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Sandy Liang FW 15

BEST BEAUTY: 

Romantic, undone hair with a boyish side part

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GET THE LOOK:

O&M Global Creative Director Janelle Chaplin created a soft, airy look with a low-distressed side part. To dupe the look, first spritz dry hair with a combination of O&M Know Knott Detangling Spray and water to enhance the hair’s natural texture. Next, apply O&M Rootalicious Root Lift Spray onto fingertips and rake through hair from roots to ends.Dab on O&M Frizzy Logic Shine Serum throughout hair to smooth ends and add shine. Blow dry with a round brush, redirecting all hair forward to the upper half of the crown to add body and volume. Create a deep, distressed side part on one side of the head. Take a small section of hair from the temple, just under the part, and tuck behind the ear. Finish with a light dusting of O&M Surf Bomb Sea Salt Texture Spray to bring back a slight natural texture. Voila!

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‘Texture’ (coupled with lots of length), so far, is the biggest hair trend I’ve observed this season. Almost every show I’ve covered has displayed some form of texture. And hair length is a major focus….which is why I’m really hopeful that my new Viviscal® routine delivers. I’ve just recently started incorporating the Extra Strength Dietary Supplements into my hair care routine. While I like long hair, I’ve never been gaga for crazy length. BUT NOW I WANT IT! I’m seriously craving boob-grazing hair for summer…with lots of texture and natural wave. Taken twice daily, for 3-6 months, Viviscal® begins to boost hair growth. I’ve got a beach trip in July…so, OMG, flowy beachy waves will (fingers crossed) be mine in St Lucia!!

Again, I’m new to Viviscal®…but based on referrals from lots of friends and new moms (who’ve suffered postpartum hair loss) I’m really confident-slash-hopeful that Viviscal® will work for me. I started taking the Extra Strength Dietary Supplements right before Fashion Week, and while I can’t report on down-to-there-hair just yet, I can truthfully say that I’ve experienced zero side effects and no adverse reactions. So let’s keep this thing going..

For more on Viviscal®, visit  www.viviscal.com and @viviscal

For more on O&M, visit www.originalmineral.com

It’s Day 1 of New York Fashion Week (NYFW), which means I’m about to be racing from show to show, capturing the fashion & beauty as it unfolds. This year, I’ve partnered with the Viva La Juicy street teams for their #coutureoverdose giveaway.  This happens on September 6th and  is the perfect opportunity for you to be a part of NYFW activities.

Here’s How it Works:

1. Layer on your best “Couture Overdose” look—whatever that means to you!

2. Find the Viva La Juicy street team holding the #cosmoheartsmystylesweeps sign

3. The street team will take your photo and Instagram it to #cosmoheartsmystylesweeps and #coutureoverdose

4. Regram your photo with #cosmoheartsmystylesweeps

5. Make sure your Instagram account setting is “public”

Once you regram your photo, you will automatically be entered for a chance to win a full-sized bottle of Viva La Juicy Gold Couture.

(If you can’t wait to try Viva La Juicy Gold Coutureit’s available at Sephora right now!)

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Viva La Juicy Street Team Locations:

(September 6th 11am – 3pm)

Outside of Lincoln Center

 Macy’s Herald Square

For me, “couture overdose”  is all about a mashup of high/low pieces paired with a flawless lip for fall…think #PrefallFelicia. I can’t wait to see what you guys put together. Happy NYFW, good luck and keep couturing your everyday moments!

*Sponsored post. All opinions my own.

 

 

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Designer:  Clover Canyon

Lead Makeup Artist:  Deanna Melluso using Kevyn Aucoin Cosmetics

THE DESIGNER INSPIRATION:

This season, Clover Canyon rediscovers Southern California, looking on its native landscape with new eyes, and indulging the domestic pleasures. Clean, crisp and airy, the collection conjures the forward-looking architecture and design of California’s mid century heyday, referencing homes such as John Lautner’s iconic Chemosphere, in Los Angeles, and the work of household modernists Charles and Ray Eames. Southern California’s legendary light is paid homage prismatically, via the inspiration of light artists such as Robert Irwin, Dan Flavin, and James Turrell.

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THE MAKEUP LOOK INSPIRATION:

The makeup look for Clover Canyon is based on artist James Turrell’s use of light and space. To achieve a look of overall luminosity, makeup artist Deanna Melluso mixed Kevyn Aucoin The Loose Shimmer Shadow in Kunzite with The Creamy Glow in Tansoleil, applying to cheek bones and the bridge of the nose to create a sparkling luminescence on the face.  Melluso used Kevyn Aucoin The Flesh Tone Lip Pencil on the eyes as an eyeliner to make the eyes pop in a soft, diffused way.  For the lips, Melluso applied Kevyn Aucoin The Matte Lip Color in Timeless with her ring finger and then applied The Lip Gloss in Regina to the center of the lips over the lipstick to add the effect of light. When the whole look comes together it gives off an essence of radiant dimensional space.

GET THE LOOK: 

 

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FACE:

  1. Start with moisturized skin. 
  2. Apply The Sensual Tinted Balm
  3. The Sensual Skin Enhancer
  4. Apply The Creamy Glow in Tansoleil on the cheeks and side of the eye socket almost into the hair line.
  5. Apply The Loose Shimmer Shadow in Kunzite over the cheekbones and down bridge of nose (NEW for Spring 2014)
  6. Apply a second layer of Tansoleil onto cheeks.

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EYES:

  1. Apply The Loose Powder lightly all over lid
  2. Apply The Flesh Tone Lip Pencil in Peche (NEW for Spring 2014) Start on outer eye and work your way inward.  
  3. Coat lashes in The Essential Mascara

LIPS:

  1. Apply The Matte Lip Color in Timeless with fingers and press into lips
  2. Apply The Lip Gloss in Reynain to the center on the lips.

Find Christene, @ChristeneCarr, on TwitterInstagramTumblrPinterest and her blog.

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Designer:  Milly Spring Summer 2014

Makeup Artist: Romy Soleimani for BEAUTY.COM using  Kevyn Aucoin

THE DESIGNER’S INSPIRATION:

Michelle Smith constructed an ultramodern interpretation of traditionally feminine silhouettes with the use of three-dimensional technical fabrics, layered transparency and architectural illusions. She was inspired by perforated facades found in contemporary Japanese architecture during a recent trip to Tokyo.

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THE MAKEUP LOOK INSPIRATION: To compliment the ultramodern Milly SS14 collection, Romy Soleimani for Beauty.com created a young, feminine look with a blurred, yet strong orangey-red lip. Using Kevyn Aucoin, Soleimani went for quenched skin using The Sensual Skin Tinted Balm and a pop of color on the lip, using The Flesh Tone Lip Pencil in Cerise.  For an extra punch, Soleimani also dabbed on The Pure Powder Glow Blush in Fira on top of lined lips.

PRODUCTS USED:

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FACE:

The Sensual Skin Enhancer

The Sensual Skin Tinted Balm

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EYES:

The Eye Shadow Single #105

The Precision Brow Pencil

The Volume Mascara

The Curling Mascara

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LIPS:

The Sensual Lip Balm 

The Flesh Tone Lip Pencil in Cerise

The Pure Powder Glow Blush in Fira

 

TTBTip:  Great skin is always in and that was very clear (pun intended) from these beauty looks. To have clear even complexion next Spring, start focusing on skincare now.  This post and this post are great places to start if you are looking for a new skincare regimen. As always, don’t forget to wear SPF 30 everyday, no matter what the weather is like.  See this post for some great SPF options.

Find Christene, @ChristeneCarr, on TwitterInstagramTumblrPinterest and her blog.

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Designer:  Trina Turk

Nails

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The Scoop:  For the spring season, Trina was inspired but a fun-loving couple embarking on a California road trip and enjoying the sun.  Pops of grapefruit, aqua and coral were seen throughout the collection, and topped off with colorful bucket hats and bauble necklaces.

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To complement the metallic footwear, Trina chose a pedicure with Hayden, a neon peach crème, with a stripe of Bethany, an electric orange.  Fingernails were polished with Eileen, a bright white from Trina Turk’s own collection with Julep.

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Fall 2013 Inspiration: Get this look for fall by doing a base of Julep’s Alaina and a stripe of Lucy It Girl.

For more sass and beauty updates follow Maree @alittlebitetc on TwitterInstagram or Like me on Facebook.

 

 

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.

DESIGNER: Rodarte  

LEAD ARTIST: James Kaliardos for NARS Cosmetics

LOOK: Rodarte Spring/Summer 2014 makeup inspiration evolved from Los Angeles and it’s sleek and minimal lines.  The eye makeup is precise and striking, accenting the graphic lines of their collection.

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FACE

Radiant Cream Compact Foundation

Radiant Creamy Concealer

Altai Matte Multiple (New for Spring 2014; for now G-Spot Multiple)

Anguilla Matte Multiple (New for Spring 2014; for now try Riviera Multiple)

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EYES

Via Veneto Larger Than Life® Eyeliner

Black Valley Eye Paint

Rue Bonaparte Larger Than Life® Eyeliner

Larger Than Life® Lengthening Mascara

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BROWS

Oural Brow Gel

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LIPS

Biscayne Park Satin Lip Pencil

Floralies Satin Lip Pencil

All products, except where noted, available at www.narscosmetics.com

TTBTip: To rock this look next Spring, start focusing on skincare now.  This post and this post are great places to start if you are looking for a new skincare regimen.

Find Christene, @ChristeneCarr, on TwitterInstagramTumblrPinterest and my blog.

Designer:  Charlotte Ronson

Key Makeup Artist: Romy Soleimani for Beauty.com

Makeup

Boots No. 7

The Scoop:  The makeup resembles the quintessential Charlotte Ronson girl – the cool, it girl.  Using a black liner to liner the inner rim and upper lash line, and mixing both a bronze and plum shadow on the lid, the effect is subtle and smoky.  Natural looking cheeks and lips finish off the look making it super wearable both on and off the runway.

 Charlotte Ronson Spring 2014 NYFW Backstage

Products Used:

Face:

No. 7 Life and Luminate Day Cream

No. 7 Protect and Perfect Foundation

No. 7  Skin Illuminator

No. 7 Protect and Perfect Serum

Eyes:

No. 7 Stay Perfect Amazing Eyes Pencil

No. 7 Lash Adapt Mascara

No.7  Stay Perfect Eye Shadow Trio in Forest Fruits

Cheeks:

No. 7 Natural Blush Cream in Romantic

Lips:

No. 7 Sheer Temptation Lipstick

Hair

Big Sexy Hair Products

Charlotte Ronson Spring 2014 NYFW Backstage

The Look: Big, loose curls, slightly undefined and easy to wear.  A more organic look – like the models did it themselves – lots of loose movement and texture.  Use large barreled curling iron and section off hair, curling big sections once at a time.  Using Spray and Play on each section to get the curl to hold.

Nails

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Charlotte Ronson Spring 2014 NYFW backstage

The Look: Fun and flirty white polish with black polka dots, made in straight lines down the nail.  Use the French Tip white shade all over the nail, and let dry fully.  Then use the black duo pen to apply the dots in straight parallel lines down the nail.

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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!

Nails

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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.

Designer:  Kenneth Cole

Key Makeup Artist: Romy Soleimani

Makeup: MAC Cosmetics

The scoop:  With the overall inspiration for the Kenneth Cole Spring/Summer 2014 collection being ‘Harlem in the 80’s’, the look was hot NYC toughness.  Slightly contoured skin, ombre liner under the eyes with just a clear gloss on the lids, and a natural lip.  Using a black liner to base out the look, different colored pigments were added on top to create a dark green and gold gradient effect.

Kenneth Cole spring 2014 NYFW backstage

Eyes:

Black Line Pearlglide Liner under eyes

Green Space Pro Pigment

Teal Pigment

Blue Brown Pigment

Gold Pigment

Haute and Naughty Mascara

Gloss mixing medium on lids

Cheeks:

Copper Peach Sculpting Cream

Gloss Mixing Medium on cheekbones

Lips:

Trendy Twist (spring 2014)

In the mode (spring 2014)

Hair: Alterna Hair Care with T3 tools

Key: Esther Langham

The Scoop: Chic 80’s hair with a center part and braids going all the way down each side.

Kenneth Cole Spring 2014 NYFW Backstage

Hair how-to:

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Looking for a pre-brunch activity this Sunday, September 8th?  You’re in luck!  Since it’s New York Fashion Week we thought you might enjoy hanging out with a few beauty editors, beauty bloggers and possibly have a celebrity sighting or two;  so, we’ve arranged with Birchbox to give ThisThatBeauty readers press access to the Birchbox suite.

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Here’s What You Do:

On Sunday, September 8th (that is this Sunday) show up at 459 W 15th St. (between 9th & 10th Avenues) and say ThisThatBeauty and you’re in! The ThisThatBeauty Time slot is from 11am – 12pm. Honestly, could it be any easier?

Here’s What You Get:

Once you are in the Birchbox Suite, you have access to create your own Birchbox, go nuts at the candy and refreshment bar, charge your mobile devices and mingle to your heart’s content. Doesn’t that sound fun? So, this Sunday, grab a few girlfriends (or boyfriends) and go have a little pre-brunch fun with Birchbox!

Tweet, Instagram and Facebook using #BirchboxLocal and don’t forget to tag @ThisThatBeauty.

Have fun!

Find Christene, @ChristeneCarr, on TwitterInstagramTumblrPinterest and my blog.

 

Fashion Week is less than one week away. Designers, publicists, models, editors and bloggers  are prepping for shows, events and parties galore.  Sounds exciting, yes?  Yes! While nothing beats the thrill and excitement of Fashion Week in New York, extra precautions must be taken to ensure you are fully prepared mentally, physically and sartorially (your wardrobe) to deal with the inevitable whirlwind that many find themselves in during those 7 days.  Here are Five New York Fashion Week Essentials that will help manage and ultimately make it through the chaos like a pro:

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Truth: Photographers are only patiently waiting to snap picture of a select few, so strutting around in those 5 inch, impossible to walk in heels is not necessary. Instead, leave those at home and opt for a chic pair of flats. If you MUST wear heels at the events because you simply cannot bear the thought of not giving your legs the extra oomph, keep a pair of flats in your bag.  Once those events are done, you will welcome a quick change and some flat soled solace.  I am loving these silver oxfords from Zara as a fun addition to skirts, jeans, shorts and pretty much whatever ensemble you can dream up.

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with AloeFacial Mists

Dehydration is real and it is not pretty. Especially on your face.  Jetting back and forth between shows, going in and out of the heat and air conditioning can wreak havoc on your skin.  Keeping a facial mist or spray with you is a great way to get a quick 15 seconds of peace while misting yourself silly.  Most facial mists are chock full of great ingredients to help soothe and recharge your skin, so, it’s a great way to help feel better, look better and ultimately improve your skin.  Winning! Try Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater, or Avene Thermal Spring Water for two affordable options, and Chantecaille’s Rosewater for a luxurious splurge.

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If a fashion show occurred but no one Instagrammed, Tweeted or Vined it, did it really ever happen?  Social media buffs may tell you, “no it didn’t,” and frankly I don’t want to take that risk to find out.  Part of the fun of fashion week is getting to share tidbits, exclusive access and pictures with friends and readers to give a first hand account of all the action — good, bad and dramatic.  All this sharing cannot be done if your phone is constantly hovering around 6% after 2 hours.  There are many options available – Mophie and Boostcase are a couple of the more popular ones. Both allow you to recharge your phone by just plugging it into the portable battery pack.  Charging on the go – is there anything more fashionable?

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A Bold Lip

No, I am not suggesting that you wear a bold lip because it’s fashionable, or because every fashion blogger hanging outside Lincoln Center is carrying a tube of MAC’s Candy Yum-Yum – I’m suggesting it because a bold lip is easy, quick, often long-wearing, and can be worn with little other makeup.  Dashing from place to place and then racing home to write about it all leaves little time for sleep during fashion week.  So, that usual full face you may be accustomed to wearing is often not possible when operating at level 10 fatigue – but a bold lip can always pull your face together in an instant.   And often the pigmentation in bright red, fuchsia or coral lip color has more staying power, and ultimately less of a need for touch-ups.  Some of my favorite bold lips are Hourglass’ Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipsticks (try Icon or Raven) and NARS velvet matte lip pencils (Cruella and Dragon Girl are TTB Faves). Also check out  ThisThatBeauty Wears: The Classic Red Lip for other options.

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Business Cards

Now this item is neither a beauty nor fashion item, however it is beauty and fashion related.  Between the photographers, bloggers, writers and publicists galore that are milling about the shows and backstage, sometimes it is difficult to fully connect with people or carry on long ‘get to know you’ conversations.  That is where it is essential to be able to have something to leave with them (or get from them) such as a business card to continue or connect after fashion week ends.  For those of us that are essentially our own brand, being prepared is the best self promotion out there.  Don’t fret over getting anything too fancy at first, it is more important to have all your information correct — this includes social media names, website and email address. Try sites like vistaprint.com or 123print.com to get them done quickly at an affordable price.

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