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:



‘Missoni’ Eau de Parfum by Missoni


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


Maxi Lash Mascara Set by Guerlain


Skin Illusion Blush in Golden Havana by Clarins


LUNA™ Mini 2 Facial Cleansing Brush by FOREO



The Original Eau de Parfum by Eight and Bob


Mini Print Dopp Kit by Paul Smith


Cologne Soap Gift Set by HERMÈS


Shave Tonic by Baxter Of California


Sonic System Deep Cleansing Brush by Clinique For Men


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:

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An Optimum Mother-Daughter Spa Getaway and Makeover!

Mother’s Day is approaching and I know we are all wracking our brains trying to figure out what to get those special ladies in our lives. Cards, Flowers, but what about a Spa Day… Miami?

SoftSheen-Carson, the #1 ethnic hair care leader, is currently hosting a national contest for one lucky mother and daughter to win ‘THE OPTIMUM CARE MOTHER-DAUGHTER SPA GETAWAY AND MAKEOVER’.

The winning prize includes airfare and hotel for a mother-daughter pair; a luxurious Spa and Wellness weekend in Miami; hair consultation and makeover with celebrity stylist Johnny Wright and an appearance on Lifetime TV’s The Balancing Act. The contest is sponsored by Optimum Care and Heart & Soul Magazine, and is currently running from now to May 15th, 2011.

To enter visit:

Countdown to A Royal Affair: QVC Launches New Luxury Wedding Boutique

As the anticipation grows for the The Royal Wedding, QVC has launched a new online luxury shopping experience for all brides-to-be called The Wedding Boutique…a one-stop-shop for everyone’s wedding needs.

Brides can shop and add up to 500 products to their wish list for wedding guests to choose from in the registry. In addition to wedding gifts, everything a bride can ever dream of to get ready for the big day is also available, ranging from beauty sets by Mally to a limited edition InStyler.

The Wedding Boutique on begins the official countdown to A Royal Affair, QVC’s special broadcast of officially-licensed royal collectibles from 10am – 3pm EST on Kate and William’s actual wedding day, April 29.

Visit to check it out!

Mally "Share The Love" Long-Wear 10-piece Collection (Price $65.46)


InStyler Rotating Hot Iron w/CeramicTourmaline Plate (Price $97.80)


philosophy "the bride" bath & body set (Price $48.00)


International Beauty Show New York 2011

Check out the recap from this year’s International Beauty Show that was held on March 6-8th at the Jacob Javits Center in New York. Click the image below to see photos from the event showcasing some of the hottest new trends in the industry!


On Thursday, February 24th, celebrities Serena Williams, Brandi,  Kimberly Elise and Mary Mary jumped into the Pepsi We Inspire photo booth at the Essence Black Women of Hollywood Awards in LA to inspire fun, silly faces and fabulousness with their take home photo strips.

Check out the photos below:


Serena Williams


Kimberly Elise and Guest

Mary Mary


On Feb. 17th, I attended a private preview for the Grand Opening of the New Inglot Cosmetics Studio in the NYC Chelsea Market. This brand is one of the best kept secrets amongst makeup artists and celebrities. Just ask Lady Gaga, who wore an Inglot nail polish look designed by celebrity manicurist Aya Fukuda, in her new “Born This Way” video.

This invite-only event included a tour of the new 6,000 square foot space given by celebrity makeup artist and Director of Education & Artist Relations for The Makeup Show, James Vincent. The room was filled with stylistas and beauty lovers exploring all of the 1,500+ color options while indulging in hors d’ oeuvres, cocktails and listening to the DJ spin the soundtrack of the night.

Some of the industry’s top make up artists were on hand to give complimentary makeovers and assist guests with selecting the perfect products.

Hair Room Service was also on site providing guests with AMAZING red carpet hair looks including blow-outs, curls and pin straight styles.

Hair Room Service, founded by Michael Duenas, is a luxury beauty amenities service that will travel to your home, office, hotel, etc. to provide hair, make up or nail services by appointment only. Whether you need a cut at 11am in Soho or a manicure at 11pm in the Upper West Side, Hair Room Service is the place to call!

The top highlight of the event: The introduction to the Mixing Station and the Freedom Palettes. Inglot specializes in the customization of rich, highly pigmented colors for lips, cheeks, eyes and skin. Customers can come into the studio and create their own signature products at the Mixing Station. They can also create a Freedom Palette, a magnetic kit with 10 custom interchangeable eye, lip or cheek shades for only $50! Inglot makes it easy for women of all nationalities to achieve the hottest red carpet and runway looks, but at a very affordable price.

I was absolutely IN LOVE with my makeover! Jennifer Belle did a fabulous job on my sultry, glam makeup look. The intense berry lip color was a perfect finish. Michael Duenas styled my hair in loose, beachy waves with an Amika clip free 13-25mm Tourmaline Curling Wand. With a little help from a few Schwarzkopf styling products, my look was flawless!

Visit to make an appointment today!

With a free makeover, photo shoot, great mingling and a gift bag to DIE for, I would say this was the best event of NY Fashion Week. Thanks Melody!

About Inglot

Inglot Cosmetics is an international cosmetics brand founded over 25 years ago by Wojtek Inglot, a young chemist working at that time in the R&D department in pharmaceutical company. His principal objective was to produce high quality products at fair and reasonable prices, using only the best possible ingredients and raw materials from the most reputable suppliers. Inglot has over 240 retail studio locations world wide.

For more info, visit