Get Kate Beckinsale’s Hair and Makeup for the Total Recall Premier

08.8.12

Celebrity hairstylist artist Mara Roszak created Kate Beckinsale’s look for the Total Recall premiere in Los Angeles. Taking inspiration from Kate’s structured dress, Roszak created a texturized look for the red carpet. Roszak described Kate’s look as “edgy and undone, with an effortless feel.”

 

Get Kate’s hair in three simple steps:

 

Prep and Texturize- Achieving the undone quality of Kate’s hair relies on creating texture while preventing flyaways. Start by evenly applying John Frieda Frizz-Ease Curl Reviver Styling Mousse ($5.99 at drugstores) through towel-dried hair to tame frizz, boost shine and build texture. For added volume, spray roots with a texturizing spray and rough dry.

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Secure the Style- Next, twist small sections of hair to create tousled texture. Once hair is completely dry, gently tease the crown for a bit of height. Next, pull hair back create a loose braid. Tuck the ends under and pin in place with bobby pins, crossing the pins to secure the look and make sure the braid stays in place. Allow pieces in the front to fall out and frame the face.

 

Polish and Perfect- To finish the look, spray John Frieda Frizz-Ease Moisture Barrier Firm-Hold Hair Spray ($5.99 at drugstores) on your fingertips and pinch sections while rubbing your fingers together on the hair to add more texture and break up the look. Then in an even, all-around motion, mist a thin coat of hair spray to set the look.

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After your hair is perfectly set using Rozak’s steps, use my steps to get her makeup look as well:

 

Using a liquid foundation like Make Up For Ever’s Face and Body ($40 at Sephora), apply foundation with a damp sponge, I love the Beauty Blender ($19.95 at Sephora), all over the face.

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Apply a cream blush to the apples and/or cheekbones like NARS The Multiple ($39 at Sephora) in shade Orgasm. Blend the color well with the sponge.

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Apply a cream shadow in a cool shimmer gray, like Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream ($23 at Sephora) color 2 Steel, from the lashes to just below the crease with a flat shadow brush like Sigma’s E55 ($9 at SigmaBeauty.com).

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With a clean blending brush, like Sigma’s E40 ($11 at SigmaBeauty.com) blend the crease so there is a soft fade of color just above the crease.

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Using a liner/pencil brush like Sigma’s E30 ($9 at SigmaBeauty.com), pull this color up beyond the lashes to create a ‘winged’ or cat eye shape. The idea is to create this shape with the shadow alone and not a hard liner.

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Use a black liner with a metallic inflection like the Sephora Collection Retractable Waterproof Eyeliner in 09 Glitter Black ($12 at Sephora). The black will provide a hard line and contrast against the gray, while the shimmer will reflect light.

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Apply the cream shadow within the lower lashes with the liner/pencil brush from previous step.

 

Line the lower water line with a bronze pencil like the Lorac Eye Shadow/Liner in shade Paparazzi ($18 at Sephora). This also follows the shimmer effect with silver metallic inflections.

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Apply a deep black mascara like Rimmel’s ScandalEyes in 003 Extreme Black ($6.99 at Ulta).

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Because the emphasis is on the eyes, the lips were kept neutral by sweeping a light gloss over the lips. Try Revlon ColorBurst Lipgloss in Crystal Lilac ($7.49 at Ulta).

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Set the t-zone with a powder like Make Up For Ever Super Matte Loose Powder ($26 at Sephora) using a large powder brush like Sigma’s F30 ($19 at SigmaBeauty.com).

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Voila! You’re done and looking like a million bucks with glistening eyes and fantastic hair!

 

 

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JenniferK

 

 

Why This Is the World’s Most Expensive Nail Polish

08.8.12

Just in case you happen to have $250,000 laying around, you can seriously bling out your fingernails!

AZATURE Nail Polish is the latest offering from the black diamond king.  This celebrity and royalty designer is bringing a whole new meaning to the phrase “dripping in diamonds” by introducing this ultra-luxe product to the beauty market.

Retailing for $250,000, the exclusive AZATURE Nail Polish contains 267 carats of black diamonds, assuring that the woman who wears it really is the chicest of them all.  Limited to just one bottle, it also makes it a one-of-a-kind, limited edition item from the world of AZATURE.

And for us broke chicas that can’t afford the $250,000 price tag, Azature created polish that will contain a real black diamond and retail for $25.  Packaged in a .5 oz / 15 mL diamond shaped bottle, the nail polish is offered in AZATURE signature black and coats on with a glittery sheen that resembles the sparkle of an AZATURE diamond.

The lower-priced nail polish will be available to consumers at Fred Segal beginning August 2012.

I have dibs that either Mariah or J.Lo will snatch up the real deal polish…

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Pink is now a CoverGirl!

08.8.12

Recently announced: Pink is the newest celebrity face for COVERGIRL Cosmetics!

We couldn’t be happier to have Pink’s edgy look modeling one of our favorite makeup brands, and it seems, from what we’ve read, she’s just as thrilled as she tweeted to her fans, “Guess who’s the new Covergirl!!!!!!!!!!!”

The 32 year old mom previewed this beautiful photo of herself sporting COVERGIRL’S latest and brightest shades including super pink lipstick, blue eyeshadow, and an orange nail.

Pinks says,

“Joining a group of women who have always inspired me — to laugh out loud, let my guard down, or play around with my beauty look — is such an honor. I have a lot to celebrate. I called my new album The Truth About Love, and the truth is that I have my beautiful family and baby girl, my new music and now my partnership with COVERGIRL to love.”

Pink joins a long list of current COVERGIRL faces, including Christie Brinkley, Rachel Hunter, Tyra Banks and Niki Taylor, as well as Sofia Vergara, Queen Latifah, Drew Barrymore, Ellen Degeneres and Taylor Swift. Some have questioned if her punky persona is the right fit for COVERGIRL but her ads, set to come out this Fall, are geared to dare women to take more beauty chances just as Pink always has.

Esi Eggleston Bracey, VP and General Manager of COVERGIRL Cosmetics confirms this in a press release saying,

“Pink is a powerful and provocative role model, who has always been an advocate of individualism and making no apologies for who you are. That combination of irreverence and integrity is exactly what the COVERGIRL brand loves about her and identifies with. We have admired Pink’s art and her attitude for years! We love the energy and confidence that she radiates, and the fact that inside and out she’s as cool as she looks.”

Personally I am delighted to see an unconventional beauty grace their ads. She is most definitely a beautiful woman and talent that should be promoted as a strong, positive image to look up to. I commend the beauty industry for continuing to take chances and challenge the definition of beauty, as we know it comes in all forms. I can’t wait to see more and more how the standards of beauty will evolve.

**Stay tuned this Fall for Pink’s debut with COVERGIRL**

Pink Pink is now a CoverGirl!

<3 Stephanie

What We’re Loving: Skin Authority Go! Gorgeous Kit and Giveaway!

08.8.12

I’m always on the search for the elusive fountain of youth product. I’ll let you know when I find it—but in the meantime, I’ve come to discover the secret to looking young is first and foremost, prevention. By now everyone knows that sun exposure can increase your chances for skin cancer, but its also what ages people the most. So everyday, sunny or cloudy, an SPF is a must.

Besides prevention, there are also a combination of products that when used in combination, help skin maintain a youthful appearance and glow. Skin Authority, a rapidly growing skin care line, addresses both prevention and treatment with personalized skin care regimens.

To get started, I spoke to a Skin Authority representative and I told her my skin concerns (glowing skin and aging prevention). She suggested the Go! Gorgeous Kit. The Go! Gorgeous Kit contains 4 products perfect to sample the line or to keep as a travel or gym bag set. The kit includes:

  • Daily Cleanser- a gel cleanser that contains 3% glycolic acid, pH 4.0. Removes dirt and oil, but still leaves the skin soft—not tight.
  • Resurfacing Accelerator- an exfoliating gel containing 15% glycolic acid, pH 3.7. My favorite from the kit, this is a must have for exfoliating dead skin cells for a healthy and luminous glow.
  • Tri-Power Peptide Hydrator- Formulation combines intense hydration with the anti-aging benefits of peptides, neuropeptides, and vitamins A, B, C, and E to help promote healthy cell growth and reduce the appearance of fine lines and deeper wrinkles. With AOX™ Technology, pH 5.5.
  • Sunscreen Moisturizer SPF 30- a lightweight moisturizer for full spectrum protection. Abovenzone 3%, Octinoxate 7.5%, Octisalate 5%, Oxybenzone 5%, pH 3.7.

 

The verdict: At only $58, this kit was the perfect introduction to the Skin Authority line of products. I used each one as directed and got great results—and quickly. My favorites out of this lineup are the Daily Cleanser and the Resurfacing Accelerator. The cleanser does its job of getting the skin clean and not stripping away natural oils. I used it with my Clarisonic with no irritation or tightness. And while the Resurfacing Accelerator contains probably the highest concentration of glycolic acid I’ve seen over the counter, besides the initial 2 second tingle, it felt great on and really smoothed out my skin. I still like to incorporate a retinol in my skin care, so I now use the Resurfacing Accelerator during the day and retinol product at night.

Skin Authority also makes sure to really guide you through your new skin regimen with weekly email updates and free skin care coaching (by real people!).

To check out Skin Authority, visit their website www.skinauthority.com.

 For a chance to win your own Go! Gorgeous Kit, just enter with the form below and leave a comment asking at least one skin care question!

 

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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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