Older Girl Beauty

Victoria’s Velvet fragrance

Tomorrow there is an event in NYC at the Victoria’s Secret, on Lexington, for the launch of VS’s new fragrance, “Velvet: The Fragrance”.

Now, I don’t know anything about this scent, but the thing that caught my eye was the fact that you could get a makeover from the VS Beauty Supermodel Artist team – led by Polly Osmond. You might rememer when I met her backstage at the Christian Siriano Spring/Summer 2010 show. It would be so cool to get a makeover from her, but, unfortch I’m in OKC and won’t make it. But, if you are in NYC, head over there between 2-4pm and pick up something from their Parfums Intimes Velvet collection (*required) to get your makeover from Polly.

In addition, the model Alessandra Ambrosio will be there for autographs (*with purchase, too), there will be a “Suprise Guest”, cake from Sylvia Weinstock and a chance to get a preview of the Heidi Klum VS Makeup Holiday Collection. So, since I don’t get to be there for all of that, you’ll have to come tell me all about it. Deal?

Grate your shadow as you go

I just saw a new Smashbox product for pre-order on QVC that looks kinda interesting.

Actually, it looks like what would be spawned if Smashbox’s Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder and the Reign Collection Eyeshadow Palette had babies. It is a shaver delivery system for a base color and a contour color, with a protective seal to prevent the shadows from mixing – the Halo Eyeshadow Hydrating Eye Shadow (w/ Brushes 3 & 10).

They say, “A hydrating eye shadow with effective anti-aging benefits. The formula contains hydrogel technology, which helps retain moisture in the skin.” I can’t say anything, as I haven’t tried this, but I am intrigued by the whole “shave what you need” aspect. It’s supposed to give you more of the lighter color for your lid and less for the darker crease color.  In addition, they are throwing in the two brushes you need for this affect for less than $40 (man, don’t I sound just like Lisa Robertson? Oh wait, she always says “For less than $1 a day”. Ha!)

 This is currently on QVC’s site as Item #A92257, available for pre-order, as Advance Orders ship October 20th. It comes in 4 color combos and includes 2 brushes for $39.54 (plus shipping.)

Let me know if you try this out for yourself.

Backstage at Christian Siriano Spring/Summer 2010

I was lucky enough to be backstage for the Christian Siriano Spring/Summer 2010 show. (*yes, this is the show that I accessed backstage via the front of house. Go me!). The hair team from Aveda was led by Antoinette Beenders and the makeup team as led by Polly Osmond for Victoria’s Secrety Beauty, with whom Christian did a makeup collection earlier this year.

Antoinette was pretty focused on the hair, so she didn’t really speak with people much to describe what she was up to, but I was able to snag a few minutes with Polly, who explained the gloss on the eyelids the models were rocking.

Antoinette Beenders for Aveda
Antoinette Beenders, for Aveda, creating the ponytail look for the Christian Siriano Spring/Summer 2010 show.

Wielding the rod
I am kind of enamored of a curling rod now, but I know that no good would come of me having a straigh heated rod around the back of my head in my awkward hands.

Getting the models hair ready
Members of the Aveda hair team getting the models hair ready for the Christian Siriano Spring/Summer 2010 show.

Backstage at Christian Siriano Spring/Summer 2010
An overhead shot to show some of what goes on backstage at the Christian Siriano Spring/Summer 2010 show.

Fixing the ponytail
Antoinette, and her helpers, getting a models’ ponytail ready for the Christina Siriano Spring/Summer 2010 show.

Soothing hands
Aveda was giving the models hand massages while they were waiting for the Christian Siriano Spring/Summer 2010 show to start.

Applying the eyes
You can’t really see the cool effect he is doing, but he is putting a gloss on the eyelid for a shine effect.

Applying the lips
If you don’t pay attention to him using the brush on her lips, you can see the look of the eyes with the cool gloss effect.

The man himself
Here is Christian Siriano passing thru backstage before his Spring/Summer 2010 show. He was perturbed at all of the people that were backstage and was heard saying “Who are all these peeeeople?” as he headed front of house.

Checking the time
Or maybe for a text. Christian Siriano passing thru backstage to front of house at his Spring/Summer 2010 show.

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Backstage at Ports 1961 Spring/Summer 2010 show

I was lucky enough to get to go backstage and see the hair and makeup being done for the Ports 1961 Spring/Summer 2010 show. This was my actual *first* backstage fashion show. Yep, had no idea what I was doing, but got much more comfortable as the shows went on.

Below, you will see a vid of MAC Makeup Artist, Romero Jennings, discussing the look for the show:

And below are vids from the hairstylists for the show, Pearson Knight and Isabelle Lepage, discuss the hair inspiration and execution for the show:

Romero working
MAC Makeup Artist, Romero Jennings, working on one of the Ports 1961 Spring/Summer 2010 show models.

Romero correcting a mistake
As one of the models went by, MAC Makeup Artstist Romero Jennings stopped her to fix her eyeshadow.

Romero smiling
MAC Makeup Artist Romero Jennings smiling for the cameras.

Romero showing the colors
MAC Makeup Artist, Romero Jennings, shows the colors used on the models for the Ports 1961 Spring/Summer 2010 show.

MAC Face Chart
The MAC face chart for the Ports 1961 Spring/Summer 2010 show.

Ready to make up
One of the MAC makeup artists for the Ports 1961 Spring/Summer 2010 show had their gear all set up, with the facechart as a guide.

Ports 1961 Spring/Summer 2010 Show
My first backstage at NYFW – Spring/Summer 2010.

On the hair side of backstage
Hairstylist Pearson Knight looking over the hair section backstage at the Ports 1961 Spring/Summer 2010 show.

Getting teased
One of the models from the Ports 1961 Spring/Summer 2010 show getting her hair teased up.

Shaping the hair
Once the model’s hair was teased, it was shaped in to place for the Ports 1961 Spring/Summer 2010 show.

Models gather
The models were getting ready to line up for the Ports 1961 Spring/Summer 2010 show.

Look who else is here?
Spotted: Ms. Ferocia from the Glamazons, (aka @arterbery on twitter), backstage doing her thing, too.

Show board for the models
This board tells the models of the Ports 1961 Spring/Summer show what they are assigned.

Models lining up
The models for the Ports 1961 Spring/Summer show line up to walk the runway.

Sequence board
This board was right by the runway entrance, showing the models in the outfits and in which order they were to walk.

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Summit up – Total Beauty Summit, Day Two Sept. ’09

(And, you know there are more pics on my Facebook page, if you just haven’t seen enough.)

At the L’oreal Technical Center

We all sat gathered around the large tables to listen to the speakers of the day.

Waiting to start

I’m pretty sure that Meredith was twittering, Amber was checking her mani and Dina was looking busy while we waited.

Introduction lady

So, yeah, I’m so bad that I cannot remember this lovely L’Oreal representatives name. She greeted us and introduced us to our first speaker.

First speaker of the day

Patty Slattery, AVP of Education and Technical Services at L’Oreal, answered our haircoloring questions. She’s good.

Dina setting us straight

Dina being very emphatic about what we should do now, while Amber is all “uhm hmmm”. Meredith is doing a fine job holding the model’s hair.

Amber cleaning up

Amber was cleaning up a drip, while Dina keeps on applying haircolor to our hair model.

On the other side

On the other side of our station was Nancy, from The Informed Makeup Maven, and her lovely haircoloring partner for the day – who has some kickass highlights, I must say. Both of them were home haircoloring virgins.

At the next station over
Michelle, from All Lacquered Up, and Nancy, from Beauty411, work on their model. I’m not going to point anything out, but Michelle was *working* that cover-up. 😉

Overhead shot
Overhead shot of all of the madness that was bloggers coloring hair.

Dina and Meredith coloring
I’m pretty sure by this time that Dina and Meredith were getting delirious, while working on the hair model.

Stepping in
One of the great advisors at the L’Oreal Technical Center stepped in and showed how to really get in there and color hair. He’s fast.

Approving Dina
Dina was giving her approval to our station mates for their job well done for first-timers.(*Seriously, help me out here – who is this adorable blonde?)

The makeup station
We had a chance to get our makeup touched up and the MUA’s were set with the stash of L’Oreal products.

Dina getting touched up
No, not in that way, silly, but getting her makeup touched up during a break.

Victoria Stiles getting a makeup touch-up
Makeup Artist Victoria Stiles had her makeup touched up by this gorgous MUA, who I remember worked the OCC Makeup booth at The Makeup Show back in May. Just adore her look.

Meredith getting touched up, too
Meredith had her makeup touched-up during a break, too.

SEO tips and tricks
Stoney deGeyter, President of Pole Position Marketing gave us a presentation on how to build our sites visibility.

How to work with PR
Beth Mayall, Total Beauty EIC, and Lauren Donner, Assistant VP, Tractenberg & Co., discuss some of the right and wrong ways to interact with PR agencies.

L’Oreal Dining Room Menu
We had the chance to lunch in the L’Oreal Dining room and here were our choices for the day.

Lunch in the L’Oreal Dining Room
Man, this salad was good – thankfully – since that was all I was able to eat before I had to leave and go to the Ports 1961 show. Uhm…I mean, go to the restroom.

Chatting during lunch
All of the lovelies chatting during lunch.

Smiling Kitiya
The lovely Kitiya, from Mischo Beauty giving me a smile during lunch.(*If you look close you can see the iphone charging on the vent by the window – that damn plug-in was on the floor under that vent.)

Evening cocktail party
At the end of the summit, L’Oreal treated us to a cocktail party to mingle with company reps and eat nommy little treats. Of course, the big treat waiter kept stopping by, so that made it even nicer. 😉

Meredith and I
Here is Meredith and I, just mere hours before she kissed a pig and got its H1N1 cooties. (*at least that is how I am telling the story).

Kristen and Sarah, from the Total Beauty team
Kristen and Sarah were so sweet during the summit. Side note, Sarah was the one that picked out my gorg Tiffany necklace. She’s got good taste.

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