Sunday, December 30, 2012

Fit for a Queen

Ring in the New Year accessorized with your very own, unique style.
Soon to be 2013, artistic expression knows no limits.
A crown of pink roses, made by you.
Why not indulge the creative?
Cult Gaia, Leaf TV DIY Hot Trends and show you how.
The talented Cult Gaia whips up a headdress, a live, floral crown.
In three easy steps.
Reflect on the year behind you, then let it go.
Celebrate the year ahead, and the exciting adventures to come.
Embrace life, head on. Adorned in a rose crown, fit for a queen.
The beautiful quirky that is you.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Quiet Inspiration

MAC Fashion Week: Key Artist Trends with Kabuki

Every so often an artist comes along, with raw, creative talent, quiet elegance and
supreme confidence. Those are my favorite kind. Kabuki's fame in the world of Fashion and Beauty,
needs only one name. Watch the video, Fashion Week is extreme chaos, stress, heightened energy,
it's no fun. I've worked backstage, with MAC Cosmetics on hundreds of shows, interviewing lead artists. They set the tone. Kabuki may be in the eye of the storm, yet he remains calm,
cool and collected. MAC Cosmetics pushes the envelope, 21st century makeup, trending, reinvention and fresh ideas, season after season.

Kabuki Beauty
Kabuki Katy Perry

I've been lucky to work and learn from the MU gurus.
Tim Quinn, and Stephane Marais, among my favorites.
They, like Kabuki are in a class all their own.
If makeup is your dream, develop a style that
sets you apart, and get ready to pay your dues.
Once you have learned technique, creativity knows no bounds.
As the masters would say, "practice, practice, practice, and push the envelope."
Kabuki creates ethereal beauty, three dimensional art.

Kabuki Gaga

"Kabuki hails from the north of England. With inspiration from his friendship with famed illustrator Errol Le Cain, Kabuki was already an accomplished artist by his teens. He landed his first job in New York as a textile designer but it was his unique flair for outlandish dress and make-up that led him to the then-flourishing NYC club scene. This in turn led to modeling on European runways for Thierry Mugler and performing in the downtown troupe Black Lips. When stylist/designer Patricia Field was scouting for talent for HBO’s Sex and the City, she brought Kabuki onto the show to establish the make-up looks for Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis."

73 Drawings by Kabuki
edited by Chuck Fiorello

Monday, December 24, 2012

Light Bright

On the Eve before Christmas, (this is it, people) beauty elfin's sent...
First, a big hug and gratitude of thanks. To all the lovely, PR elves for helping make the Twelve Days of Christmas happen. May everyone have a blessed, safe and joyous Holiday, surrounded by love and kindness. Santa's helpers have been very good to me. Gifts of beauty lift spirits and brighten the days. This is it, the 12 Days of Christmas finale, Holiday gift set ideas galore. 
I'll soon be knee deep in family, eggnog and rum. Brace yourself. Kohl's is still open for the procrastinator, and has the coolest, last minute stocking stuffers, IE: ELLE cosmetics.

Makeup Brush Kit

ELLE Makeup Brush Set is a 'must have' for the gal on the go.
Fantastic for Holiday travel, your carry just got a whole lot lighter.
Four face and eye brushes in a portable case, primp and paint like a pro.
Artists rely on their brushes, their secret weapon to gorgeous makeup application.
Award season's coming, wherever I go my brushes follow.
Clean brushes frequently, keep them free from old makeup, dirt, bacteria and oil.  
Use a gentle, unscented, mild soap to wash and lie them flat, bristles exposed.
Let dry completely. The bristles stay soft, and clean. You'll get more mileage out of them.
What a nifty, Holiday gift. Available at Kohl's, for $19.99 you can't go wrong.

5-piece set includes: bronzer brush, blush brush, eyeshadow brush, eyeliner brush & portable brush case. Synthetic hair.

Bronzer brush creates a radiant, bronze glow. Highlight the forehead, cheeks and jaw-bone for a sun kissed look.

Blush brush brings color to the cheeks, a pop of pink swept on the apples and highlighting the cheekbones does brightens the face, creating a lovely burst of color.

Eyeshadow and Eyeliner brushes makes shadow application a breeze.

The gift of beauty.
'Tis the season to be Merry, one face at a time.

Happy Holidays!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Rasberry Souffle

On the 2nd day pre Christmas, beauty elf's sent to me, bliss 'berry' bubbly gift set. Yippee!!!
Raspberry scented champagne kit, with soapy suds body wash + bath bubbles, plus body butter, maximum moisture cream. Could skincare be anymore bub-e-licious?
The limited edition kits includes jumbo size, raspberry champagne scented soapy suds and infamous  body butter. Complete with a hot pink, shower puff. Showering never felt so good, bliss berry is so divine, you'll barely want to leave the shower. You don't have to, soapy suds doubles as bubbling bath. The ultimate Veuve Clicquot, bathing experience.
Raspberry champagne body butter, is maximum skin moisturize. 
It leaves skin silky smooth, with an intoxicating, berry scent and subtle glow.

Pick up bliss 'berry' bubbly gift set for the Holidays.
bliss 'berry' bubbly gift set  here today, gone tomorrow.
Butter hurry, 'tis the season to spoil someone.



Saturday, December 22, 2012

Santa Baby, Be Good To Me

On the 3rd day pre Christmas, Santa's helpers sent to me the mack daddy of stocking stuffers.
Urban Decay Holiday Vice Palette is so luxurious, it should take center stage on your vanity.
The Eyeshadow Kit, with twenty new shades had a seriously, chic makeover. The dazzling metallic in cobalt blue, teal emerald and blazing gold, compliment the subtle shades, in beige, taupe and jet black. With cheeky names, like Chaos, Blitz, Penny Lane, Unhinged, Black Market and Nevermind, Urban Decay hasn't lost its flair for humor. Vice Palette adorned in jewel inlaid, the soft case to the touch, a lid that opens slowly in delayed anticipation, and a double ended Good Karma brush. Urban Decay has left not one, small beauty detail out.
Application is a joy. Endless Eyeshadow color combinations, let the artist's imagination run wild.
Creativity and colour, bring playful sophistication up a notch. If Eyeshadow is your beauty addiction, then Vice Palette is the fix. "Urban Decay’s Pigment Infusion System™, the proprietary blend of ingredients gives every shade its velvety texture, rich color, serious staying power, and blendabilitly."

Santa's helpers get five stars, stunning UD Eyeshadow, a mix of crazy and sane color blends effortlessly.
I watched Pitch Perfect last night, Vice Palette makes me want to break out in song. Except, I'm tone deaf. Better get glamorizing, painting Holiday eyes, instead. If you want to impress, Vice Palette gets my vote, an A+ Holiday gifts.

Vice Palette Color Swatches
Makeup For Life

Friday, December 21, 2012

That's a Wrap. X Factor Style.

X Factor contestant Tate Stevens, goes out with a bang, Country Style. Tate is headed straight to Nashville, with his $5 million dollar recording contract in his back pocket. Decked out in Scully Leather, bet he's line dancin' in his cowboy boots, all the way to Tennessee. Congrats to the big winner!

Carly Rose sang her heart out, sporting Fashionista worthy bracelets, by Marc Jacobs jewelry complimenting her holiday performance.

Fifth Harmony dressed in festive cute, sang their Holiday hearts out.
Adorned in jewels provided by the hip, PRB Showroom.


Ms. Spears killed it in a Bottega Veneta gown,
YSL heels and Neil Lane earrings.
The saucy singer, Demi dazzled in an electric emerald copper mini by Topshop,
She shimmered in metallic, baring some serious leg.

All Saints, the unique, edgy Brit Clothing line that has gone global. A Celebrity favorite, I'd kill for the Dimisi Boot, a modern version of the combat boot.

Seems Ally Brooks was rocking All Saints on stage, grunge, chic style. 


The men looked smashing, opting for sleek, modern suits. The Kardashian clan dressed to the nines, was out in full force to support Miss Khloe.


Thursday, December 20, 2012

X Factor Inside Scoop

I have been asked to team up with InsiderStyle TV, to bring the latest and greatest backstage, Fashion and Beauty secrets, direct from the X FACTOR final to you. 5 million dolllars at stake, you can be sure the X- cellent Stylists will be pushing the Fashionista fabulous envelope.
Get the inside scoop on what the contestants, judges and presenters are wearing.
Carly Rose, thirteen years young, a delightful role model. Such poise, a great example for young girls, talent way behind your years. You got my vote.

Makeup artists count on Embryolisse Concentrated Lait Cream, a MU staple, long time favorite cream with top makeup artists. Known for its exceptional rich quality, Embryolisse creates the perfect makeup base that lasts under the hot TV lights, and doesn't crack or melt under pressure.

Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer, an X Factor makeup must. Polished, flawless, gleaming skin. Radiant glow.

Blinc Heated Curler is simple to use and heat the lashes in seconds, opening the eyes. Voila, instant glamour.
Lashes are a must, Ardell Fashion Lashes 110 Demi Lash, creates gorgeous TV ready eyes, guaranteed  to light up the eyes and dazzle the judges.

Urban Decay 411 Naked Palette spices things up with a variety of champagne, taupe and gunmetal in shimmer, glitz and matte shades.
There is something for every X Factor finalist to glam it up.

 Sally Hansen Sun Self Tanner is a glow, given for High Definition TV.
A sexy tan, Airbrush hides imperfections and highlights the skin, creating bronze god and goddess .

X Factor Judges
The contestants, in high heels and short
skirts working their assets, look radiant in Airbrush Sun.

And so it begins. The X Factor FINAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mario Lopez looks smart in black. Khloe K. opens the show in a not so flattering, green lace, doily that doesn't quite cover the table. (Fashion Mis-Fires happen)
Brittany looks super hot, in a body hugging, black on black full length gown.
Simon Cowell, true to character. Demi Lovato, lit up in festive cut green mini.
New Direction, made all the girls swoon, in black and white casual. Skinny jeans to boot.
L.A. Reid looks dashing in his custom suits de rigeur.

Stayed tune for designer names, contestants wares and beauty secrets.
ON with the show, more to follow.

Choc-o-late Wishes

On the 5th day pre Christmas, my beauty elfin sent to me Ahava Deadsea Mineral Bath Salt.
Let's face it, all that running around shopping, the baking, cleaning, endless parties and secret Santa gifts are exhausting. Holiday preparation turns, even the happiest homemaker into a crazed person.

Twenty minutes. Twenty minutes to give yourself a much needed, beauty break.
Scrub away worry, feel your skin melt.
Ahava's Limited Edition, 100% pure Dead Sea Mineral Bath Salt, contains minerals that moisturize skin while relaxing stressed out, tight muscles. Bye bye joint pain, see ya later tension.
In yummy flavors like Sweet Cinnamon, Vanilla Dream and Chocolate Wishes, who can resist a little self-love and pampering? Each packet comes with its very own, super cute scratch and sniff tag. Delicious. The luxe, stocking stuffer with an affordable price. We all deserve a sweet treat.

Check out Ahava's  Holiday Promotions. I am a big fan of Ahava, and the entire line. "Powering the entire product range is our exclusive Osmoter a perfectly balanced concentrate of Dead Sea minerals that effective replenishes, rehydrates and recharges the skin."

Let your fingers do the work, order Ahava from the convenience of your own home, the ultimate, relaxation technique for a stress free Holiday.


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Vanilla Dreams

Rashida Jones Festive Fishtail
Courtesy Marie Claire
On the sixth day before Christmas my beauty elf sent to me,
a subscription to Marie Claire and Us Weekly.
Gotta stay on top of the trends. Advice from the beauty experts, priceless.
Marie Claire's beauty ideas are Holiday tips on overload.

Red hot lips look great year round,
bringing Holiday glamour up a notch.

Red Hot Lip Jennifer Connelly
Courtesy of Marie Claire
Messy hair finished off in a fishtail, is boho chic inspired, cool Christmas.

Day to Night Holiday, how to look like a movie star,with double duty products. 
A few simple tips from Gwen Flamberg at Us Weekly,
and your sparkling, bronze goddess good to go.

US WEEKLY Beauty Director, Gwen Flamberg's Day to Night, Hot Holiday Looks
"To take your beauty look from day to night when hitting up holiday parties, Flamberg suggests stashing products in your makeup bag that can pull double duty. "The most important thing to have is a BB (Beauty Balm) cream," she explains. "It's a tinted moisturizer that can act as your concealer. It'll give you a little bit of a glow and keep you looking fresh all night long."

Check out the how to video:

Monday, December 17, 2012

Oh So Scent-u-ous

On the 7th day before Christmas (EVE), who actually shops the day before Christmas? A cosmetic elf sent me yummy, aroma therapeutic creams, fragrances and travel sanitizer by Bodycology.
Santa's helpers have been busy this season, finding trendy gift sets, on a budget.
Your smell senses in overdrive, here are a few scrumptious, Bodycology fragrances to choose from.
Enchanted Forest, Exotic Cherry Blossom, Wild Poppy, Cloud Nine, Pure White Gardenia, Fresh Cucumber Melon, Apple Orchard, Sweet Petals, After Dark, Blackberry Vanilla, Spring Rain Blossom.


Enchanted forest gift set is an exotic blend of jasmine, nutmeg and musk. Not over powering, it's a surprising pleasant scent to start the day. Fragrance Mist and Nourishing Body Cream invigorate and refresh. The whimsical socks are an added bonus,  super cozy and comfy after a long day at work. I love the Scratch and Sniff sticker (which really smells like the product!). It takes me back to Christmas' past, and Scratch and Sniff books. $5.00 at Walmart, Bodycology is affordable Christmas, made indulgingly sweet.

Exotic Blossom Hand Sanitizer with Aloe Vera 
keeps germs away during the Holiday season
and hands moisturized.
Tuck the handy Travel Size inside your purse,
so you can enjoy Christmas while keeping flu season 
at bay.

Exotic Cherry Blossom Nourishing Body Cream feels like a guilty pleasure. With Aloe Vera, Vitamins E & C and Shea Butter, your skin is smooth like butter. Take care of those rough winter patches. Elbows, knees and ankles, need extra loving care too.
Bodycology, in every flavor make excellent stocking stuffers.
The elves are hard at work, bringing chic, Christmas beauty straight to you. 


Sunday, December 16, 2012

Short and Oh So Sweet

On the 8th day before Christmas, Hard Candy's Take Me Out Eyeliner set, came to me. The ultimate stocking stuffer, its a guaranteed winner.
Take Me Out Eyeliner set comes with 6 mini liners in limited edition shades, and its own pencil sharpener.
Too cute to be true. At $5.00, how can you pass it up?
Hard Candy's Take Me Out Eyeliner set saves the day, making my Xmas shopping list, a whole lot easier.

Take Me Out Eyeliner set, goes on smooth and stays put. Quality liner made affordable, pick up a set for all the lucky ladies on your list. Too good to be true, the Holiday stocking stuffer says, dress my eyes up in bright, shiny color. Festive shades, in hues of silver, purple, golden-green and electric blue. Nothing lights up the eye, and the spirit like twinkling shades of happy color.

Stocking stuffer extraordinaire!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Up A Notch

On the ninth day of Christmas, my bestie sent to me leopard print, black bows and delish products, Holiday Glamour Kits by Mac Cosmetics.

The Holiday Collections by Mac, go above and beyond the sweet, stocking stuffer.
Girls deserve trendy, modern kits to ring in the festivities, like a Rock star.
Fabulous colour, awesome kits, like only Mac Cosmetics can do.
Even the packaging, is too cool to throw away.
You'll be the hit of the season, the ultimate, Mac glam girl.

Primped Out Eye Look Bag Decadently Pink

Complete with its own super fly, funky leopard print Holiday clutch,
Primped Eye oozes style, with the dramatic flair Mac makeup delivers.
Eyes look sexy and sweet, in Eye Shadow X 2 in Radical Pink and Shadowy Lady.
Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Bordeaux
is eggplant chic on the lid, lovely for the glamour girl in you.
Bad, Bad Black Opulash, Intense black Mascara volumizes & curls lashes, for a sultry eye that lasts well into the night.
275SE Medium Angled Shading Brush gives precise shadow application every time.

All For Glamour Holiday Face Kits
"Too pretty not to show off. These chic, satin-tufted compacts with a demure black patent bow and interior mirror have that modern, high-luxe look."

All For Glamour Touch Up Kit/ Dark

The modern, ultimate in luxury. The precious satin compact, the envy of all the girls. All For Glamour /Dark, for face and lips has everything you need for Holiday touch ups. Complete with Blot Pressed Powder in Dark (a pretty matte bronze that's not too dark), a Powder Puff and Sheen Supreme Lipstick in Can't Resist, in a stunning gold, purplish red. A burst of colour, with a hint of sheen and polished face, screams Hollywood siren.

Guilty Passions: Holiday Mini Kits
Who can resist gifting, beautiful product packaged in whimsical, colorful boxes adorned with a luxe, black bow? No one I know.

Guilty Passions Crushed Metallic Pigment "kit features four stackable jars of Pigment in rich molten metallic colour. Include tempting shades in Ever Elegant, Silk Stocking, Dreamy Little Thing and Darling Coquette."

 I love Mac Cosmetics Pigments. I use them on every makeup application. Whether subtly highlighting the inner corner of the eye, or for a more bold, dramatic effect.
Applied directly to the middle lid for a sparkling effect. Crushed Metallic Pigment is gorgeous, when used to highlight the cheekbone, the brow bone, the center of the lip.

Mac's Holiday Collections, dazzle and light up the face, brightening the spirit and beautifying the season. Get creative, and give the gift of beauty.


Friday, December 14, 2012

God Bless the Child

Children are led from Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., on Friday after a shooting there.
There will be no post on this tenth day pre Holiday season, only heavy hearts and immense sorrow. May the Angels be plentiful, enveloping the families, parents, and community who lost loved ones so tragically. God bless the teachers, and the precious, innocent children. Victims of a horrific, random act of violence. Today is a dark day for our country.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Eleven Minutes in Heaven

 "Elemis is the leading luxury British spa and skincare brand favoured by as many as 6.5 million spa-goers per year. The successful combination of natural active ingredients with cutting-edge technology has enabled Elemis to bring to market some of the most influential anti-ageing products and professional spa-therapies the beauty industry has ever seen."

So what you can't get away to a five star, fancy Spa. Save yourself the hassle, the hustle and bustle this Holiday Season. Let nature, essential oils, bath & body products by Elemis take you away. Indulge in the delightful, Royal Collection Kit.
The Professional Skincare, Bodycare, Gifts, Therapy for Men and Fragrance line. So many lux products to choose from, better get busy.

I choose Bath & Body Jewels, fit for a Queen or a Duchess. The perfect gift set, for superwoman and superman on the go, to enjoy some quality 'me time', relax and unwind.

The bath, the holy sanctuary. The only place left, us busy girls find quiet time to ourselves. Sans interruption.

Bath and Body Jewels, Bodycare Essentials Kit includes six of nature's finest, soothing products.
Quiet Mind Relaxing Bath Elixir 100ml
An intoxicating blend of patchouli, ho wood and eucalyptus relaxes, while cocoa butter conditions.
Skin Nourishing Shower Cream 100ml
Camellia, macadamia, jojoba and wheatgerm leaves silky skin smooth and supple.
Revitalise-Me Shower Gel 100ml
Refresh and reinvigorate with mango, thyme, basil, neroli, mandarin and lime.
Tranquil Touch Indulgent Bath Elixir 100ml
The rich and soothing formula brings the Zen back into your life.
Tranquil Touch Body Cream 50ml
Sweet Almond Oil, passionflower, patchouli, and ginger spoil the skin with soft aroma.
Skin Nourishing Body Lotion 50ml
Milk protein, oat kernel, camellia, macadamia and jojoba oils replenish dry skin, balance PH and ease away worry.

Clean, primped and refreshed, ready to face the Season with serenity. Your inner Queen pampered by Elemis, up for whatever the day may hold.

The Elemis Philosophy, "Defined by nature, led by science."