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!
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]
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.
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
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.
See all of the winners below:
For the girl who hasn’t cut her hair in ages, Lauren Conrad has gotten sweet on the scissors with even shorter strands.
The lifestyle guru shared a snap of her refreshed look on Friday on her Instagram, revealing tousled layers in a new bob. “Just Stopped by @Kristin_Ess’ for my weekly chop,” she captioned her shot, as her stylist shared the new look in profile.
This marks the third time in a month she’s sat in the salon chair, which is a complete 180 from her stance on her long locks before she became Mrs. William Tell. Back in March, she declared that she would never go for a bob again in reference to the strands she sported back in 2007. “Last time [Ess] cut my hair, I had dyed it pink with permanent dye and I dipped it and I gotten some too far up, so she had to cut it out,” she told People. Never say never, Lauren!
But she did admit she already has a solution when she gets sick of her shorter strands. “I think you can always throw extensions in and have long hair. There are options.” Now we can’t help but wonder how long she’ll maintain her shorter mane.
Kendall Jenner is 2014’s shooting star! Less than ten months after making her runway debut, Jenner has already landed one of the most coveted deals in modeling—a spokesperson contract with Estée Lauder.
Jenner shared the happy news and the first behind-the-scenes images from her campaign on Twitter early on Saturday to explosive results. The young Kardashian will appear across digital, TV, print, and of course, social media campaigns for the beauty brand. With over 30 million followers across platforms, Jenner is the number one model on social media (sorry Cara). Something tells us she’ll have no problem getting her fans engaged with the brand.
The runway regular joins the ranks of major models for the Estée Lauder like Stephanie Seymour, Constance Jablonski, and Carolyn Murphy. “It honestly feels like a dream to represent such an iconic beauty brand — it is an incredible honor and quite humbling,” Jenner said in a statement. “I found out when I was backstage at Paris fashion week, and all this time I’ve had to keep the news top secret. I am so excited to share it now and be part of Estée Lauder.”
We may still be counting down the days until we get our hands on the Prabal Gurung for MAC collection, but the beauty brand is already exciting us with another new collection. This time, MAC is heading to Broadway with Kinky Boots. You can expect a slew of sparkles in the vibrant red lipstick and lipglass, both called Kinky. There’s no need to wait for this cool collab, as it’s available now. This beauty buy beats a Playbill any day! [Pop Sugar]
DreamDry has a little something special saved for Black Friday: its first branded beauty tool! Co-Founders Rachel Zoe and Robin Moraetes exclusively designed the set that includes The Dream Dryer, a featherweight 1875-watt blow dryer with noise reduction technology; The Dream Detangler, an ergonometric chrome brush; and The Dream Turban, a quick-drying hair wrap that dries, fights frizz, and leaves strands shiny. We’re adding this to our wish list ASAP! [Glam Inbox]
Tom Ford is getting lippy with his latest beauty venture. His Lips & Boys collection boasts over fifty shades of miniature lipstick (insert Fifty Shades of Grey pun here) in 10 color families – all named after men from Ford’s past and present. Why so small? As Ford himself explained, “Launching 50 shades of lipstick at once is already innovative, as is naming them after boys and making them miniature. People carry teeny-tiny little bags today, and are trying to fit their iPhone, money and a key. I think the idea of a small bag is modern, and you need to be able to fit a lipstick into that small space. It seems that there’s a trend these days to miniaturize things.” [WWD]
Olivia Wilde is looking to spread the love as Revlon re-launches its iconic brand, starting at the crossroads of the world. The star will head to Times Square November 18 to unveil the Global Love Beacon so everyone can share their fuzzy feelings with one another, plus receive mini-makeovers and learn their future in love from a lip reader. Well, it is boo-hunting season! [Glam Inbox]
Well, seems like Scarlett Johansson is just like us…at least on the beauty front. The star says that she prefers to do her own makeup most of the time, save for major galas. “I’m not particularly high maintenance. Day to day, I like to wear some sort of tinted moisturizer, mascara, and maybe a bronzer,” says Johansson. [Elle]
Gabrielle Union may not have time to make it to the salon, but her new partnership will ensure she’s #ManiMonday ready no matter what. The star is the new brand ambassador of LED gel nail polish company SensationNail.
The Being Mary Jane actress was introduced to the brand after hubby Dwayne Wade popped the question in between her manicure appointments. “[My husband] proposed in between manicures and my manicurist called and said, ‘I cannot believe on your biggest moment your nails looked crazy,’” Union told Women’s Wear Daily. “After that she sent me the [Sensationail] starter kit and the card said, ‘No excuses, you’re not going to make me look terrible even if you’re on your own.’”
You’ll see the stunner on the small screen starting December 8 in the brand’s campaign titled Confessions of a Gel Fanatic, which makes sense, as Union is very serious about maintaining her tips. “The key is taking your time. Do your nails while you’re catching up on your shows,” she told People.
Union even admitted she’s a fan of the brand’s Midnight Rendezvous shade, and her eye for color may lead to her crafting her own collection. As she declared, “When you get lazy like me and you want to show off your ring to the world, always err on the side of caution.”
Beauty Buzz: MAC’s Black Friday Makeup Must, Mindy Kaling’s Foundation Fixes, and Hollywood’s Glam Squads Take the Spotlight
While we’re prepping our Black Friday in-store game plan, MAC would rather have us jump online for a fab find. In lieu of the (very) limited editions lipsticks of years past, this year the beauty brand is offering the Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow for the biggest shopping day of the year. The palette blends pigment in a creamy lightweight hybrid that applies wet or dry for an array of sultry eye looks. Get ready to set yourself to smolder. [Glam Inbox]
Mindy Kaling is becoming a budding beauty guru. The comedienne offered up a few foundation suggestions for those with darker complexions via Instagram. She shared a few formula finds straight from the set of her show, including NARS, Giorgio Armani, Kevyn Aucoin, Yves Saint Laurent, and Bobbi Brown. We’ll be swatching those shades for ourselves shortly! [Instagram]
The Hollywood Reporter has released its annual Beauty Issue, chronicling the top red carpet looks and the glam squads behind them. The glossy linked up with the year’s biggest style stars like Kerry Washington, Gwen Stefani, and Lizzy Caplan to chat about their major beauty moments with makeup artist Carola Gonzalez, hairstylist Danilo, and makeup artist Sabrina Bedrani, respectively. As Washington explained, “Carola is obsessive about eyebrows. She needs the mascara wand to fix lashes and brows. I could be getting out of the car for a red carpet, and she’s like, ‘Wait!’ — fixing an eyebrow. It happened outside the Met Ball.” [The Hollywood Reporter]
After years, hoping, petitioning, and praying, John Frieda has brought one of iconic beauty buys back from the dead. Beach Blonde Ocean Waves Spray was discontinued back in the early aughts, fetching up to $120 a bottle on eBay, but will return to shelves in January. Summer strands, here we come! [Allure]
It’s time to get a little Gilt-y when it comes to our spaces. The flash luxury retailer has linked up with Nicole Richie’s House of Harlow 1960 to debut her home fragrance range. Starting November 20, members will be the first to shop the collection, which includes an assortment of candles, votives, and diffusers in scents like Midnight Moon, Saint James, and Winter – all named after her kids. If that weren’t enough, Richie will even offer up her favorite gifts, featuring her fave hotspots, beauty buys, and healthy obsessions! [Glam Inbox]
How many times have we burned ourselves in the process of scoring sexy curls, only to have them come out wonky and weird? Conair is looking to alleviate the stress with its Curl Secret Beauty Tour, which makes is making its way to the Big Apple. Mane mavens in the making can receive hair makeovers, demos from local stylists and even product giveaways. Its first stop will be in East Hanover, NJ on November 14 and continuing through to New York City November 19. Mark your calendars now! [Glam Inbox]
Given the fact that we basically wear the clothing of a teenage boy on the reg, it should come as no surprise that our beauty routine often resembles that of our pubescent counterpart. In this series we want to highlight our favorite products that keep our makeup routine as carefree as possible. Thanks to good ‘ol Cara Delevingne, we are having a major eyebrow moment so we’ll start there.
This fall we are embracing lip liner. And before there is any confusion, we are leaving thickly lined lips to Kylie Jenner. What we are saying is that a touch of lip liner applied appropriately can go miles in adding just the right amount of “oompf” to your natural beauty without much else. To achieve our favorite look choose a color that most closely resembles the natural color of your skin. Don’t go overboard, stay calm, line and fill. Add a swipe of your favorite balm and then pucker up those soup coolers and head out the door. No lipstick, no sticky gloss. Just you and your natural beauty.
TOMBOY KC is a fashion and lifestyle blog written by actress Katie Cassidy and pint-sized real-life friend, Lynsey Eaton. Focused on personal style that is, well, personal, TKC is a place for smart and opinionated (read: sarcastic) women to join together and accumulate stilettos while collectively wearing their sneakers…everywhere. Self proclaimed nomads, when the girls aren’t traveling for work or buying two of everything (one apiece, you see), you can find them sitting on Lynsey’s couch eating pizza and drinking champagne in men’s pajamas while waxing poetic about the present state of culottes. Feel free to come on over.