Friday, July 31, 2009

Bliss Sugar Scrub in Blood Orange and White Pepper

Bliss has a fresh sugar scrub with the citrus scent of blood orange and white pepper. It is a scrub which exfoliates dry and dead skin cells, but foams with a gentle lather. It comes in a 12 oz. jar and sells for $36. It has an exotic combination of fragrance and reviews say it works as well as it smells.

Hemingway's great- granddaughter Dree also Rises

Classical writer Ernest Hemingway has a great- granddaughter who is a model. She is the daughter of Mariel and is on the rise in the world of fashion. Both Mariel and Margeaux Hemingway were models for products such as; Faberge perfume and other cosmetics and then they proceeded to the silver screen. Dree is a tall beauty who has begun with the Elite modeling agency and has already done magazine shoots and walked the runway. She has also been in three small budget movies; The Truth about Angels, My Suicide, and Privileged. Dree has been in DKNY and Abercrombie and Fitch ads.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Indigo is In

Lancome is launching a makeup line for fall 2009 in Indigo hues. The nail polish, Declaring Indigo, is a bright blue with a sheen. Cute with jeans and anything which enhances this bolder look. The Indigo Charm Eyeshadow Palette has pops of indigo and antique golds and they also have Indigo Paris Le Vernis. Indigo Charm Ink Artline is a gel based eyeliner which is creamy yet matte. It is navy blue and with a slight blue shimmer and sheen. Virtuose Mascara in Royal Blue has a curved brush and opens up the eye area. Dior and Chanel will be showing more gray colored makeup. The blue makes most eye colors pop,so don't be blue.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Midas Touch

A jewelry designer turned makeup pro, Julia Muggenburg, has created Belmacz Beauty Gold Leaf Eye Blitz. This product is in a small compact and contains real 24K specks to bring out the glitter in you. It can also add a golden glow to your body for a summer shimmer.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Kate Moss from Modeling to Singer

One usually hears of the rock star dating a model, but Kate Moss will be stepping in front of the mike for a track on the Lemonhead's new album, Varshons. She had been dating Babyshamble's singer - Pete Doherty and some of the influence might come from him. Other models turned singers are Vanessa Paradis and Carla Bruni- Sarkosy, both French lyricists. Moss has a danceable rendition of the Dutch techno group Arling and Cameron's "Dirty Robot". It is said to sound like a cross between '80's pop star Nena "99 Luftballons" and Suzanne Vega's "Luka".

Matte About You

Essie nail polish has a fresh product that is a matte finisher that aims to create a smooth overcoat. It enhances colored nails and gives a glossy look. The product is hopefully as clever as its' name. Essie products are well know for having some of the most creative names in the nail care industry. The product is known for a good finish and adds protection and shine.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Japanese Silk

Geisha has the beauty goods. Cosmetic company Kanebo's Sensai is a moisturizing lipstick disguised as a siren red lipstick in a silver case. Their mascara is lengthening and soft.Kanebo's products are made with Koishimaru moisturizing silk, especially for their skin care. Hair products contain oriental botanical ingredients. Sensai means fineness and delicacy in Japanese and they have salons which emphasize this formula. The Japanese are big on skin lighteners and making their eyes wide open. Shiesedo and Shu Umura are also well established brands. Fashion is popular in Tokyo and the Ginza district is the shopping mecca.

The September Issue

Coming soon, a movie titled the September Issue will be released which chronicles the life of notorious and driven editor, Anna Wintour, of American Vogue. The movie takes a look at how she manages the magazine and follows her and fellow fashion managers such as ,Andre Talle Leon, around the designers, models, and everyone on a rung beneath Vogue's queen. The magazine's biggest edition comes out for the fall season, so the title fits. One will possibly be able to decide whether Wintour is like the spoof she is portrayed as in "The Devil Wears Prada" or is a "nicer" version of a fashion persona.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Revlon's Flavor of the Summer

Revlon has come up with a creative and fruitful scent for its' limited edition nail polish. The company has eight shades and after the polish is applied and drys, a scent with the appropriate matching fruit color emerges. The fragrances are coconut, passion fruit, mango, strawberry, rasberry blueberry, and papaya. Research has shown scent triggers emotion and mood and in this case summer time fruits and sweetness might be what women are looking for. Imagine a trip to Hawaii.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Top Ten Reds

Red lipstick has always been a traditional color for lips and is well renowned in Hollywood. Guerlain , founded in 1870, introduced Ne M'Oubliez Pas (Don't Forget Me"), the world's first based wax lipstick in a tube, currently the it color is Gala. Elizabeth Arden, in 1912,supplied red lipstick for participants in women's suffrage marches in NYC. Max Factor, the makeup line to the starlets, had Clara Bow's Cupid's bow launching a new brand. Katherine Hepburn epitomized the 1940's with the first indelible lipsticks. Another pair of well renowned ruby lips are pictured in an Andy Warhol painting which is an homage to Marilyn Monroe. In '79, Debbie Harry used red lipstick to go punk and play at club CBGB in NYC. This year is no exception from the vivid crimson worn at YSL to a tomato shade created for the MAC show. The TV show Mad Men has office vixen Joan Holloway's flaming red hair and lipstick jump off the screen. Madonna's favorite is MAC's Russian Red and Courtney Love wears bright red. Kate Moss has a portrait in red and her boyfriend's blood is smeared on it, later it sold at an auction. It has always been a color representing power, lust and vamp-like sexuality. Another theory states when the economy is not doing well, women rush for an inexpensive mood uplift. The chairman of Estee Lauder coined the term lipstick index in 2001, when he noticed a spike in lipstick sales that corresponded to the economic slump. Rosie the Riveter and the U.S. Director of Economic Stabilization ordered lipstick for powder rooms to boost productivity during war time. The femme fatale look seems to be reoccurring, time after time.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The Anniversary of the Moon Landing Launched by Louis Vuitton

Today makes 40 years since Apollo 13 and renowned astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong landed on the moon for the first time. Louis Vuitton sponsored an event at NYC's Museum of Natural History. If only the astronauts could have worn LV on their outer space journey.

Monday, July 20, 2009

DKNY Billboard will Remove the NYC Skyline

The famous NYC billboard advertising Donna Karan/DKNY is going to be removed in July and replaced with one for the Hollister building. It will be a brown background and on the right hand side will have Hollister, its' founding date and logo. Abercrombie and Fitch will be moving into the location as well. The DKNY ad has a famous scene of the NYC landscape including all the landmark sites; the World Trade Center and Statue of Liberty. The DKNY sign has been there for the last twenty years and will erase some of New York's iconic history, especially since 9/11 has captured much sentiment. The billboard also featured the designer's name and the NYC scene within the DKNY letters. A committee was going to petition the removal of the well recognized ad, but let the new replace the old.

Sun Protection from Sisley

If you are basking on the beach in Sicily or any other beach, it is important to protect your skin from potential sun damage. The French cosmetics company Sisley has just the creme a consumer might want. It was founded by Isabelle and Hubert D'Ornano. Their son Phillipe is the CEO and daughter Elizabeth is the brand's face. The company is also co-founder of Lancome. Get a fresh sun kissed glow, but protect yourself from any danger.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Love and Luck is more than Tattoos

Ed Hardy, tattoo artist, has designed two cologne bottles for men. One is a bottle with playing cards with the the letter A in hearts, spades,cloves, and diamonds, two dice and a heart with a question mark drawn inside, and the tag line reads Love is A Gamble. The other bottle has a roaring tiger with a black background. The vintage tattoo inspired fragrance is available at departments stores such as Macy's. The fragrance is made by Christian Audigier. Men must have a preference for a primal animal and playing the game of love and luck.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Bvlgari Resorts Boost More than Baubles

Bvlgari and Marriot International have a joint venture where they developed two very chic resorts. One in Milan with a garden and the decor is mostly black and flirts with room lighting. The hotel in Bali is on the water, has a private beach and already provides an exotic setting. There is a lot of wood and Asian/Balinese design. The jewelry company also has a few restaurants in Tokyo.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Llamasqua Cosmetices from the UK

A makeup brand from England, Llamasqua, is promoting their Siren line. Greek mythology has inspired the company to make the look Greek goddess. There are two bronzers named Glint, peach toned, and Burnish more of a brown or golden color. The popular lipstick is a seductive magenta named Resist. There is a liquid gold metal collection for eyes, cheeks, and lips. Enrapture is a gold sparkly color which makes one sparkle like Aphrodite. One picture shows a woman with eyes done in a dramatic shade of exotic rainbow colors. This brand is not as high end as some others and ranges from $25-35 for the products.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

L.A. Candy makes for Sweet Reading

Lauren Conrad has just released her first book L.A. Candy, just in time for beach reading. It has references to Conrad's Teen Vogue work experience, but is not autobiographical. The heroine of her story is 19 year old, Jane Roberts, who moves to Hollywood and ends up the star of her own reality show. Art must imitate life. The Hills star says it is fictional. "Some of the characters may symbolize people in my life, but it is no way calling anyone out." Jane deals with relationship issues such as a guy who approaches her with the I am new to the San Francisco area line, want to get a coffee. The book came out on June 16th and this is the 1st edition of three.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

New Blue Bvlgari Campaign

Bvlgari has just completed a new perfume campaign for Blv eau de Perfum which centers around the theme of the color blue. The ad stars model Laetitia Casta and the blue color of her eyes and fragrance bring a feeling of clear blue light and optimism for the coming summer season.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Missoni Designs Hotels

The Italian fashion designer Missoni, known for their exotic woven geometric patterns and lines, has also designed a few brand new hotels. They will have the same fabric style and patterns that Missoni is known for, but this time it will be in locations for business and pleasure. One hotel will be opening in Kuwait, the other has already opened in Edinburgh, Scotland. There are plans for another opening in Oman by 2012. The hotel is a reflection of the clothing, but is more layered. They have all the amenities a fashionista would want to reside at. To learn more about the look, go to the site;

Sunday, July 12, 2009

R.I.P. Max Factor

The legendary makeup line is done in the U.S., Proctor and Gamble announced this month."The Makeup of Makeup Artists" will cease to exist in the states in early 2010, while it will still be sold abroad in more than 70 countries. Started by Max Faktor, a makeup artist who worked with the Royal Russian Court, the brand began as a wig shop and laboratory where Factor created greasepaint cream in twelve shades to be used on movie sets. He had success on silent movie sets and solved the problem of melting pomade from studio lighting. Technicolor film began his foray into pancake makeup which he applied with a damp sponge and gave a matte finish. The company was known for doing makeup for Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, and Greta Garbo. The U.S. market will have to leave its' legacy to countries with a large following such as China. Lights, camera, action, take two.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Bold and Beautiful

A big trend for makeup this season is bold colors for lips, eyes, and cheeks. L'oreal HIP (high intensity pigments),Make Up For Ever's Flash Color shadow pots, Wet N Wild, and China Glaze are the brands to look for now. Women's Wear Daily named this bold makeup as one of its' top eight beauty necessities. The bright and bold colors are oriented to warm weather and accentuate the clothes of the summer heat.

Chanel's Fall Jardin/Garden Collection

Chanel always starts the new season, in this case fall 09, with a new color palette. This time it's with an evergreen eyeshadow palette which features rose, sienna, gold, and jade. The line is inspired by Venetian palaces and arches with gondolas which is a green and earth toned jeweled inspiration.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Aspen at the Peak of Fashion

The first annual Aspen Fashion Week showing winter resort wear is the grand slalom for this locale. "Fashion Meets Function" was the buzz term at this spring's inaugural runway show. The four day event featured 2009-2010 resort, ski, and technical-outerwear collections. It's founder, Lisa Johnson, planned chic in-store presentations, apres ski celebrations, and a fast paced runway finale. Fashionistas also saw the film Valentino The Last Emperor, produced and directed by Vanity Fair editor Matt Tyrnauer, at the Wheeler Opera House. Valentino signed autographs at the backstage finale with his design and partner Giancarlo Giametti. The film engaged talk of both the film and fashion industries.

Some of the other notable designers were Cirque Snow,glamorous snowboard outerwear, Dennis Basso's exotic and hand crafted goods, Ed Hardy Snow with whimsical Oriental motifs, Fendi's silver lame slinky apparel, and Isaora's snowboard inspired line. Other fashion gurus such as Gabriel Conroy, created classical French cuts with a Bohemnian edge, technical ski wear by newcomer Kastle, Obermeyer's playful colors and shapes, Rossignol, and Under Armours mountain take on fabrics. Next year's Aspen fashion week will be a week long event which will be under tents, similar to New York City's shows. The designers are speeding down the fashion slope quite quickly.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Jagger's Jeans

One of Mick Jagger's daughters, Georgia May, has signed a contract to model for Hudson jeans. The current ad campaign is going to be shot around London. Fashion runs in the family since her mother Jerry Hall was a model and older sister Elizabeth did modeling as well. We hope we can get some satisfaction from seeing the ads when they are published.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Vertical is new Line for Men's Cologne at Victoria Secret

Victoria's Secret knows that men are always shopping for females in their store, so what better way to capture the male market than design products for them too. Vertical is the name for the male cologne and grooming goods VS is offering the other gender. The packaging is quite masculine with green and wooden coloring. It has a sleek and sophisticated look and the traditional musk or woodsy fragrance is bound to attract many men. There is also a cologne called Very Sexy for Him.