Beauty Trend: Prism and Thermal Highlighters

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The prism highlighter trend has taken the Internet and social media by storm and inspired a wave of other colorful beauty-inspired looks. The original color palette, designed and handmade by Bitter Lace Beauty founder, Jenna Georgescu, gives the effect that the wearer is standing next to an actual prism of color, the soft rainbow effect glowing lightly on her face.

Perhaps it’s our love of all things rainbow and unicorns … or the delicate yet interesting sheen it leaves on the wearer, but the prism trend took off.  In an interview with Racked, Georgescu explains she released Prism specifically for St. Patrick’s Day, but after it took off she made it a permanent part of her collection. 

Image courtesy of Bitter Lace Beauty

Image courtesy of Bitter Lace Beauty

Having a problem keeping up with the huge demand, Georgescu has been expanding her company.  ”I knew Prism was a unique color that hasn’t been created in a highlighter form before us, but I don’t think I was at all ready for this,” she explained.

Racked went on to ask about the best way to apply Prism (assuming you can get your hands on a pot of it that is) to which Geogescu reported the best way to apply is to simply use your fingers.  “You can go back and forth in the same direction to blend the colors into each other. If you would like to use a brush I find a dense contour brush works in a pinch. Use a side to side motion rather than swirling around.”

Image courtesy of Bitter Lace Beauty

Image courtesy of Bitter Lace Beauty

To push the colorful highlighter trend even further, makeup artist Iry Randrasana introduced the next Instagram trend sweeping your newsfeed:  The Thermal Highlighter.  Designed to mimic thermal imagery, this breathtaking effect is created by mixing a rainbow of colors with the lightest in the center for an illuminating technicolor sheen.

While the look has gained Randrasan a lot of attention, she was just as surprised as any of us. “The thermal highlighter look was not supposed to be a thermal highlighter actually. That is a term that other people came up with … But it sounds cool. It was actually inspired by a photo that MarceloCantu shared on his Instagram and I just tried to recreate it.”  Randrasan shares.  

“It was one of the fastest and easiest looks I have ever made and I was really surprised when it got shared everywhere—from people on Youtube to articles in online magazines …” Randrasan explained.  “I still do not understand why people like the look so much, it was just fun for me and I am just happy that others find it fun as well.”

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Image courtesy of arabia.sytle.com

What can we expect next from this accidental trendsetter?  “I would like to focus on things other than beauty … My dream is to use my social media [accounts] to make a good difference in the World. Beauty is fun and all but I do not want to live for myself,” Randrasan explains. “I would like to donate to a lot of charities … I was brainstorming yesterday about a fundraiser I want to make on my [Youtube] channel to help a little boy in Madagascar that is working as a bus cleaner and earns $1.50 a day to feed his siblings.” 

Check out more of Iry’s amazing thermal looks as well as her other gorgeous beauty creations and help her make a difference by following her on Youtube at CookiechipIry or Instagram @iryrandrasana. To purchase your own Prism Highlighter or any one of Jenna’s other fabulous creations check out her shop at www.bitterlacebeauty.com, but be prepared as there is a 9–10 month pre-order wait time.  

—Janine Silver

 

 

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Polka-Dotted Summer Beauty with Dior

Dior_Polka_Dotted_BeautySummer is a great time to bring out the color and amp up the fun!  Azure blues, corals, and aqua greens take center stage in Dior‘s newest Milky Dot collection!  Littered with playful polka dots which accent the bright color palette, mixed with “milky” nudes, this set takes center stage.  The contrast of basic shades and vibrant summer hues are a fresh take on summertime makeup!

Christian Dior himself praised the timeless allure of polka dots, “They offer charm, elegance, relaxation and are always casual,” says Dior creative and image director Peter Philips. This season Philips, brought the polka dots to life with “a promise of a happy summer devoted to beauty.”

Dior_Polka_Dotted_Beauty_makeup_Palette_02Add a touch of color to your eyes with Dior’s 5 Couleurs Polka Dots–Summer 2016 Limited Edition color palette in Bain de Mer.  Use the middle shade as a base all over the eyelid; then have fun with the other four shades to create a uniquely customized summer look.  If you’re looking for ideas on how to wear the shades, the bright blue works perfectly as an eyeliner for a feisty eye, perfect for any warm weather fête!

Collages736Add a hint of whimsy to your manicure with polka dots in neutral and bright shades.  The Dior Vernis Polka Dots–Summer 2016 Limited Editions Colour & Dots Manicure Kit features two shades, a bright varnish and a lighter more natural color along with a dotting tool to get those perfect “bubbles of joy.”  Start by painting your nail a base color in either shade and then use the dotting tool to apply polka dots in the contrasting color.

If a strong eye and fanciful nail isn’t what you’re after, perhaps a plumped-up pout with a hint of shimmer would be more your speed.  Dior’s Ultra Gloss in Everdior will add a hint of strawberry to your sun-kissed look.  This shade will easily take your look from the pool straight to dinner with its youthful vibrancy and light enhancing effect.

All images courtesy of Dior

All images courtesy of Dior

If the past few seasons have focused on the “no makeup” trend, this burst of color will be a welcomed change!  Dior’s new collection features everything you could want for days by the shore or rooftop drinks; color, nudes, and polka dots!

—Janine Silver

 

 

 

 

 

French Beauty Tips from Cannes 2016 Red Carpet

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Images courtesy of Getty Images, pinterest.com, and tomandlorenzo.com, respectively

For a week and a half the small seaside town of Cannes is overrun with celebrities, paparazzi and gigantic yachts! The Cannes Film Festival has developed into not just a huge event for movie lovers, but also one of the biggest fashion events of the year! How do these celebrities and luminaries from around the world put together their great red carpet looks?  Well, when in France take a cue from the French!!

Images courtesy of NARS

Images courtesy of NARS

For a glowing complexion like Rachel McAdams, Kirsten Dunst, and Julia Saner, it’s important to start with a good diet. In France women understand that properly nourished skin is the basis for everything.  To really give your face a “radiating from within” boost, makeup artist Kayleen McAdam (who also happens to be Rachel’s sister!) began with NARS’ Pro-Prime Pore Refining Primer to help even out the skin.  Next apply a gentle application of NARS’ Sheer Glow Foundation.

To really achieve the desired French-girl affect for Julia Saner, she applies both NARS’ Copacabana Illuminator and NARS’ Sex Appeal Blush to bring out a flush of rose.  And to get Kirsten’Dunst’s radiant hue, Dior Celebrity Makeup Artist Sabrina Bedrani, simply used a few strokes of Dior Rosy Glow for that perfect healthy French feel.

Images courtesy of NARS

Images courtesy of NARS

“I am always inspired to do a metallic sheen when the weather is so humid and warm and skin is already moist and glowing. For this look­—at the premiere of “Restless”—I replicated the metallic tones in [Rachel McAdams'] bustier and bracelets using antique taupe and silver tones on the eye,” says Kayleen.

Kayleen applied NARS’ Indian Summer Duo Eyeshadow for the perfect touch of shimmer for red carpet appearance.  Not only does the metallic hue work well with dewy skin, the metallic hue helps give Rachel a little something extra, a “je ne sais quoi,” if you will.

 

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Images courtesy of gotcelebs.com and Dior

The most iconic French beauty looks tend to also be the easiest to achieve, a smudge of charcoal or dark brown eyeliner and perfectly un-perfect red lip, could be found often at Cannes! For the perfect red lip, try Dior’s Diorific Mat Lipstick in Dolce Vita (a bright bluish red which Kirsten Dunst wore to the Vanity Fair & HBO Cannes Dinner) or NARS’ Lip Pencil in Timanfaya (a mandarin red). To keep your lipstick lasting all night, Dior makeup artists recommend defining and contouring the lips with Dior Contour in the same shade.

Adriana Lima and images courtesy of celebmafia.com and PHYTO, respectively

Adriana Lima and Carolina Parsons images courtesy of celebmafia.com and PHYTO, respectively

A carefree ponytail is another great way to beat the heat and still look good for your red carpet close up! Somehow the perfect tied back look adds a touch of carefree elegance when given a Cannes upgrade.  Carolina Parsons’ effortless ‘do created by PHYTO Global Artistic Director, Anthony Cristiano is loose on top of the head and gathers at the nape of the neck.  A few wispy pieces escape adding texture and interest for the perfect summertime style!  To enhance Adriana Lima’s plunging neckline on her white and black trimmed gown, Cristiano opted for a more severe ponytail.  With slicked back hair, Lima drew attention to her deep V-neck.

—Janine Silver

Editors’ Pick: Celebrate Summer with Polish Me Silly

 

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Images courtesy of Illumination PR

Warm weather is finally here. Gone are the heavy coats, scarves and gloves; and if you are on the East Coast you are starting to see tank and crop tops, shorty shorts, sandals and more skin exposure overall.

With the arrival of warmer temperatures comes shinier and more colorful nail art. While some nail art brands promote polish that can run as high as $35 per bottle of nail polish, there are other less expensive brands that can give you the same effect of the pricier polishes.

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Polish Me Silly was borne out of a mother/daughter duo that was tired of boring nail manicures and wanted to create a brand that would appeal to that consumer that was not afraid to stand out in a crowd. Originally launched on etsy.com, within 24 hours, they were selling out of their polishes and quickly seeing a response from children, teens and women of all ages around the world.

Over the last five years, Polish Me Silly has grown to include over 130 unique designs that include specialty glitters, multi-chromes, holographic rainbows, flakey glitter, thermal-color changing and bright neon confetti and polka dot top coat polishes. All of the polishes are meant to last up to 2 weeks (or more depending on how many coats are applied). Polish Me Silly only creates unique and hard-to-find nail lacquers.

And with Polish Me Silly polishes, beginning at $6.00 plus sales tax; you cannot not go wrong. Don’t be afraid of color for the summer; flaunt your colorful nails. Be whimsical, be bold, be colorful, and be flashy. Polish Me Silly polishes can be found online as well as in various stores within the U.S.

—Staff

Beauty Pick: Great Skin for the New Year with Palmetto Derma

 

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Do you have a Holiday party coming up and you are stressing that your skin is just not as you would like? (Remember, selfies and youtube holiday party videos are all the rage now.) Or maybe having great skin is a part of your New Year’s resolution list.

With those parties just around the corner, you can still look bright eyed and bushy tailed just in time for those holiday selfies. Palmetto Derma makes getting that youthful glow easy with their Daily Cleanser and Rose Toner.

Palmetto_01Palmetto Derma is a new organic, toxin-free, skin care line aimed at preventing problems this New Year and for years to come. Start using these products now instead of dealing with sagging, wrinkles, sunspots and other aging issues later on in life. It’s far more important to invest on prevention so you can get glowing for a lifetime.

“Both in the morning and at night, you can cleanse your skin to remove pesky pore-cloggers—dirt, grime, make-up, etc.—and clean and brighten your skin!  Adding a toner to your daily routine, after cleansing, will hydrate and protect against drying elements. Toner balances your complexion and brings a natural glow to your skin. With our Get Glowing! Rose Refreshing Toner, you can also use it as a mid-day refresh. Gently spritz to revitalize your skin mid-day, after a work-out, or before a night on the town,” details Palmetto Derma founder, Austin Peterson.

Palmetto_02Palmetto Derma’s Daily Cleanser get rid of all the dirt, dead skin and also cleans your pours. The Daily Cleanser is filled with botanicals, polysaccharides, vitamins and nutrients—lavender water, orange peel tincture, and tea tree oil—that enrich the skin, giving you that youthful glow. Perfect for that holiday party!!

For an on-the-go glow, Rose Toner hydrates and keeps your skin from drying. This refreshing toner is best for use after cleansing or for an instant boost and revitalization of your face. You can spritz toner on your face throughout the day for glowing results. Ingredients include: Rose Water and Aloe to refresh restore and replenish.

And great skin doesn’t have do end with the holidays. Palmetto Derma has a range of products that give you that healthy, youthful glow for the entire year.

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The Collagen Booster & Restoration Serum super serum keeps your skin safe from all those elements your skin endures on a daily basis. We’re talking sun, smoke, smog and other ugly skin damagers! These free radicals will try to infiltrate your skin and diminish collagen, but don’t worry. The Vitamin C in this serum promotes collagen growth, filling in fine lines, minimizing wrinkles and fighting to make sure they don’t come back!

 

Images courtesy of Palmetto Derma

Images courtesy of Palmetto Derma

The Rejuvenating Antioxidant Mask puts your skin on the fast track to soft, smooth and glowing! The soft clay of the mask gently purifies skin, by absorbing impurities and cleaning pores and skin. The advanced antioxidants defend against free radicals and reverse daily skin damage.

Don’t let a bad complexion and sagging skin give you the holiday blues, you can change all that with Palmetto Derma!! For price points and more information, go to palmettoderma.com.

—Staff

Beat Winter’s Harsh Weather with Fashion Reverie’s Winter Beauty Roundup

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 Dry winter skin can be awful, dry, flaky, itchy and so unattractive.  And, you don’t have to take it. Fashion Reverie has some great solutions to keep you looking amazing and feeling comfortable during the winter months.

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Image courtesy of amazon.com

Beekman 1802 Goat Milk Soap is amazing high quality soap, handmade and free of harsh chemicals. Originally conceived as a Christmas gift for Martha Stewart, it contains the maximum percentage of pure goat milk.  The high butterfat content makes them extra moisturizing and perfect for sensitive skin.  You can choose between unscented or select fragrances inspired by months of the year using pure essential oils. $15

Image courtesy of Cocoluxe

Image courtesy of Cocoluxe

Once you get out of the shower, you need to moisturize your skin. Coconut oil is a wonderful way to keep your skin from itching under sweaters and heavy coats.  Cocoluxe organic is pure unrefined oil that comes in a convenient easy to use tube that travels easily and absorbs quickly.  $11.99

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Image courtesy of makeupalley.com

Winter hair can be the worst. Between the drying effect of heat and pulling hats on and off, you can find yourself living in frizz city. Pureology Hydrate Shampoo and Conditioner are sulfate free and gently cleanse without stripping color. It moisturizes hair with botanicals like peppermint sage and rosemary.  Even thick processed hair will remain soft and tangle free during winter months. $80 on amazon.com

Image courtesy of La Mer

Image courtesy of La Mer

Of course, the one thing you always want to keep moisturized and supple is your face. La Mer cream has been the go-to face cream since the cream invented the brand to repair burned skin. Using a miracle broth made from kelp, a very small amount insures soft glowing skin and protects you from chaffing cold wind. Although it’s pricey, it’s definitely more than worth it!! $310

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Image courtesy of Menaji

Last, but not least, who wants to kiss chaffed lips? No one!! A Fashion Reverie, Menaji has a great lip agent balm. Menaji’s lip balm agent is enriched with Vitamin E, sunflower, macadamia, jojoba oil and there is no waxing or drying ingredients. And though this lip balm is marketed as a lip balm for men, ladies don’t get it twisted, this balm also works for women because it has SP 15 and works well under your lips stick or gloss. $7.99

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Beauty Pick: Toppik Brow Building Fibers Kit

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Image courtesy of fashiongonerogue.com

Thick eyebrows are back! Thank you, Cara Delevingne. Do you remember a dark period in the 90′s when supermodels were plucking their brows into nonexistence?  It made them look so weird.  (Side note eyebrows and eyelashes serve a functional purpose. They keep stuff from getting into your eyes! )

Super thin eyebrows create their own problems. Not only is it painful to obtain, it makes your eyes look tiny. You need to apply your mascara with a putty knife. That being said; you also need to be careful with making your brows look fuller than they really are. But you’re in luck. Introducing a FABULOUS product that will give you thick dramatic brows without veering into drag queen territory; Toppik Brow Building Fibers set. It comes in light, medium, and dark.

Images courtesy of Toppik

Images courtesy of Toppik

Unlike brow pencils Toppik, comes with a wax base you can use to both build up your brows to make them looking thicker, and it can keep unruly brows in place.  Dip the angled end of the small brush (included in the kit) in the wax and apply a small amount to eyebrows to set the shape for your brows.  Now shake a little onto the back of your head and dip the rounded end of the brush into the power.  Lightly dab the brush onto your brows to thicken and create definition. The powder is made of keratin so it will bond with your eyebrow. Long lasting, it won’t come off until you wash it off with makeup remover.

Now, you are all set to flaunt dramatic brows. Cara Delevingne eat your heart out!!

—Cameron Rose

 

Beauty Pick: Get Bright Eyed for NYFW: Men’s with Adorlée

 

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Image courtesy of Khoobsurati.com

With New York Fashion Week: Men’s being less than a week away, editors, journalists, stylists, and fashion industry will descend upon New York City looking for that next great menswear designer, as well as luxuriating in household brands that we have come to know and love. Though this inaugural fashion week is all about menswear, don’t forget that there will be a lot of photos taken, and not just of the spring 2016 menswear collections. It is important to look bright eyed and bushy tailed as you scuttle from one collection or menswear presentation to the next. Granted this inaugural menswear season will be far less hectic than New York Fashion Week and international fashion weeks in London, Milan, and Paris; still, it is best to put your best face forward.

Next week promises to be very humid, all the humidity and heat exhaustion can to do havoc on your skin, particularly around the eye area. Add that to the hectic pace of witnessing over 40 plus menswear shows and presentations, and you could look pretty haggard in those Instagram and selfie pictures.

Image courtesy of Adorlee Beauty Inc.

Image courtesy of Adorlee Beauty Inc.

Fashion Reverie has just the solution. Adorlée’s Youth Reviving Eye Cream can give you that bright-eyed youthful look in under five minutes. Adorlée’s formula of key scientific and natural ingredients come together to reduce puffiness, increase lymphatic circulation and improve your skins firmness and elasticity. With a state-of-the-art technological process using only the finest and most precious ingredients and elements, Adorlée has created an exclusive line of luxury elixirs with intensive rejuvenating and repairing properties that will enhance the luminance and radiance of your eyes veiled over time.

The key ingredients in the rejuvenation eye cream are white tea, prized for its incredibly potent antioxidant and anti aging properties; ginseng, rich in vitamins and minerals for skin health, toning and improving complexion; aloe vera, containing phytochemicals and other nutrients beneficial to skin repair; caprylic, derived from coconut oil, an excellent skin repairing ingredient, and last, but not least, hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring molecule that hydrates the skin and increases its bounce. And believe me the product is a godsend; I have tried and it works!!

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Image courtesy of wikifoundry.com

And don’t forget male models, dark circles and puffy eyes don’t book campaigns. Why should Sean O’Pry, Lucky Blue Smith, and Ian Sharpe keep getting all the work!!

For more information, go to adorlee.ca.

—William S. Gooch

New York International Bridal Week Spring 2016 Hair Trend: Simple, Stunning and Undone

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Images courtesy of kleinfeld

Gone are the days of perfectly structured up-dos and elegant twists.  This season the prettiest hair was simple and a lot more natural.  Lead stylist Joseph DiMaggio shares the top bridal trends from the runway, “We’re seeing a lot of braids and very tasteful accessories.  The hair is more up this season; just soft and not too done, not too [produced] looking.  Very soft, very matte finish, very youthful.”

Ponytails are normally reserved for trips to the gym. Angel Mendez from Glam Squad created both low and high ponytails for Tony Ward for Kleinfeld’s collection.  “Playing with the natural texture of the hair,” Mendez took a seemingly simple style and made it wedding day appropriate.

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DiMaggio designed a soft rope chignon for Naeem Khan’s global brides.  To add a little volume and texture DiMaggio added Davines More Inside This Is a Volume Boosting Mousse and blowdried that in.  The hair was brought back into a low bun that was rope braided.  “Rope braids are really in right now especially moving into the summer [in addition to] braids in general,” DiMaggio explains.  The bun which was designed to look like a flower for an “extra little bridal touch” was finished off by pulling out wispy pieces from the top and the sides to give it that “wind swept romantic do.”  DiMaggio finished off the look with Davines More Inside This Is a Medium Hold Hair Spray to keep everything in place.

Reem Acra Images courtesy of Davines North America

Reem Acra Images courtesy of Davines North America

At Reem Acra, DiMaggio designed long sleek braids adorned with pearls and diamonds, turning the hair into jewelry.  To get the look, create a strong center part and a ponytail at the occipital bone.  Secure the ponytail with an elastic cord and braid hair.  For the show, DiMaggio used extensions, creating perfectly adorned 12″ braids, but the enhanced braids would look great at any length.

Monique Lhuillier images courtesy of Moroccanoil

Monique Lhuillier images courtesy of Moroccanoil

Monique Lhuillier kept hair off the face, also focusing on a center part, while Oscar de la Renta brushed the hair back avoiding any part at all.  While very simple, these more natural looks feel light and airy allowing the bride’s natural beauty to shine through.

Natural and airy, New York International Bridal Week spring 2016 showed us that hair doesn’t need to be too complicated to still look elegant.  We love these braids, buns and ponies for a fresh and unexpected wedding day hairstyle.

—Janine Silver

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