As the days roll on during the countdown of Fashion Week as always each brand has created a key look that represents what the brand is trying to exude for that season. BCBG was all about the low maintenance girl. Throw your hair in a low pony, whip on some gloss and you're out the door yet still dressed fabulously. From totally minimalist down to a rocker edge there seems to have been a bit of bi-polar-esque looks across the runways...
At the Rachel Zoe Fall 2012 show the girls looked like they were straight out of the 'school of hard knocks' with black, punk rock eye makeup. As a black eyeliner junkie and fan of beauty icon's Bridget Bardot and Marianne Faithful I really fell in love with this makeup although it's not for everybody. This looks focus was meant to draw attention to the eye area and they definitely drew you in with a clearly defined sideways v that was drawn on thin towards the eye's inner crease and then blended out to a tip with more shading around the lash line. This look could be created very easily, all you need is a great neutral beige-pink eyeshadow such as Kevyn Aucoin's Single Eyeshadow in Blush and Noir Cosmetics Long Wear Eye Pencil which will allow you to create the definition. Grab your favorite set of lashes or Ellis Faas Mascara and your eyes are done! Keep the rest of the look minimal by sweeping a soft bronzer across the apples of your cheeks such as Jouer's Mineral Powder Bronzer and a seductive and neutral beige lip with Armour Beauty's Opaque Lip Gloss in Edie.
Voila! If all went well, accessorize with your fav motorcycle jacket and you should look like a girl straight out of the 60's-70's with a bit of a modern edge. If not....thank god for eyemakeup remover.
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If you hung out with me last night for our live tweeting of all the fashion and beauty looks as soon as they hit the carpet at the 2012 Academy Awards then you will know there was quite a bit of elegance and glamour. The awards show season runs over the course of a couple months with the main event, the Oscars, being the most important both from a career perspective as well as in fashion. Everybody knows you're supposed to save the best dress for last, but there were a few who played it safe and did the same darn thing again (Jolie AGAIN in black) and Emma Stone taking a slight copy-cat nod to Nicole Kidman's dress she wore to the awards in 2007. Ok, ok, Emma's was reddy-fuschia while Kidman's was classic red. Same, same but different....not really in this case.
The big color trends in gowns was an all out rival between the whites and the reds, with a few other colors thrown in for good measure. Natalie Portman, Michelle Williams and Emma Stone all went for darker hues while Gwyneth Paltrow, Milla Jovovich, Jennifer Lopez, Giuliana Rancic and Rooney Mara all stuck with angelic creamy whites that proved to be a bold contrast against the red carpet. In terms of style of the dress, I have to say the whites took it home with two of them winning best dressed and best overall look in my opinion.
The one beauty trend I saw repeated with a vengeance was the 'ode to classic Hollywood' red lip with darker shaded in eyebrows and minimal other makeup. This is one of my absolute favorite looks which could be achieved easily with Jouer's Hydrating Lipstick in Simone and Kevyn Aucoin's Precision Brow Pencil. In the hair category, I noticed that bangs are back with a...well... bang. Big ones that start from the back of the crown combined with the far over side part seen on Rooney Mara, Rose Byrne and Ellie Kemper.
Although there were many hits of the night, I found it nearly impossible to narrow it down to just one as I loved someone's hair but not necessarily their dress and I'm far to indecisive to pick a favorite. So, all in all my absolute favs were (in as much order as I could muster).....Giuliana Rancic in couture Tony Ward. Her dress and overall look literally took my breath away. The E! host really earned Best Dressed in my opinion. Next, Milla Jovovich who also brought the Hollywood glamour in a white beaded couture Elie Saab number and red lip too of course! See, it's all about the white dress this year! Next, I'm afraid to say Jennifer Lopez. This woman is the epitome of sexy in Zuhair Murad with her hair pulled back tightly off that gorgeous face. Some may think this is to sheer or to sexy for the Oscars but there is nobody else who could wear this dress and rock it than Miss J.Lo! My one lady in red, Michelle Williams looked ravishing in a backless Louis Vuitton gown and her signature Mia Farrow-esque hair teamed with another red lip perfected this look. She's had quite a bit of misses this award season it was nice to see her really shine that night.
And by default I have to include our girl Gwyneth Paltrow because she always nails a red carpet from head to toe, Octavia Spencer who proved a curvier girl can make fashion sexy and....Stacy Keibler. Don't really know who she is but her beau George Clooney and her earned best dressed couple. All in all it's safe to say this was a night befitting of Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe and Rita Hayworth if we look to the classic Hollywood glam that took over the fashion and beauty trends seen at the 2012 Academy awards.
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Hollywood hairstylist Adir Abergel amongst other beauty tastemakers gathered their "favorite things" they swear by in March's Allure magazine. Adir likes to keep his styling kit neat and meticulously organized so he only wants the items that will get the job done fast and efficiently. A couple of his must-have items include a Mason Pearson brush to "leave a beatiful finish for straight hair" and Frederic Fekkai's Sheer Hold Hairspray because it "doesn't matte the hair and leaves a nice finish that you can still run your fingers through." Makeup artist Kate Lee mentioned her current essentials as well such as Kevyn Aucoin's Shading and Contouring Powder. Although she considers it a professional tool it really helps to create depth and dimension around the eye socket, cheekbones and jawline. There you have it, picks from the pros!
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Kim Kardashian has graced many a magazine cover and she has quickly become known as a fashion and beauty trendsetter for the tweens and twenty somethings. This Armenian beauty is rarely seen without makeup so it was interesting to see her bare it all for the cover of March's Allure magazine. Typically, Kim is always "done" and on her reality show Keeping Up With The Kardashians she is constantly seen getting primped to perfection by her own personal hairstylist and makeup artist. However, after her short lived nuptials to Kris Humphries, she secluded herself to the privacy of her family, cancelled bookings and made a two month vow to give all that up and just be her, au natural. Although she lasted a little less than 60 days, we won't hold that against her.
For someone who's face and hair is most of the time in the hands of someone else it was really interesting to read about Kim's favorite beauty products to use when she's on her own. Like clothes, Kim's fabulous taste also extends into the beauty realm where she mentions a few of her must have's such as Kevyn Aucoin's Sensual Skin Enhancer in SX 05 (which she uses as a concealer) and applies it with the BeautyBlender, an egglike sponge that gives a flawless and airbrushed foundation application. Bellisima!
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Smiling is a universal gesture that means the same thing in just about every part of the world – contentedness. But to really sell your smile, you have to smile with your eyes, too. Take a look at da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa.” She barely has a smirk on her face, but the way the corners of her eyes turn upward gives you no doubt that she is happy about something. Smiling is a great way to give off an air of confidence, appear hospitable and convey happiness.
The late makeup guru Kevyn Aucoin believed that all women were beautiful and that you didn’t have to be a Hollywood starlet to look glamorous. Through his books and current makeup line, Aucoin reveals the beauty tips he used on top models and Oscar-winning actresses. One feature Aucoin was always able to perfect was the eyes. With the help of the Kevyn Aucoin Eyelash Curler, you, too, can transform your lashes into the red carpet-worthy look that graced magazine covers for years. The Kevyn Aucoin Eyelash Curler can instantly make your eyes look brighter, as if they’re smiling.
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Get in the spirit of spring with this season’s hottest lip colors: coral, orange and pink. These exotic, friendly shades are flattering for all skin tones, so every fashionista can enjoy the candy-colored hues. Use sheerer versions in a lip gloss during the day (like an Armour Beauty lip gloss,) and amp it up at night with an electrically charged hue from the Kevyn Aucoin cosmetics line.
Coral is the queen of lip colors this spring. Its bright hue matches any skin tone, can make your skin appear more golden and is perfect for virtually any of spring outfit. To make your lips look fuller, opt for a glossy coral lipstick or use the Ann-Margaret Opaque Lip Gloss by Armour Beauty.
Ready for something bold? Glossy or matte, orange lips freshen up tired winter trends. This color isn’t as forgiving as coral, so you need to make sure the shade of orange you use matches your skin tone, just as you would with a red lip color. If you’re not sure where to start, check out Armour Beauty’s Lucy Opaque Lip Gloss.Read More »
Cinco de Mayo – the day the Mexican army defeated the French in Puebla in 1862 – is the perfect day to show support for your Latino compadres, party in the middle of the week, and give the latest new lip colors a try. Mexican fiestas by nature are bright and bold, so there’s no better time than now to give the daring colors of Kevyn Aucoin and Paul & Joe makeup a whirl.
Bright red isn’t the only way to go when dressing up your lips for a fiesta. Go bold, saucy and smoldering with Paul & Joe lip gloss. First, line your lips with the darker color of a Paul & Joe Lip Pencil Duo in Dual Melon or Dual Scarlet. Then fill in your lips with the lighter color that comes with the lip pencil. Give your pout some oomph by pairing its color with one of Paul & Joe’s Lip Lacquer. Pair the Dual Melon lip pencil with the Lip Lacquer in Serenade, or the Dual Scarlet pencil with Tenderness.Read More »
Have you ever walked down the street and noticed a woman wearing a lipstick that just doesn't seem to work for her? Sometimes in those instances it can come down to the confidence or style of the woman wearing it or other times it can plain come down to skin tones. Yes, just like foundations the lipstick you choose should compliment the color of your skin. A good rule of thumb when shopping for the perfect lip shade according to Jemma Kidd is to "test on the tip of your fingers. The skin there is very similar in colour and texture to that of your lips, so will give you a good idea as to what the color be."
If you want to get into the 'nitty gritty' of lipstick shopping I'll break it down for you. If you keep these rules in mind even the brightest or scariest shades can suit you:
Porcelain to paler skin typically have a pink skin tone so will suit colors with a cool base. Scarlet reds, brownish pinks and soft apricots compliment this skin tone very well. Be fun and go with a classic red like Jemma Kidd's Ulimate Lipstick Duo in Scarlett.
Fair to olive skin tones more often that not have more of a yellow skin tone so will suit warmer based shades like nudes and pinks. The right shade can be tough to find these that don't have to much blue or orange in them like the Hi-Shine Hydrating Glosstick SPF 15 in Hibiscus.
But wait! As if to make things even more difficult, some people can have both pink and yellow skin tones which are then considered neutral and can wear both cool and warm based shades. Olive skin tones get to pull off my favorites and one of the season's biggest trends, orange. Try Kevyn Aucoin's Elegant Lip Gloss in Vizcaya.
For those dark exotic skin tones, deep warm shades of red, gold or espresso will look stunning. Stand out from the crowd with Jouer's Hydrating Lipstick in Phoebe, a shimmering bronzed wine.
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As we just marked the 10th anniversary of makeup visionary Kevyn Aucoin's death, it's only fitting that we acknowledge what an amazing makeup artist and person he was. Although he is gone, he leaves a strong and lasting legacy through his cosmetics brand Kevyn Aucoin. We've had this brand for a few months and all us staff have our own personal favorites from the range so we were so excited when the Lip Glosses and Lip Mattes arrived!
Kevyn Aucoin's 'The Lip Gloss' come in twelve different shades that leave lips shiny and glamorous without feeling greasy or sticky. They're packed with nourishing ingredients like sunflower seed and lanolin oil. I love the pale pink of Tulapina and the nudie brown of Beaugonia. The Matte Lipsticks go one like velvet and leave lips as smooth as silk. Sound like a romance novel? Trust us, you'll fall in love with these six different richly pigmented lipsticks that leave a matte finish and doesn't smudge for hours. Best of all, you don't have to worry about dry and patchy lips since these have moisturizing agents. Try any Kevyn Aucoin product and you'll quickly see why celebrities and the world's most beautiful women turned to him to make them look naturally flawless.
If you wear the wrong foundation color, everyone will notice. An artist prepares a canvas with gesso before she begins to paint. Foundation is like gesso, helping to prepare your face for a perfect makeup application.
In addition to using the wrong color, one of the most common blunders ladies encounter with foundation is using the wrong type. Here’s a look at the different types and how to use them:
Liquid foundation: Provides light to medium coverage, but isn’t very forgiving if you choose the wrong color, especially if you use a heavier kind. Play it safe with BECCA Cosmetics. A great, can’t-go-wrong BECCA foundation is the Luminous Skin Color because it’s extra sheer.
Cream foundation: The type of foundation you generally find in stick form or in a compact. Because it offers heavier coverage than liquid foundation, it’s vital that you get the color right. One of the best types of cream foundation is Dew Drop Powder Foundation from Kevyn Aucoin, which is a cream-to-powder formula.
Tinted moisturizer: This type of foundation offers the lightest amount of coverage. The Shimmering Skin Perfector from BECCA Cosmetics doubles as a tinted moisturizer. This option is optimal if you already have great-looking skin.
Powder foundation: Offering full to light coverage, powder foundation provides the greatest selection of colors from which to choose. If you have light to medium-dark skin, try the Jouer foundation Replenish & Protect Hydrating Powder SPF 39.Read More »
Foundation. Look for beige, soft pink and tawny tones.
Eyes. Glimmer is hot; frosty is not – it can make you look washed out and sallow. Try out the Kevyn Aucoin Spring Essential Eye Shadow Set in Spring Palette 007, which has this spring’s most-wanted colors in just the right hues, with the perfect touch of shimmer. Smoky eyes are still hot. Instead of going with the traditional super-black smoky eye, consider using eyeliner (at least along the bottom lash line) in a non-traditional color, like dark or olive green, navy blue, dark gray or deep purple.
Blush. The blush colors of the season are peach and light pink. Delicately sweep the blush onto your cheeks for a perfectly flushed glow. You can also use a bit of bronzer to contour your cheekbones and achieve a sultry look.Read More »
Spring can kind of be a weird transition time between the winter and summer in terms of the tone of your skin. While you’ll always have the same undertone (cool, warm or neutral), the darkness of your skin can go from ghostly white to sun-kissed over the course of a few weeks. The hot colors for spring and summer are often the same, and the key to not making your makeup look louder than a bullhorn during the spring is to keep it soft-looking.
Concealer: Adjust the color of concealer you use during the spring just as you would your wardrobe. As you spend more time in the sun, you’ll need to use a slightly darker shade of concealer. Ideally, you should use a color that’s a bit lighter than your foundation. The Sensual Skin Enhancer from Kevyn Aucoin Cosmetics has 16 different concealer shades that perfectly cover your blemishes regardless of the season.
UV protection: Those who are truly fashion-forward know you should use SPF protection all year, even on the cloudiest days. The need for UV protection increases as the months start to get warmer. Make sure the daytime moisturizer you use has an SPF component in it. If you use any type of foundation, opt for one that also protects your skin from the sun’s rays.
Eye makeup: Bright eye colors go hand-in-hand with spring and summer. When the season’s hottest colors are particularly bright, layer on the colors lightly during the spring. For some of the best springtime eye shadow color combinations, check out the Essential Eye Shadow set in the Kevyn Aucoin makeup line.Read More »
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Kevyn Aucoin's Loose Shimmering Powder is out of this world. With an easy to use rollerball head, applying eyeshadow is as easy as a quick coloring session, which also limits the amount of fall out particles that usually drop down on cheekbones. All of the colors are gem shades of Jade (green), Lapis (purple) and more! My favorite aspect about these shadows is the iridescence and illumination they give to the eye area as shown perfectly in the example below. The shade is Lapis by the way, my personal fav! The rollerball application also allows you to brilliantly build up color from a subtle wash of color to a bolder pop.
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Independence Day is just over a week away and I bet you have the barbecue food ideas in full swing but what about your overall 4th of July look? I like to think of Independence Day as a very toned down Halloween, giving me every excuse in the world to DIY that full size American flag into a rocking skirt or strapless dress. Pay tribute to your country by showing off some patriotic inspired beauty from our red, white and beautiful picks:
Create American flag inspired nails with three important shades from Deborah Lippmann. From left to right: Do Ya Think I'm Sexy (risqué red sequin), Lady Sings the Blues (silver sparkled blue), and Boom Boom Pow (glamorous gold). To create that popular ombre trend you can't go wrong with The New Black's Horizon Ombre Nail Polish 5 Piece Set.
Red lips are an absolute must. In our latest 4th of July beauty shoot (shown far left) we channeled classic Hollywood with pin curls, blue eyeshadow and bright, matte red courtesy of Kevyn Aucoin. With a velvety smooth application and zero fading or smudge, these lipsticks will last throughout the day, perhaps even through that 4th of July hot dog or hamburger!Read More »
I much prefer liquid or creamy based eyeliners than powder. For one, I've had a bad run with powder eyeshadows when I try to be wet my brush and attempt to turn them into a wetter consistency for lining. Although some powder shadows are meant to be able to do this, I still find that after I draw my line, tiny powder particles seem to land on my upper cheeks throughout the day. As I'm constantly touching my face, there have been some smudging 'accidents that make me look I'm going out for the football team. Luckily for me, we just got in some amazing new eyeliners in store!
Kevyn Aucoin's Precision Liquid Liner comes with a felt tip applicator for easy lining or more daredevil accuracy for a dramatic cat eye. It's also waterproof so will hold onto your eyelids for dear life, come rain, sleet, sweat or snow. As it's a quick drying formulation, there's no need for you to not blink for two minutes nor fan your eyes (come on ladies we've all been there).
There's no point investing in a creme liner without knowing you're going to be applying it with an amazing brush. EF | STUDIO's Creme Eye Liner & Precision Point Liner Brush has everything you need for $40. The double ended liner brush is one of the finest engineered brushes on the market making it effortless to apply creamy or water based eye products. The Creme Eye Liner in Kuro has the most luxurious feel and will work for all skin types. It can be used to create sleek, sexy lines or it doubles as a great shadow to create the iconic smoky eye. No smudging, flaking or streaking!
I'm very excited to enhance my eye area with the EF | STUDIO Eye Gloss Transparent which I'm hoping is a much less stickier and tackier version than Mac's Eye Glass. I love the dewy, sensual finish it leaves on your eyes, but not the feeling that your eyelids are stuck. With EF | STUDIO's, it contains moisturizing properties to preserve the natural suppleness of the eye area so it leaves a beautiful wet look to lids without the stick!Read More »
The eyes are the window to the soul and the lips are just as alluring and provacative. We need to take good care of our lip pillows 365 days a year to keep them readily soft and kissable. The skin on the lips is a lot thinner and sensitive than our bodies so we need to be mindful of the products we use to address the issues of cracked skin and dry lips. Take a gander at some of our picks to keep them pucker-iffic!
First step to soft lips is to exfoliate and there's nothing better or more yummy smelling than Sara Happ's Limited Edition Blood Orange Lip Scrub. Tiny, granular sugar crystals gently exfoliates flaky skin to leave lips incredibly soft and supple. One of my favorite products ever, this is gentle enough to use once a week. Try your best not to be tempted to eat any, it smells that enticing.
If you'd like to forego the step of needing a sink then Ilia's handy Lip Exfoliator comes in lipstick form and can be used daily. Organic ingredients blended with tiny granules of volcanic stone powder gently exfoliate lips. There's no need to rinse, simply follow up with a lip conditioner to seal in moisture.
For lip conditioning like no other may I tempt you and your wallet with By Terry's Baume de Rose SPF 15. This rose like no other (it smells of the classic flower), is a melt away balm that has become the must have of Hollywood stars because of its ability to repair, nourish, regenerate the lip area and leave a beautiful soft glossy sheen in it's wake. It can also be used as a salve to strengthen your cuticles!
Don't let lips go naked! You've buffed and conditioned them to perfection, now it's time to get them noticed with a hint of color with Kevyn Aucoin The Lip Gloss. Choose from 12 different shades from soft peach to the brightest blood red that will keep lips shiny and smooth without feeling greasy or slippery.
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Festival season is here so it's time to bring out your kaftans, american flag inspired shirt dress, motorcycle boots and indian headdresses! So, that's a few helpful hints for fashion but we need to be coordinating this amazing head to toe look with an easy breezy makeup look that screams natural beauty. The last thing you want to be wearing to an all day, let alone all weekend music festival is a face full of foundation and weighted down mascara that will sweat, run and leave you not looking so hot in time for your favorite band ever. Leave the experts to this as we share some of our favorite picks to leave you looking simply gorgeous for a weekend of fun in the sun.
The secret to summer music festival beauty is in large part due to an amazing tinted moisturizer and natural looking bronzer. This is by far the most important base and after you have found this, the rest is easy. One of my personal favorites due to it's radiant nature is Becca Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector. Whatever color you choose will give a natural finish and lightweight feel that makes your skin look like it's glowing. It also contains SPF 20 so you're protected while you're under the hot sun listening to your favorite bands. Enhance your luminous skin with a hint of bronzer courtesy of Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Bronzing Veil, a unique bronzer that matches every skin tone and gives skin a natural glow from the inside out. Lightly brush a bit on cheekbones and forehead for a perfectly sun kissed placement.
Next, take a sun kissed peachy coral shade like By Terry Blush Terrybly Ultimate Radiance Blush in Beach Bomb and sweep underneath where you lay the bronzer and lightly over the apples of the cheeks to warm up your face and compliment your golden tan.
For bit of dewiness apply EF | STUDIO's Eye Gloss Transparent to the lower lids. It leaves a sensual finish to the eyes and instantly warms up a dull skin tone. This is my new secret and love the way it makes my eyes look! It's so simple but looks amazing!
Finish the look off with Jouer Cosmetics Moisturizing Lip Gloss in Sunset. Just a hint of color is needed to draw attention to your puckeroos.
Whether you decide to go with these or your own variations try to keep it soft and subtle. Festivals are about a relaxed vibe so try to mimic that feeling in your fashion and beauty looks!
A lot of people underestimate how hard it is to find a foundation. It's like a second skin so you want it to feel like a part of you and finding that perfect facial companion is trickier than it seems. Although choosing a foundation is totally based on personal preference I've gathered a few of my favorite standouts to help you navigate through the endless choices of a woman's go to cosmetic product:
Ellis Faas Skin Veil Pen has made it through my checklist for numerous reasons. For one, the silky smooth, barely there formulation covers up flaws and leaves skin looking incredibly radiant. Secondly, for those who don't want to use fingers or a sponge, the application of this product is made so efficient due to it's applicator brush that allows you to get in between nostril curves and facial contours. Minerals diffuse light across the skin's surface reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles!
Although I'm not technically able to call it a foundation, Jouer's Luminizing Moisture Tint is more like a tinted moisturizer but gives great coverage if you have unproblematic skin. It evens out uneven skin tone and also camouflages fine lines with light diffusing ingredients while also protecting from harmful UV rays with SPF 20!
Christened the makeup foundation for dummies, By Terry's Light Expert Perfecting Foundation Brush is an anti-blemish, anti-shadow and anti-dullness formulation that instantly illuminates the face. It's featherweight texture can be deceiving because it actually gives deceptive coverage and hyaluronic acid microspheres work to plump up wrinkles for an instant lifting effect.
For those who like a thicker coverage, a staff favorite as well as Kim Kardashian's is Kevyn Aucoin's Sensual Skin Enhancer. Housed in a tiny jar, we prefer to apply this product with fingertips rather than a sponge due to it's thicker consistency and ability to warm it up by massaging it through your fingertips for better application. It can be used as a concealer or for the perfect highlighter as well! One thing you can rely on is complete coverage at all times. Our suggestion is that less is more with the Sensual Skin Enhancer. Apply to a freshly moisturized and primed skin and apply more as desired.
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Red is without doubt a shade that remains forever on trend. It's also the color that makes the loudest statement just by wearing it sparingly. The chicest look is an all black or all nude ensemble with a classic red nail lacquer and/or a matching lip. It's the definitely the color of confidence and this week you have the chance of winning an assortment of some of our favorite 'reds' spanning lacquer, lip and face products. If you enter our 'Red Haute' giveaway on Facebook, you will have the chance to take home these lovelies:
RGB Cosmetics Too Red Nail Lacquer is a bright, cheerful red shade. Ideally the perfect red for summer because of it's candy apple fresh 'n' fruity hue. It's also free from chemical nasties like Formaldehyde and DBP.
Jemma Kidd's Stain, Flush & Goss Lip & Cheek Duo is a compact product to enhance your lip and cheek area with a cheerful, romantic stain. It's very sheer and blendable so don't let the deep red color scare you. You also get the anti-oxidantal properies of Vitamin A within this amazing formulation!
Jouer Cosmetics Hydrating Lipstick in Simone goes on smooth as butter with moisturizing properties of Cupuacu Butter to glide on and leave a soft and sultry red finish. You've just been transformed to the lady in red.
Kevyn Aucoin The Lip Gloss in Pasiflora is a richly pigmented red that packs a punch. Blot on tissue for an accessible day look or don't to step it up a notch into evening. Subtle shimmer particles give lips a 'look but don't touch' glamorous attitude but also doesn't feel sticky or slippery.
Enter to win our Red Haute giveaway here! Entries end Sept 13, 2012 at 10:00am PST. Good luck!
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Holographic shades on nails and eyes is going to be all the rage this fall and the October issue of Lucky magazine is narrowing down their favorites, one which just so happens to be exclusive to b-glowing! It's hard to describe a 'holographic' shade as depending on the light you're in you might get hints of green, bronze or aubergine. Kevyn Aucoin's Loose Shimmer Shadow in Lapis is only available at b-glowing and is a gorgeous bluish plum. Use on it's own or create a peacock eye look by incorporating other shimmer shadows like Citrine and/or Jade in the corners of eyes and on lower lids.
Also featured in Lucky is Erno Laszlo's Phormula 3-9 Repair Balm. Considered a 'new miracle cream' by Lucky, this balm will help stimulate collagen production and protect skin from free radicals with a blend of raspberry stem cells, tree oils and antioxidants. This healing product smoothes scars, wounds, burns and dry skin with zero irritation.
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Kevyn Aucoin's Eye Lash Curler is one of those beauty staples you need to have in your cosmetics drawer. This simple and very effective tool does the equivalent of putting a smile on your lashes. By adding a defined curl, eyes give the illusion that they are more open and therefore youthful! Kevyn Aucoin's Eyelash Curler is constantly winning awards and beauty editor approvals in fashion magazines and October 2012 was no exception. It won an Allure Magazine's Best of Beauty award as well as one in Life & Style! What sets this eyelash curler apart from so many others is it's lightweight feel and red rubber pad that allows for better visibility of the lash. Create the perfect curvy flutter with Kevyn Aucoin's highly covetable eyelash curler!
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We're gifting you this holiday season with the 'midas touch'! For the woman with a creative flair who loves to create beauty and make a statement then this is a look you're going to love. Incorporate some or all of the steps into your New Years Eve makeup routine for a glowing and gilded look that guarantees wow factor...For this look, the main focal point is going to be the eyes and there is no better product to put people under your spell then the Ellis Faas Eye Lights in E303. Much more than a highlighter or eyeshadow, it creates the illusion of metallic eyes by appearing moist and wet but is actually perfectly dry. Create even more depth by lining upper and lower lashes with the Kevyn Aucoin Eye Pencil Primatif and finishing off the eyes with the Ellis Faas Mascara. A staff favorite this mascara delivers big and full lashes like you've never seen before.
You can't go gold without complimenting it with a romantic glow and the Halo Gold Leaf Balm by Belmacz offers a subtle gold shine to inner corners of eyes and bridge of nose. Next, apply Butter London's West End Wonderland, in a densely pigmented gold all over the lip area for an instant luxe look and pair it up on the nails with Butter London's Full Monty Nail Lacquer.
The last thing we want when doing a strong shimmer makeup look is a shiny complexion so mattify the face with the Ellis Faas Powder to create a flawless and shine free canvas. Add the final note of dramatic flair by spritzing a few sprays of Evening Edged in Gold Eau de Parfum by Ineke. This opulent fragrance creates a sensual warmth with night scented flowers that is idea for any sparkling soirees. Read More »
The dress you've been dying to wear now has the perfect occasion to make a show stopping entrance and the only thing yet to finalize is the makeup to compliment it. Now that's definitely an area we can assist you with! Our inspiration for our Holiday 2012 was all about glitz, glamour, sparkle….and a signature red lip of course if you love the classics. To re-create this beautiful look for our b-CLASSIC girl, shop from the items below:
After you've applied your favorite illuminating base like Becca Cosmetics Luminous Skin Color it's time to draw attention to the eyes with the Kevyn Aucoin Eyeshadow Duo in Soft Gold Lame and Smoky Brown. This is the perfect eyeshadow for day or night and because we want the lip to be the focal point we want to keep the eye area soft and shimmery. Next, enhance lashes with the By Terry Mascara Terrybly Growth Booster Mascara in Black. This is a lash growth boosting treatment as well as amazing big lash mascara!
Sculpt cheekbones and give a subtle hint of color with By Terry's Or de Rose Blush Prestige. This blush literally a-washes the cheeks in a luminous pinky-bronze glow that appears to come from within. Now let's create the wow factor with the Paul & Joe Full Coverage Lipstick Refill #304 (rich red) and matching nails with Deborah Lippmann's My Old Flame nail lacquer. No look is complete without a fragrance and for a classic girl we suggest a classic scent such as Sottile Eau de Parfum by Yosh.
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Foundation has grown so much that it not only is just for covering flaws and redness but can also simultaneously combat signs of aging. Case in point - the Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Tinted Balm recently featured in the Zoe Report's Zoe Beautiful newsletter. This amazing oil free SPF 20 balm will hide imperfections while moisturizing dry areas and even out skin tone while delivering paraben free, age fighting ingredients to the skin. Best of all, you won't feel like your suffocating under a thick layer of foundation with this lightweight, flawless formula!
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If you want to take a low maintenance approach to beauty then the first step starts with a beautiful canvas. Make sure you're taking care of your complexion with nourishing skincare and then to create that lit from within glow seen on the catwalks try Kevyn Aucoin's Sensual Skin Tinted Balm as seen in Harpers Bazaar. It's sheer formulation treats, protects, and tints the skin while delaying signs of aging.
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Everywhere we turn Kevyn Aucoin's Sensual Skin Tinted Balm is getting major kudos from beauty editors and trend setters like Rachel Zoe, In Style, and more. The brand's newest addition, it feels like the perfect marriage of your favorite tinted moisturizer and lightweight foundation in one. Due to its formulation of lightweight pigments, your skin is still able to breathe. What we dig most about it is the translucent packaging that lets you know when it's almost time to re-purchase. It was just featured as a 'smart product' by In Style magazine because it's one of those products that is stress-free, both in form and function.
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We are so thrilled to see so many of our beauty faves featured in the May 2013 issue of Lucky Magazine. Dubbed "The Beauty Issue", this month's mag covers all that is hair, makeup, skin, and nails INCLUDING an amazing b-glowing.com beauty bundle giveaway!
By Terry - Highlighted as the perfect pairing for a nautical-themed spring look, By Terry's Hyaluronic Sheer Rouge Lipstick in Nudissimo is the perfect nude shade to complement any skin tone.
Serge Normant - "Salt is perfect to create gorgeous texture. Just wash it out at the end of the night - it's drying." Serge Normant weighed-in with his advice for creating natural waves. His Meta Sculpting Pomade was also featured as a must-have product for low maintenance hair.
Jouer Cosmetics - If anyone knows a thing or two about beauty, it's Lucky Magazine Editor in Chief, Brandon Holley. Not only did Brandon call out b-glowing brand Philip B for smelling "so good it's crazy", she also repped new Jouer Cosmetics' Crème Eyeshadow Crayon in Baroque as a makeup bag must.
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Lucky Magazine and b-glowing.com have partnered to offer an amazing beauty giveaway! Enter here to win one of forty-nine 6-piece beauty sets, including products from Armour Beauty, RGB Cosmetics, By Terry, Nuxe Paris, Ellis Faas, and Kevyn Aucoin.
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Bridal season is HERE! Whether you are walking down the aisle, giving the bride away, or stuffing down mini quiche as a guest, our 'Blushing Bride Beauty' giveaway will get you prepped and ready for all the wedding-related festivities ahead.
Valued at $269, we're giving ONE lucky winner four of our top beauty picks from b-glowing.com brands GlamGlow, He-Shi, Kevyn Aucoin, and Vapour Organic Beauty. These 'get ready' essentials will have you looking fabulous for any special occasion you have coming up.
GlamGlow Mud Mask: Perfect your skin for all the photo-ops to come! This gentle exfoliant, developed for the Hollywood's elite, softens wrinkles and fine lines, while leaving skin smooth, supple, and bright.
He-Shi Express Liquid Tan + Mitt: Give yourself an instant, natural-looking, streak-free tan with the #1 selling self tanner in the UK. This quick-drying, buildable formula is perfect for achieving that sun-kissed glow quickly, and safely. The accompanying mitt is the best way to apply this product evenly, while keeping your hands protected from the product.
Kevyn Aucoin Candle Light Kit: This makeup kit gives you four Kevyn Aucoin makeup must-haves all in one convenient case! This kit includes Celestial Powder in Candlelight, Essential Eye Shadow Set Palette #8, Eye Pencil Primatiff in Basic White, and Precision Liquid Liner in Basic Black, as well as a mini candle to set the mood while you get ready.
Vapour Organic Beauty Vernissage 3-Free Nail Lacquer in Virtue: This natural pale pink color goes with any outfit, and is perfect for fingers and toes. This color transitions through all the wedding-related events - from rehearsal dinner to honeymoon. Simplify your mani/pedi with this sweet, 3-free shade.
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The Big Apple. Empire City. The City So Nice, They Named it Twice. That's right, we're talking about New York City! The second MAKE BEAUTY. ESCAPE™ sweepstakes is here, and this time we're flying you to NEW YORK!
In addition to the flight, The GRAND PRIZE winner will receive:
4 PAMPERING TREATMENTS
As a b-glowing VIP, you and one very lucky guest will see the best beauty New York has to offer, courtesy of top b-glowing brand salons and studios. Services include hair consult and styling courtesy of the renowned Oscar Blandi Salon, butter LONDON manicures at the luxurious Gotham Beauty Lounge, personalized skincare treatments at the legendary Erno Laszlo Institute, and a one-on-one consultation with a Kevyn Aucoin makeup artist.
Between your itinerary of indulging appointments, you'll relax in your room at Cassa NY, the newest boutique hotel in Midtown Manhattan.
TAKE-HOME PRIZE PACKAGE
And finally, when your 4-night, 5-day retreat has come to an end, you'll receive a bountiful beauty bundle, delivered to your home, to keep you looking fabulous! Products include top-sellers from bliss, butter LONDON, Kevyn Aucoin, and Oscar Blandi.
Plus, three RUNNER-UP winners!
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b-glowing.com brands got a lot of love last week. We get so excited when we stumble upon our favorite products in the press and pages of our beloved beauty mags. Find out what has been making headlines here!
The Zoe Report featured three b-glowing summer season staples last week:
People magazine included Julianne Hough in their 'Summer Beauty Watch' segment earlier this month:
Prtty Peaushun: Hough's go-to faux glow for sunny weather is Prtty Peaushun in Medium. This illuminating tinted lotion uses light-reflecting technology to hide minor imperfections and give definition to your body.
InStyle magazine gave their recommendations on how to achieve this season's 'bare' look in :
Kevyn Aucoin: The Sensual Skin Enhancer is a multipurpose primer, foundation, and concealer all-in-one. Used first as an allover base, then again to cover dark circles, blemishes and age spots, this redness-reducing must-have perfects skin without looking cakey.
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From Blake Lively's beauty secrets, to O Magazine's favorite mascara, b-glowing.com brands were scattered all over the press last week. Find out what hot summer must-haves are making headlines here!
Glamour magazine shared the ins and outs of actress Blake Lively's beauty routine in 'Blake's DIY Beauty School'.
Mason Pearson Handy Mixture Bristle & Nylon Brush: Blake Lively swears by this world-renowned beauty tool to get her fabulous hair looking perfect every time. "I tease my hair one or two strokes with a Mason Pearson brush, then go over the top layer lightly to make it look like a natural mess, like the wind blew it."
O Magazine shared their top beauty picks for the season in 'O, Beautiful'.
Blinc Mascara: O Magazine editors tested this water-resistant staff favorite and declared it smudge-proof! This unique formula coats your lashes, creating "tubes" that encase each individual lash with a protected shield. Perfect for summer activities or special occasions!
Kevyn Aucoin The Volume Mascara: This fabulous volumizing mascara has a huge cult following, and we know why. The unique, super skinny brush catches every lash and coats it effortlessly, giving even the smallest lashes an amplified look. You'll reveal lashes you didn't even know you had! We love how this wand works on our bottom lashes too!
Harper's Bazaar Interiors gives readers an inside look at the 'Top 5 Most Innovative Brands' in the fragrance industry.
Etat Libre d'Orange: This revolutionary Paris-based fragrance brand prides itself on ignoring conventionality, and offers their perfumers "complete creative freedom to play with their own personal fantasies and develop original, provocative scents." Discover this wonderful range of scents through the Etat Libre d'Orange Gift Box, which includes 10 fragrances! Also makes a fabulous gift.
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Fall is famous for color, which makes it the perfect time to adopt a new one yourself. Lipstick is a great accessory that can be bold, complementary or even work as a natural enhancement. Pucker up for this week’s top picks; b-glowing staff adores these lipsticks for the fall season.
BY TERRY Hyaluronic Sheer Rouge, Fatal Shot: It plumps, moisturizes, disguises wrinkles and fine lines and finishes with a subtle gloss. Available in 15 colors, you can switch up your look daily, or stick to one hue for the season. For fall, our staff loves Fatal Shot: It’s a great berry color that looks playful without being too pinky.
ELLIS FAAS Creamy Lips, Blood Red: An easy, smooth application stains lips without the sticky feeling. You’ll get full coverage with a creamy finish, courtesy of a spongy applicator. We love the Blood Red color because it helps make a seductive statement without going overboard. It’s a good red for fall because it has a touch of brown, which tones it down for the perfect shade.
ILIA LIPSTICK, Funnel of Love: ILIA shades are beautifully modern with organic ingredients. The tones are generally more subtle, with a few pops of bold color, but they can all be layered so you can create your personal shade. Funnel of Love is a warm, nude shade for when you want some color that won’t clash with a smokey eye; or it’s great just for a natural palate.
KEVYN AUCOIN The Matte Lipsticks, Persistence: The color and the moisture last all day. Plus, the formula contains ingredients that minimize wrinkles over time, guaranteed. We love Persistence because it’s a fun, bold color that’ll turn heads! The more edgy violet color is perfect for the girl who likes to shake it up a bit.
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Our coveted beauty bags are back! Starting now and for a limited time only (these bags will be gone fast!) you can snag a FREE fall beauty bag filled with $210 worth of incredible products with any $125+ storewide purchase.
You’ll love everything in the bag, including the bag itself. Echo is a brand known for quality, and this year, it's celebrating it's 90th anniversary! Although the company began with scarves, it now includes even more accessories. These three coveted designs are Echo's special anniversary patterns, continuing its tradition of bold, gorgeous colors. You’ll receive one of three stylish designs and be anxious to refill it with even more b-glowing brands (a coupon for $20 off your next $100+ purchase is included).
Get ready for a fall frenzy!
In the bag:
A coupon for $20 off your next order of $100+
Anastasia Brow Gel -deluxe sample
Aromachology Duo Roller Ball, featuring Sophisticated & Sensual and Bold & Brisk
Avene Body Oil, 50ml -travel-size
Beauty Blender Black Pro in mini box
b-glowing Echo bag
butter London Wine Gums LIPPY -full-size
Ellis Faas Mascara -full-size
EVE LOM TLC Radiance Cream -deluxe sample
Jack Black Double Duty Face Moisturizer -deluxe sample
Kevyn Aucoin Essential Eye Shadow, Single Platinum- full-size
Klorane Shampoo with Citrus Pulp, 100ml -deluxe sample
Skyn Iceland 1oz Glacial Wash -deluxe sample
Total Value: $210!
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Kevyn Aucoin cosmetics graced the faces of many models at the Mercedes Benz NYFW Spring '15, and rightfully so as the line offers long-lasting makeup that can withstand the heat of the bright lights on the catwalk.
Makeup artists backstage at HONOR, a designer dedicated to fearless women and their pursuit of individual beauty and style. The bold looks on the HONOR models really drove that sentiment home.Read More »
“Perfection is boring. If a face doesn’t have mistakes, it’s nothing.”
This refreshing, unexpected quote from Kevyn Aucoin represents the central struggle and triumph in this makeup innovator’s tragically short life.
Kevin Aucoin’s childhood and early adulthood were marked by rejection and violence. Yet rather than give in to self-pity, he survived incessant bullying, moved to New York and eventually became one of the most sought-after makeup artists of our time. Celebrities so respected his work that he earned as much as $10,000 for a single magazine shoot. He published several gorgeous best-selling guides on makeup, and his own line of cosmetics thrives past his death, in 2002, of painkillers he took to cope with a rare pituitary tumor. Yet this “rags-to-riches” life story is more than just one of wild success – it’s also about vision, passion and drive.
Makeup was always a central focus in Kevyn Aucoin’s life. As a child, he frequently did his sisters’ makeup and recorded the results with a Polaroid camera. (He continued this habit throughout his life; the inside covers of his best-selling book Making Faces features dozens of these Polaroids from throughout Aucoin’s career.) His childhood home of Lafayette, La., wasn’t very tolerant of Kevin Aucoin’s unusual preferences for gentle activities over more traditional male hobbies. At the age of six, Aucoin realized that he was gay, and the bullying began in earnest.Read More »
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How long does it take you to get ready in the morning? Between getting the kids prepared for school, making sack lunches, taking out the trash and the million other errands you have to do before you can walk out the door for work, it might seem like you have to get up before daybreak just to get through a seemingly tedious makeup routine. Thank goodness for Kevyn Aucoin makeup products and beauty tools, which help transform your morning makeup routine from laborious to lovely.
For the mornings when there’s no time for foundation and concealer, reach for the Sensual Skin Enhancer, one of the fastest time-saving tricks in the Kevyn Aucoin makeup line. After moisturizing your face, dab a bit of the enhancer under your eyes and over blemishes to conceal them. Then blend in a pin-sized amount of enhancer over the rest of your face. Apply more of the product as desired for greater coverage.Read More »
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Nudes never goes out of style. Whether they are part of your natural look for summer, or helping you tone-down a bright red lip in the fall, nude shades will almost always play some role in your daily look, regardless of season or trend. In this week's 'Top Picks' we are sharing some of our favorite year-round nudes with you!
BECCA Cosmetics Ultimate Matte Lip Colour in Claudine: Top-selling makeup brand, BECCA Cosmetics, revolutionizes matte lip stick with this creamy, rich, and hydrating lipstick. The long-wearing formula keeps your color in place, but doesn't dry out your lips like some matte finishes. Claudine is the perfect nude shade, complementing most skin tones beautifully.
bkr Summer Collection in Coco: Part of the new bkr Summer Collection, this nude Coco design goes with every outfit, kitchen decor, desk, and more! We love these lightweight, reusable, recyclable water bottles for staying hydrated throughout the seasons. Everything tastes better out of bkr!
LVX Nail Lacquer in Rive: Part of their new Summer Collection, Rive is the perfect shade for both fingers and toes. Wear it alone to let your jewelry and ensemble shine, or pair with a pop of color to bring more attention to your mani. All LVX polished are formulated 5-free, cruelty-free, and made in the USA.
Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Tinted Balm: This oil-free, lightweight beauty balm is formulated with SPF 20 to protect and perfect your skin, without appearing heavy or greasy. Providing just enough coverage to minimize troubled areas, this balm lets your skin shine through, giving you a natural and youthful look. Layer or pair with your favorite powder to increase coverage.
ILIA Lip Gloss in Peek-a-Boo: What would a nude line-up be without a great gloss? Already a favorite of Rachel Zoe, these NEW, much-anticipated, organic glosses can be worn alone, or paired with your favorite lipstick shade. Infused with coconut oil, shea butter, and vitamin E, your lips will remain soft, hydrated, and smooth throughout the day.
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