La Mer SPF 30 UV Protecting Fluid (or My Skincare is Smarter Than Me.)

Girls, I'll be honest. I used to love La Mer because it's from the ocean. With the launch of their new gemstone-packed, particle physics-lovin' fluid in March I now also love La Mer because it's brilliant.
La Mer founder Dr. Max Huber firmly believed that there are energies within the light spectrum necessary for our well being. The Max Huber Research Labs have built on this principle to engineer a formula that harnesses the power of light in a daily hydrating sunscreen. The SPF 30 UV Protecting Fluid provides broad spectrum UVA/ UVB protection as well as an array of visible light-transformation benefits. (That is just exactly the lesson where I gave up on AP physics in high school. Can we get behind a reworking of the curriculum from the lens of skincare?)
The Protecting Fluid also uses gemstones to enhance the formula’s anti-oxidant activity. Semi-precious tourmaline and Brazilian malachite capture light energy and then transform it into beneficial green light to boost the Fluid’s powerful anti-oxidants.

The SPF 30 UV Protecting Fluid contains exclusive Hollow Photonic Spheres to help reroute light and scatter individual light waves. Light enters the spheres and is “bent” and redirected. The SPF 30 UV Protecting Fluid helps protect skin against damage with sunscreen while its Hollow Photonic Spheres create a flattering light effect that helps the skin appear more luminous and radiant. I've diligently secured myself a sample and will be reporting back to you, my lovely readers, on it's price-productivity ratio. At $65 per 1.4 oz, that's my job.

Beauty. By Dooney and Bourke.

Next to my desk is a three tiered metal sheet holder. For a few months now a fairly harmless page, torn from the Nordstrom's Catalogue, has occupied the second shelf. Not urgent business, just a red bag and an inkling that this was possibly the One. Made for me. Perfect. The stuff of fairy tales.
Upon visiting the local Nordie's there were no samples of this specific model in the large size. There was one medium brown version. Yuck. Being a fairly curvy girl, I like my bags big. With well cut lines and leather that reminds me of my first horse's dressage saddle.

After my glorious Sunday at the Spa at Pinehurst (story forthcoming) I strolled with one of my besties through the shops inside the Carolina. That's where I spotted her. In red. In the large size. Full sentences are escaping me. I nearly knelt down to pray but instead shouted "Oh my god you have it! Nordstroms doesn't even have it." All told I spent about twenty minutes with Dooney and Bourke's Large Hobo bag in red. It is ridiculously large, covering the majority of my torso but the absurdity of carrying a piece of luggage as a day bag is as endearing to this laptop totting blogger as well, a straight man who can talk skincare. At $265 there is no way I can justify buying it, unless of course banks start accepting editorial product samples as currency. (Given the Times article about Annie Leibovitz borrowing $15 million against her life's work, I'm thinking beauty banking may not be too far off.) For those of you who do invest in this, the most beautiful bag ever, enjoy!

Estee Lauder's New Vivid Garden Summer Color Collection

Estée Lauder introduces Vivid Garden - a fairytale-like limited edition color collection for summer 2009. Warm temperatures and sunny days call for a festive garden tea party. Set in a delightfully feminine garden of blooming flowers in shades of pinks and purples, delectable petit-fours and decadent layer cakes iced in fanciful butterfly and bloom designs are passed on shining silver trays as guests enjoy a selection of delightful elixir teas. An atmosphere of fresh airiness
abounds with guests dressed in softly flowing dresses with youthful expressions of color in
unordinary combinations. I'd like to live in this Vivid Garden. This collection is stunning and accented with adorable details like the dragonfly in the center of the compact's color pallet.

Superskin Moisturiser by Liz Earle Naturally Active Skincare

Liz Earle and her naturally active skincare products landed on American shores in late 2008 with relatively little fanfare, though clearly some celebs who'd been introduced to her brilliance across the pond did take note. While I delighted in the Tiffany-blue packaging at first, I soon lost the beauty butterflies when I cut myself quite badly on the moisturiser's weapons-grade plastic container and noticed an overly-earthy scent somewhat reminiscent of dark organic Wisconsin beer. Fast forward four months later to, well, today and I'm distraught by the finger tip's length remainder of product at the bottom my moisturizer. As an editor I test product all the time. Many are brilliant, some with lots of bells and whistles but there are very few (especially moisturizers) that I feel are just so simple and well suited to me that they are in fact part of me. Clearly my passion for beauty has gone too far but my point is, this earthy moisturiser is perfect. Most of its active ingredients could also be baked into a pie. It adjusts brilliantly to changes in moisture levels due to seasonal variations, and perhaps most importantly its calming nourishment never once caused a breakout. Enjoy!

Love Despite Basketball at Bliss

Already sick of your BF's Final Four Fantasizing? Grab the girls and head for free Bliss during their 1st annual Arch Madness event. While you're there why not go for a full eye makeover? The ever adorable Johnny Lavoy details his favorite eye-saving tips. (The man hides model hangovers. He's worth listening to.)

Angelina Jolie at The Oscars - Hair by David Babaii

David Babaii himself took the time to detail how he created Angelina's look at the Oscars last night. Full text of his interview below.

To achieve this romantic cascade of curls, I sprayed her entire head with David Babaii for WildAid Bohemian Beach Spray and scrunched it into the hair. This gives just the right texture and hold. Next, I dried her hair by dividing her tresses into 3 sections: top, sides and back leaving the nape area free. Taking small sections starting at the nape, use the David Babaii for WildAid Blow Dryer with the nozzle attachment and finish the drying process with a large round brush to smooth hair straight. At the crown area, I sprayed David Babaii for WildAid Volcanic Ash Root Amplifier to the root area and down the hair shaft. Then, I dried this section with a jumbo round brush to add lift and volume. Once dry, I sectioned the hair again using the same sectioning process as I did for blow drying. Using the David Babaii for WildAid Styling Iron, I once again sectioned the hair into 3 sections: top, sides and back leaving the nape area free. To curl, use the Styling Iron to create "ribbon curls" by taking small "V" shaped sections. To achieve, wrap the hair around and inside the styling iron close to the scalp area and pull the iron down (similar to curling ribbon). After curling the entire head, I smoothed some of the curls with a brush while leaving some intact. At the crown area, I back-brushed the hair at the scalp area only, sprayed some additional Volcanic Ash Root Amplifier and gently smoothed the surface not to remove too much of the back-brushing. Next, to create her half-up, half down look, I brushed the sides up and back and secured with pins. To complete the back, I ran my fingers up several curls to create volume and variations in texture. For a long but natural lasting hold, I used David Babaii for WildAid Mise en Plis Light Styling Spray.

Kevin Mancuso Creates Natalie Portman's Look at the Oscars

Kevin Mancuso, Creative Director for Nexxus® Salon Hair Care, created the modern and romantic updo worn by presenter Natalie Portman. With a sweeping side part and soft curl, pinned into a beautiful knot at the nape of her neck, the look was deceptively easy to create. Kevin described how to get the look below in a few simple steps.

Get the Look:
Step 1: Apply a volumizing styler to the roots, like Nexxus Root Exxtend, to add body into the hair. Distribute a medium-hold mousse, such as Nexxus Mousse Plus, throughout hair to and maintain and support the structure of the style. More modern updos employ product instead of teasing to build body, for a softer, healthier look. Blow dry hair with a large round brush, concentrating on the ends to smooth the hair.

Step 2: After drying, use a medium sized curling iron throughout the hair to create uneven waves and set the shape around the face. Once curled, create side part and pull hair back and away from the face. Then, take various sized sections of the curled hair and twist and pin back to create the updo. Insert an elegant, decorative pin above the updo to draw attention to the intricate details of the style.

Step 3: Finish look with a light-weight hairspray, like Nexxus Comb Thru, to help secure the style throughout the evening.

J'Adore L'Oreal EverPure: Go Ahead Say it En France

Sounds better in French, no? Still in English or French L'Oreal's EverPure, a completely sulfate-free color care system that frees your hair from harsh sulfates is, universally, to die for. This coming from a woman who only let organics touch her hair for three whole years. I've been testing EverPure Moisture Rich Shampoo and Conditioner for a month now and I honestly LOVE them EverPure has seen me through my most dramatic haircut in years, completely revitalized my scalp, and calmed my skin which is usually completely irritated from a Sulfate allergy. Also at a six to seven dollar price point this highly concentrated formula goes a long way in lean times. As if that'as not enough to stock your CVS tote with, because L'Oreal removed sulfates, surfactants and salts that can strip and dull your hair you may notice (as I did) a slightly richer color emerging, even in untreated hair. This may be due in part to EverPure's unique UVA and UVB filters which help protect hair from UV rays. Available February 2009 at and chain drug, food and mass market retailers nationwide for suggested retail prices of $6.99 and $8.99 for individual products.

Gillette's Venus Embrace: Not the Best a Woman Can Get.

When the beauty gods delivered the Schick Quattro to my doorstep, I gladly surrendered my trusty Intuition razor in the name of beauty editing duty. Having been fondly surprised by the former arrival, I now alternate between the two, depending on if I need to lather some extra love on my legs (Intuition) or if I'm going for pure and simple hotness (Quattro). I was equally as hopeful about the Embrace but sadly can not report anything worthwhile. The one entertaining factor is that the Embrace, which tries hard - with an unprecedented five blades - mimics the sound of the shower squeegees revered by compulsively clean bathroom dwellers nationwide. Besides that I found the disposable BIC razor in my stall this morning at the day spa more adept and functional. Though I'm going to stick with my Quattro/Intuition Combo there are tons of total beauty ladies who love the embrace. Check out their, clearly more favorable, reviews.

Elemis Exotics: Time to Spaaaaaaaaaaaa

Elemis Frangipani Manoi Oil in eras past would have been reserved exclusively for Cleopatra or one of Henry the 8th's many wives. Lucky for us it's 2011 and any woman in her right mind who also has some extra cash can give herself this exotic floral experience.

Monoi Oil is traditionally produced on the beautiful coral shores of the Polynesian Islands by soaking Frangipani flowers in Coconut Oil. A precious secret of Polynesian women for centuries, this nourishing treatment for excessively dry skin, dull hair, feet and damaged cuticles is the best way to banish the final days of winter. Monoi Oil leaves the skin unbelievably satin-smooth and conditions hair with a glossy sheen, while the exquisite aroma of Exotic Frangipani, known as ‘Flower of the Gods’, intoxicates the senses. I warn you, the experience of the entire Frangipani Manoi Oil product line from Elemis is so heavenly that you may in fact literally loose the ability to access your thinking mind in this heavenly earthly experience. Enjoy!


Products in this post were provided at no cost for editorial review.

Catherine Malandrino's Escapism at Fashion Week

While the beauty look at the Catherine Malandrino Fall 2009 fashion show isn’t what you’d want to whip up for a Saturday night, the inspiration behind it is, well, inspirational.

“Her clothes this season are based on the Surrealist movement,” explains makeup artist Tom Pecheux. It was an era of escapism, fantasy, optimism, newness and the unexpected, and while we are all caught up in our own economic meltdown, this show was about escaping to a more beautiful, fantasy place.

“The makeup is a modern interpretation of the optical effects of a Man Ray photograph,” says Pecheux who used MAC cosmetics.

The liner isn’t on her lashlines, but in her crease, giving her eye a different dimension. Her hair was also otherworldly. “I colored 90 extensions to create this unexpected mix of hair colors. For blondes, I used shades of platinum, champagne, mint and lavender.

“For brunettes, I mixed a cool violet with warm caramel,” says hair colorist Eva Scrivo who worked with Wella haircolor. Hairstylist Odile Gilbert created a chignon that could reside at the MOMA. “It’s almost modern art, a very abstract chignon. The fishnet gives it a bit of mystery and the shape is sort of like a hat, but its hair,” she says. Read more from the lovely Rachel Hayes (at Daily Makeover) who weathered the tents to bring you these fab deets.

Frederic Fekkai Partners With Dennis Basso for Truely DIY-Friendly Hair

Andre Rodman, lead stylist for Frédéric Fekkai was inspired by a young Carine Roitfeld – sophisticated and confident, yet care free - at the Dennis Basso show this year. Rodman created easy, messy, sexy waves using the Fekkai Full Volume Mousse.

“I wanted to give the hair some guts” Rodman said. The look is easily mimicked at home. Rodman created a center part and then scrunched the hair dry with a diffuser. He took a curling iron, 1 ½ inch round to curl the hair. He then added the Fekkai Coiff™ Nonchalant Piecing & Forming Wax to add texture to the hair, and completed the look with the Fekkai Au Natural Dry Shampoo to create a matte finish.

Fekkai Full Volume Mousse: A lightweight styling mousse with advanced body building proteins and rich botanicals to plump and thicken each hair strand. Frederic Fekkai Full Volume Mousse is made with advanced body building proteins and rich botanicals that help thicken each hair strand. Leaves hair full of volume and shine that lasts all day. SRP: $19.50, 5oz

Fekkai Coiff™ Nonchalant Piecing & Forming Wax: A free forming wax that texturizes and creates hair that is deliberately undone with all-day, sexy, flexible hold. Luxurious shea and illipe butters, provide lasting, touchable hold and shine. SRP: $23.00, net wt. 1.69 oz.

Fekkai Au Naturel Powder Clean Dry Shampoo: The first Fekkai product that combines natural formulations in a dry shampoo product Au Naturel Powder Clean Dry Shampoo is free of sulfates, parabens, dyes and synthetic fragrances. Imbued with Fekkai’s signature standards of advanced formulas partnered with luxurious textures, Au Naturel Powder Clean Dry Shampoo offers a refreshing, timesaving alternative to conventional shampoos. Hair is left refreshed and revived without the use of water. SRP: $23.00 – 2.9 OZ

Stephanie Flor's Bold Eyes at Geren Ford

Makeup artist extraordinaire Stephanie Flor used OCC Cosmetics Makeup to create the look at Geren Ford's FW09 presentation. (Check out these AMAZING photos from the Milk Studios location at WWD) Stephanie generously divulged all the details on how she created this bold look and a DIY below!

"The makeup was very smoked out on the lid. We wanted to add depth and inner darkness to the flawless face. Using airbrush foundation we were able to achieve the most natural coat which gave us the freedom to focus on the eyes and create a seduction of blending the blacks. The lips were nude in color and the eyebrows were concealed with a lighter foundation using a brow brush. Cheeks were left natural with only contour as the separation on the cheeks."

Skincare: Rose Tea Witch Hazel as toner, Cethaphil Moisturizer and then OCC Primer
Concealer: Kryolan Dermacolor Conceleours
Powder: Tzone Makeup Forever Super Matte Loose Powder and then your finishing spray on the face
Blush/Contour: Very light Tarte Blush in Perfect Whirled

Eyeliner: Jet Set Smashbox Midnight Black Eyeliner and Urban Decay Kohl Liner for lower rim
Brows: Tarte Light, Meduim, Dark Eyebrow Tool Box
Mascara: Maybelline Lash Blast ( The orange one ) Upper and lower lid.
Foundation: OCC Airbrush Cosmetics
Eyeshadow: Ironic in OCC
Lashes: 311 Black lashes and Dou Glue

NARS - Soft & Smoky at Thakoon

The clothes at the Fall 2009 Thakoon fashion show were a mix of fanciful and sophisticated, words that also perfectly describe the hair and makeup backstage.

Nars makeup artist Diane Kendal created a look "that felt of ease but that also was a little bit rock 'n roll." Eyes were done using a reddish-brown pencil all around that was then smudged out. Black liner was applied close to the upper and lower lashline and no mascara was used. Brows were dark and thick and skin was made dewy with a light foundation and a coral powder blush on the apples of cheeks. Kendal wanted to keep the focus on the eyes, so lips were muted with lip balm and concealer.

Topping off the look were dreamy and slightly disheveled asymmetric buns. They had a deep, slicked-over side part and a flurry of baby's breath frizzies surrounding the actual bun in back.

Read more from the lovely Megan McIntyre (at Daily Makeover) who weathered the tents to bring you these fab deets.

Backstage with Frederic Fekkai at Alice + Olivia Fashion Show - Get The Look

Elie Camporo, lead stylist for Frédéric Fekkai created a neat and minimalistic look for the Alice & Olivia show this year. Camporo pulled all the hair back into a sleek low bun six inches from the nape of the neck. “It was important for the look to be smooth but not greasy, so my secret ingredient is the Fekkai Coiff™ Magnifique Ultra-Light Finishing Crème. Its non-oil base keeps the hair sleek and styled but creates a matte finish.

Fekkai Coiff™ Contrôle Ironless Straightening Balm: A miraculous, non-chemical balm that provides weightless straightening while you blow dry. This creamy balm contains special featherweight silicones for sleek, chic hair that resists frizz and fly-aways. This balm delivers a salon-like blow-out, sans stylist. SRP: $25.00, 3.4 fl. oz. Bottle

Fekkai Coiff™ Magnifique Ultra-Light Finishing Crème: This airy soufflé-like formula floats through layers to add definition and style. Simply “rake” crème through the hair concentrating on the ends to whip hair into its softest, sexiest shape. SRP: $23.00, net wt. 1.7 oz. Jar

Fekkai Sheer Hold Spray: For a manageable, chic, shiny, hold. This breakthrough hair spray formula is the sheerest of its kind and is being celebrated for its fast acting hold that enables stylists to create looks that last. Sheer Hold Hairspray has an ultra-fine mist that sets the style, adding shine without feeling wet or heavy SRP: $23.00, 5.8 fl. oz. Bottle

Vena Cava. Ted Gibson. Vincent Longo. Amazing

Celebrated hairstylist Ted Gibson and makeup artist Vincent Longo created eye catching hair and makeup looks for the models on behalf of

HAIR – Gibson wanted the hair to look like the models’ had gone out dancing the night before and then woke up the next morning, effortlessly slicking back the sides with gel to create a slightly messy but cool rocker chic style. Ted used Ted Gibson Fix It to gel the sides, and then created texture in the back of the hair with Ted Gibson Tame It. He finished the look off with Beautiful Hold hairspray.

MAKEUP – To contrast the dark and muted hues in Vena Cava's fall collection, Vincent Longo wanted to create a bright eye that popped. For a burst of excitement, he applied a thick orange eye liner followed by a black liner on top to provide depth and definition for the lashes. Then, he thickened and contoured the brows to frame the models' faces, and finished the look with a natural lip. Overall the complexion was matte and porcelain.
NAILS – Nonie mixed up a vibrant hunter green polish which nicely complimented Vena Cava’s fall collection and the bright orange eyes. The shade is called British Racing Green and will launch exclusively on in the fall.

MAC at Nicole Miller!

Eyes were the focus of the beauty look for Nicole Miller. "I wanted to show you can do a colored smokey eye and it can be very wearable and not look weird," says makeup artist James Kaliardos for MAC who chose to work with dreamy shades of blue.

First, Marine Ultra Paint Stick was applied all over the the lid and up into creases. Next, a lighter Freshwater Eye Shadow was placed on the center of the eyelid and under the lashline. Finally, a deep Atlantic Blue Eye Shadow was swept in crease for depth.

"Nicole Miller's show has an 80's vibe, so we could have gone heavier on the cheeks and lips, but for the look to be modern, we kept it simple," explained Kaliardos. The skin was warmed up with the Hello Kitty MAC Tahitian Sun Pressed Powder. Cheekbones were defined with a taupe contouring blush and lips looked healthy and natural thanks to Lilicent Blushcreme, a warm peachy hue. Read more from the lovely Rachel Hayes and Megan McIntyre (the Editorial Team at Daily Makeover) who weathered the tents to bring you these fab deets.

United Bamboo. Shiseido. Fashion Week.

For the United Bamboo show Shiseido The Makeup Artistic Director Dick Page combined pretty, natural skin and lips with a gleaming green and gold eye that was right on the money.

To create the smoldering rich-girl gaze, Page blended gold cream shadow all around the eye, then added brown liner close to the lashline. He then traced over the gold with a dark green shadow, creating a multi-faceted smoky eye that was both dramatic and special.
There were only sixteen girls walking in the show, so Page did the strong brows on each model himself. Skin was fresh with a touch of soft contouring to add warmth, while lips were coated with a pinky beige lipstick for a subtle finishing touch.

To balance out the dramatic eye, hair was kept simple and natural. Shiseido stylist Hirofumi Kera blew hair out straight, then used a large barrel curling iron to delicately curl under the ends of hair. The result was a naturally textured style that was fresh and tidy without looking too perfect or "done." Thanks to the lovelies at for all the deets! Read more from the lovely Rachel Hayes and Megan McIntyre (the Editorial Team at Daily Makeover) who weathered the tents to bring you these fab deets.

Exploding Ponytails @ Herve Leger

For anyone who ever thought ponytails are dull and drab, this hairstyle at the Herve Leger Fall 2009 Fashion Show will prove you wrong. "This look is very sleek and polished in front, but in back the ponytail is full of incredible volume. It's almost like it is exploding," explains lead hairstylist Dennis Lanni for Bumble and bumble.
To create this amazing body, he pulled hair back then secured in a ponytail. Then he rolled small sections of the ponytail up into figure 8 shapes, securing them with a small elastic. Next, he crimped each one by squeezing it with a flat iron. Once cool, he undid the figure 8's, lightly brushed out and then teased all over for full volume. HOT!
Read more from the lovely Rachel Hayes and Megan McIntyre (the Editorial Team at Daily Makeover) who weathered the tents to bring you these fab deets.
Celebrities' Super Short Hairstyles

Stars like Rihanna and Paris Hilton take it all off -- their hair that is

Celebrities' Super Short Hairstyles

It's no surprise that so many stars opt for super short bobs and pixie cuts. Aside from being low-maintenance, a short style puts more focus on the face and adds more attitude to their overall look. Check out which celebrities make cropped hair look gorgeous... and tempting. (If you feel the urge to reach for the scissors after viewing their photos, we highly recommend you get a professional to do the cutting.)

See the looks

New York FW 09 Fashion Week Schedule - Tuesday Feb 17

Sears/Kmart Fall Fashion Preview
sponsored by
Bryant Park Hotel (40 W 40th St), Floor 18

Cynthia Steffe Show
The Salon, Bryant Park

Temperley London Presentation
453 Broome Street, 2nd floor

Spanx Fall Preview - Confessions of a Shape-aholic
The Bryant Park Hotel, 24th Fl 40 W. 40th St.

Badgley Mischka Show
The Tent, Bryant Park

Sophie Theallet Show
The Altman Building, 135 W. 18th St. (6th/7th Ave.)

Allison Parris Show
Greenhouse, 150 Varick (Spring/Vandam St.)

Matthew Williamson Show
The Promenade, Bryant Park

Mulberry RTW & Accessories Presentation
SoHo House Library, 29-35 Ninth Ave. (13th St.)

Rodarte Show
522 W. 21st St.

Derek Lam Show
635 W. 42nd St. (11th/12th Ave.)

Pamella Roland Show
The Salon, Bryant Park

Diesel Black Gold Show
The Tent, Bryant Park

Behnaz Sarafpour Show
Exit Art, 475 10th Ave.

Dennis Basso Show
The Promenade, Bryant Park

Coventry Show
Cedar Lake, 547 W. 26th St.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Show
NY State Armory, 68 Lexington (25th St.)

Chocheng Show
The Salon, Bryant Park

Trovata Show
Focus, 599 Eleventh Avenue

Joanna Mastroianni Presentation
230 W. 38th St 15th Fl (7th/8th)

Max Azria Show
The Tent, Bryant Park

Kelly Bergin Presentation
Salmagundi Club, 47 5th Ave

6:30 - 7:30pm,8-10pm
Propr Presentation
Highline Ballroom 43 W 16th St

Mario Moya Show
DJT Fine Art Gallery 231 10th Ave at 24th St.

Amanda Pearl Presentation
The Bryant Park Hotel, 40 W. 40th St.

Tibi Show
The Promenade

G-Star Show
Hammerstein Ballroom 311 W 34th St (8th/9th)

Don the Verb Show
Thor, 107 Rivington St.

A Detacher Show
The Altman Building, 135 W. 18th St. (6th/7th Ave.)

Domenico Vacca Show
The Salon, Bryant Park

Baby Phat by Kimora Lee Simmons & KLS Collection Show
Gotham Hall, 985 Avenue of Americas

Nice Collective Show & Gen Art
Angel Orensanz Foundation, 172 Norfolk St. (Houston)

Philosophy Di Alberta Ferretti Presentation
Eyebeam, 540 W 21st St.

Narciso Rodriguez Show
The Tent

AZ Araujo Swim Collection
Nikki Beach Midtown, 151 E. 50th St's Tina Turnbow Uses Tarte at Abaete

Think 18th Century France - regal, rebellious, and rich designs paired with a soft, feminine touch...the look for Abaete's Fall 2009 collection as created by Tina Turnbow with Tarte started with fresh skin. Caudalie's beauty elixir and lip conditioner hydrated skin prior to makeup application. The makeup was natural, no makeup-makeup. Tarte's ReCreate gave even color and coverage to the face. Brows were softened by wax from the toolbox brow kit and topped by provocateur mineral powder. Liquid Sunshine added a hint of shine on the lids, rejuvalash defined lashes, and Blushing Bride cheek stain, applied sparingly, added the slightest hint of color on lips and cheeks.

All Dolled Up - Stila Backstage at Barbie Fashion Show

The Stila Pro Artistry Team, lead by legendary makeup artist, Charlotte Tilbury, brought the looks to life at the Barbie Fashion Show on Saturday, February 14th.

Stila created three distinct makeup styles inspired by Barbie’s reinventions over the last 50 years as an icon.

FW09 Sunday Schedule

Victoria Beckham Presentation
sponsored by Waldorf Towers, 100 East 50th Street

Lela Rose Show
The Salon, Bryant Park

Preen by Thorton Bregazzi Show
The Altman Building, 135 W. 18th St. (6th/7th Ave.)

Mara Hoffman, Nicholas K, Sergio Davila Show
The Promenade, Bryant Park

Tom Scott Presentation
25 W 37th St.

Reem Acra Presentation
730 Fifth Avenue, Suite 205 (56th/57th)

Walter Show
265 W. 37th St, 5th Fl

Band of Outsiders/Boy Presentation
408 Broadway (Canal/Walker)

711 Greenwich (Charles/W. 10 St)

Unconditional Installation
Glass House, 545 W. 25th St., 21st Fl. 10th/11th

Shelly Steffee Presentation
34 Gansevoort Street

Araks Presentation
Industria Studios, 89 Jane Street

Jeremy Laing Show
24th Street Loft, 148 W 24th street (9th floor)

Herve Leger by Max Azria Show
The Promenade, Bryant Park

Thuy Show
The Salon, Bryant Park

Matthew Ames Show
58 West 40th Street 9th floor

Diane Von Furstenberg Show
The Tent, Bryant Park

Y-3 Show
Pier 40, West St. at West Houston St.

Binetti Show
Focus Studio, 599 Eleventh Ave. (45th St.)

Twinkle by Wenlan Show
Classic Car Club, 250 Hudson St. (Broome)

Akiko Ogawa Show
The Salon, Bryant Park

Jonathan Saunders Show
500 W. 36th St at 10th Ave.

Susan Cianciolo Presentation
Tela Design Studio, 31 Little West 12th St (9th Ave/Washington)

Carlos Campos Show
The Altman Building, 135 W. 18th St. (6th/7th Ave.)

Tuleh Show
Roubini Casa NY Design Center, 200 Lexington, 7th flr (32nd St)

Erin Fetherston Show
The Promenade, Bryant Park

Miss Sixty Show
The Tent, Bryant Park

E.Y. Wada Show
The Salon, Bryant Park

Fall Winter 09 New York Fashion Week

Girls, I hate that I'm not in NYC for Fashion Week. I'm following every show from afar and will bring you the best of. First, the MAC Key Artist Twitter Widget is already posted on the right. Second, Day 1 (tomorrow) schedule below. ThreeasFour was one of my favs at SS09 with Gordon Espinet and Ashley Javier on makeup and hair respectively. I can't wait to see what they do tomorrow.

Lacoste Show
sponsored by

The Tent, Bryant Park
Koi Suwannagate Presentation

Morgans Hotel, 237 Madison Ave. PH
United Bamboo Show
The Altman Building, 135 W. 18th St. (6th/7th Ave.)

Edition by Georges Chakra Show
The Promenade, Bryant Park

Ohne Titel Show
123 W 18th St. 4th Fl

James Coviello Presentation
13 W. 9th St (5th/6th)

VPL by Victoria Bartlett Show
Focus Studio, 599 Eleventh Ave. (45th St.)

Andy & Debb Show
The Salon, Bryant Park

Adam/Adam Lippes Show
The Promenade, Bryant Park

Barbie Runway Show
The Tent, Bryant Park

Karen Walker Show
Altman Building, 135 West 18th Street (6th/7th Ave.)

Vena Cava Presentation
Eyebeam, 540 W. 21st

Alexander Wang Show
Roseland Ballroom, 239 W. 52nd St. (Broadway & 8th Ave.)

Verrier Show
The Salon, Bryant Park

Frank Tell Presentation
Tribeca Grand Hotel, 2 Avenue of the Americas (White)

Poleci Presentation
Poleci Store, 32 Gansevoort St.

Monarchy Show
The Promenade, Bryant Park

threeASFOUR Presentation
Greene Naftali Gallery, 516 W. 26th St., 8th floor

Elise Overland Presentation
Drive-In Studios, 443 W. 18th St. (9th/10th Ave.)

Ruffian Show
New Dance Group Studio, 305 W. 38th St. Near 8th

Total Beauty Web Tour!

Total Beauty Web Tour

Girl-Woman-Beauty-Brains-Blog and Total Beauty give you the rundown on the 10 best breakthrough products for 2009.

All the single ladies, Beauty's SPOT found a suitable replacement for men in Elemis Exotic Frangipani Monoi Bath & Shower Cream.

Continuing a month of weekly giveaways, head on over to Bare Budget Beauty for your chance to win a set of Kiss My Face Sheer Organic Shimmer or Shine products!

Check out the new Tarte "Spring Greening" palette and A Perfect Whirled cheek stain with Beauty Junkies Unite!

Beauty Anonymous wears Jewel Lips.

Neon Bible checks out some great Valentine's Day gifts for men.

Alison Blackman aka. "Advice Sister Alison" finds out why TJMaxx and Marshalls really are a shopaholic's dream, and uncovers some of the "must-have" trends for Spring 2009.

Beauty411 is delighted with the Dior Spring 2009 Makeup Collection!

Viva Woman recommends you to use organic flowers on your face with Zuii Organic Floral Makeupand offers a 15% special discount for her readers.

Come see what mascara The Makeup Divas is raving about.

Indian Girl loves the simple fragrance of KENZO's Eau De Fleur - Magnolia

Just in time for Valentine's Day,eye4style is giving away a personal lingerie fitting and a bra and panty set from Eveden. Click here to enter!

Fabulous Over Forty has a FABULOUS Kiss My Face skincare giveaway worth over $200! Hurry - giveaway entrance ends on Sat.

Krista of Boutique Flair knows that silky smooth skin is one part of having a pulled together, stylish look. So, she loves this product!

Monique at Beauty Girl Musings reviews an at-home spa treatment that will leave your skin feeling and looking amazing. Read about it here!

The girls over at Beauty in Real Life are having a giveaway with Ralph Lauren's new fragrance. Click here for the details and to enter!

Beauty Beast has been taking the new MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation for a test run. Find out what the verdict is byClicking here!

Glossypink shows you how to get Shopaholic's Isla Fisher's red-carpet look!

makeup loves me tells you about a bling-tastic valentine's day spa treatment. happy valentine's day!