L’Occitane Spring Regimen

08.2.13

Hello ABL readers!!

Happy Weekend.. I am in the middle of a storm here in NY but I thought what better time than right now to start thinking about Spring!!

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With Groundhog Day behind us, its official – spring is quickly approaching! There is no better time to update and refresh your beauty regime. Why not start with L’Occitane’s NEW Immortelle Brightening Mist? 

To let the light reveal all of skin’s youth, L’Occitane has extended its Immortelle Brightening rage with a new product, formulated with the same rigour and exacting standards as the most advanced anti-aging creams. 

The NEW Immortelle Brightening Mist is an alcohol-free mist that refreshes, softens and brightens the complexion. Also perfect for spraying over make-up to help it stay fixed all day! It combines the unique properties of Immortelle essential oil with Bellis Perennis to keep skin young-looking, radiant and even-toned. The Immortelle breathes youth visibly into the skin, helping to correct wrinkles while the Bellis Perennis acts to help visibly reduce the appearance of pigmentation marks. 

L’Occitane products are sold in store and online at usa.loccitane.com.

 

 

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Author: Danielle Minnella www.danielleminnella.com

NOVIS Autumn/Winter New York Fashion Week 2013 Presentation at Eyebeam Gallery

08.2.13

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Mercedes Benz Fashion Week has hit NYC in full force. On day 1, we were lucky enough to be present at the NOVIS 2013 Autumn/Winter Presentation at the beautiful Eyebeam Gallery in Chelsea, NYC!

As I entered the grand, well lit room, I was greeted with a bubbly glass of champagne and directed to the stage where I found 18 models standing in some of the most perfectly tailored ensembles I had ever seen. The line was full of texture, color and incredible shape. In the presentation there was a royal blue full velvet pantsuit (my absolute favorite ensemble!), a black empire waist sheer ballgown completely covered in crystal ‘studs’, blazers and shifts made of a frizzed gray shag-type wool, crisp leopard separates and lady like gloves in a bold stripe.

The collection was eclectic and upbeat with variety that flowed together perfectly to create a line that would likely be rocked by a young fashionista that embodies grace with an edge.

 

The hair was, in my opinion, to die for! Every model had a strong bang that was, as my colleague hairstylist Katie Papson (www.katiepapson.com) pointed out, oh so Bridget Bardot with heavy yet soft fringe and jaw length pieces at the temple.  Some models had their hair down and shaggy, some had a voluminous pony. Every model’s hair teetered between sexy-freespirit and polished-work appropriate.  All looks created by hairstylist Linh Nguyen for Cutler/Redken with perfection.

 

I saved the best for last- the MAKEUP! The makeup genius, Lisa Aharon, created this look using Kevyn Aucoin Beauty products. At first glance, the makeup was just fresh, simple, and clean… until we got closer. It wasn’t until Katie said ‘Is that glitter on her bottom lid?’ that I realized there was something else going on here. Each model had one perfectly placed rhinestone in the center of her lower lash line. The rhinestone was small enough to be overlooked at a quick glance, but large enough to catch the light and make you do a double take. Add the stone to the well defined and slightly darkened brow…. with the strong bang? Absolute. Perfection.

 

I was thoroughly impressed with every aspect of this presentation and I am so glad we made the trip all the way to 12th Avenue in Chelsea! Rock on NOVIS! 

 

Hair and Make-Up:
Make-Up – Lisa Aharon for Kevyn Aucoin
Hair – Linh Nguyen for Cutler/Redken
Nails – Casey Herman for Etoile
Skincare – Murad

 

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 Photography credit: David X Prutting/Billy Farrell Agency

New Product Alert! Make Up For Ever Pro Finish Foundation Review

07.2.13

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I’ve heard so many great things about Make Up For Ever’s HD Foundation, I was excited to try out their newest foundation, Pro Finish. A powder foundation that can be used either wet or dry, it was designed to give phenomenal matte coverage quickly and on the go if needed. Here’s how it stacked up:

Color Match: Since this was the first time with the brand, I had no clue what color to try. No worries. From just a photo, a MUFE artist was able to match my complexion with the right shade, #127 Golden Sand. The color was a perfect match….which isn’t always easy since I have such yellow undertones.

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 Application: Since this foundation can be used either wet or dry, I decided to apply it wet for a less matte finish. Inside the compact is a high quality sponge that can be wet for application of Pro Finish. I loved how quickly I was able to apply the product—I’m always late, so this is an added bonus.

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Coverage: This is an area where Pro Finish excelled. I had a small minor burn on my face from a depilatory (long story, folks) and was super self conscious about it. One swipe of Pro Finish and the mark disappeared from my face.  Flawless finish. Even when applied with a wet sponge, the coverage is still more matte then I’m used to, so I’m saving it for when I need a little more coverage. For day to day, I prefer a tinted moisturizer.

Longevity: Lasted my whole work day and longer.

In all categories, Pro Finish met or exceeded my expectations. I love the fact that it’s also purse friendly for easy touch ups on the go. It’s available at www.sephora.com, $38

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Full Disclosure: The products in this post were provided by the manufacturer for consideration. For more information on my disclosure policy, please see my disclaimer page

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We Have to Ask: Is This Really Necessary??

06.2.13

Purse Makeup We Have to Ask: Is This Really Necessary??

 

 

Is carrying around this much makeup in your purse necessary? It’s no wonder I feel like my tote weighs 10 pounds. A quick inventory of my makeup bag reveals:

  • 9 lipsticks
  • 10 lip glosses
  • 2 lip liners
  • 1 concealer
  • 1 pressed powder
  • 1 eyeliner
  • 1 small tube of hand lotion (empty??)
  • 1 eyebrow kit

Worst part about it, is I probably use the same 1 lip gloss everyday. But I always feel like it’s better to be prepared rather than unprepared.

This week I plan to seriously streamline my makeup bag contents for the sake of my shoulders to just a few essential products. Now the trick is, to narrow down on what is “essential”!

Anybody else’s makeup bag resemble mine? Suggestions for makeup essentials?

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