SHUZZ Fashion Show with Zac Posen

1 The first time I came face to face with a Zac Posen was at my Allure shoot last year. The first time I came face to face with the Zac Posen was over the weekend.

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I pretty much fell in love both times.

The highly acclaimed designer and Project Runway judge was in Boca on Saturday to present his fall collection for a wonderful cause. The SHUZZ | ART | FASHION event raised over $175,000 – 100 percent of which will be given directly to relief efforts to donate shoes to children in impoverished communities internationally. So amazing.

Also amazing, was Zac Posen’s Fall 2014 Collection. Let’s talk about it.

The collection was dripping in all of the effortless draping and distinct structural silhouettes that make Zac Posen Zac Posen. If you’ve never experienced a Posen show before, it’s like watching a movie. Like a really badass, theatrically dramatic movie. With an epic soundtrack.

The show began with a series of fitted skirtsuits in rich fall appropriate fabrics like tweed and finished with some serious heavy hitters in the ball gown department. Interesting architectural sleeves and gorgeous floor length capes also made an appearance on some of the garments. As usual, the collection showcased his masterful skill for creating pieces that are both edgy and feminine. See for yourself (photos below by the super talented Simon Soong):

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The event fused fashion and philanthropy with art which made it a truly unique experience. An impressive roster of artists presented work to be auctioned for the charity. I already shared my favorite piece by Amanda Valdes, but she didn’t stop at that one. The artist drew inspiration from Zac’s fashions (and models!) and created a series of new runway inspired drawings. My favorite is this drawing inspired by the beautiful Marla Weaver:

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Obsessed.

To see more sights and sounds from this amazing event, search #ShuzzFashion2014 on your social channels and visit www.shuzz.org for more information on this amazing organization.

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IMAGE Skincare Worldwide Launch Party and New Campaign News

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What an exciting month this has been! If you follow me on my social media sites I’m sure you’ve seen me bouncing around from event to event over the past few weeks. One of the most exciting shindigs I had the pleasure of attending was the Image Skincare Worldwide Launch Party earlier this month.

The concept of this party was brilliant to me because it was literally held worldwide. Image Skincare representatives in regions all over the globe held individual parties at the same time – all with the same theme, décor, products, and presentation. Participating cities included New York, Dubai, Beverly Hills, Chicago, Berlin, London, Las Vegas, Hong Kong, Miami, Milan, Sydney, and many others. In total, more than 85 parties were held with more than 15,000 attendees.

I attended the Palm Beach party and was so thrilled to be among the skincare professionals who had the opportunity to experience revolutionary new Image products before their release. The party was a truly interactive event with product testing stations set up at every turn. My favorite of the products I discovered at the launch party were the products in the Illuma line.

This line contains cell extracts, lightening peptides, and phyto lightening agents for truly illuminated skin. I’ve been using mine for only about a week and I’m already addicted. It will be available in for purchase in May and you better believe I will remind you closer to the launch date.

Here are some other sights from the party (photos by Jason Nuttle):

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Here I am with the inspirational (and gorgeous) CEO and Founder Janna Ronert and my friend and major Image fan Brittany (who you may remember as my model in my Allure makeover challenge!).

I had a blast learning about the products and I was also excited to be there because… drumroll please… I am part of their new campaign!

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Before I proceed, let me assure you that this is not just some product line that was sent to me for review a minute ago. I have used Image Skincare for a decade now, long before I even knew what a blog was. I have been a longtime fan and it just serendipitously happened that they wanted to partner with me in this capacity. Serendipity is my favorite!

I am passionate about these products because I know they work. As cheesy as this sounds, I’m proud of the skin I’m in because of Image and I couldn’t be more thrilled to promote the Truth in Numbers Campaign! This went live on the site during the launch party:

Seriously, Vital C is where it’s at. (But if you don’t want to take my word for it, you can also ask Miss USA and basically any of the Victoria’s Secret models.)

Here is another shot from the new campaign!

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So exciting. Check out imageskincare.com for more information and stay tuned for more from me about Image news and products soon!

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Get Kate Winslet’s Makeup and Hair Look from the Divergent Premiere

I’ve had a woman crush on Kate Winslet since she lifted that fierce hat to reveal her face in the beginning of Titanic. You know what I’m talking about.

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She earned immediate beauty icon status in my mind from that moment forward. (Fun fact: I was Rose for Halloween in 1997.)

Moral of the story is, I think she’s stunning and she proved that again on the Divergent red carpet at the LA premiere earlier this week.

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Her stylist obviously got the memo about the color of the season. Inspired by Kate Winslet’s poppy red dress, makeup artist Jillian Dempsey used a neutral palette to accentuate her natural features for a vibrant look. Lush lashes, a peachy pop of color and glowing skin made the actress radiant on the red carpet.

Here are the Lancome products used to get the look:

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For her hair, celebrity hairstylist Renato Campora gave Kate Winslet sexy yet sophisticated waves that were fun yet still glamorous enough for the red carpet.

Here is his step-by-step breakdown:

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#GlamOfThrones Giveaway with ‘The Ring and the Crown’ and Laura Mercier

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It’s time for another giveaway! This one is in honor of the upcoming release of The Ring and the Crown by Melissa de la Cruz, the New York Times bestselling author of the Blue Bloods series and Witches of East End (now a hit show on Lifetime!). I’m currently reading it and loving it so far!

Packed with royal politics, shocking betrayals, forbidden affairs, uneasy alliances, and completely fabulous clothing, the book goes “Glam of Thrones” and the prize pack up for grabs coordinates with that theme perfectly!

One winner will receive a copy of the book as well as a Laura Mercier set, a versatile trio of lip products designed by Mercier for achieving sheer to highly pigmented looks. Each hand-selected shade and finish combination can be worn alone or mixed together to customize your look for any occasion. Here’s a breakdown of the beauty goodies in the prize pack:

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  • Laura Mercier Lip Pencil in True Red
  • Laura Mercier Nouveau Lip Colour in Mod
  • Laura Mercier Lip Glace in Poppy

Fun right? See the Rafflecopter widget below to enter. Ready, set, go!

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New Voices of Beauty Update

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So many amazing things have been happening in New Voices of Beauty land.

If you missed all of my squealing on my social channels, the infamous video we shot with Lucky Magazine and P&G Beauty was released last week! Check it out:

As if that wasn’t exciting enough, my friends at Lucky also included me in their roundup of bloggers you should start reading now!

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Have I mentioned recently how much I love Lucky Magazine?

In other exciting news, the New Voices of Beauty along with P&G Beauty will be hosting an epic Twitter party soon. Join us beginning 7 p.m. on Thursday as we dish our spring beauty must haves! Follow me, Nikki, Naty, Amy, P&G Beauty, and Lucky Magazine to get in on the action. Our official hashtag is #SB14Beauty. Use it! I love Twitter and I love parties, so I’m stoked. See you then! :)

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Marietta Carter-Narcisse Creates Planner for the Beauty Enthusiast

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You may remember me mentioning Marietta Carter-Narcisse a few times before because I have seen her speak at multiple events including The Makeup Show.

She is super inspirational and has been a working makeup artist for over two decades. Even if you aren’t familiar with her name, you’ve seen her work on all kinds of amazing faces including Samuel L. Jackson’s.

After many years in the industry, she was inspired to create a comprehensive MUA Planner with makeup artists in mind. She used to keep a logbook to manage both the creative and financial aspects of her job. So, all detailed records of all her work — supplies purchased, mileage driven, time worked, sketches, to-do lists, etc. – went into the book.

Her 2014 Makeup Artist Planner is a fusion of her original logbook with a master list of annual makeup events, and more. All of the major trade shows, awards shows, workshops, film festivals, fashion weeks, seminars and other events are included.

It’s an amazing resource for makeup artists and I think it’s also great for fans of the beauty and entertainment industries as well.

Check out her website if you want to scoop one up! I love it. :)

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FabFitFun VIP Spring Boxes Shipping Wednesday (and you can still sign up!)

FabFitFun SpringtimeA lot of you have been asking me details about the FabFitFun box and I wanted to share an update with you! I found out that the first wave of shipments will be shipping out March 19th (Wednesday). So, if you want to get in on the fun, go ahead and sign up now! Tonight is your last chance to get in on the first wave of boxes. Of course, you can still order after tonight, you just won’t be included in the first batch of shipments.

I can’t wait to receive my box and share what’s in it! If you missed the memo on the awesomeness that is the FabFitFun box, check out my sneak preview of the $175+ in goodies contained in the Spring Box as well as other updates on the FFF VIP program.

Oh, and you should also check out Giuliana Rancic’s main FabFitFun site tomorrow morning (or sign up for the free daily email and the content will come straight to you!). My next column, also packed with springy fun, will go live then. Happy springtime! :)

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