Beleaguered luxury retailer, Neiman Marcus, is entering the independent beauty market with ShopTheExpo, a collaboration with Indie Beauty Expo.  Launching the limited-time collection over the weekend with a pop-up boutique in the NorthPark Dallas store, Neiman’s is featuring an assortment of fifteen products for sale on-line only.  “With the rise in indie beauty we’ve been focused on curating an amazing assortment of under-the-radar brands,” said Kelly St. John, vice president, divisional merchandise manager for beauty at Neiman Marcus.

Brands included in the three-month sale are skincare companies, Ayuna, Beneath Your Mask, CircCell, Le Prunier, Luxe Botanics, Mahalo Skin Care, Planted In Beauty, Pour Moi, and Ranavat Botanics, the alternative Girl Undiscovered, color cosmetics from Ellis Faas, Joséphine Cosmetics, Lük Beautifood, and Sappho New Paradigm, and dental care from Swiss Smile.  In November a Trending Beauty Shop will open in the NorthPark store, featuring many of these names to highlight newness.  “Certainly in the industry you hear about designer and mass being challenging…[at Neiman Marcus] the niche and luxury [categories] continue to be very, very strong,” St. John continued.


In Hollywood, going under the knife to refine a nose is rather de rigueur.  Rhinoplasty surgery is one of the most common facial plastic surgery procedures performed in the United States, undertaken by both men and women seeking to improve their facial appearance.  Celebrities reported as having nose jobs include Kate Moss, Gisele, Jennifer Aniston (above), Cameron Diaz, and Blake Lively.

Scientists have always questioned whether rhinoplasty had any effect on social perceptions of attractiveness, health, and success.  Several studies have examined the role of nasal deformity on attractiveness. However, few studies have specifically quantified the impact of rhinoplasty surgery on attractiveness.  According to a recent study, led by Dr. Jason C Nellis and Dr. Masaru Ishii and overseen by Johns Hopkins University of Medicine, rhinoplasty surgery resulted in patients appearing more attractive, more successful, and overall healthier to casual observers in society.  Read more of this story »


The cast of a ABC series, How To Get Away With Murder, presents an excellent example of diversity in Hollywood.  Week after week, lead characters, portrayed by Viola Davis, Jack Falahee, Aja Naomi King, Liza Weil, Karla Souza, Charlie Weber, and Matt McGorry, are seen with stylish, dynamic, contemporary looks, courtesy of Kemi Cooks, Department Head Hairstylist.  Getting the style just right in a high definition television show presents a greater challenge.  “Although HD television has a beautiful crisp picture, it can be a nightmare for hair and makeup stylists,” Cooks shares. “So, you must create a solid foundation in your blow out and if possible, try to stay away from airy hairstyles.”
Cooks always turns to smooth-based, stationary styles, which read best in high-definition.  She also uses light flexible hairsprays and serums to help combat “those flyaways that HD unfortunately enhances.”  To create long-lasting looks (actors generally work twelve to fourteen-hour days), Cooks typically starts with a good blowout and a leave-in protector, “using tension to create a smooth foundation,” she explains.  Cooks’ favorite leave-in protectors are Alterna Caviar CC Cream Leave-In Protector and BioSilk Silk Therapy Original Serum.