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COACHELLA Beauty Essentials #BeUnexpected

Music festivals call for out-of-the box fashion and some major SPF.  So listen up because we have your beauty essentials to have you looking your best in the blazing sun! 
#BeUnexpected and add a flash of radiant color to your locks with L’Oréal Professionnel HAIRCHALK, $14!  Choose from five bright shades of violet, blue, coral, green and pink for a playful and fun look.
IN-SALON SERVICE: $15 - $30 (varies per salon) www.LPSalons.com

Be camera ready for all of the street style shots and parties with statement nail art from KISS that will definitely stir up a conversation or two.
imPRESS Press-On Manicure by Broadway Nails ($7.99 / Walgreens)
KISS Nail Dress ($6.99 / Walgreens)
To get you through the weekend without burning to a crisp apply Brush On Block by Susan Posnick, $30 with ease and take it everywhere you go for an effortless on-the-go sun protection. 
This non-irritating, sweat and water resistant sunscreen contains a self-dispensing brush for easy brush-on application.  Brush On Block features natural minerals that sit on top of skin to reflect the sun’s rays away and won’t clog your pores!

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Red Carpet Beauty How-To: Kate Mara

Celebrity makeup artist Coleen Campbell-Olwell used Orlane products to create Kate Mara’s stunning look for the red carpet premiere of ‘Transcendence’ and gave us the beauty breakdown.
 
“For Kate’s look tonight, she’s wearing a gorgeous, gold Valentino dress with swept-up hair, so we decided to do bold and metallic shadows on her eyes with a pop of color and luminous, radiant skin.
Since the weather in LA is so warm and dry, I started by massaging in Orlane’s Super-Moisturizing Light Cream for extra hydration.  This product is a staple in my kit!  It really preps the skin so that the foundation goes on smoothly.
 
I then dabbed on Orlane’s Absolute Skin Recovery Eye Contour under her eyes.  Next, I mixed two drops of the Morning Recovery Concentrate into Chanel’s Vitalumiere Foundation for extra luminosity and applied it with a dampened Beauty Blender.
 
For extra definition, I contoured under her cheekbones with a medium-sized fluffy brush and Orlane’s Bronzer in Soleil Cuivre 02.  This bronzer is perfect for contouring because it is matte and looks so natural.  Then, to add a hint of peach to the apples of her cheeks, I swirled on Dior’s Blush in Amber Show.
 
On Kate’s eyes, I applied metallic and gold shadows and used a purple accent for a pop of color.  I decided to forgo false lashes and instead lined her top lash line with Antonym’s Certified Natural Eye Pencil in Noir.  To add density to her lashes, I took a small, dense shadow brush and smudged it in.  Then, I applied two coats of Orlane’s Volume Care Mascara.  I LOVE this mascara as it creates such long, lush lashes
 
I love Kate’s lip color, so we went au natural and just applied a balm on top to keep them hydrated.
 
To finish off the look, I used Orlane’s Highlight Care Brush to add extra glow to the top of her cheekbones, the inside corner of her eyes, and the top of her lip line. Lastly, I dusted Orlane’s Translucent Loose Powder on her t-zone.”

Model News: Marloes Horst Is The Newest Face Of Maybelline New York

Marloes Horst

Maybelline New York announced today that model Marloes Horst is the newest face of the brand. Marloes joins a roster of prominent spokeswomen including Christy Turlington,Emily DiDonato and a host of others.

"Marloes embodies the Maybelline New York woman with her passion for makeup and her New York City energy and ambition," says Jerome Bruhat, Global Brand President of Maybelline New York.

The Dutch model has lit up the runway for Prada, posed for the infamous Pirelli calendar and is a Victoria's Secret regular. Currently, Marloes is the face for the DKNY 'Be Delicious' fragrance and has also recently posed for the Sports Illustrated 50th Anniversary issue. Marloes has been featured on the covers of iconic magazines such as Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Elle, L'Officiel and Jalouse and has been seen in advertising campaigns forCalvin Klein, Stella McCartney, Carolina Herrera, H&M, Valentino, Ralph Lauren, DKNY, Tommy Hilfiger Denim, and Kenzo.

In her spare time, Marloes is a boxing and Pilates fanatic, a dog lover, and a cinema enthusiast. Marloes will make her Maybelline New York debut in print and television advertising campaigns in April 2014.

Top Nail Polish Trends For March 2014: Soft Pastels, Sheer White, Shades of Blue & Deep Corals Lead the Path To Spring

Straight from the runway to fingertips everywhere, nail polish has become a key indicator of up-to-the-minute trends. Today, fast-growing beauty brand Julep released its latest Nail Polish Color Report, a monthly snapshot of top nail polish trends based on customer preferences and recent sales data.
"Pay attention to fingertips, because what women wear on their nails is a harbinger for larger trends – both fashion-focused and economic," said Jane Park, CEO and founder of Julep Beauty.  "Most 'trends' in the beauty and fashion worlds are decided by editors and designers, but the Julep Nail Polish Color Report unveils actual style movements women are adopting across the US."
At the beginning of each month, Julep introduces ten nail polish colors to its thousands of Maven subscriptionprogram customers. During the Monthly Maven Reveal, subscribers choose from a selection of curated beauty boxes, and select add-on products. Julep analyzes all this data to paint an accurate picture of current nail color trends.
"After suffering through some extreme weather patterns this winter, women are ready to forget the Polar Vortex, severe drought, and heavy flooding and embrace spring," said Park. "Consumer confidence is on the rise; women seem to be in a more positive mood and are choosing light pastels and sheer white for their nails. They're also taking inspiration from runway trends and embracing blues of all shades and deep corals."
March Nail Polish Trends:
Soft pastels:  Sherbet shades like Julep's Rae, a radiant orchid creme that's an exact match to the Pantone® 2014 Color of the Year; Elisa, a soft wisteria shimmer; and Lilou, a lemon chiffon creme, were top sellers in Julep's March Maven box.
Sheer white: White is always a fresh choice for spring, and consumers and fashion designers alike are gravitating toward airy, alabaster tones with translucent finishes. It's unsurprising that Julep's Soraphine, a classic sheer white creme, was a top choice for March.
All things blue: Blues of all shades – from cobalt to pale cornflower – made a strong statement on the spring runway. Julep's Monaco, a dazzling mariner blue creme that's an exact match to the Pantone® 2014 Color of Spring; Margaret, a light periwinkle creme; and Tania, a mermaid teal glitter, were also top sellers.
Deep coral:  Pink, red, and orange-tinted coral hues dominated the runway at Spring Fashion Week. In March, Julep Mavens went crazy over Harriet, a guava coral creme shade that brings French Riviera flair to nails.

Suave Professionals is Helping Women Everywhere Live Beautifully with New GLAM4GOOD Partnership

Suave Professionals is partnering with GLAM4GOOD to provide makeovers for deserving women and bring a touch of glam to women everywhere.

I headed to Times Square in NYC to hang with renowned style and beauty expert Mary Alice Stephenson, TV’s Maria Menounos and the Suave professional stylists who are usually working on big names in Hollywood.

mm times square“Suave is dedicated to helping all women live beautifully by giving them accessible salon-quality products, and our partnership with GLAM4GOOD helps us further that commitment in a deeper way,” said David Rubin, Unilever Vice President Marketing Hair, U.S. “Together we are giving women with amazing stories of survival and bravery the makeovers they deserve to look and feel their best every day.”

ma times squareSpearheaded by Mary Alice Stephenson, GLAM4GOOD, gives life changing makeovers, dramatic giveaways and transformative fashion adventures to deserving women. GLAM4GOOD can be found on The Huffington Post. Maria Menounos, host of “EXTRA,” star of “Chasing Maria Menounos” and author, joins the mission as she believes every girl should have access to beauty, whether it’s a head-to-toe red carpet experience or simply using good quality beauty products every morning. Together, Suave, GLAM4GOOD and Maria are infusing goodness across the country, granting hair makeovers to deserving women and, with a simple click, to everyone with a free sample of NEW Natural Infusion products.

I enjoyed catching up with the Miami based Leonardo Rocco. Check out how he kicked up my curls:

I am obsessed with the new products I learned more about at the event:

NEW Suave Professionals Natural Infusion Anti-Breakage & Strengthening products with Awapuhi Ginger

NEW Suave Professionals Natural Infusion Moisturizing products with Macadamia Oil

NEW Suave Professionals Natural Infusion All Day Body products with Seaweed

 

Lee Mas En Espanol….

Suave Professionals se une a la organización GLAM4GOOD para ofrecer cambios de imagen a mujeres a través del país, regalándoles un toque de glamour. El público puede recibir muestras de los productos y tener la oportunidad de regalarles muestres de productos a otras personas en Suave.com.

Con la nueva línea de productos Suave Professionals Natural Infusion– la cual ofrece tres colecciones de calidad profesional que están hechas con ingredientes exóticos especialmente escogidos y no contienen parabenos ni tintes. Suave® ayuda a las mujeres a vivir con belleza, por dentro y por fuera.
66136-suave-professionals-maria-menounos-1-original (1)Dirigida por la ex editora de modas y experta en belleza Mary Alice Stephenson, GLAM4GOOD, que se puede encontrar en The Huffington Post, ofrece cambios de imagen que cambian la vida, regalos espectaculares y aventuras en modas que transforman a las mujeres. Maria Menounos, presentadora del programa "EXTRA", estrella de la serie "Chasing Maria Menounos" y autora, se une a la misión ya que cree que toda mujer debe tener acceso a la belleza, tanto si es una experiencia de alfombra roja o simplemente utilizando productos de belleza de buena calidad cada mañana. Juntos, Suave, GLAM4GOOD, Maria y el estilista Leonardo Rocco están infundiendo este sentimiento en todo el país, dando arreglos de cabello a las mujeres y, con un simple clic, a todo el país, regalándoles una muestra gratis de productos NEW Natural Infusion.

"Como GLAM4GOOD, Suave cree que todas las mujeres se merecen un toque de glamour", dijo David Rubin, vicepresidente de Mercadeo de Productos para el Cabello de Unilever en los Estados Unidos. "La colaboración nos permite trabajar juntos por una gran causa, otorgando arreglos de cabello a mujeres en todo el país usando productos accesibles de calidad de profesional. Estamos encantados de continuar nuestro compromiso de ayudar a las mujeres a vivir con belleza todos los días".

Leonardo Rocco Styling Hair
Menounos dio inicio a la campaña esta mañana en Nueva York, donde estilistas de Suave Professionals incluyendo a Leonardo Rocco, ofrecieron arreglos de cabello y muestras gratis de los productos de la colección NEW Suave Professionals Natural Infusion a mujeres en Broadway Plaza en Times Square. La nueva línea ofrece tres colecciones de cuidado del cabello que no contienen
parabenos ni tintes:
 Productos de la colección NEW Suave Professionals Natural Infusion Anti-Rotura y Fortalecimiento con jengibre Awapuhi
 Productos de la colección NEW Suave Professionals Natural Infusion Humectantes con aceite de macadamia
 Productos de la colección NEW Suave Professionals Natural Infusion All Day Body con algas marinas

About Suave
For over 70 years, Suave has been committed to creating professional-quality products for consumers that work as well as high-end salon brands. The brand is challenging consumers everywhere to Rethink Suave®, and rediscover the quality that is in every bottle they sell. As one of America's top selling hair care brands, Suave offers a line of shampoos, conditioners and styling products that are proven to work as well as salon brands. The brand's commitment to quality is why more than half of American households choose Suave. For more information, visit www.suave.com.

About GLAM4GOOD
GLAM4GOOD is a fashion movement, community and organization that ignites positive social change through style by harnessing the healing power, joy and attention of fashion. Spearheaded by world-renowned style and beauty expert Mary Alice Stephenson, GLAM4GOOD partners with nonprofits, fashion and beauty brands to provide life changing makeovers, dramatic giveaways and transformative fashion experiences for everyday heroes and people in need. Stephenson has served as fashion director, editor and stylist for the top fashion magazines and styled Hollywood's biggest stars. In 2013, Stephenson partnered with The Huffington Post to launch a new platform for GLAM4GOOD that shares inspiring stories of transformation and empowerment through fashion, style and beauty.

Red Carpet Beauty: Emily VanCamp At The Premiere Of Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Emily VanCamp Votre Vu Captain America The Winter Soldier Red CarpetCelebrity makeup artist Rosie Johnston is the artist behind this beauty look! For Emily’s look, Rosie took inspiration from her dress which was a short Monique Lhuillier number with long sleeves.  “It’s very sexy, but very demure and classic at the same time.”  Rosie and Emily wanted to do something that was sleek, modern, yet sophisticated.

The look for tonight really focused Emily’s eyes.  “We went for a not so traditional smokey eye paired with really nude lips.  To start, Rosie began by applying Votre Vu’s Champagne Kisses to Emily’s lips to prep them for the lipstick later on.  The lip balm is infused with Vitamin E and champagne grape seed oil so it intensely moisturizes the lips and creates a great base for lipstick.  Rosie kept Emily’s skin looking super fresh and clean using a combination of Kevyn Aucoin and Chanel foundations.  To add a subtle flush to her cheeks, Rosie used Votre Vu’s Vu-On Rouge in Bouquet Rose and applied it using a foundation brush on the apples of her cheeks and blending up a little.

To prep the eyes and make the colors pop, Rosie first applied Votre Vu’s Lingerie Pour Les Yeux in Light all over Emily’s lids.  Then she went in with the nude-bronze shade from the Palette Play in Copper and swept that all over the lid.  Focusing next on the eyeliner, Rosie took the Le Joli Crayon in Charbon and lined her eyes with it.  To smoke out the liner, Rosie then took the deep violet and black shades from the Palette Play in Violette and blended out the liner using a flat, wide eye shadow brush.  “The eye shadow palette is amazing; the colors are so gorgeous and really created the look we were going for.”  To finish off the eyes, Rosie applied lots of individual lashes and then three coats of Votre Vu’s Eiffel Power to give volume and length.

For her brows, using Arch de Triumphe in Warm and an angled brush, Rosie filled in Emily’s brows, combed them out, and then filled them in again, repeating this step 3 times for a “natural, yet defined look.”

“We always try to keep Emily’s look soft and sexy, but with a little bit of edge.”

Votre Vu products are available exclusively at www.votrevu.com.

Tips For Getting The Most Out Of Your Makeup

Let’s face it, buying makeup can get expensive. And the only thing worse than the expense is realizing that you really don’t use certain products very often. Did you know many of the products you have can serve more than one purpose?
With that in mind, Casey Casterline, co-founder of eDivv.com, a popular beauty sample swapping site, offers up some ways to get the most out of the makeup in your daily regimen.
“I live in a small New York City apartment, if I didn't come up with creative ways to use the products, I wouldn't have any place to sleep,” says Casterline. The following tips are great ways to use products in a unique fashion or have them pull double-duty.
Tips For Getting The Most Out Of Your Makeup
  • Mascara Wands
    • Use as eyebrow brushes or spritz a little hairspray on them and use to tame pesky flyaways.
  • Foundation
    • If it doesn’t match your skin tone it may serve perfectly as an eye shadow primer.
  • Lip Sticks
    • Have your lipstick pull double-duty as a blush if you realize you’ve run out at the last minute.
  • Powder Eye Liner
    • Add a little water to powder eye liner to turn it into a liquid for a different look.
  • Eye Shadow
    • Shadows that match your roots can easily be brushed in to hide them if your hair has grown out a bit.
    • Apply a dark shadow to your eyelashes prior to your mascara to give them a boost in volume.
  • Plain Lip Balm
    • Apply around the inside of the eye with your finger to act as a highlighter.
  • Hairspray
    • Allow a light mist of hairspray to fall on your face after you’ve applied your makeup to set it for the day.
  • Eye Cream
    • Use a hydrating eye cream in the place of lip balm if you run out. It will keep your lips supple and give them a light shine.
About eDivv.com: eDivv launched in 2014 and was created by Casey Casterline and Jon Katz. It was the first online community created exclusively for users to swap beauty samples. As an avid subscriber to many beauty subscription boxes, Casey was frequently frustrated when she received products that she wasn’t interested in. In response, Casey and Jon went on a mission to develop a platform that would bring users together to effectively facilitate the trading of beauty samples in a fun and effortless way.
For additional information, visit www.edivv.com.

Curves For Days: CURVExpo Hosts Lingerie Fashion Night ‘IN’ Event


Photo by Charles Roussel
CURVExpo’s Lingerie Fashion Night IN was held in Tribeca and we caught some of the sexy highlights.
Photo by Charles Roussel
CURVExpo, the largest international lingerie and swim show in North America, hosted its first Lingerie Fashion Night IN’ event on February 24th at Tribeca Skyline Studios. The evening featured an unprecedented, explosive lingerie runway show with a diverse group of models showcasing pieces from Fall/Winter 2014-2015 collections from the industry’s top brands.
Photo by Charles Roussel
Guests, including press, chief buyers and influencers, enjoyed specialty cocktails and stunning 360-views of the Manhattan skyline before clamoring to see a runway show highlighting the intimates industry’s best new pieces.
Photo by Charles Roussel
Luxe Parisian brand, Aubade Paris kicked off the show, and then over 130 looks followed from:
Photo by Charles Roussel
Curvy Couture, Natori, Josie, LOU, Marie Jo, PrimaDonna, Elle Macpherson, Stella McCartney, Pleasure State, Evollove, Leonisa, LEO, Coquette, Anita, Passionata, Vannina Vesperini, Simone Pérèle, Cleo, Masquerage, Panache, Betsey Johson, OnGossamer, Le Mystère, Triumph, B.tempt’d, Wacoal, Fantasie, Huit, Freya, and Elomi.  Maison du Papillon, Christine Lingerie, Donna Reis, Maison Lejaby, Empreinte, Ajour, Montelle Intimates, Lùli Lingerie, Cake Lingerie, Rago, Commando, Body Hush, Pluto on the Moon, Arlotta by Chris Arlotta, Oscalito, Sokoloff Lingerie, Dollhouse Bettie, Dear Bowie, Hipster G., Shibue Couture, Just My Size, Bali, Playtex, Barely There, Lilyette, Flexees, Champion, and Maidenform. The Platinum sponsors for Lingerie Fashion NightIN’ included Aubade Paris, Wacoal, Eveden, Wacoal, UGG Australia, and Hanes Brands.
 

Dr. Pearlman Leads The Way In Innovation For Facial Rejuvenation

Recently, I was invited to visit Dual Board Certified NY Plastic Surgeon Dr. Steven Pearlman as he hosted an Open House event for NYC's top beauty editors at his Park Avenue offices.

We got the VIP treatment as we toured the facilities and a chatted with Dr. Pearlman about both his practice, at large and his new revolutionary techniques. Dr. Pearlman discussed his new patented "Pearl Lift" procedure, which offers stackable treatments, that provide facial rejuvenation to those patients that want the results of a facelift, without the surgery and recovery time. He also informed us of best practices for anti-aging, quashed some common plastic surgery misconceptions, and answered other important plastic surgery queries.
Live demonstrations were performed on celebrity models Gina Marie Zimmerman, who placed second on the last season of "Big Brother" and Angelina Pivarnick of "The Jersey Shore." Both reality stars affably posed for pictures for all the attendees. Donna Fay "The Beauty Expert", who consults and performs some of the treatments with Dr. Pearlman., was on hand to answer additional questions.

Refreshments were provided by Passionne de Fiore Prosecco, Fragoli, Vrou Water and Garguilo Bakery. VIP Gift bags included items from Jing Ai Cosmetics, Grande Lash, and bioCorneum® and a gift card for a treatment at Dr. Pearlman's office.

Dr. Pearlman was a gracious host. "I would like to thank everyone who attended. They were a
wonderful group and quite knowledgeable about facial aging and anti-aging treatments. I hope the information we provided on the Pearl Lift, as a true minimally invasive method to reverse all aspects of facial aging, was valuable."

About Dr. Pearlman
For over 20 years, Dr. Pearlman has remained fervent in his quest to provide the very best treatments to his patients. He is a distinguished Facial Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon, educator and humanitarian with a wide range of professional credentials. Dr. Pearlman is also dual board certified in both Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and in Head and Neck Surgery. President of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 2004-2005.

With extensive clinical and academic backgrounds in both fields, Dr. Pearlman provides his patients with a unique expertise and understanding in the cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the nose, face, and eyes. Dr. Pearlman’s achievements include:

  • Director of the Division of Facial Plastic Surgery at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital.
  • Director for the Center for Aesthetic Facial Surgery for the New York Head and Neck Institute of the Northshore-L I J Hospital System.
  • Founding President of the New York Facial Plastic Surgery Society–a society founded in 1993 to promote advanced education for Facial Plastic Surgeons in the New York Metropolitan area. It provides a forum for accomplished, practicing physicians to exchange ideas, new techniques and procedures on a continuing basis.
  • Attending surgeon at Lenox Hill and Manhattan Eye Ear and Throat Hospitals–both prestigious hospitals, world renown for Facial Plastic Surgery.
  • Dr. Pearlman has been invited as a visiting professor throughout the Continental USA as well as abroad.
  • Dr. Pearlman is also a Clinical Associate Professor at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.


As a humanitarian, Dr. Pearlman participated in Face to Face, a humanitarian and educational surgical exchange program conducted under the sponsorship of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. In the United States and abroad, AAFPRS surgeons provide complimentary care to those who suffer from facial deformities caused by birth or trauma. The Face to Face program offers individuals the opportunity to overcome the physical limitations placed on them by circumstances beyond their control–deformities at birth, domestic violence, and war. He traveled to China, Honduras and Vietnam, providing pro bono surgery on children and adults. In addition to pro bono surgical services, Dr. Pearlman, along with his colleagues, provided additional education to local doctors on advanced and new surgical techniques in the field of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery.

Dr. Pearlman also participates in the National Domestic Violence Project, as a pro bono facial
reconstructive surgeon. Professional Members, such as Dr. Pearlman, volunteer to help victims of
domestic abuse, who cannot afford to receive treatment for facial injuries. These efforts repair both physical and psychological scars and help empower women to regain self-esteem as well as begin to rebuild their lives.

Visit Pearlman Aesthetic Surgery - New York Facial Plastic Surgeon to learn more.

OPI Announces New Interactive Lookbook & Nail Art App Featuring Gwen Stefani

OPI releases two new interactive digital platforms to support the launch of Gwen Stefani for OPI – a collaboration lookbook and an app.

The lookbook is hosted at OPI.com/Gwen, where fans can follow the line’s journey from inspiration to execution.

READ: OPI Partners with Music and Fashion Icon Gwen Stefani

The lookbook contains an exclusive behind-the-scenes full-length video from the collection’s photo shoot, never-before-seen interviews with Gwen, and tutorials featuring nail art created by The Illustrated Nail’s Sophie Harris-Greenslade.

 


Gwen-Stefani_OPI-launch-imageGwen Stefani for OPI also introduces a new iPhone/iPad app where consumers can virtually create their own freehand nail art using the collection’s seven shades – Hey Baby, I Sing in Color, Love.Angel.Music.Baby., 4 in the Morning, In True Stefani Fashion, Push And Shove, Over & Over A-Gwen – along with Swarovski black crystals and silver, gold and pewter studs in bar, square, diamond and circle shapes.

“OPI is excited to announce these two new digital components to enhance Gwen Stefani for OPI,” states Suzi Weiss- Fischmann, OPI Founder and Executive VP. “Collaborating with Gwen has been such a thrilling experience, and the lookbook provides consumers with a special glimpse into the partnership – from color development to product naming to shooting the campaign.

“The Gwen for OPI app is unlike any other nail art app available, allowing users to virtually paint their nails, add crystals and studs, and place the final look on a manicured hand – with no templates to curb creative direction,” adds Weiss-Fischmann. “Gwen and I will hand-select three contest winners each week, and we are really looking forward to seeing what users create.”
The Gwen Stefani for OPI lookbook can be accessed at opi.com/gwen. The iPhone/iPad app can be found through the App Store by searching Gwen for OPI or by following this link:
bit.ly/GwenApp.

 

Beauty & Technology: @Matrix Class For Glass Kicks Off With Kika Rocha

I’m not sure about you, but I can never recreate what my hairstylist does after I get home. Try as I might, its just never the same! Now it looks like there may be a great solution.  In a perfect fusion of technology and beauty Matrix launched the "Matrix Class for Glass" series with the premiere video featuring Kika Rocha.

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Matrix, along with the L'Oreal Innovation Team, identified the Google Glass technology as a way to capture a unique perspective on how to create looks from the hairdresser's point of view while using wearable technology. Today marks the first of the "Matrix Class for Glass" series of hair 'how to' videos starting with Matrix Artistic Director, Ammon Carver as he captures Kika getting red carpet ready.

In the debut "Matrix Class for Glass" video, Kika works with Ammon to prepare for an upcoming red carpet appearance. She works with him to find a new, fresh red carpet look outside of the traditional updo or ponytail she usually wears. They land on a modern, side chignon with a twist that is easy for her to replicate herself using the Google Glass video. 

Kika Rocha is an authority in fashion and beauty in the US and Latin America. She served as the Fashion and Beauty Director at People En Espanol and has been seen on the red carpet as a TV fashion critic on top Hispanic networks like Univision, CNN Espanol, and Telemundo.  She is currently a judge on the reality show, "Colombia's Next Top Model" and a blogger at "De Tacones y Mas, where she offers her famous #tipsdekika: pearls of wisdom on beauty and fashion.kika

With this program, Matrix is setting the standard in beauty and trend innovation by featuring the wearable Google Glass device for the next generation of beauty education.

These videos will offer a new and unique view from behind the chair and power the styling experience with unbounded technology.  The "Matrix Class for Glass" video series will showcase a cast of American bloggers as they explore the latest trends and share their experience. 

See below:

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P&G’s Orgullosa Launches the Nueva Latina Campaign to Celebrate and Showcase the Unique Experience of the Bicultural, Modern Latina

Orgullosa_09Last night, Procter & Gamble's (NYSE:PG) Orgullosa program – a platform created in 2011 to celebrate, empower and fuel Latinas’ accomplishments and dreams – unveiled its Nueva Latina campaign, a first-of-its-kind initiative that empowers women to define what it means to be a bicultural, modern Latina – the Nueva Latina. As part of the launch, Orgullosa debuted its production of the Nueva Latina Monologues in New York City which personifies the unique and complex Latina experience in the U.S. Orgullosa teamed up with popular Latina director and writer, Linda Nieves-Powell, to bring to life some of the real-life stories, topics and cultural themes that surround today's Latina in an effort to spark national dialogue and participation via its online community.

The Event
The campaign kicked off at the Helen Mills Theater where it celebrated with over 100 VIP guests in attendance. Guests were treated to an exclusive "Chicas Night Out" experience filled with entertainment, unlimited access to a beauty bar where stylists touched up hair, and special beauty care sampling of Olay®, Venus®, Clairol and Pantene® products, among other gifts. Special guests, Roselyn Sánchez and La La Anthony, were present as honorary guests and shared their personal anecdotes as bicultural Latinas.

"I'm so happy and honored to celebrate what it means to be a Latina of today. As Latinas we have so much cultural pride on where we come from and where we are going,” said Sánchez. "It's important to be able to share our blended cultures with others. It makes me proud to highlight everything that makes us unique and everything that we have accomplished as a community."

Orgullosa_06The Nueva Latina Monologues
Orgullosa recognizes that while there is a lot of pride in being a Latina, women experience ongoing “cultural cross roads” that aren’t always defined. With the help of Nieves-Powell, director and producer of award-winning plays and short stories, Orgullosa personified the Latina experience through a scripted performance that conveyed emotion, comedy and authenticity on culturally-relevant themes that aren't widely discussed.

While the U.S. Latina experience is vast and broad, Nieves-Powell focused on developing scripts that reflect topics and themes that many bicultural women could identify with and rally behind such as: the blending of two cultures, balancing family expectations and traditions, sustaining language and breaking Latino cultural idiosyncrasies and stereotypes.

“I was excited to partner with Orgullosa to give a voice to the bicultural Latina,” said Nieves-Powell. “I wanted to capture the evolution and journey of this woman, from her cultures colliding while growing up, to her triumphs in successfully balancing the two worlds. Ultimately, it portrays that today’s Latina is proud of who she is and is fully embracing her dual lifestyles,” added Nieves-Powell.

The Campaign
Through its Nueva Latina campaign, Orgullosa aims to showcase the diversity of the Hispanic experience by soliciting real-life testimonials from its online community. It also celebrates the undeniable bond that Latinas share as “mujeres con La Falda Bien Puesta™”, which literally translates to “women who have their skirts well placed” – or women who don’t settle for walking the same path, but make a new one every day.

A recent study conducted by ORC International on behalf of Orgullosa found that while almost all Latinas (98 percent) are proud of their culture, an overwhelmingly 89 percent of those surveyed feel equally as American as they do Latina. However, a little over half (54 percent) feel that media portrayals of modern bicultural Latinas are not accurate representations; and over half (57 percent) feel that being a bicultural Latina can sometimes be stressful.

"At P&G, we understand that there is no singular definition to describe the Latina experience or her ongoing efforts to balance two cultural worlds," said Luis Restrepo, Brand Manager for Orgullosa. "The Nueva Latina campaign offers a unique forum for Latinas to discuss their own opinions, observations and even share stories of their own experience through the Orgullosa community."

To support its Nueva Latina campaign, Orgullosa activities will include:

  • Providing exclusive online access to the Nueva Latina Monologues via its Orgullosa Facebook page that will be supported by key activations to mobilize participation starting the week of March 17th
  • A special showing of the Nueva Latina Monologues at Hispanicize -- the iconic, largest annual event for Latino trendsetters and newsmakers in social media, journalism, advertising, PR, film, music and innovation
  • Debut of Orgullosa's blogger ambassadors to support Nueva Latina initiatives: Queen of Swag (Los Angeles), Traveling Latina (Chicago) and Mama Contemporánea (New York)
  • Integrated print and online media partnerships that celebrate everyday inspirational women that embody the Nueva Latina spirit

To learn more about Orgullosa's Nueva Latina or to be part of the community, please visit Orgullosa Facebook page or register at Orgullosa.com.

Hair Obsessed: Molly Sims Goes Red!

Actress and model Molly Sims unveiled her dramatic hair color makeover – from sun-kissed blonde to vibrant red – to underscore the power of the new Nexxus Color Assure color care collection. The collection features a Pre-Wash Primer, our revolutionary first-ever pre-treatment, that shields hair against color fade before it's even a problem.

Molly Sims

Sims' color transformation was the vision of celebrity colorist Aura Friedman, who joins the brand as Nexxus Celebrity Color Expert to lend her expertise on color preservation and proper color care.

Best known as an iconic blonde beauty, Sims said she "has always wanted to go red" but worried about keeping the color vibrant. "I am obsessed with this color and I want to keep it looking this way!" says Sims.  She was inspired by the new Nexxus Color Assure products to experiment with her color because she is "confident that my color will last longer and my hair always will be camera-ready."

"We know women have an emotional connection with their colored hair - one that starts with elation which turns to frustration because of color fade and the inability to make that color last," said David Rubin, Vice President, Hair Care for Unilever U.S. "By developing Color Assure - with our breakthrough primer to help lock out water so colored hair stays vibrant twice as long - Nexxus makes it possible for women to love their hair color longer!"

Products in the Nexxus Color Assure collection are infused with a blend of clear, weightless oils, including almond, to lock in moisture, nourish hair and reduce breakage; coconut, to provide softness and elasticity; and argan oil, to improve shine and vibrancy. The color care system is sulfate free and provides two times longer color protection, compared with non-conditioning shampoos, when used over an eight-week period.

To celebrate that just-colored feeling, Nexxus is hosting a "Prime Color" contest** on Facebook beginning February 19, 2014 through April 1, 2014. Sims will kick off the contest by posting a selfie of her freshly colored hair, and encourage others to share their own just-colored selfies, using the hashtag #primecolor on Instagram and Twitter. Nexxus will be giving away a daily beauty bundle including the entire Color Assure system (Color Assure Vibrancy Retention Shampoo, Color Assure Vibrancy Retention Conditioner, Color Assure Glossing Tonic and the new Color Assure Pre-Wash Primer), as well as a ceramic hair straightener and curling wand.

For contest details and more information about Color Assure, visit the Nexxus Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/Nexxus.

The Color Assure collection includes: Color Assure Pre-Wash Primer, Color Assure Vibrancy Retention Shampoo. Color Assure Vibrancy Retention Conditioner, and Color Assure Glossing Tonic. The products are now available at mass retailers, select drugstores and supermarkets nationwide. Suggested retail prices are $9.99 - $17.99.

Nailed It: Vixens Rule The Runway At The Blondes Fall/Winter 2014 Show

Last night, at Milk Studios The Blondes set it off with their Fall/Winter 2014 Collection that was all about good girls gone bad aka The Vixen!
The beauty looks at The Blondes runway shows are always dramatic...these are looks for the stage, music videos or any momentous occasion really...they've worked with Beyonce, Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Lil' Kim and Nicki Minaj.This season I got an even closer look at one of the beauty elements that are so integral to The Blondes: The Nails by CND!
 

I went backstage right before the show and go the skinny about it. Professional nail care company CND unveiled 23 unique nail designs at The Blondes Fashion Show in New York City. The Blond girl this season is a true vixen – she knows the difference between right and wrong but chooses to err on the dark side.

The clothing and nails at the show expressed a modern twist on classic comic book villains, including Cat Woman, Poison Ivy and The Joker, and the results of this fashion collaboration truly took the art of nail design to an unprecedented level.
The total number of hours spent creating the 23 nail looks for the show: 850 hours!    “Our elite Education Ambassadors are hand selected for their talent and appreciation of art, from sculpture to color theory and beyond,” said CND Co-founder Jan Arnold. “Building upon this artistic foundation, our team created looks for The Blonds that tie in beautifully with our ‘Modern Folklore’ trend prediction for Fall 2014, lush with embellished, bespoke and handmade craftsmanship. We don’t paint nails backstage at Fashion Week – we transform them into mini-masterpieces.”

The nail designs showcased at The Blonds show reveal the pop culture element of CND’s Fall Fashion story for nails. The handmade works of art are sharp, strong, bold and intricate with extreme and pointed shapes.

 

CND’s artists handcrafted the nails and their dramatic embellishments with Retention+TM Liquid & Powder and BrisaTM Gel. Then, layers of high-shine color were applied using CND ShellacTM and VINYLUXTM. CND finalized the looks with unique embellishments, including jagged vintage jewels, Swarovski crystals, chains, pearls, leather, glitter, foil, velvet and more for a rich seductive finish. These ornate designs, created in the CND Design Lab, truly represent CND’s unique partnership with The Blonds and showcase their unrivaled artistry at New York Fashion Week.

“CND continues to amaze us with nails that raise the bar each season,” said The Blonds designers Phillipe and David Blond. “They bring so much passion and expertise to the table and the collaborative process is an inspiring experience. Each of our models walks down the runway showcasing two incredible looks – one on her body and one on her nails. You don’t see that at other shows.”

“As our exclusive designer partner this season in New York, we love that The Blonds truly appreciate our art form and allow us to push the artistic envelope even further as the years go by,” said Jan Arnold. “Their avant-garde aesthetic and creative energy provide the perfect canvas for our artistry. We look forward to making runway magic with them for a long time to come.”

Nail The Veronica Beard Runway Look With @Essie

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Veronica Beard’s Fall/Winter 2014 collection was inspired by 1970’s glamour with heavy
reference to David Bowie and the glam rock movement.

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Julie Kandalec for essie created a
layered nail look to compliment the designer’s retro-looking fabrics and flamboyant prints.

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essie nail products used:
ridge filling base coat
mink muffs
meet me at sunset
good to go top coat
 
essie Veronica Beard backstageGet the look:

1. Apply one coat of ridge filling base coat to clean, filed nails
2. Once the base coat dries, apply one coat of mink muffs and let partially dry
3. Next, apply one coat of meet me at sunset and let completely dry
4. Complete the look with one coat of good to go top coat

Will you be rocking this look for Fall 2014?

Let us know!

Upgrade Your Fitness Game With The @FabFitFun VIP Box

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The hardest thing about working out is staying motivated.

Luckily the FabFitFun Winter VIP Box has curated items to keep us inspired! Each box contains secret items handpicked by Giuliana Rancic and her team, to inspire you to get fit, have fun, and be fabulous!

The fantastic fashion subscription box is curated by red-carpet queen & E!’s Fashion Police host Giuliana Rancic! 

Giuliana, uses her keen eye for style to deliver the hottest trends right to the door of subscribers. The latest FabFitFun Winter VIP Box includes trendy fashion accessories, beauty products and booty-boosting workouts to help you slip into your skinny jeans.

Here is the list of all the products included in this season’s box:

FFF Winter boxThe Giving Keys Never Ending Necklace: Each chic necklace features an engraved key pendant. But it’s more than just jewelry. Wear the key and embrace its unique message until you meet someone who needs the message more than you. Then pay it forward and give the key away. The cute and karmic necklace is a fave of A-lister Demi Lovato! Retail: $55

Truenergy Inspired Earbuds: How adorbs are these bright and colorful headphones that feature superior sound quality, enhanced base and noise reduction? But maybe best of all, we love the built in SoundShare that allows friends to “plug” into each other to listen to music or watch a movie together at the same time. Retail: $39.99

Bioxidea Miracle: This nutrient-infused, cutting edge facemask smoothes skin and reduces signs of premature aging. Advanced peptides reduce fine lines and wrinkles while arginine increases firmness and elasticity. Retail: $19

Simple Foaming Facial Cleanser: This rich, creamy cleanser could go toe to toe with many more expensive brands. Featuring skin-loving ingredients like chamomile to help soften and soothe skin, the cleanser gently and effectively removes impurities and make-up. Retail: $7.49

NYX Eye Shadow Palette: We could not be more surprised by the richly pigmented hues in this drugstore find! Discover “la dolce vita” with these luscious 5-color eye shadow palettes, featuring sexy combinations designed for all eye colors and skin tones. Retail: $8.00 FFF Winter Box WorkoutBeauty for Real Lip Gloss: Sometimes you just need a little lip-gloss – even when there’s not a bathroom in site! The solution? BFR’s Illuminating Light Up Lip Gloss that contains a built in mirror and light for a perfect application on the go! Not to mention, the luxe gloss is loaded with moisturizing antioxidants and plumping marine collagen. Genius! Retail: $22

Physique 57 Classes: Can we just say how obsessed we are with this butt-lifting, tummy-toning workout?!? And now that their classes are available online, you can get fit anywhere, anytime. Combining cardio, strength training and stretching, this is the kind of burn we love. Enjoy 5 classes online. Retail: $25

Skyn Iceland Icelandic Relief Eye Cream: Wrinkles, dark circles and puffiness don’t stand a chance when faced with this soothing, uber effective eye cream. Packed with a powerful blend of Vitamin K, anti-aging peptides, cotton powder and Icelandic kelp, this miracle treatment is a must-try. Retail: $45

Lorna Jane Bracelet: A true innovator in fab fitness gear, Lorna Jane is one of our all time faves! We love this bright, bold, pink bracelet worn around the world, by active women everywhere. The bracelet is a symbol of sisterhood, and a daily reminder to Move, Nourish, and Believe everyday. Retail: $29.99

MeUndies Gift Card: Ok if you haven’t tried MeUndies – now is your chance. They make the most comfy, while still sexy, undies on the planet. Not to mention, they have a whole line of super cute tees and socks as well! Retail: $20

Grand Total: $271.47…but the FabFitFun retails for a fraction of that at $49.95.

(The Sneakers are from my own #ShoeWall)

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Gorgeous Glowing Skin in Minutes!

This week Polina Roytman of Fashion Beauty & Fun is the guest post with the most!  Learn more about her & favorite skincare tips below.

Fashion Beauty & Fun Our-Story-Photo (4)When we lived in Russia my mother, Yelizaveta, often designed a lot of her clothes and had them custom-made. Looking through her sketch books and sneaking into her bathroom to rummage through her makeup drawer when I was four years old is one of my most precious and vivid memories, and was my first step into the world of Fashion and Beauty. Yelizaveta has always been my favorite name. When I decided to create a blog about fashion, beauty, and things that I find fun, interesting and inspiring, naming it Yelizaveta seemed like the perfect fit. And yes, I still rummage through her makeup drawer and raid her closet every chance I get!

Fun Fact:
Yelizaveta is the Russian version of Elizabeth. I added the hyphen for easier pronunciation. Some of the words used in Urban Dictionary’s definition of Yelizaveta: ‘beautiful, amazing, kind, smart, funny, talented, one of a kind’… How appropriate!

I have always been interested in skin care that you can create out of the items in your kitchen. For me, the more organic and natural the route the better. Egg whites are one of my most favorite, quickest, cheapest, and easiest tricks for getting glowing skin while reducing pores and fine lines. Egg whites are high in vitamin A and collagen, which are key for skin elasticity. When I first tried to use egg whites I didn't see what the big deal was and didn't notice any difference in my skin, and while the mask was on I didn't feel any tightening as I read would happen. After further research I noticed that using organic egg whites makes a huge difference. With some experimenting I noticed that just buying organic and cage free egg whites in a carton works wonderfully and is a lot quicker and less messy. My two favorite brands for this that I found to be most effective are the Organic Valley Organic Egg Whites and AbbotsFord Farms Cage Free 100% Liquid Egg Whites. Some other brand of egg whites I've tried don't tend to kick in as quickly if at all.

Egg Whites

I typically apply a thin layer of the egg whites in the morning about once a week. Be sure to keep the egg whites away from the delicate skin around the eyes. Keep it on for about 5-7 minutes and then wash off with your regular morning face wash routine. When you apply the egg whites you will feel your skin tighten very quickly. I don't recommend keeping the mask on longer than 7 minutes as that will end up pulling your skin too much and could also be too drying. Your skin will become so smooth while the mask is on that you'll be tempted to keep it on longer, if not forever ;), but trust me the 5-7 minutes is all you'll need.

A quick bonus: You can crush some cucumber and mix it in with the egg whites for extra collagen. Just a small amount will do, about 3 or 4 slices, so it won't turn too watery. Cucumbers are also great for soothing irritated and sensitive skin.

That's all there is to it! Easy breezy.

What are some of your favorite natural skin care routines?

Black Opal Cosmetics Names Merrell Hollis As 2014 Artistic Director

Merrell HollisBlack Opal Cosmetics, the leading beauty authority for women of color, announced today their 2014 Artistic Director, Merrell Hollis.  Merrell Hollis, the Head of the Makeup Department for the Wendy Williams Show, is an Emmy-nominated, award winning make-up artist and grooming expert.  His creativity has catalogued mediums, models, innovators, and celebrities including, Naomi Campbell, Diane Von Furstenberg, Kim Cattrall, Joy Bryant and Lauren London.  His talent has left an indelible mark on the beauty industry. All of the innovators he has worked with have allowed their faces to be canvassed by this young visionary who delivers them to the public with elegance and sincerity.

Through his range of skills and aesthetic sensibilities, Merrell will collaborate with Black Opal to identify on trend seasonal color stories, makeup products and collections, as well as offer Black Opal’s fans expert tips and tricks of the trade.

“It is an honor to have Merrell Hollis as our Artistic Director.  His creativity and vision is as impressive as the breadth of talent he has worked with in his career,” said Maya Brown, Sr. Marketing Director of Biocosmetic Research Labs. “His role as an artistic director extends beyond his creative genius, he is providing women with the application and tools to look and feel the best about themselves.”

Smell The Rhythm: Enrique Iglesias Inks A Fragrance Deal

COTY INC. ENRIQUE IGLESIASLeading global beauty company Coty Inc. announced today a partnership with internationally renowned singer and songwriter Enrique Iglesias to develop his own line of signature fragrances.

Enrique Iglesias remains one of the best-selling artists in history, with sales exceeding 100 million albums worldwide. He has also had five top 5 singles on the Billboard Hot 100, with two reaching the top spot, as well as 13 number-one hits on the Dance chart—the most ever for any male performer. Moreover, he has an impressive total of 71 number-one hits across all Billboard charts. He also is the record holder for most Spanish language singles to hit number one on the Hot Latin Tracks chart, producing 23 in total.

"Enrique Iglesias is without question one of the most inspiring and talented artists in modern music," said Michele Scannavini, CEO, Coty Inc. "We look forward to translating Enrique's passion, authenticity and energy into a fragrance powerhouse."

"I'm confident that together with Coty's expertise I'll be able to create a fragrance that's attractive to everyone, in particular to my fans. I hope it gives them confidence and makes them feel empowered," said Iglesias.

"We are thrilled to partner with the talented Enrique Iglesias," said Renato Semerari, president, Coty Beauty. "This partnership provides us with a great opportunity to expand our business in emerging markets, particularly in Brazil, the world's largest fragrance market, as well as in our other key fragrance markets."

The House of Enrique Iglesias is expected to release its first fragrance in the summer of 2014.

We’d love for his scent to have sexy warm base notes and soft light elements like anyone of his chart-topping power ballads! 

 

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Red Carpet Hair Obsession: Beyonce

Not only did Beyoncé kick off the show with one of the hottest performances of the evening, but her carefree wavy bob definitely had us drunk in love with her look for the rest of the night!

Pantene celebrity stylist Kim Kimble styled Bey for the evening, and shared with us the steps below so you too can achieve this style too!

Beyonce At The 56th Annual Grammy Awards

1. For a show-stopping wet, sexy look inspired by the 1920’s, start with clean, wet hair.

2. Next, work the Pantene Pro-V Curly No Crunch Curls Whip into hair from root to tip to define frizz-free curls. Then brush through with a paddle brush to create soft, piece-y waves, and scrunch hair to help keep its definition.

3. Spritz the Pantene Advanced+ Keratin Repair KeraGloss Oil Mist to add brilliant shine.

4. To go from sexy to modern ‘20s chic, dry hair with a diffuser. Point the diffuser toward your crown to keep hair smooth at the root and use underneath at the ends of hair to achieve volume.

5. Continue to scrunch hair until dry for added body. Use a 1/2 inch flat iron and wrap small pieces of hair around it to create additional soft waves, similar to a curling wand, to create a few additional waves.

6. Tame flyaways at the roots of hair by using the Pantene Pro-V Stylers Shaping Hairspray. It’s important this style looks messy and flawless, so a small amount of product at the crown is all you need.

7. Finish off the look with the Pantene Advanced+ Keratin Repair KeraGloss Oil Mist for shiny, effortless waves.

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