Lead makeup artist at ADAM, Romy for MAC Cosmetics took the attention to the eyes.Â Black creme liner (a full, thick line) was applied to the lids in a winged shapeÂ along with two coats of Haute & Naughty Lash Mascara to the upper lashes only.Â FaceÂ And Body Foundation as well as concealer was applied to theÂ face as needed, on the cheeks Posey and Laid Back Blush Cream were mixed and applied to the apples and the lips were left very subdued with just lip conditioner applied using the fingertips.Â Read more
Lead stylist (and Ted Gibson protege)Â Devin Toth created easy, simple, clean but glamorous hair at Carmen Marc Valvo AW11.Â The look was inspired by a ballerina, but softer.Â Â Ted Gibson Styling Sheets were used to remove any excess oil in the hair, it was parted half up, half down,Â the top part wasÂ then finger combed to the back, twisted into a bun and secured with pins.Â It was very pretty, but not too elegant.Â Read more
While spa vacations have always been popular, spa retreats designated specifically for a girlfriend getaway has picked up speed in the last year. Just about 3 hours from me, in Spruce Creek PA, Cara Mor Spa Retreat is the latest luxury health spa to open…but not only just for women–but private parties of women. That means you and your friends get the entire place to yourself. Talk about personalized service!
Cara Mor is tucked away in a serene setting with 3 different lodges to accommodate the needs and size of your private party. Chef Rock is your personal Chef, who’ll whip up some comfort food–whether it is organic or a midnight snack, for you and your friends. During your stay, 7 hours at the spa is split between you and your guests each day…can you imagine getting a massage or facial on your time line and not based on the spa’s availability to squeeze you in? Read more
Meryl Streep in Out of Africa was the inspiration referenced by lead make up artist for MAC Cosmetics Carole Colombani at Suno.Â The look was feminine and soft as well as graphic and modern.Â Â The same palette was used for the lips and cheeks, Haute & Naughty Lash mascara was applied just to the upper lashes, a beige/moleskin shadowÂ on the eyes, Teddy eyeliner (which is an eye kohl) on the lid, Â a brush dipped in water first then dipped in color on the lower lash line for a softer look and theÂ skin was kept very natural with just moisturizer and concealer where needed.
I absolutely loved this look, it was clean, fresh, feminine and seemed to be the most wearable…on an everyday “I wish I had something to dress up for at least twice a week but that lifestyle keeps alluding me” basis.
Lead makeup artist for MAC Cosmetics, Lisa Butler, went for an authentic 70s look for the Bill Blass AW11 runway show.Â To get the look she applied very light foundation and concealer to the skin…so the skin would look perfect, but not made up.Â Â Â On the eyes she applied a thin line of black cream liner and extended it out a bit, Black Opulash Mascara was applied to the lashes and fake lashes with the length chopped off were applied to the upper lashes (all on the inner lashes, none on the outer lashes) to create a black, sharp area on the eyes.Â To complete the look Seaside was applied to both the lips and cheeks.Â Read more
MalcolmÂ McLarens’ 1984 single Madame Butterfly inspired the look at Imitation. The look exuded both sensuality and sexuality; it was all about the eyes and lips.Â In the words of lead makeup artist Nadine Luke for MAC Cosmetics, you “would want to look like that.”
To create the eyes, Feline eye pencil was blended on the lid (and applied toÂ the lower lash line) with Legendary Black Pro Longwear Eye Shadow on top, Black Fix Studio Fix Lash mascara was applied to both upper and lower lashes and a shine gloss (to emulate the look of the girls in the steam room in the video) finished off the look.Â On the lips Vino Lip Pencil was blended as a stain on the lips, then Media Lipstick was applied on top of the stain. Prep+PrimeÂ Skin, Studio Sculpt Foundation, Prep+Prime Transparent Finishing Powder and a very minimal application of Well Dressed Blush.Â Read more
At Jenni Kayne AW11, the inspiration for the collection was the idea of an urban woman who would have been in her 20’sÂ in the 90’s, revisiting her childhood home in the country…simple but luxurious clothing with a lot ofÂ “noble” fabrics like fur, silk and feathers.
Makeup artist Lynn Desnoyers for MAC created a look that was both glamorous and polished but had an easiness to it that reflected both the richness and easiness of the collection.Â The look consisted of a very strong magenta lip, peach toned blush for a fresh but contoured cheek, “pantyhose colors” on the eyes, brown mascara on just the top lashesÂ and creamy foundation set with powder.Â She wanted every detail to look completely honed…her fantasy ofÂ “New York aristocracy.”
Can I even tell you my excitement level today? Someone in Korea reads my beauty blog! Not only someone, but an editor for NYLON Magazine in Korea. As I posted on my personal facebook page, “How cool is it that someone in Korea knows who the heck I am!” I am STOKED, stoked I tell you!
On their blog today, A Girl’s Gotta Spa! is listed amoung a handful of beauty blogs as being the best in NY & London. While I’m really not in either city, but the Scranton area of Northeast PA, I am still taking the compliment!
The image may be hard to see, so here is the link to the actual post (just hit google translate so you can read it!): NYLON.co.kr
If you are here because of the NYLON Korea mention, please do say hi in the comments section!
Soft, shiny, silky hair…another one of those beauty ambitions that we never tire of pursuing relentlessly.Â I can attest that I’veÂ oftentimes wentÂ to great lengths in the pursuit of healthy looking and feeling hair.Â Along with trying many mainstream deep conditioning treatments, I’ve also experimented with a few homemade remedies suggested by family members, friends and fashion magazines.
I’ve coated my head in mayonnaise and ended up smelling like a sandwich for days after, I’ve tried the “egg white” treatment and swore there was a hard boiled eggÂ following me around, I’ve soaked my head with coconut oil, olive oil and mashed avocadoes (try explaining oil coated doorknobs to your roomates.)Â While some of these recipes/treatments actually gave me soft, silky and shiny hair at times, the side effects were just not worth it.Â I wanted attention for the condition of my hair…not because I was in a roomful of hungry people andÂ my hairÂ smelled like their next meal. So when I opened the jar of Â ArganMagic Restorative Hair Mask, I thought that even if it did not work at least I would have great smelling hair.Â Read more