Violet Lips at the Oscars and New York Fashion Week

Violet lips have been popping up everywhere from the red carpet at the Oscars in Hollywood to the runways of New York Fashion Week for Fall 2015.

At the Oscars, Violet Lips on Naomi Watts paired perfectly with her black Armani couture dress at the 87th Academy Awards.

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Naomi’s beauty look was created to be soft but have a bit of edge. L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Color in Violet Parfait was applied and is a shade likened to a bruised plum.

At Nanette Leopore, the look for fall 2015 was a posh rebel school girl.

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The collection contained fun prints and pretty jewel tones, and the violet lips created with Color Sensational Rebel Bloom in Orchid Ectasy by Maybelline complimented the collection in a bold and sexy way.

So you heard it hear first, Violet is the trend in Hollywood, and New York and maybe your hometown.

NYFW 2015-Star Wars Gold Eyes and Braids at Mara Hoffman

Mara Hoffman’s “Star Wars” runway show opened with the theme song from the iconic movie to unveil a collection and beauty look suitable for a modern Princess Leia with Gold eye shadow and intricate braided hair.

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Known as a bohemian designer, the fall beauty looks are appropriate for the desert dwellers of Tattoine and any well traveled girl.  It is her study of “civilization and wilderness” that revealed a natural themed beauty created with Maybelline products.

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The Earth toned tribal prints, stunning blues and shiny metallic gold patterns combined with flowy cuts made for stunningly sharp and comfortable clothes.

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To get this out of this world look skin was prepped with Fit Me! Dewey + Smooth Foundation and Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer.  Master Kajal in Charcoal Skies was blended all over the eyelids, layering Color Tattoo creme and powder shadows  in Bold Gold and Bad to the Bronze to make eyes pop with a reflective and metallic glow. Lips stayed simple with Baby Lip Balm in Quenched.

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The striking eyes made a perfect accessory to the powerful clothes in all-White.

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Sand Dunes and Grey Suede knee-high boots made an adventurous combination.

 

My new beauty routine with Clarins

I have a new beauty routine with Clarins and I couldn’t be happier with the positive results to my skin.

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Right now my skin is in that in-between stage; I need to protect it from the harsh winter weather but don’t want to over moisturize and cause breakouts.

So when I was invited a few weeks back to a Clarins event at Bloomingdale’s I was eager to find out about the latest product innovations from one of my favorite French beauty lines.

Here I was introduced to a new Clarins beauty regime which uses Double Serum, followed by Multi-Active Day Cream, then finishing with Super Restorative Total Eye Concentrate.

The Double Serum is a fueled with 20 pure plant extracts.  Just a small pump covers the entire face and I learned the Serum is key to helping other beauty products like face and eye cream work more effectively. The Serum contains healthy ingredients like Musk Rose Oil, Organic Green Banana, Kiwi and Lemon Thyme and sinks quickly into pores.

Because I am always in such a rush in the morning, in the time it takes me to take a few sips of my coffee, I can apply the Multi-Active Day Cream soon after the Serum and follow with the Super Restorative New Total Eye Concentrate. In fact the Eye Concentrate really requires just a pea-size squeeze to adequately cover both eyes which I learned after squeezing a large pump of product in the beginning.

I also learned a very important step before applying any of these beauty cream and that is to ‘heat’ up the product with your fingers before applying as this makes the product more effective on your skin. After a few weeks of using this new routine, I have to say my skin looks noticeable better so much so my Fiancé noticed and asked what I was doing different with my skin. Better yet my skin looks better at work and I work long days so even around the end of the day my skin looks fresh and hydrated.

So I have to give an enthusiastic numbs up to my new Clarins beauty routine which is taking me “beautifully’ from winter to spring.

Grey Nails at Prabal Gurung for #NYFW fall 2015

Grey nails debuted on the runway at the Prabal Gurung fall 2015 New York Fashion Week show to my delight.

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The sporty, fall collection is inspired by a trip to the Adirondacks and so the beauty reflected a very healthy look.

Honestly, Grey seems an odd choice in nail color at first, but the color is very fresh and interesting and while different isn’t so intense as some of the black and dark blue shades that have been popular in recent seasons. Gurung designed this particular shade of Grey used in the runway show for Sally Hanson.  Unfortunately, I don’t know when it is going to be released so I will be checking out my local drugstore to see when it is available and will share the news with you when I find out an answer.

Rich Girl Hair at Jason Wu for Fall 2015

A big trend that I adore is the new “Rich Girl Hair” look seen at Jason Wu and Prabal Gurung for the Fall 2015 shows in New York City.

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Actually Kathleen Hou from the Cut dubbed the hair with this phrase, but no matter what you want to call it the hair is long, and straight with a slight wave. Unlike the popular “Beach Wave” this hair looks more natural and sophisticated with the wave in the middle portion of the hair.

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The trick to create the wave is to only put the hot curling iron on the hair for a second: but of course hair never looks as good as when it is professionally blown out.  In fact, I love this look so much I cannot wait for fall and plan on wearing this look now – unfortunately if I see you on the street it will be hard to see my hair under my winter hat.

Loving Clarins Instant Light Comfort Oil

It’s cold in the East Coast and here in Washington, DC it is very windy and yet my lips are not suffering this winter due to Clarins Instant Light Comfort Oil.

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Actually I am a bit of a lip balm addict, always trying a new brand or flavor.  So recently when I was invited to attend a Clarins event at Bloomingdale’s I was introduced to Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil.  The Raspberry oil instantly won me over with the delicious smell of fresh Raspberries.

Then I used my lip comfort oil for a few days and magically when I was headed to the metro, battling cold weather and even colder wind, my lips were magically soft, hydrated and didn’t hurt. It seems the mix of Hazelnut oil, Organic Jojoba oil, Mirabelle oil and Raspberry oil really does soothe, plump and soften my lips.

So if you happen to see my on the DC or NYC metro looking very happy on a very cold day you will know why I am smiling.

Charlotte Ronson “Morning After Beauty” fall 2015

Charlotte Ronson designs for the ‘it’ girls and for fall 2015 she delivers with a fresh “Morning After Beauty” look with a collection that is flirty, delicate and filled with light military touches.

The show was set in a mysterious modern, urban garden surrounded by oversize flowers and granite prints in shades of deep Blue, Steel Grey and deep Magenta. Feminine materials dominated many looks with sheer tops paired with boxy knit sweaters or fitted trousers.  Refined and edgy, the line was dominated with softer lines fueled by late 60’s sportswear.

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The beauty look or shall I say the “Morning After Beauty” look is so natural, so simple, it appears one is not wearing any makeup at all, and that is simply becoming the huge trend for fall.

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To get this look the big beauty takeaways from the show are the imperfectly smudged eye, perfect brow and natural skin all created by Mehron Makeup.

Eyes –  E.Y.E Powder in Espresso and Coco

Eye Liner – E.Y.E linen Pencil in Dark Brown created the imperfect eyes

LIps – Cherrywood L.I.P Cream

Here are some of my favorite looks from the show.

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I love the shape of this dress paired with the blue tights. Ladylike and edgy.

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Perfectly sized knits paired with feminine lace details.

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Large floral prints will be making waves this fall.