Pre-Vaca Manicure for Sure

Dolls, I am EXHAUSTED. I moved and unpacked the last 48 hours (I obv took breaks to sleep and eat) right after attending a party thrown by Allure magazine and where there were Rita Hazan hairstylists and Dashing Diva nail technicians there to glamify you up AT the party. I brought Marina as my plus one and proceeded to become the most glam person ever to move. Joshua Farrington of Rita Hazan curled my hair, which looked phenom on Thursday night, but had unforunately wilted by Friday morning. That’s to be expected. I’d assumed my nails would be hist by Friday circa 2pm after a good 4 hours of moving. I mean, I was going to live with it, it was a free mani (Mary, who did my nails, is a DOLL.) I was dead wrong. Here we are on Saturday night and my nails are NOT EVEN CHIPPED. Minor wear and tear on the very tips, that’s IT. Get yourself to Dashing Divas immediately if not sooner. The mani quality will withstand a weeklong vaca somewhere warm and fabulous.

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Lancome’s Pixel Pink is Now Available!

The fourth and final lipstick in the Pout-à-Porter designer lipstick series makes its hotly anticipated debut today on Lancôme Color Fever Shine Lipstick in Pixel Pink is a beautiful sheer raspberry shade created by celebrated emerging designer Thakoon and celebrity makeup artist Gucci Westman for Thakoon’s Spring 2008 show.

The color came together at the hair and makeup test only days before the Spring show. Thakoon wanted something simple yet pretty that would complement the lush greens, pinks and blues in his collection, as well as the unique prints. One particular print, a pixilated floral that almost appears to have been faxed through a machine, was a key influence on the lipstick.

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Back in MAC

I don’t know if it was the closer proximity to the Canadian border when I attended college in Boston or what but I was positively dripping in MAC makeup in my late teens/early 20s. I would rarely wear any other brand. Frequent trips to Montreal were made so my six other roommates and I could drain Holt Renfrew of their MAC stash. And then, mysteriously, post-college, I was over MAC. There was no reason for it, I just neglected all other brands for so long, I felt I’d needed to make up for lost time. I familiarized myself with a lot of other brands later in college (I became BFF with one fabulous sales associate at the YSL counter at Saks in Copley – do visit him if you’re in the area) and then started working in New York at a PR Agency that represented a lot of great other brands and fell in lurve. Also, I think overdosing on it resulted in my temporary distaste. The same thing once happened to me with funnel cake. But Mercedes Benz Fashion Week sponsor MAC Trendspot has once again brought MAC back into the forefront of my mind. I’ve received MAC brushes, glosses, and eye liners in several gift bags, and have yet to try out all of them because I’m moving tomorrow and figure the less open products to move, the better. But there are three MAC prods I couldn’t resist tearing into, packing be damned.

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Get a One-of-a-Kind Gloss at Prescriptives!

Me, in my office at work, taking a break to pose with my new red Prescriptives Custom Blend Gloss. I look more like a koala than usual in this pic, but as there is no other gloss like it on the planet, I had to show you what it looks like on!

Yesterday, I went back and forth to Bryant Park 3 times in between packing and moving boxes! It was quite a day to say the least. One of my trips included a stop at the Bryant Park Hotel to visit the Spanx and Prescriptives suite where I learned all about the latest developments in Spanx (get excited gals, good stuff is to come!) and then got a custom blend lip gloss just for me. On my way into the elevator, I spotted my friends Julia and Erika who’d already gotten their own custom glosses and looked uber-glam!

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Bobbi Brown "Be True to Your Heart" Lip Palette

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics has created a limited-edition red lip palette in partnership with The Heart Truth campaign and its annual Red Dress Collection Fashion Show. The palette was created to raise awareness for the campaign and its message that heart disease is the #1 killer of women. The show, of which Bobbi Brown Cosmetics is also an official sponsor for the third year in a row, brought Hollywood’s leading ladies together on one runway at “The Tent” at Bryant Park during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week on February 1st.

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Fashion Week: BBJ Backstage at Vivienne Tam

Hey, gals!

Once again, I cannot believe my lifestyle. Thanks, TotalBeauty, for the opportunity to go backstage and get the inside scoop on all things beauty at the Vivienne Tam show today.

John Reyman for Aveda (pictured above) talked to me backstage about the inspiration for the wildly huge hair going on. “Vivienne wanted to go with dramatic hair – really all about shape and texture.” After taking a look at different images of possible shapes, John went for a Himalayan feel with free flowing ends instead of tucking them under. Curly razzed-up extensions were added for serious volume, before John backcombed and curled the entire bulk of hair. He used Aveda Volumizing Tonic, lots of Air Control Hairspray, and Pure Abundance Potion, which fascinates me. It’s a thickening agent that transforms from a powder into a light, absorbing lotion. The end result was serious shape:

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Fashion Week: BBJ Backstage at Tibi

I hope you’re ready to Make Your Own Kind of Music, you Dancing Queen. For Fall 2008, the 70s are back. NARS makeup artist Ayako (above, left) told me the look for Tibi’s Fall 2008 line was heavily 70s influenced, much like the look at Miss Sixty. Said Ayako, “When the girls arrived fresh-faced and rosy from the cold this morning, I kept them that way.” On many of the models, she chose to skip foundation, using only NARS Powder Foundation when necessary. She applied NARS Blush in Dolce Vita, a matte formula in a dusty rose due to hit shelves for Fall 2008. False lashes weren’t used, instead, Ayako used copious amounts of mascara to create a dramatic tarantula eye. Lids were primed with a matte porcelain creme eyeshadow. Lips were filled in with NARS Velvet Matte Pencil in Belle du Jour, a nudeish flesh-toned hue. Ayako then glossed them up with NARS Lip Gloss in Female Trouble, a delightful pinky-beige, also due to hit shelves for Fall 2008.

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Fashion Week: Iodice

I attended Iodice last night and was totally into his yellow pieces. Unfortunately, my photos of those didn’t come out, but I wanted to share with you the best photos of the lot so we can discuss the beauty concept which was PHENOM in my profesh opinion. If I were in charge of hair and makeup at a show, this is exactly what I’d do. Hair was twisted into neat (but not librarian-neat) buns with a LOT of height. Hair was pulled straight back and back-combed at the top and crown for megavolume. The eye concept: lots of winged black liner that resided somewhere between Angelina Jolieville and Amy Winehouse County. It was artistic and avant garde without looking trashy or veering too much into Marvel comic book villain territory.

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L’Oreal Professionnel Backstage at Hervé Léger

I wasn’t able to attend this one, but I thought I’d pass along the info as I adore L’Oreal Professionnel Infinium Hairspray! And I covet the color and length of that model’s hair. Gorge.

L’Oréal Professionnel Texture Expert and hair stylist Malcolm Edwards brought sophisticated and youthful, “sex-bomb” glamour to the runway at the Hervé Léger Fall 2008 Collection, yesterday at Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week.

Edwards created a simple silhouette using the haute couture fashion inspired luxury styling line, L’Oréal Professionnel Texture Expert. First, dry hair was prepped with Mousse Volupté and Densité to provide a great styling base and add volume. Next, each model’s hair was blown out and the entire back section of the hair was saturated with Infinium #2 (regular hold working spray) hairspray to give a strong but workable foundation. Each section of the hair was back-brushed to achieve exceptional texture and then flat-ironed to set the texture. Infinium #4 (extreme hold finishing spray) hairspray was then sprayed on the top/front of the head and the top brushed flat and tight against the head, with a slightly off-centered part. The final look reflected the theme of the Hérve Léger Collection – powerful, modern feminity.

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