Sunday, February 28, 2010

Rock & Republic Beauty Blowout at HauteLook

PortraitOver the past 6 years, Rock & Republic has transcended the premium denim world to become a international lifestyle brand. Its luxe yet edgy approach to fashion is personified by CEO and Creative Director Michael Ball. Constantly redefining the boundaries in the fashion industry, Rock & Republic is at the forefront of design. In 2006, Rock & Republic expanded to include a phenomenally successful line of accessories consisting of footwear, handbags and eyewear. With the launch of Rock & Republic Cosmetics in 2008, the company adds yet another exciting piece to its high fashion portfolio taking jet-set clues from company President, Andrea Bernholtz.

Furthering the company as a true lifestyle brand, Rock & Republic is using its momentum in fashion to influence the worlds of sports and philanthropy.

In 2007, Michael Ball fulfilled one of his own personal lifetime ambitions by announcing Rock & Republic as the first fashion brand to create a professional cycling team, Rock Racing, which has already revolutionized the sport by putting a sexy edge into cycling. With this division of the brand growing at such speed, the future holds endless opportunities including Moto GP and Formula 1 Racing.

It is evident that with the launch of these new product categories Michael will not stop until he has achieved global domination; but he also desires global change. Rock the Cure, the company's groundbreaking philanthropic foundation, is the means to that end. The foundation encourages people to "make a difference, lead by example, and Rock the Cure" by donating 100% of the profits to charity. This year's recipient is the City of Hope whose mission is the research, education and treatment of life threatening diseases.

Every season, Rock & Republic captivates audiences with its fashion forward runway shows, legendary events and trailblazing ideas. Clearly the future ROCKS.
Friends don't let friends pay retail ~ HauteLook

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Love Your Korres Kissed Lips

Recreate your favorite fashion and beauty trends with Korres antioxidant-rich, long-wearing formulas for brilliant color and a radiant finish to your complexion.

The perfect way to achieve healthy, luscious lips with a hint of color! Prepare the lips with Lip Scrub, play your way to the perfect, naked pout with Cherry Oil Lip glosses in universally flattering shades and put the finishing touches on your pout with Jasmine Lip Butter that melts onto the lips, leaving a shiny, tinted finish. The limited edition collection includes:
  • NEW! Organic Lemon Lip Treatment Scrub a gentle yet effective lip treatment that prepares the lips for long-lasting lip color.
  • Cherry Oil Lip Gloss in New Naked Shades Rose 22 and Beige 30; high-shine, long-wearing glosses in flattering natural shades enriched with Cherry Oil and Vitamins to deeply hydrate and repair the lips.
  • Best-selling Jasmine Lip Butter, an intensely hydrating lip treatment with a soft, sheer hint of color.

Retails for $34.50 (a $64 value)
Long-lasting, creamy, semi-sheer formulas in wearable and vibrant shades. Go natural with NEW naked shades!

• Cherry Oil moisturizes lips, prolonging the wear and giving a high-shine, non-sticky finish
• The natural active Jojoba Oil smoothes fine lines and deeply hydrates the lips
• Potent antioxidant Vitamin C and E prevent free radical damage and repair the lips
Retails for $17


For more information and to shop the sweet special offer going on now, visit Korres online.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Unbelievable Sale on LORAC Coming Soon!

These prices are almost too good to be true! If you are a LORAC Cosmetics lover, this sale is calling your name. Loudly!

LORAC Cosmetics products created by Celebrity Makeup Artist, Carol Shaw, enjoy the status of being known as "The Red Carpet Authority". A red-carpet beauty mainstay and one of the most coveted celebrity makeup artists around, Carol Shaw is constantly putting her products to work. From red-carpet events to photo shoots, she works her magic creating the radiant, natural looks you see on your favorite celebrities today. And as you might imagine, her products enjoy quite a fan base among the general public (especially beauty addicts) as well.

So where can you reap the benefits of the upcoming incredible sale?

Sale items include eye shadows, blush, cream lipsticks and glosses (details below). These must-have, soon to be out-of-stock products are available for a limited time only at a discounted price.

EYE SHADOWS - Originally $18/Now $4
GLAM ROCKS - Originally $16/Now $5
SPARKLE PENCILS - Originally $18/Now $4
CHEEK STAMPS - Originally $22/Now $4
ON-SCREEN DUOS - Originally $24/Now $7
LIP POLISHES - Originally $17.50/Now $4
CREAM LIPSTICK - Originally $19/Now $4
PALETTES – Originally $50 - $25/Now $16.50 - $10

Event Active: Wednesday 2/24/10 8am PST – Friday 2/26/10 8am PST

Click on the link below to discover what LORAC has to offer you.
HauteLook LORAC Sale!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Priti for Spring at Spirit Beauty Lounge

From Kim D'Amato's world-famous Priti Organic Spa in New York's East Village come Priti 3 Free, Non-Toxic Nail Polish and Soy Polish Remover. "Three Free" means no carcinogenic Toluene, Formaldehyde, or DPBs. The word Priti has many meanings in Sanskrit such as out of satisfaction, with love, and pleasurable sensation. It's no surprise that Priti's fashion-forward colors can be found on celebrity tips everywhere.

Introducing Priti colors for spring

Red Spangles - a juicy watermelon shimmer
Fairy Thimbles - something blue
Green Goddess - a creamy, minty green with a slight shimmer
Prairie Blue Eyes - an exotic starry plum
Bovey Belle Carnation - luscious, grown-up hot pink

Priti polishes retail for $12.50 each and are available at Spirit Beauty Lounge. With any Priti purchase of $25 or more at SBL receive 50% off Priti Long-Wear Top Coat (code: PRITITOP) or Priti Soy Polish Remover (code: PRITIRE). Offer expires 3/1/10.

Estee Lauder for Derek Lam's Urban Cowgirls Fall RTW 2010 - Love this!

EVERYTHING about this collection and its runway show is F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S! The outfits, the details, the shoes, the coats (OMG, the coats -- big this season, by the way, for many designers), Tom Pecheux keying makeup ... could hardly get much better. I'm in love with Derek Lam Fall RTW 2010, uh huh, yep, I am!

The collection is being nicknamed Urban Cowgirl or Wild Wild West, however Lam's muse was Julie Christie in the seventies film “McCabe & Mrs. Miller”. She played a British expat in the Robert Altman Western. So what we see is cowgirl style done ultrapolished and with a distinguishable European glaze. The structured outerwear, the coats, jackets and vests, proved a high point. Here, leather inserts added a cool edge while precise lines displayed architectural restraint.

The handbags, shoes, fabrics, and accoutrements ... must be seen! The use of leather, ribbed fabric, fur accents and fringe enhanced the western appeal with a sence of city-chic flair.

Believe it or not, Estee Lauder cosmetics made its New York Fashion Week debut backstage at Derek Lam. Creative Makeup Director Tom Pecheux (and all around cosmetics creative genius), who was named to CMD at EL in November, created a strong, monochrome eye using two metallic blue shades on the top lid and a metallic copper shade on the bottom lid. He chose to debut products from Estee Lauder's Fall 2010 collection for this show. He also applied Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil in a shade called Midnight Blue, as well as the brand’s TurboLash All Effects Motion Mascara in Black.

“I’m playing with a dual color, covering the entire [eye] lid, from the lashes to the eye brow,” said Pecheux, noting that he combined a bright blue and a dark blue on the top lids — shades that were being tested backstage prior to their introduction this fall — and added an extra blue arc on the top of the lid to impart a feeling of power. The colors chosen complimented the colors in Lam's collection beautifully.

On the lips, Pecheux applied a product called Pure Color Crystal Lipstick in Crystal Beige as a primer before the metallic copper shade used on the eyes was added, creating a matte finish. The use of the copper shade on both the eyes and the lips served to “balance out the entire face,” according to Pecheux, who added that he was inspired by an earthy American Indian with a look that was “twisted into a more urban woman.”

“The skin is a pretty, matte finish,” said Pecheux, adding that the idea was to have “respect for [models’] skin tone.” Cheeks were left virtually bare, given just a slight contour, he added.

Nails, which were done by Jin Soon Choi (yes, the same one who just did a collection for MAC) for Estée Lauder, were given a pale, very sheer pink color that was being tested backstage.

On the hair side, stylist Orlando Pita, who was working on behalf of Moroccanoil, said, “The look is more about texture — ethereal, airy [and] wispy.” The down dos featured parts to the side and in the middle of the head. “We talked about how the hair was going to move on the runway,” he said, “rather than any particular inspiration.”

To achieve the look, Pita employed a process of spraying the hair with Moroccanoil hair spray, then drying it and brushing it out. He repeated this process over and over until the hair on each model reached the desired amount of texture. Just before the girls hit the runway, their hair was “fluffed up,” said Pita.

Create the Look

Apply Double Wear Stay-in-Place EyeShadow Base to lids. Smudge Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil in Midnight Blue over eye area. Apply Pure Color EyeShadow in Nautical Matte over lid using a fluffy shadow brush to blend from lash to crease. Apply shade Ivory Box under brow to highlight. Buff out to soften. Then apply shade Amber Metallic along lower lash line in short, firm strokes to create a line of thick definition. Finish with TurboLash All Effects Motion Mascara in Black on upper lashes.

Prime lips with your foundation to even out color and create a neutral surface. Apply Pure Color Crystal Lipstick in Crystal Beige using a lip brush. Blot lips with tissue and pat Amber Metallic shadow to lips for the same effect from the show or finish with High Gloss in Bronze for a less dramatic look.

images/source: nymag,, wwd, estee lauder

Not a Food Blog but Couldn't Help Posting: Butternut Squash and Fried Sage Pasta

OMG this looks, sounds and IS sooooooo good! Butternut Squash and Fried Sage Pasta. A hearty bowl of pasta plus savory cheese? You'd never know this whole-grain comfort food is diet-friendly! Squash supplies all the vitamin A you need for the day.

8 oz whole-wheat penne
1 tablespoon olive oil
8 sage leaves
1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 medium butternut squash (about 2 lb), peeled, seeded and cut into 1-inch cubes
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup grated Parmesan

Cook penne as directed on package. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Fry sage, turning once, until crisp on both sides, about 1 minute per side. Transfer to a paper towel. Add onion and garlic to skillet. Cook, stirring frequently, until soft and golden, about 3 minutes. Add squash, 3/4 cup water, salt and pepper. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, until squash softens, 5 to 7 minutes. Drain pasta, reserving 1 cup cooking water. Return pasta to pot and add squash mixture; stir over low heat, adding some reserved cooking water if necessary, until pasta is coated, about 1 minute. Serve, garnished with cheese and sage. Serves 4

The skinny
337 calories per serving, 6.5 g fat (1.4 g saturated), 63 g carbs, 10 g fiber, 11 g protein

source: Self Magazine, Feb 2010

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Lancome for The Row Fall 2010

The Row, the collection designed by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, had its Fashion Week debut yesterday at a gallery on New York’s west side. The line has earned a following for its simple yet sophisticated structured pieces and the new collection continued beautifully on that theme.

Makeup artist Aaron de Mey for Lancôme created the look around a strong, defined brow and a dewy facial complexion. “It’s about studying the architecture of the face,” he said. “Eyebrows are naturally defined, but slightly exaggerated.”

The neutral color palette meant that skincare played an important role. To prep, Aaron used Lancôme Eau Fraiche Douceur Micellar Cleansing Water and followed it with Lancôme Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate massaged generously into the skin; this duo gave each model a luminous complexion. Lancôme Le Crayon Poudre filled and defined the brows—a focal point of this look. To finish, Aaron dabbed Lancôme Effeacernes Concealer on the lips, a trick that removed the natural lip color and kept the focus squarely on the brows.

le vernis in Untamed Plum

Referring to the brows, de May said: “It’s individualistic, because every girl’s brow is different. It’s more noncosmetics-looking.” Everyone backstage and front of house were obsessed with the braided black Louboutin sandals made exclusively for the show. (a break for the models from the skyscraper heels!) Mary-Kate and Ashley chose a deep wine colored polish – Lancôme Le Vernis in Untamed Plum – for the toes, but kept the fingernails clean and shiny with a coat of clear nail polish.

Inspiration for the long, free-flowing strands of hair? That's right, you guessed it, Ashley and Mary-Kate themselves. Hairstylist Jimmy Paul for Bumble and Bumble ensured hair had a dry, non-sleek texture by working in a touch of Surf Spray and Thickening Hairspray with his hands and a blow-dryer. “It’s very flyaway with a little movement,” he said. To create some added texture, he either curled sections of the hair or pinned it in small bunches. After the curls and bunches were let loose, he used a bit of Tonic Lotion to “calm it down and kill the curl a bit.”

images:, lancome-usa, wwd
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