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1.bmpBackstage at Rebecca Taylor’s Spring 2011 collection, the look was a bit ’70s, inspired by Yves Saint Laurent’s ladies, but more undone. The girls were made to look like they partied last night, but still fresh and modern.

The face was intense with smoldering coppers, while the hair complemented the relaxed feel of the clothing. Here are some details on how the looks were created:

Makeup: Sil Bruinsma for MAC Cosmetics used intense copper powder shadow on the center of the lids, bringing it around and under to bottom lid as well. Eyes were rimmed with black eye kohl and then given multiple coats of black mascara. Charred Red lipstick was used as a stain on the lips, applied with the fingers.

Hair: Cutler’s Dai Michishita backcombed hair and then then flat-ironed to seal texture. After brushing the hair put, Dai pulled it a high topknot, leaving pieces of hair loose at the hairline.

Nails: Fingernails were coated with OPI polish in I’m Suzi And I’m A Chocoholic, and toes were painted with Barefoot in Barcelona.
2.JPGOn Wednesday we had the pleasure of attending a press conference courtesy of Olay, revealing the first celebrity beauty ambassador for the brand. In the week leading up to the event, Olay gave clues on their facebook, prompting fans of the beauty giant to wager their guesses.

After arriving at the rooftop observation deck and being treated to yummy goodies, we were ushered to our seats for the announcement. After two short video teasers and a quick speech from Procter & Gamble VP Joe Acuri, the ambassador was named and brought out to speak to us, and that face was… Carrie Underwood!

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 “We are thrilled that someone as inspirational as Carrie has joined Olay,” said Arcuri. “Carrie epitomizes Olay’s mission to challenge possibilities and encourage a new generation of women to learn about skin care and make a noticeable impact on their skin’s appearance.”
“With her genuine beauty and girl-next-door likeability, Carrie is a natural fit and wonderful addition to the Olay family,” said Chris Heiert, Marketing Director, Olay. “Through all her success, Carrie remains grounded and connects with women everywhere using her powerful voice. She personifies the iconic image of the brand while representing the faces of the future.”

As the new ambassador for Olay, the 27-year-old, GRAMMY award-winning artist amplifies a positive message for a new generation of women to challenge their own skin’s possibilities with the latest advances in skin care from Olay as part of the brand’s “Challenge What’s Possible” campaign. In her new role with Olay, Carrie will also represent a line of skin care products for the brand.

“I am so excited to be associated with a beauty brand that has been trusted by women for more than 50 years,” Carrie said. “As a little girl I remember my mom always using the original Olay Beauty Fluid and encouraging my sisters and I to take care of our skin. I love that Olay has managed to change with the times, yet stay in touch with women of all ages who want affordable skin care products that do what they promise. My music career has been a dream come true and proven to me that the seemingly impossible can be achieved. Olay’s inspiring campaign echoes my beliefs.”

Olay products are available at Target or The campaign is scheduled to debut later this year.

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been seeing simple, minimalist faces popping up all over fall/winter runways. Nude lips and light metallic eyes have been one of the biggest trends for fall 2010. Echoing the fashions of the coming season, a clean and effortless face is a refreshing change to the dark lip and eye shades we are used to seeing when the weather cools off and the sweaters and scarves come out. 

Our favorite starlet look featuring simple, natural makeup is Dianna Agron (Quinn Fabray on Glee) at the Glee Season 2 premier earlier this week. Her simple, wavy pulled back hair, paired with her toned down makeup color palette really accentuated her natural beauty, which is what this no-frills trend is all about. 

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Echoing Dianna’s glowing fresh face were Glee Season 2 co-stars Naya Rivera, Jenna Ushkowitz, Heather Morris and Charice Pempengco. Their light, natural colored lips with slightly blushed-tone cheeks were the perfect companions to highlighted eyes and curled lashes with a few coats of mascara.

If you are anything like us, taking a break from our jewel-toned eyeshadows and eyeliners and deep, rich lipsticks is very much welcomed. We can’t wait to rock our clean slate this fall and winter, as is the case for this year, less is certainly going to be more!

Tired of clumpy lashes? Wasting tons of product on ill-designed packaging? Enter LashControl. lashcon.jpg

Lash Control is an innovative squeezable mascara package which allows you to continuously regulate the desired amount of mascara product on the brush. Currently offered is Pink Sqeeze and Purple Squeeze, one mascara gives length and the other gives volume, and both mascaras feature botanical-enriched, beeswax-based formulas. The patented delivery wiper sleeves let you decide how much formula comes out just by squeezing as you remove the brush. You’re in control, so brush on longer-looking, sexy-yet-professional lashes or dial up the drama. No more scraping or wiping off wasted mascara with a tissue.

The mascara also currently comes in Clear, a “top” coat to seal mascara and give an added sheen (it can also be used to set brows), with more formulas to follow.

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Tweezerman’s tweezers have always been our favorite and most coveted tool for our eyebrows. With the perfect slant, file and tension, they pluck every stray hair with little effort. 

Now, funky and edgy designer Betsey Johnson has released her own take on the heralded tweezers. The plucky (pun intended) collection has three designs in Betsey’s staple pink and black - skulls, Marilyn Monroe and roses. Our favorite is definitely the Marilyn look, which we find sleek and retro chic. 

Regardless of which piece of the collection best suits your style, your brows will have never looked so good. $25,

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