Tag: looks

NARS at New York Fashion Week – Honor

It is New York Fashion Week and you know what that means: beauty buffs get a whole new world of inspiration. NARS is first up with their looks at the Honor show on the inaugural day of NYFW. James Boehmer, NARS Director of Global Artistry created a pretty, polished skin to show the collection. “It’s a love story between a preppy boy and exotic Argentinean girl,” said Honor designer Giovanna Randall. “The merging of two worlds – very refined and earthy with tapestry prints and a modern take on art deco.”

“Skin is beautiful, luminous and glossy,” said James Boehmer, NARS Director of Global Artistry. “Eyes are deliberate and were sculpted in a chalky grey shade.”

Below are the key products used to create the exclusive look:


  • Sheer Glow Foundation
  • Concealer
  • Loose Powder
  • Penny Lane Cream Blush


  • Paris Duo Eyeshadow
  • Zardoz Single Eyeshadow
  • Madison Avenue Larger Than Life® Long-Wear Eyeliner
  • Larger Than Life Volumizing Mascara


  • Greta Pure Sheer SPF Lip Treatment

Retro Style

Retro revival has been inspiring me all year and I decided to collect some of my favorite products to recreate the look. Yesterday, I picked up Red Revival lip color from Maybelline.  It is so incredibly hydrating and long-wearing.  (side note: I also recommend Fifth Avenue Fuchsia)  The application is creamy, but highly pigmented.  What a great color range!  And the price, great excuse to pick up two or three!

For the eyes, my first step was a rediscovered favorite: Laura Mercier Tightline Cake Eye Liner Black Ebony.  I spray some Shu Uemura Depsea Water Facial Mist in Bergamot on the Laura Mercier Flat Eyeliner Brush, a couple swipes on the cake, and tuck the brush along my lash line.  Don’t drag the brush , just press and repeat until you have covered the entire lash.  The look is definining and demure – but utterly sexy.

A bold brow is the cornerstone of the retro look, and requires a brow pencil.  My favorite these days is Le Metier de Beaute Brow Bound Eyebrow Pencil.  It has a gel consistency and I work it onto the hairs rather than the skin.  I blend and tame flyaways with the brush include on the other end of the pencil. 

Dramatic mascara extends the pigment from the lash line through the lashes.  Lancome Hypnose Custom Volume Mascara adds just the right amount of volume.  A little highlighter like the gorgeous Lumière Sculptèe de Chanel Highlighting Powder on the inner corner of your eyes and cheekbones and you are set!

Los Angeles Beauty – Part II

Yesterday, I featured skin and hair care products cherished by LA girls to keep their healthy glow and shiny locks.  Today, I am reporting some all-stars from cosmetic bags in Los Angeles.  Liz, my girl on the ground out in LA, says that the look is all about full lips, a bronzed face and dramatic eyes. 

  1. NARS Sheer Blush in Orgasm
  2. Damone Roberts Brow Highlighters
  3. Chanel Rouge Coco Hydrating Creme Lip Colour
  4. Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner
  5. MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation
  6. Chanel Les Quatre Ombres de Chanel Eye Shadow in Smoky Eye
  7. MAC’s Eye Kohl in Blue Shimmer 
  8. Givenchy Magic Kajal Eye Pencil
  9. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20
  10. Dior Diorshow Mascara
  11. Tom Ford Beauty Lip Color
  12. Bobbi Brown Bronze Shimmer Brick Compact 

For day to day humor and updates on #corporatehell follow Liz on Twitter. And check out her tumblr: Office Chic’s Memo. You won’t regret it!

Barefaced Look

Since the busy week in New York, I have been embracing a very basic, clean face.  It is amazing how many compliments I have received.  I literally pared down my routine to these five products, striving for a flawless looking fave.  It works great when you are being adventurous in your outfit and want the focus there!

Cle de Peau Beaute Concealer Beige One Size
Maybelline The Falsies Volum’Express Waterproof Mascara – Brownish…
Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm
NARS Sheer Glow Foundation Tortuga One Size
Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler

My Life in Loubies’ Vanessa – What’s in her bag?

One of my summer’s Chick Lit reads was My Life in Loubies by Erica Negi.  In conjunction with the author and Dress to Kill – Austin blog, we styled the book’s main character in her three locales from the book.   I had a blast working with Erica and thinking through all my cosmetics and what would fit in Manhattan, the Hamptons and Palm Beach!

Laura Mercier Caviar Eye Liner, $22
Bobbi Brown Oil-Free Even Finish Compact Foundation, $42
Le Metier De Beaute Peau Vierge Correcteur Concealer, $95
Blush – NARS Orgasm, $27
Le Metier De Beaute Colour Core Moisture Stain Lipstick, $32
(Nominee) Dior ‘Diorshow’ Mascara, $25
Laura Mercier – Flat Eye Liner Brush Long Handled, $38
Skii Facial Treatment Essence (215ml), £113
Essie Nail Polish Merino Cool One Size, $8
La Mer | Crème de la Mer, $250

Le Metier de Beaute ‘Peau Vierge Anti Aging Complex’ Tinted Treatment…, $125
Dolce & Gabbana Make Up Perfect Finish Powder Foundation Bronze, £34
Ysl Mascara Singulier Nuit Blanche In No. 2 Vibrant Plum, £22
Nars Lipgloss, $24
Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner, $20
Clarins Sun Control Face Cream, $30
Bobbi Brown ‘beach’ Body Oil, $30
Benefit Benetint Lipbalm SPF 15, $20
Shiseido Sun Protection Stick Foundation Spf 35 Pa++/0.31 Oz., $27
Bumble and bumble Surf Spray 4 oz., $23

Guerlain Parure Gold Compact Foundation Spf 10/.31 Oz., $79
Clé de Peau Beauté Extra Rich Lipstick, $60
Cle De Peau Beaute Cream Foundation Spf 26, $120
Yves Saint Laurent Easy Liner For Eyes Automatic Eyeliner, $34
Frederic Fekkai Salon Technician Color Care Shampoo, $38
Rodin Face Oil Olio Lusso Face Oil, $140
Le Metier de Beaute Nail Lacquer Magnolia One Size, $15
Chantecaille Ultra Sun Protection SPF 50 PA+++, £75
La Mer | The Lip Balm, $45

Beauty on the Internet – Customer service

Outstanding beauty brands have embraced social media as a way to interact with customers. I would like to recognize four brands that have impressed me with their response, knowledge and engagement. Renee Rouleau (@ReneeRouleau) suggested products that would be kind to my gentle skin. I was thrilled with my purchase of Synergy Eye Cream which hydrates without being irritating. Le Métier de Beauté (@MetierBeaute) arranged for me to have my makeup done by an artist visiting my local Neiman Marcus. BG Beauty Tutorials (@Bergdorfs) has introduced me to wonderful brands and the store has brought on an official BG Beauty girl (@ThisThatBeauty), an expert I already admire. Keep your eye on Bergdofs beauty social media. Lastly, I found out about BirchBox (@birchbox) through twitter. Their shipments are a highlight when the pink boxes arrive in my mailbox each month. I continue to be impressed with the samples and full size product I receive. That said, not everyone does it well, so it’s worth pointing out the rockstars in the social media beauty world.