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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.

2014 MTV Movie AwardsInspiración

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?