Category: Stila

BeautyHoliday Makeup Madness

Get ready ladies because Holiday 2010 is around the corner!

When it’s time to give those gifts, your favorite makeup companies are on top of it, with to die for pallets. These perfectly packaged sets often sell out and reach collectible status so you have to snatch them up right away!

Not only are they creatively packaged but they also offer great value. They will last you far past this winter considering you get so much for your money! Giving gifts is grand but don’t forget about yourself little beauty queens! No matter how perfect your holiday outfit from LuLu*s is, your look will not be complete without the right makeup. Get your glitter, get your gloss and get your glam on with my favorite pallets and sets shown below!

   

This is a great first example. Behold, Urban Decays Book Of Shadows Vol III. Inspired by the big city lights of New York, contains 16 eyeshadows, 2 of their fantastic 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils and an Eyeshadow Primer Potion in a portable travel size. The packaging even lights up, people! Full New York City glam from the skyscrapers to the Statue of Liberty. Here in the LuLu*s photo room, Urban Decay is a brand that I use on our lovely models every time. Pair this lovely pallet with our Ink-quins Sequin Party Dress. You will sparkle and shimmer all night long!

  

Stila’s Lip Glaze is one of my top lipgloss picks. I was lucky enough to get my hands on a sample of their Grapefruit Lip Glaze many years ago and man did they make a lifer out of me! I still hold it high as my top pick for girly, understated pink. Its not too tacky or sticky and people always ask what color I am wearing. Pick up this set of 4 exclusive Holiday shades and 4 permanent faves. Paired with our Showmance Champagne Strapless Dress. You will be pretty in pink in this combination!

 

My final pick is this luscious array of polishes. Sephora and OPI teamed up to create this set of 18 mini nail polishes in shades from girly to glam, edgy to office appropriate. Any manicure lover knows the value of a good polish and OPI never dissapoints. This $81 value is a bargain basement price of $48. Seriously, it will take forever to go through 18 polishes! You can mix all 18 with our amazing Set the Tone Striped Dress. This versatile piece can be worn as many ways as these many polishes!

Whatever your Holiday plans are remember to stay glamorous! XOXO

InterviewsMeet Vintage Model Diana D!

If you haven’t checked out our vintage section lately, you really should take a look! We had a recent photo shoot in L.A., and model Diana D was happy to dish about modeling, fun and life in L.A. She is even one of the Paul Mitchell faces, check her out!

1. At what age did you start modeling?
I was discovered by a scout at 13. They expected I’d grow incredibly tall. They were mistaken; just 5’4″ (tear).
 
2. Tell us a little about your modeling career path?
Modeling granted me pardon for absences from school. Often caught a flight to Los Angeles (from my hometown, Las Vegas) the evening prior to a booking. A few of my first gigs included Stila, Nylon (their first year in print) and this British line called Sugar. For Sugar, we drove to a fruit stand within few miles of Joshua Tree, CA. We had an old classic mustang convertible. Inspiration for the shoot was a vintage road trip. I was sitting pretty in the driver’s seat with these massive retro sunglasses on. Just 14. No drivers permit. Surreal. 
 
3. How is life in LA as a model?
Got the bones to make a move to LA at 19. Pursuing the dream. Still going. Modeling gigs are always lovely. The exposure to creative folk and artists alike makes modeling seem more like being an essential element to the making of a group art project.  
 
4. What is the best part of being a model?
 The Perks — The ability to manipulate your own schedule, make it to all your castings, feed yourself, meet a friend for coffee, take a trip. Work comes in clusters. Sometimes it’s wildly hectic and other times, quite lackadaisical. There’s always time to take a pause and read Albert Camus beneath a tree or runaway for a weekend music festival. You just never really know when or with much advance. A model must be spontaneous. 

 
5. How did you become one of the Paul Mitchell Faces?
The Paul Mitchell gig came about through a series of unpaid creative projects I decided to model for. The hair stylist for one of these shoots happened to be an assistant to Lucie Doughty, Editorial Director for Paul Mitchell. Lucie saw the finished photo series, and set up a test shoot with me immediately. A few months later, I found myself sitting at PM headquarters for a casting. Sitting in a room with 20 Amazonian goddess types, I had to wonder, whether I had any chance of getting this gig at all.  Within 20 minutes of my departure, I received a call from Lucie herself; I had booked Paul Mitchell, (cartwheels and screams!)
 
6. What are some of your daily activities?
Daily activities include french pressing my coffee, checking favorite music & style blogs, pen to paper, bicycle riding, treasure hunting, chasing raccoons, taking photographs, conversations with friends & attempting false grand self confidence at castings.
 
7. What do you do for fun in LA?
LA fun includes farmer’s markets, weeknights at the Hollywood Cemetery, the Wiltern theatre, thrifting, taco truckin’, chasing carnivals, record collecting, double features at the Beverly Cinema, fellow mouseketeering, group sing songs, Dodger games, LOVE & summer BBQ’s.
 
8. As a model do you have a lot of free time or are you pretty busy?
Currently, I have nothing but free time. Someone book me on a gig quick!!

BeautyGet Glowing, Gorgeous Skin

Beautiful skin with a healthy glow never goes out of style.

Below are pics of celebrities that I absolutely admire for the radiance of their skin. From the flawless luminescence of Dita Von Teese, to the sun-kissed glow of Jessica Alba and the dewiness of Liv Tyler, there is much evidence to show that a soft, candlelight glow can go a long way in enhancing your look.

Step One: Make Healthy Lifestyle Choices

  • DRINK PLENTY OF WATER: Water refreshes the skin and keeps it hydrated and dewy. Have a glass first thing in the morning to wake up your complexion.
  • GET PLENTY OF SLEEP: Nothing dulls down your skin like sleep depravation. Get enough rest each night and your skin will be ready to rise and shine.
  • EAT SMART: This one is a no brainer. Your skin needs to be nourished from the inside out. Cut back on refined sugars and starches while stocking up on whole grains, fruits, veggies, and stomach friendly probiotics like yogurt and kefir. All will keep your digestion system running efficiently while delivering nutrients to the skin.

Step Two: Adopt a Pro-Active Skin Care Regimen

  • EXFOLIATE: Exfoliating 2-3 times a week will remove dead skin cells, allowing younger skin to shine through. It will also help your foundation glide on smoother. Try the Gentle Exfoliating Facial Cleanser by Yes to Carrots or Biore’s Refresh Daily Cleansing Cloths if your skin is more delicate.
  • WASH BEFORE BED: Never, never, ever go to bed with a day’s worth of makeup on. Your foundation and eye makeup will cake, smear and clog pores. Get into the habit of washing your face before bed, even if it’s a late night. Your skin will thank you in the morning.
  • HYDRATE: If you’re in the market for skin care products, moisturizer is the thing you want to spend your money on. Choose a moisturizer that is suitable for your skin type and use it twice a day. It will plump your skin and seal in moisture. My favorite moisturizers of all time: Mario Badescu’s Buttermilk Moisturizer and Kinerase’s Clear Skin Moisture Light.

Step Three: Try These  Makeup Bag Tricks

  •  Get a luminescent glow by dusting your face with a sheer, light reflecting powder to set your foundation or light up bare skin. One such powder that is gaining much popularity is Make Up For Ever’s HD Micro Finish Powder. If it’s made to make you look flawless in HD, then just imagine what it can do for a day at class or work.
  • Apply a highlighter to places where light reflects naturally on your face. I like to press Stila’s Eyeshadow in Starlight on the tops of the cheekbones, down the nose, at the cupid’s bow of the lip, and at the brow bone for a radiant lift.
  • if you’re skin is starting to dull by mid-day, boost your completion with a spritz of hydration. I love love love Mario Badescu’s Facial Spray It will give your skin a dose of dewy while putting new life back into your foundation.