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Can You Repeat Your Favorite Wedding Guest Dress?

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Accessorize to Give New Life to Old Dresses

Wedding season is upon us, ladies. Your fridge door is crowded with save-the-date cards and fancy invitations to the dozens of spring and summer weddings of your friends and relatives.

Your first thought? “What will I wear?”

It’s actually a more serious question that it seems – with each new nuptial you attend, you have to plan out a dress, a purse, jewelry, and shoes that all look great together and make you feel gorgeous. And each of these ensembles comes with a pretty hefty price tag.

What stops you from befriending the local dry cleaner and wearing the same getup to every wedding are the overlapping guest lists and the corresponding fear that your repeat outfit will be the stuff of catty restroom chatter.

This wedding season, instead of dropping half of your paycheck on a new dress for every event, find fun ways to give a previously-worn frock new life.

Tailor Made

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We all have those beloved dresses that fit us like a glove – the problem is that we can’t get away with wearing them even one more time without people noticing. This is where your local tailor steps in and gives your old dress the Cinderella treatment.

A great tailor can transform your dress in a way that leaves all the things you love intact. Your options here are endless, but it really depends on the dress. Whatever you do, find a seamstress you can trust by checking out online reviews or seeking referrals from friends; you don’t want to put your favorite frock in the hands of just anyone.

Here are a few examples of transformative alterations:
• Have a long dress shortened
• Add cute cap sleeves to a sleeveless dress
• Add pretty straps to a strapless gown
• Remove sleeves/straps to create a strapless look
• Add a fun peplum
• Change out the bodice or skirt with new fabric
• For the brave, have a dress dyed a new color

Accessory to the Dress

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Really, a dress is just the start of a special occasion look. Accessories can make two women wearing identical dresses look very different. They can change the overall effect of a dress to the extent that no one will notice that the dress you have on at Cousin Ellen’s wedding is the same one you wore to Uncle Tim’s wedding a month ago.

If you know from the start that you will be repurposing a dress several times, it’s best to go with a solid color as opposed to a print – this will make it much easier to play with bold accessories. The first step is to decide on a color scheme. Be brave; choose a less common color combo for a look that will definitely make people forget that they’ve seen that dress before. If you have, for example, a dove grey dress, try all sunny yellow accents for one wedding, and then white and lavender accessories for the next one. The focus will be on your fabulous earrings, shoes, belt and purse rather than your repeat dress.

Hair & Makeup

Playing with your own natural beauty is one of the best ways to change your style. A new hair and makeup look can lend the same dress very different feels. But don’t feel like you have to spend big bucks at the salon – thanks to the hundreds of helpful hair and makeup tutorials available online, you can get a pro look at home if you’re willing to put in a bit of time and effort.

When trying to alter the appearance of your outfit, choose completely opposite hair and makeup. The first time you wear the dress, leave your hair down in loose beach waves and go for a soft, angelic look on your face. When you repeat the dress, try an elegant updo with a smoky eye and a sexy red lip. These styles are so different that no one will remember that the dress is the same.

Royal Flair

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Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone when it comes to repurposing a great frock. Try adding new, spotlight-grabbing components that you haven’t worn before. For example, take a page out of the young royals’ fashion playbook and explore the world of formal hats and fascinators, which have made a huge return to women’s fashion in recent years.

There’s such a huge range of options available that even the most conservative fashionistas can find a suitably subtle headpiece. But, if you like making a statement with your look, opt for a larger design that adds volume and interest to your look. Just note that the larger the hat or fascinator, the more subtle your other accessories should be. The last thing you want is for your beautiful accent pieces to be competing with one another.

If Kate Middleton can rock the same dress to multiple very public events, you can surely get away with wearing the same thing to a couple of weddings this spring and summer. And, let’s be honest, finding the right accessories is the fun part anyway.

Just make sure that you’re comfortable and feel great in whatever variation of the look that you choose. If you feel beautiful and exude confidence, no one will ever question your fashion sense.

nicoleAuthor Bio: Nicole Betti is the owner of Gold Coast Couture, an online shop that specializes in high-end, formal accessories from a wide array of European designers. Nicole’s main passions are wedding hats & fascinators, which inspired her to carry exclusive collections that are rarely available in the U.S. For more information, visit http://www.goldcoastcouture.com/ or connect with Nicole on Google+!


New Product Must-Have: MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Pressed Powder

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So we’ve all been there: after applying flawless makeup you go to set everything with finishing power and you are left with a powdery mess all over your face that settles into fine lines and looks unnatural. MAKE UP FOR EVER’s new HD Pressed Powder eliminates the possibility of ruining your makeup with cakey residue with a mess-free, lightweight finishing powder that goes on virtually invisible and sets makeup without leaving behind any trace of color.

What is does:
A combination of hyaluronic acid, synthetic mica, silicone powders and silica, the powder aims to instantly blur the appearance of fine lines, large pores, shine and other skin imperfections.

How it feels:
It’s silky and lightweight.

Why I like it:
No matter how many time a day I use oil blotting sheets, my oily skin just doesn’t behave, so I’ve been apply this transparent powder throughout the day to keep shine away. No matter how often I reapply it, the product never builds up, blends seamlessly, and instantly matifies my skin for a naturally flawless and airbrushed look. I can use it over foundation to create a luminous finish or by itself for a smooth out imperfections.

Packaging:
Because the product is pressed it’s easy to carry around in your purse, without having to worry about tit spilling inside your bag. It also comes with a handy mirror, making quick touch ups a breeze.

Tips:
A little bit goes a long way. It helps to use the right kind of brush such as MAKE UP FOR EVER’s #124 Medium Kabuki Brush.

Cost:
$36 (available exclusively at Sephora)


Ashley Judd and Anthony Mackie Announce Kiehl’s Partnership

Photo credit: Alexandra Wyman for Invision

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Actors Ashley Judd and Anthony Mackie have teamed up with Kiehl’s Since 1851 to design a Limited Edition Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque series in honor of Earth Day. Made with fairly-traded Amazonian White Clay from the Marajo Island, the mask aims to detoxify skin and minimize the appearance of pores. The design of the packaging features Earth-inspired images, and depicts Judd’s and Mackie’s vision of social responsibility.

100% of net profits up to $50,000 from the campaign will benefit Recycle Across America™, a nonprofit that will use the funds to create 65,000 standardized recycling labels to offer to select K-12 schools in the United States.

“We started working with Recycle Across America in 2012 and have continued with them since,” said Chris Salgardo, President, Kiehl’s USA. “Their mission to introduce solutions that make recycling more simple, comprehensive and effective in the United States is perfectly aligned with our Recycle & Be Rewarded program.”

The mask retails for about $23.00 for 5.0 fl. Oz. / 45g.

 Photo credit: Alexandra Wyman for Invision


Photo credit: Alexandra Wyman for Invision

 


Stand Out on the Beach with Catatsis Swimwear

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Now that the weather is wearing up and summer is fast approaching, it’s time to begin searching for the perfect swimsuit to show off that gorgeous body you’ve been hiding under layers of winter clothing. If you’re looking for swimwear that will give you a trendy edge check out Kalimera, the latest collection from Catatsis Swimwear. Designed by Carolina Bagg, the swimsuits in the collection were inspired by Bagg’s trip to the Greek islands and incorporate everything from Greek architecture to the color of the sunsets. The bottoms are available in a Brazilian, Italian and moderate cuts, offering a variety of different options for every woman’s comfort level. The tops are beautifully designed and feature flirty cuts and intricate details. Check out some of the bikinis available in the collection below and click here to learn more.

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Pureology Launches New Hair Strength Cure System

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Our hair often endures many different processes from heat styling to hair coloring that results in damage. Colour treated hair especially may suffer from mechanical damage micro-scarred damage as a result of the penetration of colour pigments during processing. To combat damaged/micro-scarred colour-treated hair, Pureology introduced Strength Cure this month, a comprehensive reparative haircare system that improves hair strength and softness.

“Damage is a core issue for virtually all of my clients. From heat styling to colouring, their hair is really put through the ringer,” says Natasha Sunshine, Pureology Artistic Ambassador and owner of Pureology’s Flagship Salon, Byuti. “With Pureology’s NEW Strength Cure, I can see strength improvement, added softness and vibrancy immediately.”

The first of its kind, the system uses Asta-Repair™ to heal, strengthen, and protect hair from colour oxidation. Asta-Repair™ features Astaxanthin, one of the most powerful carotenoids, with up to 500x the an antioxidant action of Vitamin E that is 10x more powerful than beta carotene. Astaxanthin is coupled a unique AntiFade Complex, which helps to ensure colour preservation. Keravis, Ceramide and Arginine, are also included in the Asta-Repair™ system, and helps replace the depleted cysteine content inside the cortex, while also helping to heal the micro-scarred cuticle to restore a velvet touch.

Here is a list of the products available in the line:

Shampoo, $27 (8.5 oz)
Gentle formula cleanses and helps fortify hair with a soft finish.

Condition, $29 (8.5 oz)
Opulent formula instantly conditions and detangles, improving hair’s touch and light reflection.

Masque, $50 (5.2 oz)
Our lush conditioning masque intensely fortifies and helps reduce breakage for increased strength and shine.

Fabulous Lengths, $28 (3.4 oz)
Luxurious serum for micro-scarred/damaged colour-treated hair helps strengthen the hair fiber to help reduce breakage and bring softness to even the most breakage prone strands.

Split End Salve, $28 (1.7 oz)
Strengthening salve with high concentration of coconut oil penetrates the hair and coats the surface, softening and conditioning your most porous ends.


Couture Design House Draws From Historic Royalty

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TeKay Designs, a couture house based in Houston, debuted its “Queen of the Brides” royalty themed bridal gowns during New York Fashion week this past February. The collection was inspired by the elegance of historic monarchas, and featured luxury fabrics, textures and colors.

Not only were the gowns unique, but the faces that graced the runway were as well, as diversity was applied to the model search.

“Women of royalty are represented from all over the globe through these gowns,” explained Kimma Wreh; the Fashion Designer and Creative Director for TeKay Designs. “Places such as Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East influenced the current collection. The gowns express cultural themes that resonate with many ethnic groups.”

Some gowns featured intricate embroidery, while others were accented with shimmering beading. Each represented a woman of royalty who has left behind an indelible mark. “I am proud to present a bridal collection that acknowledges style aesthetics that many cultures have contributed to humanity.” said Kimma.

Check out some of the photos below to see some of the gowns that were inspired by women of royalty from various cultures throughout history.

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Get $10 Off Your Next Blowout

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Now that Spring is finally upon us and the weather is warming up, it’s time to get ready to ditch the winter hats and reveal those gorgeous locks thatt have been tucked away for the last few months. Give your hair a glamorous makeover at The Red Door, with their new express beauty service, Red Carpet Blow Dry, which deep conditions to instantly repair and smooth hair for a silky, shiny finish in just 15 minutes. The professional results may last up to 3 shampoos and can be added as an enhancement to any hair service. Created for all hair colors and lengths, this treatment is available at all Red Door Spa locations.

For a limited time, The Red Door is offering $10 off you next blowout. Here’s how you can take advantage of this special promotion:

1. Snap a selfie of you fabulous blowout
2. Post it on Instagram between now and March 31, using #TheRedDoorGal and @RedDoorSpa
3. Show to the front desk team upon checkout and receive $10 off your blowout.

Who doesn’t like taking selfies or getting a fabulous blowout? Hurry over to your nearest Red Door location. The Selfie Cash promotion ends March 31st.


Get Glamorous Anti-Chafing Thigh Bands

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A few weeks ago I attended an event where I was introduced to Bandelettes, a brand that produces thigh bands to relieve all of the uncomfortable problems of inner thigh chafing that many women encounter when wearing skirts and dresses.

What is chafing? It’s the irritation skin may experience due to the repetitive friction from a specific area, such as the thighs, rubbing together. Bandelettes prevents this problem, with an exclusive trademarked and patented design that features non-slip silicon on the underside of elastic lace that lightly wraps thighs and stays in place. The result: no more redness and soreness and the elimination of messy powders or lotions. Moreover, the garment is not just functional, but aesthetically pleasing, as the 6-inch long chic lace can provide a sexy peek-a-book look to rev up any outfit.

Developed by Rena Abramoff and Julia Abasova, the product is available in 4 different shades for $14.99 each. Get one now»

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Smoothie of the Month: Get Glowing Skin with Guava

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March is National Nutrition Month, and what better way to observe the occasion than by finding a way to use nutrition to beautify our skin. That’s why I’m pleased to announce a new feature on the blog: “Smoothie of the Month,” where I’ll feature smoothie recipes that are not only good for you on the inside, but will allow your outside to be beautified as well.

This month’s smoothie was inspired by the tropical fruit guava. Native to Central America, guava contains many nutrients which are good for the skin including vitamins A, B, C, lycopene and potassium, all of which reduce the impact of aging and keeps the skin radiant.

Since the delicious fruit is hard to find in-stores, for this recipe, I used half a bag of GOYA® Guava Fruit Pulp, l banana and half a can of crushed pineapple and blended the ingredients together in a mixer. The result was a yummy sweet concoction filled with healthy fruits, no added sugars and many skin benefits. Let me know if you give this smoothie a try. I’d love to hear what you think!


Announcing The New Hold Me Middle Sister Bag

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105Every looked for a fashionable way to store your makeup brushes? The Hold Me Company has just announced a new size to their line of makeup organizer bags, The Hold Me Middle Sister Bag. The eco-friendly mid-sized bag is just a step-down in size from the largest and original Hold Me Bag and perfectly fits inside an average purse for easy transportation. Available in 11 different patterns, including basic black to bright pinks, the bag is a chic way to organize an assortment of cosmetics and brushes that can be stored for daily use. Closed, the Middle Sister Hold Me Bag measures, 9″ H, by 6″ W, by 2.5″ D, and extends to 20″ W when fully opened, giving full access to makeup and brushes with 8 separate brush sleeves. The exterior of the bag is made of vegan black suede, and the bag includes a removable bottom liner.

Hand made in the USA, the Hold Me Bags are available in three sizes and retail for $60 to $95. The Hold Me Bags can be purchased online and at fine makeup and beauty supply retailers.

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From left to right: (Hold Me Bag; Hold Me Middle Sister Bag; Hold Me Baby Bag)


Discover Radiant Orchid with SEPHORA + PANTONE UNIVERSE

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COY_skubanner_DR1v3_03What: Unleash your inner radiance with the SEPHORA + PANTONE UNIVERSE Color of the Year Collection in Radiant Orchid. Be among the first to experience Radiant Orchid’s deeply flattering flush and ravishing glow:

- Reveal your radiance: Receive a custom Radiant Orchid makeover for eyes, lips, and cheeks from our expert artistry team

- Get creative: Learn personalized tricks and techniques to incorporate the exclusive, limited-edition Color of the Year Collection into your look

- Get educated: Take home a complimentary look book with a professional step by step guide to master exhilarating new looks at home*

- Beauty Insiders Get Rewarded: Leave with an official SEPHORA + PANTONE UNIVERSE Pouch—free with your personalized Color of the Year consultation and any $25 purchase.**

When: Friday, March 14th to Sunday, March 16th/ 12pm – 6pm

Where: ALL SEPHORA STORES

*While supplies last.

**Sign up for a complimentary Beauty Insider account at your local Sephora or by logging on to Sephora.com.

Appointments preferred. Walk-ins welcome.


Dessert For Your Face: Lush’s Cupcake Fresh Face Mask

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The mask must be kept in the fridge

During Fashion Week I attended Lulus.com Style Studio where I received a sample of a Fresh Face Mask from Lush in Cupcake, a decadent chocolate at-home facial.

What’s in it: The face mask includes coco powder to calm redness, Rhassoul mud to deeply cleanse, and balancing spearmint and sandalwood oils to soften skin.

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How it smells: It radiates a supper yummy chocolaty, minty heaven scent.

How to use: Apply a generous layer and leave on for 5-10 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.

Results: The mask must be kept refrigerated, so it felt soothing to apply the cool mask on my skin after a long, stressful day. The product was easy to apply and removed easily when it was time to take it off, without leaving behind any residue. My skin smelt soft and the sweet aroma lingered.

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Price: $6.95 for 2.1oz; in shops only


HOW TO: Perfect Buns At Paris Fashion Week

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Pulled back hair dominated on the runways of Paris Fashion Week. Whether they were sleek and sulty or messy and edgy, this hairstyle prevailed. Here are some tips on how you can get the looks styled by Redken Creative Consultant Guido.

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The hair at Lavin’s F/W 2014 collection was amped up with wet and greasy textures to give the hair a nighttime feel to go along with the evening atmosphere created on the runway. A messy updo glistened on the runway for a very sexy and edgy illusion. Here’s how to get the look.

Redken Products Used – Collection:
- guts 10 root targeted volume spray foam
- argan-6 oil multi-care oil
- shine flash 02 glistening mist
- forceful 23 super strength finishing spray

Create the Look:
1. Saturate damp hair with guts 10 root targeted volume spray foam
2. Apply argan-6 oil multi-care oil for added shine
3. Using fingers, rake hair into a ponytail and secure with elastic
4. Twist ponytail into a messy chignon and secure with open fasteners
5. Finish by applying generous amounts of shine flash 02 glistening mist and forceful 23 super strength finishing spray

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The hair at Margiela’s F/W 2014 was kept traditional to match the style of the clothing this season. The bun was given volume with a droopy side knoot to give an overall mature feeling to the hairstyle. Guido combined flex shape factor 22 and flex mess around 10 to give the hair some texture and hold. Once the hair was prepped with product, Guido divided the hair into two sections and twisted inwards before creating a loose knot.

Redken Products Used – Collection:
-guts 10 root targeted volume spray foam
-flex shape factor 22 sculpting cream-paste
-flex mess around 10 disrupting cream-paste
-forceful 23 super strength finishing spray

Create the Look:
1. Apply guts 10 root targeted volume spray foam to damp hair
2. Blowdry with a natural bristle brush until hair is 80% dry
3. Apply a dime to nickel size (depending on length) of flex shape factor 22 and flex mess around 10 into palm of hand and mix together
4. Distribute product evenly throughout the hair
5. Finish blow drying hair until completely dry
6. Create a left side part
7. Divide hair into two sections in the back and twist hair inwards and tie into a loose knot
8. Thread elastic through the know a few times as if you’re sewing a button onto something and tie elastic once to secure knot
9. Finish with forceful 23 super strength finishing spray

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Easy and minimal was the theme for the hair at the Celine F/W runway. “So we are backstage at Celine and the hair is well, very Celine-esque, which means that it is simple and minimal” said Guido I used flex mess around 10, which is a new cream-paste from Redken, on the roots to give the hair a bit of hold and texture. I wanted the product to hold the lines created as I raked my fingers through the hair. This technique made the style feel masculine in a way.”

Redken Products Used – Collection:
-pillow proof blowdry express primer
-guts 10 root-targeted volume spray foam
-flex mess around 10 disrupting cream-paste
-forceful 23 super strength hairspray
-shine flash 02 glistening mist

Create the Look:
1.Apply pillow proof blowdry express primer to damp hair and comb hair straight back
2.Apply guts 10 root-targeted volume spray foam to roots and blow-dry with a natural bristle brush
3.Apply flex mess around 10 disrupting cream-paste to roots for texture and grip
4.Gather hair into a low ponytail with fingers
5.Twist ponytail up until it twists over itself and secure with an elastic leaving the ends of the ponytail out
6.Apply forceful 23 super strength hairspray on the ponytail
7.Finish with shine flash 02 glistening mist


HOW TO: The Ponytail At Valentino’s F/W 2014 Show

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poinytail3Redken Creative Consultant Guido created a playful twist on the traditional ponytail look for Valentino’s Fall/Winter 2014 Paris Fashion Week show. The out-of-the-box look lent itself well to the eccentric designs presented in the collection season, and added lightness to the collection as a whole.

“The collection this season felt more eclectic, so I wanted the hair at Valentino to be more whimsical and playful,” said Guido. “I created a simple part and added a little bit of height at the crown to give the hair a late 60s kind of feel. Regardless of these youthful subtitles, the vibe remained true to the brand’s identity. The hair is beautiful and very Valentino.”

Here’s how to get the look yourself at home:

Redken Products Used – Collection:
-guts 10 root-targeted volume spray foam
-forceful 23 super strength hairspray

Create the Look:

1.Apply guts 10 root targeted volume spray foam to damp hair
2.Blow-dry hair straight with natural bristle brush
3.Create a clean center part
4.Comb hair straight back creating slight lift at the crown
5.Gather hair into a low ponytail covering ears and secure with elastic
6.Place elastics every 2-3 inches down the ponytail
7.Pull hair in between each elastic to puff out the hair
8.Finish with forceful 23 super strength finishing spray

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GET THE LOOK: Jessica Biel’s Oscars Makeup

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Ck one color global makeup artist Kayleen McAdams, gave Jessica Biel her girl-next-door simple makeup look on the red carpet. “I wanted to do something really fresh, light and feminine” said McAdams. “There were so many beautiful pastels in her dress, so I played with those tones.” Here’s how to get the look:

KAYLEEN’S STEP-BY-STEP:
1. I prepped Jessica’ skin with moisturizing face and eye products, Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream Intense Hydration and Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado, to give her makeup a good base to stick to.
2. Then, I used a damp Beauty Blender to apply ck one 3-in-1 face makeup with SPF 8 in fair 200, followed by ck one 3-in-1 concealer in light 1 underneath the eyes, around the nose, and along the edges of her mouth to even out her skin.
3. I used Charlotte Tilbury Sculpt and Highlight Powder on the tops of Jessica’s cheekbones, down her nose, and on her cupid’s bow.
4. I finished her skin with ck one cream + powder blush duo in breath 100 right on the apples of her cheeks and set it with the powder side of the product to give the look staying power throughout the night.
5. For Jessica’s eyes, I started by using a fluffy brush to apply ck one cream + powder bronzer duo in deeply bronzed 400 all over the lid.
6. Then, I used ck one powder eyeshadow in expose and evolved on the inner corners of the eye and along the lash line at the outer corners.
7. I completed her eye with two coats of ck one volumizing mascara on the top lashes to pump up the lashes.
8. Then, I applied the same mascara onto an eyelash comb and combed through the bottom lashes to slightly darken them.
9. For Jessica’s lips, I used Tarte Lip Surgence in Lucky to cover her whole lip with a matte pink; I also used this product in the center of her lips to give dimension and add moisture to her look.
10. Lastly, I gave Jessica’s lips a good coating of Kiehl’s Facial Fuel No-Shine Lip Balm to soak in while I did her eyes.

THE PRODUCTS AT-A-GLANCE:
EYE CREAM: Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado
MOISTURIZER: Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream Intense Hydration
FOUNDATION: ck one 3-in-1 face makeup with SPF 8 in fair 200
CONCEALER: ck one 3-in-1 concealer in light 1
BRONZER: ck one cream + powder bronzer duo in deeply bronzed 400
EYE SHADOWS: ck one powder eyeshadow in expose and evolve
MASCARA: ck one volumizing mascara in extreme black
LIP TINT: Tarte Lip Surgence in Lucky
LIP BALM: Kiehl’s Facial Fuel No-Shine Moisturizing Lip Balm


Win a Pair of Louboutins

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In order to bring awareness to women’s heart health, Spa Week is hosting its second annual Heart Over Heels Giveaway. The contest, which runs until March 16th, gives entries the opportunity to win a pair of the most recognizable red soles in fashion: a pair of Louboutins. Addionally, one runner-up will receive a variety of beauty products including products from Red Door Spa Professional, Big Sexy Hair, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, and Nailtini. For every entry, the company will make a donation to the American Heart Association. Click here to enter now.


Sole Socks: The Breathable Sock Alternative

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We’ve all been there, whether it’s the same pair of gym sneakers you wear religiously every time you work out, or those comfy pair of ballerina flats you’ve had for years, it’s inevitable that these footwear will develop funky odors that won’t go away no matter how many times you wash them. Recently, I had the opportunity to learn more about a new product called Sole-Socks, a customizable shoe insole developed to absorb sweat and odor from your feet throughout the day so you can wear the fashionable no-sock look in the summer and have cool, comfortable feet.

The design is simple – a plush terry cloth top that absorbs the moisture and odor is stitched together with a cotton layer of fabric for durability with a breathable base attached to grip the inside of t your shoe and prevent slipping. The base is multifunctional as it is designed in a way that allows your foot to “breathe” while also acting as an extra layer of padding and support for your tootsies.

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The product is currently pending production, as the creators have recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds (at least $4500). Interested in learning more? Head over to the company’s Kickstarter page for more information or to pledge to support.


Event Alert: Perfect Your Pout At Make Up For Ever

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MAKE UP FOR EVER and Bliss want to help you perfect your pout and define your lip style with a complimentary spa treatment for your lips with the NEW Bliss Fabulips ‘Pout’-o-Matic, a spa-powered lip-perfecting tool. Attendees will also have the chance to meet with a MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist for a personalized lip lesson including a color consultation to identify a signature lip shade from the MAKE UP FOR EVER Rouge Artist collection. Appointments will finally be finished off with a 3 step lip lining technique tutorial.

WHEN:
Saturday, March 1stbliss
12:00 – 6:00pm

WHERE:
MAKE UP FOR EVER Boutique in Sephora
555 Broadway
New York, NY 10012

MORE INFO:
Book your complimentary appointment today and receive a special treat with any purchase. Appointments can be booked by calling the boutique directly.


SoleSensations

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Have you ever looked at a pair of shoes and thought “I wish I could store my candy, flowers or business cards in them?” Me, neither; but, when I saw these fabulous creations on Esty by SoleSensations I had to share them with you. Check out some of the “Fantasy Shoe Creations” below that are not just works of art, but also function as more than just personality for your home décor.

business card holder- high heel bud vase, $35.00

business card holder- high heel bud vase, $35.00

shoe candy dish Peacock Sequin Platform, $49.00

shoe candy dish Peacock Sequin Platform, $49.00

Tropical Print high heel bud vase, $30.00

Tropical Print high heel bud vase, $30.00


Diego Binetti NYFW F/W 2014 Hair Recap

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During New York Fashion Week designer Diego Binetti revealed his FW14 collection title LOVE. The collection features cape-like wool coats, wild prints, and oversized knits and tops. According to Binetti, “The LOVE by Diego Binetti FW14 has a spirit that is Nomadic with a city-slicker vibe…LOVE collection is unapologetically street-inspired with a sophisticated bohemian flair.”

Stylist Jenny Balding created the hair look for the collection’s debut developing hairstyles that had a naturally disheveled, rocknroll, effortless feel. “This is a woman who wouldn’t spend much time on her hair, but looks effortlessly sexy and disheveled. “ said Balding. “Enhancing natural beauty was key for this look.”

Here are the steps to create the look:
•Start with clean, dry hair to showcase hair’s natural texture
•Use a dry shampoo like Redken pillow proof blow dry two day extender & oil absorbing dry shampoo to give body and volume at the roots
•Spray section by section from the nape of the neck, right up to the front hairline
•Mist hair all over with a light hairspray – “I used Redken fashion work 12 versatile working spray as you can layer it on without it becoming sticky” said Balding.
•Use a large curling iron only to create a bend in the mid shaft of the hair – this creates movement and texture
•Shake your hair out and let it fall into its natural part to give this effortless, sexy disheveled finish

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Re-Create Samantha Barks’ Stylish BAFTAS UP-Do

RED CARPET ARRIVALS:
Samantha Barks arrives at the Royal Opera House, London for the EE British Academy Film Awards on Sunday 16 February 2014. (Photo Credit: Courtesy of BAFTA)
RED CARPET ARRIVALS: Samantha Barks arrives at the Royal Opera House, London for the EE British Academy Film Awards on Sunday 16 February 2014. (Photo Credit: Courtesy of BAFTA)

Samantha Barks arrives at the Royal Opera House, London for the EE British Academy Film Awards on Sunday 16 February 2014. (Photo Credit: Courtesy of BAFTA)

At the recent 2014 British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards actress Samantha Barks donned a stunning up-do, styled by Marc Trinder, Charles Worthington Art Team Director. Trinder used products from the Charles Worthington Salon At-Home line, which will be launching this March at Target. Watch the video below for exclusive behind-the-scenes access to learn how to Trinder perfected Samantha’s perfect red carpet hairstyle.

Products used include:
*Charles Worthington Salon At-Home Volume & Bounce Shampoo,/Conditioner – $9.99
*Charles Worthington Salon At-Home Volume & Bounce Thick And Full 3-D Boosting Crème – $11.99
*Charles Worthington Salon At-Home Long Lasting Max Hold Hairspray, $9.99


Couture Fashion Week New York 2/14/14 6pm Show

Wesley Petermann

On Friday, February 14th I attended the 6pm show of Couture Fashion Week featureing designers Nonye Lumm Couture, Wesley Petermann and Marisol Henriquez.

Set to the pulsating beats of African music Nonye Lumm Couture was first up with a vivid display of gorgeous evening gowns, billowing dresses and tailored suits. The edgy androgynous creations of swiss designer Wesley Petermann was up next. Highlights included a show-stopping fur dress creation, and a flamboyant Lady-Gaga-esqe metal top with spikes. Lastly, Marisol Henriquez presented her with “Retro Texturas” Collection featuring rich and varied textures, oversized bows and translucent bodices.

Nonye Lumm Couture

Nonye Lumm Couture

Wesley Petermann

Wesley Petermann

Marisol Henriquez

Marisol Henriquez


NYFW 2014 Hair Recap: Marc By Marc Jacobs

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The hair at the 2014 Fall/Winter New York Fashion Week presentation by Marc By Marc Jacobs, brought us all back to our school girl days, with two tight clean braids accessorized with black headbands. The hair was made a little playful with slightly disheveled strands, as a way to make it clear that even though the hairstyle was playful, a Marc girl isn’t a typical girl next door. The hairstyle “incorporated elements of manga, cartoon warriors and Wednesday Addams from the Addams Family into the look I designed for Marc by Marc Jacobs.,” said Redken Creative Consultant Guido. “I created this schoolgirl hairstyle with the Marc girl in mind, in that I wanted the overall style to remain youthful, cool and a bit punk. There is substance and style to the Marc girl, but there is also a rebellious dark side. Quite simply, the two braids are not meant to be that cute or innocent.”

Intrested in how to get the look? Then, read on.

Redken Products Used:

-flex shape factor 22 sculpting cream-paste

-pillow proof blowdry two day extender

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Create the Look:

1. Apply flex shape factor 22 sculpting cream-paste to damp hair from root to ends
2. Rough dry the hair with fingers
3. Create a messy center part down the center and divide hair into two sections
4. Apply pillow proof blowdry two day extender from mid-lengths to ends for added texture
5. Braid hair tightly on each side and fasten with an elastic
6. Place black headband behind ears
7. Pull some loose pieces around the face for an undone finish


A/W 2014 By Misha Presentation

Models posing at the by Misha A/W Presentation

On Monday, February 10th I attended the A/W 2014 Presentation of London fashion designer Misha Vaidya at New York’s Lali Lali Gallery. Vaida’s clothing line By Misha, which launched in 2011, always unveils a collection with a unique story and theme. This season’s collection titled “Eloquence,” debuted against a simplistic romantic backdrop of hanging lights in a dimly lit room. Featuring deep colors such as navy, burgundy, mustard and olive-green, the collection includes expertly tailored cropped jackets, flowy dresses, pencil skirts and several lace pieces. Check out some of the photos below to see some of the garments that were on display.

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