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Celeb Spotting: Sonja Morgan

Sonja Morgan was among the notables who were at the weekly Monday night event: Upstairs at Beauty & Essex.

Beauty & Essex is bringing a fresh, vivacious vibe to its Monday nights with their new weekly event: Upstairs. The seasoned NY hotspot will now be hosting an LGBT event in the upstairs lounge from 8:00 PM – 12:00 AM every Monday. The perfect place to unwind after a manic Monday.

Sonja Morgan enjoys Upstairs at Beauty & EssexSonja Morgan, one of The Real Housewives of New York joined the crowd upstairs looking beautiful in a little black dress, drinking cocktails, and having a great time with guests.

Photo Credit: Richard Burrowes

Red Carpet Beauty: Lupita Nyong'o At The 2014 MTV Movie Awards (Update En Espanol)

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At this point we’d create an event just to have Lupita strut her stuff on a red carpet…you know she would kill it.

Here is the Academy Award Winning actress slaying at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards…oh yes she's wearing Chanel Fall 2014 RTW. Yassss!

We’ll get back to that in a moment but let’s talk Lancôme first. Namely, the beauty inspiration for the event. 2014 MTV Movie AwardsWe love her hair style from celebrity stylist Larry Sims. Her makeup was fun and Celebrity makeup artist Nick Barose gave the recently appointed Lancôme ambassadress “sparkly, disco-inspired eyes” for tonight’s red carpet. Barose wanted to complement Nyong’o’s colorful dress with a silver metallic eye.

We got the scoop on the colors she’s rocking.

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Here is the side by side of Lupita in Chanel and the same dress on the runway. I think we can a agree who wore it best! It’s Lupita, ICYDK. Lupita in Chanel

And finally, its not a proper fashion moment until theres a Lupita Nyong’o/Jared Leto moment. So here it is, enjoy.

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El maquillista de celebridades, Nick Barose, le dio ojos brillantes, inspirados por la disco a la nueva embajadora de Lancôme, Lupita Nyong'o. Barose quería complementar el colorido vestido de Nyong'o con un look metálico de plata.

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Rihanna Rocks Couture At The 2014 #MTVMovieAwards

Holy haute Hollywood glamour! Here is Rihanna at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards at Nokia Theatre. We love this Ulyana Sergeenko beige satin corseted bodysuit worn under a pastel pink robe dress with voluminous sleeves from the Spring 2014 Couture collection.Riri

We love a simple retro look that looks just as appropriate on a red carpet as it would on a yacht or photo shoot. This is how Rihanna does a shirt dress…as a gown! Ok, ok maybe it’s a little more like a robe left open…but she pulls off this look as well as the model!


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The only question that remains is would you wear this look? And if so where? How would you accessorize? (Perhaps a henna hand tattoo?)
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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.”

Outlet Shopping Upgrade: George Kotsiopoulos Named Style Editor For Gap Factory Store

We love celebrity stylist and television personality George Kotsiopoulos! He's a defender of risk taking fashionistas often going head to head with Joan Rivers on E!'s 'The Fashion Police.' Now, George will help budget conscious women how to hit the outlets, save money and look chic. 
The "Exclusively Styled" campaign will feature George Kotsiopoulos as a Style Editor for Gap Factory Store offering expert tips, product picks and styling insight via social media platforms, print advertisements and store-front displays. 
The campaign will come to life over four seasons in 2014, including Spring, Summer, Fall and Holiday. Each season, George Kotsiopoulos will select must have looks modeled by top talent from the world of fashion, music and sports, starting with Dylan Penn, model and daughter of Sean Penn and Robin Wright, this Spring.
"Everyone wants to dress like a star, but on a real girl budget," said George Kotsiopoulos. "I'm excited to partner with Gap Factory Stores to create the on-trend, head-to-toe looks that everyone can wear right now."
"We are excited to have George join Gap Factory Store as the Style Editor for the brand," said Andi Owen, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Gap Global Outlet and Factory Store.  "Our customer relies on us to deliver casual trend-right styles at a value and we want to enhance her shopping experience with a trusted style editor. George's bright attitude and enduring style align perfectly with our vision."  

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.

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.

 

Remastered: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

Elton_John_GYBRGoodbye Yellow Brick Road, the seminal, 1973 breakthrough album, has been remastered and will be issued on CD, vinyl, limited-edition yellow vinyl, and in a box set featuring recordings of “Live at Hammersmith 1973” on CD, a DVD of Bryan Forbes’ 1973 film Elton John and Bernie Taupin Say Goodbye to Norma Jean and Other Things, along with a 100-page illustrated hardback book packed with rare photos, memorabilia and a new essay containing interviews with Elton John and Bernie Taupin.

“I’ve had the best time [in Las Vegas] because I always thought of it as a challenge and wanted to put on the best show. I don’t think there could be a better looking show than this in Vegas or in any venue anywhere.”

Also included in the Deluxe Edition and box set versions is a suite of nine, new cover versions of classic songs from Goodbye Yellow Brick Road performed by Ed Sheeran, Emeli Sandé, Fall Out Boy, Hunter Hayes, Imelda May, John Grant, Miguel featuring Wale, The Band Perry, and Zac Brown Band.

This was the album that created a true superstar. Although he was already known in 1973 due to the growing success of his previous albums—including Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Player, Elton John and Honky Chateau—it was the release of this double album, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, that made Elton John a household name. It went on to sell 31-million copies. Goodbye... perfectly marries the various elements of Elton’s craft: classic songwriting, glam stomp, R&B, gospel, jaw-dropping performances, soul and a large helping of brilliant showmanship.

The album spent eight weeks at No.1 and went platinum seven times over in the U.S. It also contains Elton and co-writer Bernie Taupin’s most successful song, “Candle in the Wind;” a No.1 hit three times, in three different versions, in three successive decades, ultimately becoming the biggest-selling single of all time. It also features dynamite standards such as “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting” and “Bennie and the Jets,” the latter being the song that led to Elton becoming the first white performer to appear on the influential American R&B TV show Soul Train. The album is also ranked No. 91 in Rolling Stone magazine’s “Top 100 Greatest Albums Of All Time” chart. In a career filled with highlights that other artists can only dream of, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road stands as a towering achievement, a defining moment in the most exciting era in rock history.

Often referred to as the pinnacle of Elton and co-writer Bernie Taupin’s creative powers and commercial success, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road was the eighth studio album the pair had released in a three-year period. But the recording of the album wasn't the smoothest of experiences. After initial attempts at recording in Kingston, Jamaica, were derailed by the double whammy of industrial action at the studio and further disruption was caused by a world boxing title fight in the town, Elton and the band returned to the familiar settings of Chateau d’Herouville. The album was completed in a staggering seventeen days (including mixing!) and the result is a body of work of huge ambition—kicking off with the grandiose, epic prog rock sound of “Funeral for a Friend / Love Lies Bleeding,” and effortlessly segueing between pop, hard rock, soul, and stunning heart-wrenching ballads.

The album artwork was also a giant leap forward creatively for Elton. Whereas earlier album artwork either didn’t feature Elton at all, or showed him as an earnest early 70’s songwriter, here he can been seen resplendent in sparkling platform boots, a satin bomber jacket and, of course, his soon-to-be trademark flamboyant eyewear. The sight of him stepping from an unglamorous normal street into a magical fantasy world is not only a metaphor for the transition he was going through as an artist but is one of the most defining images of early 1970’s rock music.

The lasting legacy of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road can still be seen with a wealth of emerging new talent quick to praise the influence it had on their own careers. Artists ranging from BRIT winner Ed Sheeran (Candle in the Wind), R&B sensation Miguel (Bennie and the Jets), rock band Fall Out Boy (Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting), add their own interpretations to the classic originals on a sensational bonus disc. Recorded with producer Peter Asher at the helm, Elton and Bernie’s influence on modern day Americana, R&B and soul, and rock singers continues to shine through.

Complete list of the cover versions suite on the Box Set and Deluxe Edition:

1. Ed Sheeran - Candle In The Wind
2. Miguel featuring Wale - Bennie And The Jets
3. Hunter Hayes - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
4. The Band Perry - Grey Seal
5. John Grant - Sweet Painted Lady
6. Emeli Sandé - All The Girls Love Alice
7. Imelda May - Your Sister Can’t Twist (But She Can Rock And Roll)
8. Fall Out Boy - Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting
9. Zac Brown Band - Harmony

Complete list of formats of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road:

1. 1-CD set: 2014 CD remaster of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering from the original analogue tapes. Digital equivalent editions: Remaster, Mastered For iTunes, HD Edition
2. 2-CD set: 2014 CD remaster of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road as above, 9 cover versions, best of Live At Hammersmith CD. Digital equivalent editions: Remaster, Mastered For iTunes
3. Five Disc CD/DVD box set: containing standard album, 9 cover version disc, single B-sides and bonus tracks, complete “Live At Hammersmith” CD, DVD of Bryan Forbes’ 1973 film Elton John And Bernie Taupin Say Goodbye To Norma Jean and Other Things, and 100-page illustrated hardback book packed with rare photos, memorabilia and a new essay containing interviews with Elton John and Bernie Taupin). Digital editions for audio: Remaster, Mastered For iTunes
4. Standard 12” vinyl album. Mastered for vinyl by Doug Sax and Robert Hadley at The Mastering Lab, California. 180-gram audiophile quality vinyl with download card
5. Limited edition yellow vinyl available from http://store.eltonjohn.com and http://www.theboxsetstore.co.uk
6. HD Pure Audio Blu-Ray album

THE MILLION DOLLAR PIANO
FROM CAESARS PALACE, LAS VEGAS TO YOUR LOCAL CINEMA

On Saturday 22nd March, for One Night Only, CinemaLive in association with Rocket Music Entertainment Group, Yamaha Entertainment Group of America and Universal Music Group will release one of the world's most sensational concerts from the legendary singer, songwriter and performer, Elton John. The concert will be shown in over 200 cinemas across the UK and Ireland, forming a total of 1,200 cinemas worldwide in over 40 countries including the USA, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Mexico and Australia.

‘The Million Dollar Piano’ is being performed to standing ovations during Elton’s current residency at The Colosseum, Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas and includes all of Elton’s greatest hits from throughout his career including ‘Rocket Man,’ ‘Tiny Dancer,’ ‘Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting,’ ‘I’m Still Standing,’ ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,’ ‘Crocodile Rock’ and ‘Your Song.’

At the centerpiece of the performance is the show’s namesake piano, an engineering marvel featuring more than 68 LED video screens created by Yamaha. Nearly four years in the making, the state-of-the-art piano is the perfect accompaniment to Elton’s greatest hits displaying fantastical imagery to complement the entertainer’s fan favorites. Creating a whimsical, one-of-a-kind entertainment experience, the piano weighs in at nearly 3,200 pounds.

Elton said, “I’ve had the best time [in Las Vegas] because I always thought of it as a challenge and wanted to put on the best show. I don’t think there could be a better looking show than this in Vegas or in any venue anywhere.”

Visit www.CinemaLive.com for a full list of cinemas where the event will take place on Saturday 22nd March, for One Night Only.

Gwen Stefani Launches New Accessories Collection: gx by Gwen Stefani Available Exclusively at ShoeDazzle

Singer, songwriter and fashion entrepreneur Gwen Stefaniis launching her new accessories label, gx by Gwen Stefani, which will be available exclusively at ShoeDazzle.com/gx.

Gwen Stefani launches new accessories collection gx by Gwen StefaniAs of today, gx by Gwen Stefani is now shoppable in its dedicated boutique on ShoeDazzle.com, with new styles launching monthly. Each release will include both shoes and handbags, priced from $69.95-$110.95.

"I'm so excited to be launching my new accessories line gx. The collection is fun, stylish and has some attitude. The idea behind gx is to design high quality and amazing product that I can't wait to wear but at the same time is really well priced."

The debut collection mixes elements of tribal, pop, punk, and street influences. Inspirations coalesce in material and construction: African influences surface through wax-cord lacing, braiding, weaving and pattern. Gwen Stefani's personal style can be seen through the mesh and lace-up details and the graphic palette of black, white, red and cobalt. Key silhouettes include slim island platforms, single soles, high wedge sandals, and oversized totes. Equally reflective of Gwen's trendsetting style and the emerging runway footwear looks for 2014, the line is both structured and sexy.

ShoeDazzle Chief Stylist Rachel Zoe says, "I couldn't be more excited for the launch of gx by Gwen Stefani for ShoeDazzle! Gwen is an incredible friend and designer. Her style has always been a huge source of inspiration to me."

 

We are obsessed with the ‘Emiko’ sandals & the cheat sheet on how to wear it!emiko_white_collage-detailWhat are your favorite styles from the collection?

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.

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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Mani Inspiration: Van Gogh and Emmy Rossum @butterLONDON & @katiejanehughes

Looking for an amazing weekend mani? Take inspiration from Van Gogh and Emmy Rossum’s latest butter LONDON manicure created by Global Colour Ambassador, Katie Jane Hughes.

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Nail Look How To:

image003 (4)· Katie began by applying butter LONDON’s Patent Gel Top & Tails for a chip-free and long lasting wear.

· Katie then applied two coats of butter LONDON Nail Lacquer in Royal Navy, followed by a layer of Nail Lacquer in Leccy.

· To add more dimension to the nail, Katie then used saran wrap to speckle butter LONDON Nail Lacquer in Diamond Geezer over the nail.

· The look was finished with the Patent Gel Top & Tails and a dab of butter LONDON Handbag Holiday Cuticle Oil.

Steal Her Style: Malin Akerman

unnamed (1)Actress Malin Akerman, who we loved on HBO’s The Comeback was spotted in Los Angeles, California being a doting mother.

I love these stars are just like us moments where they’re dressed in denim (casual & like real folks).  

Check out Level 99 skinnies she rocked at an LA park with her adorable son, Sebastian. This is the fifth time the Trophy Wife star has been spotted in her Liza Skinnies in Crawford!

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Power Ladies Who Lunch & LoveGold

Michelle Dockery ingold David Yurman earrings and rings with her Barbara Casasola dress

Gotta love a luncheon that celebrates gold! In West Hollywood, CA. On Thursday, January 9th Sally Morrison and LoveGold hosted a lunch honoring Michelle Dockery from the Golden Globe nominated drama Downton Abbey.

Anna Kendrick in Fernando Jorge gold earrings%2c bracelet and ringGuests Anna Kendrick, Bella Thorne, Anna Kendrick, Dita von Teese, Caitlin Fitzgerald, Colleen Bell, Louise Roe, Garcelle Beauvais, Shiva Rose, Isabelle Fuhrman, and Keisha Whitaker joined guest of honor Michelle Dockery for a lunch celebrating gold and glamour.

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 09:  Actress Bella Thorne attends LOVEGOLD Luncheon celebrating Michelle Dockery at Chateau Marmont on January 9, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for LOVEGOLD)

Many guests in attendance wore gold jewelry including:

Michelle Dockery wore gold David Yurman earrings and rings with her Barbara Casasola dress.

Anna Kendrick wore Fernando Jorge gold earrings, bracelet and ring.

Isabelle Fuhrman wore gold Jennifer Fisher rings.

Louise Roe wore Paolo Costagli rose gold bracelet and earrings

Shiva Rose wore gold Jennifer Fisher bracelets

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 09:  Dita Von Teese attends LOVEGOLD Luncheon celebrating Michelle Dockery at Chateau Marmont on January 9, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for LOVEGOLD)

LoveGold was created to inspire all things gold. LoveGold seeks out the world's most beautiful gold jewelry, the designers creating it and the people wearing it. LoveGold.com and its social media platforms bring you captivating stories, exclusive features, unusual and unexpected jewelry pieces. It is a place to share, love, and find the world's most amazing gold pieces.

For more information visit www.lovegold.com

Katy Perry: Veggie Lover!

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Like many touring artists Katy Perry has a rider as part of her contact that lists what she requires backstage at every performance.

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146610976PB00023_Premiere_OOften these demand lists are usually interesting and share some insight to celeb quirks and idiosyncrasies.

The “Roar” singers’ demands are a little more health conscious?

TMZ.com reported her long list of backstage demands of food and dressing room requirements for her New Year’s Eve concert in Vegas.

Perry wanted fresh veggies at all times — including spinach, broccoli, celery, beets, carrots, kale, etc. She also asked for two large baskets of fruits — one must be tropical, and as far as dinner was concerned it must include a vegetarian option, plus quinoa or couscous.

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Further the 29-year-old demanded that all the meals must be low-fat and health conscious. Her dressing room requirements are even more specific: Fresh organic grown fruit (including sliced pineapple, mango, kiwis, etc), Fresh cut crudites (cucumber, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, snap peas and celery...plus ranch dip), healthy granola, dried figs, whole grain tortilla chips, large bowl hummus and freshly made guacamole.

Fruit Salad, a veggie plate and dried fruit! I hope Katy Perry does something about this otherwise she’ll lose her street cred! Just kidding, at least we know how she stays in great shape!

OPI Partners with Music and Fashion Icon: Gwen Stefani

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OPI joins celebrity partner Gwen Stefani in announcing seven new limited edition nail lacquers for 2014, featuring standout color in breakthrough finishes. Highlights from the collection include a bold red lacquer that pays homage to Gwen’s signature lipstick, a new semi-matte satin finish in shades of gold and black, and a mirrored chrome paired with a special base coat.
Inspired by the 2013 Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute Gala that featured the theme “Punk: Chaos to Couture,” OPI Executive VP and Artistic Director Suzi Weiss-Fischmann decided to create  a collection of lacquer celebrating the role of music as a major influence in fashion. “With her expertise as a singer, songwriter and designer, who better to collaborate with than Gwen Stefani?” asks Weiss-Fischmann. “Known for her trademark red lips, bold eye makeup and nail art, Gwen uses beauty to accessorize her style.”


Gwen’s signature red OPI hue – Over & Over A-Gwen – is available in a boxed set, which includes Swarovski black crystals and silver, gold and pewter studs in bar, square, diamond and circle shapes for creating unique nail designs, as well as nail glue for easy application. Love.Angel.Music.Baby. and 4 in the Morning feature a new, semi-matte satin finish designed to be worn without top coat. Push and Shove, a bold chrome hue, is also worn without top coat but requires a special complimentary base coat – Lay Down that Base. One thin coat of Lay Down that Base topped with two thin coats of Push and Shove yields an intense, mirrored finish. The collection is rounded out with two glossy crème lacquers and one sparkly glitter shade: Hey Baby, I Sing in Color, and In True Stefani Fashion.
OPI wanted to create a collection as dramatic, diverse and glamorous as its namesake,” adds Weiss-Fischmann. “With crème and glitter hues, new satin matte texture, a mirrored chrome and SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS, Gwen Stefani by OPI presents the latest in pigments and finishes, while combining elements of haute couture and street fashion.”
Gwen Stefani by OPI includes the following seven limited edition nail lacquers:

Hey Baby, I Sing in Color, Love.Angel.Music.Baby., 4 in the Morning, In True Stefani Fashion, Push and Shove and Over & Over A-Gwen
Gwen Stefani by OPI nail lacquers contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and feature OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application.

We’re Gonna Have A Kiki: Kirsten Dunst Serves Face For @LOrealProUS #lorealpromuse

KIRSTEN DUNST Portrait - ©Matthew Brookes for L'Oréal ProfessionnelKirsten Dunst is the very first L'Oréal Professionnel global spokesperson.  In the US, Kirsten Dunst will embody the upcoming strategic launches of Beach Waves and Absolut Repair Lipidium available in salons in 2014.

Anne-Laure Lecerf, International Managing Director of L'Oréal Professionnel says, "Kirsten Dunst is a timeless beauty and is a modern woman, closely connected to fashion…She has the perfect attributes to embody the new values of L'Oréal Professionnel."

Dunst’s  passion for fashion and trends means that she is constantly playing with her style. When taking on new movie roles, Dunst is always keen to work with professional stylists to radically change her hair color, from reddish tones to bright blonds, from a smooth sophisticated look to a wilder, unruly style, to best prepare for the part. “I feel very close to L’Oréal Professionnel. The brand is strongly connected to fashion and I admire its commitment to innovation, constantly creating new professional services and products to achieve the most on-trend styles. L’Oréal Professionnel empowers hairdressers to transform and reveal the beauty in each woman all over the world. It makes me very proud to be a part of this stunning project.” says the actress.

2014 will mark the release of Hossein Amini's thriller, The Two Faces of January, in which Dunst co-stars opposite Viggo Mortensen and Oscar Isaac.  In January 2014, Kirsten Dunst will start filming Jeff Nichols' science fiction film, Midnight Special, in which she will play a lead role next to Joel Edgerton and Michael Shannon.  

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Dunst is best known for her roles in Marie Antoinette, Spiderman, and Interview with the Vampire. Additionally, she was awarded Best Actress at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival for her role in Lars von Trier’s Melancholia. This year Dunst co-stars opposite
Viggo Mortensen and Oscar Isaac in Hossein Amini’s thriller, The Two Faces of January and will be filming Jeff Nichols’ science fiction film, Midnight Special, in which she will play a lead role next to Joel Edgerton and Michael Shannon.