Friday, September 19, 2014

backstage beauty: makeup artists share their skincare must-haves

when you want to know which skincare products are the best, makeup artists are among the best people to turn to ~ they deal with skin all day after all, and know how important well-prepped {and taken care of} skin is to the result of every makeup look.

at many ny fashion week shows this season Weleda Skin Food was spotted being used backstage, including Greg Lauren, Meden and Rebecca Minkoff, among others. this multi-duty beauty product was used as a primer and as a "skin gloss" on the cheekbones; Sarah Lucero, Stila makeup artist and global director of education and artistry calls Skin Food a must-have staple in her team's makeup kits.

Weleda Skin Food is a unique, ultra-rich whole-body cream that deeply hydrates, restores and protects the skin. when applied, skin is left looking soft, supple and has a healthy glow. sounds fabulous, right? you can find it at

in another part of the beauty world, Emmy award winning makeup artist, Sarah Woolf uses L’dara Advanced Anti-Aging Serum to prep the skin of contestants on Dancing With The Stars every week!

Sarah raves about the anti-aging serum, stating that "L’dara Advanced Anti-Aging Serum works better than a primer, it evens out skin tone and you can literally feel and see the difference." celeb fans include Candace Cameron Bure and Peta Muragatroyd.

L’dara Advanced Anti-Aging Serum is an antioxidant-rich serum that works to reduce discoloration and the visible effects of sun damage. it boasts a light-weight texture, promises to smooth the complexion and work to dramatically decrease the look of fine lines and wrinkles. if you've ever watched DWTS, you know the the makeup always looks fabulous, so i'm curious to discover more about this one! visit l’ for more info.

info and images courtesy of featured brand's pr representative

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

beauty review: yumzezz natural body scrub

yumzezz [yuhm-zeez] noun, plural 1. nutrient rich skin treats that smell good enough to eat & are natural enough for most discriminating skin surfaces.

beauties! who doesn't love dessert or a sweet treat? in my home we always eat something sweet, typically after dinner, everyday. it's truly an enjoyable event and i highly recommend it. :)

but i digress…

i was sent some yummy, inedible, body scrubs to try out from a new brand, yumzezz, and i think they're quite fabulous.

everything in the yumzezz range are handmade and made to order. this ensures only the freshest product possible is delivered to you, and since most of the creations are heat susceptible, they're also packed with cold packs to retain that freshness. you'll also be happy to know that everything is paraben, mineral oil, petroleum, phthalate, formaldehyde and artificial color free {love that!}.

all three body scrub "flavors" were sent to me ~ Coconut Lemongrass, Fruiter, Mocha Crunch ~ and yes, they smell just as good as they sound. i think my favorite is the Mocha Crunch {smells like coffee and chocolate!}, but i like how my skin feels after using Fruiter {which, among other ingredients, contains seeds of fabulous fruits like strawberries, blackberries and raspberries} the best.

Mocha Crunch

Coconut Lemongrass

the freshness of these products really stands out and is appealing to me {i love fresh veggies and fruit and shop for them every few days myself, so…}. also, i love the fact that the founder created the products because she had a need {and want} for products that would help her dry, sensitive skin; she wanted products that would nourish and pamper but still be good for her.

yumzezz is certainly a brand i think you should check out ~ visit the website for all the details, enjoy!

products featured sent to me for review consideration; pics taken by me :)

Monday, September 15, 2014

nyfw spring '15 {trend}: glossy, natural nails

new york fashion week has wrapped up, and i'm sure i'm not alone when i say i'm still absorbing it all; so many looks and trends were created for the runway that will shape and influence what we'll be wearing in the spring and summer of 2015. and not just the clothes, but everything from hair and makeup to nails and accessories…

 one trend that stood out to me was that of glossy, nude, natural nails. this is something every beauty girl has obsessed over, including me; creating the perfect nude, shiny nail ranks up there to finding that  fab LBD, a pair of amazing-fitting jeans and goes-with-everything-but-still-makes-a-statement handbag in your wardrobe.

the nail looks are far from bare, but have a base color on the nail on the natural side. any added art or texture is subtle and simple ~ good news for me since i rarely have time to spend on elaborate designs. let's take a look at some of these interpretations, shall we?

at Prabal Gurung models' tips were coated with wispy stripes as they prepared to walk the runway.

 Katie Jane Hughes created a nude nail using a Butter London nude base and completed the look with a diamond embellishment at Lela Rose.

the graphic nail art at Tibi was created by Jin Soon Choi using Georgette ~ a nude color ~ as the base with Chamonix used to finish the look.

Michelle Saunders for essie created a classic pink nail for the hands and an opaque pale pink nail for the toes {classics mademoiselle and fiji, respectively}, which paired perfectly with the colors and prints found throughout the Diane von Furstenberg collection.

for Altuzarra, Michelle Saunders created a delicate, feminine nail by using spaghetti strap on both the hands and feet. the sheer pink hue, reminiscent of rosy cheeks, completed the overall look.

for BCBG Max Azria the models took the runway in nude, natural nails that perfectly complimented the airy, boho ensembles.

to compliment Proenza Schouler's american sporswear-inspired collection, a minimal, glossy nail was worn by the models both the hands and feet

Julie Kandalec for essie used fiji to create a nail look to represent the Naeem Khan girl ~ elegant and done up, but not too glamorous.

at Rachel Zoe, butter LONDON polishes were layered {first Tea with the Queen, followed by Nail Foundation, topped with 999 Base Coat} to create a glossy, creamy effect.

Jin Soon created a soft, glossy nude to complement the sheer romanticism of the Vera Wang collection

a "new nude" by Deborah Lippmann coated model tips at the Narciso Rodriguez show

a high-shine nude nail was creed using Jin Soon Tulle to complement the cool, utilitarian aesthetic of the Rag & Bone show.

will you be wearing the glossy, natural tone nail look come spring 2015?

Saturday, September 13, 2014

nyfw spring '15 {hair}: scünci x Tracy Reese

i was beyond in love with the ballerina-inspired collection and complimenting hair styles seen at Tracy Reese's spring 2015 runway show ~ did you see it? the best part, in my opinion, were that the hairstyles are easily created using affordable products from scünci hair accessories!

 the scünci x Tracy Reese ready-to-wear collection will be available in spring 2015 {the collaboration marks the first-ever designer partnership for the leading hair accessory brand}, but you can get the look at home right now with the chic headbands from the current collection!

as you can see, hair accessories were integral to the Tracy Reese collection for spring 2015, so it seems fitting that she'd turn to scünci to create exclusive items for the runway. the designer also tapped Bok-Hee, master stylist, to lend her creative perspective in the development process. together, the three joined forces to come up with the pieces based on the hair look, including fabrics, designs and colors of the ballet-inspired collection.

 both easily beautiful and on trend, thin and thick soft headbands were used in various textures. here's how to get the look yourself...

1. add tons of texture to the hair using a texture spray, a round brush and a teasing brush such as Conair's Infiniti Pro Thermal Round Brush and Teasing Comb.

2. pull back into loose ponytail in the middle of the back of the head and secure with a scünci No Slip Grip or Evolution Hair Tie.

3. next, layer headbands in different textures and colors to add some pop and dimension to your style with a scünci No Slip Grip or Interlock Fabric Headwraps.

4. finally, take the ponytail and loop the end in the back of the bottom of the headband to create the perfect "unpolished" look.

pull up the headbands and voila ~you have textured ballerina hair, imperfectly perfect for every day wear! 


"Tracy Reese was inspired by the modern dance techniques of Martha Graham for her spring 2015 collection, and when you look at her pictures, you see that she is very structured and angular," explains makeup artist Daniel Martin.

the focal point when it came to makeup for the show was exaggerated, 60s-inspired graphic eyeliner, and rather than going for a traditional cat eye, Martin used NYX The Curve liner to give models a more square-shaped line above the lashes, and drew a banana-shaped line over the lids to keep the graphic element. Martin also gave the models a two-toned lip to create depth, and accentuated their natural lip color using various shades of the brand’s Simply Pink Lip Cream collection.

visit to see more behind the scenes pics and {as always} more info and where to buy.

images, + featured brand's PR

Thursday, September 11, 2014

fall beauty 2014: City Nights collection by jane iredale + fotd

the new City Nights Collection from jane iredale is simply gorgeous, and i was thrilled when the brand sent it to me to use. this radiant collection was inspired by the glamour and energy of a night out on the town. 

the collection includes a gorgeous trio of matte pearl, shimmery port wine and toasted caramel shadows that can be worn separately or together to create your desired eye look {i love how easily they blend and feel so soft on my skin}; add definition and drama using the gel eyeliners in flirtatious jewel tones to create gorgeous, standout eyes {these apply smoothly and stay put all day}. the nourishing lipstick and gloss in pigmented shades of plum are perfect to complete your look, creating a pretty pout {both are silky smooth and keep lips soft}.

the City Nights collection include:

Gel Eyeliner in Green and Purple

PureMoist Lipstick in Katerina {matte mahogany rose}

PureGloss Lip Gloss in Kir Royale {a shimmery red plum}

i created this look {that i think would work for both day and night} using the all the products except the purple gel liner. in addition to my lips, i also used the Katerina lipstick on my cheeks {it's a fabulous shade!}.

if you hadn't already guessed, i am a solid fan of jane iredale ~ this collection is simply gorgeous! they create beautiful, cruelty-free products that are full of good ingredients. they make skin look and feel great. if you're not familiar and you've been curious to try their products you really should.

you can find all these products and more at; be sure to also follow them on Twitter and Pinterest and watch their fabulous {short and sweet} how-tos on YouTube