Pacifica’s Tasty New Line of Flavored Lip Balms

As a working makeup artist, I ALWAYS begin every makeup application with two things: moisturizer and lip balm. Great makeup begins with great skincare. This is why I couldn’t have been happier to learn that Pacifica came out with a new line of 100% vegan lip balms. As far as lip balms are concerned, there usually isn’t much variety, but these new flavored balms change the game. Their new line-up is exclusive to Ulta, and includes seven lip balms: Persian Cherry, Hawaiian Banana, Bali Coconut, Cuban Mango, Rainbow Watermelon, Indian Chi, and Summer Kale, as well as a Candied Lemon & Sugar lip scrub. The fact that the collection includes a scrub made my heart smile! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had a client that really needed a good scrubbing.

Pacifica was awesome enough to send me over the collection to test out, and I have to say that I’m in love! You already know that the first one I had to try was Summer Kale – you can’t put some kale lip balm in front of me and not expect me pounce. It has a very earthy, natural scent to it that I really like, it totally brought out my inner hipster. Surprisingly though, my favorite one is the Bali Coconut; I’m usually not a huge fan of coconut fragrance, but this one is so yummy. A lot of the others have a refreshing fruity aroma, so there’s truly something for everyone. A far departure from many of the cherry cough syrup scented balms that we have become accustomed to.

Almond and jojoba oils ensure that these balms are super hydrating, and absorb right into your lips for all-day moisture. Since I use lip balm before lipstick, having a colorless formula that leaves the lips supple, while also remaining completely matte is a win for me!

Bronzed and Beach-Ready at BENCH/BODY

At BENCH/BODY’s SS18 show for New York Fashion Week: Men’s, male and female models showed off young, fun swimwear, undergarments, and summer basics. The makeup look followed suit, with a glowing bronze look that was perfect for the beach, created by makeup artist Dana Arcidy of Metro Look.

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“Good skin has to start with great skincare, and that goes for men too,” Arcidy says. They prepped all models’ skin with moisturizer from cult makeup artist favorite Embryolisse. For most of the models, Lait-Crème Concentrè was used to hydrate the skin and add dewiness, even without the addition of a cosmetic highlighter. For those with oily skin, Hydra-Mat Emulsion was used to absorb excess sebum.

For foundation, the artists used Gerda Spillmann’s Biofond Foundation, which they couldn’t stop raving about. “Someone should count how many times we’ve said ‘buttery’ today,” Arcidy laughs. “But this foundation really does have the most beautiful finish.” The coverage of the product was buildable, so that models who didn’t need much coverage were able to let their natural skin shine through. Models whose skin was a bit more stressed were able to get flawless looking skin with just slightly more product.

The team also used the foundation palette to create dimension on the face. They added deeper colors to the cheekbones to create a contour, and blended warmer colors outward on the perimeter of the face to create a bronze glow. They lightly applied Perfect Matte Loose Powder on the undereyes to avoid creasing, as well as around the nose to avoid unwanted shine. By not overpowdering, the team preserved the gorgeous glow on the rest of the face created by the moisturizer/foundation power combo. To finish the look for the female models, the team added a sweep of bronze across their lids, smudgeproof liner to define their eyes, and waterproof mascara. Voila–a carefree look that could realistically be worn to the beach.

About Gerda Spillmann

Founded in Switzerland in 1944, Gerda Spillmann is a favorite brand of many celebrity makeup artists. Their famous Biofond foundation is a cream to powder formula with 100% pharmaceutical ingredients that are hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, and cruelty-free.

About Embryolisse

Embryolisse Laboratories has over 60 years of experience in dermo-cosmetics. Their products are dermatologist recommended and found in the kits of successful makeup artists all over the world.

NYFW Men’s S/S 2018: Wet Natural Textured Hair at BENCH/Body

textured hair boyDuring New York Fashion Week: Men’s S/S 2017 at the ultra-trendy Meatpacking District venue, Industria, Lead Hairstylist, T. Cooper of Metro Look, and her team were sponsored by ECRU New York and Conair to create wet natural textured hairstyles for the BENCH/Body show. BENCH/Body is the market leader for underwear in the Philippines. They carry a wide range of premium quality undergarments including basic, trendy, and sexy at affordable prices.

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Cooper named the style the “Au Naturale” and it was created using the ECRU New York products: Rejuvenating Moisture MistSilk Nectar Serum, and Sunlight Styling Spray. “Once I saw the models that were going to be in the show, I knew that I wanted to embrace their natural hair texture. BENCH Body casted a lot of models with the best curls that you’ve ever seen in your life! ” said Cooper.  The stylists sprayed the models’ hair with Rejuvenating Moisture Mist to hydrate and eliminate frizz from curls and waves. They then dried the hair from underneath with a diffuser to form curls and waves. The curls were then defined with a Conair Infinity Pro curling wand. Next, the models had Silk Nectar Serum applied generously to the hair for illusion of wet hair. Finally Sunlight Spray was used to keep the style’s shape. “The ECRU New York products worked perfectly for enhancing the models’ texture.” says CooperTextured Waves

 

 

 

 

 

 

About ECRU New York

ECRU New York was created to “TREAT & PERFORM”. Silk proteins are used in many products within the collection because they strengthen and improve the integrity of the hair. ECRU New York’s ability to repair damaged hair while creating style for trends and fashion has made it a favorite choice among models and fashion designers. To learn more about ECRU New York visit www.ecrunewyork.com/

About Conair

Conair Corporation began in 1959 as a small hair appliance and hair care company. Today it is one of the largest and most diversified consumer products companies in the world. This global leader in the manufacture and distribution of personal care, grooming, health and beauty products, and premium kitchen electrics, tools, and cookware. Conair’s passion for innovation and technology continue to produce products that exceed customer expectations. www.conair.com

NYFWM Makeup: Color at Carlos Campos

For Carlos Campos’s S/S 2018 show for New York Fashion Week: Men’s, the designer drew inspiration from the colorful, modern work of architect Luis Barragan. The collection consisted of strong but minimalistic styling with clean lines and vivid colors, which key makeup artist Dana Arcidy of Metro Look echoed in the makeup look she created for the models.

Models backstage at Carlos Campos

Models backstage at Carlos Campos

“The look is very wearable, because with such a strong collection, the focus needs to be on the clothing,” explains Arcidy. “But Carlos and I agreed that we needed to bring some color to the face this season in a simple way.” Her team used Catrice Cosmetics to execute two looks: one for the male models, and one for the female models.

For both looks, the skin was first perfected, a task made easier on the diverse cast of faces by using Catrice’s Make Up Transforming Drops in Lightening and Darkening. “These products are great for makeup artists and your everyday makeup lover,” says Arcidy. “Whether you bought the wrong shade of foundation or just got a little sun, you can alter the product to match your skin perfectly.” The Metro Look team kept the skin brighter in the center of the face and darker on the perimeters, to give skin dimension and a summery glow. They used their Contouring Duo Sticks to sculpt out the cheekbones in a nod to the strong lines of Barragan’s architecture. Then, on the high points of the cheekbones, they buffed on Highlighting Powder to add another layer of luminescence.

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Glowing skin and a bold red lip

The models then had their brows lightly filled in and brushed up, using Eye Brow Stylist pencils that conveniently come with a spoolie on one end. The male models’ look was completed with a light dusting of Prime and Fine Mattifying Powder on the t-zone. For the female models, shades of brown from the Chocolate Nudes palette were feathered over their eyes and Gel Eyeliner was added to the upper lash line. Lashes were fattened up with Rock Couture Extreme Mascara.

The undeniable star of the look was the red lip. Arcidy and her team used Ultimate Stay in Behind the Red Curtain, a red that was flattering on every skin tone and reminiscent of the reds in Barragan’s work. With subtly emphasized eyes and strong, vibrant lips, the look was playful, wearable, and powerful, a perfect match for Campos’s new collection.

 

About Catrice Cosmetics

Catrice Cosmetics is a line of cosmetics founded in Germany by Christina Oster-Daum, which entered the US market in 2015. Their makeup is luxury-inspired, driven by innovation, and always cruelty free. Their products have been seen on the runways of Berlin, Paris, and New York City. For more info visit www.catricecosmetics.com

This Vibrating Hairbrush Can Detangle Any Hair

There’s a cool, detangling tool designed specifically for curly girls. Remington has introduced an electric, vibrating brush called Tame the Mane. Whether you have loose waves, ringlets, or natural kinks and coils, this brush is designed to make your life a hell of a lot easier.

retouched brushThe cordless brush is battery operated, so it travels very easily. After a workout or on a hot day were you’re hair isn’t behaving, you can break out your Tame the Mane to make your curls behave. And you can’t go wrong with it’s affordable $19.97 price tag.

Tame the Mane can be used on wet or dry hair, but in my personal experience, wet hair is way more prone to breakage. Usually, when detangling, it’s the smartest to start at the tips and work your way up to the roots; but that technique isn’t necessary with this magical brush. You can just let it run through your hair from the root down to the tips, the vibrating teeth do most of the detangling work for you. I know the thought of your hair getting tangled in this spinning contraption is probably at the forefront of your mind, but it actually glides through the hair easily – those folks at Remington sure know what they’re doing.

What Is This? Placenta Eye Patch Edition 

 

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The Only Thing You’ll Ever Need to Clean Your Brushes

Simple SkincareWhen it comes to deep brush cleaning, we all try to find an option that will be gentle on the brush hairs. After all, no one wants their brushes to end up feeling like sandpaper against their face because of crappy maintenance. Initially, I used to use plain soap and water, then I upgraded to baby shampoo, followed by conditioner in the rinse water to keep the hairs as good as new – but it didn’t. I always say that if I become a mom, I hope to love my kids as much as I love my brushes…totally serious by the way!

After being frustrated with my brushes becoming increasingly course despite my efforts, I tried something new. I tested the same cleanser that I use on my face (especially when it resembles alligator skin) on my brushes, and it worked like a MF. The miracle product I’m referring to is Hydrating Cleansing Oil by Simple Skincare. It’s infused with vitamin E and grape seed oil, so your brush hairs get a lot of extra love. Cleansing Oil gets all of the makeup out of your tools, while leaving them super soft. This drug store item comes in at only $9.99 , making it the most affordable option ever.

To get your brushes in tip top shape, squeeze a dime sized amount of Hydrating Cleansing Oil in the palm of you hand, and rub your fluffy friend in the cleanser in a circular motion. You will notice that suds will begin to form, and all the yucky build-up on your brush will disappear. Once your tool is cleaned to your satisfaction, rinse it off with lukewarm water, and repeat for the rest of your brushes. For the smaller ones (like lip and liner brushes), I like to clean several at a time to speed up the process.

Once your brushes are dry, they’ll be immaculately clean and softer than ever!

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Hair Tips From Ryan Nickulas

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Ryan Nickulas, celebrity hairstylist

Most people may know Ryan Nickulas from starring in the hit LOGO series “The A-List: New York”, but aside from being a reality star, he’s also a badass celebrity hairstylist. The Massachusettes  native has styled the likes of Rachael Ray, Pam Anderson, and Isaac Mizrah – but his all-time favorite, VIP client was his mom (adorbs right?).

While maintaining star-worthy hair may seem like a chore, the New York City hairdresser swears it’s not as difficult as it seems.  Nickulas, who works at the Vidov Salon, believes that even a ponytail can slay. We recently caught up with this 16 year hair veteran to discuss his career, favorite trends, and simple ways to keep your tresses on point.

MLB: What inspired you to get into the beauty industry?

RN: It was just natural for me; grandmother was a hairdresser, so I just grew up around it. I was that 10 year old asking for highlights (laughs).

MLB: I know you’re originally from Cape Cod, but now you work at a swanky New York salon. Why did you decide to come here?

RN: I moved to New York for love. I had rekindled with my [now] husband, and followed him to the city. Being that I had a trade, I knew that I could do it anywhere. As a kid I always read fashion magazines and dreamed of coming here, so it all worked out.

MLB: What is your favorite hair trend right now?

Hair by Ryan Nickulas

Hair by Ryan Nickulas

RN: I’m obsessed with really, really, really long hair extensions like you’re seeing on the Kardashians and Nicki Minaj. I love the opulence of it, they’re so seamless and simple, yet avant garde – it’s amazing! I once did a 38 inch installation for a client, but getting in and out of a car and using the toilet with hair that long can be difficult  – you gotta be careful (laughs).

MLB: As spring approaches, what would you recommend for a woman to do to switch up her look in the new season?

RN: Everyone is cutting their hair. In the same breathe that I love a good 38 inches, the other flip of the coin is that a sleek cut is crisp and clean. J Lo just did it, she chopped her hair to her collar bone. For everyone’s sake, it gets all the dead ends off, and it makes for an easy color change. Chopping it off is a great way to feel fresh.

MLB: What is a simple hairstyle that any woman can do?

RN: If you have enough hair to fit into a ponytail, do a ponytail. I love seeing women’s hair up! It opens up the face, brings attention to the eyes, and it works for every lifestyle – whether you’re hustling or you’re bougie.  You can make it fun by using a curling iron to create texture.

MLB: What’s hottest trend in hair color?

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RN: Oh, that has to be “sombre”. That’s a subtle ombre that you can create with toners. It’s a simple way to ease into summer, it makes old color fresh again. If you look at the celebrities [their hair is] not jet black or over-highlighted, it’s kind of in between. There are highlights and lowlights in [the hair] but it’s all really tonal.

MLB: How do you keep colored hair super healthy?

RN: Always conditioning treatments, condition your hair often. A lot of women over-shampoo their hair, when they should be shampooing a maximum of twice per week. A lot of girls don’t realize that if they just get in the shower mid-week and rinse their hair well, put a conditioning treatment on and rinse that thoroughly, it will be enough to maintain healthy hair.

MLB: How do you feel about the pastel-colored hair trend?

RN: I think it’s on its way out, though Easter is around the corner (laughs). It’s out. It’s done. There are some really amazing hairstylists still doing it, and it’s great for Instagram, but the everyday woman is not doing it.

MLB: A lot of women of color are nervous about coloring their hair, especially if it’s relaxed. Is there a safe way for them to color relaxed?

RN: No, sorry. You really shouldn’t bleach relaxed hair, there are ways to lift the hair without bleach but they’re still damaging. When you add a heat style, on top of relaxer, on top of color, it’s not the best. It’s almost like just pick one (laughs). My best advice is don’t do it, but there are creative ways of adding color without actually coloring, like extensions.

MLB: Can you share some of your favorite hair product brands with us?

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RN: Yeah, I love Oribe and Goldwell. Goldwell is the hair color that I use, but they also have an amazing treatment line. I recently discovered Jen Atkins’, OUAI, and it a great line. It’s clean, crisp, and works across the board for most people.

MLB: What is the best hair advice that you can give women?

RN: Cut your hair! Whether it’s just a dusting or a trim, it really, really, really helps maintain the integrity of your hair. Like 90% of women skip out on cuts or push them back; when they should be trimming at least every 3 months.

For more information about Ryan Nickulas, or to book a hair appointment click here.

You Glow Girl! 8 Highlighters Perfect for Spring

It’s spring again – although your skin may need some reminding. The drying cold, coupled with the lack of sunshine in the winter, are a perfect recipe for hot mess skin. Luckily, even the dullest skin can be brightened up with the magic of highlighter.  Just a few swipes can take your skin from scary to lit AF. Here are some of the best highlighters – in all price points – to help you get your glow on this spring.

Glossier Haloscope – This highlighter adds the benefits of skincare into your makeup. The dual-delivery formula infuses genuine crystal extracts on the outer halo, while inner core is enhanced with vitamin-rich moisturizers to keep the skin hydrated.

NYX Iluminator – The radiant shimmer of this illuminator diffuses light so your skin looks vibrant and refreshed while adding a soft, healthy glow.

Too Faced Love Light Highlighter – Using their Prisma Shine® patented technology, Too Faced has created a buildable highlighter that can go from day to night.

Essence Pure Nude Highlighter – This baked highlighter applies smoothly while the its light texture blends easily for a beautiful, dewy finish.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter – This lightweight, coconut-infused gel highlighter that can be applied directly to skin or added into your foundation for an OMG glow.

e.l.f. Baked Highlighter – This baked formula is enriched with apricot and jojoba to give skin a glowing and healthy appearance.

MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish – This megawatt liquid-powder highlighter gives the skin a luminous, sculpted finish.

PLISSÉ LUMIÈRE DE CHANEL ILLUMINATING POWDER – This limited-edition gold powder highlighter will add warmth to any skin tone.

 

 

 

What Is This? The Micellar Water Edition

Photo Credit: Natural Hair Growth 101

Photo Credit: Natural Hair Growth 101

With so many new items constantly popping up on the beauty shelves, it’s really easy to feel like a complete idiot when looking at a product that you’ve never heard of.  The product of the moment is micellar water/micelle solution.  I honestly didn’t get this product either when I first laid eyes on it, so I did some investigating. My first question was is there a difference between micellar water and micelle solution, and the answer is hell no. What a brand calls it just depends on how bougie they want to sound, some brands even call it micellar cleanser – but it’s all the same thing.

 

Micellar water is a hydrating alternative to tradition makeup removers and face wipes, that uses micelles as its active ingredient. I know what you’re thinking…WTF is a micelle?  Micelles are tiny oil molecules that attract and absorb dirt and oil; they are able to remove impurities from the face without drying out your skin. All you need to do is soak a cotton pad (I prefer cotton pillow squares myself), and wipe away makeup and dirt – no rinsing required.  Pretty cool, right?

 

Not only can micellar water be used as a makeup remover, you can also use it as a daily cleanser. It’s perfect for washing your face at the gym after a sweaty workout, or anytime you want a quick refresh when your skin feels gross. I low key found another use for it while in a crunch on set – it cleaned TF out of my makeup brushes! One of favorites is by Bioderma, but drug store options are available from brands such as Garnier.