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Most buzzed-about handpicks
IMATS NYC 2013
Everything about this years edition.
Wigs trend for Summer 2013
RALPH LAUREN & ESSIE
Polish and Perfume fabulous mix.
Luxury products for your skin.
The MOST buzzed-about beauty handpicks by us.
Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Shine
Givenchy Le Rouge
THE WORD ON LIPS: ANTIOXIDANTS + SHINE
THE WORD ON LIPS: HYDRATION + SEMI-MATTE FINISH
Succumb to a unique sensorial experience with dazzling color, extreme comfort, and luminous shine. The luscious, hydrating texture glides on your lips leaving a lightweight aqua shine effect, while Back Injection Technology offers extreme comfort and pleasure upon application. This innovative lipstick is formulated to protect lips from free radicals and seal in moisture for up to eight hours of hydration.
Enjoy perfectly defined lips that last as long as you do—and a genuine leather goods item. This lipstickas-accessory delivers intense colors and a semi-mat finish all in one stroke. And as the first lipstick to come in real leather, it imparts a soft, supple touch and sensual feeling.
Buxom Full Bodied Lipstick
NARS Satin Lip Pencil
THE WORD ON LIPS: SATURATION + FULLNESS
HE WORD ON LIPS: LONG WEAR + SATIN FINISH
This smooth, creamy, ultrahydrating lipstick offers a major plumping effect without the usual tingle. Encapsulated hyaluronic spheres help to promote hydration and fullness, while shea butter, coconut oil, chamomile flower wax, and vitamins C and E help moisturize, soothe, and protect lips.
The Satin Lip Pencil dresses up lips in statement shades that seduce with rich, color-bright pigments, while drenching them in decadent moisture. This modern, long-wearing, vitamin-enriched formula for lips looks sumptuously saturated and dramatically defined.
MAKE UP FOREVER Aqua Rouge
BITE BEAUTY Cinnamon Plumping
THE WORD ON LIPS: WATERPROOF + LACQUER
THE WORD ON LIPS: PLUMPING + CONDITIONING
Formulated with a combination of high molecular weight polymers and volatile oils, Aqua Rouge locks color on the lips for a smudge-proof result that will not transfer or fade.
Delicious enough to eat, this Plumping Lip Oil creates a soft cinnamon heat that delivers a natural flush minutes after application. Nourishing oils from cinnamon bark and pink pepper stimulate circulation for a natural plumping effect while peppermint oil provides a subtle warming sensation on lips. French olive oil, pure jojoba, castor seed oil, and argan oil hold five times their weight in moisture for long-lasting all-day hydration.
BENEFIT They’re Real! Mascara
A jet-black mascara that lengthens, curls, volumizes, lifts, and separates lashes for a spectacular “out-to-here” look. This breakthrough bestseller reveals lashes you never knew you had! The specially designed brush features staggered bristles that grab close to the root, boosting length and volume beyond belief. The custom-domed tip uses precision bristles to lift, define, and curl even your tiniest lashes. With a glossy, jet-black, long-wearing formula, you’ll flaunt luxurious, silky lashes that won’t smudge, clump, or dry out. True story!
Who else loves it!
Star Beauty Awards, best mascara 2012 Teen Vogue Beauty Awards, editors’ pick for best mascara 2012 Cosmopolitan, UK, Cosmo’s 10 Best Mascaras 2012 Power List, Glamour UK, [Best] Lash Lifter 2012
In a consumer panel survey, the following results were reported:
94% saw dramatic length and volume 90% saw base-to-tip curl
The staggered bristles grab close to the root, boosting length and volume. Then go vertical! The custom-domed tip with precision bristles lift, define, and curl even your tiniest lashes.
94% saw visible lift 100% saw long-wearing results
Discover For yourself why this best-sellers have major cult followings.
GLO BRILLIANT Whitening Device This kit gives you professional quality teeth whitening results athome—up to eight shade changes-with an average of five shades in five days with no sensitivity. The GLO Device, when used with the GLO Brilliant™ Whitening Gels and GLO Brilliant™ Whitening Mouthpiece, uses the patented Guided Light Optics Technology and illuminates with a brilliant blue light as it gently warms up. The light and heat accelerate the GLO Brilliant™ Whitening Gel giving you faster, longer-lasting results. You’re in control, your smile can get as white and as bright as can be
3 URBAN DECAY Naked 2 Palette
The follow up to the original bestselling Naked palette, this stunning second edition proves that neutral is anything but boring. Showcasing a dozen completely different shades than the first bronze-based collection, it includes a stunning range from pale and deep, to matte and sparkly. You’ll achieve a host of new neutral looks, smoky dramatic eyes, and everything in between. The palette also includes a travelsize Lip Junkie Lipgloss in Naked and a double-ended, cruelty-free Good Karma Shadow/Crease Brush (available only in this palette).
VICTOR ROLF Flowerbomb This floral explosion releases a profusion of flowers that has the power to make everything seem more positive. Magically evocative notes immediately awaken your deepest senses, giving you the impression of living life in your own secret garden, away from reality. Sambac jasmine, centifolia rose, cattleya orchid, and ballerina freesia bloom on a base of patchouli.
SEPHORA Smoky Studio 2 An expansive palette featuring 16 smoky eye trios and 15 perfectly coordinated lipsticks for unlimited glamour.
JOSIE MARAN Argan Oil
Stunning. Sultry. Smoky. Dive into this impressive palette for a range of alluring eye looks and complementary lip shades. The five color themes create the perfect smoky eye color harmony, depending on your mood, outfit, or occasion: intense, pop, retro, matte, or pastel. Each eye trio contains a dark shade, a medium shade, and a highlighter to create a natural-looking, sophisticated look. The included mini palette lets you chose three trios (eye or lip) for easy travel and on-the-go beauty fixes. This palette is ideal for those learning how to create coordinated eye and lip looks.
Foundation Broad With just five pure ingredients, bareMinerals SPF 15 Foundation delivers flawless coverage and the creamy minerals are clinically proven to improve the appearance of skin over time. It looks like a powder, feels like a cream, and buffs on like silk, giving skin a natural luminosity while feeling as if you are not wearing any makeup at all.
VIel Mineral Primer A mineral-based, water-resistant primer with SPF 15 that neutralizes the skin, minimizes shine, and creates a smooth, uniform canvas for flawless makeup application. This clean, satin-finish formula helps keep makeup looking fresh and prevents fading. Veil Mineral Primer also absorbs excess oils and minimizes the appearance of pores by evenly distributing light to help hide and soften skin imperfections and fine lines.
Laser Hair Removal 4x Get better results in half the time* with the New Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X, the only FDA-cleared laser available for home use. The upgraded digital display featuring Tria’s exclusive new Pulse Counter lets you treat your face and body more confidently. Only Tria Laser 4X uses the same diode laser technology preferred by dermatologists to deliver permanent results at home. *Study published in “Lasers in Surgery and Medicine.” Sept. 2012. New Tria Pulse Counter. After your first treatment, on occasion, some users experience mild redness that quickly dissipates within 24 hours. After the first month, clinical studies have shown up to 70 percent reduction after just two treatments. After two to three months of treatment, hair re-growth will begin to appear lighter and finer. You will begin to see a visible reduction in the amount of re-growth, especially in areas where hair growth tends to be dense. After three months of treatment, hair follicles that have been deactivated by the Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X will no longer grow hair. Continue to use the Tria Laser 4X as necessary for touch-ups until your skin is smooth and you’re free of the endless hassles of shaving and waxing.
This 100% Pure Argan Oil is a legendary oil that’s rich in vitamin E and essential fatty acids, and grown organically in Morocco. With its multitasking benefits, Argan Oil can be used for many areas including hydrating and nourishing skin, as a daily moisturizer, skin treatment, treating spilt ends, and softening cuticles. It’s gentle enough to use on all skin types and is believed to help with skin conditions including acne. Argan Oil easily absorbs into skin to give you a youthful, dewy glow, and has astonishing healing, conditioning, and antiaging properties to keep your skin and hair nourished and revitalized and to keep you looking beautiful from head to toe. 100% Pure Argan Oil is first cold pressed to ensure the best quality, highest-grade oil. It is housed in a recyclable glass bottle and purchased from women’s cooperatives in Morocco to support their social and economic welfare. These cooperatives work within a UNESCO biosphere reserve that ensures the protection and reforestation of Argan trees.
FIRST AID Ultra Repair Cream This Ultra Repair Cream is a thick, rich, emollient product that hydrates deep down with exceptional penetration. This cream is for anyone with severely dry, scaly skin due to harsh winter weather, aggressive cosmetic treatments, or any of the following conditions: atopic dermatitis, irritant eczema, allergic eczema, and keratosis pilaris. With the help of colloidal oatmeal, shea butter, soothing eucalyptus oil, and ceramides. The FAB Antioxidant Booster defends skin from free radical damage and the cream deeply hydrates with exceptional penetration, providing immediate relief and visible improvement. The cream is immediately absorbed into the skin and can be used all over the body and on the face.
International Makeup Artist Trade Show
ell, it’s almost time for IMATS in NYC this year, so I thought I would share what I learned from my experience last year! For those of you who don’t know what IMATS is, it stands for International Makeup Artists Trade Show. The event is held multiple times each year in various places around the world and it is open to the general public. There are speakers, demonstrations and tons of vendors selling all kinds of goodies, typically at discounted prices. For anyone who loves makeup, it’s just kind of fun to wander around and see all the new products available, as well as some of the amazing work from makeup artists working for various companies. There are student competitions as well, which showcase the amazing talent of some up-and-coming Makeup Artists. For some tips, tricks and suggestions for those attending IMATS, keep on readin’! It seems that most people go mainly for the shopping, so that’s what I’m going to focus on. Most places offer a pretty nice discount and, depending on how busy they are, the staff will be really interested in showing you everything about their products. This can make it incredibly easy to start impulse buying.
IMATS The International Make-Up Artist Trade Show is the make-up world’s biggest gathering. Thousands of make-up artists, vendors and enthusiasts discuss, display and collect the best the industry has to offer. Make-up pros from fashion and film (including Oscar, BAFTA and Saturn award winners) provide education and demonstrations at IMATS, and new products often debut there. IMATS also features a makeup museum and an Afterglow party, where trade-show guests can socialize.
To help avoid this, and also to just make navigating the venue easier, I would recommend looking at the vendor list on the IMATS website. If you’re not familiar with a company, check out their website to see what types of products they have and their price ranges – they’re usually linked right on the online list of vendors. Now you can start to think about what you’re most interested in investigating further! This next step might actually be best to do first, but I find it easier to do second when I know what new things are available. You want to take stock of what you already have. Make a list of what you need and, perhaps, a list of things you don’t need. If there is a company attending IMATS that you already own some products from, make a list of what you already have to help avoid buying duplicates. Lists are your friend! I should also add that it may be difficult to check out any lists in the sea of people, but I would still recommend having them and trying to check them as best you can. Set a budget!!! If you’ve investigated the items you’re interested in before hand, you should have some idea of what your dream budget would be and then you can try to make it a bit more realistic. Paying with cash is probably a good idea because it can be really easy to loose track of credit card charges. Try to stick to your budget the best you can.
To aid in sticking to a budget, you might want to wander around a bit before purchasing anything. This way you can get a sense of what kinds of products are available and what kinds of discounts are offered. For instance, there are tons of brush companies with a variety of prices, so if you’re not looking for a specific brand, you may want to look at a variety of them before actually purchasing that new foundation brush. You can also swatch anything and everything to get a better sense of whether or not that product is something you really want to purchase. Now it’s time to buy!!! Be prepared for long lines and cramped quarters. Because of this, try to keep any bags – be it handbags or shopping bags – to a minimum and opt for the smallest handbag you feel comfortable using. This can be tricky because there are a number of items that can be helpful to have with you (I’ll get to these shortly)! Take whatever you feel you need, just be mindful of others while in lines – try not to jam your hard-shell laptop case into someone else’s stomach, for instance (why you’re bringing a laptop would be beyond me, but you get the idea). Lines that were insanely long last year included OCC, Inglot and NYX. As the day wore on, the lines died down a smidge and, on Sunday they were much more manageable. By the same token, the longer you wait, the more apt things are to be sold out. It’s a balancing act!
It sounds silly, but we all wonder: Would changing my hair change my life? After a lifetime of playing it safe at the salon, Molly Young spins the color wheel and discovers a spectrum of alter egos The problem with my hair begins with my face. My face, I am sorry to report, clashes with any hairstyle other than a medium-length and nonlayered one, which is less a style than a state of nature. I discovered this a few years ago, when a makeup artist stepped back from my face midbronzing, squinched her eyes, and said, “You know, I thought you had a square face, but it’s actually sort of a pyramid.” A pyramid? Yes, she said, a pyramid. She was right about my face—it’s widest at the jawline, like Luke Wilson’s—and I’ve never quite forgiven her for it. For a pyramid, hair options are limited. Bobs exacerbate the problem; bangs turn your face into a Rothko painting; curls = bigger pyramid. But humans are perverse; we tend to desire the very things that we absolutely cannot (or should not) have. In my case, this unattainable ideal is cool hair—the kind that inspires a second look. Cool hair is Jean Seberg in Breathless and Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction; it’s Bernadette Peters and Gwen Stefani. It is my Swedish mother, who has a nest of platinum hair that she likes to style in a variety of ways: piled up like Brigitte Bardot, blown into a smooth pageboy, knotted with a chopstick, rippling in mermaid waves. My mother has cool hair, and every day I feel sad that I inherited her thimble-size nose and aversion to theme parks but not, sigh, her blond pouf. My own hair is a neutral brown, medium thick, medium wavy: the hair equivalent of an in-flight magazine. There are so many lovely ways to describe blonds and reds, and so few to describe browns. Blond is corn silk, platinum, honey, wheat, butter, gold. Red is copper, strawberry, russet, ginger, titian. Brunette? Eh. In his 1912 novel, The Financier, Theodore Dreiser described a character as having hair “the color of a dried English walnut”—and he meant it as a compliment. Thanks to my uncommonly geometric face, I’ll never quite permit myself to change the style or length of my hair—but color is potentially fair game (and a potential disaster). Enter Zoe Wiepert, a top colorist at Bumble and bumble. She’s done runway color for Marc Jacobs, 3.1 Phillip Lim, and Thakoon; she’s dyed faux pieces for Sarah Jessica Parker (did you really think she went full-on brunette for those hair-color ads?). A Tinker Bell blond with saucer eyes, Wiepert is part mad scientist and part artist—and wholly a wig obsessive. She’s the kind of girl who stores wigs in her kitchen pantry and could easily take a side gig putting together disguises for the CIA, if she weren’t already fully booked. Along with fellow Bumble and bumble stylist Carrie Hill, Zoe offered to create three custom, pyramid-flattering wigs so that I could experiment with color in the real world.
When I arrived at Bumble’s uptown NYC salon on
a chilly Sunday morning, I found Zoe and Carrie standing before a full buffet of wigs, giggling. I giggled too as Zoe led a tour of the goods, pointing out auburn Nashville-style curls, icicle-blond shoulderlength bobs, gray high-priestess tendrils. We browsed choppy Patti Smith shags and $800 wigs hand sewn from virgin European hair. Virgin European hair! I repeated the phrase in my head, savoring it the way
I would the words pebbled kidskin or champagne reception. Before we could get down to business, though, we had to get my real hair out of the picture. Carrie parted it in the middle, made two braids, and pinned them to my head. A stretchy bald cap went over the braids, forming a condomlike seal and giving me the look of a pinto bean. Then the wig parade began. “You look so different,” Zoe observed as wigs flew on and off my head, each new style swiftly erasing the woman wearing it and replacing her with a fictional character. Studies have shown that hairstyles are a key factor in how we recognize people’s faces, and here was a rather spooky form of proof: As my hair changed shape and color, I hardly knew the person in the mirror. After eight wigs, three cinnamon scones, one cappuccino, and a million iPhone pics, we settled on three styles for me to take home: a long blond, a lush russet with bangs, and a pastel lavender-blue that reminded me of screen savers and unicorns. (Zoe deemed it “very editorial.”) I wore the blond wig out, feeling fantastic. Then I got on the subway. Self-consciousness set in. Jammed between riders on the crowded train, I was suddenly beset with the conviction that my hair looked fake. I could sense people staring, but the stares were less Ooh! than Kim Zolciak? You know when you see a woman tightly bound in Herve Leger, looking generally great but hobbling around in debilitatingly high heels? That’s
“The lesson: Blonds might have more fun, but the same is true of drunk people.” how I felt. The words trying too hard might as well have been Sharpied across my forehead. An empty Snapple bottle was rolling around the subway floor, and I trained my gaze on it for the remainder of the trip downtown. Upon reaching my apartment, however, I found a sleek Upper East Side blond staring back at me in the bathroom mirror. The panic had been a false one; Zoe’s wigs were way too good to look fake. I got a beer from the fridge and started pacing, trying to relax into my new hair. But pacing and beer didn’t feel right either. I looked in the mirror again. Before me stood a pampered platinum princess clutching a Budweiser next to a stack of dirty clothes. My brain flashed the system error message. Women—like me?—with hair like this do not drink domestic beer from a can in Chinatown apartments. They drink kir royales at Le Bilboquet. But there wasn’t time for another mini crisis. I’d made dinner plans with six friends at an East Village barbecue joint. After pouring the rest of my beer down the drain, I changed into jeans, spiky heels, and a beige silk top with gold chains for straps. With my customary brown hair, the outfit might have looked cheerful and celebratory. On a blond, it screamed mail-order bride. What the hell? I winced in the mirror, and then I went to dinner. “Whoa,” said male friend number one when I arrived at the restaurant. He took in my hair. Then he changed the subject. Whoa on its own is always a bad sign. Sliding into a seat at the center of the table, I greeted the rest of my friends (to a chorus of similar whoas) and flagged down a waiter. “Frozen piña colada with an extra shot of rum,” I requested, smiling. And with that, it was official: Molly was gone, and in her place was Fun Girl.
RALPH LAUREN & ESSIE I Together at Last
n a move that had us asking, “What took them so long?” nail polish powerhouse Essie has joined forces with American heritage brand Ralph Lauren on four limited-edition beauty sets debuting this summer.
The Ralph Lauren Fragrances for Women Essie Sets come in four scent and color stories, each including Ralph Lauren Big Pony eau de toilette, Big Pony body mist, and (and!) Big Pony Essie nail polish in coordinating blue, pink, purple, or yellow. The sets come packaged in a canvas pouch, which you can reuse all summer (it would be perfect for stashing makeup or sunscreen inside your beach bag). Ralph Lauren Big Pony Blue #1, Pink #2, Yellow #3, and Purple #4 are available for $45 through August at Macy’s. Now I must stress that I have no idea if the sets I am about to mention will be released in the UK but we can live in hope, as soon as I saw these on Ulta I knew I had to share the release and also beg my cousin who is currently in the states to track me down one for myself! Basically Essie and Ralph Lauren Big Pony have come together to create a rather funky gift set that includes an exclusive Essie polish which of course is colour co-ordinated to the scent packaging. Last year I bought all four Ralph Lauren Big Pony scents while on holiday and have to say that I adore all four most particularly scent 3 (yellow) - you can read my reviews here -link. Isn’t it funny how a particular scent can remind you of a specific period in time? Inside each kit you will find : Eau de Toilette Spray 30ml, Body Mist 50g and a full sized Essie Nail Polish, all presented within a cute bag that would make a great wash bag for toiletries. Get them while you can as they are limited edition.
Glossy B OX
If you’re not checking into a luxury hotel anytime soon, no problem: The James Hotel and GlossyBox teamed up on a product that brings five-star quality right to your doorstep. In honor of Earth Day, The James Hotel and GlossyBox collaborated on an environmentally friendly beauty loot offering. GlossyBox, a subscription service that sends beauty products to customers monthly, will host a flash sale on its website from April 22 to 28 featuring products specially chosen for the swanky hotel chain. The box, which retails for $35, will also be available to The James Hotel’s guests in select suites at the Chicago, Miami, and New York locations starting April 29. The eco-friendly products in the set include Caldrea Body Oil, Alessandro International Pedix Heel Rescue Balm, Soleil Organique Environmental Defense Sun Stick SPF 30, Davines Nounou Pak Nourishing Repairing Mask, and Heartland Fragrance Loofa Soap.
Not just ombre hair is in style, but the ombre lips is in trend too! Ombre means having two colors that are monochromatic, for example if one wants to use red lip stick, then one will use an orangey lip stick or a dark brown to blend the two.
Remember, be yourself, do what you like, think outside of the box, be spontaneous, try new fashions, try new styles, and do not listen to any if they say you look weird, remember your closet is your canvas! Be creative, and do not forget to wear a smile, but make sure there is no lip stick on your teeth, then you definitely will he ready to smile!
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SEPHORA BY OPI Nail Colour in White Hot $9.50
TOM FORD’S SUMMER COLLECTION The world of Tom Ford is one of sexuality and pure glamour. This holds true not only with his designs, but also with his eponymous beauty line, Tom Ford Beauty. The line is known for it’s sleek packaging (heavy glass jars, deep chocolate metals, and goldembossed logos), sensual formulas, and pro-favorite products (the Shade & Illuminate powders were spotted in every makeup artist’s kit this past fashion week). This summer Ford sticks to what he knows best with a line of illuminating bronze products. “I wanted to capture a very particular look of skin that is bathed in sunset light in the summer,” said Ford. “It is a sultry and sublime glow. In this light, every woman looks irresistibly relaxed and sensual.” The Summer 2013 collection boasts a liquid skin illuminator ($65), bronzy cheek color sticks ($58), creamy eye colors ($40), a lustrous rose gold lip lacquer ($30), and an icy nail varnish ($30) and will be available in May at Tom Ford counters at Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, and Neiman Marcus.
DIOR Colour Vernis Nail Lacquer in Lilac $24.00
TIP-OFF Nail art in our spring colors Blogger Christina Rinaldi’s custom design with the Sephora Color Vision shades.
SEPHORA BY OPI Nail Colour in It’s All About $9.50
Paint a light coat of the blue on the bottom third of the nail.
Add the pink to the middle third of the nail, overlapping slightly.
NAILS INC. Nail Polish in Baker Street $9.50
With the lilac, slightly overlap with the pink and extend to the tip of the nail. Brush clear polish (not topcoat) across the nail, blending the colors.
Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup Our completely weightless formula blurs imperfections to deliver a flawless finish that looks professionaly retouched and feels invisible.