Beauty Prep for Your Holiday Parties

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Glittering lights, spiked hot beverages, and a general merriment is in the air, which means the holidays are here. While you might have picked out the perfect outfit for all your festive fetes, to look your best you need to focus on your beauty routine.  Colder weather is leaving skin dry and less luminous, stress and excess alcohol consumption can show up on your face, and all those glasses of red wine leave stains on your pearly whites.

To combat the changing seasons, daily stressors and even just too much partying, Fashion Reverie has rounded up our favorite products to quickly prep for any holiday shindig, so you always look and feel picture perfect!

Puffy Eyes?

If you’ve been working too hard, traveling across the globe, or just operating on less sleep than usual … it’s going to show on your face.  However, Yes To Cucumber’s Depuffing Under Eye Masks are 100% cotton under eye masks, designed to awaken the undereye area while soothing and smoothing. 

“Clinical results show that after 4 weeks of use, over 90% of consumers felt their undereye area was less puffy, smoother and soothed,” states the brand. 

Don’t have 4 weeks to get rid of the dreaded puff? Fear not, store the masks in the fridge, and apply to the area to minimize puffy eyes so they can look their best, quickly! Yes To Soothing Depuffing Under Eye Masks for Sensitive Skin, Cumber $14.99, available at Amazon.com.

Less than White Teeth?

We can’t be the only ones who put on our makeup, get dressed and glance in the mirror on the way out the door only to realize our teeth aren’t as white as we’d like.  If you only have 2 minutes to a white smile, Luster 2 Minute Pearl Infused Whitening Kit is for you.  The best part is there are no trays or strips.  This 2-step system where you simply prep with the pearl infused rinse and then apply the serum to your teeth.  The system is enamel-safe, so it does not cause tooth sensitivity, a major drawback of all the strips we used in the past.

Added bonus, with consistent use you can whiten your teeth up to 6 shades in only 3 days! Luster Premium White 2- Minute Pearl Infused Teeth Whitening Kit $11.96, available at Amazon.com.

Split Ends?

Keep your tresses looking luxurious and healthy by sealing in moisture and repairing dry, damaged locks with Two Drop Hair Serum by Mounia.  Between the cold weather wicking away moisture and over-styling–we’re looking at you straighteners and curling irons–it’s easy for your hair to turn from silk into hay this time of year.

Two Drop Hair Serum provides all day protection.  Designed to repair hair strands and also strengthen, smooth, and shine, this serum is silicone-free and infused with organic Argan Oil and Prickly Pear Seed Oil.  Apply a tiny amount (2 drops) to instantly make your hair look healthier and party ready!

Two Drop Hair Serum, $40.00 available on Mouniahaircare.com.

Dark Circles?

Need to get rid of dark circles quickly to look party ready?  grace & stella’s A Dream Come Blue Eye Masks are a fan favorite with over 8,000 5-Star reviews and are even used by celebrities like Jessica Alba. 

These cooling gel patches are designed to reduce dark circles and undereye bags, all while hydrating and soothing.  Plus, they’re vegan and cruelty-free!  All it takes is 15 to 20 minutes to look instantly more awake.  Filled with skin-loving ingredients like Niacinamide to protect the skin barrier, camellia sinensis leaf extract oil (derived from tea plants) to combat dark circles and reduce wrinkles.  Apply these patches to the undereye area and let sit while picking out your outfit or doing your hair, to be ready in a flash.

Be sure to check out their other 2 Eye masks. Everything is better in pink which is a collagen boosting eye mask and It’s like an energy drink for your eyes, their anti-wrinkle and energizing mask. grace and stella Eye Masks, $21.99 for a package of 24 available at Amazon.com.

Lips Looking a Little Thin and Lackluster?

No matter if you’re planning to pucker up under the mistletoe or just looking for a more beautiful and fuller pout, JOAH has you covered.  JOAH Beauty Top it Off Plumping Lip Oil Set is formulated to soften lips and increase volume, plus you’ll love the silky water-shine finish and iridescent sparkle.  Infused with fine pearls and lavender oil these three shades in Prosecco, Bellini, and Bubbly can quickly be swiped on as you’re heading out the door for an instant boost to your lips!

JOAH Beauty Top it Off Plumping Lip Oil Bundle, $15.99 available at JOAHBeauty.com

Droopy, Tired Skin?

MyChelle’s G2 Instant Firming Serum is made without chemicals or parabens for a cleaner product designed to smooth skin and immediately improve firmness.  Apply before your holiday festivities to refine texture and diminish the signs of aging, thanks to the serum’s signature blend of Argireline peptide, Instalift from Goji Berries, and fermented Pomegranate Extract. Give it a little shake and apply two pumps to cleaned skin to leave your skin feeling moisturized and toned.

MyChelle G2 Instant Firming Serum, $50.99 available at Amazon.com.

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Need a Burst of Hydration?

An alcohol-free mist that tones skin like Humphreys Soothe: Witch Hazel and Rose Alcohol Free Toner Mist is the perfect way to hydrate and tone your skin.  Made with wild-crop certified witch hazel and featuring a delicate rose scent which will have you feeling ready to take on any event, from that work party (with that one co-worker who always talks your ear off) to your bestie’s ugly sweater party!

Humphreys Soothe: Witch Hazel and Rose Alcohol Free Toner Mist $7.45 Available at Walmart.com.

With these new products you’ll be ready for any occasion.  Be sure to share your favorite holiday beauty tricks with us and have a happy holiday season!

Janine Silver

Holiday Gifts for Beauty Lovers at Every Price Point

 

Holiday shopping can be difficult, especially when you think of the long list of people you need to buy gifts for: family, friends, co-workers, your kids’ teachers … the list goes on and on.  If you need a last-minute present … or perhaps a Secret Santa gift, stocking stuffer, or even just a token of your appreciation, Fashion Reverie has got you covered.  We’ve curated our favorite beauty gifts at every price point, perfect for all your gift giving needs this holiday season.

Under $25

TOCCA Wonders Collection Mini Perfume Duo Set

This luxurious duo features two adorable perfume bottles in a cute round box, perfect to gift or receive.  TOCCA’s perfumes are soft gorgeous balanced scents perfect for everyday use.  This set consists of two 5ml Eau de Parfum bottles, one in the scent Florence (with notes of Bergamot, Pear and Gardenia) and the other Colette (with notes of Bergamot, Sandalwood, and Pink Peppercorn.)

$22.00 available at Tocca.com

 Good Chemistry Experimentation Set

Gifting fragrance doesn’t have to be a daunting task, even if they don’t have a signature scent yet.  Good Chemistry’s Experimentation Set, festively packages seven vials of concentrated formulations, ranging from Queen Bee (Black Currant, Peony, Amber) and Pink Palm (Dragonfruit, Magnolia, Sugared Vanilla), to Tiger Lily (Orange Flower, Amber, Vanilla) and Cheerful Charmer (Coconut Milk, Apple Blossom, Vanilla). They could be worn singularly or layered to form a unique scent for those who love to get a little creative.

$24.99 available at Good-Chemistry.com

Under $30

TOCCA Wonders Collection Crema Veloce Mini Hand Cream Set

Enriched with natural extracts from coconut oil, shea butter and aloe, this hand cream trio is designed to leave hands feeling soft and hydrated.  Featuring three popular TOCCA scents in 45ml bottles, this is a gift your friends will not only love but use all winter long.  This set consists of creams derived from their perfume counterparts: Cleopatra (with notes of Grapefruit, Jasmine and Vanilla Musk), Florence (with notes of Bergamot, Pear and Gardenia), and Colette (with notes of Bergamot, Sandalwood, and Pink Peppercorn.)

$26.00 available at Tocca.com.

Under $40

OPI Holiday ’22 Nail Lacquer 10 Piece Iconics Mini Pack

This 10-piece nail polish set features mini bottles in OPI favorites sure to be a valued collection.  With neutrals as well as reds and even purples, there’s a shade here for any occasion. Included in the set are Alpine Snow, Bubble Bath, Tickle My France-y, Big Apple Red, Lincoln Park After Dark, Chiffon-d of You, Mod About You, Pompeii Purple, Malaga Wine and OPI Ink.

$34.75 available at Ulta.com.

 

Under $60

DERMAdoctor ho ho GLO

Vitamin C is one of the best skin smoothing and firming applications. DERMAdoctor’s ho ho GLO is packed with 55% more of this antioxidant ingredient than Florida oranges.  The boxed kit is complete with Kakadu C: brightening daily cleanser, that also is a toner and makeup remover in one, an Amethyst Clay Detox Mask, and a high potency evening oil. Delivering more beautiful, youthful looking skin, your friend or loved one’s beauty ritual is all in one box

$56 Available on Amazon.com.

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Oceanly Anti-Aging Mini Set

Oceanly is all about plastic-free skincare for anti-aging featuring Phytoglycogen for gorgeous skin.  This four-piece vegan set designed to clean, treat, and moisturize the skin while reducing the signs of aging comes in biodegradable cardboard tubes from eco-managed forests, making these products not only good for your skin, but also for the environment.

The Anti-Aging set includes face cleaner, face serum, face cream and face oil all powered by Phytoglycogen which according to studies helps reduce visible frown lines by 75% and leave skin 60% hydrated after only 7 hours.  This star ingredient is also known to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while peptides restore the moisture barrier for softer, hydrated skin.

Give the gift of beauty this year with these gift sets and help everyone feel more beautiful inside and out.

Janine Silver

Up Your Beauty Game this Fall

Crisp air means it’s time to change your beauty routine, and there is a slew of amazing new products to check out.  From keeping your curls hydrated to a slushie for your face, there’s something for everyone to update your beauty regime this season!

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Prolong your summer tan

If your summer tan is beginning to fade, you could book a trip to Hawaii or you could try Bali Body Face Tan Serum.  Just launched this month, this self-tanning serum combines skin-boosting vitamins, niacinamide, and hyaluronic acid with a gradual bronze tan.  The lightweight formula will nourish, brighten, and plump your complexion, while leaving you looking as if you just came back from a tropical vacation.

Bali Body Face Tan Serum $29.95

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Cleanse without drying your complexion

Merle Norman Cosmetics has developed a line of plant-based clean beauty solutions designed to leave your skin clean, soft, and beautiful.  Their newest product, Aqua Bliss Cleansing Lotion provides superior barrier protection, as it’s designed not to clog pores or dry out your skin.

According to a recent study in Exploding Topics, “clean beauty has been on the rise for over three decades. As with the clean food movement, consumers are becoming more aware (and concerned) about the products they put on their bodies.” With “48% of consumers reported that they buy plant-based products monthly, and 88% said they are likely to buy plant-based products in the next three months,” according to a study in Cosmetic Design, it makes sense that Merle Norman Cosmetics utilized the power of plants to formulate their new line.

Aqua Bliss Cleansing Lotion’s 98% natural, plant-based formula gently removes makeup and damaging pollutants without stripping skin of essential moisture thanks to Babassu Oil.  Plus, dehydrated coconut water gently purifies.

Merle Norman Cosmetics Aqua Bliss Cleansing Lotion $27

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Keep your curls soft and shine

Curly hair is always a bit of a challenge. Enter Curlsmith, who’s on a mission to help everyone love their hair, no matter the texture.  Curlsmith is all about nourishing curls from loose waves to tight coils.  Their limited-edition Hydrating Hair Mask is a deep nourishing conditioning mask made with shea butter, avocado oil, apricot kernel oil, resurrection flower, and more “good-for-you ingredients” to transform hair, leaving it both soft and strong.

Curlsmith Hydrating Hair Mask $28

Nourish your face with a lotion from the freezer

Icing your face is an old secret-turned-TikTok hack that beauty lovers have been clamoring over.  So, if you’ve ever put cucumber slices over your eyes to make them less puffy or seen the phenomenon of ice rolling on social media, you won’t be surprised to hear that cold does wonders for your complexion. UK brand Skin Proud took icing to the next level with a lotion designed to be frozen. 

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Frozen Over Moisturizer, can be applied at room temperature. The gel-like texture will give you an “instant boost of moisture” thanks to ingredients like anti-inflammatory Aloe Vera extract.  However, apply it straight from the freezer for icy hydration that will make dull or puffy skin a thing of the past. Plus, it’s completely vegan and great for sun-stressed skin so when you do plan your next tropical vacation, be sure to keep some on hand.

  Skin Proud Frozen Over $13.98

Changing seasons is always the best time to try something new.  Check out these new products which will have you looking and feeling amazing!

Janine Silver

Bridal Beauty for Fall 2023: Say Yes to The Dress … and the Hair and Makeup, Too!

 

So, you found your dream dress, so now the hard part is over, right?  Well, yes and no.  After you’ve identified the gown for that very special day, there’s still a lot of decisions to make. How are you going to style your hair?  What type of veil do you want, or do you want to skip one altogether?  Do you keep your makeup simple or dare to go a little more glamorous?

If you find yourself a little unsure of how to style your final look, New York Bridal Week has all the inspiration you need to make sure you’re looking fabulous for your “I do’s.”

Here’s how the bridal experts style for that very special day:

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A Strapless Gown

All about Serenity, Anne Barge’s stunning wedding dresses featured many different strapless styles with sweetheart necklines, straight across and even asymmetrical ones in luxurious embroidered jacquard fabrics, to touches of organza.  To keep things simple, hair was left down or brushed back into a wrapped around ponytail, which really spoke to the rolling hills of Kentucky (where the designer grew up) and the calm English countryside.

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A Backless Wedding Dress

Ines Di Santo paired her backless gowns with an elegant braided updo adorned with flowers and middle part which added something special to the hair without taking away from the gown.  Add a few wispy pieces to keep it light and airy.  While you may choose to skip (or keep) the strands of pastel extensions and colorful flowers, a braided updo is the perfect way to show off gowns with low backs.

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A Wedding Jumpsuit or Pant Set

For the untraditional bride, a bridal jumpsuit or wedding dress is a gorgeous option.  This season several designers featured pieces perfect for the bride who doesn’t want to wear a dress.

Pnina Tornai’s white sequin dimensional-flower lace jumpsuit with flared pant, long sleeves and a low scoop back is ideal for the non-traditional bride still looking to make an elegant statement.  Maticevski’s sleek cigarette pants pair well with structured tops and cut-away dresses for the bride looking for a more structured look. 

Pnina Tornai featured a very simple sleek bun to not draw attention away from custom lace detailing and low back.  For that reason, both designers skipped the customary veil which would detract from the overall look. 

Fashion Reverie recommends adding a little something extra with a bright lip or a graphic eye, which would pair so well with either style.

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A Simple Silhouette

A dress with cleaner lines void of lace, beading and tulle allows you to go in many different directions, from traditional and simple, to a bit more fun. 

Maticevski’s collection of structural gowns and separates showcasing an occasional ruffle, a bit of ruching and shirring, and many an exposed zipper is a great example of a collection that would pair well with a graphic white eyeliner for the bride ready to add a little more edge to their look.

While Fashion Reverie loves a bridal week trend, the most important thing is that you find a look that you love and feel amazing in.  So, take this list as inspiration rather than set rules and adapt it to fit your taste and style.  No matter what you choose, as long as you feel good, that’s all that matters.  Cheers to your big day – it’s going to be perfect!

Janine Silver

 

 

Top Beauty Trends from New York Bridal Week Fall 2023

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After a few years of COVID-19 shutdowns, Bridal Week this season applauded the return of weddings. Pulling out all the stops, some designers showcased new collections again, the first time since the outbreak.  As designer Pnina Tornai explained, “this collection is all about celebrating love as we used to pre-COVID and understanding that two are better than one.”

Designers outdid themselves with showstopping gowns and separates, and styled them (sometimes unexpectedly) with accessories, hairstyles, and makeup for their fall 2023 collections. 

Here are some of the top bridal week beauty trends to try this season, even if you’re not heading to the chapel!

Images courtesy of NARS and Bobbi Brown

Blushing Brides

Rosy cheeks and weddings go hand-in-hand, so, it was no surprise to see lots of blush once again on the runways and presentation floors of New York Bridal Week. 

For a bright shade, Bobbi Brown’s blush in Pale Pink gives a nice pink hue.  Or if you’re looking for a more natural flush, try another favorite, NARS blush in Orgasm, a favorite among brides and designers since it debuted several years ago.

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Colorful Hair Pieces

Who says you need to wear head-to-toe white on your big day? At Reem Acra, gorgeous white lace dresses were paired with slicked back buns and colorful veils. 

Ines Di Santo’s presentation also played with color not only in her gowns which were shades of lilac, blush, and even pale blue, but also in the models’ hair. Peter Gray and his team applied and braided colorful extensions for each model in shades of pink, purple and blue.  Next, the pastel streaked braids were pinned into an updo and adorned with colorful flowers.

Images courtesy of Anne Barge

Pearl Statement Earrings

Instead of dainty earrings, Anne Barge’s collection paired strapless gowns donning detachable sleeves with statement-making chandelier earrings featuring strands of pearls and single tear-shaped pearls as well, to complement the rich fall fabrics. 

Brown Eyeliner

For a softer look, skip the traditional black.  At Ines Di Santo, Cassandra Garcia, Lead Makeup Artist with Bobbi Brown lined eyes with Long Wear Cream Shadow in shades, Taupe and Cinnamon and used Golden Amber in the inner corners for an elegant eye, perfect for any upcoming nuptials.

Hats

In shades of cream and white, hats were another big accessory showcased at Anne Barge.  Marrying the old and new and bringing hats back to the wedding scene is a great way to add something a little extra on your big day.

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Matte Pink Lips

A soft matte lip pairs so well with bridal looks, so much so that many designers featured various shades of matte pink.  At Ines Di Santo, Garcia chose Bobbi Brown’s Boss Pink Luxe Matte Lip Color to pair with the fairytale collection.

Have a favorite bridal trend from fall 2023 collections?  Let us know!  From traditional to modern, this season had something for everyone!

—Janine Silver

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top Beauty Trends from NYFW Spring 2023

New York Fashion Week’s (NYFW) spring 2023 collections featured lots of bright colors and fun spring styles paired with soft beauty looks with an occasional pop.

Fashion is changing slowly with some designers switching to a buy now model rather than having to wait till next spring, but no matter if designers are offering collections early or not, there’s tons of spring beauty trends that work so well now for fall!  Steal some of your favorite looks from the catwalk and be ahead of the curve! 

These are Fashion Reverie’s top trends from NYFW:

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90s Baby

In fashion and beauty what’s old is new again and again … and again.  This season the 90s are back baby and taking over.  Nineties looks in beauty and fashion were all over NYFW from the silver glitter cat eyes at Tory Burch to the teased updos at Sergio Hudson. 

“I love that we just recycle makeup and I love the 90s trend that’s coming back in the moment,” Charlotte Tilbury Lead Global Pro Arist Kelechi explains.  “I was born in the 90s and I feel like that era speaks to me, I belong in that era. I’m loving that pointed lip, the really soft eye, and loads of mascara.  Again, I think the 90s woman really played to their natural beauty and it’s all about enhancing your natural beauty,” Kelechi exclaims.  “So, I love that we’re really moving away from the stronger looks and the heavier makeup. Don’t get me wrong I still love it and am still obsessed with full glam, but I’m loving that people are playing with texture and real skin this season.”

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Intense Black Cat Eye

Lead Artist Diane Kendal, created an intense cat eye at Jason Wu, utilizing The Jewel Stick in solid black from the designer’s own beauty line for stop and stare intense cat eyes.

Tommy Hilfiger models also sported a signature intense cat eye with a nod to the 80s.  Lead Makeup Artist Sam Visser used a kohl eye pencil on the inside, top and bottom lash lines, as well as the eye crease.  Next, Visser layered a powder matte shadow onto the lid, blending the extra shadow up and towards the outside corners of the eyes.

Images courtesy of Vivienne Tam

Fresh Faces

On the runways at NYFW, all ofthe top makeup artists stressed the importance of enhancing natural beauty.  Trading heavy full glam makeup and contouring for letting natural beauty shine through.

Focusing on a clear beautiful complexion, Maria Livingood, Pro Aveda Artist focused on minimalism at Vivienne Tam.  “Aveda Hydrating Lotion was applied [to all models] to give them really natural and really clean skin,” explains Livingood.  Adding that a little concealer was added where needed, but keeping look was fresh and radiant.

Images courtesy of Janine Silver

Wrapped Blush

“Everybody this season is looking for a brighter blush and a nice natural flush,” shares Molly Ganster lead artist backstage at Homolog Paris.  To create a sun-kissed flushed look, Ganster applied blush in the center of the face from the apples of the cheeks across the nose.  She paired that with the same tone on the lips to keep it cohesive.

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At Christian Cowan, models blush extended from their cheeks to the middle of their brow.  The look created by Smashbox Lead Artist Lori Taylor Davis kept the rosy hue the center of attention.  Davis created the look with Smashbox’s Halo Sheer to Stay Color Tint which was applied liberally on each model.

ALIÉTTE was all about that rosy glow, too.  Makeup Artist Keita Moore and Kevyn Aucoin Beauty’s Global Director Nick Lujan used Kevyn Aucoin’s The Neo-Blush in Sunset to add a little warmth to the models’ complexions and the runway.

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Metallic Nails

Silver nails are back in the spotlight.  At Tommy Hilfiger, models wore shiny metallic manicures created by Lead Artist Naomi Yasuda.  To get the look, Naomi simply prepped the nails with The GelBottle’s Base Coat.  Next, Yasuda applied two coats of The GelBottle’s Mirror Chrome Liquid Metallic Studio Gel and topped it off with Extreme Shine Topcoat for a glossy mani that looks good on all skin tones.

If you’re like us and can’t wait for spring, try out some of these runway-inspired trends now.  No matter if you’re heading to a party or just posing with your PSL these looks are sure to make for the perfect social media post any season of the year!

Janine Silver

Fashion Reverie’s Favorite Wearable Looks from NYFW

Fashion show and red carpet looks tend to be gorgeous, but sometimes they can also be a bit over-the-top. While extravagant styles certainly turn heads and make for great photos, a lot of people have asked us who is really wearing those looks.  It’s true many styles are there simply for shock value, and while Fashion Reverie loves an innovative hairstyle or makeup application, sometimes simple is best.

Fashion Reverie has listed all our favorite and very wearable looks that will take you from fall to next spring and don’t require you dropping a ton of money on products … or to wake up 3 hours early to do your hair and makeup!

Image courtesy of Janine Silver

Natural Beauty

So many runways this Fashion Week were filled with models with clean natural skin.  Charlotte Tilbury, a brand all about natural beauty and their lead artist Kelechi was thrilled to simply enhance each model’s beauty for Mirror Palais’ show. “We wanted that timeless, effortless beauty.  Mirror Palais really speaks to the best version of yourself, whether you’re a guy or a girl it’s making you feel sexy, making you feel empowered and that’s something that’s really close to our DNA at Charlotte Tilbury,” explains Kelechi. 

“All of these models are gorgeous; how do we make them look absolutely incredible.  It’s playing on all of those natural colors that we see in their skin, really dusky hues and rose on lips with glossy eyes for that Bambi eye effect with a blush cheek.  So, as if you just woke up, but you woke up like Beyoncé.”  To get the glossy eye, Kelechi mixed Charlotte Tilbury’s Flawless Filter (aka Instagram Filter in a bottle) with a cream eyeshadow that has a touch of glitter for a subtle glow.  “We didn’t want it to look too shimmery, but more like you have a bit of an oily lid, which looks so beautiful [on the runway].”  Charlotte Tilbury is all about makeup you can do in the car. “We wanted it to be makeup that can be performed on the go.  Every single thing, you can do in seconds,” explains Kelechi of this easy natural look.

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Knots and Modern Buns

Christian Siriano’s models wore Audrey Hepburn-inspired buns while walking the runway at Elizabeth Taylor’s townhouse. Unilever Lead Stylist Lacy Redway, wanted to create a modern bun with side-swept bangs to complement the elegance of the townhouse.  Redway utilized TRESemmé TRES TWO Extra Hold Hair Gel and Total Volume Hair Spray to sculpt the bangs and keep hair looking smooth.

Naeem Khan spring 2023 beauty image courtesy of fashionista.com/IMAXtree

Meanwhile, at Naeem Khan models sported twisty top knots, each a bit different to complement each girls’ look.  Aveda Lead Stylist Jon Reyman slicked each model’s hair and placed into tight twisted knots on the crown of their heads for an elevated but easy to recreate look when you really just want your hair away from your face.

Image courtesy of Monica Schipper/Getty Images for TRESemme

Soft Waves

Modern renaissance waves graced the runway at Mirror Palais’s spring 2023 collection.  The look created by lead TRESemmé stylist Justine Marjan featured fluffy undone waves.  “These effortless waves were styled to enhance the overall romantic spirit of the complete look …” explains Marjan. However, Marjan and her team adapted the look for each model to enhance their hair’s natural texture. 

To get the look, Marjan starts by applying TRESemmé One Step Wave 5-in-1 Spray to damp hair and then blow drying the models’ hair.  Alternatively, for girls with straighter locks, Marjan and her team braided the hair into multiple loose braids and let it air dry. 

Have super straight hair that just won’t hold a wave?  Marjan recommends gently going over the braids with a flat iron and of course adding TRESemmé TWO Extra Hold Hair Spray to control flyaways and keep those waves looking stunning all day long.

Vivienne Tam also opted for soft waves and center parts.  Aveda Lead Stylist Jon Reyman create this cool girl, effortlessly lived-in look with just a touch of Aveda styling cream to add that bit of grit to the hair and then defused it with the Dyson Supersonic.  Reyman wanted some pieces to fall down around the face for a 90s style easy look that doesn’t require too much work.

Image courtesy of Diane Bondareff

Minimalistic Manis

Playing with the more natural makeup looks, this season lots of gorgeous yet simple manicures graced the catwalk.  However, minimal doesn’t necessarily mean boring.  One great example was at Alice + Olivia’s presentation where models wore rainbow tipped nude nails.

To get the look Lead Artist Gina Edwards used KISS Bare But Better press-on nails in Nude Drama on each model.  Then to jazz up the manicures she filed them into an almond shape and painted the tip of each nail a different color for an elegant, but playful manicure. 

Want to get a fun manicure even easier? Check out KISS’ collaboration with Alice + Olivia for their line of press-on nails for other looks that you can apply quickly and easily for a perfectly on-trend bare, yet playful, manicure straight out of the box! 

—Janine Silver

Vivienne Tam: Fashion, Beauty and … NFTs Oh My!

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Vivienne Tam brings the concept of non-fungible tokens (NFT) onto the runway.  “I wanted the creators of these NFTs and even those unfamiliar with NFTs to be excited and to think, ‘Wow, they’re alive!’ That brings me joy,” shares Tam. 

From dresses and shirts to earrings and nails, these colorful images exploded to show a new fashion-forward side of the NFT craze we never thought possible.  Tam created popular images such as Bored Apes, CyberKongz and Awkward Astronauts in many different mediums from denim to crochet. 

“I want these collectors to see how beautiful these digital images can be in the physical world,” says Tam. “I want them to see how I see and feel; to bring femininity and make it wearable. My mother taught me so much about using my hands. Everything was about feeling and touching. Where NFT collectors and I converge is based on the same principle my mother underscored about how special and unique a clothing item can be; to be truly unique is to be the only one.” 

Tam, who has always been known as an innovator bridging East-meets-West, continues to highlight her Asian heritage all the while blurring the lines between tech and real-world art.  Finding similarities between NFTS and Mahjong, Tam incorporated both Mahjong tiles and popular digital art images with vivid colors into her spring 2023 collection.

Image courtesy of Vivienne Tam

To complement the collection, Aveda Pro artist Maria Livingood opted to create a more minimalistic look.  “The clothing is really cool and busy so we’re keeping all hair and makeup nice and clean,” Livingood shares. A great minimal look starts with skincare, Aveda Hydrating Lotion was applied to keep the focus on beautiful skin, “Everything else is really natural; brushed up eyebrows and Lip Saver, a lip balm we used on everyone, which makes for a nice hydrated beautiful lip, nothing shinny … just a beautiful lip … on the eyes we just curled the lashes.”

Center parts and face framing pieces completed the look to go along with Tam’s bright and modern yet 90s-inspired collection. “We really wanted that cool girl, sort of dirty, some pieces with a little natural wave. So, all the girls are they’re cool selves.  Low key, not overdone and just chill,” explains Aveda Lead Stylist, Jon Reyman.

“We used a little bit Aveda Pure Abundance Style-Prep for a little bit of hold and then a little styling cream to give the hair a little bit of dirtiness, some lived-in [style]. We just lightly defused the hair using the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer and then afterward we put it into a ponytail.”

Image courtesy of Vivienne Tam

The juxtaposition of the printed banana button up shirts, flared pants, mahjong printed tops, lace jackets and clean easy hair and skin continued to the nails for the female models.  However, for the male models, Pattie Yankee and her amazing team created gorgeous Awkward Astronaut manis.  They applied custom NFT decals for a touch of fun, only further showcasing Web3 inspiration IRL, bringing the graphics alive from head to fingertip.

It’s hard to watch a colorful collection like Tam’s spring 2023 collection without smiling.  She masters whimsy and fashion in a way that’s exciting, extremely relevant, and so fun and uses beauty to enhance the overall look—with touches of 90s grunge and fresh glowing complexions.

—Janine Silver

Instagram Made Us Try It: Does The B-Tight Lift and Firm Booty Mask Work?

Most likely if you’ve been casually scrolling on Instagram you’ve heard of MAELYS Cosmetics and their B-Tight cream, that tightens your booty and diminishes the appearance of cellulite.  Now if your end of summer vacation is calling your name but you’re a little worried about being swimsuit ready on social media … let’s start by saying you shouldn’t be, your body is amazing as is.  However, if you might feel a little more confident with less visible cellulite and a tighter and toned derriere, you might be wondering how MAELYS’ seemingly magic potions work, and if they work at all.

To get to the bottom of it (pun intended), Fashion Reverie has tested out not one but three of the Instagram famous products by MAELYS; B-Flex for arms, B-Foxy for inner thighs, and B-Tight for your booty to see how effective they really are.  But rather than just give a review, Fashion Reverie wanted to learn the science behind skincare, so we enlisted skincare expert and founder of Skin Property Virtual Esthetics, Emily Trampetti, to break down some myths and possibly offer some explanations as well.

Tampetti, who warns that most products are just clever marketing and did not speak to us on any of MAELYS’ products specifically, did help us decipher the myths and tricks of skincare. According to Trampetti, “Certain topical skincare ingredients are known to help (not cure) diminish the appearance of cellulite.” This is because the majority of these ingredients help to:

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  • Prevent collagen and elastin loss with antioxidants and regenerating nutrients

This will help to strengthen the skin “scaffolding,” helping to prevent cellulite from getting worse.

 

  • Plump out the skin with increased hydration

Skin dehydration will sort of “deflate” the skin and make cellulite more pronounced. Keeping the skin full of moisture and properly hydrated will make the skin look smoother.

 

  • Encourage warming or stimulating effects to increase blood circulation …

Anything we can do to increase microcirculation within the skin can help encourage a healthy skin structure and optimize skin hydration [Including walks, massages, and body scrubs or dry brushing].

 

  • Help the skin structure stay more protected from UV damage

Since UV damage is the #1 culprit of the destruction of our collagen and elastin in the dermis, protecting our skin from the sun is an ultimate priority when it comes to cellulite prevention.

So, do these products work?

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B-Flex

According to MAELYS’ website, B-Flex is a lift and firm arm cream that “targets the appearance of saggy and loose underarm skin, helping to create a tighter, sleeker, more firm-looking arm, and a more taut, toned-looking silhouette.”

 

Main Beneficial Ingredients:

Red Algae: Polysiphonia brodiei—hard to pronounce, easy to let it work! This red algae targets the look of fatty skin, helping to create a sleek-looking silhouette.

Kangaroo Paw Flower Extract: A clinically proven botanical extract that rejuvenates the look of skin, for a tighter, smoother appearance.

Pink PepperSlim: A plant extract that helps smooth the look of fatty skin.

 

 

What the Fashion Reverie Team Thought

Overall, almost all testers noticed the skin under the arm area tightened resulting in a decrease of the dreaded “batwing” look.  Although, some were bothered by the intensity of the warming sensation which progressively got more intense, once they knew what to expect we’re more comfortable with it.  However, all were happy with noticeable results.

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B-Foxy

MAELYS lists B-Foxy as an inner thigh firming cream, claiming that, “this revolutionary reshaping cream is clinically proven to help give tighter and firmer- looking thighs, and contour the look of saggy thighs, giving them a smoother silhouette.”

 

Main Beneficial Ingredients:

MicroAlgae: Clinically proven to target the look of fatty skin.

Tapioca Starch: Absorbs the extra moisture in the chafing zone.

Coconut Oil: Helps to fade the appearance of stretch marks.

 

What the Fashion Reverie Team Thought

Unlike the other two products, this is the only one that doesn’t heat up, and also isn’t supposed to be rubbed in.  Some testers shared that they had noticeable results, while others noted only slight improvements.  Overall, this product, did not perform as well as the other two, leaving our testers wondering if one of the other products could be applied, perhaps one that would increase blood circulation by heating up the skin.  Fashion Reverie did reach out to MAELYS’ scientific team regarding this matter, but we were not given a response. 

 

(Please note: Fashion Reverie does not recommend you use any product in a matter it wasn’t intended for.  Additionally, if you feel that you might be having an allergic reaction to these or any products, please stop use immediately and seek help from a medical professional.)

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B-Tight

MAELYS’ most famous product, B-Tight Lift and Firm Booty mask is touted on their website as being “clinically proven to reduce the appearance of cellulite and helps to visibly firm the look of skin around the booty and thighs.”

Main Beneficial Ingredients:

Pink PepperSlim: A plant extract that helps smooth the look of fatty skin.

Hyaluronic Acid: Helps retain water—keeping your skin moist and plump.

Guarana Seed Extract: Wakes up tired skin by energizing and revitalizing its appearance.

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What the Fashion Reverie Team Thought

There is a reason this is MAELYS’ bestselling product.  The booty mask across the board provided the best results for all testers.  Not only that, but the B-Tight results were more obvious quicker, with our team sharing that they saw less cellulite and firmer, toned and smoother skin pretty quickly and results getting better over time.  Just like B-Flex this product’s description was a bit misleading about what a “warming sensation” that lasts for two hours feels like, as all our testers reported that their bums felt very hot as if they applied a heating pad to their behinds.  However, once again, none of our testers minded the heat once they knew to expect it, especially after seeing results.

Overall, do these products work?  Short answer … yes.  After the Fashion Reverie team tested out the three products over a course of a few weeks, they are happy to report that the skin under their arms looked tighter, the look of cellulite on the legs and butt diminished, and everywhere they applied it looked more toned.  Are these miracle products that will instantly make you look like you’ve been Photoshopped on the cover of a magazine? No, but over time will you notice an improvement?  Absolutely! 

In fact, some team members reported noticing a slight difference in as little as three applications.  For complete transparency, the bottle recommends applying twice a day and our team only tested once per day.   That being said, some products worked better than others, and while some products say you might feel a slight warming sensation, our testers reported more of a very hot burning sensation.  However, only time will tell if these results are temporary or long lasting.

Have you tried out any of MAELYS’ creams and masks to tighten and firm?  Let us know what you think!

—Janine Silver

Spring 2022 Beauty and Skincare Roundup

The weather’s getting warmer, flowers are blooming, and spring is in the air! It’s time to put away your winter coat and shake things up! Spring brings more playful looks, and there’s no better way to get ready for a new season than with a fresh beauty routine and Fashion Reverie has you covered. That’s right! We’re rounding up our favorite products to get you ready this season and beyond!

To Keep Those Tresses in Check

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Conair Knot Dr. Pro with Case
Conair’s Knot Dr. Pro Wet and Dry Detangler Brush is perfect for all hair types. Conair claims to be masters of “knotectomy” (the removal of knots), and Fashion Reverie has to agree. The brush glides effortlessly through hair without ripping it out, even after a dip in the pool when hair can get tangled or matted easily. The brush is so smooth that you could even brush out your daughter’s or niece’s hair without worrying about causing any tears.

It’s also heat resistant, so there is no need to worry about melting it while blow-drying your hair. Plus, we love the hard case to protect the bristles, so you can easily throw this brush into a purse, gym bag, or suitcase! Available on Amazon.com. $18.23

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Kintsugi Hair

Kintsugi Hair is a line of products designed to renew and repair hair. Inspired by the ancient Japanese art form used to repair broken pottery using gold, Kintsugi looks at hair the same way and is devoted to restoring your hair instead of masking the problem with a Band-Aid.

Kintsugi co-founder and renowned plastic surgeon at Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery Group, Dr. John Layke, explains, “We wanted to create products that contain natural ingredients and effective, scientifically backed compounds. Ultimately, we developed formulas that provide essential nutrition to the scalp and the hair shaft, so anyone at home can achieve healthier-looking hair.”

Whether you are looking to add a glorious shine to seal your cuticles with Kintsugi’s. Moisture Bond Conditioning Spray or bring your hair back to life in all of its silky luxuriousness with Kintsugi’s Infused Hydration, their full line of hair products will transform dried, fried, or thinning hair back to its natural glory in no time! The complete product line is available at KintsugiHair.com. $40–$78

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CHI Air Setter 2-In-1 Flat Iron & Curler

They say it’s a woman’s prerogative to change her mind, but when it comes to hairstyles, that can get expensive and leave the bathroom cluttered and suitcases filled to the brim. 

Thanks to CHI’s Air Setter 2-in-1 Flat Iron & Curler, the days of buying a different tool for every job are in the past. So, if you want a sleek straight style today or feel like rocking voluminous curls tomorrow, you’re covered with this 2-in-1 hot tool. Equally exciting is the Cool Air Technology, which helps to set styles so that curls will stay gorgeous for longer! Available at Target.com. $99.99

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Moroccanoil Hydrating Styling Cream

Have hair that is screaming for moisture? Moroccanoil Hydrating Styling Cream will nourish your damaged winter hair back to life. Infused with argan oil, this styling cream is also a leave-in conditioner, providing moisture resulting in super soft strands.

If you have naturally curly hair, apply a little to damp hair to bring out your natural curl without any frizz. It’s also perfect for keeping ponytail fly-aways at bay or reining in an overly messy bun. Available at Sephora.com. $36.00

To Add a Pop of Color

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Primrose Palette

Bring the magic of the golden hour any time of day with the romantic hues of Anastasia Beverly Hills Primrose Palette. The 12 shades of highly pigmented shadows are versatile for everyday use or ultra-glam and are perfect for every skin tone moving from day to evening without a fuss.

We’re particularly obsessed with “honey” (a matte sandy beige), “fire opal” (a bright copper color with specks of opal), “peony” (a sparkling petal pink with a hint of gold), and “claret” (a matte rich plum), but all the shades are stunning! Available at AnastaisaBeverlyHills.com. $55.00

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MAC Matte Lipstick + Prep & Prime Lip

A bright lip can make you feel powerful, bold, and confident, which is why MAC has paired their cult favorite “ruby woo” lipstick with their Prep + Prime Lip Primer for a hydrated, smooth, defined pout. While many tend to stay away from a matte finish, MAC’s creamy formula adds light moisture for a matte look that feels great.

Not a fan of bright red? MAC also offers the duo in “whirl,” a stunning nude shade for those looking for a more subtle lip. Available at Ulta.com. $25.00

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Chroma Stix

Whether your spring is full of festivals and picnics or pushing your little ones at the park, a quick swipe of eyeliner can brighten, define, and change your whole look! Norvina Chroma Stix are perfect for cat eyes and the newly trending puppy eyes (think a reverse cat eye with a downward flick!) thanks to the smooth formula which stays put and the twist up style (with built-in sharpener), designed for precision and control.

If you don’t have the time to perfect your eyeliner, even just a quick application across your upper or lower lash line will have you feeling like springtime in shades like “electric blue,” “aqua,” “pastel coral,” and “apricot.” Available at AnastaisaBeverlyHills.com. $18.00

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Morphe X Jaclyn Hill Palette Volume II

Labeled as “35 bossy brights that won’t back down,” this palette is filled with mostly warm hues in enough variations to satisfy any expert or amateur experimenting with color. A beautiful mix of mattes and shimmering shades that read more like a garden picnic than a beauty palette, this collection shines in hues of orchid, lilac, terracotta, pearl, fig, nectarine, mustard, raspberry, marmalade, and more. The perfect way to add a little spring into your makeup routine. Available at Ulta.com. $39.00

For Soft Supple Skin

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Erno Laszlo Hydra-Therapy Memory Gel Sleep Mask

Spring is the season of awakening, and that goes for your dull, dry complexion too! Inspired by NASA, the memory gel texture melts into your skin and feels weightless, locking in vital nutrients while you sleep to wake up looking radiant. 

The sleep mask is formulated using prickly pear, which is antioxidant-rich, and Vitamin E, which repairs cell membranes and protects skin from free radicals that can lead to signs of aging. After only a few applications, you’ll begin to see a difference. Available at Ernolaszlo.com. $120.00

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Sephora Collection Ultra Glow Serum

This serum is the answer to combat dark spots, dryness, fine line, and wrinkles on a budget. It is infused with natural forms of vitamins C and E along with peptides from marine algae to improve skin radiance and evens out skin tone leaving skin silky soft. While it’s not ideal for very sensitive skin, it is gaining a cult following among beauty lovers. Available at Sephora.com $20.00

Spring is your season to shine. Now glow forth and radiate!

—Janine Silver

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