MBT Introduces the Tambo

=&0=& is chic-tifying its selection with this new boot christened the =&1=&. Pair it with skirts, jeans or pants while they go to work on your thighs and hips. They boast a full grain leather upper with zippered shaft. Comes in black leather and in brown suede. U.S. women’s whole and half sizes 6 1/2-11. This has a snug fit, so it is suggested that you order a half-size up. The price is $390, which is semi-egregious in this economy, but when you consider that their sneakers cost $245, I think it’s a good deal for all that leather. And yes, I acknowledge that they’re still semi geeky-looking, but you know I adore an =&2=&. I’d throw down for these. Would you?

Weekly Phenom List: What to Pair with your Smoky Stare?

Sheer pink glosses, gals! Smoky eyes were HUGE at Fashion Week (and always on-trend, in general). But smoky eyes + a heavily lipsticked mouth is totes trashtastic. And BT dubs? I’m loving my CHANEL Les 4 Ombres in Smoky Eyes ($56) for creating an easy peasy smoky eye. The sparkly grey (it also contains a black, white, and dove grey shade) is so gorgeous I almost CRIED when I first opened the compact. Anywho, I love to pair my smoked out looks with a super glossy pale pink moment. Here are three of my current faves.

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Since Kat(i)e Holmes’ Pixie Cut, I Can No Longer Use Her as a Point of Reference

Real conversation last night between my mom and me:   Mom: I’m scheduled to get a haircut this weekend. What should I do?   Me: Mom, I don’t KNOW… Do you want it shorter?   Mom: I think I want a BOB. What do you think?

Me: Oh, maybe like Suri Cruise? Her hair is cute. It’s a bob with a bit of layering in the front with some bangs…
  Mom: Isn’t Suri Cruise a BABY?   Hilarious.

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Saks.com Happenings

Beauty and Fragrance lovers: Saks.com‘s virtual video how-to’s have arrived! Saks.com is the 1st luxury retailer to showcase a video catalog. So this fall when your reader’s are looking for advice on how to achieve the “polished face” they can sign onto Sak.com and watch as skin specialists demonstrate the techniques with your favorite beauty products. 

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Secret Will Host a Webinar to Announce the Secret Sport Challenge and the Opportunity to Win an Athletic Scholarship

Secret is hosting a webinar for you to tune in and hear from world class athletes Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson as they announce the Secret Sport Challenge and an opportunity to win an athletic scholarship.

What: Secret Sport Challenge Webinar with Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson
When: Monday, September 22nd
Time: 5pm Eastern

BBJ Interviews Bruce Grayson, Head Makeup Artist for the Primetime Emmys!

It was such a pleasure to have the opportunity to interview Bruce Grayson, Olay celebrity makeup artist/head makeup artist for the Primetime Emmys (coming up on Sunday – is your DVR set?)! He’s an absolute doll in addition to being a FOUNTAIN of makeup knowlege. His impressive client roster includes Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, Brooke Shields, Sarah Silverman, Hayden Panettiere, Brittany Murphy, Sarah Rue, Mel Gibson and David Spade. He has also had the honor of working as the personal make-up artist for President Bill Clinton and Senator Hillary Clinton.
What can we expect on the red carpet this Sunday? Read on, dolls. And don’t forget to enter the contest at the end of the post!

Beauty Blogging Junkie: What makeup trends can we expect to see at the Emmys on Sunday?
Bruce Grayson: We’ll be seeing a lot of skin – spaghetti straps, backless dresses, etc. Lots of luminous, glowy skin that will be echoed in the stars’ faces as well. We’ll be keeping it simple with a lot of dewy tinted moisturizers. It wil have to be glowy, yet controlled (because of HD TV, obviously). I plan to use Olay Definity produts which we’ll blend to make the shine work for the client. We’ll counteract any unwanted shine with a heavier foundation only in the T zone.

BBJ: Any eye-specific trends?
BG: Eyes will be simply swept with bone or beige shadow and we’ll be focusing on lashes (both faux and artfully mascara-d) as opposed to liner. Opening the eye with lashes always produces a natural but polished look.

BBJ: How about lips? We usually see a lot of retro-red on the red carpet!
BG: We’ll definitely see more retro-reds on celebs whose dresses dictate a more classic look. We’re also going to see a lot of beige sheer lipsticks and glosses with shimmer. Berries and mauves will also make an appearance.

BBJ: How do you recommend that women achieve a glam look on a budget?
BG: There are tons of great drugstore buys to be had: MAX Factor makes some fantastic eyeshadows for under $7. I don’t recommend going cheaper on your liners, however. I love MAC Eye Kohl in Smolder and Lancome Le Krayon Khol in Black Lapis. I also love prestige black shadows such as Laura Mercier’s in Caviar and Bobbi Brown’s in Charcoal. Olay Definity is a fantastic drug store gem which yields luxurious results. I recommend you use it for at least six weeks in order to fully reap the benefits and see the change in your skin’s texture. Drinking a lot of water and minimizing caffeine consumption also helps! For mascara, I’m loving CoverGirl Lashblast. One pass on the lashes with this stuff yields the same results as several with a prestige brand’s mascara!

BBJ: Can you provide us with tips for a five-minute makeup application?
BG: I’m not hugely into the mineral makeup I’ve seen advertised for “five-minute faces” of late [ed. note: you KNOW I’m not a fan of these either!] Shape cheeks with a taupe blush like MAC ‘s in Emote. Comb brows and swipe on mascara and a tinted balm such as MAC Tendertone Lip Balm SPF 12. Lancome’s Juicy Tubes are also great!

BBJ: What are some dos and don’ts to keep in mind for a red carpet look?
BG: Keep it SIMPLE. I like to play up one focal point only, be it eyes, lips, skin or brows. Too many places to look causes people to lose concentration and in doing so, the person is lost. For instance, Anne Hathaway has enormous eyes, so we focus on them. I recommend curling lashes to open the eye. Dior Diorshow mascara sometimes is a bit too brittle/drying for the red carpet, even though it’s enormously popular. Also, toss your mascara tube after three or four months.

BBJ: What is your ultimate fave red carpet look?
BG: I think Christina Aguilera does it so well with her old-fashioned red lips. My favorite aesthetic is that of the 30s and 40s. Madonna also does that look to a tee.

Thanks so much to Bruce for sharing his tips and Emmy look predictions! I can’t wait to see what he creates on Sunday!

Also, Olay has offered to give away five baskets filled with $115 worth of Bruce Grayson’s favorite beauty products! The contest begins today and ends at 9pm on September 26th. Winners will be announced on September 29th. Please fill out the form below and indicate your full name, email address, phone number (for tracking purposes), and address. Good luck!

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Get a Cut or Color on the Cheap at the Ted Gibson Salon on Sunday, September 21st!

I’m so hitting this up for a cut, gals… Read on!


On Sunday September 21st, Ted Gibson Salon will be hosting its 3rd annual cut-a-thon to benefit Carbon Zero, and offset the company’s carbon dioxide emissions.  

100% of the money raised from the event will be donated to Carbon Zero to plant trees.  Ted Gibson Salon has already raised approximately $10,000 for the cause since it began its annual cut-a-thon two years ago in its quest to negate the salon’s carbon emissions.

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The Dow is Plummetting, but your Hair Doesn’t Have to: Ted Gibson Schools you on Achieving Volume!

Ted and I. Notice how fabulously big my hair is? It’s the work of Ted himself! Curls courtesy of stylist Haleigh!

Last week, I had the opportunity to interview hair stylist to the stars Ted Gibson. I’ve met Ted a couple of times before (at the Bendel’s Beauty Breakfast and at an exclusive group interview which took place at Ted’s Fifth Avenue salon last spring.) He’s truly one of the kindest, most pleasant, down to earth person ever. He’s like the human equivalent of chamomile tea. You know? Anywho, Ted and his crew spent a day at the Total Beauty suite at the Bryant Park Hotel during Fashion Week last week. One of his on-staff stylists Haleigh created gorge curls in my hair, the likes of which haven’t been seen since Miss Serena Van der Woodsen on Gossip Girl.

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