Friday, July 29, 2016

Introducing MAC Star Trek

Introducing MAC Star Trek
What if I were to tell you that one of the most popular makeup brands in the world today is teaming up with one of the greatest shows ever on television? In fact, the television show was such a success during its air, that it has managed to find its way to the world of cinema. And today, it holds a true legacy among science fiction fanatics. MAC Cosmetics is taking beauty to a whole new level, producing makeup products that reach an intergalactic realm, honoring Star Trek and the new generation of enthusiasts. Spanning half a century, as one of the greatest sci-fi sagas, Star Trek has teamed up with MAC Cosmetics for an exclusive makeup collaboration curated with only cosmically charged hues.

For the Star Trek collection, MAC Cosmetics is introducing several new lipglass shades. These shades include: Pleasure Planet, a muted gold with a shimmer finish, Khaaannnn!, a berry with red reflects, Set to Stun, a light silver with a gold pearl finish, and Warp Speed Ahead, a plum with blue and pink reflects. These will be available for $17 each.

In addition to the new lipglasses, MAC is also introducing four new lipstick shades. These shades include: The Enemy Within, a neutral gold shimmer with a frost finish, Where No Man Has Gone Before, a pink with gold pearl and lustre finish, Kling-It-On, a deep purple with fine pink glitter and frost finish and LLAP, an icy rose champagne with a frost finish. These lipsticks will be available for $18 each.  
 
The collection does not end there. In fact, it is just beginning. MAC Cosmetics will also introduce the Superslick Liquid Eye Liner, an eye liner that allows you to go where no other makeup junkie has gone before. For the Star Trek collection MAC is introducing three unique shades for only $22 a piece. These shades include: On the Hunt, a true black, Nocturnal, a bright silver pearl, and Pure Show, a bright yellow gold pearl. 
MAC Lipstick in
The Enemy Within


When it comes to innovation, MAC Cosmetics is one of the few beauty brands in the world that allows you to put your best face forward. As a bonus for this collection, MAC is introducing the Trip The Light Fantastic Powder. Exclusively available in North America, this will retail for $34.

Trip The Light Fantastic Powder (North America Only). The shades include: Strange New Worlds, a sheer wash of golden coral with a pearl finish,  Luna Luster, a sheer wash of soft rose with a shimmer finish, and Highly Illogical, a sheer wash of golden plum with a fine pearl finish.


MAC Cosmetics will also introduce exclusive pressed pigment eye shadows that are only available in North America. These pressed pigment eye shadows include: To Boldly Go, a reddish copper pearl with sparkle and frost finish, Midnight, a cobalt blue with pearl sparkle and frost finish,  Bird of Prey, a dark olive green pearl with sparkle and frost finish, the Naked Time, a taupe pearl with sparkle and frost finish. The pressed pigment eye shadows will be available for $23 each. 

The collection will also include the Haute & Naughty Too Black Lash mascara in black. This will sell for $23. And MAC Cosmetics will also include the Lash Wink of an Eye for $18. 
Nail Lacquer in
Holla-Deck

So, what about the nails? MAC has got you covered. For this particular collection, they will be offering three new shades. These shades include: Skin of Evil, a yellowish green with black chunks and a frost finish, Holla-Deck, a gold sparkle with a frost finish, and Enterprise, a silver chrome with a frost finish. These polishes will be available for $14 each.

And to finish the Star Trek collection, MAC Cosmetics will offer the 184 Duo Fibre Fan Brush and the 446 Synthetic Fluffy Eye Brush  for $25 each.

MAC Star Trek will be available online at MAC Cosmetics Thursday, August 25, 2016 and in-store Thursday, September 1, 2016 until Thursday, October 13, 2016. #MACStarTrek

National Lipstick Day 2016

The Dolce & Gabbana lipstick in
True Monica (40).
Today is National Lipstick Day, so I thought I would share one of my favorite lipsticks. This is the Dolce & Gabbana Voluptuous lipstick in True Monica (40). It is a beautiful nude with a semi-matte finish. Not only is it pigmented, but it looks amazing when paired with a smoky eye. Unfortunately it is sold-out virtually everywhere, but I think some boutiques may still have it available. I have been obsessed with wearing nude lipstick since I was 14 years old. Fast forward, as we spring into a new generation and the famous beauty trend of wearing a nude lip is still alive. You just have to love how that works. I think a nude lipstick looks amazing on every woman. If you have tried one and didn't like it, it doesn't mean that you are not meant to wear a nude. It means, you just haven't found the right one.
 
As I am a huge lipstick lover, I cannot choose just one lipstick that I love over the other, as there are way too many. Everything from luxury lipstick to drugstore lipstick, today is the day to honor all lipstick. I will admit, I always find myself gravitating towards an unique color, yes, but what keeps me interested is the pigment, the formula, the finish and most importantly - how long it lasts. Oh and the smell/taste too. To me, a perfect lipstick is one that I can wear while kissing my boyfriend that won't smudge nor fade. A lipstick that will not mysteriously disappear if I eat ice cream and happen to get sick later on in the day. A perfect lipstick is one that is visible yet hydrating, but does not flake nor dry out the lips. What more can you ask from a lip product? You can ask a lot, but does it mean it will deliver effectively?

Lipstick is as unique as the individual who wears it, embraces it and just generally loves it. Looking back in history, makeup has been around for centuries. And according to Sarah Schaffer who published an article in Reading Our Lips: The History of Lipstick Regulation in Western Seats of Power, Digital Access to Scholarship at Harvard, lipstick has been used for over 5,000 years. However, in the same publication Schaffer states that lipstick has been worn since 3,000 BC. Amazing right?

Another lipstick I have garnered a true love for is the Dior Rouge Dior Nude Lip Blush in Trompe L'Oeil (123). It is a rich and creamy nude with a neutral undertone. It's quite subtle and feels like it belongs in the balm family. This lipstick is one of many in stash, but one of few that I find myself picking up every single day. Consistency says a lot about a lipstick and really proves why it is the ultimate holy grail. It's hard to find; however, one of my reader's sent me a message saying she found this at Cosmetic America. I also believe Nordstrom has some in-stock.
The Dior Rouge Dior Nude Lip Blush
in 123 Trompe L'Oeil.
 
Depending on a shade, there is always a "dupe" that follows. The question remains; however, is the dupe true to the original shade? Unfortunately, as many lipstick shades tend to match, there are quite a few dupes, yes, but in theory, no shade is exactly the same. Kind of like looking at two apple trees. They may look a like at first glance until further examination of the tree reveals one tree produces more apples then the other. Do you see the distinction? 

Lipstick is one of those beauty essentials that allows you to have fun. If you don't think you can rock a haute red, well, that is your choice. Is it the fact you aren't into reds or simply haven't found the right one? Aside from red, there are an array of other shades that you may find appealing. Perhaps you are into neutrals and find a brown looks better on you than a plum. The possibilities are endless, which is why today is a day to have fun and enjoy that wonderfully addictive makeup essential we call lipstick.
 
Happy National Lipstick Day!
 
 
 
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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

July 2016: Beauty Favorites

The 12-in-1 by Bellami is
one of my favorites this month.
July has allowed us to celebrate everything from Independence Day (July 4th) to Statehood Day (July 10th) and more. As a busy time for conservatives and democrats, this month also revealed two candidates who have the potential to become the next president of the United States. As a beauty enthusiast, I can appreciate a true holy grail; however, I really enjoy trying new essentials including the latest and greatest that the world of beauty has to offer. From late June into early July, I discovered quite a few beauty favorites for the month. So, what are they? What are my favorite beauty products for July 2016?

MAKEUP

Starting off my beauty favorites for this month is the Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer Powder by Dior Beauty. Possessing a highly concentrated pearlescent shimmer that isn't too pigmented or chalky let alone invisible or non-existent, this highlighter is perfect for those looking to achieve a luminous glow. Available this August at Dior counters nationwide and on the official Dior website for $56, this is one of my favorite beauty essentials for the month of July. (Update: It is available right now at Nordstrom)

SKINCARE

Early this month, I discovered an outstanding face mask. Brought to you by ReVive, this mask works generously to purify yourself without destroying your skin's natural acid mantle. As it works to purify your skin, it restores it by removing impurities naturally. I have tried so many masks this month and although I love many, there is something so incredible about the ReVive Masque De Glaise that I just had to share it with you. You can find this amazing gem at ReVive for $125. 

BATH & BODY

I have tried quite a few bath and body products this month, including new essentials that I've never heard of. Some of them I loved, others I hated and some I contemplated and debated whether or not I wanted to put them on my skin. In my quest for the best, I discovered the LAFCO New York Nourishing Body Cream. Not only does this cream provide your skin with instantaneous hydration and moisture, but it leaves your skin feeling incredible. The scents leave a lot to appreciate. Fortified with Argan, jojoba, and shea oil as well as a plethora of other healthy ingredients, this GMO-free body cream does not contain any silicones, parabens, sulfates, or dyes. The LAFCO Nourishing Body Cream is available now at Shoptiques for $35.

HAIR

When it comes to hair tools, never have I ever discovered a set with so many until the Bellami 12-in-1. This by far the largest styling kit yet. The set itself includes a 10-in-1 curler set which features 5 tourmaline wands and 5 titanium wands. The curling iron heats up in 10 seconds and features a digital temperature display, a salon swivel cord, and universal voltage. This set also includes a state-of-the-art Baci hairdryer which features two unique attachments and heat settings. Also included is the Runway Flat Styler Iron, Baci styling comb, a thermal glove and two Baci styling clips. The Bellami 12-in-1 is available at Bellami for $649.99; however, you can get over 60% off this price right now just by using the code: 12in1 which brings your total to $239.99.

NAILS

I have tried so many unique and amazing nail products this month; however, if I were to choose a favorite from the bunch for this month, I would definitely say the Pro 45 Light by Red Carpet Manicure. Not only does it dry your polish in less than a minute, it makes your polish last for two weeks. Seeing is believing, so I will definitely be doing a review on this very soon, as I will with all of these favorites I mention today. Although this amazing Red Carpet Manicure addition is works best when you use their (Red Carpet Manicure) products, it will work with just about any nail polish. You can grab the Pro 45 Light at Nordstrom for $50.

FRAGRANCE

When it comes to fragrance, I love one that possesses an unique scent that stands out, but isn't too powerful. I also enjoy one that has a balance of notes that work together and a powerful sillage, as I enjoy embracing "the little goes a long way" concept. Late last month, I had the privilege of discovering Rose Pompon by Annick Goutal. If you can imagine rose notes mixed with blackcurrant, pink pepper, and raspberry with a hint of peony, this is what this fragrance smells like. Plus, it's sillage is quite powerful so a little goes a long way. Available at Annick Goutal for $149, this is one of greatest fragrances I have ever smelled in my life.

OTHER

One of the perks of being a beauty writer as well as enthusiast is having the opportunity to discover and try new products. One of my recent discoveries is the Iconic London EVO 001 brush. This brush is designed to adapt to the contour of your face. Made up of unique fibers, this brush ensures flawless application. I love this brush because it is so much like the Artis Oval brushes, but a little more round. You can snag the EVO 001 brush at Iconic London for $36.82.


Now Playing: Rise by Katy Perry




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Get the hair look: Lea Michele at Comic-Con 2016

Comic-Con is an internationally known event that allows science fiction fans to enjoy fascinating perks of the Sci-Fi genre. As this world-renowned event attracts over 100,000 people every single year, it allows Sci-Fi enthusiasts to take a dip into the world of comics including hands-on workshops, educational programs, anime, costumes, kiosks and virtually every aspect of art. The events also holds an array of contests and giveaways and even features movie premieres and special guests who are attendance. In attendance this year, GLEE actress Lea Michele made an appearance on Friday wearing a white deep plunging cocktail dress. She teamed up with celebrity stylist, TRESemmé's very own John D. for a beautiful yet voluminous style to complement her dress.

“We wanted to keep the look simple, yet sexy and you can never go wrong with a tousled loose curl!” John D. said about the hair look.

So, is it possible to create this hair look at home? Absolutely.

First and foremost, you want to wash and condition the hair before prepping it. Now, taking the TRESemmé TRESemmé Climate Protection Mousse John D. applied this product on Michele's locks, focusing on the roots. This product will set the foundation for a voluminous look that’s sure to withstand any weather.

Now, taking a round brush, you are going to want to begin blow drying the hair. This will create a much needed lift. John D. did a full blow-out before he took Michele's hair and began to roll and clip up each section. Doing this while the hair is hot, the TRESemmé stylist allowed Michele's hair to cool in a curled shape. 

Once cool, John D. removed the clips before taking a one-inch curling iron to create bouncy waves. As he continued with Michele's hair, he raked through the waves with his fingers. This allows him to set to hair, keeping it looking loose and touchable. 

To finish the look, John D. used the TRESemmé Climate Protection Finishing Spray to prevent frizz, block out excess humidity, and most importantly - ensure the style lasts all day.

Congratulations! You have just re-created Lea Michele's hair look for Comic-Con 2016.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Nicol Concilio talks Lipland, Bellami and beauty

Nicol Concilio with her signature lip
crayon from Lipland cosmetics.
Nicol Concilio is a beauty and lifestyle vlogger located in the heart of New York. With over 200,000 subscribers, her YouTube channel has garnered over 3 million total views. With her recent collaboration with Lipland cosmetics, Concilio has been blowing up the spotlight a lot in beauty world. And just recently, I had the opportunity to catch up with Concilio about her collaboration with Lipland, the Bellami anniversary party and beauty in general. Here is what she had to tell me...
 
Sarah Afshar: I am really loving your recent collaboration with the Lipland beauty brand. What inspired you to create a collection with Lipland? Tell me a little more about this...
 
Nicol Concilio: Thank you so much! Bellami was the first company to ever really give me a chance. They set me up with an affiliate code and gave me extensions. I seriously felt like a rock star, so it made sense to work with them for my first collaboration.  
 
S.A: Currently, you offer three unique matte lip crayons with the Lipland brand - Gigi, Glory and Zoey. What inspired you to curate these particular shades?
 
N.C: All of these shades are creations of my personality. But Glory specifically was created after the first bold lipstick color I ever bought when I was 21. Then I wanted a color that everyone could wear, which is where Gigi comes into play, and finally for Zoey, I'm obsessed with warm tone and wanted to mix a warm tone with a classic red. Zoey is named after my dog, Gigi is named after my sister, and Glory is named after my grandma.
 
S.A: Are your lip crayons really paraben-free and gluten-free?
 
N.C: Yes it's an amazing formula, super pigmented, and I like how it's similar to wearing a liquid to matte lipstick without having that super liquid-y consistency.  
 
S.A: Lipland is affiliated with Bellami. Virtually every beauty enthusiast in the world can agree that Bellami is amazing. I have to ask, what are your favorite beauty essentials from the Bellami brand?
 
N.C: Definitely going to have to say my lipsticks with Lipland. I took a long time thinking of shades and making sure the formula was just perfect and I'm so proud of the way that they came out.  A lot of people aren't blessed with gorgeous long hair, so I like that Bellami can provide something to people to feel more confident, including myself. 
S.A: Speaking of Bellami, will you be attending the anniversary party this year? Are you excited about the event?
 
N.C: Yes! Super excited, especially since that really marks the anniversary of when I started doing makeup online. 
 
S.A: What is your favorite song at the moment?
 
N.C: I love the new song Rise by Katy Perry! I think it personally reminds me of when I first started Instagram and YouTube. It has such a positive message and actually was something I really needed to hear at the moment. It's a good reminder to never give up.
 
S.A: Do you want to give a shout out to your family, friends and fans?
 
N.C: I would like to thank my family and boyfriendger (boyfriend/manager) for always encouraging me and never letting me quit when it gets tough. And to my followers, thank you as well for making me able to live my dreams.
 
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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Get the hair look: Kim Kardashian's mile-high glam breakdown

Kim Kardashian's mile-high glam.
(Photo by Justine Marjan)
Kim Kardashian is one of the most beautiful women alive and quite possibly the most popular socialite on the planet. What started as an idea, turned into reality for the television personality. In a recent retreat, Kardashian took her glam squad on a mile-high adventure to the Hamptons. The glam squad consists of a variety of gifted beauty enthusiasts including the talented hairstylist Justine Marjan. Just recently Marjan was able to create a haute hair look featuring a messy topknot to complement Kardashian's curve hugging dress.

So, is it possible to re-create this amazing hair look at home? Absolutely.

First and foremost, you want wash, condition and blow dry the hair. As part of the preparation, Marjan applied the Paul Mitchell Dry Wash and Spray Wax to Kardashian's hair to prep it. Now, taking the Paul Mitchell Marulaoil Detangling brush, Marjan started brushing the beautiful reality star's hair.

As Marjan continued she, split Kardashian's hair into two sections with the topmost section from ear to the crown of her head. Then, the celebrity hairstylist gathered the top section of the hair into an ultra high ponytail, leaving loose some strands around the hairline before securing Kardashian's hair with an elastic.

Then, taking the Paul Mitchell Marulaoil Classic Dressing brush, Marjan gathered the bottom half of Kardashian's hair and attached the top ponytail with a hair bungee. Next, she applied the Paul Mitchell Dry Wax throughout the length of the ponytail and rough up with fingers.

Once Marjan accomplished this, she started to twist and knot Kardashian's hair into a topknot, securing with bobby pins and french pins to hold the hair. Then, she pulled loose any stray strands around the nape of the next, before finishing the hair look with the Paul Mitchell Marulaoil Perfecting Hairspray.

Congratulations! You have just re-created Kim Kardashian's mile-high glam breakdown.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Get the hair look: Frankie Bikinis 2017 Summer collection

When it comes to a fun California vibe that is seductive in nature, Frankie’s Bikinis 2017 Summer collection epitomizes it. Made up of flirty floral and pretty pastels with a hint of cute crochet, this collection is everything you would imagine it to be. To complement the style and the playful aesthetic of the entire collection, Frankie's Bikinis teamed up with TRESemmé Stylist Tyler Laswell for voluminous, beachy waves.

So, is it possible to re-create this look at home? Absolutely.

First and foremost, you are going to want to the prep the hair. After doing a full blow out, you are going to want to take the hair and split the hair into four even sections. These sections include the top, the bottom, the left and the right sides of the head.

Then, you are going to want take the TRESemmé TRES Two Climate Protection Mousse through each section, one at a time. As you continue, you are going to want to blow dry using a diffuser. This works amazingly to protect against humidity and bring out natural wave.

As you continue, you are going to want to twist each section around itself, as if you were turning the hair into a rope. Then, take that hair and wrap it into a loose bun. Next, you want to secure the bun with safety pins. For extra texture as well as hold, you can add a little bit of heat by using a blow dryer.

To finish the look, you are going to want to  release the braids. Then, shake out with fingers and set the look with TRESemmé TRES Two Climate Protection Hairspray.

Congratulations! You have just re-created the amazing hair look for Frankie's Bikinis 2017 Summer collection.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Skin+Pharmacy Advanced Skin Therapy Healing Gel

Skin+Pharmacy Advanced Anti-Aging Dual
Action Moisture Boost Gel.
Skin+Pharmacy is one of the most underrated beauty brands you will discover this year. Offering an array of skin care essentials that work to restore and repair your skin, Skin+Pharmacy is exclusively available at CVS. Recently, I had the opportunity to try Skin+Pharmacy's Advanced Skin Therapy Healing Gel.

The texture is outstanding, as this amazing Skin+Pharmacy essential has a very creamy gel-like texture more so than an oil, serum, cream or lotion. Using special Hydropore+ technology this product works amazingly to hydrate the most dehydrated skin without irritating it. The hydration is virtually instantaneous.

When it comes to fine lines and wrinkles, this fantastic face gel will help reduce them. It will also work to nourish the skin and provide your skin with an amazing balance that will not irritate nor disrupt your skin's natural acid mantle. Possessing an unique advanced mineral complex blend, you can use this product alone or pair it with your favorite moisturizer.

The gel-like texture allows this product to be used as a foundation primer. In fact, this product works as one of the best foundation primers you will use, especially if you suffer from dry skin and are looking for an outstanding base that will not dry up, flake nor fade throughout the day. If you are looking for the perfect lip moisturizer that also works to lock in your favorite lip product, this Skin+Pharmacy gem will do just that. This anti-aging add-on will prevent your lipstick from feathering.

This product also works amazing when used all over the body. You can use this on your neck, your breasts, your chest, your arms, your legs, your butt - everywhere. This product also works as a workout enhancer and a targeted treatment. If you wear a waist trainer, this product will become your best friend. As this amazing Skin+Pharmacy works as a natural thermogenic to increase circulation and promote sweating during your workout, it stimulates sweat glands.

Spring is near and before you know it, Summer will magically appear. What better way to embrace the season than with a tan so luminous, it will literally look like the sun decided to jump down and kiss your skin. Add a little bit of your favorite self tanning product to this gel-like gem and your skin will look and feel ultimately amazing. This product also works to heal both sun and wind burned skin too.

Although this product is not 100% natural, it is effective when used alone or combined with your favorite moisturizer. And although it contains fragrance, it is fragrance-free and has no scent to it which one can really appreciate.

You can grab the Skin+Pharmacy Advanced Skin Therapy Healing Gel at CVS for $19.99. Would I use this product again? Yes. Would I recommend this product to a friend? Yes. Would I recommend this product to you? Absolutely. For more information about this amazing anti-aging addition visit CVS today.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

La Mer introduces Micellar water

The Micellar water
by La Mer
Look around you. What do you see? Do you see inspiration? The land down under, at the bottom of the sea is the infinite influence and inspiration to the La Mer brand. As La Mer reveals its strong passion in a pure yet precious and potent way, it delivers a true essence.
The cleansing Micellar water is incredibly light and lively. As it works cleanse and clarify the skin, it delivers instantaneous hydration that is both refreshing and long-lasting. Great for removing makeup and for restoring your skin's natural acid mantle.

Inspired by the knowledge of water, La Mer uses the power of its explicated waters to produce the Micellar water. So, if you do not have access to water around you, you will still have this product. Epitomizing the supreme ability to supercharge the skin, this sea mineral infused essence works to refresh, restore, and repair your skin.

The Cleansing Micellar Water will be available this month at Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, Barneys New York, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, and on the official La Mer site.

Bellami Beauty Bar celebrates one year

Where will you be on Thursday, July 28th?

It is official. On Thursday, July 28, 2016 from 6 pm until 10 pm Bellami is celebrating their annual anniversary party for their Beauty Bar. Located in the heart of West Hollywood on 645 N. Robertson Blvd, for one night only you'll have the opportunity to meet other Bellami bellas as well as, beauty influencers such as Amrezy, Lilly Ghalichi, Nicole Guerriero and the iconic hair activist Guy Tang. Widely recognized by top stylists and modern royalty, Bellami is worshipped by millions around the world.

This year's festivities will include red carpet arrivals, exclusive interviews, and photo opportunities with the incredible Bellami team and talent partners. The event will also feature special guests and celebrity appearances and will include cocktails, hors'doeuvrs, and live entertainment by a guest DJ. As one of the biggest social media takeover events ever, this is one of the hottest parties on the planet.

Some of Bellami's hottest collaborations include the Kylie Hair Kouture with Kyle Jenner (Keeping Up with the Kardashians), Lilly Hair with Lilly Ghalichi (Shahs of Sunset), TestaRossa with Natalie Eva Marie (WWE and Total Divas) and much more. Recently, the brand collaborated with beauty guru and YouTube star Nicole Guerriero for Nicole Guerriero Gold.  

Did you know that just by attending the event, you will have access to a true VIP experience such as color matching and installation? Get your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, Tumblr and Periscope ready because this an event you're not going to want to miss. For more information, visit Bellami today. #BellamiOneYear