Valentine’s Day Edition: Beauty Gift Ideas for Him and Her

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and we know there are still quite a few of you that have no idea what to get for yourself…and by get for yourself I mean get for your loved one(s). *insert wink*

Have no fear, the team over at Bloomingdale’s has got you covered. You still have time to ship or pick up in-store. We took a moment to hand pick a few His and Her items in the beauty arena that you…OK or that special someone…will love!

Browse through these HOT items below:

HER

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‘Missoni’ Eau de Parfum by Missoni


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Velour Lovers Lip Color in Joy, Joie de Vivre Collection by Laura Mercier


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Maxi Lash Mascara Set by Guerlain


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Skin Illusion Blush in Golden Havana by Clarins


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LUNA™ Mini 2 Facial Cleansing Brush by FOREO


HIM

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The Original Eau de Parfum by Eight and Bob


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Mini Print Dopp Kit by Paul Smith


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Cologne Soap Gift Set by HERMÈS


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Shave Tonic by Baxter Of California


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Sonic System Deep Cleansing Brush by Clinique For Men

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2017 Holographic Beauty Must-Haves!

The Holographic beauty trend is back like it never left….think Jem, My Little Pony and Lisa Frank. The runways and magazines have been talking about this trend for months. Well it’s finally here….and available for you in everything ranging from highlighters to make up bags.

We’ve selected some cool holographic must-haves you should definitely incorporate into your 2017 hauls. For those who just want subtle participation, to the full on Unicorn Glitter Divas, there is something out there for everyone.

Check these products out below, available now at Sephora:

neo-limelightThe Neo Limelight Highlighter by Kevyn Aucoin


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Face Time Complexion Brush Set by Sephora Collection


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La Vie En Rose Nail Polish by Deborah Lippman


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Holographic Tweezer by TWEEZERMAN


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PRO Dimensional Highlighting Palette by Sephora Collection


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Frosted Light – The Weekender by Sephora Collection


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Lip Lustre gloss in Amethyste by Surratt Beauty


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Minimergency® Kit For Her – Silver Hologram by Pinch Provisions

Backstage Beauty: Elene Cassis S/S 2012 x L’Oreal Professionnel x Bobbi Brown Cosmetics

Elene Cassis made waves, literally, at this year’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. With the help of L’Oreal Professionnel and Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, her S/S 2012 collection cascaded down the runway showcasing a variety of textures and glamorous undone coifs.

I was able to catch up with L’Oreal’s Lead Stylist and 5 year NY Fashion Week vet, Amit Abraham, about what the latest trends will be for this upcoming S/S 2012 season:

“People are getting more comfy with their hair. More natural, less perms. They are ok with wearing what they have. Look forward to matte, dry hairstyles. Not too done.”

Amit’s inspiration for the styles for the Elene Cassis show came from the textures in the collection. To create the looks, he utilized a new ‘Crimping’ method, by applying L’Oreal Infinium 3 to hair and then wrapping aluminum foil around each section. He then clamped a barrel curling iron down the full length of the hair to make a wave pattern. The foil is used to conduct heat and help the waves last longer throughout the day.

Fresh Dust, a new L’Oreal product to hit salons in April 2012, was used to absorb oil on the hair and make it less shiny. This was the first test run for the product prior to the release date and was the key element to create the looks for the show.

Another product, Mythic Oil, which launches this month, is one of the latest L’Oreal Professionnel products. This multi-purpose oil was used on the models to protect the hair prior to styling, as well as a finishing product used for sealing the ends. This product contains a blend of avocado oil which nourishes the hair, in addition to grape seed oil, a powerful antioxidant.

For the makeup looks, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics’s Lead Makeup Artist, Miguel Collado, was on hand to give us insight on what palettes he used to create the looks for the show and what we should look forward to for next Spring:

“I wanted to recreate ‘Beautiful and Wearable’. Matte, fresh, natural finish. A dewy look. Look like yourself, but a little bit more pretty”.

Face: Skin Prep and Foundation

Eyes: Black Gel Liner to create angular line for cat eye look. Thin inside and thick outside. Candlelight Creme Shadow with Gold on top.

Cheekbones: Bronzer, Rose Gold Shimmer Brick on top with Pale Pink, Peony or Nectar.

Lips: Bare look using Beige Gold with Sunset on top.

For more photos from the Elene Cassis S/S 2012 Collection, click on the image below:

For information on where to find these products, visit Lorealprofessionnel-us.com and BobbiBrownCosmetics.com

Nolcha Fashion Week New York 2011

This year’s Nolcha Fashion Week New York was absolutely amazing! It showcased the latest S/S 2011 fashions from some of today’s top up and coming designers. In addition to the show, beauty brands were on site providing complimentary beauty services and free goodies.

KISS styled us with the Everlasting Pearl French Tip Nails and NEW Exotic Lashes. The coolest thing about these products are the user-friendly applicators. The nails have break-away applicator tabs, while the lashes have applicator strings to help ensure a faster, more precise application.

LypSyl equipped us with plenty of Lip Balm to get us through Fashion Week, and probably the end of the year! (LOL)

What’s great about this lip balm is the unique package design with the easy, sliding side bee applicator that helps you control the amount of lip balm you want to apply with each use. This product contains all natural pure Swedish Beeswax along with organic shea butter, coconut oil and Vitamin E & A.

Click on the image below for some more beauty sneak peeks and a look inside this dazzling September showcase:

For information on these exciting products visit KissUsa.com and LypSylhome.com

The Body Shop: Helping To Change Our World Through Beauty

During this year’s Fashion’s Night Out in New York, The Body Shop hosted an exclusive event at their Broadway location to introduce the launch of their NEW Extra Virgin Minerals Collection, Shimmer Cubes and Carbon Eye Definers. Celebrity Makeup artist Shawnelle Prestidge was on hand to provide us with Gorgeous makeovers to help prep us for the night’s festivities, while also sharing a few of tips on how to create a variety of looks using this new collection.

Shawnelle is known for her amazing work as Blackbook Magazine’s Beauty Editor, as well as her skill of painting the faces of top celebs including Kate Moss and Zoe Saldana. During the makeovers, Shawnelle showed us how to achieve her Top 2 beauty trends for Fall: Smoky eyes and the Mod wing-tipped liner look. However, this season she highlighted swapping out your basic black for palettes of navy, gray, green or brown, to help transform these looks from special occasion to everyday.

The Shimmer Cubes definitely help make it convenient for you to achieve the smoky eye look because you get all 4 shadows in one palette! Its compact, and fits right inside your already overstuffed make up bag. The Carbon Eye Definers come with a built-in line smudger on the end, so now you can create multiple looks with just one pencil.

What makes the Body Shop collection stand out from other beauty brands is their commitment to The Community Fair Trade Program. 100% of the ingredients used to make these products are derived from Fair Trade Communities, and your purchase helps workers in such countries as Ghana, India, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Italy. In addition to helping improve financial conditions in other parts of the world, your purchase also helps you improve the quality of ingredients that you use on your skin.

The collection is composed of a variety of natural elements including pure cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil and marula oil. The extra virgin olive oil helps moisturize the skin, while the marula oil helps the Shimmer Cube pigments glide on easier and last much longer, compared to other brands.

The foundations, available in 12 shades, use a non-irritating formula, and are fragrance and paraben-free. This makes the line suitable for all skin types, including sensitive and blemished skin. They come in creme, liquid and loose powder formulas, so it is easy to choose the right product for your foundation needs. This foundation range will launch in stores in October 2011.

These products range in price from $13-25 and can be found at The Body Shop retail locations as well as TheBodyShop.com

CYNTHIA ROWLEY & BAND-AID TEAM UP FOR FASHION WEEK EMERGENCIES

Ever dreamed of meeting Fashion Icon Cynthia Rowley? Well here’s your chance….

BAND-AID® Brand and fashion designer Cynthia Rowley are joining forces to fix your fashion emergencies and celebrate the mass retail launch of BAND-AID® Brand by Cynthia Rowley Adhesive Bandages.  A traveling “Glambulance” will hit the streets during New York City Fashion Week, offering solutions to all your style woes. This repurposed ambulance will be fully equipped with a hair stylist, seamstress, make-up artist Mickey Williams, and fashionable First-Aid supplies.

Glambulance Locations

Thursday, September 8th, 4pm-12am (Fashion’s Night Out): Stationed at 5th Ave (between 56th and 57th St.)

Friday, September 9th, 1pm-9pm (Date of Cynthia Rowley Show): Stationed at 65th & Broadway

        *Cynthia Rowley will be making a guest appearance at the Glambulance on Fashion’s Night Out on Sept.8th between the hours of 4:30-6pm.

Facebook Contest

In addition to meeting the designer, you can also enter the Fashion Malfunction Facebook Contest during Fashion Week and tell us your worst fashion emergency story for the chance to win a $2,500 Cynthia Rowley fashion spree and styling session. Check out www.Facebook.com/BandAid for more details.

Make sure to follow Cynthia Rowley on Twitter @Cynthia_Rowley and use the #glambulance hash tag. Become a fan of BAND-AID® Brand on Facebook for Glambulance updates.

The BAND-AID® Brand by Cynthia Rowley Adhesive Bandages come in a variety of 7 designs, including gems, sequins, lace, gold chains and a runway show. They will be available on CynthiaRowley.com starting September 8th, and at mass retailers in December 2011, at a suggested retail price of $4.25. 

Madres y Comadres: KMart x YouTube Celebrate Latina Heritage

KMart launches the first brand-produced U.S. Hispanic video series distributed through YouTube. Connecting with Hispanic moms, Madres y Comadres (Madre meaning mother, and ‘Comadre’ which translates to a mother’s close female friend that she confides in), is an eight-part original Spanish-language miniseries focused on Hispanic mothers and the unique challenges they face raising a family in America while also remaining true to their Hispanic identity.

The webisodes (helmed by Alberto Ferreras known best for his long-running “Habla” series on HBO Latino) are styled similar to ‘telenovelas’. A custom YouTube channel has launched, in partnership with Google, as the hub for the series.

“Kmart is a heritage brand with a rich history in America. We’re passionate about the diversity of our customer base and excited about the opportunity to speak directly with our Hispanic customers while celebrating their culture and traditions,” said Mark Snyder, chief marketing officer, Kmart.

“The first episode of Madres y Comadres launched this month just in time for back to school and aligns with the recently launched Latina Smart Facebook page, allowing Kmart to develop a deeper relationship with Hispanic women who are both tech savvy, yet underserved from a content perspective.”

The scripted series is accompanied by twelve video interviews with real Hispanic moms from Mexico, Peru, Guatemala and Colombia coping with the nuances of raising American children in a traditional Hispanic household.


In celebration of Madres y Comadres, I will be hosting a drawing this weekend for one lucky reader to win a FREE $50.00 KMart gift card! You can use it to grab a few pieces from Sofia Vergara’s new line, snag some hair products or maybe even a few organizers for that enormous collection of beauty products you’ve accumulated. (LOL)

To enter the drawing, simply leave a comment on the post below and send me an email with “Madres y Comadres” in the subject line.

That’s it! Deadline for all entries is Sunday, August 28th at 11:59PM EST.

Check out this new series at YouTube.com/MadresyComadres or follow on Twitter @madresycomadres

¡Bellezas Buena Suerte!