‘Tis the Season…

(pre-NYC transformation)
I spent the past weekend in New York updating my Winter beauty look, and let me tell you, it was quite a glamorous transformation. I died my ever-oxidized blonde locks into a healthier and richer chocolate brown – thanks to the fabulous fingers of uber-colorist, Ludovic at The Pierre Michel Salon. Ludovic has been beautifying A-list clients including Sharon Stone and Michelle Williams for the past 13 years, so needless to say, I was in good hands. Why brown? “Chocolate brown is the color this Winter because it is warmer for the skin,” says Ludovic.
Next, I marched on over to the newly opened Sephora on Lexington Avenue and Fifty-Eight Street. The trend of the moment is golden eyes – the more shimmer, the better – and red lips. For blush, a just-walked-in-from-the-cold look is natural and necessary.
So here it is: The Ultimate Beauty Whore… transformed!
(post-NYC transformation)
On eyes, Laura Mercier Eye Book, exclusive for the Holiday Season. I blended the golden color with a bit of the burnt brown in my crease and under my lids. On lips, Bourjois Rouge Heprfix in Rouge Ultime 7. On cheeks, what else but Stila’s Convertible color in POPPY!
Send us your Winter wonderland transformations! And remember, it’s all about color!

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WEEKLY MUST-HAVE

(me posing in Cover Girl’s Smoothwear Lip Tints Barely Berry, #210)
Anyone who has read this blog knows that I have a fondness for red. In an August post, I wrote a Weekly Must-Have citing Stila’s POPPY convertable lip color as the “Bentley of all reds…”
Well now I stand corrected.
On a recent shoot that I did, a friend of mine turned me onto Cover Girl’s Smoothwear Lip Tints, a new product by the Procter & Gamble team. I reluctantly tried the gloss over my Labello Cherry chap stick (another red-tinted lippy) and to my surprise, I actually loved the way that it made my lips look. It wasn’t hooker red yet it gave my pucker the desired “volume” (plump) that so many red glosses cease to create. It also wasn’t gooey or smelly and it didn’t bleed into the cracks of my mouth (another MAJOR problem with reds…). So, kuddo’s to Cover Girl and their new and improved line of lip tints. I’m a major fan!

Try Barely Berry, #210 (right). The perfect blend of gloss and color – a chic red worn alone or over your favorite lip stick.

WEEKLY MUST-HAVE

For the most part, I stay away from red (red clothing, red make-up, red hair – my colorist actually says that the two hardest tones to strip from the hair are red and black – but there I go again digressing…). After all, red is a tough color to rock. Disaster is practically certain. But we’ve found the Bentley of all lip and cheek colors – Poppy by Stila. This creamy convertible compact adds the perfect hue to any skin tone – natural and sheer enough so that you won’t feel like Strawberry Shortcake or a bleeding (we’re talking lip color here!) Courtney Love.

I’ve gotta say that I wear this color almost everyday… my friend Caroline turned me onto the compact and since then, I’ve been rocking the red on my lips and cheeks… either alone (very daytime) or layered with other products to create an edgier, rock and roll look.
Here’s my girl Caroline and myself, both donning a touch of poppy:

To use: Dot on cheekbones and blend upwards. Apply with lipbrush or finger tips to lips and pat with a tissue. For an evening look, apply a clear gloss on top of the red stain.

Cameron Diaz is a fan too! She donned the look in CHARLIE’S ANGELS. Source.

Bijou’s Bag of Tricks…

Bijou’s Bag of Tricks…


The beautiful and bubbly starlet Bijou Phillips has been kind enough to give us a peak inside her personal make-up bag.
Whether filming a movie (BULLY, THE DOOR IN THE FLOOR, HAVOC), belting out lyrics to her new album or prancing the red carpet at a Hollywood fete, Bijou always radiates with a timeless glamour.
Here are the products that she swears by:

Lorac Sheer Wash lip and cheek tint in Sheer Luck “It’s a two in one,” says Bijou. “And it makes my lips look super sexy, yet natural.”
Stila Lip Glaze in Peach
Sephora Professionnel Flash Lip Plumper
Urban Decay Skyscraper Mascara in Gotham (a.k.a. black) “It actually has ingredients that make your lashes grow,” she says.
Tilika Eyelash Lipocils – Bijou swears by this conditioning product saying that she puts it on at night so that her eyelashes grow. “It’s soooo amazing!”
Vincent Longo La Dolce Vita Lashes “These are for big nights! Like movie premieres and award shows. Fake lashes aren’t for every day.”
Mac Black Eye Pencil – “I have green eyes and if I line them with this black eyeliner, they really pop,” she explains.
Japonesque Electric Eyelash Curler
L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil “It makes my skin soft and it smells like a magical retreat into heaven,” she coos.
And lastly, her trusty Tweezerman tweezers. “These are essential!”