October 2015 archive

Fabulous Links of the Week

Makeup bags with inspiring quotes from Amy Schumer and Amy Poehler, a juicing machine the makes sheet masks, the cool new nail trend from South Korea (of course!), the problem with preservative-free beauty products, fond hair memories from the 80s, yoga wear from Kate Spade, and a new skin care ingredient from South Africa in this week’s Fabulous Links.

Do your makeup and be inspired by the profound thinking of Ms. Schumer and Ms. Poehler. [Allure]

This machine that makes sheet masks from fruits and veggies is like a Vitamix for your face. [Allure/Refinery 29]

‘Shattered glass’ manicures from Korea are beautiful. Perfect for upcoming holiday parties! [Refinery 29]

‘Preservative-free’ may not be all its cracked up to be. [Well + Good]

Hair looks from the 80s. Looks 1, 2, 4, 7, and 9? Guilty as charged. All photographic evidence has been destroyed. [Allure]

I usually don’t talk about clothes here, but I do yoga twice a week, and I love the striped jacket with the bow. [Well + Good]

Crocodile oil may be the new coconut oil. See ya later, gator. [Allure/Refinery29]

Happy weekend and stay warm everyone! And let me know about your dream beauty collaborations! xoxo

K-Beauty and the Korean Culture and Tourism Festival

Yesterday I went into Manhattan, and walked around the Korean Culture and Tourism Festival being held in Times Square. The e-mail inviting me to the event promised some Korean beauty (or K-beauty) brands would be featured, so I was in. It was a gorgeous day, and yes, leading K-beauty brand TonyMoly was there doing makeup and product demos.

The New York Times reported TonyMoly opened a flagship store this summer in New York City’s Koreatown neighborhood. I’m dying to go and stock up. If I do (OK, when I do), I’ll post and do product reviews. I want to try some of the sheet masks pictured above and the Panda’s Dream White Magic Cream. Because pandas.

And I get my makeup done, too. It looked really pretty, but I know it’s hard to tell from the photo below. The sun was very bright.

MeinTimesSquareIs anyone else as into K-beauty as I am? Let me know what you’ve tried, and what you thought, in the comments!

Makeup: Dream Beauty Collaborations

Woman I Wanted to beLast week, M.A.C. announced its collaboration with designer and Project Runway judge Zac Posen. And a few weeks ago, Urban Decay said it was teaming up with Gwen Stefani, while M.A.C. said the face of its 2015 holiday campaign was Mariah Carey. So when I saw this slide show about dream beauty collaborations on teenvogue.com, of all places, I decided to play along.

My number one dream collaboration would be Diane von Furstenberg and NARS.  Diane did have an eponymous makeup collection back in the day. She also loved doing her makeup, and that of other women. As she writes in her book, The Woman I Wanted to Be, “I loved sitting on the sink in my bathroom with my feet in the basin to be close to the mirror and play with my face. I loved applying the makeup on others, too.”

And Diane loves travel, particularly adventure travel, so I’d love to see what exotic location inspired the colors in the collection. Finally, considering her way with prints, Diane would definitely come up with a very cool design for the packaging.

I’ve been thinking about Donna Karan, too. She just came out with a new book, My Journey, and recently stepped down as head of Donna Karan International. Maybe now she’ll have time for a collaboration with, possibly, M.A.C.? Starting with her “seven easy pieces” in the 80s, Donna has defined how women have dressed for work. A M.A.C. x Donna Karan collaboration featuring soft, more neutral colors would take you to the office and then out to happy hour.

My final pick is Victoria Beckham, so I love Teen Vogue‘s idea of Urban Decay and the Spice Girls. With their pop music roots, Beckham and the Spice Girls are just edgy enough for Urban Decay. And 90s-era brown lipstick is making a comeback, so maybe they could include one. I’d buy it.

Now its your turn. What are your dream beauty collaborations? I can’t wait to read about them in the comments!

p.s. Here is a sneak peak of the UD x Gwen eye shadow palette posted to Urban Decay’s official Instagram!

Fabulous Links of the Week

Its definitely apple picking season!

Its definitely apple picking season!

M.A.C.’s new collaboration with none other than Zac Posen, tips for a more restful sleep, celeb derm Nicholas Perricone’s anti-aging regimen, an enzyme that could hold the secret to aging skin, Taraji P. Henson’s empowering hair moment, the return of 90s-era brown lipstick, and Birchbox’s new line of makeup in this week’s Fabulous Links.

Hello designers! M.A.C. just announced a collaboration with Project Runway‘s Zac Posen. [Allure]

I met Candice Kumai at the Biossance launch party. Love her! Here, she shares her best sleep tips. [Well + Good]

How famous dermatologist Dr. Nicholas Perricone fights aging. He must be doing something right. [The Cut]

Blocking this enzyme could prevent wrinkles. Keep your eye on Granzyme B going forward. [Allure]

Taraji P. Henson called this photo with her natural hair “inspiring.” I call it beautiful. [Glamour]

The brown lipstick we rocked in the 90s is back! Here’s how to wear it in 2015. [Allure]

Birchbox just launched its own line of makeup pencils. So pretty! [Glamour]

Product Review: True Grace Skin Care


Esthetician Grace Gutierrez, launched her own skin care line in June. The debut of True Grace Skin Care marked the sixth year for Gutierrez’s skin care studio, also called True Grace. Gutierrez was kind enough to send me products to try, and pass along some great skin care advice.

“I have been working with some of these products and some of these ingredients for a long time,” the California-based Gutierrez told me over the phone. She said she created the line so that her clients could maintain the results of their facials at home. I tried both the Daily Detox and Purifying Cleansers, the Hydrating Serum, the Advanced Repair Vitamin A Serum, the Cellular Eye Cream, the Vital Spray, and the Anti-Aging Face Cream.

I really loved the line. The serums and the face cream did not make my face feel greasy, and my skin absorbed the products quickly. The scent was not overpowering, so it did not give me a headache. I also loved the Vital Spray, which you mist on before you use the serums or creams. Very refreshing!

My only complaint is that the cleansers were a little drying. I felt like they left a residue on my skin, and made my face feel tight. However, my skin is not particularly oily, so that could be a factor. But my skin looks great!

Gutierrez said a holistic approach works best to manage the effects on your skin of age-related hormonal changes. “And I’m 50, so I know!,” she laughed. She went on to say the crepe-y skin resulting from a lack of estrogen is hard to remedy with skin care products alone. So she recommends whole, nutritious foods.

“I don’t think processed foods help a lot with your skin,” said Gutierrez. She is a big advocate of fresh produce, especially fruit. “Eating whole nutritious foods is especially important in the morning. You help the body to detox in the morning, without your system being clogged with too many bad foods,” Gutierrez explained. She recommends smoothies, fruit, and protein.

And sleeping well is important, too. “A consistent sleep pattern helps a lot with hormones,” Gutierrez said.

Gutierrez got her start the old fashioned way: she helped out in her mother’s skin care institute in her native Argentina. “My mother was in love with skin care,” said Gutierrez. She wanted to open her own skin care spa, so she opened a place with another family member. And Gutierrez would work there part time.

“I started to to work there a little and learn and help,” Gutierrez said. She was in college, and she loved it. After moving to Newport Beach in 2001, she worked in various spas until founding her studio in 2009.

Do you get regular facials? I have only had one or two. If you do get regular facials, how do you care for your skin at home between treatments? Let me know in the comments! Skin care tips are always welcome!

Fabulous Links of the Week: Long Weekend Edition

Happy Columbus Day!

Happy Columbus Day!

Rob Lowe’s skin care line, the importance of your skin care’s pH, the most relaxing. video. ever., coping with a double chin, DIY moisturizers, the best products for instant beauty gratification, a line of beauty products that raises money for cancer research, and M.A.C.’s collaboration with Mariah Carey on its holiday makeup collection in this week’s Fabulous Links.

Rob Lowe is so ageless, his men’s skin care line must contain unicorn tears and fairy dust. [Allure]

Your skin care products must be the right pH to be effective. [Well + Good]

Watching this brow massage video makes me want to take a nap. [Into the Gloss]

Is your chin “at risk”? Don’t worry. You have options. [Elle]

DIY moisturizers that are (almost) good enough to eat. [Well + Good]

The beauty editors at Refinery 29 turn to these products for instant, amazing results. [Refinery 29]

A beauty line that doesn’t “pink wash” its support for breast cancer research. [Well + Good]

I almost forgot. All you’ll want for Christmas is the M.A.C. x Mariah Carey 2015 holiday collection. [Allure]

The fall weather has been beautiful here in New Jersey! I hope everyone is having a great long weekend! xoxo

Makeup Artist Beverly Jo Pryor: Behind the Scenes of Fox TV’s Empire

EMPIRE: Cast Pictured L-R: (Bottom Row) Bryshere Gray as Hakeem Lyon, Jussie Smollett as Jamal Lyon, Trai Byers as Andre Lyon (Middle Row) Grace Gealey as Anika, Kaitlin Doubleday as Rhonda Lyon (Back Row) Gabourey Sidibe as Becky, Terrence Howard as Lucious Lyon, Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon and Ta'Rhonda Jones as Porsha on EMPIRE ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: James Dimmock/FOX.

EMPIRE: Cast Pictured L-R: (Bottom Row) Bryshere Gray as Hakeem Lyon, Jussie Smollett as Jamal Lyon, Trai Byers as Andre Lyon (Middle Row) Grace Gealey as Anika, Kaitlin Doubleday as Rhonda Lyon (Back Row) Gabourey Sidibe as Becky, Terrence Howard as Lucious Lyon, Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon and Ta’Rhonda Jones as Porsha on EMPIRE ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: James Dimmock/FOX.

My favorite TV show right now is Empire. It’s a frothy mix of melodrama, great music, and the occasional verbal zinger, often courtesy of Taraji P. Henson‘s Cookie Lyon. Try not to become addicted. I dare you.

I recently chatted on the phone with Beverly Jo Pryor, head of the makeup department for Empire. She graciously gave me a behind-the-scenes peek into the Empire makeup trailer.

Maybe we could start by talking about the guys on the show. How do you come up with their look?

For the guys, the first thing we do is make sure their face is clean. And we use a variety of products, including Dermalogica and rosewater: it depends on each actor. And we give them a hot towel in the morning before we start applying their makeup.

Lee Daniels, the creator of Empire, likes everyone to be very natural looking. So the only thing that we do besides moisturizer would be to cover up any flaws. We just make sure they are not overly shiny. And the barber grooms their hair and their beard. So they are pretty low maintenance.

Terrence Howard likes rosewater. So I usually put rosewater on all of the towels and put them in the heat warmer. It is Terrence’s favorite, but we do it for everybody now.

The men are sporting a little more facial hair this season.

Yes they are! When they came back for the season, Trai Byers (Andre) and Jussie Smollett (Jamal) had facial hair. And Lee Daniels said it was fine, so we continued it. They wanted to their characters to have a different look.

What about Anika (Grace Gealey)? In the first season she had a retro cat eye and a matte lip, and some of her lip colors were pretty bold.

She has always had a classic look. She pretty much stays the same. You may see her evolve into something a little different, but that is basically what her look is.

Taraji P. Henson’s (Cookie Lyon) look has evolved this year.  

Her look has become a little edgier. And we use a lot more color on her eyes.

Why did you decide to switch up her look?

You need to go along with the wardrobe and the hair. So the wardrobe changed, and with it, the hair and makeup.

Cookie is not wearing as many animal prints this season.

So far that is true. She is not wearing as many prints this year. The rest is something for everyone to look forward to watching as the season unfolds. I don’t want to give it away!

At the beginning of the show, Cookie got out of prison. Do you think her look is changing because she is becoming more confident and more aware of current trends?

Yes! When she got out of prison, she looked as she did when she went to prison 17 years earlier. And over the course of the first season, you saw her evolve a little more.

Do the actors and actresses have any input into their look?

Of course! Lee Daniels is the first person I communicate with, because I want to give him what he wants. Along with that, and along with the story line, you want the actor and actress to have input because they are the ones in front of the camera. So you need to go in the middle.

I may have my suggestions once in a while, but I won’t veer away from Lee wants. I want to make sure he’s happy. But I also want to keep the actors happy. They need to feel good and look good when they come out of the makeup trailer, and we are the ones to set that tone.

Have you been able to introduce any of the cast members to any products that you like?

We are in the second season, so we may have a few new products, because new products are always coming out, but we need to find out what works for them in terms of their skin, and stick with that.

It is also a matter of taking care of their skin. The women are a little better than the men. They will go home and do their regimen. We have hot towels for the guys and other things they can use to clean their faces.

The actors and actresses may request certain products or looks, and we try to accommodate them. Each has the little arsenal of products that they like. So you have to combine what you like with what they like. Sometimes you can introduce them to something they fall in love with and sometimes they are not that particular. And you also experiment.

Can you give examples of where you have introduced say, Grace Gealey or Taraji P. Henson to a product they loved?

You might introduce them to a color of lipstick they have never worn before. That’s a major thing, a lipstick color. Generally, the foundation stays the same. If its not broke, you don’t try to fix it. If something works for them, as long as it looks good, you stick with that.

Empire airs on Fox tonight at 9 pm ET/PT. And do yourself a favor tomorrow. Check out Price Peterson‘s photo recap of the episode on Yahoo! TV.  Price’s Empire recaps are hilarious!

Generation Beauty by Ipsy: NYC 2015

Generation Beauty came to NYC for the first time this weekend! I wanted to share some of my pictures.

Day 1 goody bag from #genbeauty by @ipsy in #NYC #beautyblogger #beautifulBlogHer15 #Fabulousforeverblog

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Generation Beauty NYC was similar to Generation Beauty L.A.: stylist meet and greets and tons of giveaways. I got two Jouer eye pencils that are gorgeous, and a Laura Geller Love Me Dew lip crayon I can’t wait to try. And I also discovered two skin care brands I am dying to learn more about: Skin, Inc. and Belif. Look for future posts!

Has anyone ever tried Laura Geller, Benefit, or Cargo? They were at Generation Beauty NYC, too, and I’ve tagged them below. Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Fabulous Links of the Week

The cake table at my friend's shower

The cake table at my friend’s shower

Brow maven Anastasia Soare’s beauty regimen, 70s style and beauty icons you could channel today, Kate Winslet turns 40 and just says no to retouching her Lancome ads, and some fun nail art ideas in this week’s Fabulous Links.

Anastasia Soare, the Anastasia in Anastasia Beverly Hills, spills her beauty secrets! [Into the Gloss]

Retro beauty inspiration from 70s icons such as Bianca Jagger and Ali McGraw. [Glamour]

Kate Winslet turns 40, and keeps it real. [Allure] and [Net-a-Porter]

Cool nail art to try, including a few from Paintbox! [Well + Good]

Hope everyone had a great weekend! How gorgeous was the cake table from my friend’s bridal shower? xoxo

Bath and Body: Jāsön Foaming Shower Oil

Jason Foaming Shower Oil

Jason Foaming Shower Oil

My skin, particularly my shoulders, really took a hit this summer. So I was glad to find a bottle of Jāsön Foaming Shower Oil on my doorstep.* I tried the Renewing Olive formula, which harnesses the soothing power of olive oil to soften and revive tired skin.

The oil does foam up nicely, and it has an earthy, herbal scent. It didn’t leave a residue or make my skin feel tight, either. And   my shoulders look less wrinkly and sun damaged, and feel much softer.

The foaming shower oils just launched September. I bet the Smoothing Coconut one smells like a pina colada! You can pick the oils up at Whole Foods and online.

I previously talked about some Jason products for BeautyNewsNYC.

BTW, I am off to Generation Beauty by Ipsy in New York City this weekend, so I’m sure I’ll have lots to talk about next week!

*The product was sent to me for my review. Opinions are my own.

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