(Because we really can’t help ourselves around a seasonal pun…)
by Renata Certo-Ware
Bright brights are always associated with Summer, but the truth of the matter is: Fall is the most colorful time of the year! Put down that Pumpkin Spice Latte and turn to a cornucopia of gorgeous beauty products to fete the Harvest. Leave beachy pinks and corals behind and opt for deep oranges, majestic blues, and plummy purples to bring warmth to your skintone.
Pro Tip: Make the most of what’s left of your tan while channeling Fall with brilliant golds and bronzes.
By Karen Morales
Slicked back hair is evocative of a debonair playboy or a devil-may-care James Dean protege, but this season’s runways saw women’s fashion houses such as Lanvin and 3.1 Phillip Lim reinvent the look for ladies, and we say Girls do it better! This sleek ‘do looks even more alluring on a woman.
Follow these simple steps using our go-to products to achieve a modern and feminine take on slicked back hair:
1.) Push back the hair at the front of your head with a barrel brush, blow drying as you go.
2.) Continue brushing hair back, including at the sides, using a regular hair brush.
3.) Apply gel to keep hair back in place, on the sides and in the front. Brush back again.
4.) Finish off by spritzing hairspray.
Voila! Instant edginess. (Side effects may include leaning casually against buildings or a fierce strut.)
By Renata Certo-Ware
We chatted with Bluemercury founder and CEO Marla Beck about M61, the new line she created for women who love all-natural, safe products that are as effective as a trip to the dermatologist. Here’s what she had to say about the collection:
Tell me about your line, M61:
I started researching for M61 seven years ago because we had clients coming in that wanted natural products that worked, and we had other clients coming in that loved the dermatologists’ products but they would read the ingredients list and say “I don’t want all this stuff!”. We really bridged the two worlds. We combined dermatologist-loved ingredients like gylocolic acid, salicylic acid, peptides, vitamin A, vitamin C with the natural world – Superfoods for your skin!
Superfoods – yum!
Some of my new products – the Jet Glow line, for example – has antioxidant rich gojji berry and red seaweed, so you can envision the firming from that and glycolic acid, which exfoliates the skin to deliver peptides deep down. The Hydraboost Cream, our first cream in a jar, has vitamin B5 and papaya in it – people think of papaya as an exfoliant, but it’s actually used as a healing ingredient in South America – when kids get bumps and bruises they put papaya on it – it’s very soothing, great for sunburn as well.
Who’s the client for M61?
It’s really made to wardrobe – just like nobody buys fashion from one brand, you may have a really nice designer jacket and wear it with a Zara top. We’re seeing older women use our Power Glow Peel with a La Mer moisturizer, or younger college students coming in. And interestingly, Asian clients and French clients have heard about the line and buying it – we have no idea how or why, but the Newbury Street manager said they are coming in and asking for the product.
What do you think appeals to them?
It’s clinical – there’s a list of 100 ingredients that can’t be in the products, and for the European clients that’s really important . They’re leading us in natural ingredients, and they have rules about the what can go into skincare – some ingredients are legal in the US and are not legal in Europe.
By Renata Certo-Ware
If Cleopatra had a shopping list, we’re pretty sure Barney’s would be her one-stop shop. Bejeweled, deep-sea-inspired earrings and gold flecked eyelashes make for elegant, face-framing touches, while a unique four-finger ring will wrap itself around your digits like a molten snake.
A lady so chic wouldn’t live in a humble abode, would she? For a home full of treasures, we love this snake-emblazoned notebook. A set of extra-long matches that comes in a box that is a work of art in itself will make even a quiet night by the fire seem like a decadent affair.
By Karen Morales
Our picks for the best beauty items for Fall include some familiar favorites as well as brand new products that ensure your gorgeousness game this season is in the bag – the cheetah makeup bag, that is.
From Left to Right:
– Start with the basics – a beautiful bag for all your beauty supplies. Leopard print never goes out of style.
– Understated nude nail polish is oh-so chic, and Essie’s “Like Linen” is the perfect neutral.
– Get a berry beautiful pout with Clinique’s Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Color Balm in “Broadest Berry”.
– MJ’s newest Daisy fragrance installment, Daisy Dream Eau de Toilette, has hints of blackberry, blue wisteria, and coconut water for light, carefree days.
– A curved wand, like Lancome’s Grandiose Mascara helps you coat those pesky hard-to-reach lashes at the corners of your eyes.
Refresh your makeup routine for Fall; It’s finally time to test out those beauty looks previewed at NYFW Fall/Winter 2014!
By Karen Morales
(Image via HarpersBazaar.com)
Rodarte’s Fall 2014 collection in particular was all about shimmer-dusted eyes and lips in berry hues. NARS duo eyeshadow provides the perfect metallic combination for that glittery, yet smoky look. Apply Estee Lauder light pink metallic shadow around the corner of the eyes to make them pop.
To emulate the glittering lips, try applying a matte lipstick like Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lip Color in Cocoa and then finishing with a swipe of Bobbi Brown’s Crystal Glitter Lip gloss on top.
This summer, stars like Cara Delevingne and Kate Hudson have eschewed the usual sheer pinks and bright oranges in favor of deep, vampy pouts. Paired with sun kissed skin, wines and deep berries look surprisingly fresh and give even the most casual style a finished, polished feel.
Get the look with a creamy burgundy or wine lipstick or go for glam by layering a (surprisingly wearable) purple on top! Still not convinced? Test the water’s with Clinique’s Richer Raisin chubby stick, a sheer balm formula that moisturizers with just a hint of color.