Friday, April 29, 2011

Kate's Nail Polish Revealed!

Kate Middleton, now Catherine the Duchess of Cambridge, isn't so different from you and me when it comes to choosing her nail polish.
According to her manicurist Marina Sandoval, Kate picked the classic Essie Allure for her big day. The sheer pink is a favorite of many a Marie Claire editor and was certainly in keeping with the timeless style of her wedding dress. Founder Essie Weingarten agrees saying, "Nothing is more classic or elegant than a perfectly flawless pale pink, it truly suited her beautifully."

Kate Middleton's Bridal Beauty

It's finally over and done it brings me back to Diane's wedding day she'd be so proud of her first born!! 
Kate looked absolutely beautiful and to find out that she did her own makeup herself, well that took me back a bit!! You go girl!!!  


After lessons from a top London Makeup Artist, Kate took her look to the next level.

Can we tell you why we're loving Kate's makeup? Besides the fact that she looks flawless—she did it herself! This modern royal was confident in applying the makeup for the big day after private lessons with London makeup artist Arabella Preston. Middleton made sure to her give tan complexion a bronze glow and highlighted the prominent planes of the face. Her brows are filled in but the overall arch is very soft—it frames her face beautifully. We love that she blended the eyes softly and steered clear from the harsh liner she sometimes sports—her blue peepers pop from the smokey bronze shades! Kate contoured her cheeks with a rosy bronze powder and gave the apples a pop pink/peach color to brighten her face. She kept lips subtle and fresh with a nude pink shade. We're so proud of her skills, she's a true confident beauty ready to rule. We can't wait to tell you which products she wore to get her signature bridal look so stay tuned!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Fashion + BeautyThursday, April 28, 2011

by Allure Daily Beauty Reporter

Hail to the queen! Drag queen, that is. Last night, Raja was crowned America’s Next Drag Superstar during the finale of RuPaul’s Drag Race. At the official finale preview party, I caught up with Raja and the finalists, who each shared their top beauty tips to, as RuPaul would say, "looking good, feeling gorgeous." 

Manila Luzon

First runner-up Luzon is a New York native whose style is as creative as it is endearingly kitschy.

1. Load on mascara. "Just when you think that you have put too much mascara on and you look like Tammy Faye Bakker—God rest her soul—just put another tube on. I always use Maybelline Great Lash Mascara. It’s a classic and it does a great job."

2. The bigger the hair, the better. "If a girl is feeling a little fat, if a girl is feeling short, if a girl is just not feeling right about herself, all she needs to do is jack out her hair. It will make the proportions of your body look so much better if you have bigger hair. You must have a good back-teasing comb for that. You can find one at any beauty supply store for like $2. And that’s really what drag is all about. It’s all about looking like a million dollars, but spending $12."

3. High heels.
 "You must always have fierce-ass shoes, girl. Shoes make you taller and longer, they make your legs look longer and thinner, they make your feet look much, much, much, much smaller. And when you’re a man and you’ve got a size 10 or 11 foot, they’re helpful. You don’t want to be a beautiful goddess walking around with Ronald McDonald feet. I like to find shoes that have a little sparkle to them."


Raja's high-fashion looks run the gamut from pin-up to tribal. Her beauty skills run deep, thanks to 17 years as a makeup artist (10 of those at a M.A.C. counter).

Moisturize day and night. "Moisturizing just keeps your skin looking youthful. Ultimately, we’re all animals and we have to upkeep our hides. I mean, it seems really primal and weird, but honestly they are our hides so we have to keep them soft and supple." Raja uses Aveda All-Sensitive Moisturizer during the day, and Sampar Lavish Dream Cream at night.

Flirt. "Flirting is one of the greatest beauty tips, because as long as you’re flirting, you’re smiling and the muscles in your face are nice and tight. I’ve been flirting for 36 years, and it’s worked for me."

3. Customize your scent
. "I go between six different scents, and I mix women’s and men’s together. One of my favorites right now is Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille. It has that rustic feel of tobacco but yet it’s super-soft and kind of candy-like with the vanilla, which is really like my personality. It’s a combination of rugged with a touch of lady. You’ve always got to have a touch of lady."

Alexis Mateo

Ultra-femme and glamorous, Mateo does her homeland of Puerto Rico—the arguable beauty pageant capital of the world—proud.

1. Don't be scared of makeup. "Women are too scared of makeup. Makeup is made for women, and we drag queens just borrow it. But drag queens are showing girls that it’s ok to be feminine. My favorite brands are La Femme Cosmetics and M.A.C. The colors are dark and intense and they really show up."

2. Clean hair
. "It doesn’t matter if your hair is curly or straight or up or down: As long as it’s clean, it’s beautiful. I use Pantene Pro-V Curls to Straight Shampoo. I have curly, frizzy hair, and that shampoo really controls my frizz. Plus it’s cheap!"

3. A signature fragrance. "Having one favorite scent just automatically makes you feel pretty. People recognize it, and you’re familiar with it, and it makes you associate certain things with that scent. This is going to sound super-corny, but I love White Diamonds. It reminds me of my mother. Anytime I smell it, it reminds me of love. I wear it all the time. I’m actually wearing it tonight!"

Thursday, April 14, 2011


I can't say enough about this event it was incredible all the vendors and the people that were there were so incredibly nice and helpful!!
Like any event it had it's Pro's and Con's.  The site chosen this year was amazing, I really did enjoy the locale, it was definately access friendly for all.  The IMATS staff were amazingly sweet and accomadating...thanx you guys!!!!!

Now... I was pleasantly surprised by most of the vendors especially EYE KANDY and NAKED and dissapointed in 1(one)!!  Let's just get to that, INGLOT!!  That had to be the most unorganized booth I had ever seen!! The holiday rush at the mall is more organized than that was...yeeeessssh!  I was literally on line for two and half hours before I even came close to the booth itself.  When I finally got there people were jumping the line and trying to get in and choosing there colors which meant other people couldn't pick there's, it was such a mess!!! :(

I did manage to meet a couple of my favorite guru's Koren from Enkore Makeup and Julieg713 even though I only got a picture with'm such a spazzzz!!!  I also got to meet Tate from Face-Off!!!!  

I'll be doing a haul video soon so you guys can see what I picked up!!! :)