Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Bottom Ed

Thousands of women go under the knife each year in search of the perfect body.  Popular augmentation procedures primarily have focused on the breasts; however, in 2013, the number of buttocks augmentation procedures performed in America increased by 58%.  Why?  A new documentary, Bottom’s Up, examines popular culture’s obsession with the new curves, as well as the extreme efforts women have made to achieve nearly the impossible.  The film explores the media’s impact and other societal pressures that have propelled a large derriere from a cult fetish to a mainstream phenomenon which has crossed all ethnic lines.  Some blame it on the influx of new “it girls,” such as Nicki Minaj (left) and Kim Kardashian (right);  others point to advent of hip hop music in the 1980s, which featured explicit lyrics and videos sensationalizing women with large bottoms. Bottom’s Up sparks a provocative discussion on our culture’s latest obsession with beauty, while also highlighting the scary side of achieving dangerous curves.  Women, desperate to achieve the more voluptuous aesthetic, have resorted to having their behinds injected with silicone, Fixodent, and even cement. (more…)


Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

This season, we are seeing some fun and flattering looks that any of us can incorporate into our own closets and beauty bags.  Vibrant colors such as bright green, blue, pink, and red are some of the most popular ones.  Prints, plaids, and metallics are seen everywhere — from clothing to accessories.
Makeup trends include nude lipstick, such as MAC’s Shy Girl, berry lip colors, and bright reds, and pinks. For Rodarte’s AW collection (left), NARS artist, James Kaliardos, explains, ”the look is ephemeral and nostalgic creating a beautiful glow.”  Eyeshadow can be kept neutral, especially if wearing a bright or dark lip; but if you’re feeling brave, greens and blues are a hit right now and are best paired with a soft neutral lip color.  A soft brown smokey eye is always en vogue.  Makeup artist, Val Garland took a fresh take on the rock and roll look for Erdem’s AW collection (right), using, “kohl on the inside of the eye, a damp eyelid and gorgeous skin make it really fresh and a little odd.”


Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

"Cake" Premiere - 2014 Toronto International Film FestivalTuesday night Jennifer Aniston attended the premiere of  ”Cake” at the Toronto Film Festival.  We were intrigued by the actress’s fresh-faced look, created by celebrity makeup artist, Angela Levin, and knew that we must learn how to steal that style.  After prepping Aniston’s skin with AVEENO’s Positively Radiant Skin Brightening Daily Scrub and Daily Moisturizer SPF 15, Levin applied a light coat of foundation by CHANEL Perfection Lumière Velvet.  Using two shades, one darker (60 Beige) on the neck and outer areas of her face, and another lighter (50 Beige) towards the center, “it makes the eye area, lips and cheeks slightly brighter,” explains Levin.  She then used CHANEL Les Beiges in N50 as a matte bronzer on Aniston’s forehead, chin and cheek.  For blush, Levin combined CHANEL Le Blush Créme in Chamade with Make Up Forever Second Skin Cream Blush 335, and gently applied with her fingers.  To highlight Aniston’s beautiful blue eyes, Levin used a combination of Revlon Colorstay Shadowlinks in Chocolate and Melon and Edward Bess Prismette Eye Shadow Quad in Cosmic Bliss, noticeably without any liner.  Filling in brows eye brows with Senna Sketch-A-Brow pencil in light taupe, Levin adds, ”I always finish the eyes with the one and only Inimitable Intense CHANEL mascara in black.”