Wednesday, December 29, 2010

It's Showtime

Award season is almost here and I love it. The guilty pleasure of getting together with friends and watching what the celebs will wear. Paying close attention to hair and makeup, of course. Even doing a Joan Rivers bit, and dissing the misfires in good fun. I know, I know shame on me that's bad karma, but I can't help it. It's the best form of escapism. I have been immersed in award seasons for many years, working beauty suites for prestige cosmetic brands. Painting the faces of countless A and B listers, my favorite clients have always been the directors' wives, the moms and the non-celebs who "can't believe they look so beautiful." It's a special night for them. I make sure they look radiant, glamorous and glowing. There are scores of individuals trying to get their films from paper to reality, working diligently on a project for years. Writing, producing and praying it makes it to the big screen. An evening to be recognized for their fearless, smart, persistent end product, the inspiring achievement. They deserve the applause and star treatment. 
Stila's Live From the Red Carpet Palettes are the winning ticket. Available in 3 Palette combos. they are hot, hot, hot and just in time for award season. Breathtaking Beauty Palette no. 1 has 6 eye shades and is my favorite. It's pretty and wearable, with just enough depth of eye color to add some drama. The shadows are appropriately named Cinema, Best Picture, Film, Academy, Theater, and Drama. There is a shimmery pink and flat beige base, which compliments the brown, sexy eggplant and dark gray. With the prettiest pink convertible color and Kitten, an all over gold shimmer powder you can't go wrong. Dusted on the shoulders, decollete and high cheeks, it looks warm and pretty on film, under the paparazzis' flash bulb blitz. Guava gloss is a nice bonus, it's a soft, flesh tone pink. Created by Celebrity Makeup Artist, Sarah Lucero and in collaboration with the E Entertainment team.  Live from The Red Carpet Palettes have step by step instructions inside, how to achieve your very own Red Carpet glamour look.

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Blue Sky Nothing but Blue Sky

There are countless people who work tirelessly in beauty and fashion, from behind the scenes without the glitz or glamour. There are the production people who put together shoots, dealing with the minutia, who arrives where, when, how, which studio, location or hotel to book, scheduling the talent, photographers, hair and make up, setting up catering and the list goes on. Then are the agents, who I give mad props to, the countless people who saw something in me, gave me a chance, an amazing opportunity and patiently developed my career. It's not the best time perhaps to be in the fashion business, especially in this sketchy economy. Only the smart and savvy will be around for the long haul. They quietly tend to business, developing amazing artists,  who are in demand and repeat clients. Great artists are a dime a dozen, but picking the individual is key. Please and thank you go a long way in a sometimes forgotten, thankless industry. 
So thanks to my agent for twenty years together, in this crazy industry. She is the true, rock star celebrity, developing a kick ass roster of talent, and building an  A + talent agency.
She called to chat about bookings, and was excited that one of her artists booked the cover of Rolling Stone. Her sweet success deserves the recognition. Cielo Blue. It means Blue Sky. How appropriate to face life with a smile and positive attitude, where the sky is always blue.

Stila Irresistible

So cute, so functional and so fun. I just received the Stila Limited Edition Travel Palettes to take for a test drive. I find them simple, easy and fun. The Travel Palettes are adorable and affordable. They represent Stila chicks from around the globe, launching a new girl every month for five months. All the girls are out and available on (although I see a few hot combos are sold out) Each palette has 4 shimmery eye shadows, that blend nicely and one convertible color. I like Make an Impression in Moscow, the eye shades are a bronze brown, dusty orange, soft pink, and a warm burst of medium blue. Have some fun with color, at ten bucks a pop it's a no brainer.
Stila's Long Wear Lip Color is a Lipstick and Gloss all in one. Adorable creme is a flattering peach, that's not too orange or too pink and screams I can't wait for spring and summer. If neutrals aren't your thing, Long Wear Lip Color is available in 8 shades, like Lover a bold red and Daring, a sexy burgundy wine. I'm already thinking ahead to the Globes, Independent Film and Sag awards, envisioning all the pretty Stila Girl looks to create.
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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Sparkle Plenty

Nars just came out with the awesome Holiday Gift Set, Sweet Disposition. A set of three mini Multiples in Orgasm, Luxor and Malibu. Creamy tubes of deliciousness for the eyes, lips and cheeks that shade, highlight and sculpt effortlessly. Orgasm blush has been a cult favorite with makeup artists, celebrities and trendy, cosmetics girls. It's the perfect peachy- pink shade with hints of golden shimmer. The texture is light and airy, and the blush suits all skin tones. Orgasm blush has such a huge following, Nars even created her twin sister in a gloss. I can't wait to play with the mini Multiples, mix and match the shades and colors. Don't be afraid to use your fingers, it's like finger painting only 3D better! Luxor is a sparkly, opalescent pink highlighter, apply it to the high cheek bones, under the eye brow bone, and dabbed down the center of the nose for a bit of shimmer. Malibu is a rosy brown, warm color for everyone. Sweet Disposition is the smart holiday gift for your besties, or even for you. Go ahead treat yourself, you deserve a bit of glamour. Pop it in your purse and off you go, polished and ready for whatever festivities the season has in store.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Chrome Nails are the perfect Holiday Gift

From Mariah to Rihanna to Lindsay Lohan, chrome nails have always been a hit with A list celebrities. 
They're back, just in time to spruce up your holiday season. 
I love silver and gold nails, and find them pretty all year round. With the Holiday season upon us, what better way to add a little pizazz to your beauty routine? A friend turned me on to Sally Hansen's Color Quick Chrome Pens in 8 funky shades. Just click and paint, your nails will be dry in an instant. There is a bit of  chipping, but the handy pen makes color changes and touch ups a snap. An added bonus, the polish is Toluene, DBP, and Formaldehyde free. Color Quick Crome Pens make awesome, stocking stuffers for the tweenie boppers, nieces, aunts and girlfriends on your shopping list. Sally Hansen Nails are available at Walmart, Target and most major drugstores, and won't break your piggy bank.
If you really want to get daring, check out Calgel nails first spotted on the super trendy and uber talented, Heather Park. Mac Cosmetic's beauty publicist, founder of, singer, songwriter and diva extraordinaire. Watch out for her powerful voice, sultry vocals and soulful lyrics on her recently released album, STAY. I will always think of Heather as an innovative queen of nails and beauty, but she is so much more. She is the soul stress of all things funky.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

It's A Green Thing

CoverGirl has done it again, launching their new, upscale sister line NatureLuxe in January 2011. The line consists of liquid foundation and a Gloss Balm. The Silk Foundation feels weightless on the skin, opting for a bit of cucumber water, it's the lighter alternative to heavy emollients. The new Gloss Balm is break out in song, genius. Available in the prettiest of shades and hints of color, it's filled with natural mango, shea and other butter ingredients. The Gloss Balm feels creamy and light on the lips. I'm digging Clove, a yummy, chocolate shade that's a perfect pick me up for those blase, winter days. Your chapped, dry lips will love it and say thank you. A line that's natural and clean, CoverGirl is putting their best face forward towards the green movement. With carefully chosen ingredients like jojoba and rosehip extract, they can't go wrong. Taylor Swift is a lovely choice for representing the NatureLuxe line. She's young, fresh and widespread appealing, in the most symbiotic, natural way.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Simply Delicious

MoroccanOil Treatment was voted by InStyle magazine as one of 2010's best beauty picks. It peeked my interest. Made with Aragan oil, powerful antioxidants and rich in nutrients, MoroccanOil Treatment is a hair stylist's dream. It's beautified the tresses of J Lo, Sienna Miller, Charlize Theron and Pink, and countless supermodels. Applied to damp hair, it hydrates, repairs, and nourishes, leaving the hair silky smooth without a greasy residue. It's great for the boys, too. I am not always convinced by a celebrity product endorsement, and tend to listen to what the experts are saying, for both hair and beauty products. Seeing the bright blue and orange logos popping up everywhere, in studios, and hotel rooms prepping celebs for premieres and award shows, I was hooked. I love the way it feels, the smell and the gorgeous, sleek hair after effects.