Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Down To The Wire Gifts

Here are two last minute gifts that any chick would love. Smashbox On The Rocks Lip Gloss will be under my tree next to this Glam Rock Conair hair brush.

You never know who is going to turn up. It is always good to have emergency gifts.

Happy Holidays.



Tuesday, December 23, 2014

NARS Audacious Lipstick

I saw this photo of Tilda Swinton wearing Annabella Audacious Lipstick and I nearly fainted. I was immediately inspired to try a bold lip with a "less than" look on the eyes.






Where else does one go to find out about NARS Audacious Lipstick, but the Upper East Side? Located on the corner of Madison and 76th, NARS is a sanctuary.

Justin Heslop was there to help me on my Audacious Lipstick quest. 

Tall and gracious, Justin had all the answers. 

Why is makeup so important in a woman's beauty wardrobe?

Being able to customize specifically what your whole look is and something as simple as lip color can really brighten up your whole complexion. It can either subdue or highlight something from your complexion depending on the shade you select and what else your wearing. It truly is a piece of your wardrobe. You should think about the shade of your lip as much as you should think about the shade of your shoes or the jewelry you are wearing. It really does a take an outfit from day to night very easily.

What if a woman doesn't want to wear anything but lipstick? What should she do?

It would depend on her skin tone, but I really feel that with lipstick and François Nars' big philosophy with makeup in general is that there are no rules. It's a thing where it really depends on your style. A lot of women waste a lot of time trying to find the perfect color for their skin, but it's actually a thing where, I don't think there is one perfect color. You can wear anything, but what changes is what you have to do to wear a certain color. 

What is your favorite shade from the Audacious Lipstick Collection?

One of my favorite shades in the Collection is Dominique. The thing with Dominique is that it's such an interesting color. It's on trend with that kind of lilac-y colored lip, but it's not so lilac-y that it enters the room before you. The thing about a color like this is that everyone can wear it, but some women may need El Agua liner, which is very close. Some women may need Morocco, which is a little brown and anchors the color into the rest of your look.

I think it's a really sophisticated step into that world of a trend color. It's such a different shade and it looks different on everyone. I've seen it on the very fairest to the very deepest of skin and the way you can kind of transform it to fit each woman.

So there's just little tricks. Just looking at it and finding out what you like...

A good artist will be able to take a color like when you look at this and what jumps out at you. [At this point, Justin showed me Geraldine- or as I call it the Tangerine Dream].

Even if you are a woman with very natural aesthetics, this may be a color where you think, "This is beautiful but I can never wear it." 

Everything jumps out at me. I would want the whole collection.

That's amazing. The pigments on these are amazing.
Even someone who loves the color, but thinks it's not something she could wear, you can take a color like that and mix it with a brown based lip liner. It gives it a little compromise. 

Cool. It looks beautiful. I don't think that I would want to mix these colors.

No. They are very true to color and they are very modern.

What is it about NARS that keeps customers happy?


François Nars' aesthetic is so perfectly edited. Such amazing style. The partnership with Shiseido really gives us access to the best technology in the world. When you combine that with his creative eye, it's really just a recipe for success. To my knowledge, no other company has that perfect marriage: style, sophistication, technology about them. 


François is into photography, fashion, and film. It shows in his collections. For example, the women he picks. His muses, if you will. 

It's amazing. You can see that the colors are perfectly selected and that's just within his creative eye. Everything kind of balances one another out. A big thing within selecting those bold colors is you balance the rest of your makeup and the rest of your outfit around certain things. 

You want a signature piece to your look. Some days that may be an amazing pair of heels. Some days it's going to be your lip color. Some days it's going to be a statement necklace. 

Which Audacious lipstick would go well with Brumes (Eye Shadow) or Interstellar (Eye Paint)?

Those are two very different shadows. There's two different ways. Brumes is quite a dark smokey eye. You can do anything. There's no rules, but it depends on the person. 

What's their style? What's their image? What's their goal? 

The easy way to answer that question about Brumes, I would mostly go into our Neutral row right here. Raquel is one of my favorites from the collection. [That also became on of my faves] It has just enough pinky-peachiness, it's right in the middle. You can pat it onto the lip if you are doing a Brumes eye.

Actually Interstellar (Eye Paint) is one of my favorite pieces. That and Iskandar have great sheens where you can use these even sometimes just to kind of pat it on with the finger. 

I brush it on like the Tin Man.

If you're going there, that works. I love that. I would feel comfortable to go as heavy as you desire with that. 

Don't forget the black liner. 

Yes, do a nice, black tight line. You can get creative with the line if you want to.  I would have a tendency to pair it with things that are on the deeper side.  

Things like Liv. Liv is such a beautiful color. It's vampy without
looking costume-y. 

NARS definitey keeps the sophistication in. 

I left with 3 Audacious Lipsticks: Geraldine, Raquel, and Liv. 





And a new game face.



Special thanks to Heather Park and Justin Heslop. 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Get Lost, Cupcakes!

It looks like the cupcake craze has finally come to an end. Now it's all about the gluten-free macarons. Dana's Bakery has a ton to offer at the new shop in Gansevoort Market. I am getting hair color inspiration from the Birthday Cake Macaron.

But enough about me, let's talk about Dana's.

Since it is the holidays, I would recommend Dana's Bakery for the sweet-toothed individuals in your life. The December Holiday Box comes with  Egg Nog, Sugar Cookie, and Nutcracker (Chocolate Hazelnut. Unfortunately, it doesn't come with a gym membership to burn it off.

Happy Holidays.
December Holiday Box- $30


New Shop at 52 Gansevoort Street

Take a look inside.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

A Word About Gratis...

Not too long ago, a public relations firm sent me a complimentary blowout and mani at a midtown salon that they represented. 

I know what you are thinking. Not too shabby. 

Actually...

The salon assistant who was showing me around couldn't help but sneak in curt remarks about how much the place sucked. He also wanted to make a reality TV show, so people could see "the truth". 

When I got into the chair, I knew what the assistant meant. My blowout guy had the personality of a wet mop. He rushed through the blowout like he had to take a shit. The owner, who's name is plastered on the salon door was no prize either. He was two chairs down working on a client and just stared at me blankly. 

Either he didn't know that I was coming or he didn't care since he wasn't getting paid.

The mani was meh. 

Needless to say, my post sounded like a Yelp review. The PR flack was not too thrilled. Neither was I.

I prefer to remain anonymous when writing about a salon or spa. It doesn't compromise the piece. It also keeps the peace.
 

Monday, December 1, 2014

I Haven't A Stitch To Wear

Inside this hamper you will find a few American Apparel Peach Skin Lola Dresses, a ton of J. Crew, and not enough Uniqlo. There are also some Hue tights in there somewhere. Basically, my entire wardrobe.

Needless to say, I am wishing for a bag of money this Christmas. 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Drugstore Cowgirl: Retro Beauty


I feel like C.O. Bigelow's Rose Salve would have been among Nucky Thompson's amenities at The Ritz. Sorry if I am blathering. I am still in mourning over the series finale of Boardwalk Empire.

It is starting to get cold. Time to take a walk up to Bigelow Chemists on 6th Ave. This stuff is emulsified with rose extract. Rose extract helps get soothe dry, irritated skin. Rub it on wherever you need it: lips, face, knuckles, knees, elbows.

BROKEN HEART!!! How will I spend my Sunday nights? Oh Yea. Bob's Burgers.


Monday, October 20, 2014

I Can't Wait For Spring



It's Fall and NARS is getting ready for Spring. NARS Cosmetics will feature Tilda Swinton in their Spring 2015 campaign.
Founder and Creative Director Francois Nars had this to say:
“As a photographer, working with an actress like Tilda is very enjoyable.”  “She is a living legend. I love her bold style and really admire her work. As an actress, she brings such strong personality to the camera. And as a woman, she lives the experience of transformation and expression. She was the perfect choice for NARS.”
I can't wait to see the colors.