My fingers have been busy working on my latest batch of freelance stories for the website TotalBeauty.com. Here they are! Want some simple ways to refresh your look? Take inspiration from these makeup, skin and hair trends and find out how to recreate these celebrity looks. Click here.Want to know how to hide the flaws your date will notice? Click here.While researching this story, I couldn’t believe how far some women will go to keep up their expensive beauty services. Click here to read the full story. When a beauty treatment goes awry, the stories are always shocking. Click here to see for yourself.
If you missed my live segment this morning on WGN Midday News, I’ve included the clip so you can see all the beauty trends I talked about. I also listed my product picks to achieve the looks. Doing live TV is fun, but the highlight of my day happened right after I finished the segment. I returned to the green room to find Mike Ditka sitting there. Ha! He was really friendly, with a big grin. From beauty to football, this show really does cover it all.
Here are the products used for each runway trendBeauty Trend: Exaggerated LinerSplurge • Shiseido Accentuating Black Cream Liner; $26.00, Sephora • Guerlain Le 2 Black Volume Mascara; $36.00, Nordstrom Total: $62 Steal • Sonia Kashuk Dramatically Defining Longwear Gel Liner in Charcoal; $8.99, Target • L’Oreal Volumnious Mascara; $7.50, drugstores nationwide • EcoTools Angled Eyeliner Brush; $3.99, Ulta.com Total: $20 Beauty Trend: Blue ShadowSplurge • Estee Lauder Pure Color Five Color EyeShadow Palette in Blue Dahlia; $42, Nordstrom • MAC Lipstick in Nude; $14.50, Nordstrom Total: $56.50 Steal • L’Oreal Studio Secrets Professional Color Smokes Quad Eye Shadow in Cobalt; $5.99, drugstores • Revlon ColorBurst in Soft Nude; $6.50 Total: $12.50 Beauty Trend: Violet LipsSplurge • Dior Serum de Rouge in Violet; $32.00, Saks Fifth Avenue • Benefit Brow Zings brow powder in Light; $30.00, Macy’s Total: $62 Steal • CoverGirl Continuous Color lipstick in Vintage Wine; $5, drugstores • Maybelline Ultra Brow Brush-on Color in Light Brown; $6.00, Ulta Total: $11
You’re invited to Red Lipstick Night! Learn all the tricks from finding your best shade to making the color last so you can pull off a red lip, one of my all-time favorite looks. Join me, facial plastic surgeon Dr. Steven Dayan and the True Skin Center (845 N. Michigan Ave. Ste. 923E) on Sept. 30th from 5:30pm-8pm for an incredible evening of beauty. Enjoy a lip stain station, gloss bar, plumping room, smile consultations, tips to mastering the red lip, gift bags, and more! All the details are below. Click here to RSVP (all proceeds from tickets will be donated to a local family in need). Hope to see you there!
Guerlain is one of the most luxurious cosmetic companies out there. The packaging is smart and sexy; the lipsticks come in sleek cases that have a built-in mirror for god’s sakes and the colors are amazeballs! The brand’s latest buzz is on the new Abeille Royal Youth Serum and I’m giving three people the chance to win their own! The serum’s formula is rooted in healing honey and contains a mix of honey from the Black Bee, thyme honey, New Zealand clover honey and French royal jelly. Depending on if you’re a Guerlain groupie or not, you will be relieved or sickened to know this is one of the prestige line’s more affordable skincare products at $140. Oh, the prices we pay to save ourselves from a few wrinkles! To enter this contest to win this $140 anti aging serum, comment on the post, follow me on twitter (twitter.com/NPTheBeautyGirl) and RT this message. Good luck! For those of you in the Chicago area, don’t miss the chance to get a FREE facial during Guerlain’s Flawless Skin Event Sept. 23-25 at Nordstrom Oakbrook. Book an appointment to experience the Guerlain Royale Facial, an anti aging treatment built around the new youth serum. Mention “The Beauty Girl” when you call and you’ll be gifted with a full-size Guerlain Le2 Mascara ($36 value) after your service. (I hook you up whenever I can). I love this mascara as do many celebs including Sophia Bush and Dita Von Teese. As you know, I have a soft spot for the drugstore kinds, but this Le2 is really numero uno. The mascara has a wand on either end. One brush is bigger to lengthen and thicken lashes (I like to use this on my uppers) and the other is daintier with an angled head that makes it easier to reach the inner and outer corner lashes and lower lashes without making a mess. To book your FREE Royale Facial, call the Guerlain counter at Nordstrom Oakbrook 630-571-2121 ext. 1041. Appointments are available 10am – 7pm Sept. 23; 10am – 7pm Sept. 24; 10am – 6pm Sept. 25th. Don’t forget to tell them The Beauty Girl sent you!
Puberty is as ugly a word as it is an awkward stage. Millions of teens have Proactive to thank for keeping their faces pretty when everything else seems to be going haywire. I also have Proactiv to thank. The blemish-busting goliath sponsored my Video Music Awards viewing party and hooked me up with product for all the guests, CDs of their latest celeb spokespeople Katy Perry and Justin Bieber, and an Amex gift card for food and drinks. Here’s a pic of the loot! As for show highlights, after last year’s Taylor Swift and Kanye debacle, all eyes were on the tall teen when she debuted the song she wrote about that infamous, stage-stealing night. Her voice didn’t move mountains, or even hills, for that matter, but she did forgive him and her glamorous ’30s style waves, porcelain skin and cherry red lips rose to the occasion. Bravo!
To kick off Fashion’s Night out, which kicks off New York Fashion Week (jeez, the fashion set will do anything to throw a party), a gargantuan fashion show was held at Lincoln Center this past Tuesday night. 1,500 guests including major designers from Donna Karen to Diane Von Furstenberg and celebs such as Gossip Girl’s Leighton Meester and tennis great Roger Federer, who was a good boy choosing a night of fashion with his wife over a night of tennis at the Open, showed up to see the largest public fashion show in New York City history. Gisele, Naomi, Karolina and Chanel were some of the big name supermodels who walked the runway. To prep all of the models, famed hairstylist and Redken’s Creative Consultant Guido created 171 hair looks ranging from “Fifties Flair” (structured updos) to “Jazz Age Cool” (classy pastel painted finger waves) to “Pure Of Heart Side Braid” (romantic braids). Meanwhile, the Dashing Diva nail team, led by celeb manicurist Pattie Yankee, was busy lacquering hundreds of nails to compliment each look. Some of the nail colors used were the popular shade Fashion Week, a sheer pink, and Penthouse Views, a gun metal metallic. Check out these backstage pics highlighting the hair, makeup and nails. As you can see (right), it takes an army to get even the most beautiful glamazon Gisele ready to strut her stuff. CBS will broadcast the fashion show on Sept. 14th. Stay tuned for lots more Fashion Week coverage!
The world will be celebrating fashion this Friday night during the second annual Fashion’s Night Out. The brainchild of Vogue‘s matriarch Anna Wintour, this year’s shopping event is the biggest ever to kick off New York Fashion Week. The partying will take place globally from New York to China with 1000s of stores participating in over 30 states.Invites have been pouring in: Kiehls’ NYC flagship store on Third Avenue will have performances by celebs including Jordin Sparks as well as karaoke and raffles. Expect ice cream treats, manis, and supermodel Jessica Stam spinning in the DJ booth at Express‘ Soho location. London-based fashion label Reiss and makeup line Rimmel have teamed up for their festivities. At the Reiss Soho store get 10% discounts, cocktails, makeup touchups and the chance to brush shoulders with model Coco Rocha, the new face of Rimmel.These events sound like fun, but I had to RSVP “no” because I’m participating in my own! If you’re wondering where I’ll be for Fashion’s Night Out, find me at SHE Boutique in Highland Park, IL (it’s my favorite for discovering amazing styles by the hottest trend makers and up-and-coming designers). I’ll be revealing this season’s must-have fashion & beauty trends. Plus, you can enjoy manis, massages, margaritas, music, 20%off purchases and gift bags. Here’s the invite! Hope to see you there! P.S. Click here to find out about Fashion’s Night Out events going on near you.
Nicole Pearl, The Beauty Girl, has written for national publications including Allure, Cosmo, Marie Claire, Self, In Style, Seventeen, and more. She appears as a beauty and style expert on TV for shows like TODAY, Windy City LIVE, and more. She's covered NYC and LA Fashion Weeks, has been a guest speaker for corporations, hosts events and offers services. The Beauty Girl blog is Nicole's exclusive insider notebook, sharing her V.I.P. access to the latest in beauty. Welcome! Still curious about Nicole? Click here.
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