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Get the Look: Keira Knightley’s Navy Smoky Eye

  • posted January 23rd, 2014
  • Beauty


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I’m always looking for new ways to upgrade the classic smoky eye. After all, the look is a faithful go-to for gals who like to play up their eyes, but like many tried-and-true beauty looks, it’s always fun to switch things up just a bit. Take Keira Knightley’s recent beauty look at the red carpet premiere of her new flick, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. The sultry dark eye – a red carpet staple – got an expected twist in the form of matte navy shadow that looked gorgeous against her full, groomed brows and flawless complexion. Sure, we’ve seen midnight takes on the smoky eye before, but Keira’s look was especially fierce and fresh, skipping the glitz and glitter we’ve seen time and time again in favor of straight-forward, smoked-out navy.

Check out some shadow picks in the links below!

Pictured above: Make Up For Ever Eyeshadow in Navy Blue 60, Giorgio Armani Maestro Eye Shadow Quad in Ocean, and Ellis Faas Creamy Eyed Liquid Eyeshadow in Navy Blue.

Trend Report: Sketched Lashes… Yay or Nay?

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From left to right: Derek Lam (Fall 2012), Anthony Vaccarello (Fall 2012)

The fall 2012 runways enlightened us with a variety of beauty trends and one of my favorite top fall beauty trends that I’m dying to try is the sketched lashes trend. Smudged out eyes with lashes sketched on the bottom and top were widely noticed at the fall fashion shows. Designers such as Jean Paul Gaultier, Derek Lam, and Anthony Vaccarello gave models this ultra sultry look.

At the Derek Lam fall 2012 show, Estée Lauder Creative Makeup Director, Tom Pecheux, was inspired by the naughty school-girl look, but still wanted youth and innocence.

“The French have a saying for this look: ‘Un peu décalé,’ it’s inspired by a woman who has a unique way about her. Unexpected. Intriguing. Different from all the rest. She is youthful and innocent, yet far from immature.”

Get the Look:

Step 1. He swept on a combination of Limited-Edition Pure Color Eye Shadow Palette in Black and Burgundy Bronze as well as Pure Color Eye Shadow in Sugar Cube onto the lids and along the bottom lash line to make the eyes stand out.

Step 2. Sumptuous Two Tone Eye-Opening Mascara in Bold Black/Rich Brown was used to accentuate the lashes.

Step 3. Lastly, a swipe of Pure Color Crystal Lipstick in Crystal Pink completed the look.

Sketched lashes can look fab if done right so it’s a yay in my book. It’s a great look to wear to a party or for a night out with friends.

What do you think of the sketched lashes trend?

From our friends at Hot Beauty Health

essence spring/summer 2012

essence cosmetics is a drugstore makeup brand that reminds me a lot of the nostalgic Wet N Wild. However, essence is more contemporary with an eye on current makeup trends at giveaway prices. I’ve been trying out their spring/summer 12 collection and for the quality, compared to price, it is unbelievable. essence Mono eye shadow is a high pigment shadow with shimmer in 18 colors ($1.99). The shadow was smooth, blended easily and lasted the entire day without touchup. Another rich pigment in essence’s new collection is Stay with Me Long-lasting lip-gloss in six colors ($2.29). The gloss is a little thick/creamy and unlike standard glosses, essence lip-gloss is not sticky. Rounding out their collection are brushes. The essence powder brush ($3.49) is a velvety brush that is ideal for powder and for a $3 brush; it is remarkably soft and does not fray. With essence, you can put together an entire look, including the necessary application tools for $10 or less. essence may be inexpensive, but you don’t forgo quality.

by Ashkan

From our friends as Short and Sweet NYC

3 BB Creams Worth Trying Now!

  • posted April 1st, 2012
  • Beauty

Asia’s hottest beauty and skin care craze has slowly but surely been making its way to our neck of the woods, and just in the past few months or so, the product has seemed to have completely blown up in popularity! It’s hard to open a magazine, scan any sort of fashion blog, or pass by any store that sells makeup without being reminded that BB Creams are taking the makeup world by storm. And as someone who has overcome serious acne and no longer needs to hide behind her makeup, I love the idea of a lightweight, moisturizing product that can camouflage blemishes and imperfections, enhancing skin while still allowing it to breathe and be seen! But in the midst of all the BB cream hype, how do I choose the right one? I’m sure plenty of trial and error will be involved, but here’s the top 3 contenders on my shopping list that I think are worth trying out first, and why!

Dr. Brandt Flexitone BB Cream – I’m a huge fan of the brand’s Pores No More primer, and considering the BB cream is even cheaper (though still a slightly painful $39), I’m hoping it boasts the same amazing pore refining powers in BB cream form! I’m a little skeptical of its ‘Flexitone’ one-shade-adjusts-to-all technology, but if it works, I’ll be glad to spare myself the headache of trying to find my perfect shade!

Clinique Age Defense BB Cream SPF 30 – With summer right around the corner, the idea of having one product that takes care of most of my primer, foundation, moisturizing, and sunscreen needs is pretty darn tempting! While Clinique’s is one of the top-rated BB creams on Sephora, I’m a bit worried that its extremely limited shade offerings might not work with my medium skin tone! Either way, this multi-tasking product is definitely worth a look!

Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector – The main draw of Garnier’s take on the skin care trend is the unbeatable price (~$13). At less than a third of the cost of most leading brand’s BB creams, this one requires the least amount of commitment if you’re curious about testing the product out without burning a hole in your wallet!

– Alexandra Gambardella

Get The Look: Navy Lashes Inspired by Stella McCartney Fall 2012

  • posted March 1st, 2012
  • Beauty

Stella McCartney’s models made waves with their stunning cobalt liner during the designer’s pre-fall show back in January, and makeup maven Pat McGrath decided to keep the blue love alive for the Fall 2012 show, this time in the form of moody-cool midnight lashes. While this runway-ready look is a bit extreme with its spidery, doll-inspired lash look, you can get your own modern and wearable interpretation of the look in a variety of ways! If you’ve never tried colored mascara before, you may be surprised at how eye-catching it can be without coming off as too distracting – curl lashes and apply a couple coats of a navy or cobalt mascara like Buxom Lash Mascara Special Effects in Blue Noir. If you’re feeling daring and want to experiment with a night-out look, swap your regular false lashes with a cool navy pair – Shu Uemura has a good selection to play with! And if you’re one of those girls who refuse to stray from her tried-and-true black mascara, but still want to jump aboard the blue bandwagon, try lining your waterline and the outer corners of your lash line with a navy liner, like Tarte EmphasEYES Aqua-Gel Liner in Navy!  Photo Credit:

– Alexandra Gambardella

Yay or Nay: Bobbi Brown’s New In-Your-Face Neons

  • posted February 1st, 2012
  • Beauty

I have mixed feelings about Bobbi Brown’s new ‘Neons & Nudes‘ collection. Mainly because I do love wearing nude makeup shades, but just about every beauty brand right now already has the same obsession (with Urban Decay knocking it out of the park with their 2-part Naked palette of course!). In other words, it’s hard for me to be impressed by yet another series of not-so-blah neutrals. The neons, on the other hand, totally intrigue me. I’m not one to regularly incorporate many not-seen-in-nature colors into my daily beauty routine, but I’m always open to experiment, and the more “adventurous” side of Bobbi’s new collection is definitely inspiring me to dabble outside my comfort zone! Some of my favorite collection highlights include the three punched-up lip gloss additions – now in Citrus, Cosmic Pink, and Ultra Violet – which are fun and spring-festive but sheer enough to not appear costume-y or kitschy. I also adore the new eyeshadows, in Ultra Violet Shimmer Wash and the stunning cobalt Blue Bell. Of course, I realize that these shades aren’t for everyone (and they require a very skilled hand to wear them chicly), so what do you think – gorgeous or gimmicky?

– Alexandra Gambardella

Chanel’s Spring 2012 Horizon Blush Has Us Dreaming of Warmer Days!

  • posted January 30th, 2012
  • Beauty

Let’s face it – no matter how ambitious (or how simple) your New Year’s resolutions may be, it can be difficult diving into “fresh start” mode when the winter weather at hand is so dreary and depressing. But fear not – Chanel’s Spring 2012 Collection is fiercely gung-ho about looking forward to the brighter, sunnier times ahead, and I dare you not to jump on-board! One of the most noteworthy items of the cheery, sherbet-hued collection is the color-blocked Blush Horizon de Chanel, a shimmery highlighter featuring flattering rose, coral, and peach hues that can be blended together, layered, or worn separately for a pretty spring flush. It’s sheer enough that it can be used as a highlighter for the subtlest glow, but is also buildable if you’re hoping to add statement-making tint to your sun-starved cheeks. At $58, it’s a bit of a splurge just to get a head-start on your spring-friendly collection, but it’s hard to say no to such a pretty compact… plus, think of it as a collector’s item!

– Alex Gambardella

Can’t Wait For Pantone’s Collection for Sephora? Check Out These Tangerine Makeup Picks

  • posted January 1st, 2012
  • Beauty

Pantone, the world authority on color, always gives fashion and beauty mavens an additional reason to look forward to the start of each new year. While the proclaimed Color of the Year doesn’t always influence our style decisions year-round, it’s still fun to take note and jump on the trends that pop up as a result! This year, we’re ready to take things up a notch with Tangerine Tango – and if you’re unsure about how to incorporate the in-your-face orange shade into your regular beauty routine, Pantone itself is offering to help out with an exclusive upcoming collection with Sephora, due out in March! The collection will feature a series of makeup and beauty accessories in tangerine and orange shades done right, but if you can’t wait until March, I’ve compiled a couple choice picks to get you started! Whether you’d rather play it safe with a more sheer tangerine gloss or blush, or would rather jump right into the trend with orange shadow for a playful pop of color, you’ll soon find that orange shades are much more flattering than they sound… when done right!

Pictured above: Beauty Without Cruelty Attitude Nail Color in Tangerine, Yves Saint Laurent ‘Rouge Volupté Pearl’ Lipstick in Incandescent Orange, and Lancome Blush Subtil in Tangerine Tint, NYX Single Eyeshadow in Hot Orange, and Napoleon Perdis Siren Lip Gloss in Mango.

– Alexandra Gambardella

Warm Up With an Earthy Red Blush

  • posted November 19th, 2011
  • Beauty

I gotta admit, out of all the makeup I’ve collected over the years, from lipgloss and lipstick to eyeshadow, liners, mascara and beyond, blush is one thing I’m not totally addicted to. While I usually stick to shimmery highlighter or subtle bronzer for just the slightest luminizing glow, as the weather starts getting chillier, I do appreciate a rosy flush. There’s something about the look of a wind-blown complexion that’s sweet and pretty but still undeniably natural – but as any makeup maven knows, achieving that whole ‘trying-without-looking-like-you’re-trying’ appearance can be harder than it looks! So how do you achieve winter-festive rosy cheeks without looking like a porcelain doll – or worse – a clown? Look no further than an earthy russet red blush. While in the compact, the shade looks a bit extreme and intimidating, but don’t fret! You’ll be surprised at how flattering and sheer the shade applies on your skin, especially after proper blending. ‘Tis the season for gorgeous, winter flushed cheeks!

Pictured above: Alexandra de Markoff Outlasting Cream Blush in Real Red, NVEY Eco Powder Blush in Earth Red, Vincent Longo Water Canvas Blush in Tuscan Spell, and Origins Pinch Your Cheeks Blush in Brownberry.


– Alex Gambardella

Get The Runway’s Dramatic Liner & Sunny Glow From Jonathan Saunders Spring 2012 RTW

  • posted September 23rd, 2011
  • Beauty

Aside from setting the tone for the upcoming season’s hottest makeup and hair trends, runway beauty manages to be extra fascinating for helping tell the runway show’s style story. And in the case of Jonathan Saunders’ Spring 2012 runway, makeup artist Lucia Pieroni helped tell the “fabulous yet also deranged” story of a retro-chic housewife who has perhaps taken “a bit too much Valium.” As twisted as the inspiration may be, we love the results, and rounded up a few products to steal the look yourself without abusing your prescription. Of course, the ultra-thick dramatic liner is what makes the look – dip an angled brush like Estee Lauder Eyeliner Brush 20 in a black cream liner like Stila Smudge Pot (which, despite its name, won’t budge!). Skip the frosty-finished or shimmery bronzers and go for a matte sunny glow for that ideal Miami housewife look – try Cargo Matte Medium Bronzer. And be sure to finish things off with a slicked-back yet roughed-up ponytail to complete that “done but undone” look. Frederic Fekkai Coiff Strong Hold Volume Mousse helps smooth hair out while still retaining plenty of volume!

– Alex Gambardella

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