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What’s new with L’Oréal? So much…So so much! This Spring, L’Oréal launches a bevy of beauty products all in the affordable price range of $4.99 to $15.95.  From skin to hair to cosmetics, L’Oréal’s spring launches will have you racing to your local Target. Let’s run through what’s new from L’Oréal as I point out my faves.

L’Oréal Paris Infallible Le Rouge – This Gwen Stefani backed lipstick is the front-runner of the L’Oréal spring collection. Prepare to be amazed! If Gwen Stefani says it’s good, it’s gotta be…

Say goodbye to the era of dry lips from long-wear lipstick. Introducing a new collection of conditioning, comfortable and easy-to-apply lip color that delivers 10 hours of fresh, vibrant wear. The easy one-step formula introduces Color Fix Technology, patented flexible new polymers that offer greater adhesion and truer color that won’t flake off or fade. Formulated with Vitamin E and Ceramide 5, it provides a healthy shine instead of dreaded dryness characteristically associated with some long-wear color. Available in a wide range of color families – from reds, pinks and plums to mauves, corals and browns – every woman can find a shade that is uniquely “her.”

Price: $9.95, Available in 30 shades at www.lorealparis.com and chain drug, food and mass market retailers nationwide.


L’Oréal Paris Go 360˚ Clean Anti-Breakout – This is the brand’s first acne specific treatment cleanser. With 2% Salicylic Acid, the formula sounds promising. The cleanser is paired with L’Oréal Paris’ signature Scrublet™…I recommend that you go easy on the Scrublet if your skin is currently experiencing a breakout!

DESCRIPTION: Go 360˚ Clean Anti-Breakout delivers an innovative new anti-acne formula that’s clinically-proven to help eliminate blemishes, pimples and blackheads while providing a deep gentle cleansing that leaves pores appearing smaller and skin looking and feeling softer. Go 360˚ Clean Anti-Breakout is specially formulated with 2% Salicylic Acid to exfoliate, open clogged pores and remove bacteria while Glycerin hydrates skin and prevents over-drying. This latest innovation in the Go 360˚ Clean collection works with L’Oréal Paris’ signature Scrublet™. More effective than cleansing by hand, this soft, flexible disc applies a rich lather that goes deep – unclogging pores and gently removing traces of dirt, oil and makeup. The Scrublet™ pops right into and out of the custom-made bottle for convenient storage.
Price: $6.99, Available at www.lorealparis.com and chain drug, food and mass market retailers

L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze™ Clear Self-Tanning Gel – Just what we need to give legs and arms a a safe color boost for Spring/ Summer. I am particularly excited for the no drip gel formula!

DESCRIPTION: L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze™ Clear Self-Tanning Gel is an innovative, first-to-mass clear gel spray self-tanner that is free of parabens. It combines the comfort of a cooling gel formula with the convenience of a spray bottle for easy, mess-proof application. Infused with a light citrus scent, the clear formula works by utilizing proteins in the skin and brings out a natural, healthy glow. Just spray it on and gently massage into skin to achieve a streak-free, long-lasting bronze complexion that begins to develop in less than one hour. Available in a medium-tone bronze finish to complement all skin tones, Sublime Bronze™ Clear Self-Tanning Gel can be applied daily until the desired level of color is achieved.

Price: $10.49, Available at www.lorealparis.com and chain drug, food and mass market retailers

L’Oréal Paris Sublime Mousse by Healthy Look – Say goodbye to drippy icky liquid hair color and embrace the mousse!

DESCRIPTION: L’Oréal Paris introduces an innovative new permanent hair color technology that’s as easy to apply as shampoo. The ultra-light, airy mousse formula is simple and mess-free, resulting in perfect gray coverage and natural, shiny color. Just rotate the pump bottle to mix the formula, dispense the foam into your hand and massage into hair as you would apply shampoo. There’s no need to part and section hair, as the mousse formula expands around each strand, sealing in glossy shine. Even the most difficult to reach areas, like the back of your head, are easily covered. Healthy Look Sublime Mousse comes with a deeply hydrating after-color conditioner to protect and condition hair for a soft and high-gloss finish.

Price: $9.99, Available in March 2011 in 12 shades at www.lorealparis.com and chain drug, food and mass market retailers

L’Oréal Paris EverSleek Sulfate-Free Smoothing System – Could this collection of products replace professional straightening treatments? Well for the starting price of $6.99, I’m willing to find out!

DESCRIPTION: The desire for straight, smooth hair and the increasing popularity of professional straightening treatments has resulted in women clamoring for products that protect, smooth, maintain results…and really work. Offering an advanced yet gentle way to achieve smooth results without spending salon prices, L’Oréal Paris introduces EverSleek Sulfate-Free Smoothing System, a breakthrough hair care collection specifically designed to smooth frizzy, unruly or processed hair. Free of harsh sulfates, unnatural silicones and parabens, EverSleek technology contains Argan Oil, Olive Oil and Sunflower Oil to penetrate hair fibers and smooth the cuticle for natural, long-lasting frizz control. With seven products including the first-to-mass silicone-free serum, EverSleek offers a complete hair care system for 48 hours of weightless frizz control.

The EverSleek collection includes the following products: Intense Smoothing Shampoo/Conditioner, Reparative Smoothing Shampoo/Conditioner, Smoothing Deep Conditioner, Humidity Defying Leave-In Crème and Frizz Taming Crème Serum

Price: $6.99 – $8.99 each, Available at www.lorealparis.com and chain drug, food and mass market retailers

L’Oréal Paris Studio Line Collection – For 2011 L’Oréal returns to the scene of the crime and revamps a cult classic….but remains pocket-book friendly at just $4.99.

DESCRIPTION: You asked… L’Oréal Paris listened. For more than 25 years the Studio line has offered men and women the tools needed to create their look and express their styles. In 2011, Studio has undergone a dramatic creative overhaul with new packaging, making it easier to find the styling product perfect for you. In addition to a new look, the Studio line now offers five new products, bringing the range to 12 studio-inspired, sophisticated yet user-friendly offerings. The new Volume and Curl offerings help you achieve weightless volume, frizz control and curl definition for long-lasting hold and body. New Mega Hairspray sprays on clean and holds style in place all day with long-lasting shine. The revamped Studio Line provides both men and women with a full line of gels, mousses, sprays, spritzes and texturizers that meet every styling need.

Price: $4.99 each, Available at www.lorealparis.com and chain drug, food and mass market retailers nationwide.

L’Oréal Paris Double Extend Eye Illuminator Mascara – Ahhh, my personal standout product from L’Oréal for 2011. Double Extend has always been a favorite of mine, so the addition of light-reflecting properties has me doing cartwheels!

DESCRIPTION: L’Oréal Paris Double Extend Eye Illuminator Mascara offers a sophisticated new way to intensify your natural eye color with the power of pearls. In just two simple steps, this light-reflecting lengthening black mascara highlights flecks of color found in eyes, while the sphere-shaped tipping brush applies the pearl-infused top coat, resulting in a truly visible illumination effect. Three different customized shades are designed specifically to enhance blue, green/hazel and brown eyes. The fourth shade is a universal pigment that compliments all eye colors.

Price: $10.95 Available at www.lorealparis.com and chain drug, food and mass market retailers

L’Oréal Paris Studio Secrets Professional The One Sweep Eye Shadow – If you’re a paint by number sort of gal and find yourself challenged in the eye shadow application department, THIS is for you!

DESCRIPTION: Leveraging the “professional-look-made-easy” expertise of the Studio Secrets Professional Collection, L’Oréal Paris introduces the first ever eye shadow trio that provides a multi-shade shadow look in one effortless step. The secret? An innovative eyelid-shaped palette and contoured brush applicator designed to pick up the perfect amount of shadow to define, color and highlight eyes for a complete, professional look. With a simple horizontal sweep of the brush from inner to outer eyelid, the three shades are evenly and expertly distributed from lash line to brow bone. The soft, creamy powder formula packed with Vitamin E boasts all-day wear without creasing or fading. Available in four natural and four playful palettes, each designed to maximize your eye color – blue, green/hazel and brown eyes – along with a universal shade for all eye colors.

Price: $9.95, Available in 8 shades at www.lorealparis.com and chain drug, food and mass market retailers nationwide.

L’Oréal Paris Studio Secrets Professional Magic Smooth Soufflé – You didn’t hear it from me but I swear this is a dead-wringer for La Mer Treatment Creme Foundation. My neighbor, who’s a fan of the aforemention La Mer product, road tested L’Oréal Paris Studio Secrets Professional Magic Smooth Soufflé for ThisThatBeauty..and she agrees!

DESCRIPTION: Designed with L’Oréal Paris’ Studio Secrets Professional expertise, this innovative air-whipped, oil-free foundation makes it easy to achieve a professionally flawless finish every day. Microscopic air bubbles create a light airy base, so skin feels comfortable, not weighted down by layers of coverage. Using L’Oréal Paris’ revolutionary Mati-Crystal Technology, the unique soufflé formula delivers a naturally matte effect that lasts all day without any dullness. The blendable formula smoothes fine lines and wrinkles, while blurring pores and imperfections – transforming skin to velvety-soft perfection.

Price: $15.95, Available in 12 shades at www.lorealparis.com and chain drug, food and mass market retailers nationwide.

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If you are like me and want to separate truly great beauty products from lackluster duds, then I know you will be blown away by Birchbox, a monthly delivery of highly curated, luxe beauty samples. I am slow to commit to beauty products and will very rarely buy something new without first pouring through product reviews or playing around with a sample. With Birchbox, I’m covered. Founders Hayley Barna and Katia Beauchamp “created Birchbox to help women cut through the clutter of the beauty world to find products that really work.”

Birchbox is a members only site. For less than the cost of a New York City manicure ($10), Birchbox members receive 4-5 samples of tested beauty products which include: “anything from skincare to makeup to cult beauty tools, from well-known brands as well as emerging gems.”  Current Birchbox partnerships include well-known brands like NARS, Phyto, Stila, Perricone MD and Laura Mercier.

Once you have found a sample that you absolutely love and cannot exist without, go to Birchbox shop and order your products directly.  Birchbox offers incentives for purchases in their shop by giving Birchbox Points. This points  can be redeemed for discounts on full size products.  Score!


This post was written by @ChristeneCarr 

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Actress Liv Tyler was spotted at Sundance wearing long, loose, hippie inspired waves. For curly haired girls looking for a softer change of pace, Stylist Creighton Bowman for Leonor Greyl shares how he created Liv’s look for the Sundance premier of her new thriller “The Ledge”.

“On towel dried hair, I applied Condition Naturelle by Leonor Greyl from root to end, combined with Lait Luminescence Bi-Phase detangling milk.

Using a blow-dryer on a low setting, I wrapped her hair around my fingers, creating soft natural waves. Once fully dried, I used a couple of drops of Serum De Soie Sublimateur to finish her style with lots of shine and total frizz control. Her style lasted all day long and into the night.”

“On towel dried hair, I applied Condition Naturelle by Leonor Greyl from root to end, combined with Lait Luminescence Bi-Phase detangling milk.

Using a blow-dryer on a low setting, I wrapped her hair around my fingers, creating soft natural waves. Once fully dried, I used a couple of drops of Serum De Soie Sublimateur to finish her style with lots of shine and total frizz control. Her style lasted all day long and into the night.”


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This Friday, January 21, I am doing a special Beauty level appearance at Bergdorf Goodman…and I would LOVE to see you all there!

From 6:00 to 8:00 pm I’ll be on hand to answer your beauty questions and help you achieve your 2011 Beauty Resolutions with the help of the latest technologies in skin, body, and hair care! Will I see you there? I certainly hope so! If you have never experienced the Beauty Atrium at Bergdorf’s….boy (girl) are you in for a treat! I’m thinking about bringing a sleeping bag. For reals!

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MAC makeup artist Kristin Gallegos designed the look for Naeem Khan’s Spring/Summer 2011 show. The makeup was inspired by 1990‘s Versace in Miami. The foundation was done using MAC Face and Body Foundation. It was applied a shade darker than each model’s skintone and Mineralized Skin Finished was added to give a sun kissed glow. The face was highlighted with Pearl Sunshine Powder.

Gold Metal Remnant, a metallic gold shadow, was blotted on the lid and outside of the eye. A lighter shade, Dalliance, was used to highlight the brow bone and the inner corner of the eye. Dalliance is due to hit shelves in Spring 2011. Center Stage, a dark brown metallic shadow, was used under the eye to add a bit of depth and darkness while Gilded White Power Pencil was used to line the inner rim of the eye. Lashes were well defined using Haute and Naughty mascara on both the top and bottom lashes.

The apple of the cheeks were done in So sweet – So Easy Creme Blush to brighten up the face, compliment the bronze of the face and skin, as well as the intricately designed, jeweled and embroidered pieces in the line. A combination of lip products were incorporated to finish the look.

The bronzed skin, gold shadow with bold lashes and big hair, designed by Laurent Phillipon, was perfect to complete Naeem Khan’s love affair with Miami.


This post is written by ThisThatBeauty Contributor, Christene Carr. For more: www.christenecarr.com

During NYFW as I ran from venue to venue I was noticing a trend; almost all the makeup artists I encountered were doing very minimal coverage on the face.  Most were spot concealing and giving models a fresh faced look.

Backstage for United Bamboo, Dick Page, of Shiseido summed it up well “Spring is all about great skin.” He also mentioned that for United Bamboo the models were going to be very close to the audience so he wanted to keep the makeup simple and make it about the clothes.

For the eye, Dick applied Shiseido Benefiance Full Correction Lip Treatment to the lids then added a thin line of navy blue shadow from the Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Color Trio in Snow Shadow, over it.  This is meant to give eyes a somewhat molten shine that sparkles a bit in flashes of light. On the lips he used Shiseido Shimmering Rouge Lipsticks in Alabaster beige, to diffuse the natural lip tone and add just a hint of shimmer.

The lipgloss on lid topped with shadow is definitely not for long wear; to create a similar look at home try lining the eye with a navy eye pencil. Next, smudge the liner on top and bottom and then add a bit of iridescent shimmer powder over the top lid.

The hair for United Bamboo was also simple. Models wore a masculine style of hair with a messy texture. Shiseido Lotion Number two was used on the roots of rough dried hair and smoothed down about 4 inches on the length of the hair. (Lotion number two was designed specifically for use during NYFW and is not yet available for retail sale.)  Hair was then parted on the left side and Shiseido Designtex Gel number 3 was added in the front and sides as hair was slicked back and pinned. A bit of Dry shampoo was then used to give hair a slightly matte texture.


This post is written by ThisThatBeauty Contributor, Christene Carr. For more from Christene you may stalk her (not really) on Twitter at @ChristeneCarr and visit her blog www.christenecarr.com.

Union Jack Black and Yummy Mummy were the Butter London colors of choice for Vena Cava’s Spring 2011 nail look.  Neither of the colors are new but based on the Vena Cava’s line of seventies inspired pieces that included cropped pants and knee length and longer hemlines, the choice of dual toned nails was spot on. The nails added edge to the somewhat conservative clothing. Press on nails were made specifically for Vena Cava and are not sold by Butter London.

For Spring 2011 Butter London has three colors that are not yet named (Shown above).  According to Founder and Creative Director, Nonie Creme, inspiration for the existing Spring colors came from impressionist lace and print fabric.  The green shown above was “muddied up with a bit of black” to give it some edge and get away from the pastels.  More colors will likely be added to Butter London’s line after New York Fashion Week.

Nonie Creme sees nail art making a comeback for spring 2011.  However, It will be refined and tasteful with simple graphics.

To recreate the look at home…

The best way to get this look at home is to use press on nails. Apply two to three coats of Yummy Mummy to the nail and allow it to dry.  The best way I find to get the half moon is to use the ring and index fingers to hold the nail (upside down) on the middle finger. (The top of the nail to be painted with the half moon, should be held away from you.)  In one fluid motion, apply one coat of Union Jack Black. Allow nails to dry completely and you are good to press on.

Butter London polishes are ‘3 free,’ that is free of formaldehyde, DBP, and Toluene.  They also have treatments for cuticle and nail care.


This post is written by ThisThatBeauty Contributor, Christene Carr. For more: @ChristeneCarr and her blog  www.christenecarr.com.

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When I first walked into the Rebecca Moses presentation at The Box at Lincoln Center, I felt I had walked into story time.  The long black jersey dress with plunging cowl back and leopard print skirt worn with the embellished camisole and leopard jacket, beckoned to me  from “The Library” section. The green flower atop the head of the leopard print clad model was unexpected and I loved everything about it. On my way to the “The Library” I passed  the “Pyramids of Giza” and Paris inspired backdrop, designed by Rebecca herself. I saw a polka-dot dress at the “Museum” where the models hair was done up in an oversized French roll.

I spotted a lightweight polka dot coat over what looked like an abstract print dress but back at the pyramids I had left the most amazing necklace I’d seen all week. The presentation was done in ten sections where each section told a story through fashion, styling and set design.  Rebecca Moses told an easy to follow story that was entertaining. The line has pieces for the ultra conservative to the moderately risque woman.  I know I would easily wear anything from the line and with a retail price point of $120 or below, Rebecca Moses has my “Heart Soul Style.” #MBFW NYFW


This post is written by ThisThatBeauty Contributor, Christene Carr. For more: @ChristeneCarr on Twitter and  www.christenecarr.com.

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Fridays with Felicia: An intimate look behind the curtain as I share my favorite style/ beauty discoveries and ThisThatBeauty shenanigans from previous week.

Fashion Week was a blast! It’s weird but I love to see the week coming and I love to see it GO! I live for the anticipation of the tents, yet I jump for joy once it’s all said and done.

Having said all that, I wouldn’t change my experiences for the world. Season after season, it’s always the faces (most are familiar, some are new) that I love the most. Check out my “Faces and Places” rundown for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week S/S11.

First and foremost, say hello to @ChristeneCarr, Contributing Writer for ThisThatBeauty. This season, with the help of Christene, TTB was able to cover over 30 shows and events. Look out for additional NYFW coverage of unique product discoveries and style/ beauty stories to post in the weeks to come. For Christene’s rundown of her first NYFW experience, visit this post on her personal blog.

Here is the lovely Christene with Andre Leon Talley, Vogue Editor at Large

Here I am with the kids of @occmakeup – Katie Pellegrino and Jasen Hunt

Partying (at @candcparty) with my Beauty Blogging God Momma Extraordinaire @LianneFarbes. Is that a bottle of Mo’ in Lianne’s hand?…Yep, that’s how we roll! LOL

Bloggers who blog about the pretty because obviously they know where of they speak

@TempleofGlam @WhatsHaute ME @realcurbappeal @Roselyn

Caring is sharing. I shared my Anna Sui blot papers with Jenna Muller of Phyto. OMG, try their PhytoSpecific relaxer!

Yea, I get pretty greasy. Don’t judge me…instead, pitch me your company’s best mattifyer:)

With @chic_thrills at Aveda’s pre-NYFW event. I inspired her to go red, read all about it here

Hey @afrobella! Its always wonderful to see this blogging legend in the NYC! We attended an Aveda event together.

Yea boy, I’m official…PRESS CREDENTIALS!

With designer @loissamuels after her show (Again, dont judge my greasiness…pitch me on an anti-shine product why don’t cha:))

With the legendary Beverly Johnson…the first woman of color to appear on the cover of American Vogue in 1974.

With director Nefertite Nguvu (@loissamuels show). She directed the Cover Girl web series that I am currently appearing in.

My Bowtie Boo @jdavidrobbins (in the tents at the AOL Lounge)

As @realcurbappeal calls us a “new hit R&B group: Rouge Lips”

@realcurbappeal @liannefarbes @victoriastiles ME – in the tents

More love from Katie Pellegrino of @occmakeup at Michael Angelo’s Wonderland during Fashion’s Night Out

Cutting up with makeup mentors @kjbennettbeauty @DeShawnHatcher

Again with Director Nefertite Nguvu…and Master Makeup Artist @danessamyricks. This was in the meatpacking district during #FNO.

With celebrity manicurist @LuxeByTracyLee

It took me forever to find a pic that I could show of the two of us together where she doesn’t look too much better than me. Actress @cassiefree is too damn hot for words.

With the homie @beautylogicblog. Love this woman!

Bloggers @roselyn, ME, Actress @cassiefree, Blogger @beautylogicblog

This time we added the cutie pie @MissWhoeverUR. And is that Miss @StyleIt I spy in the background? Heeey Sarah!

@jdavidrobbins is by far one of my fave blogger sightings when on the scene

My outfit for @candcparty Social Media Event

Top: French Connection from @bloomingdales

Belt: JCrew (at least ten years old)

Skirt: Love this little power skirt. Major major steal from @bloomingdales. Brand = Aqua

Shoes: Christian Louboutin (what else!) These little booties are amaze…especially after I had about an inch of the heel cut off!

With @stilaPROartist Sarah Lucero backstage at Lela Rose. I have a slight crush…(just keeping it real)

With @TedGibson backstage at Lela Rose

There goes my Bowtie boo again @jdavidrobbins. Boyfriend and I are like the Energizer Bunny. Here we are at Robert Verdi Luxe Laboratory.

Me at DVF wearing DVF awaiting the arrival of DVF

Me with DVF at DVF wearing DVF in DVF heaven.

Oh did I mention, I’m wearing DVF with DVF at DVF???:)

Interviewing @jvincentmakeup backstage at @BriteYoungthing

With @BriteYoungThing creator Eliza Starbuck. We are both wearing, what else….@BriteYoungThing

Oh @jdavidrobbins……@ideeli NYFW Wrap Party

With @MissWhoeverUR…we’re wearing the same red (NARS Dragon Girl). Apparently I influenced her purchase!

With the glam’d up @fashionpulse. She’s always such a sweetie pie!

@realcurbappeal moving in on my thang with @jdavidrobbins. This was at @ideeli’s NYFW Wrap Party!

Sisters for life. With @realcurbappeal

What a way to end the night…and the week! Bumped into some fun loving drag-queens!

The very next day I said bye-bye (bye-girl, girl-bye) to all things fashionable and curled up in a hoodie, cut offs, and Nike sneakers!

Until next season…



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Twas the night before Fashion Week and oh what a pity, my hair was in dire need of TLC – quick, fast, and in a jiffy!

It’s a good thing I was lucky enough to receive an invite to an exclusive pre-NYFW event at Aveda Advanced Academy.

Aveda’s Creative Director, Antoinette Beenders, and her team provided personal, one-on-one styling sessions and makeup applications.

Now I’m not sure if it was pure dumb luck, or if my hair was clearly crying out for “expert” hands – but I was fortunate enough to have Ms Beenders herself style my hair….which leads me to the title of this post: “Best Beachy Waves Ever, Thank Aveda”.

Please allow me to narrate through pictures:

Upon arriving at Aveda I thought to myself: “Ahhh, just what I need…a little pre-NYFW pampering.” As I was greeted with a yummy organic cocktail I thought to myself: “YES! THIS!”

After a very frank hair chat with Creative Director, Antoinette Beenders, I felt very confident in her ability to style my hair. It is extremely rare (practically unheard of) that I allow my hair to be styled at press events. History has shown that these things do not end well (for women with hair like mine). But Antoinette and I had a brief, yet thorough and honest conversation which led me to trust her without question (an honor not easily earned)…see how comfortable and trusting I look below:)

Here’s my hair all wet…it’s time for Antoinette to go IN. And still, I am relaxed and confident that she will achieve the results I desire. Side note: The lovely assistant in the pic below was just marvelous…gave me one of my best shampoos ever!

Here are my beachy waves in progress

Here’s a tip from Antoinette to me to you. To impart shine without weighing hair down, try applying your shine product of choice with a Kabuki brush…yes, a Kabuki brush!

And here’s the final result….I am in LOVE  LOVE LOVE. Like I wanna make love to myself IN LOVE (please excuse the yellow picture quality)

Thank you Antoinette! xoxo

Thank you ladies for inviting me to such a lovely event!

Later that evening I cried my eyes out uncertain of how I would maintain the look overnight

I decided to sleep on my chin (I’m a slave to beauty, what can I say) and woke up with this look…not bad! I’d say I maintained 70% of my beachy waves

Later that morning as I prepared for Day One of NYFW, I added a few extra curls (using my Sultra Slim Luxe Iron) and achieved this look.

Thank you again to Aveda, Antoinette Beenders (and her team), the entire staff at Aveda, and the lovely PR ladies who extended the invitation!

Be on the look out for product reviews of some of the press samples I received from Aveda during my recent visit!

I love you all,

Felicia – xoxo

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For the second consecutive year, Mehron keyed the makeup for Toni Francesc.  Francesc’s S/S11 line is entitled Urban Forest.

Key makeup artist, Jackie Mdligo, placed heavy emphasis on the eyes using colors found in nature and the forest.  Paradise AQ in yellow, a color found in Mehron’s body paint line, was used to highlight the inner eye and brow, while Jet Black Eye cream, Metallic Shadow and Mehorn E.Y.E were used to complete the eye look.  The yellow color is water activated and becomes more vibrant when it is applied wet.  The Celebre HD foundation (click here for my previous review of this beautiful product) was used to give models a fresh faced look.

Jackie custom blended foundation and Bubble Gum Lip Cream to create a nude look on the lips of the 18 models.  Mehron products provide great build-able coverage that stands up extremely well under harsh runway lights but they are also great for the everyday user.

Used on models for the runway:

  • Celebre HD Foundation
  • Velvet Finish
  • Paradise AQ in Yellow
  • Jet Black Eye Cream
  • Shell Pink and Pink Coral Cheek Cream
  • Bubble Gum Lip Cream

I thought the collection was absolutely breathtaking. Francesc used what appeared to be tulle, cotton, satin and silks to create fantastic pieces that featured creative draping as well as clean lines. The wood used in the collection was often the focal point of the piece and the wooden accessories made me fall in love with trees even more.

Shoes and accessories were provided by Chololat d’ Or and hair design was done by Salerm.

Backstage I spoke briefly with Designer Toni Francesc and through his interpreter he had this to say:

The line is inspired by nature and the main focus is to translate the forest into the city and ourselves.  Through the line I want to bring a consciousness to recycling and nature.  My favorite piece in the line is the last look, simple because it embodies the whole of nature.  The last look represents a tree and life.

And here’s your backstage look at the makeup look as it was created:



This post is written by ThisThatBeauty Contributor, Christene Carr. @ChristeneCarr on Twitter and on her blog,  www.christenecarr.com

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My hair is dry and chemically straightened, so, after washing and deep conditioning, I usually add a leave-in conditioner and a bit of oil to my scalp and ends. I also use a water based moisturizer every two to three days. This is my summer routine – in the winter it gets crazy. All of the moisture that I add to my hair makes humidity the enemy, so, I was intrigued when I read about Avon’s Lotus Shield Anti-Frizz Treatment.

A few bloggers were recently invited to Avon’s research facility in Suffern, NY, to learn about Lotus Shield. We first saw the test of the technology on a regular piece of printed paper. One side was treated with the Lotus Shield technology and the other was not. When water was dropped on the side of the paper treated with Lotus Shield, it beaded up, on the other side of the paper the water soaked in.

My intrigue quickly turned to excitement. I wanted to see how Lotus Shield would perform on actual hair. Enter the lovely volunteer below. She has naturally curly hair that was washed and blow-dried. One side was treated with Lotus Shield before drying.

I detected a slight difference in the two sides of the hair even before the lovely volunteer was subjected to humidity chamber that had about 97% humidity. Once the volunteer emerged from the humidity chamber, it was clear which side had been treated with Lotus Shield and which side had not. Dramatic…is it not?

The main ingredient in Lotus Shield is cyclopentasiloxane, a light weight silicone that is used as a conditioner, delivery agent, solvent and lubricant. Other ingredients include ethyhexyl methoxycinnamate, commonly used to reflect and scatter UV rays, acrylates/dimethicone copolymer, a silicone enhanced coating agent that allows product to stick to hair. This formula is based on the water repelling properties of the lotus plant but does not seem to contain any part of the plant itself. Avon’s mix of silicones, polymers and other ingredients, successfully forms a moisture proof barrier over hair.

My Results

On my first test of Lotus Shield, I applied it to half of my hair. I washed, conditioned, added Lotus Shield, then my leave-in conditioner and my oil (side note: Lotus Shield has tremendous detangling power.) I blow-dried my hair, then hit it with the flat iron. That day I went out into mild to moderate humidity (according to the weather report). At the end of the day the Lotus Shield protected section of my hair was noticeably smoother than the other side. On day two I noticed that the side of my hair that had the Lotus Shield was quite a bit drier than the other. This makes sense because if it’s locking out moisture (humidity) it is also locking out any other moisture product I put in my hair after the Lotus Shield has been applied.

On my second application I used the Lotus Shield after I added all of my other products. This didn’t work as well as when I followed the usage directions but my hair wasn’t as dry.

Lotus Shield does work to reduce frizz and flyaways caused by humidity. However, if you have dry hair and you use moisture enhancing products, try playing around with how you use the product until you find a product combination and application routine that works for you. Please also note that this product is a difficult to get off the hair and it may take several trips to the shampoo basin to completely remove it from your hair. Avon’s Lotus Shield Anti-Frizz Treatment is being introduced for $9.99 but the regular price is $12.00 for a two-ounce bottle.


This post is written by ThisThatBeauty Contributor, Christene Carr. For more from Christene visit her blog www.christenecarr.com

This post is written by ThisThatBeauty’s “Newbie Contributor”, NinaPilar. She covers beauty from the newbie perspective. For more from NinaPilar, check her out at GlocallyNewark.


Peter Lamas strives to create hair that is “shiny, healthy and full of life…” but without the use of harsh chemicals and artificial ingredients . For the volumizing collection, Rice Protein is incorporated to thicken and volumize limp hair.

A few weeks of lather, rinse and repeat — here is my review….

After using the products (the entire collection of shampoo, conditioner, and mousse) my hair was definitely more voluminous. I like that my hair felt balanced…it wasn’t greasy from the products nor was it dried out. Both the shampoo and conditioner smell like something ethereal. After washing and conditioning my hair felt silky.

I was a bit apprehensive about using the mousse but was quite surprised, pleasantly surprised, to find that mousse did not leave a sticky film on my hair. The texture is light/airy and did not weigh down my hair.

If it is “volume” you seek, I highly recommend this line. Even after flat ironing my hair, the volume remained. So that’s saying a lot! The product’s volumizing claims are true!

I have coarse textured hair that I have been chemically relaxing for about 20 years. A few years ago I gave up trying to get my hair silky smooth and straight. I have tried expensive and inexpensive flat irons combined with a myriad of styling products. In addition to at-home styling, I have also tried professional stylists…no luck. To date, I have been unable to achieve bone straight silky looking hair.

When I picked up the Remington Extra-Long Ceramic Straightener, I wasn’t expecting much. I figured it would perform like the other drugstore straighteners that I have tried in the past (believe me, I have tried several). I was blown away and surprised to discover that this $24.99 styling tool performed better than my current straightener, which costs over $100.00.

The Remington has 5 inch long floating plates, which is about 50% longer than any flat iron than I’ve used in the past. Parts of my hair are thicker than others and the 30 heat settings offered by the straightener allow me to find the right heat setting for all sections of my hair. There is even a setting for my recently purchased synthetic “London Girl” wig.

Before I straightened my hair I washed and conditioned. I also used a leave-in hair treatment and moisturizer (my hair is very dry.) While straightening, I sectioned my hair into thin wide portions and was able to finish the process quicker than I would with a traditional sized straightener. Other features include, anti-static technology that helps to reduce the static charges that cause flyaways and frizz. It also has a swivel cord, travel lock and for the jet-setters it has variable voltage capabilities…so you’re good to go wherever you land on the globe. The 60 minute auto shut-off feature is great for the absent minded (present company included). The tip of the straightener remains relatively cool, so, the amateur user will have an easier time working the tool. The Remington Extra-Long Ceramic Straightener helped me achieve results that were the closest I’ve ever been to bone straight silky hair.

Want to road test the Remington Extra-Long Ceramic Straightener for yourself? Try Target or Walmart.

Here is my before picture after blowdrying:

Here are two pictures after using Remington Extra-Long Ceramic Straightener:

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