We all have defining moments during our teenage years. For me, one I’ll never forget is when I saw Romeo and Juliet on the big screen. Not the classic, but the re-make with Leo DiCaprio. His golden locks, piercing blue eyes and pretty boy charm stole my heart…so much so that I cried from his overwhelming beauty in the movie. Leo became my dream guy. Over the past couple of decades, however, my infatuation with this leading man cooled. Tabloid reports about some of his antics in his personal life turned me off. Then, last week I saw The Great Gatsby. Leo was as enchanting as ever, and once again I became hooked. Not only was Leo radiant, the entire movie was infatuating. The glitz and glamour of the roaring ’20s erupted on screen, and the decadent hair, makeup and fashion left me feeling inspired. If you, like me, are in the mood to dig through your grandma’s vintage wardrobe, here are some of our favorite ways to modernize Daisy Buchanan’s iconic style.
Drop it Low The drop waist dress is completely characteristic of the time period. Go casual for daytime with a short frock in a jersey material paired with sandals. Or, jazz it up at night with slinky silk, intricate beading, and stilettos.
Last month we had our 4th annual Best Beauty Buys for Moms Event with Bump Club and Beyond, presented by Clarins, Phyto and Bath & Body Works. Moms and moms-to-be gathered at the Argent Restaurant for a night of beauty treatments (manicures, brow waxes, chair massages and micro-derm facials) powered by PrettyQuick, food, mocktails and cocktails, a presentation of my spring beauty must-haves, raffles prizes and gift bags galore. Everyone left with more than $200 worth of beauty products! To name a few: Cocktail Fragrance Bubble Bath, Jouer and Cargo lip glosses, Aveeno baby products, B. Kamins skincare, Rosebud lip salve, Bath & Body Works fragrance, Phyto hair de-frizzer, GoSwype antibacterial wipes, Clarins body oil and stretch mark control cream and the list goes on. Here are some photo highlights and a slideshow, courtesy of Tk Photography, showcasing the evening’s festivities.
This year’s Met Gala, fashion’s big night out, did not fail to reveal designer styles ranging from classy to even a little bit crazy. Themed “Punk: Chaos to Couture,” A-listers showed off their best interpretation of the style, some exceeding expectations and others missing the mark. One head-turning makeup look we couldn’t ignore was pulled straight from the spring runways (Donna Karen pictured above right). The usually demure Emily Blunt went bold wearing electric pink eyeshadow. NARS makeup artist Jenn Streicher broke convention and used the line’s Jardin des Plantes satin lip pencil on Emily’s eyes and topped it with Desire powder blush. We appreciate that Emily took a beauty risk, but we’re not so sure it paid off.
Last year’s mother’s day was special because it was my first. This year, I’m getting the best mother’s day gift — baby no. 2 is due the day before (May 11). If you’re looking for a special mom’s day gift, check out these options.
From May 12th-June 1st, give your mom the gift of relaxation with Nordstrom's limited-time Mother's Day Facial and complimentary Thalgo Collagen Eye Mask Treatment. Available at all Nordstrom's nationwide for just $45, this budget-friendly gift option can easily turn into a Mother-Daughter spa day for under $100.
As the Fall 2013 fashion shows have wrapped up, we are beginning to unearth our warm weather wardrobes. This season up your beauty game with seductive eyes, bold lips and funky hair.
EYES: smoldering shadow and liner
Forget low key eye makeup and go for the glam, courtesy of Pat McGrath and the Gucci runway. Trace outer rims with dark brown liner and apply matching shadow on the lids. For a little more dimension add a shimmery cream highlighter to the inner corner and brow bone. Bring it home with sky high lashes! Read More
Regardless of whether you’re looking for a soft pink flush or a more smoldering coral, summer’s hottest blushes are available in a wide assortment of hues. More importantly, these blushes have all kinds of added benefits your skin will be pleased to receive, from Amazonian clay enriched formulas to self-balancing shades. Here are three of the season’s freshest rouges for your cheeks. Read More
Bronzers and self tanners are great for giving the appearance of a sun-kissed face, but they don’t actually work to improve the texture and appearance of the skin. We recently received a sample of Rena Revivo’s Spa De Soleil’s Instant Glow moisturizer ($69.99). Our first time hearing about the product, we didn’t know what to expect. The formula is said to reduce discoloration and soften your skin’s texture with a combination of vitamins, organic oils and amino acids.
I applied the Instant Glow to my face and neck in the morning before makeup. It’s a creamy moisturizer and has a subtle sweet smell. For best results, suggested use is a minimum of six weeks. I’m in my fourth week and already my face is softer and I feel like I’m needing less makeup to feel more confident about my complexion. With summer approaching, sheer skin with minimal makeup is the goal. So far, the Instant Glow is proving to be the best product to get me there.
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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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