Monday, February 13, 2017

Get the makeup look: Nicholas K Fall/Winter 2017 NYFW

A look at the makeup for the Nicholas K
FW'17 show.
(Photo provided by Bollare)
New York Fashion Week kicked off late last week in the heart of the big apple. As the most world-renowned fashion event in the city that never sleeps, fashion week delivers some of the hottest (and hautest) collections from some of your favorite designers and labels. And in spite of the heavy snow fall and chilling temperatures NYFW was in full effect Thursday especially when Nicholas K debuted their collection for Fall/Winter 2017. As the collection had somewhat of an urban chic flair, it also embodied an essence of street wear we don't see too often. And as the designs shined the runway, the makeup on the models really complemented them and as a result, brought the entire look together. For the Nicholas K show, the models were glammed by Sarah Lucero, Global Executive Director of Creative Artistry.

Lucero was inspired by the gold pieces and accessories in the new collection, she decided to create a look to complement this. With so many options, she decided to go with a beautiful gold eye and a neutral lip.

So, is it possible to recreate this look at-home? Absolutely.

First and foremost, Lucero started prepping the models' skin. When doing any kind of makeup look it is so important to start with a clean face. Making sure the lips are exfoliated, hydrated and moisturized, the celebrity makeup artist also brushed the models' eyebrows.

As she continued, she cleaned up the brows before filling them in. Taking the Stila All Day Waterproof Brow Color, the celebrity MUA began brushing, feathering and shaping the models' brows.

Then, Lucero used the Stila All Day Foundation, while correcting the skin minimally. This not only gives the face dimension, but some depth which really stands true as a natural contour.

Sarah, then, started using the new Stila Matte 'n Metal Eyeshadow Palette, where she used shades that complemented the skin tone of the models. Before doing this; however, the makeup artist warmed the eye using a light transitional shade from the Stila essential.

Using primarily matte eyeshadow shades, Lucero took the Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter and Glow Liquid Eyeshadow in Glow Goddess and lined both the upper and lower lash line of the models' eyes. She, then, finished with a few coats of the Stila Huge Mascara.

Although the foundation worked to enhance the models faces for this look, the celebrity makeup artist decided to add some amazing contour to this look. For this particular look, she used the Stila Shape & Shade Custom Contour Duo along the cheekbone giving it both dimension and depth.

To finish the entire makeup look, the Global Executive Director of Creative Artistry used the new Stila Color Calm Balm Grayson, which works to also prime the lips. Then, she applied the Stila Lip Glaze in Apricot.

Congratulations! You have just recreated the models' makeup look for the Nicholas K Fall/Winter 2017 show. #NYFW

Saturday, January 7, 2017

2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards

Every year the iHeartRadio recognizes and honors the greatest talent in mainstream music. With over 200 million listeners daily, iHeartRadio reaches more people than any other radio or television outlet in the United States alone. And it is official, the iHeartRadio Music Awards will be held on Sunday, March 5th 2017 at the Historic Forum in the heart of Los Angeles. The real question is; however, who are the nominees for this year's awards?

A song can speak so many words, as a song can tell a story. And if that story is powerful or delivers a message, it can make you want to listen to it all of the time. One thing I love about music is the message. Sure an outstanding melody and backbeat can really lure you in, but a story can keep you interested. With so many songs introduced to us in 2016, iHeartRadio is recognizing five of the best. So, what are the best songs of the year? The nominees for 'Song of the year' are officially here. They include:

- "Can't Stop The Feeling" - Justin Timberlake
- "Cheap Thrills" - Sia featuring Sean Paul
- "Closer" - The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey
- "One Dance" - Drake featuring Wizkid and Kyla
- "Stressed Out" - twenty one pilots

One thing I love about this year's nominees is the fact that they are all talented and yet so very different. Lets face it, the women in music are incredibly talented and what better way to recognize and honor them than by the world's biggest radio platform - iHeartRadio. As the awards approach us, here are this year's nominees:

- Adele
- Ariana Grande
- Rihanna
- Selena Gomez
- Sia

2016 brought us a lot of wonderful things. And as we are now in 2017, we can appreciate last year because of it. With so many talented men in music, only five have been recognized this year as the best. So, who is the Best Male Artist of the year for 2017? The nominees for Best Male Artist include:

- Drake
- Justin Bieber
- Luke Bryan
- Shawn Mendes
- The Weeknd

With so many talented artists out there, the dynamic duos and groups really bring something new and different to music. As a team effort is always required in a workplace environment, it is also a great thing to possess in music. With so many duos and groups, there can only be one 'Best Duo/Group of the year'. The nominees for iHeartRadio's Music Awards this year have been officially announced. So, what are they? 

- Coldplay
- Florida Georgia Line
- The Chainsmokers
- twenty one pilots

Alternative rock has been quite a preferred genre of rock to many music enthusiasts. And even if you don't appreciate rock, you will love it after you hear the alternative genre. Speaking of Alternative rock, the nominees for Best Alternative Rock song for 2017 include:

- "Bored to Death" - blink-182
- "Dark Necessities" - Red Hot Chili Peppers
- "Heathens" - twenty one pilots
- "Ride" - twenty one pilots
- "Trouble" - Cage The Elephant

As a genre, rock has grown immensely into magic to music. With so many sub-genres, rock remains to be one of the greatest ever. And in recent years, alternative rock has really proved this theory to be true. So, who are the nominees for Alternative Rock of the year?

- blink-182
- Cage The Elephant
- Coldplay
- The Strumbellas
- twenty one pilots

Are you ready to rock? I am obsessed with iHeartRadio and when I heard the list of nominees for best rock song, I guess you could say I was pretty stoked. It's not everyday that bands you appreciated as a child are relevant again. The nominees for Best Rock Song have been officially announced...

- "Bang Bang" - Green Day
- "Dark Necessities" - Red Hot Chili Peppers
- "Take Me Down" The Pretty Reckless
- "The Devil's Bleeding Crown" Volbeat
- "The Sound Of Silence" - Disturbed

If you know me, you know how much I love rock music. In fact, if I had to choose a favorite genre, this would be it. When I heard about the bands nominated for this category, I was quite happy as I am fan of all of them. But the real question remains; what are the nominees for Rock Artist of the Year?

- Disturbed
- Five Finger Death Punch
- Red Hot Chili Peppers
- Shinedown
- Volbeat

Country music is a genre that brings a southern flair that can best be described in a song. With so many amazing songs to choose from, five of them really stood out this year. As Carrie Underwood shared church bells, Thomas Rhett was wearing a t-shirt. And although Cole Swindell insisted you should be here, Old Dominion asked to Snapback just before Dierks Bentley was somewhere on a beach. So, what are the nominees for Best Country Song of the year?

- "Church Bells" - Carrie Underwood
- "Snapback" - Old Dominion
- "Somewhere On A Beach" - Dierks Bentley
- "T-Shirt" - Thomas Rhett
- "You Should Be Here" - Cole Swindell

2017 is a year of a new dawn, a new day and a new life and I think we can all agree that we are feeling good about this year for many reasons. iHeartRadio just announced the nominees for Country Artist of the Year. So, who is the best Country Music Artist of the year? With all of the incredible talent in country music, I am proud to share the nominees for this year...

- Carrie Underwood
- Jason Aldean
- Keith Urban
- Luke Bryan
- Thomas Rhett

Some of the greatest songs ever come from the dance music genre. After all, they are the life of virtually every party. And after hearing the nominees this year, I don't think there has been a moment I sat down because all I did was dance. Yes, it is true. BTW, here are the nominees for Dance Song of the year...

- "Closer" - The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey
- "Cold Water" - Major Lazer featuring Justin Bieber and MØ
- "Don't Let Me Down" - The Chainsmokers featuring Daya
- "I Took A Pill In Ibiza" - Mike Posner
- "Let Me Love You" - DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber

There is literally nothing more exciting than music that makes you want to get up and just move. Dance music has been around for quite sometime and has recently evolved into something bigger, dipping heavily into mainstream. With many outstanding artists and bands within the genre, I am proud to announce the nominees for Dance Artist of the year.

- Calvin Harris
- DJ Snake
- Flume
- Major Lazer
- The Chainsmokers

One thing to appreciate about the hip hop genre is it's ability to bring something different to music. Although this genre may not be your cup of tea, it could be ones' idea of a perfect drink. As a fan of the genre, it is great to see iHeartRadio recognize the best songs in the genre. So, what are they? What are the nominees for Best Hip Hop Song of the year?

- "All The Way Up" - Fat Joe and Remy Ma featuring French Montana
- "Controlla" - Drake
- "For Free" - DJ Khaled featuring Drake
- "One Dance" - Drake featuring Wizkid and Kyla
- "Panda" - Desiigner

Hip Hop is one of those genres that brings out a fusion of rap, soul and pop with a hint of beat. What I love about hip hop is it's unique way of telling a story using limericks and beats. One thing is certain, you either get it or you don't. The tried & true talent of Hip Hop is found in this year's nominees...

- Desiigner
- DJ Khaled
- Drake
- Future
- J. Cole

The talent is very much real and alive in the music industry. Thank you to iHeartRadio, the awards are even better than ever. As Beyoncé said she was sorry, Bryson Tiller wanted to exchange. As Usher said no limit, that is when Rihanna and Drake wanted to work before Rihanna needed me. The nominees for Best R&B Song of the year include:

- "Exchange" - Bryson Tiller
- "Needed Me" - Rihanna
- "No Limit" - Usher featuring Young Thug
- "Sorry" - Beyoncé
- "Work" - Rihanna featuring Drake

As we say goodbye to 2016 we fly into 2017, we just can't help but appreciate everything the year brought us. A lot of tried & true talent is one thing; however, the legendary iconic talent is another. When I look at the nominees for Best R&B Artist this year, I see so many people who bring so much to music and therefore, are legendary. So, who are the nominees for Best R&B Artist of the year?

- Beyoncé
- Bryson Tiller
- Rihanna
- The Weeknd
- Usher

With every great artist lies a song. A song that tells more than a story. In Latin culture one thing I learned is that every song projects an emotion. An emotion so big, that it gravitates learn music. If a song is meant to be happy and exciting, it will be. If it's mean to depict sorrow and sadness, well it does that too. But the question remains; what are the nominees for Best Latin Song this year?

- "Ay Mi Dios" - IAmChino featuring Pitbull, Yandel and El Chacal
- "De Pies A Cabeza" - Mana featuring Nicky Jam
- "Duele El Corazon" - Enrique Iglesias featuring Wisin
- "La Carretera" - Prince Royce
- "Ya Me Enteré" - Reik featuring Nicky Jam

We live in a century where Latin culture has been embraced in more ways than one. Whether it is through the people, the places, the food and the music, there are so many things one can appreciate. This year the world-renowned radio outlet recognizes some of the greatest Latin artists. So, who are they? Who is the Best Latin Artist of the year?

- Enrique Iglesias
- J Balvin
- Nicky Jam
- Prince Royce
- Yandel

iHeartRadio has officially announced the nominees for this year's awards. Best Regional Mexican Song is a category that you may have never heard of; however, when you hear their music (especially the songs this year) you cannot help but love this genre and appreciate it too. So, what are this year's nominees?

- "Amor Del Bueno" - Calibre 50
- "Cicatrices" - Regulo Caro
- "Me Está Gustando" - Banda Los Recoditos
- "¿Por Qué Terminamos?" - Gerardo Ortiz
- "Solo Con Verte" - Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizárraga

Hola! Music is suppose to be exciting yet possess a dopamine-like appeal that makes you want to listen to it again and again and again and again. When listening to some of these Mexican artists, I always feel inspired to do something new and different. I've listened to quite a few this year; however, the nominees for 'Best Regional Mexican Artist' tend to stand out the most. The nominees this year include:

- Banda El Recodo de Cruz Lizárraga
- Banda Los Recoditos
- Calibre 50
- Gerardo Ortiz
- Remmy Valenzuela

Best New Rock/Alternative Rock Artist is a new category brought to you by iHeartMusic that recognizes new talent from the rock and/or alternative rock genre. I recently went to a show where I watched about ten different bands back-to-back. I couldn't believe the talent I heard. Needless to say, I was astonished by what I heard. The nominees for 'Best New Rock/Alternative Rock Artist' include:

- Foals
- Kaleo
- Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
- Red Sun Rising
- The Strumbellas

Country music is a genre to appreciate for its originality and quality. When you hear it, you know you live in a place you can call home. I think of country as the music of America, as it is musical category that originated here. With tons of country superstars today, the talent is endless. And like the other categories here, only a few can be acknowledged, recognized and honored for their gifts towards the music industry. So, who are the nominees this year?

- Chris Lane
- Chris Stapleton
- Granger Smith
- Kelsea Ballerini
- Maren Morris

Hip Hop delivers the greatest beats with a limerick that depicts a story, a story that complements the composition. There are many artists in this category; however, only a few were recognized this year by iHeartRadio. So, who are they? Who are the nominees for 'Best New Hip Hop Artist'?

- Chance The Rapper
- Desiigner
- D.R.A.M.
- Kent Jones
- Kevin Gates

Latin music brings an amazingly new unique sound to music. I don't care what anyone says, if you dislike this genre, you evidently have not heard the right artist. As Best New Latin Artist, this category is filled with relatively new, tried & true talent. The nominees for this category include:

- Carlos Rivera
- Christian Daniel
- IAmChino
- Sofia Reyes

Best New R&B Soul artists really bring an unique quality to music. As a crossover genre, this pop soul fusion takes you to a different world every single time you listen to it. So, who are the nominees this year?

- Belly
- Bryson Tiller
- Dreezy
- Kayla Brianna
- Ro James

Just recently, I have garnered an interest in Latino music. Mexican artists really bring something so amazing to music. With a fusion of ethnic flavor, I am really digging the execution and deliver of these artists and as a result, am very much looking forward to hearing more. So, who are the nominees for 'Best New Regional Mexican Artist'?

- Adriel Favela
- Banda Los Sebastianes
- Cheyo Carrillo
- Joss Favela
- La Séptima Banda

A lot of new categories are added this year to the iHeartRadio Awards roster which is quite exciting if you ask me. One of them is the Best New Pop Artist category. So many talented artists attempt to dip into the industry and only few are able to walk through the door. These amazing talents were lucky enough to share their gifts with the world today...

- Alessia Cara
- Daya
- Lukas Graham
- The Chainsmokers

There are not many people in this world that can take music and turn it into something remarkable. An artist can do so much; however, we live in the 21st century where so much can be done to enhance a tune and make it that much better. A producer not only lays out the tracks, they mix and master the entire recording. And it is because of this they deserve true recognition for their efforts towards another gifted talent. So, who are the nominees this year?

- Benny Blanco
- Greg Kurstin
- Max Martin
- Mike Elizondo
- The Chainsmokers

When a song is good, it sounds good. The composition is there. However; when a song is great, amazing or even incredible, it depicts a story that one can relate to. A story that simply makes sense. Lyrics really create something special to music. Composition is a foundation; however, without lyrics there is no story one can truly relate to. What are the nominees for 'Best Lyrics'?

- "7 Years" - Lukas Graham
- "Came Here to Forget" - Blake Shelton
- "Cheap Thrills" - Sia featuring Sean Paul
- "Closer" - The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey
- "Heathens" - twenty one pilots
- "Love Yourself" - Justin Bieber
- "Scars To Your Beautiful" - Alessia Cara
- "Send My Love (To Your New Lover)" - Adele
- "Too Good" – Drake featuring Rihanna
- "You Should Be Here" - Cole Swindell

As another socially voted category, I think we can all agree that collaborations add something special to music. One of the things I love about music is the collaboration between two gifted talents. Whether two artists, two bands or an artist with a band and vice versus. You have to admit, it really makes you appreciate music that much more. So, who are the nominees for 'Best Collaboration' this year?

- "Cheap Thrills" - Sia featuring Sean Paul
- "Closer" - The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey
- "Don't Let Me Down" - The Chainsmokers featuring Daya
- "This Is What You Came For" - Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna
- "Work" - Rihanna featuring Drake

Covers can make or break an artist, as they are often compared to the original; however, if they have more moments than the original, they can shine their way creating a world-wide hit (take 'I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston' for instance). Many great talents this year have proved that their rendition of a song is destined to shine and as a result, they are recognized for it. The nominees for this year's best cover song include:

- "All I Ask" - Bruno Mars
- "Ex's and Oh's" - Fifth Harmony
- "Fast Car" - Justin Bieber
- "Hands to Myself" - DNCE
- "Here" - Shawn Mendes
- "How Will I Know" - Ariana Grande
- "Love on the Brain" - Kelly Clarkson
- "Purple Rain" - Jennifer Hudson and the cast of The Color Purple
- "Sound of Silence" - Disturbed
- "Too Good" - Zara Larsson

Every time you watch a movie, do you notice what is playing before, during or after? Another category this year includes 'Best Song from a Movie'. As the Suicide Squad brought you life from your favorite comic book, Trolls delivered a timeless toon of your favorite doll. As the Ghostbusters remake recognized the original by changing things up a bit, we got to see what really happened to Bridget Jones and watch Alice Looking Through the Walking Glass. The question remains; what are the best? Here are this year's nominees:

- "Can't Stop the Feeling" - Justin Timberlake (Trolls)
- "Falling for You" - Ellie Goulding (Bridget Jones's Baby)
- "Girls Talk Boys" - 5 Seconds of Summer (Ghostbusters)
- "Heathens" - twenty one pilots (Suicide Squad)
- "Just Like Fire" - P!nk (Alice Through the Looking Glass)

So, what is your favorite music video this year? The Best New Music category is on fire this year with an array of talent lined up to take home the big award March 5th. As a new category to the awards this year, this is one that recognizes only the hottest in mainstream music today. And the best part is, you get to vote for the best. Who are the nominees this year?

- "Don't Let Me Down" - The Chainsmokers featuring Daya
- "Formation" - Beyoncé
- "Hasta El Amanecer" - Nicky Jam
- "Heathens" - twenty one pilots
- "Hymn for the Weekend" - Coldplay
- "I Took A Pill In Ibiza" - Mike Posner
- "Pillowtalk" - ZAYN
- "Side to Side" - Ariana Grande featuring Nicki Minaj
- "This Is What You Came For" - Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna
- "Work" - Rihanna featuring Drake
- "Work From Home" - Fifth Harmony featuring Ty Dolla $ign

Best Underground Alternative band is a new category to the awards this year which recognizes the best undiscovered talent who embrace the alternative culture and genre. And guess what? You get to choose your favorite. The nominees include:

- Hey Violet
- Pierce the Veil
- Sleeping With Sirens
- Tonight Alive

Social Star Award. As a socially voted category, this is a new category for the awards this year which recognizes your favorite online personality. The nominees for this year include:

- Alex Aiono from YouTube
- Baby Ariel from
- Emma McGann from YouNow
- Hailey Knox from YouNow
- Jack and Jack from Snapchat
- Jacob Sartorius from
- Marcus Perez from Facebook
- Steph Clavin from Instagram
- Todrick Hall from YouTube
- xYego from Smule

Best Fan Army (which is presented by Taco Bell) recognizes fans and enthusiasts of different artists and bands. This is a socially voted category which means you get to vote for your favorites. The nominees for this year include:

- 5 Seconds of Summer - 5SOSFam
- Ariana Grand - Arianators
- Beyoncé - Beyhive
- Britney Spears - Britney Army
- Demi Lovato - Lovatics
- Fifth Harmony - Harmonizers
- Justin Bieber - Beliebers
- Katy Perry - KatyCats
- Lady Gaga - Little Monsters
- Rihanna - Rihanna Navy
- Selena Gomez - Selenators
- Shawn Mendes - Mendes Army
- twenty one pilots - #twentyonepilots 

Who do you think will win this year?

The event will be televised on TBS, TNT, truTV at 8 pm EST (or 5 pm PST). It will also be live streamed on iHeartRadio's simulcast. Will you be watching the awards this year? I know, I will. For more information about iHeartRadio's 2017 Music Awards visit the official website today. #iHeartRadio

Friday, October 14, 2016

Get the makeup look: Scarlett Johansson at Variety's 'Power of Women' luncheon

Earlier this afternoon, Variety celebrated their 10th installment of the 'Power of Women' event where they recognize, acknowledge, and honor Hollywood's most inspiring women. The event was held today at the Beverly Hills Wilshire hotel. And to celebrate this philanthropy bazaar, the amazing LORAC Cosmetics was on-site offering makeup services to the 500+ VIP guests. One of those guests was the beautiful and talented Scarlett Johansson. Courtesy of celebrity makeup artist Mai Quynh, the stunning starlet and honoree was treated to a fresh and natural makeup look for the event.

We wanted to keep the makeup fresh and young because it was a morning event. Shiny, pretty skin with a defined eye,” Mai Quynh shared.

So, is it possible to recreate this makeup look at home? Absolutely.

First and foremost, Quynh prepped the Power of Women honoree's face with the LORAC “I’m So Sensitive” Soothing Face Primer. Then, she applied the LORAC POREfection Concealer in PC2 followed by the LORAC POREfection Foundation in PR3. As the celebrity makeup artist continued, she applied the LORAC POREfection Baked Perfecting Powder in PF2 to set Johansson's face.

To finish the face, the celebrity makeup artist applied the LORAC Color Source Buildable Blush in Tinge followed by the LORAC Light Source Illuminating Highlighter in Daylight.

So, what about the eyes? the celebrity makeup artist used the LORAC UNZIPPED GOLD Eye Shadow Palette before using the LORAC PRO Brow Pencil in Blond on the brows.

Quynh completed the entire makeup look by applying the LORAC Alter Ego Lip Gloss in Supermodel.

Congratulations! You have just recreated Scarlett Johansson's makeup look at the Variety 'Power of Women' luncheon.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Get the makeup look: Kate Hudson at the Tiffany & Co. store launch in Beverly Hills

Kate Hudson is one of the most beautiful women alive. Her beauty is natural; however, when Hudson wants to embrace glam, her effortless beauty really stands out. And last night for the launch of the new Tiffany & Co. store in Beverly Hills it was no exception. The stunning starlet made quite an entrance yesterday in a beautiful rose gold outfit. As her hair looked amazing, her makeup totally slayed and brought the entire look together. Courtesy of the talented Debra Ferullo, Hudson was treated to a glamorous makeup look to complement her style.

“When I saw Kate’s rose gold outfit, I thought it would look beautiful with a bold eye and lots of lashes. I decided to keep the lip soft and the skin luminous," Ferullo shared. “I recently came across an old photography book featuring photographer David Bailey’s work and I incorporated some of that inspiration into this look."

So, is it possible to recreate this makeup look at home? Absolutely.

First and foremost, the celebrity makeup artist used the LORAC Sheer POREfection Foundation. As she continued, she used the LORAC PRO Contour Palette. To set the face, Ferullo used the LORAC POREfection Baked Perfecting Powder. Then, she used the LORAC Color Source Buildable Blush in Prism before applying the LORAC Light Source Illuminating Highlighter in Daylight.

As Ferullo continued, she started with Hudson's eyes. She reached for the LORAC Mega PRO Palette 3. Then, she used the LORAC Front of Line PRO Eye Pencil in Black. To finish the eyes, the celebrity makeup artist applied several coats of the LORAC PRO Lash Pomade Mascara.

For the brows, Ferullo used the LORAC PRO Brow Pencil in Blond and in Light Brown.

To complete the makeup look, Ferullo applied the LORAC Alter Ego Lipstick in Duchess followed by the LORAC Alter Ego Lipstick in Socialite and the LORAC Alter Ego Lip Gloss in Duchess.

Congratulations! You have just recreated Kate Hudson's makeup look for the new Tiffany & Co. store launch in Beverly Hills.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Take it Off by Lil Jon ft. Yandel & Becky G.

Take It Off is a hot new jam by Lil Jon featuring the talented Yandel and Becky G. This is one of Lil Jon's best tunes yet. If you haven't heard it, you truly need to. There is nothing like this song. If you can imagine a mixture of EDM with a hint of hip hop, R&B and Latin flavor this is the result. Check out the new video below.

If the video is not working, simply click here to watch it on YouTube. A few years ago I had the opportunity to speak with Lil Jon. Check out my interview with him here.

Charlize Theron for Dior J'adore 2016 campaign

A look at Charlize Theron
in Dior's new J'adore ad campaign.
It is official. Dior has announced their 2016 J'adore campaign. Featuring the beautiful and talented Charlize Theron, this amazing commercial depicts a fragrance that tells a story, a story every woman should experience. Le Feminin Absolu!
Serene and radiant, she moves through the heart of the elements, immersed in a majestic, bare expanse of nature.
She has become a woman of the wind, the sun, the rain and the earth, and is jubilant.
She is regenerated, born again. A new gold appears, brought forth by regal Nature. J'adore!
The new J'adore commercial will air Wednesday, October 12th. Look out for teasers this Saturday on Dior's social media pages. #DiorJadore

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

CMT to honor Shania Twain

Shania Twain signing autographs.
(Photo by JDaykin/Flickr)
As a five-time Grammy award winner, Shania Twain is clearly the Queen of Country pop music. As a pioneer of the country crossover genre, Twain is one of the greatest artists ever in music. Selling over 75 million albums world-wide, her album "Come On Over" sold over 15 million copies alone making it the #1 album by any female country artist ever and the best-selling album by any female artist.

I have been a fan of Shania Twain since a child. Her music is very inspiring and uplifting and really brings something new and unique to music. Without Shania Twain, many artists such as Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood would have never had the opportunity to showcase their talent to the world.

Announced today by CMT, Shania Twain will be honored. She will be the first female artist in history to receive the prestigious "Artist of a Lifetime" award. Previous winners of this award include Kenny Rodgers and Merle Haggard who were awarded in 2014 and 2015.

Taped live at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center, the 7th annual “CMT Artists of the Year” will feature once-in-a-lifetime performances, unexpected tributes and unforgettable toasts as the biggest stars of music, film and television gather to celebrate the five artists selected by Country Music Television as the best artists of 2016.

CMT Artists of the Year will premiere Thursday, October 20, 2016. For more information visit CMT today. #CMTAOTY

Get the makeup look: Emily Blunt at The Girl on the Train NYC premiere

Emily Blunt looked amazing in her emerald green Prada dress for the New York City premiere of her latest film The Girl on the Train. The British beauty stunned the red carpet in an effortless hair style courtesy of Ashley Streicher. As her hair really brought the entire look together, her makeup really complemented her style. Courtesy of Jenn Streicher, the stunning starlet was treated to a bold, modern and edgy makeup look.

“The Girl on the Train.” Streicher shared, “I wanted to highlight Emily’s flawless skin and give her a unique lip color that you never see on the red carpet,” she continued.

So, is it possible to recreate this makeup look at home? Absolutely.

First and foremost, the celebrity makeup artist prepped the British beauty's skin. She used the Sisley Paris Black Rose Precious Face Oil. As she continued with the preparation process, she applied the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer – Hydrating where she massaged the product into Blunt's skin. To complete the prep, Streicher applied the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer – Radiance on Blunt's cheekbones to give them a subtle sheen.

As Streicher continued with the makeup look, she applied the Laura Mercier Silk Crème Moisturizing Photo Edition Foundation in Ivory all over Blunt's face. Then, she set the foundation with the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder. “If you have gorgeous skin like Emily’s, you can make anything look good,” Streicher shared.

To achieve a rosy flush on Blunt's cheeks, the celebrity makeup artist dotted the Laura Mercier Crème Cheek Colour in Rosebud onto the apples of Blunt's cheeks and blended outwards with her fingers. Then, she brushed the Laura Mercier Candleglow Concealer and Highlighter directly above Blunt's cheekbones and under her eyes to add a natural highlight to her face.

As she continued, the celebrity makeup artist applied the Laura Mercier Eye Basics in Wheat and layered the Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Rosegold on top to give her lids a hint of sparkle. Adding drama to the eye, Streicher lined Blunt's top lid with Laura Mercier Tightline Cake Eye Liner in Black Ebony. Then, she finished the stunning starlet's eyes with several coats of Laura Mercier Extra Lash Sculpting Mascara in Black Onyx.

Streicher began by brushing Blunt's brows out with the Laura Mercier Brow Dimension Fiber Infused Colour Gel in Brunette. “I love using the colored gel because it can help to darken the ends of the brows where they tend to get a little bit light,” Streicher shared. Then, she finished Blunt's brows by coloring them in with the Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil.

To finish the entire makeup look, Streicher layered the Laura Mercier Velour Lovers Lip Colour in French Kiss and Laura Mercier Velour Lovers Lip Colour in Boudoir. To blend the two colors, she used the Laura Mercier Lip Colour Brush. “Emily’s entire look was based around the lip color,” Streicher shared.

Congratulations! You have just recreated Emily Blunt's makeup look for The Girl on the Train NYC premiere.

Get the hair look: Emily Blunt at The Girl on the Train NYC premiere

Emily Blunt always stuns the red carpet and this evening is no exception. The British beauty looked amazing in a green Prada dress. As her makeup really shined and complemented the look, her hair really brought the entire look together. Courtesy of Ashley Streicher for StriVectin HAIR, the stunning starlet was treated to an outstanding hair look to complement her custom dress.

"Emily is wearing a custom Prada dress tonight. Because it’s quite classic, Jenn [makeup] and I definitely wanted to modernize her look a bit with hair and makeup, wearing her cute new bob down," Streicher shared.

So, is it possible to recreate this hair look at home? Absolutely.

First and foremost, Streicher prepped Blunt's hair using the StriVectin HAIR Color Care Shampoo and the StriVectin HAIR Color Care Conditioner. Then, she sprayed the StriVectin HAIR Color Care Vibrancy Booster.

Once the hair was clean, the celebrity stylist applied a few pumps of the StriVectin HAIR Ultimate Restore Densifying Foaming Treatment directly to Blunt's roots. Then, she applied the StriVectin HAIR Max Volume Bodifying Radiance Serum through the ends of her hair before combing through the hair.

Taking a small-to-medium round brush, Streicher began to blowout Blunt's hair. Not for volume, but more so for texture. Once the hair was fully dry, Streicher created a strong side part using a rat tail comb. Then, she used a dry textured spray at the roots only and avoided the ends of the hair.

As she continued, Streicher chose random pieces of Blunt's hair. Then, she went over the hair wave with a flat iron. Taking pieces of the hair, the celebrity stylist tucked pieces of hair behind the stunning starlet's ears. She, then, kept waves from her face with setting clips until Blunt walked out the door.

To finish the look, she sprayed a strong-hold hairspray.

Congratulations! You have recreated Emily Blunt's hair look for 'The Girl on the Train' New York City premiere.

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Saturday, October 1, 2016

September 2016: Beauty Favorites

The TYME Iron, one of my favorite
beauty products for the month
of September.
September was a month to remind us that Fall is here and before you know it Winter will soon be here. As we say goodbye to Summer and fly into Fall, where we can appreciate the colorful leaves that fall from the trees and the strong scents of pumpkin, cinnamon and cedar manifesting through the air, October is a month to look forward to for many reasons. But the question remains - what about September? During the ninth month of the year, I have discovered quite a few beauty essentials that I truly love. So, what are they? What are my beauty favorites for the month?

My first favorite for the month is definitely the Cle de Peau Beaute Radiant Multi-Repair Oil. The moment put this oil on my face, I just knew it was magic. Made with precious botanicals such as peony and rare orchid, this is the perfect multi-use product. Not only is it amazing for your face, it is great for your entire body and your hair too. Plus, it works amazingly to protect, correct and even prevent your skin from getting exposed to various DNA and environmental stressors. I have tried an array of face oils and this one is my favorite right now.

If you know me, you know how much I love and appreciate Giorgio Armani Beauty's Armani Prima line. One of my beauty favorites right now is definitely the Armani Prima Glow-On Moisturizing Balm. Not only does this product provide your skin with instantaneous hydration, but the hydration it provides is long-lasting. I suffer from combination skin which tends to lean towards dry in the Fall and Winter months. This is the perfect essential for anyone with dry skin or has the same skin type as me where it leans towards dry during the colder climates. Also, after using this product for two weeks I noticed a lot of natural changes.

I love trying an array of face washes. With my combination skin, I believe trying different types wakes up my skin and keeps it looking and feeling its best. And even though I have quite a few favorite cleansers, right now I am relatively obsessed with the Boscia Detoxifying Black Cleanser. This warming gel really works to remove impurities such as dirt and oil without drying out the skin. It also works to refine the texture of your skin without destroying your skin's natural acid mantle and pH balance. I have oily skin in the Spring and Summer months and dry skin in the Fall and Winter months and this face cleanser works all year round.

Face masks are definitely important and one of my favorite things to incorporate into my skincare regimen. Recently, I have been fascinated with the VBeaute Deep Sheet Purifying Charcoal Mask. I love this mask because it makes my face feel and look amazing. Not only does it hydrate, it purifies your skin and tightens it. Great for every skin type, this mask is one to really value because it delivers true results. I have tried so many masks including sheet masks and right now this one of my favorite.

As much as I love and appreciate the entire L'ANZA Keratin Healing Oil Collection, I must say that I am obsessed with the L'ANZA Healing Hair Treatment most of all. As we fly into Fall, our hair changes naturally due to the climate and the environment in which we live. This product works incredibly to protect your hair, treat it effectively and efficient and prevent it from caving into any type of problematic hair issue which will affect it later. There is so much that needs to be said about a product that can take on your hair and prevent it from being exposed to harsh pollution and other forms DNA damage.

I have learned to love and value an array of styling tools including flat irons, curling irons, etc. Recently, I discovered the TYME Iron. Featuring 400 degree gold-plated titanium plates and a rotating swivel cord, this is one of the only few high-tech hair devices that will both straighten and curl your hair. Plus, it is gorgeous and offers a 1-year warranty. As much as I love certain hair straighteners and irons, right now I am truly loving this one most of all.

Motives Cosmetics by Loren Ridinger is one of the most underrated beauty brands in the world today. And just recently, I discovered the Motives Lip Candies. Not only do this deliciously daring lip glosses provide your lips with haute hydration and cute color, but they smell and taste amazing. With everything from Cotton Candy and Rock Candy to Milk Chocolate and Butterscotch they are fun for every age and favorite for the month.

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