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Laura Mercier at Marchesa Spring/Summer 2013

I just love Marchesa, the beautiful creations Karen Craig and Georgina Chapman that tend to the dramatic and whimsical. With lots of chiffon and lace, if I could play dress up this would be the closet! Marchesa Spring/Summer 2013 is simply stunning an interpretation of Indian glam and edgy romance.

 The models looked amazing thanks to lead makeup artist Talia Shobrook of Laura Mercier and her look “inspired by India in the 1960′s”.


Marchesa: Spring/Summer 2013 Collection
Look created by Talia Shobrook for Laura Mercier
Talia Shobrook, lead makeup artist for this season’s Marchesa show, complemented the red carpet designer’s glamorous collection by creating a makeup look inspired by “India in the 1960s.”

Flawless Face: The look started with flawless, “illuminated skin.”
· Talia first prepped skin with Laura Mercier Repair Oil-Free Day Lotion SPF 15 ($95) and Laura Mercier Foundation Primer – Hydrating ($32).

· She then mixed Laura Mercier Moisture Supreme Foundation ($43) and Laura Mercier Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 ($43) and applied the blend all over the face to create an illuminated base.

· Next, she concealed problem areas with Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage ($30).

· Finally, Talia contoured cheekbones and forehead with Laura Mercier Bronzing Pressed Powder in Dune Bronze ($32).

Enchanting Eyes: Gold specs highlighted the “opulence of the collection,” while “black opaque liner along the lower lashes modernized the makeup look.”
· Talia first gently applied Laura Mercier Eye Basics in Wheat ($24) across the lid, and then contoured the crease of the eye using Laura Mercier Bronzing Pressed Powder in Dune Bronze ($32).

· Using the Laura Mercier Tightline Cake Eye Liner in Black Ebony ($22) and Laura Mercier Tightline Activator ($20), she drew a clean, straight line across the lower lash line.

· Talia then applied a coat of Laura Mercier Long Lash Mascara in Black ($24) to the top and bottom lashes.

· She finished the look by placing specs of gold leaf in the inner corner of the eye.

Simple Lips: Subtle mocha lips “fit for a 1960s Indian goddess” completed the look.
· Talia applied Laura Mercier Hydratint SPF 15 in Mocha Tint ($20) to the lips.

Here are some of Shape Magazine’s Top Products of the Year!

Curious what beauty products to invest in this fall? Shape magazine helps you narrow down the best products with their annual beauty awards! Shape asked their readers to vote for their favorite products on Shape.com. Then the products were tested by the Shape staff and a beauty awards task force — comprised of a dermatologist, makeup artist, hairstylist, colorist, and even a manicurist. Check out some standout winners:

Primer winner: Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Radiance
$30, Lauramercier.com

Think celebs and movie stars are the only people who can benefit from a primer? Think again! Primers help give everyday makeup major staying power. Plus, some of the best primers out on the market smooth out the skin and create an even surface so makeup can be applied and blended more easily. This primer from Laura Mercier has a pearl tint that adds luminosity and helps minimize the appearance of fine lines. It comes in one universally-appealing shade.

Foundation winner: Estée Lauder Invisible Fluid Makeup
$35, Esteelauder.com

A lot of women shy away from foundation because they expect it to look and feel heavy on their skin, but this formula from Estee Lauder is one of the lightest bases on the market. Despite feeling and looking lightweight, it provides great coverage and helps even out all skin tones. It comes in 16 different shades (from white to dark) providing a great match for all ethnicities.

BB cream winner: Dior Hydra Life BB Crème
$56, Sephora.com

BB creams (aka: beauty balms) have made a big splash in the beauty world this year. The main reason? They pack a lot of punch in one small bottle, often providing the benefit of hydration, wrinkle-protection, and SPF protection all in one step. This tinted beauty balm from Dior conceals imperfections, softens skin, controls oil, and protects with SPF 30.

Powder winner: Revlon ColorStay Aqua Mineral Finishing Powder
$14, drugstores

A great powder is essential for setting makeup and preventing oil build-up and shine in the T-Zone area. Revlon ColorStay Aqua Mineral Finishing powder minimizes the appearance of pores and fine lines and leaves a translucent finish. Best of all? It contains hydrating coconut water and feels cool upon application.

Concealer winner: Sephora Smoothing & Brightening Concealer
$14, Sephora.com

A good concealer can do everything from hide unsightly blemishes to brighten the undereye area. Hyaluronic acid in this creamy cover-up plumps fine lines and prevents it from caking, while light-reflecting pigments camouflage dark circles. Its tapered brush makes hiding pimples a cinch and its small size makes it super portable for on-the-go touch-ups.

Eyeliner winner: Yves Saint Laurent Effet Faux Cils Shocking Felt-Tip Eyeliner Pen
$29, Yslbeautyus.com

Most eyeliners smudge, flake, or create imperfect lines. The extra-fine tip of this easy-to-wield, marker-like liner combines the precision of a pencil with the intensity of a liquid liner. It’s ideal for women who want to wear a wing-tipped cat eye look, but is also great for everyday usage.

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I can’t wait to try…

I cannot wait to try Paris-Bahama’s Walk the Beach Scrub! It’s actually made from Bahamian pink sand (which is supposed to be insanely gentle), and it smells amazing! Fruity like watermelon!

Is this the secret we’ve all been missing? How about Bumble and Bumble’s Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil? You know how it goes, the end of summer comes around and your hair has seen better days! All that sun has taken it’s toll on your tresses. How to fix it? Try this awesome new deep-conditioning spray that heals your hair without weighing it down! It’s a super-light oil that kills the frizz, adds moisture and boosts shine! Plus – it smells amazing, which doesn’t hurt! – $38.00

What about Lorac’s new protecTINT? It’s a  lightweight, oil-free, sheer tinted moisturizer that’s good for all skin types , especially sensitive skin.

protecTINT™ SPF 30 Tinted Moisturizer gives skin a natural, healthy glow, while providing protection from the harmful effects of the sun. Its unique formula instantly evens out your complexion and provides a youthful, smooth, no-makeup look and feel and never looks obvious— even close up! – $32.00


What’s hot right now!

Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick is a richly pigmented and silky smooth matte lip color that delivers 14 hours of continuous wear without flaking or dryness.

The proprietary blend of advanced polymers in this liquid lipstick delivers intense, vibrant color with exceptional longevity. Skin-conditioning emollients, antioxidant fruit extracts, cili fruit, goji berry, and vitamins A, C and E help to protect the lips throughout the day.

Lady Gaga’s Fame Fragrance

Embrace Lady Gaga Fame, the sultry, black eau de parfum. First of its kind in fluid technology, it is black like the soul of Fame but invisible once airborne. This black fluid exudes a lustful, floral, fruity essence for fabulous little monsters.

Own your beauty all day, until your gorgeous little head hits the pillow. Delicately fragranced, extremely moisturizing, and clear as your conscience on the skin—loving yourself has never been more empowering.

Enriched with tears of belladonna, a black veil of incense, and pulverized apricot, this fragrance may cause illicit fits of extravagance, unrivalled rushes of adoration, and prolonged moments of ecstasy and rapture.

Urban Decay Smoked is A palette of 10 eye shadows, plus a full-size 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil and a travel-size Eyeshadow Primer Potion, for creating a range of smoky eye looks.

An Urban Decay take on the always-popular smoky eye, this 10-shadow palette includes traditional black and gray, as well as modern-colored hues for smoky eyes. Each velvety shade features Urban Decay’s new shadow formula and proprietary Pigment Infusion System™, allowing infinite depth to your eye looks, whether you commit to all-out nighttime smoky or just apply a hint of sultry smudgy color for daytime.

This shadow arsenal comes with a comprehensive how-to booklet by the brand’s co-founder, Wende Zomnir, who inspires even smoky-eye pros to try something new, and teaches shadow newbies in simple, easy steps. A full-size 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion and travel-size Eyeshadow Primer Potion are included to ensure a rock-solid result no matter how you get smoked.

Diorskin Nude Skin-Glowing Makeup SPF 15

A hydrating fluid foundation that delivers just the right amount of coverage to create a naturally flawless, bare-skin effect.

Diorskin Nude boasts 100 percent natural active ingredients and an extended shade range to create a shine-free, natural glow without masking the skin’s texture. With continued use, it improves the natural radiance and beauty of the skin day after day.

This formula is composed of a mineralized water enriched with an exclusive and natural floral water that offers hydration, radiance, and elasticity to the skin. Unlike most foundations that use opaque pigments and create a mask-like effect, Diorskin Nude Foundation uses exclusive Nude-Glow pigments that are translucent. They allow the skin’s natural radiance and color to shine through, appearing luminous in any light.