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Spider Lashes That Actually Look Chic? Thakoon Proves its Possible!

  • posted October 5th, 2013
  • Beauty

Spider lashes. They’re a beauty faux pas, typically caused by clumpy mascara (or just one coat too many), that makeup lovers everywhere have trained long and hard to avoid at all costs. But what if they could actually be… chic?! The models representing Thakoon’s Spring 2014 runway presentation proved that thick, spidery fringe isn’t all that bad after all – in fact, it makes eyes pop in a fresh new way that eliminates the need for heavy shadow and liner. Makeup artist Diane Kendal layered models’ lashes in at least three coats of NARS’ Larger Than Life Volumizing Mascara backstage at the show. That’s certainly a doable option, but you can also get a similar look without drowning your own fringe by using tweezers to pinch together small groups of neighboring lashes to form exaggerated, doll-inspired points. If you’re not afraid of falsies, Make Up For Ever has a pair of fake fringe that will help you achieve a similar look as well – hit up your local Sephora and look for the pair named 130 Jennifer. What say you, beauty mavens – are you a fan of Thakoon’s spidery, seventies-inspired fringe? Sound off in the comments below! Photo Credit:


TRESemme Creates the Modern Punk at Vivienne Tam

TRESemmé Stylist Jeanie Syfu created the New Wave and 80’s punk inspired hair seen at Vivienne Tam’s Fall 2013 runway show.  Modern, chic and always feminine Syfu showed off an updo with faux fringe that can be created using the following tools and TRESemme products.
Tools:  Spray bottle, pins, blow dryer, brush (like Mason Pearson), elastic, and diffuser.
Create the Look with These Steps:
1) Apply TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Mousse all through the roots of the hair.  Blow dry using the brush by gently pulling the hair back for a flat, clean hairline.
2) When all the hair is dry, spray TRESemmé 24 Hour Body Finishing Spray at the hairline. Using the same brush, pull the hair into a ponytail and use the elastic to secure it just below the crown of the head.
3) Next, apply NEW TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Serum all through the ponytail. Begin twisting and pulling the twist up towards the hairline.  Secure as you go up with the pins. Finally, fasten the twist with an elastic but leave the ends out.
4) Finally, use a flat iron on the ends to create a choppy effect on the hair.   Finish with TRESemmé Smooth & Silky Anti-Frizz Secret Crème.
-Victoria Mason

Boy Meets Girl® by Stacy Igel Takes Over NYFW with its Fall 2013 Invasion Collections

  • posted February 25th, 2013
  • Fashion

Sporty-chic contemporary brand Boy Meets Girl® by Stacy Igel made its big New York Fashion Week comeback earlier this month with the “Invasion Collections.” The high-energy runway show featured not only new styles from the popular Boy Meets Girl® Classic Collection, but also marked the debut of two new collections, Boy Meets Girl® University and Boy Meets Girl® GIRLS! Slouchy sweatshirt-inspired tees, graffiti-scrawled jackets, plenty of poppy prints, and edgy layering pieces galore – the latest additions to the brand were the perfect mix of casual yet stylish, with a healthy dose of color that came across as fun without verging on loud. The new Fall 2013 pieces were made even more covetable with the help of some edgy accessorizing, courtesy of Melody Ehsani jewelry and Go Jane wedge sneakers. Founder and Creative Director Stacy Igel explained her inspiration for the bold color choices and styles, saying, “This season I was inspired by the “BritPop” music scene of the early 90s where bands such as Oasis, Blur, Suede, and later on The Spice Girls, developed a unique British reaction to the various musical and cultural trends of the period in the United States at that time.” Check out more of Boy Meets Girl’s casual-cool apparel on the brand’s official site!

Photo Credit: Thomas Concordia

– Alexandra Gambardella

Redken Stylist Guido Rocks NY Fashion Week


Hairstylist and Redken Creative Consultant Guido was tireless at NY Fashion Week.  Creating classic yet modern looks for many of the famous designers like Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren he even managed to work hair magic at shows for Victoria Beckham and Alexander Wang.

For Ralph Lauren Guido designed clean styles for fall/winter 2013.  While the look was natural for Calvin Klein he went decadent at Ralph Lauren’s show “From Russia with Love”.  Full of luxurious fabrics like velvet and fur the hair styles were sleek ponytails to work with or without the hats during the show.  Guido put Redken products to work by using the Satinwear 02 Prepping Blow-Dry Lotion to damp hair for a smooth blow dry.  Roughing up hair he made a low ponytail and wrapped the elastic with a small section of hair.  It’s an easy look that is sophisticated, chic and all American.  The Calvin Klein show utilized Redken Forceful 23 Super Strength Finishing Spray for a flat, glossy top and a naturally textured bottom.  Creating a deep part Guido applied Redken Guts 10 Root Targeted Spray Foam to add some volume to the flat-ironed top of the head.

Ever busy, Guido added Redken Shine Flash 02 Glistening Mist to the models hair and Redken latest (debuts May 1, 2013) Diamond Oil Shatterproof Shine for a high shine finish that created a look at Victoria Beckham’s show that was both glossy and full of texture.

All Redken products are aviable online at and at fine salons everywhere.

– Victoria Mason

Zoya Designer Collection Gets Us Pumped For NYFW!

  • posted August 29th, 2012
  • Beauty

After a summer full of bright neon polish and equally blinding, bright attire, fall-friendly neutrals and moody jewel tones are a welcome change for this nail lacquer fiend! Zoya’s Designer Collection, one of three Fall 2012 collections created in honor of New York Fashion Week, boasts a series of six sparkle-free, no-nonsense, sophisticated creme nail shades. Two shades in particular were actually created with specific designers in mind – Rekha for Bibhu Mohapatra and Evvie for Peter Som. Although NYFW doesn’t kick off until September 6th, you can already start collecting these stylish shades now and prep for some fierce nail pairings with your upcoming fall wardrobe! Love what you see? Each shade retails for a mere $8 a pop, or you can get your hands on a sampler pack for $48 total. Missing the excitement of shimmery metallics? Then check out the Diva Collection, also available now!

From left to right: Rekha, Toni, Monica, Natty, Evvie, and Noot.

– Alexandra Gambardella

Cheryl Shops NYFW: Erin Fetherston Fall 2012

When & where: Saturday, February 11, 6-7 p.m., Milk Studios
Presentation recap: Though the venue logistics added some serious delays (15 people at a time could ride the elevator to enter the presentation space), once guests arrived in the showroom we were greeted by a live harpist who immediately erased any memory of this from our minds. The ethereal music combined with gilded tree trunks topped with forlorn-looking, dark-eyed models was a magical formula (add to this custom cocktails named after the designer). The dresses were absolutely lovely; a good percentage were floor-length gowns, and there was no shortage of chiffon, gold, sequins, and wispy patterns.

Bonus points: I’m not sure whether the “cosmic feather” pattern on some of the dresses is Fetherston’s play on her name, but if it is I’m tickled.

Where to buy: Visit the official site to purchase.
From our friends at Cheryl Shops


Snob Worthy Links 2.13.12 – Top Looks from Fashion Week Fall 2012

images courtesy of BagSnob, Beauty Snob and Shoe Snob

The Bag Snob loves the sleek contradictions in design of the 3.1 Phillip Lim handbag collection of oversized clutches and mini-crossbody satchels shown on the runway for his Fall 2012 collection.

The Beauty Snob shares some standouts for Beauty from NYFW Fall 2012 runway including side parts, slicked back hair, dewy skin and strong lips!

The Shoe Snob admires the new maturity of Alexander Wang’s Fall 2012 Shoe collection. Think knee-high boots with blends of patent and matte leather, in silhouettes that are grown-up and angular.

Fall 2012 New York Fashion Week: Elie Tahari, Theia

[All Images via WWD]

Elie Tahari Fall/Winter 2012

The winter season does not have to mean drab and boring — just ask Elie Tahari! The line’s Fall/Winter 2012 collection presentation was anything but dull, consisting of practical separates like silk blouses, fitted trousers and wool coats, but in a color palette ranging from cobalt and plum to emerald and scarlet. It was evident that, according to Elie Tahari, color is the new neutral. Extras such as dyed fur collars and bright red tights only added to the effect. A standout look was a deep red, a-line wool coat with hints of scarlet in the sleeve lining, undoubtedly just as warm as any other winter coat, but with a lot more personality. Despite its brightness, the collection seemed extremely wearable for the modern woman and was a refreshing change from some dark and heavy looks we often drudgingly sport during the winter months.

Theia Fall/Winter 2012

Inspired by the Goddess Athena, the Theia F/W 2012 collection embodied both mythical power and beauty. The line’s runway debut included flowing gowns, cocktail dresses as well as corsets and helmets to create a simultaneously radiant yet fierce visual. Armored embroideries, distressed sequins, metal chains, and crushed pearl accompanied the looks made of silk, velvet, georgette, organza, and leather to embody the powerful yet luminescent Greek Goddess of light. Although the collection was predominantly black and deep purple, dramatic looks like a striking, hammered silver sequin gown brought an overall warmth and vibrancy to the collection. As creative director Don O’Neill expressed in the event’s program, the collection sought to convey “power, radiance, and glittering light,” and its juxtaposition of unrelenting edginess and classic, glamorous beauty did just that.

- Samantha Kufeld

From our friends at Fashion Pulse Daily

Starry Night Inspired Beauty Straight From The Rodarte Spring 2012 RTW Runway!

  • posted September 30th, 2011
  • Beauty

The Mulleavy sisters, aka the masterminds behind Rodarte, don’t normally need any help conjuring up genius show-stopping ideas, but for their Spring 2012 RTW show, they called on a little classic inspiration. Van Gogh’s tell-tale swirly stars adorned the show’s impressionist-inspired spring line, and the painter’s influence didn’t end there! The show’s beauty looks also called the Starry Night treatment, with smoldering midnight smoky eyes that seemed to peer right into the audience’s soul and make us covet everything that walked the catwalk! Get a similarly sultry look with NYX Eyeshadow in Frosted Ocean, a sparkly midnight blue, and line eyes with a navy glitter pencil like Pop Beauty Glitz Blitz Eyeliner in Blue Beam. Additionally, the models’ hair got a sexy wet textured look (you can too by styling damp hair with Oribe Creme For Style), and cheeks were given just the faintest dewy glow (don’t want to upstage the eyes!) with a mauve cream blush like Estee Lauder Signature Satin Creme Blush in Mauve Light. And don’t forget to finish the look with matching navy nails, thanks to Deborah Lippmann’s Lady Sings the Blues! Photo Credit:

– 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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