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We’re perpetually on the hunt for the perfect highlighter and never seem to find it— this little highlighter is too glittery, this little highlighter is too greasy, and this little highlighter has us streaking all the way home. What’s a girl to do?

Enter Vapour Organic Beauty— their new Halo Body Spotlight imparts a luminous, lit-from-within glow that looks natural, and more importantly, doesn’t leave glitter bomb fallout on our cheeks. It’s the perfect shimmer to counteract dull, lifeless winter skin, and can be used on the face, shoulders, arms, décolletage.. the possibilities are endless.
Halo also delivers potent anti-oxidants into the skin to heal and protect it against environmental elements and pollutants.  It’s made with the anti-inflammatory Frankincense, moisturizing Lotus Flower and Tulsi, an ancient healing herb, and is 70% organic.

Added bonus? The packaging is so pretty: a steel blue-gray shimmer… and it smells awesome too! Sort of a light, fruity smell that makes us want to bite it…but we won’t. ;)

Halo comes in one universal shade, Moonlight, suitable for all ages and skin tones.


spring6pc.jpgEssie’s Spring 2010 color palette just infiltrated our dark and moody fall nail polish collection, and we’re loving it! It’s just what the doctor ordered to pick us up out of this dreary cold-weather funk.  We’re already imagining warm summer days and a closet full of chic spring ensembles. Their mix of pretty lilacs, flirty roses and muted corals, along with fun art movement inspired names like ‘Lilacism’ and ‘Neo Whimsical’ proves, once again, that Essie  knows their nail polish. 
At Victor de Souza’s F/W 2010 collection, the designer wanted an otherworldly beauty. Bring on the drama!

For the hair, lead stylist Danilo, worked with PHYTO products to create an “alien chic” silhouette. Hair was formed into a tight pony tail which was subsequently slicked back with PHYTO Professional Strong Sculpting Gel and wrapped into a chignon at the top of the head.  Small sections of hair were left out at the temples, and extensions wrapped within a hair net (in blond, brunette, and black shades depending on the model’s hair color) were fastened to the top of the head, covering the chignon, and loose side pieces were tucked back and underneath. To finish, Danilo used PHYTO Professional Workable Hold Hairspray.

For the face, Lena Koro for the NARS created a look inspired by a photograph of Audrey Hepburn, and was intended to emulate the feeling of her elegance and class, with an “alien twist.” The face was paled with NARS Snow loose powder and Sheer Matte Foundation in Siberia. Eyes were dramatically lined with jet liner (Black Moon eyeliner and Eyeliner Stylo in Black). Models also sported blackout contact lenses to completely cover the whites of eyes and add to the alien aesthetic. The look was finished by dabbing NARS gloss in XXX on lips.

Nails were done by CND (Creative Nail Design). Lead Stylist Christina Estabrooks shaped false nails into rounded points and adhered just below the first knuckle. They were coated with one of two polishes (Pink Lily and Copper Chrome), and finished off with French tips (Studio White) before being topped with Super Matte topcoat.

The final look:

While it isn’t exactly a wearable look, it was certainly one of the more exciting looks we’ve witnessed this season…. it was, as promised, completely out of this world!
On of our favorite looks this season was the fierce, bad girl beauty at Tony Cohen’s Fall 2010 collection. The look was comprised of a chic french twist, toughened up by messy roots and sewed in leather… adding seriously smoky-eye drama for a “You’d better notice me, but don’t you DARE mess with me” look.

Tony_Cohen_Runway_0dbb.jpgTo get the hair: Staci Child for Cutler prepped hair with Cutler Volumizing Spray for texture, then massaged Cutler Definition Paste into the top of head to give hair a dirty, unfinished look, like “she’s done it herself”. She then pulled hair into a french twist and weaved leather cord into it to compliment the lines of the collection, finishing with Redken Workforce 9.

204.JPGTo get the makeup: Napoleon Perdis wanted a tough-chic, “opera goes to the club” look with a strong eye. He prepped skin with a peptide serum, then misted skin with his own airbrush foundation. The eye was done in a shades of charcoal and black for smoke, and blended out with a terracotta shade for a “hint of romance” into a square shape with focus on the inner bridge. Perdis then groomed brows with a touch of Suede pencil, and coated lips with Devine Goddess l/s in Lianna, a beautiful nude that Perdis told me was inspired by his daughter. Final touches included a dab of gloss in Hot Toffee, and a spritz of facial spray to give a dewy look.

So simple, so chic, major badass.
There’s nothing more rewarding than giving back to others. And If you can look and smell good while doing it…all the better! Inspired by M.A.C.’s amazing VIVA GLAM collection to support those affected by AIDS, we’ve compiled a list of products that’ll prep you for spring, and keep on giving….

Bobbi Brown Heart Truth Bronze Shimmer Brick Set,

In partnership with “The Heart Truth” Campaign, Bobbi created this limited set to raise awareness about women and heart disease. Get free shipping through 2/28 when you enter code HEART1 at checkout.

Creed Fragrance,

Creed will donate 5 percent of proceeds from sales at its online boutique to ADRA, a nonprofit that’s providing medical services and water purification to those currently suffering.

M.A.C. Viva Glam, Nordstrom:

The M.A.C AIDS Fund was established in 1994 to support men, women and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS globally. This season Cyndi Lauper and Lady GaGa have joined the fight and collaborated with Viva Glam to create custom shades. Every cent of the selling price is donated to the M.A.C. Aids Fund.


Carol’s Daughter Candy Paint, Sephora:

Carol’s Daughter is proud to donate a portion of its sales of Candy Paint Lip Gloss to the Lupus Foundation of America.

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