Fridays with Felicia: An intimate look behind the curtain as I share my favorite style/beauty discoveries and ThisThatBeauty shenanigans from previous week.
What a week…phew! I’ve been so consumed with fashion/beauty press previews that I almost forgot to pick winners for my “The MakeupShow” giveaway. Luckily @meaganshea tweeted *several* times to remind me:). The two lucky winners are:
- Tai_Chi (you still need to tweet me back with your full name so that I can put you on my guest list)
Congrats ladies! You get to attend TheMakeupShow and meet makeup greats like my boo to the right, the legendary James Vincent (google him. LOL). You may each bring a friend. So for those of you who did not win…friend these gals on Twitter and try to tag along!
I popped in on several beauty and fashion press previews this week. Some I’ll highlight here and others I’ll cover in upcoming posts. All in all, I was quite pleased with this week’s presentations!
The trend-happy youth inspired UK brand kicked off their US launch with what else?…a British Afternoon Tea Party.
While Lipsy London offers an extensive collection of tops, bottoms, lingerie, and accessories…the strength of the collection appears to be it’s party dress category — particularly the VIP dress collection.
While viewing the Lipsy collection, I thought a lot about the Lipsy US customer. Who is she? Well given the heavy trend influence (feathers, studs, Grecian one shoulder dresses — oh my!) I’m getting a visual on a young woman who is in her late teens to late 20′s…She is celebrity-style inspired (reads US Weekly religiously)…She parties like its 1999 (and likes her ensemble to be reminiscent of said year, 1999.)….She’s never tardy for the party…She has a smoking hot body and legs that don’t quit.
Speaking of fashion, trend, style, etc — Here’s my Accessory Report for the week:
My favorite new headband comes from New London Pharmacy NY ($8). It is extremely comfortable, does not cause a headband-headache, and is great for dressing up a casual hair style. As you can see from the picture below, I am still doing my two loose romantic braids from last week (they’re so easy going and carefree for spring). My DVF cat eye sunglasses are pretty much a daily staple. I rarely leave the house without them.
With the recent drop in temperature this week, I’ve been rocking my mustard yellow lamb skin with suede detail fingerless gloves. They’re by Jypsea.
The best possible start to my day is a beauty breakfast. This week The Body Shop invited me to attend a beauty editor’s breakfast with their top International Makeup Artist, Chase Aston. During the intimate breakfast Chase walked us through the new Italian baked shadows, blushers, bronzers, and nourishing lip products.
Generally not a fan of shimmer on shimmer, the Italian Baked-to-last eye Color ($14.00) product was a pleasant surprise. The multi-tasking shadow duo contains two shimmer shades but the deepest shade of the two is strongly pigmented and creates beautiful contrast against the lighter shade…as opposed to total wash-out like so many shimmery pairs. The shades can be applied either wet or dry to take eyes from fresh and natural to sexy and intense. I love that the products are mom/on-the-go friendly in that they can be applied and blended seamlessly with the fingers. True story. Now obviously for a more polished look, you would use a brush, but for a simple lid color and light crease contour — your fingers will do!
Delipscious Tinted Lip Balm ($10.00) is perfect for the costumer who wants a subtle hint of shine, moisture, and color. The product contains naturally-derived ingredients and natural food flavoring. It is formulated with 100% food grade ingredients. The four shades feature fruit oil to match your chosen flavor and fruity shade – Peach, Watermelon, Berry or Papaya Crush.
The Body Shop’s International Makeup Artist, Chase Aston calls Sheer Lip Color ($12) the next step up from Delipscious Lip Balm and is perfect for the woman who wants to introduce a stronger color influence to the lip. Sheer Lip Color is available in eight mouth-watering shades.
This week I attended an exclusive preview of Women’s Health Beauty Award winners. Cocktails, manicures, and award winning beauty products — oh my!
I spent time with a rep from Boots and learned about the UK based skin care line that’s developed a very loyal following here in the US.
Here’s a sneak peek of the winning beauty products. The full list will be made public in the June issue of Women’s Health magazine.
“Fridays with Felicia” would be incomplete without the mention of my nail color du jour. This week I was invited to cover the launch of some exciting new products from Perfect Formula. As of right now, the products are so new that they are not yet available online. I promise future coverage that includes a polish that changes color with your mood! Can you even? Here’s an exclusive sneak peek of the products. More deets soon…I promise!
Have a good weekend!