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.


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.

Nanette Lepore

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.


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.


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


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.


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


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


Feminine and Daring Lips Rule at the Screen Actors Guild Awards

The stars were bright and lips were daring and feminine at the 20th Annual Screen Actor’s Award in Hollywood California.


Sarah Paulson, a nominee for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for 12 Years a Slave, stepped onto the red carpet in a flirty, ladylike look complete with an ultra-bright pink lip, a white ruffled gown and a new bob haircut. These Pink Peony lips created by Maybelline Fuschia Flourish were a perfect pop of color to a sophisticated Rochas gown and nude eyes.


Elisabeth Moss looked ravishing in red as a nominee for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television or Miniseries for Top of the Lake.  (Take a look at my tips to find and wear the perfect red lipstick.) Her daring red lips in Maybelline Signature Scarlet matched perfectly to her Michael Kors gown and pale skin.

So bright, ‘notice me’ lips continue in popularity straight from the runway, onto the red carpet and thankfully to the street for there is nothing like simple glamour to brighten up any day or workday for that matter.

Get Luxurious Lashes with new Mascaras made with healthy formulas

There are a new crop of Mascara’s out now that incorporate new formulas with healthy ingredients to provide long-wear benefits for busy women everywhere. So, here is a quick roundup of some of my favorite new products.

Rosewater-Infused Goodness

Chantecaille’s new Supreme Cils Mascara is smudge-proof Mascara and has staying power resistant to water and humidity. Unlike other long-wearing, water-resistant Mascaras, Supreme Cils’ Rosewater-infused formula can be gently and easily removed with warm water and is a good choice for contact lens wearers. I really love the idea of Rosewater in my Mascara as a healthy choice.


Grow Thicker Lashes

Mascara Terrybly By Terry defines dramatic lashes with this growth-boosting new-generation mascara. A revolutionary lash-lengthening tinted lash serum, it contains Lumicoat Care Technology. Significantly increasing volume, length, curl and thickness of each lash, Terrybly Mascara activates growth from root to tip for thicker, stronger, longer and silkier lashes.


Rich Noir Color

NARS Larger Than Life Mascara creates larger than life lashes do not disappoint. Boasting formulas enriched with Vitamin E and Macadamia Nut Oil, this luxuriously rich, deep, black pigmented Mascara goes on silky smooth with lavish effects. Lashes dry quickly and beautifully, with no smudging or flaking and brings over-the-top drama to every lash.


Shiny Volume 

Laura Mercier Full Blown Volume Lash Building Mascara thickens, lengthens, curls and sculpts lashes with each stroke. The lightweight, nutrient-infused formula leaves lashes super-shiny, soft and clump-free all day long. The innovative bristled bullet-shaped brush is perfectly engineered to work harmoniously with an advanced Natural Cotton Fiber-infused formula to provide high volume, thickness, suppleness and resistance.  

In other Mascara news here are my top picks for the best drugstore Mascara and the latest colorful shades of Mascara from New York Fashion Week.

And if you are in the mood for a Hollywood Beauty Secret: Read my Examiner column to find the specific color of Chantecaille’s lipgloss Anglina Jolie is known to love.

Get to Know the Difference Between BB, CC, DD Creams

BB, CC, and DD creams are all the rage in the beauty world, but do you understand the difference between these high-tech creams that can replace foundation?

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This Alphabet Soup of products can get confusing.  Really, how can you tell what product will be better for your needs?  Or, should you bother trying one at all? So, to help you decide if one of these creams are for you, here is a handy comparison.

BB means Beauty Balm and became popular in Asia.  Since their migration, BB Creams have gained popularity for providing coverage as a primer while moisturizing and providing SPF foundation.  BB Creams are also heaver than tinted foundation but lighter than foundation.

CC Creams are improved BB Creams that  address issues like redness or complexion unevenness with light-diffusing particles. Buildable color allows you to find just the right shade with a whipped and fluffy texture that sets lightly on the skin.

DD Creams are still new to the market and are intended to protect skin balance skintone and provide anti-aging properties with the benefits of BB and CC Creams.

Now that we have the definitions straight, here is a cheat sheet to help you find your skin in the list below and match it to the perfect BB, CC or DD Cream.

Dry Skin 

Garnier Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream SPF 15

Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream

Julep DD Creams

Uneven Skin 

Chanel CC Complete Correction Cream SPF 30

Maybelline New York Dream Fresh BB Sunscreen

DERMAdoctor DD Cream

Fine Lines 

Bobbi Brown BB Cream

Peter Thomas Roth CC Cream Correction Concealer

Dark Spots 

Olay’s Total Effects 7 in One CC Tone Correcting Moisturizer with sunscreen

Vichy ProEVEN mineral BB Cream

Prevent Breakouts

Boscia BB Cream SPF 27

Good “BeautyIdea”: A good rule of thumb is BB is for protection while CC is for repairing current issues such as fine lines.

And if you are looking for a skincare line for that special millennial in your life, check out Shiseido’s latest skincare line for Millennial’s.