April 16, 2013 | permalink
Colored nails are now one of the most noticeable accessories in a woman's arsenal. Bright or dark- working a trend color into your look via your manicure is an instant update. And one of the cheapest splurges in fashion. No wonder nail polish sales jumped 24 percent last year. But for the color commitment-phobe bottles of pricey polish from places like Sephora can add up. Enter nail polish rentals. No really. Lacquerous.com will send you three bottles of designer polish ( Chanel, Nars, Dior etc.) for $18 per month. Less than the cost of one bottle of luxe lacquer from the likes of Nars,Tom Ford and Dior. There's a catch: you can only use each one three times. They measure how much is left upon return. Rent or buy? What do you think?
Jan. 20, 2013 | permalink
Upper left to right: Marc Jacobs SS 13. Calvin Klein Collection SS13. Backstage and front of house at Alice and Olivia SS 13.
Your ticket to easy spring glamour? Change your part. At the Golden Globes side parts channelled Old Hollywood glamour. And side-parts and side parted ponytails complimented the clothes on most spring runways. At Marc Jacobs parts were so severely side swept that they grazed the model's ears. Great for a full-throttle fashion statement. Maybe not so great for your face. But how to tell? According to hair stylist Jeffrey Mayo, a global educator for Eufora haircare, everyone has a 'best side' for their part. After drying your hair, he suggests these 4 steps to find your ideal side part.
1. Everyone has a strong side and weak side to their face. To find it, look in the mirror holding a piece of printer paper to one side of your face. Look at your features on that side.
2. Move the paper from one side to the other and notice the features on the opposite side as well. Move the paper back and forth between the two sides face until the slight differences in the symmetry of your features are noticeable.
3. The side that has more features turned in the upward direction is the stronger side of your face. Leave this side exposed when choosing a hairstyle. Meaning that the heavier side of the part ( the side with the most hair) should always go opposite the weaker side of your face.
4. Once you choose your side, comb hair from the outside corner of your eye in the front, to the middle center in the back. This creates symmetry in your style.
Feb. 14, 2012 | permalink
Happy Valentine's Day. Romance. Chocolate. Seduction. Seduction for chocolate. What is seductive about a woman is almost always what is unseen and left to the active imagination of the viewer. N'est ce pas? Which seems positively quaint in the age of flogging your goodies like Kim K. Or just very French.
Just in time for a day devoted to love here are valuable tips I picked up in the fascinating book La Seduction How the French Play The Game of Life by Elaine Sciolino. Like this strategy in seduction from the actress, singer, dancer Arielle Dombasle who advises that a woman should never, never, never let her husband see her naked. "I'm nude when I am alone, in the shower, and I'm nude when I am in his arms, but never in a sort of casually stupid gesture of the morning or whatever. Never." And here's the kicker in case you doubt her logic here. "You shouldn't" she says. "Otherwise he won't buy you lunch."
It's not too late to shop for some lingerie for tonight. And, if you are at all interested in lunch, keep it on.
June 14, 2010 | permalink
I'm mad at Tom Ford. With the launch of his new lipstick line a few weeks ago-at $45 a tube-he has created the lip color equivalent of the $1200 pump. Let me explain. While there are many drugstore products I swear by, I have always splurged on department store lipsticks reasoning that you get what you pay for. That just like a great pair of shoes, lipstick should look gorgeous, feel great and be long wearing. And let's not forget about the wow factor. Just as more expensive shoes are made of great materials, have a sophisticated designer palette and are beautifully packaged, well, so too expensive lipsticks.
I couldn't write about Mr. Ford's 'lipstick wardrobe' as it is billed until I 'd plunked myself down at Bergdorf for a test drive. Well, his lipsticks are sublime. Twelve gorgeous colors including one of the best reds I have ever tried and a beautiful range of corals soft or vibrant enough for any woman's style or age. The finish is just slightly matte but the feel is very creamy (thanks to a blend of the emollients Brazilian murumuru butter, soja seed extract and chamomilla flower oil). It stays put and lasts. Naturally, the packaging is gorgeous? But for $45 dollars?
I asked my friend and talented makeup artist Shawnelle Prestidge (you've seen her work in lots of ads for L'Oreal and Sephora among many brands) what could make a formulation worth $45? Says Shawnelle, " I don't know if the adage 'you get what you pay for' is always true but let's not forget the effect of gorgeous packaging. Often what we pay for is access to a fantasy. And if the product feels incredible and smells great the sensory ritual is a little piece of the fantasy with each use." "But don't forget that drug store brands spend TONS of money to constantly upgrade their products and color formulas to compete with more expensive brands" she reminded me. "But what about the murumuru butter? " I sobbed.
Maybe this is why lipstick is recession proof. A woman can always reason that instead of buying the pair of Prada shoes or the St. Laurent skirt she spent a mere $45 on an anti-depressant in a tube. I may try out this bit of fashion and beauty logic on my husband.
May 21, 2010 | permalink
A few weeks ago, I listened to a panel of fashion and beauty seers assembled by The Fashion Group International. Sarah Brown, senior beauty editor at Vogue had an interesting take on one of the hottest accessories for spring/summer. Nails. In a recession economy sales of nail polish have soared with an interesting mix of colors that are classic and irreverent.
Along with variations on summer classics like peach, coral and shell pinks there are tough, futuristic colors like dark blue, hunter green and silver bullet gray that suggest an auto assembly line more than a bottle of lacquer. Neon yellows and hottest pinks are inspired by fashion's infatuation with sport clothes like neoprene surf gear. They have a New Wave 1982 look and are purely kid stuff. The ageless and modern look? Color with sophistication. There is nothing cooler-looking than a simply dressed woman with an unexpected color on her nails. Well, toes anyway. Some of these colors can be pretty rough on mature hands but toes are an age-free zone so let it rip. The other day I spotted a good looking, 50ish woman on Madison Avenue wearing a very deep blue polish on her hands and feet as an accent to a minimalist outfit. She looked great. Experiment.
My current favorites fall into two camps: Incendiary orange reds and the kind of taupe-gray mashups that looked so great on the spring runways at Chanel and Marc Jacobs. I love the way a fiery red lights up white and a pair of tan feet. And taupe adds edge to any look and toughens up soft colored clothes.
LEFT TO RIGHT:
RGB Nails Too Red $14 RGBcosmetics.com. Essie Vermillionaire "A heart pounding red orange" $8 essie.com. Sephora By OPI Petals a vivid tigerlilly orange-red $9 sephora.com. Butter London Pillar Box Red $14 butterlondon.com.
RGB Toast $14 RGBcosmetics.com.