BeautyBeauty Trends for 2012

 
To ring in the New Year I wanted to examine some of the top trends from the Spring Runway shows. Although these are relatively classic looks, I love that they are being shown on the runway because it gives us all an idea of attainable beauty and celebrates the features of a woman’s face rather than creating a theatrical or over-the-top look. Lets examine the best of the Spring 2012 Runway shows along with some products that can help you achieve the look.
 
 
 
Giorgio Armani featured a beautiful version of a cat-eye with silver highlights and a swoop of smokey grey shadow. This is a really beautiful interpretation of a classic cat-eye and I just love the intensity without it being too over the top. 
 
To achieve this look, a palette with multiple shades of sparkling silvers, greys and blacks will be perfect. I love Bobbi Brown’s Cool Party Eye Palette, shown below. To get a perfect cat eye, use an angled brush and a gel eyeliner. Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner is a great choice. It is easy to control with a good brush and stays on for hours!
 
  
 
 

 
 
Flawless, flawless, flawless! There is no decade when this look is not drop-dead-gorgeous. Dewy skin, soft smoky eyes and red lips, this is just classic beauty at its best. Christian Dior knocked it out of the park with the beauty for his Spring 2012 collection. The great thing about a bold lip is while red is the classic, you can go with something a little different too. As long as you keep you makeup simple, a fuscia or an amazing orange-red will give a more modern pop of color. A statement lip, if you will!  
 
YSL makes an amazing lipstick, Rouge Pur Couture Golden Lustre in Fuchsia. A bright fuchsia lip is always daring and bold and can look flattering on many skin tones. Another favorite of mine is MAC lipstick in Morange. This bright orange-red is the perfect tone for a fiery lip! I always get tons  of compliments on it and I recommend it to everyone as a fun color with more of a pop than traditional reds.
 
 
                                              Rouge Pur Couture Golden Lustre in Fuchsia                            MAC Morange
 
 
 
 
 
Bold pop of color has been a theme throughout most beauty reports and has been seen on many runways. Above we have Richard Chai and Miu Miu, respectively. With neutral makeup and flawless skin as the base for this look, a pop of color is introduced at the eye. This is a really fun way to create an evening look. You don’t always have to use dark colors for a smokey eye such as black, grey or silver. Feel free to use different colors to create a sultry and smokey night time look. I love the idea of a bold orange eye with a really natural face. Here are some suggestions to achieve a similar look:
Above we have Makeup Forever eyeshadow in Rust Orange and Nars eyeshadow in Outremer. Both of these shades can be used in bold application for a daring look that is totally on trend for 2012. 
 
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I am so excited for a new year of fabulous fashion and beauty trends!
What makeup will you be trying out in the new year? 

ArtAny Scrabble Lovers Out There?

 
It’s no secret that I have a thing for Scrabble. Ever since days-long marathon games in college, I’ve harbored a secret addiction to this frustrating-yet-brainy game. AND THEN. They invented Words with Friends. Mobile Scrabble I can play whenever I want? Um…yes, please. This game will take over my life! And the world! (Are you pondering what I’m pondering, Pinky?)
 
In the spirit of promoting nerdiness wherever I go, I decided to see where else these lovable letters have migrated…
 
to the bed…
 
 
 
…on your sleeves
 
 
across your nails…
 
 
…a beverage, please!
 
 
There’s always time…
 
 
…to eat a treat
 
 
or make a toast…
 
 
…to love so sweet!
 
 
I am secretly inspired now to go out and make a ton of cool crafty things with Scrabble tiles. When you can pull yourself away from your next WWF move, check out craftster.org for some sweet DIY Scrabble projects you can make at home!
 
Nerd on!
 
(Pics courtesy of Pinterest, We Heart It, and Google Images. Awesome poem by me.)

BeautyTrend to Try (or Trash): Temporary Lip Tattoos

 
Be honest: was your first reaction “get me some of those!” or “get her to a doctor!”? It’s the new trend that’s on the lips of celebrities from the Kardashian-iverse and beyond. Pioneered by a music manager and his teenage daughters, Violent Lips takes the science of temporary tattoos straight to your kisser.
 

 
 
Just check out all of the stars who’ve been spotted (or, dare I say, checkered, sparkled, and flagged) sporting this funky lipwear.
 




 
The facts: Said to last 4-8 hours, they go on with water, just like the temporary tattoos from childhood, and come off with baby oil or any standard makeup remover. Animal-lovers will also be happy to know that all designs have been FDA-approved, certified vegan, and “tested on supermodels, not animals”.
 
 
Now, I’m all for taking risks in the style/beauty department, but if we’re being candid here, I’m having a hard time not hating these. The reviews are mixed, (I’ve read some less-than-stellar ones), but my main reservation is perfectly exemplified above by Snooki and Keyshia Cole. Get the picture just a little out of focus and… it easily looks like you either kissed the barroom floor with fresh lip gloss (oh, Snooks), or you have some hideously chapped and inflamed infection (coral giraffe, above, is not my pattern of choice).
 
 
I think the key here is to stick to patterns that look completely unnatural and crazy-loud, and keep them safely stashed in your drawer until Halloween, theme parties, and out-of-the-ordinary functions. By all means, ladies, please prove me wrong.
 
 
(Images courtesy of toofab, the Daily Mail, BitRebels, & Necole Bitchie)

BeautyEden’s Garden: Liandra for Fashion Gone Rogue


 

 
What do you get when you combine decadent fruits, lush flowers, and rich colors? The stunning beauty that is Eden’s Garden, an exclusive photoshoot for Fashion Gone Rogue. Shot by the talented Michelle Du Xuan with hair by Miha Oshima and makeup by Aya Fujita, this paradise of photos are at once exquisitely delicate and bodly sensual.
 

 

 

 

 
(Pics courtesy of Fashion Gone Rogue.)

ContestsName the Dress Contest #81!


The contest has ended. Be sure to enter again next week!

Winning dress name: Love You to Pieces

Winner: Carolyn