stars’ glam squads to get the details on nailing their looks for all of your spring and summer soirees.

Alexander McQueen’s Maquillage Gets the Museum Treatment

By  April 10, 2015

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Alexander McQueen has always crafted mesmerizing makeup that perfectly paired with the line’s confections. As “Savage Beauty” takes up residence at the Victoria and Albert Museum, the beauty looks are getting their own exhibit!

Aptly called “Warpaint: Alexander McQueen and Make-Up,” the London College of fashion will showcase the fashion house’s inspiration and methods behind the otherworldly beauty looks for the late designer’s runway shows. According to Women’s Wear Daily, the exhibit will spotlight makeup maestros like Sharon Dowsett, Val Garland, Peter Philips, and more and will move through themes like Amplified where the models features were distorted; Deviated, which focuses on body makeup; and Stripped, highlighting the line’s more refined looks.

The display will open April 30 and run through August 7 at the campus’s Fashion Space Gallery where patrons can try on three makeup looks, including the beautiful butterfly wing face paint from the La Dame Bleue show in spring 2008. Polona Dolzan, the show’s curator, explained to Refinery 29. “Makeup — whether obscuring or revealing — was an integral part of the overall feel for each show…the beauty looks are so important, and in the scheme of a larger retrospective, intricately considered details like makeup may get a bit lost. The Gallery is a small space that’s perfect for satellite exhibitions, as it can offer a different insight.”

We need to snap up a ticket across the pond ASAP!

Beauty Buzz: Amy Poehler and Rihanna See Red, ODLR’s Extraordinary Final Fragrance, and Spa-Worthy Facials Have Their Heyday

By  April 09, 2015

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Is red the hautest hair hue for spring? Could be as Amy Poehler and Rihanna both debuted freshly dyed ‘dos. The comedienne showed off a strawberry blonde, similar to her youngest son’s shade, at an event celebrating the 60 anniversary of Allen Ginsberg’s iconic poem “Howl.” BadGalRiri on the other hand turned to Snapchat to show off her new look before stepping on set with a pair of Scary Spice-esque top knots for her upcoming music video. We spy a new trend on our hands! [The Hollywood Reporter]

The fresh floral backdrop of Oscar de la Renta’s final show gave us a preview of what he had in store for the fragrance counter, and we didn’t even realize it until now. Extraordinary is named after ODLR’s highest compliment to women who embodied confidence, style, and passion. The sweet scent blends cherry blossom, peony, and rose with a touch of neroli and a drydown of amber resin – perfect for any pretty young thing with sophisticated taste. [The Huffington Post]

From blowouts to braids, hair bars have been the beauty concept du jour for the past few years, but skincare seems to be on the rise. On the heels of beauty editors’ lust for Skin Laundry, Heyday is looking to keep beauty buffs coming back for more by making facials quick, convenient, and customized to their skin. The flagship spa will open it s doors in the Big Apple’s NoMad area in late May, just in time for everyone to show off their summer skin. [WWD]

Skin savants rejoice! Byredo is finally coming to the Big Apple. The beauty brand’s founder Ben Gorham announced the good news via Instagram with a snap of construction workers posting up the news in a frame and the hashtag #soon. We can hardly wait! [Into the Gloss]

Many people love mocha and now they can lather up with the sticky stuff in the shower. Amayori turns our daily cleanse into a meditation ritual, tapping into ancient Japanese bathing rituals. Simply drop one of the bulbs on the floor of the shower – away from the spray of water and become enveloped in floral, musky, or invigorating aromas. Spa day at home, anyone? [Refinery 29]

We’ve been big fans of Breakups to Makeup for a while, but now more beauty buffs will fall head over heels for it as its making it way to Sephora. You can snap the pretty pouches with sassy sayings  starting April 10 with an exclusive “Life is Short, Wear More Makeup” pouch everyone will want to show off. As Founder Angelique Velez explained, “The goal of Breakups to Makeup has always been to encourage the artistic expression and empowerment that many makeup enthusiast feel makeup has brought into their lives. We are beyond thrilled to become a part of the beauty wonderland that [Sephora] has created.” [Glam Inbox]

Last-Minute Coachella Beauty Must-Haves

By  April 09, 2015

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 The festival season unofficially kicks of tomorrow as DrakeAzealia Banks, Florence + The Machine, FKA Twigs, and more take the stage for Coachella. You’ll want to primped properly to have your look withstand crowd-surfing during the sets, chilling out in the lounges, and dancing the night away at the parties. Regardless of where you’ll be staying for the festivities, don’t forget to pack these essentials!

Natural Deodorants That Go Beyond the Rock

By  April 09, 2015

There are many reasons for someone to switch from regular to all natural deodorants: a fear of aluminum and the potential side effects, a desire to live a more natural and organic lifestyle, or just a desire to try out new and alternative ways from keeping your body’s order from being offensive. Natural deodorants have sure come a long way, baby. From the days of the Crystal Rock to the popular rise of Tom’s of Maine, it is no longer considered strange and unusual or super crunchy granola-ish to admit that you use an all natural deodorant instead of the standard drugstore varieties. The latest crop of natural deodorants have stepped up the fragrances and tend to use healthy skin ingredients like shea butter, vegetable glycerin and clay to combat moisture and odor. Check out these natural deodorant recommendations that get great reviews, some of which have been tried and tested by yours truly.

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1. Schmidt’s Deodorant Schmidt’s aims to change the way folks think about deodorant, and their all natural, cruelty free formula comes in a variety of elegant and exotic fragrances. Ylang-Ylang + Calendula, Lavender + Sage, or Bergamot + Lime – your call! Or fragrance free for truly sensitive types. It’s a rub-in shea butter/baking soda blend that comes in a jar, ready to absorb odor and keep you pleasantly fragranced.

2. Oyin Handmade Funk Butter Such an appropriately named and effective product! Oyin’s Funk Butter is made from baking soda, cornstarch, shea butter, coconut oil and kaolin clay, including other ingredients. It comes unscented, or in Coco Mango or Black Cedar Fig. It’s a thick paste that rubs in smooth while it soothes  and fragrances your armpits.

3. Lavilin Underarm Deodorant Cream If you’re looking for something for sensitive and delicate skin, check out Lavilin. This thick deodorant paste makes a strong claim – it claims to “eliminate perspiration odor for up to 7 days with one application.” Made with castor seed oil, carnauba wax, zinc oxide and potato starch, , it has a mild , it has a very mild fragrance.

4. Nubian Heritage 24 Hour All Natural Deodorant  If you’d rather use a deodorant in stick form, most definitely check out the new line of Nubian Heritage 24 Hour All Natural Deodorants. They come in a variety of fragrances, from Indian Hemp and Haitian Vetiver for those who prefer a masculine scent, to Coconut and Papaya with Vanilla Oil for girly girls.

5. Kiehl’s Superbly Efficient Anti Perspirant and Deodorant
This deodorant is ideal for natural deodorant lovers who aren’t looking for highly fragranced product, they just want a gently effective alternative. This does the trick, and the blend of citrus oils makes for a smoother shave, too!

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.

Cut and Color: Contour Kits and Tips to Sculpting a Flawless Face

By  April 08, 2015

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You can blame it on the Kardashians, but the perfectly chiseled contour is the must-know technique on the lips of every makeup maven this season. With plenty of palettes up for grabs, many may be hesitant to snap one up in case of a possible complexion catastrophe. To avert any beauty crisis, Glam turned to Rob Scheppy, one of the Kardashian’s main makeup maestros and recently named Tweezerman Brush iQ brand Ambassador, to score a step-by-step to achieve that perfectly sculpted look.

 

Elizabeth Olsen & Maggie Q Join Forces to Save the Earth

By  April 08, 2015

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Elizabeth Olsen and Maggie Q. are teaming up, but it’s not to kick evildoer butt.

Following in the footsteps of Ashley Judd, Zachary Quinto, and many more, the pair has linked up with Kiehl’s to specially design label art that depicts their vision of social responsibility for the brand’s signature Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado. Proceeds from the limited edition jars will benefit Recycle Across America, a non-profit dedicated to finding solutions to environmental issues; the funds will also go towards creating $65,000 standardized recycling labels to 650 K-12 schools throughout the country.

The limited edition item will also be a part of the brand’s Recycle and Be Rewarded program, where patrons can exchange empty Kiehl’s bottles, tubes, and jars to recycle for more product. Simply snap up a Recycle and Be Rewarded card at any Kiehl’s free-standing store and grab a stamp every time you recycle. Once you trade in your 10th stamp, you can choose an item from its official travel collection to stock up for your next vacation.

“We started working with Recycle Across America in 2012 and have continued with them since,” said Chris Salgardo, President of Kiehl’s USA. “Their mission to introduce solutions that make more simple, comprehensive, and  effective in the United States is perfectly aligned with our Recycle & Be Rewarded program. Since 2009, Kiehl’s has collected 2,500,000 empty Kiehl’s bottles from our shoppers and recycled them on their behalf, while also rewarding them with free products. It’s proven that by simplifying the process, we can truly create change.”

Lip Products for Girls Who Hate Wearing Lipstick

By  April 07, 2015

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I tend to stay away from lipstick, which coming from a beauty editor seems crazy, but hear me out. They never seem to be moisturizing enough and if you’re like me, lipstick ends up everywhere except on my lips. I’m constantly rubbing it off my teeth or trying to figure out how it spread to my chin. Tinted lip balms and lip stains have become my BFF in recent years. I never have to worry about tinted lip balms noticeably spreading beyond my lips, since the colors are sheer enough for it not to matter. And when it comes to lip stains, while they need to be applied carefully, once they’re on, they don’t budge. Not every lip stain and tinted lip balm is made equally though, if they’re not nourishing enough they can dry out your lips. To save you the heartache of buying the wrong brand, I’ve rounded up my tried-and-true favorites.

Beauty Buzz: Gucci Westman Exits Revlon, Julianne Hough Thinks Pink, and Correct Your Clarisonic Usage

By  April 07, 2015

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Gucci Westman has been Revlon’s backstage staple since 2008, but she’ll be leaving the beauty brand at the end of the month. The makeup master was key in crafting covetable cosmetics and clearing the way for the brand to enter the New York Fashion Week tents throughout her tenure. While there’s no word on her next steps, we’ll be sure to see her behind the scenes soon. [Fashionista]

Is she pretty in pink? Julianne Hough channeled her inner Easter egg by giving her blonde locks a wash of pale pink but coined herself a unicorn. The dancer shared the look on her blog, explaining that she loves experiment with her look while also directing fans to the Kind Campaign. She wrote, “Remember last year when I chopped off all my hair? It was a big, bold move but it was so worth it! It felt liberating not to hide behind all that hair. So why did I decide on the color pink this time? Because pink is the color of kindness!” [People]

The Clarisonic is a staple in every beauty buff skincare routine, but it turns out we’ve been using it all wrong. Pro-tip: fill the inner circle of the brush with cleanser and soak it similarly to your toothbrush to get the most effective cleanse. Another item to note is you can pop out the outer ring to get a more targeted clean. Don’t worry; we’re taking notes! [Pop Sugar]

Following in the footsteps of Birchbox and many more, Jouer has launched its own subscription service. Coined Le Matchbox, a curated collection of full-sized beauty buys and a mini-magazine that would be delivered to doors four times a year for $45. Subscribers would need to fill out an online quiz in order to customize the items to their skin tone. Well, Mother’s Day is coming up… [WWD]

JĀSÖN is streamlining your skincare routine without any harmful additives. The brand is introducing its first Sheer Spray Lotion in a convenient continuous spray to soften and smooth without any greasy after-effects. Spray it on, quickly rub it in, and you’re out the door! [Glam Inbox]