Friday, October 10, 2008
But here is the response I received from "last minute cruise vacations". This is last minute cruise vacations' two cents::
Is Botox-at-sea a good idea?I spoke with Pittsburgh plastic surgeon and anti-aging expert Dr. James J. Barber, the author of “The Forever Factor”. Barber, who has worked with Botox since it was first approved by the Food and Drug Administration, acknowledged that there has been a lot of abuse of the product by unscrupulous doctors who dilute the drug with more saline than is recommended. Nevertheless, Barber feels that Botox can be safely offered on cruise ships so long as it is administered by an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist, in a sterile environment and at recommended doses.
I'm not sure if this exchange between last minute cruise vacations and Dr. Barber, who is a real person, did take place. But I hope this type of comment doesn't resurface on my blog.
Hugs from the Thought police,
Friday, September 05, 2008
Pulling out the old typewriter here, but I'm feeling too mellow (code: exhausted) for a true update. I will have you know though that Vincent Longo makeup is 75% off at the Bath & Body Works across the street from Grand Central station. Nabbed a tube of his lipstick in Foolish Virgin for around six bucks.
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Mind drifting to RNC (bad, too early!), and Palin's thoughts on women's rights (much too early!)....must return to more pleasant thoughts of pink-mauve cosmetics. (Sigh, better.)
I may be looking for an heiress-blogger....if you know any girls or boys who like makeup counters, drop a line to eyeshadowgovernment [at] gmail.com.
Monday, August 25, 2008
So I'm delighted I bought Burt's Bees Super Shiny Lip Gloss in Nectar Nude. The top three ingredients in the tube are castor seed oil, sunflower seed oil, and acacia decurrens flower wax. The Nectar Nude shade is just a little shiny and appears almost invisible. Although I wish it had more color, it makes the skin on your lips feel very soft (without any weird chemicals). I might start wearing Burt's Bees gloss every day, both alone and on top of lipstick.
Buy it: Burt's Bees Super Shiny Lip Gloss ($6.99), Drugstore.com.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Like...Cosmetic Surgery on the High Seas. Anne Fritz, who writes for Jet Set Girls, jumped in to tell us about her newest post. The dish: Norwegian Cruise Lines now stows doctor who will administer Botox on their ships. Isn't that nice of them? But what about the stormy waters and those big needles? I'd much rather fight a pirate or a large squid than a dermatologist on a wobbly floor. Make them walk the plank!
Rats! This icebreaker got us all bunched up and peeved about Botox. Some of us were concerned about a recent study that shows Botox particles can travel from a rat's whiskers to its brain. I was in the anti-Botox boat as were several other fashion-beauty blog klatschers who talked about frozen eyelids and all types of horrible, horror stories. Anne confessed she was pro-botulinum toxins, and likes to drink some in the morning with toast. She is against Botox on cruise ships though. And others kept mum. Then, we changed the subject to....
Yummy Soap. Do tell. Well, the fabulous Charu at Butterfly Diary was kvelling over her new soaps from Soapier. I've never seen anyone quite so rapturous about soap, but the "spirits" at the table were flowing freely. She really loves their products that smell like chocolate, like this chocolate-raspberry Red Devil slice by Soapier.
I would give you more details, but need my beauty sleep....will talk more about my new blogger girlfriends soon. Also, expect product reviews asap!
Stay gorgeous darlings,
Friday, August 15, 2008
A) I'm trying to grow my hair as long as Holly Hunter's.
And B) I have trouble accepting the abundance of lukewarm, female characters we see in the movies and on TV. So as ya probably know by now, Saving Grace's a rare TV show. Holly Hunter plays Grace, a headstrong female investigator with few apologies for who she is. She's totally rockin'!
Now, the show has set up an online forum EmbraceYourGrace.com where women are weighing in about real, emotional issues. They don't censor their contributors or make them divulge their most embarrassing makeup bloopers. Hold your horses, you say? No, giddy up. It's good news for the web. There's a million miles of fluff content directed at women (guilty as charged!), and not nearly enough straight talk. Check it out.
Also, trying to stay "on message," I'm also a massive, massive fan of the Holly Hunter flick, Home for the Holidays.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
This model is called Menrad.
P.S.: The Selima Menrad eyeglasses are listed as unisex, but right now only appear in the men's section of jcrew.com.
If you were born before the boy's moment, this cover of Rolling Stone in 1997 was a big deal.
Maybe I've mentioned the preponderance of ungroomed men in California whose presence eventually inspired a move to New York. Living in Oakland in the midst of artistic boys for whom both shaving and showering were "optional" daily activities, I dreamed of a better town where good hygiene was valued, where I could converse with gentleman who expressed their identity through long, well-constructed sentences instead of draping, untamed follicles.
The Park Slope section of Brooklyn has been great. Better yet, people shower here. They appear happier to have done so. So it seemed kind of unfair to me when a member of Rogue Wave appeared on Style.com's front slideshow today. Slide #21, from New York too. How? I'm sure the Rogue Wave guys from my old neighborhood are nice, but they are also oblivious to advances in razor technology.
Hence, the Gillette® M3 Power Nitro is my pick of the day.
Buy it: Gillette M3 Power Nitro (about $15), Walgreens.
Photo Credit: Style.com/Elizabeth Perrin
Thursday, August 07, 2008
The oat grain and rice powder act together as a strong, all-natural exfoliant. I rub it very gently across the skin with water as a basic face cleanser. It's even better though when you add water and then press it on the face as a mask. If you leave the mask on for 15 or 20 minutes, the Moroccan clay in this bottle majorly cleanses the pores. I feel like I've made a trip to the spa every day I use it. 'Mazing!
Buy it: Ayurvedic Cleansing Grains ($16), SpaGoddess on Etsy.
Sunday, August 03, 2008
For "fancier" girls, I noticed one young lady on the street looking very winsome in this pink wrap dress by Diane von Furstenberg. It's called the Nalia dress.
Most hip Brooklyn girls seem to pass on lots of perfume and $300 dresses (although we all probably would wear both if our budget allowed). Women in New York look gorgeous in the summertime, and based on my grandmother-like non-20-20 vision, seem to barely wear any makeup. Anyhoo...From my skewed perspective, it does seem that all women at rock shows in Brooklyn look like they walked off the page of an Urban Outfitters catalog.
Out on the Town Beauty Tip: To look fresh into the wee hours, this pot of Bobbi Brown concealer is a gal's best friend. It helps me look happy, not sleepy. Scroll down for more...
So what else does one need before heading out in the city? Flushed cheeks and lips. In this heat, believe me: you can even skip blush. Nature will provide.
1. As for the lips, pull out a dark reddish-brown lipstick and ever so lightly draw a line in the palm of your hand.
2.Then, quickly brush your index finger against the lipstick line and dab your lips for a very faint, is-she-born-with-it? lip stain.
3. Finish the lips by applying a dime-sized amount of household olive oil for extra shine and moisture.
4. Complete the look with a coat of mascara, like Bad Gal mascara by Benefit.
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
There's no real advice on how to get "Asim's look" without genetically cloning her. For mortals like me, I would assume she's got some good red lipstick (Lipstick Queen in Red Sinner), brown eyeshadow, and a great hairstylist with some type of ceramic-heated iron. If that's a wig, I can accept that since she looks too jaw-drawwwwpping to be true.
Pucker Up for a Tip: Use a lipstick brush to gain more control of the look. First, dip the brush into a red tube of lipstick and line the upper and bottom lips. Draw a v at the very center of the upper lip. Then choose either point on top of the "v" and slope the brush upward and then down and outwards for this classic heart-shaped, Hollywood lip. Fill in the middle of the lip area with small, firm brush strokes.
Also, Where to Get All the Bollywood Beauty Insider Secrets: My squeezable, great friend Gen has looped me into her obsession with Bollywood dance routines....and whaddayaknow? I Heart Makeup has tons of Bollywood makeup tips. This is a post about M.A.C. senior cosmetics artist Vimi Joshi who works a lot with young Bollywood stars!
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Good things come in small packages! We're featuring this box o' tricks by Hard Candy because it is the only makeup kit with 6 glosses, 8 eyeshadows, and tiny trays of rose blush, bronzer and concealer for only $12.50. Oh yeah, and mascara and eye pencil. That's like less than fifty cents an item.
The Hard Candy Take Out Kit is also very "date"-friendly since it can fit into a small clutch purse. Glittery and yum!
Buy it: Hard Candy Take Out Makeup Kit, Sephora.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Anyhoo, it's just plain hanging around the house with an air conditioner whispering in my ear for now. I am eventually going to have a KILLER stay-cation tho if the universe allows me my due. Luck is on my side. For example, wherever I go people are leaving perfectly decent paperbacks behind on the subway and on the sidewalk, and I've been bringing them home to read.
I would give you a beauty tip today, but it seems like the time of year to not bother about dressing up. Just be fabulous. Do whatever you want to do.
Celebrity sighting: A beautiful chow dog in fine spirits walking down Prospect Park West, near the F train, and like about two weeks ago, Jake Gyllenhaal stepping onto the train at the Bleecker stop. (Send me a chow chow!)
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
"During a scene, Shane Hurlbut (seriously), director of cinematography, screwed up a shot -- at least in Christian's mind. We're told Bale went ballistic, screaming 'I will kick your ass' along with other choice remarks.
Maybe Bale needs to take a part as the Easter bunny in his next film. A little too much method acting playing the Terminator Quatro. :-( :-(
Chanel Iman at V Magazine and another Video of Storm Agency's "Hottest Male Models" (our favorite topic)
Had to show you this second video since it's entertaining to watch male models hard at work splashing water off their glistening torsos, hanging on tire swings, and trying to look just ever so slightly anguished. The men don't say anything, kinda like bugs with chiseled stomachs. So awesome!
Sunday, July 20, 2008
If you want to wear a pile of eyeshadow, but don't really know how to go about spackling 500 layers of shiny eye makeup, then I guess this "will do the trick."
You throw the ColorOn sticker across your eyelid, and when you peel it off, your eyelids are covered in a sticky colored paste. After trying these out, ColorOn Precious Metals eyeshadow strips ended up being too intense for my taste. The final effect is very artificial, best left for a night out at the discothèque or, uh, Halloween. But maybe these just weren't well-designed for my "facial structure." Uh...
Government Grade: C-
P.S. If these doodads work better for ya, send a pic along with a list of your top beauty buys, and I'll post you on the website. E-mail eyeshadowgovernment [AT] gmail.com.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
RECENT GRIEVANCE REPORT: My new skirt that arrived in the mail has a lovely clustered grape pattern on it, which is kind of like eating a snack if you believe Vogue. On page 74 of the July issue, it says, "Think thin: Stave off hunger pangs just by picturing your last meal." Call me crazy, but if your hunger reaches a "pang," as in ouch, surely it's time to lunch, brunch, dine, or for chrissakes nibble.
MITIGATING FACTORS: Aren't Iman and Tyra and Chanel and Jourdan Dunn beautiful? Eyeshadow Governemnt does give Vogue props for its July article about discrimination against black models. Vogue's apt headline = "Is Fashion Racist?"
This was a thrilling read, so definitely check it out.
FURTHER EVIDENCE OF MY GENERAL MALAISE TODAY: Finding a Youtube video of a lava lamp accompanied by Edith Piaf doesn't help...
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
As someone who likes expensive perfume--okay very, very expensive perfume--I am surprised when I happen upon a fragrance without a frightfully high price tag.
In comes Gap Body Coconut Tuberose (Fleur de Coco) to tickle our fancy and delight.
The eau de toilette scent is extra-flirty, and the bottle is also quite pretty, as is the price ($28). We hope you agree.
Buy it: Gap Body Coconut Tuberose Eau de Toilette ($28), Gap.
Monday, July 14, 2008
In case you haven' t noticed, I've kind of been going on "overdrive" on the schmancy technology thing this past week. In terms of the right-hand column, the "beauty calendar" is a work in progress. Bigger news: Eyeshadow Government is officially on Facebook now, and you can even pick up your very own widget version of this blog to put on Facebook or Myspace or...wherever. The widget even has arrived inside this post!
Biggest news: I am thrilled that a beauty site CozyCot in Singapore invited us to join their community as a "Cotter." Eyeshadow Government has touched upon the women athletes in the Beijing Olympics. But joining CozyCot is a next step in participating in a global community of women, and an excellent opportunity to communicate your thoughts with women in Singapore. CozyCot's about beauty products, but you can write about whatever you want...they have a discussion board with different forums about careers, relationships, technology, and health. So we hope you'll chat it up and share ideas. The world just keeps on becoming more connected.
And to post Eyeshadow Government to Facebook or Myspace, click on the words "Get widget" at the bottom of this box!
I think I'm going to order the watch from ShopMiquelrius.com and hope it fits.
Borghese is holding a sample sale, with a whopping 50 to 75% discount off unused products, at 10 East 34th St on the 3rd Floor. That's right around the corner from the Empire State Building, NYC girlies. The sale runs today through Wednesday. (Note: Cash Only.)
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Products Test-Driven This Week: Mineral Fusion Pressed Powder and Pangea Organics Calendula and Blood Orange Facial Cleanser
After questioning the a meaning of Mineral Fusion (TM) pressed base powder, and wearing it multiple times, I am now ready to give it the stamp of approval. Compared to Bare Escentuals I.D. mineral makeup, its texture is more "powdery" but still flattering. Unlike many other foundations, it doesn't contain terrible parabens or talc. I met a Whole Foods insider who was involved in creating the Mineral Fusion line, and she confided to me most of the other mineral makeup brands didn't meet Whole Foods' "standards." This makes me think Whole Foods is looking out for us! Or as Cher once said in Clueless: "You see how picky I am about my shoes and they only go on my feet."
Also, on the super A-list of beauty products is Pangea Organics Egyptian Calendula and Blood Orange Facial Cleanser. Yeah yeah, it earned a Redbook MVP beauty award. But this puppy works by combining disinfecting ingredients like lavender, calendula, and blood orange essential oils while moisturizing with coconut and jojoba seed oil. This really revived my skin and made us forget all about the sucky cleansers we ever met.
Buy it: Mineral Fusion Pressed Powder, Pangea Organics Egyptian Calendula and Blood Orange Facial Cleanser (about $24) , Whole Foods.
These young women are training "in an isolated camp one hour outside of Beijing" to... shake their pom poms for the Beijing Olympics. Click here to get the full scoop "Bring It On, Beijing Style" about their Olympics cheerleader training.
Source: Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
It's tough with all the mercury rising though. You don't want your makeup to melt like an orange creamsicle. (Sorry, had to show you this cute bottle nosed dolphin too!)
Anyhoo, here's a 2-step tip...1. After you wash your face, put on a matte foundation while your skin is wet. The water will thin out the formula of your makeup, making it sheerer and less sticky in hot weather. But when it dries, it might be slightly uneven. 2. Next, take a kabuki brush (dry or dipped in pressed powder) and use firm strokes to blend the makeup for a polished, even finish. Extra water will help you make a splash no matter the weather!
Product Pick: We use Clinique Superbalanced Foundation Makeup for this weather because it's oil-free and automatically reduces shininess.
Buy it: Clinique Superbalanced Makeup ($19.50), Sephora.
Friday, July 04, 2008
Fourth of July has been an all-out extravaganza so far, so I'm afraid my typing abilities may be waning. I've already brunched, sunned, dessert-ed (as in consumed delicious Italian pasticcioti), and now I'm dying to see fireworks!
Also, I stopped by Sustainable-NYC (145 Avenue A, New York, NY) which while "crunchy" was not "dirty" or too "hippie" to carry lots of great beauty products. I'm especially excited by Skinny Skinny Rose and Black Pepper soap ($9.50) and Organic Apoteke Body Oil with Sicilian orange oil. My arms are so soft like fireworks now! Well, maybe I'm mixing metaphors but you get the gist!
Have a wonderful holiday with your friends and family.
Also, for your viewing pleasure...
Sephora's new video: "How to Wear No Make-up Makeup"
Saturday, June 28, 2008
1. Couture perfumer Mandy Aftel just announced the arrival of black tea absolute, which can be blended as a "base note" if you make your own perfumes, or I suppose worn alone if you just love the smell of tea. For perfume makers, Aftel's online store Aftelier.com is a superb resource.
2. "Don" caffeine in other ways! Double up by snagging Bare Escentuals Buzz Latte Lip Balm -- made with real coffee extract.
3. And you can start and end your day with tea times two. Wash up with Korres White Tea Fluid Gel Cleanser! This mild cleanser is excellent for normal, sensitive and oily skin prone to break-outs.
Buy it: Aftelier Black Tea Absolute ($30), Aftelier.com; Bare Escentuals Buzz Latte Lip Balm ($8) and Korres White Tea Cleanser ($21), Sephora.
Friday, June 20, 2008
- "Most men have some habitual position by which they fancy that they show to the best advantage the good points bestowed on them by nature. This attitude in Crevel consisted in crossing his arms like Napoleon, his head showing three-quarters face, and his eyes fixed on the horizon, as the painter has shown the Emperor in his portrait."
Here's Zoolander from a VH1 Appearance for you too:
Carry on! Although I'd love to talk about "makeup tricks" of the 1840s, Professor Paula Cohen of Drexel University says that "during the 19th century, makeup ostensibly disappeared from the Anglo-Saxon world. Queen Victoria was a dowdy, didactic monarch, the sort of woman who never wore makeup and so decided no one else should. A painted woman during this period became a synonym for a whore or (just as bad) an actress." That sucks.
Anyway....fast-forward to circa 1871 to a model called Alexa Wilding (great name!). The model-dressmaker Wilding rocked some tough lipstick when she showed up in "La Ghirlandata" by Dante Gabriel Rosetti. Lipstick is always a "must."
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
1. For a minimalist summer look, ditch lipstick and try gloss instead. Tarte's Super Fruit™ Lipgloss Set works great if you like to carry a smaller purse in the evening. My fave is the Cherry and Dallas dual-ended gloss. It glazes lips with a gorgeous shimmer, and also arrives in a pint-sized tube.
2. Personally, I live for VIP Expert By Terry Light-Expert Foundation Brush. At $48, the By Terry foundation brush is definitely the caviar of foundations, equipped with a built-in brush for smooth application. It's so good, you start to wonder...should this even be legal?
3. Laura Geller Blush-n-Brighten blush powder (try Berry or Sunswept) always appears very natural. Also, if you have never used Laura Geller products, they tend to be pretty "goof proof," which I like since I have clumsy mornings too.
4. Shoot down nasty UV rays! Aveeno Continuous Protection Sunblock SPF 30 almost does that. The mild formulation of this sunblock works wonders for sensitive skin like mine.
Let's catch up soon! How are you spending your summer?
Buy it: Tarte's Super Fruit™ Lipgloss Set ($30), VIP Expert By Terry Light-Expert Foundation Brush ($48), Laura Geller Blush-n-Brighten Blush ($28), Sephora; Aveeno Continuous Protection Sunblock SPF 30 ($9), Target;
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
But while searching for a matching pink telephone, the internet unveiled this hazardous object:
I'm not sure if the Southern Telecom Fur Phone is the worst thing or the best. It kind of reminds me of a gremlin who became obsessed with Marilyn Monroe. How terrible is this?
Buy it (if you dare): Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear ($2.59), Walgreens; Southern Telecom Fur Phone ($49), Target.
1. Duh, Sunblock!
I had a spare can of Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist sunblock with SPF 45 and Helioplex (TM) broad spectrum sun protection. Upon quickly spraying the sunblock on my limbs, the product formed a thin veil, leaving me to fret about my soon-to-be-burnt flesh. Luckily, the "weightless, clean feel" is a clever ruse by the masterminds at Neutrogena to make people like me worry. After hours in the sun, my skin didn't get burned. For maximum protection, reapply frequently on a scorching hot day or try a higher number, like Ultra Sheer Neutrogena sunblock in SPF 70 or 85.
2. Drinking Gallons and Gallons
Really, water should have been sufficient and it's advisable to avoid sugar liquids. I did drink a Snapple and a cup of root beer though, on top of bottled water. Sorry!
3. Hug the Darkness
I like hugging puppies and boys with glasses. Yesterday, I hugged the long shadows cast by the city's skyscrapers. It reduced at least some of the time spent exposed to my enemy, nasty UVA/UVB rays.
Phew, mercy! Someone's gotta install a swimming pool in my backyard.
Sunday, June 08, 2008
It's only 94 degrees in Brooklyn today, a lot like being on the equator.
So if all the sunshine is making your skin cranky and red, this is a quick fix that I tried out today.
1. Put on moisturizer. 2. Next, I took my green Erth loose powder eyeshadow in Moss and dabbed it on the parts of my face that were a little too pink. 3. Then, I blended foundation over the green powder. 4. Joy! I was surprised how much it helped achieve a more even skin tone and reduced overall redness.
If you're more of a straight concealer gal, Physician's Formula and T. LeClerc also have some excellent green concealers. Just use it sparingly, so you don't end up looking too green around the gills.
What are your summer beauty secrets? Let me know!
Buy it: Erth loose powder eyeshadow in Moss ($5.25, Lushbrush.com).
Thursday, June 05, 2008
Vanity Fair interviewed Bobbi Brown, who advises "Sometimes when you are stressed, a glass of red wine and some chocolate can be the best beauty regime." Click here to read the full interview.
For all those who are chilling in my hometown San Francisco, hipster clothing label Built by Wendy is having a spring sample sale with items up to 75% off. The sale begins tomorrow. The details: 3520 20th Street between Mission/Valencia, Friday and Saturday (both days, 11 am - 6pm), Sunday (12 pm - 8 pm), store # 415 824-1582.
Kate Moss has a new Starlight charity t-shirt she's selling through her line for Topshop. And I found these Topshop shoes by Paco Gil (see below) toooo irresistible.
The Gazette talks beauty with YSL makeup adviser Val Garland, who also does Kate Moss' makeup, backstage in Montreal.
New Yorkers have been a little resistant to this season's trend for red and pink lips, but not so in London. At the Jean Paul Gaultier party on June 4th and other London clubs, all types of party girls had brighter-than-thou lips.
(Photo source: www.dirtydancing.com, Alistair Alan)
Just checking in, and wanted to let you know I've got a new drugstore find. I got a little lost in Rite Aid [check out my map of Rite Aid below ;-) ], and bought Nivea for Men Sensitive Extra Soothing Moisturizer.
I feel quite embarrassed using boy's products. But my glamorous friends, don't cluck your tongue right off. I swear this one really works a charm for me. Let me know what you think! Will you write about it in your diary, haha?
Buy it: Nivea for Men Sensitive Extra Soothing Moisturizer ($6), Walgreen's and Rite Aid.
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
While we're at it, here are a few, cute lightweight numbers to hop around town in....
Dresses (from top left, clockwise): Oscar de la Renta Taffeta Embroidered Dress ($5,990, Net-a-porter), Vanessa Bruno Knot-Front Dress ($449, Net-a-porter), Lela Rose Taffeta Tank Dress ($625, Net-a-porter), Marni 'Fleur' print short sleeve dress ($975, www.marni.com) , Tiffany's Charm bracelet ($425 charm, $1,500 link clasp bracelet in 18K gold, Tiffany)
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
1. I think we use the same tailor. He didn't speak much English, but I got the feeling that Miss Sarah Jessica Parker was, at least at one point in time, a customer. Her picture is hanging on the wall at the dry cleaning shop across the street from Tender Buttons on 143 E. 42nd St. (Bonus: Cross the street to buy neat enamel buttons from 19th century at Tender Buttons, and nosh on Spanish cheese from the gourmet shop next door!)
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2. Carrie and I go for drinks at the same hang-outs. On the TV show, the girls on Sex and the City go to The Coffee Shop in Union Square, which is coincidentally around the corner from my old job.
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3. I guess our similarities in lifestyle are running out since she's only, like, a millionaire....but our lives are not completely different. For example, SJP presented her clothing line Bitten last December over a private lunch at Indochine (430 Lafayette St). My new favorite drink is a prosecco-lychee cocktail which I get in Brooklyn. But Indochine serves a similar prosecco-passion fruit cocktail ($11). We're like two trains passing in the night. Sigh...
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Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
These are photos of the shoot I (and a group of other really awesome bloggers) directed. It's my first time delving this deep into the fashion world, but I credit my friends at Coutorture for dreaming up the idea.
We got to pick out dresses for the models at the DVF store downtown. The event was so much like the photo shoots you see on TV. The fashion photographer (mussed hair, sexy accent) said "beautiful" and "I love it" a lot, and every snapshot looked better than the next. This first yellow number is direct from DVF's vintage line. A Diane von Furstenberg team gal told me that the design is a true copy of one of Diane's earliest dresses.
To get the look, the makeup artist used Trish McEvoy 'Protective Shield' Moisturizing Tint SPF 15 for barely there coverage and Nars blush in Gina for a natural tangerine flush.
Buy it: DVF Vintage Yellow Wrap Dress, select DVF stores; $210 Provence Shoes in gold ($210); DVF Kalakaua Crochet Dress, sale price $270 at Saks Fifth Avenue online; Love Knot Necklace 18 karat gold ($7,600), select DVF stores. Makeup: Trish McEvoy 'Protective Shield' Moisturizing Tint SPF 15 ($40), Nordstrom, Nars blush Gina ($25), Sephora.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
So three points:
1. Click to watch Vogue.TV's Behind the Scenes Sex and the City Cover Shoot right here.
2. Also, my SEXY SNEAK PREVIEW: I beg you to return next week to see my Carrie-inspired map of New York City.
3. Last but not least, if you're curious about that wild green hat SJP wore to the London premier, you can learn more about milliner Philip Treacy from this New York Times article ("I like things that exist for a moment, and that their moment is still attached to them").
Photo Credit: Sugar
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Skin Focus: Hydration
On most days of the week, I avoid all forms of gadgets since they just confuse me. Someone recently sent me a mascara that actually twirled itself, using an electric battery. Convinced I would poke myself in the eye with this contraption, it soon found a new home in my garbage bin (also where I store all my extra love letters!).
Anyhoo. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the book Confessions of a Beauty Editor (written by the editor-ettes at Allure) recommends shopping for a humidifier to prevent flaky skin. Sure the last thing you need in Brooklyn is more humidity during the summer, but I thought those who spend these months in arid climates, maybe perched along a red canyon in Arizona, would be interested in this advice.
They say just stick the humidifier in your bedroom and let it whirl while you get your beauty zzzs. This Crane Penguin Cool Mist Humidifier is extra-sweet.
If you're sticking to the old-fashioned way, these are two moisturizers you might dig too.
Vitamin Enriched Face Base Bobbi Brown. This action-packed moisturizer, which has both shea butter with carrot extract inside, does marvels for the skin.
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion. Personally, I have always liked this moisturizer since middle school, and this is a touch more mild than Oil of Olay.
Buy it: Crane Penguin Cool Mist Humidifer ($35), Target; Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base ($47), Macy's and Barneys; Clinique Dramatically Different Lotion , Sephora.