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The New Urban Decay #NakedSmoky Palette is Everything You Need in Life

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette

The key to nailing the most sought-after and elusive eye look ever? Urban Decay’s new Naked Smoky Palette — loaded with ALL the essentials for the perfect smoky eye.

I am thrilled to be one of the lucky few who got to preview the much anticipated Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette before it launches in stores. As expected, like its predecessors, it’s awesome. Urban Decay packed their newest Naked palette with a dozen sultry, smoky neutrals — nine never-before-seen shades and three exclusives. These beauties will take you from subtle smoky neutrals in the daytime to full-on clubbed-out shimmer smoky for your next night out.

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Experiment with warm bronzes, dimensional grays, rich browns, gorgeous taupes and deep black. From mattes to satins to shades with sparkle, Naked Smoky has it all and it includes everything you need in one palette: a true range of shades, the perfect brushes, even detailed tutorials!

I know this is a bold statement, but I think this might be my favorite of the Naked palettes. (I still love you though, Naked3!) I’m obsessed with its versatility and I know you will be too. Peek the video below for a closer look:

So, what do you think? Pick up your own Naked Smoky palette to perfect your smoky-eye looks and let me know how much you love it!

[Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Urban Decay via Conde Nast, but all opinions are my own.]

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Make a Splash this Summer with Stila

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Happy first day of summer, beauties! Of all of the summer 2015 collections I’ve been testing recently, Stila’s Sun, Sea & Splash Collection is one of my absolute favs. From the cooling primer to the liquid lippies that just won’t budge, Stilla’s summer offerings provide everything you need to keep your face looking flawless out in the summer sun.

Aqua Glow Perfecting Primer

Stila Aqua Glow Perfecting Primer

This cooling primer stick delivers a refreshing sensation on the skin while delivering immediate pore-reduction, skin-smoothing, and hydrating benefits. Its minty green tint will also battle redness if you get a little too flushed in the summer sun. Skin is left silky, poreless and even-toned, creating the perfect canvas for your makeup. It’s a great pick-me-up to apply even on days you don’t want a full face of makeup, too!

Aqua Glow Watercolor Blush

Stila Aqua Glow Watercolor Blush

This weightless, water-based blush, in an exclusive netted pot delivery system, providing a sheer splash of color to the cheeks with a rejuvenating cooling effect. Its luminous finish adds a healthy-looking, fresh glow to the skin. It provides the perfect pop of pink (or peach!) to your cheeks for a fresh look.

Aqua Glow Perfecting Bronzer

Stila Aqua Glow Perfecting Bronzer

This lightweight, water-based, lipid-replenishing bronzer provides a sheer veil of sun-kissed color that perfectly pairs with your skin tone. Skin is instantly awakened, softened, brightened and smoothed with a non-sticky, comforting and cooling gel texture.

Stay All Day Bronzer For Face & Body

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The perfect complement to all skin tones, Stay All Day Bronzer is a lightweight, matte-satin powder that is ideal for accenting the face and body to perfection. Features are sculpted and shaped with long-wearing pigments that blend effortlessly for a natural-looking result. The sun-kissed, bronze hue adds a touch of sun for a healthy glow all year round.

Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick

In my book, the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick is the star of the collection. It delivers intense moisture and long-lasting color that stays in place for up to 6 hours of continuous wear. Stila offers five bold new shades for summers, inspired by the colors of the sunset: Rosa, Como, Bella, Venezia and Amalfi. They’re all really beautiful, but Amalfi is my jam! I’m wearing it in the pic below. Grab yourself some to sport this season! :)

Stila Summer Collection

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Celebrate The Makeup Show’s 10 Year Anniversary with Makeup Week in NYC

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The Makeup Show Orlando in 2012 was actually the first event of its kind that I ever covered for Martinis and Mascara, so TMS truly holds a special place in my heart. That’s why I’m especially thrilled to share the news of their 10 Year Anniversary festivities!

To celebrate a decade’s worth of artistry, education, and community, The Makeup Show will hold the first ever The Makeup Show Week in NYC. The event kicks off Wednesday with killer activities for makeup enthusiasts and experienced artists alike.  Hop on board a champagne fueled Beauty Tour around NYC, schmooze with beauty buffs at a gala dinner party, or immerse yourself in days of beauty education.

The Makeup Show Week, a seven-day celebration, will be filled with over ten unique, events led by some of the top makeup artists in the world. A highlight of the week will be The Makeup Show Gala held on Friday, May 1, where guests can enjoy an exclusive gallery presentation, seated dinner, a special performance and of course drinks and dancing. Rounding out the festivities will be the first ever Beauty Tour NYC on Tuesday, May 5, where participants can grab a glass of bubbly and hop on a bus where they’ll be taken to celebrity makeup artist James Vincent’s favorite beauty haunts in NYC, topped off with an intimate cocktail event at MAKE UP FOR EVER’s Pro studio with the legendary Dany Sanz. The schedule of events for The Makeup Show Week is as follows:

Day 1: Wednesday, April 29th – Hands-on workshops

  • Artisanal Beauty with Multidimensional Makeup with Danessa Myricks
  • Character Creation Through Makeup Design and Application with Joe Dulude II
Day 2: Thursday, April 30th – Signature Style Seminars
  • Unconventional Beauty with Danessa Myricks
  • Beyond Bridal with Esterique Aidan
  • Modern Glamour with Bethany Townes
  • Unforgettable Editorial with Orlando Santiago
  • New York Groove with James Vincent
  • Secrets of My Success: A panel of The Makeup Show Artists – This is complimentary and only open to those taking at least 3 other seminars. Stay late for this session and join some of your favorite artists to share personal stories over a glass of wine. 

Day 3: Friday, May 1st — The Makeup Show Gala

  • Join The Makeup Show for their 2nd annual ball to celebrate The Makeup Show’s 10 Year Anniversary with a touch of glamour, gorgeous makeup, the spirit of giving, and an opportunity to gather with the makeup community.

Day 4: Saturday, May 2nd — Hands-on workshops

  • Saturday is a day for full day hands-on workshops before The Makeup Show.

Day 5 & 6: Sunday, May 3rd and Monday, May 4th — The Makeup Show NYC

  • Sunday and Monday The Makeup Show NYC opens doors for full days of beauty, inspiration, and opportunity.

Day 6: Monday, May 4th — The Makeup Show Career Fair

  • Following the conclusion of the show, is The Makeup Show Career Fair which is limited to ticket holders of The Makeup Show NYC attending on Monday, May 4.

Day 7: Tuesday, May 5th — Beauty Tour NYC

  • Join celebrity makeup artist James Vincent through a champagne fueled ride around Manhattan and make stops along the way at all of this favorite makeup haunts. End the tour with legendary Dany Sanz at MAKE UP FOR EVER’s pro studio.

Amazing right?! Let me know if you’ll be attending any of the festivities! For additional information, hours, and prices of The Makeup Show week, visit www.themakeupshow.com.

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Benefit Cosmetics Launches the Flawless Friends Network

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I’m sorry, but this is just too good not to share.

One of the reasons I admire Benefit Cosmetics so much (besides the fact that they make bomb-ass makeup) is that they totally kill it when it comes to their branding and marketing.

From the colorful packaging and fun product names to their cheeky social campaigns, I’m always interested in what Benefit is cooking up and how they’re serving it.

Benefit continues to disrupt the digital space with fun & laughter by offering feel-good platforms to help remind Benebabes around the world that they’re gorgeous just the way they are!

They hit it out of the park again with the launch of the “Flawless Friends Network” which recently kicked off with a hilarious video starring some of my favorite bits of 90s nostalgia – Joey Lawrence, Shannen Doherty, and psychic phone queen, Miss Cleo.

(Fun fact: Miss Cleo and I used to hang out at the same tiny coffee shop in Florida all the time before I moved to New York. I always saw her at poetry readings, which was equal parts random and awesome.)

Watch the video here:

Now, listen to Miss Cleo and call 1-844-SO-FLAWLESS. You’ll be glad you did! ;)

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LORAC Cosmetics Unveils Epic New Summer 2015 Collection

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Honestly, I’ve never met a LORAC product I didn’t like.

Almost ten years ago, one of the first brow products I used was LORAC’s Take a Brow which I still adore to this day. I met founder Carol (LORAC is Carol spelled backwards!) at BeautyCon a couple years back and she gifted me the LORAC Pro Palette which quickly became a staple in my personal makeup bag as well as my professional kit. I’m also hopelessly devoted to the TANtalizer bronzer.

They really know their stuff over at LORAC so my excitement level for this new launch is at all all time high. Get ready to geek out with me and take a peek at their new products below! The new range includes extensions to the brand’s cult-favorite Alter Ego and TANtalizer franchises as well as a seasonal selection of limited-edition offerings. Behold, LORAC’s Summer 2015 Collection…

 

Alter Ego Highly-Pigmented Lip Gloss

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Embrace your identity and transform your look with a collection of 16 shades – ranging from Girl Next Door to Dominatrix. 

 

Limited Edition Alter Ego Eye Shadow Palettes

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Choose from two irresistible, vibrant palettes, Dream Girl & HeartBreaker, loaded with an array of fun, flirty and wearable shades, ideal for sultry summer looks.

 

TANtalizer Baked Bronzer in Golden Glow

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The new shade extension is ideal for fair skin, or to be used as a highlighter for already-bronzed, darker complexions.

 

TANtalizer Baked Bronzer in Matte Tan

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Baked on terra cotta, LORAC’s Matte Tan Baked Bronzer grants a natural glow perfect for the coveted “no makeup, makeup” craze!

 

Limited Edition Hot & Spicy Collection

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Including everything you need for a sizzling summer: LORAC’s Blush/Bronzer Duo, Alter Ego Gloss in Supermodel and Travel-Size Body Bronzing Luminizer.

What do you think? I love the entire collection. Get it while it’s hot! ;)

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Breakups to Makeup Partners with Sephora on Exclusive Collection

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I first encountered Breakups to Makeup in 2013 at The Makeup Show Orlando and fell in love with their quirky collection of accessories.

Turns out, I’m not alone! The makeup mecca that is Sephora also caught wind of Breakups to Makeup’s awesomeness. This resulted in an epic partnership, which officially kicks off April 10th with an exclusive in-store accessories launch. This expansion allows Breakups to Makeup’s clutches to be more easily accessible for fans around the nation to add to their makeup collection. Hooray!

Starting tomorrow, you will find two of Breakups to Makeup’s signature makeup clutches in the phrases “Losing You Hurt, but Losing My Makeup Bag Would Be a Tragedy” and “I Would Cry, But My Mascara is Designer” as well as a Sephora Collection exclusive clutch with the phrase, “Life is Short, Wear More Makeup.” Here’s a peek at the collection:

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Retailing at $24, these durable canvas bags can store anything from your lipstick to your smart phone.  They are perfect for travel and the cutest statement piece, too. Scoop one up tomorrow!

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A Behind the Scenes Look at Nicole Kidman’s Perfect Blowout

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Nicole Kidman is one half of the best hair couple in Hollywood.

She stole the red carpet at the 2015 Oscars last night with her gorgeous freshly chopped hair, swapping her long strawberry blonde locks for a more modern shoulder length bob.

Want to know the secret behind Nicole Kidman’s perfect blowout at the Oscars? I got the details on how Wella Professionals Celebrity Stylist, Italo Gregorio, created the perfect amount of movement and definition in her newly cropped locks.

Read on to find out how you can copy her look:

1. Start with freshly washed and conditioned hair using Wella Professionals Elements Renewing Shampoo and Daily Renewing Conditioner which helps hydrate, nourish and strengthen hair.

2. Add 1-2 pumps of Wella Professionals Velvet Amplifier Style Primer to damp hair and distribute evenly throughout the head.

3. Next, apply Wella Professionals Natural Volume Mousse to the entire head to create volume and body throughout the hair.

4. Apply 1-2 drops of Wella Professionals LuxeOil Reconstructive Elixir to the entire head to add shine throughout the hair.

5. Blow-dry the entire head section by section using a medium round brush.

6. Prep hair for heat styling with Wella Professionals Thermal Image Heat Protection Spray. Shake well and spray at arm’s length onto dry hair, distributing evenly throughout the head and flatiron section by section.

8. Distribute a dab of Wella Professionals Smooth Brilliance Shine Pomade onto your hands, gently working into the ends of the hair to smooth the tips and tame frizz.

8. Finish the look by misting Wella Professionals Stay Essential Finishing Spray all over the hair.

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Get Margot Robbie’s Oscar Lipstick Look with Hourglass’ Raven

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Let’s talk about what Margot Robbie just did for Hourglass’ Raven. Margot singlehandedly made every chick watching the Oscars want to wear that lip color. (Don’t lie, you wanted to.)

This is some Taylor Swift / NARS Dragon Girl level power here.

Margot STUNNED on the Oscars red carpet last night wearing this lippie (full name: Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Raven) paired with the Hourglass Long Wear Lip Pencil in the same shade. The velvety orange-red lit her face up in the best way (not that her face needed it) and demanded attention in a sea of not-so-bold lips last night. Obsessed. Makeup artist Tyron Macchausen knows how to select some shades.

I have SO much lipstick. Like an embarrassing amount of lipstick. And I’m constantly getting more sent to me for editorial consideration (not complaining –  just stating the facts!). So, I have to really love a lipstick in order to justify buying some because I don’t really need any. Well… I totally just bought this one. I need it, ok?

If you want some too, you’d better hurry. It’s currently sold out on Sephora.com, but still available on Amazon. ;)

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Get the Look: Sienna Miller’s Flawless Makeup at the Oscars

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American Sniper star Sienna Miller stunned on the red carpet last night with a 1960s Audrey Hepburn-inspired makeup look created by the fabulous Charlotte Tilbury.

Together, Sienna Miller worked collaboratively with her long-time friend that she has proclaimed as being the “queen of the cat eye” to kick her glamorous look, driven by her Oscar de la Renta gown, into high gear.

I love love love Charlotte’s products, so I just had to know what she used to give Sienna that glow.

Want to know how to get the same look? I got the scoop:

  1. Charlotte Tilbury applied her Goddess Skin Clay Mask, a product that Charlotte says “is the key to shrinking pores and tightening the skin, leaving you with a perfectly dewy, plumped and revived red carpet glow.”
  2. Charlotte’s Magic Cream – Charlotte’s “secret to red carpet skin”- and Wonderglow were applied to hydrate the skin and create a soft-focus which is “amazing for HDTV.”
  3. Charlotte then applied Light Wonder Foundation in 6 Medium and 7 Medium, then the Retoucher Concealer in 2 Fair under the eyes and 3 Medium for the rest of Sienna’s face.
  4. Next, Airbrush Powder Flawless Finish Powder in 1 Fair and 2 Medium was applied only to the T-Zone to control shine while keeping from taking away from the dewiness on the rest of the skin.
  5. To enhance Sienna’s eyebrows, Charlotte used Brow Lift in Grace K and Cara D.
  6. Rock ‘N’ Kohl Eye Pencil in Bedroom Black and The Feline Flick Quick Fine Line Shodo Pen were used over the lash line to dramatically define the eyes.
  7. Using her Eye Smudger Brush and The Eyeshadow Luxury Palette in The Sophisticate, and Full Fat Lashes, Charlotte accentuated Sienna’s “winged” eyes, focusing on the crease and lash line areas.
  8. To enhance the cheekbones, Charlotte applied Filmstar Bronze & Glow with the Powder & Sculpt Brush, following the hollows of the cheeks and along the jaw line with the bronzer and applying the highlighter shade to the top of the cheekbones.
  9. To further accentuate Sienna’s features, Beach Sticks in Moonbeach and Ibiza were used to illuminate and sculpt.
  10. To prep the lips, Charlotte used Lip Love Lip Scrub and Lip Magic. Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Lip Liner in Pillow Talk was applied to mimic the pigment of Sienna’s lips and filled in with K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Bitch Perfect.
  11. For an all over glow, Charlotte applied Supermodel Body all over Sienna’s limbs.

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Backstage Beauty: Christian Siriano at New York Fashion Week

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I have been a fan of Christian Siriano since he sashayed his way into my heart during the fourth season of Project Runway.

His A/W ‘15 collection was, in a word, fierce.

He presented the new collection on Saturday at ArtBeam. Christian was inspired by the creatures from the Congo Jungle in the Central African Republic. Pieces included sleek burnout wool textured dresses, bold animal printed jacquard coats and liquid panther-like velvet evening outfits. The collection feels luxe and sophisticated but still playful through the ease and fluidity of the silhouettes; elegant, powerful, bold but still romantic for the Christian Siriano woman this season.

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I really loved the edgy feel of the beauty look as well. MAC makeup artist Polly Osmond created a 70s inspired makeup design featuring a striking burgundy and yellow eye paired with bare lips and dewy skin.

Leaving no detail unturned, Jamberry Nails collaborated with Christian on a custom hunter green to black ombre nail design evocative of his Congo jungle-inspired collection.

One of the most interesting aspects of the look was the intricate wet-look hair design, executed by Sebastian Professional lead stylist Anthony Cole. If you’re feeling adventurous, I got the scoop on how to get the hair look at home! Here are the steps he took to achieve this look and the products you need:

  • Mix 2 parts Sebastian Professional Mousse Forte with 1 part Sebastian Professional Gel Forte.
  • Taking 2 inch sections temple to temple from the nape of your neck up, apply the mix to your roots.
  • With a flat brush, blow dry the hair back. When reaching the front slightly direct the hair to either side making sure it is still brushed back.
  • Spray Sebastian Professional Shine Shaker on hair to create a wet look.
  • Take random pieces of hair from the side of the face and apply Sebastian Professional Gel Forte and Sebastian Professional Microweb Fiber to help create waves.
  • Apply Sebastian Professional Liquid Steel to keep the waves together and in place.
  • Finish with Sebastian Professional Shaper Fierce.

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