The Love Flower: Peonies

Peonies are highly fragrant flowers that range from dark red to soft white. When I was doing research on the flower I was surprised to learn all of the history and myths surrounding peonies. In Feng Shui, the flower symbolizes wealth and love (placing these flowers in your home will apparently attract a romantic partner). In some parts…

Illamasqua Limited Edition Speckled Nail Varnish

A few weeks ago, I was introduced to Illamasqua’s limited edition Speckled Nail Varnish. The varnish was inspired by irregular markings on fragile bird eggs, and allows you to create professional multi-dimensional nail art with just a few swipes. Price: $16 Where to buy: Sephora.com, Sephora stores and Sephora at JCPenny stores. The Freckle shade is…

Laura Smalls F/W 2013 Presentation: “Symmetry”

On February 13th, I attended the F/W 2013 Presentation of Laura Smalls, held at Essex House as part of New York Fashion Week. The designer, who was catapulted onto the national scene after Michelle Obama wore two of her dresses, showcased her newest collection, “Symmetry.” The designs were an amazing display of classic femininity meets sexy sophistication. Body-flattering silhouettes hugged the contours of the models…

Backstage Beauty: Emerson by Jackie Fraser-Swan Fall 2013

On February 10th, I went backstage at Emerson’s Fall 2013 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Studio at Lincoln Center. The team of Red Door Spa, led by National Creative Director and Master Stylist Zahir Ziani, was responsible for the teased up-do seen on the runway. The hair, as described by Ziani, was created…

Backstage Access: Fall 2013 NYFW Alon Livne makeup by Per-fekt Beauty

On February 9th, I had the amazing opportunity to go backstage at Alon Livne’s show held at Lincoln Center as part of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Lead makeup artist Suzana Hallili explained that Livne wanted the models to look solider-like, an effect she created by emphasizing strong brows and grey, smoldering eyes. Gun Metal eye shadow, custom-made by Mob Wives’s star Love Majewski in collaboration with Hallili and…

MAKE UP FOREVER PRO FINISH REVIEW

FTC Disclosure: These products were provided by a pr firm for review. What is it?: MAKE UP FOREVER Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation Price: $36.00 at sephora.com What it does: This high-performance, versatile foundation creates a flawless complexion, and lets you customize your foundation result. The Formula: An innovative formula that can be applied wet for…

New: Pureology Reviving Red Hair Care Line

On Thursday, January 31st, I had the opportunity to attend an event to learn more about Reviving Red, a new hair care line developed by Pureology for red and copper color-treated hair. People with red hair often contend with fading and color bleeding; this hair care line makes it possible for red and copper treated…

Super Bowl Sunday Makeup

Super Bowl XLVII is just days away and whether you are proudly rooting for the San Francisco 49ers or the Baltimore Ravens, beauty brand Violent Lips has got you covered with temporary lip and eye appliques that help you show off your team spirit. The lip appliques have a glossy finish and lasts up to 8 hours, so you…