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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