Showing posts with label Insider Beauty News. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Insider Beauty News. Show all posts

Monday, January 18, 2016

Sneak Peek Celebrity Makeup Artist Fiona Stiles Launches Cosmetics Line

Fiona Stiles has over 20 years of experience and has worked with some of the most recognizable women in fashion, music and entertainment. Fiona's regular clientele include some of the world’s most familiar faces, including Jennifer Garner, Gwyneth Paltrow, Natalie Portman, Jessica Chastain, Elizabeth Banks, Gabrielle Union and Maria Sharapova. Ms. Stiles will bring her years of knowledge to an Ulta exclusive – Fiona Styles Beauty launching February 18th, 2016!

The Fiona Styles Beauty Ulta exclusive premium color cosmetics line will include over 120 products in the eye, lip and face categories. At Ulta Beauty, the collection will be sold on the prestige side of the aisle, but only costs $12 - $30 per piece. All products are “mistake free” and offer prestige formulations and packaging, offering a full, easy-to-navigate wardrobe of color that is universal for all skin tones.

With the products from the line, Fiona shares her creative vision and expertise through her personal approach on the basics of makeup and beyond. Fiona Stiles Beauty is a modern collection of professional color cosmetics with innovative formulations and breakthrough textures; it is a brand rooted in artistry and education without being intimidating. Making the cosmetics line truly mistake free, Fiona Stiles offers up easy to understand “how to” lessons and engaging tutorials online at Fiona Styles Beauty. The Fiona Styles Beauty line will launch in over 500 Ulta Beauty stores and online at Ulta.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Charles von Abercron: A Look At The Man Behind The GLOSSYBOX Brand

Charles von Abercron - Courtesy of GLOSSYBOX

With the recent announcement that GLOSSYBOX Founder and CEO Charles von Abercron will be stepping down from his position as CEO effective Dec. 31 and that Dr. Caren Genthner-Kappesz will be stepping in, we thought that we’d do our own version of Throwback Thursday. TME is sharing an archive interview with Charles von Abercron from February 7, 2013 … because one should never forget where they came from. 

This Interview Was First Published on February 8, 2013

Hello lovelies! Yesterday, Feb. 7, I had the opportunity to interview Charles von Abercron, the founder and global CEO of GLOSSYBOX. Charles is currently in New York City for Fashion Week and truth be told, The Makeup Examiner was curious at the prospect of interviewing this well-traveled global beauty industry innovator. But, what was I going to ask the man behind the brand of the luxury beauty box -- GLOSSYBOX?

Well, I began with a very an archetypal Q&A, but the answers that I received were far from what I’d expected. With my first question being the very basic, “How did you start?” I was surprised to learn that a mere 19 months ago, what has become a global luxury beauty box brand, had humble beginnings in a tiny, windowless office in Berlin.

The Makeup Examiner: What inspired you to create GLOSSYBOX?

Charles von Abercron: Through my travels, I noticed the beauty around me and with all the [exotic] products from around the world, why not gather them for all to enjoy?

What keeps you inspired?

The desire to introduce customers to beauty brands that they may not have the opportunity to know.

How do you feel about GLOSSYBOX being referred to as the “Birchbox-Clone”?

I’m quite comfortable with this. Obviously [we] viewed other beauty box subscriptions, but [we endeavored] to offer something unique.

GLOSSYBOX has curated boxes with Refinery 29 and Man Repeller, which I find quite brilliant. Can you give any hints as to who GLOSSYBOX will be collaborating with in the upcoming months?

I can’t give names, as this is one of the elements that makes GLOSSYBOX so exciting. I can tell you that we have many wonderful surprises in store for 2013. (Sorry lovelies ... I tried.)

As a global beauty leader, what do you predict will be the hottest beauty trends for S/S 2013?

I wouldn’t necessarily predict specific trends for beauty. I see a continued interest for wonderful skin care, well made beauty tools and nails. The nail art trend has really taken off and [embellishments] of ladies nails has become as necessary as having the perfect set of shoes for an outfit.

What is the one absolute that you’d like my readers to know about GLOSSYBOX?

Everything that we do at GLOSSYBOX is done with the customer in mind. Care taken for our costumers is of utmost importance. We want them to truly feel like they’re receiving a luxurious gift each month.

What would you wish my readers to know about Charles von Abercron, the gentleman behind the brand?

Actually, I’m quite shy. (OMG! Don’t you just love it!) I’ve dedicated my heart and soul into the [GLOSSYBOX] brand. I want women to feel wonderful and receive products that they would not otherwise know of.

For anyone who has not taken the opportunity to try GLOSSYBOX, you really are missing out on a genuine luxury experience that could only be born from a very genuine gentleman. The only rumor that the Makeup Examiner was able to confirm is that the February GLOSSYBOX will be filled with jet-setting inspirations from fashion weeks around the world. Every beautynistas dream!

GLOSSYBOX offers 1, 3, 6, and 12-month subscriptions plans beginning at $21/month and the savings go up with the length of your subscription. Each box is beautifully packaged and contains 6 sample and full-sized luxury beauty products, a postcard that describes each product, plus an amazing GLOSSYBOX magazine that give tips and tricks! 

Note: A very special Thank You to Charles von Abercron for taking the time to speak with TME!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

NARS Cosmetics Announces The NARS Steven Klein Holiday Collection

NARS Cosmetics announced today, Feb. 26 the launch of a new unique collaboration with world-class fashion photographer, Steven Klein. The NARS Steven Klein collection, created in collaboration with NARS Founder and Creative Director François Nars and Steven Klein, evokes the photographer/filmmaker’s audacious, provocative work in a limited edition 23-sku collection.

“Steven is one of the most disruptive, fearless photographers of his time. I love his work– his ability to strip down and expose his subjects, to create shocking visual narratives that are never what they seem,” says François Nars.

Renowned for his open and collaborative spirit, Klein’s raw, often controversial approach to his work has made François Nars a fan of his work from the very beginning. The NARS Steven Klein Holiday Collection brings the photographer’s arresting vision and unique sense of color to beauty.

"I am honored to be asked by François to collaborate on this NARS project with him, based on the previous artists he had worked with - Andy Warhol and Guy Bourdin. I have always had the highest regard for François' work. He was the pioneer of moving from one of the greatest makeup artists to creating great makeup,” says Klein. “There are few hands that could do what François has done. He has impeccable taste and stands strong by his work. His colors and his eye for imagery is unique and of the highest caliber.”

Nars and Klein partnered with renowned creative director, Fabien Baron of Baron & Baron to bring the collection to life through captivating packaging and spontaneous elements. The range, available November 2015, will showcase new and innovative packaging, formulas, and shades. Additional information regarding the NARS Steven Klein Holiday Collection will be released in the coming months … stayed tuned and check back with TME for the latest NARS news!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Marco Pelusi Featured In ‘Decades Of Design’ Exhibit

Announced Wednesday, Nov. 19, Marco Pelusi will be featured in the exhibit “Decades Of Design”. It would be no secret to TME readers that world-renowned colorist Marco Pelusi is our go-to expert (and beloved friend) for color trends and color care and … well … all things haircolor related. Marco is globally recognized as a leading Haircolor Authority, renowned Platform Artist & Educator, and fashion-forward Celebrity Haircolorist.

So, is it any surprise that Marco Pelusi of Marco Pelusi Hair Studio on Robertson would be featured in the West Hollywood Design District's retrospective exhibit? From November 19, 2014 through February 2015, the gallery will shine a light on the district's interior designers, architects, stylists, and fashion designers, like Marco.

“It has been my destiny to be here in the West Hollywood Design District, among the most globally recognized talent in the world, where we offer products and services that simply cannot be duplicated. I feel very much at home here with good people who are also my friends and colleagues,” said Marco of this milestone event.

Marco’s love for haircolor began during his hairdressing days at his family’s upscale chain of East Coast salons. Early on in his career, he became a top educator at one of the world’s leading Milan haircolor companies. He was then sought out to be the National Haircolor Educator for an esteemed Los Angeles-based color company.

Soon after, he opened Marco Pelusi Hair Studio in the heart of the ultra-chic West Hollywood Design District on Robertson Boulevard. There, he and his talented staff of seasoned Hollywood hair stylists offer world-class hair fashion to numerous celebrities and trendsetters. The luxurious, spa-like salon is the premier retailer of the Marco Collagen Color Guard Haircare System, the first and only complete collagen-based system developed for color- and chemically-treated hair.

Marco Pelusi’s Awards and Recognitions:
  • Winner of the John Chase Art & Design Award in the prestigious West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce's 2013 Creative City Awards
  • “Top 40 US Haircolorist,” 2011 to 2013, BE! Beauty Entertainment Magazine
  • “Best Haircolor in Los Angeles,” 2009 and 2007 FOX 11 myfoxla HotList
  • Guest HairColor Makeover Artist on TV Guide Channel’s “The Fashion Team”
  • Author of “The Main Objective,” a monthly column in the industry's Stylist Newspapers
Featured in: C California Magazine, Modern Salon, American Salon, Launch Pad, The Colorist, First Chair, Salon Today, Front Desk, Elle, Town and Country, Us Weekly, Skin Deep, WWD, Beauty Store Business, 944, Salon Today, The Colorist and multiple top beauty blogs such as The Makeup Examiner.

For those that cannot visit the “Decades of Design” exhibit, Marco can be seen regularly at his sold-out performances on the main stages of the New York and Las Vegas Annual International Beauty Shows (IBS) and as a haircolor expert of FOX's “A Healthy You and Carol Alt”. From Team TME … Congratulations Mr. Pelusi!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Backstage At Thakoon Spring/Summer 2015 with NARS

NARS created the look for the Thakoon SS15 runway show

SHOW: Thakoon SS ‘15

LEAD ARTIST: Diane Kendal for NARS Cosmetics

LOOK: “The inspiration for the collection is the artist, Paul Gauguin. Thakoon wanted the girls to appear as if they were coming out of water, so the beauty look is all about the gloss on the eyelid and brushed up into the brow. Less is more.”

  • NARSSkin Luminous Moisture Cream
  • NARSSkin Optimal Brightening Concentrate
  • Radiant Creamy Concealer
  • Sheer Glow Foundation
  • Left side of Craving Dual-Intensity Blush –down the nose and on the high points of the face— (New for Spring 2015; for now try Copacabana Multiple)

  • South Beach Multiple
  • Orgasm Illuminator
  • Left side of Craving Dual-Intensity Blush (New for Spring 2015; for now try Copacabana Multiple)

  • Triple X Lip Gloss (on eyelids)

  • Oural Brow Gel

  • Left side of Craving Dual-Intensity Blush (New for Spring 2015; for now try Copacabana Multiple)

All products, except where noted, available at NARS!

Friday, May 16, 2014

CEW Insider’s Choice Beauty Awards 2014 Winners

Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) hosted its 20th Annual 2014 Insiders’ Choice Awards Luncheon, today May 16, and announced the 2014 CEW Beauty Awards winners. The annual awards event is where CEW recognizes the most innovative beauty products for the year.

The CEW Beauty Awards is the only awards program where, exclusively, the top cosmetic industry insiders determine the winners. The Awards signify the industry’s highest recognition for manufacturers and brands, as well as a trusted guide to the most innovative new products for consumers. In the list and slideshow below, you’ll find the 2014 CEW Beauty Awards winners.

ECO: Eco Beauty Award - Aveda
In keeping with the company’s caring philosophy of beauty, Aveda engages in fair compensation practices with all suppliers and uses organic, plant-based, sustainable and renewable ingredients whenever possible. Aveda believes supporting organic agriculture is the first step towards truly sustainable agriculture and increased organic certified oil and raw herbal ingredient purchases from a tonnage volume of approximately 25% in 2000 to more than 90% today.

  • Face Product Prestige – bareMinerals Ready To Go Complexion Perfection Palette
  • Lip Product Prestige - Clé de Peau Beauté Extra Rich Lipstick
  • Eye Product Prestige - Dior Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara
  • Eye Product Mass - L'Oréal Paris Voluminous Butterfly Mascara
  • Face Product Mass - Sonia Kashuk for Target Chic Luminosity Bronzer/Blush Duo
  • Lip Product Mass - Sonia Kashuk for Target Shine Luxe Sheer Lip Colour

  • Anti-Aging Prestige - Clé de Peau Beauté Le Sérum
  • Acne Treatment - Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare One Step Acne Eliminating Pads
  • Lip Treatment – Fresh - Sugar Cherry Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15
  • Eye Treatment Prestige - GLAMGLOW Inc. Brightmud Eye Treatment
  • Moisturizer Prestige - Josie Maran Cosmetics - 100% Pure Argan Oil Light
  • Sun Product - La Roche-Posay - Anthelios 60 Ultra-Light Sunscreen Fluid
  • Moisturizer Mass - L'Oréal Paris Age Perfect Glow Renewal Facial Oil
  • Anti-Aging Mass - L'Oréal Paris Revitalift Miracle Blur
  • Skincare Tools - TRIA Beauty, Inc. Age-defying Laser
  • Eye Treatment Mass - Vichy Liftactiv Serum 10 Eyes & Lashes
  • Cleanser & Scrub - Yes to Grapefruit Brightening Facial Towelettes

  • Hair Coloring Product - Color Wow Root Cover Up
  • Hair Care Product – Kérastase Initialiste Advanced Scalp and Hair Concentrate
  • Hair Styling Product - Living Proof Perfect Hair Day (PHD) 5-in-1 Styling Treatment

  • Women's Scent Prestige - Coty Prestige Honey Marc Jacobs
  • Men's Scent - Ralph Lauren Fragrances Polo Red
  • Women's Scent Mass - Sonia Kashuk for Target Eau De Toilette in Pink Innocencia

  • Nail Product – Dior Nail Glow

Indie Brand Beauty Award - GLAMGLOW Inc.  Created in 2010 at home by a wife-and-husband team for Hollywood studios. Sexy, innovative, fun brand for quick-fix solutions.

  • Lab Series Skincare for Men - Pro LS All-in-one Face Treatment

  • Bath and Body Prestige - Shiseido Cosmetics America Future Solution LX Total Regenerating Body Cream
  • Bath and Body Mass - Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer Total Moisture

  • Best Seller Prestige: Skincare - Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion +
  • Best Seller Mass: Makeup - Maybelline The Falsies Big Eyes by Volum’express

  • Most Buzzed About Prestige - Estée Lauder Modern Muse Eau de Parfum
  • Most Buzzed About Mass - L'Oréal Paris Voluminous Butterfly Mascara

  • Iconic Beauty Award Prestige - YSL Beaute Touche Éclat
  • Iconic Beauty Award Mass - Maybelline New York Great Lash Mascara

Monday, January 6, 2014

NARS Spring 2014 Color Preview

NARS Cosmetics introduced a preview, today Jan. 6, of the brands latest Color collection for Spring 2014. Along with a preview of its new Instant Line & Pore Perfector and a behind-the-scenes peek of the Spring 2014 campaign! Yes, dear readers, it may be cold outside, but springtime is just around the corner and as you begin to prep your wardrobe for warmer temperatures, now is the perfect time to begin to update your makeup bag too!

The colorful 9-piece lineup for Spring 2014 brings sizzle to the eyes in gold lamé and iridescent smoky orchid, while cheeks glisten with a splash of shimmering rose peach. Luminous cantaloupe for nails and a refreshingly glossy pout in guava and violet, evoke a cool yet smoldering attitude with this fashion forward, perfect for Spring 2014, collection. The Makeup Examiner simply can’t wait to hold the collection is her hands, as just like the rest of you, she too is so over this artic freeze.

Also added to the new lineup for spring, is an addition to the NARS’ Pro-Prime complexion category, Pro-Prime Instant Line & Pore Perfector, which features an advanced, lightweight formula that both smoothes and preps skin. The delivery, via an angular stick, provides precision and easy touch-ups. Plus, Instant Line & Pore Perfector is full of delicious skin nourishing vitamins. NARS Spring 2014 Color Collection will be available beginning January 15 at NARS boutiques and online. The collection will be available in select stores February 1, as will Pro-Prime Instant Line & Pore Perfector.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Birchbox Pop Up Store

Birchbox is opening Birchbox Local to the public for a limited time. Customers will be able to experience exclusive services, build their own Birchboxes, shop for prestige products, and more.

Birchbox Local
459 W 15th St. (between9th&10thAvenues) –street entrance

September 12th to September 16th 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Last year, Birchbox created their first-ever New York Fashion Week activation with the Birchbox Sample Shop press lounge, and this year they’re at it again with Birchbox Local!

How To Get In: 
To book services, visit Birchbox Local. Reservations will be secured for $15, and include a $15 voucher that is redeemable towards a “Build Your Own Birchbox” or full-sized retail products. 

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Birchbox unveils global rebranding

Birchbox, American’s number one beauty and lifestyle box subscription service, announced on June 4, the unveiling of the brand’s new global identity set forth to reflect the growth and evolution of the Birchbox business. Along with a new look, the brand has launched site improvements, which will help to engage consumers in their shopping experience with the discovery of new beauty and personal care products sold exclusively through the Birchbox site.

“We set out to build a brand identity that reflects the 360 degree Birchbox experience, our brand personality and discovery retail vision, and couldn’t be more thrilled to continue growing Birchbox with our new look and feel,” Katia Beauchamp, Co-CEO and Co- Founder, Birchbox shares with The Makeup Examiner readers.

The Birchbox rebranding has a chic new look and feel that is a natural progression to reflect a brand that has grown up. While the new look is chic and sophisticated, it still retains that fun feeling that is synonymous with Birchbox. In addition to the stylistic changes made with the branding revamp, Birchbox has also made key updates to the site experience, which includes more personalization, improved searches and a favorites feature.

Readers are you excited? Guess what … there’s more news! Birchbox has partnered with Color Club and launched on June 4 “The Wanderlust Collection” ($8)! The exclusive colors, custom blended by the Birchbox editors, are a new category of nail lacquer, “pastel neons”.

The new colors are:
  • London Calling - A sunny green that makes us think of the city’s many grassy knolls, particularly Hyde Park.
  • Reign in Spain - A fiery coral that evokes hot summer days under blazing sun along the Mediterranean.
  • Pardon My French - A charming purple that’s an ode to the breathtaking beauty of Provencal lavender fields.
  • Mod in Manhattan - A brilliant off-white that represents the glow of the mega-watt city at night.

Friday, February 22, 2013

O.R.G Skincare Organic Mineral Peel Review

Happy Friday lovelies! Another crazy week is sweetly sliding into the weekend, but before I go to relax and unwind I want to share a little information about the newest organic skincare product, O.R.G Skincare Organic Mineral Peel Face, along with a Makeup Examiner exclusive “how-to” video from Celebrity Makeup Artist, Emily Oliver.

The Makeup Examiner is often approached to review one beauty product or another and some products, especially skincare, are rather unimpressive. So, when O.R.G Skincare approached The Makeup Examiner to do a review of their Organic Mineral Peel Face, my reaction was less than enthusiastic. Especially since the combination of words peel and face sends me screaming in the other direction.

Prior to testing out O.R.G Skincare Organic Mineral Peel Face ($44.00), I researched O.R.G Skincare and the product. The product’s origins date back the Silla Kingdom, which began in 57 BCE. As part of their culture, people would go to bathhouses called Jjimilbang and receive a ritual purification bath in which an individual would soak in an infused bath and appointed person would “massage out” all the remaining dead skin cells and impurities from the body. So the peeps at O.R.G discover the skin renewal properties of the Jjimilbang, gather an International team of dermatologists, estheticians, and skincare experts to replicate this bath culture and make it available to everyone.

Now, let’s get to the good, bad and beautiful of O.R.G Skincare Organic Mineral Peel. First, in my experience there is no bad … O.R.G lists all natural ingredients like grapefruit seed, jojoba seed, aloe vera, licorice root extract, and milk thistle, Organic Mineral Peel is super nourishing to the skin. The product is a milky liquid delivered via a spray bottle that is amazingly convenient. I applied a few sprays to my face, gently worked the product into my skin and within seconds saw these tiny bits of dead skin cells ball up. As directed I rinsed the product and immediately saw incredible results. What lay beneath was new, fresh, beautifully soft skin with zero redness!

But never one to be satisfied, I took to the all time driest part of my body … the bottom of my feet! I know what my pedicurist has to go through to get my feet soft, so I wasn’t expecting this product to really do too much to my conquer winter-weathered skin. Using as directed for the face, I sprayed a bit of product onto my heels, worked in a circular motion and watched a grossly massive amount of dead skin ball up. After I rinsed away the O.R.G Skincare Organic Mineral Peel, I was completely shocked to see gorgeous, supple, new skin revealed.

There is a reason why The Makeup Examiner is always telling readers not to use scrubs more than once per week … they are harsh to your skin! But unlike other exfoliants Organic Mineral Peel does not contain any “sandpaper” ingredients and can be used several times per week. I have used O.R.G Skincare Organic Mineral Peel three times this week and noticed a better absorption of my moisturizer, glowing skin and my makeup application looks better. Win-win-win! Looking forward to just a few months ahead when we will be baring bikini bodies and sandal feet, it’s time to get that skin into shape.

Take a moment to check out Emily’s before and after “how-to” video and if you’ve already experienced O.R.G Skincare Organic Mineral Peel leave a me a message in the comment section below! O.R.G Skincare Organic Mineral Peel is available at O.R.G.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Billy B. joins the team at L'Oreal Paris

L'Oreal Paris announced on Dec. 4 the newest edition to the global beauty brand’s team. Celebrity makeup artist Billy Brasfield, aka, Billy B. has been added to the already impressive roster of beauty experts at L'Oreal that include Tom Bachik for Nail, Christophe Robin for Hair Color, Dr. Gervaise Gerstner for Skincare and Johnny Lavoy for Haircare.
With more than 20 years of beauty experience, Billy B. will lend his expertise for product development, consumer education and creating trendsetting makeup looks for L'Oreal Paris spokespeople. His work has appeared on every notable high-profile red carpet including the Academy Awards, Emmys, Grammys and Cannes International Film Festival, so this truly is exciting news for all L'Oreal lovers.

Mr. Brasfield's career began in 1985 when he left his Mississippi hometown and moved to New York City. Without any experience in cosmetics, Billy B. charmed his way to a position behind the beauty counter of a leading department store. It was through this position that Billy discovered his true talent and passion. Now, more than two decades later, Billy B. has become a master of his craft, gaining recognition from makeup artists and industry experts worldwide.

In addition to his work on the red carpet, Billy B. has worked with some of the world's most iconic photographers, both past and present, for the covers and coveted beauty spreads of the world's leading beauty and fashion magazines. And his private clientele includes an A-list line up such as Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Pink, and Gabriel Union.