Editor's Pick: Color Me Automatic Foundation Applicator

By  September 24, 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.

Foundation is proving to be the, well, foundation behind the most trending beauty look of the past few Fashion Week seasons. Rather than seeing overdone faces on recent runways, audiences are taking note of the bare-skin beauties on the catwalk boasting seamless, natural looking coverage with just a touch of definition along cheek bones and a bit of moisture on the lips. Models debuting the spring 2015 collections for Marc Jacobs, J. Mendel, Proenza Schouler, and Rag & Bone, just to name a few, further brought the naked-face trend to our attention.

To get the effortlessly chic, flawless face as seen on the runway, I’m focusing my attention not on exciting eyeshadows and color-popping lipsticks this season, but on creating a clear complexion. First step: get color matched. As the weather cools down, every Glam girl should be swapping her sun-kissed foundation for one that better fits her winter-hued skin. With the appropriate product on hand, I prepare my face for makeup. For me, that means my daily moisturizer and then a primer. I let both dry and wipe away any excess.

Finally, it’s foundation time. No more fingers, bye-bye brushes–I’m now finishing my face in two minutes with the help of Color Me, an automatic foundation applicator that creates seamless coverage via a pulsating sponge. 15,000 pulses per minute simulate gentle finger tapping, which buffs both liquid and powder foundations into skin without spreading germs (fingers!), irritating sensitive areas (brushing!), wasting product, or causing cakiness. The teardrop shape of the sponge is great for around the nose, along the hairline, and under the eye, as well as for general face coverage. Whether or not I want a light or heavy finish depends on how much of my product I put on the liquid or powder sponge (there’s one for each), which I clean every week or so to keep up with my everyday usage.

With my seemingly retouched skin, little else is necessary. A bit of bronzer, a touch of mascara, and a dab of lipgloss for good measure, and I’ve got the off-the-runway barely there beauty look of the season.

Color Me Automatic Foundation Applicator, $54

Beauty Buzz: Courtney Cox Covets ‘The Rachel,’ Alexis Bittar Brings Out the Bling, and Stop the Sunscreen Smuggling

By  September 23, 2014


It seems everyone had “The Rachel” when Friends took over the airwaves in the ‘90s, except for Courtney Cox. The star lamented the lack of love for her look during her appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Monday night. She laughed, “I don’t understand. I got nothing. I kept changing mine, like, ‘If you don’t like it I’ll just keep doing it,’ and they never stuck!” [YouTube]

It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that bling, especially when it comes to holiday beauty buys. Alexis Bittar has just teamed up with Sephora to sculpt a set of gilded makeup brushes that deserve an exhibit. Bittar was inspired by Studio 54 in 1979, saying, “The sharp lines remind me of Blondie and there’s kind of a Donna Summer liquid gold feel. If you’re sitting down at your boudoir [doing your makeup], it makes it super elegant.” These are on top of our wish lists already! [Huffington Post]

There could be a slew of better sunscreen selections soon! The U.S. Senate recently passed the Sunscreen Innovation Act to kick-start the process of approving new over-the-counter sunscreen actives. This means beauty buffs won’t have to smuggle in sun solutions from overseas in order to get new filters, high UVA protection, and better photo-stability to save their skin. We’re counting down the days until summer starts again! [XO Vain]

Rodney Cutler’s headed over the Brooklyn Bridge with a brand new spot in the heart of Williamsburg. The salon is smaller than its Manhattan spot with only 5 chairs, and a tech-savvy booking system that fits with the communal feel of the neighborhood. Cutler said, “When I looked at this community throughout the day, a salon made sense. Williamsburg lends itself to a space that’s a shared experience.” [WWD]

We love to work up a good sweat at the gym, but we don’t want to deal with the resulting breakout. Aside from skipping the shower, rubbing too hard with your towel and not cleaning out your gym bag can make it easy for bacteria to spread on your skin. Keep it clean, kittens! [Byrdie]

Lady Gaga Steams Up The Screen for Her New Fragrance

By  September 23, 2014


Lady Gaga is touching as many people as she can in anticipation of her newest projects, literally and figuratively.

Mother Monster turned up the steam over the weekend with the first clip from her upcoming scent sequel to her best-selling Fame. In the video directed by Steven Klein, she’s featured rolling atop a pile of hot male models to the tune of “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love” from Cheek to Cheek (which drops tomorrow) with Tony Bennett. While she serves face to the camera, boxers duke it out for her attentions, painting the screen red.

As for the scent itself, Eau de Gaga is meant to be unisex, as luxe leather balances the white violet heart with a twist of sparkling lime at the start. The boxers in the video take a few swings at the camera, possibly to emphasize the punched up notes in the perfume-but we’ll have to wait until January when the fragrance hits shelves to know for sure. Are you daring enough to rock this androgynous aroma?

Haven’t seen the clip? Check it out below:

Rahua Reenters the Rainforest for Revitalizing Bodycare

By  September 23, 2014


Rahua is taking its natural touch from your tresses to the rest of you with its first body care range.

The brand’s signature rahua oil has kept the strands of the women from the Quechua-Shuar tribes silky and strong for centuries. But it wasn’t until the ‘90s that renowned colorist and stylist Fabian Lliguin imported it to the States, bringing a bevy of beauty buff’s hair back to life. The oil had a similar effect on skin thanks to the omega-9 fatty acids that deeply nourish skin. When paired with Quinoa (yup, the yummy superfood) and Sacha Inchi, the new Amazon Body Oil, body lotion, and even the shower gel improve skin elasticity and protect skin with antioxidants daily.

As if that weren’t enough, the body care buys also boast a gluten-free, organic, vegan formula with its signature scent of Palo Santo like its hair care range. But the new line comes with a few added notes of lavender, eucalyptus, and vanilla bean to sweeten the deal. Going green has never looked (or smelled) this good!

Kate Moss’s Model-Approved Beauty Musts

By  September 22, 2014


Kate Moss has set the standard for effortless beauty since her start. We regularly hear her name backstage every season when it comes to beauty inspiration. Luckily for all her fans, Ms. Moss shared a few of her vanity essentials in the pages of W.

Though she admits her routine changes daily, she starts every morning by chilling out with a few ice cubes. The old home remedy used by Old Hollywood screen sirens like Joan Crawford (Mommy Dearest, anyone?) not only refreshes the face with a little moisture, but the chill reduces inflammation, wrinkles, and pores while promoting blood circulation. When Moss needs some more moisture, she reaches for a jar of Crème de La Mer and a few drops of Visine.

Her own beauty icons Lauren Hutton and Jeanne Moreau inspired Moss’ signature pared down look, but she still likes to get pampered. A mani/pedi is a must for the supermodel before she paints the town, as is a black eyeliner pencil and a spritz of her signature scent Chanel No. 5. Just don’t tell Burberry about that last item.

Beauty Buzz: Julianne Moore Doesn’t Juice, Elle Fanning Becomes a Brunette, and NY Salons Make the Grade

By  September 22, 2014


Julianne Moore is spilling a few of her beauty secrets in the pages of NewBeauty, and while sunscreen counts as one of her essentials, there’s one trendy Healthy Obsession you won’t find stocked in her home: juices. She told the glossy, “I did a juice cleanse for the Golden Globes one year. I think I did it for three days. To be honest, the only weight I lost was in my brain!” [NewBeauty]

Elle Fanning has got the jump on the fall hair color flip, becoming one of the first blonde beauties to go dark. The star debuted the fresh shade with a bit of auburn at the L.A. Premiere of The Boxtrolls, snipping off 2 to 3 inches for a full hair makeover for the new season. Now she’s got us thinking about a haute hair change! [People]

It seem a few New York nail salons may have a few bad grades in their futures. The city has proposed new legislation that would impose a letter grading system for hair and nail salons and spas, similar to ones used for restaurants. The new bill will also ensure a customer bill of rights that covers issues like cleanliness and ventilation. Because nobody wants nail fungus, especially Big Apple mani mavens! [NY Daily News]

She’s back! After showing some Old Hollywood spirit, Natalie Portman’s showing off her best street style pose for Dior’s newest beauty launch, Rouge Baume. The 14 new lipsticks boast a formula featuring Cristal oil to smooth and protect lips for the perfect pout. Muah! [Fashion Gone Rouge]

When it comes to exfoliating our faces, we instantly reach for our Clarisonic and not a beaded scrub. The same should be said about out teeth. A Texas dental hygienist found that the microbeads found in certain toothpastes could do more harm than good by settling between gums and tapping bacteria that can lead to serious infections. Yikes! [Refinery 29]


Karlie Kloss Is L’Oreal Paris’s Freshest Face

By  September 22, 2014


It’s official: Karlie Kloss is L’Oréal Paris’s latest love.

Many figured the mega model was making the move to the mass beauty brand after she appeared in a Prodigy hair line ad with Liya Kedebe and Lara Stone back in March. Fashion Gone Rouge noted that while the brand initially denied the rumors, Kloss recently appeared in a teaser on L’Oreal Paris Canada’s YouTube Page confirming her slot in the roster amongst all-stars like Blake Lively, Julianne Moore, and Beyoncé.

While we await details of her newest campaign, it’s hardly the first beauty brand she’s represented this year. Kloss spread her wings as the angelic face of Victoria’s Secret’s Heavenly fragrance relaunch as well as the sultry silhouette for Chanel’s Coco Noir perfume.

Congrats, Karlie!

Beauty Buzz: Gettin’ Twiggy With It, Jennifer Aniston’s Wind-Swept Strands, NARS Says ‘Pucker Up!’

By  September 19, 2014


Here’s a big birthday shout out to “the Face of 1966,” Twiggy, who turn 65 today! She still serves as an inspiration to industry insiders and fashion fans today. A recent eBay survey found nearly 50% of women can’t live without the iconic model’s beauty essentials, including 35% of those who would rock her signature eye look of wide, double decker liner and pronounced lashes. And as such, the site has seen a significant uptick in Dior liner, volumizing mascara, and falsies sales. [Glam Inbox]

We Glam girls admit Jennifer Aniston is one of our biggest hairspirations, and now you can see why! In a new video, Living Proof takes us behind the scenes of a recent shoot with the star where stylist Chris McMillan pumps up her sultry strands with the new Instant Texture Spray and play with her look. Aniston even jokes, “No time to take pictures, because he’s constantly messing with the hair.” [YouTube]

To celebrate Best Dressed Lips Day (today), NARS wants you to post your best pout. From now until September 26, makeup mavens can upload shade-inspired selfies for a chance to win one of six prizes based on the Audacious Lipstick Collection’s color families: nude, pink, coral, red, violet, and wine. Just be sure to tag your post with the hashtag #NARSissist and the name of the color family. Happy snapping! [Glam Inbox]

Birchbox is spreading the love in Soho! The shop is celebrating its first Customer Appreciation Day with free BYOBs (Build You Own Birchbox) all day, five free one-year subscriptions, and even Surprise & Delight shipments to random subscribers and personal thank you’s from the staff with something a little special for them. Head downtown ASAP before the doors close on this awesome occasion! [Glam Inbox]

September marks Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and Laura Mercier has partnered with Jenny Packham to join in the fight. The pair produced a teal clutch inspired by Kate Middleton’s teal dress from Our Greatest Team Rises Gala. Plus, you can pack it with Mercier’s Bonne Mine Palette and Lip Glacé in Peach Hope. All of the proceeds will benefit the Laura Mercier Ovarian Cancer Foundation. [Glam Inbox]

If you decided to skip the long lines today and pre-ordered your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus then you missed an interesting sight. Customers who waited on line overnight in the Big Apple passed the time by pampering themselves in true techie fashion with the Anti-Acne illuMask. Only in New York! [Glam Inbox]

Halle Berry Lengthens Her Locks

By  September 19, 2014


Before Miley Cyrus, Halle Berry was the prime purveyor of the pixie. But it looks like she’s ditched her signature ‘do.

The star debuted a set of luxe extensions at an education fundraiser for CAA’s School Day Benefiting Communities In Schools where she and other stars like Djimon Hounsou, Jon Hamm, and Robert Downey Jr. raised $500,000. The star snapped up the lengthy locks back in August for her role in Kidnap as a mother in search of her lost son, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Though Berry rocked a bob back in 2012, the last time her hair was this long was back in 2007 before her daughter Nahla was born. Just don’t expect her to keep the look for long after the film wraps. “I am my best self when I have super short hair,” she told The Huffington Post. “That’s when I feel most like me and most confidant. Cutting my hair was freeing. Someone saying you’re beautiful and the fact that you have no hair makes you even more beautiful, said to me it’s not about my hair. It’s about something else we emanate.”

Beauty Buzz: Connie Britton’s #TBT Tresses, Illamasqua Takes Flight, and Refresh Your Bronzer for Fall

By  September 18, 2014


We love a good #ThrowbackThursday snap, and Connie Britton’s is hard to beat. New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand recently included a snap of the Nashville star and herself when they were roommates during a study abroad trip to Beijing. Though we know and love her signature rose gold ringlets, her strands certainly looked different back in the day. Go take a peek! [Glamour]

After Vivienne Westwood revamped Virgin Atlantic’s cabin crew uniforms, Illamasqua is sealing the special 30-anniversary with a crimson kiss. The cult beauty brand has crafted a Virgin red Glamore Lipstick to match the sharp ensembles. But they won’t be restricted to air-space as the shade is already available to snap up yourself. Talk about in-flight allure! [Glam Inbox]

We’re trying to keep our glow going even as we enter the chilly months, but it turns out we’re doing it wrong. Makeup artist Taylor Chang-Babaian advised bronzed bunnies to skip the glitter synonymous with the summer and instead use a matte formula to help contour the face through the fall and winter. Excuse us while we channel our inner Kardashian. [Byrdie]

Say goodbye to Bath & Body Works! Rituals and & Other Stories are bring their bodycare lines to U.S. Rituals bring its East-Meets-West aesthetic to the mix with relaxing, energizing, and purifying collection made with mostly paraben-free ingredients. H&M’s chic sister not only had bath and body on the brain, but manicures too with a 70-shade nail polish line and other color cosmetics. We’re updating out shopping list as we speak. [Fashionista]

Hourglass is finally planting its flag. After years of being department store darlings, the beauty brand is set to open up shop on Abbot Kinney Boulevardon September 22 in its hometown of Venice, California. Hourglass founder and chief executive officer Carisa Janes says of the storefront’s locale, “I’ve been here for seven years, and I’ve watched Abbot Kinney develop into this amazing retail pocket in Venice, and it just seemed like the perfect timing for us to do a store. It was the right street at the right time.” [WWD]