Glam Gift Guide: Top 10 Upgrades for Your Resident Beauty Buff

By  December 15, 2014

beauty-upgrades-gift-guide-coverShe schedules her week around her manicure, her blowout always looks fresh from the salon, and she never steps out of the house with at least one coat of mascara—it’s clear that your resident beauty buff has reached another level of obsession. While most gifters might indulge her addiction by just giving her products, you can easily step up your game by wrapping up the little luxuries she’s bound to have on her wish list. Whether it’s a chic gift set or a bumped up beauty tool, we found some of the major must-haves that will make her dreams come true.


Lucia Pica Is Chanel's New Makeup Maven

By  December 15, 2014


It’s the dawn of a new era for Chanel beauty, as Lucia Pica takes the helm as its new global creative makeup and color designer.

The Italian makeup maestro will report to her new post on January 1, according to Women’s Wear Daily. She follows in the footsteps of Peter Philips, who left the brand in 2013. Pica stepped in immediately after Philip’s departure (he went to Dior) to craft campaigns for the #CCertified fashion house and simultaneously free-lanced for brands like Givenchy, Dolce & Gabbana and Emporio Armani.

For those not familiar with the backstage staple, Pica served as Charlotte Tilbury’s assistant until 2008 when she set out on her own. She’s prepped the faces of industry insiders like Kate Moss, Karlie Kloss, Kate Upton and even worked as the key artist for many men’s fashion shows and editorials. Her work has appeared in the pages of British Vogue, Self Service, and i-D Magazine, just to name a few.

With Pica’s penchant for extreme eye makeup in editorials and on the runway, we can expect to see a slew of chic shadows and liner in the pipeline for fall 2015 and beyond. Congrats, Lucia!

Beauty Buzz: Mark Ruffalo’s #FlashBackFriday, Kate Spade is Walking On Air, and Wayne Goss Goes Global

By  December 12, 2014


Surprise: even Hollywood’s brightest stars have skin problems. Case in point: Mark Ruffalo. The Hulk revealed that his first paid acting job was for a 1989 Clearasil commercial, as he had cystic acne in high school. As if it couldn’t get any better, The Normal Heart star even shared the commercial clip on his Tumblr. Happy Friday, indeed! [The Huffington Post]

Kate Spade is keeping things casual for its latest scent, Walk on Air. The fragrance, inspired by New York City, will hit shelves in March for a fresh take on a spring. Expect to get a whiff of linden blossom, calabrese bergamot, maiden’s hair fern, Tunisian neroli, Solomon’s seal, lily of the valley, magnolia grandiflora, Egyptian jasmine, narcissus, crinum, white iris, and violet leaf. This scent is sure to take flight! [WWD]

Makeup maestro and YouTube beauty guru Wayne Goss is creating a worldwide frenzy for the holidays. Goss partnered with Beautylish to craft a limited-edition Holiday Brush, which is handmade in Japan. The collaboration also features a global campaign where fans can RSVP for early access to order the brush in time for any seasonal soirees. The site has already received over 12,000 responses from over 3,000 cities. Needless to say, these brushes will be going, going, gone in no time. [WWD]

We’ve watched and re-watched loads of music videos in order to recreate the same look, but now Vevo’s streamlining our efforts. Its new original series, Do It Yourselfie, brings YouTube’s fashion and beauty fans Eva Gutowski and Tess Christine along to help you get the look from your favorite clips. They’ve already covered Meghan Trainor and Ariana Grande, and we can’t wait to find out who’s next! [Glam Inbox]

Drybar divas, listen up! New York City’s Meatpacking Distict will finally snag a salon of its own, starting December 19. It not only marks the brand’s seventh location in the Big Apple, but also its the 39th space nationwide. We can’t help but wonder where Alli Webb will celebrate the brand’s big 4-0! [Glam Inbox]

Sephora is Mad for Marsala

By  December 12, 2014


We knew it was only a matter of time before Sephora announced what it has in store for Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year!

The beauty retailer has coined Marsala #TheNewNeutral with a selection of limited edition makeup must haves for eye, lips, and face that will hit shelves later in December priced from $18 to $39. Sephora transformed the rich and robust Pantone-approved color to different dimensions, ranging from the absolute opaque to modestly sheer.

Makeup mavens will want to make room on their vanities for the Facets of Marsala Multi-Finish Eye Palette that comes packed with matte, glitter, pearl, and shimmer finishes, plus complementary colors for a endless array of eye looks. Plus, there’s a matching metallic liquid liner, as well as a mascara and brow highlighter to play up your lash lines if you decide to skip the shadow. The pout can be perfected with either the Matte Lip Crème to channel Old Hollywood or the Layering Lip Collection to customize your color. You can also contour with the Cheek Trio that includes two matte tones of Marsala with a cream highlighter that you can apply with the limited edition Angled Blush Brush. But our favorite would have to be the Cooling Marsala Multi that cools on contact, moisturizes, and provides a sheer wash of color that you can use all over the face.

Clearly, we’re just as mad about the earthy hue!

Dior Dials Up the Digital Appeal for Pre-Fall 2015

By  December 12, 2014


Raf Simmons took Tokyo fashionistas to Tomorrowland with a series of futuristics frocks for Dior’s Pre-Fall 2015 collection. He worked with Peter Philips to create an epic, eye-catching, graphic look to complement the out-of-this-world looks that hit the runway inside Kokugikan sumo wrestling arena.

Inspired by Blade Runner and Japanese manga, the makeup maestro etched cubic blocks above and below the irises with the upcoming Dior Diorshow Pro Liner in Pro Black. He added more emphasis to the eyes by applying jumbo-sized pieces of glitter along the top lash line, adding mascara only to the lashes inside the rectangles. “It catches the light when the eyes close, creating a pretty spectacular robotic glitter effect,” he explained. The rest of the face was kept clean, save for a little bit of Dior Skin Nude Foundation and peach or rose blush, depending on the model’s skin tone.

Guido Palau channeled Princess Leia (we’re starting to see a trend here: Rodarte, Chanel, and likely many more to come!) by creating four braids along the nape of the neck. But instead of buns, he coiled them back up to the nape to create cute loops and coined it “electric Kabuki.”

While we don’t foresee every beauty buff trying this liner look on both lash lines, the top could easily be blended to keep the focus on the center of the lid. Regardless, the force is strong with this one.

Images courtesy of Dior and Elle Russia’s Instagram.


New Year, New Beauty

By  December 11, 2014


January 1st is more than just the start of 2015; it motivates many to change themselves for the better. While some develop healthy obsessions, beauty buffs find new ways to switch up their looks and make the most of their stash. As such, we’ve found a few ways to streamline your routine and test drive new trends that are sure to catch fire in the New Year.

Lighten Up — With plenty of fresh faces afoot for the start of 2015, don’t load up on layers of makeup. Alphabet creams, like Shea Moisture’s CC Cream will not only cover imperfections, but also help improve skin with a dose of moisture and sun protection. You can also leave the lipstick at home and give your lips a nourishing yet saturated shine with a colored lip balm like Almay’s Color + Care Liquid Lip Balm.

Smolder with Shadow – We love a bold liner look, but who has time to ensure their wings are even when they’re on the run? From a sheer wash of color to a sultry smoky eye, shadows have made their way back into the spotlight with a slew of fresh formulas and sightings on the runways. If you’re sitting pretty at your vanity, Maybelline’s Color Plush Silk Eyeshadow Quad can create and array of nude eye looks for every occasion. If you’re on the go, toss Pixi’s Lid Last Shadow Pen to take your look from day to night in swipe and smudge.

Find the Fountain of Youth – We’re sure that taking better care of yourself will take the top spot on your resolution list, and that should include the outside as well as the inside. If you notice your tresses are drying out and changing texture, Nexxus’s Youth Renewal Rejuvenating Elixir will give your lock a little TLC and bring back its strength and shine. If your skin has lost its inner glow, use Laneige’s Multiberry Yogurt Repairing Mask to tackle free radicals and other aggressors and restore your skin to a healthy state.

Sonia Kashuk’s Holiday Beauty Do’s and Don’ts

By  December 11, 2014


We’re breaking out our most festive frocks and bright baubles for all of the parties on our social calendar, but things can easily take a turn for the worse with the wrong makeup look to match. Thankfully, Beauty School was in session when Sonia Kashuk came out to celebrate Target’s collaboration with Story, where givers can nab nifty gifts for everyone on their list. The makeup maestro not only steered us in the right direction, but also gave us the scoop on haute holiday party must-haves and even her beauty resolution for 2015!

On finding the right holiday look for you:

I think the holidays are a little more structured, not so bright and colorful; it’s more refined. . I think people tend to think it has to be shimmery. It can definitely have shimmer, but even with our 12-pan shimmer palette is perfect for holiday, even a soft nude lip, which is why I did a nude lip palette. It’s not a one size fits all, I think it’s about personal style. Although I could say to you, “I think you should do this,” if you don’t feel it, it doesn’t matter. A red lip is great, but it’s not great on everybody. Go with what you think makes you look the most confident and [highlight] what you feel is your best feature.


On what makeup to wear with vibrant and sparkling ensembles:

A more natural nude with maybe a bronzy highlighter on the cheek makes the skin look so gorgeous. Sometimes you’re in a really sparkly dress or really festive attire, too much makeup is fighting the dress. So you want to tone the face down, depending on what you’re wearing. I think it’s more elegant and refined to sometimes try for a more softened effect.

On her number one party must-have:

To get everyone loosened up, a must have would be a festive drink and delicious food. I’m having a dinner party with a group of Italians, and it’s different types of pasta. Whenever I entertain at home, I like comfort food. It will hopefully be a glass of champagne to start out the evening, even if it’s a sip just for toasting for a positive, healthy New Year for everybody.


On her New Year’s Beauty resolution:

My motto I live my life with is, “I can always be better.”  I think the New Year is a great time to take a step back and think about what you can do differently, but I try to own that throughout the year. It’s a lot of pressure to say no in my New Year’s resolutions because I try to make sure I’m taking care of my skin, that I’m getting facials, that I’m drinking a lot of water—which I can definitely drink more—that I’m using my moisturizers. It’s known [that] gym membership goes up significantly, and the drop off is right after. I think if you own it and live your life like every day is New Year’s, it’s a better approach.

Images courtesy of Sonia Kashuk’s Instagram.

Isabel and Ruben Toledo Spread the Love with MAC

By  December 11, 2014


The dynamic design duo is at it again! Isabel and Ruben Toledo have another collaboration on the horizon, this time with MAC.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the collection will boast 45 products to ensure your date night look is on point. Available starting February 5, you’ll find a pumped up palette that includes shadows in shades of soft lilacs, neutral browns, true blues, and even a bit of lime in the mix, as well as nail polishes. But the focal point is the lips: lipsticks and matching glosses of rich reds in varying textures, allowing you to layer the look. “You’re putting on the same coloration, but a different texture of it, which is very close to fashion, to clothing,” Isabel told Style.com. “You could choose to do matte [lipstick] on the bottom and shine on the top. It’s almost like how you put fabrics together.”

While Isabel curated the colors of the collection, her husband Ruben designed the packaging to feature faces modeled after his wife, including her signature, rogued pout. “Who else?” Ruben joked. “It’s the face I draw again and again and always. It’s just in the flow of my hand, Isabel’s face.”

We guess the couple that designs together stays together!


Beauty Buzz: Lo Bosworth Links Up with Birchbox, Baubles for Your Beard, and Tilda Swinton In a Spritz

By  December 10, 2014


Birchbox wants you to get the Lo Down on its best beauty buys by linking up with Lo Bosworth. The lifestyle guru has curated an end-of-the-year box packed with party-ready essentials, including Cynthia Rowley’s Lip Stain in Hearththrob or Sugar, Ruffian’s Ruffian Red nail polish, and more. We suggest stashing them in your sparkling clutch on the way to your next soirée! [Glam Inbox]

Ornaments are meant for the Christmas tree—and maybe your ears, when the the chance for a funny selfie calls. But now, the boys are getting in on the action with Beard Baubles. Priced at $11, every penny of the proceeds benefits Beard Season, a non-profit that raises melanoma awareness for men. Though they’re currently out of stock, the site is slated to restock on December 11, so someone may end up with this in their stocking after all. [Glamour]

Tilda Swinton is the last person we’d ever think to craft a celebrity fragrance. It turns out the actress not only crafted a scent in 2010, but it also smells just as unique as she is, with notes of mandarin, neroli, pumpkin, warm cacao, ginger, and rose. Called Like This and released by Etat Libre d’Orange, it was inspired by Swinton’s homesickness. As she explained, “I thought about how great it would be if I could have a smell that would keep me at home wherever I was. So I started to think about my home smells, and the principal ingredients became ginger, baby carrot, pumpkin.” [xoVain]

Tony Moley’s prettily-packaged beauty buys are major musts for makeup mavens and skincare savants. Now, Ricky’s is making it easier to get your hands on them. The Korean import includes favorites like the Mini Peach and Cherry Lip Balms and the Egg Pore Shiny Skin Pack. We’ll be sure to snap those up for any upcoming Secret Santa exchanges! [Glam Inbox]

If you’re still searching for gifts, Silk’n is ensuring you take care of everyone on your list without breaking the bank. The beauty brand is offering a 20% discount on at-home devices from now until December 16. Just be sure to enter GIVING20 at checkout to save big! [Glam Inbox]

Snag George Papanikolas’s Haute Holiday Hair Tips

By  December 10, 2014

The holidays are usually packed with dinners, parties, and gift exchanges, making it harder to rock the same hairstyle to each festive fête. Luckily, this special time of the year serves as the perfect excuse to experiment with your tresses. We turned to Matrix celebrity stylist George Papanikolas to upgrade our everyday ‘dos to something that will stun in every picture snapped this season.


Pump Up the Polish – This is the time to ignore the runway rhetoric of sporting major bedhead and allowing frizz to fly free. Don’t be afraid to amplify the volume, pick up a curling iron or even practice your plaiting to craft a cool coif. “Transforming from everyday hair to holiday hair requires it to be a bit more polished than an every day look,” he explained. “A voluminous blow dry, cascading waves, and a loose updo are all perfect holiday looks.”

Toy with Textures – You don’t have to stick to the strand situation you were born with, and playing with textures can make for a magnetic mane that will snap necks. If you want a style with waves, Papanikolas recommends using Matrix Biolage Pliable Paste Matte Texturizer. “This keeps the look modern, and gives a more relaxed look than a traditional up-do,” he said. If you want sleek strands, he suggests spritzing the Matrix Total Results Heat Resistant Iron Tamer Smoothing Lotion to protect and add control.

Style with Sparkle – With sprinkles of fairy dust everywhere, you can instantly infuse your hairstyle with some sparkle to get into the spirit. All it takes in shimmering headband, clip, or even a tiara to get glam. If that’s too much glitter, you can give your hair some serious gloss instead with the brand’s Oil Wonders Egyptian Hibiscus Color Caring Oil. Papanikolas shared, “Prepping the hair before you style with [the oil] gives hair extra vibrancy and shine.”