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How to Recreate Hair Trends Seen At NYFW

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Experts from Olivia Garden, makers of high quality styling tools, kept a close eye on the hair trends making the way down the runway at New York Fashion Week, and in their expert opinion, the major hair trend for Fall 2015 is effortlessly chic. From slicked back ponies to textured hints of wave, Fall 2015 is all about easy, no fuss styling for a natural, carefree look.

Here, the experts from the company share tips and products to achieve the most sought after looks from the runway.

Natural Stanaturalte as seen at Rachel Comey and Ralph Lauren

To get that slightly disheveled texture with a bit of bend use the Olivia Garden FingerBrush. The fingers of the brush move independently from each other, unlike other brushes, to hug every part of the scalp creating a very natural “lived-in” result. Let hair air dry or blow dry with brush.

 

 

City Slicker as seen at Hugo Boss and Erin Fetherstonslick

For a simple, yet sleek, ponytail start by using Olivia Garden Ceramic + Ion Pro Vent Paddle Brush with a blow dryer to dry hair flat to the scalp. Once hair is dry, use the tail of the Olivia Garden Style-Up Combo Folding Teasing Brush to create a part down the middle. Then use its mixed bristle brush to smooth hair down and place in pony at the base of the neck. Secure with hair elastic.

 

 

Undone Beauty as seen at BCBG and Michael Kors

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Chic and easy with a bit of an edge, creating an undone ponytail or bun is all the rage for Fall 2015. Use the Olivia Garden Style-Up Combo Folding Teasing Brush on dry hair to create volume and pull back into a low pony or bun. Then using the tail end of the brush pull out pieces of hair to frame the face. You can go back and tease the loose pieces or bottom of ponytail for a more textured look.


 

 

Easy Elegance as seen at Zac Posenelegance

For a sophisticated style with shine and bounce, start by drying hair with a large paddle brush like the Olivia Garden Ceramic + Ion Pro Vent Paddle Brush. Then use a curling iron on the ends of the hair to create a loose curl. Brush out the curls with the same paddle brush to create soft waves. Lastly, use a 100% boar brush, Olivia Garden Divine Care & Style, to smooth out the crown of the head and fly-aways around the face.


Photography on Nails: CND For Opening Ceremony Fall/Winter 2015

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 15: A model at CND opening ceremony Fall/Winter 2015 on February 15, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Arun Nevader/Getty Images for CND)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 15: A model at CND opening ceremony Fall/Winter 2015 on February 15, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Arun Nevader/Getty Images for CND)

NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 15: A model at CND opening ceremony Fall/Winter 2015 on February 15, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Arun Nevader/Getty Images for CND)

For the Opening Ceremony’s Fall/Winter 2015 Show at Cheim & Read in New York City, CND, the global leader in professional nail care, showcased three unique nail designs. The show was presented in a unique art gallery setting, which complemented the inspiration for the nail/fashion collaboration which was inspired by the early works of legendary film director Spike Jonze.

The fashion collection honored Jonze’s photography by highlighting 35-millimeter film through an interplay of collage formats and contact sheets on unconventional mediums. It also featured a select capsule collection honoring storied technology brand Kodak. CND completed the look with two linear nail designs featuring Kodak’s signature color palette and a third look paying homage to one of Jonze’s poignant photographs.

“We were completely captivated by Opening Ceremony’s creative vision for this collection,” said CND Co-founder and Style Director Jan Arnold. “Their colors and concepts tied in perfectly with CND’s Fall 2015 trend story, which celebrates an unexpected clash between gritty street elements and refined details for an intriguing combination of glamour and grunge.”

The nails presented at the Opening Ceremony captured the essence of the collection through a collaborative effort between the elite global artists of the CND Design Lab Team, Opening Ceremony and their design consultant, celebrity nail artist Naomi Yasuda.

The handmade works of art were created with vertical and horizontal striping techniques using VINYLUX® Weekly Polish in an array of heavily pigmented Kodak-inspired colors including red, yellow, blue and purple. A decoupage technique was implemented to lay Jonze’s impactful black and white photography on the nail. Intricate detailing provided the framework for the design, the third bespoke look for the collection.

“The nails that CND designed for us this season in collaboration with Naomi Yasuda were a seamless interpretation of our designs onto the models’ fingertips,” said Opening Ceremony Founder Humberto Leon. “We really wanted this collection to honor Spike’s photography and the technology behind it, and it was exciting to see the art come to life on the nails to complete the story.”


Art Hearts Fashion Closes NYFW With a Bang

Walter Mendez collection (Photography by Jeffrey Grossman)
MTCostello collection (Photography by Jeffrey Grossman)

MTCostello collection (Photography by Jeffrey Grossman)

Last Thursday, I attended the Art Hearts Fashion show, which closed out Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week with an amazing display of one-of-a-find pieces. Designer Mister Triple X kicked off the show with a sophisticated street wear line for men and women. Bold prints and subdued colors were characteristics of the collection, with the only major burst of color seen with fiery red pants worn by one of the male models.

Walter Mendez’s chic and elegant gowns took to the runway next, featuring dresses that were absolutely breathtaking. Soft greys transitioned smoothly to dark blues and bold velvet greens. Reality star and entrepreneur Lilly Ghalichi stunned the audience as she graced the runway, showing off one of the designer’s most elegant pieces in the collection.

House of Li Jon was by far my favorite, as the designs featured bold patterns and the brand’s signature hand crafted wearable couture armor, which glistened as it hugged the curves of each model’s frame.

Hailing from the Netherlands, House of Byfield showcased fitted suiting and men’s bags as well as contemporary dresses for women.

Furs were abundant in Hallie Sara’s collection off luxury pieces reminiscent of the iconic old-world glamour and timelessness of feminine silhouettes.

Finally, MTCostello’s immaculate collection of gowns were absolutely breathtaking. His showcase of designs proved to be a crowd pleaser, opening with a model wearing a reptilian face makeup and a solo male model who walked down the runway wearing nothing more than a golden robe and covering his manhood with his hands.

Check out some of the photos from the fashion show below.

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HOT NAIL ART: CND FOR THE BLONDS FALL/WINTER 2015

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 18: A model poses backstage for The Blonds with CND Fall/Winter 2015 at Milk Studios on February 18, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jennifer Graylock/Getty Images for CND)
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NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 18: A model walks the runway during The Blonds for CND Fall/Winter 2015 at Milk Studios on February 18, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Arun Nevader/Getty Images for CND)

The nail looks created at The Blonds F/W 2015 show were nothing short of extraordinary. CND, the global leader in professional nail care, created 20 unique and theatrical nail designs for the show, which was held at MILK Studios in New York City. As always, CND pushed  the boundaries of creativity with powerful visual displays of nail art that enhanced the over-the-top runway fashions. Inspired by dystopian elements of several iconic films, the clothing and nails featured a clash of distressed and refined elements.

“Our ongoing collaboration with The Blonds has become an integral part of CND’s fashion culture – it’s so exciting to get together each season and brainstorm concepts for our nail artistry,” said CND Co-founder and Style Director Jan Arnold. “The Blonds’ aesthetic for this collection correlated perfectly with our Fall 2015 trend story, which is all about the contrast between edgy, almost explosive, design elements and high-end finishes for an overall dark elegance.”

Artists from the CND Design Lab Team handcrafted the nails and their dramatic embellishments with CND® Liquid & Powder and BRISA® Gel. Then, layers of high-shine color were applied using CND® SHELLAC® brand 14+ day nail color and VINYLUX® Weekly Polish, using innovative techniques to create matte suede texture. Accented with gold chrome accessories, textural elements and layering created serious dimension, while couture camouflage in industrial tones were embellished with hand-crafted molten paillettes. The bold 3D designs, which took a total of over 900 combined hours to create, were pierced, draped, laced, torn and burnt, perfectly accessorizing The Blonds’ theatrical collection.

“Once again, Jan and the entire CND team totally blew us away with incredible nail designs to complete the collection. It was amazing to see it all come together on the runway,” said designer Phillipe Blond.


Share Your Beauty Secrets for a Chance to Win $50 CVS/pharmacy gift cards

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What’s Your #BeautySecret? CVS Beauty Club wants to know, so they are hosting a fun campaign throughout the month of February. Share your #BeautySecret on Twitter this month (tag @CVSBeautyClub) to pay forward your best-kept beauty tips or the secret products you love, and automatically be entered to win $50 CVS/pharmacy gift cards. Looking forward to seeing everyone’s beauty tips!


Nolcha Fashion Week Runway Recap

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Last night’s artic temperatures didn’t keep away NYC’s fashion elites who converged at Manhattan’s Chelsea Piers for the 8:30pm Nolcha Fashion Week runway presentation. Prieston, a Hungarian designer, kicked of the show with an amazing collection featuring crystal embellishments, flowing dresses and geometric cutouts. The fall-winter 2015 collection was inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” which could be seen with the feather design elements adorning some of the pieces, as well as with the colorful, chunky sweaters.

Following Prieston, Ann Himsel, an NYC-based designer debuted her first collection completely inspired by menswear colors, style, fabrics, and silhouettes. Strong, structured pieces emerged one by one with a sophisticated feminine flare sneaking through the masculine undertones.
Finally, Danny Nguyen Couture closed out the evening with stunning evening gowns that mesmerized the audience, with soft, luxurious fabrics, lace and detailed craftsmanship seen in the intricate use of fabric floral and crystals. It was also the only collection of the night to insert bright pops of color, with reds and magenta.

Check out some of the photos below to see pieces from each of the designers.


Fresh’s Limited-Edition Zodiac Oval Soap Collection

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What type of soap is in your future? Head over to Fresh and find out! The beauty brand has launched a limited-edition Zodiac Oval Soap Collection in collaboration with astrologer-to-the-stars, Susan Miller. The brand, already known for its iconic oval soaps, has made available 12 individual soaps for each of the Zodiac signs, all of which were inspired by the field of astrology and the four elements. The soaps are hand-wrapped in artisanal paper and illustrated with the corresponding symbol of each sign. Additionally, each Zodiac Oval Sop features a sign-specific booklet filled with horoscope and beauty tips by Susan Miller.

The soaps are available for $15 each at Sephora at Fresh stores.


Product Review: Konjac Sponge

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Konjac sponges are one of the hottest trends in skincare and lauded as one as the best ways to cleanse your face, so I decided to try one out so see what all the fuss is about. But, first a history lesson:

Konjac is a root-based vegetable that grows in warm climates in Asia, and can be used in cuisine or as a dietary supplement to cure a whole list of aliments from high cholesterol to weigh toss. It’s also super rich is vitamins, minerals and fiber.

The perennial root plant, mostly composed of starch, is used to make a super-soft sponge that acts as an all-natural exfoliater to remove impurities, and leave you with cleaner, smother skin. I tested ecotools Pure Complexion Facial Sponge – Deep Cleansing recently, which is handmade with 100% natural ingredients, including Konjac vegetable fiber and bamboo charcoal.

Initially, when I took the sponge out of the box it was rock-hard solid, and I could not imagine washing my face with it. But, after I rinsed the sponge in water, it quickly became soft and felt like nothing I have ever touched before. It was mushy, but solid and felt like a weird mind game considering the way it looked versus the sensation I was feeling in my hands.

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Adding water to the sponge makes it soft.

 

I loaded the sponge with my face wash and watched as it absorbed the gel and formed a rich lather. Next, was the ultimate test – I had to wash my face with it. I lightly glided it across my face was pleasantly surprised at how smoothly it caressed my skin as it washed away my makeup and exfoliated. It even gently glided around my delicate eye area. I’ve been using the sponge a few times a week now, and really do like it.

The sponge after Ii added face wash to it.

The sponge after Ii added face wash to it.

It’s a great alternative for anyone who has sensitive skin, or is just looking for a light exfoliator. Right now, during the winter months, my skin is extra dray and I’ve been breaking out a lot, so this is a great option for me until the summer months return and I can bring my lovely Clarisonic.

The ecotools Pure Complexion Facial Sponge retails for just $5.99.


How to: SAG Award’s Most Inspiring Hair Styles

Actress Emma Stone attends the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. (January 24, 2015 - Source: Ethan Miller/Getty Images North America)

The hair at last night’s 21st SAG Awards was sleek and inspiring. Here, Jenny Balding, Cutler/Redken Stylist, shares her favorite styles of the night and how you can get the look.

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Actress Emma Stone attends the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. (January 24, 2015 - Source: Ethan Miller/Getty Images North America)

Actress Emma Stone attends the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. (January 24, 2015 – Source: Ethan Miller/Getty Images North America)

SAG Award Winner Emma Stone’s simple, sleek ponytail complimented her tuxedo-inspired Dior gown. “This style has become a red carpet favorite and even though this look appears very simple, the attention to detail is what makes Emma look so striking with this side part low ponytail. This style gives a polished edge to any look as it keeps you looking streamlined.” – Jenny Balding, Cutler/Redken Stylist

* Start by creating a low side part, focusing on keeping the part very straight.
* Blow dry hair very smooth and straight and then use a straightening iron throughout to give the ultimate sleek finish.
* Sweep into a low ponytail at the nape.
* The attention to detail with the part and the sleek finish really transforms a simple ponytail into a chic style.
* Finish by misting Redken Diamond Oil High Shine Airy Mist all over to create the ultimate shine.


Julianne Moore

Actress Julianne Moore attends the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. (January 24, 2015 - Source: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images North America)

Actress Julianne Moore attends the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. (January 24, 2015 – Source: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images North America)

“SAG Award winner Julianne Moore’s effortless polished wave is perfect to take the edge of a very dressed up look while still complimenting it beautifully. There are many versions of a wavy look, but to create this effortless, polished wave you need create a good foundation first to achieve an effortless finish.” – Jenny Balding, Cutler/Redken Stylist

* Start by blow drying her smooth to remove any frizz and promote shine.
* Create a clean middle part.
* Use a light weight hairspray, such as Redken fashion work 12 versatile hairspray, to mist each section before using the curling iron. This will give the right amount of hold and flexibility your need.
* Use a 1″ 1/2 curling iron and use vertically starting from the mid-length to the ends throughout the whole head.
* Using a Mason Pearson type brush, brush through the waves to create this polished finish.
* Finish by misting Redken Diamond Oil High Shine Airy Mist to create exceptional shine.


Smokey-Silver Eyeshadow Bridal Beauty Look

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Let’s face it, most females start planning their weddings really young. While many dream about the perfect dress, shoes and even groom, I’ve only ever thought of the perfect makeup. That’s why I was excited to create a look inspired by a gorgeous wedding dress I found on Lover.ly, a  wedding planning binder that lives in the cloud.

For this look I chose Modern Trousseau’s autum, a drop-dead strapless Italian duchess gown, that features French alenon lace, a fit-to-flare silhouette and sweetheart neckline. The gown is both daring and elegant, and the sultriness of it is refined with a delicate silk flower belt worn at the waist.

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Because of the dress’ bold sexy style, I thought a soft, smokey eye would complement it perfectly. I used accents of silver and dark grey to create a whimsical, romantic eye look that adds some sparkle and nicely complements the light grey silk seen at the neckline and around the waist. The sparkles in the eye shadow are meant to jazz up the overall bridal makeup look, while a soft pink cheek color creates a natural blushing bride flush.

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I topped off the look with a subdued lip color, so that the focus isn’t taken away from the dramatic eye makeup. Here are the products used:

Face:
POND’S Luminous Finish BB+ Cream, Medium

Eyes:
Revlon Colorstay, Sultry Smoke
Urban Decay, Moonsppon
Barer Minerals in Sterling Silver
Cynthia Rowley – Pencil Eyeliner

Cheeks:
Maybelline New York Face Studio Master Hi-Light Blush, Pink Rose

Lips:
Mary Kay Nourishine Plus Lip Gloss: Café Au Lai

Smokey-Silver Eyeshadow Bridal Beauty Look

See the products I used here and re-create your own makeup look.

To seem more gowns, visit Lover.ly.