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Fabulous Links of the Week

I met Romero Jennings At The Makeup Show NYC! I interviewed him and Johnny Weir a while ago about MAC’s Glitter & Ice collection for holiday 2011.

I was at The Makeup Show NYC this weekend! As always, it was a great time, with inspiring keynotes, photo ops, makeup, a press preview led by the always hilarious James Vincent, and did I mention…makeup?! I’ll try to get a pic up on Instagram ASAP of some highlights from the goody bag. This year there was really good skin care, and a cool Kat von D lip liner.

While I ran around The Metropolitan Pavilion, where the show was held, beauty news still happened elsewhere in the world. Remember my friends at Memebox? They announced this week they are no longer selling K-beauty products in the U.S., in order to focus more on K-beauty content, such as product reviews and tutorials. But fear not, K-beauty fans. You will still be able to buy Memebox’s K-beauty finds through Amazon. (WWD) (Fashion Network)

And Johnson & Johnson must pay the largest settlement ever in a series of law suits claiming it’s Johnson’s Baby Powder, which is formulated with talc, causes ovarian cancer. In this case, J&J must pay a Virginia woman $110.5 million.  Last year, the personal care giant was ordered to pay plaintiffs in similar cases $70.1 million, $72 million, and $55 million. I’ll just stick to sprinkling it in my shoes. (Allure)

Have a great week! xo

This year, I’m doing the Eyecandy Project 52 photography challenge. Every week, we have to take a picture inspired by a prompt, such as From Above. Some prompts are relevant to the time of year, some are more evergreen. I’ll post my more successful efforts here about once a quarter.

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Wende Zomnir of Urban Decay

I made a friend at the Makeup Show NYC: Urban Decay founder Wende Zomnir

I made a friend at the Makeup Show NYC: Urban Decay founder Wende Zomnir

Every year at The Makeup Show NYC, one or two keynotes always stand out, such as  Charlotte Tilbury’s talk in 2014. This year, the must-see event for me was I’m With the Brand: From My Living Room to L’Oreal with Wende Zomnir. You may know her as founder and Chief Creative Officer of edgy makeup brand Urban Decay.

Zomnir said she started Urban Decay as a way of expressing herself positively through makeup. She wanted to create makeup in colors that she was interested in wearing, but couldn’t find anywhere. “I wanted to get away from pink, red, and beige, and say that individuality is acceptable in the world of makeup,” Zomnir told the audience.

She realized she had a hit on her hands when she started getting letters full of positive feedback. The letters would say things like, ‘You really understand me’ and ‘You get me’. As Zomnir put it, “I realized we were able to speak to customers from a makeup standpoint.”

A few of Zomnir’s core philosophies that helped her take Urban Decay from startup to sensation are:

  • “Be good at math.” You need to have discipline and pay attention to the “business” side of the business. It’s not enough to just have an innovative product or service.
  • Surround yourself with people who are passionate about the business and your vision. Staffers in Urban Decay’s California HQ are just as passionate about makeup as Zomnir is. “If you are going to work for us, you better put your face on in the morning!,” said Zomnir. (Her makeup was flawless, btw.)
  • Be aware and spot emerging trends. Zomnir used the example of Urban Decay’s cult favorite All-Nighter makeup setting spray. Now setting sprays are everywhere!
  • Cultivate your inner voice. Trust your gut, it makes the best decisions, Zomnir said.
  • “Check your ego at the door.” Trust your team and be willing to listen to different opinions.
  • Keep your eyes and ears open. You never know where an idea will come from.
  • Little ideas are important, too. They can make a difference.
  • Be flexible.

“Building a brand is a constant evolution,” said Zomnir. Urban Decay is always trying to improve its products and do things a little differently. The purchase of the company several years ago by L’Oreal allowed it to expand to Europe and Asia.

Zomnir also showed videos during her keynote. One was a virtual tour of Urban Decay’s California offices, and another talked about The Ultraviolet Edge, Urban Decay’s worldwide initiative to empower women. My favorite gave us a peek inside Urban Decay’s first freestanding store, located in Newport Beach, California.

Zomnir saved her best advice for last, though. “Be true to your brand, or else you just start to cannibalize each other.” In other words, never be afraid to just do you.

Do you use any Urban Decay products? I love my Naked Smoky palette and the Anti-Aging Eye Primer Potion. Tell me about your favorites in the comments!









The Makeup Show NYC Beauty Tour

With James at the beauty tour after party.

With James at the beauty tour after party.

Two weeks ago, I got to do the coolest thing: I took a “beauty tour” of New York City with James Vincent, director of education and artist relations for The Makeup Show.* To celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Makeup Show, James led myself and a group of makeup artists on a tour of his favorite places to buy makeup in New York City. James is a ton of fun, and probably knows more about NYC then Woody Allen and Rudy Giuliani combined.

Our first stop was Matesse NYC on 9th Avenue, between 18th and 19th Streets. Matesse was launched by the founder of Ricky’s NYC, a beauty junkie staple here in NYC.


Matesse sells many prestige hair care brands such as Pureology and Alterna. The store also carries makeup and nail polish. While there, I noticed Alterna makes a blonde-brightening shampoo. Hmmm… Further investigation and a product review are necessary.

Our next stop was Inglot Cosmetics in Chelsea Market. This bright loft space has a very sleek, modern feel. Inglot is a Polish brand I’d heard of before, but never tried. They did the makeup for a lot of Broadway shoes, including Mamma Mia!

I bought two lipsticks at Inglot. So far, I’ve worn one of them, a soft coral perfect for summer. One of my pet peeves is when your lipstick dries out your lips, and actually makes them look worse than before you applied it. This color, 102, didn’t make my lips looked cracked and flaky, and had pretty impressive staying power. I liked the color payoff, too. It wasn’t too bright, but just subtle enough.

Baked by Melissa kept the party going at Inglot with yummy cupcakes.

Cupcakes by Baked by Melissa

Cupcakes by Baked by Melissa

From Chelsea Market, we moved on to Sephora in the Meatpacking District. James told us this particular Sephora is located across the street from the building that was used as the exterior of Samantha’s apartment on Sex and the City.

Unfortunately, I ran into a bit of trouble at Sephora. I bought Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray, St Tropez Anti-Aging Self Tanner, and Alterna Caviar CC Cream, which I’ve been dying to try forever. Oops.

Then we boarded a bus, and on the way to Obsessive-Compulsive Cosmetics on Ludlow Street, James pointed out his favorite haunts on the Lower East Side and around the East Village. I love the exposed brick in the OCC store. It gives the place a hip, downtown vibe.

#liptar heaven at @occmakeup! #10yearsofTMS @jvincentmakeup @themakeupshow

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Obsessive-Compulsive’s Lip Tars have a cult following. And the brand is known for being 100 percent vegan and cruelty free. Everyone got a nail polish to take home. I picked a peachy pink called Grandma.

@occmakeup #naillacquer in Grandma. So pretty! #10yearsofTMS @jvincentmakeup @themakeupshow

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Now it was time for the grand finale. We went to Makeup Forever on 12th Street and got to meet the brand’s founder, Dany Sanz. What got my attention here were the gorgeous makeup brushes. The picture below does them an injustice. The fibers are really soft to pick up and evenly distribute product, and the wooden handles are so sturdy, they feel almost hand carved. If you are in the market for makeup brushes, don’t miss these!

Makeup brushes at Makeup Forever

Makeup brushes at Makeup Forever

The evening ended too soon with an after party and snacks. Although this year marked the first time the tour was offered, it sold out very quickly. People actually stayed in town after The Makeup Show was over or came from out of the country for the event. James was talking about having it again next year. I’ll be first in line!

Where do you usually shop for makeup? And if you’ve tried any of the products I’ve mentioned here, let me know your thoughts in the comments. Reviews of Alterna, Bumble and Bumble, and the St. Tropez self tanner to come!

* I paid to go on the tour.

The Makeup Show 2015 Blogger Preview

Makeup maestro James Vincent at the 2015 Blogger Preview

Makeup maestro James Vincent at the 2015 Blogger Preview

Yesterday was one of my favorite days of the year: the annual Makeup Show NYC Blogger Preview! For a beauty blogger, its like Christmas, only better. James Vincent, director of artistry and education for The Makeup Show, tells the bloggers what’s planned for the two-day event, and then takes us through our goody bag. There’s always lots of great stuff. See my Instagram below for the highlights of this year’s gifts.

I’ll definitely be posting reviews as I try everything! I am especially looking forward to the Smashbox L.A. Lights Lip and Cheek Color in Beverly Hills Blush, the Vincent Longo eye shadow in Noccia and lip crayon in Cinabra, and the Kat Von D Shade and Light Eye Contour Palette, which has an eye shadow brush and case to go with it. And yes, a NARS Dual Intensity Blush in Frenzy, two lip colors from NYX Cosmetics, a bronzer from Stila, and a vegan lip gloss from Armour Beauty are in there, too.

For the unfamiliar, The Makeup Show is a trade show for makeup artists. It started 10 years ago in New York City, and has now expanded to Dallas, Chicago, Orlando, and L.A. And James, a makeup artist who has worked with musicians such as Florence Welch, is hilarious! Here is an old blog I did about his experience designing the makeup look for Abbey Dawn, a clothing line from Canadian singer Avril Lavigne.

I’ve never tried anything from Stila, NYX, or Kat Von D. Have you? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!

Charlotte Tilbury

Charlotte Tilbury official

Makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury

British makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury is well known in the makeup world, having worked on celebs such as Rihanna and Kate Moss. Her eponymous makeup brand is officially launching in the U.S. in September, although the company recently began shipping online orders stateside. (FYI, the products are gorgeous! Check out sarahlovesmakeup’s post about her recent purchases.)

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of being in the audience during a video chat with Charlotte at The Makeup Show N.Y.C., a trade show for makeup artists. James Vincent, the director of education and artist relations for The Makeup Show, told the audience, “Charlotte works with the face in front of her. She has created several iconic looks, but doesn’t do the same look on everybody.”

Indeed, Charlotte has created 10 looks, ranging from The Ingenue to The Sophisticate to The Uptown Girl. At the Charlotte Tilbury booth at The Makeup Show, they had cards for each look, with the products needed to create the look listed on the back. You just choose who you want to be.

The eye shadow palettes are color coded, and the web site has how-to videos as well. You can buy products individually, or purchase as a set all the products needed to create a particular look. As Charlotte said via Skype from her London office, her products are “easy to choose, easy to use!”

What’s interesting to me is that each of the 10 Charlotte Tilbury looks is shown on the same woman. Charlotte said that she wanted to do this to show that any woman can wear a variety of different looks. I agree! I think anyone can wear red lipstick, for example. It’s a matter of finding a shade that flatters your skin tone.

Charlotte is a truly fascinating person. She grew up on Ibiza, her dad is a painter, and her mom is creative, too, so she has always been surrounded and inspired by creativity. Charlotte discovered the transformative power of makeup in her early teens, when she first noticed the effect a beautiful woman had on entering a room. Makeup was this beautiful woman’s secret weapon. So Charlotte said she began to appreciate at a young age that the power of makeup is huge!

The other thing that Charlotte and James talked about during the chat was Charlotte’s Magic Cream. Charlotte has been mixing her own age-defying and skin-soothing moisturizer for a while. She brought it to fashion shows, where it developed a cult following among the models, whose faces were irritated from having makeup repeatedly applied then washed off during Fashion Week. They called it “Charlotte’s Magic Cream.” Now, this Magic Cream is part of the Charlotte Tilbury line. It will be available here as soon as it is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

I cannot wait to get my hands on some of Charlotte’s beautiful makeup and try her Magic Cream. Have you tried them? What did you think?