Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Pink Hyacinth Watercolours for Cheeks

Another fantastic shout out in the October Issue of InStyle magazine. Vanessa Hudgens makeup bag is explored in the spread called "5 Days, 5 Ways". Pink Hyacinth, designed with celebrity makeup artist James Vincent, is featured!! Check it out.

Free Samples While Supplies Last!

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

60th Annual Primetime Emmy's Makeup Trends

We always look forward to the Emmy's to see what's going on in Hollywood beauty!

This year, eyes were dramatically lined on top and bottom with lots of mascara, which we felt looked great on a lot of actresses, but this application did give some actresses smaller-looking, almost squinty eyes (not everyone has the eye shape to carry this look successfully, i.e. Hayden Panetierre). We didn't see as much smokiness as we have in recent years. Eva Longoria Parker was one of the only exceptions, and her makeup actually felt a bit overdone.

Lip color was of real interest to us this year. We knew that dark lips were coming back this season (which we were very excited about!), and the Emmy's didn't disappoint. There were a few throwbacks to the red carpet beige lips we've seen in recent years (Hayden Panettierre, Heidi Klum, Lauren Conrad), but overall, lip color was deep, in flattering mauves (Teri Hatcher, Kira Sedgwick, Vanessa Williams, Padma Lakshmi, Chandra Wilson, Mary Steenburgen) and soft Fall russets (Kate Walsh, January Jones, Christina Applegate, Susan Sarandon, America Ferrera).

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Allure Best Of Beauty - Ballet Russe Best Sheer Lipstick

Here it is! The Allure Editor's Choice Seal for Best Sheer Lipstick. We were up against 251 other entries and were chosen as winner for one of 6 different Lipstick categories. And in good company with legendary brands such as Chanel, YSL, Shu Uemura and Cle de Peau!

How to Conceal a Blemish

October's issue of O Magazine published a great tip from Trae on how to cover a blemish effectively. Check it out!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Allure Best of Beauty Awards 2008 More Pics

Here are a few more pictures from the fabulous event hosted by Allure Magazine at the Plaza Grand Ballroom!
The Grand Ballroom at the Plaza
Chad and Scott pose for Paparazzi! Trae, by coincidence, was away on vacation and missed out on the Goodie Bags!
Natasha Bedingfield gave a suprise 5 song perfmance! Amazing!
The Goodie Suitcases all lined up and ready to go!
Our Christmas shopping is done early this year!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Allure Best of Beauty Awards 2008

The awards were held this year in the Grand Ballroom of the Plaza on Central Park South. The evening was totally off the hook! Champagne flowed, Natasha Bedingfield performed a 5 song set (amazing) and we WON for Best Sheer Lipstick. Our new shade "Ballet Russe" from our forthcoming Czarina Collection was honored! At the end of the evening everyone in attendance got a "Goodie Bag". And I use the term loosely as it was actually a full sized suitcase with over $3,000.00 worth of goodies! Good thing they were on wheels as we could barely lift them into the cab! Pics of the evening and Goodie Suitcases to come!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Trae's Beauty Trends Spring '09 Part 2 of 2

Hello Again,
Now that Fashion Week is winding down, I thought I'd fill you in on more exciting beauty trends.
Have a great weekend!

THE DESIGNERS: Brian Reyes, Kai Kuhne, Malo, Marchesa, Cynthia Rowley and Barbara Tfank
THE LOOK: Skin is pale, flawless and luminous. Light color on eyes, lips and cheeks
To get THE LOOK, we recommend: Use Creme Concealer with a heavy hand all over the face (you could experiment with a shade slightly lighter than your natural tone for this look). Highlight the upper cheek bones, brow bones and nose with NEW! Afterglow Mood Lighting Shimmer Crème. Light Clarifier on the inner rims. Line the eyes lightly with Smoke Eye Pencil and buff out with Warm Pebble to soften. Cool Beige Lipstick or Warm Rose for a little more color.

THE DESIGNERS: Milly, Juan Carlos Obando and Carlos Miele
THE LOOK: A look that can only be naturally achieved by some serious baking in the sun – thankfully, we have makeup!
To get THE LOOK, we recommend: Warm Bronzer all over the face. Bronze the cheeks, forehead and other high points with NEW! On Fire Mood Lighting Shimmer Crème. Line the eyes lightly with Dark Brown Eye Liner and buff out with a little Bronze Eye Shadow to soften. Set off the eyes with Light Clarifier Pencil on the inner rims. Twinkling Rose Lip Gloss.

THE DESIGNERS: Anna Sui, Reem Acra and Oscar de la Renta
THE LOOK: A very soft smokey eye, achieved with gold and soft browns.
To get THE LOOK, we recommend: Surround the eyes with a mixture of Gold Eye Shadow, Bronze Eye Shadows and Warm Brown Sugar and buff out. Light Clarifier Pencil on the inner rims. Rose Crème to Powder Blush on the cheeks and Warm Rose Lipstick.

THE LOOK: Midnight dark rimmed eyes with a russet smokiness. Bronzed skin and soft, neutral lips.
To get THE LOOK, we recommend: Navy Eye Liner for the inner rims and Cool Midnight Eye Shadow around the lashes, buffed out with Copper and Warm Nutmeg Eye Shadows. NEW! On Fire Mood Lighting Shimmer Cremes on the face and cheeks and Simply Beautiful Lipstick.

THE LOOK: a sculpted face accented by very dark, blueish purple lips. The lip was incredibly dark, so it didn’t flatter many of the models.
To get THE LOOK, we recommend: Highlight and contour the face with NEW! On Fire and Afterglow Mood Lighting Shimmer Cremes. The lips would have to be Custom Blended (or try Cool Burgundy Lipstick mixed with Black from our Special Effects Palette with Sheer Pop Lip Gloss on top!)
**a more wearable alternative was seen at Zac Posen. The sculpted face was set off by a shimmering purpleish lip, but it was much more soft, and therefore more flattering than YKL.

**Mood Lighting Shimmer Cremes will be available in mid November for Holiday

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Trae's Beauty Trends Spring '09 Part 1 of 2

Hello All and Happy Fashion Week!
This season is off to an exciting start with gorgeous, eclectic fashion with makeup to match. Below, I have provided a rundown of the trends I've seen so far as well as some looks that I found extraordinary.

THE DESIGNERS: Carolina Herrera, Rock & Republic, Halston, DVF, Alexander Wang.
The Look: Black lined eyes, blended out with soft blueish greys. The lips and cheeks are a cool, fleshy tone.
To get the look, we recommend: Three Custom Color Specialists' Black Eye Liner, Cool Smoke Eye Shadow and Cool Lilac Eye Shadow. Warm Lavender Lipstick on the lips and Violet Lotus Watercolours for Cheeks.

The Look(s): There were lot of red lips out there, some warm and bricky (50's style) and some cool and berry (40's style). Many red lips were paired with a luminous highlighted face, which is a lovely combination, especially when the focus is on the lips and the rest of the face is soft and glowing.

THE DESIGNERS: Benjamin Cho and Cynthia Steffe
To Get the Look, we recommend: Cool Red Lipstick on the lips, a very soft application of Scarlet Peony Watercolours for Cheeks and then highlight the face with our NEW! Afterglow Moodlighting Shimmer Creme, futher accenting the highlighting effect with Champagne Eye Shadow (one of our best kept secrets).

THE DESIGNERS: Lela Rose, Prouenza Schouler and Tuleh
To get the look, we recommend: Our NEW! Ballet Russe Lipstick on the lips, our NEW! On Fire Mood Lighting Shimmer Creme on the Cheeks and highlighting the face with our NEW! Afterglow Mood Lighting Shimmer Creme.

THE DESIGNERS: Peter Som, Tracy Reese, Mizrahi, Erin Fetherston
To get the look, we recommend: Our NEW! Mood Lighting Shimmer Cremes in On Fire and Afterglow. Alternate sculpting and highlighting with these new shimmer crèmes in our unique Crème to Powder formulation. To create more drama, set off the Afterglow with Champagne Eye Shadow

THE DESIGNER: Catherine Malandrino
The Look: gorgeous smokey grey/lilac eyes, with luminescent skin and a soft salmon tone on the lips and cheeks. **This is the look I've seen so far that best embodies the clothes, which are feminine and ethereal.

To get the look, we recommend: Smoke Eye Liner blended out with Cool Lilac Eye shadow. Coral Waterlily Watercolours for Cheeks and Warm Peach Lip Gloss. Use our NEW! Afterglow Mood Lighting Shimmer Crème to highlight the face.

THE DESIGNER: Nicole Miller
The Look: Very heavy, super smokey eye using deep purples, blacks and bronze. Soft lips & cheeks. Sexy!

To get the look, we recommend: Black Eye Liner, Cool Aubergine Eye Shadow, NEW! Gilded Eye Shadow, NEW! Wallflower Watercolours for Cheeks (on lips and cheeks) and Bellini Lip Gloss (used over the Wallflower).

**As everyone has different taste, we will make recommendations for these looks as well ;-)

The Look: Eyes literally drowning in Icey blue, bright peach cheeks and silvery lips. Only pretty on one or two of the models.

To get the look: Cool Sky Eye shadow, blended out with Opal Eye Shadow. Poppy Lip & Cheek Stain and Champagne Eye shadow mixed with Crystal Clear Lip Gloss.

The Look: a fairly benign makeup look overall that is accented by oddly colored brows (dark blue??). hhmmm….

To get the look: Create a bronzed look with NEW! On Fire Mood Lighting Shimmer Crèmes. Create heavy brows with Cool Midnight Eye Shadow (or Cool Brown Sugar Eye Shadow for a more subdued version of this look).

THE DESIGNER: Narcisco Rodriguez
The Look: An otherwise understated face, with black liquid eye liner all around the eyes. This looked quite heavy handed on many of the models

To get the look: Rose Creme to Powder Blush on the lips and cheeks, Cool Camel Eye Shadow on the eye lids and Cool Black Eye Shadow (used wet) all around the eye (including the inner corner).

Note: A similar look was used at Matthew Williamson and because the black eye liner was smudged out, it looked very rock and roll sexy. Try that as a great alternative!

THE DESIGNER: Behnaz Serafpour (similar look was also used at Jeremy Laing, but it was more more understated - still not pretty on many of the models, though!)
The Look: Shimmering pastel blues and pinks all around the eyes. Very flushed cheeks and pink lips. While this looked lovely on a few of the models, it ended up looking bruisy on many of them.

To Get the Look: Silver Eye Shadow, Cool Sky and Cool Peony around the eyes, Pink Creme to Powder Blush on the Cheeks and Rose Quartz Lip Gloss

**Mood Lighting Shimmer Cremes will be available in mid November for Holiday

**Ballet Russe Lipstick will be available in mid September

**Gilded Eye Shadow will be available in mid September

**Wallflower Watercolours for Cheeks just became available in mid August