Older Girl Beauty

The Magnifique Box (+ a Giveaway!!)

During my trip to NYC, I was so lucky to have some of the nicest weather imaginable. It made for strolling along the streets at night so much better. Saturday night, we were wandering around the Lower East Side, we passed by “The Box” nightclub. Now, I may have been rocking my Dolce & Gabbana smokey eye, but I sure was not dressed to go into the nightclub – as much as I would have loved to (I adore old style vaudville/burlesque times). So, the closest I have come to seeing the inside of it is thru the commercial that the lovely Anne Hathaway recently did for Lancôme’s new fragrance, “Magnifique”.
anne hathaway magnifique The Magnifique Box (+ a Giveaway!!)Anne shot the video in March, after working with a choreographer for a week prior. There were 100 extras and she was styled by Rachel Zoe for the shoot. You can see the video on the Lancôme’s blog, where you can also read about Kerry Diamond’s thoughts from the shoot that day. (*If you go directly to the “Magnifique” page you can see a second version of Anne’s commercial, but it doesn’t have near the fancy footwork as the first one.)

And, as a treat for all my reader Lovelies, I get the chance to give away one (1) bottle of this fragrance, because I missed you guys so much while I was gone. I’ll start the giveaway today, and let it go until Midnight(cst) next Wednesday, June 3rd. I will announce the winner on Thursday, June 4th. I’ll even make it super simple for you – just enter your name and email addy in the box below. That’s it. Easy peasy.

Pat McGrath for Dolce & Gabbana

Let’s just get this out of the way right up front. I met Pat McGrath last weekend at Saks 5th Ave. See?

 Pat McGrath for Dolce & GabbanaShe was at Saks to promote the launch of Dolce & Gabbana’s makeup line, in which she was a creative force, in collaboration with the designers, to bring the color line to fruition. (*I’m just putting it out there – I didn’t know who she was until I took a crash course in Pat McGrathology after hearing the chorus of voices on twitter telling me I should know who she is NOW!) Now, Ms. McGrath wasn’t putting brush to face that day, her team was, but she was going around to the stations to offer suggestions on what would work the best for each lovely. As for myself, she came by to say “Goodbye” as she was heading to catch a plane back to London. I was lucky enough to get a hand-hold, hug and a photo op. This happened mid-makeup application, so only one side of my face is done, but a girl’s gotta take her opportunities as they come, ya know?

The MUA who played around with makeup on me that day was the lovely, Nicole Williams, who some of you might recognize from Fox/Style Network (reruns) of “Ambush Makeover”. Pat McGrath for Dolce & Gabbana

She was a blast to chat with and we even had some fun and made some videos of her makeup applications. The first one is her showing how to do a gradiant smokey eye on me (vid). (*Seriously, check out those rockin’ brows. LOL)

 Pat McGrath for Dolce & Gabbana Pat McGrath for Dolce & Gabbana

The second one is Nicole showing how to use the Green from the “Dazzling” eyeshadow duo wet, as an eyeliner on me (vid).

Oh, one of the things that I learned while chit chatting was the fact that the “supposed” reason that D&G didn’t have their brushes out for sale yet was because they can’t decided on the logo on the brushes. It’s not that they aren’t ready, it’s just that they don’t know how they want to put the shiny name on. Love for that to my only issue in life, right?

As for my opinion on the line, well, I do think it was overpriced for what it is ($36 for the duo), and the color pay-off isn’t as deep/rich as I expected. I like the packaging, but mostly for the glam factor, not for practical purposes. But, really, isn’t that why you would get any of this line in the first place?

The Makeup Show – Blogger Preview

On Saturday, May 16th, I was one of a lucky couple dozen beauty bloggers invited to a preview of The Makeup Show, a makeup trade show of some of the most influential cosmetic companies to date, put on by The Powder Group. The Makeup Show   Blogger Preview We were greeted with wine, cheese, crackers and fruit for a bit of snack and an informal meet and greet. (Which I apparently sucked at since I didn’t meet Miss Dina from eye4style until I was leaving and she came up to me. Ha!)

 The Makeup Show   Blogger Preview

Once we were all gathered, The Powder Group founder Michael DeVellis welcomed us and told us just how important and vital that us, as beauty bloggers, are to promotion nowadays. You could really tell by his enthusiasm and sincerity that he truly believes that we are the way of things to come in how information is put out there – esp since we have a passion for product and not just the freebies.

 The Makeup Show   Blogger Preview

He then handed us over to the fabulous makeup artist, James Vincent. His work has been everywhere – and don’t even get him started on American Idol or ANTM, please. He was a great tour guide thru the aisles, as he had something generous to say about each of the vendors and gave us his recommendations for his secret weapons from each one that he carries in his kit. (*Funny story – he knows a local makeup line – t.a.l.k. beauty, that was started by 4 friends in Oklahoma City, who work/spend time around a local beauty store called The Makeup Bar, where I have been known to drop a penny or two. James knows Alex over there, was curious if she was coming to the show. Well, I have @themakeupbar on twitter and sent her a message for him. Teeny tiny world we live in, eh?)
I’ll just show a few of the vendors we got to see this day, with a few pics for now, as I will go a bit more in depth on a few of them when I post about what I saw the actual day of the show.
 The Makeup Show   Blogger Preview
We were also introduced to Emmy Award winning makeup artist, Kevin Bennett, who is the Director of Artist Relations for Make Up For Ever. MUFE is celebrating their 25th Anniversary and Kevin was there to debut their new HD concealer. (*Remind me to tell you how we *really* met – LOL)
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 The Makeup Show   Blogger Preview

There were also two other great companies represented at the show – Stila Cosmetics and Smashbox Cosmetics. At the Stila booth, was VP of Global Sales, Artistry & International Marketing, Desiree Tordecilla, who was kind enough to clear up a little bit about the Stila closure in March and present us the Stila Summer ’09 24K Gold Collection:

 The Makeup Show   Blogger PreviewI have so much more to say about Desi and Stila, but I will save it for my Stila specific post.
And, at the Smashbox booth was the fab Ms. Lori Taylor, Professional Artistry Relations Manager. She was so great and knowledgeable about what works, she was just a joy to talk to.
 The Makeup Show   Blogger PreviewShe gave a presentation at the show on needed basics, and wore some *fierce* shoes – I’ll have to show you that, too.
These lovely ladies were sweet enough to stop and take a picture with me, as I had to leave the preview early:

 The Makeup Show   Blogger PreviewSeriously, just how freakin’ awesome was that? Thank you so much, ladies!

And, since I had to leave early, I didn’t get to meet everyone at the p
review, but I def made up for it when I attended the actual show the next day. I want to take a second and thank everyone at The Powder Group for a really enjoyable afternoon. I really liked getting a “Behind the Scenes” peek at the show.

Brows by Elke Von Freudenberg

One of the things I def wanted to do in NYC was to go see the fab “Eyebrow Specialist” Elke Von Fruedenberg. I had been trying to coordinate my trips with her bi-coastal schedule and was lucky enough to get an appointment for this trip on Saturday morning. So, before I went, I took a “before” pic of my brows:

before eyebrows Brows by Elke Von FreudenbergLittle messy, but I like a fuller brow, so, that’s what she got to work with.

And this is how great they looked afterwards: after eyebrows Brows by Elke Von Freudenberg She told me that I had great shape, that my arch was in the right place, but that she wanted to just “sharpen them up a bit”. I was all for it and I think the results are great. (*the makeup is after my appt at Saks for the D&G Makeup launch – def more about that later.)

And here I am with the lovely lady herself: Brows by Elke Von Freudenberg She was super generous with her time – even after my epic address FAIL! She does brows a neat way – she put on her super magnifying reader glasses and has you *sit up* in front of her, not laying down. She says this way she sees how your face falls naturally and can better shape your brows to fit your face this way. The didn’t use any wax or threading on me. Just pluck plucked me neat with her tweezers. (*Neat tidbit – when I asked her who her most famous person she had met – get this – Oprah! Yep. She was doing the makeup for one of O’s friends, and next thing you know O walks in. Crazy world, eh?). I didn’t have any leftover redness, like after waxing, so I was able to keep on trucking on with my day.

Oh, in addition to doing brows all over the place, Elke also has a brow product line called Elke: The Brow Collection that has all kinds of brow shadows, brow pencils, and her “Clear Eyebrow Ware”, which acts like a brow gel, but without the crunchy/flaking. She also let me in on what she has upcoming – which will be amazing for lovelies trying to grow their brows out – but I won’t spill any more than that – I’ll let her share when she is ready.

Like I said, she is bi-coastal, but take a look at her calendar and schedule an appointment when she is on your coast. You won’t be sorry.

So, what did *you* do this week?

Hello, Lovelies!

I am back to the usual grind in OKC now, as I have just gotten back from a fabulous trip to this little hidden gem of a town on the east coast, New York City. Maybe you have heard of it?

I’m going to start posting up my adventures, in the chronological order that I did them. (*if you follow my twitter stream you know when/what I was doing, but this will def give more details to that. I’m also going to be posting pics and videos to my Facebook page, that I don’t post up here, so take a gander over there, too.

I also want to give a big THANK YOU! and HI! to all the lovely people I had a chance to meet on my trip – it def made it worthwhile.

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