Sunday, February 28, 2016

Get the makeup look: Kate Winslet at the 88th Academy Awards

Kate Winslet at the 88th annual
Academy Awards.
(Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Kate Winslet made quite a statement tonight at the Oscars. Nominated for her role as Joanna Hoffman in Steve Jobs, this British beauty was a winner in more ways than one tonight. Although she didn't pick up the big win tonight for best supporting actress, she stunned the red carpet wearing a very chic yet elegant black Ralph Lauren dress. On top of that her hair and makeup were completely on fleek and looked amazing. The award-winning actress teamed up with makeup artist Jillian Dempsey for a very timeless and iconic makeup look.

"Kate Winslet is an iconic beauty. She wore a black strapless dress, so we decided to keep the look very classic," Jillian Dempsey said about the look. So, is it possible to re-create this makeup look at home? Absolutely.

First and foremost, the celebrity makeup artist prepped Winslet's skin using the Lancôme Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate. Then, Dempsey applied the Lancôme Visionnaire 1 Minute Blur. As she continued, she applied the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in 4 and 5 to the award-winning actress's face. Dempsey, then applied the Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Makeup Stick. As Dempsey continued, she applied the Lancôme Blush Subtil in Shimmer Rose Cashmere to Winslet's cheeks.

As makeup artist Jillian Dempsey continued with this amazing makeup look, she used the Lancôme Auda[city] in Paris palette in Nude and Joie. She also applied the Lancôme Artliner in Noir followed by the Lancôme Drama Liqui-Pencil in Pluie. Dempsey applied the Velour Lashes to the British beauty's lashes. To complete the eyes she coated the lashes with the Lancôme Grandiôse Mascara in Noir Mirifique.

To complete this entire makeup look, Dempsey applied the Lancôme Absolue Precious Cells Nourishing Lip Balm Honey-in-Rose and finished the lips with the Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge in 250 Beige Mirage.

Congratulations! You have just re-created actress Kate Winslet's makeup look for the 88th Academy Awards.

Get the hair look: Reese Witherspoon at the 88th Academy Awards

Reese Witherspoon at the 88th annual
Academy Awards.
(Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Academy Award winning actress Reese Witherspoon stunned the red carpet earlier this evening wearing a rather pristine purple gown courtesy of Oscar de la Renta. As this fit and flared design really complemented Witherspoon, the award-winning actress teamed up with Nexxus New York Salon Care Celebrity Stylist Lona Vigi for a very sleek straight style.

"We decided a straight hair tucked back behind the ears complimented the elegant neckline of the dress perfectly to create a classically glamorous look," Lona Vigi said about the hair look.

Is it possible to re-create this hair look at home? Absolutely.

First and foremost, the celebrity stylist applied a rather small amount of the Nexxus New York Salon Care Exxtra Gel onto Witherspoon's wet hair followed by the Nexxus New York Salon Care Oil Infinite Nourishing Oil. These two amazing hair essentials will work magic to create a very sleek yet smooth style which will complement Witherspoon's Oscar de la Renta dress.

Taking the ghd air hairdryer along with the ghd paddle brush, Vigi began to blow dry Witherspoon's hair. The paddle brush works amazingly to keep the hair very smooth and sleek. As Vigi continued, she took the ghd Platinum Styler and ran it through the award-winning beauty's hair. This flat iron is outstanding and heats up to 365 F degrees without damaging the hair.

As Vigi continued with this amazing hair look, she applied the Nexxus New York Salon Care Oil Infinite Nourishing Oil. To finish the hair look, Vigi applied the Nexxus New York Salon Care Maxximum Hold Finishing Mist. This will keep the hair back and into place.

Congratulations! You have just re-created Reese Witherspoon's hair look at the 88th Academy Awards.

Get the makeup look: Lady Gaga at the 88th Academy Awards

The iconic Lady Gaga.
(Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Lady Gaga is one of the greatest singers, songwriters and entertainers of our generation. She is also a master of the performing arts genre as she is also an actress and writer too. For the Oscars last night, mother monster looked fabulous in her stunning white dress from Brandon Maxwell. As her hair was on fleek, her makeup looked amazing. Courtesy of celebrity makeup artist Sarah Tanno, the world-renowned makeup artist created a monochromatic beauty look for the pop star inspired by her Brandon Maxwell gown.

“After I saw the iconic white Brandon Maxwell creation I got inspired by photographers like Helmet Newton and Guy Bourdin. No specific photo, just the all-over vibe. I wanted everything to be monochromatic, bold and new, but something that would still feel timeless 10 years from now. I love warm colors with all-white; it really makes the face stand out in a striking way. I personally love a monochromatic look. This is the perfect balance of sexy, rock-n-roll and elegance” Sarah Tanno said about the makeup look.

So, is it possible to re-create this amazing makeup look at home? Absolutely.

First and foremost, Tanno prepped Gaga's face with the Sisley Paris Radiant Glow Express Mask for about 10 minutes. As she continued, she used the Sisley Paris Eye Contour Mask and blotted with a tissue. Then, Tanno applied the Sisley Paris Sisleÿa L’Integral Face Cream which she applied to the face and brought down to the neck and decollate.

As Tanno continued, she applied the Sisley Paris Phyto-Teint Expert in #1 to Lady Gaga's face. She used this product as a base. Then, taking the Sisley Paris Phyto-Cernes éclat in #2, she highlighted Lady Gaga's skin, focusing primarily on her eyes. This product has a nice creamy texture and a great peach tone that brightens with coverage. To set Gaga's face, Tanno applied the Sisley Paris Phyto-Poudre Libre loose powder. As Tanno continued, she applied the Sisley Paris Phyto-Touche Illusion d’ete followed by the Sisley Paris Phyto-Blush Eclat in Peach to Gaga's cheeks.

Makeup artist Sarah Tanno started with mother monster's eyes by tracing her lid with the Sisley Paris Phyto-Eye Twist in Topaz. As she continued, she blended this product all of the way to the crease of the eye and under the eye. On the lid, Tanno applied the Sisley Paris Phyto-Ombre Eclat in Mango. She, then took the Sisley Paris Phyto-Ombre Eclat in Toffee and Burgundy and blended these shades at the crease softly all of the way to the brow.

Now, taking the Sisley Paris Phyto-Ombre Glow in Pearl, Tanno blended this on the lid, under the brow. Tanno, then applied the Sisley Paris Phyto-Ombre Glow in Silver just in the tear duct area to brighten the eyes. From the Sisley Paris Photo 4 Ombres Dream, Tanno used the satin copper shade along with the velvet brown shades on Lady Gaga's eyes to add depth. Tanno continued with the eyes by applying the Sisley Paris Phyto-Khol Star in Smoked Topaz. The celebrity makeup artist finished the pop star icon's eyes with the Sisley Paris 'So Intense' mascara in black. Tanno applied this on both the top and bottom lashes.

For the eyebrows, Tanno left them natural as the main focus is on Lady Gaga's eyes. For this particular makeup look, she lightly traced the brows with the Sisley Paris Eyebrow pencils in Blonde and Cappuccino. She finished the brows by simply brushing them.

To finish this look, Tanno applied the Sisley Paris Nutritive Lip Balm. Tanno, then lined and filled the lip with the Sisley Paris Phyto-Levrés Perfect lip liner in Coral. After she blotted, she applied the Sisley Paris Hydrating Long Lasting lipstick in Petal.

Congratulations! You have just re-created Lady Gaga's makeup look for the 88th Academy Awards.

Get the makeup look: Margot Robbie at the 88th Academy Awards

Margot Robbie at the 88th annual
Academy Awards.
(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Margot Robbie is one of the most beautiful actresses ever in cinema. Last night at the Oscars she proved this to be true in more ways than one, when she stunned the red carpet is a gorgeous gold snakeskin gown by the one and only Diane Von Furstenberg. As Renato Campora gave Robbie one of the hautest hair looks at the event (you can get the look here), this Australian beauty had the opportunity to team up with celebrity makeup artist Tyron Machhausen for a fresh and effortless makeup look to complement her entire look.

“I created her look as if she just came off the beach and threw on an amazing gown meets classic American fashion model Margaux Hemmingway.” The focus of her makeup look was “sunkissed, glowing and beautiful skin – the makeup wasn’t heavy, just a fresh, polished version of herself” celebrity makeup artist Tyron Machhausen said about the makeup look.

So, is it possible to re-create this amazing makeup look at home? Absolutely.

First and foremost, you are going to want to prepare the skin. It is very key to moisturize, especially before long red carpet events. Machhausen started preparation by gently massaging the RéVive Intensité Crème Luster Day Cream into the actress's beautiful face. “Spending some extra time giving her a mini-face massage helps the skin look glowing and fresh” Machhausen added.

As Machhausen continued, he applied the new Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous Foundation – a mix of Butterscotch and Dune all over Robbie's face. Then, he applied the Tom Ford Skin Illuminating Powder Duo. This product works for glowing complexion.

When it comes to the eyes, the look is quite natural. Macchausen applied the Tom Ford Creme Color for Eyes. He, then applied the Kevyn Aucoin Essential Mascara. To complete the entire eye look, he brushed Robbie’s brows up to shape them.

To finish this look, Machhausen used his finger and lightly dabbed the new Laura Mercier Velour Lovers Lip Colour in Sensual on the actress's lips. This works to not only add texture, but made the actress look ultimately fresh and polished.

Congratulations! You have just re-created Margot Robbie's makeup look at the 88th Academy Awards.

Get the hair look: Margot Robbie at the 88th Academy Awards

The beautiful Margot Robbie at the
88th annual Academy Awards.
(Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
You may already know her as Harley Quinn in the upcoming film Suicide Squad, but what you don't realize is that this Australian beauty stunned the red carpet Sunday night in a gorgeously glam gold snakeskin gown courtesy of Diane Von Furstenburg. As her makeup looked exquisite, her hair looked absolutely stunning and brought her entire look together. Thanks to celebrity hairstylist Renato Campora, Robbie was able to make quite a statement for the Oscars this year.

"Because the dress was very structural, I wanted to keep Margot very soft and modern; almost minimalist and very feminine" Renato Campora said about the hair look he created for the Australian actress.

So, is it possible to re-create this amazing hair look at home? Absolutely.

First and foremost, Campora applied the Matrix Total Results High Amplify Foam Volumizer on Robbie's wet hair. He proceeded to work the product through her roots. As he continued, he took a Y.S. Park round brush and proceeded to do a full blowout of the beautiful actress's hair. Taking a 1"1/4 inch curling iron, Campora slightly curled the rest in an effort to create a slight bend.

As the celebrity hairstylist continued, he applied the Amika Haute Mess Texture Gel at the crown of the hair, as this will promote volume and give the hair somewhat of a lift. He, then applied the Aquage Sea Salt Texturizing Spray all throughout the hair for added texture.

To complete the hair look, Campora used the Matrix Total Results High Amplify Hairspray. This product is amazing and great for both hold and volume.

Congratulations! You have just re-created Margot Robbie's hair look at the 88th Academy Awards.

Friday, February 26, 2016

SKAM takes over Spring break in the Bahamas and Cancun

SKAM Artist Brooke Evers
always brings the party wherever she goes.
Starting today Friday, February 26th until Sunday, March 27th, SKAM Artist along with StudentCity are taking over the Bahamas and Cancun for Spring Break. Mark your calendars because the DJ booking agency is taking over with non-stop, rock-the-clock performances that will rock your socks off. The lineup of SKAM DJs at the turntables include Echo, Captn 20, Sean Perry, OB-One, Five, Brooke Evers, Skratchy, Vice, Jerzy, Nick Rockwell, Irie, Eric D-Lux, Jump Smokers, Fashen, Justin Credible and more.

Sujit Kundu, the founder of SKAM told AXS "“I love that Spring break has been a staple for students to get a break from their vigorous school schedule. I’m happy that SKAM is part of an on-going tradition where it’s an all around good time, and a chance to do things you never thought you would do. What happens during spring break stays in Spring break!”

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

February 2016: Beauty Favorites

The Contour, one of my beauty favorites
for the month of February.
As we said goodbye to January on the 31st, we said hello to February, the month of love. February is a month to embrace love in more ways than one, as it is a time to appreciate the month just before Spring. I have discovered a lot of great products this month; however, only few select gems stood out this month. Can you guess what they are? So, what are my beauty favorites for this month?

MAKEUP
When it comes to lipsticks, they should be moisturizing, as they should be pigmented. The color payoff should also be visible, as it should be modestly long-lasting. The new True Color Perfectly Matte Lipstick from Avon is that type of lipstick. It glides on smooth, dries effectively and lasts long without drying out your lips. This amazing Avon addition is available through your Avon representative as well as, on the official website for $9. I have tried so many amazing makeup essentials this month. Some I loved, some I hated and some I debated whether or not I wanted to wear again and this terrific True Color addition from Avon is definitely one that I will want to continue to wear.

SKIN CARE
As of late, I have been modestly obsessed with the Ossential Growth Factor Serum Plus from ZO Skin Health. When it comes to hydration, this serum works to restore and enforce your skin's natural acid mantle, as it works to stimulate collagen product and cell renewal. ZO Skin Health's Ossential Growth Factor Serum Plus is available at ZO Skin Health for under $150. If you are looking for a serum that works to correct, protect and repair the skin from various forms of oxidative stress and DNA damage, this is definitely the one for you.

BATH & BODY
Combining the essence of lemon with classic earthy notes, L'Occitane really stood their ground when they created the refreshing Verbena Voyage set. Featuring travel-sizes of this amazingly scented L'Occitane addition, this set includes the body lotion, shower gel, hand cream and soap. The refreshing Verbena Voyage set from L'Occitane is available now on the official website for $26. When life hands you lemons, accept them, but only use them if they smell as amazing as this set does.

FRAGRANCE
Although I can appreciate every perfume under the sun, I am a huge fan of fruity fragrances. I also love and appreciate creamy florals, including those undiscovered rarities with gourmand notes. When I first smelled the Truly Sexy Flirt fragrance from Pure Romance, I was lured in. This pheromone-used fragrance really tells a story. With a plethora of notes including roses, jasmine, lemon, amber, grapefruit and cedarwood; this acquired gem really captivates all five senses. The Truly Sexy Flirt fragrance is available at through your Pure Romance distributor or on the official Pure Romance website for $59. If you are searching for an earthy fruity floral, this is definitely the fragrance for you.

HAIR
For this month, the Tangle Teezer brand offered three individual dynamic duos that cater to every couple exclusively for Valentine's Day. The 'His+Hers' set contains the amazing compact styler in a silver and in a pink. The 'Hers+Hers' set offers two pink styles and the 'His+His' set offers two silver stylers. I love these stylers because they brush your hair generously without pulling at it and are great for carrying around. Available for only $20 at Sephora, this is one of the best brushes I have ever used.

NAILS
NCLA Los Angeles is one of my favorite nail brands and for Valentine's Day this year, they introduced an incredible top coat that embraced love with pink and white glitter hearts. If you are looking to wear a haute red shade or even a classic white shade, this complements your polish in so many great ways. Originally $16, you can grab the NCLA Be Mine! top coat at NCLA for $8. Share all of the love you have on your nails, as this polish is one of the best ways you can do so.

TOOLS
Whether you are looking to prevent, correct or even repair the skin, the Conture Kinetic Skin Toning Device is the skin essential you are going to want to let into your life. Why? Because this device does just that by utilizing isometric compression with low frequency sonic vibrations. You can find this amazing skin device on the official website for under $250. If you are searching for a non-invasive, pain-free device that tones and firms your skin without the use of needles, drugs or risk the Conture is the one.

ADULT
When it comes to discreet pleasure, the Cabana Boy from Pure Romance is a device you will appreciate. This dynamic duo-action vibrator features a very lustrous magenta shaft and clitorial which works to stimulate only A grade contentment. Made of premium silicone, this device is quite powerful and allow you to enjoy quality time between you and Cabana Boy. You can grab this vibrator through your nearest Pure Romance distributor or on the official website for $159.

OTHER
Recently, I have garnered quite an obsession with Purely Inspired's 100% Plant-Based Protein. I have noticed a change in my body, as I have lost inches since incorporating this supplement into my diet and exercise health regimen. I have also noticed that my hair looks amazing since adding this into my diet too. Not only does this amazing protein powder give you 16 grams of plant-based protein, it is filled with an array of vitamins and minerals too. It is also free of artificial sweeteners and lactose. Every serving delivers real nutrients and the best part is, it tastes amazing. You can find Purely Inspired 100% Plant-Based Protein at your nearest mass retailer.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Drew Jackson talks My Bedroom Spice, Fifty Shades of Grey and Kim Basinger

Co-founders Drew Jackson and Clayton Ferguson.
My Bedroom Spice is an online retailer who’s aim is to add some flavor to your love life! That is their slogan and something they live by each and everyday. And My Bedroom Spice does it by providing their customers with only the best selection you can find online. With over 3,000 high quality, body safe products distributed across 150+ categories ranging from highly respected brands like LELO, Jimmyjane, We-Vibe and more, My Bedroom Spice you will also find hundreds of product videos, buyers guides, customer product reviews, and detailed product descriptions that are engaging and fun to read.
The amazing staff behind My Bedroom Spice loves and appreciates the adult industry in more ways than one, as their customer care team is available 24 hours a day - by chat, phone and/or email. They are also extremely friendly and provide you with extensive knowledge, as they are extremely customer centric and kindly solicit feedback daily on their service and offerings. Your shopping experience is not only fun, but safe and discreet too. Recently, I had the opportunity to catch up with Drew Jackson, the co-owner of this world-renowned adult store. Here is what he had to say...

(Q) What is the inspiration behind the brand? What inspired you to create My Bedroom Spice?

D.J: If you look around the industry, it won’t take you very long to realize there is a large disparity in the quality of information presented by the endless number of adult toy stores online. It’s true that many retailers carry the same brands and products, to varying degrees, but very few companies are giving the customers quality information they want in order to buy those products (for example, listing product features and benefits, product specifications, details on how the product can be used, even product videos so you can see exactly what the product looks like and how it functions)
This is what inspired My Bedroom Spice. Being in the industry for over 3 years, we’ve realized how much more we could do for our customers, in the products we offer them, but more importantly in the information we provide. Building amazing educational resources, buyer guides, tutorials, product videos, review videos, industry expert interviews etc. in order to provide our customers the knowledge they need when buying adult toys, in an extremely trust worthy and comfortable environment.

(Q) Is it true My Bedroom Spice is a re-branded site?

D.J: Yes, My Bedroom Spice is our second adult store. I guess we just love the industry that much.

(Q) How will My Bedroom Spice be different from your previous storefront?

DJ: My Bedroom Spice is relentlessly focused on the customer experience. Educating the customer and creating a comfortable, non-intimidating environment that’s easy to shop in even if you’re a complete newbie when it comes to adult toys. Our main focus is creating amazing content and resources that customers can refer to when they are going through the buying process to help clear any confusion or questions they may have (and learn something in the process). This includes things like buyer guides in every category, product comparison videos, videos on every product page explaining our products, and videos on every category page to explain the types of products in the category and so much more.

Plus, we’ve recently launched a podcast to interview industry experts and get their insights and opinions to even further educate ourselves and our customer base. Essentially we’ve taken all the knowledge and experience we’ve gained from running our previous store for 2 years and put it into My Bedroom Spice – and we are so excited to see what it will become.

(Q) You sell everything from classic adult toys (everything from vibrators, dildos and more) to sensual lingerie and more. Currently, what are your best-selling, most popular products?

D.J: That’s an easy one. On a sheer volume basis, our vibrators are by far the most popular products on our website. More specifically: G-spot vibrators, clitoral vibrators, dual action vibrators and luxury vibrators. They have always been the highest traffic sections of our website, and for good reason. The majority of our customers are female and the best products for women are generally vibrators. There’s a lot of reasons for this; there’s the quality perspective, vibrators are perfect for any experience level, and vibrators are less taboo than other more niche categories (although this is changing too).

Some of our best-selling products include: Solid Steel Jeweled Butt Plug, the Butterfly Kiss G-Spot and Clitoral Vibrator, Wild G-Spot Rabbit Vibrator with Clitoral Stimulator, the Original Sex and the City Rabbit Habit Vibrator, LELO Liv 2 Luxury Rechargeable G-Spot Vibrator, the Original Hitachi Magic Wand, Rocks Off Ammunition RO-80mm Bullet Vibrator, LELO Mia 2 USB Rechargeable Clitoral Vibrator, LELO Ina 2 Luxury Rechargeable Rabbit Vibrator, and Vibratex Mystic Wand Vibrating Waterproof Massager. As you can see it’s largely dominated by vibrators!

(Q) Is there a golden rule when choosing the right adult toy?

D.J: It’s no surprise that these toys will be coming in to contact with some pretty sensitive parts of your body. It’s so important to know and understand the materials of the toys you’re considering purchasing, to ensure they won’t irritate your skin or body. This is why we offer an in-depth breakdown of the materials on every single product page, so you know exactly what you’re getting before you purchase. Other than that, it’s all personal preference! And we truly do sell something for every preference.

(Q) What did you think of the movie Fifty Shades of Grey?

D.J: I think it's great what 50 Shades did for the industry - bringing it more mainstream and less taboo in the eyes of the general public and that's good for all of us! Sales definitely increased since the movie came out. The more movies they release the better it will be for the industry as a whole.

A funny side note, last year, we moved into a beautiful loft in downtown Vancouver for a few months while we were getting settled, and we had a few friends over who said they felt like they've seen it before. It turns out the loft right above ours (same lay out, etc) was actually in the movie - it was the red room. We thought that was fitting!

(Q) What is your opinion of Kim Basinger playing Elena Lincoln aka Mrs. Robinson in the sequel, Fifty Shades Darker?

D.J: I love Kim Basinger. She has been in a lot of great films.

(Q) How can My Bedroom Spice up your love life?

D.J: Carrying over 3,000 products and counting, we truly do have something for everyone. Whether you’re a beginner or a 5-year veteran, you’ll find something on our store to satisfy your sexual appetite.

(Q) For all of those adult toy enthusiasts along with entertainment lovers reading this interview, what would you like them to know? What is next for My Bedroom Spice?

D.J: The next few years will be very important for My Bedroom Spice, as we continue to innovate and move into new areas of the business we have yet to explore. We’ll be expanding our lingerie line, focusing on bringing in bigger brands that our customer know and love, as well as launching our My Bedroom Spice private label line, starting with high quality, organic lubricants and moving into luxury vibrators and beyond.

Pasties talk with Pastease

The amazing owners of Pastease,
Stephanie and Todd.
When it comes to embracing freedom in a fun and sexy way, Pastease knows all about it. Created over a decade ago, this amazing pasties brand lets your spirit shine proudly. Whether you are a burlesque dancer, an exotic dancer, a raver or just a regular gal looking to spice up your love life, Pastease allows you to explore your inner tease. Recently, I had the opportunity to talk to Stephanie from Pastease. Here is what she had to tell me...

(Q) Hello Stephanie. How are you? Tell me a little more about the Pastease brand...

S.P: I'm doing great! How are you? Pastease is our online business, we make self adhesive nipple pasties. All of our styles are made with medical grade, latex free, waterproof adhesive. We've been making these since 2002 in the good ole USA!

(Q) Behind every great creative genius lies a major source of inspiration, a major source of influence. I have to ask, what inspired you to create Pastease?

S.P: My husband used to frequent the Lake Havasu scene. Women were getting ticketed for going topless regularly. Todd started looking into the various laws around the US regarding toplessness. As it turns out, most states only require the nipple to be covered for women to go topless. The idea was born! He originally started selling them in small quantities, the sales would cover beer and gas money for a weekend out on the lake. From there, he grew the brand by creating a website and attending various Lingerie Trade Shows. Several distributors picked up Pastease brand Pastease. From that point on the brand has steadily grown.

You offer an array of pasties in so many themes and varieties. What are the most popular right now? We offer a huge variety of shapes and styles, there's something for everyone on our site. We have a few styles that are popular year round and others that are that gain popularity around upcoming holidays. Right now our Leaves, Pizza, Red Glitter Hearts, Aliens, and Shamrocks are super popular!

(Q) Everyone from burlesque dancers to ravers to exotic dancers to regular women (like myself) use pasties from the Pastease brand. Let's not forget the men who love them too. As a fan of the brand, I think it is so amazing.

S.P: Thank you! We love that we have such a diverse group of women and men that enjoy Pastease.

(Q) I noticed that you have a special line called Tease. Tell me a little more about this line and how it is different from the pasties already available through the Pastease brand...

S.P: We started Tease about a year ago. We wanted to offer a product that would reach out to a different end user. Pastease has bright, crazy packaging that doesn't always speak out to the bride to be or the woman trying pasties for the first time. This time around, we went with fashion forward packaging and styles with a more seductive look and feel. Pastease is all about Sexy Fun Freedom. Tease is all about Soulful Seduction. In the end, we found that a lot of the same people enjoy Tease as much as they enjoy Pastease. A lot of the stores we sell to are selling both lines, as well. I have found when showing the two lines at trade shows, to friends and family that they usually gravitate towards one package or the other though. Internet shopping and shopping at your local favorite boutique are two different experiences. I think it's only when shopping and touching the different packages is when the underlying themes and packages call out to different people. Both lines are made with love and the same medical grade adhesive.

(Q) When it comes to creativity, it is definitely in your forte. I can tell that when you created the merkins, you definitely embraced it in more ways than one. For those women reading this interview, can you explain what pasties are?

S.P: We started making the merkins for people that wanted to bare as much as possible. Our strapless bikinis are for those that love rocking micro bikinis. We fondly call Pastease + merkin a strapless bikini. Merkins are meant to be worn over the bikini area, but we've found that a lot of customers like wearing them as a triangle top bikini. Like most of our Pastease fans, we found that people come up with the most creative of uses for our products. The merkin also works great as a pant liner for those wanting to go commando, but want to feel a little less naked, just peel and stick to the inside of your pants. I've also had a marathon runner use the merkins on the inside of his thighs for prevention of chaffing.

(Q) Can you really customize your own pair of pasties? Tell me a little more about this...

S.P: Yes, you can! For many years we've been custom imprinting large quantities of Pastease for the topless pools in Vegas as well as, the various business, parties, clubs, personalities, etc. We now offer customs to anyone wanting as little as 5 pair. You can visit our custom page here. It's super easy to order, pick your shape, color and upload the image you'd like! Since we started offering them in smaller quantities, we've done them for birthdays, anniversaries, and so on.

(Q) So, if a guy who is a Pittsburgh Steelers fan, a Denver Broncos fan, a New England Patriots fan, or a fan of anything that includes specific fan colors decides to surprise his wife, fiancé, girlfriend, or friend with pasties that represent those colors, he can do that?

S.P: He sure can! We offer a large variety of sports themed colors. We had a lot of requests for these over the years and our sports fans are happy to see these.
 
(Q) Other than the official website, where can you find Pastease pasties?

S.P: Pastease are available all over the web. They are available at: Yandy.com, DollsKill.com, iHeartRaves.com, NastyGal.com, Amazon.com, and so many more!

(Q) When it comes to sizes, you offer virtually every size for every woman out there. I just love that you embrace diversity. I have to ask, what do you think about the diversity in the lingerie industry?

S.P: What's not to love about diversity?! Sexiness comes in all shapes and sizes. We love offering something that brings out the inner goddess in us all. By offering so many shapes and sizes, I feel we are able to ignite the inner tease in every woman out there. I think the lingerie industry offers a lot of diversity. Black lace is no longer the only sexy thing out there for women. You see everything from neon fishnets body suits to sheer vintage style babydolls that are sexy. We, of course make a Pastease that can be paired with any piece of lingerie.

(Q) How can pasties spice up your love life?

S.P: Pastease are great for spicing up your love life. Some of my favorite tips and stories for turning up the heat are get one of our glow styles and play glow tag or turn all the lights off and come into a room with two bouncing stars or hearts. Here's a video I did a few years back about our glow styles. Another idea is to put a pair on before a date night. Let your partner know what you have on at dinner or maybe even text them a picture. The excitement and heat will continue to brew until you are able to rock out with your pasties later that night. Most importantly, Pastease make the person wearing them feel sexy, sultry and empowered. When we feel good, we look good. When we feel sexy, the world can hear our silent purrs. Pasties are the equivalent to getting a new sexy matching bra and panty, no one needs to see them or know you have them on for you to feel good. Sometimes we just need to turn up the heat for ourselves.

(Q) For all of those women reading this interview, what would you like them to know? What is next for Pastease?

S.P: I want every woman on the planet to know she is nothing short of a goddess. Love yourself, take care of yourself, nurture yourself, compliment yourself, and fix up for yourself. We live in a time where advertising leads us to being sexy for others, impressing others, be any and everything for others, but that is so wrong. When you love yourself, that love radiates out of you and shines onto the world around you. Know that. Embrace rocking your inner goddess and everything will fall into play perfectly. When I honor myself, my attractions, do, wear and eat things that make me feel good, I feel and look my best.

What's next for Pastease? I can't give you all my secrets. You can expect a bunch of sexy, fun styles over the next few months and of course more shiny, sexy things too! I'll just say there is something for everyone in our next set of new styles, the foodie, the hippie, the disco queen and so much more.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Cheesy Vegan Penne Pasta

Cheesy Vegan Penne Pasta
As a lacto-ovo vegetarian, I am discovering a lot of creative new ways to cook some of those timeless dishes without the carnivore classic in them. Kind of like the bun without the hot dog, only with a veggie dog in between the bun. As there are so many alternatives to meat (which you can find here) there are alternatives to those dishes that possess them too. And although I am a vegetarian, where I enjoy dairy, eggs and honey, I find myself really intrigued by vegan eating. In fact, there are times where I will go on what I refer to as 'vegan binges' and I will eat vegan for months. Is it hard to be a vegan? Absolutely not. It is just a matter of not worrying about what you eat, but only finding good food to enjoy that is not only meat-free, but free of dairy, eggs and honey.
 
Recently, in the kitchen I decided to create a very creamy yet cheesy vegan penne pasta. Most penne is vegetarian; however, not all of it is vegan. A good vegan penne can be homemade and rustic, as it can be found in a lot of grocery stores. Whole Foods for instance. So, how do you make cheesy vegan penne pasta?
 
First and foremost, you are going to want to add water into your pan followed by your favorite herbs and spices. The secret to any amazing pasta is to season the water in the pan before actually cooking the pasta. Of course adding more herbs and spices is an option later. I have been doing this for years and will continue for the rest of my life.
 
For this particular dish, I favor simplicity. What I added to the water only consists of salt, pepper and oil. That's it. No more, no less. You can add whatever you would like. If you are searching for that epic heat, you can add a little cayenne pepper and jalapeno. If you are looking to transform your cheesy vegan penne into a classic Italian dish, you can add some basil and oregano. You can do a lot, but for this dish I decided to keep it simple.
 
In a separate bowl, you want to create a base. This is where the magic happens. You are going to want to add one cup of unsweetened Silk Coconut Milk followed by two tablespoons of Earth Balance's vegan butter. You are also going to want to add some Sari Foods Nutritional Yeast Flakes followed by a little more salt. In my quest in making an outstanding cheesy vegan penne pasta, I added some vegan protein powder by Purely Inspired. This added a great balance of taste, creating a fusion of flavor. Blend everything together and sit the bowl aside.
 
Keeping an eye on your pasta, continue letting it cook until you have reached your desired texture. If you love your pasta al dente, it is key to test the pasta every few minutes. Once finished, strain the penne and place it directly into a separate bowl. Add the ingredients from the bowl. Mix generously.

Take a plastic or styrofoam plate, add some aluminum foil and place the penne on to it so it. Why? Because doing this will keep it's heat locked into place, so it won't get cold.
 
For more nutrition, you can add more of the nutritional yeast flakes. I will say this, adding more to the dish sort of dries it out, but is great for vegan athletes who are looking for more nutrients in their cheesy hot bite. Although the dish will lose it's creamy texture, the taste will remain the same.
 
Enjoy!
 


Apple iPhone: How to fix the January 1, 1970 glitch

As you may or may not know, there is a major discrepancy in Apple devices and the iOS software. If you revert back to January 1, 1970, your device will result in a perpetual reboot loop preventing your iPhone and/or iPad to load. Most people describe this loop as having a white or even a light gray screen with the Apple logo that simply does not load and as a result, continues in the loop.

So, is it possible to fix your Apple devices? Absolutely.

First and foremost, you want to make sure that your iPhone is connected via USB cable to your computer. Depending on the type of device you have, connecting is quite simple. It is so important to open up iTunes. It is very important to have iTunes open, as I will explain how this program will help with fixing this particular issue.

As you continue, you are going to want to power on the iPhone. You will see a screen that appears to be white to even a light gray in color with the Apple logo. You will notice that nothing is happening. What is happening is your phone is stuck and will continue to loop o this screen. This is what the iPhone 'bug' technically does to the device.

What you are going to want to do is hold the home button and power button for about 10-15 seconds. Make sure you hold both buttons down or this solution will not work. Every iPhone is different and as the home button remains in the same place on every single iPhone (bottom center) most older models tend to have the power button on the top right; whereas, newer models can be found on the upper right side. I have the iPhone 6s and the power button is on the right side. The iPad also includes both the home and power button. Every iPad's power button can be found on the top right of the device near the camera. 

It is important to do this while you are in this particular sequence. You will notice that the screen will turn black.

Once the screen is black, you are going to want to wait about 5 seconds. Then, let go of just the power button. Still continue holding down the home button. Now, take a look at your screen. Remember when I asked you to open iTunes? Well, looking at the screen a message should read "iTunes has detected an iPhone in recovery mode. You must restore this iPhone before it can be used with iTunes."

You are going to want to hit 'ok'. Then, you are going to be taken into iPhone recovery mode where you are going to want to restore your iPhone. Click 'restore iPhone' followed by 'restore and update'. Before restoring and updating; however, Apple provides you with a simple Terms of Service contract which you will hit 'agree'.

This will repair your software and get rid of this loop plaguing millions of iPhones' worldwide. If you look at the top of your iTunes screen you will notice that it is extracting your software. When looking at your iPhone plugged into your computer via USB, you will notice the extraction can be viewed on the main screen too.

In the meantime, if you are patient you can visit your nearest Apple store or you can remove the battery or you can unplug it from the power source and re-connect it. If you want a solution right now, do not hesitate to try this one.

If you are thinking of setting your iPhone or iPad back to January 1970, please refrain from doing so, as it will save you a lot of trouble. Currently, Apple is working on a solution to this particular issue including an update that will fix this hiccup and prevent it from happening in the near future.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Get the makeup look: Chrissy Teigen at the 58th annual Grammy Awards

Chrissy Teigen at the 58th
annual Grammy Awards.
(Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for NARAS)
In support of her husband Grammy award-winner John Legend, Chrissy Teigen really made a statement Monday night at the 58th annual Grammy Awards when she stunned the red carpet wearing a white Yousef Al-Jasmi gown. Aside from the dress, she was treated with an amazing hair look courtesy of Jen Atkin for TRESemmé and an incredible makeup look by Mary Phillips for Kiehl's and Physicians Formula.

"Her white dress with the crystal and beading detailing is so beautiful. The lines are very clean on it, and the details are powerful but sort of precious at the same time, so we didn’t want the makeup to compete with that, we wanted the makeup to play into those vibes. Something bold, but still soft; color pops but in a neutralized palette that look so good with her skin tone, eye color, and hair color. Warm bronzes and heated dessert tones just make all of those natural colors a bit more lifted and 3-D" Mary Phillips said about the makeup look.

So, is it possible to re-create this makeup look at home? Absolutely.

To prep the beautiful model and mother-to-be's skin, Phillips used the Kiehl's Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Mask. This beauty essential is quite thick, as it is gentle and cooling. It also stimulates the skin cells and adds an extra glow.

Phillips then applied the Kiehl's Daily Reviving Concentrate followed by the Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream. As these products work together to create instantaneous hydration, they work as great bases that do not interrupt makeup. She, then applied the Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado before applying the Kiehl's Lip Balm #1.

"Makeup shouldn’t be fake or contrived – It should just be an extension of you. That’s what I tried to convey with this look: just sexy, real, confident and making a large emphasis on keeping the skin as dewy and glowy as possible, even though she already has that naturally" the celebrity makeup artist Mary Phillips.

With the makeup portion of the look, celebrity makeup artist Mary Phillips applied the Armani Maestro Foundation. This foundation is one of the best foundations there is. It mattifies certain areas of the face. If you want your foundation to look like skin, this is the product for you. Phillips continued by applying the Armani Maestro Glow in shades 5.5, 07 and 08.

Lancome Effacernes Waterproof Protective Concealer was then applied to Teigen's face followed by Physicians Formula Super BB #InstaReady Contour Trio Stick in Bronze Trip followed by Physicians Formula Argan Wear Ultra-Nourishing Argan Oil Face Powder in Translucent.

For the cheeks, Phillips applied Physicians Formula Argan Wear Ultra-Nourishing Argan Oil Blush in Natural followed by Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Blusher in Love Glow. Both cheek colors are beautiful and natural and looked amazing on the stunning mother-to-be.

As the celebrity makeup artist continued, she applied the Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Shadow & Liner, Universal Looks in Nude Eyes to lift and highlight Teigen's eyes along with the Physicians Formula Argan Wear Ultra-Nourishing Argan Oil Kohl Kajal Eyeliner for a thicker and bolder lash.

Phillips, then applied the Tom Ford Eye Defining Pencil in Espresso to the lower lash line for a softer smoky eye. To finish the eyes, she applied the Kevyn Aucoin The Curling Mascara.

Then, Phillips applied the Bite Beauty Lip Liner in Cashew followed by the Tom Ford Lipstick in Smoke Sable. To complete the look, she applied the Laura Mercier Lip Glace in Bare Blush.

Congratulations! You have just re-created Chrissy Teigen's makeup look at the 58th annual Grammy Awards. #GRAMMYS