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Designer: Jenny Packham

Hair

Stylist: Jeanie Syfu for TRESemme

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It takes a village…

Inspiration: The Jenny Packham Spring 2014 Collection is loosely influenced by the 70’s Australian cult classic, “Picnic At Hanging Rock,” a beautifully haunting story about a group of boarding school girls who are taken on a picnic to Hanging Rock, mysteriously wander off in a trance and disappear. (Sounds like Molly was involved.) To translate this into runway hair, Syfu fused bold 70’s waves with romantic texture and volume.

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How To:

  1. Apply TRESemme Thermal Creations Mousse liberally and blow-dry with a Mason Pearson brush.
  2. Spray TRESemme Thermal Creations Curl Activator Spray (no jheri) on each section and curl hair with a smaller iron at nape, medium-sized barrel from the ears to crown and 1″ barrel iron on top.
  3. Once cooled, take pins out and tease hair from roots working your way down to ends to lift curls and create texture.
  4. Spray with TRESemme 24 Hour Body Finishing Spray for long-lasting volume and touchable hold.
  5. As a finishing touch, clamp a barrette above the temple to secure the style in place. Voila!

Nails

Manicurist:  Gina Edwards for Essie

 

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Inspiration: Mystical fantasy. A 1900s Edwardian era fairytale with a 70’s feel.

How To: You’ll need four Essie colors.

  1. Apply a coat of Eternal Optimist 
  2. Tone it down by applying a coat of Allure (great layering tool).
  3. Next up: glitter! A Cut Above (pink glitter) is layered under Set in Stones (silver glitter). Starting at cuticle, the glitter is lightly dabbed so that there is a trickle down effect that slowly fades away.

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Makeup

Makeup Artist:  Talia Shobrook for Laura Mercier

 

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Inspiration: Combining a “flush of innocence with a hint of naughtiness,” the look is skin focused with a youthful, fresh, ethereal vibe. Glitter was again the focal point as it highlighted the model’s eyes.

How To:

  1. Prep the skin with Laura Mercier Foundation Primer, then apply Laura Mercier Creme Cheek Colour in Sunrise.
  2. Apply Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer – Oil Free Broad Spectrum SPF Sunscreen all over the face.
  3. Conceal minor skin imperfections using Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage.
  4. Apply Laura Mercier Foundation Primer – Radiance to the T-Zone.
  5. Dab lips with Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lip Colour in Spiced Rose and Pink Blush.
  6. Apply a thick layer of Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Sterling.
  7. Fill in your brows using Laura Mercier Eye Brow Pencil.
  8. Apply one swipe of Laura Mercier Full Blown Volume Lash Building Mascara, keeping the lashes very subtle.

Pro Tip For Using Glitter: To pick up errant glitter, use a clean mascara wand and press it down on skin. It will pick it right up!

 For more of my everyday shenanigans, find me, Lauren (aka @inawordfab) on TwitterFacebook and Blog.

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Designer: Rebecca Minkoff

Hair

Stylist: Jeanie Syfu for TRESemmé

Inspiration: Like the collection, the runway hair was ethnic-inspired. More specifically, Rebecca was stricken by a vintage photo of Bianca Jagger in Mexico. This led to her thinking about the very strong and stylish Mexican woman, Frida Kahlo. Syfu used these inspirations to translate Kahlo’s iconic braided up-do into a modern, textured, intentionally imperfect style.

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Get the Look:

  1. Prep damp hair with TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Foaming Mousse and rough dry.
  2. Create a messy zig zag part from hairline to nape and clip to separate.
  3. From the heavier side of the part, create another zig zag section behind the ear and clip, creating three sections.
  4. Back brush hair for texture and fullness and create a ponytail in each section, positioned just behind the ears (two on one side, one on the other).
  5. Tease lengths of hair and spray lightly with TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Finishing Spray.
  6. Create a four-strand braid with each ponytail and fasten with an elastic.
  7. Wrap braids around the top of the heard, tucking the end of the braids under and fastening with bobby pins.
  8. Finish with TRESemmé Fresh Start Color Care Dry Shampoo for a matte, undone look.

At Home Tips: It’s an easy, intentionally messy look, so, don’t aim for perfection. You can try it with a three-strand braid rather than four, tie it in knots, or even twist it. It’s one of those styles that looks best on second day hair. No need to use any curling irons, it’s about texture and braiding.

Fall Hair Trends: Straight, flat ironed is where the industry is going. Syfu is over beachy waves. It’s about a clean slate of hair with shine.

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Nails

Manicurist: Michelle Saunders for Essie

Inspiration: What would Frida Kahlo wear on her nails today? Mexican folk art! ‘Tart Deco,’ a bright creamy coral by Essie is the “hero color” of the look, and it is embroidered with Day of the Dead-inspired skulls, flowers and dots on random nails using Essie colors ‘Licorice,’ ‘Blanc,’ and ‘Butler Please,’ a blue that was actually inspired by the color of Kahlo’s house.

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Fall Nail Trends: Texture in the form of nail art, as well as a lot of matte, glitter and 3D. Nails continue to be an extension of fashion and nail art is bigger than ever.

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Makeup

Makeup Artist: Sarah Lucero for Stila

Inspiration: All about the beauty of nomads exploring the Mexican desert with a dash of punk rebellion. The palette? Warm Navajo neutrals. Not to mention, brows that wow!

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Products Used:

  1. Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Color
  2. Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Deep Burgundy (Available Spring ’14)
  3. Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Dark Brown
  4. Kajal Eye Liner in Tigers Eye
  5. In the Know Eye Shadow Palette
  6. Convertible Color Lip & Cheek in Camellia

TTBTip: Be a Brow BelieverDon’t be afraid to boost your brows in a natural way. Shade and fill in where you need to using tint, stains, or pencil.

For more of my everyday shenanigans, find me, Lauren (aka @inawordfab) on TwitterFacebook and Blog.

 

Designer: Anna Laub

Hair: O&M Creative Director Janelle Chaplin

Inspiration: An androgynous, modern Japanese influence to compliment  the PRISM Spring/Summer 2014 swimsuit collection that was itself inspired by a futuristic but delicate idea of Japan. The hair was to look high gloss and “wet,” reminiscent of Helmut Newton photography. Chaplin didn’t want the hair to look stringy and piece-y, so she molded large pieces and sections with O&M products.

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Get the Look:

  1. Prep damp hair with O&M Rootalicious Root Lift Spray throughout roots to ends.
  2. Blow dry hair with a round brush, gently pulling hair straight down as you go, smoothing out the hair and removing flyaways.
  3. Combine a generous amount of O&M Style Guru Styling Cream and O&M Frizzy Logic Shine Serum in the palms of the hands to combine.
  4. Rake products through hair from roots to end, applying enough mixture until you create a “wet” look.
  5. Finish ends with O&M Frizzy Logic Shine Serum.

TTBTip: Achieve it at home by combining a styling cream with a shine serum. The cream gives it the hold, the serum gives it shine and that wet feeling.

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Fall 2013 Hair Trend Alert: Straight, clean, chic, tight hair is in season. Hair is really going away, everything is being sleeked and gelled back. Think severe and aggressive.

Makeup

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Inspiration: Because it is a chic swimwear collection, the inspiration was a Helmut Lang, strong woman look.

Get the Look:

  1. Start with a tough, strong eyebrow. Brows are so important because they frame your face, so the brows here are stronger, almost boyish and masculine. They aren’t really arched, more bushy and tougher. It’s an “angry brow” but at the same time, really beautiful.
  2. There is a Geisha moment on the lip, almost a petal effect. The lips are concealed, with a bright coral in center of mouth which is blended and faded out. Press with fingers to achieve.
  3. For eyes, it’s all matte sculpting and highlighting powders.
  4. After highlighting your face with concealer, brush MAC Studio Fix all over, then the whole thing magically blends. The look is very skin-centered. Don’t use blush, this provides the androgynous, masculine effect.

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Nails: Essie

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Inspiration: The inspiration came from the name of the line, Prism. So they started by polishing little prisms at the base of the nail. Since the collection is showing a lot of skin, the nails also reflect that by “showing a little nail.” In terms of color, since the swimwear collection has a lot of khaki greens and lilacs, the metallic nail color, ‘For the Twill of It‘ brings them together.

The Scoop: The base coat is two coats of Essie’s Ridge Filler. You might consider ridge filler to be BB cream of nail polishes; it perfects everything. It provides a beautiful sheer finish and flatters every nail plate. If you’re going to bare some nail, you might as well do it flawlessly!

Pro Tip: Metallics have staying power! They are like jewelry, especially when polished on only on a portion of the nail. Embellish yourself!

For more of my everyday shenanigans, find me, Lauren (aka @inawordfab) on TwitterFacebookand Blog.

Designer: Jill Stuart

Hair: Kérastase Paris

Stylist: Odile Gilbert

Inspiration: The inspirational phrase that kept coming up backstage at the Jill Stuart Spring/Summer 2014 show was “rock and roll.” Think “Girlfriends on a beach holiday waking up slightly hungover.”

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Judging from this model, I think the stylist more than pulled off the look.

Get the Look: To achieve the appropriate rock and roll runway hair, it was all about texture. Start with an imperfect middle part, slightly messy and uncentered. Use Kérastase Boucles D’Art Curl Defining Hair Mousse to build the roots of hair up, then with 1 inch curling iron, make waves in middle of hair only, leaving ends straight. Finish everything with Kérastase Paris Powder Bluff Dry Shampoo and Kérastase Laque Dentelle Micro-Mist Fixing Hairspray.

Pro Tip: How do you protect your hair from overstyling? Gilbert says it’s all about using high quality products!

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Manicurist: Julie Kandalec for Essie

Inspiration: Rock and roll, of course!

Get the Look: So blue it’s black, ‘After School Boy Blazer‘ is brand new for Fall and was the chic choice for both hands and feet. To achieve it at home, simply paint two coats over one coat of ‘First Base Base Coat‘ on your slightly rounded nails. Top with ‘Good to Go.’

Fall 2013 Nail Trend Alert: Looking for a new nail color? Kandalec suggests jewel tones like ‘Going Incognito,’ a deep emerald by Essie.

MAKEUP

IMG_0260Makeup Artist: Aaron De Mey, SEPHORA Artistry Ambassador

Inspiration: The cool girl who goes out at night and wakes up in the morning with messy, grungy eyes.

Get the Look: It’s all about a fresh face and a strong eye. After all, strong eyes are best offset by a flawless complexion.

  1. Start by strategically using Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick and Givenchy Mister Light Instant Light Corrector Pen on your face, only where needed to disguise redness and hide any imperfections. Then set with Laura Mercier Invisible Loose Setting Powder, while letting your natural cheek color shine through. Add dimension with a light application of Josie Maran Argan Infinity Cream Intensive Creamy Oil on cheekbones, bridge of nose, and chin.
  2. Using Givenchy Magic Kajal Eye Pencil in Magic Black, sketch around the upper and lower lash line, and smudge into the crease. Add a dot of the metallic silver from Marc Jacobs Beauty Style Eye-Con No. 7 Plush Shadow Palette in The Starlet 204 to the inner corners of the eye for brightness. Dab Josie Maran Argan Infinity Cream Intensive Creamy Oil on the lid for glossiness with fingertips, blend and smudge. Finish eye with generous coats of Sephora Collection Outrageous Volume Mascara in Black.
  3. Brows are combed through with Anastasia Brow Powder Duo and lips are left bare, or dabbed with a clear gloss like Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss in Crystal.

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TTBTip: On a budget? Try the glossy eye look using Vaseline.

For more of my everyday shenanigans, find me, Lauren (aka @inawordfab) on Twitter, Facebook and Blog.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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…

xoxo

Felicia

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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

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:

 

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

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The Vessel by Lois Samuels Spring Summer 2011 line was inspired by The Migration Series by America Artist Jacob Lawrence. Lois is known for creating structured, simple pieces. This season was no exception as Lois incorporated the bold colors used by artist Jacob Lawrence, to create a collection that can be mixed with other pieces or worn separately.

Makeup was keyed by Make Up For Ever’s AJ Crimson. The focal point of the makeup was the eyes.

AJ Crimson used blues and greens from Make Up For Ever’s Aquarelle line to create peepers that I describe as futuristic, fantasy, bat winged eyes. AJ described the look as “very bold, very strong, very powerful, yet soft elegant and pretty.”

While I do agree that the eyes were indeed “pretty” (rich jewel-tone blue on the lids is a personal fave of this beauty writer), I did not feel the connection between the designer’s inspiration (The Migration Series by Jacob Lawrence) and the futuristic choice of eye makeup.

However, while the eyes fell short of home plate, the cheeks knocked the ball out of the park. The blush used was an orange from the Aqua Cream Line. The blush was positively amazing and complimented the clothes and models beautifully. I need those cheeks in my life!

Three different styles were created by hair designer Eugene Davis of Freelance (the Work Space) out of London. All three styles included sleek and textured hair. Here are two looks that we loved!

Look 1: Bouffant and free textured ponytail with a bit of romance.

Look 2: A take on 70’s (part in the middle or side, sleek top and textured ends)

My favorite piece from the show was the Hepburn Dress. The pastel yellow is beautiful and is the very essence of Spring. The style is so simple that it’s almost a shame. I die thinking of all the ways I could accessorize.

The miniature bowler hats featured in the line are made by Suzette Art Couture (SAC). The hats are hand woven and made of Panama straw. SAC’s miniature bowler hats feature a fringed edge that gives them a Southern vintage look that ties in beautifully to theme of the migration of Jacob Lawrence and the Vessel by Lois Samuels’ line of neatly tailored pieces.

This season the Vessel debuted several items for him. We cannot wait to see what Lois Samuels unveils for F/W11.

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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.

 

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